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February 9, 2005 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --'The Flashettes' will be the next featured film in the University of Northern Iowa's Reel to Real film series. The movie will be shown at noon Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Maucker Union's University Room South, and is free and open to the public.



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



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



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

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February 8, 2005 - 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 7, 2005 - 6:00pm

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

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



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



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



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



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

(319) 273-2394.

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February 6, 2005 - 6:00pm

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

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

Contacts:

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

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

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Privatization of social security not risk-free

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

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

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

Contacts:

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

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

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Monday, Feb. 7

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, Feb. 8

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

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

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





Wednesday, Feb. 9

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



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

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

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

Thursday, Feb. 10

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

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

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

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

Friday, Feb. 11

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

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

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





Saturday, Feb. 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 3, 2005 - 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



'OSHA's Knocking, Are You Ready?' will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24. The workshop will discuss health and safety regulations that include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, types of inspections and violations, penalties, record keeping, written program and the top OSHA-cited violations. A representative from the Iowa OSHA will be available to answer questions. The workshop is non-regulatory and confidential, and is held in partnership with the Small Business Compliance Alliance. The cost to attend is $35 per business.

For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit www.unirbc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Strategic Marketing Services and Small Business Development Center are partnering with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University to conduct a study among northeast Iowa farmers and agriculture-related small business entrepreneurs.

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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



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



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

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



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

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February 2, 2005 - 6:00pm

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

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

Feb. 12.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 1, 2005 - 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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



The event is sponsored by UNI Advising and Career Services.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 31, 2005 - 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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



Admission is free and open to the public.



The CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum series is sponsored by UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

This event is free and open to the public.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa teacher preparation program that combines elementary education with a special education emphasis will be discussed at information sessions on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 4 and 7 p.m., in Room 1004, Kahl Education Center, 326 W. 3rd St., Davenport.

This B.A. degree program, in conjunction with Eastern Iowa Community College, is designed specifically for individuals who have completed, or are completing, an A.A. degree, are place-bound and cannot relocate to the UNI campus, or are changing careers. Information sessions are open to all interested persons.

UNI program faculty and staff from the UNI Admissions and Financial Aid offices will provide information about the eight-semester degree program, called Instructional Strategist/Elementary Education (ISEE), that will begin in this summer.

UNI faculty will teach the classes either onsite at the community college, over the Iowa Communications Network, or via Web-based courses. The experienced-based program will offer a field experience every semester except one. In this program, students take two years of courses from the community college and then two years from UNI, resulting in a UNI degree. Graduates will receive regular Iowa classroom licensure and earn the Instructional Strategist I endorsement in special education to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities.

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

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

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Monday, Jan. 31

Live from Studio One presents Denny Garcia from the Dubuque-based Mississippi Band, who will perform a solo acoustic show at 7 p.m. in the KUNI studios, third floor, Communication Arts Center. Contact: Karen Impola, (319) 273-6463.

Smart Start class, an informational blitz for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the UNI Regional Center, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. For information or additional class dates, call (310) 236-8123.

Professor JoAnn Schnabel's exhibit, ''JoAnn Schnabel: Works in Clay,'' will run through Wednesday at the UNI Gallery of Art, Kamerick Art Building. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, Gallery of Art, (319) 273-3095 or JoAnn Schnabel, UNI professor of art, (319) 273-2392.

Wednesday, Feb. 2

Julie Husband, UNI assistant professor of English, will present 'Martin Delaney and the 19th-Century Roots and Rhetorics of African-American Conservation,' at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall Room 115, as part of the Department of History Lecture series. Contact: Julie Husband, (319) 273-3849.

A CD release party and performance by the Mittens will take place at 7 p.m. at the KUNI studios, third floor, Communication Arts Center. Contact: Karen Impola, (319) 273-6463.

The Northern Iowa Flute Choir will perform at 8 p.m. at Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center's Davis Hall, conducted by faculty member Angeleita Floyd from the School of Music. Contacts: Celeste Bembry at celeste.bembry@uni.edu or Angeleita Floyd, (319) 273-2199 or angeleita.floyd@uni.edu

Thursday, Feb. 3

Filmmaker Jeff Barrie and Alaska Gwich'in native Peter Solomon will present 'Arctic Quest: Our Search for Truth,' at 4 p.m., McCollum Science Hall, Room 001. The multimedia slide presentation covers the impact of proposed oil extraction from Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on the land and its people. Contact: Jean Gerrath, (319) 273-7152.

