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Monday, March 2, 2009

NEWS:

TRAVEL ALERT FOR MEXICO:

The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel alert for Mexico. Anyone traveling to Mexico for spring break should visit http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html. Also, read "Spring Break in Mexico - Know Before You Go!!" at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/spring_break_mexico/spring_break_mexico_2812.html

 

NISG ELECTIONS POSTPONED:

The NISG elections have been postponed until Tuesday and Wednesday, March 10 and 11. See the NISG Supreme Court Slip Opinion for more information: http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/court/2008_General_Election_Opinion.pdf

 

NEW TASK FORCES TO EXPLORE COST CONTAINMENT AND REVENUE ENHANCEMENT STRATEGIES:

Two new task forces, the Cost Containment Task Force and the Revenue Enhancement Task Force, will meet later this month to discuss strategies for cost containment and revenue enhancement across campus. President Allen will serve as chair of both task forces; a list of members can be found at http://www.uni.edu/president/univcomm/revenueenhancement.shtml and http://www.uni.edu/president/univcomm/costcontainment.shtml. More than 120 cost-saving and revenue-generating suggestions have been submitted to the Office of the President. Please continue to send feedback to president@uni.edu.

 

IOWA ENERGY POLL:

UNI's Strategic Marketing Services administered the Iowa Energy Poll this fall to get benchmark data on Iowa residents' awareness, perceptions, attitudes and behaviors regarding energy-related issues affecting the state. The poll was funded by the Iowa Power Fund. The complete Iowa Energy Poll, 2008, Final Research & Analysis Report is available at http://www.energy.iowa.gov/Power_Fund/project_reports.html.

 

COMPLETE NSSE SURVEY:

If you received a letter inviting you to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), look for the survey in your UNI e-mail. Completing the survey gives students the opportunity to share their experiences at UNI. Students who complete the survey will also be entered in a prize drawing. For more information on NSSE and the prize drawing for participants, visit http://www.uni.edu/assessment/studentinformation.shtml.

 

SAFETY VIDEOS:

The UNI Environmental Health and Safety Office has purchased 40 videos on various safety-related topics. Each video is approximately six minutes long and designed to be shown before a safety meeting and then discussed. For a list of available titles and/or assistance with safety efforts, e-mail wendel.reece@uni.edu in the Safety Office.

 

E-BILL DUE DATE:

Your e-bill is due Thursday, March 5. To register for summer classes your account must be current. Check MyUNIverse to see if you have an amount due.

 

PENNIES FOR PEACE UPDATE:

More than 1,500 guests attended Greg Mortenson's lecture on Feb. 12 at the GBPAC. The UNI Student Activities Center sponsored a Cedar Valley Pennies for Peace Drive. Hundreds of individuals and many UNI student organizations raised more than $8,000 for Pennies for Peace, a program of Mortenson's Central Asia Institute (CAI) that supports community-based education, especially for girls in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Maple Syrup Festival at Hartman Reserve Nature Center on Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, for the following shifts: 6:30 to 10:15 a.m. or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers may contact the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley at volunteerUNI@vccv.org for more information regarding this opportunity and others.

 

FACEBOOK SURVEY - WIN A Wii:

Complete a survey about what students feel the purpose of Facebook is and be entered into a drawing for a free Wii. The survey will take about five minutes to complete and will be available between March 2 and March 15. This survey is part of an honors program thesis. To complete the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=bHOspKRBpDQFpZSX84YDTg_3d_3d. Contact Michael Cronin at mcronin@uni.edu with questions.

 

UNI'S MARSHALL CENTER SCHOOL FEATURED IN DOCUMENTARY:

Marshall Center School and Sue Grosboll, UNI Museums director, will be featured in an Iowa Public Television documentary "Iowa's One-Room Schoolhouses." The program airs at noon, Sunday, March 1, and at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 5, on IPTV. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/museum or www.iptv.org

 

FEEDBACK NEEDED ON LAC:

The Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Committee is seeking feedback from the university community on the proposed "Purposes and Goals" statement for the LAC. The proposed statement is available at: http://www.uni.edu/lac/. Comments, suggestions and criticism can be made via e-mail to the LAC Coordinator, siobahn.morgan@uni.edu, via campus mail (zip:0335) or via a blog at http://weblogs.uni.edu/morgans/. All input from the UNI community is appreciated.

 

NOMINATE AN INSTRUCTOR FOR THE LAC TEACHING AWARD:

All instructors of liberal arts core courses are eligible for the "Excellence in Liberal Arts Core Teaching" award (including adjunct instructors and tenured and tenure-track faculty). Criteria for the award and nomination forms are available from the LAC Web site at http://www.uni.edu/lac/. Nominations are due by Monday, March 9. Awards will be made during the all-faculty meeting at the start of fall semester.

