News Release Archive
January 30, 2005 - 6:00pm
Monday, Jan. 31
Live from Studio One presents Denny Garcia from the Dubuque-based Mississippi Band, who will perform a solo acoustic show at 7 p.m. in the KUNI studios, third floor, Communication Arts Center. Contact: Karen Impola, (319) 273-6463.
Smart Start class, an informational blitz for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the UNI Regional Center, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. For information or additional class dates, call (310) 236-8123.
Professor JoAnn Schnabel's exhibit, ''JoAnn Schnabel: Works in Clay,'' will run through Wednesday at the UNI Gallery of Art, Kamerick Art Building. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, Gallery of Art, (319) 273-3095 or JoAnn Schnabel, UNI professor of art, (319) 273-2392.
Wednesday, Feb. 2
Julie Husband, UNI assistant professor of English, will present 'Martin Delaney and the 19th-Century Roots and Rhetorics of African-American Conservation,' at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall Room 115, as part of the Department of History Lecture series. Contact: Julie Husband, (319) 273-3849.
A CD release party and performance by the Mittens will take place at 7 p.m. at the KUNI studios, third floor, Communication Arts Center. Contact: Karen Impola, (319) 273-6463.
The Northern Iowa Flute Choir will perform at 8 p.m. at Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center's Davis Hall, conducted by faculty member Angeleita Floyd from the School of Music. Contacts: Celeste Bembry at email@example.com or Angeleita Floyd, (319) 273-2199 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, Feb. 3
Filmmaker Jeff Barrie and Alaska Gwich'in native Peter Solomon will present 'Arctic Quest: Our Search for Truth,' at 4 p.m., McCollum Science Hall, Room 001. The multimedia slide presentation covers the impact of proposed oil extraction from Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on the land and its people. Contact: Jean Gerrath, (319) 273-7152.
Friday - Sunday, Feb. 4 - 5
UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair for educators, Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo. More than 600 certified elementary and secondary educators will network and interview with more than 100, K-12 American international schools. Contact: Tracey Godon, (319) 273-2083.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) has donated $50,000 to the University of Northern Iowa for teacher education.
The IFBF Scholarship has provided the gift to support teacher education students who demonstrate interest in, and commitment to, incorporating Iowa agricultural topics into their teaching.
'Even though we're in a rural state, many teachers said that relatively few students have the understanding of agriculture that one might expect,' said Nick Pace, coordinator of UNI's Student Field Experiences. 'Iowa Farm Bureau's award will encourage our student teachers to think about ways to bring agricultural-related teaching into their school and think creatively about a topic that's vitally important to Iowa's economy, schools and communities.'
The gift will provide scholarship assistance for students participating in a pilot program in the North Iowa Cedar League/Rural Cedar Valley Teaching Center. This year's scholarship has been awarded to Andrew McQuillen, a senior business education major from Moscow, Iowa. McQuillen grew up on a farm and is a strong advocate of rural Iowa and the farming industry. UNI places approximately 575 student teachers in 40 to 50 Iowa counties every year.
'Agriculture touches us all in one way or another,' said Barbara Lykins, IFBF director of community resources. 'Our goal is to help build the knowledge base of educators so they will understand and inform others of the fundamental importance of agricultural production to our state.'
IFBF and its more than 153,000-member families are dedicated to helping farm families prosper and improving their quality of life.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Wellness & Recreation Services announced its December student employees of the month. They were Laura Cox of Denver; Memorea Schrader of Eldridge; Abby Thompson of Solon; Lindsay Judas and Libby Kappmeyer, both of Waterloo; and Ryan Steffel of Maribel; Wis.
Cox, a senior leisure services major, works as a fitness instructor. She has worked with Wellness & Recreation Services for two years.
Schrader, a senior business management major, works as a fitness supervisor and has worked in Wellness & Recreations Services for two-and-one half years.
Thompson, a senior accounting major, works as a fitness instructor and has worked for Wellness & Recreation Services for one-and-one half years.
Judas, a sophomore accounting major, works as an intramural official for volleyball. She has worked in Wellness & Recreation Services for two years.
Kappmeyer, a senior pre-physical training major, works as a fitness instructor. She has worked in Wellness & Recreation Services for one year.
Steffel, a sophomore general studies major, works as an intramural official for softball, flag football, volleyball, basketball, and soccer. He has worked in Wellness & Recreation Services for two years. Both Judas and Steffel are cited for their commitment throughout the volleyball season, their willingness to substitute for others, and for doing an excellent job as officials.
For more information about UNI Wellness & Recreation Services see www.uni.edu/wellrec.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A wide range of educational programs about the importance of protecting the environment are offered by the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) now through April 2005. The programs are available to local schools, grades K-9, as well as youth groups and non-profit organizations.
From a story about a fish named Frank, whose home has been ruined by pollution, to creating a machine that works using solar power, these programs offer students the opportunity to learn about protecting the environment, according to Patricia Higby, energy educator at UNI's CEEE.
In addition to these programs, the CEEE is also offering an after-school Solar Workshop through the ECHOES (Every Child has the Opportunity to Excel and Succeed) program, which lets students build their own solar-powered car and participate in other environmental educational activities. These programs will be held at Peet and Holmes Junior High Schools in Cedar Falls.
For more information on these programs, contact Ryan Lensing at (319) 273-3850 or email@example.com.
January 27, 2005 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 29th annual University of Northern Iowa Overseas Recruiting Fair will take place Feb. 4-6, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.
Once again this year, the UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair will host more than 120
international schools representing more than 65 countries. At least 600 educators are expected to participate in the Fair in order to interview for teaching positions at these schools.
The UNI Fair is the oldest international educator recruitment event in the world. Since its inception in 1976, nearly 18,000 teachers have used the overseas placement services at UNI.
No additional registrations are being taken to attend this year's event. Persons interested in future events may contact Tracey Godon at (319) 273-2083, or visit www.uni.edu/placement/overseas.
January 25, 2005 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Graduating seniors and recent graduates from the University of Northern Iowa have an opportunity to apply for a scholarship worth up to $50,000 for graduate study from the Jack Cooke Foundation.
The Jack Cooke Foundation will award between 45 and 50 scholarships to students across the nation planning to attend graduate school in fall 2005. Applicants must be nominated by their accredited college or university and have a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship is available to nearly all majors.
Two applicants from UNI will be selected by a UNI committee and forwarded to the Cooke Foundation for consideration for the scholarships. The UNI application deadline is Friday, March 23, 2005.
John Vallentine, director of UNI's School of Music, is the UNI faculty representative for the Jack Cooke Foundation Scholarship program.
For more information visit the Jack Cooke Foundation Web site at: www.jackkentcookefoundation.org.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twenty-two University of Northern Iowa juniors and seniors recently were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, a national business honor society.
