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February 27, 2005 - 6:00pm

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Monday, Feb. 28

'Dinos 101: An Introduction to Dinosaurs' is open through July 10 at the University Museum, 3207 Hudson Road, and features eight learning stations and four separate display cases containing information about dinosaurs. Three of the stations are interactive. The display cases feature dinosaur fossils and field tools used by scientists to discover and study fossils. Contact: Kay Thuesen, public affairs coordinator, University Museums, (319) 273-2188.

Eye on the Prize Documentary Series-Vol. 7: 'The Keys to the Kingdom' and 'Back to the Movement,' will be shown in the Center for Multicultural Education (109 Maucker Union), at 7 p.m. Contact: Michael Blackwell, UNI director of multicultural education, (319) 273-2250.

The Choral Invitational Festival, featuring approximately 500 high school students from seven Iowa high schools, takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the GBPAC Great Hall. Each choir will perform 10 minutes of music, followed by a clinic with UNI choral staff Nicole Lamartine and Brad Barrett. Three of the top choirs will be featured during the 7 p.m. concert, along with the UNI Concert Chorale, UNI Chamber Singers and winners of the Piano Festival. Contact: Brad Barrett, UNI assistant professor of music, (319) 273-6113.

Piano Festival, featuring 20 students from across the state, begins at 1 p.m. in GBPAC Davis Hall. Students will participate in applied lessons from UNI piano faculty; attend a UNI Outstanding Organists recital and UNI Powerful Pianists recital. The top five will attend a master class; the top two students will perform at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall, in conjunction with the Choral Invitation Festival. The top two will also receive cash prizes and scholarship offers. Contact: Robin Guy, UNI professor of piano, (319) 273-2193.

Wicked Liz & the Bellyswirls will perform a mix of blues, funk, folk and rock, at 7 p.m. in the KUNI studios, CAC, third floor. Contact: Karen Impola, UNI senior producer, 'Folkways,' Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.

Theatre UNI presents 'The Music Lesson,' in the Bertha Martin Theatre. Performances run through Sunday, March 6. Mixing the passionate music of Bach with haunting memories of the Bosnian war, 'The Music Lesson' tells the story of two women struggling with memories of the past and realities of the present. Check UNI Web site for specific performance times. Contact: Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI marketing director and theatre publicist, (319) 273-6387.

Tuesday, March 1

Russian Movie Series opens at 7 p.m., with 'Window to Paris,' an award-winning post-Perestroika comedy (1993), in Russian, with English subtitles, in Room 115 Seerley Hall.

Tuesday, March 1 & Wednesday, March 2

'Monuments are for Men, Waffles are for Women,' part of Women's History Month film series, will be shown at 9 and 11 a.m., and 1, 3 and 7 p.m., in the Center for Multicultural Education (109 Maucker Union). The film examines the impermanence of work done by women and the permanence of work done by men in the United States. Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts, UNI CME program assistant, (319) 273-2250, or Ami Lawin, program coordinator, UNI Women's Studies Program, (319) 273-7183.

Wednesday, March 2

'Assessment of the Older Driver' will be presented via the ICN (Iowa Communications Network), at 4 p.m., in Room 130A Schindler Education Center. Focused toward those who know an older person who drivers and have questions about their safety or that of other drivers, it will be presented by Sue Toale Knapp. Contact: Holly Bokelman, UNI College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, (319) 273-7961, or e-mail Holly.Bokelman@uni.edu.

Percussion Ensemble/UNIWADE (UNI West African Drum Ensemble) Concert will be held at 8 p.m. in GBPAC Davis Hall. Guest artist John Yost will perform Japanese taiko drumming with the Percussion Ensemble and also play Malinke style solo djembe with the West African Drum Ensemble. Contact: Randy Hogancamp, UNI associate professor of percussion, (319) 273-2228.

Thursday, March 3

Psychologist and scholar Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, known worldwide for his scholarship on flow and creativity, will present 'The Creative Person and the Creative Context' at 7 p.m. in the Commons Slife Ballroom, followed by a book signing. The free event is open to the public. Contact: Gary Gute, UNI assistant professor of human development, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, (319) 273-6149. (See also March 4 entry.)

New York actress Michele LaRue will perform 'The Rib Speaks Out,' at 8 p.m. in CAC 108. This event features a vintage lecture, 'Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Monologue' and 'Eve's Diary,' a dramatization of Mark Twain's popular short stories. Contact: Ami Lawin, program coordinator, UNI Women's Studies Program, (319) 273-7183.

American Music Festival, sponsored by Phi Mu Alpha, begins at 8 p.m. in Russell Auditorium. Approximately 15 students will participate in the instrumental event, which includes solos, ensemble pieces and a performance by the Phi Mu Alpha Big Band. Contact: Evan Smith, (319) 222-3564.

Friday, March 4

Women on Fridays: 'Legal Issues Every Woman Should Know' presented by local attorney Judith Benson, at noon, in Baker Hall 161. Contact: Ami Lawin, program coordinator, UNI Women's Studies Program, (319) 273-7183.

Psychologist and scholar Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi will present 'Flow and the Quality of Life' at 3 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium, followed by a book signing and reception. The free event is open to the public. Contact: Gary Gute, UNI assistant professor of human development, (319) 273-6149. (See also March 3 entry.)

Saturday, March 5

'A T. rex Named Sue' will be exhibited through May 27 at the Cedar Falls Business Development Center, 1326 Waterloo Road. Because of its magnitude, the exhibit, which is an exact replica of the largest and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex discovered, will be displayed at the Cedar Falls Utilities location. Go to www.uni.edu/museum for detailed information. Contact: Kay Thuesen, public affairs coordinator, University Museums, (319) 273-2188.

The UNI Climbing Club will sponsor a climbing competition in bouldering, speed climbing and route climbing during the day. Contact: Andrew Martin, outdoor recreation coordinator, UNI Outdoor Recreation Office, (319) 273-7163.

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Research shoes that inclusion and social interaction with typically developing peers can have positive benefits for preschoolers with autism. Though relatively little is known about how this developmental disorder affects the brain, Frank Kohler, associate professor of special education at the University of Northern Iowa, studied the value of having preschoolers with autism interact with peers, with a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health.

During the study, three- and four- and five-year-olds with autism were enrolled in an inclusive

preschool program with typically developing age-mates. Kohler says that learning to play and interact with peers enhances the cognitive, social, language and motor development of young children with autism. In his study, typically developing youngsters were taught explicit strategies to use in these interactions, such as using their friend's name, tapping them on the shoulder and being persistent with their play overtures and requests.

'They may need to use different strategies than they would with their other peers,' says Kohler. 'But this is often necessary to get these children involved in play. It also teaches them to be more accepting of children with autism rather than viewing these children as strange or different.'

Contacts:

Frank Kohler, UNI associate professor of special education, (319) 273-7478

Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Negotiating Gendered Spaces' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, March 7, in the Presidential Room in Maucker Union, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Gowri Betrabet-Gulwadi, UNI assistant professor of interior design, will introduce how the field of environment-behavior studies has explored spaces segregated by gender that reinforce gender stratification in society. She will discuss the conceptualization and study of gendered spaces using architectural and urban examples, and introduce recent research that examines how these spaces are negotiated.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum series is sponsored by UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Laquita Blockson, UNI assistant professor of management, policy and ethics, has received a grant to conduct a groundbreaking new study on African-American women entrepreneurs. The study is a joint effort with Sammie Robinson of Illinois Wesleyan University and Jeffrey Robinson of New York University. Centered at NYU, and funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the project is titled 'Doing It Our Way: Economic and Sociological Influences on the Success of African-American Entrepreneurs.' The team will present its initial findings at the Simmons School of Management's Leading Women Entrepreneur Series March 21.

According to Blockson, the goal of the study is to discover the economic and sociological factors that account for the viability, growth and sustainability of African-American women entrepreneurs. The team has already begun research and will present an initial paper on its findings at the Eastern Academy of Management International Meeting June 26-30, in Cape Town, South Africa.

Research has shown that women-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of new businesses in the United States. Black women have a larger percentage of black-owned businesses than white women do of white-owned businesses, according to Blockson, though she said there is no research to explain that fact.

'Blockson's study may provide valuable findings in an area that influences researchers, professors, policy makers, the government and future entrepreneurs,' said Donna Wood, David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at UNI. 'Blockson's research is important to the Cedar Falls/Waterloo community and the discussion of ethics and race in the business world, according to Wood. She is particularly interested in learning what influence African-American women-led ventures have on the social fabric of the African-American community.'

The College of Business Administration and the College of Humanities & Fine Arts jointly share the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics. The chair is dedicated to educating students and the community about ethical practices, fostering discussion and debate about ethical practices, and developing theory in business ethics. Blockson is a member of the Wilson Chair in Business Ethics faculty committee.

For more information, contact Blockson at (319) 273-2020 or laquita.blockson@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Forty University of Northern Iowa students were elected senators during the 2005 Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) election, held Tuesday, Feb. 22, through Wednesday, Feb. 23.

(Student's name), a (Classification) (Major) from (Hometown) was elected a NISG senator from ᆲᆲ (Residence) .

