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November 16, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is featuring Tara Tyler, a senior middle school/elementary education major from Ankeny, 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, Tyler is featured in a newspaper ad that will appear in the November issue of Ankeny High School's publication.

Tyler is especially active in UNI's residence hall system, serving on student senate and as Lawther Hall president.

November 13, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is featuring Melanie Miller, a junior chemistry marketing major from Sioux City, as part of the new UNI marketing campaign. Miller is featured in a newspaper ad that will appear in the November issue of Sioux City East High School's publication Tomahawk.

Miller has been active with Student Alumni Ambassadors, intramural sports and honor societies such as Golden Key Honor Society, Honor Student Advisory Board, and the University Honors Program.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is featuring Jen Burton, a senior secondary math education major from Davenport, 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, Burton is featured in a newspaper ad that will appear in the November issue of Davenport North High School's publication The Pursuit.

Burton's involvement includes traveling to Europe for Camp Adventure and serving as a Student Alumni Ambassador.

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Honored will be:

Capt. Joel Helgerson, originally from Elkader. Helgerson is a 2000 UNI graduate, with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. He is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment of the 1st Armored Division, in Ft. Riley, Kan. During the war in Iraq he served as a headquarters company executive officer. He received the bronze star.



1st Lt. Stephen Thorpe, originally from Waterloo. Thorpe is a 2000 UNI graduate, with a bachelor's degree in general studies. He is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment of the 1st Armored Division, Ft. Riley, Kan. During the war in Iraq he served as a platoon leader. He received the purple heart and was recommended for the silver star and bronze star.



1st Lt. Derik VanBaale, originally from Newton. VanBaale is a 2000 UNI graduate, with a bachelor's degree in general studies. He is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment of the 1st Armored Division, Ft. Riley, Kan. During the war in Iraq he served as a fire support officer for B Company, 1st Battalion of the 41st Infantry. He received the bronze star.



UNI Athletic Director, Rick Hartzell, will present each officer with a piece of UNI Athletics memorabilia. The public address announcer will read a biography about each officer. Five minutes will be added to halftime to accommodate the ceremony.

Additionally, Army Spc. Eric Bailey originally from Norwalk will be part of the UNI ROTC color guard. Bailey is a UNI senior general studies major home on leave from Tikrit, Iraq where he is serving with the Iowa Army National Guard's 234th Signal Battalion, based in Cedar Rapids. Bailey plans to return to UNI to finish his degree following his deployment. He will be presented a UNI flag to fly on his HUMMVE in Iraq. The flag will be signed by UNI head football coach Mark Farley.

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

Directed by Scott Nice, UNI associate professor of theatre, the Theatre UNI student cast includes Gretchen Carter from Sioux City as Rosencrantz and Sarah Noll from Dubuque as Guildenstern. Other cast members include Jeff Johnson from Lake View; Anthony Soike from Des Moines; Jessica Rafoth from Dubuque; MyQue Franz from Independence; Bryan Wave from Kaleva, Mich.; Chris McGahan from Salina, Kan.; Rebecca Wagoner from Maquoketa; Michael Frieden from Waterloo; Courtney Smith from Cedar Falls; Aaron De Young from Spencer; Derek Johnson from Manchester; and Ned Kelly from Marion.

The production team includes scenic designer Mark A. Parrott; guest lighting designer David G. DelColetti, associate professor of theatre at Indiana State University in Terra Haute; costume designer Katie Sue Nicklos from La Junta, Colo.; makeup designer Amy S. RohrBerg, associate professor of theatre; and sound designer Brad M. Carlson from Cedar Falls. The stage manager is Justin A. Hossle from Red Oak.

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.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Student Exchange (NSE) program at the University of Northern Iowa has sent several UNI students to colleges and universities throughout the U.S. for the fall semester.



Among the students participating for the fall 2003 semester is(Name), a (Classification) from (Hometown), attending (School).

Through the program, students have the opportunity to attend one of 166 colleges and universities across the United States for one or two semesters while paying UNI tuition. Students must have both a UNI and cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 and be a sophomore or junior while on exchange. Nearly 700 UNI scholars have participated in this program since 1977.

