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February 25, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Women's Studies programs at the University of Northern Iowa will observe March as Women's History Month through a series of events. Unless noted, events are free and open to the public.

The events are as follows:

Monday, March 1, CROW Forum Lecture, 'Negotiating Truth: Postcolonial Adventures in Transnational Space,' by Deidre Bucher Heistad, assistant professor of modern languages, noon, Baker Hall, Room 161.

Tuesday, March 2, lecture, 'Accumulating Culture, Or How to be an Early Modern Learned Lady,' by Margaret Ezell, John Paul Abbott Professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University, 7 p.m., Seerley Hall Great Reading Room.



Thursday-Saturday, March 4-6, Theatre UNI/UNI School of Music production, 'The Tender Land,' 7:30 p.m., Strayer-Wood Theater. For tickets, call (319) 273-6381.

Tuesday, March 9, public reading of 'Feminism is for Everybody,' a book by bell hooks. UNI students and staff will read aloud from the book continuously throughout the day, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge.

Tuesday, March 9, lecture by Jamaican author Patricia Powell, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education.

Friday, March 12, Women on Fridays: Video Viewpoints, 'The Hazards of Helen,' a viewing of the film series produced between 1914 and 1917 and starring Helen Holmes, celebrated silent-screen serial queen; noon to 1:30 p.m., Baker Hall, Room161.

Wednesday, March 24, lecture, 'Justice Undressed: Law, Sexuality & Politics in Third Republic France,' by Sara Kimble, assistant professor of history, at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall Room 115.

Thursday, March 25, 'Oh No, My Parent is a Feminist,' a discussion by children and their feminist parents, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Baker Hall, Room 161.



Thursday, March 25, Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Lecture Series, Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, 7:30 p.m., Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Admission is free but tickets are required. For tickets, call (319) 273-SHOW.

Friday, March 26, forum, 'The Changing Face of Iowa: Tapping Resources for Successful Aging,' with Toni Calasanti of Virginia Tech University, at 6:30 p.m., in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education.

Monday, March 29, Women and War Conference, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Old Central Ballroom (formerly Maucker Union Expansion).



Monday, March 29, Women's Studies Spring Reception, 'The Book That Changed My Life,' at 3:15 p.m. in Baker Hall, Room 161.

Tuesday, March 30, Off-Hudson Series of Staged Readings, 'Tea,' directed by Cynthia Goatley, director of the department of theatre, at 7:30 p.m., in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.



Wednesday-Saturday, March 31-April 3, Interpreters Theatre production, 'Barbie Undone,' adapted and directed by Karen Mitchell, associate professor of communication studies; and Brianne Waychoff, graduate assistant in the Women's Studies program, at 7:30 p.m. in Lang Hall, Room 40.

February 24, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a Job and Internship Fair for UNI students and alumni Wednesday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Maucker Union Ballroom.

The fair will feature more than 60 organizations with business, human services and government opportunities throughout the United States. These organizations are seeking individuals from all academic fields for permanent employment or internships. Several employers will select students to interview during the Interview Day on Thursday, March 4.

Among the organizations that will be represented at the fair are: CIGNA Corporation, Cambrex, Dubuque Police Department, Maytag Corporation, Lands' End, Pella Corporation, State Farm Insurance, Target Stores, Rockwell Collins and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

'We are pleased to see sustained interest in UNI students and alumni from so many organizations,' said Libby Vanderwall, UNI Career Center events coordinator. 'UNI students will find quality employment and internship opportunities at this event.'

There are no pre-registration requirements for this free walk-in-event, but participants are encouraged to dress as if for an interview and to bring several copies of their resume. For a full listing of organizations that will be at the fair, visit the UNI Career Center home page at www.uni.edu/careercenter/.

This event is sponsored by the UNI Career Center.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa faculty, staff and students traveled to Kansas City, Jan. 2 to Jan. 5 to attend the 2004 American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI).

AHMI is an educational symposium for nonprofit management. More than 500 students from 70 colleges and universities across the country travel to AHMI each year.



Representing UNI at AHMI was Gordon Mack, executive director of UNI's American Humanics (AH) program; Chris Edgington, professor and director of UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services; and Stacy Van Gorp, project director of UNI's Opportunity Works.



Mack served as associate dean of the institute and Edgington presented the workshop, 'Youth-Centered Program Planning.' Van Gorp conducted the workshop, 'Demystifying Grant Writing.'

Cyanna Alm, senior leisure service major from Camanche, served as liaison to the 2004 AHMI Student Advisory Council.

The UNI AH student association presented the workshop, 'AH Student Association Best Practices: University of Northern Iowa.'

Students participating were: Andrew Carlsen, senior leisure services major from Manly; Jared Ehmen, senior general studies major from Missouri Valley; Jennifer Hamlin, senior leisure services major form Van Horne; Heidi Kriegel, junior leisure services major from Brooklyn; Lisa Lang, senior general studies major from Belle Plaine; Ryan Neumann, senior leisure services major from Urbandale; Jama Ohrt, junior leisure services major from Vinton; Brandon Schroeder, senior leisure services major from Cedar Rapids; Heather Shelangoski, senior family services major from Cedar Rapids; and Paul Toppin, senior leisure services major from Cedar Falls.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A group of University of Northern Iowa students were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma for the 2003-2004 academic year.

(Student's name), a (classification) (major) major, was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society at UNI. (He/she) is the (son/daughter) of (parent's names), (hometown).

To be eligible for membership into Beta Gamma Sigma, students must be in the upper 7 percent of the junior class, the upper 10 percent of the senior class, or the upper 20 percent of the master's class.

HOMETOWN STUDENT'S NAME/PARENT'S NAME/CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR

Altoona Sunny Jo Darling Roeder, Jan and Doug Darling, masters, accounting

Ames Shannon Holt, Bill and Carolyn Holt, senior, marketing and interior design

Ankeny Andrea Smiens, Craig and Cyndi Smiens, junior, finance

Audubon Amanda Mullenger, Ron and Darla Mullenger, senior, accounting

Bellevue Marsha Cloos, Mark and Marlene Cloos, senior, finance and real estate

Bennett Heather Hartwig, Keith and Deb Hartwig, senior, marketing

Cascade Amanda Knuth, senior, accounting

Clear Lake Jamie Loos, Gary and Karen Loos, junior, economics

Council Bluffs Kyle Vanderhelm, Steve and Becky Vanderhelm, junior, economics

Earlham Amanda Silverthorn, Nancy Silverthorn, junior, accounting

Eldridge Memorea Schrader, Randy and Denise Schrader, junior, human resources

Hudson Susan Patterson, Hugh and Vicki Patterson, junior, economics

Jesup Christopher Glen Higdon, Darryl and Mary Higdon, senior, management information systems

Jesup Sheri Reuter, Larry and Deb Reuter, junior, finance and economics, business analysis

Manson Kelli McCaulley, Shari McCaulley, junior, business teaching

Marhsalltown Sarah Clemens, William and Rebecca Clemens, junior, business management

Mason City Michelle Boelman, Stan and Linda Boelman, senior, actuarial science and accounting

Mason City Bobbi A. Engleman, Bruce and Glennys Engleman, senior, marketing

Monroe James McConeghey, Mark and Jane McConeghey, senior, accounting

Nashua Laura Seamans, Lawrnie and Patty Seamans, junior, human resource management and organizational communication

