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Monday, April 9, 2007

NEWS

UNI PARKING SURVEY:

UNI is considering possible improvements to the current parking program. It's also in the preliminary planning stages of constructing a parking deck and transit-stop facility to take the place of the current Commons parking lot. We'd like your input. The survey can be found at MyUNIverse under the "Current Announcements" section. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Dave Zarifis, director of public safety at 273-2712.

 

'EXCELLENCE IN TEACHER EDUCATION' ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER:

The College of Education completed its first issue of the UNI College of Education "Excellence in Teacher Education" electronic newsletter. The newsletter provides news about UNI's teacher-education program and provides a forum for teacher education professionals to share information with others. The e-newsletter will be sent to UNI alumni educators and education and legislative leaders in Iowa. To review the newsletter, visit http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/uni/coe0307/.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE SUMMER:

Assist in planning formal and informal recreation activities for children, ages 7-14, during the summer. Must be at least 18 years old, have some experience working with youth, as well as Spanish speaking volunteers. Fourteen hours per week in the evenings. This is a project for HR Non-profit Organization class. For more information, contact ckartel@uni.edu, schlieve@uni.edu or cwood@uni.edu.

 

GRAD ASSISTANT OPPORTUNITY:

ITS-Educational Technology has openings for graduate assistants during the next academic year. Primary responsibility is presenting computer workshops to UNI students, faculty and staff. More information and an application form (due Friday, April 20) are available at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/gradassistant.html. Contact 273-2309 or its-tnt@uni.edu with questions.

 

CAMPUS STORM SHELTER LOCATIONS:

We are entering the severe weather season in Iowa. Every building has areas designated as "Severe Weather Shelters." Make sure you know where the designated areas are in your buildings. Emergency Shelter areas for each building can be found at: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/healthsafety/tips/shelters.shtml

 

INPUT REQUESTED FOR DISABLED ACCESS ON CAMPUS:

The UNI Coordinating Committee for Disability Accommodations is gathering information and ideas for enhanced accessibility (facilities and services) for persons with disabilities. Submit your concerns and recommendations (short and long-term projects) to http://www.uni.edu/ccda/feedback.shtml. A number of recommendations have already been implemented. Suggestions made in earlier years need not be re-submitted. The committee has and continues to review items submitted in previous surveys.

 

MEMORIAL BRICKS AVAILABLE:

Personalized bricks are available to commemorate your years of study at UNI or to honor a special graduate, classmate or instructor. Bricks will be placed in the Memorial Garden outside Maucker Union. For a limited time only, bricks cost $50. For more information visit http://www.uni-foundation.org/memorialgardennaming.shtml

 

VEHICLES FOR SALE:

UNI is selling six vehicles at auction on http://publicsurplus.com. There are three 1995 Ford Ranger pick-up trucks in very clean condition with low miles. There are three older vans with lots of rust and numerous faults. You can bid to buy from the convenience of your home computer at Public Surplus. For more information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/pubsale.shtml or call Vince at 3-3527.

 

QUARTERLY MEMFIS MAINTENANCE:

From 6 to 10 a.m., Saturday, April 14, quarterly maintenance will be performed on core MEMFIS and related systems. This will effect a variety of university systems, such as (but not limited to): MEMFIS applications (including self service), AccessUNI and WebCT.

 

RARE, STINKY PLANT BLOOMING AT UNI GREENHOUSE:

On Thursday, April 5, an Amorphophallus bloom began to open at the UNI Greenhouse. Amorphophallus -- also known as devil's tongue -- is a tropic plant in the Arum family with an odd, specialized physiology. The plant's bloom gives off a stench that mimics rotting flesh to attract pollinators. In the wild, Amorphophallus plants grow miles apart deep in the Indonesian jungle. The UNI Greenhouse is open to the public 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

YOU COULD WIN:

If you received an invitation to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), you could win a prize. Complete the survey and your name will be entered into a drawing for one of more than a dozen prizes. Check your UNI e-mail to find the survey. (See prizes at http://www.uni.edu/assessment/nssedrawing.shtml)

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2007 REGENTS AWARD FOR STAFF EXCELLENCE:

This award is presented bi-annually to a supervisory or confidential merit employee who has demonstrated outstanding professional contributions to the university. Nominations are accepted from UNI students, faculty, and staff, and are due April 20. Nomination forms and list of eligible recipients, including past recipients can be found at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/meritsc/regents_award.shtml

 

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.

