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February 13, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI alumnus, Adolfo Franco Jr., U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, is the keynote speaker for the University of Northern Iowa's Economics Department's 19th annual Jepson Symposium, Tuesday, Feb. 18.

USAID is the government agency that administers economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide.

Born in Cardenas, Cuba, Franco and his family moved to Cedar Falls in 1965. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University of Northern Iowa. His law degree is from Creighton University School of Law. Franco is one of the highest-ranking Hispanic-Americans in the Bush administration.

The Jepson Symposium is funded by the Lawrence M. Jepson endowment to support activities in international economics. The symposium is by invitation only.

February 12, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Elvis as Cultural Bridge: Signifying in American Popular Music' will be the topic for the University of Northern Iowa's history lecture series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. The lecture will be presented by John Baskerville, UNI assistant professor of history.

The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of History and the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society. Admission is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa Minority Graduate Student Association (MGSA), is commemorating Black History Month through a variety of campus activities Feb. 17-23.

Black History Month celebrations will kick off on Monday, Feb. 17 with the Black History Television series, 'Eye on the prize,' at Maucker Union, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 -- Black history 'food for thought' facts and historical information will be distributed in Maucker Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 -- Casual 'Chat and Chew' discussion about black history, in Maucker Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants should bring their own lunch.

Thursday, Feb. 20 -- Black history panel discussion on 'Events in Black America.' 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge.

Friday, Feb. 21 -- Open mic, poetry and jazz night will feature volunteer performers and the UNI Jazz Band. Participants may read original or published works, sing or read. Sign-up is at 6:15 p.m. The show begins at 7 p.m. in Maucker Union, Expansion A.

Saturday, Feb. 22 -- Comedy show, 8 p.m. in Lang Hall auditorium. The show is free, open to the public, and co-sponsored by the UNI entertainment committee. Immediately following the show there will be a party and dance in Maucker Union Expansion A until 2 a.m. Admission is $5.

Sunday, Feb. 23 -- 10:30 a.m. worship service at the Gift of Life Ministries Church, 1651 Sycamore St. in Waterloo.

All events are free and open to the public except the Saturday evening 'after party' and dance.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Inter-American Studies Program will present the third film in its five-film series, 'The Battle of Chile ï¾– Part II, 'the Coup D'Etat',' at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The film is part of a series that chronicles the history of Salvador Allende's Unidad Popular government. Part II documents the historical events of Sept. 11, 1973, when General Augusto Pinochet overthrew Allende's government in a bloody military coup. The film is still banned in Chile.

The series is in its seventh year, and presents films every Tuesday evening from Feb. 4 to March 4 in Seerley Hall, Room 115. The films are sponsored by Inter-American studies, the dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Department of Modern Languages. The series is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Images of ordinary people in Iran,' a slide show and discussion, will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the University of Northern Iowa's Sabin Hall, Room 103.

Kamyar Enshayan, a staff member at UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education, is an Iranian-American who will show slides of his life growing up in Iran. He said his purpose is to help people see ordinary daily life in Iran and the interaction of parents and children. He said this is in contrast to the country being identified as part of the 'Axis of Evil.'

The program is sponsored by the UNI Graduate Program in Public Policy. For more information, contact Enshayan, at (319) 273-7575.

February 11, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host educators from around the world at the 27th annual UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 21-23.

The oldest recruiting event of its kind in the world, last year the fair attracted more than 120 American international schools representing 65 countries and 570 teaching candidates. The UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair gives elementary and secondary educators the opportunity to meet and interview with international schools. Most schools that attend are affiliated with American embassies worldwide. This year, more than 120 schools and 600 teachers are expected. Pre-registration is required.

'In a time of great uncertainty in our changing world, it is remarkable to experience such a true commitment to teaching and learning,' said Tracey Roling, assistant director of education career services with the UNI Career Center. 'The UNI Career Center's Overseas Placement Service has served nearly 17,000 educators since we began the Fair in 1976.'

For more information, contact Roling at (319) 273-2083, or visit www.uni.edu/placement/overseas.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Price Laboratory School (PLS) will offer its second Teacher Institute to teacher education students Friday, Feb. 21, at the school.

Sessions will be offered on topics ranging from classroom motivation and management to suggested projects for classes in all subject areas. The program is designed to enrich the experience of UNI teacher education students.

According to Nadene Davidson, interim director of PLS, 'Last year PLS faculty made 119 state, national and international professional presentations and held 53 offices or leadership positions in professional organizations. The Teacher Institute provides an opportunity for the teacher education students to see the scholarly projects and expertise of the PLS faculty beyond their classroom participation experiences.'

Lee Weber, PLS Teacher Institute chair, added that there is a second benefit for UNI teacher education students. 'We hope that, in addition to gaining exposure to outstanding professional presentations, the UNI teacher education students will begin to see the value of continued professional development and attendance at professional conferences after they begin their teaching careers.'

