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June 16, 2003 - 7:00pm


The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Wednesday and Thursday, June 18 and 19 at the Iowa School for the Deaf, in the Lied Multipurpose Complex. Several issues pertaining to the University of Northern Iowa will be on the docket.

P&S Salary Policies for fiscal year 2004

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

UNI preliminary fiscal year 2004 general fund budget

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

Athletics preliminary fiscal year 2004 general fund budget

Rick Hartzell, director of athletics, (319) 273-2470

Institutional agreements, leases and easements

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

Fiscal year 2004 capital improvement plans

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

Capital register

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

June 11, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Following a semester of extensive reading, seven University of Northern Iowa science students are conducting summer research projects, five on-campus and two off-campus.

The on-campus students-- Jacob Becker of Spencer, Sherrie Renee Elzey of Sully, Jeff Fisher of Cedar Falls, Michelle Healy of Muscatine and Jason McIntosh of Honey Creek-- are particicpating in the Merck/AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Undergraduate Science Research Program, which promotes interdisciplinary research among undergraduates in the natural sciences.

Becker, a son of Margaret Becker, will research the effects of Atrazine and its metabolites on human cell growth from pesticide-contaminated Iowa water resources. He is a senior biology/biomedical major.

Elzey, a daughter of Paul and Ruth Elzey, will work on fabrication and characterization of nonlinear photorefractive holographic film. She is a senior with a double major in chemistry and physics.

Fisher, a senior environmental geography major, is a son of Mary Fisher. His project involves predicting high mosquito densities using global positioning systems.

Healy, a daughter of Liam and Kathy Healy, is a senior biology major. She will study the effects of an extract from the eastern cedar, Juniperus virginiana, on cancer cell growth and motility.

A senior chemistry major, and the son of Cathy Gallentine, McIntosh will research microelectronics of phospholipid bilayers in aqueous solutions.

The program is funded by the Merck Company Foundation, a private, charitable foundation established by Merck & Co., a pharmaceutical manufacturer, and administered by the AAAS, the world's largest federation of scientific and engineering societies.

The off-campus students are Jessica Ball of Mount Pleasant, and Libby K. Long of Altoona, both junior biology majors. Ball will do research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on the function of homeobox genes in skeletal and neural tube development. Long will work at the Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine, and participate in a clinical study of the postprandial kinetics of insulin, glucagon and cholecytokinin.

In August, all of the students will present their findings at a poster session that will feature a talk by a University of Texas medical researcher on the discovery of how cholera is transmitted.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three seniors and a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa's electrical and information technology program will be competing later this month in the 10th Annual World Championship Solar Electric Boat Regatta in Buffalo, N.Y.

UNI e-Boat team members are Chad Clark of Cedar Rapids, Dan Frisch of Waterloo, Aaron Mitchell of Manchester and May graduate Derek Paulus of Rockford. Their adviser is Recayi Pecen, UNI assistant professor of industrial technology and program coordinator for their major, Iowa's first four-year engineering technology major in the electrical and electronics area. They are working on daily test and performance drives on the lake at George Wyth State Park through Sunday, June 15.

This is the second year UNI has entered the competition. The foursome began modifications last fall on the 110-pound fiberglass solar electric boat created by last year's team. Changes include two new electric motors, two new controllers, enhanced electrical wiring, a better cockpit control area and one new solar panel.

The UNI solar electric boat team will leave Tuesday, June 17 for the world championship of solar electric boating that runs Wednesday, June 18, through Sunday, June 22. More than two dozen schools have entered the competition, including the U.S. Naval Academy, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Rice University. They will compete in slalom, sprint and endurance races using either direct solar energy or solar energy stored in electric batteries.

Pecen said UNI's zero-emission solar boat promotes eco-friendly boat technologies on Iowa lakes and rivers. He said studies show a considerable amount of oil and gas leaks and run-offs into the water from internal combustion boat motors. He added that 'solar powered zero emission boats may help Iowa lakes and rivers in the near future until hydrogen fuel cell motors become commercially available almost everywhere.'

Pecen said worldwide, 236,000 metric tons of oil and oil products are leaked into the water through boats, 'more than seven times the amount spilled by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska in 1989.'

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

June 9, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ten incoming University of Northern Iowa freshmen are recipients of scholarships from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS).

(NAME) from (HOMETOWN) has received a full-tuition scholarship for the 2003-2004 academic year. (HE/SHE) attends (HIGH SCHOOL NAME) High School.

To receive the CSBS scholarship, open only to Iowa residents, students must be ranked in the top 15 percent of their graduating class, have scored a 27 or above on their ACT, and provide two letters of recommendation from teachers.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the honor society of the International Reading Association, has announced new members initiated this spring into Alpha Chapter at the University of Northern Iowa.

__(Name)__, a __(membership classification)__ from __(Hometown)__ is among the 42 new members. The honor society in the field of reading/language arts, has as its primary mission the recognition of scholarship, and it acknowledges and fosters leadership and service to the profession.

The society was established in 1985 at the University of Northern Iowa, which holds the charter for the association.

Alpha chapter adviser Penny Beed, UNI associate professor of education, said this is the largest group of initiates to be taken into the UNI chapter at one time.

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

June 8, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Not only does Gina Burkart, University of Northern Iowa adjunct professor college reading and writing, not believe Harry Potter is evil incarnate, but she insists his adventures provide an excellent groundwork for explaining Christian principles to children.

'It's like a fairy tale,' she explained. 'It takes children to an imaginary world and allows them to work out their fears about bullies, what is good and bad, and making good choices. They close the book and they can talk about those issues with their parents.'

She has written a book, 'A Christian Parent's Guide to Harry Potter, ' and is seeking a publisher. The book is based on principles designed by famed psychologist Martin Hoffman and educator Jean Piaget, and allows children to engage in a series of activities that build moral development.

'This helps children move from a point of reality where they are doing what they are told and considering only the cons of not doing what they are told; to an autonomous sense of operating by a Golden Rule,' said Burkart.

Activities in the book range from making a poster of family rules (like the ones shown in the houses of Harry Potter's school), to imagining changing places with the bully Draco.

Burkart said her guide also helps parents use stories from the Harry Potter series to draw correlations to biblical scripture. 'For instance, Snape says he'll teach the children how to brew and bottle fame. A parent can start a discussion about whether this is something Jesus would be concerned about: was Jesus concerned about being famous, or being good? In fact, you can compare Snape to the Pharisees, who gave their attention to outside appearances.'

