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April 28, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa celebrated its seventh annual Student Employment Week April 12-16, and named five Student Employees of the Year.

Those chosen were Liz Bombgaars, a communication studies senior from Spencer, a peer adviser in the Residence for Academic Advising Services; Ashley Druvenga, an elementary education senior from Waverly, working as a lab facilitator at the Center for Social and Behavioral Research; Laurel Fister, a health promotion junior from Riceville, a peer health educator, office assistant and personal trainer for Wellness and Recreation Services; Laura Schoenrock, a senior from LeMars, majoring in organizational communication and working as UNI STAT program coordinator for Alumni Relations; and Amanda Smith, a senior Spanish secondary education major from Davenport, and peer instructor in the Department of Academic Advising.

The students received a plaque and attended a luncheon with their parents. Also attending were their nominating supervisors; UNI Vice President for Educational and Student Services Renee Romano; and staff from the Office of Financial Aid. Their names will be added to a plaque in the Financial Aid Office with an on-going list of previous winners.

To be eligible, the students must be enrolled at least nine hours as undergraduates or six hours as graduate students, be in good academic standing and have been on the UNI payroll for at least two years.

There are more than 3,000 students employed on the UNI campus this year.

This year, the university also named a Student Employer of the Year, choosing Billie Hemer-Callahan, Botanical Center Preserve manager.

April 27, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Due to overwhelming interest, the premiere of 'America's Lost Landscape: Tallgrass Prairie,' will now take place in the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 30. The event was originally scheduled for Lang Hall.

The premiere is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Daryl Smith, professor and director of the UNI's Native Roadside Vegetation Center, co-produced the feature-length documentary and is project director. The film was written, directed and co-produced by David O'Shields of New Light Media. Annabeth Gish, Cedar Falls native and critically acclaimed actress, is the narrator.

'America's Lost Landscape' traces the prairie's transformation from natural landscape to farmland, beginning in the early 1800s, when Iowa was blanketed by 28 million acres of tallgrass.

For more information, call (319) 273-6078, or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The R.J. McElroy Trust recently pledged $500,000 for the University of Northern Iowa's proposed Human Performance Complex (HPC) as a challenge grant. The UNI Foundation must raise $1 million to receive the funding.

'The R.J. McElroy Trust has given steadfast support for projects like the HPC that serve the youth in our area,' said Bill Calhoun, vice president for university advancement. 'We need to raise a total of $6 million in external support for this project, and have reached the $4.5 million mark. The McElroy Trust Challenge will provide the momentum we need to complete fundraising for this important project.'

The HPC will include a 50,000 square-foot addition to the west side of the Wellness and Recreation Center. It will house the new Center for Healthy Youth, encompassing several UNI health-related education, research and service programs in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services. Included will be Global Health Corps, Camp Adventureï¾™, National Program for Playground Safety, the Institute for Youth Fitness and Obesity, and Youth Agency Administration with the office of the McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies.

The HPC will also enable UNI to enter a unique partnership with medical professionals in the Cedar Valley to enhance services to their clients and the education of UNI students. The complex will serve UNI's intercollegiate athletics programs by creating training facilities for player-development activities including strength conditioning, plyometrics, nutritional advising, and agility/speed activities.

The complex is part of the $100 million 'Students First' campaign to support scholarships, academic program support and facilities. Other capital projects include the McLeod Center; McElroy Hall in Waterloo, which houses the Freeburg Early Childhood Program; renovation of Russell Hall; and equipment for McCollum Science Hall and Lang Hall.

For more information about the HPC or the Students First Campaign, contact the UNI Foundation at (319) 273-6078 or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Education will present 'Children, Education and Democracy: Three Pillars of Hope for Burmese Refugees Living in Thailand,' by UNI faculty members Jeannie Steele and Kurt Meredith at 9 a.m., Friday, April 30, in Schindler Education Center, Room 247.

Steele, a professor, and Meredith, an associate professor in UNI's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, have trained teachers in Burmese refugee camps in teaching, reading and writing for critical thinking.

'This work, closely related to Steele and Meredith's long history of international literacy education efforts in Slovakia and other Eastern European and Asian nations, has afforded them a unique perspective on the critical needs of this indigent group,' said Rick Traw, event organizer and head of UNI's Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

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April 26, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eighteen students from the UNI Dance Program recently performed and participated in the 2004 American College Dance Festival, Great Lakes Region, in Detroit, Michigan. __(NAME) of __(HOMETOWN) , was among the participants.

Members of UNI Orchesis Dance Company performed two pieces in the adjudicated concerts. The International Dance Theatre presented 'Vu Mua' (After the Harvest), a choreography by Tien Chau, a UNI graduate student in TESOL, in the informal concert. It features the entire company and portrays romance, betrothal and marriage as the harvest is brought in. Authentic costumes were made for the company in Vietnam by the family of the choreographer, who also sent the hats and other props used in the piece.

'Cotillion' by Michelle Ozmun, director of UNI Orchesis Dance Company, and 'When Your World Ends' by student choreographer, Jennifer Heiman, were well received by the ACDF adjudicators and the festival audience, according to Kathleen Kerr, director of the UNI International Dance Theatre.

ACDF performance pieces were selected by a jury consisting of the UNI dance faculty and a staff member from the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Accompanying the students were Kathleen Kerr and Michelle Ozmun. Ozmun also presented master classes at the festival.


BOONE Lindsay Myers

CEDAR FALLS Leslie Anderson

Christina Dilling

CENTER POINT Jennifer Sherman

CLINTON Brianne Policha

COUNCIL BLUFFS Lindsey Stephenson

DES MOINES Renae Arbabian

DUBUQUE Anna Kretz

IONIA Laura Seamans

MCGREGOR Abigail Lincoln

MUSCATINE Jennifer Heiman

NEVADA Kim Hanna

Alicia Johnson

TIPTON Dawn Mohr

WATERLOO Miguel Rodriguez


INDIA Shriram Ilavajhala

UKRAINE Tanya Simchuk


April 25, 2004 - 7:00pm


As manufacturers promote an increasing number of disposable products -- everything from throw-way toilet brushes to one-use facial wipes -- Sue Schauls finds herself increasingly concerned about the environment. 'Ostensibly, this is about hygiene,' said the program manager at UNI's Iowa Waste Reduction Center. 'People have a heightened awareness about germs, so these single-use products seem justifiable. You use them and throw them -- and the germs -- away. But we have to remember that these kinds of products don't typically make it into recycling bins. They end up in our landfills.'

Further, she explained, the chemicals in many of the disposable cleaning products end up in ground and surface water through runoff. 'The system simply doesn't capture and treat all of those chemicals.'


Sue Schauls, program manager, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, (319) 273-8905; (e-mail)

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

Bunsen Burner still an important element in teaching labs

The recent Bunsen Burner Day, of note in the scientific community, is a day to honor the inventor of the Bunsen burner, Robert Wilhelm Bernhard von Bunsen, 1811-1899, a professor of chemistry in his native Germany. Some scientists say he provided chemists and chemistry students with one of their most indispensable instruments.

