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September 15, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A director/designer presentation for 'The Laramie Project,' next month's season-opening production for Theatre UNI, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the Bertha Martin Theatre of the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The presentation will allow Director Cynthia Goatley, UNI associate professor of theatre, and the show's scenic, lighting, and costume designers to share their vision and interpretation of the play that will be presented by Theatre UNI, Oct. 10-20.

Moises Kaufman's 'The Laramie Project' is a docudrama that explores a small Wyoming town's reactions to the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student. The play challenges audiences to examine their own prejudices and consider the question: Could this happen in our community?

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

September 12, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'In Style with UNI,' a free fashion show featuring casual and athletic wear bearing the newest UNI athletics logo, will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, on the UNI-Dome's east plaza.

Julie Bright, UNI associate athletic director/business services, said local retailers will offer a preview of UNI fashions and other merchandise available at Cedar Valley stores. There also will be discount coupons from participating retailers.

Bob Justis, who regularly announces Panther athletic games, will be master of ceremonies.

Among the models will be Rick Hartzell, UNI's athletic director; Rick Coleman, KWWL sports director; Tony DiCecco, head women's basketball coach, and his wife Kristi; Brad Nelson, assistant women's basketball coach, and his family; and Nick Ungs, the Missouri Valley Conference baseball championship's most valuable player. Student-athletes, students and community members also will model apparel.

Cedar Valley retailers participating in the show are Palace Clothiers of Cedar Falls and Waterloo; and Iowa Sports Supply, Pheasant Ridge Pro Shop, Scheel's, University Book & Supply, Wal-Mart. all of Cedar Falls; and www.unipanthers.com.

The show, part of the annual Family Weekend celebration, is sponsored by the UNI Office of University Marketing and Public Relations. For more information, contact Julie Bright, associate director of athletics, (319) 273-2475

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The annual Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon Race will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at the University of Northern Iowa's B parking lot across University Avenue from Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

This electric car endurance contest promotes energy efficiency and demonstrates the viability of cars powered by electricity. Approximately one dozen teams from Iowa high schools designed and built one-person electric cars that will compete in heats at 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Each team also must raise funds, obtain donated equipment, handle public relations and report on their progress monthly. Schools with teams in the race are: Bayfield Schools, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Forest City High School, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School, Hubbard-Radcliffe High School, Jefferson-Scranton, Jesup Community Schools, Marcus-Meridan-Cleghorn, Muscatine, North Platte High School, Norwalk Community School District, Perry High School, Pomeroy-Palmer, Real World Education in Waverly, Sioux Central Community School, St. Ansgar, St. Thomas Academy, and Waukee.



The event is sponsored by Alliant Energy, the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, the UNI Industrial Technology Center, and the Iowa Renewable Energy Association (I-RENEW).

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Northern Iowa is ranked second in the 'Midwestern Universities -- Master's' category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2003 'America's Best Colleges' guidebook.

The magazine's ranking criteria include peer assessment, academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving rate.

UNI also ranked in the top tier of a combined list of public and private Midwest regional universities.

Truman State University in Missouri was ranked first among public institutions in the 'Midwest Universities -- Master's' category, also for the sixth consecutive year.

September 11, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Family Weekend officially kicks off at the University of Northern Iowa with a performance, the New Wave Vaudeville Show, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center's Great Hall. Admission is free for UNI students and children 11 and under. Tickets are $5 for all others.

Saturday's events include college open houses from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Panther Style Show at 1 p.m. on the UNI-Dome East Plaza, free root beer floats at 1:30 p.m. in Redeker Center, and the Family Feast Tailgate from 2 to 4 p.m. on the plaza as well. Cost for meals is $6.75 for adults, and $2.50 for children 11 and under. During the tailgate, UNI President Robert Koob will present the Family of the Year. West Des Moines senior Ricky Breuss and his family will receive this award.

The UNI Panthers will host the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at 4:05 p.m. in the UNI-Dome, and the volleyball team will play Creighton University at 7 p.m. in the West Gym.

The weekend closes Sunday, Sept. 22, with a brunch at the Towers Dining Center and the Piazza in Redeker Center. Tickets in advance are $4.75 for adults, $3.75 for children 5 to 11, and free for those under 5.

For tickets to Family Weekend events, call (319) 2734-7469, or (877) 549-7469. For more information about Family Weekend, call the UNI Office of Development, (319) 273-6078, or (800) 782-9522.

September 10, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Heroes and Strangers,' a documentary exploring relationships between a father and daughter and a father and son, will open a year-long 'Reel to Real' film series at the University of Northern Iowa, from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The film will be shown in the Maucker Union's University Room North. Admission is free and open to the public.

Guy Sims, assistant director of Maucker Union, said the year-long Reel to Real series will present short films worthy of reflection, discussion, challenge, and criticism, in a setting that is both comfortable and conducive for conversation.

The series, sponsored by the Maucker Union Student Activities office, will continue Oct. 23, with 'Pornography: The Double Message.'

For more information contact Guy Sims at (319) 273-2683.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Day, focusing on entrepreneurship and success, will take place on the University of Northern Iowa campus Thursday, Sept. 19.

UNIネs John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) and the College of Business Administration will host the event in Curris Business Building Room 109, the John Deere Auditorium, beginning at 9 a.m. A number of guest speakers and workshops for students, faculty and persons interested in entrepreneurship or small business will be offered. All guest speaker presentations are free and open to the public.

Farzad Moussavi, interim dean of the College of Business Administration, and Randy Pilkington, JPEC interim director, will present a 9 a.m. welcome. John Pappajohn, president of Equity Dynamics, a venture capital firm in Des Moines, will speak on 'What Makes a Person an Entrepreneur and Do You Have What It Takes?,' at 9:15 a.m.

At 10:15, 'The Truth About Money: Venture Capital and Doing a Deal,' will be presented by Matt Kinley, a 1990 accounting graduate who is senior vice president of Equity Dynamics, and Steve Dickinson, a 1976 political science graduate who is a partner in the Des Moines office of the Dorsey & Whitney law firm.

'ABF: One of America's Fastest Growing Companies with a UNI Connection,' will be presented at 11 a.m. by Dan Schmitt, president of Anthony, Allan and Quinn in St. Louis, and a 1989 UNI marketing graduate. His firm has started five companies in the last eight years, including ABF (Advanced Business Fulfillment).

