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April 28, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa Department of Art has announced the winners of the 2003 High School Art Scholarship Competition held earlier this month at the Kamerick Art Building on the UNI campus.

The competition featured the work of 29 high school seniors. Two students were given four-year instate tuition scholarships. They are Kate Fitzpatrick, Storm Lake High School, instructed by Anita Coon and Ron Netten; and Charlee Rogers, Marshalltown High School, instructed by Julie Bousum, Kirk Niehouse and Mary Tordsen.

Selected as alternate to receive an award in the event either of the winners chooses not to accept the scholarship was Scott Ephraim, Cedar Falls High School. His instructors are Randy Marcussen, Robert McCullough and Lisa Renze.

In addition to the scholarship competition, the event included a keynote address by Kevin Kelley, UNI alumnus and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, as well as exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other special events.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will host a performance by the world-famous Tsou Cultural Troupe of Taiwan at 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, in the Gallagher -Bluedorn Performing Arts Center's Davis Hall.

The troupe is comprised of the Tsou (pronounced: SAU) people from rural Taiwan. The ensemble is under the direction of UNI School of Music alumnus, Susan Tsai (Master of Music degree, 1984), and

has performed around the world in places such as Paris, Vienna, Rome, the Vatican, Washington, D.C., Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and New York.

The Tsou (literally means 'people') are an indigenous group from Taiwan. They live in the forest area west of Jade Mountain and have a combined population of approximately 7,000. According to Tsou myth, the God of the Heavens made humankind by shaking fruit from a maple tree, and left his footprints in the mountain forests to give the Tsou a place to build their villages. Most of the Tsou people make their living mainly by cultivating bamboo, tea and wasabi mustard.

The troupe has no formal sponsoring organization. When invited to perform performers are selected and organized, and then train and rehearse, based on the needs of each occasion.

According to John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music, no aspect of traditional Tsou culture is more highly praised than their ceremonial music and dance.

'The proud melodies and elegant cadences of these stately rites create an aura of solemnity and devotion. The Tsou belief in this spirit of adoration for the gods and all they created, not only evokes the reverence and respect they feel for nature, but also serves as a pillar of support for the Tsou as they face the challenges of a harsh environment,' said Vallentine.

The performance is free and open to the public, however tickets are required due to limited seating. To reserve tickets, call 273-SHOW (7469), A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa celebrated its fourth annual Student Employment Week April 14-18, and named five Student Employees of the Year.

Those chosen were Jason Bauer, a marketing management senior from Boone, working as a telesales supervisor and program coordinator for the Office of Alumni Relations; Laura Engle, a public relations senior from Panora, working as an athletic media relations student assistant for Athletic Media Relations; Christi Miller, a senior marketing major from Marshalltown, who works as a public relations assistant for Wellness and Recreation Services; Hillary Schlueter, a senior from Guttenberg, majoring in political science and working as a cooperative education legislative assistant for Governmental Relations; and Erica Thornton, a senior all sciences teaching major from Archer, who works as a peer instructor in the Department of Academic Advising.

The students received a plaque and attended a luncheon with their parents. Also attending were their nominating supervisors, UNI President Robert Koob and Vice President for Educational and Student Services Rene Romano.

This year, the university also named a Student Employer of the Year, choosing Karen Agee, reading and learning strategies coordinator for Academic Advising Services.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently presented the annual Grace Ann Hovet Student Leadership Awards to outstanding student organizations, student leaders and organization advisors for the 2002-2003 academic year.

The following students were recognized for their leadership achievements: Recognized as Outstanding Student Organization Officer was Tina Heeren, a senior public relations major, marketing minor, from Akron. Heeren is president of the UNI chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA); Outstanding Member in a Student Organization was awarded to Jenni Burkle, a junior marketing major from Manchester, for her accomplishments with Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA); and Outstanding New Member in a Student Organization was awarded to David Kniffen, a freshman business major from Williamsburg, for his membership in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Other awards included; SAA, Overall Outstanding Student Organization; Fr. John Haugen, Catholic Student Association, Outstanding Advisor to a Student Organization; Outstanding Leadership Development Among Members, PRSSA; Development of Diversity Awareness Among Members, Hispanic/Latino Student Union and the Student Life Team; and Service to the UNI Community, Catholic Student Association.

The awards are sponsored by Maucker Union Student Activities, Education & Student Services and the Leadership Studies Program.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'MA Exhibition and BFA Exhibition #2,' from Monday, May 5 through Saturday, May 10. Graduating artists will host a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 5.