Friday - Sunday, Feb. 4 - 5

UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair for educators, Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo. More than 600 certified elementary and secondary educators will network and interview with more than 100, K-12 American international schools. Contact: Tracey Godon, (319) 273-2083.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) has donated $50,000 to the University of Northern Iowa for teacher education.

The IFBF Scholarship has provided the gift to support teacher education students who demonstrate interest in, and commitment to, incorporating Iowa agricultural topics into their teaching.

'Even though we're in a rural state, many teachers said that relatively few students have the understanding of agriculture that one might expect,' said Nick Pace, coordinator of UNI's Student Field Experiences. 'Iowa Farm Bureau's award will encourage our student teachers to think about ways to bring agricultural-related teaching into their school and think creatively about a topic that's vitally important to Iowa's economy, schools and communities.'

The gift will provide scholarship assistance for students participating in a pilot program in the North Iowa Cedar League/Rural Cedar Valley Teaching Center. This year's scholarship has been awarded to Andrew McQuillen, a senior business education major from Moscow, Iowa. McQuillen grew up on a farm and is a strong advocate of rural Iowa and the farming industry. UNI places approximately 575 student teachers in 40 to 50 Iowa counties every year.

'Agriculture touches us all in one way or another,' said Barbara Lykins, IFBF director of community resources. 'Our goal is to help build the knowledge base of educators so they will understand and inform others of the fundamental importance of agricultural production to our state.'

IFBF and its more than 153,000-member families are dedicated to helping farm families prosper and improving their quality of life.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Wellness & Recreation Services announced its December student employees of the month. They were Laura Cox of Denver; Memorea Schrader of Eldridge; Abby Thompson of Solon; Lindsay Judas and Libby Kappmeyer, both of Waterloo; and Ryan Steffel of Maribel; Wis.

Cox, a senior leisure services major, works as a fitness instructor. She has worked with Wellness & Recreation Services for two years.

Schrader, a senior business management major, works as a fitness supervisor and has worked in Wellness & Recreations Services for two-and-one half years.

Thompson, a senior accounting major, works as a fitness instructor and has worked for Wellness & Recreation Services for one-and-one half years.

Judas, a sophomore accounting major, works as an intramural official for volleyball. She has worked in Wellness & Recreation Services for two years.

Kappmeyer, a senior pre-physical training major, works as a fitness instructor. She has worked in Wellness & Recreation Services for one year.

Steffel, a sophomore general studies major, works as an intramural official for softball, flag football, volleyball, basketball, and soccer. He has worked in Wellness & Recreation Services for two years. Both Judas and Steffel are cited for their commitment throughout the volleyball season, their willingness to substitute for others, and for doing an excellent job as officials.

For more information about UNI Wellness & Recreation Services see www.uni.edu/wellrec.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A wide range of educational programs about the importance of protecting the environment are offered by the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) now through April 2005. The programs are available to local schools, grades K-9, as well as youth groups and non-profit organizations.

From a story about a fish named Frank, whose home has been ruined by pollution, to creating a machine that works using solar power, these programs offer students the opportunity to learn about protecting the environment, according to Patricia Higby, energy educator at UNI's CEEE.

In addition to these programs, the CEEE is also offering an after-school Solar Workshop through the ECHOES (Every Child has the Opportunity to Excel and Succeed) program, which lets students build their own solar-powered car and participate in other environmental educational activities. These programs will be held at Peet and Holmes Junior High Schools in Cedar Falls.

For more information on these programs, contact Ryan Lensing at (319) 273-3850 or rylens@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 29th annual University of Northern Iowa Overseas Recruiting Fair will take place Feb. 4-6, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.

Once again this year, the UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair will host more than 120

international schools representing more than 65 countries. At least 600 educators are expected to participate in the Fair in order to interview for teaching positions at these schools.

