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February 13, 2006 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The American Humanics at the University of Northern Iowa is accepting nominations for outstanding nonprofit organizations and individuals in the nonprofit sector in the local area. Winning organizations will be recognized for their contributions to the Cedar Valley at the second-annual Nonprofit Stars award luncheon titled 'Moving in a New Direction, Hand in Hand,' April 7 at UNI.































Organizational awards given include; business partner of the year, the collaboration award, the ingenuity award and the exceptional nonprofit award. Individual awards include; nonprofit leader of the year, nonprofit board member of the year, the student leadership award, the legacy award and the emerging nonprofit leader award.































Those wanting to nominate an organization or individual may access the nomination form at http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/americanhumanics/index.html or contact Stacy Van Gorp, executive director, UNI American Humanics and community partnerships at vangorp@uni.edu.































Based in Kansas City, American Humanics is the national nonprofit organization that partners with more than 80 colleges and universities. Together with its 17 nationally affiliated agencies, American Humanics recruits, prepares, and places competent professionals in careers in the nonprofit youth and human service agencies.































For more information regarding nominations or the American Humanics program, contact Van Gorp at (319) 273-5600.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) will host the 2006 Sustainability Series, focusing on energy issues from local to global.















The third presentation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the CEEE auditorium, Room 11. Bill Fink, the Energy Program Director with the Iowa Environmental Council, will speak about renewable energy legislation in the Iowa General Assembly.































Fink served in the Iowa Senate from 1992-2002 and chaired the Senate Natural Resources Committee for four years. He has been a public school teacher since 1977, and he is also an adjunct professor at the Upper Iowa University Des Moines and Ankeny campuses.































For more information on the Sustainability Series, contact Patricia Higby at (319) 273-6012 or patricia.higby@uni.edu.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Leadership Studies Program at the University of Northern Iowa will host the first panel in its Leaders on Leadership Series, focusing on 'Government Leadership,' from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, in Schindler Education Center, Room 247, on the UNI campus.















Panel members are Jon Crews, mayor, City of Cedar Falls; Patricia Harper, former state representative and senator in Iowa; Joseph Murphy, president, Northern Iowa Student Government; and Leon Mosley, Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors.































The purpose of this series is to provide an opportunity to learn about the leadership views and practices of leaders from across a variety of sectors of society.































This event is free and open to the public. For further information about the series, contact Gerri Perreault, UNI associate professor in leadership studies, at (319) 273-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'How nanomaterials will speed up computers, strengthen bridges, cure cancer and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,' is the next topic for the Sigma Xi seminar at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, in Seerley 115 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.















Diandra L. Leslie-Pelecky, associate professor of physics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be presenting the seminar. Leslie-Pelecky earned her Ph.D. from Michigan State University, in 1991, for research on the crossover of spin-glass behavior from three-dimensional to two-dimensional in multi-layered nanoscale structures. In recent research, she has collaborated with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop and understand biocompatible multi-functional magnetic nanofluids to be used for simultaneous detection and treatment of cancer.















Nanomaterials have dimensions compared to a few thousandths of a human hair. They can have magnetic, optical, electronic and structural properties that are unrealizable in bulk materials.















The seminar will explore what nanomaterials are, how they are made and describe some of the most recent nanotechnology research and the role it plays, and will play, in everyday life.















The event is free and open to the public.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Collegiate ice-climbing teams from throughout the Midwest and Canada are expected to converge on a farm west of Cedar Falls Saturday, Feb. 18, for the 2006 Silo Summit, sponsored by University of Northern Iowa Outdoors.































Weather permitting, the competition will begin at 6 p.m., on the Jim Budlong Farm, 4175 Butler Road, five miles west of the UNI-Dome on West 27th Street, and one-half mile south on Butler Road. It is expected to conclude about 11 p.m. Warm-up climbing will be from noon to 5 p.m., and an afternoon ice-climbing clinic for team members is tentatively planned to be conducted by Ben Caskey, a climber from Iowa City.































Originally planned for Feb. 4, the event had to be postponed due to unseasonably warm weather. Temperatures need to be less than 26 degrees for three to four days to make and keep the ice for the event, according to Bob Lee, UNI instructor in physical education. Lee is assisting Don Briggs, UNI instructor in leisure, youth and human services/outdoor activities, who originated the event.































For more information, contact Lee at (319) 273-2486, or Briggs at (319) 273-7352.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) was named 'Outstanding Organization' at the Association for Student Advancement Programs (ASAP) District 6 Conference in St. Louis, Saturday, Jan. 21.















The Student Alumni Ambassadors are a volunteer student organization whose members give tours of campus to prospective students and returning alumni, sit on various student panels and promote the university in a variety of capacities. The UNI SAA consists of approximately 50 members.















'Aside from giving tours and sitting on student panels, there is a certain prestige to being involved in an organization that is entrusted by the university with its most valuable assetsï¾—prospective students and returning alumni,' said Paul Sapp, UNI SAA advisor. 'Being in SAA allows current students to share their experiences and passion for UNI with others.'















Each year, ASAP hosts district conferences around the country, and within each district, awards the title of 'Outstanding Organization' to one student group that has shown exemplary service and commitment in the promotion and ideals of higher education.















'Receiving this award is a hallmark of excellence,' said Sapp. 'It just affirms that we're doing many things right within our organization.'















Any student interested in applying for SAA should contact the Admissions Office at, (319) 273-2281, for details.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Should Iowa Reinstate the Death Penalty?' will be the next topic of debate in the 'Civic Discourse and Opposing Views' series at the University of Northern Iowa, at 4 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 21, in the Curris Business Building, Rooms 1 & 3.































Panelists for this debate include Jerry Soneson, UNI associate professor of religion; Katherine van Wormer, UNI professor of social work, and Leon Mosley, member of the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors.































The series is designed to promote responsible citizenship, leadership, and the development of civic discourse skills on social issues of importance by focusing on understanding opposing views.































No preparation is required. The format includes discussion in pairs, a panel of experts on the topic, and general discussion. A list of talking points on the issue will be provided to attendees, who will be asked to participate in pairs to present and listen to arguments for and against reinstating the death penalty.































'Some people think it is a sign of weakness to listen to the views of those with whom you disagree,' says Gerri Perreault, co-chair of the UNI American Democracy Project. 'We, on the other hand, believe it is a sign of strength and reflects a commitment to democratic processes so vital to the health of our communities and world.'































'Civic Discourse and Opposing Views' is sponsored by the UNI American Democracy Project, UNI Civility Committee, and the UNI Leadership Studies Program. The series is free and open to the public.































Those planning to attend or instructors wishing for their class to attend, are asked to RVSP as soon as possible to Perreault at (319) 273-6898 or at YLA@uni.edu, and are asked to type 'opposing views' in the subject line if inquiring about this event via e-mail.















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February 12, 2006 - 6:00pm

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Why a wink is as good as a nod to a blind horse















Eye contact and gaze are very powerful nonverbal tools in interpersonal interaction and could be useful during the International Week of Flirting, Feb. 13-19.















'Many people don't realize that flirting starts far more often on the nonverbal level, way before we engage in witty repartee and catchy come-on lines,' said Paul Siddens, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa. 'Eye contact and gaze are often the first nonverbal behaviors we use in the process of flirting.'















Of course there is a difference between a flirty gaze and an inappropriate stare, and sometimes eye contact may be the beginning and the end of the flirtatious affair.















'Even if we make eye contact, he or she might not reciprocate, making it clear there isn't shared interest by rolling the eyes, glaring back, shaking the head to signal 'no,' or by avoiding eye contact altogether,' Siddens said. 'But sometimes eye contact is used to positively reinforce the attention. Positive signs include reciprocating eye contact, winking, batting eye lashes and physical signals such as leaning forward, smiling or a gesture that the next chair is open.'















Siddens, who teaches nonverbal communication courses at UNI, can be reached at (319) 273-5898 or paul.siddens@uni.edu.















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Monday, Feb. 13

Earth Science Seminar, 4 p.m., Latham Hall 125. Michael Roth, UNI associate professor of physics, will present, 'Planetary Ring and Satellite Formation.' He says planetary rings, such as around Saturn, cause us to wonder how they formed. Roth uses computer simulations of planetary collisions to study the dynamics of this process. Contact: Michael Roth, (319) 273-7336

Tuesday, Feb. 14

'The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales' will be presented at 10 a.m and 12:30 p.m., at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center as part of the Kaleidoscope Series for Youth, sponsored by Allen Hospital. The production, recommended for grades three through six, is expected to draw more than 3,000 elementary students from throughout northeast Iowa. The 60-minute show has curriculum connections in literature, reading and drama, and is based on a Caldecott award-winning book. Familiar fairytales are told with an offbeat, irreverent and zany flare, according to Janelle Darst, GBPAC communications director. Among the stories will be 'Chicken Licken,' 'The Princess and the Bowling Ball,' 'The Really Ugly Duckly' and 'Jack's Bean Problem. Contact: Janelle Darst, (319) 273-3676 or e-mail janelle.darst@uni.edu

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Camp and Recreation Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Gym of the Wellness & Recreation Center, sponsored by UNI Advising & Career Services. Employers from more than 50 camps, amusement parks, recreation centers and resorts from throughout the United States are seeking to hire UNI students. Contact: Libby Vanderwall, events coordinator, Advising & Career Services, (319) 273-6857 or e-mail libby.vanderwall@uni.edu

