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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.

March 17, 2003 - 6:00pm

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Attitudes between groups

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

She has conducted research on intergroup attitudes and prejudice.

Anthrax

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

Crisis mentality

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

Effects of the media/news criticism

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

277-2991

International Relations

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

Islamic faith/religious organizations

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

504-4483

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

266-0400

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

Mid-East politics

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

266-2017

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

504-4483

Political aspects

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

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

Terrorism

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

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

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

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

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



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

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3/18/03

News Brief

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

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

UNI professors explain the concept of war from various perspectives

Anti-war perspectives

The UNI Anti-War Coalition

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

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

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

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

268-9149

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

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

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

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

277-5071

Historical, political, strategic and religious aspects of war

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

Military and diplomatic history of war

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

Pacifism and perspectives of the 'peace churches' on war

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

Political aspects of war

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

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

Kent Sandstrom, associate professor of sociology and anthropology,

(319) 273-2769, 235-8030

Public relations and war

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

266-5842

The war tradition in Christianity

Kenneth Atkinson, assistant professor of philosophy and religion,

(319) 273-6990, 266-0400

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





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

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

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March 16, 2003 - 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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March 12, 2003 - 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 11, 2003 - 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 10, 2003 - 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 9, 2003 - 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Training exercises at George Wyth State Park (Waterloo)

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

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

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

Field Training Exercise, Ft. McCoy, Wis.

Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13

Annual Awards Ceremony at West Gym

Friday, May 2, 1 p.m.

Commissioning at Lang Hall, Room 115

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

Ongoing activities

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

Please call ahead for location.

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

UNI capital register

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

Spring 2003 enrollment report

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

First-year non-persistence report

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

Annual report on international agreements and study abroad

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

Ratification of collective bargaining agreements for 2003-2005

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

Governance report on residence systems

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

Proposed parking rates

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

Taser deployment

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

Preliminary consideration of miscellaneous fees and charges

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

Report of banking committee

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

Institution agreements, leases and easements

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

March 6, 2003 - 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 5, 2003 - 6:00pm

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

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

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

Admission is free and open to the public.

March 4, 2003 - 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 3, 2003 - 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



March 2, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa will host the third annual Iowa Conference on Islam at UNI's Maucker Union, Friday, March 7 to Sunday, March 9. The conference is co-sponsored by the UNI Muslim Student Association (UNI MSA) and the Iowa Muslim Student Association.

According to Mohammed Fahmy, UNI MSA faculty advisor, 'The UNI MSA is focused on raising awareness of Islam at UNI and addressing related issues about religion and Muslims in Iowa and the United States.'

The conference is open to all Muslims and non-Muslims and is focused on 'Understanding Islam from Within.' Activities will include: lectures and workshops by local and national speakers, introductory sessions on Islam, Quaran recitations, movies and cultural exhibits and an Islamic Arts exhibition. The conference is free and babysitting will be provided.

To register or for more information visit www.IowaMuslims.org/ or contact Mona Fahmy, president, UNI Muslim Student Association, at (319) 277-7210.

February 27, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Inter-American Studies Program will present the last film in its spring film series, 'Behind the Cocaine War,' at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. The documentary is about drug trafficking, paramilitaries and guerillas in Colombia and the U.S. involvement in the situation.

The series is in its seventh year. 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 -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Social Work, and the UNI Global Health Corps will host an address by Tom Johannesen, secretary general of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6. His address, 'A Human Rights Profession in the Era of Globalization,' will be in Expansion A of Maucker Union.

The IFSW is a global organization with interests in social justice, human rights and social development. The group has special consulting status with the United Nations Economic and Social council, and is accredited by UNICEF, the International Labor Organization, and the European Union.

The public may attend the address at no charge.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has named its February 'Student Assistant of the Month.' Carly Thomsen, a junior finance major from Cedar Rapids, is a student assistant in the Rod Library Dean's Office. She has been an employee since spring 2002.

