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July 6, 2003 - 7:00pm


Home mortgage costs remain low, but buyers should beware

As mortgage rates remain low, many homeowners and first-time buyers are considering selling or refinancing. But Arthur Cox, director of the Real Estate Education Program at the University of Northern Iowa, says buyers and borrowers should be aware of the settlement costs involved, which can drive up effective borrowing costs. All lenders are not required to disclose costs such as yield-spread premiums or back-end points. He says there's no way to predict how long rates will stay at current levels but adds 'they can't stay this way forever.'


Arthur Cox, director, UNI Real Estate Education Program, (319) 273-6986 (office); (319) 273-2929 (department office);

Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

No fries with that shake, says UNI professor

Fast food restaurants and snack-food manufacturers are scurrying to reduce portion size and fatty content, in the wake of a recent lawsuit filed by a man who said McDonald's was responsible for his obesity. Larry Hensley is a professor in UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS), which recently received a $700,000 grant to study obesity and physical activity in children. He's encouraged by the news that some food makers are beginning to rethink some of their product lines. 'There's a mentality in this country that you have to clean your plate -- if you've got more on your plate to eat then there's a greater likelihood that you will eat more.' Hensley said gimmicks like 'super sizing' tend to disproportionately affect the economically disadvantaged. 'You get more food for a relatively little amount of money, so it seems like a good deal. '

He said, though, that the changes are a 'step in the right direction. But we also need to see a reduction in the foods that are heavily laden with fats and transfats, and we need to see better food options in general.'


Larry Hensley, professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, (319) 273-6442, 987-2571,

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

Roadside vegetation program transforms ditches from simple drainage to beautiful scenery

In 1989, the state of Iowa created the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IVRM) program and IRVM office at the University of Northern Iowa. Groundwater protection was the objective. Iowa used to blanket-spray herbicides over most of its 600,000 acres of state and county roadsides each year. The IRVM office works closely with the Iowa Department of Transportation and uses transportation enhancement funds to provide native prairie grass and wildflower seed for roadside plantings in 66 counties. The UNI IRVM office seeks to increase county participation and provides a variety of means of support for counties in the program. Results can be seen in vivid color across the state this time of year. Iowa is recognized nationally as a leader in the use of native plants in roadsides. According to IRVM Manager, Kirk Henderson, 'Iowa's roadside vegetation is preserved, planted, and maintained to be safe, visually interesting, ecologically integrated.'


Kirk Henderson, UNI Roadside Program, Native Roadside Vegetation Center, (319) 273-2813, (319) 273-2238,

Vicki Grimes, Office of Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sturgis Youth Theatre will present its fourth-annual all-youth summer theatre production, L. Frank Baum's 'The Wizard of Oz,' by Anne Coulter Martens, at the Oster Regent Theatre, July 17 ï¾– 19, at 7 p.m.

Director Gretta Berghammer, Sturgis Youth Theatre artistic director and UNI professor of theatre, chose 'The Wizard of Oz' in celebration of the story's 100th anniversary.

Under the supervision of technical director Chris Blad, costume designer Jade Bettin, and publicist Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, the cast is responsible for the creation of scenery, props, costumes and publicity.

Theatre UNI staff designer Mark A. Parrott designed the scenery for the production. Justin Hossle, a theatre major at UNI, will serve as stage manager and lighting designer.

Founded in 1999, the Sturgis Youth Theatre is a collaborative effort of the Cedar Falls Community Theatre, the Hearst Center for the Arts, and the UNI Department of Theatre. Its mission is to provide quality productions, meaningful production experiences, and varied theatre study opportunities for the youth of Cedar Falls and surrounding communities.

The cast includes nearly 50 children ages seven to 17 from Cedar Falls and Waterloo. Cast members include Carter Allen, Elizabeth Boody, Virginia Boody, Alexandra Bowman, Michael Bowman, Jennifer Camarata, Cheyenne Carter, Manda Colbert, Kieran Cowden, Mackenzie Cowden, Cassandra Crotty, Alexa Deines, Maggie Devine, Elizabeth Dobson, Allison Dryer, Heather Edeker, Abby Engel, Rachel Fritts, Allison Fryman, Lisa Gansen, Danielle Glaspie, Elena Houseal, Hannah Howland, Jennifer Hurban, Savannah Ivey, Jessica Jenkins, Kristine Johanning, Krista Lee, Sam Lilja, Dylan Martin, Riley Martin, Tessa Michaelsen, Thea Moe, Africa O'Nealsisk, Alicia Palas, Hannah Peterson, Sarah Prophet, Felicia Rider, Sara Ross, Sara Roth, Caroline Sell, Sam Steierl, Sara Strever, Amelia Sutton, Ana Tallakson, Ellie Tallakson, Devon Turner, Matthew Vichlach, Lauren Waddle, and Allie Wirth. High school students Kyle Brown, Marta Hetrick, Jason Senchina, and Bethany Palas are working backstage.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Oster Regent box office.

July 1, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) and the Iowa Federal and State Partnership will present a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) workshop in the UNI Commons Ballroom from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5; and 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

The SBIR program provides qualified small businesses an opportunity to propose innovative research and development projects that meet specific federal needs. Ten federal agencies have $1.6 billion available to help small businesses bring new products, technologies and services to the marketplace. Cost is $35, and deadline for registration is July 23.

For more information or to register, contact the JPEC at (319) 273-7350 or visit the Web site at

June 29, 2003 - 7:00pm


Tips for keeping active kids safe during hot weather

Summer days mean sports camps, baseball, softball, basketball and a host of other outdoor activities for kids. Summer days also mean high temperatures and high humidity -- a potentially deadly combination. Biff Williams, chair of the UNI Division of Athletic Training, has tips on what kids should eat and drink before, during and after outdoor activities. Williams is one of the professors associated with the famous pickle juice research that has influenced how NFL teams treat heat stress among their athletes.