New Hampton Sarah Eichenberger, Carol and Gene Gratz, Jim Eichenberger, junior, accounting

Norfolk Jason Cope, Pamela and Donald Cope, senior, marketing

Ottumwa Joseph Klodt, Richard and Nancy Klodt, senior, management information systems

Sioux City Scott Heinrichs, Kevin and Sue Heinrichs, senior, accounting

St. Ansgar Gary Landherr, Tom and Elaine Landherr, senior, accounting

Vinton Jennifer Germaine, Jim and Linda Germaine, junior, accounting

Vinton Brook Runyan, Steve and Jama Runyan, junior, accounting

Wilton Andrew McQuillen, Thomas and Deborah McQuillen, senior, business education

Brooklyn Park, Min. Kelly Irlbeck, Al and Terri Irlbeck, junior, accounting and Spanish

Omaha, Neb. Steven C. Allen, Craig and Vicki Allen, junior, accounting

February 23, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Minority Graduate Student Association (MGSA) will host a comedy show to conclude Black History Month. Featuring Benji Brown of Black Entertainment Television's 'Comic View,' the show begins at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

The comedian also has appeared on HBO's 'Def Comedy Jam,' and recently co-starred in the hip-hop comedy movie, 'A Miami Tail.'

The event is free and open to the public.

MGSA is comprised of graduate students interested in issues that affect students of color in higher education. Membership is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at UNI.

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Tuesday, Feb. 24

Russian videoconference. The UNI Center for Educational Technology will conduct a 'Russian-American Studies in Human Geography' course via video-conferencing over the Internet. Connecting to Herzon University in St. Petersburg, Russia, the course may be observed on the following Tuesdays, from 9 to 10:45 a.m., Feb. 24, March 2 and 9.

Thursday, Feb. 26

'Meth and More.' Representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice will present 'Meth and More' in Curris Business Building, Room 109, at 6 p.m. The multimedia presentation will cover the drug crisis in Iowa communities and efforts to combat the use and sale of meth and club drugs.

Improv performance. Half-Masted 3.2, an improvisational theatre troupe, will present 'Improv! Improv! Improv!' at 7:30 p.m. in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

Friday, Feb. 27

Entrepreneurs to gather at UNI. The third annual Collegiate Entrepreneurs Iowa Conference will take place

at UNI's Maucker Union, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager for UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, said about 350 college and university students, faculty and staff from across the state will attend.

Improv performance. Half-Masted 3.2, an improvisational theatre troupe, will present 'Improv! Improv! Improv!' at 7:30 p.m. in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

Saturday, Feb. 28

Comedy show. Featuring Benji Brown of Black Entertainment Television's 'Comic View,' the show begins at 7 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium.



Improv performance. Half-Masted 3.2, an improvisational theatre troupe, will present 'Improv! Improv! Improv!' at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Hispanic Latino Student Union (HLSU) will host its annual Latino Ball, 'Moving Forward' from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, March 6 at the Slife Ballroom, in the UNI Commons.

The evening will include a live performance by the mariachi band 'Las Guitarras de Mexico;' a speech by three-time Olympian, Ruben Gonzales (luge); dancing to the beats of DJ Chilangos and a performance by the UNI Dance Team. Contests, prizes and free refreshments will be available.

Dinner tickets are $10 and can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26 in Maucker Union.

For ticket information, contact HLSU's Lydia Roberts at (319) 273-5910, or Dalia Saucedo at dalia@uni.edu.

February 22, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Negotiating Truth: Postcolonial Adventures in Transnational Space ' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, March 1, in Baker Hall, Room 161, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The lecture will be given by Deirdre Bucher Heistad, assistant professor of modern languages at UNI.

Heistad will examine the ways in which some French-speaking women writers, including Malika Mokeddem of Algeria, Calixthe Beyala of Cameroon, and Evelyn Accad of Lebanon, confront identity issues.



'These writers construct new visions of identity that advance hybridity over purity and pluralism over essentialism in such a way as to explode old categories of description that have failed to acknowledge both women's strengths and sufferings,' said Heistad.



Admission is free and open to the public.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Microsoft Excel,' a course that introduces the basic commands and capabilities of Microsoft Excel, and more advanced topics, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training.

The three-module course will run Fridays, March 5, 12, and 26, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo, and will be taught by Chris McGregor-Case. There will be no class held on March 19.

Module one will cover beginning topics, module two will introduce intermediate skills and module three will address more advanced issues. For a detailed description of the topics being covered, visit the Excel Training page at www.contracttraining.com.

Participants may take any of the three courses for $115 each, or all three courses for $299. The registration deadline for the first module is noon, Wednesday, March 3. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.

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The third annual Collegiate Entrepreneurs Iowa Conference will take place at UNI's Maucker Union, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager for UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, said about 350 college and university students, faculty and staff from across the state will attend.

Among the speakers will be Bill Krause, president and CEO of Krause Gentle Corp., and owner of 350 Kum & Go stores in 13 states and 19 other companies; Dan Leese, COO of Beringer Blass Wine Estates in Napa Valley, Calif.; Jerome Conway, president of Austin Sonics Inc., a management company serving 101 Sonic restaurants; Dan Schmitt, president of Anthony, Allen & Quinn, a family of seven businesses; and speakers from Collegiate VIP. Cota-Uyar said other speakers will include successful young entrepreneurs.

Contacts:

Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager, John Papajohn Entrepreneurial Center, (319) 273-7350

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

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On anniversary of first witch trial, UNI professor defends Wiccan religion

It was Feb. 29, 1692, when authorities in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, arrested Sarah Good, the first woman in the United States to be charged with practicing witchcraft. Before it was over, there would be more than 150 imprisonments for the charge; and several deaths by hanging, burning at the stake and torture.

Although it's been more than 300 years since anyone was burned at the stake for practicing witchcraft, witches still experience disapproval and in some cases, religious persecution. James Robinson, associate professor of philosophy & religion at UNI, says 'There is still a sense that anyone worshipping any deity other than the Christian God is worshipping Satan, and that you do so at the risk of your soul.'

He explains that the Wiccan religion is an ancient nature-based religion that emphasizes harmony and peace, and finds the divine in natural forces. The religion was marginalized and eventually demonized by Christian missionaries, who saw Wiccans as competitors. 'Eventually, being a witch became a dangerous thing. Oftentimes they knew about natural healing methods, and some believe they also knew about poisons and had the ability to curse people and bring misfortune upon them. So having a witch in the area could lead to all sorts of very bad happenings.'

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James Robinson, associate professor, philosophy & religion, (319) 273-2507

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

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Survival training for college -- it's a jungle out there

Transitions are always challenging. The transition from high school to college, or from community college to a university can be especially difficult. The academic demands and social opportunities are new to many people.

'It can help to have some guidance and ideas for adapting to a new environment,' says David Towle, licensed psychologist and director of the University of Northern Iowa's Counseling Center.

Contacts:

David Towle, director, UNI Counseling Center & Office of Disability Services, (319) 273-2676, david.towle@uni.edu

James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 283-2761

February 19, 2004 - 6:00pm

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UNI will open its new Center for International Peace & Security Studies with an inaugural address by Rep. Jim Leach at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23 in Maucker Union. Leach will discuss, 'Progress in the War on Terrorism.' The public may attend at no charge. At 2 p.m., Leach will lecture a class in Sabin Hall, Room 129.

