News Release Archive
May 12, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa electronic media program won a record 11 awards at the Iowa Broadcast News Association convention on May 1 in Ames.
Eric Braley, a graduate student in communication studies from Cedar Falls, won first place awards in TV Feature, TV In-Depth/Series and TV Sports Play-by-Play. He also won third place for Best TV Sportscast. Braley won his awards through reporting for 'Cedar Falls City News' and Cedar Falls High School basketball.
Nicole Agee, a senior electronic media major from Ottumwa, received the IBNA Dick Petrick Outstanding Student Award. The award is given annually to an Iowa college student whose work shows outstanding potential for a career in broadcast journalism. Agee also won first place in TV Public Affairs Reporting and second in TV In-Depth/Series for her reporting for 'Cedar Falls City News.'
Senior electronic media majors Adam Casper of Kalona and Mark Janssen of Cedar Falls took first place in Farm and Agribusiness reporting for a news report featured on the 'Northern Iowa Report,' a weekly cable news production of UNI's Department of Communication Studies' electronic media program.
Megan Strader, a senior electronic media major from Guttenburg, won first place in General Reporting for a news package on the 'The Northern Iowa Report.'
'The Northern Iowa Report' won the Overall Excellence Award in Student Television for a compilation of the best student reports from 2003, as well as a third-place finish in the Student TV Best Newscast competition. The program is produced through a video production class taught by Christopher Martin, associate professor in communication studies; and Ken Paschke, communication studies broadcast engineer.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Teachers graduating from the University of Northern Iowa will have an incentive to pursue careers in Iowa, thanks to a gift from Rex and Kathy Eno of Cedar Rapids. The Enos are contributing the majority of their $1 million gift to UNI to establish the Teaching in Iowa Incentive Award Fund, meant to encourage students to take their first teaching position in Iowa.
UNI is nationally known for its excellent teacher-preparation program. Overall, about 25 percent of Iowa's teachers are UNI graduates.
'We are facing a crisis in losing many of our finest teachers to other states at a critical time for Iowa education,' said Rex Eno. 'The quality of education and quality of students found at UNI provide Iowa with graduates who will be tomorrow's leaders -- especially in the field of education. It was important to us to establish a fund that will help encourage our most outstanding teachers to stay here in Iowa. We hope that others will be willing to contribute to this fund in order to keep our good teachers in the state.'
The foundation plans to make awards to two students in summer 2005. As the fund builds, more students will receive awards each year. The UNI College of Education is developing the details of eligibility and selection.
Eno is the retired chairman of Life Investors Insurance Company of America and serves as co-chair of UNI's national 'Students First' campaign. Kathy Eno, a UNI alumna, serves on the advisory board of UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.
The university has raised approximately $97 million of the $100 million 'Students First' campaign goal, which supports scholarships, academic program support and facilities. For more information on the 'Students First' campaign, contact the UNI Foundation at (319) 273-6078 or visit
May 11, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) has announced winners of its 2004 Iowa Energy Poster Contest. The winners will each receive a $100 savings bond, and will be honored during a ceremony from1 to 3 p.m., on Tuesday, May 18, at the Des Moines State Capitol.
Judges from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Energy Center chose winners from more than 500 entries.
The first-grade winners are Ryan Fransen, Hansen Elementary School, Cedar Falls; and Kaitlyn Fogarty, St. Peter & Paul Catholic School, West Bend. The second-grade winners are Zoe Marie Schneider, Prairie Valley Elementary School, Callender; and Grant Jeffrey Heineman, Howe Elementary School, Ogden.
The third-grade winners are Nolan Emmett Mitchell, Butler Elementary School, Fort Dodge; and Maddie Mix, Lincoln Elementary School, Cedar Falls. The fourth-grade winners are Brittany Hillman, Madison Elementary School, Muscatine; and Katie Johnson, Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School, Spencer.
The fifth grade winners are Danielle Brunson, Colorado School, Muscatine; and Kelli Van Acker, Mulberry School, Muscatine. The sixth-grade winners are Scott Skophammer and Matthew Mitchell, both of Fair Oaks Middle School, Fort Dodge.
The winning posters will be mounted and placed in the CEEE's Traveling Art Gallery, available for two-week display at schools, museums and businesses.
For more information , visit www.uni.edu/ceee/postercontest or contact Holly Kagy, (319) 273-3850.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education will host the Iowa Junior Solar Sprint Saturday, May 15, at the center. The event, which allows sixth- through eighth-grade students to race their individually designed solar-powered model cars, begins at 10 a.m.
Students will compete in two categories: standard and cargo. The cargo division requires cars to have a cargo area large enough to hold a deck of playing cars or a soda can. Awards will go to those with the fastest vehicles. Additionally, the Cedar Falls Sertoma Club will award prizes for best patriotic performer and most patriotic.
The U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) created the Solar Sprint program in 1990 to inspire students to learn about renewable energy technologies, engineering and science. For more information, contact Jon Lamb, race director, at (319) 273-3850 or JrSolarSprint@uni.edu.
Event sponsors are the Iowa Energy Center and Mid-American Energy.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The final two sessions in a series of 10 courses designed to enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit human service agencies and other related organizations, will be presented by the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University, in June.
'Marketing: It's How You Think, Not What You Spend' will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday, June 8 and 9, and 'Working Together for Results: A Review of Best Practices, Research, Trends and Case Studies,' will be presented Thursday and Friday, June 17 and 18. Both workshops will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day at the UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE).
The marketing session will feature Gerald Anglum, UNI assistant vice president for university marketing & public relations. He will discuss good marketing as an attitude and participants will learn about outcomes, relationship marketing, setting up expectations and ways to communicate more effectively, among other topics.
UNI President Robert Koob and Stacy Van Gorp, project director for Opportunity Works in UNI's Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services, will lead the final session on working together. Discussion will include factors that make collaboration successful, as well as common pitfalls; getting people involved; internal organization; and when and how to work together to get results.
The registration fee is $50 per course, with a deadline of five working days prior to the first class meeting for each course. Payment is due at the time of registration.
For registration information, contact the ISU Extension office at (319) 234-6811, the UNI Office of Conference and Event Services at (319) 273-6899, or on line at www.extension.iastate.edu:80/Counties/blackhawk.html.
The Nonprofit Management Academy will be awarding certificates in nonprofit management later this summer to program participants who have completed eight of the 10 workshops. Completion certificates will be granted jointly by UNI and ISU.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education will host its annual Electrathon races from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 22, at the Marshalltown International Raceway.
The Electrathon is a program for high school and college students who design and build one-person electric racecars. The race is an endurance competition in which the car completing the most laps in one hour wins. Participating in the Marshalltown race are Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Pomeroy-Palmer, St. Ansgar, Riceville, Waukee and Muscatine high schools.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by inspection of each car at 8:30 a.m. Cars will begin testing their braking and maneuverability skills at 9 a.m. The first heat takes off at 12:30 p.m., and the second at 2:30 p.m. Winners will be presented awards at 4 p.m.
Alliant Energy and Iowa Energy Center sponsor this event to demonstrate the viability of electric vehicles.
For more information about the Iowa Electrathon and upcoming races, contact John Paar, Electrathon race director, at (319) 273-3850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 10, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eleven University of Northern Iowa students took a tour of the Windy City this month, in the 29th annual trip sponsored by the Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) education honor society, led by faculty advisor Stephen Fortgang.
The trip to Chicago lasted four days, and included visits to a variety of educational institutions, giving students a taste of big-city culture.
'This trip provides our students with an extremely unique opportunity to see education taking place in environments they ordinarily do not visit,' said Fortgang. 'One constant for the UNI students is to observe or participate in situations in which low-income students are extremely successful learners, which frequently contradicts notions they have when arriving in Chicago. At the same time, they see very strong content-based teaching going on in exciting classrooms. They often come away with raised standards, as well as enthusiasm, optimism and idealism about the profession they are preparing to enter.'
(Student's name), a (year) (major) from (hometown) participated in the KDP Chicago trip.
HOMETOWN NAME, YEAR, MAJOR
ALTOONA Shannon DeJoode, junior, elementary education and Spanish
AMES Megan Thomas, senior, elementary education and middle level education/Social Studies
BURLINGTON Katie Broeg, junior, elementary education and early childhood education/literacy
CEDAR FALLS Marcie Vick, junior, special education and early childhood education
CEDAR RAPIDS Daniel DeVore, senior, social science
DANVILLE Courtney Ita, junior, earth science
NASHUA Libbie Willert, senior, elementary education and early childhood education
NEWHALL Jennifer Anderson, senior, elementary education and Spanish
NEW HARTFORD Lyndsi Oster, junior, elementary education/literacy
OSAGE Kristin Northup, junior, elementary education and library science
SIOUX CITY Jaimie Howard, senior, secondary social science education/psychology and US history/sociology/psychology
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Purple and Old Gold awards, recognizing meritorious scholarship or conspicuous achievement in particular areas, were presented to 61 seniors during the University of Northern Iowa's commencement exercises Saturday, May 8, in the UNI-Dome.
Named after the university colors, the traditional awards were first presented at commencement exercises on May 29, 1939. The awards for meritorious scholarship are presented to students who have the highest grade point average in each of the designated academic areas. Those for conspicuous achievement are granted to students with outstanding accomplishments in particular areas. Each student receives a certificate and a bronze medallion.
Among those receiving Purple and Old Gold awards is/are __(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__. He/She is being honored for __(meritorious scholarship/conspicuous achievement)__ in _(college)__.
Since 1939, more than 1,750 students have been Purple and Old Gold recipients. Awards may be made in 54 academic areas, as well as for conspicuous achievement.
