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April 14, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Professor of leisure, youth and human services, Betty van der Smissen, was recently awarded the American Association for Leisure and Recreation (AALR) Outstanding Achievement Award during the organization's national convention and exposition in New Orleans.

The AALR Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to a person who has demonstrated unusual, significant or outstanding leadership in the area of leisure and recreation or other related fields. In making the award to van der Smissen, the AALR cited her nearly 50 years of involvement as an initiator, promoter/supporter, facilitator and educator in the profession. Her contributions have been, principally, in four categories ï¾– programming in the outdoors; accreditation standards for academic curricula, park and recreation agencies, organized camping and adventure/challenge programs; legal liability/risk management; and research.



In addition to her academic institution teaching, she has given more than 700 presentations at the state, regional, national and international levels. She has been honored by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the Society of Park and Recreation Educators; and by AALR, previously, as its first Jay B. Nash scholar/lecturer, among others. She also has been elected to membership in the four academies of her profession: Academy of Leisure Sciences (founding fellow), American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, American Leisure Academy (founding senior fellow) and North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals (charter fellow).

This spring she also was honored by the Sport and Recreation Law Association at its national meeting in Las Vegas. For her contribution to the Society and the field of law, as related to sport and recreation, the organization named its leadership award after her, The Betty van der Smissen Leadership Award. Van der Smissen, a lawyer, previously was a recipient of the award.

AALR promotes and supports education, leisure, and recreation by developing quality programming and professional training, providing leadership opportunities, disseminating guidelines and standards, and enhancing public understanding of the importance of leisure and recreation in maintaining a creative and healthy lifestyle. AALR is an association of the AAHPERD.

Van der Smissen is on leave from Michigan State University. She has been at UNI since fall 2002, and was invited to UNI to assist in the development of the new doctoral program in leisure, youth and human services.

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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton, Wednesday, April 21. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/Agendas/agenda.html

1. Register of Capital Improvement Business Transactions

Contact:

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

2. Approval of faculty promotion and tenure recommendations, 2004-05 academic year

Contact:

Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, (319) 273-2517

3. Competition with private enterprise

Annual report. UNI has received no complaints from the private sector relating to competition issues.

Contact:

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

4. Professional & Scientific staff salaries

Contact:

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

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

5. UNI to offer first-ever Educational Leadership Program in China

UNI's College of Education will offer a master's degree in Educational Leadership in Liaoning Province, China, beginning fall 2004. This is the first time UNI has offered such a program in China. The program will be offered through UNI's Continuing Education Division, in partnership with Anshan Normal University. A graduate degree from an American university has significant value in China. However, few Chinese can afford the cost of living in the United States and attending college. This program builds on UNI's already strong relationships in the Chinese teacher-education community. It takes three years to complete the program. This program is self-sustaining and does not draw on university resources.

Contact:

David Else, director, UNI Institute for Educational Leadership, (319) 273-3358

6. Proposed property purchase, property leases, house razing

Contact:

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'Vertigo Mini' on Wednesday, April 21, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., throughout the south and north wings of the Kamerick Art Building. Patrons should check the lobby showcases that evening for exact locations.

The presentation features durational performance art works from six advanced students in UNI Professor of Art, Jeffery Byrd's performance art class. Artists performing include Chad Allen of Waterloo, Nicole Fullard of Charles City, Tara Hill of Shell Rock, Aypryl Pippert of Traer, Shawn Reed of Muscatine and Erik Testrake of Cedar Falls.

Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, said because works are durational, it is not important to see any given piece from beginning to end. Viewers can come at any point throughout the event, or stay for the entire 90-minute performance period.



The event is free and open to the public. The Kamerick Art Building is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street. For more information, call (319) 273-6134.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment' will be the next featured film in the University of Northern Iowa's Reel to Real film series. The movie will be shown at noon on Wednesday, April 21, in Maucker Union's University Room South.

''Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment' is described as a chilling documentary that follows dramatic changes in immigration law through the deportation case of seven Palestinians and one Kenyan, who were first targeted as communists and later as 'alien terrorists,'' said Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union.

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 studentactivities@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Gerald Anglum has been appointed 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. His appointment was effective April 1.

Anglum came to the university in 1989 as a publications editor. He was later promoted to media relations director, and then associate director for the Office of Public Relations. The office was later renamed University Marketing & Public Relations.

Before coming to UNI, Anglum worked 11 years as a newspaper reporter and editor in Iowa and Montana. He is the recipient of numerous public relations awards at the local, state and national level. Anglum most recently received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the District VI Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).



The Sac City native holds a B.A. from UNI, and resides in Cedar Falls with his wife, Cary.

April 13, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'A Seventeenth-Century Indo-Persian Poet: The Many Lives of Nand Lal' will be the topic of the next history lecture at the University of Northern Iowa, Wednesday, April 21.

Louis Fenech, UNI assistant professor of history, will speak at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall, Room 115. His address is free and open to the public.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, Fenech said the Sikhs, a religio-cultural community that originates in India, 'have been targeted as 'enemies' by misguided Euro-Americans and Euro-Canadians because of their dress. They are often mistaken as Muslims and 'unAmerican'/'unCanadian' because of the treacherous caricature of the people of Islam presented by the conservative American and Canadian media.'

He said such mistaken identifications are particularly so of Sikh males who, for the most part, are instructed to keep their hair and beards uncut and to neatly tie their hair within a turban.

Although Fenech said his talk will have little to do with the events of Sept. 11, 2001, it will focus upon a number of the historical intersections (political, cultural and literary) between Sikhism and Islam, in the person of Nand Lal, and attempt to understand what these intersections reveal about the way that Sikhs thought, and think, about themselves and their corporate community.

This is the final lecture in the 2003-2004 history lecture series, sponsored by the UNI Department of History, Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization and the UNI History Club.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Take Back the Night,' an annual event to protest sexual assault and violence against women, will be Tuesday, April 20, at Old Central Ballroom in Maucker Union at the University of Northern Iowa.



Actors from the Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE) Forum will take the stage at 5 p.m. Capoeira, a cultural dance organization, will perform at 6 p.m. Audience members will be invited to present their own poetry or music during the 6:30 p.m. Artistic Outlet. At 7 p.m. will be addresses by members of UNI Police; Battered Women's Shelter; the New Voters Campaign; and SAVE Frontline, made up of UNI students trained to work with women concerned about relationships or possible violence. Open mic begins at 7:20 p.m. The event concludes with the traditional March on the Hill, leaving from Maucker Union at 7:45 p.m.

'Take Back the Night' is sponsored by the UNI Gender Equality Association, the Women's Studies Program, Northern Iowa Student Government, SAVE, Family Service League, and UNI Police.

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The child of Holocaust survivors, Harry Brod knows well the importance of telling the story. The UNI professor of philosophy & religion speaks annually to children in sixth-12th grade via the ICN, talking about the Holocaust. Brod also is a member of the advisory board of an educational non-profit organization called 'Voices and Memories Through the Holocaust' that uses testimonies of child survivors to educate younger generations. 'The theory is that children will be able to relate to someone who can speak about, for example, what it was like to be in hiding and not be allowed to play outside during the Holocaust,' he explains.

As Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 18) approaches, Brod encourages parents to talk not just about this tragedy, but others. 'I think it's important to not isolate the Holocaust from other historical events. How do African-Americans speak to their children about the horrors of slavery? How do women who have been raped talk to their daughters about it? These are issues for all of us.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Reefer Madness,' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, and 'Grass,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 22, both in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Reefer Madness' is a film that tells the story through the eyes of a high school principal who is speaking to parents at a PTA meeting on the issue of marijuana. The storyline revolves around Mae and Jack, who are accomplices in the distribution of marijuana, and who manage to entice high school students to smoke the drug.

Schwartz says 'Grass' uses footage from U.S. government propaganda films and animation from underground artist Paul Mavrides, to demonstrate culture's negative views of marijuana.

UNI's 'Films on Social Justice' series is sponsored by UNI's chapter of Amnesty International; the UNI ACLU; the UNI Students for Social Justice; the UNI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Straight, Transgender Association (LGBSTA); the UNI Gender Equality Association (GEA); Iowans for a Free Palestine; the UNI Criminology Club; UNI Student AIDS Campaign; UNI Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE); and the UNI Sociology & Anthropology Club.

The event is free and open to the public.

April 12, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Artists Ed McGowin and Claudia DeMonte will present a lecture on their public artworks at 7 p.m., April 19, in the University of Northern Iowa's Kamerick Art Building, Room 111.

McGowin and DeMonte created the sculpture for the new Center for Multicultural Education (CME), located in the recently renovated Maucker Union.

The sculpture, titled 'We Are One,' was chosen as part of the 'Iowa Art in State Buildings Program,' in which one-half of one percent of the total estimated cost of state buildings shall be used to purchase art. The amount of the project came to $65,000. McGowin and Demonte were chosen through a national competition from a field of 47 applicants.

McGowin and Demonte describe 'We Are One' as a 120-foot long, bas-relief sculptural frieze, which runs along the inside top of the colonnade at the entrance to the CME, close to Lang Hall.

''We Are One' is complex and witty, depicting a parade of humanity, highly-stylized figures representing all walks of life in Iowa, helping each other with their burdens, struggles and tasks,' said the artists.

The two have completed projects in Plan de Grass, France; the Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C.; the Long Island Railroad, New York; Prudential Life in Newark, N.J.; and the New York City Commission of Cultural Affairs.

McGowin is a professor at the State University of New York-Old Westbury, and was chair of the sculpture department at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. DeMonte is an art professor at the University of Maryland.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Quick Books Pro -- Beginning,' a software training course, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC).

The course will run three consecutive Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning April 20, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. The instructor will be Judy Schindel, certified Quick Books trainer.

Participants will learn check entry, how to set up accounts and other lists, deposits, bank reconciliation, how to enter and pay bills, reports and more.

These sessions are aimed specifically at beginners and those needing a refresher course. An advanced level of 'Quick Books Pro' will be offered at a later date.

Cost is $169. For more information and to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS) will sponsor the 36th annual Beginning Reading Conference beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, April 16, at UNI's Schindler Education Center.

According to Amy Lockhart, conference chair, the event provides educators with innovative language arts tips, tools and techniques, while giving teachers methods to evaluate and enhance the effectiveness of classroom strategies.

'Our conference is planned to meet the needs of school improvement plans across the state and to maintain our leadership throughout Iowa as beginning reading experts and consultants,' said Lockhart. 'The workshop also provides a tool for school superintendents to help their teachers meet state-mandated goals and objectives.'

The conference will host keynote speakers Janet Stevens and Timothy Shanahan.



Stevens is the award-winning author and illustrator of children's books such as 'Jackalope' and 'And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon.' Her book, 'Tops and Bottoms,' was named a Caldecott Honor Book. She said she sees her work as a way to excite children about reading.

'Each book is an opportunity and challenge,' said Stevens. 'The process is both difficult and exciting -- sometimes a struggle, sometimes fun. I believe it is most important to create books that children want to read. For me, that is the real joy of bookmaking.'

Timothy Shanahan is a professor of urban education and director of the Center for Literacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He recently returned from a leave of absence that allowed him to work as the Executive Director of the Chicago Reading Initiative for the Chicago Public Schools, a school improvement initiative serving 437,000 children. His research focuses on the relationship of reading and writing, school improvement, the assessment of reading ability and family literacy.

Shanahan was a member of the National Reading Panel, a group convened by the National Institute of Child Health and Development at the request of Congress to evaluate research on successful methods of teaching reading.

Conference attendees may choose 'sectionals' to attend, which will be held throughout the day of the conference. Sectional topics include 'Active Learning,' 'Creating Classrooms for an Integrated Curriculum,' 'Using Telecommunication Activities in the K-12 Classroom,' 'Phonics Phun,' and many more. A detailed conference schedule, including a full list of sectional activity topics can be found at PLS' Web site, www.pls.uni.edu/read.

Registration may be completed over the Web at the PLS Web site, www.pls.uni.edu/read.

The conference fee is $60, and includes all conference sessions, lunch, refreshments, exhibits and a book signing.

For more information, contact Lockhart at (319) 273-2209.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events speech team traveled to the West coast Friday through Sunday, April 2-4, to compete in the American Forensic Association's National Individual Events Tournament at California State University-Long Beach.

Michelle Kelsey, senior political communication major from Ankeny, came one rank short of advancing to the elimination rounds in extemporaneous speaking. Mike Hilkin, sophomore English education major from Dubuque, also competed in extemporaneous and impromptu, and was one rank short of advancing to the next round in impromptu.

Sara Gronstal, senior elementary education major from Council Bluffs, competed in after-dinner speaking, dramatic interpretation and program oral interpretation. Teammate Danielle Dick, senior culture and communication major from Dayton, also competed in after-dinner speaking and program oral interpretation, as well as communication analysis and prose, where she advanced to the quarterfinals.



This weekend, April 16-18, these students, along with Coltrane Carlson, a freshman sports broadcasting major from Council Bluffs, will compete at the National Forensic Association's national tournament in Providence, R.I., at the University of Rhode Island.

April 11, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa presidential scholars will present their senior thesis research projects, beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 17 in Lang Hall, Rooms 20, 21 and 23.

The conference will begin with a welcome speech by UNI President Robert Koob in the second-floor lounge of the Lang Hall auditorium. Following will be five sessions of research presentations.

Presenters, topics and times are listed below:

9:30-10 a.m.