The NSE program provides students with a unique opportunity to enhance the academic, social and cultural experiences they are currently receiving at UNI, according to Karen Cunningham, NSE coordinator. She says the program believes participation can expand a student's social and cultural awareness in a very significant way, as some students have never had the opportunity to travel beyond the immediate area.

An informational meeting for students interested in learning more about the NSE program will be held at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in the Maucker Union State College Room. Additional informational meetings are scheduled on Dec. 10, Jan. 20, 2004, and Feb. 4. For more information, contact Cunningham at (319) 273-2504.

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 town hall meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at Sioux City's Western Iowa Tech Community College, Building A, Wells Fargo Room has been cancelled.

For more information contact Stacey Christensen (319) 273-3170.

November 12, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host an address, 'From Data to Understanding: Navigating Informational Spaces in the Age of Overwhelm,' at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Schindler Education Center, Room 252.

The speaker will be David D. Thornburg, founder and director of Global Operations for the Thornburg Center in Lake Barrington, Ill. He also serves as senior fellow of the Congressional Institute for the Future, and is a featured commentator for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). He has written numerous books and created several CD-ROMs. His latest book, 'Campfires in Cyberspace,' explores the nature of the World Wide Web as a tool for learning.

He was recognized as one of the top 21 speakers nationwide by 'Successful Meetings' magazine, and named by 'Technology and Learning' magazine as one of the top ten most influential people in the field of educational technology in the past twenty years. Thornburg presents to more than 100,000 people every year.

His presentation will explore the numerous challenges educators confront as they help learners acquire the information retrieval and management skills necessary to succeed in today's world.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Educational Technology division of Curriculum and Instruction in the UNI College of Education, and the UNI graduate program for Public Policy.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter of Sigma Xi, a national scientific and engineering honor society, will host an address, 'Science, Computer Science and Ethics: Searching for the Truth in a Make-Believe World,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, in McCollum Science Hall, Room 201.

The speaker will be Keith Miller, professor of computer science at the University of Illinois-Springfield. He will discuss how using computers and technology in the quest for knowledge has raised questions about what we know and how we know it.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the society's Web page, www.cns.uni.edu/SX/.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is featuring Franny Horton, a junior elementary and middle school education major from Sioux City, as part of the new UNI marketing campaign. Horton is featured in a newspaper ad that will appear in the November issue of Sioux City West High School's publication.

Horton has been active with Phi Eta Sigma, the UNI dance team, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is featuring Bernadette Garza, a senior vocal performance major from West Des Moines, 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, Garza is featured in a newspaper ad that will appear in the November issue of West Des Moines Valley High School's publication Spotlight.

Garza is active in the School of Music, with upcoming performances in Best of Broadway, Tender Land, and the Men's Glee Club Christmas show. She is an intern at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

November 11, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Views of Iraqi citizens about the United States will be the topic of the next 'Reel to Real' film, Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union.

'Iraq: Voices from the Streets,' will be shown from noon to 1 p.m., in the Maucker Union South Room. A discussion following the film will be facilitated by Guy Sims, Maucker Union associate director.

The video joins a U.S. congressional delegation that traveled to Iraq in 2002, to discuss the readmission of United Nations arms inspectors with the speaker of the Iraqi National Assembly and the Iraqi deputy prime minister in the hope of averting war. The video also features numerous 'man-on-the-street' interviews with Iraqi citizens, commentary from international politicians and peace activists, views of the impact of UN sanctions and U.S. bombing on the Iraqi economy and population, and the restrictions of the 'oil for food' program.

Sims said the film is part of the year-long 'Reel to Real' film series that presents short films worthy of reflection, discussion, challenge and criticism. The series is sponsored by the Maucker Union Student Activities office and will continue Feb. 18, with 'Stories of Change,' depicting the lives of four ethnically diverse women and their survival through difficult challenges in life.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact, Guy Sims at (319) 273-2683.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Muslim Student Association (MSA) will sponsor a panel, 'Moses, Jesus and Mohammad: Three Prophets, One Origin, One Message,' at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

Panelists will be Kenneth Atkinson, assistant professor; Harry Brod, professor; and Betty DeBerg, head; all in the Department of Philosophy & Religion; Mohammad Fahmy, head of the Department of Industrial Technology; and Bu-Madyan Kahtan, a graduate student in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Osman Jigre, a senior from Sioux City and president of the MSA, said the goal of the panel discussion is awareness. 'We don't want to preach or convert,' he explained. 'But there are a lot of people out there who don't understand the connections between the three religions. For instance, Muslims believe in Moses and Jesus and all the prophets. You can't consider yourself a Muslim if you don't believe in all the prophets.'