The Center for International Peace & Security Studies is housed within the Department of Political Science. It is designed to foster discussion, research and teaching about international conflicts and the meaning of security in the 21st century.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two 'Organizing Essentials' classes, 'Task and Time Management' and 'Taming the Paper Tiger at Work: Optimizing Your Paper and Electronic Filing Systems,' will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Krisalis, Inc.

Both classes will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo, and will be taught by Kris Pond-Burtis, Ph.D., professional organizer and owner of Krisalis, Inc.

'Task and Time Management,' a course to teach participants simple and easy ways to prioritize to-do lists and calendars using the Get Organized (GO) Systems Seminar, will be offered Tuesday, March 2. 'Taming the Paper Tiger,' a course to help participants design customized, effective and organized filing systems, will be offered Tuesday, March 9.

These classes are appropriate for owners and staff of small and home-based businesses; and top-level administrators, managers, supervisors and administrative staff of larger businesses.

Participants may take one course for $59, or both courses for $99. The registration deadline for 'Task and Time Management' is noon, Friday, Feb. 27. The deadline for 'Taming the Paper Tiger' is noon, March 5. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student, Sarah Carlson, was a winner at the Fort Dodge Young Artists Competition, held in January in Fort Dodge.

Carlson, a junior vocal performance major from Rockwell City, and daughter of Tom and Nancy Carlson, was one of three winners in the Collegiate Division. She performed 'Rusalka's Song to the Moon' from 'Rusalka' by Dvorak. As a winner, Carlson will perform in the Fort Dodge Area Symphony Young Artists Concert at 2 p.m., April 25, at the Phillips Middle School Auditorium in Fort Dodge.

Thirty students competed against Carlson in her division. Her vocal instructor is Jean McDonald, UNI associate professor of music.

February 18, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Association of Educational Office Professionals (AEOP) will host the workshop, 'AEOP in Motion . . . Imagine, Believe, Achieve,' from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 15 in the Curris Business Building.

Pat Galasso, a certified business-planning trainer from Clear Lake, will give the keynote address, 'Managing Stress in Your Personal and Professional Life.'

Workshop topics will include 'Investments versus Financial Goals;' 'Point A to B: Driving Toward Life Goals;' 'Putting Yourself First: the Power of Recreation and Relaxation;' 'Women and Personal Finance;' 'Business Etiquette: Back to the Basics' and Principles and Elements of Design for Publications and Presentations.'

The workshop is open to all educational office professionals.

Participants may earn one-half of one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) by attending the workshop for the entire day. CEU forms will be available at the workshop.

Registration deadline for the event is Friday, Feb. 27.

For more information, contact Judy Dieken, AEOP president, at (319) 273-2422 or check out the AEOP Web site: http://www.uni.edu/aeop.

February 17, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Introductory Bookkeeping for Small Business,' a primer course to help small business owners understand business finances, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC).

The three-hour workshop is offered the last Saturday of each month from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The next two workshops will take place on Saturday, Feb. 28, and Saturday March 27, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. The instructors will be accountants, Kathy and Don Frey.

Participants will learn how to read and understand basic financial statements such as profit and loss statements, balance sheets and cash flows. The course also will cover bank reconciliations, record keeping and tax requirements for small businesses in Iowa.

The cost is $30 per person. The registration deadline for the February class is noon, Wednesday, Feb. 25. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For nearly a year, the religious world has anticipated the release of Mel Gibson's controversial film, 'The Passion of The Christ,' with both fear and elation. Some say the film, which depicts the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ's life, will incite anti-Semitism. Others believe it is a glorious testament to Christ's sacrifice, and still others debate its historical accuracy.



Ken Atkinson, UNI assistant professor of religion and philosophy, said concerns about the film have arisen for a variety of reasons. Atkinson holds three graduate degrees in biblical studies, and reads in first-century Aramaic, the language in which the 'The Passion' was filmed. He is the author of a new book on the Dead Sea scrolls and their importance in any study of the crucifixion, and has excavated at many biblical sites.

First, he explained, Gibson belongs to a splinter group of Catholicism that subscribes to pre-Vactican II ideals. Among other things, Vatican II, a series of proclamations, did away with the notion that Jews were responsible for the crucifixion of Christ, and opened a groundbreaking dialogue between the two faiths. 'There is concern that Gibson is not really aware of the scholarship and the beliefs of today's Catholic church, and that may have led him to insert errors into the film,' explained Atkinson.

Second, says Atkinson, the movie focuses heavily on the torture and gory details of the crucifixion. 'Many Christians may have trouble with that. The New Testament doesn't have extensive descriptions of the suffering of Christ. For Christians, Christ's life was more important than his crucifixion. And while the crucifixion was, of course, important, the gory details were not.'

The larger issues, charges of anti-Semitism and lack of historical accuracy, will have to be decided at a later date. Atkinson, who has not seen the film, says it probably is not anti-Semitic, but understands how it might be perceived as such. He said the film shows Jewish leaders saying the crucifixion will leave blood on their hands, and the hands of their children. After criticism, Gibson removed the subtitles to that effect, but left in the spoken words in Aramaic. 'That's a very sensitive statement,' Atkinson said. 'Jews have been persecuted on those grounds for centuries.'

Atkinson said that only Romans had the authority to crucify anyone during that time period. Further, because the Jewish high priest was appointed by the Romans -- and therefore beholden to them -- many argue that Christ's trial wasn't even legitimate.

Atkinson went on to say the 'blood on our hands' statement would be historically inaccurate, too, as Jews do not believe in the inheritance of sin. In fact, historical accuracy would be difficult on any level. The four gospels that present Christ's life and death -- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John -- differ on crucial points, including the date of the crucifixion. 'In the first three gospels, Jesus celebrates Passover, and that becomes the basis for the Lord's Supper or Eucharist, and is then crucified. In John, he is crucified before Passover. So you can't quite harmonize the two,' Atkinson said.

Because no one is sure how first-century Aramaic actually sounds, questions abound about the authenticity of the language used in the film.



He summed up by noting that the lack of context in the film might be troubling for some viewers. 'You look at it and you don't know why Christ is being persecuted, why he's being made to suffer this way,' said Atkinson, who explained that during the years leading up to the crucifixion, Jews had been afraid that Pontius Pilate, the ranking officer in Judea, would strike against them as repayment for Christ's continued rants against the Romans.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Associate Professor of Biology, Laura L. Jackson, was a featured speaker at the 28th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA), in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia in December, 2003.

Jackson's experience at the ESA conference supported her belief that U.S. farmers and environmentalists can learn from other countries about how to conserve native plant and animal species while still using the land for agriculture.

'The whole world is facing the same basic question about water quality, protecting soil and protecting wild plants and animals,' said Jackson. 'How do we conserve nature and make a living?'

'Pasture Cropping,' is a farming system used by the Australians to protect soil by growing wheat on top of native pasture and allows the perennial grasses to grow back after harvest. This is one idea Jackson would like to raise awareness about in the United States. She thinks a form of 'pasture cropping' is something Iowa producers should experiment with.

Jackson plans to incorporate what she learned in Australia directly in her classroom, where she teaches environmental studies.

