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September 2, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will host a director/designers' presentation for the upcoming production of Kira Obolensky's 'Lobster Alice,' at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

During the free, hour-long presentation, director Cynthia Goatley, UNI professor of theatre, along with props designer Mark A. Parrott, lighting designer Derek Easton, costume designer Carol Colburn and scenic designer Brad M. Carlson, will share the vision and research involved in producing the play.

Theatre UNI will present 'Lobster Alice' Oct. 9 - 19 in the Bertha Martin Theatre. Tickets go on sale at the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office on Sept. 19. For more information or to purchase tickets contact the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381. UNI students may use their activity card to reserve a free ticket.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) will offer a beginning level of 'Quick Books Pro,' a software training course, at the center, 212 E. Fourth St., in Waterloo.

The course will run three consecutive Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning Sept. 24, and will be taught by Judy Schindel, certified Quick Books trainer. These sessions are aimed specifically at beginners to the Quick Books Pro software series and those needing a refresher course. An advanced level of 'Quick Books Pro' will be offered later this fall.

There is a cost of $169 to attend the trainings. The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 19. For more information and registration, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit www.unirbc.org.

September 1, 2003 - 7:00pm

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Are pre-game and half-time pep talks really effective?

It's half-time and the team heads for the locker room and the traditional pep talk from the coach. It's tradition, but is it truly effective? Paul Turman is an assistant professor of communication studies at UNI. Turman has examined coaches' communication styles and finds that while what coaches say can increase team cohesion, the wrong sort of messages can have an unexpected long-lasting effect on the motivation and self esteem of young athletes.



Contacts:

Paul Turman, assistant professor of communication studies, (319) 273 2593, 268-4045, paul.turman@uni.edu

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







Silencing religious discussion in the university classroom

College and university instructors often are faced with the challenge of engaging students in conversation about controversial topics, such as religion, without silencing their beliefs. 'One of the most common and widely held interpretations of 'separation of church and state' by public institutions means no prayer, but it also tends to limit religious discussion in the classroom by both students and teachers,' said Paul Turman, assistant professor of communication studies at UNI. Turman has researched the phenomenon. Turman maintains that this interpretation results in classrooms where religious students' viewpoints are silenced, which in turn is a violation of free speech and academic freedom.

Contacts:

Paul Turman, assistant professor of communication studies, (319) 273-2593, 268-4045, paul.turman@uni.edu

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





College students choose spirituality over religion

Through research for a book, the head of UNI's Department of Philosophy and Religion, Betty DeBerg, found that today's college students view religion as more optional and fluid. 'I was surprised by how fluid denominational identity was among even those students who were leaders in various denominational campus ministries,' said DeBerg. 'One student came to the university a Roman Catholic, got hired as a peer minister in the ecumenical mainline Protestant campus ministry, then as a peer ministry by the Methodist Wesley Foundation. During this time, she left Catholicism for the Disciples of Christ, and decided during her senior year to go to seminary and seek ordination as a Disciple.'

The hardcover edition of that book, 'Religion on Campus,' published by the University of North Carolina Press,was released last year; the paperback edition is now available in bookstores and via Amazon.com.

Contacts:

Betty DeBerg, head, Department of Philosophy and Religion, (319) 273-6221, 277-5071, betty.deberg@uni.edu

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





Ignorance about credit cards contributes to rising bankruptcies

The average parent knows it's important to talk with children about smoking, drugs, alcohol and even sexual responsibility. But most will forget to bring up the topic of money and fiscal responsibility.

Lois Lindell, assistant director of the Center for Economic Education at UNI, says avoiding the topic can have dire consequences. She points to the fact that personal bankruptcies are at an all-time high this year, a trend she blames on fiscal ignorance. 'Too often our children get to college with very little knowledge about how to save or set goals. They want immediate gratification. So when they get a credit card, they see little problem with maxing it out. We have to teach them that today's choices have future results.'



Contact:

Lois Lindell, assistant director of the Center for Economic Education, (319) 273-2952, 345-3514, Lois.Lindell@uni.edu

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Foundation will honor Eldon Miller, former UNI head men's basketball coach and most recently a member of the UNI Foundation staff, during an event on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the UNI-Dome. Miller's wife, Dee, also will be honored.

'For nearly 20 years, Eldon and Dee Miller have had an impact on the University of Northern Iowa and the Cedar Valley,' said Bill Calhoun, vice president for advancement. 'The most recent example of Eldon's commitment to this area is the success of the fundraising efforts for the McLeod Center. With his help, we've raised more than $16 million toward our $18 million goal.'

Miller was head men's basketball coach at UNI from 1986 to 1998, amassing 568 wins. In 1990, the Panther men qualified for the NCAA Tournament; in 1996 Miller was named the Missouri Valley Coach of the year. He resigned in 1998, and took a fundraising position with the Foundation soon after.

The event also will give fans an opportunity to make a contribution to the McLeod Center in recognition of Eldon Miller. Those contributions will support construction of a plaza between the McLeod Center and the UNI-Dome, to be named in honor of the Millers.

Attending will be Terry Allen, former UNI head football coach; Jersey Jermier former UNI associate director of athletics; Randy Ayers, head coach of the Philadelphia '76ers; and members of Miller's 1990 championship team.

Tickets are $25 apiece, or $200 per table. The deadline to order tickets is Sept. 15. For more information, contact the UNI Foundation at (319) 273-6078 or www.uni-foundation.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 'New Iowans' program and Iowa Public Television (IPTV), Iowa's only statewide television network, 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.

Scheduled to begin in April 2004, '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.

Mark Grey, director of the New Iowans program, said that through the collaboration, 'The New Americans' series will help Iowans learn more about this state's recent influx of immigrants and refugees.

Featured will be a series of activities. First will be publication of a companion handbook called 'The New Iowans' in October. The UNI Museum will present an exhibit, 'Welcoming New Iowans: A 200-Year Tradition,' in February 2004. During spring 2004, community forums will take place in Sioux City, Des Moines and Cedar Falls.

'This is a unique collaboration that will benefit all Iowans, primarily by educating them about the importance of these newcomers to the social and economic future of Iowa,' said Mary Bracken, programming and outreach coordinator of IPTV.



Established at UNI in 1999, the New Iowans program is the brainchild of Grey, who authored a book, 'Welcoming New Iowans,' to augment the program. He and co-author Anne Woodrick, UNI associate professor of anthropology, 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. The 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.

Iowa, for a variety of reasons, has become a settling site for immigrants and refugees. First, says Grey, is the state's meat packing industry, which provides ample employment opportunities. 'Of course, they may come for those specific 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 that immigrants can make up for part of the shortfall.'

IPTV provides quality alternative programming that educates, enlightens and entertains viewers across the state. Nearly one million viewers each week watch IPTV, whose stations include Channel 32 Waterloo; Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Red Oak; Channel 36, Davenport.

ITVS's mission is to create and present independently produced programs that engage creative risks, advance issues and represent points of view not usually seen on public or commercial television.

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



August 28, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Careers in the Foreign Service,' a program designed to present students with an opportunity to understand foreign affairs, careers in foreign service and living abroad, will be presented at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Stanley A. Otto, the First Secretary for Economic Affairs for the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, will speak in the State College Room of UNI's Maucker Union. His visit is sponsored by the UNI Career Center.



Otto has served as the economics officer in Germany and Nigeria, a commercial and economics officer in Japan, executive director for the Iran-American society, and as a Fulbright lecturer in Taiwan. He received his B.A. degree in romance languages from Harvard University; a master's degree in linguistics from American University in Cairo and his M.A.degree in economics from Yale. He is one of the Secretary of State's Hometown Diplomats, a program that enables U.S. Foreign Service Officers who are nominated by their Ambassadors to discuss their work overseas with domestic audiences.

For more information, contact Susan Schwieger, associate director for liberal arts and sciences at the UNI Career Center, at (319) 273-6857.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The winners of the 2003 Iowa Energy Poster Contest, sponsored by the Iowa Energy Center and administered by the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa, will be honored at the Capitol Building in Des Moines on Monday, Sept. 8. In attendance will be the 12 winners, their parents and teachers.

In March, about 350 students throughout Iowa, in grades one through six, submitted poster designs about energy conservation and renewal to their local utility companies. The local winners were then forwarded to the state competition. Two winners were selected from each grade, and each received a $100 savings bond. The winners will receive plaques during the ceremony.

The winning posters have been compiled into a traveling display called the Traveling Energy Art Gallery. To reserve the display, call Heather Hooks, CEEE public relations director, at (319) 273-3850.

Other contributors to the Iowa Energy Poster Contest are the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co.

August 26, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has named John Hess director of broadcasting services for public radio stations KUNI and KHKE. He had been serving as interim director since August 2002, following the retirement of Doug Vernier.

