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Monday, March 30, 2009
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Join the campus conversation on sustainability from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 14, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Attend all or only part of a session, as your schedule allows. Visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/energy/energy_sub/campus-conversation.shtml to register; select the link on the page and login using your CatID and password.
The Foundations of Excellence Steering Committee is hosting an open campus forum at 3:15 p.m., Monday, March 30, in GIL 009 to aid its evaluation of the experience of first-year students at UNI. This session will feature an open discussion of four themes that have emerged thus far from committee reports: 1) developing a unified first year philosophy, 2) creating a collaborative, organized approach to the first year, 3) first-year learning outcomes and coursework, and 4) faculty development for teaching first year students. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate. To review completed dimension reports and survey data summaries, visit: http://www.uni.edu/foe/documents.shtml. Contact Jon Buse or April Chatham-Carpenter with questions.
During finals week, instead of tossing unwanted items during move-out, donate furniture, clothes, shoes, books and other usable items to local charitable organizations. Visit http://www.uni.edu/pantherpickup for more details.
The Northern Iowa Student Government is seeking loyal, motivated, results-oriented students with plenty of free time to fill the following salaried positions in the Executive Branch: directors of administration, public relations, and diversity & student life; webmaster, and chief of staff/office manager. Positions in the Executive Cabinet are directors of: diversity affairs, external affairs, graduate student affairs, academic initiatives, Greek affairs-fraternities, Greek affairs-sororities, environmental affairs, international student affairs, campus safety, alumni initiatives, admissions initiatives, residence hall relations and campus outreach. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Monday, March 30. Apply at https://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/positions.php
If you have questions regarding any of the positions listed, contact Adam Haselhuhn at email@example.com.
Rod Library newsletters are at http://www.library.uni.edu/news/newsletter.html. Learn about resources and services available to faculty, staff and students. Read the latest issue to learn about upcoming exhibits and special events hosted by Rod Library.
NewsBank's Access World News is available on beta test through the end of the semester. This database includes local, in-state, national and international news sources, including newspapers, broadcast transcripts, newswires, news blogs, news web-only content and video. Select the America's Newspapers (NewsBank) link on the Databases A – Z menu at http://www.library.uni.edu/.
University Health and Safety Committee information and a list of members can be found at
Effective April 1, Shashi Kaparthi, associate professor of management, will become the director of Institutional Research. He has served as interim director since August 2007. Kaparthi conducts research in the field of computerized decision support systems and has taught courses and consulted in the areas of management information systems, Web programming, database management and theory, and operations management. He will continue to report directly to President Allen.
Volunteers are needed to assist with The Northeast Iowa Food Bank's Prom Dress Recycling Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at Crossroads Mall. All donations will benefit the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Volunteers should contact the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley at volunteerUNI@vccv.org for more information.
UNI is hosting the Asics USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Championships, Friday through Sunday, April 3-5. Volunteers are needed to keep score, run a score clock and be information runners from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. Shifts are flexible. For more information visit www.uni.edu/unidome and click on 'Volunteers.' Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
UpVote.TV is one of four news shows produced by the UNI-TV production class. UpVote.TV airs each Thursday in numerous forums, including: UNI cable stations, Facebook, Youtube and on the Web at www.upvote.tv. The show is based on the most popular or controversial stories from the Internet that are selected by the audience through Reddit.com by giving them an "upvote." Tune in and upvote at www.upvote.tv.
For $1, you can buy a paw print at 23rd St. Market, Essentials and Biscotti's that will benefit the 2009 Student Challenge to raise money for a scholarship fund. Leave your paw print today so future students can leave theirs. Visit www.uni-foundation.org/studentgift for more information.
Mental Health in the Classroom 200:118 01, taught by Professor Ralph Scott, will be offered from 9:50 a.m. to noon, daily, during May term.
Introduction to Sustainability [330:059, MWF at 2 p.m.] is a new course open to all students in fall '09. It provides a forum for discussion of 21st century environmental challenges and strategies to achieve sustainability. For more details, contact Bill Stigliani at 273-7150, or visit http://www.uni.edu/indtech/sustainability.html
Capstone courses are listed in the summer schedule of classes under the "CAP" prefix. For information about specific courses, please visit http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/lac/coursedescriptions.shtml#6
Summer course changes have been made to 440:045 Health and Physical Education for Elementary Teachers. This is a "May Term" class which will be held May 11 through June 5. The class will meet daily from 9:50 to 11:50 a.m.