Thomsen was nominated by Cynthia Coulter, head of acquisitions, UNI Rod Library, for her dependability and cheerful attitude. She is 'an invaluable student assistant who is very quick to learn, accurate and self-directed' says Coulter.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Notes Toward A History,' a documentary by independent filmmaker, Francesca Soans, will be shown on the University of Northern Iowa campus at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, March 5, in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111.

One hour in length, the film shows how a 103-year-old South Asian woman challenges representations of India and the meaning of history. Soans, an India native, will be on campus to show her documentary and to facilitate a discussion immediately following the film.

Admission is free and open to the public.

February 26, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Leaders on Leadership' series continues Thursday, March 6, with a panel discussion on religious/spiritual leadership.

The event runs from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Room 246 of UNI's Schindler Education Center. Panelists will be Mohammed Fahmy, head of UNI's Department of Industrial Technology, and prayer leader at the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Islamic Center; David Doely, acting senior pastor of Nazareth Lutheran Church; Rev. Jennifer Davis Sensenig of Cedar Falls Mennonite Church; and George Zucker, past president of the Sons of Jacob synagogue.

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.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Association of Educational Office Professionals (AEOP) will host its 40th annual workshop, Monday, March 17. The workshop, 'Live and Learnï¾…Pass It On,' is open to all educational office professionals.

Session topics include 'Growing Up Public-What Mom Didn't Teach Me' and 'The Reality of Remarkable,' given by Karel Murray, motivational humorist and trainer, of Waterloo; 'Knowing What You Want and Getting What You Need,' with Robin Gurien, training and career development coordinator, UNI Human Resources; 'Deal With It! Stress Management For a Busy Life,' with Gurien and Josh Susskind, UNI assistant professor of psychology; 'The Power of Choice,' with Penny O'Connor, UNI instructor of communication studies; 'What Is Your PR Pulse?' with Bob Justis, Cedar Falls chamber director; 'Creating Effective Power Point Presentations,' with Lynn Dykstra, instructor and AV director, Price Laboratory School; and 'Designing Web Pages,' with Jason Vetter, UNI educational technology specialist.

The registration fee for the workshop is $40. It includes all materials for the day and the luncheon. Participants may also earn one-half of one continuing education unit (CEU) by attending the entire day. CEU forms will be available at the workshop. The cost for the CEU credit is $10. Registration forms are due by March 1 to Karen Williams, PLS/UNI, 1901 Campus Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-3593. For more information, contact Karen Williams, president, UNI Association of Educational Office Professionals, at (319) 273-2220.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will participate in the nationally celebrated Women's History Month by featuring a number of on-campus events throughout the month of March. In addition to ongoing programming related to women's studies and gender issues, special activities have been planned.

Among special activities coordinated through the Women's Studies Program are:

- Women's Studies Spring Reception, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Monday, March 3, in Baker Hall Room 161;

-Women's Studies Night at the Theatre UNI production of 'Roosters,' Friday, March 7, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre;

- A discussion by Women's Studies students and faculty of 'The Book That Changed My Life,' from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, March 10, in Baker Hall Room 161.

- 'From Bombs to Breast Cancer: Women and War Stories,' featuring Evelyne Accad, professor of French at the University of Illinois-Champaign, from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 24, in Seerley Hall Room 115,

-'Report on the Status of Women in Iowa,' featuring UNI alumnae April Shaw, policy analyst with the Institute for Women's Policy Research, in Washington, D.C., from 3 to 5 p.m. in Baker Hall Room 161.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Mobilizing for Gender Justice: Implementation and Evaluation of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Model on the UNI Campus' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture, at noon, Monday, March 3, in Baker Hall Room 161 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The presentation will be given by Annette Lynch, UNI associate professor of textiles and apparel; Michael Fleming, UNI assistant professor of family services; and Derrick Williams, UNI coordinator of SAVE mentors.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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

The series will continue on April 7 with 'Women in Business.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education Agency-7 Regional Physics Olympics in the UNI-Dome, from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 6.

