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November 5, 2003 - 6:00pm

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Board of Regents to meet at the University of Northern Iowa

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11 and 12 at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. Several items pertaining to UNI are on the docket and are scheduled to be discussed on Wednesday. Specific times are unknown. Not all sources will be present at the meeting. Media kits will be available at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12 in Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom. The docket is available on the Web at http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/Agendas/agenda.html

1. Annual Report on Student Retention and Graduation Rates

Two related news releases were distributed on 11/6. They will be included in the media kit.

- UNI's four-year graduation rate is at an all-time high 33.5 percent, up from 29.5 percent in 1998

- The average UNI student graduates in 4.5 years

- UNI's retention rate for first-year African-American students increased 10 percent from last year

- UNI's new online Plan of Study went live on Oct. 27. It's an online planning tool for undergraduate students to help them graduate as efficiently as possible.

Contacts:

Susan Koch, associate provost, (319) 273-2518

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

Julie Heiple, data access administrator, (319) 273-7431

2. Annual Purchasing Report

UNI has saved more than $70,000 to date in postal costs alone by collaborating with the University of Iowa Mail Center.

Contact: Bill McKinley, assistant director of campus services, (319) 273-6109

3. Report on Expenditures for Insurance and Retirement Programs, fiscal year 2003

Contacts:

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

Jan Flick, benefits manager, (319) 273-2824

4. Special Purpose Appropriations Requests

See requests memo in media kit.

Contacts:

Keith Saunders, assistant director of governmental relations, (319) 273-6144

Ag-based Industrial Lubricants Research Program (ABIL) -- Lou Honary, ABIL director,

(319) 352-5218

Iowa Waste Reduction Center -- John Konefes, IWRC director, (319) 273-8905

Geography Alliance of Iowa -- Kay Weller, associate professor of geography (319) 273-7343

Iowa Mathematics & Science Coalition -- Larry Leutzinger, associate professor of mathematics,

(319) 273-6958

Iowa Safe Surfacing Initiative -- Donna Thompson, director, National Program for Playground Safety, (319) 273-2416

5. Register of Capital Improvement Business Transitions

a. Student Health Center expansion -- Presentation of schematic designs. Students are planning to attend the meeting and lobby for approval of the design. Last month the BOR approved the program statement for the expansion. A backgrounder will be included in the media kit.

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



b. McLeod Center -- Approval requested to amend initial architect/engineer agreement. The BOR requested a feasibility study, which was conducted. The university has been advised by a consultant that certain upgrades in the planned structure will increase the possibility of self-sufficiency. Among these recommendations are upgrades to the alumni suite, and the addition of a catwalk, retractable seating and a kitchen/commissary area. Cost for the updgrades would be approximately $2.6 million.

Contacts:

Fundraising -- Bill Calhoun, vice president for university advancement, (319) 273-2487

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

Facility -- Morris Mikkelsen, director, Facilities Planning, (319) 273-2611

6. Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) presentation

NISG President, Emiliano Lerda, will address the effect state budget cuts have had on students. A printout of his PowerPoint presentation will be included in the media kit. He will be available for interviews at the meeting.

Contact: Emiliano Lerda, NISG president, (319) 273-2650

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Visiting Artists/Scholars Series in the Department of Art will host artist Ron Meyers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111; and artist Andre Stitt at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the foyer of the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

Meyers has been a ceramic artist and educator for more than 30 years. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Georgia and has presented numerous workshops and demonstrations of his work throughout the United States and overseas.

Stitt, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is considered one of Europe's foremost performance artists. Since 1976 he has created hundreds of performances at major galleries, festivals and sites around the world. He is the director of the time-based art course at Cardiff School of Art. Both the course, and his work focus on contemporary interdisciplinary practices such as performance art, video, installation, sonic, interactive and Webcasting.

The events are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Martha Ellen Tye Visiting Artists Fund.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership honor society at the University of Northern Iowa, will initiate new members, Sunday, Nov. 9, in the Commons' Slife Ballroom, and award honorary membership to a distinguished alumnus.

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, who received B.A. and M.A.E. degrees from UNI, in 1955 and 1956, respectively, will be inducted, following his noon address to the organization. A reception, beginning at 11:30 a.m., will precede his remarks, while dinner and formal induction of the new student members will follow.

'UNI did not have a chapter of ODK when Sen. Grassley was a student,' said Frank Thompson, ODK adviser and a UNI professor of finance. 'Honorary membership may be awarded to someone who has shown outstanding leadership in the community and the members chose to honor him in this way.'



New student initiates to ODK will include __(Name)__ a __(Classification)__ from __(Hometown)__.

To qualify for membership, students must volunteer for campus and community services and leadership activities, demonstrate academic achievement and be a junior or senior. The organization was founded in 1914, and emphasizes the development of the student as a whole person, both as a member of the college community and as a contributor to society.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern recently introduced its innovative online planning tool for students, called Plan of Study (POS), allowing students to stay on track with classes and, ultimately, graduate faster.



Susan Koch, associate provost, explained that the POS will help students better plan their overall educational experience. 'It also will help students graduate as efficiently as possible, by allowing them to think ahead through their entire program and make strategic decisions about the courses they take and when they take them. It gives them unprecedented control over visualizing and planning their university experience.'

The product of a highly creative technical design team at UNI, the POS allows students to view a list of the classes necessary for graduation, and plug them into a schedule as early as the first year of classes. In this way, students can plan schedules for each semester of their career at UNI.

A student's first viewing of their POS will automatically load suggested courses into the appropriate semesters for their major(s) as established by the academic departments. Courses the student has completed at UNI or transferred from other institutions, as well as courses for which they are currently enrolled, will be shown in the appropriate semesters. In consultation with their academic advisers, students can then customize their POS by selecting specific courses where choices are offered and moving courses between semesters and years.

'The Program of Study will give incoming students the ability to not only see what courses they need to graduate in their major and what options they have for courses outside the major, but also the ability to plan when they want to take those classes,' said Koch. ' It goes beyond offering registration online, by giving students a credible 'roadmap' for their entire degree program -- a tool they didn't previously have.'

She said the program will aid students considering a change in majors or minors, or the addition of a major or minor. These changes often have serious implications in terms of class availability and overall progress toward graduation. With the POS, students can gauge the impact of those decisions by incorporating hypothetical degree audits for majors and minors. The program tells students what courses they would have to take and how much time (semesters), if any, the change would add to their studies.

Phil Patton, UNI registrar, said the POS will be a boon to departments campus-wide. 'Departments often struggle to estimate how many students will want to take a given course during a given session. The Program of Study system is designed to help take the guesswork out of this process,' he said. 'In the long run, this saves UNI time and money.'

Other key features of the program include easy access for students and advisers to obtain degree audits and calculate current GPAs. The program also allows academic advisers to easily check degree program requirements, revisions and curricular changes. And, it includes hotlinks to associated information such as course listings, course descriptions and department Web sites.