You are invited to participate in a survey as part of an honors thesis. The purpose of the survey is to determine what affects the personal financial knowledge of undergraduate college students. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and all responses will be kept confidential and will not be attributed to you personally. Please visit https://access.uni.edu/ and select the Personal Financial Knowledge survey in the announcements section. If you have questions about the survey, contact Adam Moehn at email@example.com. You may also contact the IRB Human Participants Coordinator at 273-6148 for more information.
Freshmen and seniors who are invited to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Watch for the survey. For more information on NSSE and available prizes, go to http://www.uni.edu/assessment/studentinformation.shtml.
Past and current members of NISG may order an NISG graduation cord if walking in the graduation ceremony this semester. The cords are purple and gold and are available for $7. Order and payment is due by 5 p.m., Monday, April 6. To order, e-mail Brandon Neil, NISG director of public relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hundreds of high school speech contest students will be on campus Monday, March 30. These guests will be enjoying campus dining so be aware that restaurants in Maucker Union will be very busy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, March 30.
Welcome back from spring break to the newest dining option on campus: the fresh salad bar at Wasabi in Maucker Union. The salad bar is available between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays.
Angela Maiers, author of "Classroom Habitudes: How to Teach 21st Century Learning Habits and Attitudes," will discuss her new book and the difference between being creative on occasion and living creatively as a habit and attitude at 7 p.m., Monday, March 30, in SEC 252. Habitudes are about living with a habit and attitude of courage, imagination, adaptability -- the Habitudes that will propel you to be and do whatever you desire in the next stages of learning and life. If you have questions about this event, contact Leigh Zeitz at email@example.com. Sponsored by ETUG (Educational Technology User Group) and the College of Education.
Francis Degnin will present the workshop, "Giving Credit Where Credit is Due" from 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, April 6, in ITT 136. Attend this presentation and learn how to avoid the problems and pitfalls in citing, paraphrasing and other risks for plagiarism. RSVP to Ken Nesbett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twenty on-campus co-op positions will be available for the 2009-2010 school year. These are great resume builders. Positions are 15 hours per week for two semesters. Pay is $9 per hour, ($4,050 value; 2009-10 school year). Begin application process now: 1) View Co-op Orientation video online (www.uni.edu/careerservices/co-op/video.html) and 2) review application guidelines (www.uni.edu/careerservices/co-op/students/best-internships-students-how-to-apply-1-08.html). The deadline for submitting a resume through CareerLink is April 5. If you have questions, call 273-6041.
The deadline to apply for the institute has been extended to April 6. UNI second semester sophomores, juniors and seniors can still apply for the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute to be held at Lake Okoboji, Aug. 9-14. This select group of Iowa college students will get experience running a business. Three hours of UNI credit, room and board are all paid by the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. For more information, stop by BCS 128, call 273-JPEC (5732) or visit www.jpec.org/oko.htm
Academic departments will host pre-registration Major Meetings at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 1. New freshmen and students interested in changing majors should attend to receive advice on guidelines for majors and procedures to schedule fall classes. Students may declare a major at the meeting. For meeting locations visit
"Thinking About Graduate School" will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballrooms. This event promotes graduate education -- at UNI and beyond -- by providing information on the process of searching and applying for programs, as well as information on life as a graduate student. Come learn about graduate education from graduate students and faculty members. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Internships are available working with U.S. Military Child Development Centers in Germany, Italy, England, Belgium, Hawaii and Florida for fall semester 2009. Travel, housing and a living stipend are paid. The internship includes 12 credit hours (undergraduate or graduate) from UNI. Students are eligible to apply for an education award of $1,250 from AmeriCorps*ProCorps. Prior experience working with children is required. To apply, e-mail Susan Edginton at Susan.Edginton@uni.edu. Briefly describe your experience working with children as well as your educational background. The subject line should say: UNI/OL
The Student Association of Middle Level Educators (SAMLE) will meet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 30, in the fifth floor lounge of SEC. Anyone interested in middle level education is welcome. The eighth grade leadership conference will be discussed. Visit http://unisamle.googlepages.com/ for more information.
Attend a workshop from 3:30 to 5:30, Thursday, April 9, in BCS 30. Advance registration is required; call 273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail email@example.com. Space is limited.
