News Release Archive

October 7, 2002 - 7:00pm


Hispanic high school students from Waterloo schools will tour UNI Friday, Oct. 11. Hosts will be members of the university's Hispanic/Latino Student Union.

Leslie Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Biology, arranged the visit. 'We've found that the numbers of Hispanic students who graduate from high school and go on to post-secondary education are low. To that end, our students at UNI are reaching out to members of their own ethnic group to 'pass the torch' and inspire them to consider a college education.'

October 2, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Building Community in the Midst of Diversity,' a workshop to help individuals create positive neighborhoods and communities, will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St., Waterloo. It is sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa's Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), and Neighborhood Services of Waterloo.

Keynote speaker is Juan C. Moreno, a diversity and inclusion specialist at the University of Minnesota Extension Office. Previously, he was director of affirmative action and equal opportunity, and interim dean of students at Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities. He is founder of the Diversity Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Workshop sessions will cover cross-cultural communication, involving citizens in planning, and team building and conflict resolution. Speakers are Jim Day, diversity consultant; Pam Hays, executive director of the YWCA of Black Hawk County; Allen Hays, director of the COPC and UNI's graduate program in public policy; and Louis Starks, city of Waterloo planner.

Cost to attend is $12 before Oct. 18, and $15 after that date. Cost includes dinner on Friday, Oct. 25. To register, or receive more information, contact Cheryl Faries, (319) 287-8164,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Peter Ladefoged, the man who trained Rex Harrison for his famous 'My Fair Lady' role, will present a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in Room 108 of the University of Northern Iowa's Communication Arts Center. His topic will be 'Recording Endangered Languages.'

James Lubker, dean of UNI's College of Humanities and Fine Arts, said Ladefoged is widely recognized as 'one of the world's greatest phoneticians.'

Ladefoged is a professor emeritus and former head of linguistics at UCLA, where he was recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. He has traveled the world, recording and studying myriad languages. Born in England, he holds both an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has published extensively, both articles and books, on everything from information conveyed by vowels, to phonetic studies, to tongue shape.

October 1, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS-- Some 514 new alumni were added to the roster of graduates of the University of Northern Iowa this summer. (Name/s) of (Hometown) was/were among the graduates. He/She received a (degree) with a major in (major).

Note: To obtain a complete list of graduates, contact the Office Of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.

September 30, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Results released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) list the University of Northern Iowa in second place for the pass rate of first-time candidates on the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Examination in May 2001, the most recent May exam for which data is available.

On that exam, 41.9 percent of UNI's first-time candidates without advanced degrees passed the complete exam, placing them second among the nation's colleges and universities represented. This compares to a national first-time pass rate of 14.4 percent. An additional 32.6 percent of UNI graduates passed some parts of the exam.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was ranked first with a 45.5 percent pass rate.

Gerald Smith, professor and head of accounting at UNI, said that during the 10-year period from 1992-2001, Northern Iowa ranked fourth among the nation's colleges and universities for the highest percentage of candidates passing all subjects taken. Included during the decade were first place rankings on the May 1997 and May 2000 exams.

'Fourteen out of the last 15 years, UNI has been in the top 10 schools in the nation in terms of its ranking on May first-time pass rates,' he said. 'Our success has been over the long haul and not just a good ranking in one year. We are certainly pleased that our alumni continue to excel on this measure, but we're equally pleased with the success that they achieve in their careers, whether they go into public accounting, work in industry or go into the governmental or not-for-profit sector.'

When looking only at Iowa statistics on the May 2001 exam, UNI alumni were 48.6 percent of the successful first-time Iowa candidates and 24.1 percent of all Iowa successful candidates, from among 25 Iowa colleges and universities producing CPA exam candidates.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Models of Marriage and Gender in Japanese Wedding Discourse' will be the topic of an address at noon, Monday, Oct. 7, in Baker Hall Room 161 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Cynthia Dunn, UNI assistant professor of anthropology, will present the address as the first in this year's CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum series, sponsored by UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies. It is open to the public free of charge.

During the presentation, Dunn will discuss data she gathered while observing Japanese wedding reception speeches and advice given to the new couples. Her analysis will focus on the character traits that are used in praising the bride and groom and the way that they reveal gender ideals in Japanese society.

Dunn's research focuses on the study of Japanese language and culture, gender, and the cultural shaping of self and emotion. Additionally, her experience includes field research and teaching in Japan and a current work under review centering on Japanese metaphors for marriage.

The next program in the CROW Forum series will be Nov. 4, when Cathy DeSoto, UNI assistant professor of psychology, will present 'The Link Between Estrogen, Brain and Behavior: Why it Matters.'

September 26, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been ranked among the nation's 'Top 100 Values in Public Colleges' by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

Ranking criteria include entrance exam scores, graduation rates, numbers of sophomores returning after their freshman year, student-faculty ratios, amount spent on student instruction, quality and cost measures, and total cost overall.

UNI ranked 95th overall, 33rd in terms of in-state tuition, and 46th in terms of its four-year graduation rate. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was ranked No. 1 overall.

A complete list of the rankings and ranking criteria can be found at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Homecoming celebration begins Sunday, Sept. 29, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 6, with a variety of activities and events.

Key events leading up to the weekend celebration include:

Window painting for the residence halls, Sunday, Sept. 29; and window painting on the Hill for student organizations Monday, Sept. 30 from noon to 5 p.m. The Kick-Off ceremony and Panther Pride Competition will be at 6 p.m. on the corner of West 23rd and College Streets. Pep-bands, UNI spirit squads and Panther Pride Cry Competition will be featured.

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, a Red Cross blood drive will be hosted in Maucker Union, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as a joint effort between the homecoming committee and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Inflatable Fun Day will be at the Maucker Union Plaza, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Panther Scramble obstacle course will be from 4 to 6 p.m. by the Campanile. A Homecoming Video Dance Party will be from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Maucker Union Expansion.

Friday, Oct. 4, has been declared Purple and Gold Spirit Day, with students, faculty and staff encouraged to wear school colors. At 8 p.m., Lawther Field will be the site for a pep rally. The event includes the Panther Pride Cry finals and fireworks. Beginning at 11:45 p.m., students will gather for campaniling -- the tradition of being kissed under the Campanile at midnight.

Saturday's events will start with a 5K cross-country run at 8 a.m., just west of the UNI-Dome, followed by the Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. This year's grand marshal will be John 'Jersey' Jermier, who served as UNI associate director of athletics from 1980 to1999. The parade will start near Cedar Falls High School, West 12th and Division Streets, at 10 a.m.; and end at West 23rd and Campus Streets by Campbell Hall.

The Saturday football game will kick-off at 4:05 p.m. Following the game, 'Video Stars,' a Chicago band playing hits from the '80s, '90s and today, will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight on the lawn east of Lang Hall and comedian Bobby Tessel will perform at midnight in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse. Homecoming concludes with the Panther Midnight Breakfast, a free breakfast bar for students, in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse, from midnight to 2 a.m.