____(Student's name)___, a ___(Classification)___, from ___(hometown)___, was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma national honor society at UNI.
To be eligible for the membership, the students must rank in the upper seven percent of the junior class, the upper 10 percent of the senior class, or the upper 20 percent of the master's class.
The mission of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and personal and professional excellence in the practice of business. Of the 1,400 U.S. institutions with business degree programs, only about 350 are accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and have Beta Gamma Sigma chapters. UNI has been accredited since 1994, and has inducted more than 400 members. The faculty advisor for Beta Gamma Sigma is Lori Mason-Olsen, UNI assistant professor of accounting.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Listed below alphabetically by hometown, with Iowa residents first, are the students who were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma at UNI. Please check the list for other towns in your coverage area. Thank you.
HOMETOWN STUDEN'TS NAME/CLASSIFICATION
ALTON Krissa Marie Langel/Senior
BOONE Andrew Ahrens/Junior
CEDAR FALLS Thu V. Mai/Senior
CENTER POINT Steffany M. Zobokrtsky/Junior
CEDAR RAPIDS Stephen P. Skram/Senior
CHARLES CITY Heather Marie Damro/Senior
IOWA CITY Brittany A. Carlson/Junior
LE MARS Aaron Michael Prieksat/Senior
MANCHESTER Beth Ann Soppe/Junior
MASON CITY Marie Harms/Senior
MARBLE ROCK Matthew Jay Ott/Senior
MUSCATINE Melissa Smok/Junior
RED OAK Travis James Magneson/MAcc
SIOUX CITY Melanie Kay Miller/Senior
SPIRIT LAKE Andrew Schultz/Junior
WALKER Jessica A. Sackett/Senior
WATERLOO Christopher M. Cochran/Senior
Amy C. Lederman/Senior
Stacy I. Nelson/Senior
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 2 and 3. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/Agendas/agenda.html
1. Register of capital improvement business transactions
Review of campus master plan
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382
Morris Mikkelsen, associate vice president for Facilities Management, (319) 273-2611
2. Facilities governance report
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382
3. Personnel register
Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566
4. Semiannual claims activity report
Tim McKenna, operations auditor, (319) 273-3241
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Limited enrollment is available for the Spring 2005 session of
Kindergym, a creative movement program sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa's Youth Fitness & Obesity Institute.
Kindergym is designed for children ages two-to-five-years-old and their parents. It focuses on the exploration and development of motor skills.
The program will be held Saturday mornings, Jan. 29 through March 5. Kindergym is divided into two age groups and meeting times. Four-and five-year-olds (full) will meet at 9 to 9:50 a.m. and two-and three-year-olds (open) will meet at 10 to 10:50 a.m. A parent or responsible adult is required to attend the sessions with each child.
UNI students majoring in early childhood, elementary and/or physical education help design the program and lead the group activities.
The registration fee is $25, which includes a t-shirt. For more information, contact Karyn Finn, Kindergym coordinator, at (319) 273-3066, or e-mail Karyn.firstname.lastname@example.org
January 24, 2005 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Martin Delany and the Nineteenth-Century Roots and Rhetorics of African- American Conservatism,' will be the topic of the Phi Alpha Theta/UNI Department of History Lecture Series at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Julie Husband, UNI assistant professor of English, will deliver the lecture. Husband received her
Ph.D. in English at SUNY-Buffalo (N.Y.), in 1999. Her area of expertise is 19th-century American literature, African-American literature and anti-slavery discourse. She is the co-author of the book, Daily Life in the United States: 1870-1900, and has written articles on Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria Child, W.E.B. Du Bois, Philip Roth and the female workers of Lowell, Mass.
Husband's lecture will focus on the African-American leader, Martin Delany, who is a forerunner to African-American conservatives like Booker T. Washington, and more contemporary figures such as Clarence Thomas, Shelby Steele and Armstrong Williams. Delany is best known for his black nationalism and his efforts to help African-Americans to emigrate to Africa during the 1850s. He was the only African-American man to become an officer during the Civil War, and he later was appointed to a judgeship under the Democrats in South Carolina. Husband will explore Delany's major writings and his decision to break ranks with both the leadership and mass of African-Americans by endorsing the Democrats in the 1876 election.
Husband's lecture marks the fourth in the 2004-2005 History Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNI Department of History, UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization. The next lecture will be March 9.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa teacher preparation program that combines elementary education with a special education emphasis will be discussed at information sessions on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 4 and 7 p.m., in Board Room 506/507, Administration Offices, Building A, Western Iowa Tech Community College.
This B.A. degree program, in conjunction with Western Iowa Tech Community College, is designed specifically for individuals who have completed, or are completing, an A.A. degree, are place-bound and cannot relocate to the UNI campus, or are changing careers. Information sessions are open to all interested persons.
UNI program faculty and staff from the UNI Admissions and Financial Aid offices will provide information about the eight-semester degree program, called Instructional Strategist/Elementary Education (ISEE), that will begin summer 2005.
UNI faculty will teach the classes either onsite at the community college, over the Iowa Communications Network or via Web-based courses. The experienced-based program will offer a field experience every semester except one. In this program, students take two years of courses from the community college and then two years from UNI, resulting in a UNI degree. Graduates will receive regular Iowa classroom licensure and earn the Instructional Strategist I endorsement in special education to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities.
Information also will be available on other current UNI programs that include distance education: B.L.S. bachelor of liberal studies, B.A. technology education teaching, B.A. technology management/general business minor.
For more information, contact Athena Clayborne, WITCC Admissions Office, 1-800-352-4649, UNI Admissions/Transfer Relations at 1-800-772-2037, or visit www.uni.edu/2+2.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four Iowa schools have recently been selected to become Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) partner schools, providing teachers with new opportunities in space science education. The ISGC is a NASA-supported organization aimed at increasing interest in aerospace education and research. Its academic members are the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Drake University.
The four schools selected are Jefferson Elementary School in Pella, St. Joseph School in Des Moines, Jefferson Junior High School in Dubuque and Audubon High School in Audubon.
In an effort to improve science education in Iowa, the ISGC decided to try a new approach in 2004 by sending teachers to space centers throughout the United States. The new initiative, now in its second year, is in partnership with Space Education Initiatives, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to engaging students in science, math and technology by using the excitement of space exploration.
Jay Staker, ISGC associate director, and four Iowa teachers traveled to Cape Canaveral, Fla., Jan. 19-23, where they spent three days touring the center's various facilities and meeting with astronauts and aerospace professionals to get firsthand experience to take back to the classroom. Andrew Chaikin, author of 'A Man on the Moon,' also led participants on an historical journey through Cape Canaveral.
Staker, along with another group of teachers, will travel to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., in February. During a three-day stay, they will tour the center's various research, testing and historical facilities. They also will have an opportunity to interact with actual mission scientists and design engineers as they work on current space exploration projects.
