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December 21, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Art and Architecture Committee has chosen new artwork for the recent renovation of Maucker Union. Iowa law states that one-half of 1 percent of the total estimated cost of state buildings shall be used to purchase art. The amount spent for this piece of art was $65,000.

According to Mary Frisbee Johnson, chair of the committee, the new piece is a 120-foot bas-relief sculpture that runs along the inside top of the colonnade at the entrance to the Center for Multicultural Education, which is now attached to the Union, and is titled 'We Are One.' Designed by Ed McGowin and Claudia DeMonte of New York, the piece depicts stylized figures helping one another with their burdens. The figures' efforts are symbolized by objects representing goals and obstacles faced by human beings. The artists will attend the center's grand opening during the spring semester.

The Art and Architecture Committee is administered by Thomas Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance. Student members are Angela Pease, a senior from Cedar Falls, and Laura Riskedahl, a senior from Marshalltown. Also serving are Mike Bobeldyk, Maucker Union program coordinator; Reginald Green, director of academic advising; Frisbee Johnson; Morris Mikkelsen, director of facilities planning; Julie Pontasch, director of development for the College of Education; and Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art. Brad Leeper, an architect with InVision Architecture of Waterloo, worked with the committee and the artists.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library has named its December 'Student Assistant of the Month.' Hayley Harman, a senior with a double major in finance and accounting, from Washington, is a student assistant in the Rod Library Reference and Instructional Services Department.

The library staff nominated Harman for her professionalism and reliability. According to her nominators, she 'treats all patrons in a friendly and helpful manner.'



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center has hired Molly Hackenmiller as assistant box office manager.

A native of St. Ansgar, Hackenmiller holds a B.F.A. from UNI and an M.A. in visual arts management from Columbia College in Chicago. Before coming to UNI, she was director of the Schopf Gallery on the Lake in Chicago. Previous to that, she was a marketing assistant at the Judith Racht Gallery in Harbert, Mich.


December 18, 2003 - 6:00pm


University of Northern Iowa President Robert Koob will preside over commencement ceremonies at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20 in the UNI-Dome. He will confer degrees upon some 700 students graduating from UNI's five undergraduate colleges, the Graduate College, or Continuing Education and Special Programs. Aaron M. Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will conduct the recognition of honors and awards.

The student address will be delivered by Suzanne Marie Just from Swaledale, candidate for a master of arts degree in communication studies. Beth Harris of Cedar Falls, chair of the UNI Alumni Association Board of Directors, will welcome new graduates on behalf of the association. Music will be provided by the University Brass Ensemble.


Philip Patton, UNI registrar and chair, University Commencement Committee, (319) 273-2244

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


UNI ROTC to commission officers Saturday, Dec. 20

Two students in the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Northern Iowa will be commissioned as second lieutenants during an 8:30 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Lang Hall Auditorium.

Brig. Gen. Jodi S. Tymeson, assistant adjutant general, Iowa Army National Guard, and a 1988 UNI graduate, will be the commissioning ceremony speakers. Tymeson is the first woman to be named to that office.

Military science graduates being commissioned are:

Jeana Rang of Dubuque, will enter the Army Reserve, Quartermaster Branch. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Allen College, as part of UNI's cooperative nursing program with that school. Rang will receive her first salute from her brother, James, who is home on leave from Baghdad, where he is serving with the Iowa Army National Guard's1555 Quartermaster Company from Dubuque.

Richard Brian Gienau of Waterloo, will enter the Iowa National Guard, Engineer Branch. He will receiver a bachelor of arts degree in management information systems from UNI later in the morning.


Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, head, UNI Department of Military Science,

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

December 16, 2003 - 6:00pm


The University of Northern Iowa College of Education recently hosted its bi-annual Teacher Education Convocation. Of the 347 students that have satisfied requirements for admission into the College of Education, more than 200 students participated in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study.

Of those recently accepted into the College of Education was (Name) from (Hometown) .

Kathy Oakland, chair of the convocation committee, says, 'One of the most rewarding aspects of this event is looking out into the audience and seeing the pride on the faces of parents and grandparents. It is an especially moving ceremony that celebrates not only the College of Education, but the accomplishments of the entire university.'

Susan Etscheidt, associate professor of special education, was the keynote speaker for the 26th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education program since formal ceremonies began in 1991.


To get a listing of the students who participated, contact the office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.

December 15, 2003 - 6:00pm


Four University of Northern Iowa faculty members received the 2003 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence at a dinner hosted earlier this semester by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Recipients were Rebecca Burkhardt, professor of music and director of orchestral activities; Steve Corbin, associate professor of marketing; Mark Grey, professor of anthropology and director of UNI's New Iowans Program; and Siobahn Morgan, professor of astronomy.

Burkhardt was described by her nominator as an 'exceptional teacher in the School of Music' and one whose 'students prize the breadth and depth of her expertise, as well as her impeccable organization and inspiring manner.' Her conducting style 'invites people to play, and under her direction, the orchestra at UNI has grown in both numbers and maturity to become one of the very best collegiate ensembles in the Midwest.'

Burkhardt, has a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Texas at Austin and has been at UNI since 1988.

Corbin is described as a master teacher who annually is rated by graduating seniors as one of the professors who has had the most impact on their development. Students consistently express their admiration and appreciation for his knowledge and expertise, his stimulating classroom and his personal interest in every student's success. He has created an extensive outreach program that provides hundreds of students with hands-on marketing experience in local businesses.

In addition to his classroom success, Corbin conducts research focusing on marketing pedagogy, and his research on student writing in the marketing curriculum is considered seminal throughout the marketing discipline. He has served as a national conference leader on issues related to pedagogical research in his field.

Corbin earned an Ed.D. in marketing education from the Polytechnic Institute and State University of Virginia, and came to UNI in 1975. He served nine years as head of the marketing department. An advocate for student-athletes, he is the announcer and commentator for the UNI women's basketball team.

Grey, who earned his Ph.D. in applied anthropology from the University of Colorado, is in his 13th year at UNI. He has developed a national reputation for his research on the integration of immigrants and refugees into Iowa communities and the Iowa workforce. As director of the New Iowans program, he has provided leadership for communities across Iowa that are experiencing rapid diversification, helping to foster multicultural understanding and to improve the quality of community life for longtime residents and for new Iowans.

His handbooks have been highly acclaimed for their practical value. In presenting him to the regents, UNI President Robert Koob said, 'From helping a group of Latinos start a multi-ethnic radio station Postville, to taking Iowa mayors, police chiefs and business leaders on trips to the Mexican home communities of Iowa immigrants, Dr. Grey's work has been a model of applying theory to practice in ways that make a positive difference for individuals and for our state.'