Throughout the week, Pennies in a Pick-Up will take place outside Maucker Union and at all Homecoming events. Pennies placed in a specified pick-up truck will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club. Homecoming buttons also will be sold throughout the week in Maucker Union.

For more information regarding Homecoming activities, contact Mike Bobeldyk, UNI Maucker Union program coordinator, at (319) 273-5888.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Bliss Browne, founder and president of Imagine Chicago, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Lang Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Browne's address, 'Renewing Systems from Within: Harnessing Imagination for Public Good,' will open UNI's 2002-2003 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series.

Since 1992, Imagine Chicago has engaged many communities in Chicago and across the world in understanding, imagining and creating the future they value through intergenerational civic projects, said Christopher Martin, co-chair of the Hearst Lecture Series committee. Martin says Browne's perspectives become particularly relevant as Cedar Falls and Waterloo consider a bid for Vision Iowa funds.

Browne is a graduate of Yale, Harvard, and Northwestern University with degrees in history, theology, and finance. She is an Episcopal priest and was formerly a corporate banking executive at First Chicago. She serves on several museum advisory boards, as a director of seven Chicago non-profit organizations and was a member of the Saguaro seminar on Civic Engagement in America. Browne is internationally known for her uncommon ability to bring widely separated groups into productive dialogue.

The Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series is sponsored by the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Department of Communication Studies. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christopher Martin at (319) 273-2788.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Dissent and Patriotism' is the focus of a discussion by Peg Mullen, author of 'Unfriendly Fire.' The event will be Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The discussion is sponsored by the Leadership Studies Program and is open to the public, free of charge.

Mullen, a native of the Cedar Valley, wrote 'Unfriendly Fire' after her son's death by friendly fire in Vietnam. During the program she will answer questions and will be available to autograph books afterwards.

According to Gerri Perreault, director of the UNI Leadership Studies Program, the purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity to learn about the leadership views and practices of leaders from across a variety of sectors of society.

To reserve seating call 273-2332.


A new book co-authored by UNI Professor of Social Work Katherine van Wormer encourages the controversial harm-reduction focus when it comes to teens and substance abuse. 'That means encouraging moderate as opposed to binge drinking, for instance. Behavior that is forbidden becomes an attraction to many teens. I think adolescents should learn to drink from moderate drinkers rather than drunken peers.'

In 'Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective,' van Wormer also notes that teens who are risk-takers are likely to try drugs, but so are the very shy and inhibited ones. 'They tend to be easily led, and will often follow their peers into drug use.' Teens prone to depression often try to self-medicate, and are therefore likely to not only try illegal substances but also to use them long-term.

She says the potential for long-term physical damage as a result of drug use is high with teens. MRI scans show teens are more susceptible to the effects of drugs because their brains aren't mature, and won't be until about age 23. The book also points out that other addictions, like risk and gambling, are just as dangerous as substance abuse, and teens aren't immune. 'It's not always the substance, but the addictive tendency in the individual. Some people get addicted to everything they touch,' van Wormer says.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa � Administrators, public safety officials and students at the University of Northern Iowa have devised a plan they hope will lead to a safe, enjoyable homecoming. UNI's homecoming activities run Monday, Sept. 30, through Saturday, Oct. 5.

Renee Romano, vice president for educational and student services at UNI, said the size and tenor of last year's celebration in the College Hill neighborhood that borders the university were the catalysts for the plan.

'We considered that situation to be potentially dangerous for students and visitors,' explained Romano.

She noted that while last year's event ended with an unusually high number of citations from the Cedar Falls Police Department, only a handful of those went to UNI students. 'This year, we want homecoming visitors to be aware that we are aggressively targeting anyone who displays negative behavior,' said Romano. 'We are asking UNI students to take leadership roles during the celebration, and we're reminding our visitors there are heavy penalties for illegal acts such as underage drinking and using fake identification to purchase alcohol.'

The plan focuses on safety issues, new city ordinances and coordinating the efforts of the university, city and community organizations. An information campaign includes a series of four posters to increase awareness of the consequences of negative or illegal behavior, a brochure that will be mailed to students and distributed in residence halls, and meetings with student and community organizations.

The brochure contains guidelines for parties, reminding hosts about city ordinances regarding noise and alcohol consumption; tips for celebrating safely within large crowds; and reminders that the fine for using fake identification to purchase/consume alcohol is $145, while the fine for supplying alcohol to minors can run as high as $1,500.

'We certainly don't want to inhibit the fun that typifies UNI's homecoming celebration,' Romano said. 'But we are going to be vigilant about safety.'


One of the largest debate tournaments in the nation, the 2002 Ulrich Season Opener Debate Tournament, will take place Saturday through Monday, Sept. 28-30, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Hosted by the UNI Forensic Program, the tournament is expected to draw more than 70 teams from 40 different colleges and universities. Leah White, UNI director of forensics, said teams are entered from as far away as Pittsburgh; Denton, Texas; and Long Beach, Calif.

Sessions Saturday and Sunday will be held in classrooms and buildings throughout the campus, while Monday's tournament elimination rounds will be held at the Ramada Inn in Waterloo.

The UNI Forensic Program is open to all students interested in competitive speech and debate. Last year, the UNI debate program was ranked second in the Central District according to the Cross Examination Debate Association annual rankings, and the speech team was ranked 19th at the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament. Catherine Palczweski is the director of debate at UNI and Will Major is the director of individual events.

The tournament is named in honor of the late Walter Ulrich, former debate coach at UNI.

September 25, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will begin its 2002-2003 season with 'The Laramie Project,' on Thursday, Oct. 10, for a two-week run in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Directed by Cynthia Goatley, UNI professor of theatre, and written by Moises Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project, 'The Laramie Project' is a compilation of more than 200 interviews with the people of Laramie, Wyo., exploring their reactions to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student from their community.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 10-12 and Oct. 16-19, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 12, 13 and 20. The Oct. 13 and 18 performances will include post-performance discussions about the play and the community. In addition, the Oct. 18 discussion will be attended by Rebecca Hilliker, head of the theatre department at the University of Wyoming and a featured character in the play.

Portraying more than 60 characters, the ensemble cast includes theatre students Ben Layne of Cedar Falls, Sarah Noll of Dubuque, Karle J. Meyers of Malcolm, Nathan V. Maly Manson, Michael D. Frieden of Muscatine, Gretchen Carter of Sioux City and Ben Powell of Virginia Beach, Va.

Richard Glockner, UNI associate professor of theatre, will play the role of Dennis Shepard, Matthew's father, and Michele Francis, a guest performer from Cedar Rapids, will play the role of Rebecca Hilliker.

