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Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006

NEWS

UNIVERSITY COUNCIL MEETING -- ENROLLMENT TREND INFORMATION SHARED:

The first University Council meeting was held at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in CAC 108. President Ben Allen presented an overview of student enrollment including information on trends, challenges, and the implications of changes in enrollment. To view the powerpoint presentation, visit http://www.uni.edu/pres/council/index.shtml. If you have any questions, send an e-mail to president@uni.edu.

 
FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS HAVE STARTED:

The UNI-Dome is hosting the 2006 IHSAA State High School Football Playoffs this month. Traffic will be heavy and parking will be limited in lots near the UNI-Dome. The game schedule is on the university calendar at http://access.uni.edu/acal/bin/callist.cgi?date=this_month.

 

A&F NEWS AND VIEWS NEWSLETTER:

The Administration & Finance division newsletter is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/vpaf/newsletter.shtml. It contains news and information about staff accomplishments and department activities.

 

COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE:

There will be a food drive for the Cedar Valley Food Bank through Dec. 7, at Essentials in the Maucker Union. Your donation of a non-perishable food item or cash is needed and appreciated. The goal is to top the 2005 total of 1,000 pounds of food and $305 dollars cash from UNI students and faculty. To celebrate Peanut Lovers’ Month in November, each person who makes a food or cash donation will receive a bag of peanuts.

 
TWO UNI PROFESSORS CHALLENGE CAMPUS COMMUNITY:

Melissa Heston and Gayle Pohl, two of UNI's United Way Campaign Chairs, have challenged the UNI community to increase the number of employees contributing to the Cedar Valley United Way from 20 percent to 30 percent, or to increase the amount pledged by $6,000. If one or both of these goals are met, both Heston and Pohl will increase their donations by $250. Please consider either giving for the first time or increasing your regular gift so this challenge can be met and there will be an extra $500 directed toward meeting important community needs.

 

NEW M.A. DEGREE IN CRIMINOLOGY:

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology announces a new Master of Arts degree in Criminology, to begin fall 2007. The program is designed to prepare students for Ph.D. study or practical work in applied fields related to criminology and criminal justice. The program provides specialized courses in theory, policy, and substantive criminological issues exposing students to a combination of theoretical, scientific, and practical approaches to criminology. For more information, visit http://fp.uni.edu/sac/criminology/gradprogramrequirements.htm

 

MAKING A GIFT TO BENEFIT UNI:

UNI employees who want to make gifts to benefit UNI are reminded that the best way to do this is by making gifts or pledges to the UNI Foundation. By doing so, you can be assured that your entire gift will be used to benefit the university. The faculty/staff annual drive is currently underway. Gifts and pledges can be made through payroll deduction or credit card using the Foundation's online giving form at https://www.adv.uni.edu/foundation/pledgeform.aspx. For additional information, call 3-6078.

 

2006 UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN:

UNI's United Way campaign will be completed Friday, Nov. 10. Return your completed pledge card for an opportunity to win prizes courtesy of the UNI United Way Steering committee (no UNI funds are used for the purpose of this drawing; a contribution is not necessary to be eligible to win). Visit http://www.cedarvalleyunitedway.org/campaignvideo.htm to see the 2006 United Way Campaign video.

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:

Nominations are now open for Administration & Finance Division's High Five Award for Staff Excellence. Any permanent A&F employee is eligible to receive the award, and any member of the UNI community may submit a nomination. Watch for more information and a nomination form in campus mail, or go to:

http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/recognition/high_five.shtml For more details, call Robin at 3-3536.

 

UNIVERSITY FACULTY SENATE SPEAKERS SERIES FUNDING:

Interim Provost James Lubker has allocated $15,000 to the University Faculty Senate for a speakers series. To ensure that the money is used, the Senate recently voted to allow Lubker to use the speakers-series funding this academic year. Guidelines include: applications will begin to be considered Nov. 10; committed funding from other sources is required; maximum awards per request will be $1,000; promotional materials must indicate "Funded in part by the University Faculty Senate." For more information, or if interested in applying, contact Lubker at James.Lubker@uni.edu.