Joe Murphy, a junior economics major from Worcester, Mass. and Tarek Fahmy, a junior business administration and management major from Cedar Falls, were elected president and vice president, respectively.

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HOMETOWN NAME/CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR/RESIDENCE

AMES Diane Wilson/sophomore/accounting/on-campus at large

CEDAR FALLS Chad Bennett/graduate student/biological science/University Apartments

Tyler Christians/junior/political science/off-campus

Stephen Fish/sophomore/music/off-campus

Anthony Stumbo/senior/sociology/off-campus

Matthew Silker/sophomore/digital communication/off-campus

Grant Schultz/unlisted classification/physical education teaching/off- campus

Aaron Gillett/junior/business administration/ off-campus

CEDAR RAPIDS Malia Engelbach/sophomore/public administration/off-campus

Emily Shields/senior/marketing/off-campus

Brian Fiala/senior/finance/off-campus

Brock Toll/junior/finance/on-campus at large

CLEAR LAKE John Harrenstein/senior/organizational communication/off-campus

Hannah Anderson/junior/elementary education/Hagemann Hall

DAVENPORT Brandon Morgan/junior/accounting/off-campus

DENVER Christine Haas/junior/biochemistry/off-campus

DES MOINES Vanessa Mills/freshman/business administration/Lawther Hall

DUBUQUE Benjamin Leifker/junior/political science/Rider Hall

Nikki Covey/freshman/elementary education/Dancer Hall

FORT DODGE Jennifer Younie/sophomore/political science/off-campus

GRAND MOUND Courtney Blake/junior/public administration/ROTH

GREENE Joel O'Brien/junior/social science teacher education/off-campus

HAMPTON Ingrid Sensor/sophomore/anthropology/off-campus

Jacob Spath/junior/marketing/off-campus

HUMBOLDT Lindsey Thomas/sophomore/apparel & textiles/off-campus

IOWA CITY Timothy McCue/sophomore/public relations/on-campus at large

LE MARS Alex Gates/junior/liberal arts/off-campus

MADRID Grant Erwin/junior/family and community services/off-campus

MARION Ryan LeGrande/sophomore/social science teacher/Bender Hall

MECHANICSVILLE Kevin Kirkpatrick/freshman/digital communication /Noehren Hall

MOUNT PLEASANT Joel Kiesey/sophomore/finance/off-campus

MOVILLE Todd Kuebler/junior/criminology & psychology/off-campus

PELLA Jonathan Whalley/senior/history/off-campus

SIOUX CITY Jake Friedrichsen/junior/political science/off-campus

Timothy Lanphier/senior/business administration/off-campus

Alexandria Carter/junior/business administration/Bartlett Hall

WALFORD Beth Zobeck/junior/criminology/off-campus

WATERLOO Joe Paulsen/junior/biochemistry/off-campus

WEST DES MOINES Andrew Lietzow/junior/business administration/off-campus

WILLIAMSBURG David Kniffen/junior/finance/off-campus

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February 23, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa juniors, Joe Murphy, an economics major from Worcester, Mass.; and Tarek Fahmy, a business administration management major from Cedar Falls, have been elected president and vice president, respectively, of the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG).































They received more than 60 percent of the votes in the election, which took place Tuesday, Feb. 22, and Wednesday, Feb. 23. The two will assume office later this spring.































Murphy and Fahmy campaigned on a platform calling for containment of tuition increases, finding more convenient and cheaper ways for students to obtain textbooks, lengthening Thanksgiving break and promoting the Greek system, among other goals.































Other candidates for president and vice president, respectively, were: Ajeh Agbese, a sophomore biology major from Waterloo and Danelle Drayton, a junior psychology major from Des Moines; Sabrina Coronado, a junior family services major from San Antonio, Texas and Amanda Duran, a junior elementary education major from Cedar Rapids; and, Patrick Grassley, a junior social science teacher major from New Hartford, and Kevin Willms, a junior accounting major from Dike.















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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- February 24, 2005 -- Each year, serious playground injuries send more than 200,000 children to seek emergency room assistance and contribute to more than a dozen deaths, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). To help raise awareness of this issue and fund critical playground safety improvements, Stryker Orthopaedics (NYSE: SYK) along with legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, today announced the launch of The Stryker Challenge, a competitive charity golf tournament open to the general public. Participants are invited to register online at www.strykerchallenge.com.































Funds raised by The Stryker Challenge will be utilized by the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) to research safer playground surfacing and resurface existing playgrounds to provide safer play environments for America's children.































'I'm delighted that Stryker has undertaken this important effort and I am proud to be a part of the effort to bring attention to this issue,' said Mr. Nicklaus, who will serve as honorary chairman for the tournament and host the National Final at his home course ï¾– The Bear's Club in West Palm Beach, Florida in October 2005. 'Children need to get outside and exercise, but they need to be able to do it in safe surroundings. I'm a big believer in starting healthy habits early because doing so means they are more likely to stay with you for the rest of your life.'































Beginning this spring, The Stryker Challenge will be held in 11 cities across the country including Miami, Phoenix, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, Columbus, Philadelphia, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago, with the first tournament being held at Miami's Doral Golf Course on April 26. Winners from each local event will advance to the regional competition.































In 2004, the NPPS visited more than 3,000 playgrounds and gave the U.S. a grade of C+ on safety standards. Statistics indicate that nearly 70 percent of all playground injuries are related to falls, and consequently, an important aspect of reducing playground injuries is to provide cushioned surfaces beneath and around equipment at depths appropriate to equipment height.































'Falls to the surface are the leading cause of injuries on playgrounds,' said Dr. Donna Thompson, executive director of NPPS. 'Approximately 106,000 of all public playground injuries and several deaths each year are related to such falls. Shock absorbing surfaces, however, can slow the momentum of a falling child's body or head and reduce the risk of traumatic, life-threatening injuries.'































The Stryker Challenge will help the NPPS, a nonprofit organization created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to advocate for playground safety and work with local officials to identify potential sites for resurfacing. In addition, officials from selected cities will receive training about playground safety and a site assessment at select playgrounds will take place to ensure that existing structures meet CPSC safety guidelines. Once the site is assessed, NPPS will work with the local community to resurface each playground appropriately.































'Through the Stryker challenge, we are committed to making a substantive difference in raising safety standards at playgrounds in communities across the U.S.,' said Ned Lipes, executive vice president of Stryker Corp. and general chairman of the Stryker Challenge.































Stryker and NPPS hope to create a groundswell of support for playground safety and will be engaging local sponsors in each city to help increase awareness of this important issue. Parents or officials looking for literature on ways to improve safety at playgrounds in their local communities should visit the playgroundsafety.org Web site. Tips include:































Stryker and NPPS hope to create a groundswell of support for playground safety and will be engaging local sponsors in each city to help increase awareness of this important issue. Parents or officials looking for literature on ways to improve safety at playgrounds in their local communities should visit the playgroundsafety.org Web site. Some tips include:















1. Carefully supervise children on the playground to make sure they are safe.















2. Guide children to play on age-appropriate equipment (equipment for ages 2-5 or 5-12).















3. Avoid equipment over the height of 6 feet for preschoolers and 8 feet for school-age children.















4. Make sure loose-fill surfaces around the playground equipment have at least 12 inches of cushioned material.















5. Check that protective surfacing extends at least 6 feet in all direction from play equipment.















6. Examine play equipment for dangerous hardware like protruding bolts and loose fasteners.















7. Make sure spaces that could trap children's heads, such as openings in guardrails, are less than 3.5 inches or greater than 9 inches.















8. Check for sharp points or edges on equipment.















9. Look out for tripping hazards like exposed concrete footings, tree stumps, and rocks.















10. Be a good neighbor; leave the area as you found it.















For more information on The Stryker Challenge, visit www.strykerchallenge.com















About the National Program for Playground Safety















In 1995, the University of Northern Iowa established the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Since that time, NPPS has become the premier non-profit organization dealing with playground safety information in the United States. Since its beginning in October 1995, NPPS has taken an active part in injury prevention. For more information, visit www.playgroundsafety.org















About Stryker Orthopaedics















Stryker Orthopaedics offers an extensive orthopaedic product portfolio including hip, knee and upper extremity reconstructive devices, bone cement, trauma implants and bone substitutes. For more information about Stryker Orthopaedics, visit www.stryker.com.















About Stryker Corporation















Stryker Corporation develops, manufactures and markets specialty surgical and medical products worldwide, including reconstructive implants, spinal, trauma and craniomaxillofacial systems, the bone growth factor osteogenic protein-1, powered surgical instruments, endoscopic and surgical navigation systems and patient care and handling equipment, and provides outpatient physical therapy services in the United States. For more information visit www.stryker.com.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Psychologist, author and scholar Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, known worldwide for his scholarship on flow and creativity, will deliver two public lectures on the University of Northern Iowa campus Thursday and Friday, March 3 and 4.







He will discuss 'The Creative Person and the Creative Context' at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Commons' Slife Ballroom. A reception will precede the presentation, at 6:15 p.m., and a book signing will follow. Friday, March 4, at 3 p.m., he will speak on 'Flow and the Quality of Life' in the Lang Hall Auditorium. A book signing and reception will follow. Both addresses are free and open to the public.