When UNI began working on the POS in 1999, only one other university in the nation had anything like it: Brigham Young. The two institutions worked together, trading information to help one another develop sate-of-the-art programs.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has released its annual year-to-year comparison of retention data, with numbers indicating an all-time high in the numbers of students who graduated within four years.

Renee Romano, vice president for educational and student services, said 33.5 percent of all students entering the university in 1999 graduated within four years, an increase over the previous year's rate of 29.5 percent. Sixty percent of those entering in 1998 graduated within five years; the national average is 44 percent.



Other figures were encouraging as well. The national rate for students who leave a college or university within the first year of attendance is 31 percent. At UNI, that number is only 19.4 percent for 2002.

'Our focus on students, both in the classroom and out of the classroom, makes a positive difference in every aspect of our students' lives,' said Romano. 'I believe students at UNI are less likely to fall through the cracks, because faculty and staff take seriously the responsibility we have to educate and prepare students for life outside of the university. That focus on students is something that permeates our institution's culture. We have excellent faculty, student services and academic advising, which means students get a quality experience in and out of the classroom.'

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University of Northern Iowa to induct students into the College of Education

The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host its bi-annual Teacher Education Convocation at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. More than 200 students from among the 347 who have satisfied requirements for admission into the College of Education, are expected to participate in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study.

Susan Etscheidt, associate professor of special education, will deliver the convocation address. Candidates will be presented by Rori Carson, associate professor of education, granted admission to teacher education by Renee Romano, vice president for educational and student services, and the pinning and affirmation of candidates will be by Jeffrey Cornett, dean of the College of Education.

Kathy Oakland, chair of the convocation committee, says, 'One of the most rewarding aspects of this event is looking out into the audience and seeing the pride on the faces of parents and grandparents. It is an especially moving ceremony that celebrates not only the College of Education, but the accomplishments of the entire university.'

This will be the 26th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education program since formal ceremonies began in 1991. A reception will follow in the Performing Arts Center lobby.

November 4, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cory Badura has joined the University of Northern Iowa Student Health Clinic staff as its on-site pharmacist.

Badura studied pre-pharmacy at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Creighton School of Pharmacy & Allied Health. He comes to UNI from Covenant Hospital in Waterloo, where he served as a clinical pharmacist for People's Pharmacy.

'One of our primary goals is to help students become educated, confident health care consumers,' said Sue Courts, director of student health. 'Cory's skills and personality are a perfect fit.'

The Student Health Clinic pharmacy has been available to students for more than 20 years.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Tae Kwon-Do Club recently attended the 30th annual Midwestern Invitational Tae Kwon-Do Championship in Omaha, Neb. There were more than 300 competitors present from the Midwest, Ohio and Texas.

Marshall Cowell, a sophomore mathematics major from Denver, competed in the Men's Brown Belt Division and earned first place in form and second place in sparring. Michelle Jones, a senior geology/earth science major from Earlville, competed in the Women's Blue Belt Division and earned third place in form and third place in sparring. Heather Stone, a sophomore general studies major from Cedar Falls, competed in the Women's Green Belt Division and earned second place in form.

In 2002-2003, the UNI Tae Kwon-Do club won more than 65 awards in national competition. They are the oldest sport club on campus, dating back to 1969.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Multimedia performer and educator, Nancy Hulse, will present 'A Rose by Any Other Name,' at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, in Schindler Education Center, Room 244 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Hulse draws upon her story as a rape survivor and her many years of working with victims of violence during the one-hour presentation. 'Rose' explores current and past cultural attitudes about women and how they contribute to rape and violence against women in our society. A combination of music, poetry, dance, video, lighting and dialogue is used to communicate the affect of rape on women's lives.

'Educational institutions in particular have found my performances to be an effective device to introduce students to these difficult and emotional subjects,' said Hulse. 'The dynamic nature of the presentation always promotes lively discussion of the issues, which often lasts long after the show has ended.'

A resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., Hulse is the founder of Womynkind Productions, which develops and produces multimedia programs about relationship violence and rape. Her shows have been performed at nearly 200 colleges, universities and women's shelters across the country.

The presentation is sponsored by Alpha Xi Delta sorority, the UNI Panhellenic Council and the UNI Student Government. The event is free and open to the public.

November 2, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is featuring Jaimie Howard, a senior social science education and psychology major from Sioux City, as part of the new UNI marketing campaign. Part of a rotating group of student, faculty, staff and alumni profiles, hers can be found on the Web at www.uni.edu. In addition to the Web, Howard is featured in a newspaper ad that will appear in the November issue of Bishop Heelan Catholic High School's publication Crusader Chronicle.

Howard has been active with Gamma Phi Beta sorority and the Orchesis Dance Company. She participated in the National Student Exchange and spent a semester at the University of South Carolina. She plans to graduate from UNI in May 2005.

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Forensic science -- sexy or serious?



'Shows such as 'CSI' and 'Crossing Jordan' generate interest in forensic science that put students in my class,' says Tyler O'Brien, assistant professor of biological anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa. 'But what they portray is not always what occurs in the real world.' There are some similarities, according to O'Brien, but for the most part forensic scientists do not interrogate subjects, nor do they solve cases in 60 minutes.

Forensic anthropology is a very integrated field of study that may require assistance from specialists in DNA, bullets or documents. 'I often depend on the knowledge of others to help determine cause and manner of death,' explains O'Brien. Shows like 'CSI' do portray the specialist aspect, sometimes with a sexy feel. 'However, casework is not always that exciting.'

Contact:

Tyler O'Brien, assistant professor in biological anthropology, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, (319) 273-2789, tyler.obrien@uni.edu

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





Weight loss attempts by children and adolescents may result in weight gain



Children and adolescents who resort to food restriction as the only means to lose weight may unknowingly put themselves at risk for weight gain. Iradge Ahrabi-Fard, professor in the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, says diets that consist solely of changes in food intake often fail. 'It's a mistake not to include exercise with diet -- a specific type of exercise. You do aerobics to increase the efficiency of heart and lungs and lose fat, and weight-bearing activities to improve bone mass, increase strength and build muscle mass. You have to know what you're doing when you restrict your food or you may damage your metabolism, changing the ratio of muscle tissue and fat tissue to the point that you'll gain more weight.'

Ahrabi-Fard works with other professors in UNI's Youth Fitness Institute. The institute is planning a two-week interactive camp for elementary-school children, to study fitness, nutrition and food selection and food intake.

Contacts:

Iradge Ahrabi-Fard, professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, (319) 273-3013, 266-7162, iradge.ahrabi-fard@uni.edu

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





November is National Vegan Month

November is National Vegan Month, recognizing those who choose not to eat meat or use any animal products such as milk, eggs, gelatin, leather or fur.

According to Mona Milius, UNI associate director of residence/dining services, meeting students' special needs relating to food allergies, dietary plans or lifestyle choices such as vegetarianism or veganism is not easy. 'Dining centers have significantly changed to meet student needs, and we've done it in a way that doesn't compromise food quality or taste. We take care to make sure that people with special needs have those needs met,' says Milius.

