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Monday, Sept. 27, 2010
If you become aware of a campus environmental safety concern, contact a University Health and Safety Committee representative or committee chair, firstname.lastname@example.org, 273-6921. University Health and Safety Committee information and a member list are at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/healthsafety/safety/unisafe.shtml. If you notice a safety issue needing immediate attention, contact Environmental Safety staff, email@example.com, 273-7269, or firstname.lastname@example.org, 273-3445.
The UNI Forensics team will host the William Brindley Invitational Oct. 1 and 2. Judges are needed in five different competitive events (speech, policy debate, Lincoln Douglas debate, public forum, student congress). If you have competitive experience in any of these areas or a performance background, your assistance would be appreciated. Rounds start at 4 p.m., Friday and at 8 a.m., Saturday, at UNI. If interested in judging for part, or all of the tournament, contact Kate Lavelle, at email@example.com or 273-7200.
The university has a new grants database called The Foundation Directory Online accessible through the library's website 24/7 from any location. It contains nearly 100,000 funding sources. The database is funded jointly by three campus units: Rod Library, Office of Sponsored Programs and the UNI Foundation. More information is at http://www.library.uni.edu/blog/foundation-directory-online-database.
Speak up on how student technology fees are used. Rod Library will conduct its annual survey of student technology interests from Monday, Sept. 27, through Wednesday, Oct. 6. The survey is online at www.uni.edu/library/stfsurvey/ and in paper form in the library.
Are you a veteran now enrolled as a UNI student? Take a few moments to complete a short questionnaire regarding your experiences as a veteran at UNI. Visit MyUNIverse for access to the survey: https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/surveys/viewSurvey.cgi?vs=5015&admin=1. For more infromation, contact Dan Schofield at 273-2281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freshmen enrolled in Oral Communication this fall are invited to take the Proficiency Profile (MAPP) test. Students who take the test by the Oct. 10 deadline will be entered into a drawing for one of 26 prizes. For more information on the test and available prizes, visit http://www.uni.edu/assessment/Fall2010ProficiencyProfile.shtml.
The Office of Admissions is conducting an "I Am Purple and Gold" video contest. Students are encouraged to create a short video related to the theme "I am Purple and Gold." Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. For contest rules, visit www.uni.edu/admissions. Contest ends Monday, Oct.11.
The University Health and Safety Committee would like to remind all faculty, staff and students that according to Iowa's Smokefree Air Act and UNI policy 8.10 "Smoking is prohibited on university owned or leased property including grounds, parking lots, athletic fields, recreation fields, tennis courts and any other outdoor area, including any vehicle located on the university's property."
The Environmental Health and Safety Department in conjunction with the University Health and Safety Committee reminds all faculty, staff and students that according to state law and UNI policy 7.04 "Students, faculty and staff must evacuate a building when the fire alarm sounds using the nearest exit or the exit farthest from the fire or smoke and not re-enter a building until authorized by Public Safety staff."
Investigate the riches of the Grand Canyon's western edge by backpacking around magnificent canyons, spectacular waterfalls and views worthy of a postcard. Backpack in Havasupai, Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. and Arches National Park, Utah. Cost for UNI students is $600, faculty/staff pay $625 and guests pay $675. Visit www.uni.edu/wellrec/outdoor_recreation/index.html. All large-item gear (backpack, tent, stoves, sleeping bag, etc.) is supplied.
The Gallagher-Bluedorn will host the Boston Brass at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 17. UNI students are invited to compose a three- to five-minute fanfare for two trumpets, one French horn, one trombone and one tuba. One winner will be selected by a panel of judges and announced Nov. 15. Boston Brass will perform the selected composition at the beginning of the April 17 concert. Compositions must be submitted by Oct. 15. For more information, contact email@example.com.
The Academic Learning Center now has Sunday hours from 7 to 10 p.m., in the Rod Library. Students can work with The "A" Team to receive support and tutoring in effective reading and study strategies, math, science and writing. Can't make it to the library or the ALC? Set up a Skype session by calling 273-2361.
Is taking the GRE in your future? Find support and strategies for preparing for the verbal section of the GRE at the Reading & Learning Center (ITTC 008) during the GRE Coffee Chats at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Bring your own mug and 50 cents to enjoy a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea while you discuss the GRE.
