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Monday, Nov. 10, 2008
The Rod Library has made some alterations to the fee structure for lost materials. All patrons will be assessed the lost item fee, the overdue fee and a $7.50 processing fee. If a lost item is returned after the fees have been paid, only the replacement fee will be refunded. For specific information about rates, see http://weblogs.uni.edu/libnews/archives/2008/10/lost_book_fees.html.
Visit http://www.library.uni.edu/libinfo/hours_special.shtml#thanks to view the library hours during Thanksgiving vacation.
The SIS Evaluation Team has completed campus presentations by two software vendors -- Oracle/Peoplesoft and Sungard/Banner. Reference checks are done, and the team is reviewing written proposals and gathering follow-up information. Both software systems are still under consideration. The next step is to solicit proposals for implementing a new software system. For a full update, see http://www.uni.edu/sis/.
A new Diversity Council has been appointed by President Allen. The council will provide leadership and coordination to achieve the university's diversity-related goals. Council members are James Lubker, interim executive vice president and provost; Tom Schelhardt, vice president for administration and finance; Terry Hogan, vice president for student affairs; and Bill Calhoun, vice president for university advancement; Clarence Lobdell III, NISG vice president; Inez Murtha, director of student support services; and Leah Gutknecht, assistant to the president, compliance and equity management.
Responsibility for chairing the council will rest initially with Hogan, but will rotate in the future among the vice presidents. The council will meet monthly and will update the president quarterly. It will report annually to the president and the university community. To ensure broad participation and support for planned initiatives, the council will form and charge a diversity advisory committee, and will appoint a chair who will also serve on the council.
Riders are invited to wait for the park-and-ride bus at the southwest entrance of the UNI-Dome. The building is usually open by 7:30 a.m. Call 273-5374 with questions or concerns.
The Iowa State High School Association will host football playoffs in the UNI-Dome Friday, Nov. 14, Monday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Nov. 21, which will affect the regular bus route for the park-and-ride service. To keep the bus from getting caught in traffic, we ask riders to park in the Hillside Courts overflow lot at Jennings drive and F streets south of campus on those dates. The bus will stop at the bus shelter located at the top of F Street. Call 273-5374 with questions.
Take the annual dining services satisfaction survey by visiting www.uni.edu/dor. The access number is 124 followed by your university ID number. The survey takes approximately four minutes. Evaluate one or more venues and return to the survey site throughout the week.
UNI is conducting a study to understand the experiences of first-year students at UNI to identify ways to better enhance experiences and offer support to succeed. If you are a first year student at UNI (freshman or transfer student) check your UNI email today. The survey will take about 10 minutes. Students who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of several prizes, including a Nintendo Wii gaming system.
All Capstone courses are listed in the schedule of classes under the designation of "CAP" on page 19 of the printed spring schedule. Many of these courses are also listed under departmental numbers, which are listed under the course titles. Students will earn Capstone credit for these courses regardless of how they register for them. For descriptions of the courses, visit the LAC website: http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/lac/
The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/?.
Current UNI graduate students from all departments and programs are eligible to apply for this award. The author of the winning paper will receive $100. The deadline for the paper is Feb. 13. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/womenstudies or contact Phyllis Baker at 273-7102.
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.
The Koob Fund for Student Community Engagement Scholarship applications are due Friday, Nov. 14. Scholarship information can be found at: http://www.uni-foundation.org/page.aspx?id=lotw36p88. For more information, contact Angie Gorsuch at 273-2264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields and numerous opportunities for professional development. Juniors with extensive records of service, a commitment to a career in the public sector, excellent communication skills and leadership potential and a desire to influence public policies or education programs are encouraged to apply. More information can be found at www.truman.gov or by contacting Kerri Clopton at email@example.com or 273-7940. Interested students should contact Clopton no later than Friday, Nov. 21.
Apply now for the 2009-2010 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program. This program provides fellowship to U.S. scholars and professionals for long-term overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical or cultural developments relevant to U.S. foreign policy. The deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 17. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 628-8188.