Jill Pedretti, biomedical, Le Claire -- 'Cerebral Palsy: Physical Therapy and Medical Treatment Issues'

Stacey Noble, history, Milford -- 'A Look at the Little Rock Nine'

Kyle Gerjerts, psychology -- 'Coping with Work-School Conflict Through Social Support'

10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Amanda Smith, Spanish, Davenport -- 'Teaching Speaking in the Foreign Language Classroom'

Rachel Kass, accounting, Sumner -- 'Sarbanes-Oxley: A Compliance Case Study'

Allison Deutsch, criminology, Waverly -- 'Intergenerational Preferences Regarding Punishment of Criminal Offenders'

11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Jodi Ferring, accounting, Dubuque -- 'Rules-Based vs. Principles-Based Accounting Standards: Analyzing the Impact of Amending APB No. 18 to a Principles-Based Standard'

Matt Jaeger, management information systems, Dubuque -- 'Information Security: The Proper Business Selection of a Secure Information System/Policy'

Kim Mercer, English, Cedar Falls -- 'Multilingual Wales: Cultural Preservation or a Losing Battle?'

1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Angie Boedeker, accounting, Mason City -- 'SOX in the Boardroom'

Kevin Twedt, physics, Larchwood -- 'An Improved Theoretical Model for Potassium Channel Gating

in Neurons'

1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Corey Jansen, biology, Sully -- 'Genesis vs. Science: What is Genesis Really Telling Us in the Creation Story and Does That Allow for Evolution?'

Ben Watne, electronic media -- 'Red's: A Study in Student Filmmaking'

Kelley Wilkinson, Spanish, Solon -- 'Diphthong Pronunciation Among Native Spanish and English Speakers'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will present David Coleman, the 'Dating Doctor,' at 7 p.m., Monday, April 19 in the Lang Hall Auditorium.

According to David Weber, sophomore accounting major from Clive and director of programming for UNI's Interfraternity Council, Coleman is an energetic and entertaining speaker who is a nine-time national speaker-of-the-year award winner.



Coleman is the author of several dating books, including '101 Great Dates,' 'Date Smart!' and 'Making Relationships Matter!' His lecture will touch on a variety of subjects including relationships, team building and values.

Coleman's visit is sponsored by the UNI Speakers Fund, in conjunction with the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council and the Order of Omega.

For more information on the 'Dating Doctor,' visit Coleman's Web site at www.datingdoctor.com.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Theatre UNI and the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) will offer two workshops with actor Anthony Zerbe, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 19 and 20, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre, Room 1.

Zerbe is a theatre, film and television actor who has appeared in the movies 'The Matrix: Reloaded,' 'The Matrix Revolutions,' 'Enter the Matrix' and 'True Crime,' among others. Television credits include guest appearances on 'Frasier' and 'Century City,' as well as recurring roles on the TV series 'The Young Riders.'

According to Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director for Theatre UNI, Zerbe is known as one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood and is also respected for his work in developing new productions for theaters.

The workshops, 'Interpretation & Performance of Text' and 'Acting for Stage and Film,' are free and open to the UNI community.

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The Rwandan massacre of 10 years ago was, says Michele Yehieli director of UNI's Project Export Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, one of the worst genocide tragedies in recent years.

'You have to imagine roving bands of people killing others, and neighbors actively encouraged to kill their neighbors,' she said, explaining that the Hutu-led government of Rwanda planned an extermination of the entire population of Tutsis. In the end, 800,000 people -- mostly Tutsis -- were killed in a three-month period. Thousands more fled, becoming refugees in nearby countries.

Yehieli has worked with refugees for more than a decade now. She says they typically have the worst public health status of any population. Poverty-stricken, displaced and frightened, they lack the most basic of public health needs: food, water and shelter. Often, the countries to which they flee are poor as well, making settlement all the more difficult. 'There are so many forces working against them and yet they tend to be committed to survival,' she said. 'It's a credit to human character that they maintain the will to overcome.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Peace activists Joe Carr and Cheryl Broderson will present 'Stop Demolishing Palestine: Stories of a Non-Violent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation,' at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, in Schindler Education Center, Room 247, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.



Carr will tell stories and show pictures of incidents he witnessed, including home demolitions and the death of 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie. Corrie was killed last spring by an Israeli army bulldozer during her participation in a nonviolent protest to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian house in the Gaza Strip.

Broderson, Corrie's aunt, will discuss her family's reactions to her niece's death.

For more information, contact Recayi Pecen, associate professor of industrial technology and member of Iowans for a Free Palestine, at (319) 273-2598.

Sponsors are UNI's Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Amnesty International, Students for Social Justice and Iowans for a Free Palestine.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre presented 'Barbie Undone,' in April.

Karen Mitchell, UNI associate professor of communication studies, directed the play, along with Mike Frieden, a senior speech major from Waterloo, and Brianne Waychoff, a graduate student in women's studies from Cedar Rapids. Lyn Countryman, associate professor of science education at Malcolm Price Laboratory School, narrated.

(Student's name), a (year) (major) from (hometown), played the part of (character or crew position).

HOMETOWN STUDENT'S NAME, YEAR, MAJOR, CHARACTER OR CREW POSITION

CEDAR FALLS Amanda Gotera, Cedar Falls High School, Twin Barbie I

Audrey Huber, freshman, French education, Broken Barbie

CEDAR RAPIDS Jon Allen, senior, electronic media, video designer

Aaron Hoose, sophomore, theater, Joey

Lillian Pope, freshman, undecided, props manager

Brianne Waychoff, graduate, women's studies, director

DUBUQUE Jonathan Fasselius, junior, electronic media, video designer

FORT DODGE Jennifer Beers, senior, theater performance, hair and makeup designer

GRANVILLE Andrea Goergen, senior, theater performance, Tropical Barbie

IDA GROVE Amber Adams, junior, elementary education, Fashion Barbie

IOWA CITY Kirstina Moreno, junior, English, Twin Barbie 2

MUSCATINE Megan Bender, junior, electronic media, Dr. Midge

POLK CITY Christopher Jamison, senior, theater, Joe

ROBINS Carla Pasker, freshman, business, props

SPENCER Aaron Joseph DeYoung, senior, theater, father and Kendra

WHITTEMORE Amanda Freking, junior, communication and theater, Therapy Barbie

WINTERSET Austin Moore, freshman, English, Butch Barbie

LA JUNTA, COLO. Katie Sue Nickols, graduate, costume design, costume designer

OUT-OF-COUNTRY

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Nicolas Vicari Moreno, junior, economics and Russian, Ken

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new film, 'America's Lost Landscapes: The Tallgrass Prairie,' will premiere at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 30, in the University of Northern Iowa's Lang Hall auditorium.

Daryl Smith, professor and director of UNI's Native Roadside Vegetation Center, co-produced the feature-length documentary. The film was written, directed and co-produced by David O'Shields of New Light Media. He is executive director.

Annabeth Gish, Cedar Falls native and critically acclaimed actress, is the narrator. Gish, seen most recently as President Bartlett's older daughter on NBC's 'The West Wing,' also starred as agent Monica Reyes on 'The X-Files.' Her feature films include 'Double Jeopardy,' 'Nixon,' and 'SLC Punk.' Gish recently completed a mini-series, 'Detective,' that will air this year on the USA Network. 'Knots,' an independently released feature film, opens this year as well.

'America's Lost Landscapes' uses breathtaking cinematography, original music and moving narrative to trace the prairie's transformation from natural landscape to farmland, beginning in the early 1800s, when Iowa was blanketed by 28 million acres of tallgrass.

