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March 15, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Assault on Gay America: The Life and Death of Billy Jack Gaither,' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Assault on Gay America' tells the story of Bill Jack Gaither, a 39-year-old gay man who worked at the Russell Athletics apparel company in Alabama. He was beaten to death in February 1999.

The film is based on a 2000 PBS Frontline special on hate crimes and the film has received positive reviews from the 'Chicago Tribune,' the 'Boston Globe,' and the 'Indianapolis Star.'

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

The event is free and open to the public.

March 14, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre will hold a three-day musical theater audition workshop led by Broadway, film and television actor Kip Niven, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25, and finishing with a final presentation of auditions from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 27, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

While in residence at UNI, Niven will work one-on-one with 15 students from the theater department on singing and acting for musical theater.

Niven's performance credits include appearances on Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theaters and summer stock. He has performed in over 100 miniseries, movies of the week and television series including 'Law & Order,' 'Days of Our Lives,' 'Simon and Simon,' 'Walker Texas Ranger' and 'One Life to Live.' He has also appeared in feature films, including 'In Cold Blood,' 'Magnum Force' and 'Earthquake.' He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Actors' Equity Association.

The workshop's opening session will take place Thursday, followed by one-on-one sessions Friday and Saturday. Those interested in learning more about musical theater audition techniques are welcome to observe during any of the sessions. Observation is free and open to the public.

A complete workshop schedule will be posted online at www.uni.edu/theatre. For more information, contact the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381.

The workshop is sponsored by the Martha Ellen Tye Guest Artists Fund.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) will present the lecture and panel discussion, 'The Changing Face of Iowa: Tapping Resources for Successful Aging,' at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 26, in UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), Room 11.

The featured speaker will be Toni Calasanti, professor of sociology and women's studies at Virginia Tech, and co-author of the book, 'Gender, Social Inequalities and Aging.' The book covers work and retirement, body image, sexuality, health, family relationships and informal care.

Calasanti's lecture, 'To Be or Not to Be Old: Ageism and Successful Aging,' will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Julia Wallace, CSBS dean. Panelists will be Telisa Burt, executive director, Jesse Cosby Neighborhood Center; Nikki Carrion, founder, FitXpress; Donna Harvey, executive director, Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging; and Lisa Hoodjer, administrator, Elizabeth E. Martin Health Center.

'Aging is a serious issue in Iowa,' said Phyllis Baker, CSBS associate dean. 'According to the U.S. Census, Iowa ranks first in the nation for its proportion of citizens who are 85 and older. It is tied for fourth for its proportion of citizens 65 or older.'

In 2002, UNI established the state's first bachelor of arts program in gerontology. It is the state's only undergraduate program specializing in the study of older adults. The recently established Iowa Consortium for Applied Gerontology, housed at UNI, helps increase education and awareness about the needs of older Iowans.



The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. The formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the lecture series, contact the UNI CSBS at (319) 273-2221.

This is the second of two presentations in the CSBS Changing Face of Iowa series. The first presentation covered issues affecting Latino youth.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education will host a dedication of its new facility at 1 p.m., Friday, March 26. The new center is on the top floor of the recently renovated Maucker Union.



Featured will be brief addresses by UNI President Robert Koob; Michael D. Blackwell, director for multicultural education; Emiliano Lerda, president of the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG); Matt Close, former president of the NISG; Nicolas Vaca, author of 'Presumed Alliance: The Unspoken Conflict Between Latinos and Blacks and What it Means for America'; Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services; and Terry Stevens, a member of the UNI-7, a group of students whose actions helped establish the Ethnic Minorities Cultural & Educational Center at UNI in the early '70s.

In March 1970, UNI's Afro-American Society proposed a $20,000 budget to build a new Minority Group Cultural Center. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, vetoed the budget. In protest, society members gathered for a sit-in. Media reports from that day indicate students forced their way into the president's home and held his family hostage. Both J.W. Maucker, then president, and students deny it happened that way. 'They came to the door and knocked,' said Maucker, who is planning to attend the dedication. 'I let them in.

The district attorney, however, threatened jail time for those involved. In the end, seven students -- who came to be known as the UNI-7 -- were suspended from the university. Maucker continued to work with the Board of Regents and the students, and the university opened the Ethnic Minorities Cultural & Educational Center in February 1971. That facility is now known as the Center for Multicultural Education.

Tours and a reception will follow the ceremony.

The Maucker Union addition and renovation project began in spring 2002 and was funded exclusively through student fees, at a cost of $13 million.

The public may attend the dedication at no charge. For more information, contact Gaile Tolbert, (319) 273-2250, gaile.Tolbert@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will speak at the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25, as part of the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series. This year's lecture co-sponsor is the UNI Speaker's Committee.

The 4:30 p.m. lecture is a special question-and-answer session designed for students. The

7:30 p.m event, titled 'Leadership and America's Future in Space' is Ride's formal lecture.



Established in 2001 by UNI alumna and former Iowa Lt. Gov. Joy Cole Corning, the series' purpose is to bring to campus nationally and internationally renowned leaders in such areas as the arts, business, education, government and the judiciary. A desire to give students the opportunity to hear and interact with leaders in their respective fields from all over the world prompted Corning to make a $1 million gift to the UNI Foundation's 'Students First' campaign.

Ride holds a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in English from Stanford University. She earned both a master's of science and a doctorate in physics from Stanford University. She was selected for astronaut training in 1978, and worked on the support crew for both the second and third space shuttle flights.

Her first flight was aboard the Challenger in 1983. Her second spaceflight was also aboard the Challenger in October 1984.

Ride's training for a third flight was interrupted in 1986 by the Challenger accident. For the next six months she served as a member of the presidential commission investigating the accident. Upon completion of the investigation, Ride was assigned to NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., as assistant to the NASA administrator for long-range planning. In this role she created NASA's Office of Exploration.

She is now a physicist and a member of the faculty at the University of California, San Diego. Ride also is a member of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. She wrote a children's book, 'To Space and Back,' describing her experiences in space; has received the Jefferson Award for Public Service; and has twice been awarded the National Spaceflight Medal.

Her latest books, 'Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of The Solar System' and 'The Third Planet: Exploring The Earth From Space,' are now in bookstores.

Joy Corning graduated from UNI with a bachelor of arts in elementary education in 1954. She taught school in Greenfield and Waterloo, before leaving the profession to raise her family in Cedar Falls. She now lives in Des Moines.

She was elected to the Cedar Falls school board in 1973, serving 11 years, nine of them as president. After six years in the Iowa Senate, she was elected lieutenant governor, serving for eight years.

Now an active volunteer, Corning serves on nearly a dozen boards, including the UNI Foundation Board of Trustees; UNI's Performing Arts Center advisory board; the boards of the Des Moines Symphony, the National Conference on Community and Justice, and the Institute for Character Development.



Ride is the second speaker in the series. The first was Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State.

There is no cost to attend the lectures, but tickets are required. They may be obtained by calling 273-SHOW. If tickets remain on the date of the lecture, they may be obtained at the box office before the event.