The Teacher Institute is offered at no cost to participants. For additional information, visit www.pls.uni.edu/pls/teacher_institute.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The next film in the University of Northern Iowa's 'Reel to Real' film series will be 'Beautiful Piggies,' a revealing self-portrait of an overeater. It follows Barbara, the video maker, from her seemingly cheerful childhood through her metamorphosis into a five foot tall, one hundred seventy-five pound conflicted woman. The film will be shown from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Maucker Union University Room South.

Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, said the film is part of the yearlong Reel to Real film series that presents films worthy of reflection, discussion, challenge and criticism.

The series, sponsored by the Maucker Union Student Activities office, will continue March 26, with 'Beauty in the Bricks,' a film that explores the lives of black teenage girls growing up in a housing project.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa students and one faculty member were recognized at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival recently held on the UNI campus.

Katie Sue Nicklos, a graduate theatre major from La Junta, Colo., received second place in graduate costume design for her designs for the play 'Skryker.' Brad Carlson, a senior theatre major from Cedar Falls, received second place in undergraduate scenic design for his design of 'Slaughter City.' Carlson also received the honor at last year's festival for his design of 'The Tale of the Red Dragon.' Laura Buresh, a senior communication and theatre education major from Cedar Rapids, received a meritorious achievement certificate for her work as stage manager for 'Angels in America, Part I.'

A meritorious achievement certificate was also presented to Cynthia Goatley, UNI associate professor of theatre, for her direction of 'The Laramie Project.'

This year's festival, hosted by Theatre UNI and the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, was attended by more than 1,400 students, a record number for the festival.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa students took first place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) District Competition held in November at Wartburg College in Waverly.

Lynelle Keeney, senior vocal performance major from Burlington, and daughter of Bruce and Becky Keeney, was the first place winner in the Division III-A senior women's competition, and Sarah Carlson, sophomore vocal performance major from Rockwell City, and daughter of Thomas and Nancy Carlson, was the first place winner in the Division III-A sophomore women's competition.

Keeney's performance piece was 'Salce, salce' from Verdi's Otello. Her vocal instructor is Leslie Morgan, UNI associate professor of music. Carlson performed three pieces including 'Quando m'en Vo' by Puccini, 'The Road to Avrille' by Lekberg and 'Apres un Reve' by Faure. Her vocal instructor is Jean McDonald, UNI associate professor of music.

Nearly 40 students competed against Keeney and Carlson in each of their divisions.

February 10, 2003 - 6:00pm

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Through several events, UNI representatives will be at the Capitol. Those events and the individuals who can best address them, are listed.

The Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG), led by President Jeff Scudder, has organized a series of lobbying efforts for the spring semester. They are:

Wednesday, Feb. 12: Cedar Valley Day at the Capitol, Embassy Suites in Des Moines, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

(Planning van trip with 7-15 students.)

Saturday, Feb. 15, legislative forum at AEA-7 in Cedar Falls, 10 a.m. to noon.

Monday, Feb. 17, NISG meeting with student governments of Iowa State University and the University

of Iowa, State Capitol noon.

Wednesday, March 5, Regents Student Rally, State Capitol, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(Goal is to have charter bus with 50+ students.)

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.



Lou Honary, director of UNI Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants research program, will make a presentation to the House Ag Appropriations Committee at 10:30 am., and the Senate Agricultural Committee at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Honary will highlight the three business transitions key to understanding ABIL's growth, ending with the development of 25 industrial soybean-based products, four base oils and a viscosity modifier -- each licensed to market.

Also speaking will be Blake Hollis, owner/operator of Lanehaven Farms in Northeast Iowa, and manager of a soy pilot plant production site. He will discuss the USDA on-farm processing/manufacturing project, awarded to ABIL in 2000, that created three production pilot plants on local farms and one cooperative. During the course of this project, these pilot plants were provided an outlet for soybean oil, and established grease-processing procedures, capacities and capital requirements for production.

February 9, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students, faculty and staff from the University of Northern Iowa traveled to Las Vegas, Jan. 2-4 to attend the American Humanics Management Institute, a nonprofit management education conference.

The annual Management Institute conference exposes juniors and seniors to experiences they will encounter as youth and human service agency professionals. Representatives from UNI participated in a simulated case study and attended workshops.

UNI students who participated in the conference were ___NAME___, a ___CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR___, from ___HOMETOWN___.

Gordon Mack, executive director, UNI American Humanics program, will serve as a member of the national advisory council for the 2004 conference and as associate dean of the 2004 Management Institute. In addition, the UNI American Humanics student association won the Excellence in Student Recruiting Award, given to the best recruiting program for the 2002-2003 academic year.

Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319.273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its Camp and Recreation Fair Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. in the Maucker Union Expansion. The event is free and sponsored by the UNI Career Center.

The fair will feature employers from 55 camps, resorts and amusement parks across the United States, all recruiting summer employees for a variety of positions.