Biff Williams, chair, UNI Division of athletic training (319) 273-6824, (319) 287-3232,

James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

Tight market may lead job seekers to alternate careers

The slowing economy has resulted in the tightest job market in 40 years. But Susie Schwieger, associate director of The Career Center at UNI, says job seekers in this tight market should consider veering off the beaten path to find a new position. 'If you've been laid off, this might be the right time to sit back and reevaluate your skills, and think about what other positions you might be qualified for,' she says. 'For instance, teachers who have been laid off have instructional skills and training that might make them good candidates for jobs in the training department of an organization.'

She noted too, that job seekers shouldn't put all their energy into one job search strategy. 'They need to realize that they need a 'tool box' of strategies in order to be effective in the job search.'


Susie Schwieger, associate director, The Career Center, (319) 273-6857,

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

Buying local produce benefits the environment, diet and economy

The average food item travels 1,300 miles from the farm to your table. Kamyar Enshayan, program manager at UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, says a new program, 'Buy Fresh, Buy Local,' will help Cedar Valley citizens buy food that's been grown closer to home, and with fewer chemicals, pesticides, hormones and genetically modified seeds.

'Buying local means investing our food dollars in local independent farm families who grow the food we eat,' said Kamyar Enshayan. If half of the 50,000 households of Black Hawk County spent $10 a week on locally grown produce, that would mean $1 million invested locally every month.'


Kamyar Enshayan, program manager, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education and campaign organizer for 'Buy Fresh, Buy Local, (319) 273-7575,

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre recently awarded scholarships to several incoming students, all planning to major in theatre. Students qualified for the awards by performing two-minute monologues and interviewing, or presenting their design and production portfolios and interviewing. Also considered were letters of recommendation and high school transcripts.

(NAME) of (HOMETOWN) received a (AMOUNT) scholarship.

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

June 26, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twenty Provost Scholars, each receiving a one-year tuition and fee scholarship, renewable for four years, have been named as part of the Presidential Scholars program at the University of Northern Iowa. The scholars will begin their studies this fall.

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

The awardees receive stipends that cover UNI tuition and mandatory health, student activities and computer fees. They are valued at $4,916 for Iowa residents and $11,874 for out-of-state students for the 2003-2004 academic year. The scholarships will be adjusted to cover any rise in tuition and fees.

To be eligible for the awards, students have to score at least a 29 on the American College Testing (ACT) exam and be in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. Students in classes with fewer than 50 students must be one of the top five in their classes.

High school juniors interested in being considered for these awards in the fall of 2004 need to ensure their ACT scores arrive in Northern Iowa's Admissions Office by Oct. 1, 2003.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is offering a presentation for community organizations called 'Community Builders.'

The 20-minute presentation given by UNI President Robert Koob, or other UNI faculty and staff, focuses on the importance of higher education in contributing to Iowa's economy. It covers community leadership and the responsibility Iowans have in shaping the state's future.

The presentation also highlights ways in which college graduates contribute to the financial, social, and political wealth of Iowa's communities. The relationship between attitudes and education will be discussed along with information on workforce statistics, benefits of an educated workforce, wealth creation, and current legislative issues affecting colleges and universities.

For more information about this or other presentations offered by UNI, contact Stacey Christensen, community relations manager, University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-3170.

June 25, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Association of Educational Office Personnel (AEOP) recently installed Judy Dieken, clerk III in Human Resource Services, as president.

Other officers are Carolina Wilson, secretary II, School of Music, president-elect; Dianna Jones, secretary II, Student Services, secretary; Michele Mullings-Shand, assistant administrator, Grants and Contracts, treasurer; and Karen Williams, secretary II, Price Lab School, past-president/historian.

The organization also chose Donna Uhlenhopp, office coordinator I, Communication Studies, as professional of the year. Administrator of the year was Gary Shontz, UNI controller.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa professor was honored by the Environmental Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, D.C., June 19.

William Stigliani, director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education and interim director of Environmental Programs at UNI, was invited to the reception and dinner celebrating the 20th anniversary of the NAS's 1983 book 'Risk Assessment in the Federal Government: Managing the Process.' Christine Whitman, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, was the featured speaker at the event.

Stigliani was one of three staff officers for the publication, which the Academy described as 'the seminal work that became a foundation of theory and practice in the field of risk assessment.' The staff officers sought out and organized a committee of 14 experts in the field, who spent two years determining the best ways to standardize risk assessment. This team conducted meetings, compiled, analyzed and reviewed the findings, and wrote the final report.

Stigliani, who was an NAS staff officer from 1981 to 1986, was surprised at the honor because normally the NAS does not commemorate reports. The Academy, established by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization whose main purpose is to resolve scientific conflicts that have important policy implications at the regional and national level.

Before coming to UNI in 1994, Stigliani, a chemist by training, was with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria, where he led several regional- and continental-scale environmental research projects.

June 24, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Resident assistants and community advisers have been named at the University of Northern Iowa for the 2003-2004 academic year.

___(Name)___ of ___(Hometown)___, a ___(classification)___majoring in ___(major)___, is one of approximately 85 resident assistants (RAs) in the UNI Department of Residence. Those serving in ROTH (Residence on the Hill) are known as CAs, or community advisers.

RAs serve as student advisers to approximately 40 students in a residence hall, providing assistance with personal, interpersonal and academic concerns. The RAs also support residents in the development of a cohesive living and learning group.

RAs are certified in first aid and CPR, receive extensive training in conflict mediation and are the university's contact for students in the residence halls. In addition, they plan and present educational programs, offer planned and spontaneous social activities and provide academic support for students.

'RAs are vital to the success of the University of Northern Iowa residence system. They provide models for leadership while maintaining high academic standards,' said Lyn Redington, associate director of the Department of Residence/Housing.

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


Creating Web Pages'

Students in the ECHOES (Every Child Has the Opportunity to Excel and Succeed) program that serves sixth-through ninth-grade students in the Waterloo and Cedar Falls Community School Districts, are completing a workshop, 'Creating Web Pages.' They will meet from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Lang Hall, Room 245.

