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April 14, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa teacher education department has awarded scholarships to four incoming freshman. The scholarship includes tuition for four years and is based on grade point average, class rank, ACT scores and an interview with the faculty committee. The scholarship is valued at $4,378 for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Among the scholarship winners is (Name), the son/daughter of (Parents' Names), from (Hometown), graduate of (High School).

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host 'Sole Power,' a project designed to encourage non-motorized commuting to campus, and the annual Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, at the Maucker Union Plaza.

'The purpose of Sole Power is for people to leave their cars at home and instead walk, bike or skate to campus,' said Kathy Gulick, UNI director of University Health Services. 'It encourages physical fitness, saves people money and it's good for the environment.'

During the event, the Department of Public Safety will register bikes, and Europa Cycle and Ski will provide free bike tune-ups to students, faculty and staff. Information about campus recreational walking routes and the Cedar Valley Recreational Trail maps will be available. Those who pledge to increase car-free commuting can earn t-shirts, water bottles and bike bells. The interactive Iowa Department of Natural Resources Mobile Education Trailer will be open as well. In addition, the Metro Area Redemption and environmental health science students will co-sponsor a can drive. Proceeds will benefit the Iowa Recycling Association.

For more information, contact Gulick at (319) 273-6921 or Michaela Rich, program manager, Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center, (319) 273-3689.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa students have been chosen to exhibit at the 2003 Des Moines Art Festival Emerging Iowa Artist Program June 27-29. The Emerging Iowa Artist Program is a new component of the festival and offers free booth space to art students who are Iowa residents enrolled in an institution of higher education. Students may exhibit and sell their works.

David Schmitz and Angela Pease were two of 15 students chosen to participate in the festival, based on an application and submitted slides. Schmitz, from Charles City, is a freshman art major with an emphasis in drawing. He will be showing 15-20 works in pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and pastel.

Pease, from Cedar Falls, is a senior BFA art major with an emphasis in painting. She will be exhibiting mixed media 3-D works including 'Pushing Reverence,' an encaustic and wood piece. Encaustic is a painting technique that uses melted beeswax. Schmitz and Pease also will demonstrate their techniques during the festival.

The students' work also can be seen during the Arts in April celebration on the UNI campus.

The Des Moines Art Festival, which began in 1998, is ranked the sixth-best fine arts festival in the nation.

For more information about the Emerging Iowa Artist Program visit or contact Tricia Denzin, project coordinator, Des Moines Art Festival, at (515) 288-2258, extension 103.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI's Off-Hudson Play Reading Series will conclude this season with 'By 'n' By,' by Kim Hines, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108. This will be the premier reading of 'By 'n' By' as a completed script.

'By 'n' By' tells the story of an African-American woman from the 1930s who has seen a grim future for her family and consults a psychic from another time to help her change the past to save the future. Hines, a Minnesota native, recently directed the March Theatre UNI production of 'Roosters.'

The reading is directed by Scott Nice, assistant professor of theatre, and features UNI students; Jeff Johnson, a junior from Lake View; Gretchen Carter, a senior from Sioux City; Nick Hodge, a sophomore from Marion; David Myrick, a junior from Newton; Sarah Noll, a senior from Dubuque; Kiersten Malo, a senior from Gurnee, Ill.; and Jennifer Beers, a junior from Cedar Falls.

The series, begun in 1992, returned this fall following several years' hiatus to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Strayer-Wood Theatre. The performance is free of charge. For more information, visit, or call the Strayer-Wood Box Office at (319) 273-6381.

April 13, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Russian Gypsy musicians Talisman and the Kolpakov Trio, at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 17, in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room.

Romani musicians from Moscow, Talisman and the Kolpakov Trio are reconstructing authentic Gypsy music of the 19th century. Talisman consists of Anne Harley, soprano; Oleg Timofeyev, Russian seven-string guitar and artistic director; and Etienne Abelin, violin. The Kolpakov Trio is made up of Sasha Kolpakov, Russian seven-string guitar and vocalist; Vadim Kolpakov, Russian seven-string guitar; and Tamara Cherepovskaia, vocalist and dancer.

