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Monday, Aug. 25

NEWS:

NEW NO SMOKING POLICY IN EFFECT AT UNI:

UNI has revised its Smoking Policy to comply with the new Smokefree Air Act. The policy prohibits smoking anywhere on the UNI campus and on any property owned or leased by UNI, including university-owned or leased vehicles and vehicles parked in university parking lots. Visit http://www.uni.edu/pres/policies/810.shtml. For more information about the Smokefree Air Act, visit www.iowasmokefreeair.gov.

 

MOST STUDENT SERVICES NOW LOCATED IN GILCHRIST HALL:

Gilchrist Hall is almost fully occupied and ready for the semester to begin. See an update of offices that are now located in Gilchrist Hall at http://www.uni.edu/pubrel/gilchrist.shtml.

 

OTHER OFFICE MOVES:

Along with offices moving to Gilchrist Hall, several other campus offices have moved or are moving soon.

Finance Accounting & Reporting will move to Lang 122 this fall.

Graduate College has moved from Lang 122 to Lang 110.

Public Policy has moved from Lang 110 to Baker Hall.

School of Music offices have returned to Russell Hall.

Strategic Marketing Services will move from the Curris Business Building to 32 Business & Community Services in late August or early September.

A&F Division IT staff will remain in CET 107. If you have any questions, please call 273-2382 or 273-2383

 

PANTHER SHUTTLE:

The Panther Shuttle will continue its regular route. However, detours may vary throughout the time of construction, and the shuttle drivers will take the best available route to remain on time. The route times may have minor delays, and riders are encouraged to plan ahead.

 

USE THE PANTHER SHUTTLE SAFERIDE:

Are you looking for a safe, free, alternative means of transportation to and from College Hill and Main Street this weekend? Try the new NISG Panther Shuttle SafeRide. SafeRide runs every Friday and Saturday during the academic year from 9:15 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. For a full schedule, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/

Northern Iowa Student Government welcomes your comments/suggestions about this program. Please e-mail us at nisg@uni.edu.

 

PARK-AND-RIDE SERVICE:

Parking Operations and MET Transit will provide a Park-and-Ride Service starting Aug. 25. The service will run from the parking lot west of the UNI-Dome to the Commons area from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, from Aug. 25 to May 8, 2009, providing transit for people displaced from the Commons lot while the new parking facility is under construction. For more information, contact UNI Public Safety's Parking Operations at 273-2710. The Park-and-Ride schedule is available at www.uni.edu/infosys/parking

 

STILL TIME TO PURCHASE PARKING PERMITS:

Through Monday, Aug. 25, the Parking Division will move its operations to the South Room in Maucker Union. Weekday hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. NO PARKING Services, i.e permit sales, ticket payments, appeals, etc., will be available at 30 Gilchrist Hall during this time. Normal parking services will resume Tuesday, Aug. 26, in 30 Gilchrist Hall.

 

VERIDIAN CREDIT UNION OPENS BRANCH IN MAUCKER UNION:

Veridian Credit Union has opened a branch office within Maucker Union, at the former site of the Union Station. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The need for a full-service financial institution in the union was identified by students in a spring 2007 survey. A Grand Opening Celebration is planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, in Maucker Union. Register to win an iPod Nano, UNI Homecoming football game tickets or a $50 University Book & Supply gift card.

 

CONVERSATION PARTNERS:

Want to learn about the world? Want to volunteer but have little time to spare? Be a conversation partner. American conversation partners meet one hour per week with a student to help him or her practice speaking English. It's a great opportunity to learn about another culture. If interested, contact Sally Calcara at scalcara@uni.edu

 

THE WORD IS...FRIENDSHIPS:

According to the latest research, one-third of first year college students report getting homesick. It’s normal. But, you can beat it. Attend welcome events on campus, in your house, and in your hall this week. It’s a great way to meet friends.http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/

 

NEW E-MAIL SCAMS TARGET UNI:

ITS-Network Services has been contacted about new e-mail phishing scams targeting UNI users. Examples of these new phishing messages and more information on these scams can be found at http://www.uni.edu/its/us/faqs/phishing.htm Phishing e-mails ask users to verify their UNI e-mail account information by replying to the e-mail with their e-mail username, e-mail password and other personal information. It also warns that if the account owner refuses to update his or her account information he or she will lose the account permanently. UNI will NEVER request such information from users via e-mail. Please remember to NEVER share your password for any system with anyone and to NEVER reply to any e-mail message of which you are suspicious. Instead, please forward the suspicious e-mail message to phishing@uni.edu

If you have replied to such an e-mail, contact Viviana Dragu as soon as possible at viviana.dragu@uni.edu or 273-3862, as your account may have been compromised.

