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May 26, 2003 - 7:00pm


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.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Some 60-100 Iowa middle school students are expected on the University of Northern Iowa campus June 23-27 for the inaugural session of the Junior Band Camp. The event is sponsored bv the UNI School of Music and facilitated by UNI's Conference & Event Services.

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. Her clinics on motivational techniques for beginning band are often featured at state and national conventions.

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. 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.

Both resident and commuting student registrations are available. 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. Registration is due by May 23.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Steve Corbin, associate professor of marketing at the University of Northern Iowa, received the Marketing Management Association 2003 Master Teacher Award, during the organization's recent national conference.

Corbin was one of four finalists, each of whom was required to deliver a live classroom presentation in front of judges and peers. He received a plaque, a 'master's' jacket, and $500 from the award sponsor, Hormel Foods Corp.

Corbin came to UNI in 1975 as assistant professor with the Marketing Teacher-Education Program. In 1980, he transferred to the Department of Marketing within the College of Business Administration. He holds a B.A. from UNI, an M.Ed from Colorado State University, and an Ed.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has named Amy Boland event management director for the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Boland came to UNI from Lisle, Ill., where she was convention services manager for Hyatt Hotels. She holds a B.A. in communications and music performance from the University of Iowa, and also is a professional flutist.

May 4, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently inducted 162 students into Phi Eta Sigma, a national college scholastic honor society for freshmen.

Freshmen with a 3.50 or higher grade point average are eligible for membership. Freshmen initiated into the UNI chapter of Phi Eta Sigma include __(Name)-__ from __( hometown)__.

Phi Eta Sigma members participate in several activities throughout the year, including mini-golfing, a hayrack ride, sponsoring a family's Thanksgiving dinner, adopt-a-client through the Cedar Valley AIDS association, and an end-of-year picnic.

Officers for the 2002-2003 academic year were: Carolyn Carter, president, Wilton; Angela Hagarty, vice president, Marion; Jona Sneiderman, secretary, Sheldon; Meg Taylor, treasurer, Cedar Falls; Tiffany Schuering, historian Defiance; and Jamie Tegeler, publicity chair, Dyersville. Social service chairs: Jared Smith of Waterloo, Jeanie Tsamis of Cedar Rapids, Steve Allen of Omaha, Neb. and Wendy Walker of LaPorte City. Membership chairs: Jenny Higgins, Waterloo, and Katie Hoey, West Union.

Mary Boes, UNI associate professor of social work, is Phi Eta Sigma faculty adviser. For more information, contact Boes at (319) 273-5892.


NOTE TO EDITOR: Listed below, in alphabetical order by hometown, with Iowa residents listed first, are the freshmen initiates of Phi Eta Sigma. Please check for names in your coverage area.


ALGONA Alexandra Redenius

ALTA Greta M. Lichtenberg

AMES Laura M. Ritland

ARCHER Eric L. Vandenhull

BELLEVUE Alisha M. Ohlert

BETTENDORF Erin S. Hamburg

BOONE Andrew R. Ahrens, Amy J. Houston

BURLINGTON Taylor R. Gerling

CALUMET Karma L. Huffman

CASCADE Michael C. Gleason

CEDAR FALLS Jil H. Hartema, Dustin K. Lilleskov, Bradley M. Strouse, Tara L. McPherson, Erin T. Piscitelli

CEDAR RAPIDS Adam B. Buchholz, Amy L. Hegenderfer, Leah J. Johnson, Jana R. McQuiston, Joseph D. Murphy, Briana R. Rickertsen, Brandi R. Ward

CENTER POINT Steffany M. Zabokrtsky


CLIVE Valerie R. Ferguson

COLESBURG Andrea L. Breitbach, Marcia R. Hillers

COLFAX Kendra M. Lester

DAVENPORT Ashley A. Beyh, Lee P. Bower, Lisa Teeselink

DECORAH Allison A. Carolan

DENVER Erin J. Iverson

DES MOINES Sahvannah L. Bougher, Amanda J. Clark, Susan Rhines, Margaret M. Dohrnmann