The program will be followed by a reception sponsored by the University of Iowa REEES (Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies) Distance Learning Consortium and the UNI Department of Modern Languages.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the Austrian consul general, Elisabeth Kehrer, at 3 p.m., Monday, April 21, in Curris Business Building, Room 109.

According to Philip Mauceri, UNI associate professor of political science, Kehrer will speak on the role of Europe in the Iraqi conflict, the future relationship between the European Union and the United States, and how the European Union has unified Europe economically.

Kehrer has been part of Austria's permanent representation at the United Nations, and worked on common security and foreign policy at the European Union. She completed her post-graduate work at the University of Paris, and holds a doctorate of law from the University of Vienna.

The event is coordinated by the Department of Political Science.

April 10, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- William Gazecki, Oscar-nominated filmmaker, will present the annual Reninger Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 14, in the Great Reading Room on the University of Northern Iowa campus. He will discuss documentary filmmaking and its impact on culture.

Gazecki's 1997 film 'Waco: Rules of Engagement' was nominated for an Oscar, and his recent film 'Crop Circles' has been critically acclaimed.

The annual Reninger Lecture Series was inaugurated in 1973 by the faculty and alumni of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Northern Iowa in honor of H. W. Reninger, head of the department from 1939 to 1968.

Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa mathematics department is hosting an Integration Bee at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, in the McCollum Science Hall, Room 2532. It is open to all UNI students.

Participants must evaluate indefinite and definite integrals in an allotted time without the use of calculators or computers.

Participation is free and prizes total $200. Students can register in Wright Hall, Room 220 or by e-mailing


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kathleen Kelly, a leading authority in fundraising and public relations, will be the guest speaker for the Hearst Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in the Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. She will discuss 'Society's Third Sector: Our Bedrock of Social, Capital, Civil Society and Democracy.'

Kelly coordinates the public relations program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is the author of two books, including the first academic textbook on fundraising. Her work has been featured in U.S. News & World Report, Public Relations Tactics, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Ann Landers' column. Her numerous research awards include the 1999 Jackson, Jackson and Wagner Behavioral Science Prize from the Public Relations Society of America Foundation.

'Kelly's research, spanning 15 years, has had a significant impact on philanthropy and nonprofit organizations,' said Gayle Pohl, co-chair of the Hearst Lecture Series Committee.

The Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series is sponsored by the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the Department of Communication Studies.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Pohl at (319) 273-6308, or Christopher Martin, co-chair, Hearst Lecture Series Committee, at (319) 273-2788.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa forensics team will present a forensics showcase at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 14 in Lang Hall, Room 40. Team members will perform in front of a live audience.

The showcase serves as a warm-up for the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament on April 15. It also provides UNI professors the opportunity to expose their students to competitive speech. Among those performing is (Name), a (Classification) from (Hometown), participating in (Event).

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jonathan Katz, art historian at Yale University, will present 'Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg: Picturing Intimacy,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 17, in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The lecture is sponsored by the Martha Ellen Tye Visiting Artist/Scholar Series. It is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For its final event of the academic year, the University of Northern Iowa chapter of Up 'Til Dawn will sponsor 'Battle of the Bands,' beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 17, in Maucker Union.

Student members of the Up 'Til Dawn Executive Board are ___(NAME)___, a ___(CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR)___ from ___(HOMETOWN)___.

Up 'Til Dawn is a nationwide student-run organization that helps raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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

April 9, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Theatre UNI, in collaboration with the Sturgis Youth Theatre, will host 'Talk That Talk,' a community conversation on the history and current status of race relations in the Cedar Valley, at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 13, in the Bertha Martin Theatre in UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre.

The talk will take place in conjunction with the Theatre UNI production of 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' and is facilitated by Scharron Clayton, UNI associate professor of ethnic and cultural studies, and Janet McClain, UNI instructor in curriculum and instruction.

