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UNI state fair booth profiles university alumni

July 31, 2003

Stacey Christensen, community outreach manager, (319) 273-2761
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

From Thursday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 17, UNI will exhibit its new booth and display at the state fair in Des Moines, in the Varied Industries Building. This year's themes are 'UNI Students First' and 'Community Leaders.' Featured will be photos and profiles of university alumni, all living in Iowa and contributing to the state's growth.

Other UNI highlights:

Thursday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. to noon: Ed Rathmell, professor of mathematics, will present 'Thinking with Numbers,' testing visitors on math proficiency.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 1 to 3 p.m., Karla Krueger, instructor in the College of Education (COE); and Yana Cornish, program assistant in the COE, will present the InTime program, a Web-based project that showcases the best teaching practices involving technology.

Friday, Aug. 8, 11 a.m. to noon, Kirk Henderson, manager of the UNI Roadside Office, will discuss the Native Roadside Vegetation Center, Iowa's initiative for planting wildflowers along state and county roads.

Friday, Aug. 8, 2 to 4 p.m., Scott Nice, assistant professor of theatre, and Sarah Noll, a UNI senior from Dubuque, will dress as clowns and walk the fairgrounds.

Saturday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Pat Higby, energy educator for UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, will present 'Racing Toward the Future,' a display about the battery-powered-car race for high school students, the Iowa Electrathon.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 2 p.m., Sue Grosboll, director of the UNI Museum, will wear period costume and discuss the museum's one-room school.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to noon, Recayi Pecen, assistant professor of industrial technology, will discuss UNI's solar 'e-boat,' a 110-pound fiberglass solar electric boat designed by students.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 1 to 2 p.m., John McCormick, professor of computer science, will discuss embedded computer systems. His class has completed a project which consists of three miles of railroad track and a series of small trains, each controlled by an embedded computer system. On display will be the track and trains.