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April 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

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Monday, April 4

CROW Forum: Supporting LGBT College Students will take place at noon in the Maucker Union Presidential Room, presented by UNI faculty members Kim Knesting, assistant professor of education, and Jennifer Waldron, assistant professor of physical education, Contact: Knesting, (319) 273-3840 or Waldron, (319) 273-2730.

KUNI Live from Studio One features Melissa Rose Ziemer, a veteran of the Chicago-based bands Gertrude and the Juleps. Her vocal style ranges from Loretta Lynn to Melissa Etheridge. Contact: Karen Impola, senior producer, Folkways, Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.

Earth Science seminar: 'Blowing in the Wind: Marilyn Monroe, Spider Legs and Energy,' takes place at 4 p.m. in Latham 125. Peter R. Hamlin, senior environmental policy analyst for MidAmerican Energy, will discuss what is in the air and how to use air as an energy source. Contact: Lynn Brant, UNI associate professor of earth science, (319) 273-6160.

Tuesday, April 5

Sigma Alpha Epsilon/American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Maucker Union Central Ballroom. Contact: Mitchell Parr, (319) 560-9147 or mparr@uni.edu

'Dig Into Sue: An In Depth Look at a T. rex Discovery' will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Speaker will be Terry Wentz, chief preparator of the excavation of the Tyrannosaurus rex known as Sue. UNI chapter of Sigma Xi will host a reception at 7 p.m. outside the auditorium. Contact: Kay Thuesen, UNI Museums public affairs coordinator, (319) 273-2188.

Social Justice Film Series presents '1984,' an adaptation of the classic novel by George Orwell, at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall 115. Sponsored by Amnesty International and Students for Social Justice. Contact: Jessica Maass, president, UNI chapter of Amnesty International, (319) 277-4752.

Wednesday, April 6

The Center for Energy and Environmental Education presents 'History of Wind Energy' at 7 p.m. in the CEEE Auditorium, featuring John Root from Muscatine Power and Water. Root will retrace the ancient origins of wind energy and its impact in modern times. A reception follows the presentation. Contact: Patricia Higby, CEEE energy educator, (319) 273-3850.

Thursday, April 7

Leaders on Leadership Speaker Series; speakers talk about leadership in business, at 3:30 p.m. in SEC 252. Speakers include Renee Miller, John Deere Waterloo Works; David Neil, UAW C.A.P.-Iowa Region 4; and Nicki Rainey-Thomas, Pauline Company, Waterloo. Contact: (319) 273-2332 or visit www.uni.edu/vpess/leadership/speakers.htm

The UNI Greek community will sponsor a Jump-Around, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Lawther Field. Sorority and fraternity members will gather donations for Jamie & Jim's Kids and jump in 15-minute increments on four large trampolines. Contact: Patti Donnelly (563) 650-1134 or Ashley Hamblin, (319) 239-7801.

Friday, April 8

Relay for Life to fight cancer begins at 6 p.m. in the UNI-Dome, and continues through 6 a.m. Saturday, April 9. Teams of eight to 15 people will raise money and take turns walking around the track during the 12-hour event. Special events include a luminary ceremony to honor those battling cancer and to remember those who've died. Following the luminary service, at 8 p.m., is an inspirational survivor victory lap, celebrating all those have won their fight. Contact: Amanda Test, (319) 222-3677, or Grant Erwin, (319) 404-0254.

Members of UNI's Greek community will participate in a mud volleyball tournament at 3 p.m., behind the UNI-Dome. Contact: Ashley Hamblin, (319) 239-7801.

Saturday, April 9

UNI Outdoors will introduce the basic skills of outdoor climbing at Backbone State Park. Contact: Outdoor Rec (319) 273-7163.

Pi Sigma Epsilon is sponsoring the 'Sprint into Spring 5K Run/Walk' beginning at 8 a.m. on the UNI Campus, rain or shine. Registration forms available at UNI Wellness Recreation Center, UNI Health Beat, YMCA or Cedar Falls Recreation Center. Contact: Greg Pudenz, pudenz22@uni.edu

'See How They Grow' annual conference for those working with young children, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Schindler Education Center. Activities include stories, nutrition activities, games, songs and art projects. Contact: Jennifer Yarrow, associate director, UNI Conference & Event Services, (319) 273-6899.

National Educator Expo featuring more than 95 school districts from across the country, will take place in Maucker Union, beginning with teacher registration at 8 a.m. Sponsored by UNI Advising and Career Services, (319) 273-2062.

Fashion Show featuring original student designs from Textile and Apparel program students at 8 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium. Dancers from Kinetic Energy will also perform. Contact: Amanda Weldon, (319) 415-7300.

Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10

Orchesis Dance Company will perform its Spring Gala at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Oster Regent Theatre, 103 Main Street, Cedar Falls. Contact: Michelle Ozmun, UNI instructor in physical education, (319) 273-3613.

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March 31, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sean Botkin, UNI assistant professor of piano, will present a recital at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Mason City. The recital is free and open to the public. A reception in the church fellowship hall will follow the recital.































Selections performed by Botkin are from the Mozart Sonata in E flat major, Chopin's 3rd Sonata and Prokofiev's Sonata No. 8.















Botkin has won numerous awards at several national and international competitions, including the William Kapell International Piano Competition and the Cleveland International Piano Competition.































He received his bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University, and earned his master of music degree from the Juilliard School. He earned his Artist Diploma from Indiana University at South Bend, where he was part of the adjunct faculty and a member of the Alexander Toradze Piano Studio.































'Sean is a stunning pianist whose performances are exquisitely musical and utterly captivating. He has brilliant technical ability that he uses to express a huge range of emotions,' said Joan Smalley, Iowa Music Teacher Association member, former adjunct professor at the UNI School of Music and owner of Smalley Piano Studio.















He has traveled extensively in America and Europe performing with Maestro Toradze and the Studio, most notably at the prestigious Ruhr Klavier Festival, Germany; Ravenna Festival, Italy; Wigmore Hall, England; Stresa Festival, Italy; and the Gilmore Festival in Kalamazoo, Mich. He also has performed for the National Public Radio program, 'Performance Today.' He recently returned from giving concerts in Italy and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Upcoming engagements include solo concerts in Portugal and Germany.















'I have had the great pleasure of collaborating with Sean Botkin several times,' said Jason Weinberger, music director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, 'He is a consummate performer, and his playing shows a deep musicality.'















The recital is sponsored by the First United Methodist Church in Mason City, KHKE Public Radio 90.7 FM, Matinee Musicale Club, North Iowa Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, UNI Alumni Association and an anonymous patron.















For more information about the performance, contact Botkin at (319) 273-2713 or Sean.Botkin@uni.edu.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Educator Expo, which helps school districts recruit teachers and administrators, will take place in the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union, Saturday, April 9. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Seerley Hall, and will move to the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom lobby at 9 a.m.







More than 100 school districts from across the United States will recruit educators from UNI and 21 co-sponsoring Iowa colleges and universities. This year's expo will feature 22 Iowa school districts. Prospective teachers and administrators will have an opportunity to visit informally with recruiters throughout the morning and schedule interviews for the afternoon. The expo will conclude at 5 p.m.















Educators who are not pre-registered may register the day of the expo for $25. A registration form and a list of participating school districts can be found on the UNI Advising and Career Services Web site: http://www.uni.edu/careercenter/Events/nee/nee.html.







For more information, contact Libby Vanderwall, events coordinator at the UNI Advising & Career Services, at (319) 273-2062 or Libby.Vanderwall@uni.edu.







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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Textile and Apparel Association will hold its 13th annual fashion show at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus.







The theme for this year's show is 'Cosmic Revolution,' and features four categories of clothing: ready to wear, wearable art, club wear and evening wear. The show is planned, managed and produced by textile and apparel majors at UNI, and more than 77 designs will be featured that were created by students for class projects or independently.



The fashion show is free and open to the public, and sponsored in part with funds from Northern Iowa Student Government and outside donations. A reception will follow at the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), Room 109 in the Maucker Union.







For more information, contact Amanda Weldon, publicity and promotions chair, at (319)



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CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa's third annual Relay for Life fundraiser will take place from 6 p.m., Friday, April 8, through 6 a.m., Saturday, April 9, in the UNI-Dome. Before the fundraiser, cancer survivors and their families are invited to a reception at 4 p.m., at the Holiday Inn on University Avenue in Cedar Falls.

Relay for Life is the primary fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and is a celebration of life, in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by cancer, according to Grant Erwin of Madrid, chair of UNI's Relay for Life Committee. The committee is hoping to have at least 1,400 participants attend the relay and raise $55,000 to donate to the American Cancer Society.

Teams can register online at www.uni.edu/studentorgs/relayforlife or by e-mail at grante@uni.edu. Teams can register through the day of the event; however, early registration is encouraged. More than 100 teams have signed up.

'We encourage everyone, even if they're not on a team, to come and enjoy the entertainment and celebration,' Erwin said.

During the relay, team members will take turns walking or running around the UNI-Dome throughout the night. Entertainment, including live bands, karaoke and games, will be provided. Participants can bring food and beverages, tents, blankets, games and radios.

A luminaria ceremony will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, April 8. The ceremony is in honor of those who have survived a battle with cancer, for people still fighting cancer and in memory of those who have lost their lives to cancer. A survivor victory lap will take place immediately after the luminaria ceremony.

