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Monday, April 5, 2010
Iowa's 2010 Legislative Session adjourned Tuesday, March 30. President Allen has posted a budget update about funding for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 at www.uni.edu/president/budget.
The fall 2010 Schedule of Classes is now available online. Registration for classes will begin Tuesday, April 6. To view the Schedule of Classes visit http://www.uni.edu/registrar/index.shtml. Questions related to registration can be directed to the Office of the Registrar (Registrar@uni.edu or 273-2241).
All students using UNI eLearning are invited to participate in a research project conducted through UNI. The purpose is to determine how UNI students use eLearning. The survey is available at https://lms.uni.edu/webct/logon/962108314021 now through Thursday, April 15. Results of the survey will provide instructors and technology staff with information useful for assisting individual students, improving the learning experience and making program adjustments. For additional information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 273-7216.
UNI accounting students are providing free income tax assistance from 5 to 7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays through April 14, in CBB 223. No appointment is necessary. Arrive by 5:30 p.m. to allow volunteers sufficient time to complete returns. For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 273-2394.
Do you want to learn about other cultures? International students are eager to meet an American family and practice their English. Students will not live with you, but will visit once a month to chat. If interested, contact Madison Frei at email@example.com.
The fall 2010 course in Applied Writing (620:105g) focuses on workplace skills in communicating specialized information. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The third-annual World Fair celebrates diversity and seeks volunteers for the children's carnival, face painting and set-up. The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 10, at the Pepsi Pavilion in Waterloo. Volunteer shifts are from 10 a.m. to noon, noon to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 5 p.m. For more information, or to sign up, contact Megan at email@example.com.
Were you invited to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement? Reply to the survey sent to your UNI e-mail address and get entered into a drawing for prizes awarded during finals week. For more information on NSSE and to see a prize list, visit http://www.uni.edu/assessment/nssedrawing.shtml.
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The UNI c.a.r.e. (creating a responsible environment) Web site has a new look and more sustainability-related resources, including maps with campus recycling locations, tips and ways to get involved. Check it out at www.uni.edu/energy.
The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort, worldwide of men working to end violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Stop by the information table from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 13 and Thursday, April, 15, to pick up your white ribbon. Sponsored by Campus Violence Prevention Project, DOJ Grant.
Register today for PSE's ninth-annual Sprint into Spring 5K. This race around the UNI campus and nearby area costs $15 if you register before April 17 or $20 after. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Hawkeye chapter of the Red Cross. Cost includes race T-shirt, race bag, door prizes, bagels and more. To print off a registration form, visit www.uni.edu/studentorgs/pse/projects or go to www.active.com and search "University Mills" to sign up online.
Join baristas from Starbucks from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., April 10, at the University Museum, to discuss coffee growing, harvesting and brewing methods at this Saturday coffee tasting. Learn about cultural rituals and traditions and try food pairings. Sample coffee from the Asia/Pacific region. Cost is $10. Call 273-2188 to register by April 8.
The Strayer-Wood Theatre, in recognition of the upcoming production of "Count Dracula," is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 2 to 6 p.m., Friday, April 9. Donors receive a free T-shirt and $2 off admission to a performance of "Count Dracula," April 16-25. To make an appointment, call 273-6381 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to attend a fun, free night of bands, blow-up jousting, improv, food and more? Help UNI "Make Cancer Walk the Plank" on April 9-10 in the McLeod Center. Sign up your team at www.relayforlife.org/uni. For more information, e-mail Sarah McCarty at email@example.com.
Senior honors students and presidential scholars will present their thesis research projects beginning with continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 10, in the Lang Hall second-floor auditorium lounge. Following will be seven concurrent sessions of research presentations in LNG rooms 208, 211, 222, 223, and the Interpreter's Theatre. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.uni.edu/honors/researchday.shtml. Presentations are open to the public.
