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January 22, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four schools from the North Iowa Cedar League Conference (NICL) will participate in the annual NICL Conference Choral Festival at Northern University High School in Cedar Falls on Monday, Jan. 27. Approximately 350 students and their directors will participate in the festival clinic with guest conductor Michael Reese, from Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School, throughout the afternoon.

The day's events will conclude with a 7 p.m. festival concert in the Nielsen Fieldhouse. In addition to the combined festival chorus, each conference school will perform two selections.

Schools participating in the event are Ackley-Geneva/Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock High School and director Michelle Anthoney; Denver High School and director Mary Stevens; Northern University High School and director Linda Sharp; and Wapsie Valley High School and director Roy Stubbs.

Accompanist for the event is Mabel Rempe. The Northern University High School Chamber Orchestra will also accompany the festival choir.

The concert is open to the public and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $3. Tickets are available at the door. For more information call (319) 273-6236.

January 21, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Dance Team placed 19th at the Universal Dance Association College National Championship.

The team made its fourth appearance in the annual competition Jan. 9-11 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, and received an automatic bid into the semi-final round. The team competed in the Division I Dance category and was awarded a superior ranking and plaque.

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.

The final round of the competition will be aired on ESPN later this year. Additional information on the national competition and airdates can be found online at varsity.com.

January 20, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Residence was the host team for the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (MACURH) annual conference held Nov. 15-17. The conference was attended by more than 600 leaders from 65 colleges and universities in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Manitoba, Canada.

The conference was planned and implemented by students. UNI students who participated in the conference include ___(NAME)___, a ___(CLASSIFICATION/ MAJOR)___ from ___(HOMETOWN)___. In addition, there were almost 200 UNI volunteers. The group was advised by hall coordinators David 'Schimiddy' Schmid, Greg Thompson, Trisha Hoffman, Krista Prather and assistant coordinators Jessie Pondell and Heather Smith. The primary advisor was Scott Mitchell, hall coordinator.

Events at the conference included student leaders presenting successful activities and events that have occurred on their campuses. Participants also shared new ideas to improve their campuses and the lives of the students who live in the residence halls.

Conference attendees also contributed over $700 worth of tools and cash to support the Greater Black Hawk Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Note to editors: Students are listed below in alphabetical order by hometown with Iowa residents first.



HOMETOWN NAME/CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR

ANKENY Tara Tyler, junior, elementary education

BOONE Ryan Stone, junior, elementary education

CORRECTIONVILLE Luke Demarest, junior, elementary education

DAVENPORT Lauren Miller, junior, art

DECORAH Lynnette Keune, junior, accounting

DES MOINES Emily Sanders, junior, psychology

DIKE Jenny Rokes, sophomore, history

DUBUQUE Brad Scardino, senior, Public Relations

and Organizational Communication

ELKADER Brandi Henning, junior, speech pathology

FAIRFIELD Katie Doyle, senior, elementary education

FAYETTE Renee Maurer, sophomore, elementary education

HAZLETON Hollie McLaren, junior, management

LAUREL Annie Kimberley, senior, special education

MARCUS John Volkert, sophomore, management

MARION Stacy McEowen, junior, elementary education

MILFORD Brock Holman, junior, elementary education

NEVADA Ashley Kockler, sophomore, general studies

NORTH ENGLISH Chrissy VanBerkum, junior, political science

SIOUX CITY Val Anderson, senior, psychology

WATERLOO Brenda Yuska, junior, elementary education

WAUCOMA Ben Manderfield, junior, construction management

WEST UNION Kassie Osmundson, sophomore, general studies

WINFIELD Maranda Connop, senior, history

OUT-OF-STATE

CARY, ILL. Sarah Meyer, junior, mathematics

January 16, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Enrollment is now open for the Spring 2003 session of Kindergym, a creative movement program sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa. Kindergym is designed for children ages 2 to 5 years old and their parents. It focuses on the exploration and development of motor skills.

The program will be held Saturday mornings, Feb. 8 through April 12; however classes will not be held March 15 or March 22 due to UNI's spring break. Kindergym is divided into two age groups and meeting times. Four-and five-year-olds will meet at 9 a.m. and two-and three-year-olds will meet at 10 a.m. A parent, or responsible adult, is required to attend the sessions with each child.

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

The registration fee is $25. A t-shirt is also available for an additional $5. For more information, contact Karyn Finn, Kindergym coordinator, at (319) 273-2141, or e-mail kindergym@prodigy.net.

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The University of Michigan is facing challenges to its admissions policies, which some charge unfairly favor students of color. President George W. Bush said earlier this week that he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the university's policies.

But Winston Burt, assistant to the president for Compliance and Equity Management at the University of Northern Iowa, said Affirmative Action methods used by universities are imperative to diversity. 'Affirmative Action is an outreach program to minorities and women saying, 'Here are programs we'd like to see you participate in if you meet our requirements.'' You're telling them there's an equal opportunity. Affirmative Action guarantees nothing.'

Burt says that, although many are likening the University of Michigan's approach to a quota program, that isn't the case. 'The quota argument comes from an element that wants to deflect our attention away from the real issue. When you interject quotas into any program, you do, in effect, deny opportunity.'

January 15, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa professor has received a Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Award of Merit for 2003.

Teresa Hall, associate professor of industrial technology at UNI, received the prestigious award for her service to SME over the past 10 years. The 50,000-member organization, which is devoted to promoting increased awareness of manufacturing engineering, gave nine 2003 awards worldwide. Hall was the only winner within the Upper Midwest Region (Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Manitoba and Western Ontario in Canada).

'The award is conferred annually to honor outstanding individual SME members who have made valued, balanced contributions to the society's professional activities and growth,' said Wayne Frost, general supervisor for quality assurance at John Deere Waterloo Works and 2002 SME Upper Midwest Region chair. 'The emphasis is on the member's accomplishments as an individual.'

Hall has served SME in several capacities: as faculty adviser for the UNI SME student chapter, liaison to the SME chapters at UNI and Hawkeye Community College, instructor for engineering certification exam preparation courses, and as academic and student development chair for regional faculty advisers in chapter management. She is currently a member of the certification oversight and appeals committee at the international level of SME and chair of the Waterloo SME chapter for 2003.

The award will be formally presented to Hall at the joint meeting of the SME Waterloo chapter and the UNI SME student chapter at UNI on April 8.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The next film in the University of Northern Iowa's 'Reel to Real' film series will be 'Lynching: The Heinous Past,' which shows in depth how lynching is not just a harsh chapter in history books. It will include an interview with James Cameron, a man from Marion, Indiana who narrowly escaped being lynched by an angry mob for a crime he never committed. The film will be shown from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Maucker Union University Room South.

Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, said the film is part of the year-long Reel to Real film series that presents films worthy of reflection, discussion, challenge and criticism.

The series, sponsored by the Maucker Union Student Activities office, will continue Feb. 19, with 'Beautiful Piggies,' a revealing self-portrait of an overeater.

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

January 14, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, the UNI Regional Business Center, and KBBG are partnering to sponsor the second Minority Business Plan Competition for minority entrepreneurs. The JPEC has committed up to $5,000 to present to a new, for-profit, full-time business start-up located in Iowa, preferably the Cedar Valley, owned and operated by a minority entrepreneur. The deadline for business plan and application submission is March 24.

Interested entrepreneurs should consult the minority business plan guidelines at the UNI JPEC Web site at www.jpec.org or contact Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager, at (319) 273-7350 or katherine.cota@uni.edu.

