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Monday, Feb. 2, 2009

NEWS:

DIVERSITY SUMMIT RECAP:

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/.

 

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.

 

FRAUDULENT E-MAIL MESSAGE FROM IRS:

Some of you may have received an e-mail message claiming to be from the IRS with a subject like: "You are eligible to receive a tax refund for $109.30". The body of the message contains a link that purports to be the form you to use to get your refund. Do NOT click on the link.The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail. If you get an e-mail supposedly from the IRS regarding your taxes without sending them one first, it's guaranteed to be a scam.

 

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.

 

EVERY VOICE COUNTS:

All students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences about the University's culture and attitudes. Follow the link sent to you in the e-mail invitation from President Allen to complete the survey. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is strictly confidential. All responses will be aggregated and no individually identifying information will be disclosed. Plan to participate in this important process. If you have questions, e-mail kristin.moser@uni.edu or call Kristin Moser at 273-3050.

 

SIGN UP NOW FOR PANTHER IDOL:

Do you think you have what it takes to be UNI's first Panther Idol? The competition begins Friday, Feb. 20. Registration is open until Wednesday, Feb. 18 and can be accessed at http://www.uni.edu/maucker. For more information, contact Mike at 273-5888.

 

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 through Friday, 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 and campus organizations who wish to participate should contact Erin Wheat by e-mail, erin.wheat@uni.edu or 273-2683. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/mortenson.

 

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.

 

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS NOW AVAILABLE:

Do you have the best supervisor on campus? Nomination forms are available for the 2008-2009 Student Employer of the Year. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, March 7. For details and a copy of the nomination form, visit http://www.uni.edu/finaid/pdf/employer-of-year.pdf

 

UNI HEALTH SURVEY:

Watch your "in-box" and consider participating in the UNI Health Survey. The National College Health Assessment survey will take approximately 20 - 30 minutes. Participants who complete the survey will be entered to win an 8GB Ipod Touch (2nd Generation), and other give-a-ways. Visit www.uni.edu/wellrec and click on the "Health Survey" tab for more information. Sponsored by University Health Services.

 

LUX SERVICE AWARD:

Do you know a student who has demonstrated outstanding service to UNI? Nominate him or her for the 2009 Lux Service Award. This award is the highest undergraduate honor awarded for service to UNI. Students are encouraged to nominate their peers. Students with 90 or more credit hours, including graduating seniors, qualify for the award. Visit http://www.unialum.org/lux for complete award requirements and an online nomination form. Nominations must be received by Friday, Feb. 20. Contact Amy Mohr at 273-2355 or amy.mohr@uni.edu with questions.

 
NISG SENATE MEETINGS BROADCAST ONLINE AND ON TV:

UNI students can watch NISG Senate meetings online and on local cable channels. A new recording is on the Web every Thursday at http://www.nisgtv.com. The TV schedule is: 9 p.m., Mondays; 10 p.m., Tuesdays; 7 p.m., Wednesdays; 6 p.m., Thursdays; and 8 p.m., Fridays, on Mediacom channel 18 and Cedar Falls Utilities channel 99. NISG has partnered with the ITS Production House and University Book & Supply to offer this service to students and the community.

 

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 273-2171.

 

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 http://www.uni.edu/dor/promotions/index.htm. 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 .

ORDER VALENTINE FLOWERS THROUGH 23RD STREET MARKET:

The 23rd Street Market staff will collaborate with Flowerama to bring you the convenience of ordering Valentine's Day flowers online through the 23rd Street Market. You can 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 your order, visit http://www.uni.edu/dor/flowers/

ORDER VALENTINE TREATS:

Treat your Valentine or friends to iced Valentine 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.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES:

FINANCES GOT YOU DOWN?:

The Northeast Iowa Consumer Credit Counseling Agency is offering debt counseling, budget and credit card advice from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, at the Wesley Foundation (across College Street). Initial services are free of charge.

 

JOIN PANTHER PUSH:

Panther Push is a program designed for current UNI students to go to their former high school and visit with students about the advantages of attending UNI. If you have a 2.5 GPA or higher and are interested in promoting UNI, apply online at http://www.uni.edu/admissions/forms/. Applications are due to the Office of Admissions (Gilchrist 002) by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20. The mandatory one-hour training session will be at 7 p.m., Monday, March 2, or at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in Gilchrist 009. Contact Amanda Carls with questions (acarls26@uni.edu).

 

LEARN ABOUT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Lauren Pelleymounter, executive director, Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley. will discuss the many opportunities available in the Cedar Valley and how to get involved, from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, in SEC 543. Contact Gerri Perreault 3-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu with questions.

 

LANGUAGE DIVERSITY WEEK:

Join peer advisors 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 http://www.uni.edu/studyabroad/news/Language_Diversity_Week_2009.pdf or stop by Gilchrist 28.

 

COLLEGIATE ENTREPRENEURS IOWA CONFERENCE:

Attend the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Iowa Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 6, in Maucker Union. Free. Much of the conference is arranged on a MWF class schedule. Information for all majors. See the agenda at www.jpec.org/ceic2009.htm. Call 273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail jpec@uni.edu to register.