While at the conference, Jackson presented a North American view of the influence ecologists have on agriculture, for the symposium 'Managing Profitable and Biodiverse Production Systems: Linking Policy, Research and Practice.' Her lecture was 'Shaping Biodiverse Production Systems in Collaboration with Producers, Consumers and Agricultural Scientists.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's National Roadside Vegetation Center (NRV), will present world traveler and environmental activist Bill Mohrwinkel at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23 in UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE).

Mohrwinkel will speak about his more than 10 years of traveling in the Arctic region. He will show his slides from rafting, hiking, canoeing and kayaking through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

'Bill has experienced firsthand the beauty and biological diversity of the ANWR,' said Kirk Henderson, roadside program manager of UNI's National Roadside Vegetation Center. 'Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates that beauty. Nearly every year, the international oil industry attempts to persuade U.S. legislators that the ANWR is a 'barren wasteland' where intense oil development would do no harm.'

Parking for the event is available northwest of the CEEE. For more information, contact Henderson at (319) 273-2183.

February 16, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Black Identity and Getting Past Race,' the fourth lecture in this year's Hearst Lecture Series at the University of Northern Iowa, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Maucker Union Center for Multicultural Education at UNI.

John McWhorter, one of America's leading linguists and a recognized authority on race and diversity, will deliver the address. The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of Communicative Disorders, host for this year's series, and is centered around the theme, 'Human Communication: Science and Disorders.'

McWhorter holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford University and specializes in Creole languages and typology.

He is the author of 'The Word on the Street: Fact and Fiction About American English' and 'the Missing Spanish Creoles: Recovering the Birth of Plantation Creole Languages.' His book 'Loosing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America,' addresses language use and modern race issues in America. His most recent book, 'The Power of Babel,' is an introduction to language change, language mixture and dialects worldwide for the general public.

A reception will follow McWhorter's address. The event is free and open to the public.

The Hearst Lecture Series is supported by the Meryl Norton Hearst Chair in the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts. It was created by an endowment from James Schell Hearst, author, poet and professor of creative writing at UNI from 1941 until his retirement in 1975. The series engages scholars and experts from outside the university to share their expertise, viewpoints and theoretical frameworks.

The next speaker in the series, on April 1, will be Soma Mukhadophay and her teen-age son, Tito, speaking on Rapid Prompting Method, a teaching method for children with autism.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's physics and mathematics departments have been awarded a one-year $9,000 planning grant by the Sloan Foundation and the Council of Graduate Schools to help investigate implementing professional science masters (PSM) programs in industrial mathematics and applied physics.

A new kind of master's degree, the PSM in science or mathematics is for students interested in a wider variety of career options than provided by current graduate programs in math and science. The new masters programs will prepare students for work in fields such as consulting, scientific research and development support, insurance, and technology transfer.

Jerry Ridenhour, head of the department of mathematics, and Cliff Chancey, head of the department of physics, will lead the grant activities. Activities will include surveying Iowa and regional businesses about their perceived needs for science master's-level employees and working with those employers to design an appropriate education package.

Because PSM programs typically have a business school component, Ridenhour and Chancey will work with the UNI College of Business Administration to design a miniature MBA component for the program.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Malcolm Price Laboratory School (PLS) has named Dusty Johnson band director for all levels of the bands in fifth through 12th grades.

Johnson graduated from Luther College with a degree in music and brings with him experience at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He presented a paper titled 'A Historical Survey of Tuning and Temperament' at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research at the University of Utah. He also completed a research grant last summer, 'Figured Bass of Trumpet Sonata ï¾– Edward Finch,' an early 18th century canon at York Ministry and Canterbury Cathedral, which is in the process of being published. In addition, Johnson served as the drum major for the Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from 2000 to 2001.

Johnson has studied music in England, Germany and Austria.

'It's quite a thrill to conduct such a fine high school band,' Johnson said. 'They are playing selections from the movie 'Gladiator' and are doing a heck of a job conveying the ferocity of a barbarian horde. I also love the opportunity to work with younger students.'

Johnson replaces former PLS band director, Leonard Upham, who is now teaching educational psychology at UNI.

'We were looking for a quality professional to continue providing our students an outstanding instrumental music program,' said PLS interim director Nadene Davidson. 'Dusty brings some great experiences and active research interests to support the full PLS mission.'

February 15, 2004 - 6:00pm

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As the current pop princess Britney Spears undulates her way through one video after another, baring her impossibly flat tummy and flexing her narrow thighs, adolescent girls nationwide are trying to emulate that look. And it's not just her clothes or dance style they want to copy, but her body image as well.

Diane Depken, associate professor in the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, notes that National Eating Disorders Week kicks off Feb. 22. 'While obesity as a health risk is receiving so much attention, we need to understand that overeating, eating disorders and body image issues have a great deal in common; cultural norms that promote unhealthy eating patterns and relentless images of thin, young bodies.'

Depken says American girls are reminded daily -- via television, magazines, catalogs and mannequins -- that the only way for them to achieve happiness is to achieve thinness. 'You might see some television commercials out there showing a woman with a larger body, but she's usually cleaning the toilet bowl,' says Depken. 'Girls learn early on that being a woman means worrying about your weight.'

Contact:

Diane Depken, associate professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, (319) 273-7287

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

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Eating disorders team educates campus about dangers of unhealthy eating patterns

Because eating disorders are particularly complex, UNI's University Health Services has established a three-person team -- a physician, a counselor and a health educator -- to help those who are diagnosed with this illness.

Martha Ochoa, MD, works with the medical complications and indications of an eating disorder. Jennifer Murra, counselor, deals with the mental and emotional aspects; and Joan Thompson, health educator, works with the practical side of learning how to eat normally in the college environment.

'Together we can come to some agreement on how best this person might be helped,' explains Thompson. 'This approach has been extremely helpful in allowing some students to stay in school as they recover. Other times, we come to the consensus that an individual would best be helped by an inpatient treatment program.'

Contacts:

Jennifer Murra, counselor, UNI Counseling Center, (319) 273-2676, jennifer.murra@uni.edu

Martha Ochoa, physician, University Health Center, (319) 273-2009, martha.ochoa@uni.edu

Joan Thompson, health educator, wellness/recreation services, (319) 273-2198, joan.thompson@uni.edu

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

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'Feminine Mystique' lives on

It was Feb. 19, 1963, when Betty Friedan published the groundbreaking 'The Feminine Mystique.' The book, based on surveys of women who had been Friedan's classmates in 1942, called on sociey to allow women to define themselves as something other than mothers and wives. Susan Hill, director of UNI's undergraduate program in Women's Studies, says fallout from the book was both positive and negative. 'The positive is that women no longer have so much social pressure to be solely mothers. But the book also contributed to the notion of feminism as anti-mother, or anti-stay-at-home-mother. As with most social changes, there are good and bad things, and sometimes good things come from the struggles.'

For example, says Hill, Friedan labeled lesbians 'the lavender menace,' and indicated they were problematic for the women's movement. That spurred lesbians to attend, in huge numbers, the 1970 Second Congress to UnitedWomen, where they discussed their relationships with straight women. 'And that changed the way a lot of people thought about lesbians,' Hill explains.

Contact:

Susan Hill, director, undergraduate program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-7177, susan.hill@uni.edu

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

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Grief is not a three-day thing

Death, grief and loss are topics Americans often avoid. In fact, national polls report that many people think the average time necessary to grieve the death of a loved-one is three to five days, when in fact grief can last more than a year.

