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October 26, 2003 - 6:00pm


South Tama first-graders bring 'Pennies for Panthers'

First-graders from South Tama Elementary School will bring tubsful of change to the University Museums on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 27 and 28. Sue Grosboll, Museums director, said the students, in gratitude for the museum's free programming, raised the money by petitioning classmates for spare change. Two groups of 70 students each will present the money during scheduled field trips, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.

'We all agreed that we needed to do something to show our appreciation for all the things that UNI does for us. We really are fortunate to have the museum allow us to come on a field trip and not charge us a cent,' said Lon Wilkerson, the South Tama first-grade teacher who dubbed the project 'Pennies for Panthers.'

The students will attend a program about costumes and have a scavenger at the Museums, and tour the Center for Energy and Environmental Education.


Diane Schupbach, education coordinator, UNI Museums, (319) 273-3276,

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

Internet anniversary stirs tax talk

On Oct. 29, 1969, data began flowing between computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute, and the Internet was born. Today the Internet 'is so ubiquitous in our lives that we don't realize the changes over the years,' says Garry Bozylinsky, associate vice president for information technology services at UNI. ' The sheer volume, ease of accessibility and wide variety of users makes it a very powerful tool.'

The beauty of the Internet, he says, is that it is generally free trade. 'Taxing the Internet is like charging people to use the public library. A tax or cost would really reduce the use and value. Imagine if we had to pay for every mile on every road we drove -- how our use would change.'


Garry Bozylinsky, associate vice president, Information Technology Services,

(319) 273-7779,

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

National Separation of Church and State Day

The nation will observe Separation of Church and State Day Tuesday, Oct. 28. This controversial amendment to the U.S. Constitution is constantly challenged, often in schools. In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled in Abington v. Schemmp, that Bible reading endorsed a particular religion and was therefore unconstitutional. Since then, everything from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to the Pledge of Allegiance has been questioned.

'You usually hear one of two extremes when people talk about religion and schools,' said Betty DeBerg, head of UNI's Department of Philosophy and Religion. 'One of those is people who want religion to be promoted in school, and they almost always limit it to their religion. The other extreme is people who believe public schools should have nothing whatsoever to do with religion. They want it completely banned.' But, DeBerg said, it is possible for instructors and parents to talk about religion within the public schools, and to do so without trampling on the Constitution. 'There is actually a middle ground that is supported by a wide range of religious and educational groups.'


Betty DeBerg, head, Department of Philosophy and Religion, (319) 273-6221, 277-5071,,

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

Making good manners a habit helps students use them under stress

Oct. 30 is the birth anniversary of Emily Post, whose book on manners, 'Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage,' first appeared in 1922. It went on to become the 'American bible of manners and social behavior,' and established Post as a household name in matters of etiquette. Good manners continue to be important today, and at UNI, the Department of Residence (DOR) believes the best learning for dining etiquette takes place at a meal.

'Twenty years ago, college students were interested in dining and other etiquette because they wanted to make good impressions when they went on dates or 'to meet the parents',' says Margaret Empie, assistant director for catering and retail at UNI. 'Today the emphasis has changed and they're concerned about having an edge when they compete for professional positions or internships. They understand that their success may depend on how they conduct themselves with other people, in addition to the technical skills or knowledge they may possess.'

Each year, student groups ask the DOR do presentations about manners during formal dinners. The 30-minute presentations includes instructions from not using cell phones at dinner and toothpicks in front of other people, to how to know which fork to use. 'We want students to realize the importance of making etiquette a way of life. If good manners are a habit, they are more likely to be maintained in a stressful situation. The interviewee is more likely to successfully focus on the other person and the interview rather than on which fork to use or what to do when there's no knife in the butter dish.'

Margaret Empie, assistant director for catering and retail, Department of Residence, (319) 273-2333,

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

Familiarity breeds contempt among coworkers

The average employee spends as much time -- if not more -- with coworkers as with a spouse. The result often is differences in opinion and arguments and in-office fights. Crabby Coworkers Day is Monday, Oct. 27, and Ken Jacobsen, a mental health counselor at UNI's Counseling Center, says the best way to head off problems with coworkers is to talk. 'Ironically, it's the simplest thing to do and it's something people know

how to do -- but don't. Just go talk to the person.'

Jacobsen also encourages people to pick little fights. 'So they don't bottle things up and end up exploding and stomping around. We call that gunny-sacking, because you store and store and store, and then, when one more little irritable things occurs, you really unload.'

He notes those most likely to be the 'irritating' coworker are the insecure. 'They've been hurt, or they feel threatened and expect to be criticized. That makes them hypercritical, defensive and afraid to take on extra responsibilities -- all the things that tick off other people.'


Ken Jacobsen, mental health counselor, UNI Counseling Center, (319) 273-2676,

Gwenne Culpeper, University Marketing & public Relations, (319) 273-2761

October 22, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sony recording group Evanescence will be in concert Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The opening acts will be Seether, Godhead and Finger Eleven.

According to Heather Tousignant, UNI director of operations for athletic facilities, Evanescence, with its Linkin Park-meets-Tori Amos sound, features a unique combination of hard rock and the soaring vocals of lead singer Amy Lee. The Arkansas band first found success on the soundtrack to the 2003 movie 'Daredevil,' with the hit song 'Bring Me to Life,' and 'My Immortal.' The group's album, 'Fallen,' surpassed double platinum, making the Top 10 in the United States, including the Top Contemporary Christian Albums chart, the Top Five in Canada, and number one in the United Kindgdom.

Hailing from South Africa, opener Seether plays a style of heavy metal music associated with the post-grunge era of alternative music. The band has performed on the popular Ozzfest tour and its current single, 'Gasoline,' is on the Active Rock Top 30 radio charts.

Godhead achieved success after becoming the first band to sign with shock-rocker Marilyn Manson's label, Posthuman Records. Since then, the band has released its fourth studio album, '2000 Years of Human Error,' and has toured with Marilyn Manson, Gwar and Christian Death.

Finger Eleven, a Canadian-based band, got its first big break after winning a rock band search contest on a local radio station. The band used the prize money to record its first album, 'Letters from Chutney.' Members have released two additional albums and their single 'One Thing,' is currently on Active Rock radio.

Tickets are $23 for UNI students and $28 for the general public, and will go on sale at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the UNI-Dome NW ticket office. Tickets can be purchased at all UNI ticket outlets, or by calling (319) 273-DOME, (319) 273-SHOW, or (319) 273-6381 or visiting The concert is sponsored by the UNI-Dome.

October 21, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) has received a $322,888 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the Iowa Center for Applied Gerontology at UNI. Funding for the project began Oct. 1, and will end on Sept. 30, 2004.

The center's goal is to increase the number of Iowa students interested in careers in gerontology -- the study of older adults.

