News Release Archive

January 22, 2006 - 6:00pm


University of Northern Iowa Student Government has invited students to join them on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Des Moines for the Tobacco Tax Lobbying Day at the Capitol. The group will leave UNI at 10 a.m. and return around 7 p.m.

This fall the student body presidents from UNI, University of Iowa and Iowa State University declared their support for a tobacco tax increase. Currently, Iowa spends $277 million on Medicaid costs for tobacco-related illnesses while receiving only $87 million in revenue from the current tobacco tax, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

'From a public health perspective, an increase in the tobacco tax makes sense,' said Joe Murphy, UNI student body president. 'The effects of such an increase will reduce health care costs and help to close the gap between medical costs related to smoking and the revenue generated from the current tobacco tax.'



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Accounting students at the University of Northern Iowa will provide free income tax assistance this year through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The program will run from Feb. 6 through April 12, excluding the week of March 12-18 (UNI spring break). Sessions are Monday and Wednesday, from 5 to 6 p.m., in Room 224 of the Curris Business Building on the UNI campus. No appointment necessary.

VITA was established by the Internal Revenue Service to help people who find it difficult to pay for tax preparation services. The program also provides accounting students an experiential learning opportunity.

Students will electronically prepare federal and state tax returns, but cannot e-file tax returns. These students have completed a comprehensive, one-semester tax course, have received additional training and have access to a variety of federal and state reference materials.

Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring their Form W-2, 'Wage and Tax Statement,' from each employer; Form 1099, for such things as interest or dividends; Social Security cards for taxpayer, spouse and dependents; a list of other income and expenses; a copy of last year's tax return; a voided check if you want to automatically deposit a refund; and all other information pertinent to the 2005 tax return.

For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at (319) 273-2394.


January 19, 2006 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new report by the National Debate Tournament (NDT) has ranked the University of Northern Iowa debate team among the top 10 most improved teams in the nation.

'This improvement is a direct result of the hard work done by our debaters which was made possible by University support,' says Jake Thompson, UNI director of forensics. 'This is an amazing accomplishment. Our eventual goal is for UNI to have one of the best debate teams in the nation.'

According to Thompson, the rebuilding process began in the 2004-2005 academic year and is beginning to show dividends with success from a solid base of six varsity debaters. They have helped UNI bolster its team rankings on the national stage in the 2005-2006 season.

Along with national recognition for improvement, the UNI debate team was listed 34th in the fall NDT report in varsity point rankings. According to Thompson, this places UNI ahead of perennial academic and debate powerhouses such as the University of Southern California, New York University, Georgetown University, The University of Georgia, The University of Kentucky and Arizona State University.

Adding to its success, the debate team recently returned from Miami University (Ohio) Debate Tournament, where Kris Reid, a sophomore history major from Ottumwa, and Paul Montreuil, a freshman education major from Boise, Idaho, advanced to the octafinals.

'Students who debate at UNI truly receive the full benefits of the college educational experience, engaging in intensive research on complex public policy questions,' says Cate Palczewski, UNI director of debate.

The debate team will next compete on Jan. 22 & 23, at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. For more information, contact Thompson at (319) 273-7200,



Eighteen business leaders from 16 companies and organizations throughout the Cedar Valley will begin the four-month long University of Northern Iowa Leadership Development Certificate program at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Rooms 1 and 3 of the Curris Business Building, with an opening presentation by UNI President Robert D. Koob, 'Welcome to Becoming a Leader.'

The focus of the leadership program is 'Moving from Thinking like a Manager to Thinking like a Leader,' according to Debb Vandehaar-Arens, program manager for UNI's Management & Professional Development Center that has been offering the certificate program each spring for nearly a decade. She said the program is designed for experienced managers who will soon be in senior management positions 'where they will guide their organizations through waves of change and competition in an increasingly complex business world.'

Following Koob's brief remarks, Vandehaar will give a program orientation and, at 10 a.m., Charles Johnson, UNI professor of industrial technology, will lead the opening day's class, 'Visioning and Influencing: The Job of the Leader,' concluding at 3:30 p.m.

The all-day sessions will be held twice each month, concluding with graduation on May 31. Other topics will include ethics and values, strategic planning, communication, thinking ahead, finance, organizational analysis and leading through changing times. More information is available at



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Language Diversity Week will take place on the University of Northern Iowa campus with events Monday through Friday, Jan. 23 -27, designed to educate about other languages and cultures.

Monday through Thursday there will be a series of information booths from diverse organizations, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Maucker Union. Monday through Thursday, Study Abroad information sessions will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., in Baker Hall, Room 59. These sessions will provide an opportunity to visit with peer advisors or the study abroad coordinator to find out how to apply for a year, semester or short-term program in a country of interest. Those attending will also receive a free interactive CD, 'The World is your Campus.'

Also, Monday through Thursday, there will be 6:30 p.m. showings of foreign films with English subtitles on the large screen in the Center for Multicultural Education on the upper level of Maucker Union, Room 109. The German movie 'Run, Lola, Run,' will be shown Monday. Tuesday will be the Spanish movie, 'Motocycle Diaries,' winner of the top prize from the Ecumenical Jury at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The Russian movie, 'Tycoon: A New Russian,' will be featured Wednesday, and the movie series will conclude Thursday with the French movie, 'Amelie.'

Various language conversation tables, a book reading and presentations on study abroad opportunities throughout the world are among other events for the week. Some of these are:

Monday, Jan. 23

� Information booths from Global Health Corps, Delta Sigma Pi, and the American Sign Language Club, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maucker Union.

� Pause Caf�: French conversation table from noon to 1 p.m., Maucker Union.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

� Information booths from the Study Abroad Center, Capstone in Poland, Summer & Semester in Chile, and the Department of Modern Languages, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maucker Union.

� A presentation regarding Study Abroad programs in English all around the world, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., North Room in Maucker Union.

� A book reading of 'The Cosmos of Russian Life,' by its authors, 7 p.m. at Bought Again Books, located on West 23rd Street, across from the UNI campus.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

� Information booths from the Study Abroad Center and the International Student Association, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maucker Union.

Thursday, Jan. 26

� Information booths from the Study Abroad Center, the French Club, and the Russian Table, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maucker Union.

� Kaffeestunde: German conversation table, 2 to 4 p.m., Chat's in Maucker Union.

Friday, Jan. 27

� UNICOSS: Spanish conversation table, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Vibe Coffeehouse, above Bought Again Books.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the UNI Study Abroad website at or contact Katie Erickson in the UNI Center for Multicultural Education at (319) 273-2250.


January 18, 2006 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Parent Association (UNIPA) is offering five $1,000 scholarships to be used toward the 2006-2007 school year.

To be eligible, students must attend UNI full-time, have completed at least one semester of courses at UNI, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, be at least a sophomore by fall 2006 and have not received a presidential or full-tuition scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to one student from each academic college.

Awards come from a fund established by the UNI Parent Board for students. Applications are available online through the general scholarship application on the UNI Financial Aid Web site. The deadline for application is Feb. 15.

The UNIPA represents students and their parents by serving as an advocate group for UNI. It also functions in an advisory role to the university on matters pertaining to the academic and social experience of students.



More than 100 students from the Ames High School Orchestra will be on the University of Northern Iowa campus on Saturday, Jan. 21, for a full day of events that culminate in a performance by the Orchestra at 6:15 p.m. in the lobby of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The high school students will play before 18-year-old violinist Caitlin Tully takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. for the evening's feature presentation.

The Ames High School Orchestra students will arrive at the GBPAC at 9:45 a.m., participate in master classes with UNI professors from the School of Music, rehearse with UNI Orchestra director Rebecca Burkhardt, tour campus, eat lunch and dinner at UNI's award-winning Redeker Dining Center, perform and watch Tully's performance before departing back to Ames.

Tully started her violin studies in Vancouver at the age of 4 and made her debut with the Vancouver Symphony at age 10. The now 18-year-old Tully has won national and international awards and made numerous TV and radio appearances. Tully is a student of Itzhak Perlman, with whom she began studying in the summer of 2002 at the Perlman Music Program. Tickets are available by calling the GBPAC at 1-800-549-SHOW (7469).


January 17, 2006 - 6:00pm


Are Iowa high school students prepared for college and the workplace?

Philip Patton, University of Northern Iowa registrar, addressed the Iowa House Education Committee today on behalf of the state's three public universities. Patton recently served on the Iowa Learns Council and is the chair of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, Committee on Educational Relations.

Patton was asked to present his thoughts on how well Iowa high school students are prepared to meet the challenges of higher education and today's workplace. His prepared remarks follow below.


Presentation to House Education Committee

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006

Good afternoon. Thank you for this opportunity to visit with you today. My name is Phil Patton. I am the University Registrar at the University of Northern Iowa. I served on the Iowa Learns Council and am currently the chair of the Regents Committee on Educational Relations.

The regent universities are vitally interested in this topic because the manner in which high-school graduates are prepared impacts how we can assist them in meeting the challenges of tomorrow.

