News Release Archive
November 4, 2002 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eight University of Northern Iowa students experienced first hand the 'Paleontology of the Canadian Rockies,' visiting Alberta and British Columbia, Canada recently as the culmination of a four-week course on the topic.
__(Name)__, a UNI __(classification)__ from __(hometown)__, was among the students in the course taught by John Groves, UNI assistant professor of geology.
The main goal of the course was to teach students about the evolutionary significance of the Burgess Shale fauna, a well-preserved assemblage of fossils that lived about 510 million years ago.
Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern Iowa Management Association at the University of Northern Iowa has elected officers for 2002-2003. Officers include president Laura Nefzger, a senior management major from Delhi; vice president of administration Craig Oberreuter, a senior management major from Danbury; vice president of publicity Tom Davis, a senior management major from Waterloo; and vice president of finance Amanda Jensen, a senior economics major from Iowa City.
(NAME) of (HOMETOWN) , a (CLASSIFICATION) studying (MAJOR) is a 2002-2003 Northern Iowa Management Association member.
The Northern Iowa Management Association at UNI is a professional organization through which students develop management and leadership skills. NMA also offers students numerous opportunities to interact with businesses throughout northeast Iowa, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Kansas City. For more information, call (319) 273-6150.
Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.
November 3, 2002 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Penny O'Connor, instructor in communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa, has been honored for dedication to competitive collegiate public speaking with induction into the National Forensic Association Hall of Fame.
In presenting the award, O'Connor was cited for her 'success and spirit as a former UNI competitor and coach' and 'the support she has continued to show for UNI forensics, as well as the greater forensic community.'
The NFA Hall of Fame, established in 2000, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to forensics as student competitors who continue to maintain support of the activity after graduation.
A native of Alton, Iowa, O'Connor was nominated by Margaret Kaszonyi, UNI individual events speech coach; Bill Henderson, former director of forensics at UNI; and Leah White, UNI director of forensics.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa men's soccer club recently finished its season at the Midwest regional tournament in Minneapolis, Minn. They defeated Minnesota State - Moorhead 3-0, and went on to beat Minnesota State - Mankato 4-0, but fell to the University of Minnesota 0-2 in the tournament semifinal.
This was the first year that the UNI men's soccer club has been a member of the Association of Collegiate Club Soccer. UNI's team includes players from Iowa, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, England, Japan and Russia.
UNI finished the season with a 12-5-2 record, which left them ranked in the top five regionally and in the top 15 nationally.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Nearly 100 minority students recently received a 'jump start' in making a smooth transition from high school to the University of Northern Iowa to increase their potential for success and graduation. The UNI Jump Start Program began the week before the start of the fall-semester classes with a five-day orientation designed to acquaint first-year and transfer minority students with campus life while introducing them to other Jump Start participants, UNI students, staff, and faculty.
Features of the program to aid the students in their academic success include: pre-selection of fall courses based on academic record and prospective major; enrollment in the 'Strategies for Academic Success' course designed to help students develop effective study techniques; learning communities where students take classes with other Jump Start participants; and, cluster housing, which provides the opportunity for students to be assigned a Jump Start roommate or a residence hall 'house' with several other Jump Start students.
Jump Start students for the fall 2002 semester are ___(Name)__ of ___(Hometown)___.
The program has tripled in size since its inception in 1998 and past participants credit the program for their academic successes. 'It helped me get things started,' said Korie Frazier, a senior elementary and middle education major from Davenport who came to UNI as a freshman 'It's a great support system for new students. The support didn't just stop after my first year, I've been supported the whole time I've been at UNI.'
Teresa Ponce, a senior management information systems major from Pleasanton, Texas, participated in the program. Ponce said the program 'Opens you up to people you need to know for academic assistance. The people who work with the program make you feel really welcome and at home, and whenever you need them they will always make time for you.'
Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's master's programs in educational technology have met national standards set by the Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). These programs will be considered nationally recognized programs upon accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Sharon Smaldino, professor of curriculum and instruction, said meeting these professional standards is an indicator of a quality program that prepares graduates for future professional positions.
Only about 30 such programs nationwide have achieved this distinction, and UNI's will be the first in Iowa to do so under the new standards. The program will be recognized during the AECT international convention in Dallas later this month.
Smaldino said a NCATE team will be on campus during fall 2003 to evaluate UNI's teacher education programs.
October 31, 2002 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Gold Star Award recipients were recently honored by the University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence at its annual 'Among the Stars' awards ceremony.
___(Name)__, ___(Classification)___, of ___(Hometown)__, was one of five recipients who received the Gold Star Award for outstanding contributions to on-campus living. According to Drake Martin, UNI assistant director of residence programming, this is the highest award presented in the 4,200-student residence system. The award has been presented to no more than five students annually since1989.
Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa announced today that Malcolm Price Laboratory School will remain a kindergarten through 12th-grade school for the foreseeable future. This decision follows the recommendations of Bill Callahan, interim dean of UNI's College of Education. The recommendations were previously approved by the Parent Teacher Partnership, the Council of Teacher Education, the College of Education Senate and UNI's Faculty Senate.
'The net result of this resolution is that all presently available grades will remain available, no student presently enrolled will lose an opportunity to remain enrolled, all current and future students in the attendance district of MPLS will have the opportunity to attend MPLS, and this will be accomplished within the budget presently approved by the Board of Regents,' said UNI president Robert Koob.
He continued, 'This result was made possible by increased collaboration between MPLS faculty and discipline departments at UNI. While it is likely that some personnel reassignment may occur, no faculty with continuing employment rights will need to be dismissed.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter of Up 'til Dawn, a fundraising group for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, is looking for teams of six to 12 people to help raise money for St. Jude.
A letter-writing and information night is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Maucker Union Ambassador Room from 8 to 10 p.m. Those attending should bring addresses of friends and relatives to use in a mailing campaign.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has treated more than 19,000 patients across the United States and in 60 foreign countries. The hospital has daily operating costs exceeding $715,000, and is funded primarily by private contributions.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team is hosting the annual Panther Pals basketball camp from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 on the upper-level basketball courts in the Wellness Recreation Center (WRC).
The camp will be taught by UNI coaches and players and is open to boys and girls in grades 1-6. The cost is $35, and participants will receive a Panther basketball and t-shirt, a subway party, an autograph session and a Panther Pal membership card good for free admission to all UNI men's basketball home games.
For more information contact Ben Jacobson, UNI assistant men's basketball coach at (319) 273-4864 or email@example.com
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence recently inducted 14 new members into its chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). The NRHH has chapters at colleges and universities across the nation.
According to Drake Martin, UNI assistant director of residence, this prestigious award recognizes the top 1 percent of students whose leadership enhances on-campus living.
__(Name)__, __(Classification)__ of __(Hometown)__, is among those inducted into the NRHH.
Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.
October 30, 2002 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa men's and women's rugby teams will host the Midwest regional tournament Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3 on the intramural fields west of the UNI-Dome. The teams will compete for the Midwest champion title. Both UNI teams are Midwest Champions of last year.
Winners will continue on to the Elite 8 tournament in April. From there, qualifiers advance to the national tournament in May. The UNI women's rugby team won the national championship in 2002 and 2001. The UNI men's team placed second nationally last year.
The women's regional tournament will pit No. 2 University of Minnesota against No. 3 University of Dayton at 11 a.m, and No. 1 UNI against No. 4 Lacrosse at 1 p.m. The men's tournament will see No. 1 UNI play No. 3 Iowa State University at 11 a.m. No. 4 University of Wisconsin-Stout will battle No. 2 University of Dayton at 1 p.m.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Tae Kwon-Do Club recently attended the 29th annual national Tae Kwon-Do Championships in Kansas City, Kansas. Alex Laskin, a graduate assistant in communication studies from Cedar Falls, took first place in form; Heather Lee, a freshman from Wartburg, took second place in form and first place in sparring; and Cole Wubbena, a freshman from Kirkwood College, took first place in sparring.