'We encourage all people currently fighting cancer and those who have overcome cancer to come and be honored during the victory lap,' said Erwin.

The UNI Relay for Life is sponsored in part by Domino's Pizza, Kwik Star, Scheels, Holiday Inn, KWWL News, and UNI TKD.

For more information, visit www.uni.edu/studentorgs/relayforlife, grante@uni.edu or (319) 404-0254.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Orchesis Dance Company will present the Orchesis Spring Dance Gala at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9; and at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 10 at the Oster-Regent Theater on the corner of Main and First Streets in Cedar Falls.

This year's gala will feature premier performances from Orchesis members and UNI dance faculty, including modern, jazz, ballet and tap.

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Tickets are $5 in advance and can be purchased from Orchesis members, or $7 at the door. For more information, contact Michelle Ozmun, Orchesis Dance Company director and UNI instructor of dance, at (319) 273-3613.

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HOMETOWN NAME/CLASSIFICATION MAJOR

BOONE Lindsay Myers/junior elementary education

CEDAR RAPIDS Amy McDonald/senior business management

COUNCIL BLUFFS Mallory Vanderhelm/freshman elementary education

DAVENPORT Heather Turner/junior psychology

DES MOINES Christina Dilling/junior earth science teaching

DEWITT Cassie Anderson/junior textiles & apparel

DUBUQUE Abby Yosch/senior interior design

ELDORA Brittany Allbee/freshman social sciences

FAIRFIELD Mary McDowell/junior finance/economics

GENEVA Amanda Cornwell/sophomore elementary education

GLENWOOD Lyndsey Stephenson/senior elementary education

HOLLAND Briton DuBois/junior biology/pre-physical therapy

JOHNSTON Elizabeth Tometich/senior elementary education

MILFORD Tiffany Fisk/sophomore social work

MONONA Abigail Lincoln/senior leisure, youth, & human

services

NASHUA Laura Seamans/senior human resource management

& organizational communication

OELWEIN Nicky Yokas/sophomore human development &

family services

OKOBOJI Laura Delperdang/sophomore math education

PANOVA Bailey Dorsett/senior family services

PELLA Brenna M. Vogel/graduate student physical education

SPIRIT LAKE Alisa Balm/junior elementary education

TIPTON Dawn Mohr/junior social science education

TRIPOLI Chelsey Heidemann/junior elementary education

WATERLOO Tasha Hurley/sophomore dance education

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SYCAMORE, ILL. Andrea Breunlin/freshman fine/studio arts

March 30, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'History of Wind Energy,' a slideshow presentation retracing the ancient origins of wind energy and the impact it has on modern times, will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. This presentation is part of the CEEE 10th Anniversary Program Series. John Root, of Muscatine Power and Water, will deliver the presentation







According to Patricia Higby, energy educator at the UNI CEEE, this in-depth slideshow provides a pictorial history of windmills, wind turbines and wind farms. A reception sponsored by the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Commission, John Deere Community Credit Union and the Iowa Energy Center will follow the program.







Higby noted that since the installation of a wind-powered pump at the Black Hawk County Landfill, the county's solid Waste Commission has not had to use any electricity to drain areas of the landfill. The windmill system is similar to those used on Iowa farms before rural electrification.







For more information about 'History of Wind Energy,' contact Higby at (319) 273-6012 or Patricia.Higby@uni.edu.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter for the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education raised $905 during a month-long campus-wide fundraiser to aid tsunami relief efforts.



KDP president Sarah Sinkey, a senior kindergarten and preschool education major from Iowa City, presented the money to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Program earlier this month.



'When members are initiated, we take a pledge of fidelity to humanity, science, service and toil,' said Sinkey. 'We felt that it was our responsibility to take action and assist those who were devastated by this tragedy.'



For more information, contact Stephen Fortgang, UNI associate professor of education and KDP adviser, at (319) 273-2049.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- As part of its annual Arts in April celebration, the University of Northern Iowa has commissioned local artist John Heidersbach to create the art for this year's promotional materials.



Heidersbach interpreted Georges Seurat's 'A Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte,' adding elements such as the Campanile, a musician in a UNI Marching Band uniform, a juggler and other artistic representations, as well as the signature Arts in April element of a decorative mask. This is the fourth year Heidersbach has provided art for Arts in April. Last year he used Edouard Manet's 'The Fifer' as his inspiration.

This year's Arts in April is part of the Year of Arts and Humanities, which was developed to celebrate and recognize the arts and humanities throughout the state of Iowa.



Arts in April grew out of UNI's 125th anniversary celebration in 2001 highlighting the many arts and cultural pursuits at UNI. Some of the highlighted events for this year include the International Dance Festival on April 1; Miss Saigon, April 8-10; the UNI Men's Glee Club concert on April 13; Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, April 22-24; and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Spring Pops concert on April 29. Student, faculty and guest recitals are also scheduled throughout the month.

In addition to the performing arts, UNI will host exhibits, lectures, films and family-centered events. A complete Arts in April schedule is available on the Web at www.uni.edu/artsinapril.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'A Day Without a Mexican' will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union, Room 109. The film is sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), and is the first in its monthly 'Late Night at the CME!' film series.

'A Day Without a Mexican' paints a picture of what California would be like if suddenly all Latinos in the state inexplicably disappeared, according to Lydia Perez Roberts, CME program assistant. Chaos, tragedy and comedy quickly ensue.

The Late Night at the CME! film series will continue in the fall semester, showing films on culture, diversity and social-justice issues, at 7 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month. Food and beverages will be provided.

'The CME created the film series to give students the opportunity to see films that did not come to the Cedar Falls/Waterloo cinemas,' Roberts said.

For further information about the film visit http://www.uni.edu/cme, or contact Roberts, at Lydia.Roberts@uni.edu or (319) 273-2250.

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March 29, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Walt Whitman Live!!,' a one-man show portraying one of America's most important literary figures, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in the University of Northern Iowa's Lang Hall Auditorium.



The 60-minute show features William Koch, UNI adjunct professor of English, performing as Whitman and speaking on the poet's major themes: observations of American culture, views on Abraham Lincoln and experience with the Civil War. The show will honor Lincoln, who was assassinated on April 15, 1865.

Koch has performed at the Hearst Center for the Arts, the UNI Museum, the Grout Museum, William Penn University and the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.



The program is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Officers of PRide (Public Relations Interns Develop Expertise), a student-run public relations firm at the University of Northern Iowa, are helping their members develop their public relations skills by working with local and national clients.

__ PRide's spring 2005 clients include Ackley Hardware; All Rolled Up; BVD Productions Karaoke & DJ; Junior Achievement; Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity; Slim and Tone; Luann Alemao, image consultant; and, Phyllis Rogers, fitness instructor.



Seven people serve on the PRide executive board, and are also account executives for two to four clients, serving as the liaison between the clients and the members of PRide. The account executives keep regular contact with the client and the members of the firm to make sure that the needs of the clients are met.

Four additional people serve as account coordinators for PRide, each responsible for a specialized account group within the firm. The four specialized account groups are publicity and promotions, special event planning, research and planning, and Web development. Account coordinators are responsible for assigning and overseeing all projects in the account group they are heading.



For more information about PRide, contact Gayle Pohl, PRide faculty advisor and UNI associate professor of public relations, at gayle.pohl@uni.edu.

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March 28, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- '1984,' the next film in the University of Northern Iowa's Social Justice Film Series, will be shown at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in Room 115 of Seerley Hall.



The film adaptation of George Orwell's novel of the same name is presented as a part of Amnesty International's 'week of action' on the Patriot Act, which was passed shortly after 9/11. The film is about a totalitarian society where even thinking against the government is a crime.

This event is sponsored by Students for Social Justice and the UNI chapter of Amnesty International, and is free and open to the public.

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March 27, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Student researchers at the University of Northern Iowa will have an opportunity to present their work at the 12th annual Sigma Xi Student Research Conference Tuesday, April 5, on the UNI campus.



UNI undergraduate and graduate students who are currently doing, or have recently completed, scientific research are eligible to participate in the conference, which will be held from 4 to 5:45 p.m., in the Georgian Lounge of the Commons, according to Siobahn Morgan, UNI professor of astronomy and secretary of UNI's Sigma Xi chapter.



'The conference will give students an opportunity to present their research results in a professional setting,' Morgan said. In past years, students in fields such as computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, industrial technology, physical education, communication studies and geology have participated.



Research work will be presented in a poster format, and the best paper will be named for both the undergraduate and graduate categories. Morgan said winners will receive a cash prize of $25 and will be recognized for their achievement by the UNI chapter of Sigma Xi.



'Although the cash award is small, the experience of presenting to one's peers, instructors, faculty, family and friends is extremely valuable,' said Morgan.

The conference is supported by the UNI chapter of Sigma Xi.

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Monday, March 28

KUNI's Live from Studio One will feature Chrys Mitchell, a folk singer-songwriter and guitarist, at 7 p.m. in the KUNI studio, CAC, third floor. Contact: Karen Impola, senior producer, Folkways, Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.

