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Monday, April 6, 2009

NEWS:

CHANGE IN IRS FEDERAL INCOME TAX WITHHOLDING TABLES:

The IRS recently released new tax withholding tables that will result in more take home pay for most employees beginning with the March 31 monthly and April 8 biweekly payrolls. Employees do not need to submit a new Form W-4 to get this automatic withholding change. The new withholding may place some taxpayers in a slightly under withheld situation by the end of the year. Contact your professional income tax adviser or refer to IRS Publication 919 if you have questions regarding adjustments to your Form W-4. For more information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/payroll or call 273-7049.

 

E-BILL DUE DATE:

E-bills are due Wednesday, April 7; to register for fall classes your account must be current. Check MyUNIverse to see if you have an account balance due.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT STUDENT LOANS:

Effective with the 2009-10 academic year, students must accept their loans on their Award Notification in order for the Office of Student Financial Aid to process them. Access your Award Notification on MyUNIverse at http://MyUNIverse.uni.edu.

 

SUSTAINABILITY: DID YOU KNOW?:

Peak tonnage for the UNI UNI Recycling Substation located just west of Hudson Road between West 27th and 31st Streets, during its first two years of operation came in July 2008, when 25.86 tons of recyclable material was collected. You can drop off newsprint and paper, cardboard, plastics, tin, glass and plastic bags for recycling 24/7.

 

JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON SUSTAINABILITY:

Join the campus conversation on sustainability from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 14, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Attend all or only part of a session, as your schedule allows. Visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/energy/energy_sub/campus-conversation.shtml to register; select the link on the page and login using your CatID and password.

 

ROD LIBRARY NEWSLETTERS:

Rod Library newsletters are at http://www.library.uni.edu/news/newsletter.html. Learn about resources and services available to faculty, staff and students. Read the latest issue to learn about upcoming exhibits and special events hosted by Rod Library.

 

RADIO EMERGENCY GROUP NEEDS VOLUNTEERS:

The Cedar Falls Radio Emergency Club needs volunteers from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 25, to provide traffic control for the walkers participating in the March of Dimes' March for Babies. Volunteers age 18 and over are welcome. Contact the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley at volunteerUNI@vccv.org for more information.

 

VIOLENCE INTERVENTION SERVICES WEB SITE:

Explore the new Violence Intervention Services Web site at www.uni.edu/violenceservices. The site contains information regarding sexual assault, physical and emotional abuse, stalking, harassment, pertinent laws and policies, including the recently revised Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, victim assistance and support, prevention, upcoming events and more. Contact Mark Rowe at mark.rowe@uni.edu, or 273-3423 with questions.

 

LEAVE YOUR PAW PRINT:

For $1, you can buy a paw print at 23rd St. Market, Essentials and Biscotti's that will benefit the 2009 Student Challenge to raise money for a scholarship fund. Leave your paw print today so future students can leave theirs. Visit www.uni-foundation.org/studentgift for more information.

 

SUMMER COURSE ADDED:

Mental Health in the Classroom 200:118 01, taught by professor Ralph Scott, will be offered from 9:50 a.m. to noon, daily, during May term.

 

LIBRARY HOURS FOR EASTER WEEKEND:

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

 

WRC HOURS FOR EASTER WEEKEND:

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

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES:

ITS GRADUATE ASSISTANT OPENING:

ITS-Educational Technology has an opening for a graduate assistant during the next academic year. This assistantship entails a 20-hour work week that involves presenting computer workshops to UNI students, faculty and staff. For the 2009-10 academic year, payment may involve a full stipend and/or a full tuition scholarship. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/gradassistant.html.

 

'GIVING CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE' WORKSHOP:

Francis Degnin will present the workshop, "Giving Credit Where Credit is Due" from 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, April 6, in ITT 136. Attend this presentation and learn how to avoid the problems and pitfalls in citing, paraphrasing and other risks for plagiarism. RSVP to Ken Nesbett at knesbett@uni.edu.

 

APPLY FOR KOOB SCHOLARSHIP:

The Robert and Yvonne Koob Fund for Student Community Engagement is an endowment supporting students completing internships in positions of service in Iowa. Interns chosen to receive awards through the Koob Fund will be selected based on benefits to the student, the sponsoring organization and the community outside of UNI. Awards range from $1,000 to $3,000. Scholarship information can be found at:

http://www.uni-foundation.org/page.aspx?id=lotw36p89. Applications are due Friday, April 10. For more information, contact Julianne Gassman at 273-2264 or gassman@uni.edu.