The workshop, offered by ITS-Educational Technology at UNI, has taught students how to use an HTML (HyperText Markup Language) editor to create a Web page and how to add graphics and work with digital cameras. They also learned about safety on the World Wide Web. The students will fine-tune their pages and sharing them with the class during Thursday's session.

Instructors are Jason Vetter and Lori Seawel, educational technology specialists at UNI, and Angela Meyers, a graduate assistant.

Junior Band Camp

Some 65 middle school musicians from across the state are on campus through Friday. They have been learning about conducting, sight-reading, percussion ensembles, brass and woodwind choirs and music composing, as well as performing as a mass band. The workshop is designed for students with limited marching band experience.

The workshop will conclude with a performance in the Overman Park Band Shell, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., Friday, June 27, as part of the Sturgis Falls celebration. There is a visual opportunity from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 26, as the band rehearses in Davis Hall.

The event is sponsored by the UNI School of Music.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Participants in UNI's first-ever junior band camp will perform from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. on Friday, June 27, in the Overman Park band shell. The 65 middle-school students from across the state will be conducted by Marguerite Wilder, who has conducted honor bands throughout the United States, Canada, England, Italy, Turkey and Australia.

The performance is part of the annual Sturgis Falls celebration, and is free and open to the public.


The advent of television changed American politics forever, allowing politicians expanded access to their constituents, and giving Americans opportunity to view their candidates in action. Chris Martin, associate professor of communication studies at UNI, thinks the Internet may create the next big change in politics.

He cites, a Web site set up by progressive Democrats that is hosting its own Democratic primary. The site claims a base of more than 2 million people; even more may vote in the primary. The results will be announced on Friday, June 27. 'It's good for democracy in that it allows regular people to have a voice in the primary selection process. Increasingly, the regular primary process is influenced by early polling and the candidates who have the most money and can advertise.'s process is not influenced by those factors.'

Martin said it's hard to ignore the site's success. 'They've been very effective in bringing petitions to the White House and to members of Congress. But what really makes politicians pay attention to is that its organizers have raised about $3.5 million through the MoveOn Political Action Committee.'

June 23, 2003 - 7:00pm


The Supreme Court ruled Monday morning that, while it is still in the country's best interest to adhere to affirmative action policies, the system used at the University of Michigan is unconstitutional.

'Because the court didn't really give any practical suggestions for how best to use affirmative action in admissions policies, the stage is set for more lawsuits,' says Michael Blackwell, director of multicultural education at UNI. 'But I do look upon the court's decision as a victory. The decision supports affirmative action, endorses it, and says affirmative action needs to be taken to address and redress gross inequities due to past discrimination of people of color.'

Blackwell says he would likely have participated in protests had the court ruled against affirmative action policies in general. 'I believe there is value in having a culturally diverse environment. Students of color need to see others like themselves on campus and be able to communicate with people like themselves. It benefits the majority population because they need to be exposed to different cultures; it broadens perspectives and deepens insight about society at large.'

June 18, 2003 - 7:00pm


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

____(Name)____ of ___(Address / Hometown)___ is among the 12 students to receive the four-year, full-ride scholarships. They are funded through the Office of the President at UNI. The awards, which provide free tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees for health, student services and computer, are valued at $9,846 for Iowa residents and $16,804 for out-of-state students for the 2003-2004 academic year. The students must maintain the academic excellence for which the awards have been granted.

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

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

Members of the Presidential Scholars Board are: Betty DeBerg, chair, professor and head, Department of Philosophy and Religion; Beverly Kopper, professor of psychology; Ira Simet, associate professor of chemistry; Robert Seager, professor of biology; Kathy Oakland, instructor in teaching; Jeffrey Byrd, professor of art; and Philip Patton, UNI Registrar.

Students who are in the top 10 percent of their high school class and who scored a 29 or higher on the ACT test are eligible to apply. Those in classes consisting of fewer than 50 people must be one of the top five in their class. High school seniors interested in being considered for this award in the fall of 2004 need to be sure their applications are postmarked no later than Oct. 1.

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

June 16, 2003 - 7:00pm


The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Wednesday and Thursday, June 18 and 19 at the Iowa School for the Deaf, in the Lied Multipurpose Complex. Several issues pertaining to the University of Northern Iowa will be on the docket.

P&S Salary Policies for fiscal year 2004

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

UNI preliminary fiscal year 2004 general fund budget

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

Athletics preliminary fiscal year 2004 general fund budget

Rick Hartzell, director of athletics, (319) 273-2470

Institutional agreements, leases and easements

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance, (319) 273-2382

Fiscal year 2004 capital improvement plans

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance, (319) 273-2382

Capital register

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance, (319) 273-2382

June 11, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Following a semester of extensive reading, seven University of Northern Iowa science students are conducting summer research projects, five on-campus and two off-campus.

The on-campus students-- Jacob Becker of Spencer, Sherrie Renee Elzey of Sully, Jeff Fisher of Cedar Falls, Michelle Healy of Muscatine and Jason McIntosh of Honey Creek-- are particicpating in the Merck/AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Undergraduate Science Research Program, which promotes interdisciplinary research among undergraduates in the natural sciences.

Becker, a son of Margaret Becker, will research the effects of Atrazine and its metabolites on human cell growth from pesticide-contaminated Iowa water resources. He is a senior biology/biomedical major.

Elzey, a daughter of Paul and Ruth Elzey, will work on fabrication and characterization of nonlinear photorefractive holographic film. She is a senior with a double major in chemistry and physics.

Fisher, a senior environmental geography major, is a son of Mary Fisher. His project involves predicting high mosquito densities using global positioning systems.

Healy, a daughter of Liam and Kathy Healy, is a senior biology major. She will study the effects of an extract from the eastern cedar, Juniperus virginiana, on cancer cell growth and motility.

A senior chemistry major, and the son of Cathy Gallentine, McIntosh will research microelectronics of phospholipid bilayers in aqueous solutions.

The program is funded by the Merck Company Foundation, a private, charitable foundation established by Merck & Co., a pharmaceutical manufacturer, and administered by the AAAS, the world's largest federation of scientific and engineering societies.

