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November 25, 2002 - 6:00pm

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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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Parents of kids who ate daily at McDonalds are now suing the fast-food giant, alleging the burgers and fries consumed caused obesity. Lori Smith, a physical education instructor at Malcolm Price Laboratory School, says the very notion that a restaurant is responsible for an individual's weight is absurd.

Smith, named the 2001 Iowa physical education teacher of the year, says obesity in this country has reached epidemic proportions, and she doesn't lay the blame at McDonalds' doorstep. 'There is no single entity that is responsible. 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: offer 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 play a role too, by modeling healthy lifestyles.'

November 24, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, recently raised more than $2,000 for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, during 'Feed the Need.'

A joint effort between Sigma Phi Epsilon and the UNI Department of Residence, 1,324 students gave up one dinner meal from their meal plan to donate to the effort. For every foregone meal, the Department of Residence donated $1.50 to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Every dollar donated to the food bank has the purchasing power of $12, thus allowing the food bank to provide more than $24,000 worth of food through this project to area shelters and the Cedar Valley community.

The following Sigma Phi Epsilon members planned the event: Carson Hattel, a senior, and Nathan Lombardi, a junior, both from Dubuque; Justin Wiese, a senior from Clinton; Matthew Harris, a junior from Cedar Falls; Sean Salger, a junior from Vinton; and Steven Waigand, a sophomore from Thayer.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University Book & Supply awarded three $1,000 scholarships to University of Northern Iowa students this fall.

Recipients are: Renae Arbabian, a sophomore from Des Moines; Amanda Larson, a junior from Des Plaines, Ill.; and Lance Wiegel, a junior from Denison.

The scholarship money was based on a percentage of the store's sales during UNI's Family Weekend, Sept. 20- 22.

November 21, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾–Ten University of Northern Iowa students will participate in an international pre-professional preview experience in Merida, Mexico in January 2003.

__(NAME)__, a __(CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR)__ from __(HOMETOWN)__ will be participating in the 'UNI Job Shadowing and Informational Interviewing in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico,' Jan. 5-15. The program is offered by the UNI career center, in collaboration with the UNI Department of Modern Languages.

While in the Yucatan, students will have the opportunity to visit workplace settings and interview professionals who are working in fields related to the students' areas of study and career interest.

In addition, students who participate in the program will be given organized tours to areas of cultural and historical interest relevant to the Yucatan Peninsula, and will stay with local families to increase their cultural awareness through personal interactions.

For more information contact Isabela Varela, career information specialist, UNI Career Center, at (319) 273-6857.

November 20, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Paul Trafton, professor of mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa, will present the annual Sahai Lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall on the UNI campus.

The title of Trafton's talk is 'Young Children Do Powerful Mathematics: A Decade of Research and Development on Student Learning and Teacher Change.' He will focus on highlights of research in primary grade classrooms on the effects of a problem-centered instructional model and a constructivist approach to teacher development.

A member of the UNI faculty since 1991, Trafton is the co-author, with UNI professor of mathematics Diane Thiessen, of 'Learning Through Problems: Number Sense and Computational Strategies,' a practical resource book for primary teachers that summarizes Trafton and Thiessen's research on the problem-centered instructional model. Trafton holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is the author of numerous articles published in professional journals.

The Prem Sahai Distinguished Professorship in the UNI College of Natural Sciences, established in honor of the late Dr. Prem Sahai, is awarded annually, on a rotating basis, to a faculty member from the department of biology, chemistry or mathematics who exemplifies excellence in his or her discipline. Each Sahai Distinguished Professor delivers a lecture as part of the award.

Sahai, who came to Iowa from New Delhi, India, earned three degrees from UNI: a master's degree in education with a major in mathematics in 1958, a specialist's degree in communication media in 1967, and a master's degree in education with a major in biology in 1970. His oldest son, Subhash, also a UNI alumnus, practices in the family-owned medical clinic in Webster City, along with his wife and brother.

The lecture, which is open to the public and free of charge, will be preceded by an informal reception outside of the Great Reading Room.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four of the University of Northern Iowa's industrial technology programs have been reaccredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT). Those programs being reaccredited are construction management, graphic communications, manufacturing technology, and technology management.

The Board of Accreditation of the NAIT is the sole accrediting body for industrial technology/technology programs in the nation. In its recommendation for reaccreditation, the NAIT visiting team noted the high quality of the entire Department of Industrial Technology, the administrational support, maturity of the students, and dedication of the faculty and staff.

Mohammed Fahmy is the head of the department.

