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April 16, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The ninth annual Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference will be held from 8:45 a.m. until 3:15 p.m., Saturday, April 20, in the Schindler Education Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

This year's conference speakers include Roy S. Malpass, director of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. Malpass will speak, at 2:15 p.m., on 'Psychological Issues in Eyewitness Identification and Facial Recognition.' At 9:25 a.m., Mark Grey, UNI professor of anthropology, will speak about 'Immigration in Iowa.'

Some 200 students from nearly a dozen colleges and universities are expected to attend the conference at which 85 students will be presenting 53 different research projects. Also at the conference, 13 UNI alumni will serve on two panels, 'What can I do with a degree in the social sciences?' and 'What is graduate school like?' The panels will be held concurrently, beginning 10:35 a.m.

The conference is sponsored by the UNI Psychology Club, with funding from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. This year the conference also received a grant from Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology. The conference also is being planned with assistance from the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, in conjunction with the Iowa Sociological Association meeting.

Registration will be available at the door. For more information, visit the conference Web site at www.csbs.uni.edu/conferences/research. Conference questions also may be directed to Linda Walsh, UNI associate professor of psychology, at (319) 273-2690.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Scientific illustrations by Jeff Tamplin are on display in the University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library as part of Arts in April. Tamplin's work can be viewed in the display cases outside the Special Collections and University Archives on the library's third floor.

Tamplin, assistant professor of biology at UNI, is an author and illustrator who has more than 200 illustrations published in textbooks, scientific journals, magazines and instructional manuals.

Using a practice called pointillism, Tamplin creates texture and value with individual dots. The practice is similar to the process a computer printer goes through when transferring images into pixels. The end result is to make a picture look smooth and connected from far away, as if it were drawn in pencil. Tamplin's work, done in pen, ink, watercolor and graphite is noted for its realistic interpretation, anatomical accuracy and detailed stippling effects. Tamplin has been drawing most of his life and began experimenting with pointilism in 1989.

For more information call Jeff Tamplin at (319) 273-2327.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'MA Exhibition, Spring 2002' from Sunday, April 21 through April 28, with an opening reception hosted by the graduating artists from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21.

As a prelude to the opening, and as part of UNI's 'Arts in April' celebration, the Gallery is offering a short walking tour of public art on campus from 1 to 3 p.m. The tour will begin, at 1 p.m., in the Kamerick Art Building's (KAB) first floor lobby and circle the campus, including a stop in the Piazza at the Redeker Center for refreshments. The tour will end in the KAB lobby, just as the 'MA Exhibition' opening reception is scheduled to begin. All events are free and open to the public.

Artists featured in the master's thesis exhibition are Justin Campoy of Waterloo, Karla Oler of Cedar Falls, and Yayoi Teramoto, a native of Saitama, Japan. Campoy creates large scale paintings while Teramoto paints small canvasses. Oler, two-time recipient of the Tostlebe-Ray Graduate Art Scholarship, makes prints and builds mixed media floor pieces.

Public art is a collective term for art objects, landscape and architecture located in places accessible to the public. UNI's campus art collection spans a century, beginning with the murals of Lang Hall, installed in 1902. A public art purchase program was instituted on the UNI campus in 1960 by former UNI President J.W. Maucker to promote the arts and emphasize the liberal arts focus of general education programs. A similar program became state law in 1979. Named The Iowa Art in State Buildings Program, the law requires that one-half of one percent of the budget for new or significantly renovated state buildings is to be spent on artwork.

In addition to Sunday's tour, guided tours are available by appointment by calling (319) 273-3095.

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.

The master's thesis exhibition in the Gallery of Art and the public art walking tour are both part of UNI's 'Arts in April' celebration. For a full listing of arts events, see the UNI Web site at www.uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A presentation and discussion by Romanian-born scenic and costume designer, Dan Nemteanu, will be hosted by Theatre UNI at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in the University of Northern Iowa's Strayer-Wood Theatre. The presentation is part of Theatre UNI's ongoing series, 'My Life in Art.'

Nemteanu, now a Swedish citizen, has worked as a theatrical designer since 1956 in Romania, Israel, Finland, Denmark, Norway and the United States. He has been an associate professor at the University of Iowa since 1986. Other teaching assignments have included the University of Lund Architecture Department in Sweden and the Royal School of Music in Copenhagen.