Among the organizations represented are Valley Fair, Wisconsin Badger Camp and BUNAC, (British Universities North America Club), an organization that specializes in placing students in camps all over the world.

For a list of recruiting organizations and more information visit www.uni.edu/careercenter.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Two print exhibitions, 'Propinquity' and 'Demographics,' will be presented by the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art, from Monday, Feb. 17, through Monday, March 10. The opening reception for both exhibitions will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, following a 6:30 p.m. lecture in the Kamerick Art Building Auditorium, Room 111, by printmaker Beth Grabowski.

Grabowski, whose works are featured in 'Propinquity,' is professor of art and associate chair for studio art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her lecture is supported by the Martha Ellen Tye Visiting Artist/Scholar Series. Grabowski says her art 'explores the concepts of communication and interpretation in the complex and exasperating realm of human interaction.'

'Demographics' is the collaborative work of eight different printmakers, including Tim Dooley, UNI assistant professor of art, created during the spring of 2002 at the Southern Graphics Council Conference in Louisiana.

The exhibitions, lecture and reception 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 UNI Gallery of Art 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 (3129) 273-3095, or visit its Web site at www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery.

February 6, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The 52nd annual 'Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz' concerts and the related Tallcorn Jazz Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The 'Sinfonian Dimensions' concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14 and 15 in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Featured will be UNI's Jazz Band One, under the direction of Chris Merz, assistant professor of music. A concert, featuring Jazz Band Two, under the direction of Robert Washut, professor of music, will precede the concert.

Guest soloist performing with Jazz Band One will be trombonist Ray Anderson of New York City. Named 'best trombonist' in Downbeat Magazine's critic's poll for five consecutive years, Anderson will host two clinics during each day of the festival at noon in Room 60 of Russell Hall. The clinics are free and open to the public.

Hosted by UNI's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, the 48th annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival will draw approximately 1,300 high school students to the UNI campus for jazz performance competitions. An awards ceremony will follow the competitions in the GBPAC. The first-place band in each class can qualify for a possible wild card spot in the Iowa Jazz Championship.

Tallcorn Festival committee members are Nathan Dishman of Charles City, program chairman; and Kyle Novak of Cedar Rapids, festival coordinator.

'Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz' tickets are $5 and may be purchased by calling (319) 273-SHOW (7469), or at the door.

February 5, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI's Off-Hudson series of staged readings continues on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Naomi Wallace's 'In the Heart of America' will be read at 7:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the Communication Arts Center.

The play, directed by Cynthia Goatley, UNI associate professor of theatre, tells of a young gay man who enlists in the military and is killed while serving his country.

The reading is free and open to the public. For more information call (319) 273-6387.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa's 'Leaders on Leadership' series continues Thursday, Feb. 13, with a workshop presented by Greg Buntz, executive director of the Iowa peace Institute.

His session, titled 'Peace-Making For Leaders,' begins at 3:30 p.m. in Room 246 of UNI's Schindler Education Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The 'Leaders on Leadership' series runs through April 24, and provide 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.

February 4, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Inter-American Studies Program will present the second film in its five-film series at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11. 'Dirty Secrets: Jennifer, Eduardo & the CIA in Guatemala,' is based on Jennifer Harbury's search for her husband, Eduardo. The film exposes CIA complicity in Guatemalan human rights abuses. The film, 'The New Patriots' will follow, which includes U.S. military veterans speaking about terrorism.

The series is in its seventh year, and presents films every Tuesday evening from Feb. 4 to March 4 in Seerley Hall, Room 115. The films are sponsored by Inter-American studies, the dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Department of Modern Languages. The series is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eric Lange, associate professor of theatre at the University of Northern Iowa, has been named acting head of the Department of Theatre.

Lange replaces Stephen Taft, associate professor of theatre, who recently resigned to become coordinator of special projects, grants and contracts in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Both men began their new duties Jan. 1.

Lange joined the university faculty in 1995. He holds a B.A. from Trinity University in San Antonio, and an MFA in technical theatre production from Temple University in Philadelphia. Before coming to UNI, he was staff technical director at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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In 1989, Charles Pugh, then a university custodian, enrolled in a single course at UNI. 'I just wanted to see if I could do it,' he recalls now. The B- he received at the end of the semester was all the proof he needed; the next semester he took two courses. 'I thought, 'whoa! I think I can do this.' Sometimes he'd take as many as 12 hours at a time, while he continued to work full time as custodian.

In the meantime, his wife of 20 years died from a pulmonary embolism, leaving behind three daughters. 'But I kept going. I had to. I needed to show my daughters that a person can accomplish anything he puts his mind to.'

Pugh graduated in 1997 with a degree in social behavioral science and the hope of working as a youth shelter assistant, but couldn't find a job. So he continued working as a custodian, but also began taking graduate courses at UNI. He received his master's in May 2000, yet was still unable to find full-time employment in the Cedar Valley. He worked as a part-time computer lab teacher for the Waterloo School District, as he continued his custodial duties at UNI.