'The workshops provide educators with the opportunity to bring back practical applications to their classrooms,' Staker said. 'We hope this will allow them to make connections between space science and school curriculum in order to enhance their instruction.'
As part of the grant, both groups will implement what they have learned in their own classrooms and give presentations in other school districts to promote NASA learning opportunities. Staker said he considers the two trips to be a great learning experience not only for teachers, but also for the students they teach. For more information about ISGC educational activities, visit the consortium's Web site at www.ia.spacegrant.org/K12.htm.
The ISGC, formed in 1990, is part of the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Its mission is to coordinate and improve Iowa's future in aerospace science, design and technology and to stimulate aerospace research, education and outreach activities throughout the state.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has selected Amanda Freking of Algona as employee of the month for January 2005.
Freking, a senior communication and theatre arts education major, is a building monitor in the Access Services department. She works primarily in the Inter-Library Loan, but assists all service desks in the department. She has worked at the Rod Library since October 2002.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Spring semester enrollment at the University of Northern Iowa shows 11,896 students registered for classes, according to UNI Registrar Phil Patton. The official total, taken at the end of the second week of classes, is a decrease of 519 students, or 4.2 percent, from the official 2004 spring enrollment of 12,415, taken at the end of the third week of classes.
Patton noted that the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, changed its standard reporting time to the end of the second week of classes beginning last fall. The comparable second week count in the spring of 2004 was 12,239.
'The spring enrollment follows very closely the fall enrollment,' said UNI President Robert Koob. 'The ratio of spring to fall enrollment has fallen consistently within a very narrow range over the years. The ratio this spring is fully consistent with our past experience.'
January 23, 2005 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's individual events speech team participated in the 'Hell Froze Over' tournament at the University of Texas at Austin earlier this month.
'This tournament is considered one of the most difficult regular-season tournaments in the country,' said Jacob Thompson, UNI's director of forensics.
On the first day of the debate, Mike Hilkin, a junior communication studies major from Dubuque, placed fourth overall in communication analysis and was a semifinalist in impromptu speaking. During the second day of competition, Hilkin placed 13th in persuasive speaking and extemporaneous speaking, sixth in impromptu speaking and was a semifinalist in communication analysis.
This was the first major varsity tournament for Jesse Ohl, a freshman biology major from Denison, who advanced to the semifinal round of impromptu speaking.
Almost 50 colleges and universities throughout the nation participated in the tournament.
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Better Business Communication Day
Today (Monday, Jan. 24) is Better Business Communication Day, a day set aside to encourage all workers to acknowledge the importance of effective communication in the workplace. Laura Terlip, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa, teaches courses in organizational communications and often consults with businesses about communication problems.
'Most organizations, and most managers and supervisors with whom I talk, tell me they communicate with their employees, saying such things as 'I told them that' or 'it was in the newsletter,'' says Terlip. 'But if the intended receivers of the message don't perceive that communication has occurred, then it hasn't. George Bernard Shaw once said that the problem with communication is the illusion that it occurred, and that problem has grown in recent years as we have added new communication channels and technology like e-mail.'
Terlip said the biggest challenge in business is to get everyone to appreciate that communication is a key contributor to business success. She talked about a recent study by Watson Wyatt which showed that companies with effective communication had a much higher return on investment (ROI) and much lower levels of employee turnover. 'Companies need to find ways to encourage effective communication practices. By doing so, they create a higher quality of work life for their members, more satisfied customers, and an organization that can adapt to change and leaders who can manage change efforts successfully. '
Laura Terlip, UNI associate professor of communication studies, (319) 273-2999; (319) 273-2217 (department office); Laura.Terlip@uni.edu
Vicki Grimes, Office of University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
UNI Business and Community Services director to address Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee
Randy Pilkington, executive director, UNI Business & Community Services, will speak at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, to the Economic Development Appropriations subcommittee, in the Supreme Court Chamber of the State Capitol. He will discuss UNI's contributions to Iowa's economy. Highlights will include UNI's role in economic development in small business assistance and incubation, creating equity capital, market research and analysis, environmental assistance and local economic development.
'UNI's business and community services develops mutually beneficial partnerships with community leaders, businesses and entrepreneurs across the state who can benefit from UNI's hands-on technical assistance program,' explained Pilkington. UNI Business & Community Services has served 3,500 businesses and 457 community clients involving approximately 32,600 employees.
Randy Pilkington, executive director, UNI Business & Community Services, (319) 273-6941
Stacey Christensen, University Marketing & Public Relations (319) 273-6728
Monday, Jan. 24
Center for Energy and Environmental Education 10th anniversary, CEEE Auditorium. Program outlining UNI's history as a leader in environmental education and the impact it has had on Iowa begins at 7 p.m., followed by a reception, sponsored by the Iowa Environmental Council. Call Pat Higby, CEEE, (319) 273-6012
Blues vocalist Amy Martin will perform at 7 p.m. in the KUNI studios, third floor, Communication Arts Center. Contact KUNI, 1-800-772-2440, ext. 0.
Professor JoAnn Schnabel's exhibit, ''JoAnn Schnabel: Works in Clay,'' will run through Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the UNI Gallery of Art, Kamerick Art Building. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, Art Gallery, (319) 273-3095 or Schnabel, (319) 273-2392.
Wednesday, Jan. 26
Director/Designers Presentation: The Music Lesson, 6:30 p.m., Strayer-Wood Theatre. Call 319-273-6381.
Thursday, Jan. 27
'THURSDAZE Goes Western Wild' is the theme for the weekly Thursday night activities for students in Maucker Union. The featured movie, 'Friday Night Lights,' will be shown one time only, at 7 p.m., and the evening will include mechanical bull riding, rodeo roper, horse racing and cow milking, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Participants will be able to make their own CDs, from 6 p.m. to midnight, and country dancing lessons will be offered at 9 p.m. For more information, call the Student Involvement & Activities Center, 319-273-2683.
Sunday, Jan. 30
'Romeo & Juliet,' presented by the St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre, 7:30 pm, GBPAC. Curtain Talk begins at 6:45 p.m. Contact: GBPAC Box Office; toll-free 877-549-SHOW (7469) or 273-SHOW.
January 20, 2005 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is taking applications, through Tuesday, Feb. 1, for the Alderman Scholars Program, which will award recipients up to $5,000 per year for up to four years.
The scholars program is open to incoming freshman, transfer students and current UNI students who have faced challenges (financial or otherwise) and are majoring in, or intend to major in, a field of study within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Departments within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences are design, family and consumer sciences; geography; history; political science; psychology; social work; and, sociology, anthropology and criminology.
