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April 7, 2003 - 7:00pm

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Iowa High School Model United Nations will be on the UNI campus for its annual conference, Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12. About 500 participants are expected.

The opening session will begin at 6:45 p.m., on Thursday, April 10, in the West Gym. UNI president, Robert Koob, will welcome the participants. Following his welcome, Kathryn Koob, former hostage in Iran and now a professor at Wartburg College, will deliver the keynote address.

Model UN offers role-playing opportunities for students who represent countries of the United Nations. For a full schedule of events, go to www.uni.edu/ihsmun/about.htm.

April 6, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students on the University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events Speech Team recently placed second at the Twin Cities Forensic League (TCFL) Tournament at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn.

In addition, three novice students participated at an additional TCFL competition designed for students in their first or second year of competition. Each UNI student received an award.

At the Normandale competition, Amy Larsen, a senior from Ankeny, placed first in both impromptu speaking and poetry interpretation. Sara Gronstal, a junior from Council Bluffs, placed first in dramatic interpretation and second in prose interpretation. Kara Scolten, a sophomore from Rock Valley, placed second in poetry interpretation. Additionally, at the novice competition, she placed first in after-dinner speaking. Phil Rippke, a sophomore from Moville, placed third in impromptu speaking.

In the novice competition, Brent Nichols, a freshman from Marshalltown placed first in both impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking. Jessica Armstrong, a freshman from Council Bluffs placed fifth in informative speaking.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the annual 'See How They Grow,' children's activity conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 12 in the Schindler Education Center.

The conference will include children's stories, activities, games, songs and art projects. Keynote speaker is Bob Kann, a magician, comedian and juggler.



The cost to attend the conference is $40 for regular registration, and $30 for IAEYC members. The program provides six hours of training to meet professional growth and development requirements for Iowa Department of Human Services licensure.

For more information, contact Sandra Murphy, secretary, Conference and Event Services, at (319) 273-6988.

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UNI ROTC has planned a series of trainings that will continue through April. Changes have occurred since the last brief listing these activities was sent.

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

Monday, April 21, noon

Field Training Exercise, Ft. McCoy, Wis.

Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13

Annual Awards Ceremony at West Gym

Friday, April. 18,1 p.m.

Commissioning at Lang Hall, Room 115

Saturday, May 10, at 8 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Maj. Gen. Ron Dardis, Iowa adjutant general.

Ongoing activities

Army Physical Fitness Test ï¾– Friday, May 2, 6 a.m.

Please call ahead for location.

April 3, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the 35th annual Beginning Reading Conference on Friday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Schindler Education Center.

The keynote speaker is Patricia MacLachlan, author of 'Sarah, Plain and Tall,' ' Skylark' and 'Caleb's Story.'

The cost to attend the conference is $60. General continuing education units (CEUs) are available, along with one hour of graduate credit from UNI.

For more information, contact Linda Love, secretary, Conference and Event Services, at (319) 273-6855.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's dance company, Orchesis, will present its spring dance gala Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Saturday's performance begins at 7 p.m., and Sunday's performance begins at 2 p.m.

The 18-member company will present a series of pieces, including high-energy hip hop, modern dance, classical ballet, jazz and tap. Student and faculty choreography will be presented.

Orchesis members are Michelle Arp, Caitlin Gillies, Anne Hoffman and Heather Turner, all of Davenport; Alisa Balm of Spirit Lake; Emily Barrich of Webster City; Jamie Buhman of Bettendorf; Andrea Buelt of Waterloo, Angie Doorenbos of Boyden, Emily Fassbinder of Dubuque; Lori Gaither of Iowa City; Jenny Heiman of Muscatine; Julie Hicks of Knoxville; Jaimie Howard of Sioux City; Leslie Long of Cedar Rapids; Brianne Policha of Clinton; and Michiru Shiraishi of Ashai, Japan. Orchesis is directed by Ranae Keane-Bamsey.

Also performing will be the UNI Capoeira Club and personal wellness students. Student members of the group are Francesca Romana Morawska Hanson of Ottumwa; Pedro Augusto M. Zogaib of the Federative Republic of Brazil; Paul Stille of Charles City; Kim Nguyen of Iowa City; and Nicole Heck and Dawn Marie Anderson, both of Cedar Falls.

Special guests for the performance will be the International Dance Theatre and the UNI Dance Team.

Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for all others. They can be purchased by calling (319) 273-SHOW.



The event is part of the university's month-long Arts in April celebration. 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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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Theatre UNI, in collaboration with the Sturgis Youth Theatre, will present 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12; and at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the UNI campus.

The classic tale by Harper Lee tells the story of a white southern lawyer who fights for truth in the 1930s when a young black man is accused of rape.

Director is Gretta Berghammer, UNI professor of theatre and artistic director of Sturgis Youth Theatre. The production will feature original music composed by Jonathan Schwabe, associate professor of music; scenic design by Leonard Curtis, associate professor of theatre; costume design by Carol Colburn, professor of theatre; lighting by Mark Parrott, staff designer; sound by Christopher Jamison, junior theatre major from Polk City; and hair and make-up by Ashley Feht, sophomore theatre major from Eldora.

Admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for youths under 18. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381 or online at www.uni.edu/theatre.

'To Kill A Mockingbird' is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Waterloo/Cedar Falls and Northeast Iowa, Humanities Iowa, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students on the University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events Speech Team will attend the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET), April 5-7, at the University of Mississippi.

Amy Larsen, a senior from Ankeny, will compete in informative speaking, impromptu speaking, and communication analysis. Danielle Dick, a junior from Dayton, will compete in after-dinner speaking and prose interpretation. Sara Gronstal, a junior from Council Bluffs, will compete in dramatic interpretation, informative speaking and after-dinner speaking. Gronstal qualified for poetry speaking, but tournament scheduling conflicts will prevent her from competing in that event.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students in the University of Northern Iowa's Textile and Apparel program will present their 11th annual runway show at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, in the Lang Hall auditorium. Among those participating is: (NAME) of (HOMETOWN).

The event is planned, managed and produced by students. The students also create all of the clothing and 'wearable art.' In addition to the show, seniors will showcase their portfolios before the event. The theme is global trends.

Work was juried and selected by featured UNI textile and apparel alumna, Krista Stensrud, a freelance stylist in the Target Corp., fashion office in Minneapolis.

There is no cost to attend the show. The event is sponsored by the UNI Textile and Apparel program, Northern Iowa Student Government, and the Department of Design, Family, and Consumer Sciences.

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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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at UNI on Thursday, April 10, in the Maucker Union Expansion. The following are docket items pertaining to UNI, and the individuals who can best address those issues.

A news release regarding the west-campus expansion will be available at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 10. Included will be links to online images of the proposed expansion.

Tenure/promotions

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

Establishment of Athletic Training M.S. degree program

Richard Williams, assistant professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Studies,(319) 273-6824

Revisions to Merit system classification

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

Title IIA professional development grants

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

Karla Krueger, instructor, College of Education; and grant applicant, (319) 273-7241

Presentation of schematic design for west-campus expansion

William Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, (319) 273-6078

UNI capital register

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

Approval of residence rates

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

Proposed parking rates

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

Annual report on competition with private enterprise

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



Final approval 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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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will present the Ecological Lawn and Garden Fair on April 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the CEEE on UNI's campus. Homeowners will learn practical and cost effective methods of managing and beautifying lawns and gardens without the use of conventional chemical pesticides.

The fair will feature exhibits, educational resources, and workshops featuring business leaders and UNI and Iowa State University faculty. Workshops will include: 'Pesticides and the precautionary principle,' at 9:30 a.m., 'Take your lawn to school,' and 'Indoor pest control,' at 11 a.m., 'Backyard composting,' and 'Iowa prairie plants for your yard,' at 1:00 p.m., and 'Yards for kids: Parents should become involved,' at 2:30 p.m.

For more information on the Ecological Lawn and Garden Fair, or the Yards for Kids program, contact Kamyar Enshayan, assistant professor of physics, at (319) 273-7575, or visit www.uni.edu/yardsforkids.

April 2, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Women in Business' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, April 7, in Baker Hall, Room 161, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The lecture will be given by Audrey Murrell, associate professor of business administration in the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. It is sponsored by UNI's David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics and UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A campus-wide teach-in, focusing on the war in Iraq, will take place at the University of Northern Iowa at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 4, in Schindler Education Center,

Room 244-245.

Speakers are as follows: 10 a.m., Tom Capshew, assistant professor of social work, 'Depleted Uranium and Gulf War Syndrome'; 11 a.m., Kamyar Enshayan, adjunct assistant professor of physics, 'Life in the Middle East'; noon, Chris Martin, associate professor of communication studies, 'From Watchdog to Lapdog: The News Media's Performance So Far'; 1 p.m., Kent Sandstrom, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, 'Group Discussion on the Hidden Costs of War.'

The event is sponsored by UNI's chapter of Amnesty International, and UNI Students for Social Justice. It is free and open to the public

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Leaders on Leadership' series continues Thursday, April 10, with a panel discussion on business leadership.

The event runs from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Room 246 of UNI's Schindler Education Center. Panelists will be Elaine Bruns, president of Harley Davidson Cycles, Inc.; David Neil, president of UAW CAF, State of Iowa-Region 4, and member of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; Helen Seenster, branch manager of the Institute for Social and Economic Development; and Danielle Stokes, repesentative of Pauline Co. Inc.

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.

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CEDAR FALLS -- Rating crazy ideas on a scale of up to four 'cuckoos' may not sound like something a typical scientist would do, but Robert Ehrlich probably wouldn't be described as typical. The author of 'Nine Crazy Ideas in Science-- A Few Might Even Be True,' Ehrlich will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

A professor of physics at George Mason University, Ehrlich demonstrates in everyday terms how to weigh arguments about a few bizarre notions that are currently receiving serious attention by some scientists. Some of the ideas covered in his book include 'more guns mean less crime' and 'sun exposure is beneficial.'

