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Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007

NEWS:

ATTENTION ALL UNI ELECTRONIC CALENDAR USERS:

The United States has adopted new dates for daylight-saving time (start: the second Sunday in March; end: the first Sunday in November). UNI’s electronic calendar software was automatically updated on Feb. 4. This caused a problem, however. Meetings scheduled prior to Feb. 4 that occur between March 11 and April 1, or between Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, are now one hour off. Please check your calendar to ensure your meeting times are correct. This was a one-time change. Any meetings scheduled from this point on will not be affected. ITS apologizes for the inconvenience. More information at http://www.uni.edu/its/us/announce

 

CONSTRUCTION CLOSING MINNESOTA STREET PARKING:

The A parking spots, excluding handicap spots, on the west side of Minnesota Street are closed for Russell Hall renovation. The project is scheduled to run through August 2008. Questions should be directed to Facilities Planning at 3-2611. UNI contact: Bill Bonwell.

 

OPEN FORUM FOR ASSOCIATE VP FOR ITS CANDIDATE:

UNI faculty and staff are invited to attend an open forum Monday, Feb. 12, with Dr. Mahmoud Pegah, candidate for associate vice president for ITS. The forum is scheduled from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Seerley 115.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

UNI HPELS instructor, Don Briggs, is featured on ABC News.

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=2854371&page=1

 

IOWA LAW ENFORCEMENT JOINS EFFORT TO BOOST SEAT BELT USE:

In a special effort to save more lives across the state, Iowa has been selected as one of three states to develop an intensified year-round seat belt enforcement program—focused on getting all drivers and passengers to buckle up.  A new wave of Iowa’s enforcement is Feb. 12 through 15, in conjunction with National Child Passenger Safety Week, Feb. 11 through 16. 

 
UNI-UP CLOSE - A VISIT DAY FOR ADMITTED STUDENTS:

Friday, Feb. 16 will be a special day on campus, with more than 300 admitted students and their guests visiting. This event will bring more than 750 total guests to campus to make the final decision to attend UNI. Please show your Panther Pride on this day by wearing purple and welcoming these visitors.

 

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.

 

CAMPUS PHONE DIRECTORY CHANGE:

Kim Andersen, secretary IV, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 117 Sabin Hall, 3-2221.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 
GROUP DISCUSSION: PROMOTING STUDENT PARTICIPATION AND MOTIVATION:

From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in the ITTC 125/126, the Talking, Teaching and Learning (TTL) Faculty Group will discuss a chapter from A.P. McGlynn's text, "Successful Beginnings for College Teaching." Major topics in this chapter include promoting self-regulation, having an interactive classroom and cooperative and collaborative learning. TTL, an interdisciplinary group, meets the first and third Fridays of the month. Drop-ins are welcome. For a copy of the reading, or for more information, contact Melissa Heston at 3-2236 or heston@uni.edu. Sponsored by the Teaching-Learning Consortium.

 

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.

 

DR. SEUSS WANTS YOU...TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY:

This special event will take place Saturday, March 3, at the University Museum. Dr. Seuss costumes are encouraged. K through sixth graders may be dropped off at 9 a.m. and picked up at noon. The fee is $10 for Friends' members; $12 nonmembers. RSVP 3-2188 by Feb. 28.

 

 

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

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 mineproofed. Alexandra Fuller's hair-raising childhood will be discussed from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, 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.

 

LAST LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS AL HAYS:

The Last Lecture Series invites faculty to present a lecture on any topic that is significant and intriguing to them as if it were their last lecture. The series also helps connect students with the central purpose of a college education -- the encouragement of intellectual curiosity. Allen Hays, professor of political science, delivers his "Last Lecture" on "Empowering Citizens on the Campus and in the Community" on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m., in Seerley Hall Room 115. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

 

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

UNISTA PRESENTS A ROMAN COMEDY:

"The Menaechmi," A Roman comedy by Plautus and directed by Mike Schminke, will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 8-10, and Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. in CAC 108. General admission tickets are $5.

 

NORTHERN FESTIVAL OF BANDS:

The Northern Festival of Bands, directed by Ronald Johnson, professor of instrumental conducting and conductor of the Wind Symphony, will be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This annual event hosts some 250 public school conductors and student musicians. For tickets to Saturday's performance and more information, contact the GBPAC Box Office at 3-7469 or visit www.unitix.uni.edu. Friday’s event is free and open to the public.

 

FRIENDS OF KUNI PRESENT THE BLUES BLOWOUT:

The KUNI Blues Blowout returns to the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo on Feb. 10, with a double bill – Chris Thomas King and The Otis Taylor Band. Showtime is 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. King received critical acclaim as an actor and a Grammy for his musical contribution to the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and for his feature role in "Ray." Taylor's music is an amalgamation of roots styles in their rawest form. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be ordered online at http://www.kuniradio.org in the STORE section or by calling KUNI weekdays at 3-6400 or (800) 772-2440, ext. 0. Advance tickets also are available at Bob's Guitars in Cedar Falls.