 
WRC HIRING FOR FALL:

Wellness and Recreation Services is accepting applications for student employment. All UNI students are welcome to apply. Applications may be picked up at the WRC 101 or at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/student_employment/jobs.html.

 

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS:

Two paid summer internships are available through a grant program with the University Museum from Monday, May 18 through Friday, Aug. 7. Public program and promotional assistant and educational program assistant positions require a commitment of 20 hours per week. Detailed descriptions, qualifications and requirements are posted on the Online Job Board.

 

4TH ANNUAL IDEA DIVERSITY SUMMIT:

Register now for the IDEA Diversity Summit to be held Thursday, April 23 at Maucker Union. The summit features a keynote by Bruce King, chief diversity officer at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, as well as a variety of breakout sessions and panels featuring faculty, staff and administrators from around Iowa. More information can be found at www.iowadiversitysummit.com.

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):

SPECIAL EVENTS:

SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR:

Rape Aggression Defense will be taught at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in the Maucker Union Elm Room (lower level). Self-defense awareness expands knowledge of your surroundings and teaches moves that could save your life. Fun and interactive--wear comfortable clothes. Sponsored by: V-Day Committee and Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE). For a complete list of Sexual Assault Awareness Month events, visit www.uni.edu/violenceservices. Click on prevention and upcoming events.

 

ARNE DUNCAN TO VISIT UNI:

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will make his first visit to Iowa as Secretary for a major policy address at 11 a.m., Friday, April 24, at the GBPAC. Duncan's presentation will outline challenges and opportunities for education reform and innovation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Duncan or the event, contact Pat Geadelmann at 273-6144 or visit http://www.uni.edu/arneduncan/.

 

JAPANESE EXHIBIT:

Sample sushi and learn about Japanese culture at an exhibition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday April 17, in the CME. Displays and presentations will be given by Kansai Gaidai students in the Culture and Intensive English Program.

 

PANTHER BASH:

Enjoy free food and fun at a BBQ style cookout with hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, veggie kabobs, chips and more from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, in front of the Campanile. Sponsored by NISG.

 

PANTHER SHOUT OUT:

UNI's on-campus game show, "Panther Shout Out!" is taping its last two episodes of the year Tuesday, April 14. The episodes will feature a live studio audience for the first time. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show will tape from 6 to 8 p.m. Audience members will interact with the show, as well as have the chance to win door prizes (gift certificates, cash, etc.). The audience will also be on UNI's cable channel when the show airs. "Panther Shout Out!" is a student-run independent project run by Cory Houser and Dave Maxwell, students in the Electronic Media major.

 

CELEBRATE HONORS WEEK, APRIL 13 THROUGH 18:

Honors Week is packed with events happening everyday, including guest lecturers, seminars, undergraduate research presentations and a university-wide book drive. Visit www.uni.edu/honors for a complete schedule of events.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

ART EXHIBIITON:

The UNI Gallery of Art will present its "Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition" through Monday, April 20. This annual competition showcases outstanding recent works by students in the UNI Department of Art.

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH SHOWING OF 'THE ACCUSED':

See "The Accused" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, in SRL115. A rape victim, enraged at the light sentence her attackers received goads a female prosecutor to charge the men who literally cheered on the attack. Sponsored by Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE). Free door prizes and popcorn. For a complete list of Sexual Assault Awareness Month events, visit www.uni.edu/violenceservices. Click on prevention, and upcoming events.

 

INVISIBLE CHILDREN DOCUMENTARY:

Attend a free showing of a documentary at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, in Lang Hall Auditorium. The film will be shown by Invisible Children: The Rescue, a student organization affiliated with Invisible Children Inc. which raises awareness of the abduction, displacement and death of children and adults in Uganda. For more information, visit www.invisiblechildren.com. E-mail alexandercw05@yahoo.com with questions or to get involved.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

STEINGRABER TO SPEAK ON ENVIRONMENTAL LINKS TO HEALTH ISSUES:

Sandra Steingraber, internationally known biologist, will discuss her work on environmental links to cancer and reproductive health at 3 and 7 p.m. Monday, April 6. The evening presentation will be in the CEEE Auditorium with a 6:30 p.m. reception in the lobby and a book signing following the talk. The 3 p.m. talk will be in WRC 252 with an environmental law class. The public is invited to all events. http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=4228

 

WALT WHITMAN LIVE:

Bill Koch will present his one-man show, Walt Whitman Live!! at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in Lang Hall Auditorium. The 50-minute show presents Koch speaking on the poet's major themes, observations of American culture, views on Abraham Lincoln and Civil War experiences. Sponsored by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

 

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE:

Charles Holcombe, professor, UNI Department of History, will discuss "The (Sixth-Century) Reunification of China" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.