 

 

STUDENT RESOURCES:

ROD LIBRARY PANTHER PROWLER USER GUIDE:

A new guide summarizes how to use Panther Prowler: http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/pantherguide.shtml. Answers to Panther Prowler questions are at http://www.library.uni.edu/ris/askchat.shtml or to schedule a group presentation. Call 273-2838 for more information.

 
DELL COMPUTER APRIL PROMOTION:

Dell Computer is offering higher than normal discounts (12-22 percent) for the entire month of April to UNI students, faculty, staff, emeritus and departments. See http://www.uni.edu/its/us/purchase

 
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.

 

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.

 

WELLNESS/REC

INDOOR TRIATHLON:

UNI's second Paddle, Pedal, Pace is Sunday, April 22. The triathlon, consisting of a 400-yard swim, 6-mile bike ride and 1.5-mile run, is open to students, faculty, staff, retirees and spouses. Registration is from April 9 through 19 in WRC 101 (no race-day registration). Entry fee is $15 for students and faculty/staff paid users and $20 for non-paid users. The event is limited to the first 56 paid registrants. For more information, call 273-6275.

 

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.

 

INTRAMURAL BENCH PRESS COMPETITION (MEN AND WOMEN):

Registration will take place from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 16, outside the free-weight room in the WRC. Weigh-ins will take place in the WRC wellness lab, Room 104. Men's and women's weight classes. The competition begins at 7 p.m., and warm up will take place 15 minutes before the start of the competition. For more information, call 273-7262.

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY MEETING:

Habitat for Humanity will meet at 9 p.m., Monday, April 9, in Seerley Room 14. Discussion will include the application process for next year's leadership positions and upcoming events. Contact Nina Smith for questions nina1485@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.

 

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 GBPAC'S 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, Youth: 20-percent off.

 

LAST LECTURE ON GLOBAL WARMING:

The Last Lecture Series invites faculty to present a lecture on any topic that is significant and intriguing to them as if it were their last lecture. William Stigliani, director and professor for the Center for Energy and Environmental Education,delivers his "Last Lecture" on "Global Warming & the 21st Century, and Potential Solutions for the Energy/Climate Conundrum" at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, in Seerley Hall Room 115.

 

TUNES AT NOON:

Join School of Music and Theatre Department students as they perform excerpts from their upcoming musical performance, "A Chorus Line," from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Bring a friend, grab lunch from Prexy's Restaurants and enjoy some great music.

 

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.

 

WALT WHITMAN LIVE:

At 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the Lang Hall Auditorium, Bill Koch presents his one man show portraying one of America's most important literary figures. This 50-minute program features Koch, UNI visiting assistant professor, performing as Whitman and speaking on the poet's major themes, his observations of American culture, views on Abraham Lincoln and experience with the Civil War. The event is free and open to the public.

 

CARNIVAL NIGHT:

Come have fun at Thursdaze's Carnival Night with inflatable fun on Thursday, April 12. Games include Jousting, Battle Cruiser Lazer Tag, Obstacle course and more. Plus Clearly You Crystals. Games from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Also that night, come listen to The Nadas at 9:30 p.m. in Maucker Union Coffeehouse. Free refreshments provided.

 

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.

 

JAPANESE CULTURAL EXHIBIT:

The Japanese students in UNI's Culture and Intensive English Program are hosting a cultural exhibit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in the CME. A variety of traditional items will be on display.

 

PRESIDENT ALLEN SPEAKS ON LEADERSHIP:

President Allen will provide his “Reflections on Leadership,” on Thursday, April 12, in Schindler Education Center, Room 247, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. He will discuss his path to leadership, his views on leadership and advice he would give students as future leaders. Sponsored by the UNI Leadership Studies Program.

 

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 be from 8 to 11 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

 

KING ARTHUR SCHOLAR TO VISIT UNI:

Arthurian scholar E. Kay Harris will present the key address of the interdisciplinary conference, "Culture and the Medieval King," at noon, Friday, April 13, in SAB 102. The conference runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For further information, visit http://www.uni.edu/~utz/cv/cvarthur/index.html, or contact Richard Utz at 273-3879.

 

KAPPA DELTA PI T-SHIRT SALE:

T-Shirts and other items and gifts on sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Friday, April 13, at the UNI Beginning Reading Conference in the SEC Lobby. Sponsored by UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society.

 

'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.

