News Release Archive
February 11, 2004 - 6:00pm
Student activist makes a life of improving life for others
Lorelle Curry is a UNI student and a social activist who has made it her business to change the Cedar Valley for the better. She recently led a drive for the local battered women's shelter, collecting mountains of much-needed material for the shelter by lining up nearly 100 volunteers who solicited donations from shoppers at a local discount store. She also played a key role in the acquisition of the emergency phones now located around the UNI campus, works with the homeless, helps those on Native American reservations, volunteers with Global Health Corps and is building a house with Habitat for Humanity.
'So many people have done so much for me,' she explains. 'I think it's important that I turn around and do something for others.' How does the junior political science major balance all those activities with work and classes? 'I don't have a television,' she says. 'I think that's a huge part of it. Plus, I think people have a lot more time than they think they do.'
Lorrelle Curry, junior, political science and government, (319) 277-5052
Price Lab School civil rights project explores race relations
Clare Struck, elementary guidance counselor; and Mary Salazar Guenther, third-grade instructor; both at Malcolm Price Laboratory School, have developed an innovative method for teaching third-graders about the civil rights movement.
The two integrate multicultural education into the regular curriculum through literature, with an emphasis on how students can apply what they've learned to their own circumstances. 'I believe a major goal of a multicultural curriculum is to help students acquire the knowledge, attitude and abilities they will need to be full participants in a culturally diverse society,' explains Guenther. 'Therefore, we teach students to know, reflect and act on issues of cultural differences.'
Clare Struck, elementary guidance counselor, (319) 273-6189
Mary Salazar-Guenther, third-grade instructor, (319) 273-2168
'Thursdaze' events celebrate Black History Month
The monthly 'Thursdaze' events, sponsored by Maucker Union as an alternative to alcohol-related activities off campus, will showcase African American and African history, Thursday, Feb. 12. Those events are:
7 p.m., panel discussion, 'Exploring the Relationships Between African Americans and Americans
in the United States' Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge
8 p.m. African storyteller, Kala Jojo, Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge
9 p.m., Capoeira Dancers, fashion show and West African drummers, Maucker Union Coffeehouse
Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-2683 ###
Author to discuss black identity
John McWhorter, contributing editor for 'The New Republic' and 'City Journal,' will discuss 'Black Identity and Getting Past Race,' at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at UNI's Center for Multicultural Education.
McWhorter is author of 'The Word on the Street: Fact and Fiction About American English,' and 'The Missing Spanish Creoles: Recovering the Birth of Plantation Creole Languages.' His most recent book, 'The Power of Babel' is an introduction to language change, language mixture and worldwide dialects.
Michael Blackwell, director, Multicultural Education, (319) 273-2250
Black History Month ball
The UNI Center for Multicultural Education will host its annual 'Night of Elegance,' a ball for students, from 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Feb. 27, in the Commons Ballroom.
Gaile Tolbert, secretary III, Center for Multicultural Education, (319) 273-2250
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Endeavor Recognition Project is taking nominations for its 10th annual awards.
The purpose of the project is to give visibility to individuals or groups who contribute to the common good,' said project organizer and director of UNI' s Leadership Studies Program, Gerri Perreault. 'We seek out people or groups whose positive efforts often go unrecognized.'
Students, staff, and adult volunteers in the public and private high schools in Black Hawk County are eligible for the award. Individuals, groups, organizations, or offices may be nominated.
Allen Health Systems, the UNI Leadership Studies Program and the YWCA sponsor the Endeavor Project.
Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 1.
For more information or for nomination forms, contact the counselor's office at your school or Perreault at the Leadership Studies Program at (319) 273-6898 or YLA@uni.edu.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four University of Northern Iowa students will compete in the final round of the ninth annual Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) Case Competition at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada.
Christina Beck, senior organizational communication major from Bettendorf; Amanda Jensen, senior economics major from West Branch; and John Kellenberger, senior finance major from Algona will travel to St. John's, Newfoundland, to compete against teams from business schools around the world during the week-long competition which begins Sunday, Feb. 22. All four students are members of UNI's International Club of Business Students.
The championship round of the contest will feature teams from New Zealand, Canada, France, Finland, Norway and the United States.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host 'From the Garden to the Kitchen,' a workshop for third through fifth graders, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, at the UNI Biology Botanical Center Greenhouse.
Participants will explore the gardening process with hands-on experience combining soil components, planting fruit and vegetable seeds, and eating the snacks made from their harvest. The event is part of the UNI Biology Seminar Series for children.
UNI student Amanda Miller will present the program. Miller is a fourth-year biology major and certified Botanical Center employee. Registration is $23 and is limited to 15 children. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 25.
For more information, contact Billie Hemmer-Callahan, Botanical Center/Preserve manager, at (319) 273-2247.
February 9, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Free income tax assistance will be offered this year at the University of Northern Iowa through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Approximately 50 senior and graduate accounting students will provide the assistance.
The program will run from Feb. 10 through April 15, excluding the week of March 14-20. Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 224 of the Curris Business Building.
VITA was established by the Internal Revenue Service to help people who may not be able to afford professional tax assistance. 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.
No appointment is necessary. For more information, contact Dennis Schmidt, program coordinator, at (319) 273-2394.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- V-Day UNI 2004 will be in full swing at the University of Northern Iowa beginning Monday, Feb. 16.
This year's event kicks off at noon, Monday, Feb. 16 with a Rape-Free Zone Proclamation and a sexual abuse survivor panel at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education's (CME) conference room. A Rape-Free Zone ribbon booth will be set up in Maucker Union from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.
At 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, Janet Riley and Shandra Mitchell from Waterloo's Family Service League will lecture in the CME, followed by a panel discussion, 'International Perspectives on Domestic Violence.'