The Alderman Scholars Program was established by a grant from the Everett Alderman Endowment. The scholarships are in memory of his wife, Marthe Benzon Alderman, and his parents, Gertrude Welty Alderman and A. Bruce Alderman.
For more information about the scholarship and the application process, call (319) 273-3584 or visit http://fp.uni.edu/csbs/students/aldermanscholars.htm.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three print exhibitions that address culture and conflict in the Middle East, will be on display in the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art from Thursday, Feb. 10 through Friday, March 4.
The exhibitions include 'The Fertile Crescent Portfolio,' 'Veronica's Imprint' and 'World in a Jar: War and Trauma.' Lectures will be presented by two of the artists.
'The Fertile Crescent Portfolio' is a United Arab Emirates-based print exhibition organized by Heather Muise of Zayed University, and Matthew Egan of American University of Sharjah.
'Veronica's Imprint' is a print exhibition and original site-specific installation by Phyllis McGibbon, 1997 Pinanski Prize winner and associate professor of studio art at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass. McGibbon will give an artist's lecture Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., in the auditorium of the Kamerick Art Building (KAB), Room 111.
'World in a Jar: War and Trauma' is a photo installation by Robert Hirsch, the founder of Light Research and author of 'Seizing the Light: A History of Photography.' Hirsch will give an artist's lecture at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, KAB Room 111.
These exhibitions and lectures were curated by UNI print professors Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson, and are supported in part by the Martha Ellen Tye Visiting Artist/Scholar Series.
All events at the UNI Gallery of Art are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) will offer winter and spring courses covering entrepreneurial training, business health and safety regulations, environmental regulations and software training at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.
'Smart Start,' an entrepreneurial training course, will be offered from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31, Tuesday, Feb. 22, and Tuesday, March 29; 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 12; noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, and Tuesday, April 12; and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, Tuesday, May 10, and Thursday, May 26. 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.
'Fast Trac Planning Entrepreneurial Training' will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 3 through March 24. The eight-session training course will use classroom instruction, hands-on business planning and discussion with local business experts to assist entrepreneurs in starting or growing a business. Certified Fast Trac trainers will teach the course. The cost is $199 per business.
The workshop 'OSHA's Knocking, Are You Ready?' will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24. The workshop will discuss health and safety regulations that include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, types of inspections and violations, penalties, record keeping, written program and the top OSHA-cited violations. A representative from the Iowa OSHA will be available to answer questions. The workshop is non-regulatory and confidential, and is held in partnership with the Small Business Compliance Alliance. The cost to attend is $35 per business.
'Microsoft Excel' and 'Microsoft Access,' software-training courses, will be offered in conjunction with Ketels Contract Training. Chris Case, author of 'CTI Shortcuts TM CD-ROMS,' will teach both courses.
'Microsoft Excel' covers everything from the basics to the more advanced commands and capabilities of the program. Module 1 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, and will cover beginning skills. Module 2 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, and will build on the basics with intermediate skills. Module 3 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 11, and will cover Excel's more advanced capabilities. The Excel modules are $115 each or $299 to attend all three.
'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 4, and will discuss basic skills. Module 2 will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, and Friday, April 8, and will cover intermediate and advanced topics. The Access module I is $125 to attend, module 2 is $249; the cost to attend both modules is $349.
The 'Environmental Compliance Assistance' workshop will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 17. The workshop will cover a general background of the environmental regulations that apply to small businesses. The workshop is held in partnership with the Iowa Waste Reduction Center and Small Business Compliance Alliance. The cost is $35 per business.
For more information or to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.
January 19, 2005 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa President Robert Koob and Jane Hasek, chancellor of Allen College, will be the first presenters in the 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series. They will speak on educational leadership, from 3:30-4:45 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, in UNI's Schindler Education Center, Room 252.
The 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series, sponsored by the UNI Leadership Studies Program, will feature leaders from various professional fields throughout the semester. Upcoming leadership panel topics include government, media, human rights, business and environmental leadership. Workshops on mediation and arbitration and sexual harassment are also planned.
The 'Leaders on Leadership' series 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 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series or the optional one-hour course credit available, contact Geraldine Perreault at (319) 273-6898 or YLA@uni.edu.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa teacher preparation program that combines elementary education with a special education emphasis will be discussed at information sessions at both Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) campuses. Sessions at NICC-Calmar will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 4 and 7 p.m., in the Wilder Room #101. Sessions at NICC-Peosta will be held Thursday, Jan. 27, at 4 and 7 p.m., in Conference Center 1.
This B.A. degree program, in conjunction with Northeast Iowa Community College, is designed specifically for individuals who have completed, or are completing, an A.A. degree, are place-bound and cannot relocate to the UNI campus, or are changing careers. Information sessions are open to all interested persons.
UNI program faculty and staff from the UNI Admissions and Financial Aid offices will provide information about the seven-semester degree program, called Instructional Strategist/Elementary Education (ISEE), that will begin summer 2005.
UNI faculty will teach the classes either onsite at the community college, over the Iowa Communications Network, or via web-based courses. The experience-based program will offer a field experience every semester except one. In this program, students take two years of courses from the community college and then two years from UNI, resulting in a UNI degree. Graduates will receive regular Iowa classroom licensure and earn the Instructional Strategist I endorsement in special education to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities.
Information also will be available on other current UNI programs that include distance education: B.L.S.- bachelor of liberal studies degree; B.A. in technology education teaching, B.A. technology management/general business minor.
For more information, contact Kim Bosworth, NICC, Calmar Campus, Dean of Business, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences. (563) 562-3263 Ext. 235; UNI Admissions/Transfer Relations at 1-800-772-2037, or visit www.uni.edu/2+2.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa is taking entries for its annual Iowa Energy Poster Contest, open to all Iowa children in grades one through six. The students will create a poster that focuses on the importance of energy conservation or renewable sources of energy.
Poster contest winners will be honored at a ceremony at the State Capitol. Their work also will be showcased in the CEEE Traveling Art Gallery, which is displayed in schools, museums and businesses. Entries can be submitted individually or through a student's local school, and must be postmarked by March 15.
For more information on the Iowa Energy Poster Contest, contact Holly Kagy at (319) 273-3850, or visit www.uni.edu/ceee/postercontest.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two children's literature workshops to assist educators in teaching reading across the curriculum are being offered by the University of Northern Iowa in January and February.
'Lewis & Clark: Literature to Promote Literacy Across the Curriculum,' (230:233), Saturdays, Jan. 22 and 29, are intended for third-grade through middle school educators. This workshop will focus on the Lewis and Clark Expedition and methods to provide students with opportunities to read and extend their comprehension abilities through related activities.
'Nonfiction Literature,' (230:233), Saturdays, Feb. 12 and 26, will explore authors and works of nonfiction literature for students in kindergarten through eighth-grade.