Gary Shawver, president of Shawver Well Company, will present 'Water Wells in the Cedar Valley Aquifer,' at 4 p.m., in Latham 125, as part of the Earth Science Seminar series. Contact: Lynn Brant, associate professor of earth science, (319) 273-6160.

Liz Bendalin, a lifelong cross dresser, will give a Trans Issues talk at 7 p.m., in Seerley 115. This presentation will cover the basics of t'ism, some basic myths and truths and ways to reach greater understanding. Bendalin is constructing a statewide network for t-individuals and writing a book on a pastoral response to the transgendered individual. Contact: Kristen Borseth, (319) 222-6017.

Panel discussion, 'Is It a Good Body?' featuring selected monologues from Eve Ensler's 'The Good Body,' at 3:30 p.m., in Baker 161. Contact: Karen Entz, Women's Studies Program, (319) 273-7102.

Tuesday, March 29

Off-Hudson Series of Staged Readings, 'Anna in the Tropics,' at 7:30 p.m., in CAC Room 108. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Nilo Cruz illustrates the clash between tradition and passion in a Cuban-American family in the 1930s. Contact: Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI marketing director and theatre publicist, (319) 273-6381.

Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30

Women's History Month Film Series, 'Dadi and Her Family,' will be shown at 9 and 11 a.m., and 1, 3 and 7 p.m., in the Center for Multicultural Education, 109 Maucker Union. This film focuses on a grandmother in a Jat farm family in Haryana, her views on changing family values and changing times. Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts, CME program assistant, (319) 273-2250.



Wednesday, March 30

More than 3,000 first- through fifth-graders from throughout the Cedar Valley and Eastern Iowa are scheduled to attend performances of 'Coyote Tales,' as part of the Allen Hospital Kaleidoscope Series at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The 65-minute long presentation is based on traditional folk stories from Mexico and includes a fiesta of music, dance and puppets. Contact: Amy Hunzelman, GBPAC director of education, (319) 273-3679.

The film 'Normal' will be shown at 7 p.m., in Seerley 115. 'Normal,' starring Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson, is about what happens when a rural Illinois husband confesses that he's a woman trapped in a man's body and he wants a sex change. Contact: lgbsta@uni.edu, or visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/lgbsta

Thursday, March 31

'Media Leadership' is the topic for the next Leaders on Leadership Speaker Series, which will take place at 3:30 in the Schindler Education Center 252. Speakers are John Hess, KUNI director of broadcasting; Julie Kraft, TV consultant with Frank N. Magid Associates; and Nancy Raffensperger Newhoff, managing editor, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier. For more information, visit www.uni/edu/vpess/leadership/speakers.html

Christianity, Homosexuality, and the Bible, at 7 p.m., in Seerley 120. UNI Philosophy & Religion Professor Susan Hill will discuss what is in the Bible about homosexuality and what is not. Contact: lgbsta@uni.edu, or http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/lgbsta

UNI State & Local Government Program Speaker Series will host newly-elected State Sen. Jeff Danielsen, a graduate of UNI's Graduate Program in Public Policy, at 3:30 p.m., in Sabin Hall 103. He will speak on future opportunities in public administration and political science fields, and on his experiences as a state senator. Contact: Cori Gaul, (563) 543-3686.

Friday, April 1

School of Music Spotlight Series featuring UNI Jazz Band One will perform at 7:30 p.m. in GBPAC. Contact: Chris Merz, UNI School of Music faculty, (3129) 273-3077.

Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2

The Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, being held at the Collins Road Theatre in Marion, Iowa, will feature the documentary, 'Brothers Sing On- The Road to St. Peter's,' produced by Mark Janssen, a 2004 UNI electronic media graduate, and 1988 graduate Paul Marlow, who also wrote and directed the documentary about the UNI Men's Glee Club and director Bob Byrnes. The film won the festival's master documentary award for 2005. Showtimes are 8:45 p.m. Friday and 10:31 a.m. Saturday. Tickets include both dates and are $9 in advance and $12 at the door. Call (319)-377-4555 to order or go to http://www.crifilms.com/festival.html for more information.

Saturday, April 2

TRIO/Educational Opportunity Programs Day celebration begins at 9:30 a.m., at UNI-CUE, 800 Sycamore St., Waterloo. Tours of UNI-CUE and the Community Technology Center will be offered, as well as program updates and student panels. Keynote speaker will be State Representative Deborah Berry. Contact: Robert L. Smith, (319) 433-1220.

Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3

The International Dance Theatre Spring Concert, 'Around the World in Dance,' will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Russell Hall Auditorium. Included will be a folk dance, Appalachian clogging, a Viennese waltz in full period costume, and dances from Russia, Peru, Poland, Scandinavia and Mexico. The UNI Capoeira and African Dance Clubs also will perform, and the UNI Orchesis Dance Company will present a preview of its Spring Dance Gala. Contact: Kathleen Kerr, professor of physical education and International Dance Theatre adviser, (319) 273-6195.

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It's not just our homes and workplaces that need spring cleaning. At least once a year, we should probably take out our attitudes and beliefs and 'dust them off,' according to Karen Agee, reading/learning strategies coordinator in the University of Northern Iowa's Academic Services. And, she says, this is especially appropriate for students.

'As students we may not realize that outdated attitudes and moth-eaten beliefs can keep us from learning,' said Agee. 'We can take notes faithfully, read the assignments thoroughly, and write all the papers, but real understanding will not occur unless we reexamine our old notions.



'Some students have pass� beliefs about learning -- for instance that it happens automatically and without effort, just because that's how it seemed in fifth grade. Many come to college with inappropriate attitudes about professors, feeling that they should teach, test and grade like high school instructors. And some cling to reading strategies that may have been useful in last semester's 'Principles of Sociology' but can never produce high grades in 'Introduction to Literature.''

Agee helps students to dust off their beliefs about reading, learning and test taking, and throw out those that no longer fit. She and eight peer instructors work with students individually, in study groups and in non-credit, four-week classes (Speed Reading and Effective Study Strategies) to find strategies that work for them.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered College Students' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, April 4, in the Presidential Room in Maucker Union, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.



Kim Knesting, UNI assistant professor of education, and Jennifer Waldron, assistant professor of physical education, will discuss how to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered college students.



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.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- TRIO/Educational Opportunity Programs Day celebration will take place Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE), 800 Sycamore St., Waterloo.



The celebration, which is free and open to the public, begins with a welcoming address at 10 a.m. from Wilfred Johnson, director of the Classic Upward Bound program. Other speakers include UNI President Robert Koob; Inez Murtha, director of UNI Student Support Services; and a student panel, moderated by Quinton Hart, retention coordinator at Hawkeye Community College.

Keynote speaker at 11:30 a.m. will be State Representative Deborah Berry, a former TRIO/EOP participant and one of the 2004 recipients of the TRIO Achievers Award from the National Council for Opportunity in Education. The day's agenda also includes a program update and legislative comments from representatives for Congressman Jim Nussle and U.S. Senators Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley, and tours of UNI-CUE and the Community Technology Center.



TRIO Day is a national celebration to honor TRIO programs around the country. Since 1965, more than 10.5 million Americans have benefited from the services of the TRIO pre-college and college programs.

'Our event takes place to honor those students from Waterloo, Cedar Falls and the surrounding communities who succeeded in college with support of the country's TRIO/EOP,' said Robert L. Smith, interim executive director of Educational Opportunity Center.

TRIO/Educational Opportunity Programs are designed to identify promising students, prepare them for college-level work, strengthen their math and science skills, provide tutoring and support services and provide information on academic and financial aid opportunities.

UNI is one of only 47 postsecondary institutions nationwide with at least five TRIO/Educational Opportunity Programs on campus. The UNI programs include Educational Talent Search, Classic Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math and Science, Educational Opportunity Center Program, Retention, Center for Academic Achievement, Student Support Services, and McNair Scholars Program.



'We are also fortunate to host two other programs in the Cedar Valley funded by the U.S. Department of Education, GEAR UP and the Community Technology Center,' Smith added.

For more information, contact Robert L. Smith at (319) 433-1220.

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March 24, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI & Tri-College Army ROTC, a partnership of the University of Northern Iowa Reserve Officer Training Corps program with Clarke College, Loras College and the University of Dubuque, has been recognized for being in the top 15 percent of the 272 colleges and universities that host Army ROTC nationwide. The award includes a $2,500 increase to the program's operating budget to afford more opportunities for its scholars, athletes and leaders.















UNI & Tri-College ROTC was also rated the top medium-sized program in the 11th Brigade of 20 colleges in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Part of the recognition was for going above and beyond what is expected of an ROTC program given the size and demographics of UNI.















During the fiscal year of October 2003 through September 2004, 17 men and women were commissioned into the U.S. Army as second lieutenants from UNI & Tri-College Army ROTC. The U.S. Army's goal for UNI & Tri-College Army ROTC was to commission 12 second lieutenants that year.















Annually, the U.S. Army's Cadet Command selects outstanding battalions within the two Army ROTC regions. Within each of these regions, awards are presented based on their enrollment and are categorized as small, medium and large detachments. Selection is made by the U.S. Army Cadet Command based upon Cadet National Order of Merit score, production efficiency, commission mission accomplishment, retention rate and contract mission accomplishment.