Brad Travis of Waterloo will present 'Presence of Place,' created in partial fulfillment of his Master of Arts degree in ceramic art. His work will be installed around sections of steel grain bins to create a presence of Iowa and its agricultural structures.

Four artists will participate in 'BFA Exhibition #2,' in partial fulfillment of their bachelor of fine arts degrees. Artists are; Dawn Gettler of Marshalltown; Trent Stainbrook of Waterloo; Karen Sorenson of Dubuque; and Bounnak Thammavong of Cedar Falls.

Gettler creates sculptures. Trent works with digital video. Sorensen works in color photography. Thammavong sculpts from various metals commonly related to agricultural and construction.

The exhibition and 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 is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. Due to campus construction, visitors are encouraged to park in the UNI-Dome South lot and use the Hudson Road overpass to reach the Gallery of Art. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) recently named Shannon Blake, a senior finance major from Guttenberg, Student Entrepreneur of the Year. The award was presented at the College of Business Administration's Spring Gala, along with a $200 cash prize.

Blake is the daughter of Tom and Martha Blake and received the award for her leadership as president of UNI Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (UNI CEO). The group's purpose is to encourage, inspire and support students in entrepreneurial ventures.

April 27, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 2, outside Maucker Union, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will be moved inside to the Maucker Union Coffeehouse.

Cinco de Mayo marks the date the Mexican army defeated the French at the Puebla Battle in Mexico.

Activities will include cascarones which are confetti-filled eggs, pi�atas, and musical entertainment. Food available for purchase includes fajitas, beans, chips, dessert and soda.

The Cinco de Mayo fiesta is sponsored by the Hispanic/Latino Student Union, Maucker Union and the Student Activities Offices.

For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at (319) 273-2683.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Thirty years ago a class-action lawsuit was brought against the University of Northern Iowa to gain salary equity for female faculty members. At 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, the UNI Women's Studies Program, and the Cedar Falls chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), will sponsor a retrospective panel discussion about the lawsuit. The event will take place in UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education.

Panelists will be four of the people at the center of the 1973 controversy, David Dutton, the attorney who brought the lawsuit against the university; Judith Harrington, assistant professor of communicative disorders; Gordon Harrington, emeritus faculty member, Department of Psychology; and Elaine Kalmar, emeritus faculty member, Department of English Language & Literature.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public.

April 24, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will present 'Opera A La Carte: A Sampling of Operating 'Treats',' at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 at the Strayer-Wood Theatre. The performance is a compilation of scenes from numerous operas, including; 'Die Fledermaus,' by J. Strauss; 'Hansel and Gretel,' by Humperdinck; 'The Ballad of Baby Doe,' by Moore; 'Cosi fan tutte,' by Mozart; 'La Rondine,' by Puccini; and 'La Traviata,' by Verdi.

The concert is the culminating event of an opera workshop conducted by director Sandra Walden, who was a guest director for the Theatre UNI/UNI Lyric Theatre production of 'The Threepenny Opera,' earlier this season.

The cast features 23 UNI students including, (Name, from (Hometown).

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa debate team will host a public debate focused on 'Iraq: What next?,' at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room.

The event will feature UNI debaters as well as students from campus organizations who are interested in the issue. In the hour-long debate, pro and con arguments will be presented for the formal topic 'Resolved: The United States should be in control of, and responsible for, Iraqi reconstruction.' Audience participation will be encouraged.

The event is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has named its participants for the spring 2003 National Student Exchange (NSE) program. The NSE program allows students to study at one of 163 colleges and universities throughout the United States while paying UNI tuition.

Spring 2003 NSE program participants include ___(NAME)___, a ___(CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR)___ from ___(HOMETOWN)___, son/daughter of ___(PARENT'S NAMES)___ who will be attending ___(SCHOOL)___.

To be eligible for the program students must have a UNI and cumulative grade-point average of 2.75, completed at least 30 hours, but not more than 85 hours of coursework at the time of the exchange, be a full-time student, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States and be in good standing, as defined by UNI.

For more information about the NSE program, contact Nancy Bramhall, coordinator, UNI National Student Exchange program, at (319) 273-2504.

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 Women's Rugby Club will play in the national Division II tournament in San Jose, Calif., on May 3. The Panthers advanced after defeating the College of Charleston, 10-7; and St. Joseph's University, 27-14, in the Elite Eight tournament at UNI April 19-20. The UNI women are the defending national champions.

'The dedication it has taken these student athletes to get to the national championship is amazing,' said Tim Klatt, associate director/recreation & sport clubs with UNI Wellness & Recreation Services. 'This is a club sport. The players are not on scholarship. Most of them were involved in other sports in high school and just got involved in rugby when they entered college.'

