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August 9, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Beginning this month, the University of Northern Iowa will send letters to qualified Iowa high school seniors, inviting them to enroll in the university's Honors Program for fall 2005. Qualified students are those admitted to UNI with an ACT composite of 27 or better, and ranking in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

Honors students will be enrolled until the program reaches capacity. According to Jessica Moon, director of the program, the program gives outstanding students the chance to grow in an environment tailored for academic standouts.

'The Honors Program, which began in 2001, is a way for motivated and interested students to have challenging classroom experiences, social connections with fellow students, and close ties with faculty. The program encourages intellectual curiosity and individual initiative,' said Moon.

The program also will award 50 scholarships to incoming students. Twenty students will receive the Presidential Scholarship worth $28,000 over four years ($7,000 per year). Thirty students will be awarded Provost Scholarships worth $8,000 over four years ($2,000 per year). Application criteria include an ACT composite of 29 or better, and top 10 percent rank (or one of the top five students in a class of 50 or fewer). Applicants should have strong academic credentials, and personal involvement in leadership and service activities. Applicants must submit UNI's Online Common Scholarship Application and an essay. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

For more information, contact Moon, (319) 273-3175, or visit www.uni.edu/honors/.

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August 8, 2004 - 7:00pm

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The Iowa Waste Reduction Center at UNI will demonstrate special painting equipment and techniques at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Camp Dodge. At the demonstration, Camp Dodge painters will paint tactical vehicles in preparation for deployment. The demonstration was previously scheduled for 10 a.m.

The IWRC has developed a program whose primary purpose is to identify the concerns of the military refinishing industry and practice strategies and techniques that will enable them to use less material and improve finish quality. It also is designed to reduce costs and lessen environmental impact. Rick Klein, senior research technician for the IWRC, said the coating is a critical factor for servicemen's safety. 'Properly applied coatings may not only provide camouflage, but also signal reduction from infrared detection.'

August 4, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa offers the expertise of its faculty and staff to Iowa's communities. The UNI Speakers Bureau offers more than 175 presentations. Topics include professional development, family, breast cancer, business communication, cross cultural studies, hazardous waste management, public speaking, creativity, and much more.

Businesses and community organizations interested in scheduling a speaker can contact the Office Of University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728 or visit www.uni.edu/pubrel/speakers.

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August 3, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host an exhibit, focusing on rural education, during the state fair in Des Moines, Thursday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 22. Titled 'Excellence in Education,' the exhibit will be in the Varied Industries Building.

Featured will be a 1920s-style one-room school, including teacher's desk, student desks, period stove, bell, books, slates, lunch pails and other memorabilia. For the exhibit, the university staff located and interviewed Iowa educators from each decade since 1920. The written profiles are on display within the exhibit.

Staff from the UNI Museums will be dressed in period costume Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free panther paw tattoos will be available each day of the exhibit.

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August 2, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Purple and Gold Community Life Scholarships have been awarded to 14 transfer students who will begin their studies this fall at the University of Northern Iowa.

___(Name)___ of ___(Hometown)__, will receive a Purple and Gold Scholarship.

To be considered, students must be non-resident incoming transfer students. The scholarship is renewable for a second year providing the student maintains full-time and non-residency status and a G.P.A. of 2.5 or above.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Listed below in alphabetical order, by State and hometown, are the names of the recipients of the Purple and Gold Community Life Scholarship. Please check for students in your coverage area.

HOMETOWN STUDENT NAME

GEORGIA

NORCROSS Taryn Lightbourner

ILLINOIS

COAL VALLEY Jason Shelangouski

EAST DUBUQUE Amy Kennicker

EAST MOLINE Amanda Evans

SHERRARD Ryan Devriendt

WOODSTOCK Brian Smiley



KANSAS

WICHITA Gretchen Moore

MINNESOTA

ANOKA Andrew Kocisak

AUSTIN Sara Turvey

EDEN PRAIRIE Jennifer Hammes

NEW PRAGUE Krystal Pomije

NORTH DAKOTA

GLEN ULLIN Sarah Morman

WAHPETON Latisha Porter

NEBRASKA

OMAHA Megan Nielsen



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Smart Start II: Small Business Financials and IRS Tax Requirements,' an entrepreneurial training course, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth. St, Waterloo.

Instructing the class will be accountant Kathy Frey. This course will provide an understanding of basic financial statements such as profit and loss statements, balance sheets and cash flows as a method to gauge the performance and success of your business. Bank reconciliations, bookkeeping systems, accounts receivable, accounts payable and tax requirements for small businesses in Iowa, will also be discussed.



Cost is $25 per person. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.

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July 29, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three North Linn High School graduates attending the University of Northern Iowa, have been awarded the Michael D. Krob Memorial Scholarship, usually given to incoming freshmen from North Linn High School in Troy Mills.

This year, however, there were no incoming freshman from North Linn High School UNI. So the award was given to current UNI students. Recipients are senior marketing major Heather Miller of Coggon, senior business management major Kerry Reilly of Coggon, and senior accounting and finance major Jessica Sackett of Walker. Each received a $1,000 scholarship for the 2004-2005 academic year.

The Michael D. Krob Scholarship is awarded annually, with preference given to business majors and those with demonstrated financial need. Recipients must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0. Contact Julie Raak at North Linn High School or the UNI Financial Aid Office for more information.

The award was established by Robert M. and Penny Krob through the UNI Foundation in memory of their son, Michael D. Krob. He was a 1995 graduate of the College of Business, with a degree in businesss management. After graduation, Krob started his career working at the family business, F.J. Krob & Co. In April 1999, he was killed while working.

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July 27, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Purple and Gold Scholarships have been awarded to 14 transfer students who will begin their studies this fall at the University of Northern Iowa.

___(Name)___ of ___(Hometown)__, will receive a Purple and Gold Scholarship.

To be considered, students must be non-resident incoming transfer students. The scholarship is renewable for a second year providing the student maintains full-time and non-residency status and a G.P.A. of 2.5 or above.

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HOMETOWN STUDENT NAME

GEORGIA

NORCROSS Taryn Lightbourner

ILLINOIS

COAL VALLEY Jason Shelangouski

EAST DUBUQUE Amy Kennicker

EAST MOLINE Amanda Evans

SHERRARD Ryan Devriendt

WOODSTOCK Brian Smiley



KANSAS

WICHITA Gretchen Moore

MINNESOTA

ANOKA Andrew Kocisak

AUSTIN Sara Turvey

EDEN PRAIRIE Jennifer Hammes

NEW PRAGUE Krystal Pomije

NORTH DAKOTA

GLEN ULLIN Sarah Morman

WAHPETON Latisha Porter

NEBRASKA

OMAHA Megan Nielsen



July 25, 2004 - 7:00pm

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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at the Sioux City Convention Center, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 3 and 4. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/Agendas/agenda.html

1. Annual distance education report

UNI offers a variety of high-quality off-campus opportunities. Consistent with its mission as a teacher-preparation university, much of UNI's distance education activity historically has been in providing graduate credit opportunities for teachers who wish to enhance their skills, earn college credit for recertification, add a new endorsement or earn a graduate degree.

- The number of UNI distance-education courses and enrollments increases ever year

- In 2003-04 UNI provided 609 credit courses and programs with 9,528 student enrollments

- Students from 69 Iowa counties were served in 2003-04

Contact:

Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, (319) 273-2517

2. Synopsis of fiscal year 2006 priority budget issues

Contact:

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2256

3. Annual student financial aid narrative report

UNI's financial aid awarding philosophy is based on the recruitment goals and objectives of the UNI strategic plan. We offer both need-based and merit-based aid. Due to the availability of funding, financial aid is awarded to students on a first-come, first-served basis. All financial aid awarded cannot, in combination, exceed the individual cost of attending UNI.