March 10, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The next 'Reel to Real' film will be shown at noon, Wednesday, March 24, in the University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union South Room.

'Stories of Change' follows the lives of four ethnically diverse women -- Hispanic, Caucasian, Vietnamese and African-American -- and their survival through challenges with alcoholism, drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy and cultural barriers. A discussion following the film will be facilitated by Guy Sims, Maucker Union associate director.

Sims said the film is part of the year-long 'Reel to Real' film series that presents short films worthy of reflection, discussion, challenge and criticism. The series is sponsored by the Maucker Union Student Activities Office and will continue April 21, with 'Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment,' a film that explores whether non-citizen residents are entitled to First Amendment rights.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact, Guy Sims at (319) 273-2683.

'Stories of Change' was originally scheduled to be shown on February 18.

March 9, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'New Iowans' program will host a forum on immigration and refugee issues at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 11, in Schindler Education Center, Room 244-245. The event was originally scheduled to take place in the John Deere Auditorium of the Curris Business Building.

The 'New Iowans' program and Iowa Public Television (IPTV) have received a $5,000 grant from the Independent Television Service (ITVS) to promote a Public Broadcasting System miniseries, 'The New Americans.' Also participating in the project is the UNI Museum.

Airing March 29-April 1, 'The New Americans' is a seven-hour series about the search for the American dream through the eyes of today's immigrants and refugees, including those from Nigeria, India, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the West Bank.

In conjunction with this effort will be two community forums that will help Iowans understand life for new immigrants and refugees. The final forum is Tuesday, March 23, at Music Man Square in Mason City.

Clips from 'The New Americans' will be shown, and panel discussions will follow. Panelists will include Mark Grey, director of the New Iowans program; Anne Woodrick, UNI associate professor of anthropology; and UNI President Robert Koob. Isreal Nwidor, a refugee from Nigeria, will speak at the Cedar Falls event. Nwidor, his wife and two small children fled the country after a military crackdown on protestors who had demanded more environmentally sound and economically just policies from the government and Shell Oil Corp.



For more information, contact Grey at (319) 273-3029.

March 8, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– Six University of Northern Iowa art students have been chosen to exhibit at the 2004 Des Moines Arts Festival Emerging Iowa Artist Program June 25-27. Andrew Crooks, TJ Erdahl, Justin Richert, Stephanie Sailer, David Schmitz and Bounnak Thammavong were six of 20 students chosen from around the state.

Crooks, from Cedar Falls, is a senior art major. He will be showing photography works. Senior art major Erdahl, from Waterloo, will be showing ceramics. Richert, from Des Moines, graduated in December with a bachelor of fine arts degree. He will be showing functional ceramics. Sailer, from Cedar Falls, is a graduate student who will be showing 3-D works. Schmitz,from Ionia, is a sophomore art major with an emphasis in drawing. He will be showing works in charcoal. Thammavong, from Cedar Falls, is a graduate student showing 3-D works.

The Des Moines Arts Festival, which began in 1998, is ranked the fifth-best fine arts festival in the nation.

The students' work also can be seen during the Arts in April festival on April 3, from noon-5 p.m., at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI campus.

For more information about the Emerging Iowa Artist Program, visit www.desmoinesartfestival.com or contact Tricia Denzin, project coordinator, Des Moines Arts Festival, at (515) 288-2258.

March 7, 2004 - 6:00pm

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The movies and advertisements make spring break seem like one long bikini-clad party where nothing goes wrong. Milissa Wright, a lieutenant with UNI Police, says the annual March event is rife with opportunity for all manner of wayward behavior, much of it criminal and dangerous. Because alcohol plays such a prominent role in the celebration, she said, 'There's a greater likelihood of alcohol overdose, a greater probability that you'll become a victim of a crime, and increased chance that you'll be the perpetrator of a crime.'

She said following some simple rules can help those on spring break protect themselves.

First, stay in a group.

Women, particularly, should not allow themselves to become isolated with an individual they don't know.

Appoint a designated driver.

Set boundaries for your group, and stick to them.

Take care of friends who might have had too much to drink. Do not leave them alone.

Develop a plan for where to meet, should you become separated from your group.

Wright said law enforcement officials have reported that persons seeking to sexually assault sometimes use date-rape drugs. The colorless drugs can be easily slipped into drinks. 'So watch your drinks. Never leave them unattended, and if someone buys you a drink, watch the beverage from the moment it's poured to the moment you finish the drink.'

Contact:

Milissa Wright, lieutenant, UNI Police, (319) 273-2712

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

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Boosting nutritional level of 'child menu' options requires creativity from parents

A recent study indicated that the children's menus in most restaurants consist of little more than fatty fried meats, and french fries accompanied by sugar-laden sodas and desserts. Joan Thompson, health educator for the Department of Wellness & Recreation Services at UNI, says there are some fairly simply ways parents can around this, and help children learn to make healthy choices wherever they choose to dine. 'It's important to remember that one high-fat meal won't make or break you nutritionally. It's what you eat on a consistent basis that counts,' says Thompson.

She suggests parents encourage children who choose hamburgers or cheeseburgers, to add veggies like tomatoes, lettuce and pickles to beef up the nutritional value. Look for salads and grilled chicken options. Also, it's a good idea to vary the kind of restaurant.

Or, she says, serve the kind of food kids like, without setting foot in a restaurant or spending much money. Further, you could probably do it faster than making a trip to the restaurant. It just takes planning. For instance, says Thompson, tortillas warmed in the microwave and topped with cheese and veggies take about a minute to make, are nutritionally sound, and cost just pennies to serve.

Contact:

Joan Thompson, health educator, Wellness & Recreation Services, (319) 273-2198

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

Waterloo elementary students at UNI for learning/volunteer opportunity

About 50 students from the Walter Cunningham School of Excellence will be at UNI, from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, March 12, at the Schindler Education Center. According to Kathy Oakland, instructor in Student Field Experience, the event is a university-community endeavor that allows groups of students to participate in several learning areas. About 100 UNI students have volunteered for this effort.

The elementary students will visit the Marshall Center School to learn about classrooms of the past. Students in UNI's Camp Adventure ï¾™ program will teach crafts and songs, and other UNI students will read to the Cunningham students.

Contact:

Kathy Oakland, instructor, Student Field Experience, (319) 273-2591

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

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UNI celebrates 'Pi Day'

March 14 is the day when mathematicians everywhere pay homage to the number pi (3.14). This year, the UNI Math Club will observe Pi Day with a series of events, taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in Wright Hall, Room 338.

Professors will make special pies, and students will construct a paper chain related to the number pi.

Contact:

Melissa Potter, member, UNI Math Club, (319) 222-1237

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

March 4, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events speech team competed in two tournaments at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater the weekend of February 28 and 29.

At the Edna Sorber Individual Events Tournament, Michelle Kelsey, a senior political communications major from Ankeny, came in first in extemporaneous speaking. Kelsey normally competes with UNI's debate team. This was her first collegiate individual events tournament.