An open-mic night, 'Envisioning a Violence-Free UNI,' will take place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge, followed by a 'Gender Feud' at 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19 in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse. At 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, the video 'Viva la Vulva,' will be shown in Baker Hall, Room 161. A 'Love Your Body' fair will follow from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Maucker Union Old Central ballroom.
In addition to these events, the Vagina Warriors display and Women of Juarez exhibit will be on display in the Maucker Union Old Central ballroom lobby all week.
The week will culminate with two performances of Eve Ensler's 'The Vagina Monologues,' at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21 in the Lang Hall Auditorium.
'V-Day UNI 2004 is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls,' said Julie Lust, V-day UNI 2004 events organizer and senior leisure service major.
February 8, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI alumnus, Adolfo Franco Jr., U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, is the keynote speaker for the University of Northern Iowa's Economics Department's 20th annual Jepson Symposium, Tuesday, Feb. 17.
USAID is the government agency that administers economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide.
Born in Cardenas, Cuba, Franco and his family moved to Cedar Falls in 1965. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University of Northern Iowa. His law degree is from Creighton University School of Law. Franco is one of the highest-ranking Hispanic-Americans in the Bush administration.
The Jepson Symposium is funded by the Lawrence M. Jepson endowment to support activities in international economics. The symposium is by invitation only.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- High school and University of Northern Iowa students can try their luck at the Wright Challenge, a Web-based math contest now in its fifth year.
Between now and May, 'Doctor E' will present five puzzles, one every other week. The first puzzle is now available on the Web. The solution is due on Friday, March 5.
The puzzles can be found on the Web site, http://www.math.uni.edu. Answers can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or sent to: Doctor E, c/o the University of Northern Iowa Mathematics Department, 320 Wright Hall, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0506.
Prizes will include certificates suitable for framing and more than $100 in cash.
'Students have said that this contest is a lot of fun and the problems are interesting and maddening,' UNI math professor and Wright Challenge creator Douglas Shaw said.
For more information, contact Shaw at (319) 273-6805 or email@example.com.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Olympics from 9 a.m. to noon in the UNI-Dome on Thursday, Feb. 19.
More than 250 junior high and high school students are expected to participate from Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Dike-New Hartford, Wapsie Valley, Jesup, Traer, Gilbertville, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Dunkerton, Nashua-Plainfield, La Porte City, Winthrop, Fairbank, Janesville and Sumner.
According to Larry Escalada, UNI associate physics professor and event coordinator, teams will construct a self-propelled catapult, build a mouse-trap car, construct a toothpick bridge and develop a soda-straw arm and water heater.
The two teams with the highest total scores will qualify for the state competition at the Drake University Olmstead Center in Des Moines on April 21.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the first time ever, Illinois students can test their knowledge in the University of Northern Iowa's Wright Challenge, a Web-based math contest.
Between now and May, 'Doctor E' will present five puzzles, one every other week. The first problem is now available on the Web. The solution is due on Friday, March 5.
The puzzles can be found on the Web at http://www.math.uni.edu. Answers can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or sent to: Doctor E, c/o the University of Northern Iowa Mathematics Department, 320 Wright Hall, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0506.
Prizes will include certificates suitable for framing and more than $100 in cash.
The Wright Challenge is in its fifth year at UNI, and was created by math professor Douglas Shaw. This is the first year students from another state are invited to participate.
'Students have said that this contest is a lot of fun and the problems are interesting and maddening,' Shaw said.
For more information, contact Shaw at (319) 273-6805 or email@example.com.
During his recent State of the Union address, President Bush discussed his proposed budget plans for fiscal year 2005. While he concedes that his budget proposal will increase the nation's budget deficit, which is forecast at more than $500 billion this fiscal year, he maintains that his proposal will strengthen America. His opponents say that budget deficits should not be allowed in the federal budget.
According to Bryce Kanago, assistant professor of economics, the concern over deficits is that they will raise interest rates and cause a decrease in business spending on capital goods. However, Kanago says, 'You have to look at your overall goal. The negative effect may be offset, or reversed, if the government uses deficits to finance productive purposes, provide tax credits for the purchase of capital, or to keep from raising tax rates. We need to consider whether expenditures are justified, not simply how they are financed.'
Bryce Kanago, assistant professor of economics, (319) 273-2951, (319) 273-2412, firstname.lastname@example.org
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
Revel in your 'single-ness' says UNI professor
This time of year, it seems like everyone's in love. Television commercials for everything from new vehicles to greetings cards feature loving couples, and there are weddings on many favorite prime time shows. 'Human beings are relationally driven,' explains Roberta Davilla, associate professor of communication studies. 'We gravitate toward relationships rather than separation. We want satisfying and stable relationships. It's a real need for us.'
But, she says, that doesn't mean people who aren't in a relationship should hole up in their lairs until the Valentine's Day hoopla has passed. Rather, she says, use that day to take time for yourself. 'Do things that make you feel good as a person. If you like flowers, buy yourself flowers. If you want a box of chocolates, buy yourself a box of chocolates. It's just a 24-hour period, and you should think of it that way -- as just one day.'
She advises those who are depressed by the approach of Valentine's Day to 'do some self-reflection and see what's good about your life. Look at the blessings you do have.'
Roberta Davilla, associate professor of communication studies, (319) 273-7154, email@example.com
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
Condoms and communication
Valentine's Day kicks off National Condom Week. While sex seems prevalent throughout society, surprising statistics show a lack of communication about intimacy. 'A National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study showed that 90 percent of women were embarrassed to discuss sexual issues with their partner,' says Joan Thompson, health educator at the University of Northern Iowa. 'More than half of them actually said they don't believe women should talk about these things.'
In a country of more than 65 million people with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), that's a dangerous cultural belief. 'Two-thirds of all STDs occur in people 25 or younger,' Thompson says. 'And at least one in four people will contract a STD once in their lives.' She explains the best way to completely avoid STDs is abstinence or maintaining a long-term monogamous relationship.