In December 2002, he learned of an assistant technical director position opening in the UNI School of Music. He applied and was hired. 'It was a difficult road,' he says. 'But I learned that you can never give up on your goals. I learned to think positively, even on the negative days.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Fourteen members of the University of Northern Iowa's Greek community have been inducted into the National Order of Omega Greek honor society. Order of Omega recognizes fraternity and sorority members for outstanding dedication to the university and the Greek community, leadership and academic skills. Members must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Among the fourteen inductees was (NAME), a (MAJOR) major from (HOMETOWN) and a member of (GREEK AFFILIATION).

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Spring semester enrollment at the University of Northern Iowa shows 13,017 students registered for classes, according to UNI Registrar Phil Patton. The total is a decrease of 184 students, or 1.4 percent, from the 2002 spring record enrollment of 13,201.

February 3, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa mathematics department is sponsoring a statewide contest to encourage Iowa students' enthusiasm for mathematics. Iowa high school students and UNI students are invited to participate in the Wright Challenge, a web-accessible math contest.

Between January and May, six challenging puzzles will be presented. The puzzles can be found on the Web at www.math.uni.edu, in the Northern Iowan and posted on the UNI campus. The first problem is currently available and the solution is due on Feb. 14. The answers can be sent via email to doctore@math.uni.edu, or by mail to Doctor E, c/o the University of Northern Iowa Mathematics Department, 320 Wright Hall, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0506.

Prizes will include certificates and over $100 in cash.

The Wright Challenge was created four years ago by Douglas Shaw, UNI assistant professor of mathematics.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Richard Utz, professor of English literature at the University of Northern Iowa, has been named the university's Distinguished Scholar for 2003-2004.

The award, announced late last semester, is presented to a senior scholar or artist who has demonstrated a long and distinguished career of publications, exhibits and/or creative activities. The recipient must have a professional reputation that is national or international and be a member of the graduate faculty with five years of full-time service at UNI.

Utz received his doctorate and master's degrees in English and German philology at the University of Regensburg, in Germany. He has authored numerous publications and his fields of expertise include medieval English language and literature, Arthurian literature, and the history of English studies.

Utz has taught at the University of Northern Iowa since 1991. He also has taught at the University of Tubingen, Padagogische Hochschule Dresden, Williams College and the University of Regensburg.

January 30, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student Kali Miller, a junior graphic communications major from Allison, recently was part of a UNI Office of University Marketing & Public Relations (UM&PR) team that received a silver award for excellence in multimedia design from the annual competition of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District VI.

Miller, a student Web designer in the UM&PR office, created the design of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) home page. Other team members included DeWayne Purdy, electronic communications manager and Janelle Barnett, GBPAC marketing director.

There are eight states within CASE District VI, and the competition drew approximately 970 entries this year.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland will be the special guest of Ja Rule in a concert at the UNI-Dome Thursday, Feb. 13. Rowland replaces hip-hop artist Eve.

Upon the success of Destiny's Child's 2001 smash-hit CD, 'Survivor,' Rowland followed her bandmates in pursuing a solo career. In 2002, solo debut, 'Simply Deep,' was released on Columbia Records. 'Dilemma,' the album's first single, featured a duet with Southern rapper Nelly, still receiving strong airplay across the country. Rowland's latest single 'Stole' is No. 20 on the Top 40 charts and her album is quickly climbing on Billboard sales charts.

Along with Rowland will be three other guests: Benzino, Solange Knowles and Charli Baltimore.

Benzino is best known for the recent single, 'Rock the Party,' which hit No. 39 on the urban charts. The new CD, 'The Benzino Remix Project,' debuted at No. 65 on the Billboard charts.

Solange Knowles, sister of Destiny's Child member Beyonce Knowles, released her first CD, 'Solo Star,' on Jan. 21. The single from that CD, 'Feelin' You,' is already at No. 2 on the Billboard dance charts, and No. 12 on the singles charts.

Rapper Charli Baltimore has worked with some of hip-hop's biggest names, including the Notorious B.I.G., and Lance 'Un' Rivera. She released her first solo CD, 'Cold as Ice,' in 2000. Her latest effort, 'The Diary' was released on Def Jam Records this year.

One of the hip-hop world's biggest stars today, Ja Rule's first solo CD, 'Venni Vetti Vecci,' went multi-platinum and featured the singles 'Holla Holla,' 'It's Murda,' and 'Daddy's Little Baby.' His

sophomore solo effort, 'Rule 3:36' debuted in 2000, and went straight to the top of the charts. 'Pain is Love,' released the next year, topped the charts as well. His most recent CD, 'The Last Temptation,' was released in November. He has collaborated on No. 1 singles with Ashanti ('Always on Time') and Jennifer Lopez ('Ain't it Funny').

Tickets, $25 for UNI students and $30 for all others, are available at all UNI ticket outlets. They also are available at tickets.uni.edu, or (319) 273-DOME.