'The Black Americans of Achievement: Malcolm X,' will continue the Malcolm X Film Fest as part of Black History Month, sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the CME, 109 Maucker Union The 30-minute film will be shown every half hour, beginning at 10 a.m., with the last showing at 4:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the series will continue with 'Malcolm X The Movie,' starring Denzel Washington. For information on this and other Black History Month events, visit www.uni.edu/cme Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts, CME associate director, (319) 273-2250 or e-mail lydia.robertts@uni.edu

Thursday, Feb. 16

Physics Olympics, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., UNI-Dome. Some 200 students from more than a dozen high schools will compete in five events that give students the opportunity to apply basic physics principles to real-life problems. Areas will include self-propelled catapult, mouse trap car, bridge building, student-powered water heater and optical slalom. Winners will advance to the state competition later this spring at Drake University in Des Moines. Contact: Larry Escalada, UNI associate professor of physics, (319) 273-2431 or e-mail lawrence.escalada@uni.edu

African-American architect Mitchell Squire will deliver a lecture at 7 p.m. in the art auditorium of Kamerick Art Building on his exhibition titled 'Storied Toy: the Emotional and Imaginative Relationship Between a Boy and His Toys' (plus a few other things)'. His exhibition is on display in the UNI Gallery of Art through March 3. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-6134 or e-mail GalleryofArt@uni.edu

Friday, Feb. 17 -Saturday, Feb. 18

The 51st annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival, the oldest continuously running high school jazz festival in the nation, will be held throughout both days, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in Russell Hall and the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Jazz bands from 4A and 1A schools will compete on Friday, while 3A, 2A and A schools will compete on Saturday. A total of 65 bands from 53 schools are scheduled to compete. The festival is held in conjunction with the 55th annual Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz concert, at 7:30 p.m. each day in the Great Hall of the GBPAC. This year's guest artist will be trumpeter Cuong Vu, widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader among a new generation of innovative musicians. He recently toured worldwide with the Pat Metheny Group, both playing and singing. He won a Grammy in 2002 as a member of that group. Vuong will hold jazz clinics at noon each day for the musicians. Contact: Christopher Merz, UNI assistant professor of music, (319) 273-3077.

Saturday, Feb. 18

The 2006 Silo (Ice-Climbing) Summit is planned, weather permitting, throughout the afternoon and evening on the Jim Budlong farm, five miles west of the UNI-Dome on West 27th Street and one-half mile south on Butler Road. An ice-climbing clinic will be conducted during the afternoon for team members by Ben Caskey from Iowa City. Ten teams from throughout the Midwest and Canada are expected to participate. The competition will begin at 6 p.m. and end around 11 p.m. The summit is sponsored by UNI Outdoors. (Note: This ice-climbing summit was originally planned for Feb. 4, but had to be postponed due to unseasonably warm temperatures. To make and maintain the ice, temperatures need to remain below 26 degrees.) Contact: Robert Lee, UNI instructor in physical education, (319) 273-2846.

Saturday, Feb. 18 - Sunday, Feb. 19

The UNI Capoeira Sport Club will celebrate Black History Month with a two-day event, 'Capoeira: Afro-Brazilian Fight for Freedom,' from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Workshops will be held in the UNI Wellness & Recreation Center dance room. The public is welcome to watch or participate. Several renowned Capoeira masters will be visiting from across the United States, and Robert Krueger, UNI associate professor of Portuguese, will deliver a lecture, at 10 a.m. Sunday, on 'Quilombos in Brazil and the slaves' struggle against oppression.' For more information on this event, classes offered, exact times, location and cost, visit www.brazilianmartialarts.org/schedulefebruary2006.htm Contact: Francesca Zogaib, (319) 290-5503 or Robert Krueger at (319) 273-2246.

Monday, Feb. 20

'How Nanomaterials Will Speed Up Computers, Strengthen Bridges, Cure Cancer and Reduce the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles,' 7 p.m., Seerley Hall, Room115, a Sigma Xi lecture by Diandra L. Leslie-Pelecky, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nanomaterials are those with dimensions on the order of a few one-thousandths of a human hair. She has worked to develop and understand biocompatible, multifunctional magnetic nanofluids to be used for simultaneous detection and treatment of cancer. This talk will explore what nanomaterials are and how they are made, and describe some of the most exciting recent nanotechnology research and the role it plays (and will play) in everyday life, according to Siobahn Morgan, UNI professor of earth science and Sigma Xi seminar coordinator. Contact: Siobahn Morgan, (319) 273-2389.

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Muhammad promoted tolerance and respect of others even when they insulted him















Riots and violent demonstrations erupted in many Islamic countries and in Europe over cartoons depicting the Prophet of Islam Muhammad. While there is no doubt in any Muslim's mind that publication of material insulting the prophet of Islam is very wrong, says Mohammed Fahmy, head and professor of industrial technology at the University of Northern Iowa, the reaction by the masses cannot be justified under the very instructions of Muhammad.















'The message of Islam is, in itself, a message of peace, tolerance and respect of others' property and all related civil rights,' said Fahmy, who also is the director of educational programs and prayer leader at the Waterloo Islamic Center. 'Islam should never be judged on the misbehavior of the emotions of masses that are mainly driven by anger rather than by thoughtful reactions. A quick reading of the Prophet's history and traditions reveals that he promoted tolerance and respect for others even when they insulted him personally. In all his teachings, known attributes and behavior, Muhammad has never been reported to have insulted, harmed, hurt or transgressed on anyone's rights, even when they did that to him.'















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Mohammed Fahmy, UNI heads and professor of industrial technology, (319) 273-2563















Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728















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Shortage of science teachers















When the Russians launched Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite, Oct. 4, 1957, nations around the world took note. In the United States, the event triggered concern that we needed to strengthen our math and science programs. Now, nearly 50 years later, there is concern that we need increased emphasis on math and science programs to remain competitive in today's world. To do so will require more teachers than are presently available in the sciences.















Cherin Lee, an associate professor of biology, is chair of science education at the University of Northern Iowa. She says we need to be recruiting students into the sciences, and then into teaching, beginning in middle school, and continue encouraging them through cadet teaching programs in the high schools. 'We have a people shortage, with the numbers of college students choosing science teaching majors down more than 25 percent over the last five years.'















Lee says a prime example of positive outreach was a visit to the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) by 125 junior high school students from Beckman High School in Dyersville, Feb. 7. Students, teachers and their chaperones visited CNS departments and had an opportunity for hands-on experiments in some areas. She said preliminary feedback is positive and the school is hoping to repeat the visit again next year. But Lee believes more outreach is needed with K-12 schools.















Lee adds, numbers are only one aspect of the current science and math teacher shortage. She says alternative licensure has not been popular in Iowa, but may need to be considered. The university does have several science students per year who return for post-baccalaureate licensure. 'We are seeing an increase in the number of people with non-teaching science degrees who are returning for three semesters to complete teaching requirements, but this is not going to meet our needs in the next few years.'















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Cherin Lee, associate professor of biology and chair of science education, 273-2499 or 273-7357















Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728















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Boy Scouts to hold Merit Badge University at UNI















More than 300 Boy Scouts from as far away as Missouri will converge on the University of Northern Iowa campus Saturday, Feb. 18, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for Merit Badge University, sponsored by the Wabuha District of Winnebago Council, Boy Scouts of America. Scouts from throughout the Council's 17 counties in Northeast Iowa are eligible to register for the event, and this spring, a troop from Missouri heard about the opportunity and was granted admission. Scouts can earn two merit badges from among 23 topical areas. Most badges require that some of the work be completed in advance.















Forty Scouts plan to visit the UNI chemistry department where they will work on their Chemistry Merit Badge with faculty and students. Other areas include art, cinematography, citizenship in the nation and world, climbing, communications, computers, crime prevention, dentistry, disabilities awareness, electricity, fingerprinting, fire safety, first aid, Indian lore, law, music, oceanography, plumbing, public health, safety and weather.















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Andrew Lange, (319) 415-5851 or e-mail lngandre@uni.edu















Carol Paulsen, (319) 277-7425 or e-mail scoutcarol@gmail.com















Shoshanna Coon, UNI associate professor and acting head of chemistry, (319) 273-2437















Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728















February 9, 2006 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa President Robert Koob has decided not to join the Board of Regents (BOR), State of Iowa, as a senior adviser for educational policy, as announced last fall.































In a letter to BOR President Michael Gartner, Koob said in part, 'Regrettably, despite rising state revenues, it now seems assured that Regents' funding will fall below increases in mandatory expenses for the sixth fiscal year in a row. At UNI, we face a minimum of a $2.7-million deficit when comparing our best-case scenario for income versus our obligations for employee salaries and sharply rising benefit and utility costs.































'Under such circumstances, I cannot be comfortable asking the university to cover my salary in support of a developmental leave. Therefore, I am withdrawing my request for such a leave and will take a leave without pay instead.'































When a new president is named, Koob plans to return to his residence in California for the coming year. For information about the UNI presidential search process, see http://www.uni.edu/presidentialsearch/















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The eighth-annual Teacher Institute will take place Friday, Feb. 17, at Price Laboratory School (PLS) on the University of Northern Iowa campus.































The Teacher Institute is a professional teacher-education conference with more than 60 different workshop sessions on various aspects of teaching across all curricular areas and activities, according to Lee Weber, founder of the institute. It's designed to enrich the experience of UNI teacher-education students, and is offered at no cost. Workshops will be presented by PLS educators.































The Teacher Institute runs from 8 a.m. through the conclusion of sessions beginning at 2 p.m. Weber said a special feature this year is a keynote address by UNI College of Education Dean Jeffrey Cornett, at 11 a.m. in the school's Butzier Auditorium.































'Every year our faculty give many presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences,' said Weber. 'Until the Institute began, those resources often never reached our own teacher-education students.'