HOMETOWN NAME / AREA / COLLEGE
ALGONA Sarah Michelle Menke, music, CHFA
ANKENY **Lynne Michele Breniman, electronic media, CHFA
CEDAR FALLS Valery Jerae Ahrens, special education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)
Robert Paul Drewelow, general studies, CESP
Yelena Abricovna Halstead, TESOL/English, CHFA (Summer 2004 graduate)
Patricia Elena Javellana, athletic training, COE
Angela Annette Pease, art, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)
Brian Bruce Rogers, philosophy and religion, CHFA
Crissa Lee Stephens, modern language-dual, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)
Megan Elizabeth Taylor, political science, CSBS (Fall 2003 graduate)
Angela Leigh Webb, middle level education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)
CEDAR RAPIDS Rebecca Sue Bartlett, communicative disorders, CHFA
Courtney Rene Ridge, psychology, CSBS
Christopher Charles Stark, physics, CNS
CLINTON Austin Jacob Temperley, social science, CSBS
CYLINDER Carissa Sue Gappa, marketing, CBA
DAVIS CITY Kyle Nathaniel Becker, Russian, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)
DAYTON **Danielle Elizabeth Dick, forensics, CHFA
DUBUQUE Matthew John Jaeger, management: information systems, CBA
**Sean Patrick Murphy, art, CHFA
ELDRIDGE **Tara Lynn Martin, performance studies, CHFA
EMERSON Justin Aaron Hossle, theatre arts, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)
FORT DODGE Leah Sue Sieveking, public relations, CHFA
Kai Nobuo Takatsuka, sociology, CSBS
GARWIN Stacy Jane Roberts, business teaching, CBA
HUDSON Rachel Margaret Wieckhorst, earth science, CNS
IOWA CITY **Jill Marie Arganbright, athletics-volleyball, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)
JEFFERSON Jared Andrew Yepsen, management: business administration, CBA (Fall 2003 graduate)
JESUP Jon Noah Steuben, manufacturing technology (B.S.), CNS
GRINNELL Kari Joy Edgington, French, CHFA
IRETON Ryan Gene Koopmans, economics, CBA
KEOKUK Brent Louis Zirkel, geography, CSBS
LECLAIRE Jill Marie Pedretti, biology, CNS
MARSHALLTOWN **Ben Dallas Deike, athletics-football, COE
Mary Cruz Estrada, early childhood education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)
MONTROSE **Jamie Leigh Wolfe, theatre, CHFA
MUSCATINE Amy Lynn Holliday, German, CHFA
OSSIAN Brandi Jo Halverson, American studies, CSBS
Tina Renae Linderbaum, design, family and consumer sciences, CSBS
PANORA Jessica Lynn Blome, communications, CHFA
PERRY Jennifer A. Lischer Haaland, accounting, CBA
RICEVILLE Lori Sue Kirchgatter, anthropology, CSBS
ROLAND Jessica Renae Beck, elementary education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)
SHUEYVILLE Angela Lyn Hagarty, electronic media, CHFA and a conspicuous achievement award for journalism, CHFA
SIOUX CITY Alex Michael Duzik, computer science, CNS
STORY CITY Kari L. Swenson, leisure and human services, COE
SPRINGVILLE Jeffrey Dean Koch, technology education (B.A.), CNS (Fall 2003 graduate)
TIPTON Nolan Ray Mente, chemistry, CNS
TRIPOLI Kevin Patrick Kuker, history, CSBS (Fall 2003 graduate)
URBANA Jared James Birt, physical education, COE
URBANDALE Laura Jean Rhein, Spanish, CHFA
WATERLOO Emily Mae Shoopman, mathematics, CNS (Fall 2003 graduate)
WAVERLY Allison Deutsch, criminology, CSBS
WEBSTER CITY Molly Jeanne McGlynn, social work, CSBS
WEST DES MOINES Lynn Cottrell Hickman, English, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)
BELGRADE, MINN. Andrea Beth Weller, TESOL/modern language, CHFA
BROOKINGS, S.D. **Eric John Short, forensics, CHFA
KNOXVILLE, TENN. Amy Marie Reinhold, health promotion and education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)
GDANSK, POLAND Aleksander Jerzy Abram, finance, CBA (Summer 2004 graduate)
IASI, ROMANIA **Florin Loghin, music, CHFA
May 9, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student, Nicholas Sly, recently received the R. J. McElroy Trust Ph.D. award, a fellowship to support students seeking higher education. Sly, an economics and math double major from West Des Moines, is the fifth UNI student in the history of the fellowship, and the second UNI economics major, to receive the award.
Sly was selected to receive the award, by the Trustees of the R. J. McElroy Trust, from a field of six finalists from colleges and universities in Northeast Iowa. He will receive a stipend of $10,000 a year for three years under the fellowship and will pursue a Ph.D. in economics at the Michigan State University.
The fellowships, established by the McElroy Trustees in 1983, are designed to encourage persons of accomplishment, intelligence, integrity and leadership ability to pursue challenging academic careers. Based upon satisfactory progress toward a Ph.D. degree, the stipend of $10,000 may be renewed for two additional years.
The Trust benefactor, R. J. McElroy was a pioneer broadcaster who started KWWL and the Black Hawk Broadcasting Company in 1947. He died in 1965.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Connie Hansen has been appointed coordinator for student organizations and activities for Maucker Union at the University of Northern Iowa. She will be responsible for working with student organizations, homecoming activities, Greek affairs and leadership opportunities for student groups. Her appointment is effective July 1.
Hansen came to the university in 1989 as an admissions counselor in the Office of Admissions. She was later promoted to student outreach coordinator, then campus visits coordinator/assistant director of orientation. She has been the advisor to the UNI Student Alumni Ambassadors since 1989.
The UNI graduate received her B.A. in elementary education in 1989. She resides in Cedar Falls with her husband, Kevin, and children, Austin and Kelsey.
May 6, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa recently hosted its Annual Senior Design Conference for electrical & information engineering technology, manufacturing technology and construction management students.
'OST Process Redesign,' sponsored by Federal Mogul, was completed by Joshua A. Evans of Waterloo, Stephanie L. Sickels of Marshalltown and Katherine M. Waterman of Waterloo. Their project, completed for Champion Spark Place Co., Burlington, Iowa, studied the testing procedures for spark plug defects. Faculty adviser for the project was Ronald O'Meara, assistant professor of industrial technology.
'UNI Electric Car: 'Panthers EV',' the designing of an Electrathon Car for UNI, was completed by Kristopher M. Floy of Cedar Falls, Timothy L. Schlickman of Dubuque and Dao M. Vo. Faculty adviser for the project was Scott Giese, assistant professor of industrial technology.
Paul Rael of Waterloo and John Burton completed 'John Deere Non-Engine Test: Cell Specific Failure Notification and Safety Shutdown,' sponsored by John Deere Product Engineering Center (PEC). The project included upgrading and improving current test cell monitoring, problem recognition and test cell efficiency for John Deere PEC. Recayi Pecen, assistant professor of industrial technology, was faculty adviser for the project.
'Industrial Technology Department Centennial Brass Medallion,' a project to create the design aspects, preparation of molds, material selection, tooling, and casting of a medallion to commemorate the centennial celebration of the Department of Industrial Technology, was completed by Robby L. Cromer of Vinton, Khristopher J. Kuker of Waterloo and Brett A. Shaffer of Jesup. Faculty adviser for the project was Scott Giese.
Jason Djuren of Mason City and Jerry Bjerke of Waterloo, completed 'Interfacing Weather Station Data to a 'Live' Website by LabViewï¾™ for Iowa Energy Center ï¾– Ankeny.' The project examined one method of obtaining data from the outdoor environment and displaying it on a web server. Sponsors of the project were the Iowa Energy Center and the Energy Resources Station of Ankeny, Iowa. Recayi Pecen was faculty adviser for the project.
'UNI Solar Electric Boat: 'E-Boat',' was completed by Dan Frisch of Waterloo, Matt Brustkern of La Porte City, Eric Schumacher of Cedar Rapids, Jamie Ruth of Parkersburg, Jack Steuben of Jesup and Phil Tentiger of Waterloo. For the past two semesters, the project's goal has been to optimize the electrical, electronics and mechanical design of the UNI E-Boat. This year's team researched and eliminated the downfalls that have hindered teams in the two previous competitions. They will compete in the World Championship of Solar Boating June 16 ï¾– 20 in Buffalo, N.Y. The project will continue to initiate new design ideas in the field of clean boat technologies in Iowa waterways.
Sponsors of the UNI E-Boat project were the Iowa Energy Center, the UNI College of Natural Science (CNS) SOAR grant, Kay's Manufacturing of Janesville, and Reuter's Welding & Repair of Jesup. Faculty advisers for the project were Recayi Pecen and Mohammed Fahmy, professor and head of industrial technology.
'Delta Target Machine,' completed by James W. Bean of Reinbeck, Mitchell McQuillen of Cedar Falls and Brian Zimmer of Vinton, examined the Delta archery target-stuffing machine. The project focused specifically on the material used to fill the target bag and the manual stuffing of the bags that is currently used. The team studied the possibility of designing an automatic machine for the stuffing process of the target bag. Faculty adviser for the project was Scott Giese.
'STARR Wind Power Project at Hickory Hills Park' and 'STARR Hydro Power Project at Hickory Hills Park,' were sponsored by the UNI Foundation (through a private donor) and the Black Hawk County Conservation Board. Recayi Pecen and Mohammed Fahmy were faculty advisers for both projects.
'STARR Wind Power Project at Hickory Hills Park' was completed by John Mackamul of Waverly, Rusty Elson of Waterloo, Billie Johnson of Urbana and Tony Kanne of Cedar Falls. The project included wind data monitoring, design and construction of a new wind turbine to be used in a new hydro-wind hybrid system. The team's goal was to develop a functional hybrid system that generates zero-emission electricity utilizing hydro and wind renewable resources in Hickory Hills Park.
'STARR Hydro Power Project at Hickory Hills Park' was completed by Dennis Craun, Brian Mayfield, Esaie Toingar and Tony Kanne of Cedar Falls and Rusty Elson of Waterloo. The project included the design and development of a hydro turbine to generate zero-emission electricity used in a new Hydro-Wind Hybrid system in Hickory Hills Park.
'Autonomously Guided Vehicle (AGV),' sponsored by the UNI College of Natural Science (CNS) SOAR grants, was completed by Cory Heisterkamp of Cedar Falls and Matt Starr of Tipton. The project examined the feasibility of developing a vehicle capable of self-guidance and speed control. The AGV accomplishes obstacle-detection, line-tracking and auto-steering concepts. Faculty advisers for the project were Recayi Pecen and Fanourios Chalkiadakis, assistant professor of industrial technology.
'Axtell Harley Cylinder Design Improvement,' sponsored by Axtell, was completed by Nicholas P. Jones of Altoona, Sheldon E. Klein of Dysart and Rodney S. Niemer of Fairbank. The project examined machining practices of a machine shop that specializes in Big Bore Harley Davidson motorcycle engines. The team studied and evaluated current machining practices, efficiency of tooling, major problem areas, availability of proper fixturing and equipment deterioration. Yury Lerner, professor of industrial technology, was faculty adviser for the project.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Merchant Scholarship awards have been announced at the University of Northern Iowa, to be applied toward the recipients' graduate studies during the 2004-2005 academic year. The scholarships are funded from the Merchant Trust, established in 1951 with the UNI Foundation, to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant.
Receiving the $1,000 awards are: Grant Brodrecht, currently of South Bend, Ind., pursuing a Ph.D. in history at Notre Dame; Reygan Freeney of Cedar Falls, pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Iowa; Michael Reese, currently of Cedar Rapids, pursuing a doctor of musical arts in choral conducting at the University of Iowa; Lisa Schmitz, formerly of Charles City, pursuing an M.S. in journalism at the University of Kansas; and Christopher Stark of Cedar Rapids, pursuing a Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Maryland.
Richard Followill, professor and head of the Department of Finance, served as chair of the 2004 Merchant Scholarship Committee. Also serving on the committee were: John Fritch, associate professor and head of the Department of Communication Studies, and Barbara Hetrick, professor and head of the Department of Biology.
The scholarships, open to any bachelor's degree graduates of UNI, apply to continued study at any institution, foreign or domestic. They are awarded to UNI graduates on the basis of ability, attainment, moral character, spirit, personality, intellectual promise and devotion to society. Application information for 2005, due March 1, 2005, is available on the UNI Financial Aid Web site, www.uni.edu/finaid.
May 5, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently received a $50,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for outreach activities of the new Teaching of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) program.
Coordinated by Sunggye Hong, assistant professor of special education at UNI, the TVI program prepares teachers to meet the diverse needs of students with visual impairments and acquire certification from the Iowa Department of Education. This is the only TVI program in Iowa, and one of the few available in the United States.
'Iowa needs both more and better-prepared teachers to serve students with visual impairments,' says Hong. 'Presently, each teacher has a caseload of 15-20 students, which is considerably higher than the national recommended guidelines.'
