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April 13, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --'White Straight Men and Me' will be the final featured film in this year's University of Northern Iowa Reel to Real film series. The movie will be shown at noon Wednesday, April 20, in Maucker Union's University Room South and is free and open to the public.

According to Guy Sims, interim director of Maucker Union, main character Antonia Kao 'explores the world of straight, white men in this revealing, humorous and often poignant new film.' In an effort to interact comfortably with 'the oppressors,' and understand who Kao is in relation to them, she interviews several who represent to her stereotypes 'of straight, white men.'

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

For more information, contact UNI Student Activities at 273-2683 or


April 12, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual Earth Day and 'Sole Power' celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, at the Maucker Union Plaza. The rain location is the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.

During the celebration, the UNI Department of Public Safety will register bikes, Europa Cycle will provide free bike tune-ups, and bike helmets, sizes youth through adult, will be for sale for $15. Hybrid cars and Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) will be displayed.

UNI's Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC), Wellness and Recreation Services and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), will provide information and services encouraging environmental awareness and education.

The 'Sole Power' project began through collaboration between Wellness and Recreation Services and the CEEE. The mission is to promote walking, skating and bicycling as healthy alternatives to automobile commuting to campus.

'The goal of Sole Power is to get people to leave their cars at home and instead walk, bike or skate to campus,' said Kathy Green, director of University Health Services. 'It encourages physical fitness, saves people money and is good for the environment.'

For more information, contact Kathy Green, director of University Health Services, (319) 273-6921 or Michaela Rich, program manager, RRTTC, (319) 273-3689.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Constance Flanagan, professor of youth civic development at Pennsylvania State University, will be the keynote speaker at the 'Developing Good Citizens: Stimulating Growth and Student Civic Engagement in College' lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, April 18, in the Old Central Ballroom C at Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus. A reaction panel and question and answer session will follow Flanagan's address.

Flanagan completed her Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of Michigan, and her work, 'Adolescents and the Social Contract,' concerns the factors in families, schools, and communities that promote civic values and competencies in young people. She directed a seven-nation study on this topic, as well as a study of inter-group relations and beliefs about justice among youth from different racial/ethnic backgrounds in the United States.

Flanagan is a co-chair for the Society for Research in Child Development's Committee on Public Policy, and Public Information. She is a William T. Grant Faculty Scholar, a member of the MacArthur Foundation's Network on the Transition to Adulthood and Public Policy, and is on the editorial boards of three journals and on the advisory boards of Health!Rocks, Student Voices, and the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).

Students, faculty and staff are also invited to an informal brown bag lunch with Flanagan at noon in the State College Room in Maucker Union.

Both events are free and open to the public.

The UNI Graduate Program in Public Policy and the UNI American Democracy Project are event sponsors.


April 11, 2005 - 7:00pm


Terri Schiavo case prompts closer look at end-of-life issues

Francis Degnin, University of Northern Iowa assistant professor of philosophy, will discuss some of the more complicated end-of-life issues in a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in Sabin Hall 102, 'Legal and Ethical Issues in the Wake of the Terri Schiavo Case.'

Degnin, who teaches 'Bioethics' at UNI, brings substantial clinical and academic experience to the topic. Included in the talk will be a discussion of whether patients have a right to die; what is a

diagnosis of 'PVS,' or 'persistent vegetative state;' and why this may have been a mere distraction from the real issues. He will discuss the Schiavo case in relation to that of Nancy Crusan, described by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990 to be in a persistent vegetative state with the limited ability to swallow; and the appropriate role for both the courts and the political process in such cases.

Degnin also will explain why a living will is not enough to protect one from similar situations, as well as additional steps to take to protect one's wishes. He also will address the implications of recent statements by the Vatican on Catholic hospitals in the United States.


Francis Degnin, UNI assistant professor of philosophy, (319) 273-3015

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


Does filibuster still have a place in Senate debates?

The filibuster is sometimes known as a mechanism to 'talk a motion to death' in the U.S. Senate, according to Phil Mauceri, head and associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa. He says the filibuster often has been used by the minority party or a minority position to block from passage legislation it doesn't like.

'It takes 60 out of the 100 votes in the Senate to stop a filibuster,' said Mauceri. 'The late Sen. Strom Thurmond from South Carolina was famous for his use of this tool. He and other conservative Southern Democrats often used the filibuster to stop civil rights legislation.'

In more recent years, the threat of the filibuster has been enough to stop legislation, unless supporters are certain they have the necessary 60 votes to override it. But, he adds, in recent years, in addition to legislation, the filibuster has been used to stop judicial nominations that require Senate confirmation.

Mauceri said now there is talk of a 'nuclear option,' that would change the Senate's rules to prevent a judicial filibuster, a concept supported by a number of Republicans who currently have 55 senators, but are finding it difficult to find the additional Democrats needed to break a filibuster and confirm the president's judicial appointees.

Mauceri also noted many conservative lobbying groups, including the NRA (National Rifle Association) and anti-abortion groups, have voiced concern about the nuclear option, since in the past, when Democrats controlled the Senate, they have relied on filibusters to stop legislation they opposed.


Phil Mauceri, head and associate professor of political science, (319) 273-2528

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



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Art for Young Children' with Dave Kelly will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 23, at Gerard Hall, on the Allen College campus. The event is presented by the Regents Center for Early Development Education at the University of Northern Iowa.

According to Annette Swann, UNI associate professor of teaching, who teaches at the Center's Freeburg School, Kelly brings a powerful message about listening to children and recognizing their abilities as young artists. Kelley is a constructivist teacher and professor at Aquinas College in Chicago. He will work with children at the Freeburg School during the week and will build a presentation from these experiences for his Saturday-morning audience.

He received his bachelor of fine arts degree at the Chicago Art Institute, and his master of arts at the Erikson Institute. Kelly is a former studio teacher at Chicago Commons, and worked at Kohl Children's Museum, Chicago.

The program is open to early childhood educators, parents, and other interested persons. Admission is fee. For more information about the event, contact Swann, at

(319) 287-9415, ext. 105, or


April 10, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration has begun for the University of Northern Iowa All-Sports Camp to take place at UNI in June. The camp is for boys and girls ages seven to 13.

There will be two camp sessions; the boy's session will take place Sunday, June 19 through Thursday, June 23. The girl's session will take place Sunday, June 26 through Thursday, June 30. Campers will be split into groups by age and grade in school.

'Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, establish new friendships, and build self-esteem and confidence,' said Renee Pieper, camp coordinator and a senior parks, recreation and leisure studies major from Donnellson.

Check-in for all campers will take place between 4:45 and 5:45 p.m. on the first day of camp. After check-in, a brief orientation for parents and campers will be followed by dinner and activities.

Camp sports include soccer, rugby, swimming, basketball, and track and field. The boys' session also will offer baseball, wrestling and football, while the girls' will offer cheerleading, volleyball and softball. On the final day of camp, family and friends are invited to an exhibition that showcases the different activities the campers participated in during the week.

There are three plans that campers and parents can choose from. The 'resident' plan includes double-occupancy housing for four nights in a UNI residence hall, all meals, instruction, a camp T-shirt and evening activities that may include bowling, roller skating, movies and a trip to the Lost Island Water Park. Campers can request a roommate when sending in registration materials. Those not requesting a roommate will be assigned one who is the same age. The cost for this plan is $255 if materials are postmarked by Friday, May 6, and $270 if postmarked later.

The 'commuter plus plan' includes noon and evening meals, instruction, evening recreational activities, and a camp T-shirt. Commuter campers report to camp at 8 a.m. each day and are dismissed at 8:45 p.m. This plan is $215 if materials are postmarked by Friday, May 6, and $230 if postmarked later.