The focus of the UNI Financial Aid Office this year has been to improve and streamline services for students. Highlights include:

a. The new Student Services Center, which integrates key student services in Gilchrist Hall

b. A common online undergraduate scholarship application

c. The new online computer tool, 'Calculate My Aid'

d. The Tuition Opportunity Program for Iowans (TOP) -- a new recruitment program for needy Iowa freshmen.

e. A disaster relief grant for flood and tornado victims.

f. New scholarships targeted at out-of-state recruitment.

Contact:

Renee Romano, vice president for Educational & Student Services, (319) 273-2331

Roland Carrillo, executive director, Enrollment Management, (319) 273-2701



4. Capital register

Contact:

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

5. Institutional roads

Contact:

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

6. Naming the new arena

Formal request for approval to name the new arena the 'McLeod Center.'

Contact:

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2256

Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, (319) 273-2487

7. Institutional personnel transactions for June 2004

Contact:

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2256

Nick Bambach, director, Human Resource Services, (319) 273-2423

8. Annual internal audit plan

Contact:

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

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Contact:

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



July 22, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A group of research scientists-in-the-making will present the results of their summer research projects in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and earth science at a special meeting on the University of Northern Iowa campus at 11 a.m. Friday, July 30.

At the third annual College of Natural Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session, about 45 UNI students will display posters describing their work and be available to discuss their research from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room (Room 116).

'For students, summer research is an experience that coalesces what they have learned in individual courses into a coherent picture,' said Jill Trainer, professor of biology and interim associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences. She is coordinating the CNS summer undergraduate research program. 'And faculty have an opportunity to work with some of the brightest students on campus.'

Opening the meeting at 11 a.m., in Seerley 115, will be the keynote presentation, 'Changes in Hyaluronic Acid Composition in Human Skin: The Effect of Aging' by Maria O. Longas of the Department of Physics and Chemistry at Purdue University. Hyaluronic acid is a viscous fluid that occurs, among other places in the human body, as a cementing substance in tissue under the skin.

Five of the students reporting their findings at the session are part of the Merck/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Undergraduate Science Research Program, which promotes interdisciplinary research experience among undergraduates.

UNI is one of 15 U.S. colleges and universities that received an award from Merck/AAAS. The program is funded by the Merck Company Foundation, a private charitable foundation established by pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck & Co., and administered by the AAAS, the world's largest federation of scientific and engineering societies.

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July 21, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Due to overwhelming demand, the UNI-Dome has opened an additional 960 floor seats for the upcoming concert by country music star Kenny Chesney.

Chesney, winner of the 2003 Country Music Television (CMT) Video of the Year award, will be in concert at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, at the UNI-Dome.

'Ticket sales have exceeded our expectations,' said Heather Tousignant, UNI-Dome director of operations/athletic facilities. 'We're opening more seats to meet the demand. This is going to be a great concert.' Chesney's latest album 'When the Sun Goes Down,' has spawned a No. 1 single, 'There Goes My Life.' This record follows up his 2000 platinum, 'Kenny Chesney's Greatest Hits' CD, which featured 13 of his previous top 10 singles, six of which reached No. 1. He sold more than 1.3 million tickets on last year's 'Margarita and Senorita Tour.' 'Young,' the CMT Video of the Year, was also nominated for three CMA awards and four Academy of Country Music awards.

Opening for Chesney will be Lava recording artist, Uncle Kracker, who blends down-home soul, hip-hop and hard driving rock 'n roll. Kracker is back with the follow up to 2000's critically acclaimed, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) double-platinum 'Double Wide' and the crossover pop smash, 'Follow Me.'

Tickets for the 'Guitars, Tiki Bars and A Whole Lotta Love' are $47.50 and $34.50 plus applicable service charges and facility fees. They are available at the UNI-Dome (NW) Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster centers or may be charged by phone at (319) 363-1888 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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July 20, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Northern University High School senior Tim McKenna of Cedar Falls was named to the Starter All-American Teen program's honor roll for 2004. McKenna was the top runner-up for the state of Iowa.

The Starter All-American Teen program presented by Starter and 'Sports Illustrated' recognizes outstanding teens in each state based on their performance and activities between July 2003 and July 2004. Honorees must be between 13 and 19 years of age, participate in organized athletics and be an exemplary role model for their peers and community. A panel of celebrity judges including NBC broadcaster Bob Costas; world-record holder and Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee; critically acclaimed director and producer Spike Lee; Pro Football Hall-of-Fame inductee and studio analyst for Fox NFL Sunday Howie Long; and Miami Heat all-star center Shaquille O'Neal, selected an All-American for each state.

McKenna has been a starter on the NU High soccer team for three years and NU High basketball team for two. He was named to the All-Metro soccer team in 2004. But, cross-country, which McKenna took up to get in shape for other sports, has developed into his greatest strength. He won the North Iowa Cedar League Conference race three years in a row and finished second in the state in 2003. McKenna also took first place in the 2004 class 1-A 3,200 meters.

Last fall, McKenna spent the final two periods of every day assisting in an art/architecture class, helping design and erect display cases, cleaning up the room and helping students. He was the vice president of his junior class, a member of the National Honor Society, and volunteers at the local humane society and in the children's section of the Cedar Falls Public Library. He also maintains a 3.93 G.P.A.

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July 19, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa senior religion major Michelle Nielsen of Eldridge was selected as an undergraduate fellow by the Fund for Theological Education (FTE) in Atlanta. Nielsen was awarded $1,500 for the academic year, $500 for a mentoring stipend, and travel expenses to a conference at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., this summer.

Nielsen was one of 70 recipients, all of whom are juniors or seniors considering ministry as a career. Recipients must maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 or above and possess exceptional gifts for ministry.

Betty DeBerg, professor and head of UNI's philosophy and religion department said, 'The FTE undergraduate program gives promising college students an introduction to ministry and content of theological education before they make a firm vocational commitment.'

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July 18, 2004 - 7:00pm

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1. UNI faculty member working with U.S. Olympic teams at 2004 Athens Olympic Games

Geof Mills, former associate dean of UNI's College of Business Administration, is on leave from UNI serving as provost of the American College of Greece, the exclusive training site for U.S. Olympic teams. Mills is directly involved with the Olympics, dealing with security issues. He regularly works with the U.S. Embassy on Olympics-related matters. He also is a volunteer for NBC.

Contact:

Geof Mills -- mills@acgmail.gr

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2. Recent UNI graduate working as intern for U.S. Olympic Committee

Rebecca Kruse, a May 2004 UNI graduate from Cresco, has begun a six-month Internship with the U.S. Olympic Committee's (USOC) Media and Public Relations Division. She is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the division, including preparation of the Week in Review, which highlights U.S. Olympic sporting news from around the world. She also interviews athletes and writes articles for the Olympic Beat and other USOC news sources, and helps maintain the USOC Athlete and Team of the Month awards program. Additionally, Kruse will assist with projects in support of Team USA during and after the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Contact:

Rebecca Kruse -- kruse@usoc.org

USOC Media and Public Relations Division, (719) 866-4529.

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3. UNI professor to work as photojournalist at 2004 Athens Paralympic Games

The Paralympics, taking place after the Olympics in the same venues as the Olympics. are designed for world-class athletes who are physically disabled. Susan Hudson, McElroy Professor of Youth Studies at UNI, will attend the Paralympics as a photojournalist for 'Challenge Publications,' an international journal for disabled sports. She is credentialed through the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee.

'Although the Paralympics do not get the same publicity as the Olympics, the achievements of the athletes are just as remarkable, if not more so, because of the obstacles the athletes have to overcome,' said Hudson.

Contact:

Susan Hudson, (319) 273-2790, susan.hudson@uni.edu

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4. UNI offered summer study tour in Greece

UNI offered a course, 'Greece and Its Heritages: A Study Tour of Greece,' in Greece this summer. Instructors were Gregory Bruess, associate professor of history; and Isabela Varela, career information specialist in UNI's Career Center. For more than 20 years, Bruess has traveled extensively in Greece, studying and conducting research there. Varela, a certified Greek tour guide, is an expert on Greek archeological sites and ancient Greek art and culture.