Joan Thompson, health educator, (319) 273-2198,
Melissa Barber, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
To cancel class or not to cancel classes, that is the question
One television meteorologist predicts one to four inches of snow. Another says we'll get nine. How do school superintendents know when bad weather warrants canceling classes? Alan Czarnetzki, is director of UNI's Science center for Teaching, Outreach and Research on Meteorology (STORM). He says one of the center's goals is to help superintendents better incorporate weather and road information into their decision-making process.
Czarnetzki and Patrick O'Reilly, a support scientist with the STORM project, have developed free, online training modules and links to weather information. Among the tools available to superintendents is a road and weather information system known as Foretell. 'Foretell provides superintendents an hour-by-hour forecast of weather and road conditions. Our resources allow people in neighboring school districts access to the same information. That reduces the inconsistencies superintendents find when they look for information on their own,' Czarnetzki explains. 'Superintendents still face difficult weather-related decisions, but STORM gives them tools to use as they talk among themselves.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Natural Science (CNS) will present a lecture by Richard Jarrell, natural science professor at New York University, at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16 in UNI's Latham Hall, Room 125.
Jarrell's lecture, 'Big Science in a Small Country: The Curious History of Canadian Radio Astronomy,' deals with large scientific programs such as nuclear, space, astronomy and geonomics, within a large state (such as in the United States) or a state consortium, like the European Space Agency. He will address what happens when a country like Canada tries to develop a large science program. Jarrell's lecture is part of the CNS Earth Science Seminar series, sponsored by the UNI College of Natural Sciences.
For more information, contact Thomas Hockey, UNI astronomy professor, at (319) 273-2065.
February 5, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An African American woman with an advanced degree in science, Reygan Freeney wishes there more like her in the field.
'There is a shortage, in general, of individuals going into the math and science professions, while the need for such individuals continues to increase. But I don't think we tell women and other underrepresented groups that they can achieve in this field,' she said.
Freeney is director of the Upward Bound Math and Science program at the University of Northern Iowa. She holds a B.S. and an M.A., both in chemistry.
She fell in love with learning at an early age but didn't make a career choice until she got to college. 'I figured I would do something in the sciences because I'd taken a lot of courses in that area and enjoyed them.' What made her successful, though, was having a mentor. 'It makes a difference when you have someone there showing you all the various aspects of the career, and saying that this is something you can achieve.'
It's why she's such a proponent of experiences provided through the Upward Bound Math and Science program, which recruits high school students who are either low-income, from an underrepresented group or are potential first-generation college students. During the six-week summer stay, students are assigned mentors who work one-on-one with them. Also featured are hands-on, lab-based activities in the university's research areas, field trips, and college exploration to acquaint students with college life. Freeney said about 80 percent of the program graduates have gone on to post-secondary education in math or science.
'Demographics are changing,' she noted. 'When I started in this field just a few years ago, there weren't a lot of female professors. By the time I graduated, though, I was seeing a lot more young women in the program and teaching. Girls and members of other groups that haven't typically gone into this area need to know that the field is wide open, and there are lots of people like us succeeding.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre will present 'An Evening of Performance Art,' at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Feb. 6-8, in Lang Hall, Room 40. The Sunday performance was added after a Feb. 5 performance was canceled due to inclement weather.
The productions are free and open to the public.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events speech team competed in a tournament at Bradley University on Saturday, Jan. 24. The team finished fourth with Sara Gronstal, a senior elementary education major from Council Bluffs, bringing home gold and silver medals. Gronstal came in first in persuasive speaking and was runner-up in dramatic interpretation. Gronstal placed fourth in duo speaking with teammate Danielle Dick, a senior communications major from Dayton. Other place finishers were Dick, who took fifth place in prose, and Mike Hilkin, a junior English major from Dubuque, who came in sixth in extemporaneous speaking. Coltrane Carlson, a freshman electronic media major from Council Bluffs, also competed.
UNI Debate team members Michelle Kelsey, a senior political science major from Ankeny and Eric Short, a senior communications major from Brookings, S.D., traveled to Baylor University and compiled a 4-4 record, beating teams from Liberty University and the University of Texas-Dallas.
For more information, contact Cate Palczewski, director of forensics, at (319) 273-2714.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education will host workshops to teach construction professionals and homeowners how to save money on heating bills.
The CEEE will host Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) workshops sponsored and presented by Reward Wall Systems and Iowa Ready-Mix Concrete Association. The workshops will take place Tuesday, Feb. 17 to Thursday, Feb. 19 in the CEEE rotunda. Workshops from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 are for contractors and builders. Also from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 is a workshop for tradespeople. Architects will have a clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 followed by a presentation for homeowners from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 19, a workshop will be conducted for building maintenance officials.
According to the Amvic Systems, the leading supplier of the product, ICF's can lower building heating costs by up to 50 percent.
'Lumber prices have continued to increase, making the initial, up-front costs of concrete homes more competitive,' said Pat Higby, CEEE energy educator. 'When monthly mortgage and utility bills are considered together, homes built with ICF's are much less expensive to own than traditional, stick-built houses.'
For more information, contact Stephanie Rosenboom, CEEE public relations director, at (319) 273-3850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Chris Cagle will not perform with Rascal Flatts Friday, Feb. 20, in the UNI-Dome. Cagle announced that, per doctor's orders, he will leave the Rascal Flatts 'Melt' tour. Opening for the group in Cagle's absence will be country music comedian and parody singer, Cledus T. Judd.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $33.75 and $25.75, and are available at all Ticketmaster locations, (515) 243-5505; and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.cc.com. Ticketmaster service charges are not included in the ticket price. For concert information contact the UNI-Dome box office at (319) 273-DOME.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The student address for the fall 2003 University of Northern Iowa commencement ceremony was given by Suzanne Marie Just-Schuknecht of Swaledale. Just-Schuknecht received a master's degree in communication studies.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI and the University of Northern Iowa School of Music will present Aaron Copland's 'The Tender Land' Feb. 27 to March 6 at Strayer-Wood Theatre.