UNI TAPP (Textiles and Apparel Program) presents its 18th annual student design show, UNI Catwalk. The show is at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Saturday, April 10, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Admission is free. A reception will follow in the CME located on the second floor of Maucker Union.
Saturday Night Laughs, Theta Alpha Phi's comedy benefit performance, will feature original stand-up and sketch comedy in a format similar to that of Saturday Night Live, and all proceeds will go to charity. Performance will be at 10 p.m., Saturday, April 10, in the Bertha Martin Theatre. Ticket price is $3, and doors open at 9:30 p.m.
The 15th Anniversary Celebration of the St. Stephen Catholic Student Center's Wicks Pipe Organ will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 11, in the Student Center chapel. Special performances by Rev. Paul Peters, UNI alumnus Peter Grau and UNI students Zachary Gignac and Vocal AmmUNItion. Refreshments will be served following the celebration in the Student Center gathering space. The event is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact Kelly at 266-9863 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the fourth consecutive year, the UNI Holocaust and Genocide Education Program, in collaboration with Sons of Jacob Synagogue in Waterloo, has organized an interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, April 12, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4000 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls. All are invited.
Eighty graduate students are participating in the third-annual Graduate Student Research Symposium Monday, April 12. The schedule is as follows: oral presentations, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; poster presentations, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and creative performances, 6 to 9 p.m. in Davis Hall, GBPAC. First-, second- and third-place awards for each category will be announced at the Graduate College's 40th Anniversary Celebration from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in the Georgian Lounge.
UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society is holding a T-shirt sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, on the second floor Schindler lobby.
Join the baristas of Starbucks at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, at the University Museum, for a hands-on workshop about brewing at home. Learn the four fundamentals for brewing the perfect cup of coffee and try it on a home espresso machine. Attendees will also master the art of "calling drinks" at Starbucks. Cost is $10. Call 273-2188 to register by April 16.
The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology will host the Iowa Sociological Association on Saturday, April 24, including workshops for students and faculty. Keynote speaker Joel Best, University of Delaware, will also give a public lecture "The Stupidity Epidemic," at 6 p.m., Friday, April 23, in SEC 244/246. https://sites.google.com/a/luther.edu/isa/ or email@example.com.
QUASH® is one part scavenger hunt, one part obstacle course and lots of fun. Form teams of two to four with friends, classmates or family to solve clues, answer trivia and complete challenges on the QUASH course. Each QUASH team is asked to raise $100 per participant to benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Register now for UNI Campus QUASH – the Quest to Unravel Alzheimer's Scavenger Hunt.
The Northern Iowan is currently hiring editors for the 2010/2011 academic year. Positions available include news editor, features editor, sports editor, copy editor and photo editor. To apply, visit the UNI Job Board: https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/finaid/employ/StudentViewsJob.cgi. Contact executive editor John Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Internships are available working with U.S. Military Child Development Centers in Germany, Italy, England, Belgium, Hawaii and Florida for fall semester 2010. Travel, housing and a living stipend are paid. The internship includes 12 credit hours (undergraduate or graduate) from UNI. Prior experience working with children is required. To apply, e-mail Susan Edginton at email@example.com. Briefly describe your experience working with children as well as your educational background. The subject line should say: UNI/OL.
YPDT Practicum, course 420:140-03, is looking for UNI students who enjoy working with children. Course meets weekly on campus for one hour plus one hour before or after school at a local elementary school. Dance and/or teaching experience helpful but not necessary. For more information visit www.uni.edu/dance and/or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in learning about different cultures? International students from Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, South Korea and many other countries are eager to talk about their home countries and practice their English with Americans and other fluent English speakers. If you have at least an hour a week to meet with an international student, then the Conversation Partner Program is for you. For more information, contact Madison at email@example.com.
Stressed out? Overwhelmed? Learn techniques to lessen stress and anxiety at the Stress Management Workshop at 3 p.m., Monday, April 12, at the UNI Counseling Center (103 SHC). Call 273-2676 to preregister.
