News Release Archive

June 5, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), in cooperation with UNI's Leadership Studies Program, will offer a Waterloo Neighborhoods Leadership Institute that will meet Tuesdays, beginning June 18. Sessions will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., through Tuesday, July 23, at the COPC Office, Room 409, KWWL Building, 500 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. Graduation will be Tuesday, July 30.

Institute topics will include leadership styles, conflict resolution, constructive meeting management, intercultural communication, motivating people, decision-making, roles in a group, and identifying personal assets and neighborhood assets.

The Institute is free and open to members of Waterloo neighborhood associations with preference given to residents of Waterloo's Consolidated Urban Revitalization Area. Meals are provided. Child care and transportation are provided upon request.

Cheryl Faries, project coordinator, said, 'Leaders are made, not born. This training will empower people to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of others in their neighborhoods.'

For further information, contact Cheryl Faries at 287-8164 or or Gerri Perreault at 273-6898 or


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A week of educational political activities is scheduled for the 57th session of the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, beginning Sunday, June 9, at the University of Northern Iowa. The session marks the 50th consecutive year Girls State has met on the UNI campus.

More than 300 high school girls from around the state will learn about the workings of Iowa government. Carissa Overstreet of Bondurant, 2001 Girls State governor, will preside over the sessions and Wendy Riggle of LaPorte City, is the director of Girls State.

Gov. Tom Vilsack will address the delegates at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The Girls State governor will be elected Thursday, June 13. The inauguration of the Girls State governor and state officers will begin at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the GBPAC. National American Legion Auxiliary President Sherry McLaughlin of Vinton will install the officers.

Other speakers during the week will be Alan Feirer, Group Dynamics, at 6:45 p.m., Sunday, June 9; and Iowa State Senator Mark Ziemann of Postville at 1 p.m., and Kathryn Koob, former United States diplomat, at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, June 10. Representatives from the UNI Wellness Center and the Iowa Highway Patrol will speak Wednesday and Thursday, June 12 and 13.

All delegates are assigned to mythical Nationalist and Federalist parties in the state of Hawkeye. There also are four mythical cities called Ladehoff, Hanson, Hinderman and Young; and the mythical counties of Carr and Macrae. During the week, participants will attend party precinct and ward caucuses, elect candidates, and appoint election officials. City council members, mayors, county representatives, senators and state officers also will be elected.

Participants are sponsored by their local American Legion Auxiliaries.

NOTE: For a list of participants, please contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.

June 2, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Accounting has named recipients of department scholarships, and the UNI Accounting Club has elected officers for the 2002-2003 academic year.

The Accounting Club has elected the following officers (all accounting majors): Tim Werning, president, graduate student from Davenport; Kelly Green, vice president, senior from Eldridge; Olya Zelenski, treasurer, senior from West Burlington; Kelly Copeland, communications director, senior from Fairfield; and Meagan Ebling, secretary, junior from Greene. Lee Nicholas, UNI assistant professor of accounting, is the Accounting Club adviser.

The Department of Accounting has awarded 37 scholarships, totaling $88,000, to graduate and undergraduate students for the 2002-2003 academic year.

The ( Name of Scholarship ) in the amount of ( $ amount ) was awarded to ( Name ), ( classification at award ) from ( hometown ). For more information, contact Gerald Smith, head and professor of accounting, (319) 273-2394.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa inducted 154 students into Phi Eta Sigma, national college scholastic honor society for freshmen, during a spring-semester ceremony.

Freshmen with a 3.50 or higher grade point average are eligible for membership. Freshmen initiated into the UNI chapter of Phi Eta Sigma include __(Name)�__ from __( hometown)__.

Phi Eta Sigma members participate in several activities throughout the year, beginning with a picnic during UNI Family Fest. Other activities include celebrating holidays by placing decorations in nursing homes, participating in adopt-a-family during Christmas, and an end-of-year picnic where new officers are elected.

Officers for the 2001-2002 academic year were: Maia Block, Ankeny, president; Johanna Mowatt, Waterloo, vice president; Jennifer Edgar, Waverly, treasurer; CJ (Clint) Clark, Keokuk; secretary; Jamie Tegeler, Dyerville, and Meg Taylor, Cedar Falls, publicity chairs; Marsha Cloos, Springbrook, Angela Hagarty, Swisher, Shana Johnson, Grimes, and Jared Smith, Waterloo, social/service chairs; Carolyn Carter, Wilton, membership chair; Jona Sneiderman, Sheldon, historian; Audra Block, Ankeny, senior advisor.

Mary Boes, UNI associate professor of social work, is Phi Eta Sigma faculty adviser. For more information, contact Boes at (319) 273-5892.

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

May 30, 2002 - 7:00pm


Twenty-four students from Waterloo's Logan Middle School will participate in the UNI College of Natural Science Iowa Lakes Water Quality Study, Monday-Friday, June 3-7. Through this project, UNI's teaching students to develop new activities for science teachers, and pilot their methods with the Logan students.

Leslie Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Biology, says studies show Iowa has some of the worst surface water in the country. 'Through this project we're hoping to increase the students' awareness of environmental issues, and encourage all Iowans to take responsibility for the ways our land use impacts water quality.'

The students will be in UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education Monday and Friday, at George Wyth Lake Tuesday, at Delhi's Silver Lake on Wednesday, and at Casey Lake in Hickory Hills Park Thursday.


CEDAR FALLS, IOWA -- BaHar Publishing, owned by Patricia Harris and Cheryl Banks Ferguson, won the Minority Business Plan Competition for 2002 and received $5,000 of seed capital. Tanica Washington of B.L.A.C.K. INK was awarded honorable mention and received $2,000 of seed capital. The competition was sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, UNI Small Business Development Center and KBBG-FM.

The awards were presented at the KBBG-FM 25th Annual Banquet on May 11 by Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager of UNI's JPEC.

