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March 31, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Five University of Northern Iowa students have recently been selected to participate in a research program funded by an award from the Merck/AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Undergraduate Science Research Program.

Each student will be mentored by two or three UNI faculty members in biology, chemistry, physics or geography on an interdisciplinary project during the year-long program. The students will do extensive reading this semester to prepare for hands-on research they will be doing with their mentors for ten weeks this summer. Students will also participate in a fall seminar on their research experience.

Students participating in the program include: Jeff Fisher, a senior geography major from Cedar Falls, whose mentors will be David Mercer, UNI assistant professor of biology, and Ramanathan Sugumaran, UNI assistant professor of geography.

Jason McIntosh, a junior chemistry major from Honey Creek, whose mentors will be John Schoer, UNI assistant professor of chemistry, Mike Roth, UNI assistant professor of physics, and Carl Thurman, UNI associate professor of biology.

Michelle Healy, a senior biology major from Muscatine, whose mentors will be Darrell Wiens, UNI professor of biology, and Kirk Manfredi, UNI associate professor of chemistry.

Jacob Becker, a junior biology major from Spencer, whose mentors will be Kavita Dhanwada, UNI assistant professor of biology, and Duane Bartak, UNI professor of chemistry.

Sherrie Elzey, a junior chemistry major from Sully, whose mentors will be Shoshanna Coon, UNI associate professor of chemistry, and Dale Olson, UNI professor of physics.

The purpose of the program, according to Carl Thurman, program coordinator and UNI associate professor of biology, is to promote interdisciplinary research experience among undergraduate students in the College of Natural Sciences.



This is the second year UNI has received the award. If a school's program is successful, the award is given for two additional years. The program is funded by the Merck Company Foundation, a private, charitable foundation established by Merck & Co., a pharmaceutical manufacturer, and administered by the AAAS, the world's largest federation of scientific and engineering societies. UNI was one of fifteen U.S. colleges and universities to receive an award last year.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Professors from the University of Northern Iowa will present 'Welcoming Newcomers: A Key to Iowa's Economic Future,' on Wednesday, April 16, in two western Iowa cities. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sioux City Convention Center in Sioux City; and from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Best Western Crossroads of the Bluff in Council Bluffs.

The presentations are community forums to discuss new ways to accommodate immigrant and refugee newcomers to the workforce. Topics will include UNI's immigrant/refugee efforts, demographic trends, Iowa success stories, employer-specific strategies, and the New Iowans program.

Robert Koob, UNI president, will offer introductory remarks. Mark Grey, UNI professor of anthropology and director of the New Iowans Program, will moderate. He also will discuss demographic trends. Panelists for the event are Anne Woodrick, co-director of New Iowans and an associate professor of anthropology at UNI; and James Hoelscher, business and community outreach coordinator of the New Iowans program.

Those attending will receive the New Iowans guidebook, 'Welcoming New Iowans: A Guide for Managers and Supervisors -- The Best Practices of Iowa Employers with Immigrants and Refugees in the Workplace.'

'Immigrants and refugees will be needed to make up for pending shortages of resident workers in Iowa,' explained Grey. 'Successful integration of these populations in our workplaces and communities is essential to ensure Iowa's long-term economic and social health.'

Established at UNI in 1999, the New Iowans program is the brainchild of Grey, who authored the original book, 'Welcoming New Iowans,' to augment the program. He and co-author Woodrick also have written a version of the book for Christian churches. Another is being written, in conjunction with UNI's Global Health Corps, for health providers. The version for businesses and employers is available on the Web at www.uni.edu/bcs/newiowans.

In 'Welcoming New Iowans,' Grey explains immigration, discusses the needs of the newcomers and community members, and talks about ways to address cultural differences and challenges.

Iowa, for a variety of reasons, has become a settling site for immigrants and refugees. First, says Grey, is the state's meat packing industry, which provides ample employment opportunities. 'Of course, they may come for those specific jobs,' Grey says, 'but they slowly and surely filter out to other kinds of employment. This is important as it demonstrates how our economy is increasingly dependent on them.'

Immigration is, says Grey, a workforce and economic development issue. 'A lot of us have looked at demographics trends and we are concerned. Birth rates are down, and the workforce is aging rapidly. And then there's the painful reminder that 40 percent of the state's college graduates leave the state. We believe that immigrants can make up for part of the shortfall.'

To RSVP, contact Stacey Christensen, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761, or stacey.christensen@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host 'Junior Science Sleuths,' a spring workshop for kids in third through fifth grade, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the UNI Biology Botanical Center Greenhouse.

Participants will dissect seeds, identify the different parts of a plant, witness how water travels through plants, learn about photosynthesis, and observe plant evolution. The event is part of the UNI Biology Seminar Series for children.

UNI student Amanda Miller will present the program. Miller is a third-year biology major and certified Botanical Center employee. She interned with the National Park Service. Registration is $22 and is limited to 10 children. Children attending this workshop will have the first opportunity to register for the second and third workshops in this series.

For more information, contact Ron Camarata, coordinator of the UNI Biology Seminar Series,

at (319) 273-2247.

March 30, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the Social Work Club will host Shanty Town, an event to raise awareness about homelessness. The event will be Friday, April 11, in the Commons Courtyard on the UNI campus. Participants will sleep outdoors in cardboard 'homes' they will create at the event.

Registration is open to any UNI student, staff, or faculty member. Those who are interested can register online by replying to shantytownuni@yahoo.com.

Participation is limited to the first 50 respondents.

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Technology symposiums featuring the latest in educational technology take place at UNI through April. Specialists from UNI's Information Technology Services (ITS) will make informal presentations on topics like student portals, Web reporting, viruses, using the Web to support teaching and learning, and identity security.

Symposiums, which run from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. each day, are as follows:

Tuesday, April 1

Wednesday, April 2

Thursday, April 3

Tuesday, April 15

Wednesday, April 16

Thursday, April 17

Tuesday, April 29

Wednesday, April 30

Thursday, May 1

Reporters and news directors wanting a listing of all sessions should contact Gwenne Culpepper,

(319) 273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa graphic design students recently received scholarships following a statewide student portfolio review at the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) exhibition in Des Moines.

