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Thursday, March 6, 2008

NEWS:

CHANGE IN TIME FOR TODAY'S DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS CANDIDATE FORUM:

The candidates for the position of director of admissions will be on campus for public presentations on these dates: 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 6, in MSH 101, Christie Kangas, director of undergraduate admission, Texas State University; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the CME conference room, Henry Cantu, director, student enrollment services, The University of Texas at San Antonio; and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13, in the CME conference room, Scott Burke, director of admissions, Clayton State University. Candidates will speak for 15 to 20 minutes, followed by a question and answer session.

 

LORAS COLLEGE STUDENT DIES FROM BACTERIAL MENINGITIS:

According the the state medical examiner, a Loras College student died this week from bacterial meningitis. It's important for college students to understand the signs and symptoms of meningitis and the steps they can take to help stay healthy.See http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/meningococcal_g.htm.

 

PROVOST SEARCH CANDIDATE FORUMS:

The candidates for the position of executive vice-president and provost will be on campus for public presentations on these dates: Thursday, March 6, Lance Grahn, dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; and Monday, March 10, Susan Carlson, associate provost for faculty advancement and diversity at Iowa State University. The presentations are from 3 to 4 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium and will be open to the campus community and public. Each candidate will speak for 15 to 20 minutes, followed by a question and answer session.

 
ACADEMIC ADVISING COUNCIL CREATED:

Last year UNI's advising services went through an external evaluation by the National Academic Advising Association. One of the association's recommendations was to create an advisory council to the Provost, charged with reviewing and assessing advising services, as well as with promoting the development and recognition of professional and faculty advisers. As a result of this recommendation, Interim Provost Lubker recently created an Undergraduate Academic Advising Council to help facilitate improvements to UNI's advising services. The group is meeting regularly, and any comments or suggestions should be directed to Mike Licari michael.licari@uni.edu. For a list of committee members visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2008_030408.shtml

 

BLACK HAWK COUNTY GAMING ASSOCIATION GRANTS:

The Black Hawk County Gaming Association is accepting applications for gambling revenue grants for its next funding period. The application deadline is April 1. The BHCGA receives 5.75 percent of the Isle Casino and Hotel's adjusted gross receipts and disburses grants for property tax relief, capital projects and charitable donations in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chicksaw, Grundy and Tama counties. For more information and the application criteria, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 3-3217 or osp@uni.edu

 

THERAPY ANIMAL DEBATE CONTINUES TO RAGE:

To read about this issue and others concerning higher education and people with disabilities, visit http://www.uni.edu/disability/faculty/responsibilities/FSNewsletter.htm for the Student Disability Services faculty and staff March newsletter.

 

2008 MAYORS' VOLUNTEER AWARDS AND TOP TEEN AWARDS:

The Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley is accepting nominations through March 14 for the 2008 Mayors’ Volunteer Awards and Top Teen Awards. The awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to service through volunteerism in the Cedar Valley. Nomination forms are available at http://www.vccv.org. For more information, contact the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley at 272-2087 or volunteeruni@vccv.org.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

WebCT WORKSHOPS FOR FACULTY:

Starting Friday, March 14, ITS-Educational Technology is offering four workshops that will show you how to build a course in WebCT CE6. These workshops are for faculty members who are using the current version of WebCT or for those who have never used WebCT before. WebCT allows faculty to create online courseware as a supplement to an existing face-to-face course, or create a course that is completely online. For dates and times, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/c.shtml To register call 3-2309.

 

EMPLOYMENT:

MERIT VACANCIES:

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

 

P & S VACANCIES:

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

HOURS:

WRC SPRING BREAK HOURS:

http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fachrs/springbreak2008.html

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY)

SPECIAL EVENTS

WELCOME TO THE BEACH IN MAUCKER UNION, MARCH 3-7:

Prexy's, Chats, and Essentials are celebrating their second annual Customer Appreciation Week. Enjoy games, food specials, discounts and prizes each day in all locations. Get a souvenir photo taken at Prexy's on Thursday. Essentials specials include: 50-cent bags of popcorn all week; $6 UNI T-shirts while quantities last; and a drawing for an Essentials package to be given away Friday, March 7.

 

SAVE THE DATE: SERVICE SPEAKS:

Are you a customer service angel? Could you be? Save the date for the second customer service presentation, "Spirit of Service," by Holly Stiel. Stiel will share what you can do to remain motivated when you have customers who push your buttons and break your spirit. Presentations are at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, and at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 27. All will take place in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. For more information, or to RSVP, call 3-6899.

 

DONATE TO PAPER-PRODUCTS DRIVE:

UNI Circle K is sponsoring a paper-products drive for the Cedar Valley Friends of the Family women's shelter through Monday, March 10. Needed items include paper towels, napkins, feminine products, plastic bags, Kleenex, toliet paper, etc. Drop-off locations include all residence hall offices. Donations also can be dropped off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, through Thursday, March 6, at an information table in Maucker Union. For more information, e-mail unicirclek@gmail.com.