Two small business workshops will be presented from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. They require advanced registration, as space is limited. Mike Hahn, program manager of the UNI Regional Business Center, will present 'How to Start a Small Business,' and Avriel Davis, program manager of the UNI Small Business Development Center, will present 'How to Write a Business Plan.' These workshops are being sponsored by the JPEC, and include a light lunch. Call (319) 273-7350, or e-mail katherine.cota@uni.edu for a workshop reservation, no later than Monday, Sept. 16.

A full schedule of activities and information on all presenters may be viewed at the JPECネs Web site, www.jpec.org. A live Web cast of guest speaker presentations will be available on this page for individuals unable to attend, and videotapes of the three guest speaker presentations will be available from the JPEC for a nominal fee.

The JPEC was funded, in 1996, by a gift from Pappajohn and his wife, Mary.

Additional information on UNI's JPEC program is available by calling the center at (319) 273-7350 or visiting its Web site at www.jpec.org.

September 8, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Fifteen Provost Scholarships, part of the Presidential Scholars program at the University of Northern Iowa, have been awarded to students who began their studies this fall on the UNI campus.

__(Name)__ of __(Address/Hometown)__, is among the students receiving Provost awards.

The awardees receive stipends that cover UNI tuition and mandatory health, student services and computer fees, valued at $4,118 for the 2002-2003 academic year. The scholarships are renewable for four years and will be adjusted to cover any rise in tuition and fees.

The program is funded through the Office of the President at UNI. To be eligible for Presidential Scholar and Provost Scholar awards, students must score at least a 29 on the American College Testing (ACT) exam and be in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. Students in classes with fewer than 50 students must be in the top 5 percent of their classes.

High school seniors interested in being considered for these awards in the fall of 2003, need to ensure their applications are postmarked no later than Oct. 1.

Note: to obtain a complete list of the scholarship winners, please contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --'Sole Power,' a project designed to encourage non-motorized commuting to the University of Northern Iowa campus, will host a fall kick-off event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Maucker Union Plaza.



'The purpose is for people to leave their cars at home and instead walk, bike or rollerblade to campus,' said Kathy Gulick, UNI director of University Health Services. 'It's part of a method that's called the 'green triangle model,' which encourages physical fitness and saves people money.' This is the fifth year for Sole Power at UNI.

Among the day's events, UNI Public Safety will register bikes, 'Arrive Alive' will sell Bell helmets for $7, and Europa Cycle & Ski will provide free bike tune-ups. The Outdoor Recreation Office will provide information on its program offerings and information will be provided about the UNI Panther Shuttle. Information about campus recreational walking routes and the Cedar Valley Recreational Trail maps also will be available. T-shirts, water bottles and bike bells can be earned for pledging to increase car-free commuting.

Assisting Gulick in the event is UNI student Christi Miller from Marshalltown.

For more information, contact Gulick at (319) 273-6921.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new class of Presidential Scholars has begun its studies on the University of Northern Iowa campus this fall.

____(Name)____ of ___(Address / Hometown)___ is among the eight students to receive the four-year, full-ride scholarships. They are funded through the Office of the President at UNI. The awards, which provide free tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees for health, student services and computer, are valued at $8,758 for Iowa residents and $15,066 for out-of-state students for the 2002-2003 academic year. The students must maintain the academic excellence for which the awards have been granted.

The select group will take part in scholars-only seminars, be eligible for special travel/study opportunities and receive extensive individual advising. All will be required to complete a senior thesis or project.

UNI President Robert Koob said, 'The University of Northern Iowa's Presidential Scholars program accords to students of exceptional academic performance the same recognition and financial aid benefits that universities have long accorded to students of exceptional athletic ability. The program represents a deep commitment to academic excellence at the University.'

Members of the Presidential Scholars Board are: Gretta Berghammer, chair, professor of theatre; Betty DeBerg, professor and head, Department of Philosophy and Religion; Beverly Kopper, professor of psychology; Vickie Robinson, assistant professor of education; Ira Simet, associate professor of chemistry; Robert Seager, professor of biology; Kathy Oakland, instructor in teaching; Harry Brod, professor of philosophy and humanities, and director of the University Honors Program; and Philip Patton, UNI Registrar.

Students who are in the top 10 percent of their high school class and who scored a 29 or higher on the ACT test are eligible to apply. Those in classes consisting of fewer than 50 people must be in the top 5 percent of their class. High school seniors interested in being considered for this award in the fall of 2003 need to be sure their applications are postmarked no later than Oct. 1.

Note: to obtain a complete list of the scholarship winners, please contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.

September 5, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Steps to Peace,' a 15-minute video released by families of 9/11 victims, will be shown at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11. The showing takes place in Room 109 of the University of Northern Iowa's Curris Business Building, and is free and open to the public.

For more information about 'Steps to Peace,' visit http://www.peacefultomorrows.org.

September 4, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jennifer Read Hawthorne, co-author of 'Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' will be the keynote speaker during the University of Northern Iowa's Diversity Week celebration.

Her address, 'Chicken Soup for the Soul of America,' will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, in the Maucker Union Expansion. There is no charge to attend.

Also the co-author of 'Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul,' 'A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' and 'Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul,' her books have sold more than 10 million copies. In 1997, 'USA Today' noted that 'Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' was one of only three books to appear on its top-50 bestseller list every week of that year. The same article named her and co-author Marci Shimoff the top female authors of the year.

Diversity Week, a celebration of differing cultures, runs Sunday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Sept. 13, at UNI.

Read Hawthorne's appearance is sponsored by the UNI Speakers Committee.

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Teaching Through Crisis: How Instructors Addressed 9/11 in the Classroom

Victoria DeFrancisco and Gayle Pohl, both in the Department of Communication Studies, conducted a nationwide survey to find out how faculty addressed the events of 9/11 in their classrooms and student responses. Faculty around the country indicated a strong need to help students make sense of the events. Faculty found that by doing so, they could also educate students on the surrounding events and cultures, help reduce stereotyping, provide a constructive means to process emotions resulting from the tragedy, and make course content more relevant and understandable.





On the scene after 9/11

Milissa Wright, a lieutenant for UNI Public Safety, traveled to Ground Zero in March, to help NYPD officers de-stress as they continued the grisly clean-up efforts. Although she was onsite for only about one week, Wright's life has been dramatically changed. 'Having worked with those officers at Ground Zero puts faces and families with the event for me,' she said. 'I remember the officers I had contact with, and think of some of their personal situations they discussed. I hope they are able to do something positive to support themselves and those around them.'





9/11 and elementary schools

For her dissertation, Diane McCarty asked elementary school principals nationwide how they responded to the 9/11 tragedy. Through a survey, McCarty -- formerly a principal herself -- was surprised to find that some school heads made little attempt to use the event as a teaching tool. 'They didn't see any real connection between what they do at school and what happened that day,' she said. 'But for others, they saw it as a life-changing event, much the same way the Kennedy assassination was for my generation.'