'As the ratio of older adults increases, the need for non-medical caregivers and elder-friendly goods and services increases,' said Julia Wallace, CSBS dean. 'According to the U.S. Census, Iowa is tied for fourth place in the nation for the proportion of its citizens who are 65 or older. It ranks first for its proportion of citizens 85 and older.'

The grant will fuel research and outreach in three avenues: the Alliance of Gerontology Educators (AGE), teletraining, and business outreach.

'AGE will be created to provide a series of one-day workshops for community colleges and private colleges,' said Wallace. 'The goal will be to incorporate gerontology-related information and research into their curriculum.'

Teletraining will provide on-the-job training for people such as family services workers and communication disorder specialists through telephone conference calls. Seven to 12 sessions will take place during the year.

Business outreach will help chambers of commerce and businesspeople modify products and services to appeal to older adults.

'For instance, blues and greens are not discerned well by older eyes,' explained Wallace. 'This is important to know when designing product packaging or sales materials.'

UNI's gerontology program was established in 1979 as a 15-credit-hour certificate program. In 2002, it became the first bachelor of arts program in gerontology in the state. The Iowa Center for Applied Gerontology will be the only undergraduate program specializing in the study of older adults in the state.

For more information, contact Wallace at (319) 273-2221.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Half-Masted 3.2,' a comedy improvisation troupe comprised of University of Northern Iowa students, will present 'An Evening of Comedy Improv,' at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 through Saturday, Nov. 1. A family-friendly matinee will be presented at 3 p.m. Nov. 1. The performances will be held in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40.

The 'Waterloo Courier' called the show 'funny, quick-witted' and 'constant laughter.' The troupe is instructed and directed by Doug Shaw, UNI associate professor of mathematics. Shaw has performed with several improv troupes throughout the Midwest.

Half-Masted 3.2 members include: Stephen Shelton from Cedar Falls; Ben Kass from Sumner; Wayland McQueen from Shenandoah; Missie Collins and Amanda Robbins, both from Eldora; Melissa Cameron from Council Bluffs; Jesse Wozniak, Mike Schmenke and A.J. Platt, all from Fort Dodge; Jordan Meyer from Waterloo; Ren Waddell from Des Moines; Crystal Schneider from Cedar Rapids; and Jeff Cumberlin from Vinton.

All shows are free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged. For reservations, call Shaw at (319) 273-6805.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- How two famous horror story writers, Edgar Allan Poe and Washington Irving, dealt with the challenges of urban burial in the mid-19th century, will be the topic of a history lecture Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the University of Northern Iowa.

Thomas Connors, associate professor of history at UNI, will speak at 7 p.m. in Seerley Hall, Room 115. His address, 'Poe's 'Conqueror Worm' and Irving's 'Sleepy Hollow': The Landscape of Death in Mid-Nineteenth Century America,' is free and open to the public. It is the second in the 2003-2004 Phi Alpha Theta/Department of History lecture series.

The talk will place American writers Edgar Allan Poe and Washington Irving's experiences with death in the broader context of the period's evolving approach to urban burial. Connors says where Poe's family had to depend on charity, Irving carefully planned his family plot in the rural cemetery he helped develop at Sleepy Hollow.

Connors teaches Irish, British and American history and social studies teaching methods. He is vice president of the Cedar Falls Historical Society. Connors has delivered lectures on Cedar Falls cemeteries and led a tour of Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles for the National Council for History Education. He has published articles on Irish history, social science education and Sleepy Hollow.

The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of History, Phi Alpha Theta history honorary organization and the UNI History Club. The next lecture will take place Wednesday, Nov. 12, with 'Common Work, Common Lives: The Social Construction of Work in the Amana Society,' presented by Peter Hoehnle.

October 20, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present the 2003 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition, Monday, Nov. 3 through Nov. 24. The opening reception begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, in the Kamerick Art Building lobby.

The exhibition is a formal presentation of art media in painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, photography and installation.

According to gallery director, Darrell Taylor, 'Primarily, faculty exhibitions in the department of art are valuable in that they illustrate to students in the studio program some key components of an artist's creative process: researching topics of interest, developing points of view and technical skill, and making persuasive presentations. In addition, such exhibitions are a terrific opportunity for the community to see the most recent accomplishments of these art professionals.'

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 is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. Due to campus construction, visitors are encouraged to park in the UNI-Dome south lot and use the Hudson Road overpass to reach the Gallery of Art. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Residence hall presidents, hall secretaries, hall treasurers, and Recognition and Involvement Board (RIB) representatives, have been named at the University of Northern Iowa for the 2003-2004 academic year.

___(Name)___ of ___(Hometown)___, majoring in (major) , will serve as (role) for (Hall Assignment).

Hall presidents lead their residence hall senates and serve on the Department of Residence's (DOR) Presidents Council. Hall secretaries create and distribute records of activities and issues addressed by their residence hall government. Hall treasurers maintain financial records and advise hall government regarding fiscal matters. RIB representatives provide recognition and leadership development opportunities for on-campus leaders.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's third annual Day of Peace kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 28, with a 'Peace Fair' from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Muacker Union, Old Central Ballroom lobby.

A 'Taste the World' reception, featuring free refreshments and appetizers native to countries around the globe, will take place at 11:30 a.m., in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom lobby.

Various perspectives on peace will be presented from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom A. Frank Cordero of Des Moines, will present 'An Activist's Perspective on Peace,' from 1 to 1:30 p.m. He will be followed by 'A Republican Perspective on Peace,' from 1:30 to 2 p.m., and 'Diversified Perspectives on Peace,' a panel discussion moderated by Susan Koch, associate provost, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Fabian Ramallo, founder of a condor reserve in Argentina, will speak in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom A, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Day of Peace is sponsored by UNI in Peace, Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE), the UNI Entertainment Committee, the UNI Speakers Committee and Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG). For more information contact Erin Wagner, UNI in Peace President,, or (319) 268-7513.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Keeping Our Promises: Improving Care at the End of Life,' is the third satellite seminar in a five-part series hosted this fall by the University of Northern Iowa.

The National Collegiate Honors Council and Phi Theta Kappa, honorary society, will present the seminar from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, via downlinks, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom A. The seminar will feature presenter Diann Uustal, founder and president of educational consulting firm, Educational Resources in HealthCare, Inc.

Uustal also served as a consultant for the award-winning Concept Media film series, 'Ethics, Values, and Health Care.'

The series will continue at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom A, with 'The Young and the Ruthless: Youth Violence and Public Health,' presented by James Alan Fox.

UNI faculty members will moderate discussion at the end of each session. The series is co-sponsored by UNI's Department of Biology and Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the UNI Honors Program. It is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Jessica Moon, interim director of the UNI Honors Program, at (319) 273-3175 or,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Microsoft Outlook -- It Does More Than E-mail?' and 'Microsoft Access,' will be offered by the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training.