Join UNI Fellowship of Christian Athletes at 8 p.m., Monday, April 5, in the West Gym. Enjoy a guest speaker and a fun activity, meet new people, relax and grow in your faith. For more information check it out on Facebook at UNIFCA.
UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club is accepting new members. Visit http://www.unitkd.com/index40.htm.
Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization/Students In Free Enterprise (CEO/SIFE) meeting will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, in BCS 33. The meeting is open to all CEO and SIFE members and students interested in becoming members. Call 273-JPEC(5732) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
UNI American Sign Language Club's next meeting will be 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, in the State College Room of Maucker Union. Open to all students regardless of hearing status or signing ability. Check it out on Facebook:
TWLOHA UNI will meet at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, in the Maucker Union Elm Room. TWLOHA is a group dedicated to offering hope to, and finding help for, people suffering with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. This week's topic is depression. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Join the UNI Society for Human Resource Management at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 8, in CBB 1 and 3 for a group meeting and get information from Career Services. Other discussion topics include volunteer opportunities and Q and A about executive positions for the 2010-2011 academic year. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
If you are a K-12 science education major, join the UNI Chapter of NSTA for a meeting at 4 p.m., Monday, April 12, in MSH 103. There will be a guest speaker, information about the upcoming trip to the Omaha Zoo and pizza. For more information, contact Brice Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Softball hosts South Dakota State at 3 p.m., Monday, April 5. UNI hosts Drake at noon, Saturday, April 10, in a doubleheader. The Panthers and Bulldogs wrap up the series at noon, Sunday. All games are held at the Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex.
The UNI Art Gallery will present the 2010 "Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition," through Sunday, April 18. The competition showcases outstanding recent works by students in the UNI Department of Art. The juror for this year's competitive exhibition is Fred Hagstrom, professor of printmaking at Carleton College.
"Deathscapes," Rod Library's environmental movie and book discussion series will take place at 7 p.m. in the Library's Multipurpose Room 324 on various dates. Discuss the book, "The Carbon Diaries 2015," April 7; see the movie "Black Diamonds" followed by discussion on April 14; and discuss the book "Our Choice," on April 21. These events are free and open to the public.
In preparation for the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet's visit in May, Campus Activities Board is sponsoring a screening of "Dalai Lama Renaissance" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom. A question and answer session with director and producer Khashyar Darvich will follow the screening. The "Dalai Lama Renaissance" documents the Dalai Lama's meeting with 40 western "renaissance" thinkers during a week-long visit to his home in northern India. The documentary recounts their journey to change the world and resolve many of the world's problems. The event is free and open to the public.
Part I of a three-part documentary that traces the unique and volatile history of coffee will begin at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 17, at the University Museum. From its discovery on an ancient Ethiopian hillside to its role as a contemporary elixir, coffee has dominated and molded the economies, politics and social structures of entire countries. Run time is 60 minutes. Free and open to the public.
CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, April 5, in CME 109A, in Maucker Union. The Outstanding Graduate Research Paper on gender will be presented by Loren Wilburs. Wilburs, a UNI sociology graduate student, will present "Emergency Cesarean Section: Analyzing a Modern Mother's Experience." The Women's and Gender Studies program sponsors the Current Research on Women forum series. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to gather for informal presentation and discussion.
Digital editor Josh Bodnar has developed a signature editorial style that blends the disciplines of design, animation, visual effects and live action. Specializing in title sequences and high-end commercials, Bodnar is based in Chicago as a staff editor for Whitehouse. Bodnar will detail his artistic process in editing with motion graphics, one shot at a time, in "Motion Graphics: the Collaborative Medium and the Future of Digital Editing," at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 5, LNG Hall. To see his work, visit www.joshbodnar.com/. Sponsored by the Communication Studies Department. Contact Bettina Fabos, email@example.com, for more information.
