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July 21, 2002 - 7:00pm


This week, Cargill Industrial Oils and Lubricants in Minneapolis announced a collaboration between itself, Electric Research and Manufacturing Cooperative in Dyersburg, Tenn., and Waverly Light and Power, to provide soy-based transformer oil for electric utilities. The oil, BioTrans, was co-developed by the University of Northern Iowa's Ag-based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) research program and Waverly Light and Power.

A week ago, a major trucking company announced it will expand its use of an all-purpose soy grease developed by ABIL research program. Crete Carrier Corp., of Lincoln, Neb., has been testing the grease for about six months and expects to convert its entire fleet to soy grease.

Lou Honary, ABIL director, says both developments could boost the economy, save money for consumers, and protect the environment.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Department of Mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa has awarded scholarships to 12 students for the 2002-2003 academic year.

___(Name)___, a son\daughter of ___(parents' names)___ of ___(Hometown)___, has been awarded a ___(amount/name of scholarship)___. He\She is a UNI ___(classification)___ majoring in ___(major)___.

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


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.

July 16, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- William Callahan, associate dean of the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa, has been named interim dean of the college. Callahan replaces Thomas Switzer, who resigned as dean in May to become dean of the College of Education at the University of Toledo, in Ohio.

Callahan came to UNI in 1979 as an assistant professor. He became an associate professor in 1983, a professor in 1989, and an associate dean in 1988. Before coming to UNI, he was director of special projects for handicapped students at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Callahan holds a B.A. in psychology and special education from the University of South Florida, an M.A.T. in reading education from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and an Ed.D. in special education administration from the University of Florida. He also holds certifications in elementary education from Florida A&M University, and early childhood education from the University of Central Florida.

His appointment is effective immediately.

July 15, 2002 - 7:00pm


The July meeting of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will take place at the University of Northern Iowa, Wednesday and Thursday, July 17 and 18, in the Maucker Union Expansion.

Several issues pertaining to UNI will be on the docket. Those issues, and the individuals who can best address them, are as follows.

Budget (general questions)

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

New faculty in strategic areas

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

Compensation increases

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

Preliminary consideration of fee increase, Price Laboratory School (PLS)

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

Nadene Davidson, interim director, PLS, (319) 273-6171

Innovative Teaching and Technology Center (East Gym renovation)

Morris Mikkelsen, director of facilities planning, (319) 273-6181

Report on deferred maintenance of campus buildings

Morris Mikkelsen, director of facilities planning, (319) 273-6181

Annual internal audit plans

Tim McKenna, operations auditor, (319) 273-3241

Five-year roads program

Morris Mikkelsen, director of facilities planning, (319) 273-6181

Faculty Activity Analysis

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Seventy-nine education majors at the University of Northern Iowa were initiated into the UNI Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education during the 2002 spring semester.

(Name\s), from (Hometown), (address), was\were among the initiates.

Three of the new members, chosen from more than 30 applicants, also were awarded $1,500 Psi Chapter KDP Scholarships. Scholarship Chair Brandi Crew of Fairfield presented the awards to: Brian Christensen, son of Barry and Sandy Christensen, Marion, a senior with an elementary education/middle school major; Ethan Weichmann, son of John and Maureen Allen and Dan and Judy Weichmann, all of Hampton, a senior with a mathematics education major; and Rachelle Zimmerman, daughter of Ken and Paul Zimmerman and Valerie and Arlen Throne, all of Mason City, a senior with an early childhood and elementary education major.

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

July 14, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three members of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education have been awarded scholarships by Psi Chapter at the University of Northern Iowa.

Jaymee Miner, daughter of Steve and Marla Miner, 10935 130th Ave., Center Junction, a senior elementary education major with a learning disabilities K-6 minor, received the $1,000 Stephen J. Fortgang Kappa Delta Pi Chapter Service Scholarship. Miner is the KDP scholarship chair.

This scholarship, established by alumni and officers in 1990, is named for Psi Chapter's longtime adviser, to honor his service to the chapter. Since Fortgang became its adviser in 1975, the chapter has been recognized for excellence both by UNI's student government and by Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. He is the Iowa Area representative, a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Foundation Board and of the KDP Capital Campaign Steering Committee. Last fall he received the KDP Faculty Counselor of the Biennium Award.

The Myrle M. Burk Kappa Delta Pi Science Education Scholarship was presented to Lisa Volesky, a daughter of Dennis and Debra Volesky, 3900 Linn Johnson Rd., Swisher. A junior biology major with a chemistry minor, Volesky was recently elected Psi Chapter president. She will receive $1,250 through the endowed scholarship fund established in 1982 by the late Dr. Burk, a 1928 graduate of UNI.

The $1,500 Karen Ewoldt Kruse Kappa Delta Pi Scholarship, open to all current members of the chapter, was presented to Erin Daugherty, a daughter of Joe and Janell Daugherty, 703 Spring St., Bellevue. She is a senior elementary education major with a learning disabilities K-6 endorsement.

This scholarship is in memory of 1982 UNI graduate Karen Ewoldt Kruse, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1992. Fortgang described Kruse as an 'inspirational president' who served during the time the chapter began its modern day scholarship program. 'She was vitally active in many other chapter projects as well,' he said, 'seeing them both as opportunities to serve others and as important to her education at UNI.'

July 11, 2002 - 7:00pm


Iowa saw approximately 1,500 cases of elder abuse last year, but experts believe that at least another 7,000 cases went unreported. Included are cases of neglect as well as physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse, although many of these cases are unintentional.

'What often happens is that an elderly person gets into a situation where he or she need a caretaker, and the caretaker really doesn't know how to care for that adult,' explains Julia Wallace, dean of UNI's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, where a new gerontology program will begin this fall. In other cases, the caretaker may have dependency issues -- like alcoholism or economic hardship -- that lead the caretaker to take advantage of the elderly person.

'The question really is education,' says Wallace. 'Most of us who are middle-aged and younger don't know enough about what goes on in the elderly population to adequately address situations.'

July 10, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence will auction used equipment and furniture at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 17, in the parking lot between Noehren Hall and Hudson Road, Cedar Falls. Featured will be chairs, desks, kitchen equipment, office furnishings and office equipment. A complete auction list is available on the Web at The rain date is July 18. For more information, call Gary Daters at (319) 273-2333.

July 9, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will offer free walking art tours during the College Hill Arts Festival, Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20.