Learn more about the recently introduced Global Studies major. The major can serve as a primary or an additional major. Join the director of the major, Konrad Sadkowski, for a discussion about program requirements and opportunities at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, in SRL 120; or 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, in SRL 120. If you cannot attend one of these sessions or would like more information, contact Konrad Sadkowski at Konrad.Sadkowski@uni.edu.
The winner of spring 2010 room and board at UNI (worth $3,570) or a $500 University Book and Supply gift card (winner's choice) will be announced on Monday, Oct. 4. Freshmen who take the MAP-Works survey by Oct. 2 are eligible. Bonus: when 85 percent or more freshmen in a residence hall house take the survey by Oct. 2, their entire house gets a pizza party. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/articles-22. Sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs and Division of Student Affairs.
Earn 3 hours of capstone credit or other UNI credit, by studying for two weeks in May or July in Nicaragua. Exploratory meetings will be at noon, Thursday, Sept. 30 in SEC 244; 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, in SEC 325; noon, Thursday, Oct. 7, in SEC 244 or at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, in SEC 325.
Volunteers are needed to participate in the Heart of Darkness Haunted House, at 6 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays, in October. Make-up and costumes are provided. Volunteers age 16 and older are welcome. For more information, contact the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley at volunteerUNI@vccv.org.
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For a full schedule of Family Weekend activities visit www.uni.edu/familyweekend.
Caitlin Staebell, intern coordinator for the Office of Senator Tom Harkin in Washington, D.C., will visit campus Tuesday, Sept. 28. She will be available to meet with interested students from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Student Involvement/Activities Conference Room, Maucker Union. For more information, contact the Office of Governmental Relations at 3-6144.
Alpha Xi Delta is hosting a Day in the Park from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, at Seerley Park in Cedar Falls. There will be a Puzzlepalooza, which is a puzzle building tournament for teams of one to four people. The cost for a team is $20. There will be food, games, music, a pony from Aspire and fun for all ages to enjoy. This event is open to the public. Help support Autism Speaks.
There will be a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Maucker Union, sponsored by SAE fraternity and the Red Cross. Sign up at the information table from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 29, Oct. 1 and 4, in Chats.
Visiting artist Brenda Harris, soprano, will offer a master class at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Harris has appeared in leading roles with opera companies and orchestras throughout the world. In North America, she has been heard at the Metropolitan Opera, The Washington Opera, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera and more. This event is free and open to the public.
Wear a purple item of clothing or a purple ribbon on Friday, Oct. 8 to promote healthy relationships and to bring awareness to relationship violence. Help convey the message that there's no place for violence at our university, in our neighborhoods or in our homes. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Sponsored by Violence Intervention Services and Seeds of Hope: http://www.uni.edu/violenceservices or
The Panther Pacers will host its 13th Annual Homecoming 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 23 at the West Dome parking lot. Fee is $12 for current students and $15 for non-students post marked on or before Oct. 13 or hand delivered to WRC 101 by Oct. 19. After the deadline the fee is $20 for everyone. Register online at www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1893074 or sign up in WRC 101. Also, check it out on Facebook: 13th Annual Panther Pacers Homecoming 5K Run/Walk.
There will be an SNS Club meeting at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27, in the Greenhouse classroom. There will be pizza and information on the annual camping trip. Everyone is invited.
Come check out To Write Love On Her Arms UNI at 9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27, in the Oak Room, Maucker Union. This group is dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people suffering with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UNI American Sign Language Club's movie night will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27, in the University Room, Maucker Union. Enjoy free popcorn during the showing of "Dead Silence" starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin. Open to all students regardless of hearing status or signing ability. Check us out on Facebook-just search for UNI ASL Club in groups.
UNI Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a campus organization open to all students. Large-group events happen at 8 p.m., in the West Gym on the following Mondays: Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 15 and Dec. 6. Events include guest speakers, a fun activity and drawings to win a prize. For more information, visit "Uni Fca" on Facebook or e-mail email@example.com.
