News Release Archive
July 8, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLSï¿½Sixteen students at the University of Northern Iowa have spent a portion of their summer welcoming entering freshmen, transfer students and their parents to UNI's Summer Orientation.
__(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__ is serving on the orientation staff. (See information on individual students below.)
Guidelines for staff selection were interpersonal strengths, involvement in campus activities and organizations, academic achievement, knowledge of the university and sensitivity to the concerns of new students and their parents.
Jon Buse, program director, and Connie Hansen, assistant director, said approximately 1,800 freshmen and 400 transfer students attended orientation this summer. The two-day summer orientation sessions for incoming freshmen were held twice a week from June 7 through July 9, while one-day sessions were held for transfer students.
During the sessions, students and parents attended presentations addressing different aspects of college life. Students participated in various activities with summer orientation staff to learn how to make the most of their college experience. They also met with their academic advisers, registered for fall semester classes and explored campus.
Parents learned about residence hall living, financial aid, academic advising and class scheduling, and had an opportunity to visit with UNI faculty and tour the campus.
HOMETOWN STUDENT AND BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
ANKENY Tara Tyler, a senior elementary and middle level education major, is a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors and several pre-professional organizations and honor societies. She has been a resident assistant in Rider Hall and president of Lawther Hall. She also worked as a national communications coordinator for MACURH (Midwest Affiliation of College and University Residence Halls).
BOONE Ryan Stone, a senior elementary and middle level education major, is actively involved in campus life. He has served in house government and has been a desk assistant in Campbell Hall for the past three years. He holds leadership positions as vice president of both the Student Association of Middle Level Educators (SAMLE) and the UNI chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHN). In addition, Stone has participated on the homecoming committee and in the marching and pep bands. This is his second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.
BURLINGTON Luke Wagner, a senior elementary and middle level education major, is a transfer student. He is a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, Omicron Delta Kappa, Student Association of Middle Level Educators (SAMLE), and the Gallagher-Bluedorn Student Interaction Committee. He is active in his residence hall, where he served as house treasurer, and was an officer in a co-ed leadership fraternity. He is preparing for a trip abroad to Australia.
CARROLL Jennifer Langel, a senior finance major, decided on UNI after watching her two older sisters graduate from the university. She has worked in the Office of Admissions for three years, served on the Campbell Hall Senate for two years as president of Tree House and participated in numerous committees throughout her residence life.
CASCADE Joe Dobler, a senior elementary and middle level education major, has served in leadership roles while living in the residence halls. He was the social chair for Grimes House and also served as president of Rider Hall. An avid Panther fan, he also participates in basketball and intramural sports at UNI's Wellness and Recreation Center.
CENTER POINT Brian Hanneman is a senior industrial technology education major. As a ResNet computer consultant for his residence hall, Brian is the person residents seek out to solve problems with their computers. When not working, he is involved with the Navigators Campus Ministry, house activities, intramural sports or enjoying the Wellness and Recreation Center.
DAVENPORT Jen Burton is a senior math education major who has been active in a variety of organizations at UNI. She was a member of the UNI Volleyball Club for two years and has participated in Camp Adventure. A student supervisor at the 23rd Street Market, she also coaches a volleyball team and is a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors.
DEWITT Briget Froeschle is a senior public relations major who is active in both PRIDE and PRSSA, two pre-professional public relations student organizations on campus. She also is a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors and St. Stephens Catholic Student Center, and enjoys participating in outdoor activities.
MANCHESTER Paul Waterman is a senior elementary education major who has demonstrated leadership through involvement in an array of activities at UNI. He has served as a house and hall secretary and as a peer adviser in his residence hall. He is co-president of the Lutheran Student Center and a member of Student Alumni Ambassadors, as well as the Co-Curricular Transcript Committee. He has worked in the Redeker Dining Center and Academic Advising Services, and is a resident assistant in Campbell Hall. This is Paul's second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.
MILFORD Brock Holman is a senior elementary and middle school education major. He has been involved in a variety of campus activities, including leadership positions in the residence halls, where he has been house president, community service chair, MACURH (Midwest Affiliation of College and University Residence Halls) Conference Planning Committee member, resident assistant and community adviser. In addition, he is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary and enjoys volunteering for both the Waterloo Community Schools and the Oster Regent Theater. This is his second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.
REASNOR Julie Lust, a senior leisure services major, has been involved in many campus organizations, including InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Homecoming Committee, Student Life Team and the Women's Studies Program. She also has worked as a resident assistant and organized the 2004 V-Day, a weeklong event dedicated to raising awareness and ending violence against women. This is her second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.
SIOUX CITY Melanie Miller, a senior chemistry and marketing major, has been involved in numerous activities while at UNI. She is a Student Alumni Ambassador and is enrolled in the University Honors Program. She has worked as a peer adviser in Academic Advising Services, as a resident assistant in Lawther Hall and as a secretary for an insurance adjuster. She has held many leadership positions in Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and is treasurer of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. She is preparing for a semester of study in Australia. This is her second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.
STOCKTON Megan Hass is a senior elementary education major who is a community adviser in the ROTH Complex and has been a resident assistant in Rider Hall. In addition, she is a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors and Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society. This is her second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.
ATLANTA, GA. Dionne Burks, a senior electronic media major, has had a penchant for starting new student organizations during her college career. She is the founder of the Monopoly Club and Academic Study of Religion Club. She works as the student accounts clerk in the Student Involvement and Activities Center and is a member of Panther Productions and the Student Life Team. She also sings with her church choir, performs karaoke and creates music videos. This is her second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Federico Nicolï¿½s Moreno Vï¿½cari, is a senior economics and Russian language major who enjoys helping students achieve their social and academic goals. He has worked as a resident assistant for two years and is involved in a variety of organizations relating to the martial arts, economics and the study of language and culture. He will be visiting Russia later this year in order to study his sixth language. This is his second year as a Summer Orientation Staff member.
KATHMANDU, NEPAL Ashim Lamichhane, a senior computer science major, says he has found a home away from home at UNI. The director of International Student Affairs for the Northern Iowa Student Government and vice president of the International Student Association, he also is involved in the UNI Computer Club and works at the UNI bakery and the Financial Aid Office.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The family services major within the University of Northern Iowa's Department of Design, Family and Consumer Sciences (DFCS), has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations, as a provider of a curriculum leading to national certification as a family life educator.
According to Howard Barnes, head of DFCS, the council's Certified Family Life Educator Academic Program Review Committee gave the approval. 'This means that, if our majors take the specified courses, they will be able to use an abbreviated and expedited application process to become certified family life educators,' he explained.
Certification recognizes a proven background and understanding in specific family life areas: families in society, internal dynamics of families, life-span human growth and development, human sexuality, interpersonal relationships, family resource management, parent education and guidance, family law and public policy, ethics, and family life education methodology. Careers available for those graduating with this major include case managers for agencies and organizations, health educators, guidance counselors, volunteer coordinators, and community relations liaisons.
The National Council on Family Relations provides a forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships. The organization also establishes professional standards, and promotes family well-being.
For more information about the major, contact Barnes at (319) 273-2358, or Michael Fleming, associate professor in the department, at (319) 273-6301.
July 5, 2004 - 7:00pm
Iowans have resigned to smacking, spraying and scratching their way through this mosquito-laden summer. But David Mercer doesn't want them pointing accusing fingers at wetlands, or wetland restoration for increased production of mosquitoes. Wetland restoration has become an increasingly important environmental issue to replace natural wetlands lost to agriculture or construction, and to restore habitats. They naturally have a high level of production; are very good at capturing sediment in a stream, thereby purifying water; and take carbon dioxide out of the air.
'Lots of people think that one of the down sides to wetlands is that they produce lots of mosquitoes. Sometimes it's true. But in my experience, a complete well-functioning wetland does not produce many mosquitoes. That's a critical question as we worry about West Nile and other mosquito-borne diseases.'
Mercer points out that, in Iowa alone, there are 50 different mosquito species. Some bite humans, some don't. Some are good vectors of diseases. Others are not. 'A mosquito is not a mosquito is not a mosquito. The ones most commonly involved in disease transmission come out of polluted water, which is more likely to be associated with human activity, not natural activity. We're crying wolf when we should be paying better attention to what we're doing than what nature is doing.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Scholarships have been awarded to 18 minority students who will begin their studies this fall at the University of Northern Iowa, as freshmen or transfer students.
___(Name)___ of ___(Address/Hometown)___, will receive a ___(scholarship name)___ scholarship. He/She is a __(freshman/transfer)__.
Multicultural Achievement and Talent Scholarships are based on a formula using several criteria, including rank in class, ACT, GPA and financial need. They range in value from $200 to $1,500, and are renewable for three years with a 2.75 GPA or above.
For a complete list of scholarship winners, contact the office of University Marketing & Public Relations at 319-273-6728.
June 29, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new project at the University of Northern Iowa will help families demystify financial aid awards, and make crucial financial decisions earlier than ever before.
Called 'Calculate My Aid,' this new online tool is available to help families get a realistic picture of financial aid options for students attending UNI.
'Financial aid packages have always been somewhat of a mystery to families until they actually get their financial aid award,' said Roland Carrillo, executive director of enrollment management at UNI. He explained the federal financial aid process does not allow families to apply for financial aid before January of the year their student will begin college. Awards are made that spring.