A panel of professional designers selected the portfolios of UNI senior graphic design majors Sean Murphy, son of Patrick and Christine Murphy, from Dubuque, and Adam Rohwer, son of Karl and Eileen Rohwer, from Des Moines, as the two finest. The students were awarded top honors and $100 scholarships by the AIGA.

Ten students were interviewed. The event was open to students in design programs in Iowa.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host an earth science seminar at 4 p.m., Monday, April 7, in Latham Hall, Room 125. James Caldwell, hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Iowa District Office in Iowa City, will present 'The U.S. Geological Survey in Iowa.'

The USGS is the nation's largest water, earth and biological science and civilian mapping agency. The information it gathers is used to minimize the loss of life and property from natural disasters, to contribute to the conservation and the sound economic and physical development of the nation's natural resources, and to enhance the quality of life by monitoring water, biological, energy, mineral, and land resources.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Marketing Honor Society, Mu Kappa Tau, recently inducted University of Northern Iowa marketing student, Courtney Boote, a junior from Hull and the daughter of Terry and Bette Boote.

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

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Molly Stehn, a recent University of Northern Iowa graduate in music from Cresco, won the Iowa District Metropolitan Opera Audition held earlier this semester at Iowa State University's School of Music in Ames.

Stehn went on to compete in the regional competition in Minneapolis, and is also a finalist in the Palm Beach Opera National Competition in Palm Beach, Fla.

While at UNI, Stehn studied under Leslie Morgan, UNI associate professor of music.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Non-traditional students at the University of Northern Iowa may apply for scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000, from the UNI Connection, an association of university staff and faculty.

Applications are available at the UNI Financial Aid Office in116 Gilchrist Hall and on the UNI Web site at www.uni.edu. Applications and letters of recommendation are due April 7.

The scholarship funds are donated by members of the association and raised through an auction at the group's annual spring brunch as well as through mail solicitations. To contribute to the fund or to donate an item to the silent auction to be held at the group's April 5 luncheon, contact Myra Boots, UNI emeritus professor of communicative disorders, at (319) 266-8612.

March 27, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- More than 50 high school seniors will compete for a number of four-year full-tuition scholarships at the University of Northern Iowa's Annual High School Art Scholarship Competition Day, Friday, April 4.

The scholarship competition includes a presentation by a keynote speaker, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other special events that will give participants information about UNI programs and facilities.

The keynote speaker will be Kevin Kelley, UNI alumnus and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, at 9:45 a.m., in the Art Auditorium, Room 111, Kamerick Art Building. He received his B.A. in art education from UNI in 1980. Kelley has been a documentary filmmaker at the University of Iowa for 14 years and has received a Cine Golden Eagle Award, a New York Festival Bronze Award and a Regional Emmy Award.

Recently, Cinemax purchased Kelley's latest short documentary, 'The Checker King.' The film will air nationally in 2003 on Cinemax Reel-Life. Additionally, the film was shown in Los Angeles at the International Documentary Festival in October 2001, qualifying it for the Academy Awards competition for short documentary in 2002.

Check-in for attendees will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 3, and 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, April 4, in the atrium of the Kamerick Art Building. Works by students in the scholarship competition will be judged, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday. The scholarship exhibit will be open for viewing between 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Friday. Scholarship winners and alternates will be announced at 3:15 p.m.

For further information, contact Tim Dooley, scholarship competition chair, at (319) 273-2498, or Nancy Sheerer, Scholarship Day secretary, (319) 273-2078.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the Iowa Economics Challenge Competition, open to all Iowa high school students, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 3, in the Maucker Union Expansion.

Teams are comprised of three to five students who compete in one of two divisions in the challenge. The Adam Smith Division is open to students enrolled in Advanced Placement Economics, honors economics, or a two-semester high school economics course. The David Ricardo Division is for students enrolled in a one-semester high school economics course or a related discipline.

Advance registration is required for participation. For more information, contact Lois Lindell, assistant director, UNI Center for Economic Education, at (319) 273-2952.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Foundation has received new gifts totaling more than $300,000, all to be used for construction of the McLeodUSA Center.

John Martin, owner of Martin Brothers Inc., has pledged $160,000 to the multipurpose arena. Martin played basketball at UNI from 1967 to 1970.

Local auto dealers John and Dan Deery have made a commitment of $100,000. The Deerys are longtime supporters of the UNI Athletic Club.

Lee Enterprises, which owns the 'Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier,' made a $65,000 donation.

William Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, noted that more than $15 million has been raised for the $18 million project. He said more than $9 million of those funds have come from Cedar Valley residents and businesses. Facility enhancements totaling $1.5 million are being planned for the arena/UNI-Dome area, to be funded by landfill refund money from the city of Cedar Falls.

Construction of the arena is part of the $100 million 'Students First' campaign to support scholarships, academic programs and facilities. Other capital projects include McElroy Hall in Waterloo, which houses the Freeburg Early Childhood Program; a human performance center to be built onto the north end of the UNI-Dome; renovation of Lang Hall and Russell Hall; and equipment for McCollum Science Hall.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the second Hari Shankar Lecture in Mathematics Thursday, April 3. Mathematician Ed Burger will present 'Magic with Mathematics: Is the Formula Faster than the Eye?' at 7 p.m., in Rooms 244-245 of UNI's Schindler Education Center.

The program, free and open to the public, is focused toward families, and no knowledge of mathematics is required. A reception will follow the lecture.

Burger, who has written jokes for Jay Leno and appeared on NBC and NPR, strives to make math funny through his presentations, according to Ed Rathmell, UNI interim head and professor of mathematics. 'Math is around us all the time, but we usually don't recognize it,' Rathmell said. 'Burger will demonstrate that math is associated with many aspects of life in a way that is lively and humorous.'

Burger is the Stanislaw M. Ulam Visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Colorado. He is the author of many books, including the best-selling book, 'The Heart of Mathematics: An invitation to effective thinking.'