Morgan came to UNI in 1991 after earning a Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Washington. In addition to teaching, she is the director of the Hillside Observatory and faculty advisor for Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the National Honor Society for Earth Science. During her tenure at UNI she has developed a reputation not only as a highly skilled teacher, but also as a researcher and active member of the university community.

She regularly teaches a popular astronomy course. Her nominator says, 'Students prize her interactive laboratories and innovative teaching technique. They describe her as knowledgeable, approachable, patient, challenging, enthusiastic, thoughtful, creative, passionate and 'down-to-earth -- except when she is in the stars.''

Morgan's dedication to her students is evident in her research. A nationally recognized expert on pulsars (rapidly rotating neutron stars), she regularly involves undergraduates in her research and has co-authored 13 academic papers with students, including four in the prestigious astronomy journal, Acta Astronomica.


The University of Northern Iowa's Master's in Social Work program has received accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education to October 2007. The accreditation is retroactive to the program's first graduating class in 2002. Only individuals graduating from an accredited program are allowed licensing and permission to practice.

In 1999, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, granted UNI permission to begin offering the program in fall 2000. Tom Keefe, director of the program, said the catalyst for developing UNI's MSW program was two-fold. First, the Bureau of Labor predicted that the need for social workers would increase. Second, the University of Iowa was, at that time, the only public institution in the state offering the MSW. St. Ambrose University in Davenport also offers a program.

'Many people who wanted this degree had to leave the state to get it,' explained Keefe, 'Many who leave the state never return to Iowa to work. We know that many employers are having to turn to people without MSW degrees to do MSW work. Having this program at UNI fills a very serious need, especially in this region of the state.'

Based on the university's feasibility study, the MSW program offers concentrations in two areas not offered elsewhere in Iowa: administrative practice, and advanced micropractice. To date, 56 people have graduated from the MSW program. According to Keefe, this makes it one of the larger graduate programs at the university.

'Social workers address all kinds of problems, including spouse abuse, child abuse and substance abuse,' Keefe explained. 'We know that when the country experiences periods of high unemployment, some of those problems expand, and that is what we are seeing now.'

For more information about the MSW program at UNI, contact Keefe at (319) 273-5910.



Four University of Northern Iowa International Club of Business members will travel to Winnipeg, Canada, Jan. 8-11, 2004, to compete in the final stage of the Manitoba International Marketing Competition (MIMC).

This is the second year UNI has sent a team to MIMC. Twenty teams are invited to participate from Canada, Europe, Mexico and the United States. Teams compete by making marketing and production decisions in three distinct phases. The first is an eight-week simulation where the teams make decisions online, the second is a written strategy statement that covers target market analysis, competitive analysis and their strategic approach. The final phase occurs in Winnipeg and students present their work of the previous months to a panel of judges from business and academia.

According to Chris Schrage, UNI instructor in management and marketing, and adviser to the International Club of Business Students, the team has started the competition strong with excellent results from the first set of decisions. There is a wide range of experience and major emphasis on the team, so she says there is considerable balance in their viewpoints.

Among UNI students participating are: Elizabeth Rowan, a senior management and business administration major from Preston; Alissa Traughber, a senior textiles and apparel: marketing and sales and advertising major from Okoboji; Laura Hahn, a junior management major from Charlotte; and Amy Schmitt, a senior marketing major from Maynard.

This is the 22nd year of the MIMC competition, hosted by Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. For more information, contact Schrage, at (319) 273-2126.


December 14, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Teachers in Iowa can earn one hour of graduate credit and learn more about waste reduction by registering for 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R',' presented by University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE). The workshop will take place in Grinnell on Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, Saturday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, April 17.

The workshop is open to all teachers, but specifically targeted to middle school teachers. The cost is $50 per teacher. Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Some free registrations will be available.

Participants will receive classroom-ready lesson ideas; free resources that directly apply to cross-curricular and thematic units (valued at more than $75); a bibliography of content-area resources; and one hour of graduate credit.

According to Susan Salterberg, workshop instructor, much attention is paid to recycling, but reduction and reuse of materials often are overlooked, yet they are Iowa's highest priorities for waste management. The workshop will give teachers tools and knowledge so that they can teach these waste management strategies.

'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked R' is funded in part with grants from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' REAP Conservation Education Program and Solid Waste Alternatives Program, along with support from selected solid waste agencies.

A registration form is available at For more information about the course or registration, contact Salterberg at (319) 498-4516, (319) 273-2573 or

December 11, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Competition was intense on the University of Northern Iowa campus last month as high school seniors competed for numerous scholarships in the sciences, industrial technology, mathematics or computer science. Scholarships included four-year full-tuition scholarships valued at $2,458 for the 2003-2004 school year.

(Student's name), a student at (High school), participated in the UNI 2003 Science, Mathematics and Technology Symposium. (He/She) was awarded (award status) in (field of study).

Besides competing for awards, students attending the Symposium were introduced to educational opportunities on campus through lecturers, special programs and open houses in designated


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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) continued its legacy of receiving national recognition at the national PRSSA conference, held recently in New Orleans.

UNI PRSSA was selected to host a regional conference next spring, and received the Pacesetter Award for leadership, enthusiasm, spirit and involvement. Additionally, for the first time in the history of the UNI PRSSA chapter, Joanne Wzontek, development and public relations director for UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, received the outstanding professional adviser award.

The UNI PRSSA chapter was chartered in 1981, and currently has 70 members. The chapter adviser is Gayle Pohl, associate professor of communication studies.

Among the members on the executive board is (Name), a (Classification, Major), from (Hometown), serving as the (Position).

The UNI PRSSA has an active student-run public relations firm, PRide (Public Relations Internships Develop Expertise). The firm actively participates in campus and community events, and gives students a wide variety of professional experiences.

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

December 10, 2003 - 6:00pm


The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 15 and 16 at Iowa State University in Ames. Several issues pertaining to UNI will be on the docket. These items are scheduled to be discussed on Tuesday. Specific times are unknown. Not all sources will be present at the Board of Regents meeting. The docket is available on the Web at

1. Requests for professional development assignments

These are requests from faculty for professional development opportunities. The university considers professional development of faculty crucial to its mission of providing a valuable experience to students.

A limited number of UNI faculty may apply for professional development assignments (PDAs) -- paid alternative work assignments. If approved, faculty are relieved of teaching responsibilities for a period of time, normally a semester, in order to shift emphasis to a specific research, service, or performance effort. As in all businesses, professional development helps employees gain perspective, knowledge and skills that improve their performance.

Contact: Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517

2. Suspension of admissions to the master's degree in theatre program

Adding and removing academic programs is an ongoing process. In this case, we are phasing out a program that has consistently low enrollment. There are three students enrolled in the program. The first step in phasing out the program is to suspend admissions.