Hess joined the KUNI/KHKE staff as director of development in August 2000. Previously, Hess was territory sales manager with Gazette Communications in Cedar Rapids. He also worked as an account executive with Corporate Communications Consultants in West Branch and executive director of Public Access Television Inc. in Iowa City.



KUNI is heard at 90.9 FM throughout greater eastern Iowa and at 91.5 FM and 1010 AM in northern Iowa. Additional signals are heard in Des Moines at 101.7 FM, Dubuque at 98.7 FM, and the Quad Cities at 94.5 FM and 102.1 FM. KUNI audio also is available on the Internet at ww.kuniradio.org.

KHKE serves northeast Iowa at 89.5 FM, with an additional signal for Mason City and Clear Lake at 90.7 FM. KHKE audio is available online at www.khke.org.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A Volunteer Fair to provide University of Northern Iowa students with both short-term and semester-long service opportunities within the Cedar Valley, will be held in the UNI Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3.

The annual fall event is hosted by Volunteer UNI of the UNI Career Center. More than 45 non-profit organizations are expected to attend the fair, which typically draws more than 500 students, according to Tina Heeren, a UNI senior from Akron and Volunteer UNI coordinator with the UNI Career Center.

Non-profit organizations in attendance will provide a wide range of volunteer opportunities for students and student organizations interested in social services, educational and youth services, health promotion, arts and culture, legal and judicial services, environmental and animal services, marketing and public relations services and office services.

For a complete listing of organizations in attendance, visit www.uni.edu/careercenter or contact Libby Vanderwall at (319) 273-6857.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Small Business Development Centers and Small Business Compliance Alliance will present 'OSHA's Knocking, Are You Ready?,' from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.

A half-day seminar appropriate for all businesses with at least one employee, the session will help employers understand how Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations may affect their businesses. Training will be conducted by Lisa Schorzmann of the Fort Dodge Small Business Development Center.

Topics will include Federal and State OSHA regulations, types of inspections and violations, penalties, record keeping, written programs, how to tell if you are having a bad inspection and the top OSHA-cited violations. Russ Gilkes from Iowa OSHA Consultation will answer questions about state regulations. The seminar is non-regulatory and confidential.

The fee is $35 per business. For more information, or to register, contact Katie MacDonald, UNI RBC program manager, at (319) 236-8123 or visit www.unirbc.org.

August 24, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jamie Schissel, a recent University of Northern Iowa graduate from Dubuque, has received a Fulbright scholarship for the 2003-2004 academic year. The grant will send her to central Germany where she will be a teaching assistant through the Padagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) program. The PAD sends recent graduates to Germany to assist in teaching conversational English and American studies to German students of varying ages.

Schissel, who received her B.A. in German in May, begins training in Cologne, Germany on Sept. 11. She will serve as a teaching assistant for 12 hours per week. In addition to assisting in the classroom, Schissel also plans to form a conversation and culture group with the students. She says she hopes her experience in Germany will help her with further studies in linguistics and second language acquisition.

While UNI has had a number of faculty teaching in foreign countries through the Fulbright program since its inception in 1946, Ella Sweigert, UNI study abroad program coordinator, said she believes Schissel is the first UNI student to receive such an honor. She added that the Fulbright commission offers more exchanges to Germany than any other participating country. The Fulbright Program's mission is 'to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.'

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Blackout offers lessons on energy use

The lights are back on out East, and the waiting lines at Detroit gas stations have disappeared. But Kamyar Enshayan, program manager for the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, was in Toronto when the blackouts occurred, and knows first-hand just how frustrating it was to live without electricity. He says there are serious messages to be learned from the incident. 'The main thing is that there is not an infinite supply of electricity. Electricity doesn't come from the wall. We are over-consuming and there isn't enough of it out there. The root problem is a cultural one, not a technical one.'

Enshayan says the answer is investing in renewable sources and making greater conservation efforts.



Contacts:

Kamyar Enshayan, program manager, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education,(319) 273-7575; kamyar.enshayan@uni.edu

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





UNI introduces unique training program for managers and supervisors

On Sept. 9, UNI Human Resource Services will launch a unique 'soft skills' training program for managers and supervisors called 'Soar.' A key component of Soar is a 10-session training series, dubbed 'Flight School,' which gives managers and supervisors new skills to increase their effectiveness. According to Robin Gurien, UNI training and development coordinator, this series is unlike standard training offered in the business community.

'Soar was developed at UNI for UNI staff,' said Gurien. 'Too many generic programs fall short by just dispensing information. They don't include follow up and don't stress personal accountability. UNI's program is the opposite. Follow up and accountability are cornerstones of the program. Our goal is to reinforce good techniques and change behavior where it needs to be changed.'

Contacts:

Robin Gurien, UNI training and development coordinator, (319) 273-3536, (319) 232-8787, robin.gurien@uni.edu

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





UNI clarifies name of arena

The University of Northern Iowa will now refer to its proposed sports-entertainment arena as the McLeod Center. Previously called the McLeodUSA Center, the project is no longer associated with the company known as McLeodUSA.

In spring 2000, Clark and Mary McLeod of Cedar Rapids made a lead gift to the project. At that time, Clark McLeod was chairman and CEO of McLeodUSA, a telecommunications service provider. He is no longer associated with that company. 'This gift was a personal commitment from the McLeods, and not the company itself,' explained Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement. 'This name change reflects that fact.'

Contact:

Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, (319) 273-6078

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





FCC steps back from stopping fax communication

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it will delay implementation of its new regulations on fax advertisements until Jan. 1, 2005. The regulations, originally scheduled to go into effect on Aug. 25, 2003, require individuals and businesses to obtain the signed written consent of any parties to which they wish to fax advertisements. The delay will give the FCC more time to consider any petitions for reconsideration and other filings that may be made on the issue.

According to Randy Hayes, UNI voice services manager, while the intent of the new FCC regulations is in the public interest, the agency forgot to look before it leapt. 'On face value these new regulations are a good thing. However, they could cause unexpected harm to non-profits, associations and organizations that routinely send faxes to their members and constituents. These rules could end up causing an even bigger mess. There's a great deal of gray area that the FCC failed to explore.'

Contacts:

Randy Hayes, UNI voice services manager, (319) 273-7473, (319) 273-7778, randal.hayes@uni.edu

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

August 21, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Northern Iowa is ranked second in the 'Midwestern Universities -- Master's' category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2004 'America's Best Colleges' guidebook.

The magazine's ranking criteria include peer assessment, academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving rate.

UNI also ranked in the top tier of a combined list of public and private Midwest regional universities.

Both the weekly edition of U.S. News containing the college rankings and the newsstand book, America's Best Colleges, will hit newsstands on Monday, Aug. 25

Truman State University in Missouri was ranked first among public institutions in the 'Midwest Universities -- Master's' category, also for the seventh consecutive year.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Native Roadside Vegetation Center (NRVC), located about one-half mile west of Hudson Road on West 27th Street, on the University of Northern Iowa campus, will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29. Refreshments and building and plot production tours will follow remarks by dignitaries, including Sen. Charles Grassley and Heather Stubbe, representing Sen. Tom Harkin.

Others participating in the dedication, in addition to UNI President Robert D. Koob, include Bonnie Harper-Lore, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation; Robert N. Downer, Board of Regents, State of Iowa; Mark Wandro, director, Iowa Department of Transportation; and, from UNI, Kichoon Yang, dean, College of Natural Sciences; Daryl Smith, director, NRVC; and student Amy Carolan, junior biology major from Decorah.

The center's programs -- the Iowa Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM)Program, Prairie Institute and Iowa Ecotype Project -- are interwoven to restore Iowa prairie and bring native grasses and flowers back to Iowa's roadsides. For almost 90 years, UNI has provided leadership in environmental education, becoming only the second higher education institution to do so, in 1915. Continuing this trend-setting, the UNI Biological Preserves System was initiated in 1973 to reconstruct native Iowa plant communities on campus and provide outdoor classrooms.



The NRVC is one more manifestation of that leading role. The center provides research, techniques, education and source-identified seed for restoration and preservation of native vegetation systems in rights-of-way and other lands.

Funding for the 10,000-square-foot center, created from renovated space in an existing campus warehouse, was provided by a federal appropriation, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21), with the support of Senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin. The University matched the appropriation with 35 acres of land near the NRVC.

The renovated building includes offices, a conference/classroom, research space and an area for native seed cleaning and handling, including a cold room for extended seed storage. An unfinished room is planned to be a native seed-testing laboratory. The TEA 21 grant also provided funds to purchase seed-cleaning equipment.

The IRVM Program, the center's oldest, grew out of Iowa Roadside Vegetation Management legislation, in 1988, that declared it to be 'in the general public welfare of Iowa and a highway purpose for the vegetation of Iowa's roadsides to be preserved, planted and maintained to be safe, visually interesting, ecologically integrated and useful for many purposes.'