'Dr. Ehrlich is an entertaining speaker who uses scientific methodology to examine ideas,' said Jill Trainer, interim associate dean of the UNI College of Natural Sciences and coordinator of the capstone program, which is sponsoring the event with the college.

Ehrlich's research has focused on particle physics, including possible evidence for faster-than-light tachyons, hypothetical subatomic particles. The author of 19 books, he also has worked on arms-control issues and physics education.

The talk is open to the public free of charge, with a book signing to follow. Off-campus visitors may park in the lot between the Industrial Technology Center and the Biology Research Complex, accessible from College Street.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International, will discuss 'Current Issues in Human Rights,' at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 14 in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performance Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa.

An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, he joined Amnesty International in 1994 after serving 15 years with the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. He led the first visit by a member of the U.S. Congress to post-revolutionary Romania in January 1991. He also has worked in India with the Holdeen India Fund, which is dedicated to ending communal violence and encouraging empowerment of women. He led fact-finding missions to the Middle East and Northern Ireland, and an Amnesty mission to Liberia to investigate human rights violations committed during the civil war.

Schulz has served on the boards of People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Communitarian Network, and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Among his awards are the Harry S Truman Award for International Leadership from the Kansas City United Nations Association, and the 2002 Human Rights Award from Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.

Schulz's address is sponsored by the UNI graduate program in public policy, the UNI chapter of Amnesty International, the UNI Department of Political Science, and the UNI Speakers Fund.

The address is free and open to the public.

April 1, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Herman Boone, the coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in 'Remember the Titans,' will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, in the University of Northern Iowa's Lang Hall Auditorium. He will speak on respect, teamwork, community involvement and the importance of character.

Boone began coaching the T.C. Williams High School football team in Alexandria, Va. when it was a new, integrated school. He helped the team members and the town put aside their prejudices. The team went on to win the 1971 state championship and end the season with a perfect 13-0 record.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Edward Osowski, University of Northern Iowa adjunct lecturer in history, will present a lecture, 'Christ in the Cave: The Indigenous Reconstruction of History in Post-Conquest Mexico,' at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

This is the final presentation for this year's history lecture series sponsored by UNI's Phi Alpha Theta history honor society and the Department of History.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Political Science and the UNI Political Science Society are presenting a panel discussion on the war in Iraq at 3 p.m., Monday, April 7, in Sabin Hall, Room 103.

Speakers will include UNI political science faculty: Pita Agbese, Dhirendra Vajpeyi, Michael Hall, Taifa Yu and Steven Lobell.



The panel will discuss the role of the United Nations and international law, the reaction of the public and governments around the world, and the impact of the war on U.S. foreign policy.

For more information, contact Philip Mauceri, associate professor of political science, at (319) 273-2528.

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Kazumi Truex, a UNI cook, will demonstrate the Japanese art of sushi making from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3, at UNI's Piazza in the Redeker Center. A native of Okinawa, Japan, Truex will be using a family recipe for the sushi, which will be served to UNI students.

The event is part of the university's annual Arts in April celebration.

March 31, 2003 - 6:00pm

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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.

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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 -- 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 -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education will present 'Kids and Chemicals,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3, in the Physics Building, Room 201.

The film will discuss how a growing number of children in the United States are being diagnosed with asthma, cancer and learning and behavioral disabilities, and explore the relationship between environmental contamination and the health of America's children.

For more information, contact Kamyar Enshayan, staff member, UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education, at (319) 273-7575.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An assistant professor of environmental health in the Health Division at the University of Northern Iowa has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research in Romania next spring.

Catherine L. Zeman, who is also director of the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center at UNI, will spend the 2004 spring semester at the Dr. Professor Iuliu Moldovan Institute of Public Health (IPH) in Cluj Napoca, Romania, where she will work to help develop GIS (geographical information system)/GPS (global positioning system) platforms for public health surveillance and will co-lecture with a Romanian colleague on health education and promotion theory.

Zeman, who did her doctoral research in Romania, has worked there intermittently since 1997 under a cooperative agreement between UNI's Environmental Programs and IPH. Her areas of interest include parasites, e.coli, infant feeding practices, health promotion theory and education approaches and pesticide exposures.

She is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries for 2003-04 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program, established in 1946 to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields. Zeman holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in preventive medicine with an emphasis in environmental and occupational health. She has served as vice president and president of the Iowa Recycling Association and is associate director of the UNI Office of Intellectual Properties.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students enrolled in the course Land, People, and Economics will host a debate from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, in McCollum Science Hall, Room 2430. The topic is, 'Should the U.S. drill for oil in the Alaska Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?' The audience will vote to determine the winning side.

The debate fulfills one of the requirements of the course. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hans Isakson, professor of economics, at (319) 273-2950.

March 30, 2003 - 6:00pm

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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.

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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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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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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 -- 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.

March 27, 2003 - 6:00pm

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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.

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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 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 -- 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.

March 26, 2003 - 6:00pm

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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.

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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 -- 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.

March 25, 2003 - 6:00pm

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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.

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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.

March 24, 2003 - 6:00pm

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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.

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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.

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– '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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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– 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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