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Monday, March 10
The final two candidates for the position of director of admissions will be on campus for public presentations on these dates: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the CME conference room, Henry Cantu, director, student enrollment services, The University of Texas at San Antonio; and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13, in the CME conference room, Scott Burke, director of admissions, Clayton State University. Candidates will speak for 15 to 20 minutes, followed by a question and answer session.
Planning will soon begin to replace UNI's aging Student Information System. This software system supports academics by meeting core functional needs like course registration, grade reporting, student recordkeeping, application for enrollment processing, financial aid awarding, student billing and degree auditing. A series of meetings, interviews and workshops will occur between now and mid April. These activities will lead to the development of a Web-based instrument through which interested members of the university community can assess our particular system needs. See http://www.uni.edu/sis/
Last year UNI's advising services went through an external evaluation by the National Academic Advising Association. One of the Association's recommendations was to create an advisory council to the Provost, charged with reviewing and assessing advising services, as well as with promoting the development and recognition of professional and faculty advisors. As a result of this recommendation, Interim Provost Lubker recently created an Undergraduate Academic Advising Council to help facilitate improvements to UNI's advising services. The group is meeting regularly, and any comments or suggestions should be directed to Mike Licari firstname.lastname@example.org. For a list of committee members visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2008_030408.shtml.
The UNI Police Department will join forces with more than 320 other Iowa law enforcement agencies in the Special Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), Thursday through Monday, March 13-17. This campaign will involve 24-hour seat belt enforcement, with special attention given to impaired driving on St. Patrick's Day. Motorists are reminded to designate a sober driver this St. Patty's day. For more information, contact Doug Widen at 273-2712 or email@example.com.
Mid-term grade reports (D&F grade notices) for the spring semester have been delivered electronically to students. These notices will no longer be sent through the mail on paper forms. Students whose instructors reported they are receiving a D or F in their course(s) should have received an e-mail notification and a MyUNIverse announcement regarding the availability of their mid-term grade report in MyUNIverse. To view a mid-term grade report, students log into MyUNIverse and click on the "Mid-semester Grade Report" link in the My Personal Records section. Students with no D or F grades reported by their instructors will not have a mid-semester grade report. See http://myuniverse.uni.edu.
Due to system maintenance scheduled for Saturday, March 15, MyUNIverse and HEAT will be unavailable from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The following systems will be unavailable from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, March 16: e-mail (mail will still be received), MyUNIverseCT (formerly WebCT), MyUNIverse, MEMFIS, and many other smaller distributed systems.
Kamyar Enshayan, formerly a research associate at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, became director of the center March 1. He replaces William Stigliani, who served as CEEE director since the facility's opening in 1996. An engineer by training, Enshayan has served as program manager for the UNI Local Food Project and helped launch the Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign in northeast Iowa.
The UNI Relay for Life committee is gearing up for its April 11-12 relay with fundraisers throughout March. When you eat at Fazoli's, 441 East Tower Park Drive in Waterloo, on a Monday in March, 10 percent of your total will benefit the UNI Relay for Life when you present a coupon from the UNI Relay for Life Web site. Eat at Cold Stone Creamery, 6421 University Ave. in Cedar Falls, from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, March 31, and a portion of your purchase will benefit the UNI Relay for Life. For the Fazoli's coupon and more information on how you can get involved with the UNI Relay for Life, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/relayforlife.
The student organization Muchas Manos Light Work is collecting good used laptops and digital cameras for teaching purposes in Siares, Nicaragua. If you have a usable laptop with windows software and the battery unit or a digital camera with cords for computer pickup to donate, please drop off at the NISG office in Maucker Union, CBB 261 or in the Management Department office on the second floor of the CBB (Room 231). The units will be taken to Nicaragua with this year's capstone group in early May. Muchas Manos Light Work is a non-profit student organization, so donations are tax deductible. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/~schrage/Muchas_manos/html.
Show your Panther spirit by giving to the student gift of 2008. This will provide UNI with Panther Path signs. Visit information tables from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, March 10, in Maucker Union and 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, in the SEC. Visit http://www.uni-foundation.org/studentgift to learn more about giving and joining the committee.
The Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley is accepting nominations through March 14 for the 2008 Mayors’ Volunteer Awards and Top Teen Awards. The awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to service through volunteerism in the Cedar Valley. Nomination forms are available at http://www.vccv.org. For more information, contact the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley at 272-2087 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help run the USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Championships Wrestling Tournament April 4-6 in the UNI-Dome. Jobs include scorekeeper, clock operator, runner and taper. No experience necessary. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
The Girl Scouts are seeking volunteers on Friday, March 28 for "Best of Both Worlds: Hannah Montana." This event allows girls to dress up like Hannah Montana, enjoy karaoke, play games and have fun. For more information on this opportunity and others available, volunteers may contact the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theatre UNI is seeking volunteer ushers for "Death of a Salesman," April 11 through 20, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Ushers receive a free ticket to the performance. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre or call 273-6381.
Did you receive a letter inviting you to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)? If so, look for the survey in your UNI e-mail and take time to respond. Completing the survey gives you an opportunity to share your experiences as a student at UNI and enters your name into a drawing for prizes. For more information on NSSE and the prize drawing for participants, visit http://www.uni.edu/assessment/studentinformation.shtml.
Applications for membership on the Undergraduate Teacher Education Advisory Council are due by 4 p.m., Thursday, March 13, in SEC 159A. Description of membership and eligibility are found at http://www.uni.edu/teached/students/utesac.shtml.
To view the March newletter, visit http://www.uni.edu/disability/current/StudentNewsletter.shtml.
Essentials in Maucker Union will offer a Spring Break Survival Package from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 11. The package includes a dozen items to survive the trip to your spring break destination. Inside you'll find snacks, gum, chapstick, travel kleenex and a magazine, all in a decorative bag, for only $12.
The Upward Bound Math and Science Center is looking for students to be tutor-mentors for the seven-week Summer Enrichment Program. Applicants should have a strong math and science background including the ability to tutor students in upper level math and science courses; be able to enforce rules; be able to relate to high school students. Former TRIO participants are given first priority. No other outside activities are possible during time of employment. Salaries vary from $2,500-$3,000. Visit http://www.uni.edu/eop/ubms for an application and job description. For more information, contact Latricia Hylton at (319) 433-1261 or email@example.com.
The Koob Fund for Student Community Engagement Scholarship applications are due April 1. Information sessions will take place at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 26, in the Maucker Union Purple Pen room. Learn more about applying, what the selection committee is looking for and how to write and complete the application process. Scholarship information can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/outreach/index.shtml. For more information, contact Juli Gassman at 273-2264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northern Iowa Student Government is currently seeking loyal, motivated, results-oriented students with plenty of free time to fill the following positions in the Executive Branch: directors of administration, public relations, and diversity and student life; webmaster, office manager, and recording secretary. Positions in the Executive Cabinet are: chief of staff and directors of the following areas: diversity affairs, residence hall relations, external relations, Greek affairs - interfraternity, Greek affairs - pan-hellenic, campus safety, environmental affairs, and academic affairs. Applications are due by noon, Wednesday, March 26. Apply at
Members of UNI Student Admissions Ambassadors (SAA) serve UNI by volunteering to give campus tours, sitting on student panels and participating in special university events. All students interested in applying to become an ambassador must have a GPA of at least 3.0, Panther pride, and an enthusiasm for service. Applications are due Friday, March 28 and can be directed to Deb Gray in the Admissions Office. Students may also send applications to email@example.com. Forms are available at http://www.uni.edu/admissions/saa/index.html (click on the membership tab, then click application). For more information, contact Nick Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Haylie Davis at email@example.com.
A Graduate Assistant position is available at the Center for Multicultural Education for fall of 2008 and spring of 2009. Includes tuition scholarship and stipend. Graduate students interested in interviewing should contact Michael Blackwell, director for multicultural education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-2250. For a job description, visit http://www.uni.edu/coe/elcpe/postsecondaryed/financialsupport/gradassistantships.shtml.