January 12, 2003 - 6:00pm

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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at the University of Iowa Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 15-16. The following are docket items pertaining to UNI, and the individuals who can best address those issues.

UNI capital register

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

Strategic plan

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

Performance indicators

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

Faculty tenure

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

Faculty resignations

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

Annual diversity deport

Winston Burt, director, compliance and equity management, (319) 273-2846

Suspension of admissions to the M.A. in Political Science program

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

Economic Development and Technology Transfer report

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

Report on Regents Minority and Women Educators' Enhancement Program

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

Report on professional development assignments (PDAs), and requests for PDAs

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

Salary report

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

Affiliated organizations report

Noreen Hermansen, director, UNI Alumni Relations, (319) 273-2355

William Calhoun, vice president for advancement and president of the UNI Foundation,

(319) 273-2487

January 7, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ja Rule will be in concert Thursday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. His special guest will be Eve. The concert was previously planned for Sunday, Feb. 16.

One of the hip-hop world's biggest stars today, Ja Rule's first solo CD, 'Venni Vetti Vecci,' went multi-platinum and featured the singles 'Holla Holla,' 'It's Murda,' and 'Daddy's Little Baby.' His sophomore solo effort, 'Rule 3:36' debuted in 2000, and went straight to the top of the charts. 'Pain is Love,' released the next year, topped the charts as well. His most recent CD, 'The Last Temptation,' was released in November. He has collaborated on No. 1 singles with Ashanti ('Always on Time') and Jennifer Lopez ('Ain't it Funny').

In addition, the artist made his film debut in 2000, with an appearance in 'Turn it Up.' He later had roles in 'The Fast and the Furious,' and 'Crime Partners 2000.'

Eve gained national exposure in 1998, when a track from her demo tape, 'Eve of Destruction,' was featured on the 'Bullworth' soundtrack. She was later featured on albums by groups such as Roots and BLACKstreet. Her first album, 'Ruff Ryders' First Lady' debuted at No. 1 in 1999. She followed that with 'Scorpion' in 2001, and 'Eve-Olution,' out this year. She made her acting debut this year as well, with a part in the popular comedy, 'Barbershop.'

Tickets, at $25 for UNI students and $30 for all others, will go on sale at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 16 at all UNI ticket outlets. They also are available at tickets.uni.edu, or (319) 273-DOME.

The concert is sponsored by the UNI-Dome and Panther Productions.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– 'Fast Trac,' a national training program for new and existing entrepreneurs, will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center and the Iowa Entrepreneurial Consortium, beginning Saturday, Jan. 25.

This eight-week comprehensive class will allow participants to explore their business concept and growth strategies, gain insight into analyzing financial statements, conduct market research, learn about financing programs and create a business plan. Each session will include classroom instruction, a discussion with an expert from the local business community and an opportunity to network with other Cedar Valley entrepreneurs.

Classes will be held on Saturday mornings, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Jan. 25 through March 15, at the UNI Regional Business Center, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. The fee for this comprehensive class is $199 per business.

For more information or to register, contact the UNI Regional Business Center at (319) 236-8123 or visit http://www.unirbc.org.

January 6, 2003 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An 'IRS Small Business Tax Workshop,' will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsors are the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center and the Small Business Compliance Alliance.

Kathy Frey, E.A., and Don Frey, C.M.A., will lead the course, which is designed to assist small businesses in filing their 2002 tax returns. Also, a representative from the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance will be discussing state sales, use and local option taxes.

The class will be at the UNI Regional Business Center, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo. Cost is $35 per participant and includes a light lunch. For more information or to register, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit its Web site at http://www.unirbc.org.

December 22, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has committed $250,000 per year for five years, to the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) to fund loans for the start-up of Iowa businesses.

Venture projects in northeast Iowa will be identified, investigated and recommended by JPEC to Equity Dynamics, a venture capital firm founded by John Pappajohn. Equity Dynamics will review the recommended projects, perform the necessary financial due diligence and, if appropriate, approve funding. Typical funding will be $10,000 to $50,000.

Those with venture projects in northeast Iowa should consult the Dubuque Small Business Development Center at (563) 588-3350 or the UNI Regional Business Center in Waterloo at (319) 236-8123 for information on business plan format and required components.

For more information, visit www.jpec.org; or contact Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager, at (319) 273-7350 or katherine.cota@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Toothfairycentral.com, a business started by a part-time University of Northern Iowa student, won one of three $5,000 awards presented Friday, Dec. 13, in Des Moines, at the Third Annual Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition.

Toothfairycentral.com is owned by Glynis Worthington of Waterloo, who started the business, when she could not find the perfect tooth fairy items for her children. The Web site offers tooth fairy boxes, pillows and gifts, certificates of accomplishment for children and a travel log of tooth fairy visits around the world.

The Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition is an annual event held in the fall semester of each academic year. Iowa full- and part-time college students with an original new business idea write a business plan and compete at the regional and state levels for monetary awards to help launch their new businesses. Three $5,000 awards are presented at the state level.

The three state winners were toothfairycentral.com from the University of Northern Iowa; Cactusjo.com, an interactive, multimedia, subscription Web page providing family entertainment, from Iowa State University; and Peace of Mind, which designs, manufactures and distributes affordable infant monitors, from the University of Iowa.

The Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers provide a broad range of innovative education programs and support service for students, entrepreneurs and existing business owners. The centers provide expertise in all stages of business planning and development, and serve as vehicles to bring new products and technologies to market.

For more information about the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, visit www.jpec.org, call (319) 273-7350, or e-mail katherine.cota@uni.edu.

December 16, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four members of the University of Northern Iowa's Greek community have been inducted into 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 3.0 or higher.

The four inductees are Chelsea Lechwar , a liberal studies major from Dunlap , Ill. and a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority; Kathryn Boston , a public relations major from Waukee and an Alpha Delta Pi member; Kristen Natvig , an elementary education major from Muscatine and an Alpha Delta Pi member; and Kari Millang , an elementary education major from Huxley and a member of Alpha Delta Pi.

December 15, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student Michael Minard , a senior real estate major from Elkader , has been named winner of a $1,000 scholarship from the Minneapolis-based Mid-Continent Chapter of the Society of Industrial & Office realtors (SIOR).

The Mid-Continent Chapter is one of 39 SIOR chapters. The society currently has 2,000 member-designees who have passed a series of tests to achieve SIOR designation. Chapter president Ray Reese said that Minard is an 'exceptionally talented individual, and an ideal candidate for carrying forward the standards of the world's leading organization of commercial real estate professionals.'

SIOR scholarships are given annually to a select group of college students to honor their academic excellence and commitment. The scholarship grant includes matching funds contributed by the SIOR Educational Foundation.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students on the University of Northern Iowa's debate team recently were finalists at three fall tournaments.

On Oct. 19-21, students attended the Emporia State University tournament. Sophomore Kelsey Harr from Windsor Heights , and freshman Rhiannon Vice from Aurora, placed first in the novice debate competition.

On Oct. 25-26, students attended the Macalester College debate tournament. The duo of freshman Melanie Johnson from LeMars and junior Mark Lanngin from Ottumwa placed second, while junior Michelle Kelsey from Ankeny and senior Eric Short from Brookings, S.D. placed third. Lanngin and Johnson also took top speaker honors in the varsity division with first and second place speaker awards.