'Now, the family can have an idea of the aid available to them months in advance of attending UNI. This gives the family much more time to think about all the options available and budget accordingly.'
To access the tool, visit the UNI Office of Financial Aid Web site, www.uni.edu/finaid, and click on 'Calculate My Aid.' Carrillo said users follow a two-step process. 'First we help you determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Just type in the financial information requested -- basic tax, income and family information -- and the system will determine your approximate EFC. Step two is to view your estimated financial aid by indicating your grade level, EFC and residency. Click on 'submit' and your estimate appears.'
Carrillo cautioned that 'Calculate My Aid' does not replace the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed every year the student plans to attend college. The new tool also does not include scholarships that require competition.
'Calculate My Aid' is the latest tool developed by the university to help students and families see that a UNI education can be both affordable and a good investment.
'We know that education is one key to ending the cycle of poverty, and increasing quality of life statewide,' said Carrillo. 'To that end, UNI is committed to helping more students find more ways to attend college.'
For more information on this or other financial aid programs at the university, contact the Office of Financial Aid, (319) 273-2700.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- After 15 years as dean of the Graduate College at the University of Northern Iowa, John Somervill is returning to teaching in the university's Department of Psychology. Somervill has served as the graduate dean since July 1, 1989, and was acting dean of the college for one year prior to that time. He joined the UNI psychology faculty in 1975.
Aaron Podolefsky, UNI provost & vice president for Academic Affairs, noted that UNI's graduate programs have enjoyed increased enrollments and diversity under Somervil's leadership. 'I have been especially grateful for the continuous and close personal attention he has given to leading our graduate minority recruitment and retention efforts.'
Somervill will continue to provide assistance to the university in meeting its diversity goals.
Associate Provost Susan Koch will take on responsibility as interim dean of the Graduate College. Kichoon Yang, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, will assume guidance of Sponsored Programs, Grants and Contracts, the Institutional Review Board and related offices.
June 28, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- William Callahan, associate dean for undergraduate education and director of Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS) at the University of Northern Iowa, announced the finalization of the administrative structure for the MPLS 2004-2005 school year.
Dave Smith will be associate director and principal of grades 9-12. Curt Nielsen will be assistant principal in charge of coordinating research and data analysis, and J.D. Cryer will be principal for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Amy Lockhart will be the upper-elementary teacher leader for fourth and fifth grades, and sixth-grade transition coordinator. For early childhood, Denise Tallakson will be teacher leader. Jill Uhlenberg will continue her role as director of the child development center and coordinator of early childhood research and outreach.
Callahan said Cryer, Nielsen, Tallakson and Lockhart also will have additional teaching responsibilities.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four incoming freshmen at the University of Northern Iowa were awarded the Rose H. Quick Scholarship. Recipients were Samuel Garles, and Sara Rhum, both of Fairfield, Tina Egli of Lockridge, and Kyle Wilhelm of Montrose.
Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
The award is given to incoming freshmen, with preference given to residents of southeastern Iowa and is based on academic ability.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Nine incoming College of Social and Behavioral Sciences freshmen at the University of Northern Iowa have been awarded scholarships. Recipients are: Lia Plakke of Cedar Falls, Teaya Minks of Waterloo, Melissa Heffernen of Altoona, Michelle Vanderah of Ankeny, Diane Meyer of Harris, Amy Higgins of La Porte City, Jessica Young of Nevada, Dustin Behrens of Sioux City and Ryan Puhrmann of Waverly.
Each will receive a $5,000 scholarship. To be considered for the award, students must be Iowa residents entering the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences who are in the top 15 percent of their graduating class and received an ACT score of 27 or above.
June 27, 2004 - 7:00pm
As a dietitian, Lisa Krausman has seen all the diet fads: low-fat, low-carb, Phen-Fen, grapefruit, South Beach, The Zone. 'There is a lot of pressure placed on people -- primarily women -- to be thin,' she said. 'So we're always looking for a quick way to lose weight.'
She doesn't believe that a fad diet -- or any diet -- is the proper way to lose weight. What Americans should be doing is seeking a healthier lifestyle altogether, and that means eating good-for-you foods like whole-grains, fresh fruits and vegetables; and increasing physical activity. Krausman also suggests limiting the amount of meat consumed. 'It's recommended that the average person get 5 to 6 ounces of meat a day. When you realize that 3 ounces of meat is about the same size as a deck of cards, you can see that you might be eating too much.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Seven University of Northern Iowa students, along with faculty adviser Recayi Pecen, received three trophies and a ninth-place finish at the 2004 World Championship Solar Electric Boat Regatta in Buffalo, N.Y., on June 15.
Six UNI seniors, Jamie Ruth and Eric Schumacher, both of Cedar Falls; Matt Brustkern, Dan Frisch and Phil Tentinger of Waterloo; and Jack Steuben of Jesup; along with sophomore Cullen Hall, of Peosta competed in the 11th annual event with 24 other teams from the United States and Canada.
The team won three trophies for its efforts: fastest boat in qualifying, most commercially viable hull, and most improved team from 2003. Last year the team finished 17th overall. The team was judged on workmanship, overall design, technical papers, practicality and project display. On the water the team competed in three events: a slalom course, an endurance race and a 300-meter sprint.
This year the team made major modifications to the boats drive system, installed a computer- controlled motor, and 144 new photo voltaic (PV) solar cells, reducing the boat's weight by 60 pounds. The UNI Solar Electric Boat project promotes eco-friendly boat technologies in Iowa lakes and rivers and is sponsored by the Iowa Energy Center (IEC), Deere and Co., Farm and Fleet, WBM Marine, and the UNI Office of the Provost.
June 20, 2004 - 7:00pm
Recent polls have shown that Americans who attend religious services regularly tend to vote Republican, while those who don't attend church regularly often lean toward the Democratic party. Michael Blackwell, director of multicultural education at UNI and an instructor of classes in both religion and politics, sees it a bit differently. 'I would say that the Republican party has postured itself as the party that has family values, a work ethic, and a religious faith. The whole issue of 'values,' which has become a buzz word for the religious right, is a way to create polarization. It's a divisive tactic that might be an attractive sound bite, but it actually skews where people really are.'
He points out that in some communities -- African Americans, for instance -- there are factors which might further skew the poll results. 'Blacks who consider themselves fairly religious and attend church regularly are probably quite conservative in their values, which may or may not translate into conservative politics. African Americans are pretty progressive politically when they are dealing with issues of racial discrimination and injustice,' he says. 'However, they can be very conservative on issues such as prayer in school, faith-based initiatives, abortion, gay rights, school vouchers, and so forth. Many people generally are surprised when they discover that a large number of blacks hold to principles that can easily be identified with the religious right or conservative Republicans. But it is on the issue of race relations that they tend to veer from the Republican Party and resonate with the more liberally minded Democratic Party.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Five graduate students at the University of Northern Iowa recently received awards for Outstanding Master's Thesis and Outstanding Research Paper. The recipients each received a plaque and monetary award from the university.
First place in the Outstanding Master's Thesis Award Competition went to psychology major Mei-Chuan Wang for her work titled 'Body, Image, Eating Disturbance and Estrogen Levels Across the Menstrual Cycle.' Wang is a native of Taiwan and is in the doctoral program at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. Second place was awarded to biology major Dave Williams for his work, 'Emergence and Mortality of Native Prairie Forbs Seeded into an Established Stand of Grass.' Williams resides in Cedar Falls. Third place was awarded to psychology major Michael Anderson for his work, 'The Effects of Social Identity Salience on the Cohesion of Demographically Diverse Groups.' Anderson is currently in the doctoral program at the University of Tulsa. Wang's thesis was UNI's entry in the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award competition sponsored by the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools.
First place in the Outstanding Master's Research Paper Award Competition went to mathematics major John J. Neely for his work titled 'A Look at Proficient Mental Computation Through The Eyes of a Computationally Challenged Math Teacher.' Neely resides in Cedar Falls. Second place was awarded to Agnieszka Prokop for her work titled 'Not a Search For But a Search Within: Time and Space in Jeanette Winterson's Sexing The Cherry.' Prokop is back home in her native Poland.
UNI has presented the Outstanding Thesis Award each year since 1991. The Outstanding Research Paper Award was started 1999. Criteria for each award include clarity, scholarship, methodology, significance, and contribution to the field of study. Nominations come from the thesis and/or paper faculty adviser and selection is made by faculty and committees.
June 17, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert Smith has been named interim executive director of Equal Opportunity Programs and Special Community Services (EOP/SCS) at the University of Northern Iowa. The appointment is effective July 1.
Previously Smith served as director of the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) program at the UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE). He came to UNI in 1988 as a recruiter/adviser for EOC. In 1990, he was promoted to assistant director, and in 1991 was named director.
In his new position, Smith will be responsible for providing service to the campus and community through existing programs, seeking new grant-funded service opportunities, and reviewing and improving the EOP/SCS organization, processes and internal and external relations. Smith also will continue is role as EOC director.
