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Monday, Jan. 19, 2009

NEWS:

TOWN-HALL DIVERSITY MEETING:

President Allen will host a town hall meeting on diversity, open to all in the UNI community, on Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend, beginning with continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and a program from 8:30 to 10 a.m. President Allen will describe his vision for UNI's future diversity efforts, will open the floor for questions and discussion and will announce related plans.

 

FOLLOW NISG PRESIDENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.:

NISG President Pernell Cezar is in Washington, D.C., taking part in The Washington Center's Presidential Inauguration seminar and will attend the 2009 Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20. Follow Cezar at weblogs.uni.edu/inauguration as he gets a behind-the-scenes look at Washington and national politics. You also can access the blog via the UNI home page, www.uni.edu.

 

DAVID COOK LIVE IN CONCERT:

See David Cook in concert at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Tickets are $5. Tickets will be sold to students only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, through Friday, Jan. 30, in Mauker Union. Only cash will be accepted.

 

KNOW IT - NAME IT - STOP IT:

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Visit www.uni.edu/violenceservices and click on the "Know it. Name it. Stop it." logo to check out information on stalking, harassment, what to do if you or a friend are a victim, and how to get help. Brought to you by University Health Services.

 

SABIN HALL OFFICE RELOCATIONS:

The Department of Political Science has relocated to CBB 5. All telephone numbers remain the same. The Office of the Dean for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has relocated to BAK 59 (Baker). All telephone numbers remain the same.

 

OPEN NISG SENATE POSITIONS:

Various NISG Senate positions have opened up during the winter break: Hagemann, Shull and multiple off-campus positions. A student appointed to one of these positions would fill the rest of the 2008-2009 term, which expires on April 14. A senator must be a currently enrolled student and, in this case, reside throughout the term in the constituency for which he or she is applying. Applications are at
http://webapps-a.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/positions.php and are due by 10 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26. Contact Chole Casber, NISG Speaker of the Senate, casbern@uni.edu with questions.

 

2008 W-2s:

2008 W-2 Wage and Tax Statements will be available Friday, Jan. 16, online through MyUNIverse using the MEMFIS UNI Employee Self Service responsibility. The MEMFIS Web site, http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis, has a Quick Reference Guide for finding and viewing the W-2 statement. The targeted mailing date for the W-2s is Friday, Jan. 23. W-2 FAQs are available online at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/.

 

FILE INCOME TAXES FAST, FREE AND ONLINE:

Electronic filing of income tax returns (eFile) is fast, easy and environmentally friendly. eFile is free for most students, including active military, anyone 25 or anyone who earns less than $30,000. eFile of federal and state tax returns begins on Friday, Jan. 16. For more information, visit: http://www.state.ia.us/tax.

 

ROD LIBRARY NEWSLETTER:

Check out Rod Library's newsletter, "Rod Notes," that highlights new databases, research tips and what's happening at Rod Library. "Rod Notes" is available at http://www.library.uni.edu/news/newsletter.html.

 

UNI DIVERSITY SURVEY:

Soon you will be invited to participate in a survey to help UNI assess its climate. All students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences about the university’s culture and attitudes. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is strictly confidential. All responses will be aggregated and no individually identifying information will be disclosed. Please plan to participate in this important process.

 

HERITAGE HONOURS AWARD NOMINATIONS:

The UNI Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2009 Heritage Honours Awards in three categories: Alumni Achievement, Alumni Service and Young Alumni. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 13. Last year's recipients were U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Nancy Powell, UNI faculty emeriti and advocates Carl and Wanda Wehner and U.S. Senate liaison Andrienne Hallet. A list of award recipients can be found at http://unialum.org/scholarships/heritage/years.shtml/. To learn more about the nomination process, visit http://unialum.org/scholarships/heritage/heritage.shtml or call Mark Jastorff at 273-2171.

 

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARDS:

UNI and Veridian Credit Union are seeking nominations for the 2009 Community Engagement Awards to recognize outstanding contributions of UNI faculty members to the community through research and/or teaching. All full-time tenured and tenure track faculty are eligible. For award and nomination details, visit www.uni.edu/resources/outreach/veridian.shtml. All nomination materials must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 20.

 

TC HEADING TO NATIONAL COMPETITION:

TC has again qualified for the National Mascot Competition. Help send TC to the National Competition and prove to everyone that he truly is the best mascot by purchasing a "TC's National's Crew" T-shirt. Learn more and order shirts at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=43893066108&ref=nf or e-mail tcpanther@uni.edu.

