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February 20, 2005 - 6:00pm

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UNI's VITA tax program -- a community service, service learning program

Every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m., from now through April 14, visitors to Room 224 in the University of Northern Iowa's Curris Business Building will find UNI senior- and graduate- level accounting students hard at work at 18 computer stations, assisting clients with their 2004 state and federal tax returns. (Client intake is 5-6 p.m., and students work on tax preparation from 6 to 7 p.m.)

They are among the 48 students providing assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, established by the Internal Revenue Service to help people who may find it difficult to pay for tax preparation services. Martha Wartick, UNI associate professor and acting head of accounting, is serving on a national task force looking at VITA programs, and says the UNI students produce high quality tax returns for the clients.

'This is truly a community service to the clients we serve,' says Wartick, noting the UNI program prepared more than 540 returns last year. 'The UNI site was one of the first in the nation to do computerized tax returns, thanks to the innovative teaching of the program's coordinator, Dennis Schmidt (UNI professor of accounting). 'Many of the same people return year after year and are appreciative of the help they receive.'

Wartick also said the UNI students do tax returns for non-resident aliens, which are different from most returns. 'Not only do the VITA volunteers help international students and others comply with the United States tax law, many of the individuals are entitled to refunds, so those that do not file a return are not only not complying with the law, they are giving up money to which they are entitled,' she said.

The program also provides service learning for UNI accounting students, giving them an experiential learning opportunity as they work with people in actual income tax situations.

(NOTE: The program will not be held during UNI's spring break week, March 13-19.)

Contacts:

Martha Wartick, UNI associate professor and acting head of accounting, (319) 273-2394

Dennis Schmidt, UNI professor of accounting and VITA program coordinator, (319) 273-2394

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

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Kaleidoscope Series at the GBPAC Thursday, Feb. 24

More than 3,000 second- through fifth-graders from throughout the Cedar Valley and Eastern Iowa are scheduled to attend performances of the Kennedy Center production of 'Alexander, Who's Not Going To Move' as part of the Allen Hospital Kaleidoscope Series at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24.

Last year, more than 21,000 schoolchildren attended shows for 'a-buck-a-kid' in this program designed to cover a variety of areas related to curriculum, according to Amy Hunzelman, director of education at the GBPAC. She said this production, the fifth of eight scheduled shows for the 2004-2005 season, focuses on literature. Curriculum areas include literature, history, drama and social studies to assist teachers in integrating the arts unto the classroom. Joining Allen Hospital as co-sponsors are John Deere Waterloo operations and Friends of the GBPAC. This sponsorship makes it possible to offer tickets at the reduced price of $1 per student.

Contacts:

Amy Hunzelman, GBPAC director of education, (319) 273-3679,

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

February 17, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A festival celebrating the Chinese New Year will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom on the University of Northern Iowa campus.







The festival will celebrate Chinese culture, and includes free Chinese food, entertainment, crafts, a dumpling-making demonstration and games. 'The festival also kicks-off Asian Awareness Month, which is in March,' said Laura Tapper, a sophomore parks, recreation and leisure studies major and publicity chair for the Leisure, Youth and Human Services Leadership Planning Committee, from Parkersburg.







The Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration; this year, the Chinese New Year began Wednesday, Feb. 9 and ends Wednesday, Feb. 23. According to the Chinese calendar, 2005 is the year of the Rooster.







The festival is free and open to the public.



Students from the School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services (HPELS) and the UNI Chinese Student and Scholar Association will implement the festival.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A comedy show will take place at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25 in the Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Steve Brown, who has performed at college and comedy venues across the United States, will headline the show. Brown appeared on one season of Russell Simon's 'Def comedy Jam,' the 'Tom Joyner Morning Show' and eight seasons of Black Entertainment Television's (BET) 'Comic View.' He has worked with a variety of artists, including TLC, OutKast, Cedric the Entertainer and Ricky Smiley.

Comedians Big Sean and Tiny also will be performing.



Admission is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by UNI's Entertainment Committee.

For more information, contact Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, at (319) 273-2683.

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February 16, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center (RBC) has openings in 'Microsoft Excel' software training courses, a 'Smart Start' entrepreneurial training course and an 'Environmental Compliance Assistance' workshop. All classes will be offered during March at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.



'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. The course is offered in conjunction with Ketels Contract Training. Chris Case, author of 'CTI Shortcuts TM CD-ROMS,' will teach the course.

'Smart Start' is an entrepreneurial training course. Participants may attend a class from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, or from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday March 29. 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.

The 'Environmental Compliance Assistance' workshop will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 17. The workshop will offer a general background on 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.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An environmental leadership panel, part of the 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series, will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 252, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.



Speakers include Chris Peterson, vice president of Iowa Farmers Union and a hog farmer from Clear Lake; Bill Stigliani, director of UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE); and Bill Witt, former Iowa legislator, eight-year ranking member of the Environmental Protection Committee, and UNI special projects assistant. Panel members will discuss their path to leadership, influences on their development as a leader and advice for aspiring leaders.



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



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



For more information on the series, contact Perreault at (319) 273-6898 or YLA@uni.edu.

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February 15, 2005 - 6:00pm

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Out-of-state high school students visiting

Some 35 out-of-state high school juniors and seniors will be visiting the University of Northern Iowa campus Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19, for an in-depth look at campus life, hosted by the Office of Admissions and the Department of Residence. Prospective students will be hosted in the residence halls with current students, spend time at the Wellness and Recreation center, take a community tour, hear informational presentations, eat at the Rialto Dining Center in the Towers and attend the UNI vs. Western Michigan men's basketball game. Their visit is part of the university's efforts to increase its out-of-state population.

February 14, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) will present 'America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie,' the third program in it's 10th anniversary celebration series, at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in the CEEE auditorium. The program is sponsored by Lincoln Savings Bank. Roots Market will provide a wine and cheese reception following the film.

The film's executive producer is Daryl Smith, UNI professor of biology, and director of UNI's Native Roadside Vegetation Center. David O' Shields of New Light Media wrote, directed and co-produced the documentary.

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,' 'Mystic Pizza,' 'Nixon,' and 'SLC Punk.'

According to Smith, 'America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie' 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 forests, 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.'

For more information about the film, contact Lora Ortiguerra, CEEE public relations director, at (319) 273-3850 or ceee-pr@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 54th annual 'Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz' concerts and the related 50th annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival, the oldest continuously running high school jazz festival in the nation, will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The 'Sinfonian Dimensions' concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 18 and 19, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Featured will be UNI's Jazz Band One, under the direction of Chris Merz, assistant professor of music. A performance by UNI's Jazz Band Two, under the direction of Robert Washut, professor of music, will precede the concert.

