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September 19, 2004 - 7:00pm


Monday, Sept. 20

UNI Career Fair, 2 to 6 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. Featured will be at least 150 organizations, graduate and professional schools. Contact Libby Vanderwall, events coordinator, Advising and Career Services,

(319) 273-2062.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Eighth annual Leland Wilson Chemistry Lecture, 8 p.m. at McCollum Science Hall, Room 201. Lecturer will be Nancy Wilson Ashback, M.D., and professor of health policy at the University of Denver. Contact Valerie Sarenpa, secretary III, Department of Chemistry, (319) 273-2437.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Student Organization Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Maucker Union Coffee House. The university is home to nearly 200 student organizations; at this fair students find out more about them. Contact Connie Hansen, coordinator for student organizations and activities, (319) 273-6335.

Thursday, Sept. 23

Speaker Kwame Jackson, runner-up on television's 'The Apprentice,' will discuss 'Lessons from the Boardroom' at 7 p.m. in Maucker Union. Contact Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, (319)


Friday, Sept. 24

The School of Music presents 'A Centennial: The 1904 World's Fair Celebration of Music,' featuring several UNI ensembles, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Contact the GBPAC, (319) 273-7469.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa offers the expertise of its faculty and staff to Iowa's communities. The UNI Speakers Bureau offers more than 175 presentations and is launching a new monthly community outreach program for senior citizens. Some of the topics covered include botanical gardens, history of Iowa, women's health, travel, aging well and the arts. These free presentations are interactive, informative, entertaining and open to the public.

The first presentation is at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Cedar Falls Western Home Communities, South Campus, Windgrace Building, dining room. Steve Carignan, executive director, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, will present 'Behind the Curtain -- The Ins and Outs of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Peforming Arts Center.'

For more information about upcoming programs, contact Stacey Christensen, community relations manager, University Marketing & Public Relations, 319-273-6728.



UNI professors conducting study of area well water

Using 150 volunteers from Black Hawk County, UNI professors will study the effects of nitrates and nitrites in private well water. Catherine Zeman, associate professor in UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services; and Lisa Beltz, associate professor of biology, along with members of the Black Hawk County Health Department, are seeking volunteers for the project.


Catherine Zeman, associate professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services,

(319) 273-7090

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


UNI students participate in Christie Vilsack's Dollars for Scholars Program

Christie Vilsack will host the First Lady's Walk for Dollars for Scholars at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 3,beginning at Terrace Hill in Des Moines. Taking place in conjunction with the Governor's Cup Race, the 5K walk will raise scholarship funds students through the state's 11 Dollars for Scholars chapters. Those participating will garner pledges for scholarships. Members of UNI's Student Ambassadors, and student government will be among those walking.

A college fair, on Terrace Hill grounds, will follow the walk.


Stacey Christensen, community outreach manager, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's New Iowans program will present a conference, 'Welcoming Iowa's Future,' from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,Wednesday, Oct. 20, in UNI's Commons Ballroom.

Among topics will be Iowa's growing immigrant population, and policy challenges for integrating immigrants into American society.

Keynote speaker will be Frank Sharry, executive director of the National Immigration Forum based in Washington, D.C. The forum, founded to embrace and uphold American's tradition as a nation of immigrants, is one of the nation's premier immigration policy organizations, with a membership of more than 250 organizations. Sharry's comments have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and he has been a guest on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The MacLaughlin Group, and CNN's Crossfire.

Established at UNI in 1999, the New Iowans program is the brainchild of Mark Grey, professor of anthropology, who authored a book, 'Welcoming New Iowans,' to augment the program. He and co-author Anne Woodrick, associate professor of anthropology, recently completed a version of the book written just for Christian churches. The two have approached Jewish and Muslim leaders to discuss a version written for those populations. Another is being written, in conjunction with UNI's Global Health Corps, for health providers; and a version for businesses and employers is now available.

Conference co-sponsors are the UNI Office of the President, and Iowans for a Better Future. Support is provided by Iowa Workforce Development and the UNI Public Policy program. Cost to attend is $25. Deadline to register is Oct. 8. For more information or to register, call (319) 273-2075, or visit


September 16, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Body Trouble = The Facts of Life,' an exhibition of paintings by Chicago artist Phyllis Bramson, will be on display at the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art beginning Monday, Sept. 27, through Friday, Oct. 22.

Bramson will give a lecture about her work, described as 'erotically charged and densely layered narrative paintings,' at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the art auditorium (Room 111) of the Kamerick Art Building. An opening reception will follow. All events are free and open to the public.

Bramson received her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is professor of studio arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her artwork is exhibited extensively around the United States and abroad. She is a frequent visiting artist and lecturer at universities, museums, and artist conferences throughout the country.

Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, said Bramson's work appears courtesy of Carl Hammer Gallery and Printworks Gallery of Chicago, and Littlejohn Contemporary Gallery of New York City. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Florence Hartwig Endowment and the Martha Ellen Tye Visiting Artist/Scholar Series.

Accompanying the Bramson exhibition will be a showing of prints from the UNI Permanent Art Collection, 'Culture Hero: A Fanzine of Stars of the Super World.' Taylor said Les Levine's 1970 artist's book of 28 lithographs is a time capsule, featuring the drawings and letters of art luminaries like Meredith Monk, Lucas Samaras, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the northeast 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 -- The University of Northern Iowa's School of Music will host its 23rd annual Scholarship Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24. This year's event, 'The Centennial: A 1904 World's Fair Celebration of Music,' will be presented in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

The program includes a range of music, including Broadway, jazz, ragtime, choral and opera. Featured guest artist is James Miller, trombonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and an alumnus of the UNI School of Music. Other performers are the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, UNI Marimba Ensemble, Concert Chorale, UNI Singers, UNI Chamber Singers, UNI Wind Symphony, UNI Opera Ensemble, and Jazz Band One.

Faculty soloists will be Leslie Morgan, soprano; Won Cho, bass-baritone; and Sean Botkin, pianist. John Hagen, Cedar Falls guest tenor, will join the program for the finale.

Following the concert will be two gala receptions with music in carnival fair and world showcase venues.

'This event features some of the best talent at UNI and the concert continues to receive standing ovations,' said John Vallentine, director of the School of Music.' He noted, 'Providing scholarships to talented students allows us to continue our local, regional, and international performances. We're a nationally and internationally recognized School of Music, but if we want to continue to attract the best students we must be able to provide financial assistance for them.'

