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Monday, March 9, 2009
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
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
Newsbank's Access World News is available on beta test through the end of the semester. This resource includes local, in-state, national and international news sources, including newspapers, broadcast transcripts, newswires, news blogs, news Web-only content and video. To access news, select the America’s Newspapers (NewsBank) link on the Databases A–Z menu on the library’s home page (http://www.library.uni.edu/)
Award categories and applications for student leadership awards are available at http://www.uni.edu/maucker/leadership/recceremonypage.htm or in the Student Involvement & Activities Center on the upper level of Maucker Union. Applications are due by 4 p.m., Friday, March 27. Awards will be presented at the Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, April 28. Contact Alicia Mireles at email@example.com or 273-7422 with questions.
UNI's Teacher Education program is campus-wide, spanning all six colleges. A teacher education newsletter for campus will publish bi-monthly during the academic year. For information about UNI's Teacher Education program including outreach in the state and beyond, programs, faculty expertise, grants, research, events, scholarship and news, visit http://www.uni.edu/coe/newsletter/march09.shtml.
Volunteers are needed to staff Waterloo elementary schools for Kindergarten Round-Up from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m, Friday, April 17 to assist with a computer test that the parent and child will complete. For more information, e-mail volunteerUNI@vccv.org.
During the week of March 16, all academic building smoke detectors, heat detectors and pull stations will be inspected and tested. As a result, you may hear an intermittent fire alarm siren. This is a result of the testing procedure and is not notification of fire. If the alarm goes off and is a steady alarm sound, this is a valid fire alarm and evacuation of the building should start immediately. Contact Darrell Hansen at 273-2004 with questions.
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 until 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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.
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 273-5374 with questions or comments.
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."
Merchant Scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, achievement, character, potential and service to society. Scholarships of $2,000-$4,000 will be awarded for graduate study for the fall of 2009. The application and related information can be accessed at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/merchant/index.shtml. The deadline for this scholarship has been extended to Monday, March 30. Contact Coleen Wagner (email@example.com) in the Provost's Office with questions.
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 273-3821 for more information or visit www.disneycollegeprogram.com
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
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.
Attend an information session at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, in GIL 25 to learn more about studying in Ireland. Contact James Hanlon, peer adviser for Ireland, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or schedule an appointment at the Study Abroad Office in GIL 28.
Talk with peer advisers and past participants about studying in France at an information session at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, in GIL 007 or 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in GIL 009. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office in GIL 28.
Student Admissions Ambassadors (SAA) is taking applications for the fall 2009 semester. For more information and an application, visit http://www.uni.edu/admissions/saa/membership.html, or e-mail Nick Hanson at email@example.com. Applications are due Friday, March 27.
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):
Four Tibetan monks from the University of Arkansas Tibetan Cultural Institute will construct a sand mandala April 13-19 in the lobby of the GBPAC. A mandala is an intricate geometric pattern made from colored sand, grain by grain, representing Buddha and acting as a guide for meditation. For more information, contact Jan Hanish at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-3526.
"Treats for Troops," a social work student project, will hold a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, March 9, in Mauker Union. All proceeds will go towards shipping costs to send care packages to 140 members of the Waterloo 211th Aviation Unit, currently serving in Iraq. For more information or to make a donation, go to http://tinyurl.com/treats4troops or contact Jessica Ruiz at email@example.com
The student nature society will meet at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, in the greenhouse classroom to prepare for upcoming events. Pizza and pop provided.
Participate in a 5K run/walk at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 4, at the GBPAC. Proceeds from the event will go to the Cedar Valley United Way to benefit families affected by the 2008 flooding. Students, faculty and community members can register for the event at http://www.uni.edu/footsteps4floodrelief.
The 8th Annual PSE 5K run/walk will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 18. Raffle prizes will be given from supporting companies. The entrance fee is $12 before Sunday, April 5, and $15 after the deadline. Participants will receive a T-shirt and a bag full of coupons, discounts and prizes. Early bag pickup will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 17, at the Runners Flat. Register online at www.active.com (keyword:University Mills). For printable registration (dropoff at CBB 336) visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/pse/projects.html. Sponsored by Epsilon Theta.
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.
Registration is open for the Student Leadership Center Spring Conference. For registration information, a detailed schedule of events and a description of each session, visit www.uni.edu/leadershipcenter. Contact Alicia Mireles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-7422 with questions.
The Office of Admissions will host a Cedar Valley Middle School Midnight Preview from 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, March 13, in the WRC. The event is free and open to all middle school students and their parents. Students will participate in two informational breakout sessions before an evening of open recreational activities. For more information, contact Ron Green at 3-2859 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets or more information.
Panther Marching Band Colorguard auditions will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at the West Gym. RSVP by Wednesday, March 25 to email@example.com.