BaHar Publishing will publish a monthly newsletter featuring news and articles of interest to the African-American community in Northeast Iowa. BaHar also will publish books, public relations materials, mailings and other materials needed by small businesses.

B.L.A.C.K. INK is a bookstore, featuring works by African-American authors, in downtown Waterloo.

The Minority Business Plan Competition promotes and supports the development of minority businesses in the Cedar Valley. Nine plans were entered into this first year of the competition.

Cota-Uyar said JPEC's primary goal is to assist student entrepreneurs in launching new firms or expanding current businesses. The center offers seed capital to qualifying student and non-student firms, and provides a variety of educational program opportunities. Consultative services are provided in cooperation with UNI's Small Business Development Center/Regional Business Center. The JPEC is funded by a gift from Des Moines businessman John Pappajohn and his wife, Mary.

For more information, call (319) 273-7350 or go to its Web site at .

May 29, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa unveiled its new intercollegiate athletics logo during a news conference today.

The new logo, which incorporates a more stylized, ferocious panther head, was a collaborative effort between UNI's Office of University Marketing and Public Relations (UM&PR) and CI Apparel of Fargo, N.D.

'We're excited to update the face of Panther athletics with the adoption of this new mascot logo,' said Rick Hartzell, UNI director of athletics. 'This is our first new mascot logo in 15 years.'

According to Hartzell, the university had wanted to incorporate the panther into its intercollegiate athletics logo for some time. On its own initiative, CI Apparel, a UNI licensee since 2000, created a mascot logo and sent it to the university earlier this year. UM&PR used that design as a starting point for the new look.

'A project of this magnitude often costs universities between $25,000 and $100,000, but we were able to develop this new logo at no cost.'

The new logo will begin appearing on clothing and accessories at the end of June, and will be incorporated into UNI's athletic uniforms and facilities as budgets and schedules allow.

The university is home to 16 intercollegiate men's and women's teams.

CI Apparel began business in 1990 as a custom screen-printing company. Over the past 12 years, it has evolved into a multimillion-dollar corporation providing screen-printed and embroidered wearables to customers. It is licensed with 36 universities.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Steam tunnel repair work on the University of Northern Iowa campus has forced a temporary change in a primary entrance off University Avenue. Traffic that would normally turn onto Campus Street from University Avenue should now enter at Ohio Street.

The change primarily affects people who park in the visitor lot adjacent to the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, the Gilchrist 'A' parking lot or the east-side lots at Redeker Center. Also affected is the access route to the Baker Hall parking meters and handicapped parking areas that are now accessible via a temporary route through the Gilchrist 'A' lot. Library deliveries can also be made via this route.

This phase of the steam tunnel work is expected to be completed in September.

Construction on Maucker Union has also closed the circle drive on the southeast side of the building as well as its loading dock.

West 30th Street between Ohio and Illinois Streets is also closed for reconstruction. It is expected to open by mid-June. Work will then begin on West 31st Street between Hudson Road and Ohio Street, closing that road until mid-August. When these two roads are completed, West 30th Street will be one-way westbound and West 31st Street will be one-way eastbound.

A map of the major construction areas is available on the Web at

May 27, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will unveil its new intercollegiate athletics logo during a news conference at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 30, in the West Gym. The public may attend.

The 'A' parking lot immediately west of the West Gym will be available for visitor parking for the event.

The news conference also can be viewed live via the Web at

RealPlayer is required to view the Webcast and is available free for download at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Small Business Development Centers and Small Business Compliance Alliance will present 'OSHA's Knocking, Are You Ready?,' from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 13, at the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), 212 E. 4th St., in downtown Waterloo.

Topics will include regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), types of inspections and violations, penalties and record keeping. A representative from Iowa OSHA will be available to answer questions. The seminar is non-regulatory and confidential.

The fee is $35 per business. For more information or to register, contact Katie MacDonald, UNI RBC program manager, at (319) 236-8123 or log on to the UNI RBC Web site at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Department of Art at the University of Northern Iowa awarded two four-year full-tuition scholarships at its recent High School Art Scholarship Day.

Recipients were Zachary Moser, Cedar Falls High School and Claire Stigliani, Columbus High School in Waterloo. Three alternates were named: David Schmitz, Charles City High School; Kim Jones, Waverly-Shell Rock High School; and Clint Wilcox, Waukee High School.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- High school students at the University of Northern Iowa's Price Laboratory School recently captured their ninth straight state title at the Iowa Olympiada of Spoken Russian. Sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR), the event took place in April at UNI.

NUHS students took 11 of 12 medalist awards in the Individual Spoken Competition. Finishing first in Level Four (numbers indicate finishing place) was Mary Weber, followed by Ryan Hahn (2) and Ian Cawley (3). In Level Three, medalists were Dan Kramer (1), Matt Adams (2) and Joe Wartick (3). Level Two winners were Rob Williams (2) and Lauren Page (3) while Level One honors went to Jeff Zeitz (1), John Kane (2) and Brian Bremner (3).

In the Quiz Bowl Competition, NU teams also made a clean sweep. First-place honors went to the team of Brian Bremner, Ryan Hahn and Jeff Zeitz, while the second place team was Jed Ellerbroek and Dan Kramer. Finishing in third place were Nora Kischer-Browne, Mary Weber and Rob Williams.

Earlier in the year, 16 of the 17 NUHS Russian language students competing in the 2001 National Russian Essay Contest, sponsored by ACTR, received national medals.

National medalists are: Tina Bremner, Ian Cawley and Emily Kishman--advanced silver medalists; and Jed Ellerbroek, Ryan Hahn and Brie Penaluna, advanced bronze medalists.

Intermediate gold medalist honors went to Joe Wartick, with intermediate silver awards to Isaac Horstmeier, Dan Kramer and Samantha Renfro, and intermediate bronze honors to Matt Adams and Cam Puetz. Beginning bronze awards went to Malcolm Bevel, Lauren Page, Joe Traw and Rob Williams.