November 19, 2002 - 6:00pm

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For the past ten years, personal bankruptcies nationwide have been on the rise. In 1990, there were 718,000 personal bankruptcies; in 2001, there were 1.45 million. Lois Lindell, assistant director of the UNI Center for Economic Education, blames credit cards. 'What's being reflected is a preponderance of credit card offers that have a lot of people getting in over their heads without realizing it.'

She said other contributing factors include rising unemployment, increasing medical expenses, and companies who make it attractive to file for bankruptcy by promising that doing so will completely eliminate debt.

Lindell said there are indications that the U.S. Congress will soon try to revive legislation that will eliminate certain bankruptcy options for many people. 'If that happens, it will become much more difficult to file. You won't be able to just wipe the slate clean; you'll have to have in place some kind of repayment plan for your debts.' And that, she said, is a good thing. 'It'll make people more responsible.'

November 18, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is partnering with the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in an agreement to better serve students and aging Iowans.

This higher-education partnership allows DMACC gerontology students to finish their bachelor's degree at UNI, the only higher-learning institute in the state that offers gerontology as a major. Gerontology is the branch of science that deals with aging and the problems of the elderly.

'Iowa recently changed the regulations for long-term care administrators, requiring them to have their bachelor's degree,' said Howard Barnes, head of UNI's Department of Design, Family and Consumer Sciences. 'An internship of 720 hours also is required in the program. Due to the critical need in Iowa as our population ages, UNI is very pleased to offer this increased service to our students and aging Iowans.'

UNI gerontology students also can take courses at DMACC while gaining internship experience via DMACC's extensive statewide network. 'Linking with DMACC's internship network is a tremendous advantage to our students,' said Barnes. 'Together, UNI and DMACC will provide a supply of well-educated people to the state.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Tae Kwon-Do Club recently attended the 27th annual Tae Kwon-Do Championships in St. Joseph, Missouri. Brian Johnson, a freshman from Johnston took first place in form and third place in sparring; Daniel Marr, an alumnus from San Antonio, took second place in both form and sparring; Hannah Gorczynski, a senior from Le Mars, took first place in form and third place in sparring; and Nancy Brandt, a senior from Oelwein, took third place in form.

Serving as officials were UNI-club black belts Dylan Kline, club president and a junior management information systems major from Davenport; Bridget Biver, a senior photography major from Waterloo; Jerel Krueger, a senior computer science major from Waterloo; Joseph Philip, club director; Ryan Doughan, an alumnus from Cedar Falls; Daniel Marr and Nancy Brandt.

November 17, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Communicative Disorders program at the University of Northern Iowa has a student job placement rate of 100 percent, according to department head Clifford Highnam. The program, begun in the 1950s, has consistently had high placement ratings, but in the last two years it has achieved 100 percent placement.

The program is currently ranked in the nation's top 10 speech-language pathology graduate programs among universities offering a master's degree, according to 'U.S. News and World Report.'

'Our students have a reputation in the field for being very well-prepared,' Highnam said. 'I get calls on a regular basis from employment agencies seeking out our students.'

UNI offers both an undergraduate and a graduate communicative disorders program; to be employed in the speech-language pathology field students must have a master's degree. Approximately 80 percent of undergraduate students continue into the graduate program at UNI. Highnam expects the numbers to remain elevated, due to the high need in the field.

'From 2000 to 2008, we expect a 39 percent growth in the speech and language pathology job market,' Highnam explained. 'This is mostly due to our aging population and the associated hearing loss. We also have improving systems of identification for communication disabilities among all age groups.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's New Iowans program today unveiled two new books designed to help Iowans work with immigrant and refugee populations. Two years ago, the program published 'Welcoming New Iowans,' a general guide for communities experiencing an influx of immigrants and refugees. The new books are designed specifically for employers and Christian churches.

'The bottom line is that, for several decades, most rural Iowa communities were homogenous -- they were English-speaking and white,' said Mark Grey, director of the New Iowans program. 'Now you have newcomers who often are not white and who bring new languages and new lifestyles. In many cases, the newcomers have come not in trickles, but in rather large influxes. And there you have the recipe for a number of challenges.'

Grey said the state's meat packing industry is a big draw for immigrants and refugees. 'Of course, they may come for those specific jobs but they slowly and surely filter out to other kinds of employment. This is important as it demonstrates how our economy is increasingly dependent on them.'

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

'Welcoming New Iowans: A Guide for Christians and Churches,' was co-authored by Anne C. Woodrick, associate professor of anthropology at UNI; and Grey. Grey is the sole author of 'Welcoming New Iowans: A Guide for Manager and Supervisors.'