Guest soloist performing with Jazz Band One will be guartarist Ben Monder of New York City. Monder will host a clinic during each day of the festival, at noon, in Room 60 of Russell Hall. The clinics are free and open to the public.

Hosted by UNI's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, the 50th annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival will draw approximately 57 high school bands to the UNI campus for jazz performance competitions. The festival will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19, in the Russell Hall Auditorium and Davis Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. An awards ceremony will follow the competitions in the GBPAC. The first-place band in each class can qualify for a possible wild card spot in the Iowa Jazz Championship.

Tallcorn Festival committee members are Kyle Novak, program chairman and a senior music major from Marion; and Joel Nagel, festival coordinator and a sophomore music teacher education major from Sioux City.

'Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz' tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and may be purchased by calling (319) 273-SHOW (7469), or at the door.

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CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa's 2005 Relay For Life Committee has started registering teams for UNI's third annual Relay For Life fundraiser. The Relay will take place at the UNI-Dome, beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, April 8, through 6 a.m., Saturday, April 9.

Relay For Life raises money for the American Cancer Society. It is a celebration of life, in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by cancer, according to Grant Erwin of Madrid, chair of UNI's Relay For Life Committee.

Persons interested in participating in the relay should form a team of eight to 15 people and choose a team leader, Erwin said. The team leader will be responsible for attending two or three meetings prior to the event, encouraging team fundraising and keeping team members informed.

There is no registration fee, but participants are asked to raise a minimum of $100 each to donate to the American Cancer Society. Money is raised through team donations secured from family, friends, companies and corporations. Teams can register online at www.uni.edu/studentorgs/relayforlife or by e-mailing Erwin at grante@uni.edu. Teams can register through the day of the event; however, early registration is encouraged.

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.uni.edu/studentorgs/relayforlife, or contact Erwin at grante@uni.edu or (319) 404-0254.

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February 13, 2005 - 6:00pm

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When you're all alone on Valentine's Day

So it's Valentine's Day, that traditional 'couples holiday' and you're a 'single.' David Towle, director of the University of Northern Iowa Counseling Center & Office of Disability Services, says that doesn't mean you have to sit back and watch everyone else have fun. 'Remember that your situation is not unique and you are not alone,' says Towle. 'There are many other people who also don't have a partner at this time in their lives.'

Towle suggests singles take some positive action. 'Do something that provides you with a special treat, such as visiting a spa, enjoying a special food or buying YOURSELF a nice gift. Or, better yet, if you won't be spending $100 on a fancy meal, make a donation to the local food bank, domestic abuse program or charity of your choice.'

Contacts:

David Towle, director UNI Counseling Center & Disability Services, (319) 273-2676

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

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UNI Panther Day at State Capitol

UNI alumni, parents and students will visit the State Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 15, to show support for the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, $40 million request for Iowa's three state universities. Alumni and parents will attend a university luncheon at 11:45 a.m. at the State Historical Building. Activities at the Capitol include a 1:15 p.m. news conference in the rotunda, and visits with legislators.

Contact:

Stacey Christensen, University Marketing & Public Relations (319) 273-6728

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UNI President Robert D. Koob to address Joint Education Appropriations Subcommittee

UNI President Robert Koob, along with Presidents Gregory Geoffroy and David Skorton of Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, student government presidents from the three Regents universities and Board of Regents President Pro-Tem Bob Downer, will speak at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, to the Joint Education Appropriations Subcommittee, in Room 22 of the State Capitol. They will discuss the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, $40 million request for its 'Partnership for Transformation and Excellence Plan' and its value to Iowa's universities, students and citizens.

Contact:

Stacey Christensen, University Marketing & Public Relations (319) 273-6728

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Monday, Feb. 14

Eyes on the Prize Documentary Series-Vol. 3: 'Mississippi-Is this America?' and 'Bridge to Freedom' will be shown in the Center for Multicultural Education; 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Contact: Michael Blackwell, UNI director of multicultural education, (319) 273-2250.

KUNI's Live from Studio One: Anne Feeney and Chris Chandler will perform a 'Flying Poetry Circus' at 7 p.m. in the KUNI Studio, CAC, third floor. Contact: Karen Impola, UNI senior producer, 'Folkways,' Broadcasting Services, (319) 273-6463.



Tuesday, Feb. 15

Eyes on the Prize Documentary Series-Vol. 4: 'The Time has Come' and 'Two Societies' will be shown in the Center for Multicultural Education; 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Contact: Michael Blackwell, UNI director of multicultural education, (319) 273-2250.

'Malcolm X,' starring Denzel Washington, will be shown at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Room 102 Sabin Hall. Free and open to the public, it offers insights into Black history and the Black radicalism of the 1960s. It is part of the social justice film series being offered by Amnesty International and Students for Social Justice. Contact: Jessica Maass, president, UNI chapter of Amnesty International, (319) 273-2942, 277-4752 or jmaass@uni.edu.

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Reel to Real Film Series: 'The Flashettes,' will be shown at noon in the Maucker Union University Room South; inner city girls gain self-esteem from a track club. Contact: Guy Sims, UNI Maucker Union associate director, (319) 273-2683.



Artist lecture featuring Robert Hirsch, in association with UNI Gallery of Art exhibit, 'World in a Jar: War and Trauma,' Kamerick Art Building, 7 p.m. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-3095.

The En Cinq Quintet will perform at 8 p.m. in Russell Hall Auditorium. Contact: Thomas Tritle, UNI School of Music faculty, (319) 273-2429.

Thursday, Feb. 17

Half-Masted 3.2 Improv Troupe, will perform 'Improv Rain,' at 7:30 p.m. in Interpreter's Theatre, Lang Hall Room 40. Also presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19. Evening performances may not be suitable for children, but a 'family-friendly show is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19. Contact: Doug Shaw, UNI assistant professor of mathematics, (319) 273-6805.

Friday, Feb. 18

Donations 4 Nations benefit concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium; proceeds go to support AIDS orphans in Tanzania. Dr. Mike, Brian Bergman, Adam Mellem and Joe Kiel will perform. Contact: Jennifer Younie, special events/outreach chair, Donations 4 Nations, (515) 570-0766.