In the past decade, UNI's IRVM program and the Iowa DOT's Living Roadway Trust Fund have placed Iowa at the forefront of native roadside vegetation management in the nation. Kirk Henderson heads this program that assists Iowa counties with implementation and support of IRVM programs. Eighty of Iowa's 99 counties have IRVM plans on file and 50 of them have implemented those programs. Sixty-two counties have shared $2 million in seed and planted 3,000 acres of roadsides since 1998.



The Prairie Institute is managed by Daryl Smith, NRVC director. The institute provides consultation on prairie and savanna restoration, reconstruction and management. It conducts research in prairie ecology and restoration and promotes prairie education and awareness. The institute is currently in the post-production phase of a documentary film project, 'America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie,' with plans for broadcast on PBS and distribution to libraries, schools and museums throughout the Midwest.

The Iowa Ecotype Project was developed to meet the need for Iowa-origin seed for prairie restorations and roadside plantings, as locally adapted native species are more likely to thrive and out-compete weedy species. Greg Houseal, program manager, and staff work with commercial native seed growers to increase the availability and affordability of Iowa source-identified seed. Seed and plant materials for seed increase and research are collected from native remnant populations across Iowa. The land provided by UNI is used for production plots to increase foundation seed. Some of the remnant seed is placed in long-term storage repository for future use as seed stock or research.



Currently, seed of 40 species and 1,800 populations in Iowa is being increased. Fifty-three ecotypes of 22 species have been released for commercial production. In 2003, licensed growers produced more than 60,000 pounds of commercial Source-Identified Iowa Ecotype Project Seed.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- From the performance program 'Voices for Change,' Saturday, Aug. 23, designed to create a safe place to talk about violence on campus, to a 'Welcome Weekend Service Project' to benefit the Cedar Valley Food Bank, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 30, and each day in between, 'Welcome Week' on the University of Northern Iowa campus offers something for everyone.

'Voices for Change' is a thought-provoking program required for all new students, according to Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator at UNI's Maucker Union. It will be presented by the SAVE (Students Against a Violent Environment) Forum Actors, a campus-wide interactive performance group dedicated to violence prevention at UNI. The hour-long sessions begin at 10 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m., in Schindler Education Center, Room 244-246. Students are divided into attendance groups by residence halls, and a 1 p.m. Sunday performance is scheduled for those who miss their Saturday slot.

Also, Saturday, Aug. 23, the Union Plaza will be the site for a 'BBQ Blast,' with free hotdogs, chips and pop from 4 to 7 p.m. The a cappella group 'Four Shadow' will perform from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Hypnotist Jim Wand will perform at both 8 and 10 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Great Hall.

UNI President Robert Koob will preside over Sunday's 4 p.m. Convocation, also in the GBPAC's Great Hall, welcoming new students to the 2003-2004 academic year. At 5 p.m., the Panther Bash will offer free food, prizes and fun on the lawn across from the GBPAC. A welcome reception for new and returning international students, with a traditional country roll call, will take place in the Great Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Weekday activities include:

Monday, Aug. 25 -- Welcome Back Cookout Under the Tent, 5-6:30 p.m., Center for Multicultural Education South Lawn.

Tuesday, Aug. 26 -- Information tables about various student organizations and activities will be set up in Maucker Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27 -- The Quads-- Hagemann, Shull, Noehren and Rider Residence Halls-- will hold a dance, beginning at 9 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28 -- A 'drive-in movie,' featuring 'The Matrix Reloaded,' is scheduled for 9 p.m. in the Quads Courtyard. Students are asked to bring a blanket. Free snacks and refreshments will be provided. Rain location is Maucker Union.

Friday, Aug. 29 -- A 'Beach Bash' will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Lawther Field. Free food, sno-cones, inflatable activities and much more are scheduled. Rain date is Sept. 5.

Students can sign-up at activities throughout the week, or at the Student Activities Office in the Student Services Center, Room 103 Bartlett Hall, to help the Cedar Valley Food Bank, as this year's Welcome Weekend Service Project. Participants will receive a free t-shirt and lunch, and transportation will be provided. For more information, call (319) 273-2783.

Sponsors for the week's events include the UNI Women's Studies Program, Maucker Union, Student Life Team, UNI Convocation Committee, UNI Alumni Association, International Student Services, Center for Multicultural Education, Student Activities, Quad Residence System and B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers and Sisters in Christ).

UNI classes begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Native Roadside Vegetation Center (NRVC), located about one-half mile west of Hudson Road on West 27th Street, on the University of Northern Iowa campus, will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29. Refreshments and building and plot production tours will follow remarks by dignitaries, including Sen. Charles Grassley and Heather Stubbe, representing Sen. Tom Harkin.

Others participating in the dedication, in addition to UNI President Robert D. Koob, include Bonnie Harper-Lore, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation; Robert N. Downer, Board of Regents, State of Iowa; Mark Wandro, director, Iowa Department of Transportation; and, from UNI, Kichoon Yang, dean, College of Education; Daryl Smith, director, NRVC; and student Amy Carolan, junior biology major from Decorah.

The center's programs -- the Iowa Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM)Program, Prairie Institute and Iowa Ecotype Project -- are interwoven to restore Iowa prairie and bring native grasses and flowers back to Iowa's roadsides. For almost 90 years, UNI has provided leadership in environmental education, becoming only the second higher education institution to do so, in 1915. Continuing this trend-setting, the UNI Biological Preserves System was initiated in 1973 to reconstruct native Iowa plant communities on campus and provide outdoor classrooms.

The NRVC is one more manifestation of that leading role. The center provides research, techniques, education and source-identified seed for restoration and preservation of native vegetation systems in rights-of-way and other lands.

Funding for the 10,000-square-foot center, created from renovated space in an existing campus warehouse, was provided by a federal appropriation, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21), with the support of Senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin. The University matched the appropriation with 35 acres of land near the NRVC.



The renovated building includes offices, a conference/classroom, research space and an area for native seed cleaning and handling, including a cold room for extended seed storage. An unfinished room is planned to be a native seed-testing laboratory. The TEA 21 grant also provided funds to purchase seed-cleaning equipment.

The IRVM Program, the center's oldest, grew out of Iowa Roadside Vegetation Management legislation, in 1988, that declared it to be 'in the general public welfare of Iowa and a highway purpose for the vegetation of Iowa's roadsides to be preserved, planted and maintained to be safe, visually interesting, ecologically integrated and useful for many purposes.'

In the past decade, UNI's IRVM program and the Iowa DOT's Living Roadway Trust Fund have placed Iowa at the forefront of native roadside vegetation management in the nation. Kirk Henderson heads this program that assists Iowa counties with implementation and support of IRVM programs. Eighty of Iowa's 99 counties have IRVM plans on file and 50 of them have implemented those programs. Sixty-two counties have shared $2 million in seed and planted 3,000 acres of roadsides since 1998.

The Prairie Institute is managed by Daryl Smith, NRVC director. The institute provides consultation on prairie and savanna restoration, reconstruction and management. It conducts research in prairie ecology and restoration and promotes prairie education and awareness. The institute is currently in the post-production phase of a documentary film project, 'America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie,' with plans for broadcast on PBS and distribution to libraries, schools and museums throughout the Midwest.

The Iowa Ecotype Project was developed to meet the need for Iowa-origin seed for prairie restorations and roadside plantings, as locally adapted native species are more likely to thrive and out-compete weedy species. Greg Houseal, program manager, and staff work with commercial native seed growers to increase the availability and affordability of Iowa source-identified seed. Seed and plant materials for seed increase and research are collected from native remnant populations across Iowa. The land provided by UNI is used for production plots to increase foundation seed. Some of the remnant seed is placed in long-term storage repository for future use as seed stock or research.

Currently, seed of 40 species and 1,800 populations in Iowa is being increased. Fifty-three ecotypes of 22 species have been released for commercial production. In 2003, licensed growers produced more than 60,000 pounds of commercial Source-Identified Iowa Ecotype Project Seed.

August 20, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Lab School (PLS) and Northern University High School (NUHS) will celebrate the beginning of the 2003-2004 school year with an open house on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

The event begins at 5 p.m., with classrooms open, teachers on hand, and a PLS scavenger hunt. At 5:30 p.m., the school's boosters will offer meals for sale, and at 6:15 p.m. the falls sports and activities kick-off begins. Guest speaker is Mark Farley, UNI head football coach.

On hand during the events will be Jeffrey Cornett, the recently appointed dean of the College of Education. The public may attend.

August 19, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Earth Science will celebrate a once in a lifetime opportunity when Mars will be the closest it has been to Earth in 60,000 years. The department will open the Hillside Observatory to the public at 9 p.m., Wednesday Aug. 27, for a chance to see the red planet through the observatory's 16-inch telescope.

UNI professor of astronomy Siobahn Morgan says the relatively close position of Mars allows astronomers to observe the planet in greater detail for a long period of time. One area they will be able to learn more about is the weather on Mars.

'Having Mars very close to the Earth allows for thorough observations of the atmosphere on a much larger scale, allowing planetary scientists the chance to gather a significant amount of data on Martian weather,' said Morgan.