They are part of 'The Changing Face of Iowa: Exploring Creativity in the Community' series of UNI's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, with support from all UNI undergraduate colleges--Humanities and Fine Arts, Education, Business Administration and Natural Sciences-- and the Rod Library.







In his Thursday evening address, Csikszentmihalyi will draw on a half-century of research to review the family background, personality, motivation and thought processes shared by creative individuals, emphasizing how social and cultural factors contribute to creative achievements.



'If we lack creative solutions, it is, generally, not because of a lack of ideas from creative individuals, but because the infrastructure for recognizing them and implementing them is not functioning well,' he says.







He will focus on the systems perspective of creativity, which describes what the environment must provide in order to allow individuals to make creative contributions.







Regarding his Friday afternoon topic, 'Flow and the Quality of Life,' Csikszentmihalyi has said that one of the central components of a good life is the experience of 'Flow,' which he defines as the total absorption in an activity resulting from a balance between an individual's skills and the challenges of the task. He says individuals can experience Flow in a wide range of pursuits, including art, music, work, athletics, leisure, education and conversation.







This talk will describe the elements of the Flow experience, referring to interviews collected from more than 8,000 respondents around the world, from a variety of cultural and social groups. He will discuss, among other things, why Flow is enjoyable, what makes it happen, why it is relatively rare in everyday life and how individuals and groups can use Flow to be happier in work and leisure.







Csikszentmihalyi is the C.S. and D.J. Davidson Professor of Psychology at the Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and director of the Quality of Life Research Center. He also is emeritus professor of human development at the University of Chicago, where he chaired the Department of Psychology.







In addition to recently co-founding the Positive Psychology Movement, he is the author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life, as well as Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention; Talented Teenagers: The Roots of Success and Failure and Becoming Adult: How Teenagers Prepare for the World of Work, among other publications.







Csikszentmihalyi will meet with several classes and faculty members while at UNI. For more information, visit http://fp.uni.edu/csbs/csikszentmihalyi.htm or contact Gary Gute, UNI assistant professor of human development, at (319) 273-6149 or e-mail gary.gute@uni.edu.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Rib Speaks Out, a double-bill presentation including an anti-suffrage satire and a dramatization of Mark Twain's popular short stories, will usher in March, National Women's History Month, at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108, at the University of Northern Iowa.



New York actress Michele LaRue will deliver a vintage lecture Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Monologue, and offer Twain's Eve's Diary to complete the program. Sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta history honorary and the UNI Women's Studies Program, The Rib Speaks Out is open to the public free of charge.







Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Monologue was written in 1912 -- eight years before women won the vote -- by Marie Jenney Howe, a pro-suffragist. In the 1890s, before taking up her suffragist work in New York City, Howe was a promising Unitarian minister, and served as assistant to Mary A. Safford in Sioux City and Des Moines, Iowa.







'Woman Suffrage is the reform against nature,' declares the heroine of Someone Must Wash the Dishes. 'Ladies, get what you want. Pound pillows. Make a scene. Make home a hell on earth -- but do it in a womanly way! That is so much more dignified and refined than walking up to a ballot box and dropping in a piece of paper!' According to LaRue, Howe's fictional speaker is a charming, guileless enthusiast who sincerely believes that her efforts as a 'womanly woman' will keep the home intact -- and save the nation from anarchy.







Presented alone, Someone Must Wash the Dishes was labeled 'wicked' in New York City and 'side-splitting' in Victorian Cape May, N.J. Performed exclusively by Michele LaRue, it has played throughout the East and frequently in Illinois, most notably at Chicago's Newberry Library.



Eve's Diary, the second half of The Rib Speaks Out, was compiled from several works by Mark Twain: Eve's Diary, Extract Eve's Diary, Papers of the Adam's Family, and various essays on Eve, in which Eve evolved over decades. According to LaRue, the writer's sardonic wit and gleeful anachronisms contrast with Eve's fierce passion for 'an education,' and with the profound growth and sorrow that she learns accompany it.







For more information about The Rib Speaks Out, contact Amy Lawin, program coordinator, UNI Women's Studies Program, at (319) 273-7183 or alawin@uni.edu.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A spiritual and religious leadership panel, part of the 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series, will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 252 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.



Speakers include Mohammed Fahmy, prayer leader at the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Islamic Center; Susan Manshadi of the Baha'I Faith; Ellen Miller, board member of the World's Window, a project of the Mennonite Church; and, Rabbi Jeff Portman from the Agudas Achim Congregation in Iowa City. Panel members will discuss their path to leadership, influences on their development as a leader and advice for aspiring leaders.



The 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series features leaders from various professional fields. Upcoming topics include media, human rights and business leadership panels, and a workshop on sexual harassment.



The series, sponsored by the UNI Leadership Studies Program, is free and open to the public. Metered visitor-only parking is available in the lot immediately north of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 50 cents per hour.



For more information on the series, contact Geraldine Perreault, director of UNI's Leadership Studies Program, at (319) 273-6898 or YLA@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its Spring Job and Internship Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. The fair will feature employers from more than 80 organizations across the United States, who are recruiting students for internships and full-time positions.



Among the organizations represented are the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), American Express Financial Advisors, the Buckle, and the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Technology Corridor.



Many of the organizations that will be at the Job and Internship Fair are also participating in UNI's Interview Day, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3. Students can sign up for interviews during the fair on Wednesday. Nearly half of the organizations are interested in meeting with students from all majors during the event, according to Libby Vanderwall, event coordinator for UNI Advising and Career Services. She added there is a waiting list of organizations that would like to participate in the fair.



'To make the Fair work for you, have a purpose and a plan in mind before you arrive,' she advises. 'Talk with several types of the same employer and explore where your major might fit in the job market.'



For a list of recruiting organizations and information about the majors they are seeking, visit www.uni.edu/careercenter.



The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by UNI Advising and Career Services.

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February 22, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS -- Members of the University of Northern Iowa's Relay For Life Committee have been busy planning UNI's 2005 Relay For Life fundraiser, which raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Relay For Life is a celebration of life, in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by cancer, according to Grant Erwin of Madrid, chair of UNI's Relay For Life Committee. This is the third year UNI has held Relay For Life; last year the relay raised more than $26,000 and this year the committee's goal is to top $55,000.

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UNI's relay will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, April 8, and continue through 6 a.m., Saturday, April 9. During the relay, teams of eight to 15 people take turns walking or running around the UNI-Dome all night.

For more information, visit www.uni.edu/studentorgs/relayforlife or contact Erwin at grante@uni.edu or (319) 404-0254.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Electrathon, a unique event in which high school students build and race one-person electric cars, will award a $500 scholarship to a former Iowa Electrathon participant who has been accepted for admission to the University of Northern Iowa.

Qualified students who wish to apply for the scholarship must provide a one-page reference from the team advisor discussing the applicant's involvement and contributions; an essay, PowerPoint or video presentation describing the applicant's team involvement; a one-paragraph teammate reference regarding the applicant's positive attributes and contributions to the team; and an oral interview with the Iowa Electrathon Scholarship Committee. The scholarship is provided through the University of Northern Iowa Foundation.

Applications must be submitted by June 1. The Iowa Electrathon helps participants develop valuable math, science, communication and business skills, according to Patricia Higby, energy educator at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) at UNI.

For more information regarding the scholarship, or to donate to the Iowa Electrathon Scholarship, contact Higby at (319) 273-6012 or e-mail Electrathon@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A group of Peet Junior High eighth-graders developed ideas and drawings for two billboards in Cedar Falls showing what they learned in an after-school program to increase students' awareness of the need to conserve energy. The endeavor is based on a research project through the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) and the Iowa Energy Center.

One billboard shows how car tailpipe emissions harm the atmosphere. The second billboard, based on the students' research, shows how much it would cost to drive to high school in the students' chosen 'dream car' that typically gets low gas mileage (12-18 miles per gallon) versus a hybrid car that uses gas and electricity to get high gas mileage (48 miles per gallon). The billboards are displayed in Cedar Falls at 18th & Main Streets and University Avenue & Rownd Street.

Jack Yates, UNI professor of psychology and project director, says, 'Students in this age group are making critical decisions and establishing life-long habits regarding energy use and energy conservation. The project is focused on increasing students' own awareness of energy issues and choices, and helping them determine a personal plan for making choices about energy use.'

The project is sponsored by the Iowa Energy Center through the UNI CEEE, with assistance from University Marketing & Public Relations at UNI and Lamar Advertising. Project coordinator, working with Jack Yates, is Carole Shelley Yates.

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February 21, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jan Hanish, director of Maucker Union, has been named assistant vice president for event management at the University of Northern Iowa. According to Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration & finance, this is a first for UNI.















'Our goal is to make better use of facilities and services to make UNI more of a destination,' explained Schellhardt. 'Jan's job will be to work with Cedar Valley businesses and organizations and key departments on campus to help make UNI a more welcoming venue. She'll guide everything from how we use facilities and book events, to how we support large-scale conferences. This will help UNI be more efficient and effective, and it will have a positive impact on the local economy. Jan's educational background, experience and success at UNI make her ideally suited for this important role.'















The appointment is effective March 1.















Hanish has been the director of Maucker Union since 1997 and has been employed at UNI since 1977. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Iowa. She received master's and bachelor's degrees in Spanish from UNI.















Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, has been named interim director.















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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The year 2005 has been declared the 'World Year of Physics.' The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will continue its tradition of hosting the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Olympics, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the UNI-Dome, Thursday, Feb. 24.







High school students from Cedar Falls, Dunkerton Dike-New Hartford, Jesup, Fairbank, Gilbertville, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Janesville, La Porte City, Nashua-Plainfield, Sumner, Traer, Waterloo, Winthrop and other nearby areas are expected to participate. About 300 students from 17 different schools participated in last year's competition.







According to Larry Escalada, UNI associate professor of physics and competition coordinator, student teams will compete in events, including the self-propelled catapult, mouse-trap car, toothpick bridge, soda-straw arm and water-heater, using devices they constructed from everyday materials.







The two school teams with the highest total scores from all five events will qualify for the state competition at the Drake University Olmstead Center, in Des Moines, on April 13.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Nine University of Northern Iowa students are participating in the National Student Exchange (NSE) program for the spring 2005 semester. They are among 41 UNI students participating in the NSE program during all or part of the 2004-2005 academic year. The NSE program allows students to study at one of 168 colleges and universities in the United States while paying UNI tuition.

Spring 2005 NSE program participants include ___(NAME)___, a ___(CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR)___ major from ___(HOMETOWN)___, son/daughter of ___(PARENT'S NAMES)___ attending ___(SCHOOL)___.

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

As a result of participating in the exchange program, students usually acquire a broader perspective of various social, educational and cultural patterns in other areas of the United States, according to Karen Cunningham, UNI NSE coordinator.

For more information about the NSE program, contact Karen Cunningham at (319) 273-2504.

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Monday, Feb. 21

Eyes on the Prize Documentary Series-Vol. 4: 'Power!' and 'The Promised Land' will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Michael Blackwell, UNI director of multicultural education, (319) 273-2250.



Daryl Smith, UNI professor of biology and director of the Native Roadside Vegetation Center, will present 'America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie,' a feature-length documentary of the impact of settlers on the prairie, at 7 p.m., in the CEEE Auditorium. Contact: Patricia Higby, energy educator, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, (319) 273-6012.

Yawo Attivor from West Africa will play a mix of Afro-funk, R&B, reggae, rock and jazz at 7 p.m. in the KUNI studio, CAC, third floor. Contact: Karen Impola, UNI senior producer, 'Folkways,' UNI Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

'Afrofunk Adventures By Yawo,' a blend of Afro-Cuban and funky music, will take place at noon in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge. Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts, UNI CME program assistant, (319) 273-2250.

School Counselors and Administrators Annual Conference will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo. More than 100 counselors and administrators are expected to attend this conference, sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling & Postsecondary Education. Contact: Ann Vernon, UNI professor of education and director of counseling education, (319) 273-2226.

Tuesday, Feb. 22 and Wednesday, Feb. 23

Four pairs of students are vying for president and vice president of Northern Iowa Student Government in online elections Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 22 and 23. Voting is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, with senatorial candidates representing various constituencies also on the ballot. Results will be tabulated, beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, with the winners announced later that evening. Media interested in results that evening should call Ashley Hartkemeyer, NISG election commissioner, between 6 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, at (319) 273-2650, to make arrangements to get the information following final tabulation. Contact: Ashley Hartkemeyer, NISG election commissioner, (319)

273-2650, or e-mail ashley05@uni.edu

Wednesday, Feb. 23

Eyes on the Prize Documentary Series-Vol. 5: 'Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More' and 'A Nation of Law?' will be shown in the Center for Multicultural Education at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Contact: Michael Blackwell, UNI director of multicultural education, (319) 273-2250.



Friday, Feb. 25

Chinese New Year Festival will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom A, Participants can learn about Chinese culture and enjoy free food, entertainment, crafts and games. Contact: Laura Tapper, (319) 222-3082.

Comedy Show featuring Steve Brown, Big Sean and Tiny, will take place at 8 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium. Sponsored by the UNI Entertainment Committee. Contact: Guy Sims, associate director, Maucker Union, (319) 273-2683.

Friday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 26

A workshop on Capoeira, a martial art and dance form, originally from Brazil, that is used to promote physical fitness and grace of movement, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Friday, in the Wellness & Recreation Center's second floor basketball courts 5 and 6. An African dance workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, in the WRC dance studio. The workshops will be led by visiting capoeira artists from Brazil and artists from the National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique. No experience is necessary and both workshops are open to all interested persons. There is a $15 fee for one workshop or $25 for both. Contact: Pedro Zogaib, UNI adjunct instructor in physical education, at (319) 268-0107, or Francesca Zogaib at (319) 268-0107 or e-mail hanson@uni.edu.

Saturday, Feb. 26

'Bringing Africa and Its Diaspora Together: Capoeira, Maculel�, Samba and Traditional Mozambican Dance,' will be performed at 2 p.m. in the GBPAC Davis Hall, free of charge. Capoeira is a martial art integrated with dance, ritual and gravity-defying acrobatics. Contact: Pedro Zogaib or Francesca Zogaib (see previous entry contact information).

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Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

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Special events planned for SUE'S first week in Iowa

Friday, Feb. 25 and Monday, Feb. 28, SUE will arrive in Cedar Falls. The enormous exhibit comes packaged in three semi-trucks and 42 crates, accompanied by a professional exhibit technician from The Field Museum, Chicago. Several volunteers will be on hand to help unload and piece together the 42-foot long skeleton. The exhibit consists of a replica of the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered, along with nine interactive learning stations, and separate replica of SUE's skull. The fossil takes just four hours to put together, but will remain headless until the ceremonial SAR event held on March 1. (see below)



Tuesday, March 1, SAR (Some Assembly Required) Party in appreciation of all volunteers, SUE committee members, and media. This will be an event for invited guests only, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a ceremonial attachment of SUE's head at 7 p.m.

*NOTE: This is a special opportunity for media to cover the assembly of the skeleton. Please notify The Museum (call Melissa at 319-273-6925) about who will be covering this event from your organization.

Friday, March 4, Donor Reception in appreciation of monetary and in-kind gifts given for this exhibition. The reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SUE exhibit site, by invitation only. Guests will enjoy a first glimpse at the wonderful exhibit they helped create, as well as wine, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. (Media representatives are welcome to cover this event.)

Saturday, March 5, Grand Opening of 'A T. rex Named SUE'. This will be the first opportunity for the general public to visit SUE in Cedar Falls. There will be an opening ceremony with speech and ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Guests include Mayor Jon Crews of Cedar Falls, Mayor Tim Hurley of Waterloo and Mayor John Mardis of Evansdale. In honor of the exhibit, they will proclaim March as 'Dinosaur Month' for their cities. McDonald's? Corporation is a major sponsor of 'A T. rex Named SUE' on a national level and will provide a visit from Ronald McDonald for the opening day. Ronald will lead the first visiting group through the exhibit.

Tuesday, March 8, Educator Open House. Teachers from across the state are invited to visit 'A T. rex Named SUE' free of charge with school I.D. Open House is from 4 to 8 p.m., and will provide educators information about what their students will learn from the exhibit and its many interactive learning stations. They also will learn about the educational opportunities available free of charge at the additional exhibit, DINOS 101, located at the UNI Museum, 3209 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls. Teachers are asked to RSVP at (319) 273-2188 for this event by March 1.



'A T. rex Named SUE' was created by The Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of McDonald'sï¾® Corporation.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has selected Carly DeGraeve of Cedar Falls as employee of the month for February 2005.

DeGraeve, a senior textiles and apparels major, is a student assistant in the Technical Services Department. Her primary responsibilities are in the cataloging section of the department, where she works on special projects and library statistics. She has worked at the Rod Library for three years.

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UNI's VITA tax program -- a community service, service learning program

Every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m., from now through April 14, visitors to Room 224 in the University of Northern Iowa's Curris Business Building will find UNI senior- and graduate- level accounting students hard at work at 18 computer stations, assisting clients with their 2004 state and federal tax returns. (Client intake is 5-6 p.m., and students work on tax preparation from 6 to 7 p.m.)

They are among the 48 students providing assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, established by the Internal Revenue Service to help people who may find it difficult to pay for tax preparation services. Martha Wartick, UNI associate professor and acting head of accounting, is serving on a national task force looking at VITA programs, and says the UNI students produce high quality tax returns for the clients.

'This is truly a community service to the clients we serve,' says Wartick, noting the UNI program prepared more than 540 returns last year. 'The UNI site was one of the first in the nation to do computerized tax returns, thanks to the innovative teaching of the program's coordinator, Dennis Schmidt (UNI professor of accounting). 'Many of the same people return year after year and are appreciative of the help they receive.'

Wartick also said the UNI students do tax returns for non-resident aliens, which are different from most returns. 'Not only do the VITA volunteers help international students and others comply with the United States tax law, many of the individuals are entitled to refunds, so those that do not file a return are not only not complying with the law, they are giving up money to which they are entitled,' she said.

The program also provides service learning for UNI accounting students, giving them an experiential learning opportunity as they work with people in actual income tax situations.

(NOTE: The program will not be held during UNI's spring break week, March 13-19.)