Instructor for NU's Russian program is James Sweigert, UNI instructor in teaching.

May 22, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Purple and Old Gold awards, recognizing meritorious scholarship or conspicuous achievement in particular areas, were presented to 54 seniors during the University of Northern Iowa's commencement exercises Saturday, May 11, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Named after the university colors, the traditional awards were first presented at commencement exercises on May 29, 1939. The awards for meritorious scholarship are presented to students who have the highest grade point average in each of the designated academic areas. Those for conspicuous achievement are granted to students with outstanding accomplishments in particular areas. Each student receives a certificate and a bronze medallion.

Among those receiving Purple and Old Gold awards is/are ____(Name)____ of ____(Hometown)____. He/She is being honored for ____(meritorious scholarship/conspicuous achievement)____ in ____(area)____ from the ____(college)____.

Since 1939, more than 1,650 students have been Purple and Old Gold recipients. Currently awards may be in 45 academic areas, as well as for conspicuous achievement in particular areas.

Note to editors: to obtain a complete listing of the winners, please contact the Office of Un iversity Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.

May 21, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa, still reeling from budget reversions to its fiscal year 2002 budget, today announced plans to drastically cut public service and economic development programs.

Although the state legislature has not yet made final budget announcements, the university is expecting another round of severe cutbacks to its fiscal year 2003 budget. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that, although the state negotiates salary increases for university employees, the raises were not fully funded through the appropriations process. The university will now need to come up with $5.9 million to cover raises.

Tuition for fall 2002 was increased by 18.5 percent, but that money won't become available until fall and won't affect the expected shortfall in fiscal year 2003.

During a news conference today, university president Robert Koob outlined UNI's proposal for handling the shortfalls. 'As we've made decisions to deal with the budget cuts, we've kept foremost in our minds our motto, 'Students First.' We exist to educate the students whose families support this institution with tuition dollars. We also serve this state, whose tax dollars support our mission. We serve the state through public service and economic development programs. But as you will see, we must attend to our core mission first, which means there will be proportionately greater reductions in public service/economic development and physical plant.'

He said there are four proposals for operational reductions. 'They aren't etched in stone, but they are the framework from which we will build the final budget.'

First, the university would reduce positions. 'While there will be some layoffs, in most cases it means reassignment of duties. Some positions that exist now might not exist next year, but most of the people who currently fill those positions should have opportunities to work elsewhere on campus,' said Koob. 'Some positions will go unfilled.'

Second, the university will make program reductions, two of which have already been announced. The Department of Athletics cut swimming and tennis for men and women, and the Malcolm Price Laboratory School budget will be cut by $800,000.

Third, said Koob, UNI will consider extensive administrative reorganization. 'In keeping the focus on preserving the core mission, the university would close or suspend a number of centers.'

Two initiatives that could lose all funding are the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and the Center for the Study of Adolescence. Support to public radio station KUNI would be significantly reduced, as would support for the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, the Center for Social and Behavioral Research, and the Institute for Decision Making.

Finally, the university is looking at losses in student services and the physical plant. 'This would include cuts in wages and positions in the Office of Admissions, the Career Center and the Office of Financial Aid, among others.'

None of these cuts is taken lightly, Koob said, emphasizing that great care was taken to preserve the integrity of teaching and learning on campus. 'This fall UNI will be different than it was last fall. Iowa's citizens will see fewer services and parents will see less personal attention, but students should receive a high-quality classroom experience.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 2002-2003 Merchant Scholarship Program at the University of Northern Iowa, open to all UNI bachelor's degree graduates pursuing advanced degrees, has named this year's recipients.

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, attainment, moral character, spirit, personality, intellectual promise and devotion to society.

Recipients of $2,000 awards are:

Elizabeth Kellner, originally from Paullina and now of Manhattan, Kan. She received a B.A. degree from UNI in 2000 in family services. She is pursuing her M.S. in family life education and consultation at Kansas State University.

Brian McInnis, originally from Indianola and now from Berkeley, Calif., a 1996 UNI graduate with a triple major in history, humanities and German. He is pursuing a doctorate in German literature at Vanderbilt University.

Those receiving a $1,000 scholarship are:

Dana Binder, originally from Spencer and now living in Lander, Wyo. She is a 2001 UNI graduate in psychology and Spanish, pursuing her master's and Ph.D. degrees in social psychology at the University of Wyoming.

Nathanael Dirks, originally from Alburnett and now living in Memphis, Tenn. He is a 2001 UNI graduate in biology pursuing a Pharm.D.\ Ph.D. in pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Andrew Drenner, originally from Waterloo and now living in Minneapolis. He is a 2001 UNI B.S. degree graduate in computer science pursuing a Ph.D. in that field at the University of Minnesota.

Elaine Eshbaugh, a 2000 UNI graduate in psychology from Ankeny, pursuing her Ph.D. in human development and family studies at Iowa State University.

Sarah Stoever, originally from Milford and now living in St. Louis Park, Minn. She is a 2001 graduate from UNI in psychology, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Minnesota.

The scholarships are awarded from a trust established in 1951 to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant. Frank was a professor of Latin and Greek, and served as head of the Department of Foreign Languages at UNI (then Iowa State Teachers College). His sister taught piano lessons.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Brent Bierstedt, who graduated from the University of Northern Iowa earlier this month with a major in management information systems (MIS), is the first recipient of UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's Student Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award comes with a $200 cash prize.

Bierstedt, who is from Lone Rock, plans to run his Web hosting service company, Unlimited Web Network, in Algona. He founded the company three years ago.

He was nominated by three College of Business Administration faculty members for this award. The selection committee was 'unanimously impressed with his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to academics,' according to Katherine Cota-Uyar, selection committee chair.

Bierstedt has founded several other companies, including a company providing computer help, a DJ Service Company, and a student information site called InfoPanther that was subsequently acquired by UNI.

He is the son of Lynn and Kitty Bierstedt.