Other place winners were Mike Hilkin, a sophomore English major from Dubuque, placed second in impromptu and extemporaneous; Sara Gronstal, a senior elementary education major from Council Bluffs, came in fourth in prose, fifth in persuasion and sixth in poetry; Danielle Dick, a senior culture and communication major from Dayton, placed fifth in communication analysis; and Coltrane Carlson, a freshman sports broadcasting major from Council Bluffs, came in sixth in informative. The individual events team finished fourth overall.

At the Mid-American Forensic League Tournament, Hilkin placed first in impromptu; Carlson finished fourth in informative; and Dick came in fourth in prose.

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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at Drake University, Wednesday, March 10. 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. Proposed miscellaneous fees and charges

All three universities provided a list of proposed non-tuition-related fees and charges. Contact:

Renee Romano, vice president for Educational & Student Services, (319) 273-2331

Phil Patton, registar, (319) 273-2244

2. Proposed residence hall rates, budget and five-year plan

UNI proposes increasing residence hall rates 7 percent ($343) for the 2004-05 academic year.

Background:

a. The rate increase is necessary because of decreased enrollment, renovation of the Towers Dining Facility and staffing changes to provide higher-quality service, longer service hours and more food and dining choices.

b. However, even with the increase, UNI's room-and-board rates are the fourth lowest among peer institutions.

c. To help students manage room and board costs, UNI established the '2-Year Advantage' program in 2003. This three-year pilot project allows students and families to lock in the cost of room and board, if the student agrees to live on campus for two years. For example: students who signed up for the program in 2003 were able to freeze their rate for the 2004/2005 year.

d. Approximately 450 students signed up for the program by August 2003. The goal was 300.

Contact:

Renee Romano, vice president for Educational & Student Services, (319) 273-2331

Robert Hartman, director, Department of Residence, (319) 273-2333

3. Proposed parking rates

Contact:

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

4. Unit cost study (biennial)

Unit cost represents the general-fund-supported cost of instructing a full-time equivalent (FTE) student at a given level. Unit cost is considered in establishing tuition rates, reviewing the program emphases of the universities, and measuring instructional productivity and cost benefits. The average regent undergraduate unit cost also is used as a basis to determine the funding goal for the Iowa Tuition Grant Program.

Contact:

Aaron Podolefksy, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, (319) 273-2517

Thulasi Kumar, director, Information Management & Analysis, (319) 273-3567

5. Quarterly investment and cash management report

Contact:

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

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Joan Thompson is a working mother of three children, two of whom are extremely active in extra-curricular activities. On any given day, this busy parent is running hither and yon, making sure her children get to soccer, cheerleading or some other after-school activity. Getting the family home for a nutritious dinner can be tricky. So, like a lot of parents, Thompson occasionally swings by her favorite fast-food restaurant.



'Too many of us beat ourselves up because we took the kids to McDonald's,' says the health educator for the Department of Wellness & Recreation Services at the University of Northern Iowa. 'I think the guilt is more harmful than the food itself. If you're busy, don't apologize for giving your children fast food. One high-fat meal won't make or break you nutritionally. It's what you eat on a consistent basis that counts.'

She suggests parents encourage children to get vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce and pickles on hamburgers to beef up the nutritional value. Look for salads and grilled chicken options. Also, it's a good idea to vary the kind of restaurant. Thompson is a fan of restaurants that serve tacos or sub sandwiches, both of which tend to be loaded with lettuce, tomatoes and wholesome cheese. Just don't super-size the meal.

'That's when a lot of problems start to happen,' says Thompson. 'Those super-sized portions are just too large. Even adults don't need that kind of volume.'

Thompson says there are ways to serve 'fast food' without ever setting foot in a fast-food restaurant or spending much money. Further, you could probably do it faster than making a trip past the drive-through window. It just takes planning and a little re-defining of the phrase 'fast food.'

For instance, says Thompson, tortillas warmed in the microwave and topped with cheese and veggies take about a minute to make, are nutritionally sound, and cost just pennies to serve.



Taking the kids to soccer practice after school? A busy parent could certainly opt to stop at a fast-food restaurant but, says Thompson, it's probably easier to pack a cooler the night before, filling it with sliced fruit, sandwiches and mini cartons of milk. 'I find that doing this sort of thing is actually faster and more convenient than pulling into a drive-through.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The next session of 'Women on Fridays: Video Viewpoints,' offered by the University of Northern Iowa Women's Studies program, will be at noon, Friday March 12, in Baker Hall, Room 161.

'The Hazards of Helen,' produced between 1914 and 1917, stars Helen Holmes, one of the most celebrated silent screen serial queens. The film will explore the issue of feminism in 1914.

The event is free and open to the public. Those attending should bring a lunch; dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact Susan Hill, director of the undergraduate program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-7195.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will host a lecture given by Isabel Barbuzza, professor of sculpture at the University of Iowa, at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) Art Auditorium, Room 111.

Barbuzza is this year's juror for the UNI Gallery of Art Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. She holds a B.F.A and M.F.A in sculpture, printmaking and book arts from the University of California-Santa Barbara. Of the more than 400 pieces of artwork in various media submitted for this year's student exhibition, Barbuzza will choose only 100 for display.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) will host the Junior Solar Sprint program sponsored by the Iowa Energy Center. This is the first time UNI has hosted the event.

A free educational workshop about the program for Iowa junior-high science teachers will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 13 in Room 111 of the CEEE.

The program is an opportunity for 6th through 8th grade students to learn about renewable energy technologies, science and engineering by building model cars powered by solar cells and electrical motors. Car performance will be tested at the statewide competition at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15 on the UNI campus.

School teams and individuals are encouraged to participate. Awards will be given throughout the event.

The U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory created the Junior Solar Sprint program in 1990. The program involves 26 states and 100,000 students.

For more information, contact Jon Lamb at (319) 273-3850 or e-mail JrSolarSprint@uni.edu. For information on car kits and rules, visit http://nrel.gov/education/students/natjss.html.

March 3, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Tres Vidas' ('Three Lives'), a chamber music theater performance, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 11, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

In 'Tres Vidas' Georgina Corbo depicts the lives of three legendary Latin-American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo; Salvadoran peasant-activist Rufina Amaya; and Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni. The story text was written by Chilean scholar and award-winning writer Marjorie Agosin.

The musical score, performed by the Core Ensemble (cellist Tahirah Whittington, pianist Hugh Hinton and percussionist Michael Parola) includes arrangements of popular and folk music from Latin America, music by tango master Astor Piazzolla and new music by composers from Argentina, Mexico and Cuba.

'Tres Vidas' is sponsored by the UNI Center for Multicultural Education.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's forensics teams were on the road the weekend of February 21 through February 23.

UNI's debate team traveled to Lawrence, Kan., to participate in the University of Kansas Debate Tournament. The individual events speech team visited Wartburg College in Waverly, where it placed third in sweepstakes.