The concert is sponsored by the UNI-Dome and Panther Productions.

January 29, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert Drewelow, a University of Northern Iowa junior from Waterloo, was awarded funds from the Merck Co. Foundation to attend the 2003 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Denver, Colo., Feb. 13-17. He will present his work at the student poster session on Feb. 15.

The title of his project is 'Expression Cloning and Pharmacological Characterization of a Mammaliam Calcium Channel in Xenopus Oocytes.' Drewelow did the research last summer as part of the Undergraduate Science Research Program funded by Merck/AAAS. He was one of six UNI students selected to participate in the program and one of 25 student program participants nationwide who were selected to attend the Denver meeting.

UNI was one of 15 U.S. colleges and universities that received an award from Merck/AAAS to promote interdisciplinary research experiences among undergraduates.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at UNI recently won three awards during the annual competition of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District VI.

A gold award for excellence in fundraising publications went to the publications staff, including Gerald Anglum, Elizabeth La Velle, Randy Darst, Mary Taylor, Denton Ketels and Bev Schomaker for the creation of the UNI Foundation's national campaign kick-off materials.

For excellence in graphic design for the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) display, a silver award went to Darst and Janelle Barnett, GBPAC marketing director.

A silver award also went to DeWayne Purdy, electronic communications manager, Kali Miller, student Web designer and Barnett for excellence in multimedia for the design of the GBPAC home page.

There are eight states within CASE District VI, and the competition drew approximately 970 entries this year.

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The UNI accounting program is ranked second in the nation in first-time pass rate of the CPA exam. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1., UNI will help the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) prepare to launch its first-ever computerized CPA exam

The new exam will be officially introduced in 2004. The AICPA is validating the test at select colleges and universities across the country. UNI is one of those sites. During the next two days, 315 sections of the new, computerized, Uniform CPA Examination will be taken by UNI students.

According to the AICPA, computerization reflects the changes in work performed by entry-level CPAs, acknowledges the need for higher-order skills, and recognizes the integral role of technology in the work of entry-level CPAs.

Dry-run exams will take place both days from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m., and 5 to 8 p.m. in CBB Room 236.

January 28, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter of Sigma Xi and the UNI College of Natural Sciences will host a presentation by Patricia Quinlisk, state of Iowa epidemiologist, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

Her presentation, 'Everything You Wanted to Know About Smallpox, But Didn't Know Who To Ask,' will cover smallpox, its history and its use as a weapon. She also will provide an overview of the disease, and its prevention and treatment. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The event is free and open to the public. Sigma Xi is a scientific research society.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa's Theatre UNI will host the director/designers presentation of the drama 'Roosters, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Bertha Martin Theatre.

Participants will join guest director Kim Hines of Minneapolis and the production designers for a presentation and discussion about the show. Prodcution designers are Mark A. Parrott, scenery; Carmelita Guse, costumes; and Eric Lange, lighting.

Set in the rural Southwest, 'Roosters' is the emotional story about the complex relationships of a Mexican-American family teetering on the edge of explosive conflict. The show opens Monday, Feb. 27.

The director/designers presentation is free and open to the public.

January 27, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two students from the University of Northern Iowa are the recipients of a $1,000 scholarship. Levi Franzen, a senior real estate major from Elkader and Lisa Gaul, a senior finance major from Strawberry Point, have each been awarded a University Scholarship from the Education Foundation of the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute.

'The students were selected by the Iowa CCIM Chapter based on a combination of high achievement in academics, leadership and volunteer activities,' said Thomas Nordstrom, CCIM, who is the CCIM Institute's liaison for the University Scholarship Program in Iowa.

In addition to the scholarship, Franzen and Gaul were also awarded free tuition to the CCIM Institute's Core 101 Course: 'Financial Analysis For Commercial Investment Real Estate.' The course is part of the institute's curriculum leading to the CCIM designation, and is valued at more than $1,000.

The CCIM Institute, with over 14,000 members, provides educational programs and services for professionals in commercial and investment real estate as well as allied industries. It awards the CCIM designation to individuals who complete a prescribed series of university-level courses in advanced concepts and techniques in commercial real estate.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) continues the spring 2003 six-film and event series with speaker Wes Jackson on Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in Sabin Hall, Room 102. The session's topic is 'A false hypothesis? But what if it is true?'

Jackson is a plant geneticist and president of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. He has established and served as chair of one of the country's first environmental studies programs at California State University-Sacramento.

The event is free and open to the public. The series will run through April 12. For more information, contact Kamyar Enshayan, adjunct assistant professor of physics, at (319) 273-7575.

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

Throughout the academic year, Student Alumni Ambassadors meet with current students, prospective students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and other university guests. The Ambassadors are involved in many events, including the annual New Student Bash, Family Weekend, Homecoming, working with university Preview Days and lead campus tours.

The organization also is involved with community outreach with local elementary schools, the adopt-a-highway program and other community-based organizations.