Participating will be approximately 250 high school and middle school/junior high students from Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Dike, New Hartford, Jesup, Traer, Gilbertville, Gladbrook, Reinbeck, Dunkerton, Nashua, Plainfield, La Porte City, Dysart, Winthrop, Fairbank, Readlyn, Janesville, Sumner and other nearby areas.

According to Larry Escalada, UNI assistant professor of physics and science education, and the event coordinator, the contest features several events for which students work in teams to construct a self-propelled catapult, build a mouse-trap car, construct a toothpick bridge, develop a soda straw arm and make a human-powered water heater. All of these devices are to be constructed within given guidelines to complete desired tasks that test their understanding of physics principles.

The two school teams with the highest total scores will qualify for the state competition at the Drake University Olmsted Center in Des Moines on April 9. In addition, event team winners from non-team winning schools also will be invited to the state competition.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) continues its spring 2003 film and event series at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 6, in the Physics Building, Room 201.

The session 'Ready for Harvest: Clear-cutting in southern Appalachia,' will feature a documentary filmed in North Carolina that explores the interest of local people versus the interests of absentee corporations that cut and run. The session shows some similarities with the tension in Iowa communities over how hogs are raised. The film will be followed with a discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. The series will run through April 12. For more information, contact Kamyar Enshayan, staff member, UNI CEEE, at (319) 273-7575.

February 25, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's UNISTA (UNI Student Theatre Association), in conjunction with a world-wide peace campaign known as The Lysistrata Project, will present a staged reading of 'Lysistrata,' at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 3, in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111.

'Lysistrata,' is a play by the Greek dramatist, Aristophanes, who lived from about 447 to 385 B.C. It tells the story of a group of women from opposing states who unite to end the Peloponnesian War. The reading is being presented in an effort to stand up for peace and protest the war on Iraq, according to Jade Bettin, UNISTA board president. As of Feb. 21, Bettin said there were 620 readings planned in 38 countries.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new environmentally friendly rail-curve lubricant made from soybeans is in use on Norfolk Southern Railway, based in Norfolk, Va.

SoyTrakï¾™, a biodegradable soybean oil-based grease developed by the University of Northern Iowa's Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) Research Program, is being used as an alternative to petroleum-based grease for lubricating rails. The grease reduces rail gauge face-wear and wheel-flange wear when trains go around curves. Summer- and winter-grade blends are in use. An all-season blend is being developed.

'SoyTrak decomposes in a matter of weeks after application, so it's beneficial for the environment,' said Don Cregger, Norfolk Southern manager of project engineering. 'It's more efficient than petroleum grease in reducing wear.'

Norfolk Southern's Research and Test Department, ABIL and Portec Rail Products Inc., invested three years of research to ensure the grease's performance meets the demanding requirements of freight-service railroads.

Lou Honary, ABIL director, noted that during the past five years, more than 24 railroads have used SoyTrak ï¾™. 'But Norfolk Southern's approval gives new credibility to bio-based products.'

Norfolk Southern Corp. is one of America's leading transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 21,500 miles of rail in the United States and Canada. Norfolk Southern operates the East's most extensive intermodal network and is the nation's largest rail carrier of automotive parts and finished vehicles.

Formulated from U.S.-grown soybean oils and additives, SoyTrak is produced by Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing in Waverly, Iowa, and distributed through Portec Rail Products Inc. Portec Rail Products contributed field equipment and developmental support during field-testing with Norfolk Southern.

Portec Rail has signed with Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing Inc. (ELM), in Waverly, Iowa, as the exclusive distributor of SoyTrak ï¾™. ELM is a partner in Portec Rail's 'Friction Force (SM)', an alliance of six rail industry organizations that serve rail and transit operators as a 'one-stop-shop' for wheel/rail interface solutions. SoyTrakï¾™ is now one of the Friction Force(SM) solutions.

Portec Rail has been involved in the development of rail lubrication and friction management technology since the late 1920s, and is the industry leader in this field.

ABIL is recognized nationally as a leader in the development and commercialization of soybean-based industrial lubricants. Established in 1991, the UNI-ABIL research program brings together research and testing to identify soybean oil characteristics and match them to appropriate industrial uses.