'Microsoft Outlook -- It Does More Than E-mail?' will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon, on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the RBC office, 212 E. Fourth St., Waterloo, and will be taught by Chris McGregor-Case. The course will teach time-saving and project-management tips using Outlook. Microsoft Outlook is a complete personal information management system that integrates e-mail with an interactive calendar, contacts list, notes and a task manager.

'Microsoft Access,' will be offered three consecutive Fridays, from 8 a.m. to noon, beginning Friday, Nov. 7, at the RBC office. The three-session course will cover two modules. Case will cover beginning topics in module 1. Module 2 will cover intermediate and advanced issues. Microsoft Access is a database that provides quick, selective access to information to increase productivity. The program is suited for small companies because it allows them to retain internal control of sensitive data, works seamlessly with other Microsoft products, and is easy to use.

The fee for 'Microsoft Outlook -- It Does More Than E-mail?' is $119. 'Microsoft Access' can be paid per module, $125 for Module 1 and $249 for Module 2, or both Modules together for $349. The registration deadline for both courses is Friday, Nov. 7. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit

October 19, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Congressional-presidential relations will be the topic of a Hoxie Forum at the University of Northern Iowa Monday, Oct. 27.

Former U.S. representatives, Harold Volkmer and Bill Goodling, will be the featured speakers on a panel discussing 'Congressional-Presidential Relations: From the Cold War to the War on Terror,' from 3 to 6 p.m., in Seerly Hall, Room 115. Volkmer served as a Democratic representative for Missouri from 1977 to 1997 and Goodling served as a Republican representative for Pennsylvania from 1975 to 2001. The panel also will include Pita Agbese and Steven Lobell, UNI professors of political science, and Christopher Rossi, professor of law at the University of Iowa.

The presentation is part of the Congress to Campus program's visit to UNI. The program provides education about U. S. Congress and promotes careers in public service. As part of their visit, Volkmer and Goodling will meet with individual students and visit selected classes, student groups and Price Laboratory School.

The forum is free and open to the public. For more information on the Hoxie Forum, contact Donna Hoffmann, assistant professor of political science, (319) 273-5916. For more information on the Congress to Campus program, visit


Will this winter be warm, cold, wet, dry? Even the computer isn't sure.

The wooly caterpillars are out in full force. The almanac recommends bracing for a tough winter. But your neighbor says it's going to be mild. Who do you believe? Alan Czarnetzki, UNI meteorologist and associate professor of earth science, says the high-tech computer models professional meteorologists use to generate short-term forecasts generally do very well. But different techniques are used to predict long-range weather patterns. 'Long-range forecasts rely heavily on historical data and are best explained in the form of probabilities. Right now, the models show an almost equal chance of a near-normal, wetter-than-normal, or drier-than-normal winter. In short, the computer models are riding the fence.'


Alan Czarnetzki, associate professor of earth science, (319) 273-2152, (319) 266-7062,

Patrick O'Reilly, meteorological decision-support scientist, (319) 273-3789, (319) 266-0029,

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

Work and play may contribute to academic performance in high school, says UNI professor

More, it seems, is better. At least up to a point. Maureen Berner, UNI assistant professor of political science, has conducted research that indicates that high school students who work and/or participate in extra-curricular activities, tend to have better grades than those who don't. 'It's sort of a chicken-and-egg situation, though,' she says. ' Is it that you have motivated students with good grades who also are gung-ho about work; or students who, as a result of getting a job, are able to better manage time and handle responsibilities, and see those skills carry over into academic performance. We don't have the answer for that.'

Her research also indicates that the benefits diminish for students carrying more than 20 hours of work and/or extra-curricular activities each week.

Maureen Berner, assistant professor of political science, (319) 273-6047

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

Prevalence of overweight children, adolescents skyrocketing

A recent study by the Rand Corp., of Santa Monica, Calif., indicated that from 1986 to 2000, the proportion of Americans who were severely obese quadrupled, jumping from one in 200 adults to one in 50. Statistics in a recent federal report indicated that the prevalence of overweight has doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the past 20 years.

'While dietary patterns clearly play a role in these trends, much of the effect has been attributed to declines in physical activity,' says Larry Hensley, director of the University of Northern Iowa Youth Fitness & Obesity Institute, and a professor of physical education. 'Kids and adults need to develop sound nutrition habits and participate in regular physical activity.'

Hensley says the UNI center was launched in 2001 to address sedentary lifestyles and overweight among young Americans, with special emphasis targeted toward small towns and rural communities. Hensley says, 'The immediate goal of the project is to develop the capacity to provide programs, both in and out of schools that better meets the physical activity and nutrition needs of young children.'


Larry Hensley, professor of physical education and director, Youth Fitness & Obesity Institute, (319) 273-6442 (319) 273-2840,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa staff members are recipients of the first ever Community Enrichment Award, presented by the University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence.

The Community Enrichment award was developed by the students of the UNI Recognition and Involvement Board. It honors individuals, other than students, for their contributions to enhance the residence hall community.

Juanita Wright, assistant director of admissions and minority recruitment; Rita Carrillo, clerk with dining services administration; and Roland Carrillo, director of financial aid, were recognized for their outstanding enrichment of residence hall communities. They also were honored for the quality of their on-going efforts to recruit Hispanic/Latino students from Texas and help them become involved in campus life.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education will cosponsor the second annual statewide conference of the Disproportional Minority Confinement Resource Center, 'Investing in Iowa's Youth, Investing in Iowa's Future,' Thursday and Friday, Nov. 13 and 14, at the Des Moines Downtown Holiday Inn.

Guest speaker will be Gov. Tom Vilsack. 'A third of Iowa youth held in juvenile detention facilities are minorities, even though they make up only 9 percent of the state's youth population,' the governor said. 'This is an issue that we need to address.'

Also speaking will be Michael Leiber, UNI professor of sociology; and Jennifer Holladay, associate producer of 'Teaching Tolerance,' the anti-bias education project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Holladay will be at UNI on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11 and 12. Her topic will be 'White Privilege and Anti-Racist Advocacy.'

For more information about Holladay's address, contact Michael Blackwell, director of Multicultural Education at UNI, (319) 273-2250. For more information about the conference, visit the conference Web site,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The Iowa Academy of Education has named Jeffrey Cornett, professor and dean of the University of Northern Iowa College of Education, its newest member.

Only individuals who have made significant contributions to educational improvement through research and scholarly activities are considered for membership.

Cornett came to UNI in 2003 from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, where he was chair and professor in the Department of Education Research, Technology and Leadership. His research interests are in the areas of qualitative research, inclusive teaching, character education and civic education for youth. He has co-authored two books, and published nearly 30 journal articles. He has presented keynote and featured addresses throughout the United States and in Hungary, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Cornett received his doctorate in curriculum and supervision from The Ohio State University.