Paul Rider, department head and professor of chemistry at the University of Northern Iowa, said while more sophisticated methods of conducting scientific experiments are available today, Bunsen burners are still used in teaching labs as a simple and convenient way to run experiments. 'Fire was first used by our primitive ancestors and still plays a role in research,' he said. However, he noted, the electrical units available today allow even greater precision, and these non-fire methods can be particularly useful for organic chemists who may be testing materials that could burn.


Paul Rider, head and professor of chemistry, (319) 273-2985 (office); (319) 273-2437 (department office); (e-mail)

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Bettina Fabos, University of Northern Iowa assistant professor of communication studies, is the author of the recently-published 'Wrong Turn on the Information Superhighway: Education and the Commercialization of the Internet.'

According to Fabos, the book investigates the shortcomings of the 'Educational Challenge,' a project which aims to link every U.S. classroom to the Internet. The book also explores how educators use the Internet in their classrooms, and provides advice to students and teachers about how to look more critically at information provided by commercial Web search engines.

''Wrong Turn on the Information Superhighway' sets the standard for books about the Internet and education,' said Cynthia Lewis, associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Iowa. 'This provocative, timely volume offers sound arguments and bold solutions about the dilemmas educators face as the Internet becomes increasingly privatized. It is essential reading for educators, policymakers, researchers and the general public as they develop critical frameworks for understanding the role of the Internet in teaching and learning.'

'Wrong Turn on the Information Superhighway' is published by Teachers College Press at Columbia University, New York.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services will host 'De-Stress Days' for its students, faculty and staff Monday, May 3 through Wednesday, May 5.

The events will take place at the Maucker Union from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants can receive free mini massages, listen to soothing music, and receive complimentary stress kits, and information on stress and other wellness issues. Also featured will be a labyrinth and puppies and kittens from the Cedar Bend Humane Society also will be at the event.

The event was first held in May 1996, as a part of UNI finals week, when Ken Jacobsen, University Health Services counselor, adapted and expanded a program from the University of Minnesota, which provided a quiet music room for its students during finals week.

The 'De-Stress Days' are sponsored by UNI Wellness and Recreation Services. For more information, contact Deedra Billings, UNI wellness resource coordinator, at (319) 273-7162.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'MA Exhibition/BFA Exhibition,' from Saturday, May 1 through Saturday, May 8. Graduating students will host a reception on Saturday, May 1, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Two artists are participating in this exhibition in partial fulfillment of their master of arts (M.A.) degrees-- Kurt Pietsch of Forest City and Thomas Tate of David City, Neb., -- while six artists are exhibiting in partial fulfillment of their bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degrees-- Joshua Crain of Marshalltown, Thaddeus (TJ) Erdahl of Waterloo, Nicole Fullard of Charles City, Kristen Kay Nice of Holt, Mich., Kyriakos Papaspyrou of Athienou, Larnuca Cyprus, and Shawn Reed of Muscatine.

Pietsch, who is presenting a mixed media installation, states, 'I try to channel my work and energy towards those things that are tugging at me for attention. The evidence of my interaction with my surroundingsï¾… becomes my art.' Tate is an art director at Dyton Creative, an advertising, marketing, and public relations firm in Cedar Falls. His work focuses on exploring the similarities and disparities between print, interactive, and video media.

Crain's exhibition is titled 'A Day in the Life.' He is receiving his B.F.A. in graphic design and is currently a graphic designer at Redeye Design in Maryville, Mo. He runs for the UNI cross country and track teams. Erdahl, who has an A.A. degree in general studies from Hawkeye Community College, is receiving his B.F.A. in ceramics. His exhibition is titled 'Comic-Opera.' He has been showing in regional exhibitions since 1999. Fullard's interactive mixed-media installation, which has performative elements, is titled 'Whistle While You Work.' According to the artist it 'digs up some of the deep-seeded rituals that are imbedded in everyday life.' She is receiving her B.F.A. in painting.

Nice, a recent recipient of the Jo Hern Curris Award that supports expenses of students majoring in art, music and theatre experience, is also receiving her B.F.A. in painting. Her exhibition is titled 'The Private Sphere: Women Artists and Their Bedside Tables.' She will be exhibiting five oil paintings based on the following five women artists: Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, Miriam Schapiro, Judy Chicago and Julie Taymor.

Papaspyrou, who is receiving his B.F.A. in graphic design, has titled his exhibition '' He states, 'My intent is to explore design as a celebrated contemporary form of art.'

Reed is presenting a print and mixed media installation titled 'Pleistocenarchist.' He is receiving a B.F.A. in painting and states that his exhibition is 'an amalgamation of imaginary shamanistic transcendence and totemic archetypal iconographies.'

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Steven Carignan, executive director of the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, has been named a fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business's Center for Social Innovation.

Only 50 outstanding arts leaders from across the nation are chosen to participate; all participants must be nominated. Carignan was nominated for the fellowship by the Friends of the Gallagher-Bluedorn.

The participants are seasoned executives who have demonstrated leadership in their nonprofit arts or cultural organization. They are the leadership of organizations that produce, present, preserve or educate about arts and culture in a wide variety of disciplines.

As a fellow, Carignan will attend a two-week intensive summer session at Stanford University. The session will focus on crossover for profit/not-for-profit business strategies, and business principles and new trends in analysis and research practices. Following this intensive session, he will participate in the program's ongoing work in research, networking, the creation and dissemination of best practices models and the development of new strategies and concepts for the arts field as a whole.

This program is part of a joint venture between National Arts Strategies (NAS) and Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB). NAS is a nonprofit arts management group. It works with communities to strengthen arts leaders and arts organizations by developing the managerial and financial skills required to adapt and thrive in today's changing environment.

Carignan holds a B.A. in history, and a B.A. in theatre and dramatic literature, both from Dickinson College. He earned a master's in theatre from the University of Maine.

April 22, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta from 11 a.m. to 1p.m., Friday, April 30, outside Maucker Union, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will be moved inside to the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.

Cinco de Mayo marks the date the Mexican army defeated the French at the Puebla Battle in Mexico.

Activities will include musical entertainment by Las Guitarras de Mexico and dancing by the UNI Dance Club. Food available for purchase will include fajitas, beans, chips, dessert and soda.

The Cinco de Mayo fiesta is sponsored by the Hispanic/Latino Student Union and Maucker Union.

For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at (319) 273-2683.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Life and Debt,' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, and 'The Date-Rape Backlash,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 29, both in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Life and Debt' is a case study on how contemporary free trade policies and global financial institutions affect the economies of developing nations.

'The Date-Rape Backlash,' examines how the media portrayal of date rape has evolved within a span of five years, from depicting date rape as an epidemic to viewing it as feminist-oriented propaganda.

UNI's 'Films on Social Justice' series is sponsored by UNI's chapter of Amnesty International; the UNI ACLU; the UNI Students for Social Justice; the UNI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Straight, Transgender Association (LGBSTA); the UNI Gender Equality Association (GEA); Iowans for a Free Palestine; the UNI Criminology Club; UNI Student AIDS Campaign; UNI Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE); and the UNI Sociology & Anthropology Club.

The event is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's graduate program in Public Policy, in conjunction with Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, will present, 'Keepers of the Dream: Cedar Valley Fair Housing Conference 2004,' beginning at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, April 29, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

Keynote speaker is George Galster, the Clarence Hillberry Professor of Urban Affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit. Galster has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and has served on the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors.