The Hillside Observatory is located on Jennings Drive in Cedar Falls. In the case of bad weather, the event will be cancelled. Mars will be visible throughout the fall and winter, and the observatory in McCollum Hall on campus is open to the public every Thursday night. The next time Mars will be this close to Earth will be in about 280 years.

August 18, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students moving into the 10 residence halls at the University of Northern Iowa will get help from UNI students, faculty and staff, Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 21-23. The UNI Move-In Crew members will be wearing bright blue T-shirts with this year's theme, 'Groovin' Move-In,' printed on them.

The Move-In Crew will be working on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 22, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Classes for UNI's 2003 fall semester begin at 8 a.m., Monday, Aug. 25. For more information about the Move-In Crew, contact James Barnes, Move-In Crew coordinator, at (319) 415-5699 or (319) 273-7063.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

August 17, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- By the end of the week, some 3,800 students are expected to be moved into their rooms in the 10 residence halls on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Along with parents and family members, they will get help from more than 100 students who have signed on as part of the move-in crew that will provide assistance Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 21-23.

Lyn Redington, UNI associate director of residence, says a number of new programs this year have also proved popular and are bringing students into the halls ahead of the regular schedule. About 300 first-year students directly from high school signed up for the new 'Springboard' program designed to help develop them into a cohesive community. They will be living in Hagemann, Noehren and Campbell Halls and arrive on campus Wednesday, Aug. 20, with a kick-off dinner with UNI president, Robert Koob, scheduled that evening. Special events on Thursday will welcome them to the campus and provide them with extra resources to make a smoother transition to the residence system and college.

Also, Redington says 430 students have chosen to participate in UNI's recently-approved 'Two-Year Advantage' pilot program that allows students living in the residence halls to receive the same dining/housing rate for the first and second years of their contracts. Among other benefits, this plan also allows them to move into the halls Thursday with no additional fee.

A new parking system, 'CP' for C-preferred, designates about 800 parking places closest to the residence halls for students who are returning for at least a second year in the halls. Other changes in the residence system include the re-opening of Campbell Dining Center for weekday lunches and dinners while the Towers Dining Center is closed for renovations, and a new window and carpeting project throughout the fall for units in the College Courts family housing area that is expected to help residents significantly lower their utility costs.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Maucker Union will re-open for business on Friday, Aug. 22. Closed since May, Maucker Union has remodeled 20,000 square feet and is adding an additional 42,000 square feet. The project also includes new housing for the university's Center for Multicultural Education, now located at the Union. The CME will officially open later this fall.

The Union now features a coffee bar called Chat's, where gourmet coffee, bakery items and Freshen's Smoothies and Premium Yogurt will be available; new and renovated meeting rooms; and handicapped-accessible entrances.

Temporary food service will be in the Union's Old Central Ballroom, previously known as the Expansion. Additional food services will open later in the year in Prexy's Court. They are Avanti, featuring pizza and pasta, Flare's with grilled items, Wasabi serving international foods, and Blimpie's sub sandwiches. A grand-opening ceremony for this area will take place later this year.

Jan Hanish, director of Maucker Union, noted that when construction is complete, the Union also will have a new retail outlet area. 'This will be an expanded retail area with snacks, candy, school supplies, magazines, newspapers, logowear, gifts and greeting cards,' she explained. 'In addition, on the upper level, we will have new space for International Services, Northern Iowa Student Government, student organizations, and student activities.'

Maucker Union was constructed in 1969, as the University Union. It was renamed in 1974, to honor J.W. Maucker, UNI president from 1950 to 1970. In 1990, the multi-purpose Expansion was completed. The most recent addition and renovation began in spring 2002, and was funded exclusively through student fees, at a cost of $13 million.

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'American Bandstand' marks 46th anniversary

American Bandstand made its television premiere in August 1957, changing forever the way popular music would be marketed. The show and Dick Clark, its host for 30 years, are part of American culture. The hour-long show was not only TV's longest running musical series, but also the first one to focus on rock and roll. According to Chris Martin, UNI associate professor of communication studies, Bandstand defined the form. 'American Bandstand was the first TV show to offer a visual representation of music,' said Martin. 'Shows such as MTV's 'Total Request Live' are direct descendants of 'American Bandstand'.'

Contacts:

Chris Martin, associate professor of communication studies, (319) 273-2788, (319) 277-2991, christopher.martin@uni.edu

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





Sports and parents sometimes make for a volatile mix



Over the past few years, national youth sports leagues have reported regular incidents of fights or abusive behavior involving parents or coaches. The unfortunate trend has even hit the local sports scene, where parents of youth baseball players recently clashed during a game. Roberto Clemente, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling and Postsecondary Education at the University of Northern Iowa, says these attitudes have roots in professional sports. 'Almost every type and level of professional sports offers numerous examples of our multi-million dollar heroes using profanity, hitting fellow players and attacking referees. We see it on live TV and repeated endlessly on sports shows.'

What happens then, he says, is that sports fans -- parents included -- internalize and later imitate the actions. 'Why not? They've seen their heroes applauded, admired and well-paid despite violent actions and poor sportsmanship.'

Contacts:

Roberto Clemente, associate professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling and Postsecondary Education, (319) 273-3362, 296-2858, roberto.clemente@uni.edu

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





Close encounter from Mars

Chances are you missed the last time Mars was this close to the Earth: it happened 60,000 years ago. And if you miss it this time, you'll have to wait another 280 years. Starting in August and extending through the winter, the red planet will be on the part of its orbit that is closest to Earth. Siobahn Morgan, professor of astronomy at the University of Northern Iowa, says the relatively close position of Mars allows astronomers to observe the planet in greater detail for a long period of time. 'Having Mars very close to the Earth allows for thorough observations of the atmosphere on a much larger scale, allowing planetary scientists the chance to gather a significant amount of data on Martian weather.'

Morgan says next to the moon, Mars will be the brightest object in the night sky. In August, it will be in the southeast corner of the sky around midnight, and as the month progresses, it will be visible earlier and earlier due south.

Contacts:

Siobahn Morgan, professor of astronomy, (319) 273-2389, or 273-2759; or Siobahn.Morgan@uni.edu

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

August 14, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Gallery of Art will present the 'David Delafield Retrospective' in the Kamerick Art Building from Aug. 25 through Sept. 19. UNI professor of art and exhibition curator Roy Behrens will present a lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Art Auditorium (Room 111), and an opening reception will follow.

David Delafield, UNI emeritus professor of art, 'is a man who has worn many hats in his career: artist, professor, puppeteer, husband and father, and World War II bombardier,' said Behrens. 'Among his many distinctions are his time spent as a student of preeminent painter Hans Hoffman and gestalt theory proponent Hoyt Sherman, as well as a stint as an identification sketcher for the Cedar Falls Police Department. His works of art may be found throughout the Waterloo/Cedar Falls communities.'

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



This retrospective, sponsored in part by a grant from the Community Foundation, is a collaboration that includes the Hearst Center for the Arts and the Waterloo Center for the Arts where artworks by David Delafield are currently on view. The Hearst Center for the Arts will present a 'Community Portrait,' from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, all three arts centers will host a Progressive Gala that begins with wine and hors d'oeurves, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Hearst Center for the Arts, followed by a gourmet dinner at the UNI Gallery of Art, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m.; and desserts, cocktails, and dancing at the Waterloo Center for the Arts from 9 to 11 p.m. For reservations, tickets, and further details on the gala, contact the Waterloo Center for the Arts at 291-4490, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Scholarships have been awarded to 23 minority students who will begin their studies this fall at the University of Northern Iowa.

___(Name)___ of ___(Address/Hometown)___, will receive a ___(scholarship name)___ scholarship.

Multicultural Achievement and Talent Scholarships are based on a formula using several criteria, including rank in class, ACT, GPA and financial need. They range in value from $200 to $1,500, and are renewable for three years with a 2.75 GPA or above.

Note: to obtain a list of the scholarship winners, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

August 13, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa was the only educational institution in a six-state Midwest region to receive the 2002-03 Award of Excellence from the Association for Career and Technical Education, Region 3.

The award was given in recognition of UNI's collaborative efforts with community colleges, including articulation agreements. Articulation agreements mesh programs between two-year and four-year schools so that students can transfer credits earned at one institution to the other.

Accepting the award on behalf of UNI was Charles Johnson, professor of industrial technology, who has been instrumental in formulating articulation agreements with Iowa community colleges. About 300 articulation agreements have been signed with all 15 community colleges in the state. The majority of these program-to-program agreements enable graduates of technical programs at the community colleges to make a smooth transition toward completion of a major at UNI.

The award, a plaque, was presented at the group's annual conference held in Dubuque in June. Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids was the only business to receive the award in Region 3.