Serving as officials were black belts Francis Moore, from Waterloo; Grant Wubbena, from Iowa City; Dylan Kline, a junior management information systems major from Davenport; Bridget Biver, a senior photography major from Waterloo; Mark Schilling, an alumnus from Minnesota; Jerel Krueger, a senior computer science major from Waterloo; Cole Wubbena and Lee. Kline also is club president.
The UNI Tae Kwon-Do club is the oldest sport club on campus, dating back to 1969.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Theatre UNI and School of Music will present the classic musical, 'The Threepenny Opera,' by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Friday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov.17 at the Strayer-Wood Theatre.
Sandra Walden, former UNI faculty member, will direct the musical. She previously directed 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Die Fledermaus' for Theatre UNI. Music direction will be shared by Rebecca Burkhardt, associate professor of music, and Ronald Johnson, professor of music. Scenic designer is Mark Parrott, Theatre UNI designer; lighting designer is Eric Lange, associate professor of theatre; and costume designer is Amy RohrBerg, associate professor of theatre.
'The Threepenny Opera' tells of deceit and betrayal in the seedy underworld of beggars, thieves and prostitutes in 19th century England. 'The writers collaborated to create a work of epic theatre that, by bringing together deceitful, self-involved characters with an upbeat cabaret score, allows audiences to laugh at the absurdity, and challenges us to action to change the corrupt capitalist society which leads to such class disparities,' says Walden.
The musical will run Nov. 8, 9, 14, and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for UNI students and youths, $13 for senior citizens, and $15 for all others. Tickets may be purchased through the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381, or at www.uni.edu/theatre.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa's 40th annual Science, Mathematics and Technology Symposium will take place Thursday, Nov. 7, on the UNI campus.
Todd Eisworth, UNI assistant professor of mathematics, will present 'This statement is false: self-reference and incompleteness in mathematics,' at 3:30 p.m. in the Maucker Union Expansion. The speech explains how English and mathematics interact. The presentation is part of the symposium, but the public may attend free of charge.
The annual symposium is attended by hundreds of Iowa high school students, their parents, teachers and counselors. During the event, high school seniors compete for four-year tuition scholarships in the sciences, mathematics or technology, as well as several partial-tuition scholarships in the sciences.
Scholarship competitors test in the morning and finalists are interviewed in the afternoon. Scholarship winners are announced at the conclusion of the symposium. Participants also receive career information and introductions to programs, resources and faculty in the College of Natural Sciences.
The symposium is sponsored by the UNI College of Natural Sciences. Additional event information is available at www.cns.uni.edu/scisymp/.
When Woodward and Bernstein broke the Watergate story in the early '70s, journalism schools nationwide saw huge increases in enrollment. As the Enrons and Worldcoms continue to fall because of shoddy accounting practices, business schools are seeing the same phenomenon.
Gerald Smith, head of the Department of Accounting at UNI, said the university has seen a 20 percent increase in accounting majors since last year. 'For decades, accountants have been saying that we'd never start to see the numbers of students we needed to see until we got a television program about CPAs,' Smith said. 'And now it is hard to turn on the news without seeing a report about a financial reporting or auditing issue. Our students have seen this and said that going into this field offers them an opportunity to make change.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence has named the 'Newcomers of the Year' leadership award winners from each of its 10 residence halls.
__(Name)__, __(Classification)__ of __(Hometown)__, was named a 'Newcomer of the Year'. (She/He) was honored for (her/his) first-year contributions to the quality of living in (her/his) residence hall community.
Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contacet the Office of Univeristy Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.