Nemteanu's presentation is free and open to the public. It is funded in part by the Martha Ellen Tye Guest Artist Fund. For more information, contact the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381.

This event is part of UNI's annual 'Arts in April' celebration. For a full listing of events, see the UNI Web site at www.uni.edu.

April 15, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- After 22 years as director of the award-winning Jazz Band One, Bob Washut, University of Northern Iowa professor of music, is stepping down. 'Celebrate Washut' will be the theme for the UNI Jazz Band One concert, part of the UNI School of Music Spotlight Series, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Washut will continue to teach, plan new curriculum and complete other educational projects, according to John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music. Washut also will conduct Jazz Band II. Chris Merz, UNI associate professor of music, will take over Washut's duties directing Jazz Band One and the jazz studies program.

The concert will be highlighted by the appearance of several UNI alumni and the premier performance of Washut's 'Basso Urnesto.' Paul McKee of Kansas City, who received a bachelor of music degree from UNI in 1980, will be guest trombonist and composer/arranger.

Guest composer on the program will be J.C. Sanford of Flushing, N.Y., a 1994 graduate with a B.A. degree in music.

Washut took the reins of UNI's jazz program in 1980. By January of 1982, the band had been named the number one college band in the nation by the National Association of Jazz Educators. In 1985, the band made its first trip overseas, performing in Neuchatel, Switzerland, and at Montreux.

Jazz Band One has made subsequent trips abroad and performed at prestigious festivals in the United States and overseas. The band has a dozen CDs to its credit, with two receiving five-star ratings from Downbeat magazine during the '90s, the only collegiate jazz ensemble to be so honored in that decade.

Tickets for the concert are available by calling (319) 273-SHOW (7469). Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for students or admission with a current Panther Pass.

The Department of Residence Dining Services, will host 'Jazz Escapade' from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Piazza in Redeker Center, with a special menu and music. The event is open to the public at $6.90 per person.

These events are part of UNI's annual 'Arts in April' celebration. For a full listing of events, see the UNI Web site at www.uni.edu.

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Hispanic middle-school students from the Waterloo schools will tour UNI Friday, April 19. Hosts will be members of the university's Latino Student Union.

Leslie Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Biology, arranged the visit. 'This is an important service activity by our growing population of Latino students who are eager to be role models and inspire the Waterloo guests to start thinking about college early in their school careers.'

Students arrive at the Wellness Recreation Center, Room 247, at 9:30 a.m. At 11 a.m. they will have lunch in the Towers dining center; at 1 p.m. they will tour the McCollum Science Hall biology lab, Room 2245.

April 14, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A question and answer session for small business owners and entrepreneurs interested in venture capital will be hosted Tuesday, April 30, by the University of Northern Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. The session will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Regional Business Center, 212 E. Fourth Street, in downtown Waterloo.

Matt Kinley, vice president of Equity Dynamics, a venture capital firm in Des Moines, and Steven Dickinson, a partner in the Des Moines office of Dorsey & Whitney Law Firm, will be available to answer questions about venture capital financing, venture capital deal structures, return on investment for venture capitalists, expectations of venture capitalists, and related issues. Kinley is a 1990 graduate of UNI with a degree in accounting. Advance registration for this free presentation is required as space is limited.

For more information or to register, call the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at (319) 273-7350 or e-mail katherine.cota@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- It's a fact in schools nationwide: sometimes a biology teacher has to teach chemistry. And sometimes a chemistry teacher may have to teach biology. But where do they get the necessary knowledge?

Providing teachers with that content is the goal of the University of Northern Iowa's Science and Math Education Renewal Center (SMERC).

'If teachers are proficient in their content area, schools will be more likely to meet the achievement goals set down in their standards and benchmarks,' said Cherin Lee, UNI assistant professor of biology and science education, who co-directs the project with Catherine Miller, UNI assistant professor of mathematics.

Begun in the summer of 2001 with $500,000 in funds from the U.S. Department of Education, SMERC's mission is to provide professional development for K-12 math and science teachers.

Unlike many professional development programs for teachers, which focus on teaching methods, SMERC zeroes in on content. 'Finding content courses in the summer is difficult,' explained Lee, who also chairs the interdisciplinary Science Education Faculty at UNI. 'Many of the workshops offered for teachers during the summer focus on teaching methods.'