Seventeen students from Iowa and Texas participated in the course, ancient Olympia and the Olympic stadium built for the 1896 games. Varela will return to Iowa prior to the start of the Olympic Games. The exact date is not known. Bruess will be back in his office Aug. 9.

Contact:

Isabela Varela, career information specialist, (319) 983-2106, isabela.varela@uni.edu

Gregory Bruess, associate professor of history, (319) 273-2752, bruess@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Student Health Clinic has received accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Status as an accredited organization means that the Student Health Clinic has passed a series of rigorous and nationally recognized standards. More than 1,300 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by the AAAHC.

'Accreditation underscores our long-standing commitment to providing the highest possible levels of quality care to the community we serve,' said Sue Courts, health clinic director.

The UNI health center, open to students since 1962, offers a variety of services, including insurance, general medicine, pharmacy, mental health counseling, and women's services. The center has relocated for renovations. Students can receive services in Dancer Hall during construction. Plans call for the existing building to be gutted for reconstruction and a two-story addition to be attached to the east side. There will be a retail pharmacy, and the Counseling Center and Office of Disability Services will join the clinic and campus pharmacy in the building. UNI plans to open the remodeled center in fall 2005.

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July 15, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Michael Hager has been named director of residence at the University of Northern Iowa. Hager served three years as a resident assistant in UNI's residence hall system, and was student body president for 1985-86.

Most recently, he served as associate director of housing administration and information systems at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He succeeds Robert Hartman who retired June 30, following 27 years with UNI's residence system, the last 10 as director.

Following his graduation from UNI, Hager joined the staff at Loras College in Dubuque as residence hall director and off-campus housing coordinator, and then assistant director of student life. He joined the residence staff at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as assistant director of housing administration in 1993, and was named associate director of housing administration and information systems there in 1999.

At UNL, he was involved in facilities expansion, marketing programs and retention in the residence system, directing summer conference operations, and coordinating information technology for university housing. He originated and developed the latter area for the residence system.

Hager, who began his duties at UNI July 6, moved to Cedar Falls earlier this month with his wife and family.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eight incoming transfer students at the University of Northern Iowa were awarded the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship.

Recipients were Tyler Schaefer of Aurelia, Tyler Rice of Cedar Falls, Molly Duitsman of Estherville, David Crimmins of Fort Dodge, Ashley Allen of Independence, Richard Dedor of Mason City, Keith Olson of McCallsburg, Wade Cornick of Mount Pleasant and Jolynn Christensen of Riceville. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship renewable for a second year.

The award is given to incoming transfer students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at the community college from which they are transferring. Applicants must demonstrate leadership, campus and/or community involvement. A GPA of 3.5 or above is required. Students must maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. in order for the scholarship to be renewed.

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July 13, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The Sturgis Youth Theatre will present 'Treasure Island: The Adventures of Jim Hawkins' at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 22 through Saturday, July 24, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre, on the UNI campus.

The classic pirate adventure, written by Robert Louis Stevenson and adapted for the stage by James DeVita, will be performed by more than 40 children from the Cedar Valley, in such roles as Long John Silver, Billy Bones and Black Dog. The play is under the direction of Gretta Berghammer, professor of theater at UNI. Stage manager will be Nick Halder of Cherokee, a UNI senior theater major, with assistance from UNI senior theater major Dana Baranowski of LaPorte City. Sam Steirt, a student at Peet Junior High School, is serving as assistant to Berghammer. Production designers include scenic designer Mark A. Parrott, a staff designer for Theatre UNI; costume designer Carmelita Guse, a UNI graduate; lighting designer Eric Lange, faculty designer and head of the UNI theater department; and hair and makeup designer Andrea Goergen, a UNI theater major. Kristen Solner, Jason Senchina, Caitlin Hurban and Caitlin Moody are providing additional technical support in the areas of props and scenery construction.

Cast members listed in alphabetical order by last name include: Carter Allen, Ally Bachman, Alexandra Bowman, Bailey Carlisle, Curtis Carney, Cheyenne Carter, Cassie and Eric Crotty, Alexa Deines, Maggie Devine, Allison Dreyer, Heather Edeker, Karen Engels, Ann Fienup, Kaylee Frost, Nathan Gomez, Leandra Gute, Emily Highnam, Jessie Hoffman, Nadia Honary, Elena and Luke Houseal.

Also, Hannah Howland, Emily and Jennifer Hurban, Emily and Eric Jahnke, Jessica Jenkins, Kendal Klobassa, Dylan and Riley Martin, Nicholas Menefee, Benjamin Merz, Tessa Michaelsen, Thea Moe, Matthew Moody, Alicia Palas, Alicia Pierce, Sara Rose, Sara Roth, Emma Scott, Sam Steiert, Ana and Ellie Tallakson, James Vannordstrand and Matthew Vichlach.

Tickets for 'Treasure Island' are $5 and may be purchased by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre Box Office at (319)-273-6381. Tickets will be available online at www.uni.edu/tickets.

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July 11, 2004 - 7:00pm

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In the '80s, the 'garbage crisis' -- pollution, shrinking landfills, and poor air quality -- spurred millions of citizens to begin sorting trash, recycling what they could and doing their part to save the environment. Since the mid-'90s though, the amount of recycled material has declined sharply. 'What recycling peaks showed was that the consumer was willing to protect the environment,' said Sue Schauls, with the Iowa Waste Reduction Center at UNI. 'What also happened is that it eased the guilt of buying individually packaged goods.'

Schauls said the decline can be attributed to several factors. First, more items are convenience packaged today, creating more containers to be recycled. Second, the market for recycled materials was never fully developed so there are no outlets for recycled material. 'In many cases curbside recycling creates more waste and pollution from the collection by the gas-/diesel-guzzling truck than it is worth (which is sometimes nothing). The final blow is when consumers/recyclers realize that lots of recycled materials end up in the landfill anyway -- although in a more compact form.'

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July 8, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registrations are being accepted for the Little Panther Shootout, a three-on-three basketball tournament sponsored by Northern University High School on Saturday, Aug. 7, at the University of Northern Iowa's Wellness Recreation Center.

Entry forms are available online at www.pls.uni.edu/3on3 or www.kwwl.com. They also are available by writing to Little Panther Shootout, P.O. Box 1259, Cedar Falls, 50613. The entry fee is $85.

Divisions for males and females include fourth-12th grade, 30 years and under, over 30, and open. Those who have played in college or are semi-pro players must enter the open division. All teams are guaranteed at least three games. Trophies will be awarded to winning teams.

During the event, Bill Allen, also known as the Shot Doctor, will provide free basketball clinics for individuals or small groups. Allen recently retired after 30 years of coaching and teaching in Oelwein, and has instructed more than 900 athletes through his various clinics.

For more information, contact Larry or Judy Timmins, (319) 277-3297.

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CEDAR FALLS�Sixteen students at the University of Northern Iowa have spent a portion of their summer welcoming entering freshmen, transfer students and their parents to UNI's Summer Orientation.



__(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__ is serving on the orientation staff. (See information on individual students below.)

Guidelines for staff selection were interpersonal strengths, involvement in campus activities and organizations, academic achievement, knowledge of the university and sensitivity to the concerns of new students and their parents.

Jon Buse, program director, and Connie Hansen, assistant director, said approximately 1,800 freshmen and 400 transfer students attended orientation this summer. The two-day summer orientation sessions for incoming freshmen were held twice a week from June 7 through July 9, while one-day sessions were held for transfer students.

During the sessions, students and parents attended presentations addressing different aspects of college life. Students participated in various activities with summer orientation staff to learn how to make the most of their college experience. They also met with their academic advisers, registered for fall semester classes and explored campus.