 

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.

 

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.

 

GUEST ARTISTS RECITAL:

Recording artist and renowned clarinetist Bob Spring will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in Davis Hall, GBPAC with Professor of Music/Coordinator of Percussion Studies at the School of Music, Arizona State University, and celebrated percussionist J.B. Smith. This event is free to the public.

 

UNI LYRIC OPERA ENSEMBLE HAS VALENTINE THEME:

School of Music Vocal Professor Sandra Walden will direct the UNI Lyric Opera Ensemble at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 in Davis Hall. They will present a Valentine-themed opera performance of music about love, including a love duet co-written by UNI Professor of Communication Studies Paul Siddens and Associate Director of the School of Music Alan Schmitz. This event is free to the public.

 
FACULTY ARTISTS PRESENT OPERA RECITAL:

Faculty artists Leslie Morgan, soprano, Jeffrey Brich, tenor and John Hines, bass-baritone, will be joined by pianist Genadi Zagor at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, for a unique vocal recital. This event is free to the public.

 

KUNI PRESENTS MARTY STUART AT THE MILL IN IOWA CITY:

Friday, Feb. 16, the KUNI Presents Concert Series goes on the road to Iowa City with Marty Stuart at The Mill. Stuart is country music’s renaissance man. He has scored six top-ten hits, one platinum and five gold albums, and four Grammy Awards. He has made lasting music as a front man and in collaboration with virtually every major roots music figure of his era, from Lester Flatt to Johnny Cash to Bob Dylan. Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Contact The Mill at (319) 351-9529 for tickets.

 

W-CF SYMPHONY FAMILY CONCERT:

Members of Dance by Aimee will perform colorful ballet alongside the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra for Fantasia...LIVE! featuring music from Disney's original film and its 2000 sequel. Tickets to the Feb. 18, 2 p.m. performance at the GBPAC are $10 for adults; $5 for students. Call 3-SHOW or visit wcfsymphony.org.

 

GUEST ARTIST OFFERS MASTER CLASS:

Susan Rider, prominent trumpeter and UNI graduate ('89) will offer a master class on Monday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m., in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Rider is a member of the trumpet/cornet section of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Chamber Ensembles in Washington, DC. This event is free to the public.

 

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS

2006-2007 OUTSTANDING GRADUATE PAPER AWARD IN WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES:

Current UNI graduate students from all departments and programs are eligible to apply for this award. The author of the winning paper will receive $100. Deadline for the paper is Thursday, Feb. 15. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/womenstudies or contact Phyllis Baker at 3-7102.

 

WINTER TEACHER INSTITUTE:

On Friday, Feb. 16, faculty at Price Laboratory School will again host UNI Teacher Education students at the semi-annual Teacher Institute. They will present nearly 50 different workshop sessions on various aspects of teaching across all curricular areas and activities. Sessions will cover topics from all areas of high school and middle school, as well as elementary and special education, including instructional strategies, classroom management, collaboration, teaching across the curriculum and motivation. There will also be specialized sessions geared for specific grade levels and content areas. The Teacher Institute, which runs from 8 a.m. through 2 p.m., is free of charge for UNI Teacher Education students.
A complete listing of sessions and times, as well as registration materials, is available at http://www.pls.uni.edu Click on the "Teacher Institute" link.

 

VOLUNTEER AND BE A ROCK STAR IN THE CEDAR VALLEY:

The American Humanics Student Association and the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley are hosting a Volunteer Blitz Monday, Feb. 12, through Friday, Feb. 16. Throughout the week students can sign up to attend a training/information session about various nonprofit organizations. The following week, the organizations will hold sessions on campus at scheduled times. Organizations are listed on the Facebook group, Volunteer Blitz, and also at http://www.vccv.org. Post a message in the discussion or on the wall of the Facebook group saying which session you want to attend and your contact information. For more information, e-mail jvernoy@uni.edu.

 
SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES WITH CAMP ADVENTURE:

The February Leadership Assessment Center for Camp Adventure summer 2007 will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 in SEC Room 113. Students gain practical experience in the areas of child and youth services, at more than 150 locations in Europe, Asia and the United States. Programs include school-age services, early childhood programs and learn-to-swim programs at locations in Japan, Korea and Italy. Travel and housing expenses are paid, and students receive 12 credits. Contact information: http://www.campadventure.com, or 3-5960.

 

NEWSPAPER PILOT PROJECT BEGINS MONDAY, FEB. 12:

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

 

COLLEGIATE ENTREPRENEURS' IOWA CONFERENCE 2007:

This statewide conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Drake University, and 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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