Burkart notes other similarities to the Bible. When Dumbeldore talks to Harry Potter about how the love of his mother saves him, it is, says Burkart, 'a direct correlation to Christ who died to save us.'

Burkart will present a paper, 'Harry Potter . . . the Fairy Tale . . . and Building Moral Character,' at the Nimbus 2003: Harry Potter Symposium in Orlando, Fla. on July 19.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Merchant Scholarship awards have been announced at the University of Northern Iowa, to be applied toward the recipients' graduate studies during the 2003-04 academic year. The scholarships are funded from the Merchant Trust, established in 1951 with the UNI Foundation, to honor Frank Ivan Merchant and his sister, Kate Matilda Merchant.

Receiving $2,000 awards are: Paul Olson, currently of Omaha, Neb., pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and, Molly Stehn, currently of New York City, pursuing a master of music degree at the Manhattan School of Music.

Receiving $1,000 awards are: Jill Bryant of Cedar Rapids, pursuing a Ph.D. in counselor education at the University of Iowa; Lucas Messer, formerly of Danville, pursuing a doctoral degree at the Hugh Downs School of Communication Studies at Arizona State University; and, Emily Russell of Reinbeck, now living in Kansas City, where she is pursuing a doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Howard Barnes, professor and head of the Department of Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, served as chair of the 2003 Merchant Scholarship Committee. Also serving on the committee were: Philip Patton, UNI registrar; John Fritch, associate professor and head of the Department of Communication Studies; and Richard Followill, professor and head of the Department of Finance, and chair of the 2004 committee.

The scholarships, open to any bachelor's degree graduate of UNI, apply to continued study at any institution, foreign or domestic. They are awarded to UNI graduates on the basis of ability, attainment, moral character, spirit, personality, intellectual promise and devotion to society. Application information for 2004, due March 1, 2004, is available on the UNI Financial Aid Web site,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Joyce Milambiling, an assistant professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Northern Iowa, has received a second Fulbright grant, to teach and conduct research in Indonesia during 2004. Her first Fulbright came in 1994-95, and allowed her to conduct a similar project in Southeast Asia.

For five months in Medan, Indonesia, Milambiling will help to train teachers who instruct students in foreign languages, and help prepare Indonesian scholars for study in other countries. She also will conduct research on the language policies and linguistic culture of Indonesia. 'I'll be trying to link attitude and use, and find out what language students use and whether they have a negative or positive view toward English,' she explained.' Although Indonesia is a Muslim country, there are many ethnicities there and many languages spoken. So I'm also interested in finding out what languages are supported by the government there.'

She said her interest in language began in 1974, as an exchange student to Sweden. 'That really opened a huge door for me in terms of realizing what changes occur when you live in another country and participate in day-to-day life.'

Her husband Joseph and 10-year-old son Adam will accompany her to Indonesia. 'We'll be very close to Thailand, which is where Adam -- adopted at age 6 -- was born,' she explained. 'I'd like to give him an opportunity to explore that area.'

Milambiling holds a B.A. in liberal studies from Boston University; an M.A. in Scandinavian languages and literature from the University of California at Berkeley; and a doctorate in applied linguistics from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She was recently granted tenure and promoted to associate professor, effective August 2003.

The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Its mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Each year, about 4,500 new Fulbright grants are awarded.

June 5, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern University High School (NUHS) Choir traveled to Carnegie Hall in New York in late May for a 21-minute performance in the famed concert venue. The choir was invited by Tim Peter of Luther College to participate in his conducting debut at Carnegie. Through an audition, the group also won a solo performance spot.

The school raised nearly $100,000 so the 65-member choir could make the trip. NUHS choral students who made the trip are Matt Adams, Joannie Anderson, Sam Backstrom, Jennifer Bertram, Jessica Bertram, Joel Brumm, Hannah Buck, Sarah Bumpus, Zach Campbell, Mackenzie Carlisle, Morgan Cawley, Lyndsey Cochran, Mae Colburn, Anjelica Crawford, Ben Davidson, Jacinda Davis, Melanie DeVries, Ashley Dorris, Henry Ensworth, Louisa Ensworth, Allyse Fairbanks, Allison Fryman, Michaela Gansen, Jennifer Grabowski, Joy Hanson, Allison Hardy, Emily Hershberger, Vanessa Hershberger, Audrey Hesse, Ellen Hills, Jimmy Hunter, Toby Jessen, Sandra King, Nora Kischer-Browne, Amanda Koch, Stephanie Langenwalter, Megan Miller, Marketia Moore-Hill, Abhay Nadipuram, Nate Ohrt, Ashley O'Kane, John Paar, Andrew Page, Lauren Page, Laurie Reimer, Kasey Renfro, Sami Renfro, Brittany Rideout, Kent Schrad, Leigha Shanley, Amber Smith, Ras Smith, Ben Strever, Kiedra Stuelke, Brittany Waack, Eleanor Wehner, Clair Williams, Rob Williams and Reggie Woods.

Linda Sharp, assistant professor of teaching, is the choir director. Mabel Rempe of LaPorte City is the accompanist. Carnegie Steering Committee members are NU parents Dale and Paula Schrad, Arlene Prather O'Kane, Sue and Duke Strever and Dominique Cawley, all of whom traveled with the group. Also chaperoning were Nadene Davidson, Price Laboratory School (PLS) director; BJ Herrick, PLS instructor; and NU parents Andrea King, Jeff Koch, Cindy Page, Terry Buck, Tonda Foster, Carolyn Gray and Margo Campbell. Additional steering committee members are NU parents Dave and Maureen Collins-Williams.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A Jazz Combo Camp for students and educators will be hosted by the University of Northern Iowa School of Music June 22-27.

Offered for the third year, the camp curriculum will include two daily combo rehearsals; instrumental master classes with group instruction by professional musicians; theory and improvisation, taught on three levels to meet the varying needs of students; and ear training and transcription, including learning to write jazz solos from recordings.

The camp facilitators are Christopher Merz, UNI assistant professor of music, saxophone; Brent Sandy, freelance musician from Iowa City, trumpet; Rich Medd, band director, Iowa City West High School, trombone; Bob Dunn, UNI adjunct instructor in music, guitar; Robert Washut, UNI professor of jazz studies, piano; Mark Urness, assistant professor of music at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., bass; and Jonathan Mele, freelance artist from New York City, drums.