All of the books can be downloaded at www.bcs.uni.edu/idm/newiowans/. For more information, contact Mark Grey, director of the New Iowans program, (319) 273-6496.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- As Iowa's population ages, more and more residents are at risk for strokes. According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 750,000 people have strokes in the United States each year, with the incidence rate increasing dramatically with age. Many stroke victims suffer from some type of aphasia, a speech and language disorder that results in difficulty talking and comprehending spoken language.

The University of Northern Iowa's Communicative Disorders department offers therapy and support for those with aphasia. Student clinicians, supervised by faculty members in the Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic, provide therapy to improve patients' oral and written expression. Memory and problem-solving skills also are addressed. An aphasia therapy group meets once a week to provide communication therapy, social support and family counseling. The clinic serves a wide range of ages, and is open to the public.

For more information on the Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic or aphasia, call (319) 273-2576.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Noted Photographer Shelby Lee Adams will be a visiting artist in the Department of Art at the University of Northern Iowa Nov. 25 and 26, as part of the Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series.

Adams will present a lecture on his work at 7:30 p.m., Monday Nov. 25, in the Kamerick Art Building Auditorium, Room 111. The lecture is free and open to the public. He will meet with students to discuss his work and conduct individual portfolio reviews on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

His work has centered around portraits made in Appalachia. Two books of his photographs have been published by the University of Mississippi Press-- Appalachian Portraits' (1993) and 'Appalachian Legacy' (1998). A book of recent work will be published in March of 2003. His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in major collections throughout the world.

For more information, contact the UNI Department of Art, (319) 273-2077.

The Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series is supported by an endowment from James Schell Hearst, author, poet and professor of creative writing at UNI from 1941 until his retirement in 1975.

November 14, 2002 - 6:00pm

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The University of Northern Iowa will celebrate American Education Week, Nov. 17-23, with a series of related events throughout the community. This year's theme is 'Making Public Schools Great For Every Child.'

'It's an excellent opportunity for UNI to highlight its strong tradition of teacher education, and to share that tradition with young students across the Cedar Valley, 'said Stacey Christensen, community outreach manager at UNI.

UNI faculty, staff and students will emphasize education through presentations at area schools. They are listed below.

Monday, Nov. 18

8:30 a.m. 'If it is to be, It's up to Me' speech at Malcolm Price Laboratory School

Vergestene Cooper, data tech III, (319) 273-6818

9 a.m. Positive Rap Music at Cedar Heights Elementary School

Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, (319) 273-2007

11 a.m. 'If it is to be, It's up to Me' speech at Irving Elementary School

Vergestene Cooper, data tech III, (319) 273-6818

Tuesday, Nov. 19

9 a.m. Young People's Dance Theatre, presentation at Lowell Elementary School

Cynthia Herndon, associate professor, HPELS, (319) 273-6866

1 p.m. UNI Readers at Lowell Elementary School

UNI student-athletes

1 p.m. 'Skies of Northern Iowa,' presentation at Cedar Heights Elementary School

Michael Roth, assistant professor of physics, (319) 273-7336

Wednesday, Nov. 20

9 a.m. 'Fractions for the Pharaohs,' presentation at Cedar Heights Elementary School

Joel Haack, professor of mathematics, (319) 273-2170

9 a.m. Young People's Dance Theatre, presentation at Lowell Elementary School

Cynthia Herndon, associate professor, HPELS, (319) 273-6866

12:45 p.m. Positive Rap Music at Lowell Elementary School

Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, (319) 273-2007

1:30 p.m. UNI Readers at Lowell Elementary School

UNI student-athletes

2 p.m. Positive Rap Music at Cedar Heights School

Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, (319) 273-2007

Thursday, Nov. 21

9 a.m. Young People's Dance Theatre at Orange Elementary School

Cynthia Herndon, associate professor, HPELS, (319) 273-6866

9 a.m. 'If it is to be, It's up to Me,' speech at Orchard Hill Elementary School

Vergestene Cooper, data tech III, (319) 273-6818

1 p.m. 'Skies of Northern Iowa at North Cedar Elementary School

Michael Roth, assistant professor of physics

1 p.m. UNI Readers at Cedar Heights Elementary School

UNI student-athletes

Friday, Nov. 22

9 a.m. 'If it is to be, It's up to Me' speech at Cedar Heights Elementary School

Vergestene Cooper, data tech III, (319) 273-6818

11 a.m. Positive Rap Music at Orange Elementary School.

Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, (319) 273-2007

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four University of Northern Iowa accounting graduates were among the top six award winners from Iowa honored by the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants (ISCPA) at a banquet held September 28 in Des Moines.

Jennifer Duede Brown, formerly of Jefferson and now working for Ernst & Young in Chicago, and Joshua Barnes, formerly of Waterloo and now working at Deloitte & Touche in Davenport, received the ISCPA's Gold Award awards for having the highest scores in the state on the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Examination.