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Pink ally triangle cards have long indicated support for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning people. As a way to strengthen ally commitment and knowledge of what it means, UNI Proud and the Department of Residence are sponsoring Safe Zone Ally Orientations on Wednesday, April 1, and Monday, April 6. To learn about helping to make UNI a safe zone for LGBTQ people, read how and why to attend a session this semester at http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/documents/SafeZoneCommunityWebsitepageSpr09.pdf E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
A Graduate Student Celebration will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 30, in the CME Multipurpose Room. Enjoy free food and music featuring the Amigos Del Mariachi Band.
The Second Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium will take place Wednesday, April 1 at the GBPAC. Sixty graduate students will showcase their research, scholarships and creative achievements and will be judged by professionals in the field. Creative performances are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon in the Great Hall with poster presentations in the lobby from 3 to 5 p.m. Gregory Colon Semenza, associate professor of English and director of English graduate studies at the University of Connecticut will present the keynote address, "Preparing Scholars: From the Academy to the Real World." at 2 p.m. in the Great Hall.
Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the event "Educating for Service: A Night of Celebration," from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public. Former UNI President Robert Koob will deliver a keynote address at 5:30 p.m. For a schedule, visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2009_033109.pdf. For more information, contact Al Hays, 273-2910 or email@example.com.
Come enjoy research presentations by graduate students in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 3, in the Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall. Gregory Semenza, University of Connecticut, opens the event with remarks on "Finding a Scholarly Voice in the Humanities." For more information, contact Samuel Gladden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sturgis Youth Theatre will present "Stories in Performance: Folk, Fantasy and Fabulous Tales," Friday through Sunday, April 3-5, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Five one-hour story-telling performances will feature stories from classical to contemporary for children of all ages. Performances will be at 7 p.m., Friday, April 3; 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday, April 4; and 1 and 3 p.m., Sunday, April 5. Admission is free.
The 17th Annual TAPP Design Show, "Chic International," will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday April 4, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for general seating. A reception and portfolio review will follow at the CME (in Maucker Union). Sponsored by NISG and CSBS. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/tapp/
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority will host a flag football tournament from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday April 5, at Lawther Field, for teams of eight. Free food will be available, and donations will be accepted. All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House.
Check out some of the best student animation with NextFrame, a touring festival of international student film, at 7 p.m., Monday, March 30, in KAB 111. Sponsored by Cedar River Productions.
"A Sense of Wonder," a film based on a one-woman play about Rachel Carson's life and work, will be shown at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, in the CEEE auditorium. Carson, author of the 1950s book "Silent Spring," called attention to the presence of toxic chemicals in the environment.
This film will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at the University Museum, on Hudson Road. Part story, part true-life drama, this series unearths evidence from around the world challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events. Using the most up-to-date science in the laboratory and in the field, scientists, anthropologists and researchers examine the missing pieces of each puzzle, completing the picture of what had been merely an assemblage of suppositions. Run-time is 60 minutes.
The UNI Forensics Team will feature students who have qualified to compete at nationals at 7 p.m., Monday, March 30, in Lang 040. Currently, 12 UNI students have qualified to the National Forensics Association National Tournament (Springfield, Mo.), four to the American Forensics Association National Tournament (Akron, Ohio), and one to the Interstate Oratory Tournament (Oxford, Miss.). Seating is limited.
On Wednesday, April 1, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts will present the University Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award to Bettina Fabos, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Her presentation, "Dr. Professor or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet," will be at 7 p.m., in the Kamerick Art Auditorium (KAB 111). This event is free and open to the public.
A Media Leadership panel will be from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, April 2, in SEC 252. Panelists are Lisa Dahlke, executive editor, Northern Iowan, UNI; Julie Kraft, TV consultant, Frank N. Magid Associates in Cedar Rapids; Nancy Raffensperger Newhoff, editor, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier. For information, contact Gerri Perreault at 273-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu
Attend "Caveat Emptor: Let the Buyer Beware," and learn everything you need to know when buying your next automobile. Gain knowledge and confidence from a third generation car dealership owner and UNI alum with more than 30 years of experience in the business. Topics include dealer methods, financing, credit insurance, service contracts, protection packages, GAP coverage and more; information that will literally save you thousands. The seminar will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 2, in SEC 252. Admission is $10 for students and $25 for the public. Call (319) 640-0284 with questions. Sponsored by Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE).
