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Monday, Nov. 3, 2008
James Mackin, a candidate for the executive vice president and provost position, will interview on campus Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 3 and 4. Mackin is the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. During a public forum from 3 to 4:15 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, in Lang Auditorium, Mackin will address "What are the key opportunities and challenges in public higher education, and how would you as a candidate work with the university community to address them?" For more information about Mackin and to complete a forum feedback form, visit http://www.uni.edu/execvpsearch/.
Breena Coates, candidate for the associate provost for faculty affairs position, will be on campus Tuesday, Nov. 4, and Wednesday, Nov. 5. A presentation and open forum will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Seerley 115. All are welcome to attend.
The SIS Evaluation Team has completed campus presentations by two software vendors -- Oracle/Peoplesoft and Sungard/Banner. Reference checks are done, and the team is reviewing written proposals and gathering follow-up information. Both software systems are still under consideration. The next step is to solicit proposals for implementing a new software system. For a full update, see http://www.uni.edu/sis/.
A new Diversity Council has been appointed by President Allen. The council will provide leadership and coordination to achieve the university's diversity-related goals. Council members are interim executive vice president and provost James Lubker; vice president for administration and finance Tom Schellhardt; vice president for student affairs Terry Hogan; and vice president for university advancement Bill Calhoun; Clarence Lobdell III, NISG vice president; Inez Murtha, director of student support services; and Leah Gutknecht, assistant to the president, compliance and equity management. Responsibility for chairing the council will rest initially with Hogan, but will rotate in the future among the vice presidents. The council will meet monthly and will update the president quarterly. It will report annually to the president and the university community. To ensure broad participation and support for planned initiatives, the council will form and charge a diversity advisory committee, and will appoint a chair who will also serve on the council.
UNI Programming Board is sponsoring ResMania, Nov. 3 through 8, a spirit week for those living in the residence halls. Students are encouraged to dress up each day: Monday, wear pajamas; Tuesday, wear red, white and blue (don't forget to vote); Wednesday, ugly sweater day; Thursday, dress-up day; Friday, wear green; Saturday, purple pride day. Show spirit at the first UNI women's basketball game on Wednesday, Nov. 5, by getting loud in the McLeod; packing the UNI-Dome at 4:05 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8 and support the football team. Purple and gold beads will be handed out at the northeast entrance of the UNI-Dome.
Visit www.capitalonebowl.com/vote/main to cast a write-in vote for T.C. in the Capital One Mascot Challenge. When supporters first visit the site, a ballot must be cast for each of the six races for the main mascot-challenge election. After voting, select Iowa under the state drop-down menu and UNI's T.C. as a write-in candidate. The write-in election winner will be announced Jan. 1 and a $1,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winning school's mascot program and automatic selection into the 2009 Capital One Mascot Challenge. Votes can be cast once per day.
"Our World in Focus," UNI Museums' annual photography contest and exhibition, will celebrate the cultural diversity of people Jan. 10-31. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, Nov. 12. Entries should include an 8x10 copy of the photo and an "artist statement." For further information and entry forms, visit www.uni.edu/museum or call 273-2188.
Riders are invited to wait for the park-and-ride bus at the southwest entrance of the UNI-Dome. The building is usually open by 7:30 a.m. Call 273-5374 with questions or concerns.
Participate in the 2009 Student Challenge Survey and let us know what you think is important to donate to on campus. Help us leave our paw print on UNI by filling out this short survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=8wM_2bFNPouR6BjJTkNFyVfw_3d_3d.
Election specials will take place in Maucker Union through Tuesday, Nov. 4. At Prexy's get any size fountain pop for the price of a refill. At Essentials get a full bag of popcorn for the price of a half bag . Vote in the bean poll at Chats (it’s our version of a straw poll.) www.uni.edu/dor. Click on What's Happening.
Paper or plastic? Learn the benefits of using cash and credit cards. Visit http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/
The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/?.
ITS-Educational Technology is offering four series of free computer workshops for Mastering Microsoft Office and five for Creating Web Pages during spring semester. Each series is worth one credit hour. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/credit.shtml.
Receive information on credit and learn strategies for protecting yourself from identity theft from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in BCS 30. Advance registration required; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 273-5732.
Apply to be a Peer Academic Advisor in Residence (PAIR) for spring 2009. The PAIR will work in Academic Advising and work/live in Bender Hall. Information and applications are available from the Online Job Board, www.uni.edu/advising/pairs/index.html, in 102 Gilchrist Hall, or from any current PAIR. Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Apply now for the 2009-2010 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program. This program provides fellowship to U.S. scholars and professionals for long-term overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical or cultural developments relevant to U.S. foreign policy. The deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 17. For more information, contact email@example.com or call (202) 628-8188.
The Study Abroad Center now has IIE Passport Study Abroad, a CD-Rom that features detailed descriptions of fellowships, grants, scholarships and paid internships for undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate students and professionals.
Attend an informational session from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in Gilchrist 007. The director of international programs at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, will speak about South Africa, its history and recent developments. For more information, contact study abroad at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 273-7078.
Learn about children in need, family life and communities making positive change against tremendous odds with child, family and community development in Nicaragua. Attend an informational meeting from 2 to 2:50 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, in Sabin 13.