Contact:

Mona Milius, associate director of residence and dining, (319) 273-2333, mona.milius@uni.edu

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





UNI professor evaluates first decade of European Union



In 1993, the members of the European Economic Community, also known as the Common Market, implemented the Treaty of Maastricht, which changed the name of the organization to the European Union (EU), and committed it to the development of a common currency-- the euro-- and the development of a common foreign policy. How well has the EU been working for the past 10 years?

Michael Hall, assistant professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa, says the euro has been a mixed success. 'The grandest expectation for the euro, that it would displace the dollar in many international transactions, has not occurred to the degree some predicted,' he says. 'But the euro is now the most commonly used currency in international transactions in Europe.' He added the euro has not been a threat to the United States, or a total failure, but has simply taken its place as one of the world's major currencies.

Hall says the development of a common foreign policy has been far more difficult, and will be far more of an uphill battle, as it goes to the heart of national sovereignty more than money does, and also involves far more complications. 'But for now, the EU is more of a union than it was before, and in 2004, it will be a much wider union, with 10 new members.'

Contacts:

Michael Hall, assistant professor of political science, (319) 273-3144 (office); (319) 273-2039 (department office); Michael.Hall@uni.edu (e-mail)

Vicki Grimes, Office of University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter of Up 'Til Dawn has appointed its 2003-2004 executive committee.

Student members of the Up 'Til Dawn 2003-2004 Executive Board include ___(NAME)___, Up 'Til Dawn (POSITION) , a ___(CLASSIFICATION) studying (MAJOR)___ from ___(HOMETOWN)___.

Up 'Til Dawn is a nationwide student-run organization that helps raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Campuses celebrate their fund-raising achievement at the end of each year with a special event.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - - The University of Northern Iowa and Western Iowa Tech Community College will host a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at Sioux City's Western Iowa Tech Community College, Building A, Wells Fargo Room. The event is free and open to the public. Parents, alumni and citizens concerned about recent budget costs and tuition increases are encouraged to attend.



UNI President Robert Koob and Western Iowa Tech Community College President Robert Dunker will present 'Iowa's Students are Its Future: Why It's Everyone's Business.'



SVP to Stacey Christensen by November 11, (319) 273-3170.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is featuring Gretchen Carter, a senior theatre performance and education major from Sioux City, as part of the new UNI marketing campaign. Part of a rotating group of student, faculty, staff and alumni profiles, hers can be found on the Web at www.uni.edu. In addition to the Web, Carter is featured in a newspaper ad that will appear in the November issue of Sioux City North High School's publication North High News.

Carter has been active with the UNI Student Theatre Association (UNISTA), the Student Combat Club and served as president of Theta Alpha Phi (TAP), a national theatre honors society.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is featuring Matthew Mettille, a senior public relations major from Dubuque, as part of the new UNI marketing campaign. Part of a rotating group of student, faculty, staff and alumni profiles, his can be found on the Web at www.uni.edu. In addition to the Web, Mettille is featured in a newspaper ad that will appear in the Wahlert High School publication The Gleaner on Nov. 10.

Mettille has been active with the UNI Homecoming Committee, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Student Alumni Ambassadors. He participated in the National Student Exchange and spent last year at the University of Northern Colorado.

October 30, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) will present a panel discussion, 'The Changing Face of Iowa: Issues Affecting Latino Youth,' Thursday, Nov. 13, in UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), Room 11.

Panelists will be Barb Anderson, English as a Second Language (ESL) coordinator for Waterloo West High School; Ruben Arce, coordinator/case manager for El Centro Latinoamericano, Waterloo; Roland Carrillo, director, UNI Office of Financial Aid; and Roberto Clemente, assistant professor, UNI Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling & Postsecondary Education. The moderator will be Emiliano Lerda, Northern Iowa Student Government president.

The panel discussion will follow the presentation, 'Latino Youth and the United States Justice System: Another Harvest of Shame,' by Francisco Villarruel, associate professor of Family & Child Ecology and research associate at the Institute for Children, Youth and Families at Michigan State University.

The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Villarruel will speak at 7:30 p.m. The panel discussion will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m.

The panel discussion is the first of two presentations in the CSBS Changing Face of Iowa series.

'This series is a chance for UNI faculty and staff to share expertise and start a dialogue with community experts that will help support economic and cultural development in the Cedar Valley,' said Phyllis Baker, CSBS associate dean. 'We want to strengthen and build relationships with alumni, the business community and community support services, and enhance student recruitment.'

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the lecture series, contact the UNI CSBS at (319) 273-2221.

The second part of the series will take place on March 26. The topic will be issues facing Iowa's growing elderly population. The keynote speaker will be Toni Calasanti, professor of sociology and women's studies at Virginia Tech, and author of the book, 'Gender, Social Inequalities and Aging.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music's Jazz Band One will travel to Iowa City for a clinic and performance, Thursday, Nov. 6.

The band, directed by Christopher Merz, UNI director of jazz studies, will perform at Iowa City's West High School. West High was the winner of the Class 4A Iowa Jazz championship last year and is home to several promising recruits.

A performance with the University of Iowa's top jazz band, Johnson County Landmark, will take place at 9:30 p.m. at The Mill Restaurant. The performance is free and open to the public.

UNI Jazz Band One, the UNI School of Music's top jazz performing group, has received many awards and honors and appeared at festivals throughout the United States and Europe. The band has received three Outstanding Performance Awards in the collegiate big band category of 'Downbeat' magazine's Annual Student Music Awards, and has recorded 12 CDs.

Members of the UNI Jazz Band One traveling to Iowa City include __(name)__ from __(hometown)__, who plays __(instrument)__.

For more information, contact Christopher Merz, (319) 273-3077.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Marketing Honor Society, Mu Kappa Tau, recently inducted select University of Northern Iowa marketing students into membership.

Among those initiated was (Student's Name) , a UNI (Classification) from _(Hometown)_.

Membership in the honor society is limited to upper-level marketing majors. Juniors must rank in the top 10 percent of their university-wide class, while seniors and graduate students must rank in the top 20 percent.

The UNI chapter adviser is Steve Corbin, associate professor of marketing.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present the Tony Award-winning play, 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,' by Tom Stoppard, Nov. 13-23 at the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' is a spoof of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' with the minor characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern taking the lead. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 through 15 and Nov. 20 through 22, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 23.

Tickets for 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,' are $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for youth. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381, or online at www.uni.edu/theatre.

The show is supported by the Martha Ellen Tye Guest Artist Fund.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two local donors have helped the University of Northern Iowa Foundation come closer to its goal of completing fundraising for the McLeod Center.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier has committed $100,000 to the project. 'When we decided to get involved, we decided to do so not as a newspaper, but as a community member that rises and falls on the health of the community,' said John Goossen, Courier publisher. 'It's important for us to support a project that is good for the community. The McLeod Center will improve the quality of life in the community by positively affecting the economy, the business sector and the recreational arts arena. It's not just a place to play basketball. It will be a wonderful venue for other shows and events, and make the Cedar Valley even more of a destination for regional and out-of-state visitors.'