The UNI Entrepreneurs (UNI-E) group will meet at 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, in BCS 33. Pizza and pop will be provided. The meeting is open to all CEO and SIFE members and students interested in entrepreneurship. For more information, call 273-JPEC or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Monday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 24, the UNI Gallery of Art will present "The Untraceable Present: Paintings by Duane Slick," an alumnus of the UNI Department of Art. The artist will give a lecture about his work at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in the KAB Art Auditorium. The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public and sponsored in part by the Florence Hartwig Foundation and the UNI Alumni Association.
Continue the LGBT Dialogue and Reflection around Civility with movies such as "Milk" at 2 p.m., and "Out in the Silence" at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, at the GBPAC. Free and open to the public.
Continue the LGBT Dialogue and Reflection around Civility with a panel discussion: "Safety and Learning: Optimal School Environments for LGBT Students from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27, at the CME. Moderated by Nick Pace, a panel of educators and students will share experiences and suggestions on how to collaboratively ensure optimal learning environments for GLBT students. For more information, visit http://www.gbpac.com/learn/standing-on-higher-ground.
UNI grad student Mary Cox will discuss her efforts to restore Black Hawk County Conservation Board's Cedar Bend Savanna (CBS), a 55 acre degraded sand savanna in Cedar Falls. She will discuss her initial planning process, on-site activities (test plots, photo monitoring, biological survey, etc.) and her hope for continued restoration of CBS. The seminar will be at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center, located at 2412 W. 27 St. Cedar Falls, 1/4 mile west of the McLeod Center. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, 273-3828 or e-mail email@example.com.
How to blend the best of online and traditional teaching will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the State College Room, Maucker Union. Led by Otto Maclin and Kim Maclin, UNI Psychology Department, will discuss how to use a blog to enhance teaching and produce more informed and engaged citizens. Free and open to public. For more information, contact the American Democracy Project at 273-6898, or ADP-UNI@UNI.edu.
UNI and the College of Education are launching a new professional webinar series, "Hot Topics in Education: Professional Development Webinars," for educators. These free, one-hour webinars taught by faculty and staff will be offered once a month, September through May. The first webinar will be at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, featuring "Iowa Core and 21st Century Skills," presented by Nadene Davidson, UNI Department of Teaching. For more information or to register for a webinar, visit
A workshop will be held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, in SEC 323, led by Vickie Robinson, educational leadership. Complete StrengthsFinder Inventory (online or in book by that name) and bring results to workshop. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault, Leadership Studies, 273-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu.
Mohammed Fahmy, industrial technology, will present and lead a discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at University Book and Supply as part of the News Talk series organized by UNI American Democracy Project/Provost's Office and UBS.
A CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Oct. 4, in the CME 109A. Mary Losch, Center for Social and Behavioral Research, will present "Iowa Initiative Research Program: Addressing Unintended Pregnancy in Iowa." 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. Bring your lunch.
School of Music instructor of music education Michelle Swanson will coordinate a music education workshop at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. For more information, contact Michelle.Swanson@uni.edu.
RRTTC is hosting a two-night Water Testing Certification Workshop presented by IOWATER from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11 and Tuesday, Oct. 12, in room 113 CEEE. There is a single rate fee of $20 per person which includes certification and one water testing kit. The group rate fee of $30 includes certification for up to five people and one water testing kit to share. This is a two-night class. Participants must attend both nights to be certified. For more information and to register for this event visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e30z30vgb333311d&llr=o5e7oecab.
Soccer hosts Western Illinois at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29. The Panthers host Creighton at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2. UNI hosts South Dakota at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3. All matches are at the CVYSA Complex on Ridgeway Avenue in Waterloo.
Volleyball hosts Evansville at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1. The Panthers host Southern Illinois at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2. Both matches are in the McLeod Center.
UNI football hosts South Dakota State at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, in the UNI-Dome. Fans are encouraged to wear gold.
