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February 2, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Spring semester enrollment at the University of Northern Iowa shows 12,396 students registered for classes, according to UNI Registrar Phil Patton. The total is a decrease of 605 students from the 2003 spring enrollment of 13,001.

February 1, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre will present 'An Evening of Performance Art' at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4 to Saturday, Feb. 7 in Lang Hall room 40.

Brianne Waychoff, graduate student in the Women's Studies department and native of Cedar Rapids, will perform four evenings of performance art for her master's thesis production. Each night will feature a different production and portray different images of women.

Waychoff, who conceived the idea for the performance herself, said the pieces explore labels placed upon women by society and investigate the concept of the 'hysterical woman.'

The productions are free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twelve students from the University of Northern Iowa Department of Communicative Disorders are recipients of awards or scholarships. Among the students receiving scholarships are ___(Name)___ of ___(Hometown)___, who received a ___(Scholarship) , valued at ___($ amount)___.

All awards were based on academic merit.


AFTON Melissa M. Bradley, Jr./Sr. CHFA Set-Aside Award, $1,000

CEDAR RAPIDS Rebecca S. Bartlett, Jr./Sr. CHFA Set-Aside Award, $1,000, and Dr. Lois Shefte Potter Scholarship, 2,000

CENTERVILLE Lindsey N. Clark, Jr./Sr. CHFA Set-Aside Award, $1,000

CHARLES CITY Marcy K. Franke, Jr./Sr. CHFA Set-Aside Award, $1,000

DUNDEE Sarah J. Heims, Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association, recognition only

FT. MADISON Lindsey M. Carr, 2003 Boots Award for Clinical Talent, $50

INDEPENDENCE Tonya R. Foster, Roy E. Eblen Scholarship, $1,500

MASON CITY Kimberly K. Ethington, Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association, recognition only

SIOUX CITY Kari A. Rickert, Jr./Sr. CHFA Set-Aside Award, $1,000, and Humpl-Guthart Sertoma Scholarship, $500

SUMNER Melissa M. Mueller, Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association, recognition only

WELLMAN Carissa J. Yoder, Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association, $500, and 2003 Purple & Gold, recognition only

VINTON Heidi L. Husnik, Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association, recognition only


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Anti-sexist activist Jackson Katz will speak at the University of Northern Iowa at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.

Katz will discuss 'More Than a Few Good Men: A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence Against Women.' His presentation will be the kickoff to V-day 2004, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.

According to this year's V-day organizer, Julie Lust, senior leisure services major said Katz's lecture will cover rape, sexual harassment, abusive relationships and other forms of gender-based discrimination and violence. Katz will share stories from his gender-violence prevention work with the U.S. Marines; illustrate how sports culture, comedy advertising and other media depictions of male and female relationships contribute to gender violence levels; and draw connections between the campus culture of drinking and the incidence of sexual assault.

For more information, contact Lust at (319) 222-5652 or


Gov. Tom Vilsack recently predicted that Iowa's 370 districts will undergo more mergers, as school budget guarantees begin a phase-out process next fiscal year. The result will be larger schools, often-confusing strings of letters to name the new districts and, says a UNI professor of social work, an increased likelihood that students will use drugs.

Katherine van Wormer is author of the book, 'Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspectives.' She says smaller schools have the least drug problems. 'In smaller school, the teachers know the families, offer more individual attention to students, and students are better watched. Because of that, they felt responsible to teachers. They don't want to let them down with negative behavior. Van Wormer says studies indicate that schools with 300 to 600 students are about the right size. 'Consolidation is a mistake. We have high schools now that are as big as some cities.'


Katherine van Wormer, professor of social work, (319) 273-6379,

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


Teacher assessment provides insight, if done correctly

'When many people think of accountability, they want to give a standardized test to determine it,' says Barry Wilson, director of assessment for UNI's College of Education, describing the recent flurry of statewide conversations about teacher testing. Wilson says testing can be done, but it must be done properly. He is not a fan of most teacher-testing approaches which are, in his opinion, 'high stakes,' meaning there's a single test and teachers either pass or fail.

'The danger of these kinds of high-stakes tests is that a paper-and-pencil test is not the best way to find out who is a good teacher,' Wilson explains, and says tests of actual performance are much better. He notes the high-stakes standardized tests also are unfair to minority candidates, and points out that Iowa has excellent requirements and standards for all teacher-preparation institutions -- like UNI. 'In fact, at UNI, we've developed an assessment tool called the Teacher Work Sample that has been nationally recognized as one of the very best assessments of teacher quality.'


Barry Wilson, director of assessment, College of Education, (319) 273-2694,

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

UNI professor to discuss American electoral patterns

A UNI faculty forum titled, 'American Electoral Patterns,' will be facilitated by Donna Hoffman, UNI assistant professor of political science at noon, Feb. 6 in Sabin Hall, Room 121. Hoffman's research interests include a focus on states' election patterns and how those patterns influence presidential elections, as well as research on voting patterns among different demographic groups.


Donna Hoffman, UNI assistant professor of political science, (319) 273, 5916, (319) 273-2039.

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

January 29, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Mary Bozik, communication studies professor at the University of Northern Iowa, will lead a workshop on listening skills from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4. The workshop, titled 'We hear, but do we listen,' is presented through UNI's Management & Professional Development Center (MPDC).

Debb Vandehaar-Arens, program assistant for the MPDC, said, 'Mary is one of the best in listening education in the nation.'

Bozik's presentation will focus on understanding the difference between hearing and listening, learning why messages get misinterpreted, and understanding the complete listening process. She will also discuss techniques to improve communication clarity and accuracy as well as techniques to communicate and listen better.

UNI's MPDC provides training and education for the business environment. The workshop costs $195 for the general public.

A complete workshop description is available on the Web at For more information, or to register for the workshop, contact Vandehaar-Arens at (319) 273-5851 or


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Laura Thudium, professional makeup artist and costume designer, will conduct a theatrical makeup workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the University of Northern Iowa's Strayer-Wood Theatre.

Thudium has worked in professional and academic theatre for 17 years and is a visiting associate professor at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon. Her book, 'Stage Makeup,' was published in 1999.

During the workshop, Thudium will discuss and demonstrate makeup design and application with the audience, while providing hands-on instruction for 12 UNI theatre students.