 

EXCLUSIVE PEPSI CONTRACT REMINDER:

UNI has an exclusive contract with Pepsi Co. This means when university or UNI Foundation funds are used, only Pepsi products may be served on campus. Pepsi products can be purchased from the Department of Residence Catering, DOR convenience stores, or directly from Pepsi America. Purchasing from other providers is not allowed. UNI's exclusive contract with Pepsi has been in place since fiscal year 2002 and continues through fiscal year 2008. For more information, see the FAQs posted at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/ or http://www.uni.edu/dor/index.shtml or contact Kelly Flege at 3-3420 or Mona Milius at 3-2333.

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

REGISTER NOW FOR WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION ACROSS CULTURES:

Join UNI Professor of Anthropology Mark Gray from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the Maucker Union State College Room and learn successful communication strategies for cross-cultural interactions. To register, visit https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start&admin_group=HRTD. or call Robin at 3-3536.

 
WHAT THE BEST COLLEGE TEACHERS DO:

At 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in ITTC 125/126, there will be a discussion of Chapter 5 of Bain's book, "What the Best College Teachers Do." This chapter focuses on how these teachers conduct their classes and includes descriptions of both general principles for structuring classes and some examples of their classroom activities. A copy of the text is on reserve at the library. Attendance at previous sessions is not required. For more information, contact Melissa Heston at heston@uni.edu. Sponsored by the Teaching-Learning Consortium.

 
ONLINE LEARNING & TEACHING:

Online Learning & Teaching is a two week workshop about online learning and teaching. Participants will experience the student point of view of online learning while learning about and discussing online teaching with colleagues. The workshop will be conducted entirely on the Web using WebCT with no face-to-face meetings. There is no charge for UNI faculty; others may participate by paying a $50 fee. The workshop starts Nov. 8 and goes through Nov. 21. To register, visit http://fp.uni.edu/its/et/tlt/olt/registration/register.htm.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT TO FACULTY:

University Health Services health promotion, health clinic and counseling staff are willing to give presentations in classes on a variety of important topics. For details, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/HealthPresentationTopics.pdf. Invite UHS staff if a topic relates to a course or if a class period can accommodate one of their programs.

 

SPSS TWO PART SHORT COURSE OFFERED:

There will be an SPSS two-part short course offered by the Statistical Consulting Lab. The first class, Anova and GLM Univariate, will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Sabin, Room 223. The second class, Linear Regression, will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Sabin, Room 223. For more information, visit http://www.cns.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL/. To RSVP, e-mail jacobson@cns.uni.edu or call 3-7172.

 

A CAMPUS OF DIFFERENCE SESSION FOR FACULTY AND STAFF:

This campus-wide program from the Anti-Defamation League's A World of Difference Institute, explores issues of identity, culture and awareness and emphasizes skills needed to confront and combat bias. Led by UNI faculty and administrators, the sessions will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, at the CME. For more information, visit http://fp.uni.edu/cme/divinit.htm.

 

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS:

To learn more about the 2007 Flexible Spending Accounts, informational sessions will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8; and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. All sessions will be in Human Resource Services, 121 Commons.

 
INSTALL THUNDERBIRD E-MAIL SOFTWARE ON YOUR HOME COMPUTER:

ITS has prepared an easy do-it-yourself customized version of Thunderbird E-mail installion software which will enable you to access your UNI e-mail in minutes. Thunderbird can be configured to access other accounts (i.e. CFU, Mediacom, Gmail, etc.) as well. For assistance, bring your computer system to the ITS Computer Consulting Center in the ITTC, Room 36. For more information, call 3-5555. To download software visit http://www.uni.edu/its/us/software. To see instructions, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/us/document/unimail/mozilla/ConfigureThunderbirdUNIQuick.pdf. To learn how to add a CFU Account (Mediacom, etc.), visit http://www.uni.edu/its/us/document/unimail/mozilla/AddingCFUEmailToThunderbird.pdf.

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY)

SPECIAL EVENTS:

THIRD ANNUAL 'SOUP'S ON':

There will be international soups, breads and desserts; a silent auction; and pottery demonstration by JoAnn Schnabel, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at St. Stephen Student Center, 1019 West 23rd St. Sponsored by the Friends of the UNI Museums. The proceeds will be used to support future exhibits and educational programs at the UNI Museums. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the University Museum (by Nov. 7) or at the door. Adults $15; UNI students $10 (with ID); children 12 and under $5.