DEWITT Erin L. Dieckman

DIKE Joyce M. Boike

DONAHUE Eric J. Pehler

DONNELLSON Matthew E. Dahms, Cory C. Johnson

DUBUQUE Ellen N. Arling, Erin M. Burkholder

ELDRIDGE Matthew J. Arensdorff

ELK RUN HEIGHTS Christopher M. Blad

FARLEY Valerie Ann Vorwald

FOREST CITY Melanie L. Ferjak

FORT DODGE Barbara J. Gambs

FORT MADISON Sarah B. Jordan

GLADBROOK Jaclyn A. Reinhard

GUTTENBERG Colleen S. Kann

GRIMES Sabrina E. Hughes

HARTLEY April S. George, Cassandra L. Mohni

HAVELOCK Emily J. Baade

HOLSTEN Maureen C. Cosgrove

HOLY CROSS Michael R. Hayes

HUDSON Rae E. True

HUXLEY Lindsay M. Fawcett

IDA GROVE Holly C. Hinkhouse

INDEPENDENCE Elizabeth M. Flickinger, Amber R. Werner, Ashley J. Palmer

IOWA CITY Brandon M. Fiagle, Matthew E. Keller, Katherine A. Walsh

JANESVILLE Lynne M. Dieckman, Elizabeth C. Slade

JOHNSTON Jenna M. Goodenow

KALANA Kelly J. Adam

KENSETT Jefferey R. Schmidt

KESWICK Jolene J. Kiefer

LAKE MILLS Kristin A. Sletten

LAMOTTE Lindsey A. Clewell

LAPORTE CITY Hilary K. Bruns

LEMARS Melanie S. Johnson, Jamie L. Nobel, Nathan C. Peters

MANCHESTER Anna Moorman, Cara B. Mulder

MARION Amber L. Franklin, Celeste A. Geralds, Laura K. Hamrick, Mary K. Schuett, Dustin D. Zachmeyer

MASON CITY Aaron S. Backlin, Amanda K. Fewins, Laura B. Taylor

MAQUOKETA Lindsay K. Krueger

MAXWELL Kristin M. Wyant


MEDIAPOLIS Tari R. Hillyard

MISSOURI VALLEY Kiley L. Kirkpatrick

MONTICELLO Crystal J. Brighton, Stephanie R. Streit

MUSCATINE Rachel Jane Farrar, Melissa L. Smock

NEVADA Kimberly A. Cordray

NEW HAMPTON Shaina C. Stone

NEW HARTFORD Miki J. Mead, Jenny L. Smith

NEW VIENNA Katie R. Menke

NEWTON Josey M. Elscott

OELWEIN Shae E. Frazer

OGDEN Jessica M. Fisher

OSCEOLA Brent A. Kramer


OXFORD Amanda M. Eckrich

PLYMOUTH Debra K. Fitzl

POCAHONTAS Caroline C. DeWall

POSTVILLE Sarah L. Brainard



ROWLEY Amanda M. Vanous

RUDD Brittany A. Norton

SHELLSBURG Janel M. Miller

SHELL ROCK Krista J. Dilger

SIOUX CENTER Martha J. Cleveringa

SIOUX CITY Franny J. Horton

SIOUX RAPIDS Joshua J. Carlson

SPIRIT LAKE Michael S. Billings, Rebecca M. Bruns, Andrew J. Schultz

SPRAGVEVILLE Darcy G. Feuerbach

SWAN James M. Besler

SULLY Lindsey B. Huyser, Gwyn L. Vanderweerdt

TITONKA Amber S. Beenken

TRIPOLI Katherine A. Kuker, Laura G. Wright, Kendra J. Meyer

VALE Amy J. Clark

VINTON Katherine R. McKenna, Evan D. Peterson

WALCOTT Stefanie S. Spies

WATERLOO Shauntreis F. Sproles, Kristy K. Conrad, James W. Kimpston, Brooke A.