The UNI Fair is the oldest international educator recruitment event in the world. Since its inception in 1976, nearly 18,000 teachers have used the overseas placement services at UNI.

No additional registrations are being taken to attend this year's event. Persons interested in future events may contact Tracey Godon at (319) 273-2083, or visit www.uni.edu/placement/overseas.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Graduating seniors and recent graduates from the University of Northern Iowa have an opportunity to apply for a scholarship worth up to $50,000 for graduate study from the Jack Cooke Foundation.

The Jack Cooke Foundation will award between 45 and 50 scholarships to students across the nation planning to attend graduate school in fall 2005. Applicants must be nominated by their accredited college or university and have a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship is available to nearly all majors.

Two applicants from UNI will be selected by a UNI committee and forwarded to the Cooke Foundation for consideration for the scholarships. The UNI application deadline is Friday, March 23, 2005.

John Vallentine, director of UNI's School of Music, is the UNI faculty representative for the Jack Cooke Foundation Scholarship program.

For more information visit the Jack Cooke Foundation Web site at: www.jackkentcookefoundation.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twenty-two University of Northern Iowa juniors and seniors recently were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, a national business honor society.

____(Student's name)___, a ___(Classification)___, from ___(hometown)___, was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma national honor society at UNI.



To be eligible for the membership, the students must rank in the upper seven percent of the junior class, the upper 10 percent of the senior class, or the upper 20 percent of the master's class.

The mission of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and personal and professional excellence in the practice of business. Of the 1,400 U.S. institutions with business degree programs, only about 350 are accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and have Beta Gamma Sigma chapters. UNI has been accredited since 1994, and has inducted more than 400 members. The faculty advisor for Beta Gamma Sigma is Lori Mason-Olsen, UNI assistant professor of accounting.





EDITOR'S NOTE: Listed below alphabetically by hometown, with Iowa residents first, are the students who were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma at UNI. Please check the list for other towns in your coverage area. Thank you.

HOMETOWN STUDEN'TS NAME/CLASSIFICATION

ALTON Krissa Marie Langel/Senior

BOONE Andrew Ahrens/Junior



CEDAR FALLS Thu V. Mai/Senior

Aaron Popp/Senior

Nathan Wittmaack/Senior

CENTER POINT Steffany M. Zobokrtsky/Junior

CEDAR RAPIDS Stephen P. Skram/Senior

CHARLES CITY Heather Marie Damro/Senior

IOWA CITY Brittany A. Carlson/Junior

LE MARS Aaron Michael Prieksat/Senior

MANCHESTER Beth Ann Soppe/Junior

MASON CITY Marie Harms/Senior

Mat Pralle/Junior

MARBLE ROCK Matthew Jay Ott/Senior

MUSCATINE Melissa Smok/Junior

RED OAK Travis James Magneson/MAcc

SIOUX CITY Melanie Kay Miller/Senior

SPIRIT LAKE Andrew Schultz/Junior

WALKER Jessica A. Sackett/Senior

WATERLOO Christopher M. Cochran/Senior

Amy C. Lederman/Senior

Stacy I. Nelson/Senior

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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 2 and 3. Specific times for discussion of most items are unknown. The docket is available on the Web at www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/Agendas/agenda.html

1. Register of capital improvement business transactions

Review of campus master plan

Contact:

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

Morris Mikkelsen, associate vice president for Facilities Management, (319) 273-2611

2. Facilities governance report

Contact:

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

3. Personnel register

Contact:

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

4. Semiannual claims activity report

Contact:

Tim McKenna, operations auditor, (319) 273-3241

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Limited enrollment is available for the Spring 2005 session of

Kindergym, a creative movement program sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa's Youth Fitness & Obesity Institute.



Kindergym is designed for children ages two-to-five-years-old and their parents. It focuses on the exploration and development of motor skills.



The program will be held Saturday mornings, Jan. 29 through March 5. Kindergym is divided into two age groups and meeting times. Four-and five-year-olds (full) will meet at 9 to 9:50 a.m. and two-and three-year-olds (open) will meet at 10 to 10:50 a.m. A parent or responsible adult is required to attend the sessions with each child.



UNI students majoring in early childhood, elementary and/or physical education help design the program and lead the group activities.