Tickets are $30 and may be purchased in advance at the GBPAC box office, (319) 273-SHOW (7469), or (877) 549-SHOW. Tickets also are available at the door.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Justin Funk, a University of Northern Iowa geology major from Sioux City, was one of 16 students from around the world who participated in the Katmai 2004 International Volcanology Field School earlier this summer. He will speak about his work in the program at a 4 p.m. Earth Science Seminar, Monday, Sept. 20, in Room 125 of UNI's Latham Hall.

The group studied volcanic rocks, minerals and sediments from the 'Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes' in Katmai National Park and Preserve on the Alaska Peninsula.

Admission to the seminar is free and open to the public.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 24th Annual University of Northern Iowa Career Fair will take place from 2 to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20, in the UNI-Dome.

The Career Fair is open to all UNI students and alumni. More than 150 representatives from business, industry, non-profit and government organizations, including professional and graduate schools, will participate in the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their resume to give to company and organization representatives.

'We tell students that their careers begin the day they come to UNI,' said Libby Vanderwall, UNI Career Center events coordinator. 'The fair provides students and alumni opportunities for networking, career and continuing education exploration, internships and employment. While contacts often result in employment, this isn't primarily a job fair. It's part of the education process. The goal is to help people expand their career horizons and knowledge so they can make sound choices.'

Complementing the Career Fair is Interview Day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the university's Maucker Union. More than 20 employers who attend the Career Fair will participate in the Interview Day and will build interview schedules from contacts made at the fair. Those wishing to arrange interviews must attend the Career Fair.

The Career Fair is organized and sponsored by UNI Advising & Career Services. A list of participating organizations is available online at For more information, contact Libby Vanderwall, at (319) 273-6857.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa, in conjunction with the Iowa Association of College Admissions Counselors, is inviting students from 32 Iowa high schools to participate in the 2004 UNI-Dome College Fair, from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21.

High school juniors and seniors will be able to visit with representatives from more than 90 post-secondary institutions from Iowa and surrounding states during the fair.

Students will have the opportunity to browse through displays from the visiting institutions, which include two- and four-year public and private colleges, universities, community colleges, and technical and cosmetology schools, as well as the military. Career counseling and financial aid information will be available.

For more information, contact the UNI Office of Admissions at (319) 273-2281, or toll-free at 1-800-772-2037.


September 15, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Debaters from throughout the country will be on the University of Northern Iowa campus this weekend, Saturday through Monday, Sept. 18-20, when the UNI Forensic Program hosts the 2004 Ulrich Season Opener Debate Tournament. Over 100 debate teams representing approximately 50 different colleges and universities are expected to attend.

'The tournament is consistently one of the largest in the nation' said Cate Palczewski, UNI director of debate. 'Schools from around the Midwest, as well as from around the country, such as Baylor University, Northwestern University and Dartmouth College will attend.'

In order to host the event, the Forensic Program must use classrooms in buildings across campus on Saturday and Sunday. According to Jake Thompson, UNI's new director of forensics. The tournament elimination rounds, on Monday, will be held at the Waterloo Ramada Inn and Convention Center.

The Ulrich Season Opener Debate Tournament is named in honor of Walter Ulrich, former debate coach at the University of Northern Iowa. 'Walter was dedicated to the debate activity, in all of its forms,' said Thompson. 'He was a prolific author of articles on debate theory and argumentation, a respected judge and a friend to the entire debate community.'

The UNI Forensic Program is open to all students interested in competitive speech and debate. Last year the UNI debate program qualified for the elimination rounds of the CEDA national debate tournament, and two members of the speech team were finalists at end-of-the-year national speech competitions. Students interested in the program should contact Jake Thompson at 3-7200 or via email at



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The dependable support, enthusiasm and wisdom of one University of Northern Iowa family will be recognized this weekend as members of the Weber family of Clive are honored as the 2004 Family of the Year by the UNI Parents Association.

The Weber family will be honored Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Family Weekend tailgate event, and will receive recognition at halftime of UNI's 4:05 p.m. football game with the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin University.

Family members include parents, Jim and Johanna, and their children, David, a UNI junior with a triple major in accounting, real estate and finance; Jennifer, a fifth year UNI accounting major with minors in financial services and real estate; and Cristina, a middle school student. David nominated his family for the award because of how they support and inspire one another.

'The effect that my parents have had on me is immeasurable,' wrote David in his nomination. 'They stood behind me when I made the decision to go for a triple major, expressing this support verbally by giving me advice for my future, and mentally by giving me the tools to make sensible decisions that will promote positive experiences in my future. And financially they have made sacrifices for all their children.'

David said his family has helped him to become a better person in many ways, citing his journey to be a contributing member of society beginning in high school. 'Our parents adamantly instilled a strong work ethic in my sisters and me. Our family lives by a quote from my father's favorite writer, Robert Browning, who said, 'A man's reach should exceed his grasp.' I would like to think that my sister and I are doing that through our involvement in the community and in UNI. I do not think that this would be possible without a home based upon love and going out of our way to help each other.

'The role my family plays in my college experience is boundless, even awe-inspiring. At home, my parents are my counselor, my sister is my adviser, and all together they have been moving crews and cheerleaders . . . They do more than just create a support system for my sisters and I to thrive. They are everything to me and, and as cheesy as it sounds, I know that it is true.'



CEDAR FALLS--Theatre UNI will present a reading of the one-act drama, Gum, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Room 108 of the Communication Arts Center. Gum, a play reading, is inspired by true events and tells the story of two women who defy their cultural traditions and explore their own sexuality, supposedly as a result of tainted chewing gum.

The cast and crew of Gum includes UNI students Leah Raulerson, a senior from Decorah; Ashley Feht a junior from Eldora; Erin Nebel, a freshman from Dubuque; Valerie Henderson, a senior from Urbandale; Keira Haaland, a freshman from Perry; and Jessica Lewis, a freshman from Des Moines. Gum is directed by Jay Edelnant, professor of theatre.

Admission is free. Gum is the first of four Off-Hudson Series staged readings taking place this year. Additional readings will occur on Oct. 26, Feb. 8 and March 29. For more information about Theatre UNI or the Off-Hudson Series call (319) 273-6387 or visit


September 14, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently received $48,000 from State Farm Insurance Companies Foundation to support computer science focus areas in networking and system administration (NaSA), bioinformatics, and other high-performance computing applications. The gift will be used to enhance computer infrastructure for curricular applications of computer technology, which will allow the university to offer new courses and research support for dynamic changes in computer science. UNI's bioinformatics program, a rapidly growing field with the potential for strong economic impact, is one of the first in the nation at the undergraduate level.