The economic value of a quality high-school education may be viewed in this quotation from the 'Business-Higher Education Forum' report. 'In 1950, 80 percent of jobs were classified as 'unskilled.' Now an estimated 85 percent of jobs are classified as 'skilled.' At the same time, 60 percent of future jobs will require training that only 20 percent of today's workers possess.'

Quality educational experiences impact states as well as individuals. Quoting from a report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 'High levels of educational capital provide the foundation of a state's economic development and the preferred quality of life for its residents. An educated population earns higher incomes, makes fewer demands on social services, makes more informed health and lifestyle choices, and is more comfortable handling decisions about personal finance and retirement.'

So are Iowa students taking the best courses needed for future success? The answer is: some are and some are not. Iowa is the only state that does not have state standards for a high-school diploma. In addition, Iowa does not require each high school to have guidance personnel available to help students with course selection and vocational advice.

But the general situation is not limited to Iowa but rather is endemic across the country. The ACT report, 'Crisis at the Core' makes this opening statement, 'Most of America's high school students are not ready for either college or work. We made virtually no progress in the last 10 years helping them to become ready. And from everything we've seen, it's not going to get better any time soon.'

According to ACT, only 22 percent of the 1.2 million students who took the ACT exams in 2004 met or exceeded the College Readiness Benchmarks in English, mathematics and science. The benchmarks represent the level of prior learning needed to have a 75-percent probability of earning a grade of C or better in the first college course taken in that discipline.

We find the situation generally to be a matter of the lack of understanding of what learning outcomes are needed to be successful in college and the workforce, and the lack of higher expectation of student performance. So is there a 'roadmap' which addresses some of these issues?

The National Governor's Association in its report 'Redesigning the American High School' made 10 recommendations. I will focus on four.

1. Define a rigorous college and work preparatory curriculum for high-school graduation.

2. Give college- and work-readiness assessments in high school.

3. Create statewide common course agreements.

4. Help get low-performing students back on track by designing literacy and math-recovery programs.

We would suggest these recommendations may be a place to start here in Iowa. For example, if the content of high-school courses were consistent across this state, all students would have the educational foundation upon which to succeed in education and the workplace. This effort needs to be coupled with RIGOR -- rigor and uniformity in course content and in the evaluation of effort. If we have content but fail to hold students to rigorous standards of performance then we fail to foster learning and fail to reward effort.

In this state, to rank in the upper half of your graduating class you need to have earned a cumulative grade point average of above 3.00. This means the average grade given to students in high school is between a B and a B+.

Because of grade inflation, the value of a student's high-school cumulative grade point average and rank in class are no longer the reliable predictors of future educational success as they once were. The regent universities must place equal emphasis on completion of the high-school core courses and standardized testing. Either as a formula or as an index, a combination of these factors will produce the best predictor for future educational success.

Approximately 20 years ago the regent universities became concerned with the hit-and-miss nature of course selection by high-school students. To fill the void, the regent universities instituted high-school unit requirements as part of the admission requirements to a regent university.

These requirements state a student is expected to have completed:

Four years of English

Three years of mathematics, including algebra I and II and geometry

Three years of science including biology, chemistry and physics

Three years of social sciences

Two years of a foreign language

These high-school unit requirements have become the standard for a high-school diploma for students seeking higher education. However, I must point out that of the 20,286 Iowa students who took the ACT exam in 2004, 31 percent had not completed the recommended core courses. Because these core courses are regent university admission requirements, I can say that a student admitted to a regent university is minimally prepared to be successful in post-secondary education.

I specifically used the word minimally for two reasons. Achievement must first be based on the rigor of the course contents and second on the evaluation of the individual effort. There are numerous studies and guides, which identify the content and learning outcomes that courses must contain. Here I cite as examples ACT's 'Standards for Transition and College Readiness Benchmarks.'

Are the current high-school core requirements enough to guarantee success? NO! Quoting from the ACT report 'Crisis at the Core,' 'Students who have taken rigorous courses beyond the recommended minimum number of core courses are even more likely to be ready for college. And students whose beyond core coursework includes courses in advanced mathematics beyond algebra II, such as trigonometry, as well as biology, chemistry and physics, are likeliest of all to be college ready. And this is true of students at ALL levels of achievement, not just the high achievers.'

In the joint regent-university publication 'Building for Your Future,' we state our optimum high-school course selections for success at a regent university.

Those optimums include:

Four years of English

Four years of mathematics

Four years of natural sciences

Four years of social studies

Four years of a foreign language

And additional coursework in the areas of the fine arts, performing arts and computers and technology

Is taking trigonometry and physics asking too much of all high school students? Researchers Barth and Hallinan found that, 'Assigning students to higher-level mathematics coursework improved student performance regardless of their prior level of achievement, and that, when assigned such coursework, the lowest achievers made the most dramatic progress -- moving, for example, from the 27th to the 51st percentile after being placed in a top-level math course.'

Citing U.S. Department of Education researchers who examined the effect of enrolling different types of students in different high school curricula, their analysis found that, 'Even students who enter high school with test scores in the lowest quartile grow more in college prep courses than they do in either the vocational or general courses they are typically enrolled in.'

If we want higher achievement then we must set higher expectations. Study after study shows that students will rise to the height of the bar of expectations you set.

And to whom do we established higher set of expectations? Is it high-school students, teachers and administrators? Certainly yes, but we will miss our goal if we do not also set higher expectations for parents, citizens, higher-education personnel and statewide policy makers.

So what might some of those higher goals and expectations look like? There are many possibilities but I will focus on just three.

1. Establish a statewide standard for graduation requirements from an Iowa high school.

2. Evaluate grade inflation and measure performance against a standard set of expected learning outcomes.

3. Foster in-service activities between K-12 and higher-education faculty on coordinated and progressive course content.

One final thought, which may be the most important of them all, is we must get the parents of students involved in school planning and actively involved in the academic lives of their students. Parents can have the most influence on student performance if they know what should be expected of their students. We must instill the concept of rigor into the mindset and actions of parents, and if we are able to do so they will become our best resources in our efforts to make an Iowa education the best in the nation.

Thank you for your time and kind attention. At this time I hope we can engage in a conversation on these and other thoughts on being prepared to enter post-secondary education and the workplace.


January 16, 2006 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Seven candidates for the Iowa governor's seat will participate in an Energy Forum at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in the auditorium of the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE).

'Energy is the key to Iowa's future,' said Patricia Higby, energy educator for the CEEE. 'We could be a source of energy, whether it's wind or ethanol or something else. Our future governor needs to be well-aware of energy issues.'

Candidates participating in this forum are Bob Vander Plaats, Patty Judge, Chet Culver, Sal Mohamed, Mike Blouin, Vernon Weems and Ed Fallon. KUNI news director Greg Shanley will be the moderator.

Each candidate will give an opening statement followed by a question and answer period. KUNI, the CEEE and the Iowa Renewable Energy Association are hosting the forum, which is free and open to the public.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Native Roadside Vegetation Center has been renamed the Tallgrass Prairie Center.

'The new name more appropriately reflects the organization's mission of providing research, techniques, education and source-identified seed for restoration and preservation of native vegetation systems, especially tallgrass prairies, in right-of-ways and other lands,' said Daryl Smith, director of the center.

Smith, a biology professor at UNI, produced the documentary, 'America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie.' The film, which traces the prairie's transformation from natural landscape to farmland, won awards of excellence and merit from the Iowa Motion Picture Association and the Pare Lorentz award from the International Documentary Association. The film was written, directed and co-produced by David O'Shields of New Light Media.

The Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Program, Iowa Ecotype Project and Prairie Institute remain the primary programs at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. The center's location remains on the western edge of UNI's campus along 27th Street, and the phone number and fax number also remain the same, (319) 273-2238 and (319) 268-0668, respectively.


January 10, 2006 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) Research Program will become the National Ag-Based Lubricants Center (NABL) on Tuesday, Jan. 17, offering expert testing services for biobased lubricants, greases and biofuels, product evaluation, training and research.

NABL will function as a non-profit, university-based research and testing facility, dedicated to the advancement of biobased lubricants and fulfilling a much-needed role for the national biolubricants industry, according to Lou Honary, NABL director and UNI professor. Along with the name change, the program's emphasis will shift from research and product development to testing, market development and support for the biobased lubricant industry.

'The NABL is the only one of its kind. This national center of excellence will be an extremely valuable resource to developers of biobased products and to lubricants manufacturers who are looking for credible and state-of-the-art testing targeted specifically to biobased technologies,' Honary said. 'NABL is a one-stop resource center for research expertise.'

NABL was created through the collaborative efforts of UNI, the State of Iowa, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Iowa Soybean Association/Iowa Soybean Promotion Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

'This will in turn expand market opportunities for the agricultural community, minimize environmental impact and help the United States become more energy independent,' Honary said.