Theatre UNI's production of 'The Laramie Project' features scenic design by Leonard Curtis, UNI associate professor of theatre; costume design by Carol Colburn, UNI professor of theatre; and lighting design by Mark A. Parrott, staff designer.

Admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for UNI students and youth. Tickets are available by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381 or online at

September 24, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has formed a partnership with Xavier University of Louisiana to increase the number of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who will serve underrepresented and urban youths.

Project Affirm, which was created by Nancy Martino of Xavier, is funded by a renewable $186,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Through the project, graduates of Xavier, a historically black college, will come to UNI for graduate-level training in the field. They will pay in-state tuition, work with mentors, and complete their externships in New Orleans public schools. Martino is the principal investigator and author of the grant, as well.

'In our profession, there is a scarcity of speech-language pathologists from minority groups, and we are always searching for ways that we can attract bright individuals from this talent pool,' said John Somervill, dean of UNI's Graduate College.

Somervill said only 8.5 percent of the SLPs certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association are members of underrepresented groups. At the same time, there is a growing number of culturally and racially diverse students who could need assistance. The population of New Orleans' Orleans Parish School System, for instance, had a 95.7 percent non-white enrollment for the 1998-99 school year.

'We know in our profession that there is a lack of understanding related to the linguistic and cultural aspects of children from underrepresented groups and those from urban areas,' said Clifford Highnam, head of UNI's Department of Communicative Studies. 'That's why Project Affirm is so important.'

The Project Affirm goal is to have awarded master's degrees to 18 students, have another six completing the first year of graduate school, and still another six newly enrolled by 2006.

September 23, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Patricia Sitlington, professor of special education, has been named the recipient of the Philip G. Hubbard Award for Outstanding Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Sitlington will use the award's $18,000 stipend to establish a scholarship for those planning to teach students with disabilities at the secondary level.

Sitlington is a nationally recognized scholar in special education for secondary school and those transitioning to adult life. At UNI, she has received the Donald McKay Research Award, the Regents Faculty Excellence Award, and the College of Education Excellence in Scholarship Award. She received the Oliver P. Kolstoe Award for Lifelong Achievement in Career Development and Transition, bestowed by the International Division on Career Development and Transition, Council for Exceptional Children.

Consistently recognized as a strong mentor to students, Sitlington also has served on several university and college committees, including the Council on Teacher Education, Professional Review Committee for the Graduate College dean, and the College of Education Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning Committee (co-chair). She is a Standing Grant Review Panel member for the special education branch of the federal government, and has obtained more than $6.5 million in external funds for grant proposals she either authored or co-authored.'

The award was created by Joseph A. Walder, founder of Integrated DNA Technologies Inc. of Coralville, and a former University of Iowa faculty member. He has established similar awards at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, honoring Philip Hubbard who was named vice president for student services at the University of Iowa in 1971. Hubbard was the first African American vice president at a Big Ten university. In establishing the award, Walder quoted Hubbard, saying, 'While we celebrate our achievements in science, sport, and culture, we must always remember that the critical measure of a great society is the successful investment of its moral and material resources to ensure freedom and opportunity for all its children.'

Sitlington was presented the award during the UNI faculty meeting earlier this month, by Roman Terrill, vice president of Integrated DNA Technologies.

September 22, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's School of Music will host its 21st annual Scholarship Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27. This yearᄅネs event, 'Rhythm and Smooth,' will be presented in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Performers for the evening include guest artists SONSAX, a Costa Rican saxophone and percussion band. Also featured will be the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the UNI Percussion Ensemble, the Concert Chorale, the UNI Singers, the UNI Wind Symphony, and the UNI Flute choir. Other student performers will include pianist Edwin Neimann, and the George Walker Society of Music. Several faculty and alumni will perform, among them soprano Jean McDonald and tenor Jeffrey Birth, clarinetist Jack Graham and guest pianist Joan Smalley, tubist Jeffrey Funderburk and guest pianist Iva Navratova, and bass-baritone Won Cho and pianist Robin Guy.

In previous years, the event had been presented on two consecutive nights in UNIネs Russell Hall. But, explains John Vallentine, director of UNI's School of Music, the new Gallagher-Bluedorn offers an acoustically perfect hall with additional seating, so the concert will occur on one night only. 'This event features some of the best talent at UNI and the concert has received standing ovations in the past for performance excellence' Vallentine stated. 'Weᄅネre excited that this is our 21st annual event providing needed support for our students,'he said. The program includes a wide-range of music favorites, from Broadway to Classical.

Vallentine, who noted that recent budget cuts have had serious impact on tuition costs for UNI students, said this year's concert is more important than ever. 'Providing scholarships is the number-one reason we present this concert,'he said. 'Audience members and donors know that their contributions go directly to provide support for our students.' 'We're a nationally and internationally recognized School of Music, but if we want to continue to attract the best students we have to be able to provide financial assistance for them and their families.ᄅリ

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center box office, on the Web at, by calling 1-877-273-SHOW, or are available at the door for $25. All proceeds to the Scholarship Benefit Endowment will be used for future music scholarships for students.

September 19, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Figured Ceramics,' an invitational exhibition of figurative ceramic art will be presented by the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art from Tuesday, Oct. 1 through Friday,

Oct. 25.

Internationally renowned artist, Arthur Gonzalez, one of eight featured artists for the show, will give a lecture about his work at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Kamerick Art Building Art Auditorium, Room 111. Support for this lecture has come from the Martha Ellen Tye Visiting Artist/Scholar Series.

'Figured Ceramics' is an exhibition of new work with the human form as the principal subject, which has become an emerging genre in the discipline of ceramics arts, according to Darrell Taylor, acting director of the UNI Gallery of Art. He added that many of the most important artists working with the figure are represented in this exhibition.

In addition to lecturer Arthur Gonzalez, the artists participating are Adrian Arleo, Kate Blacklock, Gina Bobrowski, Justin Novak, Louise Radochonski, Nan Smith, and Tim Taunton. The curator is JoAnn Schnabel, UNI professor of art. The show is supported, in part, by an Iowa Arts Council project grant.

The exhibition, lecture, and opening reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit

September 18, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The dynamic changes in 17th century associated with political crisis, urbanization, new lifestyle attitudes and literary developments and growth will be the topic of the 29th Annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History at the University of Northern Iowa, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Chun-shu Chang, Richard Hudson Professor of History at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, will deliver the lecture in Seerley Hall, Room 115. It is open to the public, free of charge.

Born in China, Chang completed his undergraduate historical work at National Taiwan University, and his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1964, and joined the Michigan faculty in 1966. With an extensive academic focus spanning from 1600 B.C. to 1911 A.D., he is best known for Han, Song and Ming-Qing studies, according to Charles Holcombe, UNI professor of history, who is coordinating the Becker lecture.