The opera, presented in three acts, will be directed by Sandra Walden, instructor of music and UNI students will perform.
'The Tender Land' was inspired by the book, 'Let Us Now Praise Famous Men' by James Agee. The opera tells the story of one farm family's struggle in the 1930s to cope with life-altering experiences and decisions facing them on the night before their daughter's high-school graduation.
Performances are Feb. 27 and March 4-6 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 29 at 2 p.m. and March 2 at 10 a.m. The performance of March 2 is for schools only. Tickets are available at the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office as well as online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=3219&schedule=list.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The third annual Collegiate Entrepreneurs Iowa Conference will take place at the University of Northern Iowa from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, at Maucker Union. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
According to Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager for UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, the free event is open only to college and university students and faculty/staff from across the state. She expects about 350 attendees.
Among the speakers will be Bill Krause, president and CEO of Krause Gentle Corp., and owner of 350 Kum & Go stores in 13 states and 19 other companies; Dan Leese, COO of Beringer Blass Wine Estates in Napa Valley, Calif.; Jerome Conway, president of Austin Sonics Inc., a management company serving 101 Sonic restaurants; Dan Schmitt, president of Anthony, Allen & Quinn, a family of seven businesses; and speakers from Collegiate VIP. Cota-Uyar said other speakers will include successful young entrepreneurs.
All non-breakout presentations will be Webcast live at www.jpec.org/ceic.htm. The presentations will be archived on UNI servers after the event and will be available for viewing. Registration is being accepted online until Feb. 20. For more information, visit www.jpec.org/ceic.htm or call 273-7350.
The conference is sponsored by Collegiate VIP, a St. Louis-based company that develops virtual internship partnerships between corporations, universities and the nation's top students; Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO), a global network that encourages and supports college students interested in entrepreneurship; and the five John Pappajohn Centers.
February 4, 2004 - 6:00pm
The annual. 'National Girls and Women in Sports' clinic will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the UNI-Dome. More than 300 girls in kindergarten through sixth grade have registered for the event that celebrates the achievements and opportunities for females in athletics.
Panther women athletes will instruct clinics in various sports, including soccer, volleyball, golf and swimming.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four UNI students recently participated in a national computer science volunteer program in Phoenix.
Representing UNI in the student volunteer program of the Supercomputer 2003 contest were senior computer science major Justin Park of Dubuque, junior computer science major Eric Shook of Dunkerton, junior computer science major Andrew Friedley of Cedar Falls and graduate student Daniel Woldekirkos of South Africa.
Paul Gray, assistant professor of computer science and a conference presenter, accompanied the students to the program. In exchange for being volunteers and audiovisual technicians, the students earned free room and board, conference registration and participation in a job fair.
'The benefits of this program to the students were immeasurable,' Gray said. 'These students got to see firsthand the magnitude, scope, complexity, scale and real impact of the field of high-performance computing, which is something that is impossible to otherwise bring into the classroom.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Upward Bound Math and Science Program at the University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its summer residential program. Available from high school guidance counselors and principals, applications will be accepted until all openings are filled, although applications postmarked by Feb. 16, 2004 will be given priority. Up to 50 students will be accepted.
Expanding on the success of the well-known Upward Bound programs on college campuses nationwide, the Upward Bound Math and Science Program at UNI encourages high school students to seek post-secondary education in math or science. ''There is a shortage of individuals going into the math and science professions, while the need for such individuals continues to increase,'' said Reygan Freeney, director of the UNI program.
Students in the program attend a free six-week summer session on the UNI campus, which includes classes, field trips and a weekly stipend.
The program has been awarded funding for 2003-2004 year by the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $288,383. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and encourages them to pursue post-secondary degrees in these fields.
The Upward Bound Math and Science Program has operated on the UNI campus since 1991. Freeney said about 80 percent of the program graduates have gone on to post-secondary education in math or science, and the majority of those have gone to Iowa colleges or universities.
For more information, contact a school guidance counselor, call Freeney at (319) 433-1260, or
e-mail the program at email@example.com.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Slop Brand Art,' a mixed media exhibition of art objects with the purpose of presenting 'art as a commodity,' will be presented by the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art, Monday, Feb. 16 through Friday, March 5.
An opening reception and performance will take place at 7 p.m., Feb. 16. Curators Brian Reeves and Adriane Herman will give a lecture Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Sponsors of the event are the 'Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier,' Simpson's Furniture and HyVee Food Stores. The lecture and performance are sponsored in part by the Martha Ellen Tye Visiting Artist/Scholar Series and the Florence Hartwig Endowment.
The UNI Gallery of Art is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery.
February 3, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa alumni are invited to apply for a 2004 Merchant scholarship.
The scholarships, open to any bachelor's degree graduate of UNI, are for graduate education at any accredited post-baccalaureate graduate or professional school. They are awarded to UNI graduates on the basis of ability, achievement, character, potential and service to society.
Applications are available at http:www.uni.edu/finaid/scholarships/forms/Merchant.doc or by contacting Richard Followill, chair, Merchant Scholarship Committee, at (319) 273-2992 or Richard.Followill@uni.edu.
Submit applications by mail to Richard Followill, University of Northern Iowa, 308 Currris Business Building, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0124.
The application deadline is March 1.