ABIL is a nationally recognized leader in the development and commercialization of soybean-based industrial lubricants. Since it was established in 1991, ABIL research has resulted in the

development of more than 30 viable soybean-based lubricant, grease and metalworking fluid formulations including the high-performance multi-grade hydraulic fluid, brand named BioSOYï¾™, a patented electrical transformer fluid named BioTRANSï¾™, a chainsaw bar oil called SoyLINKï¾™, a rail curve lubricant called SoyTrakï¾™, and SoyTRUCKï¾™, a semi truck fifth-wheel grease.

NABL will be located in the current ABIL building at 400 Technology Place in Waverly.

For more information about NABL, visit or call (319) 352-5218.


January 9, 2006 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The African American Historical & Cultural Museum (AAHCM) will present 'Building on a Dream,' a concert honoring the life and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr., at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, in the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature music performed by the UNI Children's Choir, the UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club, Waterloo's Finest Metro Titans Marching Band, Clarence Williams and the Rising Sons, and the Festival Chorus, featuring singers from Northeast Iowa high schools.

'Building on a Dream' will become an annual fundraiser for the AAHCM. The vision of the AAHCM is to develop a state-of-the-art facility that connects the past with the future while fostering intercultural communication.

Tickets are $12 for adults 18 and older, and $6 for youth, and are available by calling (319) 273-SHOW or may be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Celeste Bembry, program assistant, UNI School of Music, at (319) 273-2028.



William Stigliani, director of the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education, will give two environmental presentations at Iowa's Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 12.

At 9 a.m., Stigliani, with a team of scientists from Iowa's three state universities, will give a presentation to the Iowa General Assembly in the House Chamber on the future of ethanol in Iowa from an environmental, technical and economical perspective.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Stigliani will give a presentation on global and local climate change to interested legislators in Room 305 of the Iowa Capitol.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A film series revisiting the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., will be hosted by the Center for Multicultural Education (CME) at the University of Northern Iowa, Jan. 12-18. Films will be shown between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12, 13, 17 and 18, in the CME, Room 109 Maucker Union. There is no admission charge.

Thursday, 'The Man and the Dream,' will be shown at 11 a.m. only, followed by 'Amazing Grace,' beginning every 60 minutes from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The 11 a.m. film is an A&E Biography that tells King's life story through interviews with his confidants and extensive analysis of his speeches and interviews. 'Amazing Grace' chronicles King's role in the events that surrounded the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s.

Friday, Jan. 13, the 'Commemorative Collection' will be shown from 11 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. It examines the aspects of King's life that led him to become a legend. It features all of his major speeches, including his 'I Have A Dream' speech. 'Civil Rights Leader' will be shown every 30 minutes, from 12:30 to 3. It features interviews with leading authorities on King's life, accompanied by archival footage, photographs and period music.

'Historical Perspective,' from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 'Legacy of a Dream,' every 30 minutes from 12:30 to 3 p.m., will be featured Tuesday, Jan. 17. The former examines King's life using rare and largely unseen film footage and photographs to explore his ideas, thoughts and causes. The latter is narrated by James Earl Jones and examines his life and times.

The 'Speeches Collection' will be shown every 60 minutes, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18. It includes speeches from his early days as a young pastor in Montgomery, Ala., as well as his final prophetic speech in Memphis just days before his assassination.

For more information, contact Lydia Perez Roberts, CME assistant director, at (319) 273-2250, or visit



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– University of Northern Iowa students planning to student teach during the spring 2007 semester have a student teaching opportunity both in and out of the classroom with international and out-of-state student teaching experiences.

UNI's Out-of-State & International Student Teaching program will hold informational meetings for future student teachers Monday through Friday, Jan. 23 - Jan. 27 in the Schindler Education Center (SEC). The meetings are designed to inform students about out-of-state and international student teaching, to answer questions and to prepare them for screening interviews.

Meetings will take place:


Monday, January 23 noon -1 p.m. SEC 323

Tuesday, January 24 noon -1 p.m. SEC 323

Wednesday, January 25 9-10 a.m. SEC 423

Wednesday, January 25 1-2 p.m. SEC 423

Thursday, January 26 10-11 a.m. SEC 321

Thursday, January 26 3-4 p.m. SEC 303

Friday, January 27 9-10 a.m. SEC 321

Friday, January 27 11- noon SEC 321

Students can learn more online by visiting or calling (319) 273-2202.

January 8, 2006 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- On Jan. 1, Mark Jastorff started as the new director of Alumni Relations at the University of Northern Iowa and president of the UNI Alumni Association.

Jastorff was director of University Relations and Alumni Affairs at Dickinson State University, in Dickinson, N.D., and worked in Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations at Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. He most recently was vice president for Student Life and University Relations at LSSU.

'My whole career I've built partnerships between alumni and all parts of campus,' Jastorff said. 'I want to continue using an integrated approach to alumni relations at UNI.

'Alumni have a responsibility and a right to have an active role and voice in the university, and the university has an obligation to listen. This synergy can go a long way toward strengthening the University of Northern Iowa's service to community, state and region as well as the alumni and future generations of Panthers.'



Monday, Jan. 9

UNI's spring semester begins at 8 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 9 - Friday, Feb. 3

'Transformations in the Nervepool: The Rituals & Zoacodes of Ebon Fisher' will be on exhibit in the UNI Gallery of Art, Kamerick Art Building (KAB). Self-described 'media breeder' and theorist Ebon Fisher was one of the original instructors at the MIT Media Lab in Boston. The artist's lecture, at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9, titled 'Media Rituals, Media World Cultivation, and Wigglism,' will be followed, at 8 p.m., by a reception, both in KAB 111. A workshop, titled 'Media Compression,' will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, in KAB 270. Participants are asked to bring their own media and/or media from the consumer culture. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-6134, or e-mail:

Thursday, Jan. 12 - Wednesday, Jan. 18

Martin Luther King, Jr., Film Series, hosted by the Center for Multicultural Education, in Room 109 Maucker Union, will feature a variety of films that depict the life of King and how he impacted American society. Show times are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12; Friday, Jan. 13; Tuesday, Jan. 17; and, Wednesday, Jan. 18. Films include 'The Man and the Dream,' 'Amazing Grace,' 'Commemorative Collection,' 'Civil Rights Leader,' 'Historical Perspective,' 'Legacy of a Dream' and 'Speeches Collection.' For a complete schedule, along with video descriptions, visit

Friday, Jan. 13

Guest artist Faye Robinson, a soprano and internationally acclaimed operatic artist, will hold master classes in conjunction with a vocal presentation, at 6 p.m., in Davis Hall. Robinson is a faculty member at the University of Arizona. Contact: Celeste Bembry, (319) 273-2028, or e-mail

Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 14 & 15

Wrestling National Duals all day in the UNI-Dome. Contact: UNI-Dome Box Office, (3129) 273-3663.

Monday, Jan. 16

University holiday. No classes. Offices closed.

Thursday, Jan. 19

'Danny, King of the Basement' will be presented at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., as part of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Kaleidoscope Series for Kids, sponsored by Allen Hospital, in the Center's Great Hall. More than 3,000 children in grades three through eight, from schools throughout Eastern Iowa, will attend the award-winning new play that 'delights audiences with the power of creative thought to change lives,' according to Janelle Darst, GBPAC marketing director. Curriculum connections for this 60-minute play are in social norms, relationships and drama. Contact: Janelle Darst, GBPAC marketing director, (319) 273-3676.

January 4, 2006 - 6:00pm


(CEDAR FALLS, Iowa) -- Four rural regions in Iowa have been selected through a competitive application process to launch MyEntreNet, a rural entrepreneurship development system of the University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center/Small Business Development Center. The 2006 regions are Carroll County, Decatur County, the Red Rock Area (Marion County) and Poweshiek County.

MyEntreNet is a development system that creates community-based support networks for entrepreneurship. It provides start up assistance for new businesses and advanced technical assistance and training for existing companies. And it connects rural entrepreneurs with the financial resources they need to launch or grow small companies.

In 2005, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved funding from the Grow Iowa Values Fund (GIVF) to support a statewide competitive request for proposals (RFP) to select four MyEntreNet regions for 2006-07.

The selected regions receive two years of customized technical assistance, training and networking assistance from Iowa's premier business development organizations, including UNI's Regional Business Center, the Iowa Small Business Development Center System, UNI's Institute for Decision Making and Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Centers. In addition, each region will receive a $2,500 cash grant from the Iowa State University Community Vitality Center to support its business-assistance efforts.

According to MyEntreNet Program Manager James Hoelscher, the four regions endured tough competition and brought strong applications to the table.

'We were looking for communities poised for change and ready to create a culture to support entrepreneurship,' said Hoelscher. 'These four regions understand how locally owned business can help transform their economy and they will see some exciting changes in the coming year.'

Bill Menner, president of Poweshiek Iowa Development explained why MyEntreNet is a good fit for Poweshiek County.

'Our economic development focus is on our existing industries and our innovative residents who have entrepreneurial visions,' said Menner. 'We want to enable entrepreneurs while helping existing businesses grow. We believe MyEntreNet can help us develop an entrepreneurship development system using best practices already in place in other rural counties.'

Jim Gossett, executive director of Carroll Area Development Corp. believes the selection will help his region provide a balanced approach to small business development.