'Having a dedicated, state-of-the-art, clustered computer environment for research will give our students hands-on experiences. This will enhance their education in two ways -- through utilization of the labs in classroom activities, and through research opportunities,' said Bart Bergquist, head of the Department of Computer Science. 'They will be able to investigate communication network issues such as security, and conduct a full investigation of programming and algorithmic issues surrounding parallel architectures.'

'Students studying computer science will have the opportunity to prepare for the ever-changing technology of the future,' said Pat Kappes, State Farm Agency Field Executive. 'We are pleased to partner with UNI in this endeavor and look forward to continuing our work with this key school -- a State Farm Foundation Priority School and targeted recruiting campus in 2004.'

This state-of-the-art system also will provide support for other emerging programs in this area, according to Bergquist. In addition to student learning, the system will be used as a training resource. Regional and national training workshops will be hosted for educators using high-performance computing in the high school and undergraduate curriculum.

The Department of Computer Science is one of the many successful programs in UNI's College of Natural Sciences (CNS), as demonstrated by the most recent graduating student survey, in which CNS students had the highest percentage accepted to graduate or professional schools among all colleges at the University of Northern Iowa.


September 13, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Family Weekend kicks off at the University of Northern Iowa on Friday, Sept. 17, with the UNI Volleyball Tournament at 5 p.m. in the West Gym. The university's Wellness Recreation Center will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. for UNI students and their families.

Events on Saturday, Sept. 18, include brunch at the Piazza and Rialto dining centers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., the Panther Style Show at 2 p.m. on the UNI-Dome East Plaza, free root beer floats at 2 p.m. in the Piazza at Redeker Center, and the Family Feast Tailgate from 2 to 4 p.m. on the UNI-Dome East Plaza. Cost for the tailgate is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 11. The UNI Panther football team will take on Stephen F. Austin at 4:05 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. During the tailgate and half time of the game, the family of David and Jennifer Weber of Clive will be recognized as Family of the Year. David is a junior at UNI with a triple major in finance, real estate and accounting, while Jennifer is a fifth-year senior majoring in accounting. Their parents are Jim and Johanna Weber.

Dinner will be served in UNI's Piazza dining center from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 11, and free for children 4 and under. Featured will be T-bone steaks, baby-back ribs, a taco bar and chili.

The weekend closes Sunday, Sept. 19, with a brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Piazza. Tickets in advance are $6.50 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 11, and free for those under 5.

For tickets or a full schedule of events, visit, or call (319) 273-3663. For more information, call UNI Student Involvement & Activities Center, (319) 273-2683.


September 12, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's International Dance Theatre and Orchesis Dance Company will present the 2004 Family Weekend dance concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

This year's performance will feature a mixture of original and traditional dances choreographed by students and faculty. Students will perform jazz, ballet, modern, and folk dances from around the world. Featured will be dances from the International Dance Theatre's spring concert and Orchesis' 'Maelstrom of Mirage' performance, along with premier works.

The companies include UNI students and faculty, and community members.

Seating will begin at 1:30 p.m. No tickets are necessary for this performance and there are no reserved seats. For more information, contact Kathleen Kerr, adviser for the International Dance Theatre, at (319) 273-6195, or Michelle Ozmun, adviser for Orchesis, at (319) 273-3560.



Monday, Sept. 13

The Human Race Machine will be in Maucker Union through Friday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The machine's technology allows users to view themselves as a member of another race, or at another age.

Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Cultural Festival, 11 a.m., at Maucker Union Plaza. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

Grand opening of Essentials, the new retail operation in Maucker Union, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Shelley Pruess, (319) 273-3743.

'Got ignorance?' a presentation about ignorance on college campuses, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Maucker Union's Hemisphere Lounge. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Diversity Film Series, 'A Light in the Shadows,' at noon in the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

'You Don't Know Me Until You Know Me,' a one-man show by author Michael Fowlin, at 7 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

Grand opening of Essentials, the new retail operation in Maucker Union, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Shelley Pruess, (319) 273-3743.

Diversity Film Series, '30 Minute Blue Eyed,' at noon in the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Robert W. Jensen of the University of Texas at Austin will discuss multiculturalism and criticisms of white privilege at 4 p,m. in Lang Hall Auditorium. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Thursday, Sept. 16

Diversity Film Series, 'Let's Get Real,' at noon in the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Different Voices, a student forum, at 3 p.m. in the Hemisphere Lounge in Maucker Union. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Teaching in Today's One-Room Schools, a presentation about Amish schools, at 6 p.m. in the Marshall Center School. Contact the UNI Museums, (319) 273-2188.

Friday, Sept. 17

The university's annual Family Weekend celebration continues through Sunday, Sept. 19. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Sunday, Sept. 19

Teaching in Today's One-Room Schools, a presentation about Amish schools, at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Center School. Contact the UNI Museums, (319) 273-2188.


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

September 9, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A series of courses to enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit human service agencies and other related organizations will be presented by the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and Iowa Shares, beginning in September.

The Nonprofit Management Academy will offer certificates in nonprofit management to program participants who complete any combination of courses totaling six continuing education units (CEUs). Completion certificates will be granted jointly by UNI and ISU.

The program is geared toward those seeking professional development in the area of nonprofit management. Participants may choose from among 10 courses that will be offered monthly from September through June 2005. Courses will be held at the Iowa State University Extension Black Hawk County Office, 3420 University Ave., Suite B, in Waterloo.

Courses will cover a variety of topics on nonprofit organizations including, effective board building, grant seeking and proposal writing, marketing, strategic planning, legal issues and human resource management, building and sustaining effective relationships, and motivation, morale, and management techniques to help staff and volunteers succeed. The first course, 'Building Effective Boards,' will be Thursday, Sept. 23.

There is a registration fee of $55 per course, and an additional $10 per course to receive CEU credit. Pre-registration for all 10 courses is $500, or $600 with CEU's. The registration deadline is five working days prior to the first class meeting for each course. Payment is due at the time of registration.

For a complete list of courses and registration information, contact the ISU Extension office at (319) 234-6811, the UNI Office of Conference and Event Services at (319) 273-6899, or online at



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The John Deere Foundation has helped the University of Northern Iowa come closer to its fundraising goal for McLeod Center with a $250,000 commitment toward the project.

