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October 23, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four faculty members from the University of Northern Iowa recently received Faculty Excellence Awards from the Board of Regents, state of Iowa. They were among 14 regents institution faculty so honored.

The recipients are: Cynthia Goatley, associate professor of theatre; Richard Allen Hays, professor of public policy; Karen Mitchell, associate professor in communication studies; and Clare Struck, elementary guidance counselor at Malcolm Price Laboratory School.

A UNI faculty member since 1991, Goatley received her undergraduate and master's degrees in speech and drama at the University of Arkansas. She received her doctorate in speech communication from Bowling Green State University. She attended a Holocaust conference in Krakow Poland in 2001, received a grant from the Iowa Humanities Board to produce 'Sir Patient Fancy,' and is a twice-awarded Fulbright Program scholar.

Hays has been with UNI since 1979. He received his bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University, and his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina. He is the UNI representative to the Waterloo Housing Partnership Advisory Board. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and Iowa Coalition for Housing and the Homeless.

Mitchell received her bachelors and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University, and her doctorate from Louisiana State University, before coming to UNI in 1991. She directed 'Extra-Curricular: A Novel of Rape on Campus,' and the 'Vagina Monologues'. She participates in the U.S. Department of Justice grant program to combat violent crimes against women on campus and in the HIV education program sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Struck has been with UNI's Price Laboratory School since 1983. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from UNI. She received a certification for advanced training in conflict resolution in education from the National Association for Mediation in Education (NAME), and a certificate for conflict management training from the Iowa Peace Institute.

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Halloween, long a holiday for high jinks and hilarity, can become a dangerous celebration when proper safety precautions are ignored, particularly on playgrounds. In Des Moines earlier this year, authorities found sharp metal shards placed strategically at the bottom of a playground slide.

Donna Thompson, director of the National Program for Playground Safety, based at UNI, says there are simple ways for parents and other concerned citizens to ensure safety on playgrounds. She recommends adults assess playgrounds for hazards prior to allowing children to use the play environment. Other supervision tips are available in the Playground Supervision Kit, which consists of a supervision manual, video and safety fannypack.

The kit is available via the Web, at www.playgroundsupervision.org.

October 22, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will participate in Dubuque's 'Faces and Voices' programming, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Midway Hotel in Dubuque.

The event, a community forum and luncheon, is designed to welcome and find new ways to accommodate immigrant and refugee newcomers to the workforce. Topics will include UNI's immigrant/refugee efforts, demographic trends, employer-specific strategies, and the New Iowans program.

Robert Koob, UNI president, will offer introductory remarks. Mark Grey, 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; and James Hoelscher, business and community outreach coordinator of the New Iowans program.

'Immigrants and refugees will be needed to make up for pending shortages of resident workers in Iowa,' explained Grey. 'So 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 recently authored a book, 'Welcoming New Iowans,' to augment the program. He and co-author Woodrick recently finished a version of the book written just for Christian churches. The two have approached Jewish and Muslim leaders to discuss a version written for those populations. Another is being written, in conjunction with UNI's Global Health Corps, just for health providers; and 'Welcoming New Iowans: A Guide for Managers and Supervisors' recently was published. All of the books are available at www.bcs.uni.edu/idm/newiowans/.

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, says Grey, is 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.'

For more information, contact Mark Grey, director of the New Iowans program, (319) 273-6496.

October 21, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present the 2002 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition, Nov. 1 to Dec. 2. The opening reception begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, in the Kamerick Art Building lobby. The exhibition is a formal presentation of art media in painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, photography and installation.

This year marks the department's 95th anniversary.

'Presenting faculty work for critical attention is one of the principal functions of an institution devoted to teaching. This faculty is charged with the difficult and rewarding task of producing art as well as training young artists,' said Darrell Taylor, the gallery's acting director.

The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 1.

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 University of Northern Iowa's Women's Studies Program and the Iowa Women's Foundation will present Title IX advocate, Christine Grant and her program, 'After 30 years, Title IX is still a current issue,' at 7 p.m, Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Seerley Hall, Room 115. UNI faculty and students will also speak about their experiences with Title IX.

Grant is a former University of Iowa women's athletic director. A native of Scotland, she graduated from Dunfermline College of Physical Education in 1956. Before joining the University of Iowa in 1969, she coached and played field hockey in Scotland and Canada. Grant received her bachelor's degree in physical education as well as a master's and doctoral degrees in sports administration from Iowa.

In addition to authoring many articles on women in sports, and reviewing collegiate athletic programs, Grant has provided expert testimony in many landmark sports discrimination lawsuits and presentations on Title IX and gender equity throughout the country.

Preceding Grant's speech will be a potluck dinner in Baker Hall, Room161 at 5:30 p.m. The public may attend both events at no charge.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is sponsoring a workshop to discuss the legal aspects of a 'closely held business', at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the UNI Regional Business Center, 212 E. Fourth St. in Waterloo. The featured presenter will be Sam Kreamer, an attorney from the Des Moines firm of Dreher, Simpson and Jensen.

The presentation will discuss the various legal aspects of owning and operating a small business. Topics will include preventing legal cases and what to do if sued, getting the most out of your lease, and communicating with bankers.

Advanced registration is required. The deadline is Nov. 4. To register for this free workshop, call (319) 273-7350 or e-mail Katherine.cota@uni.edu. Additional information is available at www.jpec.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa has announced its fall 2002 Student Alumni Ambassadors. Student Alumni Ambassadors include: __(NAME)__ of __(HOMETOWN)__, a __(CLASSIFICATION)__ majoring in __(MAJOR)__.

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

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

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

Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at (319)273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa faculty members were honored for outstanding teaching, research and public service earlier this fall.

Receiving awards were Michael Shott, professor of anthropology, the Class of 1943 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching; Sandra Alper, head of Special Education, Donald N. McKay Faculty Research Award; and Mark Grey, professor of anthropology, the Ross A. Nielsen Professional Service Award. Each received $2,000.