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

Sara Schuler, UNI admissions counselor and Connie Hansen, UNI campus visits coordinator are co-advisers for the Student Alumni Ambassadors. For more information, call the UNI Office of Admissions at (319) 273-2281.

Note: to obtain a listing of the studets, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student Krista Todd, a senior biology major from Washington, D.C, was recognized at the 2002 annual meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Todd received first place in the undergraduate student poster presentation competition for her entry, and interview relating to 'Simulate Microgravity's Effect on the Contractile Ability of Developing Chick Heart Tissue Explants.' Her research used chick embryos to simulate the impact of gravity on developing heart tissue. The co-authors on the project were Eric Askeland, a senior biology major from Fort Dodge, who helped with additional research this fall; and Darrell Weins, UNI professor of biology.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Moral Womanhood, Race and the Politics of Nineteenth-Century U.S. Women's History' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture, at noon, Monday, Feb. 3, in Baker Hall Room 161 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

In the presentation, Barbara Cutter, UNI assistant professor of history, will focus on three types of women who were at the center of public controversy during the nineteenth-century: accused murderesses, women who engaged in sexual activity outside of marriage, and female public lecturers. Cutter will explore the relationship between gender ideology and women's lives in the antebellum United States.

Admission is open to the public and free of charge.

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

The next program in the CROW Forum series will continue on March 3 with 'Mobilizing for Gender Justice: Implementation and Evaluation of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Model on the UNI Campus.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Free income tax assistance will be offered this year at the University of Northern Iowa through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Approximately 50 senior and graduate accounting students will provide the assistance.

The program will run from Feb. 3 through April 14, excluding the week of March 17. Sessions are Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 224 of the Curris Business Building.

VITA was established by the Internal Revenue Service to help people who may not be able to afford professional tax assistance. According to Dennis Schmidt, UNI professor of accounting and program coordinator, the program also provides accounting students an experiential learning opportunity as they work with people in actual income tax situations.

Students will be available to prepare federal and state tax returns and answer tax questions. These students have completed a one-semester comprehensive tax course, have received additional training, and have access to a variety of federal and state reference materials.

Those seeking tax assistance should bring wage and earnings statements from their employers (Form W-2), interest statements from banks (Form 1099-INT), dividend statements from corporations and mutual funds (Form 1099-DIV), copies of last year's tax returns (if available), social security numbers for themselves and any dependents, and any other relevant information concerning 2002 income and expenses.

No appointment is necessary. For more information, contact Dennis Schmidt, program coordinator, at (319) 273-2394.

January 26, 2003 - 6:00pm

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Today, the United Nations' inspectors in Iraq will release a progress report on that country's compliance with a resolution requiring full disclosure of all weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, the United States continues its build-up of troops and weaponry in the Middle East, preparing for what some say is an invevitable war. Several professors at the University of Northern Iowa are well-versed on various aspects of war, and are available for the media.

The war tradition in Christianity;

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

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

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

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



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



Public relations and war

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

Political aspects of war

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



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

Pacifism and perspectives of the 'peace churches' on war

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



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

Military and diplomatic history of war

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



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

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Upward Bound Math and Science Program at the University of Northern Iowa is now accepting applications for its summer residential program. Available from high school guidance counselors and principals, applications will be accepted through February 2003 or until all openings are filled. The math and science program has been awarded funding for 2002-2003 from a grant from the U. S. Department of Education. The program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and encourages them to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields.

Expanding on the success of the well-known Upward Bound programs on college campuses nationwide, the Upward Bound Math and Science Program at UNI encourages high school students to seek post-secondary education in math or science. 'There is a shortage of individuals going into the math and science professions, while the need for such individuals continues to increase,' said Reygan Freeney, director of the UNI program.

Students in the program attend a free six-week summer session on the UNI campus, which includes classes, field trips and a weekly stipend. Up to 45 students will be accepted.

The Upward Bound Math and Science Program has operated on the UNI campus since 1990. Freeney said about 80 percent of the program graduates have gone on to post-secondary education in the math or science area, and the majority of those have gone to Iowa colleges or universities.

For more information, contact a school guidance counselor, call Freeney at (319) 433-1260, or email the program at ub-math-science@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa alumni attending or planning to attend a graduate or professional school may apply for a 2003 Merchant Scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, achievement, character, potential and service to society.

Application packets may be requested from Howard Barnes, head, Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Northern Iowa, 235 Latham Hall, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0332. Barnes is the chairperson of the four-member 2003 Merchant Scholarship committee.

The completed application form, along with transcripts and three letters of recommendation, must be received by the committee no later than March 1, 2003.

January 23, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently awarded the Sperry Scholarship to Matthew Hackman, a freshman business management administration major from Fort Atkinson.

The scholarship, funded through the UNI Foundation, is awarded annually to any incoming or current student, and is based on financial need, scholastic achievement, leadership and citizenship skills, extracurricular activities and community service.