Chang has written or edited 12 books and short works. He is the first Honorary Professor of Chinese History in the Peopleᄅネs Republic of China, has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and has directed several archaeological expeditions to northwest China.

The memorial history lecture is given in honor of the late Carl L. Becker, a native of Reinbeck, and a distinguished scholar and teacher who became one of Americaᄅネs most respected historians. He is most commonly known for warning people not to become slaves to weapons of mechanical power in fear they may, in the end, destroy themselves.

The Becker Memorial Lecture marks the first in the 2002-2003 History Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNI Department of History, UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization. The Becker Lecture is supported by the Donald & Alleen Howard Endowment Fund, in the UNI Foundation.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A chemistry lecture honoring long-time professor of chemistry and department chair Leland Wilson will take place on the University of Northern Iowa campus with a presentation by Becky J. Lewis, UNI chemistry alumnus, Thursday, Sept. 26.

Lewis, in her 22nd year at E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc. will deliver the Sixth Annual Leland Wilson Chemistry Lecture, 'From Bench Top to Marketplace' at 8 p.m, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. Lewis, who holds two patents in stretch fabric formation, will take her listeners through the process of creating stretch fabrics and continue through to marketing. Her address is open to the public and free of charge.

Wilson, who died in 1993, was head of the UNI Department of Chemistry from 1968 to 1975. He received the Centennial Outstanding Alumnus Award from Eastern Kentucky University in 1974 and the UNI Dean's Award for Superior Achievement in 1979.

September 17, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa, in conjunction with the Iowa Association of College Admissions Counselors, is inviting students from 25 Iowa high schools to participate in the 2002 UNI-Dome College Fair Tuesday, Sept. 24.

High school juniors and seniors will be able to visit with representatives from more than 85 post-secondary institutions from Iowa and surrounding states during the fair, from 9 to 11 a.m., in the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

Students will have the opportunity to browse through displays from the visiting institutions, which include two- and four-year public and private colleges, universities, community colleges, technical and cosmetology schools, as well as the military. Career counseling and financial aid information also will be available.

For more information, contact the UNI Office of Admissions at (319) 273-2281, or toll-free at 1-800-772-2037.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa International Opportunities Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Maucker Union, Expansions A and B, on the UNI campus. The fair is sponsored by UNI Study Abroad in the Office of International Programs. It will open with a welcome address by UNI President Robert Koob and Iowa Senator Donald Redfern.

More than 40 exhibitors from UNI programs and outside organizations will participate in the fair. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of international study programs and internships, as well as volunteer and work options.

Following the fair, there will be three workshops related to international topics, beginning at 3 p.m., in the Maucker Union Ambassador Room. Workshops are: 'Making the Most of Your International Experience: Resume, Job Search, and Grad School Application,' at 3 p.m.; 'Internships and Work Abroad Programs,' at 4 p.m.; and 'Study Abroad Basics: Getting Started,' at 5 p.m. The workshop series is co-sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the UNI Career Center. Students may attend one, two or all three sessions.

Pre-registration is not required to attend the fair or the workshop series.

More information about the fair is available by contacting UNI Study Abroad at

(319) 273-7078, or by visiting the program's Web site at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Dance Companies will present the annual Family Weekend Dance Concert at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The UNI Orchesis Dance Company, directed by Ranae Keane-Bamsey; and the International Dance Theatre, directed by Kathleen Kerr, will present a show that includes ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and world dance.

Student members of the International Dance Theatre are Renae Arbabian of Des Moines, Heather Bailey and Paula Decker of Cedar Falls, Katherine Fowler of Cedar Rapids, Shawn Cannon and Joplyn Van Houten of Council Bluffs, Tien Chau of An Giang, Vietnam, Polly Chang of Hong Kong, Alicia Johnson of Nevada, Holly Karlen of Polk City, Kimberly Kirchner of Spencer, Erin Therese Maxson of Decorah, Jill McGinnis of Urbandale, Judith Slaikeu of La Porte City, Matthew Torres of San Antonio, and Brenna Vogel of Knoxville. Faculty members are Russell Campbell and Kay Stensrud. Alumni participating are Kristin Anderson of Sioux City, and Anna Kretz of Dubuque. Aviva Milner-Brage of Cedar Falls is a member as well.

Student members of Orchesis are Michelle Arp, Caitlin Gillies, Anne Hoffman and Heather Turner, all of Davenport; Alisa Balm of Spirit Lake; Emily Barrich of Webster City; Jamie Buhman of Bettendorf; Andrea Buelt of Waterloo; Angie Doorenbos of Boyden; Emily Fassbinder of Dubuque; Morgan Fields of Marshalltown; Lori Gaither of Iowa City; Jenny Heiman of Muscatine; Julie Hicks of Knoxville; Jaimie Howard of Sioux City; Leslie Long of Cedar Rapids; Brianne Policha of Clinton; Laura Seamans of Ionia; Michiru Shiraishi of Yokohama-Shi, Japan, and Julius Thomas of Gary, Ind.

There is no charge to attend the show.

September 16, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Regional Business Center and the Iowa Entrepreneurial Consortium will be hosting Fast Trac, a national training program for new and existing entrepreneurs, beginning Oct. 5.

This eight-week comprehensive class will allow participants to explore their business concept and growth strategies, gain insight into analyzing financial statements, conduct market research, learn about financing programs and create a business plan. Each session will include classroom instruction, a discussion with an expert from the local business community, and an opportunity to network with other Cedar Valley entrepreneurs.

Classes will be held on Saturday mornings, from 8 to 11:30 a.m., Oct. 5 through Nov. 23, at the UNI Regional Business Center, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo. The fee for this comprehensive class is $199 per business.

For more information or to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 22nd Annual University of Northern Iowa Career Fair will take place from 2 to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23, in the UNI-Dome.

'Students should know that their careers begin the day they come to UNI,' said Susan Schwieger UNI Career Center associate director. 'The fair is intended to provide students and alumni opportunities for networking, career exploration, internships and employment. While contacts often result in employment, this isn't primarily a job fair. It's part of the education process. The goal is to help people expand their career horizons and knowledge so they can make sound choices.'

The Career Fair is open to all UNI students and alumni. Nearly 135 representatives from business, industry, non-profit and government organizations, including 30 from professional and graduate schools, will participate in the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their resume to give to company and organization representatives.

An Interview Day has been added to complement the Career Fair. It will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Maucker Union. More than 20 employers who attend the Career Fair will participate in the Interview Day and will build their interview schedules from the contacts made at the fair. Those wishing to arrange interviews must attend the Career Fair to sign up.

The Career Fair is organized and sponsored by the UNI Career Center. A list of participating organizations is available online at For more information, contact Susan Schwieger, UNI Career Center associate director, at (319) 273-6857.