Friday, Feb. 18 and Saturday, Feb. 19

50th Annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival, the oldest, continuously running high school jazz festival in the nation, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19, in the Russell Hall Auditorium and Davis Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Fifty-seven high school bands from throughout the state are scheduled to compete in their various class sizes. Judges will select outstanding bands and performers in each category. Guitarist Ben Molder, guest artist for the 54th Annual Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz concerts, to be held in conjunction with the festival at 7:30 p.m. both evenings in the GBPAC's Great Hall, also will lead a clinic over the noon hour, in Russell Hall, both days for interested high students. Contact: Chris Merz, UNI assistant professor of music, (319) 273-3077.

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February 10, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Museum has received a $2,500 grant from the Community Foundation of Waterloo/Cedar Falls and Northeast Iowa to benefit the exhibit, 'A T-rex Named Sue,' which opens March 5.



The grant 'will provide operational support to ensure access for local Iowa children and families to 'A T. rex Named Sue',' said Kay Thuesen, UNI Museums public affairs coordinator.







Hosted by the University of Northern Iowa Museums, a life-sized replica of Sue -- the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered -- will be on display from March 5 through May 27. Because of the exhibit's magnitude, it cannot be contained inside the University Museum itself, so it will be housed at a satellite site at the Cedar Falls Utilities Business Development Center, 1326 Waterloo Road.



Created by The Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of McDonald'sï¾® Corporation, the exhibit tells the story of this unprecedented scientific discovery through interactive exhibits, real-life video footage, colorful graphics and touchable casts of bones. Visitors can also get an eye-level view of the massive skull and touch models of Sue's 12-inch long teeth.







'Support from the Community Foundation helps bring an exciting project to the Cedar Valley. The dinosaur exhibit will make a huge impression on visitors of all ages,' Thuesen said.



Since 1956, residents of northeast Iowa have turned to the Community Foundation of Waterloo/Cedar Falls and Northeast Iowa to make their philanthropic giving as effective as possible. With more than 230 charitable funds and more than $23 million in total assets, the Community Foundation awarded more than $1.7 million to the area in 2003-2004. Since its inception, approximately $19 million has been awarded to projects and programs throughout northeast Iowa.



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Teacher education majors at the University of Northern Iowa will be attending the sixth Price Laboratory School Teacher Institute Friday, Feb. 18, at Price Lab. A professional teacher education conference, it will offer more than 60 individual workshops, led by PLS faculty, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. There is no cost to participants.







According to Lee Weber, institute founder and a UNI instructor in teaching, it is designed to enrich student learning in the UNI teacher education program. 'Every year our faculty give many presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences. Until the institute was begun, these resources often never reached our own teacher education students.'



Weber added there is a second benefit for teacher education students. 'We hope, that in addition to gaining exposure to outstanding professional presentations, the UNI teacher education students will begin to see the value of continued professional development and attendance at professional conferences when they begin their teaching careers.'







Bill Callahan, associate dean of the UNI College of Education and PLS director, said, 'Price Laboratory School is very pleased to provide the teacher institute. The first two years have been a great success and the teacher institute is now a fixture in the teacher education calendar.'



For more information, contact Weber at (319) 273-2056 or go to www.pls.uni.edu/pls/teacher_institute/.



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CEDAR FALLS -- A 'Donations for Nations' benefit concert will take place at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. All proceeds from the concert will support AIDS orphans in Tanzania, Africa.

Adam Mellem, a senior music major from Robins, Bryan Bergmann, a senior business administration and management major from Marshalltown, Joe Kiel, a freshman real estate major from Nemaha, and the humorous punk rock band, Dr. Mike, will perform at the concert.

Tickets to the concert are $5, and are available at the door or at Lampost Theatre, 204 W. Seerley Blvd. in Cedar Falls.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jessica Maass of Clive, a University of Northern Iowa sociology major and women's studies minor, is one of three recipients of the second annual Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Undergraduate Social Action Award. The award was presented to Maass by Tracy Ore, chairperson of the Social Action Committee and associate professor at St. Cloud State University.

Maass wrote an essay describing her activist experiences concerning women in society. Maass' activist work was with the Feminist Majority Foundation's Get Out Her Vote, which was a campaign to increase the turnout of young women voters, and to mobilize young feminists to raise awareness on women's issues.

The SWS Undergraduate Social Action Award is designed to carry on the SWS tradition of acknowledging, affirming and inviting students to participate in the organization. Maass participated in the SWS Winter Meeting in Miami, Fla., Jan. 27-30, where she presented to other SWS members and conference attendees.

SWS is an international organization of social scientists consisting of students, faculty, practitioners, and researchers working together to improve the position of women within sociology and society in general.

For more information on SWS visit http://newmedia.colorado.edu/~socwomen/.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Value Added, a new program stressing the importance of recycling and its effect on energy conservation, has been developed by the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE). Value Added is sponsored by UNI's Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center.

'There's the three 'Rs' that many of us know, 'reduce, reuse and recycle,' and then there's the lesser known two 'Bs,' the 'Bottle Bill,'' said Patricia Higby, energy educator at the CEEE. The enactment of the Bottle Bill allowed consumers to deposit their soft drink, beer, and liquor containers for a small refund. Like the Bottle Bill, Value Added is designed to encourage consumers to recycle and to positively affect public policy or legislation.

According to Higby, Value Added pushes people to recycle by providing a number of compelling facts showing the benefits, such as 'total energy saved through recycling in Iowa in 1999 was enough to support all the households in 14 cities like Cedar Falls for a year,' and 'every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, and 4,100 kilowatts of electricity.' Further illustrating how Value Added encourages consumers to be proactive about recycling, 'one recycled aluminum can saves enough energy to light ten 100-watt bulbs for one hour.'

For more information about Value Added, contact Higby at (319) 273-6012 or email patricia.higby@uni.edu.

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February 9, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A government leadership panel, part of the 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series, will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 252, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.



Speakers include Jon Crews, the mayor of Cedar Falls; Rudy Jones, Waterloo community development director; Leon Mosley, member of the Black Hawk Country Board of Supervisors; and, Brendon Moe, a junior political science major from Joice and Northern Iowa Student Government President. Panel members will discuss their path to leadership, influences on their development as a leader and advice for aspiring leaders.



The 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series features leaders from various professional fields. Upcoming topics include media, human rights, business and environmental leadership panels, and a workshop on sexual harassment.