May 20, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Valerie Johnson, a graduate student in the Department of Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa, took top honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) in Washington, D.C., last month.

Johnson, a native of Melbourne, won the 'Best Ten-Minute Play' award for her play, 'Your Typical, Everyday, Lighthearted, Romantic Comedy,' written while she was an undergraduate theatre major at UNI. Her play was chosen in January at the Region V Festival in Lincoln, Neb., to be presented at the national festival.

In addition to a cash award, her play will be published by Dramatic Publishing Inc. She also received a fellowship at Dad's Garage in Atlanta, where the play will be produced in January 2003. It also is being considered, along with other 10-minute plays from the festival, for production at the Source Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Johnson received her B.A. degree in theatre from UNI in May 2001. Her play was performed locally as part of the University's Arts in April celebration.

UNI's Department of Theatre will host the Region V KC/ACTF in January 2003. Jay Edelnant, UNI professor of theatre, just completed a three-year term as the national chair of KC/ACTF.


University of Northern Iowa President Robert Koob has scheduled a news conference for 9 a.m., Wednesday, May 22, in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. Koob will discuss proposals for handling fiscal year 2003 budget reductions.

Note: The center of the UNI campus is under construction.

May 19, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾— Two University of Northern Iowa electronic media students have been awarded scholarships by the Iowa Broadcasters Association.

Seniors Nicholas Wilson of Dallas Center and Eric Braley of Nevada, will each receive a $3,000 one-year scholarship. They will be recognized during the IBA awards luncheon June 25 in Des Moines.

The Iowa Broadcasters Association annually awards broadcast scholarships to Iowa students through the support of the Quarton-McElroy/IBA Educational Endowment Fund.


(Part of the EducatioNet series from the University of Northern Iowa)

At first glance, the average kindergarten classroom may appear to be little more than a large play area --.the ultimate dream for a 5-year-old. Children busy themselves with blocks, books, crayons, miniature kitchen set-ups and the requisite construction paper. There are few structured activities and children are allowed to work with sand, water and even mud. Fun at every turn.

But what, if anything, do children gain from all this playing?

What they gain, says Jill Uhlenberg, is a priceless learning experience. Uhlenberg is an instructor and coordinator of the University of Northern Iowa's Price Laboratory School Child Development Center. A strong proponent of play-based learning, Uhlenberg says children in kindergarten classes can learn socialization, sequence language development, and even mathematical concepts through play.

For instance, art projects like coloring, painting and drawing teach children to manipulate materials, to recognize shapes and colors, and to write. Putting on puppet shows teaches them character analyzation. Working with blocks can help teach children subtraction, addition, trial and error, and decision making.

Although some may advocate a stricter 'reading, writing and arithmetic' sort of curriculum, Uhlenberg disagrees, primarily because 5-year-olds are typically not suited for more structured activities.

'They have a very hard time sitting down for long periods of time, waiting in lines, things like that,' says Uhlenberg. 'It's very challenging for them. Their bodies very much need to be moving. At that age, they learn more from the hands-on experience than they do from sitting and listening. A couple years later, they won't have a problem with that, but at this age, they need something concrete.'

She believes kindergartners' basics should consist of things such as social problem solving, organization, and functioning in a group, all of which can be learned very well through play-based activities. Those skills lead directly to others which will help students as they progress through the grade levels. Uhlenberg says when children complete kindergarten, they should be able to:

* Communicate ideas and feelings

* Manage themselves and their bodies (sitting next to someone)

* Recognize the teacher as the leader in the classroom

* Wait for their turn in specific activities

* Respect others' turn to communicate

'These things are so important,' says Uhlenberg. 'If a child can do those, so much of the content can be more easily learned, just because the child can pay attention. If you can't do that, it's difficult for the content to get there and make sense.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Thomas Switzer, dean of the University of Northern Iowa's College of Education since 1987, is leaving UNI to become dean of the College of Education at the University of Toledo, in Ohio, effective fall 2002.

'During his distinguished tenure, the College of Education experienced unprecedented growth and achievement,' said Aaron Podolefsky, UNI provost and vice president for academic affairs. 'He established the Minorities in Teaching program, increased technology availability to College of Education faculty and students, and established the Regents Center for Early Developmental Education. He also was responsible for positioning the College of Education as a leader in international activities, and led the integration of information technology into teacher education programs.'

Podolefsky noted Switzer has served as national president of the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities. Prior to coming to UNI, Switzer served as associate dean at the University of Michigan School of Education. He holds a B.A. in history from UNI, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Michigan.

Podolefsky will select an interim dean to be named this summer.


(Part of the EducatioNet series from the University of Northern Iowa)

These days, no one's sitting outside a bookstore, hoping to snag a copy of the latest Harry Potter book. Just about everyone who wanted one, got one. But Lucille Lettow was excited by all the hoopla generated by the book's release, and says positive effects are still being seen.

Lettow, professor and youth collections librarian at the University of Northern Iowa's Donald O. Rod Library, says the craze probably helped many children develop an interest in reading.

'Children today watch so much TV, and they are becoming passive viewers. It was exciting for me to see so many children interested in books, and interested in reading because of the Harry Potter series. Reading is essential for preparing them to be a student in a school setting. They develop the concentration it takes to listen to others.'

Lettow says that even if your child wasn't one of those who went berserk for Harry Potter, there are lots of ways to encourage children to read and to enjoy it. Start by reading aloud to them, she suggests. It not only helps children develop listening skills, but also allows them to develop their imaginations.

'You don't have to read to them for long periods of time at first, especially with younger children who have shorter attention spans. But eventually what you'll find is the children want you to read to them, and they'll take an interest in the books you choose.'

Parents might try reading a story that is popular and then looking for new and different books based on other interesting subjects within that initial story. Carol Fenner's 'King of Dragons' is a story about a homeless child who learns to fly kites. Parents and their children can read the book, then look for others about dragons, kites or countries where kites are popular. 'You read one story, and web it out to others,' explains Lettow. 'This is an excellent way to help children move from story books to information books.'