Thudium will return to UNI for the annual Arts in April celebration kickoff on Saturday, April 3, to talk about her life in art and discuss her book.

The workshop and lecture, funded by the Martha Ellen Tye Guest Artist fund, are free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events Speech team hosted the Henderson Individual Events Tournament at UNI on Saturday, Jan. 10. Students competed in persuasive speaking, with top finishers moving on to the Post-Season Interstate Oratory contest. Senior elementary education major, Sara Gronstal, from Council Bluffs, came in third and was named an alternate to the contest. Mike Hilkin, a junior English major from Dubuque, won sixth place.

On Sunday, Jan. 11, Wartburg College hosted their tournament on UNI's campus. Hilkin took third place in persuasive speaking, sixth place in extemporaneous speaking and first place in impromptu speaking.

Up next for the UNI team is a trip to Baylor University, where members of the varsity squad will compete.

For more information on UNI's speech or debate team, contact Cate Palczewski, director of forensics at (319) 273-2714.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has named its January 'Student Assistant of the Month.' Dillon Schoo, a freshman studying construction management, from Waterloo, is a student assistant in the Rod Library Access Services Department.

The library staff nominated Schoo for his outstanding work as a building monitor in the Access Services Department.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Gerald Anglum, interim assistant vice president for marketing and public relations at the University of Northern Iowa, was presented the Distinguished Service Award at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VI conference in Denver, Colo., on Jan. 13.

The award recognizes service to the advancement profession and work for CASE and District VI.

Anglum has volunteered for CASE District VI for more than a decade, and began his involvement with CASE after he won a scholarship to the district conference. He went on to serve on the board of directors from 1997 to 2000. During that time, he chaired the district's Communication and Outreach Committee, was instrumental in moving District VI towards using electronic communication and coordinated the newcomer and student scholarships. Anglum also has played many roles in planning District IV conferences, including serving as program co-chair in 1996.

January 28, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI's Off-Hudson series will continue with a play reading of Tammy Ryan's 'The Music Lesson,' at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in the Communication Arts Center 108.

'The Music Lesson' uses the music of Bach combined with memories of the Bosnian war to tell the story of a conflicted teacher and a rebellious student who help each other heal. Ryan draws her tale from personal experience: She was the neighbor of a Bosnian couple, both music teachers, in the 1990's.

Greta Berghammer, professor of theatre, will direct the piece.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director of Theatre UNI, at (319) 273-6387.

January 27, 2004 - 6:00pm


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

The course will run three Mondays, from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning Feb. 9, and continuing Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. The instructor will be Judy Schindel, certified Quick Books trainer.

Participants will learn software specifics, such as setting preferences, reporting, estimates and invoicing, bills and payments, reconciliation, memorized transactions and more.

These sessions are aimed at Quick Books users who are familiar with the software series, but want to better understand and use the software program.

Cost is $169. The registration deadline is Thursday, Feb. 5. For more information and to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Sturgis Youth Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa is offering creative drama classes for children in preschool to high school, beginning Feb. 2.

Children 3 1/2 to 5 years of age can participate in 'Gimme Five,' a class that will explore stories and activities that feature the number five. The class will emphasize the basic elements of creative drama. Enrollment is limited to 10 people. The class will take place from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 5 to March 11. Registration fee is $15.

Kindergarteners to first-graders will look at stories, ideas, characters and images inspired by folk tales featuring food in 'Delicious Dramas!' Theatre games and activities designed to explore movement, pantomime and story dramatization will be shared. Enrollment is $20 and is limited to 15 participants. The class will take place from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 5 to March 11.

'What a Wonderful World,' a class for second to third-graders, will use international folk tales as a basis for character and story activities. The class runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 2 to March 8. Enrollment is $30 and is limited to 15 students.

Students in fourth grade and older can participate in Sturgis' Spring Studio Theatre Performance Opportunity. The class will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 3 to April 6. Students will rehearse and prepare Oscar Wilde's 'The Birthday of Infanta' for a stage performance. Enrollment is limited to 25. A registration fee is $50, which includes two tickets to the production.

The Sturgis Youth Theatre believes all young people should be allowed to explore and experience all facets of theatre production and performance. The theatre produces two plays each year.

For more information, about the Sturgis Youth Theatre visit



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Service and Learning Initiative, an opportunity for students to learn through community service, is offering grants of up to $200 to classrooms to conduct waste-related projects.

Approximately 15 grants will be awarded for projects such as letter-writing campaigns, investigations of illegal dumpsites and inventories of hazardous wastes.

Mini-grant applications are due to UNI by Feb. 16. Priority will be given to applications that promote waste reduction and indicate plans to work with local solid waste officials.

The project is funded in part by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Solid Waste Alternatives Program and sponsored by the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) and the Iowa Conservation Education Council.

An application form is available at For more information, contact Susan Salterberg, CEEE program manager, at (319) 498-4516, or



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The rising concern about the potential adverse health effects on people eating salmon will be the topics of a lecture and documentary presented at the University of Northern Iowa Feb. 3 and Feb. 4.

Michael Skladany, director of the Marine and Fish Conservation Program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis, will present an address: 'On Global Pond: Change and Resistance in the Rise, Motion and Struggle Over Salmon,' at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 in Baker Hall Room 315.

Skladany will discuss how the 'global pond' has been constructed and discuss its impact on environmental well-being and indigenous cultures.

The documentary 'Net Loss: The Storm Over Salmon Farming,' will be shown at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4 in Schindler 247. A discussion will follow the screening.

'Net Loss' tells the story of the wild salmon and of today's new method of salmon production -- salmon farms. This documentary highlights environmental and social problems associated with the industry.

UNI's Sociology and Anthropology Student Endeavor, Amnesty International and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology are sponsoring the two-day event.

For more information, contact Wynne Wright, assistant professor of sociology at or (319) 273-6217.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has announced the new members of the Student Alumni Ambassadors. New members include: __(NAME)__ of __(HOMETOWN)__, a __(CLASSIFICATION)__ majoring in __(MAJOR)__.

Throughout the academic year, Student Alumni Ambassadors meet with current students, prospective students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and other university guests to help promote the University. The group is involved in many events, including the annual Panther Bash, Family Weekend, Homecoming, working with university Preview Days and leading campus tours. The organization also conducts community outreach.