UNI's TVI program consists of eight courses totaling 22 hours. It is for practicing teachers in general education and/or special education, as well as undergraduate students. The TVI program aims to increase the number of Iowa teachers who are qualified to teach visually-impaired students and improve the overall quality of educational services offered in this field.
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, requested UNI create this program to remedy the state's lack of TVI training and its shortage of teachers who are fully qualified to work with visually-impaired students. As of 2002, there were approximately 700 visually-impaired students receiving services in Iowa.
The Carver Charitable Trust is the largest private foundation in the state of Iowa. It was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist who died in 1981. Overall, the Carver Trust has awarded $4.8 million to support educational projects and research at UNI.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student Sarah Jensen, a senior electronic media major from Iowa City, recently won two filmmaking awards.
Jensen placed second in documentary filmmaking at the national Broadcast Education Association (BEA) 2004 awards ceremony, in February in Las Vegas. More than 600 projects were entered in the BEA contest. Her documentary, titled 'Shell Rock Honey and Flowers,' shows the life and experiences of local beekeeper Galen Eiben, who has worked with the insects for nearly 30 years.
'Shell Rock Honey and Flowers' also took second place at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, held April 2 and 3. About 50 films were submitted to judges at the festival.
Jensen began working on her film as part of a UNI field-production course. She spent two days shooting footage for the film, then another 30 hours editing.
'Sarah has an exceptional eye and fabulous storytelling skills,' said Bettina Fabos, assistant professor of communications studies, who has worked with Jensen on her films. 'I'm really proud of her recent accomplishments, but not at all surprised.'
May 4, 2004 - 7:00pm
Dave Smith, K-12 principal at Price Lab School, will conquer his fear of snakes during an exhibition at 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 7, in the school auditorium. Smith will help present an educational program that features a 30-foot, 80-pound boa constrictor.
The program is a reward for students, who have raised nearly $1,000 by participating in the 'Box Tops for Education' program sponsored by General Mills. It offers cash for box tops from specified products. The Grout Museum of History and Science, in Waterloo, is presenting the program.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Department of Industrial Technology at the University of Northern Iowa will celebrate two anniversaries Saturday, May 8-- the 100th anniversary of the department's founding and the 25th anniversary of the doctor of industrial technology degree program.
In 1904, Iowa State Normal School President Homer Seerley wrote, in his request to establish the Department of Manual Training, 'There is no doubt in my mind but [that] the call for training in the industries that give the hand and eye skill in a new line, and that will unite work with study, must be the coming development necessary for the well being and the happiness of our people.'
'The centennial celebration is an excellent opportunity for us at IT to reflect on the great accomplishments of our department, one of which is the doctor of industrial technology (DIT) degree program,' said Mohammed Fahmy, department head.
The DIT degree, the only one of its kind in the world, is designed to develop scholars in the fields of education and industry. The program emphasizes knowledge of industrial technology, as well as applying and using that knowledge in an organizational setting. In its 25 years, the DIT program has graduated 86 students.
'For 100 years now, the mission of our curricula has been the integration of theory and practical training,' Fahmy said. 'The fact that our graduates are sought after nationally shows that we have been doing something right all of these years.'
In the fall of 2003, there were approximately 500 undergraduate IT majors at UNI. More than 300 students have received master's degrees from the UNI IT program to date.
Following graduation for current IT students, during the College of Natural Sciences' commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m., the celebration will begin with an open house in the Industrial Technology Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors may take tours of the building, view displays and chat informally with former classmates and faculty. Refreshments will be available. Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to attend free of charge.
A reception will be held in the Georgian Lounge of the UNI Commons at 6 p.m. that evening, followed by a dinner in the Slife Ballroom at 7 p.m. UNI President Robert Koob will welcome the guests. U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, a UNI alumnus, is scheduled to speak at the dinner. Other speakers will include former IT department head Alvin Rudisill, several department alumni, CNS dean Kichoon Yang and IT department head Mohammed Fahmy. Attendance at the reception and dinner is by prior reservation.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Class of 1954 from Iowa State Teachers College-- now the University of Northern Iowa-- will celebrate its 50th reunion Thursday through Saturday on the Cedar Falls campus, with some 45 class members and a number of their spouses returning from all parts of the country. Reunion co-chairs are Diane Baum and Jim Handorf, both of Cedar Falls.
The weekend, sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association, will begin with an early-evening reception Thursday, May 6, in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Friday's full schedule will begin with an 8:15 a.m. breakfast in the Slife Ballroom at the UNI Commons. Joy Corning of Des Moines, a member of the reunion committee, will give an update on the class gift, the Class of 1954 Maucker General Education Endowed Scholarship Fund. It is a continuation of the gift established at the group's 40th reunion, and named after J.W. Maucker, UNI's fifth president, from 1950-1970.
'Then 'n Now,' a dialogue between class members and current Student Alumni Ambassadors, comparing the way things were on campus in 1954 and the way they are today, will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by campus tours given by the Student Alumni Ambassadors. During a luncheon in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom, class members will be presented with their 50-Year Certificates, and a class photograph will be taken.
A Class Reunion Banquet in the Commons will feature remarks by UNI President Robert Koob about changes on the campus and UNI's plan for the future.
The reunion will conclude with class members participating in the 2 p.m. commencement ceremonies in the UNI-Dome, during which the 50-year honorees will be recognized individually by Koob.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Legendary rock 'n' roll band, Fleetwood Mac, will be in concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, at the UNI-Dome.
Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie will perform hits from their illustrious career, as well as songs from their new album 'Say You Will' in a two-plus hour concert.
With seven multi-platinum albums and more than 70 million records sold, Fleetwood Mac is one of the most successful groups of all time. Their 1977 Grammy Award-winning album of the year, 'Rumours,' has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it the sixth biggest selling album of all time.
Fleetwood Mac's list of smash hits include 'Don't Stop,' 'Go Your Own Way,' 'Dream,' 'Big Love,' 'Hold Me' and 'Sara.' Their first album in six years, 'Say You Will,' debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard U.S. charts and has since achieved gold status. It also has provided the band with some ofthe best reviews of their long career.
The 2004 tour marks a new chapter in the storied saga of the group, which began last year when Lindsey Buckingham reunited with the band, on stage and in the studio, for the first time in 16 years.
Tickets prices will range from $44.50 to $94.50, plus applicable fees. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 15 at the UNI-Dome (NW) ticket office and all Ticketmaster centers. Charge by phone at (319) 363-1888 (Cedar Rapids), (515) 243-1888 (Des Moines); or order online at www.ticketmaster.com.
May 3, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has named its May 'Student Assistant of the Month.' Desiree Kalainoff, a graduate student from Waverly, received the award for her work in the Reference and Instructional Services (RIS) department.
Kalainoff has worked at Rod Library in the RIS department for four years, two as an undergraduate and two as a graduate student. She will graduate this spring with a master's degree in social work.
The recent resurgence in religious interest and conversation is obvious nationwide. 'The DaVinci Code' has been a bestseller for months. 'The Passion of the Christ' drew unprecedented crowds, and almost all the televison networks have devoted airtime to historical discussion of biblical times. Ken Atkinson, UNI assistant professor of philosophy and religion, attributes it to a lack of knowledge. 'Bible literacy in this country is pitiful,' he said. 'So when people read something like 'The DaVinci Code,' they naturally have lots of questions, and they end up reading the Bible for the first time. I can't tell you how many of my students came to me after reading the book, wondering where in the New Testament there was an account of the marriage of Mary Magdelene and Jesus.'
He applauds the interest, though. 'Books like this one force people to go back and understand Christianity, to really look at the texts.' Atkinson suggests that people with questions about religion start by reading a history of their particular faith. 'And remember that novels like 'The DaVinci Code' are just that -- novels. They're fiction, loosely based on history.'
Kenneth Atkinson, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy & Religion, (319) 273-6990, kenneth.Atkinson@uni.edu
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
UNI commencement ceremonies to be Saturday, May 8
UNI's two spring commencement ceremonies will take place Saturday, May 8, in the UNI-Dome. The first will begin at 10 a.m., for candidates for degrees from the College of Humanities & Fine Arts, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. The second ceremony, at 2 p.m., will be for candidates for degrees from the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, and the Division of Continuing Education & Special Programs.
Phil Patton, UNI Registrar, (319) 273-2244
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
ROTC students to be commissioned at spring ceremony
Twelve University of Northern Iowa students in the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) are candidates to commission as second lieutenants during an 8 a.m. ceremony Saturday, May 8, in the Lang Hall auditorium.
Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, head, UNI Department of Military Science, (319) 273-6220, Robert.email@example.com
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
Graduating seniors should beware of credit pitfalls
The average parent knows it's important to talk with children about smoking, drugs, alcohol and even sexual responsibility. But many will forget to bring up the topic of money and fiscal responsibility.
Lois Lindell, assistant director of the Center for Economic Education at UNI, says avoiding the topic can have dire consequences. She points to the fact that personal bankruptcies are at an all-time high this year, a trend she blames on fiscal ignorance. 'Too often our children get to college with very little knowledge about how to save or set goals. They want immediate gratification. So when they get a credit card, they see little problem with maxing it out. We have to teach them that today's choices have future consequences.'
Lois Lindell, assistant director of the Center for Economic Education, (319) 273-2952, 345-3514, Lois.Lindell@uni.edu
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twelve University of Northern Iowa students in the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) are candidates to commission as second lieutenants during an 8 a.m. ceremony Saturday, May 8, in the Lang Hall auditorium.
Lt. Gen. (Retired) Warren Lawson, will be the commissioning ceremony speaker. A native of Fairfield, Lawson graduated from the University of Iowa, where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the ROTC program. His more than 42 years of commissioned service include 25 years of active duty in a variety of assignments. Retiring from active duty in 1979, he returned to the Iowa National Guard, where he was appointed The Adjutant General in 1985. Among his many service decorations and badges, he received the Iowa Medal of Valor in 1999.
At 3 p.m. Friday, May 7, three cadets from the University of Dubuque and Loras College will be commissioned on the University of Dubuque campus, as part of a partnership program with UNI's ROTC. The ceremony will take place in Blades Chapel with Brig. Gen. Mark Zirkelbach, Deputy Adjutant General, Iowa Army National Guard, as the commissioning ceremony speaker. Zirkelbach is an Iowa State University graduate and was commissioned in 1972. He began his current assignment in October 2002.
This is the first graduating commissioning class in Dubuque since the UNI ROTC program partnered with Loras and Clarke Colleges and the University of Dubuque two years ago.
(Student's name), a senior (major) from (hometown) will be commissioned at the ROTC ceremony at (commissioning location). He/She has been assigned to (assignment/branch).
HOMETOWN NAME, MAJOR, COMMISSIONING LOCATION / ASSIGNMENT
ALTA Curtis Darren Rubendall, industrial technology education, UNI, Iowa National Guard, Aviation Branch
ALTOONA Nicholas Patrick Jones, manufacturing technology, UNI, Iowa National Guard, Engineer Branch
CEDAR RAPIDS Dale William Hight, sociology, UNI, active duty, Air Defense Branch
DYSART Sheldon Eugene Klein, manufacturing technology, UNI, Iowa National Guard, Aviation Branch
GLENWOOD Joseph Vogel, criminal justice/Loras College, Dubuque, active duty, Armor Branch
GRANDVIEW Mariah Jean Schweitzer, criminology, UNI, immediate active duty, Military Police. (Schweitzer is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient. She received the Governor's Cup, presented to the most outstanding Military Science IV cadet in each ROTC program in Iowa. The winner of this award must demonstrate a superior level of leadership ability.)