The Iowa Academy of Education was created and is supported by the First in the Nation in Education (FINE) Foundation to anticipate the information needs of Iowa educators and policymakers and to give increased credibility to educational research.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence has named the 'Newcomers of the Year' leadership award winners from each of its 10 residence halls.

__(Name)__, __(Classification)__ of __(Hometown)__, was named a 'Newcomer of the Year.' (She/He) was honored for (her/his) first-year contributions to the quality of living in (her/his) residence-hall community.

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

October 16, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Science Education Faculty is co-hosting an open house with Area Education Agency (AEA) 267 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25.

The open house will take place in the Science Education Resources Center, Room 115 of the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE). During the open house, teachers will be able to browse 35 Full Option Science Modules spanning pre-kindergarten through ninth grade, as well as other science kits and current textbook series.

All teachers in northeast Iowa are invited. For more information contact Cherin Lee, associate professor of biology, (319) 273-2499.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence recently inducted 16 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 list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Darryl Taylor, associate professor of music at the University of Northern Iowa, makes his screen debut in 'Kevin's Room II,' an independent film premiering Nov. 9 at the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Chicago.

Taylor plays Aaron, an HIV-positive father of a 12-year-old son. 'The movie is about a gay men's support group. All the characters have different issues. One is bi-sexual, conflicted about his sexuality and, to make matters worse, has a new baby on the way. My character, Aaron, is dealing with various issues related to his health and love life, and particularly with wanting more intimacy with his partner.'

Taylor says this film, a follow-up to 'Kevin's Room,' which was shown nationally at film festivals and health conferences, is important for a variety of reasons. 'First, it portrays black men in a positive light, something not often presented in the media.

Second, it gives dimension to the lives of the gay men it portrays. They are not presented as fey queens, in constant pursuit of the next sexual conquest, something presented in the media. The men of this film have real-life qualities and real-life problems that are looked at and addressed seriously and respectfully.'

For more information about 'Kevin's Room II,' contact Black Cat Productions, (773) 274-2300.

Taylor came to UNI in 1996. Since then, he has established a college branch of the George Walker Society of Music, the only one in Iowa; made substantial contributions to minority recruitment efforts; developed a series for guest artists; established a Web site for the African American Art Song Alliance; and been instrumental in bringing to campus a number of world-class opera singers.

A renowned tenor, he has released a solo CD, 'Dreamer: A Portrait of Langston Hughes,' and has performed nationwide.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's public radio station KUNI, and New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) are collaborating on a new program, 'The Primary Frontline Pen Pals,' to increase discussion about the presidential candidates. Five Iowans and five New Hampshire citizens have been paired and will share written observations about the candidates and their campaigns. Everything they write will be on a Web log available for comment by viewers.

Those chosen are two small-business owners, two moderates, two traditional urban Democrats, two advertising analysts and two GOP strategists.

Jon Greenberg, NHPR executive editor, designed the program. 'We wanted to give people in each state a chance to compare notes,' he said. 'As far as I am concerned, what you really want to see is how these campaigns come across to the people who can get a close look.'

'Given New Hampshire's and Iowa's prominent places in the election process, it makes sense that we work together,' said Greg Shanley, KUNI news director. He said KUNI has invited the presidential candidates to participate in a series of call-in programs, and noted that KUNI regularly hosts call-in programs with Iowa's governor and U.S. senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin.

The Primary Frontline Pen Pal project can be accessed through KUNI's Web site,; or the NHPR site,

NHPR serves more than 150,000 listeners each week through a network of seven stations and transmitters. It is the only statewide source of news, music and entertainment for New Hampshire.

KUNI has been serving eastern Iowa for 30 years, and was among the first stations to develop a 'Friends' organization. KUNI also has established broadcast translators in Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City and the Quad Cities.


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 since 1989.

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

October 15, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Natural Sciences and Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, will sponsor, 'The Eye's Aqueous Humor and Intraocular Pressure,' at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in UNI's Seerley Hall, Room 115.

The speaker will be Dr. Jay W. McLaren of the Mayo Clinic. McLaren will discuss his research on the structure and dynamics of the human eye. According to the event organizers, his research on the pressures within the eye has important implications in the treatment of diseases like glaucoma. His address is free and open to the public.

October 14, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Walt Whitman Live!!,' a one-man show portraying one of America's most important literary figures, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the University of Northern Iowa's Lang Hall Auditorium.

The 50-minute show features William Koch, UNI adjust professor of English, performing as Whitman and speaking on the poet's major themes, observations of American culture, views on Abraham Lincoln and experience with the Civil War.

Koch has also performed at the Hearst Center for the Arts, the UNI Museum, the Grout Museum, William Penn University and the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

The program is sponsored by the UNI Department of English Language and Literature. The public may attend at no charge.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students at the University of Northern Iowa have responded overwhelmingly to the Iowa Teacher Shortage Forgivable Loan Program. According to Heather Soesbe, loan coordinator for UNI's Office of Financial Aid, the program allows students to receive forgivable loans in return for agreeing to teach for five years in an area of Iowa in a designated shortage area/subject.

'For each year they work in the area, 20 percent of their loan is forgiven,' she explained. 'The maximum award is $3,000 per year.'

During the 2001-2002 academic year, 54 UNI students participated, receiving $136,412 in loan proceeds. For the 2002-2003 academic year, 98 UNI students participated, receiving $270,960 -- an increase of approximately 98 percent in one year.

October 13, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa Management & Professional Development Center recently hired Debb Vandehaar-Arens as its program manager. She is responsible for helping faculty members develop and market various workshops to professionals, managers and leaders throughout Eastern Iowa.

According to Vandehaar-Arens, UNI faculty is the center's greatest asset, and she hopes to match their expertise with the various management, leadership, and professional development needs of businesses and organizations.

Vandehaar-Arens received a B.A. in speech communication from Wartburg College; an M.A. in speech communication research from the University of Iowa; and a Ph.D. in education from Iowa State University. Prior to joining the UNI staff, she taught speech communication at Buena Vista University and was an associate professor of teacher education and the associate academic dean at Westmar University. She is the president of the Hawkeye Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and a member of the National Speakers Association-Iowa chapter.

October 12, 2003 - 7:00pm


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

Recipients are: Gina Bruellman, a sophomore biology major from West Bend; Caroline Flatland, a senior psychology major from Waukon; and Nick Swanson, a sophomore athletic training major from Eldridge.

The scholarship money was based on a percentage of the store's sales during UNI's Family Weekend, Sept. 26-28.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) will launch a community lecture series in November. Dubbed, 'The Changing Face of Iowa,' the series provides the Cedar Valley information, education and expertise to help tackle community issues.