Parents learned about residence hall living, financial aid, academic advising and class scheduling, and had an opportunity to visit with UNI faculty and tour the campus.

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HOMETOWN STUDENT AND BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

ANKENY Tara Tyler, a senior elementary and middle level education major, is a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors and several pre-professional organizations and honor societies. She has been a resident assistant in Rider Hall and president of Lawther Hall. She also worked as a national communications coordinator for MACURH (Midwest Affiliation of College and University Residence Halls).



BOONE Ryan Stone, a senior elementary and middle level education major, is actively involved in campus life. He has served in house government and has been a desk assistant in Campbell Hall for the past three years. He holds leadership positions as vice president of both the Student Association of Middle Level Educators (SAMLE) and the UNI chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHN). In addition, Stone has participated on the homecoming committee and in the marching and pep bands. This is his second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.

BURLINGTON Luke Wagner, a senior elementary and middle level education major, is a transfer student. He is a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, Omicron Delta Kappa, Student Association of Middle Level Educators (SAMLE), and the Gallagher-Bluedorn Student Interaction Committee. He is active in his residence hall, where he served as house treasurer, and was an officer in a co-ed leadership fraternity. He is preparing for a trip abroad to Australia.

CARROLL Jennifer Langel, a senior finance major, decided on UNI after watching her two older sisters graduate from the university. She has worked in the Office of Admissions for three years, served on the Campbell Hall Senate for two years as president of Tree House and participated in numerous committees throughout her residence life.

CASCADE Joe Dobler, a senior elementary and middle level education major, has served in leadership roles while living in the residence halls. He was the social chair for Grimes House and also served as president of Rider Hall. An avid Panther fan, he also participates in basketball and intramural sports at UNI's Wellness and Recreation Center.

CENTER POINT Brian Hanneman is a senior industrial technology education major. As a ResNet computer consultant for his residence hall, Brian is the person residents seek out to solve problems with their computers. When not working, he is involved with the Navigators Campus Ministry, house activities, intramural sports or enjoying the Wellness and Recreation Center.

DAVENPORT Jen Burton is a senior math education major who has been active in a variety of organizations at UNI. She was a member of the UNI Volleyball Club for two years and has participated in Camp Adventure. A student supervisor at the 23rd Street Market, she also coaches a volleyball team and is a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors.

DEWITT Briget Froeschle is a senior public relations major who is active in both PRIDE and PRSSA, two pre-professional public relations student organizations on campus. She also is a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors and St. Stephens Catholic Student Center, and enjoys participating in outdoor activities.

MANCHESTER Paul Waterman is a senior elementary education major who has demonstrated leadership through involvement in an array of activities at UNI. He has served as a house and hall secretary and as a peer adviser in his residence hall. He is co-president of the Lutheran Student Center and a member of Student Alumni Ambassadors, as well as the Co-Curricular Transcript Committee. He has worked in the Redeker Dining Center and Academic Advising Services, and is a resident assistant in Campbell Hall. This is Paul's second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.



MILFORD Brock Holman is a senior elementary and middle school education major. He has been involved in a variety of campus activities, including leadership positions in the residence halls, where he has been house president, community service chair, MACURH (Midwest Affiliation of College and University Residence Halls) Conference Planning Committee member, resident assistant and community adviser. In addition, he is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary and enjoys volunteering for both the Waterloo Community Schools and the Oster Regent Theater. This is his second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.

REASNOR Julie Lust, a senior leisure services major, has been involved in many campus organizations, including InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Homecoming Committee, Student Life Team and the Women's Studies Program. She also has worked as a resident assistant and organized the 2004 V-Day, a weeklong event dedicated to raising awareness and ending violence against women. This is her second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.

SIOUX CITY Melanie Miller, a senior chemistry and marketing major, has been involved in numerous activities while at UNI. She is a Student Alumni Ambassador and is enrolled in the University Honors Program. She has worked as a peer adviser in Academic Advising Services, as a resident assistant in Lawther Hall and as a secretary for an insurance adjuster. She has held many leadership positions in Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and is treasurer of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. She is preparing for a semester of study in Australia. This is her second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.

STOCKTON Megan Hass is a senior elementary education major who is a community adviser in the ROTH Complex and has been a resident assistant in Rider Hall. In addition, she is a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors and Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society. This is her second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.

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ATLANTA, GA. Dionne Burks, a senior electronic media major, has had a penchant for starting new student organizations during her college career. She is the founder of the Monopoly Club and Academic Study of Religion Club. She works as the student accounts clerk in the Student Involvement and Activities Center and is a member of Panther Productions and the Student Life Team. She also sings with her church choir, performs karaoke and creates music videos. This is her second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.

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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Federico Nicol�s Moreno V�cari, is a senior economics and Russian language major who enjoys helping students achieve their social and academic goals. He has worked as a resident assistant for two years and is involved in a variety of organizations relating to the martial arts, economics and the study of language and culture. He will be visiting Russia later this year in order to study his sixth language. This is his second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.

KATHMANDU, NEPAL Ashim Lamichhane, a senior computer science major, says he has found a home away from home at UNI. The director of International Student Affairs for the Northern Iowa Student Government and vice president of the International Student Association, he also is involved in the UNI Computer Club and works at the UNI bakery and the Financial Aid Office.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The family services major within the University of Northern Iowa's Department of Design, Family and Consumer Sciences (DFCS), has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations, as a provider of a curriculum leading to national certification as a family life educator.

According to Howard Barnes, head of DFCS, the council's Certified Family Life Educator Academic Program Review Committee gave the approval. 'This means that, if our majors take the specified courses, they will be able to use an abbreviated and expedited application process to become certified family life educators,' he explained.

Certification recognizes a proven background and understanding in specific family life areas: families in society, internal dynamics of families, life-span human growth and development, human sexuality, interpersonal relationships, family resource management, parent education and guidance, family law and public policy, ethics, and family life education methodology. Careers available for those graduating with this major include case managers for agencies and organizations, health educators, guidance counselors, volunteer coordinators, and community relations liaisons.

The National Council on Family Relations provides a forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships. The organization also establishes professional standards, and promotes family well-being.

For more information about the major, contact Barnes at (319) 273-2358, or Michael Fleming, associate professor in the department, at (319) 273-6301.

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Iowans have resigned to smacking, spraying and scratching their way through this mosquito-laden summer. But David Mercer doesn't want them pointing accusing fingers at wetlands, or wetland restoration for increased production of mosquitoes. Wetland restoration has become an increasingly important environmental issue to replace natural wetlands lost to agriculture or construction, and to restore habitats. They naturally have a high level of production; are very good at capturing sediment in a stream, thereby purifying water; and take carbon dioxide out of the air.

'Lots of people think that one of the down sides to wetlands is that they produce lots of mosquitoes. Sometimes it's true. But in my experience, a complete well-functioning wetland does not produce many mosquitoes. That's a critical question as we worry about West Nile and other mosquito-borne diseases.'

Mercer points out that, in Iowa alone, there are 50 different mosquito species. Some bite humans, some don't. Some are good vectors of diseases. Others are not. 'A mosquito is not a mosquito is not a mosquito. The ones most commonly involved in disease transmission come out of polluted water, which is more likely to be associated with human activity, not natural activity. We're crying wolf when we should be paying better attention to what we're doing than what nature is doing.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Scholarships have been awarded to 18 minority students who will begin their studies this fall at the University of Northern Iowa, as freshmen or transfer students.

___(Name)___ of ___(Address/Hometown)___, will receive a ___(scholarship name)___ scholarship. He/She is a __(freshman/transfer)__.

Multicultural Achievement and Talent Scholarships are based on a formula using several criteria, including rank in class, ACT, GPA and financial need. They range in value from $200 to $1,500, and are renewable for three years with a 2.75 GPA or above.

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For a complete list of scholarship winners, contact the office of University Marketing & Public Relations at 319-273-6728.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new project at the University of Northern Iowa will help families demystify financial aid awards, and make crucial financial decisions earlier than ever before.