August 10, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Scholarships have been awarded to 55 transfer students who will begin their studies this fall on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

___(Name)___ of ___(Address/Hometown)___, will receive a ___(scholarship name)___ scholarship.

Transfer achievement scholarships are based on a combination of rank in class and financial need. They range in value from $200 to $1,000, and are renewable for a second year.

The Phi Theta Kappa scholarship is available to students who are members of this honorary society at the community college from which they are transferring. A GPA of 3.5 or above is required and recipients must demonstrate leadership and involvement in their campus or community. The two-year scholarship is worth $1,000 per year for Iowa residents, and ranges from $1,000 to $2,000 per year for non-residents.

The Transfer Multicultural Achievement and Talent Scholarship is awarded to incoming ethnic- minority transfer students based on a formula using GPA and financial need. They range in value from $200 to $1,000, and are renewable for a second year with a 2.75 GPA or above.

The Clyde & Grace Sanborn Scholarship is presented to students transferring to UNI from Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville. Students must be enrolled fulltime, in good academic standing, possess leadership and citizenship qualities and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is renewable with a 3.0 GPA.

The Fleming Sisters Scholarship is awarded to elementary or secondary education majors. The $1,000 award is available for residents of Tama or Benton County, Iowa and is based on financial need. The scholarship is renewable with a satisfactory GPA.

The Mapes Education Scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need or exemplary academic performance to a student pursuing a teacher education-related program of study. It is a one-year scholarship and varies in amount each year.

Note: to obtain a list of the scholarship winners, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

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Will rising Muslim birth rate impact future governments?



Some in Israel have expressed concern that Palestinian and Muslim birth rates are rising, while the Israeli fertility rate is dropping significantly, thus raising questions about the future population's influence on the politics of the region. Dhirendra Vajpeyi, professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa, says while a significant number of Palestinians are Christian, the majority are Muslim, and the political ramifications could be significant. 'If you look at fertility rates of Muslims all over the world, compared to those of other religions, the Muslim rate is highest,' he says, adding that similar concerns have been expressed in other countries, including India where every religious group's birth rate is going down, except for Muslims'. Does this imbalance in population growth mean more political upheaval for the future?

Contacts:

Dhirendra Vajpeyi, professor of political science, (319) 273-2275, 273-2039

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



To download or not to download

University students across the country have been sued after downloading and sharing other copyrighted files from the Internet With the advent of the Digital Millennium Act, U.S. colleges and universities are scrambling to put into place polices that protect students' rights and inform them of their responsibilities and liabilities under the law. 'Like most institutions, UNI already had policies and procedures regarding respect for copyright law and acceptable use of network resources,' explains Steve Moon, director of network services at UNI. 'But we have had to put in place automated procedures for dealing with the weekly complaints, scale up our efforts to communicate with our users regarding their responsibilities and liabilities, and change language to specifically include MP3 and MPEG files and references to peer-to-peer file sharing programs and their dangers.' Moon says access to the Internet doesn't change an individual's responsibility to respect the property rights of others.

Contacts:

Steve Moon, director, UNI network services, (319) 273-6813, (319) 277-1390 steve.moon@uni.edu

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





Choosing a daycare center

Almost every parent struggles, at one time or another, with the issue of daycare. Many worry about leaving their children in the care of others, and many more are concerned about the effect of all-day care by a non-parent. If you do your homework, says Rheta DeVries, director of the Regents Center for Early Developmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, there's really little reason to worry.

'I don't think we should conclude that day care is bad for childrenï¾—but that bad day care is bad for children,' she says. 'Research has shown that the single most distinguishing characteristic that defines good day care is that the teachers have had training in child development.'

Contacts:

Rheta DeVries, director, Regents Center for Early Development Education, (319) 232-1958, rheta.devries@uni.edu

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

August 7, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa senior biology major Katie Venter of Oskaloosa and UNI assistant professor of health education Catherine Zeman spent a week in June in the Transylvania region of Romania as part of a student research program funded by the UNI Environmental Health Initiative.

The project, called the 2003 Research Project and Student Training Experience in Drinking Water and Pesticide Exposure Evaluation, involved testing water samples in Transylvania for the harmful pesticide DDT. Previous research conducted by Zeman and her Romanian colleagues found that contaminated water in Transylvania puts children who drink it at risk for developmental complications of fine motor coordination and learning.



The purpose of this year's research was to determine the level of DDT in the water supply using a method called gas chromatography. Venter worked with Romanian chemists and toxicologists from the Romanian Institute of Public Health, learning their water analysis methods and comparing them to the American method.

'This experience offered me the opportunity to understand and experience the challenges that colleagues in other cultural settings must face when implementing and designing a public health program,' said Venter. 'This has been one of the greatest experiences of my academic career.'

The results and exposure models that Venter, Zeman and their colleagues were working on are still in the process of being completed.

August 4, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- More than 750 incoming freshmen at the University of Northern Iowa have been awarded freshmen achievement scholarships based on a combination of their rank in class and financial need.



The scholarships range in value from $200 to $1,500, and are renewable for a second year with a 3.0 GPA or above.

___(Name)___ of ___(Hometown)___, a 2003 high school graduate, will receive a scholarship.

Note: to obtain a list of the scholarship winners, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

August 3, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa art students were among the first-ever group of 15 students who exhibited at the 2003 Des Moines Arts Festival. The students were chosen by a juried panel. The artists participated as part of the Emerging Iowa Artists Program, which was created to help students see if they could make a living selling art in Iowa.

David Schmitz, from Charles City, is a sophomore art major with an emphasis in drawing. He exhibited 15 pieces in charcoal, graphite and pastel.

Angela Pease, from Cedar Falls, is a senior art major with an emphasis in painting. She exhibited mixed-media 3-D works.

Pease will graduate in December and plans to pursue graduate school. Her lifelong dream is to teach at the college level and continue to produce artwork for commercial sale and gallery exhibits. Her experience and success at the Des Moines Arts Festival exceeded her expectations. She had hoped to sell just one piece of her work and ended up selling 12 pieces.

'It was a real confidence booster. I was so impressed with the Des Moines Arts Festival. So many of the professional artists selling their works stopped by to offer encouragement and advice for future festivals. Speaking with fellow artists was one of my favorite parts of the Festival,' said Pease.

Pease credits much of her success to UNI's art department. 'The professors have such a broad range of talents and they are always there to assist the students with their questions. The professional practices course prepared me for how to make slides and get ready for juried shows.'

The Des Moines Arts Festival was a life changing experience for Schmitz. He had hoped to sell three to four pieces. He sold 10.

'The best part about the Festival was not selling the art, it was the feedback from the customers and visitors. When people can relate an experience or story to a piece of my work, then I know my art is successful,' said Schmitz.



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Justice vs. freedom of the press

The judge in the Kobe Bryant case has threatened reporters who dare print the name of the alleged victim, saying he won't allow them into the courtroom. Media outlets have cried foul, and are suing for the right to use the young woman's name. Julie Thompson, sexual/substance abuse coordinator at UNI, says there are very good reasons for keeping secret the names of rape victims while an investigation is pending. 'Once the name is revealed, victims are often harassed or stalked. And there's still a great deal of shame and humiliation involved with a sexual assault. Coming forward in the first place is very difficult, even when the name is shielded. Of course, it shouldn't be that way -- the shame should be on the one who committed the assault.'

Thompson says society has a long way to go in helping victims feel less shame about an assault. But she has some ideas about what needs to be changed. 'Look at the language we use when talking about a sexual assault; it's passive. We say 'she was raped' and not 'he raped her.' We have to stop asking questions that give the implication the victim is responsible. And we also have to let go of the idea that it couldn't have been rape if the involved parties knew one another.'

Contact

Julie Thompson, sexual/substance abuse coordinator, (319) 989-2061, Julie.Thompson@uni.edu.

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

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UNI professor says voting is a choice

The 38th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is Wednesday, Aug. 6. The act was passed to ensure access to the ballot for all citizens, but statistics show that a large portion of today's U.S. population simply does not vote. That's not necessarily a bad thing, says Tom Rice, head of UNI's Department of Political Science. He says it's important for children to learn about the democratic process, and to understand that they have the right to vote. But demanding that everyone vote doesn't help the democratic process and could, says Rice, hinder it. 'What you end up with is a large number of votes from people who don't understand the issues or the candidates,' he explains. 'I'm not sure that's what we want.''

Contact:

Tom Rice, head, Department of Political Science, 218-732-8335, tom.rice@uni.edu, pinehavenbeach@hotmail.com

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

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Watergate anniversary

On Aug. 8, 1974, Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to resign from office. Plagued by the Watergate scandal, Nixon was facing imminent impeachment and possible removal from office. It was a turbulent time, but John Johnson, professor of history, said some good things emerged from what was probably the greatest political scandal in American history. 'In the long run, the rule of law triumphed. The Constitution prevailed. We had a governmental change without upheaval. Initial American anger and cynicism over Richard Nixon's actions and statements have receded in the last generation, and the accomplishments and shortcomings of the Nixon administration can now be seen in a broader historical perspective.'