McCarty also collected extensive data on whether the principals view the quality of education as a contributor to national security, whether patriotic emphasis increased in schools, and whether schools employed crisis plans to respond to the tragedy.





Theatre UNI production focuses on 9/11 after effects

Theatre UNI will open the Off-Hudson play-reading series this season with a reading of Anne Nelson's 'The Guys' on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in CAC 108. The reading will be directed by Jay Edelnant and feature Department of Theatre faculty Cynthia Goatley as Joan, an editor who helps a fire captain write obituaries for the men he lost on 9/11. Richard Glockner is Nick, the fire captain. The reading is free and open to the public.











September 3, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS -- University of Northern Iowa Women?s Rugby Club members Libby Caplan of Cedar Falls and Katrina Cox of Harlan were selected first team All-Americans by USA Rugby for the 2001-2002 season. They are members of the Division II national champion team. Players are selected based on their season performance by a committee of rugby coaches and administrators.

There are more than 300 women's collegiate teams and approximately 7,000 players nationwide. The top 29 were selected to be on the first team.

Steve Murra has been the UNI women's rugby coach since the team's formation in 1994. Under his tenure, the women's teams have compiled a 229-17 record.

September 2, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jennifer Read Hawthorne, co-author of 'Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' will be the keynote speaker during the University of Northern Iowa's Diversity Week celebration.

Her address, 'Chicken Soup for the Soul of America,' will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, in the Maucker Union Expansion. There is no charge to attend.

Also the co-author of 'Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul,' 'A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' and 'Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul,' her books have sold more than 10 million copies. In 1997, 'USA Today' noted that 'Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' was one of only three books to appear on its top-50 bestseller list every week of that year. The same article named her and co-author Marci Shimoff the top female authors of the year.



Diversity Week, a celebration of differing cultures, runs Sunday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Sept. 13, at UNI.

Read Hawthorne's appearance is sponsored by the UNI Speakers Committee.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's second annual Day of Peace will be Monday, Sept. 9.

A Peace Fair, with various related organizations showcasing their efforts and recruiting students, takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Maucker Union Expansion.

At 2 p.m., two members of the Lakota Nation, Albert White Hat Sr., and Ione Quigley, will present 'A Native American's Perspective on World Peace.' The Taste the World reception, featuring free refreshments and appetizers native to countries across the globe, will follow the presentation. Both events are in the Expansion.

Jennifer Read Hawthorne, co-author of 'Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul,' will offer 'Chicken Soup for the Soul of America,' at 7:30 p.m. in the Expansion. A candlelighting ceremony at the Maucker Union fountain will follow.

Day of Peace is sponsored by UN'I in Peace, the UNI Speakers Committee, Northern Iowa Student Government, and the Center for Multicultural Education.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) in partnership with Ketels Contract Training will offer two hands-on computer software training courses this fall.

'Microsoft Excel' will run three consecutive Thursdays between Sept. 12 and 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. The modules will cover beginning, intermediate and advanced skills, respectively. Participants may register for individual modules, or for all three at a discounted rate. The course instructor will be Chris Case.

'Microsoft Access' training will be offered on consecutive Tuesdays, from 8 a.m. to noon, between Oct. 15 and 29. The first module will cover beginning skills. The second module will address intermediate and advanced topics over two class periods. Participants may register for individual modules, or for both at a discounted rate. This class also will be taught by Chris Case.

All classes will be held at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St, in downtown Waterloo. Class sizes are limited to 14. Fees vary. For more information contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit www.unirbc.org.

August 29, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has planned a series of events to mark the one-year anniversary of terrorists' attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

At 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, co-author of the popular Chicken Soup book series, will present an address, 'Chicken Soup for the Soul of America,' in the Maucker Union Expansion.

Students and professors will share personal experiences during 'Teaching Through Crisis: How Instructors and Students Addressed 9/11 in the Classroom,' at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The event will be in the Hemisphere Lounge of the Union, and will be co-facilitated by Gayle Pohl, associate professor; and Victoria DeFrancisco, professor, both in the Department of Communication Studies.

A university-wide moment of silence will be observed at 3 p.m. at the Campanile. At 3:30 p.m. an international student panel will begin in the Union's Hemisphere Lounge.

The Sept. 11 Remembrance Concert, with performances by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and Metropolitan Chorale, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call (319) 273-SHOW.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Parkersburg Economic Development, in partnership with the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center, is launching a specialized business development program for Parkersburg area residents. The Rural Business Accelerator Program (RBAP) is a new entrepreneur-training model designed to provide residents in the Parkersburg areas easier access to business training resources available through UNI.

RBAP consists of three business training courses, two delivered onsite and the third delivered online.

The first course, Smart Start, is free and is being offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, and at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Parkersburg City Hall, 505 Coates St. Smart Start is a two-hour program that briefly covers business planning, financing, credit, legal and tax issues.

Fast Trac is a 10-week entrepreneur-training program that provides participants the tools to start or grow a business. Fast Trac will be offered from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 24 through Nov. 26 at the Parkersburg Civic Center, 502 Third St. Regular cost for the program is $199, but it is being offered in the Parkersburg area for $49.

A highlight of RBAP is a new Web-based component that will be launched in November. This program will offer self-directed curriculums, direct research and marketing assistance from UNI RBC Web-counselors, plus interactive chat that will allow local entrepreneurs to network over the Internet. The Web-based component is designed to help RBAP participants sustain their business ventures during the critical start-up/expansion phase.

For more information contact Juli Grill, Parkersburg Economic Development at (319) 346-1023; Mike Hahn at the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123; or visit http://www.unirbc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Members of the University of Northern Iowa Spirit Squad recently attended the Universal Cheer and Dance Association (UCA/UDA) College Spirit Camp and Competition in Milwaukee, and received awards for program improvement and overall preparation.

The Spirit Squad is made up of the UNI cheer squad, dance team and mascots. The UCA/UDA camp is the largest college camp of its kind in the world and hosts more than 1,500 cheerleaders, dancers and mascots from the United States and Puerto Rico.

The cheer squad was awarded third place in the sideline competition and received UCA's first-ever Game Day Award for innovative game-day agendas.

The dancers were awarded the Program Improvement trophy and a Superior Rating trophy for overall performance.

The mascots were awarded fourth place for overall performance. This is the first time UNI mascots have received this award.

