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Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009

NEWS:

LIVE WEB CHAT WITH PRESIDENT ALLEN:

President Allen will participate in a live Web chat with Des Moines Register reporter Erin Jordan from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Feb. 6. Join the conversation by visiting www.desmoinesregister.com. Viewer questions are encouraged.

 

DIVERSITY TOWN HALL MEETING UPDATE:

President Allen and the recently appointed Diversity Council hosted a diversity town hall meeting on Jan. 22. The town hall meeting presented the initiatives that have been put into motion, representing the institution's priority to value, promote and teach about diversity. To view the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting, visit http://www.uni.edu/diversity/.

 

ELECTRONIC CALENDAR OUTAGE:

A calendar outage to migrate existing services to a new calendar server hardware platform will take place from 5 to 7 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 8. For details, see http://www.uni.edu/its/us/commcorner/announce/

 

PROPOSALS DUE FOR FUNDED '20 BEST ON-CAMPUS INTERNSHIPS':

Funding for 20 co-op positions is available for fall 2009 through spring 2010 semesters. These awards ($4,050 per site) provide student co-op support for assisting departments and programs. Students will intern 15 hours per week for 30 weeks. Positions should be challenging and career enhancing. Guidelines for completing the proposal packet are at http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/co-op/oncampus.html. Packets must be completed by 5 p.m., Monday, March 2. Contact Al Stamberg at 3-6398 or allan.stamberg@uni.edu with questions.

 

PARK AND RIDE SERVICE TO END:

The Park and Ride service will end at the end of the day, Friday, March 13 due to low ridership. The project has not been cost effective and current numbers don't indicate a substantial change that would allow the service to continue. Contact Brent Richmond with Parking Operations at 3-5374 with questions or comments.

 

HERITAGE HONOURS AWARD NOMINATIONS:

The UNI Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2009 Heritage Honours Awards in three categories: Alumni Achievement, Alumni Service and Young Alumni. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 13. A list of award recipients can be found at http://unialum.org/scholarships/heritage/years.shtml/. To learn more about the nomination process, visit http://unialum.org/scholarships/heritage/heritage.shtml or call Mark Jastorff at 3-2171.

 

EMPLOYMENT:

INTERNAL SEARCH FOR DIRECTOR/ACADEMIC LEARNING CENTER:

An internal search is being conducted for the director of the Academic Learning Center. Application materials received by Monday, Feb. 16 will be given first consideration. For more information about the position and how to apply, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/jobs/dir_acad_learn_ctr.pdf

 

The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/?

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

U.S. SAVINGS BOND INFORMATION SESSIONS:

Employees interested in exploring the option of U.S. Savings Bonds as a UNI payroll deduction or converting their E Bonds to I Bonds can attend a session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, or 2:30 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the College Eye Room or Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Old Gold Room. A representative from National Bond and Trust Currently will be available to discuss I Bonds, which are earning 5.64 percent. (This rate is good through May 1.) Bonds are state and local tax free; backed by the U.S. Government; replaced at no cost if lost, stolen or destroyed; and tax deferred until redemption or final maturity at 30 years.

TIAA CREF REPRESENTATIVE ON CAMPUS:

A TIAA CREF representative will conduct one-on-one counseling sessions at UNI Tuesday, Feb. 17 and Wednesday, Feb. 18. A TIAA CREF representative can help you with questions such as: 1) Is my investment mix appropriate? 2) Am I saving enough to maintain my lifestyle in retirement? and 3) How do I use my funds for income in retirement? To sign up for these complimentary meetings, go to www.tiaa-cref.org/moc or call (toll free) 866-842-2977 extension 458028.

 
DEPOSIT AND CASH HANDLING CERTIFICATION:

Complete your annual deposit policy and cash handling certification no later than Sunday, Feb. 15. If you were unable to attend the classroom training, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo to go through the cash handling presentation and complete the annual certification log. All departments and their authorized personnel accepting cash/checks, credit cards, etc. must complete this certification. For questions, contact Christina Geweke at 3-7505 or christina.geweke@uni.edu.

 

GRANT DEVELOPMENT BROWN BAG: WRITING PROPOSALS:

Searching for strategies to write winning grant proposals? Join the Office of Sponsored Programs at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 10 for the second grant development brown bag session on writing successful proposals. Bring your lunch and questions to OSP in 213 East Bartlett Hall. For more information on the Brown Bag Series visit: http://www.uni.edu/osp/Training/index.htm RSVP to Hillery Oberle at 3-2961 or hillery.oberle@uni.edu.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:

UNI legislative liaison Joe Murphy will host a legislative update from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6, in the Elm Room of the Maucker Union. Update topics include the state budget process, budget cuts and other policy items affecting UNI during this legislative session.