'John Deere's support of the McLeod Center re-affirms their commitment to the quality of life in the Cedar Valley,' said Robert Koob, UNI president. 'Deere recognizes the impact that this facility will have on the Cedar Valley, both economically and culturally. With groundbreaking scheduled for October 9, this is a timely gift that will help us complete fundraising.'

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 host numerous community events including concerts, craft and trade shows and youth activities, ranging from state and national tournaments to sports camps. Annual economic impact is estimated to be $20 to $25 million.

'We are pleased to make this gift on behalf of the John Deere Waterloo Operations to the UNI McLeod Center,' said Barry Schaffter, general manager of Deere Waterloo Operations. 'It will be a facility that offers additional quality of life benefits to the Cedar Valley, as well as the acceleration of economic development and tourism opportunities in the area.'

Construction of the center is part of the $100 million 'Students First' campaign to support scholarships, academic program support and facilities. The campaign will continue through June 2005.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The annual Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon Race will be Saturday, Sept. 18, at the University of Northern Iowa's B parking lot across University Avenue from the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

This electric car endurance contest promotes energy efficiency and demonstrates the viability of cars powered by electricity. Approximately one dozen teams from Iowa high schools and colleges designed and built one-person electric cars that will compete in heats at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each team must raise funds, obtain donated equipment, handle public relations and report on their progress monthly.

This race is part of the Alliant Energy Championship series, which includes six races taking place across Iowa. Teams are awarded points based on their performances at the six races, a braking and handling competition, monthly reports, journals and a design competition.

Teams participating in the series include those from Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids Prairie High School, North Iowa Area Community College, St. Ansgar High School, Manson NW High School, Muscatine High School, Pomeroy-Palmer High School and Waukee High School, Lincoln SW NE, Elkhorn NE. Teams from Bayfield, Wis., and Milton, Fla., also will be participating in the event.

The local event is sponsored by Cedar Falls Utilities, and the championship series is sponsored by Alliant Energy, the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education and the Iowa Energy Center.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Although there are disgruntled rumblings about the controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, Iowa school superintendents see many positives within the legislation. According to a survey conducted by the University of Northern Iowa's Institute for Educational Leadership, superintendents say the NCLB Act and student achievement accountability have had little or no effect on job satisfaction.

The survey was sent to all 356 of Iowa's school superintendents; 258, or 72 percent, responded. Results were collected in July 2004.

'The No Child Left Behind legislation has put tremendous demands on districts,' explained David Else, director of the Institute for Educational Leadership. 'There is a lot of emphasis on raising achievement levels, closing achievement gaps, and repeated testing. We assumed that this kind of pressure -- with minimal or no financial support -- might affect job satisfaction of superintendents.'

But 87.6 percent said they were moderately or very satisfied with their jobs. Eighty-eight percent said the same thing in 1996, long before No Child Left Behind legislation. When asked what factors contributed most significantly to inhibiting job effectiveness, most superintendents said lack of funding.

Fifty percent of those returning surveys indicated that the NCLB Act had somewhat improved instruction, and 11.4 percent said it had significantly improved instruction. Eighteen percent said the act had no effect, and 19.9 percent believed the act had a detrimental effect.

Else said that, according to the survey, NCLB's positive effects have included increasing the role of the superintendent via increased collaboration with teachers, and better communication with the community.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Jim Jermier has joined the staff of the University of Northern Iowa Foundation as assistant director for planned giving.

Prior to joining UNI, he was employed by VGM Club.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- National Book Awardï¾–nominated novelist, Elizabeth McCracken, will present a reading and lecture on Friday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Lang Hall Auditorium.

McCracken is the author of 'The Giant's House' and 'Niagara Falls all Over Again.' 'Niagara Falls all Over Again' is the 2004 All Iowa Reads book selection. Through All Iowa Reads, colleges, libraries and local book clubs encourage Iowans to read and discuss the book.

For more information, contact Jim O'Loughlin at (319) 273-3002 or visit www/


September 8, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Members of the University of Northern Iowa spirit squad, which consists of the cheer squad, dance team and mascots, recently won several awards at the Universal Cheer and Dance Association (UCA/UDA) College Spirit Camp at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The cheer squad was awarded second place in the fight song competition; second place in the cheer competition; and second in the sideline chant. Members also garnered the leadership award, and most collegiate and game-day traditions award for innovative and spirited game-day agendas.

The UNI dance team won second place in the fight song competition, second place in the home routine competition, a gold ribbon for receiving one of the competitions' high scores and an overall superior rating trophy for the week.

T.C., UNI's Panther mascot, was awarded fifth place for his overall performance.

The UNI spirit squad is a member of the UNI Athletic Department and performs at all football, wrestling, volleyball, and men's and women's basketball events.

(For a complete list of the team/squad, contact University Marketing & Public Relations at 319-273-6728.)

Members of the (UNI dance team / cheer squad) include (Name) a (Classification) from (Hometown).

The UNI spirit squad is advised by Shandon Dohmen. The UNI dance team is coached by Jori Wade-Booth.


September 7, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently opened the Phoenix Center, a place for students who want advice on starting healthy relationships, or who are having concerns about a current relationship. The center, located in Room 104 of the Wellness/Recreation Center, is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Coordinator Julie Thompson explained the center provides free and confidential services, including resources and other guides 'for people who are concerned that their relationship might be unhealthy or, on the more extreme side, to help people who are being stalked, or physically or emotionally abused in a relationship.'

Thompson said that, among the center's resources are publications, videos and referrals to other groups like University Police and medical providers. Cell phones, available for loan, are pre-programmed with emergency phone numbers.

'And we give great advice,' she said. For example, the center provides a list of behaviors that could signal an unhealthy relationship. Included are partners wanting to control their boyfriend's/girlfriend's behavior by limiting contact with others or dominating decisions about spending habits. Other warning signs are people who call often to check on their partners' whereabouts, are extremely jealous, or have a volatile temper.

Staffed solely by Thompson, plans call for trained student advocates to be added next fall. This addition will allow the center to have staffed walk-in hours.

The center is an outgrowth of a $500,000 grant received by UNI's Women's Studies Program, from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2001. The grant funded a 20-month project establishing proactive programs to reduce violence against women on campus.