Called 'Calculate My Aid,' this new online tool is available to help families get a realistic picture of financial aid options for students attending UNI.

'Financial aid packages have always been somewhat of a mystery to families until they actually get their financial aid award,' said Roland Carrillo, executive director of enrollment management at UNI. He explained the federal financial aid process does not allow families to apply for financial aid before January of the year their student will begin college. Awards are made that spring.

'Now, the family can have an idea of the aid available to them months in advance of attending UNI. This gives the family much more time to think about all the options available and budget accordingly.'

To access the tool, visit the UNI Office of Financial Aid Web site, www.uni.edu/finaid, and click on 'Calculate My Aid.' Carrillo said users follow a two-step process. 'First we help you determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Just type in the financial information requested -- basic tax, income and family information -- and the system will determine your approximate EFC. Step two is to view your estimated financial aid by indicating your grade level, EFC and residency. Click on 'submit' and your estimate appears.'

Carrillo cautioned that 'Calculate My Aid' does not replace the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed every year the student plans to attend college. The new tool also does not include scholarships that require competition.

'Calculate My Aid' is the latest tool developed by the university to help students and families see that a UNI education can be both affordable and a good investment.

'We know that education is one key to ending the cycle of poverty, and increasing quality of life statewide,' said Carrillo. 'To that end, UNI is committed to helping more students find more ways to attend college.'

For more information on this or other financial aid programs at the university, contact the Office of Financial Aid, (319) 273-2700.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- After 15 years as dean of the Graduate College at the University of Northern Iowa, John Somervill is returning to teaching in the university's Department of Psychology. Somervill has served as the graduate dean since July 1, 1989, and was acting dean of the college for one year prior to that time. He joined the UNI psychology faculty in 1975.

Aaron Podolefsky, UNI provost & vice president for Academic Affairs, noted that UNI's graduate programs have enjoyed increased enrollments and diversity under Somervil's leadership. 'I have been especially grateful for the continuous and close personal attention he has given to leading our graduate minority recruitment and retention efforts.'

Somervill will continue to provide assistance to the university in meeting its diversity goals.

Associate Provost Susan Koch will take on responsibility as interim dean of the Graduate College. Kichoon Yang, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, will assume guidance of Sponsored Programs, Grants and Contracts, the Institutional Review Board and related offices.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- William Callahan, associate dean for undergraduate education and director of Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS) at the University of Northern Iowa, announced the finalization of the administrative structure for the MPLS 2004-2005 school year.

Dave Smith will be associate director and principal of grades 9-12. Curt Nielsen will be assistant principal in charge of coordinating research and data analysis, and J.D. Cryer will be principal for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Amy Lockhart will be the upper-elementary teacher leader for fourth and fifth grades, and sixth-grade transition coordinator. For early childhood, Denise Tallakson will be teacher leader. Jill Uhlenberg will continue her role as director of the child development center and coordinator of early childhood research and outreach.

Callahan said Cryer, Nielsen, Tallakson and Lockhart also will have additional teaching responsibilities.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four incoming freshmen at the University of Northern Iowa were awarded the Rose H. Quick Scholarship. Recipients were Samuel Garles, and Sara Rhum, both of Fairfield, Tina Egli of Lockridge, and Kyle Wilhelm of Montrose.

Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The award is given to incoming freshmen, with preference given to residents of southeastern Iowa and is based on academic ability.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Nine incoming College of Social and Behavioral Sciences freshmen at the University of Northern Iowa have been awarded scholarships. Recipients are: Lia Plakke of Cedar Falls, Teaya Minks of Waterloo, Melissa Heffernen of Altoona, Michelle Vanderah of Ankeny, Diane Meyer of Harris, Amy Higgins of La Porte City, Jessica Young of Nevada, Dustin Behrens of Sioux City and Ryan Puhrmann of Waverly.

Each will receive a $5,000 scholarship. To be considered for the award, students must be Iowa residents entering the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences who are in the top 15 percent of their graduating class and received an ACT score of 27 or above.

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As a dietitian, Lisa Krausman has seen all the diet fads: low-fat, low-carb, Phen-Fen, grapefruit, South Beach, The Zone. 'There is a lot of pressure placed on people -- primarily women -- to be thin,' she said. 'So we're always looking for a quick way to lose weight.'

She doesn't believe that a fad diet -- or any diet -- is the proper way to lose weight. What Americans should be doing is seeking a healthier lifestyle altogether, and that means eating good-for-you foods like whole-grains, fresh fruits and vegetables; and increasing physical activity. Krausman also suggests limiting the amount of meat consumed. 'It's recommended that the average person get 5 to 6 ounces of meat a day. When you realize that 3 ounces of meat is about the same size as a deck of cards, you can see that you might be eating too much.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Seven University of Northern Iowa students, along with faculty adviser Recayi Pecen, received three trophies and a ninth-place finish at the 2004 World Championship Solar Electric Boat Regatta in Buffalo, N.Y., on June 15.

Six UNI seniors, Jamie Ruth and Eric Schumacher, both of Cedar Falls; Matt Brustkern, Dan Frisch and Phil Tentinger of Waterloo; and Jack Steuben of Jesup; along with sophomore Cullen Hall, of Peosta competed in the 11th annual event with 24 other teams from the United States and Canada.

The team won three trophies for its efforts: fastest boat in qualifying, most commercially viable hull, and most improved team from 2003. Last year the team finished 17th overall. The team was judged on workmanship, overall design, technical papers, practicality and project display. On the water the team competed in three events: a slalom course, an endurance race and a 300-meter sprint.

This year the team made major modifications to the boats drive system, installed a computer- controlled motor, and 144 new photo voltaic (PV) solar cells, reducing the boat's weight by 60 pounds. The UNI Solar Electric Boat project promotes eco-friendly boat technologies in Iowa lakes and rivers and is sponsored by the Iowa Energy Center (IEC), Deere and Co., Farm and Fleet, WBM Marine, and the UNI Office of the Provost.

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Recent polls have shown that Americans who attend religious services regularly tend to vote Republican, while those who don't attend church regularly often lean toward the Democratic party. Michael Blackwell, director of multicultural education at UNI and an instructor of classes in both religion and politics, sees it a bit differently. 'I would say that the Republican party has postured itself as the party that has family values, a work ethic, and a religious faith. The whole issue of 'values,' which has become a buzz word for the religious right, is a way to create polarization. It's a divisive tactic that might be an attractive sound bite, but it actually skews where people really are.'

He points out that in some communities -- African Americans, for instance -- there are factors which might further skew the poll results. 'Blacks who consider themselves fairly religious and attend church regularly are probably quite conservative in their values, which may or may not translate into conservative politics. African Americans are pretty progressive politically when they are dealing with issues of racial discrimination and injustice,' he says. 'However, they can be very conservative on issues such as prayer in school, faith-based initiatives, abortion, gay rights, school vouchers, and so forth. Many people generally are surprised when they discover that a large number of blacks hold to principles that can easily be identified with the religious right or conservative Republicans. But it is on the issue of race relations that they tend to veer from the Republican Party and resonate with the more liberally minded Democratic Party.'



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Five graduate students at the University of Northern Iowa recently received awards for Outstanding Master's Thesis and Outstanding Research Paper. The recipients each received a plaque and monetary award from the university.

First place in the Outstanding Master's Thesis Award Competition went to psychology major Mei-Chuan Wang for her work titled 'Body, Image, Eating Disturbance and Estrogen Levels Across the Menstrual Cycle.' Wang is a native of Taiwan and is in the doctoral program at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. Second place was awarded to biology major Dave Williams for his work, 'Emergence and Mortality of Native Prairie Forbs Seeded into an Established Stand of Grass.' Williams resides in Cedar Falls. Third place was awarded to psychology major Michael Anderson for his work, 'The Effects of Social Identity Salience on the Cohesion of Demographically Diverse Groups.' Anderson is currently in the doctoral program at the University of Tulsa. Wang's thesis was UNI's entry in the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award competition sponsored by the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools.