Conference events include a panel discussion on current issues in fair housing, workshops on Iowa landlord and tenant law and building code enforcement, and a plenary session on neighborhood improvement.

'Fair and equal access to housing is fundamental to families' and individuals' ability to secure a decent living environment, economic opportunity and financial security,' said Allen Hays, director of UNI's graduate program in Public Policy, and event coordinator. 'This conference will highlight many of the complex issues surrounding fair housing. We hope that it will be the catalyst for the formation of a local fair housing coalition that will continue to discuss and bring attention to this important issue.'

Conference sponsors are the city of Waterloo, the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights,

UNI's graduate program in Public Policy, Iowa Legal Aid, Operation Threshold, the UNI Community Outreach and Partnership Center, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD) and the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

For more information or to register, call the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights at (319) 291-4441, or contact Hays at (319) 273-2910.

April 21, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) at the University of Northern Iowa has announced the recipients of its 2004-2005 scholarships.

(Name), of (Hometown), was awarded a $5,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years based upon academic performance. (He/She) is a senior at (High School).


ALTOONA Melissa Heffernen, Southeast Polk High School

ANKENY Michelle Vanderah, Ankeny High School,

CEDAR FALLS Lia Plakke, Cedar Falls High School

CEDAR RAPIDS Bryan Williams, Thomas Jefferson High School

HARRIS Diane Meyer, Harris-Lake Park Community School

LA PORTE CITY Amy Higgins, Union High School

NEVADA Jessica Young, Nevada High School

SIOUX CITY Dustin Behrens, East High School

WATERLOO Teaya Minks, East High School


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has named its April 'Student Assistant of the Month.' Tina Kientz, a senior finance major from Brighton, is a building monitor in the Rod Library Access Services Department.

Kientz has worked at Rod Library in the Access Services Department for three years.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 46th annual recognition breakfast will be Saturday, May 1, honoring 42 employees retiring within the 2003-2004 fiscal year, with the equivalent of five or more years of fulltime service.

The 8:15 a.m. breakfast will be held in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom. It is open to all current and former university employees and their families. Tickets, at $6.25 each, may be purchased at the Cashier's Office in Gilchrist Hall, through Monday, April 26.

The individuals to be honored this year are (years of service follow in parentheses), from the College of Education: Kay E. Davis, academic adviser (19); Carole Deeds, secretary III, Department of Curriculum & Instruction (21); Richard R. Hawkes, professor of teaching (34.5), and Richard Stahlhut, associate professor of teaching (35), both Office of Student Field Experience; Glen Henry, associate professor of physical education (38), and Gordon Mack, director /American Humanics (10.5), both School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services; Thomas Little, associate professor of special education (30.5); Bruce Rogers, professor of education (29); Rebecca Sloan, account specialist (17).

From the College of Business Administration: Carey Kirk, assistant professor of management (21); Janet Rives, professor of economics (20.5).

From the College of Humanities and Fine Arts: Jack Graham, professor of music (36.5); David Morgan, associate professor of philosophy (35); A. Daya Shankar, associate professor of communication studies(10); Joseph Smaldino, professor of audiology (19).

From the College of Natural Sciences: Ron Camarata, preserves manager/Biology Botanical Center, Department of Biology (35.5); Lawrence Dirkes, electronics technician II, Department of Physics (28.5); Nancy Howland, secretary III, Department of Earth Science (28.5); LeRoy McGrew, professor of chemistry (26.5).

From the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences: Sandra Heller, secretary III, Department of Geography (34); Roy Sandstrom, associate professor of history (35).

From the Department of Residence: Robert Hartman, director of residence (27); Ruth Heber, custodian II, Dancer Hall (18.3); Angeline Ormord, secretary II, ROTH Complex (34); Andy Petersen, custodian (34.5); Sharon E. Wolfe, secretary III, facilities.

From the Physical Plant: Jim Campbell (31), Lynn Christenson (24.5) and Bobbie Williams (21), all custodian I; Richard Christopher, carpenter (22); Richard Johnson, power plant assistant chief operator (18); John Perry, electrical/architectural maintenance manager (24); Paul Retterath, groundskeeper I (18); Albert E. Robinson, power plant boiler operator (8); Leland Van Hauen, pipefitter (26).

Others to be recognized are: Clark Elmer, director/Enrollment Management and Admissions and interim director/Career Center (32); Larry Gordon, storekeeper II, Campus Supply (28); Terry Goro, coordinator, Iowa Educational Technology & Training Institute/Information Technology Services (20); Charles Means, associate vice president/Academic Affairs (21); Thomas Romanin, associate vice president/Educational & Student Services (28); and Sandra Williamson, associate athletic director/administration & students (26).


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jerry Soneson, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religion, has been named interim head of the department, to serve while the current head, Betty DeBerg, is on leave. DeBerg has been awarded a three-year $687,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., to study religious ministries aimed at college and university students nationwide. Soneson's appointment is effective July 1, and continues through June 30, 2005.

Soneson came to the university in 1991 as an assistant professor. He was named associate professor four years later. In 2001, he was appointed director of the humanities major.

He holds a B.A. from North Park College in Chicago, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Previous to coming to UNI, he administered the Th.D. program at Harvard.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa teacher education department has awarded scholarships to four incoming freshman. The scholarships, each valued at $4,702 for the 2004-2005 academic year, include tuition for four years and are based on grade point average, class rank, ACT scores and an interview with the faculty committee.

Among the scholarship winners is (Name) , the son/daughter of (Parents' Names) , from (Hometown) , graduate of (High School) .


CLINTON Amy Meyers, Mike and Bonnie Meyers, Clinton High School

MARION Rebecca Thayer, Jim and Terrie Thayer, LinnMar High School

MARSHALLTOWN Christianna Dittus, Ronald and Beth Dittus, Marshalltown High School

WAVERLY Laura Carlin, Charles and Phyllis Carlin, Waverly-Shell Rock High School


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six University of Northern Iowa non-tenured faculty members were recently honored with the University Book and Supply (UBS) Outstanding Teaching Award.

The award, which recognizes outstanding teaching skills and contributions to their profession by faculty who have not yet been awarded tenure, includes a $1,000 cash gift, administered through the UNI Foundation.

Those honored are: Lisa K. Jepsen, assistant professor of economics, College of Business Administration; Christi R. Hendrickson, assistant professor of special education, College of Education; Kenneth R. Atkinson, associate professor of religion, College of Humanities & Fine Arts; Todd Eisworth, assistant professor of mathematics, and Theresa Spradling, assistant professor of biology, both College of Natural Sciences; and Mitchell D. Strauss, associate professor of textiles and apparel, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

'Because the university seeks to maintain a high level of academics through hiring dedicated professors, UBS offers these awards to uphold that value,' said Rose Lorenz, UBS president. 'By offering this award, we hope the recognitions enhances UNI's strong supportive culture and reinforces the community's quality of life so that young faculty continue their careers here.'

The recipients also attended a luncheon with the UBS board of directors: Rose Lorenz, Doug Johnson, Coreen Mattfeld, Kathleen Hesse and Denise Brown.

April 20, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Young Peoples Dance Theatre (YPDT), a before and after school program offered to second- through fifth-grade boys and girls in several area elementary schools, will hold an informance-- an informal performance-- at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the University of Northern Iowa's Strayer-Wood Theatre.