Tours on Friday, July 19, begin at 1, 3 and 5 p.m., leaving from the Kamerick Art Building (KAB). Saturday's tours begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., also leaving from KAB. Participants will be led by Department of Art students and faculty through a series of campus buildings, including Lang Hall, Seerley, the Commons and the Rod Library. In each building, various art pieces will be discussed and explained.

'I'm most excited about showing visitors the new art in Lang Hall,' said Darrell Taylor, interim director of the Gallery of Art. 'There are some beautiful pieces in the building, and this is a great way for the public to see them.' The theme of all 54 pieces in the newly renovated building is Iowa's landscape.

Two exhibits are on display at the Gallery of Art. The first is 'ALCHEMY,' showcasing jewelry and small sculpture, and the second features pieces from the university's permanent collection.

The UNI Gallery of Art is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit

July 8, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Marilyn Mercado has been named dean of library services at the University of Northern Iowa, effective July 1. She was appointed interim dean when Herbert Safford stepped down as dean of library services in 2000.

Mercado came to UNI's Rod Library as head of the cataloging department in 1989. She was named acting associate dean of library services in 1998 and was named associate dean in 1999. She holds a B.A. in English literature from Point Park College in Pittsburgh, an M.L.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and an M.A. degree in history from UNI.

Mercado previously worked in library cataloging at the University of South Florida and was a librarian at Interamerican University in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Crete Carrier Corp. of Lincoln, Neb., one of the entities comprising the Acklie Companies, will expand its use of an all-purpose soy grease developed by the University of Northern Iowa's Ag-based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) research program. The grease has been used in Crete's Indiana terminal for about six months.

'The semi-truck fifth-wheel grease was introduced in 1998 and field-tested nationwide with superb performance,' said Lou Honary, ABIL director. 'We now use a genetically enhanced soybean oil that allows us to not only meet and exceed the performance of petroleum greases, but also to match the price of the petroleum products.'

Kirk Leeds, CEO of the Iowa Soybean Association, lauded the Acklie Companies and said Crete's use of soy-based grease should go a long way toward convincing the rest of the trucking industry to try soy-based lubricants.

Honary said there are approximately 1.7 million DOT-registered combination trucks using an estimated 20 to 40 million pounds of grease annually, most of which ends up in the environment.

There are no commercial grease-blending facilities in Iowa, but UNI-ABIL is working with a USDA grant to investigate the feasibility of on-the-farm soy processing and grease manufacturing, and has three test sites in Northeast Iowa.

'The research has been done, the technology has been advanced, and now we have a product that is not only good for the environment, performs equal to or better than its predecessors, but also does all this at the same price,' said Patty Judge, Iowa secretary of agriculture. 'We need strong leaders to help carry our farm-based, alternative products into the market.'

Merlyn Carlson, director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, voiced similar sentiments. 'Anything we can do to use Midwest-grown renewable lubricants and displace our heavy dependence on Mid-East petroleum is a win-win situation for the trucking industry and for farmers.'

Duane Acklie, chairman of Crete and immediate past president of the American Trucking Association, noted, 'Using the grease in company trucks will also help show viability of the product, which will be essential for creating user confidence in biodegradable products.?

Crete provides transportation services in the contiguous United States, Canada and Mexico. If the ABIL grease continues to perform positively, Crete will convert its total fleet to soy grease. Crete's affiliate companies Shaffer Trucking, Sunflower Carriers, HTL, and Hunt Transportation will convert as well.

ABIL is recognized nationally as a leader in the development and commercialization of soybean-based industrial lubricants. Established in 1991, the UNI-ABIL research program brings together research and testing to identify soybean oil characteristics and match them to appropriate industrial uses.

This year ABIL is licensing 24 industrial lubricants, greases and base oils made of soybean oil. For more information about ABlL, visit the Web site,

July 7, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Natural Sciences recently hosted its 13th annual banquet, electing offices to the American Chemistry Society and presenting a series of scholarships and awards.

New ACS officers are Kate Leibold of Waterloo, president; Chris Hartman of Sioux City, vice president; Michelle Montgomery of Sioux City, treasurer; and Pat Gibney of Van Horne, secretary.


Note: to obtain a complete list of the students awarded scholarships and honors, please contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.

June 30, 2002 - 7:00pm


An ammonia spill from a jack-knifed truck can be better contained if meteorologists can tell emergency responders how the fumes will disperse. The same can be said for a bio-terrorism threat.

Alan Czarnetzki, director of the UNI Science center for Teaching, Outreach and Research on Meteorology (STORM), explains that weather patterns greatly affect how vapors of any kind will disperse in the air.

Czarnetzki is developing materials for meteorologists, showing them how to assist in the event of a large-scale atmospheric release.

A training session conducted by Czarnetzki on Tuesday, July 2, will be taped and made available as part of the newly developed materials. The training begins at 9:30 a.m. in UNI's Latham Hall Room 208.

'Since Sept. 11, there?s a real strong interest in the kind of information that we provide,' he said. 'Having this kind of information will prove extremely valuable in battling any kind of airborne threat.'

June 27, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twenty-seven incoming freshmen at the University of Northern Iowa have been awarded scholarships by the UNI College of Business Administration (CBA).

Jaclyn Reinhard of Gladbrook, a graduate of Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School; Hayden Zeidler, a graduate of Davenport Central High School; and Michael Gleason, a graduate of Cascade High School, were named CBA Scholars and awarded four-year tuition and fees scholarships valued at $4,118 for the 2002-2003 academic year. The scholarships will be re-awarded each year based on academic performance and continuing progress toward completing the CBA major and the bachelor's degree. Their awards will be raised to cover any increases in tuition or mandatory fees during the four-year term of the scholarship.

Other incoming freshmen awarded scholarships in business at UNI are ___(Name)___ of ___(Hometown)___, a graduate of ___(High School Name)___, who received a ___($ amount)___ scholarship.

All awards were based on academic merit.

The CBA offers degrees in accounting, business teaching, economics, finance, real estate, management, management information science and marketing.

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

June 26, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has named two associate professors to head its Women's Studies programs.

The graduate program will be directed by Cynthia Goatley of the Department of Theatre. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and a doctorate in theatre from Bowling Green State University. The recipient of two consecutive Fulbright Awards, she has been with UNI since 1991.

Susan Hill of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, will direct the undergraduate program. She came to UNI in 1994 as assistant professor of religion. She holds a B.A. in religious studies from Macalester College in St., Paul, Minn.; and an M.A. in religion and a doctorate in religion and literature, both from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

The undergraduate Women's Studies program at UNI is more than 25 years old. The graduate program was founded eight years ago. About 50 students are enrolled in the interdisciplinary programs that examine women's roles in the family and work place, the role of sexuality in human existence, cultural images of women, and women's contributions to society. Women's Studies provides conferences, social activities and lectures.