KNOXVILLE Thomas Mark Slykhuis, criminology, UNI, active duty, Military Intelligence (Slykhuis is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient.)
NEWTON Blake Jeffrey DeRouchey, criminology, UNI, Iowa National Guard, Military Police
RINGGOLD Stacey Elizabeth Lyon, political science, UNI, immediate active duty, Military Intelligence (Lyon is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient. She received the George C. Marshall Award, made annually to the most outstanding fourth year military science cadet at each university where ROTC is offered, who has demonstrated superior leadership and scholastic ability.)
SIOUX CENTER Justin Troy Zevenbergen, computer science, UNI, active duty, Signal Corps
STORY CITY Nathan Wood Evans, general studies, UNI, Army Reserve, Transportation Corps
VINTON Jared Scott Parmater, organizational communication, UNI, Iowa National Guard, Infantry
COMPTON, CALIF. Timothy Eugene Nelson, history, UNI, National Guard, Quartermaster Branch
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Luciano Picco, business management/Loras College, Dubuque, active duty, Quartermaster Branch (Picco received the Governor's Cup, presented to the most outstanding Military Science IV cadet in each ROTC program in Iowa. The winner of this award must demonstrate a superior level of leadership ability.)
HENDERSON, NEV. Dusty Rhoades, aviation/University of Dubuque, Dubuque, National Guard, Aviation Branch
DANVILLE, VA. Stacey Elizabeth Lyon (see Ringgold, Iowa listing above)
CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education recently hosted its bi-annual Teacher Education Convocation. Of the 267 students that have satisfied requirements for admission during the spring semester into the College of Education, more than 130 students participated in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study.
Among those recently accepted into the College of Education was/were (Name/s) from (Hometown) .
Kathy Oakland, chair of the convocation committee, says, 'One of the most rewarding aspects of this event is looking out into the audience and seeing the pride on the faces of parents and grandparents. It is an especially moving ceremony that celebrates not only the College of Education, but the accomplishments of the entire university.'
Steve Carignan, executive director of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, was the keynote speaker for the 27th group of candidates inducted into the teacher education program since formal ceremonies began in 1991.
ALGONA Geoffrey Buchanan, Amy Reekers, *Jill Bollinger, *Erin Denny
ALLISON Shawn Deboer, Alyssa Doeden
ALTOONA Candice Borts, *Kari Leo
ANAMOSA Stacia Jelmeland
ANKENY Katherine Frank, *Emily Brodell, *Kathryn Holsinger, *Mallory Smiens, *Cassie Warner
ATALISSA Melinda McGuire
ATLANTIC Terra Kelley
AURORA *Audra Kaiser
BELLE PLAINE *Brooke Schwab
BELLEVUE *Ryan Putman, *Emily Schwager
BETTENDORF Colbie Andes, Elizabeth Dockery, *Sheila Conrad, *Miranda Maday, *Kara Pfitzenmaier, *Erin Riley, *Katherine Walloch
BLAIRSBURG *Andrea Pruismann
BONDURANT Melanie Thompson
BOONE Ashley Dose, Nicole Rhum, *Lindsay Myers
BRANDON Kelli Nolta
BUFFALO CENTER *Lyndsay Ostermann
BURLINGTON *Stephanie Parker
CARROLL *Julie Lawyer
CASCADE *Joseph Dobler
CEDAR FALLS Courtney Curtis, Kesley Egli, Sheila Ford, Angel Franzen, Kevin Hrodey, Karlee Koester, Bethany McGuire, Jacquelyn Venter, *Emily Hanson, *Monte Kelly, *Marin Pence, *Andrea Rose, *Paige Schellhorn
CEDAR RAPIDS Raven Blackwell, Amie Clark, Jessica Duncan, Hiroko Joy, Amy McQuillen, Regina Snyder, Stephanie Sullivan, *Jacquelyn Eden, *Melissa Harman, *Amy Hegenderfer, *Lindsey Kaspari, *Megan Keoppel, *Megan Piper, *Peter Skow, *Melissa Springsteen, *Jennifer Stadlen, *Tracy Stranathan
CEDAR POINT *Laura Coberly
CENTER POINT Brian Hanneman
CLEAR LAKE Hannah Anderson, Matthew Nuehring, *Laura Brager, *Audra Meyer, *Anthony Theilen
CLINTON Casey Hlubek, Aaron Mull, *Alicia Goodwin
CONRAD Nicole Critchfield
CORALVILLE Samantha Anderson, Molly Taylor, *Rachel Baeza
CRESCENT *Heather Walter
DANVILLE Steven Rogers
DAVENPORT Faith Harksen, Lindsey Ploen, Willim Saunders, *Ashley Beyhl, *Kelly Coughlin, *Kassie Daugherty, *Tracy Keller, *Meaghan Mitchell, *Jonathan Welchman
DECORAH Katherine Carlson, Alexandria Cook
DENVER Rachael Leyen
DES MOINES Valerie Dale, Nicole Meyer, *Beth Knicley
DE WITT *Erin Dieckmann
DIKE Nikila Powell, *Joyce Boike, *Laura Dufel
DUBUQUE Christian Anderson, Mark Lorenzen, *Lyndal Anthony, *Suzanne Blanchard, *Sarah Farber, *Amber Hunter
DUNKERTON *Kayla Steffen
DURANGO Jacob Weires
DYERSVILLE Abby Nurre, *Jacklyn Hoeger
EARLVILLE *Cheryl Nachtman
EARLY Jeremy Langner
ELDORA *Robin Granzow
ELDRIDGE *Nicholas Pfaff
ELLSWORTH Katherine Hemphill
ESTHERVILLE *Eric Rosburg
FAIRFAX *Jenna Petersen
FAIRFIELD Megan Kaska
FARLEY Joseph Bourek, Thomas Jasper
FENTON *Sean Pixler
FLOYD Michael Troyer
FORT ATKINSON Scott Busch
FORT DODGE Tamala Douglas, Lindsey Hood, Kole Petersen, Ryan Takatsuka, *Katherine Gross, *Janelle Ulstad
GENEVA Katie Davis
GILMAN *Jessica McMeekin
GLIDDEN Mandi Mohr
GREENE Jill McCandless
GRISWOLD Megan Kelley
GRUNDY CENTER *Caleb Buskohl
GUTTENBERG Melody Moser
HARTLEY *Keri Getting
HEDRICK Mackenzie Horras
HIAWATHA Bart Sheppard
HOPKINTON Daniel Arjes, *Molly Pisarik
HUDSON Kelly Westley, *Erin Salton
IDA GROVE *Amanda Farley
INDEPENDENCE Jillian Blad, *Amanda McLaren
IOWA CITY *Katherine Walsh
IOWA FALLS Desiree Danger, Stacie Ites
KALONA Mariah Ritter, *Ryan Duwa
KEYSTONE Michael Runge, *Melissa Breja
KNOXVILLE Jessica Cameron, Derek Flack
LADORA *Andrew Meyer
LAKE CITY Nathan Asmus, *Nicole Patton
LA PORTE CITY *Kristin Runyan
LEMARS *Jamie Weets
LISBON Angela Kohout
LIVERMORE Sarah Graaf
MADRID *Ashley Bowman, *Abigail Bowman
MANCHESTER Tiffany Rudd, *Jennifer Reiss, *Paul Waterman
MARENGO Justin Mullnix, *Joshua Schumacher
MARION Katherine Hershner, Elizabeth Koepp, Ashley Whitlow, *Gretchen Bricker, *Amber Franklin, *Molly O'Dell
MARSHALLTOWN Sandy McGregor, Lindsay Schultz, Kylee Vopava, *Emily Nymeyer
MASON CITY Ryan Theilen, *Lori Henry, *Errin Shannon
MEDIAPOLIS *Katrisha Hauenstein
MERRILL Robin Yoerger
MILFORD Stacey Noble
MISSOURI VALLEY Mindy Bailey
MOSCOW Andrew McQuillen
MOUNT UNION Leslie Johnson
MOUNT VERNON Kyle Nelson
MUSCATINE Melissa Muir, *Jessica Lyon
NEW HARTFORD *Miki Mead
NEW HAMPTON *Scott Huegel
OELWEIN April Bulman, *Shae Frazer
OSCEOLA Heather Cummings
OSKALOOSA *Laura Dixon
OTTUMWA Carrie Anstey, Nathan Smith, *Josh Wilson
OXFORD JUNCTION *Nathan Becker
PALMER Erica Fey
PANORA Lori Harris
PAULLINA Ned Menke
PEOSTA Mindy Mass, Dana Main
POMEROY Kimberly Hanson
RADCLIFFE *Sara Bergeson
RAYMOND Lisa Weber
RINGSTED Brian Nelson
SAINT ANSGAR Gretchen Porisch
SEYMOUR *Anthony Boggs
SIOUX CITY Eric Kilburn, *Nicolle Allan, *Jennifer Montag, *Erin Glidden
SPENCER *Jessica Odor
SPERRY *Laura Campbell
STORM LAKE *Staci Noll
STORY CITY *Amy Jacobson
STRATFORD *Beau Crystal
TIPTON *Tracy Clausen
TOLEDO *Tammy Trusheim
URBANA *Ryan Lensing
URBANDALE Michelle Breuss, Alexander Kimble
VENTURA *Kara Boehnke
WALKER Laura Cady
WASHINGTON Amy Widmer
WATERLOO Meghan Bell, Dustin Cox, Linsay Csukker, Nicholas Farley, Anthony Kisch, Brian Meenan, Andrea Schmitz, Elizabeth Wendel, *Anastasia Carignan
WAUCOMA *Kara Kuennen
WAUKON Katreana Norris
WAVERLY *Jessica Kuhrt
WAYLAND Jaime Gerst, Lori Reschly
WEBSTER CITY Jenae Kennedy, *Rebecca Hemmingson
WEST DES MOINES Gregory Westergaard, *Zachariah Bonnette, *Shannon Carney, *Kristin Nelson, *Sarah Seligman
WEST LIBERTY Brock Leggins, *Stephanie Burr
WINDSOR HEIGHTS *Lindsey Crawford
WOOLSTOCK *Jessica Kastler
WORTHINGTON Jennifer Ostwinkle
CHICAGO, ILL. *Melissa Rodriguez
GARY, IND. Romell Gillespy
MILLERSVILLE, MD. *Jill McGinnis
ANOKA, MINN. Lindsey Letcher
O'FALLON, MO. *Kristen Kruse
LINCOLN, NEB. *Adam Polacek
PLEASANTON, TEXAS *Cindy Escamilla
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS Orlando Hernandez
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education initiated new members during the 2003-2004 academic year.
__(Name)__, an undergraduate education major from __(hometown)__, was/were among the (fall/spring) initiates. (He/she) is the (son/daughter) of (parents' names).
Melissa Kinyon originally from Ames, a UNI graduate and a teacher at McCosh Elementary School in Chicago, was the speaker at the fall initiation ceremony. Spring speaker was Jill Huebner Johnson, a UNI alum originally from Alden, and a kindergarten teacher in Cedar Rapids.