 

GRAD COLLEGE BROWN BAG LECTURE:

Tony Gabriele, associate professor, Educational Psychology and Foundations, presents "Looking Inside the Minds of Students and Teachers for Indicators of Successful Mathematics Reform: Implications for Demonstrating and Improving the Effectiveness of Professional Development," from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in MSH 001. Cookies and coffee will be provided.

 

HEARST LECTURE:

Richard J. Bernstein, Vera List Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, will present a public lecture, "John Dewey's Vision of Radical Democracy," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. A reception will follow. http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=4256

 

BOGDAN TO SPEAK:

Robert Bogdan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education and Sociology at Syracuse University and one of the founding members of the Center On Human Policy, will present his research at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, in SEC 121/122. The College of Education also will host a faculty-student seminar with Bogdan from 4 to 5 p.m. in SEC 121/122. Bogdan's research includes studies of the life histories of former residents of institutions for the mentally retarded, school and community inclusion, communication in neonatal wards and visual depictions of disability in popular culture. For more information, contact Chris Kliewer at christopher.kliewer@uni.edu.

 

SIGMA XI LECTURE:

Michael Dorff, Department of Mathematics, Brigham Young University, will present "Shortest Baths, Soap Films and the Shape of the Universe" at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in MSH 201. Dorff will start with high school geometry's "shortest path between two points is a line," and show how this applies to many things, including the shape of the universe. For further information, contact Martin Chin at martin.chin@uni.edu or 273-7898.

 

BROWN BAG ON WRITING STUDIES: INFORMATION LITERACY:

The Writing Studies Brown Bag will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in BAK 161 and will focus on integrating classroom writing instruction with academic library services. The article is available at http://compositionforum.com/issue/19/west-virginia.php. Staff from Rod Library will join the discussion. Contact David M. Grant at 273-2639 for more information.

 

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP PANEL:

A business leadership panel will take place from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, April 9, in SEC 252. Panelists will be Renee Christoffer, vice president of administration, Veridian Credit Union; Ritchie Kurtenbach, assistant business manager and organizer, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 288; and Ellen Miller, board member, World's Window, Cedar Falls. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Leadership Studies at 273-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu.

 

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR:

Students Bree McClenning and Joe Zeitler will give presentations on their undergraduate research projects at 4 p.m., Monday, April 13, in LAT 125. McClenning will present on "Carbonate Petrology and Depositional History of Oolites within the Ste. Genevieve Limestone in Southern Illinois" and Zeitler will present on "Application of a Bench-top X-ray Fluorescence Unit to the Geothermometry of Spahelerite and Galena." For more information, call 273-2707.

 

DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 13, at the University Museum. Don Briggs, UNI professor, will lead a discussion on "Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder" by Richard Louv. All Cedar Valley residents are welcome. Participants need not have read the book to attend.

 

HARI SHANKAR LECTURE:

Eric Hart, adjunct associate professor of mathematics at Maharishi University of Management and president of Hart Consulting, will present the Hari Shankar Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in Lantz Auditorium of MSH. Hart's lecture, "The Iowa Core Curriculum for K12 Mathematics: Important Mathematics, Effective Teaching and Deep Learning," will explore the mathematics portion of the new Iowa Core Curriculum through puzzles, videos and a classroom vignette. Refreshments will follow the talk, which is open to the public and free of charge.

 

LEADERSHIP AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT:

A leadership and sexual harassment program will be held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, April 16, in SEC 252. Presenters will be Gwenne Culpepper, associate director for compliance and equity management at UNI, and Lt. Col. Chris Lukasiewicz, department head, Military Science-ROTC at UNI. They will discuss policies and strategies for dealing with sexual harassment. Free and open to the public. Call 273-6898 or e-mail YLA@UNI.edu with questions.

 

PREPARATION FOR A WORLD OF WORK:

Listen to successful UNI alumni describe the impact of globalization on their careers and organizations, as well as the preparation people need to work in a globalized environment, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Friday, April 17, in Strayer-Wood Theatre. The UNI alumni represent marketing and public relations, international corporations, electronic and broadcast media companies, state and federal government, health care and education. You may come late and leave early as your schedule requires.

