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June 17, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has named Edgar L. Berry associate vice president for educational and student services (ESS) and dean of students. Berry replaces Tom Romanin, who retired earlier this year. His appointment is effective Aug. 2.

In his new position, Berry will administer the student judicial system, manage the university's response to student critical incidents, provide crisis intervention, direct the department of Advising and Career Services and coordinate the operation of the Student Services Center. He also will manage ESS efforts related to student life, research and assessment, fund raising and parent relations.

Before coming to UNI, Berry was assistant dean of students at the University of Houston, in Texas. Previous to that, he was director of minority affairs for Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Pa. He holds a B.A. in sociology and social welfare from St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C.; a master's in counseling and student personnel from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, and an Ed.D. in counselors' education at Texas Southern University. Berry and his wife Donna have two sons.


June 15, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- This fall, the University of Northern Iowa will be home to the state's only undergraduate program in bioinformatics, one of the country's fast-growing career areas. The program will be one of only a handful of undergraduate programs like it in the nation.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved the major during its June 16 meeting at Lakeside Labs in Okoboji.

According to Kichoon Yang, bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary curriculum combining computer science, mathematics, chemistry and biology. Previous to about 1985, says Yang, scientists struggled to map genes of any organism. In fact, he explains, the process was so complex that it used to require a large group of scientists several years to map the gene structure of a plant. Then came a 'life sciences revolution,' with scientific breakthroughs that allowed scientists to do this job much faster.

'One of the more visible consequences of the life sciences revolution -- which many scientists believe will shape the first half of the 21st century -- is the massive set of genome data it has generated, the data so massive that it is hardly intelligible without much additional data mining work,' said Yang. 'To make the matter worse, new genome data accumulate faster than we can mine the existing data.'

Bioinformatics was created expressly for this reason. It is a discipline that studies data mining techniques to facilitate more efficient and better understanding of the genome data.

The sheer volume of the data that must be mined guarantees a continued need for individuals with this background. In fact, the National Science Foundation estimates that 20,000 jobs in the area of bioinformatics will be created by 2005.

UNI will begin accepting students this fall, with a view toward full implementation of the program in less than three years.

For more information contact Yang at (319) 273-2585.



Four University of Northern Iowa Army ROTC cadets were awarded gold badges in the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency (GAFBMP) Competition in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. May 20 - 23.

Cadets Tyson Trunkhill, and Jeff Ritter, both of Waterloo; Kyle Godfrey of Cedar Rapids, and Ben Seibert of Waukon competed against approximately 300 soldiers. Events included swimming, track and field, weightlifting, pistol marksmanship, and a timed road march. The competition was hosted by the Army Reserve's 326th Area Support Group.



The final two sessions in a series of 10 courses designed to enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit human service agencies and other related organizations, will be presented by the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday and Friday, June 17 and 18, at UNI-CUE in Waterloo.

'Working Together for Results: A Review of Best Practices, Research, Trends and Case Studies,' will be presented by UNI President Robert Koob and Stacy Van Gorp, project director for Opportunity Works in UNI's Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services. Discussion will include factors that make collaboration successful, as well as common pitfalls; getting people involved; internal organization; and when and how to work together to get results.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, today gave approval to the University of Northern Iowa to begin a new major: networking & system administration. The program will be the only undergraduate one in the state. Networking & system administration is a specialization of computer science.

Bart Bergquist, acting head of the Department of Computer Science, said students enrolled in the program will focus on both computer hardware and software. An important aspect will be working specifically on security issues.

'For example, look at the junk messages you're getting in your e-mail,' he said. 'People who graduate with this degree will look at ways to protect computers from viruses, and keep hackers out. Those are the kinds of issues that cannot be solved without people who have expertise in networking & system administration.'

Bergquist said the program will have two faces: the very practical hardware aspect; and the broader, programming and theoretical side of computer science. Among required classes will be those taught in industrial technology, relating to electrical circuitry and computer hardware. 'In computer science, students will learn more about software, computer security and related theory,' he explained. 'Students also take relevant courses in mathematics and physics.'

Bergquist said there is a high demand for graduates in this area. According to a study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the average starting salary for someone in the computer science field is $48,656, up 8.9 percent from the previous year. 'That suggests an increase in demand for people in this field,' said Bergquist. 'There was a drop after the dot-com bust, but the demand has returned.'

For more information about the program, contact Bergquist at (319) 273-2618.


June 13, 2004 - 7:00pm


-- 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R',' a two-part professional development course, was recently presented by the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE).

Thirty-two teachers were introduced to waste reduction, reuse and recycling concepts, and resources to help students learn about waste-related issues. The interdisciplinary course brought together teachers of math, science, English language arts, reading, social studies, life skills, and talented and gifted.

___(NAME) , a teacher at (SCHOOL) , was among the participants. This teacher's attendance was sponsored by (AGENCY) .

As part of the course, participants prepared and taught a mini-unit in their classrooms.

'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked R' was funded in part with grants from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP) Conservation Education Program, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Solid Waste Alternatives Program, and selected solid waste agencies.

The course is offered through Science Education and the CEEE. For more information about future courses, contact Susan Salterberg at (319) 498-4516, or


NOTE TO EDITOR: Listed below in alphabetical order by town/school are the participants in the CEEE 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R'' workshop.


DYERSVILLE/BECKMAN HIGH Margaret A. Hogan Dubuque Metro Area David Nelson Solid Waste Agency

CALAMUS/WHEATLAND ELEM. Susan Kruse Clinton Co. Area Solid Waste


(CARROLL) KUEMPER CATHOLI C David Koester Carroll Co. Solid Waste

SCHOOL SYSTEM Mary Koester Management Commission

Kathy Stipe


CEDAR RAPIDS/VIOLA GIBSON Laura Reed Bluestem Solid Waste

ELEM. Agency

CLINTON/JEFFERSON ELEM. Carla Hilgenberg Clinton Co. Area Solid Waste


COLFAX-MINGO MIDDLE Mickolyn Clapper Newton Sanitary Landfill

Judy Sullivan

MILLERSBURG/DEEP RIVER- Barb Hagerty Iowa Co. Regional

MILLERSBURG ELEM. Environmental Improvement


DES MOINES/LINCOLN HIGH Larry Beall Metro Waste Authority


Brandy Bartholomew

IOWA CITY/ROOSEVELT ELEM. Todd Simpson Iowa City Landfill and

Recycling Center

LINN-MAR/EXCELSIOR MIDDLE Ann VanNest Bluestem Solid Waste


MID-PRAIRIE MIDDLE SCHOOL Christopher Soldat Iowa City Landfill and

Recycling Center

NEWTON/BERG MIDDLE Heather Agnew-Moore Newton Sanitary Landfill

Melissa Travis

TRURO/INTERSTATE 35 Sherrie Gray South Central Iowa Landfill

Ronda Wishon Agency


Jon Prottsman Environmental

Improvement Commission

VINTON/TILFORD MIDDLE Nancy J. Donahue Benton Co. Solid Waste

Disposal Commission

VINTON/WEST EARLY Shirale Hanson Benton Co. Solid Waste


WATERLOO/CENTRAL MIDDLE Cortney Dierks Waste Management Services

Dept., City of Waterloo Disposal Commission



Patricia Higby knows exactly how much energy is used when a computer is left on all night. She's fully aware of how much electricity is wasted when a full-size washing machine is used to wash a single pair of jeans. And in these times of ever-rising fuel costs, she wishes more people were just as cognizant. 'Our fossil fuel resources are dwindling,' says Higby, energy educator at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education. 'The next generation will have to deal with that fact. We've got to change the way we look at energy and the way we use it.'

Her answer? Teach children how to conserve energy now. 'When we were kids, the idea of energy conservation was putting on a sweater and turning off the lights. But we can do much more now.' She points out that families can use compact fluorescent bulbs which provide more light with less heat, saving energy during summer months. Purchasing 'Energy Star' appliances -- those requiring less energy to do the same work -- is another idea. 'We can save energy and still be comfortable if we shop wisely.'

June 10, 2004 - 7:00pm


Board of Regents to meet June 15-16

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet June 15-16 at Iowa Lakeside Laboratories in Okoboji. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at

1. Final Operating FY 2005 Budget

All three universities will present their budgets.

a. UNI's budget incorporates the 2.5% budget cut experienced in October 2003. The budget is, as explained by President Robert Koob, status quo from that base and not from the beginning of FY 2004.

b. UNI was forced to reallocate funds from other sources to meet the salary levels set in collective bargaining. This is the fifth consecutive year that the state has not fully met the salary obligations it bargained for the university.


Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2355

2. Register of Capital Improvement Business Transactions


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

3. Secretary/Treasurer appointment for 2004-2005

Gary Shontz, UNI controller, will be reappointed to this position.


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

4. Capital Improvement Plan, FY 2005


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

5. Lease of Property

The university will lease property at 722 Water St., in Waterloo, to open the Community Technology Center.

a. The center is funded by a $289,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

b. An extension of UNICUE programs, the center will provide a series of after-school classes in computer skills. In addition, administrators will work with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers to provide computer skills classes for adults starting their own businesses.

c. Isaac Podolefksy, program assistant in the office of the associate vice president for academic affairs, is the project director.


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

Isaac Podolefsky, program assistant, office of the associate vice president for academic affairs, (319) 433-1268.

6. Investment Committee: Quarterly Investment and Cash Management Report


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

7. Register of capital improvement

Among programs is the new Business and Community Services Building that will house Conferences and Event Services, the Institute for Decision Making, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers' student incubator, and ISU Extension offices for the Cedar Valley.