The conversation is funded in part by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for Humanities.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An Army ROTC cadet from the University of Northern Iowa will join senior U.S. government officials at a national security seminar April 15-19, in historic Lexington, Va.

As a recipient of the George C. Marshall Award, Sheldon Klein, a senior from Dysart, will interact with key government leaders and discuss issues bearing on national security. The award is made annually to the most outstanding cadet at each university where ROTC is offered.

The focus for this year's seminar is the transformation of the international security environment, and the role of the U.S. Military. Cadets also will explore the implications of recent events in the Middle East, Far East, Africa and Israel. Methods of countering global terrorism and increasing homeland security will be addressed as well.

Klein has served as cadet battalion commander for the Army ROTC unit, and has been named to the UNI dean's list.


UNI students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to relate to what life is like without food and shelter in a special 'Shanty Town' project, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Commons Courtyard on the UNI campus.

The event, to raise awareness about homelessness and hunger, is sponsored by the UNI Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the UNI Student Social Work Association. Participants, who have been asked to come with only the clothes on their backs and sleeping bags or blankets, will construct shelter from cardboard as part of the event. Discussions will be held about hunger, poverty and homelessness. A speaker from the Greater Black Hawk Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, as well as a resident of a house built by that organization, will also share their experiences with participants.

The project is scheduled to conclude at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, with a group discussion about the experience.


200-dpi jpeg images of the architect's drawings of the McLeod Center/HPC are available online at

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Today the University of Northern Iowa presented to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, its plans for a west-campus expansion project that will include construction of the McLeodUSA Center and the Human Performance Center (HPC). The board will consider the plans and make its recommendations at a later meeting.

Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck, a Des Moines architectural firm, will design both buildings. In 2001, this nationally known firm received the American Institute of Architect's 2001 Architecture Firm Award, the institute's highest honor for design practice. Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck also designed UNI's Rod Library fourth-floor addition, completed in 1995; and Residence on the Hill, completed in 1994. They will partner with Crawford Architects of Kansas City for this latest UNI project.

The McLeodUSA Center will be the home of Panther basketball and volleyball, with seating for about 6,100 and a total capacity of 7,000. The building will require $18 million in private funds. Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, said more than $15 million for the project has already been raised and that, if fund-raising progresses well, groundbreaking could take place this fall.

The HPC is a collaboration between the university and the local medical community. It will include space for instructional and outreach programs for the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Service. It also will provide facilities for programs in athletic training, offer enhanced medical services in the areas of orthopedic rehabilitation and sports injuries, and provide additional weight training space for student athletes.

The construction cost of the $7 million building will be partially funded by a $1.8 million federal appropriation through the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration. Fundraising by the UNI Foundation and support from the medical community will cover the rest of the building's cost.

Construction of both buildings is part of the $100 million 'Students First' campaign to support scholarships, academic program support and facilities. Other capital projects include McElroy Hall in Waterloo, which houses the Freeburg Early Childhood Program; renovation of Russell Hall; and equipment for McCollum Science Hall and Lang Hall.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --'Take Back the Night,' an annual observance recognizing the struggles of sexual violence survivors, will be Tuesday, April 15, on top of the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union.

'The event is a time for the community to unify against sexual violence and battering,' explains Courtney Clausen, a UNI student and chairperson of the Gender Equity Association. 'It's also a time for survivors of sexual and physical violence to celebrate their healing and to stand with others in resistance to the pervasive and threatening nature of sexual violence in our society.'

The observation begins at 5 p.m., with an acoustic guitar performance by Emily Durdin, a junior from Cedar Falls, and Colleen Jameson of Cedar Falls. At 6 p.m., the Students Against a Violent Environment Forum Actors will perform. Musicians Amy Baldwin, a Wartburg College student; and Andy Schmidt, a UNI junior from Cedar Falls, perform at 6:45 p.m. Anyone wishing to share stories or make statements about sexual violence may attend an open microphone event at 7:15 p.m. A candlelight vigil takes place at 7:45 p.m., and the annual March on the Hill begins at 8 p.m. All events will be on top of the Union. The rain location is the Union Expanion A.

