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Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005

NEWS

PODOLEFSKY ACCEPTS PRESIDENT'S JOB AT CMSU:

Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, has accepted the position of president of Central Missouri State University (CMSU) in Warrensburg, Mo., effective July 1. "Aaron created a high level of trust within Academic Affairs and with the other organizational units," said President Koob. "Such trust is essential to a successful university. Building on that trust, he used a number of very creative solutions to help UNI weather the most severe budget reduction in more than half a century. The stability and high morale we enjoy on campus today is a result of that winning combination of integrity and creativity." An interim provost/vice president for academic affairs will be named later. See the related news release at http://www.cmsu.edu/x29017.xml


UNI NAMES FIRST ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT FOR EVENT MANAGEMENT:

Jan Hanish, director of Maucker Union, has been named assistant vice president for event management. This is a first for UNI. "Our goal is to make better use of facilities and services to make UNI more of a destination," said Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration & finance. Hanish will work with Cedar Valley businesses and organizations and key departments on campus. The appointment is effective March 1. Hanish has been the director of Maucker Union since 1997 and has been employed at UNI since 1977. Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, has been named interim director.

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

RESEARCH HELP VIA LIVE CHAT:

Rod Library offers live research help via online chat sessions. Hours are Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; and Friday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. See Ask Us link in upper-left corner of the library home page, or go to http://www.lib.uni.edu/ris/askchat.shtml. Help also is available via e-mail, phone and in person.

 

GRADUATE COUNCIL MINUTES:

Minutes from the Feb. 10 Graduate Council meeting are available at http://www.grad.uni.edu/graduatecouncil/gcminutes.aspx.

 

KUNI'S IOWA STATEHOUSE CONNECTION:

Monday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m., "Ethics in Government," originating from the Law Library in the Iowa Capitol Building, with host Des Moines Bureau Chief Jeneane Beck. Guests include Republican Representative Scott Raecker of Urbandale; Attorney General Tom Miller; and the Executive Director of the Iowa Ethics and Campaign disclosure board, Charlie Smithson.

 

JOB POSTINGS

The current Merit postings are available at: http://www.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.htm

 

EVENTS

(by category)

SPECIAL EVENTS

LENTEN FISH FRY:

St. Stephen's Catholic Student Center will host its third annual Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, March 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Social Hall. Fish, tater tots and salad will be served. Cost is $5 per ticket in advance or $6 at the door. Tickets are available at St. Stephens, or call 266-9863.

 

UNI CLIMBING COMPETITION:

Competitions in bouldering, speed climbing and route climbing offered March 5. Cost is $25 for one event; $30 for more than one event. Contact Outdoor Rec at 3-7163. Sponsored by UNI Climbing Club.

 

A T. REX NAMED SUE:

March 5-May 27:The University Museum will host "A T. rex Named SUE", an exact replica of the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. Because SUE is so big, the exhibit will be on display at the CFU Business Development Center at 1326 Waterloo Road. Visit http://www.uni.edu/museum/sue

 

DINOS 101: AN INTRODUCTION TO DINOSAURS

This exhibit features learning stations filled with dinosaur information, what they looked like, names, sizes and a geologic-time clock. Also included are display cases featuring dinosaur fossils and field tools used by scientists, at the University Museum through July 10.

 

SPEND SPRING BREAK CANOEING:

Explore Georgia's famous Okefenokee Swamp March 11-20. Cost $325 (UNI); $350 (guest). Pre-trip meeting March 3, at 5 p.m., WRC 174. Swimming skills and good physical condition a prerequisite; no experience necessary. Call Outdoor Rec at 3-7163.

 

UNI RELAY FOR LIFE:

Join in the fight against cancer. Teams are forming now for 3rd annual UNI Relay For Life. The event, a night filled with entertainment, food and fun, takes place April 8-9, 6 p.m.-6 a.m., in the UNI-Dome. Team captain meetings are March 7, or 8, at 8 p.m., in Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge. Register or get more information at http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/relayforlife or e-mail relay-for-life@uni.edu

 

ATHLETICS

Thursday: Women's basketball vs. Drake, West Gym, 7:05 p.m.
Friday: Women's tennis vs. Western Illinois, Black Hawk Tennis Center, 1 p.m.
Saturday: Men's basketball vs. Bradley, UNI-Dome, 1:05 p.m.
Women's basketball vs. Creighton, West Gym, 4:05 p.m.
Sunday: Women's tennis vs. Southeast Missouri State, Black Hawk Tennis Center, 10 a.m.

Friday and Saturday: TRACK MVC Indoor Championships, Carbondale, Ill.