 

FOUR-DAY RULE FOR DORM FLYERS:

As of Jan. 1, all (approved only) flyers, poster and mailbox inserts that are dropped off at residence halls and include specific dates for events and/or deadlines, must be delivered to the hall offices at least four days prior to that event or deadline. If they are not, the flyers/posters will be either returned or recycled.

 

2008 GRADUATE REPORT:

UNI Career Services has released its annual report, which includes the 2008 Graduate Report. The report details salaries, occupied rate and companies for interns and graduates. To download the report, visit

http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/employers/2008_AnnualReport_Final.pdf

 

HOMECOMING COMMITTEE APPLICATION TIME:

Are you looking for a way to get more involved and help spread Panther Pride? If you answered yes, then join the 2009 Homecoming Committee. Applications are available at www.uni.edu/maucker and are due by 5 p.m., Jan. 23, in the Student Involvement and Activities Center (SIAC located on the Plaza Level of Maucker Union). No late applications will be accepted. To be considered for the Homecoming Committee, you must complete this application. For more information contact Jessie James-Stinson at 273-6335 (jessie.stinson@uni.edu) or Erin Wheat at 273-6849 (erin.wheat@uni.edu).

 

FREE SAMPLES AT 23RD STREET MARKET:

Sample Piccadilly Circus brand products during lunchtime at 23rd Street Market, Wednesday, Jan. 21. Give your opinion on pizzas, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, stuffed cheese sticks, gourmet chicken tenders, boneless buffalo wings, sub sensations and more. Your opinion will help determine which products to offer at 23rd Street Market. For more information on spring semester events in campus restaurants and convenience stores visit http://www.uni.edu/dor/promotions/index.htm.

 
COLD DAYS/HOT DEALS:

Cold days bring hot deals to Chats and Prexy’s in Maucker Union, through Jan. 23. Enjoy price specials on soups, hot beverages and spicy entrées in Prexy's so watch for the Cold Days Hot Deals signs and save. Spring semester promotions are at http://www.uni.edu/dor/promotions/index.htm

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES:

FREE COMPUTER WORKSHOPS FOR CREDIT:

Two series of workshops, Mastering Microsoft Office and Creating Web Pages, are available free to all full-time students. See http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/credit.shtml for details and online registration links.

 

CAREER SERVICES WORKSHOP:

Career services will offer a workshop from 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26 in Gilchrist 007. The workshop will highlight what career services can do for students regarding resumes, interviews, job searches and more.

 

STUDY IN IRELAND:

Learn about studying in Ireland at an information session at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Gilchrist 007. If you have any questions contact James Hanlon, peer adviser for Ireland, at jamesh@uni.edu; or come to the Study Abroad Office, Gilchrist 28, to schedule an appointment.

 

STUDY IN PRAGUE:

Learn about studying in Prague from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Gilchrist 25. Stephen Gaies will discuss the program and past participants will be on hand to answer questions. For more information, contact Michael Lalor, peer adviser, lalorm@uni.edu or stop by Gilchrist 28.

 

EXPLORE HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS MAJORS AND MINORS:

Consider the academic majors and minors offered by the eight departments that make up the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Visit the informational table from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26 and Thursday, Jan. 29, in Maucker Union.

 

EXPLORING HABITATS THROUGH CREATIVE MOVEMENT:

This workshop will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30, in the CME, Maucker Union (supported by IMSEP). Pre-service teachers discover how creative movement can enhance student learning about habitats—weather/climate, animal/plant life and interdependence. Elementary education majors (first through fourth grades) RSVP by Jan. 23 to 273-3658 or paulsonr@uni.edu

 

OSHA BLOOD BORN PATHOGEN TRAINING OFFERED:

This 50-minute training is required for all students completing field experiences in any pre-K through 12 school setting. The training is free and open to anyone. Three sessions will be offered: 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20; 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21; and 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22. All sessions will be held in SEC 244/245. No registration is required. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education, 273-2265.

 

HELP WITH GRADES:

Were you happy with your fall GPA? If your GPA wasn't quite what you'd like it to be, there are some ways to improve. Whether you need to stay on track or get on track, you'll want to avoid some common pitfalls...learn about them by checking out The Word is...Grades at http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/

 

GRAD STUDENT SPEED MEETING:

The Northern Iowa Student Government will host a graduate student speed meeting as a way for graduate students to meet other students inside and outside of their departments at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, in the CME. Refreshments provided by Wal-Mart. Sponsored by NISG.

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):

SPECIAL EVENTS:

JOIN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Looking for an easy and fun way to help out in your community? Habitat for Humanity is kicking off the second semester with a meeting at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, in CBB, Room 225.