Cedar Falls residents Greg and Lea Ann Saul have designated their $150,000 gift to name the women's basketball head coach's office. 'We chose to name the UNI women's basketball head coach's office because of Tony DiCecco and what he has done for the program at UNI,' said Greg Saul. Under DiCecco's guidance, the 2002-2003 women's basketball team completed one of its most successful seasons in school history, culminating in its second-ever post-season tournament berth -- an invitation to the 2003 Women's National Invitational Tournament.

A multi-purpose sports and events facility, the McLeod Center will be part of the university's west-campus complex and home to Panther basketball and volleyball. In addition, it will provide space for numerous community events including concerts, craft and trade shows and youth activities. The McLeod Center's anticipated annual economic impact on the Cedar Valley is $20-$25 million.

Approximately $17 million of the $18 million goal has been raised for the McLeod Center project; nearly $10 million of it from the Cedar Valley. The university foundation continues to raise funds for this project and hopes to break ground in spring 2004.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Marketing Honor Society, Mu Kappa Tau, recently inducted select University of Northern Iowa marketing students during the fall semester.

Among those initiated was (Student's Name) , a UNI (Classification) from _(Hometown)_. He/She is the (Son/Daughter) of (Parents' Names) .

Membership in the honor society is limited to upper-level marketing majors. Juniors must rank in the top 10 percent of their university-wide class, while seniors and graduate students must rank in the top 20 percent.

The UNI chapter advisor is Steve Corbin, associate professor of marketing.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 41st Annual Science, Mathematics and Technology Symposium will take place Thursday, Nov. 6.

At 3:30 p.m., in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom, Ben Schafer, UNI assistant professor of computer science, will speak about the methods computer scientists use to sift through vast amounts of data on the Internet and other electronic media sources. The presentation is part of the symposium, but the public may attend free of charge.

Hundreds of Iowa high school students, their parents, teachers and counselors attend the annual symposium. During the event, high school seniors compete for four-year tuition scholarships in the sciences, mathematics or technology, as well as several partial-tuition scholarships in the sciences.

Competitors test in the morning. Finalists are interviewed in the afternoon. Scholarship winners are announced at the conclusion of the symposium. Participants also receive career information and introductions to programs, resources and faculty in the UNI College of Natural Sciences.

The symposium is sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences. Additional event information is available at www.cns.uni.edu/scisymp/.

October 27, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'The Young and the Ruthless: Youth Violence and Public Health,' is the fourth satellite seminar in a five-part series hosted this fall by the University of Northern Iowa.

The National Collegiate Honors Council and Phi Theta Kappa honorary society will present the seminar from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, via downlinks, in Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom A. The seminar will feature James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminal Justice and former dean of Northeastern University in Boston.

Fox has published 15 books, including his two newest, 'The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder' and 'Dead Lines: Essays in Murder and Mayhem.' As an authority on homicide, he regularly appears on national television and radio programs, including the 'Today Show,' 'Meet the Press,' 'Dateline,' '20/20,' '48 Hours' and 'Oprah.'

The final seminar of the satellite series will take place at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Schindler Education Center, Room 244/245, with 'Heads vs. Feds: The Great Debate.'

UNI faculty members moderate discussion at the end of each session. The series is co-sponsored by UNI's Department of Biology and Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the UNI Honors Program. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jessica Moon, interim director of the UNI Honors Program, at (319) 273-3175 or jessica.moon@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'What is it About the Culture of Science? The Persistent Under-representation of All Women,' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, Nov. 3, in Baker Hall, Room 161, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The lecture will be given by Leslie Sandra Jones, UNI assistant professor of biology. The scientific community celebrates the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA this year. According to Jones, although not widely known, the discovery would not have been made without the contribution of Dr. Rosalind Franklin.

Jones will explain research that shows while male scientists believe science has become a meritocracy, the experiences of their female colleagues document a culture that is based on an inequitable sexual power structure.

The CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum series is sponsored by UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies. Admission is free and open to the public.

October 26, 2003 - 6:00pm

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South Tama first-graders bring 'Pennies for Panthers'

First-graders from South Tama Elementary School will bring tubsful of change to the University Museums on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 27 and 28. Sue Grosboll, Museums director, said the students, in gratitude for the museum's free programming, raised the money by petitioning classmates for spare change. Two groups of 70 students each will present the money during scheduled field trips, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.

'We all agreed that we needed to do something to show our appreciation for all the things that UNI does for us. We really are fortunate to have the museum allow us to come on a field trip and not charge us a cent,' said Lon Wilkerson, the South Tama first-grade teacher who dubbed the project 'Pennies for Panthers.'

The students will attend a program about costumes and have a scavenger at the Museums, and tour the Center for Energy and Environmental Education.

Contact:

Diane Schupbach, education coordinator, UNI Museums, (319) 273-3276, diane.schupbach@uni.edu

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





Internet anniversary stirs tax talk

On Oct. 29, 1969, data began flowing between computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute, and the Internet was born. Today the Internet 'is so ubiquitous in our lives that we don't realize the changes over the years,' says Garry Bozylinsky, associate vice president for information technology services at UNI. ' The sheer volume, ease of accessibility and wide variety of users makes it a very powerful tool.'

The beauty of the Internet, he says, is that it is generally free trade. 'Taxing the Internet is like charging people to use the public library. A tax or cost would really reduce the use and value. Imagine if we had to pay for every mile on every road we drove -- how our use would change.'

Contact:

Garry Bozylinsky, associate vice president, Information Technology Services,

(319) 273-7779, Garry.Bozylinksy@uni.edu

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



National Separation of Church and State Day

The nation will observe Separation of Church and State Day Tuesday, Oct. 28. This controversial amendment to the U.S. Constitution is constantly challenged, often in schools. In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled in Abington v. Schemmp, that Bible reading endorsed a particular religion and was therefore unconstitutional. Since then, everything from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to the Pledge of Allegiance has been questioned.

'You usually hear one of two extremes when people talk about religion and schools,' said Betty DeBerg, head of UNI's Department of Philosophy and Religion. 'One of those is people who want religion to be promoted in school, and they almost always limit it to their religion. The other extreme is people who believe public schools should have nothing whatsoever to do with religion. They want it completely banned.' But, DeBerg said, it is possible for instructors and parents to talk about religion within the public schools, and to do so without trampling on the Constitution. 'There is actually a middle ground that is supported by a wide range of religious and educational groups.'

Contacts:

Betty DeBerg, head, Department of Philosophy and Religion, (319) 273-6221, 277-5071, betty.deberg@uni.edu,

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



Making good manners a habit helps students use them under stress

Oct. 30 is the birth anniversary of Emily Post, whose book on manners, 'Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage,' first appeared in 1922. It went on to become the 'American bible of manners and social behavior,' and established Post as a household name in matters of etiquette. Good manners continue to be important today, and at UNI, the Department of Residence (DOR) believes the best learning for dining etiquette takes place at a meal.