Contact: Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517

3. Quarterly investment and cash management report

Contact: Gary Shontz, controller, (319) 273-3576

4. Annual report on diversity


Student statistics: Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services, (319) 273-2331

Staff and faculty statistics: Winston Burt, director, Office of Compliance & Equity Management,

(319) 273-2846

5. Annual fire and environmental safety report

This is an annual report about what actions the university has taken to address results of the 2001 state fire marshal's inspection, and information on programs to correct deficiencies that have been identified in this area.

-In April 2003, the university received several citations for safety concerns from IOSHA. They were resolved that same month. See archive news release at

-UNI was recognized in 2000 and 2001 by the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council for 'outstanding acheivement for accident prevention.'


Dean Shoars, director of the physical plant, (319) 273-2582

Cindy Houlson, safety manager, (319) 273-5855

6. Annual report on deferred maintenance

Because of the budget reversion this year, the university is reducing its maintenance budget by $100,000. As UNI is forced to defer much-needed maintenance, problems grow worse. Repairs that go unattended simply become larger, requiring even more funding to correct the problems.

Contact: Doug Jensen, assistant to the vice president for administration and finance, (319) 273-2383.

7. Technology transfer and economic development report

This annual report summarizes the outcomes of UNI Business & Community Service (BCS) outreach programs. We strive to help Iowans build our economy -- locally and statewide. UNI's outreach programs create opportunities for students and faculty to actively participate in business and community development projects. UNI outreach programs have collectively served more than 4,000 business and 465 communities in all 99 counties.

The Technology Transfer and Economic Development report is required by Iowa code. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approves the report before it goes to the Legislature.

Randy Pilkington will highlight UNI's economic development activities and explain how they enchance the economic growth of Iowa. He will provide examples of collaborative economic development projects that BCS has with state agencies, regent institutions and community colleges. He also will give specific examples of BCS initiatives that are enhancing the Iowa economy.

Notes: State funding for BCS has dwindled during the past few years. Even though BCS has experienced substantial success in businesses served and jobs created, there have been some unfortunate consequences of the state funding cuts. For example, the Institute for Decision Making has

moved to a fee-based program, which has had a negative impact on Iowa's smaller communities. These communities are typically not able to afford the services they so desperately need. Two other programs significantly impacted by the cuts are the Metal Casting Center and Ag-based Industrial Lubricants.

Pilkington emphasizes that UNI focuses on providing hands-on technical assistance to Iowa businesses and communities in UNI's areas of academic expertise. UNI's programs add value to state economic development programs and the research activities of the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. UNI is not as active in patent disclosure and commercialization as its sister institutions.

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

8. Register of capital improvement business transactions


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

Facilities -- Morris Mikkelsen, director, Facilities Planning, (319) 273-2611


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Dance Team has qualified for the Universal Dance Association College National Competition.

The team will make its fifth appearance in the annual competition Jan. 16-19 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. UNI received an automatic bid into the semi-final round and will compete in the Division I Dance category against 21of the top teams in the nation.

UNI dance team members include ___NAME___, a ___CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR___ from ____HOMETOWN____.

Competing teams must submit a videotape of a two-minute routine to qualify for and be accepted into the elite competition. UNI Dance Team members choreographed their own routine, a unique quality among teams competing. In addition, the team raised funds for costumes, registration fees, hotel accommodations and airfare. The UNI Dance Team is coached by Jori Wade-Booth.

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

December 9, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre is presenting 'The Streets are Burning: The '68 Chicago Eight Conspiracy Trial,' Dec. 10-13.

'The Streets are Burning,' is the story of the 1968 citywide riots that occurred when the Chicago Police met student Vietnam War protesters. Eight men were arrested and charged with planning and inciting the demonstrations. The production revisits the trial of such revolutionaries as Abbie Hoffman, Bobby Seale and Rennie Davis.

Name a classification , major major from Hometown , was a member of the cast.

UNI graduate Emily Josephson from Shenandoah, now a second-year graduate student in communication studies, wrote and directed the performance.

The UNI Interpreters Theatre program is directed by Karen Mitchell, Interpreters Theatre artistic director, and Paul Siddens, associate professor of communication studies.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Rascal Flatts, the Country Music Association's (CMA) Group of the Year, will be in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the UNI-Dome. Opening for the group is Chris Cagle.

Rascal Flatts, a country trio, was nominated for last year's CMA Group of the Year Award, and received the CMA Horizon Award. The group's first CD, 'Prayin' for Daylight,' went platinum and spawned four top-10 hits including 'I'm Moving On.' Only two other country groups in the past five years have had a debut CD go platinum: the Dixie Chicks and SheDaisy.

The group also has had two CMT No. 1 videos. Their 'Walk the Llama Llama,' penned by Sting, was featured on 'The Emperor's New Groove' soundtrack. 'Melt,' the group's sophomore CD, is now available in stores.

Tickets for the concert are $33.75 and $25.75, and are available beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the UNI-Dome box office, (319) 273-DOME; all Ticketmaster locations, (515) 243-5505; and online at and Ticketmaster service charges are not included in the ticket price.

The event is presented by Coors Light and Clear Channel Entertainment.

December 8, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) recently elected senators through Fall 2003 special elections.

(Student's name), a (Classification/Major) from(Hometown) was elected a fall 2003 NISG senator from -- (Residence).

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Foundation has raised $18 million in private support needed to build the McLeod Center. The100,000-square-foot sports and entertainment facility will be located south of the UNI-Dome on the UNI campus.

'This is a major fundraising milestone,' explained Bill Calhoun, UNI vice president for university advancement. 'This gives us the funds we need to build the basic facility. Fundraising will continue, which will allow us to include a food preparation area, special rigging for concert light and sound systems, and retractable seating. In addition, we hope to include a finished alumni suite and hall of fame. Those are the things that will help make the McLeod Center a versatile facility that will help make us very competitive for high-level sporting and entertainment events.'

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, gave UNI approval to move ahead with construction of the McLeod Center in November. Construction should begin next summer.

The McLeod Center will be the home of Panther basketball and volleyball, and a competition site for wrestling. In addition, it will host numerous community events including concerts, trade and craft shows and youth activities ranging from state and national tournaments. It will have seating for about 6,100 and a total capacity of 7,000.

UNI's Institute for Decision Making, and C.H. Johnson Consulting Inc., an independent consulting firm, estimate the combination of the McLeod Center and the UNI-Dome will bring 370,000 more visitors to the Cedar Valley each year, with an economic impact of more than $15 million after three to five years of operation.

Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck, a Des Moines architectural firm, has been hired to design the facility. This nationally known firm received the American Institute of Architect's 2001 Architecture Firm Award, the institute's highest honor for design practice. Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck also designed UNI's Rod Library fourth-floor addition, completed in 1995; and Residence on the Hill, completed in 1994. They will partner with Crawford Architects of Kansas City for this latest UNI project.