Tony W. Norton and Jann E. Williams, University of Tasmania, Australia, will speak at 4 p.m., Monday, April 5, in MSH 001. Their presentation will examine the biodiversity, ecosystem services and land use of Tasmania's agricultural landscapes using a combination of spatial science and ecological techniques including GIS mapping, satellite image analysis, vegetation monitoring and threatened-species habitat modelling. They will outline trends in the status of biodiversity and natural resources, discuss management issues in the context of industry expansion and climate change and compare approaches to sustainable land management with those promoted internationally. For more information contact Laura Jackson, biology, at 273-2705 or Laura.L.Jackson@uni.edu.
The Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND) Conference will be held Tuesday, April 6, focusing on technical, research and development issues including new design trends, forecasting and grid operations, improved materials and manufacturing methods and turbine health monitoring/reliability. Contact http://www.iawind.org/ for more information. The third-annual Iowa Wind Energy Association Conference will be held Wednesday, April 7 immediately following the one-day IAWIND Conference. For more information contact Reg Pecen, IAWIND board member, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-2598. Pecen will take students and faculty/staff to the conference on Tuesday, April 6. Student registration is discounted at $15. Register at https://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/iawind/quickregister.html.
The National Alliance for Mental Illness, UNI and co-sponsors will host a mental health panel from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, in SEC 247. Learn through students' stories and psychologists' expertise about mental illness and how it's stigmatized in our society. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Carla Fehr, ISU, will discuss the evolution of sex and pragmatic mechanism at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, in the Maucker Union University Room. Fehr will discuss the many theories on the evolution of sex and argue that this multiplicity of explanations represents healthy and productive scientific practice.
Need a Web presence but don't have the budget or skills to get it done? The topic for the next MyEntre.Net webinar is "Building a Web site on the Cheap for the Non-Techie" presented by Dan Beenken, at noon, Thursday, April 8, on www.myentre.net.
Joe Murphy, Office of the President, will host a final legislative update from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 8, in the Elm Room of Maucker Union. He will summarize the state budget decisions, budget cuts, and other policy items affecting UNI.
Renee Christoffer, vice president at Veridian Credit Union; Ritchie Kurtenbach, assistant business manager at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; and Ellen Miller, board member, World's Window, will take part in a business leadership panel from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, April 8, in SEC 252. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Leadership Studies, 273-6898.
UNI Geography welcomes Yuri Gladky, the vice-president of the Russian Geographic Society, member of the Russian Academy of Education and head of the Economic Geography Department at the Herzen University in St. Petersburg. He is a renowned specialist in economic and political geography of Russia, regional development and geography education. Gladky will deliver the Progrus Speakers Series Lecture on regional economic development strategies in contemporary Russia at 3 p.m., Friday, April 9, in ITTC 29. Refreshments will be provided.
The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 12, at the University Museum to discuss "Unaccustomed Earth" by Jhumpa Lahiri. In this series of short stories, the author explores several aspects of American-raised Indian children. All are welcome, having read the book or not.
UNI's First-Year Council is considering a first-year seminar for freshmen. To learn more about best practices in designing and delivering first-year seminars, attend two different webinars from noon to 1:30 p.m., April 12 and 19, in ITTC 134. For more information, visit http://www.academicimpressions.com/events/event_listing.php?i=883, or contact April Chatham-Carpenter firstname.lastname@example.org or Jon Buse at email@example.com.
Carter Johnson, professor of ecology at South Dakota State University, will describe the EcoSun Prairie Farms Project at noon, Monday, April 12, in MSH 001. Ecosun is a 640-acre, working farm near Brookings, S.D., that combines ecological restoration of native lands with entrepreneurship opportunities. Some of these projects include the sale of prairie hay and native grass seed, production of cellulose-based biofuels from native tall grass plantings, the marketing of medicinal and ornamental native plants, seminars, ecotourism and recreation. For more information, contact Laura Jackson, biology, at 273-2705, or Laura.L.Jackson@uni.edu.