The UNI Spirit Squads are advised by Ryan McKernan. The UNI Dance Team is coached by Jori Wade-Booth. For more information, visit www.unipanthers.com/spirit.

Members of the dance team are Lauren Baker of Norwalk, Ashley Brumbaugh of Mt. Pleasant, Kristi Carlberg of Stratford, Stacey Conaway and Kelsie Dawson of Webster City, Lindsey Cutsforth of Waterloo, Holly Davis and Stephanie Guiter of Knoxville, Lindsay Fawcett of Huxley, Franny Horton of Sioux City, Molly McCarthy of Cascade, Jen Lorenz of Cedar Rapids, Mychele Sealine of Dexter, Jennifer Stephens of Marion.

Cheer squad members are Ashley Atherton, Linzie Sawyer and Erin Gavin of Cedar Falls;Courtney Chapman of West Des Moines; Angie Cline of Sioux City; Natalie Ehrecke of Bettendorf; Carly Farnsworth of Waukee; Andrew Fitzpatrick of Boone; Zach French and Joel Shugart of Cedar Rapids; Sarah Hall of Swisher; Matt Hartman of Waverly; Scott Hoelscher of Williams; Ryan Muhlenbruch of Dows; Jamie Pearsall of Davenport; Leslie Pierce of Oregon, Ill.; Philip Pierce of Gary, Ind.; Amanda Rios of Marion; Sam Shafer of Williamsburg; and Ryan Takatsuka and Jackie Whittier of Fort Dodge.

Mascots are Matt Stockdale of Aplington, and Brant Haywood of Eldora.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Diversity Week will begin Sunday, Sept. 8, with the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Dance at 5:30 p.m. on the Maucker Union plaza. Dancers and professors from around the world will perform and share stories.

Diversity Week promotes cross-cultural awareness and appreciation, said Guy Sims, associate director of UNI's Maucker Union.

The celebration continues Monday, Sept. 9, with a cultural festival from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Maucker Union plaza, featuring the Waterhouse Reggae Band, ethnic foods and cultural information. At 7:30 p.m., Jennifer Read Hawthorne, author of 'Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' will present an address, 'Chicken Soup for the Soul of America,' in the Maucker Union Expansion. Her appearance is sponsored by the UNI Speakers Committee.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, a multicultural student panel will address diversity issues at 3:30 p.m. in the Hemisphere Lounge of the Union. A reception will follow at the Ethnic Minority and Cultural and Educational Center (EMCEC).

Students and professors will share personal experiences during 'Teaching Through Crisis: How Instructors and Students Addressed 9/11 in the Classroom,' Wednesday, Sept. 11, at noon. The event will be in the Hemisphere Lounge of the Union, and will be co-facilitated by Gayle Pohl, associate professor; and Victoria DeFrancisco, professor, both in the Department of Communication.

A university-wide moment of silence will be at 3 p.m. at the Campanile. At 3:30 p.m. an international student panel will begin in the Union's Hemisphere Lounge. The Sept. 11 Remembrance Concert, with performances by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and Metropolitan Chorale, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call (319) 273-SHOW.

Thursday's events begin at noon, with BARNGA, a game that tests intercultural sensitivity, in the Union's Expansion lobby. Also at noon, Milissa Wright, a lieutenant with UNI's Department of Public Safety, will discuss her travels to New York to help NYPD officers deal with the trauma of 9/11. She will make her address in the Hemisphere Lounge of the Union.

At 3:30 p.m. there will be a panel featuring members of the student Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Association in the Hemisphere Lounge. Preacher Moss will present 'End of Racism,' a comedy and lecture performance, at 8 p.m. in the Union's Expansion; and DJ Scratch Academy will cover the art of beat-making at 9 p.m., also in the Expansion.

A wrap-up brunch will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the EMCEC.



For more information, contact Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, (319) 273-2683.

August 28, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- James Moog, a 53-year-old Evansdale man, collapsed and died near the UNI-Dome Thursday at approximately 7 p.m. CPR was administered by a paramedic crew on duty in the Dome for a football game. Moog was pronounced dead on arrival at Sartori Memorial Hospital at 7:30 p.m.

No cause of death has been determined; an autopsy will likely take place Friday, Aug. 30.

Moog was a Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor for churches in Evansdale and Jesup.

August 27, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Career Center at the University of Northern Iowa and the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley will host a volunteer fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wed., Sept. 4 in UNI's Maucker Union Expansion.

The annual volunteer fair is for students who have volunteer experience and for students who would like to begin volunteering.

At least 40 agencies will be on campus to recruit volunteers. For more information on the volunteer fair and for a list of agencies who have attended past fairs, visit www.uni.edu/careercenter/Events/volunteerfairs/fall.htm

August 26, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa will present a Remembrance Concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Great Hall. Pre-show events begin at 5 p.m. in the lobby, and are free and open to the public.

Featured will be a military honor guard, reading the names of those who died during the 9/11 terror attacks, an oral history videotape provided by the Grout Museum, and the showing of an HBO 9/11 video. Counseling services will be available free of charge at the GBPAC beginning at 5 p.m. and are provided by Cedar Valley Hospice, Allen Hospital counselors, Allen Hospital pastoral care, Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center Inc., Dan Gates' independent practice, and Associates for Behavioral Health Inc.

At 6:15 p.m. in Davis Hall, American Red Cross volunteers who worked in New York City, Washington, D.C., or Pennsylvania, will host a question-and-answer session.

The Remembrance Concert will consist of tributes through music, visual imagery and oral presentations. Featured performers will be the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, the Metropolitan Chorale and guest soloists. Selections include Copeland's 'Fanfare for the Common Man,' Mozart's 'Ave verum corpus,' and a piece written by Iowa composer David Gompper, 'Requiem.'

The concert will be broadcast live on KHKE Public Radio, 89.5 FM.

Sponsors for the Remembrance Concert include BankIowa; Bertch Cabinets; Community National Bank; Friends of the Gallagher-Bluedorn; KWWL; Holiday Inn; John Deere Waterloo Operations, including the Waterloo Works Engine Works and John Deere Health; Pioneer Graphics; and the 'Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier.'

A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the local American Red Cross.Tickets are still available and can be purchased through the Gallagher-Bluedorn box office. Ticket prices are $10, $15 and $20. For more information, or to order tickets call (319) 273-SHOW (7469) or (877) 549-SHOW (7469), or visit www.uni.edu/gbpac or http://tickets.uni.edu.

August 22, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'The Effects of Domestic Violence On Children,' a free workshop, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in Room 102 of the University of Northern Iowa's Sabin Hall.