The ROTC program's primary purpose is to develop leaders through classroom study, hands-on-training, and team-building exercises. Students gain the leadership skills necessary to succeed in both the corporate world and in the military. According to Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, head of the UNI Department of Military Science, the ROTC program is a values-based program. 'The program focuses on integrity, personal courage, respect and honor as the basic foundation upon which successful and competent leaders are built,' said Stavnes.































For information about UNI & Tri-College Army ROTC, contact Stavnes at















(319) 273-6220 or Robert.Stavnes@uni.edu.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center (RBC) has openings in 'Microsoft Access' software training courses and a 'Smart Start' entrepreneurial training course to be held during April, and has announced a change from the original schedule for the 'Microsoft Access' course. All classes will be offered during April at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.

'Microsoft Access' covers the beginning and more advanced commands of the database software. Module 1 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, April 18, and will discuss basic skills. Module 2 will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, and Friday, April 22, and will cover intermediate and advanced topics. The Access Module 1 is $125 to attend, Module 2 is $249, and the cost to attend both modules is $349. The original course dates were for the first week in April. The course is offered in conjunction with Ketels Contract Training, and will be taught by Chris Case, author of 'CTI Shortcuts TM CD-ROMS.'

'Smart Start' is an entrepreneurial training course. Participants may attend a class from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, or from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 28. This 90-minute course will cover the basics of business legalities, business plans, financial plans, commercial bank financing and state financial assistance programs. The course will be taught by RBC counselors, and the cost to attend is $15.

For more information or to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit www.unirbc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A weekend mini conference on past and current developments in design education will take place April 8-10, in the Kamerick Art Building at the University of Northern Iowa. It is sponsored by the UNI Department of Art.



'The Bauhaus and Beyond 1919-2005: The Shape of Design Education' will be of particular value to teachers of art and design, both at the high school and college level, according to Roy Behrens, professor of art at UNI. Sessions will begin at 5 p.m., Friday, April 8, and continue through noon, Sunday, April 10.



The main speaker at the event is Arie Hartog, curator of the Gerhard Marcks Haus in Bremen, Germany, whose keynote address is on the Bauhaus, the most famous design school in modern history. Hartog's address, titled 'Respectful Contempt,' will begin 7 p.m., Saturday, April 9, followed by a brief discussion.



Other events include numerous slide talks, panel discussions and new design-related films. On exhibit will be original work by Bauhaus artists, including Gerhard Marcks, Josef Albers, Marguerite and Franz Wildenhain and Lyonel Feininger.

There is a $20 fee, payable in advance by mail or on site at registration, for each conference participant, with the exception of all students and session presenters, who will be admitted free.

For a detailed schedule of events for the weekend mini conference, contact Roy Behrens at ballast@netins.net.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's International Dance Theatre will present the 2005 International Dance concert, 'Around the World in Dance,' at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 2, and 2 p.m., Sunday, April 3, in the Russell Hall Auditorium on UNI's campus.

The performance will include an anthology of music and dance from around the world, including a folk dance, Appalachian clogging, a Viennese waltz in full period costume, and dances from Russia, Peru, Poland, Scandinavia and Mexico.

The UNI Capoeira and African Dance Clubs also will perform, and the UNI Orchesis Dance Company will present a preview of its Spring Dance Gala.

Tickets to the concert can be purchased from members of the dance company or at the door, and are $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens. For more information, contact Kathleen Kerr, UNI professor of physical education and adviser for the International Dance Theatre, at (319) 273-6195.

The UNI International Dance Theatre is sponsored by the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS). This concert is presented in part through NISG student activity fees.

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March 23, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has selected Brooke Hansen of Wyoming, Iowa as employee of the month for March 2005.



Hansen, a senior psychology and political communication major, is a building monitor and student assistant in the Access Services Department. Her primary responsibilities include checking out books, searching for lost books, shelving, and retrieving and processing books for interlibrary loan. She has worked at the Rod Library for two years.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A media leadership panel, part of the 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series, will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 252 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.



Speakers include John Hess, director of broadcasting for KUNI; Julie Kraft, television consultant for Frank N. Magid Associates; and, Nancy Raffensperger, managing editor of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier. Panel members will discuss their path to leadership, influences on their development as a leader and advice for aspiring leaders.



The 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series features leaders from various professional fields. Upcoming topics include a business leadership panel and a workshop on sexual harassment.



The series, sponsored by the UNI Leadership Studies Program, is free and open to the public. Metered visitor-only parking is available in the lot immediately north of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 50 cents per hour.



For more information on the series, contact Geraldine Perreault, director of UNI's Leadership Studies Program, at (319) 273-6898 or YLA@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre will present 'beat. a play on words,' in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40, at 7: 30 p.m., Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2.

The show is part documentary, poetry slam and musical jam, and examines the life of Allen Ginsberg, a controversial poet, and the famous obscenity trial surrounding the publication of Howl, one of his most celebrated works.

'beat. a play on words' is written by Kelly Groves, a playwright, actor and director from New York, and is directed by Amanda Freking, a UNI senior speech teacher education major from Algona.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to sexual situations and strong languages, 'beat. a play on words,' is recommended for mature audiences.

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March 22, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The life-sized replica of SUE, an exhibition of the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered, being hosted through May 27 by the University of Northern Iowa Museums, will be closed for one day only, Sunday, March 27.

The 42-foot long articulated cast skeleton of SUE, and its related hands-on and interactive learning stations, are too large for the UNI Museum at 3219 Hudson Road, so it is on display at a satellite site at the Cedar Falls Utilities Business Development Center, 1326 Waterloo Road, both in Cedar Falls.

The Hudson Road site, also closed Sunday, has a second exhibition, 'Dinos 101,' that includes additional information about dinosaurs, with both real fossils and replicas.

'A T. rex Named SUE' was created by The Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of McDonald's Corporation. It is open seven days a week. For more information, visit the Web site at www.uni.edu/museum or call (319) 273-2188.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students and faculty traveled to Atlanta earlier this semester to attend the 2005 American Humanics Management Institute, an intensive four-day educational symposium about nonprofit management.

Name , a classification major major from hometown , attended the symposium.

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nstitute activities included workshops led by experts in nonprofit management, a case study simulation and the second annual national collegiate dialogue, which was held in collaboration with the American Assembly of Columbia University.

The second annual Nonprofit Placement Day, where students had the opportunity to interview with national nonprofit organizations and graduate schools, also took place during the symposium.

'The purpose of the annual Management Institute is to expose junior and senior students to experiences they will encounter working in the nonprofit field. The Institute is considered the capstone educational experience for students enrolled in the American Humanics nonprofit management program,' said Stacy Van Gorp, UNI director of American Humanics.

This event is held annually between the fall and spring semesters, and rotates to a different city each year.

American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit agencies dedicated to educating, preparing and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations. It is affiliated with more than 70 colleges and universities in the United States and partners with 40 national nonprofit organizations.

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March 21, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Dadi and Her Family' the next film in the University of Northern Iowa's Women's History Month film series, will be shown at 9 and 11 a.m., and at 1, 3 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29 and 30, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), Room 109 in the Maucker Union.































The film focuses on a grandmother in a Jat farm family in the Haryana region of India. It discusses her views on changes due to the passage of time and her family's changing values.































Free and open to the public, it is sponsored by the CME. Refreshments will be provided.















For more information, contact Lydia Roberts, UNI assistant director for multicultural education, at (319) 273-2250.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's March Hearst Lecture, featuring playwright Nilo Cruz, has been canceled. The lecture was scheduled for Wednesday, March 30, but has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict.



This lecture was scheduled to be last Hearst Lecture of the 2004-2005 school year; however, the planning committee is looking at alternative speakers and dates, but no final decision has been made.



The Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series is sponsored by the UNI College of Humanities & Fine Arts.

For more information, contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI marketing director, at (319) 273-6387.

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Fun' a major reason cited for membership in the Red Hat Society















Today is 'Wellderly Day,' a celebration and recognition of senior citizens who don't act their age. The Red Hat Society (RHS), a 'disorganization' of middle-aged and later-life women, begun in the late 1990s by a woman who refused to just 'fade away' because she turned 50, provides one such outlet. It has grown to approximately 30,000 chapters and more than 750,000 members throughout the United States.















'The Red Hat Society allows for fun, leisure and 'girl time,'' says Marybeth Stalp, UNI assistant professor of sociology and lead author on a research paper, 'We Do It Cuz It's Fun,' to be presented this spring at the Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting in Minneapolis.















Stalp says at midlife, women's foci change from such responsibilities as childrearing and paid work to time for oneself and time for chosen pursuits. 'RHS chapters act as support groups for existing friendships, helping women get through life events such as widowhood or divorce, and helping them forge new friendships with female peers.'















Stalp is working with Annette Lynch, UNI associate professor of textiles and apparel, and Elise Radina, UNI assistant professor of family studies, on two additional studies involving the Red Hat Society. Lynch is lead author on a study on dress, while Radina is lead author on a study of society membership and coping with getting older.















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Marybeth Stalp, UNI assistant professor of sociology, (319) 273-6235















Annette Lynch, UNI associate professor of textiles and apparel, (319) 273-2114















Elise Radina, UNI assistant professor of family studies, (319) 273-2401















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















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The power of soy















When Rudolph Diesel unveiled the first diesel engine at the 1900 World Fair, it was designed to run on peanut oil. He joined fellow visionaries Henry Ford and George Washington Carver, who believed in creating new uses for renewable seed oils. More than 100 years later, the biodiesel industry has changed the country -- an estimated 25 million gallons were sold in the United States in 2003 alone, according to the National Biodiesel Board.