St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center and the Catholic parishes in Waterloo will co-host a lecture on the culture and religion of Tibetan Buddhism from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, at the Student Center, 1019 W. 23rd St. in Cedar Falls. The speaker will be the Venerable Geshe Thupten Dorjee, a Buddhist monk who is a visiting instructor this semester at UNI. The presentation is open to the public.
Peter N. Stearns, provost at George Mason University, will present, "Educating Global Citizens in Colleges and Universities," at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 15, in CBB 109. This event is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and is free and open to the public.
School of Music instructor of music education Michelle Swanson will coordinate a music education workshop at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 17, in Graham Hall, RSL. For more information, contact Michelle.Swanson@uni.edu.
This free workshop for UNI students, staff and faculty is from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, April 19, in BCS 33 (limited to 36 people). Advanced registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-JPEC (5732).
UNI Interpreter's Theatre will perform a series of scenarios and discussion points based on Lena Williams' book "It's the Little Things" and will focus on living with diversity for both white and black races. Two performances will be held, 7 to 8 p.m. and 8:15 to 9:15 p.m., Monday, April 5, in LNG 040.
Visiting percussion instructor and artist Joshua Armstrong, will offer a spring recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
Acoustic guitarist and R&B singer Javier Colon will perform at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, in the Hemisphere Lounge (behind Chats) in the Maucker Union.
UNISTA presents the world-debut of "Two Gentlemen for Cressida" by Sarah Williams at 7:30 p.m., April 9 and 10, in CAC 108. This one-act play is an arrangement of scenes from Shakespeare's "Hamlet," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Twelfth Night," "Othello" and other works, as told by new characters to create a storyline of its own. Tickets cost $3. For more information visit www.UNISTAonline.org.
This opera performance features current opera students as well as the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., April 9, 10, 15 and 16, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 18, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL Hall. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.
The UNI Horn Choir will offer a spring recital at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 11, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
The Symphonic Band will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
The Northern Iowa Wind Symphony will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNITUBA Ensembles will offer a spring recital at 8 p.m,. Thursday, April 15, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
Before Edward Cullen, Angel and Lestat, there was Count Dracula. The Strayer-Wood Theatre will present this classic tale based on the novel by Bram Stoker, at 7:30 p.m., April 16, 23 and 24; 2 p.m., April 17 and 25; and 12 a.m., April 18 (midnight Saturday). Tickets are $14 for general public and free for UNI students. Call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 273-6381. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre.
A self-defense seminar will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in the Mauker Union University Room (lower level). Self-defense awareness expands knowledge of your surroundings and teaches moves that could save your life. The seminar is fun and interactive; wear comfy clothing. The event is free and treats are provided. For questions contact Amy Schon at email@example.com. Sponsored by SAVE.
A confidential alcohol screening will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, in the Mauker Union Old Central Ballroom C. This program offers screening and education to help students identify and stop unhealthy drinking patterns, hopefully before they evolve into substance abuse or substance dependence. This will be done on a drop-in basis. The process will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Free flash-drives and cookies for participants.
This event is open to students, faculty and staff. Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 19-21, in the Intramural Office, WRC 161. Entry forms are available at IM Office WRC 161. Play begins at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 25, at the West Campus recreation fields. Call 273-7262 for more information.
This event is open to students, faculty and staff. Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 19-21, in the Intramural Office, WRC 161. Entry fee is $20 per team. Open to first eight teams to register. Play begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 24 (rain date is Sunday, April 25). Call 273-7262 for more information.
Visit Wasabi from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, to enjoy three varieties of sushi: California, veggie cream cheese or tuna salad roll. All sushi is prepared in Prexy's kitchen.
Stop by Essentials in Maucker Union and step into the "tropics" for Tuesday specials during April. Specials include discounts on ice cream novelties, beverages, snacks and more.
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