Program instructors are UNI students in dance and education who are enrolled in a practicum course offered through the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS). Two students who have taught for a minimum of two semesters serve as head instructors for the year, according to the program's director, Cynthia Herndon, a dance professor in the School of HPELS. Head instructors are juniors Abbie Lincoln, a leisure, youth and human services major from McGregor, and Laura Seamans, a double major in human resource management and organizational communication, from Nashua.

Other UNI practicum students working with the elementary students are __(Name)__ from __(Hometown)__, a __(classification)__ majoring in __(major)__.

Herndon said the primary focus of the program is creative dance, with an additional focus on multicultural dance during the fall session, and an exposure to concert forms of ballet, jazz and tap during the spring session.

Participating elementary schools are: Black Hawk, Edison and Queen of Peace, all in Waterloo; Hansen, Lincoln, North Cedar, Orchard Hill and Malcolm Price Laboratory School, all in Cedar Falls; Janesville; and New Hartford.

General admission for Saturday's informance is $1 and children under 5 are free.


BOONE Mallory Herrstrom, freshman, elementary education

BETTENDORF Andi Galer, sophomore, political science

BUCKINGHAM Gina Nechanicky, freshman, elementary education

CEDAR RAPIDS Leslie Anderson, senior, political science

CLINTON Brianne Policha, senior, elementary & middle school education

COGGON Emily Noska, junior, physical education

DIKE Laura Tapper, freshman, elementary education

FARMERSBURG Valerie Kurth, senior, elementary education & early childhood development

GRINNELL Trisha Arment, sophomore, elementary education

GRUNDY CENTER Amy Rohlfsen, freshman, undecided

INDEPENDENCE Elizabeth Flickinger, sophomore, social science education

INDIANOLA Rebecca Carlson, freshman, interior design

JOHNSTON Chelsea Hughes, senior, elementary education

Alysha Orris, senior, textile & apparel

McGREGOR Abbie Lincoln, junior, leisure, youth and human services

MOUNT AUBURN Jo Rausch, freshman, elementary education

NASHUA Laura Seamans, junior, (double major) human resource management &

organizational communication

PARKERSBURG Ann Klinkenborg, sophomore, elementary education/early childhood education

PRESTON Darcy Feuerbach, sophomore, elementary & middle school education

SPRINGVILLE Melissa Bowers, sophomore, elementary education & early childhood


TRIPOLI Chelsey Heidemann, sophomore, elementary education

VENTURA Kara Boehnke, sophomore, elementary education/early childhood development

WATERLOO Ajeh Agbese, freshman, biomedical

Emily Jones, sophomore, elementary education


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Alderman Scholars Program, a scholarship made possible by a $3.6 million gift given to the University of Northern Iowa by the estate of Everett Alderman, recently announced the recipients of its annual awards.

(Name), a (year) (major) from (hometown), was awarded a $5,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years based upon academic performance and university and community involvement. (He/She) will (enter/return to) UNI in the fall.

The Alderman Scholars program was established in honor of Alderman's parents, A. Bruce Alderman and Gertrude Welty Alderman, both graduates of UNI. A portion of the gift, also a scholarship fund, honors Alderman's wife, Marthe Alderman. These scholarships were established in UNI's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, for 'needy, worthy and appreciative students.'

NOTE TO EDITOR: Listed below, in alphabetical order of hometowns, are the scholarship recipients of the Alderman Scholars Program at UNI. Please check the list for other towns in your coverage area.


ARMSTRONG Molly Rezac, junior, social work, returning

CEDAR FALLS Teske Renteria, senior, social work, returning

Tristen Wright, sophomore, social work/psychology, returning

NEWTON Terris Sallis, Des Moines Area Community College student, human services, entering

SPENCER Mark Becker, Spencer High School student, entering

WATERLOO Angela Burt, junior, social work, returning

Ernest Middleton, junior, public administration, returning

HOUSTON, TEXAS Lorelle Curry, junior, political science, returning


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Betty DeBerg, head of the University of Northern Iowa Department of Philosophy & Religion, has been awarded a three-year $687,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., to study religious ministries aimed at college and university students nationwide. DeBerg will work with John Schmalzbauer of the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass., to complete the research.

'Although much research reports a resurgence of religion on campus, little is known about the role of campus ministries in fueling it,' explained DeBerg. 'This study will round out our knowledge of the college/university experience of students active in campus ministries. We also hope that more and better information about campus ministries will increase dialogue among scholars of religion in the United States.'

Her research will include visits to chaplaincies, interviews with campus ministry staff members, and surveys of staff members. The collected data will be helpful to a variety of audiences, including campus ministers, religious leaders who plan and fund campus ministries, university administrators and foundations interested in funding campus ministries.

DeBerg and Schmalzbauer worked together on a book, 'Religion on Campus,' published in 2000. They plan to author another book, based on the results of this new research project.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family, through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Co. The endowment supports the causes of religion, education and community development. It affords special emphasis to projects that benefit young people and promote leadership education and financial self-sufficiency in the nonprofit, charitable sector.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Land, People and Economics class will debate the question of drilling for oil in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, in the Curris Business Building, Room 223.

Although attempts to open the ANWR for oil exploration have failed in Congress, as oil and gasoline prices continue to rise, the question remains an issue.

The public is invited to attend the debate and vote to determine the winning side. For more information, contact Hans Isakson, professor of economics, at (319) 273-2950.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art recently held its Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. The competition is held each year to showcase the work of undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Art.

Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, said it is important to make the distinction between the awards. Merit awards are cash prizes awarded for excellence and let students retain the artwork. Purchase awards indicate the artwork is sold. Award donors included numerous university departments and organizations. The juror also awarded honorable mention honors to six artists.

Award winners include __(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__, who received a __(Award)__ from __(Award Donor)__ for his/her work __(Name of art work)__.


ANKENY Amy Breitkrutz, Purchase, Associate Provost, 'Bubblegum'

Sarah German, Purchase, College of Natural Sciences, 'Steel Teapot'

ATLANTIC Terra Kelley, Purchase, Department of Modern Languages, 'Historia de la

Cuidad de Mexico'

CEDAR FALLS Nathan Hilton, Merit, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 'Playing God'

Steve Potter, Juror's Honorable Mention, 'Matchbook Series #1'

Bounnak Thammavong, Juror's Honorable Mention, 'Pollywiggle'

Claudia Unger, Merit, North American Review, 'Quixotic'

Susan Varzavand, Purchase, College of Natural Sciences, 'Cobalt


CEDAR RAPIDS Sarah Harris, Purchase, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 'CHFA Presentation Layouts'

CHARLES CITY David N. Schmitz, Merit, Department of Art, 'American Bystanders #1'

CHEROKEE Edi Eischen, Purchase, Office of the Provost, 'Tripod Jar'; Purchase, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 'Essence of Wood'

CLEAR LAKE Steven D. Muller, Merit, Graphic Design Alumni, 'xpres magazine: volume one'; Merit, Department of Art, 'Hate-Book Series'

CONRAD Tyler Speicher, Purchase, Office of the Provost, 'Envelope Jar'; Juror's Honorable Mention, 'Long Teapot'; Purchase, Office of the UNI President, Robert D. Koob, 'Teapot'; Purchase, Office of the UNI President, Robert D. Koob, 'Long Teapot'