June 25, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Honors Program has named its incoming class of freshman students, who will enter the program during the fall 2002 semester. The Honors Program is for students scoring at least 27 on the ACT, graduating in the top 10 percent of their class, and holding a cumulative GPA of at least 3.65. Once accepted, students must maintain a 3.30 GPA at the university.

___(Name)___ of ___(Hometown)___, a graduate of ___(High School)___, has been admitted to the UNI Honors Program, now beginning its second year.

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

June 23, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Effective immediately, the University of Northern Iowa will reinstate its women's swimming and diving and women's tennis intercollegiate athletic programs. In May, the programs were dropped, along with men's swimming and diving and men's tennis, due to budget constraints.

The Washington, D.C.-based Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, on behalf of UNI women athletes, had indicated an intent to file a lawsuit, contending the university was out of compliance with Title IX, legislation that bans sex discrimination in schools. After extended conversations with George Carroll, the Iowa assistant attorney general assigned to the regents' universities, it was recommended that UNI reinstate the two women's programs.

'We are caught between Iowa's expenditure reductions and the national drive to increase intercollegiate athletic opportunities for women,' said Rick Hartzell, UNI director of athletics. 'When we cut the programs, we were making the best decision we could at that time given the seriousness of our budget situation. We dropped both the men's and women's programs in these two sports to make every effort to be equitable. The action we are taking now is in the best interests of gender equity. We will focus on re-establishing these programs.'

'Financial pressure still exists,' said UNI president, Robert Koob. 'We still have a budget problem in athletics. It's imperative that all associated with our athletic programs continue to work diligently to raise needed funds for endowing scholarship opportunities for our student-athletes and other operational support.'

Hartzell echoed Koob's concerns, noting that Iowa's economy, rising tuition costs and other factors contribute to the financial pressure.

The reinstatement was proposed by the assistant attorney general and supported by Koob and Tom Schellhardt, UNI vice president for administration and finance.

Hartzell said both programs will have the same level of funding and support they did before the May announcement.

The cost to reinstate the programs will be approximately $150,000, depending on the cost of scholarships. The university is still making decisions about how best to compensate for the budget shortfall.

Swim coach Danny May will be offered the head women's swimming coaching position that he previously held, and a search will be conducted to fill the vacant women's tennis coaching position. There were eight women on the 2001-2002 tennis roster, and 20 on the swimming roster.

June 19, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four recent graduates of the University of Northern Iowa's electro-mechanical systems major/engineering technology program are competing this week in the Ninth International Solar Electric Boat Regatta in Buffalo, N.Y.

The UNI solar electric boat team left Tuesday, June 18, with their adviser, Recayi Pecen, UNI assistant professor of industrial technology and program coordinator for their major. The world championship of solar electric boating runs Wednesday, June 19, through Sunday, June 23. Nearly two dozen schools have entered teams in the competition, including the U.S. Naval and Coast Guard academies. They will compete in slalom, sprint and endurance races using either direct solar energy or solar energy stored in electric batteries.

UNI team members are Bryan Anfinson of Pierson, Chad Boudreaux of New Orleans, Dave Dusanek of Monticello and Mark Nelson of Muscatine. The foursome began work last fall on their 110-pound fiberglass solar electric boat, doing research and design and obtaining sponsors.

UNI's boat is one of the lighter entries, according to Nelson and has clocked in at 22 mph in some of its latest tests. Last year's winner came in at 24 mph, so the team believes it can place well in the rankings.

Pecen said UNI's zero-emission solar boat promotes eco-friendly boat technologies on Iowa lakes and rivers. He said studies show a considerable amount of oil and gas leaks and run-offs into the water from regular boat motors.

Sponsors for the UNI solar electric boat include Blain's Farm and Fleet, Denso Electric Co., Iowa Energy Center, John Deere Industries, Midwest Fabrication, Optima Batteries, Rockwell Collins, WBM Marine, Cryogenic Inc. and UNI.

For more information, visit the project Web site,

June 18, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Following the latest round of state budget cuts, the University of Northern Iowa faces an additional $1.9 million reduction in its appropriated budget. In response, UNI's faculty union, United Faculty, voted Tuesday to delay the negotiated salary increase until Nov. 1, 2002. The increase had been scheduled to go into effect July 1.

Fiscal year 2002-2003 is the second year of a two-year contract negotiated between United Faculty and the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

UNI's academic administrators, professional and scientific staff, and others who are not subject to collectively bargained contracts, also have agreed to delay their increases. No agreement has yet been made with UNI staff who are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

'This is a bold and selfless move on the part of UNI's faculty, staff and administration,' said UNI President Robert Koob.

'I am very proud of our faculty, staff and administrators for putting the greater good ahead of their own self interests, but I am dismayed that our dedicated employees must shoulder this burden,' said Aaron Podolefsky, UNI provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

These agreements will help the university manage the most recent reduction in state budget appropriations approved during the second special session of the Iowa General Assembly. University officials believe these actions will allow UNI to maintain its faculty and staff and deliver the high-quality educational programs Iowans have come to expect.

This is the fifth reduction in the university's appropriated budget in the last 13 months. Appropriations reductions and under-funding of salaries during the initial legislative session led to the elimination or reduction of a number of UNI outreach centers that serve communities and businesses. Also reduced were budgets for Malcolm Price Laboratory School, intercollegiate athletics, KUNI Public Radio, and a large number of programs that facilitate continuous quality improvement on campus.

'As with those reductions, the present approach attempts to preserve quality in the university's core mission of teaching students,' said Koob.


CEDAR FALLS--(Name/Names) from the (Hometown) area is/are among the students named to the 2002 spring semester Dean's List at the University of Northern Iowa.

To be included on the list, a student must have earned a grade point of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, while taking at least 12 hours of graded work during the semester. On the 4.0 system, an A is worth four points; a B, three points; a C, two points, and a D, one point.

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

June 17, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa staff members have received the 2002 Staff Excellence Awards, given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Recipients are Julie Bright, associate athletic director/business and licensing; Allan Stamberg, cooperative education director; and Dave Zarifis, director of public safety.

The awards are presented annually to staff members who have demonstrated outstanding professional contributions to UNI during their careers. Candidates are nominated by their colleagues and peers. This year's recipients will be honored, along with colleagues from the other Regent institutions, in an award ceremony on the University of Iowa campus Sept. 18.