Of his presentation, Burger said, 'No mathematics will be explicitly mentioned. If you hate mathematics, this presentation is for you. If the thought of an equation makes you ill, this talk is for you. If you never thought you would ever go to a mathematics lecture, this event is for you.'

The address is the second in a series of lectures by prominent mathematicians. The series was conceived by Hari Shankar, a visiting professor in the UNI mathematics department since 1996, and is funded in part by Shankar and by the UNI Department of Mathematics. The reception is supported by USbank and the Northeast Iowa Indian Association.

March 26, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Debating partners Mark Langgin, a junior from Ottumwa, and Melanie Johnson, a freshman from LeMars, have qualified to compete in the National Debate Tournament (NDT), being held March 28-31, in Atlanta.

Langgin and Johnson qualified for the national tournament during the 2003 District IV American Forensic Association Debate Tournament earlier this month, where they placed second out of eight. The top three teams advanced to nationals. Teams represented Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

This is the first time since 1999 that a UNI team will attend the NDT.

For more information, contact Leah White, UNI director of forensics, at (319) 273-7200.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre and the Department of Communication Studies will present 'Vonnegut Cubed' and improvisation troupe performances at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday through Saturday, April 3-5, in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40.

'Vonnegut Cubed' is a collection of three short stories from the Vonnegut collection, 'Welcome to the Monkey House.' Performances will include 'All the King's Horses,' a contemporary tale based on the original set in the camp of a Middle-Eastern extremist. It is directed by Patrick Shanahan, a senior communications and theatre major from Dayton. 'Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow' is a futuristic play about a formula that defies the aging process. It is directed by Steve Mandelko, a senior communications and theatre major from Fort Dodge. 'Harrison Bergeron' is a play set in the year 2081 where everyone is equal. It is directed by Emily Josephson, a graduate communication studies major from Shenandoah.

The improvisation troupe is directed by Doug Shaw, assistant professor of mathematics.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Mitchell, associate professor of communication studies, at (319) 273-2640.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Leaders on Leadership' series continues Thursday, April 3, with a panel discussion on media leadership.

The event runs from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Room 246 of UNI's Schindler Education Center. Panelists will be Ann Kerian, news anchor with KWWL-TV; John Hess, interim director of broadcasting for KUNI; Julie Kraft, television consultant for Frank N. Magid Associates in Cedar Rapids; and Nancy Raffensperger Newhoff, managing editor of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The 'Leaders on Leadership' series runs through April 24, and provides participants an opportunity to learn about the leadership views and practices of leaders from all levels of society. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault, director of Leadership Studies at (319) 273-6898, or e-mail at YLA@UNI.edu.

March 25, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Alumni of the University of Northern Iowa's College of Business Administration (CBA) have established a professorship to honor Gaylon 'Doc' Halverson, retired head of the Department of Accounting. The professorship will provide faculty resources for enhancing the accounting program. Halverson will be recognized during the CBA's spring recognition gala at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 2.

Halverson came to UNI in 1963, and retired in 1997. He served as head of the Department of Accounting from 1981 to 1989.

Halverson is being recognized and honored as one of those who helped lay the foundation for what has become a nationally recognized program. Today, more than 50 prominent firms from all over the country come to UNI to actively recruit, and UNI accounting students are consistently nationally ranked in the top 10 for first-time entrants passing the CPA exam.

For information about contributing to the professorship, contact Carrie Rankin, director of development for the CBA, (319) 273-7823.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A daylong 'Arts in April Festival' Saturday, March 29, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will serve as a prelude to a monthlong celebration of arts and culture on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The festival, designed to be 'free, fun and family-friendly,' will open at 10:30 a.m. and run into the evening. It will feature workshops and performances, designed for all ages, including theatre, music, dance, literature and the culinary and visual arts. In addition to a variety of free activities, there will be two ticketed events-- a performance by UNI's International Dance Theatre and a Greg Brown benefit for KUNI Radio.

UNI President Robert Koob will welcome festival-goers during the 10:30 a.m. opening ceremony. A number of groups will perform on the lobby stage throughout the day, beginning with the UNI Singers at 10:45 a.m. Other performers will be: the Men's Glee Club at noon; UNI Suzuki School at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier essay contest winners, 3 p.m.; Habeas Corpus-Disco, 3:45 p.m.; UNI Jazz Combo A, 4 p.m.; UNI Theatre Students, 6 p.m.; UNI Chamber Singers, 6:30 p.m.; and George Walker Society, 7 p.m.

Free workshops and performances will take place in Davis and Jebe Halls, and in classrooms in the Gallagher-Bluedorn, beginning at 11 a.m. The UNI International Dance Theatre will perform at 1 p.m., in the Great Hall of the GBPAC, featuring cultures, customs and costumes from around the world in a concert of dance and music. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.

'An Evening with Greg Brown,' a special performance, at 7:30 p.m., in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn, will benefit public radio station KUNI. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Brown, 'one of the best singer-songwriters in America,' according to the Washington Post, began his career performing in clubs and restaurants in the Iowa City area. He made his solo radio debut in 1979 on KUNI's first 'Live from Studio One' broadcast. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has been hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as 'a wickedly sharp observer of the human condition.'

Tickets for both events can be purchased through the GBPAC ticket office at (319) 273-SHOW.

The free workshops include:

11 a.m. -- A hands-on workshop from the University Museum. Learn how to communicate using textiles and cord, and participatory dance experiences. Taught by UNI students who are UNI Young Peoples Dance Theatre instructors.

Noon -- Basic techniques of auditioning for the musical theatre, for middle school students to adults.

Noon to 6 p.m. -- A variety of visual arts with hands-on activities offered by UNI art education students. Workshops begin on the hour.

1 p.m. -- Sturgis Youth Theatre hands-on workshop. Participants will explore pantomime, movement and story dramatization. Scott Nice, UNI assistant professor of theatre, will offer an introductory class in pantomime.

2 p.m. -- 'Music and Mathematics: Reich's 'Clapping Music' and Number Theory' will explore the relationship between music and mathematics. Habeas Corpus, a performance arts group from the Iowa City area, will host a participatory workshop as an introduction to performance art.