DENISON Stephanie Sailor, Merit, Department of Art, 'Gaping'

DUBUQUE Sean Murphy, Merit, North American Review, 'Bradford Open Poster;' Juror's Honorable Mention, 'Crotch Poster'

ELY Matt Rowland, Merit, Graphic Design Alumni, 'Save the Music Posters'

LOWDEN Katie Bell, Merit, Graphic Design Alumni, 'A Man Ahead of His Time'

MEDIAPOLIS Anne Reynolds, Merit, North American Review, 'Russian Study Abroad Poster'; Merit, Graphic Design Alumni, 'Exhibition Card for El Lissitzky's PROUNs'

MOUNT VERNON Mariah Hess, Purchase, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 'Untitled'; Purchase, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 'Untitled'

SAINT CHARLES Jim Benedict, Merit: Department of Art, 'For the Road to Salvation'

SHELL ROCK Tara Hill, Merit, Department of Art, 'Toybox'

SPIRIT LAKE Tom Mueske, Merit, UNI Foundation, 'Your Way Right Away'

TRAER Aypryl Pippert, Juror's Honorable Mention, 'Too Much Beauty'

WATERLOO Aaron Olson, Merit, North American Review, 'Cabin Fever'; Purchase, College of Natural Sciences, 'Lonely'

Dale Phelps, Purchase, Department of English Language and Literature, 'Carnivore/Herbivore'; Juror's Honorable Mention, 'A.I. Fantasy'

WILTON Andrew Crooks, Merit, President's Award, 'Primary Colors (The Wilton

Model)'; Purchase, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 'Primary Colors (The Wilton Model)'; Purchase, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 'Magic'; Purchase, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts

Center, (Catching Z's)'


ATHIENOU, LARNUCA CYPRUS Kyriakos Papaspyrou, Merit, North American Review, 'CHFA Plates'

April 18, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer a variety of sports camps for boys and girls, ages 7 to 18.

According to Jason Nellis, UNI sports camp director, highlights include a full schedule of instruction and playing time, personalized attention from UNI's Division I coaches and athletes, and hands-on experience. For more details and to download printable brochures, visit the UNI athletics Web site at

Camp fees vary depending upon the athletic program. A list of camps and dates are below:

Boys' Basketball

Day Camp June 7-9

Offense Improvement Camp June 10

Big Man-Guard Camp June 13- 15

Team Camp I June 12-13

Team Camp II June 26-27

Team Camp III Aug. 2-3

Junior High Team Camp June 11

Girls' Basketball

Individual Skill Development Camp June 14-15

Shooting Camp June 16

Position Day Camp June 17

Team Shootout I June 6

Team Camp I July 29-30

Team Camp II July 31-Aug. 1


Team Camp I July 5-9

Team Camp II July 11-15

Feet-to-Back July 9-11

Girls' Volleyball

Junior High Camp I June 21-22

Junior High Camp II June 23-24

Elementary Day Camp July 16

High School Team Tournament July 11

High School Specialized I July 12-13

High School Specialized II July 14-15

Team Camp July 26-28

Track & Field/Cross Country

High School and Junior High Camp June 13-17


Co-Ed Day Camp (8-12 years old) June 7-10

Competitive Girls' Day Camp (10-17 years old) June 28-30

Specialty Camp June 14-17, 21-24

4 vs. 4 Panther Shootout July 31-Aug. 1


Freshman Quarterback School June 3-4

7-on-7 Passing Clinic and Tournament June 6

O-Line/D-Line Camp June 6

Quarterback School I June 8-9

Quarterback School II June 12-13

Youth Camp June 30-July 2

All Position Camp June 27-29

Strength & Conditioning

Strength & Conditioning Camp June 5

Athletic Training

Athletic Training Camp July 12-15

Basketball Officials

Basketball Officials School June 12-13


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) will present the CSBS Student Research Conference, beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 24, in the Schindler Education Center (SEC).

According to Kim MacLin, UNI assistant professor of psychology and event chair, the conference provides a forum for showcasing student-faculty research collaborations.

The all day event will feature keynote speaker, John J. Skowronski, psychology professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Skowronski's lecture is titled 'On the Feelings that Accompany Autobiographical Memories: Social Discourse Helps to Accentuate the Positive and Eliminate the Negative.'

More than 70 poster presentations will be on display, and about 20 oral presentations will take place at the conference. Three panel discussions, 'Enhancing your Undergraduate Career with Professional Experiences,' 'What is Graduate School Really Like?' and 'Employ Me! Finding a Job with a B.A. in the Social Sciences,' also will be held. Panels will feature undergraduate and graduate students, employers, career counselors and faculty members.

Over 100 students will be participating in the conference. More than 200 are expected to attend this year's event.

Registration can be completed on-site, from 8 to 9 a.m., in the SEC. The $10 fee includes the conference program and proceedings.


Although it sounds tempting, Katherine van Wormer, professor of social work at UNI, says the economic gains provided by gaming venues aren't worth the social costs. 'We're all very desperate for this money right now, but national statistics show that for every $1 the state gains from a gambling establishment, there are $3 in social costs.' Those social costs come in the form of divorces, bankruptcies, and embezzlements and other crimes.

Further, she says, although gambling-addicted individuals make up only about 3 percent of all gamblers, the rate of problem gamblers within a population increases when a gaming establishment sets up shop nearby. 'Before they brought gambling boats to Davenport, the rate of problem gamblers was 1.7 percent. After the boats, the rate increased to 5.4 percent.'

Van Wormer is author of the book, 'Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective.'


Katherine van Wormer, professor of social work, (319) 273-7369,

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


Turn it down

From blenders to rock concerts, the world today is a noisy place. So how loud is too loud? Bruce Plakke, associate professor of communicative disorders at UNI, says the answer might surprise most people.

''Vacuum cleaners, screaming babies, lawn mowers ï¾–- these can all cause noise-induced sensorineural hearing loss if the exposure occurs long enough,'' says Plakke. 'Vacuum cleaners run 60 to 90 decibels (dBA); four hours of 90 dBA will result in hearing loss. Screaming babies are 100-117 dBA; all it takes is one hour at 100 dBA before hearing loss occurs.'

Plakke says at least 16 million baby boomers alone suffer from hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is the second-leading cause of sensorineural hearing loss and it is preventable with education. 'The best rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you have to shout over the noise to someone within three feet of you. If so, it's too loud.'


Bruce Plakke, associate professor, Communicative Disorders, (319) 273-3695,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Problem-based Learning,' the final offering in the Hearst Center Lecture Series, will be presented at 3 p.m., Monday, April 26, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 212, at the University of Northern Iowa.

Miranda Rose, senior lecturer for the School of Human Communication Sciences at Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, will deliver the address. The session is part of a two-day seminar to discuss the instructional strategy of problem-based learning (PBL). PBL refers to courses designed to teach students self-sufficiency in identifying problems, gathering information and devising solutions.

Rose has experience in lecturing and curriculum design, with a strong background in communication disorders of neurological origin and clinical education.

The event is free and open to the public.

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.'

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.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host the 15th annual Do-Run-Run 5K race at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 1, at Gateway Park, downtown Cedar Falls.