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



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


The University of Northern Iowa recently introduced a groundbreaking full-tuition program for freshmen whose families are unable to contribute financially to their son's or daughter's education. Called the Tuition Opportunity Program for Iowans (TOP), the program was created by UNI to meet the needs of lower-income Iowa families who believe attending college is beyond their financial means. UNI is one of just a few institutions in the country to provide such a program.

'TOP will guarantee full payment of tuition and fees for up to four years through a combination of grants and scholarships, regardless of future tuition increases,' explained Roland Carrillo, executive director of enrollment management at UNI. The program will go into effect for freshmen entering UNI during the fall 2004 semester.

'If an Iowa student is qualified, and wants to attend UNI, they should have that opportunity,' said Robert Koob, UNI president. 'We are concerned that the increasing cost of tuition is preventing families with the most financial need from considering the idea of public higher education. That's unfortunate, because education is a key to breaking the cycle of poverty. We developed this program to help Iowa students pursue a degree. This is good for them, good for the university and good for Iowa.'

Qualifying criteria include income, family size, assets and number of dependents in college.

'TOP is designed to fill a very specific need,' said Carrillo. 'We want Iowa families to know that even if they don't qualify for TOP, we have many financial aid programs and tools to help their student attend UNI.'

While the TOP program addresses tuition and related fees, the university is prepared to help students cover other expenses such as room and board through loans and employment. 'This is not a free ride,' explained Koob.

Carrillo noted that in 1973, when the federal Pell Grant program began assisting undergraduates, the maximum grant for the neediest students covered 84 percent of the cost of a public four-year college. Because of inflation, today, the maximum Pell Grant covers just 39 percent. 'Our TOP program represents a commitment by the university to close that gap,' said Carrillo.

The majority of the funding for the TOP program comes from federal and institutional grants. Other funding comes directly from UNI via scholarships and work-study programs. Carrillo stressed that high-ability students will remain a priority for the university. 'These students will continue to receive almost 70 percent of all institutional and private scholarship assistance in recognition of their outstanding academic success.'

For more information, contact UNI's Financial Aid Office at (319) 273-2700, 1-800-772-2736, or


June 6, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa hosted the first Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon race of the 2004 season in Marshalltown on May 22. Nine high schools and 15 cars from Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin competed.

In Division 1A, St. Ansgar High School took first place, Bayfield High School (Wisconsin) took second, and Muscatine High School took third. Division 1A competitors spend less than $2,500 on their cars and are part-time participants.

The winners for Division 2A were Pomeroy-Palmer High School, first and second places; and Lincoln SW High School (Nebraska) in third. This division is for experienced teams, and requires them to spend less than $2,500 on the car.

The winners for the 3A division were North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), first place; and Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, second, third and fourth places. This division is geared toward college competitors, and allows them to spend more than $2,500 on their cars.

In the braking portion of the competition, the winners were: St. Ansgar, first place in division 1A; and Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, first place for divisions 2A and 3A. For the maneuverability portion of the competition the winners were, in division 1A, St. Ansgar High School; in division 2A, Pomeroy-Palmer High School; and in division 3A, NIACC.

The Iowa Electrathon is a statewide program for high school and college students to learn about alternative energy sources by designing and building electrical cars. For more information, visit



UNI sources can discuss Ronald Reagan and his legacy

Several UNI professors are well-versed in the U.S. presidency and presidential history. They are listed below.

Donna Hoffman, assistant professor of political science; teaches a class on presidential politics; (319) 273-5916

John Johnson, professor of history; discusses American politics; (319) 273-7077

Robert Martin, head of the Department of History; discusses American politics, (319) 273-2097

Geraldine Perreault, director of the Leadership Studies Program; discusses 'mistakes, lies & politics';

(319) 273-6898


UNI STORM helps National Weather Service battle airborne threats

Presidential Candidate John Kerry recently listed bio-terrorism as the second greatest terrorism threat to the United States. At UNI, the Science center for Teaching, Outreach and Research on Meteorology (STORM), has been working with the National Weather Service to develop plans in the event of such an attack.

Alan Czarnetzki, director STORM, explains that weather patterns greatly affect how vapors of any kind will disperse in the air. 'Since Sept. 11, there's a real strong interest in the kind of information that we provide,' he said. 'Having this kind of information will prove extremely valuable in battling any kind of airborne threat.'

Contact: Alan Czarnetzki, director, STORM, (319) 273-2152

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


UNI professor designs, exhibits anti-war medal

Mary Frisbee Johnson, professor of art, recently designed a sterling silver anti-war medal titled 'Egypt.' The medal was selected for exhibition in the June Crafts National 38 at the Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University. As part of the Anti-War Medal Exhibition, her medal also was exhibited at the Electrum Gallery in London in May.


Mary Frisbee Johnson, professor of art, (319) 273-2077

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



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- During the recent Iowa Electrathon, sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa, nine participants received the Founders' Award. Winners must demonstrate creativity, leadership abilities and the ability to motivate others.

The winners are Jerimiah Claremboux of Bayfield, Wis.; Molly Moore and Josh Smith, both of Cedar Rapids; James Shubert of Elkhorn, Neb.; Bryan Hokinson of Manson; Luke Martz of Muscatine; Randy Huling of Mason City; Kenton Howie of Pomeroy-Palmer; and Mike Adams of St.Ansgar.

Each received a plaque and 100 points towards the Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon Championship Series. The championship is a series of five races all over Iowa.

The Iowa Electrathon is a statewide program for high school and college students to learn about alternative energy sources through the designing and building of electrical cars. For more information visit


June 3, 2004 - 7:00pm


The University of Northern Iowa is one of four public universities selected to participate in a pilot project to strengthen engagement with their communities. The other three institutions are California State University, Fresno; Northern Kentucky University; and the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. The institutions were selected on the basis of readiness, commitment (human and financial), and potential to serve as a model for peer institutions.

The project, called Making Place Matter, calls for each university, along with regional and state stakeholders, to identify stewardship opportunities and barriers and address them. Making Place Matters has received $150,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to promote a more integrated approach to engagement with communities, regional stewardship, and advancing policy and programmatic conversations for state college and university leaders through concrete tools and strategies.

Making Place Matter is supported by a partnership between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Alliance for Regional Stewardship.

'UNI has taken an active role participating in activities promoting the welfare of the Cedar Valley and the area it serves,' said Robert Koob, UNI president. 'This award from the Kellogg Foundation and AASCU will help us learn how to be more effective in our efforts.'

The 18-month pilot project will be followed by a two-day meeting to introduce the concept of regional stewardship, and present the tools developed by campuses and their regional and state partners.

AASCU is a higher education association whose membership is comprised of more than 430 public colleges, universities and systems of higher education throughout the United States and its territories.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 to help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.


June 2, 2004 - 7:00pm


The University of Northern Iowa has been cited for its high performance in graduation rates in a national report recently released by the Education Trust, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that works for high academic achievement of all students at all levels.

The report, 'A Matter of Degrees: Improving Graduation Rates in Four-Year Colleges and Universities,' characterizes UNI as a ''competitive' masters-granting public university, educating 11,000 full-time undergraduates with a median ACT score of 22.5, which is the equivalent of about 1045 on the SAT.' When comparing UNI to 42 similar institutions with similar students, UNI's median six-year graduation rate of 67 percent ranked 19 percentage points higher than its peer institutions.

The report also noted that analysis of institutional-level graduation rates shows 'that when it comes to student success, what colleges and universities do matters greatly.'

According to the report, nearly one out of five four-year institutions in America graduate fewer than one-third of their first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen within six years.

UNI President Robert Koob cites UNI's residence halls, faculty and extracurricular and student employment opportunities among those areas that help students form a bond and sense of belonging with the university, important elements in success.


June 1, 2004 - 7:00pm


Four incoming freshmen students in the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa have been awarded CBA scholarships and Career Scholar work awards. They will begin their studies with the 2004 fall semester.

Nathaniel Hanson of Cedar Falls and Scott Jedlicka of Tipton have been awarded $5,000 scholarships, renewable for four years, as well as maximum $3,000 per year Career Scholar work awards, also renewable for a total of four years. For the Career Scholar award, students receive pay while working with CBA administrators or senior departmental faculty on various scholarly projects.

Awarded $2,500 per year renewable scholarships were Jessica Polich of Ames and Alexander Theobald of Stacyville. They also received the $3,000 per year Career Scholar awards.

Ten additional entering students, who competed for the CBA scholarships, received a $130 honorarium. They are: Anne Alesch of Denison, Brittany Anderson of Ainsworth, Justin Crouse of Maxwell, Maggie Harms of Oskaloosa, Rachel Kinney of Onawa, Lisa Kleinwort of Saint Ansgar, Laura Michaelson of Monticello, Jessica Finkenauer of Sherrill, Kyle Rehnstrom of Sioux Rapids and Aaron Saeugling of Dubuque.


May 31, 2004 - 7:00pm


Democracy in Iraq might be a tough sell, says UNI professor

The effort to bring democracy to Iraq has been, at best, a fitful task. But that's about par for the course, according to Phil Mauceri, acting head of the UNI Department of Political Science. Mauceri says there are two debates on attempts to bring democracy to nations operating under other governmental methods. First, he says, is the question of culture. 'There are those who argue that you need a certain culture, one with tolerance, rights for women, and a sense of equality for democracy to take root.' Second, says Mauceri, is the economics debate. 'There is a theory that countries experiencing a higher level of economic advancement, with a large middle class and a basic level of industrialization, are more likely to succeed with democracy.'

Further, Mauceri points out, although other parts of the world -- like Latin America, Eastern Asia and Eastern Europe -- have embraced democracy, Middle-Eastern nations typically have not. 'One of the arguments to explain this phenomenon is that there is no separation between church and state in that part of the world. For democracy to take root, you have to separate religion from politics and that hasn't happened there.'

Mauceri explains, though, that among Muslim nations, Iraq tends to be one of the more secular, which might make it easier for democracy to take hold.