For more information, contact Christopher Merz at or (319) 273-3077.


Kenneth Atkinson, assistant professor of history and religion at UNI, lived in Israel during the first intifada. He remembers well the violence, the anger, the frustration of the people. So he was pleased to hear Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon tell the world that 'the occupation must end' and 'the settlements must go.' He was excited to hear Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas say, 'the armed intifada must end now.'

'This is a huge event, a very major step in the peace process,' said Atkinson, who has traveled to Israel many times since his year-long stay in 1986. 'No one has ever said this before. When Sharon says the occupation must end, it would be like George Washington saying that America will return some of its land to Great Britain. As I watch all of this, I'm cautiously optimistic about the possibility for peace in that region.'

Atkinson also said the process would take time, and fanatics on both sides would make efforts to undermine it. 'But the people just want peace. And they know they can't let fanatics dictate policy.'

June 4, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twelve high school students have been awarded scholarships to the University of Northern Iowa's College of Natural Sciences. The students competed in the Science, Math and Technology Symposium held last fall at UNI.

(NAME) from (HIGH SCHOOL) received a four-year in-state tuition scholarship. (HE/SHE) is from (HOMETOWN).

The competition tests and interviews students in biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, industrial technology, mathematics and physics. High school seniors interested in applying for the Symposium next fall can obtain information from high school mathematics, industrial technology or science teachers or school counselors. For more information, contact Linda Schneider in the UNI College of Natural Sciences, (319) 273-2585.

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 -- Theatre UNI and the UNI Student Theatre Association (UNISTA) will present Shakespeare's romantic comedy 'Twelfth Night or What You Will,' Thursday-Saturday, June 12-14, in the open-air courtyard next to UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each day, and include a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Ben Powell, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va., is the director. Cast members are Katie Johnson of Des Moines; Christopher McGahan of Salina, Kan.; Ryan Scott of Dubuque; Taylor Hibma of Pella; Katie Sue Nicklos of La Junta, Colo.; and Aaron DeYoung of Spencer. Powell also is a member of the cast.

Production designers are Eugenia Furneaux of Waterloo, Nathan Coon of Cedar Rapids, and Nicklos. Megan Schumacher of Dubuque is the assistant director and stage manager.

There is no charge to attend, but donations will be accepted. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Parking is available behind the Communication Arts Center, off 23rd Street.

For more information, call (319) 273-6381, or go to

June 3, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Rho Epsilon, the real estate club at the University of Northern Iowa, hosted a golf outing and networking event recently. About 70 real estate professionals from across the Midwest, and 30 UNI students attended. Surplus funds from the event will establish a $500 scholarship to be awarded during fall 2003.

Officers of Rho Epsilon are: Joe Bryant, a senior finance major from Fort Dodge, president; Justin Leonard, a real estate and finance major from Elkader, vice president; Joe Koenig, a real estate and finance major from McIntyre, secretary; Hayden Frevert, a finance and real estate major from Centerville, treasurer.

Art Cox, director of the UNI Real Estate program, is the adviser for Rho Epsilon.

June 2, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Small Business Development Centers and Small Business Compliance Alliance will present 'OSHA's Knocking, Are You Ready?,' from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 18, at the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo.

A half-day seminar appropriate for all businesses with at least one employee, the session will help employers understand how Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations may affect their businesses.

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

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A pilot program for out-of-state students at the University of Northern Iowa has awarded scholarships for the 2003-2004 school year. Available only to non-Iowa residents who will live on campus, the new program includes three levels: the Purple and Gold scholarship, the University scholarship, and the Community Life scholarship.

(NAME) , a student at (SCHOOL NAME) High School, has received a (TITLE) scholarship to attend the University of Northern Iowa.

The Purple and Gold scholarship requires students to be ranked in the top 10 percent of their class and score 27 or above on the ACT. It includes an award of $4,600 for two years.

To receive the University scholarship, students must be ranked in the top 25 percent of their graduating class and score 24 or above on the ACT. The scholarship provides $3,000 for two years.

The Community Life scholarship requires students to be ranked in the top 50 percent of their graduating class and score 21 or above on the ACT. The scholarship awards $2,000 for two years.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training, will offer 'Microsoft Word Shortcuts' from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 26. The class will teach hands-on, timesaving tips and shortcuts for regular Microsoft Word users. This class will be taught by Chris Case and is not intended for beginners.

The training will be in the computer lab at the UNI RBC, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo. The cost per participant is $80. For more information contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Registration remains open for the inaugural session of Junior Band Camp, at the University of Northern Iowa, designed for middle school students with limited marching band experience. The event is sponsored by the UNI School of Music and facilitated by UNI's Conference & Event Services.

Students will take master classes and have small group instruction, rehearsing in UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Sight reading, music composition and participation in percussion ensembles and brass and woodwind choirs also will be included. Students also may request optional private lessons. The camp will conclude with a final concert on the stage at Overman Park in downtown Cedar Falls, as part of the city's Sturgis Falls celebration.

Guest conductor and clinician for the camp is Marguerite Wilder, who has conducted honor bands throughout the United States, Canada, England, Italy, Turkey and Australia. She is noted for her clinics on motivational techniques for beginning band.

Registration is $180 for the resident option, including four nights' lodging in a UNI residence hall, all meals, instruction and evening activities, and $95 for commuting students. More information on specific camp content is available from Rod Chesnutt, UNI assistant professor of music, at (319) 273-2173, or by e-mail to Registration information is available from UNI Conference and Event Services at (319) 273-6899 or 1-800-782-9519.

June 1, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 2002 football media guide was recently judged second among those produced by NCAA Division I-AA schools, in a competition sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Randy Darst, graphic designer for UNI's office of University Marketing and Public Relations (UMPR), was photographer for the project. Editor was Denton Ketels, UMPR publications editor. Nancy Justis, director of athletic media relations, wrote, edited and provided design parameters. The inside pages of the guide were laid out by then-senior Aubrey Glynn of Cedar Rapids. She also designed the back cover and inside covers. The front outside cover was designed by local advertising firm Mathis, Earnest and Vandeventer.

UNI's football media guide placed fifth in 1996.