 

INAUGURATION WATCH:

The Student Involvement and Activities Center, along with the Center for Multicultural Education, will host an Inauguration Watch Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Feel free to bring your lunch and watch this historic event.

 

GRAD CHATS IN THE UNION:

Join other graduate students for informal chats on your graduate student experience from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Thursday in Maucker Union near Chats. Take a break, relax and meet other graduate students from various academic programs. Bring your lunch.

 

'A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT, A PRAYER':

"A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, a Prayer" is a dramatic reading compiled by Eve Ensler, author of "The Vagina Monologues." These stories highlight the effects of violence against women and how women's violence isn't a "woman only" issue. The performances are at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24, in the CAC 108. Free for students, faculty and staff.

 

VOLLEYBALL BANQUET:

The UNI Volleyball Banquet will be held at noon, Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Holiday Inn on University Avenue. The cost is $20. RSVP to Michelle Coulter at 273-3176 or michelle.coulter@uni.edu by Thursday, Jan. 22.

 

FASTTRAC GROWTHVENTURE:

UNI's Regional Business Center/Small Business Development Center is offering the FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ program to provide an opportunity for area small business owners to evaluate their business framework and determine changes needed to improve performance and grow their business. The program will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., every Monday, from Jan. 26 through March 16, at the BCS Building. The cost is $149. For more information or to register, contact the UNI Regional Business Center at 236-8123.

 

HOW TO START A BUSINESS I:

Learn how to start a business at a workshop from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, in BCS 30. Advance registration is required; call 273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail jpec@uni.edu. Space is limited.

 

HOW TO START A BUSINESS II:

Learn more about how to start a business at a workshop from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, in BCS 30. Advance registration is required; call 273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail jpec@uni.edu. Space is limited, and information builds on Workshop I.

 

BEACH VOLLEYBALL:

Escape from the cold, snow and ice. Eight Professional Beach Volleyball athletes will bring the beach volleyball atmosphere (including 220 tons of sand) to the McLeod Center at 7:30 pm., Saturday, Jan. 31. This three-hour event will include Olympic gold medalist and "The Professor," Todd Rogers, and Olympic athlete Nicole Branagh. Tickets are on sale now at 273-4TIX, www.unitix.uni.edu or at any UNItix location.

 

CREATIVE DRAMA CLASSES FOR YOUTH:

The Sturgis Youth Theatre, under the direction of Gretta Berghammer, will offer creative drama classes for children in kindergarten through high school, beginning Monday, Feb. 2. For complete information and registration form, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre/sturgis

ATHLETICS:

MEN'S BASKETBALL:

Men's basketball will host Bradley at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the McLeod Center.

 

WRESTLING:

Wrestling will host Oklahoma State at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, in the McLeod Center.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

OUR WORLD IN FOCUS:

Celebrate the cultural diversity of people with this exhibition featuring "Our World in Focus; People of Iowa, the United States and the World" photography contest submissions. The exhibition will be on display through Saturday, Jan. 31, at the University Museum.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Panelists will discuss "Douglass and Lincoln: How a Revolutionary Black Leader and a Reluctant Liberator Struggled to End Slavery and Save the Union" (authors Kendrick and Kendrick at UNI on Thursday, Feb. 12) and "Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln" (author John Stauffer at UNI on Thursday, Feb. 19) from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, at University Book and Supply.

 

NATURAL RESOURCES RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT SEMINARS:

Greg Schmitt, the private lands biologist for the Iowa DNR, will lead the first seminar in a series on natural resource research and management at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Tallgrass Prairie Center, Room 9. Schmitt will speak on The Iowa DNR's Private Lands Program and will discuss cost-sharing and technical assistance opportunities that the DNR provides to private landowners in northeastern Iowa. The seminar series is sponsored by the Tallgrass Prairie Center. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at 273-3828 or rwelch@uni.edu.

PERFORMING ARTS:

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Paper Scissors Rocketpack will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19, in KUNI's studio on the third floor of the CAC. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12. For broadcast times and stations visit http://www.iowapublicradio.org

 

FACULTY STRING QUARTET:

The UNI Faculty String Quartet will offer a winter concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, in Graham Hall, Russell Hall, featuring faculty artists Frederick Halgedahl, violin; Therese Fetter, violin; Julia Bullard, viola; and, Jonathan Chenoweth, cello. This event is free and open to the public.