'We hope to double the number of participants from last year's race,' said Lindsay McCracken, a junior public relations major from Ankeny and the Do-Run-Run race coordinator. 'Just by running or walking in the Do-Run-Run, you can help a great cause and have a great time.'

One hundred twenty-five people participated in last year's race.

Registration forms can be downloaded at Registration forms should be accompanied by a check and mailed to: PRSSA Do-Run-Run, 326C Lang Hall UNI, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 50614. The $16 registration fee includes a T-shirt and refreshments. There will be a drawing for door prizes.

The Do-Run-Run is sponsored by the UNI chapter of PRSSA, and radio station Mix 96.

Half of the race's proceeds will go to the UNI chapter of Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing organization that builds affordable houses for those in need. The other half will go towards PRSSA.

April 15, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kenneth Atkinson, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, will receive the University Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111.

According to James Lubker, dean of the UNI College of Humanities & Fine Arts (CHFA), this award is presented annually to an untenured faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding teaching skills. University Book and Supply makes the award possible for each college at UNI.

'We in CHFA strongly believe that one of the most important things a university does is provide society with an educated citizenry,' Lubker said. 'This is what our CHFA faculty work to do on a daily basis. Ken Atkinson is one of our best untenured faculty.'

Atkinson will be presented with the award, and will give a lecture, 'Mysterious Women of the Dead Sea Scrolls.' A reception will follow.

'This award would not be possible without the students at UNI, all of whom have taught me much about both teaching and learning,' said Atkinson. 'I continue to find UNI students both dedicated and hard working. It is their insights and enthusiasm for learning that continue to make teaching a joy.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The final 'Women on Fridays: Video Viewpoints,' offered by the University of Northern Iowa Women's Studies program, will be at noon, Friday, April 23, in Baker Hall, Room 161.

In 'Bill T. Jones: Still/Here with Bill Moyers,' dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones tells the story of his first encounter with white people, confusions over his sexuality and his HIV status. 'My job,' Jones tells Moyers, 'is to evoke the spirit of survival.'

The event is free and open to the public. Those attending should bring a lunch; dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact Susan Hill, director of the undergraduate program in Women's Studies (319) 273-7195.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Malcolm Price Laboratory School will host its annual carnival from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 23, in the Neilsen Fieldhouse. Featured will be games, prizes, a store for ticket redemption, food and a silent auction. UNI students and local artists have donated works for the auction.

Proceeds will fund the school's Parents and Teachers in Partnership organization.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the school, (319) 273-7666


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Thunder in the Valley,' a day-long clinic for students participating in Waterloo drill teams, will take place Saturday, April 17, at the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

Sheltered Reality, a local drum group that advocates for children and teens in trouble, will perform at 1 p.m. in Davis Hall of the GBPAC. There is no charge to attend. A performance featuring the Waterloo drill teams will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Davis Hall. Admission is $2. Proceeds will fund the Eastside Ministerial Alliance Community Center in Waterloo.

The drill teams are sponsored by local churches and many participants are members of the United Christian Drill Teams. They will be instructed by UNI School of Music students in drum playing, flag/rifle performance, and marching. 'At the same time, our students will be promoting leadership and future educational opportunities available to the participants,' said John Vallentine, director of the School of Music.

'Thunder in the Valley' is sponsored by UNI, the Cedar Valley United Way, and United Christian Drill Teams. Contributing organizations are Kinetic Energy School of Movement, Tyson Fresh Foods, Pepsi America, Hy-Vee Food Stores, Community Services Committee AFL-CIO, UNI West African Drum Ensemble, and Sheltered Reality.

April 14, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Gerald Anglum has been appointed assistant vice president for Marketing & Public Relations at the University of Northern Iowa. He will lead the university's integrated marketing efforts and will oversee the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations. His appointment was effective April 1.

Anglum came to the university in 1989 as a publications editor. He was later promoted to media relations director, and then associate director for the Office of Public Relations. The office was later renamed University Marketing & Public Relations.

Before coming to UNI, Anglum worked 11 years as a newspaper reporter and editor in Iowa and Montana. He is the recipient of numerous public relations awards at the local, state and national level. Anglum most recently received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the District VI Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

The Sac City native holds a B.A. from UNI, and resides in Cedar Falls with his wife, Cary.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment' will be the next featured film in the University of Northern Iowa's Reel to Real film series. The movie will be shown at noon on Wednesday, April 21, in Maucker Union's University Room South.

''Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment' is described as a chilling documentary that follows dramatic changes in immigration law through the deportation case of seven Palestinians and one Kenyan, who were first targeted as communists and later as 'alien terrorists,'' said Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union.

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

For more information, contact UNI Student Activities at 273-2683 or


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'Vertigo Mini' on Wednesday, April 21, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., throughout the south and north wings of the Kamerick Art Building. Patrons should check the lobby showcases that evening for exact locations.

The presentation features durational performance art works from six advanced students in UNI Professor of Art, Jeffery Byrd's performance art class. Artists performing include Chad Allen of Waterloo, Nicole Fullard of Charles City, Tara Hill of Shell Rock, Aypryl Pippert of Traer, Shawn Reed of Muscatine and Erik Testrake of Cedar Falls.

Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, said because works are durational, it is not important to see any given piece from beginning to end. Viewers can come at any point throughout the event, or stay for the entire 90-minute performance period.

The event is free and open to the public. The Kamerick Art Building is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street. For more information, call (319) 273-6134.


The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton, Wednesday, April 21. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at

1. Register of Capital Improvement Business Transactions


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

2. Approval of faculty promotion and tenure recommendations, 2004-05 academic year


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

3. Competition with private enterprise

Annual report. UNI has received no complaints from the private sector relating to competition issues.


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

4. Professional & Scientific staff salaries


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

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

5. UNI to offer first-ever Educational Leadership Program in China

UNI's College of Education will offer a master's degree in Educational Leadership in Liaoning Province, China, beginning fall 2004. This is the first time UNI has offered such a program in China. The program will be offered through UNI's Continuing Education Division, in partnership with Anshan Normal University. A graduate degree from an American university has significant value in China. However, few Chinese can afford the cost of living in the United States and attending college. This program builds on UNI's already strong relationships in the Chinese teacher-education community. It takes three years to complete the program. This program is self-sustaining and does not draw on university resources.


David Else, director, UNI Institute for Educational Leadership, (319) 273-3358

6. Proposed property purchase, property leases, house razing


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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Professor of leisure, youth and human services, Betty van der Smissen, was recently awarded the American Association for Leisure and Recreation (AALR) Outstanding Achievement Award during the organization's national convention and exposition in New Orleans.

The AALR Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to a person who has demonstrated unusual, significant or outstanding leadership in the area of leisure and recreation or other related fields. In making the award to van der Smissen, the AALR cited her nearly 50 years of involvement as an initiator, promoter/supporter, facilitator and educator in the profession. Her contributions have been, principally, in four categories ï¾– programming in the outdoors; accreditation standards for academic curricula, park and recreation agencies, organized camping and adventure/challenge programs; legal liability/risk management; and research.

In addition to her academic institution teaching, she has given more than 700 presentations at the state, regional, national and international levels. She has been honored by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the Society of Park and Recreation Educators; and by AALR, previously, as its first Jay B. Nash scholar/lecturer, among others. She also has been elected to membership in the four academies of her profession: Academy of Leisure Sciences (founding fellow), American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, American Leisure Academy (founding senior fellow) and North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals (charter fellow).