Visiting the public library is another way to interest children in books. 'Let them take home their own pile of books and then read aloud to them,' says Lettow. 'It's a good way to show them that there's this whole other world out there, and they can get to that world through books.'

She says it's also a good idea to read aloud books about characters with problems or concerns similar to your child's. 'It's always helpful for children to find out they aren't the only person who's shy, or short or afraid of the dark,' says Lettow.

Above all, she stresses, 'Read to your children, and do it early in their lives. Whatever way you choose to do it is fine. Just do it.'

May 15, 2002 - 7:00pm


The Iowa-Illinois Safety Council presented the University of Northern Iowa a safety award for outstanding achievement in accident prevention. The presentation took place during the council's recent conference in Davenport.

The national incident rate for universities and educational institutions is 2.9 per year; UNI's is 2.52. The incident rate is the number of occupational injuries/illnesses or lost workdays per 100 full-time employees. Recorded incidents are those involving an occupational injury or illness. Not counted are cases that involve one-time treatment, or minor injuries that do not ordinarily require medical care.

Cindy Houlson, UNI's safety coordinator, noted this is the second time the university has received such an award. 'UNI has made a concentrated effort to keep our employees safe though a series of programs and precautions, and this is proof that our hard work is paying off.'

The university received the same award in 2001.

May 14, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾— Students in the University of Northern Iowa Science Education Program gave a special presentation on evolution to several classes of biology students at East High School in Waterloo in April.

The 12 UNI presenters discussed biological diversity and scientific ideas about relationships between organisms. After the presentation, the UNI students answered questions and spoke with East High students about how to reconcile science and religion without compromising religious beliefs.

Leslie S. Jones, assistant professor of biology and science education at UNI; and Deb Anderson, Waterloo East biology teacher, coordinated the event.

According to Jones, 'This event was an attempt to give the UNI students experience addressing the controversial nature of the creationism/evolution issue in public. At the same time the Waterloo students had a chance to learn more about the biology and see that science does not attempt to discredit religious ideas.'


More than 120 veteran Camp Adventure counselors from universities and colleges across the country will be at UNI Friday through Monday, May 17-20, for intensive training. Headquartered at UNI, Camp Adventure trains college students to provide recreation programs to military dependent youths around the world. The directors are usually college upperclassmen and have had at least one year of Camp Adventure counseling experience. About 750 college students will be counselors this year, providing programming to half a million children.

Special presenters for the training will include youth programming specialists from various branches of the military. All will be available for interviews at 10:45 a.m., Sat., May 18, in Wellness Recreation Center 203.


The Board of Regents, State of Iowa released the following statement today after its meeting at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton.

'Due to budget reductions at the University of Northern Iowa, significant changes will occur on the UNI campus, including at Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS). MPLS will remain open as a K-12 school for the 2002-2003 school year. Negotiations are underway regarding future years.'

May 8, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Women's Rugby Club won the Collegiate Division II national tournament in Blaine, Minn., May 4, defeating the University of Minnesota 41-5, to claim their second national title in as many years.

Carrie Van Sickel, a UNI senior from Cedar Rapids, was named the game's most valuable player by USA Rugby.

'This is probably one of the best games we have ever played,' said UNI Coach Steve Murra. 'Eight of our 15 team members scored and everybody played hard. Both our offense and defense were strong, and Minnesota didn't score until the last 30 seconds. They are a good team, but we were just too much for them.'

The UNI Men's Rugby Club finished second in its national tournament, losing to Stanford University 26-15. The men's final was played in Virginia Beach, Va.

'We were coordinated and played well,' said UNI Coach Jason Nottger, 'but not well enough to overcome their kicking ability.'

Nottger said this is the first time on Iowa collegiate men's team has made it to the national final game.

'The dedication it has taken these student athletes to get to the national championships is amazing,' said Tim Klatt, associate director/recreation & sport clubs with UNI Wellness & Recreation Services. 'This is a club sport. The players are not on scholarship. Most of them were involved in other sports in high school and just got involved in rugby when they entered college.'

Klatt said that while the university and Northern Iowa Student Government are able to provide limited funding to the clubs, a large part of their support comes from their own fundraising efforts. The teams' coaches are not on the university's payroll, but serve as volunteers. Murra has been the women's coach since the team's formation in 1994. The men's team began in the 1970s and Nottger just completed his second year with the team.

May 7, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six students in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Northern Iowa will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army during an 8 a.m. ceremony Saturday, May 11, in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room. They will each receive their bachelor's degrees in one of UNI's five undergraduate ceremonies later that day.

Black Hawk County Attorney Tom Ferguson will be the speaker for the commissioning ceremony.

Military science graduates being commissioned are: Joshua R. Boesen of Waterloo, who will enter the Iowa National Guard, Military Intelligence Branch; Fransisco A. Cortez of Knoxville, who will go on active duty with the Military Police Branch; Virginia A. Cortez of Traer, active duty, Quartermaster Branch; Kathy A. Dykstra McKay of Monroe, Iowa National Guard, Military Police Branch; Allan T. Hetteen of Coon Rapids, Minn., Iowa National Guard, Infantry Branch; and Melanie A. Meyer of Kellogg, Iowa National Guard, Adjutant General Branch.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is hosting a jazz combo camp June 23-28 for students and educators. Faculty members include UNI music faculty, members of Alto Maiz salsa band and freelance musicians from New York and Texas. The focus of the camp is improvisation and combo performance. Attendees also will write jazz solos from recordings.

The registration fee is $325, which includes meals and a room. The commuter fee is $210. Registration deadline is June 1. For more information, call Christopher Merz, assistant professor of music, (319) 273-3077.