This year ABIL is licensing 24 industrial lubricants, greases and base oils made of soybean oil. For more information about ABlL, visit the Web site, www.uni.edu/abil.

February 24, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a Job and Internship Fair Tuesday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Maucker Union Expansion.

The fair will feature over 50 organizations representing business, human services and government sectors across the U.S. These organizations are seeking individuals from all academic fields for permanent employment or internships. Several employers will select students to interview during the Interview Day on Wednesday, March 5. Current UNI students and alumni are welcome to participate.

Among the organizations that will be represented at the fair are: CIGNA Corporation, Cambrex, Davenport Police Department, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Lands End, Pella Corporation, Principal Financial Group, Target Stores and Von Maur.

According to Libby Vanderwall, UNI Career Center events coordinator, 'There is a nation-wide trend showing the number of employers attending career fairs is down by as much as half from previous years. UNI is fortunate to have sustained the employer interest of past years and continues to seek out new opportunities for our students.'

There are no pre-registration requirements for this free walk-in-event, but participants are encouraged to dress as if for an interview and to bring several copies of their resume. For a full listing of organizations that will be at the fair, visit the UNI Career Center home page at www.uni.edu/careercenter/

This event is sponsored by UNI Career Services.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– High school jazz players from jazz bands throughout the state participated in the annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The two-day event, held in conjunction with the UNI jazz program's 'Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz' concerts, featured high school bands that competed in class divisions.

Award recipients in Class 4A were: Urbandale, first; Iowa City High, second; and Iowa City West, third. Class 4A second band recipients were: Urbandale II, first; Sioux City East II, second; and Cedar Falls II, third. Class 3A recipients were: Independence I, first; Hampton-Dumont (Hampton), second; and Independence II, third. In Class 2A the first place recipient was Jesup. Class 1A recipients were: Sigourney, first; Southeast Webster (Burnside), second; and Greene, third. The first place recipient in Class A was Cal-Dows (Latimer).

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A spoof of Grant Wood's famous 'American Gothic,' the second in a series by Cedar Falls artist John Heidersbach, is being used on posters, flyers and brochures to promote the University of Northern Iowa's third annual Arts in April, a monthlong celebration of arts and culture.

Heidersbach, who holds a master's degree from UNI, created the piece that features a woman in a purple UNI apron holding a decorative mask, and man gripping a brightly painted guitar.

This image joins the piece he created to promote last year's celebration, a spoof of Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa.'

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

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

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

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(Part of the EducatioNet series from the University of Northern Iowa)

As the current pop princess Britney Spears undulates her way through one video after another, baring her impossibly flat tummy and twisting her narrow thighs, adolescent girls nationwide are trying to emulate that look. And it's not just her clothes or dance style they want to copy, but her body image as well. According to Diane Depken, assistant professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services at the University of Northern Iowa, girls as young as 8 years old are dieting, trying to maintain flat tummies, thin thighs and tiny waists.

Depken says American girls are reminded daily -- via television, magazines, catalogs and mannequins -- that the only way for them to achieve happiness is to achieve thinness. Only the thin women have fun, get boyfriends, get married or obtain good jobs.

'You might see some television commercials out there showing a woman with a larger body, but she's usually cleaning the toilet bowl,' says Depken. 'Girls learn early on that being a woman means worrying about your weight.'

Unfortunately, she continues, just about the same time they become vulnerable to the messages about being thing, young girls' bodies naturally try to put on fat. 'As adolescents, they blossom out before they blossom up.'

To combat that, many girls will resort to dieting, bulimia or anorexia. Bulimia is a pattern of binge eating and vomiting. Anorexic women refuse to eat much of anything, if at all.

'In both cases, the girls become absolutely preoccupied with food, and go through cycles of love and hate with it. It doesn't even correlate with how thin or fat they are. It's a cultural milieu.'

Depken and many professionals in her field suspect eating disorders are increasingly common among young girls.