CEDAR FALLS -- The University of Northern Iowa's successful teacher education program, '2+2,' recently received a $596,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program, which began as a partnership with Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and the Carroll community, was designed to help curb the state's teacher shortage by providing access to higher education for place-bound Iowans -- those with obligations or responsibilities that prohibit them from traveling to a university. It also provides teachers and other professionals to rural parts of the state.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), ranking member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and a Education Appropriations Subcommittee, took the lead in including the funding for this project in the appropriate report.
The new funding will help develop 2+2 programs in early childhood education and technology education at DMACC/Carroll, technology education courses at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, elementary education with special education emphasis at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, and planning at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar and Peosta.
Through the 2+2 partnerships, students take general education courses at the community college and then enroll in UNI courses. The UNI classes are offered onsite at the community college, and are taught by UNI faculty, in conjunction with Web-based instruction and video conferencing.
'Many of our graduates have wanted to be teachers all their lives but, because they were place-bound, they could not attend a university,' said Pat Holthaus, UNI faculty member in DMACC/Carroll, and program facilitator. More than 60 students have earned four-year degrees since the program started in 1997. Ninety percent of those graduates now teach in central or western Iowa.
Joan Fredrickson of Yale, graduated in elementary education in May 2003, and now teaches K-5 library and technology classes at Panorama Elementary School. She worked as a teacher associate before deciding to pursue a four-year teaching degree. 'The DMACC/Carroll classes were scheduled so students could also work and only make a few weekly trips to the Carroll campus,' Fredrickson said. 'I got the same quality education I would have received had I been able to travel to UNI.'
Tom Heuton of Glidden, worked at a Carroll manufacturing plant for 25 years and then the plant closed. 'I always wanted to be a teacher. So, after starting at another college, I transferred to the DMACC/Carroll 2+2 program closer to home,' he said. 'The 2+2 program opens doors for a lot of people who would like to earn a four-year degree but can't because of the distance to a university.'
Heuton now teaches fourth- through sixth-graders in a special-needs classroom at Guthrie Center Elementary School.
UNI's 2+2 partnerships also include a major in technology management/general business started at the DMACC/Carroll campus in 2002. Additional funding awarded will allow UNI to expand 2+2 partnerships into other Iowa communities.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Smart Start,' an entrepreneurial training course, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) this summer.
The two-hour 'Smart Start I' course will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, June 24 or July 1, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. The course will be taught by Mike Hahn, RBC interim director, and James Hoelscher, RBC program manager for entrepreneurial outreach. This course will cover the basics of business legalities, business plans, financial plans, commercial bank financing and state financial assistance programs. The cost is $15.
'Smart Start II,' will be offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 26, at the RBC office, and will be taught by accountants Kathy and Don Frey. This course will offer a cut-and-dry inventory of all the records needed to be kept by a business owner, as well as how to understand financial statements, bank reconciliations and tax requirements. The cost for this course is $30, or $25 for participants who have completed 'Smart Start I.'
'Microsoft Excel,' a software-training course, will be offered in conjunction with Ketels Contract Training, Monday and Tuesday, July 19 and 20. It will be taught by Chris Case. The course covers everything from the basics to more advanced commands and capabilities of Microsoft Excel. Module 1 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 19, and will cover beginning skills, while Module 2, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. that day, will build onto those skills. Module 3 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 20. It will cover Excel's more advanced capabilities. Special summer pricing for 'Microsoft Excel,' normally $115 per module, is reduced to $60 per module, or $180 for all three.
For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa State Teachers College (ISTC) Class of 1954 celebrated its 50th reunion, May 6-8 at the University of Northern Iowa, with 44 class members from all parts of the country. Attendees participated in a variety of events, including a campus tour and a commencement ceremony. ISTC was renamed State College of Iowa in 1961, and the University of Northern Iowa in 1967.
BURLINGTON M. Laurine Paule
CEDAR FALLS Diane Baum
CLEGHORN Marilyn Anderson
DAVENPORT Jaclyn Miller
DES MOINES Gladys Meier
DENISON Marilyn Keuck
INDIANOLA Doris Maltby
Barbara Van Sickle
Marvin Van Sickle
IOWA CITY Eleanor Carthey
IOWA FALLS Duane Lloyd
MARSHALLTOWN Raymond Schult
MASON CITY Donna Hutchens
PARKERSBURG Mary Bro
POLK CITY Marilyn Gaylor
ST. ANSGAR Beulah Beaman
STUART Louise Opheim
URBANDALE Esther Norris
WATERLOO Mary Jane Shafer
WAVERLY Eldon Armstrong
WEST UNION Marlene Bicknese
TUCSON, ARIZ. Dale Birchard
VANCOUVER, BC. Paul Stanwood
GLENDALE, CALIF. Kenneth Heflin
COLORADO SPRING, COLO. Harold Malfeld
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. Kenneth Anderson
LIBERTYVILLE, ILL. Jim Wachenheim
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. John DeJong
WHEATON, ILL. Edmond Ewoldt
BLOOMINGTON, MINN. Donna Chatfield
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. Carlyle Davidsen
OMAHA, NEB. Louis Roskens
COLUMBUS, OHIO Katherine Adamson
MAYFIELD VILLAGE, OHIO Karl Rauch
SALEM, ORE. Dolores Beckmann
GREEN BAY, WIS. Ronald Johnson
PEWAUKEE, WIS. Margaret Morgan
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has named Edgar L. Berry associate vice president for educational and student services (ESS) and dean of students. Berry replaces Tom Romanin, who retired earlier this year. His appointment is effective Aug. 2.
In his new position, Berry will administer the student judicial system, manage the university's response to student critical incidents, provide crisis intervention, direct the department of Advising and Career Services and coordinate the operation of the Student Services Center. He also will manage ESS efforts related to student life, research and assessment, fund raising and parent relations.
Before coming to UNI, Berry was assistant dean of students at the University of Houston, in Texas. Previous to that, he was director of minority affairs for Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Pa. He holds a B.A. in sociology and social welfare from St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C.; a master's in counseling and student personnel from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, and an Ed.D. in counselors' education at Texas Southern University. Berry and his wife Donna have two sons.
June 15, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- This fall, the University of Northern Iowa will be home to the state's only undergraduate program in bioinformatics, one of the country's fast-growing career areas. The program will be one of only a handful of undergraduate programs like it in the nation.
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved the major during its June 16 meeting at Lakeside Labs in Okoboji.
According to Kichoon Yang, bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary curriculum combining computer science, mathematics, chemistry and biology. Previous to about 1985, says Yang, scientists struggled to map genes of any organism. In fact, he explains, the process was so complex that it used to require a large group of scientists several years to map the gene structure of a plant. Then came a 'life sciences revolution,' with scientific breakthroughs that allowed scientists to do this job much faster.
'One of the more visible consequences of the life sciences revolution -- which many scientists believe will shape the first half of the 21st century -- is the massive set of genome data it has generated, the data so massive that it is hardly intelligible without much additional data mining work,' said Yang. 'To make the matter worse, new genome data accumulate faster than we can mine the existing data.'
Bioinformatics was created expressly for this reason. It is a discipline that studies data mining techniques to facilitate more efficient and better understanding of the genome data.
The sheer volume of the data that must be mined guarantees a continued need for individuals with this background. In fact, the National Science Foundation estimates that 20,000 jobs in the area of bioinformatics will be created by 2005.
UNI will begin accepting students this fall, with a view toward full implementation of the program in less than three years.
For more information contact Yang at (319) 273-2585.
Four University of Northern Iowa Army ROTC cadets were awarded gold badges in the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency (GAFBMP) Competition in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. May 20 - 23.
Cadets Tyson Trunkhill, and Jeff Ritter, both of Waterloo; Kyle Godfrey of Cedar Rapids, and Ben Seibert of Waukon competed against approximately 300 soldiers. Events included swimming, track and field, weightlifting, pistol marksmanship, and a timed road march. The competition was hosted by the Army Reserve's 326th Area Support Group.
The final two sessions in a series of 10 courses designed to enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit human service agencies and other related organizations, will be presented by the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday and Friday, June 17 and 18, at UNI-CUE in Waterloo.
'Working Together for Results: A Review of Best Practices, Research, Trends and Case Studies,' will be presented by UNI President Robert Koob and Stacy Van Gorp, project director for Opportunity Works in UNI's Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services. Discussion will include factors that make collaboration successful, as well as common pitfalls; getting people involved; internal organization; and when and how to work together to get results.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, today gave approval to the University of Northern Iowa to begin a new major: networking & system administration. The program will be the only undergraduate one in the state. Networking & system administration is a specialization of computer science.
Bart Bergquist, acting head of the Department of Computer Science, said students enrolled in the program will focus on both computer hardware and software. An important aspect will be working specifically on security issues.
'For example, look at the junk messages you're getting in your e-mail,' he said. 'People who graduate with this degree will look at ways to protect computers from viruses, and keep hackers out. Those are the kinds of issues that cannot be solved without people who have expertise in networking & system administration.'
Bergquist said the program will have two faces: the very practical hardware aspect; and the broader, programming and theoretical side of computer science. Among required classes will be those taught in industrial technology, relating to electrical circuitry and computer hardware. 'In computer science, students will learn more about software, computer security and related theory,' he explained. 'Students also take relevant courses in mathematics and physics.'