 

WALKING TACOS ON TUESDAYS:

Get a walking taco for $3 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., every Tuesday, at Biscotti's in Redeker Center. For more information on promotions at campus restaurants and stores, visit www.uni.edu/dor and click on "What's Happening."

 

WILD WEST WEEK AT MAUCKER UNION:

Customer appreciation week will be celebrated at Maucker Union with a Wild West theme, March 2-6. Look for new menu items, specials, games and prizes throughout the week at Prexy's, Chats and Essentials. Visit www.uni.edu/dor and click on "What's Happening."

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES:

DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM:

Students interested in the Disney College Program at Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, Calif., or Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, Fla., should attend one of two presentation sessions: 4 p.m., Monday, March 9, in CBB 227 or 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, in SEC 322. Contact Laura Wilson at 3-3821 for more information or visit www.disneycollegeprogram.com

 

PAIR APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED:

Apply to be Peer Academic Adviser in Residence (PAIR) for the 2009-2010 academic year. Information and applications are available from the Online Job Board at www.uni.edu/advising/ or in GIL 102. Applications are due at 5 p.m., Monday, March 2. For more information, e-mail keishas@uni.edu or call 3-3404.

 

UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU!:

Attend "Uncle Sam Wants You! Jobs With the Federal Government" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in the Presidential Room of the Maucker Union. Topics to be covered are: Where the Jobs Are; How to Search and Apply; Anatomy of a Vacancy Notice; Requirements for a Federal Resume; and KSA Description. Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided. To sign up, e-mail Ken Nesbett at knesbett@uni.edu

 

MAJORS IN MINUTES:

Attend Majors in Minutes, a speed-dating approach to learning more about majors/minors of interest, from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 9, in the Commons Ballroom (arrive anytime between 7 and 8 p.m.) Students interested in a major will visit with senior students in that major for five minutes. After five minutes, they can remain at that station or move to another. Refreshments will be provided. To learn more, visit http://www.uni.edu/advising

 

CARVER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION HELP:

Stop by for information and help applying for a Carver Scholarship from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, or from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 11, in GIL 113. Recipients of the 2009-10 Carver Scholarship have overcome difficult circumstances to pursue their education. Twenty new UNI recipients will be selected to receive a $5,200 award. To qualify, students must meet the following criteria: junior by fall 2009; minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA; currently enrolled as a sophomore at a participating four-year institution or one of Iowa's community colleges; U.S. citizen; graduated from an accredited Iowa high school or have been a resident of Iowa for the past five years; demonstrate financial need by filing a 2009-10 FAFSA by mid March. Apply online by April 1 at https://www.carvertrust.org/; click on the Scholarship tab.

 

FOLLON SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE:

The deadline for applications for the 2009-2010 Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership is 4 p.m., Friday, March 6. This $3,500 scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate students who have completed at least 30 credit hours at UNI, have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and will be returning for both fall and spring semester next year. Applicants are encouraged to apply using the common scholarship application at www.uni.edu/finaid/.

 

LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP ON CARING:

The Student Leadership Center will host a workshop on "Caring," the fifth pillar in the Character Counts initiative, at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Justin Tolan from ME&V will explore concepts of "servant leadership," how to recognize and motivate colleagues and group members and giving back to the community. Contact Jeff Ramsey (ramseyj@uni.edu) with questions.

 

INTERNSHIPS WITH DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:

Internships are available with U.S. Department of Defense Child Development Centers in Germany, Italy, England, Belgium, Hawaii or Florida for fall 2009. Travel, housing and a living stipend are paid. The internship includes 12 credit hours (undergraduate or graduate) from UNI. Students are eligible to apply for an education award from AmeriCorps*ProCorps. Prior experience working with children is required. To apply, e-mail Susan Edginton at Susan.Edginton@uni.edu. Briefly describe your experiences working with children as well as your educational background. The subject line should say: UNI/OL

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):

SPECIAL EVENTS:

OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS TO GET INVOLVED IN WORLD FAIR:

Over the Rainbow's second-annual World Fair Fundraiser will take place from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at the NCC Pepsi Pavilion on the Waterloo Cattle Congress Fairgrounds. The event aims to celebrate diversity in the Cedar Valley and raise money for impoverished women and children around the world. To learn more and/or get involved, visit: http://www.over-therainbow.org/worldfairregistration.html. Sponsored by the UNI Portuguese Club.

 

DODGING FOR DIABETES:

Attend Kappa Sigma Fraternity's "Dodging for Diabetes" on Sunday, March 8, at the WRC upper gyms. Check-in is from 10:30 to 11 a.m., and the tournament will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A co-ed team of six people is needed to play. The cost is $5 per person. Contact Bryan at bmward@uni.edu or Colton at christnc@uni.edu with questions.