This spring she also was honored by the Sport and Recreation Law Association at its national meeting in Las Vegas. For her contribution to the Society and the field of law, as related to sport and recreation, the organization named its leadership award after her, The Betty van der Smissen Leadership Award. Van der Smissen, a lawyer, previously was a recipient of the award.

AALR promotes and supports education, leisure, and recreation by developing quality programming and professional training, providing leadership opportunities, disseminating guidelines and standards, and enhancing public understanding of the importance of leisure and recreation in maintaining a creative and healthy lifestyle. AALR is an association of the AAHPERD.

Van der Smissen is on leave from Michigan State University. She has been at UNI since fall 2002, and was invited to UNI to assist in the development of the new doctoral program in leisure, youth and human services.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa ROTC students, instructors, alumni and Iowa national guard members participated in the 2004 Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands, N.M., on March 21. Participants march 26.2 miles through the New Mexico desert carrying a 35-pound rucksack at elevations ranging from 4,000 to 5,500 feet. ___Name__ of Hometown___ was one of the UNI participants.

The march honors the tens of thousands of American and Filipino World War II heroes who, on April 9, 1942, were surrendered to Japanese forces and marched for days in the heat through the Philippine jungles. The Americans were Army, Army Air Corps, Navy and Marines. Among those seized were members of the 200th Coast Artillery, New Mexico National Guard.


ALTOONA Cadet Nic Jones

BUFFALO CENTER Cadet Tyson Trunkhill

CEDAR RAPIDS Cadet Dale Hight

COUNCIL BLUFFS Cadet Caitlin Wright


2LT Melanie Meyer (Alum)

DIKE Cadet Kent Greiner

DYSART Cadet Sheldon Klein

GRANDVIEW Cadet Mariah Schweitzer

INDEPENDENCE Cadet Stacey Lyon

KELLOGG Cadet Melanie Meyer (Alum)

KNOXVILLE Cadet Thomas Slykhuis

MARSHALLTOWN Cadet Erick Eggers

NEWTON Cadet Blake Derouchey

SIOUX CENTER Cadet Justin Zevenbergen

WATERLOO Cadet Jeff Ritter

Cadet Tyson Trunkhill

Cadet Jason McIntosh

Cadet Kent Greiner

Cadet Dale Hight

Cadet Sheldon Klein

Cadet Kyle Godfrey

Cadet Kiel Archer

Cadet Ryan Paulus

Cadet Benjamin Siebert

SSG Eric Horton

SSG Charles Smith

SFC Francis Chabotte

MAJ Paul McNamara (Alum)

WAUKEE Cadet Mark McBride


DANVILLE, VA. Cadet Stacey Lyon


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Band-4-Bandz,' an all-day music festival and alcohol awareness program, will take place Saturday, April 24, in the West Gym on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with an-all day battle of the bands. Bands performing include After the Fall, Leven, Disstrick, House Arrest, Ramshackle, The Slats and Third Person. The final band will perform at 5:30 p.m. Doors will re-open at 7:30, and the band champion will open for Lucky Boys Confusion, with a special guest performance by Blue Island Tribe, at 8 p.m.

Alcohol-awareness programming, food and beverages will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside the West Gym. Information on responsible drinking will be provided by the Iowa Sate Patrol, Fahr Beverage, Covenant Medical Center's Horizon Program, Fatal Vision, Mocktails and the UNI Substance Abuse Services Program.

'The name 'Band-4-Bandz' was inspired by the idea that local businesses should use wrist bands to properly identify legal-aged drinkers in their establishments,' said Scott Peacock, event marketing co-chair. 'The 'Band-4-Bandz' committee believes working together to assure that local businesses properly check Ids, and encouraging more students to be responsible drinkers and designated drivers is important in any community. It holds even more relevancy in a college town.'

Cost is $5. The event is open to the pubic. For more information, visit Tickets will be for sale online and at the event.

'Band-4-Bandz' is hosted by the UNI Festival and Event Management class and Panther Productions in partnership with Q92.3, Fahr Beverage and Catamount Recording Studio. The event supports April as Alcohol Awareness Month and raises money for the UNI Substance Abuse Services Program.

April 13, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Reefer Madness,' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, and 'Grass,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 22, both in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Reefer Madness' is a film that tells the story through the eyes of a high school principal who is speaking to parents at a PTA meeting on the issue of marijuana. The storyline revolves around Mae and Jack, who are accomplices in the distribution of marijuana, and who manage to entice high school students to smoke the drug.

Schwartz says 'Grass' uses footage from U.S. government propaganda films and animation from underground artist Paul Mavrides, to demonstrate culture's negative views of marijuana.

UNI's 'Films on Social Justice' series is sponsored by UNI's chapter of Amnesty International; the UNI ACLU; the UNI Students for Social Justice; the UNI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Straight, Transgender Association (LGBSTA); the UNI Gender Equality Association (GEA); Iowans for a Free Palestine; the UNI Criminology Club; UNI Student AIDS Campaign; UNI Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE); and the UNI Sociology & Anthropology Club.

The event is free and open to the public.


The child of Holocaust survivors, Harry Brod knows well the importance of telling the story. The UNI professor of philosophy & religion speaks annually to children in sixth-12th grade via the ICN, talking about the Holocaust. Brod also is a member of the advisory board of an educational non-profit organization called 'Voices and Memories Through the Holocaust' that uses testimonies of child survivors to educate younger generations. 'The theory is that children will be able to relate to someone who can speak about, for example, what it was like to be in hiding and not be allowed to play outside during the Holocaust,' he explains.

As Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 18) approaches, Brod encourages parents to talk not just about this tragedy, but others. 'I think it's important to not isolate the Holocaust from other historical events. How do African-Americans speak to their children about the horrors of slavery? How do women who have been raped talk to their daughters about it? These are issues for all of us.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Take Back the Night,' an annual event to protest sexual assault and violence against women, will be Tuesday, April 20, at Old Central Ballroom in Maucker Union at the University of Northern Iowa.

Actors from the Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE) Forum will take the stage at 5 p.m. Capoeira, a cultural dance organization, will perform at 6 p.m. Audience members will be invited to present their own poetry or music during the 6:30 p.m. Artistic Outlet. At 7 p.m. will be addresses by members of UNI Police; Battered Women's Shelter; the New Voters Campaign; and SAVE Frontline, made up of UNI students trained to work with women concerned about relationships or possible violence. Open mic begins at 7:20 p.m. The event concludes with the traditional March on the Hill, leaving from Maucker Union at 7:45 p.m.

'Take Back the Night' is sponsored by the UNI Gender Equality Association, the Women's Studies Program, Northern Iowa Student Government, SAVE, Family Service League, and UNI Police.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'A Seventeenth-Century Indo-Persian Poet: The Many Lives of Nand Lal' will be the topic of the next history lecture at the University of Northern Iowa, Wednesday, April 21.

Louis Fenech, UNI assistant professor of history, will speak at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall, Room 115. His address is free and open to the public.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, Fenech said the Sikhs, a religio-cultural community that originates in India, 'have been targeted as 'enemies' by misguided Euro-Americans and Euro-Canadians because of their dress. They are often mistaken as Muslims and 'unAmerican'/'unCanadian' because of the treacherous caricature of the people of Islam presented by the conservative American and Canadian media.'