Phil Mauceri, acting head, Department of Political Science, (319) 273-2526,

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


The truth about calcium and weight loss

With all the recent media attention to the possible weight-loss properties of calcium, many people are eagerly adding calcium supplements to their diets. But does it really work? No, says Heidi Oberrieder, registered dietician with the University of Northern Iowa's Youth Fitness and Obesity Institute.

'The reality is this: people on a calorie-controlled diet who drank three-four servings of dairy lost weight faster,' Oberrieder says. 'However, those taking a calcium supplement did not see the same weight loss, so it must be something more than the calcium in dairy foods.'

June is National Dairy Month, and the National Dairy Council is launching a campaign that supports three dairy servings a day. But many kids need more, according to Oberrieder. 'Nine- to 18-year-olds should have four dairy servings a day.'


Heidi Oberrieder, Registered Dietician, Youth Fitness and Obesity Institute, 319-266-0759,

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


NutriActive camp to teach first- and second-graders about healthy lifestyles

A two-week day-camp, designed to give first- and second-graders a taste of an active and nutritionally sound lifestyle through fun, hands-on activities, will be offered this month by the Youth Fitness and Obesity Institute at the University of Northern Iowa. The NutriActive Healthy Lifestyle Camp will teach participants about body parts and their relation to health; snacking, including both selection and the making of them; varieties of physical activities for growth enhancement, proper nutrition; eating etiquette; and safe behavior.

'Easily accessible high-caloric food items and lack of adequate specialized activities have put every child at risk of gaining unwanted weight,' says Iradge Ahrabi-Fard, UNI professor of physical education and camp director. 'The best prevention is influencing children's behavior at an early age.'

Ahrabi-Fard stresses that the camp is not a treatment camp for already obese children. Children's body mass index (BMI) will be measured and only those under or around 95 percent BMI will be accepted. Camp sessions are Monday through Friday, June 7-18 and June 21-July 2.


Iradge Ahrabi-Fard, professor of physical education, (319) 273-2840;

(319) 290-0304;

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



Theatre UNI will present, 'Two Rooms,' a political drama, June 10-13 at the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

The production tells the story of an American taken hostage in Beirut, and his wife's agonizing battle with governments and media to secure his release. 'It's an intense emotional drama that remains as disturbing today as when it was written 16 years ago,' said Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, director of marketing for Theatre UNI.

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lee Blessing, 'Two Rooms' was named 'Time' magazine's 'Best Play of the Year' in 1993.

The production will be directed by Richard Glockner, associate professor of theatre. Featured actors will be Michael D. Frieden, a senior teacher education major from Muscatine; Melisa Wallace, a sophomore acting major from Spencer; Ben Powell, a graduate student in communication studies from Virginia Beach, Va.; and Megan Schumacher, a graduate student in theatre from Dubuque. Costumer and scenic designers are Amy S. RohrBerg, associate professor of theatre; and Mark A. Parrott, an instructor in theatre.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 10-13, and 2 p.m. on June 13. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students.


May 28, 2004 - 7:00pm


Bob Byrnes, director of the University of Northern Iowa Men's Varsity Glee Club, carillonneur and administrative assistant in the School of Music, died Friday, May 28, at Sartori Hospital. He was 54.

Earlier in the week, Byrnes suffered a major stroke in his home. According to John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music, Byrnes had been on vacation and was home alone when the stroke occurred. 'He'd missed a Glee Club board meeting, so an alum went to Bob's home, looking for him. Fortunately, the alum was able to see Bob on the floor from an exterior window. He had apparently been there for multiple days.'

Byrnes was the university carillonneur since 1972, director of the Glee Club since 1974, and administrative assistant for the School of Music since 1979. He received his bachelor of arts and master's degrees from UNI. Byrnes performed carillon recitals across the country, and traveled with the Glee Club to Europe every other year. He was a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America board of directors, serving as treasurer for five years. A number of his compositions have been published by American Carillon Music Editions and have been performed around the world.

'Bob Byrnes was a musician of driving passion and determination,' said Vallentine, who noted the Glee Club Christmas shows traditionally sell out weeks before the performances, and the group is recognized internationally. 'It was fitting that Bob Byrnes took his last breath as more than 40 current and alumni members of the Glee Club sang the last note of a tribute to Bob at the hospital.'

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 31, at Dahl-VanHove-Schoof Funeral Home, 1825 W. 12th St. The Glee Club will follow the visitation with a 9 p.m. candlelight memorial service at the UNI Campanile. The public may attend. A memorial service will begin at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 1, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 650 Stephan Ave., Waterloo.

Memorials should be directed to the Les Hale Endowment Fund, 'Ensuring the Glee Club's Future,' at the UNI Foundation, UNI, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0282.


May 27, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently awarded Purple & Gold Community Life Scholarships to out-of-state transfer students, incoming out-of-state freshmen, and undergraduate international students.

To be eligible, out-of-state freshmen must have completed a college preparatory curriculum in high school, be admitted to the university, and have at least an average ACT composite score of 23. Out-of-state transfer students must fulfill UNI transfer admission requirements, while undergraduate international students must complete a college preparatory curriculum in high school, have a minimum

B-average in academic work, and score 550 or above on the TOEFL exam. Students whose parents or grandparents graduated from UNI were awarded an additional $1,000 Legacy Scholarship.

All scholarships are worth $4,000 for students living on campus, and $2,000 for those living off campus.

(NAME) of (TOWN) received a Purple & Gold Community Life Scholarship.




VENTURA Gretchen Kealy




LOVELAND Troy Lussenhop


BOISE Megan Radel


ANTIOCH Katherine Fries


Amanda Gresens

ARTHUR Stacy McMullen

CAROL STREAM Kendra Salvers

CHICAGO Jessica Fraghia

Laneishia Tate


COLONA Ryan Brenny

CRYSTAL LAKE Sheryl Boeckmann

Kathleen Watts

DOWNERS GROVE Alison Webeler


ELMHURST Lawrence Raineri

Meghan Selke

FRANKFORT Joshua Hjort

FREEPORT Sara Honchar

FULTON Bo Sikkema

GENESEO Ryan Anderson*

HIGHLAND PARK Katherine Daum

MACOMB Michael Veale

MOLINE Kelsey Hanna

NAPERVILLE Melissa Newhard

NORTHBROOK Kristin Strong

PARK FOREST Victoria Price

PEKIN Cassandra Golden

ROCK FALLS Jacob Frederick

ROCK ISLAND Kimberly Askeland

Joanna Buchmeyer

Dail Rice

ROCKFORD Melissa Lind

STREAMWOOD Sabrina Larocco

STAMFORD Andrew Behrens



TOLEDO Alia Lowen


KANSAS CITY Randolph Rogers

OLATHE Clarence Richardson III


TOPEKA Sarah McQuere

Philip Sanders


WESTMINSTER Christopher Luette


NOVI Kathryn Lenoir


ADAMS Shannon Halbach

ALTURA Whitney Behrens

BURNSVILLE Matthew Winfield*


CROSSLAKE Kimberly Larson

EAGAN Christopher Ollwerther

Justin Olson

GLENCOE Stephanie Grant*


HOPKINS Caleb Thorn

LA CRESCENT Curtis Devetter

LINO LAKES Sanielle Sandahl

LORETTO Sara Kohagen


Kimberly Carter

Andrew Herman

Kali James

Sean Sullivan*


MOORHEAD Andrew Shaw

ROCHESTER Ashley Hartman

ST. PAUL Danielle Dufault

Alexander Kermes

SAVAGE Daniel Stroh

WASECA Kelley Haves




COLUMBIA Michaela Moore

Emily Stoll

WILLARD Joshua Shank



LINCOLN Emmaly Stelk*

OMAHA Adam Banark


LAS VEGAS Dairus Barnes


FARGO Sarah Bromley*

NEW ROCKFORD Benjamin Allmaras


ABERDEEN Emily Margolies


SIOUX FALLS Teya Norfolk


BRENTWOOD Lindsay Thompson*


MCALLEN Erin Bowers*


WILMINGTON Katherine Halbur


DU PONT Marion Debarge


BARABOO Zachary Taylor

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May 25, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Lawrence J. Eilers, University of Northern Iowa professor of biology from 1968-1989, was honored posthumously by having a plant species named after him. Eilers died in 2001.

Thomas G. Lammers, assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Microbiology and curator of the Herbarium at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and Michael Dillon, a curator at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, named a flowering plant, found near Cuzco, Peru, in 2000, for Eilers. Both were graduate students of Eilers; Lammers received his M.A. degree from UNI in 1981 and Dillon received his in 1972.

Once Lammers had verified that the plant represented a new species, he and Dillon decided to name it Centropogon eilersii in honor of Eilers. 'Having a species named after you is very nearly the only sort of long-term honor we can bestow in traditional botany,' noted Lammers. 'It really is a sort of immortality.'

The first step in determining that a species is indeed new is to ascertain that nothing matching the unknown specimen has ever before been described and named. Once this has been established, certain information about the new species must be provided and published in a scientific journal. The description and naming, including an illustration, appeared in Novon, a journal for botanical nomenclature published by the Missouri Botanical Garden, in the July 8, 2002, issue (vol. 12, p. 219).

Lammers brought Dillon into the process because he is a widely regarded expert on Peruvian flora. 'I knew Mike felt very strongly about Larry's impact on his life and would like to join me in extending this honor to Larry's memory,' Lammers explained.

'Larry had a major impact on our careers and on the lives of many students,' Lammers continued. 'I would not be a college professor and professional botanist today if it was not for Larry's inspiration and encouragement.'

