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Thursday, March 23, 2006

NEWS

INPUT REQUESTED -- TRANSIT SYSTEM & PARKING RAMP:

UNI is considering constructing a transit system and parking ramp (multimodal system) to serve students, faculty, staff and visitors. Initial drawings of the proposed parking ramp will be on display at input sessions on March 29 and 30. Click on the following link for more information. If you can't attend the input sessions, please fill out the online survey at the same site. http://www.uni.edu/infosys/multimodal

 

JACOBSON NAMED MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH:

Ben Jacobson has been named head men's basketball coach at the UNI.

http://unipanthers.collegesports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/032206aaf.html

 

SAVE THE DATE - FAREWELL OPEN HOUSE FOR PRESIDENT AND MRS. KOOB:

Faculty, staff and students are invited to a farewell open house for President and Mrs. Koob on Monday, May 1, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Contact Jan Hanish at 3-6899 for more information. An endowment fund for student and community engagement has been established in the UNI Foundation in President Koob’s name, visit http://www.uni-foundation.org for more information.

 

KUNI PRESENTS "THE IOWA STATEHOUSE CONNECTION":

The show airs Mondays at 10 a.m. throughout the 2006 legislative session. On March 27, the topic is the cost of higher education. Guests will be UNI President Robert Koob; Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy; the Chair of the House Education Budget Committee, Republican Representative Royd Chambers of Sheldon; and the Co-Chair of Senate Appropriations Committee, Democratic Senator Bob Dvorsky of Coralville.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

President Robert Koob is quoted in a Des Moines Register editorial regarding preparation of Iowa students for higher education. http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060322/OPINION03/603220326/1035/OPINION

 

INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH NOW REPORTS TO THE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE:

In an effort to promote comprehensive data stewardship, the Office of Institutional Research now reports to the President’s Office. Institutional Research provides information to supports strategic institutional planning, policy formation and decision making. Institutional Research plays a key role in monitoring state and national demographics to help the university make strategic management decisions. The director is Thulasi Kumar. The office is located in SRL 104 and the phone number is 3-5050.

 

SURVEY OF COURSES AND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

A short survey will be sent to faculty this Monday, March 27, by the American Democracy Project to identify UNI faculty and instructors who are exposing undergraduates to topics and experiences on controversies related to public land and resources within their courses, co-curricular activities and extracurricular activities. Results will be used to promote these particular UNI courses and co-curricular activities as providing student civic engagement activities in environment stewardship and public policy. For more information, contact Kathy Scholl at kathleen.scholl@uni.edu

 

WIRELESS EXPANDED ON CAMPUS:

With funding from the Student Computer Fee via direction from the Student Computer Advisory Committee, wireless coverage has been expanded to include the eating area of the 23rd Street Market in the Commons (as well as some of the surrounding area). Additionally, a second access point has been placed in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom (north) to provide better overall coverage in that area.

 

TEACHING-LEARNING CENTER RECOMMENDATIONS:

At its March 27 meeting, the Faculty Senate will discuss how to act upon the endorsed recommendations from the Senate Task Force on the creation of a new Teaching-Learning Center. These recommendations can be found at http://www.uni.edu/senate/misc/index.pdf. Anyone interested in this discussion is encouraged to attend the Senate meeting, 3:15 to 5 p.m., in the Great Reading Room, Seerley, or to contact their faculty senator.

 

UNI APPLIED RESEARCH GRANTS ANNOUNCED:

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Business and Community Services has announced the recipients of the 2006 Grow Iowa Values Fund Applied Research Grants. More information is available at http://www.uni.edu/osp/grants/GIVFrecipients.htm

 

PHYSICS AUCTION:

A surplus equipment auction will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the Physics Bldg., next to the West 23rd Street "A" parking lot. Available items include classroom furniture and equipment, computer equipment, large old wood cabinets, office desks and chairs and small scientific equipment. Additional info is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/auctioninfo.shtml. Buyers must remove purchases from the building by 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. Payment must be made in cash (good check) before removal. Call Vince at 3-3527 with questions.

