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Monday, Jan. 12, 2009

NEWS:

BUDGET UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT ALLEN:

In November, I promised to keep you informed about budget-related developments. To re-cap, in November, UNI was required to return $1.02 million of its fiscal 2009 state appropriation. We had planned to invest those funds in information technology systems and security, library materials and building maintenance projects. Those areas didn't have to revert funds already allocated, but they did lose planned additional investments in their programs. Since my Nov. 24 message, several key developments have occurred that affect our budget for both the rest of this fiscal year (2009) and next fiscal year (2010). See full message at http://www.uni.edu/pres/

 

NEW STUDENT SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY APPROVED AND POSTED:

The new UNI student sexual misconduct policy was approved at the December Board of Regents meeting. The policy is posted at http://www.uni.edu/pres/policies/315.shtml.

 

FOLLOW NISG PRESIDENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.:

NISG President Pernell Cezar is in Washington, D.C., taking part in The Washington Center's Presidential Inauguration seminar and will attend the 2009 Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20. Follow Cezar at weblogs.uni.edu/inauguration as he gets a behind-the-scenes look at Washington and national politics. You also can access the blog via the UNI home page, www.uni.edu.

 

SABIN HALL OFFICE RELOCATIONS:

The Center for Social & Behavioral Research (CSBR) offices have moved to 2304 College St. (former CET building). All telephone numbers remain the same.

The Department of Political Science has relocated to CBB 5. All telephone numbers remain the same.

The Department of Social Work has relocated to 214 SSC (East Bartlett). All telephone numbers remain the same.

 

FOUR-DAY RULE FOR DORM FLYERS:

As of Jan. 1, all (approved only) flyers, poster and mailbox inserts that are dropped off at residence halls and include specific dates for events and/or deadlines, must be delivered to the hall offices at least four days prior to that event or deadline. If they are not, the flyers/posters will be either returned or recycled.

 

PENNIES FOR PEACE DRIVE:

As part of Greg Mortenson's (whose story is told in “Three Cups of Tea”) visit at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the GBPAC, the UNI Student Involvement & Activities Center is sponsoring the Cedar Valley Pennies for Peace drive Jan. 12 through Feb. 6. Pennies for Peace is a program of Mortenson's Central Asia Institute and supports community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Students, faculty and staff wishing to participate in the penny drive to help reach the $5,000 goal should contact Erin Wheat at erin.wheat@uni.edu or phone 3-2683. For more information about the event and related activities visit http://www.uni.edu/mortenson

 

PARK-AND-RIDE SERVICE:

Parking Operations and MET Transit will resume Park-and-Ride Service starting Jan. 12. The service will run from West Dome drop-off, to the Commons area from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, from Jan. 12 to May 8. There is no service on university holidays, spring break or when classes are cancelled. The service is for UNI staff and students. The Park-and-Ride schedule and route map will be posted to the UNI parking Web site. For more information, contact UNI Public Safety's Parking Operations at 3-5374.

 

TC HEADING TO NATIONAL COMPETITION:

TC has again qualified for the National Mascot Competition. Help send TC to the National Competition and prove to everyone that he truly is the best mascot by purchasing a "TC's National's Crew" T-shirt. Learn more and order shirts at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=43893066108&ref=nf or e-mail tcpanther@uni.edu.

 

2008 GRADUATE REPORT:

UNI Career Services has released its annual report, which includes the 2008 Graduate Report. The report details salaries, occupied rate and companies for interns and graduates. To download the report, visit

http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/employers/2008_AnnualReport_Final.pdf

 

HOMECOMING COMMITTEE APPLICATION TIME:

Are you looking for a way to get more involved and help spread Panther Pride? If you answered yes, we want you to be part of the 2009 Homecoming Committee. Applications are available at www.uni.edu/maucker and are due by 5 p.m., Jan. 23 in the Student Involvement and Activities Center - SIAC (located on the Plaza Level of Maucker Union). No late applications will be accepted. To be considered for the Homecoming Committee, you must complete this application. For more information contact Jessie James-Stinson at 273-6335 (jessie.stinson@uni.edu) or Erin Wheat at 273-6849 (erin.wheat@uni.edu).