Signs to watch for include:

'Chipmunk cheeks,' which occur from constant vomiting

Rapid loss of weight

Hoarding of food

Loss of shine in hair

Flushed face after visits to the restroom

Need to visit the restroom soon after eating

Rapid consumption of food (shoveling food into the mouth)

Dental problems (constant vomiting chips away at the protective enamel on teeth)

Parents or educators who suspect an eating disorder should seek professional help. Often girls who are approached view the intervention as hostile and will refuse to cooperate, or find a way to cover up the disorder.

'If you have to approach the girl yourself, do so with a feeling of love,' urges Depken. 'She has to know you care.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Scott Leisinger, former University of Northern Iowa director of athletic development, has been named vice president for development for the UNI Foundation. He began his new duties Feb. 17.

Leisinger, a Waverly native and 1987 graduate of Wartburg College, has served as Wartburg's director of development since 2000. Leisinger came to UNI in 1997 as the director of athletic development, serving until his departure in December of 1999. He had previously served as the University of Northern Colorado assistant athletic and sports information director. He received his master's degree from that institution in 1991.

Leisinger will oversee the coordination and implementation of all fundraising activities for the foundation, and serve as vice president for the UNI Foundation board of trustees.

The UNI Foundation is a 501 (c)3 organization established in 1959. Its mission is to sustain, grow and promote the university to be the nation's finest comprehensive university, known for high quality learning environments and a genuine sense of community.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Judy Shepard, whose son's 1998 murder was inspired by anti-gay hate, will be the fifth speaker in the 2002-2003 Hearst Lecture Series at the University of Northern Iowa. She will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Her address is free and open to the public.

Matthew was 21 at the time of his brutal murder, whose motive was attributed to his homosexuality. Determined not to let his fate befall others, Shepard and her husband, Dennis, established the Matthew Shepard Foundation, in their son's memory. Its main goals are to increase gay and lesbian equality and prevent hate crimes.

Judy Shepard speaks to audiences nationwide about what they can do to make their schools and communities safer for everyone, regardless of race, sex, religion or sexual preference. All proceeds from her speeches go to the Foundation.

A reception in the Lang Hall Lounge will follow Shepard's lecture.

The series is made possible through support by the Meryl Norton Hearst Chair in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (CHFA), and created by an endowment from James Schell Hearst, author, poet and professor of creative writing at UNI from 1941 until his retirement in 1975.

CHFA, the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Theatre are sponsoring Shepard's appearance.

February 23, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students on the University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events Speech Team recently were finalists at the Bob Smith Invitational Speech Tournament held last month at Wartburg College, and at the Mid-American Forensic League Swing Tournament at Illinois State and Bradley Universities.

At the Wartburg Competition, the team placed third overall. Individually, Amy Larsen, a senior from Ankeny, placed fourth in dramatic duo along with junior Danielle Dick from Dayton. Larsen also placed fourth in program oral interpretation, while Dick placed fifth in that category. Matt Musgrave, a sophomore from Webster City, placed fourth in rhetorical criticism and sixth in informative speaking. Phil Rippke, a sophomore from Moville, placed fourth in extemporaneous speaking and seventh in persuasive speaking.

Sara Gronstal, a junior from Council Bluffs, placed first in after dinner speaking, and second in dramatic interpretation and informative speaking. Additionally, at the Mid-American Tournament, at Saturday's Illinois State events, Gronstal placed first in after dinner speaking, and fourth in informative speaking. At Sunday's Bradley events, Gronstal placed first in after dinner speaking, first in poetry interpretation, and fourth in dramatic interpretation.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Earth Science will host a seminar on 'Bacteria at Iowa's Beaches,' at 4 p.m., Monday, March 3, in UNI's Latham Hall, Room 125.

Janice Boekhoff, research geologist with the Iowa Geological Survey, will discuss bacteria beach monitoring at Iowa's 35 state-owned beaches, including results from an intensive watershed investigation conducted in 2002 at George Wyth State Park Beach in Waterloo.

The next seminar features Jim Caldwell, a geologist from the U.S. Geological Survey, presenting 'The USGS in Iowa,' at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 7.

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