News Release Archive

April 10, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center (RBC) will launch a Rural Business Accelerator program in northeast Iowa this fall.

According to Maureen Collins-Williams, RBC director, the new program will use high-tech teaching and mentoring methods to provide customized training for entrepreneurs in Allamakee, Butler, Buchanan and Fayette counties.

'The goal is to increase the number and quality of entrepreneurs in rural Iowa, including women and minorities who are underrepresented in Iowa business,' said Collins-Williams.

The rural accelerator will be a prototype for technology-based distance learning projects serving rural communities. It will launch in fall 2002 in West Union and Independence, and during spring 2003 in Postville and Parkersburg. Collins-Williams plans to serve 66 companies during the next 18 months, creating as many as 231 new jobs.

The program has three components: 1) an on-site, county-based, customized training program to launch new ventures or grow existing business in rural communities; 2) an Internet-based virtual accelerator program that will pair certified business consultants with rural entrepreneurs; and 3) an Internet-driven learning network connecting rural entrepreneurs throughout the state.

The program is funded by an approximately $200,000 grant to the Iowa Northland Region Council of Governments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Enterprise Grant program.

Located in downtown Waterloo, the UNI RBC has an on-site business accelerator that serves the greater Waterloo-Cedar Falls area. The Waterloo accelerator is full but has a waiting list for businesses interested in the program. For more information, contact Collins-Williams at (319) 236-8123 or toll-free at (888) 237-8124, or visit


This tournament, originally scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 14, in UNI's Wellness & Recreation Center, has been cancelled.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will end its season with, 'Extra-Curricular: A Novel of Rape on Campus,' Thursday through Saturday, April 18-20 in Lang Hall, Room 40. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Intended for mature audiences, the show is based on a book by Anne Hasselbrock and is being produced in conjunction with Take Back The Night activities at UNI. Take Back the Night is an annual international observance encouraging an end to violence against women. The play examines the way rape affects lives and society.

Karen Mitchell, associate professor of communication studies, is the show's director. She is assisted by Jana Gymer, a graduate student at the university.

The performances are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

April 9, 2002 - 7:00pm


On Friday, April 12, five Wisconsin and Iowa Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and a CH-47 Chinook will land on the soccer fields west of the UNI-Dome. The aircraft will transport UNI ROTC cadets to Ft. McCoy, Wis., for a training exercise. According to Lt. Col. Michael De Puglio head of the Department of Military Science, cadets will plan and rehearse the operation at UNI and execute it at Ft McCoy.

The CH-47 lands at 4:45 p.m. and departs at 5 p.m. The Black Hawks will land at 5:30 p.m. and depart at 6 p.m.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Leisure, Youth & Human Services' (LYHS) Festivals and Special Events class will host Funk Fest 2002 at Lawther Field Sunday, April 21 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Live bands, including Rearview Mirror, Soul Fusion, Town Crier and Hop on Jonny will perform. There also will be a basketball shootout, volleyball games, strongman competition, caricatures and various food vendors.

Immediately following the activities will be the George Clinton Parliament/Funkadelic Concert in the West Gym. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at all UNI ticket outlets, via the web at, or order by phone at (319) 273-DOME. Tickets are $18 for UNI students and $23 for the general public.

April 8, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Back to Basic Retailing Strategies' will be offered by the Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is one of nine statewide workshops planned by the Iowa SBDC's Targeted Small Business Program.

The day-long workshop, to be held at 212 E. 4th St., in downtown Waterloo, is designed to give retailers many of the tools they need to be successful. Organizers say small businesses play a vital role in Iowa's economy, and in order to encourage their growth, it is important to give potential and existing business owners all the tools they need to be successful. They say success in the future will depend upon the level of understanding retailers have about the new values, expectations, and needs of the customer.

Cost for this workshop is $30 per person, which includes workshop materials and lunch. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Katie MacDonald, program manager for UNI's Regional Business Center, at (319) 236-8123 or (888) 237-8124, or log on to the center's Web site at


Lt. Milissa Wright of the UNI Department of Public Safety recently returned from a weeklong stay at Ground Zero in New York City, where she and other members of an Iowa contingency, helped NYC police officers de-stress. The effort was organized by the Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA), and allowed Wright and others from across the nation to talk with the officers about the Sept. 11 incident, assisting them with post-traumatic stress disorder and other shock-related symptoms

'Even though it's been a while, a lot of the officers we encountered are still in stages of shock,' explained Wright. 'They are autopilot, where a person just keeps going, without having had time to stop and think about the tragedy. POPPA is confident that a number of suicides were prevented through this effort.'

Wright works third shift, but will return messages to set up interview times.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - - The University of Northern Iowa's Wellness and Recreation Services has chosen February employees of the month: Lisa Lydon, a Waukon senior in health promotion; and Alicia Symonds, a senior social sciences education major from Urbandale.

Lydon works as a massage therapist and a peer health educator. 'Lisa does an outstanding job of communicating healthy lifestyle choices to students through her programs,' according to Joan Thompson, health aid coordinator.

Symonds has worked in the Wellness Resource Lab for four years as a desk assistant. 'She is organized, dependable and customer-service oriented,' according to Deedra Billings, wellness resource coordinator.

April 7, 2002 - 7:00pm


Peter Yarrow, best known as one-third of the 'Peter, Paul and Mary' folk group, will present his new anti-bullying campaign, 'Don't Laugh At Me,' during a 7:30 p.m. presentation today in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Recording and flash photos are allowed for the first 10 minutes of his presentation.

He will be available to talk with media representatives at 6:15 p.m., in Room 30 of the GBPAC.


Fresh from a tour in war-torn Afghanistan, 'London Independent' journalist, Robert Fisk will speak at 7 p.m. today in Lang Hall. Fisk has twice interviewed Osama bin Laden, and was beaten by an angry mob while covering the war in Afghanistan.

He will be available to talk with media representatives at 6:15 p.m., in Lang Hall's auditorium.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Textile and Apparel Association will hold its 10th annual fashion show at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. It is free and open to the public.

The theme for this year's show is 'Soundesign.' It will focus on incorporating sounds and music with original creations, according to Kate Lilienthal of Durant, promotions and public relations chair. She said the show is planned, managed and produced by textile and apparel majors at UNI, including those in a fashion promotion class taught by Sharon Mord, UNI assistant professor of textile and apparel.

The show features clothing and 'wearable art,' designed and created by students for class projects or independently. Lilienthal said nearly 75 students are involved with the show in some capacity, and more than 30 students designed pieces to be showcased. Guest juror Jennifer Hanlon, now with Minnesota Public Radio, who organized the first Fashion Expo, selected the final garments for inclusion in this year's show. Her selections were based on design and construction of the items.

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The fashion show is sponsored in part with funds from Northern Iowa Student Government and outside donations. This event is part of UNI's 'Arts in April' celebration. For the full calendar of Arts in April events, see the UNI Web site at

For more information call Kate Lilienthal at (319) 277-2172.