According to David Towle, licensed psychologist and director of the University of Northern Iowa's Counseling Center, college is often the first time people have to face significant losses. 'The death of parents, grandparents or friends is life-changing and we may never really completely finish grieving such a loss. While each person's grief process is unique, it can be very helpful to understand some common elements that we go through in coping with loss,' says Towle.

Contacts:

David Towle, director, UNI Counseling Center & Office of Disability Services, (319) 273-2676, david.towle@uni.edu

James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 283-2761

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Being shy won't get you anywhere

Research shows that assertive people who can stand up for themselves and say 'no' have a better chance of achieving success. College is often the first time young people are challenged to develop appropriate assertiveness skills.

According to David Towle, licensed psychologist and director of the University of Northern Iowa's Counseling Center, students have better relationships and better self-esteem if when they are able to appropriately communicate their feelings and thoughts. 'It's important to accept that we have the right to ask for what, we want and it certainly helps to learn the language of assertiveness,' says Towle.

Contacts:

David Towle, director, UNI Counseling Center & Office of Disability Services, (319) 273-2676, david.towle@uni.edu

James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 283-2761

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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at the University of Iowa, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 18 and 19. 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. Biennial report on university public radio stations

The report outlines how the three regent universities' public radio stations are serving the state, and how they are developing a strategic plan for collaboration. This report is scheduled to be discussed at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Background:

KUNI-FM and KHKE-FM are broadcast services of the University of Northern Iowa, with facilities located on the third floor of the UNI Communication Arts Center.

KUNI broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 100,000 watts from a 2,000-foot tower located at Walker, Iowa, covering most of eastern Iowa, plus parts of northwestern Illinois and southwestern Wisconsin.

Major cities served by the station's main signal at 90.9 FM include Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Translator signals bring KUNI to Dubuque at 98.7 FM, Des Moines at 101.7 FM, Eldridge at 102.1 FM and the Quad Cities (Davenport/Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline/Rock Island, Illinois) at 94.5 FM. North-central Iowa receives KUNI's programming on 8,000-watt 'repeater' station KUNY, broadcasting at 91.5 FM from facilities at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. Northern Iowa and southern Minnesota can receive KUNI's programming on repeater station KRNI-1010 AM from Mason City.

KHKE broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 10,000 watts from a 400-foot tower near Waterloo. Coverage in northeast Iowa is within 60 miles of Waterloo. A translator signal at 90.7 FM serves Mason City and Clear Lake in north-central Iowa.

Contacts:

John Hess, director of broadcasting services, KUNI, (319) 273-6406

James Lubker, dean, College of Humanities & Fine Arts, (319) 273-2725

2. Tuition and fee policies report

The Board of Regents is exploring issues and best practices associated with tuition and fees policies.

Contacts:

Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services, (319) 273-2331

Roland Carrillo, director of financial aid, (319) 273-2701

3. Fiscal year 2004 budget

Contact:

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

4. Miscellaneous student fees

Contact:

Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services, (319) 273-2331

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Although many universities have seen a dramatic decrease in international enrollment since 9/11, UNI has experienced an increase. In fall 2002, UNI had 366 international students, and in spring 2003 had 353. In fall 2003, the university enrolled 384 international students, and enrolled 394 in the following spring.

Kristi Marchesani, assistant director of admissions/international, explained the increase. 'UNI has remained committed to the recruitment of international students despite the world climate and the declining interest abroad in studying in the United States. We have been very aggressive and creative in our efforts to reach out to international students to let them know that they are very welcome on our campus and that we will assist them through the application and visa process.'

Contact:

Kristi Marchesani, assistant director of admissions/international, (319) 273-2281

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

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MPLS celebrates Black History and Presidents Day with visit from Abe Lincoln

National-award-winning Abraham Lincoln impersonator, Jim Conine, will perform at UNI's Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS), Monday, Feb. 16. Performances are as follows:

8:45 to 9 a.m., MPLS library

9:30 to 10:30 a.m., MPLS library

12:15 to 1:15 p.m., MPLS auditorium

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. MPLS auditorium

He will be available to the media between 10:30 and noon. Those interested in talking with him should contact Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761.

Contact:

Amy Lockhart, instructor, 319) 273-2209

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations (3219) 273-2761

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UNI students to lobby at state capitol

Monday, Feb. 16 is Regents Universities Day at the state capitol. Students from UNI, the University of Iowa and Iowa State University will host a news conference at 1:15 p.m. to discuss the impact of recent budget cuts. Gov. Tom Vilsack will address those attending.

'Students need to let legislators know that the cuts are negatively affecting them,' says Jessica Jobe, director of public relations for the Northern Iowa Student Government.

Contacts:

Jessica Jobe, director of public relations, NISG, (319) 273-2494, jjobe@uni.edu

James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's speech and debate teams traveled across the Midwest this past weekend, adding more trophies to their collection.

On Saturday, Feb. 7, the debate team of Michelle Kelsey, a senior political communication major from Ankeny; and Eric Short, a senior general communications major from Brookings, S.D., faced their toughest competition of the year during a tournament at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. They accumulated a 3-5 record, beating teams from the University of Louisville, West Point and the University of Rochester.

Also on Saturday, UNI's individual events speech team traveled to St. Cloud University in St. Cloud, Minn. Mike Hilkin, a sophomore English education major from Dubuque, placed fourth in extemporaneous speaking and received top novice awards in extemporaneous and impromptu speaking. Danielle Dick, a senior culture and communication major from Dayton, placed fourth in after-dinner speaking.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Upward Bound Math and Science Program at the University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its summer residential program. Available from high school guidance counselors and principals, applications will be accepted until all openings are filled although applications postmarked by Feb. 16, 2004 will be given priority. Up to 50 students will be accepted.

Expanding on the success of the well-known Upward Bound programs on college campuses nationwide, the Upward Bound Math and Science Program at UNI encourages high school students to seek post-secondary education in math or science. ''There is a shortage of individuals going into the math and science professions, while the need for such individuals continues to increase,'' said Reygan Freeney, director of the UNI program.

Students in the program attend a free six-week summer session on the UNI campus, which includes classes, field trips and a weekly stipend.

The program has been awarded funding for 2003-2004 year by the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $288,383. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and encourages them to pursue post-secondary degrees in these fields.

The Upward Bound Math and Science Program has operated on the UNI campus since 1991. Freeney said about 80 percent of the program graduates have gone on to post-secondary education in math or science, and the majority of those have gone to Iowa colleges or universities.

For more information, contact a school guidance counselor, call Freeney at (319) 433-1260, or

e-mail the program at ub-math-science@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student, Juan Ahumada, took first place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) District Competition in November at Luther College in Decorah.

Ahumada, a freshman vocal performance major from Sioux City, and son of Juan Ahumada Sr. and Maria L. Ramierez, was the first place winner in the Division II-A freshman men's competition.

Ahumada performed three pieces, 'Bella Siccome' from 'Don Pasquale' by Donizetti, 'A Clear Midnight' by Lee Hoiby and 'An Sylvia' by Schubert. His vocal instructor is Jean McDonald, UNI associate professor of music.