Hackman, the son of John and Sue Hackman, is a graduate of Turkey Valley High School in Jackson Junction, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He also participated on five sports teams and worked with first-and second-grade students during his senior year in the district's program, 'Students Educating Students' (SES).

The Sperry scholarship covers tuition, fees, room and board and is renewable for up to four years. The scholarship is valued at $8,758 for the 2002-2003 school year.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training, will offer two computer software training courses this spring.

'Microsoft Access' training will be offered on three consecutive Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 13, 20 and 27. The first module will cover beginning skills. The second module will address intermediate and advanced topics over two class periods. Participants may register for individual modules, or for both at a discounted rate. The course instructor will be Chris Case.

'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 also be taught by Chris Case.

All classes will be held at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St, in downtown Waterloo. Class sizes are limited to 14. Fees vary. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit www.unirbc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) is hosting a six-film and event series during spring 2003.

The series opens with 'Just eat it!', a film and discussion at 7 p.m., Jan. 30, in the UNI Physics Building, Room 309. The film poses questions about chemical companies that develop crops as drugs, and repercussions from this practice.

The series will run through April 12. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kamyar Enshayan, adjunct assistant professor of physics, at (319) 273-7575.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ming-Kai Chin, recipient of the 2003 Monica R. Wild and Doris E. White Scholar Award presented by the University of Northern Iowa's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, will deliver a public lecture during his week-long visit to the UNI campus.

He will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the UNI Commons Ballroom on 'Promotion of Physical Activity and Wellness in Schools and Community: An Asian Pacific Perspective in the 21st Century.' The address is free and open to the public, and will follow a private dinner and reception.

Chin, principal lecturer in the Department of Physical Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, is an expert in cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory and neurological adaptations to acute and chronic exercise. He also specializes in the inter-relationship of physical activity, health and physical fitness of school children.

As the winner of the inaugural Wild and White Scholar Award, he also will deliver a mini-seminar for faculty and students and speak in classes. The seminar, at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, is in Room 252 of UNI's Wellness & Recreation Center. It also is open to interested members of the public. Chin's topic will be 'The Integration of Sports Science Technology and IT in Health-related Fitness and Exercise Physiology in Physical Education.' He will speak about an innovative model at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

The Wild and White Scholar Award is presented to an individual whose contributions have significantly advanced the cause of the areas of health, physical education, recreation, youth and human services, and whose dedication reflects the same level of commitment by the two former UNI faculty members for whom the award was named. In addition to the lecture and travel to campus, Chin also will receive a certificate honoring his achievements.

The Wild and White award honors Monica Wild and Doris White, early members of the faculty in the Department of Physical Education for Women at UNI. As individuals, Wild was recognized as a pre-eminent scholar, and White as a practical administrator. They were co-authors of the well-known book ''Physical Education for Elementary Schools.''

January 22, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'An Evening with Chuck D,' a lecture by rap artist and Internet visionary Chuck D, is the next program for the University of Northern Iowa's 2002-2003 Hearst Lecture Series, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Admission is open to the public and free of charge, with a reception to follow in the Lang Hall lounge.

As leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D redefined rap music and hip hop culture, according to Gayle Pohl, co-chair of the UNI Hearst Lecture Series. 'His explosive messages address sensitive issues such as race, rage and inequality with a shocking sense of intelligence and eloquence.'

The group released seven albums in 13 years, all meeting with critical acclaim from publications such as Time and The Source. In 1999, The New York Times named Public Enemy's music to its list of the '25 Most Significant Albums of the Last Century.'

Pohl says the media has anointed Chuck D the spokesperson and major proponent of music on the Internet. In 1999, he launched a multi-format 'supersite' on the Web, Rapstation.com. His outspoken advocacy of the Web has been profiled in Time, Forbes, USA Today and The Industry Standard. He also was named to Upsider magazine's 'Elite 100' list of Internet leaders, alongside the likes of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

This year's Hearst series, subtitled 'Envisioning Communities: Questioning Assumptions,' is made possible through support by the Meryl Norton Hearst Chair in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, created by an endowment from James Schell Hearst, author, poet and professor of creative writing at UNI from 1941 until his retirement in 1975.

The Department of Communication Studies and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UNI sponsor the 2002-2003 Hearst Lecture Series.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four schools from the North Iowa Cedar League Conference (NICL) will participate in the annual NICL Conference Choral Festival at Northern University High School in Cedar Falls on Monday, Jan. 27. Approximately 350 students and their directors will participate in the festival clinic with guest conductor Michael Reese, from Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School, throughout the afternoon.

The day's events will conclude with a 7 p.m. festival concert in the Nielsen Fieldhouse. In addition to the combined festival chorus, each conference school will perform two selections.

Schools participating in the event are Ackley-Geneva/Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock High School and director Michelle Anthoney; Denver High School and director Mary Stevens; Northern University High School and director Linda Sharp; and Wapsie Valley High School and director Roy Stubbs.