 

UNI SPEECH AND DEBATE SPRING SHOWCASE:

The UNI Speech and Debate teams spring showcase will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 10, in Lang Hall 40. Students who have qualified to compete in the national tournaments will perform their events, including persuasive speaking, after-dinner speaking, poetry interpretation and dramatic interpretation. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Cate Palczewski at 3-2714.


O.A.R. LIVE IN CONCERT:

O.A.R. live in concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 21, in McLeod Center with special guests Parker House and Theory and The Nadas. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 5, at all UNItix locations or charge by phone 3-4849 or online at www.uni.edu/tickets. Tickets for UNI students are $25 each and $30 for the public. Tickets will be on sale in Maucker Union from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 5-7.

 

BACKYARDIGANS LIVE AT McLEOD CENTER:

Backyardigans Live will perform in McLeod Center Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 and 17. Nickelodeon’s backyard friends, The Backyardigans, come to life for preschoolers in their brand-new live show, The Backyardigans Live! The Tale of the Mighty Knights. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 10, at all UNItix outlets. Call 3-4TIX or visit http://www.uni.edu/mcleod. Pre-sale for all UNI employees at http://www.uni.edu/mcleod on Monday, March 3.

 

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION:

This year's Earth Day celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 22, at the Maucker Union courtyard. Consider hosting a booth to showcase your group's activities and interests in matters of ecology, environment, health, recycling, conservation and other related topics. Campus groups, campus departments, area businesses and government agencies are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Jenny Bruss at jennifer.bruss@uni.edu or 3-3689. Application forms are available at http://www.RRTTC.com.

 

ATHLETICS:

PANTHER ATHLETICS:

The Panthers are headed to St. Louis for the men's basketball MVC Tournament, March 6-9. The UNI Alumni Association will host pre-game parties for Panther fans at the Scottrade Center 90 minutes prior to each UNI game. Visit www.unialum.org for game time and pre-game party updates.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

THURSDAZE MOVIE: 'NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS':

Come check out the blockbuster "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, March 6, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Starring Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha and Diane Kruger. Treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates looks to discover the truth behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by uncovering the mystery within the 18 pages missing from assassin John Wilkes Booth's diary. Free refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP PANEL:

A business leadership panel will take place from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 6, in SEC 252. Laura Bowden, manager of Panera Bread, Cedar Falls; Renee Christoffer, vice president of administration, Veridian Credit Union; Ritchie Kurtenbach, assistant business manager and organizer, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 288; Ellen Miller, board member, World’s Window, Cedar Falls. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898.

 

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH:

Judith Griffith, associate professor and chair of the English Department, Wartburg College, will discuss "Women’s Vision in Young Adult Literature," at 7 p.m., Monday, March 10, in Baker Hall 161. Sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies, Sigma Tau Delta, and Northern Iowa Student Government.

 

MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE:

Kemal E. Argon, University of Exeter (U.K), will discuss "Building Bridges Between Faiths: Muslim-Christian Dialogue," at 7 p.m., Monday, March 10, in Seerley 115. Co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & Religion and the Iowa Dialog Center. Free and open to the public.

 

LAST LECTURE SERIES - PALMQUIST:

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. Steve Palmquist, instructor in communications studies, delivers his Last Lecture on "Paying Tribute -- an Outpouring of Thanksgiving," at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in Seerely Hall 115. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board Speakers Committee.

 

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH - BOOK DISCUSSION:

Join young-adult novelist Leslie Goetsch for a reading and discussion of her novel, Back Creek, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in Baker Hall 161. Set in Virginia, Back Creek is the story of a young girl, Grace Barnett, who struggles to keep her family together in the wake of unexpected events. Sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies, Sigma Tau Delta, and Northern Iowa Student Government.

 

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH - WOMEN'S VISUAL ARTS:

Join women faculty and students from the Department of Art for a celebration of women’s visual arts in a variety of forms and mediums. The Artists’ Talk begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 13, in KAB 111. A reception will follow. The Women Artists Exhibition is located in the Art Department Lobby. Sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies, the Department of Art and College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

 

SPACIOUS SKIES: EARTH'S WEATHER FROM SPACE:

Craig Johnson, executive director, Iowa Academy of Science, and owner of Weather Briefing, L.C., will discuss weather satellite images and their use at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 13, at the University Museum. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/museum.

PERFORMING ARTS:

A CELEBRATION OF FEMALE COMPOSERS, MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS:

The UNI School of Music and Women's and Gender Studies program will offer a concert by women composers with a wide variety of musical styles in celebration of Women's History Month at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 6, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the performance.

 

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: HELEN CALLUS, VIOLA:

Noted recording artist, chamber music collaborator and concerto soloist Helen Callus, viola, will offer a recital at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 8, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

A SHOWCASE OF UNI'S DIVERSE TALENT:

Watch UNI students perform at 7 p.m., Friday, March 7, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow. UNI students will compete for cash and prizes. Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education and Multicultural Student Advisory Board. For more information, contact bbg10@uni.edu.