Nearly 30 students competed against Ahumada in his division.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has named its February 'Student Assistant of the Month.' Krista Baragary, a junior majoring in elementary education, from Winthrop, is a student assistant in the Rod Library Acquisitions Department.

She has worked at Rod Library since her freshman year.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Clinical Genetics: Application of 'The New Genetics' in Everyday Practice,' the third lecture in this year's Hearst Lecture Series at the University of Northern Iowa, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

G. Bradley Schaefer, an expert in pediatrics, human genetics and pediatric endocrinology, will deliver the address. The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of Communicative Disorders, host for this year's series, and is centered around the theme, 'Human Communication: Science and Disorders.'

Schaefer holds B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He is the Omaha Scottish Rite Masonic Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, director of the Hattie B. Munroe Center for Human Genetics, and the associate director of the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation.



Schaefer's clinical practice focuses on the genetics of neurological conditions, neurosensory abnormalities and craniofacial malformations. His research centers around human clinical genetics with emphasis in neurogenetics and neurodevelopmental disabilities. This research uses computerized image analysis to quantify developmental changes in the brain, the face and the inner ear.

A reception will follow Schaefer's address. The event is free and open to the public.

The Hearst Lecture Series is supported by the Meryl Norton Hearst Chair in the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts. It was created by an endowment from James Schell Hearst, author, poet and professor of creative writing at UNI from 1941 until his retirement in 1975. The series engages scholars and experts from outside the university to share their expertise, as well as their viewpoints and theoretical frameworks.

The next speaker in the series, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, will be John McWhorter, speaking on race and diversity.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host 'From the Garden to the Kitchen,' a workshop for third through fifth graders, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, at the UNI Biology Botanical Center Greenhouse.

Participants will explore the gardening process with hands-on experience combining soil components, planting fruit and vegetable seeds, and eating the snacks made from their harvest. The event is part of the UNI Biology Seminar Series for children.

UNI student Amanda Miller will present the program. Miller is a fourth-year biology major and certified Botanical Center employee. Registration is $23 and is limited to 15 children. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 25.

For more information, contact Billie Hemmer-Callahan, Botanical Center/Preserve manager, at (319) 273-2247.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four University of Northern Iowa students will compete in the final round of the ninth annual Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) Case Competition at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada.

Christina Beck, senior organizational communication major from Bettendorf; Amanda Jensen, senior economics major from West Branch; and John Kellenberger, senior finance major from Algona will travel to St. John's, Newfoundland, to compete against teams from business schools around the world during the week-long competition which begins Sunday, Feb. 22. All four students are members of UNI's International Club of Business Students.

The championship round of the contest will feature teams from New Zealand, Canada, France, Finland, Norway and the United States.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Endeavor Recognition Project is taking nominations for its 10th annual awards.



The purpose of the project is to give visibility to individuals or groups who contribute to the common good,' said project organizer and director of UNI' s Leadership Studies Program, Gerri Perreault. 'We seek out people or groups whose positive efforts often go unrecognized.'

Students, staff, and adult volunteers in the public and private high schools in Black Hawk County are eligible for the award. Individuals, groups, organizations, or offices may be nominated.

Allen Health Systems, the UNI Leadership Studies Program and the YWCA sponsor the Endeavor Project.

Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 1.

For more information or for nomination forms, contact the counselor's office at your school or Perreault at the Leadership Studies Program at (319) 273-6898 or YLA@uni.edu.

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Student activist makes a life of improving life for others

Lorelle Curry is a UNI student and a social activist who has made it her business to change the Cedar Valley for the better. She recently led a drive for the local battered women's shelter, collecting mountains of much-needed material for the shelter by lining up nearly 100 volunteers who solicited donations from shoppers at a local discount store. She also played a key role in the acquisition of the emergency phones now located around the UNI campus, works with the homeless, helps those on Native American reservations, volunteers with Global Health Corps and is building a house with Habitat for Humanity.

'So many people have done so much for me,' she explains. 'I think it's important that I turn around and do something for others.' How does the junior political science major balance all those activities with work and classes? 'I don't have a television,' she says. 'I think that's a huge part of it. Plus, I think people have a lot more time than they think they do.'



Contact:

Lorrelle Curry, junior, political science and government, (319) 277-5052

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Price Lab School civil rights project explores race relations

Clare Struck, elementary guidance counselor; and Mary Salazar Guenther, third-grade instructor; both at Malcolm Price Laboratory School, have developed an innovative method for teaching third-graders about the civil rights movement.

The two integrate multicultural education into the regular curriculum through literature, with an emphasis on how students can apply what they've learned to their own circumstances. 'I believe a major goal of a multicultural curriculum is to help students acquire the knowledge, attitude and abilities they will need to be full participants in a culturally diverse society,' explains Guenther. 'Therefore, we teach students to know, reflect and act on issues of cultural differences.'

Contacts:

Clare Struck, elementary guidance counselor, (319) 273-6189

Mary Salazar-Guenther, third-grade instructor, (319) 273-2168

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'Thursdaze' events celebrate Black History Month

The monthly 'Thursdaze' events, sponsored by Maucker Union as an alternative to alcohol-related activities off campus, will showcase African American and African history, Thursday, Feb. 12. Those events are:

7 p.m., panel discussion, 'Exploring the Relationships Between African Americans and Americans

in the United States' Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge

8 p.m. African storyteller, Kala Jojo, Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge

9 p.m., Capoeira Dancers, fashion show and West African drummers, Maucker Union Coffeehouse

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Author to discuss black identity

John McWhorter, contributing editor for 'The New Republic' and 'City Journal,' will discuss 'Black Identity and Getting Past Race,' at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at UNI's Center for Multicultural Education.

McWhorter is author of 'The Word on the Street: Fact and Fiction About American English,' and 'The Missing Spanish Creoles: Recovering the Birth of Plantation Creole Languages.' His most recent book, 'The Power of Babel' is an introduction to language change, language mixture and worldwide dialects.

Contact:

Michael Blackwell, director, Multicultural Education, (319) 273-2250

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Black History Month ball

The UNI Center for Multicultural Education will host its annual 'Night of Elegance,' a ball for students, from 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Feb. 27, in the Commons Ballroom.

Contact:

Gaile Tolbert, secretary III, Center for Multicultural Education, (319) 273-2250

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will officially open its new Center for International & Security Studies with an inaugural address by Rep. Jim Leach at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23 in Maucker Union. Leach will discuss, 'Progress in the War on Terrorism.' The public may attend at no charge.

The Center for International Peace & Security Studies is housed within the Department of Political Science. It is designed to foster discussion, research and teaching about international conflicts and the meaning of security in the 21st century.

'Globalization, terrorism, war and human rights are all among the very real challenges facing the United States and the world,' said Phil Mauceri, acting head of the Department of Political Science. 'As the events of Sept. 11, 2001, demonstrated, international conflicts in distant lands can have a devastating impact in the United States. Still, polls continue to find that Americans have little interest in foreign affairs, and have limited knowledge of the conflicts raging across the globe. The prevention and peaceful resolution of conflicts receives far too little attention in public forums.'

Leach is a Davenport native serving the Second District of Iowa. He was elected to the 95th Congreess in 1976 and has served consecutive terms since. He is chairman emeritus of the Committee on Banking and Financial Services; a member of the Committee on International Relations; and chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Earlier this year, he introduced legislation calling for oversight of the awarding of contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The next 'Reel to Real' film will be shown at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union South Room.