Aaron Podolefsky, UNI provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the awards. He described Schott as a professor who stresses the process of learning and the development of critical thinking skills within and outside the classroom. 'He has earned the reputation among students and colleagues as an outstanding and productive scholar and a rigorous teacher. His students consistently describe him as an exciting professor who loves his job and helps everyone understand the material.'

Alper was one of the first in the special education field to address the importance of community-based instruction for individuals with disabilities. As the head of the Department of Special Education, she has directed or co-directed more than $4.5 million dollars in funding for research and demonstrations. According to Podolefsky, 'Her work has made a definitive difference, not only to the discipline of special education but, more importantly, to the lives of people whose value has been, for the most part, essentially discounted.'

Grey came to UNI in 1990 and is best known for his outstanding service to Midwest communities that have been undergoing rapid ethnic diversification as a result of the arrival of immigrant and refugee groups. As the director of UNI's New Iowans program, he has generated more than $1 million in state and federal funding. 'His enthusiasm for working in the field with people at the local level has led many, including Iowa's governor, Tom Vilsack, to seek his assistance,' said Podolefsky.

October 20, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --John W. Johnson, professor and head of the University of Northern Iowa's Department of History, has received the Thomas Jefferson Award from the Society for History in the federal government. The Jefferson Award was presented to Johnson earlier this year during a ceremony in the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The Jefferson Award is given by the society every two years to the author or editor of the 'best reference work on the history of the federal government.' Johnson received the award for the second edition of his more than 1,000 page, two-volume reference work, 'Historic U.S. Court Cases: An Encyclopedia.' Johnson's reference work contains over 200 original essay-entries on court cases in more than 300 years of American history. The essays were prepared by experts on American history and law.

Johnson also received the Jefferson Award in 1994 for the first edition of 'Historic U.S. Court Cases.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Grants received by a University of Northern Iowa professor will enable him to continue research on possible survivors of a major mass extinction.

John Groves, assistant professor of geology at the University of Northern Iowa, has received a three-year grant of nearly $50,000 from the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the $8,700 W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award for 2002 from the Geological Society of America. The latter award is given annually in recognition of research excellence in the field of micropaleontology.

The money will be used to support Groves' research on whether or not a particular group of microfossils survived a major mass extinction, when almost all life on earth was wiped out, at the end of the Permian system about 250 million years ago. Groves says his research goal is to document which species became extinct and which survived, and then speculate on why the survivors lived.

Groves visited Turkey each of the past two summers in order to collect microfossil samples from the critical rock interval associated with the mass extinction. He explains that the particular phenomenon he is researching is found in a belt extending from Greenland through the Alps, into the Himalayas, and into south China. Rocks above the boundary that mark the event contain few fossils, but rocks directly below the boundary contain a normal amount of fossils. The ACS grant will enable Groves to visit the southern Alps in Italy next summer to expand the geographical range of his collections.

Part of the three-year grant will provide funding for undergraduate research. Currently, junior geology major, Matthew Boyce of Cedar Falls is assisting Groves with the laboratory preparation of the microfossils.

October 17, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa � The Iowa Academy of Education has named Gregory Stefanich, professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Northern Iowa, its newest member. Stefanich is a nationally recognized leader in the field of Science education.

Only individuals who have made significant contributions to educational improvement through research and scholarly activities are considered for membership. Stefanich was nominated by Sandra Alper, head of the UNI Department of Special Education.

Stefanich has authored three books, numerous book chapters and monographs, and published approximately 50 articles in major refereed journals. He has presented his work at conferences throughout the United States and in Europe, Asia and South America. He has served as the director for 17 externally funded grants and has provided assistance in professional development for over 150 school districts, mostly in Iowa.

Stefanich received his doctorate in curriculum and supervision from the University of Montana. He joined the faculty at UNI in 1986.

The Iowa Academy of Education was created and is supported by the First In the Nation in Education (FINE) Foundation to anticipate the information needs of Iowa educators and policymakers and to give increased credibility to educational research.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa � The next session of 'Women on Fridays,' a discussion series offered by the University of Northern Iowa Women's Studies program will be at noon, Friday, Oct. 25, in Baker 161. The topic will be 'The History of Women's Studies at UNI.'

The program will continue, meeting the fourth Friday of each month. Topics and dates are:

Friday, Nov. 15, 'Teaching Women's Studies -- What does it mean?'

Friday, Feb. 28, 'Teaching Women's Studies -- What does it mean? (continued)'

Friday, March 28, 'What Can I do with a Degree in Women's Studies? -- Graduates Return.'

Friday, April 25, 'Women's Studies in the Community -- the Community Speaks.'

The discussions, said Susan Hill, director of the undergraduate program in Women's Studies, 'are about creating community through the exploration of history and purpose of Women's Studies in the academy, at UNI and in our community.'

They are free and open to the public. Those attending should bring a lunch; dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact Susan Hill, director of the undergraduate program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-7177.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will host the first of three 'Conversations with the Community,' on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Bertha Martin Theatre on the UNI campus. The series is designed to share with the public Theatre UNI's mission and philosophy on producing theatre within an educational environment.

The subject of the first conversation is the process used to select plays. Participating are Jay Edelnant, professor of theatre, and Karen Mitchell, associate professor of communication studies, artistic director of Interpreters Theatre and director of SAVE Forum Actors.

Theatre UNI is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Strayer-Wood Theatre and 100 years of theater on campus. 'The conversation series was developed to discuss the importance of art and theatre in challenging audiences to examine their personal views, consider their role in society and think beyond their immediate community,' said Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director and theatre publicist.

The conversation series is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The next film in the University of Northern Iowa's 'Reel to Real' film series will be 'Pornography: The Double Message,' a documentary exploring the effects of hard-core pornography in society. The film will be shown from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Maucker Union University Room South. A discussion following the film will be facilitated by Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator at Maucker Union.