 
FRIENDS OF THE GBPAC PRESENT 'BEERS TO YOU':

Friends of the GBPAC present "Beers to You," from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo. Enjoy finely crafted beers paired with small-plate offerings from area restaurants. Event proceeds help fund GBPAC general programming and the Kaleidoscope series. For more information or tickets, visit www.gbpac.org or call 3-4TIX. Tickets are $35 for Friends members and $45 for non-members.

 

DARWIN WEEK:

In celebration of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday, the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers have created Darwin Week, a series of events from Monday, Feb. 9 through Thursday, Feb. 12. Speakers, games, social events, information sessions and a birthday party to celebrate the life of Darwin and his theory of evolution will take place in Maucker Union. For a list of events, visit http://www.darwinweek.com.

 

'HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION' SERIES:

UNI will host a bi-monthly education series called "Hot Topics in Education." The purpose of the series is to share information with faculty, staff and students about state education challenges and what UNI is doing to address these issues. UNI faculty panelists will present "Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) & the Achievement Gap," at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Elm Room in Maucker Union. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Stacey Christensen by e-mail, stacey.christensen@uni.edu or phone, 3-3170.

ATHLETICS:

SWIMMING:

Swimming will host in-state rival Iowa at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, in the WRC pool.

 

SOFTBALL:

Softball will host the Ramada UNI-Dome Classic Friday, Feb. 6 through Sunday, Feb. 8. UNI's schedule is: 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, vs. Dayton; 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, vs. South Dakota State; 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8, vs. North Dakota; 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8, vs. Nebraska. The complete tournament schedule is at http://unipanthers.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/sched/niwa-w-softbl-sched.html. All games are in the UNI-Dome.

 

MEN'S BASKETBALL:

Men's basketball will host Creighton at 1:05 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8 in the McLeod Center.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

THURSDAZE MOVIES:

The CAB will show "10 Things I Hate About You" at 7 p.m. and "Hitch" at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in Maucker Union Ballroom. Between movies you can "stuff a bear" (one per person) in the lobby. Free refreshments.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

TEACH-IN ON CLIMATE CHANGE:

Green Project UNI is hosting a teach-in on Global Warming Solutions starting at 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, in SEC 246. The last session begins at 6:30 p.m. Session topics include species distributions and extinctions, reducing America's carbon footprint, energy conservation and more.

 

'COMMON-SENSE COMPUTER SECURITY':

Paul Gray, associate professor of computer science, will present the third installment of the Citizen Science series at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the CEEE auditorium. He will discuss security issues surrounding common computing equipment at home, such as computer workstations, DSL and cable modem equipment, wireless access points and MP3 players, and how people can work toward establishing a safe and secure experience. The series, open to the public and free of charge, is intended to make the technical accessible.

 

PALESTINE OR ZION? A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS:

Join the Muslim Student Association at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb 9, in SRL 115 for an interactive presentation on this Middle East issue. Learn the historical and political aspects of the conflict, why it has remained unsolvable and how it has turned into a humanitarian crisis.

 

DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9, at the UNI Museum to discuss "The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades before Roe v. Wade" by Ann Fessler. All are welcome without having read the book.

 

 

LINCOLN, OBAMA AND 'TEAM OF RIVALS':

Panelists will compare President Lincoln and President Obama in their selection of Cabinet members, based on the book by Doris Kearns Goodwin, from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, at UNI-CUE, in Waterloo.

 

NATURAL RESOURCE RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT SEMINAR:

A seminar on "Sustainable water quality retrofit installations using native plants and sustainability principles" will take place at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Paul Meyerman will give an overview of the recent water quality retrofit installations that are on campus and how they fit in with UNI's sustainability principles. These installations utilize the use of native plants throughout various areas of campus. Meyerman will also discuss the cultural challenges that are associated with the incorporation of these techniques in campus planning, design and operations.

 

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE:

Grant Veeder, member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, will discuss "Lincoln and Iowa" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.

 

GREG MORTENSON TO SPEAK:

University Book and Supply and UNI will host guest speaker Greg Mortenson at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, in the GBPAC. Mortenson will discuss his experiences building schools in the Middle East, which has been documented in "Three Cups of Tea." He willl also discuss two new books, "Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Journey to Change the World, One Child at a Time" and "Listen to the Wind." The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Patty Achey-Cutts at University Book & Supply, 266-7581 or visit www.uni.edu/mortenson.

