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Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007

NEWS:

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:

UNI accounting students will provide free income tax assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The program will run through April 11, excluding the week of March 12 through March 18 (spring break). Sessions will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, in CBB, Room 224. No appointment is necessary. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline/public/466.html.

 

QUARTERLY MAINTENANCE:

From 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, quarterly maintenance will be performed on core MEMFIS and related systems. This will affect a variety of university systems, such as (but not limited to): MEMFIS applications (including self service), AccessUNI and WebCT. System availability should return before 10 a.m. For more information, contact Gary Rogers at gary.rogers@uni.edu or 273-3162.

 

EXPANDED RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR FACULTY AND STAFF WITH DISABILITIES:

Eunice Dell, assistant vice president for administration and finance, has been named UNI's first Coordinator for Faculty and Staff Disability Services. Her primary responsibility is to coordinate services for employees with short- and long-term accommodation needs. She works closely with Human Resource Services, Compliance & Equity Management and the Office of Disability Services (which focuses on students). Eunice splits her time between MEMFIS and disability services and can be reached at 3-7432 or eunice.dell@uni.edu.

 

SAFETY REMINDER:

With the cold temperatures outside, it may be tempting to add auxiliary heat in your room or work area. Portable heaters are a leading cause of fires and fire-related deaths. There are nearly 25,000 fires and 140 deaths on average each year from portable heating units. If you need to use one, make sure the unit is Underwriter’s Laboratory listed and never leave the unit unattended.

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - FUNDED DEPARTMENTAL CO-OP POSITIONS:

Funding for 20 co-op positions is again available for fall 2007 through spring 2008. These funds provide student co-op support for staffing university departments and programs on a part-time, temporary basis. Guidelines for staff/faculty to follow in completing the two-page proposal packets are at http://www.uni.edu/careercenter/coop/20onproposal.html. The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26.

 

FACULTY SENATE MEETING:

The next University Faculty Senate meeting will take place at 3:15 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room. Meetings are open.

 

SURPLUS EQUIPMENT FOR CAMPUS USE:

Surplus equipment and supplies selected for auction on Public Surplus, an online auction service, will be available for re-assignment to UNI departments. These items can be viewed by department-authorized personnel at publicsurplus.com, prior to public auction, by contacting Vince Heuer at 3-3527 or vince.heuer@uni.edu. Surplus items for sale in the UNI Surplus Store continue to be available for re-assignment on campus. The store is open Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. for preview by department-authorized personnel. All claims for these items must be done in compliance with university policies and procedures; see http://www.uni.edu/pres/policies/801.shtml.

 

LUX SERVICE AWARD:

Nominations are being accepted for the 2007 Alumni Association Lux Service Award. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students who have demonstrated outstanding service to UNI. Students with 90 or more credit hours, including graduating seniors, qualify for the award. For complete award requirements, or an online nomination form, visit http://www.unialum.org/lux. Nominations must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 14. For more information, contact Connie Hansen at 3-3036 or constance.hansen@uni.edu.

 

NONPROFIT AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE FEB. 15:

Thursday, Feb. 15, is the deadline for nominations for the UNI American Humanics Nonprofit Awards. The American Humanics Student Association annually recognizes 11 nonprofit organizations and individuals who make a difference in the Cedar Valley. To complete a nomination form, visit http://www.uni.edu/americanhumanics. Anyone can submit a nomination.

 

P&S JOB VACANCIES:

Vacancies at the P&S level include residence life coordinator. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.

 
MERIT VACANCIES:

Merit Vacancies are available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.asp.

 

WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES BOARD MEETING:

The next Women’s and Gender Studies Board Meeting is from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, in Baker 161. Board meetings are open to all.

 

VOLUNTEER USHERS NEEDED:

Theatre UNI is seeking ushers for the upcoming production of "The Wrestling Season" at the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Performances are Thursday, Feb. 22, through Sunday, Feb. 25; and Wednesday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 4. Each usher receives a free ticket to see the show. To volunteer, call 3-6387. For more information about the show, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre.

 

PASSPORT TO PREXY'S:

Explore your dining options at Prexy's in Maucker Union by participating in Passport to Prexy's. Save your receipts for featured items in the "passport" and enter the drawing by Wednesday, Feb. 14 for a spring break survival kit. "Passports" are still available at Prexy's check-out points. Featured items include the Burrito Bar at Flares, Blimpie combos, Wasabi salad and salsa and Avanti calzones and pasta.