Contacts:

Martha Wartick, UNI associate professor and acting head of accounting, (319) 273-2394

Dennis Schmidt, UNI professor of accounting and VITA program coordinator, (319) 273-2394

Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

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Kaleidoscope Series at the GBPAC Thursday, Feb. 24

More than 3,000 second- through fifth-graders from throughout the Cedar Valley and Eastern Iowa are scheduled to attend performances of the Kennedy Center production of 'Alexander, Who's Not Going To Move' as part of the Allen Hospital Kaleidoscope Series at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24.

Last year, more than 21,000 schoolchildren attended shows for 'a-buck-a-kid' in this program designed to cover a variety of areas related to curriculum, according to Amy Hunzelman, director of education at the GBPAC. She said this production, the fifth of eight scheduled shows for the 2004-2005 season, focuses on literature. Curriculum areas include literature, history, drama and social studies to assist teachers in integrating the arts unto the classroom. Joining Allen Hospital as co-sponsors are John Deere Waterloo operations and Friends of the GBPAC. This sponsorship makes it possible to offer tickets at the reduced price of $1 per student.

Contacts:

Amy Hunzelman, GBPAC director of education, (319) 273-3679,

Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A festival celebrating the Chinese New Year will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom on the University of Northern Iowa campus.







The festival will celebrate Chinese culture, and includes free Chinese food, entertainment, crafts, a dumpling-making demonstration and games. 'The festival also kicks-off Asian Awareness Month, which is in March,' said Laura Tapper, a sophomore parks, recreation and leisure studies major and publicity chair for the Leisure, Youth and Human Services Leadership Planning Committee, from Parkersburg.







The Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration; this year, the Chinese New Year began Wednesday, Feb. 9 and ends Wednesday, Feb. 23. According to the Chinese calendar, 2005 is the year of the Rooster.







The festival is free and open to the public.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A comedy show will take place at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25 in the Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Steve Brown, who has performed at college and comedy venues across the United States, will headline the show. Brown appeared on one season of Russell Simon's 'Def comedy Jam,' the 'Tom Joyner Morning Show' and eight seasons of Black Entertainment Television's (BET) 'Comic View.' He has worked with a variety of artists, including TLC, OutKast, Cedric the Entertainer and Ricky Smiley.

Comedians Big Sean and Tiny also will be performing.



Admission is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by UNI's Entertainment Committee.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center (RBC) has openings in 'Microsoft Excel' software training courses, a 'Smart Start' entrepreneurial training course and an 'Environmental Compliance Assistance' workshop. All classes will be offered during March at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.



'Microsoft Excel' covers everything from the basics to the more advanced commands and capabilities of the program. Module 1 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, and will cover beginning skills. Module 2 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, and will build on the basics with intermediate skills. Module 3 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 11, and will cover Excel's more advanced capabilities. The Excel modules are $115 each or $299 to attend all three. The course is offered in conjunction with Ketels Contract Training. Chris Case, author of 'CTI Shortcuts TM CD-ROMS,' will teach the course.

'Smart Start' is an entrepreneurial training course. Participants may attend a class from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, or from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday March 29. This 90-minute course will cover the basics of business legalities, business plans, financial plans, commercial bank financing and state financial assistance programs. The course will be taught by RBC counselors, and the cost to attend is $15.

The 'Environmental Compliance Assistance' workshop will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 17. The workshop will offer a general background on the environmental regulations that apply to small businesses. The workshop is held in partnership with the Iowa Waste Reduction Center and Small Business Compliance Alliance. The cost is $35 per business.

For more information or to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit www.unirbc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An environmental leadership panel, part of the 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series, will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 252, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.



Speakers include Chris Peterson, vice president of Iowa Farmers Union and a hog farmer from Clear Lake; Bill Stigliani, director of UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE); and Bill Witt, former Iowa legislator, eight-year ranking member of the Environmental Protection Committee, and UNI special projects assistant. Panel members will discuss their path to leadership, influences on their development as a leader and advice for aspiring leaders.



The 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series features leaders from various professional fields. Upcoming topics include media, human rights and business leadership panels, and a workshop on sexual harassment.



The series, sponsored by the UNI Leadership Studies Program, is free and open to the public. Metered visitor-only parking is available in the lot immediately north of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 50 cents per hour.



For more information on the series, contact Perreault at (319) 273-6898 or YLA@uni.edu.

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Out-of-state high school students visiting

Some 35 out-of-state high school juniors and seniors will be visiting the University of Northern Iowa campus Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19, for an in-depth look at campus life, hosted by the Office of Admissions and the Department of Residence. Prospective students will be hosted in the residence halls with current students, spend time at the Wellness and Recreation center, take a community tour, hear informational presentations, eat at the Rialto Dining Center in the Towers and attend the UNI vs. Western Michigan men's basketball game. Their visit is part of the university's efforts to increase its out-of-state population.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) will present 'America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie,' the third program in it's 10th anniversary celebration series, at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in the CEEE auditorium. The program is sponsored by Lincoln Savings Bank. Roots Market will provide a wine and cheese reception following the film.

The film's executive producer is Daryl Smith, UNI professor of biology, and director of UNI's Native Roadside Vegetation Center. David O' Shields of New Light Media wrote, directed and co-produced the documentary.

Annabeth Gish, Cedar Falls native and critically acclaimed actress, is the narrator. Gish, seen most recently as President Bartlett's older daughter on NBC's 'The West Wing,' also starred as agent Monica Reyes on 'The X-Files.' Her feature films include 'Double Jeopardy,' 'Mystic Pizza,' 'Nixon,' and 'SLC Punk.'

According to Smith, 'America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie' uses breathtaking cinematography, original music and moving narrative to trace the prairie's transformation from natural landscape to farmland, beginning in the early 1800s, when Iowa was blanketed by 28 million acres of tallgrass.

'At the time of settlement in the 1830s, about 240 million acres of tallgrass prairie was a major landscape feature of North America,' Smith explained. 'But in one of the most astonishing alterations of nature in human history, most of the tallgrass prairie was converted to cropland in less than 80 years.'

Today, where modern machinery cultivates rows of corn and soybeans, there once was a sea of tallgrass, inhabited by bison and elk. 'For the most part, Americans have no idea what the Midwest was like 150 years ago,' O' Shields said. 'The tallgrass prairie is a national treasure. If we think it is important for people to understand tropical rain forests, their demise and the global impacts, how much more important is it for us to understand that a major ecosystem in the heart of this country is nearly

gone? We must understand what was here and embrace and preserve what remains.'

To tell this rich and complex tale, Smith and O' Shields interviewed writers, historians and

scientists across the nation. 'Each provided factual information and insightful commentary about the

history of human settlement of the tallgrass prairie by Native Americans and Euro-Americans,' O'Shields said. 'Quotations from letters, diaries and other works of nonfiction add authenticity and connect the viewer to the story.'

Gish said working on the project was not just a moving experience, but a chance to learn as well. 'The message behind the film is stirring and important for everyone to know: The essence of the prairie is still alive, but it needs to be fought for, restored and appreciated to continue to sustain us.'

For more information about the film, contact Lora Ortiguerra, CEEE public relations director, at (319) 273-3850 or ceee-pr@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 54th annual 'Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz' concerts and the related 50th annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival, the oldest continuously running high school jazz festival in the nation, will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The 'Sinfonian Dimensions' concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 18 and 19, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Featured will be UNI's Jazz Band One, under the direction of Chris Merz, assistant professor of music. A performance by UNI's Jazz Band Two, under the direction of Robert Washut, professor of music, will precede the concert.

Guest soloist performing with Jazz Band One will be guartarist Ben Monder of New York City. Monder will host a clinic during each day of the festival, at noon, in Room 60 of Russell Hall. The clinics are free and open to the public.

Hosted by UNI's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, the 50th annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival will draw approximately 57 high school bands to the UNI campus for jazz performance competitions. The festival will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19, in the Russell Hall Auditorium and Davis Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. An awards ceremony will follow the competitions in the GBPAC. The first-place band in each class can qualify for a possible wild card spot in the Iowa Jazz Championship.

Tallcorn Festival committee members are Kyle Novak, program chairman and a senior music major from Marion; and Joel Nagel, festival coordinator and a sophomore music teacher education major from Sioux City.

'Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz' tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and may be purchased by calling (319) 273-SHOW (7469), or at the door.

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CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa's 2005 Relay For Life Committee has started registering teams for UNI's third annual Relay For Life fundraiser. The Relay will take place at the UNI-Dome, beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, April 8, through 6 a.m., Saturday, April 9.

Relay For Life raises money for the American Cancer Society. It is a celebration of life, in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by cancer, according to Grant Erwin of Madrid, chair of UNI's Relay For Life Committee.

Persons interested in participating in the relay should form a team of eight to 15 people and choose a team leader, Erwin said. The team leader will be responsible for attending two or three meetings prior to the event, encouraging team fundraising and keeping team members informed.

There is no registration fee, but participants are asked to raise a minimum of $100 each to donate to the American Cancer Society. Money is raised through team donations secured from family, friends, companies and corporations. Teams can register online at www.uni.edu/studentorgs/relayforlife or by e-mailing Erwin at grante@uni.edu. Teams can register through the day of the event; however, early registration is encouraged.