An information table, with materials about the MSA, will be set up in the lobby of the Central Ballroom of Maucker Union, from Monday, Nov. 17 through Wednesday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has named its October 'Student Assistant of the Month.' Dave Keiser, a senior English major from Cedar Falls, is a student assistant in the Rod Library Access Services Department. He has been an employee since October 2000.



According to his nominators, Keiser's conscientious and reliable shelving make him one of Rod Library's most diligent student workers.



Keiser graduates in May and plans to stay in Cedar Falls.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) Research Program has been granted a patent for a soybean-based wood preservative concept.

'Simply put, the idea is to actively oxidize soy oil and then force it into wood products,' explained ABIL Director Lou Honary. 'The oil fills the wood pores and plasticizes in the wood, thus not allowing water to get in and cause rotting. When combined with preservatives, it could create a substitute for creosote and other controversial wood preservatives used in utility poles, railroad ties and on home decking and playground equipment.'

ABIL has a cooperative field project with an international forest products company to test the concept and determine the protection properties in various geographic climates and conditions across the country.

Honary holds nine patents for his soy-based industrial research.

ABIL is recognized nationally as a leader in the development and commercialization of soybean-based industrial lubricants. Established in 1991, the UNI-ABIL research program brings together research and testing to identify soybean oil characteristics and match them to appropriate industrial uses.

This year ABIL is licensing 24 industrial lubricants, greases and base oils made of soybean oil. For more information about ABlL, visit the Web site, www.uni.edu/abil.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, today gave the University of Northern Iowa approval to move ahead with construction of the McLeod Center, a 100,000-square-foot sports and entertainment facility to be located south of the UNI-Dome on the UNI campus. The UNI Foundation has raised approximately $17 million of the $18 million in private support needed to build the center. The anticipated total project cost is approximately $20 million. The remaining funds will come from the university and a $500,000 loan from the city of Cedar Falls.

Bill Calhoun, UNI vice president for university advancement, said construction should begin sometime in the summer.

The McLeod Center will be the home of Panther basketball and volleyball, and a competition site for wrestling. In addition, it will host numerous community events including concerts, trade and craft shows and youth activities ranging from state and national tournaments to camps. It will have seating for about 6,100 and a total capacity of 7,000. UNI's Institute for Decision Making, and C.H. Johnson Consulting Inc., an independent consulting firm, estimate the combination of the McLeod Center and the UNI-Dome will bring 370,000 more visitors to the Cedar Valley each year, with an economic impact of more than $15 million after three to five years of operation.

Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck, a Des Moines architectural firm, has been hired to design the facility. In 2001, this nationally known firm received the American Institute of Architect's 2001 Architecture Firm Award, the institute's highest honor for design practice. Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck also designed UNI's Rod Library fourth-floor addition, completed in 1995; and Residence on the Hill, completed in 1994. They will partner with Crawford Architects of Kansas City for this latest UNI project.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - - The University of Northern Iowa's Wellness and Recreation Services (WRS) has chosen Laurel Fister, a Riceville junior in health promotion, as the spring semester 2004 scholarship recipient.

Fister was selected to receive the $400 scholarship based on her performance as a WRS student employee, her understanding of how she contributes to the wellness of others through her role as a student employee, her verbal and written communication skills and recommendations from WRS professional staff. She is a personal trainer, peer educator and Wellness Resource Lab desk assistant.



The WRS scholarship is funded by Kathy Gulick, director of university health services, on behalf of four generations of women in her family who graduated from UNI.

November 10, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Dreamer: A Portrait of Langston Hughes,' will be presented Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) to celebrate the opening of the UNI Center for Multicultural Education.