To maintain membership, students must hold a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. They must attend meetings twice a month, conduct weekly tours, serve on one committee and assist at special events. The monthly time commitment is approximately 10 hours. The organization is jointly administered by the Office of Admissions, the Alumni Association and the Foundation.

Kirk Pohlman, UNI admissions counselor and out-of-state recruiter; and Connie Hansen, UNI campus visits coordinator, are co-advisers for the Student Alumni Ambassadors.


CRESCO Jennifer Bronner, freshman, biology

DUBUQUE Julie White, junior, elementary/middle school education

FOREST CITY Joshua Sankey, junior, communications

FORT ATKINSON Matthew Hackman, junior, finance

INDIANOLA Sarah Weinman, junior, marketing

MANSON Lucas Casey, sophomore, political communication

MAQUOKETA Megan Lawson, sophomore, marketing

ROCK VALLEY Kara Scholten, junior, organizational communications

WEST DES MOINES Ryan Opp, junior, marketing



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Shifting the Center: Utilizing the Matrix of Domination in Majority White College Classrooms' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, Feb. 2, in Baker Hall, Room 161, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The lecture will be given by Scharron Clayton, associate professor of philosophy and religion at UNI.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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


January 25, 2004 - 6:00pm


Iowa has the highest radon levels in the United States. Jody Stone, associate professor of teaching at the University of Northern Iowa's Price Laboratory School, said radon is a radioactive gas that is difficult to detect because it can't be seen, smelled or tasted. 'Prolonged exposure to radon can cause lung cancer and radon is believed to be the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers,' said Stone. Students in earth science and chemistry classes at Price Lab's Northern University High School are collecting data on radon levels in area homes through a Toyota Tapestry Grant that provides funding for investigating indoor air quality in the Cedar Valley.


Jody Stone, UNI associate professor of teaching, (319) 273-6466,

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


Guidance counselor information age not all good for children

There just isn't much that Clare Struck hasn't seen. A guidance counselor for three decades, 23 of them at the UNI's Malcolm Price Laboratory School, Struck has seen many fads and trends come and go. What she's seeing now, though, is a bit more frightening: 'Children are growing up a lot faster than they ever did,' Struck said. 'Particularly girls.'

She said younger girls tend to model their clothing choices and actions after popular celebrities, like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. 'Girls today are exposed to a significant amount of information through the media. Plus, they take in more information at younger ages and some of that information is quite adult. Look at the clothes for little girls today -- tight tops, low-rise jeans. That clothing really is for young adults or teens. It promotes the children acting older than their age. I recently had children in a play group doing a routine, and was surprised by how seductive their movements were. They don't mean to be seductive, of course, but they were copying what they see on television or in ads.'


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

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


Today is 'Better Business Communication Day'

Jan. 26 is national 'Better Business Communication Day.' The day is set aside to encourage workers to acknowledge the importance of communication in the workplace.

'Healthy business communication involves balancing the very different purposes of communication used in organizations -- task-oriented information processing and people-oriented relationship building,' says Dale Cyphert, UNI associate professor of management.


Dale Cyphert, associate professor of management, (319) 273-6150, (319) 266-6743,

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



There just isn't much that Clare Struck hasn't seen. A guidance counselor for three decades, 23 of them at the University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School, Struck has seen fads and trends come and go.

What she's seeing now, though, is a bit more frightening: 'Children are growing up a lot faster than they ever did,' Struck says. 'Particularly girls.'

She says younger girls tend to model their clothing choices and actions after popular celebrities, like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. 'Girls today are exposed to a significant amount of information through the media. Plus, they take in more information at younger ages and some of that information is quite adult. Look at the clothes for little girls today -- tight tops, low-rise jeans. That clothing really is for young adults or teens. It promotes the children acting older than their age. I recently had children in a play group doing a routine, and was surprised by how seductive their movements were. They don't mean to be seductive, of course, but they are copying what they see on television and in ads.'

Other grown-up behaviors in children have become more common, says Struck. She sees children begin to question their own or others' sexuality at younger ages. She has noticed, over the past several years, a definite increase in mean-spirited teasing about the sexuality of one child or another, and sees it happening at the elementary level.'

'One of the reasons it's happening is that children get a lot of information, but developmentally they aren't ready to handle it. There's been teasing in my years, but it wasn't this kind of teasing -- not about a child's sexuality. Much of the teasing I have seen over the years has dealt with particular aspects of appearance and performance.'

Increased pressure to perform well on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT, also plays a big role in forcing children to grow up too quickly, Struck says. 'At very young ages, they are thinking about what should be in their portfolio, and what they need to do to get into a good school.'

The positive result is that children today are much more informed, and that allows them to be more socially active and conscious citizens. 'You're seeing more young adults become active in politics, for instance. And it's amazing how many are more socially conscientious and have at their disposal the information necessary for intelligent discussions.'

At the same time, says Struck, children can't be turned loose. The information out there isn't always age-appropriate, and much of it can be confusing or upsetting, like the repeated showing of horrific images from the Sept. 11 tragedy.

She suggests parents and educators leave prejudices at the door, and allow children to ask questions freely in the beginning. Eventually, however, parents will have to set boundaries about particular issues where societal and media influences play a big role. 'And that's okay. Kids don't mind. They want their parents to say no and set boundaries.'


January 22, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a lecture about Russian Orthodox church music at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, in UNI's Communication Arts Center, Room 108. The lecture, by Professor Viktoria Cherva of Herzen University, in St. Petersburg, Russia, will be accompanied by excerpts from recordings of Russian church music. Cherva teaches Russian culture, specializing in Russian music.

The lecture will be followed by a reception. The event is sponsored by UNI Russian & East European Studies, the Department of Modern Languages, and International Programs. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Maria Basom, head, UNI Department of Modern Languages,(319) 273-2749.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Five Iowa teachers have been selected by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) to attend the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Teacher Workshop, Feb. 18-22, in Huntsville, Ala. At the workshop the teachers will learn about the work conducted at MSFC and about NASA and the resources it has available for educators.

The teachers are Stephanie Francis of Cedar Falls, K-12 science consultant at AEA 267; Nadine Weirather of Montrose, science teacher at Central Lee Middle School in Donnellson; Birgitta Meade of Decorah, North Winneshiek Community School science teacher; Mike Carr of Huxley, Ballard Junior High math teacher; and Lynne Campbell of Grimes, Woodward-Granger Middle School science teacher.