'Domestic, renewable resources are the hot topic these days,' says Lou Honary, director of the University of Northern Iowa's Ag-based Industrial Lubricant program (ABIL). 'The increase in the cost of petroleum, along with advances in genetic enhancement of seed oils, has created opportunities unlike any other time in history.'















As Diesel's vision is celebrated with national biodiesel day on March 18, the role of vegetable oils in fuel and lubricants continues to grow. Specialty soybeans can now be grown with built-in properties that allow them to be used in industrial lubricants, performing at equal or higher levels than petroleum lubricants and costing approximately the same.















'Biodiesel can contain as low as 2 percent soy oil derivatives,' says Honary. 'Yet even this small quantity ends up becoming a huge volume considering the millions of gallons of diesel used daily in the United States. The combination of value-added non-food products will begin to wipe out the surplus of soybeans and help stabilize commodity prices to the benefit of American farmers.'















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Lou Honary, director, ABIL, 319-352-5218, Lou.Honary@uni.edu















Melissa Barber, University Marketing & Public Relations, 319-273-2761















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Monday, March 21

KUNI Live from Studio One features Rachel Ries, a Chicago-based singer-songwriter, classically trained in piano, voice, violin and viola, at 7 p.m. in the KUNI Studios, CAC, third floor. Contact: Karen Impola, senior producer, Folkways, Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.

The Center for Energy and Environmental Education presents 'Green Living,' at 7 p.m. in the CEEE Auditorium, featuring a DVD tour of Dan Isbell's solar-, wind- and bio-mass-powered home on the Cedar River. Isbell also will share his personal story of living an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient lifestyle. Contact: Pat Higby, UNI CEEE educator, (319) 273-6012.

Tuesday, March 22

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition opens today and runs through Sunday, April 17 in the UNI Gallery of Art. Opening reception and awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in Kamerick Art Building 111. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-6134.

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 22 and 23

Women's History Month Film Series: 'My Journey, My Islam' will be shown at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., in the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109 Maucker Union. The film documents how Muslim women reconcile and interpret the requirements of their faith and the obligations of Western culture. Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts, UNI CME program assistant, (319) 273-2250.

Wednesday, March 23

Reel to Real Film Series: 'Still Killing Us Softly,' will be shown at noon, in University Room South, Maucker Union. The film examines the image of women in advertising, using examples of ads from magazines, newspapers, album covers and billboards. It presents an analysis of the $130 billion-a-year industry that preys on the fears and insecurities of consumers. Contact: Guy Sims, interim director, Maucker Union, (319) 273-2683.

David Buch, music historian in the UNI School of Music, will lecture on 'Newly Discovered Engravings of Scenes from Viennese Opera in Almanacs, Calendars and Librettos (1789-1798)' at 1 p.m., in GBPAC Classroom #30. The audio-visual presentation will show, for the first time, the original singers and stagings of operas by Mozart, Salieri and their contemporaries. Contact: David Buch, professor, School of Music, (319) 273-2388.

Sue Niederer of Gold Star Families for Peace, will speak at 1 p.m. in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom B. She is the mother of Lt. Seth Dvorin, who was killed in Iraq in February 2004. Contact: Jessica Maass, UNI Students for Social Justice, at jmaass@uni.edu, or (319) 277-4752.



Thursday, March 24

Leaders on Leadership: This week's panel will discuss leadership involvement with human rights issues, at 3:30 p.m., in Schindler Education Center, Room 252. Speakers include: Cheryl Faries, coordinator, Community Development; Abraham Funchess, member, Waterloo Human Rights Commission; Lori Knight, president, UNI Hispanic Latino Student Union; and, Jessica Maass, president, UNI chapter of Amnesty International. Contact: Geraldine Perreault, director, Leadership Studies Program, (319) 273-6898 or (319) 273-2332.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An evening focused around dinosaurs is in store for those attending 'Thursdaze' at the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union Thursday, March 24, beginning at 7 p.m.

The University Museums and its special exhibition, 'A T. rex Named SUE,' are providing programming for the evening. Family-centered activities will include a 7 p.m. showing of the 2000 Disney movie, 'Dinosaur,' and a 9:30 p.m. showing of 1993's 'Jurassic Park,' both in the Old Central Ballroom. All events are free and open to the public. Attendees can compete for free tickets to SUE by wearing 1990s dress.

'Jurassic Park' was one of the top movies of 1993, the fossil of SUE was found in 1990, and it was purchased by The Field Museum in 1997. Winners will be announced before the start of each movie. Prizes also will be awarded to those correctly answering questions about dinosaurs, following a short presentation on dinosaur facts.

'Decorate a Dino' will be available in the Union Coffeehouse from 7 to 11 p.m. Participants can create and decorate a colorful, three-dimensional cardboard T. rex. Designs will be judged in several categories, and the winners will have their creations on display at the exhibit.

'A T. rex Named SUE,' hosted by the UNI Museums, will be on exhibit through May 27, at a satellite site at the Cedar Falls Utilities Business Development Center, 1326 Waterloo Road. It features a life-sized replica of Sueï¾—the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered.

Created by The Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of McDonald'sï¾® Corporation, the exhibit tells the story of this unprecedented scientific discovery through interactive exhibits, real-life video footage, colorful graphics and touchable casts of bones. Visitors can also get an eye-level view of the massive skull and touch models of Sue's 12-inch long teeth.

Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday. For more information on the exhibition, visit the Web site at www.uni.edu/museum or call (319) 273-2188.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A human rights leadership panel, part of the 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series, will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 252 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Speakers include Cheryl Faries, UNI Community Development coordinator; Abraham Funchess, member of the Waterloo Human Rights Commission; Lori Knight, president of UNI's Hispanic Latino Student Union and a UNI graduate student majoring in English from Cedar Falls; and, Jessica Maass, president of the UNI Chapter of Amnesty International and a UNI senior sociology major from Clive. Panel members will discuss their paths to leadership, influences on their development as a leader and advice for aspiring leaders.

The 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series features leaders from various professional fields. Upcoming topics include media and business leadership panels and a workshop on sexual harassment.

The series, sponsored by the UNI Leadership Studies Program, is free and open to the public. Metered visitor-only parking is available in the lot immediately north of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 50 cents per hour.

For more information, contact Geraldine Perreault, director of UNI's Leadership Studies Program, at (319) 273-6898 or YLA@uni.edu.

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March 15, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --''Still Killing us Softly' will be the next featured film in the University of Northern Iowa's Reel to Real film series. The movie will be shown at noon Wednesday, March 23, in Maucker Union's University Room South and is free and open to the public.



'Still Killing Us Softly' illustrates the image of women in advertising. Using examples of ads from magazines, newspapers, album covers and billboards, this documentary presents a concise analysis of the $130 billion-a-year industry that preys on the fears and concerns of consumers, according to Guy Sims, interim director of Maucker Union.



Sims said the goal of the Reel to Real film series is to present short films that generate discussion, reflection, challenge and criticism.



For more information, contact UNI Student Activities at 273-2683 or studentactivities@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Physics hosted the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Olympics in the UNI-Dome late last month.

Approximately 190 Iowa high school and middle school/junior high school students from Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Jesup, Traer, Tama, Clarksville, and other nearby towns, participated in the regional event.

The Cedar Falls High School team placed first in the overall school team competition, which included teams that participated in all five events, and Jesup High School placed second. Their instructors are Kenton Swartley and Larry Thomas, respectively.

Don Bosco High School, Gilbertville, with instructor Roger Hahn, placed first in the 'self propelled catapult' and 'mousetrap car' events; Jesup High School placed first in the 'bridge building,' and 'soda straw arm' events; and, Cedar Falls High School placed first in the 'student-powered water heater' event.

The schools that placed, either overall or in event categories, will go on to the state physics competition, which will take place Wednesday, April 13, at Drake University in Des Moines.

'The competition provides an excellent means for our faculty and students to collaborate with AEA 267 to provide outreach to the community, and to convey that all students can apply physics principles to the real world and have fun at the same time,' said Larry Escalada, event coordinator and UNI associate professor of physics. 'The students were creative in the design and construction of their devices, and very enthusiastic in their participation.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.), will be awarded to two distinguished Iowans by the University of Northern Iowa during its commencement exercises May 7, in the UNI-Dome. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa approved the action Tuesday, March 15, at its meeting in Ames.



Christine H.B. Grant, longtime gender equity advocate for women's sports who championed Title IX nationwide, from Iowa City, and Rex B. Eno, retired chairman of Life Investors Insurance Company of America and an adviser to AEGON USA, from Cedar Rapids, will receive the degrees. They were recommended to UNI President Robert Koob and the Regents, with the unanimous approval of UNI's Honorary Degree Committee and the UNI Faculty Senate.

Grant is being recognized for 'her many years of advocacy for gender equity in women's sports advocacy that has helped pave the way for millions of young women in Iowa and across the United States to gain access to opportunities for their athletic talents, and through more equitable distribution of monetary support for their educations.' She was nominated by Susan Hill, director of the UNI Women's Studies Program, and by members of the Women's Studies Advisory Board.