Lori Heinrichs, formerly of Sioux City and currently working for Deloitte & Touche in Cedar Rapids, was awarded the ISCPA Bronze Award for the third highest score in the state.

Ryan Schutjer, formerly of Titonka and currently employed at McGladrey & Pullen in Des Moines, was the recipient of the ISCPA Performance With High Distinction award.

Results released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) list UNI in second place for the pass rate of first-time candidates on the CPA examination in May 2001, the most recent May exam for which national data is available.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Middle-class America in the mid-19th century will be the topic for the University of Northern Iowa's history lecture series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

Brian Roberts, UNI assistant professor of history, will present 'Exactly What Americans Ought to Be: The Populist Radicalism of the Hutchinson Family Singers, 1842-1844.' In his study of the Hutchinson Family, one of the most popular middle-class singing groups in America in the 1840s, Roberts argues that middle-class, mainstream Americans were committed to democratic uplift, social equality and ideals of American communism.

The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of History and the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society. It is free and open to the public.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Civil liberties in war time' will be the topic for a panel held at 7 p.m, Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Sabin Hall, Room 103, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The panel is hosted by the UNI Student Pugwash, a student organization dedicated to science and technology in the interest of humanity.

The featured panelists will be Mark Fransdal, a Cedar Falls attorney; John Johnson, UNI professor of history; Mel McCleary, Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation; and Harry Brod, UNI professor of philosophy.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Jeff Weld at (319) 273-2723 or jeff.weld@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Natural Sciences and Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, will sponsor 'The Search for Water on Mars,' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Room 115 of Seerley Hall.

The speaker will be Donald A. Gurnett, professor of physics at the University of Iowa. Gurnett specializes in the study of space plasma physics. He has participated in 25 spacecraft projects and is the author of numerous research articles and chapters in books and proceedings.

The address is free and open to the public.

November 13, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has extended the employment contract of Rick Hartzell, director of athletics, for four years.

Hartzell, a UNI alumnus who played baseball and football for UNI during the '70s, came to UNI in 1999 after 11 years as athletic director at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor's degree in physical education and English, and a master's in educational administration, both from UNI. Hartzell is pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Iowa.

'Rick Hartzell is responsible for much of the intercollegiate athletic revitalization that is taking place here,' said Tom Schellhardt, UNI vice president for administration and finance, who noted that Hartzell also has played an instrumental role in fundraising for the proposed $18 million McLeodUSA Center.

Under Hartzell's leadership, the university has hired three new head coaches, all university alumni: Greg McDermott, men's basketball; Mark Farley, football; and Bobbi Petersen, volleyball. Hartzell also hired Rick Heller, head baseball coach; Brad Penrith, head wrestling coach; Linda Whitehead, head women's soccer coach; Christy Hebert, head softball coach; Stacey Simmer, head women's swim coach; and John Bermel, head golf coach.

'Sports Illustrated' ranked UNI 69th for student athletic success this year, and two years ago UNI was ranked 25th in the nation in the prestigious Sears Cup competition for most successful intercollegiate athletic program.

'Rick's admiration for and dedication to this university is evident,' Schellhardt said. 'He continues to meet the challenges of intercollegiate athletics in the 21st century with fervor and vision. We can think of no more fitting recognition of Rick and his accomplishments than to extend his contract at his alma mater.'

'I can't express how important this place has been to me,' Hartzell said. 'And I'm grateful for the support -- from students, the community and the university family -- that has allowed us to build a strong athletics program with national recognition and respect.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library is in a league of its own, according to the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC). In a recent newsletter, MAC featured top archival Web sites from colleges and universities around the Midwest. Rod Library's archive site was listed as 'stealing the show' when it comes to great examples of content.

'UNI places itself in a category of its own and shows us just how much the Web can do to educate interested people about its campus, its people, its culture and its history,' said article author Joshua Ranger.

The archive page was created by Gerald Peterson, special collections librarian and university archivist at Rod Library, with the help of library assistants Susan Basye and Gail Briddle. It can be found at www.library.uni.edu/speccoll.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The University of Northern Iowa will host a presentation by poet Ray Young Bear, 'Native American Literature and Traditional Tribal Values,' from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, in Schindler Education Center Room 246.

Young Bear, who resides on the Meskwaki Tribal Settlement, is the author of several poetry collections, including 'The Rock Island Hiking Club.'

Sponsors for the event are the College of Humanities and Fine Arts; the Humanities Major; and the departments of history, modern languages, and English language and literature.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education initiated 50 new members during the fall 2002 semester.