Bright has served UNI for more than 26 years, beginning as an assistant in UNI-Dome operations in 1975, continually assuming more responsibility in UNI-Dome and athletic department business affairs. She was named to her current position in 1998. Bright founded the University's licensing and trademark program.

She is a past president of the Association of Collegiate Licensing Administrators and is president of the College Athletic Business Management Association, where she initiated the nationwide listserv program for that organization.

Stamberg has been at UNI for 26 years, 'serving as the heart, soul and voice of the cooperative education/internships program from its very beginnings,' according to his nominator, Donna Vinton, associate director of the UNI Career Center.

Stamberg has been an officer in the state cooperative education association. Among special programs he oversees are the '16-on-campus' program that provides campus offices with talented students for special projects over the course of a year and provides students with professional-level opportunities and responsibilities, and the John Deere Help-Desk Program. The Deere program offers students the opportunity to work over the course of several semesters gaining a solid work history with an international employer and the potential for future employment following graduation.

Zarifis has been a member of the Department of Public Safety staff for more than 14 years, beginning as support services coordinator with responsibilities for parking and public safety training. He served successively as assistant director and associate director, before being name the director in April of 2001. His commitment, compassion, professionalism and ability to remain calm in a crisis are among the attributes cited by his nominators.

He has served on two national task force projects focused on campus public safety issues, and has played active leadership roles in both groups. In sum, say his nominators, 'he is respected by peers throughout the United States who are working to make our campuses safer places to live and work.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The recently remodeled Redeker Dining Center at the University of Northern won an award for architectural and design excellence, and will appear in the August 2002 issue of 'American School and University' magazine. Of the 101 projects selected for publication, Redeker ranked in the top 5, being cited for exceptional achievement.

The building was redesigned in 2001 by Lotti Krishan & Short of Tulsa, Okla., in conjunction with Rietz Consultants in Ames. The Baker Group of Grand Rapids, MI was the food service consultant on the project. The dining center features restaurant-style dining; food choices that include stir-fry, grill items, Mexican, traditional, deli, salad and bakery; 'display cooking,' a cyber caf�, a convenience store; and special lighting and audio technology.

June 16, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Election results for state and county officials were announced at the 57th annual Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State convention on Thursday, June 13. Activities concluded on the University of Northern Iowa campus Friday evening, June 14.

Rebecca Evans, Shelby, and Virginia Witherspoon, Ankeny, defeated Laura Arp, Davenport, and Amanda Zmolek, Dike, to win Thursday?s election for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively, of Iowa Girls State.

Other state officials elected were as follows: Natalie Owens, Traer, secretary of state; Bridget Wild, Davenport, auditor of state; Jill Badrick, Miles, treasurer of state; Sarah Schmitt, Whittemore, attorney general; and Rachel Allison, Walcott, secretary of agriculture.

Other high school students elected to state government positions at the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State include (Name) of (Hometown) , elected to the office of (Office) .

Governor Tom Vilsack addressed the Girls State participants at an 11 a.m. special session Friday. Sherry McLaughlin, Vinton, National American Legion Auxiliary President, administered the oath of office to the new officers at the 7 p.m. inauguration ceremony in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Announcements of other honors also took place at the inauguration. Amanda Zmolek, Dike, and Megan Turnball, Indianola, were named to represent Iowa Girls State as senators at Girls Nation, July 20-27, at The National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md. In the event they are unable to attend, alternates are Melanie Goering, Cedar Falls, and Michelle Kalkhoff, Denver.

Scholarships, ranging from $200 to $2,500 in value, were awarded to several Girls Staters. Recipient of the $2,500 American Legion of Iowa Foundation Scholarship Award, presented to the Outstanding Girls State Citizen, was Teresa Jurchen, Cumberland. The $500 Girls State Staff Scholarship was awarded to Jessica Rundlett, Vinton.

Two $500 scholarships were presented in memory of former American Legion Department Vice Commander Art McLaughlin of Vinton whose wife, Sherry, and daughter, Wendy Riggle, have been involved with Girls State for many years. Recipients were Joanna Grillas, Earlham, and Andrea Schwager from Cascade.

A $500 scholarship in honor of former Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Department President Lillian McGivern, was presented to Joeli Anderson, Clarence. Kelsey Erickson, Slater, was the recipient of the $200 Lyndol Cole Scholarship presented by the Girls State photographer.

As state winner of a scholarship from the American Legion Samsung National Scholarship program, Jill Badrick, Miles, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. She is now eligible for a $20,000 national scholarship.

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

June 10, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Mayors and city council members were elected to serve the mythical cities of Ladehoff, Hinderman, Hanson and Young on Monday, June 10, as Hawkeye Girls State activities continued on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Inaugurated as mayors of the four cities were Rebecca Evans of Shelby, Ladehoff; Melanie Goering of Cedar Falls, Hinderman; Michelle Norton of Muscatine, Hanson; and Virginia Witherspoon of Ankeny, Young.

Among the high school students elected to city council positions at the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary sponsored program was (Name) of (Hometown) , elected to the office of (Office) .

The city councils began meeting Monday evening to appoint the rest of the city staff members, including treasurers, city clerks and police chiefs.

Girls State is a program established to provide high school women with an opportunity to learn about Iowa government at the city, county and state levels. The girls may run for office in the mythical ?State of Hawkeye,? and are encouraged to take an active role in many other facets of government throughout the week.

Each participant is pre-assigned to the ?Nationalist? or ?Federalist? parties, and lives in a precinct within a ward in a designated city and county. State office elections will be held Thursday.

Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack address the delegates at 11 a.m. Friday in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Sherry McLaughlin of Vinton, National American Legion Auxiliary president, will administer the oaths of office to the newly-elected Girls State Governor and other state officials at inauguration ceremonies at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the GBPAC.

Girls State, now in its 57th session, began meeting on the UNI campus in 1952.

June 6, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'The UNI Permanent Collection: Works from the Koob Residence' will be presented by the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art, Monday, June 10 through Aug. 4.

Since 1995, UNI President Robert D. Koob and wife Yvonne Koob have displayed in their home print items from the university?s permanent collection of artwork, according to Darrell Taylor, acting director of the UNI Gallery of Art,

Annually, these works are replaced with new ones, and the previous ones redistributed to offices throughout the campus for display. Many will be on display during the summer months at the UNI Gallery of Art.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will be closed on July 4.

The UNI Gallery of Art 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

June 5, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An invitational exhibition of jewelry and small sculpture, 'ALCHEMY: From Common Materials to Extraordinary Objects,' will be presented at the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art, June 10 through Aug. 4.