 

NEW HEAD OF BIOLOGY NAMED:

David K. Saunders, formerly of Augusta State University, is the new head of the Department of Biology. He replaced Kavita Dhanwada, associate professor of biology, who served as interim head during the 2007-2008 academic year. His office is located in MSH 144, and telephone number is 273-2456.

 

INTERIM INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT HEAD:

Bart Bergquist, UNI professor of biology, became acting head of the Department of Industrial Technology Aug. 1. He replaces Mohammed Fahmy, who served as department head for 18 years.

 

UNI 'CRAZY COLLEGE ROOM' ON HGTV:

Watch for UNI alumnus Nathan Spiva and TC on HGTV. "What's With that Crazy College Room" first aired on HGTV Aug. 10, and will re-run at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. "What's With that Crazy College Room?" is a one-hour special that showcases "America's wildest and most creative dorm rooms," according to HGTV. A crew from LMNO Productions and show host George Gray spent a day at UNI with Spiva and his friend Bryant Wayland to film a segment for the show in April 2007.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION:

New Graduate Student Orientation is scheduled for 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. The program includes a presentation on successful transitioning and a graduate student resource information fair. All graduate students and faculty are invited to attend.

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT:

What can the university community do to help maintain, protect and restore the water quality of streams, lakes and rivers in Iowa? A new video, "Stormwater Management", is available for viewing on the Environmental Safety and Health Web site. Go to http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/healthsafety/index.shtml, click on "Stormwater Management" and then "Stormwater Management Training Video". Call the Environmental Health and Safety Office at 273-7269, for more information.

 

DRIVE SAFELY DURING LABOR DAY HOLIDAY:

UNI, city, county and state law enforcement officials will focus on heightened traffic safety and enforcement through Aug. 31. The focus will be seatbelt enforcement and getting impaired drivers off the road. This effort is part of the "Over the Limit, Under Arrest" special traffic enforcement program. For more information, contact Lt. Doug Widen, UNI Police Division, 273-2712.

 

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES:

WEBCT WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS:

ITS-Educational Technology is offering WebCT workshops for students on Aug. 27 and 28, and Sept. 2 and 3. For the complete workshop schedule visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/c.shtml or call 273-2309 for more details.

 

FREE COMPUTER WORKSHOPS FOR CREDIT:

ITS-Educational Technology is offering four series of free computer workshops for Mastering Microsoft Office and five for Creating Web Pages during spring semester. Each series is worth one credit hour. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/credit.shtml.

 

HOW TO START A SMALL BUSINESS:

This free workshop will be offered from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.,Tuesday, Sept. 9, in BCS 30. Registration is required. Call 273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

 

COLLEGIATE ENTREPRENEURS' ORGANIZATION MEETING:

The first meeting for the fall semester will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, in BCS 30. Come for pizza and meet Marc Reifenrath, co-owner of SpinUTech - an internet solutions company in Cedar Falls. The meeting is open to all CEO members and students interested in becoming members. The freshman orientation drawing will be held for the winner of the $50 University Book & Supply gift certificate. Call 273-JPEC for details.

 

MOCK INTERVIEW & RESUME CRITIQUE WEEK:

Mock interviews and resume critiques will be held on Sept. 9, 10 and 11. Practice with professionals from 14 businesses and organizations to receive feedback on your resume and interview skills. Login to CareerLink at www.uni.edu/careerservices to select the employer(s) and time of your choice. This event is open to all majors, freshmen through graduate students. Deadline for reserving an interview slot is Sept. 5. Contact Laura Wilson in Career Services at laura.wilson@uni.edu for more information.

 

ACADEMIC ONEFILE REPLACES EXPANDED ACADEMIC (INFOTRAC):

Rod Library recently replaced Expanded Academic ASAP, also known as InfoTrac, with Academic OneFile, a larger database from the same company. Academic OneFile uses the same search interface and contains virtually all of the content in Expanded Academic plus additional journals and other sources.

 

HAVE YOU STARTED YOUR ePORTFOLIO YET?:

What can an ePortfolio do for you? Learn this, as well as how to get started on your ePortfolio. Attend one of five "Intro to ePortfolio" workshops offered for students. For more information, see the fall workshop calendar at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/c.shtml or call 273-2309. Request a myUNIverseCT Portfolio account at https://www.uni.edu/elearning/forms/portfolio_request.html.