Keynote speakers are Susan Schechter and Lundy Bancroft. Schechter is a clinical professor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work, and the author of several books about domestic violence. She also has directed and founded several clinical and advocacy programs, and is a member of the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women.

Lundy is a counselor in Massachusetts who has worked with more than 2,000 batterers. He serves as a court-appointed custody evaluator and expert witness in cases involving allegations of domestic violence or child abuse; and trains judges, probation officers and other court personnel.

Workshop sessions will cover legal/law enforcement response to domestic violence, healthcare providers' screening and referral, faith community/social workers' identification of family violence, tools for school personnel, and a primer on community costs of ineffective intervention.

Al Hays, director of UNI's graduate program in public policy, says participants will learn about the relationship between domestic violence and child abuse; and develop solutions for addressing the issues of domestic violence and child welfare in the community.

The workshop is sponsored by the Community Partnership for the Protection of Children, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Black Hawk County Department of Human Services, UNI graduate program in public policy, and Cedar Valley's Promise.

Registration deadline is Sept. 6. To register, contact UNI Conferences and Visitor Services, (319) 273-6899. Attendance is limited to the first 250 registrants. Continuing education credit is available.

August 21, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual Welcome Week, Sat., Aug. 24 through Friday, Aug. 30. This first week of school is packed with activities designed to welcome new and returning students to UNI.

The 'New Student Bash,' an annual welcome for freshmen and transfer students, will be presented by the UNI Alumni Association, beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, on the Lawther Hall lawn. Sponsored in part by the UNI Alumni Ambassadors, University Book and Supply, Papa John's Pizza and Pepsi, the bash will feature Playfair, a performance group that blends audience-participation comedy routines, games and team building exercises. In addition to free food and games, door prizes will be given away. Mix 96 will provide musical entertainment and special guests from UNI's athletics program will assist.

Convocation, formally honoring the opening of the academic year and all the stages of the learning process, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. This year's speaker is UNI alumnus Carl Boyd. Boyd received his B.A. in criminology and sociology from UNI in 1987, and his J.D. from Drake University in 1991. He is an attorney with Starks & Boyd, P.C., in Chicago.

Other events taking place across campus throughout the week include a rooftop barbecue, performances by a hypnotist, a block party, a battle of the bands, a beach bash, an international student reception, sessions on creating a safe campus and a drive-in movie.

For a complete list of events visit www.uni.edu/maucker.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Craig Bennett, owner of the American Rooster Caf� in Elgin is just one of the success stories to emerge from the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center's (RBC) new Rural Business Assistance Program.

According Michael Hahn, RBC program manager, the new program is an entrepreneur service model that provides rural entrepreneurs easier access to the business training resources available through the RBC. Curriculums are delivered on site in each of five communities, and an online business network helps participants work through the critical start-up/expansion phase. The program serves Buchanan and Fayette counties, and the communities of New Hampton, Parkersburg and Postville.

'The goal is to increase the number and quality of entrepreneurs in rural Iowa,' Hahn explained.

Bennett relocated from San Francisco to his hometown of Elgin to operate a local caf�. With the help of the RBC, he greatly broadened his business knowledge and, said Hahn, 'gained the confidence to operate his own business. Today, the American Rooster Caf� is one of the most popular eating establishments in northeast Iowa.'

The program is made up of three business training courses: Smart Start, for those considering a new venture; Fast Trac, for new entrepreneurs or those operating existing business; and Virtual Entrepreneur Network, for entrepreneurs ready for the next level of business. Smart Start is free; the other two courses are $49 each.

To register, contact Buchanan County Economic Development, (319) 334-7497; or the UNI Regional Business Center, (319) 236-8123, www.unirbc.org.

August 18, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI men's basketball coach Greg McDermott and UNI women's basketball coach Tony DiCecco will address the Waterloo Jaycees at 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Starlite Village, 214 Washington St., in Waterloo.

McDermott is entering his second year at UNI. DiCecco, in his eighth year, has the most wins of any UNI women's basketball coach.

Both coaches will discuss the direction of their basketball programs, and the progress of the proposed McLeodUSA Center. The public may attend at no charge.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three hands-on computer software trainings will be offered this fall by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), 212 E. 4th St., in downtown Waterloo.

The offerings will begin with 'Quick Books Pro' on Sept. 10. Quick Books will run four consecutive Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, between Sept.10 and Oct. 1. The first session will be an optional, introductory session for those new to the software or needing a refresher. Judy Schindel, certified Quick Books trainer, will teach the class.

Training for 'Microsoft Excel' will run three consecutive Thursdays between Sept. 12 and 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. The modules will cover beginning, intermediate and advanced skills, respectively. Participants may register for individual modules, or for all three at a discounted rate. The course instructor will be Chris Case.

'Microsoft Access' training will be offered on consecutive Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon, between Oct. 15 and 29. The first module will cover beginning skills. The second module will address intermediate and advanced topics over two class periods. Participants may register for individual modules, or for both at a discounted rate. This class also will be taught by Chris Case.

All classes will be held at the RBC office. Class sizes are limited to 14. Fees vary. For more information contact the UNI RBC receptionist at (319) 236-8123 or log-on to www.unirbc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ? Thirteen incoming University of Northern Iowa freshmen are recipients of theatre activity scholarships from the Department of Theatre.

__(Name)__ of __(Address/Hometown)__ received a __(amount)__ scholarship for the 2002-2003 academic year.

To compete for these scholarships students must be majoring in theatre and be in the upper one-third of their graduating class, or have a 3.0 or above cumulative high school GPA.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ? Fifteen incoming University of Northern Iowa freshmen are recipients of scholarships from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

__(Name)__ of __(Address/Hometown)__ received a __(half /full)__ tuition scholarship for the 2002-2003 academic year, valued at __(amount)__.

To compete for these scholarships, open only to Iowa residents, students must be in the top 15 percent of their high school class, have an ACT score of 27 or higher and two letters of recommendation from teachers.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Artists of St. Petersburg: The Russian State Pedagogical University' will be exhibited in the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art from Monday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Sept. 20.

The exhibition reception will be held in the auditorium of the Kamerick Art Building (Room 111), Tuesday, Sept. 17, following an 8 p.m. lecture by Russian State Pedagogical University Professors Gennady Khoroshaylov and Ksenia Pochtennaya.

This exhibition features over 140 works of art from the faculty and students of the Russian State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia. The works will be mounted in one room of the gallery, as well as the first and second floor display cases of the Kamerick Art Building.

The UNI Office of International Programs is co-sponsoring the exhibition and the lectures, along with the UNI Gallery of Art, 'creating a cultural exchange that is highly beneficial not only to the students at UNI but to the whole Cedar Valley community,' according to Darrell Taylor, acting director of the gallery.

