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November 13, 2002 - 6:00pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

November 12, 2002 - 6:00pm


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

November 11, 2002 - 6:00pm


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

UNI Capital Register

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

Approval of tuition and fees

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

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

Fall Enrollment report (part II)

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244

Property purchase

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

Second annual report on the university strategic plan

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566

Special purpose appropriations requests (FY 2004)

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

Annual Purchasing Report

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

Fire and environmental safety report

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

Deferred maintenance report

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

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

Persistence and retention studies

Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244


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

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

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

November 10, 2002 - 6:00pm


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

November 7, 2002 - 6:00pm


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

The series will continue on the following Fridays:

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 5, 2002 - 6:00pm


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

November 4, 2002 - 6:00pm


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Teaches a graduate course in ethics in public policy

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

Teaches 'Reasoning About Moral Problems'

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

Researches social responsibility of transnational corporations

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

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

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

Bio-medical ethics

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

Has conducted extensive research on ethics

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

Environmental ethics

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

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

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

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

Ethics and the practice of school psychology

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

Business ethics

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

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

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

The intersection of religious belief and ethical reflection about business

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

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

November 3, 2002 - 6:00pm


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

October 31, 2002 - 6:00pm


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

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

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

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


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

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

For more information contact Ben Jacobson, UNI assistant men's basketball coach at (319) 273-4864 or


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

October 30, 2002 - 6:00pm


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 listing of the students, please contacet the Office of Univeristy Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.


When Woodward and Bernstein broke the Watergate story in the early '70s, journalism schools nationwide saw huge increases in enrollment. As the Enrons and Worldcoms continue to fall because of shoddy accounting practices, business schools are seeing the same phenomenon.

Gerald Smith, head of the Department of Accounting at UNI, said the university has seen a 20 percent increase in accounting majors since last year. 'For decades, accountants have been saying that we'd never start to see the numbers of students we needed to see until we got a television program about CPAs,' Smith said. 'And now it is hard to turn on the news without seeing a report about a financial reporting or auditing issue. Our students have seen this and said that going into this field offers them an opportunity to make change.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa's 40th annual Science, Mathematics and Technology Symposium will take place Thursday, Nov. 7, on the UNI campus.

Todd Eisworth, UNI assistant professor of mathematics, will present 'This statement is false: self-reference and incompleteness in mathematics,' at 3:30 p.m. in the Maucker Union Expansion. The speech explains how English and mathematics interact. The presentation is part of the symposium, but the public may attend free of charge.

The annual symposium is attended by hundreds of Iowa high school students, their parents, teachers and counselors. During the event, high school seniors compete for four-year tuition scholarships in the sciences, mathematics or technology, as well as several partial-tuition scholarships in the sciences.

Scholarship competitors test in the morning and finalists are interviewed in the afternoon. Scholarship winners are announced at the conclusion of the symposium. Participants also receive career information and introductions to programs, resources and faculty in the College of Natural Sciences.

The symposium is sponsored by the UNI College of Natural Sciences. Additional event information is available at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Theatre UNI and School of Music will present the classic musical, 'The Threepenny Opera,' by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Friday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov.17 at the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

Sandra Walden, former UNI faculty member, will direct the musical. She previously directed 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Die Fledermaus' for Theatre UNI. Music direction will be shared by Rebecca Burkhardt, associate professor of music, and Ronald Johnson, professor of music. Scenic designer is Mark Parrott, Theatre UNI designer; lighting designer is Eric Lange, associate professor of theatre; and costume designer is Amy RohrBerg, associate professor of theatre.

'The Threepenny Opera' tells of deceit and betrayal in the seedy underworld of beggars, thieves and prostitutes in 19th century England. 'The writers collaborated to create a work of epic theatre that, by bringing together deceitful, self-involved characters with an upbeat cabaret score, allows audiences to laugh at the absurdity, and challenges us to action to change the corrupt capitalist society which leads to such class disparities,' says Walden.

The musical will run Nov. 8, 9, 14, and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for UNI students and youths, $13 for senior citizens, and $15 for all others. Tickets may be purchased through the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381, or at


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Tae Kwon-Do Club recently attended the 29th annual national Tae Kwon-Do Championships in Kansas City, Kansas. Alex Laskin, a graduate assistant in communication studies from Cedar Falls, took first place in form; Heather Lee, a freshman from Wartburg, took second place in form and first place in sparring; and Cole Wubbena, a freshman from Kirkwood College, took first place in sparring.

Serving as officials were black belts Francis Moore, from Waterloo; Grant Wubbena, from Iowa City; Dylan Kline, a junior management information systems major from Davenport; Bridget Biver, a senior photography major from Waterloo; Mark Schilling, an alumnus from Minnesota; Jerel Krueger, a senior computer science major from Waterloo; Cole Wubbena and Lee. Kline also is club president.