According to the latest U.S. Census, the number of Iowans age 85 or older increased by 19 percent between 1990 and 2000. In fact, there are now more than 30 million older Americans. As that number rises, so will the need for programming, policies and health care to serve that population.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has given UNI permission to begin offering a major in gerontology with the fall 2002 semester. Howard Barnes, head of the Department of Design, Family and Consumer Sciences expects 20 students to begin the program, with steady growth after that.

'Given the national trend and the strong Iowa trend, it is vital that we have people educated to provide services to an aging population,' explained Barnes. 'This program will be the first bachelor-level undergraduate major in gerontology offered by any higher education institution in the state.'

UNI is developing an articulation agreement with Des Moines Area Community College, and will work with other community colleges to develop articulation agreements.

May 6, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Thomas G. Schellhardt will join the University of Northern Iowa administration as vice president for administration and finance, beginning June 17.

He will oversee athletics, business and financial services, facilities planning, the physical plant, and public safety.

Schellhardt holds a B.S. in business administration from Southern Illinois University, and an M.S. in Education Administration from Purdue University. He comes to UNI from Kansas State University, where he served for 12 years as the associate vice president for administration and finance. Previously at Kansas State, he was assistant vice president for administration, and budget director. Earlier, he was director of analytical studies at Purdue.

May 5, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will hold a total of six commencement ceremonies between Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, all in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Graduate students will receive their degrees during a 7 p.m. ceremony Friday, May 10, while undergraduates will receive their degrees during one of five ceremonies Saturday, May 11. Commencement was moved due to roof repairs at the UNI-Dome, the traditional location.

UNI President Robert Koob will preside over each ceremony and confer degrees on the students. Aaron Podolefsky, vice president for academic affairs and provost, will recognize and award honors.

Candidates for degrees will be presented by the deans of their respective colleges: John W. Somervill, Graduate College; Farzad Moussavi, (interim dean), College of Business Administration; Thomas J. Switzer, College of Education; James F. Lubker, College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Kichoon Yang, College of Natural Sciences; James Bodensteiner (interim dean), Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs; and Phyllis Baker, (associate dean), College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

A senior class gift presentation will be made at each of the undergraduate ceremonies. This year the class gift, in the amount of $4,730, will provide a bench and arbor combination for the planned gardens beside Maucker Union. Construction of the gardens is scheduled to begin this summer.

Students will deliver an address at all but one of the ceremonies. Elvinet S. Wilson, a communication studies major from Cedar Falls, will give the student address at the Graduate College commencement.

Saturday's commencement ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m., with the College of Business Administration. Laurie Lynn Rueber, an accounting and finance double major from Arlington, will give the student address.

At 11 a.m., the College of Education will begin commencement. A student address will be given by Philip E. Hess, an elementary education-teaching major, from Wheatland.

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts will hold its commencement at 1 p.m. Jesse Michael Sheedy, philosophy major from Eldridge, will be addressing the students.

At 3 p.m., the College of Natural Sciences and the Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs will hold a combined commencement.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will begin commencement at 5 p.m. and Amy Lynn Johnson, a political science major from Pocahontas, will deliver the student address.

May 2, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern University High School (NUHS) Concert Band of the University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School will perform at the 75th annual Iowa Bandmasters Association (IBA) Conference at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9, in the Grand Ballroom of Hotel Fort Des Moines.

In addition, the Concert Band will perform at a pre- IBA conference concert on Monday, May 6 from 8 to 8:45 p.m. in the Butzier Auditorium of Malcolm Price Laboratory school. This performance is free and open to the public.

The NUHS Concert Band was selected from recorded auditions of Class A and Class 1A high schools. Leonard Upham, associate professor of teaching and director of bands at Price Laboratory School, has been directing the NUHS Concert Band since 1989.

The Iowa Bandmasters Association (I.B.A.) is a professional organization for band directors in Iowa's schools, colleges and universities.

April 30, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Steve Carignan, director of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC), is this year's recipient of KBBG-FM radio's 'Friend of the Year' award. Carignan was chosen in recognition of the GBPAC's efforts to increase African-American participation in cultural events. He will receive the award during the station's 25th annual banquet Saturday, May 11, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.

Carignan joined the GBPAC staff in December 1999. Prior to coming to UNI, he was the director of outreach and development for the Maine Center for the Arts at the University of Maine. He holds a B.A. in history, and a B.A. in theatre and dramatic literature, both from Dickinson College. He earned a master's in theatre from the University of Maine.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Mariah J. Schweitzer, a ROTC cadet at the University of Northern Iowa, will participate in an international summer exchange program with officer cadets from the United Kingdom and France. Schweitzer, from Muscatine, is one of 20 cadets chosen nationally to participate in the exchange.

During five weeks in Cambridge, England, Schweitzer will undergo leadership and tactical training conducted by the British army.

Schweitzer, a four-year Army ROTC scholarship recipient, is majoring in management information systems, and holds a cumulative GPA of 3.51. She also is a member of the UNI Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Team and is airborne qualified.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Army ROTC Cadet Kathy (Dykstra) McKay attended the 25th Annual George C. Marshall awards at the Virginia Military Institute April 16-19. The top cadet from each of the 260 schools offering ROTC across the nation was selected to attend the conference.

The conference included speeches from President Bush; Army Chief of Staff, General Shinseki; and Commanding General John Abrams. In addition, the cadets participated in discussions with the Senate and House Armed Services Committees.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa-- De-Stress Days, hosted by the UNI Wellness and Recreation Services, will be Monday through Wednesday, May 6-8, in Maucker Union from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff may attend for free five-minute mini-massages and movies and popcorn. Also featured will be puppies and kittens from the Cedar Bend Humane Society, clay and coloring books.

All activities are free.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Greg McDermott, now entering his second year as head coach of the University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team, will talk with the Waterloo Jaycees Wednesday, May 8, at 7:15 p.m. in the Starlight Village's Fort Dodge Room.