 

ENTREFEST SMALL BUSINESS CONFERENCE:

EntreFest!, Iowa's two-day conference for small business, will take place Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Coralville. EntreFest! provides business owners and budding entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn, share and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit. EntreFest! is presented by a collaborative committee of Iowa's premier service providers including the UNI Regional Business Center and UNI Business and Community Services division. The conference is $79 per person. For more information, visit www.entrefest.com or contact Amy Kuhlers at 273-4328 or amy.kuhlers@uni.edu.

 

UNI MUSEUM TOUR AND SCAVENGER HUNT:

The Graduate Student Social Network will sponsor a UNI Museum tour and scavenger hunt from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 7. Tour the "Death Perception: The Science of Forensic Anthropology" exhibit and participate in a "CSI" style scavenger hunt with other graduate students. Admission is free and family and friends are welcome. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, e-mail knesbett@uni.edu

 

ST. PATRICK'S DAY ROOT BEER GAMES:

The Residence Halls Programming Board will sponsor St. Patrick's day root beer games from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, on top of Maucker Union. Prizes will be awarded and personal wellness extra credit will be given to those who attend.

 

CAMP MULTIMEDIA:

Camp Multimedia (CMM), a digital media summer camp for high school students, based at UNI, will expand to two weeks this summer and will offer a residential experience option with overnight stays in UNI residence halls. The camp offers intense instruction from UNI media professors and industry professionals. Using Photoshop, Flash, After Effects and digital video editing, students learn how to integrate images, 2-D and 3-D animation and video together in professional-level projects. Students will have the opportunity to learn basic multimedia programming skills during the second week. Taught by computer science professors at UNI, students will learn how computers represent digital images and sounds, manipulate media and create customized effects. For more details, go to: www.campmultimedia.com

 

SEEDS OF HOPE CLOTHING DRIVE:

Seeds of Hope, an organization that advocates for victims of sexual assault, will collect new or gently used sweatshirts, sweatpants and T-shirts to make sexual assault kits to distribute to local hospitals, Monday, March 2 through Friday, March 13. Drop off clothes in any residence hall office on campus. Contact Jessica Reschly at jessicar@uni.edu for more information.

 

SURVIVOR GET-TOGETHER:

All cancer survivors are invited to a get-together at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. We will discuss this year's Relay for Life and get to know one another. E-mail Randee Dewey at rdewey@uni.edu with questions.

 

CANTUS CONCERT: GRADUATE STUDENT APPRECIATION WEEK:

Cantus, a professional male vocal ensemble, will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 29, at the GBPAC. The Graduate Student Social Network has tickets for $5 for graduate students. Tickets must be reserved and paid for by Friday, March 13. E-mail Katherine Brown at kabrown@uni.edu for tickets or more information.

ATHLETICS:

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:

UNI women's basketball team hosts Wichita State at 7:05 p.m., Thursday, March 5. The Panthers will host Missouri State in the regular-season finale at 3:05 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Both games are in the McLeod Center.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

GRADUATE STUDENT MOVIE NIGHT:

Join NISG and other graduate students for a free movie and snacks at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in the CME. Feel free to bring family and friends (and blankets and pillows). Snacks will be provided by HyVee. Sponsored by NISG.

 

STOP THE VIOLENCE:

The UNI V-Day committee will sponsor a showing of the documentary "Until the Violence Stops" at 7 p.m., Monday, March 2, in SRL 115. Created and produced by Eve Ensler and the global organization V-DAY, this documentary showcases the Until the Violence Stops rally and the stories of persons who have suffered due to violence against women and girls.

 

BRAZILIAN FILM SERIES:

Watch "Pixote" at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, in the CME lobby. One of the first films to address the plight of Rio de Janeiro’s street kids, Pixote combines stark realism with symbolic imagery.

 

NEW DETECTIVES: FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY AND CRIME SCENE CLEAN-UP:

Watch two Discovery Channel features exploring forensic anthropology and crime scene clean-up at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at the University Museum. The total run-time is 69 minutes.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

DEATH INVESTIGATION:

Special Agent Jack Liao, Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, will explain how death investigations are conducted at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, at the University Museum. The discussion will include collecting evidence, preserving the crime scene, manner of death, weapon of death, mechanisms of death and more. Graphic and disturbing images will be included in this presentation. Materials presented are not meant to be seen by children or those with a weak stomach.

 

THE ETHICS AND EROTICS OF SEXUAL CONSENT:

Harry Brod will present "Beyond, 'But we were both drinking!' The Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent" at 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. A drawing for prizes will follow. Visit www.uni.edu/violenceservices and click on the logo for more information.