Lammers is well known as a specialist in the plant family Campanulaceae. Many botanical collectors and institutions routinely send him puzzling specimens of this family that they have collected. The specimen upon which he and Dillon based Centropogon eilersii was among a batch sent to him for identification by the New York Botanical Garden. A large shrubby plant, Centropogon eilersii has leaves a foot long and pale yellow tubular flowers nearly four inches long on stalks up to 10 inches long.

May 24, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An extra 2,000 seats have been opened for the Friday, Aug. 6 Kenny Chesney concert at the UNI-Dome. Available now are 18,500 seats.

Heather Tousignant, director of UNI-Dome operations/athletic facilities, said high demand and the fact that the Dome will be Chesney's only Iowa stop on the tour necessitated the release of the extra seats.

Chesney, winner of the 2003 Country Music Television (CMT) Video of the Year award, also has been nominated for three Academy of Country Music Awards: Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, and Song of the Year. The awards show airs Wednesday, May 26, on CBS.

Chesney's latest album 'When the Sun Goes Down,' has spawned a No. 1 single, 'There Goes My Life.' This record follows up his 2000 platinum, 'Kenny Chesney Greatest Hits' CD, which featured 13 of his previous top 10 singles, six of which reached No. 1. He sold more than 1.3 million tickets on last year's 'Margarita and Senorita Tour.' 'Young,' the CMT Video of the Year, was also nominated for three CMA awards and four Academy of Country Music awards.

Opening for Chesney will be Lava recording artist, Uncle Kracker, who blends down-home soul, hip-hop and hard driving rock 'n roll. Chesney and Kracker have released a duet, 'When the Sun Goes Down,' now sitting at No. 6 on the CMT top twenty video countdown. The song has been on the Billboard country music singles chart for 17 weeks, peaking at No. 1.

Tickets for the 'Guitars, Tiki Bars and A Whole Lotta Love' are on sale now. Tickets are $47.50 and $34.50 plus applicable service charges and facility fees. They are available at the UNI-Dome (NW) Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster centers, or may be charged by phone at (319) 363-1888 or online at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new class of Presidential Scholars will begin its studies on the University of Northern Iowa campus this fall.

____(Name)____ of ___(Address / Hometown)___ is among the 15 students to receive the four-year, full-ride scholarships. They are funded through the Office of the President at UNI. The awards, which provide free tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees for health, health facility, building, student services and computer are valued at $10,660 for Iowa residents and $17,978 for out-of-state students for the 2004-2005 academic year. The students must maintain the academic excellence for which the awards have been granted.

The select group will take part in scholars-only seminars, be eligible for special travel/study opportunities and receive extensive individual advising. All will be required to complete a senior thesis or project.

UNI President Robert Koob said, 'The University of Northern Iowa's Presidential Scholars program accords to students of exceptional academic performance the same recognition and financial aid benefits that universities have long accorded to students of exceptional athletic ability. The program represents a deep commitment to academic excellence at the university.'

Students who are in the top 10 percent of their high school class and who scored a 29 or higher on the ACT test are eligible to apply. Those in classes consisting of fewer than 50 people must be one of the top five in their class. Those interested in being considered for this award in the fall of 2005 need to be sure their applications are received no later than Dec. 15, 2004.


AMES Ashley Wilson, 1922 Polk Dr.

CARROLL Neal Molitor, 1839 Crestview Dr.

CEDAR FALLS Katherine Corker, 1041 Barrington Dr.

Rachel Price, 627 Hearthside Dr.

CEDAR RAPIDS Sarah McConnell, 4016 Richmond Rd. N.E.

CLINTON Emily Eisenman, 1303 12th Ave. N.

JEFFERSON Darcy Lane, 1513 Hawthorne Lane

MARION Jessica Hellman, 2100 Winslow Ct.

MIDDLE AMANA Grant Rozeboom, 712 27th Ave.

PLEASANTVILLE Mark Turnage, 301 N. Jefferson St.

SANBORN Justin Bohnet, 509 E. 7th St.

WATERLOO Fedor Korsakov, 506 Hillcrest Rd.

WAVERLY Michael Busch, 407 29th Ave. S.W.

WINTHROP Jenna Cherry, 135 W. Hamilton St.


BANGALORE, INDIA Rakshith Varadaraju, 46/44 1st Main Rd, Lower Palace Orchards


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twenty Provost Scholars, each receiving a one-year tuition and fee scholarship, renewable for four years, have been named as part of the Presidential Scholars program at the University of Northern Iowa. The scholars will begin their studies this fall.

__(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__, is among the students receiving Provost awards.

The awardees receive stipends that cover UNI tuition and mandatory health, health facility, building, student activities and computer fees. They are valued at $5,387 for Iowa residents and $12,705 for out-of-state students for the 2004-2005 academic year. The scholarships will be adjusted to cover any rise in tuition and fees.

To be eligible for the awards, students have to score at least a 29 on the American College Testing (ACT) exam and be in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. Students in classes with fewer than 50 students must be one of the top five in their classes.

Those interested in being considered for these awards in the fall of 2005 need to be sure their applications are received no later than Dec. 15, 2004.


CEDAR FALLS Matthew Rittgers, 30757 120th St.

ELDORA Briana Ritter, 1010 12th St.

LAKE CITY Ian Rich, 103 Horseshoe Dr.

LINCOLN Emily Cormaney, 205 High St.

MARSHALLTOWN Nicole Anders, 1806 Edgebrook Dr.

MASON CITY Sarah Brandt, 716 S. Monroe Ct.

Sara Van Hemert, 115 S. Kentucky Ave.

MILFORD Amity Wickman, 72 Westview Dr.

MUSCATINE Anne Brooker, 2813 Patrick Ln.

OSKALOOSA Maggie Harms, 2313 Ridgeway Ave.

OTTUMWA Erin Conrad, 17325 Eddyville

PALO Brett Schultz, 3088 Linn-Benton Rd.

PELLA Whitney Metcalf, 510 W. First St.

PLANO Linsey Lain, 18200 Highway S70

SUMNER Meredith Schaffner, 210 W. 5th St.

TIPTON Daniel Pelzer, 1531 240th St.

WEST BEND David Wirtz, 4561 545th Ave.

WHAT CHEER Mari Nilles, 18281 Highway 21


ARTHUR, ILL. Stacy McMullen, 225 Taylor Ln.

GLENCOE, MINN. Stephanie Grant, 315 Interwood Dr.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Chemisty recently hosted its 32nd annual spring awards and honors banquet for chemistry majors.



BELLEVUE Kevin Roeder/sophomore/McGrew Chemistry Faculty Scholarship ($500)

CEDAR RAPIDS Dane Jacobson/sophomore/C.W. Lantz Scholarship ($1,200)

CLIVE Travis Witte/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

DAVENPORT Jaime Pearsall/senior/Robert W. Getchell Memorial Scholarship ($500)

DUBUQUE Kristin Klein/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

DYERSVILLE Timothy Schramm/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll, Chemistry Scholarship & Service Award ($100)

FORT DODGE Marshall Stuart/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

GALVA Brad Fritz/senior/Outstanding Inorganic Chemistry Student, 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

INDEPENDENCE Margaret Hoeger/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

IOWA CITY Leah Goepferd/senior/Chemistry Scholarship & Service Award ($100)

Jonathan Humston/freshman/CRC Freshman Chemistry Award (Chem Handbook)

Matthew Keller/sophomore/ACS Polymer Chemistry Division Award in Organic Chemistry 2000, Outstanding Organic Chemistry Student ($100)

JANESVILLE Heather Jensen/senior/ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry, (1 yr membership in the American Chemical Society) 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

MT. PLEASANT Jessica Ball/junior/C.W. Lantz Scholarship ($1200), and Outstanding Physical Chemistry Student

ROLFE Mitchell Marine/senior/Wanda & Carl Wehner Chemistry Teaching Scholarship, ($1,000) 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

SULLY Sherrie Elzey/senior/Hypercube Scholar, (Gifts worth $700) Louis Begeman Memorial Scholarship, ($1,000) 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

TIPTON Nolan Mente/senior/Purple & Old Gold Award, 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll, Outstanding Inorganic Chemistry Student

VINTON Kathleen McKenna/junior/Louis Begeman Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

WEST DES MOINES Laura Robinson/senior/American Institute of Chemists Award, (1 year membership) 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll

WILTON Carolyn Carter/senior/Outstanding Chemistry Teacher Award (Subscription to Journal of Chemical Education, and 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll


St. Charles, ILL. Erin Powell/junior/Louis Begeman Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

May 20, 2004 - 7:00pm


The Day After Tomorrow,' a movie scheduled to be released May 28, will show viewers the catastrophic results of global warming: multiple tornadoes, earthquakes that demolish entire cities, and floods that engulf skyscrapers. It's a fictional account, of course, but Alan Czarnetzki, director of UNI's Science center for Teaching, Outreach and Research on Meteorology (STORM), says it could happen.

'Maybe not as quickly as it will happen in the movie, but it's possible.' Czarnetzki said there is a theory among scientists that gradual warming of the earth could lead to a sudden change in the oceans' circulation. In the Gulf Stream, which transports warm water to areas around England, there would no longer be a need for heat transport to the Pole. The North Atlantic would cool, allowing the ice sheets to advance south. This would result in a cold-air surge farther south. 'And that would cause a very dramatic shift in weather patterns: cooling in Northern Europe and the northeast parts of North America could see arctic outbreaks.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently received a $226,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for specialized nanoscience and nanotechnology equipment.

The grant allows UNI to take the first step toward a program in nanoscience and nanotechnology by offering two new courses to chemistry and physics majors. Coordinating the courses are Duane Bartak, professor and former head, Department of Chemistry, and Clifton Chancey, professor and head, Department of Physics.