He said such mistaken identifications are particularly so of Sikh males who, for the most part, are instructed to keep their hair and beards uncut and to neatly tie their hair within a turban.

Although Fenech said his talk will have little to do with the events of Sept. 11, 2001, it will focus upon a number of the historical intersections (political, cultural and literary) between Sikhism and Islam, in the person of Nand Lal, and attempt to understand what these intersections reveal about the way that Sikhs thought, and think, about themselves and their corporate community.

This is the final lecture in the 2003-2004 history lecture series, sponsored by the UNI Department of History, Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization and the UNI History Club.

April 12, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events speech team traveled to the West coast Friday through Sunday, April 2-4, to compete in the American Forensic Association's National Individual Events Tournament at California State University-Long Beach.

Michelle Kelsey, senior political communication major from Ankeny, came one rank short of advancing to the elimination rounds in extemporaneous speaking. Mike Hilkin, sophomore English education major from Dubuque, also competed in extemporaneous and impromptu, and was one rank short of advancing to the next round in impromptu.

Sara Gronstal, senior elementary education major from Council Bluffs, competed in after-dinner speaking, dramatic interpretation and program oral interpretation. Teammate Danielle Dick, senior culture and communication major from Dayton, also competed in after-dinner speaking and program oral interpretation, as well as communication analysis and prose, where she advanced to the quarterfinals.

This weekend, April 16-18, these students, along with Coltrane Carlson, a freshman sports broadcasting major from Council Bluffs, will compete at the National Forensic Association's national tournament in Providence, R.I., at the University of Rhode Island.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS) will sponsor the 36th annual Beginning Reading Conference beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, April 16, at UNI's Schindler Education Center.

According to Amy Lockhart, conference chair, the event provides educators with innovative language arts tips, tools and techniques, while giving teachers methods to evaluate and enhance the effectiveness of classroom strategies.

'Our conference is planned to meet the needs of school improvement plans across the state and to maintain our leadership throughout Iowa as beginning reading experts and consultants,' said Lockhart. 'The workshop also provides a tool for school superintendents to help their teachers meet state-mandated goals and objectives.'

The conference will host keynote speakers Janet Stevens and Timothy Shanahan.

Stevens is the award-winning author and illustrator of children's books such as 'Jackalope' and 'And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon.' Her book, 'Tops and Bottoms,' was named a Caldecott Honor Book. She said she sees her work as a way to excite children about reading.

'Each book is an opportunity and challenge,' said Stevens. 'The process is both difficult and exciting -- sometimes a struggle, sometimes fun. I believe it is most important to create books that children want to read. For me, that is the real joy of bookmaking.'

Timothy Shanahan is a professor of urban education and director of the Center for Literacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He recently returned from a leave of absence that allowed him to work as the Executive Director of the Chicago Reading Initiative for the Chicago Public Schools, a school improvement initiative serving 437,000 children. His research focuses on the relationship of reading and writing, school improvement, the assessment of reading ability and family literacy.

Shanahan was a member of the National Reading Panel, a group convened by the National Institute of Child Health and Development at the request of Congress to evaluate research on successful methods of teaching reading.

Conference attendees may choose 'sectionals' to attend, which will be held throughout the day of the conference. Sectional topics include 'Active Learning,' 'Creating Classrooms for an Integrated Curriculum,' 'Using Telecommunication Activities in the K-12 Classroom,' 'Phonics Phun,' and many more. A detailed conference schedule, including a full list of sectional activity topics can be found at PLS' Web site,

Registration may be completed over the Web at the PLS Web site,

The conference fee is $60, and includes all conference sessions, lunch, refreshments, exhibits and a book signing.

For more information, contact Lockhart at (319) 273-2209.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Quick Books Pro -- Beginning,' a software training course, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC).

The course will run three consecutive Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning April 20, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. The instructor will be Judy Schindel, certified Quick Books trainer.

Participants will learn check entry, how to set up accounts and other lists, deposits, bank reconciliation, how to enter and pay bills, reports and more.

These sessions are aimed specifically at beginners and those needing a refresher course. An advanced level of 'Quick Books Pro' will be offered at a later date.

Cost is $169. For more information and to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Artists Ed McGowin and Claudia DeMonte will present a lecture on their public artworks at 7 p.m., April 19, in the University of Northern Iowa's Kamerick Art Building, Room 111.

McGowin and DeMonte created the sculpture for the new Center for Multicultural Education (CME), located in the recently renovated Maucker Union.

The sculpture, titled 'We Are One,' was chosen as part of the 'Iowa Art in State Buildings Program,' in which one-half of one percent of the total estimated cost of state buildings shall be used to purchase art. The amount of the project came to $65,000. McGowin and Demonte were chosen through a national competition from a field of 47 applicants.

McGowin and Demonte describe 'We Are One' as a 120-foot long, bas-relief sculptural frieze, which runs along the inside top of the colonnade at the entrance to the CME, close to Lang Hall.

''We Are One' is complex and witty, depicting a parade of humanity, highly-stylized figures representing all walks of life in Iowa, helping each other with their burdens, struggles and tasks,' said the artists.

The two have completed projects in Plan de Grass, France; the Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C.; the Long Island Railroad, New York; Prudential Life in Newark, N.J.; and the New York City Commission of Cultural Affairs.

McGowin is a professor at the State University of New York-Old Westbury, and was chair of the sculpture department at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. DeMonte is an art professor at the University of Maryland.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

April 11, 2004 - 7:00pm


Monday, April 12

'Making Schools Safe for GLBT Students,' 7 to 9 p.m., Lang Hall Auditorium. This public forum is part of a state-wide series focusing on the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

Wednesday, April 14

'Nigeria and the Politics of Shar'ia,' 3 pm, Sabin Hall, Room 201. The Political Science Speaker Series will present a talk by Pita Agbese, professor of political science. He will discuss the impact of the use of Shar'ia (Islamic law) on Nigerian politics.

Thursday, April 15

'An Impossible Dream: Can Human Rights Violations be Deterred by International Prosecution?' by Stephen Rapp of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, 9:30 a.m., Seerley Hall Great Reading Room.

'Soup's On: Four Cultures, Four Soups,' 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., University Museum. Those attending will sample soups and breads from around the world, and may bid on silent auction items.

Friday, April 16

Beginning Reading Conference, at Schindler Education Center, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Keynote speaker is Janet Stevens, author and illustrator.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new film, 'America's Lost Landscapes: The Tallgrass Prairie,' will premiere at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 30, in the University of Northern Iowa's Lang Hall auditorium.

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

Annabeth Gish, Cedar Falls native and critically acclaimed actress, is the narrator. Gish, seen most recently as President Bartlett's older daughter on NBC's 'The West Wing,' also starred as agent Monica Reyes on 'The X-Files.' Her feature films include 'Double Jeopardy,' 'Nixon,' and 'SLC Punk.' Gish recently completed a mini-series, 'Detective,' that will air this year on the USA Network. 'Knots,' an independently released feature film, opens this year as well.

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

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

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

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

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

A reception will follow the premiere. There is no charge to attend the event, but reservations are necessary. To make reservations, call (319) 273-6078. For more information about the film, and to view a brief clip, visit