'At the time of settlement in the 1830s, about 240 million acres of tallgrass prairie was a major landscape feature of North America,' Smith explained. 'But in one of the most astonishing alterations of nature in human history, most of the tallgrass prairie was converted to cropland in less than 80 years.'

Today, where modern machinery cultivates rows of corn and soybeans, there once was a sea of tallgrass, inhabited by bison and elk. 'For the most part, Americans have no idea what the Midwest was like 150 years ago,' O'Shields said. 'The tallgrass prairie is a national treasure. If we think it is important for people to understand tropical rain forest, their demise and the global impacts, how much more important is it for us to understand that a major ecosystem in the heart of this country is nearly gone? We must understand what was here and embrace and preserve what remains.'

To tell this rich and complex tale, Smith and O'Shields, interviewed writers, historians and scientists across the nation. 'Each provided factual information and insightful commentary about the history of human settlement of the tallgrass prairie by Native Americans and Euro-Americans,' O'Shields said. 'Quotations from letters, diaries and other works of nonfiction add authenticity and connect the viewer to the story.'

Gish said working on the project was not just a moving experience, but a chance to learn as well. 'The message behind the film is stirring and important for everyone to know: The essence of the prairie is still alive, but it needs to be fought for, restored and appreciated to continue to sustain us.'

A reception will follow the premiere. There is no charge to attend the event, but reservations are necessary. To make reservations, call (319) 273-6078. For more information about the film, and to view a brief clip, visit www.uni.edu/~lostland.

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Monday, April 12

'Making Schools Safe for GLBT Students,' 7 to 9 p.m., Lang Hall Auditorium. This public forum is part of a state-wide series focusing on the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

Wednesday, April 14

'Nigeria and the Politics of Shar'ia,' 3 pm, Sabin Hall, Room 201. The Political Science Speaker Series will present a talk by Pita Agbese, professor of political science. He will discuss the impact of the use of Shar'ia (Islamic law) on Nigerian politics.

Thursday, April 15

'An Impossible Dream: Can Human Rights Violations be Deterred by International Prosecution?' by Stephen Rapp of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, 9:30 a.m., Seerley Hall Great Reading Room.

'Soup's On: Four Cultures, Four Soups,' 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., University Museum. Those attending will sample soups and breads from around the world, and may bid on silent auction items.

Friday, April 16

Beginning Reading Conference, at Schindler Education Center, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Keynote speaker is Janet Stevens, author and illustrator.

April 8, 2004 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's student newspaper, the Northern Iowan (NI), placed first in two categories at the College Newspaper Business & Advertising Managers, Inc. (CNBAM) Conference. The conference was held March 23 through March 28 in Seattle.

The NI received two first place award plaques in Best Classified Promotion Ad for its 'Valentine's Day' layout, and Best Display Ad/Full Color for its 'West Music' advertisement. The NI also took second for its 'Absolute Northern Iowan' advertisement in Best Newspaper Promotion.

Lee John Geisinger, NI production manager and senior graphic communication major from Arnolds Park, created both the 'West Music' and 'Absolute Northern Iowan' ads. Geisinger; Jill Johnson, NI assistant business manager and junior psychology major from Cedar Falls; and Kiley Ingerslev, former NI typesetter and junior math major from Denison, created the 'Valentine's Day' ad.

Michele Smith, Northern Iowan Manager, attended the convention in Seattle with Geisinger and Ben Steege, NI sales manager and sophomore business management major from Denver.

CNBAM is a professional organization for students and advisers working with business and advertising departments in 125 college and university newspapers across the United States.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's dance company, Orchesis, will present its spring dance gala, 'A Maelstrom of Mirage,' Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Saturday's performance begins at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday's performance begins at 2 p.m.

The 23-member company will present a series of pieces, including high-energy hip-hop, modern dance, classical ballet, jazz and tap. Student and faculty choreography will be presented. Student choreographers are Jamie Howard of Sioux City, Tanya Simchuk of the Ukraine and Jessica DeLeon of San Antonio, Texas.

The UNI concert also will feature two works recently premiered at the American College Dance Festival, Great Lakes Region, in Detroit. 'Cotillion' was choreographed by dance instructor and Orchesis director, Michelle Ozmun; and 'When Your World Ends' was choreographed by student company member, Jennifer Heiman of Muscatine.

The spring concert will feature a guest performance by the UNI International Dance Theatre.

Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for all others. Tickets are available by calling (319) 273-SHOW.

This event is part of Arts in April, a month-long celebration of arts and culture on the UNI campus. The complete Arts in April schedule is available on the Web at www.uni.edu/artsinapril.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Neuroimaging of Skilled Reading and Reading Disability,' the next offering in the Hearst Center Lecture Series, will be presented in conjunction with the Early Reading Conference at 10 a.m. Friday, April 16, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 224, at the University of Northern Iowa.

Ken Pugh, a research scientist at Haskins Laboratories at the Yale University School of Medicine, will deliver the address. Pugh received his B.S. degree from New York Institute of Technology and his M.A. and doctoral degrees in experimental psychology from The Ohio State University.

He serves as a reviewer for several journals, including 'Psychological Review' and 'Journal of Experimental Psychology.' His research interests involve the functional organization of the brain for tasks involving language and reading.



The event is free and open to the public.



The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of Communicative Disorders, host for this year's series, and is centered around the theme, 'Human Communication: Science and Disorders.'

The Hearst Lecture Series is supported by the Meryl Norton Hearst Chair in the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts. It was created by an endowment from James Schell Hearst, author, poet and professor of creative writing at UNI from 1941 until his retirement in 1975.

The series engages scholars and experts from outside the university to share their expertise, viewpoints and theoretical frameworks.

The next speaker in the series, on April 26 and 27, will be Miranda Rose, part of the School of Human Communication Sciences at Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, speaking on problem-based learning, courses designed to teach students self-sufficiency in identifying problems, gathering information and devising solutions.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Jenin, Jenin,' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, and 'Money for Nothing: Behind the Business of Pop Music,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 15, both in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Jenin, Jenin' surveys the ruin of the Palestinian refugee camp, Jenin, after Israel's Defensive Wall Operation in April 2002.

'Money for Nothing: Behind the Business of Pop Music,' examines the shrinking numbers of record companies, the centralization of radio station ownership and the increasing integration of pop music into the advertising and commercial aspects of the consumer market.

UNI's 'Films on Social Justice' series is sponsored by UNI's chapter of Amnesty International; the UNI ACLU; the UNI Students for Social Justice; the UNI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Straight, Transgender Association (LGBSTA); the UNI Gender Equality Association (GEA); Iowans for a Free Palestine; the UNI Criminology Club; UNI Student AIDS Campaign; UNI Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE); and the UNI Sociology & Anthropology Club.

The event is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The author of 'The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men' will speak at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom C on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Her address is free and open to the public.

Christina Hoff Sommers is the W.H. Brady Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI), in Washington, D.C. AEI is one of America's largest and most respected 'think tanks,' according to Marie Hamer, a UNI senior from Robins, who is programming director with the UNI College Republicans, one of the program's sponsors. Co-sponsors are the College Redeemer and the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute.