ATHLETICS:

PANTHER ATHLETICS:

The Panthers will play their second exhibition game when they host Southwest State at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. The women's basketball team will open it's season with an exhibition game against Minnesota State-Moorhead at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. Panther volleyball hosts Drake at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. At 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, the volleyball team will welcome back former players in an alumni game. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, the Panthers host Creighton. All basketball and volleyball games are in the West Gym. The UNI football team hosts Western Kentucky at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the UNI-Dome.

 

EXHIBITS/FILMS:

THURSDAZE MOVIE: 'ACCEPTED':

The blockbuster "Accepted," starring Justin Long, Jonah Hill and Blake Lively, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. Free refreshments provided.

 

RUSSIAN FILM: 'OCTOBER':

The Russian Club will show "October" at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Seerley 115. Directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and Sergei Eisenstein. In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the Bolsheviks’ decrees of peace and land in November 1917. The action moves from Lenin’s return in April, to his arrest in July, to late October, when the Bolsheviks are ready to strike: 10 days that shook the world.

 

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

2010 ASIAN GAMES LECTURE:

Liu Jiangnan, director general, Guangzhou Sports Bureau, The People's Republic of China, will present "Guangzhou Sports Industry and Business: Opportunities of 2010 Asian Games" at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in WRC 252. Guangzhou is host to the 2010 Asian Games and will report on the remarkable transformation of this community focused on the theme of leisure, sports and healthy living.

 

SCOTT CAWELTI TO REPEAT HIS TALK ON THE MARK FAMILY MURDERS:

Scott Cawelti will speak on "Bullets, Lies, and Motorcycle Rides" at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the Cedar Falls Library, in the meeting room. He is repeating his Oct. 30 talk due to an overflow crowd.

 

CROW FORUM:

At noon Monday, Nov. 6, in the Maucker Union North Room, Nathan Epley, Department of Communication Studies, will present "Pinup Iconography, Retro-Chic, and the Consumption of Irony." The Women's & Gender Studies Program sponsors the Current Research on Women Forum Series. Faculty, staff, students and members of the wider community are invited to gather for this informal presentation and discussion.

 

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR: CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Gaylen Hiestermann, geologist with Tetra Tech Inc., will give a presentation on "Career Opportunities in Environmental Consulting" at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in Latham Hall, Room 125 . All are invited.

 

LECTURE BY AFRICAN LITERATURE SCHOLAR:

UNI's African Union and the International Student Association are sponsoring a lecture by Rose Ure Mezu, associate professor of English Comparative Literature from Morgan State University, on "Feminism, Womanism, and Modern African Women, or Achebean Thoughts: A Blueprint for Living in 3rd Millennium Global Community" at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Mezu is a scholar in African and African American literatures and cultures. A book signing will follow the lecture.

 

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE:

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Seerley 115, Billie Bailey, executive director of the Grout Museum, will present "What Makes Museums Tick?" The event is free and open to the public.

 

TIME BOOK CRITIC TO READ FROM HIS NOVEL:

Novelist and Time magazine book critic Lev Grossman will give a public reading as a part of the Hearst lecture series at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Baker 161. Grossman will read from his 2004 novel, "Codex" and take questions regarding the craft of fiction and his life as a book critic. A book signing will follow the reading. Sponsored by the Department of English Language and Literature.

 

WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES ADVISORY BOARD MEETING:

The next Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Board meeting is at noon, Monday, Nov. 13, in Baker 161. Board meetings are open to all.

 

THE MEDIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST:

Professor As`ad AbuKhalil of California State University, Stanislaus and the University of California at Berkeley, will lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the John Deere Auditorium, CBB. AbuKhalil, an expert in Middle Eastern and international affairs, is originally from Tyre, Lebanon and grew up in Beirut. He received his BA and MA from the American University of Beirut in political science. He came to the United States in 1983 and received his PhD in comparative government from Georgetown University. Now a Middle East consultant for ABC and NBC News, he will discuss media coverage during Israel's invasion of Lebanon. This lecture is free and open to the public.

 

CEDAR VALLEY DISCUSS & DISCOVER DIVERSITY:

There will be a discussion of "Cockeyed" by Ryan Knighton, from 4:30 to 5:30 Monday, Nov. 13, at the UNI Museum. Sunggye Hong, UNI assistant professor of special education and teacher of assistive technology, will lead the discussion. CV3D is a Cedar Valley Community Action Project sponsored by Cedar Falls and Waterloo Public Libraries, UNI Museums, and Cedar Falls AAUW.