The 'basic commuter plan' includes noon meals, instruction and a camp T-shirt. These campers report to camp at 8 a.m. each day and are dismissed at 4:45 p.m. This plan is $170 if materials are postmarked by Friday, May 6, and $185 if postmarked later.

A $50 non-refundable deposit must accompany registration materials, and materials must be received before Friday, June 10. The remaining balance is due at least two weeks before camp begins.

'UNI All-Sports counselors include UNI students, and are chosen based on their interest in promoting youth fitness and working with children and young adults,' said Pieper. 'Our small camper-to-counselor ratio ensures that all campers receive individualized attention.'

For more information about the camp, contact Renee Pieper at (319) 273-6899 or 1-800-782-9519 or



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Women's Rugby Club will compete in the USA Rugby Division I Sweet 16 Women's Collegiate Nationals April 16-17. They will play the Air Force Academy in the first round in Gainesville, Fla.

The UNI women have won two national championships in Division II. This will be the first year the team has competed in Division I.

The women's rugby team was established in 1994, and is funded in part with student activity fees through UNI Wellness & Recreation Services, business sponsorship, fundraising projects, and donations from parents and friends. Steve Murra has been head coach since its beginning. The team's overall record is 250-32.

For further information, contact Murra at (319) 240-8897 or



Monday, April 11

White Ribbon Week Kickoff Rally, 11-11:30 a.m., Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge. The 'White Ribbon Campaign' is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men's violence against women. White ribbons will be handed out and individuals will have the opportunity to sign a pledge to never commit nor condone violence against women. Students also will be handing out white ribbons in Maucker Union from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

KUNI Live from Studio One features The Old Scratch Revival Singers, featuring elements of cow-punk, bluegrass, ragtime and gospel, at 7 p.m. in the KUNI studios, Communication Arts Center, third floor. (The originally scheduled performance by Jack Norton and the Mullet River Boys, has been canceled.) Contact: Karen Impola, senior producer, Folkways, Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.

Dr. Christopher Brochu, assistant professor of vertebrate paleontology at the University of Iowa, will present 'Reconstructing a Global Radiation: Phylogenetic Approaches toward Crocodilian History,' at 4 p.m., in Latham 125. At 7 p.m., he will present 'The Dead Speak: Lessons for a Tyrannosaur,' in Latham 125. Contact: Lynn Brant, UNI associate professor of earth science, (319) 273-6160.

Senior Celebration, sponsored by the UNI Alumni Association, will take place throughout the week, with a number of 'seniors-only' activities. Seminars will be offered at 6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday's seminar is 'What is a Credit Report Anyway?,' from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Maucker Union College Eye Room (lower level). For more information, call 273-2355 or visit

Tuesday, April 12

Senior Celebration: 'Grab 'N' Go Breakfast,' 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge. For more information, call 273-2355 or visit

'Color Me Dark,' for grades 2-5, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. More than 3,000 elementary students from throughout the Cedar Valley and Eastern Iowa are scheduled to attend the 60-minute performances as part of the Allen Hospital Kaleidoscope Series. The story explores the lives of two sisters, Erma Jean and Nellie Lee Love, in the Deep South in the 1920s as they bear witness to a time of social uprising. It is the seventh of eight shows scheduled for the 2004-2005 season designed to assist teachers in integrating the arts into the classroom. It has curriculum connections to African-American history. Contact: Amy Hunzelman, GBPAC outreach and education director, (319) 273-3679.

Take Back the Night, an annual event to end violence against women, begins at 5 p.m. on top of Maucker Union. There will be several performances, an open mic portion and a march. Contact: Kelsey Harr,

Senior Celebration Seminar: Life in the Actual Real World, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Maucker Union, Presidential Room (lower level). Refreshments and door prizes provided. For more information, call 273-2355 or visit

Wednesday, April 13

Senior Celebration: 'Ice Cream Social,' 2:30-4 p.m., in the Commons Plaza (rain location: Commons West Room). Seminar: 'Where Did My Money Go?,' 6 to 7:30 p.m., Maucker Union, College Eye Room (lower level). For more information, call 273-2355 or visit

Department of History Lecture Series: Reinier Hesselink, UNI associate professor of history, will speak on 'A Christian Town in a Pagan Land: Nagasaki Under the Jesuits,' at 7 p.m., in Seerley 115. Contact: Hesselink, (319) 273-2261

Wednesday, April 13

Bill Koch, UNI adjunct instructor in English, will present his one-man show, 'Walt Whitman Live!!' at 7:30 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium. Koch will speak on major themes of Whitman's poetry, Abe Lincoln, American culture and his Civil War experiences. Contact: Koch, (319) 273-6231.

Political Science Speaker Series: Ana Kogl, UNI assistant professor of political science, will present part of her research into the role of place in society with 'Enclosure and Exclusion: The Invention of Private Property,' at 3 p.m. in Sabin Hall 201. Contact: Kogl, (319) 273-2465.

'Designing an Ecologically Sound Farm: From the Soil to the Marketplace' will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education Auditorium. The seminar documents the efforts of Francis Thicke to convert a conventional row-crop farm into an organic, grass-based dairy with on-farm processing of milk and local marketing of finished dairy products. Contact: Pat Higby, CEEE energy educator, (319) 273-6012.

Francis Degnin, assistant professor of philosophy, will present an ethics lecture, 'Legal and Ethical Issues in the Wake of the Terri Schiavo Case,' at 7:30 p.m. in Sabin Hall 102. Degnin teaches 'Bio-Medical Ethics' at UNI. Contact: Degnin, (319) 273-3015.

Thursday, April 14

Student Nature Society will host a plant sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the north entrance of the UNI Biology Botanical Center (Greenhouse). Contact: Jessica Furlong, (319) 222-3751.

Senior Celebration: Pizza and Pop at the Campanile,' 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Commons Plaza (rain location: Commons West Room). For more information, call 273-2355 or visit

White Ribbon Week event: Alan Berkowitz will speak to UNI students at 4 p.m., in the Commons Ballroom, and to UNI athletes at 7 p.m., as part of the White Ribbon Campaign to end men's violence against women. Berkowitz has over 20 years of experience in higher education as a trainer, psychologist, faculty member and counseling center director. At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, he developed one of the first rape prevention programs for men, was co-director of the college's Men and Masculinity Program and chaired the Prejudice Reduction Task Force. For more information, call University Health Services, (319) 273-6921.

Friday, April 15

37th Annual Beginning Reading Conference, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., second floor lobby of UNI's Schindler Education Center, sponsored by Malcolm Price Laboratory School. Keynote speakers are Nancy Carlson, children's book author and illustrator, and J. Richard Gentry, spelling education 'guru,' who writes and speaks widely on literacy development and spelling. Carlson also will have a session open to children and adults at University Book & Supply, at 7 p.m. Specific sessions will be aimed at meeting the mandated goals of Comprehensive School Improvement Plans (CSIPs). Contact: Michelle Swanson UNI instructor in teaching, Malcolm Price Laboratory School, (319) 273-2600 or UNI Conference and Event Services at or 800-782-9519.

Jean Trainor, president and CEO of the John Deere Community Credit Union will speak on financial leadership at noon in Baker 161, as part of the Women on Fridays discussions. Contact Susan Hill, director of the Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-7195.

Honors Research Conference begins at 9 a.m. in Lang Hall, Rooms 20, 21 and 22. Senior honor students and presidential scholars will present their thesis research projects. Contact: Jessica Moon, director, University Honors Program, (319) 273-3175.

Friday, April 15 through Saturday, April 16

Habitat for Humanity presents 'Shantytown,' from 6 p.m. Friday, to 7 a.m. Saturday at the Campanile. Participants will construct their own shelter for an overnight sleepout. Speakers from the National Coalition for the Homeless will be in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom at 7 p.m. Contact: Renee Pasker, (319) 393-4992.