During the next two summers a Summer Physics Institute will be offered through SMERC for physics teachers who do not have a physics major or minor and are seeking a physics endorsement. The teachers will earn 12 hours of credit in physics over two summers.

Besides the Summer Physics Institute, SMERC is offering two elementary-school science workshops at UNI this summer, one in life science and one in physical science. These workshops will boost the content knowledge and comfort level of elementary teachers teaching science, according to Lee.

Although SMERC's main emphasis is on providing content for K-12 math and science teachers, the program also works to improve preparation for teachers in training. For example, this summer a Cooperative Teacher Collaborative will bring to campus secondary math and science teachers, who will help UNI faculty rework field experiences and methods courses in math and science.



Also, undergraduate teaching majors will meet once a week during the summer with a cohort of teachers enrolled in the master's program in Math for Middle Grades 4-8 so that the two groups can learn from each other.

April 11, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾— The Take Back the Night Rally 2002 will be Wednesday, April 17, beginning at 5 p.m., on the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union Plaza. The rain location is Maucker Union Expansion C.

The nationwide event takes place each year in April. Melanie Klein, chairperson of UNI's Gender Equality Association, says the rally will unify men and women against sexual violence and battering. 'It's a time for survivors of sexual abuse and physical violence to share their stories, celebrate their healing and stand with others in solidarity.'

This year's events include performances by Colleen Jameson, folk singer, songwriter and social activist from St. Louis; and the UNI Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE) forum actors. In addition, there will be an open-mic session and a candlelight vigil. During the vigil a performance by Cheri Nelson, poet, will remember survivors of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence. After the vigil, participants will march down College Street. Then, participants will view a dress rehearsal of the play, 'Extra-Curricular: A Novel of Rape on Campus.'

For more information on the rally, contact Melanie Klein by phone at (319) 273-7183 or by e-mail at melklein@uni.edu.

The event is sponsored by the Gender Equality Association, the Women's Studies Program, Wellness and Recreation Services and SAVE. It is part of UNI's annual 'Arts in April' celebration. For a full listing of events, see the UNI Web site at www.uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Bionic Beauty Salon,' the final film in the University of Northern Iowa's 'Reel to Real' film series, will be presented at noon, Wednesday, April 17, in the University Room North in Maucker Union.

'The film addresses the insecurities of women of all ages who use beauty as a measure of self-worth,' said Guy Sims, associate director/student activities, Maucker Union.

A discussion will follow the 22-minute film, facilitated by Heather Soesbe, customer service specialist in the UNI Office of Financial Aid.

Sims said the 'Reel to Real' film series presents short films worthy of reflection, discussion and criticism, in a setting that is both comfortable and conduciveto conversation. 'Reel to Real' is sponsored by Maucker Union Student Activities Office.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A 'Women's Music Festival' to promote awareness about the issue of sexual assault, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, on the plaza by the University of Northern Iowa's Campanile, weather permitting. The rain location is in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge.

The UNI Gender Equality Association (GEA) and Family Service League's (FSL) Crisis Services Program are sponsoring the event that will feature performers Karla Ruth, Emily, Colleen Jameson, Terry Pearson Stevens, Holly Hathaway, the West African Dance Ensemble and the Capoeira (Brazilian dance) group.

In addition to the performances, those attending will be able to view the 'Silent Witness' display a traveling memorial honoring Iowa women and children who were killed in acts of domestic violence, and visit vendors with materials focusing on violence prevention and women's issues.

The event is being held in conjunction with the 'Take Back the Night Rally 2002' that is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, on top of Maucker Union. It also is part of UNI's annual 'Arts in April' celebration.

For a full listing of Arts in April events, see the UNI Web site at .

For more information on the Women's Music Festival, contact Holly Kuhn, GEA at (319) 266-7115 or Darci Ritter, FSL at (319) 235-6271.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾— The University of Northern Iowa will offer alcohol screening at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in Room 103 of the Wellness and Recreation Center. The event is hosted by UNI's Counseling Center and Substance Abuse Services. Free and open to the public, the screening is anonymous.

Julie Thompson, UNI Substance Abuse Services coordinator, said the program is open to friends and family of persons with potential alcohol problems, and allows them to gather information and meet with a counselor to discuss strategies. Participants may also fill out a brief questionnaire about their own drinking habits.