In the junior varsity debate division, senior Nate Fredericks, from Des Moines and freshman Donnell Minton from Kansas City, Mo. placed first. Minton was the second speaker in the junior varsity division.

On Nov. 9-10, the team attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh tournament. Kelsey Harr and Rhiannon Vice won the novice division. Donnell Minton was the first place speaker in the open division.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa faculty and students recently commemorated American Education Week Nov. 18-22 by participating in a variety of events at schools throughout the Cedar Valley.

The UNI students participating as student readers were: UNI golf team member Lindsay Phillips, a junior from Cedar Falls ; Alpha Phi Sorority members Taylor Sullivan , a junior psychology major from Dubuque; and Jen Weber, a senior accounting major from Clive.

Additionally, UNI faculty made presentations at various schools. Among the presenters were: Joel Haack, professor of mathematics; Vergestene Cooper, data technician, department of education; Gloria Kirkland-Holmes associate professor of education; Michael Roth, assistant professor of physics; and Ken DeNault, associate professor of geology.

December 12, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Humanities and Fine Arts (CHFA) has named three freshmen students as Dean's Scholars.

Dean's Scholars for the 2002-2003 academic year are Dan McCurley from Ankeny, who is considering majors in Spanish education or TESOL; Melanie Ferjak, a music performance major from Forest City ; and Jolene Frantzen, a music composition and theory major from New Hampton.

To qualify for this award, students must be in the upper 15 percent of their graduating class or have an ACT score of 27 or higher. Students must also submit an essay and letters of recommendation from two of their high school teachers.

Recipients of the award are provided with full in-state tuition as well as tickets to UNI Artists' Series events at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

For more information, contact James Lubker, CHFA dean, at (319) 273-2725.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa dance team has qualified for the Universal Dance Association (UDA) College National Championship taking place Jan. 9-11, 2003, at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The team received an automatic bid into the semi-final round and will compete in the Division I category against 24 of the top teams in the nation.

Members of the UNI dance team are __ (NAME)__, a __ (CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR)__, from __ (HOMETOWN)__.

To qualify, a team must submit a videotape of a two-minute routine. The UNI dance team is ranked 12 th in the nation after the evaluation of the team's qualification entry. This is the highest ranking the team has received in preliminary competition.

The UNI dance team members choreograph their own routines and raise money for expenses including registration fees, hotel accommodations, airfare and costumes.

The team is coached by Jori Wade-Booth.

Note:to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relaions at 319.273.2761.

December 11, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Some 650 of the more than 1,000 fall semester candidates for degrees will participate in commencement ceremonies at the University of Northern Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. in the UNI-Dome.

The ceremony will include students graduating from Continuing Education and Special Programs; the Colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, Business Administration and Education; and the Graduate College.

UNI President Robert Koob will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees on the students. Jay Edelnant , professor of performance studies, is the commencement marshal. The recognition of honors and awards will be conducted by Aaron M. Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The ceremony will begin with a processional, followed by a recognition of honors and awards, a student address by a commencement candidate and the presentation of candidates. Delivering the student address at the ceremony will be Krista Leigh Todd, candidate in biology, from Washington, D.C.

Candidates for degrees will be presented by the deans of their respective colleges: John W. Somervill , Graduate College; Farzad Moussavi (interim dean), College of Business Administration; Rori Carson (associate dean), College of Education; James F. Lubker, College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Kichoon Yang, College of Natural Sciences; Julia Wallace, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and, James Bodensteiner (interim dean), Continuing Education and Special Programs.

Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre, will read the candidates' names, and Marcus Haack of Iowa City, president of the UNI Alumni Association Board of Directors, will welcome the new graduates on behalf of the association. Music will be provided by the University Brass Ensemble, conducted by Rebecca Burkhardt, associate professor of music.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students on the University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events Speech Team recently placed fifth at the Mid-American Forensic League Tournament, missing fourth place by just one point. The tournament took place Nov. 16 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Several UNI students received individual awards. Amy Larsen, a senior from Ankeny, placed third in impromptu speaking and fourth in informative speaking; Sara Gronstal, a junior from Council Bluffs, placed fifth in poetry interpretation; Danielle Dick, a junior from Dayton, placed second in prose interpretation, and fifth in program oral interpretation; and Phil Rippke, a sophomore from Moville placed fourth in impromptu speaking.

For more information, contact Leah White, director of Forensics at (319) 273-7200.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students on the University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events Speech Team recently were finalists at the Age of Aquarius Invitational at Ball State University, and the L.E. Norton Invitational at Bradley University.

At the Ball State Competition, Amy Larsen , a senior from Ankeny, placed fourth in communication analysis and was a semi-finalist in impromptu speaking. At Bradley, she won the communication analysis event with a speech analyzing the recent protest of Chevron Oil Company by a group of Nigerian women. At the Ball State competition, Sara Gronstal, a junior from Council Bluffs, placed fifth in informative speaking.

Teams from across the nation attended the Ball State tournament in preparation for this spring's championships. According to Leah White , assistant professor of communication studies, and director of forensics, with the exception of the national championship, the tournament at Bradley University was 'the most competitive and prestigious tournament the UNI team attends.'

For more information, contact White (319) 273-7200

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI's off-Hudson series of staged readings continued on Tuesday, Dec. 3 with Edward Albee's 'The Play About The Baby.'

The play was directed by Jay Edelnant , UNI professor of theatre. Cast members included (NAME), a (MAJOR) from (HOMETOWN). Kiersten Malo of Cedar Falls and Barbara Hess of Sumner were stage managers.

Note: to obtain a list of the students please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319.273.2761.

December 10, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is ranked fourth in the nation for the total number of students who study abroad among master's degree institutions, according to Open Doors 2002, the annual report on international education published by the Institute of International Education. For the academic year 1999-2000, UNI had 577 students study abroad for credit.

'The increasing interest in study abroad is very good news for our nation,' said Institute of International Education president Allan Goodman. 'It shows that the next generation of leaders will have a greater understanding of the world around us.'

The top 10 master's institutions with study abroad students include, in order: Elon University, 710 students; University of Saint Thomas, 682 students; James Madison University, 658 students; University of Northern Iowa, 577 students; California Polytechnic State University, 556 students; Truman State University, 502 students; Calvin College, 486 students; Villanova University, 449 students; Appalachian State University, 436 students; and Western Washington University, 418 students.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa Global Health Corps (GHC) has been named a Family Friendly Workplace by the Family and Children's Council.

The GHC received the award for its commitment to women, children and families, and for its emphasis on wellness and a family-friendly environment.

About 80 percent of GHC clients are women and children, and include refugees, immigrants, minorities, the elderly, rural farm families, the homeless, and others with special public health needs. Since it began in 1996, GHC has served more than 30,000 at-risk clients.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Lori Smith remembers, with little fondness, her days as a young girl in physical education class. 'I have nightmares of my childhood phys. ed. class -- and I was one of the athletic kids. I remember those kids who got left out of the games, and how sad that was for them.'

Now a physical education instructor at the University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School, Smith is determined to change the course forever. 'I'll never teach the way I was taught. If every kid in my class can't at least attempt what I've planned, then it's not worth putting on my lesson plan.'