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



For more information on the series, contact Perreault at (319) 273-6898 or YLA@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI and Sturgis Youth Theatre will present The Music Lesson, by Tammy Ryan, Feb. 24-27, and March 2-6, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The Music Lesson will begin at 7:30 p.m., on all performance dates except Sunday, Feb. 27 and March 6, when the curtain will be up at 2 p.m. There will also be a 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Inspired by actual events, The Music Lesson tells the story of a Bosnian woman, haunted by memories of a devastating war in her homeland, struggling to build a new life in America, while reaching out to help a talented, but angry, young girl through the music of Bach. The Music Lesson was awarded the 1999 Bonderman Award and the 2001 Carbonell Award for Best New American Play.

'It is the story of courage, dedication, love, fear, heartache and conflict that takes place both present day and through flashback 'memories' of life in Sarajevo, both before and during the war,' said director Gretta Berghammer, UNI professor of theatre and artistic director for Sturgis Youth Theatre. 'This production will focus on the specific issues and challenges that immigrants, young and old, encounter as they begin to work and live in the U.S.'

Cast members, all UNI theatre majors, are seniors Jennifer Beers of Cedar Falls, Rachelle Neuberger of Clear Lake and Leo Murzenko of St. Petersburg, Russia; sophomores Timothy Cahill of Marshalltown and Kiera Haaland of Perry; and, Magdalena Bochan, unclassified, of Gydyna, Poland. The production will feature a scenic design by Leonard Curtis, UNI associate professor of theatre; sound by Hans Pregler, a junior theatre major from Denver; and, lighting by Mark Parrott, UNI theatre designer and instructor.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children and free for UNI students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office, (319) 273-6381, or online at www.theatreuni.com.

Theatre UNI's production of The Music Lesson is supported in part by a John Deere Community Credit Union Diversity Alliance Grant. The Diversity Alliance Program grant will provide free and reduced-price tickets for area Bosnian students, their peers, teachers and parents to attend the play.

For more information, contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI's marketing director, at (319) 273-6381 or haislet@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa's Half-Masted 3.2 Improv Troupe will present its first show of the semester, Improv Rain, in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, through Saturday, Feb. 19. Material may not be suitable for children, but a family-friendly show will be performed at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19.

Half-Masted 3.2 has been performing improvisational comedy for three years and has received positive reviews from throughout the state of Iowa, according to its director, Douglas Shaw, UNI associate professor of mathematics. In Improv Rain, the troupe will perform improv structures and play game-o-matic, which will involve the audience.



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Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.



Half-Masted 3.2 is a part of the Interpreters Theatre program in the Department of Communication Studies. For more information contact Shaw at (319) 273-6805.

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NOTE TO EDITOR: Listed below, in alphabetical order of hometowns, are the names, classifications

and majors of UNI's Half-Masted 3.2 Improv Troup. Please check for other towns in your coverage area.

HOMETOWN NAME/CLASSIFICATION MAJOR

CEDAR RAPIDS Sara Johnson/freshman political science

Sarah McConnell/freshman general studies

DES MOINES Anthony Soike/junior theatre performance

SHENANDOAH Wayland McQueen/junior philosophy and religion

SUMNER Ben Kass/junior theatre performance

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --'The Flashettes' 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 Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Maucker Union's University Room South, and is free and open to the public.



'The Flashettes' is about a group of inner-city girls who gain self-esteem from a track club, according to Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union.



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



For more information, contact the UNI Student Involvement & Activities Center at 273-2683 or siac@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Financial Aid office is offering a $1,000 transfer scholarship for Iowa residents. Application deadline is April 1.

To be considered, students must have been admitted to UNI and have a minimum of 30 graded transferable hours of credit with a GPA of 3.5 or better. A scholarship application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are also required. A scholarship application can be found at www.uni.edu/finaid by clicking on 'Common Scholarship Application for Undergraduate Students.'

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (319) 273-2700 or e-mail fin.aid@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association will conduct its first-ever ordering event for UNI's Official Class Ring, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 15-17 in Maucker Union.

The ring, which has been recognized by Northern Iowa Student Government and endorsed by President Robert Koob, is available to alumni, undergraduates who have achieved a junior standing, or graduate students with a minimum of 18 credit hours.

The development of an official class ring is significant for several reasons, said Jennifer Noehl, assistant director of Alumni Relations.

'First the ring is available only to those who have earned the right to wear it,' Noehl said. 'Second, the ring design will remain unchanged. Unlike class rings of the past, this ring is not customizable. Finally, the ring will be presented via a class ring ceremony to take place each spring. The inaugural class ring ceremony will take place this April, with President Koob presenting each ring to those who choose to participate.'

The top of the ring features the UNI Campanile with the University of Northern Iowa name and founding date of 1876 around the crown. Inscribed around the inside of the ring is 'LUX,' which is taken from the university's seal, meaning 'light.'

Custom-made in either 10-karat or 14-karat yellow or white gold, the ring can also be highlighted with an epoxy finish in the purple UNI color.

'The official class ring of the University of Northern Iowa has the potential to become a strong tradition. It is a visible symbol of each graduate's place in the UNI family,' said Noehl.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Free income tax assistance is being offered again this spring at the University of Northern Iowa through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Forty-eight senior and graduate accounting students are providing the assistance.

The program began Feb.1, and will continue through April 14, excluding the week of March 13-19 (UNI's spring break). Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5 to 6 p.m., in Room 224 of the Curris Business Building. No appointment is necessary.



VITA was established by the Internal Revenue Service to help people who may find it difficult to pay for tax preparation services. According to Dennis Schmidt, UNI professor of accounting and program coordinator, the program also provides accounting students an experiential learning opportunity as they work with people in actual income tax situations.



Students will be available to prepare federal and state tax returns and answer tax questions. These students have completed a one-semester comprehensive tax course, have received additional training, and have access to a variety of federal and state reference materials.



Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring Form W-2, 'Wage and Tax Statement,' from each employer; Forms 1099, for such things as interest or dividends; a list of other income and expenses; a copy of last year's tax return; and all other information pertinent to this year's tax return.



For more information, contact Schmidt through the UNI Department of Accounting at

(319) 273-2394.

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Will zero taxes for our younger workers keep them in Iowa?

Iowa lawmakers and administrators are searching for a program to entice young Iowans to remain in the state. One proposal being discussed calls for greatly reduced, or no, taxes, but is this enough to keep them in the state? Arthur Cox, director of the Real Estate Education Program at the University of Northern Iowa and an associate professor of finance, says the state would have to offer a very strong tax incentive to compete with the higher salaries being offered in many professions out-of-state.