Both workshops will be taught by Jeanne McLain Harms, UNI emeritus professor of education, and Lucille Lettow, UNI professor of library science and youth librarian at UNI's Rod Library, location for the workshops.
Educators can earn one-credit hour for each two-day workshop, with the option of earning one to two hours additional credit through independent study.
Cost for no-credit is $100; one-hour graduate credit, $183; two hours, $366; and three hours, $549.
For more information or to register, contact UNI Continuing Education at 1-800-648-3864 or (319) 273-2240. Participants may also register online at www.uni.edu/contined/childrenslit.
January 18, 2005 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa faculty members will present a session on bullying prevention and intervention as part of the Governor's Conference on Bullying and Harassment --'Bullying in Schools: Power and Empowerment' -- Jan. 27 at Iowa State University, Ames.
Jeffrey Cornett, dean of the UNI College of Education, and counselors Clare Struck and Rachel Cole from UNI's Malcolm Price Laboratory School, will present 'Intersections of Character Education, Bully Prevention/Intervention and Law-Related Education.'
'Our session will provide a brief overview of the Price Laboratory Elementary Citizenship Program, an established character-education initiative, and the recent integration of 'Be a Buddy, Not a Bully!,' an original K-5 bully prevention/intervention curriculum,' said Struck. 'The session will conclude with a brief discussion of the rationale for linking law-related education to character education and bully prevention/intervention.'
The conference kicks off with a 9 a.m. welcoming address from the Governor's Office. At 9:30 a.m., keynote speaker Nan Stein of Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, will present 'Reaffirming Rights: The Campaign to Prevent Bullying and Harassment.'
Morning and afternoon breakout sessions will focus on the role of the school administrator, as well as topics for students, although content is not appropriate for elementary youth.
Registration is $75 for individuals, or $60 if six or more from one school attend. General continuing education units (CEUs) are also available.
Sponsors are the UNI College of Education, the University of Iowa College of Education, the Iowa State University Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Iowa Arts Council, Youth and Shelter Services Inc., Iowa National Guard and the GLBT Youth in Iowa Schools Task Force.
For more information about the conference content, contact Jane Todey, Iowa Department of Education, at Jane.Todey@iowa.gov. For information or questions about registration, call UNI Conference & Event Services at 1-800-782-9519 or 319-273-6899 or e-mail email@example.com.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's January Hearst Lecture, featuring Academy Award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo, has been postponed until Monday, March 7. The lecture, originally scheduled for Monday, Jan. 24, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.
Aghdashloo will discuss her life, the future of Iran and women's concerns.
In 2004, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the movie House of Sand and Fog, and she is appearing during January in the hit Fox TV series, '24.'
The Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series is sponsored by the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts, with responsibility for scheduling the series rotating annually among its departments. The Department of Theatre is responsible for scheduling the 2004-2005 lectures.
The UNI Women's Studies Program is a co-sponsor of this lecture.
For more information, contact Theatre UNI's marketing director, Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, (319) 273-6387.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Bringing the play, 'The Music Lesson,' to life onstage, will be discussed at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the University of Northern Iowa's Strayer-Wood Theatre, by the director and designer's of this Theatre UNI/Sturgis Youth Theatre production.
The play will be at the Bertha Martin Theatre Thursday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 27, and Wednesday, March 2 through Sunday, March 6.
'The Music Lesson' is written by Tammy Ryan and directed by Gretta Berghammer, UNI professor of theatre.
Tickets to the director and designer presentation are free and admission is open to the public.
For more information contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI's marketing director, at (319) 273-6381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 17, 2005 - 6:00pm
The beginning of the new calendar year has been a challenge for those who predict the weather and those who must rely upon those forecasts in making decisions that may impact thousands of people. One weather forecaster says 6 to 8 inches of snow is coming, while another says it will be 10 to 14. If meteorologists are all looking at the same information, how can their forecasts be different?
Alan Czarnetzki, professor of meteorology and director of the Science Center for Teaching, Outreach and Research on Meteorology at the University of Northern Iowa, says that weather forecasting is not the same as predicting the time of sunrise and sunset. 'In fact,' he notes, 'the latter is not a prediction at all, but rather a calculation of an event that can be precisely known ahead of time.'
He says the atmosphere, on the other hand, is a turbulent mixture of gases whose future state and location can't be precisely known in advance. 'That leaves some things open to interpretation and differences of opinion. However, he adds, 'that doesn't mean a weather forecast is the same as a guess!'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jason Weinberger, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony music director, will speak on 'Why Mahler Matters,' at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Davis Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa.
'Jason brings a considerable knowledge of his topic and a high degree of enthusiasm,' said James Lubker, dean of the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts. 'His choice of topic is very timely since the Symphony will be performing Mahler's Symphony #2 in C minor in February.'
A reception will follow the lecture.
The event is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and is free and open to the public.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The Center for Energy and Environmental Education's (CEEE) 10th anniversary celebration will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24 in the CEEE auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Carl Bollwinkel, professor of teaching and science education, David McCalley, professor emeritus of biology and Gerald Peterson, curator of the UNI library's special collections and archives, will discuss the impact of the environmental issues instruction (eei) program on Iowa, UNI's history as a leader in environmental education and UNI's involvement with the creation of Springbrook State Park, a conservation education facility. Panel moderator will be Vicki Grimes from the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations.
A reception sponsored by the Iowa Environmental Council and the Iowa Conservation Education Council will follow the lecture.
For more information about the CEEE's 10th anniversary celebration contact Patricia Higby at (319) 273-6012 or Patricia.Higby@uni.edu.
JoAnn Schnabel's exhibit, ''JoAnn Schnabel: Works in Clay,'' will run through Feb. 2 at the UNI Gallery of Art, Kamerick Art Building. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, Gallery of Art, (319) 273-3095 or JoAnn Schnabel, UNI professor of art, (319) 273-2392.
Tuesday, Jan. 18
'The Man & The Dream,' part of the Center for Multicultural Education's Martin Luther King Jr. movie marathon, will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Call Sarah Lopez, (319) 273-2250.
Wednesday, Jan. 19
The Center for Multicultural Education will host a Martin Luther King Jr. movie, 'An Amazing Grace,' at noon. Call Sarah Lopez, (319) 273-2250.
Saturday, Jan. 22
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Call 1-877-549-SHOW (7469) for tickets.
January 13, 2005 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa students will travel to Phuket, Thailand next week to help with tsunami relief efforts.
Junior Lucas Jensen of Ames, a business major, and sophomore Jonathan West of Story City, a social science education major, will be in Phuket for three months, helping to rebuild homes and shelters, in conjunction with churches in Thailand. They leave for the region Monday, Jan. 24.
'We believe that this is a time of desperate need for people affected by the tsunami, and we are able to serve with our hands,' said Jensen. 'We know this will change our own lives, as well as the lives of the people we will serve and help.'