HOMETOWN NAME, FALL/SPRING, PARENT'S NAMES
ADEL Sara Susan Klaassen, fall, Curtis and Susan Klaassen
ALGONA Geoffrey Allen Buchanan, spring, Gregg and Julie Buchanan
Brett Daniel Redemske, fall, Charles and Linda Redemske
ALTOONA Shanon Marie DeJoode, fall, Chris and Dave DeJoode
Desiree Nicole Miller, fall, Lisa Miller
Jenny Lynn Rinehart, spring, Russell and Belinda Rinehart
AMES Megan Marie Thomas, fall, Brent and Sue Thomas
ANKENY Sarah Dorothy Lindner, fall, Steve and Pauline Lindner
Laura Marie Walsh, spring, Dennis and Dianne Walsh
ARNOLDS PARK Kathryn Elaine Revland, fall, Mark Revland and Rhonda Nelson
BELLEVUE Ryan Scott Putman, spring, Larry and Ruth Putman
Katie Jo Roth, spring, Rusty and Rhonda Roth
BETTENDORF Jamie Lynne Buhman, spring, James and Gail Buhman
BUCKINGHAM Danielle Renee McLaughlin, spring, Denny and Desi McLaughlin
BUFFALO CENTER Sarah Anne Fuller, fall, Ronald and Sandra Fuller
BURLINGTON Katie E. Broeg, spring, Craig and Jane Broeg
Julie Lynn Gerdes, spring, Bob and Vicki Gerdes
Courtney Jo Tarbell, spring, Ardyce and Nancy Tarbell
CARROLL Mistaya Louise Meier, spring, Ron and Roxanne Meier
CASTALIA Brittany Ann Buddenberg, spring, Doug and Pam Buddenberg
CEDAR FALLS Sarah Renae Byrd, fall, Reggie and Tammy Byrd
Krista Rene Goetz, spring, Dan and Tami Goetz
Hannah Elizabeth Kollasch, spring, Colleen and Bruce Rieks and Matt Kollasch
Teresa Marie Mohling Bettis, spring, Jerry and Judy Bettis
Angela Saint Patrick Thulstrup, spring, Harry and Virginia Saint Patrick
CEDAR RAPIDS Amy Catherine Bly, spring, Steve and Lynn Bly
Robbie Christine Hanson, fall, Patricia and Harry Hanson
Lisa Diane Jasiewicz, spring, Mike Jasiewicz
Joanne Marie Peterson, fall, Darrell and Victoria Peterson
CHARLES CITY Lisa Caroline Aird, spring, Andy and Lori Aird
CLEMONS John J. Toyne, spring, Jim and Kayla Toyne
COLESBURG Stephanie Jo Buchheim, fall, Mike and Jane Buchheim
Christy Amber Moore, spring, Patrick and Susan Moore
CORALVILLE Molly Margaret Taylor, spring, Craig and Laurie Taylor
CRESCO Sarah Elizabeth Burke, spring, Jean and Dave Doda
Andrea Jo Larson, spring, Dave and Shelley Larson
DAVENPORT Katrina Ann Whittle, fall, Kathy and Leonard Norman
Emilia M. Alejo, spring, Deborah and Adolfo Alejo
Beth Anne Doeden, spring, Mike and Barb Doeden
Christina Elizabeth Stoffer, spring, Tim and Liz Stoffer
DECORAH Emily M. Klotzbach, spring, Gary and Jenny Klotzbach
Marcie Lynn Vick, spring, Mark and Vicki Vick
DENISON Kiley Renee Ingerslev, spring, Kim and Dana Ingerslev
Sarah Beth Peters, spring, Myron and Barb Peters
DENVER Angela Ann Benham, fall, Blane and Terri Benham
DES MOINES Serra Elizabeth Calisesi, fall, William and Anna Calisesi
Sara Sue Gustafson, spring, Art and Gayle Gustafson
Sarah Janette Miller, fall, Francis and Eilleen Miller
DEWITT Rachel Danley, fall, Casey and Pamela Danley
Corrine Marie O'Connell, spring, Joe and JoElla O'Connell
DEXTER Mychele Mardene Sealine, fall, Steve and Cheryl Sealine
DIKE Laura Jean Dufel, spring, Larry and Carol Dufel
DUBUQUE Julie Renee White, fall, Kevin and Karen White
Alison Elizabeth Maas, fall, Dale and Mary Jane Maas
DUNCOMBE Karen Elizabeth Lennon, spring, Larry and JoAnn Lennon
DYERSVILLE Tifani Elaine Bushman, fall, Lori Bushman
Andrea Susan Todd Luensmann, spring, Joan Weber
EAGLE GROVE Stacey Lynn White, spring, Dave and Sue White
ELKADER Andrea Lynn Reimer, fall, James and Jeanice Reimer
ESTHERVILLE Nicole Lea Peton, fall, David and Debbie Peton
FAIRBANK Crystal Marie Marshall, fall, Robert and Lisa Corber
FLOYD Michael Keith Troyer, spring, Russell and Darlene
FORT DODGE Ann Marie Weishaar, fall, Thomas and Patricia Weishaar
Katherine Jean Gross, spring, Joe and Shirlee Gross
FORT MADISON Kristin Johanna Vande Krol, fall, Delwin and Patricia Vande Krol
GARNER Jill Renae Birkey, fall, Dan and Julie Birkey
Ashley Marie Huinker, spring, Tom and Lisa Huinker
GLADBROOK Melissa Anne Volkens, spring, Mark and Diane Volkens
GOLDFIELD Melissa Sue Harvey, spring, Jim Harvey
HOLY CROSS Tifani Elaine Bushman, fall, Scott Bushman
Andrea Susan Todd Luensmann, spring, Ken Luensmann
INDEPENDENCE Erin Michelle Nennig, fall, John and Teresa Nennig
IOWA CITY McKenzie Marie LeMaster, fall, Genevieve and Larry LeMaster
IOWA FALLS Kathleen Newcomb, fall, Dennis and Susan Lutz
JESUP Sarah Marie Curry, spring, Richard and Susan Curry
JOHNSTON Ellen Christina Schoville, spring, Mike and Karen Schoville
LE MARS Tara L. McPherson, spring, Ken Johme
LONG GROVE Amy Louise Meyerhoff Mangan, spring, Bill and Pat Meyerhoff
MANCHESTER Katherine Lee Blakesley, spring, Bill and Pat Blakesley
MARENGO Kaley Elizabeth Hacker, spring, Raymond and Sari Hacker
MARION Sara Elizabeth McCarty, spring, Kim and Karyl McCarty
Kourtney Ann McKenna, spring, Kim and John McKenna
MARSHALLTOWN Sandy Jean McGregor, spring, Jim and Mary McGregor
MASON CITY Aaron Scott Backlin, fall, Bill and Jolene Backlin
Lauren Marie Chambers, fall, Mark and Terri Chambers
Julieann Dawn Jacobson, spring, David and Dawn Jacobson
Jordan Elizabeth Ann O'Donnell, spring, Robert and Stephanie O'Donnell
MILFORD Rachel Lea Kaiser, fall, Rod and Sherry Kaiser
MONTICELLO Callie Rae Kromminga, spring, Greg and Christi Kromminga
MOSCOW Abigail Ann McQuillen, spring, Thomas and Deborah McQuillen
NASHUA Libbie Marie Willert, spring, Mike and Linda Willert
NEW HARTFORD Margaret Jean Christensen, spring, Don and Marilyn Christensen
Lyndsi Renee Oster, spring, Larry and Carolyn Oster
OELWEIN Sarah Elizabeth Burke, spring, Phyllis Burke
OSAGE Kristin Marie Northup, spring, Stephen and Vera Northup
Ellen C. Thome, fall, Tom and Karen Thome
OXFORD Amanda M. Eckrich, fall, Larry and Penny Eckrich
PALO Lisa Diane Jasiewicz, spring, Lois Trcka-Sammons
RADCLIFFE Jami Lynn Spaid, spring, James and Peggy Spaid
ROCK RAPIDS Kimberly Ann DeJongh, fall, Carl and Nancy DeJongh
ROLFE Mitchell A. Marine, spring, Mike and Madonna Marine
SERGEANT BLUFF Katie L. Viet, fall, Darrell and Nancy Viet
SHELLSBURG Tricia Sue Tumilty, spring, Robert Tumilty
SIOUX CITY Franny Jo Horton, fall, Paul and Melanie Horton
Jaimie Ann Howard, spring, Jim and Cheryl Howard
STATE CENTER Rachel Rena Reker, fall, Roger and Rhonda Reker
Samantha Ann-Marie Jenkins, spring, Vicki Jenkins
TIPTON Jennifer Nicole Agne, spring, Steve and Mary Agne
VAN METER Stacy Michelle McNace, fall, Dan and Terry McNace
VINTON Emily Melissa Barron, spring, Mike and Rhonda Barron
WALFORD Kari Elizabeth Hall, spring, Beryle and Sharon Brown
WATERLOO Emily Clare Candee, spring, Russell and Sherry Candee
Linsay Anne Csukker, fall, Larry and Jan Csukker
WAUCOMA James Jay Goerend, spring, the late Edmund and Rose Marie Goerend
WAVERLY Ashley Jo Druvenga, spring, Randy and Pam Druvenga
WHEATLAND Anna Marie Hass, spring, Lynn and Pilar Hass
WHITTEMORE Amanda Jean Freking, fall, Dennis and Sarah Freking
WINTHROP Kelly Marie Baragary Kress, spring, Glenn and Mary Baragary
WOOLSTOCK Jessica Mae Kastler, spring, Larry and Chris Kastler
ROGERS, ARK. Melissa Sue Harvey, spring, Pam and Chris Connelly
LA QUINTA, CALIF. Jonna Marie Spedaliere, spring, John and Virginia Spedaliere
WASHINGTON, D.C. Monique Danielle Holmes, spring, Roselyn Holmes
STERLING, ILL. Amy Margo Matthiessen, spring, Rev. Donald and Rosemary Matthiessen
FLORISSANT, MO. Tara L. McPherson, spring, Suzanne Johme
PARK CITY, MONT. Samantha Ann-Marie Jenkins, spring, Roger Jenkins
HERMAN, NEB. Ashley Christine Holst, spring, Denny Holst
OMAHA, NEB. Ashley Christine Holst, spring, Judy Eller
LAS VEGAS, NEV. Kathleen Margaret Newcomb, fall, Pat Newcomb
CAMBRIDGE, WIS. Abbie Christine Hansen, spring, Jeff and Arla Hansen and Gayle and Dale Siebenbruner
MATSUBARA OSAKA, JAPAN Keiko Shofu, spring, Katsuyo Shofu
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Habitat for Humanity chapter spent the week of March 17 in Manhattan, Kan., building a house as part of the Collegiate Challenge, a program where students from different universities spend their spring break constructing homes.
According to Gary Daters, adviser to UNI's Habitat for Humanity, the team collected donations for a year before they took part in the Challenge. Daters said the average cost of a home built by Habitat is $46,000, and is spread out over a 20-year, no-interest mortgage for the homeowners. The house is expected to be completed in July.
UNI's Habitat chapter plans to raise $25,000 of the $50,000 needed to build its next house in Black Hawk County, at a site yet to be determined.
(Student's name), a (year) (major) from (hometown) helped build a house as part of the Collegiate Challenge. He/she is a member of UNI's Habitat for Humanity.