3 p.m. -- Modern dance technique class. UNI dance faculty member Ranae Keane-Bamsey will teach.

6 p.m. -- A jazz workshop on improvisation, for middle school to high school jazz students. (Those participating should bring their own instruments.)

Free performances also begin at 11 a.m., with the UNI Suzuki School. At noon, the UNI Orchesis Dance Company will perform modern, ballet, jazz and tap dances. At 3 p.m., editors of the North American Review, America's oldest literary magazine, will read works from the magazine, as well as their own poetry and fiction.

At 4 p.m., The ABC Players, from UNI's Marshall Center One-Room School, will present an interactive performance that will bring to life the rural school days of the early 20th century. Also at 4 p.m., the UNI Interpreters Theatre will perform an excerpt from its spring production of 'Vonnegut Cubed: Harrison Bergeron.' A group discussion on the use of collaborative process in dramatization will follow.



At 5 p.m., the UNI Suzuki School will feature Fiddlesticks, a special violin performance group. Also at 5 p.m., the Northern Iowa Children's Choir, composed of students in grades four through eight, will perform a variety of styles and genres of music.

Throughout the day, UNI Dining Services will offer catering specialties for sale in the lobby, and 'Pop and Abstract Art from the UNI Permanent Collection' will be on display on the GBPAC Mezzanine level.

Though this is the first year for a daylong festival, it is the third year for the monthlong event. Arts in April grew out of UNI's 125th anniversary celebration in 2001 highlighting the many arts and cultural pursuits at UNI. In addition to the performing arts, UNI will host exhibits, lectures, films, family-centered events, observatory programs and special dining opportunities. A complete Arts in April schedule is available on the Web at www.uni.edu/pubrel/artsinapril.

The Arts in April Festival is supported in part by the Iowa Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities; KUNI Radio; and KWWL-TV.

March 24, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Quick Books Pro 2003 training for those Cedar Valley businesses currently using or interested in Quick Books accounting software will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center, beginning in April.

Judy Schindel, certified Quick Books trainer, will teach the four-session workshop that will meet Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, April 22 through May 13, at the UNI Regional Business Center, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. This hands-on workshop will cover topics such as setting up a company, entering bills, setting up inventory and payroll. The first session will be introductory for those new to the software or needing a refresher, and it is optional. Class size will be limited to 14 participants.

The cost per participant is $169 and includes a bound training manual. For more information, or to register, contact the UNI RBC receptionist at (319) 236-8123, or log-on to www.unirbc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students from the University of Northern Iowa were in Des Moines recently for a news conference to hammer home the message that higher education is critical to Iowa's future. The news conference was a joint effort by Iowa's three state universities.

'Iowa is sending the wrong message to its young people by not supporting public education at the level it should,' said Jeff Scudder, president of the Northern Iowa Student Government. 'The message is 'we don't value you,' when it should be 'we want you to be a part of our future.''

Scudder pointed to several trends that he says make higher education increasingly inaccessible to Iowa's youths. For instance, he said, Iowa has drastically cut support to its public universities, shifting the burden to students and their families. He also said student debt is increasing, and that reducing state support to public universities affects the source of the state's future economic strength.

Other UNI students who participated in the lobbying were ___(NAME)___, ___(CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR)___ from ___(HOMETOWN)___.

The Northern Iowa Student Government has organized a series of upcoming lobbying efforts for the spring semester including the Saturday, March 29, legislative forum at AEA-7 in Cedar Falls, 10 a.m. to noon; and the Saturday, April 5, legislative forum at AEA-7 in Cedar Falls, 10 a.m. to noon.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319.273.2761.

March 23, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Educator Expo, which helps school districts recruit new teachers and administrators, will be held in Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus, Saturday, March 29. Educator registration begins at 8 a.m. in Sabin Hall Room 102, and will move to the Maucker Expansion lobby at 9 a.m.

Ninety-one school districts and educational agencies from across the United States will recruit educators from UNI and 19 co-sponsoring Iowa colleges and universities. This year's expo will feature 26 school districts and agencies from Iowa. Prospective teachers and administrators will have an opportunity to visit informally with recruiters throughout the morning, and schedule interviews for the afternoon. The expo will conclude at 5 p.m.

Libby Vanderwall, events coordinator for UNI's Career Center, said the school district registration is full, and there are several school districts on a waiting list. Educators may register in advance or on the day of the event. The walk-in registration fee is $25 for all candidates. All educators seeking employment for the 2003-2004 school year are welcome to participate.

A registration form, list of participating school districts and other information can be found on the Career Center's Web site: www.uni.edu/careercenter.

For more information, contact Libby Vanderwall at (319) 273-6857.

March 20, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- What students can do with a degree in women's studies will be the focus of the next session of 'Women on Fridays,' a discussion series offered by the University of Northern Iowa Women's Studies program, at noon, Friday, March 28, in Baker Hall, Room 161. Graduates will return for the discussion.

The series will conclude Friday, April 25, with 'Women's Studies in the Community -- the Community Speaks.'

Susan Hill, director of the Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies, said the discussions are about 'creating community through the exploration of the history and purpose of women's studies in the academy, at UNI and in our community.'

The events are free and open to the public. Those attending may bring a lunch; dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact Susan Hill at (319) 273-7177.

March 19, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Leaders on Leadership' series continues Thursday, March 27, with a panel discussion on human rights leadership.

The event runs from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Room 246 of UNI's Schindler Education Center. Panelists will be Susan Koch, UNI associate provost; Gina De La Vega, president of UNI's Hispanic Latino Student Union; Abraham Funchess, member of the Waterloo Human Rights Commission; and Mike Tetzloff, co-president of the UNI chapter of Amnesty International.

The 'Leaders on Leadership' series runs through April 24, and provides participants an opportunity to learn about the leadership views and practices of leaders from all levels of society. For more information, call Gerri Perreault, director of Leadership Studies at (319) 273-6898, or e-mail at YLA@UNI.edu.

March 18, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Judges from around the state will gather Friday, March 21, at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) to judge the more than 350 entries in the 11th annual Iowa Energy Poster Contest.