__(Name)__, a __(classification/major)__, from __(hometown)__, was/were among the initiates.

New members awarded $1,550 Psi Chapter KDP Scholarships were Anne Hoffman of Eldridge, a senior music education major; Brianna Longwill, formerly of Council Bluffs, currently of Placerville, Calif., a senior elementary/middle school education major; and Tiffany Scheuring of Defiance, a junior elementary education major.

Receiving the $1,000 Stephen J. Fortgang Kappa Delta Pi Chapter Service Scholarship was Krystal Heetland of Ackley, a senior elementary education major.

The $1,550 Karen Ewoldt Kruse Kappa Delta Pi Education Scholarship went to Lori Bonnstetter of West Bend, a senior U.S. history/theater production major.

Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.

November 12, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The next film in the University of Northern Iowa's 'Reel to Real' film series will be 'Spirit of the Dawn,' a documentary that explores the dramatic changes in Indian education from the boarding schools of the past, where children were beaten for speaking their native language in school, to the more culturally-sensitive classrooms of today.

The film will be shown from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Maucker Union University Room South. A discussion following the film will be facilitated by Margie Rostyne, UNI coordinator for student organizations and activities.

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

The series, sponsored by Maucker Union Student Activities office, will continue next semester on Jan. 22, with 'Lynching: The Heinous Past.'

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

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The New Iowans program at the University of Northern Iowa will host a news conference at 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, at Ecumenical Ministries of Iowa, 3816 36th Ave., Des Moines.

During the event, program leaders will present two new books designed to help employers and Christian churches work effectively with immigrants and refugees. The New Iowans program was established in 1999, to help Iowa communities, employers, churches and other institutions work with increasing numbers of immigrants and refugees.

Mark Grey is director of the program. He said teaching tools are necessary to make the transition smooth, both for immigrants and established Iowans. 'The bottom line is that, for several decades, most rural Iowa communities were homogenous -- they were English-speaking and white. Now we have newcomers who often are not white and who bring new languages and new lifestyles. In many cases, the newcomers have come not in trickles, but in rather large influxes. And there you have the recipe for a number of challenges.'

November 11, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa men's and women's rugby teams advanced after hosting and playing in the Midwest regional tournament recently.

The No. 1-ranked UNI women's team won 36 to 22 against No. 4 Lacrosse, then lost to No. 3 University of Dayton by 27 to 32. The No. 1-ranked UNI men's team won 20 to 0 against No. 3 Iowa State University, and then defeated No. 4 University of Wisconsin-Stout15 to 11 to become the Midwest Champion.

Both UNI teams will continue to the Elite 8 tournament in April. From there, qualifiers advance to the national tournament in May. The UNI women's rugby team won the national championship in 2001 and 2002. The UNI men's team placed second nationally last year.

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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at Iowa State University Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 13 and 14. The following are document items pertaining to the university, and the individuals who can best address those issues.

UNI Capital Register

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

Approval of tuition and fees

Renee Romano, vice president for educational and student services, (319) 273-2331

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

Fall Enrollment report (part II)

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

Property purchase

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

Second annual report on the university strategic plan

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

Special purpose appropriations requests (FY 2004)

Keith Saunders, associate director of governmental relations, (319) 273-6144

Annual Purchasing Report

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

Fire and environmental safety report

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

Deferred maintenance report

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

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

Persistence and retention studies

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa senior Kathy Roling, a management information systems major from Eldridge, recently received the Excellence Award from CIGNA Retirement & Investment Services in Dubuque.

The Excellence Award is presented by CIGNA to one or two outstanding students per semester as part of CIGNA's leadership program. Criteria for the award include excellent academic standing, demonstrated leadership, outstanding analytical, interpersonal and communication skills and the initiative and dedication to make valuable contributions to their school. Recipients receive $500 along with the award.

Roling is president of the UNI Management Information Systems club and vice president of the honorary service organization Sigma Iota. She maintains a GPA of 3.93 on a 4.0 scale.

CIGNA is a provider of compensation benefits and financial security solutions to retirement plan sponsors, their participants and institutional investors.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Marketing Honor Society, Mu Kappa Tau, recently inducted select University of Northern Iowa marketing students during the fall semester.

Among those initiated was (Student's name), a UNI (Classification)from _(Hometown)_. He/Sheis the (Son/daughter)of (Parents' names).

Membership in the honor society is limited to upper-level marketing majors. Juniors must rank in the top 10 percent of their university-wide class, while seniors and graduate students must rank in the top 20 percent.

The advisor for the UNI chapter is Steve Corbin, associate professor of marketing.

Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets recently attended the advanced cadet leadership training at Fort Lewis, Wash.

The cadets participated in a 32-day leadership development camp required to become officers in the U.S. Army.