Attend an informational meeting from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11 and Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Gilchrist 009 to learn about a summer non-western program in St. Petersburg, Russia. Participants will examine Russian culture, history, geography and language; the program is worth five to six credit hours. For more information, contact the study abroad office at 273-7078.
Learn about university exchanges in Korea and Japan from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, in Gilchrist 009. There are many scholarships available. You can become a conversation partner or experience Asian family life through home stays.
There will be an informational session for a summer capstone in China, from 4 to 4:45 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, in Gilchrist 009. Past participants will provide information about what it's like to study in China. Since this program is work study, students have the opportunity to receive $3,000 for work-study and apply it to airfare. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Center at email@example.com, 273-7078, or stop by Gilrchrist 28.
Learn how you can attend one of more than 180 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada while paying UNI tuition at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Maucker Union State College Room. Students must have a 2.5 GPA and have completed at least 30 credit hours at the time of exchange. Learn more at http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/nse.
EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):
Attend a conference from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room. Refreshments will be served, with a party (festa) afterwards. Make connections (conexões) with students from other parts of the world. Sponsored by UNI Modern Languages, Portuguese Club and Capoeira Club.
T-shirts and related items and gifts will be available at the UNI KDP Education Honor Society sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, and Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the second-floor Schindler Lobby. Proceeds to KDP educational and service projects.
Join the HPELS dance faculty for a look at famous tap dancers of the stage and screen during the 20th century from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the WRC 185/187. Come for snacks and great dancing.
Movement Outlet is a free drop-in hour of dance organized by students for UNI faculty, staff and students. No experience needed. Movement Outlet offers contemporary dance from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, in the WRC 185/187. Contact Stacie at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
All cowpokes, tenderfoots, outlaws and wranglers should come to Western night from 8 p.m. to midnight. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Maucker Union. See if you can last on the mechanical bulls, have an old-time Western photo taken and line dance to your favorite country songs, performed by the Well Hungarians from 9 p.m. to midnight. Free refreshments. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
November is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month. There are more than 700 homeless men, women and children in the Cedar Valley. Support homelessness awareness by giving up your warm bed and camping-out for a night at the third-annual Campout Against Homelessness, Friday, Nov. 7, at Heartland Vineyard Church. Contact Stephanie at email@example.com or Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life is expanding its service to the campus community through on-going support for survivors. Attend a gathering from 5 to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, in Maucker Union, College Eye Room. Contact Randee Dewey, email@example.com with questions.
The Graduate Student Advisory Board presents "A Conversation with President Ben Allen," from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in the SEC fifth-floor lounge (Room 544). All graduate students are invited to speak with President Allen, graduate college staff and fellow graduate students. Refreshments provided.
Men's Basketball will play an exhibition game against Dubuque at 7:05 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the McLeod Center.
Women's Basketball will play an exhibition game against Winona State at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the McLeod Center.
Football will play its final regular season home game against Missouri State at 4:05 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, in the UNI-Dome.
The UNI Portuguese Club will host the final installment of its Conexões Film Series at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, in the College Eye Room of Maucker Union. "Caramuru: A Invencão do Brasil," (The Invention of Brazil) is a comedy about a Portuguese map illustrator who reaches the Brazilian coast after his caravel sinks. He is saved by the Indian chief Itaparica. The film is in Portuguese with English subtitles and is free and open to the public.
Chad Heinzel and students will give a presentation on "Exploration of the Central Rocky Mountains: A UNI Earth Science Adventure, May 2008," at 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, in Latham Hall, Room 125. Last year's Department of Earth Science spring trip focused on the geology and natural history of the Central Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, Utah and Idaho.
Karl Delong, a retired professor from Grinnell College, will discuss "Species Response to Intense Restoration of an Oak-Hickory Woodlot to a Closed Savanna," at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Tallgrass Prairie Center, Room 9. Delong will discuss the restoration work he started in 1993 on a 40-acre heavily grazed woodlot. Clearing and burning allowed for the return of endemic forbs and grasses both naturally and from seed. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-3828.
DyAnn Longseth, senior vice president for communication, Veridian Credit Union, will discuss how Veridian has integrated leadership concepts and practices throughout the organization, including effective communication within an organizational environment, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, in SEC 252. Contact Gerri Perreault, at 273-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu with questions.
Lauren Pellymounter, director of the Cedar Valley Volunteer Center, will discuss opportunities for "Involving Students in Civic Engagement," from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, in the College Eye Room of Maucker Union. This event is free and open to the public. Contact Gerri Perreault (273-6898) with questions.
Learn about organizational structure, taxes, licenses, insurance, bookkeeping, financing and other resources, from 9 to 11 a.m., and how to write a business plan, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, in BCS 30. Take one or both. Reservations required; e-mail email@example.com or call 273-5732.
The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at the UNI Museum to discuss "Little Heathens: Hard Times and Spirit on the Farm During the Great Depression" by UNI graduate Mildred Armstrong Kalish. Open to the public. It's not necessary to have read the book.
Cheryl Mullenbach, independent scholar, will discuss "Bringing a Forgotten Iowan to the Public" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.
Ronald Walters, political analyst for CNN, NBC and CBS and professor of government and politics at University of Maryland, will discuss the results and impact of the upcoming election at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in Lantz Auditorium, MSH 137. Reception will follow at the CME. Contact Athena Clayborne 273-2250 with questions.
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