The UNI Tae Kwon-Do club is the oldest sport club on campus, dating back to 1969.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa men's and women's rugby teams will host the Midwest regional tournament Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3 on the intramural fields west of the UNI-Dome. The teams will compete for the Midwest champion title. Both UNI teams are Midwest Champions of last year.

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

The women's regional tournament will pit No. 2 University of Minnesota against No. 3 University of Dayton at 11 a.m, and No. 1 UNI against No. 4 Lacrosse at 1 p.m. The men's tournament will see No. 1 UNI play No. 3 Iowa State University at 11 a.m. No. 4 University of Wisconsin-Stout will battle No. 2 University of Dayton at 1 p.m.

October 29, 2002 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa student recently returned from Cape Town, South Africa. Paul Emerick, a senior general studies major from Pella, is a member of the 2002 Collegiate All-American Rugby traveling team.

The trip consisted of three matches played in eight days. The first match was played Sept. 22 against Peninsula Technikon, where the U.S. team earned a solid victory. However, the U.S. team went up against the University of Stellenbosch on Sept. 26 and was defeated. The U.S. team won its third and final match against the University of Western Cape on Sept. 29.

Emerick also was a member of the 2001 Collegiate All-American Rugby team that competed last fall in Dublin, Ireland. In addition, this past summer he played for the USA Rugby team, nicknamed the 'Eagles 15,' where he competed for the U.S. on a seven-week European tour.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The women's studies program at the University of Northern Iowa recently presented the Lynn Cutler Leadership award to sophomore Courtney Clausen. The award includes a $100 check and certificate. It is presented to a women's studies minor who has shown excellence in leadership on campus.

The daughter of Jane Clausen, 2801 W. 38th St. Sioux City, and a 2001 graduate of Sioux City West High, Clausen is a sociology teaching major and a women's studies minor. She is a chair of the Gender Equality Association (GEA); a frontline first response mentor, offering information to students who have been abused; a State of Iowa Sexual Assault advocate for Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE); and a women's studies mentor coordinator, working with high school students on gender equality.

Clausen's sister Andrea, is a UNI graduate and also was a women's studies minor involved with GEA.

October 28, 2002 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --'The Link Between Estrogen, Brain, and Behavior: Why it Matters' will be the topic of the next CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum lecture, at noon, Monday, Nov. 4, in Baker Hall Room 161 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Cathy DeSoto, UNI assistant professor of psychology, will discuss estrogen's effects. 'I hope to illustrate how denying the effects of estrogen is potentially demeaning emotionally to women and harmful in terms of health,' she said.

The next program in the CROW Forum series will be Dec. 2, when Karen Mitchell, UNI associate professor of communication studies, and Jana Gymer-Koch, UNI graduate student, will present 'Finding a Voice: Ethnography of the Origins of SAVE Forum Actors.'


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Educators in Iowa can earn graduate credit and learn more about 'Forests in a Changing Climate,' by registering for one of three conferences presented by University of Northern Iowa's Environmental Issues Instruction program. Teachers will attend a two-part session offered at two locations; in Dubuque at the Days Inn Nov. 22-24 and Jan. 31-Feb. 1; or in West Des Moines at the Walnut Creek Inn on Feb. 7-9, and April 11-12 or Feb. 14-16, and May 2-3.

The program is designed to educate K-12 teachers on the effects of climate change on forests. Topics will address global warming, change by human and natural factors, and their affects on the forest. After the first conference, teachers return to their schools and work with their students to develop lessons based on conference information. During the second session they report on what they learned while working with their students.

'The program encourages elementary, junior high and high school teachers to integrate these environmental issues into their science, math, language arts and other curricula,' said Carl Bollwinkel, project director. 'Using skills for these areas and ecological concepts, participating teachers learn to help their students analyze issues, participate in case studies and determine responsible environmental action.'

For more information contact Carl Bollwinkel, project director, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education at or on the Web at,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The '2002 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition,' originally scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 1, in the University of Northern Iowa's Gallery of Art, has been postponed to a date to be announced. The opening reception, set for 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, in the Kamerick Art Building lobby, has also been postponed.

A water valve in a mechanic's closet burst Sunday morning, causing water to flood the entire first floor in the building's south wing. The gallery, the art auditorium and the Department of Art office were among areas affected.

Darrell Taylor, acting director of the UNI Gallery of Art, said he has posted a notice on the gallery's Web site about the delay in the opening and will update it as more information is available. For more information, call (319) 273-6134, or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention November 2-3. Members will attend seminars at Malcolm Price Laboratory School and the UNI Wellness/Recreation Center.

Presentations will address early childhood movement activities, dance and other physical education activities, as well as the National Association for Sport and Physical Education standards for physical activity of children from birth to five years of age. The National Program for Playground Safety will discuss safe supervision on school playgrounds. Speakers include several national teachers of the year. Members will be eligible for graduate credit and licensure renewal credit.