Bergquist said there is a high demand for graduates in this area. According to a study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the average starting salary for someone in the computer science field is $48,656, up 8.9 percent from the previous year. 'That suggests an increase in demand for people in this field,' said Bergquist. 'There was a drop after the dot-com bust, but the demand has returned.'
For more information about the program, contact Bergquist at (319) 273-2618.
June 13, 2004 - 7:00pm
-- 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R',' a two-part professional development course, was recently presented by the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE).
Thirty-two teachers were introduced to waste reduction, reuse and recycling concepts, and resources to help students learn about waste-related issues. The interdisciplinary course brought together teachers of math, science, English language arts, reading, social studies, life skills, and talented and gifted.
___(NAME) , a teacher at (SCHOOL) , was among the participants. This teacher's attendance was sponsored by (AGENCY) .
As part of the course, participants prepared and taught a mini-unit in their classrooms.
'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked R' was funded in part with grants from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP) Conservation Education Program, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Solid Waste Alternatives Program, and selected solid waste agencies.
The course is offered through Science Education and the CEEE. For more information about future courses, contact Susan Salterberg at (319) 498-4516, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE TO EDITOR: Listed below in alphabetical order by town/school are the participants in the CEEE 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R'' workshop.
TOWN/SCHOOL TEACHER SPONSOR
DYERSVILLE/BECKMAN HIGH Margaret A. Hogan Dubuque Metro Area David Nelson Solid Waste Agency
CALAMUS/WHEATLAND ELEM. Susan Kruse Clinton Co. Area Solid Waste
(CARROLL) KUEMPER CATHOLI C David Koester Carroll Co. Solid Waste
SCHOOL SYSTEM Mary Koester Management Commission
CEDAR FALLS/HOLMES JR. Sue Green
CEDAR RAPIDS/VIOLA GIBSON Laura Reed Bluestem Solid Waste
CLINTON/JEFFERSON ELEM. Carla Hilgenberg Clinton Co. Area Solid Waste
COLFAX-MINGO MIDDLE Mickolyn Clapper Newton Sanitary Landfill
MILLERSBURG/DEEP RIVER- Barb Hagerty Iowa Co. Regional
MILLERSBURG ELEM. Environmental Improvement
DES MOINES/LINCOLN HIGH Larry Beall Metro Waste Authority
EVANSDALE/BUNGER MIDDLE James Mather
IOWA CITY/ROOSEVELT ELEM. Todd Simpson Iowa City Landfill and
LINN-MAR/EXCELSIOR MIDDLE Ann VanNest Bluestem Solid Waste
MID-PRAIRIE MIDDLE SCHOOL Christopher Soldat Iowa City Landfill and
NEWTON/BERG MIDDLE Heather Agnew-Moore Newton Sanitary Landfill
TRURO/INTERSTATE 35 Sherrie Gray South Central Iowa Landfill
Ronda Wishon Agency
VICTOR/HLV COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Jay Fetzer Iowa Co. Regional
Jon Prottsman Environmental
VINTON/TILFORD MIDDLE Nancy J. Donahue Benton Co. Solid Waste
VINTON/WEST EARLY Shirale Hanson Benton Co. Solid Waste
WATERLOO/CENTRAL MIDDLE Cortney Dierks Waste Management Services
Dept., City of Waterloo Disposal Commission
Patricia Higby knows exactly how much energy is used when a computer is left on all night. She's fully aware of how much electricity is wasted when a full-size washing machine is used to wash a single pair of jeans. And in these times of ever-rising fuel costs, she wishes more people were just as cognizant. 'Our fossil fuel resources are dwindling,' says Higby, energy educator at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education. 'The next generation will have to deal with that fact. We've got to change the way we look at energy and the way we use it.'
Her answer? Teach children how to conserve energy now. 'When we were kids, the idea of energy conservation was putting on a sweater and turning off the lights. But we can do much more now.' She points out that families can use compact fluorescent bulbs which provide more light with less heat, saving energy during summer months. Purchasing 'Energy Star' appliances -- those requiring less energy to do the same work -- is another idea. 'We can save energy and still be comfortable if we shop wisely.'
June 10, 2004 - 7:00pm
Board of Regents to meet June 15-16
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet June 15-16 at Iowa Lakeside Laboratories in Okoboji. 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. Final Operating FY 2005 Budget
All three universities will present their budgets.
a. UNI's budget incorporates the 2.5% budget cut experienced in October 2003. The budget is, as explained by President Robert Koob, status quo from that base and not from the beginning of FY 2004.
b. UNI was forced to reallocate funds from other sources to meet the salary levels set in collective bargaining. This is the fifth consecutive year that the state has not fully met the salary obligations it bargained for the university.
Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2355
2. Register of Capital Improvement Business Transactions
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382
3. Secretary/Treasurer appointment for 2004-2005
Gary Shontz, UNI controller, will be reappointed to this position.
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382
4. Capital Improvement Plan, FY 2005
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382
5. Lease of Property
The university will lease property at 722 Water St., in Waterloo, to open the Community Technology Center.
a. The center is funded by a $289,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
b. An extension of UNICUE programs, the center will provide a series of after-school classes in computer skills. In addition, administrators will work with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers to provide computer skills classes for adults starting their own businesses.
c. Isaac Podolefksy, program assistant in the office of the associate vice president for academic affairs, is the project director.
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382
Isaac Podolefsky, program assistant, office of the associate vice president for academic affairs, (319) 433-1268.
6. Investment Committee: Quarterly Investment and Cash Management Report
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382
7. Register of capital improvement
Among programs is the new Business and Community Services Building that will house Conferences and Event Services, the Institute for Decision Making, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers' student incubator, and ISU Extension offices for the Cedar Valley.
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
The University of Northern Iowa recently introduced a groundbreaking full-tuition program for freshmen whose families are unable to contribute financially to their son's or daughter's education. Called the Tuition Opportunity Program for Iowans (TOP), the program was created by UNI to meet the needs of lower-income Iowa families who believe attending college is beyond their financial means. UNI is one of just a few institutions in the country to provide such a program.
'TOP will guarantee full payment of tuition and fees for up to four years through a combination of grants and scholarships, regardless of future tuition increases,' explained Roland Carrillo, executive director of enrollment management at UNI. The program will go into effect for freshmen entering UNI during the fall 2004 semester.
'If an Iowa student is qualified, and wants to attend UNI, they should have that opportunity,' said Robert Koob, UNI president. 'We are concerned that the increasing cost of tuition is preventing families with the most financial need from considering the idea of public higher education. That's unfortunate, because education is a key to breaking the cycle of poverty. We developed this program to help Iowa students pursue a degree. This is good for them, good for the university and good for Iowa.'
Qualifying criteria include income, family size, assets and number of dependents in college.
'TOP is designed to fill a very specific need,' said Carrillo. 'We want Iowa families to know that even if they don't qualify for TOP, we have many financial aid programs and tools to help their student attend UNI.'
While the TOP program addresses tuition and related fees, the university is prepared to help students cover other expenses such as room and board through loans and employment. 'This is not a free ride,' explained Koob.
Carrillo noted that in 1973, when the federal Pell Grant program began assisting undergraduates, the maximum grant for the neediest students covered 84 percent of the cost of a public four-year college. Because of inflation, today, the maximum Pell Grant covers just 39 percent. 'Our TOP program represents a commitment by the university to close that gap,' said Carrillo.
The majority of the funding for the TOP program comes from federal and institutional grants. Other funding comes directly from UNI via scholarships and work-study programs. Carrillo stressed that high-ability students will remain a priority for the university. 'These students will continue to receive almost 70 percent of all institutional and private scholarship assistance in recognition of their outstanding academic success.'
For more information, contact UNI's Financial Aid Office at (319) 273-2700, 1-800-772-2736, or www.uni.edu/finaid/.
June 6, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa hosted the first Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon race of the 2004 season in Marshalltown on May 22. Nine high schools and 15 cars from Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin competed.
In Division 1A, St. Ansgar High School took first place, Bayfield High School (Wisconsin) took second, and Muscatine High School took third. Division 1A competitors spend less than $2,500 on their cars and are part-time participants.
The winners for Division 2A were Pomeroy-Palmer High School, first and second places; and Lincoln SW High School (Nebraska) in third. This division is for experienced teams, and requires them to spend less than $2,500 on the car.
The winners for the 3A division were North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), first place; and Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, second, third and fourth places. This division is geared toward college competitors, and allows them to spend more than $2,500 on their cars.
In the braking portion of the competition, the winners were: St. Ansgar, first place in division 1A; and Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, first place for divisions 2A and 3A. For the maneuverability portion of the competition the winners were, in division 1A, St. Ansgar High School; in division 2A, Pomeroy-Palmer High School; and in division 3A, NIACC.
The Iowa Electrathon is a statewide program for high school and college students to learn about alternative energy sources by designing and building electrical cars. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/ceee/electrathon.
UNI sources can discuss Ronald Reagan and his legacy
Several UNI professors are well-versed in the U.S. presidency and presidential history. They are listed below.