Contacts:

Arthur Cox, director, UNI Real Estate Education Program, (319) 273-6986 (office); (319) 273-2929 (department office); arthur.cox@uni.edu

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

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Privatization of social security not risk-free

The privatization of social security promises to be in the forefront of the political arena this year, having figured prominently in President Bush's State of the Union address last week. But Fred Abraham, head and professor of economics at the University of Northern Iowa, cautions that such a move would not be risk-free.

For example, he says if we look at where the stock market was four years ago and where it is today, values have dropped 17 percent. 'So, persons invested heavily in stocks could have sustained a fairly large loss or their investments could have been flat, depending on where their money was invested. Social security, on the other hand, has gone up every year.'

Abraham also says privatization would be 'enormously expensive for the federal government. The money has to come from some place, so does that mean we increase taxes or increase the deficit-- our two primary choices?' He says a third source of funding would be to cut spending in other areas. 'I personally oppose the privatization because of the cost and the risk,' he said.

Contacts:

Fred Abraham, UNI head and professor of economics, (319) 273-2412 or F.Abraham@uni.edu

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

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Monday, Feb. 7

CROW Forum, Julia Trahan will present 'An Intimate Voice: The Music of Rebecca Clark,' at noon in the Maucker Union South Room. Contact: Julia Trahan, UNI assistant professor of viola and music theory, (319) 273-3074.

'Awakenings' and 'Fighting Back,' from the Eyes on the Prize Video Series; will be shown at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education. Contact: Michael Blackwell, UNI director for multicultural education, (319) 273-2250.

Philip Suckling from the Department of Geography will present an earth science seminar on 'Path Direction for Tornadoes in Central and Eastern U.S.' at 4 p.m. in Latham Hall, Room 125. Contact: Phil Suckling, head and professor of earth science, (319) 273-2772.

Self defense seminar will take place at 7 p.m. in Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom C. Contact: Erica McClellan, V-Day campaign coordinator, (319) 222-3027.

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Contact: Mitchell Parr, (319) 560-9147.

Russian Language Diversity Week Lecture: 'Contemporary Issues in Russian Education,' will be presented at 10 a.m., in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room by Vitalii Kantor, UNI visiting scholar. He is professor and dean of the College of Communicative Disorders at the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, in St. Petersburg. Contact: UNI Study Abroad, (319) 273-7078.

Dave Martin from Cedar Falls Utilities and Kelly Vowels from Waverly Light and Power will present 'Winds of Change,' a discussion on renewable energy, at 7 p.m. in the CEEE Auditorium. Contact: Patricia Higby, UNI energy educator (319) 273-6012.





Wednesday, Feb. 9

Camp and Recreation Expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Employers from more than 50 camps, amusement parks, recreation centers and resorts across the country are seeking to hire UNI students. Contact: Libby Vanderwall, events coordinator, UNI Advising & Career Services, (319) 273-6857.



Russian Language Diversity Week Lecture: 'The Social and Economic Problems of the Russian Countryside' will be presented, at 7 p.m., in the Communication Arts Center Room 108, by Alexsei Vorontsov, UNI visiting scholar. He is head of the Department of History and Theory of Sociology at the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia in St. Petersburg. Contact: UNI Study Abroad, (319) 273-7078.

Envision A Violence-Free Open Mic Night/Rally takes place from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Contact: Erica McClellan, V-Day campaign coordinator, (319) 222-3027.

Artist lecture featuring Phyllis McGibbon in association with the exhibit, 'Veronica's Imprint,' will take place at 7 p.m. in the Kamerick Art Building Room 111. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-3095.

Thursday, Feb. 10

Northern Iowa Festival of Bands, will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Russell and GBPAC halls, through Saturday. Contact: Rod Chestnutt, UNI assistant professor of music, (319) 273-2173.

UNI Gallery of Art exhibits, 'The Fertile Crescent Portfolio,' 'World in a Jar: War and Trauma' and 'Veronica's Imprint,' through March 4. Contact: Darrell Taylor; (319) 273-3095.

Diversity Panel, featuring UNI minority students who will discuss life in Iowa and on-campus, begins at 7 p.m., in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge. Contact: Michael Blackwell, UNI director of multicultural education, (319) 273-2250.

Thursdaze features Kala Jojo, The Tall Storyteller, who will perform his songs, chants and stories with authentic African instruments, at 8 p.m. in Maucker Union. Contact: Guy Sims, associate director/Maucker Union, (319) 273-2683.

Friday, Feb. 11

Women on Fridays will take place at noon in Baker 161. Stacy Van Gorp from Opportunity Works will discuss women's leadership and the non-profit sector. Contact: Ami Lawin, graduate assistant, UNI Women's Studies Program, (319) 273-7183.

Red Bull Silo Summit Ice-Climbing Competition, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 13, will take place on the Jim Budlong Farm, 4175 Butler Road, five miles west of the UNI-Dome, temperature permitting. Collegiate teams from throughout the country will have the opportunity to practice from noon to 5 p.m., both Friday and Saturday, and the climbing competition will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. A local competition will begin at noon, Sunday. Contact: Don Briggs, UN I instructor in leisure, youth and human services/outdoor activities, (319) 273-7352.

'The Vagina Monologues,' will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium, with a silent auction prior to performance. Contact: Erica McClellan, V-Day campaign coordinator, (319) 222-3027.





Saturday, Feb. 12

'The Vagina Monologues,' will be performed at 2 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium, with a silent auction prior to performance. Contact: Erica McClellan, V-Day campaign coordinator, (319) 222-3027.

'Peacemaking in Palestine,' takes place at noon in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge and at 7 p.m. in the Industrial Technology Center Room 7. Joe Carr, a member of Christian Peacemaker teams, will discuss nonviolent protest of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Contact: Jessica Maass, president, UNI chapter of Amnesty International, (319) 273-2942, 277-4752 or jmaass@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A three-week study tour of Greece is being offered by the Department of History at the University of Northern Iowa, June 6-27. Students going on the tour can earn capstone credit as part of UNI's newly restructured liberal arts core.

Tour leaders are Gregory Bruess, UNI associate professor of history, and Isabela Varela, UNI career information specialist and certified Greek tour guide. They have more than 20 years of experience in teaching and leading tours in Greece.

The tour, titled 'Greece: From the Cradle of Democracy to Today,' is an experiential learning program open to students and the community. Participants will visit archeological sites such as the Acropolis, Delphi and Olympia; explore Byzantine castles and monasteries; tour museums and art galleries; and travel to the island of Santorini.