Lori Smith, instructor at Malcolm Price Laboratory School, is the IAHPERD president-elect as well as the 2001 Elementary Physical Education teacher of the year.

For more information, call (319) 273-2558.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a performance by the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

The band, stationed at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, is a 60-member unit whose repertoire includes jazz, country, rock, contemporary and classical. Its various musical components perform more than 450 concerts annually, touring extensively through the country.

The Heartland of America Band has received four Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, and three Organizational Excellence Awards. The band holds the distinction of being the only Air Force musical unit to have been deployed throughout the entire area of responsibility in support of troop morale during Operation Desert Shield.

There is no charge to attend the concert.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six University of Northern Iowa public relations students were recently elected as officers for the student run public relations firm, Public Relations Interns Develop Expertise, or PRide, for 2002-2003.

The group's purpose is to provide students practical experience similar to the workplace environment, while providing public relations counsel to community organizations

The executive board consists of six members that serve as liaisons between the student firm and its clients. The group has 30 members and 17 accounts. Clients this year include Waterloo Community Schools, Conestoga Council of Girls Scouts, the Wesley Foundation and the Memorial Foundation of Allen Hospital.

Teresa Kulow, PRide president, is a senior public relations major and journalism minor from Mediapolis. She manages the firm's operations and is in charge of finding new clients, developing the annual business plan, and maintaining client contact.

Robin Madsen, a senior public relations major from Audubon, is the vice president. She helps oversee the firm and supervises account executives.

Joann Schinstock, a senior public relations major from Mount Pleasant, is the administrative assistant. She is in charge of keeping and posting minutes for all meetings, and assists the president.

Angela Greiner, a senior public relations major with journalism and marketing minors from Brighton, is the editor of the PRogressor, a newsletter for UNI students and area businesses. Her responsibilities involve production, layout and editing.

Emily Rudin, a senior public relations and journalism minor from Sioux City, is the vice president of administration. Her duties involve managing finances and preparing annual plans and budget for the organization.

Jackie Wilson, a senior public relations major from Waterloo, is the public relations director. She is in charge of publicizing PRide in the community, contacting prospective clients, and working on fund-raising projects and special events.

The PRide academic advisor is Gayle Pohl, APR, UNI professor of communication studies.

October 27, 2002 - 6:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Foundation kicked off the national phase of its 'Students First' Campaign with special events Oct. 25-26. The highlight of the kickoff was an announcement that the initial goal of $75 million has been reached; a new goal of $100 million has been set.

Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, said the campaign is expected to be completed by July 2005. More than $70 million of 'Students First' funds will be used for scholarships and academic programs. Funds also will support facilities, including $18 million to build the McLeodUSA Center, a multi-purpose sports arena for basketball, volleyball and wrestling. Other capital projects include McElroy Hall, which houses the Freeburg Early Childhood Program in Waterloo; a human performance center to be attached to the UNI-Dome; renovation of Russell Hall; and equipment for McCollum Science Hall and Lang Hall.

'Our vision is to make UNI the nation's finest public comprehensive university,' said Calhoun.

Joy Cole Corning and Rex Eno, long-time UNI supporters, are co-chairing the national campaign. A former lieutenant governor of Iowa, Corning is an alumna who serves on the boards of nearly one dozen organizations. In 2001, she established the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series at UNI. Eno is chairman of Aegon USA Life Investors in Cedar Rapids, and chair of the UNI Foundation Board of Trustees. He and his wife, a UNI alumna, established the Rex and Kathy Eno Scholarship Endowment Fund at the university.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Steve O'Kane, associate professor of biology at the University of Northern Iowa, has been named the Prem Sahai Distinguished Professor for the 2002-2003 academic year. O'Kane will receive a $25,000 award which may be used for summer salary, research support, graduate assistantships, professional travel and other appropriate expenditures. He will deliver a lecture in the spring as part of the award.

The Prem Sahai Distinguished Professorship in the UNI College of Natural Sciences is awarded annually, on a rotating basis, to a tenure or tenure-track faculty member from the departments of biology, chemistry or mathematics, who has shown excellence in teaching and research and who exemplifies distinction in the particular discipline. The professorship was established in honor of the late Prem Sahai, a UNI alumnus, by his family.

A member of the UNI faculty since 1996, O'Kane specializes in the types and diversity of plants. He has discovered and named several species new to science in the course of his research. He holds a Ph.D. in evolutionary and population biology from Washington University in St. Louis. O'Kane has done extensive fieldwork in the western United States, Alaska, Mexico, central and eastern Europe, Russia, Taiwan and Japan.

October 24, 2002 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa has announced its Student Telecounseling Admissions Representatives (STARs) for the 2002 fall semester.