Donna Hoffman, assistant professor of political science; teaches a class on presidential politics; (319) 273-5916
John Johnson, professor of history; discusses American politics; (319) 273-7077
Robert Martin, head of the Department of History; discusses American politics, (319) 273-2097
Geraldine Perreault, director of the Leadership Studies Program; discusses 'mistakes, lies & politics';
UNI STORM helps National Weather Service battle airborne threats
Presidential Candidate John Kerry recently listed bio-terrorism as the second greatest terrorism threat to the United States. At UNI, the Science center for Teaching, Outreach and Research on Meteorology (STORM), has been working with the National Weather Service to develop plans in the event of such an attack.
Alan Czarnetzki, director STORM, explains that weather patterns greatly affect how vapors of any kind will disperse in the air. 'Since Sept. 11, there's a real strong interest in the kind of information that we provide,' he said. 'Having this kind of information will prove extremely valuable in battling any kind of airborne threat.'
Contact: Alan Czarnetzki, director, STORM, (319) 273-2152
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
UNI professor designs, exhibits anti-war medal
Mary Frisbee Johnson, professor of art, recently designed a sterling silver anti-war medal titled 'Egypt.' The medal was selected for exhibition in the June Crafts National 38 at the Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University. As part of the Anti-War Medal Exhibition, her medal also was exhibited at the Electrum Gallery in London in May.
Mary Frisbee Johnson, professor of art, (319) 273-2077
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- During the recent Iowa Electrathon, sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa, nine participants received the Founders' Award. Winners must demonstrate creativity, leadership abilities and the ability to motivate others.
The winners are Jerimiah Claremboux of Bayfield, Wis.; Molly Moore and Josh Smith, both of Cedar Rapids; James Shubert of Elkhorn, Neb.; Bryan Hokinson of Manson; Luke Martz of Muscatine; Randy Huling of Mason City; Kenton Howie of Pomeroy-Palmer; and Mike Adams of St.Ansgar.
Each received a plaque and 100 points towards the Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon Championship Series. The championship is a series of five races all over Iowa.
The Iowa Electrathon is a statewide program for high school and college students to learn about alternative energy sources through the designing and building of electrical cars. For more information visit www.uni.edu/ceee/electrathon.
June 3, 2004 - 7:00pm
The University of Northern Iowa is one of four public universities selected to participate in a pilot project to strengthen engagement with their communities. The other three institutions are California State University, Fresno; Northern Kentucky University; and the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. The institutions were selected on the basis of readiness, commitment (human and financial), and potential to serve as a model for peer institutions.
The project, called Making Place Matter, calls for each university, along with regional and state stakeholders, to identify stewardship opportunities and barriers and address them. Making Place Matters has received $150,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to promote a more integrated approach to engagement with communities, regional stewardship, and advancing policy and programmatic conversations for state college and university leaders through concrete tools and strategies.
Making Place Matter is supported by a partnership between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Alliance for Regional Stewardship.
'UNI has taken an active role participating in activities promoting the welfare of the Cedar Valley and the area it serves,' said Robert Koob, UNI president. 'This award from the Kellogg Foundation and AASCU will help us learn how to be more effective in our efforts.'
The 18-month pilot project will be followed by a two-day meeting to introduce the concept of regional stewardship, and present the tools developed by campuses and their regional and state partners.
AASCU is a higher education association whose membership is comprised of more than 430 public colleges, universities and systems of higher education throughout the United States and its territories.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 to help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.
June 2, 2004 - 7:00pm
The University of Northern Iowa has been cited for its high performance in graduation rates in a national report recently released by the Education Trust, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that works for high academic achievement of all students at all levels.
The report, 'A Matter of Degrees: Improving Graduation Rates in Four-Year Colleges and Universities,' characterizes UNI as a ''competitive' masters-granting public university, educating 11,000 full-time undergraduates with a median ACT score of 22.5, which is the equivalent of about 1045 on the SAT.' When comparing UNI to 42 similar institutions with similar students, UNI's median six-year graduation rate of 67 percent ranked 19 percentage points higher than its peer institutions.
The report also noted that analysis of institutional-level graduation rates shows 'that when it comes to student success, what colleges and universities do matters greatly.'
According to the report, nearly one out of five four-year institutions in America graduate fewer than one-third of their first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen within six years.
UNI President Robert Koob cites UNI's residence halls, faculty and extracurricular and student employment opportunities among those areas that help students form a bond and sense of belonging with the university, important elements in success.
June 1, 2004 - 7:00pm
Four incoming freshmen students in the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa have been awarded CBA scholarships and Career Scholar work awards. They will begin their studies with the 2004 fall semester.
Nathaniel Hanson of Cedar Falls and Scott Jedlicka of Tipton have been awarded $5,000 scholarships, renewable for four years, as well as maximum $3,000 per year Career Scholar work awards, also renewable for a total of four years. For the Career Scholar award, students receive pay while working with CBA administrators or senior departmental faculty on various scholarly projects.
Awarded $2,500 per year renewable scholarships were Jessica Polich of Ames and Alexander Theobald of Stacyville. They also received the $3,000 per year Career Scholar awards.
Ten additional entering students, who competed for the CBA scholarships, received a $130 honorarium. They are: Anne Alesch of Denison, Brittany Anderson of Ainsworth, Justin Crouse of Maxwell, Maggie Harms of Oskaloosa, Rachel Kinney of Onawa, Lisa Kleinwort of Saint Ansgar, Laura Michaelson of Monticello, Jessica Finkenauer of Sherrill, Kyle Rehnstrom of Sioux Rapids and Aaron Saeugling of Dubuque.
May 31, 2004 - 7:00pm
Democracy in Iraq might be a tough sell, says UNI professor
The effort to bring democracy to Iraq has been, at best, a fitful task. But that's about par for the course, according to Phil Mauceri, acting head of the UNI Department of Political Science. Mauceri says there are two debates on attempts to bring democracy to nations operating under other governmental methods. First, he says, is the question of culture. 'There are those who argue that you need a certain culture, one with tolerance, rights for women, and a sense of equality for democracy to take root.' Second, says Mauceri, is the economics debate. 'There is a theory that countries experiencing a higher level of economic advancement, with a large middle class and a basic level of industrialization, are more likely to succeed with democracy.'
Further, Mauceri points out, although other parts of the world -- like Latin America, Eastern Asia and Eastern Europe -- have embraced democracy, Middle-Eastern nations typically have not. 'One of the arguments to explain this phenomenon is that there is no separation between church and state in that part of the world. For democracy to take root, you have to separate religion from politics and that hasn't happened there.'
Mauceri explains, though, that among Muslim nations, Iraq tends to be one of the more secular, which might make it easier for democracy to take hold.
Phil Mauceri, acting head, Department of Political Science, (319) 273-2526, email@example.com
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
The truth about calcium and weight loss
With all the recent media attention to the possible weight-loss properties of calcium, many people are eagerly adding calcium supplements to their diets. But does it really work? No, says Heidi Oberrieder, registered dietician with the University of Northern Iowa's Youth Fitness and Obesity Institute.
'The reality is this: people on a calorie-controlled diet who drank three-four servings of dairy lost weight faster,' Oberrieder says. 'However, those taking a calcium supplement did not see the same weight loss, so it must be something more than the calcium in dairy foods.'
June is National Dairy Month, and the National Dairy Council is launching a campaign that supports three dairy servings a day. But many kids need more, according to Oberrieder. 'Nine- to 18-year-olds should have four dairy servings a day.'
Heidi Oberrieder, Registered Dietician, Youth Fitness and Obesity Institute, 319-266-0759, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Barber, University Marketing & Public Relations, 319-273-2761
NutriActive camp to teach first- and second-graders about healthy lifestyles
A two-week day-camp, designed to give first- and second-graders a taste of an active and nutritionally sound lifestyle through fun, hands-on activities, will be offered this month by the Youth Fitness and Obesity Institute at the University of Northern Iowa. The NutriActive Healthy Lifestyle Camp will teach participants about body parts and their relation to health; snacking, including both selection and the making of them; varieties of physical activities for growth enhancement, proper nutrition; eating etiquette; and safe behavior.
'Easily accessible high-caloric food items and lack of adequate specialized activities have put every child at risk of gaining unwanted weight,' says Iradge Ahrabi-Fard, UNI professor of physical education and camp director. 'The best prevention is influencing children's behavior at an early age.'
Ahrabi-Fard stresses that the camp is not a treatment camp for already obese children. Children's body mass index (BMI) will be measured and only those under or around 95 percent BMI will be accepted. Camp sessions are Monday through Friday, June 7-18 and June 21-July 2.
Iradge Ahrabi-Fard, professor of physical education, (319) 273-2840;
(319) 290-0304; Iradge.Ahrabi-Fard@uni.edu
Gwenne Culpepper, Office of University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
Theatre UNI will present, 'Two Rooms,' a political drama, June 10-13 at the Strayer-Wood Theatre.
The production tells the story of an American taken hostage in Beirut, and his wife's agonizing battle with governments and media to secure his release. 'It's an intense emotional drama that remains as disturbing today as when it was written 16 years ago,' said Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, director of marketing for Theatre UNI.
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lee Blessing, 'Two Rooms' was named 'Time' magazine's 'Best Play of the Year' in 1993.