WAUKON Jamie K. Stortz

WAVERLY Brandi J. Kraft, Jessica M. Kuhrt, Jeffery George Miller

WEBSTER CITY Emily L. Barick

WEST DES MOINES Robert M. Ewalt, Jill E. McLain

WILTON Kyle M. Block

WINDSOR HEIGHTS Lindsey M. Crawford

WINTHROP Allison R. Myrton

WOODWARD Ashley R. Bice

ZWINGLE Amanda N. Veach


MT. MORRIS, ILL. Andrew W. Tate

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. Alexander C.S. Stevenson

DULUTH, MINN. Emily J. Kluess


NEW ULM, MINN. Amanda K. Paa


HIROSHIMA, JAPAN Hiroko Matsuura


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Paul Turman, University of Northern Iowa assistant professor of communication studies, recently received the Outstanding New Teacher Award from the Central States Communication Association (CSCA). The association represents communication scholars in a 13-state region. Turman received the award on April 11, at the CSCA conference in Omaha, Neb.

To be eligible for the award, nominees must be members of the CSCA and in their first five years of full-time teaching. Teachers at any level from grade school through graduate school are eligible. Nominees should also demonstrate the following in the classroom: clear goals, adequate preparation, appropriate instructional methods, significant results, presentation of instructional strategies and reflective critique.

Turman is the third member of the UNI communication studies department to receive the award.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 10th annual Sigma Xi Student Research Conference at the University of Northern Iowa acknowledged the works of Jeffery Church, a senior biology major from Sioux City, and Yijun Deng, a graduate student from Hengyany, China as the two best research papers presented at the conference. The students were awarded a $25 check and certificate.

Church received the undergraduate poster award for his research, 'Effect of Light Wavelengths on Phototropism in Phaseolus Leaves.' The study examined how bean plants interact with light to adjust their leaf angles to optimize function. His research advisor is Virginia Berg, UNI professor of biology. Deng received the graduate poster award for his research, 'The effect of atrazine, metolachlor and diazinon on human cells.' The research examined the growth inhibitory effects of single pesticides and pesticide combinations on human cells. His research advisor is Kavita R. Dhanwada, assistant professor of biology.

Students representing a wide range of disciplines were given the opportunity to present the results of their research in a professional setting, similar to what is done at discipline-specific conferences. The conference was hosted by the UNI chapter of Sigma Xi, an honor society founded in 1886 for scientists and engineers.

Sigma Xi's goals are to foster worldwide interactions among science, technology and society; to encourage appreciation and support of original work in science and technology; and to honor scientific accomplishments. The UNI chapter of Sigma Xi was established in 1986 and has 130 members representing all colleges on campus.

May 1, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's 45th annual recognition breakfast will be Saturday, May 3, honoring employees retiring within the 2002-2003 fiscal year, with the equivalent of five or more years of fulltime service.

The 8:15 a.m. breakfast sponsored by the UNI Foundation, is in the Commons' Slife Ballroom and open to all current and former university employees and their families.

This year's honorees are (years of service follow in parentheses), from the College of Education: Sharon Huddleston, professor of physical education (29.5); Sally Ludwig, clerk II, Price Lab School (26); Wanpen Murgatroyd, assistant professor of education (5); Benjamin F. Myers, instructor in teaching, Price Lab School (16);Donald Schmits, associate professor of education (26); Thomas Switzer, dean of the College of Education (15).

From the College of Business Administration: Carol Bolin, secretary III, College of Business Administration (16).

From the College of Humanities and Fine Arts: Steven Bigler, professor of art (25); Jacques DuBois, assistant professor of modern languages (37); Judith F. Harrington, assistant professor of communicative disorders (38); Marilou Kratzenstein, professor of music (27.5); Michael Oates, professor of modern languages (36).

From the College of Natural Sciences: Gregory Dotseth, professor of mathematics (36); Bonnie Litwiller, professor of mathematics (35); Paul Trafton, professor of mathematics (10.5).

From the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: C. Murray Austin, professor of geography (30).

From the Department of Residence: Daniel Gleissner, assistant director/facilities (23); Mary Lou Hagen, cook I (8.5) Kent Ruby, technical coordinator/dining services (35); Shirley Siems, kitchen helper I (22).

From Broadcasting Services: Carl Jenkins, assistant director-broadcasting (40); Douglas Vernier, director (30); Karen Webb account clerk (12).

From Continuing Education & Special Programs: Sheila Lundberg, secretary II (17); Emrys Pugh, senior TV engineer (23).

From the Physical Plant: Scott Blackburn, custodian II (14); Alvin Kyhl, manager of transportation services (32); Delores Sheerer, clerk III (18); James Thierman, carpenter (23).