Grant was women's athletic director at the University of Iowa from 1973 until 2002. She was a founding member and served as president of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) and served on the board of directors and as president of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators. In a citation from the National Collegiate Athletics Association in 2001, Grant was acknowledged as 'one of the most influential women in collegiate athletics.' She is recognized as a leader in the struggle for fairness for all women in all aspects of life, not just in athletics.

Grant earned a diploma in physical education from Dunfirmline College in Scotland, as well as a B.A. in physical education and a Ph.D. in athletic administration from the University of Iowa. She remains associated with the health and sport studies department at the University of Iowa and teaches graduate courses in athletic administration.

Eno, who attended UNI in the 1960s, is being recognized 'for his outstanding professional and personal accomplishments as a business leader, for his contributions to education in the state of Iowa and for his many years of service to UNI.' He was nominated by James Lubker, dean of the UNI College of Humanities & Fine Arts.



During a distinguished career, he served in various capacities at Life Investors, including as president of the company's Individual Division. At AEGON USA, the fifth largest insurance company in the world, he was senior vice president. He trained and managed scores of executives throughout his career, and continues to serve as an adviser to AEGON executive leadership today.



Eno has given of his time and talent to numerous non-profit organizations and initiatives in Cedar Rapids, including volunteer leadership for the American Diabetes Association, the YMCA and United Way of East Central Iowa.

Throughout his career and into retirement, Eno and his wife, Kathy, a 1971 B.A. degree graduate of UNI, have maintained strong bonds with UNI. He was a leading force in establishing the Iowa Mathematics Coalition housed at UNI; played an instrumental role in establishing UNI's Freeburg Early Childhood Education Center and he and his wife established the Teaching in Iowa Award Fund at UNI, to encourage outstanding graduates to stay in Iowa and teach. He is a member and past president of the UNI Foundation Board of Trustees and serves as co-chair of UNI's highly successful 'Student's First' capital campaign.

Grant will receive her honorary degree during 10 a.m. commencement exercises May 7, while Eno's will be awarded during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

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March 14, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'My Journey, My Islam,' the next film in the University of Northern Iowa's Women's History Month film series, will be shown at 9 and 11 a.m., and at 1, 3 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 22 and 23, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), Room 109 in the Maucker Union.



The film documents how Muslim women reconcile and interpret the requirements of their faith and the obligations of Western culture. Free and open to the public, it is sponsored by the CME. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Lydia Roberts, UNI assistant director for multicultural education, at (319) 273-2250.

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March 13, 2005 - 6:00pm

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Monday, March 14















The University of Northern Iowa Museums & Collections hosts 'A T. rex Name SUE' through Friday, May 27 at the Cedar Falls Utilities Business Development Center, 1326 Waterloo Road, Cedar Falls. The exhibit is an exact replica of the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered, and is so big it cannot fit inside the University Museum. Visit the museum's Web site for detailed information. Contact: Kay Thuesen, public affairs coordinator, University Museum, (319) 273-2188.















Singer-songwriter Andy White from Belfast, Northern Ireland, will perform at 7 p.m. in the KUNI Studios, CAC, third floor. Contact: Karen Impola, senior producer, Folkways, Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.































Saturday, March 19















Introduction to Wind Energy and Energy Crops: A Conference for Farmers will take place, beginning at 9 a.m., at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE). The conference includes panel discussions on wind energy, energy crops and financing options for renewable energy projects. Sponsored by the Iowa Farmers Union, the CEEE, the Iowa Energy Center, the CHS Foundation and I-RENEW. Contact: Patricia Higby, UNI CEEE energy coordinator, (319) 273-6012, or Leigh Adcock, IFU member services head, (800) 775-5227.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Feeding Our Community,' a conference focusing on food production, consumption and community building, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in the Old Central Ballroom in Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Andy Fisher, a leading expert in the field of food security, will speak at 9 a.m. Fisher is the co-founder and executive director of the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC), a national alliance of 325 organizations working to create a just and sustainable food system. The CFSC gained the passage of the Community Food Projects Program in the 1996 Farm Bill, doubled its funding in 2002 and recently won the creation of a national farm-to-cafeteria seed grant program.

Fisher has co-authored many articles and studies on the topic. He has served on the Board of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, the California Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and Ocean View Farms, a community garden in Los Angeles.

Dana Jackson will speak at 12:15 p.m. She is the associate director of the Land Stewardship Project, a 22 year-old non-profit membership organization in Minnesota, and directs the Farm and City Food Connections Program. Along with her daughter, Laura Jackson, UNI associate professor of biology, she is the co-editor of The Farm as a Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems, a collection of readings on nature and farming.

Three panel discussions will take place during the conference: 'Access to Food: Insuring That All People Can Obtain Nutritious Food,' at 10 a.m.; 'Producers and Consumers: Creating New Linkages,' at 1:15 p.m.; and, 'Community Gardening: Bringing People Together Through Food Production,' at 3:15 p.m.

Registration for the conference is $20 and includes all program materials and a lunch featuring locally-grown products. This program is approved for .6 hours of continuing social work education credit for an additional $10 processing fee.



For more information or to register, visit www.uni.edu/contined/ces/localfood, or contact Al Hays, UNI professor of public policy, at (319) 273-2910 or Allen.Hays@uni.edu.



Sponsors for this conference include the UNI Graduate Program in Public Policy, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, the UNI Botanical Center, UNI Local Food Project, Global Health Corps and Practical Farmers of Iowa, in conjunction with UNI Conference and Event Services.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Green Living,' a program promoting an environmentally safe lifestyle, will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, March 21, at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. This program is part of the CEEE 10th Anniversary Program Series.



'Green Living' will feature Dan Isbell, a Vinton resident, who practices environmental stewardship in everyday life, according to Patricia Higby, energy educator at the UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education. Isbell will show a DVD, taking viewers on a tour of his wind-, solar- and biomass-powered home, located on the Cedar River.



In addition to the DVD tours, he will share his personal story of living an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient lifestyle. A question and answer session will follow.



For more information, contact Higby at (319) 273-6012 or Patricia.Higby@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Introduction to Wind Energy and Energy Crops: A Conference for Farmers' will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 19, at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE). This event is sponsored by the Iowa Farmers Union (IFU); the CEEE; the Iowa Energy Center; the CHS Foundation, formerly two separate organizations, the Cenex Foundation and the Harvest States Foundation; and, I-RENEW (Iowa Renewable Energy Association).







According to Leigh Adcock, IFU member services head, farmers will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of using wind energy on farms and how to make this opportunity a reality. The conference will include panel discussions about wind energy, energy crops and financing options for renewable energy projects. In addition to this, the conference will offer an optional tour of a wind and water project at Hickory Hills Park, and of a small wind turbine at John Bendickson's farm near Vinton..







For more information, contact Leigh Adcock at (800) 775-5227, or visit www.iafu.org for a registration form.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Aaris Sherin, University of Northern Iowa assistant professor of graphic design, is overseeing the design of educational panels and exhibits for the Carrie Chapman Catt Museum in her role as its creative director. The museum, located three miles southeast of Charles City, is Catt's childhood home, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sherin and the UNI students working with her, are designing interactive exhibits about Catt, focusing on her connections to Iowa and her work for the women's suffrage movement. They will use text, imagery, artifacts and video to highlight how Catt's time in Iowa, first as a child growing up and then as a mature woman, influenced her character and the evolution of her core beliefs in women's rights, equality and pacifism.

'This project provides a unique chance for students to interface and interact with a diverse group of community leaders, an area non-profit agency, and historical and archival experts,' said Sherin.



(Name) a (classification) (major) major from (hometown) , is a part of the museum interiors design team.

Catt was a coordinator of the women's suffrage movement and revitalized the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). She played an important role in its campaign that gave women the right to vote. In 1920, Catt founded the League of Women Voters.

Restoration began in early January; the anticipated completion date is August 26. Due to the restoration, the museum does not currently have regular hours. To arrange a visit to the Carrie Chapman Catt Museum, call (641) 228-3336.

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HOMETOWN NAME/CLASSIFICATION MAJOR

CEDAR RAPIDS Aaron Brandt/senior fine/studio arts

Sarah Dukes/senior fine/studio arts

DENVER Renee Meyer/senior fine/studio arts

DES MOINES Jennie Maass/senior fine/studio arts

DUBUQUE Brian Deiter/senior marketing

ELY Matt Rowland/senior fine/studio arts

GOWRIE Alyssa Stokesbary/senior fine/studio arts

MARION Celeste Geralds/junior fine/studio arts

NEVADA Melissa Sayen/senior fine/studio arts

WATERLOO Todd Calfee/senior fine/studio arts

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students majoring in communicative disorders have been awarded numerous academic scholarships during the 2004-2005 academic year.

___(Student's name)ᆲᆲᆲᆲᆲ__, a ᆲᆲ__(classification)___ from __(hometown)__, was awarded a __(scholarship)__ in the amount of __(amount)__.

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HOMETOWN NAME/CLASSIFICATION SCHOLARSHIP/AMOUNT

AFTON Melissa M. Bradley/graduate student 7th District Quota International, Inc.