'We hope that in addition to gaining exposure to outstanding professional presentations, UNI teacher-education students will begin to see the value of continued professional development and attendance at professional conferences after they begin their teaching careers,' said Weber.































More than 1,200 teacher-education students have participated in the institute since it began in 2002.































A complete listing of sessions and times, as well as registration materials, is available at www.pls.uni.edu/pls/teacher_institute/































For further information, contact Weber at (319) 273-2056, or lee.weber@uni.edu.















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February 8, 2006 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently unveiled an online publication, Universitas.















Universitas provides a forum for showcasing University of Northern Iowa graduate faculty and graduate student achievements in research, scholarship and creative activity, according to its editor, Richard Utz, UNI professor of English. He said the purpose of the publication is to generate interdisciplinary campus-wide communication and collaboration among faculty and between faculty and students, to further the university's contact with the worldwide scholarly and artistic community and to serve as a resource for the people of Iowa and beyond.















Submissions in all areas represented at UNI are considered for publication from all current UNI faculty, as well as alumni faculty and guest faculty. Beyond this group of contributors, Universitas welcomes contributions from the worldwide academic and artistic community.















Universitas will, on an annual basis, extend invitations to submit work to the recipients of UNI's Donald N. McKay Research Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Professional Development Assignments, Summer Grants and various awards recognizing outstanding graduate student work.















For more information, visit the Universitas Web site at http://universitas.grad.uni.edu/, or contact Utz at (319) 273-3879.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A double-bill of opera comedies, one sung in English, and the other with English surtitles, will be presented by the University of Northern Iowa's Theatre UNI and the UNI School of Music. 'La Serva Padrona' and 'Gianni Schicchi,' will be presented Feb. 23 through March 5 at UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre.















'La Serva Padrona,' or 'The Servant Mistress,' by Giovanni Pergolesi, tells the tale of a struggle for control of the household between master and maid. It will be sung in Italian with English surtitles projected on to a screen above the actors. 'Gianni Schicchi,' Puccini's only comedy, is a tale of scheming relatives conned by a neighbor while trying to save their inheritance. It will be sung in English.















According to director Sandra Walden, instructor in UNI School of Music, these one-act operas, although musically very different, have a common theme, 'a little deception is always justified in the name of true love!'















Music direction will be by Rebecca Burkhardt, professor in UNI School of Music.















The cast of 'La Serva Padrona' features Stephen Fish of Cedar Falls as the master, Uberto; Sarah Duvel of Cedar Falls and Cindy Shadrick of Waterloo double cast as the maid, Serpina; and Ben Walter of Kelly as the silent valet, Vespone.















Costumes for 'La Serva Padrona' have been designed by Molly Taylor and lights by Nathan Coon, both of Cedar Rapids. The scenery for both shows has been designed by Mark Parrott, staff designer at UNI.















The cast of 'Gianni Schicchi' features Joel Waggoner of Waterloo in the title role. Other cast members include Melanie Altman of Des Moines, Rose Marie Newburn of Davenport, SangEun Kim of South Korea, Adam Ebert of Waverly, and Nicole Birkland of Gowrie.















The cast will also feature Sarah Brindley of Temple, Texas, Alicia Eagles of Cedar Falls, Kate Crist of Agency, Nicole Farley of Story City, Melissa Brown of Fremont, Brian Lenz of Carroll, Mark Jurgenson of Denver, Peter Grau of Elkader, Mark Bjorklund of Fort Dodge, Cassie Naaktgeboren of Cedar Falls, Nick Halder of Cherokee, Benjamin Sheridan of Urbandale, Zach Hutchens of Beaman, and Joshua Mullady of Dubuque.















Costumes for 'Gianni Schicchi' have been designed by Amy S. RohrBerg, UNI associate professor of theatre, and lighting by Chad Kolbe, Theatre UNI designer and technical director.















Performances of 'La Serva Padrona' and 'Gianni Schicchi' are Thursday, Feb. 23; Saturday, Feb. 25; and Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students, and free for UNI students with ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381 or online at www.theatreuni.com.















Synopses of the operas and samples of the music can also be found on the Theatre UNI web site. For more information, contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director of Theatre UNI, at (319) 273-6387.















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February 7, 2006 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its Camp and Recreation Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Wellness and Recreation Center North Gym. The event is free and is open to all UNI, Hawkeye Community College, Upper Iowa University and Wartburg College students.















The fair will feature employers from more than 50 camps, resorts and amusement parks across the United States, who are recruiting summer employees for a variety of positions.















Among the organizations represented are Valleyfair; Anderson Western Colorado Camps; Camp Courageous of Iowa; Friendly Pines Camp located in Prescott, Ariz.; and Camp Mataponi, located in Naples, Maine.















The event is sponsored by UNI Academic Advising and Career Services. Margene Deutmeyer, second year communications assistant for the office, took the lead on this project. Deutmeyer is a senior at UNI with a double major in marketing and graphic design. She graduated from Beckman High School in Dyersville and is the daughter of Tom and Barb Deutmeyer.















For a list of recruiting organizations and more information visit www.uni.edu/acs (click on Fairs).















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Olympics from 9 a.m. to noon in the UNI-Dome on Thursday, Feb. 16.















More than 200 high school students from Cedar Falls, Dike-New Hartford, Dunkerton, Fairbank, Gilbertville, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Janesville, Jesup, La Porte City, Nashua-Plainfield, Sumner, Traer, Waterloo, Winthrop and other area schools are expected to participate.















According to Larry Escalada, UNI associate professor of physics and event coordinator, student teams will use devices constructed from everyday materials to perform specific tasks in events such as the self-propelled catapult, mouse-trap car, toothpick bridge, water-heater and the optical slalom, which is a brand-new event to the competition.















The two teams with the highest total scores from all five events will qualify for the state competition at the Drake University Olmstead Center in Des Moines on April 26.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Tallcorn Jazz Festival, the nation's oldest continuously running high-school jazz festival, and the 55th annual Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz concerts will take place on the University of Northern Iowa campus Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18.















The Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Guest artist Cuong Vu, a New York-based trumpeter, will perform with UNI Jazz Band One, directed by Chris Merz, assistant professor of music. Vu will also bring his Trio to perform each night. The UNI Jazz Panthers will open the concerts with a set starting at 7:15 p.m.































Hosted by UNI's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity and the UNI School of Music, the 51st annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival draws bands from more than 50 Iowa high schools to the UNI campus for jazz performance competitions. Bands perform from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the GBPAC Great Hall during both days of the festival.































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Guest artist Vu will host a clinic each day at noon in Russell Hall Room 60. The clinics are free and open to the public. For more information about Vu, visit www.cuongvu,com.















Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, youth and UNI students. All tickets are general admission and can be purchased by calling (319) 273-SHOW (7469) or at the door.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is sponsoring the University of Northern Iowa Entrepreneurship Symposium from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Maucker Union on the UNI campus. The event is being held to raise awareness about entrepreneurship.















Three UNI alumni will speak at the event: Eric Schaefer, Chris Pirillo and Andrew Van Fleet. Schaefer will speak from 3:15 to 3:50 p.m. He is a 1991 UNI finance and international business graduate who, with his partners, sold his company, ABF, in 2003 to WebMD for $260 million. He currently serves as executive vice president of payer sales for the new WebMD Business Services organization.















Pirillo will speak from 3:55 to 4:20 p.m. Pirillo is a UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts (CHFA) graduate. Pirillo is the founder and publisher of LockerGnome.com, a technology Web site and content publishing company with more than one million subscribers worldwide. His columns appear in the Computer Power User and PC Today magazines. He also recently authored 'Online! The Book' and he sponsors Gnomedex, an annual technology convention.















Van Fleet will speak from 4:25 to 4:55 p.m. Van Fleet is a 1998 UNI CHFA graduate and a 2006 Cedar Valley In Business 20 Under 40 leader. He is the president and creative director of Darning Pixels, Inc., a Waterloo-based graphic design and Internet services company with more than 50 clients worldwide.















The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration for the conference is encouraged. For more information, or to register, go to www.jpec.org/entreday.htm. A live web link will be available on this site for those who are not able to attend in person but would like to view the presentations.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students from the University of Northern Iowa's Citizen Participation and Civic Engagement class are planning to devote 750 hours of community service to open and staff a resource center for low-income families at Jubilee United Methodist Church in Waterloo. 'The Hub: Neighborhood Empowerment and Resource Center' will be operated in cooperation with the church and New City Ministries.















The grand opening is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13. Coupons and other prizes will be available to neighborhood residents who attend.















UNI students will be responsible for opening and staffing the center twice a week for 10 weeks. In addition to recruiting agencies to provide a presence at the Hub, UNI students will also provide child-care services at the center while learning to identify additional community and family needs.















The project will not only help students gain hands-on experience with the material they will learn in class, but will also provide them with a broad range of information about diverse people and neighborhoods and about services that are available in the community.















'Hopefully, it will stimulate them to continue their involvement in their community after they graduate,' said Allen Hays, professor and director of UNI's Graduate Program in Public Policy.















Students from the class are mostly political science, public administration and public policy majors. They are each required to perform 25 hours of community service as part of the class.















For more information, contact Hays at (319) 273-2910 or Cheryl Faries, program coordinator, UNI Graduate Program in Public Policy, at (319) 287-8164.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ben Folds, best known as the front man and pianist of Ben Folds Five and as a solo artist, will be in concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in the University of Northern Iowa's West Gym, presented by UNI's Panther Productions. Tickets will go on sale Monday, Feb. 13.































