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Monday, Nov. 29, 2010
In an effort to be greener, the Office of the Registrar will not mail any information pertaining to commencement/graduation. Instead, it has developed an informational web page and a Commencement RSVP Web form. For more information, visit
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to nominate staff in the Division of Student Affairs for the annual Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award. This award honors employees who are committed to quality and excellence and whose efforts and achievements exceed expectations. Submission deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 7. More detailed information and the nomination form are at http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/suefollonnomination.
Nominations for the Diversity Matters awards are now being accepted. Eligible nominees include students, faculty or staff members who have made exceptional contributions to achieving UNI’s diversity-related goals. The awards will be presented at the Town Hall Meeting for Diversity on Thursday, Jan. 20. For more information and a nomination form, visit http://preview.tinyurl.com/2bwn4de. For more information on the town hall, visit http://www.uni.edu/diversity/townhall.shtml.
About 1,000 families in the Cedar Valley are in need of clothing and toys this holiday season and need help. Stop by one of the giving trees located at Prexy's and Essentials in Maucker Union, Biscotti's in Redeker Center, and 23rd St. Market in the Commons. Choose an ornament from the tree, purchase the item and return the unwrapped purchase to any of the giving tree locations. Donation collection ends at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8.
Announcements regarding cancellation of classes and/or reduced university operations are made via UNI Alert, local radio and TV stations and the UNI home page (www.uni.edu). The local TV stations also list closings and delays on their Web sites. See http://www.uni.edu/resources/weather for more information.
A spring course, Introduction to Professional Writing (620:077), offers a behind-the-scenes look at workplace communication design. Another spring 2011 course, Projects & Careers (620:177g), offers non-hypothetical experience in creating and managing workplace communication projects (this course is a great networking opportunity). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on waiving prerequisites.
Help support the Northeast Iowa Food Bank by dropping off canned goods or donating money at Essentials in Maucker Union now through Tuesday, Nov. 30. Help surpass last year's donation of 130 pounds of food and $266. Each dollar raised buys $11 worth of groceries. Look for special discounts with each donation level met at Essentials.
The November 2010 newsletter from Student Disability Services has been posted online. Read about upcoming events to help students find employment, tips on discussing tough topics and more. Read the newsletter at http://www.uni.edu/sds/StudentNews.shtml.
A fellow student needs help in completing an assessment project. Please complete a short survey on wireless services provided by ITS Network Services. Go to MyUniverse and click the link under Current Announcements.
Find tips for reclaiming your holidays and making them green at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education's website and Facebook page...plus, share your own tips and stories. For more information, visit www.reclaimyourholidays.org or http://on.fb.me/aMiwqC.
The Koob Fund application deadline has been extended to Friday, Dec. 3. The Koob Fund provides financial assistance to students interning at nonprofit organizations in Iowa. Awards up to $2,000 are available for undergraduate students and $3,000 for graduate students. For more information, visit
http://www.uni-foundation.org/page.aspx?id=lotw36p87 or contact Julianne Gassman at 3-2264 or e-mail email@example.com.
Every Tuesday the Student Leadership Center, in cooperation with the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, has organized opportunities for students to work in the local community and give back. Each week, a different community agency is served so students can experience the flavor of some of the agencies in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area that need help. Sign up for the day(s) and time that fit your schedule. The Student Leadership Center will provide: transportation to and from campus to the agency, beverages and snacks, and a T-shirt. The Volunteer Van leaves the southeast entrance of Maucker Union at 2 and 5 p.m. Sign up online at
Are you a leader? Do you know a student who loves to help others? The Department of Residence is looking for resident assistants for the 2011-2012 academic year. RAs receive compensated room and board and a $1,200 stipend. Applications are accepted through Friday, Jan. 14. Visit www.uni.edu/dor/raapplication to learn more and/or to apply. If you need assistance with uploading your resume, check out examples on the application site or visit Career Services. If you have questions about the process, contact Adrienne Appler at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your student organization is interested in learning more about the RA position, contact email@example.com and a representative can speak to your group.
Relay for Life team captains are needed at UNI. Attend a come-and-go meeting to register online and receive information from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30, or Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Schindler IRTS lab. Relay For Life will be held Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore NSE and learn how to attend one of 179 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada while paying UNI tuition. Come to an NSE informational meeting at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Presidential Room, MAU. Students must have a 2.5 GPA and have completed at least 30 hours of credit at the time of exchange. Learn more at http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/nse.
ITS - Educational Technology and University Relations will offer Drupal office hours twice monthly. Faculty, staff or students can get help with any UNI Drupal website. Drupal experts will be on hand to help field theming, site-building and content-editing questions. Office hours are from 3 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Dec. 7 and 21, in the Production House, ITTC 108.
Information sessions for a Capstone course in England and Scotland will be offered at 2 p.m. Fridays, Dec 3 and 10, in GIL 9. For more information, visit
Working on an annotated bibliography or a critical review paper? Wish you had someone in the library who could help you understand your sources after you find them? Find an A-Team reading tutor in the library from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sundays to help you read the research you gather.
If you have seen five or more episodes of “Lie to Me," consider participating in a one-on-one interview to collect data for a master's research paper exploring deception detection. Interviews will be scheduled based on participant availability. E-mail Shannon Erb at email@example.com for more information.
