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Monday, April 2, 2007

NEWS

E-BILL DUE APRIL 5:

The next e-bill is due Thursday, April 5. To register for summer or fall classes, student accounts must be current. Check MyUNIverse to see if you have an amount due.

 

POWER OUTAGE:

The Office of Business Operations will be without power from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4. The Cashier location in Maucker Union will be open during this time to process U-bill payments and other student account transactions. Questions can be directed to 273-2164.

 

QUIET AND GROUP STUDY AREAS AT ROD LIBRARY:

In response to student and faculty requests for more group study areas and dedicated quiet areas, such spaces have been designated around the building. Maps will be posted at the front entrance and are also available online. Brochures are available at the service desk. For more information, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/access/circulation/groupst.shtml.

 

SIDEWALK CLOSING:

Walk areas between the Rod Library and the ITTC will be closed for reconstruction beginning as soon as Saturday, April 7. Alternate routing will be west of the library. Access to entry doors to the Maucker Union and Library will be maintained. Efforts will be made to minimize the disruption this work creates.

 

PARENT PORTAL:

Did you know that you can give access to your e-bill account to a parent or third party? Go to MyUNIverse and select Parent Portal. Assign them a user ID and password. Then select which items you would like to give them access to (e-bills, 1098 tax documents, grades, financial aid, etc.).

 

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES STUDENT RESEARCH CONFERENCE:

UNI's 14th Annual College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Student Research Conference will take place from 8 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21, in the SEC. Students can present their own research project, or attend to learn more about research in the social sciences, job opportunities after graduation, and how to get into graduate school. All students from all majors in the social and behavioral sciences are encouraged to participate. For conference activities, information, and online registration or submission, visit http://www.uni.edu/psych/csbs_conf/csbs_main.htm. For more information, contact Emily Nodorft at en524405@uni.edu, Erica Spies at espies@uni.edu, or Beverly A. Kopper at beverly.kopper@uni.edu or 273-3131

 

NISG SPEAKER APPLICATION AVAILABLE:

Applications are available for the 2007-2008 speaker position. Applicants can apply at http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg. For more information, contact Malia at malia@uni.edu.

 

UNI STUDENT EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR:

The UNI Financial Aid/Student Employment Office congratulates the following individuals who have been selected as UNI Student Employees of the Year. These individuals have made significant contributions to their department and the university, as well as the Waterloo/Cedar Falls community. UNI Student Employee of the Year: Mackenzie Christensen -- program assistant, nominated by Chris Denison; Amanda Porter -- administrative assistant, nominated by Leah Gutknecht; Brian Sellers -- computer technology assistant, nominated by Joyce Morrow; Beth Soppe -- research associate, nominated by Sara Ehrig; and Katie Watts - student telecounseling supervisor, nominated by Robin Sandberg.

 

DEPARTMENT NAME CHANGE: COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS:

The Department of Communicative Disorders' name has changed to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The change was approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, at its March meeting and is effective immediately. This change reflects the national trend in this discipline and is consistent with departments in peer institutions.

 

LIBRARY HOURS FOR APRIL 7-8:

http://www.library.uni.edu/libinfo/hours.shtml#spec.

 

STUDENT RESOURCES:

E-BOOKS ADDED TO ROD LIBRARY:

More than 125 reference e-books have been added to Rod Library’s collection. These include dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks in a variety of subject areas. Search Gale Virtual Reference Library in UNISTAR to see a list of titles or go to the Databases A-Z list and click on Gale Virtual Reference Library to search several titles at once. For more information, visit http://weblogs.uni.edu/libnews/.

 

$1,000 'SPIRIT OF LIFE' CREATIVE WRITING SCHOLARSHIP:

The "Spirit of Life" scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship based on creative writing (poetry or short fiction or literary nonfiction/personal essay) and a "Spirit of Life" essay. All full-time UNI undergraduates enrolling for fall 2007 are eligible. The deadline is noon, Monday, April 9. Directions and entry form are available at the English department office in Baker 117, or send requests to kenneth.baughman@uni.edu.