The two courses, Introduction to Nanoscience & Nanotechnology and Intermediate Nanoscience & Nanotechnolgy, will be jointly taught by physics and chemistry faculty. They will form the core of a future minor in nanoscience and possibly a Bachelor's of Science in nanoscience.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the science and technology of manipulating atoms and molecules to produce machines on the scale of human cells. Understanding atoms and groups of atoms is the beginning of understanding the physical world at a very basic but profound level.

'Chemists know a lot about atoms and physicists understand a lot about atomic forces -- nanoscience and nanotechnology join these knowledge areas together to study atomic-scale devices and machines,' says Chancey. 'The goal is to understand the atomic-scale and molecular-scale worlds so we can build with atoms at the atomic scale with the same ease as we use bricks to build houses.'

'The nano revolution will have as great an effect during the next 50 years as the micro revolution had during the last 50 years, with advances in medical technology, communications, power systems, materials, medical drugs, etc.,' says Bartek. 'The national and international economies are already gearing up to use new nano knowledge, but it is a relatively rare program to find at the undergraduate level. Offering UNI students the chance for hands-on equipment use in these classes may interest some of them in nano-related careers. That will be important for Iowa and the nation in the future.'

The equipment provided by the Carver grant includes: a scanning probe microscope capable of atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy, a high-pressure mini-reactor, surface area and porosity measuring equipment, thermal analysis equipment and magnetometric equipment.

The UNI chemistry department consistently graduates more chemistry majors than any other university or college in Iowa. The physics department currently has 63 majors -- double the number five years ago.

The Carver Charitable Trust is the largest private foundation in the state of Iowa. It was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist who died in 1981. The Carver Trust has awarded $4.8 million to support educational projects and research at UNI.

May 19, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'A-lumina: Metalworks by Louise Rauh and Karen Brown,' from Monday, June 7 through Friday, July 2. The opening reception will take place in the Kamerick Art Building lobby at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 8. The exhibition is an examination of contemporary art approaches to aluminum, which was curated by UNI Gallery of Art director Darrell Taylor.

Louise Rauh received her M.F.A. in metalsmithing and jewelry from the University of Iowa, and from 1997 to 2002, she was the owner of Studiolo, a fine art and craft gallery in Iowa City. Last year, Rauh participated in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Exhibition and the Smithsonian Craft Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Karen Brown is a Philadelphia-based sculptor whose works have been exhibited in Oregon, Florida, Maryland, and New Jersey, as well as Germany. Brown is the founder and organizer of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, which operates in association with the Philadelphia Office of Arts and Culture.

Rauh will present etched, hammered, and ink-dyed aluminum bowls. Brown will present sculptures made of anodized aluminum, raku-fired ceramics and holographic images. The remaining exhibition space will be devoted to two-dimensional works from the UNI Permanent Art Collection.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit

May 18, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Roland Carrillo has been named executive director of enrollment management at the University of Northern Iowa. The appointment became effective May 17.

In this position, Carrillo is responsible for the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid.

He said planned initiatives include addressing the affordability of UNI despite recent necessary increases in tuition.

'UNI remains one of the best values in the Midwest -- if not the country --and it will be important for Iowans to get that message loud and clear,' he noted. 'Admissions and financial aid have worked well in the past and the new structure of the two departments should result in better service for both prospective and continuing students at UNI.'

Carrillo came to UNI in 1987, as director of the Office of Financial Aid. Previously he was director of financial ad at San Antonio College. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Mary's University, San Antonio; and a master's in higher education from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

He and his wife Rita reside in Cedar Falls. Carrillo has four children.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- KUNI-FM, the University of Northern Iowa's public radio station, was recently honored with a number of awards by four professional organizations.

The KUNI news staff won an Edward R. Murrow Award in regional competition for 'Continuing Coverage of the Iowa Caucus Campaign' from the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). KUNI is the only Iowa radio station that won in the Region 5 division that includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Regional winners automatically qualify for the national competition, whose winners will be announced in June.

Established by RTNDA in 1971, Murrow award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

KUNI news staff members are Greg Shanley, news director; Jeneane Beck, Des Moines bureau chief; and Pat Blank, senior news producer.

At the Associated Press (AP) awards ceremony, the news staff won first place for coverage of the Iowa caucus. Blank also took first place for two feature reports, 'Pre-Op Party' and 'Dutch Farmers,' and she placed third in public affairs and general reporting.

Beck received a second-place award in general reporting for 'Underdogs Score.' Shanley placed second in farm and agribusiness reporting for 'Buy Fresh, Buy Local,' third in documentary for 'Rural Affairs Presidential Forum,' and received honorable mention for 'War-Roundtable Discussion' in public affairs reporting.

KUNI swept the Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) awards, taking home 11 awards, more than any other station entered in the contest.

Blank won first place in radio feature for 'Kid's Preï¾–Op Party,' and third place in several categories: spot news coverage for 'Cedar Falls Fire'; public affairs for 'Surprise Guest'; farm and agribusiness for 'Dutch Farmers'; and general reporting for 'Mississippi Museum.'

Beck took first place in both use of actuality for her reporting on 'Roadwork,' and in general reporting for 'Underdogs Score,' and second in political coverage, with Shanley, for reporting on the

'Rural Farm Presidential Forum.'

Shanley placed first in both public affairs for 'Round Table Discussion' and in farm and agribusiness for 'Buy Fresh, Buy Local,' and third in in-depth/series for 'Administrator Crisis.'

KUNI placed third for 'Overall Excellence' at the convention.

At the Northwest Broadcast Association Awards, held in Minneapolis earlier this spring, KUNI News won a first-place award in the general reporting category for Beck's 'Underdogs Score.'

KUNI, a broadcast service of UNI, can be heard in most of Eastern Iowa at 90.9 FM, Des Moines at 101.7 FM, Dubuque at 98.7 FM and the Quad Cities at 94.5 and 102.1 FM. KUNI is also heard in North Iowa at 91.5 FM (KUNY) and 1010 AM (KRNI).

May 17, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Several cadets in the University of Northern Iowa's Army ROTC program competed in the annual Ranger 'Buddy' Challenge in Lawrence, Kansas. A total of 28 schools and 133 teams competed.

The competition consisted of six events: a 10K run in battle dress uniform; a 30-foot-wall climb; weapons disassembly and assembly; grenade assault course; and a 1,000-meter, 100-pound litter carry.

UNI took five teams. Team One, Erick Eggers of Marshalltown and Tyson Trunkhill of Waterloo, finished 10th overall. They also finished fifth in the 10k, third in the litter carry, 14th in the wall climb, and 23rd in the grenade assault.

Team Three, Kyle Godfrey of Cedar Rapids and Jeff Ritter of Waterloo, finished 24th in the litter carry and 41st overall.

Team Five, Stacey Lyon on Danville, Va., and Tony Stumbo of Postville, finished second in the co-ed category. They were fifth in the grenade assault.

Team Two, Ben Seibert of Waukon and John Zaruba of Cedar Rapids, finished 60th overall. Team Four, Eric Pehler of Donahue and Mark McBride of Clive, finished 118th overall.

May 13, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently hosted its annual Grace Ann Hovet Student Leadership Awards ceremony, recognizing several students and student organizations for outstanding leadership.

Denielle DeLoe, a public relations major from Eldridge, received the award for Outstanding New Member in a Student Organization. Jessica Finnerty, an anthropology major from Urbandale, received the Organization Member of the Year Award.

PRide, a student-run public relations firm, was recognized for excellence in leadership development. The university's Student Alumni Ambassadors received an award for outstanding service to the UNI community; and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity was chosen Student Organization of the Year.

Sylvia Baker, an East St. Louis, Ill., native majoring in biological sciences, was named Student Organization Officer of the Year. Gordon Mack, who retired this year from the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, was chosen student Organization Adviser of the Year. The Hispanic Latino Student Union received the award for Excellence in Diversity Programming.

The $1,000 Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership went to Katherine McKenna, a Vinton native majoring in biology and chemistry. Sue Follon served as vice president for educational & student services from 1985 until her death in 1998. She was the first woman to be named a vice president at UNI.

Grace Ann Hovet, retired as a professor of English in 1999. She was instrumental in the development of the Leadership Studies program at UNI.

May 12, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Former long-time University of Northern Iowa faculty members, now best-selling authors, Robert Waller and Nancy Price, will participate in discussions of their writing experiences and the movie-making process in each of two Elderhostel sessions on the UNI campus, May 16-21 and 23-28.

'Authors: From Books to Movies' will feature discussions of Price's 'Sleeping With the Enemy' and Waller's 'Bridges of Madison County,' led by Barbara Lounsberry, UNI professor of English. Price will share some of the creative insights related to the book and her role in getting it turned into a screenplay and then, a movie. She also will talk about the writing process and introduce her new book, 'No One Knows,' a World War II era book, set in Cedar Falls. Its publication date is June 6, 2004, the 60th anniversary of D-Day.

Following a viewing of the movie 'Sleeping With the Enemy,' Grant Tracey, UNI associate professor of English, will lead a discussion, and participants will take a field trip to visit several of the locations described in both of Price's books.

While Waller's schedule does not allow him to attend in person, he will spend some time with participants via the telephone sharing a bit about the book and the movie 'Bridges of Madison County.' Tracey's follow-up session also will provide an overview of the art of film making.

After viewing and discussing 'The Bridges of Madison County,' attendees will board a bus to Madison County for a first-hand look at the bridges and other locations used in the movie.

Concluding each week, Lounsberry will present information about other literary works related to Iowa. She has edited three mystery novels written by Iowa authors and has done extensive research and presentations on the Nancy Drew series of mysteries. A long-time friend and former colleague of Price, she also has spoken on Waller and 'The Bridges of Madison County' at national conferences. Her areas of specialty are literary nonfiction, drama and 20th century American literature.