The University of Northern Iowa is an academic member of the ISGC, along with Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Drake University.

'This is an excellent opportunity for these teachers to enhance their science knowledge and to pass that knowledge along to their colleagues,' said Jay Staker, ISGC associate director and program director of E-SET (Extension -- Science, Engineering and Technology) Youth Initiative.

The five Iowa teachers will join 25-30 science teachers from other states in the central section of the country served by MSFC. The group will tour MSFC facilities and learn how to incorporate into their classes science activities that parallel the work being done at Marshall. The Iowa teachers' trip is being co-sponsored by the ISGC and the Space Education Initiative, a program administered through the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium that is aimed at improving math, science and technology skills for students.


January 20, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Enrollment is now open for the Spring 2004 session of Kindergym, a creative movement program sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa's Youth Fitness & Obesity Institute. Kindergym is designed for children ages two to five years old and their parents. It focuses on the exploration and development of motor skills.

The program will be held Saturday mornings, Jan. 31 through March 6. Kindergym is divided into two age groups and meeting times. Four-and five-year-olds will meet at 9 a.m., and two-and three-year-olds will meet at 10 a.m. A parent or responsible adult is required to attend the sessions with each child.

Kindergym's lead instructors will be area preschool teachers and childcare workers updating their skills in physical activity leadership. The Global Health Corps will be assisting with class management.

The registration fee is $25, which includes a t-shirt. For more information, contact Karyn Finn, Kindergym coordinator, at (319) 273-2141, or e-mail



Iowa caucus -- is being first still important?

Iowans take a high degree of pride in officially launching the presidential race through their first-in-the-nation caucuses. They can have a lot of influence on that race, according to Maureen Berner, director of state and local government programs in the political science department at the University of Northern Iowa. She said a recent simulcast between public radio stations in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, questioned if it is a good thing for Iowa to be first. As in most elections, the focus quickly switched to much larger states, such as Texas or California, or the larger 'swing' states.

She continued, 'If a large state were to be first, the campaign would be so media-driven you would lose the personal aspect, I think that would be to the detriment of politics and government in general.'


Maureen Berner, director of the state and local government programs, UNI Department of Political Science, (319) 273-6047, 273-2039,

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


UNI professor decries anti-immigration advertisement

Controversial ads running on television statewide, featuring a punching bag being beaten by a suited man, claim that lax immigration policies are putting Americans out of work. Mark Grey, director of UNI's New Iowans Program, says the ads are 'misleading and counterproductive. These advertisements

are paid for by the Coalition for the Future American Worker, a front for anti-immigration groups such as Project USA and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).'

The New Iowans program, along with other organizations, is urging stations to pull the ads. Grey said immigrants provide a solution to a shrinking work force. 'A lot of us have looked at demographics trends and we are concerned. Birth rates are down, and the workforce is aging rapidly. And then there's the painful reminder that 40 percent of the state's college graduates leave the state. We believe immigrants can make up for part of the shortfall.'


Mark Grey, director, New Iowans Program (319) 273-3029

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


2004 is a leap year -- What does that mean?

Why are there 29 days in February this year? It's a 'leap year.' In 2004, we add one day, Feb. 29, to bring the calendar into line with the seasons. Thomas Hockey, UNI professor of earth science can explain the history behind leap year and what it means to your calendar.


Thomas Hockey, professor of earth science (319) 273-2065, 266-7776,

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


What is reasonable access for disabled people?

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments that bring into question protections for the disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Plaintiffs in the case say the state of Tennessee failed to make public buildings accessible to the disabled. Defense lawyers say Congress overstepped its authority by allowing private lawsuits to enforce the law. Jane Slykhuis (pronounced slike-house), disabled services coordinator at UNI, can explain the concepts behind the Americans with Disabilities Act and how UNI approaches meeting the needs of students, faculty, staff and visitors who are disabled.


Jane Slykhuis, disabled services coordinator, (319) 273-2676, 277-4703,

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


January 19, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI graduate Eric Potratz showed researchers nationwide that model trains are not just for play.

Potratz, a May 2003 computer science graduate from Janesville, won the 'Best Student Paper' award at the International ACM SIGAda 2003 Conference, held in San Diego last month. His paper, titled 'A Practical Comparison of Java to Ada in Implementing a Real-Time Embedded System,' was based on his experience in his real-time embedded systems course at UNI.

UNI Computer Science Professor John McCormick said such systems are computers that are part of other equipment such as cars, airplanes and cell phones. In Potratz's case, a model train set was used as an example. He coded the railroad control computer in dual programming languages, Ada and Java.

'Very rarely is the same project done twice using different languages,' McCormick said. 'It really brings a practical perspective to comparing programming languages for embedded systems.'

Potratz received a $500 cash prize, conference fees and hotel expenses. He is living in St. Louis, where he works as a software engineer for Boeing Co.


January 15, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will host a Director/Designers presentation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, for its upcoming production of Aaron Copland's 'The Tender Land' in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

The hour-long presentation is free and open to the public. Director Sandra Walden, UNI instructor in music, along with theatre faculty members Mark Parrott, scenic designer; Eric Lange, lighting designer; and Amy S. RohrBerg, costume designer, will speak about their vision of the production and share the research, renderings and models they used to create the world of the play onstage.

Theatre UNI, in collaboration with the UNI School of Music, will present 'The Tender Land,' an opera in three acts, for five performances, Feb. 27 through March 6, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $13 for UNI faculty, staff and senior citizens and $10 for UNI students and youth. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 2 at the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office. UNI students also can use their Panther Pass activity card to reserve a free ticket.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The history department at the University of Northern Iowa will offer a three-week study tour of Greece from June 7-June 28.

Tour leaders are Gregory Bruess, UNI associate professor of history and Isabela Varela, UNI career information specialist and certified Greek tour guide. They have more than 20 years of experience in teaching and leading tours in Greece.

The tour, titled 'Greece and Its Heritages,' is an experiential learning program open to students and the community. Participants will visit archeological sites such as the Acropolis, Delfi and Olympia; explore Byzantine castles and monasteries; tour museums and art galleries; and travel to the island of Santorini.

For more information, contact Bruess at (319) 273-2752 or or visit the program Web site at


January 13, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's annual spring volunteer fair, offering students service opportunities within the Cedar Valley, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Old Central Ballroom of Maucker Union.