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

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Some 100 first-year minority students are getting a 'jump start' in making a smooth transition from high school to UNI to increase their potential for success and graduation. The UNI Jump Start Program begins today (Monday, Aug. 19), and is a five-day orientation designed to acquaint the students with campus life.

The program has tripled in size since its inception in 1998 and past participants credit the program for their academic successes.

For specific times, locations and events, and to talk with the program directors-- Juanita Wright, assistant director of admissions, and Kathy Peters, director of the Center for Academic Achievement-- contact Deb Gray, secretary in the admissions office, at (319) 273-2281, or Vicki Grimes in University Marketing & Public Relations.

August 15, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's associate provost, Susan Koch, recently participated in the 60th National Leadership Forum for Women Leaders in Washington D.C. The forum brought together emerging and established leaders in educational institutions to discuss critical issues and challenges facing the higher education community.

Koch's selection to the forum was based on her strong record of administrative accomplishment, and her potential to serve at the highest levels of leadership in higher education. Koch joined the UNI faculty in health education in1983 where she co-founded the UNI Global Health Corps, an award-winning public health service organization. She has been an academic administrator since 1997.

August 14, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Scholarships have been awarded to 55 transfer students who will begin their studies this fall on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

___(Name)___ of ___(Address/Hometown)___, will receive a ___($ amount\scholarship name)___ scholarship.

Transfer achievement scholarships are based on a combination of rank in class and financial need. They range in value from $200 to $1,000, and are renewable for a second year with a 3.0 GPA or above, providing the student is still working on a first bachelor's degree.

The Phi Theta Kappa scholarship is available to students who are members of this honorary society at the community college from which they are transferring. A GPA of 3.5 or above is required and recipients must demonstrate leadership and involvement in their campus or community.

The Transfer Multicultural Achievement and Talent Scholarship is awarded to incoming ethnic minority transfer students based on a formula using GPA and financial need. They range in value from $200 to $1,000, and are renewable for a second year with a 2.75 GPA or above.

The Theatre Activity Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen or transfer students. They must be theatre arts majors to apply and in the upper one-third of their graduating class or have a 3.0 or above high school GPA.

The $2,000 Clyde & Grace Sanborn Scholarship is presented to deserving students transferring to UNI from Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville. They must be enrolled fulltime, in good academic standing, possess leadership and citizenship qualities and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is renewable with a 3.0 GPA.

Note: To obtain a complete listing of the scholarship winners, please contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.

August 11, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - 'Residue of Silence,' an exhibition of recent work by three Minnesota artists, will be presented by the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art from Monday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Sept. 20. Featured will be works by Joyce Lyon, Howard Oransky, and Francisca de Beurges Rosenthal. The artists will lecture at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in the Kamerick Art Building Room 111, followed by an opening reception.

'Residue of Silence' connects three different yet related points of view in a multidisciplinary investigation of memory and the Holocaust, according to Darrell Taylor, acting director of the UNI Gallery of Art. 'Joyce Lyon's work involves both images, made as large-scale oil stick-on-paper drawings, and text in framed panels. Howard Oransky layers fragments of images and text on canvas and transparent fabric. Francisca de Beurges Rosenthal's mixed media sound installation, 'SH'MA (Listen and Understand)' is audio-recorded survivors' memories that emanate from sculptural chairs, in juxtaposition with found objects and wall text. The three artists have collaborated in such a way as to create a seamless sharing of exhibition space.'

The exhibition will next travel to Cabrillo College in California.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Since last year's inaugural season, ticket sales at the University of Northern Iowa?s Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center have increased by 43 percent -- a rarity in the business.

'A significant increase like this is unprecedented in the performing arts,' said Steve Carignan, director of the GBPAC. 'Through an aggressive marketing campaign, community support and staff sacrifices, the Gallagher-Bluedorn has established itself as a cultural catalyst for the Cedar Valley.'

It comes at just the right time. 'We knew we had to increase our revenue from off-campus sources in the face of the state's ongoing budget crisis and cuts to the university,' said James Lubker, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. He explained that the GBPAC was facing a potential $200,000 deficit due to the state budget crisis, which affected funding at the university. 'The center's staff was committed to breaking even despite the falling economy. We often worked 60- to 70-hour weeks.'

Carignan said the increase in revenue is attributed to both ticket sales and the doubling of sponsorships and donations. More than 25 business in the Cedar Valley sponsored performances, defraying the cost to the GBPAC. 'It's exciting for the community,' said Carignan. 'Our research shows that patrons attending 'Artist Series' shows at the center generated more than $2.5 million for the Cedar Valley economy over a period of nine months, in restaurants, shopping and hotels.'

Although the 2001-2002 season was clearly a success, Carignan is cautious about the future. 'Ticket sales, so far, are strong for next season. But we don't yet have a cash reserve to deal with future adversity. That's the next step.'

For more information about GBPAC sponsorship, tickets or shows, call (319) 273-SHOW, or visit the Web site, http://www.uni.edu/gbpac.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, a Postville native, has been named head ofUNI's Department of Military Science. He succeeds Lt. Col. Michael DePuglio, and assumed duties Aug. 1.

Stavnes holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Iowa, and an M.S. in general administration from Central Michigan University.

He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, The Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal. Previously stationed in Hohenfels, Germany, Stavnes has served the U.S. Army worldwide, including tours of duty in Bosnia, Macedonia and Washington, D.C.

August 8, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ? More than 30 Civil War reenactors will set up a living history camp at the University of Northern Iowa Museum Saturday, Aug.17, as part of the Cedar Falls Sesquicentennial celebration. The reenactors will represent the men of Company K, 3rd Iowa Volunteer Infantry.

The camp and activities, speakers, and military drills will take place on the lawn of the University Museum and in the museum building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Formal activities will begin at 10:30 a.m., with morning formation and roll call. Company inspections will be held on the hour throughout the day, and speakers and demonstrations will take place under the tent on the grounds. The museum is located at the intersection of University Avenue and Hudson Road, with access from 31st Street and Hudson Road.

The reenactors will authentically represent Civil War soldiers following the second battle of Jackson, Miss., on July 12, 1863, according to Kay Thuesen, public affairs coordinator for the museum. The men of the 3rd Iowa, after suffering nearly 50 percent casualties, camped near Vicksburg, Miss., to recuperate and await return of the wounded from the hospitals. The recreated camp will show how the men lived in the field during the conflict.