According to Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, head of UNI's Department of Military Science, the camp is the single most important training event for Army ROTC cadets and National Guard officer candidates. 'The camp challenges were rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically, and tested intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina,' he said. 'These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual's ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations.'

Among the 27 UNI ROTC cadets participating in the advanced cadet leadership training was __(NAME)__, a __(MAJOR)__ major from __(HOMETOWN)__. Dr. Allan Stamberg, UNI co-op education director, also attended the camp for a four-day campus educator orientation.

Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.

November 10, 2002 - 6:00pm

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

The students completed eight rigorous events that included: a 10-kilometer roadmarch, the Army physical fitness test, orienteering, weapons disassemble/assemble, grenade throw, one-rope bridge, rifle marksmanship, and a reconnaissance event during the one-day competition.

The UNI students were divided into two teams and competed against nine schools and 13 teams. In the 10-kilometer road march, UNI Team One took first place, and UNI Team Two placed eighth. In the Army physical fitness test, Team One placed third and Team Two placed fifth. In the reconnaissance event, Team One placed fifth, and Team Two placed sixth. In the grenade assault course, Team One placed third, and in the grenade assault throw, they placed fifth. In the M16A2 basic rifle marksmanship competition, Team One placed fifth, while Team Two placed sixth. Overall, Team One placed eighth, and Team Two placed ninth.

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

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– 'It's A Tree's Life,' a program for children in second through fifth grades, will be offered Saturday, Nov. 16, as part of the University of Northern Iowa Children's Biology Seminar Series.

The program, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., will take place at the UNI Biology Botanical Center Greenhouse. It will be taught by Amanda Miller, a UNI biology major from Dubuque. She is a Certified Botanical Center employee who has experience as a student conservation education intern with the National Park Service. Seminar cost is $22 and includes materials, handouts, crafts and refreshments.

Children will learn about the life of a tree from seed to falling leaves, according to Ron Camarata, manager of UNI's Biology Botanical Center and Preserves. Each element of the growing process will be explored, and the morning will include games and activities, along with a nature craft project.

The workshop is limited to 15 children and registration is requested by Nov. 12. For more information or to register, call (319) 273-2247.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer three baseball camps this winter.

The offense/defense camp is Jan. 19, and is divided into two sessions. The offense camp is from 9 a.m. to noon, and the defense camp is from 1 to 4 p.m. The camp is open to players 8 to18 years old.

The pitching/catching clinic will be Jan. 26. The session is divided into age groups, 8 to13 years old from 9 a.m. to noon; and 14 to 18 years old from 1 to 4 p.m.

All camps will be at the UNI-Dome and will be coached by UNI head baseball coach, Rick Heller, and assistant UNI coaches Dan Davis, Ryan Jacobs and Dan Heefner. The cost is $50 per camp, $75 for the offense and defense camps, and $120 for all three camps. For more information, contact Jason Nellis, UNI sports camp director at (319) 277-2267 or jason.nellis@uni.edu.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer four softball camps this winter, for girls in grades 5-12.

The pitching/catching clinics are Sunday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m to noon. Pitchers must provide their own catcher who is not participating in the catching clinic.

The offense/defense clinic is Sunday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 23 from 1 to 5 p.m.

All camps will be at the UNI-Dome and are coached by UNI head softball coach, Christy Hebert, and assistant coaches Tammy Utley and John Olachnovitch. The cost is $40 for the pitching/catching clinic, $65 for the offense/defense clinic, and $95 for both clinics. For more information, contact Jason Nellis, UNI sports camp director at (319) 273-2267 or jason.nellis@uni.edu.

November 7, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The next session of 'Women on Fridays,' a discussion series offered by the University of Northern Iowa Women's Studies program will be at noon, Friday, Nov. 15, in Baker 161. The topic will be'Teaching Women's Studies -- What does it mean?'

The series will continue on the following Fridays:

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 academia, 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.

November 5, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present '2002 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition,' Nov. 13 through Dec. 13, beginning with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Kamerick Art Building lobby. The show is a formal presentation of art media in painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, photography and installation.

The exhibition was originally scheduled to open Nov. 1, but was delayed due to a water valve that burst early Oct. 27, damaging carpets throughout the first floor of Kamerick Art Building's south wing.

'Presenting faculty work for critical attention is one of the principal functions of an institution devoted to teaching,' said Darrell Taylor, acting director of the UNI Gallery of Art. 'This faculty is charged with the difficult and rewarding task of producing art as well as training young artists.'

The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 1.

The gallery is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095, or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery.

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This season, the ABC drama 'NYPD Blue,' an ABC drama, aired an episode that featured a character uttering the word 'bullshit.' The groundbreaking event was greeted with a chorus of yawns from the viewing public. Those who didn't yawn were too busy being apathetic.