For more than a decade, Sommers says, women's groups have been telling the public that the nation's girls are academically 'shortchanged' and drained of self-esteem by a society that favors boys. In her talk, Sommers plans to show that it is boys, not girls, who are on the weak side of the gender gap. She says girls' self-esteem is no different from boys', yet 'the myth of the fragile girl' has received the lion's share of attention recently.

'It's a bad time to be a boy in America,' she writes in 'The War Against Boys,' published in 2000. She says boys are less likely than girls to go to college or do their homework, and more likely to cheat on tests, wind up in detention or drop out of school. Boys lag behind girls in reading and writing ability, and need help catching up with girls academically.



Hoff holds a doctorate in philosophy from Brandeis University and was a philosophy professor at Clark University from 1980 to1999. Her research areas are feminism and American culture, American adolescents and morality in American society. Her previous books include 'Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women,' and her articles have appeared in a number of major newspapers throughout the United States, as well as in the Times of London.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Pita Agbese, professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa, will discuss 'Nigeria and the Politics of Shar'ia,' at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, in Sabin Hall, Room 201. His address is part of the Political Science Speaker Series.

Shar'ia, or Islamic law, is a strict code that some consider harsh and sexist. Covering worship and judicial and political issues, the law gives men the right to unilateral divorce over their wives, and the right to take as many as four wives. It also eliminates a woman's right to alimony and permits the stoning of women who commit adultery. Thieves are punished via amputation of limbs, and fornicators are caned.

Although it has been adopted by half of Nigeria's 24 states, Shar'ia cannot be applied to the country's non-Muslim residents who make up 53 percent of the population.

Agbese's address is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the annual Earth Day celebration and 'Sole Power,' from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 22, at the Maucker Union Plaza.

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

'The earth's resources are limited,' said Patricia Higby, energy educator of the CEEE. 'With this celebration, we hope to educate and motivate people about ways to value and utilize those resources.'

During 'Sole Power,' a project to encourage non-motorized commuting to campus, the Department of Public Safety will register bikes, and Europa Cycle & Ski will provide free bike tune-ups to the campus community. Information about campus recreational walking routes and the Cedar Valley Recreational Trail maps will be available.

'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 Gulick, director of University Health Services. 'It encourages physical fitness, saves people money and is good for the environment.'

For more information, contact Stephanie Rosenboom, public relations director, CEEE, at

(319) 273-3850, or Michaela Rich, program manager, RRTTC, (319) 273-3689.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Half-Masted 3.2,' a comedy improvisation troupe comprised of University of Northern Iowa students, will present 'Lorem Improv Dolor!,' at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15 through Saturday, April 17. A family-friendly matinee will be presented at 3:30 p.m., April 17. The performances will take place in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40.

The 'Waterloo Courier' called the show 'funny, quick-witted' and 'constant laughter.' The troupe is instructed and directed by Doug Shaw, UNI associate professor of mathematics. Shaw has performed with several improv troupes throughout the Midwest. 'Lorem Improv Dolor!,' he said, is an all-new improv experience and features the Iowa debut of Gorilla Theatre.



Half-Masted 3.2 members include: Stephen Shelton from Cedar Falls; Ben Kass from Sumner; Wayland McQueen from Shenandoah; Missie Collins and Amanda Robbins, both from Eldora; Melissa Cameron from Council Bluffs; Jesse Wozniak, Mike Schmenke and A.J. Platt, all from Fort Dodge; Jordan Meyer from Waterloo; Ren Waddell from Des Moines; Crystal Schneider from Cedar Rapids; and Jeff Cumberlin from Vinton.



All shows are free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged. For reservations, call Shaw at (319) 273-6805.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Observing the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the University of Northern Iowa will present an address by Stephen Rapp, senior prosecutor at the United Nations for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Rapp will discuss 'An Impossible Dream: Can Human Rights Violations Be Deterred by International Prosecution?' at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 15, in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall.

During a 13-week period of mid-1994, half a million people -- about three-quarters of the Tutsi population in Rwanda -- were slaughtered as that ethnic group was marked for extermination by the Hutu majority. Tens of thousands more fled Rwanda, seeking asylum in other countries.

In 1994, the United Nations Security Council established the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to judge those who participated in the killing. To date more than 70 suspects have been indicted and eight convicted, including the then-prime minister of Rwanda.

Rapp's address is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UNI Center for International and Peace and Security Studies, and the Department of History.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Student Exchange (NSE) program at the University of Northern Iowa has sent several UNI students to colleges and universities throughout the United States for the spring semester.

Among the students participating for the spring 2004 semester is (Name) , a (classification) from (Hometown) , attending (School) .

Through the program, students have the opportunity to attend one of 166 colleges and universities across the country for one or two semesters while paying UNI tuition. Students must have both a UNI and cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 and be a sophomore or junior while on exchange. Nearly 700 UNI scholars have participated in this program since 1977.

The NSE program provides students with a unique opportunity to enhance the academic, social and cultural experiences they are currently receiving at UNI, according to Karen Cunningham, NSE coordinator. She says the program believes participation can expand a student's social and cultural awareness in a very significant way, as some students have never had the opportunity to travel beyond the immediate area.

For more information, contact Cunningham at (319) 273-2504.

HOMETOWN NAME/CLASSIFICATION/SCHOOL

ALTOONA Jennifer Miner, junior, University of Montana

MARION Anna Kalwarf, junior, Montana State University

PELLA Randall Ozinga, sophomore, University of South Carolina

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Morris Mikkelsen, director of Facilities Planning at the University of Northern Iowa, has been promoted to associate vice president of Facilities Management, effective

April 1.

Mikkelsen came to UNI in 1983 as an architect. Prior to that, he worked at Mankato State University in Minnesota, and in private practice. In 1991, he was named director of Facilities Planning. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees, both from Iowa State University. In his new position, he will oversee all facets of facilities management, including Physical Plant operations and the office of Facilities Planning.

Kelly Flege, operations improvement director, has been promoted to director of Business Process Services, effective April 1. Flege joined the university staff in 1999. Prior to that, she worked for the Cedar Falls Lutheran Home and CUNA Mutual Life Insurance Company. She holds a bachelor's degree from Boston College. Flege will be responsible for managing a new unit that encompasses the business-service functions of payroll, purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivables, fixed assets and cashiering.

In that same division, Marty Mark, information technology coordinator, has been named director of Technology Systems and Services. She will provide computer and information technology support to the entire division of administration and finance. Mary Prenosil, budget analyst, is now budget systems manager. Her responsibilities include overseeing the current budget system process and assisting in the development of a new system.

Gary Shontz, controller and secretary/treasurer, will continue responsibilities for investing, financial reporting, and treasury responsibilities.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present 'Ghosts,' at 7:30 p.m., April 15 through 17 and April 20 through 24; and at 2 p.m., April 17 through 18 and 25. All performances will be held at UNI's Bertha Martin Theatre.