 

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

HOW TO PREVENT POWERPOINT OVERLOAD:

By understanding the basic research that explains how the mind works, you can radically transform your PowerPoint approach to produce simpler and clearer communications. This free seminar featuring the author of "Beyond Bullet Points" is today Thursday, March 23, at 11 a.m. Visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/webcasts/index.html for more information and to register.

 

PARENTING TROUBLED TEENS:

EAP Counselor, Amanda Scharra, will present and lead a discussion with UNI employees/spouses on dealing with the stress and challenges of parenting troubled teens or young adults from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the College Eye Room, Maucker Union. Bring your lunch and come to listen, share or ask questions.

 

SPRING DRAMA WORKSHOPS:

Space is still available in the Sturgis Youth Theatre Creative Drama Workshops, under the direction of Gretta Berghammer, for children in kindergarten through sixth grades. Workshops begin Saturday, April 1. For workshop descriptions and schedule, visit the Sturgis Youth Theatre Web site: http://www.uni.edu/theatre/sturgis/classes/index.html

 
HOW TO START A SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP:

March 30, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in CBB 3. Workshop teaches the basics of starting a small business. Advanced registration required. E-mail katherine.cota@uni.edu or call 3-7350. More information is available at http://www.jpec.org/classes.htm

 

WEB CONFERENCE ON GRANTS:

The OSP Office of Sponsored Programs will host a Web Conference, "U.S. Department of Education’s Business and International Education Program," from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Studio IT, Lang 245. For more information, e-mail jill.trainer@uni.edu

 

HANDOUTS FROM OSP BROWN BAG LUNCHES:

Handouts from the Grant Development Brown Bag Lunches are available to download at http://www.uni.edu/osp/grants/training.htm

 

NEW EXHIBITS AT THE ROD LIBRARY:

Rod Library's new exhibits highlight diverse topics including Asian Heritage and Women’s History Months, mental health awareness, and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. If you’d like to create a display in the library, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/exhb/.

 

 

HOURS

BUSINESS OPERATIONS:

The Office of Business Operations will be closed Thursday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Roxanne Conrad's funeral. The satellite Cashiers location in the upper level of Maucker Union will remain open as scheduled. Visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/ for a brief summary of Roxanne’s career at UNI and details regarding her funeral.

 

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

INTRAMURAL SPRING OPEN CO-REC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT:

Open to students, faculty and staff, Saturday, April 1 (rain date: Saturday, April 8). Registration is March 27 through March 29 in WRC Room 101. (Limited to the first 16 teams to register) Entry fee is $20 per team. For more information, contact the IM office at 3-7262.

 

INTRAMURAL SPRING 11-ON-11 OPEN CO-REC SOCCER TOURNAMENT:

Open to students, faculty and staff. Play begins Sunday, April 2, on the West Campus Fields. Registration is March 27 through March 29, WRC room 101, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Limited to the first 12 teams to register) Entry fee is $20 per team. For more information, contact the IM office at 3-7262.

 

 

EVENTS  

 

THURSDAZE MOVIE NIGHT:

"Memoirs of a Geisha" will be shown Thursday, March 23, 7 and 9:30 p.m., in Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Free beverages and snacks provided. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board.

 

ASIAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH SPEAKER:

Dr. Evelyn Hu-DeHart will speak at the CME (109 MAU) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 23. Hu-DeHart, a Brown University professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, will speak about "Women and Leadership: A View from Asia, Latin America and Africa." To read her bio or for more information visit http://www.uni.edu/cme.