The event is hosted by Volunteer UNI of the UNI Career Center. More than 50 non-profit organizations are expected to attend the fair, which typically draws more than 500 students, according to Tina Heeren, a senior from Akron, and Volunteer UNI coordinator.

Non-profit organizations will provide a wide range of volunteer opportunities for students and student organizations interested in social services, educational and youth services, health promotion, arts and culture, legal and judicial services, environmental and animal services, marketing and public relations services and office services.

For a complete listing of organizations at the fair, visit or contact Libby Vanderwall, events coordinator, UNI Career Center, at (319) 273-6857.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Christopher Martin, associate professor of communications at the University of Northern, recently authored a book, 'Framed! Labor and the Corporate Media,' that decries what he refers to as a media bias against organized labor. Martin says the media -- and the large corporations behind them -- alienate audiences from unions.

'The news media submerge issues of citizenship, political activity, and class relations, in order to elevate issues of consumption and the myth of a class-free America,' said Martin. 'Focus on the frustrated fan who cannot attend games or the stranded traveler stuck in an airport locates human interest squarely on management's side.'

Based on extensive analysis of news reports on ABC, CBS, and NBC, and articles in the 'New York Times' and 'USA Today,' 'Framed! Labor and the Corporate Media' is the first book-length investigation of contemporary news media coverage of labor.

In a review, 'Publishers Weekly' (Nov. 17, 2003) called the book 'compelling first-hand (and first-rate) accounts of strikes and protests opposing the skewed manner in which they were reported by the media . . .make for fascinating reportage.'


January 11, 2004 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has launched the State and Local Government Program (SLGP), a program to promote state and local government as an area of study and as a career. Maureen Berner, assistant professor of political science and program director, said SLGP will link undergraduate public administration students with state and local government officials and assist practitioners in Iowa through continued education and public service.

'We already have one of the strongest undergraduate public administration programs, especially in local government, in the region,' said Berner. 'But our ultimate goal is to have the best program in the country, and we can achieve that by connecting our students to local government officials.'

She said the program will focus on placing students in local government offices for internships, sending them to conferences, allowing them to attend local government association meetings, and conducting public service projects with government offices and associations.

Berner said the SLGP will eventually provide continuing education, training, and consulting services to its alumni and Iowa government officials at little or no cost. 'The philosophy of the SLGP is one of public service,' she explained. 'We are working with city and county associations to identify their needs, and then we will use our faculty and students to meet those needs.'

The program is modeled after one at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where the School of Government trains more than 12,000 public officials each year. 'Our faculty, like most faculty realize that to improve instruction in the classroom, you have to work in that field. In terms of public administration, you have to work with local government officials on the issues they are facing.'

There is no cost involved in launching the program. 'Faculty are volunteering their time, and students are participating as part of the classroom experience,' Berner explained.

For more information about UNI's State and Local Government Program, visit or contact Berner at



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'IRS Small Business Tax Workshop' will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with the Waterloo and Cedar Falls chambers of commerce.

The course will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo, and will be instructed by accountants Kathy Frey, enrolled agent (EA), and Don Frey, certified management accountant (CMA).

Participants will learn about different forms of business ownership and their tax implications, employee taxes, record keeping, and how to prevent tax problems. A representative from the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance also will highlight sales and local-option taxes.

The fee for Waterloo and Cedar Falls chamber members is $49 per participant. The fee for non-members is $55. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 21. For more information and to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit


January 7, 2004 - 6:00pm


Board of Regents to meet via conference call

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet via telephone conference call at 3 p.m, Wednesday, Jan. 14. The media and the public can audit the meeting in the Presidential Room, on the lower level of UNI's Maucker Union. Several issues pertaining to UNI will be on the docket. Specific times for discussion are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at

1. Preliminary resolution for the sale of Student Health Center revenue bonds


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

Gary Shontz, controller, (319) 273-3576

2. Preliminary resolution for the sale of Field House revenue bonds

'Field House' is the name of a university enterprise fund, which includes the UNI-Dome and the upcoming McLeod Center.


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

Gary Shontz, controller, (319) 273-3576

3. Register of Capital Improvement Business Transactions


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

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



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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa's Center for International Peace & Security Studies, along with Student Pugwash USA, will host a discussion by Martin Schramm from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, in Schindler Education Center, Room 247.

Schramm, a Washington, D.C.-based reporter, will discuss weapons of mass destruction. Schramm has worked for CNN, Fox News, 'The Washington Post' and 'The Chicago Sun Times.' Most recently he served as managing editor of the PBS series 'Avoiding Armageddon.' He is the author of five books and has received numerous journalism awards.

The event is free and open to the public.

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

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

Student Pugwash USA is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is the promotion of socially responsible application of science and technology in the 21st century.


December 29, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Regional Business Center (RBC) will offer a variety of trainings in the areas of small business skill development, hands-on computer software and regulatory workshops for owners, managers and personnel. Classes begin in mid-January and are open to the public.

In January, the RBC will offer 'QuickBooks Pro for Beginners' in partnership with Gary Karr, Waterloo Certified Public Accountant. Also on the schedule is a new marketing seminar, 'Rapid Result Branding,' to be delivered by Brand Advocates of Johnston; the 'IRS Small Business Tax Workshop' in partnership with the Waterloo and Cedar Falls chambers of commerce; and 'Introductory Bookkeeping for Iowa's Small Business.'

In February, the RBC is introducing a new series of organizational management workshops, including 'Task and Time Management' and 'Taming the Paper Tiger at Work,' taught by Kris Pond-Burtis, owner of Krisalis Inc. The RBC also will offer 'QuickBooks Pro -- Advanced' and 'Introductory Bookkeeping for Iowa's Small Business' in February.

The RBC is partnering with Ketels Contract Training to offer a full line of hands-on Microsoft software classes in March and April. Chris McGregor-Case will teach PowerPoint, Excel, Access and Outlook.

For detailed information on all classes at the RBC, call (319) 236-8123 or visit Other classes will become available throughout the spring. All classes will be at the RBC, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. Class sizes are limited. Fees vary.



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

The course will run three Mondays, from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning Jan. 12, and continuing Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. The instructor will be Judy Schindel, certified Quick Books trainer.