'We recognize the value of new and small business to the area economy,' said Gossett. 'There are a good number of people in Carroll County interested in starting a business. MyEntreNet is a proven system that will offer a more coordinated approach, helping not only those who want to start a new business, but also help existing small business succeed.'

'Marion County is one of the few growing rural counties in Iowa that's economic success is due to a vital, diversified rural economy within the county, instead of depending on the growth of a neighboring metro economy,' explained Carla Ferguson, executive director of the Marion County Development Commission. 'Working with the agencies involved in MyEntreNet, Red Rock Area partners not only plan to improve the local economy, but also provide a model for long-term rural economic vitality.'

'Our region is focusing efforts on entrepreneurial gardening, utilizing our limited resources here in south-central Iowa to support the tremendous base of entrepreneurial people already located here,' said Becky Layton, director of Decatur County Development. 'We've had to be innovative to survive in this area.'

Carroll and Poweshiek Counties will begin the two-year start-up phase in February, followed by Decatur County and the Red Rock Area (Marion County) in fall 2006. More communities will be added annually, in accordance with Grow Iowa Values Fund support, through 2015.

For more information, contact the UNI Regional Business Center at (319) 236-8123,, or visit



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A five-student team from the University of Northern Iowa's International Club of Business Students is competing this weekend (Jan. 6-7), in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, as one of only 20 teams invited to participate in the Manitoba International Marketing Competition (MIMC).

This is the fourth year a UNI team has been invited to participate in the event, hosted by the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, according to the club's adviser, Christine Schrage, UNI instructor in management. She said half of the teams invited are from outside Canada, and include schools in Europe, Mexico and the United States. Sixteen teams are traveling to the Winnipeg finals.

Team members are: Emily Barrick, daughter of Gene and Linda Barrick of Webster City, a Spanish and Portuguese major with a minor in business; Chris Dunkelberg, son of Jim Dunkelberg and Peggy Martin of Osage, a business administration major; Shawn Danker, son of Chan Yoke Lin and Granville Byron Danker of Singapore, a marketing major; Jacob Spath, son of Karen and Gary McVicker of Hampton, a marketing and French for business major; and Aliya Sultaninkarim of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, a marketing major.

Schrage said the competition has three distinct phases in which the teams are judged. The first is a 10-week simulation where the teams make decisions online in a four-team industry for the production and marketing of products. Strategy for growth, along with research and development, are also part of the decisions during this stage. UNI's fictitious industry dealt with electronics, and members named the company JASEC Enterprises, using a combination of the initials of their names.

In the second phase, completed in mid-November, each team develops a written strategy statement that covers target market analysis, competitive analysis and its strategic approach.

The final phase is in Winnipeg. On Friday, Jan. 6, the four teams in each industry compete head to head in the simulation, strategy statements and first round of presentations, presenting their work to a panel of judges from business and academia. The top team from each industry after round one will compete against each other in Saturday's finals. Winners will be announced at a Saturday evening dinner.

Schrage is optimistic about this team's chances at the competition. She said that results calculated through the end of phase two have the UNI team with the largest market share of its industry.

'There is a wide range of experience and major emphasis on the team, so there is considerable balance in their viewpoints,' said Schrage. 'This team has approached the competition in a more analytical manner than UNI's previous teams. The team is focused on bringing a trophy back to the College of Business Administration.'

Schrage also is excited about the diversity of this year's team. 'In addition to our academic diversity, we have two females and three males, as well as a 3:2 combination of domestic to international students.'

She also said the simulation has been a good teaching opportunity because it has allowed the students to find out how much they know or do not know about business operations, and they are learning that 'what we are teaching them in the classroom does get used in the business world.'


January 3, 2006 - 6:00pm


University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center/SBDC to announce first four Iowa 'MyEntreNet Regions'

News conference schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 5 -- Carroll -- 10 a.m., Carroll Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, Jan. 5 -- Lamoni -- 3 p.m., Lamoni Community Center

Friday, Jan 6 -- Pella -- 9 a.m., Bos Landen Golf Resort

Friday, Jan 6 -- Grinnell -- 11:30 a.m., former Cunningham Drug Store, 829 4th Ave., next to National Farmers' Bank

Representatives from the UNI Regional Business Center, the Iowa General Assembly and regional economic development organizations will officially name the four Iowa regions selected as 2006 MyEntreNet regions.

MyEntreNet is an entrepreneurship development system which creates community-based support networks for entrepreneurship, provides start-up and existing companies with advanced technical assistance and training, and connects rural entrepreneurs with the financial resources they need to launch or grow small companies. MyEntreNet receives funding through the State of Iowa's Grow Iowa Values Fund.

Each region will receive a broad array of community development and entrepreneurial services from the UNI Regional Business Center, the Institute for Decision Making, the Iowa SBDC System, the John Pappajohn Centers and other premier entrepreneurship service providers beginning later this month. Each region also will receive a $2,500 matching grant from the Iowa State University Community Vitality Center (CVC) for small business training and technical assistance.

During the next decade, several new regions will be added each year through a competitive process creating a statewide network of rural entrepreneurship resources, connecting Iowa businesses and communities with opportunity, education and capital.


January 2, 2006 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Donna Thompson, professor of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services at the University of Northern Iowa, received the Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from Western Washington University in November 2005. She is one of only 20 people ever to receive the award from among the university's 90,000 graduates.


December 22, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Recent television commercials tell us that the gifts of learning and a love of reading are priceless, and Lucille Lettow, UNI youth collection librarian and professor at the University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library, has suggestions for good books for preschoolers through adolescents.

Among the books she cites for young children, preschool through second grade, are Mini Grey's 'Traction Man is Here!,' a picture book about an action toy that takes on a life of its own; and 'On Earth' by G. Brian Karas, that explains complex science concepts such as the orbit, rotation and tilt of the planet earth resulting in night and day and the seasons, with text and illustrations that children will understand.

Lettow says Grey's book is one of the most popular picture books this fall, and brings laughter from both children and adults, and parents seeking answers to some of their children's intriguing but complex questions will find Karas' book 'a perfect gift.'

Other books she mentions for this age group include Amy Reichart's 'While Mama had a Quick Little Chat,' illustrated by Alexandra Biiger; Jane Yolen's 'How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?,' illustrated by Mark Teague; and 'I See a Kookaburra! Discovering Animal Habitats Around the World,' by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.

For upper elementary readers, grades three through six, Lettow recommends 'The Scarecrow and His Servant,' by Philip Putnam, that she says 'makes the perfect read-aloud, enjoyed by children and adults.' It includes timely themes involving ecology, economics and politics, while telling the tale of a scarecrow who comes to life and searches for his kingdom with the help of his servant, a boy named Jack.

Other books Lettow suggests for this age include: 'A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms' edited by Paul Janeczko, with selected poems written in 29 forms by both contemporary and traditional poets. It concludes with explanations of the forms.

Also, 'Project Mulberry' by Linda Sue Park, in which two friends undertake a silkworm-raising project for the state fair and learn about the investigative process and racial prejudice; 'Willow Run' by Patricia Reilly Giff, that captures the essence of life on the home front during World War II; 'Rosa' by Nikki Giovanni, a picture book biography of Rosa Parks that can be shared with children across all grade levels; and a 'must-have' encyclopedia for dinosaur lovers of all ages, 'Dinosaurs: Encyclopedia Prehistorica' by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart.

Iowa and history are two of the major themes in books Lettow recommends for older children, grades six through nine. 'The Misadventures of Maude Marche, or, Trouble Rides a Fast Horse,' by Audrey Couloumbis, is set in Iowa and written as a dime novel with a western setting. Two young sisters strike out across Iowa to search for a long lost uncle. 'Stumptown Kid,' written by two Cedar Rapids residents, Carol Gorman and Ron J. Findley, features a promising young baseball player who welcomes a former Negro League pitcher to town in 1952.

'Day of Tears' by Julius Lester is based on an actual event that took place in Georgia in 1859, the largest slave auction in U.S. history, while Sally M. Walker's 'Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H. L. Hunley' gives a two-fold account of this Confederate ironclad submarine. The first part tells the trials of building it, its triumphant sinking of a Union ship and its own demise. The second part tells the story of the submarine's rediscovery in 1995 and preservation efforts pursued since then.

'The Prairie Builders' by Sneed B. Collard is an account of returning Iowa farmland to its natural prairie state and Lettow says it has received many positive reviews. 'Beautiful photographs and a well-written text feature the development of the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near Des Moines,' she said.

Reference books with links to the Web round out Lettow's suggestions in this age range, 'E. encyclopedia Animals' and 'E. encyclopedia Science' join earlier titles in this series developed jointly between DK Publishing and the Google search engine staff. 'These books are designed to send readers to valid, documented sites on the Internet rather than random sites that sometimes prove useless or erroneous,' said Lettow. 'The book introduces readers to many different topics and then refers them to a single Web site where they can learn more by entering a keyword linked to a multitude of Web sites. The links are constantly being updated.'

At its midwinter meeting in San Antonio, Jan. 23, 2006, the American Library Association will announce its media awards, including the John Newbery Medal, that honors the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, and the Randolph Caldecott Award that honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.