HOMETOWN NAME, YEAR, MAJOR
BETTENDORF Melanie Weis, senior, graphic communications
Valerie Weis, freshman, English
BURLINGTON Dana Crable, freshman, elementary education
COLESBURG Cori Gaul, junior, general studies
ROBINS Renee Pasker, junior, biotechnology
URBANDALE Jessica Finnerty, sophomore, leisure services
Kacey Hays, sophomore at Central College, elementary education
WORTHINGTON Jennifer Ostwinkle, sophomore, history
April 29, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa industrial technology student recently had a hand in restoring an item in the Iowa Governor's mansion, Terrace Hill.
Brian Zimmer of Vinton, a senior majoring in metal casting, reproduced a missing antique coat hook from a large Victorian hall tree, made specifically in 1868 for Terrace Hill by a New York City manufacturer. Located in the east hall of the mansion, the piece originally had four elaborate brass coat hooks, two on either side, shaped like eagles. More than 30 years ago, one of the hooks was lost.
Dave Cordes, Terrace Hill administrator, contacted Yury Lerner, UNI professor of industrial technology who directs the Metal Casting Center at UNI, to see if he could help solve the problem. Lerner asked if any of the students in his molding practices in metal casting class would be interested in working on the project.
Zimmer, who wants to specialize in the art metal field, volunteered for the project. 'It was more work than I anticipated,' he said of the 80 or so hours he spent working on the hooks, which are approximately 10 inches long and 5 inches wide. He just completed the project, which he worked on independently, without faculty supervision.
To come up with an exact replica, he consulted with personnel at Max-Cast in Kalona about the mold and pouring and with UNI art instructor Daniel Clasby about finishing procedures to give the hooks the proper patina. (Zimmer made two hooks--one replacement and one extra.)
But the results were worth the effort. Although he didn't charge much over cost, Zimmer learned, in addition to technical skills, how to be resourceful by getting information and help from many sources. 'I even got advice through e-mail from a foundryman in Washington that I met in Chicago at the annual casting congress.'
The people at Terrace Hill were very pleased with the results. 'Brian's skill and craftsmanship are great,' said Cordes. 'The quality of the new hook is in every way equal to the originals.' Zimmer got to see how the hook looked after it was installed. 'It feels good to have made something that will always be on display in a national historic landmark.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A gift of $500,000 from Wells Fargo will support construction of the University of Northern Iowa's McLeod Center.
'Wells Fargo realizes how important the McLeod Center is for Cedar Valley's economic development. This is an excellent opportunity to invest in the community in a manner that will truly add value,' said Mark Oman, group executive vice president of the Home and Consumer Finance Group of Wells Fargo & Company.
McLeod Center will be the home of Panther basketball and volleyball, and a competition site for wrestling. It will also host many other public events and will enable the UNI-Dome to schedule more large events, like trade shows and markets. ''It is great to have a facility like this contribute to the overall economic vitality of the area,'' said H. Lynn Horak, chairman & CEO, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. These arena and UNI-Dome events are expected to bring Black Hawk County 225,500 new visitors and an additional $15-20 million each year.
The UNI Foundation has raised $18 million in private support for the center's basic features. It is now seeking $3 million more for features such as rigging for concert light and sound systems, retractable seating, a commissary, a hospitality suite and hall of fame.
'These enhancements will enable McLeod Center to realize its full potential,' said Bill Calhoun, vice president for university advancement. 'Wells Fargo's generous gift will help us give the university and the Cedar Valley the facility they need and deserve.''
The university plans to break ground for McLeod Center this fall. For more information on McLeod Center and the Students First Campaign, contact the UNI Foundation at 273-6078 or visit http://www.uni-foundation.org/
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– A University of Northern Iowa faculty member was honored Tuesday, April 27, by the Office of the Governor of Iowa for going 'above and beyond' ordinary actions to raise environmental awareness and promote environmental projects among children and teenagers.
Kamyar Enshayan, program manager at UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, was among 30 people recognized as a part of the 'Above and Beyond' initiative to honor groups and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution toward improving the well-being of Iowa children in a variety of areas.
Enshayan initiated and runs 'Yards for Kids,' a community health education program that aims to significantly reduce the use of lawn pesticides. 'Children are the reason for the program because they are exposed to lawn chemicals more than grownups,' he said. 'Our goal is to reduce children's exposure to pesticides in the urban environment.'
Practical and cost-effective alternatives to lawn pesticides do exist, Enshayan points out. Among them are mowing high, not bagging lawn clippings, using natural fertilizers and aerating the soil as needed. 'A few dandelions won't harm you,' he said, 'but weed-killers and insecticides can.'
Yards for Kids has had many success stories. Enshayan cites two in particular: the City of Cedar Falls and the University of Northern Iowa. Cedar Falls has reduced the percentage of its parks sprayed with pesticides from 100 percent in 1998 to 5 percent today, at a savings of $33,000 and 380 gallons of weed killer. UNI's Physical Plant now sprays about 20 percent of its grounds, compared with 100 percent four years ago.
Enshayan and his students focus mostly on parks and schools in the Cedar Valley. About 20 governmental, educational and private groups collaborate with Yards for Kids, and almost 30 businesses and churches have pledged either to not spray or significantly reduce spraying weed killers.
Through publications, presentations to groups and a Web site, www.uni.edu/yardsforkids, the program provides information on commonly used pesticides and their effects on children and water quality, how to have a great-looking lawn without pesticides, and information on educational resources and ecological lawn and garden products and services.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association will present its annual Heritage Honours Awards during the 2 p.m. commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8, in the UNI-Dome. The awards recognize alumni who have achieved significant personal and professional accomplishments.
Those chosen for the 2004 Alumni Achievement Awards are David Peters, a 1978 alumnus with a bachelor's degree in industry; and Paul Stanwood, who earned a bachelor's in English in 1954. They will be recognized during the ceremonies by UNI President Robert Koob.
Peters is the president and chief executive officer of Peters Construction Corporation in Waterloo. During the past 10 years, he has led the company's growth by nearly tripling the number of employees and increasing annual sales volume from $5.3 million to $23 million. Peters serves on the board of directors of the National Organization of Associated General Contractors of America. He is one of only four Certified Professional Constructors in Iowa and is the only UNI graduate to receive this professional designation from the American Institute of Constructors. Peters has served as an adjunct professor at UNI, and sits on advisory committees for the Construction Management program and volunteers on behalf of UNI's 'Students First' Campaign.
Stanwood received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has taught at the university level for more than 40 years. He is a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia. He is president of the International Association of University Professors of English. Stanwood has published 10 books, 24 articles in scholarly journals and 16 chapters in books. Throughout his academic career, Stanwood has maintained a high level of involvement with his community. These efforts earned him the 'Medal of Merit' from the Governor General of Canada and 'The Year of the Child and Family Achievement Award.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual spring commencement services in two ceremonies on Saturday, May 8 in the UNI-Dome. The first will begin at 10 a.m., for candidates for degrees from the College of Humanities & Fine Arts, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. The second ceremony, at 2 p.m., will be for candidates for degrees from the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, and the Division of Continuing Education & Special Programs.
UNI President Robert Koob will preside over ceremonies and confer degrees on the students. Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will award honors.
Candidates for degrees will be presented by the deans of their respective colleges: John W. Somervill, Graduate College; Farzad Moussavi, College of Business Administration; Jeffrey Cornett, College of Education; James F. Lubker, College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Kichoon Yang, College of Natural Sciences; Julia Wallace, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences; and James Bodensteiner, Division of Continuing Education & Special Programs.
The university's Heritage Honours Awards, recognizing alumni who have achieved significant personal and professional accomplishments, will be presented as well. This year's winners are David Peters, a 1978 alumnus with a bachelor's degree in industry; and Paul Stanwood, who earned a bachelor's in English in 1954.
Student addresses will be given at the 10 a.m. ceremony by former UNI student body president Emiliano Lerda of Morteros, Argentina, a senior who will receive a degree in communication; and at the 2 p.m. ceremony by Robert P. Drewelow of Waterloo, a senior who will receive a degree in general studies.
A senior class gift presentation will be made at each of the ceremonies by senior marketing major Jennifer Miller of Mason City. This year's class gift will be dedicated to naming a rose garden within the UNI memorial garden.
Chair of the Alumni Association board of directors, Beth Harris of Cedar Falls, will welcome the new graduates as alumni during both ceremonies. Those in attendance from the Class of 1954 will be recognized individually by President Koob as members of the 50th anniversary class at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
April 28, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 11th annual Sigma Xi Student Research Conference at the University of Northern Iowa recognized the works of Colleen K. Chisman, a sophomore biology major from Indianola, and Michael Philipp, a graduate student from Cedar Falls, as the two best research papers presented at the conference. The students were each awarded a $25 check and certificate.
Chisman received the undergraduate poster award for her research, 'Are Larval and Neotenic Ambystoma Tigrinum Differentially Adapted to Temperature?' The study examined how various forms of tiger salamanders cope when exposed to different climate conditions.
Salamanders from Iowa and New Mexico were used and their rate of food consumption and mortality were monitored and compared. Her research adviser is Jeffrey W. Tamplin, assistant professor of biology.
Philipp received the graduate poster award for his research, 'The Role of Dominance in Stereotype Threat Effects.' The research examined the effect of stereotypes on how groups perform a task. The test results confirmed the hypothesis that a group does a task poorly because members were told they tend to do such a task poorly. His research adviser is Helen Harton, associate professor of psychology.
Students representing a wide range of disciplines were given the opportunity to present the results of their research. The conference was hosted by the UNI chapter of Sigma Xi, an honor society for scientists and engineers.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa celebrated its seventh annual Student Employment Week April 12-16, and named five Student Employees of the Year.
Those chosen were Liz Bombgaars, a communication studies senior from Spencer, a peer adviser in the Residence for Academic Advising Services; Ashley Druvenga, an elementary education senior from Waverly, working as a lab facilitator at the Center for Social and Behavioral Research; Laurel Fister, a health promotion junior from Riceville, a peer health educator, office assistant and personal trainer for Wellness and Recreation Services; Laura Schoenrock, a senior from LeMars, majoring in organizational communication and working as UNI STAT program coordinator for Alumni Relations; and Amanda Smith, a senior Spanish secondary education major from Davenport, and peer instructor in the Department of Academic Advising.
The students received a plaque and attended a luncheon with their parents. Also attending were their nominating supervisors; UNI Vice President for Educational and Student Services Renee Romano; and staff from the Office of Financial Aid. Their names will be added to a plaque in the Financial Aid Office with an on-going list of previous winners.
To be eligible, the students must be enrolled at least nine hours as undergraduates or six hours as graduate students, be in good academic standing and have been on the UNI payroll for at least two years.
There are more than 3,000 students employed on the UNI campus this year.
This year, the university also named a Student Employer of the Year, choosing Billie Hemer-Callahan, Botanical Center Preserve manager.
April 27, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Due to overwhelming interest, the premiere of 'America's Lost Landscape: Tallgrass Prairie,' will now take place in the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 30. The event was originally scheduled for Lang Hall.
The premiere is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
Daryl Smith, professor and director of the UNI's Native Roadside Vegetation Center, co-produced the feature-length documentary and is project director. The film was written, directed and co-produced by David O'Shields of New Light Media. Annabeth Gish, Cedar Falls native and critically acclaimed actress, is the narrator.
'America's Lost Landscape' traces the prairie's transformation from natural landscape to farmland, beginning in the early 1800s, when Iowa was blanketed by 28 million acres of tallgrass.