The scholarships are funded from the Merchant Trust, established in 1951 through the UNI Foundation, to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The presentation and re-presentation of the Lewis-Clark expedition and the perceptions these presentations create will be the topic of the next history lecture at the University of Northern Iowa, Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Jill Wagner, professor of anthropology and Native American studies at Iowa State University, will speak at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall, Room 115. Her address, 'Marketing the Myth: Selling the Lewis-Clark Expedition,' is free and open to the public.
Wagner said she will explore the perceptions of the Lewis-Clark expedition, based on its common presentation. She maintains that U.S. history is created, or written, to support the country's current self-image. She challenges that presentation of history.
Wagner received her Ph. D. from Washington State University. She also holds a degree in linguistics. She worked with Native Americans in Idaho, mapping, recording and documenting their language.
This lecture is the fourth in the 2003-2004 Phi Alpha Theta/Department of History Lecture Series. The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of History, Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization and the UNI History Club. It will continue March 24, with 'Justice Undressed: Law, Sexuality and Politics in Third Republic France.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– University of Northern Iowa students may extend their educational experience past the classroom through the International Programs Offices' 'European Studies in the Humanities and Holocaust: Poland,' taking place in Poland May 11 to June 16. Students can receive four credit hours toward their general education requirements and three hours of elective credit. Credits will be counted towards 'Humanities II' and 'Studies in the Holocaust.'
Participants will work with professors, travel to Auschwitz and live in Krakow. Those who attend also will participate in a field trip to Masuria/Olsztyn.
The approximate cost of the trip is $3,200, which includes UNI credit, room and board in Krakow, special tours, and lessons in 'Survival Polish.'
For more information, contact Aurelia Klink, executive assistant at UNI's International Programs Office, at (319) 273-7078 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its Camp and Recreation Fair Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom. The event is free and is open to all UNI, Hawkeye Community College, Upper Iowa University and Wartburg College students.
The fair will feature employers from more than 50 camps, resorts and amusement parks across the United States, who are recruiting summer employees for a variety of positions.
Among the organizations represented are Valley Fair, Anderson Western Colorado Camps and BUNAC, (British Universities North America Club), an organization that specializes in placing students in camps around the world.
The event is sponsored by the UNI Career Center.
For a list of recruiting organizations and more information visit www.uni.edu/careercenter.
February 2, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Spring semester enrollment at the University of Northern Iowa shows 12,396 students registered for classes, according to UNI Registrar Phil Patton. The total is a decrease of 605 students from the 2003 spring enrollment of 13,001.
February 1, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre will present 'An Evening of Performance Art' at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4 to Saturday, Feb. 7 in Lang Hall room 40.
Brianne Waychoff, graduate student in the Women's Studies department and native of Cedar Rapids, will perform four evenings of performance art for her master's thesis production. Each night will feature a different production and portray different images of women.
Waychoff, who conceived the idea for the performance herself, said the pieces explore labels placed upon women by society and investigate the concept of the 'hysterical woman.'
The productions are free and open to the public.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twelve students from the University of Northern Iowa Department of Communicative Disorders are recipients of awards or scholarships. Among the students receiving scholarships are ___(Name)___ of ___(Hometown)___, who received a ___(Scholarship) , valued at ___($ amount)___.
All awards were based on academic merit.
HOMETOWN NAME / SCHOLARSHIP /DOLLAR AMOUNT AWARD
AFTON Melissa M. Bradley, Jr./Sr. CHFA Set-Aside Award, $1,000
CEDAR RAPIDS Rebecca S. Bartlett, Jr./Sr. CHFA Set-Aside Award, $1,000, and Dr. Lois Shefte Potter Scholarship, 2,000
CENTERVILLE Lindsey N. Clark, Jr./Sr. CHFA Set-Aside Award, $1,000
CHARLES CITY Marcy K. Franke, Jr./Sr. CHFA Set-Aside Award, $1,000
DUNDEE Sarah J. Heims, Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association, recognition only
FT. MADISON Lindsey M. Carr, 2003 Boots Award for Clinical Talent, $50
INDEPENDENCE Tonya R. Foster, Roy E. Eblen Scholarship, $1,500
MASON CITY Kimberly K. Ethington, Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association, recognition only
SIOUX CITY Kari A. Rickert, Jr./Sr. CHFA Set-Aside Award, $1,000, and Humpl-Guthart Sertoma Scholarship, $500
SUMNER Melissa M. Mueller, Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association, recognition only
WELLMAN Carissa J. Yoder, Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association, $500, and 2003 Purple & Gold, recognition only
VINTON Heidi L. Husnik, Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association, recognition only
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Anti-sexist activist Jackson Katz will speak at the University of Northern Iowa at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.
Katz will discuss 'More Than a Few Good Men: A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence Against Women.' His presentation will be the kickoff to V-day 2004, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.
According to this year's V-day organizer, Julie Lust, senior leisure services major said Katz's lecture will cover rape, sexual harassment, abusive relationships and other forms of gender-based discrimination and violence. Katz will share stories from his gender-violence prevention work with the U.S. Marines; illustrate how sports culture, comedy advertising and other media depictions of male and female relationships contribute to gender violence levels; and draw connections between the campus culture of drinking and the incidence of sexual assault.
For more information, contact Lust at (319) 222-5652 or jalust.uni.edu.
Gov. Tom Vilsack recently predicted that Iowa's 370 districts will undergo more mergers, as school budget guarantees begin a phase-out process next fiscal year. The result will be larger schools, often-confusing strings of letters to name the new districts and, says a UNI professor of social work, an increased likelihood that students will use drugs.
Katherine van Wormer is author of the book, 'Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspectives.' She says smaller schools have the least drug problems. 'In smaller school, the teachers know the families, offer more individual attention to students, and students are better watched. Because of that, they felt responsible to teachers. They don't want to let them down with negative behavior. Van Wormer says studies indicate that schools with 300 to 600 students are about the right size. 'Consolidation is a mistake. We have high schools now that are as big as some cities.'