'It's the influence of cable,' said Chris Martin, associate professor of communication studies at UNI. 'And although television shows are now rated, studies show that parents aren't paying much attention. In some ways, it has given permission to the networks to loosen up and push the envelope on the kinds of things they show.'

Martin said the viewing public is much less sensitive to fare that is sexually explicit, or features violence and graphic language. 'The standards have shifted overt the past decade, especially in terms of language. There used to be seven words that you never said on the air -- most of those have now been on during prime time. And there hasn't been too much flinching.'

November 4, 2002 - 6:00pm

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Home to one of the country's largest contingents of business ethics scholars, UNI also is home to a number of scholars with expertise on ethics in other areas. Areas of expertise are listed below the individuals' names.

Michael Blackwell, director, multicultural education, (319) 273-2250

Teaches courses on Catholic business ethics, religion and ethics; holds a doctorate in social ethics

Bill Clohesy, associate professor of philosophy and religion, (319) 273-6123

Teaches a graduate course in ethics in public policy

Margaret Holland, associate professor of philosophy and religion, (319) 273-5975

Teaches 'Reasoning About Moral Problems'

Dean Kruckeberg, professor of communications studies, (319) 273-2501

Researches social responsibility of transnational corporations

Tony McAdams, professor of management, (319) 273-6020

Bestselling author of 'Law, Business and Society,' and co-author of 'The Legal Environment of Business'

David Morgan, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, (319) 273-6449

Bio-medical ethics

Gerri Perreault, director, Leadership Studies, (319) 273-6898

Has conducted extensive research on ethics

Jerome Soneson, associate professor of philosophy and religion, (319) 273-2990

Environmental ethics

David Saiia, assistant professor of management, (319) 273-2310

Dale Cyphert, instructor in management, (319) 273-6150

Co-authors of articles on corporate social responsibility, managers and ethical issues, ethical public discussion

Donald Schmits, associate professor of educational psychology and foundations, (319) 273-3384

Ethics and the practice of school psychology

Jerry Smith, professor of management, (319) 273-7024

Business ethics

Stephen Taft, head, Department of Theatre, (319) 273-6386

Developed a course, 'Arts, Ethics and the Athlete,' at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Harry VanBuren, visiting professor of management, (319) 273-2020

The intersection of religious belief and ethical reflection about business

Donna Wood, David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, (319) 273-2196

One of the country's leading scholars in business, society and ethics

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eight University of Northern Iowa students experienced first hand the 'Paleontology of the Canadian Rockies,' visiting Alberta and British Columbia, Canada recently as the culmination of a four-week course on the topic.

__(Name)__, a UNI __(classification)__ from __(hometown)__, was among the students in the course taught by John Groves, UNI assistant professor of geology.

The main goal of the course was to teach students about the evolutionary significance of the Burgess Shale fauna, a well-preserved assemblage of fossils that lived about 510 million years ago.

Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern Iowa Management Association at the University of Northern Iowa has elected officers for 2002-2003. Officers include president Laura Nefzger, a senior management major from Delhi; vice president of administration Craig Oberreuter, a senior management major from Danbury; vice president of publicity Tom Davis, a senior management major from Waterloo; and vice president of finance Amanda Jensen, a senior economics major from Iowa City.

(NAME) of (HOMETOWN) , a (CLASSIFICATION) studying (MAJOR) is a 2002-2003 Northern Iowa Management Association member.

The Northern Iowa Management Association at UNI is a professional organization through which students develop management and leadership skills. NMA also offers students numerous opportunities to interact with businesses throughout northeast Iowa, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Kansas City. For more information, call (319) 273-6150.

Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.

November 3, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Penny O'Connor, instructor in communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa, has been honored for dedication to competitive collegiate public speaking with induction into the National Forensic Association Hall of Fame.

In presenting the award, O'Connor was cited for her 'success and spirit as a former UNI competitor and coach' and 'the support she has continued to show for UNI forensics, as well as the greater forensic community.'

The NFA Hall of Fame, established in 2000, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to forensics as student competitors who continue to maintain support of the activity after graduation.

A native of Alton, Iowa, O'Connor was nominated by Margaret Kaszonyi, UNI individual events speech coach; Bill Henderson, former director of forensics at UNI; and Leah White, UNI director of forensics.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa men's soccer club recently finished its season at the Midwest regional tournament in Minneapolis, Minn. They defeated Minnesota State - Moorhead 3-0, and went on to beat Minnesota State - Mankato 4-0, but fell to the University of Minnesota 0-2 in the tournament semifinal.