Accompanist for the event is Mabel Rempe. The Northern University High School Chamber Orchestra will also accompany the festival choir.

The concert is open to the public and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $3. Tickets are available at the door. For more information call (319) 273-6236.

January 21, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Dance Team placed 19th at the Universal Dance Association College National Championship.

The team made its fourth appearance in the annual competition Jan. 9-11 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, and received an automatic bid into the semi-final round. The team competed in the Division I Dance category and was awarded a superior ranking and plaque.

UNI dance team members include ___NAME___, a ___CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR___ from ____HOMETOWN____.

Competing teams must submit a videotape of a two-minute routine to qualify for and be accepted into the elite competition. UNI Dance Team members choreographed their own routine, a unique quality among teams competing. In addition, the team raised funds for costumes, registration fees, hotel accommodations and airfare. The UNI Dance Team is coached by Jori Wade-Booth.

The final round of the competition will be aired on ESPN later this year. Additional information on the national competition and airdates can be found online at varsity.com.

January 20, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Residence was the host team for the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (MACURH) annual conference held Nov. 15-17. The conference was attended by more than 600 leaders from 65 colleges and universities in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Manitoba, Canada.

The conference was planned and implemented by students. UNI students who participated in the conference include ___(NAME)___, a ___(CLASSIFICATION/ MAJOR)___ from ___(HOMETOWN)___. In addition, there were almost 200 UNI volunteers. The group was advised by hall coordinators David 'Schimiddy' Schmid, Greg Thompson, Trisha Hoffman, Krista Prather and assistant coordinators Jessie Pondell and Heather Smith. The primary advisor was Scott Mitchell, hall coordinator.

Events at the conference included student leaders presenting successful activities and events that have occurred on their campuses. Participants also shared new ideas to improve their campuses and the lives of the students who live in the residence halls.

Conference attendees also contributed over $700 worth of tools and cash to support the Greater Black Hawk Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Note to editors: Students are listed below in alphabetical order by hometown with Iowa residents first.



HOMETOWN NAME/CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR

ANKENY Tara Tyler, junior, elementary education

BOONE Ryan Stone, junior, elementary education

CORRECTIONVILLE Luke Demarest, junior, elementary education

DAVENPORT Lauren Miller, junior, art

DECORAH Lynnette Keune, junior, accounting

DES MOINES Emily Sanders, junior, psychology

DIKE Jenny Rokes, sophomore, history

DUBUQUE Brad Scardino, senior, Public Relations

and Organizational Communication

ELKADER Brandi Henning, junior, speech pathology

FAIRFIELD Katie Doyle, senior, elementary education

FAYETTE Renee Maurer, sophomore, elementary education

HAZLETON Hollie McLaren, junior, management

LAUREL Annie Kimberley, senior, special education

MARCUS John Volkert, sophomore, management

MARION Stacy McEowen, junior, elementary education

MILFORD Brock Holman, junior, elementary education

NEVADA Ashley Kockler, sophomore, general studies

NORTH ENGLISH Chrissy VanBerkum, junior, political science

SIOUX CITY Val Anderson, senior, psychology

WATERLOO Brenda Yuska, junior, elementary education

WAUCOMA Ben Manderfield, junior, construction management

WEST UNION Kassie Osmundson, sophomore, general studies

WINFIELD Maranda Connop, senior, history

OUT-OF-STATE

CARY, ILL. Sarah Meyer, junior, mathematics

January 16, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Enrollment is now open for the Spring 2003 session of Kindergym, a creative movement program sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa. Kindergym is designed for children ages 2 to 5 years old and their parents. It focuses on the exploration and development of motor skills.

The program will be held Saturday mornings, Feb. 8 through April 12; however classes will not be held March 15 or March 22 due to UNI's spring break. Kindergym is divided into two age groups and meeting times. Four-and five-year-olds will meet at 9 a.m. and two-and three-year-olds will meet at 10 a.m. A parent, or responsible adult, is required to attend the sessions with each child.

UNI students majoring in early childhood, elementary and/or physical education help design the program and lead the group activities.

The registration fee is $25. A t-shirt is also available for an additional $5. For more information, contact Karyn Finn, Kindergym coordinator, at (319) 273-2141, or e-mail kindergym@prodigy.net.

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The University of Michigan is facing challenges to its admissions policies, which some charge unfairly favor students of color. President George W. Bush said earlier this week that he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the university's policies.

But Winston Burt, assistant to the president for Compliance and Equity Management at the University of Northern Iowa, said Affirmative Action methods used by universities are imperative to diversity. 'Affirmative Action is an outreach program to minorities and women saying, 'Here are programs we'd like to see you participate in if you meet our requirements.'' You're telling them there's an equal opportunity. Affirmative Action guarantees nothing.'

Burt says that, although many are likening the University of Michigan's approach to a quota program, that isn't the case. 'The quota argument comes from an element that wants to deflect our attention away from the real issue. When you interject quotas into any program, you do, in effect, deny opportunity.'

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