The off-campus students are Jessica Ball of Mount Pleasant, and Libby K. Long of Altoona, both junior biology majors. Ball will do research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on the function of homeobox genes in skeletal and neural tube development. Long will work at the Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine, and participate in a clinical study of the postprandial kinetics of insulin, glucagon and cholecytokinin.

In August, all of the students will present their findings at a poster session that will feature a talk by a University of Texas medical researcher on the discovery of how cholera is transmitted.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three seniors and a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa's electrical and information technology program will be competing later this month in the 10th Annual World Championship Solar Electric Boat Regatta in Buffalo, N.Y.

UNI e-Boat team members are Chad Clark of Cedar Rapids, Dan Frisch of Waterloo, Aaron Mitchell of Manchester and May graduate Derek Paulus of Rockford. Their adviser is Recayi Pecen, UNI assistant professor of industrial technology and program coordinator for their major, Iowa's first four-year engineering technology major in the electrical and electronics area. They are working on daily test and performance drives on the lake at George Wyth State Park through Sunday, June 15.

This is the second year UNI has entered the competition. The foursome began modifications last fall on the 110-pound fiberglass solar electric boat created by last year's team. Changes include two new electric motors, two new controllers, enhanced electrical wiring, a better cockpit control area and one new solar panel.

The UNI solar electric boat team will leave Tuesday, June 17 for the world championship of solar electric boating that runs Wednesday, June 18, through Sunday, June 22. More than two dozen schools have entered the competition, including the U.S. Naval Academy, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Rice University. They will compete in slalom, sprint and endurance races using either direct solar energy or solar energy stored in electric batteries.

Pecen said UNI's zero-emission solar boat promotes eco-friendly boat technologies on Iowa lakes and rivers. He said studies show a considerable amount of oil and gas leaks and run-offs into the water from internal combustion boat motors. He added that 'solar powered zero emission boats may help Iowa lakes and rivers in the near future until hydrogen fuel cell motors become commercially available almost everywhere.'

Pecen said worldwide, 236,000 metric tons of oil and oil products are leaked into the water through boats, 'more than seven times the amount spilled by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska in 1989.'

The project has been funded for a three-year period by a $15,000 grant from the Iowa Energy Center. Sponsors for the UNI solar electric boat include Blain's Farm and Fleet, John Deere Product Engineering Center, Iowa Energy Center, Optima Batteries, Rockwell Collins, WBM Marine and UNI.

June 9, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ten incoming University of Northern Iowa freshmen are recipients of scholarships from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS).

(NAME) from (HOMETOWN) has received a full-tuition scholarship for the 2003-2004 academic year. (HE/SHE) attends (HIGH SCHOOL NAME) High School.

To receive the CSBS scholarship, open only to Iowa residents, students must be ranked in the top 15 percent of their graduating class, have scored a 27 or above on their ACT, and provide two letters of recommendation from teachers.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the honor society of the International Reading Association, has announced new members initiated this spring into Alpha Chapter at the University of Northern Iowa.

__(Name)__, a __(membership classification)__ from __(Hometown)__ is among the 42 new members. The honor society in the field of reading/language arts, has as its primary mission the recognition of scholarship, and it acknowledges and fosters leadership and service to the profession.

The society was established in 1985 at the University of Northern Iowa, which holds the charter for the association.

Alpha chapter adviser Penny Beed, UNI associate professor of education, said this is the largest group of initiates to be taken into the UNI chapter at one time.

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

June 8, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Not only does Gina Burkart, University of Northern Iowa adjunct professor college reading and writing, not believe Harry Potter is evil incarnate, but she insists his adventures provide an excellent groundwork for explaining Christian principles to children.

'It's like a fairy tale,' she explained. 'It takes children to an imaginary world and allows them to work out their fears about bullies, what is good and bad, and making good choices. They close the book and they can talk about those issues with their parents.'

She has written a book, 'A Christian Parent's Guide to Harry Potter, ' and is seeking a publisher. The book is based on principles designed by famed psychologist Martin Hoffman and educator Jean Piaget, and allows children to engage in a series of activities that build moral development.

'This helps children move from a point of reality where they are doing what they are told and considering only the cons of not doing what they are told; to an autonomous sense of operating by a Golden Rule,' said Burkart.

Activities in the book range from making a poster of family rules (like the ones shown in the houses of Harry Potter's school), to imagining changing places with the bully Draco.

Burkart said her guide also helps parents use stories from the Harry Potter series to draw correlations to biblical scripture. 'For instance, Snape says he'll teach the children how to brew and bottle fame. A parent can start a discussion about whether this is something Jesus would be concerned about: was Jesus concerned about being famous, or being good? In fact, you can compare Snape to the Pharisees, who gave their attention to outside appearances.'

Burkart notes other similarities to the Bible. When Dumbeldore talks to Harry Potter about how the love of his mother saves him, it is, says Burkart, 'a direct correlation to Christ who died to save us.'

Burkart will present a paper, 'Harry Potter . . . the Fairy Tale . . . and Building Moral Character,' at the Nimbus 2003: Harry Potter Symposium in Orlando, Fla. on July 19.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Merchant Scholarship awards have been announced at the University of Northern Iowa, to be applied toward the recipients' graduate studies during the 2003-04 academic year. The scholarships are funded from the Merchant Trust, established in 1951 with the UNI Foundation, to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant.

Receiving $2,000 awards are: Paul Olson, currently of Omaha, Neb., pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and, Molly Stehn, currently of New York City, pursuing a master of music degree at the Manhattan School of Music.

Receiving $1,000 awards are: Jill Bryant of Cedar Rapids, pursuing a Ph.D. in counselor education at the University of Iowa; Lucas Messer, formerly of Danville, pursuing a doctoral degree at the Hugh Downs School of Communication Studies at Arizona State University; and, Emily Russell of Reinbeck, now living in Kansas City, where she is pursuing a doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Howard Barnes, professor and head of the Department of Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, served as chair of the 2003 Merchant Scholarship Committee. Also serving on the committee were: Philip Patton, UNI registrar; John Fritch, associate professor and head of the Department of Communication Studies; and Richard Followill, professor and head of the Department of Finance, and chair of the 2004 committee.