In varsity debate, Eric Short, a senior general communications major from Brookings, S.D., came in eighth individually and ninth with teammate Michelle Kelsey, a senior political communications major from Ankeny.

In novice debate, Amie Steffen, a junior political communications major from Muscatine took first; Kim Adams, a sophomore elementary education major from Des Moines came in second; and Ryan McGeough, a junior philosophy major from Cedar Falls placed third.

In team debate, Steffen and Eric McDonald, a junior psychology major from Cedar Rapids, tied for first, along with teammates Adams and McGeough.

Representing the individual events speech team at Wartburg, Danielle Dick, a senior culture and communication major from Dayton, placed first in after-dinner speaking and poetry, and second in duo interpretation with senior elementary education major, Sara Gronstal, from Council Bluffs. Dick also placed sixth in impromptu. Gronstal came in second in program oral interpretation, third in dramatic interpretation, and fifth in duo interpretation with Mike Hilkin, a sophomore English major from Dubuque. Hilkin also placed second in extemporaneous, fourth in impromptu and fourth in prose. Coltrane Carlson, a freshman sports broadcasting major from Council Bluffs, came in second in informative and seventh in poetry.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Speak Up,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 11, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Speak Up' describes issues pertaining to identity, sexuality, family and self-acceptance. The audience will meet a wide range of young people who will share their life experiences on camera.

The video features interviews with Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student from Montana who was murdered because of his sexual identity; Danny and Julie from the 'Real World: New Orleans;' and musician Anthony Rapp.

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

The event is free and open to the public.

March 2, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present the director/designer's presentation for the upcoming performance of 'Ghosts' by Henrik Ibsen, at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 10 in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

Director Megan Schumacher; scenic designer Leonard Curtis; lighting designer Mark Parrott; and costume designer Jess C. White, will discuss their visions for the production and will share their research, renderings and models used to create the play.

The presentation is free and open to the public.



Theatre UNI will present 11 performances of Ibsen's 'Ghosts,' April 15 through April 25 in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $8 for UNI faculty and staff and senior citizens; and $5 for youth.



Tickets for the performance are available at the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office or online at www.theatreuni.com. UNI students may use their Panther Pass activity card to reserve a free ticket.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student, Sean Murphy of Dubuque, was awarded a $750 scholarship from the Art Directors Association of Iowa.

Murphy, a senior art major, received the scholarship in recognition of his work in graphic design.

March 1, 2004 - 6:00pm

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Katherine van Wormer, a professor of social work at UNI, never once raised her eyebrows when victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests began to tell their stories. Van Wormer said the whole notion of forced celibacy is unnatural, and is one of the causes of the rampant sexual abuse of children in the church. 'The priests are in a situation where they are fighting very natural impulses, and find a very easy opening with children. It sounds strange to say it, but this is a very normal reaction to a very abnormal situation.'

She was, however, surprised that as the media covered the scandal, the victims were most often portrayed d as men. In fact, she says, victims of this kind of abuse are overwhelmingly female.

For a recent study on the situation, van Wormer researched the experiences of several victims and said the reaction to the female victims tends to be different from that of an abused male. 'There is a distrust of women in sexual relationships and a belief that an adolescent girl is more mature than an adolescent boy,' van Wormer explained. 'So people think that the girl must have been doing something to cause the abuse.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Wrestling with Manhood,' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Wrestling with Manhood' draws the connection between professional wrestling and contemporary masculinity. The film's directors, Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz, show how this form of entertainment is related to homophobia, sexual assault and relationship violence.

The film won the Excellence in Advocacy 2003 award from the Business and Professional Women USA organization.



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

The event is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Amy Unruh has joined the University of Northern Iowa College of Social and Behavioral Sciences as its Iowa Consortium for Applied Gerontology (ICAG) project coordinator.

Unruh holds a B.A. in social work and a certificate of gerontology, the scientific study of aging and its effects, from the University of Northern Iowa. She comes to UNI from Karrington Cottages in Waterloo, where she served as executive director.

As the ICAG project coordinator, Unruh is a part of the recently established Iowa Program for Applied Gerontology at UNI. The program links faculty from UNI with other educators and gerontology service professionals to create interdisciplinary education, research and outreach programs, devoted to enhancing the knowledge base of individuals and organizations serving Iowa's older citizens.

The program will provide educational opportunities to businesses in regard to working with an increasing number of older customers as well as managing their own aging work force.



In addition to business outreach, the ICAG provides gerontology education throughout the state. The program encourages higher education institutions to provide gerontology education, with the goal of increasing the number of students pursuing post-secondary training in this area.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education will present a lecture, 'Race, Class, Sexuality, Gender,' by Jamaican author, Patricia Powell, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 at the center.

Powell is the author of three novels, 'Me Dying Trial,' 'A Small Gathering of Bones,' and 'The Pagoda.' Set in Jamaica, her novels explore the impact of the forces of personal and political history on individual racial and sexual identity.

She received the Lila Wallace 'Readers' Digest' Writers Award and in 1993, was a finalist for the Granta/Best of Young Americans Novelist Award. Powell was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica; grew up in Manchester, England, and came to the United States in 1982.

Powell is a Briggs Copeland Lecturer in Creative Writing in the English department at Harvard University.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Philosophy & Religion will present a panel discussion on 'The Passion of the Christ,' at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 8, in the Old Central Ballroom of Maucker Union.

Panelists will be Ken Atkinson, assistant professor; Harry Brod, professor; and Betty DeBerg, head; and James Robinson, associate professor; all in the Department of Philosophy & Religion.

Atkinson will discuss 'The Historical Accuracy of Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ': A Biblical Scholar's Perspective,' using archaeological and historical evidence pertaining to crucifixion and the Roman occupation of Jewish Palestine during the first century A.D.

Brod will talk about 'The Rise of Spectacular Christianity,' which considers the political, personal and aesthetic passions that led to Gibson's film, and reflects on ways in which the film may tell more about our own historical period than that of Jesus.

In 'Atonement and Mel Gibson,' DeBerg will explore Gibson's understanding of how the death of Jesus Christ affects humans' reconciliation with God, and consider ways in which one or more classic theories of atonement within the history of Christianity are visible in the film.

Robinson's 'Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ': Another Battle in the Culture Wars,' will be a discussion of how the controversial issues of historicity, anti-Semitism and graphic violence associated with the film reflect the concerns of a liberal elite out of touch with many Americans for whom the film is a visual rendering of a sacred narrative.

The event is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series will continue with, 'Borderline Cases,' at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 4, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Borderline Cases' describes environmental problems caused by factories along the border between the United States and Mexico.

The film has won awards from The Other American Film Festival and The International Working Class Film & Video Festival.



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

The event is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Wellness and Recreation Services (WRS) will host its first annual 'Paddle, Pedal, Pace' Indoor Triathlon for UNI students, faculty, staff and spouses, Sunday, March 7.