Tracey will lead an optional writing workshop one evening during each session. He is the fiction editor for the North American Review and coordinator of creative writing at UNI. His areas of specialty are film studies, creative writing and popular culture.

Other evening activities will include an opportunity to visit the University Museum, take a walking tour of the public art on the UNI campus, or, on May 19th only, attend a performance of 'The Foreigner' at the Waterloo Community Playhouse.

'The field trips throughout the week will allow participants to better understand the choice of rural Iowa as the setting for these acclaimed novels and popular movies,' said Duane McDonald, director of conference and event services at UNI, and Elderhostel coordinator.

Participants will be housed in ROTH -- UNI's Residence on the Hill. Sessions will take place in the Commons Dining Room or the ROTH classroom. For more information on the workshops, contact McDonald at (319) 273-6899. To register, visit


The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 18 and 19. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at

1. Register of capital improvement business transactions


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

2. Tenant property rentals


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

3. University calendar holidays


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

4. Annual report on faculty activities

Key points in the report:

- More than three quarters of all classes are taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty.

- In keeping with UNI's emphasis on what we have long called 'Great Teaching,' less than 1 percent of our classes are taught by graduate assistants.


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

5. Allocation of fees

This is an annual report. The Student Activity Fee Committee is headed by our student body president, and the recommendations receive a good deal of scrutiny by students leaders.


Renee Romano, vice president for Educational & Student Services, (319) 273-2331

6. Unit cost of instruction


Thulasi Kumar, director of Information Management & Analysis, (319) 273-3567

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2256


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa electronic media program won a record 11 awards at the Iowa Broadcast News Association convention on May 1 in Ames.

Eric Braley, a graduate student in communication studies from Cedar Falls, won first place awards in TV Feature, TV In-Depth/Series and TV Sports Play-by-Play. He also won third place for Best TV Sportscast. Braley won his awards through reporting for 'Cedar Falls City News' and Cedar Falls High School basketball.

Nicole Agee, a senior electronic media major from Ottumwa, received the IBNA Dick Petrick Outstanding Student Award. The award is given annually to an Iowa college student whose work shows outstanding potential for a career in broadcast journalism. Agee also won first place in TV Public Affairs Reporting and second in TV In-Depth/Series for her reporting for 'Cedar Falls City News.'

Senior electronic media majors Adam Casper of Kalona and Mark Janssen of Cedar Falls took first place in Farm and Agribusiness reporting for a news report featured on the 'Northern Iowa Report,' a weekly cable news production of UNI's Department of Communication Studies' electronic media program.

Megan Strader, a senior electronic media major from Guttenburg, won first place in General Reporting for a news package on the 'The Northern Iowa Report.'

'The Northern Iowa Report' won the Overall Excellence Award in Student Television for a compilation of the best student reports from 2003, as well as a third-place finish in the Student TV Best Newscast competition. The program is produced through a video production class taught by Christopher Martin, associate professor in communication studies; and Ken Paschke, communication studies broadcast engineer.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Teachers graduating from the University of Northern Iowa will have an incentive to pursue careers in Iowa, thanks to a gift from Rex and Kathy Eno of Cedar Rapids. The Enos are contributing the majority of their $1 million gift to UNI to establish the Teaching in Iowa Incentive Award Fund, meant to encourage students to take their first teaching position in Iowa.

UNI is nationally known for its excellent teacher-preparation program. Overall, about 25 percent of Iowa's teachers are UNI graduates.

'We are facing a crisis in losing many of our finest teachers to other states at a critical time for Iowa education,' said Rex Eno. 'The quality of education and quality of students found at UNI provide Iowa with graduates who will be tomorrow's leaders -- especially in the field of education. It was important to us to establish a fund that will help encourage our most outstanding teachers to stay here in Iowa. We hope that others will be willing to contribute to this fund in order to keep our good teachers in the state.'

The foundation plans to make awards to two students in summer 2005. As the fund builds, more students will receive awards each year. The UNI College of Education is developing the details of eligibility and selection.

Eno is the retired chairman of Life Investors Insurance Company of America and serves as co-chair of UNI's national 'Students First' campaign. Kathy Eno, a UNI alumna, serves on the advisory board of UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

The university has raised approximately $97 million of the $100 million 'Students First' campaign goal, which supports scholarships, academic program support and facilities. For more information on the 'Students First' campaign, contact the UNI Foundation at (319) 273-6078 or visit

May 11, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) has announced winners of its 2004 Iowa Energy Poster Contest. The winners will each receive a $100 savings bond, and will be honored during a ceremony from1 to 3 p.m., on Tuesday, May 18, at the Des Moines State Capitol.

Judges from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Energy Center chose winners from more than 500 entries.

The first-grade winners are Ryan Fransen, Hansen Elementary School, Cedar Falls; and Kaitlyn Fogarty, St. Peter & Paul Catholic School, West Bend. The second-grade winners are Zoe Marie Schneider, Prairie Valley Elementary School, Callender; and Grant Jeffrey Heineman, Howe Elementary School, Ogden.

The third-grade winners are Nolan Emmett Mitchell, Butler Elementary School, Fort Dodge; and Maddie Mix, Lincoln Elementary School, Cedar Falls. The fourth-grade winners are Brittany Hillman, Madison Elementary School, Muscatine; and Katie Johnson, Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School, Spencer.

The fifth grade winners are Danielle Brunson, Colorado School, Muscatine; and Kelli Van Acker, Mulberry School, Muscatine. The sixth-grade winners are Scott Skophammer and Matthew Mitchell, both of Fair Oaks Middle School, Fort Dodge.

The winning posters will be mounted and placed in the CEEE's Traveling Art Gallery, available for two-week display at schools, museums and businesses.

For more information , visit or contact Holly Kagy, (319) 273-3850.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education will host the Iowa Junior Solar Sprint Saturday, May 15, at the center. The event, which allows sixth- through eighth-grade students to race their individually designed solar-powered model cars, begins at 10 a.m.

Students will compete in two categories: standard and cargo. The cargo division requires cars to have a cargo area large enough to hold a deck of playing cars or a soda can. Awards will go to those with the fastest vehicles. Additionally, the Cedar Falls Sertoma Club will award prizes for best patriotic performer and most patriotic.

The U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) created the Solar Sprint program in 1990 to inspire students to learn about renewable energy technologies, engineering and science. For more information, contact Jon Lamb, race director, at (319) 273-3850 or

Event sponsors are the Iowa Energy Center and Mid-American Energy.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The final two sessions in a series of 10 courses designed to enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit human service agencies and other related organizations, will be presented by the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University, in June.

'Marketing: It's How You Think, Not What You Spend' will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday, June 8 and 9, and 'Working Together for Results: A Review of Best Practices, Research, Trends and Case Studies,' will be presented Thursday and Friday, June 17 and 18. Both workshops will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day at the UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE).

The marketing session will feature Gerald Anglum, UNI assistant vice president for university marketing & public relations. He will discuss good marketing as an attitude and participants will learn about outcomes, relationship marketing, setting up expectations and ways to communicate more effectively, among other topics.

UNI President Robert Koob and Stacy Van Gorp, project director for Opportunity Works in UNI's Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services, will lead the final session on working together. Discussion will include factors that make collaboration successful, as well as common pitfalls; getting people involved; internal organization; and when and how to work together to get results.

The registration fee is $50 per course, with a deadline of five working days prior to the first class meeting for each course. Payment is due at the time of registration.

For registration information, contact the ISU Extension office at (319) 234-6811, the UNI Office of Conference and Event Services at (319) 273-6899, or on line at

The Nonprofit Management Academy will be awarding certificates in nonprofit management later this summer to program participants who have completed eight of the 10 workshops. Completion certificates will be granted jointly by UNI and ISU.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education will host its annual Electrathon races from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 22, at the Marshalltown International Raceway.

The Electrathon is a program for high school and college students who design and build one-person electric racecars. The race is an endurance competition in which the car completing the most laps in one hour wins. Participating in the Marshalltown race are Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Pomeroy-Palmer, St. Ansgar, Riceville, Waukee and Muscatine high schools.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by inspection of each car at 8:30 a.m. Cars will begin testing their braking and maneuverability skills at 9 a.m. The first heat takes off at 12:30 p.m., and the second at 2:30 p.m. Winners will be presented awards at 4 p.m.

Alliant Energy and Iowa Energy Center sponsor this event to demonstrate the viability of electric vehicles.

For more information about the Iowa Electrathon and upcoming races, contact John Paar, Electrathon race director, at (319) 273-3850 or

May 10, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eleven University of Northern Iowa students took a tour of the Windy City this month, in the 29th annual trip sponsored by the Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) education honor society, led by faculty advisor Stephen Fortgang.

The trip to Chicago lasted four days, and included visits to a variety of educational institutions, giving students a taste of big-city culture.

'This trip provides our students with an extremely unique opportunity to see education taking place in environments they ordinarily do not visit,' said Fortgang. 'One constant for the UNI students is to observe or participate in situations in which low-income students are extremely successful learners, which frequently contradicts notions they have when arriving in Chicago. At the same time, they see very strong content-based teaching going on in exciting classrooms. They often come away with raised standards, as well as enthusiasm, optimism and idealism about the profession they are preparing to enter.'

(Student's name), a (year) (major) from (hometown) participated in the KDP Chicago trip.


ALTOONA Shannon DeJoode, junior, elementary education and Spanish

AMES Megan Thomas, senior, elementary education and middle level education/Social Studies

BURLINGTON Katie Broeg, junior, elementary education and early childhood education/literacy

CEDAR FALLS Marcie Vick, junior, special education and early childhood education

CEDAR RAPIDS Daniel DeVore, senior, social science

DANVILLE Courtney Ita, junior, earth science

NASHUA Libbie Willert, senior, elementary education and early childhood education

NEWHALL Jennifer Anderson, senior, elementary education and Spanish

NEW HARTFORD Lyndsi Oster, junior, elementary education/literacy

OSAGE Kristin Northup, junior, elementary education and library science

SIOUX CITY Jaimie Howard, senior, secondary social science education/psychology and US history/sociology/psychology


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Purple and Old Gold awards, recognizing meritorious scholarship or conspicuous achievement in particular areas, were presented to 61 seniors during the University of Northern Iowa's commencement exercises Saturday, May 8, in the UNI-Dome.