Others to be recognized are: Nancy Bramhall, program administrator, Individual Studies (25); Vivian Jackson, associate dean Graduate College (12); David Kacmarynski, CIS technician II, ITS Network Services (29); Lowell Norland, director of Iowa Training Opportunity Programs, Business & Community Services (16); JoAnn Slifka, clerk III, Office of the Registrar (19.5).


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twelve students from the University of Northern Iowa recently competed in the 63rd annual William Lowell Putnam Competition. The exam, offered to undergraduate students in the United States and Canada, is the most prestigious mathematics competition of its kind.

The UNI team placed 122nd out of the 376 participating teams. This is the highest UNI has ever placed in the competition. Four of the students posted high individual scores. James Brito, a senior computer science major from Baxter, ranked 314th out of 3,349 participants, placing him among the top 500 for the second consecutive year. Four students, including Scott Hirschman, a senior mathematics major from Kingsley; Curtis Martinek, a senior mathematics major from Cresco; Adam Hoefer, a senior mathematics major from Quasqueton; and James Mills, a senior mathematics major from Sioux Rapids, placed near the top third of all entrants.

The competition includes two three-hour sessions, consisting of six problems each. The problems are designed to be approachable by undergraduate math majors in the areas of calculus, analysis, algebra, geometry, number theory, combinatorics, linear algebra and probability.

Students participating in the competition were ___(NAME)___, a ___(CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR)___, from ___(HOMETOWN)___.

The UNI team was coached by Jason Ribando, UNI assistant professor of mathematics and Douglas Mupasiri, UNI associate professor of mathematics.

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 University of Northern Iowa will host its annual spring commencement services in two ceremonies on Saturday, May 10 in the UNI-Dome. The first will begin at 10 a.m., for candidates for degrees from the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, and the Division of Continuing Education & Special Programs. At 2 p.m. will be the ceremony for candidates for degrees from the College of Humanities & Fine Arts, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

UNI President Robert Koob will preside over ceremonies and confer degrees on the students. Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will award honors.

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

The university's Heritage Honours Awards, recognizing alumni who have achieved significant personal and professional accomplishments, will be presented as well. This year's winners are Thomas Erving, an earth science teacher at North High School in Davenport and a 1967 alumnus; and Patrick Esser, executive vice president of operations for Cox Communications Inc., in Atlanta, and a 1979 and 1982 alumnus.

Student addresses will be given by Jill Dee Huebner of Marion, a senior who will receive a degree in elementary education and early childhood education; and Adam Philip Humes of Clinton, a senior who will receive a degree in history.

Due to construction projects, those planning to attend the ceremonies should approach the campus from the north.


The University of Northern Iowa's Wellness & Recreation Services will host the annual de-stress days for UNI students, faculty and staff Monday through Wednesday, May 5-7, in the Maucker Union Expansion. The event coincides with UNI's finals week and will run each day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will include free mini-massages, soothing music, complimentary stress kits and opportunities to pet puppies and kittens.

April 30, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will offer a summer graduate course in water quality, May 12 through June 6.

Bill Stigliani, director of UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, said the course is for those interested in water chemistry, quality protection and treatment. Course content will include composition and chemistry of natural and polluted waters, sampling procedures, and scientific analysis of water quality. The instructor will be Jamison Bear, a visiting professor of environmental science from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan.

The three-credit course is numbered 830:186g and is not listed in the UNI summer Schedule of Classes. To register, contact the registrar's office, (319) 273-2623.

April 29, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students from the University of Northern Iowa have received scholarships from the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation. Warner, a UNI alumnus, established the scholarship program to benefit hard-working students who are dedicated to community service.

The scholarship is offered to students at UNI, Missouri Baptist College in St. Louis, St. Louis University and the University of Missouri-St.Louis. The students receive a $4,000 scholarship payable over four years, which is matched by the university and supported by a work-study program and mentor.

Warner scholars from UNI are; Clinton Miller, a junior finance and real estate major from Strawberry Point; Kristen Kuecker, a freshman health promotion major from Algona; Renee Maurer, a sophomore education major from Iowa City; and Ben Schaefer, a freshman, major undecided, from Cedar Falls.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students from the University of Northern Iowa Department of Design, Family, and Consumer Sciences have been awarded scholarships for the 2003-2004 academic year.