The first of two programs this academic year will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education on the UNI campus. The title of the panel presentation is 'The Changing Face of Iowa: Issues Affecting Latino Youth.' The discussion is in conjunction with a presentation by Francisco Villarruel, associate professor of Family & Child Ecology and research associate in the Institute for Children, Youth and Families at Michigan State University, about Latino youth and the U.S. justice system.

'This series is a chance for the CSBS faculty to share our expertise and start a dialogue with community experts that will help support economic and cultural development in the Cedar Valley,' said Phyllis Baker, CSBS associate dean. 'We want to strengthen and build relationships with alumni, the business community, community support services, and enhance student recruitment.'

The second of this year's programs will take place on March 26. The time and location are not yet set. The topic will be issues facing Iowa's growing elderly population.

For more information about the lecture series, contact the UNI CSBS at (319) 273-2221.


Halloween frights are different for each stage of childhood

Every year, just about this time, retailers haul out the jack-o-lanterns and pointy witches' hats, and start decorating their stores. Hollywood releases a new slasher film, and screams fill the air. Most of it is all in fun but, says Josh Susskind, assistant professor of psychology at UNI, it could still be too frightening for children. He explains that different situations can scare different kinds of children, and parents should be alert.

Children at the preschool to early elementary age are typically frightened by perceptual things. So something that looks scary is going to be very scary for them. Older children, 9 to 11 years old, are more frightened by negative behaviors. 'Real-world behaviors and characters, like those you see in a slasher film, scare them,' explains Susskind. 'It's easy for the child to believe it could happen to them. It doesn't even have to be something they saw in a movie; it could be the evening news.'


Joshua Susskind, assistant professor of psychology, (319) 273-7251,

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

UNI prof finds differences in breast cancer occurrence between races

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Sue Joslyn, professor of epidemiology at the University of Northern Iowa, says early detection is essential to survival of this disease that she has been studying for a number of years. Joslyn uses data from the National Cancer Institute that includes several locations throughout the United States, including Iowa. She has been studying the patterns of the disease, looking at differences in breast cancer between black women and white women, and also in women over the age of 65 years.

'While black women are less likely to get breast cancer,' says Joslyn, 'once they get it, they are more likely to die from it. I'm interested in trying to figure out that puzzle.'

She also looks at risk factors and factors associated with survival. For instance, she says women in rural Iowa counties tend to have a lower survival rate which may be related to more limited access to health care.


Sue Joslyn, professor of epidemiology and chair of the Division of Health Promotion & Education, (319) 273-6155 (office); (319) 273-2654 (department office)

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

Fiscal irresponsibility causes increase in bankruptcies, says UNI economist

For the past ten years, personal bankruptcies nationwide have been on the rise and recent reports say that they are now at an all-time high. 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.'


Lois Lindell, assistant director, UNI Center for Economic Education, (319) 273-2952

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

October 9, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will present a discussion on tools for success, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the CME.

The speaker will be Ayanna Najuma, director of Lincoln-McLeod, a Washington, D.C.-based public relations and advertising firm. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from George Washington University, and a master's degree from Howard University.

Najuma will present an address, 'Empowering Women through Community and Understanding,' at 7 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium.

The public may attend at no charge.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Price Laboratory School (PLS) will offer its third Teacher Institute to teacher education students Friday, Oct. 17, at the school.

Sessions will be offered on topics ranging from classroom motivation and management to suggested projects for classes in all subject areas. The program is designed to enrich the experience of UNI teacher education students.

According to Nadene Davidson, interim director of PLS, 'Last year PLS faculty made 119 state, national and international professional presentations and held 53 offices or leadership positions in professional organizations. The Teacher Institute provides an opportunity for the teacher education students to see the scholarly projects and expertise of the PLS faculty beyond their classroom participation experiences.'

According to Lee Weber, PLS Teacher Institute chair, there is a second benefit for UNI teacher education students. 'We hope that, in addition to gaining exposure to outstanding professional presentations, the UNI teacher education students will begin to see the value of continued professional development and attendance at professional conferences after they begin their teaching careers.'

The Teacher Institute is offered at no cost to participants. For additional information, visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The next session of 'Women on Fridays,' a video and discussion series offered by the University of Northern Iowa Women's Studies program, will be at noon, Friday, Oct. 17, in Baker 161. Discussion will follow the viewing of 'You Don't Know Dick: The Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men,' a documentary that explores the stories of six female-to-male transsexuals.

The video discussions, said Susan Hill, director of the Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies, 'are about exploring new and provocative perspectives on gender and sexuality that challenge our assumptions and help us better understand the world around us.'

The next film in the series will be 'Rachel on Stage in Gaia,' a documentary about performance artist Rachel Rosenthal. The films are free and open to the public. Those attending may bring a lunch; dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact Hill at (319) 273-7177.

October 8, 2003 - 7:00pm


Board of Regents to meet at the University of Iowa

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

1. Annual report on libraries

A joint report from UNI, ISU and U of I.

a. The three regent institutions continue to pool funds to purchase electronic resources.

- Saves money

- Gives students access at all three universities greater access to more titles, 24 hours a day from the Web -- great for distance-learning students

- Examples of full-test resources purchased recently: Elsevier Science Direct and electronic books in the fields of music, reading and library science.

b. Budget cuts

Rod Library has reduced staff due to budget cuts, but is working to maintain service to students.


Marilyn Mercado, dean, Rod Library, (319) 273-2737

2. Annual regents merit system report

The report is a snapshot of Human Resource Services activity during fiscal year 2002 (hirings, terminations, transfers, etc.)

Contact: Nick Bambach, director, Human Resource Services, (319) 273-2423

3. Fall enrollment report

Annual update of statistics. Includes information on graduation rates and enrollment projections for the next 10 years.

- UNI's fall 2003 enrollment is 13,441 students, a planned decrease from last year

- This is part of a planned effort to maintain quality while addressing state budget cuts

- UNI's four-year graduation rate is on par with peer institutions


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

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2283

4. Student financial aid narrative report

- More UNI students than ever are carrying loans

- $8 million increase in student loans from last year

- The average UNI student graduates with almost $20,000 in loan debt

- Positive note: the loan default rate for Iowa students is 1.4 percent (national average is 5.9 percent)

UNI financial aid program highlights

a. Iowa Teacher Shortage Forgivable Loan Program

Students receive financial aid in return for agreeing to work for five years in an area of Iowa experiencing a shortage of teachers. For each year they work in the area, 20 percent of their loan is forgiven. (Maximum award is $3,000 per year.)