Thompson said the grant ends in September, but the university is incorporating a number of programs and services tested or researched during the grant period. Recently, the university sexual abuse policy was revised. Now called the sexual abuse and sexual misconduct policy, it covers a broader range of behaviors, including misuse of cell phones or video-cameras to photograph subjects without their consent.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The fall schedule of classes and workshops for entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Cedar Valley, offered by the University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center (RBC), includes three classes for the week of Sept. 13. All classes will be held at the RBC, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo.

Beginning and advanced classes in 'Microsoft Access' will be offered in partnership with Ketels Contract Training. Instructor Chris Case says, 'A well-designed database will provide you with quick, selective access to information in order to make you and your staff more productive.' She added that the easy-to-use program is uniquely suited for small companies because it allows the retention of internal control of sensitive data.

The beginning level training will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday, Sept. 13, and the fee is $110. Advanced training will be the same time on Wednesday and Friday, Sept. 15 and 17, with a fee of $199. Interested persons may take one or both levels.

'Rapid Result Branding' will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, facilitated by Lee Fergesen of Brand Advocates. Participants will examine whether their advertising is as effective as it could be, and how to develop an identity that sets them apart from the competition. They also will learn how to make advertising more productive while cutting costs and tactics for increasing profits. The course fee $49.

'Developing Your Business Plan,' a new class taught by Mike Hahn, program manager and RBC interim director, will meet from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16. The course will show participants how to effectively write and use a business plan throughout the start-up and development phases of a new business. Fee is $15.

The RBC offers training in a variety of areas, including small business skill development and introductory bookkeeping, hands-on computer software, and regulatory workshops.

Other classes will become available throughout the fall. Class sizes are limited and fees vary. For more information contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit



The University of Northern Iowa's official 2004 fall semester enrollment figure has exceeded its target of approximately 12,700. Through the end of the second week of class, UNI's fall enrollment stands at 12,824 students.

The figure is calculated on students enrolled through the end of the second week of class. In previous years, official data was reported based on third-week totals. Beginning this year, all three Regent universities report their enrollment data at the end of the second week. The fall 2003 official enrollment figure, at the end of three weeks, was 13,441 students. The comparable two-week figure for 2003 was 13,348.

According to UNI President Robert Koob, 'An enrollment in the 12,700 to 12,900 range represents a fairly good balance compared to currently available state budget resources. 'We still need to rebuild equipment and maintenance budgets that were sacrificed in past years as we worked to help ensure academic quality,' he said.

'This fall's enrollment shows just minor decreases in new students and transfer students,' said Koob. 'We are embarking on programs and campaigns to make sure that all Iowa students understand that a UNI education is affordable, accessible and a good investment. If we can avoid further legislative budget cuts and even grow resources somewhat, we are cautiously optimistic that we can grow at a corresponding pace.'

Koob also cited UNI's efficiency in graduating its students as a big factor in declining enrollment. 'We have had record graduation numbers of 3,039 in 2003-2004 and 3,016 in 2002-2003, compared to an average of 2,680 the previous nine years,' he said. 'Special efforts have been made to make sure upper-level students get the classes they need and, in some areas, hours required for graduation have been reduced.'

According to UNI Registrar Philip Patton, among specific enrollment categories for fall 2004, total minority enrollment stands at 6.3 percent, up from 6 percent from last year.


September 6, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Essentials, the new retail store at the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union, will host grand opening events from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept.14 and 15. Featured will be drawings for prizes, special coupons, free ice cream from Wells Blue Bunny (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and samples of 'Pitch Black' Mountain Dew (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

Among prizes will be gift baskets prepared by Essentials, tickets to UNI football and men's basketball games, tickets to a show at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, and gifts from the UNI Wellnesss Recreation Center. University Book and Supply will offer specially priced items as well. Bags of popcorn will sell for 50 cents from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Essentials, part of the Union's recent remodel and expansion project, opened during the summer. Shelley Pruess, business and retail supervisor, said the grand opening activities will help introduce students to the store's features and offerings.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's annual Diversity Week will be Sunday, Sept.12, through Friday, Sept.17. The event will celebrate the social issues, customs and entertainment of different cultures.

'The Human Race Machine' will be in Maucker Union, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This machine allows individuals to see themselves as a different race or age.

Daily events through Diversity Week are listed below.

Sunday, Sept. 12: Diversity Week Kick-Off at 7 p.m. Performances by Effie Burt, the Lord's Warriors Drill Team, the UNI Capoeira Club, and Shades of Essence Dance Club will take place in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom.

Monday, Sept. 13: Cultural Festival. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a variety of ethnic foods will be available, along with music by Calle Sur, at Maucker Union Plaza. The rain site is the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.

Tuesday, Sept. 14: 'got ignorance?,' at 11 a.m., will raise awareness about diversity and address ignorance that occurs on college campuses nationwide, through the distribution of free t-shirts on Maucker Union Plaza. At noon, 'A Light in the Shadows,' part of the diversity film series, will be shown in the Center for Multicultural Education. It is a frank conversation about race among 10 women of diverse backgrounds who participated in the ground-breaking video 'The Way Home.' At 7 p.m., a one-man show, 'You Don't Know Me Until You Know Me,' will be presented in Lang Hall Auditorium by Michael Fowlin, a New Jersey-based actor, poet and psychologist. The show discusses diversity, pluralism, and inclusion through representations of a variety of characters from a child to a senior adult.

Wednesday, Sept.15: '30 Minute Blue Eyed,' a part of the diversity film series, will begin at noon in the Center for Multicultural Education. This film explains a diversity teaching tool developed by an Iowa teacher who believes that the best way to fight racism and sexism is to make people experience it themselves, even if only for a brief period in a highly controlled environment.

At 4 p.m., Robert W. Jensen will speak in the Lang Hall Auditorium about multiculturalism and criticisms of white privilege. Jensen teaches media law, ethics, and politics at the University of Texas at Austin.

Thursday, Sept. 16: 'Let's Get Real,' a part of the diversity film series, will begin at noon in the Center for Multicultural Education. It deals with name-calling and bullying. At 3 p.m., a student forum, 'Different Voices,' will take place in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge.

Friday, Sept.17: Diversity Week Wrap Brunch, 11 a.m., Center for Multicultural Education. Food will be served during a reflection on the week's events.

For more information, contact Mike Bobeldyk, Maucker Union program coordinator, (319) 273-5888.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's new Community Technology Center, located at 722 Water St., Suite 401, in Waterloo, across Sixth Street from UNI-CUE, will host an open house for the public, from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, to introduce its services and programs.