According to Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director for Theatre UNI, 'Ghosts' is a psychological drama which tells the story of one woman's struggle to live life on her own terms after years of being a dutiful wife and mother. Written in 1881 by Henrik Ibsen, the play explores the issues of religious and societal oppression, family secrets and euthanasia.

Megan Schumacher, graduate student in theater from Dubuque, will direct the play. The production features the scenic design of Leonard Curtis, assistant professor of theater; lighting by Mark A. Parrott, staff designer, and costume design by Jess C. White, senior theater major from Des Moines.

Members of the cast are acting majors Leah Raulerson, senior from Decorah; Chad Ryan, sophomore from Fairfax;; Gretchen Carter, senior from Sioux City; Joseph Kelly, freshman from Eldridge; Brina Smith, freshman from Iowa City; and theater majors Nick Halder, junior from Cherokee; Anna Simpson, freshman from Maquoketa; and Josh Visnapuu, senior business major from Springville; and Gabriel Smith, senior English major from Monticello.

Tickets for 'Ghosts' are $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for youth. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381, or may be ordered online at www.theatreuni.com.

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Wednesday, April 7

'Walt Whitman Live!' at 7:30 pm, in Lang Hall Auditorium. William Koch, adjunct instructor in the Department of English Language & Literature, will present a 50-minute, one-man show, speaking on Whitman's poetry themes and observations on American culture and Abraham Lincoln.

Friday, April 9

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Science Conference for Children, Schindler Education Center. More than 150 elementary students will attend sessions and perform experiments in physics, biology and chemistry.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Design, Family and Consumer Science presented 'Redefinition,' the 2004 Textile and Apparel Design Expo, April 3.

Work designed by (student's name), a (year) textiles and apparel major from (hometown) was featured in the show.

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HOMETOWN STUDENT'S NAME, CLASSIFICATION

ANKENY Maria Battani, junior

Alysha Orris, senior

BELLEVUE Kristian Heiar, senior

BETTENDORF Erin Hamburg, sophomore

Sarah Schuett, sophomore

BLOOMFIELD Joseph Hootman, senior

CARROLL Tiffany Klahn, junior

CEDAR FALLS Kara Anderson, sophomore

Brooke Biggs, freshman

Colleen Brinker, senior

Melissa Garmager, freshman

Corey Rhoades, sophomore

Peggy Jo Mumm, sophomore

Jenna Richtsmeier, freshman

CEDAR RAPIDS Bailey Jo Johnson, senior

Brittany Lester, sophomore

Amy Meeker, senior

Lindsey Smith, junior

Alicia Wiseman, senior

CLINTON Andrea Potter, senior

Michelle Wendell, senior

CLIVE Tanya Miller, junior

COUNCIL BLUFFS Lisa Masker, junior

CUMMING Erin Bell, senior

DAVENPORT Sarah Woods, freshman

DECORAH Elizabeth Cook, junior

Shannon Young, junior

DELHI Natalie Wendt, junior

DENVER Jill Wolter, senior

DES MOINES Emily Andersen, junior

DUBUQUE Jason Bechen, junior

Justin Bechen, junior

DURANT Sarah Holst, senior

ELDORA Amanda Jo Robbins, sophomore

EVANSDALE Laurie Hinz, sophomore

FORT DODGE Erica Covey, sophomore

Sara Nail, senior

FORT MADISON Melinda Kurtz, sophomore

GLADBROOK Tiffinay Sass, junior

GREENE Teresa Ebensberger, sophomore

GUTTENBURG Molly O'Brien, junior

HAWARDEN Ashley Daale, junior

HULL Lacy Hooyer, freshman

HUMBOLDT Lindsey Thomas, sophomore

IOWA FALLS Nicole Off, junior

JESUP Ashley Hamblin, junior

KANAWHA Rebecca Spangler, senior

LAKEVIEW Helen Osborne, junior

MANCHESTER Angie Baumgartner, senior

MAQUOKETA Ashley Lechtenberg, senior

MASON CITY Amanda Dixon, senior

Marie Kenne, freshman

Kellie Miller, senior

MEDIAPOLIS Melissa Spears, senior

NORTH ENGLISH Amanda Weldon, sophomore

OELWEIN Amanda Campbell, junior

Nicole Stolfus, freshman

OSKALOOSA Erin Dixon, sophomore

OTTUMWA Melissa Ebelsheiser, sophomore

PANORA Chaille Reynolds, senior

PELLA Beth Kampman, junior

Brooke Visser, senior

PRAIRIE CITY Kendra Charls, sophomore

SAINT CHARLES Wendy Minnich, freshman

SCARVILLE Amy Horn, freshman

SPIRIT LAKE Jennifer Broek, junior

Shane Sievers, senior

Yufeng Zheng, freshman

SWISHER Melissa Ilg, senior

TOLEDO Darcy Dolezal, sophomore

UNION Erin Landt, sophomore

URBANDALE Katie Reagan, sophomore

WATERLOO Jessica Hendershot, junior

Keyaira Phillips, sophomore

Senoria Wallican-Nesbit, sophomore

Amy Ahrens, senior

Carlyn Degraeve, junior

Sara Simbric, sophomore

Laura Vanwaardhuizen, senior

WAUKON Bryce Sivesind, freshman

WAVERLY Elizabeth Duchene, sophomore

APPLETON, WIS. Tiffany Rudd, junior

COLONA, ILL. Breanne Banfield, junior

NEW ORLEANS, LA. Jessica Jobe, senior

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS Marilynda Longoria, junior

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kenny Chesney, winner of the 2003 Country Music Television (CMT) Video of the Year award, will be in concert at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, at the UNI-Dome.

Chesney's latest album 'When the Sun Goes Down,' has spawned a No. 1 single, 'There Goes My Life.' This record follows up his 2000 platinum, 'Kenny Chesney Greatest Hits' CD, which featured 13 of his previous top 10 singles, six of which reached No. 1. He sold more than 1.3 million tickets on last year's 'Margarita and Senorita Tour.' 'Young,' the CMT Video of the Year, was also nominated for three CMA awards and four Academy of Country Music awards.

Opening for Chesney will be Lava recording artist, Uncle Kracker, who blends down-home soul, hip-hop and hard driving rock 'n roll. Kracker is back with the follow up to 2000's critically acclaimed, RIAA double-platinum 'Double Wide' and the crossover pop smash, 'Follow Me.'

Tickets for the 'Guitars, Tiki Bars and A Whole Lotta Love' tour go on sale at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 17. Tickets are $47.50 and $34.50 plus applicable service charges and facility fees. They are available at the UNI-Dome (NW) Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster centers or may be charged by phone at (319) 363-1888 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa faculty and students recently took part in the UNI School of Music Spotlight Series: Faculty Artist Showcase Concert in UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

UNI music faculty performers featured on the program included Robin Guy, piano; Tom Barry, oboe; David Rachor, bassoon; Randy Hogancamp, percussion; Randy Grabowski, trumpet; Thomas Tritle, horn; and Will Kimball, trombone. Senior music major Matthew Boucher, from West Springfield, Mass., performed on the trombone; and music graduate student Nathan Stucky, of Marshalltown, performed on trumpet.