 

VALENTINE'S GIFTS AT ESSENTIALS:

Get your special someone a gift from Essentials in Maucker Union. Choose from stuffed animals, sweet treats, rubber ducks with valentine messages, valentine notepads and pencils, Gel Gems, homemade candles, soaps and more. Most items cost less than $5. Balloon bouquets are also available for pick-up. For more information, call 3-3743.

 

ORDER VALENTINE COOKIES ONLINE:

Delight your valentine or treat co-workers to frosted valentine cookies for $8.49 per dozen or a 12-inch personalized, heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie for $7.99. Place orders online by 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, and pick up orders Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Biscotti's in Redeker Center, 23rd Street Market in Commons or Prexy's in Maucker Union. Order online at http://www.uni.edu/dor/cookies.

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

'STUDENTS SAY THEY WANT MORE DISCUSSION, SO WHY WON'T THEY TALK?':

From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in the ITTC 125/126, an interdisciplinary panel of UNI faculty (John Henning, Beverly Kopper, Cathy Miller and Martha Reineke) will share tips on enhancing classroom conversations. Strategies will focus on preparing students to talk in class, encouraging participation from all students, creating a positive climate for discussion and establishing student accountability for classroom contributions. Sponsored by the Teaching-Learning Consortium. For more information, contact Melissa Heston at 3-2236 or heston@uni.edu.

 
INTERESTED IN TEACHING AND LEARNING AT UNI?

If so, you may want to join the Teaching-Learning Consortium, a growing group of faculty from across campus, and sponsor a wide variety of faculty oriented sessions focused on teaching and learning at UNI. To receive information about these sessions, subscribe to the Teaching-Learning Consortium Listserv. The listserv is used to distribute announcements of sessions and to gather input from faculty about their interests for future sessions. For more information or to subscribe to the listserv, contact Melissa Heston at heston@uni.edu or 3-2236.

 

PREVENTING ILLEGAL HARRASSMENT:

Do you know what to do if a student tells you he or she is being harassed? All faculty and staff are encouraged to learn about UNI policy and how to identify and report potential issues. This meeting will take place Monday, Feb. 26, in CBB 109. The staff session will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and the faculty and administrator session will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Training will be facilitated by an employment attorney and sponsored by Compliance and Equity Management. To register, call 3-2846 or e-mail wayne.fauchier@uni.edu. Pre-registration is required.

 

REGISTER NOW FOR MANAGING WORKPLACE CONFLICT:

Learn how to manage and resolve workplace conflict. Join Employee Assistance Program Coordinator Stephanie Lawrence from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Maucker Union State College Room. To register, visit https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start;admin_group=HRTD or call Robin at 3-3536.

 

OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROGRAMS BROWN BAG LUNCH:

"Finesse: The Fine Art of Foundation Funding," will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the OSP Conference Room, 213 East Bartlett Hall. Bring your lunch and join OSP and UNI Foundation staff to discuss identifying and applying for grants from private foundations and corporations. New faculty are especially encouraged to attend. RSVP to osp@uni.edu or 3-3217.

 

TIAA CREF SEMINAR:

TIAA CREF will be hosting two financial education seminars this semester. "IRA Opportunities - More Choices, More Flexibility, More Control" will take place at noon and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the 23rd Street Market meeting room. This free educational seminar provides information on the tax benefits, eligibility requirements and investment options for the regular and Roth IRA's and GSRA's. To register, visit http://www.tiaa-cref.org/moc or call (866) 842-2977, extension 7010. The seminar "Your Retirement Income Options" for people within 18 months of retirement, will be held in April. Details about this seminar will be announced soon.

 

BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILE (BCP):

Blood Chemistry Profiles will be available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the WRC Main Corridor. Blood is drawn to test for 23 components including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, blood sugar, iron, etc. Cost is $20 for BCP, $10 extra for PSA and $5 extra for TSH. Pay by cash or check only. To schedule an appointment, call the Wellness Resource Lab at 3-6119. Brought to you by Wellness & Recreation Services.