Visiting artist Mikhail Vorotnoy will present a piano recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Vorotnoy is a highly respected pianist who has performed at the St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music, as well as other international venues. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI's dance companies, Orchesis and International Dance Theatre, will perform fall concerts at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct, 3., in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. Admission is free and open to all. Featured will be a work by Orchesis' new director Jason Schadt as well as Thriller, choreographed by current U.S. Ballroom Dance Champions. Contact Daniel Wells at 273-3560 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The UNI School of Music presents its annual hands-on workshops for high school student string players preparing for all-state competition. The workshop will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, in Davis and Great Halls, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public, but does require registration. For more information, contact Susan.Grover@uni.edu.
The UNI School of Music will present its annual Vocal Arts Festival for high school student vocalists preparing for all-state competition and interested in vocal music at UNI on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 3 through 4 in the GBPAC. This event does require registration. For more information, contact Dyan.Meyer@uni.edu.
The UNI School of Music Piano and Organ Festival will be held at noon, Monday, Oct. 4, in Graham Hall and Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This festival will feature hands-on studies in piano and organ. This event requires registration. For more information, contact Robin.Guy@uni.edu.
UNI jazz combos, coordinated by Chris Merz and graduate assistant directors, will offer a concert featuring jazz standards and new arrangements at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
The hilarious MGM film is Broadway's new smash hit musical, and now "Legally Blonde the Musical" is coming to UNI. "Legally Blonde" follows sorority star Elle Woods, whose boyfriend dumps her for someone more "serious." Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. "Legally Blonde" will be performed at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10, at the GBPAC. For tickets call 273-4TIX (4848), go online at www.gbpac.org or visit any UNItix outlet.
Faculty artist and educator Amanda McCandless will offer a recital on clarinet with Dmitri Vorobiev, piano, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. The concert will feature works for clarinet by female composers. This event is free and open to the public.
Visiting artist Anibal Dos Santos will present a viola recital with UNI faculty artist Sean Botkin, piano, at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Dos Santos has appeared as the principal violist of the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra and professor at the National University of Colombia. This is event is free and open to the public.
Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor and conductor S. Daniel Galyen, the Symphonic Band will offer a shared concert with the UNI Jazz Panthers, directed by Robert Washut at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
Visiting artist Brenda Harris, soprano, will offer a recital with faculty artist Korey Barrett, piano, at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Harris has appeared in leading roles with opera companies and orchestras throughout the world. In North America, she has been heard at the Metropolitan Opera, The Washington Opera, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera and more. This event is free and open to the public.
Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor and conductor Ronald Johnson, the Wind Symphony will offer a shared Spotlight Series concert with UNI Jazz Band One, directed by Chris Merz, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.
Bob Dylan and his band will be in concert at the McLeod Center, at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24. Tickets can be purchased through any UNItix outlet, online at www.unitix.uni.edu or by calling 319-273-4TIX. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/newsroom/stories/bob-dylan-coming-to-uni.
Open to men and women. Games will be played at 5, 5:25, 5:50, 6:15, 6:40 and 7:05 p.m., Sunday evenings. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 4 through 6, in WRC 161. Schedules will be e-mailed and posted after 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, on the Intramural bulletin board. League play begins Sunday, Oct. 17. For more information call 273-7262.
Are you a smoker or chewer who wants to quit? Have you tried and failed in the past? Brief or on-going consultation and support services are available through Wellness and Recreation Services. Contact Kathy.Green@uni.edu, 273-6921.
Leagues for both men and women. Make-up managers' meetings at 3:15 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 27 and 28, in WRC 103. Register Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 27-28, Intramural Office WRC 161. Schedules will be e-mailed and posted after 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, on Intramural bulletin board in WRC. League play begins Wednesday, Oct. 6. For more information call 273-7262.
Open to men and women. Anyone interested in officiating Intramural Flag Football must attend an Officials Clinic, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, or Wednesday, Sept. 29, in WRC 155. For more information, call 273-7262.
Contest for men and women from 9:15 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the UNI-Dome, northeast corner.
The Piazza is having a county fair from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27. Featured will be foods such as BBQ pork sandwiches, hickory burgers, corn on the cob, corn dogs, funnel cakes, caramel apples, fruit kabobs and more. There will be games to enjoy as well as the food.
Biscotti's Hot Lunch Specials are from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday specials rotate baked potato bar, macaroni and cheese and Panther chili bar; Wednesdays, walking tacos; and Thursdays, chicken enchilada soup.
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