(Student's name), a (year) (major) from (hometown), performed with the Jazz Band One on the (instrument).

(Student's name), a (year) (major) from (hometown), performed with the Freshman Cantorei Singers.

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HOMETOWN STUDENT'S NAME, CLASSIFICATION, MAJOR, INSTRUMENT

ANKENY Phil Hamilton, senior, music teacher education, trumpet

DES MOINES Austin Zaletel, junior, music, saxophone

ELDRIDGE Caleb Shreves, junior, music teacher education, trumpet

FORT DODGE Luke Pingel, graduate student, English, trombone

INDEPENDENCE Danny Oline, freshman, music teacher education, bass

IOWA CITY Nathaniel Gao, junior, music, saxophone

KEOKUK Kevin Hakes, senior, music teacher education, trombone

MARION Jennifer Nebraska, sophomore, music teacher education, saxophone

Kyle Novak, senior, music, trombone

SIOUX CITY Chris Arnold, sophomore, music teacher education, trumpet

Jeff Guntren, junior, music, saxophone

Joel Nagel, freshman, music teacher education, trumpet

BELLEVUE, NEB. Brandon Lewis, junior, music, trumpet

CONWAY, ARK. Anthony Williams, graduate student, music, trombone

NASHVILLE, TENN. Tom Giampietro, graduate student, music, drums



OUT-OF-COUNTRY

SERBIA Vladan Milenkovic, graduate, jazz studies, piano

FRESHMAN CANTOREI SINGERS



HOMETOWN STUDENT'S NAME, CLASSIFICATION, MAJOR

AMES Danielle Knutson, freshman, business administration

CARLISLE Erin Yates, freshman, music teacher education

CEDAR FALLS Stephen Fish, freshman, music teacher education

Jennifer Grabowski, freshman, music

Natalie Whitney, freshman, music

CEDAR RAPIDS Andy Merulla, freshman, English

DAVENPORT Rose Newburn, freshman, music teacher education

DENVER Mark Jurgensen, freshman, music

DES MOINES Chelsea Cunningham, sophomore, acting

Jessica Lewis, freshman, music teacher education

ELKADER Peter Grau, freshman, music teacher education

FORT MADISON Colin McCracken, freshman, general studies

GRUNDY CENTER Jeffrey Muller, sophomore, music teacher education

GUTTENBURG Lisa Krall, freshman, elementary education

MARION Cinnamon Kleeman, freshman, music teacher education

MONTICELLO Lindsay Randolph, freshman, general studies

POSTVILLE Emily Larson, sophomore, music teacher education

URBANDALE Brandon Rice, freshman, theater

WATERLOO Joel Waggoner, freshman, music teacher education

WAUKEE Cole Taggart, freshman, business administration

WAVERLY Katie Heath, freshman, elementary education

Liz Mick, freshman, English

WEST DES MOINES Jill Russell, freshman, music teacher education

UPPER MARLBORO, MASS. Jonathan Henson, freshman, music performance

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Palestine is Still the Issue,' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, and 'Beyond the Mirage: The Face of the Occupation,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 8, both in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Palestine is Still the Issue' documents the filmmaker's voyage to Palestine in 2002. The film shows strings of footage from Palestine, bringing to light the worsening conditions in the country.

'Beyond the Mirage: The Face of the Occupation,' will present the daily life of Palestinians living under occupation. Americans for Just Peace in the Middle East (APJME) produced the film.

UNI's 'Films on Social Justice' series is sponsored by UNI's chapter of Amnesty International; the UNI ACLU; the UNI Students for Social Justice; the UNI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Straight, Transgender Association (LGBSTA); the UNI Gender Equality Association (GEA); Iowans for a Free Palestine; the UNI Criminology Club; UNI Student AIDS Campaign; UNI Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE); and the UNI Sociology & Anthropology Club.

The event is free and open to the public.

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The office of University Marketing & Public Relations is in the process of moving to Bartlett Hall. The Public Relations personnel -- James O'Connor, Gwenne Culpepper, Vicki Grimes and Liz Yagla -- are now located in a suite of offices at 103 Bartlett. They can be reached at (319) 273-6728. The fax number is (319) 273-2747.

Mailing address:

University Marketing & Public Relations

103 Bartlett Hall

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0392

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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 7 and 21, in the University of Northern Iowa's Lang Hall Auditorium. The event is part of Arts in April, a month-long celebration of the arts and culture on the UNI campus. The complete Arts in April schedule is available on the Web at www.uni.edu/artsinapril.

The 50-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.

Koch also 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 event is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Georgine Getty, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, will discuss 'Homelessness in America: Problems and Solutions,' at 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 5, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108, at the University of Northern Iowa.



Getty will present state and national statistics on homelessness. She also will speak about how gender, sexuality and race affect what it means to be homeless in America.

Getty graduated from UNI with a B.A. in philosophy in 1996.

The address is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will present the Healthy Lawn and Garden Fair on Saturday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the CEEE on UNI's campus. Homeowners will learn practical and cost effective methods of managing and beautifying lawns and gardens without the use of conventional chemical pesticides.

The fair will feature exhibits, educational resources, Iowa native plants, seeds and workshops featuring business leaders and UNI faculty. Workshops will include: 'Lawn Care with Fewer Chemicals,' at 9:30 a.m.; 'Iowa Native Plants for Your Yards,' at 11 a.m.; and 'Practical Backyard Composting,' at 1 p.m.

For more information on the Healthy Lawn and Garden Fair, or the 'Yards for Kids' program, contact Kamyar Enshayan, UNI assistant professor of physics, at (319) 273-7575, or visit www.uni.edu/yardsforkids.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Sturgis Youth Theatre will present two performances of Oscar Wilde's 'The Birthday of Infanta' at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3, in the Deery Room of the Oster Regent Theatre in downtown Cedar Falls.

According to Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director for Theatre UNI, Wilde's fairy tale tells the story of a young princess, the Infanta of Spain, who is celebrating her 12th birthday with a party and a special guest who teaches the child an important lesson.

Gretta Berghammer, artistic director of the Sturgis Youth Theatre and UNI theater professor, will direct the play. The cast of 'The Birthday of Infanta' consists of Dylan Martin, Sam Steiert, Carter Allen, Riley Martin, Abbie Balsinger, Sarah Halloran, Maggie Devine, Sarah Strever, Tessa Michaelsen and Colton Quenstra, all children from Black Hawk County. Pam DeJong, senior theatre major from Montezuma, is the assistant director. Carmelita Guse, graduate of the UNI Department of Theater, is the costume designer.

For more information, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Justice Redressed: The First Female Attorneys in Twentieth Century France' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, April 5, in Baker Hall, Room 161, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The lecture will be given by Sara Kimble, assistant professor of history at UNI. Kimble's research investigates the causes and consequences of the 'separate and unequal' paths for the first cadre of female lawyers within the French legal profession. She will speak about one of the central consequences of the 1900 legislation which admitted women to practice law in France but simultaneously prohibited them from serving as judges.