For more information, call (319) 273-6078, or visit www.uni.edu/~lostland/.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The R.J. McElroy Trust recently pledged $500,000 for the University of Northern Iowa's proposed Human Performance Complex (HPC) as a challenge grant. The UNI Foundation must raise $1 million to receive the funding.
'The R.J. McElroy Trust has given steadfast support for projects like the HPC that serve the youth in our area,' said Bill Calhoun, vice president for university advancement. 'We need to raise a total of $6 million in external support for this project, and have reached the $4.5 million mark. The McElroy Trust Challenge will provide the momentum we need to complete fundraising for this important project.'
The HPC will include a 50,000 square-foot addition to the west side of the Wellness and Recreation Center. It will house the new Center for Healthy Youth, encompassing several UNI health-related education, research and service programs in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services. Included will be Global Health Corps, Camp Adventureï¾™, National Program for Playground Safety, the Institute for Youth Fitness and Obesity, and Youth Agency Administration with the office of the McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies.
The HPC will also enable UNI to enter a unique partnership with medical professionals in the Cedar Valley to enhance services to their clients and the education of UNI students. The complex will serve UNI's intercollegiate athletics programs by creating training facilities for player-development activities including strength conditioning, plyometrics, nutritional advising, and agility/speed activities.
The complex is part of the $100 million 'Students First' campaign to support scholarships, academic program support and facilities. Other capital projects include the McLeod Center; McElroy Hall in Waterloo, which houses the Freeburg Early Childhood Program; renovation of Russell Hall; and equipment for McCollum Science Hall and Lang Hall.
For more information about the HPC or the Students First Campaign, contact the UNI Foundation at (319) 273-6078 or visit
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Education will present 'Children, Education and Democracy: Three Pillars of Hope for Burmese Refugees Living in Thailand,' by UNI faculty members Jeannie Steele and Kurt Meredith at 9 a.m., Friday, April 30, in Schindler Education Center, Room 247.
Steele, a professor, and Meredith, an associate professor in UNI's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, have trained teachers in Burmese refugee camps in teaching, reading and writing for critical thinking.
'This work, closely related to Steele and Meredith's long history of international literacy education efforts in Slovakia and other Eastern European and Asian nations, has afforded them a unique perspective on the critical needs of this indigent group,' said Rick Traw, event organizer and head of UNI's Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
For more information, visit www.uni.edu/coe/_news/burma.shtml.
April 26, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eighteen students from the UNI Dance Program recently performed and participated in the 2004 American College Dance Festival, Great Lakes Region, in Detroit, Michigan. __(NAME) of __(HOMETOWN) , was among the participants.
Members of UNI Orchesis Dance Company performed two pieces in the adjudicated concerts. The International Dance Theatre presented 'Vu Mua' (After the Harvest), a choreography by Tien Chau, a UNI graduate student in TESOL, in the informal concert. It features the entire company and portrays romance, betrothal and marriage as the harvest is brought in. Authentic costumes were made for the company in Vietnam by the family of the choreographer, who also sent the hats and other props used in the piece.
'Cotillion' by Michelle Ozmun, director of UNI Orchesis Dance Company, and 'When Your World Ends' by student choreographer, Jennifer Heiman, were well received by the ACDF adjudicators and the festival audience, according to Kathleen Kerr, director of the UNI International Dance Theatre.
ACDF performance pieces were selected by a jury consisting of the UNI dance faculty and a staff member from the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.
Accompanying the students were Kathleen Kerr and Michelle Ozmun. Ozmun also presented master classes at the festival.
BOONE Lindsay Myers
CEDAR FALLS Leslie Anderson
CENTER POINT Jennifer Sherman
CLINTON Brianne Policha
COUNCIL BLUFFS Lindsey Stephenson
DES MOINES Renae Arbabian
DUBUQUE Anna Kretz
IONIA Laura Seamans
MCGREGOR Abigail Lincoln
MUSCATINE Jennifer Heiman
NEVADA Kim Hanna
TIPTON Dawn Mohr
WATERLOO Miguel Rodriguez
INDIA Shriram Ilavajhala
UKRAINE Tanya Simchuk
VIETNAM Tien Chau
April 25, 2004 - 7:00pm
As manufacturers promote an increasing number of disposable products -- everything from throw-way toilet brushes to one-use facial wipes -- Sue Schauls finds herself increasingly concerned about the environment. 'Ostensibly, this is about hygiene,' said the program manager at UNI's Iowa Waste Reduction Center. 'People have a heightened awareness about germs, so these single-use products seem justifiable. You use them and throw them -- and the germs -- away. But we have to remember that these kinds of products don't typically make it into recycling bins. They end up in our landfills.'
Further, she explained, the chemicals in many of the disposable cleaning products end up in ground and surface water through runoff. 'The system simply doesn't capture and treat all of those chemicals.'
Sue Schauls, program manager, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, (319) 273-8905; Sue.Schauls@uni.edu (e-mail)
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
Bunsen Burner still an important element in teaching labs
The recent Bunsen Burner Day, of note in the scientific community, is a day to honor the inventor of the Bunsen burner, Robert Wilhelm Bernhard von Bunsen, 1811-1899, a professor of chemistry in his native Germany. Some scientists say he provided chemists and chemistry students with one of their most indispensable instruments.
Paul Rider, department head and professor of chemistry at the University of Northern Iowa, said while more sophisticated methods of conducting scientific experiments are available today, Bunsen burners are still used in teaching labs as a simple and convenient way to run experiments. 'Fire was first used by our primitive ancestors and still plays a role in research,' he said. However, he noted, the electrical units available today allow even greater precision, and these non-fire methods can be particularly useful for organic chemists who may be testing materials that could burn.
Paul Rider, head and professor of chemistry, (319) 273-2985 (office); (319) 273-2437 (department office); Paul.Rider@uni.edu (e-mail)
Vicki Grimes, Office of University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Bettina Fabos, University of Northern Iowa assistant professor of communication studies, is the author of the recently-published 'Wrong Turn on the Information Superhighway: Education and the Commercialization of the Internet.'
According to Fabos, the book investigates the shortcomings of the 'Educational Challenge,' a project which aims to link every U.S. classroom to the Internet. The book also explores how educators use the Internet in their classrooms, and provides advice to students and teachers about how to look more critically at information provided by commercial Web search engines.
''Wrong Turn on the Information Superhighway' sets the standard for books about the Internet and education,' said Cynthia Lewis, associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Iowa. 'This provocative, timely volume offers sound arguments and bold solutions about the dilemmas educators face as the Internet becomes increasingly privatized. It is essential reading for educators, policymakers, researchers and the general public as they develop critical frameworks for understanding the role of the Internet in teaching and learning.'
'Wrong Turn on the Information Superhighway' is published by Teachers College Press at Columbia University, New York.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services will host 'De-Stress Days' for its students, faculty and staff Monday, May 3 through Wednesday, May 5.
The events will take place at the Maucker Union from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Participants can receive free mini massages, listen to soothing music, and receive complimentary stress kits, and information on stress and other wellness issues. Also featured will be a labyrinth and puppies and kittens from the Cedar Bend Humane Society also will be at the event.
The event was first held in May 1996, as a part of UNI finals week, when Ken Jacobsen, University Health Services counselor, adapted and expanded a program from the University of Minnesota, which provided a quiet music room for its students during finals week.
The 'De-Stress Days' are sponsored by UNI Wellness and Recreation Services. For more information, contact Deedra Billings, UNI wellness resource coordinator, at (319) 273-7162.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'MA Exhibition/BFA Exhibition,' from Saturday, May 1 through Saturday, May 8. Graduating students will host a reception on Saturday, May 1, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Two artists are participating in this exhibition in partial fulfillment of their master of arts (M.A.) degrees-- Kurt Pietsch of Forest City and Thomas Tate of David City, Neb., -- while six artists are exhibiting in partial fulfillment of their bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degrees-- Joshua Crain of Marshalltown, Thaddeus (TJ) Erdahl of Waterloo, Nicole Fullard of Charles City, Kristen Kay Nice of Holt, Mich., Kyriakos Papaspyrou of Athienou, Larnuca Cyprus, and Shawn Reed of Muscatine.
Pietsch, who is presenting a mixed media installation, states, 'I try to channel my work and energy towards those things that are tugging at me for attention. The evidence of my interaction with my surroundingsï¾… becomes my art.' Tate is an art director at Dyton Creative, an advertising, marketing, and public relations firm in Cedar Falls. His work focuses on exploring the similarities and disparities between print, interactive, and video media.
Crain's exhibition is titled 'A Day in the Life.' He is receiving his B.F.A. in graphic design and is currently a graphic designer at Redeye Design in Maryville, Mo. He runs for the UNI cross country and track teams. Erdahl, who has an A.A. degree in general studies from Hawkeye Community College, is receiving his B.F.A. in ceramics. His exhibition is titled 'Comic-Opera.' He has been showing in regional exhibitions since 1999. Fullard's interactive mixed-media installation, which has performative elements, is titled 'Whistle While You Work.' According to the artist it 'digs up some of the deep-seeded rituals that are imbedded in everyday life.' She is receiving her B.F.A. in painting.
Nice, a recent recipient of the Jo Hern Curris Award that supports expenses of students majoring in art, music and theatre experience, is also receiving her B.F.A. in painting. Her exhibition is titled 'The Private Sphere: Women Artists and Their Bedside Tables.' She will be exhibiting five oil paintings based on the following five women artists: Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, Miriam Schapiro, Judy Chicago and Julie Taymor.
Papaspyrou, who is receiving his B.F.A. in graphic design, has titled his exhibition 'idesign.from.cy/jp.' He states, 'My intent is to explore design as a celebrated contemporary form of art.'
Reed is presenting a print and mixed media installation titled 'Pleistocenarchist.' He is receiving a B.F.A. in painting and states that his exhibition is 'an amalgamation of imaginary shamanistic transcendence and totemic archetypal iconographies.'
The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Steven Carignan, executive director of the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, has been named a fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business's Center for Social Innovation.
Only 50 outstanding arts leaders from across the nation are chosen to participate; all participants must be nominated. Carignan was nominated for the fellowship by the Friends of the Gallagher-Bluedorn.
The participants are seasoned executives who have demonstrated leadership in their nonprofit arts or cultural organization. They are the leadership of organizations that produce, present, preserve or educate about arts and culture in a wide variety of disciplines.
As a fellow, Carignan will attend a two-week intensive summer session at Stanford University. The session will focus on crossover for profit/not-for-profit business strategies, and business principles and new trends in analysis and research practices. Following this intensive session, he will participate in the program's ongoing work in research, networking, the creation and dissemination of best practices models and the development of new strategies and concepts for the arts field as a whole.
This program is part of a joint venture between National Arts Strategies (NAS) and Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB). NAS is a nonprofit arts management group. It works with communities to strengthen arts leaders and arts organizations by developing the managerial and financial skills required to adapt and thrive in today's changing environment.
Carignan holds a B.A. in history, and a B.A. in theatre and dramatic literature, both from Dickinson College. He earned a master's in theatre from the University of Maine.
April 22, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta from 11 a.m. to 1p.m., Friday, April 30, outside Maucker Union, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will be moved inside to the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.
Cinco de Mayo marks the date the Mexican army defeated the French at the Puebla Battle in Mexico.