During the relay, team members will take turns walking or running around the UNI-Dome all night. Entertainment, including live bands and games, will be provided and participants can bring food and beverages, tents, blankets, games and radios to the event.

A luminaria ceremony will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, April 8. The ceremony is in honor of those who have survived a battle with cancer, for people still fighting cancer and in memory of those who have died of cancer. A survivor victory lap will take place immediately after the luminaria ceremony.

'We encourage all people currently fighting cancer and those who have overcome cancer to come and be honored during the victory lap,' said Erwin.

For more information, visit www.uni.edu/studentorgs/relayforlife, or contact Erwin at grante@uni.edu or (319) 404-0254.

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When you're all alone on Valentine's Day

So it's Valentine's Day, that traditional 'couples holiday' and you're a 'single.' David Towle, director of the University of Northern Iowa Counseling Center & Office of Disability Services, says that doesn't mean you have to sit back and watch everyone else have fun. 'Remember that your situation is not unique and you are not alone,' says Towle. 'There are many other people who also don't have a partner at this time in their lives.'

Towle suggests singles take some positive action. 'Do something that provides you with a special treat, such as visiting a spa, enjoying a special food or buying YOURSELF a nice gift. Or, better yet, if you won't be spending $100 on a fancy meal, make a donation to the local food bank, domestic abuse program or charity of your choice.'

Contacts:

David Towle, director UNI Counseling Center & Disability Services, (319) 273-2676

Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

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UNI Panther Day at State Capitol

UNI alumni, parents and students will visit the State Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 15, to show support for the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, $40 million request for Iowa's three state universities. Alumni and parents will attend a university luncheon at 11:45 a.m. at the State Historical Building. Activities at the Capitol include a 1:15 p.m. news conference in the rotunda, and visits with legislators.

Contact:

Stacey Christensen, University Marketing & Public Relations (319) 273-6728

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UNI President Robert D. Koob to address Joint Education Appropriations Subcommittee

UNI President Robert Koob, along with Presidents Gregory Geoffroy and David Skorton of Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, student government presidents from the three Regents universities and Board of Regents President Pro-Tem Bob Downer, will speak at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, to the Joint Education Appropriations Subcommittee, in Room 22 of the State Capitol. They will discuss the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, $40 million request for its 'Partnership for Transformation and Excellence Plan' and its value to Iowa's universities, students and citizens.

Contact:

Stacey Christensen, University Marketing & Public Relations (319) 273-6728

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Monday, Feb. 14

Eyes on the Prize Documentary Series-Vol. 3: 'Mississippi-Is this America?' and 'Bridge to Freedom' will be shown in the Center for Multicultural Education; 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Contact: Michael Blackwell, UNI director of multicultural education, (319) 273-2250.

KUNI's Live from Studio One: Anne Feeney and Chris Chandler will perform a 'Flying Poetry Circus' at 7 p.m. in the KUNI Studio, CAC, third floor. Contact: Karen Impola, UNI senior producer, 'Folkways,' Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.



Tuesday, Feb. 15

Eyes on the Prize Documentary Series-Vol. 4: 'The Time has Come' and 'Two Societies' will be shown in the Center for Multicultural Education; 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Contact: Michael Blackwell, UNI director of multicultural education, (319) 273-2250.

'Malcolm X,' starring Denzel Washington, will be shown at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Room 102 Sabin Hall. Free and open to the public, it offers insights into Black history and the Black radicalism of the 1960s. It is part of the social justice film series being offered by Amnesty International and Students for Social Justice. Contact: Jessica Maass, president, UNI chapter of Amnesty International, (319) 273-2942, 277-4752 or jmaass@uni.edu.

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Reel to Real Film Series: 'The Flashettes,' will be shown at noon in the Maucker Union University Room South; inner city girls gain self-esteem from a track club. Contact: Guy Sims, UNI Maucker Union associate director, (319) 273-2683.



Artist lecture featuring Robert Hirsch, in association with UNI Gallery of Art exhibit, 'World in a Jar: War and Trauma,' Kamerick Art Building, 7 p.m. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-3095.

The En Cinq Quintet will perform at 8 p.m. in Russell Hall Auditorium. Contact: Thomas Tritle, UNI School of Music faculty, (319) 273-2429.

Thursday, Feb. 17

Half-Masted 3.2 Improv Troupe, will perform 'Improv Rain,' at 7:30 p.m. in Interpreter's Theatre, Lang Hall Room 40. Also presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19. Evening performances may not be suitable for children, but a 'family-friendly show is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19. Contact: Doug Shaw, UNI assistant professor of mathematics, (319) 273-6805.

Friday, Feb. 18

Donations 4 Nations benefit concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium; proceeds go to support AIDS orphans in Tanzania. Dr. Mike, Brian Bergman, Adam Mellem and Joe Kiel will perform. Contact: Jennifer Younie, special events/outreach chair, Donations 4 Nations, (515) 570-0766.

Friday, Feb. 18 and Saturday, Feb. 19

50th Annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival, the oldest, continuously running high school jazz festival in the nation, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19, in the Russell Hall Auditorium and Davis Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Fifty-seven high school bands from throughout the state are scheduled to compete in their various class sizes. Judges will select outstanding bands and performers in each category. Guitarist Ben Molder, guest artist for the 54th Annual Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz concerts, to be held in conjunction with the festival at 7:30 p.m. both evenings in the GBPAC's Great Hall, also will lead a clinic over the noon hour, in Russell Hall, both days for interested high students. Contact: Chris Merz, UNI assistant professor of music, (319) 273-3077.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Museum has received a $2,500 grant from the Community Foundation of Waterloo/Cedar Falls and Northeast Iowa to benefit the exhibit, 'A T-rex Named Sue,' which opens March 5.



The grant 'will provide operational support to ensure access for local Iowa children and families to 'A T. rex Named Sue',' said Kay Thuesen, UNI Museums public affairs coordinator.







Hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Museums, a life-sized replica of Sue -- the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered -- will be on display from March 5 through May 27. Because of the exhibit's magnitude, it cannot be contained inside the University Museum itself, so it will be housed at a satellite site at the Cedar Falls Utilities Business Development Center, 1326 Waterloo Road.



Created by The Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of McDonald'sï¾® Corporation, the exhibit tells the story of this unprecedented scientific discovery through interactive exhibits, real-life video footage, colorful graphics and touchable casts of bones. Visitors can also get an eye-level view of the massive skull and touch models of Sue's 12-inch long teeth.







'Support from the Community Foundation helps bring an exciting project to the Cedar Valley. The dinosaur exhibit will make a huge impression on visitors of all ages,' Thuesen said.



Since 1956, residents of northeast Iowa have turned to the Community Foundation of Waterloo/Cedar Falls and Northeast Iowa to make their philanthropic giving as effective as possible. With more than 230 charitable funds and more than $23 million in total assets, the Community Foundation awarded more than $1.7 million to the area in 2003-2004. Since its inception, approximately $19 million has been awarded to projects and programs throughout northeast Iowa.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Teacher education majors at the University of Northern Iowa will be attending the sixth Price Laboratory School Teacher Institute Friday, Feb. 18, at Price Lab. A professional teacher education conference, it will offer more than 60 individual workshops, led by PLS faculty, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. There is no cost to participants.







According to Lee Weber, institute founder and a UNI instructor in teaching, it is designed to enrich student learning in the UNI teacher education program. 'Every year our faculty give many presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences. Until the institute was begun, these resources often never reached our own teacher education students.'



Weber added there is a second benefit for teacher education students. 'We hope, that in addition to gaining exposure to outstanding professional presentations, the UNI teacher education students will begin to see the value of continued professional development and attendance at professional conferences when they begin their teaching careers.'







Bill Callahan, associate dean of the UNI College of Education and PLS director, said, 'Price Laboratory School is very pleased to provide the teacher institute. The first two years have been a great success and the teacher institute is now a fixture in the teacher education calendar.'



For more information, contact Weber at (319) 273-2056 or go to www.pls.uni.edu/pls/teacher_institute/.



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CEDAR FALLS -- A 'Donations for Nations' benefit concert will take place at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. All proceeds from the concert will support AIDS orphans in Tanzania, Africa.

Adam Mellem, a senior music major from Robins, Bryan Bergmann, a senior business administration and management major from Marshalltown, Joe Kiel, a freshman real estate major from Nemaha, and the humorous punk rock band, Dr. Mike, will perform at the concert.

Tickets to the concert are $5, and are available at the door or at Lampost Theatre, 204 W. Seerley Blvd. in Cedar Falls.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jessica Maass of Clive, a University of Northern Iowa sociology major and women's studies minor, is one of three recipients of the second annual Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Undergraduate Social Action Award. The award was presented to Maass by Tracy Ore, chairperson of the Social Action Committee and associate professor at St. Cloud State University.

Maass wrote an essay describing her activist experiences concerning women in society. Maass' activist work was with the Feminist Majority Foundation's Get Out Her Vote, which was a campaign to increase the turnout of young women voters, and to mobilize young feminists to raise awareness on women's issues.

The SWS Undergraduate Social Action Award is designed to carry on the SWS tradition of acknowledging, affirming and inviting students to participate in the organization. Maass participated in the SWS Winter Meeting in Miami, Fla., Jan. 27-30, where she presented to other SWS members and conference attendees.