'Twenty years ago, college students were interested in dining and other etiquette because they wanted to make good impressions when they went on dates or 'to meet the parents',' says Margaret Empie, assistant director for catering and retail at UNI. 'Today the emphasis has changed and they're concerned about having an edge when they compete for professional positions or internships. They understand that their success may depend on how they conduct themselves with other people, in addition to the technical skills or knowledge they may possess.'

Each year, student groups ask the DOR do presentations about manners during formal dinners. The 30-minute presentations includes instructions from not using cell phones at dinner and toothpicks in front of other people, to how to know which fork to use. 'We want students to realize the importance of making etiquette a way of life. If good manners are a habit, they are more likely to be maintained in a stressful situation. The interviewee is more likely to successfully focus on the other person and the interview rather than on which fork to use or what to do when there's no knife in the butter dish.'

Margaret Empie, assistant director for catering and retail, Department of Residence, (319) 273-2333, margaret.empie@uni.edu

Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761



Familiarity breeds contempt among coworkers

The average employee spends as much time -- if not more -- with coworkers as with a spouse. The result often is differences in opinion and arguments and in-office fights. Crabby Coworkers Day is Monday, Oct. 27, and Ken Jacobsen, a mental health counselor at UNI's Counseling Center, says the best way to head off problems with coworkers is to talk. 'Ironically, it's the simplest thing to do and it's something people know

how to do -- but don't. Just go talk to the person.'

Jacobsen also encourages people to pick little fights. 'So they don't bottle things up and end up exploding and stomping around. We call that gunny-sacking, because you store and store and store, and then, when one more little irritable things occurs, you really unload.'

He notes those most likely to be the 'irritating' coworker are the insecure. 'They've been hurt, or they feel threatened and expect to be criticized. That makes them hypercritical, defensive and afraid to take on extra responsibilities -- all the things that tick off other people.'

Contacts:

Ken Jacobsen, mental health counselor, UNI Counseling Center, (319) 273-2676, kenneth.Jacobsen@uni.edu

Gwenne Culpeper, University Marketing & public Relations, (319) 273-2761

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sony recording group Evanescence will be in concert Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The opening acts will be Seether, Godhead and Finger Eleven.

According to Heather Tousignant, UNI director of operations for athletic facilities, Evanescence, with its Linkin Park-meets-Tori Amos sound, features a unique combination of hard rock and the soaring vocals of lead singer Amy Lee. The Arkansas band first found success on the soundtrack to the 2003 movie 'Daredevil,' with the hit song 'Bring Me to Life,' and 'My Immortal.' The group's album, 'Fallen,' surpassed double platinum, making the Top 10 in the United States, including the Top Contemporary Christian Albums chart, the Top Five in Canada, and number one in the United Kindgdom.

Hailing from South Africa, opener Seether plays a style of heavy metal music associated with the post-grunge era of alternative music. The band has performed on the popular Ozzfest tour and its current single, 'Gasoline,' is on the Active Rock Top 30 radio charts.

Godhead achieved success after becoming the first band to sign with shock-rocker Marilyn Manson's label, Posthuman Records. Since then, the band has released its fourth studio album, '2000 Years of Human Error,' and has toured with Marilyn Manson, Gwar and Christian Death.

Finger Eleven, a Canadian-based band, got its first big break after winning a rock band search contest on a local radio station. The band used the prize money to record its first album, 'Letters from Chutney.' Members have released two additional albums and their single 'One Thing,' is currently on Active Rock radio.

Tickets are $23 for UNI students and $28 for the general public, and will go on sale at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the UNI-Dome NW ticket office. Tickets can be purchased at all UNI ticket outlets, or by calling (319) 273-DOME, (319) 273-SHOW, or (319) 273-6381 or visiting www.tickets.com. The concert is sponsored by the UNI-Dome.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- How two famous horror story writers, Edgar Allan Poe and Washington Irving, dealt with the challenges of urban burial in the mid-19th century, will be the topic of a history lecture Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the University of Northern Iowa.

Thomas Connors, associate professor of history at UNI, will speak at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall, Room 115. His address, 'Poe's 'Conqueror Worm' and Irving's 'Sleepy Hollow': The Landscape of Death in Mid-Nineteenth Century America,' is free and open to the public. It is the second in the 2003-2004 Phi Alpha Theta/Department of History lecture series.

The talk will place American writers Edgar Allan Poe and Washington Irving's experiences with death in the broader context of the period's evolving approach to urban burial. Connors says where Poe's family had to depend on charity, Irving carefully planned his family plot in the rural cemetery he helped develop at Sleepy Hollow.

Connors teaches Irish, British and American history and social studies teaching methods. He is vice president of the Cedar Falls Historical Society. Connors has delivered lectures on Cedar Falls cemeteries and led a tour of Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles for the National Council for History Education. He has published articles on Irish history, social science education and Sleepy Hollow.

The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of History, Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization and the UNI History Club. The next lecture will take place Wednesday, Nov. 12, with 'Common Work, Common Lives: The Social Construction of Work in the Amana Society,' presented by Peter Hoehnle.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Half-Masted 3.2,' a comedy improvisation troupe comprised of University of Northern Iowa students, will present 'An Evening of Comedy Improv,' at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 through Saturday, Nov. 1. A family-friendly matinee will be presented at 3 p.m. Nov. 1. The performances will be held in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40.

The 'Waterloo Courier' called the show 'funny, quick-witted' and 'constant laughter.' The troupe is instructed and directed by Doug Shaw, UNI associate professor of mathematics. Shaw has performed with several improv troupes throughout the Midwest.

Half-Masted 3.2 members include: Stephen Shelton from Cedar Falls; Ben Kass from Sumner; Wayland McQueen from Shenandoah; Missie Collins and Amanda Robbins, both from Eldora; Melissa Cameron from Council Bluffs; Jesse Wozniak, Mike Schmenke and A.J. Platt, all from Fort Dodge; Jordan Meyer from Waterloo; Ren Waddell from Des Moines; Crystal Schneider from Cedar Rapids; and Jeff Cumberlin from Vinton.

All shows are free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged. For reservations, call Shaw at (319) 273-6805.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) has received a $322,888 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the Iowa Center for Applied Gerontology at UNI. Funding for the project began Oct. 1, and will end on Sept. 30, 2004.

The center's goal is to increase the number of Iowa students interested in careers in gerontology -- the study of older adults.

'As the ratio of older adults increases, the need for non-medical caregivers and elder-friendly goods and services increases,' said Julia Wallace, CSBS dean. 'According to the U.S. Census, Iowa is tied for fourth place in the nation for the proportion of its citizens who are 65 or older. It ranks first for its proportion of citizens 85 and older.'