The registration fee is $25, which includes a t-shirt. For more information, contact Karyn Finn, Kindergym coordinator, at (319) 273-3066, or e-mail Karyn.finn@uni.edu

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Martin Delany and the Nineteenth-Century Roots and Rhetorics of African- American Conservatism,' will be the topic of the Phi Alpha Theta/UNI Department of History Lecture Series at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.



Julie Husband, UNI assistant professor of English, will deliver the lecture. Husband received her

Ph.D. in English at SUNY-Buffalo (N.Y.), in 1999. Her area of expertise is 19th-century American literature, African-American literature and anti-slavery discourse. She is the co-author of the book, Daily Life in the United States: 1870-1900, and has written articles on Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria Child, W.E.B. Du Bois, Philip Roth and the female workers of Lowell, Mass.

Husband's lecture will focus on the African-American leader, Martin Delany, who is a forerunner to African-American conservatives like Booker T. Washington, and more contemporary figures such as Clarence Thomas, Shelby Steele and Armstrong Williams. Delany is best known for his black nationalism and his efforts to help African-Americans to emigrate to Africa during the 1850s. He was the only African-American man to become an officer during the Civil War, and he later was appointed to a judgeship under the Democrats in South Carolina. Husband will explore Delany's major writings and his decision to break ranks with both the leadership and mass of African-Americans by endorsing the Democrats in the 1876 election.



Husband's lecture marks the fourth in the 2004-2005 History Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNI Department of History, UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization. The next lecture will be March 9.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa teacher preparation program that combines elementary education with a special education emphasis will be discussed at information sessions on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 4 and 7 p.m., in Board Room 506/507, Administration Offices, Building A, Western Iowa Tech Community College.

This B.A. degree program, in conjunction with Western Iowa Tech Community College, is designed specifically for individuals who have completed, or are completing, an A.A. degree, are place-bound and cannot relocate to the UNI campus, or are changing careers. Information sessions are open to all interested persons.

UNI program faculty and staff from the UNI Admissions and Financial Aid offices will provide information about the eight-semester degree program, called Instructional Strategist/Elementary Education (ISEE), that will begin summer 2005.

UNI faculty will teach the classes either onsite at the community college, over the Iowa Communications Network or via Web-based courses. The experienced-based program will offer a field experience every semester except one. In this program, students take two years of courses from the community college and then two years from UNI, resulting in a UNI degree. Graduates will receive regular Iowa classroom licensure and earn the Instructional Strategist I endorsement in special education to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities.

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

For more information, contact Athena Clayborne, WITCC Admissions Office, 1-800-352-4649, UNI Admissions/Transfer Relations at 1-800-772-2037, or visit www.uni.edu/2+2.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four Iowa schools have recently been selected to become Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) partner schools, providing teachers with new opportunities in space science education. The ISGC is a NASA-supported organization aimed at increasing interest in aerospace education and research. Its academic members are the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Drake University.

The four schools selected are Jefferson Elementary School in Pella, St. Joseph School in Des Moines, Jefferson Junior High School in Dubuque and Audubon High School in Audubon.

In an effort to improve science education in Iowa, the ISGC decided to try a new approach in 2004 by sending teachers to space centers throughout the United States. The new initiative, now in its second year, is in partnership with Space Education Initiatives, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to engaging students in science, math and technology by using the excitement of space exploration.

Jay Staker, ISGC associate director, and four Iowa teachers traveled to Cape Canaveral, Fla., Jan. 19-23, where they spent three days touring the center's various facilities and meeting with astronauts and aerospace professionals to get firsthand experience to take back to the classroom. Andrew Chaikin, author of 'A Man on the Moon,' also led participants on an historical journey through Cape Canaveral.

Staker, along with another group of teachers, will travel to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., in February. During a three-day stay, they will tour the center's various research, testing and historical facilities. They also will have an opportunity to interact with actual mission scientists and design engineers as they work on current space exploration projects.

'The workshops provide educators with the opportunity to bring back practical applications to their classrooms,' Staker said. 'We hope this will allow them to make connections between space science and school curriculum in order to enhance their instruction.'