Students throughout Iowa, in grades one through six, were invited to submit poster designs that reflect energy conservation and renewal to their local utility companies, with local winners forwarded to the state competition. Students in communities without a local utility submitted their entries directly to the state level.



Two winners will be selected from each grade to win a plaque and a $100 savings bond. Their posters will be part of a Traveling Energy Art Gallery that goes to schools around the state as well as the State Capitol.

Judges will be Keith Kutz and Amy Myers from the Iowa Energy Center in Ames, which is funding the contest as part of a three-year grant; Claire Stigliani, a UNI art major from Cedar Falls; Margaret Bishop from Bishop Energy Engineering, Northwood; Amy Schuster from Cedar Falls Utilities; and Michael Adams, Department of Natural Resources, Des Moines.

UNI coordinators for the competition, all from the CEEE, are Bill Stigliani, CEEE director; Pat Higby, energy educator; and Trinity Naden, project manager and a UNI student from Malaysia, who is majoring in finance and accounting.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The next film in the University of Northern Iowa's 'Reel to Real' film series will be 'Beauty in the Bricks,' a film that explores the lives of black teenage girls growing up in the projects.

The film will be shown from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, in the Maucker Union University Room South.

Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, says the film is part of the year-long Reel to Real film series that presents short films worthy of reflection, discussion, challenge and criticism.

Admission is free and open to the public.



This will be the final film for the academic year.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– 'From Bombs to Breast Cancer: Women and War Stories' will be the topic of a lecture at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m., Monday, March 24, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.



Evelyne Accad, professor of French at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, and an internationally acclaimed writer, singer, songwriter, poet, teacher and women's rights activist, will discuss issues of war, breast cancer, excision, oppression and female solidarity. She has written seven books concerned with the issues of women's conditions all over the world.

'From her personal life and international experiences, Evelyne is able to weave together her history with others' histories,' said Susan Hill, director of UNI's Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies.

In addition to Women's Studies, lecture sponsors are (all from UNI) Student Speakers Fund, International Student Association, Gender Equality Association and the Department of Modern Languages.

For more information, contact Susan Hill, director, UNI Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies, at (319) 273-7195.

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March 17, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Richard Hendel, a book designer and author of 'On Book Design,' will speak at the University of Northern Iowa at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the Kamerick Art Building Auditorium, Room 111. His lecture, sponsored by the UNI Department of Art, is free and open to the public.

Hendel is one of the country's leading graphic designers, according to Roy Behrens, UNI professor of art and art director for The North American Review. Hendel studied at Yale and is associate director and design and production manager at the University of North Carolina Press.

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3/18/03

News Brief

Following is a story lead and the University of Northern Iowa sources who can best address this topic. Feel free to contact the sources directly.

Note to editors and news directors: UNI is on spring break through Friday, March 21. The first number listed for a source is the office phone number; home phone numbers are listed second.

UNI professors explain the concept of war from various perspectives

Anti-war perspectives

The UNI Anti-War Coalition

Student Jesse Wozniak at jessewoz@uni.edu, 222-3910

Assistant Professor John Grinstead, assistant professor of modern languages, at John.Grinstead@UNI.edu, 273-2417

Basic training and general leadership preparation of cadets; cannot talk about current war strategy, or comment on any war preparations

Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, head, Department of Military Science, (319) 273-6220,

268-9149

Blowback (CIA term for unintended consequences of an action taken by the United States), and Sept. 11 relationship to current crisis

Gerri Perreault, director of leadership studies, (319) 273-6898, 268-0936

Christian perspectives on war, and Christianity and the 'just' war

Betty DeBerg, head, Department of Philosophy and Religion, (319) 273-6221,

277-5071

Historical, political, strategic and religious aspects of war

John Grinstead, assistant professor of modern languages, and peace activist with Cedar Valley Churches for Peace, and Iowa Voices for a Just Peace in the Middle East, (319) 273-2417

Military and diplomatic history of war

Donald Shepardson, professor of history, (319) 273-2502, 266-6025

Pacifism and perspectives of the 'peace churches' on war

Martha Reineke, professor of philosophy and religion, (319) 273-6233

Political aspects of war

Steven Lobell, associate professor of political science, (319) 273-2647

Political strategies and rhetoric, religious views, social and psychological ramifications, human rights concerns, and dynamics of genocide and/or mass killings

Kent Sandstrom, associate professor of sociology and anthropology,

(319) 273-2769, 235-8030

Public relations and war

Dean Kruckeberg, professor of communication studies, (319) 273-2501,

266-5842

The war tradition in Christianity

Kenneth Atkinson, assistant professor of philosophy and religion,

(319) 273-6990, 266-0400

Note: Atkinson also served four years with the U.S. Army during the Cold War inside the Berlin Wall.





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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– 'The Failures of Feminism' will be discussed by Angela 'Bay' Buchanan, sister of three-time presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Buchanan is president of The American Cause, an educational foundation dedicated to advancing traditional conservative values. She served as campaign chairman for all three of her brother, Pat's, presidential campaigns. In 1996, George magazine recognized her as one of the Top 20 Political Women in the United States.

'Ms. Buchanan's speech is very controversial and sparks debate on every campus she visits,' said Ruth Huldeen of Sioux City, vice chair of outreach for the UNI College Republicans, one of the sponsors for Buchanan's talk. 'Her address will offer students a unique perspective on the current women's movement, typically not portrayed in classrooms.'

In addition to the UNI College Republicans, sponsors are The College Redeemer, the UNI Speakers Fund, UNI Students for Life and the Young America's Foundation.



For more information, contact Ruth Huldeen at (319) 222-1796.

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Attitudes between groups

Helen Harton, associate professor, psychology, (319) 273-2235, 266-3971

She has conducted research on intergroup attitudes and prejudice.