 

PERFORMING ARTS:

INTERPRETER'S THEATER PRESENTS:

Performances of "Looking at Comic Books in New Ways" will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall 40. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. http://www.chfa.uni.edu/comstudy/organizations/theatre.asp.

 

CHAMBER SINGERS/FRESHMAN CONTOREI RECITAL:

The chamber ensembles, under the direction of Brad Barrett and Rick Hoffenberg, will present choral pieces by various composers from di Lasso to Brahms to 20th century works at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. Admission is free.

 

KUNI'S LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Switchback will perform their unique brand of grassroots Americana music at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in KUNI's third floor studios in the CAC. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.

 

UNITUBA ENSEMBLE RECITAL:

Under the director of Jeffrey Funderburk, the student brass ensemble presents a "Tribute to Rodger Vaughan." The ensemble will perform Ellington, ragtime, cabaret tunes, and more at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. Admission is free.

 

WIND SYMPHONY CONCERT:

Under the direction of Ronald Johnson, the ensemble, with special guests, Rebeccca Burkhardt, Jean McDonald, and Jeffrey Brich, will present a program to honor American veterans at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the GBPAC Great Hall. Admission is free.

 

W-CF SYMPHONY CONCERT:

Soprano Courtenay Budd joins the symphony on Mahler's Fourth Symphony and on Barber's Knoxville: Summer 1915. Orchestral dances by Bach complete the Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. program at the Gallagher-Bluedorn. For tickets, call 3-SHOW or visit http://wcfsymphony.org.

 

CAMPUS DINING:

NOVEMBER IS PEANUT LOVERS' MONTH:

November is Peanut Lovers’ Month and to celebrate, peanut specialties will be featured throughout the month at Chats and Prexy’s in Maucker Union; 23rd Street Market in Commons and Biscotti’s in Redeker Center. Fresh peanut butter cookies and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies baked in Fresh Beginnings, our campus bakery, will be featured Nov. 6-10.

 

SUSHI AT PREXY'S:

Enjoy one of four delicious varieties of fully-cooked sushi for lunch. Available at Wasabi every Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

FRITO LAY PRODUCTS ON SPECIAL THROUGH NOV. 5:

Frito Lay is cooperating with Biscotti's in Redeker Center and 23rd Street Market in Commons to offer a special on Tostitos chips, dips and salsa. Save a dollar on any combination of two featured products. Dining Dollars welcome.

 
YOU COUNT! DINING SURVEY NOV. 6-10:

What is your opinion of on-campus food services? The annual dining services survey is online through Nov. 10 at http://www.uni.edu/dor/dining/survey.htm. The survey takes approximately four minutes to complete and you can return to the survey multiple times to evaluate different dining venues.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

NEW VENTURE BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION:

The 2007 John Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition is now accepting applications for a chance to win one of three $5,000 seed capital awards. The competition is open to all UNI students. Entry timeline and requirements can be found at http://www.jpec.org/newven.htm. Intent to compete forms are due by Thursday, Nov. 30, to CBB 242. For additional information or a competition packet, contact Katie Viet at katie.viet@uni.edu.

 

NATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE:

The National Student Exchange informational meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Maucker Union State College Room. Students will learn how to attend another college or university within the U.S. and Canada while paying UNI tuition. Qualified students must have a 2.75 UNI and cumulative GPA and between 30 and 85 credit hours.

 

ATTENTION FUTURE CLASSROOM TEACHERS:

"Exploring World Cultures Through Music", Monday, Nov. 6 at AEA 267-Cedar Falls, 4:30 to 7:45 p.m. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the richness of the cultures of India, SeneGambia and Brazil through children’s songs, rhythms and musical activities. Through these songs, students learn about the lifestyles and values of children in faraway countries and come to appreciate the similarities and differences between these cultures and their own. To register, contact amy.hunzelman@uni.edu.

 

DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM MEETINGS:

Magic. Money. Experience. The Disney Theme Parks & Resorts College Program at the Walt Disney World® Resort is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. An E-presentation will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 in the ITTC, Room 134. At 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, a Disney recruiter will present and conduct interviews in the College Eye Room of Maucker Union. Contact Laura Wilson 3-3821 for more information.

 

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