Outgoing, energetic and enthusiastic students are invited to apply for Career Services Peer Advisor positions for 2008-09. Assist students through resume critiques, mock interviews, outreach and workshop presentations. No experience needed, training program provided. Peers are paid $8 per hour and work 10 hours per week. Applications are available at http://www.uni.edu/careerservices and are due by March 17.
Ten UNI leaders are needed to attend the 2008 LeaderShape Institute May 29 through June 3. To learn more, attend an information session at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the Maucker Union College Eye Room. Hear from students who attended last year and learn how to improve your leadership skills. For more information, contact Jeff Ramsey at email@example.com.
Do you know of students who are deserving of recognition? If so, nominate them for one of the Student Leadership Awards. Applications are now available and can be found at http://www.uni.edu/leadershipcenter or in the Student Involvement and Activities Center upstairs in Maucker Union. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, March 28.
The Spring Career Fair was postponed due to severe weather. The Spring Career Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, in the UNI-Dome. More than 125 employers will talk with students/alumni about internships and full-time jobs. More than 20 employers will participate in the Interview Day on Thursday, March 13. For a list of employers and the majors they're seeking, visit http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/events/career/careerfair/spring.html. Sponsored by UNI Career Services, 214 East Bartlett, 273-6857.
During normal university work days, the chat service is staffed by trained student consultants and permanent employees and is an excellent resource for any computing inquiries. If the consultant cannot assist you, she or he will refer your call to someone with the appropriate expertise who will subsequently contact you to assist you. Password resets are not performed via this service. Visit http://www.uni.edu/its/us/ccc/chat.
$1,000 UNI Child Care Grants are available to both undergraduate and graduate students for the 2008-09 academic year. Criteria: Enrolled at least half time as a UNI student working toward a degree or certification, financial need and minimum $500 per semester out-of-pocket child care expenses. File 2008-09 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by mid March. Application instructions are available at http://www.uni.edu/finaid. The deadline is April 1.
The Gilman International Scholarship is accepting applications from students participating in study abroad programs during fall 2008 or the academic year 2008-09. Award recipients will receive up to $5,000. The deadline is April 15. Apply at http://www.iie.org/gilman. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office (Baker 59) at 273-7078 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete your summer or fall 2008 Global Campus application by March 11 and save $500. CEA programs in Paris, Florence, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid and Seville. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office (Baker 59) at 273-7078 or email@example.com.
The American Institute for Foreign Study is pleased to announce that students enrolling in the summer program in Cusco, Peru will be provided with free round trip airfare. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic standing; students will earn up to 6 credits. The application deadline is March 15. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office (Baker 59) at 273-7078 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AIFS International Scholarship has a deadline of March 15 for summer program applicants. for summer, Students studying in Cusco, Peru this summer will receive free airfare, and for fall semester, students going to Paris will receive free airfare. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office (Baker 59) at 273-7078 or email@example.com.
Want to become a member of a pro-life group dedicated to promoting alternatives to abortion? Join UNI Right to Life. The March meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the Purple Pen Room (downstairs in Maucker Union).
EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):
The UNI Speech and Debate teams' spring showcase will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 10, in Lang Hall 40. Students who have qualified to compete in the national tournaments will perform their events, including persuasive speaking, after-dinner speaking, poetry interpretation and dramatic interpretation. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Cate Palczewski at 273-2714.
"Women’s Art, Women’s Vision." Join the Women's and Gender Studies Program and other programs across campus for a series of events celebrating women’s creative pursuits, from writing to composing to performance. A printable calendar of events can be found at http://www.uni.edu/womenstudies.
UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society will be selling T-shirts and related items from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, March 11 and 12, in the SEC 2nd Floor Lobby. Proceeds to KDP Education and Service Projects.
On Thursday, March 13, all Cedar Valley small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to an exciting networking event, EntreBash. Enjoy live music, great food, cash bar and a drawing for a new Dell laptop computer. Meet with business experts and receive on-the-spot referrals for assistance with grants, loans, market research and more. This free event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., in the GBPAC and is sponsored by the UNI Regional Business Center MyEntreNet System, Cities of Cedar Falls and Waterloo, and the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance. For more information, call Amy at 236-8123.