SAE Fraternity and the Red Cross will host a blood drive Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Old Central Ballroom, MAU. Sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code 740, or sign up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29 or Tuesday, Nov. 30, at an information table across from Chats in MAU. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Wednesday, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day. Participate in a scavenger hunt designed to bring awareness about Iowans living with HIV/AIDS. Get a team of three to four people. Register between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the WRC lobby. Cost is $20; the winning team gets $50. For more information, call Joan Thompson with UNI Health Services at 273-2137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
T-shirts and other gifts will be available for sale at the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society sale on Tuesday, Nov. 30; Wednesday, Dec. 1; and Thursday, Dec. 2, in the SEC lobby.
Want a simple way to give back this holiday season? Decorate cookies for yourself or a friend, and help those experiencing poverty and homelessness in our community. Stop by Maucker Union between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 3, to buy sugar cookies, $1 for two cookies. Other treats and crafts will be available for purchase as well.
It's estimated that one in eight Iowans goes to bed hungry. This holiday season, you can make a difference in an easy and fun way. Dining for Dollars, a fundraiser for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo. The event will consist of a meal, live music, prizes and various speakers from the Cedar Valley community. Purchase tickets by Thursday, Nov. 25, for a discount. More information and tickets are available at http://diningfordollarsneifb.eventbrite.com/.
Experience Christmas in the 1940s with an evening of crafts and caroling from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, at Marshall Center One-Room School. The cost is $1 per child; children must be accompanied by an adult. Register and pay by Tuesday, Nov. 23. For more information, call 273-2188.
The annual Celebrate the Seasons event will take place from 8 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, MAU. Celebrate the Seasons is a free, interactive and fun-filled event for all. Enjoy craft activities, free snacks, hot chocolate and music. All activities are first-come, first-served. For more information, e-mail Kim Kluesner at email@example.com.
Buy unique holiday gifts at the UNI student pottery sale from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, and from noon until 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, in KAB North 126.
Explore different forms of prayer from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Hartman Reserve Nature Center. Activities will include a full-sized indoor labyrinth, yoga, soul collage and meditation. A soup supper will be provided. More information can be found at the Wesley Foundation, across from the presiden'ts house, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UNI Child Development Center will host its third annual silent auction and cookie-walk fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 4, in the Malcolm Price Lab School lobby at the east main entrance. Buy a container for $8 and fill it with cookies of your choice. Items to be auctioned include: a basketball autographed by the UNI men's basketball team, Waterloo Black Hawks Hockey tickets and an autographed hockey stick, various gift certificates from Cedar Valley businesses and more. Silent auction will end at 11:30 a.m.
Join the College Hill Partnership at the annual Holiday Social and Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 4. Several Hill businesses will host open houses all day offering entertainment, treats and special sale items. From 5:30 to 7 p.m., free horse-drawn trolley rides will be available outside the Honors Cottage (Seerley and College). Inside the Honors Cottage will be crafts, activities and treats beginning at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., caroling groups will depart for Seerley Park for the official tree lighting. Santa will be there for the young and young at heart.
The Pi Sigma Epsilon project, Bids for Kids Holiday Auction, will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, in Lang Hall. The auction will consist of both a silent and live auction. Proceeds will help support the growth of Pi Sigma Epsilon, its members and their efforts. This year a portion of all proceeds will go to Toys for Tots and the Family & Children's Council of Black Hawk County.
Come check out To Write Love On Her Arms UNI at 9 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29, in the Elm Room, MAU. This group is dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people suffering with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. Contact email@example.com for more information.
The UNI Entrepreneurs (UNI-E) group will meet at 4:45 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 2, 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.
The Nu Kappa Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, will host an interest meeting at 7:11 p.m., Monday, Dec. 6, in the Old Central Ballroom, MAU. Business attire is required for this event. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, is a predominantly African American fraternity founded in 1911 on the campus of Indiana University. Members strive for "Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor." Men of Kappa Alpha Psi challenge themselves to be skillful leaders in academics as well the community at large.
Men's basketball hosts Iowa State at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the McLeod Center.
Wrestling hosts the UNI Open on Saturday, Dec. 4, in the UNI-Dome.
Professional storyteller Gail Froyen will present "Small Gifts, Trail of Light," an evening of stories for Advent reflection, from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29, at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center, 1019 W. 23rd St. (next to University Book & Supply) in Cedar Falls. An opportunity for fellowship and refreshments will follow.
Donna Hoffman, political science, and Al Hays, public policy, will present their analyses of the 2010 elections and then lead a discussion on what the results mean for the future from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at University Book & Supply. For more information, contact ADP at 273-6898 or ADP-UNI@UNI.edu.
A CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Dec. 6, in the CME, MAU, 109A. Dean Mundy, communication studies, will present "The Spiral of Advocacy: How State Based LGBT Advocacy Organizations are Defining a Modern Social Movement Through their Campaigns for Equality." The Women's & Gender Studies program sponsors the Current Research on Women Forum Series. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to gather for an informal presentation and discussion. Bring your lunch.
Hear what inspires area professionals to be artistic in their fields of expertise at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the University Museum. Jeremy Schraffenberger, poet and UNI professor of English, will discuss his inspiration.
Visiting artist and UNI alumna Terri Armfield will present an oboe recital at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Currently serving as assistant professor of oboe and music theory at Western Carolina University in North Carolina, Armfield has been a featured soloist with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and now performs with various ensembles in the community and at Western Carolina University. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI School of Music opera program will present an opera scenes performance featuring student musicians at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Clarinet Studio and Ensemble will offer a fall concert at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Student Chamber Music Concert will be held at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI School of Music faculty artist Dmitri Vorobiev will present a piano recital featuring the work of Ludwig van Beethoven at 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This is the second Beethoven concert of the fall from Vorobiev, who plans to perform all piano works of Beethoven in an ongoing concert series at UNI. This event is free and open to the public.
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