Thuesen said the reenactors, all dressed in authentic clothing, will discuss with the audience a soldier?s duties, home life, and historical events pertinent to this time period. Local historians and history 'buffs' will share information about the local involvement in the war.

Period games, including baseball with the reenactors, will be available. Several crafts will provide hands-on experience for visitors of all ages. There will be demonstrations by members of the Northeast Iowa Weavers and Spinners Guild and the Keepsake Quilters. Visitors will be able to write letters to the soldiers, to distribute during mail call.

UNI lecturer and author Ken Lyftogt will discuss the research for his first book on Cedar Falls in the Civil War, released several years ago, at 11:30 a.m., and his current Civil War research at 2:30 p.m. Jons Olsson, local reenactor and member of the Waterloo Civil War Roundtable, will appear at 12:30 p.m. as a colonel of the 37th Iowa Infantry, known as the Graybeards. There will be an information table staffed by members of the Waterloo Civil War Roundtable.

Boy Scout Troop 73 will provide concessions. Authentic hardtack, issued to the reenactors with their rations, will be available to the public through the gift shop sponsored by the Friends of the UNI Museums. Other Civil War memorabilia will also be available in the gift shop, including Lyftogt's book 'From Blue Mills to Columbia: Cedar Falls and the Civil War.'

Horse-drawn trolley rides will be available to visitors.

The University Museum has received a grant award of $725 from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in support of this project called 'Living History of the Civil War.'

Admission for the Living History of the Civil War event is $2 for adults, and $1 for youths 12 and younger. For more information, call (319) 273-2188.

August 7, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has hired Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck, a Des Moines architectural firm, to design the McLeodUSA Center/ Human Performance Center (HPC).

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 new home for Panther basketball, volleyball and wrestling, with seating for about 6,000. The estimated construction cost is $18 million, to be raised through private funds. A site will be announced 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. 'Congressman Jim Nussle and Senator Tom Harkin were instrumental in securing this funding,' explained Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement.

The rest of the building's costs will be covered through private fundraising by the university and support from the medical community. In March, the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation of Grinnell pledged $250,000 to the project.

Both facilities are part of the university's 'Students First' campaign. Before groundbreaking on the project can occur, however, the university must secure at least $25 million in pledges and gifts. Calhoun said the UNI Foundation hopes to meet the goal by spring 2003. To date, $19 million has been secured: $15 million for the McLeodUSA Center, and $4 million for the HPC.

Calhoun also said the 'Students First' campaign is nearing its $75 million goal for scholarships, academic program support and facilities.

The leadership gift phase of the campaign's local drive is nearly complete. The national kickoff will take place this fall.

August 6, 2002 - 7:00pm

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From Thursday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 18, UNI will exhibit its new booth and display at the state fair in Des Moines, in the Varied Industries Building. Featured will be photos and profiles of university alumni, all living in Iowa and contributing to the state's growth.

Other highlights:

Saturday, Aug. 10, Athletic Director Rick Hartzell will show a steer for the Davis County Cattleman's Association during the Governor's Charity Steer Show, Pioneer Pavilion, 4 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 12, Rick Klein, research technician with the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC), will demonstrate the IWRC's laser touch spray gun in the Homemaker's Theatre, 4 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 13, Kirk Henderson, manager of the UNI Native Roadside Vegetation Center, will discuss prairie wildflower gardens in the Homemaker's Theatre, noon to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 15, Patricia Higby, instructor in the Department of Physics, will present 'Energy Jeopardy,' in the Homemaker's Theatre, 9 to 9:30 a.m.

August 5, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Donna J. Wood, a leading scholar in business and society, has been named the first holder of the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at the University of Northern Iowa. She will begin her tenure this month.

Wood was a professor of business administration at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She is future president of the Society for Business Ethics, past president of the social issues in management division of the Academy of Management, and founder and past president of the International Association for Business and Society. Wood, who holds a doctorate from Vanderbilt University, has served as a visiting professor at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, the Science Research Center in Berlin, and the University of Michigan.

This is the university's first-ever joint endowed chair, bringing together the colleges of Business Administration and Humanities and Fine Arts.

The chair was established through a $1 million gift from university alumnus and Laguna, Calif., resident David W. Wilson, president and owner of one of the largest privately owned automotive groups in the country. Wilson graduated from UNI in 1970 with a B.A. in philosophy.

Farzad Moussavi, interim dean of the College of Business Administration, said with the addition of Wood, UNI's College of Business Administration is now home to one of the largest and, arguably, most prominent contingents of scholars in the field of business ethics. 'We look forward to significant contributions from this team to a field that, judging from recent lapses, is in desperate need of a fresh, hard look,' he said.

July 31, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, recently inducted new members..

__(Name)__ of ___(Hometown)___ is among the new members.

To qualify for membership, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA, and must rank in the upper 35 percent of their college class. UNI's Psi Chi chapter is one of approximately 990 chapters nationwide.

New officers for the 2002-2003 school year were inducted as well. They are Katie Buelow, Dubuque; Ryan Tapscott, Des Moines; Jessica Boche, Muscatine; and Angie Zern, Conrad. They will be responsible for organizing activities of both Psi Chi and the broader student organization, the Psychology Club.

July 30, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A group of 'research scientists-in-the-making' will present the results of their summer research projects on biology, chemistry, physics and earth science at the Merck/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Summer Undergraduate Research Meeting that begins at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Some 40-50 UNI students in UNI summer undergraduate research programs in the natural sciences, including six Merck/AAAS scholars, will participate in the meeting in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room. They will display posters describing their work and be available to discuss their research

Clifton Chancey, head of the UNI physics department will open the meeting with a presentation titled 'How Is a Neuron Like an Elephant?' Student posters will be exhibited from noon to 1:30 p.m.

'For students, summer research is an experience that coalesces what they have learned in individual courses into a coherent picture,' said Carl Thurman, associate professor of biology, who is directing the Merck/AAAS program. 'And faculty have an opportunity to work with some of the brightest students on campus.'

UNI is one of 15 U.S. colleges and universities that received an award from Merck/AAAS. The program, which aims to promote interdisciplinary research experiences among undergraduates, is funded by the Merck Company Foundation, a private charitable foundation established by pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck & Co., and administered by the AAAS, the world's largest federation of scientific and engineering societies.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently launched the 'American Journal of Undergraduate Research,' a refereed journal of the pure and applied sciences. It will be published quarterly.

According to Cliff Chancey, head of UNI's Department of Physics, and the journal's editor, undergraduate science students are increasingly involved in scientific research.