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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Malcolm Price Laboratory School will host the 37th annual Beginning Reading Conference on Friday, April 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the second floor lobby of the Schindler Education Center.

Keynote speakers this year are Nancy Carlson, children's book author and illustrator; and J. Richard Gentry, spelling education 'guru,' who writes and speaks widely on literacy development and spelling.

Carlson has received recognition for her published work including Reading Rainbow selections and the Children's Choice Awards from the International Reading Association and Children's Book Council. She will share how reading and writing has influenced her life and the lives of those around her. She also will have a session open to children and adults at University Book & Supply in Cedar Falls, at 7 p.m., Friday, April 15. Gentry has lectured and conducted workshops for teachers throughout the United States and in Canada, Australia, South America, Europe and the West Indies. A former elementary teacher and university professor, Gentry will talk about his knowledge and breakthrough thinking on the importance of teaching spelling for reading and writing development.

Conference changes in recent years have included specific sessions aimed at meeting the mandated goals of Comprehensive School Improvement Plans (CSIPs). 'In keeping with the latest movements in education, we recognize that many schools and districts are now requiring accountability and improvement, with special emphasis on CSIPs,' states Amy Lockhart, 2004 conference chair.

Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Conference fee is $70, and $193 for registration plus one hour of UNI graduate credit. Register online at

For more information on the Beginning Reading Conference, contact UNI Conference and Event Services at, or call 1-800-782-9519.


April 7, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter of Habitat for Humanity will host the fourth annual Shantytown, an event to raise awareness about homelessness and poverty-level housing, from 7 p.m., Friday, April 15 to 7 a.m., Saturday, April 16, at the Campanile on the UNI campus.

Participants will sleep outdoors in cardboard 'homes' they will create at the event, listen to speakers, and participate in activities related to homelessness and poverty-level housing.

Registration begins at 6 p.m., Friday, in UNI's Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom, and is open to any UNI student, staff or faculty member.

At 7 p.m., speakers from the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, D.C., who all have been or are currently homeless, will present, also in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. All other activities will take place at the Campanile.

Online registration is available by replying to For more information, contact Renee Pasker, publicity and education chair for the UNI Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, at, or visit Pasker is a UNI senior from Robins.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- To many students, liberal arts courses are nothing more than a hindrance, holding no value outside the university. On the other hand, more and more successful business people say that the liberal arts courses they were required to take in college were not only helpful, they were critical to their success.

On Thursday, April 14, the University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities & Fine Arts (CHFA) will put the concept of liberal arts curriculum to the test with a day-long work session involving alumni, students, faculty and administration.

'The idea is to challenge assumptions,' explained James Lubker, CHFA dean. 'We want to know what we're doing right, what we're doing wrong and what changes we can and should make.'

Seven alumni will serve as guest panelists. In addition to being CHFA graduates, six of the seven have another trait in common -- each is a successful businessperson in a field or career that is not directly related to his or her undergraduate degree.

'Each of these individuals excels at what they do, but what they do is not what they set out to do,' explained Lubker. 'Theirs is a story we hear often, and we're proud to think that a major built upon a strong liberal arts core was part of their success, but we want to put that belief to the test.'

The panelists will spend the day in work sessions with UNI students, faculty and administrators, talking about today's liberal arts courses and what value or lack of value they provide in the 'real world.'

'Research shows that the average person changes jobs and/or careers several times during his or her lifetime. Our philosophy is that we don't educate you to get a job, we educate you so you have the skills to take on several careers. We want to get honest feedback to find out if we're on the right track,' said Lubker.

The panelists will be Carolyn Burrell, attorney, Milwaukee, Wis.; Michael Dunagan, director of major gifts and planned giving, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.; Julie Kraft, television consultant, Frank N. Magid Associates, Marion; Christopher J. Mailander, president and owner, Mailander & Company, Washington, D.C.; John C. Schreurs, president, Strategic America, Des Moines; Richard D. Schultz, president and CEO, Kanabec State Bank, Mora, Minn.; and Thomas Walton, attorney, Nyemaster, Goode, Voigts, West, Hansell and O'Brien, Des Moines.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ana Kogl, assistant professor of political science, will speak on 'Enclosure and Exclusion: The Invention of Private Property,' at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in Sabin Hall, Room 201 at the University of Northern Iowa. Kogl will present part of her ongoing research into the role of place in society during the lecture.

This lecture is a part of the political science speaker series, and is free and open to the public.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Financial Leadership' will be the topic for the 'Women on Fridays' event, at noon Friday, April 15, in Baker Hall, Room 161, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. This lecture is a part of the 'Women and Leadership' series.

Jean Trainor, CEO of John Deere Community Credit Union, will discuss financial leadership and issues women in financial leadership positions face.

This is the final 'Women on Fridays' event this school-year. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amy Lawin, graduate assistant in the UNI Women's Studies Program, at (319) 273-7183.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Francis Thicke, the first dairy farmer in Iowa to set up an on-farm processing facility and bottle milk from his own farm in Fairfield, will speak at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Thicke 's lecture, titled 'Designing an Ecologically Sound Farm: From the Soil to the Marketplace,' will discuss efforts to convert a conventional row-crop farm into an organic, grass-based dairy with on-farm processing of milk. Ecological principles serve as the model for the design and management of the farm and grazing system, and attempts are made to minimize energy needs and external inputs while improving the health of the soil, crops, animals and local community. Thicke also will discuss general issues of ecological sustainability in industrial agriculture.

Thicke holds a Ph.D. in agronomy/soil fertility from the University of Illinois. He served as national program leader for soil science with the USDA extension service for several years. In 1992, he returned to his farming roots and now owns and operates Radiance Dairy in Fairfield. He is currently a Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow.

The lecture is free and open to the public.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Iowa's Junior Sprint will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30, at the UNI Malcolm Price Laboratory School. The event allows fifth- through ninth-grade students to race individually designed solar-powered model cars.

Iowa's Junior Solar Sprint gives students the opportunity to apply math, science and technical skills and their creative brainpower to build and race solar powered model-cars. Participants will be eligible for prizes. The Cedar Falls Sertoma Club will present awards to the most patriotic entry and the best patriotic performer.

Sponsored by the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) and the Iowa Energy Center, Iowa's Junior Solar Sprint encourages youth to pursue engineering and technical careers and fosters enthusiasm for renewable-energy technologies.

The registration deadline is April 15. For more information about Iowa's Junior Solar Sprint, contact Craig Pawlak, program director at the CEEE, at (319) 273-3850 or visit or


April 6, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's class of 2005's senior gift will be a stage in the Memorial Garden, located on the east side of Maucker Union and Center for Multicultural Education. The stage will be dedicated and presented as the senior-class gift from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 26.

Seniors donating a minimum of $25 will have the opportunity to have an engraved brick in the garden. The bricks will create a pathway to the flowerbeds in the Memorial Garden. Two lines with 22 characters per line, including spaces, are allowed. Suggested inscriptions are students' names and graduation year, dedicating a brick in memory of a loved one, or honoring parents or favorite professors.

'The garden will be a place for students, faculty, alumni and visitors to relax or gather for special events, such as picnics, small concerts, ceremonies, receptions and other gatherings,' said Jane Harrison, chair of the Senior Challenge 2005 planning committee and a senior organizational communication major from West Des Moines. 'We are excited for the class of 2005 to help bring life to one of the essential parts of the garden, the stage.'

The senior class gift has been a tradition at UNI since 1895. In the past 110 years, students have given scholarships, landscaping, parking lots and endowments.