 

DISABILITY SERVICES NEWSLETTER: STUDENT EDITION:

Student Disability Services announces the release of the first issue of the Disability Services Newsletter: Student Edition. The newsletter was created to make all UNI students more aware of disability issues and services provided at UNI. To read the April issue, visit http://www.uni.edu/disability/documents/April2007StudentNewsletter.pdf.

 

NEW YORK TIMES PILOT TO RUN AGAIN:

Students may pick up papers in Maucker Union by the ATM machine, in the student lounge in CBB 101 or the SEC second-floor lounge through Friday, April 27. Sponsored by the American Democracy Project. We need to hear from students who want newspapers on campus. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 273-6898 or e-mail yla@uni.edu and put "newspapers" in the subject line.

 

NOW HIRING FOR UNI G.P.S. MENTOR PROGRAM:

The G.P.S (Gaining Panther Success) Mentor Program is hiring student employees for fall 2007. Program coordinator, peer mentors and caseworker positions are open. Application deadline is noon, Wednesday, April 18, at the CME (MAU 109). Non-traditional, traditional and students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For more information, or for an application, visit http://www.uni.edu/cme or contact Lydia Roberts at 273-2250 or lydia.roberts@uni.edu.

 

NEW NISG POSITION:

NISG has established a new position within the NISG executive branch, the Director of Diversity and Student Life. The position involves establishing and enhancing community and diversity building initiatives for the upcoming year. It is a great way to get involved and make a difference. Applications are due online at http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs under the "Get Involved" link on the NISG homepage by 5 p.m., Monday, April 9. For more information, visit the NISG office upstairs in Maucker Union or e-mail nisg@uni.edu.

 

ONE SPOT OPEN FOR THE SUMMER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM IN CHINA:

Travel, discover and earn three-to-nine UNI credits. The insurance and ticket reimbursement ($1,000) is provided by the host university, so students only need to pay for credits and travel arrangements. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Center in Baker 59, at 273-7078, or contact yana.cornish@uni.edu or olgashere@gmail.com.

 

BASIC BOOKKEEPING FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS:

Learn the basics of bookkeeping and accounting for your small business from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, in CBB 3. Registration is required. For more information, call 273-7350 or katherine.cota@uni.edu.

 

DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM MEETINGS:

Magic. Money. Experience. The Disney Theme Parks & Resorts College Program at the Walt Disney World® Resort is truly a one-of-a kind experience. Information sessions will take place at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 4 and 11 a.m., Thursday, April 5, in the Maucker Union State College Room. For more information, call Laura Wilson at 273-3821.

 

ANXIETY DISORDER SCREENING DAY:

Anxiety Disorder Screening Day will take place Thursday, April 5. The screening will be held at the UNI Counseling Center located at 103 Student Health Center (second floor of the Health Center). The screening will last approximately one hour and will be offered at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free and open to UNI faculty, staff and students. For more information, e-mail jennifer.murra@uni.edu or call 273-2676.

 

ATTENTION FUTURE CLASSROOM TEACHERS:

Are you ready to teach the six pillars (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship) of Character Counts? Attend this free workshop from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday, April 13, at the CME (MAU 109). Pre-registration is required by e-mailing wsebert@uni.edu. Sponsored by the GBPAC.

 
STUDY ABROAD IN FIJI:

Ever wanted to visit Fiji? Learn more about this beautiful island from someone who's been there, from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Center at study-abroad@uni.edu or 273-7078.

 

CSBS SOPHOMORE EDUCATIONAL ADVANTAGE:

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Sophomore Educational Advantage (SEA) can help SBS sophomores become more aware of academic programs, experiential learning, research experience, independent study options, advising, study abroad and student organizations. The next forum will take place at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, in Sabin 129. For more information, call 273-2221.