 

THE TOURNÉES FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE FILM FESTIVAL:

"Inch'Allah Dimanche" about an Algerian immigrant's experience in France will be shown at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 23, in 102 Sabin Hall. Films in this series are in French (with additional languages) with English subtitles. Free and open to the public. More info: http://fp.uni.edu/kimble/2006_Tournee_Films_UNI.htm

 

LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC FORUM:

A Legislative Public Forum will be 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 25, at the Area Education Agency 267 Conference Center, 3712 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar Falls. UNI faculty, staff and students are encouraged to hear local legislators' priorities for public higher education funding. There is an opportunity for citizens to ask legislators questions during the forum.

 

WOMEN'S STUDIES SPRING RECEPTION:

The Women's Studies Spring Reception is Monday, March 27, 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Baker 161. Meet faculty, preview fall courses and honor graduating seniors and scholarship award recipients. Refreshments will be served.

 

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR:

Monday, March 27, at 4 p.m., Latham 125. Holmes Semken, of the University of Iowa, will talk about the excavation of a rare giant ground sloth in southern Iowa. This extinct animal lived in Iowa during the Ice Age. Semken will also have some of the animal's bones on display.

 

THE TOURNÉES FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE FILM FESTIVAL:

The festival continues with a Cannes winner, "Silences of the Palace," about the last days of French-occupied Tunisia. Monday, March 27, in 115 Seerley at 7 p.m. Films in this series are in French with English subtitles. Free and open to the public. More information available at http://fp.uni.edu/kimble/2006_Tournee_Films_UNI.htm

 
A CENTURY OF WOMEN FILM SERIES:

"Sexuality and Social Justice," the second film in this month’s film series, will show at the Center for Multicultural Education (109 MAU) on Tuesday, March 28. "Image and Popular Culture," the final film, will show on Thursday, March 30. Both will show from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. on their respective days.

 

SCHOOL OF MUSIC LECTURE AND DEMONSTRATION:

A lecture and demonstration by guest artist, John Ericson, horn, will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in Russell Hall Auditorium.

 

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON HOW SHAKESPEARE BECAME SHAKESPEARE:

In anticipation of Stephen Greenblatt’s April 11 visit to UNI, the Hearst Lecture Series and University Book and Supply are sponsoring A Roundtable Discussion of Stephen Greenblatt’s "Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare," featuring Jay Lees, department of history, and Jesse Swan, English Language andLiterature, Tuesday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at University Book and Supply. This biography of William Shakespeare was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. For more information, contact Jim O’Loughlin at 3-2002.

 

THE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL LECTURE:

The festival presents its keynote lecture, "History and Gender in Postcolonial Cinema," by Rosemarie Scullion, co-founder of the "Working Group on Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa," at the University of Iowa.Tuesday, March 28, in 115 SRL at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. More information available at http://fp.uni.edu/kimble/2006_Tournee_Films_UNI.htm

 

KUNI PRESENTS AT THE REVERB:

Garage rockers, The High Strung, and Iowa-based rockers, North of Grand, will perform on Tuesday, March 28. Doors open at 9 p.m. Contact The Reverb at 277-4404 for ticket information. The High Strung's new release "Moxie Bravo" follows up the band’s 2003 Tee Pee Records release "These Are Good Times," which was named one of NPR’s top records of the year and earned wide acclaim in national publications like Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, and Entertainment Weekly.

 

BIO-DIESEL WORKSHOP AT THE CEEE:

Eric Foresman and Steve Fugate will present a workshop on bio-diesel at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 in the CEEE auditorium. For more information visit http://www.uni.edu/ceee/news/sustainableseries.htm.

 

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS CONTINUE:

Tuesday, March 28, at St. Stephen Student Center, 1019 W. 23rd St., in Cedar Falls. "Democracy at Risk: Are Today's Voters Less Involved?" will compare civic and voter participation in previous periods and today and discuss how Americans can be more involved in government and the role of nonprofit organizations in a democratic society. Co-leaders will be Wallace Hettle, UNI associate professor of history, and Mary Ann Burk, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Northeast Iowa.

