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Monday, Feb. 9, 2009
President Allen and the recently appointed Diversity Council hosted a diversity town hall meeting on Jan. 22. The town hall meeting presented the initiatives that have been put into motion, representing the institution's priority to value, promote and teach about diversity. To view the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting, visit http://www.uni.edu/diversity/.
The Park and Ride service will end at the end of the day, Friday, March 13, due to low ridership. The project has not been cost effective and current numbers don't indicate a substantial change that would allow the service to continue. Contact Brent Richmond with Parking Operations at 273-5374 with questions or comments.
Students attending UNI (and other colleges or universities located in the Midwestern disaster areas as defined by the IRS) may qualify for a double education tax credit when filing federal tax returns for calendar year 2008. The definition of qualified education expenses for the education credits and the tuition and fees deduction is also expanded to include room and board for students in Midwestern disaster areas. For additional information, see http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/student_accounts/documents/tax_credits_2008.pdf. Taxpayers are advised to consult a tax adviser or see IRS Publication 970 "Tax Benefits for Education" (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf) for details. The IRS may also be reached by phone at 1-800-829-1040. UNI cannot provide tax advice.
Nominations for the 2009 Veridian Credit Union Community Engagement Awards are due Friday, Feb. 20. This award recognizes 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 information and to submit nomination materials, visit www.uni.edu/resources/outreach/veridian.shtml.
All students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences about the University's culture and attitudes. Follow the link sent to you in the e-mail invitation from President Allen to complete the survey. 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. Plan to participate in this important process. If you have questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kristin Moser at 273-3050.
Do you think you have what it takes to be UNI's first Panther Idol? The competition begins Friday, Feb. 20. Registration is open until Wednesday, Feb. 18, and can be accessed at http://www.uni.edu/maucker. For more information, contact Mike at 273-5888.
Join UNI Students for Trevor and Anthony and support Trevor Boeckmann and Anthony Palomo in their run for student body president and vice president. You can find more information on the campaign at www.trevorandanthony.com. You can also join their Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=45311739349.
Watch your "in-box" and consider participating in the UNI Health Survey. The National College Health Assessment survey will take approximately 20 - 30 minutes. Participants who complete the survey will be entered to win an 8GB Ipod Touch (2nd Generation), and other give-a-ways. Visit www.uni.edu/wellrec and click on the "Health Survey" tab for more information. Sponsored by University Health Services.
The Department of English Language and Literature is sponsoring several prizes for writing. The Selina Terry Poetry Award, ($100), and the Roberta S. Tamres Sci-Fi Award, ($50), are open to all UNI students. Winners will be published in Inner Weather. The deadline is Monday, Feb. 23.
The Myrtle Telleen Collins "Spirit of Life" Creative Writing Scholarship, ($1,000), is open to all undergraduates. The deadline is Monday, March 30.
UNI Literary Prizes are open to English majors and minors. Awards include $250 and $400 (several awards in different genres). The deadline is Monday, March 30. For more information, or to request entry forms, e-mail email@example.com. Information and forms are also available at the English department (BAK 117) and at http://www.uni.edu/english
Applications are being accepted for the Summer 2009 Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute. All majors are welcome. Attend this week-long entrepreneurial simulation and earn three hours of UNI credit paid by the UNI Pappajohn Center. Tuition, lodging and food are provided. Visit http://www.jpec.org/oko.htm for an application or call 273-JPEC (5732) for more information.
Twenty on-campus co-op positions will be available for the 2009-2010 school year for two semesters, 15 hours per week. Pay is $9/hour. Begin the process now by attending co-op orientation (http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/co-op/program/orientation.html) and reviewing application guidelines (http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/co-op/students/best-internships-students-how-to-apply-1-08.html). Resumes must be uploaded into UNI CareerLink. For more information, call 273-6041.
Panther Marching Band Color Guard auditions will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 4, in the West Gym. RSVP by Wednesday, March 25 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panther Push is a program designed for current UNI students to go to their former high school and visit with students about the advantages of attending UNI. If you have a 2.5 GPA or higher and are interested in promoting UNI, apply online at http://www.uni.edu/admissions/forms/. Applications are due to the Office of Admissions (GIL 002) by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20. The mandatory one-hour training session will be at 7 p.m., Monday, March 2, or at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in GIL 009. Contact Amanda Carls with questions (email@example.com).