The Senior Challenge 2005 planning committee will be at Maucker Union from 11 a.m. to

1 p.m. on Monday, April 18 and 25; Tuesday, April 19 and 26; and Thursday, April 21 and 28. There will be free cookies, and seniors who donate money will receive free 'class of 2005' wristbands.

For more information, call (319) 273-6078 or visit



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art opened its Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition March 20, with a reception announcing its award winners. The competition is held each year to showcase the work of undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Art. The exhibition will run through Sunday, April 17.

Award winners include __(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__, who received a __(Award)__ from __(Award Donor)__ for his/her work __(Name of art work)__.

Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, said it is important to make the distinction between the awards. Merit awards are cash prizes awarded for excellence and let students retain the artwork. Purchase awards indicate the artwork is sold. Award donors included numerous university departments and organizations. The juror also awarded honorable mention honors to six artists.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Take Back the Night,' an annual event to protest sexual assault and violence against women, will take place at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, on the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union Plaza. The rain location is Maucker Union Ballroom A.

'Take Back the Night' is a nationwide event that takes place each year in April. This year's event includes performances by UNI Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE) forum actors, Seeds of Hope and the Capoeira club. Audience members also will have the opportunity to share their own stories, poetry, thoughts or prayers during an open-mic section. 'Take Back the Night' concludes with the traditional March on the Hill, throughout parts of campus and the College Hill area, leaving from Maucker Union at 7:30 p.m.

'Take Back the Night' is sponsored by the UNI Gender Equality Association.


April 5, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'A Christian Town in a Pagan Land: Nagasaki Under the Jesuits' will be the topic of the University of Northern Iowa History Lecture Series, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, on the UNI campus.

Reinier Hesselink, UNI associate professor of history, will analyze the history of Christian Nagasaki as an early cross-cultural experiment, and will sketch the background that encouraged its founding in 1571 by Jesuit missionaries. He also will describe the early years of the city under Jesuit rule until it was confiscated by Japan in 1587.

Hesselink has been a member of the UNI history department since 1995. He teaches courses on Japanese civilization and Japanese history. He is the author of Prisoners from Nambu: Reality and Make-Believe in Seventeenth Century Japanese Diplomacy (Hawaii, 2002). He is writing a history of Nagasaki in the Christian period (1571-1639).

The lecture is sponsored by the UNI Department of History, UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta history honorary. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Hesselink at


April 4, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Travis R. Fitzgerald of Edgewood, a University of Northern Iowa physical education major, has been selected as the fall 2005 Wellness and Recreation Services (WRS) scholarship winner. The scholarship amount is $400. Fitzgerald had to complete a written application and essay, and submit letters of reference from professional supervisors.

Fitzgerald is a WRS fitness supervisor, personal trainer and teaching assistant for personal training classes. He also was the June/July 2004 WRS student employee of the month.

The scholarship is sponsored by Kathy Green, WRS director, in honor of four generations of women in her family who have graduated from UNI. This scholarship is awarded in the fall and spring semesters. Green is also director of University Health Services.

For more information about WRS scholarships, contact Timothy Klatt, WRS associate director, at (319) 273-7120 or



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Public Radio KUNI won three first place awards and five merit awards in the annual Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA).

Jeaneane Beck won two first place awards, one in the investigative reporting category for 'Gas,' and one in the writing category for 'Waterloo vs. Cedar Rapids.' Greg Shanley took first place in the series category with 'Iowa Wine Making and Grape Growing.'

Merit awards went to Jeneane Beck, Pat Blank, Bill Menner and Greg Shanley.

The annual awards recognize radio and television stations for achievements in spot news, general reporting, series, documentary, feature news, sports reporting, newscast, best audio, and best photojournalism.

The NBNA was chartered in 1949, and covers Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The aim of NBNA is to serve and improve the broadcast industry through educational and professional programs.

KUNI, a broadcast service of UNI, can be heard in most of Eastern Iowa at 90.9 FM, Des Moines at 101.7 FM, Dubuque at 98.7 FM and the Quad Cities at 94.5 and 102.1 FM. KUNI is also heard in North Iowa at 91.5 FM (KUNY) and 1010 AM (KRNI).

For more details, visit, or contact Scott Vezdos, marketing manager and special events coordinator at KUNI, at (319) 273-3497 or



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student Cary Pint was selected by the education committee of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP) to speak at the group's annual meeting in Lincoln, Neb., in May.

Pint, a senior physics major from Evansdale, is one of five undergraduate students across the nation selected to speak at the meeting. Pint will discuss his research, which used computer simulations to study the effect of n-alkane on very thin solid films, in a presentation titled 'Simulated Effects of Odd-Alkane Impurities in a Hexane Monolayer on Graphite.'

Fore more information, contact Mike Roth, associate professor of physics, and Pint's research supervisor, at (319) 273-2336.


April 3, 2005 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, professor of military science and head of the University of Northern Iowa Department of Military Science/UNI Army ROTC program was recognized by the Iowa National Guard Friday, April 1. Stavnes received the Iowa Meritorious Service Medal for his support of the Iowa National Guard officer procurement program. Since his arrival at UNI in 2002, Stavnes has guided UNI ROTC into the top 15 percent of the nation's 287 Army ROTC programs.

The medal was presented by Brig. Gen. Michael Beaman, assistant division commander, 34th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard.

'Lt. Col. Stavnes' magnificent efforts have served to build a superior and lasting ROTC program at the university,' said Beaman. 'His efforts to provide quality officers to the Iowa Army National Guard will have great effect on our units and serve to shape our leadership well into the future. Through his leadership, UNI ROTC has set new standards for the procurement of officers and set ever-higher standards in the development of future leaders. His innate ability to refine students into officers, his drive to build a successful program, and his dedication to providing quality leaders to the Iowa Army National Guard will provide lasting impact. Lt. Col. Stavnes' service is of the highest standard and brings great credit upon himself, the Iowa Army National Guard and the United States Army.'



The arrival of daylight savings time, warmer weather and longer days often lead to people spending more time in the sun. Joan Thompson, health educator in Wellness & Recreation Services at the University of Northern Iowa, cautions, 'There really is no such thing as a 'safe tan.''

Thompson says frequent responses to why people tan are that they feel more attractive and look healthier. But to achieve this look, many are flocking to tanning salons or basking in the sun without adequate protection.

'Many people believe that getting a 'base tan' at an indoor tanning salon is a good way to prevent sunburn when they are spending time in the sun,' said Thompson. 'But whether tanning is done in salons or outdoors, both are linked to skin cancer and premature aging and wrinkling of the skin.

According to the American Cancer Society a 'base tan' gives you very little protection against sunburn-- some experts say the most protection a tan can give you is an SPF of 6. In practice, it may increase the chance that you will get a burn because you are more likely to stay in the sun longer without properly protecting your skin.

'If health and appearance are of personal concern it is important to limit exposure to all ultraviolet rays no matter their source.'


Monday, April 4

CROW Forum: Supporting LGBT College Students will take place at noon in the Maucker Union Presidential Room, presented by UNI faculty members Kim Knesting, assistant professor of education, and Jennifer Waldron, assistant professor of physical education, Contact: Knesting, (319) 273-3840 or Waldron, (319) 273-2730.

KUNI Live from Studio One features Melissa Rose Ziemer, a veteran of the Chicago-based bands Gertrude and the Juleps. Her vocal style ranges from Loretta Lynn to Melissa Etheridge. Contact: Karen Impola, senior producer, Folkways, Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.

Earth Science seminar: 'Blowing in the Wind: Marilyn Monroe, Spider Legs and Energy,' takes place at 4 p.m. in Latham 125. Peter R. Hamlin, senior environmental policy analyst for MidAmerican Energy, will discuss what is in the air and how to use air as an energy source. Contact: Lynn Brant, UNI associate professor of earth science, (319) 273-6160.