The production will be directed by Richard Glockner, associate professor of theatre. Featured actors will be Michael D. Frieden, a senior teacher education major from Muscatine; Melisa Wallace, a sophomore acting major from Spencer; Ben Powell, a graduate student in communication studies from Virginia Beach, Va.; and Megan Schumacher, a graduate student in theatre from Dubuque. Costumer and scenic designers are Amy S. RohrBerg, associate professor of theatre; and Mark A. Parrott, an instructor in theatre.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 10-13, and 2 p.m. on June 13. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students.
May 28, 2004 - 7:00pm
Bob Byrnes, director of the University of Northern Iowa Men's Varsity Glee Club, carillonneur and administrative assistant in the School of Music, died Friday, May 28, at Sartori Hospital. He was 54.
Earlier in the week, Byrnes suffered a major stroke in his home. According to John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music, Byrnes had been on vacation and was home alone when the stroke occurred. 'He'd missed a Glee Club board meeting, so an alum went to Bob's home, looking for him. Fortunately, the alum was able to see Bob on the floor from an exterior window. He had apparently been there for multiple days.'
Byrnes was the university carillonneur since 1972, director of the Glee Club since 1974, and administrative assistant for the School of Music since 1979. He received his bachelor of arts and master's degrees from UNI. Byrnes performed carillon recitals across the country, and traveled with the Glee Club to Europe every other year. He was a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America board of directors, serving as treasurer for five years. A number of his compositions have been published by American Carillon Music Editions and have been performed around the world.
'Bob Byrnes was a musician of driving passion and determination,' said Vallentine, who noted the Glee Club Christmas shows traditionally sell out weeks before the performances, and the group is recognized internationally. 'It was fitting that Bob Byrnes took his last breath as more than 40 current and alumni members of the Glee Club sang the last note of a tribute to Bob at the hospital.'
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 31, at Dahl-VanHove-Schoof Funeral Home, 1825 W. 12th St. The Glee Club will follow the visitation with a 9 p.m. candlelight memorial service at the UNI Campanile. The public may attend. A memorial service will begin at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 1, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 650 Stephan Ave., Waterloo.
Memorials should be directed to the Les Hale Endowment Fund, 'Ensuring the Glee Club's Future,' at the UNI Foundation, UNI, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0282.
May 27, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently awarded Purple & Gold Community Life Scholarships to out-of-state transfer students, incoming out-of-state freshmen, and undergraduate international students.
To be eligible, out-of-state freshmen must have completed a college preparatory curriculum in high school, be admitted to the university, and have at least an average ACT composite score of 23. Out-of-state transfer students must fulfill UNI transfer admission requirements, while undergraduate international students must complete a college preparatory curriculum in high school, have a minimum
B-average in academic work, and score 550 or above on the TOEFL exam. Students whose parents or grandparents graduated from UNI were awarded an additional $1,000 Legacy Scholarship.
All scholarships are worth $4,000 for students living on campus, and $2,000 for those living off campus.
(NAME) of (TOWN) received a Purple & Gold Community Life Scholarship.
SAN CLEMENTE Kelly Murphy
VENTURA Gretchen Kealy
COLORADO SPRINGS Michelle Warner
HIGHLANDS RANCH Erin Bidwell
LOVELAND Troy Lussenhop
BOISE Megan Radel
ANTIOCH Katherine Fries
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS Stephen Atkins
ARTHUR Stacy McMullen
CAROL STREAM Kendra Salvers
CHICAGO Jessica Fraghia
CHICAGO HEIGHTS Anita Ansah
COLONA Ryan Brenny
CRYSTAL LAKE Sheryl Boeckmann
DOWNERS GROVE Alison Webeler
ELK GROVE VILLAGE Kristin Russo
ELMHURST Lawrence Raineri
FRANKFORT Joshua Hjort
FREEPORT Sara Honchar
FULTON Bo Sikkema
GENESEO Ryan Anderson*
HIGHLAND PARK Katherine Daum
MACOMB Michael Veale
MOLINE Kelsey Hanna
NAPERVILLE Melissa Newhard
NORTHBROOK Kristin Strong
PARK FOREST Victoria Price
PEKIN Cassandra Golden
ROCK FALLS Jacob Frederick
ROCK ISLAND Kimberly Askeland
ROCKFORD Melissa Lind
STREAMWOOD Sabrina Larocco
STAMFORD Andrew Behrens
STILLMAN VALLEY Kelli Minnick
TOLEDO Alia Lowen
KANSAS CITY Randolph Rogers
OLATHE Clarence Richardson III
SHAWNEE MISSION Matthew Allain
TOPEKA Sarah McQuere
WESTMINSTER Christopher Luette
NOVI Kathryn Lenoir
ADAMS Shannon Halbach
ALTURA Whitney Behrens
BURNSVILLE Matthew Winfield*
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Michael Johnson
CROSSLAKE Kimberly Larson
EAGAN Christopher Ollwerther
GLENCOE Stephanie Grant*
GOLDEN VALLEY Kyle Erck
HOPKINS Caleb Thorn
LA CRESCENT Curtis Devetter
LINO LAKES Sanielle Sandahl
LORETTO Sara Kohagen
MINNEAPOLIS Gregory Birth
MINNETONKA Amy Seubert
MOORHEAD Andrew Shaw
ROCHESTER Ashley Hartman
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NEW ROCKFORD Benjamin Allmaras
ABERDEEN Emily Margolies
BROOKINGS Gregory Roe
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MCALLEN Erin Bowers*
WILMINGTON Katherine Halbur
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May 25, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Lawrence J. Eilers, University of Northern Iowa professor of biology from 1968-1989, was honored posthumously by having a plant species named after him. Eilers died in 2001.
Thomas G. Lammers, assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Microbiology and curator of the Herbarium at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and Michael Dillon, a curator at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, named a flowering plant, found near Cuzco, Peru, in 2000, for Eilers. Both were graduate students of Eilers; Lammers received his M.A. degree from UNI in 1981 and Dillon received his in 1972.
Once Lammers had verified that the plant represented a new species, he and Dillon decided to name it Centropogon eilersii in honor of Eilers. 'Having a species named after you is very nearly the only sort of long-term honor we can bestow in traditional botany,' noted Lammers. 'It really is a sort of immortality.'
The first step in determining that a species is indeed new is to ascertain that nothing matching the unknown specimen has ever before been described and named. Once this has been established, certain information about the new species must be provided and published in a scientific journal. The description and naming, including an illustration, appeared in Novon, a journal for botanical nomenclature published by the Missouri Botanical Garden, in the July 8, 2002, issue (vol. 12, p. 219).
Lammers brought Dillon into the process because he is a widely regarded expert on Peruvian flora. 'I knew Mike felt very strongly about Larry's impact on his life and would like to join me in extending this honor to Larry's memory,' Lammers explained.
'Larry had a major impact on our careers and on the lives of many students,' Lammers continued. 'I would not be a college professor and professional botanist today if it was not for Larry's inspiration and encouragement.'
Lammers is well known as a specialist in the plant family Campanulaceae. Many botanical collectors and institutions routinely send him puzzling specimens of this family that they have collected. The specimen upon which he and Dillon based Centropogon eilersii was among a batch sent to him for identification by the New York Botanical Garden. A large shrubby plant, Centropogon eilersii has leaves a foot long and pale yellow tubular flowers nearly four inches long on stalks up to 10 inches long.
May 24, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An extra 2,000 seats have been opened for the Friday, Aug. 6 Kenny Chesney concert at the UNI-Dome. Available now are 18,500 seats.
Heather Tousignant, director of UNI-Dome operations/athletic facilities, said high demand and the fact that the Dome will be Chesney's only Iowa stop on the tour necessitated the release of the extra seats.
Chesney, winner of the 2003 Country Music Television (CMT) Video of the Year award, also has been nominated for three Academy of Country Music Awards: Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, and Song of the Year. The awards show airs Wednesday, May 26, on CBS.
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. Chesney and Kracker have released a duet, 'When the Sun Goes Down,' now sitting at No. 6 on the CMT top twenty video countdown. The song has been on the Billboard country music singles chart for 17 weeks, peaking at No. 1.
Tickets for the 'Guitars, Tiki Bars and A Whole Lotta Love' are on sale now. 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.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new class of Presidential Scholars will begin its studies on the University of Northern Iowa campus this fall.
____(Name)____ of ___(Address / Hometown)___ is among the 15 students to receive the four-year, full-ride scholarships. They are funded through the Office of the President at UNI. The awards, which provide free tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees for health, health facility, building, student services and computer are valued at $10,660 for Iowa residents and $17,978 for out-of-state students for the 2004-2005 academic year. The students must maintain the academic excellence for which the awards have been granted.
The select group will take part in scholars-only seminars, be eligible for special travel/study opportunities and receive extensive individual advising. All will be required to complete a senior thesis or project.
UNI President Robert Koob said, 'The University of Northern Iowa's Presidential Scholars program accords to students of exceptional academic performance the same recognition and financial aid benefits that universities have long accorded to students of exceptional athletic ability. The program represents a deep commitment to academic excellence at the university.'
Students who are in the top 10 percent of their high school class and who scored a 29 or higher on the ACT test are eligible to apply. Those in classes consisting of fewer than 50 people must be one of the top five in their class. Those interested in being considered for this award in the fall of 2005 need to be sure their applications are received no later than Dec. 15, 2004.