__(NAME)__ of __(HOMETOWN)__, a __(CLASSIFICATION)__ studying __(MAJOR)__ at the University of Northern Iowa is one of 13 students working as a STAR this fall semester.

STARs call prospective students, as well as admitted students, to talk about student life at UNI. They call Sundays from 3 to 8 p.m. and from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sara Schuler, UNI admissions counselor and telecounseling supervisor, is the Northern Iowa STARs supervisor.

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


The Oct. 18 voluntary recall of the meningitis vaccine (Menomune) has no bearing on students immunized at UNI's Student Health Clinic.

Sue Courts, director of the clinic, said the recall affects only single-dose vials. 'We use multiple-does vials of the medication,' she explained. Courts noted fewer than 50 students have been immunized at the clinic this year.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The sixth-period 9th grade physics class at Turkey Valley High School in Jackson Junction won this year's Space Week Science Challenge, a contest open to all K-12 Iowa classrooms. The winners were announced October 23 by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium, one of the contest sponsors.

The winning class, taught by Caroline Scheidel, will receive a Meade ETX Astro telescope and a Garmin e-TREX GPS receiver for their classroom and a field trip to the Science Station and IMAX Theatre in Cedar Rapids. The teachers at Turkey Valley High School won an in-service training session and curriculum materials from the Iowa State University Extension Service's Science, Engineering and Technology team.

Meade ETX Astro telescopes also were awarded to the top classroom entries in two other categories. The 2nd-3rd grade talented and gifted classroom of Marilyn Hawkins at Mount Ayr Elementary won for category K-3, and the 4th-8th grade science classroom of Gary Bottorff at Lansing Middle School won for category 4-8.

Contestants listened to special editions of the Earth and Sky radio program broadcast by WHO Radio in Des Moines during Space Week, October 4-10. Topics included the greenhouse effect, volcanoes, the moon and asteroids. Students then took a quiz based on the radio programs and supporting activities.

Each of the 43 classrooms that entered the contest will receive a classroom space travel kit from Team Encounter. The number of entries for the competition has doubled since last year.

Corporate contest sponsors were WHO Radio and the Earth and Sky radio program. The Iowa Space Grant Consortium is a NASA-supported organization aimed at increasing interest in aerospace education and research. Its academic members are the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Drake University.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's master's in public policy program will co-sponsor the fifth annual Cedar Valley Conference on Race, 'Bridging the Divide,' from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at Hawkeye Community College.

The keynote address will be given by Al Vivian, president of Atlanta-based Basic Action Strategies and Information Center Inc. Vivian graduated from Morehouse College and served as an equal opportunity officer for the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1991. He studied at the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon.

Clifton Taulbert, founder and president of the Building Community Institute in Tulsa, Okla., will be the plenary session speaker. The institute is based on the principles outlined in Taulbert's book, 'Eight Habits of the Heart,' USA Today's 1998 choice for book to 'enrich our minds and lives.'

Workshop presenters will be Vivian; Eddie Moore, dean of intercultural life at Central College in Pella; Jim Day, local speech/language pathologist; Lou Porter, director of development for KBBG Radio; and Salome Raheim of the University of Iowa.

Other conference sponsors are the Waterloo mayor's office, the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, the Cedar Valley Diversity Appreciation Team, John Deere Community Credit Union, KBBG-FM, and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Registration fee of $50 is due by Nov. 8. For more information, contact the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, (319) 291-4441.


As a rule, people18-24 are less likely to vote than are other voting populations. 'At that age, people have a lot going on in their lives,' explains Tom Rice, head of the UNI Department of Political Science. 'They're starting families or relationships, moving, starting careers, they're in and out of school.' As a result, they focus less on what's going on politically, and more on what's going on personally.

Recently, those numbers have dropped to all-time lows. 'But what's more troubling is that young people seem to be less engaged in the community in general,' says Rice. 'The fact that they don't vote is really just a symptom of the erosion of social capital.'

He says it's pointless to generically encourage voting. 'We don't want people voting because they've been brow beaten into it. We want them to want to vote. But that starts by becoming engaged in your community, and that's what we aren't encouraging.'

October 23, 2002 - 7:00pm


Halloween, long a holiday for high jinks and hilarity, can become a dangerous celebration when proper safety precautions are ignored, particularly on playgrounds. In Des Moines earlier this year, authorities found sharp metal shards placed strategically at the bottom of a playground slide.

Donna Thompson, director of the National Program for Playground Safety, based at UNI, says there are simple ways for parents and other concerned citizens to ensure safety on playgrounds. She recommends adults assess playgrounds for hazards prior to allowing children to use the play environment. Other supervision tips are available in the Playground Supervision Kit, which consists of a supervision manual, video and safety fannypack.

The kit is available via the Web, at