In 1974, Johnson was critical of President Gerald Ford's pardon of Nixon. Now he believes the pardon was a wise course of action, sparing the country further trauma from Watergate. 'I think President Ford was right: It was time for us to stop wallowing in Watergate; the country needed to get on with other business.'

Contact:

John Johnson, professor of history, (319) 273-2097, 277-7130, John.Johnson@uni.edu

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations

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From Thursday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 17, UNI will exhibit its new booth and display at the state fair in Des Moines, in the Varied Industries Building. This year's themes are 'UNI Students First' and 'Community Leaders.' Featured will be photos and profiles of university alumni, all living in Iowa and contributing to the state's growth.

Other UNI highlights:

Thursday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. to noon: Ed Rathmell, professor of mathematics, will present 'Thinking with Numbers,' testing visitors on math proficiency.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 1 to 3 p.m., Karla Krueger, instructor in the College of Education (COE); and Yana Cornish, program assistant in the COE, will present the InTime program, a Web-based project that showcases the best teaching practices involving technology.

Friday, Aug. 8, 11 a.m. to noon, Kirk Henderson, manager of the UNI Roadside Office, will discuss the Native Roadside Vegetation Center, Iowa's initiative for planting wildflowers along state and county roads.

Friday, Aug. 8, 2 to 4 p.m., Scott Nice, assistant professor of theatre, and Sarah Noll, a UNI senior from Dubuque, will dress as clowns and walk the fairgrounds.

Saturday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Pat Higby, energy educator for UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, will present 'Racing Toward the Future,' a display about the battery-powered-car race for high school students, the Iowa Electrathon.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 2 p.m., Sue Grosboll, director of the UNI Museum, will wear period costume and discuss the museum's one-room school.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to noon, Recayi Pecen, assistant professor of industrial technology, will discuss UNI's solar 'e-boat,' a 110-pound fiberglass solar electric boat designed by students.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 1 to 2 p.m., John McCormick, professor of computer science, will discuss embedded computer systems. His class has completed a project which consists of three miles of railroad track and a series of small trains, each controlled by an embedded computer system. On display will be the track and trains.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student athletes achieved an impressive cumulative GPA of 3.06 for the spring 2003 semester. Encompassing 346 students, the cumulative athletic GPA has been steadily increasing for the past several years.

A cumulative athletic GPA over 3.00 is considered impressive, according to Colleen Heimstead, compliance and life skills coordinator for UNI intercollegiate athletics. The average UNI undergraduate has a 2.97 GPA.



Even more impressive is the fact that these achievements have been accomplished without an athletic academic adviser on staff. 'Due to budget cuts, we have not replaced our academic adviser for athletics,' Heimstead explained. 'Most schools our size have at least one, if not two or three advisers. We've been without one for a year, but the coaches have really stepped up to the challenge and made sure academics are a priority.'

The women's volleyball team ranks the highest overall, with a 3.44 GPA. Men's golf is the highest men's team with a cumulative GPA of 3.18.

'I think this says a lot about the quality of our program,' said Heimstead. 'Not only do we offer excellent athletic opportunities, but we also ensure that education remains the highest priority. It's a great advantage to attending UNI.'

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July 30, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has added a master's degree to its athletic training program. Recently approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the degree will require 36 hours, with the majority of time focused on advanced training. Classes such as Pathoetiology, Orthopedic Assessment, and Orthopedic Surgical Interventions will be offered, as well as Evidence-Based Rehabilitative Practice, where hands-on training will put classroom theories into practice.

'It's been a long haul to get this program together,' says Biff Williams, head of the athletic training program. 'The master's degree will allow us to place graduate assistants in high schools and within the medical community. It's a great fit with the partnership between the university and the Cedar Valley medical community.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Resident assistants and community advisers have been named at the University of Northern Iowa for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Jessica (Jessi) Fisher of Ogden, a sophomore majoring in finance/real estate, is one of approximately 85 resident assistants (RAs) in the UNI Department of Residence. Fisher will serve in Hagemann Hall. RAs serve as student advisers to approximately 40 students in a residence hall, providing assistance with personal, interpersonal and academic concerns. The RAs also support residents in the development of a cohesive living and learning group.

RAs are certified in first aid and CPR, receive extensive training in conflict mediation and are the university's contact for students in the residence halls. In addition, they plan and present educational programs, offer planned and spontaneous social activities and provide academic support for students.

'RAs are vital to the success of the University of Northern Iowa residence system. They provide models for leadership while maintaining high academic standards,' said Lyn Redington, associate director of the Department of Residence/Housing.

July 29, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, recently approved a pilot plan developed by the UNI Department of Residence, allowing students living in the residence halls to receive the same dining/housing rate for the first and second years of their contracts. The '2-Year Advantage' plan also allows students to move to campus the Thursday before classes begin at no extra charge, and it waives the $200 pre-payment charge during the second year of the contract.

Pat Beck, assistant director of residence/marketing, said the plan may include other benefits as it evolves. 'Immediately, it helps families budget for the cost of higher education,' she said. 'The true and lasting advantage comes with the benefits students gain from a multi-year experience in residence hall communities.'

A similar program has been developed at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., where it has been successful.

Residence hall rates at UNI -- and the other regent institutions -- have risen steadily since 1988. In 2003, the rate increase was $278, or nearly 6 percent. Beck believes the 2-Year Advantage plan will, ultimately, help control costs in the future. 'Having more residents on campus builds stronger communities, improves our efficiency and makes it possible to keeps costs down for all residents,' she said.

Information about the plan was presented during student orientation sessions this summer, and sent to all students who have a fall contract for housing in UNI residence halls. If you would like more information, contact the Department of Residence, (319) 273-2333.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A group of research scientists-in-the-making will present the results of their summer research projects on biology, chemistry, physics and earth science on the University of Northern Iowa campus, Friday, Aug. 1, at the Merck/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session.

Forty-six UNI students and six Upward Bound high school students will display posters describing their work and be available to discuss their research. Student posters will be exhibited from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall, Room 116.

'For students, summer research is an experience that coalesces what they have learned in individual courses into a coherent picture, and faculty have an opportunity to work with some of the brightest students on campus,' said Carl Thurman, UNI associate professor of biology, who directs the Undergraduate Science Research Program funded by Merck/AAAS. Merck provided funding for five of the students. Upward Bound is a federal program that helps prepare high school students for college entrance.

The meeting will open at 11 a.m., with a presentation titled 'King Cholera Dethroned!' by Dr. Stanley G. Schultz, dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Texas, Houston. He will describe the discovery of the mode of transmission of cholera to demonstrate the essentials of science: observation, experiment and analytic reasoning.

UNI is one of 15 U.S. colleges and universities that received an award from Merck/AAAS. The program, which aims to promote interdisciplinary research experiences among undergraduates, is funded by the Merck Company Foundation, a private charitable foundation established by pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck & Co., and administered by the AAAS, the world's largest federation of scientific and engineering societies.

July 28, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– A five-member team from the University of Northern Iowa recently participated in the 10th Annual World Championship Solar Electric Boat Regatta, taking second place in the qualifying round of the 70-meter sprint. The team's 17-foot long solar powered boat finished with a time of 15.54 seconds and a total of 94.86 out of 100 points in that event.

Team members were UNI seniors Chad Clark of Cedar Rapids, Dan Frisch of Waterloo and Aaron Mitchell of Manchester; May 2003 graduate Derek Paulus of Rockford; and Recayi Pecen, UNI assistant professor of industrial technology and program coordinator for the electrical and information engineering technology program. The team also received the perseverance award at the competition. They ranked 17th overall out of 27 registered teams.

The competition took place last month in Buffalo, N.Y., and included teams from the United States, Canada and Europe. The teams competed in four events including qualifications, solar sprint, solar slalom and solar endurance.

UNI's solar 'eBoat' is sponsored by Blain's Farm and Fleet, John Deere Product Engineering Center, Iowa Energy Center, Optima Batteries, Rockwell Collins, WBM Marine and UNI. The project also has been funded for a three-year period by a $15,000 grant from the Iowa Energy Center.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Accounting has named scholarship recipients for the 2003-04 academic year. The department awarded 29 undergraduate scholarships and 13 Master of Accounting (MAcc) scholarships, together totaling more than $80,000.

The (name of scholarship) in the amount of ($_____) was awarded to (name) from (hometown). For more information, contact Gerald Smith, Accounting department head, at 319-273-2394.

Note: to obtain a list of the scholarship winners, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

July 27, 2003 - 7:00pm

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Pretrial publicity doesn't spoil juries

Now that NBA star Kobe Bryant has been charged with felony sexual assault, the media has worked overtime to broadcast any and all information available about the basketball phenom and his alleged victim. When there is so much information out there, is it reasonable to expect a fair trial? Keith Crew, head of UNI's Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology says yes. 'We're too quick to think that a jury is somehow incapable of putting that aside and listening to the facts. While in some cases pretrial publicity may prevent a fair trial, in most, jurors can be educated to the fact that they have not heard all the evidence.'