First place in the Outstanding Master's Research Paper Award Competition went to mathematics major John J. Neely for his work titled 'A Look at Proficient Mental Computation Through The Eyes of a Computationally Challenged Math Teacher.' Neely resides in Cedar Falls. Second place was awarded to Agnieszka Prokop for her work titled 'Not a Search For But a Search Within: Time and Space in Jeanette Winterson's Sexing The Cherry.' Prokop is back home in her native Poland.

UNI has presented the Outstanding Thesis Award each year since 1991. The Outstanding Research Paper Award was started 1999. Criteria for each award include clarity, scholarship, methodology, significance, and contribution to the field of study. Nominations come from the thesis and/or paper faculty adviser and selection is made by faculty and committees.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert Smith has been named interim executive director of Equal Opportunity Programs and Special Community Services (EOP/SCS) at the University of Northern Iowa. The appointment is effective July 1.

Previously Smith served as director of the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) program at the UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE). He came to UNI in 1988 as a recruiter/adviser for EOC. In 1990, he was promoted to assistant director, and in 1991 was named director.

In his new position, Smith will be responsible for providing service to the campus and community through existing programs, seeking new grant-funded service opportunities, and reviewing and improving the EOP/SCS organization, processes and internal and external relations. Smith also will continue is role as EOC director.

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CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa's successful teacher education program, '2+2,' recently received a $596,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program, which began as a partnership with Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and the Carroll community, was designed to help curb the state's teacher shortage by providing access to higher education for place-bound Iowans -- those with obligations or responsibilities that prohibit them from traveling to a university. It also provides teachers and other professionals to rural parts of the state.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), ranking member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and a Education Appropriations Subcommittee, took the lead in including the funding for this project in the appropriate report.

The new funding will help develop 2+2 programs in early childhood education and technology education at DMACC/Carroll, technology education courses at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, elementary education with special education emphasis at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, and planning at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar and Peosta.

Through the 2+2 partnerships, students take general education courses at the community college and then enroll in UNI courses. The UNI classes are offered onsite at the community college, and are taught by UNI faculty, in conjunction with Web-based instruction and video conferencing.

'Many of our graduates have wanted to be teachers all their lives but, because they were place-bound, they could not attend a university,' said Pat Holthaus, UNI faculty member in DMACC/Carroll, and program facilitator. More than 60 students have earned four-year degrees since the program started in 1997. Ninety percent of those graduates now teach in central or western Iowa.

Joan Fredrickson of Yale, graduated in elementary education in May 2003, and now teaches K-5 library and technology classes at Panorama Elementary School. She worked as a teacher associate before deciding to pursue a four-year teaching degree. 'The DMACC/Carroll classes were scheduled so students could also work and only make a few weekly trips to the Carroll campus,' Fredrickson said. 'I got the same quality education I would have received had I been able to travel to UNI.'

Tom Heuton of Glidden, worked at a Carroll manufacturing plant for 25 years and then the plant closed. 'I always wanted to be a teacher. So, after starting at another college, I transferred to the DMACC/Carroll 2+2 program closer to home,' he said. 'The 2+2 program opens doors for a lot of people who would like to earn a four-year degree but can't because of the distance to a university.'

Heuton now teaches fourth- through sixth-graders in a special-needs classroom at Guthrie Center Elementary School.

UNI's 2+2 partnerships also include a major in technology management/general business started at the DMACC/Carroll campus in 2002. Additional funding awarded will allow UNI to expand 2+2 partnerships into other Iowa communities.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Smart Start,' an entrepreneurial training course, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) this summer.

The two-hour 'Smart Start I' course will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, June 24 or July 1, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. The course will be taught by Mike Hahn, RBC interim director, and James Hoelscher, RBC program manager for entrepreneurial outreach. This course will cover the basics of business legalities, business plans, financial plans, commercial bank financing and state financial assistance programs. The cost is $15.



'Smart Start II,' will be offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 26, at the RBC office, and will be taught by accountants Kathy and Don Frey. This course will offer a cut-and-dry inventory of all the records needed to be kept by a business owner, as well as how to understand financial statements, bank reconciliations and tax requirements. The cost for this course is $30, or $25 for participants who have completed 'Smart Start I.'

'Microsoft Excel,' a software-training course, will be offered in conjunction with Ketels Contract Training, Monday and Tuesday, July 19 and 20. It will be taught by Chris Case. The course covers everything from the basics to more advanced commands and capabilities of Microsoft Excel. Module 1 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 19, and will cover beginning skills, while Module 2, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. that day, will build onto those skills. Module 3 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 20. It will cover Excel's more advanced capabilities. Special summer pricing for 'Microsoft Excel,' normally $115 per module, is reduced to $60 per module, or $180 for all three.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa State Teachers College (ISTC) Class of 1954 celebrated its 50th reunion, May 6-8 at the University of Northern Iowa, with 44 class members from all parts of the country. Attendees participated in a variety of events, including a campus tour and a commencement ceremony. ISTC was renamed State College of Iowa in 1961, and the University of Northern Iowa in 1967.

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HOMETOWN NAME



BURLINGTON M. Laurine Paule

CEDAR FALLS Diane Baum

James Handorf

Ruth Hovelson

CLEGHORN Marilyn Anderson

DAVENPORT Jaclyn Miller

DES MOINES Gladys Meier

Joy Corning

DENISON Marilyn Keuck

INDIANOLA Doris Maltby

Jim Maltby

Barbara Van Sickle

Marvin Van Sickle

IOWA CITY Eleanor Carthey

Betty Mitchell

IOWA FALLS Duane Lloyd

MARSHALLTOWN Raymond Schult

MASON CITY Donna Hutchens

Franklin Hutchens

PARKERSBURG Mary Bro

POLK CITY Marilyn Gaylor

ST. ANSGAR Beulah Beaman

STUART Louise Opheim

URBANDALE Esther Norris

WATERLOO Mary Jane Shafer

WAVERLY Eldon Armstrong

WEST UNION Marlene Bicknese

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TUCSON, ARIZ. Dale Birchard

Florence Koch

VANCOUVER, BC. Paul Stanwood

GLENDALE, CALIF. Kenneth Heflin

COLORADO SPRING, COLO. Harold Malfeld

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. Kenneth Anderson

LIBERTYVILLE, ILL. Jim Wachenheim

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. John DeJong

WHEATON, ILL. Edmond Ewoldt

BLOOMINGTON, MINN. Donna Chatfield

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. Carlyle Davidsen

OMAHA, NEB. Louis Roskens

COLUMBUS, OHIO Katherine Adamson

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, OHIO Karl Rauch

SALEM, ORE. Dolores Beckmann

GREEN BAY, WIS. Ronald Johnson

PEWAUKEE, WIS. Margaret Morgan

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has named Edgar L. Berry associate vice president for educational and student services (ESS) and dean of students. Berry replaces Tom Romanin, who retired earlier this year. His appointment is effective Aug. 2.

In his new position, Berry will administer the student judicial system, manage the university's response to student critical incidents, provide crisis intervention, direct the department of Advising and Career Services and coordinate the operation of the Student Services Center. He also will manage ESS efforts related to student life, research and assessment, fund raising and parent relations.

Before coming to UNI, Berry was assistant dean of students at the University of Houston, in Texas. Previous to that, he was director of minority affairs for Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Pa. He holds a B.A. in sociology and social welfare from St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C.; a master's in counseling and student personnel from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, and an Ed.D. in counselors' education at Texas Southern University. Berry and his wife Donna have two sons.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- This fall, the University of Northern Iowa will be home to the state's only undergraduate program in bioinformatics, one of the country's fast-growing career areas. The program will be one of only a handful of undergraduate programs like it in the nation.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved the major during its June 16 meeting at Lakeside Labs in Okoboji.