 

HOW TO START A BUSINESS I:

Attend a workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16, in BCS 30. Advance registration is required; call 273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail jpec@uni.edu. Space is limited.

PERFORMING ARTS:

'B SURPRISED' CONCERT:

Guest violinist Wolfgang David will join the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony on a program of works by Beethoven, Bach and Bartok at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at the GBPAC. Tickets are $19 to $27 for adults and $9 to $13 for youth, with Buck a Kid available. College student rush tickets will be available with a valid I.D. for $5 the day of the show. Call 3-4849 or e-mail wcfsymphony.org for tickets.

 

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Singer-songwriters Eacret and Ledeboer will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9, in KUNI's studio on the third floor of the CAC. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12. For broadcast times and stations visit http://www.iowapublicradio.org

 

CZECH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:

Treat yourself to something special on Valentine's Day. The Czech Symphony Orchestra will appear at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, at the GBPAC. For more information and tickets, visit www.gbpac.com or call 3-4TIX.

 

THE NORTHERN FESTIVAL OF BANDS:

The annual festival of high school bands will be held Thursday, Feb. 12 through Saturday, Feb. 14. Concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13 and at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14. Friday's free concert will feature performances by the UNI Wind Symphony and UNI Symphonic Band. Saturday's performance will feature solo competition winners, the festival’s percussionist groups, Festival Concert Band and Festival Symphony Band. The Saturday concert is ticketed. For tickets, call 3-4TIX. For more information, call 3-2028.

 

BLUES BLOWOUT FEATURING ERIC SARDINAS:

Eric Sardinas will bring his signature brand of delta dynamite to the 2009 Winter Blues Blowout at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo. Iowa City area's Kevin "BF" Burt & the Instigators will open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be ordered by phone at (800)772-2440, ext. 0, online at www.iowapublicradio.org or at the KUNI Studios and Bob's Guitars in Cedar Falls. Presented by the Friends of KUNI/KHKE on behalf of Iowa Public Radio. All proceeds benefit Iowa Public Radio.

SHOPPING/DINING ON CAMPUS:

FREE SAMPLES OF MUSCLE MILK:

Free samples of Muscle Milk, flavored and fortified with vitamins and minerals, will be given away Thursday, Feb. 5, at 23rd Street Market in Commons and Essentials in Maucker Union. For a complete list of current and future promotions, visit www.uni.edu/dor. Click on "What's Happening."

 

CELEBRATE HOT BREAKFAST MONTH AT MAUCKER UNION:

Get breakfast pizza, breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls, sausage gravy with biscuits and oatmeal with toppings from 8 to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday, at Avanti in Prexy's at Maucker Union.

 

FREE NUTRISODA SAMPLES:

Nutrisoda is now available on campus at 23rd Street Market at Commons, Essentials at Maucker Union and Biscotti’s in Redeker Center. Each location will have free samples on Wednesday, Feb. 11. For flavor descriptions, visit www.uni.edu/dor. Click on "What's Happening."

 

ORDER VALENTINE FLOWERS THROUGH 23RD STREET MARKET:

The 23rd Street Market staff will collaborate with Flowerama to offer the convenience of ordering Valentines flowers online through the 23rd Street Market. Have flowers delivered by Flowerama or pick them up at 23rd Street Market on Friday, Feb. 13 or Saturday, Feb. 14. Plush panthers are also available for gift giving. For details and to place an order, visit http://www.uni.edu/dor/flowers/

 

ORDER VALENTINE TREATS:

Treat friends and co-workers to iced Valentines cookies for $8.99 per dozen, assorted homemade truffles for $8.99 per dozen or assorted homemade fudge for $9.99 per one-pound box. All items are packaged and ready for giving. Place orders online by 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9, and pick up orders Thursday, Feb. 12 and Friday, Feb. 13 at Biscotti's in Redeker Center, 23rd Street Market in Commons or Prexy's in Maucker Union. Order online at www.uni.edu/dor/cookies.