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

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

Cost is $169. The registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 9. For more information and to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Rapid Result Branding,' a marketing seminar to help improve advertising effectiveness, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004.

The course will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo, and will be lead by Lee Fergesen, chief advocate for Brand Advocates of Johnston, Iowa.

Participants will learn how to make advertising more productive while cutting costs and how to differentiate their business from the competition.

Cost is $40. The registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 9. For more information and to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'Convention and Invention: An Exhibition of Publication Design,' from Monday, Jan.12 through Sunday, Feb. 8. It will feature the traveling exhibition '50 Books/50 Covers.' The exhibition is organized by the American Institute for Graphic Arts, the oldest and largest professional organization serving graphic designers.

Two lectures will take place in association with the exhibition. The first, by international book artist and photographer, Douglas Holleley, will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Kamerick Art Building auditorium, Room 111. An opening reception will follow the lecture. The second lecture, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, will be given by printmaker, papercutter and book artist Nikki McClure, also in KAB Room111.

In addition to the two speakers, a third artist, Walter Hamady, is highlighted in the exhibition. He is a printmaker, papermaker, poet, and founder of Perishable Press Limited of Mt. Horeb, Wis.

'This selection is considered the best of both book and cover designs of the past year,' said Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art. He said it was juried by a prestigious panel of design professionals.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by Twin Oaks Print/Frame. Lectures are sponsored in part by the Martha Ellen Tye Visiting Artist/Scholar Series. The UNI Gallery of Art also was assisted by the Hearst Center for the Arts, and Special Collections of UNI's Rod Library.

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


December 22, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Ethnic Student Promoters recently presented at the 29th annual regional Mid America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel Conference (MAEOPP).

Their presentation, 'The Benefits of Ethnic Student Recruitment Organizations,' focused on the recruitment and retention of students of color on predominantly white campuses.

__(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__, a (classification) studying (major) at the University of Northern Iowa, was one of seven Ethnic Student Promoters, accompanied by advisor, Ron Green, UNI admissions counselor, who represented UNI.


For a complete list of students, contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at 319-273-2761.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sue Joslyn, a professor in the University of Northern Iowa School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, has been named the university's most recent Distinguished Scholar.

Joslyn serves as chair of the division of Health Promotion and Education. She holds a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Iowa, a master's in health education from UNI, and a B.A. in economics, also from UNI. Joslyn has earned a national reputation for her research in breast and bladder cancer, and recently published groundbreaking work in the area of lymphadenectomy in the 'Journal of Urology.' She is regularly called upon by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health as a reviewer of large-scale cancer research projects for the United States.

Among her many awards and citations are the Department of the Army's Commander's Award for Public Service, the Regents' Award for Faculty Excellence, and the American Cancer Society's Cancer Control Volunteer of the Year Award.

Joslyn came to UNI in 1990 as an instructor. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1991, to associate professor in 1996, and to full professor in 2000.

Distinguished Scholars are senior scholars and artists who are nominated for the award by graduate faculty in their respective departments. The award provides a $500 research budget.

David Walker, associate dean of the UNI Graduate College, is chair of the award committee.


December 21, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Art and Architecture Committee has chosen new artwork for the recent renovation of Maucker Union. Iowa law states that one-half of 1 percent of the total estimated cost of state buildings shall be used to purchase art. The amount spent for this piece of art was $65,000.

According to Mary Frisbee Johnson, chair of the committee, the new piece is a 120-foot bas-relief sculpture that runs along the inside top of the colonnade at the entrance to the Center for Multicultural Education, which is now attached to the Union, and is titled 'We Are One.' Designed by Ed McGowin and Claudia DeMonte of New York, the piece depicts stylized figures helping one another with their burdens. The figures' efforts are symbolized by objects representing goals and obstacles faced by human beings. The artists will attend the center's grand opening during the spring semester.

The Art and Architecture Committee is administered by Thomas Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance. Student members are Angela Pease, a senior from Cedar Falls, and Laura Riskedahl, a senior from Marshalltown. Also serving are Mike Bobeldyk, Maucker Union program coordinator; Reginald Green, director of academic advising; Frisbee Johnson; Morris Mikkelsen, director of facilities planning; Julie Pontasch, director of development for the College of Education; and Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art. Brad Leeper, an architect with InVision Architecture of Waterloo, worked with the committee and the artists.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has named its December 'Student Assistant of the Month.' Hayley Harman, a senior with a double major in finance and accounting, from Washington, is a student assistant in the Rod Library Reference and Instructional Services Department.

The library staff nominated Harman for her professionalism and reliability. According to her nominators, she 'treats all patrons in a friendly and helpful manner.'



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center has hired Molly Hackenmiller as assistant box office manager.

A native of St. Ansgar, Hackenmiller holds a B.F.A. from UNI and an M.A. in visual arts management from Columbia College in Chicago. Before coming to UNI, she was director of the Schopf Gallery on the Lake in Chicago. Previous to that, she was a marketing assistant at the Judith Racht Gallery in Harbert, Mich.


December 18, 2003 - 6:00pm


University of Northern Iowa President Robert Koob will preside over commencement ceremonies at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20 in the UNI-Dome. He will confer degrees upon some 700 students graduating from UNI's five undergraduate colleges, the Graduate College, or Continuing Education and Special Programs. Aaron M. Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will conduct the recognition of honors and awards.

The student address will be delivered by Suzanne Marie Just from Swaledale, candidate for a master of arts degree in communication studies. Beth Harris of Cedar Falls, chair of the UNI Alumni Association Board of Directors, will welcome new graduates on behalf of the association. Music will be provided by the University Brass Ensemble.


Philip Patton, UNI registrar and chair, University Commencement Committee, (319) 273-2244

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


UNI ROTC to commission officers Saturday, Dec. 20

Two students in the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Northern Iowa will be commissioned as second lieutenants during an 8:30 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Lang Hall Auditorium.

Brig. Gen. Jodi S. Tymeson, assistant adjutant general, Iowa Army National Guard, and a 1988 UNI graduate, will be the commissioning ceremony speakers. Tymeson is the first woman to be named to that office.

Military science graduates being commissioned are:

Jeana Rang of Dubuque, will enter the Army Reserve, Quartermaster Branch. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Allen College, as part of UNI's cooperative nursing program with that school. Rang will receive her first salute from her brother, James, who is home on leave from Baghdad, where he is serving with the Iowa Army National Guard's1555 Quartermaster Company from Dubuque.