 

MAJOR MEETINGS:

Academic departments will host pre-registration major meetings at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 4. New freshmen and students interested in changing majors should attend to receive advice on guidelines for majors and procedures to schedule fall classes. Students may declare their major at the meeting. For meeting locations, visit
http://www.uni.edu/acs/advising/advs/events/docs/majormtg_locationsp07.pdf.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT APPRECIATION WEEK: APRIL 2 - APRIL 6:

Wear UNI apparel on Monday, April 2. A graduate reception will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the CME Multipurpose Room. Socialize with other graduates and enjoy free soda, cheese and crackers and cake. All graduate students are invited to attend the Graduate Student Process Panel and Information Session from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. This session is for undergraduates interested in pursuing a graduate education. Help answer questions about what graduate school is really like and enjoy free food and soda. Stop by the information table in Maucker Union from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 4, to receive a free treat. Undergraduates are welcome to stop by and learn about the benefits of a graduate education.

 

WELLNESS/REC

SPRING OPEN MEN'S SLOW-PITCH SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT:

Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, April 5, through Wednesday, April 11, in the WRC, Room 101. Limited to the first 16 teams to register. Tournament play begins at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 15 on the Intramural Fields. Rain date is Saturday, April 21. There is an entry fee of $20 with a two-game guarantee.

 

WRC INTRAMURAL 4-ON-4 OPEN CO-REC SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT:

Entry forms are available Monday, April 2, in the WRC, Room 101. Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 9, through Wednesday, April 11, in the WRC, Room 101. Open to students, faculty and staff. There is an entry fee of $20. Members of the winning team will receive an intramural champion T-shirt. Play begins at 1 p.m, Sunday, April 15, at the WRC sand volleyball court. A rain date will be announced.

 

WRC INTRAMURAL TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT (MEN, WOMEN AND CO-REC):

Registration will take place from 6 to 6:45 p.m., in the south courts. Men’s and women’s singles will take place Tuesday, April 3, and men’s and women’s doubles and co-rec will take place Wednesday, April 4. Tournament play will start at 7 p.m., respectively Tuesday or Wednesday, April 3 or 4, in the WRC south courts. An IM Champion T-shirt will be awarded to each men's and women's singles champion and doubles champion in men’s, women’s and co-rec division.

 

LOOKING FOR A PERSONAL TRAINER?:

Personal trainers not only motivate you to reach your fitness goals, but they also help educate you on proper form and technique. Get inspired, and enjoy exercising. For more information, contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167 or kristy.leen@uni.edu.

 

EVENTS:

PAINTINGS ON EXHIBIT AT THE CME:

Thomas Loraine McKenney (1785-1859) developed the idea of an official government collection of portraits of prominent Indians. It was through his efforts that the War Department commissioned Charles Bird King to paint 143 portraits. All but 18 of these oils were lost during the fire of Jan. 24, 1865, when the Smithsonian building burned; making the prints all the more valuable as historical record. The paintings will be on display during the month of April at the CME.

 

ELIOT CHANG STAND-UP COMEDY TOUR:

Eliot Chang, as seen on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, unleashes his "Let's Die Laughing" Stand-Up Comedy Tour at 7 p.m., Monday, April 2, in Lang Auditorium. There will be Q & A after the show. Admission is free. Mature audiences only. For more information, contact Janet at jho@uni.edu.

 

HARI SHANKAR MATH LECTURE FEATURING KEN ROSS:

Mathematician and author of "A Mathematician at the Ballpark: Odds and Probabilities for Baseball Fans" Ken Ross will discuss several ways to evaluate baseball hitters, such as the classical batting average (AVG); more modern measures like slugging percentage (SLG) and on-base percentage (OBP); and another recent measure (PTS) used in Fantasy Baseball. Questions like, "How long should a World Series last?" will be addressed. Ross is a past-president of the Mathematical Association of America. This presentation will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, April 2, in the John Deere Auditorium, CBB 109.

 

'DR. SEUSS WANTS YOU! POLITICAL CARTOONS OF WWII':

On display through May 20 at the University Museum. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/museum/.