Construction of the McLeod Center is part of the $100 million 'Students First' campaign to support scholarships, academic program support and facilities. Other capital projects include McElroy Hall in Waterloo, which houses the Freeburg Early Childhood Program; renovation of Russell Hall; and equipment for McCollum Science Hall and Lang Hall.

December 7, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's mascot, Tommy Cat (T.C.), recently received a paid bid to the Universal Dance Association National Collegiate Spirit Competition, Jan. 16-19 in Orlando, Fla.

This is the second time the UNI mascot has qualified for the annual competition. It will be the first appearance for this year's T.C., performed by UNI junior, Brant Haywood from Eldora. He is ranked fourth in the nation among mascots.

Haywood is one of four mascots to receive an automatic paid bid into the final round of the competition. The paid bid covers all of T.C.'s registration, hotel and airfare costs.

In order to qualify, participants must submit a two-minute highlight tape of games, community events and appearances made over the past year. To compete at the event, Haywood must prepare a one-and-a-half minute routine as T.C. incorporating a theme, props, music and crowd participation.

T.C. is member of the UNI Spirit Squad and can be seen at football, basketball and volleyball events, and other university and community events. For more information on T.C., visit the UNI Spirit Squad Web site at


SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to finals week Dec. 15-19, and semester break, the weekly Monday edition of 'News Briefs' will be on hiatus. The next issue will appear Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004. As always, if you need a source for a specific story you are pursuing, please call our office at (319) 273-2761.

Metric system to pass another anniversary-- still largely ignored

Dec. 23 will mark another anniversary for the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 that called for voluntary conversion to the metric system as the standard of measure in the United States. Though never repealed, the act has been largely ignored. But this is not the first time the metric system received a federal endorsement. The U.S. Congress authorized the metric system as the legal system of measurement in the United States by an act passed July 28, 1866. And, in 1875, the United States became one of the original signers of the Treaty of the Metre, which established an international metric system.

With these various acts on the books, why is it that we still have not adopted this standard throughout the nation? Catherine Miller, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa, says textbook companies made changes in their books in the mid-'70s, but by the early '80s, most teachers had given up on the change. 'There seemed to be a general rejection of the idea,' she says. 'Change is very hard for people in society, especially when asked to discontinue something they know so well.'


Catherine Miller, associate professor of mathematics, (319) 273-2935 (office); (319) 273-2631 (department office);

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

Books make wonderful gifts for children of all ages

'Books make wonderful gifts for children of all ages,' says Lucille Lettow, youth collections librarian at the University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library. Lettow offers book suggestions for preschool children, as well as young, middle grade and older readers. She says two new titles about Iowa should not be missed -- Patricia Pierce's 'H is for Hawkeye: An Iowa Alphabet,' a state alphabet book, and 'Christmas on the Farm' by Hampton native Bob Artley, who describes what it was like celebrating the Christmas season on an Iowa farm in the 1930s and 1940s. Lettow says both books can be enjoyed by all ages.

Among her preschool suggestions is a book written by Bill Martin, Jr., and illustrated by Caldecott-winning author/artist Eric Carle, that features endangered animals, and a new 'Mother Goose' featuring 60 nursery rhymes and illustrations by the great-grandson of well-known artist Grandma Moses. She suggests young readers might enjoy finding a hidden alphabet, learning how a young boy becomes a pirate or an almanac of amazing American women where each page features a letter of the alphabet. Her suggestions for middle-grade readers include cultural heritage, a story set in the South, one set on the Oklahoma frontier of 1893, and a puzzle book. More novels published for older children this year, Lettow says, have an international scope, and she recommends 'Colibri,' set in Guatemala. She also recommends several books of historical fiction, including 'Or Give Me Death,' based on the story of Patrick Henry's family, and a biography of Ben Franklin.

Lucille Lettow, professor of library science and youth collections librarian, UNI's Rod Library, (319) 273-6167 (office);

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

December 4, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Prairie Celebration,' the original watercolor commissioned to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the UNI Botanical Preserves Founders ceremony and celebration is available for purchase.

According to Billie Hemmer-Callahan, horticulturist with the UNI Biology Botanical Center and Preserves, artist Megan Thorne, a UNI graduate from Traer, 'has perfectly captured the poetic beauty of the UNI prairie in all its splendor and perfection.'

Prints are available for purchase now through Dec. 19. The cost of an 8- by 10-inch print is $10. Prints may be ordered by calling the Botanical Center office at (319) 273-2247. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To view the print visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's UNISTA (UNI Student Theatre Association), will present 'The Best of Broadway,' at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

'The Best of Broadway,' an evening of song and dance, is a revue of Broadway show tunes. The performance will include songs from 'Cabaret,' 'Cats,' 'Oklahoma,' 'My Fair Lady,' 'Chicago,' 'Hair Spray,' 'Annie,' 'Rent,' 'The Wiz' and 'Jekyll and Hyde.'

Cost of admission is $4. For more information contact the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381.

December 3, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) President and Speaker of the Senate recently selected, and the senate approved, several students to fill vacancies on the NISG Supreme Court. The Supreme Court consists of a chief justice and four associate justices.

Each of the following individuals was selected to be an associate justice on the court; Bridget Gongol, daughter of Mary and Verne Gongol, a freshman history major from West Des Moines; Anthony Boggs, son of Marilyn and Alva Boggs, a junior social science teaching major from Seymour; and Joseph Anderson, son of Daun Keefe and Keith Anderson, a junior communications major from Toledo.

The new justices joined associate justice John Harrenstein, a junior organizational communication major from Clear Lake, and chief justice Jacob McCoy, a senior actuarial science major from Des Moines.

The court's purpose is to review the actions of the other two branches of NISG and serve as the primary body for arbitration among student organizations recognized by the Senate. Four justices and a chief justice serve on the court for the duration of their enrollment at UNI.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student, Allyson Moore, a senior public relations major and journalism minor from Champlin, Minn., formerly from Urbandale, recently won the student writing competition at the 2003 Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Career Day in Kansas City.

The writing contest included a news release, strategy for targeting media outlets, and event planning. Moore was awarded first place and $300 for herself and $300 for the UNI PRSSA chapter.

The day was sponsored by the Greater Kansas City chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and was designed to help students prepare for upcoming job searches, provide networking and offer tips on resumes and interviewing.

Moore, a 1999 graduate of West Des Moines Valley High School, will graduate from UNI Dec. 20. She is the daughter of Michael and Patricia Moore, now of Champlin. She has had undergraduate internships at Generations Incorporated in Des Moines, North American Review in Cedar Falls, Hanser & Associates Public Relations in Des Moines, Padilla Speer Beardsley Public Relations in Minneapolis, and UNI's Office of University Marketing & Public Relations.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will present 'The Streets are Burning: The '68 Chicago Eight Conspiracy Trial,' Wednesday through Saturday, Dec.