'Stories of Change' follows the lives of four ethnically diverse women -- Hispanic, Caucasian, Vietnamese and African-American -- and their survival through difficult challenges with alcoholism, drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy and cultural barriers. A discussion following the film will be facilitated by Guy Sims, Maucker Union associate director.

Sims said the film is part of the year-long Reel to Real film series that presents short films worthy of reflection, discussion, challenge and criticism. The series is sponsored by Maucker Union Student Activities office and will continue March 24, with 'True Stories,' a film that explores the issue of date rape.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact, Guy Sims at

(319) 273-2683.

February 9, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- V-Day UNI 2004 will be in full swing at the University of Northern Iowa beginning Monday, Feb. 16.

This year's event kicks off at noon, Monday, Feb. 16 with a Rape-Free Zone Proclamation and a sexual abuse survivor panel at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education's (CME) conference room. A Rape-Free Zone ribbon booth will be set up in Maucker Union from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.



At 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, Janet Riley and Shandra Mitchell from Waterloo's Family Service League will lecture in the CME, followed by a panel discussion, 'International Perspectives on Domestic Violence.'

An open-mic night, 'Envisioning a Violence-Free UNI,' will take place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge, followed by a 'Gender Feud' at 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19 in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse. At 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, the video 'Viva la Vulva,' will be shown in Baker Hall, Room 161. A 'Love Your Body' fair will follow from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Maucker Union Old Central ballroom.

In addition to these events, the Vagina Warriors display and Women of Juarez exhibit will be on display in the Maucker Union Old Central ballroom lobby all week.

The week will culminate with two performances of Eve Ensler's 'The Vagina Monologues,' at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21 in the Lang Hall Auditorium.

'V-Day UNI 2004 is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls,' said Julie Lust, V-day UNI 2004 events organizer and senior leisure service major.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Free income tax assistance will be offered this year at the University of Northern Iowa through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Approximately 50 senior and graduate accounting students will provide the assistance.

The program will run from Feb. 10 through April 15, excluding the week of March 14-20. Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 224 of the Curris Business Building.

VITA was established by the Internal Revenue Service to help people who may not be able to afford professional tax assistance. According to Dennis Schmidt, UNI professor of accounting and program coordinator, the program also provides accounting students an experiential learning opportunity as they work with people in actual income tax situations.

Students will be available to prepare federal and state tax returns and answer tax questions. These students have completed a one-semester comprehensive tax course, have received additional training, and have access to a variety of federal and state reference materials.

Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring Form W-2, 'Wage and Tax Statement,' from each employer; Forms 1099, for such things as interest or dividends; a list of other income and expenses; a copy of last year's tax return and all other information pertinent to this year's tax return.

No appointment is necessary. For more information, contact Dennis Schmidt, program coordinator, at (319) 273-2394.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Natural Science (CNS) will present a lecture by Richard Jarrell, natural science professor at New York University, at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16 in UNI's Latham Hall, Room 125.

Jarrell's lecture, 'Big Science in a Small Country: The Curious History of Canadian Radio Astronomy,' deals with large scientific programs such as nuclear, space, astronomy and geonomics, within a large state (such as in the United States) or a state consortium, like the European Space Agency. He will address what happens when a country like Canada tries to develop a large science program. Jarrell's lecture is part of the CNS Earth Science Seminar series, sponsored by the UNI College of Natural Sciences.

For more information, contact Thomas Hockey, UNI astronomy professor, at (319) 273-2065.

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During his recent State of the Union address, President Bush discussed his proposed budget plans for fiscal year 2005. While he concedes that his budget proposal will increase the nation's budget deficit, which is forecast at more than $500 billion this fiscal year, he maintains that his proposal will strengthen America. His opponents say that budget deficits should not be allowed in the federal budget.

According to Bryce Kanago, assistant professor of economics, the concern over deficits is that they will raise interest rates and cause a decrease in business spending on capital goods. However, Kanago says, 'You have to look at your overall goal. The negative effect may be offset, or reversed, if the government uses deficits to finance productive purposes, provide tax credits for the purchase of capital, or to keep from raising tax rates. We need to consider whether expenditures are justified, not simply how they are financed.'

Contacts:

Bryce Kanago, assistant professor of economics, (319) 273-2951, (319) 273-2412, bryce.kanago@uni.edu

James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

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Revel in your 'single-ness' says UNI professor

This time of year, it seems like everyone's in love. Television commercials for everything from new vehicles to greetings cards feature loving couples, and there are weddings on many favorite prime time shows. 'Human beings are relationally driven,' explains Roberta Davilla, associate professor of communication studies. 'We gravitate toward relationships rather than separation. We want satisfying and stable relationships. It's a real need for us.'

But, she says, that doesn't mean people who aren't in a relationship should hole up in their lairs until the Valentine's Day hoopla has passed. Rather, she says, use that day to take time for yourself. 'Do things that make you feel good as a person. If you like flowers, buy yourself flowers. If you want a box of chocolates, buy yourself a box of chocolates. It's just a 24-hour period, and you should think of it that way -- as just one day.'

She advises those who are depressed by the approach of Valentine's Day to 'do some self-reflection and see what's good about your life. Look at the blessings you do have.'

Contacts:

Roberta Davilla, associate professor of communication studies, (319) 273-7154, roberta.davilla@uni.edu

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

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Condoms and communication

Valentine's Day kicks off National Condom Week. While sex seems prevalent throughout society, surprising statistics show a lack of communication about intimacy. 'A National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study showed that 90 percent of women were embarrassed to discuss sexual issues with their partner,' says Joan Thompson, health educator at the University of Northern Iowa. 'More than half of them actually said they don't believe women should talk about these things.'

In a country of more than 65 million people with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), that's a dangerous cultural belief. 'Two-thirds of all STDs occur in people 25 or younger,' Thompson says. 'And at least one in four people will contract a STD once in their lives.' She explains the best way to completely avoid STDs is abstinence or maintaining a long-term monogamous relationship.

Contact:

Joan Thompson, health educator, (319) 273-2198,

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

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To cancel class or not to cancel classes, that is the question

One television meteorologist predicts one to four inches of snow. Another says we'll get nine. How do school superintendents know when bad weather warrants canceling classes? Alan Czarnetzki, is director of UNI's Science center for Teaching, Outreach and Research on Meteorology (STORM). He says one of the center's goals is to help superintendents better incorporate weather and road information into their decision-making process.

Czarnetzki and Patrick O'Reilly, a support scientist with the STORM project, have developed free, online training modules and links to weather information. Among the tools available to superintendents is a road and weather information system known as Foretell. 'Foretell provides superintendents an hour-by-hour forecast of weather and road conditions. Our resources allow people in neighboring school districts access to the same information. That reduces the inconsistencies superintendents find when they look for information on their own,' Czarnetzki explains. 'Superintendents still face difficult weather-related decisions, but STORM gives them tools to use as they talk among themselves.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the first time ever, Illinois students can test their knowledge in the University of Northern Iowa's Wright Challenge, a Web-based math contest.



Between now and May, 'Doctor E' will present five puzzles, one every other week. The first problem is now available on the Web. The solution is due on Friday, March 5.