The September meeting of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will take place at the University of Iowa, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 18 and 19. Several issues pertaining to UNI will be on the docket. Those issues, and the individuals who can best address them, follow below.

The full docket is available on the Web at

Tuition increase

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

Capital register

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration & finance, (319) 273-2382

Strategic investments/request for 34 tenure-track faculty lines

Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517

Phased retirement program

Nick Bambach, director, Human Resource Services, (319) 273-2423

Physical Plant energy management program

Dean Shoars, director, Physical Plant, (319) 273-2582

Report on academic program reviews

Susan Koch, associate provost, (319) 273-2518

Organizational review phase II-3

Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs (319) 273-2517


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Breuss family of West Des Moines will be honored as the University of Northern Iowa 2002 Family of the Year by the UNI Parents Association on Saturday, Sept. 21. Their recognition is a part of the annual UNI Family Fest celebration Friday through Sunday, Sept. 20-22.

They will be honored at an outdoor tailgate event, from 2 to 4 p.m., prior to the UNI football game against Stephen F. Austin State University in the UNI-Dome. They will also receive recognition at halftime of the football game.

The Breuss family includes parents Rick and Rose, and their children Ricki and Katelyn. Ricki, a UNI senior management major, nominated his family for the award because of their continuous support, teaching and guidance.

Rick and Rose live in West Des Moines, where Rick works as a Corporate Auditor for Principal Financial and Rose is a Marketing Coordinator for the McGowen, Hurst, Clark, and Smith CPA firm.

Ricki will graduate from UNI in May 2003 with a degree in business management. He has served as President of the Student Alumni Ambassadors and house manager for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and been a member of the SAVE Organization: Mentors in Violence Prevention, the Wellness and Recreation Advisory Committee, the summer orientation staff and the Sigma Iota Service Fraternity.

Katelyn is 16 years old and attends West Des Moines Dowling High School.

For more information, contact Ali Sieren, UNI Office of Development, (319) 273-6078.

September 15, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A director/designer presentation for 'The Laramie Project,' next month's season-opening production for Theatre UNI, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the Bertha Martin Theatre of the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The presentation will allow Director Cynthia Goatley, UNI associate professor of theatre, and the show's scenic, lighting, and costume designers to share their vision and interpretation of the play that will be presented by Theatre UNI, Oct. 10-20.

Moises Kaufman's 'The Laramie Project' is a docudrama that explores a small Wyoming town's reactions to the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student. The play challenges audiences to examine their own prejudices and consider the question: Could this happen in our community?

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson at (319) 273-6387.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present 'The Good Wife,' a poetry performance by Georgia Scott, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The presentation is sponsored in part by the Martha Ellen Tye Guest Artist Fund. It is free and open to the public.

Focused around the theme of Communist-ruled Poland after World War II, 'The Good Wife' is a collection of candid, yet emotional, poems of everyday life from the women's point-of-view, according to Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director for Theatre UNI.

Scott, originally from Boston, is an associate professor of English at the University of Gdansk, in Poland. She has worked as a reporter and a human rights activist. Her poetry has been translated into Danish, Polish and Czech.

A reception and book signing will follow Scott's performance. For more information, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Following four consecutive record-setting years, the University of Northern Iowa's fall enrollment stands at 13,926 students, a decrease of 144 or 1 percent.

The decrease in this fall's official enrollment figure had been anticipated, according to UNI Registrar Philip Patton. Each year, UNI updates its 10-year enrollment projection and officials told the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, last April to expect enrollment of about 13,880 for fall 2002, down from the 2001 fall enrollment of 14,070.

While new freshman, transfer and graduate student numbers are down, there has been an increase in the number of returning students, implying that once students enroll at UNI, they are satisfied with their total educational experience, Patton says.

In a letter to regents last week, UNI President Robert Koob told the board members, 'About 95 percent of our undergraduate students are residents of Iowa, so how the citizens of Iowa view public education and its affordability will be directly reflected in our enrollment.'

Following a year of statewide budget cuts and several reductions to UNI's budget, Koob told board members, 'we are planning and taking action to reduce our enrollment to match our resources.' He said that in spite of a 29.8 percent tuition increase in the past two years, for the first time in his tenure as president, UNI had begun its fiscal year with a decrease in its General Fund Budget.

'Quality instruction is our number one priority and is our continuing commitment,' he said. 'We may see further declines in enrollment in the future, but that will be influenced by appropriations and recruitment strategies.'

Among specific enrollment categories for fall 2002, UNI's returning undergraduate enrollment is up 165, or 1.8 percent; returning graduates are up 113, or 9.6 percent; total non-resident enrollment is up 85, or 8 percent; and, total minority enrollment is up 41, or 5.7 percent. Those categories experiencing decreases include new freshmen, down 239, or 11.4 percent; new transfers 102, or 8.4 percent; and, new graduate students, 65, or 15.3 percent.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Grand Isle Stories,' a new play about the Louisiana barrier island town of Grand Isle and its people, will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21, at the UNI Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The play is written and directed by Dennis Doyle, UNI alumnus and associate professor of communication studies at Central College in Pella.

Grand Isle, the Cajun-influenced barrier island known for its protection of New Orleans during violent storms, inspired Doyle and a group of 15 Central College students to conduct interviews with several of the town's residents. The interviews became the 'Grand Isle Stories,' a collection of stories about life in the Louisiana shrimping community.

Admission is free. For further information, contact Karen Mitchell at (319) 273-2640.

September 12, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Northern Iowa is ranked second in the 'Midwestern Universities -- Master's' category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2003 'America's Best Colleges' guidebook.

The magazine's ranking criteria include peer assessment, academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving rate.

UNI also ranked in the top tier of a combined list of public and private Midwest regional universities.

Truman State University in Missouri was ranked first among public institutions in the 'Midwest Universities -- Master's' category, also for the sixth consecutive year.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The annual Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon Race will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at the University of Northern Iowa's B parking lot across University Avenue from Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

This electric car endurance contest promotes energy efficiency and demonstrates the viability of cars powered by electricity. Approximately one dozen teams from Iowa high schools designed and built one-person electric cars that will compete in heats at 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Each team also must raise funds, obtain donated equipment, handle public relations and report on their progress monthly. Schools with teams in the race are: Bayfield Schools, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Forest City High School, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School, Hubbard-Radcliffe High School, Jefferson-Scranton, Jesup Community Schools, Marcus-Meridan-Cleghorn, Muscatine, North Platte High School, Norwalk Community School District, Perry High School, Pomeroy-Palmer, Real World Education in Waverly, Sioux Central Community School, St. Ansgar, St. Thomas Academy, and Waukee.

The event is sponsored by Alliant Energy, the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, the UNI Industrial Technology Center, and the Iowa Renewable Energy Association (I-RENEW).