Named after the university colors, the traditional awards were first presented at commencement exercises on May 29, 1939. The awards for meritorious scholarship are presented to students who have the highest grade point average in each of the designated academic areas. Those for conspicuous achievement are granted to students with outstanding accomplishments in particular areas. Each student receives a certificate and a bronze medallion.

Among those receiving Purple and Old Gold awards is/are __(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__. He/She is being honored for __(meritorious scholarship/conspicuous achievement)__ in _(college)__.

Since 1939, more than 1,750 students have been Purple and Old Gold recipients. Awards may be made in 54 academic areas, as well as for conspicuous achievement.


ALGONA Sarah Michelle Menke, music, CHFA

ANKENY **Lynne Michele Breniman, electronic media, CHFA

CEDAR FALLS Valery Jerae Ahrens, special education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)

Robert Paul Drewelow, general studies, CESP

Yelena Abricovna Halstead, TESOL/English, CHFA (Summer 2004 graduate)

Patricia Elena Javellana, athletic training, COE

Angela Annette Pease, art, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)

Brian Bruce Rogers, philosophy and religion, CHFA

Crissa Lee Stephens, modern language-dual, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)

Megan Elizabeth Taylor, political science, CSBS (Fall 2003 graduate)

Angela Leigh Webb, middle level education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)

CEDAR RAPIDS Rebecca Sue Bartlett, communicative disorders, CHFA

Courtney Rene Ridge, psychology, CSBS

Christopher Charles Stark, physics, CNS

CLINTON Austin Jacob Temperley, social science, CSBS

CYLINDER Carissa Sue Gappa, marketing, CBA

DAVIS CITY Kyle Nathaniel Becker, Russian, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)

DAYTON **Danielle Elizabeth Dick, forensics, CHFA

DUBUQUE Matthew John Jaeger, management: information systems, CBA

**Sean Patrick Murphy, art, CHFA

ELDRIDGE **Tara Lynn Martin, performance studies, CHFA

EMERSON Justin Aaron Hossle, theatre arts, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)

FORT DODGE Leah Sue Sieveking, public relations, CHFA

Kai Nobuo Takatsuka, sociology, CSBS

GARWIN Stacy Jane Roberts, business teaching, CBA

HUDSON Rachel Margaret Wieckhorst, earth science, CNS

IOWA CITY **Jill Marie Arganbright, athletics-volleyball, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)

JEFFERSON Jared Andrew Yepsen, management: business administration, CBA (Fall 2003 graduate)

JESUP Jon Noah Steuben, manufacturing technology (B.S.), CNS

GRINNELL Kari Joy Edgington, French, CHFA

IRETON Ryan Gene Koopmans, economics, CBA

KEOKUK Brent Louis Zirkel, geography, CSBS

LECLAIRE Jill Marie Pedretti, biology, CNS

MARSHALLTOWN **Ben Dallas Deike, athletics-football, COE

Mary Cruz Estrada, early childhood education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)

MONTROSE **Jamie Leigh Wolfe, theatre, CHFA

MUSCATINE Amy Lynn Holliday, German, CHFA

OSSIAN Brandi Jo Halverson, American studies, CSBS

Tina Renae Linderbaum, design, family and consumer sciences, CSBS

PANORA Jessica Lynn Blome, communications, CHFA

PERRY Jennifer A. Lischer Haaland, accounting, CBA

RICEVILLE Lori Sue Kirchgatter, anthropology, CSBS

ROLAND Jessica Renae Beck, elementary education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)

SHUEYVILLE Angela Lyn Hagarty, electronic media, CHFA and a conspicuous achievement award for journalism, CHFA

SIOUX CITY Alex Michael Duzik, computer science, CNS

STORY CITY Kari L. Swenson, leisure and human services, COE

SPRINGVILLE Jeffrey Dean Koch, technology education (B.A.), CNS (Fall 2003 graduate)

TIPTON Nolan Ray Mente, chemistry, CNS

TRIPOLI Kevin Patrick Kuker, history, CSBS (Fall 2003 graduate)

URBANA Jared James Birt, physical education, COE

URBANDALE Laura Jean Rhein, Spanish, CHFA

WATERLOO Emily Mae Shoopman, mathematics, CNS (Fall 2003 graduate)

WAVERLY Allison Deutsch, criminology, CSBS

WEBSTER CITY Molly Jeanne McGlynn, social work, CSBS

WEST DES MOINES Lynn Cottrell Hickman, English, CHFA (Fall 2003 graduate)


BELGRADE, MINN. Andrea Beth Weller, TESOL/modern language, CHFA

BROOKINGS, S.D. **Eric John Short, forensics, CHFA

KNOXVILLE, TENN. Amy Marie Reinhold, health promotion and education, COE (Fall 2003 graduate)


GDANSK, POLAND Aleksander Jerzy Abram, finance, CBA (Summer 2004 graduate)

IASI, ROMANIA **Florin Loghin, music, CHFA

May 9, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student, Nicholas Sly, recently received the R. J. McElroy Trust Ph.D. award, a fellowship to support students seeking higher education. Sly, an economics and math double major from West Des Moines, is the fifth UNI student in the history of the fellowship, and the second UNI economics major, to receive the award.

Sly was selected to receive the award, by the Trustees of the R. J. McElroy Trust, from a field of six finalists from colleges and universities in Northeast Iowa. He will receive a stipend of $10,000 a year for three years under the fellowship and will pursue a Ph.D. in economics at the Michigan State University.

The fellowships, established by the McElroy Trustees in 1983, are designed to encourage persons of accomplishment, intelligence, integrity and leadership ability to pursue challenging academic careers. Based upon satisfactory progress toward a Ph.D. degree, the stipend of $10,000 may be renewed for two additional years.

The Trust benefactor, R. J. McElroy was a pioneer broadcaster who started KWWL and the Black Hawk Broadcasting Company in 1947. He died in 1965.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Connie Hansen has been appointed coordinator for student organizations and activities for Maucker Union at the University of Northern Iowa. She will be responsible for working with student organizations, homecoming activities, Greek affairs and leadership opportunities for student groups. Her appointment is effective July 1.

Hansen came to the university in 1989 as an admissions counselor in the Office of Admissions. She was later promoted to student outreach coordinator, then campus visits coordinator/assistant director of orientation. She has been the advisor to the UNI Student Alumni Ambassadors since 1989.

The UNI graduate received her B.A. in elementary education in 1989. She resides in Cedar Falls with her husband, Kevin, and children, Austin and Kelsey.

May 6, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa recently hosted its Annual Senior Design Conference for electrical & information engineering technology, manufacturing technology and construction management students.

'OST Process Redesign,' sponsored by Federal Mogul, was completed by Joshua A. Evans of Waterloo, Stephanie L. Sickels of Marshalltown and Katherine M. Waterman of Waterloo. Their project, completed for Champion Spark Place Co., Burlington, Iowa, studied the testing procedures for spark plug defects. Faculty adviser for the project was Ronald O'Meara, assistant professor of industrial technology.

'UNI Electric Car: 'Panthers EV',' the designing of an Electrathon Car for UNI, was completed by Kristopher M. Floy of Cedar Falls, Timothy L. Schlickman of Dubuque and Dao M. Vo. Faculty adviser for the project was Scott Giese, assistant professor of industrial technology.

Paul Rael of Waterloo and John Burton completed 'John Deere Non-Engine Test: Cell Specific Failure Notification and Safety Shutdown,' sponsored by John Deere Product Engineering Center (PEC). The project included upgrading and improving current test cell monitoring, problem recognition and test cell efficiency for John Deere PEC. Recayi Pecen, assistant professor of industrial technology, was faculty adviser for the project.

'Industrial Technology Department Centennial Brass Medallion,' a project to create the design aspects, preparation of molds, material selection, tooling, and casting of a medallion to commemorate the centennial celebration of the Department of Industrial Technology, was completed by Robby L. Cromer of Vinton, Khristopher J. Kuker of Waterloo and Brett A. Shaffer of Jesup. Faculty adviser for the project was Scott Giese.

Jason Djuren of Mason City and Jerry Bjerke of Waterloo, completed 'Interfacing Weather Station Data to a 'Live' Website by LabViewï¾™ for Iowa Energy Center ï¾– Ankeny.' The project examined one method of obtaining data from the outdoor environment and displaying it on a web server. Sponsors of the project were the Iowa Energy Center and the Energy Resources Station of Ankeny, Iowa. Recayi Pecen was faculty adviser for the project.

'UNI Solar Electric Boat: 'E-Boat',' was completed by Dan Frisch of Waterloo, Matt Brustkern of La Porte City, Eric Schumacher of Cedar Rapids, Jamie Ruth of Parkersburg, Jack Steuben of Jesup and Phil Tentiger of Waterloo. For the past two semesters, the project's goal has been to optimize the electrical, electronics and mechanical design of the UNI E-Boat. This year's team researched and eliminated the downfalls that have hindered teams in the two previous competitions. They will compete in the World Championship of Solar Boating June 16 ï¾– 20 in Buffalo, N.Y. The project will continue to initiate new design ideas in the field of clean boat technologies in Iowa waterways.