AMES Ashley Wilson, 1922 Polk Dr.
CARROLL Neal Molitor, 1839 Crestview Dr.
CEDAR FALLS Katherine Corker, 1041 Barrington Dr.
Rachel Price, 627 Hearthside Dr.
CEDAR RAPIDS Sarah McConnell, 4016 Richmond Rd. N.E.
CLINTON Emily Eisenman, 1303 12th Ave. N.
JEFFERSON Darcy Lane, 1513 Hawthorne Lane
MARION Jessica Hellman, 2100 Winslow Ct.
MIDDLE AMANA Grant Rozeboom, 712 27th Ave.
PLEASANTVILLE Mark Turnage, 301 N. Jefferson St.
SANBORN Justin Bohnet, 509 E. 7th St.
WATERLOO Fedor Korsakov, 506 Hillcrest Rd.
WAVERLY Michael Busch, 407 29th Ave. S.W.
WINTHROP Jenna Cherry, 135 W. Hamilton St.
BANGALORE, INDIA Rakshith Varadaraju, 46/44 1st Main Rd, Lower Palace Orchards
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twenty Provost Scholars, each receiving a one-year tuition and fee scholarship, renewable for four years, have been named as part of the Presidential Scholars program at the University of Northern Iowa. The scholars will begin their studies this fall.
__(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__, is among the students receiving Provost awards.
The awardees receive stipends that cover UNI tuition and mandatory health, health facility, building, student activities and computer fees. They are valued at $5,387 for Iowa residents and $12,705 for out-of-state students for the 2004-2005 academic year. The scholarships will be adjusted to cover any rise in tuition and fees.
To be eligible for the awards, students have to score at least a 29 on the American College Testing (ACT) exam and be in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. Students in classes with fewer than 50 students must be one of the top five in their classes.
Those interested in being considered for these awards in the fall of 2005 need to be sure their applications are received no later than Dec. 15, 2004.
CEDAR FALLS Matthew Rittgers, 30757 120th St.
ELDORA Briana Ritter, 1010 12th St.
LAKE CITY Ian Rich, 103 Horseshoe Dr.
LINCOLN Emily Cormaney, 205 High St.
MARSHALLTOWN Nicole Anders, 1806 Edgebrook Dr.
MASON CITY Sarah Brandt, 716 S. Monroe Ct.
Sara Van Hemert, 115 S. Kentucky Ave.
MILFORD Amity Wickman, 72 Westview Dr.
MUSCATINE Anne Brooker, 2813 Patrick Ln.
OSKALOOSA Maggie Harms, 2313 Ridgeway Ave.
OTTUMWA Erin Conrad, 17325 Eddyville
PALO Brett Schultz, 3088 Linn-Benton Rd.
PELLA Whitney Metcalf, 510 W. First St.
PLANO Linsey Lain, 18200 Highway S70
SUMNER Meredith Schaffner, 210 W. 5th St.
TIPTON Daniel Pelzer, 1531 240th St.
WEST BEND David Wirtz, 4561 545th Ave.
WHAT CHEER Mari Nilles, 18281 Highway 21
OUT OF STATE
ARTHUR, ILL. Stacy McMullen, 225 Taylor Ln.
GLENCOE, MINN. Stephanie Grant, 315 Interwood Dr.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Chemisty recently hosted its 32nd annual spring awards and honors banquet for chemistry majors.
(NAME) of (TOWN) received the (AWARD/SCHOLARSHIP NAME) , for (DESCRIPTION OF SCHOLARSHIP/AWARD.
HOMETOWN NAME / CLASSIFICATION / AWARD(S)
BELLEVUE Kevin Roeder/sophomore/McGrew Chemistry Faculty Scholarship ($500)
CEDAR RAPIDS Dane Jacobson/sophomore/C.W. Lantz Scholarship ($1,200)
CLIVE Travis Witte/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll
DAVENPORT Jaime Pearsall/senior/Robert W. Getchell Memorial Scholarship ($500)
DUBUQUE Kristin Klein/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll
DYERSVILLE Timothy Schramm/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll, Chemistry Scholarship & Service Award ($100)
FORT DODGE Marshall Stuart/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll
GALVA Brad Fritz/senior/Outstanding Inorganic Chemistry Student, 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll
INDEPENDENCE Margaret Hoeger/senior/2004 Chemistry Honor Roll
IOWA CITY Leah Goepferd/senior/Chemistry Scholarship & Service Award ($100)
Jonathan Humston/freshman/CRC Freshman Chemistry Award (Chem Handbook)
Matthew Keller/sophomore/ACS Polymer Chemistry Division Award in Organic Chemistry 2000, Outstanding Organic Chemistry Student ($100)
JANESVILLE Heather Jensen/senior/ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry, (1 yr membership in the American Chemical Society) 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll
MT. PLEASANT Jessica Ball/junior/C.W. Lantz Scholarship ($1200), and Outstanding Physical Chemistry Student
ROLFE Mitchell Marine/senior/Wanda & Carl Wehner Chemistry Teaching Scholarship, ($1,000) 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll
SULLY Sherrie Elzey/senior/Hypercube Scholar, (Gifts worth $700) Louis Begeman Memorial Scholarship, ($1,000) 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll
TIPTON Nolan Mente/senior/Purple & Old Gold Award, 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll, Outstanding Inorganic Chemistry Student
VINTON Kathleen McKenna/junior/Louis Begeman Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
WEST DES MOINES Laura Robinson/senior/American Institute of Chemists Award, (1 year membership) 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll
WILTON Carolyn Carter/senior/Outstanding Chemistry Teacher Award (Subscription to Journal of Chemical Education, and 2004 Chemistry Honor Roll
St. Charles, ILL. Erin Powell/junior/Louis Begeman Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
May 20, 2004 - 7:00pm
The Day After Tomorrow,' a movie scheduled to be released May 28, will show viewers the catastrophic results of global warming: multiple tornadoes, earthquakes that demolish entire cities, and floods that engulf skyscrapers. It's a fictional account, of course, but Alan Czarnetzki, director of UNI's Science center for Teaching, Outreach and Research on Meteorology (STORM), says it could happen.
'Maybe not as quickly as it will happen in the movie, but it's possible.' Czarnetzki said there is a theory among scientists that gradual warming of the earth could lead to a sudden change in the oceans' circulation. In the Gulf Stream, which transports warm water to areas around England, there would no longer be a need for heat transport to the Pole. The North Atlantic would cool, allowing the ice sheets to advance south. This would result in a cold-air surge farther south. 'And that would cause a very dramatic shift in weather patterns: cooling in Northern Europe and the northeast parts of North America could see arctic outbreaks.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently received a $226,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for specialized nanoscience and nanotechnology equipment.
The grant allows UNI to take the first step toward a program in nanoscience and nanotechnology by offering two new courses to chemistry and physics majors. Coordinating the courses are Duane Bartak, professor and former head, Department of Chemistry, and Clifton Chancey, professor and head, Department of Physics.
The two courses, Introduction to Nanoscience & Nanotechnology and Intermediate Nanoscience & Nanotechnolgy, will be jointly taught by physics and chemistry faculty. They will form the core of a future minor in nanoscience and possibly a Bachelor's of Science in nanoscience.
Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the science and technology of manipulating atoms and molecules to produce machines on the scale of human cells. Understanding atoms and groups of atoms is the beginning of understanding the physical world at a very basic but profound level.
'Chemists know a lot about atoms and physicists understand a lot about atomic forces -- nanoscience and nanotechnology join these knowledge areas together to study atomic-scale devices and machines,' says Chancey. 'The goal is to understand the atomic-scale and molecular-scale worlds so we can build with atoms at the atomic scale with the same ease as we use bricks to build houses.'
'The nano revolution will have as great an effect during the next 50 years as the micro revolution had during the last 50 years, with advances in medical technology, communications, power systems, materials, medical drugs, etc.,' says Bartek. 'The national and international economies are already gearing up to use new nano knowledge, but it is a relatively rare program to find at the undergraduate level. Offering UNI students the chance for hands-on equipment use in these classes may interest some of them in nano-related careers. That will be important for Iowa and the nation in the future.'
The equipment provided by the Carver grant includes: a scanning probe microscope capable of atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy, a high-pressure mini-reactor, surface area and porosity measuring equipment, thermal analysis equipment and magnetometric equipment.
The UNI chemistry department consistently graduates more chemistry majors than any other university or college in Iowa. The physics department currently has 63 majors -- double the number five years ago.
The Carver Charitable Trust is the largest private foundation in the state of Iowa. It was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist who died in 1981. The Carver Trust has awarded $4.8 million to support educational projects and research at UNI.
May 19, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'A-lumina: Metalworks by Louise Rauh and Karen Brown,' from Monday, June 7 through Friday, July 2. The opening reception will take place in the Kamerick Art Building lobby at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 8. The exhibition is an examination of contemporary art approaches to aluminum, which was curated by UNI Gallery of Art director Darrell Taylor.
Louise Rauh received her M.F.A. in metalsmithing and jewelry from the University of Iowa, and from 1997 to 2002, she was the owner of Studiolo, a fine art and craft gallery in Iowa City. Last year, Rauh participated in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Exhibition and the Smithsonian Craft Exhibition in Washington, D.C.