The scholarships, open to any bachelor's degree graduate of UNI, apply to continued study at any institution, foreign or domestic. They are awarded to UNI graduates on the basis of ability, attainment, moral character, spirit, personality, intellectual promise and devotion to society. Application information for 2004, due March 1, 2004, is available on the UNI Financial Aid Web site,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Joyce Milambiling, an assistant professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Northern Iowa, has received a second Fulbright grant, to teach and conduct research in Indonesia during 2004. Her first Fulbright came in 1994-95, and allowed her to conduct a similar project in Southeast Asia.

For five months in Medan, Indonesia, Milambiling will help to train teachers who instruct students in foreign languages, and help prepare Indonesian scholars for study in other countries. She also will conduct research on the language policies and linguistic culture of Indonesia. 'I'll be trying to link attitude and use, and find out what language students use and whether they have a negative or positive view toward English,' she explained.' Although Indonesia is a Muslim country, there are many ethnicities there and many languages spoken. So I'm also interested in finding out what languages are supported by the government there.'

She said her interest in language began in 1974, as an exchange student to Sweden. 'That really opened a huge door for me in terms of realizing what changes occur when you live in another country and participate in day-to-day life.'

Her husband Joseph and 10-year-old son Adam will accompany her to Indonesia. 'We'll be very close to Thailand, which is where Adam -- adopted at age 6 -- was born,' she explained. 'I'd like to give him an opportunity to explore that area.'

Milambiling holds a B.A. in liberal studies from Boston University; an M.A. in Scandinavian languages and literature from the University of California at Berkeley; and a doctorate in applied linguistics from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She was recently granted tenure and promoted to associate professor, effective August 2003.

The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Its mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Each year, about 4,500 new Fulbright grants are awarded.

June 5, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern University High School (NUHS) Choir traveled to Carnegie Hall in New York in late May for a 21-minute performance in the famed concert venue. The choir was invited by Tim Peter of Luther College to participate in his conducting debut at Carnegie. Through an audition, the group also won a solo performance spot.

The school raised nearly $100,000 so the 65-member choir could make the trip. NUHS choral students who made the trip are Matt Adams, Joannie Anderson, Sam Backstrom, Jennifer Bertram, Jessica Bertram, Joel Brumm, Hannah Buck, Sarah Bumpus, Zach Campbell, Mackenzie Carlisle, Morgan Cawley, Lyndsey Cochran, Mae Colburn, Anjelica Crawford, Ben Davidson, Jacinda Davis, Melanie DeVries, Ashley Dorris, Henry Ensworth, Louisa Ensworth, Allyse Fairbanks, Allison Fryman, Michaela Gansen, Jennifer Grabowski, Joy Hanson, Allison Hardy, Emily Hershberger, Vanessa Hershberger, Audrey Hesse, Ellen Hills, Jimmy Hunter, Toby Jessen, Sandra King, Nora Kischer-Browne, Amanda Koch, Stephanie Langenwalter, Megan Miller, Marketia Moore-Hill, Abhay Nadipuram, Nate Ohrt, Ashley O'Kane, John Paar, Andrew Page, Lauren Page, Laurie Reimer, Kasey Renfro, Sami Renfro, Brittany Rideout, Kent Schrad, Leigha Shanley, Amber Smith, Ras Smith, Ben Strever, Kiedra Stuelke, Brittany Waack, Eleanor Wehner, Clair Williams, Rob Williams and Reggie Woods.

Linda Sharp, assistant professor of teaching, is the choir director. Mabel Rempe of LaPorte City is the accompanist. Carnegie Steering Committee members are NU parents Dale and Paula Schrad, Arlene Prather O'Kane, Sue and Duke Strever and Dominique Cawley, all of whom traveled with the group. Also chaperoning were Nadene Davidson, Price Laboratory School (PLS) director; BJ Herrick, PLS instructor; and NU parents Andrea King, Jeff Koch, Cindy Page, Terry Buck, Tonda Foster, Carolyn Gray and Margo Campbell. Additional steering committee members are NU parents Dave and Maureen Collins-Williams.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A Jazz Combo Camp for students and educators will be hosted by the University of Northern Iowa School of Music June 22-27.

Offered for the third year, the camp curriculum will include two daily combo rehearsals; instrumental master classes with group instruction by professional musicians; theory and improvisation, taught on three levels to meet the varying needs of students; and ear training and transcription, including learning to write jazz solos from recordings.

The camp facilitators are Christopher Merz, UNI assistant professor of music, saxophone; Brent Sandy, freelance musician from Iowa City, trumpet; Rich Medd, band director, Iowa City West High School, trombone; Bob Dunn, UNI adjunct instructor in music, guitar; Robert Washut, UNI professor of jazz studies, piano; Mark Urness, assistant professor of music at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., bass; and Jonathan Mele, freelance artist from New York City, drums.

For more information, contact Christopher Merz at or (319) 273-3077.


Kenneth Atkinson, assistant professor of history and religion at UNI, lived in Israel during the first intifada. He remembers well the violence, the anger, the frustration of the people. So he was pleased to hear Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon tell the world that 'the occupation must end' and 'the settlements must go.' He was excited to hear Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas say, 'the armed intifada must end now.'

'This is a huge event, a very major step in the peace process,' said Atkinson, who has traveled to Israel many times since his year-long stay in 1986. 'No one has ever said this before. When Sharon says the occupation must end, it would be like George Washington saying that America will return some of its land to Great Britain. As I watch all of this, I'm cautiously optimistic about the possibility for peace in that region.'

Atkinson also said the process would take time, and fanatics on both sides would make efforts to undermine it. 'But the people just want peace. And they know they can't let fanatics dictate policy.'

June 4, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twelve high school students have been awarded scholarships to the University of Northern Iowa's College of Natural Sciences. The students competed in the Science, Math and Technology Symposium held last fall at UNI.