For more information, contact Bruess at (319) 273-2752 or Gregory.Bruess@uni.edu or visit the program Web site at http://www.uni.edu/global/greece.

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CEDAR FALLS -- Presentations of Eve Ensler's award-winning play, 'The Vagina Monologues,' will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12, in the Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

'The Vagina Monologues' is a collection of stories that celebrate female sexuality.

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Tickets to 'The Vagina Monologues' are $10, and available at UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) or by calling (319) 273-SHOW. A silent auction benefit will take place before and after each show.

'The Vagina Monologues' concludes UNI's weeklong V-Day activities, which begin Monday, Feb. 7. V-Day is a worldwide organization working to end gender-based violence. All proceeds from UNI's V-Day events will benefit the Cedar Valley Coalition for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse and V-Day International Spotlight: Women of Iraq Under Siege.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two courses offered in February by the University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center (RBC) still have openings.

The RBC is offering 'Smart Start,' an entrepreneurial training course. Participants may attend a class from10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, or 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.

This 90-minute course will cover the basics of business legalities, business plans, financial plans, commercial bank financing and state financial assistance programs. RBC counselors will teach the course, and the cost to attend is $15.



'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.

For more information, 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 Strategic Marketing Services and Small Business Development Center are partnering with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University to conduct a study among northeast Iowa farmers and agriculture-related small business entrepreneurs.

The purpose of the study is to identify and measure needs in the areas of entrepreneurship, business start-up, marketing and business planning skills. The results of the questionnaire will be used to develop training programs to assist farmers, ag-related small businesses and entrepreneurs with increasing income and profitability.



A limited number of questionnaires will be sent via mail, beginning Feb. 9, during the next two weeks. Participants must be over 18 years of age and either actively farming, operating an ag-related business or interested in developing an ag-related business.

Those who do not receive a mail survey, but who would like to participate, may do so by contacting Sara Wulf at UNI's Strategic Marketing Services, (319) 273-7315, or sara.wulf@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The first program in a spring semester series on women and leadership, offered by the University of Northern Iowa's Undergraduate Women's Studies Program as part of its Women on Fridays series, will take place at noon, Friday, Feb. 11, in Baker 161.

Stacy Van Gorp, executive director of Opportunity Works and director of the UNI American Humanics and Community Partnership, will speak on women's leadership and the non-profit sector.

The series continues through April. Local attorney Judith Bensen will present 'Legal Issues Every Woman Should Know,' March 4, and Jean Trainor, president/CEO of John Deere Community Credit Union, will present 'Financial Leadership,' April 15.



'Women on Fridays events provide an opportunity to explore what it means to be a woman in today's society,' said Susan Hill, director of UNI's Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies. 'Throughout the spring, we are focusing on women in leadership roles in the local Waterloo/Cedar Falls community.'

The sessions are free and open to the public. Those attending may bring a lunch; dessert will be provided.



For more information, contact Susan Hill, (319) 273-7195.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Amnesty International and Students for Social Justice will host three presentations on 'Peacemaking in Palestine,' Saturday, Feb. 12, featuring Joe Carr of the Christian Peacemaker Team.

Carr of Kansas City, Mo., will present 'Performance Art for Palestine' at noon, in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge, and at 7 p.m., in the Industrial Technology Center, Room 7.

He also will perform at 3 p.m. at the YWCA, 425 Lafayette St., in Waterloo.

Carr is a musician, singer and storyteller, who combines folk, rock and hip-hop to tell his story, according to Jessica Maass, president of UNI Amnesty International and a UNI senior from Clive. He spent part of 2003 in Rafah, Gaza, coordinating the International Solidarity Movement. He is currently volunteering in Hebron, south of Jerusalem, and at At-Tuwani, an ancient Palestinian village which is dealing with Israeli settlements and violence.

Carr's performances, each with a different focus, are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Maass at jmaass@uni.edu or Wallace Hettle at (319) 273-2942.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Drake University will have an opportunity to win a $6,000 scholarship, thanks to a new program offered by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC), a NASA-supported organization whose academic members are Iowa's three Regents universities and Drake University.



The program is aimed primarily at first- and second-year undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and math, according to William Byrd, ISGC director. 'We hope to improve retention and encourage participation in ISGC base program activities at each ISGC academic affiliate campus,' he said.



An ISGC base program, related to math, science or technology, is one in which a particular campus would like to develop a nationally competitive strength, Byrd explained. By providing extra funding, the ISGC aims to strengthen the program further.



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The scholarships, 16 state-wide, will be awarded to students who intend to work closely with the base program at their respective campus. Students interested in applying are encouraged to learn about their campus base program and discuss participation with its manager before applying. The $6,000 award is a single payment applied to a student's university account.



Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled full time at one of the four ISGC academic members and have an anticipated graduation date after December 2005. Students from under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply, Byrd said.

Applications must be submitted, online only, by April 1 at http://cosmos.ssol.iastate.edu/isgc/scholarships/nasa_scholarship_app.asp. Selections will be made by June 1, by the ISGC campus coordinator at each campus, in consultation with the base program manager and the ISGC director.



For additional information, e-mail isgc@iastate.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS -- V-Day activities will take place at the University of Northern Iowa, Monday, Feb. 7, through Saturday, Feb. 12. Members of the 2005 V-Day Committee have been planning events to create awareness of gender-based violence.

Events during V-Day week include a self-defense seminar, benefit bands concert, V-Day Vigil and a vagina carnival. The week concludes with presentations of Eve Ensler's award-winning play, 'The Vagina Monologues,' at 7:30 p.m. in UNI's Lang Hall Auditorium, Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday,

Feb. 12.

Tickets to 'The Vagina Monologues' are $10, and are available at UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC), or by calling (319) 273-SHOW.

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V-Day is a worldwide organization that is working to end gender-based violence. All proceeds from UNI's V-Day events will benefit the Cedar Valley Coalition for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse and V-Day International Spotlight: Women of Iraq Under Siege.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Red Bull Silo Summit, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4, through Sunday, Feb. 6, has been postponed until Friday, Feb. 11, through Sunday, Feb. 13. The competition will take place at the Jim Budlong Farm, 4175 Butler Road, five miles west of the UNI-Dome.

'We decided to postpone the competition until next weekend because the warm weather makes it too dangerous to climb,' said Don Briggs, UNI instructor in leisure, youth and human services/outdoor activities.