Take Back the Night is sponsored by the Gender Equality Association, the Women's Studies Program, Students Against a Violent Environment, and the Northern Iowa Student Government.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Presentations of 'UNI's New Iowans Program: Welcoming Newcomers: A Key to Iowa's Economic Future,' scheduled for Sioux City and Council Bluffs on April 16, have been canceled.

At this time, they have not been rescheduled.

April 8, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa's scientific research society, Sigma Xi, and the College of Natural Sciences will present 'The Electric Power Grid in Iowa and the Midwest: Will Deregulation Ultimately Lower Electricity Prices?' at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 in the Schindler Education Center, Room 247.

The talk will explore the physics of power grid operation, how deregulation can both lower and raise electrical prices, and the future of electrical power in Iowa and the country.

The featured speaker will be Thomas J. Overbye, from the Department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. Overbye was the recipient of the 1993 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power Engineering Society Walter Fee Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the 2001-2002 IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the BP Amoco Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served before the talk.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Intercollegiate Athletics Panther Sports Camps will offer a variety of programs for youths this summer.

The camps are designed and directed by UNI coaches. Camp teaching staffs consist of other coaches and outstanding college athletes. Many of the camps offer both resident and commuter plans and prices. Those interested in participating should register early because of enrollment limits.

This year's camps are:

Boys' Basketball

Day Camp, June 9-11

Shooting Camp, June 12

Junior High Team Camp, June 13

Team Camp I, June 14-15

Big Man/Guard Camp, June 15-17

Team Camp II, June 21-22

Team Camp III, June 28-29

Girls' Basketball

Team Shootout, June 1

Team Shootout, June 8

Individuals Skills Camp, June 16-17

Shooting Camp, June 18

Position Camp, June 19

Team Camp 1, July 31-Aug. 1

Team Camp 2, August 2-3

Girls' Volleyball

Junior High Camp I, June 9-10

Junior High Camp II, June 11-12

Elementary Camp, July 11

Team Tournament, July 13

High School Camp I, July 14-15

High School Camp II, July 16-17

Team Camp, July 28-30


Team Camp I, July 6-10

Feet-to-Back Camp, July 11-13

Team Camp II, July 13-17

Track & Field/Cross Country

High School and Junior High Camp, June 15-19


Co-Ed Day Camp, June 9-12

Competitive Girls' Camp, June 29-July 1

Specialty Clinics, June 16-19, 26, 27


7-on-7 Passing Clinic and Tournament, June 8

O-line/D-line Camp, June 8

Quarterback School I, June 16-17

Quarterback School II, June 19-20

Freshman Quarterback School, June 21-22

Youth Camp, July 7-9

Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning Camp, June 7

Basketball Officials' School

Basketball Officials' School, June 14-15

Athletic Training Clinic

Athletic Training Clinic, July 28-30

For more information, contact Jason Nellis, UNI sports camps director, at (319) 273-2267. Information also is available at

April 7, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students on the University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events Speech Team recently traveled to South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings, S.D. for the 'Bunny Bop Swing' competition. The competition was hosted by SDSU and the University of Oklahoma.

Amy Larsen, a senior from Ankeny, and Danielle Dick, a junior from Dayton, placed fifth in duo interpretation. Dick also placed first in communication analysis and second in poetry interpretation. Phil Rippke, a sophomore from Moville, placed second in persuasive speaking and fourth in informative speaking. Rippke also placed fifth in informative speaking. Sara Gronstal, a junior from Council Bluffs, placed fifth in prose interpretation.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Members of the University of Northern Iowa George Walker Society of Music act as ambassadors for the UNI School of Music, interact with students and community to increase interracial communication and cultural awareness. The society's primary focus is on the causes and concerns facing minority college students. Membership into the George Walker Society is open to all UNI students.