So often, she said, K-12 physical education classes focus too heavily on team sports. There's little reason for this, especially once students reach high school. 'Almost half the high school students in the nation don't participate in after-school sports programs, and only 1 percent of the population participates in team sports after age 24. The focus in physical education class needs to be on movement concepts and fitness activities that lead to personal wellness. We should be teaching students how to keep themselves healthy for life. That cannot be done with dodge ball.'

Over the past 20-30 years, physical education has played a smaller and smaller role in the school day. Even though the National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommends children get 60 minutes of physical activity each day, schools continue to cut the time allotted for physical education classes. 'By doing this, we decrease the value placed on physical activity for our youths and adults,' Smith said.

Smith, named the 2001 Iowa elementary physical education teacher of the year, says obesity in this country has reached epidemic proportions. 'It's a societal phenomenon. Technology has made our lives easier, but it has also made us unhealthier. We no longer have to walk to work, or even get up to change the channel. As a result, we've become very sedentary.'

She sites high use of computers and video games as another factor that increases the sedentary lifestyle.

Smith would like to see more schools doing what Price Lab does: offering quality daily physical education for students. 'We are responsible for children's well-being, for teaching them how to take care of themselves. School is a primary place for doing that. And parents and families have to validate that role too, by modeling healthy active lifestyles.'

She continued, 'We've gotten to a point where we just want to take a pill for everything and we don't want to work hard. We're sedentary,' Smith said. 'But my concern is that if we continue with our sedentary lifestyles, we're going to see some severe health issues, like more people having heart attacks in their 20s and 30s.'

Smith and her school are recipients of a $155,000 National School Fitness Foundation research grant that comes in the form of state-of-the-art equipment like universal weight machines, ellipticals and treadmills, and blood pressure and body-fat percentage assessment apparatus. During January, students in sixth through 12th grade will participate in special activities, all designed to teach personal wellness.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The achievements of University of Northern Iowa Army ROTC cadets were honored during a recent awards ceremony on the UNI campus.

This year, recipients of the Department of the Army Superior Cadet award were: Cadet Benjamin Seibert, an English major from Waukee ;Cadet Mariah Schweitzer, a criminology/sociology major from Grandview ;Cadet Eric Chamberlin, a physics major from Waterloo; and Cadet Virginia Cortez, a psychology major from Traer. This award is presented annually to the outstanding ROTC cadet in each year of military science instruction. To be eligible for this award, recipients must be a regularly enrolled ROTC cadet, be in the top 25 percent of both ROTC and academic class standing, and have demonstrated officer potential. Seibert also received Cadet Honors. Schweitzer also received the Dean's List Award and the Platinum Medal Athlete Award. Cortez also received Cadet Honors.

The George C. Marshall Award was presented to Cadet Kathy Dykstra , a general studies major from Monroe . This award is given annually to the most outstanding fourth-year military science cadet who has demonstrated superior leadership and scholastic abilities. She also received the Dean's List Award, and the Platinum Medal Athlete Award.

The recipient of the Governor's Cup Award was Cadet Joshua Boesen , a business management major from Waterloo . This award is presented to the most outstanding Military Science IV cadet in each ROTC program throughout Iowa. The winner of this award must have demonstrated a superior level of leadership ability. Boesen also received a Dean's List Award.

Cadet Paul Horner, a criminology major from Clinton, received the Association of the United States Army Commendation Award. This award is given on the basis of the cadet's contribution to advancing the standing of the military science department through leadership. The award consists of a medal and certificate. Additionally, Horner received a Dean's List Award.

The Association of the United States Army also gave the AUSA Military History Award, by presenting two books to an outstanding cadet for excellence in the study of military history. The recipient of this award was Cadet Allan Hetteen, a history major from Coon Rapids, Minn. The AUSA Freedom Chapter Award, a certificate presented for distinguished leadership potential and motivation to serve the country was presented to the President of the AUSA Panther chapter, Cadet Dustin Kay, a leisure services major from Cedar Falls.

The Reserve Officers' Association Award was presented to cadets in each level of the Army ROTC program. The award is presented to cadets in good standing in all military aspects who have displayed outstanding potential to serve as an army officer. Freshmen receive a bronze medal, sophomores a silver medal and juniors a gold medal.

The Gold Award was presented to Cadet Cory Huinker, a management information systems major from Ossian . The Silver Award was given to Cadet Justin High , a health promotions major from Manchester. The Bronze Award was given to Cadet Thomas Slykuis, a criminology major from Knoxville. High also received Cadet honors and the Gold Medal Athlete Award.

The American Legion Awards are presented to cadets at each institution for general military and scholastic excellence. The recipients of this award must be in the top 25 percent of their class in academic and ROTC subjects and show outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character and citizenship. The recipients of the American Legion Scholastic Excellence Gold Award were Cadet Melanie Meyer, an English major from Kellogg; and Cadet Charles Davis, a psychology major Muscatine. Meyer also received the Dean's List Award. Davis also received Cadet Honors. The recipients of the American Legion Military Excellence Award were Cadet Paul Godson,a management information systems major from Waterloo, and Cadet Jared Gevock, a criminology major from Fairfield. Godson also received Cadet Honors and the Gold Medal Athlete Award. Gevock also received the Dean's List Award.

Cadet Brian Gienau, a management information systems major from Dunkerton, was presented with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award. This award is given annually to a cadet at each institution who has excelled in military science or an ROTC programmed activity; is in good standing, academically and militarily; and has demonstrated achievement and concentrated effort in military and academic subjects and/or demonstrated capability and diligence in a related activity of the ROTC program.

Cadet Joseph Earp, an education history major from Elkader, and Cadet Jared Parmater, a communications major from Vinton, were presented with the National Sojourners Award. This award is given to those who have contributed the most to encourage and demonstrate Americanism within the corps of cadets on campus. The recipient must be a sophomore completing the second year of military science training, who has indicated a commitment to enter the advanced course, or a junior completing the third year of military science; be in the top 25 percent of the academic class; have encouraged and demonstrated the ideals of Americanism by deed and/or conduct; and have demonstrated a potential for outstanding leadership. Earp also received the Gold Medal Athlete Award and Cadet Honors. Meyer also received the American Legion Scholastic Excellence and Dean's List Awards.

Cadet Danielle Cooper, a general studies major from Cedar Rapids, received the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Award. The DAR presents this award annually to an ROTC cadet at each institution for outstanding ability and achievement. The recipient must be in the top 25 percent of the ROTC and academic classes; have demonstrated qualities of loyalty and patriotism, dependability and good character, and adherence to military discipline; and have leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training. Cooper also received the Duty, Honor and Loyalty Award as the cadet who had given the most time and effort to the ROTC program.

The recipients of the Military Order of the World Wars Award were: bronze (freshman) pendant winner Cadet Matthew Brus, a finance major from Denison ; silver (sophomore) pendant winner Cadet Kyle Mahannah, a criminology major from Dubuque ; and gold (junior) pendant winner Cadet Cory Goodall, an elementary education major from Delmar. The recipients of these awards must: be in good standing in all military aspects and scholastics at the time of their selection; have shown marked improvement in military and scholastic grades; and have indicated by grades, extracurricular activities or individual endeavor, a desire to serve his or her country. Mahannah also received Cadet Honors.

The Society of the War of 1812 Award was presented to Cadet Stacey Lyon, a political communication major from Independence. This award is presented annually to one outstanding cadet from each host institution and the recipient must be a sophomore in good academic standing and of high moral character. Additionally Lyon was presented with the Cadet of the Semester Basic Award for excellence throughout the year; Dean's List Award; and Gold Medal Athlete Awards.