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

The series, sponsored by the Maucker Union Student Activities office, will continue Nov. 20, with 'Spirit of the Dawn.'

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

October 16, 2002 - 7:00pm

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Earlier this week, Iowa made national news when the bodies of 11 illegal aliens were found in a railcar near Denison. Authorities surmise the individuals were trapped in the car as they tried to come into the country illegally.

Mark Grey, UNI professor of anthropology and director of the New Iowans program, a highly successful effort designed to help Iowans work with immigrant populations, says it will become increasingly important for the state -- and the nation -- to communicate with immigrants and those who want to migrate.

'This tragedy would have been less likely to happen if our nation welcomed immigrants as people first and not just as labor,' said Grey. 'The poverty and desperation that drives so many immigrants to the United States and Iowa, forced these people to risk and ultimately lose their lives. Yet, this tragedy could have been prevented if we had sent a clear message that they are welcomed in our communities rather than forcing them into life-threatening situations.'

Grey and his colleague Anne Woodrick have produced three books about welcoming immigrants to Iowa, one for citizens and community leaders; one for businesses, and one for Christian churches (co-sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Iowa). All three are on the Web at: www.bcs.uni.edu/idm/newiowans/

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CEDAR FALLS -- A group of 21 elementary and middle-school science teachers from Chile will spend five weeks at the University of Northern Iowa as part of a major education reform effort in that country.

The teachers will be on campus Monday, Oct. 21, through Friday, Nov. 22. During their stay, they will learn about teaching strategies that support active learning in science, as well as physical science lessons and life science lessons that use the same approach. They will observe these strategies being used in classrooms at UNI's Malcolm Price Laboratory School.

C. David Christensen, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, is the program co-director. He said the teachers also will learn methods of teaching science that help the learner build meaning through 'hands-on and minds-on experiences.' UNI instructors for the program are Larry Escalada, assistant professor of physics; Tim Cooney, professor of earth science; Cherin Lee, associate professor of biology, Jody Stone, associate professor of teaching; Leigh Zeitz, associate professor of educational technology; Greg Stefanich, professor of science education; Linda McCartney, adjunct instructor of curriculum and instruction, Carmen Montecinos, co-director and professor of educational psychology; and Christensen.

This is the fifth year UNI has participated in the program, which is funded through a contract with the Chilean Ministry of Education.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Just Living: White Men Challenging Racism,' will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 24-26, by the Interpreters Theatre, in room 40 of Lang Hall at the University of Northern Iowa.

The play is based on the book 'White Men Challenging Racism: Thirty-five Personal Stories' by Harry Brod, UNI professor of religion and director of the University Honors Program; Cooper Thompson, diversity educator in Cambridge, Mass.; and Emmet Schafer, faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. It was adapted for the stage and directed by Lucas Messer, a UNI graduate student from Danville, and Jana Gymer-Koch, a UNI graduate student from Coon Rapids.

'Just Living' attempts to demystify the role of racism through a series of interviews. Admission is free. For further information, contact Karen Mitchell at (319) 273-2640.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a conference on ethics, 'Beyond Enron: A Crisis of Capitalism,' from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11 in Lang Hall Auditorium.

Donna Wood, who holds the university's first David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, said the conference will address what many perceive as an epidemic of shady business practices in corporate America.

'The crisis in capitalism -- think Enron, Arthur Andersen, WorldCom, Tyco, ImClone, and so many more -- is deep and widespread,' said Wood. 'Without transparency and good information, how can investors, employees and others trust in our companies? Without trust, can a company, or capitalism itself, survive? What is required to restore and sustain trust in Americaᄅネs corporations? This conference will address what we as individuals, investors, employees, managers and citizens can do.'

A number of prestigious, well-versed speakers will participate. They are Norm Bowie, Elmer Andersen Professor of Corporate Responsibility, University of Minnesota; Charles Grassley, U.S. senator;

Marjorie Kelly, editor-in-chief, 'Business Ethics' magazine; Robert Koob, president, UNI; Jack Krogstad, former research director of the Treadway Commission, and professor at Creighton University; John Mahon, chair of International Business Policy and Strategy at the University of Maine; John Meyer, senior vice president, controller and chief ethics officer at Sprint; John Sorensen, president and CEO of the Iowa Bankers Association; Tim Throndson, International Tax Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers; David W. Wilson, president and CEO, Wilson Automotive Group in California and Arizona; and Wood.

'We expect an afternoon of lively discussion, resulting in broader and deeper understanding of the problems and possibilities facing a number of stakeholders such as investors, employees, communities and retirees,' Wood explained.

UNI is home to one of the largest and most prominent contingents of scholars in the field of business ethics and responsibility, according to Farzad Moussavi, interim dean of the university's College of Business Administration (CBA). 'We have the obligation and the standing to convene this important conference of discussion and learning about what needs to happen to restore the health and vigor of democratic capitalism,' he said.

Further, as a result of a $1 million gift from UNI alumnus David W. Wilson of Laguna, Calif., the university boasts an endowed chair of business ethics, shared by the colleges of humanities and fine arts, and business administration. James Lubker, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, said the chair, established in 2000, 'enables UNI students to obtain a unique perspective on how ethics guide the decision-making process both in business and in everyday life.'

For more information about the conference, contact UNI's Conferences and Event Services, (319) 273-6899.

October 15, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Nineteen students from the University of Northern Iowa Department of Communicative Disorders are recipients of awards or scholarships.

Students will be recognized at a reception on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Ken Bleile, professor of communicative disorders and scholarship chair.

Among the students receiving scholarships from the UNI Department of Communicative Disorders are ___(Name)___ of ___(Hometown)___, who received a ___(Scholarship) , valued at ___($ amount)___.

All awards were based on academic merit.

Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa adjunct English instructor Bill Koch will present 'Walt Whitman Live!!' at 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 23, in Lang Hall Auditorium on UNI's campus.