 

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP PANEL:

Leadership Studies will host an educational leadership panel from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in SEC 252. Panelists will be Linda Allen, vice president for academic affairs, Hawkeye Community College, and Victoria Robinson, trainer of principals, UNI, and former high school principal. Speakers will discuss their paths to leadership and provide advice for students. Free and open to the public. For information, call Gerri Perreault at 273-6898.

 

NEWS TALK:

News Talk will host a discussion on "Bad and Toxic Leadership" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 7, at University Book and Supply. Gerri Perreault, director of leadership studies, will present seven types of bad leaders, the causes of such leadership and why people follow and enable bad leaders. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 273-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu.

 

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR:

Bill Desmarais will speak on "A Tale of Two Pachyrhinosaurus: Discovery of a New Ceratopsian Dinosaur" at 4 p.m., Monday, March 9, in LAT 125. Desmarais works with Canadian Paleontologist Phil Currie and will describe their work in the field and in the lab at the University of Alberta. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 273-2759.

 

DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 9, at the UNI Museum to discuss "Crashing Through: the Extraordinary True Story of a Man Who Dared to See" by Robert Kurson. All are welcome without having read the book.

 

NATURAL RESOURCE RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT SEMINAR:

Jennifer Wahl will discuss "Biomass, Mineral Content and Winter Phenology of Nine Tallgrass Prairie Forbs" at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Wahl's work is part of The Prairie Power Project, which investigates mixtures of prairie species for biomass production. Her analysis will help to determine the best time to harvest biomass to reduce potential slagging of the furnace. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at 273-3828 or rwelch@uni.edu.

 

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE:

Deirdre Heistad, department of modern languages, will discuss "Catching up while Moving Forward: History and the Francophone Studies Classroom" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.

PERFORMING ARTS:

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Songwriter and musician Al Rose will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, March 2, 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.

 

'A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD/A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE':

The Strayer-Wood Theatre and School of Music will present the Marx Brothers-inspired Hollywood musical comedy, "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine," through Sunday, March 8. Read more about this musical at http://www.uni.edu/theatre. Tickets are $17; free for UNI students. Call 273-6381 for more information.

 

UNI JAZZ COMBOS:

Under the direction of faculty artist Chris Merz and graduate student conductors, the School of Music will present a jazz combos concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 2, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

WOMEN COMPOSERS' CONCERT:

Graduate students Bonnie Alger and Katherine Johns will coordinate the annual Women Composers' Concert at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT:

Percussion professor and faculty artist Randy Hogancamp will direct the UNI Percussion & West African Drum Ensembles in a spring concert, along with UNI’s new Taiko drum ensemble Kaji-Daiko, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

ORGAN RECITAL:

Visiting artist Marek Kudlicki will offer an organ recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in Jebe Hall, GBPAC. Kudlicki has been a featured performer at numerous international festivals and has toured the world performing and conducting. This event is free and open to the public.

 

W-CF SYMPHONY:

Grammy Award winner Edgar Meyer will join the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony on works by Ives, Copeland and Meyer himself, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at the GBPAC. College student rush tickets will be available the day of the show for $5 with a valid I.D. Call 273-4849 or visit wcfsymphony.org for more information.

 

UNI CONCERT CHORALE AND CHAMBER SINGERS CONCERT:

Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor and conductor Brad Barrett and visiting artist and conductor Dyan Meyer, the UNI Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers will offer a shared spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 9, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

UNI SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT:

Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor and conductor S. Daniel Galyen, the Symphonic Band will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.

 

WIND SYMPHONY CONCERT:

Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor and conductor Ronald Johnson, the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

SAXOPHONE AND PIANO RECITAL:

Faculty artists Chris Merz, saxophone, and Robert Washut, piano, will offer a duo recital at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in Graham Hall, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

VIOLIN AND PIANO RECITAL:

Faculty artists Frederick Halgedahl, violin, and Sean Botkin, piano, will offer a duo recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

SPRING BREAK ADVENTURE WITH UNI OUTDOORS:

Join UNI Outdoors March 13 through 22 in Georgia for backpacking in Cumberland National Seashore, canoeing in Okefenokee Swamp and hiking the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Attend a pre-trip meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in WRC 174. The fee is $500 for students, $525 for UNI employees and $575 for guests. Call 273-7164 for more information.

 

E-TOKE FOR FREE:

A free, anonymous assessment will give you feedback regarding your individual pattern of marijuana use and how it might be affecting different areas of your life. Visit www.uni.edu/subabuse and click on the "e-Toke" banner to access this resource.

 

GOT THE CARD?:

If you choose to drink, plan ahead for your own personal safety and well-being with a wallet-sized card that will help you "Watch Your Blood Alcohol Level & Stay in Your Green Zone." To find out more and order your free card, visit www.uni.edu/subabuse and click on the "B.A.C." logo.

HOURS:

CHANGE IN LIBRARY HOURS DURING SPRING BREAK:

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

 

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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