The Retired Officers' Association Award (TROA) was presented to Cadet Andrew Kilgore, a criminology major from Saint Charles. The TROA ROTC medal recognizes outstanding ROTC cadets who show exceptional potential for military leadership. In addition to good academic standing and high moral character, the recipient must show evidence of a high order of loyalty to his or her ROTC unit, college and country, and demonstrate exceptional potential for military leadership. Kilgore also received the Gold Medal Athlete Award.

The American Veterans of World War II (AMVETS) Award was presented to Cadet Zachary Schlake, a math major from Luana. This award is made annually to a cadet for diligence in the discharge of duty and the willingness to serve. The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the ROTC advanced course, and in good standing in all military aspects and all scholastic grades.

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Award was presented to Cadet John Burman, a history major from Hampton . The award is presented to a meritorious cadet enrolled in the first year of either the four- or two-year program, who shows a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, soldierly bearing and excellence.

The Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America Award was presented to Cadet Deborah Dykstra, a general studies major from Monroe. This award is presented annually to an ROTC basic course cadet who has excelled in a specific military science course or related activity. Recipients must: be enrolled as either an MS I or MS II cadet; be in the top 25 percent of their ROTC class; have accomplished a degree of excellence in military history, American history or a related course; and have demonstrated similar or related accomplishments reflecting the ideals of patriotism.

The United States Automobile Association Spirit Award was presented to Cadet Sheldon Klein, a management technology major from Dysart. This award is presented to an individual with tremendous leadership potential and true warrior spirit. Additionally Klein received the Platinum Medal Athlete and Dean's List Awards.

The Robert L. Hibbs Leadership Award is presented to the cadet with tremendous fortitude to lead under difficult circumstances. This year, it was presented to Cadet Timothy Page, a marketing major from Des Moines; Cadet Dale Hight, a criminology major from Cedar Rapids; and Cadet Jason Boesen, a general studies major from Waterloo.

The Shugart-Gordon Selfless Service Award is given for selfless service and the skill to keep fellow cadets trained and prepared to fight for the next objective. Cadet Michael Minard, a real estate finance major from Elkader; Cadet Adam Kilgore, a criminology major from Ankeny; and Cadet Blake Derouchy, a criminology major from Newton were recognized. Additionally, Minard and Derouchy received the Platinum Medal Athlete Award.

The Dr. M.B. Smith Award for Military Excellence is given in honor of past University of Northern Iowa professor, Dr. Smith, who avidly supported ROTC and was a World War II veteran. Those recognized were: Cadet Jenna Rang, a nursing major from Dubuque; Cadet Wade Welsh, a biology major from Alden; Cadet Jennifer Brune, an engineering major from Oelwein; and Cadet Nic Jones, a management technology major from Altoona. Rang also received the Platinum Medal Athlete, and Dean's List Awards. Jones also received the Dean's List Award.

Additionally receiving the Platinum Medal Athlete Award was Cadet Brock Bockenstedt, a communications major from Dyersville. The award is given to cadets who score a perfect 300 on their APFT tests. The Gold Medal Platinum Athlete Award is given to cadets who score between a 290-299 on their APFT tests. Cadet Blake Derouchy, a criminology major from Newton also received this award.

Other individuals receiving Cadet Honors, not previously mentioned, were: Cadet Curtis Rubendall, a technology education major from Aurelu; and Cadet Justin Zevenbergen, a computer science major from Sioux Center. Rubendall also received the Platinum Medal Athlete Award.

Civilians also received acknowledgement from the Department of the Army for their key roles in supporting and promoting Army ROTC at UNI. The Commander's Award for Public Service was presented to: Greg Allen, of KCNZ Radio and Rebecca Klein. The Veteran Recognition Awards were presented to VFW Post 2208, Waverly; AMVETS Post 79, Waverly; American Legion Post 176, Waverly; and AMVETS Post 49, Cedar Falls.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The achievements of University of Northern Iowa Army ROTC cadets were honored during a recent awards ceremony on the UNI campus.

This year, recipients of the Department of the Army Superior Cadet award were: Cadet Benjamin Seibert, an English major from Waukee; Cadet Mariah Schweitzer, a criminology/sociology major from Grandview; Cadet Eric Chamberlin, a physics major from Waterloo; and Cadet Virginia Cortez, a psychology major from Traer. This award is presented annually to the outstanding ROTC cadet in each year of military science instruction. To be eligible for this award, recipients must be a regularly enrolled ROTC cadet, be in the top 25 percent of both ROTC and academic class standing, and have demonstrated officer potential. Seibert also received Cadet Honors. Schweitzer also received the Dean's List Award and the Platinum Medal Athlete Award. Cortez also received Cadet Honors.

The George C. Marshall Award was presented to Cadet Kathy Dykstra, a general studies major from Monroe. This award is given annually to the most outstanding fourth-year military science cadet who has demonstrated superior leadership and scholastic abilities. She also received the Dean's List Award, and the Platinum Medal Athlete Award.

The recipient of the Governor's Cup Award was Cadet Joshua Boesen, a business management major from Waterloo. This award is presented to the most outstanding Military Science IV cadet in each ROTC program throughout Iowa. The winner of this award must have demonstrated a superior level of leadership ability. Boesen also received a Dean's List Award.

Cadet Paul Horner, a criminology major from Clinton, received the Association of the United States Army Commendation Award. This award is given on the basis of the cadet's contribution to advancing the standing of the military science department through leadership. The award consists of a medal and certificate. Additionally, Horner received a Dean's List Award.

The Association of the United States Army also gave the AUSA Military History Award, by presenting two books to an outstanding cadet for excellence in the study of military history. The recipient of this award was Cadet Allan Hetteen, a history major from Coon Rapids, Minn. The AUSA Freedom Chapter Award, a certificate presented for distinguished leadership potential and motivation to serve the country was presented to the President of the AUSA Panther chapter, Cadet Dustin Kay, a leisure services major from Cedar Falls.

The Reserve Officers' Association Award was presented to cadets in each level of the Army ROTC program. The award is presented to cadets in good standing in all military aspects who have displayed outstanding potential to serve as an army officer. Freshmen receive a bronze medal, sophomores a silver medal and juniors a gold medal.

The Gold Award was presented to Cadet Cory Huinker, a management information systems major from Ossian. The Silver Award was given to Cadet Justin High, a health promotions major from Manchester. The Bronze Award was given to Cadet Thomas Slykuis, a criminology major from Knoxville. High also received Cadet honors and the Gold Medal Athlete Award.

The American Legion Awards are presented to cadets at each institution for general military and scholastic excellence. The recipients of this award must be in the top 25 percent of their class in academic and ROTC subjects and show outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character and citizenship. The recipients of the American Legion Scholastic Excellence Gold Award were Cadet Melanie Meyer, an English major from Kellogg; and Cadet Charles Davis, a psychology major Muscatine. Meyer also received the Dean's List Award. Davis also received Cadet Honors. The recipients of the American Legion Military Excellence Award were Cadet Paul Godson, a management information systems major from Waterloo, and Cadet Jared Gevock, a criminology major from Fairfield. Godson also received Cadet Honors and the Gold Medal Athlete Award. Gevock also received the Dean's List Award.