 

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD APPLICATION:

Are you interested in event planning and making a difference on campus? If so, apply now to be a part of 2008-09 Campus Activities Board (CAB). Applications are available online at http://www.uni.edu/maucker Applications are due Monday, Feb. 2. For more information, contact Erin Wheat at erin.wheat@uni.edu

 

FREE SAMPLES AT 23RD STREET MARKET:

Sample Piccadilly Circus brand products during lunchtime at 23rd Street Market, Wednesday, Jan. 21. Give your opinion on pizzas, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, stuffed cheese sticks, gourmet chicken tenders, boneless buffalo wings, sub sensations and more. Your opinion will help determine which products to offer at 23rd Street Market. For more information on spring semester events in campus restaurants and convenience stores visit http://www.uni.edu/dor/promotions/index.htm

 
COLD DAYS/HOT DEALS:

Cold days bring hot deals to Chats and Prexy’s in Maucker Union, Jan. 12 through 23. Enjoy price specials on soups, hot beverages and spicy entrées in Prexy's so watch for the Cold Days Hot Deals signs and save. Spring semester promotions are at http://www.uni.edu/dor/promotions/index.htm

 

WINTER SLIP, TRIP AND FALL SAFETY TIPS:

It's that time of year where slips and falls occur at an increasing number on campus. This link to the Environmental Health and Safety Web site provides good advice on being aware of your surroundings during the winter months and ways to help prevent slips and falls: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/healthsafety/tips/tips.shtml

 

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES:

eLEARNING (WebCT) FOR STUDENTS:

Students who are taking courses with an eLearning (WebCT) component should attend a 45-minute introductory session on Wednesday or Thursday, Jan. 14 or 15. See http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/c.shtml for the schedule.

 

EXPLORING HABITATS THROUGH CREATIVE MOVEMENT:

This workshop will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30, in the CME, Maucker Union (Supported by IMSEP). Pre-service teachers discover how creative movement can enhance student learning about habitats—weather/climate, animal/plant life, and interdependence. Elementary education majors (grades 1-4) RSVP by Jan. 23 to 273-3658 or paulsonr@uni.edu

 

FREE COMPUTER WORKSHOPS FOR CREDIT:

Two series of workshops, Mastering Microsoft Office and Creating Web Pages, are available free to all full-time students. See http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/credit.shtml for details and online registration links.

 

OSHA BLOOD BORN PATHOGEN TRAINING OFFERED:

This 50-minute training is required for all students completing field experiences in any PreK-12 school setting. The training is free and open to anyone. Three sessions will be offered: at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20; at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21; and at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22. All sessions will be held in SEC 244/245. No registration is required. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education, 273-2265.

 

IDEA DIVERSITY SUMMIT:

Register now for the 4th Annual IDEA Diversity Summit to be held Thursday, April 23, in UNI's Maucker Union. Learn about real solutions to real-life problems in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. The summit is a collaboration between communities and campuses to make Iowa a more inviting place to live, work, play and learn. Whether you are a faculty member, staff, or a student, this summit will give you the tools you need to be an agent of change in your specialty. For registration and more information, visit www.iowadiversitysummit.com.

 

MCELROY FELLOWSHIP:

Application materials are available for the McElroy Fellowship at www.grad.uni.edu. Candidates must be graduates or graduating seniors of a liberal arts program and intend to pursue graduate study toward a Ph.D. at an accredited university. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 30. For more information, contact the Graduate College at 273-2748.

 

HELP WITH GRADES:

Were you happy with your fall GPA? If your GPA wasn't quite what you'd like it to be, there are some ways to improve. Whether you need to stay on track or get on track, you'll want to avoid some common pitfalls...learn about them by checking out The Word is...Grades at http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):

SPECIAL EVENTS:

DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:

Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, at the UNI Museum to discuss "Escape" (Carolyn Jessop and Laura Palmer) and "Stolen Innocence" (Elissa Wall and Laura Pulitzer), both about breaking away from a polygamous sect. All are welcome, even without having read the books.

 

TOWN-HALL DIVERSITY MEETING:

President Allen will host a town hall meeting on diversity, open to all in the UNI community, on Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend, beginning with continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and a program from 8:30 to 10 a.m. President Allen will describe his vision for UNI's future diversity efforts, will open the floor for questions and discussion and will announce related plans.

 

BEACH VOLLEYBALL:

Escape from the cold, snow and ice. Eight Professional Beach Volleyball athletes will bring the beach volleyball atmosphere (including 220 tons of sand) to the McLeod Center at 7:30 pm., Saturday, Jan. 31. This three-hour event will include Olympic gold medalist, Todd Rogers, "the Professor," and Olympic athlete, Nicole Branagh. Tickets are on sale now at 273-4TIX, www.unitix.uni.edu or at any UNItix location.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

OUR WORLD IN FOCUS:

Celebrate the cultural diversity of people with this exhibition featuring "Our World in Focus; People of Iowa, the United States and the World" photography contest submissions. The exhibition will be on display through Saturday, Jan. 31 at the University Museum..