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'In Style with UNI,' a free fashion show featuring casual and athletic wear bearing the newest UNI athletics logo, will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, on the UNI-Dome's east plaza.

Julie Bright, UNI associate athletic director/business services, said local retailers will offer a preview of UNI fashions and other merchandise available at Cedar Valley stores. There also will be discount coupons from participating retailers.

Bob Justis, who regularly announces Panther athletic games, will be master of ceremonies.

Among the models will be Rick Hartzell, UNI's athletic director; Rick Coleman, KWWL sports director; Tony DiCecco, head women's basketball coach, and his wife Kristi; Brad Nelson, assistant women's basketball coach, and his family; and Nick Ungs, the Missouri Valley Conference baseball championship's most valuable player. Student-athletes, students and community members also will model apparel.

Cedar Valley retailers participating in the show are Palace Clothiers of Cedar Falls and Waterloo; and Iowa Sports Supply, Pheasant Ridge Pro Shop, Scheel's, University Book & Supply, Wal-Mart. all of Cedar Falls; and

The show, part of the annual Family Weekend celebration, is sponsored by the UNI Office of University Marketing and Public Relations. For more information, contact Julie Bright, associate director of athletics, (319) 273-2475

September 11, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Family Weekend officially kicks off at the University of Northern Iowa with a performance, the New Wave Vaudeville Show, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center's Great Hall. Admission is free for UNI students and children 11 and under. Tickets are $5 for all others.

Saturday's events include college open houses from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Panther Style Show at 1 p.m. on the UNI-Dome East Plaza, free root beer floats at 1:30 p.m. in Redeker Center, and the Family Feast Tailgate from 2 to 4 p.m. on the plaza as well. Cost for meals is $6.75 for adults, and $2.50 for children 11 and under. During the tailgate, UNI President Robert Koob will present the Family of the Year. West Des Moines senior Ricky Breuss and his family will receive this award.

The UNI Panthers will host the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at 4:05 p.m. in the UNI-Dome, and the volleyball team will play Creighton University at 7 p.m. in the West Gym.

The weekend closes Sunday, Sept. 22, with a brunch at the Towers Dining Center and the Piazza in Redeker Center. Tickets in advance are $4.75 for adults, $3.75 for children 5 to 11, and free for those under 5.

For tickets to Family Weekend events, call (319) 2734-7469, or (877) 549-7469. For more information about Family Weekend, call the UNI Office of Development, (319) 273-6078, or (800) 782-9522.

September 10, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Day, focusing on entrepreneurship and success, will take place on the University of Northern Iowa campus Thursday, Sept. 19.

UNIネs John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) and the College of Business Administration will host the event in Curris Business Building Room 109, the John Deere Auditorium, beginning at 9 a.m. A number of guest speakers and workshops for students, faculty and persons interested in entrepreneurship or small business will be offered. All guest speaker presentations are free and open to the public.

Farzad Moussavi, interim dean of the College of Business Administration, and Randy Pilkington, JPEC interim director, will present a 9 a.m. welcome. John Pappajohn, president of Equity Dynamics, a venture capital firm in Des Moines, will speak on 'What Makes a Person an Entrepreneur and Do You Have What It Takes?,' at 9:15 a.m.

At 10:15, 'The Truth About Money: Venture Capital and Doing a Deal,' will be presented by Matt Kinley, a 1990 accounting graduate who is senior vice president of Equity Dynamics, and Steve Dickinson, a 1976 political science graduate who is a partner in the Des Moines office of the Dorsey & Whitney law firm.

'ABF: One of America's Fastest Growing Companies with a UNI Connection,' will be presented at 11 a.m. by Dan Schmitt, president of Anthony, Allan and Quinn in St. Louis, and a 1989 UNI marketing graduate. His firm has started five companies in the last eight years, including ABF (Advanced Business Fulfillment).

Two small business workshops will be presented from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. They require advanced registration, as space is limited. Mike Hahn, program manager of the UNI Regional Business Center, will present 'How to Start a Small Business,' and Avriel Davis, program manager of the UNI Small Business Development Center, will present 'How to Write a Business Plan.' These workshops are being sponsored by the JPEC, and include a light lunch. Call (319) 273-7350, or e-mail for a workshop reservation, no later than Monday, Sept. 16.

A full schedule of activities and information on all presenters may be viewed at the JPECネs Web site, A live Web cast of guest speaker presentations will be available on this page for individuals unable to attend, and videotapes of the three guest speaker presentations will be available from the JPEC for a nominal fee.

The JPEC was funded, in 1996, by a gift from Pappajohn and his wife, Mary.

Additional information on UNI's JPEC program is available by calling the center at (319) 273-7350 or visiting its Web site at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Heroes and Strangers,' a documentary exploring relationships between a father and daughter and a father and son, will open a year-long 'Reel to Real' film series at the University of Northern Iowa, from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The film will be shown in the Maucker Union's University Room North. Admission is free and open to the public.

Guy Sims, assistant director of Maucker Union, said the year-long Reel to Real series will present short films worthy of reflection, discussion, challenge, and criticism, in a setting that is both comfortable and conducive for conversation.

The series, sponsored by the Maucker Union Student Activities office, will continue Oct. 23, with 'Pornography: The Double Message.'

For more information contact Guy Sims at (319) 273-2683.

September 8, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new class of Presidential Scholars has begun its studies on the University of Northern Iowa campus this fall.

____(Name)____ of ___(Address / Hometown)___ is among the eight students to receive the four-year, full-ride scholarships. They are funded through the Office of the President at UNI. The awards, which provide free tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees for health, student services and computer, are valued at $8,758 for Iowa residents and $15,066 for out-of-state students for the 2002-2003 academic year. The students must maintain the academic excellence for which the awards have been granted.

The select group will take part in scholars-only seminars, be eligible for special travel/study opportunities and receive extensive individual advising. All will be required to complete a senior thesis or project.

UNI President Robert Koob said, 'The University of Northern Iowa's Presidential Scholars program accords to students of exceptional academic performance the same recognition and financial aid benefits that universities have long accorded to students of exceptional athletic ability. The program represents a deep commitment to academic excellence at the University.'

Members of the Presidential Scholars Board are: Gretta Berghammer, chair, professor of theatre; Betty DeBerg, professor and head, Department of Philosophy and Religion; Beverly Kopper, professor of psychology; Vickie Robinson, assistant professor of education; Ira Simet, associate professor of chemistry; Robert Seager, professor of biology; Kathy Oakland, instructor in teaching; Harry Brod, professor of philosophy and humanities, and director of the University Honors Program; and Philip Patton, UNI Registrar.

Students who are in the top 10 percent of their high school class and who scored a 29 or higher on the ACT test are eligible to apply. Those in classes consisting of fewer than 50 people must be in the top 5 percent of their class. High school seniors interested in being considered for this award in the fall of 2003 need to be sure their applications are postmarked no later than Oct. 1.