Check out the blockbuster "Twilight" starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Billy Burke at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. Free refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
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.
Watch this NOVA episode, which investigates the ever-evolving technology used to solve crimes at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at the University Museum. The total run-time is 60 minutes.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Ryan Melloy, manager of industrial relations at John Deere Waterloo Works, and Gerri Perreault, director of UNI Leadership Studies will lead a workshop on "Mediation or Arbitration: Which Should You Use?" from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in SEC 252. For more information, contact Perreault at 273-6898 or e-mail YLA@uni.edu
Alan Czarnetzki, professor of meteorology, and Jeff Kennedy, KWWL meteorologist, will present the fourth installment of the Citizen Science series at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 28, in the CEEE auditorium. They will review current recommendations for safety during tornadoes, lightning and flash floods. The series, open to the public and free of charge, is intended to make the technical accessible.
A government leadership panel will be held from 3:45 to 4:45, Thursday, March 26, in SEC 252, with Andrew Clopton, judicial branch's chief of staff, NISG; Patricia Harper, former Iowa legislator; and Leon Mosley, co-chair, Republican Party of Iowa. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 273-6898.
The Gilded Bats, Eastern Iowa's premier old-time stringband, will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, March 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. Visit myspace.com/thegildedbats for more information about the group.
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.
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.
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.
Faculty artists Chris Merz, saxophone, and Robert Washut, piano, will offer a duo recital at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in Russell Hall, Room 101. This event is free and open to the public.
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.
"Chosen: A Chamber Theatre Reading," coordinated by professor of composition and theory Jonathan Schwabe, will premiere the reading of a new student chamber theatre piece at 8 p.m., Monday, March 23, in Jebe Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
The Northwind Quintet will offer a spring recital at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall, featuring UNI School of Music faculty artists Tom Barry, oboe, Amanda McCandless, clarinet, David Rachor, bassoon, and Yu-Ting Su, horn, with guest artist Dominique Cawley, flute. This event is free and open to the public.
Visiting artist Dennis Whittaker, double bass, will present a recital at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in Graham Hall, Russell Hall. Whittaker has performed with several prominent symphony orchestras throughout the United States. This event is free and open to the public.
Visiting artist Jeongwon Ham, piano, will offer a recital at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. She has won numerous piano competitions, including the Bartók/Kabalevsky International Piano Competition, and has performed internationally. This event is free and open to the public.
Under the direction of conductor Rebecca Burkhardt, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.
The UNI Interpreters Theatre will present "Daddy's Little Girl," followed by "The Mating Game," at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 26 - 28, in LNG 040. Admission is free, 90 people will be admitted per show on a first-come, first-served basis. This production is intended for mature audiences; it contains strong language and sexual situations.
Visiting artist Dennis Whittaker will offer a double bass master class to School of Music students at 10 a.m., Friday, March 27, in Graham Hall, Russell Hall. Whittaker graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University, and with a Master's of Music from Northwestern University, and has performed with several prominent symphony orchestras throughout the United States. This event is free and open to the public.
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. The fee is $500 for students, $525 for UNI employees and $575 for guests. Call 273-7164 for more information.
An intramural bench press competition will take place at 7:05 p.m., Monday, March 30, in the WRC 153 (Free Weight Room). Weigh-in will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. and warm-up will start 15 minutes prior to the competition. Entry for this event will take place at the time of weigh-in. Open to men and women. Contact the IM Office at 273-7262 for more information.
An intramural badminton competition, open to men, women and co-rec, will be held at the WRC South Courts. Men's/women's singles will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, men's/women's doubles will be held at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, and the co-rec competition will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 25. Brackets will be posted by 7 p.m. each evening of play. Registration will take place for singles from 6 to 6:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, and for co-rec and doubles from 6 to 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, March 25. Contact the IM office at 273-7262 with questions.
An intramural one-on-one basketball tournament will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, on the WRC South Courts. The tournament will have three divisions: women, men under 6' and men over 6'. Registration will be held from 6 to 6:45 p.m, Wednesday, April 1, on the WRC South Courts and brackets will be posted there at 6:55 p.m. Contact the IM Office at 273-7262 for more information.
CHANGE IN LIBRARY HOURS DURING SPRING BREAK:
Chats customers can get free coffee at Chats from 8 to 10 a.m. during spring break. Maucker Union restaurants and stores will be closed from Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 22, for construction. Residence dining at Towers and Redeker Centers and food carts in Schindler, Curris and WRC will also be closed Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 22. The 23rd Street Market in Commons and Biscotti's at Redeker will reopen at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 22.
PANTHER SHUTTLE/SAFE RIDE HOURS:
MAUCKER UNION HOURS:
WELLNESS/RECREATION CENTER HOURS:
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