 

THURSDAZE MOVIE:

Check out the blockbuster "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. "High school student Nick O'Leary, member of the Queercore band The Jerk Offs, meets college-bound Nora Silverberg and she asks him to be her boyfriend for five minutes." Free refreshments provided. Showtimes are at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

 

NEW ART EXHIBITION:

"The Home Show" is an exhibition curated by UNI associate professor of art Aaron Wilson and features the work of Wanda Ewing, April V. Flanders, Anita Jung and UNI alumnus James Greene. Artists' lectures scheduled at 7 p.m. in KAB 111 are as follows: Anita Jung, Jan. 13; April V. Flanders and Wanda Ewing, Jan. 20; James Greene, Feb. 3. An opening reception will follow the Jan. 20 lectures. Sponsored in part by the Florence Hartwig Foundation, the University Research Council, and the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University.

 

PERFORMING ARTS:

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Cedar Valley singer-songwriter Karla Ruth will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, in KUNI's studio on the third floor of the CAC. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12. http://www.iowapublicradio.org

 

VIOLA RECITAL:

Guest artist Hsiaopei Lee will open the 2009 performance season at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, with a viola recital. Lee, assistant professor of viola at the University of Southern Mississippi, has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra musician on three continents. This event is free and open to the public.

 

FACULTY STRING QUARTET:

The UNI Faculty String Quartet will offer a winter concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, in Graham Hall, Russell Hall, featuring faculty artists Frederick Halgedahl, violin; Therese Fetter, violin; Julia Bullard, viola; and, Jonathan Chenoweth, cello. This event is free and open to the public.

 

CLARINET RECITAL:

Assistant professor of clarinet Amanda McCandless will offer a clarinet recital featuring faculty artist Robin Guy, piano, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

VOICE AND PIANO RECITAL:

Visiting artists Yulia Savrasova, soprano and Irina Bystrova, piano, will offer a collaborative recital at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

'RIVERDANCE':

See the farewell performance of "Riverdance" at the GBPAC May 5, 6 and 7. Riverdance is a celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage. Tickets are on sale now. Call 3-4TIX or order tickets online at www.gbpac.com.

 

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

INTRAMURAL OPEN PRE-SEASON BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT:

Open to students, faculty, staff; men's and women's divisions. A mandatory managers' meeting will take place at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, in SEC 246. Registration takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13 and 14, in the Intramural Office, WRC 161. Play begins Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the WRC South Courts. There is a $20 entry fee and a two-game guarantee.

 

INTRAMURAL OPEN INDOOR CO-REC KICKBALL TOURNAMENT:

Open to students, faculty and staff. Entry forms are available at the Intramural Office, WRC 161, during the week of Jan. 20. There is a $20 entry fee and a two-game guarantee. Registration takes place Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 26-28, Intramural Office, WRC 161. Play begins at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, WRC South Courts.

 

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL CLUB FORMING:

UNI Men's Volleyball will have its first meeting and practice of the spring semester at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15 , by the ping-pong tables in the WRC. All students of any skill level interested in joining the club are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions or would like more information, e-mail tsneid@uni.edu.

 

SPRING FITNESS & LEISURE CLASSES:

WRS Fitness and Leisure classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 14. Register online today. Check out the new selections: Free Fridays, Spin/Yoga Fusion, Total Aquatic Conditioning and Self-Defense-Fighting-Fitness. A new year for a new you. www.uni.edu/wellrec

 

SCHEDULE A SPRING MASSAGE:

Massages will be available in the WRC by licensed massage therapists Carissa Shima (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) and Katie Hover (Tuesdays and Thursdays) during the spring semester. The cost is $15 for 15 minutes; $25 for 30 minutes; $35 for 45 minutes; $45 for one hour; and $65 for 90 minutes. Call 3-6119 to schedule. Pay by cash, check, Ubill or payroll deduct. Please call 3-6119 to schedule an appointment. Brought to you by Wellness and Recreation Services.

 
INTRAMURAL 4-ON-4 SUNDAY EVENING VOLLEYBALL:

Open to women, co-rec and men. Materials can be picked up at the Intramural Office, WRC 161. Registration will take place Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 26 and 27, Intramural Office, WRC 161. Four-team leagues available at 5, 5:40, 6:20, 7, and 7:10 p.m.; First come, first served. Play begins Sunday, Feb. 8, WRC South Courts.

 

HOURS:

LIBRARY HOURS FOR MLK HOLIDAY WEEKEND:

http://www.library.uni.edu/libinfo/hours_special.shtml#mlutherjr

 

MAUCKER UNION HOURS FOR MLK HOLIDAY WEEKEND:

http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/hrs-bcurrent.shtml

 

PANTHER SHUTTLE/SAFE RIDE HOURS:

http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/panthershuttle.php

 

LIBRARY HOURS:

http://www.library.uni.edu/libinfo/hours.shtml#

 
MAUCKER UNION HOURS:

http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/hrs-bcurrent.shtml

 

WELLNESS/RECREATION CENTER HOURS:

http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/hours/index.html

 

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