 

SECOND ANNUAL CEDAR FALLS/WATERLOO MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS BENEFIT WALK:

The UNI Student Athletic Trainers' Organization and the National MS Society have teamed up to host the 2nd Annual Cedar Falls/Waterloo Multiple Sclerosis Benefit Walk. The three-mile walk will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 14, beginning at the Gateway Celebration Shelter, Cedar Falls. Registration is free and participation is open to all. For more information, or to register, visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=5440 or contact Kayla Ferguson at kf0515@uni.edu.

 

'THE POLITICAL DR. SEUSS':

This film and discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 5 and at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at the University Museum. "The Political Dr. Seuss" examines the life and philosophical leanings of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Following discussion of the film, explore the featured exhibit, "Dr. Seuss Wants You! Political Cartoons of WWII." For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/museum.

 

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 Hall 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.

 

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY COMMEMORATION:

Holocause Remembrance Day Commemoration at UNI is Monday, April 16. The UNI Holocaust Remembrance and Education Program, in collaboration with the Sons of Jacob Synagogue in Waterloo, has organized two events to remember all who suffered as a result of the Holocaust and other genocides. Yom Ha'Shoah Commemoration will take place from 6 to 6:40 p.m. in the CME (MAU 109). The remembrance ceremony will involve participants of different faiths and backgrounds. The performance, "Remnants," an award-winning voice play written and performed by Henry Greenspan, will take place at 7 p.m., in Lang Auditorium. The play explores the experience of living after the Holocaust. Greenspan is professor at the University of Michigan, a playwright and an author. The performance will be followed by a book signing and reception. The events are free and open to the public.

 

PERCUSSION AND DRUM RECITAL:

On Monday, April 16 at 8 p.m. in Davis Hall, GBPAC, alumnus Ryan Frost will be featured as a marimba soloist on "Tiger Dance," a composition by UNI alum Jeffrey Smith. The ensemble will also perform pop music from the '60s and '70s along with traditional African music from Guinea and Ghana. This event is free.

 

EARTH DAY FREE BIKE TUNE-UPS:

Europa Cycle and Ski and WRS Sole Power are sponsoring free bike tune-ups, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in the Maucker Union Plaza. This event will be held in conjunction with the Earth Day celebration. Come check it out and learn how you can save the planet.

 

UNI JAZZ PANTHERS IN CONCERT:

The UNI Jazz Panthers (artists formerly known as Jazz Band II), will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in Great Hall, GBPAC, under the direction of Robert Washut, professor of jazz studies. Featured artist is UNI alumnus Don Jaques on saxophone. This event is free.

 

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SUNNI AND SHI'ITE:

A lecture explaining the differences between Sunni and Shi'ite traditions within Islam will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. A.E. Souaiaia, assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Iowa, will speak on, "Tortured Memories: History and Context of Sunni-Shi'ite Divide." This religious literacy program is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & Religion, inspired by a New York Times article reporting that key members of Congress and officers in federal agencies did not know the basic differences between these two groups.

 

AMERICAN HUMANICS AWARDS LUNCHEON:

American Humanics will hold its spring fundraiser, American Humanics' Spring Fling, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, at the Campanile. Enjoy good food, great activities and a chance to win some fabulous prizes. There will be walking tacos, drinks and root beer floats, all for under $5. You will also have a chance to enter a drawing for outdoor prizes to use this spring and summer.

 

WIND SYMPHONY PERFORMANCE:

Ronald Johnson, professor of instrumental conducting and conductor of Wind Symphony, will direct the Wind Symphony's spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free.

 

CAREERS IN POLITICS AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:

"UNI Alum Goes to Washington and Negotiates $20 Billion a Year: A Career in Federal Government," at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in CAC 108. Adrienne Hallett (philosophy and the study of religion, '97), will describe her career path into and preparation for her former job on Senator Tom Harkin's D.C. staff and her current position on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. As committee staff, her portfolio includes about $20 billion annually in labor, health and human services, and education initiatives.

 

ANNUAL PLANT SALE:

The annual plant sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in the Biology Botanical Center. Please use the North greenhouse entrance. A wide variety of plants, brought to you by the Student-Nature Society and UNI Botanical Center, will be sold throughout the day.

 

CBA's 30TH ANNUAL GRADUATION CELEBRATION:

All CBA students graduating in 2007 are invited to attend the college's 30th Annual Graduation Celebration on Thursday, April 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the GBPAC. A light dinner buffet will be served, followed by a short program and entertainment. For more information stop by the Dean's Office, CBB 325.

 

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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