Tuesday, April 5

Sigma Alpha Epsilon/American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Maucker Union Central Ballroom. Contact: Mitchell Parr, (319) 560-9147 or

'Dig Into Sue: An In Depth Look at a T. rex Discovery' will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Speaker will be Terry Wentz, chief preparator of the excavation of the Tyrannosaurus rex known as Sue. UNI chapter of Sigma Xi will host a reception at 7 p.m. outside the auditorium. Contact: Kay Thuesen, UNI Museums public affairs coordinator, (319) 273-2188.

Social Justice Film Series presents '1984,' an adaptation of the classic novel by George Orwell, at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall 115. Sponsored by Amnesty International and Students for Social Justice. Contact: Jessica Maass, president, UNI chapter of Amnesty International, (319) 277-4752.

Wednesday, April 6

The Center for Energy and Environmental Education presents 'History of Wind Energy' at 7 p.m. in the CEEE Auditorium, featuring John Root from Muscatine Power and Water. Root will retrace the ancient origins of wind energy and its impact in modern times. A reception follows the presentation. Contact: Patricia Higby, CEEE energy educator, (319) 273-3850.

Thursday, April 7

Leaders on Leadership Speaker Series; speakers talk about leadership in business, at 3:30 p.m. in SEC 252. Speakers include Renee Miller, John Deere Waterloo Works; David Neil, UAW C.A.P.-Iowa Region 4; and Nicki Rainey-Thomas, Pauline Company, Waterloo. Contact: (319) 273-2332 or visit

The UNI Greek community will sponsor a Jump-Around, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Lawther Field. Sorority and fraternity members will gather donations for Jamie & Jim's Kids and jump in 15-minute increments on four large trampolines. Contact: Patti Donnelly (563) 650-1134 or Ashley Hamblin, (319) 239-7801.

Friday, April 8

Relay for Life to fight cancer begins at 6 p.m. in the UNI-Dome, and continues through 6 a.m. Saturday, April 9. Teams of eight to 15 people will raise money and take turns walking around the track during the 12-hour event. Special events include a luminary ceremony to honor those battling cancer and to remember those who've died. Following the luminary service, at 8 p.m., is an inspirational survivor victory lap, celebrating all those have won their fight. Contact: Amanda Test, (319) 222-3677, or Grant Erwin, (319) 404-0254.

Members of UNI's Greek community will participate in a mud volleyball tournament at 3 p.m., behind the UNI-Dome. Contact: Ashley Hamblin, (319) 239-7801.

Saturday, April 9

UNI Outdoors will introduce the basic skills of outdoor climbing at Backbone State Park. Contact: Outdoor Rec (319) 273-7163.

Pi Sigma Epsilon is sponsoring the 'Sprint into Spring 5K Run/Walk' beginning at 8 a.m. on the UNI Campus, rain or shine. Registration forms available at UNI Wellness Recreation Center, UNI Health Beat, YMCA or Cedar Falls Recreation Center. Contact: Greg Pudenz,

'See How They Grow' annual conference for those working with young children, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Schindler Education Center. Activities include stories, nutrition activities, games, songs and art projects. Contact: Jennifer Yarrow, associate director, UNI Conference & Event Services, (319) 273-6899.

National Educator Expo featuring more than 95 school districts from across the country, will take place in Maucker Union, beginning with teacher registration at 8 a.m. Sponsored by UNI Advising and Career Services, (319) 273-2062.

Fashion Show featuring original student designs from Textile and Apparel program students at 8 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium. Dancers from Kinetic Energy will also perform. Contact: Amanda Weldon, (319) 415-7300.

Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10

Orchesis Dance Company will perform its Spring Gala at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Oster Regent Theatre, 103 Main Street, Cedar Falls. Contact: Michelle Ozmun, UNI instructor in physical education, (319) 273-3613.



March 31, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sean Botkin, UNI assistant professor of piano, will present a recital at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Mason City. The recital is free and open to the public. A reception in the church fellowship hall will follow the recital.

Selections performed by Botkin are from the Mozart Sonata in E flat major, Chopin's 3rd Sonata and Prokofiev's Sonata No. 8.

Botkin has won numerous awards at several national and international competitions, including the William Kapell International Piano Competition and the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

He received his bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University, and earned his master of music degree from the Juilliard School. He earned his Artist Diploma from Indiana University at South Bend, where he was part of the adjunct faculty and a member of the Alexander Toradze Piano Studio.

'Sean is a stunning pianist whose performances are exquisitely musical and utterly captivating. He has brilliant technical ability that he uses to express a huge range of emotions,' said Joan Smalley, Iowa Music Teacher Association member, former adjunct professor at the UNI School of Music and owner of Smalley Piano Studio.

He has traveled extensively in America and Europe performing with Maestro Toradze and the Studio, most notably at the prestigious Ruhr Klavier Festival, Germany; Ravenna Festival, Italy; Wigmore Hall, England; Stresa Festival, Italy; and the Gilmore Festival in Kalamazoo, Mich. He also has performed for the National Public Radio program, 'Performance Today.' He recently returned from giving concerts in Italy and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Upcoming engagements include solo concerts in Portugal and Germany.

'I have had the great pleasure of collaborating with Sean Botkin several times,' said Jason Weinberger, music director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, 'He is a consummate performer, and his playing shows a deep musicality.'

The recital is sponsored by the First United Methodist Church in Mason City, KHKE Public Radio 90.7 FM, Matinee Musicale Club, North Iowa Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, UNI Alumni Association and an anonymous patron.

For more information about the performance, contact Botkin at (319) 273-2713 or



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Educator Expo, which helps school districts recruit teachers and administrators, will take place in the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union, Saturday, April 9. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Seerley Hall, and will move to the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom lobby at 9 a.m.

More than 100 school districts from across the United States will recruit educators from UNI and 21 co-sponsoring Iowa colleges and universities. This year's expo will feature 22 Iowa school districts. Prospective teachers and administrators will have an opportunity to visit informally with recruiters throughout the morning and schedule interviews for the afternoon. The expo will conclude at 5 p.m.

Educators who are not pre-registered may register the day of the expo for $25. A registration form and a list of participating school districts can be found on the UNI Advising and Career Services Web site:

For more information, contact Libby Vanderwall, events coordinator at the UNI Advising & Career Services, at (319) 273-2062 or



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Textile and Apparel Association will hold its 13th annual fashion show at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The theme for this year's show is 'Cosmic Revolution,' and features four categories of clothing: ready to wear, wearable art, club wear and evening wear. The show is planned, managed and produced by textile and apparel majors at UNI, and more than 77 designs will be featured that were created by students for class projects or independently.

The fashion show is free and open to the public, and sponsored in part with funds from Northern Iowa Student Government and outside donations. A reception will follow at the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), Room 109 in the Maucker Union.

For more information, contact Amanda Weldon, publicity and promotions chair, at (319)




CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa's third annual Relay for Life fundraiser will take place from 6 p.m., Friday, April 8, through 6 a.m., Saturday, April 9, in the UNI-Dome. Before the fundraiser, cancer survivors and their families are invited to a reception at 4 p.m., at the Holiday Inn on University Avenue in Cedar Falls.

Relay for Life is the primary fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and is a celebration of life, in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by cancer, according to Grant Erwin of Madrid, chair of UNI's Relay for Life Committee. The committee is hoping to have at least 1,400 participants attend the relay and raise $55,000 to donate to the American Cancer Society.

Teams can register online at or by e-mail at Teams can register through the day of the event; however, early registration is encouraged. More than 100 teams have signed up.

'We encourage everyone, even if they're not on a team, to come and enjoy the entertainment and celebration,' Erwin said.

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

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

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

The UNI Relay for Life is sponsored in part by Domino's Pizza, Kwik Star, Scheels, Holiday Inn, KWWL News, and UNI TKD.