Friday, Feb. 11, from noon to 5 p.m., teams will have the opportunity to practice at the Budlong Farm. A social, followed by a banquet and presentation, will take place at Beck's Sports Grill on University Avenue in Waterloo, beginning at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 12, teams again will have the opportunity to practice at the farm, from noon to 5 p.m. The competition will begin at 6 p.m., followed by an awards presentation.

A local competition will begin at noon, Sunday, Feb. 13. Anyone interested in participating, or wanting more information, should contact Briggs at (319) 273-7352.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Golden Globe award-winning drama, 'Osama,' will be shown at

7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, in Sabin Hall, Room 102 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

'Osama' is inspired by actual events, and tells the story of a young girl in Afghanistan who disguises herself as a boy in order to find work and feed herself and mother. It was the first film made in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban.

'Osama' is being shown in conjunction with the Hearst Lecture scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, featuring Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo.



This event, sponsored by the Hearst Lecture Series and UNI's Women's Studies Program, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, Theatre UNI's marketing director, at (319) 273-6381.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six University of Northern Iowa art students have been chosen to exhibit at the 2005 Des Moines Arts Festival Emerging Iowa Artist Program June 24-26. Andrew Crooks, Cedar Falls; Thaddeus Erdahl, Waterloo; Sarah German, Ankeny; Stephanie Sailer, Denison; Chris Singewald, Waverly; and Tyler Speicher, Conrad, were six of 23 students chosen from around the state.

Crooks, a senior art major, will be showing photography works. Erdahl, a December graduate, will be showing ceramics. German, a junior art major with an emphasis in sculpture, will be showing 3-D works. Sailer, a graduate student, will be showing 3-D works. Singewald, a junior art major, will be showing ceramics. Speicher, a junior art major with an emphasis in ceramics, will be showing ceramics.

The ArtFair SourceBook ranked the Des Moines Arts Festival the fourth-best fine arts festival in the nation.

For more information about the Emerging Iowa Artist Program, visit www.desmoinesartfestival.com or contact Mo Dana, executive director, Des Moines Arts Festival, at (515) 286-4932.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 'Mediation and Arbitration' workshop, part of the 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series, will take place at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 252, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Geraldine Perreault, director of UNI's Leadership Studies Program, and Erin Whipple, a senior organizational communication major from Rock Falls, will conduct a workshop on the important difference between arbitrating and mediating a dispute. Audience members will practice doing each one.

The 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series features leaders from various professional fields. Upcoming topics include government, media, human rights, business and environmental leadership panels and a workshop on sexual harassment.

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

For more information on the series, contact Perreault at (319) 273-6898 or YLA@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) will present 'Winds of Change,' the second program in its 10th anniversary celebration series, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the CEEE auditorium.

Dave Martin from Cedar Falls Utilities, and Kelly Vowels from Waverly Light and Power, will discuss the importance of renewable energy and how it has changed the utilities industry locally, statewide and nationally.

According to Patricia Higby, energy educator at the CEEE, renewable energy, particularly wind energy, has grown to become a major energy resource in Iowa.

'Wind energy provides more renewable electricity capacity than many other alternatives such as biomass, solar and hydropower,' said Higby. 'Because of this, cities, schools, businesses and municipal utilities are learning how to use wind for everyday electrical needs.'

For more information about 'Winds of Change,' contact Higby, at (319) 273-6012.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its Camp and Recreation Fair Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Maucker Union Ballroom. The event is free and is open to all UNI, Hawkeye Community College, Upper Iowa University and Wartburg College students.



The fair will feature employers from more than 50 camps, resorts and amusement parks across the United States, who are recruiting summer employees for a variety of positions. Two organizations will place students in international settings.



Among the organizations represented are the American Hospitality Academy; Hilton Head Island, S.C.; Cheley Colorado Camps in Denver Colo.; and parks and recreation departments from a number of Iowa cities.



The event is sponsored by UNI Advising and Career Services.



For a list of recruiting organizations and more information, visit www.uni.edu/acs.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Black History Month will be celebrated at the University of Northern Iowa with a series of activities and films about African-American history.

Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as 'Negro History Week' and later as 'Black History Month.'

'We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history, to Dr. Carter G. Woodson,' said Michael Blackwell, director for multicultural education at UNI. 'The scholar was disturbed to find that history books largely ignored the black American population -- and when blacks did figure into the picture, it was in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time.'

Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, well-known black abolitionist Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States.

Activities kick off on Monday, Feb. 7, with the first of six volumes from the 'Eyes on the Prize Documentary Series.' Show times are 8-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4 p.m., and 7-9 p.m. at the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). The other volumes of the film series will be shown in the CME at the same times throughout February on: Feb. 14, 15, 21, 23 and 28. A list of film titles is available at www.uni.edu/cme.

A Diversity Book Group Discussion, facilitated by Blackwell, will take place at the CME on Mon., Feb. 7, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Open to all, the discussion will be on 'Passing by Samaria,' written by Sharon Ewell Foster.

Kala Jojo, 'The Tall Storyteller,' will be featured at Maucker Union's Thursdaze, at 8 p.m., Feb. 10. Kala Jojo performs his songs, chants and stories with authentic African-American instruments, evoking African, African-American and Caribbean oral traditions. Jojo is the associate director of the African Heritage Drumming Camp for Boys and the producer of Keswick Theatre's Annual Kwanzaa Fest. He also is a member of both 'Brother Story Drum,' a professional storytelling trio, and 'Jubala,' a performing ensemble of storytellers, vocalists and musicians.

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, from noon-1 p.m., the Reel to Real Film Series will feature 'The Flashettes,' a film about inner-city girls gaining self-esteem from a track club. The film showing will take place in the University Room South at Maucker Union.

The YAWO Band will perform at Maucker Union from noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22. This six-piece band's streamlined, elaborate blend of Afro-Cuban beats and funky scales forms music that never fails to win over crowds, according to Blackwell.

The month-long activities will wind down with Capoeira and Mozambican dance performances at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center's Davis Hall, from 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26. The performances are open to all. Capoeira is martial arts integrated with dance, ritual and acrobatics. The Mozambican performers are renowned for their 'technical polish, creative panache and seemingly inexhaustible energy,' Blackwell said.

For more information about UNI Black History Month activities, contact Lydia Perez Roberts at (319) 273-2250 or Lydia.Roberts@uni.edu or visit www.uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- V-Day events will take place Monday, Feb. 7, through Saturday,

Feb. 12, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. V-Day is a worldwide organization that is working to end gender-based violence. Every V-Day campaign includes a production of Eve Ensler's award-winning play, 'The Vagina Monologues.'