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY)

SPECIAL EVENTS

THURSDAZE: WESTERN NIGHT:

All cowpokes, tenderfoots, outlaws and wranglers: come see if you can last eight seconds on the mechanical bulls, decorate your own bandana, learn some country line dancing and have an old time western photo taken. Western night will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, Feb. 8, in Maucker Union. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

 

WOMEN AT PLAY FUNDRAISER:

The 3rd annual Women At Play scholarship fundraising benefit for the Women At Play Scholarship Endowment, will take place Monday, Feb. 19, in McLeod Center. The social and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. with complimentary food and spirits. The program begins at 7 p.m. and features Cedar Falls native, Major Beth Behn, current instructor and assistant lacrosse coach at West Point Academy. Individual tickets are $35 or $200 for a group of six. To order tickets or print off a reservation form, visit http://unipanthers.cstv.com/psc/niwa-psc-events.html or call 3-2471. Bring your friends and make a difference by donating to the Women At Play Endowed Scholarship.

 

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICS:

Men's basketball hosts Drake at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in McLeod Center. Men's basketball also hosts Missouri State at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in McLeod Center. The softball team hosts the UNI-Dome Invitational Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11. At 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, UNI plays North Dakota State and at 1 p.m. UNI plays South Dakota State. At 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, UNI plays Northern Illinois and at 6 p.m. UNI plays Drake. All games will be in the UNI-Dome.

 

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS

'HOW TO REFORM UNDERGRADUATE SCIENCE TEACHING':

Don French, president, Society for College Science Teachers, and professor of zoology at Oklahoma State University, will discuss "How to Reform Undergraduate Science Teaching" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in MSH 137, Lantz Auditorium. It is part of the speaker series on Undergraduate Science Education Reform organized by the UNI Chapter of Sigma Xi and supported by the UNI Faculty Senate, College of Education, and the College of Natural Sciences and its constituent departments. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Jeff Weld at 3-2723 or jeff.weld@uni.edu.

 

SAM CHUNG VISITING ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS AND LECTURE:

Visiting artist Sam Chung will demonstrate how he wheel throws and handbuilds his ceramic artwork, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the Ceramics Lab, 126 Kamerick Art Building. He will lecture about his ceramic artwork at 7 p.m., in 111 Kamerick Art Building.

 

'THE ORIGINS OF PRIESTLY CELIBACY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH':

"The Origins of Priestly Celibacy in the Catholic Church," a lecture by David Hunter of Iowa State University, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at St. Steven the Witness Catholic Student Center, 1019 W. 23rd St., Cedar Falls. Hunter is holder of the Supple Chair in Catholic Studies at ISU. He previously taught theology at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn. He has written several books and numerous articles on the topics of marriage and virginity in early Christian thought and life. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact St. Stephen's at 266-9863.

 

UNI HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE AND EDUCATION PROGRAM:

The lecture, "History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving," will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Presented by Deborah Lipstadt, director of the Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Lipstadt will discuss her libel trial in London against David Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right-wing extremist. Lipstadt's defense team demonstrated that all of Irving’s claims about the Holocaust being a myth were based on lies and distortions. The lecture will be followed by a discussion and a book signing. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/holocaust or call 3-2725.

 

LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC FORUM:

UNI faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the next Legislative Public Forum, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, at the Area Education Agency 267 Conference Center in Cedar Falls. Area legisators will discuss current legislative issues and budgets. Following legislators' remarks, guests have an opportunity to ask questions.

 

SATURDAY SCIENCE SHOWCASE ON GLOBAL WARMING:

"Global Warming and Energy Use: Unprecedented Challenges for the 21st Century" will be the topic for the first Saturday Science Showcase hosted by the College of Natural Sciences. The event will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the CEEE auditorium, Room 11. The February presentation will be by William Stigliani, director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education. The presentations are designed to be of interest and accessible to the general public, high-school age and above. Following the lecture there will be a reception and further discussion.

 

CEDAR VALLEY DISCUSS & DISCOVER DIVERSITY: READING AND SHARING:

Rhodesia 1976, an inhospitable place where five-year old children are trained to fire a Uzi and family cars are mine-proofed. Alexandra Fuller's hair-raising childhood will be discussed from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the UNI Museum. For more information call 268-0544. All Cedar Valley community members are encouraged to attend; having read the book is not required.