Katherine van Wormer, professor of social work, (319) 273-6379, email@example.com
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
Teacher assessment provides insight, if done correctly
'When many people think of accountability, they want to give a standardized test to determine it,' says Barry Wilson, director of assessment for UNI's College of Education, describing the recent flurry of statewide conversations about teacher testing. Wilson says testing can be done, but it must be done properly. He is not a fan of most teacher-testing approaches which are, in his opinion, 'high stakes,' meaning there's a single test and teachers either pass or fail.
'The danger of these kinds of high-stakes tests is that a paper-and-pencil test is not the best way to find out who is a good teacher,' Wilson explains, and says tests of actual performance are much better. He notes the high-stakes standardized tests also are unfair to minority candidates, and points out that Iowa has excellent requirements and standards for all teacher-preparation institutions -- like UNI. 'In fact, at UNI, we've developed an assessment tool called the Teacher Work Sample that has been nationally recognized as one of the very best assessments of teacher quality.'
Barry Wilson, director of assessment, College of Education, (319) 273-2694, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761 ###
UNI professor to discuss American electoral patterns
A UNI faculty forum titled, 'American Electoral Patterns,' will be facilitated by Donna Hoffman, UNI assistant professor of political science at noon, Feb. 6 in Sabin Hall, Room 121. Hoffman's research interests include a focus on states' election patterns and how those patterns influence presidential elections, as well as research on voting patterns among different demographic groups.
Donna Hoffman, UNI assistant professor of political science, (319) 273, 5916, (319) 273-2039. email@example.com
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
January 29, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Mary Bozik, communication studies professor at the University of Northern Iowa, will lead a workshop on listening skills from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4. The workshop, titled 'We hear, but do we listen,' is presented through UNI's Management & Professional Development Center (MPDC).
Debb Vandehaar-Arens, program assistant for the MPDC, said, 'Mary is one of the best in listening education in the nation.'
Bozik's presentation will focus on understanding the difference between hearing and listening, learning why messages get misinterpreted, and understanding the complete listening process. She will also discuss techniques to improve communication clarity and accuracy as well as techniques to communicate and listen better.
UNI's MPDC provides training and education for the business environment. The workshop costs $195 for the general public.
A complete workshop description is available on the Web at http://www.bcs.uni.edu/mpdc. For more information, or to register for the workshop, contact Vandehaar-Arens at (319) 273-5851 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Laura Thudium, professional makeup artist and costume designer, will conduct a theatrical makeup workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the University of Northern Iowa's Strayer-Wood Theatre.
Thudium has worked in professional and academic theatre for 17 years and is a visiting associate professor at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon. Her book, 'Stage Makeup,' was published in 1999.
During the workshop, Thudium will discuss and demonstrate makeup design and application with the audience, while providing hands-on instruction for 12 UNI theatre students.
Thudium will return to UNI for the annual Arts in April celebration kickoff on Saturday, April 3, to talk about her life in art and discuss her book.
The workshop and lecture, funded by the Martha Ellen Tye Guest Artist fund, are free and open to the public.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events Speech team hosted the Henderson Individual Events Tournament at UNI on Saturday, Jan. 10. Students competed in persuasive speaking, with top finishers moving on to the Post-Season Interstate Oratory contest. Senior elementary education major, Sara Gronstal, from Council Bluffs, came in third and was named an alternate to the contest. Mike Hilkin, a junior English major from Dubuque, won sixth place.
On Sunday, Jan. 11, Wartburg College hosted their tournament on UNI's campus. Hilkin took third place in persuasive speaking, sixth place in extemporaneous speaking and first place in impromptu speaking.
Up next for the UNI team is a trip to Baylor University, where members of the varsity squad will compete.
For more information on UNI's speech or debate team, contact Cate Palczewski, director of forensics at (319) 273-2714.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has named its January 'Student Assistant of the Month.' Dillon Schoo, a freshman studying construction management, from Waterloo, is a student assistant in the Rod Library Access Services Department.
The library staff nominated Schoo for his outstanding work as a building monitor in the Access Services Department.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Gerald Anglum, interim assistant vice president for marketing and public relations at the University of Northern Iowa, was presented the Distinguished Service Award at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VI conference in Denver, Colo., on Jan. 13.
The award recognizes service to the advancement profession and work for CASE and District VI.
Anglum has volunteered for CASE District VI for more than a decade, and began his involvement with CASE after he won a scholarship to the district conference. He went on to serve on the board of directors from 1997 to 2000. During that time, he chaired the district's Communication and Outreach Committee, was instrumental in moving District VI towards using electronic communication and coordinated the newcomer and student scholarships. Anglum also has played many roles in planning District IV conferences, including serving as program co-chair in 1996.
January 28, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI's Off-Hudson series will continue with a play reading of Tammy Ryan's 'The Music Lesson,' at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in the Communication Arts Center 108.
'The Music Lesson' uses the music of Bach combined with memories of the Bosnian war to tell the story of a conflicted teacher and a rebellious student who help each other heal. Ryan draws her tale from personal experience: She was the neighbor of a Bosnian couple, both music teachers, in the 1990's.
Greta Berghammer, professor of theatre, will direct the piece.
Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director of Theatre UNI, at (319) 273-6387.
January 27, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Quick Books Pro -- Advanced,' a software training course, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC).
The course will run three Mondays, from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning Feb. 9, and continuing Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. The instructor will be Judy Schindel, certified Quick Books trainer.
Participants will learn software specifics, such as setting preferences, reporting, estimates and invoicing, bills and payments, reconciliation, memorized transactions and more.
These sessions are aimed at Quick Books users who are familiar with the software series, but want to better understand and use the software program.
Cost is $169. The registration deadline is Thursday, Feb. 5. For more information and to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Sturgis Youth Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa is offering creative drama classes for children in preschool to high school, beginning Feb. 2.