Anthrax

Michael Walter, assistant professor, Department of Biology, (319) 273-6490, 266-9692

Crisis mentality

David Towle, director, Counseling Center, (319) 273-2676, 266-7686

Effects of the media/news criticism

Christopher Martin, associate professor, communication studies, (319) 273-2788,

277-2991

International Relations

Mike Hall, instructor, political science, (319) 273-3144

Islamic faith/religious organizations

Mohammed Fahmy, professor and local Islamic leader, (319) 273-6523, 277-7210,

504-4483

Kenneth Atkinson, assistant professor, philosophy and religion, (319) 273-6990,

266-0400

Betty DeBerg, head, philosophy and religion, (319) 273-6221, 277-5071

Mid-East politics

Dhirendra Vajpeyi, professor, Department of Political Science, (319) 273-2275,

266-2017

Mohammed Fahmy, professor and local Islamic leader, (319) 273-6523, 277-7210,

504-4483

Political aspects

Tom Rice, head, political science, (319) 273-7490, (319) 337-7336

Steven Lobell, associate professor, Department of Political Science, (319) 273-2647

Terrorism

Phil Mauceri, associate professor, political science (319) 273-2528

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the first time in its 84-year history, the National Association of Negro Musicians Inc., (NANM) will meet in Iowa, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Delegates from the NANM Central Region will gather Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26, for meetings, performances and competitions.

The George Walker Society, a UNI student music group with a focus on bettering inter-racial communication, will host the event. The group, and visiting baritone Mark Rucker, will entertain delegates at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Russell Hall Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public.

Robert Koob, UNI president, will be the keynote speaker at noon, Friday, April 25, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Other Friday highlights include a 10 a.m. master class with Rucker; a 2 p.m. lecture-recital by Lucius Weathersby, UNI alumnus and dean of the College of Fine Arts at Dillard University, New Orleans; and a 7 p.m. scholarship organ competition.

At 3 p.m., there will be a panel discussion, 'Life After Graduate School,' featuring Joy Harrell, UNI alumna and professional musician; Jason Jackson, UNI alumnus and adjunct professor at UNI and Wartburg College; and Raymond Tymas-Jones, former director of the UNI School of Music, now dean of fine arts at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

'One doesn't readily think of black musicians when one thinks of Iowa,' said Darryl Taylor, UNI associate professor of music and director of the George Walker Society. 'We could easily have booked the conference with musicians from Chicago, Detroit or Cleveland. But we really wanted to focus on the Iowa connection.'

NANM was founded in Chicago in 1919, and is the oldest organization dedicated to the preservation, encouragement and advocacy of all genres of African American music. It's goal is to develop higher professional standards of all music through lectures, conferences and conventions. NANM has given more than 170 scholarships and awards to young musicians including Marion Anderson, Williams Dawson and Florence B. Price.

The conference is supported by the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Center for Multicultural Education, and the UNI President's office.

Registration for the conference is $40 for NANM members by March 30, and $45 after that date. Cost for non-members is $75. Send registrations to Darryl Taylor, associate professor of music, 110 RSL, UNI, Cedar Falls, IA 50613-0246. For more information, call Taylor at (319) 273-5879.

The event is part of the university's month-long Arts in April celebration that kicks off with a daylong festival March 29 in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The festival is supported in part by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council, KUNI Radio and KWWL-TV.

Arts in April grew out of UNI's 125th anniversary celebration in 2001 highlighting the many arts and cultural pursuits at UNI. In addition to the performing arts, UNI will host exhibits, lectures, films, family-centered events, observatory programs and special dining opportunities.

The complete Arts in April schedule is available on the Web at www.uni.edu/artsinapril.



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March 12, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the second consecutive year, the University of Northern Iowa will participate in the eight-team championship round of the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) Case Analysis Competition March 15-23. The competition will be held at Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Canada.

Students competing from the UNI College of Business Administration are: Jeff McQuillen, a senior management information systems major, with a French minor, from Dubuque; Ryan Moberg, a senior supply chain management major, from Red Oak; Janet Ramirez, a senior marketing major, from San Antonio, Texas; and Victor Hugo Ayala Garces, a senior finance major with a certificate in international business, from Lima, Peru.

More than 60 universities worldwide belong to the NIBS network, a consortium of internationally active schools of business. According to the team's coach, Christine Schrage, UNI instructor in management and marketing, UNI has had the only teams from the United States to have ever been in the championship round during the eight-year history of the competition. Other finalists this year include teams from Thailand, Ireland, Finland, New Zealand, Canada and France.

In order to advance to the finals, teams competed in two preliminary rounds during the fall semester. In each round, the teams were given six hours to read, analyze and write their recommendations to a case concerning international business issues. For the international competition, the team will have only four hours to prepare a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation of its recommendations.

Partial funding for the competition is provided by UNI's Intercollegiate Academics Fund. Team members also sought private donations to help defray costs of the trip.

For more information, contact Christine Schrage, at (319) 273-2126.

March 11, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics hosted the UNI/Area Education Agency-7 Regional Physics Olympics in the UNI-Dome Thursday, March 6.

Overall school team winners (teams who competed in all events) included Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville (Roger Hahn, instructor), first place; and Jesup High School in Jesup (Larry Thomas, instructor), second place.

Individual event first-place team winners were: Self Propelled Catapult - Don Bosco High School, Gilbertville, (Roger Hahn, instructor); Bridge Building - Denver High School, Denver, (Jen DuBois, instructor); Mousetrap Car - Columbus High School, Waterloo, (Dan Kuchera, instructor); and, both Soda-Straw Arm and Student-Powered Water Heater - Sumner High School, Sumner, (Linda Wright, instructor).

The overall school team winners, Don Bosco and Jesup High Schools, along with the event team winners from Denver, Columbus and Sumner High Schools, will go on to the state competition at Drake University in Des Moines on April 9.

Approximately 250 high school and middle school/junior high students participated in the event from Waterloo, Dike, New Hartford, Jesup, Traer, Gilbertville, Gladbrook, Reinbeck, Dunkerton, Nashua, Plainfield, La Porte City, Dysart, Winthrop, Fairbank, Readlyn, Janesville, Sumner, and other nearby towns.

According to Larry Escalada, UNI assistant professor of physics and science education, and the event coordinator, the competition, in addition to community outreach, helps 'convey that applying physics principles to the real-world can be fun for all.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Darrell R. Taylor has been named director of the UNI Gallery of Art. He has served as the gallery's interim director since 2001, and has taught at UNI as an adjunct instructor in art.