Artists participating in this exhibition were chosen for their use of common materials or found objects in combination with traditional jewelry-making media, according to Darrell Taylor, acting director of the UNI Gallery of Art.

Theartists are Ken Bova and Allen Brandt of Bozeman, Mont.; David Jones of Saluda, N.C.; Linda Threadgill of Whitewater, Wis.; J. Fred Woell of Philadelphia; David LaPlantz of Bayside, Calif.; Timothy McCreight of Portland, Maine; and Joana Kao of Redmond, Wash. Also participating are the UNI Department of Art?s own Mary Frisbee Johnson, professor and head, and Daniel Clasby, instructor in art.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will be closed on July 4.

The UNI Gallery of Art 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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Foundation has received a $33,000 grant from the Qwest Foundation in Denver, Colo.

The funds will support construction of a modular technology lab at UNI, for students in the technology education teacher preparation program. The lab is scheduled to open in fall 2002.

'Today?s holy grail for those teaching technology education in junior high and high schools is to be able to give students an understanding of how today?s complex technologies work, whether it is a cell phone, airplane or virtual reality,' said Charles Johnson, professor of industrial technology at UNI. 'All students need this basic understanding so they can make good decisions about products and services, and make informed career choices. This lab will be used to show future technology education teachers how they can use table-top technology to provide maximum learning about technology in a small space.'

Each module provides instruction and hands-on experiences on a different technology. Students cycle through the various modules over the course term.

Although many teachers nationwide have embraced modular technology education programs, few technology education teacher preparation programs have modular labs.

'Iowa's future success relies, in great part on the technological literacy of our young people,' said Max Phillips, Qwest vice president for policy and law, explaining Qwest's interest in the project.

UNI's technology education teacher preparation program is the only one of its kind at a public Iowa institution. There are 80 students majoring in the program, making it the largest in the state and one of the largest in the country.

The new lab will be managed by Johnson and Douglas Hotek, UNI assistant professor.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), in cooperation with UNI's Leadership Studies Program, will offer a Waterloo Neighborhoods Leadership Institute that will meet Tuesdays, beginning June 18. Sessions will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., through Tuesday, July 23, at the COPC Office, Room 409, KWWL Building, 500 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. Graduation will be Tuesday, July 30.

Institute topics will include leadership styles, conflict resolution, constructive meeting management, intercultural communication, motivating people, decision-making, roles in a group, and identifying personal assets and neighborhood assets.

The Institute is free and open to members of Waterloo neighborhood associations with preference given to residents of Waterloo's Consolidated Urban Revitalization Area. Meals are provided. Child care and transportation are provided upon request.

Cheryl Faries, project coordinator, said, 'Leaders are made, not born. This training will empower people to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of others in their neighborhoods.'

For further information, contact Cheryl Faries at 287-8164 or or Gerri Perreault at 273-6898 or


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A week of educational political activities is scheduled for the 57th session of the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, beginning Sunday, June 9, at the University of Northern Iowa. The session marks the 50th consecutive year Girls State has met on the UNI campus.

More than 300 high school girls from around the state will learn about the workings of Iowa government. Carissa Overstreet of Bondurant, 2001 Girls State governor, will preside over the sessions and Wendy Riggle of LaPorte City, is the director of Girls State.

Gov. Tom Vilsack will address the delegates at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The Girls State governor will be elected Thursday, June 13. The inauguration of the Girls State governor and state officers will begin at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the GBPAC. National American Legion Auxiliary President Sherry McLaughlin of Vinton will install the officers.

Other speakers during the week will be Alan Feirer, Group Dynamics, at 6:45 p.m., Sunday, June 9; and Iowa State Senator Mark Ziemann of Postville at 1 p.m., and Kathryn Koob, former United States diplomat, at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, June 10. Representatives from the UNI Wellness Center and the Iowa Highway Patrol will speak Wednesday and Thursday, June 12 and 13.

All delegates are assigned to mythical Nationalist and Federalist parties in the state of Hawkeye. There also are four mythical cities called Ladehoff, Hanson, Hinderman and Young; and the mythical counties of Carr and Macrae. During the week, participants will attend party precinct and ward caucuses, elect candidates, and appoint election officials. City council members, mayors, county representatives, senators and state officers also will be elected.

Participants are sponsored by their local American Legion Auxiliaries.

NOTE: For a list of participants, please contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.

June 2, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Accounting has named recipients of department scholarships, and the UNI Accounting Club has elected officers for the 2002-2003 academic year.

The Accounting Club has elected the following officers (all accounting majors): Tim Werning, president, graduate student from Davenport; Kelly Green, vice president, senior from Eldridge; Olya Zelenski, treasurer, senior from West Burlington; Kelly Copeland, communications director, senior from Fairfield; and Meagan Ebling, secretary, junior from Greene. Lee Nicholas, UNI assistant professor of accounting, is the Accounting Club adviser.

The Department of Accounting has awarded 37 scholarships, totaling $88,000, to graduate and undergraduate students for the 2002-2003 academic year.

The ( Name of Scholarship ) in the amount of ( $ amount ) was awarded to ( Name ), ( classification at award ) from ( hometown ). For more information, contact Gerald Smith, head and professor of accounting, (319) 273-2394.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa inducted 154 students into Phi Eta Sigma, national college scholastic honor society for freshmen, during a spring-semester ceremony.

Freshmen with a 3.50 or higher grade point average are eligible for membership. Freshmen initiated into the UNI chapter of Phi Eta Sigma include __(Name)�__ from __( hometown)__.

Phi Eta Sigma members participate in several activities throughout the year, beginning with a picnic during UNI Family Fest. Other activities include celebrating holidays by placing decorations in nursing homes, participating in adopt-a-family during Christmas, and an end-of-year picnic where new officers are elected.

Officers for the 2001-2002 academic year were: Maia Block, Ankeny, president; Johanna Mowatt, Waterloo, vice president; Jennifer Edgar, Waverly, treasurer; CJ (Clint) Clark, Keokuk; secretary; Jamie Tegeler, Dyerville, and Meg Taylor, Cedar Falls, publicity chairs; Marsha Cloos, Springbrook, Angela Hagarty, Swisher, Shana Johnson, Grimes, and Jared Smith, Waterloo, social/service chairs; Carolyn Carter, Wilton, membership chair; Jona Sneiderman, Sheldon, historian; Audra Block, Ankeny, senior advisor.

Mary Boes, UNI associate professor of social work, is Phi Eta Sigma faculty adviser. For more information, contact Boes at (319) 273-5892.