10 - 13, in Lang Hall, Room 40. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

'The Streets are Burning,' is the story of the 1968 citywide riots that occurred when the Chicago Police met student protesters of the Vietnam War with violence. Eight men were arrested and charged with planning and inciting the demonstrations that occurred. The production revisits the trial of such revolutionaries as Abbie Hoffman, Bobby Seale and Rennie Davis, as they fought for their rights, and those of the American people.

UNI graduate Emily Josephson from Shenandoah, now a second year graduate student in communication studies, has adapted and written this performance from the original trial transcript of the 1968 Chicago conspiracy trial as a portion of her master's thesis. This will be the second production Josephson has written and directed for the UNI Interpreters Theatre.

The UNI Interpreters Theatre program is directed by Karen Mitchell, Interpreters Theatre artistic director, and Paul Siddens, associate professor of communication studies.

The performances are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For more information contact Karen Mitchell at (319) 273-2640.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'U.S. Policy in Colombia' will be the subject of a 7 p.m. lecture Monday, Dec. 8, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108, at the University of Northern Iowa.

The presentation, by Lisa Haugaard, executive director of the Latin America Working Group (LAWG), is free and open to the public.

Haugaard has been with the LAWG since 1993, and became its executive director in June 2002. With the LAWG she has worked on Colombian and Central American policy, development assistance and other topics. She has testified before the U.S. Congress and produced numerous reports and articles on U.S.-Latin American policy.

Prior to her work at the LAWG, Haugaard was executive director of the Central America Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.; writer, editor and translator for the Jesuit Instituto Historico Centroamericano in Managua, Nicaragua; and editor for major US book publishers.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College, a master's degree in Latin American studies from New York University and was a Fulbright scholar in Central America.

The Latin America Working Group is one of the nation's longest standing coalitions dedicated to foreign policy. As a coalition, LAWG represents the interests of over 60 major religious, humanitarian, grassroots and policy organizations to decision makers in Washington.

For more information contact John Grinstead, UNI assistant professor of modern languages, at (319) 273-2417.

December 2, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa students were recognized at this year's International Conference of Outdoor Recreation and Education (ICORE).

Jeremiah Gray, a senior leisure services major from Denison, was one of eight individuals awarded an ICORE scholarship. Gray also was elected national student representative for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE).

Luke Bartlett, a graduate student in leisure services management from Cedar Falls, was the recipient of the Bill March Student Achievement Award. Bartlett was the only student selected for this honor, which recognizes the nation's outstanding student leader.

The 2004 ICORE planning committee includes Gray, Bartlett; and Andy Martin, UNI Wellness and Recreation Services outdoors coordinator. The conference will take place in Tennessee.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ten University of Northern Iowa ROTC students recently completed the annual Ranger Challenge at Ft. McCoy in Wisconsin. The challenge is designed to test the best cadets in the nation physically and mentally.

Day one of the three-day competition, Oct. 17 ï¾– 19, consisted of a written exam while days two and three consisted of physical events.

Students completed seven rigorous events that included: an Army physical fitness test, orienteering, weapons disassemble/assemble, grenade assault course, one-rope bridge and rifle marksmanship and a 10-kilometer road march.

UNI took one team to this year's Ranger Challenge and competed against 13 schools and 20 teams. The team placed sixth in the Army physical fitness test, eighth in the M16A2 basic rifle marksmanship, 11th in orienteering and 12th in the 10-kilometer road march. Overall, the UNI team placed 13th.

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

December 1, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is featuring Joyce Boike, a sophomore math education major from Dike, as part of the new UNI marketing campaign. Part of a rotating group of student, faculty, staff and alumni profiles, hers can be found on the Web at

Boike is actively involved with the honor society Phi Eta Sigma, secretary of Hageman Hall Senate, and tutors math students.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Thirteen students recently were inducted into the University of Northern Iowa's Gamma Phi chapter of the National Order of Omega Greek honor society. Order of Omega recognizes fraternity and sorority members for outstanding dedication to the university and the Greek community, leadership and academic skills. Members must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Among the 13 inductees was (NAME), a (CLASSIFICATION), (MAJOR) major from (HOMETOWN).

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'BFA Exhibition,' from Saturday, Dec.13 through Saturday, Dec. 20. Graduating artists will host a reception on Dec. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The following four artists are participating in this exhibition in partial fulfillment of their bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degrees: Angela Foster of Adel, Trevor Hanel of Burlington, Angela Pease of Cedar Falls, and Justin Richert of Anita and Atlantic.

Angela Foster is a double major in art education and in graphic design. Her exhibition will highlight the use of typography and page layout in the design of brochures and booklets. Trevor Hanel is a painting major whose series 'From Here To There' represents a spiritual journey composed of isolated and contemplative 'scapes. After receiving his B.F.A. at UNI, he plans to continue his studies in Hungary.

Angela Pease's exhibition will consist of one large-scale installation as well as smaller pieces made from largely synthetic materials, all of which question modern perceptions of the house and home. She says one of her major career influences was six weeks spent at the Yale/Norfolk Summer School of Art. Justin Richert is a ceramics major who came to UNI as a scholarship student in the fall of 1999. His work references historical pottery forms integrated with his personal interests in process, form, texture and the responsive nature of clay.

The exhibition and 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

November 30, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is featuring local twins Amy and Andrea Beckman as part of the new UNI marketing campaign. Part of a rotating group of student, faculty, staff and alumni profiles, theirs can be found on the Web at

Amy is a freshman marketing major, and works on campus as a student assistant in the UNI marketing department. Andrea, a freshman interior design major, works in the UNI design, family, and consumer science department. Quincy, Ill is their hometown.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is featuring Megan Hass, a junior elementary education middle school endorsement major from Davenport, as part of the new UNI marketing campaign. Part of a rotating group of student, faculty, staff and alumni profiles, hers can be found on the Web at

Hass has held various officer positions in her residence hall, and now serves as a resident assistant at Rider Hall.


Mistakes, lies and politics

On Dec. 5, 1876, President Ulysses S. Grant delivered his speech of apology to Congress. He claimed mistakes he made while in office were due to inexperience and were 'errors of judgment, not intent.' More than 120 years later, things have changed.

'Grant falls into a rare category of leaders who stood up and admitted their mistakes,' says Gerri Perreault, associate professor and director of leadership studies at the University of Northern Iowa. 'These days, leaders generally do not admit or apologize for errors.'

Perreault says that whether due to arrogance, ego, or fear of political fallout, the public is often subjected to weeks of denials and cries of 'not guilty' when ethical wrong-doings are uncovered. 'In general, the public appreciates honesty,' Perreault explains. 'In general, if someone makes a mistake, it's better to admit it and move on. The press will drop the story much faster.'