Educational Grant/$500

ATLANTIC Abby J. Sievers/senior Humpl-Guthart Sertoma Scholarship/$400;

CHFA Jr./Sr. Scholarship Award/$1,000

BETTENDORF Jill E. Jensen/senior CHFA Jr./Sr. Scholarship Award/$1,000

CEDAR FALLS Lindsay F. Phillips/senior Carlin Hageman NSSLHA,

Undergraduate/$100

CENTERVILLE Lindsey N. Clark/senior Dean's Undergraduate Award/$700

CHARLES CITY Marcy K. Franke/senior Irene M. Thompson Scholarship/$325;

7th District Quota International, Inc.

Educational Grant/$500;

CHFA Jr./Sr. Scholarship Award/$1,000

DENISON Afton J. Ehlers/senior CHFA Jr./Sr. Scholarship Award/$1,000

DUNDEE Sarah J. Heims/graduate student Iowa Speech-Language Hearing Association

(For outstanding scholarship and clinical

excellence. Awarded at Annual Conference Oct. 21-23, 2004.)



EAST DUBUQUE Amy M. Kennicker/junior CHFA Jr./Sr. Scholarship Award/$1,000

Pauline Mann Mitchell Book Award/$200

HUDSON Kimberly S. Poppe/senior 7th District Quota International Inc.

Educational Grant/$500

MILFORD Amanda Mortenson/junior 7th District Quota International Inc.

Educational Grant/$300

SIOUX CITY Lindsay D. Deitloff/senior Dr. Lois Shefte Potter Scholarship/$1,690

SUMNER Melissa M. Mueller/graduate student Roy E. Eblen Scholarship/$1,500

Carlin Hageman NSSLHA, Graduate/$100

TRIPOLI Laura G. Wright/junior 7th District Quota International Inc.

Educational Grant/$500

URBANDALE Emily A. Wilson/graduate student Iowa Speech-Language Hearing Association

(For outstanding scholarship and clinical

excellence. Awarded at Annual Conference Oct. 21-23, 2004.)

WATERLOO Emily A. Potter/graduate student Iowa Speech-Language Hearing Association

(For outstanding scholarship and clinical

excellence. Awarded at Annual Conference Oct. 21-23, 2004.)

Jane E. Murphy/graduate student Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Foundation Scholarship/$500

WAVERLY Jennifer L. Seward/graduate student Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Foundation Scholarship/$500

2004 Boots Award for Clinical Talent/$50

OUT-OF-TOWN NAME/CLASSIFICATION SCHOLARSHIP/AMOUNT

MEMPHIS, TENN. Nicole R. Marshall/graduate student 2004 Boots Award for Clinical Talent/$50

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie,' a film edited by a Marshalltown High School and University of Northern Iowa graduate, Clayton Condit, will air on Iowa Public Television (IPTV) at 8 p.m., Friday, March 11, during 'Festival 2005.'

'Festival' is IPTV's annual two-week fundraising special and the documentary is one of the premium programs being featured. Viewers are eligible to receive copies of the film in exchange for donations made to the station. 'America's Lost Landscape' previously aired on Sunday, March 6, and 137 pledges, totaling $17,000 were made to IPTV during that broadcast.

The film premiered at a special showing at UNI last April, and made its Des Moines debut in December. It also will be featured at the Iowa Academy of Science meetings April 22 and 23, at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, and at the Iowa Prairie Conference, July 22 and 23, in Cedar Rapids.

Daryl Smith, UNI professor of biology and director of the UNI Native Roadside Vegetation Center, was the executive producer and co-produced the feature-length documentary. The film was written, directed and co-produced by David O'Shields of New Light Media.

Condit, son of Rick and Kirstan Condit of Marshalltown, has been involved in post-production for more than 10 years, doing creative off-line, on-line and design compositing. His career began with the UNI Office of Marketing & Public Relations, while a student. He later was a staff editor for HDMG Post and Effects of Eden Prairie, Minn., and served as an independent editor before building his own facility in 2001. Condit is owner and president of Splice Here, Inc., in Minneapolis.

Annabeth Gish, Cedar Falls native and critically acclaimed actress, was the narrator. Gish, seen most recently as President Bartlett's older daughter on NBC's 'The West Wing,' also starred as agent Monica Reyes on 'The X-Files.' Her feature films include 'Double Jeopardy,' 'Nixon,' and 'SLC Punk.'

According to Smith, 'America's Lost Landscape' uses breathtaking cinematography, original music and moving narrative to trace the prairie's transformation from natural landscape to farmland, beginning in the early 1800s, when Iowa was blanketed by 28 million acres of tallgrass.

'At the time of settlement in the 1830s, about 240 million acres of tallgrass prairie was a major landscape feature of North America,' Smith explained. 'But in one of the most astonishing alterations of nature in human history, most of the tallgrass prairie was converted to cropland in less than 80 years.'

Today, where modern machinery cultivates rows of corn and soybeans, there once was a sea of tallgrass, inhabited by bison and elk. 'For the most part, Americans have no idea what the Midwest was like 150 years ago,' O'Shields said. 'The tallgrass prairie is a national treasure. If we think it is important for people to understand tropical rain forests, their demise and the global impacts, how much more important is it for us to understand that a major ecosystem in the heart of this country is nearly gone? We must understand what was here and embrace and preserve what remains.'

To tell this rich and complex tale, Smith and O'Shields interviewed writers, historians and scientists across the nation to put together the film. 'Each provided factual information and insightful commentary about the history of human settlement of the tallgrass prairie by Native Americans and Euro-Americans,' O'Shields said. 'Quotations from letters, diaries and other works of nonfiction add authenticity and connect the viewer to the story.'

Gish said working on the project was not just a moving experience, but a chance to learn as well. 'The message behind the film is stirring and important for everyone to know: The essence of the prairie is still alive, but it needs to be fought for, restored and appreciated to continue to sustain us.'

The film is available on DVD/VHS through www.newlightmedia.tv. For more information and to view a brief clip, visit www.uni.edu/~lostland.

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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at Iowa State University Monday and Tuesday, March 14 and 15. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/Agendas/agenda.html



1. Proposed non-tuition-related fees and misc. charges



Contact:



Philip Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244



2. Department of Residence preliminary budget and rates



Occupancy



Residence-hall occupancy is projected at 3,668, a 1.8-percent decrease. UNI has a nationally recognized housing and dining program, coupled with the 2-Year Advantage Program, which locks in room and board rates for two years. These factors are helping the UNI Department of Residence remain competitive in the marketplace.



Room and board rates



The benchmark double-room/full-meal plan will increase $258, which represents a 4.9-percent increase. This is the lowest percentage increase in eight years. Even with the increase, UNI maintains the lowest room and board rate among the three state universities.



Contact:



Michael Hager, director of residence, (319) 273-2333



3. Proposed parking rates



Contact:



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



4. Quarterly investment and cash management report



Contact:



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



5. Capital register



Human Performance Complex -- schematic design presentation and approval



The proposed Human Performance Complex supports the university and College of Education strategic plans. It will be funded through a combination of federal, private and institutional funds. This addition to the existing Wellness Recreation Center is focused on 1) supporting the academic athletic training program; and 2) providing space for programs related to healthy youth development, including academic programs in leisure, youth and human services, and health promotion education. Examples of some of those programs are Camp Adventure Youth Services, Global Health Corps, and the National Program for Playground Safety.



Contact:



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



Chris Edginton, director, UNI School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, (319) 273-2840



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Contact:



James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728







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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie,' a film co-produced by a University of Northern Iowa professor, will air on Iowa Public Television (IPTV) at 8 p.m., Friday,

March 11, during 'Festival 2005.'

'Festival' is IPTV's annual two-week fundraising special and the documentary is one of the premium programs being featured. Viewers are eligible to receive copies of the film in exchange for donations made to the station. 'America's Lost Landscape' previously aired on Sunday, March 6, and 137 pledges, totaling $17,000 were made to IPTV during that broadcast.

The film premiered at a special showing at UNI last April, and made its Des Moines debut in December. Daryl Smith, UNI biology professor and director of the UNI Native Roadside Vegetation Center, was the executive producer and co-produced the feature-length documentary. The film was written, directed and co-produced by David O'Shields of New Light Media.

Clayton Condit of Minneapolis, formerly of Marshalltown, was the film's editor. Annabeth Gish, Cedar Falls native and critically acclaimed actress, was the narrator. Gish, seen most recently as President Bartlett's older daughter on NBC's 'The West Wing,' also starred as agent Monica Reyes on 'The X-Files.' Her feature films include 'Double Jeopardy,' 'Nixon,' and 'SLC Punk.'

According to Smith, 'America's Lost Landscape' uses breathtaking cinematography, original music and moving narrative to trace the prairie's transformation from natural landscape to farmland, beginning in the early 1800s, when Iowa was blanketed by 28 million acres of tallgrass.

'At the time of settlement in the 1830s, about 240 million acres of tallgrass prairie was a major landscape feature of North America,' Smith explained. 'But in one of the most astonishing alterations of nature in human history, most of the tallgrass prairie was converted to cropland in less than 80 years.'