In addition, the organization also participates in performances, presents guests artists and sponsors an annual performance competition. Darryl Taylor, associate professor of music, is the director.

Student members of the society for the 2002-2003 academic year include ___(NAME)___, a ___(CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR)___ from ___(HOMETOWN)___.

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


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

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

Model UN offers role-playing opportunities for students who represent countries of the United Nations. For a full schedule of events, go to

April 6, 2003 - 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Monday, April 21, noon

Field Training Exercise, Ft. McCoy, Wis.

Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13

Annual Awards Ceremony at West Gym

Friday, April. 18,1 p.m.

Commissioning at Lang Hall, Room 115

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

Ongoing activities

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

Please call ahead for location.

April 3, 2003 - 6:00pm


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete Arts in April schedule is available on the Web at


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

Establishment of Athletic Training M.S. degree program

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

Revisions to Merit system classification

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

Title IIA professional development grants

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

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

Presentation of schematic design for west-campus expansion

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

UNI capital register

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

Approval of residence rates

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

Proposed parking rates

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

Annual report on competition with private enterprise

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

Final approval of miscellaneous fees and charges

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

Report of banking committee

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

Institution agreements, leases and easements

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


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

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

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

April 2, 2003 - 6:00pm


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

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

Admission is free and open to the public.


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

Room 244-245.

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

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


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

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

The 'Leaders on Leadership' series runs through April 24, and provides participants an opportunity to learn about the leadership views and practices of leaders from all levels of society. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault, director of Leadership Studies at (319) 273-6898, or e-mail at


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The address is free and open to the public.

April 1, 2003 - 6:00pm


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

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

Admission is free and open to the public.


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

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

The lecture is free and open to the public.


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

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

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

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


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

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

March 31, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host 'Junior Science Sleuths,' a spring workshop for kids in third through fifth grade, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the UNI Biology Botanical Center Greenhouse.

Participants will dissect seeds, identify the different parts of a plant, witness how water travels through plants, learn about photosynthesis, and observe plant evolution. The event is part of the UNI Biology Seminar Series for children.

UNI student Amanda Miller will present the program. Miller is a third-year biology major and certified Botanical Center employee. She interned with the National Park Service. Registration is $22 and is limited to 10 children. Children attending this workshop will have the first opportunity to register for the second and third workshops in this series.

For more information, contact Ron Camarata, coordinator of the UNI Biology Seminar Series,

at (319) 273-2247.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Professors from the University of Northern Iowa will present 'Welcoming Newcomers: A Key to Iowa's Economic Future,' on Wednesday, April 16, in two western Iowa cities. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sioux City Convention Center in Sioux City; and from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Best Western Crossroads of the Bluff in Council Bluffs.

The presentations are community forums to discuss new ways to accommodate immigrant and refugee newcomers to the workforce. Topics will include UNI's immigrant/refugee efforts, demographic trends, Iowa success stories, employer-specific strategies, and the New Iowans program.

Robert Koob, UNI president, will offer introductory remarks. Mark Grey, UNI professor of anthropology and director of the New Iowans Program, will moderate. He also will discuss demographic trends. Panelists for the event are Anne Woodrick, co-director of New Iowans and an associate professor of anthropology at UNI; and James Hoelscher, business and community outreach coordinator of the New Iowans program.

Those attending will receive the New Iowans guidebook, 'Welcoming New Iowans: A Guide for Managers and Supervisors -- The Best Practices of Iowa Employers with Immigrants and Refugees in the Workplace.'

'Immigrants and refugees will be needed to make up for pending shortages of resident workers in Iowa,' explained Grey. 'Successful integration of these populations in our workplaces and communities is essential to ensure Iowa's long-term economic and social health.'