Tenor Darryl Taylor, associate professor of voice, will present 'In Celebration of Langston Hughes.' His program will chronicle song settings by various composers inspired by Hughes, at 7:30 p.m., in the GBPAC Great Hall. Following the international success of his solo CD, 'Dreamer: A Portrait of Langston Hughes,' Taylor has presented this program across the country.

The UNI George Walker Society of Music will provide an opening performance for the recital. Maria Corley, graduate of the Juilliard School, will accompany Taylor on the piano and Gretchen Brumwell, instructor of music, will play the harp.

A panel discussion on Langston Hughes will take place preceding the program, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the multipurpose room of the new center. The panel discussion will feature Michael Blackwell, director for multicultural education, Vince Gotera, associate professor of English language and literature, and Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure, associate professor of English language and literature.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information contact Michael Blackwell, at (319) 273-2250.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Heads vs. Feds: The Great Debate,' is the final satellite seminar of 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 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, via downlinks, in Schindler Education Center, Room 244/245. The seminar will feature Steven Hager, Robert Stutman and Billy R. Martin and their differing experiences with the war on drugs.

Hagar, editor-in-chief of the counterculture publication 'High Times Magazine,' founded the Freedom Fighters, a national marijuana legalization group. He holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and has written three books, one focusing on the history of rap music, another on the East Village art movement and his most recent, 'Adventures in the Counterculture.'

Stutman, one of America's highest profile Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents, was responsible for more than 5,000 investigations, resulting in more than 15,000 arrests during his 25-year career. He is credited with bringing 'crack' to national attention. He directed international training efforts for foreign officers in investigations against drug trafficking. Stutman also served three years as the Director of Congressional Affairs, where he assisted in the drafting of legislation falling under DEA jurisdiction.

Martin is professor and chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Virginia Commonwealth University. He is internationally known for his research in the pharmacology of cannabinoids and other abused drugs. Martin has served as the first president of the International Cannabis Research Society, advisor to the World Health Organization, member of the Institute of Medicine Advisory Panel and President of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. He acts as the principal investigator for several ongoing studies of abused drugs.

Francis Degnin, UNI assistant professor of philosophy and religion, will moderate discussion at the end of the 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 National Student Exchange (NSE) program at the University of Northern Iowa will host an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17 in the Maucker Union State College Room.

Through the program, students have the opportunity to attend one of 166 colleges and universities across the United States for one or two semesters while paying UNI tuition. Students must have both a UNI and cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 and be a sophomore or junior while on exchange. Nearly 700 UNI scholars have participated in this program since 1977.

The NSE program provides students with a unique opportunity to enhance the academic, social and cultural experiences they are currently receiving at UNI, according to Karen Cunningham, NSE coordinator. She says the program believes participation can expand a student's social and cultural awareness in a very significant way, as some students have never had the opportunity to travel beyond the immediate area.

Additional informational meetings are scheduled on Dec. 10, Jan. 20, 2004, and Feb. 4. For more information, contact Cunningham at (319) 273-2504.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Creating a Place in Society for Children with Speech Impairment,' the first lecture in this year's Hearst Lecture Series at the University of Northern Iowa, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in Room 108 of the Communication Arts Center at UNI.

Sharynne McLeod, senior lecturer and Key Researcher at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, Australia, will deliver the address. It is open to the public, free of charge. It is sponsored by the UNI Department of Communicative Disorders, host for this year's series that is centered around the theme, 'Human Communication: Science and Disorders.'

McLeod says studies of adults who had speech impairment as children suggest negative educational, social and occupational outcomes. She will discuss the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) that provides a holistic framework to consider the health and wellness for all people.

She says when it is applied to children who have difficulty speaking, it allows for consideration of children's body structure; body function, such as the ability to produce sounds; activity, such as intelligibility; and participation in society. The holistic nature of this framework, she says, enables consideration of the place in society for children with speech impairment.

McLeod specializes in language acquisition and has contributed to the development of the speech pathology program at CSU by applications of the social wellness model of health. The model prepares students for professional service in rural and remote workplaces.