Today, where modern machinery cultivates rows of corn and soybeans, there once was a sea of tallgrass, inhabited by bison and elk. 'For the most part, Americans have no idea what the Midwest was like 150 years ago,' O'Shields said. 'The tallgrass prairie is a national treasure. If we think it is important for people to understand tropical rain forests, their demise and the global impacts, how much more important is it for us to understand that a major ecosystem in the heart of this country is nearly gone? We must understand what was here and embrace and preserve what remains.'

To tell this rich and complex tale, Smith and O'Shields interviewed writers, historians and scientists across the nation to put together the film. 'Each provided factual information and insightful commentary about the history of human settlement of the tallgrass prairie by Native Americans and Euro-Americans,' O'Shields said. 'Quotations from letters, diaries and other works of nonfiction add authenticity and connect the viewer to the story.'

Gish said working on the project was not just a moving experience, but a chance to learn as well. 'The message behind the film is stirring and important for everyone to know: The essence of the prairie is still alive, but it needs to be fought for, restored and appreciated to continue to sustain us.'

The film is available on DVD/VHS through www.newlightmedia.tv. For more information and to view a brief clip, visit www.uni.edu/~lostland.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Chamber Singers will perform at several schools during their Iowa tour, Wednesday through Friday, March 9-11. Performances will take place at Simpson College, Indianola, Wednesday, March 9; Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, and Sloan High School, Thursday, March 10; and Garner-Hayfield Senior High School in Garner, and Mason City Senior High School, Friday, March 11.

____(Name)_____, _____(classification and major)_____ major of ___(Hometown)____, will be performing with the UNI Chamber Singers, under the direction of Brad Barrett, assistant professor of choral conducting.

Repertoire for this tour is 'Hodie' by Allen Koepke; 'The Lamb,' by John Taverner; 'Gloria,' by Z. Randal Stroope; 'Is Not a Flower a Mystery,' by Donald McCullough; 'She Walks In Beauty,' by David Foltz; 'Leonardo and His Amazing Flying Machine,' by Eric Whitacre; and 'Didn't my Lord Deliver Daniel,' arranged by Moses Hogan.

'This is an opportunity for our host communities to hear fine choral ensemble,' said Barrett. 'Our concerts will provide an opportunity for prospective students to hear a representative choir from UNI.'

For more information about the Chamber Singers tour, contact Barrett at (319) 273-6113 or Brad.Barrett@uni.edu.

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Monday, March 7















CROW Forum, 'Negotiating Gendered Spaces' will be presented at noon in the Maucker Union Presidential Room, by Gowri Betrabet-Gulwadi, UNI assistant professor of interior design. Contact: Gulwadi, (319) 273-2603.















Mark Edlund of the St. Croix (Minn.) Watershed Research Station will present an earth science seminar, 'Linking Climate Change and Biodiversity on the Mongolian Steppe,' at 4 p.m., in Latham Hall 125. Edlund specializes in large lake paleoecology and diatom systematics and has worked extensively on North American and Asian lakes and rivers. He also teaches a diatom class at Iowa Lakeside Lab. Contact: Lynn Brant, UNI associate professor of earth science, (319) 273-6160.















Sue Joslyn, UNI professor of epidemiology and chair of the UNI Division of Health Promotion and Education, will speak on cancers that affect college students, at 6:30 p.m., in Sabin Hall 327. There also will be a panel discussion with Francis Degnin, assistant professor of philosophy, who teaches a death and dying class, and UNI student Teske Drake and her mother. Sponsored by Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society in design, family and consumer sciences. Contact: Susan Moeller, (319)















268-2071.































Eric Ehrenreich, 2004-2005 Douglas and Carol Cohen Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, will lecture on, ''Neutral' Anti-Semitism: Scientific Racial Propaganda and the Holocaust,' at 7 p.m., in Seerley Room 115. Contact: Sara Kimble, UNI assistant professor of history, (319) 273-2097.































Bill Leighty, director of the Leighty Foundation in Juneau, Alaska, will present 'What Hydrogen Economy? Running Our Cars on Water in a Carbon-Constrained World' at 7 p.m., in the CEEE Auditorium. Leighty's lecture will focus on the potential of hydrogen from water becoming a major energy provider in the future. A reception will follow his lecture. Contact: Patricia Higby, energy educator, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, (319) 273-6012.















KUNI's Live from Studio One features singer-songwriter Natalia Zukerman of New York City, an award-winning finalist in this year's songwriting competition at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival in Colorado. Zukerman will perform at 7 p.m., in the KUNI Studio, CAC, third floor. Contact: Karen Impola, UNI senior producer, Folkways, UNI Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.















Monday, March 7 (continued)















Oscar-nominated Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, from the movie 'House of Sand and Fog,' will address the Hearst Lecture Series topic, 'Recognizing and Crossing Borders: Artistic Responses to our Global Situation,' at 7:30 p.m., in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Hosted by the UNI Department of Theatre. Contact: Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI marketing director and theatre publicist, (319) 273-6381.















The Friends of KUNI Radio will host an informational meeting regarding the formation of Iowa Public Radio at 7 p.m. in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108. Contact: John Hess, director, UNI Broadcasting Services, 273-6406.















Tuesday, March 8















Alpha Phi Omega will sponsor a blood drive through the Blood Center of Iowa, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Maucker Union. Contact: Megan Wallace at mwallace@uni.edu or Cheryl Moses at (319) 273-2461 or cheryl.moses@uni.edu















'Control Room,' part of the Social Justice Film Series, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Sabin 102. This award-winning documentary by Arab-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim examines the controversial Arab news network Al-Jazeera and its coverage of the Iraq war. Sponsored by Amnesty International and Students for Social Justice. Contact: Jessica Maass, president, UNI chapter of Amnesty International, (319) 277-4752.















Tuesday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 9















'Seneca Reflections, 150 Years of Women's Rights,' part of the Women's History Month Film Series, will be shown at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education. At the 150th anniversary of the First Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, participants were asked to put the 1848 convention is perspective for a contemporary audience. Sponsored by the CME. Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts, UNI assistant director for multicultural education, (319) 273-2250.















Wednesday, March 9















Annette Lynch and Mitchell Strauss, UNI associate professor and professor of textiles and apparel, respectively, will present 'I Can See By Your Outfit That You Are a Singing Cowboy: Analysis of Dress and Masculinity Construction in Gene Autry's Depression Era Wild West Identity,' at 7 p.m. in Seerley 115. Part of the Department of History Lecture Series. Contact Lynch, (319) 273-2114 or Strauss, (319) 273-2702















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More than 800 million Barbies sold as popular doll marks another anniversary

Wednesday marks another anniversary for 'Barbie,' the popular doll that first debuted in stores March 9, 1959. Since that time, more than 800 million Barbies have been sold and several generations have grown up with her as a favorite companion.

Karen Mitchell, UNI associate professor of communication, has studied the icon for years and says she's had an 'on-again, off-again' relationship with Barbie that led her to write last year's play, 'Barbie Undone.' Says Mitchell, 'Our relationship is complicated.

'On some levels, she and I are much alike. We're single, childless, career women with great accessories for all our fashion ensembles. We like to travel (although we rarely travel 'light'), enjoy the performing arts and have busy social calendars. She is, of course, more popular than I. She's also thinner. And she makes scads more money. I hate her as much as I love her. I long to ban her from our feminist queendom, and, at the same time, I long to bring her into the fold.'

Contacts:

Karen Mitchell, UNI associate professor of communication, (319) 273-2640

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

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Little likelihood Pope John Paul II would ever step down

'The Roman Catholic church is the oldest continuously surviving institution on the planet,' says Robert Dise, UNI associate professor of history. But in its 2,000 years, it has never witnessed the voluntary retirement of a legitimately elected pope.

There is no mechanism for replacing a pope who is incapacitated by age or illness, says Dise, a Roman historian who has a long-standing interest in the history of the early and medieval church.

Dise notes that election to be pope is regarded as an act of consecration by the Holy Spirit. A pope cannot surrender that consecration, since the divine power is greater than any human act of will, nor can the Church take it away if the election was valid, since there is no authority in the Church higher than the pope, because Jesus bestowed supreme power in the Church on the first pope, Saint Peter, by giving Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 16: 18-19).

'Thus, John Paul could not walk away from the papacy,' Dise said. 'And, if an election were held for a new pope before John Paul's death, then there would be two incumbents and the question would arise whether this election was valid, since his predecessor was still alive. The newly elected pope might be seen as what the Church calls an 'anti-pope.' The last time there was an anti-pope was in 1449.'

Contact:

Robert Dise, UNI associate professor of history, (319) 273-5906

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

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March 2, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A team of University of Northern Iowa students is gaining valuable experience working with young children through Kindergym, a Saturday morning, parent and child physical activity program for preschool children two to five years old.















____(Name)___ , a ___(classification and major)___ major from ___(Hometown) , is part of the student team.















The students also are paired with a preschool teacher from the field who is participating in Kindergym as part of a workshop called 'Project PLAY (Preschool Lessons for Active Youngsters).' Kindergym and 'Project PLAY' are sponsored by the Youth Fitness & Obesity Institute at UNI.















For the second year in a row, 80 children enrolled, which is the maximum capacity for the program, now in its 20th year. Karyn Finn, UNI Kindergym coordinator, said the program relies on the UNI students for their leadership and enthusiasm.















For more information about the Kindergym program, contact Karyn Finn at Karyn.Finn@uni.edu.















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