 

CONVERSATION PARTNERS NEEDED:

Become a conversation partner. Speak one hour a week to an international student and experience other cultures; a volunteer certificate will be awarded. Sign up at Baker 72 or at http://www.uni.edu/ciep or e-mail caiyi@uni.edu.

 

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, 273-3526 or jan.hanish@uni.edu.

 

THE WORD IS...RACE:

More than 500,000 college students are targets of bias-driven slurs or physical assaults each year. For information on what you can do to fight hate, visit http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/ and look for "The Word is..." bulletin board series.

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):

SPECIAL EVENTS:

BOOKS R FUN SALE:

Visit the Books R Fun sale Tuesday, and Wednesday, Feb. 3 and 4, in Maucker Union. Cash, debit and credit cards will be accepted. Sponsored by Maucker Union.

 

STUDY ABROAD OPEN HOUSE:

Join past participants and peer advisers during the study abroad open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, in Gilchrist 007 and 009. Learn about the more than 300 programs offered. Contact the Study Abroad Office at 273-7078, or study-abroad@uni.edu for more information.

 

GRAD CHATS IN THE UNION:

Join other graduate students for informal chats on your graduate student experience from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Thursday in Maucker Union near Chats. Take a break, relax and meet other graduate students from various academic programs. Bring your lunch.

 

PLANETARIUM SHOWS:

Enjoy views of the night sky without suffering from the cold. The Department of Earth Science Planetarium is open for presentations to the public at 7 p.m., every Thursday through March 5. Shows are free and will start every 30 minutes; the last show is at 8:30 p.m. The planetarium is located in Latham Hall, Room 105. After March 5, the regular observatory shows on the roof of McCollum Science Hall will take place until the end of the semester. For further information, visit http://www.earth.uni.edu/obsvisit.html.

 

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 the area's finest food purveyors. Event proceeds help fund GBPAC general programming and the Kaleidoscope series. For more information or tickets, visit www.gbpac.org or call 273-4TIX. Tickets are $35 for Friends members and $45 for non-members.

 

B LOVED:

St. Stephen Catholic Student Center will host an evening of hors d'oeuvres, drinks, dancing and silent auction from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, in Maucker Union Ballroom. Then proceed to the GBPAC for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony's "B Surprised" concert. Cost is $60 per person. All proceeds from the event will support the ministries of St. Stephen the Witness. For more information or to attend, contact Kelly at 266-9863 or kmcc@ststephenuni.org.

 
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.

 

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 the following Friday.

 

'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, 273-3170.

 

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.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM:

The second annual Graduate Student Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 1, in the GBPAC. The symposium is open to all current graduate students as well as December 2008 graduates. Students' research, scholarship and creative achievements will be showcased by poster presentation and performances, and will be judged by professionals in the field. Monetary awards will be given for first place ($200), second place ($100), and third place ($50) in each of the two categories of poster presentation and performance. For more information, including the registration form and a tentative schedule, visit www.grad.uni.edu/symposium. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 27.

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 'ADDICTED TO LOVE':

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:

BEST PRACTICES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS:

Chris Neuhaus will present "Navigating Information Pathways and Best Practices for Graduate Students" from 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, in ITT 136. Learn to plan the literature review, locate dissertations and theses using a variety of databases and locate research in books using either Word Cat, Google Books or UNISTAR and enhance research skills. 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).

 

LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP - FAIRNESS:

Join the Student Leadership Center at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Maucker Ballroom "A" for a workshop about fairness, the fourth pillar in the Character Counts Initiative. Susan Staudt, the Cedar Falls city attorney and Chantel Witt, a UNI senior, will lead an interactive workshop about this topic. Participants will analyze and evaluate various scenarios to explore the concept of fairness.

 

PANEL TO DISCUSS LINCOLN'S BELIEFS ON SLAVERY AND RACISM:

A panel will discuss "Was Lincoln a Liberator or a Racist or Both?" from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, at University Book & Supply. Panel members are Michael D. Blackwell, multicultural education, Wally Hettle, history, Julie Husband, English language and literature and Grant Veeder, member of Iowa Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education and American Democracy Project/Provost's Office.

 

'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.

 

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).

 

'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.

 

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.

MEETINGS:

COLLEGE REPUBLICANS:

Attend the College Republicans meeting at 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, in the Presidential room in Maucker Union. Hear candidates for student body leadership and statewide College Republican leadership speak as they work to earn your vote. E-mail unicollegerepublicans@gmail.com with questions.

 

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. 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 (273-2265).

PERFORMING ARTS:

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT:

The faculty artist Chamber Music Showcase will feature a diverse group of UNI School of Music faculty artists at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.

 

FLUTE CHOIR AND FLUTE STUDIO CONCERT:

The Northern Iowa Flute Choir and Flute Studio will present its annual concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

'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 273-4849 or e-mai wcfsymphony.org for tickets.

 

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 273-4TIX. For more information, call 273-2028.

 

CZECH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:

Treat yourself to something special on Valentine's Day. 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 273-4TIX. UNI students receive a 50-percent discount on tickets.

 

HOURS:

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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