(NAME) from (HIGH SCHOOL) received a four-year in-state tuition scholarship. (HE/SHE) is from (HOMETOWN).

The competition tests and interviews students in biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, industrial technology, mathematics and physics. High school seniors interested in applying for the Symposium next fall can obtain information from high school mathematics, industrial technology or science teachers or school counselors. For more information, contact Linda Schneider in the UNI College of Natural Sciences, (319) 273-2585.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI and the UNI Student Theatre Association (UNISTA) will present Shakespeare's romantic comedy 'Twelfth Night or What You Will,' Thursday-Saturday, June 12-14, in the open-air courtyard next to UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each day, and include a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Ben Powell, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va., is the director. Cast members are Katie Johnson of Des Moines; Christopher McGahan of Salina, Kan.; Ryan Scott of Dubuque; Taylor Hibma of Pella; Katie Sue Nicklos of La Junta, Colo.; and Aaron DeYoung of Spencer. Powell also is a member of the cast.

Production designers are Eugenia Furneaux of Waterloo, Nathan Coon of Cedar Rapids, and Nicklos. Megan Schumacher of Dubuque is the assistant director and stage manager.

There is no charge to attend, but donations will be accepted. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Parking is available behind the Communication Arts Center, off 23rd Street.

For more information, call (319) 273-6381, or go to

June 3, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Rho Epsilon, the real estate club at the University of Northern Iowa, hosted a golf outing and networking event recently. About 70 real estate professionals from across the Midwest, and 30 UNI students attended. Surplus funds from the event will establish a $500 scholarship to be awarded during fall 2003.

Officers of Rho Epsilon are: Joe Bryant, a senior finance major from Fort Dodge, president; Justin Leonard, a real estate and finance major from Elkader, vice president; Joe Koenig, a real estate and finance major from McIntyre, secretary; Hayden Frevert, a finance and real estate major from Centerville, treasurer.

Art Cox, director of the UNI Real Estate program, is the adviser for Rho Epsilon.

June 2, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Small Business Development Centers and Small Business Compliance Alliance will present 'OSHA's Knocking, Are You Ready?,' from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 18, at the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.

A half-day seminar appropriate for all businesses with at least one employee, the session will help employers understand how Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations may affect their businesses.

Topics will include Federal and State OSHA regulations, types of inspections and violations, penalties, record keeping, written programs, how to tell if you are having a bad inspection and the top OSHA-cited violations. A representative from Iowa OSHA will answer questions. The seminar is non-regulatory and confidential.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A pilot program for out-of-state students at the University of Northern Iowa has awarded scholarships for the 2003-2004 school year. Available only to non-Iowa residents who will live on campus, the new program includes three levels: the Purple and Gold scholarship, the University scholarship, and the Community Life scholarship.

(NAME) , a student at (SCHOOL NAME) High School, has received a (TITLE) scholarship to attend the University of Northern Iowa.

The Purple and Gold scholarship requires students to be ranked in the top 10 percent of their class and score 27 or above on the ACT. It includes an award of $4,600 for two years.

To receive the University scholarship, students must be ranked in the top 25 percent of their graduating class and score 24 or above on the ACT. The scholarship provides $3,000 for two years.

The Community Life scholarship requires students to be ranked in the top 50 percent of their graduating class and score 21 or above on the ACT. The scholarship awards $2,000 for two years.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training, will offer 'Microsoft Word Shortcuts' from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 26. The class will teach hands-on, timesaving tips and shortcuts for regular Microsoft Word users. This class will be taught by Chris Case and is not intended for beginners.

The training will be in the computer lab at the UNI RBC, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo. The cost per participant is $80. For more information contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration remains open for the inaugural session of Junior Band Camp, at the University of Northern Iowa, designed for middle school students with limited marching band experience. The event is sponsored by the UNI School of Music and facilitated by UNI's Conference & Event Services.

Students will take master classes and have small group instruction, rehearsing in UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Sight reading, music composition and participation in percussion ensembles and brass and woodwind choirs also will be included. Students also may request optional private lessons. The camp will conclude with a final concert on the stage at Overman Park in downtown Cedar Falls, as part of the city's Sturgis Falls celebration.

Guest conductor and clinician for the camp is Marguerite Wilder, who has conducted honor bands throughout the United States, Canada, England, Italy, Turkey and Australia. She is noted for her clinics on motivational techniques for beginning band.

Registration is $180 for the resident option, including four nights' lodging in a UNI residence hall, all meals, instruction and evening activities, and $95 for commuting students. More information on specific camp content is available from Rod Chesnutt, UNI assistant professor of music, at (319) 273-2173, or by e-mail to Registration information is available from UNI Conference and Event Services at (319) 273-6899 or 1-800-782-9519.

June 1, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 2002 football media guide was recently judged second among those produced by NCAA Division I-AA schools, in a competition sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Randy Darst, graphic designer for UNI's office of University Marketing and Public Relations (UMPR), was photographer for the project. Editor was Denton Ketels, UMPR publications editor. Nancy Justis, director of athletic media relations, wrote, edited and provided design parameters. The inside pages of the guide were laid out by then-senior Aubrey Glynn of Cedar Rapids. She also designed the back cover and inside covers. The front outside cover was designed by local advertising firm Mathis, Earnest and Vandeventer.

UNI's football media guide placed fifth in 1996.

May 29, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new vocal arts workshop, designed to help high school students become more successful vocalists and prepare for singing at the collegiate level, is being offered June 15-20 on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The registration deadline for the College Preparatory Vocal Arts Institute has been extended to Friday, June 6.

Participants will experience choral ensemble singing and have an opportunity for solo performance instruction, including private voice instruction and voice classes. Enrichment sessions will include sightreading, music theory, mini-recitals, a talent show, movement and stage presence activities. Students also will learn how to prepare a quality audition recording and a quality audition resume.