Activities will include musical entertainment by Las Guitarras de Mexico and dancing by the UNI Dance Club. Food available for purchase will include fajitas, beans, chips, dessert and soda.
The Cinco de Mayo fiesta is sponsored by the Hispanic/Latino Student Union and Maucker Union.
For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at (319) 273-2683.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Life and Debt,' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, and 'The Date-Rape Backlash,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 29, both in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.
According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Life and Debt' is a case study on how contemporary free trade policies and global financial institutions affect the economies of developing nations.
'The Date-Rape Backlash,' examines how the media portrayal of date rape has evolved within a span of five years, from depicting date rape as an epidemic to viewing it as feminist-oriented propaganda.
UNI's 'Films on Social Justice' series is sponsored by UNI's chapter of Amnesty International; the UNI ACLU; the UNI Students for Social Justice; the UNI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Straight, Transgender Association (LGBSTA); the UNI Gender Equality Association (GEA); Iowans for a Free Palestine; the UNI Criminology Club; UNI Student AIDS Campaign; UNI Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE); and the UNI Sociology & Anthropology Club.
The event is free and open to the public.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's graduate program in Public Policy, in conjunction with Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, will present, 'Keepers of the Dream: Cedar Valley Fair Housing Conference 2004,' beginning at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, April 29, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts.
Keynote speaker is George Galster, the Clarence Hillberry Professor of Urban Affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit. Galster has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and has served on the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors.
Conference events include a panel discussion on current issues in fair housing, workshops on Iowa landlord and tenant law and building code enforcement, and a plenary session on neighborhood improvement.
'Fair and equal access to housing is fundamental to families' and individuals' ability to secure a decent living environment, economic opportunity and financial security,' said Allen Hays, director of UNI's graduate program in Public Policy, and event coordinator. 'This conference will highlight many of the complex issues surrounding fair housing. We hope that it will be the catalyst for the formation of a local fair housing coalition that will continue to discuss and bring attention to this important issue.'
Conference sponsors are the city of Waterloo, the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights,
UNI's graduate program in Public Policy, Iowa Legal Aid, Operation Threshold, the UNI Community Outreach and Partnership Center, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD) and the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
For more information or to register, call the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights at (319) 291-4441, or contact Hays at (319) 273-2910.
April 21, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) at the University of Northern Iowa has announced the recipients of its 2004-2005 scholarships.
(Name), of (Hometown), was awarded a $5,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years based upon academic performance. (He/She) is a senior at (High School).
HOMETOWN NAME, HIGH SCHOOL
ALTOONA Melissa Heffernen, Southeast Polk High School
ANKENY Michelle Vanderah, Ankeny High School,
CEDAR FALLS Lia Plakke, Cedar Falls High School
CEDAR RAPIDS Bryan Williams, Thomas Jefferson High School
HARRIS Diane Meyer, Harris-Lake Park Community School
LA PORTE CITY Amy Higgins, Union High School
NEVADA Jessica Young, Nevada High School
SIOUX CITY Dustin Behrens, East High School
WATERLOO Teaya Minks, East High School
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has named its April 'Student Assistant of the Month.' Tina Kientz, a senior finance major from Brighton, is a building monitor in the Rod Library Access Services Department.
Kientz has worked at Rod Library in the Access Services Department for three years.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 46th annual recognition breakfast will be Saturday, May 1, honoring 42 employees retiring within the 2003-2004 fiscal year, with the equivalent of five or more years of fulltime service.
The 8:15 a.m. breakfast will be held in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom. It is open to all current and former university employees and their families. Tickets, at $6.25 each, may be purchased at the Cashier's Office in Gilchrist Hall, through Monday, April 26.
The individuals to be honored this year are (years of service follow in parentheses), from the College of Education: Kay E. Davis, academic adviser (19); Carole Deeds, secretary III, Department of Curriculum & Instruction (21); Richard R. Hawkes, professor of teaching (34.5), and Richard Stahlhut, associate professor of teaching (35), both Office of Student Field Experience; Glen Henry, associate professor of physical education (38), and Gordon Mack, director /American Humanics (10.5), both School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services; Thomas Little, associate professor of special education (30.5); Bruce Rogers, professor of education (29); Rebecca Sloan, account specialist (17).
From the College of Business Administration: Carey Kirk, assistant professor of management (21); Janet Rives, professor of economics (20.5).
From the College of Humanities and Fine Arts: Jack Graham, professor of music (36.5); David Morgan, associate professor of philosophy (35); A. Daya Shankar, associate professor of communication studies(10); Joseph Smaldino, professor of audiology (19).
From the College of Natural Sciences: Ron Camarata, preserves manager/Biology Botanical Center, Department of Biology (35.5); Lawrence Dirkes, electronics technician II, Department of Physics (28.5); Nancy Howland, secretary III, Department of Earth Science (28.5); LeRoy McGrew, professor of chemistry (26.5).
From the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences: Sandra Heller, secretary III, Department of Geography (34); Roy Sandstrom, associate professor of history (35).
From the Department of Residence: Robert Hartman, director of residence (27); Ruth Heber, custodian II, Dancer Hall (18.3); Angeline Ormord, secretary II, ROTH Complex (34); Andy Petersen, custodian (34.5); Sharon E. Wolfe, secretary III, facilities.
From the Physical Plant: Jim Campbell (31), Lynn Christenson (24.5) and Bobbie Williams (21), all custodian I; Richard Christopher, carpenter (22); Richard Johnson, power plant assistant chief operator (18); John Perry, electrical/architectural maintenance manager (24); Paul Retterath, groundskeeper I (18); Albert E. Robinson, power plant boiler operator (8); Leland Van Hauen, pipefitter (26).
Others to be recognized are: Clark Elmer, director/Enrollment Management and Admissions and interim director/Career Center (32); Larry Gordon, storekeeper II, Campus Supply (28); Terry Goro, coordinator, Iowa Educational Technology & Training Institute/Information Technology Services (20); Charles Means, associate vice president/Academic Affairs (21); Thomas Romanin, associate vice president/Educational & Student Services (28); and Sandra Williamson, associate athletic director/administration & students (26).
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jerry Soneson, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religion, has been named interim head of the department, to serve while the current head, Betty DeBerg, is on leave. DeBerg has been awarded a three-year $687,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., to study religious ministries aimed at college and university students nationwide. Soneson's appointment is effective July 1, and continues through June 30, 2005.
Soneson came to the university in 1991 as an assistant professor. He was named associate professor four years later. In 2001, he was appointed director of the humanities major.
He holds a B.A. from North Park College in Chicago, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Previous to coming to UNI, he administered the Th.D. program at Harvard.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa teacher education department has awarded scholarships to four incoming freshman. The scholarships, each valued at $4,702 for the 2004-2005 academic year, include tuition for four years and are based on grade point average, class rank, ACT scores and an interview with the faculty committee.
Among the scholarship winners is (Name) , the son/daughter of (Parents' Names) , from (Hometown) , graduate of (High School) .
HOMETOWN NAME/ PARENTS' NAMES/ HIGH SCHOOL
CLINTON Amy Meyers, Mike and Bonnie Meyers, Clinton High School
MARION Rebecca Thayer, Jim and Terrie Thayer, LinnMar High School
MARSHALLTOWN Christianna Dittus, Ronald and Beth Dittus, Marshalltown High School
WAVERLY Laura Carlin, Charles and Phyllis Carlin, Waverly-Shell Rock High School
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six University of Northern Iowa non-tenured faculty members were recently honored with the University Book and Supply (UBS) Outstanding Teaching Award.
The award, which recognizes outstanding teaching skills and contributions to their profession by faculty who have not yet been awarded tenure, includes a $1,000 cash gift, administered through the UNI Foundation.
Those honored are: Lisa K. Jepsen, assistant professor of economics, College of Business Administration; Christi R. Hendrickson, assistant professor of special education, College of Education; Kenneth R. Atkinson, associate professor of religion, College of Humanities & Fine Arts; Todd Eisworth, assistant professor of mathematics, and Theresa Spradling, assistant professor of biology, both College of Natural Sciences; and Mitchell D. Strauss, associate professor of textiles and apparel, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.
'Because the university seeks to maintain a high level of academics through hiring dedicated professors, UBS offers these awards to uphold that value,' said Rose Lorenz, UBS president. 'By offering this award, we hope the recognitions enhances UNI's strong supportive culture and reinforces the community's quality of life so that young faculty continue their careers here.'
The recipients also attended a luncheon with the UBS board of directors: Rose Lorenz, Doug Johnson, Coreen Mattfeld, Kathleen Hesse and Denise Brown.
April 20, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Young Peoples Dance Theatre (YPDT), a before and after school program offered to second- through fifth-grade boys and girls in several area elementary schools, will hold an informance-- an informal performance-- at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the University of Northern Iowa's Strayer-Wood Theatre.
Program instructors are UNI students in dance and education who are enrolled in a practicum course offered through the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS). Two students who have taught for a minimum of two semesters serve as head instructors for the year, according to the program's director, Cynthia Herndon, a dance professor in the School of HPELS. Head instructors are juniors Abbie Lincoln, a leisure, youth and human services major from McGregor, and Laura Seamans, a double major in human resource management and organizational communication, from Nashua.
Other UNI practicum students working with the elementary students are __(Name)__ from __(Hometown)__, a __(classification)__ majoring in __(major)__.
Herndon said the primary focus of the program is creative dance, with an additional focus on multicultural dance during the fall session, and an exposure to concert forms of ballet, jazz and tap during the spring session.
Participating elementary schools are: Black Hawk, Edison and Queen of Peace, all in Waterloo; Hansen, Lincoln, North Cedar, Orchard Hill and Malcolm Price Laboratory School, all in Cedar Falls; Janesville; and New Hartford.
General admission for Saturday's informance is $1 and children under 5 are free.
HOMETOWN NAME / CLASSIFICATION / MAJOR
BOONE Mallory Herrstrom, freshman, elementary education
BETTENDORF Andi Galer, sophomore, political science
BUCKINGHAM Gina Nechanicky, freshman, elementary education
CEDAR RAPIDS Leslie Anderson, senior, political science
CLINTON Brianne Policha, senior, elementary & middle school education
COGGON Emily Noska, junior, physical education
DIKE Laura Tapper, freshman, elementary education
FARMERSBURG Valerie Kurth, senior, elementary education & early childhood development
GRINNELL Trisha Arment, sophomore, elementary education
GRUNDY CENTER Amy Rohlfsen, freshman, undecided
INDEPENDENCE Elizabeth Flickinger, sophomore, social science education
INDIANOLA Rebecca Carlson, freshman, interior design
JOHNSTON Chelsea Hughes, senior, elementary education
Alysha Orris, senior, textile & apparel
McGREGOR Abbie Lincoln, junior, leisure, youth and human services
MOUNT AUBURN Jo Rausch, freshman, elementary education
NASHUA Laura Seamans, junior, (double major) human resource management &
PARKERSBURG Ann Klinkenborg, sophomore, elementary education/early childhood education
PRESTON Darcy Feuerbach, sophomore, elementary & middle school education
SPRINGVILLE Melissa Bowers, sophomore, elementary education & early childhood
TRIPOLI Chelsey Heidemann, sophomore, elementary education
VENTURA Kara Boehnke, sophomore, elementary education/early childhood development
WATERLOO Ajeh Agbese, freshman, biomedical
Emily Jones, sophomore, elementary education