Participants will complete a 400-yard swim, a six-mile stationary-bike ride and a 1.5-mile run on the WRC indoor track. USA Triathlon rules will apply and each participant will have a race volunteer assigned for counting, timing and assessing violations.



The cost is $15 for WRC paid users, and $20 for those who are not. The race is limited to the first 48 contestants who register. The final day to register in the WRS office, WRC Room 101, is

March 3.



For more information, contact Reid Bartelt at (319) 273-7120.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eight University of Northern Iowa students have received scholarships through UNI's math department.

Carl and Wanda Wehner Mathematics and Computer Science Teaching scholarships were awarded to Michael Tetzloff, a senior math and technical education major from Marshalltown; Laura Waechter, a senior math education major from Marshalltown; and Andrew Schott, a senior math education major from Muscatine. The $1,500 Wehner scholarships are given each fall to students with a major in math teaching.



Melissa Potter, a senior math major from Coralville, received a $1,000 UNI Mathematics Alumni scholarship. Math majors Ken Doss, a junior from Clinton; Martha Aragon, a junior from Mexico City, Mexico; and Michelle Boelman, a senior from Mason City, all received $500 alumni scholarships.

Tricia Meyer, an elementary education major from Sioux City, was the recipient of the $2,000 Sorenson scholarship, which goes to an elementary education major with a minor in K-6 mathematics who shows outstanding promise as a teacher.

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Based on a study recently released by the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center, one in eight Iowa women will be victims of forcible rape in their lifetime.

'That doesn't count date rape, statutory rape or several others,' says Julie Thompson, coordinator of UNI's sexual assault services. 'Rape is the most unreported violent crime in the country.'''

National estimates are that only one in 10 women raped will report it. Those who know their assailant are even less likely to do so. 'The study found that there are certain demographic factors such as age groups, household income levels and ethnic populations who are more likely to be raped,' says Thompson. 'It's a call to action for more in-depth studies and better standardized policies to deal with rape.'

Contact:

Julie Thompson, coordinator of UNI's Sexual Assault Services, 319-273-2137, Julie.Thompson@uni.edu

Melissa Barber, University Marketing & Public Relations, 319-273-2761

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UNI triathlon challenge promotes wellness

The entire UNI Community Assistant staff of the Residence On The Hill (ROTH) complex has joined together to encourage one another to complete the second annual UNI Iron Man Triathlon Challenge. Each of the five staff members, led by James Barnes, ROTH complex graduate coordinator, has six weeks -- Jan. 26 to March 5 -- to complete a three-event challenge.

Iron Man participants will choose from the traditional triathlon: 24 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and 26.2 miles of running; the non-swimmers triathlon, 10,000 meters of rowing, 112 miles of biking and 26.2 miles of running; or the double triathlon, 58 miles of swimming, 224 miles of biking and 54.2 miles of running.

'The Iron Man Challenge is a way for the staff to encourage each other in wellness goals, to promote teambuilding and to help motivate each other to establish and maintain life-long healthy habits despite the cold weather,' said Barnes.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Climbing Club will sponsor a climbing competition, open to all UNI students, faculty and staff, Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7, in the Wellness Recreation Center (WRC) on the UNI campus.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. Saturday's competition begins at 10 a.m. Sunday's competition begins at 10:30 a.m.

Competitions in bouldering, speed climbing and route climbing will be offered. UNI participants will compete against each other as well as climbers from other universities.

The pre-registration cost to participate in one event is $25. For those who wish to compete in more than one event, the cost is $30. The cost is $35 for same-day sign-up.

This year marks the sixth annual climbing competition. 'The competition is growing each year,' said Andy Martin, WRS outdoors coordinator. 'Last year the competition drew 50 participants and this year we are expecting 80 or more to sign up.'

UNI's WRC features the highest climbing wall in the Midwest.

Registration forms can be picked up at the climbing wall, the Outdoor Rec office or downloaded at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/outrec/outrec.htm. For more information contact the Outdoor Rec office, at 273-7163.



While the competition is limited to UNI students, faculty and staff, the public can attend the event for free.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'The Peace Community: Alternatives to Aggression in our Age of Militarism' will be the topic of a lecture at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5, in Sabin Hall, Room 102, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Ella Cecilia Florez Alvarez, a leading Colombian peace activist, will give the address. As the director of communications for the community of San Jose de Apartado, Colombia, Florez will speak about her town's decision to become a 'peace community,' meaning the town is neutral and will not support any armed group in Colombia's civil war. She'll tell how that decision has forced displacement and killing of community members and how the community, along with others in a newly formed network of Colombia Communities in Resistance, remains strong in their commitment to nonviolence.

Live music will be featured before and after Florez's lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is presented by Global Exchange, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International and the Students for Social Justice. The UNI Center for International Peace and Security Studies, UNI Multicultural Center, UNI Women Studies Department, UNI Center for Inter-American Studies and the UNI Graduate Studies in Public Policy are co-sponsors of the event.

February 25, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Women's Studies programs at the University of Northern Iowa will observe March as Women's History Month through a series of events. Unless noted, events are free and open to the public.

The events are as follows:

Monday, March 1, CROW Forum Lecture, 'Negotiating Truth: Postcolonial Adventures in Transnational Space,' by Deidre Bucher Heistad, assistant professor of modern languages, noon, Baker Hall, Room 161.

Tuesday, March 2, lecture, 'Accumulating Culture, Or How to be an Early Modern Learned Lady,' by Margaret Ezell, John Paul Abbott Professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University, 7 p.m., Seerley Hall Great Reading Room.



Thursday-Saturday, March 4-6, Theatre UNI/UNI School of Music production, 'The Tender Land,' 7:30 p.m., Strayer-Wood Theater. For tickets, call (319) 273-6381.

Tuesday, March 9, public reading of 'Feminism is for Everybody,' a book by bell hooks. UNI students and staff will read aloud from the book continuously throughout the day, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge.

Tuesday, March 9, lecture by Jamaican author Patricia Powell, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education.

Friday, March 12, Women on Fridays: Video Viewpoints, 'The Hazards of Helen,' a viewing of the film series produced between 1914 and 1917 and starring Helen Holmes, celebrated silent-screen serial queen; noon to 1:30 p.m., Baker Hall, Room161.

Wednesday, March 24, lecture, 'Justice Undressed: Law, Sexuality & Politics in Third Republic France,' by Sara Kimble, assistant professor of history, at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall Room 115.

Thursday, March 25, 'Oh No, My Parent is a Feminist,' a discussion by children and their feminist parents, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Baker Hall, Room 161.



Thursday, March 25, Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Lecture Series, Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, 7:30 p.m., Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Admission is free but tickets are required. For tickets, call (319) 273-SHOW.

Friday, March 26, forum, 'The Changing Face of Iowa: Tapping Resources for Successful Aging,' with Toni Calasanti of Virginia Tech University, at 6:30 p.m., in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education.

Monday, March 29, Women and War Conference, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Old Central Ballroom (formerly Maucker Union Expansion).