For more information about National Alcohol Screening Day, contact Julie Thompson at (319) 273-2137.

April 10, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Russian actor Veniamin Smekhov will discuss the theater production, 'The Master and Margarita at the Tanganka Theatre in Moscow,' at 7 p.m., Monday, April 15 in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room. It is free and open to the public.

Smekhov, who has played the lead role in the production, is a well-known Russian actor.

'The Master and Margarita at the Tanganka Theatre in Moscow' was written as a novel by Mikhail Bulgakov in 1929, and later rewritten for stage.

The lecture is sponsored by UNI's Office of International Programs, Department of Modern Languages, and Russian and Eastern European Studies.

For more information, contact Maria Basom, head of the Department of Modern Languages, (319) 273-2749.

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The Camp Adventure program, headquartered at UNI, will host a dessertfest for its summer staff comprised of students from UNI, University of Iowa, Iowa State University and nearby colleges. More than 800 students, parents and staff are expected to attend the Saturday, April 14 event.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. in the West Gym. Keynote speaker, Diane Claiborne-Carr, chief of Child and Youth Services at the U.S. Army's Ft. Meyer in Virginia, will address the group at 7:30 p.m.

Camp Adventure trains college students to provide recreation programs to the children of U.S. military personnel around the world.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center (RBC) will launch a Rural Business Accelerator program in northeast Iowa this fall.

According to Maureen Collins-Williams, RBC director, the new program will use high-tech teaching and mentoring methods to provide customized training for entrepreneurs in Allamakee, Butler, Buchanan and Fayette counties.

'The goal is to increase the number and quality of entrepreneurs in rural Iowa, including women and minorities who are underrepresented in Iowa business,' said Collins-Williams.

The rural accelerator will be a prototype for technology-based distance learning projects serving rural communities. It will launch in fall 2002 in West Union and Independence, and during spring 2003 in Postville and Parkersburg. Collins-Williams plans to serve 66 companies during the next 18 months, creating as many as 231 new jobs.

The program has three components: 1) an on-site, county-based, customized training program to launch new ventures or grow existing business in rural communities; 2) an Internet-based virtual accelerator program that will pair certified business consultants with rural entrepreneurs; and 3) an Internet-driven learning network connecting rural entrepreneurs throughout the state.

The program is funded by an approximately $200,000 grant to the Iowa Northland Region Council of Governments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Enterprise Grant program.

Located in downtown Waterloo, the UNI RBC has an on-site business accelerator that serves the greater Waterloo-Cedar Falls area. The Waterloo accelerator is full but has a waiting list for businesses interested in the program. For more information, contact Collins-Williams at (319) 236-8123 or toll-free at (888) 237-8124, or visit www.unirbc.org.

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This tournament, originally scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 14, in UNI's Wellness & Recreation Center, has been cancelled.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will end its season with, 'Extra-Curricular: A Novel of Rape on Campus,' Thursday through Saturday, April 18-20 in Lang Hall, Room 40. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Intended for mature audiences, the show is based on a book by Anne Hasselbrock and is being produced in conjunction with Take Back The Night activities at UNI. Take Back the Night is an annual international observance encouraging an end to violence against women. The play examines the way rape affects lives and society.

Karen Mitchell, associate professor of communication studies, is the show's director. She is assisted by Jana Gymer, a graduate student at the university.

The performances are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

April 9, 2002 - 7:00pm

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On Friday, April 12, five Wisconsin and Iowa Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and a CH-47 Chinook will land on the soccer fields west of the UNI-Dome. The aircraft will transport UNI ROTC cadets to Ft. McCoy, Wis., for a training exercise. According to Lt. Col. Michael De Puglio head of the Department of Military Science, cadets will plan and rehearse the operation at UNI and execute it at Ft McCoy.

The CH-47 lands at 4:45 p.m. and departs at 5 p.m. The Black Hawks will land at 5:30 p.m. and depart at 6 p.m.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Leisure, Youth & Human Services' (LYHS) Festivals and Special Events class will host Funk Fest 2002 at Lawther Field Sunday, April 21 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Live bands, including Rearview Mirror, Soul Fusion, Town Crier and Hop on Jonny will perform. There also will be a basketball shootout, volleyball games, strongman competition, caricatures and various food vendors.