The grant will fuel research and outreach in three avenues: the Alliance of Gerontology Educators (AGE), teletraining, and business outreach.

'AGE will be created to provide a series of one-day workshops for community colleges and private colleges,' said Wallace. 'The goal will be to incorporate gerontology-related information and research into their curriculum.'

Teletraining will provide on-the-job training for people such as family services workers and communication disorder specialists through telephone conference calls. Seven to 12 sessions will take place during the year.

Business outreach will help chambers of commerce and businesspeople modify products and services to appeal to older adults.

'For instance, blues and greens are not discerned well by older eyes,' explained Wallace. 'This is important to know when designing product packaging or sales materials.'

UNI's gerontology program was established in 1979 as a 15-credit-hour certificate program. In 2002, it became the first bachelor of arts program in gerontology in the state. The Iowa Center for Applied Gerontology will be the only undergraduate program specializing in the study of older adults in the state.

For more information, contact Wallace at (319) 273-2221.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Microsoft Outlook -- It Does More Than E-mail?' and 'Microsoft Access,' will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training.



'Microsoft Outlook -- It Does More Than E-mail?' will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon, on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo, and will be taught by Chris McGregor-Case. The course will teach time-saving and project-management tips using Outlook. Microsoft Outlook is a complete personal information management system that integrates e-mail with an interactive calendar, contacts list, notes and a task manager.

'Microsoft Access,' will be offered three consecutive Fridays, from 8 a.m. to noon, beginning Friday, Nov. 7, at the RBC office. The three-session course will cover two modules. Case will cover beginning topics in module 1. Module 2 will cover intermediate and advanced issues. Microsoft Access is a database that provides quick, selective access to information to increase productivity. The program is suited for small companies because it allows them to retain internal control of sensitive data, works seamlessly with other Microsoft products, and is easy to use.

The fee for 'Microsoft Outlook -- It Does More Than E-mail?' is $119. 'Microsoft Access' can be paid per module, $125 for Module 1 and $249 for Module 2, or both Modules together for $349. The registration deadline for both courses is Friday, Nov. 7. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Keeping Our Promises: Improving Care at the End of Life,' is the third satellite seminar in a five-part series hosted this fall by the University of Northern Iowa.

The National Collegiate Honors Council and Phi Theta Kappa, honorary society, will present the seminar from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, via downlinks, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom A. The seminar will feature presenter Diann Uustal, founder and president of educational consulting firm, Educational Resources in HealthCare, Inc.

Uustal also served as a consultant for the award-winning Concept Media film series, 'Ethics, Values, and Health Care.'

The series will continue at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom A, with 'The Young and the Ruthless: Youth Violence and Public Health,' presented by James Alan Fox.

UNI faculty members will moderate discussion at the end of each session. The series is co-sponsored by UNI's Department of Biology and Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the UNI Honors Program. It is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Jessica Moon, interim director of the UNI Honors Program, at (319) 273-3175 or, jessica.moon@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's third annual Day of Peace kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 28, with a 'Peace Fair' from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Muacker Union, Old Central Ballroom lobby.

A 'Taste the World' reception, featuring free refreshments and appetizers native to countries around the globe, will take place at 11:30 a.m., in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom lobby.

Various perspectives on peace will be presented from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom A. Frank Cordero of Des Moines, will present 'An Activist's Perspective on Peace,' from 1 to 1:30 p.m. He will be followed by 'A Republican Perspective on Peace,' from 1:30 to 2 p.m., and 'Diversified Perspectives on Peace,' a panel discussion moderated by Susan Koch, associate provost, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Fabian Ramallo, founder of a condor reserve in Argentina, will speak in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom A, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Day of Peace is sponsored by UNI in Peace, Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE), the UNI Entertainment Committee, the UNI Speakers Committee and Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG). For more information contact Erin Wagner, UNI in Peace President, ewags18@aol.com, or (319) 268-7513.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Residence hall presidents, hall secretaries, hall treasurers, and Recognition and Involvement Board (RIB) representatives, have been named at the University of Northern Iowa for the 2003-2004 academic year.

___(Name)___ of ___(Hometown)___, majoring in (major) , will serve as (role) for (Hall Assignment).

Hall presidents lead their residence hall senates and serve on the Department of Residence's (DOR) Presidents Council. Hall secretaries create and distribute records of activities and issues addressed by their residence hall government. Hall treasurers maintain financial records and advise hall government regarding fiscal matters. RIB representatives provide recognition and leadership development opportunities for on-campus leaders.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present the 2003 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition, Monday, Nov. 3 through Nov. 24. The opening reception begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, in the Kamerick Art Building lobby.

The exhibition is a formal presentation of art media in painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, photography and installation.

According to gallery director, Darrell Taylor, 'Primarily, faculty exhibitions in the department of art are valuable in that they illustrate to students in the studio program some key components of an artist's creative process: researching topics of interest, developing points of view and technical skill, and making persuasive presentations. In addition, such exhibitions are a terrific opportunity for the community to see the most recent accomplishments of these art professionals.'

The exhibition and opening 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. Due to campus construction, visitors are encouraged to park in the UNI-Dome south lot and use the Hudson Road overpass to reach the Gallery of Art. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/

October 19, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence has named the 'Newcomers of the Year' leadership award winners from each of its 10 residence halls.

__(Name)__, __(Classification)__ of __(Hometown)__, was named a 'Newcomer of the Year.' (She/He) was honored for (her/his) first-year contributions to the quality of living in (her/his) residence-hall community.



Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office Of Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The Iowa Academy of Education has named Jeffrey Cornett, professor and dean of the University of Northern Iowa College of Education, its newest member.

Only individuals who have made significant contributions to educational improvement through research and scholarly activities are considered for membership.

Cornett came to UNI in 2003 from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, where he was chair and professor in the Department of Education Research, Technology and Leadership. His research interests are in the areas of qualitative research, inclusive teaching, character education and civic education for youth. He has co-authored two books, and published nearly 30 journal articles. He has presented keynote and featured addresses throughout the United States and in Hungary, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Cornett received his doctorate in curriculum and supervision from The Ohio State University.

The Iowa Academy of Education was created and is supported by the First in the Nation in Education (FINE) Foundation to anticipate the information needs of Iowa educators and policymakers and to give increased credibility to educational research.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education will cosponsor the second annual statewide conference of the Disproportional Minority Confinement Resource Center, 'Investing in Iowa's Youth, Investing in Iowa's Future,' Thursday and Friday, Nov. 13 and 14, at the Des Moines Downtown Holiday Inn.

Guest speaker will be Gov. Tom Vilsack. 'A third of Iowa youth held in juvenile detention facilities are minorities, even though they make up only 9 percent of the state's youth population,' the governor said. 'This is an issue that we need to address.'

Also speaking will be Michael Leiber, UNI professor of sociology; and Jennifer Holladay, associate producer of 'Teaching Tolerance,' the anti-bias education project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Holladay will be at UNI on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11 and 12. Her topic will be 'White Privilege and Anti-Racist Advocacy.'