According to Kichoon Yang, bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary curriculum combining computer science, mathematics, chemistry and biology. Previous to about 1985, says Yang, scientists struggled to map genes of any organism. In fact, he explains, the process was so complex that it used to require a large group of scientists several years to map the gene structure of a plant. Then came a 'life sciences revolution,' with scientific breakthroughs that allowed scientists to do this job much faster.

'One of the more visible consequences of the life sciences revolution -- which many scientists believe will shape the first half of the 21st century -- is the massive set of genome data it has generated, the data so massive that it is hardly intelligible without much additional data mining work,' said Yang. 'To make the matter worse, new genome data accumulate faster than we can mine the existing data.'

Bioinformatics was created expressly for this reason. It is a discipline that studies data mining techniques to facilitate more efficient and better understanding of the genome data.

The sheer volume of the data that must be mined guarantees a continued need for individuals with this background. In fact, the National Science Foundation estimates that 20,000 jobs in the area of bioinformatics will be created by 2005.

UNI will begin accepting students this fall, with a view toward full implementation of the program in less than three years.

For more information contact Yang at (319) 273-2585.

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Four University of Northern Iowa Army ROTC cadets were awarded gold badges in the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency (GAFBMP) Competition in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. May 20 - 23.

Cadets Tyson Trunkhill, and Jeff Ritter, both of Waterloo; Kyle Godfrey of Cedar Rapids, and Ben Seibert of Waukon competed against approximately 300 soldiers. Events included swimming, track and field, weightlifting, pistol marksmanship, and a timed road march. The competition was hosted by the Army Reserve's 326th Area Support Group.

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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, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday and Friday, June 17 and 18, at UNI-CUE in Waterloo.

'Working Together for Results: A Review of Best Practices, Research, Trends and Case Studies,' will be presented by UNI President Robert Koob and Stacy Van Gorp, project director for Opportunity Works in UNI's Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services. 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.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, today gave approval to the University of Northern Iowa to begin a new major: networking & system administration. The program will be the only undergraduate one in the state. Networking & system administration is a specialization of computer science.

Bart Bergquist, acting head of the Department of Computer Science, said students enrolled in the program will focus on both computer hardware and software. An important aspect will be working specifically on security issues.

'For example, look at the junk messages you're getting in your e-mail,' he said. 'People who graduate with this degree will look at ways to protect computers from viruses, and keep hackers out. Those are the kinds of issues that cannot be solved without people who have expertise in networking & system administration.'

Bergquist said the program will have two faces: the very practical hardware aspect; and the broader, programming and theoretical side of computer science. Among required classes will be those taught in industrial technology, relating to electrical circuitry and computer hardware. 'In computer science, students will learn more about software, computer security and related theory,' he explained. 'Students also take relevant courses in mathematics and physics.'

Bergquist said there is a high demand for graduates in this area. According to a study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the average starting salary for someone in the computer science field is $48,656, up 8.9 percent from the previous year. 'That suggests an increase in demand for people in this field,' said Bergquist. 'There was a drop after the dot-com bust, but the demand has returned.'

For more information about the program, contact Bergquist at (319) 273-2618.

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-- 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R',' a two-part professional development course, was recently presented by the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE).

Thirty-two teachers were introduced to waste reduction, reuse and recycling concepts, and resources to help students learn about waste-related issues. The interdisciplinary course brought together teachers of math, science, English language arts, reading, social studies, life skills, and talented and gifted.

___(NAME) , a teacher at (SCHOOL) , was among the participants. This teacher's attendance was sponsored by (AGENCY) .

As part of the course, participants prepared and taught a mini-unit in their classrooms.

'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked R' was funded in part with grants from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP) Conservation Education Program, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Solid Waste Alternatives Program, and selected solid waste agencies.

The course is offered through Science Education and the CEEE. For more information about future courses, contact Susan Salterberg at (319) 498-4516, or salterberg@uni.edu.

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NOTE TO EDITOR: Listed below in alphabetical order by town/school are the participants in the CEEE 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R'' workshop.



TOWN/SCHOOL TEACHER SPONSOR

DYERSVILLE/BECKMAN HIGH Margaret A. Hogan Dubuque Metro Area David Nelson Solid Waste Agency



CALAMUS/WHEATLAND ELEM. Susan Kruse Clinton Co. Area Solid Waste

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(CARROLL) KUEMPER CATHOLI C David Koester Carroll Co. Solid Waste

SCHOOL SYSTEM Mary Koester Management Commission

Kathy Stipe



CEDAR FALLS/HOLMES JR. Sue Green

CEDAR RAPIDS/VIOLA GIBSON Laura Reed Bluestem Solid Waste

ELEM. Agency

CLINTON/JEFFERSON ELEM. Carla Hilgenberg Clinton Co. Area Solid Waste

Agency

COLFAX-MINGO MIDDLE Mickolyn Clapper Newton Sanitary Landfill

Judy Sullivan

MILLERSBURG/DEEP RIVER- Barb Hagerty Iowa Co. Regional

MILLERSBURG ELEM. Environmental Improvement

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DES MOINES/LINCOLN HIGH Larry Beall Metro Waste Authority

EVANSDALE/BUNGER MIDDLE James Mather

Brandy Bartholomew

IOWA CITY/ROOSEVELT ELEM. Todd Simpson Iowa City Landfill and

Recycling Center



LINN-MAR/EXCELSIOR MIDDLE Ann VanNest Bluestem Solid Waste

Agency

MID-PRAIRIE MIDDLE SCHOOL Christopher Soldat Iowa City Landfill and

Recycling Center

NEWTON/BERG MIDDLE Heather Agnew-Moore Newton Sanitary Landfill

Melissa Travis

TRURO/INTERSTATE 35 Sherrie Gray South Central Iowa Landfill

Ronda Wishon Agency

VICTOR/HLV COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Jay Fetzer Iowa Co. Regional

Jon Prottsman Environmental

Improvement Commission

VINTON/TILFORD MIDDLE Nancy J. Donahue Benton Co. Solid Waste

Disposal Commission



VINTON/WEST EARLY Shirale Hanson Benton Co. Solid Waste

CHILDHOOD CTR

WATERLOO/CENTRAL MIDDLE Cortney Dierks Waste Management Services

Dept., City of Waterloo Disposal Commission

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Patricia Higby knows exactly how much energy is used when a computer is left on all night. She's fully aware of how much electricity is wasted when a full-size washing machine is used to wash a single pair of jeans. And in these times of ever-rising fuel costs, she wishes more people were just as cognizant. 'Our fossil fuel resources are dwindling,' says Higby, energy educator at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education. 'The next generation will have to deal with that fact. We've got to change the way we look at energy and the way we use it.'

Her answer? Teach children how to conserve energy now. 'When we were kids, the idea of energy conservation was putting on a sweater and turning off the lights. But we can do much more now.' She points out that families can use compact fluorescent bulbs which provide more light with less heat, saving energy during summer months. Purchasing 'Energy Star' appliances -- those requiring less energy to do the same work -- is another idea. 'We can save energy and still be comfortable if we shop wisely.'

June 10, 2004 - 7:00pm

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Board of Regents to meet June 15-16

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet June 15-16 at Iowa Lakeside Laboratories in Okoboji. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/Agendas/agenda.html

1. Final Operating FY 2005 Budget

All three universities will present their budgets.

a. UNI's budget incorporates the 2.5% budget cut experienced in October 2003. The budget is, as explained by President Robert Koob, status quo from that base and not from the beginning of FY 2004.

b. UNI was forced to reallocate funds from other sources to meet the salary levels set in collective bargaining. This is the fifth consecutive year that the state has not fully met the salary obligations it bargained for the university.