May 29, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new vocal arts workshop, designed to help high school students become more successful vocalists and prepare for singing at the collegiate level, is being offered June 15-20 on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The registration deadline for the College Preparatory Vocal Arts Institute has been extended to Friday, June 6.

Participants will experience choral ensemble singing and have an opportunity for solo performance instruction, including private voice instruction and voice classes. Enrichment sessions will include sightreading, music theory, mini-recitals, a talent show, movement and stage presence activities. Students also will learn how to prepare a quality audition recording and a quality audition resume.

Institute clinicians include Brad T. Barrett, UNI assistant professor of choral conducting and music education; Jean McDonald, UNI associate professor of voice; Leslie Morgan, UNI professor of voice; Michael A. Reese, vocal music director at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School and of Chorale Midwest; and Kim Shively, choral director at La Crosse (Wis.) Central High School.

Resident and commuter registrations are available. Resident registration of $325 includes double occupancy lodging in a UNI residence hall for five nights, all meals from Sunday dinner though Friday breakfast, instructional materials and a T-shirt. Commuter registration is $175 and includes lunch and dinner each day, along with the Institute materials and T-shirt.

For information on Institute registration, contact UNI Conference & Event Services at (319) 273-6899 or (800) 782-9519. For specific camp content information, contact Brad Barrett at (319) 273-6113 or


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'Rie Hachiyanagi: A Retrospective,' from Monday, June 9 through Sunday, Aug. 3. Consisting of six large-scale installations made primarily of handmade paper and photographic documentation of performance art works, the exhibition represents her most characteristic works from the last eight years. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Humanities Iowa.

Hachiyanagi will give a lecture at 6 p.m. Friday, July 11, in the Kamerick Art Building Art Auditorium, Room 111, and a reception will follow.

Hachiyanagi received her B.F.A., with honors, from the University of Iowa, and her M.F.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is currently an assistant professor of fine arts at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. She has exhibited widely in this country and abroad, including installations and performances in California, New York, and Georgia, as well as in Holland and Japan.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant for papermaking projects in Japan, a Best of Fine Arts award from the Santa Barbara News-Press, and several Abrams Awards. In addition, her work has been reviewed by news organizations and arts publications such as CNN, Sculpture Magazine, NY Arts, Fiberarts Magazine, Time Out New York, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

'Her installation work investigates the inadequacy of language and expressive silence, while her performance art works deal with healing as an 'endeavor that is instigated by resilient vitality,'' said Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art. He added, according to Hachiyanagi, 'A sheet of paper is not merely a space for an expression to be manifested. Rather, it becomes a voice of its own, which surrounds the audience with vibrant echoes.'

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. During the summer months, gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will be closed on July 4. 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

May 26, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC), in partnership with Ketels Contract Training, will offer 'Microsoft Excel Shortcuts' from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 12. The class will teach hands-on, timesaving tips and shortcuts for regular Excel users. This class will be taught by Chris Case and is not intended for beginners.

The training will be in the computer lab at the UNI RBC, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo. The cost per participant is $80. For more information contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123 or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual Veterans Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, May 28, in the Slife Ballroom.

Among those honored will be Milan Alan Wikert, an Iowa Falls/Steamboat Rock native who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Although Wikert earned several awards for his military service, including the Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Action Medal, the medals were never presented to him. His son contacted U.S. Navy Ret. Capt. Charles Means, associate vice president for academic affairs at UNI, for assistance in obtaining the medals. During the luncheon, Wikert will receive all of his awards, and a U.S. flag that has flown over the nation's capitol.

Means will be honored during a ceremony at 2:30 p.m., in the Georgian Lounge. Retiring from the military this year, he has served in the U.S. Navy since 1976 and received a series of medals, including the Meritorious Service Medal--Gold Star, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

May 22, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert F. Martin, University of Northern Iowa professor of history, has received the 2003 Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award from the State Historical Society of Iowa. Presented to the author of the most significant book on Iowa history published during the preceding calendar year, the Shambaugh Award went to Martin for 'Hero of the Heartland: Billy Sunday and the Transformation of American Society, 1862-1895.'

'Hero of the Heartland' is the story behind the success of a popular evangelist in an age of social and cultural change. Martin, who has been at UNI for 22 years, is also the author of 'Howard Kester and the Struggle for Social Justice in the South, 1904-77.'

The Shambaugh award is based on a variety of criteria, including contribution to knowledge about Iowa history, scholarship, readability, and appropriateness for the intended audience.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Foundation has named Shannon McQuillen director of development for the College of Education (COE).

Previously, McQuillen was director of convention sales for the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau. She replaces Julie Pontasch, who is now director of gift planning with the Foundation.

McQuillen, a Fort Dodge native, earned a B.A. in organizational communications from UNI in 1999, and minored in marketing. She also holds a tourism certificate from UNI.

Pontasch joined the UNI Foundation in 1996 as assistant director of annual giving, and was promoted to senior director of development for the COE in 1997. Prior to coming to UNI, she was the public relations and development director at Waverly Municipal Hospital. She holds a B.S. in health and physical education from Bowling Green State University.

May 21, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Purple and Old Gold awards, recognizing meritorious scholarship or conspicuous achievement in particular areas, were presented to 52 seniors during the University of Northern Iowa's commencement exercises Saturday, May 10, in the UNI-Dome.

Named after the university colors, the traditional awards were first presented at commencement exercises on May 29, 1939. The awards for meritorious scholarship are presented to students who have the highest grade point average in each of the designated academic areas. Those for conspicuous achievement are granted to students with outstanding accomplishments in particular areas. Each student receives a certificate and a bronze medallion.

Among those receiving Purple and Old Gold awards is/are __(Name)__ of __(Hometown)__. He/She is being honored for __(meritorious scholarship/conspicuous achievement)__ in _(college)__.

Since 1939, more than 1,700 students have been Purple and Old Gold recipients. Currently awards may be in 45 academic areas, as well as for conspicuous achievement in particular areas.

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

May 20, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jeffrey W. Cornett has been named dean of the University of Northern Iowa's (UNI) College of Education, pending official notification of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The appointment is effective July 1. Cornett is professor and chair of the Department of Educational Research, Technology and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

Prior to his current position, Cornett was chair of the Department of Instructional Programs and Educational Leadership in the UCF College of Education.