December 21, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Randy Pilkington, executive director of the University of Northern Iowa's Business & Community Services (BCS) division, has been reappointed to the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors for 2006. This will be Pilkington's third one-year term on the council.

The council advises the Governor's Office on trends affecting economic activities and recommends policies to improve the state's economic wellbeing. This includes making suggestions for improving the quality of information gathered by state officials to assess the state's economy and estimate future state revenues. The council works with representatives from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Economic Development, Management, Revenue and Finance, Transportation and Workforce Development, as well as the State Treasurer to expand and coordinate the gathering and analysis of economic data.

Since its inception in 1987, UNI BCS has grown to include seven outreach units that provide practical and professional assistance to more than 3,500 businesses and 460 communities in Iowa and the nation. BCS includes the Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) Research Program, the Institute for Decision Making, the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, the Management and Professional Development Center, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, the Regional Business Center, and Strategic Marketing Services.


December 19, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present an exhibit, 'Transformations in the Nervepool: The Rituals & Zoacodes of Ebon Fisher,' from Monday, Jan. 9 through Friday, Feb. 3. The artist will discuss his work in a lecture, 'Media Rituals, Media World Cultivation, and Wigglism,' at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) Art Auditorium. The opening of the Gallery doors and an artist's reception will follow.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m., the artist will present a workshop titled 'Media Compression' in KAB 270. Participants are encouraged to bring their own media and/or media from the consumer culture.

UNI Gallery Director Darrell Taylor says these presentations are meant to demonstrate an evolving system of networks the artist calls the Nervepool, which involve media rituals, virtual architecture and cybernetic modules called Zoacodes. The artist, who refers to himself as a 'media breeder,' also will discuss some of the media rituals he conducted in the 1990s that helped launch the Williamsburg landmark arts district in Brooklyn, New York.

Fisher is a digital artist and theorist who holds a Master of Science degree in Visual Studies from the MIT and was most recently the 2005 Marjorie Rankin Scholar-in-Residence at Drexel University in Philadelphia. In the late 1990s, he founded the Digital Worlds program at the University of Iowa, and for more than 20 years, he has presented his digital, virtual and performative works in museums, festivals, and cyber venues across the United States and abroad.

Fisher's works have been discussed in numerous publications ranging from the second edition of Jonathan Fineberg's seminal book about contemporary art, 'Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being,' and in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, Domus, Die Zeit, Wired and The Drama Review.

The exhibition, lecture, workshop, and reception are sponsored in part by the Florence Hartwig Endowment.

All events at the UNI Gallery of Art are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building.

For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit


December 18, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa speech and debate teams continued to excel in competition during the end of the fall 2005 semester.

The speech teams placed second at the Twin Cities Forensic League Individual Events (IE) Tournament in Bloomington, Minn. on Nov. 1. Mike Hilkin, a junior communication studies major from Dubuque took first place in informative speaking; Paul Montreuil, a freshman education major from Boise, Idaho, placed first in persuasive speaking and second in extemporaneous speaking; Jessica Sauer, a sophomore Spanish education major from Marion, took second place in after-dinner speaking and also placed second in informative speaking; and Michael Pham, a freshman accounting major from Des Moines, was a finalist in extemporaneous speaking.

On Nov. 4 and 5, the speech team traveled to Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., to compete in the L.E. Norton Memorial IE Tournament. Hilkin placed fourth in persuasive speaking; Sauer took seventh place in the novice division of extemporaneous speaking and Angela Carder, a junior speech-teaching major from Ottumwa, was a semi finalist in the novice division of prose interpretation.

The debate team competed in the Joe C. Jackson Debate Tournament at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Two UNI teams, Mark Langgin, a senior political communication major from Ottumwa and Kelsey Harr, a senior sociology major from Des Moines, and Kris Reid, a sophomore history major from Ottumwa and Montreuil advanced to the octafinals in the varsity division. In their second tournament ever, Abubakarr Jalloh, a freshman economics major from Cedar Falls, and Jonah Brown-Joel, a senior philosophy major from Marion, advanced to the quarterfinals in the novice division. Langgin, participating in his final tournament as a senior, had a winning record and advanced to the elimination rounds in his last three tournaments.

On Nov. 12 and 13, the speech team competed in the Wisconsin Swing IE Tournament, where members earned the fourth place team sweepstakes award in the first half of the tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Individually, Hilkin captured first place in the persuasive speaking event, second place in rhetorical criticism, third place in impromptu speaking and qualified for the American Forensic Association (AFA) National Tournament, to take place April 1-3, 2006 at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Coltrane Carlson, a junior digital communications & media/multimedia major from Council Bluffs, placed second in the program of oral interpretation event and third in poetry interpretation. Sauer also took fourth place in after-dinner speaking.

In the second half of the Wisconsin swing tournament, the Badger Memorial Tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the speech team earned the third place team sweepstakes award and seven individual awards. Hilkin placed fourth in informative speaking and fifth in persuasive speaking. Joe McIlhon, a senior communication studies major from Cedar Falls, placed first in his second-ever tournament in the dramatic interpretation event. Carlson placed first in the program of oral interpretation event, third in dramatic interpretation and third in poetry interpretation. Sauer placed sixth in after-dinner speaking.

Competition will continue in the spring 2006 semester for both the speech and debate teams, culminating in their respective national tournaments. The debate team will kick off competition next semester by traveling to the Miami University Debate Tournament in Oxford, Ohio, and the speech team will begin at the 'Hell Froze Over' Tournament at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.



UNI's National Program for Playground Safety receives $100,000 from charity golf tournament on Jack Nicklaus's home course

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Golfers at The Bear's Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., home course of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, swung clubs for children's safety on Dec. 12 with proceeds donated to the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS). The nonprofit organization, based at the University of Northern Iowa, received $100,000 from The Stryker Challenge charity golf tournament.

In 1995, UNI established the NPPS with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention. NPPS advocates for playground safety, assesses playground sites to ensure they meet national Consumer Product Safety Commission standards, researches injury prevention, and creates and distributes educational information and products that address various audiences in youth injury prevention.

Stryker Orthopaedics and Nicklaus, who served as honorary chairman for the tournament, teamed up with the NPPS and orthopaedic surgeons around the world to raise money to make playgrounds safer. More than 120 golfers participated in The Stryker Challenge finals at The Bear's Club. Donna Thompson, NPPS director, and Susan Hudson, NPPS education director, attended the event and accepted the $100,000 check on behalf of the organization.

'Stryker contacted us back in February to discuss how we could help provide them with technical assistance in playground safety, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity,' said Hudson, who also golfed in the tournament and placed in the top third.

Thompson said that the money from the Stryker Challenge will help fund educational efforts in playground and playground-surface safety.

'More than 200,000 children are injured on playgrounds every year,' Thompson said. 'This donation will help us reach more people with educational programs and create safer play environments for children by resurfacing existing playgrounds.'

For more information about the NPPS, visit

For more information about The Stryker Challenge, visit


December 15, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --Two New Zealand educators will present a half-day seminar at the Schindler Education Center (SEC) on Friday, Dec. 16.

The seminar will cover the importance of oral language in a balanced literacy program. The session will demonstrate the links between oral language, reading and writing. Participants will engage in activities that will show the connection between oral language and the different forms of writing.

Judy Knott and Mary McDonald will be presenting this interactive session. Both Knott and McDonald are members of the JCL (Junior Class Learning). The JCL team has traveled to the United States presenting highly successful 'Reading / Literacy Seminars' for teachers and educational administrators.

The seminar is being hosted by UNI's Out-of-State and International Student (OOS/I) teaching program. 'New Zealand has been a forerunner on topics regarding the acquisition of literacy skills,' said Cheryl Timion, a coordinator of the OOS/I teaching program. 'This is a great educational opportunity for our community.'

This half-day seminar will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m., in the SEC lecture hall rooms 121 and 122, located on the UNI campus. The seminar is free to all UNI education students, faculty and staff. Area educators may attend for an $8 charge, payable at the door. For more information, contact Timion at (319) 273-5876, or e-mail



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa senior philosophy majors, Trevor Bibler and Alison Suen, both residing in Cedar Falls, presented papers at the 16th annual Undergraduate Philosophy & Religion Conference at Truman State University on Nov. 12.

Bibler's paper is titled 'Concerning a Discrepancy Found in Leibniz's Discourse on Metaphysics,' and the title of Suen's paper is 'Seek Peace: A Comparison of Montaigne's and Hobbes's Respective Skepticisms and Their Attempts to Promote Peace.' Undergraduates from all over the South and Midwest presented at this conference.

Bibler is the son of Bethann Bibler of Cedar Falls and Bob Bibler of Waterloo. Suen is daughter of Laifong Sham and Joseph Suen, both of Hong Kong, and will receive her bachelor's degree this month.

'These are two articulate, dynamic students who met as first-year students in philosophy class and married this year,' said Betty DeBerg, head and professor of the UNI Department of Philosophy and Religion, 'I am proud of their achievements and wish them success and happiness.'