For more information, visit, or (319) 404-0254.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Orchesis Dance Company will present the Orchesis Spring Dance Gala at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9; and at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 10 at the Oster-Regent Theater on the corner of Main and First Streets in Cedar Falls.

This year's gala will feature premier performances from Orchesis members and UNI dance faculty, including modern, jazz, ballet and tap.

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Tickets are $5 in advance and can be purchased from Orchesis members, or $7 at the door. For more information, contact Michelle Ozmun, Orchesis Dance Company director and UNI instructor of dance, at (319) 273-3613.



BOONE Lindsay Myers/junior elementary education

CEDAR RAPIDS Amy McDonald/senior business management

COUNCIL BLUFFS Mallory Vanderhelm/freshman elementary education

DAVENPORT Heather Turner/junior psychology

DES MOINES Christina Dilling/junior earth science teaching

DEWITT Cassie Anderson/junior textiles & apparel

DUBUQUE Abby Yosch/senior interior design

ELDORA Brittany Allbee/freshman social sciences

FAIRFIELD Mary McDowell/junior finance/economics

GENEVA Amanda Cornwell/sophomore elementary education

GLENWOOD Lyndsey Stephenson/senior elementary education

HOLLAND Briton DuBois/junior biology/pre-physical therapy

JOHNSTON Elizabeth Tometich/senior elementary education

MILFORD Tiffany Fisk/sophomore social work

MONONA Abigail Lincoln/senior leisure, youth, & human


NASHUA Laura Seamans/senior human resource management

& organizational communication

OELWEIN Nicky Yokas/sophomore human development &

family services

OKOBOJI Laura Delperdang/sophomore math education

PANOVA Bailey Dorsett/senior family services

PELLA Brenna M. Vogel/graduate student physical education

SPIRIT LAKE Alisa Balm/junior elementary education

TIPTON Dawn Mohr/junior social science education

TRIPOLI Chelsey Heidemann/junior elementary education

WATERLOO Tasha Hurley/sophomore dance education


SYCAMORE, ILL. Andrea Breunlin/freshman fine/studio arts

March 30, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'History of Wind Energy,' a slideshow presentation retracing the ancient origins of wind energy and the impact it has on modern times, will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. This presentation is part of the CEEE 10th Anniversary Program Series. John Root, of Muscatine Power and Water, will deliver the presentation

According to Patricia Higby, energy educator at the UNI CEEE, this in-depth slideshow provides a pictorial history of windmills, wind turbines and wind farms. A reception sponsored by the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Commission, John Deere Community Credit Union and the Iowa Energy Center will follow the program.

Higby noted that since the installation of a wind-powered pump at the Black Hawk County Landfill, the county's solid Waste Commission has not had to use any electricity to drain areas of the landfill. The windmill system is similar to those used on Iowa farms before rural electrification.

For more information about 'History of Wind Energy,' contact Higby at (319) 273-6012 or



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter for the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education raised $905 during a month-long campus-wide fundraiser to aid tsunami relief efforts.

KDP president Sarah Sinkey, a senior kindergarten and preschool education major from Iowa City, presented the money to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Program earlier this month.

'When members are initiated, we take a pledge of fidelity to humanity, science, service and toil,' said Sinkey. 'We felt that it was our responsibility to take action and assist those who were devastated by this tragedy.'

For more information, contact Stephen Fortgang, UNI associate professor of education and KDP adviser, at (319) 273-2049.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- As part of its annual Arts in April celebration, the University of Northern Iowa has commissioned local artist John Heidersbach to create the art for this year's promotional materials.

Heidersbach interpreted Georges Seurat's 'A Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte,' adding elements such as the Campanile, a musician in a UNI Marching Band uniform, a juggler and other artistic representations, as well as the signature Arts in April element of a decorative mask. This is the fourth year Heidersbach has provided art for Arts in April. Last year he used Edouard Manet's 'The Fifer' as his inspiration.

This year's Arts in April is part of the Year of Arts and Humanities, which was developed to celebrate and recognize the arts and humanities throughout the state of Iowa.

Arts in April grew out of UNI's 125th anniversary celebration in 2001 highlighting the many arts and cultural pursuits at UNI. Some of the highlighted events for this year include the International Dance Festival on April 1; Miss Saigon, April 8-10; the UNI Men's Glee Club concert on April 13; Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, April 22-24; and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Spring Pops concert on April 29. Student, faculty and guest recitals are also scheduled throughout the month.

In addition to the performing arts, UNI will host exhibits, lectures, films and family-centered events. A complete Arts in April schedule is available on the Web at



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'A Day Without a Mexican' will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union, Room 109. The film is sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), and is the first in its monthly 'Late Night at the CME!' film series.

'A Day Without a Mexican' paints a picture of what California would be like if suddenly all Latinos in the state inexplicably disappeared, according to Lydia Perez Roberts, CME program assistant. Chaos, tragedy and comedy quickly ensue.

The Late Night at the CME! film series will continue in the fall semester, showing films on culture, diversity and social-justice issues, at 7 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month. Food and beverages will be provided.

'The CME created the film series to give students the opportunity to see films that did not come to the Cedar Falls/Waterloo cinemas,' Roberts said.

For further information about the film visit, or contact Roberts, at or (319) 273-2250.


March 29, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Walt Whitman Live!!,' a one-man show portraying one of America's most important literary figures, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in the University of Northern Iowa's Lang Hall Auditorium.

The 60-minute show features William Koch, UNI adjunct professor of English, performing as Whitman and speaking on the poet's major themes: observations of American culture, views on Abraham Lincoln and experience with the Civil War. The show will honor Lincoln, who was assassinated on April 15, 1865.

Koch has performed at the Hearst Center for the Arts, the UNI Museum, the Grout Museum, William Penn University and the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

The program is free and open to the public.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Officers of PRide (Public Relations Interns Develop Expertise), a student-run public relations firm at the University of Northern Iowa, are helping their members develop their public relations skills by working with local and national clients.

__ PRide's spring 2005 clients include Ackley Hardware; All Rolled Up; BVD Productions Karaoke & DJ; Junior Achievement; Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity; Slim and Tone; Luann Alemao, image consultant; and, Phyllis Rogers, fitness instructor.

Seven people serve on the PRide executive board, and are also account executives for two to four clients, serving as the liaison between the clients and the members of PRide. The account executives keep regular contact with the client and the members of the firm to make sure that the needs of the clients are met.

Four additional people serve as account coordinators for PRide, each responsible for a specialized account group within the firm. The four specialized account groups are publicity and promotions, special event planning, research and planning, and Web development. Account coordinators are responsible for assigning and overseeing all projects in the account group they are heading.

For more information about PRide, contact Gayle Pohl, PRide faculty advisor and UNI associate professor of public relations, at


March 28, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- '1984,' the next film in the University of Northern Iowa's Social Justice Film Series, will be shown at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in Room 115 of Seerley Hall.

The film adaptation of George Orwell's novel of the same name is presented as a part of Amnesty International's 'week of action' on the Patriot Act, which was passed shortly after 9/11. The film is about a totalitarian society where even thinking against the government is a crime.

This event is sponsored by Students for Social Justice and the UNI chapter of Amnesty International, and is free and open to the public.


March 27, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Student researchers at the University of Northern Iowa will have an opportunity to present their work at the 12th annual Sigma Xi Student Research Conference Tuesday, April 5, on the UNI campus.

UNI undergraduate and graduate students who are currently doing, or have recently completed, scientific research are eligible to participate in the conference, which will be held from 4 to 5:45 p.m., in the Georgian Lounge of the Commons, according to Siobahn Morgan, UNI professor of astronomy and secretary of UNI's Sigma Xi chapter.