October 29, 2002 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The women's studies program at the University of Northern Iowa recently presented the Lynn Cutler Leadership award to sophomore Courtney Clausen. The award includes a $100 check and certificate. It is presented to a women's studies minor who has shown excellence in leadership on campus.
The daughter of Jane Clausen, 2801 W. 38th St. Sioux City, and a 2001 graduate of Sioux City West High, Clausen is a sociology teaching major and a women's studies minor. She is a chair of the Gender Equality Association (GEA); a frontline first response mentor, offering information to students who have been abused; a State of Iowa Sexual Assault advocate for Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE); and a women's studies mentor coordinator, working with high school students on gender equality.
Clausen's sister Andrea, is a UNI graduate and also was a women's studies minor involved with GEA.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa student recently returned from Cape Town, South Africa. Paul Emerick, a senior general studies major from Pella, is a member of the 2002 Collegiate All-American Rugby traveling team.
The trip consisted of three matches played in eight days. The first match was played Sept. 22 against Peninsula Technikon, where the U.S. team earned a solid victory. However, the U.S. team went up against the University of Stellenbosch on Sept. 26 and was defeated. The U.S. team won its third and final match against the University of Western Cape on Sept. 29.
Emerick also was a member of the 2001 Collegiate All-American Rugby team that competed last fall in Dublin, Ireland. In addition, this past summer he played for the USA Rugby team, nicknamed the 'Eagles 15,' where he competed for the U.S. on a seven-week European tour.
October 28, 2002 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six University of Northern Iowa public relations students were recently elected as officers for the student run public relations firm, Public Relations Interns Develop Expertise, or PRide, for 2002-2003.
The group's purpose is to provide students practical experience similar to the workplace environment, while providing public relations counsel to community organizations
The executive board consists of six members that serve as liaisons between the student firm and its clients. The group has 30 members and 17 accounts. Clients this year include Waterloo Community Schools, Conestoga Council of Girls Scouts, the Wesley Foundation and the Memorial Foundation of Allen Hospital.
Teresa Kulow, PRide president, is a senior public relations major and journalism minor from Mediapolis. She manages the firm's operations and is in charge of finding new clients, developing the annual business plan, and maintaining client contact.
Robin Madsen, a senior public relations major from Audubon, is the vice president. She helps oversee the firm and supervises account executives.
Joann Schinstock, a senior public relations major from Mount Pleasant, is the administrative assistant. She is in charge of keeping and posting minutes for all meetings, and assists the president.
Angela Greiner, a senior public relations major with journalism and marketing minors from Brighton, is the editor of the PRogressor, a newsletter for UNI students and area businesses. Her responsibilities involve production, layout and editing.
Emily Rudin, a senior public relations and journalism minor from Sioux City, is the vice president of administration. Her duties involve managing finances and preparing annual plans and budget for the organization.
Jackie Wilson, a senior public relations major from Waterloo, is the public relations director. She is in charge of publicizing PRide in the community, contacting prospective clients, and working on fund-raising projects and special events.
The PRide academic advisor is Gayle Pohl, APR, UNI professor of communication studies.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a performance by the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.
The band, stationed at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, is a 60-member unit whose repertoire includes jazz, country, rock, contemporary and classical. Its various musical components perform more than 450 concerts annually, touring extensively through the country.
The Heartland of America Band has received four Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, and three Organizational Excellence Awards. The band holds the distinction of being the only Air Force musical unit to have been deployed throughout the entire area of responsibility in support of troop morale during Operation Desert Shield.
There is no charge to attend the concert.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention November 2-3. Members will attend seminars at Malcolm Price Laboratory School and the UNI Wellness/Recreation Center.
Presentations will address early childhood movement activities, dance and other physical education activities, as well as the National Association for Sport and Physical Education standards for physical activity of children from birth to five years of age. The National Program for Playground Safety will discuss safe supervision on school playgrounds. Speakers include several national teachers of the year. Members will be eligible for graduate credit and licensure renewal credit.