 

CLARINET RECITAL:

Assistant professor of clarinet Amanda McCandless will offer a clarinet recital featuring faculty artist Robin Guy, piano, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

VOICE AND PIANO RECITAL:

Visiting artists Yulia Savrasova, soprano, and Irina Bystrova, piano, will offer a collaborative recital at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

NO SHAME THEATRE:

No Shame is open mic night meets improv comedy meets poetry slam meets juggling meets Your Mom jokes. Any type of expression is welcome. You need to follow three rules to perform: All pieces must be original, no piece may exceed five minutes in length, and no piece may harm the space or its occupants. To perform, come at 9:30 to sign up; if you are coming to watch, come before 10 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, at CAC 108. Free. For more information, e-mail noshamecf@gmail.com.

 

RUSSIAN BALLET TO PERFORM CINDERELLA:

The Russian National Ballet will perform "Cinderella" at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, in the GBPAC. For more information and tickets, visit www.gbpac.com or call 273-4TIX. UNI students receive a 50-percent discount on tickets with a valid university I.D.

 

TRUMPET RECITAL:

UNI School of Music faculty artist Randy Grabowski will present a trumpet recital at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall, with repertoire and additional performers to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

 

'RIVERDANCE':

See the farewell performance of "Riverdance" at the GBPAC May 5, 6 and 7. "Riverdance" is a celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage. Tickets are on sale now. Call 273-4TIX or order tickets online at www.gbpac.com.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

HEALTH BEAT:

Looking for a good place to workout, where it's not so congested? Consider using the WRS Health Beat in Maucker Union. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays.

 

HEALTH BEAT LOCKERS:

Working out and need a locker to keep all your personal belongings? Health Beat lockers are available to rent. Find out more at www.uni.edu/wellrec/facilities/ health_beat.html.

 

PERSONAL TRAINERS WANTED:

An informational meeting will take place at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30, in WRC 250. Class begins Monday, Feb. 2. Monday lectures will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in WRC 150. Friday labs will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in WRC 103. For more information and to enroll, contact the personal fitness coordinator at 237-7167. Class is not for academic credit.

 

IRONMAN TRIATHLON CHALLENGE:

Registration begins Monday, Jan. 26, in WRC 101, for the seventh annual WRS Ironman Triathlon Challenge, a fitness incentive program. Choose from one of three Ironman distance events: traditional (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile walk/run), non-swimmers (substitutes 15000 meters of rowing for the swimming, bike and run distances the same) or the double Ironman challenge (double the traditional distances). Once registered, subsequent workout mileage may be logged on a provided log sheet. Workouts are self scheduled. Completion of event distances by March 6 nets the participant a certificate of achievement and an event T-shirt. The registration fee is $20. For more information, watch for event fliers, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec or contact Tim Klatt at timothy.klatt@uni.edu or 273-7120.

 

FITNESS AND LEISURE CLASSES:

Fitness and leisure classes are still open. Men, check out Self-Defense*Fighting*Fitness, Kickboxing X2 and Spinnercise. Want to tone up? Try New Sculpt and Tone, Pilates, Absolutely ABs or Total Aquatic conditioning.
http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitness/classes.html.

 

FITNESS INSTRUCTORS WANTED:

The WRS is looking for interested students for instructor training courses. Land and water aerobics instructor training begins Friday Jan. 23. For more information, e-mail Dana.Foster@uni.edu.

 

INTRAMURAL OPEN INDOOR CO-REC KICKBALL TOURNAMENT:

Open to students, faculty and staff. Entry forms are available at the Intramural Office, WRC 161, during the week of Jan. 20. There is a $20 entry fee and a two-game guarantee. Registration takes place Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 26-28, Intramural Office, WRC 161. Play begins at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, WRC South Courts.

 

WOMEN'S CLUB VOLLEYBALL TRY-OUTS:

UNI Women's Club Volleyball tryouts for the spring season will be held from 10 to 11:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20 and Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the WRC upstairs gymnasium. The cost for tryouts is $5. Contact: dkirby@uni.edu

 
INTRAMURAL 4-ON-4 SUNDAY EVENING VOLLEYBALL:

Open to women, co-rec and men. Materials can be picked up at the Intramural Office, WRC 161. Registration will take place Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 26 and 27, Intramural Office, WRC 161. Four-team leagues available at 5, 5:40, 6:20, 7, and 7:10 p.m.; First come, first served. Play begins Sunday, Feb. 8, WRC South Courts.

HOURS:

LIBRARY HOURS FOR MLK HOLIDAY WEEKEND:

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

 

PANTHER SHUTTLE/SAFE RIDE HOURS:

http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/panthershuttle.php

 

LIBRARY HOURS:

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

 
MAUCKER UNION HOURS:

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

 

WELLNESS/RECREATION CENTER HOURS:

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

 

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