V-Day activities will kick off at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, with a self-defense seminar in UNI's Maucker Union Expansion C, sponsored by the UNI Tae Kwan Do Club.

A Benefit Bands concert, featuring five local bands, will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. The concert is sponsored by UNI's Women's Studies Program. Admission to the concert is $2.

A V-Day Vigil against violence will take place at 9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Maucker Union Expansion.

Thursday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Vagina Carnival, featuring games and crafts, will be held in the Maucker Union Expansion.

'The Vagina Monologues' play will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. A silent art auction will take place both before and after each show.

Tickets to 'The Vagina Monologues' are $10, and available at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC), or by calling (319) 273-SHOW.

V-Day merchandise, including t-shirts, buttons and chocolates, will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, through Wednesday, Feb. 9, in Maucker Union.

All proceeds will benefit the Cedar Valley Coalition for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse and

V-Day International Spotlight: Women of Iraq under Siege.

For more information, visit www.geocities.com/univday or www.vday.org, or contact the V-Day Committee at uni_vdaycommittee@hotmail.com

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Escape from Happiness is the next Off-Hudson Play Reading at the University of Northern Iowa. The reading will take place at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Room 108 of the Communication Arts Center.

Escape from Happiness is a dark comedy about a highly dysfunctional family that is drawn into a bizarre crime and cover-up. The play opens with the discovery of the son-in-law, Junior, lying on the floor, the victim of a violent beating. As the circumstances of the crime are uncovered, family secrets, neuroses and eccentricities are exposed.

The play is written by George F. Walker and directed by Richard Glockner, UNI associate professor of theatre.



Admission to the reading is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'An Intimate Voice: The Music of Rebecca Clarke' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, Feb. 7, in Maucker Union, South Room, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.



Julia Trahan, UNI assistant professor of viola and music theory, will discuss the life, music and career of English violist and composer, Rebecca Clarke. As a violist, Clarke was one of the first professional female symphonic players in England, and also had notable success as a soloist and chamber musician.



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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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is among colleges and universities invited to participate in the Red Bull Silo Summit Friday, Feb. 4, through Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Jim Budlong Farm, 4175 Butler Road, five miles west of the UNI-Dome.

Friday, Feb. 4, from noon to 5 p.m., teams have the opportunity to practice at the Budlong Farm. A social, followed by a banquet and presentation, will take place at Beck's Sports Grill on University Avenue in Waterloo, beginning at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 5, teams again will have the opportunity to practice at the farm from noon to 5 p.m. The competition will begin at 6 p.m., followed by an awards presentation.

A local competition will begin at noon, Sunday, Feb. 6. Anyone interested in participating should contact Don Briggs, UNI instructor in leisure, youth and human services/outdoor activities at (319) 273-7352.

'This is the only ice-climbing competition in the United States that is held on silos,' said Briggs.

In 2001, Briggs came up with the idea to ice down the silos. He has since increased the mass of ice from one side of the silos to four sides, and has started teaching ice-climbing classes for UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS).

The silo competition started in 2003 with local climbers, but in 2004, Red Bull gained sponsorship of the event and expanded the competition.



Each competitor on the team will climb two 55-foot tall silos, and each climb will be timed from the start of the climb until the climber rings a bell, which is located at the top of the silo. The team with the fastest combined time will win.

Members of UNI's team include Dan Dahlstrom, a senior business administration and management major; Jon Taylor, a sophomore history major from Sioux City; Carly Nelson, a sophomore Spanish major from Johnston; and, Scott Schalk, a senior criminology major from Davenport.

The University of Minnesota, Western Kentucky University, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of North Dakota and Briar Cliff College will also compete in the Red Bull Silo Summit.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Mortgage delinquencies for conventional loans in 2003 dropped from the 2002 figures, according to the latest numbers available to mortgage bankers. Arthur Cox, director of the Real Estate Education Program at the University of Northern Iowa, says that it looks like the figures may have dropped again for 2004.

While he's not quite sure why this is happening, Cox says it's interesting to note the delinquency rate on FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loans is way above the rate on conventional loans, and is even higher than that on sub-prime loans -- loans to people whose credit reports may be weak because they have missed payments on credit cards or had some other negative impact on their credit rating.

Cox says the reason for underwriting standards is to try to screen out bad borrowers -- those at a greater risk to default. He says one possible conclusion analysts could draw is that the FHA standards may be too lenient.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four University of Northern Iowa senior chemistry majors were selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to participate in the Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Each year the program gives undergraduate student teams the opportunity to research, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment.

'The teams follow a path similar to that of scientists who develop experiments that fly in space,' said Curtiss Hanson, UNI professor of chemistry.

Timothy Schramm of Dyersville, Benjamin Baird of Denver, Katherine McKenna of Vinton and Jaime Pearsall of Davenport will travel to Houston this summer to test their experiment on NASA's 'Weightless Wonder' aircraft, formerly known as the 'Vomit Comet.'

The students will test the acoustic properties of chemically modified tone wood and analyze the interaction between vibrations of tone wood during reduced gravity flights. Three months after the experiment, the team is expected to issue a final report including scientific findings, an analysis of the experiment's effectiveness and conclusions drawn from the findings.

Students also will experience how the human body reacts during 30 'hill climbs and freefalls' on a NASA C-9 aircraft, which creates weightlessness 25 seconds at a time.

This is the third year students from UNI have participated in this program.

For more information or to help fund the team's trip to Houston, contact Curtiss Hanson at (319) 273-2435 or curtiss.hanson@uni.edu.

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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. 8, at 4 and 7 p.m., in Room 1004, Kahl Education Center, 326 W. 3rd St., Davenport.

This B.A. degree program, in conjunction with Eastern 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 eight-semester degree program, called Instructional Strategist/Elementary Education (ISEE), that will begin in this summer.

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 will also be available on other current UNI programs that include distance education: B.L.S. bachelor of liberal studies, B.A. technology education teaching, and B.A. technology management/general business minor.

For more information, contact Ellen Kabat-Lensch, Eastern Iowa Community College, (563) 441-4091, ekabat@eicc.edu; UNI Admissions/Transfer Relations at 1-800-772-2037; or visit www.uni.edu/2+2.

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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 celeste.bembry@uni.edu or Angeleita Floyd, (319) 273-2199 or angeleita.floyd@uni.edu

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.

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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.

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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.

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