The show features Koch performing as Whitman, speaking on the poet's major themes, observations of American culture, views on Abraham Lincoln, and experience with the civil war.

He also has performed at the Hearst Center for the Arts, the UNI Museum, the Grout Museum, William Penn University and the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

The program is sponsored by the UNI Department of English Language and Literature. The public may attend at no charge.

October 14, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will observe AIDS Awareness Month with a display of the world-famous AIDS Memorial Quilt Tuesday, Oct. 22, from noon to 10 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Maucker Union Expansion.

Joan Thompson, health educator at UNI, said the eight 12-foot-by-12-foot sections of the quilt feature eight individual panels, each displaying the name of a person who died from an AIDS-related illness. 'The quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic,' she said. 'There has been much complacency about the need for HIV prevention, yet more people are living with AIDS in this country than ever before. That population represents an increasing need for continued HIV education and prevention services.'

In cooperation with the Cedar AIDS Support System, there will be a panel discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in Room 246 of the Schlindler Education Center. Persons living with HIV/AIDS and their significant others will discuss how the disease has impacted their lives.

The events are supported by UNI Wellness and Recreation Services and the UNI Entertainment Committee, with funds allocated by the Northern Iowa Student Government. The events are free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 17th annual international meeting of the Conference on Medievalism will be Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct.19 at the University of Northern Iowa.

Hosting the conference are Richard Utz, professor, and Jesse Swan, associate professor, both in the Department of English Language and Literature. The event is for scholars in all fields concerned with post-modernism, the study of the Middle Ages and their scholarly and popular influence on Western society.

Speakers will be John Ganim, University of California at Riverside, 'The Afterlife of the Gothic Cathedral: Modernism, Post-modernism and Medievalism in Contemporary Architecture'; William Paden, Northwestern University, 'I Learned It at the Movies: Teaching Medieval Film'; Bonnie Wheeler, Southern Methodist University, 'Post-modernism Meets King Arthur'; and Verlyn Flieger, University of Maryland at College Park, 'A Distant Mirror: Tolkien and Jackson in the Looking-Glass.'

The plenary session of the conference will be in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. Concurrent sessions will be in Lang Hall.

For more information contact Richard Utz at (319) 273-3879.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa's International Dance Theatre (IDT) recently elected officers.

Elected officers include: Holly Karlen of Polk City, president; Judith Slaikeu of La Porte City, vice president; Jill McGinnis of Urbandale, secretary; Alicia Johnson of Nevada, treasurer; and Shawn Cannon and Joplyn VanHouten of Council Bluffs, NISG liaisons.

The group is open without audition to students, faculty, staff and community members and performs dances from around the world and the United States. They perform four concerts annually, two in the fall and two in the spring.

October 13, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Global Health Corps will host its International Health Symposium Monday, Oct. 21.

Per Pinstrup-Andersen, the featured speaker, will address attendees at 12:15 p.m. in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. Past director of the International Food Policy Research Institute and recipient of the 2001 World Food Prize, Pinstrup-Andersen will discuss 'World Hunger and Malnutrition.' The presentation is in honor of Norman Borlaug, the Iowan who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on food security issues.

UNI's Global Health Corps was founded in 1996. Its mission is to improve the health status of underserved and diverse populations through culturally appropriate preventive health programming and applied research on health disparities. Most of the community outreach programming is conducted by UNI students majoring in health-related fields. The program is directed by Michele Yehieli, a UNI faculty

member who specializes in international health.

The event is free and open to the public.

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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at UNI Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 16 and 17. The following are docket items pertaining to the university, and the individuals who can best address those issues.

UNI Capital Register

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

Annual Student Financial Aid Report

Roland Carrillo, director of financial aid, (319) 273-2701

Tuition policies and proposed rates

Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services, (319) 273-2331

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

Annual report of the Inter-institutional Library Committee

Marilyn Mercado, dean of library services, (319) 273-2737

Fall Enrollment report

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

Comprehensive fiscal report for FY 2002

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

Annual salary report

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

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

Annual Regent Merit System Report

Nick Bambach, director, HRS, (319) 273-2423

Institutional agreements, leases and easements

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

National Report Card on Higher Education

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

Report of the Banking Committee

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

October 10, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School (PLS) will offer its first Teacher Institute to its faculty, staff and administrators Friday, Oct. 18, at the school.

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

According to Nadene Davidson, interim director of PLS, 'Last year PLS faculty made 119 state, national and international professional presentations and held 53 offices or leadership positions in professional organizations. We will bring this professional expertise to PLS to share with our teacher education students.'

The Teacher Institute was the dream of Lee Weber, PLS social studies department chair and chair of the planning committee for the event. 'We hope that, in addition to gaining exposure to outstanding professional presentations, the UNI teacher education students will begin to see the value of continued professional development and attendance at professional conferences after they begin their teaching careers,' Weber said.

For additional information, visit www.pls.uni.edu/pls/teacher_institute/

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two student groups at the University of Northern Iowa will sponsor a forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Room 115 of Seerley Hall.

The History Club and Phi Alpha Theta will discuss the current proposal to launch a military strike against Iraq. Featured will be a panel with the following members: Brian Roberts, assistant professor; Wallace Hettle, associate professor; Richard Broadie, adjunct instructor; Louis Fenech, associate professor; and Donald Shepardson, professor; all in the Department of History.

The event is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Joe Gorton, assistant professor of criminology at the University of Northern Iowa, is the author of a recently published book, 'Organizational Change, Environmental Uncertainty and Managerial Control in a Large Post Reform American Prison System.'

Gorton's book discusses in depth one of America's largest public institutions, the Texas prison system. Based on first hand accounts, it gives a detailed look at how today's technology has impacted the abilities of prison managers to achieve goals of court-ordered reform.

Gorton, who came to UNI in 1998, received his Ph.D. in sociology from Texas A&M University. His book is being published by the Edwin Mellen Press, an international scholarly publisher of advanced research.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twenty students from the University of Northern Iowa completed internships this summer in Los Angeles.