Contact:

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2355

2. Register of Capital Improvement Business Transactions

Contact:

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

3. Secretary/Treasurer appointment for 2004-2005

Gary Shontz, UNI controller, will be reappointed to this position.

Contact:

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

4. Capital Improvement Plan, FY 2005

Contact:

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

5. Lease of Property

The university will lease property at 722 Water St., in Waterloo, to open the Community Technology Center.

a. The center is funded by a $289,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

b. An extension of UNICUE programs, the center will provide a series of after-school classes in computer skills. In addition, administrators will work with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers to provide computer skills classes for adults starting their own businesses.

c. Isaac Podolefksy, program assistant in the office of the associate vice president for academic affairs, is the project director.

Contact:

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

Isaac Podolefsky, program assistant, office of the associate vice president for academic affairs, (319) 433-1268.

6. Investment Committee: Quarterly Investment and Cash Management Report

Contact:

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

7. Register of capital improvement

Among programs is the new Business and Community Services Building that will house Conferences and Event Services, the Institute for Decision Making, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers' student incubator, and ISU Extension offices for the Cedar Valley.

Contact:

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382



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Contact:

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

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The University of Northern Iowa recently introduced a groundbreaking full-tuition program for freshmen whose families are unable to contribute financially to their son's or daughter's education. Called the Tuition Opportunity Program for Iowans (TOP), the program was created by UNI to meet the needs of lower-income Iowa families who believe attending college is beyond their financial means. UNI is one of just a few institutions in the country to provide such a program.

'TOP will guarantee full payment of tuition and fees for up to four years through a combination of grants and scholarships, regardless of future tuition increases,' explained Roland Carrillo, executive director of enrollment management at UNI. The program will go into effect for freshmen entering UNI during the fall 2004 semester.

'If an Iowa student is qualified, and wants to attend UNI, they should have that opportunity,' said Robert Koob, UNI president. 'We are concerned that the increasing cost of tuition is preventing families with the most financial need from considering the idea of public higher education. That's unfortunate, because education is a key to breaking the cycle of poverty. We developed this program to help Iowa students pursue a degree. This is good for them, good for the university and good for Iowa.'

Qualifying criteria include income, family size, assets and number of dependents in college.

'TOP is designed to fill a very specific need,' said Carrillo. 'We want Iowa families to know that even if they don't qualify for TOP, we have many financial aid programs and tools to help their student attend UNI.'

While the TOP program addresses tuition and related fees, the university is prepared to help students cover other expenses such as room and board through loans and employment. 'This is not a free ride,' explained Koob.



Carrillo noted that in 1973, when the federal Pell Grant program began assisting undergraduates, the maximum grant for the neediest students covered 84 percent of the cost of a public four-year college. Because of inflation, today, the maximum Pell Grant covers just 39 percent. 'Our TOP program represents a commitment by the university to close that gap,' said Carrillo.

The majority of the funding for the TOP program comes from federal and institutional grants. Other funding comes directly from UNI via scholarships and work-study programs. Carrillo stressed that high-ability students will remain a priority for the university. 'These students will continue to receive almost 70 percent of all institutional and private scholarship assistance in recognition of their outstanding academic success.'

For more information, contact UNI's Financial Aid Office at (319) 273-2700, 1-800-772-2736, or www.uni.edu/finaid/.

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June 6, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa hosted the first Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon race of the 2004 season in Marshalltown on May 22. Nine high schools and 15 cars from Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin competed.

In Division 1A, St. Ansgar High School took first place, Bayfield High School (Wisconsin) took second, and Muscatine High School took third. Division 1A competitors spend less than $2,500 on their cars and are part-time participants.

The winners for Division 2A were Pomeroy-Palmer High School, first and second places; and Lincoln SW High School (Nebraska) in third. This division is for experienced teams, and requires them to spend less than $2,500 on the car.

The winners for the 3A division were North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), first place; and Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, second, third and fourth places. This division is geared toward college competitors, and allows them to spend more than $2,500 on their cars.

In the braking portion of the competition, the winners were: St. Ansgar, first place in division 1A; and Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, first place for divisions 2A and 3A. For the maneuverability portion of the competition the winners were, in division 1A, St. Ansgar High School; in division 2A, Pomeroy-Palmer High School; and in division 3A, NIACC.

The Iowa Electrathon is a statewide program for high school and college students to learn about alternative energy sources by designing and building electrical cars. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/ceee/electrathon.

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UNI sources can discuss Ronald Reagan and his legacy

Several UNI professors are well-versed in the U.S. presidency and presidential history. They are listed below.

Donna Hoffman, assistant professor of political science; teaches a class on presidential politics; (319) 273-5916

John Johnson, professor of history; discusses American politics; (319) 273-7077

Robert Martin, head of the Department of History; discusses American politics, (319) 273-2097

Geraldine Perreault, director of the Leadership Studies Program; discusses 'mistakes, lies & politics';

(319) 273-6898

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UNI STORM helps National Weather Service battle airborne threats

Presidential Candidate John Kerry recently listed bio-terrorism as the second greatest terrorism threat to the United States. At UNI, the Science center for Teaching, Outreach and Research on Meteorology (STORM), has been working with the National Weather Service to develop plans in the event of such an attack.

Alan Czarnetzki, director STORM, explains that weather patterns greatly affect how vapors of any kind will disperse in the air. 'Since Sept. 11, there's a real strong interest in the kind of information that we provide,' he said. 'Having this kind of information will prove extremely valuable in battling any kind of airborne threat.'



Contact: Alan Czarnetzki, director, STORM, (319) 273-2152

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

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UNI professor designs, exhibits anti-war medal

Mary Frisbee Johnson, professor of art, recently designed a sterling silver anti-war medal titled 'Egypt.' The medal was selected for exhibition in the June Crafts National 38 at the Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University. As part of the Anti-War Medal Exhibition, her medal also was exhibited at the Electrum Gallery in London in May.

Contact:

Mary Frisbee Johnson, professor of art, (319) 273-2077

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- During the recent Iowa Electrathon, sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa, nine participants received the Founders' Award. Winners must demonstrate creativity, leadership abilities and the ability to motivate others.

The winners are Jerimiah Claremboux of Bayfield, Wis.; Molly Moore and Josh Smith, both of Cedar Rapids; James Shubert of Elkhorn, Neb.; Bryan Hokinson of Manson; Luke Martz of Muscatine; Randy Huling of Mason City; Kenton Howie of Pomeroy-Palmer; and Mike Adams of St.Ansgar.

Each received a plaque and 100 points towards the Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon Championship Series. The championship is a series of five races all over Iowa.

The Iowa Electrathon is a statewide program for high school and college students to learn about alternative energy sources through the designing and building of electrical cars. For more information visit www.uni.edu/ceee/electrathon.

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June 3, 2004 - 7:00pm

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The University of Northern Iowa is one of four public universities selected to participate in a pilot project to strengthen engagement with their communities. The other three institutions are California State University, Fresno; Northern Kentucky University; and the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. The institutions were selected on the basis of readiness, commitment (human and financial), and potential to serve as a model for peer institutions.

The project, called Making Place Matter, calls for each university, along with regional and state stakeholders, to identify stewardship opportunities and barriers and address them. Making Place Matters has received $150,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to promote a more integrated approach to engagement with communities, regional stewardship, and advancing policy and programmatic conversations for state college and university leaders through concrete tools and strategies.

Making Place Matter is supported by a partnership between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Alliance for Regional Stewardship.

'UNI has taken an active role participating in activities promoting the welfare of the Cedar Valley and the area it serves,' said Robert Koob, UNI president. 'This award from the Kellogg Foundation and AASCU will help us learn how to be more effective in our efforts.'

The 18-month pilot project will be followed by a two-day meeting to introduce the concept of regional stewardship, and present the tools developed by campuses and their regional and state partners.

AASCU is a higher education association whose membership is comprised of more than 430 public colleges, universities and systems of higher education throughout the United States and its territories.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 to help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.

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