 

VALENTINE PACKAGES AT ESSENTIALS:

Show someone you care with a Valentine package from Essentials in Maucker Union. Packages include balloons and either chocolate or a stuffed animal. Check out the Valentine gel gems, stuffed animals, sweet treats and gift cards.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

UNI HEALTH SURVEY:

During the next three weeks, University Health Services will administer the American College Health Association - National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA). This confidential survey will gather important data about students' health habits, behaviors and perceptions. The information will be used to assess students' needs and to improve programs and services. If you are asked about this by your students, or have the opportunity to do so, encourage students to complete the survey. For more information, contact Mark Rowe at 3-3423. Visit www.uni.edu/wellrec and click on the "Health Survey" tab for more information.

 

THE ESSENTIAL TOOLKIT FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS:

Chris Neuhaus will present, "Rod Library Services and Resources-The Essential Toolkit for Graduate Students," from 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16, in ITT 136. Learn about interlibrary loan, research consultations, wireless and hardwired networks and guides to grant writing and proposal funding. Contact Ken Nesbett, Graduate Student Life Graduate Assistant at knesbett@uni.edu to sign up. Following the presentation, the workshop will be posted on the Graduate College web site at www.grad.uni.edu.

 

LANGUAGE DIVERSITY WEEK:

Join peer advisers and past study-abroad participants in celebrating Language Diversity Week, Feb. 9 through 13. The week will include presentations by peer advisers, information tables and tips to help you get over language barriers in other countries. For a complete list of events, visit www.uni.edu/studyabroad or stop by GIL 28.

 

2008-2009 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. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 13. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/womenstudies or contact Phyllis Baker at 3-7102.

 

APPLY FOR SUE FOLLON SCHOLARSHIP:

Applications are being accepted for the 2009-2010 Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership. This is a

one-year award for $3,500, applied directly to the student's university bill, half each semester. Applicants must be

full-time, undergraduate students who have completed at least 30 credit hours at UNI and will be returning for the following academic year (both fall and spring.) A cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher is also required. Use the common scholarship application at www.uni.edu/finaid/. Application deadline is 4 p.m., Friday, March 6. For more information, contact Jan Hanish, 3-3526 or jan.hanish@uni.edu.

 

COLOR GUARD AUDITIONS:

Panther Marching Band Color Guard auditions will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 4, in the West Gym. RSVP by Wednesday, March 25 to amy.hunzelman@uni.edu.

 

IMPROV TROUPE AUDITIONS:

Half-Masted 3.2, the Cedar Valley's own comedy improv troupe is holding auditions from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the College Eye Room and Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Presidential Room of Maucker Union. Callbacks will be held Friday, Feb. 20.

 

STUDENTS FOR BOECKMANN/PALOMO:

Join UNI Students for Trevor and Anthony and support Trevor Boeckmann and Anthony Palomo in their run for student body president and vice president. You can find more information on the campaign at www.trevorandanthony.com. You can also join their Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=45311739349.

 

WRITING WORKSHOP I: THE FOCUSED GRADUATE STUDENTS:

Deanne Gute, writing center coordinator, will present, "Writing Workshop I: The Focused Graduate Students," from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, in ITT 136. Workshop participants will learn how to inventory research interests and long-term goals, choose a thesis or dissertation topic and focus the research topic to reduce stress. To sign up, contact Ken Nesbett, at knesbett@uni.edu. Following the workshop, the presentation will be posted on the Graduate College Web site (www.grad.uni.edu).

 
STUDENTS MAY QUALIFY FOR DOUBLE TAX CREDIT BECAUSE OF THE FLOOD:

Students attending UNI (and other colleges or universities located in the Midwestern disaster areas as defined by the IRS) may qualify for a double education tax credit when filing federal tax returns for calendar year 2008. The definition of qualified education expenses for the education credits and the tuition and fees deduction is also expanded to include room and board for students in Midwestern disaster areas. For additional information, see http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/student_accounts/documents/tax_credits_2008.pdf. Taxpayers are advised to consult a tax adviser or see IRS Publication 970 "Tax Benefits for Education" (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf) for details. The IRS may also be reached by phone at 1-800-829-1040. UNI cannot provide tax advice.

 

BECOME A PEER ADVISER:

Apply to be an undergraduate Peer Academic Adviser in Residence (PAIR) for the 2009-2010 academic year. PAIRs work in Academic Advising and in an assigned residence hall where they live. Information and applications are available from the Online Job Board, www.uni.edu/advising/ or in GIL 102. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 16.

 

TEACHER EDUCATION ORIENTATION MEETING:

All students planning to enter the Teacher Education Program must attend one of the following 50-minute orientation sessions: 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10; 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11; or 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, in SEC 244/245. Students who fail to attend one of these sessions may find their admission to the Teacher Education Program delayed. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education (3-2265).

 

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