Geraldine Perreault, associate professor and director of leadership studies, (319) 273-6898,

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

Holiday stress compounded by return of U.S. servicemen and women

Despite the fact that they are supposed to be a festive, joyous time of year, the holidays are often rife with stress and difficulty. 'We tend to romanticize this time of year, and it's hard to meet those expectations,' says David Towle, director of UNI's Counseling Center. Compounding the situation this year will be the return of many servicemen and women, on leave for the holidays. 'Anytime someone comes home from being deployed in the military, there are lots of challenges in the transition,' Towle says. 'Primarily, because everyone has changed and the situation has changed. The people left behind might have had to do some things differently and taken on new responsibilities. The individual who has been deployed is changed by his or her experience. You're not able to pick up where you left off. You have to recognize that things will be different.'

Towle says it's important for families to communicate openly about their feelings, hopes and expectations. 'And don't focus so much on the fantasy of what you hope the reunion will be like. Reassure one another that, even though everyone has gone through changes, there is still appreciation for the sacrifices each has made.'


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

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

Stress levels can remain tolerable at the holidays

With the holiday season often comes shopping, baking, entertaining, travel, seldom-seen friends and relatives and, for many, increased stress. Ken Jacobsen, mental health counselor at the University of Northern Iowa, offers some tips to reduce that stress and enjoy the month ahead.

'A good place to start is by remembering the concept that 'less is likely to be more,'' he says. 'Try to avoid feeling that proverbial pressure to be all things and do all things possible. Examine the 'have-tos' and 'must-dos' that make the holidays so stressful and see where you might make changes.'

Jacobsen also says it's important to find some respite alone, or as close to alone as possible. He can offer pointers for how to deal with people you don't like very well but have to tolerate because you're related.


Ken Jacobsen, mental health counselor, UNI Counseling Center, (319) 273-2676 (department office); (e-mail)

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

November 25, 2003 - 6:00pm


The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education will host a conversation with the authors of 'Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America,' at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in the center's new home on the top floor of Maucker Union.

The authors are Kumea Shorter-Gooden, a licensed psychologist in private practice and a professor at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University in Los Angeles; and Charisse Jones, a national correspondent for 'USA Today,' former staff writer for the 'New York Times' and the 'Los Angeles Times,' contributing writer for 'Essence' magazine, and former commentator for National Public Radio.

According to Michael Blackwell, UNI director of multicultural education, the book is based on the African American Women's Voices Project initiated by the authors. The project recorded the experiences of more than 300 survey respondents and 70 interviewees. Its premise is that black women are forced, due to bigotry regarding race and gender, to constantly 'shift' between identities. The authors write, 'From one moment to the next, they change their outward behavior, attitude, or tone, shifting 'White,' then shifting 'Black' again, shifting 'corporate,' shifting 'cool.' '

The event is free and open to the public.



The University of Northern Iowa is featuring Thomas Rinehart, a senior biology/chemistry major from Marshalltown, as part of the new UNI marketing campaign. Part of a rotating group of student, faculty, staff and alumni profiles, his can be found on the Web at



Three University of Northern Iowa staff members received the 2003 Regents Award for Staff Excellence at a dinner hosted earlier this month by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Recipients were Donna Vinton, associate director of the Career Center; Randy Pilkington, executive director of Business and Community Services and director of the Institute for Decision Making; and Jane Close, clerk IV at the Physical Plant.

According to her nominators, Vinton, who has been with the Career Center since 1989, 'is a model of commitment to excellence' and 'has a comprehensive vision of career development that encompasses the unique role of liberal arts.'

As associate director of the Career Center, Vinton selects, trains and supervises the Peer Assistant Program; develops curriculum and oversees the offering of the Career Decision Making course; and serves as the training facilitator for Career Development Facilitator Training. She also took a lead role in developing the Career Center Web site.

Pilkington, who has worked for UNI for 15 years, has been in his current position since 1999. As part of his job, Pilkington directly oversees the Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants Program (ABIL), the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, the Small Business Development Center, the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, the Management and Professional Development Center, Strategic Marketing Services and the Regional Business Center.

His nominator referred to him as 'a tireless worker, a dedicated professional and a committed citizen with boundless energy and enthusiasm. He is a model of cooperative efforts, of collaboration, of bringing people together to maximize results.'

Close began working at UNI in 1982 as an account clerk in Plant Services Administration. Four years later, she was promoted to clerk IV for Energy Conservation Management in Plant Services. Close serves on the executive board of the UNI Supervisory and Confidential Personnel, is a member of the Regents Inter-institutional Supervisory and Confidential Council, the Staff Strategic Plan Review Committee, the University Strategic Plan Reconciliation Committee, the Association of Educational Office Professionals, the UNI Connection, Habitat for Humanity and the American Association of University Women.

One nominator wrote that she 'takes a very proactive approach to UNI's 'campus politics.' She is not hesitant to become involved and take on the leadership roles that many other individuals shy away from.'



Picturing the Public Arguments Against Suffrage: 1909 Anti-suffrage Postcards,' will be the topic of the next CROW Forum lecture at noon, Monday, Dec. 1, in Baker Hall, Room 161, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The lecture will be given by Catherine Palczewski, UNI professor of communication studies. Palczewski says that, though today, we may think of postcards as a throw-away, at the beginning of the 20th century they were the Internet of the day-- an inexpensive way to send visual images and short messages. Collecting them was a social phenomenon in this 'Golden Age of Postcards' and families spent extensive amounts of time collecting albums of them.

While in 1909, there were hundreds of suffrage-related postcards supporting both sides of the issue of granting women the right to vote, she will discuss a 12-card anti-suffrage series produced that year by one of the companies, looking at the visual versus the verbal arguments in the social discourse.

'These cards have incredibly wonderful graphics, but what is intriguing about them is that they represent an argument not present in the literature and verbal discourse of the day, that men would be feminized,' she says. 'On one postcard, men are doing dishes while taking care of dozens of infants, while another takes the classic Russian iconic version of the Madonna and child, with the image of a man rather than the traditional Mother Mary.'

The CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum series is sponsored by UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies. Admission is free and open to the public.



The University of Northern Iowa chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society, will host the lecture, 'VONNEGUT (is not equal to) WAR,' at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3 in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room.

Jerome Klinkowitz, professor of English at UNI, and a well-known critic of post-World War II American literature, will discuss new work of Kurt Vonnegut and war. Klinkowitz is a co-editor of 'The Norton Anthology of American Literature,' a text used at many universities.

According to Jesse Swan, adviser for Sigma Tau Delta, Klinkowitz is the premier expert on Vonnegut. The talk will present new work Klinkowitz is conducting with and about Vonnegut, concerning culture, language, war and Vonnegut's thinking and current writing on these topics.