SWS is an international organization of social scientists consisting of students, faculty, practitioners, and researchers working together to improve the position of women within sociology and society in general.

For more information on SWS visit http://newmedia.colorado.edu/~socwomen/.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Value Added, a new program stressing the importance of recycling and its effect on energy conservation, has been developed by the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE). Value Added is sponsored by UNI's Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center.

'There's the three 'Rs' that many of us know, 'reduce, reuse and recycle,' and then there's the lesser known two 'Bs,' the 'Bottle Bill,'' said Patricia Higby, energy educator at the CEEE. The enactment of the Bottle Bill allowed consumers to deposit their soft drink, beer, and liquor containers for a small refund. Like the Bottle Bill, Value Added is designed to encourage consumers to recycle and to positively affect public policy or legislation.

According to Higby, Value Added pushes people to recycle by providing a number of compelling facts showing the benefits, such as 'total energy saved through recycling in Iowa in 1999 was enough to support all the households in 14 cities like Cedar Falls for a year,' and 'every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, and 4,100 kilowatts of electricity.' Further illustrating how Value Added encourages consumers to be proactive about recycling, 'one recycled aluminum can saves enough energy to light ten 100-watt bulbs for one hour.'

For more information about Value Added, contact Higby at (319) 273-6012 or email patricia.higby@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A government leadership panel, part of the 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series, will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 252, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.



Speakers include Jon Crews, the mayor of Cedar Falls; Rudy Jones, Waterloo community development director; Leon Mosley, member of the Black Hawk Country Board of Supervisors; and, Brendon Moe, a junior political science major from Joice and Northern Iowa Student Government President. Panel members will discuss their path to leadership, influences on their development as a leader and advice for aspiring leaders.



The 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series features leaders from various professional fields. Upcoming topics include media, human rights, business and environmental leadership panels, and a workshop on sexual harassment.



The series, sponsored by the UNI Leadership Studies Program, is free and open to the public. Metered visitor-only parking is available in the lot immediately north of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 50 cents per hour.



For more information on the series, contact Perreault at (319) 273-6898 or YLA@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI and Sturgis Youth Theatre will present The Music Lesson, by Tammy Ryan, Feb. 24-27, and March 2-6, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The Music Lesson will begin at 7:30 p.m., on all performance dates except Sunday, Feb. 27 and March 6, when the curtain will be up at 2 p.m. There will also be a 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Inspired by actual events, The Music Lesson tells the story of a Bosnian woman, haunted by memories of a devastating war in her homeland, struggling to build a new life in America, while reaching out to help a talented, but angry, young girl through the music of Bach. The Music Lesson was awarded the 1999 Bonderman Award and the 2001 Carbonell Award for Best New American Play.

'It is the story of courage, dedication, love, fear, heartache and conflict that takes place both present day and through flashback 'memories' of life in Sarajevo, both before and during the war,' said director Gretta Berghammer, UNI professor of theatre and artistic director for Sturgis Youth Theatre. 'This production will focus on the specific issues and challenges that immigrants, young and old, encounter as they begin to work and live in the U.S.'

Cast members, all UNI theatre majors, are seniors Jennifer Beers of Cedar Falls, Rachelle Neuberger of Clear Lake and Leo Murzenko of St. Petersburg, Russia; sophomores Timothy Cahill of Marshalltown and Kiera Haaland of Perry; and, Magdalena Bochan, unclassified, of Gydyna, Poland. The production will feature a scenic design by Leonard Curtis, UNI associate professor of theatre; sound by Hans Pregler, a junior theatre major from Denver; and, lighting by Mark Parrott, UNI theatre designer and instructor.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children and free for UNI students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office, (319) 273-6381, or online at www.theatreuni.com.

Theatre UNI's production of The Music Lesson is supported in part by a John Deere Community Credit Union Diversity Alliance Grant. The Diversity Alliance Program grant will provide free and reduced-price tickets for area Bosnian students, their peers, teachers and parents to attend the play.

For more information, contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI's marketing director, at (319) 273-6381 or haislet@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa's Half-Masted 3.2 Improv Troupe will present its first show of the semester, Improv Rain, in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, through Saturday, Feb. 19. Material may not be suitable for children, but a family-friendly show will be performed at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19.

Half-Masted 3.2 has been performing improvisational comedy for three years and has received positive reviews from throughout the state of Iowa, according to its director, Douglas Shaw, UNI associate professor of mathematics. In Improv Rain, the troupe will perform improv structures and play game-o-matic, which will involve the audience.



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Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.



Half-Masted 3.2 is a part of the Interpreters Theatre program in the Department of Communication Studies. For more information contact Shaw at (319) 273-6805.

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NOTE TO EDITOR: Listed below, in alphabetical order of hometowns, are the names, classifications

and majors of UNI's Half-Masted 3.2 Improv Troup. Please check for other towns in your coverage area.

HOMETOWN NAME/CLASSIFICATION MAJOR

CEDAR RAPIDS Sara Johnson/freshman political science

Sarah McConnell/freshman general studies

DES MOINES Anthony Soike/junior theatre performance

SHENANDOAH Wayland McQueen/junior philosophy and religion

SUMNER Ben Kass/junior theatre performance

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --'The Flashettes' will be the next featured film in the University of Northern Iowa's Reel to Real film series. The movie will be shown at noon Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Maucker Union's University Room South, and is free and open to the public.



'The Flashettes' is about a group of inner-city girls who gain self-esteem from a track club, according to Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union.



Sims said the goal of the Reel to Real film series is to present short films that generate discussion, reflection, challenge and criticism.



For more information, contact the UNI Student Involvement & Activities Center at 273-2683 or siac@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Financial Aid office is offering a $1,000 transfer scholarship for Iowa residents. Application deadline is April 1.

To be considered, students must have been admitted to UNI and have a minimum of 30 graded transferable hours of credit with a GPA of 3.5 or better. A scholarship application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are also required. A scholarship application can be found at www.uni.edu/finaid by clicking on 'Common Scholarship Application for Undergraduate Students.'

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (319) 273-2700 or e-mail fin.aid@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association will conduct its first-ever ordering event for UNI's Official Class Ring, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 15-17 in Maucker Union.

The ring, which has been recognized by Northern Iowa Student Government and endorsed by President Robert Koob, is available to alumni, undergraduates who have achieved a junior standing, or graduate students with a minimum of 18 credit hours.

The development of an official class ring is significant for several reasons, said Jennifer Noehl, assistant director of Alumni Relations.

'First the ring is available only to those who have earned the right to wear it,' Noehl said. 'Second, the ring design will remain unchanged. Unlike class rings of the past, this ring is not customizable. Finally, the ring will be presented via a class ring ceremony to take place each spring. The inaugural class ring ceremony will take place this April, with President Koob presenting each ring to those who choose to participate.'

The top of the ring features the UNI Campanile with the University of Northern Iowa name and founding date of 1876 around the crown. Inscribed around the inside of the ring is 'LUX,' which is taken from the university's seal, meaning 'light.'

Custom-made in either 10-karat or 14-karat yellow or white gold, the ring can also be highlighted with an epoxy finish in the purple UNI color.

'The official class ring of the University of Northern Iowa has the potential to become a strong tradition. It is a visible symbol of each graduate's place in the UNI family,' said Noehl.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Free income tax assistance is being offered again this spring at the University of Northern Iowa through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Forty-eight senior and graduate accounting students are providing the assistance.

The program began Feb.1, and will continue through April 14, excluding the week of March 13-19 (UNI's spring break). Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5 to 6 p.m., in Room 224 of the Curris Business Building. No appointment is necessary.



VITA was established by the Internal Revenue Service to help people who may find it difficult to pay for tax preparation services. According to Dennis Schmidt, UNI professor of accounting and program coordinator, the program also provides accounting students an experiential learning opportunity as they work with people in actual income tax situations.



Students will be available to prepare federal and state tax returns and answer tax questions. These students have completed a one-semester comprehensive tax course, have received additional training, and have access to a variety of federal and state reference materials.



Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring Form W-2, 'Wage and Tax Statement,' from each employer; Forms 1099, for such things as interest or dividends; a list of other income and expenses; a copy of last year's tax return; and all other information pertinent to this year's tax return.



For more information, contact Schmidt through the UNI Department of Accounting at

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Will zero taxes for our younger workers keep them in Iowa?

Iowa lawmakers and administrators are searching for a program to entice young Iowans to remain in the state. One proposal being discussed calls for greatly reduced, or no, taxes, but is this enough to keep them in the state? Arthur Cox, director of the Real Estate Education Program at the University of Northern Iowa and an associate professor of finance, says the state would have to offer a very strong tax incentive to compete with the higher salaries being offered in many professions out-of-state.

Contacts:

Arthur Cox, director, UNI Real Estate Education Program, (319) 273-6986 (office); (319) 273-2929 (department office); arthur.cox@uni.edu

Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

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Privatization of social security not risk-free

The privatization of social security promises to be in the forefront of the political arena this year, having figured prominently in President Bush's State of the Union address last week. But Fred Abraham, head and professor of economics at the University of Northern Iowa, cautions that such a move would not be risk-free.

