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September 28, 2003
Contact: 

Betty DeBerg, head, Department of Philosphy & Religion, (319) 273-6221, (319) 277-5071, betty.deberg@uni.edu
Avriel Davis, manager of client services, Small Business Development Center, (319) 236-8123, 989-2587, avriel.davis@uni.edu,
Heather Soesbe, loan coordinator, UNI Financial Aid Office, (319) 273-7613, (319) 279-4052, heather.soesbe@uni.edu

UNI professor says there's a reason network TV has found God

The new network television season has kicked off. Along with the now commonplace themes of sex, drugs and foul language, viewers will get a strong dose of something unexpected in prime-time TV -- God. At least five new shows will feature strong religious or spiritual themes. This is to be expected, says Betty DeBerg, head of UNI's Department of Philosophy & Religion. 'TV often mirrors what's going on in American society,' she says. 'More and more Americans are becoming 'seekers,' they have a religious background, but look for a variety of outlets beyond conventional churches. The media is simply picking up on that phenomenon.' DeBerg says research shows that more religious people are taking a 'cafeteria' approach to faith -- adopting bits and pieces from several belief systems.

Contact:

Betty DeBerg, head, Department of Philosphy & Religion, (319) 273-6221, (319) 277-5071, betty.deberg@uni.edu

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





The serious business of starting a business

A slumping economy or a layoff is often the impetus for a news business startup. Avriel Davis, client services manager at UNI's Small Business Development Center, says a successful new business needs a lot more than a good idea or strong impetus. 'Often, people just want to dive in, believing in their hearts that this just has to work. But there needs to be a plan,' says Davis, who also teaches the center's Smart Start program for aspiring business owners. 'Did you research it? Did you work out the details? Where will the money come from? What additional capital will you need? If you don't check out everything, you're leaving holes. And the more it looks like Swiss cheese, the more likely it is to collapse.'

The SBDC offers training and even a business accelerator program that consists of seven office suites that a start-up business can use for up to two years.

Contact:

Avriel Davis, manager of client services, Small Business Development Center, (319) 236-8123, 989-2587, avriel.davis@uni.edu,

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





UNI to mark national Credit Education Week

National Credit Education Week runs Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 urging Americans to learn more about credit and to take more responsibility for their credit history. UNI will offer students several opportunities to learn more about their rights and responsibilities regarding credit. The key UNI event will be a lecture from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1 in Sabin Hall, Room 102. 'The average UNI graduate leaves the university with almost $20,000 in loan debt -- that doesn't include credit cards,' says Heather Soesbe, loan coordinator in the UNI Financial Aid Office. 'We find that some students are unfamiliar with credit and the loan process. Many times their parents have done all the work regarding their financial aid. They're in the dark. Our goal is to help students understand how to manage loans, credit and debt.'

Contact:

Heather Soesbe, loan coordinator, UNI Financial Aid Office, (319) 273-7613, (319) 279-4052, heather.soesbe@uni.edu

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