For more information, contact DeBerg at


December 13, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six University of Northern Iowa students in the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) are candidates to commission as second lieutenants during an 8:30 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall.

(STUDENT'S NAME), a senior from (HOMETOWN) will be commissioned at the ROTC ceremony. He/She has been assigned to (BRANCH).? ?

Col. Ronald J. Randazzo will be the commissioning-ceremony speaker. A native of Chicago, Randazzo moved to Iowa in 1964 and graduated from Des Moines Lincoln High School in 1966, earned his associate degree from Iowa Central Community College in 1968, received a bachelors degree in business management from Marycrest College, Davenport and a masters degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Penn.

Randazzo assumed command for the third time of the 3654th Maintenance Company, Knoxville, Iowa in 1990 and was mobilized to active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm/Shield. He was promoted to colonel in 1999 and was selected by the adjutant general as director of maintenance. In 2001, Randazzo graduated from the U.S. Army War College and currently is the joint staff J5/7 for the adjutant general. He received his certificate of eligibility for promotion to Brigadier General in November 2005.

Randazzo's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Reserve Components Achievement Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M-device and gold hourglass, the Army Service Ribbon, the Iowa Meritorious Service Medal and numerous state service awards.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Chris Lukasiewicz, head, UNI Department of Military Science at (319) 273-6220.



University of Northern Iowa final exams scheduled for 8 a.m. today have been rescheduled for 3-4:50 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 14. Exam locations remain the same unless otherwise indicated on the door of the room. In the case of a conflict with another exam, students should consult with their professor to arrange another exam time.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Lifelong University announces five non-credit courses offered this winter and spring. Classes will meet on the UNI campus.

Courses offered are:

'Earthquakes and Tsunamis'

Ken De Nault, associate professor, UNI Department of Earth Science

Feb. 8, 15 and 22 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

'Jesus, Mary Magdalene and The Da Vinci Code'

Kenneth Atkinson, associate professor, UNI Department of Philosophy & Religion

Mar. 2, 29, 23 and 30 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

'Bringing Your Family Stories to Life'

Ron Sandvik, managing editor, UNI North American Review

Mar. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon

'Adventure to the World of Blindness'

Sunggye Hong, assistant professor, UNI Department of Special Education

Apr. 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

'Empowering Tools: Learning to Increase the Quality of Your Later Years'

Four-week seminar focusing on memory, hearing loss, family relationships and grief, loss and bereavement.

Julia Wallace, dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Bruce Plakke, associate professor, UNI Department of Communicative Disorders; Kristin Mack, associate professor, UNI Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology; Kyle Kostelecky, assistant professor, UNI Department of Design, Textiles, Gerontology & Family Studies

Apr. 26, May 3, 10 and 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Cost of courses and workshops range from $15 to $40. Fee includes parking passes and course handouts. To register for a class or to receive a brochure, call University Events Coordination, (319) 273-6899, or visit

'UNI's Lifelong University has been a great success. Our inaugural classes in the fall filled quickly. People want lifelong learning opportunities and UNI is happy to provide them,' said Stacey Christensen, community relations manager, University Marketing & Public Relations. ?


December 12, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has declared Friday, Dec. 16, 'Panther Pride Day' in honor of the UNI football team's first-ever appearance in an NCAA Division 1-AA championship game.

'We're encouraging all UNI students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to show their support of the Panther football team by wearing purple this Friday,' said Stacey Christensen, community relations manager in the UNI Office of University Marketing & Public Relations. 'We also encourage people to take digital photos of their group showcasing their Panther pride and submit them for inclusion on our Web site.'

The Panthers will play Appalachian State at 7 p.m. (CST) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2. For information about game-watch locations, see

UNI apparel is available at select retail stores and online at the UNI Alumni Association and Panther Athletics Web sites. Digital images may be e-mailed to: Those submitting photos are asked to include a short caption that explains who is in the picture and where and when it was taken.


December 11, 2005 - 6:00pm


Monday, Dec. 12 - Wednesday, Dec. 14

De-Stress Days, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day in the Hemisphere Lounge of Maucker Union, will include mini massages, a bracelet bead-making station, Dance Revolution, and animals from the Cedar Bend Humane Society. For more information, contact Deedra Dahlager, UNI wellness resource coordinator, (319) 273-7162.

Friday, Dec. 16

A seminar on oral language in a balanced literacy program will be presented from 12:30 to 4 p.m., in Schindler Education Center 121 and 122. Judy Knott and Mary McDonald, educators from New Zealand, will present this interactive session that is sponsored by UNI's Out-of-State and International Student Teaching program. Contact: Cheryl Timion, coordinator in UNI's out-of-state/international student teaching program, (319) 273-5876.

Saturday, Dec. 17

Five UNI students who are senior cadets in the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), will be commissioned as second lieutenants during an 8:30 a.m. ceremony in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall on the UNI campus. Contact: Lt. Col. Chris E. Lukasiewicz, head, UNI Department of Military Science, (319) 273-6220.

Some 675 students are expected to participate in UNI's fall commencement ceremonies, at 11 a.m., in the UNI-Dome. Vanitha Sugumaran, candidate for a graduate degree in computer science, from Pudupalayam, India, will deliver the commencement address. UNI President Robert Koob will preside over the commencement and confer degrees on the students, while Interim Provost James Lubker will recognize those cited for honors and awards. John Vallentine, professor and director of the School of Music, is the commencement marshal. Contact: Philip Patton, UNI registrar, (319) 273-2244.

Wednesday, Dec. 28 - Thursday, Dec. 29

Between 3,000 to 5,000 youth and adults are expected to attend the 24-hour 'Onefest,' scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the UNI-Dome. Doors open at 11 a.m. Sponsored by UNI's Orchard Hill Student Organization, the event is designed to bring the body of Christ together in a festival-like atmosphere to worship and learn. A number of well-known Christian bands will perform and speakers will be presenting throughout the event. There will be break-out teaching sessions for youth directors and church personnel, with some events in the Wellness/Recreation Center and the Physical Education Center. Contact: Walt Rogers, Onefest director, (319) 266-9796 or visit


Friday, Jan. 6 - Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006

The Boat Show will be held in the UNI-Dome from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Contact: Iowa Show Productions, (319) 232-0218 or e-mail:

Monday, Jan. 9

UNI's spring semester begins at 8 a.m.

December 10, 2005 - 6:00pm


(CEDAR FALLS, Iowa) -- The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association is sponsoring a special fan package to Friday's NCAA I-AA championship football game in Chattanooga, Tenn. The UNI Panthers will play Appalachian State at 8:04 p.m. (EST). The $549 package includes chartered airfare, ground transportation to the game and a game ticket. The chartered flight will leave and return Friday, Dec. 16.

To reserve a spot, contact Short's Travel at (319) 234-5577. The registration deadline is noon Tuesday, Dec. 13. Online reservations can be made at

Fans who are not traveling as part of this package, but still wish to purchase game tickets should contact the UNI Athletics Ticket Office at (319) 273-DOME, or (319) 273-3663. Game tickets go on sale at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12 and will only be available at UNI until noon, Tuesday, Dec, 13. For additional information regarding game activities see


December 8, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Fall commencement at the University of Northern Iowa will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in the UNI-Dome. Some 675 students are expected to participate in the ceremonies.

UNI President Robert Koob will preside over the commencement and confer degrees on the students. John Vallentine, professor and director of the School of Music, is the commencement marshal. The recognition of honors and awards will be conducted by James Lubker, interim provost.

The student address will be delivered by Vanitha Sugumaran, candidate for a graduate degree in computer science, from Pudupalayam, India.

Candidates for degrees will be presented by the deans of their respective colleges: Susan J. Koch, Graduate College; Farzad Moussavi, College of Business Administration; Jeffrey Cornett, College of Education; Reinhold Bubser (interim dean), College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Joel Haack (interim dean), College of Natural Sciences; Julia Wallace, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and, James Bodensteiner (interim dean), Continuing Education and Special Programs.

Beverly Kopper, professor of psychology, will read the candidates' names, and chair of the UNI Alumni Association Board of Directors Barbara Norman from Chicago, will welcome the new graduates on behalf of the association. Music will be provided by the University Brass Ensemble, conducted by Nicole Lamartine, assistant professor of music.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six University of Northern Iowa faculty members received the 2005 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence at a reception and dinner hosted last month by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Recipients were: Iradge Ahrabi-Fard, professor of physical education; Scott Cawelti, professor of English; J�rgen Koppensteiner, professor of modern languages; Min Ho Lee, professor of mathematics; Jay Lees, associate professor of history; and Michele Yehieli, professor of health promotions and education.

Ahrabi-Fard has been a UNI faculty member since 1971, spending 10 years at Malcolm Price Laboratory School teaching health and physical education at all grade levels before joining the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services. Praised by his students as a great teacher who teaches with great passion, he also has been successful as a university and high school coach, including more than 500 career wins as UNI's head volleyball coach.