Cornett holds a Ph.D. in education from The Ohio State University; a master's degree in education from the University of Toledo; and a bachelor's degree in education from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include civic education, social responsibility, and teacher and administrator decision making.

He replaces William Callahan, associate dean of the UNI College of Education, who has served as interim dean of the college since July 2002. Callahan replaced Thomas Switzer, who resigned to become dean of the College of Education at the University of Toledo, in Ohio.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art presented its annual juried student art exhibition awards. More than 380 pieces were submitted. Juror Susan Messer, professor of drawing and printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, chose 104 for awards.

More than $4,500 was handed out in merit and purchase awards. Merit awards are cash prizes awarded for excellence, and students retain the artwork. Purchase awards include the artwork sold at the end of the exhibition. Award donors included university departments and organizations, the 'North American Review' and Department of Art alumni.

The 2003 Guillaume Project Award went to Bounnak Thammavong of Cedar Falls. Artists compete for the award by detailing a project they would like to complete. A committee determines which one has the most merit, and award financial assistance for materials to complete the project.

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 2003 faculty awards for the University of Northern Iowa's College of Business Administration were recently presented at its annual recognition gala.

The Faculty Teaching award went to David Hakes, professor of economics; the Faculty Scholarship award went to Atul Mitra, associate professor of management; and the Faculty Service award went to Peter Goulet, professor of management and T. Wayne Davis Chair in Entrepreneurship. He also received the Outstanding Faculty Contribution to Business and Community Services award.

Rex Karsten, associate professor of management, received the Faculty Teaching Innovation award; Lori Mason, assistant professor of accounting, received the University Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching award; and the Faculty of the Year award was presented to Heidi Noonan-Day, management instructor.

The Faculty of the Year award is determined by votes from business students. All other awards are determined by the dean of the college and the department heads.

May 19, 2003 - 7:00pm


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

The course will run four consecutive Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning June 9, and will be taught by Judy Schindel, certified Quick Books trainer. The first of the sessions is for those new to the software or needing a refresher course.

There is a cost to attend the trainings. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit

May 18, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education recently hosted its bi-annual Teacher Education Convocation, inducting more than 300 students into the College of Education.

Kathy Oakland, an instructor in the Department of Teaching, said the ceremony is the official induction of students into that field of study. Only those students who have met a rigorous set of requirements are inducted.

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

(--NAME) from (HOMETOWN) satisfied the requirements for admission and was formally inducted- into the Teacher Education program at UNI.

Keynote speaker was John Vallentine, director of the School of Music. This was the 25th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education program.

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


The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton on Wednesday and Thursday, May 21 and 22. The following are docket items pertaining to UNI, and the individuals who can best address those issues.

Architects' presentation of schematic design for west-campus expansion

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

University calendar holidays for 2005

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

UNI capital register

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

Biennial governance report on faculty consulting activities

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

Annual report on faculty activities

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

Presentations on salary and benefits for non-represented faculty and staff

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

Annual report on child care

Lynn Perigo, manager, University Apartments, 319) 273-7644

Iowa Coordinating Council for Post-High School Education (Athletic training master's program)

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

Report on meeting of the Iowa College Student Aid Commission

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

Report on legislative session

Keith Saunders, associate director, Governmental Relations, (319) 273-6144

Budget issues for FY 2004

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2256

Allocation of mandatory student fees and designated tuition for 2003-2004

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

May 15, 2003 - 7:00pm


The University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education will co-sponsor the Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon spring race taking place Saturday, May 17, at the Iowa International Raceway in Marshalltown. The first heat begins at 11 a.m., and the second at 1 p.m.

The Electrathon is a program for high school and college students who design and build one-person electric racecars. The race is an endurance competition in which the car completing the most laps in one hour wins. Cars are powered by two automobile batteries. More information is available at

The Marshalltown event is the first of a championship series of six races. Other races are listed below.

May 17, Marshalltown

May 30-31, Cedar Rapids

June 21-22, Pomeroy

Sept. 6, Forest City

Sept. 20, Muscatine

Sept. 27, Cedar Falls

May 13, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new display at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education details alternate energy sources and explains reliable ways to conserve energy and save money in the process.

Featured are hands-on displays, written works, placards, a1930s windmill and several solar panels.

Carole Yates, who coordinated the project, said increasing energy efficiency is a matter of changing mindsets. 'We can change the way we use energy, insulate our homes and purchase appliances, she said. 'This will save energy and keep us from polluting our environment and draining money from our state.'

The CEEE display, designed for adults and children, offers energy-efficiency changes that can be easily implemented, like replacing all incandescent light bulbs with T-8 compact fluorescent bulbs. Doing so could translate to a 70 percent savings on electricity bills. Turning off computers when they aren't in use can save100 watts of electricity a day.

Yates said the display also encourages use of alternate energy sources, like solar cells or panels, also called photovoltaics; fuel cells and wind turbines. 'Contrary to the myth that Iowa does not receive enough wind for wind power, Iowa ranks third in the United States in wind production,' said Yates. 'The falling cost of wind production makes it more economically feasible for Iowa to increase its wind generation.'

The display continues through October, and is free and open to the public. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by special evening or weekend appointments. To make an appointment, call (319) 273-2573.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's School of Music Spotlight Series held its annual Performance Competition Finals in April. Three students were selected as top performers.

Nathan Dishman, a senior music education major, received the $1,500 Charles and Marleta Matheson award. He performed 'First Movement Sonata for Trombone' by Eric Ewazen. Dishman is the son of Rod and Linda Dishman from Charles City.

Florin Loghin, a senior music performance major, received the $1,000 Myron and Ruth Russell award. He performed 'Andante and Rondo Ongarese' by Carl Maria von Weber. Loghin, a bassoonist, is the son of Nicolae and Elena Loghin from Iasi, Romania.

Dan Perszyk, a senior music performance major, received the $4,000 Presser Foundation award. He performed 'Chant de Linos' by Andre Jolivet on flute. Perszyk is one of five flute students from around the country selected to tour the United States this summer with the American Wind Symphony. He is the son of Elizabeth Perszyk from Elk River, Minn.. Perszyk will be known as the Presser Scholar during the 2003-04 academic year at UNI.

May 12, 2003 - 7:00pm


The University of Northern Iowa Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC), in partnership with several other agencies and organizations, will sponsor the seventh annual Iowa Children's Water Festival on Thursday, May 15, at Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny.