Crew also believes this level of pretrial publicity, while distasteful, is 'just reality in our society with its pervasive mass media. When a case involves a celebrity or is particularly gruesome, then you're going to get this level of publicity. I don't like it, but I don't think we can stop it without causing greater problems.'

Contacts

Keith Crew, head, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, (319) 273-2786, 266-6504, bk.crew@uni.edu,

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



Don't worry, be happy

August is National Admit You're Happy Month. During August, people are encouraged to express happiness and look at the bright side of things. According to David Towle, director of the UNI Counseling Center, a positive outlook isn't simply a good idea -- it can be good for your mental and physical health. Towle can explain how a positive attitude can help college students succeed in the often stressful environment of higher education.

Contacts:

David Towle, director, UNI Counseling Center, (319) 273-2676, (319) 266-7686, david.towle@uni.edu

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





Immunization -- not just for little kids

August is national Immunization Awareness Month. Each year tens of thousands of Americans die from diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. Most adults know that children must be vaccinated before starting elementary school. But many people don't know that before students can enter a college or university they must prove they're vaccinated for measles. Sue Courts, director of the UNI Student Health Clinic, can explain what vaccinations are mandatory for college students and explain the importance of flu shots.

Contacts:

Sue Courts, director, UNI Student Health Clinic, (319) 273-7224, (319) 277-3352, sue.courts@uni.edu

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



High school students woefully under-prepared for college writing

Increasingly, high school students are coming to colleges and universities unprepared to write at the college level. 'That's one of my biggest frustrations,' said James HiDuke, also known as Dr. Grammar, assistant professor of English language and literature at the University of Northern Iowa. Contributing to the problem, he said, are teachers who, pressed for time, simply do not correct students' incorrect grammar. 'There's a philosophy that says we don't want Johnny to feel bad about the work he's done, so we don't give him any negative feedback,' explained HiDuke. 'That's wrong. Someone has to say that there are rules for written language, and that the rules should be followed.'

Contacts:

James HiDuke, professor of English, University of Northern Iowa, (319) 273-2819, (319) 277-5429, james.hiduke@uni.edu

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

July 21, 2003 - 7:00pm

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Safety emphasized in UNI Web workshop for middle school students

Another group of students in the ECHOES (Every Child Has the Opportunity to Excel and Succeed) program that serves sixth- through ninth-grade students in the Waterloo and Cedar Falls Community School Districts, is on the University of Northern Iowa campus through Thursday, July 24, for a workshop on 'Creating Web Pages.' The class meets from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Lang Hall, Room 245.

The workshop, offered by ITS-Educational Technology at UNI, is focusing on how to use an HTML (HyperText Markup Language) editor to create a Web page and how to add graphics and work with digital cameras. Safety on the Web will be the focus at the beginning of Wednesday's class, and students will fine-tune their pages and share them with the class on Thursday.

Instructors are Jason Vetter and Lori Seawel, education technology specialists at UNI. They can be contacted outside the workshop hours, as well, for those who wish to pursue any of these topics.

July 20, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) Research Program will host its annual Pioneer Farmers' Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the ABIL facility, 400 Technology Place, Waverly.

A news conference will begin at 1 p.m., to announce that Norfolk Southern, a rail transportation company based in Roanoke, Va., has converted its entire fleet to SoyTrakï¾™, a biodegradable soybean oil-based grease developed by ABIL as an alternative to petroleum-based grease for lubricating railroad tracks. The conversion makes SoyTrak one of the most widely-used soy-based rail curve products in the country.

During the news conference, ABIL also will announce the establishment of Biobased Industries LLC, a for-profit company that has signed a grease blending and packaging agreement with Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing Inc. (ELM), in Waverly. Portec Rail Products Inc. in Pittsburgh, will be the product distributor. Biobased Industries began at Lanehaven Farms near Waterloo, as a pilot modular grease-production unit funded through ABIL by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture in 2001. Its success led to the formation of Biobased Industries LLC.

Lou Honary, ABIL director, said Farmers' Day also will give area farmers and other interested individuals a chance to tour ELM's Plainfield facility from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., and see the latest in research and development of high-tech biobased lubricants, specifically soybean-based greases.

Sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Farmers' Day is free and open to the public. For more information, call ABIL at (319) 352-5218.

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Endangered turtles, other endangered species play important role in ecosystem

Wood turtles are among a number of endangered species of animals in Iowa. Jeff Tamplin, UNI assistant professor of biology, is evaluating their population status to recommend species management policies to help ensure that this animal will not be lost from the central Iowa ecosystem. In other parts of the country, scientists have worked to restore populations of other species, occasionally reviving their numbers to the point of causing problems for humans and other animals. Tamplin will comment on his work with Iowa wood turtles and their role in the ecosystem.

Contacts:

Jeff Tamplin, UNI assistant professor of biology, (319) 273-2327 (office); (319) 273-2456 (department office; jeff.tamplin@uni.edu

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



Childhood mental illness -- more common than you think

CNN recently reported that one out of every five children has a mental illness. Ken Jacobsen, counselor at UNI's Counseling Center, says the number of mental health illnesses is on the rise among children and he is seeing the effects in his office. 'What's happening in college counseling centers across the country is people are coming to us with lengthy medical histories from their childhoods.' He says there are warning signs parents can look for in their children such as poor performance in school, anti-social behavior and complaints about physical illnesses like headaches and stomach aches on a regular basis. According to Jacobsen, if parents notice warning signs of mental illness in their children, the school counselor is a good place to start. 'Somebody needs to sit down with the child who knows how to talk with kids and get to the bottom of the problem.' He says always consult a mental health professional if you think your child may have a mental illness.

Contacts:

Ken Jacobsen, counselor, UNI Counseling Center, (319) 273-2676, (319) 984-6300; Kenneth.Jacobsen@uni.edu

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



Are the new high-tech mosquito traps really effective?

Summer is upon us -- and so are the mosquitoes. Some experts say this year's populations of the blood sucking insects are larger than usual. Mosquitoes mean discomfort and, for many, worries about mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus. On the positive side, consumers have more resources available than ever to help rid their backyards of mosquitoes. Along with the standard spray insecticides, candles and bug zappers, consumers now can buy so-called high-tech electronic mosquito traps. Randy Mercer, an entomologist and UNI assistant professor of biology says the jury is still out on the new high-tech traps. In fact, he says some research shows that the traps may be too effective -- not only do they trap the mosquitoes in your yard, but they draw mosquitoes from your neighbors' yards as well -- adding to your problem, not solving it.

Note to editors/news directors: Mercer is out of his office doing field research on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can leave a message for him at his office, or reach him by e-mail.

Randy Mercer, assistant professor or biology, (319) 273-2150, randy.mercer@uni.edu

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Norfolk Southern Railway, based in Norfolk, Va., recently converted its entire operation to SoyTrakï¾™, a biodegradable soybean oil-based grease developed by the University of Northern Iowa's Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) Research Program. The grease is an alternative to petroleum-based grease for lubricating railroad tracks. Its use reduces rail gauge face-wear and wheel-flange wear when trains go around curves. Summer- and winter-grade blends are in use. An all-season blend is being developed. The conversion will make SoyTrak one of the most-used end-user rail curve products in the country.

'The U.S. market for rail greases is 9 million pounds,' explained Lou Honary, ABIL director. 'Norfolk Southern alone will use more than one-fifth of that amount.'

A news conference to announce the conversion will take place at 1 p.m., Friday, July 25, at the ABIL facility, 400 Technology Place in Waverly. On hand will be U.S. Senators Tom Harkin; State Senator Bob Brunkhorst; State Rep. Willard Jenkins; Patty Judge, Iowa Department of Agriculture secretary; John Samuels, senior vice president of Norfolk Southern Corp.; Richard Jarosinski, president and general manager of the RMP Division with Portec Rail Products Inc., in Pittsburgh; Blake Hollis, president of Biobased Industries LLC; and Honary.

During the news conference, Hollis will announce the establishment of Biobased Industries LLC, a for-profit company that has signed a grease blending and packaging agreement with Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing Inc. (ELM), in Plainfield. Portec Rail Products Inc., will be the product distributor.

Biobased Industries began at Lanehaven Farms near Waterloo, as a pilot modular grease-production unit funded through ABIL by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture in 2001. Lanehaven's success led to the formation of Biobased Industries LLC. 'When we can take the raw materials produced in Iowa and add value by further processing or differentiating, that is going to result in more dollars spent in Iowa, and more jobs created in Iowa,' said Hollis. 'This is just one example of how it can be done.'