The puzzles can be found on the Web at http://www.math.uni.edu. Answers can be e-mailed to doctore@math.uni.edu, or sent to: Doctor E, c/o the University of Northern Iowa Mathematics Department, 320 Wright Hall, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0506.

Prizes will include certificates suitable for framing and more than $100 in cash.

The Wright Challenge is in its fifth year at UNI, and was created by math professor Douglas Shaw. This is the first year students from another state are invited to participate.

'Students have said that this contest is a lot of fun and the problems are interesting and maddening,' Shaw said.

For more information, contact Shaw at (319) 273-6805 or shaw@math.uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Olympics from 9 a.m. to noon in the UNI-Dome on Thursday, Feb. 19.

More than 250 junior high and high school students are expected to participate from Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Dike-New Hartford, Wapsie Valley, Jesup, Traer, Gilbertville, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Dunkerton, Nashua-Plainfield, La Porte City, Winthrop, Fairbank, Janesville and Sumner.

According to Larry Escalada, UNI associate physics professor and event coordinator, teams will construct a self-propelled catapult, build a mouse-trap car, construct a toothpick bridge and develop a soda-straw arm and water heater.

The two teams with the highest total scores will qualify for the state competition at the Drake University Olmstead Center in Des Moines on April 21.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- High school and University of Northern Iowa students can try their luck at the Wright Challenge, a Web-based math contest now in its fifth year.

Between now and May, 'Doctor E' will present five puzzles, one every other week. The first puzzle is now available on the Web. The solution is due on Friday, March 5.

The puzzles can be found on the Web site, http://www.math.uni.edu. Answers can be e-mailed to doctore@math.uni.edu, or sent to: Doctor E, c/o the University of Northern Iowa Mathematics Department, 320 Wright Hall, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0506.

Prizes will include certificates suitable for framing and more than $100 in cash.

'Students have said that this contest is a lot of fun and the problems are interesting and maddening,' UNI math professor and Wright Challenge creator Douglas Shaw said.

For more information, contact Shaw at (319) 273-6805 or shaw@math.uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI alumnus, Adolfo Franco Jr., U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, is the keynote speaker for the University of Northern Iowa's Economics Department's 20th annual Jepson Symposium, Tuesday, Feb. 17.

USAID is the government agency that administers economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide.

Born in Cardenas, Cuba, Franco and his family moved to Cedar Falls in 1965. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University of Northern Iowa. His law degree is from Creighton University School of Law. Franco is one of the highest-ranking Hispanic-Americans in the Bush administration.

The Jepson Symposium is funded by the Lawrence M. Jepson endowment to support activities in international economics. The symposium is by invitation only.

February 5, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The third annual Collegiate Entrepreneurs Iowa Conference will take place at the University of Northern Iowa from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, at Maucker Union. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

According to Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager for UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, the free event is open only to college and university students and faculty/staff from across the state. She expects about 350 attendees.

Among the speakers will be Bill Krause, president and CEO of Krause Gentle Corp., and owner of 350 Kum & Go stores in 13 states and 19 other companies; Dan Leese, COO of Beringer Blass Wine Estates in Napa Valley, Calif.; Jerome Conway, president of Austin Sonics Inc., a management company serving 101 Sonic restaurants; Dan Schmitt, president of Anthony, Allen & Quinn, a family of seven businesses; and speakers from Collegiate VIP. Cota-Uyar said other speakers will include successful young entrepreneurs.

All non-breakout presentations will be Webcast live at www.jpec.org/ceic.htm. The presentations will be archived on UNI servers after the event and will be available for viewing. Registration is being accepted online until Feb. 20. For more information, visit www.jpec.org/ceic.htm or call 273-7350.

The conference is sponsored by Collegiate VIP, a St. Louis-based company that develops virtual internship partnerships between corporations, universities and the nation's top students; Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO), a global network that encourages and supports college students interested in entrepreneurship; and the five John Pappajohn Centers.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI and the University of Northern Iowa School of Music will present Aaron Copland's 'The Tender Land' Feb. 27 to March 6 at Strayer-Wood Theatre.

The opera, presented in three acts, will be directed by Sandra Walden, instructor of music and UNI students will perform.

'The Tender Land' was inspired by the book, 'Let Us Now Praise Famous Men' by James Agee. The opera tells the story of one farm family's struggle in the 1930s to cope with life-altering experiences and decisions facing them on the night before their daughter's high-school graduation.

Performances are Feb. 27 and March 4-6 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 29 at 2 p.m. and March 2 at 10 a.m. The performance of March 2 is for schools only. Tickets are available at the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office as well as online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=3219&schedule=list.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The student address for the fall 2003 University of Northern Iowa commencement ceremony was given by Suzanne Marie Just-Schuknecht of Swaledale. Just-Schuknecht received a master's degree in communication studies.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Chris Cagle will not perform with Rascal Flatts Friday, Feb. 20, in the UNI-Dome. Cagle announced that, per doctor's orders, he will leave the Rascal Flatts 'Melt' tour. Opening for the group in Cagle's absence will be country music comedian and parody singer, Cledus T. Judd.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $33.75 and $25.75, and are available at all Ticketmaster locations, (515) 243-5505; and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.cc.com. Ticketmaster service charges are not included in the ticket price. For concert information contact the UNI-Dome box office at (319) 273-DOME.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education will host workshops to teach construction professionals and homeowners how to save money on heating bills.

The CEEE will host Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) workshops sponsored and presented by Reward Wall Systems and Iowa Ready-Mix Concrete Association. The workshops will take place Tuesday, Feb. 17 to Thursday, Feb. 19 in the CEEE rotunda. Workshops from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 are for contractors and builders. Also from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 is a workshop for tradespeople. Architects will have a clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 followed by a presentation for homeowners from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 19, a workshop will be conducted for building maintenance officials.

According to the Amvic Systems, the leading supplier of the product, ICF's can lower building heating costs by up to 50 percent.

'Lumber prices have continued to increase, making the initial, up-front costs of concrete homes more competitive,' said Pat Higby, CEEE energy educator. 'When monthly mortgage and utility bills are considered together, homes built with ICF's are much less expensive to own than traditional, stick-built houses.'

For more information, contact Stephanie Rosenboom, CEEE public relations director, at (319) 273-3850 or ceee-pr@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events speech team competed in a tournament at Bradley University on Saturday, Jan. 24. The team finished fourth with Sara Gronstal, a senior elementary education major from Council Bluffs, bringing home gold and silver medals. Gronstal came in first in persuasive speaking and was runner-up in dramatic interpretation. Gronstal placed fourth in duo speaking with teammate Danielle Dick, a senior communications major from Dayton. Other place finishers were Dick, who took fifth place in prose, and Mike Hilkin, a junior English major from Dubuque, who came in sixth in extemporaneous speaking. Coltrane Carlson, a freshman electronic media major from Council Bluffs, also competed.

UNI Debate team members Michelle Kelsey, a senior political science major from Ankeny and Eric Short, a senior communications major from Brookings, S.D., traveled to Baylor University and compiled a 4-4 record, beating teams from Liberty University and the University of Texas-Dallas.

For more information, contact Cate Palczewski, director of forensics, at (319) 273-2714.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre will present 'An Evening of Performance Art,' at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Feb. 6-8, in Lang Hall, Room 40. The Sunday performance was added after a Feb. 5 performance was canceled due to inclement weather.

The productions are free and open to the public.

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