The event helps fifth-graders from across the state understand the role water plays in their daily lives. Featured will be interactive classroom presentations, water-related exhibits, and hands-on activities that illustrate the importance of water.

The festival has received the Governor's Environmental Excellence Award, the Iowa Academy of Science Distinguished Service Award, and the Iowa State Water Resources Research Institute Award.

May 11, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Buy Fresh, Buy Local,' a program that will make it easier for Black Hawk and nearby counties to find locally grown agricultural products, will kick off with a directory distribution on Saturday, May 17 at two local farmers' markets. The program is sponsored by the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, and the Practical Farmers of Iowa. It is one of only 10 programs in the nation authorized by FoodRoutes Network, a non-profit organization that provides support to rebuild community-based food systems.

Kamyar Enshayan, adjunct assistant professor of physics at UNI, and campaign organizer for 'Buy Fresh, Buy Local,' said the groups have put together a 'Buy Fresh, Buy Local' directory of farms, farmers' markets and meat lockers in Black Hawk and nearby counties that sell locally grown products. Also included are grocers and restaurants that feature local food. The directory will be available beginning May 17, during opening day of the Waterloo Farmers Market on the corner of E. Fourth Street and Park Avenue; and the Cedar Falls Farmers Market in Overman Park. Enshayan said the program will expand statewide in coming years.

'Throughout the growing season we will try to help people realize that we are surrounded by a rich diversity of locally grown food that is thousands of miles fresher,' said Enshayan. 'Buying local means investing our food dollars in local independent farm families who grow the food we eat. If half of the 50,000 households of Black Hawk County spent $10 a week on locally grown produce, that would mean $1 million invested locally every month.'

Also part of the program kick-off is 'Gary Kelley At the Market,' June 7 at both farmers' markets. The famed artist will unveil and sign his new poster celebrating farmers markets from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Cedar Falls Farmers Market, and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Downtown Waterloo Farmers Market. All proceeds will fund the 'Buy Fresh, Buy Local' initiative.

Enshayan said the program has its own label that will be used by grocers and farmers wishing to promote their locally grown or produced products.

Providing support for the program are the city of Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

For more information, contact Kamyar Enshayan, campaign organizer, (319) 273-7575; or Todd Kim at (515) 232-5661, ext. 108.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A team of finance students from the University of Northern Iowa has won the 2003 Krause Challenge. The Krause Challenge is a competition between four Iowa universities -- the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and Drake University. Each team manages an all-equity stock portfolio. The team with the best earnings over a specified period of time wins. The portfolios were given to the schools by Krause Gentle Corporation in 1998. Krause Gentle is the parent corporation of Kum & Go.

The UNI team, led by Nicole DeGroot, UNI student representative and a senior finance major from Spencer, produced a return of 21 percent during the course of the school year. UNI was the only school of the four to show a positive return.

DeGroot also attended the Krause Gentle Corporation board of directors meetings. 'We were given an incredible opportunity to be exposed to the inner workings of a successful Iowa business. says DeGroot.

Mir Zaman, UNI professor of finance, serves as the UNI team's faculty advisor. This is the second victory for UNI in the competition's four-year history. The team also won the first year of the competition.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa students in the electronic media division of the Department of Communication Studies recently won six stateside awards at the Iowa Broadcast News Association convention in Des Moines.

Brian Jansen, a senior from Davenport received second place in the News Photography (student) category for dramatic storm footage titled 'Chasing Iowa Thunderstorms.' His work was originally broadcast in April 2002 on the Northern Iowa Report, a show produced by students in a video production/practicum course.

Eric Braley, a senior from Cedar Falls received four awards. Braley received first place in the Feature (student) category for a story titled 'Street Sweeper,' and second place in General Reporting (student) for 'Move to the Right,' both created for Cedar Falls Community Television. Braley and the staff of Panther Sports Talk won third place for Best Sportcast (student) for Panther Sports Talk, broadcast on UNI-TV. Braley also received an honorable mention for Student Market Radio, Sports Play-by-Play, a compilation of work aired on UNI's KGRK radio.

The UNI weekly news program, The Northern Iowa Report received second place in Best Newscast (student), for a program first aired in February 2002. The program was produced an anchored by Braley and Sarah Underhill, an alumnae from Legrand. Other students who worked on the program included: Jansen, Nick Glew, an alumni from Cedar Falls; Jared Breedon, an alumni from Kellogg; Justin Wise, a senior from West Des Moines; Kim Blythe an alumnae from Des Moines; Trevor Schumacher, an alumni from Cedar Falls; Michael Rueber, an alumni from Arlington; Nate Schmitt, an alumni from Farley; Leslie Prieto, an alumnae from San Antonio, Texas; Matt Barker, a senior from Hazleton; and Carrie Grady, an alumnae from Cedar Falls.

Winners in the student category of the IBNA awards compete with entries from colleges and universities across the state of Iowa.

May 8, 2003 - 7:00pm


The UNI ROTC commissioning ceremony will be Saturday, May 10, at 8 a.m. in the Lang Hall Auditorium. The speaker for this year's event will be USAF Maj. Gen. Ron Dardis, the adjutant general, Iowa National Guard.

Six senior cadets will be commissioned as U.S. Army second lieutenants.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Representatives of the University of Northern Iowa Physical Plant met Wednesday, May 7, for an informal conference call with Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to clarify infractions cited by the organization in April. During the call, IOSHA agreed to decrease the $11,700 in fines to $5,850, and recategorized two of the four 'serious' citations as 'other,' the lowest level of infraction.

IOSHA violations are typed into four categories: serious, willful, repeated and other. The UNI infractions dealt primarily with deficiencies in the university's written materials.

Dean Shoars, director of the Physical Plant, said the university was grateful for the opportunity to talk with IOSHA, and explained that some minor adjustments will need to be made at the plant.

'We understand that we have to be more proactive in making assessments of all our spaces. We've already taken steps to make all of the necessary corrections by expanding documentation of safety procedures. We also will train employees to ensure all staff are aware of the changes.'

UNI will provide to IOSHA documentation of the changes made when those changes are complete.


Guy Sims, associate director of UNI's Maucker Union, routinely sponsors training and programming about group dynamics. He knows what kinds of environments can foster discrimination, ostracization and hazing.