Established at UNI in 1999, the New Iowans program is the brainchild of Grey, who authored the original book, 'Welcoming New Iowans,' to augment the program. He and co-author Woodrick also have written a version of the book for Christian churches. Another is being written, in conjunction with UNI's Global Health Corps, for health providers. The version for businesses and employers is available on the Web at

In 'Welcoming New Iowans,' Grey explains immigration, discusses the needs of the newcomers and community members, and talks about ways to address cultural differences and challenges.

Iowa, for a variety of reasons, has become a settling site for immigrants and refugees. First, says Grey, is the state's meat packing industry, which provides ample employment opportunities. 'Of course, they may come for those specific jobs,' Grey says, 'but they slowly and surely filter out to other kinds of employment. This is important as it demonstrates how our economy is increasingly dependent on them.'

Immigration is, says Grey, a workforce and economic development issue. 'A lot of us have looked at demographics trends and we are concerned. Birth rates are down, and the workforce is aging rapidly. And then there's the painful reminder that 40 percent of the state's college graduates leave the state. We believe that immigrants can make up for part of the shortfall.'

To RSVP, contact Stacey Christensen, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761, or


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Five University of Northern Iowa students have recently been selected to participate in a research program funded by an award from the Merck/AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Undergraduate Science Research Program.

Each student will be mentored by two or three UNI faculty members in biology, chemistry, physics or geography on an interdisciplinary project during the year-long program. The students will do extensive reading this semester to prepare for hands-on research they will be doing with their mentors for ten weeks this summer. Students will also participate in a fall seminar on their research experience.

Students participating in the program include: Jeff Fisher, a senior geography major from Cedar Falls, whose mentors will be David Mercer, UNI assistant professor of biology, and Ramanathan Sugumaran, UNI assistant professor of geography.

Jason McIntosh, a junior chemistry major from Honey Creek, whose mentors will be John Schoer, UNI assistant professor of chemistry, Mike Roth, UNI assistant professor of physics, and Carl Thurman, UNI associate professor of biology.

Michelle Healy, a senior biology major from Muscatine, whose mentors will be Darrell Wiens, UNI professor of biology, and Kirk Manfredi, UNI associate professor of chemistry.

Jacob Becker, a junior biology major from Spencer, whose mentors will be Kavita Dhanwada, UNI assistant professor of biology, and Duane Bartak, UNI professor of chemistry.

Sherrie Elzey, a junior chemistry major from Sully, whose mentors will be Shoshanna Coon, UNI associate professor of chemistry, and Dale Olson, UNI professor of physics.

The purpose of the program, according to Carl Thurman, program coordinator and UNI associate professor of biology, is to promote interdisciplinary research experience among undergraduate students in the College of Natural Sciences.

This is the second year UNI has received the award. If a school's program is successful, the award is given for two additional years. The program is funded by the Merck Company Foundation, a private, charitable foundation established by Merck & Co., a pharmaceutical manufacturer, and administered by the AAAS, the world's largest federation of scientific and engineering societies. UNI was one of fifteen U.S. colleges and universities to receive an award last year.


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

March 30, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Non-traditional students at the University of Northern Iowa may apply for scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000, from the UNI Connection, an association of university staff and faculty.

Applications are available at the UNI Financial Aid Office in116 Gilchrist Hall and on the UNI Web site at Applications and letters of recommendation are due April 7.

The scholarship funds are donated by members of the association and raised through an auction at the group's annual spring brunch as well as through mail solicitations. To contribute to the fund or to donate an item to the silent auction to be held at the group's April 5 luncheon, contact Myra Boots, UNI emeritus professor of communicative disorders, at (319) 266-8612.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Molly Stehn, a recent University of Northern Iowa graduate in music from Cresco, won the Iowa District Metropolitan Opera Audition held earlier this semester at Iowa State University's School of Music in Ames.

Stehn went on to compete in the regional competition in Minneapolis, and is also a finalist in the Palm Beach Opera National Competition in Palm Beach, Fla.

While at UNI, Stehn studied under Leslie Morgan, UNI associate professor of music.