 

UNI WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH LECTURE ON AIDS:

Wednesday, March 29, Anathalie Mukagasana, UNI Global Export program, will speak about "HIV-AIDS and Health Education of Women and Girls in Rwanda," in the College Eye Room, Maucker Union, at noon. Sponsored by Women's Studies.

 
SIGMA XI SEMINAR:

President Robert Koob will discuss "Rethinking Science Education" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, in Lantz Auditorium (Room 137), McCollum Science Hall. As the United States strives to remain economically competitive in the knowledge-driven economy of the 21st century, Koob says we must rethink how we channel the natural curiosity of children as they progress through our schools, addressing the education of teachers for this task, particularly for the elementary- and middle-school grades. http://www.cns.uni.edu/SX/

 

GRANT SEEKING AND WRITING TIPS:

The Office of Sponsored Programs announces that the third in a monthly series of Brown Bag Lunches will be Thursday, March 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in Maucker Union Expansion B. The topic will be: "Design Your Own Performance Assessment Committee: Creating an Evaluation Plan for Your Grants." RSVP to 3-3217 or to osp@uni.edu

 

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR:

Brian Hynek, research associate at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will present "The latest research results from Mars" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Latham Hall Room 125. Hynek's research involves the geology of Mars. He is working with three of the current NASA missions on the red planet. Specifically, he has studied the Meridiani hematite site by combining remote sensing data with data from the "Opportunity Rover."

 

FREE NADAS CONCERT:

The Campus Activities Board welcomes "The Nadas" Thursday, March 30 at 8 p.m.in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Special guest is Jason Levasseur. Free admission. For more information, call 3-5888.

 

2nd ANNUAL WOMEN-AT-PLAY EVENT:

Fox 28 (KFXA-TV) and the Panther Scholarship Club are sponoring the Second annual "Women At Play" event, a fundraiser for UNI Women's Athletics. A social and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. and the program is at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the Commons Ballroom and Georgian Lounge. Semi-formal attire; complimentary valet parking. Tickets are $35 or $200 for a table of six. Order tickets by calling (877) 216-DOME. All proceeds go to the Women At Play Endowed Scholarship. To make a contribution to the Women At Play Endowed Scholarship, call Kelly Bockenstedt at 3-2471 or Megan Witt at 3-3819.

 

"HOOPS FOR HEARTS" 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT:

On Saturday, April 1, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity will host a 3-on-3 basktball tournament beginning at 9 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Edison Elementary School. Additional information and registration are at http://www.iatheta.org

 

BOTANICAL CENTER OPEN HOUSE:

The UNI Biology Botanical Center will host an open house Sunday, April 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. Take a tour where the weather is always perfect. Contact the Botanical Center office, 3-2247 or the Botanical Center Manager, Billie.hemmer@uni.edu

 

DONATE TO LOCKS OF LOVE:

The Alpha Upsilon chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, a women's professional music service fraternity, and Jiva Salon & Spa will host the second annual Locks of Love event on Sunday, April 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 223 Main St., Cedar Falls. To donate, a ponytail/braid must be at least 10 inches long; hair should be clean and dry. Permed/color-treated hair is accepted. Monetary donations also are accepted. Mail to: SAI, 110 Russell Hall, UNI, Cedar Falls, IA 50613. A portion from any non-donation haircuts, other services, and Jiva product purchases also will go to Locks of Love. For more information, contact Megan Else at 222-4993.

 

MUSEUMS A-Z INSTITUTE B DAY:

Braille, Blindness and Books, April 8, 9 a.m. - noon, University Museum, 3219 Hudson Rd., Cedar Falls. Hear first-hand what life is like as a blind person, explore the world of Braille, and use devices that assist visually-impaired people in their daily lives. Ages 7-12. Register by March 31 by calling 3-2188. $14 for members; $17 non-members.