Applications are being accepted for student scholarships to attend the IDEA Diversity Summit being hosted by UNI on April 23. The scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applications are available online at http://www.uni.edu/diversity. For more information, contact Beth Bishop, 273-2846 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Join peer advisers and past study-abroad participants in celebrating Language Diversity Week, Feb. 9 through 13. The week will include presentations by peer advisers, information tables and tips to help you get over language barriers in other countries. For a complete list of events, visit http://www.uni.edu/studyabroad/news/Language_Diversity_Week_2009.pdf or stop by GIL 28.
Attend the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Iowa Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 6, in Maucker Union. Free. Much of the conference is arranged on a MWF class schedule. Information for all majors. See the agenda at www.jpec.org/ceic2009.htm. Call 273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail email@example.com to register.
Become a conversation partner. Speak one hour a week to an international student and experience other cultures; a volunteer certificate will be awarded. Sign up at BAK 72 or at http://www.uni.edu/ciep or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply to be an undergraduate Peer Academic Adviser in Residence (PAIR) for the 2009-2010 academic year. PAIRs work in Academic Advising and in an assigned residence hall where they live. Information and applications are available from the Online Job Board, www.uni.edu/advising/ or in GIL 102. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 16.
More than 500,000 college students are targets of bias-driven slurs or physical assaults each year. For information on what you can do to fight hate, visit http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/ and look for "The Word is..." bulletin board series.
EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):
In celebration of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday, the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers have created Darwin Week, a series of events from Monday, Feb. 9 through Thursday, Feb. 12. Speakers, games, social events, information sessions and a birthday party to celebrate the life of Darwin and his theory of evolution will take place in Maucker Union. For a list of events, visit http://www.darwinweek.com.
NISG debates between presidential and vice presidential candidates will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Maucker Union Ballrooms.
A crime has been committed and detectives are needed to find out "who done it." Join in the fun as Wellness and Recreation Services presents its first murder mystery event employing the components of physical and mental wellness. The fun will begin the week of March 1 when detectives can pick up clues in WRC 104. Two clues will be available per week ending the week of April 19. E-mail Deedra.Dahlager@uni.edu to sign up. The subject line should read "Murder Mystery." Deedra will respond with further instructions.
Half-Masted 3.2, the Cedar Valley's own comedy improv troupe will hold auditions from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the College Eye Room and Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Presidential Room of Maucker Union. Callbacks will be held the following Friday.
UNI will host a bi-monthly education series called "Hot Topics in Education." The purpose of the series is to share information with faculty, staff and students about state education challenges and what UNI is doing to address these issues. UNI faculty panelists will present "Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) & the Achievement Gap," at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Elm Room in Maucker Union. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Stacey Christensen by e-mail, email@example.com or phone, 273-3170.
Attend a workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16, in BCS 30. Advance registration is required; call 273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Attend a workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb 18, in BCS 30. Advance registration is required; call 3-JPEC (5732) or e-mail email@example.com. Space is limited. Information in this workshop will build on Workshop I.
Come to St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center for a fish fry from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. Tickets will be available after the 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. masses, Sunday, Feb. 15, in the lobby of St. Stephen. Tickets are $6, or four for $20. Call 266-9863 with questions.
The UNI-CUE is seeking donors for a community blood drive, which will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, at UNI-CUE 112 (800 Sycamore St., Waterloo). This year's goal is 45 donors. Register by calling 433-1220. One pint of blood will save three lives.
The second annual Graduate Student Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 1, in the GBPAC. The symposium is open to all current graduate students as well as December 2008 graduates. Students' research, scholarship and creative achievements will be showcased by poster presentation and performances, and will be judged by professionals in the field. Monetary awards will be given for first place ($200), second place ($100), and third place ($50) in each of the two categories of poster presentation and performance. For more information, including the registration form and a tentative schedule, visit www.grad.uni.edu/symposium. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 27.
Men's Basketball will play Southern Illinois at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the McLeod Center. Get tickets online at www.unitix.uni.edu or call 273-4TIX.
Tennis hosts UW-Green Bay at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13. The Panthers host Western Illinois at 10 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 15. Both matches are at the Black Hawk Tennis Club in Waterloo.
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