- 98 percent increase in one year -- 98 students in program

- UNI awarded $270,000 in aid

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b. Career Scholars program

Pilot project designed to combine scholarship funds with high-quality work experience. Cooperative effort between the Financial Aid office and the colleges.

c. Web enhancement

- UNI's approach is used as a model by other institutions

- Students can access Financial Aid information 24 hours a day via the Web

- Saves money and time -- less paperwork

- Simplifies the process for students

d. Recommendation

UNI supports the recommendation from the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators to increase loan limits for undergraduates and graduates.

- Increased loan limits help ensure equal access to education


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

Roland Carrillo, director, Financial Aid Office, (319) 273-2701

Joyce Morrow, associate director, Financial Aid Office, (319) 273-2701

5. Annual distance education report

In 2002-03, UNI posted record highs in Bachelor of Liberal Studies admissions, graduations and enrollments.

- UNI is the third largest higher-education user of the ICN in the state

- UNI posted record-high numbers of ICN courses and enrollements

- UNI had students enrolled in 70 counties and 130 cities

- UNI offered 15 graduate degree programs and two undergraduate degree completion programs entirely or partially off-campus during 2002-03

Contact: James Bodensteiner, interim dean, Continuing Education & Special Programs, (319) 273-2823

6. Proposals for legislative program

Contact: Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

7. Annual salary report

Contact: Nick Bambach, (319) 273-2423

8. Comprehensive fiscal report for previous year

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

9. Final approval of tuition rates & mandatory fees


Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

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

10. Semi-annual master lease report

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

11. McLeod Center business plan

If approved:

- The bond issuing process can begin

- Architects will move to the next phase of design work

- The construction bid process can begin

- Fundraising will move into final phase

Contact: Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, (319) 273-2487

12. Register of capital improvements

a. Business & Community Services (BCS) Innovation Accelerator

- Permission to proceed with project planning

Contact: Randy Pilkington, BCS executive director, (319) 273-6941

b. Student Health Center expansion

- Approval of program statements and design documents

- Fully funded by student fees

- Project has been approved by Northern Iowa Student Government

- Will allow combining of Student Health Clinic, the Counseling Center, and Disability Services

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

October 7, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Global Health Corps will host its third annual Global Health Symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Guest speaker is Josh Ruxin who served as coordinator on the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force to fight HIV/AIDS.

Ruxin, now an assistant clinical professor at the Mailman School of Public Health, based at the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at Columbia University, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. His topic is 'Global Myths & Challenges: HIV/AIDS.'

The public may attend at no charge.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The next film in the University of Northern Iowa 'Films on Social Justice' series will be 'This is What Democracy Looks Like,' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14 in the Communication Arts Center (CAC) Room 108.

The film covers the story of the 1999 demonstrations against the World Trade Organization in Seattle. The documentary consists of footage from more than 100 media activists showing the methods used by police against demonstrators.

The series is free and open to the public. It continues on various dates, at the same time and location, until Nov. 18. The next film in the series is 'The Myth of the Liberal Media,' Thursday, Oct. 23. Films on Social Justice is sponsored by the UNI chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Amnesty International; the Students for Social Justice; Gender Equality Association (GEA); the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Straight, Transgender Alliance (LGBSTA); the Criminology Club; and the Sociology and Anthropology Club.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa 2003 Homecoming Committee began planning in January for this year's homecoming celebration, Sunday, Oct. 5, through Saturday, Oct. 11. Members planned a number of activities in Cedar Falls to accompany the theme 'Paint the Town Purple.'

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UNI homecoming 2003 will include a variety of events for students, alumni and the public. Traditional events such as window painting, the Panther Pride competition, UNI pep rally, campaniling and the parade will be part of the celebration. Paintball competitions have been added as a new event this year.

For additional information on UNI Homecoming activities, contact Margie Rostyne, UNI Maucker Union student organizations and activities coordinator, at (319) 273-2761.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The next film in the University of Northern Iowa's 'Reel to Real' film series will be 'One + One,' to be shown from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Maucker Union, South Room. A discussion following the film will be facilitated by Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator at Maucker Union.

According to Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, the film is a documentary look at the lives of two couples -- one straight, one gay. The film gives insights to how sero-discordant couples (mixed HIV-status) cope with the difficult task of negotiating death and love on a daily basis, and the deep bond they share.

The year-long Reel to Real film series presents short films to provide a forum for reflection, discussion, challenge and criticism. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Guy Sims at (319) 273-2683.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's debate team will debate the Oxford-educated members of the British national debate team in a public event at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. The teams will discuss whether the United States and Great Britain should hand over civilian and military control in Iraq to a multilateral force from the European Union.

Cate Palczewski, professor of communication studies and director of the UNI debate program, said it won't be the kind of debate that Americans typically see. 'The style of debate is parliamentary,' she explained. 'If you've ever watched the British Parliament, there is heckling and audience participation. That's what we're hoping for. Those in the audience will not be passive spectators. That will make the debate much more exciting.'

UNI students participating in the debate are Michelle Kelsey, a senior political communication major from Cedar Falls; and Eric Short, a senior general communication major from Brookings, SD.

The event is free and open to the public.

October 6, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'The Ethical Frontiers of Biomedicine,' is the second satellite seminar in a five-part series hosted by the University of Northern Iowa.

The National Collegiate Honors Council and Phi Theta Kappa, honorary society, will present the seminar from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, via downlinks, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom A.

Presenter will be Vicki Lachman, an advanced certified nurse administrator and trainer for the Education for Physicians on End-of-Life-Care (EPEC) and the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) curricula.

She will release a book, 'Conversations on Ethics in Nursing,' later this year.

The series will continue at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom A, with 'Keeping Our Promises: Improving Care at the End of Life,' presented by Diann Uustal.

UNI faculty members will moderate discussion at the end of each session. The series is co-sponsored by UNI's Department of Biology and Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the UNI Honors Program. It is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Jessica Moon, interim director of the UNI Honors Program, at (319) 273-3175 or,

October 5, 2003 - 7:00pm


(Part of the EducatioNet series from the University of Northern Iowa)

For release during October 2003

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Decreasing numbers of students and smaller budgets have forced school districts across the country to merge with others. The result is larger schools, often-confusing strings of letters to name the new districts and, says a University of Northern Iowa professor of social work, an increased likelihood that students will use drugs.

Katherine van Wormer is author of the book, 'Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspectives.'

She says smaller schools have the least drug problems. 'In smaller school, the teachers know the families, offer more individual attention to students, and students are better watched. Because of that, they felt responsible to teachers. They don't want to let them down with negative behavior.'

Van Wormer said studies indicate that schools with 300 to 600 students are about the right size.

'Consolidation is a mistake. We have high schools now that are as big as some cities.'

She said there are several other specific factors that are, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, catalysts for drug use among teenagers. Included are too much disposable income and boredom. Van Wormer tosses in lack of academic pressure, as well. 'Our schools are too easy. Kids don't feel like they have to study particularly hard, leaving them with too much spare time on their hands.'