Monday, March 29, Women's Studies Spring Reception, 'The Book That Changed My Life,' at 3:15 p.m. in Baker Hall, Room 161.

Tuesday, March 30, Off-Hudson Series of Staged Readings, 'Tea,' directed by Cynthia Goatley, director of the department of theatre, at 7:30 p.m., in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.



Wednesday-Saturday, March 31-April 3, Interpreters Theatre production, 'Barbie Undone,' adapted and directed by Karen Mitchell, associate professor of communication studies; and Brianne Waychoff, graduate assistant in the Women's Studies program, at 7:30 p.m. in Lang Hall, Room 40.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'New Iowans' program and Iowa Public Television (IPTV), have received a $5,000 grant from the Independent Television Service (ITVS) to promote a Public Broadcasting System miniseries, 'The New Americans.' Also participating in the project is the UNI Museum.

Airing March 29-April 1, 'The New Americans' is a seven-hour series about the search for the American dream through the eyes of today's immigrants and refugees, including those from Nigeria, India, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the West Bank.

In conjunction with this effort will be three community forums that will help Iowans understand life for new immigrants and refugees. Clips from 'The New Americans' will be shown, and panel discussions will follow. Panelists will include Mark Grey, director of the New Iowans program; Anne Woodrick, UNI associate professor of anthropology; and UNI President Robert Koob. Isreal Nwidor, a refugee from Nigeria, will be speaking at the forums in Cedar Falls and Des Moines. Nwidor, his wife and two small children fled the country after a military crackdown on protestors who had demanded more environmentally sound and economically just policies from the government and Shell Oil Corp.

At each forum, Grey will present his new book, 'The New Iowans -- A Companion Book to the PBS Miniseries, 'The New Americans.''



The forums begin at 7 p.m. and are as follows: Tuesday, March 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Des Moines; Thursday, March 11, at UNI's Curris Business Building; and Tuesday, March 23, at Music Man Square in Mason City.



In conjunction with the 'New Americans' series, the UNI Museum will present an exhibit, 'Welcoming New Iowans: A 200-Year Tradition,' February 4 through May 31.

Established at UNI in 1999, the New Iowans program is the brainchild of Grey, who authored the book, 'Welcoming New Iowans,' to augment the program. He and co-author Woodrick also have written a version of the book for Christian churches. Another is being written, in conjunction with UNI's Global Health Corps, for health providers. A version for businesses and employers is available on the Web at www.uni.edu/bcs/newiowans.

In 'Welcoming New Iowans,' Grey explains immigration, discusses the needs of the newcomers and community members, and talks about ways to address cultural differences and challenges.

Over the past few years, Iowa has become a settling site for immigrants and refugees for a number of reasons. First, says Grey, is the state's meat packing industry, which provides ample employment opportunities. 'Of course, they may come for those jobs,' Grey says, 'but they slowly and surely filter out to other kinds of employment. This is important as it demonstrates how our economy is increasingly dependent on them.'

Immigration is, says Grey, a workforce and economic development issue.

'A lot of us have looked at demographics trends and we are concerned. Birth rates are down, and the workforce is aging rapidly. And then there's the painful reminder that 40 percent of the state's college graduates leave the state. We believe immigrants can make up for part of the shortfall.'

ITVS's mission is to create and present independently produced programs that engage creative risks, advance issues and represent points of view not usually presented.

For more information, contact Grey at (319) 273-3029.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Faith, Fear and Leadership in a Post-9-11 World' is the topic of a University of Northern Iowa lecture to take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at the Center for Multicultural Education on the UNI campus.

Television personality, inspirational speaker and church executive-minister-pastor, Angelique Walker-Smith, will deliver the lecture. Her address is free and open to the public.

Trained at Kent State, Yale and Princeton Universities, Walker-Smith is a member of the 'God Squad' on ABC's 'Good Morning America.' She has appeared as a commentator on CNN and the CBS Evening News. She was honored by former President Bill Clinton at the White House for her work in racial reconciliation, and is one of the youngest persons ever elected to the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches.

For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, UNI director for multicultural education, at

273-2250.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Women's Studies Program, and the international English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, will present a lecture, 'Accumulating Culture: Or, How to Be an Early Modern Learned Lady,' at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room.

Ezell is the John Paul Abbott professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. Her presentation is part of the Women's History Month observation at UNI. It is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events speech team traveled to Eau Claire, Wis. for the Wisconsin Love Fest Swing, Saturday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 15, coming in third as a team.

Senior elementary education major Sara Gronstal, of Council Bluffs, brought home the gold in program oral interpretation and individual sweeps. She also placed second in prose, fourth in persuasion and fifth in duo, with senior culture and communication major Danielle Dick, of Dayton.

Dick took third in poetry, fifth in after dinner speaking and fourth in prose.

Mike Hilkin, a senior English major from Dubuque, took first in impromptu, second in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in persuasion and individual sweeps.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Substance Abuse Services will sponsor the conference, 'Cedar Valley Responsible Retailing Forum: Working Toward Collaboration,' from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25 at the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

According to Julie Thompson, coordinator of UNI's Substance Abuse and Sexual Assault Services, the event will help retailers identify and implement innovative ways to help prevent the sale of age-restricted products including alcohol, tobacco and lottery tickets to minors.

Those encouraged to attend the free event are tobacco and liquor licensees, law enforcement officials, public health officials, substance abuse treatment/prevention professionals, students, parents, judicial system representatives and anyone interested in preventing youth access to age-restricted products.

Thompson said participants will learn about re-evaluating store training, hiring, and management policies to avoid sales-to-minors violations; increasing profitability by reducing civil penalties and suspensions from sales-to-minors; shaping state and local policy regarding responsible retailing; and enhancing understanding among stakeholders about the challenges of selling age-restricted products.

The forum will kick off with opening remarks from Renee Romano, UNI vice president for educational & student services; and Lynn M. Walding, administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division. Attendees will participate in discussions on 'The Integrated Responsible Retailing Forum Model,' and 'The Economics of Responsible Retailing.'

For reservation information, visit www.uni.edu/subabuse, or contact Nicole Gehl of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division at (515) 281-7461, or Julie Thompson at (319) 273-2137.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A group of University of Northern Iowa students were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma for the 2003-2004 academic year.

(Student's name), a (classification) (major) major, was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society at UNI. (He/she) is the (son/daughter) of (parent's names), (hometown).

To be eligible for membership into Beta Gamma Sigma, students must be in the upper 7 percent of the junior class, the upper 10 percent of the senior class, or the upper 20 percent of the master's class.