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

May 30, 2002 - 7:00pm


Twenty-four students from Waterloo's Logan Middle School will participate in the UNI College of Natural Science Iowa Lakes Water Quality Study, Monday-Friday, June 3-7. Through this project, UNI's teaching students to develop new activities for science teachers, and pilot their methods with the Logan students.

Leslie Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Biology, says studies show Iowa has some of the worst surface water in the country. 'Through this project we're hoping to increase the students' awareness of environmental issues, and encourage all Iowans to take responsibility for the ways our land use impacts water quality.'

The students will be in UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education Monday and Friday, at George Wyth Lake Tuesday, at Delhi's Silver Lake on Wednesday, and at Casey Lake in Hickory Hills Park Thursday.


CEDAR FALLS, IOWA -- BaHar Publishing, owned by Patricia Harris and Cheryl Banks Ferguson, won the Minority Business Plan Competition for 2002 and received $5,000 of seed capital. Tanica Washington of B.L.A.C.K. INK was awarded honorable mention and received $2,000 of seed capital. The competition was sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, UNI Small Business Development Center and KBBG-FM.

The awards were presented at the KBBG-FM 25th Annual Banquet on May 11 by Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager of UNI's JPEC.

BaHar Publishing will publish a monthly newsletter featuring news and articles of interest to the African-American community in Northeast Iowa. BaHar also will publish books, public relations materials, mailings and other materials needed by small businesses.

B.L.A.C.K. INK is a bookstore, featuring works by African-American authors, in downtown Waterloo.

The Minority Business Plan Competition promotes and supports the development of minority businesses in the Cedar Valley. Nine plans were entered into this first year of the competition.

Cota-Uyar said JPEC's primary goal is to assist student entrepreneurs in launching new firms or expanding current businesses. The center offers seed capital to qualifying student and non-student firms, and provides a variety of educational program opportunities. Consultative services are provided in cooperation with UNI's Small Business Development Center/Regional Business Center. The JPEC is funded by a gift from Des Moines businessman John Pappajohn and his wife, Mary.

For more information, call (319) 273-7350 or go to its Web site at .

May 29, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa unveiled its new intercollegiate athletics logo during a news conference today.

The new logo, which incorporates a more stylized, ferocious panther head, was a collaborative effort between UNI's Office of University Marketing and Public Relations (UM&PR) and CI Apparel of Fargo, N.D.

'We're excited to update the face of Panther athletics with the adoption of this new mascot logo,' said Rick Hartzell, UNI director of athletics. 'This is our first new mascot logo in 15 years.'

According to Hartzell, the university had wanted to incorporate the panther into its intercollegiate athletics logo for some time. On its own initiative, CI Apparel, a UNI licensee since 2000, created a mascot logo and sent it to the university earlier this year. UM&PR used that design as a starting point for the new look.

'A project of this magnitude often costs universities between $25,000 and $100,000, but we were able to develop this new logo at no cost.'

The new logo will begin appearing on clothing and accessories at the end of June, and will be incorporated into UNI's athletic uniforms and facilities as budgets and schedules allow.

The university is home to 16 intercollegiate men's and women's teams.

CI Apparel began business in 1990 as a custom screen-printing company. Over the past 12 years, it has evolved into a multimillion-dollar corporation providing screen-printed and embroidered wearables to customers. It is licensed with 36 universities.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Steam tunnel repair work on the University of Northern Iowa campus has forced a temporary change in a primary entrance off University Avenue. Traffic that would normally turn onto Campus Street from University Avenue should now enter at Ohio Street.

The change primarily affects people who park in the visitor lot adjacent to the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, the Gilchrist 'A' parking lot or the east-side lots at Redeker Center. Also affected is the access route to the Baker Hall parking meters and handicapped parking areas that are now accessible via a temporary route through the Gilchrist 'A' lot. Library deliveries can also be made via this route.

This phase of the steam tunnel work is expected to be completed in September.

Construction on Maucker Union has also closed the circle drive on the southeast side of the building as well as its loading dock.

West 30th Street between Ohio and Illinois Streets is also closed for reconstruction. It is expected to open by mid-June. Work will then begin on West 31st Street between Hudson Road and Ohio Street, closing that road until mid-August. When these two roads are completed, West 30th Street will be one-way westbound and West 31st Street will be one-way eastbound.

A map of the major construction areas is available on the Web at

May 27, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will unveil its new intercollegiate athletics logo during a news conference at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 30, in the West Gym. The public may attend.

The 'A' parking lot immediately west of the West Gym will be available for visitor parking for the event.

The news conference also can be viewed live via the Web at

RealPlayer is required to view the Webcast and is available free for download at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Small Business Development Centers and Small Business Compliance Alliance will present 'OSHA's Knocking, Are You Ready?,' from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 13, at the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), 212 E. 4th St., in downtown Waterloo.

Topics will include regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), types of inspections and violations, penalties and record keeping. A representative from Iowa OSHA will be available to answer questions. The seminar is non-regulatory and confidential.

The fee is $35 per business. For more information or to register, contact Katie MacDonald, UNI RBC program manager, at (319) 236-8123 or log on to the UNI RBC Web site at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Department of Art at the University of Northern Iowa awarded two four-year full-tuition scholarships at its recent High School Art Scholarship Day.

Recipients were Zachary Moser, Cedar Falls High School and Claire Stigliani, Columbus High School in Waterloo. Three alternates were named: David Schmitz, Charles City High School; Kim Jones, Waverly-Shell Rock High School; and Clint Wilcox, Waukee High School.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- High school students at the University of Northern Iowa's Price Laboratory School recently captured their ninth straight state title at the Iowa Olympiada of Spoken Russian. Sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR), the event took place in April at UNI.

NUHS students took 11 of 12 medalist awards in the Individual Spoken Competition. Finishing first in Level Four (numbers indicate finishing place) was Mary Weber, followed by Ryan Hahn (2) and Ian Cawley (3). In Level Three, medalists were Dan Kramer (1), Matt Adams (2) and Joe Wartick (3). Level Two winners were Rob Williams (2) and Lauren Page (3) while Level One honors went to Jeff Zeitz (1), John Kane (2) and Brian Bremner (3).

In the Quiz Bowl Competition, NU teams also made a clean sweep. First-place honors went to the team of Brian Bremner, Ryan Hahn and Jeff Zeitz, while the second place team was Jed Ellerbroek and Dan Kramer. Finishing in third place were Nora Kischer-Browne, Mary Weber and Rob Williams.