Note: to obtain a complete list of the scholarship winners, please contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --'Sole Power,' a project designed to encourage non-motorized commuting to the University of Northern Iowa campus, will host a fall kick-off event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Maucker Union Plaza.

'The purpose is for people to leave their cars at home and instead walk, bike or rollerblade to campus,' said Kathy Gulick, UNI director of University Health Services. 'It's part of a method that's called the 'green triangle model,' which encourages physical fitness and saves people money.' This is the fifth year for Sole Power at UNI.

Among the day's events, UNI Public Safety will register bikes, 'Arrive Alive' will sell Bell helmets for $7, and Europa Cycle & Ski will provide free bike tune-ups. The Outdoor Recreation Office will provide information on its program offerings and information will be provided about the UNI Panther Shuttle. Information about campus recreational walking routes and the Cedar Valley Recreational Trail maps also will be available. T-shirts, water bottles and bike bells can be earned for pledging to increase car-free commuting.

Assisting Gulick in the event is UNI student Christi Miller from Marshalltown.

For more information, contact Gulick at (319) 273-6921.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Fifteen Provost Scholarships, part of the Presidential Scholars program at the University of Northern Iowa, have been awarded to students who began their studies this fall on the UNI campus.

__(Name)__ of __(Address/Hometown)__, is among the students receiving Provost awards.

The awardees receive stipends that cover UNI tuition and mandatory health, student services and computer fees, valued at $4,118 for the 2002-2003 academic year. The scholarships are renewable for four years and will be adjusted to cover any rise in tuition and fees.

The program is funded through the Office of the President at UNI. To be eligible for Presidential Scholar and Provost Scholar awards, students must score at least a 29 on the American College Testing (ACT) exam and be in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. Students in classes with fewer than 50 students must be in the top 5 percent of their classes.

High school seniors interested in being considered for these awards in the fall of 2003, need to ensure their applications are postmarked no later than Oct. 1.

Note: to obtain a complete list of the scholarship winners, please contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.

September 5, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Steps to Peace,' a 15-minute video released by families of 9/11 victims, will be shown at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11. The showing takes place in Room 109 of the University of Northern Iowa's Curris Business Building, and is free and open to the public.

For more information about 'Steps to Peace,' visit

September 4, 2002 - 7:00pm


Teaching Through Crisis: How Instructors Addressed 9/11 in the Classroom

Victoria DeFrancisco and Gayle Pohl, both in the Department of Communication Studies, conducted a nationwide survey to find out how faculty addressed the events of 9/11 in their classrooms and student responses. Faculty around the country indicated a strong need to help students make sense of the events. Faculty found that by doing so, they could also educate students on the surrounding events and cultures, help reduce stereotyping, provide a constructive means to process emotions resulting from the tragedy, and make course content more relevant and understandable.

On the scene after 9/11

Milissa Wright, a lieutenant for UNI Public Safety, traveled to Ground Zero in March, to help NYPD officers de-stress as they continued the grisly clean-up efforts. Although she was onsite for only about one week, Wright's life has been dramatically changed. 'Having worked with those officers at Ground Zero puts faces and families with the event for me,' she said. 'I remember the officers I had contact with, and think of some of their personal situations they discussed. I hope they are able to do something positive to support themselves and those around them.'

9/11 and elementary schools

For her dissertation, Diane McCarty asked elementary school principals nationwide how they responded to the 9/11 tragedy. Through a survey, McCarty -- formerly a principal herself -- was surprised to find that some school heads made little attempt to use the event as a teaching tool. 'They didn't see any real connection between what they do at school and what happened that day,' she said. 'But for others, they saw it as a life-changing event, much the same way the Kennedy assassination was for my generation.'

McCarty also collected extensive data on whether the principals view the quality of education as a contributor to national security, whether patriotic emphasis increased in schools, and whether schools employed crisis plans to respond to the tragedy.

Theatre UNI production focuses on 9/11 after effects

Theatre UNI will open the Off-Hudson play-reading series this season with a reading of Anne Nelson's 'The Guys' on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in CAC 108. The reading will be directed by Jay Edelnant and feature Department of Theatre faculty Cynthia Goatley as Joan, an editor who helps a fire captain write obituaries for the men he lost on 9/11. Richard Glockner is Nick, the fire captain. The reading is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jennifer Read Hawthorne, co-author of 'Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' will be the keynote speaker during the University of Northern Iowa's Diversity Week celebration.

Her address, 'Chicken Soup for the Soul of America,' will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, in the Maucker Union Expansion. There is no charge to attend.

Also the co-author of 'Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul,' 'A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' and 'Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul,' her books have sold more than 10 million copies. In 1997, 'USA Today' noted that 'Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' was one of only three books to appear on its top-50 bestseller list every week of that year. The same article named her and co-author Marci Shimoff the top female authors of the year.

Diversity Week, a celebration of differing cultures, runs Sunday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Sept. 13, at UNI.

Read Hawthorne's appearance is sponsored by the UNI Speakers Committee.

September 3, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS -- University of Northern Iowa Women?s Rugby Club members Libby Caplan of Cedar Falls and Katrina Cox of Harlan were selected first team All-Americans by USA Rugby for the 2001-2002 season. They are members of the Division II national champion team. Players are selected based on their season performance by a committee of rugby coaches and administrators.

There are more than 300 women's collegiate teams and approximately 7,000 players nationwide. The top 29 were selected to be on the first team.

Steve Murra has been the UNI women's rugby coach since the team's formation in 1994. Under his tenure, the women's teams have compiled a 229-17 record.

September 2, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) in partnership with Ketels Contract Training will offer two hands-on computer software training courses this fall.

'Microsoft Excel' will run three consecutive Thursdays between Sept. 12 and 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. The modules will cover beginning, intermediate and advanced skills, respectively. Participants may register for individual modules, or for all three at a discounted rate. The course instructor will be Chris Case.

'Microsoft Access' training will be offered on consecutive Tuesdays, from 8 a.m. to noon, between Oct. 15 and 29. The first module will cover beginning skills. The second module will address intermediate and advanced topics over two class periods. Participants may register for individual modules, or for both at a discounted rate. This class also will be taught by Chris Case.

All classes will be held at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St, in downtown Waterloo. Class sizes are limited to 14. Fees vary. For more information contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's second annual Day of Peace will be Monday, Sept. 9.

A Peace Fair, with various related organizations showcasing their efforts and recruiting students, takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Maucker Union Expansion.

At 2 p.m., two members of the Lakota Nation, Albert White Hat Sr., and Ione Quigley, will present 'A Native American's Perspective on World Peace.' The Taste the World reception, featuring free refreshments and appetizers native to countries across the globe, will follow the presentation. Both events are in the Expansion.