He says hazing's 'hey day' occurred during the '50s, when it was common knowledge that young men seeking fraternity membership were forced to participate in activities like eating goldfish and submitting to paddlings. Such behavior has continued for decades, and occasionally results in serious injury or death. 'And that's when attention is drawn to it,' he said.

Sims has seen the video showing senior girls in Illinois pummeling junior girls, forcing them to eat garbage, pouring paint over their heads and injuring some so badly that hospitalization was required. He said hazing can only occur in a certain kind of environment.

'You have to have some level of secrecy, and you have to remove the mature, responsible individuals from the scene,' he explained. 'The people at the ground level of the organization are the ones who are going to carry out this kind of behavior. They feel like they have a stake in the organization, and that you can't obtain membership without enduring the same kind of hazing they did -- or worse.'

May 7, 2003 - 7:00pm


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

This year, recipients of the Department of the Army Superior Cadet award were: Cadet Mike Trimble from Greene; Cadet Ben Seibert from Waukon; Cadet Joe Vogel from Glenwood; and Cadet Blake Derouchey from Newton. This award is presented annually to the outstanding ROTC cadet in each year of military science instruction. To be eligible for this award, recipients must be a regularly enrolled ROTC cadet, be in the top 25 percent of both ROTC and academic class standing, and have demonstrated officer potential.

The George C. Marshall Award was presented to Cadet Sheldon Klein from Dysart. This award is given annually to the most outstanding fourth-year military science cadet who has demonstrated superior leadership and scholastic ability.

The recipient of the Governor's Cup Award was Cadet Paul Horner from Waterloo. This award is presented to the most outstanding Military Science IV cadet in each ROTC program in Iowa. The winner of this award must demonstrate a superior level of leadership ability. Horner also received the American Legion Award and Distinguished Military Student honors.

Cadet Tyson Trunkhill from Waterloo, received the Association of the United States Army Commendation Award. This award is given on the basis of the cadet's contribution to advancing the standing of the military science department through leadership. The award consists of a medal and certificate.

The Association of the United States Army Military History Award was presented to Cadet Curtis Rubendall from Aurelia. The award goes to an outstanding cadet for excellence in the study of military history.

The Reserve Officers' Association Award is presented to cadets in each level of the Army ROTC program. The award is presented to cadets in good standing in all military aspects who have displayed outstanding potential to serve as an Army officer. Cadet Kyle Mahannah from Dubuque, Cadet Erick Eggers from Cedar Falls and Cadet Matthew Brus from Denison all received the award. Brus also received the Military Order of the World Wars.

The American Legion Awards are presented to cadets for general military and scholastic excellence. Recipients must be in the top 25 percent of their class in academic and ROTC subjects and show outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character and citizenship. The recipients of the American Legion Awards were Cadet Justin High from Manchester, Cadet Kent Greiner, from Cedar Falls, Cadet Paul Horner from Waterloo, and Cadet Nicole Jensen from Cedar Falls. Godson also received Cadet Honors and the Gold Medal Athlete Award.

Cadet Charles Davis from Muscatine, was presented with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award. This award is given annually to a cadet who has excelled in military science or a ROTC programmed activity; is in good standing, academically and militarily; and has demonstrated achievement and concentrated effort in military and academic subjects and/or demonstrated capability and diligence in a related activity of the ROTC program.

Cadet Stacey Lyon from Independence, and Cadet David Greenley from Waterloo, were presented the National Sojourners Award. This award is given to those who have contributed the most to encourage and demonstrate Americanism within the corps of cadets on campus. The recipient must be a sophomore completing the second year of military science training, who has indicated a commitment to enter the advanced course, or a junior completing the third year of military science. They must be in the top 25 percent of their academic class, have encouraged and demonstrated the ideals of Americanism by deed and/or conduct, and have demonstrated a potential for outstanding leadership.

Cadet Mariah Schweitzer from Grandview, received the Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR) Award. The DAR presents this award annually to an ROTC cadet for outstanding ability and achievement. The recipient must be in the top 25 percent of the ROTC and academic classes; have demonstrated qualities of loyalty and patriotism, dependability and good character, and adherence to military discipline; and have leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training.

The recipients of the Military Order of the World Wars Award were: Cadet Chris Ferguson from Waterloo, Cadet Matthew Brus from Denison, and Cadet Caitlin Wright from Council Bluffs. Recipients must be in good standing in all military aspects and scholastics at the time of their selection; have shown marked improvement in military and scholastic grades; and have indicated by grades, extracurricular activities or individual endeavor, a desire to serve his or her country.

The Society of the War of 1812 Award was presented to Cadet Jay Feldt from Manchester. This award is presented annually to one outstanding cadet from each host institution. The recipient must be a sophomore in good academic standing and of high moral character.

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

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

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

Cadet Eric Chamberlin from Waterloo, received the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War award. The cadet awarded must be in the advanced course and be in the top 25 percent of their academic class and top 10 percent of their ROTC class; display a high aptitude to lead soldiers under the most adverse conditions; display high moral character and a willingness to assist the community and his fellow soldiers.

The Free Masonry Award was presented to Cadet Ryan Paulus from Elma. The award is presented to a cadet who demonstrates patriotism by deed or conduct during participation in extracurricular activities. The recipient must be a person of high moral character, display high academic excellence, and display an outstanding aptitude to lead.

The Military Officers' Association of America award was presented to Cadet Thomas Slykuis from Knoxville. Slykuis received the award for his exceptional potential for military leadership and excellence in academics. The recipient must be a person of high moral character, and display a high order of loyalty to his ROTC unit and the U.S. Army.

Cadet Jennifer Zaiser from Fairfield received the USAA Spirit Award. The award is presented to a cadet who displays a high degree of motivation and the spirit of a true warrior. They must display academic excellence, must be of high moral character, and display a high degree of ability to lead from the front.

The Distinguished Military Student award was presented to Cadet Mike Minard from Elkader. Minard received the award for displaying high excellence in academics, outstanding qualities in leadership, high moral character and exceptional aptitude for military service. Recipients must have served successfully in numerous leadership roles with potential to serve as an Army officer at the highest levels.


May 6, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- VolunteerUNI, a program of the Career Center at the University of Northern Iowa, observed National Volunteer Week April 27-May 3, and named student, staff and faculty volunteers of the year.