HOURS:

LIBRARY HOURS:

http://www.library.uni.edu/libinfo/hours_special.shtml#labor

 

MAUCKER UNION HOURS:

http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/hrs-bcurrent.shtml

 
NEW HOURS FOR COMPUTER CONSULTING CENTER (CCC):

The CCC is expanding its hours of operation. The hours are: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and 6 to 10 p.m., Sunday.

 

WELLNESS/RECREATION CENTER:

http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/hours/index.html

 

NEW HOURS FOR PREXY'S IN MAUCKER UNION:

Avanti is open until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Flares Burrito Bar open until 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Flares Grill open until 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Café Fresco open until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.These venues are open until 3 p.m. Friday.

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):

SPECIAL EVENTS:

WELCOME WEEK ACTIVITIES:

Come and enjoy free activities designed to kick off the new academic year. Highlights include free food, music, outdoor games, prize giveaways and more. Visit www.uni.edu/welcomeweek for details.

 

CME HOSTS WELCOME BACK BBQ:

UNI Center For Multicultural Education will host its Annual Welcome Back BBQ from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in the Memorial Garden, located in front of the CME Archway outside of Maucker Union. Enjoy free hamburgers, hotdogs, pop and more, in addition to games, music and live entertainment.

 

ART GALLERY TO HIGHLIGHT PIECES FROM PERMANENT COLLECTION:

"Highlights from the Collection," a selection of works from the UNI Permanent Art Collection, will run from Aug. 25 through Sept. 21. Featured objects include the abstract expressionist painting titled "No. 6" by Philip Guston, Japanese woodcut prints, Edgerton photographs, and Rembrandt etchings, as well as recent acquisitions. Co-curator Charles M. Adelman will lecture on "Highlights from the UNI Permanent Art Collection: Some Observations" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, in KAB 111.

 

MEET STUDENT GOVERNMENT LEADERS:

Stop by the Northern Iowa Student Government table in the Union to meet UNI Student Government leaders from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, and share what's on your mind.

 

BASH WITH BEN 3:

Join Ben and Pat Allen for the third annual Bash with Ben, a fall campus celebration. Join the Allen's, NISG President Pernell Cezar and new Athletic Director Troy Dannen from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, for a picnic lunch on the Campanile Plaza.

 

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:

Monday, Sept. 8, the AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss meets at 4:30 p.m. at the UNI Museum to discuss "The Man Who Fed the World" by Leon Hesser. Self Help director Merry Fredrick is the speaker. It's not necessary to have read the book.

 

ALPHA PHI'S RED DRESS GALA:

The sisters of the Epsilon Theta chapter of Alpha Phi will host a Red Dress Gala on Saturday, Sept.13. This philanthropic event will raise awareness and funds for women's cardiac care programs through the Alpha Phi Foundation. Tickets are available online at http://www.sellyourevents.com/RedDressGala.aspx for $25 per guest. The evening will feature a social hour, cash bar, silent auction, dinner and entertainment, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. For more information, sponsorship questions, or to make a donation to this cause, contact Jessi Kelly at jessik@uni.edu

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE CONFERENCE:

UNI will host the 11th Annual Great Plains Political Science Association Conference on Saturday, Sept. 27. The Political Science Association serves as a forum for both faculty and student presentations, faculty development and public affairs workshops. The association invites papers from faculty and students on political, social and economic topics to be submitted by Friday, Aug. 29. Student papers submitted in advance of the conference will be eligible to compete for the GPPSA Best Student Paper Awards. To submit a paper or for more information, visit http://www.usd.edu/greatplainspsa/ or e-mail submissions and questions to professor Christopher W. Larimer in the Department of Political Science at christopher.larimer@uni.edu.

 

 

EASTERN IOWA GIS DAY:

Eastern Iowa has experienced two big natural disasters this year: tornado and flood. In order to assist local and state government agencies, this year’s GIS Conference theme is titled "Geospatial Technologies for Natural Disaster Management." The conference will take place Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and will feature workshops, keynote presentations, educational sessions, an exhibition and networking opportunities. Visit http://geotree.geog.uni.edu/gisday2008/ to register for GIS Day 2008 and view the preliminary agenda. Registration is free and lunch will also be provided for all registrants. Students attending have an opportunity to visit with multiple GIS vendors.

 

PERFORMING ARTS:

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Singer/songwriter Danny Santos will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25, in KUNI's studio on the third-floor of the CAC. His music is a unique mix of country/folk tinged with bluegrass and the blues. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.