For example, he says if we look at where the stock market was four years ago and where it is today, values have dropped 17 percent. 'So, persons invested heavily in stocks could have sustained a fairly large loss or their investments could have been flat, depending on where their money was invested. Social security, on the other hand, has gone up every year.'

Abraham also says privatization would be 'enormously expensive for the federal government. The money has to come from some place, so does that mean we increase taxes or increase the deficit-- our two primary choices?' He says a third source of funding would be to cut spending in other areas. 'I personally oppose the privatization because of the cost and the risk,' he said.

Contacts:

Fred Abraham, UNI head and professor of economics, (319) 273-2412 or F.Abraham@uni.edu

Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

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Monday, Feb. 7

CROW Forum, Julia Trahan will present 'An Intimate Voice: The Music of Rebecca Clark,' at noon in the Maucker Union South Room. Contact: Julia Trahan, UNI assistant professor of viola and music theory, (319) 273-3074.

'Awakenings' and 'Fighting Back,' from the Eyes on the Prize Video Series; will be shown at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Michael Blackwell, UNI director for multicultural education, (319) 273-2250.

Philip Suckling from the Department of Geography will present an earth science seminar on 'Path Direction for Tornadoes in Central and Eastern U.S.' at 4 p.m. in Latham Hall, Room 125. Contact: Phil Suckling, head and professor of earth science, (319) 273-2772.

Self defense seminar will take place at 7 p.m. in Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom C. Contact: Erica McClellan, V-Day campaign coordinator, (319) 222-3027.

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Contact: Mitchell Parr, (319) 560-9147.

Russian Language Diversity Week Lecture: 'Contemporary Issues in Russian Education,' will be presented at 10 a.m., in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room by Vitalii Kantor, UNI visiting scholar. He is professor and dean of the College of Communicative Disorders at the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, in St. Petersburg. Contact: UNI Study Abroad, (319) 273-7078.

Dave Martin from Cedar Falls Utilities and Kelly Vowels from Waverly Light and Power will present 'Winds of Change,' a discussion on renewable energy, at 7 p.m. in the CEEE Auditorium. Contact: Patricia Higby, UNI energy educator (319) 273-6012.





Wednesday, Feb. 9

Camp and Recreation Expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Employers from more than 50 camps, amusement parks, recreation centers and resorts across the country are seeking to hire UNI students. Contact: Libby Vanderwall, events coordinator, UNI Advising & Career Services, (319) 273-6857.



Russian Language Diversity Week Lecture: 'The Social and Economic Problems of the Russian Countryside' will be presented, at 7 p.m., in the Communication Arts Center Room 108, by Alexsei Vorontsov, UNI visiting scholar. He is head of the Department of History and Theory of Sociology at the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia in St. Petersburg. Contact: UNI Study Abroad, (319) 273-7078.

Envision A Violence-Free Open Mic Night/Rally takes place from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Contact: Erica McClellan, V-Day campaign coordinator, (319) 222-3027.

Artist lecture featuring Phyllis McGibbon in association with the exhibit, 'Veronica's Imprint,' will take place at 7 p.m. in the Kamerick Art Building Room 111. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-3095.

Thursday, Feb. 10

Northern Iowa Festival of Bands, will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Russell and GBPAC halls, through Saturday. Contact: Rod Chestnutt, UNI assistant professor of music, (319) 273-2173.

UNI Gallery of Art exhibits, 'The Fertile Crescent Portfolio,' 'World in a Jar: War and Trauma' and 'Veronica's Imprint,' through March 4. Contact: Darrell Taylor; (319) 273-3095.

Diversity Panel, featuring UNI minority students who will discuss life in Iowa and on-campus, begins at 7 p.m., in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge. Contact: Michael Blackwell, UNI director of multicultural education, (319) 273-2250.

Thursdaze features Kala Jojo, The Tall Storyteller, who will perform his songs, chants and stories with authentic African instruments, at 8 p.m. in Maucker Union. Contact: Guy Sims, associate director/Maucker Union, (319) 273-2683.

Friday, Feb. 11

Women on Fridays will take place at noon in Baker 161. Stacy Van Gorp from Opportunity Works will discuss women's leadership and the non-profit sector. Contact: Ami Lawin, graduate assistant, UNI Women's Studies Program, (319) 273-7183.

Red Bull Silo Summit Ice-Climbing Competition, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 13, will take place on the Jim Budlong Farm, 4175 Butler Road, five miles west of the UNI-Dome, temperature permitting. Collegiate teams from throughout the country will have the opportunity to practice from noon to 5 p.m., both Friday and Saturday, and the climbing competition will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. A local competition will begin at noon, Sunday. Contact: Don Briggs, UN I instructor in leisure, youth and human services/outdoor activities, (319) 273-7352.

'The Vagina Monologues,' will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium, with a silent auction prior to performance. Contact: Erica McClellan, V-Day campaign coordinator, (319) 222-3027.





Saturday, Feb. 12

'The Vagina Monologues,' will be performed at 2 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium, with a silent auction prior to performance. Contact: Erica McClellan, V-Day campaign coordinator, (319) 222-3027.

'Peacemaking in Palestine,' takes place at noon in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge and at 7 p.m. in the Industrial Technology Center Room 7. Joe Carr, a member of Christian Peacemaker teams, will discuss nonviolent protest of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Contact: Jessica Maass, president, UNI chapter of Amnesty International, (319) 273-2942, 277-4752 or jmaass@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A three-week study tour of Greece is being offered by the Department of History at the University of Northern Iowa, June 6-27. Students going on the tour can earn capstone credit as part of UNI's newly restructured liberal arts core.

Tour leaders are Gregory Bruess, UNI associate professor of history, and Isabela Varela, UNI career information specialist and certified Greek tour guide. They have more than 20 years of experience in teaching and leading tours in Greece.

The tour, titled 'Greece: From the Cradle of Democracy to Today,' is an experiential learning program open to students and the community. Participants will visit archeological sites such as the Acropolis, Delphi and Olympia; explore Byzantine castles and monasteries; tour museums and art galleries; and travel to the island of Santorini.

For more information, contact Bruess at (319) 273-2752 or Gregory.Bruess@uni.edu or visit the program Web site at http://www.uni.edu/global/greece.

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CEDAR FALLS -- Presentations of Eve Ensler's award-winning play, 'The Vagina Monologues,' will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12, in the Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

'The Vagina Monologues' is a collection of stories that celebrate female sexuality.

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Tickets to 'The Vagina Monologues' are $10, and available at UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) or by calling (319) 273-SHOW. A silent auction benefit will take place before and after each show.

'The Vagina Monologues' concludes UNI's weeklong V-Day activities, which begin Monday, Feb. 7. V-Day is a worldwide organization working to end gender-based violence. All proceeds from UNI's V-Day events will benefit the Cedar Valley Coalition for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse and V-Day International Spotlight: Women of Iraq Under Siege.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two courses offered in February by the University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center (RBC) still have openings.

The RBC is offering 'Smart Start,' an entrepreneurial training course. Participants may attend a class from10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, or 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.

This 90-minute course will cover the basics of business legalities, business plans, financial plans, commercial bank financing and state financial assistance programs. RBC counselors will teach the course, and the cost to attend is $15.



'OSHA's Knocking, Are You Ready?' will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24. The workshop will discuss health and safety regulations that include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, types of inspections and violations, penalties, record keeping, written program and the top OSHA-cited violations. A representative from the Iowa OSHA will be available to answer questions. The workshop is non-regulatory and confidential, and is held in partnership with the Small Business Compliance Alliance. The cost to attend is $35 per business.

For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit www.unirbc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Strategic Marketing Services and Small Business Development Center are partnering with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University to conduct a study among northeast Iowa farmers and agriculture-related small business entrepreneurs.

The purpose of the study is to identify and measure needs in the areas of entrepreneurship, business start-up, marketing and business planning skills. The results of the questionnaire will be used to develop training programs to assist farmers, ag-related small businesses and entrepreneurs with increasing income and profitability.



A limited number of questionnaires will be sent via mail, beginning Feb. 9, during the next two weeks. Participants must be over 18 years of age and either actively farming, operating an ag-related business or interested in developing an ag-related business.

Those who do not receive a mail survey, but who would like to participate, may do so by contacting Sara Wulf at UNI's Strategic Marketing Services, (319) 273-7315, or sara.wulf@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The first program in a spring semester series on women and leadership, offered by the University of Northern Iowa's Undergraduate Women's Studies Program as part of its Women on Fridays series, will take place at noon, Friday, Feb. 11, in Baker 161.

Stacy Van Gorp, executive director of Opportunity Works and director of the UNI American Humanics and Community Partnership, will speak on women's leadership and the non-profit sector.

The series continues through April. Local attorney Judith Bensen will present 'Legal Issues Every Woman Should Know,' March 4, and Jean Trainor, president/CEO of John Deere Community Credit Union, will present 'Financial Leadership,' April 15.



'Women on Fridays events provide an opportunity to explore what it means to be a woman in today's society,' said Susan Hill, director of UNI's Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies. 'Throughout the spring, we are focusing on women in leadership roles in the local Waterloo/Cedar Falls community.'

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



For more information, contact Susan Hill, (319) 273-7195.

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