Her research interests include mapping tongue and palate contacts using electropalatography (EPG). She is editor of the Australian Journal, ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing, and serves on the executive board of Advances in Speech-Language Pathology. McLeod has also edited the proceedings of the International Phonetics and Linguistics Association.



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



The next speaker in the series, on Dec. 3, will be Steven Pinker, a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction for his newest book, 'The Blank Slate: The modern denial of human nature.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A three-year, $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will establish a model Project Export Center of Excellence at the University of Northern Iowa, to provide leadership in addressing and reducing health-care disparities in underserved populations. The center also will address the preparation of students as health-disparities workers.

Michele Yehieli, director of UNI's Global Health Corps and executive director of the new center, explained that Iowa is experiencing some of the most significant demographic changes in the United States. As a result, she said, many meatpacking and agricultural processing companies, faced with one of the country's largest percentages of aging residents and the out-migration of younger workers, are recruiting thousands of refugees and immigrants from Latin America, eastern Europe, southeast Asia and Africa.

'This rapid ethnic diversification is occurring in a sparsely populated state where many counties are already designated as medically underserved areas, and where Native Americans and African Americans have faced considerable health challenges for decades,' Yehieli said.

She explained that the Project Export Center will bring together three organizations at UNI that have extensive ties with the state's minority populations -- the Global Health Corps, the Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR), and the New Iowans Program.

The center's co-directors are Mark Grey, director of the New Iowans program; and Gene Lutz, director of the CSBR.

November 9, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Family Literacy Day, a day to encourage families of diverse languages and backgrounds to come to the Waterloo Public Library, will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the library, 415 Commercial St., Waterloo.

'The whole point of the day is to encourage families of diverse languages and cultures to come to the Waterloo library to sign up for library cards, meet with others in their community, share in some literacy activities using their language, share in cultural activities through arts and crafts, and share in music and food,' said Deborah Tidwell, associate professor of education and TEAMS Project coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa.

Started two years ago by the TEAMS -- Teacher Education Addressing Minority Language Speakers-- Project at UNI, in coordination with the Waterloo Public Library, this year's event is also sponsored by the Waterloo Center for the Arts, the UNI Student Reading Association and the UNI Student Art Education Association.

Tidwell said the event is open to all families-- speakers of English, Spanish, Bosnian, Hmong and other languages. A free book will be given to the first 50 families, provided by the UNI Student Reading Association and the TEAMS Project.

Advance registration is not required.

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Homework: How much is enough?

General guidelines for teachers suggest they give little or no homework until the upper-elementary years, 30 to 60 minutes a night through sixth grade, 90 minutes a night in middle school, and up to two-and-a-half hours a night during the high school years. 'There is a strong correlation between the amount of time spent outside of school engaged in academics and academic achievement at the high school level,' explains Rick Traw, head of UNI's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. That same increase does not occur to the same extent in the elementary grades, says Traw, and thus the general agreement that children in elementary school don't need a lot of homework.

Traw explains that the best forms of homework are those that make real-world applications of school learning, as opposed to worksheets.

He says parents who want to help children with homework should be aware of what not to do. 'What you don't want to do is make the home an extension of the classroom. You don't want to hover over the children and monitor every little piece of the homework as they go through with it. If you do that, you run the chance of stressing them out, and making them feel that home is just another structured environment.

Rick Traw, head, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, (319) 273-2167, rick.traw@uni.edu

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





Wind power -- is it worth the cost?

The state of Iowa is encouraging municipalities and power companies to build renewable energy generating systems. The three most common systems are wind, solar and hydro (water). According to Recayi Pecen, UNI assistant professor of industrial technology, renewable energy is a great concept, but users must carefully choose a system.

'Windmills are great in Iowa during the winter,' says Pecen. 'We have steady winds during the winter, but during the summer we don't have those steady winds to generate electricity for air conditioning. The converse is true of solar energy. We have plenty of sun in the summer, but not during the winter.'

Pecen has just begun research on a hybrid approach to energy production that combines wind and hyrdro power to generate electricity. His research will help cities and power companies evaluate the viability of renewable energy systems. His experimental equipment will be located on the Cedar River near downtown Cedar Falls.