She urges parents to combat the problem by monitoring their children's friendships. 'If your son or daughter is hanging around with kids who are into drugs and smoking, then your kid is probably using drugs or smoking as well. There's a lot of pressure in those groups to fit in, to do what the group does. Those kids wouldn't hang around with your kid if he/she weren't doing the same things.'

Then, she says, take away the 'mystery' of the substance that is often the first step in drug use: alcohol. 'If you serve wine at meals, for example, then drinking is not such a big deal and is associated with moderation,' she says.

Finally, she recommends parents simply stay involved in their children's lives. 'We know that families that eat together are less likely to have kids in trouble. But anymore, work pressures are so strong that parents often neglect kids, giving them money and saying, 'here, go buy what you need -- get your supper and take care of yourselves.' And that leads to problems.'


Evils of gambling outweigh economic gains, says UNI professor

Although it sounds tempting, Katherine van Wormer, professor of social work at UNI, says the economic gains provided by gaming venues aren't worth the social costs. 'We're all very desperate for this money right now, but national statistics show that for every $1 the state gains from a gambling establishment, there are $3 in social costs.' Those social costs come in the form of divorces, bankruptcies, and embezzlements and other crimes.

Further, she says, although gambling-addicted individuals make up only about 3 percent of all gamblers, the rate of problem gamblers within a population increases when a gaming establishment sets up shop nearby. 'Before they brought gambling boats to Davenport, the rate of problem gamblers was 1.7 percent. After the boats, the rate increased to 5.4 percent.'

Van Wormer is author of the book, 'Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective.'


Katherine van Wormer, professor of social work, (319) 273-7369,

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

UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center uses unconventional strategy to build record youth audiences

On Thursday and Friday, Oct. 9 and 10, almost 4,800 eastern-Iowa children will attend the Kennedy Center's touring production of 'The Emperor's New Clothes' at UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Peforming Arts Center (GBPAC). The performances are part of the GBPAC's Kaleidoscope Youth Series, an outreach program to school-age children. During the past year, the GBPAC has used an unconventional pricing strategy to build its Kaleidoscope audience. Tickets prices were dropped from $4 per student to $1 per student. It's called the 'A Buck a Kid' program.

The A Buck a Kid idea was developed by GBPAC Executive Director, Steve Carignan. 'With the budget crisis facing the university, some thought this was a crazy idea,' explains Steve Taft, GBPAC director of educational & special programs. 'But Kaleidoscope's mission is to expose kids to the performing arts. Students come first.' This year, the A Buck a Kid program will serve more than 21,000 children from the Minnesota border down to Iowa City -- up from just 12,500 last year. 'Allen Memorial Hospital, the Friends of the GBPAC and others have stepped in to support the program,' says Taft. 'Because of their support we've been able to increase our outreach to kids, build our audience and meet our financial goals. It's a true success story.'


Steve Taft, GBPAC director of educational & special programs, (319) 273-3679, (319) 273-3660,

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

Ice climbing in the Heartland

Dianna Briggs, an instructor in the UNI Office of Student Field Experiences recently edited and produced the book, 'Silo Ice Climbing, Ice Climbing in the Midwest.' The book is authored by Don Briggs, an instructor in UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services. The book shows how covering silos in ice -- via water hoses -- can provide particularly challenging ice climbing activities.

'Ice climbing is a sport that is really growing in popularity, but there are no steep cliffs or mountains here in Iowa where it could be practiced,' explains Dianna Briggs. 'It's been really exciting to find access to the sport right here in our own backyards -- where things are relatively flat.'


Dianna Briggs, instructor, Office of Student Field Experiences, (319) 273-6382,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A director/designer presentation for 'Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead,' the upcoming Theatre UNI production, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13 in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The presentation will allow director Scott Nice, UNI assistant professor of theatre, scenic designer Mark A. Parrott, guest lighting designer David DelColetti, and costume designer Katie Sue Nicklos to share their vision and interpretation of the play. The Theatre UNI production, a Hamlet spoof by Tom Stoppard, will run Nov. 13-23.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson at (319) 273-6387.

October 2, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 64,000 square-foot addition to the University of Northern Iowa's McCollum Science Hall will be dedicated during a ceremony at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 10. Featured will be addresses by key administrators, including UNI President Robert Koob; and the building's namesake, former dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Clifford G. McCollum. Tours of the facility will follow.

Under construction since Oct. 2001, the McCollum addition provides much-needed space for the biology and chemistry departments. UNI has produced more bachelor's degree chemistry graduates than any other Iowa college or university in the last 13 years, and enrollment in the program continues to grow.

'The new lecture halls are much more conducive to teamwork, and we finally have dedicated spaces for students to interact and gather,' said Barb Hetrick, head of the biology department. With 620 declared majors, biology is one of the largest departments on campus.

'The addition has allowed us to modernize the way we teach general chemistry,' said Paul Rider, interim head of the chemistry department. 'We now have modern research space for faculty members and their undergraduate assistants, as well as an all-new chemical-education suite.'

Besides creating a dramatic new entrance for McCollum, the addition features a waterwall to be stocked with the native Iowa plant species that students deal with in general biology class, allowing them to see the plants in a simulated natural habitat.

Built in 1968, McCollum Science Hall was officially named in 1984 upon the retirement of Clifford McCollum who joined the UNI faculty in 1949. The McCollum Science Hall addition was constructed at a cost of $16.9 million in state-appropriated funds.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Charles Matheson, former UNI Professor of Music, will serve as Grand Marshal of the University of Northern Iowa's 2003 Homecoming parade, beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at Cedar Falls High School.

After teaching at Gordon College from 1946 to 1955 Matheson joined the UNI faculty in 1955. He became a major figure at the UNI School of Music. He retired in 1982.

'Besides being a well respected emeritus of the school of music, Charles Matheson continues to support scholarships for students and assist with new equipment at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC),' said John Vallentine, director of the UNI school of music.

According to his colleagues, Matheson provided a unique mixture of enthusiasm, leadership and competence to UNI, and his Concert Chorale set a standard for others to emulate.

Matheson's wife, Marleta, will accompany him in the parade. The parade route will begin at Cedar Falls High School and travel east on West 12th Street, from Division to College Streets, south on College to West 23rd Street, and west on 23rd to Campbell Hall.

The theme for UNI's Homecoming 2003 is 'Paint the Town Purple.' The week-long festivities conclude Saturday, Oct. 11. The parade will be followed by the football game against Indiana State, in the UNI-Dome at 4:05 p.m. A Panther Midnight Breakfast, in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse, will bring the celebration to an end with a free breakfast bar for students.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Encouraged by student response last year, administrators, Public Safety officials and students at the University of Northern Iowa have expanded their efforts to ensure that homecoming weekend is a safe one for students and their guests. UNI's homecoming weekend is Friday-Sunday, Oct. 10-12.