Earlier in the year, 16 of the 17 NUHS Russian language students competing in the 2001 National Russian Essay Contest, sponsored by ACTR, received national medals.

National medalists are: Tina Bremner, Ian Cawley and Emily Kishman--advanced silver medalists; and Jed Ellerbroek, Ryan Hahn and Brie Penaluna, advanced bronze medalists.

Intermediate gold medalist honors went to Joe Wartick, with intermediate silver awards to Isaac Horstmeier, Dan Kramer and Samantha Renfro, and intermediate bronze honors to Matt Adams and Cam Puetz. Beginning bronze awards went to Malcolm Bevel, Lauren Page, Joe Traw and Rob Williams.

Instructor for NU's Russian program is James Sweigert, UNI instructor in teaching.

May 22, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Purple and Old Gold awards, recognizing meritorious scholarship or conspicuous achievement in particular areas, were presented to 54 seniors during the University of Northern Iowa's commencement exercises Saturday, May 11, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Named after the university colors, the traditional awards were first presented at commencement exercises on May 29, 1939. The awards for meritorious scholarship are presented to students who have the highest grade point average in each of the designated academic areas. Those for conspicuous achievement are granted to students with outstanding accomplishments in particular areas. Each student receives a certificate and a bronze medallion.

Among those receiving Purple and Old Gold awards is/are ____(Name)____ of ____(Hometown)____. He/She is being honored for ____(meritorious scholarship/conspicuous achievement)____ in ____(area)____ from the ____(college)____.

Since 1939, more than 1,650 students have been Purple and Old Gold recipients. Currently awards may be in 45 academic areas, as well as for conspicuous achievement in particular areas.

Note to editors: to obtain a complete listing of the winners, please contact the Office of Un iversity Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.

May 21, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa, still reeling from budget reversions to its fiscal year 2002 budget, today announced plans to drastically cut public service and economic development programs.

Although the state legislature has not yet made final budget announcements, the university is expecting another round of severe cutbacks to its fiscal year 2003 budget. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that, although the state negotiates salary increases for university employees, the raises were not fully funded through the appropriations process. The university will now need to come up with $5.9 million to cover raises.

Tuition for fall 2002 was increased by 18.5 percent, but that money won't become available until fall and won't affect the expected shortfall in fiscal year 2003.

During a news conference today, university president Robert Koob outlined UNI's proposal for handling the shortfalls. 'As we've made decisions to deal with the budget cuts, we've kept foremost in our minds our motto, 'Students First.' We exist to educate the students whose families support this institution with tuition dollars. We also serve this state, whose tax dollars support our mission. We serve the state through public service and economic development programs. But as you will see, we must attend to our core mission first, which means there will be proportionately greater reductions in public service/economic development and physical plant.'

He said there are four proposals for operational reductions. 'They aren't etched in stone, but they are the framework from which we will build the final budget.'

First, the university would reduce positions. 'While there will be some layoffs, in most cases it means reassignment of duties. Some positions that exist now might not exist next year, but most of the people who currently fill those positions should have opportunities to work elsewhere on campus,' said Koob. 'Some positions will go unfilled.'

Second, the university will make program reductions, two of which have already been announced. The Department of Athletics cut swimming and tennis for men and women, and the Malcolm Price Laboratory School budget will be cut by $800,000.

Third, said Koob, UNI will consider extensive administrative reorganization. 'In keeping the focus on preserving the core mission, the university would close or suspend a number of centers.'

Two initiatives that could lose all funding are the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and the Center for the Study of Adolescence. Support to public radio station KUNI would be significantly reduced, as would support for the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, the Center for Social and Behavioral Research, and the Institute for Decision Making.

Finally, the university is looking at losses in student services and the physical plant. 'This would include cuts in wages and positions in the Office of Admissions, the Career Center and the Office of Financial Aid, among others.'

None of these cuts is taken lightly, Koob said, emphasizing that great care was taken to preserve the integrity of teaching and learning on campus. 'This fall UNI will be different than it was last fall. Iowa's citizens will see fewer services and parents will see less personal attention, but students should receive a high-quality classroom experience.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 2002-2003 Merchant Scholarship Program at the University of Northern Iowa, open to all UNI bachelor's degree graduates pursuing advanced degrees, has named this year's recipients.

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, attainment, moral character, spirit, personality, intellectual promise and devotion to society.

Recipients of $2,000 awards are:

Elizabeth Kellner, originally from Paullina and now of Manhattan, Kan. She received a B.A. degree from UNI in 2000 in family services. She is pursuing her M.S. in family life education and consultation at Kansas State University.

Brian McInnis, originally from Indianola and now from Berkeley, Calif., a 1996 UNI graduate with a triple major in history, humanities and German. He is pursuing a doctorate in German literature at Vanderbilt University.

Those receiving a $1,000 scholarship are:

Dana Binder, originally from Spencer and now living in Lander, Wyo. She is a 2001 UNI graduate in psychology and Spanish, pursuing her master's and Ph.D. degrees in social psychology at the University of Wyoming.

Nathanael Dirks, originally from Alburnett and now living in Memphis, Tenn. He is a 2001 UNI graduate in biology pursuing a Pharm.D.\ Ph.D. in pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Andrew Drenner, originally from Waterloo and now living in Minneapolis. He is a 2001 UNI B.S. degree graduate in computer science pursuing a Ph.D. in that field at the University of Minnesota.

Elaine Eshbaugh, a 2000 UNI graduate in psychology from Ankeny, pursuing her Ph.D. in human development and family studies at Iowa State University.

Sarah Stoever, originally from Milford and now living in St. Louis Park, Minn. She is a 2001 graduate from UNI in psychology, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Minnesota.

The scholarships are awarded from a trust established in 1951 to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant. Frank was a professor of Latin and Greek, and served as head of the Department of Foreign Languages at UNI (then Iowa State Teachers College). His sister taught piano lessons.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Brent Bierstedt, who graduated from the University of Northern Iowa earlier this month with a major in management information systems (MIS), is the first recipient of UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's Student Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award comes with a $200 cash prize.

Bierstedt, who is from Lone Rock, plans to run his Web hosting service company, Unlimited Web Network, in Algona. He founded the company three years ago.

He was nominated by three College of Business Administration faculty members for this award. The selection committee was 'unanimously impressed with his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to academics,' according to Katherine Cota-Uyar, selection committee chair.

Bierstedt has founded several other companies, including a company providing computer help, a DJ Service Company, and a student information site called InfoPanther that was subsequently acquired by UNI.

He is the son of Lynn and Kitty Bierstedt.