'Although his music has no distinctive genre with which it is associated, the terms 'piano rock' and 'indie' are often used to describe his unique style,' said Mike Bobeldyk, assistant director/Maucker Union. 'Folds' compositional and playing techniques remain wholly unique.'































Folds has released four solo LPs. His first album, 'Fear of Pop: Volume I,' was recorded and released while the Ben Folds Five was still together. The group broke up in 2000 due to artistic differences. His most recent release, in 2005, is 'Songs for Silverman.'































Bobeldyk said Folds supports the independent music scene. He created his own record label, Attacked By Plastic, and does promotional work for independent record stores across the country.































Well-known for his solo act as 'a man and a piano,' Folds often involves his audience in 'playing' accompanying instruments, such as trumpet and saxophone, or singing choir-like backing vocals. His concerts have been described as 'charismatic, yet calm.' Although he is constantly performing new songs, his concerts usually include classic fan favorites such as 'Philosophy,' 'One Angry Dwarf' and 'Army.'































Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 13. Admission is $16.50 for UNI students and $22.50 for the general public. All tickets are general admission. Tickets will be available at the UNI-Dome ticket office. They can be ordered by phone at (319) 273-DOME, toll-free at 877-216-DOME, or online at http://tickets.uni.edu. Monday, Feb. 13, through Wednesday, Feb. 15, tickets also will be on sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in UNI's Maucker Union.















Panther Productions is UNI's student concert committee. The group has sponsored bands including Yellowcard, Ja Rule, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Hoobastank, Nelly and Smash Mouth.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) will host the 2006 Sustainability Series, focusing on energy issues from local to global.















The second presentation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the CEEE auditorium, Room 11. Alan Teel, a consultant with BME Consulting LLC based in Atlantic, will speak about electricity generation and production with the use of bio-fuels.































Teel has been involved with the switchgrass program at Chariton Valley, and is a consultant to Cedar Falls Utilities on their bio-fuel project.































For more information on the Sustainability Series, contact Patricia Higby at (319) 273-6012 or patricia.higby@uni.edu.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ten teams from around the nation, represented by approximately 70 student competitors, converged on the University of Northern Iowa Jan. 21 to compete in the Henderson Invitational Speech Tournament.















UNI students Angela Carder, a senior communication & theatre arts major from Ottumwa, and Joe McIlhon, a senior general communication major from Cedar Falls, successfully represented UNI by earning several victories. Carder and McIlhon's duo interpretation earned fourth place honors and Carder finished fourth in prose interpretation. McIllhon placed fourth in poetry interpretation and took fifth place in both prose interpretation and dramatic interpretation.































The speech team was even more successful on Jan. 22, when the entire team competed at the Bob Smith Invitational Speech Tournament at Wartburg College in Waverly. Carder took third place in poetry interpretation and fourth place, with McIlhon, in duo interpretation. McIllhon finished sixth in dramatic interpretation, and Coltrane Carlson, a junior electronic media major from Council Bluffs, was fourth in program of oral interpretation. Carlson has now qualified for the prestigious American Forensic Association National Tournament with the program of oral interpretation event.































Mike Hilkin, a senior general communication major from Dubuque, was successful in capturing first place in persuasive speaking, third in informative speaking, and fourth in rhetorical criticism. Hilkin also was awarded first place in the interstate oratory qualifying event.















The Interstate Oratorical Association hosts the oldest oratorical contest in the United States, held annually since 1872. Hilkin is one of two students from Iowa selected to travel to Pensacola, Fla., in mid-April, to participate in the competition. Representing UNI and the state of Iowa, Hilkin will be among the 100 participants from around the nation 'in this exclusive competition which is steeped in history and tradition,' according to Jake Thompson, UNI director of forensics.































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Monday, Feb. 6

'The Relationship between Education and Earnings within Couples: Evidence from Malaysia' will be discussed at noon in the Maucker Union South Room, by Shahina Amin and Lisa Jepsen, both UNI assistant professors of economics, part of the CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum, sponsored by the Graduate Program in Women's Studies. Contact: Amin at (319) 273-2637 or Jepsen at (319) 273-2592.

The Wilson Series on Business Ethics will focus on 'Whistle-Blowing,' from 5 to 7 p.m., in the John Deere Auditorium, Room 109 of the Curris Business Building, featuring excerpts from the movie, 'The Insider.' The film tells the story of the Brown & Williamson research and development director who blew the whistle on the tobacco industry, leading to the biggest class-action lawsuit settlement in U.S. history. A discussion of whistle-blowing ethics will be included with the movie clips. Contact: Donna Wood, David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at UNI, (319) 273-2196.

'In Touch with Knowledge: The Educational History of Blind People' opens today at the University Museum, 3219 Hudson Road. It will explore the history of creative adaptations that transformed visual information into tactile form and gave blind and visually-impaired people greater opportunities. Historical artifacts and contemporary learning aids, along with hands-on exhibits and activities will allow visitors to better understand and appreciate how people learn through touch. Visit www.uni.edu/museum or call 273-2188.

V-Day Week, featuring a series of events to bring awareness to violence perpetrated against women, will kick-off with a 7 p.m. vigil for survivors of sexual violence, in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. Women and men are invited to tell their stories. Contact: Brandi Kraft, (319) 404-5126 or bjkraft@uni.edu

Tuesday, Feb. 7

'The Real Malcolm X,' a 60-minute film opening the Malcolm X Film Festival in UNI's Black History Month celebration, will be shown on the hour, beginning from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m., in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), Room 109 Maucker Union. Contact: Lydia Roberts, CME assistant director, (319) 273-2250, Lydia.Roberts@uni.edu or visit www.uni.edu/cme.

More than 3,000 Eastern Iowa fourth- through eighth-graders will be attending one of two performances of 'My Heart in a Suitcase,' at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., in UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Part of the Kaleidoscope Series for Youth, sponsored by Allen Hospital, the 60-minute show has curriculum connections to history, relationships, social norms, drama and literature. A 'tribute to the strength of the human spirit,' the play is a survivor's story of Anne and her family, intended to inspire audiences to learn and read more about the Holocaust as it shows young people what happened in Germany and in other occupied nations prior to and during World War II. Contact: Janelle Darst, GBPAC marketing director, at janelle.darst@uni.edu or (319) 273-3676.

V-Day Week event: Angela Rose, a prominent activist in the field of sexual violence and a rape survivor, will speak at 7 p.m., in Lang Hall Auditorium. Contact: Brandi Kraft, (319) 404-5126 or bjkraft@uni.edu.

'My Education Began by Keeping My Mother Out of Jail' will open the spring semester 'Last Lecture Series' at 7:30 p.m., in Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom B, presented by Gayle Pohl, UNI associate professor of communication. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, this series asks faculty to present a lecture as if it were to be his or her last one. Contact: Gayle Pohl, (319) 273-6308 or Gayle.Pohl@uni.edu

'Irony of Fate . . . or Have a Nice Bath,' will be presented at 8 p.m., in Seerley Hall, Room 115, as part of a film series sponsored by the UNI Russian Club. In Russian, with English subtitles, the film is a classic Russian romantic comedy about an unforgettable New Year's Eve. Contact: Maria Basom at maria.basom@uni.edu or (319) 273-6227.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

'Earthquakes and Tsunamis,' a three-week course offered to community members through UNI's Lifelong University, will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in Latham 125, today and Feb. 15 and 22. It is one of five classes offered this spring as part of the program that began last fall. Contact: Stacey Christensen, UNI community relations manager, at stacey.christensen@uni.edu or (319) 273-3170, or visit www.uni.edu/llu

V-Day Self-Defense Seminar, 6 p.m., Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Contact: Brandi Kraft at bjkraft@uni.edu or (319) 404-5126.

'The Life of David Gale,' the first film in the spring semester Students for Social Justice film series, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Sabin Hall, Room 203. The film, about capital punishment, will be followed by a panel discussion Contact: Wallace Hettle, UNI associate professor of history and adviser to Stduents for Social Justice/Amnesty International, (319) 273-2942 or Wallace.Hettle@uni.edu

Thursday, Feb. 9

An opening reception for 'In Touch with Knowledge: The Educational History of Blind People,' an exhibition running through May 26 at the University Museum, will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Museum, 3219 Hudson Road. Contact: UNI Museum at (319) 273-2188 or visit www.uni.edu/museum.

The art exhibition 'Storied Toy: The Emotional and Imaginative Relationship Between a Boy and His Toys (plus a few other things),' by African-American architect Mitchell Squire, will open at 7 p.m., in the UNI Gallery of Art, with a performance of Squire's latest work, 'Under Our Feet.' A reception follows. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-3095 or GalleryofArt@uni.edu

Problems associated with climate change and how these issues can be addressed through natural capitalism and energy efficiency, and ways to decrease the use of fossil fuels through efficiency and renewable energy, will be among global energy issues discussed by William M. Stigliani, director of the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), at 7 p.m., in the CEEE Auditorium. Contact: William Stigliani, (319) 273-2573 or william.stigliani@uni.edu

Friday, Feb. 10

The UNI Study Abroad Center will host an open house, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge. It will feature a variety of exhibits and materials about international opportunities for study, in over 30 countries, for UNI undergraduate and graduate students. Program coordinators and study abroad veterans will be available to answer questions and share their experiences. Contact: Yana Cornish, program coordinator, UNI Study Abroad. At (319) 273-7078 or yana.cornish@uni.edu

Friday, Feb. 10 - Saturday, Feb. 11

UNI's week-long V-Day celebration will culminate with three performances of award-winning playwright/performer/activist Eve Ensler's play, 'The Vagina Monolgues,' at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Contact: Brandi Kraft, bjkraft@uni.edu or 319-404-5126.