Taylor, who is also a mixed-media artist, holds B.F.A., M.F.A., and M.A. degrees, all from the University of Iowa. As the gallery director, he is responsible for all exhibitions and staff, and serves as a member of the UNI Art and Architecture Committee.

Taylor won an Iowa City Public Access Television Award in 1999 and received an Iowa Arts Council Performance Grant in 1998. He is a member of the Iowa City-based performance group Habeas Corpus, and has exhibited artwork in many solo and group exhibitions, including at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville; the A.R.C. Gallery in Chicago; the Davenport Museum of Art; the Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls; and Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

March 10, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center, in partnership with Ketels Contract Training, will offer hands-on computer software training in April.

'Microsoft Excel' will run three consecutive Thursdays, April 3, 10 and 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The modules will cover beginning, intermediate and advanced skills, respectively. Participants may register for individual modules, or for all three at a discounted rate. This class will be taught by Chris Case.

The training will be held in the computer lab at the UNI Regional Business Center, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo. Class size is limited to 14 participants. The cost per participant is $299 for all modules or $115 per module. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa debate students participated in the Kansas University Debate Tournament in Lawrence, Kan., Feb. 21-24.

According to Leah White, UNI director of forensics, the KU tournament is one of the most competitive invitational tournaments the team attends during the spring semester.

In the novice division, the duo of Kelsey Harr, a sophomore from Windsor Heights, and Joe Rankin, a junior from Dubuque, placed first. Harr also received the top speaker award in this division.

In the varsity division, Michelle Kelsey, a junior from Ankeny, and Eric Short, a senior from Brookings, SD., placed fifth out of more than 40 teams. The duo of Melanie Johnson, a freshman from Le Mars, and Mark Langgin, a junior from Ottumwa, placed ninth. Langgin was also the 15th speaker in the division.

For more information contact Leah White, director of forensics, at (319) 273-7200.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students on the University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events Speech Team recently were finalists at the Grace Walsh Invitational at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UW-EC), and the Red Hawk Invitational at Ripon College. The team placed fourth out of 18 teams at UW-EC and third out of 11 teams at Ripon.

At UW-EC, Sara Gronstal, a junior from Council Bluffs, placed first in informative speaking. At the Ripon competition, she placed first in informative speaking and after-dinner speaking. At UW-EC, Amy Larsen, a senior from Ankeny, placed fourth in communication analysis and sixth in persuasive speaking. At Ripon, she placed first in persuasive speaking, third in communication analysis and fourth in impromptu speakingAt UW-EC, Danielle Dick, a junior from Dayton, placed second in after-dinner speaking and fifth in prose interpretation. At Ripon, she placed sixth in after-dinner speaking. At UW-EC Phil Rippke, a sophomore from Moville, placed sixth in extemporaneous speaking and seventh in informative speaking. At the Ripon competition, he placed sixth in communication analysis. Matt Musgrave, a sophomore from Webster City, placed fifth in communication analysis at UW-EC.

For more information, contact Leah White, UNI director of forensics, at (319) 273-7200.

March 9, 2003 - 6:00pm

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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at Iowa State University Tuesday and Wednesday, March 11 and 12. The following are docket items pertaining to UNI, and the individuals who can best address those issues.

UNI capital register

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

Spring 2003 enrollment report

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

First-year non-persistence report

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

Annual report on international agreements and study abroad

Tim O'Connor, assistant vice president for international programs, (319) 273-6807

Ratification of collective bargaining agreements for 2003-2005

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

Governance report on residence systems

Bob Hartman, director, Department of Residence, (319) 273-2333

Proposed parking rates

David Zarifis, director, Department of Public Safety, (319) 273-2712

Taser deployment

David Zarifis, director, Department of Public Safety, (319) 273-2712

Preliminary consideration of miscellaneous fees and charges

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

Report of banking committee

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

Institution agreements, leases and easements

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

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Following is a list of ROTC training exercises. To attend or photograph, please contact Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, (319) 273-6220.

Training exercises at George Wyth State Park (Waterloo)

Tuesday, March 25, 3:30 p.m.

UNI Wellness Recreation Center Water Lab (water survival in full gear)

Tuesday, April 22, 3:30 p.m.

Field Training Exercise, Ft. McCoy, Wis.

Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13

Annual Awards Ceremony at West Gym

Friday, May 2, 1 p.m.

Commissioning at Lang Hall, Room 115

Saturday, May 10, at approximately 8 a.m. (two hours before commencement exercises)

Ongoing activities

Army Physical Fitness Test -- last day of every month, 6 a.m.

Please call ahead for location.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music's Jazz Band One, announced its spring tour will be March 17-19, to sites in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska.

The band, directed by Christopher Merz, UNI assistant professor of jazz studies, will play on March 17, at Sioux City North High School in Sioux City and at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs; March 18, at Bellevue West High School in Bellevue, Neb., and at Southeast High School and P.O. Pears Restaurant, both in Lincoln, Neb.; and March 19, at Pella High School in Pella.

Music selections for the shows will vary, but may include classics such as; 'Concerto for Cootie' by Duke Ellington; 'Isotope' by Joe Henderson; and 'Johnny One Note' by Richard Rogers.

The recipient of many awards and honors, the UNI Jazz Band One, the School of Music's top jazz performing group, has appeared at festivals throughout this country and in Europe. The band has received three Outstanding Performance Awards in the collegiate big band category of Downbeat magazine's Annual Student Music Awards, and has recorded 11 CD's.

Members of the UNI Jazz Band One include --__(name)__, __(instrument)__ from __(hometown)__.

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

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319.273.2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Russian Icons of the Classic Period and their Influence on Modern Painting' will be the topic of a slide presentation and lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Russian architect and artist Alexsei Neiman will speak. His presentation and the reception to follow are free and open to the public. His appearance is sponsored by the REEES Long Distance Learning Consortium and the UNI Department of Modern Languages.

Neiman began his career as an architect in 1965, following graduation from the Moscow Institute of Architecture. His building projects include the Grozny Airport and several Orthodox churches. His Russian-language articles on civil and church architecture have appeared in Soviet and Russian architectural journals.