An accomplished scholar, he currently specializes in the prevention of childhood obesity and the role of physical education in its prevention. He also is the project coordinator for the NutriActive Lifestyle Experience through the university's Youth Fitness and Obesity Institute.

Cawelti, who joined the UNI faculty in 1968, was cited by one nominator for his 'marvelous teaching, unflagging commitment to the welfare of colleagues, integrity with which he participates in university service and importance of his community presence,' along with his 'long-established professional values of integrity, generosity, tolerance and respect for other people . . .he treats his students, as he does colleagues, with a respect that is never feigned.'

'Probably the most important thing I can say about Scott,' wrote another, 'is that he is a consummate and model university faculty member. His approach to and performance in teaching, research and service not only shows others what it is to excel as a university professor, but he carries out his duties in such a way that he inspires other faculty members to excel like him.'

Among his university service, Cawelti has been active with the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum Committee for many years and taught a cluster class for that program, helped develop the Writing Across the Curriculum program, worked with the Qualities of an Educated Person project and was chair of the faculty.

Koppensteiner joined the UNI faculty in 1968, and has taught German, from beginning language courses through graduate work. He directed the Iowa Regents Program in Austria-Germany for 24 years, and is recognized internationally as a scholar of Austrian literature and culture through the five books he has published, along with articles, essays and presentations in the United States and abroad.

His honors and awards are numerous, including an honorary decoration for outstanding service to the Republic of Austria, granted by that government in 1989; outstanding college/university foreign language educator of the year in Iowa in 1993-94; and he received the 2004 American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Outstanding German Educator Award and the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation Scholarship for outstanding achievement in furthering the teaching of German in the schools of the United States, given in recognition of his 'personal innovation, talent and leadership, which reflect uncommon excellence.'

In presenting the AATG award, it was noted that 'Koppensteiner's teaching career is distinguished by his vision of German education, his dedication to his students and his service to German teachers at all levels. He has helped shape German studies for the past 36 years at the University of Northern Iowa, helping to build a program with an excellent reputation and inspiring a generation of German teachers in Iowa and beyond.'

Lee joined the UNI mathematics faculty in 1986, where he has been a solid contributor in teaching and service, and a prolific researcher and author, with more than 80 professional, peer-reviewed publications, including a book. Lee is an internationally known authority in his research areas who has published in research journals based in nearly a dozen other countries.

The quality of his research also has been recognized at UNI, as he has twice received the College of Natural Sciences Dean's Award for Superior Achievement in Research, in 1995 and 2004, and received the Donald N. McKay Faculty Research Award last year.

He has regularly served on significant university, college and departmental committees, making valuable contributions to their efforts, according to a nominator, who wrote, 'Dr. Lee is a competent instructor, providing well-organized and clear exposition in the classroom. He . . .has taught courses from the very beginnings of college mathematics though graduate level mathematics in a broad spectrum of areas. His good-natured willingness to teach whatever is asked of him has, at times, led to his being responsible for developing courses that no one else was willing to teach.'

Lees joined the UNI history faculty in 1986 as a member of the European faculty, with a specialty in Medieval history. 'Over the years, Jay's wit, charm and obvious concern for students and colleagues has made him one of the most popular and respected members of the department,' wrote one of his nominators. 'He is an extraordinary teacher, sound scholar and conscientious citizen of the UNI community.'

In 2004, Lees received both the Class of 1943 Outstanding Teaching Award, one of the university's highest honors, and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, attesting to his exceptional skill as a teacher. Much of his scholarship involves placing Medieval literary sources into their historical context. He has written a book-length work, a book chapter and numerous articles and essays.

Lees also has served his department, college and the university in roles including chairing his department's curriculum committee since 1994, and serving on its Student Outcomes Assessment Committee. He served on his college senate and, at the university level, as a member of the Space, Humanities, Student Grievance, and Qualities of an Educated Person Committees. More recently, he has been part of the development and operation of the University Honors Program and the university Study Abroad Program, and worked to restructure Humanities to help shorten UNI's Liberal Arts Core.

Yehieli joined the UNI faculty in 1995, and founded the UNI Global Health Corps in 1996, with the mission of improving access to health programs for underserved and diverse populations, while improving the cultural competency of pre-professional students. She also heads UNI's Project EXPORT Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, a program of the National Institutes of Health, working in partnership with other agencies to provide health care to all Iowans.

Wrote a nominator: 'More than 40,000 individuals served by her public health work have received education in preventive health that is truly life altering, including war refugees, recent immigrants, individuals of minority classifications, rural farm families, homeless individuals, seniors and many other at risk populations in Iowa and worldwide.

Another cited her 'innovative involvement in teaching, service and scholarship activities with UNI, Iowa and the state's growing immigrant and refugee populations, and added that he often presents the two programs as 'models for communities, universities and state governments that seek to address the health needs of newcomers . . .Dr. Yehieli has created two programs that deserve national and international recognition for effectively linking teaching, service and scholarship.'


December 7, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education recently hosted its bi-annual Teacher Education Convocation. Nearly two-thirds of the 317 students that completed requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education Program through the summer, 2005, participated in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study, on October 26.

Among those recently accepted into the College of Education was/were (NAME/S) from ____(HOMETOWN) .

Ripley Marston, program chairperson of the UNI Convocation Committee, says, 'The convocation is truly a celebration of the commitment these university students are giving to the teaching profession. They deserve to be proud of pursuing such important and essential employment.'

For more information, contact Marston at or (319) 273-6882.


December 6, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four students from the University of Northern Iowa involved in the Real Estate Education Program captured first place in the 2005 University Challenge of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Minnesota Chapter.

The winning students are Megan Meyer of Rock Rapids, Brent Dahlstrom of Cedar Falls, and James Mulick and Paul Laneville, both of Waterloo. All of the students are double majors in real estate and finance at UNI.

This was the first year UNI was invited to participate in the competition against students from other real estate programs, according to Arthur Cox, director of the UNI Real Estate Program. The UNI students competed against students from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., and St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn.

Cox said the competition was designed to test the students' analytical and problem-solving skills by evaluating the development potential of a specified site located in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen, Minn. They considered several different possible uses for the site. Their recommendation was based on their research of the local and regional real estate markets. Some of the factors they studied were potential income, projected expenses, the cost to develop the actual property and the major risks facing such a development. In addition, they examined the potential profitability of alternative uses of the property. They presented their findings with a multimedia presentation to a meeting of industry professionals on Nov. 16, in Chanhassen.

For more information contact Cox at (319) 273-6986.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four $3,000 scholarships were awarded by the University of Northern Iowa Department of Art to the following high school art students -- Elizabeth Bloomberg of Valley High School in West Des Moines; Adrienne Hardin and Ben Roti, both of Spirit Lake High School; and, Patrick Fowler of James Madison High School in Madison, Wis.

Alternates for the scholarship were Tyler Cochran of Okoboji High School and Sarah Kolar of Spirit Lake High School.

For more information, contact Steve Taft, acting head for the UNI Department of Art, at


December 5, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Today the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, gave the University of Northern Iowa permission to proceed with project planning for the correction of fire-related damage that occurred in Gilchrist Hall on Oct. 16.

Adjusters from Travelers' Insurance notified UNI late last week that the damage to Gilchrist Hall will exceed the $2 million deductible on the university's insurance policy for academic facilities. The adjusters also indicated they probably will recommend asbestos be removed from the building as part of the rebuilding process. The project is expected to take approximately one year from the time work begins.

'Today's approval allows us to expedite the architect selection process, which often takes several months,' explained Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance. 'This will allow us to more quickly develop a plan for removing the asbestos, reinstalling mechanical and electrical systems, and rebuilding. We want to have a draft plan in hand when we get the total damage estimates from the insurance company.'

'Now that the we have a better idea of how long this process will take, some of the offices that were moved because of the fire will need to move to more long-term temporary sites to better meet the needs of their constituents,' said Morris Mikkelsen, associate vice president for facilities planning. 'A draft relocation plan was presented to department directors. We're getting feedback now.'

Gilchrist Hall is one of three university buildings to which UNI Police and Cedar Falls Fire Department crews responded between midnight and 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Other calls were to Baker Hall and Lang Hall, where smoke damage was less extensive. These incidents remain under investigation. Both Lang Hall and Baker Hall are open for business and classes.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A team of seven students and two faculty/staff members from the University of Northern Iowa recently returned from conducting a week-long community mental health and needs assessment with 250 low-income African American families forced from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. These families were relocated to Texas after the disaster and are currently living in apartment complexes in San Antonio.

This work trip was sponsored by the Iowa EXPORT Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at UNI and funded by the National Center on Minority Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health. The study was requested by the San Antonio City Council and the San Antonio Alternative Housing Authority.

(Name) of (Hometown) is a (Classification) majoring in (Major) . He/She was a team member and field interviewer for the study.

During the trip, student and faculty teams visited door-to-door with families who were left homeless by the hurricane. In interviewing more than 100 heads of household, the research team concluded that more than 40 percent appeared to be suffering from post-traumatic stress, with nearly 50 percent suffering from major depression. Several families were in need of immediate referrals for family members contemplating suicide.