Students who participated in the program include ___(NAME)___, a ___(CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR)___ from ___(HOMETOWN)___.

The opportunity was offered to junior and senior students majoring in communication or a related field through a partnership program between UNI and Emerson College in Boston, according to Christopher Martin, UNI associate professor of communication studies.

The eight-week program allowed students to intern in various areas of the entertainment industry including film, television and public relations. While the internships were unpaid, the students did receive college credit for their participation in the program.

For more information contact Christopher Martin at (319) 273-2788.

Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

October 9, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Global Health Corps has received two grants to meet the health needs of underserved populations in Iowa and abroad.

The first is a two-year $100,000 award from the United States Agency for International Development to provide specialized health education training to community health professionals in Ghana, West Africa. The Global Health Corps is the lead agency on this grant, and will be working in conjunction with the University of Cape Coast and the Ministry of Health in Ghana.

The second grant is an 18-month, $42,000 Sound Partners grant from the private Benton Foundation. Funding will support Global Health Corps, KUNI and Radio Postville/UNI New Iowans Program to produce, record and air a series of multilingual health education programs for new immigrants in Iowa in Spanish, Hebrew, Russian and English. Topics will include infectious disease control, nutrition, chronic disease prevention and weather safety. This project is the only one of its kind in the nation.

UNI's Global Health Corps was founded in 1996. Its mission is to improve the health status of underserved and diverse populations through culturally appropriate preventive health programming and applied research on health disparities. Most of the community outreach programming is conducted by UNI students majoring in health-related fields. The program is directed by Michele Yehieli, a UNI faculty member who specializes in international health.

October 8, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Yesterday, AFSCME Local 2659, which represents most Merit employees at the University of Northern Iowa, voted to have 27 Merit employees at the university laid off permanently.

This was one of two options put before the union membership to help the university manage the $1.9 million reduction in state budget appropriations that came out of the special legislative session in May. The other was to have Merit employees take 11.5 days of unpaid leave between now and the end of June.

These options were the result of negotiations between the Iowa Department of Personnel and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). From the university's perspective, layoffs were the last resort.

UNI has experienced almost $17 million in budget cuts in two years. Every major budget unit was affected. The university has taken steps to reduce the impact of permanent layoffs by not filling vacancies and by eliminating temporary positions.

In July, UNI's faculty union, United Faculty, voted to delay its negotiated salary increase until Nov. 1. UNI's academic administrators, professional and scientific staff, and others who are not subject to collective bargaining, also agreed to delay their increases. The remaining employee group was Merit employees, consisting of AFSCME and supervisory and confidential staff.

While many UNI Merit employees were willing to delay their negotiated wage increases, or elect to take leave without pay, the majority of the AFSCME employees who voted yesterday determined the final outcome.

'As with all our previous budget cuts, the idea behind both proposed approaches was to preserve quality within the university's core mission of teaching students,' said UNI President Robert Koob. More permanent layoffs may still have to be considered during this fiscal year.

'We are deeply saddened by the need for this action,' said Koob. 'The layoff plan will be sent to the Iowa Department of Personnel for approval. If approved, affected employees will be notified in person by their supervisor and a representative from Human Resource Services to discuss options. Based on seniority, 'bumping' will be an option in some cases. We will do everything we can to assist everyone affected.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A director/designers' presentation for 'The Threepenny Opera,' next month's musical theatre production for Theatre UNI, will take place at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The hour long presentation features director Sandra Walden, a professional singer in New York and a former UNI instructor in the School of Music; scenic designer Mark Parrott, UNI instructor in theatre; lighting designer Eric Lange, UNI associate professor of theatre; and costume designer Amy S. RohrBerg, UNI associate professor of theatre; all speaking on their vision of the production and sharing their research, renderings and models with the audience.

'The presentation will allow the director and the designers to show the audience how the play moved from the written page to the theatrical stage to create the seedy underworld of this wickedly witty musical,' said Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director and publicist for Theatre UNI.

'The Threepenny Opera' will be presented Nov. 8-17 at the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

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

October 7, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Women's Studies program has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The monies will fund continuation of a project that started in 2000 and focused on proactive programming to reduce violence against women. A $500,000 grant started that project.

Annette Lynch, associate professor of textiles and apparel, and project director, says the project is important because it brings together men and women to work on the problem. Incorporated into the project are four separate groups.

Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE) Mentors is made up of men who work with other men to create a safer campus. SAVE Frontline trains students to be points of first contact for other students concerned about how they are being treated in relationships, who have been raped or sexually assaulted, or who have been harassed or stalked. SAVE Forum Actors is an interactive theater group with a focus on violence prevention. In the final group, SAVE Advocates, specially trained students assist abuse survivors in understanding and evaluating intervention and treatment options.

For more information, contact Annette Lynch, project director, at (319) 273-2114, or visit fp.uni.edu/lynch/save_programs.htm.

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Hispanic high school students from Waterloo schools will tour UNI Friday, Oct. 11. Hosts will be members of the university's Hispanic/Latino Student Union.

Leslie Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Biology, arranged the visit. 'We've found that the numbers of Hispanic students who graduate from high school and go on to post-secondary education are low. To that end, our students at UNI are reaching out to members of their own ethnic group to 'pass the torch' and inspire them to consider a college education.'

October 2, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Building Community in the Midst of Diversity,' a workshop to help individuals create positive neighborhoods and communities, will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St., Waterloo. It is sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa's Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), and Neighborhood Services of Waterloo.

Keynote speaker is Juan C. Moreno, a diversity and inclusion specialist at the University of Minnesota Extension Office. Previously, he was director of affirmative action and equal opportunity, and interim dean of students at Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities. He is founder of the Diversity Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Workshop sessions will cover cross-cultural communication, involving citizens in planning, and team building and conflict resolution. Speakers are Jim Day, diversity consultant; Pam Hays, executive director of the YWCA of Black Hawk County; Allen Hays, director of the COPC and UNI's graduate program in public policy; and Louis Starks, city of Waterloo planner.