'Women's exclusion from the bench became increasingly difficult to justify after the French established a juvenile court system in 1912 where there was wide-spread anticipation that women would soon serve as juvenile magistrates,' said Kimble. 'Astonishingly, the prohibition against female judges lasted until 1946.'



In France today, she said, women occupy two-thirds of the juvenile court judgeships and constitute the majority of new law students and lawyers.

Kimble received her Ph.D and M.A. in history from the University of Iowa. She received her B.A. in women's studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz. She is writing a book, 'Justice Redressed: Women, Law and Human Rights in Modern France, 1890-1950,' tracing the impact of female lawyers on law and society in the half-century before they won voting rights.

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.

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This week Americans are urged to recognize the importance of proper sleep to their health, safety and productivity -- and the dangers of untreated sleep disorders. According the David Towle, director of the UNI Counseling Center & Office of Disability Services, college students often forget the role quality sleep plays in studying and classroom performance.

'Many college students deprive themselves of sleep during the week and try to compensate by sleeping long hours on the weekend,' says Towle. 'This often throws off their sleep patterns and leads to chronic sleep deprivation. Research shows students who are sleep deprived have more difficulty learning, have trouble concentrating, and often drive while in a dangerous state of drowsiness. Students may be tempted to 'pull all- nighters' studying for tests, but research suggests they would perform better if they were well rested.'

Contact:

David Towle, director, UNI Counseling Center & Office of Disability Services, (319) 273-2676, david.towle@uni.edu

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

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Arts have value to learning process

When school budgets are tight, districts often look to their arts programs for a place to save money. But many argue that 'the arts belong in our schools because they are critical to intellectual development and because they support the development of well-socialized individuals,' says Steve Carignan, executive director of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa.

He says the arts have value as intellectual and physical disciplines that require students and artists to use higher-order thinking skills like analysis, synthesis and evaluation, and as character and self-esteem enhancers. 'The arts delight students and create a positive learning environment, but they also require abstract thought and reasoning. To practice and study art, like studying language or math, requires students to use complex symbols to communicate sophisticated meanings. The mastery of these symbolic languages enhances the mind's ability to use logic, sort and organize.'

Additionally, Carignan says the arts provide exploratory tools that enhance understanding of social relationships and the development of self. By playing characters or acting out situations, students can model and test behaviors in a safe environment. Young people can address indirectly things they would be uncomfortable addressing directly.

Contacts:

Steve Carignan, executive director, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, (319) 273-3665, (319) 273-3660, Steve.Carignan@uni.edu

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



UNI professor asks, 'Why is fatness immoral?'

Billions of dollars are spent each year trying to get rid of fat bodies. But Susan Hill wants to know why. 'Why is it that our culture considers fat bodies bad things?' Hill, associate professor of religion, and director of the UNI undergraduate program in Women's Studies, recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to attend a seminar in Cambridge, England this summer, titled, 'The Seven Deadly Sins as Cultural Constructions in the Middle Ages.' She will spend five weeks researching and presenting on one of the sins: gluttony.

'I thought there would be religious influences to be considered, so I looked at what the early Christian writers said about gluttony. It's fascinating. They don't associate gluttony with fatness, per se, but with excess.' She said even today, food is associated with transgression, and points to phrases like 'sinful desserts' and 'being bad' if you go off a diet. 'I'm wondering where those words come from and why we look at being fat as a moral issue.'

Contacts:

Susan Hill, associate professor of religion and director of undergraduate program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-7177, susan.hill@uni.edu

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student and varsity debater, Eric Short, senior communication studies major from Brookings, S.D., was named to the All-American debate team at the University of Louisville Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament the weekend of March 18.

Short and teammate Michelle Kelsey, senior political communication major from Ankeny, advanced to the second elimination round of the tournament, placing 33rd out of more than 160 teams in the nation.

'The All-American honor is bestowed to only 32 students nationwide,' said Cate Palczewski, UNI director of forensics. 'These students gave up over half of their spring break to represent UNI in debate competition. Their dedication to the activity is commendable.'

March 12 through 15, the novice debate team traveled to Kansas City, Mo., for the Novice Nationals Tournament. Amie Steffen, a sophomore political communication major from Muscatine, placed fourth as best individual speaker.

The team of Steffen and Eric McDonald, junior psychology major from Cedar Rapids, took second; and the duo of Kym Adams, sophomore elementary and middle school education major from Des Moines, and Ryan McGeough, junior humanities and philosophy major from Cedar Falls, came in third.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Design, Family and Consumer Science will present 'Redefinition,' the 2004 Textile and Apparel Design Expo at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 3 in the Lang Hall auditorium.

The show will be broken into three segments: 'Delight,' 'Delirium' and 'Desire.'



According to Annette Lynch, associate professor of textiles and apparel, 'Delight' will feature casual, everyday wear. 'Delirium' will showcase edgy, extreme designs and 'Desire' will have an emphasis on formal wear.

UNI textile and apparel students designed all apparel featured in the show. To be included in the program, designs were judged on the basis of visual attributes, creativity, appropriate construction techniques and quality of construction.

Before and after the show, the general public may look at student design portfolios in Lang Hall, Room 111.

The event is free and open to the public.

March 25, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Life of David Gale,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 1, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Life of David Gale' portrays the life of an anti-death penalty activist who is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague. Gale's story is followed by reporter Bitsey Bloom, whose findings on the case challenge her belief in his guilt and the justice system.

'Life of David Gale' stars Kevin Spacey, Laura Linney, and Kate Winslet.



UNI's 'Films on Social Justice' series is sponsored by UNI's chapter of Amnesty International; the ACLU; the UNI Students for Social Justice; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Straight, Transgender Association (LGBSTA); the Gender Equality Association (GEA); Iowans for a Free Palestine; the UNI Criminology Club; UNI Student AIDS Campaign; UNI Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE); and the UNI Sociology & Anthropology Club.

The event is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Off-Hudson Series of staged readings will present 'Tea,' by Velina Hasu Houston, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Cynthia Goatley, play director and associate professor of theater, 'Tea' is about a ceremony that brings together a group of Japanese war brides from World War II to share their experiences and mourn the dead.

'Tea' is one of the most published Asian-American plays in the United States, Houston has received the Remy Martin New Screenwriting Award from Sidney Poitier and the American Film Institute, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Japanese-American Woman of Merit Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

The event is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, IA -- The University of Northern Iowa's Student Theatre Association (UNISTA), will present 'Fuddy Meers,' a play by David Lindsay-Abaire at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3 in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

'Fuddy Meers' is about Claire, a woman who is diagnosed with a rare form of amnesia. The play is a comedy that chronicles Claire's mission to regain her memory while surrounded by a group of characters, which include a limping man, a gibberish-speaking stroke victim and a foul-mouthed hand puppet, among others.



The play is directed by Josh Johnson, senior acting major from Red Oak.

Tickets are $4 at the door. For more information, contact Johnson at (319) 268-0453.

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