Immediately following the activities will be the George Clinton Parliament/Funkadelic Concert in the West Gym. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at all UNI ticket outlets, via the web at www.tickets.com, or order by phone at (319) 273-DOME. Tickets are $18 for UNI students and $23 for the general public.

April 8, 2002 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Back to Basic Retailing Strategies' will be offered by the Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is one of nine statewide workshops planned by the Iowa SBDC's Targeted Small Business Program.

The day-long workshop, to be held at 212 E. 4th St., in downtown Waterloo, is designed to give retailers many of the tools they need to be successful. Organizers say small businesses play a vital role in Iowa's economy, and in order to encourage their growth, it is important to give potential and existing business owners all the tools they need to be successful. They say success in the future will depend upon the level of understanding retailers have about the new values, expectations, and needs of the customer.

Cost for this workshop is $30 per person, which includes workshop materials and lunch. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Katie MacDonald, program manager for UNI's Regional Business Center, at (319) 236-8123 or (888) 237-8124, or log on to the center's Web site at www.unirbc.org.

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Lt. Milissa Wright of the UNI Department of Public Safety recently returned from a weeklong stay at Ground Zero in New York City, where she and other members of an Iowa contingency, helped NYC police officers de-stress. The effort was organized by the Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA), and allowed Wright and others from across the nation to talk with the officers about the Sept. 11 incident, assisting them with post-traumatic stress disorder and other shock-related symptoms

'Even though it's been a while, a lot of the officers we encountered are still in stages of shock,' explained Wright. 'They are autopilot, where a person just keeps going, without having had time to stop and think about the tragedy. POPPA is confident that a number of suicides were prevented through this effort.'

Wright works third shift, but will return messages to set up interview times.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - - The University of Northern Iowa's Wellness and Recreation Services has chosen February employees of the month: Lisa Lydon, a Waukon senior in health promotion; and Alicia Symonds, a senior social sciences education major from Urbandale.

Lydon works as a massage therapist and a peer health educator. 'Lisa does an outstanding job of communicating healthy lifestyle choices to students through her programs,' according to Joan Thompson, health aid coordinator.

Symonds has worked in the Wellness Resource Lab for four years as a desk assistant. 'She is organized, dependable and customer-service oriented,' according to Deedra Billings, wellness resource coordinator.

April 7, 2002 - 7:00pm

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Peter Yarrow, best known as one-third of the 'Peter, Paul and Mary' folk group, will present his new anti-bullying campaign, 'Don't Laugh At Me,' during a 7:30 p.m. presentation today in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Recording and flash photos are allowed for the first 10 minutes of his presentation.

He will be available to talk with media representatives at 6:15 p.m., in Room 30 of the GBPAC.

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Fresh from a tour in war-torn Afghanistan, 'London Independent' journalist, Robert Fisk will speak at 7 p.m. today in Lang Hall. Fisk has twice interviewed Osama bin Laden, and was beaten by an angry mob while covering the war in Afghanistan.

He will be available to talk with media representatives at 6:15 p.m., in Lang Hall's auditorium.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Textile and Apparel Association will hold its 10th annual fashion show at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. It is free and open to the public.

The theme for this year's show is 'Soundesign.' It will focus on incorporating sounds and music with original creations, according to Kate Lilienthal of Durant, promotions and public relations chair. She said the show is planned, managed and produced by textile and apparel majors at UNI, including those in a fashion promotion class taught by Sharon Mord, UNI assistant professor of textile and apparel.

The show features clothing and 'wearable art,' designed and created by students for class projects or independently. Lilienthal said nearly 75 students are involved with the show in some capacity, and more than 30 students designed pieces to be showcased. Guest juror Jennifer Hanlon, now with Minnesota Public Radio, who organized the first Fashion Expo, selected the final garments for inclusion in this year's show. Her selections were based on design and construction of the items.

Show participants include __(Name/s)__ from __(Hometown)__.

The fashion show is sponsored in part with funds from Northern Iowa Student Government and outside donations. This event is part of UNI's 'Arts in April' celebration. For the full calendar of Arts in April events, see the UNI Web site at www.uni.edu.

For more information call Kate Lilienthal at (319) 277-2172.

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