Cost to attend is $12 before Oct. 18, and $15 after that date. Cost includes dinner on Friday, Oct. 25. To register, or receive more information, contact Cheryl Faries, (319) 287-8164, cheryl.faries@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Peter Ladefoged, the man who trained Rex Harrison for his famous 'My Fair Lady' role, will present a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in Room 108 of the University of Northern Iowa's Communication Arts Center. His topic will be 'Recording Endangered Languages.'

James Lubker, dean of UNI's College of Humanities and Fine Arts, said Ladefoged is widely recognized as 'one of the world's greatest phoneticians.'

Ladefoged is a professor emeritus and former head of linguistics at UCLA, where he was recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. He has traveled the world, recording and studying myriad languages. Born in England, he holds both an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has published extensively, both articles and books, on everything from information conveyed by vowels, to phonetic studies, to tongue shape.

October 1, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS-- Some 514 new alumni were added to the roster of graduates of the University of Northern Iowa this summer. (Name/s) of (Hometown) was/were among the graduates. He/She received a (degree) with a major in (major).

Note: To obtain a complete list of graduates, contact the Office Of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.

September 30, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Results released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) list the University of Northern Iowa in second place for the pass rate of first-time candidates on the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Examination in May 2001, the most recent May exam for which data is available.

On that exam, 41.9 percent of UNI's first-time candidates without advanced degrees passed the complete exam, placing them second among the nation's colleges and universities represented. This compares to a national first-time pass rate of 14.4 percent. An additional 32.6 percent of UNI graduates passed some parts of the exam.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was ranked first with a 45.5 percent pass rate.

Gerald Smith, professor and head of accounting at UNI, said that during the 10-year period from 1992-2001, Northern Iowa ranked fourth among the nation's colleges and universities for the highest percentage of candidates passing all subjects taken. Included during the decade were first place rankings on the May 1997 and May 2000 exams.

'Fourteen out of the last 15 years, UNI has been in the top 10 schools in the nation in terms of its ranking on May first-time pass rates,' he said. 'Our success has been over the long haul and not just a good ranking in one year. We are certainly pleased that our alumni continue to excel on this measure, but we're equally pleased with the success that they achieve in their careers, whether they go into public accounting, work in industry or go into the governmental or not-for-profit sector.'

When looking only at Iowa statistics on the May 2001 exam, UNI alumni were 48.6 percent of the successful first-time Iowa candidates and 24.1 percent of all Iowa successful candidates, from among 25 Iowa colleges and universities producing CPA exam candidates.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Models of Marriage and Gender in Japanese Wedding Discourse' will be the topic of an address at noon, Monday, Oct. 7, in Baker Hall Room 161 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Cynthia Dunn, UNI assistant professor of anthropology, will present the address as the first in this year's CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum series, sponsored by UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies. It is open to the public free of charge.

During the presentation, Dunn will discuss data she gathered while observing Japanese wedding reception speeches and advice given to the new couples. Her analysis will focus on the character traits that are used in praising the bride and groom and the way that they reveal gender ideals in Japanese society.

Dunn's research focuses on the study of Japanese language and culture, gender, and the cultural shaping of self and emotion. Additionally, her experience includes field research and teaching in Japan and a current work under review centering on Japanese metaphors for marriage.

The next program in the CROW Forum series will be Nov. 4, when Cathy DeSoto, UNI assistant professor of psychology, will present 'The Link Between Estrogen, Brain and Behavior: Why it Matters.'

September 26, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has been ranked among the nation's 'Top 100 Values in Public Colleges' by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

Ranking criteria include entrance exam scores, graduation rates, numbers of sophomores returning after their freshman year, student-faculty ratios, amount spent on student instruction, quality and cost measures, and total cost overall.

UNI ranked 95th overall, 33rd in terms of in-state tuition, and 46th in terms of its four-year graduation rate. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was ranked No. 1 overall.

A complete list of the rankings and ranking criteria can be found at kiplinger.com/php/college/2002/public.html.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Homecoming celebration begins Sunday, Sept. 29, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 6, with a variety of activities and events.

Key events leading up to the weekend celebration include:

Window painting for the residence halls, Sunday, Sept. 29; and window painting on the Hill for student organizations Monday, Sept. 30 from noon to 5 p.m. The Kick-Off ceremony and Panther Pride Competition will be at 6 p.m. on the corner of West 23rd and College Streets. Pep-bands, UNI spirit squads and Panther Pride Cry Competition will be featured.

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, a Red Cross blood drive will be hosted in Maucker Union, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as a joint effort between the homecoming committee and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Inflatable Fun Day will be at the Maucker Union Plaza, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Panther Scramble obstacle course will be from 4 to 6 p.m. by the Campanile. A Homecoming Video Dance Party will be from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Maucker Union Expansion.

Friday, Oct. 4, has been declared Purple and Gold Spirit Day, with students, faculty and staff encouraged to wear school colors. At 8 p.m., Lawther Field will be the site for a pep rally. The event includes the Panther Pride Cry finals and fireworks. Beginning at 11:45 p.m., students will gather for campaniling -- the tradition of being kissed under the Campanile at midnight.

Saturday's events will start with a 5K cross-country run at 8 a.m., just west of the UNI-Dome, followed by the Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. This year's grand marshal will be John 'Jersey' Jermier, who served as UNI associate director of athletics from 1980 to1999. The parade will start near Cedar Falls High School, West 12th and Division Streets, at 10 a.m.; and end at West 23rd and Campus Streets by Campbell Hall.

The Saturday football game will kick-off at 4:05 p.m. Following the game, 'Video Stars,' a Chicago band playing hits from the '80s, '90s and today, will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight on the lawn east of Lang Hall and comedian Bobby Tessel will perform at midnight in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse. Homecoming concludes with the Panther Midnight Breakfast, a free breakfast bar for students, in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse, from midnight to 2 a.m.