Cadet Brian Gienau, a management information systems major from Dunkerton, was presented with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award. This award is given annually to a cadet at each institution who has excelled in military science or an ROTC programmed activity; is in good standing, academically and militarily; and has demonstrated achievement and concentrated effort in military and academic subjects and/or demonstrated capability and diligence in a related activity of the ROTC program.

Cadet Joseph Earp, an education history major from Elkader, and Cadet Jared Parmater, a communications major from Vinton, were presented with the National Sojourners Award. This award is given to those who have contributed the most to encourage and demonstrate Americanism within the corps of cadets on campus. The recipient must be a sophomore completing the second year of military science training, who has indicated a commitment to enter the advanced course, or a junior completing the third year of military science; be in the top 25 percent of the academic class; have encouraged and demonstrated the ideals of Americanism by deed and/or conduct; and have demonstrated a potential for outstanding leadership. Earp also received the Gold Medal Athlete Award and Cadet Honors. Meyer also received the American Legion Scholastic Excellence and Dean's List Awards.

Cadet Danielle Cooper, a general studies major from Cedar Rapids, received the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Award. The DAR presents this award annually to an ROTC cadet at each institution for outstanding ability and achievement. The recipient must be in the top 25 percent of the ROTC and academic classes; have demonstrated qualities of loyalty and patriotism, dependability and good character, and adherence to military discipline; and have leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training. Cooper also received the Duty, Honor and Loyalty Award as the cadet who had given the most time and effort to the ROTC program.

The recipients of the Military Order of the World Wars Award were: bronze (freshman) pendant winner Cadet Matthew Brus, a finance major from Denison; silver (sophomore) pendant winner Cadet Kyle Mahannah, a criminology major from Dubuque; and gold (junior) pendant winner Cadet Cory Goodall, an elementary education major from Delmar. The recipients of these awards must: be in good standing in all military aspects and scholastics at the time of their selection; have shown marked improvement in military and scholastic grades; and have indicated by grades, extracurricular activities or individual endeavor, a desire to serve his or her country. Mahannah also received Cadet Honors.

The Society of the War of 1812 Award was presented to Cadet Stacey Lyon, a political communication major from Independence. This award is presented annually to one outstanding cadet from each host institution and the recipient must be a sophomore in good academic standing and of high moral character. Additionally Lyon was presented with the Cadet of the Semester Basic Award for excellence throughout the year; Dean's List Award; and Gold Medal Athlete Awards.

The Retired Officers' Association Award (TROA) was presented to Cadet Andrew Kilgore, a criminology major from Saint Charles. The TROA ROTC medal recognizes outstanding ROTC cadets who show exceptional potential for military leadership. In addition to good academic standing and high moral character, the recipient must show evidence of a high order of loyalty to his or her ROTC unit, college and country, and demonstrate exceptional potential for military leadership. Kilgore also received the Gold Medal Athlete Award.

The American Veterans of World War II (AMVETS) Award was presented to Cadet Zachary Schlake, a math major from Luana. This award is made annually to a cadet for diligence in the discharge of duty and the willingness to serve. The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the ROTC advanced course, and in good standing in all military aspects and all scholastic grades.

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Award was presented to Cadet John Burman, a history major from Hampton. The award is presented to a meritorious cadet enrolled in the first year of either the four-or two-year program, who shows a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, soldierly bearing and excellence.

The Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America Award was presented to Cadet Deborah Dykstra, a general studies major from Monroe. This award is presented annually to an ROTC basic course cadet who has excelled in a specific military science course or related activity. Recipients must: be enrolled as either an MS I or MS II cadet; be in the top 25 percent of their ROTC class; have accomplished a degree of excellence in military history, American history or a related course; and have demonstrated similar or related accomplishments reflecting the ideals of patriotism.

The United States Automobile Association Spirit Award was presented to Cadet Sheldon Klein, a management technology major from Dysart. This award is presented to an individual with tremendous leadership potential and true warrior spirit. Additionally Klein received the Platinum Medal Athlete and Dean's List Awards.

The Robert L. Hibbs Leadership Award is presented to the cadet with tremendous fortitude to lead under difficult circumstances. This year, it was presented to Cadet Timothy Page, a marketing major from Des Moines; Cadet Dale Hight, a criminology major from Cedar Rapids; and Cadet Jason Boesen, a general studies major from Waterloo .

The Shugart-Gordon Selfless Service Award is given for selfless service and the skill to keep fellow cadets trained and prepared to fight for the next objective. Cadet Michael Minard, a real estate finance major from Elkader; Cadet Adam Kilgore, a criminology major from Ankeny; and Cadet Blake Derouchy, a criminology major from Newton were recognized. Additionally, Minard and Derouchy received the Platinum Medal Athlete Award.

The Dr. M.B. Smith Award for Military Excellence is given in honor of past University of Northern Iowa professor, Dr. Smith, who avidly supported ROTC and was a World War II veteran. Those recognized were: Cadet Jenna Rang, a nursing major from Dubuque; Cadet Wade Welsh, a biology major from Alden; Cadet Jennifer Bruner, an engineering major from Oelwein; and Cadet Nic Jones, a management technology major from Altoona. Rang also received the Platinum Medal Athlete, and Dean's List Awards. Jones also received the Dean's List Award.

Additionally receiving the Platinum Medal Athlete Award was Cadet Brock Bockenstedt, a communications major from Dyersville. The award is given to cadets who score a perfect 300 on their APFT tests. The Gold Medal Platinum Athlete Award is given to cadets who score between a 290-299 on their APFT tests. Cadet Blake Derouchy, a criminology major from Newton also received this award.

Other individuals receiving Cadet Honors, not previously mentioned, were: Cadet Curtis Rubendall, a technology education major from Aurelu; and Cadet Justin Zevenbergen, a computer science major from Sioux Center. Rubendall also received the Platinum Medal Athlete Award.

Civilians also received acknowledgement from the Department of the Army for their key roles in supporting and promoting Army ROTC at UNI. The Commander's Award for Public Service was presented to: Greg Allen, of KCNZ Radio and Rebecca Klein. The Veteran Recognition Awards were presented to VFW Post 2208, Waverly; AMVETS Post 79, Waverly; American Legion Post 176, Waverly; and AMVETS Post 49, Cedar Falls.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- High school seniors recently competed for four-year full-tuition scholarships to attend the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in the sciences, industrial technology, mathematics or computer science.

(Student's name), a student at (High school), was awarded (award status) in (field of study). The winners attended the 2002 Science, Mathematics and Technology Symposium and were introduced to educational opportunities on campus through lecturers, special programs and open houses in designated departments.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319.273.2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four University of Northern Iowa International Club of Business members will travel to Winnipeg, Canada from Jan. 9-12, 2003, to compete in the final stage of the Manitoba International Marketing Competition (MIMC).

This is the first year UNI has sent a team to MIMC. Teams compete by making marketing decisions for a hypothetical electronics company. There are 20 teams participating: 12 from Canada, two each from the United States, Germany and Mexico, and one each from Iceland and France. In November the participants had to write and submit a strategy statement. In Winnepeg, they will present their strategy to a panel of judges and participate in a question/answer period during the first round. The top teams will advance to the final round.

Among UNI students participating are; Jennie Brauman, a senior management and Spanish major from Mount Pleasant; Jennet Nepper, a junior marketing major from Ida Grove; Mohamed Osman, a senior management major from Khartoum, Sudan; and Arnold Mponzi, a senior marketing major from Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania.