As part of the grant, both groups will implement what they have learned in their own classrooms and give presentations in other school districts to promote NASA learning opportunities. Staker said he considers the two trips to be a great learning experience not only for teachers, but also for the students they teach. For more information about ISGC educational activities, visit the consortium's Web site at www.ia.spacegrant.org/K12.htm.

The ISGC, formed in 1990, is part of the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Its mission is to coordinate and improve Iowa's future in aerospace science, design and technology and to stimulate aerospace research, education and outreach activities throughout the state.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has selected Amanda Freking of Algona as employee of the month for January 2005.



Freking, a senior communication and theatre arts education major, is a building monitor in the Access Services department. She works primarily in the Inter-Library Loan, but assists all service desks in the department. She has worked at the Rod Library since October 2002.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Spring semester enrollment at the University of Northern Iowa shows 11,896 students registered for classes, according to UNI Registrar Phil Patton. The official total, taken at the end of the second week of classes, is a decrease of 519 students, or 4.2 percent, from the official 2004 spring enrollment of 12,415, taken at the end of the third week of classes.



Patton noted that the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, changed its standard reporting time to the end of the second week of classes beginning last fall. The comparable second week count in the spring of 2004 was 12,239.



'The spring enrollment follows very closely the fall enrollment,' said UNI President Robert Koob. 'The ratio of spring to fall enrollment has fallen consistently within a very narrow range over the years. The ratio this spring is fully consistent with our past experience.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's individual events speech team participated in the 'Hell Froze Over' tournament at the University of Texas at Austin earlier this month.

'This tournament is considered one of the most difficult regular-season tournaments in the country,' said Jacob Thompson, UNI's director of forensics.



On the first day of the debate, Mike Hilkin, a junior communication studies major from Dubuque, placed fourth overall in communication analysis and was a semifinalist in impromptu speaking. During the second day of competition, Hilkin placed 13th in persuasive speaking and extemporaneous speaking, sixth in impromptu speaking and was a semifinalist in communication analysis.



This was the first major varsity tournament for Jesse Ohl, a freshman biology major from Denison, who advanced to the semifinal round of impromptu speaking.



Almost 50 colleges and universities throughout the nation participated in the tournament.

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1/24/05

UNI News Briefs

A weekly service of the University of Northern Iowa Office of University Marketing & Public Relations. Following is a list of story leads and the University of Northern Iowa sources who can best address each of them. Feel free to contact sources directly.

Better Business Communication Day

Today (Monday, Jan. 24) is Better Business Communication Day, a day set aside to encourage all workers to acknowledge the importance of effective communication in the workplace. Laura Terlip, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa, teaches courses in organizational communications and often consults with businesses about communication problems.

'Most organizations, and most managers and supervisors with whom I talk, tell me they communicate with their employees, saying such things as 'I told them that' or 'it was in the newsletter,'' says Terlip. 'But if the intended receivers of the message don't perceive that communication has occurred, then it hasn't. George Bernard Shaw once said that the problem with communication is the illusion that it occurred, and that problem has grown in recent years as we have added new communication channels and technology like e-mail.'

Terlip said the biggest challenge in business is to get everyone to appreciate that communication is a key contributor to business success. She talked about a recent study by Watson Wyatt which showed that companies with effective communication had a much higher return on investment (ROI) and much lower levels of employee turnover. 'Companies need to find ways to encourage effective communication practices. By doing so, they create a higher quality of work life for their members, more satisfied customers, and an organization that can adapt to change and leaders who can manage change efforts successfully. '

Laura Terlip, UNI associate professor of communication studies, (319) 273-2999; (319) 273-2217 (department office); Laura.Terlip@uni.edu

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



UNI Business and Community Services director to address Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee

Randy Pilkington, executive director, UNI Business & Community Services, will speak at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, to the Economic Development Appropriations subcommittee, in the Supreme Court Chamber of the State Capitol. He will discuss UNI's contributions to Iowa's economy. Highlights will include UNI's role in economic development in small business assistance and incubation, creating equity capital, market research and analysis, environmental assistance and local economic development.