The UNI Men's Rugby Club played in the Elite Eight tournament at Sam Houston University and was defeated in the first round by Claremont College, 31-7. They went on to play Arkansas in the consolation match, winning11-0.

The women's team is coached by Steve Murra, with Jennifer Murra as faculty/staff adviser. The men's team is coached by Jason Nottger; Lt. Col. Ronald Albrecht is the faculty/staff adviser.

April 23, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'BFA Exhibition #1,' from Saturday, April 26 through Wednesday, April 30. Graduating artists will host a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 28.

Four artists are participating in this exhibition in partial fulfillment of their bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degrees. Exhibiting in 'BFA Exhibition #1' are Jensen Barnes of Dubuque; Jim Benedict of St. Charles; Robyn King of Knoxville; and Jared Rogness of Marion.

Barnes is a double major in art (design) and music (violin). 'He explores the roles of performance -- artist and audience -- in an interactive sound and image installation,' according to Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art.

Benedict is a sculpture major who has received several recent commissions in the Cedar Valley for his signature large-scale metal sculptures. King is a photography and graphic design major whose exhibition will be comprised of photographs in which eggs are the subject matter, 'in essence, as a stage for the performance of light and shadow,' Taylor said. Rogness is a graphic design major with an emphasis in illustration, who plans to pursue a career in editorial cartooning and graphic design.

The exhibition and 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 is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. Due to campus construction, visitors are encouraged to park in the UNI-Dome South lot and use the Hudson Road overpass to reach the Gallery of Art. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit

A second exhibition by B.F.A. students, as well as one M.A. student, will take place May 5-10.

April 22, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Members of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), a new organization in the University of Northern Iowa's College of Business Administration, recently competed in 'The Duel in the Desert' at the University of Arizona. UNI SIFE members took second place in their first-ever competition. The award included a trophy and $2,000.

Through the competition, teams received a case study and were given 36 hours to design a solution and presentation. In the final round, the UNI team presented for 30 judges, including bankers and professional financial planners from all over the country.

Members of SIFE include (student name) of (hometown), a (classification) majoring in (major).

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 -- University of Northern Iowa adjunct English instructor William Koch will present 'Walt Whitman Live!!' at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

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

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

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

April 21, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Farzad Moussavi, who has served as interim dean of the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration since July 2001, has been named dean of the college, pending approval of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Moussavi came to UNI in 1985 as an assistant professor in the Department of Management. In 1995, he was named acting assistant dean and then department head. He later was named associate dean of the college. When Willis 'Bill' Greer retired, Moussavi accepted the role of interim dean.

Moussavi received his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas and an MBA from Roosevelt University, Chicago. Moussavi received a post-graduate Diploma in Administration Studies from Leeds Polytechnic, Leeds, England; and a B.A. from the Institute of Advanced Accounting, Tehran, Iran.


The University of Northern Iowa Native Roadside Vegetation Center will host a workshop to learn how to identify and propagate native prairie seedlings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 24. The workshop will use live seedlings and a hand lens for identification, demonstrate plant propagation techniques and tour seed production plots.

The 30 attendees will include: roadside biologists; county, state, and federal agency personnel; native plant nursery personnel; and private individuals from around the state.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --Young People's Dance Theatre (YPDT) at the University of Northern Iowa will present an 'informance,' at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre.

YPDT is a before and after school dance program offered to second- through fifth-graders in several area schools.

Children from each school will perform a dance that they worked together to create. They also will perform a dance they learned from their instructors. There also will be a dance by YPDT instructors, and a guest performance by members of the UNI Orchesis Dance Company. Admission is $1 at the door.

Program instructors are UNI dancers and education majors who receive practicum credit.

YPDT is offered at the following elementary schools: Janesville and Jesup; in Waterloo at Black Hawk, Edison, Queen of Peace Centers at St. John's and at St. Mary's, and the Walter Cunningham School for Excellence; and in Cedar Falls at Hansen, Lincoln, North Cedar and Malcolm Price Laboratory School.

For more information, contact Cindy Herndon, UNI associate professor of physical education and YPDT coordinator, at (319) 273-6866.


UNI SAVE Mentors Men's Week continues through Thursday, April 24

The UNI SAVE Mentors Men's Week brings men (and women) together to address many topics, including masculinity and women's issues.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, the video 'Wrestling with Manhood' will be shown in the Lang Hall Auditorium, with a discussion to follow. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, the group is sponsoring a 'Women's Panel,' a tribute to strong women, in 244-245 Schindler Education Center.