For more information about Holladay's address, contact Michael Blackwell, director of Multicultural Education at UNI, (319) 273-2250. For more information about the conference, visit the conference Web site, www.uiowa.edu/~nrcfcp/dmcrc/conference.htm.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa staff members are recipients of the first ever Community Enrichment Award, presented by the University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence.

The Community Enrichment award was developed by the students of the UNI Recognition and Involvement Board. It honors individuals, other than students, for their contributions to enhance the residence hall community.

Juanita Wright, assistant director of admissions and minority recruitment; Rita Carrillo, clerk with dining services administration; and Roland Carrillo, director of financial aid, were recognized for their outstanding enrichment of residence hall communities. They also were honored for the quality of their on-going efforts to recruit Hispanic/Latino students from Texas and help them become involved in campus life.

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Will this winter be warm, cold, wet, dry? Even the computer isn't sure.



The wooly caterpillars are out in full force. The almanac recommends bracing for a tough winter. But your neighbor says it's going to be mild. Who do you believe? Alan Czarnetzki, UNI meteorologist and associate professor of earth science, says the high-tech computer models professional meteorologists use to generate short-term forecasts generally do very well. But different techniques are used to predict long-range weather patterns. 'Long-range forecasts rely heavily on historical data and are best explained in the form of probabilities. Right now, the models show an almost equal chance of a near-normal, wetter-than-normal, or drier-than-normal winter. In short, the computer models are riding the fence.'

Contacts:

Alan Czarnetzki, associate professor of earth science, (319) 273-2152, (319) 266-7062, alan.czarnetzki@uni.edu

Patrick O'Reilly, meteorological decision-support scientist, (319) 273-3789, (319) 266-0029, patrick.oreilly@uni.edu

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





Work and play may contribute to academic performance in high school, says UNI professor

More, it seems, is better. At least up to a point. Maureen Berner, UNI assistant professor of political science, has conducted research that indicates that high school students who work and/or participate in extra-curricular activities, tend to have better grades than those who don't. 'It's sort of a chicken-and-egg situation, though,' she says. ' Is it that you have motivated students with good grades who also are gung-ho about work; or students who, as a result of getting a job, are able to better manage time and handle responsibilities, and see those skills carry over into academic performance. We don't have the answer for that.'

Her research also indicates that the benefits diminish for students carrying more than 20 hours of work and/or extra-curricular activities each week.

Maureen Berner, assistant professor of political science, (319) 273-6047

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





Prevalence of overweight children, adolescents skyrocketing

A recent study by the Rand Corp., of Santa Monica, Calif., indicated that from 1986 to 2000, the proportion of Americans who were severely obese quadrupled, jumping from one in 200 adults to one in 50. Statistics in a recent federal report indicated that the prevalence of overweight has doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the past 20 years.

'While dietary patterns clearly play a role in these trends, much of the effect has been attributed to declines in physical activity,' says Larry Hensley, director of the University of Northern Iowa Youth Fitness & Obesity Institute, and a professor of physical education. 'Kids and adults need to develop sound nutrition habits and participate in regular physical activity.'

Hensley says the UNI center was launched in 2001 to address sedentary lifestyles and overweight among young Americans, with special emphasis targeted toward small towns and rural communities. Hensley says, 'The immediate goal of the project is to develop the capacity to provide programs, both in and out of schools that better meets the physical activity and nutrition needs of young children.'

Contacts:

Larry Hensley, professor of physical education and director, Youth Fitness & Obesity Institute, (319) 273-6442 (319) 273-2840, Larry.Hensley@uni.edu

Vicki Grimes, Office of University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Congressional-presidential relations will be the topic of a Hoxie Forum at the University of Northern Iowa Monday, Oct. 27.

Former U.S. representatives, Harold Volkmer and Bill Goodling, will be the featured speakers on a panel discussing 'Congressional-Presidential Relations: From the Cold War to the War on Terror,' from 3 to 6 p.m., in Seerly Hall, Room 115. Volkmer served as a Democratic representative for Missouri from 1977 to 1997 and Goodling served as a Republican representative for Pennsylvania from 1975 to 2001. The panel also will include Pita Agbese and Steven Lobell, UNI professors of political science, and Christopher Rossi, professor of law at the University of Iowa.



The presentation is part of the Congress to Campus program's visit to UNI. The program provides education about U. S. Congress and promotes careers in public service. As part of their visit, Volkmer and Goodling will meet with individual students and visit selected classes, student groups and Price Laboratory School.

The forum is free and open to the public. For more information on the Hoxie Forum, contact Donna Hoffmann, assistant professor of political science, (319) 273-5916. For more information on the Congress to Campus program, visit http://www.stennis.gov/congress2campus.htm.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Gold Star Award recipients were recently honored by the University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence at its annual 'Among the Stars' awards ceremony.

___(Name)__, ___(Classification)___, of ___(Hometown)__, was one of five recipients who received the Gold Star Award for outstanding contributions to on-campus living. According to Drake Martin, UNI assistant director of residence programming, this is the highest award presented in the 4,200-student residence system. The award has been presented to no more than five students annually since 1989.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's public radio station KUNI, and New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) are collaborating on a new program, 'The Primary Frontline Pen Pals,' to increase discussion about the presidential candidates. Five Iowans and five New Hampshire citizens have been paired and will share written observations about the candidates and their campaigns. Everything they write will be on a Web log available for comment by viewers.

Those chosen are two small-business owners, two moderates, two traditional urban Democrats, two advertising analysts and two GOP strategists.

Jon Greenberg, NHPR executive editor, designed the program. 'We wanted to give people in each state a chance to compare notes,' he said. 'As far as I am concerned, what you really want to see is how these campaigns come across to the people who can get a close look.'

'Given New Hampshire's and Iowa's prominent places in the election process, it makes sense that we work together,' said Greg Shanley, KUNI news director. He said KUNI has invited the presidential candidates to participate in a series of call-in programs, and noted that KUNI regularly hosts call-in programs with Iowa's governor and U.S. senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin.

The Primary Frontline Pen Pal project can be accessed through KUNI's Web site, www.KUNIRADIO.org; or the NHPR site, www.NHPR.org.

NHPR serves more than 150,000 listeners each week through a network of seven stations and transmitters. It is the only statewide source of news, music and entertainment for New Hampshire.

KUNI has been serving eastern Iowa for 30 years, and was among the first stations to develop a 'Friends' organization. KUNI also has established broadcast translators in Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City and the Quad Cities.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Darryl Taylor, associate professor of music at the University of Northern Iowa, makes his screen debut in 'Kevin's Room II,' an independent film premiering Nov. 9 at the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Chicago.



Taylor plays Aaron, an HIV-positive father of a 12-year-old son. 'The movie is about a gay men's support group. All the characters have different issues. One is bi-sexual, conflicted about his sexuality and, to make matters worse, has a new baby on the way. My character, Aaron, is dealing with various issues related to his health and love life, and particularly with wanting more intimacy with his partner.'