HOMETOWN STUDENT'S NAME/PARENT'S NAME/CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR

Altoona Sunny Jo Darling Roeder, Jan and Doug Darling, masters, accounting

Ames Shannon Holt, Bill and Carolyn Holt, senior, marketing and interior design

Ankeny Andrea Smiens, Craig and Cyndi Smiens, junior, finance

Audubon Amanda Mullenger, Ron and Darla Mullenger, senior, accounting

Bellevue Marsha Cloos, Mark and Marlene Cloos, senior, finance and real estate

Bennett Heather Hartwig, Keith and Deb Hartwig, senior, marketing

Cascade Amanda Knuth, senior, accounting

Clear Lake Jamie Loos, Gary and Karen Loos, junior, economics

Council Bluffs Kyle Vanderhelm, Steve and Becky Vanderhelm, junior, economics

Earlham Amanda Silverthorn, Nancy Silverthorn, junior, accounting

Eldridge Memorea Schrader, Randy and Denise Schrader, junior, human resources

Hudson Susan Patterson, Hugh and Vicki Patterson, junior, economics

Jesup Christopher Glen Higdon, Darryl and Mary Higdon, senior, management information systems

Jesup Sheri Reuter, Larry and Deb Reuter, junior, finance and economics, business analysis

Manson Kelli McCaulley, Shari McCaulley, junior, business teaching

Marhsalltown Sarah Clemens, William and Rebecca Clemens, junior, business management

Mason City Michelle Boelman, Stan and Linda Boelman, senior, actuarial science and accounting

Mason City Bobbi A. Engleman, Bruce and Glennys Engleman, senior, marketing

Monroe James McConeghey, Mark and Jane McConeghey, senior, accounting

Nashua Laura Seamans, Lawrnie and Patty Seamans, junior, human resource management and organizational communication

New Hampton Sarah Eichenberger, Carol and Gene Gratz, Jim Eichenberger, junior, accounting

Norfolk Jason Cope, Pamela and Donald Cope, senior, marketing

Ottumwa Joseph Klodt, Richard and Nancy Klodt, senior, management information systems

Sioux City Scott Heinrichs, Kevin and Sue Heinrichs, senior, accounting

St. Ansgar Gary Landherr, Tom and Elaine Landherr, senior, accounting

Vinton Jennifer Germaine, Jim and Linda Germaine, junior, accounting

Vinton Brook Runyan, Steve and Jama Runyan, junior, accounting

Wilton Andrew McQuillen, Thomas and Deborah McQuillen, senior, business education

Brooklyn Park, Min. Kelly Irlbeck, Al and Terri Irlbeck, junior, accounting and Spanish

Omaha, Neb. Steven C. Allen, Craig and Vicki Allen, junior, accounting

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa faculty, staff and students traveled to Kansas City, Jan. 2 to Jan. 5 to attend the 2004 American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI).

AHMI is an educational symposium for nonprofit management. More than 500 students from 70 colleges and universities across the country travel to AHMI each year.



Representing UNI at AHMI was Gordon Mack, executive director of UNI's American Humanics (AH) program; Chris Edgington, professor and director of UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services; and Stacy Van Gorp, project director of UNI's Opportunity Works.



Mack served as associate dean of the institute and Edgington presented the workshop, 'Youth-Centered Program Planning.' Van Gorp conducted the workshop, 'Demystifying Grant Writing.'

Cyanna Alm, senior leisure service major from Camanche, served as liaison to the 2004 AHMI Student Advisory Council.

The UNI AH student association presented the workshop, 'AH Student Association Best Practices: University of Northern Iowa.'

Students participating were: Andrew Carlsen, senior leisure services major from Manly; Jared Ehmen, senior general studies major from Missouri Valley; Jennifer Hamlin, senior leisure services major form Van Horne; Heidi Kriegel, junior leisure services major from Brooklyn; Lisa Lang, senior general studies major from Belle Plaine; Ryan Neumann, senior leisure services major from Urbandale; Jama Ohrt, junior leisure services major from Vinton; Brandon Schroeder, senior leisure services major from Cedar Rapids; Heather Shelangoski, senior family services major from Cedar Rapids; and Paul Toppin, senior leisure services major from Cedar Falls.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a Job and Internship Fair for UNI students and alumni Wednesday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Maucker Union Ballroom.

The fair will feature more than 60 organizations with business, human services and government opportunities throughout the United States. These organizations are seeking individuals from all academic fields for permanent employment or internships. Several employers will select students to interview during the Interview Day on Thursday, March 4.

Among the organizations that will be represented at the fair are: CIGNA Corporation, Cambrex, Dubuque Police Department, Maytag Corporation, Lands' End, Pella Corporation, State Farm Insurance, Target Stores, Rockwell Collins and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

'We are pleased to see sustained interest in UNI students and alumni from so many organizations,' said Libby Vanderwall, UNI Career Center events coordinator. 'UNI students will find quality employment and internship opportunities at this event.'

There are no pre-registration requirements for this free walk-in-event, but participants are encouraged to dress as if for an interview and to bring several copies of their resume. For a full listing of organizations that will be at the fair, visit the UNI Career Center home page at www.uni.edu/careercenter/.

This event is sponsored by the UNI Career Center.

February 23, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Hispanic Latino Student Union (HLSU) will host its annual Latino Ball, 'Moving Forward' from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, March 6 at the Slife Ballroom, in the UNI Commons.

The evening will include a live performance by the mariachi band 'Las Guitarras de Mexico;' a speech by three-time Olympian, Ruben Gonzales (luge); dancing to the beats of DJ Chilangos and a performance by the UNI Dance Team. Contests, prizes and free refreshments will be available.

Dinner tickets are $10 and can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26 in Maucker Union.

For ticket information, contact HLSU's Lydia Roberts at (319) 273-5910, or Dalia Saucedo at dalia@uni.edu.

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Tuesday, Feb. 24

Russian videoconference. The UNI Center for Educational Technology will conduct a 'Russian-American Studies in Human Geography' course via video-conferencing over the Internet. Connecting to Herzon University in St. Petersburg, Russia, the course may be observed on the following Tuesdays, from 9 to 10:45 a.m., Feb. 24, March 2 and 9.

Thursday, Feb. 26

'Meth and More.' Representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice will present 'Meth and More' in Curris Business Building, Room 109, at 6 p.m. The multimedia presentation will cover the drug crisis in Iowa communities and efforts to combat the use and sale of meth and club drugs.

Improv performance. Half-Masted 3.2, an improvisational theatre troupe, will present 'Improv! Improv! Improv!' at 7:30 p.m. in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

Friday, Feb. 27

Entrepreneurs to gather at UNI. The third annual Collegiate Entrepreneurs Iowa Conference will take place

at UNI's Maucker Union, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager for UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, said about 350 college and university students, faculty and staff from across the state will attend.

Improv performance. Half-Masted 3.2, an improvisational theatre troupe, will present 'Improv! Improv! Improv!' at 7:30 p.m. in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

Saturday, Feb. 28

Comedy show. Featuring Benji Brown of Black Entertainment Television's 'Comic View,' the show begins at 7 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium.