Children 3 1/2 to 5 years of age can participate in 'Gimme Five,' a class that will explore stories and activities that feature the number five. The class will emphasize the basic elements of creative drama. Enrollment is limited to 10 people. The class will take place from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 5 to March 11. Registration fee is $15.
Kindergarteners to first-graders will look at stories, ideas, characters and images inspired by folk tales featuring food in 'Delicious Dramas!' Theatre games and activities designed to explore movement, pantomime and story dramatization will be shared. Enrollment is $20 and is limited to 15 participants. The class will take place from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 5 to March 11.
'What a Wonderful World,' a class for second to third-graders, will use international folk tales as a basis for character and story activities. The class runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 2 to March 8. Enrollment is $30 and is limited to 15 students.
Students in fourth grade and older can participate in Sturgis' Spring Studio Theatre Performance Opportunity. The class will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 3 to April 6. Students will rehearse and prepare Oscar Wilde's 'The Birthday of Infanta' for a stage performance. Enrollment is limited to 25. A registration fee is $50, which includes two tickets to the production.
The Sturgis Youth Theatre believes all young people should be allowed to explore and experience all facets of theatre production and performance. The theatre produces two plays each year.
For more information, about the Sturgis Youth Theatre visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre/sturgis.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Service and Learning Initiative, an opportunity for students to learn through community service, is offering grants of up to $200 to classrooms to conduct waste-related projects.
Approximately 15 grants will be awarded for projects such as letter-writing campaigns, investigations of illegal dumpsites and inventories of hazardous wastes.
Mini-grant applications are due to UNI by Feb. 16. Priority will be given to applications that promote waste reduction and indicate plans to work with local solid waste officials.
The project is funded in part by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Solid Waste Alternatives Program and sponsored by the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) and the Iowa Conservation Education Council.
An application form is available at www.iowaee.org/Educator.html. For more information, contact Susan Salterberg, CEEE program manager, at (319) 498-4516, or email@example.com.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The rising concern about the potential adverse health effects on people eating salmon will be the topics of a lecture and documentary presented at the University of Northern Iowa Feb. 3 and Feb. 4.
Michael Skladany, director of the Marine and Fish Conservation Program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis, will present an address: 'On Global Pond: Change and Resistance in the Rise, Motion and Struggle Over Salmon,' at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 in Baker Hall Room 315.
Skladany will discuss how the 'global pond' has been constructed and discuss its impact on environmental well-being and indigenous cultures.
The documentary 'Net Loss: The Storm Over Salmon Farming,' will be shown at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4 in Schindler 247. A discussion will follow the screening.
'Net Loss' tells the story of the wild salmon and of today's new method of salmon production -- salmon farms. This documentary highlights environmental and social problems associated with the industry.
UNI's Sociology and Anthropology Student Endeavor, Amnesty International and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology are sponsoring the two-day event.
For more information, contact Wynne Wright, assistant professor of sociology at firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 273-6217.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has announced the new members of the Student Alumni Ambassadors. New members include: __(NAME)__ of __(HOMETOWN)__, a __(CLASSIFICATION)__ majoring in __(MAJOR)__.
Throughout the academic year, Student Alumni Ambassadors meet with current students, prospective students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and other university guests to help promote the University. The group is involved in many events, including the annual Panther Bash, Family Weekend, Homecoming, working with university Preview Days and leading campus tours. The organization also conducts community outreach.
To maintain membership, students must hold a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. They must attend meetings twice a month, conduct weekly tours, serve on one committee and assist at special events. The monthly time commitment is approximately 10 hours. The organization is jointly administered by the Office of Admissions, the Alumni Association and the Foundation.
Kirk Pohlman, UNI admissions counselor and out-of-state recruiter; and Connie Hansen, UNI campus visits coordinator, are co-advisers for the Student Alumni Ambassadors.
CRESCO Jennifer Bronner, freshman, biology
DUBUQUE Julie White, junior, elementary/middle school education
FOREST CITY Joshua Sankey, junior, communications
FORT ATKINSON Matthew Hackman, junior, finance
INDIANOLA Sarah Weinman, junior, marketing
MANSON Lucas Casey, sophomore, political communication
MAQUOKETA Megan Lawson, sophomore, marketing
ROCK VALLEY Kara Scholten, junior, organizational communications
WEST DES MOINES Ryan Opp, junior, marketing
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Shifting the Center: Utilizing the Matrix of Domination in Majority White College Classrooms' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, Feb. 2, in Baker Hall, Room 161, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
The lecture will be given by Scharron Clayton, associate professor of philosophy and religion at UNI.
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.
January 25, 2004 - 6:00pm
Iowa has the highest radon levels in the United States. Jody Stone, associate professor of teaching at the University of Northern Iowa's Price Laboratory School, said radon is a radioactive gas that is difficult to detect because it can't be seen, smelled or tasted. 'Prolonged exposure to radon can cause lung cancer and radon is believed to be the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers,' said Stone. Students in earth science and chemistry classes at Price Lab's Northern University High School are collecting data on radon levels in area homes through a Toyota Tapestry Grant that provides funding for investigating indoor air quality in the Cedar Valley.
Jody Stone, UNI associate professor of teaching, (319) 273-6466, Jody.Stone@uni.edu
Gwenne Culpepper, Office of University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
Guidance counselor information age not all good for children
There just isn't much that Clare Struck hasn't seen. A guidance counselor for three decades, 23 of them at the UNI's Malcolm Price Laboratory School, Struck has seen many fads and trends come and go. What she's seeing now, though, is a bit more frightening: 'Children are growing up a lot faster than they ever did,' Struck said. 'Particularly girls.'