Institute clinicians include Brad T. Barrett, UNI assistant professor of choral conducting and music education; Jean McDonald, UNI associate professor of voice; Leslie Morgan, UNI professor of voice; Michael A. Reese, vocal music director at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School and of Chorale Midwest; and Kim Shively, choral director at La Crosse (Wis.) Central High School.

Resident and commuter registrations are available. Resident registration of $325 includes double occupancy lodging in a UNI residence hall for five nights, all meals from Sunday dinner though Friday breakfast, instructional materials and a T-shirt. Commuter registration is $175 and includes lunch and dinner each day, along with the Institute materials and T-shirt.

For information on Institute registration, contact UNI Conference & Event Services at (319) 273-6899 or (800) 782-9519. For specific camp content information, contact Brad Barrett at (319) 273-6113 or


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'Rie Hachiyanagi: A Retrospective,' from Monday, June 9 through Sunday, Aug. 3. Consisting of six large-scale installations made primarily of handmade paper and photographic documentation of performance art works, the exhibition represents her most characteristic works from the last eight years. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Humanities Iowa.

Hachiyanagi will give a lecture at 6 p.m. Friday, July 11, in the Kamerick Art Building Art Auditorium, Room 111, and a reception will follow.

Hachiyanagi received her B.F.A., with honors, from the University of Iowa, and her M.F.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is currently an assistant professor of fine arts at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. She has exhibited widely in this country and abroad, including installations and performances in California, New York, and Georgia, as well as in Holland and Japan.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant for papermaking projects in Japan, a Best of Fine Arts award from the Santa Barbara News-Press, and several Abrams Awards. In addition, her work has been reviewed by news organizations and arts publications such as CNN, Sculpture Magazine, NY Arts, Fiberarts Magazine, Time Out New York, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

'Her installation work investigates the inadequacy of language and expressive silence, while her performance art works deal with healing as an 'endeavor that is instigated by resilient vitality,'' said Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art. He added, according to Hachiyanagi, 'A sheet of paper is not merely a space for an expression to be manifested. Rather, it becomes a voice of its own, which surrounds the audience with vibrant echoes.'

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. During the summer months, gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will be closed on July 4. The gallery is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. Due to campus construction, visitors are encouraged to park in the UNI-Dome South lot and use the Hudson Road overpass to reach the Gallery of Art. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit

May 26, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training, will offer 'Microsoft Excel Shortcuts' from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 12. The class will teach hands-on, timesaving tips and shortcuts for regular Excel users. This class will be taught by Chris Case and is not intended for beginners.

The training will be in the computer lab at the UNI RBC, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo. The cost per participant is $80. For more information contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual Veterans Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, May 28, in the Slife Ballroom.

Among those honored will be Milan Alan Wikert, an Iowa Falls/Steamboat Rock native who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Although Wikert earned several awards for his military service, including the Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Action Medal, the medals were never presented to him. His son contacted U.S. Navy Ret. Capt. Charles Means, associate vice president for academic affairs at UNI, for assistance in obtaining the medals. During the luncheon, Wikert will receive all of his awards, and a U.S. flag that has flown over the nation's capitol.

Means will be honored during a ceremony at 2:30 p.m., in the Georgian Lounge. Retiring from the military this year, he has served in the U.S. Navy since 1976 and received a series of medals, including the Meritorious Service Medal--Gold Star, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

May 22, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert F. Martin, University of Northern Iowa professor of history, has received the 2003 Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award from the State Historical Society of Iowa. Presented to the author of the most significant book on Iowa history published during the preceding calendar year, the Shambaugh Award went to Martin for 'Hero of the Heartland: Billy Sunday and the Transformation of American Society, 1862-1895.'

'Hero of the Heartland' is the story behind the success of a popular evangelist in an age of social and cultural change. Martin, who has been at UNI for 22 years, is also the author of 'Howard Kester and the Struggle for Social Justice in the South, 1904-77.'

The Shambaugh award is based on a variety of criteria, including contribution to knowledge about Iowa history, scholarship, readability, and appropriateness for the intended audience.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Foundation has named Shannon McQuillen director of development for the College of Education (COE).

Previously, McQuillen was director of convention sales for the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau. She replaces Julie Pontasch, who is now director of gift planning with the Foundation.

McQuillen, a Fort Dodge native, earned a B.A. in organizational communications from UNI in 1999, and minored in marketing. She also holds a tourism certificate from UNI.

Pontasch joined the UNI Foundation in 1996 as assistant director of annual giving, and was promoted to senior director of development for the COE in 1997. Prior to coming to UNI, she was the public relations and development director at Waverly Municipal Hospital. She holds a B.S. in health and physical education from Bowling Green State University.

May 21, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Purple and Old Gold awards, recognizing meritorious scholarship or conspicuous achievement in particular areas, were presented to 52 seniors during the University of Northern Iowa's commencement exercises Saturday, May 10, in the UNI-Dome.

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

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

Since 1939, more than 1,700 students have been Purple and Old Gold recipients. Currently awards may be in 45 academic areas, as well as for conspicuous achievement in particular areas.

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

May 20, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jeffrey W. Cornett has been named dean of the University of Northern Iowa's (UNI) College of Education, pending official notification of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The appointment is effective July 1. Cornett is professor and chair of the Department of Educational Research, Technology and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

Prior to his current position, Cornett was chair of the Department of Instructional Programs and Educational Leadership in the UCF College of Education.

Cornett holds a Ph.D. in education from The Ohio State University; a master's degree in education from the University of Toledo; and a bachelor's degree in education from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include civic education, social responsibility, and teacher and administrator decision making.

He replaces William Callahan, associate dean of the UNI College of Education, who has served as interim dean of the college since July 2002. Callahan replaced Thomas Switzer, who resigned to become dean of the College of Education at the University of Toledo, in Ohio.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art presented its annual juried student art exhibition awards. More than 380 pieces were submitted. Juror Susan Messer, professor of drawing and printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, chose 104 for awards.

More than $4,500 was handed out in merit and purchase awards. Merit awards are cash prizes awarded for excellence, and students retain the artwork. Purchase awards include the artwork sold at the end of the exhibition. Award donors included university departments and organizations, the 'North American Review' and Department of Art alumni.