Lori Smith, instructor at Malcolm Price Laboratory School, is the IAHPERD president-elect as well as the 2001 Elementary Physical Education teacher of the year.
For more information, call (319) 273-2558.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The '2002 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition,' originally scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 1, in the University of Northern Iowa's Gallery of Art, has been postponed to a date to be announced. The opening reception, set for 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, in the Kamerick Art Building lobby, has also been postponed.
A water valve in a mechanic's closet burst Sunday morning, causing water to flood the entire first floor in the building's south wing. The gallery, the art auditorium and the Department of Art office were among areas affected.
Darrell Taylor, acting director of the UNI Gallery of Art, said he has posted a notice on the gallery's Web site about the delay in the opening and will update it as more information is available. For more information, call (319) 273-6134, or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Educators in Iowa can earn graduate credit and learn more about 'Forests in a Changing Climate,' by registering for one of three conferences presented by University of Northern Iowa's Environmental Issues Instruction program. Teachers will attend a two-part session offered at two locations; in Dubuque at the Days Inn Nov. 22-24 and Jan. 31-Feb. 1; or in West Des Moines at the Walnut Creek Inn on Feb. 7-9, and April 11-12 or Feb. 14-16, and May 2-3.
The program is designed to educate K-12 teachers on the effects of climate change on forests. Topics will address global warming, change by human and natural factors, and their affects on the forest. After the first conference, teachers return to their schools and work with their students to develop lessons based on conference information. During the second session they report on what they learned while working with their students.
'The program encourages elementary, junior high and high school teachers to integrate these environmental issues into their science, math, language arts and other curricula,' said Carl Bollwinkel, project director. 'Using skills for these areas and ecological concepts, participating teachers learn to help their students analyze issues, participate in case studies and determine responsible environmental action.'
For more information contact Carl Bollwinkel, project director, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Web at, www.uni.edu/ceee/eii.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --'The Link Between Estrogen, Brain, and Behavior: Why it Matters' will be the topic of the next CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum lecture, at noon, Monday, Nov. 4, in Baker Hall Room 161 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Cathy DeSoto, UNI assistant professor of psychology, will discuss estrogen's effects. 'I hope to illustrate how denying the effects of estrogen is potentially demeaning emotionally to women and harmful in terms of health,' she said.
The next program in the CROW Forum series will be Dec. 2, when Karen Mitchell, UNI associate professor of communication studies, and Jana Gymer-Koch, UNI graduate student, will present 'Finding a Voice: Ethnography of the Origins of SAVE Forum Actors.'
October 27, 2002 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Steve O'Kane, associate professor of biology at the University of Northern Iowa, has been named the Prem Sahai Distinguished Professor for the 2002-2003 academic year. O'Kane will receive a $25,000 award which may be used for summer salary, research support, graduate assistantships, professional travel and other appropriate expenditures. He will deliver a lecture in the spring as part of the award.
The Prem Sahai Distinguished Professorship in the UNI College of Natural Sciences is awarded annually, on a rotating basis, to a tenure or tenure-track faculty member from the departments of biology, chemistry or mathematics, who has shown excellence in teaching and research and who exemplifies distinction in the particular discipline. The professorship was established in honor of the late Prem Sahai, a UNI alumnus, by his family.
A member of the UNI faculty since 1996, O'Kane specializes in the types and diversity of plants. He has discovered and named several species new to science in the course of his research. He holds a Ph.D. in evolutionary and population biology from Washington University in St. Louis. O'Kane has done extensive fieldwork in the western United States, Alaska, Mexico, central and eastern Europe, Russia, Taiwan and Japan.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Foundation kicked off the national phase of its 'Students First' Campaign with special events Oct. 25-26. The highlight of the kickoff was an announcement that the initial goal of $75 million has been reached; a new goal of $100 million has been set.
Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, said the campaign is expected to be completed by July 2005. More than $70 million of 'Students First' funds will be used for scholarships and academic programs. Funds also will support facilities, including $18 million to build the McLeodUSA Center, a multi-purpose sports arena for basketball, volleyball and wrestling. Other capital projects include McElroy Hall, which houses the Freeburg Early Childhood Program in Waterloo; a human performance center to be attached to the UNI-Dome; renovation of Russell Hall; and equipment for McCollum Science Hall and Lang Hall.
'Our vision is to make UNI the nation's finest public comprehensive university,' said Calhoun.
Joy Cole Corning and Rex Eno, long-time UNI supporters, are co-chairing the national campaign. A former lieutenant governor of Iowa, Corning is an alumna who serves on the boards of nearly one dozen organizations. In 2001, she established the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series at UNI. Eno is chairman of Aegon USA Life Investors in Cedar Rapids, and chair of the UNI Foundation Board of Trustees. He and his wife, a UNI alumna, established the Rex and Kathy Eno Scholarship Endowment Fund at the university.
October 24, 2002 - 7:00pm
As a rule, people18-24 are less likely to vote than are other voting populations. 'At that age, people have a lot going on in their lives,' explains Tom Rice, head of the UNI Department of Political Science. 'They're starting families or relationships, moving, starting careers, they're in and out of school.' As a result, they focus less on what's going on politically, and more on what's going on personally.
Recently, those numbers have dropped to all-time lows. 'But what's more troubling is that young people seem to be less engaged in the community in general,' says Rice. 'The fact that they don't vote is really just a symptom of the erosion of social capital.'
He says it's pointless to generically encourage voting. 'We don't want people voting because they've been brow beaten into it. We want them to want to vote. But that starts by becoming engaged in your community, and that's what we aren't encouraging.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's master's in public policy program will co-sponsor the fifth annual Cedar Valley Conference on Race, 'Bridging the Divide,' from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at Hawkeye Community College.
The keynote address will be given by Al Vivian, president of Atlanta-based Basic Action Strategies and Information Center Inc. Vivian graduated from Morehouse College and served as an equal opportunity officer for the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1991. He studied at the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon.
Clifton Taulbert, founder and president of the Building Community Institute in Tulsa, Okla., will be the plenary session speaker. The institute is based on the principles outlined in Taulbert's book, 'Eight Habits of the Heart,' USA Today's 1998 choice for book to 'enrich our minds and lives.'
Workshop presenters will be Vivian; Eddie Moore, dean of intercultural life at Central College in Pella; Jim Day, local speech/language pathologist; Lou Porter, director of development for KBBG Radio; and Salome Raheim of the University of Iowa.
Other conference sponsors are the Waterloo mayor's office, the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, the Cedar Valley Diversity Appreciation Team, John Deere Community Credit Union, KBBG-FM, and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
Registration fee of $50 is due by Nov. 8. For more information, contact the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, (319) 291-4441.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The sixth-period 9th grade physics class at Turkey Valley High School in Jackson Junction won this year's Space Week Science Challenge, a contest open to all K-12 Iowa classrooms. The winners were announced October 23 by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium, one of the contest sponsors.
The winning class, taught by Caroline Scheidel, will receive a Meade ETX Astro telescope and a Garmin e-TREX GPS receiver for their classroom and a field trip to the Science Station and IMAX Theatre in Cedar Rapids. The teachers at Turkey Valley High School won an in-service training session and curriculum materials from the Iowa State University Extension Service's Science, Engineering and Technology team.
Meade ETX Astro telescopes also were awarded to the top classroom entries in two other categories. The 2nd-3rd grade talented and gifted classroom of Marilyn Hawkins at Mount Ayr Elementary won for category K-3, and the 4th-8th grade science classroom of Gary Bottorff at Lansing Middle School won for category 4-8.