Throughout the week, Pennies in a Pick-Up will take place outside Maucker Union and at all Homecoming events. Pennies placed in a specified pick-up truck will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club. Homecoming buttons also will be sold throughout the week in Maucker Union.

For more information regarding Homecoming activities, contact Mike Bobeldyk, UNI Maucker Union program coordinator, at (319) 273-5888.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Bliss Browne, founder and president of Imagine Chicago, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Lang Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Browne's address, 'Renewing Systems from Within: Harnessing Imagination for Public Good,' will open UNI's 2002-2003 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series.

Since 1992, Imagine Chicago has engaged many communities in Chicago and across the world in understanding, imagining and creating the future they value through intergenerational civic projects, said Christopher Martin, co-chair of the Hearst Lecture Series committee. Martin says Browne's perspectives become particularly relevant as Cedar Falls and Waterloo consider a bid for Vision Iowa funds.

Browne is a graduate of Yale, Harvard, and Northwestern University with degrees in history, theology, and finance. She is an Episcopal priest and was formerly a corporate banking executive at First Chicago. She serves on several museum advisory boards, as a director of seven Chicago non-profit organizations and was a member of the Saguaro seminar on Civic Engagement in America. Browne is internationally known for her uncommon ability to bring widely separated groups into productive dialogue.

The Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series is sponsored by the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Department of Communication Studies. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christopher Martin at (319) 273-2788.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Dissent and Patriotism' is the focus of a discussion by Peg Mullen, author of 'Unfriendly Fire.' The event will be Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The discussion is sponsored by the Leadership Studies Program and is open to the public, free of charge.

Mullen, a native of the Cedar Valley, wrote 'Unfriendly Fire' after her son's death by friendly fire in Vietnam. During the program she will answer questions and will be available to autograph books afterwards.

According to Gerri Perreault, director of the UNI Leadership Studies Program, the purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity to learn about the leadership views and practices of leaders from across a variety of sectors of society.

To reserve seating call 273-2332.

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A new book co-authored by UNI Professor of Social Work Katherine van Wormer encourages the controversial harm-reduction focus when it comes to teens and substance abuse. 'That means encouraging moderate as opposed to binge drinking, for instance. Behavior that is forbidden becomes an attraction to many teens. I think adolescents should learn to drink from moderate drinkers rather than drunken peers.'

In 'Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective,' van Wormer also notes that teens who are risk-takers are likely to try drugs, but so are the very shy and inhibited ones. 'They tend to be easily led, and will often follow their peers into drug use.' Teens prone to depression often try to self-medicate, and are therefore likely to not only try illegal substances but also to use them long-term.

She says the potential for long-term physical damage as a result of drug use is high with teens. MRI scans show teens are more susceptible to the effects of drugs because their brains aren't mature, and won't be until about age 23. The book also points out that other addictions, like risk and gambling, are just as dangerous as substance abuse, and teens aren't immune. 'It's not always the substance, but the addictive tendency in the individual. Some people get addicted to everything they touch,' van Wormer says.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa � Administrators, public safety officials and students at the University of Northern Iowa have devised a plan they hope will lead to a safe, enjoyable homecoming. UNI's homecoming activities run Monday, Sept. 30, through Saturday, Oct. 5.

Renee Romano, vice president for educational and student services at UNI, said the size and tenor of last year's celebration in the College Hill neighborhood that borders the university were the catalysts for the plan.

'We considered that situation to be potentially dangerous for students and visitors,' explained Romano.

She noted that while last year's event ended with an unusually high number of citations from the Cedar Falls Police Department, only a handful of those went to UNI students. 'This year, we want homecoming visitors to be aware that we are aggressively targeting anyone who displays negative behavior,' said Romano. 'We are asking UNI students to take leadership roles during the celebration, and we're reminding our visitors there are heavy penalties for illegal acts such as underage drinking and using fake identification to purchase alcohol.'

The plan focuses on safety issues, new city ordinances and coordinating the efforts of the university, city and community organizations. An information campaign includes a series of four posters to increase awareness of the consequences of negative or illegal behavior, a brochure that will be mailed to students and distributed in residence halls, and meetings with student and community organizations.

The brochure contains guidelines for parties, reminding hosts about city ordinances regarding noise and alcohol consumption; tips for celebrating safely within large crowds; and reminders that the fine for using fake identification to purchase/consume alcohol is $145, while the fine for supplying alcohol to minors can run as high as $1,500.

'We certainly don't want to inhibit the fun that typifies UNI's homecoming celebration,' Romano said. 'But we are going to be vigilant about safety.'

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One of the largest debate tournaments in the nation, the 2002 Ulrich Season Opener Debate Tournament, will take place Saturday through Monday, Sept. 28-30, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Hosted by the UNI Forensic Program, the tournament is expected to draw more than 70 teams from 40 different colleges and universities. Leah White, UNI director of forensics, said teams are entered from as far away as Pittsburgh; Denton, Texas; and Long Beach, Calif.

Sessions Saturday and Sunday will be held in classrooms and buildings throughout the campus, while Monday's tournament elimination rounds will be held at the Ramada Inn in Waterloo.

The UNI Forensic Program is open to all students interested in competitive speech and debate. Last year, the UNI debate program was ranked second in the Central District according to the Cross Examination Debate Association annual rankings, and the speech team was ranked 19th at the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament. Catherine Palczweski is the director of debate at UNI and Will Major is the director of individual events.

The tournament is named in honor of the late Walter Ulrich, former debate coach at UNI.

September 25, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will begin its 2002-2003 season with 'The Laramie Project,' on Thursday, Oct. 10, for a two-week run in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Directed by Cynthia Goatley, UNI professor of theatre, and written by Moises Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project, 'The Laramie Project' is a compilation of more than 200 interviews with the people of Laramie, Wyo., exploring their reactions to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student from their community.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 10-12 and Oct. 16-19, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 12, 13 and 20. The Oct. 13 and 18 performances will include post-performance discussions about the play and the community. In addition, the Oct. 18 discussion will be attended by Rebecca Hilliker, head of the theatre department at the University of Wyoming and a featured character in the play.