The $200 Elisabeth Sutherland Howes Outstanding Senior Award and the Purple and Old Gold Award for Meritorious Scholarship were presented to Mollie Mangelsen, a senior family services major from DeWitt.

Students receiving the $500 Nellie Dickey Scholarship were Janet Peterson, a senior interior design major from Cedar Rapids; Renee Lensing, a junior family services major from Fort Atkinson; Kristie Beck, a junior family services major from Farley; and Jessica Jobe, a senior textile and apparel major from New Orleans, LA.

The $200 Martha Shedd Scholarship was awarded to Melissa Carlson, a junior family services major from Bangor, Maine. Recipients of the $1,000 Marjorie Gibson Leighty Scholarship were Jennifer Higgins, a sophomore interior design major from Waterloo; and Kristine Kramer, a junior family services major from Steamboat Rock.

April 28, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa Department of Art has announced the winners of the 2003 High School Art Scholarship Competition held earlier this month at the Kamerick Art Building on the UNI campus.

The competition featured the work of 29 high school seniors. Two students were given four-year instate tuition scholarships. They are Kate Fitzpatrick, Storm Lake High School, instructed by Anita Coon and Ron Netten; and Charlee Rogers, Marshalltown High School, instructed by Julie Bousum, Kirk Niehouse and Mary Tordsen.

Selected as alternate to receive an award in the event either of the winners chooses not to accept the scholarship was Scott Ephraim, Cedar Falls High School. His instructors are Randy Marcussen, Robert McCullough and Lisa Renze.

In addition to the scholarship competition, the event included a keynote address by Kevin Kelley, UNI alumnus and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, as well as exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other special events.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will host a performance by the world-famous Tsou Cultural Troupe of Taiwan at 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, in the Gallagher -Bluedorn Performing Arts Center's Davis Hall.

The troupe is comprised of the Tsou (pronounced: SAU) people from rural Taiwan. The ensemble is under the direction of UNI School of Music alumnus, Susan Tsai (Master of Music degree, 1984), and

has performed around the world in places such as Paris, Vienna, Rome, the Vatican, Washington, D.C., Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and New York.

The Tsou (literally means 'people') are an indigenous group from Taiwan. They live in the forest area west of Jade Mountain and have a combined population of approximately 7,000. According to Tsou myth, the God of the Heavens made humankind by shaking fruit from a maple tree, and left his footprints in the mountain forests to give the Tsou a place to build their villages. Most of the Tsou people make their living mainly by cultivating bamboo, tea and wasabi mustard.

The troupe has no formal sponsoring organization. When invited to perform performers are selected and organized, and then train and rehearse, based on the needs of each occasion.

According to John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music, no aspect of traditional Tsou culture is more highly praised than their ceremonial music and dance.

'The proud melodies and elegant cadences of these stately rites create an aura of solemnity and devotion. The Tsou belief in this spirit of adoration for the gods and all they created, not only evokes the reverence and respect they feel for nature, but also serves as a pillar of support for the Tsou as they face the challenges of a harsh environment,' said Vallentine.

The performance is free and open to the public, however tickets are required due to limited seating. To reserve tickets, call 273-SHOW (7469), A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa celebrated its fourth annual Student Employment Week April 14-18, and named five Student Employees of the Year.

Those chosen were Jason Bauer, a marketing management senior from Boone, working as a telesales supervisor and program coordinator for the Office of Alumni Relations; Laura Engle, a public relations senior from Panora, working as an athletic media relations student assistant for Athletic Media Relations; Christi Miller, a senior marketing major from Marshalltown, who works as a public relations assistant for Wellness and Recreation Services; Hillary Schlueter, a senior from Guttenberg, majoring in political science and working as a cooperative education legislative assistant for Governmental Relations; and Erica Thornton, a senior all sciences teaching major from Archer, who works as a peer instructor in the Department of Academic Advising.

The students received a plaque and attended a luncheon with their parents. Also attending were their nominating supervisors, UNI President Robert Koob and Vice President for Educational and Student Services Rene Romano.