This is the 21 st year of the MIMC competition, sponsored by the University of Manitoba. For more information, contact Chris Schrage, instructor in management and marketing, and adviser to the International Club of Business, at (319) 273-2126.







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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's intramural flag football champions, The Crew, recently won the 2002 footlocker.com regional flag football tournament in Lincoln, Neb.

After winning the UNI championship, The Crew advanced to regional competition where they placed first among the 47 teams that participated.

As regional champions, The Crew will participate in the 24 th annual national flag football tournament in New Orleans from Dec. 27 to 31.

___(NAME)____, a __(MAJOR)___ major from ___(HOMETOWN)____ is one of the 11 team members competing on The Crew.

Chase Young of Johnston was named to the first team on offense, while Brian Claassen of Iowa City and Brad Sewell of Ankeny were named to the first team on defense. Trent Mausser of El Paso was named most valuable player of the tournament.

Note: To obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319.273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert R. Dippel has joined the University of Northern Iowa as operations director of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

He will oversee finance and operations, develop special projects, and act as a liaison to Friends of the GBPAC.

Dippel got his start in arts management at the Waterloo Community Playhouse in 1977. He served on the board of directors and executive committee of the League of Historic American Theatres and was the founding president of a number of arts organizations, including the Florida Association of Community Theatres and the Al Ringling Theatre in Wisconsin.

Dippel holds a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and did graduate work at the University of Oklahoma. He comes to UNI from Sandusky State Theatre in Sandusky, Ohio, where he served for three years as executive director of the restored 1928 movie palace. Prior to that, he was general manager of the Texas Playhouse in Waco, Texas and executive director of the Waco Hippodrome Theatre.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Celebrate the Seasons,' the University of Northern Iowa's holiday celebration, takes place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Maucker Union Expansion. The event will include winter celebrations of several cultures and religions.

Featured will be explanations of holiday celebrations observed by Muslims, East Indians, African Americans, Latinos, and those of the Christian and Jewish faiths. Following will be a series of interactive games, activities and displays allowing attendees to learn more about the topics covered. Santa Claus will make his traditional visit.

Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, said the celebration was originally a treelighting event. 'This is a special season for lots of people, of lots of faiths, and lots of cultures. We wanted an opportunity to showcase the kind of diversity this season brings.'

The event is sponsored by the UNI Student Life Team and Maucker Union Student Activities.

For more information about 'Celebrate the Seasons,' contact Guy Sims, (319) 273-2683 or visit the university's Web-based calendar, www.uni.edu/acal.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services will host 'De-Stress Days' for its students, faculty and staff Thursday Dec. 12 through Tuesday Dec. 17.

This year the events will take place on campus at a different location each of four days: Thursday, Dec. 12, at Redeker Piazza; Friday, Dec. 13, at Towers West Lounge; Monday Dec. 16, at Maucker Union Ambassador Room; and Tuesday Dec. 17, at Curris Business Building. All events will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

At the sessions, participants can receive free mini massages, listen to soothing music, and receive complimentary stress kits and information on stress and other wellness issues.

The event was first held in May of 1996, as a part of UNI finals week, when Ken Jacobsen, University Health Services counselor, adapted and expanded a program from the University of Minnesota, which provided a quiet music room for its students during finals week.

The 'De-Stress Days' are sponsored by UNI Wellness and Recreation Services. For more information, contact Deedra Billings, UNI wellness resource coordinator at (319) 273-7162.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will present, 'The Performance and Rhetoric of Social Protests,' at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, in the Lang Hall Auditorium.

'Millions of Americans became activists for social change in the1960s participating in movements for peace, civil rights and women's equality,' explained Karen Mitchell , associate professor of English and assisting director. 'During this performance, students will celebrate the spirit of this extraordinary era through songs, poetry, drama and public rhetoric.'

The event is free and open to the public

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'BFA Exhibition, Fall 2002' Dec. 9 through Dec. 21, on the second floor Mezzanine of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The opening reception will be at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the same location.

Printmaker, Vicki Truka, a UNI senior from Lime Springs, will present her artwork in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Truka has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Florence-Hartwig Scholarship, the David Sands Wright Scholarship, the Tostlebe-Ray Scholarship, the UNI Department of Art and CHFA Scholarships, and the Jo Hern Curris Award.

According to the artist, 'This body of work is representative of the interactions between people that I have noticed during my time in college. I use the medium of screen printing to form many layers of color, creating a visually appealing and abstract representation of these encounters.'

The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. Building hours at the Gallagher-Bluedorn are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A special edition of 'Women on Fridays,' a discussion series offered by the University of Northern Iowa Women's Studies program will be at noon, Friday, Dec. 6, in Baker 161. The topic will be 'Phantoms at the Gate: Revisiting and Revising Virginia Woolf's 'Professions for Women.''

Featured speakers are Susan Koch, associate provost; Beverly Kopper, professor of psychology; Barbara Lounsberry, professor of English; and Jill Wallace, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Friday, Feb. 28, 'Teaching Women's Studies -- What does it mean? (continued)'

Friday, March 28, 'What Can I do with a Degree in Women's Studies? -- Graduates Return.'

Friday, April 25, 'Women's Studies in the Community -- the Community Speaks.'

The discussions, said Susan Hill , director of the undergraduate program in Women's Studies, 'are about creating community through the exploration of history and purpose of Women's Studies in the academy, at UNI and in our community.'

They are free and open to the public. Those attending should bring a lunch; dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact Susan Hill, director of the undergraduate program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-7177.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Wellness and Recreation Services named Travis Getting, a junior psychology major from Hartley, as the October student employee of the month.

Travis is an informal recreation supervisor in the UNI Wellness and Recreation Center and the UNI-Dome.

'Travis has been recognized by his supervisors and peers as a fun-loving, hardworking and productive staff member,' said Christopher Denison, assistant director of informal recreation and aquatics.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC), a NASA-sponsored group aimed at promoting aerospace research and education, will hold its 12th annual conference Friday, Dec. 6, at the Iowa Valley Community College District in Marshalltown.

Cathy Bigelow, an administrator at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is the invited speaker for the conference. She will speak on '9-11's Impact on Aviation Research in America' at 12:15 p.m. in Dejardin Hall of the Iowa Valley Continuing Education conference facility.

Bigelow, who has been with the FAA since 1994, is the deputy program director of the Airport and Aircraft Safety R & D Division at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center at Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey. She provides research guidance in the areas of fire, atmospheric hazards, safety risk analysis, aging aircraft, catastrophic failure prevention, propulsion and fuel systems, advanced materials and crashworthiness.

Recipients of consortium research grants also will report on their projects at the conference. The researchers are from the consortium's academic members -- the University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa -- as well as its affiliates in industry, state government and aerospace associations.

Additional information on the conference is available at the ISGC Web site at www.ia.spacegrant.org, or from the consortium office, 1-800-854-1667.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) received the 'Outstanding PRSSA Chapter of the Year Award' at the recent national PRSSA conference in San Francisco.

The award winner is chosen from more than 200 PRSSA chapters throughout the country. UNI PRSSA and its chapter adviser, Gayle Pohl, associate professor of communication studies, also won the prestigious award in 1998.

In addition to the chapter award, Jackie Wilson, a senior public relations major from Waterloo, was presented with the first Lawrence Foster Scholarship. Wilson is a member of PRSSA and an officer in PRide.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Laura Jackson, UNI associate professor of biology, will read selections from a book she co-edited, which deals with farms and the ecosystem. The reading will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Bought Again Books, 909 W. 23rd St., in Cedar Falls. She also will be available to sign copies of the book.