'UNI's business and community services develops mutually beneficial partnerships with community leaders, businesses and entrepreneurs across the state who can benefit from UNI's hands-on technical assistance program,' explained Pilkington. UNI Business & Community Services has served 3,500 businesses and 457 community clients involving approximately 32,600 employees.

Randy Pilkington, executive director, UNI Business & Community Services, (319) 273-6941

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

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Monday, Jan. 24

Center for Energy and Environmental Education 10th anniversary, CEEE Auditorium. Program outlining UNI's history as a leader in environmental education and the impact it has had on Iowa begins at 7 p.m., followed by a reception, sponsored by the Iowa Environmental Council. Call Pat Higby, CEEE, (319) 273-6012

Blues vocalist Amy Martin will perform at 7 p.m. in the KUNI studios, third floor, Communication Arts Center. Contact KUNI, 1-800-772-2440, ext. 0.

Professor JoAnn Schnabel's exhibit, ''JoAnn Schnabel: Works in Clay,'' will run through Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the UNI Gallery of Art, Kamerick Art Building. Contact: Darrell Taylor, director, Art Gallery, (319) 273-3095 or Schnabel, (319) 273-2392.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Director/Designers Presentation: The Music Lesson, 6:30 p.m., Strayer-Wood Theatre. Call 319-273-6381.

Thursday, Jan. 27

'THURSDAZE Goes Western Wild' is the theme for the weekly Thursday night activities for students in Maucker Union. The featured movie, 'Friday Night Lights,' will be shown one time only, at 7 p.m., and the evening will include mechanical bull riding, rodeo roper, horse racing and cow milking, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Participants will be able to make their own CDs, from 6 p.m. to midnight, and country dancing lessons will be offered at 9 p.m. For more information, call the Student Involvement & Activities Center, 319-273-2683.

Sunday, Jan. 30

'Romeo & Juliet,' presented by the St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre, 7:30 pm, GBPAC. Curtain Talk begins at 6:45 p.m. Contact: GBPAC Box Office; toll-free 877-549-SHOW (7469) or 273-SHOW.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is taking applications, through Tuesday, Feb. 1, for the Alderman Scholars Program, which will award recipients up to $5,000 per year for up to four years.

The scholars program is open to incoming freshman, transfer students and current UNI students who have faced challenges (financial or otherwise) and are majoring in, or intend to major in, a field of study within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Departments within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences are design, family and consumer sciences; geography; history; political science; psychology; social work; and, sociology, anthropology and criminology.

The Alderman Scholars Program was established by a grant from the Everett Alderman Endowment. The scholarships are in memory of his wife, Marthe Benzon Alderman, and his parents, Gertrude Welty Alderman and A. Bruce Alderman.

For more information about the scholarship and the application process, call (319) 273-3584 or visit http://fp.uni.edu/csbs/students/aldermanscholars.htm.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three print exhibitions that address culture and conflict in the Middle East, will be on display in the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art from Thursday, Feb. 10 through Friday, March 4.

The exhibitions include 'The Fertile Crescent Portfolio,' 'Veronica's Imprint' and 'World in a Jar: War and Trauma.' Lectures will be presented by two of the artists.

'The Fertile Crescent Portfolio' is a United Arab Emirates-based print exhibition organized by Heather Muise of Zayed University, and Matthew Egan of American University of Sharjah.

'Veronica's Imprint' is a print exhibition and original site-specific installation by Phyllis McGibbon, 1997 Pinanski Prize winner and associate professor of studio art at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass. McGibbon will give an artist's lecture Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., in the auditorium of the Kamerick Art Building (KAB), Room 111.

'World in a Jar: War and Trauma' is a photo installation by Robert Hirsch, the founder of Light Research and author of 'Seizing the Light: A History of Photography.' Hirsch will give an artist's lecture at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, KAB Room 111.

These exhibitions and lectures were curated by UNI print professors Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson, and are supported in part by the Martha Ellen Tye Visiting Artist/Scholar Series.

All events at the UNI Gallery of Art are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit

http://www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) will offer winter and spring courses covering entrepreneurial training, business health and safety regulations, environmental regulations and software training at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.