 

ELEMENTARY LITERACY CONFERENCE:

UNI and Price Lab School will host the 41st annual Elementary Literacy Conference (ELC) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 17, in the SEC. The conference will focus on elementary reading and literature skills. Businesses from the Cedar Valley and the Midwest will showcase merchandise throughout the day in the exhibition hall in the lobby of the SEC. UNI students, faculty and staff are invited to check out the many exhibition tables featuring Pampered Chef, Longaberger, Beads and Beyond, Green Street Gifts, Lia Sophia, University Book and Supply and more. More information can be found at http://www.pls.uni.edu/read.

PERFORMING ARTS:

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Sparky & Rhonda Rucker will perform their American folk music live at 7 p.m., Monday, April 6, in KUNI's studio on the third floor of the CAC. For more information, visit sparkyandrhonda.com. "Live from Studio One" hosts performances by (mostly) acoustic musicians in an intimate setting. This weekly music program is produced and hosted by Iowa Public Radio's Karen Impola. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12. For broadcast times and stations, visit http://www.iowapublicradio.org.

 

VARSITY MEN'S GLEE CLUB:

Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor and conductor Brad Barrett, the UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 6, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

UNI BRASS CHOIR:

Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor of trumpet Randy Grabowski, the UNI Brass Choir will offer a spring concert at 8 p.m., Monday, April 6, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

UNI TRUMPET ENSEMBLE CONCERT:

Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor of trumpet Randy Grabowski, the UNI Trumpet Ensemble will offer a spring concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

UNI SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT:

School of Music professor and conductor S. Daniel Galyen will lead the UNI Symphonic Band in its spring concert, also featuring the Urbandale High School band, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

ORGAN RECITAL:

Faculty artist Kui-Im Lee, organ, will offer a recital at 8 p.m., Friday, April 10, in Jebe Hall, GBPAC, with repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

 

STUDENT COMPOSERS' CONCERT:

The School of Music will present the student composers' concert at 8 p.m., Monday, April 13, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Coordinated by professor of composition and theory Jonathan Schwabe, student composers will showcase their work in this spring recital. This event is free and open to the public.

 

JAZZ PANTHERS:

Under the direction of conductor Robert Washut, the UNI Jazz Panthers will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.

 

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE, KAJI-DAIKO & WEST AFRICAN DRUM ENSEMBLE CONCERT:

Under the direction of percussion professor and faculty artist Randy Hogancamp, the UNI Percussion & West African Drum Ensembles will perform, along with UNI's new Taiko drum ensemble Kaji-Daiko, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

ANXIETY DISORDER SCREENING:

Anxiety Disorder Screenings will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Thursday, April 9, at the UNI Counseling Center (second floor of the Health Center). The screening will last approximately one hour, is free of charge and is open to UNI faculty, staff and students. E-mail jennifer.murra@uni.edu or call 273-2676 with questions.

 

SMOKING CESSATION ASSISTANCE:

As the cost of tobacco increases, now may be the time to "kick the habit." Assistance and resources are available through Wellness and Recreation Services. Visit WRC 104, e-mail kathy.green@uni.edu or call 273-6921 for more information.

 

DO-RUN-RUN:

The 20th annual Do-Run-Run 5K will be held Saturday, April 11, at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls. Proceeds will benefit PRSSA and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The race will begin at 9 a.m. with registration at 7:30 a.m. The registration fee for UNI students is $20. The race fee includes a T-shirt, race bag, refreshments and door prizes. Medals will be awarded to top runners. Registration forms are available at www.uni.edu/prssa. Click on the Do-Run-Run logo in the lower left-hand corner.

 

INTRAMURAL OPEN CO-REC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT:

An intramural co-rec softball tournament will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 25. Open to students, faculty and staff. The entry fee is $20 per team. Teams must be entered by 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, in WRC 161. The tournament is limited to the first eight teams to enter. A bracket will be posted and e-mailed after 1 p.m., Thursday, April 23, on the IM bulletin board. Call 273-7262 with questions.

 

INTRAMURAL 11-ON-11 OPEN CO-REC SOCCER TOURNAMENT:

Play intramural co-rec soccer at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 26, at the West Campus recreation fields. The tournament is open to students, faculty and staff. The entry fee is $20 per team with a two-game guarantee. Registration is Monday through Wednesday, April 20-22, at the WRC 161. The tournament is limited to the first eight teams to register. Call 273-7262 with questions.

 

4-ON-4 CO-REC SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT:

An intramural 4-on-4 Co-Rec Sand Volleyball Tournament will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 19, at the WRC Sand Volleyball Court. Open to men, women, faculty and staff. Entry forms are available Monday, April 6, in WRC 161. The entry fee is $20 per team. Register Monday through Wednesday, April 13-15. Play is limited to the first eight teams to register. For further information, call 273-7262.

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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