Jackson's book, 'The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems,' brought together writers representing the fields of sustainable agriculture, conservation biology and ecological restoration to link food and farming to biological diversity. She said it offers compelling examples of an alternative agriculture that can produce not only healthful food, but fully functioning ecosystems and abundant populations of native species.

The book was favorably reviewed in the November issue of the prestigious professional publication, Science. Says the reviewer, 'Given that so much land is devoted to growing our crops, it is relevant for all of us to wonder how we might use this land better. 'The Farm as Natural Habitat' provides excellent food for thought on the subject.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The angst, moodiness and general melancholia that is a teenage girl's life is legendary. Books have been written about it. Television shows have been produced about it. And therapists everywhere have offered hints and ideas about how to deal with it.

Catherine DeSoto, an assistant professor of biological psychology at the University of Northern Iowa, has some new information. After two years of research involving more than 300 women, DeSoto now believes that fluctuating estrogen levels that occur during adolescence may well be the cause of an increased rate of borderline personality disorder (BDP) in teenage girls. Symptoms of BDP include mood instability, low self-image, easy distraction, problems within relationships and suicidal tendencies. As many as 10 percent of those with BDP will end their lives via suicide.

At first glance, the symptoms are similar to those reported by frustrated parents of moody teen girls. 'But there's a difference. Think of Glenn Close in 'Fatal Attraction,'' says DeSoto. 'These girls are emotionally volatile. For example, instead of crying about the break-up of a relationship, they'd be likely to go out and slash tires or think about death.'

Through DeSoto's research, women were asked to provide a saliva sample four different times during a single month. The estrogen level in the saliva was measured. 'What we found was that women who had a sharper rise in estrogen during week two of their menstrual cycles tended to have more negative symptoms,' said DeSoto. Furthermore, she explained, among young women who had relatively high levels of symptoms, starting oral contraceptives -- which have estrogen in them -- worsened the symptoms.

Although the findings aren't conclusive, DeSoto said some valuable information has been gained. 'It may be that girls who exhibit these symptoms, or are diagnosed with BDP, shouldn't take oral contraceptive but should explore other birth-control options. Hormonally-based methods which do not cause a daily rise and fall of estrogen might be a better choice for these young women.'

She encourages mothers and daughters to talk with their physicians about BDP, especially if symptoms have worsened after beginning to take oral contraceptives, and to bring to the attention of their physician any information on the disorder.

Her research is more proof that estrogen affects brain and cognitive functions, a concept often rejected until the 1960s. It is now generally accepted.

'My mother told me, for example, that years ago pregnant women who had morning sickness were told that the nausea was caused by their own negative views of the pregnancy. Now we have women going through menopause and they're told the same sorts of things, that the symptoms are all in their heads. Women's bodies and brains are affected by estrogen levels, and it's not all in their heads. If doctors really want to help women, this must be recognized.'

November 26, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cutting edge scholarship on Mary Magdalene is the impetus behind a University of Northern Iowa lecture to take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

'Mary Magdalene: Apostle to the Apostles or Penitent Prostitute?' will be delivered by Susan Hill, UNI associate professor of religion, and director of the undergraduate program in women's studies. Her address is free and open to the public.

'Mary Magdalene is perhaps best known in modern Christianity as the prostitute who is forgiven by Jesus,' according to Hill. But recent scholarship focuses on Mary as an influential figure, a prominent disciple and a leader of one wing of the early Christian movement that promoted women's leadership.

Focusing on biblical and other texts of early Christianity, as well as artistic interpretations of Mary, Hill's lecture will discuss what we know about Mary and how the images of Mary as 'Apostle to the Apostles' and 'Penitent Prostitute' have shaped Christian ideas of women, preaching and penitence.

Hill also teaches a course on 'Women and Christianity.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI's off-Hudson series of staged readings continues on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Edward Albee's 'The Play About The Baby' will be read at 7:30 p.m. in room 108 of the Communication Arts Center.

The play, directed by Jay Edelnant, UNI professor of theatre, involves a young couple who are lured into an absurd, nightmarish battle over their baby by an older couple, causing the lines between reality and fiction to quickly become blurred.

Playwright Edward Albee has written such plays as 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' and the Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Three Tall Women.' His most recent work is 'The Goat.'

The reading is free and open to the public. For more information call (319) 273-6387.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI's off-Hudson series of staged readings continues on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Edward Albee's 'The Play About The Baby' will be read at 7:30 p.m. in room 108 of the Communication Arts Center.

The play, directed by Jay Edelnant, UNI professor of theatre, involves a young couple who are lured into an absurd, nightmarish battle over their baby by an older couple, causing the lines between reality and fiction to quickly become blurred.

Playwright Edward Albee has written such plays as 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' and the Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Three Tall Women.' His most recent work is 'The Goat.'

The reading is free and open to the public. For more information call (319) 273-6387.

November 25, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School recently received a $155,000 grant from the National School Fitness Foundation.

Funds will be used to collect research and data gathered from students grades six through 12, and later from parents and the community. The program's goal is to fight the epidemic of obesity and chronic inactivity among youths. The grant includes brand new fitness center cardiovascular training equipment and on-going curriculum for regular use. Funds will also purchase a computer and printer, and bio-impedence machines to collect and record research data.

According to Lori Smith, physical education instructor at MPLS, 'The equipment will bring our PE program into the 21st century with full use of technology needed for valuable assessment.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education and the Iowa Recycling Association are sponsoring 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R' in Grades 7-12,' a workshop for teachers. Participating teachers may earn one graduate credit through the two-part workshop at the Johnston Public Library, Jan. 18, and April 5, 2003. Cost is $50.

To earn credit, each instructor must teach a waste reduction unit in his or her school. Teachers participating in the workshop may be from various disciplines, including English language arts, social studies, math, science and/or business.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has provided support for the program.

For more information on the workshop, contact Susan Salterberg at (319) 498-4516 or salterberg@uni.edu. To register, call 1-800-648-3864 or register online at www.uni.edu/ceee/wastereduction/workshop.html.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education and the Iowa Recycling Association are sponsoring 'Waste Reduction: Addressing the Overlooked 'R' in Grades 7-12,' a workshop for teachers. Participating teachers may earn one graduate credit through the two-part workshop at the Johnston Public Library, Jan. 18, and April 5, 2003. Cost is $50.

To earn credit, each instructor must teach a waste reduction unit in his or her school. Teachers participating in the workshop may be from various disciplines, including English language arts, social studies, math, science and/or business.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has provided support for the program.

For more information on the workshop, contact Susan Salterberg at (319) 498-4516 or salterberg@uni.edu. To register, call 1-800-648-3864 or register online at www.uni.edu/ceee/wastereduction/workshop.html.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Finding a Voice: Ethnography of the Origins of SAVE Forum Actors' will be the topic of the next CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum lecture, at noon, Monday, Dec. 2, in Baker Hall, Room 161 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The lecture will be presented by Karen Mitchell, UNI associate professor of communication studies, and Jana Gymer-Koch, UNI graduate student from Cedar Falls.

The next program in the CROW Forum series will be Feb. 2, 2003, when Barbara Cutter, UNI assistant professor of history, will present 'Moral Womanhood, Race and the Politics of Nineteenth-Century U.S. Women's History.'

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