Sigma Tau Delta is an honor society for scholars and writers of English literature around the world. UNI has sponsored a chapter for more than two decades, and this year inducted 11 students into the society.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kevin Koppes, president of Sigma Tau Delta, at



Celebrate the Seasons, a holiday program featuring cultural celebrations that take place during this time of year, will be held at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4.

Holidays such as Ramadan, Hanukkah, Christmas, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Posadas will be highlighted through displays, song, dance and narrations in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse.

Celebrate the Seasons is hosted by the Student Life Team and Maucker Union Student Activities.

Following the program there will be a visit from Santa. From 7 to 9 p.m. will be sleigh rides across campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, at (319) 273-2683.


November 24, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Political Science will sponsor a mock caucus from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Presidential Room of Maucker Union.

Phil Mauceri, interim head of political science, said the event is part of the department's efforts to promote civic education and citizenship. After introductory comments, participants will be divided into two groups, Democrats and Republicans, to review the purpose and procedures of the caucus system with their party representatives.

For more information, contact Mauceri, (319) 273-2528.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature,' the second lecture in this year's Hearst Lecture Series at the University of Northern Iowa, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Lang Auditorium at UNI.

Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will deliver the address. The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of Communicative Disorders, host for this year's series that is centered around the theme, 'Human Communication: Science and Disorders.'

Pinker's research on visual cognition and the psychology of language received the Troland Award from the National Academy of Science and the Golden Plate award from the American Academy of Achievement. He is among 'Newsweek's' 100 Americans for the Next Century and is included in 'Esquire's' Register of Outstanding Men and Women.

He holds a B.A. from McGill University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard. He served on the faculties of Harvard and Stanford Universities for a year each before moving to MIT and will shortly assume a professorship at Harvard University.

Pinker is the author of the 1998 Pulitzer finalist 'How the Mind Works.' His newest book, 'The Blank Slate,' was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction and a 'New York Times' Book Review Notable Book-of-the-Year. His other books include 'The Language Instinct,' 'Words' and 'Rules.' Pinker has published academic and popular articles in 'The New York Times,' 'Nature' and 'Time.'

A reception and book signing will follow Pinker's address. The event is free and open to the public.

The Hearst Lecture Series is supported by the Meryl Norton Hearst Chair in the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts. It was created by an endowment from James Schell Hearst, author, poet and professor of creative writing at UNI from 1941 until his retirement in 1975. The series engages scholars and experts from outside the university to share their expertise, as well as their viewpoints and theoretical frameworks.

The next speaker in the series, on Feb. 20, 2004, will be G. Bradley Schaefer speaking on clinical genetics.



Microsoft Excel Shortcuts,' a course to improve Excel efficiency, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training.

The course will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, Dec. 5, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo, and will be taught by Chris McGregor-Case.

A second Microsoft course, 'Microsoft Word Shortcuts,' a course to improve Word efficiency, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, Dec. 12. Case will also teach this course. Both courses are for those who have had previous training and/or use the programs regularly.

The cost is $99 per course. The registration deadline for 'Microsoft Excel Shortcuts' is Tuesday, Dec. 2. The deadline for 'Microsoft Word Shortcuts' is Tuesday, Dec. 9.

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


November 23, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Five University of Northern Iowa students and two faculty members received top honors at the Oct. 21 ï¾– 26 meeting of the International Association of Education and Communications Technology (IAECT), in Anaheim, Calif.

Kim Carter, a graduate student pursuing a doctor of education, from New Orleans, was awarded the West McJulien Graduate Student award. ReGina Rankins, a graduate student majoring in performance and training technology, from New Orleans, was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the AECT Minorities and Media Committee.

Mary Herring, UNI assistant professor of educational technology, was elected as chairperson of AECT's Standards and Accreditation Committee. Ana Donaldson, UNI assistant professor of educational technology, received the Presidential Service Award.

Aretha Davids, a graduate student majoring in educational technology, from Waterloo, Chieko Homma, a graduate student majoring in educational technology, from Tokyo, and Adam Benge, a senior studying industrial technology and graphic communication, of Ankeny, were also recognized. The three received first place honors for their video, '1000 Candles 1000 Cranes,' in the International Student Media Festival. The video tells the story of an American woman and a Japanese woman who lost their families during World War II.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Men's Soccer Club recently completed its season with a fifth-place finish at the University of Minnesota conference tournament in the Twin Cities. UNI beat the University of Wisconsin-Stout 2-0, Mankato State 3-1 and lost to Moorehead State 0-1. There were 12 teams competing in the conference.

Coached by Chris Kowalski, instructor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, this is the second year of conference competition for the club. Last year, the team finished second in the conference and 15th in the nation.

There are 22 men on UNI's team, including president Josh Printz, a sophomore business administration major from Pella; and team captains Brady Jacobson, a senior business major from Johnston; Dan Dickenson, a senior accounting major from Cedar Rapids; Chris Schulte, a senior art major from Fort Madison; and Rod Schumacher, a senior construction management major from Dubuque.



When 'Playboy' magazine debuted on Dec. 1, 1953, it aimed to remove the taboo nature of certain subjects -- like female nudity -- and make them respectable. 'It wasn't just a pornographic magazine, but one that featured semi-nudity and articles on an intellectual plane. And it also attempted to make the philosophical argument that there's nothing wrong with this,' explains Dean Kruckeberg, professor of communication studies. He attributes the magazine's longevity and many imitators to the fact that it's always been a quality product, from the paper it's printed on to design to editorial content to photography. 'By any standard, it's an excellent periodical. And that gives it credibility. People can pick this up and say 'Look, I can look at dirty pictures of women and still be an intellectual and sophisticated human being.''

He admits though, that women who consider Playboy-type magazines degrading in their portrayals of women are probably right. 'I think any woman who appears in these magazines is viewed with some level of exploitation, even if it's voluntary exploitation,' he says. 'You aren't looking at the woman and wondering what her major is, or what her views on world peace might be.'


Dean Kruckeberg, professor of communication studies, (319) 273-2501, 266-5842,

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


Mid-19th century women topic of new book

Women accused of murder fascinated 19th-century Americans, and spectators crowded into courtrooms to witness their trials. Female lecturers and Civil War workers striving to improve society also attracted enormous attention. The era's most controversial women seemed to either publicly maintain American morality, or publicly betray it. Why did such women -- both criminals and caretakers -- simultaneously captivate and trouble America?

These and other issues are explored in a new book by Barbara Cutter, UNI assistant professor of history, 'Domestic Devils, Battlefield Angels: The Radicalism of American Womanhood, 1830-1865,' released in October by Northern Illinois University Press. 'Antebellum Americans believed that proper women should be virtuous, but the meaning of feminine virtue was highly contested,' says Cutter. 'One minister condemned abolitionist Abby Kelley as a 'servant of Satan' for giving public lectures against slavery, but others asserted that Kelley did her duty as a moral woman by protesting an unjust system. In a different arena, even prostitutes could serve as examples of virtue if they were perceived as working to feed their families.'