'The conference will give students an opportunity to present their research results in a professional setting,' Morgan said. In past years, students in fields such as computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, industrial technology, physical education, communication studies and geology have participated.

Research work will be presented in a poster format, and the best paper will be named for both the undergraduate and graduate categories. Morgan said winners will receive a cash prize of $25 and will be recognized for their achievement by the UNI chapter of Sigma Xi.

'Although the cash award is small, the experience of presenting to one's peers, instructors, faculty, family and friends is extremely valuable,' said Morgan.

The conference is supported by the UNI chapter of Sigma Xi.



Monday, March 28

KUNI's Live from Studio One will feature Chrys Mitchell, a folk singer-songwriter and guitarist, at 7 p.m. in the KUNI studio, CAC, third floor. Contact: Karen Impola, senior producer, Folkways, Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.

Gary Shawver, president of Shawver Well Company, will present 'Water Wells in the Cedar Valley Aquifer,' at 4 p.m., in Latham 125, as part of the Earth Science Seminar series. Contact: Lynn Brant, associate professor of earth science, (319) 273-6160.

Liz Bendalin, a lifelong cross dresser, will give a Trans Issues talk at 7 p.m., in Seerley 115. This presentation will cover the basics of t'ism, some basic myths and truths and ways to reach greater understanding. Bendalin is constructing a statewide network for t-individuals and writing a book on a pastoral response to the transgendered individual. Contact: Kristen Borseth, (319) 222-6017.

Panel discussion, 'Is It a Good Body?' featuring selected monologues from Eve Ensler's 'The Good Body,' at 3:30 p.m., in Baker 161. Contact: Karen Entz, Women's Studies Program, (319) 273-7102.

Tuesday, March 29

Off-Hudson Series of Staged Readings, 'Anna in the Tropics,' at 7:30 p.m., in CAC Room 108. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Nilo Cruz illustrates the clash between tradition and passion in a Cuban-American family in the 1930s. Contact: Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI marketing director and theatre publicist, (319) 273-6381.

Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30

Women's History Month Film Series, 'Dadi and Her Family,' will be shown at 9 and 11 a.m., and 1, 3 and 7 p.m., in the Center for Multicultural Education, 109 Maucker Union. This film focuses on a grandmother in a Jat farm family in Haryana, her views on changing family values and changing times. Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Lydia Perez Roberts, CME program assistant, (319) 273-2250.

Wednesday, March 30

More than 3,000 first- through fifth-graders from throughout the Cedar Valley and Eastern Iowa are scheduled to attend performances of 'Coyote Tales,' as part of the Allen Hospital Kaleidoscope Series at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The 65-minute long presentation is based on traditional folk stories from Mexico and includes a fiesta of music, dance and puppets. Contact: Amy Hunzelman, GBPAC director of education, (319) 273-3679.

The film 'Normal' will be shown at 7 p.m., in Seerley 115. 'Normal,' starring Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson, is about what happens when a rural Illinois husband confesses that he's a woman trapped in a man's body and he wants a sex change. Contact:, or visit

Thursday, March 31

'Media Leadership' is the topic for the next Leaders on Leadership Speaker Series, which will take place at 3:30 in the Schindler Education Center 252. Speakers are John Hess, KUNI director of broadcasting; Julie Kraft, TV consultant with Frank N. Magid Associates; and Nancy Raffensperger Newhoff, managing editor, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier. For more information, visit www.uni/edu/vpess/leadership/speakers.html

Christianity, Homosexuality, and the Bible, at 7 p.m., in Seerley 120. UNI Philosophy & Religion Professor Susan Hill will discuss what is in the Bible about homosexuality and what is not. Contact:, or

UNI State & Local Government Program Speaker Series will host newly-elected State Sen. Jeff Danielsen, a graduate of UNI's Graduate Program in Public Policy, at 3:30 p.m., in Sabin Hall 103. He will speak on future opportunities in public administration and political science fields, and on his experiences as a state senator. Contact: Cori Gaul, (563) 543-3686.

Friday, April 1

School of Music Spotlight Series featuring UNI Jazz Band One will perform at 7:30 p.m. in GBPAC. Contact: Chris Merz, UNI School of Music faculty, (3129) 273-3077.

Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2

The Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, being held at the Collins Road Theatre in Marion, Iowa, will feature the documentary, 'Brothers Sing On- The Road to St. Peter's,' produced by Mark Janssen, a 2004 UNI electronic media graduate, and 1988 graduate Paul Marlow, who also wrote and directed the documentary about the UNI Men's Glee Club and director Bob Byrnes. The film won the festival's master documentary award for 2005. Showtimes are 8:45 p.m. Friday and 10:31 a.m. Saturday. Tickets include both dates and are $9 in advance and $12 at the door. Call (319)-377-4555 to order or go to for more information.

Saturday, April 2

TRIO/Educational Opportunity Programs Day celebration begins at 9:30 a.m., at UNI-CUE, 800 Sycamore St., Waterloo. Tours of UNI-CUE and the Community Technology Center will be offered, as well as program updates and student panels. Keynote speaker will be State Representative Deborah Berry. Contact: Robert L. Smith, (319) 433-1220.

Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3

The International Dance Theatre Spring Concert, 'Around the World in Dance,' will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Russell Hall Auditorium. Included will be a folk dance, Appalachian clogging, a Viennese waltz in full period costume, and dances from Russia, Peru, Poland, Scandinavia and Mexico. The UNI Capoeira and African Dance Clubs also will perform, and the UNI Orchesis Dance Company will present a preview of its Spring Dance Gala. Contact: Kathleen Kerr, professor of physical education and International Dance Theatre adviser, (319) 273-6195.


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


It's not just our homes and workplaces that need spring cleaning. At least once a year, we should probably take out our attitudes and beliefs and 'dust them off,' according to Karen Agee, reading/learning strategies coordinator in the University of Northern Iowa's Academic Services. And, she says, this is especially appropriate for students.

'As students we may not realize that outdated attitudes and moth-eaten beliefs can keep us from learning,' said Agee. 'We can take notes faithfully, read the assignments thoroughly, and write all the papers, but real understanding will not occur unless we reexamine our old notions.

'Some students have pass� beliefs about learning -- for instance that it happens automatically and without effort, just because that's how it seemed in fifth grade. Many come to college with inappropriate attitudes about professors, feeling that they should teach, test and grade like high school instructors. And some cling to reading strategies that may have been useful in last semester's 'Principles of Sociology' but can never produce high grades in 'Introduction to Literature.''

Agee helps students to dust off their beliefs about reading, learning and test taking, and throw out those that no longer fit. She and eight peer instructors work with students individually, in study groups and in non-credit, four-week classes (Speed Reading and Effective Study Strategies) to find strategies that work for them.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered College Students' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, April 4, in the Presidential Room in Maucker Union, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Kim Knesting, UNI assistant professor of education, and Jennifer Waldron, assistant professor of physical education, will discuss how to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered college students.

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.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- TRIO/Educational Opportunity Programs Day celebration will take place Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE), 800 Sycamore St., Waterloo.

The celebration, which is free and open to the public, begins with a welcoming address at 10 a.m. from Wilfred Johnson, director of the Classic Upward Bound program. Other speakers include UNI President Robert Koob; Inez Murtha, director of UNI Student Support Services; and a student panel, moderated by Quinton Hart, retention coordinator at Hawkeye Community College.

Keynote speaker at 11:30 a.m. will be State Representative Deborah Berry, a former TRIO/EOP participant and one of the 2004 recipients of the TRIO Achievers Award from the National Council for Opportunity in Education. The day's agenda also includes a program update and legislative comments from representatives for Congressman Jim Nussle and U.S. Senators Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley, and tours of UNI-CUE and the Community Technology Center.