A 'one-hundred man march' is planned for Thursday, April 24, beginning at noon outside Maucker Union. The event is a protest of violence against women. Organizers say women are also welcome to join in support of the march.

Pride Week events continuing at UNI

Pride Week got underway at UNI Monday, April 21, and continues with a poetry reading at The Vibe in Cedar Falls, from 7 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, April 22.

'Christianity, Homosexuality and The Bible' will be presented from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, in Room 161 Baker Hall. Susan Hill, UNI associate professor of religion and director of UNI's Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies, will speak about what is and is not in the Bible about homosexuality. A question-and-answer (Q&A) session will follow. Pizza will be provided.

April 20, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Greek community recently presented members and chapters with awards during its 2003 Greek Week celebration. Winners were selected following application review by chapter advisors from other campuses.

Individual chapters receiving chapter Greek awards were: Alpha Delta Pi, risk management and involvement in the Greek community ; Alpha Xi Delta, involvement in the UNI campus community; Gamma Phi Beta, sorority recruitment; Kappa Sigma, membership education; Sigma Phi Epsilon, chapter of the year, academic achievement, brotherhood, philanthropy, fraternity recruitment and national headquarters of the year.

Among the recipients of individual awards was _(Name) a (Chapter) member from _(Hometown), majoring in _(Major), who received (Award).

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

April 17, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The Ninth Annual Awards Program for the Endeavor Recognition Project, developed by the University of Northern Iowa's Leadership Studies Program, will be held Wednesday, April 23, at Allen College in Waterloo.

A reception will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in McBride Hall's Gerard Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The project involves area high schools, and seeks to recognize individuals and groups whose uncommon contributions to the common good often go unrecognized, according to Gerri Perreault, director of the UNI Leadership Studies Program. Other sponsors are Allen Health Systems and the YWCA.

For additional information, contact Perreault at (319) 2734-6898 or


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Artistic interpretations of science can be seen in a number of locations throughout the University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library through the month of April. The displays are a collaboration among UNI professors in the College of Natural Sciences and Arts in April, UNI's month-long celebration of arts and culture.

In the glass display case near the main library entrance, are displays portraying Art in Mathematics. 'Geometric designs in quilts,' is three quilts, including one based on the pythagorean theorum, assembled by Catherine Miller, assistant professor of mathematics, and 'Polyhedra constructs,' was assembled by Jason Robando, assistant professor of mathematics, and created by his students.

Another display, on the third level, includes more than 15 examples of 'Biological Illustration,' featuring the pointillism illustrations of animals, people and landscapes by Jeff Tamplin, assistant professor of biology.

Art in the Earth Sciences is depicted in a four level photographic display located on the east exterior walls of the general stairwell, featuring 'Geology-Philomicrographs, crystal and mineral photographs,' on the lower level; 'Topographic earth surface views' on the second level; 'Meteorology-views of the clouds and sky' on the third level; and 'Astronomy-Hubble telescope views of heavenly bodies' on the fourth level.

A complete Arts in April schedule is available at

For more information, contact Bart Bergquist, UNI professor of biology and acting head of computer science, at (319) 273-2618.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Leadership Studies Program will offer a workshop on 'Change Leadership' Thursday, April 24, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Room 246 of UNI's Schindler Education Center. It will be presented by Doug Whittle, a partner in the Diagonal Group, LLC, in Clive.

The program will provide a hands-on opportunity for people to assess views and strategies related to change; learn about the four phases of the change curve; identify skills that help manage change; and learn how to lead others through the change process.

With more than 20 years of experience leading training and support services organizations in a corporate business environment, Whittle brings a practical and realistic approach to his workshops.

For more information, contact Gerri Perreault, director of Leadership Studies at (319) 273-6898, or e-mail at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Women's Studies program will conclude its 'Women on Fridays' discussion series at noon, Friday, April 25, in Baker Hall, Room 161. The topic for the final discussion will be 'Women's Studies in the Community -- the Community Speaks.' Representatives from the Family Service League, the Iowa Women's Foundation, Opportunity Works, the Cedar Falls/Waterloo Business and Professional Women, and the YWCA will discuss women's issues in the community and brainstorm ways to work together.

Susan Hill, director of the Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies, said the discussions are about 'creating community through the exploration of the history and purpose of women's studies in the academy, at UNI and in our community.'

The event is free and open to the public. Those attending may bring a lunch; dessert will be provided.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Michael Keck, actor, composer, and writer, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Lang Hall Interpreters Theatre (Room 40) at the University of Northern Iowa, as part of the Hearst Lecture Series. Keck will perform excerpts from his one-person work 'Voices in the Rain,' based on his interviews with incarcerated men.