 

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS/FILMS

CIVIL RIGHTS FILM:

The "Eyes on the Prize" film is considered by critics as the most important film about the civil rights movement. The CME will screen the film from 8 to10 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 28. For more information visit http://www.uni.edu/cme or call 3-2250.

 

VISIT BY GEORGE MEHAFFY:

George Mehaffy, vice president, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, will speak with faculty about the American Democracy Project and its implications for the university curriculum, especially the Liberal Arts Core. Faculty can attend either or both of the sessions on Monday, Feb. 28: 11 a.m. to noon, in CBB 1 & 3 (refreshments provided; please RSVP with Melissa Heston at 3-2236 or heston@uni.edu) or 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., in the Presidential Room in Maucker Union (Faculty Senate Meeting). For more information, contact Mitch Strauss (strauss@uni.edu) or Melissa Heston (heston@uni.edu).
http://fp.uni.edu/strauss/democracy_project.htm

 

ASSESSMENT OF THE OLDER DRIVER:

Do you know an older person who drives? Do you have questions about their safety or that of other drivers? Sue Toale Knapp will present an "Assessment of the Older Driver" via the ICN on March 2, at 4 p.m., in SEC 130A. For questions, contact Holly Bokelman (3-7961), Holly.Bokelman@uni.edu.

 

FLOW AND CREATIVITY LECTURE:

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, psychologist, author and professor known worldwide for his scholarship on flow and creativity, will deliver two free public lectures at UNI. He will discuss "The Creative Person and the Creative Context" at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in the Commons Ballroom. A reception will precede the presentation at 6:15 p.m., and a book signing will follow. Friday, March 4, at 3 p.m., he will speak on "Flow and the Quality of Life" in the Lang Hall Auditorium. A book signing and reception will follow in the balcony foyer. Both events are part of "The Changing Face of Iowa: Exploring Creativity in the Community," a program of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, with support from all undergraduate colleges and the Rod Library. For more information, call 273-2221 or visit http://fp.uni.edu/csbs/csikszentmihalyi.htm

 

HOLOCAUST GUEST LECTURER:

Monday, March 7, 7 p.m., in 115 Seerley Hall, Eric Ehrenreich will present a lecture on "'Neutral' Antisemitism: Scientific Racial Propaganda and the Holocaust." Ehrenreich is the 2004-2005 Douglas and Carol Cohen Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies where he is researching "Genealogy and Genocide: The Nazi ‘Proof of Ancestry’ and its Origins." The event is free and open to all.

 

CONFERENCES/MEETINGS/WORKSHOPS

MICROSOFT EXCEL:

This comprehensive training will introduce the basic commands, functions and capabilities of Excel. Module 1 covers beginning topics, Module 2 covers intermediate skills and Module 3 will address advanced issues. Module 1 is March 7, Module 2 is March 9 and Module 3 is March 11. Classes are held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $299 for all modules, or $115 per module. For more information or to register call 236-8123 or visitt http://www.unirbc.org

 

PERFORMING ARTS

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Monday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., third-floor studios in the CAC. Wicked Liz & the Bellyswirls, from the Quad Cities, play a mix of American musical styles: blues, funk, folk, rock and a little twangy-country. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For more info visit http://www.kuniradio.org/kustud.html

 

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO (*U-CARD DISCOUNT)

Saturday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., at the GBPAC (http://www.gbpac.com). First capturing international acclaim on Paul Simon's Graceland album, the 10-man Zulu a cappella group has become synonymous with the legendary South African sound. This ensemble has performed before millions, recored 40 albums, and sung in films such as Disney's The Lion King Part II. Call 3-SHOW for tickets or stop by the GBPAC box office. *UNI students recieive 50 percent off tickets.

 

'THE MUSIC LESSON':

Theatre UNI and Sturgis Youth Theatre present this poignant drama of a Bosnian woman struggling to deal with haunting memories of war while helping an angry American teenage girl cope with her own issues through the healing power of music. Feb. 24-27 and March 2-6 at the Strayer-Wood Theatre. The showtimes will be 7:30 p.m., Feb. 24-26 and March 2-5 There will also be a 2 p.m. performance on Feb. 26, 27 and March 6. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 youth, and free for UNI students. Call 3-6381 or visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS

THURSDAZE, FEB. 24 MOVIE NIGHT:

This week's movie is "The Grudge," starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Showtimes are 7 and 9:30 p.m. in Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Free snacks and beverages provided. Free and open to all.

 

SPRING JOB & INTERNSHIP FAIR:

Wednesday, March 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. More than 70 employers will visit with UNI students/alumni about internships and full-time jobs. Twenty employers will be scheduling for the Interview Day on Thursday, March 3. For a list of participants and majors they're seeking, visit http://www.uni.edu/careercenter/Events/jobfair/jobweb.html


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