Contact

Recayi Pecen, assistant professor, industrial technology, (319) 273-2598, 277-8622, r.pecen@uni.edu

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





Ease of speech is an anomaly, says UNI professor

According to Ken Bleile, professor of communicative disorders, the average person will make nine sounds per second when speaking, using 140,000 neuro-motor movements in that one second -- all just to talk. 'It's really quite amazing and complicated,' he says. In fact, it's so complicated that those in the field of speech development are still astounded by the fact that children acquire language so quickly and easily. 'It's the equivalent of learning algebra or calculus before you learn to add and subtract.'

Bleile says researchers in his field have recently learned that most brain development occurs after birth, not before. 'We also know now that the brain discards cells it does not use or need. It's a selective elimination -- a use-it-or-lose-it principle. For instance, I do not have perfect pitch. But if I'd been born in China, chances are that I would have perfect pitch because I would need it to hear all the pitches in the Chinese language.'

Contact:

Ken Bleile, professor of communicative disorders, (319) 273-2577, 266-4956, ken.bleile@uni.edu

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a downlink site for the second session of Iowa State University Extension's two-part national satellite series, 'Cultural Perspectives on Parenting,' from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in Schindler Education Center, Room 244. This session will focus on how culture influences parenting and how family professionals can support culturally diverse families.

According to Howard Barnes, UNI associate professor and head of the Department of Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, the session is important because culture is far more than heritage and plays a role in many things, including the way parents rear their children.



The series features prominent national researchers and practitioners and is designed for professionals, including teachers, child care providers, social workers, counselors, psychologists and others who work with families. College students are also welcome to attend.

The UNI College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Design, Family and Consumer Sciences are co-sponsors of the event. Additional details about the series are available at www.extension.iastate.edu/culture. For information about the UNI downlink, and to register for this event, contact Donna Andrusyk at (319) 882-4275 or andrusyk@iastate.edu

November 6, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In its first month of competition, the University of Northern Iowa's debate team has been very successful, while traveling to tournaments at Wichita State University, Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC), Macalester College, and Wayne State University.

At Wichita State, Sept. 25-28, Eric Short, a senior general communications major from Brookings, S.D., won third best individual speaker in the tournament. Michelle Kelsey, a senior political communication major from Ankeny, won 11th place speaker honors. The tournament included teams from Baylor University, the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

At the Kansas City tournament, Oct. 10-12, Kim Adams, a sophomore elementary education major from Des Moines, along with a debater from KCKCC, received third place honors in the novice division. Cate Palczewski, UNI director of debate, was named the outstanding critic at the tournament, as voted by the student competitors from other schools.

At Macalester, Oct. 17-19, Amie Steffen, a sophomore political communication major from Muscatine, won the top speaker award and first place in the novice division. Eric Short won second speaker in the varsity division.

At Wayne State University, Nov. 1-3, Eric Short and Michelle Kelsey won ninth place in the varsity division. Both were also named in the top 10 speakers for the tournament. Nate Fredericks, a senior communication/theatre arts 7-12 major from Des Moines, and Kelsey Harr, a junior general communication major from Des Moines, won second place in the junior varsity division. Harr was named third best overall speaker, and Fredericks was 10th best.

The debate team next travels Nov. 13-17. The varsity team will attend a tournament at Wake Forest University and the junior varsity and novice teams will attend a tournament at Washington University in St. Louis.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In its first month of competition, the University of Northern Iowa's individual events speech team has been very successful. The team traveled to Northern Illinois University Oct. 3-5, where two tournaments were held; Winona State University, Oct. 10-12; Mankato State University, also two tournaments, Oct. 17-19; and Wartburg College, Oct. 25.

Danielle Dick, a senior culture and communication major from Dayton, won second place in communication analysis at the first tournament at Northern Illinois; and fourth place in program oral interpretation at a second tournament there. At Winona, Dick won third place in both program oral interpretation and prose, and fourth place in communication analysis. At Mankato, Dick won second place at both tournaments in communication analysis, and fifth place at the first tournament and third place at the second tournament in prose. She has qualified for the National Individual Events Tournament, to be held in the spring, in communication analysis.