More than 200 students from 60 high schools will be on campus Friday and Saturday for the Northern Iowa Festival of Bands, participating in either wind symphony or concert band ensembles. The festival will conclude Saturday with a 2 p.m. concert in the Great Hall of UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Contact: Ronald Johnson, festival coordinator and UNI professor of music, (319) 273-6058 or ronald.johnson@uni.edu

Saturday, Feb. 11

The UNI Athletic Club will host its family-centered Annual Membership Renewal Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 4:30 p.m., on the UNI-Dome floor. Featured will be coaches, student athletes, food and games. Contact: Kelly Bockenstedt, (319) 273-2471 or kelly.bockenstedt@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Pappajohn, a long-time supporter of entrepreneurship in Iowa, has launched the John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition for Iowa business start-ups.















Initially unveiled at the Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship Conference last fall, the competition is designed to stimulate business development and provide support to outstanding business plans.















Sponsored by Pappajohn, Equity Dynamics, Inc., and the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers across the state, the John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition will promote new entrepreneurial activity and highlight venture capital resources around the state.















The competition is open to all new start-up companies located in Iowa, and will award $50,000 in prize money to the top three business plans submitted, with $25,000 for the first prize, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third.















Applications will be accepted from April 1 to June 30, 2006, and should be submitted to the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa for initial screening. After initial screening, those selected will be given strong scrutiny by the judging panel, with the final teams presenting their executive plans at the 2006 Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference at the Polk County Convention Complex in October with awards made at that time.















For more details on the competition, contact the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at (319) 273-7350. For assistance with business plan entries, consult with the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center/Small Business Development Center in downtown Waterloo at (319) 236-8123.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Veridian Credit Union is partnering with the University of Northern Iowa to recognize the outstanding contributions of UNI faculty members to community engagement in the state.















Veridian Credit Union will fund five Community Engagement awards, one for a faculty member in each of UNI's five undergraduate colleges: Business Administration, Education, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. All full-time tenure-track and tenured faculty are eligible.















Each recipient will receive an award and a check for $1,000 payable to the nonprofit organization with which he or she is engaged. If the faculty member is involved with a business or more than one organization, funding will be awarded to an approved organization of the faculty member's choice.































Community members and UNI faculty, staff and students can submit a nomination by: securing the consent of the nominee; submitting a letter of nomination summarizing the qualifications of the nominee for the award; and providing a letter of recommendation from the community organization with which the faculty member is engaged.































For more information and nominations materials, go to www.uni.edu/pubrel/veridian_award.pdf.















All materials must be submitted to the UNI Provost's Office by March 1. Award recipients and the organizations they work with will be recognized at a UNI community engagement luncheon on Friday, April 7.















Veridian Credit Union, founded in 1934 in Waterloo, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. The credit union offers a full range of consumer financial services and employs more than 425 Iowans throughout 19 branches, including 12 in the Cedar Valley. For more information, visit www.veridiancu.org or call (800) 235-3228.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'My Education Began by Trying to Keep My Mother Out of Jail,' will be the topic of The Last Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Maucker Union Ballroom B on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The Last Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNI Campus Activities Board (CAB) Speakers Committee, is free and open to the public.































Gayle Pohl, UNI associate professor of public relations, will deliver the lecture, which will discuss the values of learning in a practical world. Pohl, who joined the UNI faculty in 1993, teaches public relations on the graduate and undergraduate level. She formerly worked as an entertainment and sports public relations and marketing practitioner. Pohl is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has served as the PRSA National Assembly Delegate for the Cedar Valley Chapter and as the National Assembly Delegate for the Midwest District. She is currently a Trustee and Marketing and Development Chair for the Mental Illness and Neuroscience Discovery (MIND) Institute. Pohl serves as the faculty adviser to the UNI chapters of the Public Relations Students Society of America (PRSSA) and Public Relations Interns Develop Expertise (PRide).















According to Maggie Shonrock, a senior finance major from Ames and a member of the CAB Speakers Committee, professors are free to prepare a lecture on any topic -- ranging from emotional to hilarious, but always moving and inspiring. This program provides professors with the opportunity to reflect upon their years of teaching and life experiences, and offer advice to students. The series also helps connect students with the central purpose of a college education -- the encouragement of intellectual curiosity.















Refreshments will be served at the lecture. The next 'last lecture,' Tuesday, Feb. 28, will feature Kamyar Enshayan, UNI assistant professor at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education.















For more information, contact Pohl at (319) 273-6308.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Athletic Club will host its annual Renewal Carnival at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the UNI-Dome. Current Athletic Club members and anyone interested in becoming a member are invited to attend.















The carnival gives current members an opportunity to renew their 2006 Athletic Club membership and provides information to those interested in joining. Benefits to being a member of the UNI Athletic Club include discounted season tickets, priority parking, hospitality access and more.















The Renewal Carnival offers family fun including interaction with UNI coaches and student-athletes, food and games. The carnival is the official kickoff for the UNI Athletic Club annual fund drive. Money raised will support all 18 athletic teams at UNI with scholarship funds for student-athletes. This year's campaign goal is $1 million cash by April 18.















The carnival takes place prior to the men's basketball game with Missouri State. Athletic Club members may use the coupon sent in their winter benefits package for a buy-one get-one-free ticket offer. A game ticket to the Feb. 11 UNI vs. Missouri State game is required to attend the Renewal Carnival.















The UNI Athletic Club supports athletics at the University of Northern Iowa by raising private funds for student-athlete scholarships. For more information contact Kelly Bockenstedt, UNI Athletic Club director, at (319) 273-2471 or Kelly.Bockenstedt@uni.edu.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- V-Day events will take place Monday, Feb. 6, through Saturday,















Feb. 11, on the University of Northern Iowa campus, culminating with performances of Eve Ensler's play, 'The Vagina Monologues.' V-Day is sponsored by an international non-profit organization focused on the prevention of violence against women. Colleges and communities around the world participate in V-Day events.















UNI V-Day activities will kick off at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, with a vigil for survivors of sexual violence, in Seerly Hall's Great Reading Room. Survivors have the opportunity to share their stories and present poetry and other forms of expression.















At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, Angela Rose, a prominent anti-sexual violence activist will speak in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Rose founded the non-profit organization PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment) in 2001. PAVE aims to break the stereotypes and myths associated with rape and sexual assault, as well help people realize there is no shame in being a survivor.















Other events will include a self-defense seminar at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom; an orgasm bingo tournament, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, in Maucker Union; and the Gender Equality Association will host 'Make Your Own Vagina,' at that time. Prizes will be given.















To conclude V-Day events, 'The Vagina Monologues' will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Lang Hall Auditorium.















Tickets to 'The Vagina Monologues' are $10, and are available at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, or call (319) 273-SHOW.















V-Day merchandise, including chocolate, buttons and T-shirts, will be sold throughout the week, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Maucker Union, and during 'The Vagina Monologues' performances. Merchandise also will be available at local businesses including Mohair Pear, Shampoo, Purse-a-nality and Studio 4. In addition, raffle tickets for various prizes will be available for purchase.















For more information, visit www.vday.org, or contact Steve Fish, V-Day coordinator, at (319) 404-1444, or Brandi Kraft at bjkraft@uni.edu or (319) 404-5126.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Students for Social Justice continues its film series with 'The Life of David Gale,' at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Sabin Hall, Room 203. The film series, co-sponsored by UNI Amnesty International and UNI Students for Social Justice, features documentaries and stories that explore human rights and social justice issues and includes a panel discussion following the showing of the films.































'The Life of David Gale' follows a University of Austin professor, David Gale (Kevin Spacey), an advocate for the abolishment of capital punishment, who is falsely convicted of rape and murder of another activist. He suddenly finds himself on death row. The film is told in flashbacks with reporter, Bitsey Bloom (Kate Winslet), interviewing Gale.































Subsequent films in the series include 'The Take,' shown Wednesday, March 8; 'The Lord of War,' Wednesday, March 29; and 'The Corporation,' Wednesday, April 12, all at 7:30 p.m., in Sabin Hall, Room 203.































Students for Social Justice acts as a social justice watchdog both on and off-campus by working with campus and local officials to create an environment in which individuals are allowed to live their lives freely. For more information, contact Laura Greenwood, UNI co-president of Students for Social Justice, at (563) 441-7575 or Wallce Hettle, UNI associate professor of history, at (319) 273-2942.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) will host the 2006 Sustainability Series, focusing on energy issues from local to global.















The first presentation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the CEEE auditorium. William M. Stigliani, CEEE director and UNI professor, will speak about the problems associated with climate change and how those issues can be addressed through natural capitalism and energy efficiency.































'The energy crisis is not a technological crisis, it's a crisis of the imagination and the will to solve it,' Stigliani said. 'Natural capitalism offers a road map toward a shift in the way the economy works, from the current emphasis on human productivity to a radical increase in resource productivity.'































For more information on the Sustainability Series, contact Patricia Higby at (319) 273-6012 or patricia.higby@uni.edu.















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The Golden Rule - does it apply to business?















CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Golden Rule. It's the closest thing there is to a truly universal principle of ethics. But does it go far enough? Can the Golden Rule reliably guide us?















These are questions that will be discussed at a business-ethics luncheon hosted by the University of Northern Iowa and the Greater Des Moines Young Professionals Connection at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel, 1800 50th Street, West Des Moines.































The luncheon will feature UNI Professor, Donna J. Wood, presenting 'Ethics at Work: What's Wrong with the Golden Rule?' The seminar will focus on six questions that show us how the Golden Rule needs to be augmented, and even replaced, when dealing with the ethical situations of daily business life.