Barbara Cutter, assistant professor of history, (319) 273-5909, 273-2097,

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


House of Saud-- the house of cards?

Osama bin Laden has long called for the overthrow of the Saudi royal family for allowing American bases in this holiest land of Islam, home to Mecca. For years, according to Dhirendra Vajpeyi, University of Northern Iowa professor of political science, a lot of Saudi money, both private and from the royal family, has supported all sorts of shady activities in promoting Islamic fundamentalism such as the Taliban and other terrorist groups active in places such as Afghanistan, Chechnya, Pakistan, India and Palestine, in the hope of buying them off and avoiding trouble at home.

But the troubles they had helped to spread elsewhere are now 'coming home to roost,' Vajpeyi says, adding that the recent explosion in Riyahd confirms that. 'Extreme Islamic fundamentalists say the House of Saud has compromised the purity of Islam and polluted its soul by allowing these Western Christians to influence their country. The government has funded religious schools --madrasas-- in its own and other countries in Asia, Europe and Africa, that teach total intolerance. Any intrusion by outsiders, especially Americans, their form of dress, politics and views on human rights (the status of women, secularism) should not be tolerated. So, they believe it's their sacred duty to topple the government of the House of Saud, since the royal family and its government have supported their presence on Saudi soil.'

Adding to the Saudi government's problems, Vajpeyi says, is that after Sept. 11, when it was discovered that most of the terrorist hijackers that day were Saudi citizens, U.S. politicians and others began to question support of the Saudis.

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

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



November 19, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced today that the University of Northern Iowa will be recertified with conditions. This classification means UNI is considered to be operating its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the association's Division I membership, but there are areas of concern that must be addressed before full certification is granted.

According to Rick Hartzell, UNI director of athletics, 'We respect this important process of NCAA certification. And, it is a process. We met every condition except two concerns expressed about our equity and minority plans and we will address those shortcomings head-on in the next year, as directed by the certification committee.

'With the dramatic decrease in state funding to the regents institutions, there are many important things that just cannot get done on campus,' continued Hartzell. 'In this case, our student equity, and student and faculty minority enhancement action plans were well on the way to being fulfilled, but they have been stalled by a lack of funding. That is unfortunate, to say the least.'

Hartzell said the university's athletics programs tell a success story. 'Not only are our teams winning across the board, but student-athletes are performing in the classroom at a rate that is better than that of the regular student body in terms of grade point average and graduation rate.'

UNI's 400 student athletes have an average GPA of 2.90, and several of the teams have averages greater than 3.20. The student-athlete graduation rate is at nearly 70 percent, one of the best in the Missouri Valley Conference. 'Academic performance of student-athletes continues to be our top priority,' said Hartzell.

The university must submit written evidence regarding resolution of the issues in question by Sept. 1, 2004.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will present 'Using Technology to Improve Teacher Quality for Iowa,' a free panel discussion for educators and school administrators at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 3, at the West Des Moines Marriott.

The discussion will cover the importance of technology in 21st century classrooms, using technology to enhance the classroom experience, and UNI's role in training Iowa's future teachers. The College of Education's InTime project (Integrating New Technologies Into the Methods of Education), helping educators improve student learning at all levels and in all content areas will be discussed.

Panelists from the University of Northern Iowa include Robert Koob, president; Bill Callahan, associate dean, College of Education; Karla Krueger, InTime co-director; Yana Cornish, InTime technical coordinator and Judy Jeffrey, administrator, Iowa Department of Education.

InTime is an online professional development program that shows teachers how to integrate technology into the classroom. Created by the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa in 1999, the free Web site was funded by a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The site features a database of more than 540 videos and accompanying curriculum materials. InTime allows educators to watch online video vignettes of top PreK-12 teachers from various grades and subject areas. The videos show teachers integrating technology into their classrooms.

'A language arts teacher can learn how another instructor uses computer software to help children who have difficulty in writing or spelling,' explained Krueger.

As a spin-off of the InTime project, UNI has introduced its first DVD, 'Using Teaching Standards to Improve Student Learning' which helps educators meet the state-mandated Iowa Teaching Standards for teacher evaluation. The DVD has more than three hours of video examples that specifically illustrate the eight Iowa Teaching Standards and 42 subpoints that are used for evaluating new teachers. The DVD, together with print materials is available for $100.

A second DVD, 'Democracy in the Classroom: Developing Character and Citizenship,' addresses the need to improve education about democracy and citizenship. The DVD will be available next year.

The InTime Web site has received more than 20 million hits and has more than 33,000 ongoing users. RSVPs are required for the Dec. 3 event. To RSVP, call Stacey Christensen at (319) 273-3170.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Men's Soccer Club has ended its outdoor soccer season, with a record of 8-7-0. The team will begin practice next month for its indoor season.

The team recently attended a regional tournament in Woodbury, Minn., hosted by the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The team lost 1-0 to Moorehead State, beat the University of Wisconsin-Stout 2-0, and beat Mankato State 3-1. The team placed fifth overall out of the 12 competing teams.

According to the team's student president, Josh Printz of Pella, the team will compete in additional indoor tournaments throughout the winter and spring. Last year, the club was ranked in the top 15 in the nation for club sports.

To obtain a list of the soccer players, please contact the office of University Marketing & Public Relations at 319-273-2761.

November 18, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Members of the University of Northern Iowa Individual Events Speech team traveled to Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., Nov. 7-9 for one of the year's largest and most competitive tournaments.

Danielle Dick, a senior culture and communication major from Dayton, won fourth place in program oral interpretation, with a collection of poetry, prose, and essays on Native American women.

Mike Hilkin, a sophomore English education major from Dubuque, won fourth place in novice extemporaneous speaking with a topic on presidential candidate Howard Dean's chances of winning the 2004 presidential election.

Cate Palczewski, UNI professor of communication studies and acting director of forensics, said several of the students were 'next out' in their events, meaning they were in the top 10 overall. They were: Hilkin in novice impromptu, Dick in communication analysis, and Sara Gronstal, a senior elementary education major from Council Bluffs, in after dinner speaking and dramatic interpretation.

November 17, 2003 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services (WRS) recently presented Jill Semsch, a junior marketing major from Stockton, with its October student employee of the month award.

Semsch recently began her job as marketing and public relations assistant for WRS. According to her direct supervisor, Kathy Gulick, director of UNI WRS, she was selected for the award for her quality of work, ability to multi-task, excellent communication with staff, knowledge, time management skills, work ethic and personal qualities. Semsch is receiving credit for her WRS employment with internship status through the UNI Cooperative Education Office.

For further information contact, Gulick, at (319) 273-6921.