'Smart Start,' an entrepreneurial training course, will be offered from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31, Tuesday, Feb. 22, and Tuesday, March 29; 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 12; noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, and Tuesday, April 12; and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, Tuesday, May 10, and Thursday, May 26. This 90-minute course will cover the basics of business legalities, business plans, financial plans, commercial bank financing and state financial assistance programs. The course will be taught by RBC counselors, and the cost to attend is $15.

'Fast Trac Planning Entrepreneurial Training' will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 3 through March 24. The eight-session training course will use classroom instruction, hands-on business planning and discussion with local business experts to assist entrepreneurs in starting or growing a business. Certified Fast Trac trainers will teach the course. The cost is $199 per business.

The workshop 'OSHA's Knocking, Are You Ready?' will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24. The workshop will discuss health and safety regulations that include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, types of inspections and violations, penalties, record keeping, written program and the top OSHA-cited violations. A representative from the Iowa OSHA will be available to answer questions. The workshop is non-regulatory and confidential, and is held in partnership with the Small Business Compliance Alliance. The cost to attend is $35 per business.

'Microsoft Excel' and 'Microsoft Access,' software-training courses, will be offered in conjunction with Ketels Contract Training. Chris Case, author of 'CTI Shortcuts TM CD-ROMS,' will teach both courses.

'Microsoft Excel' covers everything from the basics to the more advanced commands and capabilities of the program. Module 1 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, and will cover beginning skills. Module 2 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, and will build on the basics with intermediate skills. Module 3 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 11, and will cover Excel's more advanced capabilities. The Excel modules are $115 each or $299 to attend all three.

'Microsoft Access' covers the beginning and more advanced commands of the database software. Module 1 will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, April 4, and will discuss basic skills. Module 2 will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, and Friday, April 8, and will cover intermediate and advanced topics. The Access module I is $125 to attend, module 2 is $249; the cost to attend both modules is $349.

The 'Environmental Compliance Assistance' workshop will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 17. The workshop will cover a general background of the environmental regulations that apply to small businesses. The workshop is held in partnership with the Iowa Waste Reduction Center and Small Business Compliance Alliance. The cost is $35 per business.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa President Robert Koob and Jane Hasek, chancellor of Allen College, will be the first presenters in the 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series. They will speak on educational leadership, from 3:30-4:45 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, in UNI's Schindler Education Center, Room 252.

The 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series, sponsored by the UNI Leadership Studies Program, will feature leaders from various professional fields throughout the semester. Upcoming leadership panel topics include government, media, human rights, business and environmental leadership. Workshops on mediation and arbitration and sexual harassment are also planned.

The 'Leaders on Leadership' series is free and open to the public. Metered visitor-only parking is available in the lot immediately north of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 50 cents per hour.

For more information on the 'Leaders on Leadership' speaker series or the optional one-hour course credit available, contact Geraldine Perreault at (319) 273-6898 or YLA@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa teacher preparation program that combines elementary education with a special education emphasis will be discussed at information sessions at both Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) campuses. Sessions at NICC-Calmar will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 4 and 7 p.m., in the Wilder Room #101. Sessions at NICC-Peosta will be held Thursday, Jan. 27, at 4 and 7 p.m., in Conference Center 1.

This B.A. degree program, in conjunction with Northeast Iowa Community College, is designed specifically for individuals who have completed, or are completing, an A.A. degree, are place-bound and cannot relocate to the UNI campus, or are changing careers. Information sessions are open to all interested persons.

UNI program faculty and staff from the UNI Admissions and Financial Aid offices will provide information about the seven-semester degree program, called Instructional Strategist/Elementary Education (ISEE), that will begin summer 2005.

UNI faculty will teach the classes either onsite at the community college, over the Iowa Communications Network, or via web-based courses. The experience-based program will offer a field experience every semester except one. In this program, students take two years of courses from the community college and then two years from UNI, resulting in a UNI degree. Graduates will receive regular Iowa classroom licensure and earn the Instructional Strategist I endorsement in special education to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities.

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

For more information, contact Kim Bosworth, NICC, Calmar Campus, Dean of Business, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences. (563) 562-3263 Ext. 235; UNI Admissions/Transfer Relations at 1-800-772-2037, or visit www.uni.edu/2+2.

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