The 2003 Guillaume Project Award went to Bounnak Thammavong of Cedar Falls. Artists compete for the award by detailing a project they would like to complete. A committee determines which one has the most merit, and award financial assistance for materials to complete the project.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 2003 faculty awards for the University of Northern Iowa's College of Business Administration were recently presented at its annual recognition gala.

The Faculty Teaching award went to David Hakes, professor of economics; the Faculty Scholarship award went to Atul Mitra, associate professor of management; and the Faculty Service award went to Peter Goulet, professor of management and T. Wayne Davis Chair in Entrepreneurship. He also received the Outstanding Faculty Contribution to Business and Community Services award.

Rex Karsten, associate professor of management, received the Faculty Teaching Innovation award; Lori Mason, assistant professor of accounting, received the University Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching award; and the Faculty of the Year award was presented to Heidi Noonan-Day, management instructor.

The Faculty of the Year award is determined by votes from business students. All other awards are determined by the dean of the college and the department heads.

May 19, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) will offer 'Quick Books Pro,' a software training course, at the center, 212 E. Fourth St., in Waterloo.

The course will run four consecutive Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning June 9, and will be taught by Judy Schindel, certified Quick Books trainer. The first of the sessions is for those new to the software or needing a refresher course.

There is a cost to attend the trainings. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit

May 18, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education recently hosted its bi-annual Teacher Education Convocation, inducting more than 300 students into the College of Education.

Kathy Oakland, an instructor in the Department of Teaching, said the ceremony is the official induction of students into that field of study. Only those students who have met a rigorous set of requirements are inducted.

'One of the most rewarding aspects of this event is looking out into the audience and seeing the pride on the faces of parents and grandparents,' said Oakland. 'It is an especially moving ceremony that celebrates not only the College of Education, but the accomplishments of the entire university.'

(--NAME) from (HOMETOWN) satisfied the requirements for admission and was formally inducted- into the Teacher Education program at UNI.

Keynote speaker was John Vallentine, director of the School of Music. This was the 25th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education program.

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


The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton on Wednesday and Thursday, May 21 and 22. The following are docket items pertaining to UNI, and the individuals who can best address those issues.

Architects' presentation of schematic design for west-campus expansion

William Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, (319) 273-6078

University calendar holidays for 2005

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

UNI capital register

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance, (319) 273-2382

Biennial governance report on faculty consulting activities

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

Annual report on faculty activities

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

Presentations on salary and benefits for non-represented faculty and staff

Nick Bambach, director, Human Resource Services, (319) 273-2423

Annual report on child care

Lynn Perigo, manager, University Apartments, 319) 273-7644

Iowa Coordinating Council for Post-High School Education (Athletic training master's program)

Biff Williams, assistant professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services,(319) 273-6824

Report on meeting of the Iowa College Student Aid Commission

Roland Carrillo, director, Office of Financial Aid, (319) 273-2701

Report on legislative session

Keith Saunders, associate director, Governmental Relations, (319) 273-6144

Budget issues for FY 2004

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2256

Allocation of mandatory student fees and designated tuition for 2003-2004

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

May 15, 2003 - 7:00pm


The University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education will co-sponsor the Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon spring race taking place Saturday, May 17, at the Iowa International Raceway in Marshalltown. The first heat begins at 11 a.m., and the second at 1 p.m.

The Electrathon is a program for high school and college students who design and build one-person electric racecars. The race is an endurance competition in which the car completing the most laps in one hour wins. Cars are powered by two automobile batteries. More information is available at

The Marshalltown event is the first of a championship series of six races. Other races are listed below.

May 17, Marshalltown

May 30-31, Cedar Rapids

June 21-22, Pomeroy

Sept. 6, Forest City

Sept. 20, Muscatine

Sept. 27, Cedar Falls

May 13, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new display at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education details alternate energy sources and explains reliable ways to conserve energy and save money in the process.

Featured are hands-on displays, written works, placards, a1930s windmill and several solar panels.

Carole Yates, who coordinated the project, said increasing energy efficiency is a matter of changing mindsets. 'We can change the way we use energy, insulate our homes and purchase appliances, she said. 'This will save energy and keep us from polluting our environment and draining money from our state.'

The CEEE display, designed for adults and children, offers energy-efficiency changes that can be easily implemented, like replacing all incandescent light bulbs with T-8 compact fluorescent bulbs. Doing so could translate to a 70 percent savings on electricity bills. Turning off computers when they aren't in use can save100 watts of electricity a day.

Yates said the display also encourages use of alternate energy sources, like solar cells or panels, also called photovoltaics; fuel cells and wind turbines. 'Contrary to the myth that Iowa does not receive enough wind for wind power, Iowa ranks third in the United States in wind production,' said Yates. 'The falling cost of wind production makes it more economically feasible for Iowa to increase its wind generation.'

The display continues through October, and is free and open to the public. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by special evening or weekend appointments. To make an appointment, call (319) 273-2573.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's School of Music Spotlight Series held its annual Performance Competition Finals in April. Three students were selected as top performers.

Nathan Dishman, a senior music education major, received the $1,500 Charles and Marleta Matheson award. He performed 'First Movement Sonata for Trombone' by Eric Ewazen. Dishman is the son of Rod and Linda Dishman from Charles City.

Florin Loghin, a senior music performance major, received the $1,000 Myron and Ruth Russell award. He performed 'Andante and Rondo Ongarese' by Carl Maria von Weber. Loghin, a bassoonist, is the son of Nicolae and Elena Loghin from Iasi, Romania.

Dan Perszyk, a senior music performance major, received the $4,000 Presser Foundation award. He performed 'Chant de Linos' by Andre Jolivet on flute. Perszyk is one of five flute students from around the country selected to tour the United States this summer with the American Wind Symphony. He is the son of Elizabeth Perszyk from Elk River, Minn.. Perszyk will be known as the Presser Scholar during the 2003-04 academic year at UNI.