He studied painting with the well-known Russian artist Vladimir Weisberg, in the 1970s and '80s, and for many years taught drawing and painting at the Architectural College in Moscow. In 1999, he moved to Boston, and has had several exhibitions in Boston and the surrounding area. He teaches drawing at the Boston Architectural Center.

For more information on Neiman's visit to UNI, contact Maria Basom, head and associate professor of modern languages at UNI, (319) 273-2749.

March 6, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The history of race, religion and the Spanish Inquisition in 17th and 18th century Mexico will be discussed in the next history lecture at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

Nora Jaffary, UNI assistant professor of history, will present 'Indians, Africans and the Creation of 'Deviant' Catholicism in Colonial Mexico,' as part of the Phi Alpha Theta/Department of History Lecture Series. She will discuss how fears of African and Indian religious practice and anxiety over race mixing and social mobility transformed the Inquisition's prosecution of religious crimes in the New World.

The final lecture for this year's series will be April 9, by Edward Osowski, UNI adjunct lecturer in history, who will speak on 'Christ in the Cave: The Indigenous Reconstruction of History in Post-Conquest Mexico.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present its Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in the Kamerick Art Building from March 26 through April 20. The competition showcases outstanding recent works by undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Art.

More than 400 pieces of art work in various media are submitted annually; however, only 100 works will be chosen for display by juror Susan Messer. A professor of drawing and printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Messer will give a lecture at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) Art Auditorium, Room 111. Messer's recent accomplishments include a solo exhibition at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China, and an assignment as panel chair at the College Art Association conference in New York City.

The awards ceremony for the student exhibition will take place at 7 p.m., March 26, in the KAB Art Auditorium, Room 111, and an opening reception will follow. Last year, awards totaling nearly $4,500 were made to students.

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

March 5, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'El Nino in a Changing Global Climate,' will be the topic of a guest lecture at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

The discussion will be presented by Paul Loubere, professor of geology and environmental geosciences at Northern Illinois University. Loubere will discuss the climate phenomena known as El Nino and its effects on North America, as well as the rest of the world.

The guest lecture is sponsored by the UNI Sigma Xi scientific research society and the College of Natural Sciences.

Admission is free and open to the public.

March 4, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Joe Ferrara, a member of the national advisory board of the School of the Americas (SOA) Watch, will present an address at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 10, in the University of Northern Iowa's Seerley Hall, Room 115.

SOA Watch wants to close the U.S. Army's Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in Georgia, formerly the School of the Americas. Amnesty International alleges the institute trains Latin American counter-insurgency forces who are involved in human rights abuses.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UNI Department of Modern Languages, the UNI chapter of Amnesty International, Cedar Valley Churches for Peace, and members of the UNI Anti-War Coalition.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will host a director/designers' presentation for the upcoming production of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' a dramatization by Christopher Sergel, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Director Gretta Berghammer, UNI professor of theatre, along with lighting designer Mark A. Parrott, costume designer Carol Colburn and scenic designer Leonard Curtis, will share the vision and research that went into the production.

Theatre UNI, in collaboration with the Sturgis Youth Theatre, will present 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 13, in UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre.

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

March 3, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa creative writing program will host 'An Open Reading of Writing About War,' from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, in Baker Hall, Room 161.

The event is being organized by Grant Tracey, director of the creative writing program; and Vince Gotera, associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature. 'It will be like an open-mic night, but there won't be a microphone,' explained Gotera.

Those attending may bring their own original works or those published by other authors.

'People often turn to poetry in times of stress,' said Gotera. 'Poets recognize the power of the written word, and many people have found solace in poetry especially since 9/11.'

The event coincides with another being planned by Poets Against the War, a global organization encouraging worldwide poetry readings on March 5. That same day, members of the organization plan to present the U.S. Congress a collection of the 15,000 anti-war poems that have been submitted to the organization.

For more information, contact Vince Gotera, associate professor of English language and literature, (319) 273-7061; or Grant Tracey, associate professor of English language and literature, (319) 273-3782.



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The University of Northern Iowa's ROTC corps of cadets will conducts its annual ceremony in honor of 2nd Lt. Robert J. Hibbs at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at the base of the Hibbs Memorial between the West Gym and Rod Library.

The ceremony marks the 37th anniversary of Hibbs' death, and recognizes him for receiving the Medal of Honor. Hibbs was a member of the UNI class of 1964 and was killed in action during the Vietnam War. The Hibbs Memorial flag will remain at half-staff for 24 hours following the ceremony. The public may attend.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students from the University of Northern Iowa will be in Des Moines Wednesday, March 5, for a news conference to hammer home the message that higher education is critical to Iowa's future. The news conference, a joint effort of the three state universities, begins at noon in Room 24 of the Capitol building.

Plans call for a student presence in the rotunda between the House and Senate chambers immediately following the news conference and continuing until 2:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., students will meet with Stephanie Pickens, the governor's higher education policy adviser.

'Iowa is sending the wrong message to its young people by not supporting public education at the level it should,' said Jeff Scudder, president of the Northern Iowa Student Government. 'The message is 'we don't value you,' when it should be 'we want you to be a part of our future.''

Scudder pointed to several trends that he says make higher education increasingly inaccessible to Iowa's youths. For instance, he said, Iowa has drastically cut support to its public universities, shifting the burden to students and their families. He also said student debt is increasing, and that reducing state support to public universities affects the source of the state's future economic strength.

'We want to be a part of Iowa's future, and our presence at the Capitol and the tone of the day are meant to underscore that reality,' Scudder said. 'We are engaged and stand ready to be a part of the solution. What remains to be seen is whether the state's leaders will make the appropriate investment to ensure that goal comes to fruition.'



NISG has organized a series of lobbying efforts for the spring semester. They include:

Friday, March 7, legislative forum at AEA-7 in Cedar Falls, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 29, legislative forum at AEA-7 in Cedar Falls, 10 a.m. to noon

Saturday, April 5, legislative forum at AEA-7 in Cedar Falls, 10 a.m. to noon

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