This year, the university also named a Student Employer of the Year, choosing Karen Agee, reading and learning strategies coordinator for Academic Advising Services.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently presented the annual Grace Ann Hovet Student Leadership Awards to outstanding student organizations, student leaders and organization advisors for the 2002-2003 academic year.

The following students were recognized for their leadership achievements: Recognized as Outstanding Student Organization Officer was Tina Heeren, a senior public relations major, marketing minor, from Akron. Heeren is president of the UNI chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA); Outstanding Member in a Student Organization was awarded to Jenni Burkle, a junior marketing major from Manchester, for her accomplishments with Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA); and Outstanding New Member in a Student Organization was awarded to David Kniffen, a freshman business major from Williamsburg, for his membership in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Other awards included; SAA, Overall Outstanding Student Organization; Fr. John Haugen, Catholic Student Association, Outstanding Advisor to a Student Organization; Outstanding Leadership Development Among Members, PRSSA; Development of Diversity Awareness Among Members, Hispanic/Latino Student Union and the Student Life Team; and Service to the UNI Community, Catholic Student Association.

The awards are sponsored by Maucker Union Student Activities, Education & Student Services and the Leadership Studies Program.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'MA Exhibition and BFA Exhibition #2,' from Monday, May 5 through Saturday, May 10. Graduating artists will host a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 5.

Brad Travis of Waterloo will present 'Presence of Place,' created in partial fulfillment of his Master of Arts degree in ceramic art. His work will be installed around sections of steel grain bins to create a presence of Iowa and its agricultural structures.

Four artists will participate in 'BFA Exhibition #2,' in partial fulfillment of their bachelor of fine arts degrees. Artists are; Dawn Gettler of Marshalltown; Trent Stainbrook of Waterloo; Karen Sorenson of Dubuque; and Bounnak Thammavong of Cedar Falls.

Gettler creates sculptures. Trent works with digital video. Sorensen works in color photography. Thammavong sculpts from various metals commonly related to agricultural and construction.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. Due to campus construction, visitors are encouraged to park in the UNI-Dome South lot and use the Hudson Road overpass to reach the Gallery of Art. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) recently named Shannon Blake, a senior finance major from Guttenberg, Student Entrepreneur of the Year. The award was presented at the College of Business Administration's Spring Gala, along with a $200 cash prize.

Blake is the daughter of Tom and Martha Blake and received the award for her leadership as president of UNI Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (UNI CEO). The group's purpose is to encourage, inspire and support students in entrepreneurial ventures.

April 27, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 2, outside Maucker Union, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will be moved inside to the Maucker Union Coffeehouse.

Cinco de Mayo marks the date the Mexican army defeated the French at the Puebla Battle in Mexico.

Activities will include cascarones which are confetti-filled eggs, pi�atas, and musical entertainment. Food available for purchase includes fajitas, beans, chips, dessert and soda.

The Cinco de Mayo fiesta is sponsored by the Hispanic/Latino Student Union, Maucker Union and the Student Activities Offices.

For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at (319) 273-2683.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Thirty years ago a class-action lawsuit was brought against the University of Northern Iowa to gain salary equity for female faculty members. At 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, the UNI Women's Studies Program, and the Cedar Falls chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), will sponsor a retrospective panel discussion about the lawsuit. The event will take place in UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education.

Panelists will be four of the people at the center of the 1973 controversy, David Dutton, the attorney who brought the lawsuit against the university; Judith Harrington, assistant professor of communicative disorders; Gordon Harrington, emeritus faculty member, Department of Psychology; and Elaine Kalmar, emeritus faculty member, Department of English Language & Literature.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public.

April 24, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will present 'Opera A La Carte: A Sampling of Operating 'Treats',' at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 at the Strayer-Wood Theatre. The performance is a compilation of scenes from numerous operas, including; 'Die Fledermaus,' by J. Strauss; 'Hansel and Gretel,' by Humperdinck; 'The Ballad of Baby Doe,' by Moore; 'Cosi fan tutte,' by Mozart; 'La Rondine,' by Puccini; and 'La Traviata,' by Verdi.

The concert is the culminating event of an opera workshop conducted by director Sandra Walden, who was a guest director for the Theatre UNI/UNI Lyric Theatre production of 'The Threepenny Opera,' earlier this season.

The cast features 23 UNI students including, (Name, from (Hometown).

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