 

NEWSPAPERS IN THE CLASSROOM:

Newspapers in the Classroom will take place Wednesday, Feb. 14, with free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon and an information session from noon to 1 p.m, in SIAC conference room in Maucker Union (upper level). Details on the newspaper pilot project with the New York Times, Courier, and Register, as well as suggestions for using newspapers in the classroom, will be discussed.

 

RACELLE WEIMAN LECTURE:

This lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the CEEE Auditorium. Racelle Weiman, executive director of the Institute for Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue at Temple University, Philadelphia, will discuss the works of Theodor Seuss Geisel and their shared goals of tolerance and social activism. "Illuminations of the Holocaust" event.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

The Ginn Sisters will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in KUNI's third-floor studios in the CAC. The Ginn Sisters have been singing and playing music for some 20 years. They are celebrating the release of their second album, "Blood Oranges." Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.

 

KENNY ROGERS IN CONCERT:

Kenny Rogers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, for the first concert in McLeod Center. Rogers has earned 20 platinum album certifications, scored 22 number-one hits and sold 105 million albums. Special guest will be Casey Rivers, runner-up on the Nashville Star. Tickets are on sale now. Order tickets by calling 3-4TIX (4849) or toll-free (877) 549-SHOW (7469), visit the Gallagher-Bluedorn box office or order online at http://www.gbpac.com.

 

SEUSSICAL AT THE GBPAC:

"Oh the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss's best-loved characters and stories hit the stage in this unforgettable musical adventure. The nobel Horton the Elephant, the one-feathered Gertrude McFuzz and the antics of the Cat in the Hat steal the spotlight in this song-filled production. This event will take place at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Adult tickets: $25, $20, $18, $10; student tickets (with uCard): $12.50, $10, $9, $5; youth: a buck a kid. Purchase one adult ticket and get up to two youth tickets for $1 each. For tickets call 3-4tix.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS

LANGUAGE DIVERSITY WEEK, FEB. 5-9:

The week will be filled with activities focused on language diversity. Encourage your students to attend the activities throughout the week. An open house will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Baker 161. A complete schedule of events can be found at http://www.uni.edu/studyabroad. For more information, contact Study Abroad at study-abroad@uni.edu or 3-7078.

 

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL:

Amnesty International, the UNI chapter of the world's leading human rights group, will hold a meeting at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Sabin 301. Amnesty International organizes against sweatshops and seeks to get UNI-logo apparel makers certified free of child labor and other abuses. For more information, contact Shane Callahan at shanec@uni.edu.

 

NEWSPAPER PILOT PROJECT BEGINS MONDAY, FEB. 12:

The pilot project for newspapers on campus runs from Monday, Feb. 12 to Friday, March 9. The Des Moines Register, New York Times and Waterloo Courier are participating., Students may pick up free newspapers in Maucker Union, in CBB Room 101 and the SEC second floor lounge. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898 or perreault@uni.edu.

 

PEER ACADEMIC ADVISORS IN RESIDENCE (PAIRS) WANTED:

Academic Advising & Career Services is looking for undergraduate students with strong interpersonal skills and concern for others for the 2007-2008 PAIR staff. Peer Academic Advisors in Residence are trained to provide major exploration tips, peer advising and referrals, scheduling assistance and academic skill-building resources through our office and in the residence halls. Applications are available at http://www.uni.edu/acs/advising/pair/doc/pairapp.pdf, in 111 Maucker Union, or from any current PAIR. Applications are due Wednesday, Feb. 14.

 

KAPLAN PRACTICE TESTS:

Academic Advising & Career Services is sponsoring the Kaplan Practice Tests, a free event. Students considering graduate or professional school have the opportunity to take a practice test and receive feedback on their test scores. Students need to preregister at http://www.kaptest.com/practice. The LSAT is offered Saturday, Jan. 27. On Saturday, Feb. 17 the following are scheduled: GRE (General), MCAT, DAT, PCAT and GMAT. Check-in is from 8 to 8:50 a.m. in the lobby of the SEC. Testing begins at 9 a.m.

 

COLLEGIATE ENTREPRENEURS' IOWA CONFERENCE 2007:

This conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Drake University. This statewide conference brings together college students and faculty/staff from all over Iowa for a day of networking, education and inspirational speakers. To view the agenda and speakers, register, or get shuttle bus information, visit http://www.jpec.org/ceic2007.htm. For more information, contact katherine.cota@uni.edu or 3-7350.

 


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