Lack of transportation was cited regularly as a major concern by the evacuees in San Antonio, along with the inability to find work. Many of those that were ill reported having difficulty getting their prescriptions filled in Texas due to Medicaid benefits not yet transferred from Louisiana. Some families had almost nothing to eat in their apartments with food stamp benefits set to expire at the end of November for evacuees.

'The research team, which consisted of student trainees and faculty with expertise in minority health, found the trip extremely rewarding although emotionally demanding,' said Michele Yehieli, UNI executive director of the Iowa EXPORT Center on Health Disparities. 'They were very well received by the hurricane evacuees and the city of San Antonio.'

The research team provided numerous referrals to the San Antonio Alternative Housing Authority, so that appropriate agencies could provide needed care to the evacuees. A full report on the study will be released shortly by the Iowa EXPORT Center on Health Disparities to the San Antonio City Council, so that planners can coordinate long-term services for the family members.

For more information, contact Yehieli at (319) 273-5806.


NOTE TO EDITOR: UNI students who performed the study are listed below in alphabetical order by hometowns, with Iowa residents listed first. Please check the list for all communities in your coverage area. Thank you.


DES MOINES John Jones junior/geography and geographic

information systems

FORT DODGE Jennifer Younie junior/psychology and ethics

INDEPENDENCE Osman Chowdry senior/psychology with biology

and chemistry minors

MARION Kelley Clapp senior/general studies


Copperas Cove, Texas DeShauna Williams senior/sociology with health

promotion minor

San Antonio, Texas Isaac Delong senior/athletic training and

health promotion/global health

& health disparities emphasis


Mali Ibrahim Cisse grad student/community health education


December 4, 2005 - 6:00pm


Monday, Dec. 5

'Three Ways to Take Down: Alternate Masculinities in Youth and High School Wrestling' will be discussed during the CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum, at noon in the Maucker Union South Room. Presenters are Phyllis Baker, UNI associate professor of sociology, and Marybeth Stalp, UNI assistant professor of sociology. Contact: Phyllis Baker, (319) 273- 2221 or Marybeth Stalp, (319)


Asian Students and Allies, in conjunction with the International Student Association and the Northern Iowa Anime Association, will host a social event from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Center for Multicultural Education's Multipurpose Room in Maucker 109. Students are invited to come and relax before finals, meet new people and take part in Dance Dance Revolution (DDR), Anime movies and free Asian food. Contact: Arlene Samona at

Tuesday, Dec. 6

The Iowa Consortium on Applied Gerontology (ICAG) will sponsor a presentation on why the proposed Social Security reforms should be of interest to everyone, regardless of age, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Maucker Union Presidential Room. Ann Black, associate state director/communications, Iowa AARP, will be the speaker. Contact: Amy Unruh, project coordinator for ICAG, housed in the UNI College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, (319) 273-7961.

Thursday, Dec. 8

The University Museum Store is open for holiday shopping with some unique gift ideas. Contact: Doris Mitchell, Museum secretary, (319) 273-2188.

Students in UNI's Leadership Skills and Styles class will present ideas for how to 'go above and beyond' in supporting our troops, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 423 Schindler Education Center. Ideas on how individuals, businesses and government can go beyond displaying bumper stickers and car decals will be given Contact: Audrey Smith, UNI student class member, (319) 270-6929.

The UNI Gallery of Art will host an opening reception, from 7 to 9 p.m., for participants in the 'BFA Exhibition, Fall 2005'-- Erich Brus, Betsy Hunt, Erin P. Kollenkark, Dale Phelps, and Erick TeStrake. The exhibition runs through Saturday, Dec. 17. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-6134, or email



The presentation on the importance of Social Security reforms to all people, scheduled for noon Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room at the University of Northern Iowa, has been postponed, due to illness of the speaker. The event, sponsored by the Iowa Consortium on Applied Gerontology (ICAG), housed in the UNI College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, was to have featured Ann Black, associate state director/communications, Iowa AARP. According to Amy Unruh, project coordinator for ICAG, the program will be rescheduled. Contact Unruh at (319) 273-7961.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- De-Stress Days, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services, will be Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 12 - 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Maucker Union.

Students, faculty and staff may attend. Activities include five-minute mini-massages, Dance Revolution and a bead bracelet-making station. Also featured will be puppies and kittens from the Cedar Bend Humane Society. All activities are free.

For more information about De-Stress Days, contact Deedra Dahlager, UNI wellness resource coordinator, at (319) 273-7162 or



Early in the morning on Dec. 16, 1811, the first of many quakes shook the Mississippi River valley, starting a string of quakes that lasted until February 1812. University of Northern Iowa associate professor of geology Kenneth De Nault, who teaches a course called 'Earthquakes and Tsunamis,' has slides of some of the effects along the Mississippi River that are still visible.

'All reports of the magnitude of this earthquake are conjectural because there were no recording stations in existence at that time, and the area was sparsely populated,' De Nault said. 'But church bells reportedly rung as far away as New England due to these earthquakes.'


November 30, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- How to go above and beyond in support of U.S. military troops is the subject of a group project by the Leadership Skills and Styles class at the University of Northern Iowa. The presentation, free and open to the public, will be at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, in Room 423 of the Schindler Education Center on the UNI campus.

The program will present ways individuals, businesses and government can go beyond displaying bumper stickers and car decals and become more involved in supporting the troops.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP, if possible, to to ensure adequate space and materials are available. For more information, contact Audrey Smith, UNI student in the leadership skills and styles class at (319) 270-6929.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) leadership honorary inducted __(NAME)__, a __(CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR)__, from __(HOMETOWN)__, Sunday, Oct. 30.

ODK leadership honorary is the highest leadership award at UNI and recognizes junior and senior students with outstanding records of both scholarship and leadership, according to Carol Cooper, ODK advisor and UNI associate professor of physical education.

For more information, contact Cooper at



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Wynne Wright, assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology at the University of Northern Iowa, is a recipient of a 2005-06 Fulbright Scholar grant. Wright will travel to St. Stephanus University in Godollo, Hungary, where she will teach environmental sociology courses for the Spring 2006 semester, beginning in February.

Wright received a doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 1999, held a two-year research associate position at the University of Minnesota and joined the UNI faculty in 2001. Her research interests are in the areas of the restructuring of agriculture and food and its impact on farm families and rural communities, primarily focused on the United States, and also the agri-food changes taking place in transition economies in Eastern Europe.

'This is a particularly timely opportunity to be able to teach and conduct research in Hungary as the country's recent membership into the European Union presents unprecedented challenges,' said Wright. 'The impacts of EU membership on farm families and rural communities will be socially, economically, politically, and culturally far reaching. I am most interested in learning how they respond to such changes and how these changes impact local food security and community well-being.'

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields. Approximately 850 U.S. faculty and professionals received Fulbright grants to lecture and conduct research abroad; a similar number of foreign scholars received awards to come to the United States, primarily as researchers. Nearly 100,000 scholars have participated in the program since its inception in 1946.

For more information, contact Wright at (319) 273-6217.


November 29, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Why the proposed social security reforms should be of interest to people of all ages will be the topic of a presentation given by Ann Black, Iowa AARP associate state director/communications, Tuesday, Dec. 6, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Maucker Union's Presidential Room on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

For more information, contact Amy Unruh, project coordinator for the Iowa Consortium for Applied Gerontology (ICAG), housed in the UNI College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at or (319) 273-7961.


November 28, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Three Ways to Take Down: Alternate Masculinities in Youth and High School Wrestling' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, Dec. 5, in Presidential Room, Maucker Union, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The lecture will be given by Phyllis Baker, UNI professor of sociology and associate dean of the UNI College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and, Marybeth Stalp, UNI assistant professor of sociology.

'The lecture will focus on the performance of wrestling, which embodies three dimensions and can be used to examine the social construction of masculinities,' said Baker and Stalp.

The first dimension is that of 'body technologies' which center on physicality and athleticism, carried out through processes of making weight, being skillful and taking pain, according to Baker and Stalp. Second, wrestling 'performance 'poses'' include the cool dude, indifferent individual, and manic man. These poses are the wrestlers' bodies in motion articulating different masculinities. Third, the performance of wrestling entails 'emotion work' with the use of four emotions: crying, consoling, rejoicing, and ranting. Baker and Stalp conclude that these three sets of dimensions in the performance of wrestling bring to light multiple and shifting gender constructions.

Baker received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego. Her published work frames her concerns about inequality and she is broadly interested in the compliance with, and resistance to, traditional gender behaviors and roles. Baker's current research explores how masculinity is created and presented in the sport of wrestling. Her teaching areas include qualitative research methods, mass media, and women's and gender studies.

Stalp received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, leisure and culture, using qualitative methods. She has studied U.S. women quilters, the emergence of the Red Hat Society phenomenon, and in addition to scholastic wrestling, Stalp has begun research on amateur U.S. cycling. She regularly teaches courses in introductory sociology, popular culture, gender and qualitative research methods.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum series is sponsored by UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies.

For more information, contact Baker at, or Stalp at