TRIO Day is a national celebration to honor TRIO programs around the country. Since 1965, more than 10.5 million Americans have benefited from the services of the TRIO pre-college and college programs.

'Our event takes place to honor those students from Waterloo, Cedar Falls and the surrounding communities who succeeded in college with support of the country's TRIO/EOP,' said Robert L. Smith, interim executive director of Educational Opportunity Center.

TRIO/Educational Opportunity Programs are designed to identify promising students, prepare them for college-level work, strengthen their math and science skills, provide tutoring and support services and provide information on academic and financial aid opportunities.

UNI is one of only 47 postsecondary institutions nationwide with at least five TRIO/Educational Opportunity Programs on campus. The UNI programs include Educational Talent Search, Classic Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math and Science, Educational Opportunity Center Program, Retention, Center for Academic Achievement, Student Support Services, and McNair Scholars Program.

'We are also fortunate to host two other programs in the Cedar Valley funded by the U.S. Department of Education, GEAR UP and the Community Technology Center,' Smith added.

For more information, contact Robert L. Smith at (319) 433-1220.


March 24, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI & Tri-College Army ROTC, a partnership of the University of Northern Iowa Reserve Officer Training Corps program with Clarke College, Loras College and the University of Dubuque, has been recognized for being in the top 15 percent of the 272 colleges and universities that host Army ROTC nationwide. The award includes a $2,500 increase to the program's operating budget to afford more opportunities for its scholars, athletes and leaders.

UNI & Tri-College ROTC was also rated the top medium-sized program in the 11th Brigade of 20 colleges in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Part of the recognition was for going above and beyond what is expected of an ROTC program given the size and demographics of UNI.

During the fiscal year of October 2003 through September 2004, 17 men and women were commissioned into the U.S. Army as second lieutenants from UNI & Tri-College Army ROTC. The U.S. Army's goal for UNI & Tri-College Army ROTC was to commission 12 second lieutenants that year.

Annually, the U.S. Army's Cadet Command selects outstanding battalions within the two Army ROTC regions. Within each of these regions, awards are presented based on their enrollment and are categorized as small, medium and large detachments. Selection is made by the U.S. Army Cadet Command based upon Cadet National Order of Merit score, production efficiency, commission mission accomplishment, retention rate and contract mission accomplishment.

The ROTC program's primary purpose is to develop leaders through classroom study, hands-on-training, and team-building exercises. Students gain the leadership skills necessary to succeed in both the corporate world and in the military. According to Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, head of the UNI Department of Military Science, the ROTC program is a values-based program. 'The program focuses on integrity, personal courage, respect and honor as the basic foundation upon which successful and competent leaders are built,' said Stavnes.

For information about UNI & Tri-College Army ROTC, contact Stavnes at

(319) 273-6220 or



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center (RBC) has openings in 'Microsoft Access' software training courses and a 'Smart Start' entrepreneurial training course to be held during April, and has announced a change from the original schedule for the 'Microsoft Access' course. All classes will be offered during April at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.

'Microsoft Access' covers the beginning and more advanced commands of the database software. Module 1 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, April 18, and will discuss basic skills. Module 2 will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, and Friday, April 22, and will cover intermediate and advanced topics. The Access Module 1 is $125 to attend, Module 2 is $249, and the cost to attend both modules is $349. The original course dates were for the first week in April. The course is offered in conjunction with Ketels Contract Training, and will be taught by Chris Case, author of 'CTI Shortcuts TM CD-ROMS.'

'Smart Start' is an entrepreneurial training course. Participants may attend a class from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, or from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 28. This 90-minute course will cover the basics of business legalities, business plans, financial plans, commercial bank financing and state financial assistance programs. The course will be taught by RBC counselors, and the cost to attend is $15.

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



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A weekend mini conference on past and current developments in design education will take place April 8-10, in the Kamerick Art Building at the University of Northern Iowa. It is sponsored by the UNI Department of Art.

'The Bauhaus and Beyond 1919-2005: The Shape of Design Education' will be of particular value to teachers of art and design, both at the high school and college level, according to Roy Behrens, professor of art at UNI. Sessions will begin at 5 p.m., Friday, April 8, and continue through noon, Sunday, April 10.

The main speaker at the event is Arie Hartog, curator of the Gerhard Marcks Haus in Bremen, Germany, whose keynote address is on the Bauhaus, the most famous design school in modern history. Hartog's address, titled 'Respectful Contempt,' will begin 7 p.m., Saturday, April 9, followed by a brief discussion.

Other events include numerous slide talks, panel discussions and new design-related films. On exhibit will be original work by Bauhaus artists, including Gerhard Marcks, Josef Albers, Marguerite and Franz Wildenhain and Lyonel Feininger.

There is a $20 fee, payable in advance by mail or on site at registration, for each conference participant, with the exception of all students and session presenters, who will be admitted free.

For a detailed schedule of events for the weekend mini conference, contact Roy Behrens at



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's International Dance Theatre will present the 2005 International Dance concert, 'Around the World in Dance,' at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 2, and 2 p.m., Sunday, April 3, in the Russell Hall Auditorium on UNI's campus.

The performance will include an anthology of music and dance from around the world, including a folk dance, Appalachian clogging, a Viennese waltz in full period costume, and dances from Russia, Peru, Poland, Scandinavia and Mexico.

The UNI Capoeira and African Dance Clubs also will perform, and the UNI Orchesis Dance Company will present a preview of its Spring Dance Gala.

Tickets to the concert can be purchased from members of the dance company or at the door, and are $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens. For more information, contact Kathleen Kerr, UNI professor of physical education and adviser for the International Dance Theatre, at (319) 273-6195.

The UNI International Dance Theatre is sponsored by the UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS). This concert is presented in part through NISG student activity fees.


March 23, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has selected Brooke Hansen of Wyoming, Iowa as employee of the month for March 2005.

Hansen, a senior psychology and political communication major, is a building monitor and student assistant in the Access Services Department. Her primary responsibilities include checking out books, searching for lost books, shelving, and retrieving and processing books for interlibrary loan. She has worked at the Rod Library for two years.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A media leadership panel, part of the 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series, will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 252 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Speakers include John Hess, director of broadcasting for KUNI; Julie Kraft, television consultant for Frank N. Magid Associates; and, Nancy Raffensperger, managing editor of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier. Panel members will discuss their path to leadership, influences on their development as a leader and advice for aspiring leaders.

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

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

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



CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre will present 'beat. a play on words,' in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40, at 7: 30 p.m., Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2.

The show is part documentary, poetry slam and musical jam, and examines the life of Allen Ginsberg, a controversial poet, and the famous obscenity trial surrounding the publication of Howl, one of his most celebrated works.

'beat. a play on words' is written by Kelly Groves, a playwright, actor and director from New York, and is directed by Amanda Freking, a UNI senior speech teacher education major from Algona.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to sexual situations and strong languages, 'beat. a play on words,' is recommended for mature audiences.


March 22, 2005 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The life-sized replica of SUE, an exhibition of the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered, being hosted through May 27 by the University of Northern Iowa Museums, will be closed for one day only, Sunday, March 27.

The 42-foot long articulated cast skeleton of SUE, and its related hands-on and interactive learning stations, are too large for the UNI Museum at 3219 Hudson Road, so it is on display at a satellite site at the Cedar Falls Utilities Business Development Center, 1326 Waterloo Road, both in Cedar Falls.

The Hudson Road site, also closed Sunday, has a second exhibition, 'Dinos 101,' that includes additional information about dinosaurs, with both real fossils and replicas.

'A T. rex Named SUE' was created by The Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of McDonald's Corporation. It is open seven days a week. For more information, visit the Web site at or call (319) 273-2188.