Sponsors of the UNI E-Boat project were the Iowa Energy Center, the UNI College of Natural Science (CNS) SOAR grant, Kay's Manufacturing of Janesville, and Reuter's Welding & Repair of Jesup. Faculty advisers for the project were Recayi Pecen and Mohammed Fahmy, professor and head of industrial technology.

'Delta Target Machine,' completed by James W. Bean of Reinbeck, Mitchell McQuillen of Cedar Falls and Brian Zimmer of Vinton, examined the Delta archery target-stuffing machine. The project focused specifically on the material used to fill the target bag and the manual stuffing of the bags that is currently used. The team studied the possibility of designing an automatic machine for the stuffing process of the target bag. Faculty adviser for the project was Scott Giese.

'STARR Wind Power Project at Hickory Hills Park' and 'STARR Hydro Power Project at Hickory Hills Park,' were sponsored by the UNI Foundation (through a private donor) and the Black Hawk County Conservation Board. Recayi Pecen and Mohammed Fahmy were faculty advisers for both projects.

'STARR Wind Power Project at Hickory Hills Park' was completed by John Mackamul of Waverly, Rusty Elson of Waterloo, Billie Johnson of Urbana and Tony Kanne of Cedar Falls. The project included wind data monitoring, design and construction of a new wind turbine to be used in a new hydro-wind hybrid system. The team's goal was to develop a functional hybrid system that generates zero-emission electricity utilizing hydro and wind renewable resources in Hickory Hills Park.

'STARR Hydro Power Project at Hickory Hills Park' was completed by Dennis Craun, Brian Mayfield, Esaie Toingar and Tony Kanne of Cedar Falls and Rusty Elson of Waterloo. The project included the design and development of a hydro turbine to generate zero-emission electricity used in a new Hydro-Wind Hybrid system in Hickory Hills Park.

'Autonomously Guided Vehicle (AGV),' sponsored by the UNI College of Natural Science (CNS) SOAR grants, was completed by Cory Heisterkamp of Cedar Falls and Matt Starr of Tipton. The project examined the feasibility of developing a vehicle capable of self-guidance and speed control. The AGV accomplishes obstacle-detection, line-tracking and auto-steering concepts. Faculty advisers for the project were Recayi Pecen and Fanourios Chalkiadakis, assistant professor of industrial technology.

'Axtell Harley Cylinder Design Improvement,' sponsored by Axtell, was completed by Nicholas P. Jones of Altoona, Sheldon E. Klein of Dysart and Rodney S. Niemer of Fairbank. The project examined machining practices of a machine shop that specializes in Big Bore Harley Davidson motorcycle engines. The team studied and evaluated current machining practices, efficiency of tooling, major problem areas, availability of proper fixturing and equipment deterioration. Yury Lerner, professor of industrial technology, was faculty adviser for the project.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Merchant Scholarship awards have been announced at the University of Northern Iowa, to be applied toward the recipients' graduate studies during the 2004-2005 academic year. The scholarships are funded from the Merchant Trust, established in 1951 with the UNI Foundation, to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant.

Receiving the $1,000 awards are: Grant Brodrecht, currently of South Bend, Ind., pursuing a Ph.D. in history at Notre Dame; Reygan Freeney of Cedar Falls, pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Iowa; Michael Reese, currently of Cedar Rapids, pursuing a doctor of musical arts in choral conducting at the University of Iowa; Lisa Schmitz, formerly of Charles City, pursuing an M.S. in journalism at the University of Kansas; and Christopher Stark of Cedar Rapids, pursuing a Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Maryland.

Richard Followill, professor and head of the Department of Finance, served as chair of the 2004 Merchant Scholarship Committee. Also serving on the committee were: John Fritch, associate professor and head of the Department of Communication Studies, and Barbara Hetrick, professor and head of the Department of Biology.

The scholarships, open to any bachelor's degree graduates of UNI, apply to continued study at any institution, foreign or domestic. They are awarded to UNI graduates on the basis of ability, attainment, moral character, spirit, personality, intellectual promise and devotion to society. Application information for 2005, due March 1, 2005, is available on the UNI Financial Aid Web site,


May 5, 2004 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently received a $50,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for outreach activities of the new Teaching of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) program.

Coordinated by Sunggye Hong, assistant professor of special education at UNI, the TVI program prepares teachers to meet the diverse needs of students with visual impairments and acquire certification from the Iowa Department of Education. This is the only TVI program in Iowa, and one of the few available in the United States.

'Iowa needs both more and better-prepared teachers to serve students with visual impairments,' says Hong. 'Presently, each teacher has a caseload of 15-20 students, which is considerably higher than the national recommended guidelines.'

UNI's TVI program consists of eight courses totaling 22 hours. It is for practicing teachers in general education and/or special education, as well as undergraduate students. The TVI program aims to increase the number of Iowa teachers who are qualified to teach visually-impaired students and improve the overall quality of educational services offered in this field.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, requested UNI create this program to remedy the state's lack of TVI training and its shortage of teachers who are fully qualified to work with visually-impaired students. As of 2002, there were approximately 700 visually-impaired students receiving services in Iowa.

The Carver Charitable Trust is the largest private foundation in the state of Iowa. It was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist who died in 1981. Overall, the Carver Trust has awarded $4.8 million to support educational projects and research at UNI.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student Sarah Jensen, a senior electronic media major from Iowa City, recently won two filmmaking awards.

Jensen placed second in documentary filmmaking at the national Broadcast Education Association (BEA) 2004 awards ceremony, in February in Las Vegas. More than 600 projects were entered in the BEA contest. Her documentary, titled 'Shell Rock Honey and Flowers,' shows the life and experiences of local beekeeper Galen Eiben, who has worked with the insects for nearly 30 years.

'Shell Rock Honey and Flowers' also took second place at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, held April 2 and 3. About 50 films were submitted to judges at the festival.

Jensen began working on her film as part of a UNI field-production course. She spent two days shooting footage for the film, then another 30 hours editing.

'Sarah has an exceptional eye and fabulous storytelling skills,' said Bettina Fabos, assistant professor of communications studies, who has worked with Jensen on her films. 'I'm really proud of her recent accomplishments, but not at all surprised.'


May 4, 2004 - 7:00pm


Dave Smith, K-12 principal at Price Lab School, will conquer his fear of snakes during an exhibition at 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 7, in the school auditorium. Smith will help present an educational program that features a 30-foot, 80-pound boa constrictor.

The program is a reward for students, who have raised nearly $1,000 by participating in the 'Box Tops for Education' program sponsored by General Mills. It offers cash for box tops from specified products. The Grout Museum of History and Science, in Waterloo, is presenting the program.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Department of Industrial Technology at the University of Northern Iowa will celebrate two anniversaries Saturday, May 8-- the 100th anniversary of the department's founding and the 25th anniversary of the doctor of industrial technology degree program.

In 1904, Iowa State Normal School President Homer Seerley wrote, in his request to establish the Department of Manual Training, 'There is no doubt in my mind but [that] the call for training in the industries that give the hand and eye skill in a new line, and that will unite work with study, must be the coming development necessary for the well being and the happiness of our people.'

'The centennial celebration is an excellent opportunity for us at IT to reflect on the great accomplishments of our department, one of which is the doctor of industrial technology (DIT) degree program,' said Mohammed Fahmy, department head.

The DIT degree, the only one of its kind in the world, is designed to develop scholars in the fields of education and industry. The program emphasizes knowledge of industrial technology, as well as applying and using that knowledge in an organizational setting. In its 25 years, the DIT program has graduated 86 students.

'For 100 years now, the mission of our curricula has been the integration of theory and practical training,' Fahmy said. 'The fact that our graduates are sought after nationally shows that we have been doing something right all of these years.'

In the fall of 2003, there were approximately 500 undergraduate IT majors at UNI. More than 300 students have received master's degrees from the UNI IT program to date.

Following graduation for current IT students, during the College of Natural Sciences' commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m., the celebration will begin with an open house in the Industrial Technology Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors may take tours of the building, view displays and chat informally with former classmates and faculty. Refreshments will be available. Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to attend free of charge.

A reception will be held in the Georgian Lounge of the UNI Commons at 6 p.m. that evening, followed by a dinner in the Slife Ballroom at 7 p.m. UNI President Robert Koob will welcome the guests. U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, a UNI alumnus, is scheduled to speak at the dinner. Other speakers will include former IT department head Alvin Rudisill, several department alumni, CNS dean Kichoon Yang and IT department head Mohammed Fahmy. Attendance at the reception and dinner is by prior reservation.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Class of 1954 from Iowa State Teachers College-- now the University of Northern Iowa-- will celebrate its 50th reunion Thursday through Saturday on the Cedar Falls campus, with some 45 class members and a number of their spouses returning from all parts of the country. Reunion co-chairs are Diane Baum and Jim Handorf, both of Cedar Falls.

The weekend, sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association, will begin with an early-evening reception Thursday, May 6, in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Friday's full schedule will begin with an 8:15 a.m. breakfast in the Slife Ballroom at the UNI Commons. Joy Corning of Des Moines, a member of the reunion committee, will give an update on the class gift, the Class of 1954 Maucker General Education Endowed Scholarship Fund. It is a continuation of the gift established at the group's 40th reunion, and named after J.W. Maucker, UNI's fifth president, from 1950-1970.

'Then 'n Now,' a dialogue between class members and current Student Alumni Ambassadors, comparing the way things were on campus in 1954 and the way they are today, will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by campus tours given by the Student Alumni Ambassadors. During a luncheon in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom, class members will be presented with their 50-Year Certificates, and a class photograph will be taken.

A Class Reunion Banquet in the Commons will feature remarks by UNI President Robert Koob about changes on the campus and UNI's plan for the future.

The reunion will conclude with class members participating in the 2 p.m. commencement ceremonies in the UNI-Dome, during which the 50-year honorees will be recognized individually by Koob.