Center director Isaac Podolefsky said the center, founded as an extension of programs offered by the UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE), will address needs of high school students who require supplemental instruction in reading, writing, language and math. It also will provide adult classes in English, Bosnian and Spanish languages.

The center, funded in part, by a $289,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, will require matching funds of $289,000 from program partners and community partnerships.

'We'd like to increase high school students' Iowa Test of Basic Skills scores by three percentage points per year,' explained Podolefsky. 'This will be done by offering after-school and tutoring programs that allow students to improve skills using software in one of the center's three new computer labs.'

Podolefsky said the center will provide training for adults wanting to gain or enhance basic computer skills, and will accept used computers for repair or donation. All programs and services are free.

For more information about the programs of the Community Technology Center, contact Isaac Podolefsky at (319) 433-1156.



The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 14 and 15. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at

1. Academic program review/student outcomes assessment


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

2. Master's of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development

UNI plans to offer a Master's of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development, if approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. It will be a multi-disciplinary program offered through the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, via the Iowa Communications Network. According to James Bodensteiner, dean of Continuing Education and Special Programs, philanthropy is a rapidly growing career area, but those interested in the field have limited choices for graduate education. Bodensteiner expects the majority of the students in the program to be working adults. He said the program will not require extra staff.


Christopher Edginton, director, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services,

(319) 273-2840

3. Annual report on faculty resignations

UNI is proud of its ability to attract and retain quality faculty. We are at our goal of having 75 percent tenured and tenure-track faculty in the classroom. With only 10 faculty resignations during 2003-04 -- the lowest number in a decade -- it appears our efforts to retain faculty have been effective.


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

4. Annual report on phased and early retirement


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

5. Annual Regents merit system report


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

6. Annual salary report


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

7. Annual report on fringe benefits


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

8. Revised state-funded five-year capital plan


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



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

September 2, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A director/designer presentation for 'Ubu Roi' the upcoming Theatre UNI production, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 in the Bertha Martin Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The presentation will allow director Scott Nice, UNI assistant professor of theatre, and his production designers to share their vision and interpretation of the spoof on Shakespeare's 'Macbeth,' which will have a circus theme fit for the whole family. The Theatre UNI production will run Oct. 7-10 and 13-17.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson at (319) 273-6387.


August 31, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A conference to provide information on new degree programs, called professional science master's (PSM) degrees, which are intended to prepare students for careers in industry, will take place Friday, Sept. 10, at the University of Northern Iowa.

The day-long Conference on Professional Science Master's Programs in Industrial Mathematics and Applied Physics will begin at 8:45 a.m., in Central Ballroom C of UNI's Maucker Union. Its purposes are to explain the benefits of the PSM degree to representatives of Cedar Valley businesses and industries and to obtain input from them on what skills graduates need to succeed in industry.

'This new degree is tailored to preparing students for a wider variety of career options than provided by current graduate programs in math and science,' said Jerry Ridenhour, head of the UNI Department of Mathematics. 'The focus is on Iowa business, and the industrial mathematics program will be designed to prepare students to work in the manufacturing sector.'

The two-year interdisciplinary degree will require coursework in the subject area (math or physics) and in business as well as some form of experiential learning, according to Cliff Chancey, head of the UNI Department of Physics. 'This will give students experience in dealing with real problems,' he said.

Highlights of the conference will include presentations by Les Sims of the Council of Graduate Schools on PSM programs, Robert Hogg of the University of Iowa on industrial mathematics, and Chris Sorenson of Kansas State University on nanotechnology. The conference also will feature concurrent sessions on industrial mathematics and applied physics, and a panel discussion.

Registration for the conference, which includes lunch, dinner and parking, is free of charge, but participants must register before Sept. 6 for free parking. To register, contact Nan Sash at 273-7650 (

Last winter, the Departments of Mathematics and Physics were each awarded $5,000 by the Sloan Foundation and the Council of Graduate Schools to explore the feasibility of offering a PSM degree in industrial mathematics and applied physics, respectively. The conference is funded by the grants.

Throughout the spring and summer, Ridenhour and Chancey have surveyed and visited state and regional businesses about their needs for science master's-level employees and have worked with those employers to design an appropriate education package. If they decide to pursue the PSM, the departments can apply for implementation grants from the Sloan Foundation and the Council of Graduate Schools.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa's annual volunteer fair, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, in the Old Central Ballroom in Maucker Union.

The event, offering students service opportunities within the Cedar Valley, is hosted by Volunteer UNI of UNI's Advising and Career Services. More than 70 non-profit organizations are expected to attend the fair, which typically draws more than 500 students, according to Jinger Bremer, a graduate student from Battle Creek, and Volunteer UNI program coordinator.

Non-profit organizations will provide a wide range of volunteer opportunities for students and student organizations. For a complete listing of organizations at the fair, visit or contact Libby Vanderwall, events coordinator, UNI Advising and Career Services, at (319) 273-6857.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– 'Ending Exclusion: How Women's Workplace Activism Built the Women's Movement and Changed the Country,' will be the topic of the 31st Annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Nancy Maclean, associate professor of history and African-American studies at Northwestern University, will deliver the lecture. Maclean received her B.A and M.A. degrees in history from Brown University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has been teaching at Northwestern University since 1989.

Maclean's lecture is based on her forthcoming book Freedom is Not Enough: How the Fight Over Jobs and Justice Changed America, which will be published in 2005. She has had articles published in The Nation, Feminist Studies, The Journal of American History, The Journal of Women's History, Gender and History, and Labor History. Maclean has also received several awards for her research.

The memorial history lecture is given in honor of the late Carl L. Becker, a native of Reinbeck, and a distinguished scholar and teacher who became on of America's most respected historians. He is most commonly known for warning people not to become slaves to weapons of mechanical power in fear they may, in the end, destroy themselves.

The Becker Memorial Lecture marks the first in the 2004-2005 History Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNI Department of History, UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization. The Becker Lecture is supported by the Donald and Alleen Howard Endowment Fund, in the UNI Foundation.


August 24, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreational Services Department announced Allison Hansen of Yarmouth and Ericka Sproul of Missouri Valley employees of the month for April 2004.

Hansen, a senior leisure services major, is a learn-to-swim instructor, and was cited for her superior customer service skills and ability to get small children to exceed their level of skill.

Sproul, a senior elementary education major, is a student aquatic supervisor, lifeguard, learn-to-swim instructor and learn to swim administrative assistant. She was cited for outstanding help in administering the learn-to-swim program.