'Our university places a premium on undergraduate field experience,' explained Chancey. 'Twenty or 30 years ago, undergraduate students weren't as often included in research. During the past decade, we've found that faculty members around the world are mentoring more and more undergraduate researchers and including them as authors on their research articles in standard literature.'

According to Chancey, the journal has four purposes: 1) Help undergraduate researchers become better scientists by helping them become better writers and expositors of science; 2) Provide a forum that is broader than a single discipline; 3) Encourage submissions from undergraduates engaged in scientific or technical research wherever they may be in the world; and 4) Offer a review process that provides an assessment of research beyond that provided on individual college campuses.

College faculty across the United States and from several countries formed a network to produce the first issue. The American Journal of Undergraduate Research is on the Web at www.ajur.uni.edu. The June 2002 issue contains instructions for submissions. To subscribe, contact Chancey at c.chancey@uni.edu.

July 24, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - An exhibition of recent work by three Minnesota artists, 'Residue of Silence,' will be presented by the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art from Aug. 26 through Sept. 20. Featured will be works by Joyce Lyon, Howard Oransky, and Francisca de Beurges Rosenthal. The artists will lecture at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in the Kamerick Art Building Room 111, followed by an opening reception.

'Residue of Silence' connects three different yet related points of view in a multidisciplinary investigation of memory and the Holocaust, according to Darrell Taylor, acting director of the UNI Gallery of Art. 'Joyce Lyon?s work involves both images (made as large scale oil stick on paper drawings) and text (in framed panels). Howard Oransky layers fragments of images and text on canvas and transparent fabric. Francisca de Beurges Rosenthal?s mixed media sound installation, 'SH'MA (Listen and Understand)' is audio-recorded survivors' memories that emanate from sculptural chairs, in juxtaposition with found objects and wall text. The three artists have collaborated in such a way as to create a seamless sharing of exhibition space.'

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

July 23, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Talent Search program sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa has received a five-year $385,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Only those programs ranking in the top 10 percent nationwide receive five-year funding.

Tony Stevens, director for Talent Search, said the funds will support programming designed to help students prepare for and acquire a post-secondary education.

Talent Search works with students in sixth grade through age 18, as well as dropouts. Services include tutoring, assistance with career exploration, academic advising, financial aid advising and admissions assistance. The program serves approximately 1,200 students in Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler and Chickasaw counties.

Stevens said that although two-thirds of program participants must be either low-income or first-generation college students, any student with a need for the services is eligible. 'A lot of people will stray away from programs like ours because they figure it's just for low-income students, or students who need academic assistance. That's not the case with Talent Search. We serve a wide range of students, from those doing well academically but needing a little help finding scholarships, to those who need academic assistance in several areas.'

For more information, contact Tony Stevens at (319) 234-6819.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Graduate College has presented awards for outstanding writing and research.

The awardees were selected from nominees who earned their master's or doctoral degrees between Oct. 1, 2000 and Sept. 30, 2001. A committee of graduate faculty members evaluated nominations in each category for clarity, scholarship, methodology, creativity, significance and contribution to the field of study.

The Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, a plaque and a check for $200, was presented to Sahoby Solo Raharinirina of Cedar Falls. A curriculum and instruction major, her thesis was titled 'Investigation of Cooperative Consciousness-Raising As an Innovative Teaching Practice, and of Reactions To its Introduction into High School.' Greg Stefanich, professor of education, was her adviser.

First place for Outstanding Master's Thesis was awarded to Cyrill Geyer, an environmental science major and a native of France, who received $200 and a plaque for 'The Coupling of Biotechnology with Electrochemistry: Electrodentrification of Water Using the Enzyme.' Duane Bartak, professor of chemistry, was his adviser.

Receiving second place in this category, a plaque and $100, was Leah Christine Fuller, a biology major from Waterloo. Her thesis was titled 'The Effect of Valproic Acid on Motility and Morphometry Parameters, and Actin and N-Cadherin Distribution in Avian Neural Crest Cells.' Darrell Wiens, professor of biology, was her adviser.

The third-place thesis, 'A Contrastive Cross-Cultural Study of the Speech Act of Correlation in Egyptian Arabic and American English,' earned a plaque and $50 for Nader Anis, an English major from Tampa, Fla. A.J. (Ardith) Meier, associate professor of English, was the thesis adviser.

Nathan S. Jones, an English major from Ann Arbor, Mich., received a plaque and $200 for his Outstanding Creative Master's Thesis, 'Residue.' His adviser was Vince Gotera, associate professor of English.

First place for Outstanding Master's Research Paper, a plaque and $200, was presented to Natalia Schmitz, an English major and native of St. Petersburg, Russia, now living in Rochester, N.Y., for 'Requests in Interlanguage and Contrastive Pragmatics: Teaching Issues.' Her adviser was A.J. (Ardith) Meier, UNI associate professor of English.

Second place, $100 and a plaque, went to Stephanie A. Kruckeberg of Cedar Falls, an English major, for 'Beauty and Childbearing in Guy De Maupassant's 'Vain Beauty'.' Richard Utz, professor of English, was her adviser.

July 22, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Christopher R. Edginton, director of the University of Northern Iowa's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS), recently received the Biennial Distinguished Scholar Award. The award is presented by the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance and was given to Edginton during the organization's world congress in Taipei, Taiwan.

Edginton is founder of the Camp Adventure � Youth Services program that is headquartered at UNI and provides services to children of military personnel in 24 countries. Also past president of the American Association for Leisure and Recreation, Edginton is associate editor for the 'Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.'

He holds a B.A. in recreation from San Jose State College, an M.S. in park and recreation administration from the University of Illinois, and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Iowa.

July 21, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa awarded Deborah Gallagher, associate professor of special education, the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award for the 2001-2002 academic year.

Gallagher was nominated for the award by Sandra Alper, head of special education. Alper wrote, 'the most impressive quality of Dr. Gallagher's teaching is that she serves her students by being an exemplary role model.' Alper also noted that Gallagher was instrumental in redesigning the master's program in special education and has 'consistently put forth considerable effort required to win highly competitive federal financial support for graduate students.'

Gallagher received her B.A. degree in English literature from Virginia Tech in 1979, her M.Ed. in learning disabilities from Lynchburg College in 1985 and her Ph.D. in special education from the University of Virginia in 1992. She has been a member of the UNI faculty since 1991.

She also has served in leadership positions for U.S. Department of Education projects, authored and co-authored numerous books and chapters for books as well as articles, served on editorial boards and been an invited reviewer internationally.

Nominees must be full-time tenured or tenure-track regular graduate faculty members and have worked a minimum of two years for the university.

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