 

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE:

Visiting artists University of Kansas New Music Ensemble will offer a recital at 6 p.m., Monday, March 10, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

SECOND ANNUAL 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL:

The UNI Student Theatre Association (UNISTA) Presents its Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival. Come see 12 plays in one evening. This year's plays were submitted from UNI students, professors and playwrights from across the nation. Each play is directed and produced by UNI students. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, and 2 p.m., Sunday, March 9. All performances will take place in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Tickets are $5. For more information, contact Joshua J. Mullady, UNISTA president, at thespi96@uni.edu

 

KUNI'S LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Patrick Bloom, whose music can be described as roots/Americana hybrid, will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, March. 10, in KUNI's studio on the third-floor of the CAC. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.

 

CONCERT CHORALE AND SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT:

Under the direction of UNI School of Music professors and conductors Dyan Meyer and S. Daniel Galyen, the UNI Concert Chorale and Symphonic Band will offer a shared concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 10, in the GBPAC Great Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

GUEST ARTIST CELLO RECITAL:

Visiting artist Regina Mushabac, cello, will offer a recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. Having studied at Juilliard and Indiana University and performed extensively throughout the United States and the world, Mushabac currently serves as professor of cello at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. This event is free and open to the public.

WELLNESS RECREATION:

ADULT SOCCER LEAGUE:

Cedar Valley Adult Soccer and UNI Soccer offer recreational and competitive leagues. A competitive league will be offered for the fitter, more skilled athlete with six Sunday matches starting April 13. To register for the competitive league, visit http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1545267.

A recreational league will be offered for fun and exercise with six Monday evening matches starting April 14. No previous playing experience is required. To register for the recreational league, visit http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1545264.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 19. The cost is $45 for six matches. For more information, e-mail kakoyianni@uni.edu or execs@cvasaonline.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

TUTOR-MENTORS NEEDED FOR SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM:

The Upward Bound Math and Science Center is looking for students to be tutor-mentors for the seven-week Summer Enrichment Program. Applicants should have a strong math and science background including the ability to tutor students in upper level math and science courses; be able to enforce rules; be able to relate to high school students. Former TRIO participants are given first priority. No other outside activities are possible during time of employment. Salaries vary from $2,500-$3,000. Visit http://www.uni.edu/eop/ubms for an application and job description. For more information, contact Latricia Hylton at (319) 433-1261 or latricia.hylton@uni.edu.

 

ATTENTION TEACHER EDUCATION MAJORS:

Applications for membership on the Undergraduate Teacher Education Advisory Council are due by 4 p.m., Thursday, March 13, in SEC 159A. Description of membership and eligibility are found at http://www.uni.edu/teached/students/utesac.shtml.

 

2008 LEADERSHAPE INSTITUTE:

Ten UNI leaders are needed to attend the 2008 LeaderShape Institute May 29 through June 3. To learn more, attend an information session at 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom B; at noon, Friday, March 7, in the Maucker Union College Eye; or at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the Maucker Union College Eye. Hear from students who attended last year and learn how to improve your leadership skills. For more information, contact Jeff Ramsey at ramseyj@uni.edu.

 

APPLY FOR STUDY ABROAD AND SAVE MONEY:

Complete your summer or fall 2008 Global Campus application by March 11 and save $500. CEA programs in Paris, Florence, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid and Seville. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office (Baker 59) at 3-7078 or study-abroad@uni.edu.

 

STUDY ABROAD DEADLINES AND PROMOTIONS:

AIFS International Scholarship has a deadline of March 15 for summer program applicants. for summer, Students studying in Cusco, Peru, this summer will receive free airfare, and for fall semester, students going to Paris will receive free airfare. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic standing. Students will earn up to six credits. The application deadline is March 15. For more information contact the Study Abroad Office (Baker 59) at 3-7078 or study-abroad@uni.edu.

 

CHILD CARE GRANTS:

UNI Child Care Grants of $1,000 are available to both undergraduate and graduate students for the 2008-09 academic year. Criteria: Enrolled at least half time as a UNI student working toward a degree or certification, financial need and minimum $500 per semester out-of-pocket child care expenses. File 2008-09 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by mid March. Application instructions are available at http://www.uni.edu/finaid. The deadline is April 1.

 

UNI RIGHT TO LIFE MEETING:

Want to become a member of a pro-life group dedicated to promoting alternatives to abortion? Join UNI Right to Life. The March meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the Purple Pen Room (downstairs in Maucker Union).

 

STUDY HEALTH IN COSTA RICA:

A new summer program option is available at Veritas University in San José, Costa Rica. This program is designed for students pursuing professions in health care, such as nursing, pre-med, pharmacy, or microbiology. No previous Spanish language experience is required. The program focuses on the acquisition of linguistic and cross-cultural skills necessary for effective communication with Spanish-speaking patients. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office (Baker 59) at 3-7078 or study-abroad@uni.edu.


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