McDermott will discuss the direction of the basketball program, and progress of the proposed McLeodUSA Center. The public may attend at no charge.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The eighth annual Endeavor Recognition Project, co-sponsored by the Leadership Studies Program at the University of Northern Iowa, recently awarded its volunteers, teachers, staff and students from a number of Cedar Falls and Waterloo high schools at an awards program held at Allen College.

The Endeavor Project makes examples of individuals or groups contributing to the common good in Black Hawk County. Other sponsors are Allen Health Systems, John Deere Credit Union and the YWCA.

Gerri Perreault, is coordinator of the Endeavor Project and director of the UNI Leadership Studies Program.

The Awards Program can be viewed via television in Waterloo on Sunday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 14, at noon on Mediacom, channel 17. In Cedar Falls it will be shown on CFU Cable and Mediacom, channel 15, sometime between May 12-18.

Note: for a complete list of the high schools and winners, contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ツ Several University of Northern Iowa students have been elected to offices within the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG).

Jeff Scudder and Emiliano Lerda won 55% of the votes, to win the offices of student body president and vice president, respectively. Scudder is a junior finance/economics major and a 1999 Clear Lake graduate whose family now resides in Hampton. Lerda is a sophomore general communications major with a certificate in global health. He is from Cordoba, Argentina.

Other officers are Ryan Hoffman, director of public relations, a junior organizational communication major from Walnut. The director of administration is Kim Theulen, a senior economics/finance major from Defiance. Jason Hutchison, a junior finance/real estate major from Morning Sun, is the NISG speaker. Senate members for the new academic year are Name, a Class majoring in Major from Hometown. Name is a(n) Office representative.

Note: for a complete list of the new members, please contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.

April 29, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new book co-edited by Laura L. Jackson, associate professor of biology at the University of Northern Iowa, has become the first to offer viable solutions for protecting and restoring biodiversity on private agricultural land. The book, 'The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems,' was released by Island Press.

'There are a number of farmers who are already proving that they can farm profitably while also enhancing the habitat,' said Laura Jackson. 'It is not necessary to strip the landscape of all of its original vegetation and wildlife in order to feed ourselves.'

Jackson said the book offers compelling examples of an alternative agriculture that can produce not only healthful food, but functioning ecosytems and abundant populations of native species. The book is available from Island Press, 1-800-828-1302 or


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Mary Bozik, professor of communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa, received the 'Outstanding Teacher of Listening Award' for 2002 from the International Listening Association.

The award honors teachers who are knowledgeable about listening, and how to teach listening; teaches listening; and shares his or her own knowledge and techniques for teaching listening with others.

Jan Cook, a former student of Bozik's and a speech and English teacher in Cherokee, nominated Bozik for the award.

Bozik has authored numerous publications including 'Do you Hear What I Hear?' published by the Iowa Department of Education. She served as a member of the National Communication Association's task force that developed K-12 Standards for Speaking, Listening and Media Literacy. She teaches a class on listening, a course she developed at UNI in 1984.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - - The University of Northern Iowa's Bachelor of Fine Arts Spring Exhibition will run May 4-11, in the UNI Gallery of Art. A reception for the students will be Friday, May 10 from 6-8 p.m. The work includes printmaking, painting, sculpture, graphic design & illustration, photography and ceramics.

Artists featured in this exhibition are Bill Pendry of Ames; Stephanie Sailer of Denison; Crystal Weiss of Mason City; Ann Schwab and Molly Brauhn of Dubuque; and Gillian G. Christy of Davenport.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership honor society at the University of Northern Iowa recently initiated new members.

New initiates include Name from Hometown, son/daughter of Parents' names, Name is a(n) Major major.

To qualify for membership, students must volunteer for campus and community services and leadership activities, demonstrate academic achievement and be a junior or senior.

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

April 28, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The men's and women's rugby clubs at the University of Northern Iowa both competed in the 'Elite 8 Tournaments' of the Men's and Women's Collegiate Division II April 19 ï¾— 21, and each team advanced to the national championship.

The UNI Women's Rugby Club advanced with wins over San Jose State and Arizona State. They will meet the University of Minnesota for the national title in Blaine, Minn., May 4.

The UNI Men's Rugby Club defeated teams from Claremont College in California and Sam Houston in Texas. The UNI men now advance to the national title game against Stanford University, to be played May 4, in Virginia Beach, Va.

While Klatt said the university is able to assist with travel support for both teams and some motel accommodations, and the teams have received some funding from Northern Iowa Student Government, a large part of their support comes from their own fundraising efforts.

The teams' coaches are volunteers. Steve Murra, the women's coach, has been with the team since its formation in 1994. Murra was completing his undergraduate degree when he was asked to coach a women's team at UNI. Under his tenure, the women's teams have compiled an impressive record of 229 wins and 17 losses.

The men's team began in the 1970s and Jason Nottger is coach, completing his second year.

Several current and recent team members of the women's team have received high honors in the sport. Two women, 2001 graduate Jen Sinkler from Montezuma and senior Liberty Caplan from Alden, are the only two women ever from Iowa to play with the women's international team, the Eagles. Sinkler recently returned from the 'Hong Kong 7s,' the world championship for the '7s' season. Caplan, who played in two international matches against Canada last summer, recently won one of 26 spots on the Women's World Cup team that will compete in Barcelona, Spain, beginning May 12. She will be the first college student ever to play for the U.S. team in a World Cup.

Another 2001 graduate, Sarah Kunde of Bellevue, was an under-23 national team member and current player Kate Cox of Harlan has qualified for that team.

On the men's team, Paul Emerick, a UNI junior from Pella, was chosen to represent the U.S. on the men's Eagles 7 team that also played in the Hong Kong 7s tournament, as well as the Beijing 7s tournament. He was one of only two collegiate players in that team. Last summer, he was named to the 2001 Collegiate All-American Rugby Team that successfully competed in Dublin, Ireland in September. This summer, he has been invited to play for the 'Eagles 15,' competing for the U.S. on a seven-week European tour.