The Resident Assistant Selection committee is recruiting students for the RA position. There are many leadership opportunities, financial benefits (free room and board with a $1,200 stipend the first year) and long-term benefits of the job (life-long friends, time management and organizational skills). You must have a 2.5 GPA to apply. Applications can be found at http://www.uni.edu/dor/raapplication/. E-mail email@example.com with questions.
Learn about children in need, family life and communities making positive change against tremendous odds with child, family and community development in Nicaragua. Attend an informational meeting from 2 to 2:50 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, in Sabin 13.
Attend an informational meeting from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11 and Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Gilchrist 009 to learn about a summer non-western program in St. Petersburg, Russia. Participants will examine Russian culture, history, geography and language; the program is worth five to six credit hours. For more information, contact the study abroad office at 273-7078.
Attend an informational session from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in Gilchrist 007. The director of international programs at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, will speak about South Africa, its history and recent developments. For more information, contact study abroad at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 273-7078.
There will be an informational session from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Gilchrist 007 focusing on the travels in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Past participants will be available to answer questions and talk about the opportunities available. For more information, stop by the Study Abroad Office in Gilchrist 28 or call 273-7078.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State will host International Education Week Nov. 17 through 21. This weeklong celebration will showcase some of the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. For a list of events, visit http://www.uni.edu/studyabroad/news/iew2008.htm. For more information, contact Jessica Breuer at email@example.com or Monica Zeeb at firstname.lastname@example.org
Programs in France and Canada are available for any level of French from beginning to advanced. Attend an informational meeting from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in Gilchrist 009 to learn about the three programs UNI offers, costs and the benefits of studying abroad. This is a great way to receive credit for French major/minor requirements.
Three of the Summer Capstone programs are full but there are many more opportunities left to study abroad this summer. Capstones for China, Nicaragua and Poland are still accepting applications for Summer 2009. For more information on these and other available summer programs, visit UNI Study Abroad Center, Gilchrist 28, 273-7078, www.uni.edu/studyabroad
Learn about summer programs in China, Poland, Ireland, Germany, Spain, and Ireland during an information session from 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in Gilchrist 009. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office at 273-7078.
EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):
Join members of the Department of Political Science for a forum discussing "Election 2008: What Did it Mean?" from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Seerley 115. For more information, contact Donna Hoffman at email@example.com or 273-5916.
ShowTime is UNI dance program’s free weekly showing of historical and contemporary dancers and dance/movement forms. Watch film clips of social dance during the early 20th century -- from Cakewalk to Blackbottom to Charleston and Lindy Hop from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the WRC 185/187. Come for snacks and dancing.
Movement Outlet will focus on Pilates from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in the WRC 185/187. The free weekly dance/movement sessions change each week and are organized by dance students for UNI students, faculty and staff. No previous experience is required. Come dressed to move. For more information, contact Stacie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come to "Cooking for a Cure", an all-you-can-eat breakfast event serving pancakes, sausage, eggs and bagels, from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, at St. Stephen's Church. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. The proceeds will go toward the American Cancer Society and the Public Relations Student Society of America. For tickets, contact Meredith Sillau at email@example.com.
Camp Adventure Leadership Assessment Center (LAC) kicks off International Education Week at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, in the WRC 204. Learn about working with youth in Germany, Italy, China, Japan and the U.S., earning 12 credit hours and receiving free airfare/housing and a living stipend. To confirm your attendance, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UNI Folk and Ballroom Dancers will host their annual fall ballroom dance Sunday, Nov. 16, in Maucker Union Ballroom. Cha-cha lessons for beginners will be at 6 p.m. and open dancing will follow from 7 to 11 p.m. Evening attire is suggested but not required. Contact Daniel Wells at 273-3560 for more information.
The Graduate Student Advisory Board presents "A Conversation with President Ben Allen," from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in the SEC fifth-floor lounge (Room 544). All graduate students are invited to speak with President Allen, graduate college staff and fellow graduate students. Refreshments provided.
The CME Seven Book Club will meet at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, in the CME, Maucker Union, upper level to discuss "Great Speeches by Native Americans" by Bob Blaisdell. Come prepared to discuss the reading and enlighten us on your point of view.