Improv performance. Half-Masted 3.2, an improvisational theatre troupe, will present 'Improv! Improv! Improv!' at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Minority Graduate Student Association (MGSA) will host a comedy show to conclude Black History Month. Featuring Benji Brown of Black Entertainment Television's 'Comic View,' the show begins at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

The comedian also has appeared on HBO's 'Def Comedy Jam,' and recently co-starred in the hip-hop comedy movie, 'A Miami Tail.'

The event is free and open to the public.

MGSA is comprised of graduate students interested in issues that affect students of color in higher education. Membership is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at UNI.

February 22, 2004 - 6:00pm

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The third annual Collegiate Entrepreneurs Iowa Conference will take place at UNI's Maucker Union, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager for UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, said about 350 college and university students, faculty and staff from across the state will attend.

Among the speakers will be Bill Krause, president and CEO of Krause Gentle Corp., and owner of 350 Kum & Go stores in 13 states and 19 other companies; Dan Leese, COO of Beringer Blass Wine Estates in Napa Valley, Calif.; Jerome Conway, president of Austin Sonics Inc., a management company serving 101 Sonic restaurants; Dan Schmitt, president of Anthony, Allen & Quinn, a family of seven businesses; and speakers from Collegiate VIP. Cota-Uyar said other speakers will include successful young entrepreneurs.

Contacts:

Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager, John Papajohn Entrepreneurial Center, (319) 273-7350

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

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On anniversary of first witch trial, UNI professor defends Wiccan religion

It was Feb. 29, 1692, when authorities in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, arrested Sarah Good, the first woman in the United States to be charged with practicing witchcraft. Before it was over, there would be more than 150 imprisonments for the charge; and several deaths by hanging, burning at the stake and torture.

Although it's been more than 300 years since anyone was burned at the stake for practicing witchcraft, witches still experience disapproval and in some cases, religious persecution. James Robinson, associate professor of philosophy & religion at UNI, says 'There is still a sense that anyone worshipping any deity other than the Christian God is worshipping Satan, and that you do so at the risk of your soul.'

He explains that the Wiccan religion is an ancient nature-based religion that emphasizes harmony and peace, and finds the divine in natural forces. The religion was marginalized and eventually demonized by Christian missionaries, who saw Wiccans as competitors. 'Eventually, being a witch became a dangerous thing. Oftentimes they knew about natural healing methods, and some believe they also knew about poisons and had the ability to curse people and bring misfortune upon them. So having a witch in the area could lead to all sorts of very bad happenings.'

Contact:

James Robinson, associate professor, philosophy & religion, (319) 273-2507

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

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Survival training for college -- it's a jungle out there

Transitions are always challenging. The transition from high school to college, or from community college to a university can be especially difficult. The academic demands and social opportunities are new to many people.

'It can help to have some guidance and ideas for adapting to a new environment,' says David Towle, licensed psychologist and director of the University of Northern Iowa's Counseling Center.

Contacts:

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

James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 283-2761

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Microsoft Excel,' a course that introduces the basic commands and capabilities of Microsoft Excel, and more advanced topics, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training.

The three-module course will run Fridays, March 5, 12, and 26, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo, and will be taught by Chris McGregor-Case. There will be no class held on March 19.

Module one will cover beginning topics, module two will introduce intermediate skills and module three will address more advanced issues. For a detailed description of the topics being covered, visit the Excel Training page at www.contracttraining.com.

Participants may take any of the three courses for $115 each, or all three courses for $299. The registration deadline for the first module is noon, Wednesday, March 3. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Negotiating Truth: Postcolonial Adventures in Transnational Space ' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, March 1, in Baker Hall, Room 161, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The lecture will be given by Deirdre Bucher Heistad, assistant professor of modern languages at UNI.

Heistad will examine the ways in which some French-speaking women writers, including Malika Mokeddem of Algeria, Calixthe Beyala of Cameroon, and Evelyn Accad of Lebanon, confront identity issues.



'These writers construct new visions of identity that advance hybridity over purity and pluralism over essentialism in such a way as to explode old categories of description that have failed to acknowledge both women's strengths and sufferings,' said Heistad.



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.

February 19, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student, Sarah Carlson, was a winner at the Fort Dodge Young Artists Competition, held in January in Fort Dodge.

Carlson, a junior vocal performance major from Rockwell City, and daughter of Tom and Nancy Carlson, was one of three winners in the Collegiate Division. She performed 'Rusalka's Song to the Moon' from 'Rusalka' by Dvorak. As a winner, Carlson will perform in the Fort Dodge Area Symphony Young Artists Concert at 2 p.m., April 25, at the Phillips Middle School Auditorium in Fort Dodge.

Thirty students competed against Carlson in her division. Her vocal instructor is Jean McDonald, UNI associate professor of music.

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UNI will open its new Center for International Peace & Security Studies with an inaugural address by Rep. Jim Leach at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23 in Maucker Union. Leach will discuss, 'Progress in the War on Terrorism.' The public may attend at no charge. At 2 p.m., Leach will lecture a class in Sabin Hall, Room 129.

The Center for International Peace & Security Studies is housed within the Department of Political Science. It is designed to foster discussion, research and teaching about international conflicts and the meaning of security in the 21st century.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two 'Organizing Essentials' classes, 'Task and Time Management' and 'Taming the Paper Tiger at Work: Optimizing Your Paper and Electronic Filing Systems,' will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Krisalis, Inc.

Both classes will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo, and will be taught by Kris Pond-Burtis, Ph.D., professional organizer and owner of Krisalis, Inc.

'Task and Time Management,' a course to teach participants simple and easy ways to prioritize to-do lists and calendars using the Get Organized (GO) Systems Seminar, will be offered Tuesday, March 2. 'Taming the Paper Tiger,' a course to help participants design customized, effective and organized filing systems, will be offered Tuesday, March 9.

These classes are appropriate for owners and staff of small and home-based businesses; and top-level administrators, managers, supervisors and administrative staff of larger businesses.

Participants may take one course for $59, or both courses for $99. The registration deadline for 'Task and Time Management' is noon, Friday, Feb. 27. The deadline for 'Taming the Paper Tiger' is noon, March 5. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.

February 18, 2004 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Association of Educational Office Professionals (AEOP) will host the workshop, 'AEOP in Motion . . . Imagine, Believe, Achieve,' from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 15 in the Curris Business Building.

Pat Galasso, a certified business-planning trainer from Clear Lake, will give the keynote address, 'Managing Stress in Your Personal and Professional Life.'

Workshop topics will include 'Investments versus Financial Goals;' 'Point A to B: Driving Toward Life Goals;' 'Putting Yourself First: the Power of Recreation and Relaxation;' 'Women and Personal Finance;' 'Business Etiquette: Back to the Basics' and Principles and Elements of Design for Publications and Presentations.'

The workshop is open to all educational office professionals.

Participants may earn one-half of one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) by attending the workshop for the entire day. CEU forms will be available at the workshop.

Registration deadline for the event is Friday, Feb. 27.

For more information, contact Judy Dieken, AEOP president, at (319) 273-2422 or check out the AEOP Web site: http://www.uni.edu/aeop.

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