Richard Brian Gienau of Waterloo, will enter the Iowa National Guard, Engineer Branch. He will receiver a bachelor of arts degree in management information systems from UNI later in the morning.


Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, head, UNI Department of Military Science,

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

December 16, 2003 - 6:00pm


The University of Northern Iowa College of Education recently hosted its bi-annual Teacher Education Convocation. Of the 347 students that have satisfied requirements for admission into the College of Education, more than 200 students participated in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study.

Of those recently accepted into the College of Education was (Name) from (Hometown) .

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.'

Susan Etscheidt, associate professor of special education, was the keynote speaker for the 26th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education program since formal ceremonies began in 1991.


To get a listing of the students who participated, contact the office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.

December 15, 2003 - 6:00pm


Four University of Northern Iowa faculty members received the 2003 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence at a dinner hosted earlier this semester by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Recipients were Rebecca Burkhardt, professor of music and director of orchestral activities; Steve Corbin, associate professor of marketing; Mark Grey, professor of anthropology and director of UNI's New Iowans Program; and Siobahn Morgan, professor of astronomy.

Burkhardt was described by her nominator as an 'exceptional teacher in the School of Music' and one whose 'students prize the breadth and depth of her expertise, as well as her impeccable organization and inspiring manner.' Her conducting style 'invites people to play, and under her direction, the orchestra at UNI has grown in both numbers and maturity to become one of the very best collegiate ensembles in the Midwest.'

Burkhardt, has a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Texas at Austin and has been at UNI since 1988.

Corbin is described as a master teacher who annually is rated by graduating seniors as one of the professors who has had the most impact on their development. Students consistently express their admiration and appreciation for his knowledge and expertise, his stimulating classroom and his personal interest in every student's success. He has created an extensive outreach program that provides hundreds of students with hands-on marketing experience in local businesses.

In addition to his classroom success, Corbin conducts research focusing on marketing pedagogy, and his research on student writing in the marketing curriculum is considered seminal throughout the marketing discipline. He has served as a national conference leader on issues related to pedagogical research in his field.

Corbin earned an Ed.D. in marketing education from the Polytechnic Institute and State University of Virginia, and came to UNI in 1975. He served nine years as head of the marketing department. An advocate for student-athletes, he is the announcer and commentator for the UNI women's basketball team.

Grey, who earned his Ph.D. in applied anthropology from the University of Colorado, is in his 13th year at UNI. He has developed a national reputation for his research on the integration of immigrants and refugees into Iowa communities and the Iowa workforce. As director of the New Iowans program, he has provided leadership for communities across Iowa that are experiencing rapid diversification, helping to foster multicultural understanding and to improve the quality of community life for longtime residents and for new Iowans.

His handbooks have been highly acclaimed for their practical value. In presenting him to the regents, UNI President Robert Koob said, 'From helping a group of Latinos start a multi-ethnic radio station Postville, to taking Iowa mayors, police chiefs and business leaders on trips to the Mexican home communities of Iowa immigrants, Dr. Grey's work has been a model of applying theory to practice in ways that make a positive difference for individuals and for our state.'

Morgan came to UNI in 1991 after earning a Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Washington. In addition to teaching, she is the director of the Hillside Observatory and faculty advisor for Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the National Honor Society for Earth Science. During her tenure at UNI she has developed a reputation not only as a highly skilled teacher, but also as a researcher and active member of the university community.

She regularly teaches a popular astronomy course. Her nominator says, 'Students prize her interactive laboratories and innovative teaching technique. They describe her as knowledgeable, approachable, patient, challenging, enthusiastic, thoughtful, creative, passionate and 'down-to-earth -- except when she is in the stars.''

Morgan's dedication to her students is evident in her research. A nationally recognized expert on pulsars (rapidly rotating neutron stars), she regularly involves undergraduates in her research and has co-authored 13 academic papers with students, including four in the prestigious astronomy journal, Acta Astronomica.


The University of Northern Iowa's Master's in Social Work program has received accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education to October 2007. The accreditation is retroactive to the program's first graduating class in 2002. Only individuals graduating from an accredited program are allowed licensing and permission to practice.

In 1999, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, granted UNI permission to begin offering the program in fall 2000. Tom Keefe, director of the program, said the catalyst for developing UNI's MSW program was two-fold. First, the Bureau of Labor predicted that the need for social workers would increase. Second, the University of Iowa was, at that time, the only public institution in the state offering the MSW. St. Ambrose University in Davenport also offers a program.

'Many people who wanted this degree had to leave the state to get it,' explained Keefe, 'Many who leave the state never return to Iowa to work. We know that many employers are having to turn to people without MSW degrees to do MSW work. Having this program at UNI fills a very serious need, especially in this region of the state.'

Based on the university's feasibility study, the MSW program offers concentrations in two areas not offered elsewhere in Iowa: administrative practice, and advanced micropractice. To date, 56 people have graduated from the MSW program. According to Keefe, this makes it one of the larger graduate programs at the university.

'Social workers address all kinds of problems, including spouse abuse, child abuse and substance abuse,' Keefe explained. 'We know that when the country experiences periods of high unemployment, some of those problems expand, and that is what we are seeing now.'

For more information about the MSW program at UNI, contact Keefe at (319) 273-5910.



Four University of Northern Iowa International Club of Business members will travel to Winnipeg, Canada, Jan. 8-11, 2004, to compete in the final stage of the Manitoba International Marketing Competition (MIMC).

This is the second year UNI has sent a team to MIMC. Twenty teams are invited to participate from Canada, Europe, Mexico and the United States. Teams compete by making marketing and production decisions in three distinct phases. The first is an eight-week simulation where the teams make decisions online, the second is a written strategy statement that covers target market analysis, competitive analysis and their strategic approach. The final phase occurs in Winnipeg and students present their work of the previous months to a panel of judges from business and academia.

According to Chris Schrage, UNI instructor in management and marketing, and adviser to the International Club of Business Students, the team has started the competition strong with excellent results from the first set of decisions. There is a wide range of experience and major emphasis on the team, so she says there is considerable balance in their viewpoints.