Contestants listened to special editions of the Earth and Sky radio program broadcast by WHO Radio in Des Moines during Space Week, October 4-10. Topics included the greenhouse effect, volcanoes, the moon and asteroids. Students then took a quiz based on the radio programs and supporting activities.
Each of the 43 classrooms that entered the contest will receive a classroom space travel kit from Team Encounter. The number of entries for the competition has doubled since last year.
Corporate contest sponsors were WHO Radio and the Earth and Sky radio program. The Iowa Space Grant Consortium is a NASA-supported organization aimed at increasing interest in aerospace education and research. Its academic members are the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Drake University.
The Oct. 18 voluntary recall of the meningitis vaccine (Menomune) has no bearing on students immunized at UNI's Student Health Clinic.
Sue Courts, director of the clinic, said the recall affects only single-dose vials. 'We use multiple-does vials of the medication,' she explained. Courts noted fewer than 50 students have been immunized at the clinic this year.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa has announced its Student Telecounseling Admissions Representatives (STARs) for the 2002 fall semester.
__(NAME)__ of __(HOMETOWN)__, a __(CLASSIFICATION)__ studying __(MAJOR)__ at the University of Northern Iowa is one of 13 students working as a STAR this fall semester.
STARs call prospective students, as well as admitted students, to talk about student life at UNI. They call Sundays from 3 to 8 p.m. and from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Sara Schuler, UNI admissions counselor and telecounseling supervisor, is the Northern Iowa STARs supervisor.
NOTE: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.
October 23, 2002 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Speech Team recently placed first at the 35th annual Sugar Loaf Invitational at Winona State University. A total of 15 schools attended the tournament.
All four UNI students who competed received awards. Danielle Dick, a junior from Dayton, placed first in after-dinner speaking and third in prose interpretation. Sara Gronstal, a junior from Council Bluffs, placed second in poetry interpretation, second in informative speaking and fourth in extemporaneous interpretation. Amy Larsen, a senior from Ankeny, placed first in informative speaking, second in communication analysis, third in extemporaneous interpretation and fifth in impromptu speaking. Larsen also placed second in the overall quadrathon individual sweepstakes competition. Phil Rippke, a junior from Moville, placed third in informative speaking and fourth in impromptu speaking.
Will Major, instructor of communication studies, is the director of individual events. Leah White, assistant professor of communication studies, is the director of forensics. Lucas Messer, communication studies graduate assistant, also is a coach for the team. All three were awarded the Collie Coaches award as coaches of the championship team.
For more information, contact Leah White (319) 273-7200.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), based at the University of Northern Iowa, has received a two-year federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. This is the eighth consecutive year the funding has been renewed.
Donna Thompson, project director and a UNI professor of physical education, said the grant will provide $550,000 to educate children and adults.
'Each year some 211,000 preschool and elementary children receive emergency treatment for injuries that occurred on playground equipment. We have identified three goals for this year that the grant will allow us to pursue.'
Thompson said the program has the following goals:
ï¾·Educate the public about the importance of playground safety and injury prevention.
ï¾·Assess the impact of environmental modifications of known risk factors on public playgrounds.
ï¾·Promote compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) guidelines and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards at state and local levels.
NPPS was established at UNI in 1995 by a grant from the CDC. Through its efforts, parents, educators, childcare professionals, city leaders and park officials have been given access to current information about playground safety and appropriate playground equipment.
The program maintains a toll-free hotline, 1-800-554-PLAY, to respond to playground safety issues. The program's Web site at www.uni.edu/playground has received more than 1.5 million visits.
Among ongoing services of the program are inter-library loan services of publications and documents from UNI's Rod Library; resource materials for use by organizations and agencies; in-depth educational opportunities through the NPPS Safety School and playground supervision workshops; and a network of professionals who can provide specific information to local communities around the country.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.email@example.com. Additional information is available at www.jpec.org.
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.
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
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.'
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
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¿½ 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.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¿½ 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.
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.
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
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/
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.