Chosen Student Volunteer of the Year was Kate McKenna a sophomore biology major from Vinton, for her work as chairperson of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life project at UNI. Receiving honorable mention was Tyler Granberg, a freshman criminology major from Oelwein. Granberg is a volunteer with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, and was a Combat Hunger sponsor. Also receiving honorable mention was Brent Bergman, a junior technology/industrial arts teacher education major from Cedar Falls. He is construction coordinator of UNI's Habitat for Humanity chapter with Greater Black Hawk Habitat for Humanity.

Staff Volunteer of the Year was Karen Agee, read/learn strategic coordinator for Academic Advising Services. She volunteers with Cedar Valley United Way. Honorable mention went to Rachel Phillips, assistant director of UNI-CUE, who volunteers for the Foster Care Review Board.

Michele Yehieli, executive director of Global Health Corps at UNI, was chosen Faculty Volunteer of the Year. She volunteers with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Mike Waggoner, head of the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling and Postsecondary Education, received honorable mention. He volunteers with the Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children's Theatre.

VolunteerUNI encourages active volunteerism and directs members of the university community to volunteer opportunities.


Members of UNI's Class of 1953 will be on campus for their golden reunion Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, 4:30-6:30, reception in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall.

Friday, 9:30 a.m., 'Then and Now' dialogue, Slife Ballroom in the Commons

10 a.m., campus tours, starting from the Commons

1:45 p.m., class photo, Slife Ballroom in the Commons

2 p.m., tour of Cedar Falls, leaving from the Commons

6:30 p.m., President Robert Koob will address the class, Slife Ballroom in the Commons

Saturday, 10 a.m., commencement exercises, UNI Dome



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association will present its annual Heritage Honours Awards during the 10 a.m. commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, in the UNI-Dome. The awards recognize alumni who have achieved significant personal and professional accomplishments.

Those chosen for the 2003 awards are Thomas Ervin, a 1967 alumnus with a bachelor's degree in education; and Patrick Esser, who earned a bachelor's in individual studies in 1979 and a master's in communication media in 1982.

Ervin has worked in education for 36 years and is now an earth science teacher at North High School in Davenport. He has received numerous awards at both the state and national level, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa science teachers section of the Iowa Academy of Science. He also has served in leadership roles for state and national professional organizations.

Patrick Esser is vice president of operations for Cox Communication Inc., in Atlanta. He has received the Cable Television Advertising Bureau's President's Award, and is co-founder of the Product Information Network. He also serves on the board of directors for the Cable Television Association's Educational Foundation, and the national steering committee for UNI's 'Student's First' Campaign.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center (RBC) will offer four business trainings in June, at the center, 212 E. Fourth St., in Waterloo.

'Quick Books Pro' is a class for those new to the software or needing a refresher course. It will run four consecutive Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning June 9, and will be taught by Judy Schindel, certified Quick Books trainer.

'Excel Shortcuts' and 'Word Shortcuts' are classes for Microsoft users wanting to improve their efficiency with those programs. The Excel course will be Thursday, June 12, from 8 to 10 a.m., and the Word course will be Thursday, June 26, from 8 to 10 a.m. Chris Case is the instructor.

'OSHA's Knocking, Are You Ready,' is a class to help employers understand how Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations may affect their businesses. This mid-June training will be conducted by Lisa Schorzmann, an OSHA-certified trainer.

There is a cost to attend the trainings. For more information, contact the UNI RBC at (319) 236-8123, or visit


May 5, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six students on the University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events Speech Team recently traveled to Ball State University, in Muncie, Ind., for the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament.

The team placed seventh in the President's One Division, and 17th in the overall open competition. The President's One Division included all schools with medium sized total entries at the tournament (14-42). The open division included more than 70 schools entered in the tournament. This is the highest UNI has ranked in either division in the last five years.

Amy Larsen, a senior from Ankeny, advanced to the final round of competition in rhetorical criticism, and placed fourth overall out of more than 100 students in the event. Sara Gronstal, a junior from Council Bluffs, finished in the top 24, advancing to the quarter-final round of competition, in after-dinner speaking.

The other students contributing to the 17th place finish by earning preliminary points were: junior Danielle Dick from Dayton, sophomore Phil Rippke from Moville, sophomore Kara Scholten from Rock Valley and freshman Brent Nichols from Marshalltown.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students Emily Szesycki and Heidi Weiskircher received $1,000 Emma Jackson Baty Scholarships for student journalists for the 2003-2004 academic year. Both are staff members of the Northern Iowan, the university's student newspaper.

The scholarship fund was established in 1984 by Jackson Baty and family in memory of his mother, Emma Jackson Baty, to further the education and training of UNI students serving on the campus newspaper staff. Jackson Baty is an emeritus professor of education at UNI and former faculty adviser to the Northern Iowan.

Szesycki, a junior public relations major from Iowa City, served this year as the Northern Iowan's sports editor after a year as a general assignment reporter. Weiskircher, a junior accounting major from DeWitt, has written for all sections of the paper for two years.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twelve University of Northern Iowa ROTC students recently completed the annual Ranger Buddy Challenge in Lawrence, Kan. The challenge is designed to test the best cadets in the nation physically and mentally.

The students completed seven rigorous events that included: a 10-kilometer roadmarch, vertical wall climb, orienteering, weapons assembly and disassembly, litter carry, hand grenade assault course, and an obstacle course during the one-day competition. There were 23 schools and 83 teams participating.

Cadet Stacey Lyon, a junior from Independence, and Cadet Mariah Schweitzer, a junior from Grandview, placed second for all female teams. Cadet Erick Eggers, a junior from Marshalltown, and Cadet Tyson Trunkhill, a sophomore from Buffalo Center, placed second overall in the 10k roadmarch, fifth in the vertical wall climb, and sixth on the obstacle course. Cadet Justin High, a junior from Manchester, and Cadet Andrew Kilgore, a sophomore from Des Moines, placed twelfth in the weapons assembly and disassembly.

Other students participating included; Cadet Caitlin Wright, a junior from Council Bluffs; Cadet Jennifer Zaiser, a junior from Fairfield; Cadet Charley Davis, a senior from Muscatine; Cadet Jason McIntosh, a junior from Missouri Valley; Cadet Kent Greiner, a sophomore from Cedar Falls; and Cadet Thomas Slykhuis, a sophomore from Knoxville.