This was the first year that the UNI men's soccer club has been a member of the Association of Collegiate Club Soccer. UNI's team includes players from Iowa, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, England, Japan and Russia.

UNI finished the season with a 12-5-2 record, which left them ranked in the top five regionally and in the top 15 nationally.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Nearly 100 minority students recently received a 'jump start' in making a smooth transition from high school to the University of Northern Iowa to increase their potential for success and graduation. The UNI Jump Start Program began the week before the start of the fall-semester classes with a five-day orientation designed to acquaint first-year and transfer minority students with campus life while introducing them to other Jump Start participants, UNI students, staff, and faculty.

Features of the program to aid the students in their academic success include: pre-selection of fall courses based on academic record and prospective major; enrollment in the 'Strategies for Academic Success' course designed to help students develop effective study techniques; learning communities where students take classes with other Jump Start participants; and, cluster housing, which provides the opportunity for students to be assigned a Jump Start roommate or a residence hall 'house' with several other Jump Start students.

Jump Start students for the fall 2002 semester are ___(Name)__ of ___(Hometown)___.

The program has tripled in size since its inception in 1998 and past participants credit the program for their academic successes. 'It helped me get things started,' said Korie Frazier, a senior elementary and middle education major from Davenport who came to UNI as a freshman 'It's a great support system for new students. The support didn't just stop after my first year, I've been supported the whole time I've been at UNI.'

Teresa Ponce, a senior management information systems major from Pleasanton, Texas, participated in the program. Ponce said the program 'Opens you up to people you need to know for academic assistance. The people who work with the program make you feel really welcome and at home, and whenever you need them they will always make time for you.'

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's master's programs in educational technology have met national standards set by the Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). These programs will be considered nationally recognized programs upon accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Sharon Smaldino, professor of curriculum and instruction, said meeting these professional standards is an indicator of a quality program that prepares graduates for future professional positions.

Only about 30 such programs nationwide have achieved this distinction, and UNI's will be the first in Iowa to do so under the new standards. The program will be recognized during the AECT international convention in Dallas later this month.

Smaldino said a NCATE team will be on campus during fall 2003 to evaluate UNI's teacher education programs.

October 31, 2002 - 6:00pm

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Gold Star Award recipients were recently honored by the University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence at its annual 'Among the Stars' awards ceremony.

___(Name)__, ___(Classification)___, of ___(Hometown)__, was one of five recipients who received the Gold Star Award for outstanding contributions to on-campus living. According to Drake Martin, UNI assistant director of residence programming, this is the highest award presented in the 4,200-student residence system. The award has been presented to no more than five students annually since1989.

Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa announced today that Malcolm Price Laboratory School will remain a kindergarten through 12th-grade school for the foreseeable future. This decision follows the recommendations of Bill Callahan, interim dean of UNI's College of Education. The recommendations were previously approved by the Parent Teacher Partnership, the Council of Teacher Education, the College of Education Senate and UNI's Faculty Senate.

'The net result of this resolution is that all presently available grades will remain available, no student presently enrolled will lose an opportunity to remain enrolled, all current and future students in the attendance district of MPLS will have the opportunity to attend MPLS, and this will be accomplished within the budget presently approved by the Board of Regents,' said UNI president Robert Koob.

He continued, 'This result was made possible by increased collaboration between MPLS faculty and discipline departments at UNI. While it is likely that some personnel reassignment may occur, no faculty with continuing employment rights will need to be dismissed.'

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter of Up 'til Dawn, a fundraising group for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, is looking for teams of six to 12 people to help raise money for St. Jude.

A letter-writing and information night is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Maucker Union Ambassador Room from 8 to 10 p.m. Those attending should bring addresses of friends and relatives to use in a mailing campaign.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has treated more than 19,000 patients across the United States and in 60 foreign countries. The hospital has daily operating costs exceeding $715,000, and is funded primarily by private contributions.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team is hosting the annual Panther Pals basketball camp from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 on the upper-level basketball courts in the Wellness Recreation Center (WRC).

The camp will be taught by UNI coaches and players and is open to boys and girls in grades 1-6. The cost is $35, and participants will receive a Panther basketball and t-shirt, a subway party, an autograph session and a Panther Pal membership card good for free admission to all UNI men's basketball home games.

For more information contact Ben Jacobson, UNI assistant men's basketball coach at (319) 273-4864 or ben.jacobson@uni.edu

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence recently inducted 14 new members into its chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). The NRHH has chapters at colleges and universities across the nation.

According to Drake Martin, UNI assistant director of residence, this prestigious award recognizes the top 1 percent of students whose leadership enhances on-campus living.

__(Name)__, __(Classification)__ of __(Hometown)__, is among those inducted into the NRHH.

Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.

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