Taylor says this film, a follow-up to 'Kevin's Room,' which was shown nationally at film festivals and health conferences, is important for a variety of reasons. 'First, it portrays black men in a positive light, something not often presented in the media.

Second, it gives dimension to the lives of the gay men it portrays. They are not presented as fey queens, in constant pursuit of the next sexual conquest, something presented in the media. The men of this film have real-life qualities and real-life problems that are looked at and addressed seriously and respectfully.'

For more information about 'Kevin's Room II,' contact Black Cat Productions, (773) 274-2300.

Taylor came to UNI in 1996. Since then, he has established a college branch of the George Walker Society of Music, the only one in Iowa; made substantial contributions to minority recruitment efforts; developed a series for guest artists; established a Web site for the African American Art Song Alliance; and been instrumental in bringing to campus a number of world-class opera singers.

A renowned tenor, he has released a solo CD, 'Dreamer: A Portrait of Langston Hughes,' and has performed nationwide.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence recently inducted 16 members into its chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). The NRHH has chapters at colleges and universities across the nation.

According to Drake Martin, UNI assistant director of residence, this prestigious award recognizes the top 1 percent of students whose leadership enhances on-campus living.

__(Name)__, __(Classification)__ of __(Hometown)__, is among those inducted into the NRHH.



Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Science Education Faculty is co-hosting an open house with Area Education Agency (AEA) 267 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25.

The open house will take place in the Science Education Resources Center, Room 115 of the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE). During the open house, teachers will be able to browse 35 Full Option Science Modules spanning pre-kindergarten through ninth grade, as well as other science kits and current textbook series.

All teachers in northeast Iowa are invited. For more information contact Cherin Lee, associate professor of biology, (319) 273-2499.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Natural Sciences and Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, will sponsor, 'The Eye's Aqueous Humor and Intraocular Pressure,' at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in UNI's Seerley Hall, Room 115.

The speaker will be Dr. Jay W. McLaren of the Mayo Clinic. McLaren will discuss his research on the structure and dynamics of the human eye. According to the event organizers, his research on the pressures within the eye has important implications in the treatment of diseases like glaucoma. His address is free and open to the public.

October 14, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students at the University of Northern Iowa have responded overwhelmingly to the Iowa Teacher Shortage Forgivable Loan Program. According to Heather Soesbe, loan coordinator for UNI's Office of Financial Aid, the program allows students to receive forgivable loans in return for agreeing to teach for five years in an area of Iowa in a designated shortage area/subject.

'For each year they work in the area, 20 percent of their loan is forgiven,' she explained. 'The maximum award is $3,000 per year.'

During the 2001-2002 academic year, 54 UNI students participated, receiving $136,412 in loan proceeds. For the 2002-2003 academic year, 98 UNI students participated, receiving $270,960 -- an increase of approximately 98 percent in one year.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Walt Whitman Live!!,' a one-man show portraying one of America's most important literary figures, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the University of Northern Iowa's Lang Hall Auditorium.

The 50-minute show features William Koch, UNI adjust professor of English, performing as Whitman and speaking on the poet's major themes, observations of American culture, views on Abraham Lincoln and experience with the Civil War.

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

The program is sponsored by the UNI Department of English Language and Literature. The public may attend at no charge.

October 13, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa Management & Professional Development Center recently hired Debb Vandehaar-Arens as its program manager. She is responsible for helping faculty members develop and market various workshops to professionals, managers and leaders throughout Eastern Iowa.

According to Vandehaar-Arens, UNI faculty is the center's greatest asset, and she hopes to match their expertise with the various management, leadership, and professional development needs of businesses and organizations.

Vandehaar-Arens received a B.A. in speech communication from Wartburg College; an M.A. in speech communication research from the University of Iowa; and a Ph.D. in education from Iowa State University. Prior to joining the UNI staff, she taught speech communication at Buena Vista University and was an associate professor of teacher education and the associate academic dean at Westmar University. She is the president of the Hawkeye Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and a member of the National Speakers Association-Iowa chapter.

October 12, 2003 - 7:00pm

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Halloween frights are different for each stage of childhood

Every year, just about this time, retailers haul out the jack-o-lanterns and pointy witches' hats, and start decorating their stores. Hollywood releases a new slasher film, and screams fill the air. Most of it is all in fun but, says Josh Susskind, assistant professor of psychology at UNI, it could still be too frightening for children. He explains that different situations can scare different kinds of children, and parents should be alert.

Children at the preschool to early elementary age are typically frightened by perceptual things. So something that looks scary is going to be very scary for them. Older children, 9 to 11 years old, are more frightened by negative behaviors. 'Real-world behaviors and characters, like those you see in a slasher film, scare them,' explains Susskind. 'It's easy for the child to believe it could happen to them. It doesn't even have to be something they saw in a movie; it could be the evening news.'

Contacts:

Joshua Susskind, assistant professor of psychology, (319) 273-7251, Joshua.Susskind@uni.edu

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





UNI prof finds differences in breast cancer occurrence between races

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Sue Joslyn, professor of epidemiology at the University of Northern Iowa, says early detection is essential to survival of this disease that she has been studying for a number of years. Joslyn uses data from the National Cancer Institute that includes several locations throughout the United States, including Iowa. She has been studying the patterns of the disease, looking at differences in breast cancer between black women and white women, and also in women over the age of 65 years.

'While black women are less likely to get breast cancer,' says Joslyn, 'once they get it, they are more likely to die from it. I'm interested in trying to figure out that puzzle.'

She also looks at risk factors and factors associated with survival. For instance, she says women in rural Iowa counties tend to have a lower survival rate which may be related to more limited access to health care.

Contacts:

Sue Joslyn, professor of epidemiology and chair of the Division of Health Promotion & Education, (319) 273-6155 (office); (319) 273-2654 (department office)

Vicki Grimes, Office of University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761





Fiscal irresponsibility causes increase in bankruptcies, says UNI economist

For the past ten years, personal bankruptcies nationwide have been on the rise and recent reports say that they are now at an all-time high. In 1990, there were 718,000 personal bankruptcies; in 2001, there were 1.45 million. Lois Lindell, assistant director of the UNI Center for Economic Education, blames credit cards. 'What's being reflected is a preponderance of credit card offers that have a lot of people getting in over their heads without realizing it.'

She said other contributing factors include rising unemployment, increasing medical expenses, and companies who make it attractive to file for bankruptcy by promising that doing so will completely eliminate debt.

Lindell said there are indications that the U.S. Congress will soon try to revive legislation that will eliminate certain bankruptcy options for many people. 'If that happens, it will become much more difficult to file. You won't be able to just wipe the slate clean; you'll have to have in place some kind of repayment plan for your debts.' And that, she said, is a good thing. 'It'll make people more responsible.'

Contact:

Lois Lindell, assistant director, UNI Center for Economic Education, (319) 273-2952

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

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