May 20, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Valerie Johnson, a graduate student in the Department of Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa, took top honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) in Washington, D.C., last month.

Johnson, a native of Melbourne, won the 'Best Ten-Minute Play' award for her play, 'Your Typical, Everyday, Lighthearted, Romantic Comedy,' written while she was an undergraduate theatre major at UNI. Her play was chosen in January at the Region V Festival in Lincoln, Neb., to be presented at the national festival.

In addition to a cash award, her play will be published by Dramatic Publishing Inc. She also received a fellowship at Dad's Garage in Atlanta, where the play will be produced in January 2003. It also is being considered, along with other 10-minute plays from the festival, for production at the Source Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Johnson received her B.A. degree in theatre from UNI in May 2001. Her play was performed locally as part of the University's Arts in April celebration.

UNI's Department of Theatre will host the Region V KC/ACTF in January 2003. Jay Edelnant, UNI professor of theatre, just completed a three-year term as the national chair of KC/ACTF.


University of Northern Iowa President Robert Koob has scheduled a news conference for 9 a.m., Wednesday, May 22, in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. Koob will discuss proposals for handling fiscal year 2003 budget reductions.

Note: The center of the UNI campus is under construction.

May 19, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾— Two University of Northern Iowa electronic media students have been awarded scholarships by the Iowa Broadcasters Association.

Seniors Nicholas Wilson of Dallas Center and Eric Braley of Nevada, will each receive a $3,000 one-year scholarship. They will be recognized during the IBA awards luncheon June 25 in Des Moines.

The Iowa Broadcasters Association annually awards broadcast scholarships to Iowa students through the support of the Quarton-McElroy/IBA Educational Endowment Fund.


(Part of the EducatioNet series from the University of Northern Iowa)

At first glance, the average kindergarten classroom may appear to be little more than a large play area --.the ultimate dream for a 5-year-old. Children busy themselves with blocks, books, crayons, miniature kitchen set-ups and the requisite construction paper. There are few structured activities and children are allowed to work with sand, water and even mud. Fun at every turn.

But what, if anything, do children gain from all this playing?

What they gain, says Jill Uhlenberg, is a priceless learning experience. Uhlenberg is an instructor and coordinator of the University of Northern Iowa's Price Laboratory School Child Development Center. A strong proponent of play-based learning, Uhlenberg says children in kindergarten classes can learn socialization, sequence language development, and even mathematical concepts through play.

For instance, art projects like coloring, painting and drawing teach children to manipulate materials, to recognize shapes and colors, and to write. Putting on puppet shows teaches them character analyzation. Working with blocks can help teach children subtraction, addition, trial and error, and decision making.

Although some may advocate a stricter 'reading, writing and arithmetic' sort of curriculum, Uhlenberg disagrees, primarily because 5-year-olds are typically not suited for more structured activities.

'They have a very hard time sitting down for long periods of time, waiting in lines, things like that,' says Uhlenberg. 'It's very challenging for them. Their bodies very much need to be moving. At that age, they learn more from the hands-on experience than they do from sitting and listening. A couple years later, they won't have a problem with that, but at this age, they need something concrete.'

She believes kindergartners' basics should consist of things such as social problem solving, organization, and functioning in a group, all of which can be learned very well through play-based activities. Those skills lead directly to others which will help students as they progress through the grade levels. Uhlenberg says when children complete kindergarten, they should be able to:

* Communicate ideas and feelings

* Manage themselves and their bodies (sitting next to someone)

* Recognize the teacher as the leader in the classroom

* Wait for their turn in specific activities

* Respect others' turn to communicate

'These things are so important,' says Uhlenberg. 'If a child can do those, so much of the content can be more easily learned, just because the child can pay attention. If you can't do that, it's difficult for the content to get there and make sense.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Thomas Switzer, dean of the University of Northern Iowa's College of Education since 1987, is leaving UNI to become dean of the College of Education at the University of Toledo, in Ohio, effective fall 2002.

'During his distinguished tenure, the College of Education experienced unprecedented growth and achievement,' said Aaron Podolefsky, UNI provost and vice president for academic affairs. 'He established the Minorities in Teaching program, increased technology availability to College of Education faculty and students, and established the Regents Center for Early Developmental Education. He also was responsible for positioning the College of Education as a leader in international activities, and led the integration of information technology into teacher education programs.'

Podolefsky noted Switzer has served as national president of the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities. Prior to coming to UNI, Switzer served as associate dean at the University of Michigan School of Education. He holds a B.A. in history from UNI, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Michigan.

Podolefsky will select an interim dean to be named this summer.


(Part of the EducatioNet series from the University of Northern Iowa)

These days, no one's sitting outside a bookstore, hoping to snag a copy of the latest Harry Potter book. Just about everyone who wanted one, got one. But Lucille Lettow was excited by all the hoopla generated by the book's release, and says positive effects are still being seen.

Lettow, professor and youth collections librarian at the University of Northern Iowa's Donald O. Rod Library, says the craze probably helped many children develop an interest in reading.

'Children today watch so much TV, and they are becoming passive viewers. It was exciting for me to see so many children interested in books, and interested in reading because of the Harry Potter series. Reading is essential for preparing them to be a student in a school setting. They develop the concentration it takes to listen to others.'

Lettow says that even if your child wasn't one of those who went berserk for Harry Potter, there are lots of ways to encourage children to read and to enjoy it. Start by reading aloud to them, she suggests. It not only helps children develop listening skills, but also allows them to develop their imaginations.

'You don't have to read to them for long periods of time at first, especially with younger children who have shorter attention spans. But eventually what you'll find is the children want you to read to them, and they'll take an interest in the books you choose.'

Parents might try reading a story that is popular and then looking for new and different books based on other interesting subjects within that initial story. Carol Fenner's 'King of Dragons' is a story about a homeless child who learns to fly kites. Parents and their children can read the book, then look for others about dragons, kites or countries where kites are popular. 'You read one story, and web it out to others,' explains Lettow. 'This is an excellent way to help children move from story books to information books.'

Visiting the public library is another way to interest children in books. 'Let them take home their own pile of books and then read aloud to them,' says Lettow. 'It's a good way to show them that there's this whole other world out there, and they can get to that world through books.'

She says it's also a good idea to read aloud books about characters with problems or concerns similar to your child's. 'It's always helpful for children to find out they aren't the only person who's shy, or short or afraid of the dark,' says Lettow.

Above all, she stresses, 'Read to your children, and do it early in their lives. Whatever way you choose to do it is fine. Just do it.'