West said that the day after the storm, he began thinking about the damage and praying about the situation, and began thinking that, perhaps, he should go to the area to help. 'I decided that it was alright for me to take a semester off to help these people in such great need,' he said. 'Unknown to me, my roommate, Luke, also was praying about his decision, and we decided to make this commitment.'
Also traveling with Jensen and West will be Jensen's cousin, Nicholas Jensen of Ames and Colin Madden of Roland, Iowa State University students.
The students will stay in tents while they're working. Thai churches will provide the building supplies. Two churches from the Ames area, Cornerstone Church, and Harvest-Free Church in Story City, are providing some of the volunteers' travel costs. They will be in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area Monday, Jan. 17, to meet with churches and individuals to do additional fundraising.
January 10, 2005 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Peter Schickele, creator of P.D.Q. Bach, will present a master class Thursday, Jan. 13, to University of Northern Iowa student composers, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center's Classroom 30.
Schickele, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony's 2004-05 Music Alive Composer-in-Residence, will work with Jazz Band II, the UNI Flute Choir and UNI composition students, during the course of his two-week Cedar Valley residency.
Born in Ames, Schickele grew up in Washington, D.C. and Fargo, N.D. where he studied composition with Sigvald Thompson. By the time Schickele graduated from Swarthmore in 1957, he had already composed and conducted four orchestral works, a great deal of chamber music and songs. Following graduation he studied composition at the Juilliard School of Music under the tutelage of world-famous composers, Roy Harris, Darius Milhaud, William Bergsma and Vincent Persichetti.
Schickele taught at Juilliard from 1961 to 1965. In 1965 he gave up teaching to devote himself to composing and performing. He has created music for four feature films, including the prize-winning 'Silent Running,' as well as for documentaries, television commercials and several 'Sesame Street' segments. He was also one of the composers/lyricists for 'Oh, Calcutta' and has arranged for such folk singers as Joan Baez and Buffy Sainte-Marie. He has performed with more than 50 orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. For more information about Schickele, see http://www.schickele.com/
January 9, 2005 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Award-winning poet, Jennifer K. Dick, will read from her poetry at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in Baker Hall, Room 161, as part of the UNI 'Writers Talk' Reading Series, sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Department of English Language & Literature. It is free and open to the public.
Originally from Iowa City, Dick is the author of Fluorescence (U of Georgia Press, 2004 winner of the Contemporary Poetry Series). She holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, an M.F.A. from Colorado State and a D.E.A. from Paris III: la Sorbonne Nouvelle, where she is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature.
Her work appears in Aufgabe, Diner,The Canary, The Colorado Review, Green Mountains Review, and in the anthologies Short Fuse (Ratapallax Press, 2002), 100 Poets Against War (Salt Press, 2003), and In the Criminal's Cabinet (Oct. 2004).
There will be a question and answer session following the reading. Samples of Dick's poetry can be found at: http://www.zenadmen.com/fluorescence/#poems
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cedar Falls Fire & Rescue has given the all-clear to reopen the Industrial Technology Center at the University of Northern Iowa. On-site analysis showed that the suspicious powder discovered in a classroom this morning is ceiling material. While the room in question will remain closed today for cleanup, faculty and staff will be allowed to return to their offices this afternoon. Classes in the ITC will resume Tuesday, Jan. 11.
Tsunamis have been happening for thousands of years. And, as recently as 300 years ago, a major tsunami caused by an earthquake in the Cascadia subduction zone (a trench in the Pacific Ocean) struck the Pacific Northwest in the United States, flattening giant trees that had been growing for hundreds of years and reshaping coastlines. If this were to happen today, James Walters, head and professor of earth science at the University of Northern Iowa, says cities such as Seattle would experience major devastation and loss of life.
Walters teaches a course in oceanography and says that tsunamis are one of the four main types of catastrophic waves. Though known throughout history, Walters says it was only during the last half of the 20th century that oceanographers began to study these phenomena. Following a tsunami in 1946 in the Hawaiian Islands, witnessed by an oceanographer from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Pacific Tsunami Warning System began to be developed.
Walters says one of the dangers from the huge walls of water is that people do not understand that they usually occur with as many as eight great waves. After the first wave, the water washes back to the sea and people who are uninformed, may rush to the shoreline to see what has happened or to catch the fish left behind, not realizing that the next wave may be coming in five to 10 minutes and be considerably larger, with the next one larger yet.
Walters says research has shown there are five or six tsunamis each year, with significant ones causing destruction and loss of life about every 15 to 20 years, and a major tsunami with more widespread destruction and major loss of life about every 40 to 50 years.
Ironically, he says, in 1883, when a volcano erupted on the island of Krakatoa off the coast of Java, near Sumatra-- the center of the December's destructive waves--, it generated a tsunami about 120 feet in height, that killed 38,000 to 40,000 people.
Walters says Japan holds the record for the most tsunamis, followed by Chile and then the Hawaiian Islands.
News Brief/Calendar of Events
A weekly service of the University of Northern Iowa Office of University Marketing & Public Relations. Following is a partial list of events taking place this week at UNI that you may wish to cover, and the sources who can best discuss these events. For a complete listing, go to www.uni.edu/acal.
Monday, Jan. 10
Artist JoAnn Schnabel will present a gallery talk at 7 p.m. in the UNI Gallery of Art, Kamerick Art Building, followed by an opening reception. Her exhibit, 'JoAnn Schnabel: Works in Clay,' will run through Feb. 2. Contacts: Darrell Taylor, director, Gallery of Art, (319) 273-3095 or JoAnn Schnabel, UNI professor of art, (319) 273-2392.
Musician Raldo Schneider will perform at 7 p.m. in the KUNI studios, third floor, Communication Arts Center.
Contact KUNI, 1-800-772-2440, ext. 0.
The University Museum presents the exhibit, 'The African Experience: The Wildlife Art of Hava Hegenbarth,' depicting African wildlife in its natural setting. Hegenbarth, originally from Mason City, graduated from UNI in 1981. Exhibit ends Friday, Jan. 14. Call (319) 273-2188.
Tuesday, Jan. 11
A Korean theatrical sensation, 'Cookin'', will perform at 7:30 pm, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Curtain Talk begins at 6:45 p.m. Contact: Janelle Barnett; (319) 273-3676.
Wednesday, Jan. 12
The Center for Multicultural Education will host a Martin Luther King Jr. movie marathon, beginning with 'Legacy of a Dream,' at noon. Call Sarah Lopez, (319) 273-2250.
Thursday, Jan. 13
The Center for Multicultural Education will host a Martin Luther King Jr. movie, 'The Speeches Collectionï¾—Martin Luther King Jr.,' at noon. Call Sarah Lopez, (319) 273-2250.