''Celebrate Safely' is a joint university-community campaign based on the input of students, business and community leaders, and people who live near the university. The campaign emphasizes awareness and enforcement of existing laws, the importance of maintaining quality housing in neighborhoods, and holding people responsible for their actions,' said Renee Romano, vice president for educational and student services.

Students living in Cedar Falls, both on and off campus, have been mailed brochures that explain bootlegging (selling alcohol without a license), crowd safety, Iowa's drunk-driving laws, and penalties for other infractions like using fake identification to purchase alcohol. 'The brochure is particularly beneficial for students who have not confronted some of these situations prior to homecoming before, and are not sure about what they can and can't do,' Romano explained.

This year, with the assistance of the College Hill Neighborhood Association, the Celebrate Safely campaign was expanded to include property owners, landlords and apartment managers. Personal letters were sent to 144 landlords/managers and 175 property owners, providing direction on how to contact the police if they observe illegal or potentially dangerous activities. Suggestions were made for inspecting balconies and posting load limits, restricting the use of parking areas to residents and guests, and considering the employment of private security guards, if necessary.

Law enforcement agencies in bordering cities and counties, and the Iowa State Patrol, have been notified there could be an increased number of persons traveling through their jurisdictions who may have been drinking.

'The goal is not to inhibit the ability of persons to have a good time,' Romano said. 'But we are going to be diligent when it comes to personal safety and respect for the law and university regulations.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Earth Science Department will host an activity fair in honor of National Earth Science Day from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12 outside Latham Hall on UNI's campus.

The fair will include stations on meteorology, solar telescopes, rock discoveries, fossil digs and earthquakes. Participants can also tour the building and the Earth Science displays inside. The fair is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Thursday, Oct. 9 is National Depression Screening Day. On that day, University of Northern Iowa mental health professionals will offer students, staff, faculty and community members the opportunity to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression and manic-depression, and to participate in a free, anonymous screening. Screenings will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the UNI Counseling Center, Room 213 of the UNI Student Services Center.

Participants will hear a brief talk about the causes, symptoms and treatments of depression and manic-depression, followed by a short video. Individuals will anonymously complete a written screening test and have the opportunity to discuss the results with a mental health professional.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression and manic-depression strike more than 17 million Americans each year. Fewer than half of them seek treatment, even though treatment can help 80 to 90 percent of those affected. Common symptoms of depression include feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, restlessness and irritability, changes in sleep and appetite, loss of energy and thoughts of death or suicide. Manic-depression includes feelings of extreme euphoria and agitation, which can alternate with periods of depression.

'Students with untreated depression are likely to have more problems with academic performance, personal relationships, substance abuse, physical health and employment,' said David Towle, director of the UNI Counseling Center. 'They also may be at increased risk for suicide.'

National Depression Screening Day was developed by Harvard University psychiatrist, Douglas Jacobs. Last year, more than 85,000 people attended screenings at 3,000 sites nationwide. This is the eighth year the UNI Counseling Center has participated.

For more information, contact the UNI Counseling Center at (319) 273-2676.

October 1, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre will present 'Voices for Freedom: The Brazilian Slave Stories,' at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 8 to Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Interpreters Theatre in Lang Hall Room 40.

According to Angela Platner, assistant technical director of the Interpreters Theatre, the performance centers on narratives describing slave traffic between Africa and South America in the mid 1800s. In the history of slavery, Brazil enslaved more Africans than any other nation. These individual and collective odysseys, performed with Afro-Brazilian capoeira dance accompaniment, are designed to help audiences understand the struggle.

The texts have been translated and adapted for the stage by Robert Krueger, UNI associate professor of modern languages. The production is directed by Krueger and Jessica Pritchett, a senior from Rockford, Ill. Pita Agbese, UNI professor of political science, is the consultant on African costuming; and Courtney Hall, a junior from Davenport , is the research assistant and costumer.

Those participating in the performance include: Jessica Olsen from Pierson; Darla Shane-Wichman from Cedar Falls; Lindsey Shill from Union; Austin Zaletel from Des Moines; Jeff Cumberlin from Vinton; Scott Finken from Council Bluffs; Nicole Heck from Urbandale; Craig Leabhart from Davenport; Greg Manning from Clinton; Laura Platner from Lisbon; Holly Sells, Elizabeth Wendel, Kamilah Stevens and Michael Quam from Waterloo; Leroy Fields, Joel Ishman and Arriel Stevens from Gary, Ind.; and Francesca Zogaib and Pedro Zogaib from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The performance is free and open to the public.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Waterloo Neighborhoods Leadership Institute, a program sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) and Leadership Studies program has kicked off its fall 2003 session.

The sessions are from 5-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings Sept. 30 through Dec. 2 at Room 409 in the KWWL building, 500 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo. The institute includes the reading of 'Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing,' by Linda Stout, and features speakers on topics such as: effective meetings; how to influence policy/city council; serving on community boards; cultural competence; and working with difficult people.

According to Cheryl Faries, program coordinator for the COPC, the goal of the eight-week training program is to help residents acquire the skills necessary to help them to improve their neighborhoods.

The COPC program is a three-year grant project through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that is awarded to universities. For more information, contact Faries at (319) 287-8164.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has announced its fall 2003 student alumni ambassadors. Student alumni ambassadors include: __(NAME)__ of __(HOMETOWN)__, a __(CLASSIFICATION)__ majoring in __(MAJOR)__.

Throughout the academic year, student alumni ambassadors meet with current students, prospective students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and other university guests. The ambassadors are involved in many activities, including the Panther Recruitment Team, New Student Bash, Family Weekend, Homecoming, and leading campus tours.

To be an ambassador, students must hold a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The ambassadors must attend semimonthly meetings, conduct weekly tours, serve on a committee and assist at special events. The monthly time commitment is approximately 10 hours. The organization is jointly administered by the UNI Office of Admissions, the UNI Alumni Association, and the UNI Office of Development.

Connie Hansen, UNI campus visits coordinator, and Kirk Pohlman, admissions counselor, are co-advisers for the Student Alumni Ambassadors. For more information, contact the UNI Office of Admissions at (319) 273-2281.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) at the University of Northern Iowa is collecting cell phones for recycling. The project is being undertaken on behalf of the Iowa Recycling Association and the Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations.

Michaela Rich, RRTTC program manager, said the first priority for the remanufactured phones will be use in domestic violence shelters. The collection will continue through Friday, Oct. 24. Drop-off boxes are located at the Wellness Recreation Center Room 224, the Industrial Technology Center Room 9, the Center for Energy and Environmental Education Room 111, and the Redeker Center office. Phones will be given to ReCellular Inc., in Dexter, Mich., for refurbishing.

For more information, contact Rich at (319) 273-3689, or visit the center's site at