Wood is the first holder of the UNI David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, established in 2002, a joint appointment in the UNI Colleges of Business Administration and Humanities & Fine Arts. Author of 11 books and more than 50 scholarly articles, Wood has earned an international reputation in her discipline. She has served as editor of Business and Society, president of the Society for Business Ethics, and helped found the International Association for Business and Society (IABS).















The David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, is Iowa's only endowed chair in business ethics. The chair was established through a $1 million gift from university alumnus and Laguna, Calif., resident David W. Wilson, president and owner of the one of the largest privately owned automotive groups in the country. Wilson graduated from UNI in 1970 with a B.A. in philosophy.















The event is free and open to the public. The presentation is ideal for young professionals and mid-level managers. Complimentary lunch will be served. RSVPs are necessary by Feb. 17. To attend this luncheon seminar, call UNI Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761, or register online at http://www.unialum.org/businessethics.































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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center















(RBC) will offer Smart Start, an entrepreneurial training course for those considering starting a business venture, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at noon. This 90-minute course will cover the basics of business legalities, business plans, financial plans, commercial bank financing and state financial assistance programs.















Both courses will be offered at the UNI RBC, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.















The fee is $15 per participant and includes an informational packet.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is making plans to reorganize the administration of its key entertainment and sports venues. According to Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance, within the next few weeks the university will launch an internal search for an assistant vice president for sports and educational events center management.















'This individual will provide centralized leadership for the combined administration, ticketing, marketing and promotion of our primary event venues: the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, the UNI-Dome and the McLeod Center,' Schellhardt said.















The McLeod Center is scheduled to open this November.















'The past several years have brought unprecedented achievements in UNI intercollegiate athletics. Additionally, the scope of Artists Series events, community events and privately sponsored performances at the Gallagher-Bluedorn have made it a primary entertainment center for northeast Iowa. And the UNI-Dome continues to be booked solid with athletics, trade-show and entertainment events all year long,' Schellhardt explained.















'The range and number of events made possible by these three venues provides the university an unprecedented business challenge and opportunity to bring an even larger variety of events to the UNI campus. We will meet that challenge and take advantage of this opportunity by centralizing and integrating the administration of these venues.'















While the UNI School of Music, the Department of Theatre, and Intercollegiate Athletics are not part of this new administrative structure, they will be able to take advantage of newly integrated promotion, marketing and ticketing efforts.















'We believe this arrangement will allow UNI to seize the opportunities before us,' Schellhardt said. 'We expect the results to be an even stronger Panther athletic program and the ability to provide northeast Iowa with an even richer set of educational and entertainment programs, and a more efficient offering of spaces for public use, creating a positive economic impact on northeast Iowa.'































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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Wilson Series in Business Ethics will host a movie night and panel discussion on whistle-blowing from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, in the John Deere Auditorium of the Curris Business Building on the University of Northern Iowa's campus.















The event will feature excerpts from the movie, 'The Insider,' the story of the Brown & Williamson research and development director who blew the whistle on the tobacco industry, leading to the biggest class-action lawsuit settlement in U.S. history. A discussion of whistle-blowing ethics, led by Jerry Soneson, UNI associate professor of religion, and Donna Wood, professor of management and holder of the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at UNI, will be included with the movie clips.















'Whistle-blowing can seem like an obvious choice in cases where crimes are being committed or a lot of harm is being done,' said Wood. 'But it's never an easy choice.'















This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Wood at (319) 273-2196 or e-mail her at donna.wood@uni.edu. This event is co-sponsored by the UNI Philosophy & Religion Forum.















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The Iowa Legislature will recognize the University of Northern Iowa football team and coaches with a state resolution honoring their accomplishments at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6. The resolution will be read and approved by the Iowa House of Representatives followed by the Iowa Senate. Head football coach Mark Farley, Athletic Director Rick Hartzell and team representatives will be at the Capitol for the presentations.















The UNI football team played in its first-ever NCAA Division I-AA national championship game this fall, compiling an overall record of 11 wins and four losses and a long list of team and individual accomplishments during the season.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Through generous support from the University of Northern Iowa's School of Music alumni and friends, the Russell Hall renovation project has exceeded its $2 million fundraising goal.































The Russell Hall renovation project will cost $9.8 million, with $7.8 million provided by the state of Iowa. Plans include improving rehearsal, practice, studio and classroom spaces; creating state-of-the-art jazz rehearsal, performance and recording studio spaces; a new chamber- music rehearsal room; new heating and cooling elements; and a complete renovation of the existing auditorium to better serve the UNI School of Music.































Russell Hall has served as home to the School of Music since 1962. Since then, the number of music majors has quadrupled to more than 350 and the number of faculty members has doubled. The facility also serves more than 1,000 non-music majors involved in music classes and programs. Upgrades are necessary to improve acoustics, as well as provide additional space to alleviate cramped conditions and allow for program growth. Construction and remodeling will begin in February 2007, with completion in August 2008.































Recent gifts by alumni Gayle Johns Rose ('77); Bruce Bengtson ('64); and Richard ('79) and Kris ('80) Schultz pushed the campaign over its goal. Rose, originally from Charles City, is a philanthropist in Memphis, Tenn., and chairman of the Rose Family Foundations.































'I feel it is my responsibility as a graduate of the School to Music to support future generations of music students with my gifts to the Russell Hall renovation project,' Rose said. 'The musical training I received at UNI prepared me in countless ways to become a leader in my community. I'm thrilled to give back to my alma mater.'































'This renovation will provide the university some of the best music facilities in the United States,' stated John Vallentine, director of the School of Music, 'which will help UNI continue to produce more music teachers than any other school in the state. Our faculty and students are grateful for the incredible support of the donors and the citizens of Iowa.'















The Russell Hall renovation began as part of the Students First campaign to support scholarships, academic program support and facilities. Other capital projects included McElroy Hall in Waterloo, which houses the Freeburg Early Childhood Program; the McLeod Center; and equipment for McCollum Science Hall and Lang Hall. The campaign officially ended in 2005 with more than $112 million raised for the University of Northern Iowa.















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Monday, Jan. 30

Earth Science Seminar, 4 p.m., Latham Hall 125, will feature Kenneth DeNault, associate professor of geology, who will present 'My Life with a Wolf.' Buck is a timber wolf who was abused, chained, and beaten with a 2x4. DeNault will tell the story of how Buck has become an inspiration for abused children and an ambassador for wolves. Contact: DeNault at (319) 273-2033.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

2006 Gordon Hoxie Lecture, 4 p.m., Seerley Hall, Great Reading Room, will be given by John Mueller, Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies at the Mershon Center, The Ohio State University. He will speak on 'The Presidency, Public Opinion and War.' Contact: Phil Mauceri, head and professor of political science, (319) 273-2528.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Department of History/Phi Alpha Theta Lecture Series, 7 p.m., Seerley 115. Leslie Schwalm of the University of Iowa, will present 'Freedom in the Heartland: African-Americans and Civil Rights in the Age of Emancipation.' Contact: Wally Hettle, UNI associate professor of history, (319) 273-2942.

Crimson Caf� Poetry Night, part of Black History Month activities, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Hemisphere Lounge, Maucker Union, and feature an open mic. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta and the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Angel Anderson by e-mail at angel85@uni.edu or (319) 222-0164 or visit http://www.uni.edu/cme/bhm.htm.

Thursday, Feb. 2

Soul food luncheon, part of Black History Month activities, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Center for Multicultural Education, 109 Maucker Union. The meal includes fried chicken, corn bread, choice of two sides, pop and dessert. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta and the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Angel Anderson by e-mail at angel85@uni.edu or (319) 222-0164 or visit http://www.uni.edu/cme/bhm.htm.

'Cook or Starve' and 'The Art of Kissing' will be covered in two presentations in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. At 7 p.m., author/chef Kevin Roberts will demonstrate how easy it is to make really good food. He will be followed at 9:30 p.m. by Michael Kane, who will take the audience through, step-by-step, how to be a better kisser. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, assistant director/Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888 or e-mail mike.bobeldyk@uni.edu

Friday, Feb. 3

A Chinese New Year Celebration and Fun Carnival will be held in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom, at 6:30 p.m. Chinese performances and activities, Chinese craftwork door prizes and traditional Chinese snacks will be included, with a reception closing the evening in the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109 Maucker Union. Sponsored by the Chinese Student and Scholar Association. Contact: Polly Cheng from the CSSA, (319) 266-4245 or e-mail pollyc@uni.edu

Jabberwock Talent Show, part of Black History Month activities, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Lang Hall Auditorium, sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta and the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Angel Anderson by e-mail at angel85@uni.edu or (319) 222-0164 or visit http://www.uni.edu/cme/bhm.htm.

Friday, Feb. 3 - Sunday, Feb. 5

The 30th Annual UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair begins at 7 a.m. Friday, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 5. Representatives of more than 120 international schools in some 70 countries will be recruiting, with more than 600 educators expected to participate in UNI's Fair, the oldest international recruitment event in existence, according to Tracey Godon, assistant director/education career services at UNI. Many of the headmasters have attended the fair from its inception and others for many years, and will be available to talk with interested media representatives. Contact: Godon at (319) 273-2083 or e-mail overseas.placement@uni.edu.