Due to limited seating, the lecture/performance is free to those who have admission passes. Passes will be available to the general public, on a first-come basis, in the Department of Communication Studies, Lang 326, from 1 to 4 p.m., beginning Monday, April 21.

Keck will also conduct a community-based workshop on issues surrounding incarceration, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the YWCA, 425 Lafayette St., in Waterloo. To register, contact Derrick Williams at the Family Service League, (319) 235-6271.

Keck is a New York-based artist whose works have been featured across the United States and Europe. A performer and social activist, Keck's theatre workshops are built around themes of social change, community, identity, understanding between cultures, creativity and expression. In his solo performances, he addresses social issues such as the substantial number of minority men who are incarcerated.

Keck's music has been featured at many arenas, including: The Kennedy Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Alliance Theater, Santa Fe Stages, and The Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis. A video, 'Holidays For Children,' was co-authored, composed and hosted by Keck. He composed the music to go along with James Still's book, 'A Village Fable,' that was published by Dramatic Publishing and dramatized at the Sundance Playwrights Lab.

Keck has received the Oppenheimer and American Critics Awards, and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Georgia Council for the Arts, The New York State Arts Council and Meet The Composer.

April 16, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa forensic student, Sara Gronstal, a junior from Council Bluffs, placed fifth at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.

Gronstal advanced to the finals in the after-dinner speaking competition, and is the first national finalist from UNI in more than six years. According to Leah White, UNI director of forensics, the competition is one of the premier tournaments and was attended by more than 75 schools.

For more information, contact White at (319) 273-7200.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will play host to some of the country's best Division II women's rugby teams during the Elite Eight tournament, Saturday-Sunday, April 19-20, at the university's intramural fields.

Playing will be UNI; the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio; San Jose State University, San Jose, Calif.; York College, York, Pa.; Claremont College, Claremont, Calif., St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia; College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.; and Providence College, Providence, R.I. UNI won the championship in 2002, and is the Midwest's No. 2 seed. During regional play in fall 2002, the No. 1-ranked UNI women's team beat No. 4 Lacrosse 36-22, then lost to No. 3 University of Dayton, 27-22.

For Elite Eight tourney schedules, go to

The UNI men's rugby team plays in the men's Elite Eight tournament Sam Houston University the same weekend.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Paul Kivel, trainer, activist, writer, and co-founder of the Oakland Men's Project, will present 'White Privilege and White Anti-Racist Advocacy,' at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, in the Lang Hall Auditorium, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Kivel has facilitated discussions and workshops on issues of men and violence, sexual assault, family violence, homophobia, racism and parenting. In addition, he is the author of several books, including 'Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice' and his most recent work, 'A Kid's Book About Stopping Violence.' Kivel has worked with schools and universities, government agencies, youth recreation and leadership programs, juvenile corrections and community-based organizations.

The lecture is sponsored by the UNI Center for Multicultural Education and the Office of the Vice President for Educational & Student Services.

Admission is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities and Fine Arts and United Faculty will sponsor 'Corpus Christi and Academic Freedom: A Panel Discussion,' at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, in Schindler Education Center, Room 252.

Panelists will give their views on the value of the play staged at UNI in December 2001, the controversy it created; and the implications for academic freedom for students and faculty.

Participants include Robert Koob, UNI president; Aaron Podolefsky, UNI provost and vice president; Peter Feltman, senior theatre major from Fort Dodge, who performed the lead role in 'Corpus Christi'; Christopher McGahan, senior theatre major from Salina, Kan. and director of 'Corpus Christi'; and Barbara Lounsberry, UNI professor of English language and literature and drama critic. The panel will be moderated by Scott Cawelti, UNI professor of English language and literature.

Admission is free and open to the public.

April 14, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa marketing fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon will host its second annual 5K run, 'Sprint into Spring,' at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 26. The check-in and starting point are along the east side of UNI's Seerley Hall on Wisconsin Street. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Runners and walkers of all ages may participate. All proceeds will sponsor fraternity members attending next year's regional convention.

For registration forms, maps and more information, contact Sharon Bernsee, Pi Sigma Epsilon vice-president of public relations, at


The UNI volleyball team and coaches will be recognized for a particularly successful season during special ceremonies in the House and Senate chambers at the State Capitol at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 21.

Ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation, the team finished the season with a 34-3 record, and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the second year in a row. Head Coach Bobbi Petersen was named National Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), three Panther players were named to the AVCA all-region team, and another was named AVCA All-American.


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.