Bowling for Breasts will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, April 4, at Valley Park Lanes in Cedar Falls. For only $6 you will receive two games of bowling, shoes, and a T-shirt. Win prizes by being one of the top bowlers and by playing Deal or No Deal. Educate yourself and your friends about breast cancer. Proceeds will go to support young women with breast cancer. Pick up registration forms in any Residence Hall office and around campus. Registration forms are due Saturday, March 15.
The 16th Annual Textile and Apparel Fashion Design Show will take place at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 29, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Admission is free with general seating. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Iowa Conference will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 4, in Iowa City. Advance registration is required. Transportation is provided. Free to UNI students. Register at http://www.jpec.org/ceic2008.htm.
Fight cancer and have some fun during UNI's Relay for Life. The relay runs from 6 p.m., Friday, April 11, until 6 a.m., Saturday, April 12, in the UNI-Dome. Events include a survivor's walk, luminary ceremony, silent auction, Texas Hold'em tournament and entertainment all night long. This year's committee has set a fundraising goal of $100,000. To register a team, donate or get more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/relayforlife.
O.A.R. live in concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 21, in McLeod Center with special guests Parker House and Theory and The Nadas. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 5, at all UNItix locations or charge by phone at 273-4849 or online at www.uni.edu/tickets. Tickets for UNI Students are $25 each and $30 for the public.
This year's Earth Day celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, at the Maucker Union courtyard. Consider hosting a booth to showcase your group's activities and interests in matters of ecology, environment, health, recycling, conservation and other related topics. Campus groups, campus departments, area businesses and government agencies are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Jenny Bruss at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-3689. Application forms are available at http://www.RRTTC.com.
Patrick Bloom, whose music can be described as roots/Americana hybrid, will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, March. 10, in KUNI's studio on the third-floor of the CAC. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.
University of Kansas New Music Ensemble, visiting artists, will offer a recital at 6 p.m., Monday, March 10, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
Under the direction of UNI School of Music professors and conductors Dyan Meyer and S. Daniel Galyen, the UNI Concert Chorale and Symphonic Band will offer a shared concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 10, in the GBPAC Great Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
Visiting artist Regina Mushabac, cello, will offer a recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. Having studied at Juilliard and Indiana University and performed extensively throughout the United States and the world, Mushabac currently serves as professor of cello at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. This event is free and open to the public.
Featuring American percussionist Lee Ferguson and English trumpeter Stephen Altoft, visiting artists duo Countour will offer a recital of new music at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI School of Music voice division will present a combined studio recital at 6 p.m., Friday, March 28, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
A youthful, all-American quintet of brothers and sisters, each a virtuoso concert pianist, The 5 Browns swept the classical world in 2005 with the release of their self-titled first recording and are already delivering on their dream of waking up classical music and introducing it to the widest, largest and most excited audience they can find. The 5 Browns play classical music, but not quite as you’ve ever heard it before. For tickets or more information call 273-4TIX or visit http://www.gbpac.com. UNI students receive a 50-percent discount with a valid student ID, or can purchase $5 student rush tickets to select performances that are not sold out on the day of the show.
In order to celebrate Women's History Month, the Omega Rho chapter of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society is proud to present two speakers. Judith Griffith, associate professor of English and Chair at Wartburg College, will discuss young adult literature at 7 p.m., Monday, March 10, in Baker 161. Leslie Goetsch, English department chair at an independent girls’ school in Baltimore (Roland Park Country Day), will discuss her book "Back Creek: A Novel" which tells the story of a young girl in Virginia who struggles to keep her family together in the wake of unexpected events. This author reading and discussion will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in Baker 161. Both events are free and open to the public, with refreshments. For more information, contact Jesse Swan at email@example.com or Christine Havens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kemal E. Argon, University of Exeter (U.K), will discuss "Building Bridges Between Faiths: Muslim-Christian Dialogue," at 7 p.m., Monday, March 10, in Seerley 115. Co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & Religion and the Iowa Dialog Center. Free and open to the public.