Honary noted that during the past five years, more than 24 railroads have used SoyTrak. 'But Norfolk Southern's approval gives new credibility to bio-based products. Field demonstrations prove that SoyTrak performs at least 20 percent better than conventional greases, adheres better to metal surfaces, does not thin down at high temperatures, and carries up to two miles further on the gauge face than other conventional products.'

Norfolk Southern Corp., is one of America's leading transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 21,500 miles of rail in the United States and Canada. Norfolk Southern operates the East's most extensive intermodal network and is the nation's largest rail carrier of automotive parts and finished vehicles.

Formulated from U.S.-grown soybean oils and additives, SoyTrak is marketed by ELM and distributed through Portec Rail Products Inc. Portec Rail Products Inc., contributed field equipment and developmental support during field-testing with Norfolk Southern.

Portec Rail Products Inc., has been involved in the development of rail lubrication and friction management technology since the late 1920s, and is the industry leader in this field.

ABIL is recognized nationally as a leader in the development and commercialization of soybean-based industrial lubricants. Established in 1991, the UNI-ABIL research program brings together research and testing to identify soybean oil characteristics and match them to appropriate industrial uses.

This year ABIL is licensing 24 industrial lubricants, greases and base oils made of soybean oil. For more information about ABlL, visit the Web site, www.uni.edu/abil.

July 16, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eighteen current or future teachers of high school physics are learning more about their content area at the Summer Physics Institute at the University of Northern Iowa that runs through Friday, July 18.

__(Name)__ of __(School)__ in __(town of school)__ is enrolled in the four-week course that began June 23. Most of the participants took the first part of the two-part institute last summer. The six hours of graduate credit earned each summer can be applied toward a physics or physical sciences endorsement.

This summer's institute is focusing on electricity and magnetism, as well as wave phenomena and optics. Participants have been using technology, probe-ware and simulations.

The institute is offered through UNI's Science and Math Education Renewal Center, a federally funded program designed to provide professional development for K-12 math and science teachers. In addition to having their tuition paid, participants each receive $1,000 per summer in equipment to take back to their school.

'This institute helps ensure that physics teachers are well prepared to teach physics and that their school will meet the goal of 'no child left behind,' which is a well qualified teacher in every classroom,' said Cherin Lee, associate professor of biology and chair of the science education faculty at UNI.

Note: to obtain a list of the teachers, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2461.

July 15, 2003 - 7:00pm

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Board of Regents to meet at UNI

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Wednesday and Thursday, July 16 and 17, in Davis Hall of the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Several issues pertaining to UNI will be on the docket.

Master's degree in athletic training (during meeting of Interinstitutional Committee on Educational Coordination)

Richard (Biff) Williams, assistant professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, (319) 273-6824

University final fiscal year 2004 budget

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2256

Operating appropriations requests for fiscal year 2005

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2256

Capital budget requests for fiscal year 2005

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2256

Preliminary five-year capital improvement plans

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance, (319) 273-2382

Report of the banking committee

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance, (319) 273-2382

Five-year institutional roads program

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance, (319) 273-2382



Capital Register

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance, (319) 273-2382

Proposed 'Two-Year Advantage' plan for residence system

Robert Hartman, director of residence, (319) 273-2333



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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A group of Iowa elementary school teachers at the University of Northern Iowa is learning about science and math curriculum materials that focus on the inquiry teaching approach.

__(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__ is one of 13 teachers participating in 'Workshop: Life and Earth Science for Elementary Teachers,' that runs through Friday, July 18. Teachers are participating in the use of FOSS and GEMS curriculum materials. FOSS stands for Full Option Science System, and GEMS stands for Great Explorations in Math and Science.

Both sets of curriculum materials were produced by the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and emphasize inquiry -- having students ask questions and find answers. Cherin Lee, UNI associate professor of biology and chair of the science education faculty, said it involves a very active learning environment and strives for understanding ideas.

The workshop is offered through UNI's Science and Math Education Renewal Center, a federally funded program designed to provide professional development for K-12 math and science teachers.

GEMS and FOSS modules are available for teachers to check out during the academic year from the Science Education Resource Center, (319) 273-6912, in UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education.

Note: to obtain a list of the participants, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations.

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Children of NATO personnel at UNI for international camping experience

The University of Northern Iowa's Camp Adventureï¾™ Youth Services program will host the International Youth Camp, a two-week opportunity for 250 children of NATO personnel beginning Wednesday, July 16. This is the first year in the camp's 32-year history that it has taken place in the United States, and the first time it will take place at a non-military site. The program is operated in cooperation with U.S. Army Child and Youth Services, and the British Army Welfare Service.

Represented nations are Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. The youths, all 15 to 18 years old, will live on the UNI campus. Participants will visit several Iowa sites, including Camp Ingawanis and the Dubuque County Fair. They also will learn crafts, participate in team-building exercises, attend a Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball game; and go canoeing, horseback riding and rock climbing.

More information about the IYC is available online at www.iyc2003.com/.

Media may attend a welcoming event from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Commons Ballroom, on Thursday, July 17. In attendance will be Owen Newlin, president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; and UNI President Robert Koob.

Media also may meet the youths and talk with camp administrators during a barbecue near the UNI Campanile that same day from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Media kits will available at that time.

Media may attend these other events, but should contact Don DeGraaf, camp liaison, at (319) 415-7654, to make arrangements:

'Planet Hollywood' at UNI's Piazza, Thursday, July 17, 8 p.m.

Barn dance at Camp Ingawanis, Thursday, July 24, 8 p.m.

'50s dance at UNI's Piazza, Sunday, July 27, 8 p.m.

ROPES course at Camp Ingawanis (several dates; see DeGraaf for information)

Military dignitaries from NATO countries will visit UNI and the surrounding area July 22-25, and attend a reception and dinner in UNI's Commons Ballroom from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 24. To meet with them, contact David Edginton, program operations coordinator, UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, (319) 273-2264.

July 13, 2003 - 7:00pm

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Making sense out of weather forecasts

Each day Americans are inundated with local, regional and national weather forecasts. Meteorologists pepper us with an array of facts -- 'a cold front is moving in, the barometric pressure is falling, the dew point is 63 degrees, the heat index is 110.' All this data is meant to better inform us, but do we really understand what it means? UNI associate professor of earth science, and meteorologist, Alan Czarnetzki is an expert at using commons terms to describe the complicated world of meteorology. He has tips on what to listen and look for in weather forecasts.

Contacts:

Alan Czarnetzki, associate professor of earth science, (319) 273-2152, (319) 266-7062, alan.czarnetzki@uni.edu

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



Teens who self-injure are expressing pent-up emotion

Susan Dobie, an instructor at UNI, has seen and heard about it far too often: Teens who, suffering from internal emotional pain, inflict physical pain upon themselves. 'For instance, when someone has been sexually or physically abused, they will experience despair, sadness and anger. Often adolescents can't control those feelings. But one thing they can control is their own physical pain,' explains Dobie, who is researching self-injury for her doctoral dissertation. 'They'll use anything they can to cut themselves -- a knife, a broken CD case, a paper clip, a key, anything that's available when they're alone and have feelings that they want to get rid of.'

She says parents and educators of self-injurers often are blind to the practice. 'Those who self-injure quickly become adept liars and skilled deceivers, making it difficult for parents or teachers to notice the practice. They are masters of disguise.'

Contacts:

Susan Dobie, instructor, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, (319) 273-5930, susan.dobie@uni.edu

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





Managing vacation with kids -- advance preparation pays

When planning vacations, people often forget that their family is, typically, not normally together 24 hours a day. So when they are, and, especially, when they are in a small space, problems can arise, says Ann Vernon, UNI professor of education and coordinator of UNI's counseling program in the College of Education. Vernon suggests a family meeting before leaving to try to determine each person's interests and needs. 'For example, one person may have a need for space or time alone. It helps to determine ahead of time how much inclusion or privacy each person may want.'

Vernon also suggests making a list of the things everybody wants to do before leaving and try to ensure that each person gets at least one of their wishes fulfilled. 'At the end of each day or the beginning of the next, outline an agenda for the day to help accomplish this goal,' she says. 'It can be difficult with kids, especially when there are big age differences. Parents may want to split up and each take a child or two.' She adds that it's important to be flexible.



Contacts:

Ann Vernon, professor of education and coordinator of the counseling program, (319) 273-2226;

(319) 273-2605 ; ann.Vernon@uni.edu

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

July 10, 2003 - 7:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Mary Byggere, clinical lab technologist at the University of Northern Iowa Student Heath Clinic, has received COLA's Laboratory Excellence Award. The award is given to laboratories that demonstrate exemplary patient testing. This is the second time Byggere has received the award. She has been with the Student Health Clinic for 27 years.

To receive the award, COLA laboratories have to complete an on-site inspection, and be found to have superior laboratory safety and practices for their patients within COLA criteria.

COLA is a non-profit, physician-directed organization that promotes quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through voluntary education, achievement and accreditation programs.

COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, the College of American Pathologists and the American Osteopathic Association.

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