Nottger has six players currently being considered to be among the 40 players from the nine-state Midwest region to attend the Collegiate Midwest Camp. From those 40, 25 will be selected to represent the Midwest against teams from the other regions, potentially advancing to the national team.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Quick Books Pro Training for Cedar Valley businesses currently using or interested in Quick Books accounting software will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center, beginning May 21.

Judy Schindel, certified Quick Books trainer, will teach the three-session workshop that will meet Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, May 21 and 28, and June 4, at the UNI Regional Business Center, 212 E. 4th St., Waterloo. This hands-on workshop will cover topics such as setting up a company, entering bills, setting up inventory, and payroll. Class size will be limited to 14 businesses.

The cost per participant is $125 and includes a training manual. For more information, or to register, contact Katie MacDonald, UNI RBC program manager, at (319) 236-8123 or (888) 237-8124, or visit,

April 25, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Arts in April,' a month-long celebration on the University of Northern Iowa campus showcasing a variety of UNI's performing and visual arts, will conclude Monday, April 29, with activities throughout the evening.

From 5 to 7 p.m., UNI's Department of Residence will host a 'Friends' meal at the dining centers in the Commons, the Piazza in Redeker Center and the Towers. Cost is $6.90 per meal. Off-campus student guests may attend free when accompanied by a student with a meal plan.

At 7 p.m., KUNI, the university's public radio station, will air 'Live From Studio One' with Jamie Anderson, singer and songwriter, on the third floor of the Communication Art Center. Admission is $3.

At 7:30 p.m., the UNI Concert Chorale will perform in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Also at 7:30 p.m., a lecture on 'Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls,' will be presented by Ken Atkinson, UNI assistant professor of philosophy and religion, in Curris Business Building, Room 109. It is free and open to the public.

At 8 p.m., Hearst Lecture Series will present photographer Sandy Skoglund, speaking on 'Reality Under Seige,' in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. It is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Friday, May 3, in the Maucker Union Plaza from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Rain location is in the Maucker Union Expansion.

The celebration of Cinco de Mayo marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Puebla Battle in 1862. Although the Mexican army was eventually defeated, the battle came to represent a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism.

Activities include live entertainment by Los Chones, a Mexican band. Grilled fajitas served with beans and chips will be available for sale.

'Cinco De Mayo is part of UNI's efforts to celebrate our various cultures,' according to Mike Bobeldyk, Maucker Union program coordinator.

The UNI Cinco de Mayo celebration is sponsored in part by the Maucker Union Policy Board, Hispanic-Latino Student Union, UNI Multicultural Activities and Programming Committee and Maucker Union Programming Board, with fees allocated by the Northern Iowa Student Government.

For more information contact the student activities office at (319) 273-2683.

April 24, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Artist/Photographer Sandy Skoglund will be a Hearst Visiting Lecturer in the University of Northern Iowa Department of Art Monday and Tuesday, April 29-30. She will present a lecture on her work ' Reality Under Siege' at 8 p.m., Monday, in the Art Auditorium, Room 111 of the Kamerick Art Building. She also will be meeting with students in advanced photography classes during her stay.

Skoglund is a graduate of the University of Iowa. She is best known for her elaborately staged environments that are then photographed, according to Richard Colburn, UNI professor of art and chair of the Hearst Lecture Series.

Skoglund's work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y.; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, Calif.

The lecture and workshop sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the UNI Department of Art, (319) 273-2077.

The Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series is supported by an endowment from James Schell Hearst, author, poet and professor of creative writing at UNI from 1941 until his retirement in 1975.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa celebrated National Student Employment Appreciation Week, April 7 - 13, in a variety of ways, most notably with the selection of Student Employees of the Year.

This is the third year for the campus-wide awards at UNI. Four students were honored with personal plaques and a luncheon April 11, attended also by their parents, the supervisor who nominated them and UNI President Dr. Robert Koob and Roland Carrillo, Director of Financial Aid. Their names will be added to a plaque in the Financial Aid Office.

Named Student Employees of the Year were: Tim Bakula, a general studies senior from New Hampton, who works as a peer instructor at the Student Services Center, nominated by Karen Agee, Reading and Learning Strategies Coordinator; Sara J. Christensen, senior organizational communications major from Marion, who works as team leader of the Northern Iowa STARS, nominated by Sara Zubrod, Assistant Counselor/Telecounseling Supervisor.

Also, Sarah McGlynn, senior education major from Webster City, a student assistant in the Office of Financial Aid, who was nominated by Michelle Galanits receptionist in the Student Employment Office; and Lisa Swanson, senior computer information systems major from Cedar Falls, assistant image analyst III for Earth Science, nominated by Alan Czarnetzki, Associate Professor & STORM Project Director.

This year's winners were selected by a committee of five representatives from different campus departments, including two students, according to Del Jaramillo, UNI Student Employment Coordinator. To be eligible, Jaramillo said students must be enrolled at least nine hours as undergraduates or six hours as graduate students, be in good academic standing and have been on the UNI payroll for at least two years, though not necessarily in the same department.

Sponsored by UNI Financial Aid / Student Employment Office, Jaramillo said the award was established 'to recognize outstanding student employees who go beyond the job requirements and provide exemplary service to UNI. Many student employees exhibit extraordinary skills and commitment to their work throughout campus. Student employees are not only vital to the goals of the university, but they bring with them a refreshing quality to departments where they work.'

'Coordinating National Student Employment Week is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job,' said Jaramillo. Those nominated but not selected as winners will receive a certificate of recognition signed by the UNI President Robert Koob. The UNI Financial Aid/Student Employment Office offered candy, popcorn and prizes to student employees all over campus, said Jaramillo. 'The primary purpose of the week is for the individual departments to do something special for their student employees,' said Jaramillo. There are about 4,000 students employed on the UNI campus this year.

The UNI celebration was held in conjunction with National Student Employment Appreciation Week, April 7-13, sponsored by the National Student Employment Association.