Award-winning poet and Iowa City native Jennifer Dick, will read from her poetry at 7:30 p.m. in Baker Hall, Room 161, as part of the UNI 'Writers Talk Reading Series.' Her book Fluorescence, published by the University of Georgia Press, is the 2004 winner of the Contemporary Poetry Series.
January 6, 2005 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa teacher preparation program that combines elementary education with a special education emphasis will be discussed at two information sessions on Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Pappajohn Higher Education Center, 12th Street and Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines. This B.A. degree program, in conjunction with Des Moines Area Community College, is designed specifically for individuals who have completed, or are completing, an A.A. degree, are place-bound and cannot relocate to the UNI campus, or are changing careers. Sessions will be at 4 and 7 p.m., in Room 118 of the center, and are open to all interested persons.
UNI program faculty and staff from the UNI Admissions and Financial Aid offices will provide information about the seven-semester degree program, called Instructional Strategist/Elementary Education (ISEE), that will begin Summer 2005.
UNI faculty will teach the classes either onsite at the community college, over the Iowa Communications Network, or via web-based courses. The experienced-based program will offer a field experience every semester except one. In this 2+2 program, students take two years of courses from the community college and then two years from UNI, resulting in a UNI degree. Graduates will receive regular Iowa classroom licensure and earn the Instructional Strategist I endorsement in special education to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities.
For more information, contact Steve Schulz, UNI/DMACC 2+2 coordinator, at (712) 792-8323, UNI Admissions/Transfer Relations at 1-800-772-2037 or visit www.uni.edu/2+2.
January 5, 2005 - 6:00pm
UNI staff to provide phone cards for Army personnel serving overseas
At 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 7, Carolina Wilson, president of the UNI-AEOP (Association of Educational Office Professionals) will present 16 phone cards to the UNI Army ROTC in Room 207 of UNI's West Gym. The cards will be sent to UNI ROTC alumni serving in the U.S. Army overseas. According to Wilson, a secretary in the UNI School of Music, the UNI-AEOP chose to purchase the cards instead of hold its annual holiday gift exchange. 'This is one small thing our group could do to help our alumni keep in touch with loved ones back home,' said Wilson.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Wellness and Recreation Services (WRS) will begin a public adult rock-climbing program Jan. 10. The university's Wellness Recreation Center (WRC) is home to a 40-foot climbing wall, one of the tallest in the Midwest.
Registration for the eight-month program is $240 which covers all climbing gear (excluding shoes) and a belay clinic. Shoes are available for rental.
Climbers may use the climbing wall during open recreation hours only. Program entry does not offer any other WRC privileges.
Registration begins Jan. 10, at the WRC, Room 174, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Andy Martin, coordinator of WRS Outdoor Recreation, (319) 273-7163. ###
January 4, 2005 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will present a series of movies about Martin Luther King Jr., to mark the civil rights leader's birthday.
Movies to be shown are as follows:
o Jan. 12, noon to 12:30 p.m., 'Legacy of a Dream'
o Jan. 13, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 'The Speeches Collection--Martin Luther King, Jr.'
o Jan. 18, 12:30 1:30 p.m., 'The Man and the Dream'
o Jan. 19, noon to 1 p.m., 'An Amazing Grace'
All movies will be shown in the CME multipurpose room. The public may attend at no charge. For more information, contact the CME at 319) 273-2250.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently developed a Web log (or blog) for three UNI students now living in China as they complete internships there. Called 'The China Diaries,' the blog features regular updates and photos chronicling students' experiences at FAW -- the General Motors of China -- their host company. The blog is located at weblogs.uni.edu/chinadiaries/.
The three students participating are Amanda Jensen, a West Branch native majoring in applied economics; John Kellenberger, a finance major from Algona; and Jesse Severson, a management major from Orion, Ill.
'Because international internships are very difficult to find, we are very excited about our relationship with FAW and the opportunities it presents for our business majors. We can send as many as six interns per year to FAW,' said Leslie Wilson, associate dean for UNI's College of Business Administration. 'Few similar opportunities are available to undergraduate students in any country, but especially China. Chinese businesses aren't always willing to open their doors to foreign students, particularly those not fluent in Chinese.'
A Chinese native who interned for 18 months at UNI beginning in 1995 helped set up the university's program, which is actually an exchange. While UNI students spend a full year at FAW, four FAW employees participate in an internship at UNI, or within the Waterloo/Cedar Falls community, for six months.
Wilson said it's been a learning experience on both sides. One of the first realizations was that the Chinese view of internships differs greatly from Americans'.
'A Chinese internship is one where you learn by watching. U.S. companies expect that you will learn by doing ï¾… and directly contribute to the company,' explained Wilson. ''Our students have had to change their expectations for the experience, and we've had to shift the expectations of the FAW workers here.'
Once the internship is complete, the UNI students will be in a unique position to help American companies navigate the Chinese culture, economy and business world.
'China is a huge economy on the verge of exploding,' Wilson explained. 'But the rules of business engagement are different from those of the United States. In China, even tax rates are negotiable. Having someone familiar with that environment would be an asset to any company seeking to expand into China.'
UNI will send more students to FAW in January and July 2005.
December 22, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa student from Indianola was one of 25 students in the nation selected to give a presentation on her research at the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in February.
Colleen Chisman, a 20-year-old junior majoring in biology, with an emphasis in ecology and systematics, will present a poster on her research at a special session for students during the Feb. 17-21 meeting. She was nominated for the all-expenses-paid trip by Jeff Tamplin, UNI assistant professor of biology, who has been her research adviser.
Chisman has conducted research on tiger salamanders and temperature for the past two summers at UNI. During summer 2003, she investigated the basic effects of temperature on salamanders. The poster she made summarizing that research earned her the Sigma Xi undergraduate poster award. The UNI chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research organization, hosts an annual student research conference in April.
Last summer, Chisman focused on how the temperatures at which salamanders are acclimated affect their temperature preferences. Her research was funded by Merck/AAAS, as part of a program to promote interdisciplinary research among undergraduates. As a Merck scholar, Chisman was eligible to be nominated to attend the AAAS meeting. She will take the poster she made from the second summer's research to the Washington, D.C. meeting.
The Indianola native is 'thrilled' to be given the opportunity to attend the national meeting and says she wouldn't have made it this far 'if it weren't for the professors in the biology department, who are accessible, knowledgeable and interested in helping students.' She has been one of Tamplin's research assistants since her freshman year.
Chisman is currently president of the Student Nature Society and co-treasurer of Beta Beta Beta biology honors society at UNI. During high school, she worked at her hometown humane society and attended career camps at Sea World for three consecutive years, where she was able to work with trainers and animals.