Jennifer Read Hawthorne, co-author of 'Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul,' will offer 'Chicken Soup for the Soul of America,' at 7:30 p.m. in the Expansion. A candlelighting ceremony at the Maucker Union fountain will follow.

Day of Peace is sponsored by UN'I in Peace, the UNI Speakers Committee, Northern Iowa Student Government, and the Center for Multicultural Education.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jennifer Read Hawthorne, co-author of 'Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' will be the keynote speaker during the University of Northern Iowa's Diversity Week celebration.

Her address, 'Chicken Soup for the Soul of America,' will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, in the Maucker Union Expansion. There is no charge to attend.

Also the co-author of 'Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul,' 'A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' and 'Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul,' her books have sold more than 10 million copies. In 1997, 'USA Today' noted that 'Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' was one of only three books to appear on its top-50 bestseller list every week of that year. The same article named her and co-author Marci Shimoff the top female authors of the year.

Diversity Week, a celebration of differing cultures, runs Sunday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Sept. 13, at UNI.

Read Hawthorne's appearance is sponsored by the UNI Speakers Committee.

August 29, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Diversity Week will begin Sunday, Sept. 8, with the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Dance at 5:30 p.m. on the Maucker Union plaza. Dancers and professors from around the world will perform and share stories.

Diversity Week promotes cross-cultural awareness and appreciation, said Guy Sims, associate director of UNI's Maucker Union.

The celebration continues Monday, Sept. 9, with a cultural festival from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Maucker Union plaza, featuring the Waterhouse Reggae Band, ethnic foods and cultural information. At 7:30 p.m., Jennifer Read Hawthorne, author of 'Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' will present an address, 'Chicken Soup for the Soul of America,' in the Maucker Union Expansion. Her appearance is sponsored by the UNI Speakers Committee.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, a multicultural student panel will address diversity issues at 3:30 p.m. in the Hemisphere Lounge of the Union. A reception will follow at the Ethnic Minority and Cultural and Educational Center (EMCEC).

Students and professors will share personal experiences during 'Teaching Through Crisis: How Instructors and Students Addressed 9/11 in the Classroom,' Wednesday, Sept. 11, at noon. The event will be in the Hemisphere Lounge of the Union, and will be co-facilitated by Gayle Pohl, associate professor; and Victoria DeFrancisco, professor, both in the Department of Communication.

A university-wide moment of silence will be at 3 p.m. at the Campanile. At 3:30 p.m. an international student panel will begin in the Union's Hemisphere Lounge. The Sept. 11 Remembrance Concert, with performances by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and Metropolitan Chorale, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call (319) 273-SHOW.

Thursday's events begin at noon, with BARNGA, a game that tests intercultural sensitivity, in the Union's Expansion lobby. Also at noon, Milissa Wright, a lieutenant with UNI's Department of Public Safety, will discuss her travels to New York to help NYPD officers deal with the trauma of 9/11. She will make her address in the Hemisphere Lounge of the Union.

At 3:30 p.m. there will be a panel featuring members of the student Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Association in the Hemisphere Lounge. Preacher Moss will present 'End of Racism,' a comedy and lecture performance, at 8 p.m. in the Union's Expansion; and DJ Scratch Academy will cover the art of beat-making at 9 p.m., also in the Expansion.

A wrap-up brunch will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the EMCEC.

For more information, contact Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, (319) 273-2683.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Members of the University of Northern Iowa Spirit Squad recently attended the Universal Cheer and Dance Association (UCA/UDA) College Spirit Camp and Competition in Milwaukee, and received awards for program improvement and overall preparation.

The Spirit Squad is made up of the UNI cheer squad, dance team and mascots. The UCA/UDA camp is the largest college camp of its kind in the world and hosts more than 1,500 cheerleaders, dancers and mascots from the United States and Puerto Rico.

The cheer squad was awarded third place in the sideline competition and received UCA's first-ever Game Day Award for innovative game-day agendas.

The dancers were awarded the Program Improvement trophy and a Superior Rating trophy for overall performance.

The mascots were awarded fourth place for overall performance. This is the first time UNI mascots have received this award.

The UNI Spirit Squads are advised by Ryan McKernan. The UNI Dance Team is coached by Jori Wade-Booth. For more information, visit

Members of the dance team are Lauren Baker of Norwalk, Ashley Brumbaugh of Mt. Pleasant, Kristi Carlberg of Stratford, Stacey Conaway and Kelsie Dawson of Webster City, Lindsey Cutsforth of Waterloo, Holly Davis and Stephanie Guiter of Knoxville, Lindsay Fawcett of Huxley, Franny Horton of Sioux City, Molly McCarthy of Cascade, Jen Lorenz of Cedar Rapids, Mychele Sealine of Dexter, Jennifer Stephens of Marion.

Cheer squad members are Ashley Atherton, Linzie Sawyer and Erin Gavin of Cedar Falls;Courtney Chapman of West Des Moines; Angie Cline of Sioux City; Natalie Ehrecke of Bettendorf; Carly Farnsworth of Waukee; Andrew Fitzpatrick of Boone; Zach French and Joel Shugart of Cedar Rapids; Sarah Hall of Swisher; Matt Hartman of Waverly; Scott Hoelscher of Williams; Ryan Muhlenbruch of Dows; Jamie Pearsall of Davenport; Leslie Pierce of Oregon, Ill.; Philip Pierce of Gary, Ind.; Amanda Rios of Marion; Sam Shafer of Williamsburg; and Ryan Takatsuka and Jackie Whittier of Fort Dodge.

Mascots are Matt Stockdale of Aplington, and Brant Haywood of Eldora.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Parkersburg Economic Development, in partnership with the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center, is launching a specialized business development program for Parkersburg area residents. The Rural Business Accelerator Program (RBAP) is a new entrepreneur-training model designed to provide residents in the Parkersburg areas easier access to business training resources available through UNI.

RBAP consists of three business training courses, two delivered onsite and the third delivered online.

The first course, Smart Start, is free and is being offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, and at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Parkersburg City Hall, 505 Coates St. Smart Start is a two-hour program that briefly covers business planning, financing, credit, legal and tax issues.

Fast Trac is a 10-week entrepreneur-training program that provides participants the tools to start or grow a business. Fast Trac will be offered from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 24 through Nov. 26 at the Parkersburg Civic Center, 502 Third St. Regular cost for the program is $199, but it is being offered in the Parkersburg area for $49.

A highlight of RBAP is a new Web-based component that will be launched in November. This program will offer self-directed curriculums, direct research and marketing assistance from UNI RBC Web-counselors, plus interactive chat that will allow local entrepreneurs to network over the Internet. The Web-based component is designed to help RBAP participants sustain their business ventures during the critical start-up/expansion phase.

For more information contact Juli Grill, Parkersburg Economic Development at (319) 346-1023; Mike Hahn at the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123; or visit