 

IMPROV TROUPE PERFORMS AT C.F. PUBLIC LIBRARY:

Half-Masted 3.2, a comedy improv troupe, performs family-friendly shows at 6:30 every Friday at the Cedar Falls Public Library. The current troupe members are: Dana Dzick, Jordan Meyer, Larry Raineri, Tanner Randall and Tonia Tessum. They will hold auditions for new cast members this September. For more information, call Doug Shaw at 273-6805.

WELLNESS/REC:

FREE BIKE TUNE-UPS:

Free bike checkups and adjustments will be provided by Bike Tech to UNI students and employees Monday, Aug. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Maucker Union by the reflecting pool. Wellness and Recreation Services' Sole Power Program encourages non-motorized commuting. WRS Outdoor Recreation will also be present with activities and give a water bottle to all bike riders.

 

ROCK CLIMBING AT MONTICELLO:

Come spend the day rock climbing at Monticello, Iowa, this Saturday, Aug. 30. Trip leaves at 8 a.m. and will return after dark. Cost is $15 and you'll also receive a Club SOLE membership for fall 2008. The trip is sponsored by Club SOLE. Sign up and find out more details at UNI Outdoors in WRC 174.

 

FITNESS AND LEISURE CLASSES:

Join a fitness/leisure class today. There are 52 different sessions from which to choose. Classes start as early as 6:30 a.m., and as late as 9:45 p.m. Aerobics, cycling, yoga, pilates, boot camp, water fitness classes and more are offered through Wellness and Recreation Services. Low cost, convenient; sign up with a friend. www.uni.edu/wellrec

 

INTRAMURAL LEAGUE 8-ON-8 DODGEBALL:

A mandatory managers' meeting is at 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, in SEC 247. Makeup managers' meetings are at 3:15 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2 and 3, in WRC 252. League registration is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2 and 3, in WRC 161. Play begins Monday, Sept. 15. Game times: Men's leagues, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m., Mondays or Tuesdays; Women's leagues: 7:30 or 8 p.m., Mondays or Thursdays. For more information, call 273-7262.

 

INTRAMURAL SOFTBALL OFFICIALS WANTED: (Men and Women)

Anyone interested in officiating softball should attend one of the following softball clinics: at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2 or Wednesday, Sept. 3, in WRC 252. Pay is $7.25 per game (officials are able to play and officiate; you must know day/time your team plays). Please wear tennis shoes and gym clothes. If you have questions, call 273-7262.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT:

Fantasy Football Tournament for students, faculty, staff, spouses and retirees. Registration: Thursday and Friday, Sept. 4 and 5, in WRC 161. A $5 entry fee is due with registration. Play begins Monday, Sept. 8. E-mail contact will be made by 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8, with password and league user name.

 

INTRAMURAL LEAGUE SOFTBALL:

A mandatory managers' meeting will take place at 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, 4 p.m. in SEC 247.
A makeup managers' meeting will be at 3:15 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2 and 3, in WRC 252.
League registration: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 2 and 3, WRC 161; play begins Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Game Times: men's and women's leagues 3:30, 4:30 or 5:30 p.m.; Co-rec league 5:30 p.m., Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. For more information, call 273-7262.

 

OPEN CO-REC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT:

The tournament will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14. Entry forms are available in WRC 161. Entries are due by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, WRC 161. Entry fee is $20 per team (cash, check or u-bill). Open to students, faculty, staff, spouses and retirees. For more information, call 273-7262.

 

TENNIS & RACQUETBALL LEAGUES: Men, Women & Co-Rec

Register between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 2 through Wednesday, Sept. 4, in WRC 161. Play begins Monday, Sept. 8. Rules are available at the WRC Web site, www.uni.edu/wellrec, click on Intramural Sports. For more information, call 273-7262.

 

SMOKING CESSATION HELP:

Self-help materials, consultation, and on-going support is available to students, faculty and staff striving to quit smoking. Contact Kathy Green, University Health Services director, at 3-6921 or kathy.green@uni.edu, for details, or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/smoke/index.html

 

3 V 3 SOCCER:

"Just for Kicks" (JfK), a UNI program to train youth soccer coaches and players, is hosting a 3-on-3 soccer tournament from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, at the UNI soccer practice fields on West 27th Street. Teams will be placed into divisions based on age, gender and playing experience. There are six divisions for both men and women, under 10, 12, 14, 16, 19 and adult, as of August 2008. The top two teams in each division will receive awards, and all participants will receive a JfK T-shirt. There is a maximum of five players per team, and a team fee of $125. Registration is due by Friday, Sept. 5. Contact sam.lankford@uni.edu for registration forms.

 

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