Saturday, Feb. 4

The 2006 Silo (Ice-Climbing) Summit is planned, weather permitting, throughout the afternoon and evening on the Jim Budlong farm, five miles west of the UNI-Dome on West 27th Street and one-half mile south on Butler Road. An ice-climbing clinic will be conducted during the afternoon for team members by Chuck Huss and Ben Caskey from Iowa City, and Mitch Hoffman from the University of Minnesota. Ten teams from throughout the Midwest and Canada are expected to participate. The competition will begin at 6 p.m. and end around 11 p.m. The summit is sponsored by UNI Outdoors. Contact: Robert Lee, instructor in physical education, (319) 273-2846.

Monday, Feb. 6

'The Relationship between Education and Earnings within Couples: Evidence from Malaysia' will be discussed at noon in the Maucker Union South Room, by Shahina Amin and Lisa Jepsen, both UNI assistant professors of economics. Their presentation is part of the CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum, sponsored by the Graduate Program in Women's Studies. Contact: Amin at (319) 273-2637 or Jepsen at (319) 273-2592.

The Wilson Series on Business Ethics will focus on 'Whistle-Blowing,' from 5 to 7 p.m., in the John Deere Auditorium, Room 109 of the Curris Business Building. The event will feature excerpts from the movie, 'The Insider,' the story of the Brown & Williamson research and development director who blew the whistle on the tobacco industry, leading to the biggest class action lawsuit settlement in U.S. history. A discussion of whistle-blowing ethics will be included with the movie clips. Contact: Donna Wood, David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at UNI, (319) 273-2196.

'In Touch with Knowledge: The Educational History of Blind People' opens today at the University Museum, 3219 Hudson Road. It will explore the history of creative adaptations that transformed visual information into tactile form and gave blind and visually-impaired people greater opportunities. Historical artifacts and contemporary learning aids, along with hands-on exhibits and activities will allow visitors to better understand and appreciate how people learn through touch. Visit www.uni.edu/museum or call 273-2188.

V-Day Week, featuring a series of events to bring awareness to violence perpetrated against women, will kick-off with a 7 p.m. vigil for survivors of sexual violence, in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. Women and men are invited to tell their stories, present poetry or use other forms of expression. Contact: Brandi Kraft, (319) 404-5126, or e-mail bjkraft@uni.edu

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Overseas Placement Service for Educators, a program area of UNI Academic Advising & Career Services, will host the 30th annual UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 3-5 at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.

Once again this year, the UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair will host more than 120

international schools representing more than 70 countries. More than 600 educators are expected to participate in the Fair in order to interview for teaching positions in these schools.

The UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair is the oldest international recruitment event in existence, according to Tracey Godon, assistant director/education career services at UNI. Since its inception in 1976, nearly 20,000 educators have used the overseas placement service at UNI.

Godon added that many school headmasters from around the world have utilized services at UNI from the very beginning.

'The creation of the recruiting fair enabled all of us to have at our disposal far more choices of candidates,' said Charles Barder, headmaster of the American School in Warsaw, Poland. 'Prior to fairs, it was quite serendipitous how people got positions overseas.'

Jeffrey Keller, headmaster of the American School in Monterrey, Mexico agrees. 'UNI is special because it is the granddaddy of international recruitment events and it continues to operate as a service,' said Keller. 'It gives schools and candidates the opportunity to look for the right fit.'

In addition to the invention of the international recruitment fair, UNI has developed school information sheets, credential files, newsletters and technological tools unique to the international recruitment environment.

'We are very proud of our 30 years of service to the international education community,' said Godon. 'We have a commitment to meeting the needs of children, families, and schools around the world.'

No additional registrations are being taken to attend this year's event. Persons interested in future events may contact Godon at (319) 273-2083, or visit www.uni.edu/placement/overseas.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 31, President George W. Bush will deliver the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, an event watched live from coast to coast. But what is the significance of this annual speech? University of Northern Iowa Assistant Professor of Political Science Donna R. Hoffman recently co-authored the book, 'Addressing the State of the Union: The Evolution and Impact of the President's Big Speech,' forthcoming from Lynne Rienner Publishers.















'The State of the Union address is important both substantively and symbolically,' Hoffman says. 'The president highlights the policy proposals he wishes Congress to enact in the coming year and takes credit for past accomplishments. In addition, we see the president take center stage as he acts as chief legislator, elevating public expectations about what can be accomplished.'















Hoffman can be reached at (319) 273-5916 or donna.hoffman@uni.edu.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center/Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is partnering with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Northeast Iowa Community College, Iowa State Extension, UNI Local Foods Project and UNI Strategic Marketing Services to offer three workshops for new and expanding businesses in the alternative agriculture industry.















Workshops run from 9 a.m. to noon on the first three Thursdays in February. The workshops are free to the public and will be held at The Dairy Center, Room 115, located on Highway 150, south of Northeast Iowa Community College, in Calmar, Iowa.















'Marketing I: Research Your Idea' will be offered Thursday, Feb. 2, to guide participants through the process of conducting research on the Web using easy to learn search tools and resources.















'Marketing II: Your Advertising Strategy,' will be offered Thursday, Feb. 9. Participants will learn how to spend, where to advertise and what to say in order to effectively and efficiently market their alternative agriculture products.















'Money In ï¾– Money Out' will be offered Thursday, Feb. 16. Participants will explore financing options for their alternative agriculture venture followed by a lesson on managing that money to increase profits.















For those individuals new to the Internet, an early bird computer course covering Internet 'surfing' will precede the Feb. 2 workshop from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Room 110. An early bird computer training session, focusing on Web site 'must knows,' will be held prior to the Feb. 9 workshop from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Room 110.















Interested persons should pre-register with the UNI Regional Business Center/SBDC by calling (319) 236-8123 or e-mailing navigateyourfuture@myentre.net. All workshops are offered in conjunction with MyEntreNet, an entrepreneurship development system.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Center for Multicultural Education (CME) at the University of Northern Iowa will offer a variety of events throughout February to commemorate Black History Month, culminating Feb. 23, with a keynote address by George E. Curry, editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) News Service and BlackPressUSA.com. He will speak on 'Creating Black History for Tomorrow.'















The month-long activities will begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, with an open-mic poetry reading, 'Crimson Caf� Poetry Night,' in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge. It is open to all interested poets, and co-sponsored by 'The Lovely Ladies' of Delta Sigma Theta and the CME. Following the poetry reading, the Late Night at the CME film series continues with the movie, 'Crash,' at 9 p.m., in Room 109 of the Maucker Union.















A soul food luncheon, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, will be held at the CME, also in Room 109 Maucker Union. The meal will include fried chicken, corn bread, choice of two sides (macaroni and cheese, red beans and rice, greens, or corn), pop and dessert. Tickets are $3 per plate or 2 plates for $5, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the luncheon. This event also is co-sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta and the CME.















A 'Jabberwock Talent Show,' co-sponsored by the same duo, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Admission is free, but donations of canned goods or cash will be accepted for the Boys & Girls Club of Black Hawk County.















The Malcolm X Film Series, presented in the CME, Room 109 Maucker Union, will begin Tuesday, Feb. 7, with the 60-minute film 'The Real Malcolm X,' shown every hour, beginning at 10 a.m., with the final showing at 4 p.m. 'The Black Americans of Achievement: Malcolm X' is a 30-minute film. It will be shown every half hour, beginning at 10 a.m., with the final showing at 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The series will conclude that evening, from 7 to 10:30 p.m., with the feature-length 'Malcolm X: The Movie,' starring Denzel Washington.































Other events throughout the month will include a Black History Month Student Panel, Thursday, Feb. 9, and a Black History Month Quiz Bowl, Thursday, Feb. 16, both sponsored by the Minority Graduate Student Association; a panel discussion on 'The State of Black America,' Tuesday, Feb. 21; and a 35th anniversary open house for the CME, Thursday, Feb. 23.















For more information or a complete list of Black History Month events, visit the CME Black History Month Web site at www.uni.edu/cme/bhm.htm or contact Lydia Perez Roberts, assistant director of the CME, at (319) 273-2250.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Chinese Student and Scholar Association is hosting a Chinese New Year Celebration, Friday, Feb. 3, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.















The celebration will kick off with a Chinese carnival, including activities such as calligraphy, bookmark writing and Chinese chess. The carnival will follow with a performance, at 7 p.m., featuring Chinese dances, including a traditional lion dance performed by an Iowa State University dance team.















Following the performances, Chinese craftwork door prizes will be drawn. To end the night, a reception will be held in the Center for Multicultural Education. Chinese snacks such as spring rolls, dumplings and cake will be served.















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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Wednesday and Thursday, ?Feb. and 2, at ?Iowa State University, in Ames. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket will be posted on the Web today at http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/Agendas/agenda.html















1. Annual diversity report















Will be discussed at the Human Resources Committee meeting. UNI continues to be successful in meeting affirmative-action goals. While the size of the workforce has declined in response to budget reductions, we continue to see steady progress with the limited number of searches being conducted. The number of minority employees increased slightly from last year, holding steady at 10 percent of total employees.















Contact:















James Lubker, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2725















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















2. Annual graduation and retention rates















Will be discussed at the Education and Student Affairs Committee meeting. UNI has one of the highest graduation rates for U.S. institutions of its type. The average graduation rate for similar institutions is 45 percent. UNI's graduation rate is 65 percent.















Contact:















Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services, (319) 273-2331















3. Annual human resources comprehensive report















Will be discussed at the Human Resources Committee meeting.















Includes merit-salary report, retirement report, fringe-benefit report and resignations.















Contact:















James Lubker, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2725















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















4. Conflict of interest vendor















Consent-agenda item.















Contact:















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















5. Distance education cost study















Will be discussed at the Education and Student Affairs Committee meeting.















Contact:















James Lubker, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2725















6. Facilities governance report















Will be discussed at the Property and Finance Committee meeting.