Portraying more than 60 characters, the ensemble cast includes theatre students Ben Layne of Cedar Falls, Sarah Noll of Dubuque, Karle J. Meyers of Malcolm, Nathan V. Maly Manson, Michael D. Frieden of Muscatine, Gretchen Carter of Sioux City and Ben Powell of Virginia Beach, Va.

Richard Glockner, UNI associate professor of theatre, will play the role of Dennis Shepard, Matthew's father, and Michele Francis, a guest performer from Cedar Rapids, will play the role of Rebecca Hilliker.

Theatre UNI's production of 'The Laramie Project' features scenic design by Leonard Curtis, UNI associate professor of theatre; costume design by Carol Colburn, UNI professor of theatre; and lighting design by Mark A. Parrott, staff designer.

Admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for UNI students and youth. Tickets are available by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381 or online at www.uni.edu/theatre.

September 24, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has formed a partnership with Xavier University of Louisiana to increase the number of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who will serve underrepresented and urban youths.

Project Affirm, which was created by Nancy Martino of Xavier, is funded by a renewable $186,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Through the project, graduates of Xavier, a historically black college, will come to UNI for graduate-level training in the field. They will pay in-state tuition, work with mentors, and complete their externships in New Orleans public schools. Martino is the principal investigator and author of the grant, as well.

'In our profession, there is a scarcity of speech-language pathologists from minority groups, and we are always searching for ways that we can attract bright individuals from this talent pool,' said John Somervill, dean of UNI's Graduate College.

Somervill said only 8.5 percent of the SLPs certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association are members of underrepresented groups. At the same time, there is a growing number of culturally and racially diverse students who could need assistance. The population of New Orleans' Orleans Parish School System, for instance, had a 95.7 percent non-white enrollment for the 1998-99 school year.

'We know in our profession that there is a lack of understanding related to the linguistic and cultural aspects of children from underrepresented groups and those from urban areas,' said Clifford Highnam, head of UNI's Department of Communicative Studies. 'That's why Project Affirm is so important.'

The Project Affirm goal is to have awarded master's degrees to 18 students, have another six completing the first year of graduate school, and still another six newly enrolled by 2006.

September 23, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Patricia Sitlington, professor of special education, has been named the recipient of the Philip G. Hubbard Award for Outstanding Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Sitlington will use the award's $18,000 stipend to establish a scholarship for those planning to teach students with disabilities at the secondary level.

Sitlington is a nationally recognized scholar in special education for secondary school and those transitioning to adult life. At UNI, she has received the Donald McKay Research Award, the Regents Faculty Excellence Award, and the College of Education Excellence in Scholarship Award. She received the Oliver P. Kolstoe Award for Lifelong Achievement in Career Development and Transition, bestowed by the International Division on Career Development and Transition, Council for Exceptional Children.

Consistently recognized as a strong mentor to students, Sitlington also has served on several university and college committees, including the Council on Teacher Education, Professional Review Committee for the Graduate College dean, and the College of Education Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning Committee (co-chair). She is a Standing Grant Review Panel member for the special education branch of the federal government, and has obtained more than $6.5 million in external funds for grant proposals she either authored or co-authored.'

The award was created by Joseph A. Walder, founder of Integrated DNA Technologies Inc. of Coralville, and a former University of Iowa faculty member. He has established similar awards at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, honoring Philip Hubbard who was named vice president for student services at the University of Iowa in 1971. Hubbard was the first African American vice president at a Big Ten university. In establishing the award, Walder quoted Hubbard, saying, 'While we celebrate our achievements in science, sport, and culture, we must always remember that the critical measure of a great society is the successful investment of its moral and material resources to ensure freedom and opportunity for all its children.'

Sitlington was presented the award during the UNI faculty meeting earlier this month, by Roman Terrill, vice president of Integrated DNA Technologies.

September 22, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's School of Music will host its 21st annual Scholarship Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27. This yearᄅネs event, 'Rhythm and Smooth,' will be presented in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Performers for the evening include guest artists SONSAX, a Costa Rican saxophone and percussion band. Also featured will be the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the UNI Percussion Ensemble, the Concert Chorale, the UNI Singers, the UNI Wind Symphony, and the UNI Flute choir. Other student performers will include pianist Edwin Neimann, and the George Walker Society of Music. Several faculty and alumni will perform, among them soprano Jean McDonald and tenor Jeffrey Birth, clarinetist Jack Graham and guest pianist Joan Smalley, tubist Jeffrey Funderburk and guest pianist Iva Navratova, and bass-baritone Won Cho and pianist Robin Guy.

In previous years, the event had been presented on two consecutive nights in UNIネs Russell Hall. But, explains John Vallentine, director of UNI's School of Music, the new Gallagher-Bluedorn offers an acoustically perfect hall with additional seating, so the concert will occur on one night only. 'This event features some of the best talent at UNI and the concert has received standing ovations in the past for performance excellence' Vallentine stated. 'Weᄅネre excited that this is our 21st annual event providing needed support for our students,'he said. The program includes a wide-range of music favorites, from Broadway to Classical.

Vallentine, who noted that recent budget cuts have had serious impact on tuition costs for UNI students, said this year's concert is more important than ever. 'Providing scholarships is the number-one reason we present this concert,'he said. 'Audience members and donors know that their contributions go directly to provide support for our students.' 'We're a nationally and internationally recognized School of Music, but if we want to continue to attract the best students we have to be able to provide financial assistance for them and their families.ᄅリ

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center box office, on the Web at tickets.uni.edu, by calling 1-877-273-SHOW, or are available at the door for $25. All proceeds to the Scholarship Benefit Endowment will be used for future music scholarships for students.

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