August 23, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa was recently awarded a $49,792 planning grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore the feasibility of establishing a Midwestern Undergraduate Research Center. Two UNI chemistry professors, John Bumpus and Duane Bartak, along with Bryan Larson of Des Moines University, are heading the initiative.

The program is the latest of several NSF initiatives to improve undergraduate research at primarily undergraduate institutions, according to Bumpus. Twenty planning grants were awarded nationwide. Following the planning grant, Bumpus said, UNI will apply for a full grant of $2.7 million from NSF.

The center would consist mainly of chemistry departments and a few biology departments at 15 primarily undergraduate institutions, a research institution (University of Minnesota chemistry department), a graduate research university of the health sciences (Des Moines University), two international participants, an industrial participant and the Iowa Academy of Science. UNI's Upward Bound program and its McNair Scholars program would also be involved. UNI is the lead institution.

'NSF's overall goal for the program,' said Bumpus, 'is to expand the reach of undergraduate research to include first- and second-year students and to enhance the research capacity, infrastructure and culture of participating institutions.' If a full grant proposal is funded, three regional undergraduate research centers will be established to support research collaborations at participating colleges and universities.

'By taking advantage of resources available at participating institutions, faculty members will have access to instrumentation, expertise and support for collaborative opportunities that may not be available at their own institutions,' Bartak said.

In late July a workshop was held at UNI for representatives of participating institutions to discuss the next steps. Pilot research projects involving undergraduates that demonstrate the usefulness of the regional center concept are being conducted by Bumpus in collaboration with Cindi Boyd of Hawkeye Community College (on bioinformatics) and Roy Ventullo of Wartburg College (on water bioremediation).



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa incoming freshman Caroline Bowman of Waterloo was selected as a National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) scholarship recipient.

Bowman, a 2004 graduate of Waterloo West High School, was one of 20 students out of 320 applicants selected for the 2004 scholarship. She will receive a $4,000 scholarship for the 2004 ï¾– 2005 academic year.

Caroline's father, Frank Bowman of Impact Creative Group, is a member of NASE, that awards scholarships to members' children each year and has awarded over $ 1 million to students, since 1989.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– UNI Incoming freshman Dominique Covey of Dubuque has received a partial tuition Teacher Education Scholarship of $1,792. Covey, a 2004 graduate of Hempstead High School, is an elementary education and teaching major. She is the daughter of Brian and Michelle Covey.

Iowa high school graduates, entering the UNI College of Education, who received an ACT score of 26 or above, were eligible for the award.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Council for Geographic Education recently awarded Kay E. Weller, associate professor of geography at the UNI, its annual 'Distinguished Teaching Achievement (DTA) Award' for 2004.

The award was given to six university/college professors from the United States and Canada, who were selected by a panel of judges. The DTA award recognizes outstanding contributions to geographic education. Don Peterson, adjunct professor in UNI's department of geography, submitted her nomination.

Weller, also coordinator of the Geographic Alliance of Iowa (GAI), received the award for her innovative teaching methods, which include arranging interviews with professionals and students, developing classroom magazines and leading local and regional field trips. Weller took students to Waterloo and Chicago last year to compare and contrast the African-American communities within them using the OSAE method -- reading the landscape through Observation, Speculation, Analysis and Evaluation.

As coordinator of the GAI, Weller holds professional development workshops for Iowa teachers that have taken them throughout Iowa, Minnesota and Kansas, as well as Nigeria and India.

NCGE President Gwenda H. Rice, of Western Oregon University, will present Weller with a plaque at an awards banquet during the NCGE annual meeting, to be held Oct. 20-23, in Kansas City, Mo. Weller also received free registration for the conference and a one year membership in the NCGE.

NCGE was chartered in 1915 to promote geographic education at all levels of instruction. It has 3,200 members worldwide.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern Iowa Children's Choir (NICC) is hosting auditions, by appointment, for the 2004 - 2005 school year.

NICC is a vocal performing ensemble for students in grades three through seven. The members rehearse from 6 to 7:30 p.m., every Tuesday, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The choir also provides a learning experience for UNI music education students to rehearse a children's choir, enhance conducting skills, deliver or articulate instructions and announcements, and organize a performing ensemble.

The choir performs two concerts per year, as well as other arranged performances throughout Eastern Iowa. Last year, the choir performed with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra at the annual holiday pops concert and also at the Iowa Choral Director's Festival. The choir is self-supporting, operating on $50 tuition collected from each student.

Auditions can be arranged before Sept. 12, through Michelle Swanson at (319) 273-2600 or


August 22, 2004 - 7:00pm


Monday, Aug. 23

Fall semester begins.

3:15 p.m., President Koob will address the annual fall faculty meeting, Strayer Wood Theatre.

Contact: Dan Power, (319) 273-2987.

5 p.m., Welcome-back cookout, Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.

Tuesday, Aug. 24

9 p.m., 'Hammered,' an original play about binge-drinking on college campuses; told from a student perspective. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, (319) 273-5888.

Thursday, Aug. 26

3:30 to 5 p.m., Strayer-Wood Theatre open house. Contact: Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, director of marketing for Strayer-Wood Theatre, (319) 273-6387.

Friday, Aug. 27

5 to 8 p.m., Minority Graduate Student Association reception at the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, (319) 273-2683.

Saturday, Aug. 28

10 a.m., Welcome Weekend service project at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Contact: Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888.


August 19, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the eighth consecutive year, the University of Northern Iowa is ranked second in the 'Midwestern Universities -- Master's' category for public universities, according to 'U.S. News & World Report's' 2005 'America's Best Colleges' guidebook.

The magazine's ranking criteria include peer assessment, academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation-rate performance, and alumni giving rate.

UNI also ranked 17th on a combined list of public and private Midwest regional universities -- up from 18th last year.

Truman State University in Missouri was ranked first among public institutions in the 'Midwest Universities -- Master's' category, also for the eighth consecutive year.

Earlier this year, the Education Trust named UNI first among peer institutions nationally for overall high performance in graduation rates, and 'Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine' has ranked UNI among the nation's 'Top 100 Values in Public Colleges.'

'While we don't live for rankings, it's great to see our faculty and staff recognized nationally for the quality and value they provide our students,' said Robert Koob, UNI president.

'America's Best Colleges' Guidebook

'Midwestern Universities -- Master's' category


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– At its annual awards banquet, held earlier this year, the UNI chapter of Phi Delta Kappa Educational Fraternity presented several scholarships and honored one of its members.