 

UNI MUSEUMS AND PROJECT INSIGHT PARTNERS PRESENT:

A guided tour of the Iowa Braille School in Vinton, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. Did you know that Mary Ingalls was blind and attended Iowa Braille School? Learn about the history of the school, as well as the latest innovations in educating the visually-impaired. Visit http://www.uni.edu/museum or call 3-2188 for additional information.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR BRAD PAISLEY:

Brad Paisley, Sara Evans and Billy Currington will be in concert at the UNI-Dome this Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39.50, available at the UNI-Dome NW Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, by calling 319-363-1888 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster are subject to additional fees.

 

PLENA LIBRE AT GBPAC:

This 13-piece Latin Grammy-nominated group has a style that draws on both the traditional and the modern. Plena Libre has taken this rhythmic genre of Puerto Rican origin through new and exciting developments and injected it with sizzling contemporary dance-floor arrangements.Salsa dance lessons will be offered in the lobby. After the lessons, test your skills on the great hall dance floor. Monday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. Curtain Talk begins at 6:45 p.m. with Director of Jazz Studies, Bob Washut.

 

KUNI PRESENTS LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Jack Norton and the Mullet River Boys, musical purveyors of vaudeville, bluegrass, gospel and old-time comedy, will perform Monday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in KUNI's third floor studios in the CAC. Admission is $3, free for children under 12.

 

KUNI PRESENTS THE HIGH STRUNG:

Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. the High Strung will be in KUNI's third-floor studios in the CAC for a live performance and a bit of conversation. Admission is $3, free for children under 12.

 

FACULTY STRING QUARTET RECITAL:

Artists-in-residence Frederick Halgedahl, violin; Therese Fetter, violin; Julia Trahan, viola; and Jonathan Chenoweth, cello, will present Edvard Grieg's "String Quartet in G Minor" at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in GBPAC Davis Hall.

 

GUEST/FACULTY ARTISTS CONCERT:

Peter McGuire, violin, and Sean Botkin, piano, perform works by Brahms, Beethoven and Franck at 6 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. Admission is free.

 

SCHOOL OF MUSIC SPOTLIGHT SERIES:

The School of Music Spotlight Series presents the annual performance competition for scholarships, Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the GBPAC Great Hall. Admission charge: $7 adults, $6 senior citizen, $5 non-UNI students and U-Card free for UNI students. For tickets call GBPAC Box Office 3-7469 (SHOW).

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

SUMMER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:

The Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) summer program is looking for summer help. The program will run evenings and will consist of interaction with Waterloo children and families, using informal and formal recreation. A training/information session will be offered for applicants to learn more. College credit is available. If interested, contact tmthomp@uni.edu or Copcsummer@hotmail.com

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS

TEACHER EDUCATION INDUCTION CONVOCATION:

The 31st Teacher Education Induction Convocation will be Monday, April 3, at 3:30 p.m. in the GBPAC. Some 230 UNI teacher education students are eligible for induction. John Henning, associate professor in Educational Psychology and Foundations, is the convocation speaker. Faculty and staff are invited to honor the students being inducted. Students should return their RSVP cards as soon as possible.

 

MAY TERM THEATRE CLASS:

The Department of Theatre is offering three May Term classes for students interested in a variety of theatre experiences: Acting for Life; Stagecraft: Scenery and Lights; and Theatrical Arts and Society. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre

 
NEW CAPSTONE COURSE IN EUROPE – MAY TERM:

Environment, Technology, and Society: Environmental Health and Justice (840:140) is a new course being offered for Capstone credit. The focus is the relationship of the social categories of race, class, and gender with the environment and environmental health issues. This class will meet from May 10 through May 26, in Transylvania, Romania. The approximate cost is $2,422, which includes tuition, fees, course materials, round trip flight, room and board, and cultural activities. For questions and to register for the class, contact the UNI Study Abroad Center, 59 Baker Hall or call 3-7078 or e-mail study-abroad@uni.edu

 


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