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. The series also helps connect students with the central purpose of a college education --the encouragement of intellectual curiosity. Steve Palmquist, instructor in the communications studies department, will discuss "Paying Tribute-an Outpouring of Thanksgiving" at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in Seerely 115. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board Speakers Committee.
Craig Johnson, executive director, Iowa Academy of Science, and owner of Weather Briefing, L.C., will discuss weather satellite images and their use at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 13, at the University Museum. http://www.uni.edu/museum
Come check out the blockbuster "I Am Legend" at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Starring Will Smith, Alice Braga and Charlie Tahan. Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure. Free refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
Don't miss the chance to enjoy thrilling, world-class opera in HD at the College Square Theatre. Iowa Public Radio is offering discounted ticket vouchers for each opera in the series for $10 each. Vouchers are limited. "Peter Grimes" will be shown Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16. "Tristan and Isolde" will be shown Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23. Visit http://www.iowapublicradio.org for more information.
Explore the depths of the planet's oceans and discover some of this mysterious world's most spectacular species at 1:30 and 3 p.m., Saturday, March 15, at the University Museum. One in a series of programs presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian's Earth from Space exhibit now on display. http://www.uni.edu/museum
Save the date for the second customer service presentation, "Spirit of Service," by Holly Stiel. Presentations will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Wednesday March 26, and at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 27. All will take place in Maucker Union. Stiel will share what you can do to remain motivated when you have customers who push your buttons and break your spirit. To RSVP, or for more information, call 273-6899.
Barbara Cutter, associate professor of history, will present "The Female Indian Killer: The Memorialization of Hannah Dustin and the Feminization of American Violence" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.
The CME is celebrating Cesar Chavez's birthday Wednesday, March 26. A lecture and demonstration will be led by artist and UNI graduate Jose Guajardo titled "Interpretations of Murals & Aesthetics in Society," from noon to 1 p.m. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, a reception and dedication of a four-panel wall-sized piece by Guajardo, commissioned by the CME, will be held. The panels focus on the historical experience of Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans and In conjunction with the dedication, an exhibition of Guajardo's works, "Aesthetically Me," dealing mainly with the Chicano experience, will be on display from Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon.
Ramanathan Sugumaran, Department of Geography and GeoTREE Center Director, will discuss the Center's use of remote sensing data at 7 p.m., March 27, at the University Museum. One in a series of programs presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian's "Earth from Space" exhibit now on display. http://www.uni.edu/museum
University Museum, March 29, 1:30 and 3:00. Venture to the poles of our planet and find the harshest wild lands, where seasonal change is extreme at 1:30 and 3 p.m., Saturday, March 29, at the University Museum. One in a series of programs presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian's Earth from Space exhibit now on display. http://www.uni.edu/museum
Cedar Valley Adult Soccer and UNI Soccer offer recreational and competitive leagues. A competitive league will be offered for the fitter, more skilled athlete with six Sunday matches starting April 13. To register for the competitive league, visit http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1545267.
A recreational league will be offered for fun and exercise with six Monday evening matches starting April 14. No previous playing experience is required. To register for the recreational league, visit http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1545264.
Open to students, faculty and staff. Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, March 24-26, in the WRC 101. Teams can also register at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec. Limited to the first eight teams. There is an entry fee of $20 with a two-game guarantee. Entry forms are available in the WRC 101.The tournament will begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 31. UNI club members are eligible, but only three male and three female club members per team. For more information, contact the intramural office at 273-7262.
An intramural one-on-one basketball tournament will take place Wednesday, March 26, in the WRC South Courts. Divisions will be women, men under six feet, and men six feet and over. Registration will take place from 6 to 6:45 p.m.; brackets will be posted at 6:55 p.m.; and play begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the intramural office at 273-7262.
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UNI-Dome Open Recreation will be closed during spring break. http://www.uni.edu/unidome
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