Among UNI students participating are: Elizabeth Rowan, a senior management and business administration major from Preston; Alissa Traughber, a senior textiles and apparel: marketing and sales and advertising major from Okoboji; Laura Hahn, a junior management major from Charlotte; and Amy Schmitt, a senior marketing major from Maynard.

This is the 22nd year of the MIMC competition, hosted by Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. For more information, contact Schrage, at (319) 273-2126.


December 14, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Teachers in Iowa can earn one hour of graduate credit and learn more about waste reduction by registering for 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R',' presented by University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE). The workshop will take place in Grinnell on Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, Saturday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, April 17.

The workshop is open to all teachers, but specifically targeted to middle school teachers. The cost is $50 per teacher. Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Some free registrations will be available.

Participants will receive classroom-ready lesson ideas; free resources that directly apply to cross-curricular and thematic units (valued at more than $75); a bibliography of content-area resources; and one hour of graduate credit.

According to Susan Salterberg, workshop instructor, much attention is paid to recycling, but reduction and reuse of materials often are overlooked, yet they are Iowa's highest priorities for waste management. The workshop will give teachers tools and knowledge so that they can teach these waste management strategies.

'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked R' is funded in part with grants from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' REAP Conservation Education Program and Solid Waste Alternatives Program, along with support from selected solid waste agencies.

A registration form is available at For more information about the course or registration, contact Salterberg at (319) 498-4516, (319) 273-2573 or

December 11, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Competition was intense on the University of Northern Iowa campus last month as high school seniors competed for numerous scholarships in the sciences, industrial technology, mathematics or computer science. Scholarships included four-year full-tuition scholarships valued at $2,458 for the 2003-2004 school year.

(Student's name), a student at (High school), participated in the UNI 2003 Science, Mathematics and Technology Symposium. (He/She) was awarded (award status) in (field of study).

Besides competing for awards, students attending the Symposium were introduced to educational opportunities on campus through lecturers, special programs and open houses in designated


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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) continued its legacy of receiving national recognition at the national PRSSA conference, held recently in New Orleans.

UNI PRSSA was selected to host a regional conference next spring, and received the Pacesetter Award for leadership, enthusiasm, spirit and involvement. Additionally, for the first time in the history of the UNI PRSSA chapter, Joanne Wzontek, development and public relations director for UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, received the outstanding professional adviser award.

The UNI PRSSA chapter was chartered in 1981, and currently has 70 members. The chapter adviser is Gayle Pohl, associate professor of communication studies.

Among the members on the executive board is (Name), a (Classification, Major), from (Hometown), serving as the (Position).

The UNI PRSSA has an active student-run public relations firm, PRide (Public Relations Internships Develop Expertise). The firm actively participates in campus and community events, and gives students a wide variety of professional experiences.

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

December 10, 2003 - 6:00pm


The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 15 and 16 at Iowa State University in Ames. Several issues pertaining to UNI will be on the docket. These items are scheduled to be discussed on Tuesday. Specific times are unknown. Not all sources will be present at the Board of Regents meeting. The docket is available on the Web at

1. Requests for professional development assignments

These are requests from faculty for professional development opportunities. The university considers professional development of faculty crucial to its mission of providing a valuable experience to students.

A limited number of UNI faculty may apply for professional development assignments (PDAs) -- paid alternative work assignments. If approved, faculty are relieved of teaching responsibilities for a period of time, normally a semester, in order to shift emphasis to a specific research, service, or performance effort. As in all businesses, professional development helps employees gain perspective, knowledge and skills that improve their performance.

Contact: Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517

2. Suspension of admissions to the master's degree in theatre program

Adding and removing academic programs is an ongoing process. In this case, we are phasing out a program that has consistently low enrollment. There are three students enrolled in the program. The first step in phasing out the program is to suspend admissions.

Contact: Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517

3. Quarterly investment and cash management report

Contact: Gary Shontz, controller, (319) 273-3576

4. Annual report on diversity


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

Staff and faculty statistics: Winston Burt, director, Office of Compliance & Equity Management,

(319) 273-2846

5. Annual fire and environmental safety report

This is an annual report about what actions the university has taken to address results of the 2001 state fire marshal's inspection, and information on programs to correct deficiencies that have been identified in this area.

-In April 2003, the university received several citations for safety concerns from IOSHA. They were resolved that same month. See archive news release at

-UNI was recognized in 2000 and 2001 by the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council for 'outstanding acheivement for accident prevention.'


Dean Shoars, director of the physical plant, (319) 273-2582

Cindy Houlson, safety manager, (319) 273-5855

6. Annual report on deferred maintenance

Because of the budget reversion this year, the university is reducing its maintenance budget by $100,000. As UNI is forced to defer much-needed maintenance, problems grow worse. Repairs that go unattended simply become larger, requiring even more funding to correct the problems.

Contact: Doug Jensen, assistant to the vice president for administration and finance, (319) 273-2383.

7. Technology transfer and economic development report

This annual report summarizes the outcomes of UNI Business & Community Service (BCS) outreach programs. We strive to help Iowans build our economy -- locally and statewide. UNI's outreach programs create opportunities for students and faculty to actively participate in business and community development projects. UNI outreach programs have collectively served more than 4,000 business and 465 communities in all 99 counties.

The Technology Transfer and Economic Development report is required by Iowa code. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approves the report before it goes to the Legislature.

Randy Pilkington will highlight UNI's economic development activities and explain how they enchance the economic growth of Iowa. He will provide examples of collaborative economic development projects that BCS has with state agencies, regent institutions and community colleges. He also will give specific examples of BCS initiatives that are enhancing the Iowa economy.

Notes: State funding for BCS has dwindled during the past few years. Even though BCS has experienced substantial success in businesses served and jobs created, there have been some unfortunate consequences of the state funding cuts. For example, the Institute for Decision Making has

moved to a fee-based program, which has had a negative impact on Iowa's smaller communities. These communities are typically not able to afford the services they so desperately need. Two other programs significantly impacted by the cuts are the Metal Casting Center and Ag-based Industrial Lubricants.

Pilkington emphasizes that UNI focuses on providing hands-on technical assistance to Iowa businesses and communities in UNI's areas of academic expertise. UNI's programs add value to state economic development programs and the research activities of the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. UNI is not as active in patent disclosure and commercialization as its sister institutions.

Contact: Randy Pilkington, executive director, Business & Community Services, (319) 273-6941

8. Register of capital improvement business transactions


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

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