Jodi Thompson, a UNI entering freshman from Gladbrook, and Jennifer Butler, a Waverly-Shellrock High School graduate, planning to attend Drake University, both received the $250 Phi Delta Kappa Prospective Educator Award.

UNI junior social science education major Erin Nennig, from Independence, received the $700 Wayne P. Truesdell/Phi Delta Kappa Education Scholarship. Shamani Shikwambi, a UNI educational leadership graduate student from Namibia, received the $500 Gordon R. Rhum UNI Phi Delta Kappa Graduate Education Scholarship.

William Waack, emeritus director of teacher education at UNI, received the organization's Kappan of the Year Award.


August 16, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Day-to-day management of the University of Northern Iowa's new centralized student services center (SSC) on the upper level of Gilchrist Hall will be one of the responsibilities for Jon Buse in his new role as assistant dean of students/director of new student programs.

Buse, who joined the UNI staff as an admissions counselor in 1992, had most recently served as assistant director of admissions for orientation and campus visits. The move brings him into the Office of the Vice President for Educational and Student Services.

According to Renee Romano, UNI vice president for educational and student services, the move increases the possibilities for expanding the orientation program to incorporate students' first-year experiences, helping students make a smooth transition between recruitment, admission and enrollment.

Buse organized the SSC team in Gilchrist. The SSC, which began operations Monday, Aug. 16, offers centralized services in financial aid, billing, student accounts, advising and career services, registration and academic records.

Buse holds bachelor's and master's degrees from UNI, the latter in student affairs.


August 15, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Environmental Protection Agency: Small Business Regulations,' will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC).

The workshop will be presented from 4 to 6 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 30, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. The instructors will be Chris Horan, program manager; and Jeff Beneke, waste reduction specialist, both at UNI's Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC).

Small business owners and environmental professionals will obtain a general background of the environmental regulations that may apply to their operations. The workshop is offered in cooperation with the Small Business Compliance Alliance and the IWRC.

The cost is $25 per person. The registration deadline is Aug. 27. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit


August 12, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– UNI's annual Welcome Week will kick off with 'Panther Fan Fest,' a meet-and-greet event with UNI coaches, athletes and free food, Friday Aug. 20 in the new southwest UNI-Dome parking lot.

'Voices for Change,' a program designed to create a safe place to talk about violence on campus, will take place Saturday, Aug. 21. 'Voices for Change' is a thought-provoking program required for all new students, according to Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator at UNI's Maucker Union. It will be presented by the SAVE (Students Against a Violent Environment) Forum Actors, a campus-wide interactive performance group dedicated to violence prevention at UNI. The hour-long sessions begin at 10 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m., in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

Also, Saturday, Aug. 21, the Union Plaza will be the site for a 'BBQ Blast,' with free hotdogs, chips and pop from 4 to 7 p.m. Hypnotist Jim Wand will perform at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) Great Hall at 8 and 10 p.m.

UNI President Robert Koob will preside Sunday, Aug. 22, at a 4 p.m. Convocation, also in the GBPAC's Great Hall, welcoming new students to the 2004-2005 academic year. At 5 p.m., the Panther Bash will offer free food, prizes and music by the Johnny Holm Band on the lawn across from the GBPAC. A welcome reception for new and returning international students, with a traditional country roll call, will take place in the Great Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Weekday activities include:

Monday, Aug. 23 -- Welcome Back Cookout Under the Tent, 5-6:30 p.m., Center for

Multicultural Education South Lawn.

Tuesday, Aug. 24 ï¾– Hammered, an original play addressing the issue of binge drinking on college campuses from a student perspective, Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom C, at 9 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 26 ï¾– An intramural-league softball managers meeting will take place in the Schindler Education Center, room 247, at 4 p.m.

B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) will meet in the Lang Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m.

A 'drive-in movie,' featuring 'Mean Girls,' is scheduled for 9 p.m. in the Quads Courtyard. Free snacks and refreshments will be provided. Rain location is Maucker Union.

Friday, Aug. 27 ï¾– All-Night Bowling from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., at Maple Lanes (University Ave.). All you-can-eat pizza, karaoke and bowling, cost $8.

A 'Welcome Weekend Service Project' to benefit the Cedar Valley Food Bank, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28. Students can sign-up at activities throughout the week, or at the Student Involvement and Activities Center, located in the upper level of Maucker Union. Student volunteers for the Welcome Weekend Service Project will receive a free t-shirt and lunch. Transportation will be provided. For more information, call (319) 273-2683.

Sponsors for the week's events include the UNI Women's Studies Program, Maucker Union, Student Life Team, UNI Convocation Committee, UNI Alumni Association, International Student Services, Center for Multicultural Education, Student Activities, Quad Residence System and B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers and Sisters in Christ).

UNI classes begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present an exhibit, 'The Insomniac's Mansion: Picture-Stories and Drawings by Ben Katchor,' from Monday, Aug. 23 through Friday, Sept. 17. The gallery doors will open at 9 a.m. The artist will discuss his work in a lecture, 'Readings from the Beauty Supply District' on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Kamerick Art Building Art Auditorium. An artist's reception will follow.

Ben Katchor, a MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' award winner, is a cartoonist and author of The Jew of New York and Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories. Katchor's Julius Knipl comic strips are regularly featured in the New Yorker, Metropolis Magazine, San Francisco Weekly, and Washington D.C. City Paper. From 1995 to 1996, Katchor was a semi-regular featured speaker on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon. The Carbon Copy Building, a comic book opera with works and sets by Katchor, won an Obie Award in 1999. Katchor is working on a new music-theatre project in New York.

This exhibition is an expansion of a series of presentations that began with Convention and Invention: An Exhibition of Publication Design and a mini-exhibition of comic books titled An Acid Bath for the Curious Mind, both of which were curated by Phil Fass, UNI professor of art.

The exhibition, lecture and reception are sponsored in part by the Iowa Arts Council, the Martha Ellen Tye Visiting Artist/Scholar Series, and the Florence Hartwig Endowment.

All events at the UNI Gallery of Art are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. through Thurs.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fri.; and noon to 5 p.m., Sat. and Sun. The gallery is located at the northeast 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


August 9, 2004 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

For more information, contact Moon, (319) 273-3175, or visit


August 8, 2004 - 7:00pm


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

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

August 4, 2004 - 7:00pm


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

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