Help us collect more than 1,000 items for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and support our community. Drop your food or monetary donations off at Essentials in Maucker Union through Thursday, Dec. 4.
Graduate Students: make a difference this holiday season and help support the Salvation Army. Bell ringing will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Cedar Falls Wal-Mart. One hour shifts are available. E-mail Brock Holman, email@example.com by Monday, Dec. 1 to reserve your spot.
Learn about real solutions to real-life problems in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce at the Idea Diversity summit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 23, in Maucker Union. Whether you are a faculty member, staff or a student, this summit will give you the tools to be an agent of change in your specialty. Visit http://www.iowadiversitysummit.com for registration and more information.
Men's basketball will host Wayne State in an exhibition game at 7:05 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, in the McLeod Center. The Panthers will open the regular season against Denver at 12:05 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, in the McLeod Center.
Volleyball will host Missouri State at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, in the McLeod Center. UNI will take on nationally-ranked Wichita State in its final home game of the season at 7:05 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15. The Panthers will recognize seniors prior to the match.
The UNI Portuguese Club will host the final installment of its Conexões Film Series at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, in the College Eye Room of Maucker Union. "Caramuru: A Invencão do Brasil," (The Invention of Brazil) is a comedy about a Portuguese map illustrator who reaches the Brazilian coast after his caravel sinks. He is saved by the Indian chief Itaparica. The film is in Portuguese with English subtitles and is free and open to the public.
Check out the blockbuster "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2," starring Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera and Blake Lively at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Free refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
The Mind Research Network will host a panel discussion on mental health at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Lang Hall, Room 20. The panel is designed to promote awareness about mental illness, and will include four Cedar Valley professionals. Discussion topics include surprising facts about mental illness, habits that affect mental health later in life and local options for mental health assistance. For more information about the free discussion, contact Anna Wilharm at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn about the Mind Research Network, visit www.mrn.org.
Cedar River Productions will hold a video color correction workshop at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Lang Hall Performance Studio. For more information, e-mail email@example.com
UNI’s American Democracy Project/Provost’s Office will host a workshop on whether or not the drinking age should be lowered to age 18 from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m, Wednesday, Nov. 12, SEC Room 246. Audience members will argue both sides of this issue (talking points provided). Katherine Van Wormer, UNI professor of social work, will then present the argument for lowering the drinking age. Free and open to the public.
Cheryl Mullenbach, independent scholar, will discuss "Bringing a Forgotten Iowan to the Public" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.
The English department's Writing Snack Series will view and discuss three digital texts available on YouTube: "The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version)" from the Digital Ethnography Program at Kansas State University; Richard Miller's address to the Rutger's University Board of Regents, "The Future is Now;" and "Langdon Digital Learning" by The Langdon Group. The discussion is at 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in Baker 161. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend and join in the discussion. Bring your own snack and ideas on new writing technologies from Facebook to Wikipedia.
Jarita Holbrook, of the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona. will present an overview of 500 years of information collected on African astronomy and will include African celestial art to demonstrate how the sky has inspired Africans to humanistic expressions at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in the McCollum Science Hall 201. This lecture is free and open to the public; refreshments will be provided. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Ronald Walters, political analyst for CNN, NBC and CBS and professor of government and politics at University of Maryland, will discuss the results and impact of the Nov. 4 election at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in Lantz Auditorium, MSH 137. Reception will follow at the CME. Contact Athena Clayborne 273-2250 with questions.
Cedar River Productions will be holding a sneak peak screening of student productions that have been produced this semester and is seeking submissions for video projects for next semester. If you have an idea for a television show, documentary, short film or experimental project that you would like help creating, attend project sneak peek at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Visiting lecturer Eric Saylor will present "It's not Lambkins Frisking at all: English Pastoral Music and the Great War" at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19, Russell Hall, Room 116. Saylor currently serves as assistant professor of music history at Drake University and has presented papers at national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music and the North American British Music Studies Association. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail Melinda.Boyd@uni.edu.
Pablo Ben, assistant professor of history, will present “Modernity, Sexuality, and Alienation” at noon, Monday, Dec. 1, in the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A. Faculty, staff, students and members of the wider community are invited to gather for informal presentation and discussion.
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