Karen Brown is a Philadelphia-based sculptor whose works have been exhibited in Oregon, Florida, Maryland, and New Jersey, as well as Germany. Brown is the founder and organizer of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, which operates in association with the Philadelphia Office of Arts and Culture.
Rauh will present etched, hammered, and ink-dyed aluminum bowls. Brown will present sculptures made of anodized aluminum, raku-fired ceramics and holographic images. The remaining exhibition space will be devoted to two-dimensional works from the UNI Permanent Art Collection.
The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/
May 18, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Roland Carrillo has been named executive director of enrollment management at the University of Northern Iowa. The appointment became effective May 17.
In this position, Carrillo is responsible for the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid.
He said planned initiatives include addressing the affordability of UNI despite recent necessary increases in tuition.
'UNI remains one of the best values in the Midwest -- if not the country --and it will be important for Iowans to get that message loud and clear,' he noted. 'Admissions and financial aid have worked well in the past and the new structure of the two departments should result in better service for both prospective and continuing students at UNI.'
Carrillo came to UNI in 1987, as director of the Office of Financial Aid. Previously he was director of financial ad at San Antonio College. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Mary's University, San Antonio; and a master's in higher education from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
He and his wife Rita reside in Cedar Falls. Carrillo has four children.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- KUNI-FM, the University of Northern Iowa's public radio station, was recently honored with a number of awards by four professional organizations.
The KUNI news staff won an Edward R. Murrow Award in regional competition for 'Continuing Coverage of the Iowa Caucus Campaign' from the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). KUNI is the only Iowa radio station that won in the Region 5 division that includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Regional winners automatically qualify for the national competition, whose winners will be announced in June.
Established by RTNDA in 1971, Murrow award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.
KUNI news staff members are Greg Shanley, news director; Jeneane Beck, Des Moines bureau chief; and Pat Blank, senior news producer.
At the Associated Press (AP) awards ceremony, the news staff won first place for coverage of the Iowa caucus. Blank also took first place for two feature reports, 'Pre-Op Party' and 'Dutch Farmers,' and she placed third in public affairs and general reporting.
Beck received a second-place award in general reporting for 'Underdogs Score.' Shanley placed second in farm and agribusiness reporting for 'Buy Fresh, Buy Local,' third in documentary for 'Rural Affairs Presidential Forum,' and received honorable mention for 'War-Roundtable Discussion' in public affairs reporting.
KUNI swept the Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) awards, taking home 11 awards, more than any other station entered in the contest.
Blank won first place in radio feature for 'Kid's Preï¾–Op Party,' and third place in several categories: spot news coverage for 'Cedar Falls Fire'; public affairs for 'Surprise Guest'; farm and agribusiness for 'Dutch Farmers'; and general reporting for 'Mississippi Museum.'
Beck took first place in both use of actuality for her reporting on 'Roadwork,' and in general reporting for 'Underdogs Score,' and second in political coverage, with Shanley, for reporting on the
'Rural Farm Presidential Forum.'
Shanley placed first in both public affairs for 'Round Table Discussion' and in farm and agribusiness for 'Buy Fresh, Buy Local,' and third in in-depth/series for 'Administrator Crisis.'
KUNI placed third for 'Overall Excellence' at the convention.
At the Northwest Broadcast Association Awards, held in Minneapolis earlier this spring, KUNI News won a first-place award in the general reporting category for Beck's 'Underdogs Score.'
KUNI, a broadcast service of UNI, can be heard in most of Eastern Iowa at 90.9 FM, Des Moines at 101.7 FM, Dubuque at 98.7 FM and the Quad Cities at 94.5 and 102.1 FM. KUNI is also heard in North Iowa at 91.5 FM (KUNY) and 1010 AM (KRNI).
May 17, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Several cadets in the University of Northern Iowa's Army ROTC program competed in the annual Ranger 'Buddy' Challenge in Lawrence, Kansas. A total of 28 schools and 133 teams competed.
The competition consisted of six events: a 10K run in battle dress uniform; a 30-foot-wall climb; weapons disassembly and assembly; grenade assault course; and a 1,000-meter, 100-pound litter carry.
UNI took five teams. Team One, Erick Eggers of Marshalltown and Tyson Trunkhill of Waterloo, finished 10th overall. They also finished fifth in the 10k, third in the litter carry, 14th in the wall climb, and 23rd in the grenade assault.
Team Three, Kyle Godfrey of Cedar Rapids and Jeff Ritter of Waterloo, finished 24th in the litter carry and 41st overall.
Team Five, Stacey Lyon on Danville, Va., and Tony Stumbo of Postville, finished second in the co-ed category. They were fifth in the grenade assault.
Team Two, Ben Seibert of Waukon and John Zaruba of Cedar Rapids, finished 60th overall. Team Four, Eric Pehler of Donahue and Mark McBride of Clive, finished 118th overall.
May 13, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently hosted its annual Grace Ann Hovet Student Leadership Awards ceremony, recognizing several students and student organizations for outstanding leadership.
Denielle DeLoe, a public relations major from Eldridge, received the award for Outstanding New Member in a Student Organization. Jessica Finnerty, an anthropology major from Urbandale, received the Organization Member of the Year Award.
PRide, a student-run public relations firm, was recognized for excellence in leadership development. The university's Student Alumni Ambassadors received an award for outstanding service to the UNI community; and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity was chosen Student Organization of the Year.
Sylvia Baker, an East St. Louis, Ill., native majoring in biological sciences, was named Student Organization Officer of the Year. Gordon Mack, who retired this year from the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, was chosen student Organization Adviser of the Year. The Hispanic Latino Student Union received the award for Excellence in Diversity Programming.
The $1,000 Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership went to Katherine McKenna, a Vinton native majoring in biology and chemistry. Sue Follon served as vice president for educational & student services from 1985 until her death in 1998. She was the first woman to be named a vice president at UNI.
Grace Ann Hovet, retired as a professor of English in 1999. She was instrumental in the development of the Leadership Studies program at UNI.
May 12, 2004 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Former long-time University of Northern Iowa faculty members, now best-selling authors, Robert Waller and Nancy Price, will participate in discussions of their writing experiences and the movie-making process in each of two Elderhostel sessions on the UNI campus, May 16-21 and 23-28.
'Authors: From Books to Movies' will feature discussions of Price's 'Sleeping With the Enemy' and Waller's 'Bridges of Madison County,' led by Barbara Lounsberry, UNI professor of English. Price will share some of the creative insights related to the book and her role in getting it turned into a screenplay and then, a movie. She also will talk about the writing process and introduce her new book, 'No One Knows,' a World War II era book, set in Cedar Falls. Its publication date is June 6, 2004, the 60th anniversary of D-Day.
Following a viewing of the movie 'Sleeping With the Enemy,' Grant Tracey, UNI associate professor of English, will lead a discussion, and participants will take a field trip to visit several of the locations described in both of Price's books.
While Waller's schedule does not allow him to attend in person, he will spend some time with participants via the telephone sharing a bit about the book and the movie 'Bridges of Madison County.' Tracey's follow-up session also will provide an overview of the art of film making.
After viewing and discussing 'The Bridges of Madison County,' attendees will board a bus to Madison County for a first-hand look at the bridges and other locations used in the movie.
Concluding each week, Lounsberry will present information about other literary works related to Iowa. She has edited three mystery novels written by Iowa authors and has done extensive research and presentations on the Nancy Drew series of mysteries. A long-time friend and former colleague of Price, she also has spoken on Waller and 'The Bridges of Madison County' at national conferences. Her areas of specialty are literary nonfiction, drama and 20th century American literature.
Tracey will lead an optional writing workshop one evening during each session. He is the fiction editor for the North American Review and coordinator of creative writing at UNI. His areas of specialty are film studies, creative writing and popular culture.
Other evening activities will include an opportunity to visit the University Museum, take a walking tour of the public art on the UNI campus, or, on May 19th only, attend a performance of 'The Foreigner' at the Waterloo Community Playhouse.
'The field trips throughout the week will allow participants to better understand the choice of rural Iowa as the setting for these acclaimed novels and popular movies,' said Duane McDonald, director of conference and event services at UNI, and Elderhostel coordinator.
Participants will be housed in ROTH -- UNI's Residence on the Hill. Sessions will take place in the Commons Dining Room or the ROTH classroom. For more information on the workshops, contact McDonald at (319) 273-6899. To register, visit www.Elderhostel.org.
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 18 and 19. 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
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382
2. Tenant property rentals
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382
3. University calendar holidays
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382
4. Annual report on faculty activities
Key points in the report:
- More than three quarters of all classes are taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty.
- In keeping with UNI's emphasis on what we have long called 'Great Teaching,' less than 1 percent of our classes are taught by graduate assistants.
Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, (319) 273-2517
5. Allocation of fees
This is an annual report. The Student Activity Fee Committee is headed by our student body president, and the recommendations receive a good deal of scrutiny by students leaders.
Renee Romano, vice president for Educational & Student Services, (319) 273-2331
6. Unit cost of instruction
Thulasi Kumar, director of Information Management & Analysis, (319) 273-3567
Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2256