 

FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE FILM FESTIVAL: 'THE CHILD':

The 2007 French and Francophone Film Festival concludes at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, in SRL 115, with "The Child," a Golden Palm winner at the Cannes Film Festival. With visceral power, directors Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne bring to light the social conditions of the dispossessed in post-industrial Belgium. In French with English subtitles. Free admission. For more information, visit http://fp.uni.edu/kimble/films.htm.

 

FOODSTOCK: ROCK FOR HUNGER:

Join KULT 94.5 to rock for hunger at Foodstock 2007 Tuesday, April 3, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Proceeds will benefit the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. The concert will host DJ Doug, 3 lbs. of Love, Dark Mirror and The Beat Strings. Tickets are $5 at the door. Doors opens at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

 

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE:

At 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, in Seerley 115, Charlotte Wells, associate professor of history, will present "New World Renaissance: Jacques Le Moyne, Theodore de Bry, and The French Experience in Florida." The event is free and open to the public.

 

ASIAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH KEYNOTE SPEAKER, LOUNG UNG:

Loung Ung will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the CME. Loung Ung is the author of "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" and "Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind." She survived the Khmer Rouge genocide that killed her parents and two siblings. She is a featured speaker on Cambodia, women and war, domestic violence, and land mines. A reception and book signing will follow. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/cme.

 

LEARN ABOUT NANOTECHNOLOGY:

Join a discussion on nanotechnology led by Bill Stigliani, professor and director of the CEEE, and Cliff Chancey, department head and professor of physics, at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 5, in CEEE 111. Learn about potential impacts of nanotechnology today and in the future, and how it is used at UNI. Refreshments provided. For information contact Michaela Rich at 273-3689 or michaela.rich@uni.edu.

 

UNI SINGERS AND WOMEN'S CHORUS:

At 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, in the GBPAC Great Hall, the School of Music will present the UNI Singers & Women's Chorus Concert. Brad Barrett, UNI assistant professor of choral conducting, leads the groups in their annual spring concert. This event is free.

 

'GI SCIENCE AND PUBLIC SAFETY: SETTING WILDFIRE EVACUATION TRIGGER POINTS':

Thomas J. Cova, Department of Geography and Center for Natural Hazards at University of Utah, will be the guest speaker at the Carver Geospatial Colloquium at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the ITTC 29. Cova will discuss "GI Science and Public Safety: Setting Wildfire Evacuation Trigger Points." Residential development in fire-prone areas is a growing problem for emergency managers. In many areas housing is increasing without commensurate improvement in the primary road network. Decision makers charged with protecting the residents of these communities need the best available geographic information to determine who should evacuate and when they should leave. This talk will present a geospatial approach to this problem based on setting evacuation trigger points.

 

UNI HORN CHOIR RECITAL:

At 8 p.m., Thursday, April 5, in the GBPAC Davis Hall, Yu-Ting Su, UNI assistant professor of horn, will lead the UNI Horn Choir in its spring performance. This event is free.

 

THURSDAZE FREE COMEDY SHOW:

See Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Meyers, current "Weekend Update" anchor and one of SNL's head writers, performs with special guest Tig Notaro from Comedy Central and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Free refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

 

TECHNIQUES FOR COMBATING STUDENT PLAGIARISM PROGRAM AT UNI:

From 9 to 11:30 a.m., and from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 6, in the CME (MAU 109), a plagiarism program will be presented by Lynn Lampert, California State University-Northridge. The program is open to UNI faculty, staff and students. No registration is required. For more information, visit https://weblogs.uni.edu/libnews/archives/2007/02/combating_stude.html.

 

SPRING DANCE GALA:

UNI Orchesis Dance Company will present its 2007 spring dance concert, "Resonance," at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 6, and 2 p.m., Saturday, April 7, at the Oster-Regent Theatre. This concert is a showcase of student and guest artist choreography in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Call (641) 430-5095 for advance tickets. For more information about upcoming dance concerts at UNI, visit http://www.uni.edu/dance/concerts.htm.