At Northern Illinois, Sara Gronstal, a senior elementary education major from Council Bluffs, won second place at the first tournament and first place at the second tournament in program oral interpretation. She also won first place in after dinner speaking at the second tournament. At the Winona tournament, Gronstal won first place in after dinner speaking, first place in program oral interpretation and first place in dramatic interpretation, and was named the overall second most successful individual competitor. At Mankato, Gronstal won second place at the first tournament and first place at the second tournament in after dinner speaking. Also at the first Mankato tournament, she placed fifth in program oral interpretation, first in dramatic interpretation, sixth in prose and third in individual sweepstakes. At Wartburg, Gronstal won third in prose and fifth in poetry. She has qualified for the National Individual Events Tournament in after dinner speaking and program oral interpretation.

Mike Hilkin, a sophomore English education major from Dubuque, won first place in novice impromptu at the second tournament at Northern Illinois. At Wartburg, Hilkin won sixth in extemporaneous speaking in the varsity division.

Phil Rippke, a junior general communications major from Moville, won first place in communication analysis at both tournaments at Northern Illinois. He also won fourth place in impromptu and seventh place in extemporaneous speaking at the first tournament. At Winona State, Rippke won first place in impromptu, second place in communication analysis, fourth place in extemporaneous speaking and was named the overall third most successful individual competitor. At Wartburg, Rippke placed third in extemporaneous speaking. He also won first in impromptu. He has qualified for the National Individual Events Tournament in communication analysis and impromptu.

At Wartburg, two new members of the team also competed, Coltrane Carlson, a freshman sports broadcasting major, from Council Bluffs, and Janelle Holden, a freshman with an undecided major, from Manchester. According to Cate Palczewski, UNI professor of communication studies, and acting director of forensics, the team next travels to Bradley University for the largest and most competitive tournament of the semester, Nov. 8-9.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will present 'In: Verse,' a poetry performance, Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15, in Lang Hall, Room 40. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

The one-hour poetic extravaganza is written and directed by Katie F-S, a UNI graduate of Cedar Falls. It portrays the triumph of love over everything.

Other cast members of 'In: Verse' include Linda Foulk of Waterloo; Aubrey Hubert, freshman French major, of Cedar Falls; and Jesse Wozniak, senior sociology and humanities major, of Fort Dodge. F-S is also an actor in the cast.

The UNI Interpreters Theatre program is directed by Karen Mitchell, Interpreters Theatre artistic director, and Paul Siddens, associate professor of communication studies.

The performances are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For more information contact Karen Mitchell at (319) 273-2640.

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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.

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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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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 -- 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 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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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 -- Barbara Cutter, assistant professor of history at the University of Northern Iowa, will give a short presentation and sign copies of her new book at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at Bought Again Books, 903 W. 23rd St., Cedar Falls.

Cutter's book, 'Domestic Devils, Battlefield Angels: the Radicalism of American Womanhood 1830-1865,' examines four groups of women at the center of public controversy in 19th-century America: accused murderesses, prostitutes, public speaking reformers and Civil War workers.

The event is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The social construction and organization of labor within the Amana Society will be the topic of the next history lecture at the University of Northern Iowa, Wednesday, Nov 12.

Peter Hoehnle, doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Iowa State University, will speak at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall, Room 115. His address, 'Common Work, Common Lives: The Social Construction of Work in the Amana Society,' is free and open to the public. It is the third in the 2003-2004 Phi Alpha Theta/Department of History Lecture Series.

Hoehnle said he will focus on religious and social implications of work to members of the Amana Society and some general insights into the communal economy, paying particular attention to the experiences of women, children and hired workers of the Society.

Hoehnle is an Amana native and received his undergraduate degree from Cornell College. He has written articles on the Amanas and other Iowa history topics, and just published a short book, 'The Amana People: The History of a Religious Community.'



The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of History, Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization and the UNI History Club. It will continue Feb. 11, 2004, with 'Marketing the Myth: Selling the Lewis and Clark Expedition.'

November 4, 2003 - 6:00pm

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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.

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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 -- 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.

November 2, 2003 - 6:00pm

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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.

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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 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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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 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.

October 30, 2003 - 6:00pm

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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/.

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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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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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