Contact:















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















Morris Mikkelsen, associate vice president for facilities management, (319) 273-2611















7. Follow-up report on audit of academic program review and student outcomes assessment procedures















Will be discussed at the Education and Student Affairs Committee meeting.















Contact:















James Lubker, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2725















8. Grow Iowa Values Fund report















Will be discussed at the Economic Development Committee meeting. Several programs and initiatives are listed. Among them is the MyEntreNet program for rural entrepreneurs. See related news release at http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=2057















Contact:















Randy Pilkington, executive director, UNI Business & Community Services, (319) 273-6941















9. Lease of property















Will be discussed at the Property and Finance Committee meeting.















- 1209 W. 23rd St.















- Caines Investments















Contact:















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















10. Personnel register















Consent-agenda item.















Contact:















Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566















11. Report on institutional efforts to promote entrepreneurship















Will be discussed at the Education and Student Affairs Committee meeting.















Contact:















Randy Pilkington, executive director, UNI Business & Community Services, (319) 273-6941















12. Semiannual claims activity report















Will be discussed at the Audit and Compliance Committee meeting.















Contact:















Tim McKenna, university counsel, (319) 273-3241















13. Temporary construction easement agreement















Will be discussed at the Property and Finance Committee meeting.















Contact:















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















14. Update on UNI provost search















Consent-agenda item.















Contact:















Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566















15. Gilchrist Hall fire status report















Will be discussed at the Property and Finance Committee meeting. See related Web site http://www.uni.edu/pubrel/gilchrist.shtml















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The U.S. Army Special Recruiter Assistance Program (SRAP) came at the perfect time for Capt. Monica H. Sneed. Sneed is an assistant professor of military science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. The SRAP has allowed her and her two young children to spend some time with their extended family in Cedar Falls while her husband, Capt. Lance Sneed, is overseas.















Sneed, a Cedar Falls native and 1997 University of Northern Iowa graduate, returned to UNI on Jan. 20 to spend two weeks recruiting on campus and share her recent command and deployment experience, as well as the female perspective on an Army officer career path.















'One of the exciting things for me is to mentor female ROTC cadets here at UNI,' Sneed said. 'When I was in ROTC, there were no female instructors, and sometimes there are those types of questions you want to ask like, 'What's it like to be a woman in the Army and to raise a family while in the Army?''















Sneed is the daughter of Donna Hall and the late Jon Hall of Cedar Falls. She graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1994 and began her military career in 1994 in the Iowa Army National Guard. In 1997, she graduated from UNI's ROTC program as the Distinguished Military Graduate and received a B.A. in finance and a commission as a finance Second Lieutenant. While at UNI, Sneed was a resident assistant and director of administration for Northern Iowa Student Government.















Sneed will be at UNI until Thursday, Feb. 2. She can be reached at (319) 273-6337.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'The Relationship between Education and Earnings within Couples: Evidence from Malaysia' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, Feb. 6, in Maucker Union, South Room, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.































Shahina Amin and Lisa Jepsen, both assistant professors of economics, will deliver the lecture.































Amin and Jepsen will address questions regarding the relationship between education and earnings within couples. They will use economic models and data to test whether the relationship exists in the United States and Malaysia.















Amin received her master's in economics from the University of Houston and her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois. Jepsen received her master's in economics from the University of Missouri and her Ph.D. in economics from Vanderbilt University. Amin and Jepsen have been teaching at UNI since 2000.















This informal presentation and discussion is free, and open to the public.































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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student, Darci Doherty, a junior fine/studio art major from Boyden, designed the winning logo for the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites (NCWHS). Seventeen designs were submitted to the organization in November as an assignment for a graphic design course, taught by Roy Behrens, UNI professor of art, and posted online without the respective artist's name attached. The NCWHS board of directors voted for Doherty's logo for future use in the organization's publications.































'I was surprised that my logo design was chosen to represent NCWHS,' says Doherty, who also works as a graphic designer at University Marketing & Public Relations at UNI. 'It's an honor to have my design represent a national organization.'































All 17 submitted designs can be viewed at http://www.catt.org/logos.html. Doherty's logo design is number 7.































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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Freedom in the Heartland: African-Americans and Civil Rights in the Age of Emancipation' will be the lecture topic for Leslie Schwalm, social historian of 19th century America, at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Seerley Hall Room 115. This event is open to the public and free of charge.















The lecture will discuss how the destruction of slavery became a national phenomenon and how it affected the lives of African-Americans in the Midwest. Schwalm challenges preconceived notions about how the Civil War was fought almost exclusively in the South and how Northern opinions about slavery, emancipation, and the status of freed slaves were homogeneous.















'These were national questions, not merely Southern ones,' explains Schwalm. 'And how the upper Midwest answered those questions is a far more complicated story than has been generally acknowledged.'















Schwalm received her doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1991 and is an associate professor of history at the University of Iowa. She teaches courses on American slavery, the Civil War, emancipation and Reconstruction, all with an emphasis on women's history and African-American history. Schwalm is the author of the book, 'A Hard Fight for We: Women's Transition from Slavery to Freedom in South Carolina,' which was awarded the Willie Lee Rose Prize by the Southern Association of Women's Historians in 1998. She is currently working on a new book tentatively titled, 'Emancipation Diaspora.' Her current research examines the meaning, impact, and public memory of emancipation.















This event is presented by Phi Alpha Theta history honorary, UNI History Club and the UNI Department of History. For more information, contact Wallace Hettle, UNI associate professor of history, at (319) 273-2942.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is receiving national recognition for its partnership with Iowa community colleges. UNI's 2+2 Program is being recognized with the 2006 Best Practice Award for Collaboration with Community Colleges from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).































The award recognizes outstanding collaboration between teacher-education programs at a college or university and a community college. The 2+2 Program increases access to higher education for Iowans who are place-bound by family or employment obligations and cannot move to the UNI campus, or for people looking for a career change. Typically non-traditional, students in the program take two years of community-college courses and two years of UNI courses in their local area to earn their degree. The 11-year-old program offers eight B.A.-degree programs with four community colleges.































'The 2+2 Program not only enhances the self-worth of individuals who would not have gone to college otherwise, but it also increases the economic base in participating communities,' said UNI President Robert Koob. 'Students can stay close to home, get jobs in their communities and contribute to the state's education system.'















UNI's 2+2 Program offers degrees in elementary education, community health education, recreation/tourism, technology education, technology management/general business and criminology. Partners in this program are the Carroll Campus of Des Moines Area Community College; Western Iowa Community College in Sioux City; the Peosta and Calmar campuses of Northeast Iowa Community College; and Eastern Iowa Community College in Davenport. UNI faculty teach courses either at the community college or via the Iowa Communications Network and the Internet. The courses are the same as those offered on campus.















Almost 100 students have graduated from the 2+2 Program and are working in or near their home communities. The program is funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin led the effort to secure funding for the program in the appropriations report.















On Feb. 1, during the ACCTE annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., Roger Kueter, director of UNI Community College Projects, will accept the award on behalf of UNI along with Steve Schulz from DMACC and Art Neu, representing the community of Carroll, the location of the first UNI 2+2 Program.































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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Mueller, the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies at the Mershon Center at Ohio State University, will present the University of Northern Iowa's annual R. Gordon Hoxie Lecture at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31. Mueller's lecture, 'The Presidency, Public Opinion and War,' will take place in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. This event is open to the public and free of charge.















Mueller is a professor and nationally renowned scholar on the topics of the presidency and war. He also has authored several books including 'The Remnants of War' and 'Peace, Prosperity and Politics.'















The Hoxie lecture was established by R. Gordon Hoxie, a graduate of Iowa State Teachers College and founder of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, in New York. It brings distinguished public figures and scholars to UNI to address topics related to political science and history.















This event is sponsored by the UNI Department of Political Science, the UNI Department of History and the Center for International Peace and Security Studies. For more information, contact Philip Mauceri, head of the UNI Department of Political Science, at (319) 273-2528.















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Award nomination attests to UNI dining operations' excellence















CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Dining Services has been named to an elite pool of candidates for the 2006 Ivy Awards, the food industry's coveted recognition of distinguished service.































The Ivy Award, sponsored by Restaurants & Institutions magazine, is one of the industry's most esteemed honors. Candidates, nominated by previous Ivy Award winners, earn consideration for quality, service standards and exceptional dining atmosphere, according to Patricia B. Dailey, Restaurants & Institutions editor-in-chief.















'Several things set us apart from our peers,' said Mona Milius, UNI associate director of residential dining, 'including our commitment to continuous improvement and using data to help drive changes we make, our excellent facilities and our customer-oriented staff.'















About 830 people work for UNI Dining Services, and about 750 of them are student employees. UNI Dining Services provide quality food and service across campus, from food carts and Maucker Union to two new-age all-you-can-eat dining centers to award-winning catering services and a bakery. UNI also uses local produce whenever possible.















'Taking university dining to this top level gets the attention of prospective students, gives current UNI students a unique dining experience and provides our student employees professional experience in their work environment,' Milius said. 'National attention also makes it possible for us to bring high-profile trainers to campus to expand our chefs' capabilities.'















Candidates joining UNI on the ballot include Flying Fish of Seattle, The Peabody of Orlando, Trattoria dell'Arte and Balthazar of New York City and Boulevard of San Francisco. More than















150,000 industry professionals vote on who wins the Ivy Award. The winners will be notified by March 1 and featured in the May 1 issue of Restaurants & Institutions magazine. A gala awards ceremony and dinner in May formally welcomes the winners into the Ivy Society, which was founded in 1971 to recognize, celebrate and salute the industry's luminaries.















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