 

W-CF SYMPHONY:

Twenty-five-year-old rising piano phenom Orion Weiss joins the orchestra on a program of works by Bizet, Ravel and Schumann at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 7, at the GBPAC. Tickets are available by calling 3-4TIX or visiting http://wcfsymphony.org. Stargazer tickets are available for $20.

 

IOWA COMPOSER'S FORUM:

At 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in the GBPAC Davis Hall, Jonathan Schwabe, associate professor of theory and composition, will coordinate the Iowa Composer's Forum, with information and forum discussions on music composition and three concerts. For more information, visit http://www.iowacomposers.org.

 

NORTHWIND QUINTET TO PERFORM:

At 8 p.m. Monday, April 9, in the GBPAC Davis Hall, the Northwind Quintet will present a recital. With a repertoire ranging from Sondheim to Shostakovitch, this unique ensemble features all five faculty members of the UNI woodwind department.

 

NISG END OF THE YEAR BASH:

This event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, at the Campanile. There will be free food, music and great events to keep you entertained. President Allen will juggle, there will be a dunk tank fundraiser, wax hands will be back, and there will be a step show by a campus organization. Celebrate another great year at UNI.

 

BRASS FACULTY CONCERT:

At 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the GBPAC Davis Hall, new brass faculty members Chris Buckholz (trombone) and Yu-Ting Su (horn) will join Professors Jeffrey Funderburk (tuba) and Randy Grabowski (trumpet) along with Adjunct Bryan Bennett in a celebration of music for brass quintet. The program will include standards by Malcolm Arnold and Victor Ewald as well as works by William Boyce and Thelonius Monk. This event is free.

 

ALEXANDER KOBRIN AT THE GBPAC:

Master of the piano, Kobrin challenged minds with his Rachmaninoff and melted hearts with his Mozart when he took the top prize as last year's gold-medal winner at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Winetasting with hors d'oeuvres will take place before the concert. This event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10. Sponsored by Community National Bank and the Friends of the Gallagher-Bluedorn. Tickets for UNI students with uCard: $15, $10, $9, $7.50, $7.50; Youth: 20-percent off.

 

MEN'S GLEE CLUB TO PERFORM:

Brad Barrett, UNI assistant professor in choral conducting, will lead the UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club in its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m, Wednesday, April 11, in the GBPAC Great Hall. This event is free.

 

JAZZ BAND ONE TO PERFORM:

Chris Merz, assistant professor of jazz studies, will direct this critically acclaimed jazz ensemble in its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in the GBPAC Great Hall. This event is ticketed. For more information, contact the GBPAC Box Office at 273-7469 or visit http://www.unitix.uni.edu.

 

SECOND ANNUAL HONORS BALL:

The 2nd Annual Honors Ball will take place Thursday, April 12, in the Commons Ballroom. Latin dance lessons will take place from 7 to 8 p.m., and the dance will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

 

'A CHORUS LINE' COMES TO UNI:

Theatre UNI and the School of Music present the Broadway dance sensation, "A Chorus Line," Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15, and Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Tickets are $15 for the general public and free for UNI students. For more information, call 273-6381 or visit http://www.theatreuni.com.

 

FIFTEENTH ANNUAL TEXTILE AND APPAREL DESIGN SHOW:

The 15th Annual Textile and Apparel Design Show, "Unforgiven," will take place at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 14, in Lang Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

 

AntiGRAVITY:

You'll believe a person can fly. AntiGravity's unique movements incorporate acrobatic skills from many physical disciplines, merging athletics and aesthetics into an art form. This event will take place at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15 at the GBPAC. UNI student tickets(with uCard): $17.50, $16, $13.50, $11, $7.50; Youth: a buck a kid; Purchase one adult ticket and get up to two youth tickets for $1 each.

 

2007 ATHLETICS SENIOR BANQUET:

The Athletics Department 2007 Senior Banquet will take place at 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 23, in McLeod Center. Followed by programs and presentation of senior awards. Tickets are $15 per person. RSVP by April 10 by calling 3-DOME or visiting the UNI box office at the NW entrance.

 


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