Scott Cawelti, a Courier columnist and retired UNI professor, will discuss "Media Manipulation, You, Me, and Them (the 'media' isn't what it used to be)" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 4, at University Book and Supply. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Gerri Perreault at 273-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu with questions.
Bill Koch will present his one-man show, Walt Whitman Live!! at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in Lang Hall Auditorium. The 50-minute show presents Whitman speaking on the poet's major themes, observations of American culture, views on Abraham Lincoln and Civil War experiences. Sponsored by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Charles Holcombe, professor, UNI Department of History, will discuss "The (Sixth-Century) Reunification of China" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.
Tony Gabriele, associate professor, Educational Psychology and Foundations, presents "Looking Inside the Minds of Students and Teachers for Indicators of Successful Mathematics Reform: Implications for Demonstrating and Improving the Effectiveness of Professional Development," from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in MSH 001. Cookies and coffee will be provided.
The UNI School of Music will present the Spotlight Series Concert: Performance Competition Finals at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 30, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This showcase features talented student finalists competing for the Presser Foundation Award, the Charles and Marleta Matheson Award, the Myron and Ruth Russell Award and the People's Choice Award. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.
Faculty artists Jean McDonald, mezzo-soprano, and Korey Barrett, piano, will offer a recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
Faculty artists Amanda McCandless, clarinet; Julia Bullard, viola; and Robin Guy, piano, will offer a recital at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, with repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.
Visiting artist Philippa Davies will present a flute recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 2, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Davies has performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and the New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, as well as appearing at festivals and clinics around the world. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI's Orchesis Dance Company will perform "Melange" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 3, and at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at the Oster Regent Theatre in downtown Cedar Falls. Tickets are $5 in advance, purchased from an Orchesis member, or $8 at the door.
UNI Jazz Band One, under the direction of jazz studies professor Chris Merz, will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 3, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony will present two works by well-known living composer John Adams plus Tchaikovsky's powerful Fourth Symphony at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at the GBPAC. Tickets are from $19 for adult, $9 for youth with Buck a Kid available. College student $5 rush tickets will be available the day of the show with a valid I.D. Call 273-4849 or visit wcfsymphony.org for tickets.
UNISTA presents "Dog Sees God" at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, violence, rebellion and sexual identity are among the issues covered. Tickets are $5 at the door; doors open at 7 p.m.
Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor and conductor Brad Barrett, the UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 6, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor of trumpet Randy Grabowski, the UNI Brass Choir will offer a spring concert at 8 p.m., Monday, April 6, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor of trumpet Randy Grabowski, the UNI Trumpet Ensemble will offer a spring concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
School of Music professor and conductor S. Daniel Galyen will lead the UNI Symphonic Band in its spring concert also featuring the Urbandale High School band at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
Faculty artist Kui-Im Lee, organ, will offer a recital at 8 p.m., Friday, April 10, in Jebe Hall, GBPAC, with repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.
The 20th annual Do-Run-Run 5K will be held Saturday, April 11, at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls. Proceeds will benefit PRSSA and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The race will begin at 9 a.m. with registration at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $20 before Tuesday, March 31 and $25 after March 31. The fee for UNI students is $20. The race fee includes a T-shirt, race bag, refreshments and door prizes. Medals will be awarded to top runners. Registration forms are available at www.uni.edu/prssa. Click on the Do-Run-Run logo in the lower left-hand corner.
Play intramural co-rec soccer at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 26, at the West Campus recreation fields. The tournament is open to students, faculty and staff. The entry fee is $20 per team with a two-game guarantee. Registration is Monday through Wednesday, April 20-22, at the WRC 161. The tournament is limited to the first eight teams to register. Call 273-7262 with questions.
Intramural men's slow-pitch softball tournament is open to students, faculty and staff. It will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 18, at the Intramural Fields. Entry fee is $20 per team, with a two-game guarantee. Registration forms will be available the week of March 30, at WRC 161. Entries are due by 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, Intramural Office, WRC 161. For further information, call 273-7262.
Intramural Table Tennis is open to men, women and co-rec. Singles play at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 7; doubles at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 8; and co-rec at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 8. Registration for singles is 6 to 6:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 7; and for doubles/co-rec at 6 to 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 8. Registration and competition take place on WRC South Courts. For further information, call 273-7262.
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