She said younger girls tend to model their clothing choices and actions after popular celebrities, like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. 'Girls today are exposed to a significant amount of information through the media. Plus, they take in more information at younger ages and some of that information is quite adult. Look at the clothes for little girls today -- tight tops, low-rise jeans. That clothing really is for young adults or teens. It promotes the children acting older than their age. I recently had children in a play group doing a routine, and was surprised by how seductive their movements were. They don't mean to be seductive, of course, but they were copying what they see on television or in ads.'
Clare Struck, elementary guidance counselor, (319) 273-6189, email@example.com
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
Today is 'Better Business Communication Day'
Jan. 26 is national 'Better Business Communication Day.' The day is set aside to encourage workers to acknowledge the importance of communication in the workplace.
'Healthy business communication involves balancing the very different purposes of communication used in organizations -- task-oriented information processing and people-oriented relationship building,' says Dale Cyphert, UNI associate professor of management.
Dale Cyphert, associate professor of management, (319) 273-6150, (319) 266-6743, firstname.lastname@example.org
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
There just isn't much that Clare Struck hasn't seen. A guidance counselor for three decades, 23 of them at the University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School, Struck has seen fads and trends come and go.
What she's seeing now, though, is a bit more frightening: 'Children are growing up a lot faster than they ever did,' Struck says. 'Particularly girls.'
She says younger girls tend to model their clothing choices and actions after popular celebrities, like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. 'Girls today are exposed to a significant amount of information through the media. Plus, they take in more information at younger ages and some of that information is quite adult. Look at the clothes for little girls today -- tight tops, low-rise jeans. That clothing really is for young adults or teens. It promotes the children acting older than their age. I recently had children in a play group doing a routine, and was surprised by how seductive their movements were. They don't mean to be seductive, of course, but they are copying what they see on television and in ads.'
Other grown-up behaviors in children have become more common, says Struck. She sees children begin to question their own or others' sexuality at younger ages. She has noticed, over the past several years, a definite increase in mean-spirited teasing about the sexuality of one child or another, and sees it happening at the elementary level.'
'One of the reasons it's happening is that children get a lot of information, but developmentally they aren't ready to handle it. There's been teasing in my years, but it wasn't this kind of teasing -- not about a child's sexuality. Much of the teasing I have seen over the years has dealt with particular aspects of appearance and performance.'
Increased pressure to perform well on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT, also plays a big role in forcing children to grow up too quickly, Struck says. 'At very young ages, they are thinking about what should be in their portfolio, and what they need to do to get into a good school.'
The positive result is that children today are much more informed, and that allows them to be more socially active and conscious citizens. 'You're seeing more young adults become active in politics, for instance. And it's amazing how many are more socially conscientious and have at their disposal the information necessary for intelligent discussions.'
At the same time, says Struck, children can't be turned loose. The information out there isn't always age-appropriate, and much of it can be confusing or upsetting, like the repeated showing of horrific images from the Sept. 11 tragedy.
She suggests parents and educators leave prejudices at the door, and allow children to ask questions freely in the beginning. Eventually, however, parents will have to set boundaries about particular issues where societal and media influences play a big role. 'And that's okay. Kids don't mind. They want their parents to say no and set boundaries.'
January 22, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a lecture about Russian Orthodox church music at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, in UNI's Communication Arts Center, Room 108. The lecture, by Professor Viktoria Cherva of Herzen University, in St. Petersburg, Russia, will be accompanied by excerpts from recordings of Russian church music. Cherva teaches Russian culture, specializing in Russian music.
The lecture will be followed by a reception. The event is sponsored by UNI Russian & East European Studies, the Department of Modern Languages, and International Programs. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Maria Basom, head, UNI Department of Modern Languages,(319) 273-2749.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Five Iowa teachers have been selected by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) to attend the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Teacher Workshop, Feb. 18-22, in Huntsville, Ala. At the workshop the teachers will learn about the work conducted at MSFC and about NASA and the resources it has available for educators.
The teachers are Stephanie Francis of Cedar Falls, K-12 science consultant at AEA 267; Nadine Weirather of Montrose, science teacher at Central Lee Middle School in Donnellson; Birgitta Meade of Decorah, North Winneshiek Community School science teacher; Mike Carr of Huxley, Ballard Junior High math teacher; and Lynne Campbell of Grimes, Woodward-Granger Middle School science teacher.
The University of Northern Iowa is an academic member of the ISGC, along with Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Drake University.
'This is an excellent opportunity for these teachers to enhance their science knowledge and to pass that knowledge along to their colleagues,' said Jay Staker, ISGC associate director and program director of E-SET (Extension -- Science, Engineering and Technology) Youth Initiative.
The five Iowa teachers will join 25-30 science teachers from other states in the central section of the country served by MSFC. The group will tour MSFC facilities and learn how to incorporate into their classes science activities that parallel the work being done at Marshall. The Iowa teachers' trip is being co-sponsored by the ISGC and the Space Education Initiative, a program administered through the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium that is aimed at improving math, science and technology skills for students.
January 20, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Enrollment is now open for the Spring 2004 session of Kindergym, a creative movement program sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa's Youth Fitness & Obesity Institute. Kindergym is designed for children ages two to five years old and their parents. It focuses on the exploration and development of motor skills.
The program will be held Saturday mornings, Jan. 31 through March 6. Kindergym is divided into two age groups and meeting times. Four-and five-year-olds will meet at 9 a.m., and two-and three-year-olds will meet at 10 a.m. A parent or responsible adult is required to attend the sessions with each child.
Kindergym's lead instructors will be area preschool teachers and childcare workers updating their skills in physical activity leadership. The Global Health Corps will be assisting with class management.
The registration fee is $25, which includes a t-shirt. For more information, contact Karyn Finn, Kindergym coordinator, at (319) 273-2141, or e-mail email@example.com.