In summer 2005, she has an internship at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, where she will work in the small mammals department (monkeys and cats) and the hoofstock department (zebras and antelopes). As for the more distant future, Chisman says, 'Since I was a little kid, I have wanted a career with animals and am pretty open to many different options when I graduate.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'JoAnn Schnabel: Works in Clay' from Monday, Jan. 10 through Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005. The ceramist will give a gallery talk about her work at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10, in the art auditorium (Room 111) of Kamerick Art Building. An opening reception will follow.
This exhibition is supported in part by the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation, as well as the UNI Graduate College and the Professional Development Assignment Program.
Two other ceramics exhibitions, both of which were curated by Schnabel, will accompany the main exhibition. The first is titled 'UNI Alumni Ceramics Exhibition, 1990-2005,' and features the recent work of UNI alumni Lori Dale, T.J. Erdahl, Matt Kelleher, Justin Richert, and Chad Wolfe. The second is titled 'Out of the Cupboard, Into the Light: Ceramic Works from JoAnn Schnabel's Personal Collection,' which showcases the work of a number of ceramic art luminaries.
All events at the UNI Gallery of Art are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit http://www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Drew Conrad, program manager for the University of Northern Iowa's Institute for Decision Making, recently earned the designation of certified economic developer (CEcD), denoting mastery of principal skills in economic development. The certification, given after an exam, is administered by the International Economic Development Council, in partnership with the Mid-America Economic Development Council.
Conrad provides technical assistance to economic development organizations and communities across Iowa. He also works with UNI faculty and students on applied research projects. President of the Professional Developers of Iowa, Conrad holds a B.A. from Marycrest College and a master's of public policy from UNI.
December 19, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Goossen has been appointed interim assistant vice president for Marketing & Public Relations at the University of Northern Iowa. He will lead the university's integrated marketing efforts and will oversee the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations.
The appointment was effective Dec. 13. Goossen replaces Gerald Anglum, who died in November. According to Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, a search for a permanent replacement is expected to begin in the spring.
Before coming to UNI, Goossen was publisher of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. He also has published newspapers in Topeka, Kan.; Grand Island, Neb.; and Hannibal, Mo. He holds a B.A. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
'John brings to UNI a wealth of management, media and leadership experience that will greatly benefit this department and the university,' said Calhoun.
Goossen resides in Cedar Falls with his wife and children.
December 16, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library announced Eric Shook of Dunkerton as its employee of the month for December.
Shook, a senior computer science major, is a windows server system administrator and Linux desktop integrator. He has been working at Rod Library for the past two years. He is in charge of keeping all of the public computers and servers in working order and troubleshoots the more complex problems related to staff computers.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Competition was intense on the University of Northern Iowa campus last month as high school seniors competed for scholarships in the sciences, industrial technology, mathematics or computer science. Scholarships included four-year full-tuition scholarships to UNI, valued at $4,702 for the 2004-2005 academic year. Students who received alternate awards are eligible for the four-year scholarships if students who received the scholarships decline.
__(Student's name)__, a student at __(High school)__, participated in the UNI 2004 Science, Mathematics and Technology Symposium. __(He/She)__ was awarded __(award status)__ in __(field of study)__.
Besides competing for awards, students attending the Symposium were introduced to educational opportunities on campus through lecturers, special programs and open houses in designated departments.
December 15, 2004 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new Habitat for Humanity home in Waterloo, dedicated this month, is warm, cozy and energy efficient, thanks to a workshop at the University of Northern Iowa.
The house was built using Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF), a new method of construction that produces exceptionally strong and well-insulated walls. UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) held a series of workshops on ICF construction last February to introduce local builders to the method.
When CEEE energy educator Pat Higby learned that a Habitat for Humanity group in Omaha had built an ICF house, she invited a representative from Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Doug Eltze, to attend the workshop, which was taught by personnel from retailer Reward Wall Systems and the Iowa Concrete Association.
Higby was very glad to bring the groups together. 'It's our mission to help people lower their energy costs, especially lower-income families, who pay as much as 14 percent of their income for energy, compared with 3.5 percent for the average American,' she said.
Several students from Waterloo's Expo Alternative High School helped build the house. One of their instructors, Rose Hornick, who is in charge of the Iowa's Jobs for America's Grads program at Expo, attended the ICF workshop and after learning that Heartland was going to use the ICF method, decided that helping to build the house would be great on-the-job experience for them.
ICFs are made of two Styrofoam sheets, held together with plastic spacers, Higby explained. When stacked like Lego blocks, they create an insulating, permanent form into which concrete is poured. Compared with traditional wood frame walls above ground, ICFs have fewer air leaks because they are poured as one unit, not constructed from individual pieces. The mass of the walls helps to maintain a constant temperature.
'We expect better than 9 percent savings on our Waterloo Habitat home,' Higby said. 'Lowering a family's utility bills leaves more money for other basic expenses. This ICF home is ideal for a family with six children, who have a lot of other bills to pay.' ###
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A recent study completed by the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration at the University of Northern Iowa indicates that immigrants and refugees greatly affect the state's economy. The center was formerly called the New Iowans Program.
Iowa's immigrant and refugee population has risen steadily since 1990, encompassing populations from Mexico and other Latin countries, the former Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, some African countries and Southeast Asia. The study, 'Immigrant and Refugee Small Business Development in Northeast Iowa,' was conducted to determine the size and nature of businesses owned and operated by immigrant and refugee newcomers.
'It's more than any of us anticipated,' explained Mark Grey, professor of anthropology and director of the center. 'There's a clear indication that refugees and immigrants play a vital role in the economic well-being of Iowa.'
Data for the report was gathered between December 2003 and July 2004. Identified were 109 businesses owned/operated by refugees or immigrants in 17 counties of northeast Iowa. Combined, the businesses employ more than 300 people in full- or part-time positions, and report annual sales of about $13 million. Their combined payroll is $4.5 million. Most of the businesses were started with personal funds; few used bank loans.
Those numbers impress Grey, but he expressed a continuing frustration that immigrants and refugees tend to be overlooked by economic developers. 'Of course, everyone wants to go after those business that are what I call 'homeruns' -- giant retailers. But we also should be finding ways to encourage immigrants and refugees to start their own businesses.'
The center has forwarded the repot to UNI's Small Business Development Center with a number of recommendations. The center suggests, for instance, that economic developers learn about the business practices and operations in an immigrant's or refugee's native land. 'This background information will be invaluable because it will allow small-business economic-development professionals and others to understand the expectations newcomer clients may bring with them to the consultation process,' said Grey.
The center also suggests those working with immigrants and refugees be careful to make necessary ethnic distinctions (not all Latinos are from Mexico, for instance), make follow-up visits after business plans are devised, and work to make business signage available in English and other newcomer languages.
The bottom line, he said, is making an effort to understand the newcomers' culture and operations, because doing so ultimately translates into increased dollars for the state's economy.