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Monday, Jan. 18, 2010
Several bias incidents were reported by students in November 2009 including an assault, shouting of racial slurs and two incidents of graffiti. The university has engaged in significant efforts to communicate the concerns to campus and to engage key constituencies in developing a response plan. A detailed update on the university response to-date is now available on the Dean of Students Web site at www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/deanofstudents/bias-response.
Pending Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approval, Allen intends to reduce the number of the university's administrative divisions from four to three. Provost Gloria Gibson has recommended combining UNI's Colleges of Humanities & Fine Arts (CHFA) and Natural Sciences (CNS). For the full statement, visit http://www.uni.edu/president/messages
The Liberal Arts Core Review Steering Committee (LAC-RSC) invites all faculty and students to participate in a short survey on the current Liberal Arts Core. The survey results will be used to help shape campus discussions about whether the current LAC needs to be revised and if so, how it should be improved. The charge of the LAC-RSC can be accessed at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/documents/LAC-RSCCharge.pdf.
ITS User Services has upgraded select few computers in the Maucker Union, ROD Library and Consulting Center computer labs to the new Windows 7 operating system. Feel free to stop in any of those locations to try out the computers and provide feedback on how they worked for you and your opinions about Windows 7.
It's time to complete your 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Families can complete their FAFSA using estimated information if taxes have yet to be completed. A 4-digit Personalized Identification Number (PIN) will be needed for both students and their parents (if a dependent student). If you have forgotten your PIN, please visit www.pin.ed.gov to retrieve a duplicate PIN. Contact the UNI Office of Student Financial Aid (105 Gilchrist Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org, 273-2700) if you have any questions or would like assistance in completing the FAFSA.
A limited number of tickets for May 18 events in the McLeod Center with the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet are available at no charge to UNI students. The Dalai Lama will take part in a 9:30 a.m. panel discussion, "Educating for a Non-violent World," and give a 2 p.m. keynote address, "The Power of Education." Students are encouraged to pick up their voucher by Jan. 31. Vouchers can be picked up at any UNItix location. Students must redeem their voucher for a ticket April 19-23. Remaining student seats will go on sale to the public after April 23. UNI students must show a UNI ID to receive a voucher and to get in with their ticket the day of the event. Visit www.uni.edu/dalailama for more information.
Approximately 950 doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine are available to all UNI students. The free H1N1 vaccinations will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the lower level of the Commons on a first-come, first-served basis. UNI students must bring their UNI ID with them. The clinic will be for students only.
UNI and Veridian Credit Union are seeking nominations for the 2010 Community Engagement Awards to recognize outstanding contributions of UNI faculty members to the community through research and/or teaching. All full-time tenured and tenure track faculty are eligible. For award and nomination details, visit http://www.uni.edu/resources/outreach/veridian.shtml. All nomination materials must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 19.
Save your course materials' receipts -- you may be eligible for a tax credit up to $2,500. The economic stimulus package signed into law by President Obama in Feb. 2009 makes the cost of college textbooks and course materials eligible for tax credits. This provision makes these academic tools more affordable for students and their families. For more information, visit http://www.textbookaid.org/.
G and A permit parking is available for faculty and staff as well as pay-by-space timed parking for visitors, faculty, staff and students in the new MMTC. The green numbered signs identify pay stalls and the lines are painted yellow. You must pay for your time in these spaces at the multi-meter pay stations located at the east and west stair wells at street level. Instructions are printed on the front of the machines and each is equipped with a button for voice prompts to guide you through the process. The MMTC entrance is on the east end of the facility from Merner Street. The Campus Street or west end, is an exit only. Traveling against the traffic flow puts others at unnecessary risk and is a chargeable offense. If you have questions, contact Brent Richmond at 273-5374
To access library research databases like Academic Search Elite, JSTOR, and Panther Prowler from off campus, you will need to use your CatID. For more information visit http://www.library.uni.edu/research-help
Your tuition has run out. The rest of your year will be paid for by state support and private donation. For more information on Tuition Education Day (TED), visit http://www.uni-foundation.org/studentgift.
Rod Library is now on Facebook with photos, YouTube videos, events, specialized search boxes and more. visit, http://www.facebook.com/rodlibrary
Visit http://www.uni.edu/sds/StudentNews.shtml to read the January edition that features information regarding SDS programs and services along with current disability news.
Submit entries to the Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize Contest. Each year, two awards are made: one to an undergraduate and another to a graduate or professional school student. The writing competition is open to all currently enrolled UNI students in any academic discipline. The undergraduate essay should be 15 to 20 pages in length; graduate essays should be 25 to 40 pages. Essays can discuss current events or history, law, public policy or the arts and humanities. The essay does not need to be produced exclusively for the competition; it can be a paper written for a class. Essays must address issues of international human rights. Submit essays by Monday, Feb. 1. Submit hard copies of essays along with application material to the UI Center for Human Rights (1120 University Capitol Centre Iowa City, IA 52242). Applications are available at http://www.uichr.org. Questions should be directed to email@example.com or Liz Crooks at (319) 335-3900.
Applications are being accepted for the McElroy Fellowship. The RJ McElroy Trust awards two $10,000 stipends to undergraduate students who have just completed their degree or to a graduating senior. More information can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/_files/forms/awards/McElroy%20Information.pdf. Contact Machelle Stickler at 273-2748 or firstname.lastname@example.org for application materials and instructions.
Do you want to find a quality internship that will help you gain skills, improve your full-time job search, and earn credit? UNI Career Services will spend 30 minutes teaching you the basics in getting an internship and earning internship credit. Meetings will be held at 4 p.m. in GIL 009 on the following Wednesdays: Jan. 27, Fed. 10, March 10, April 7.
Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization/Students In Free Enterprise (CEO/SIFE) meeting will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, in BCS 33. The meeting is open to all CEO and SIFE members and students interested in becoming members. Call 273-JPEC (5732) for details.
Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed national service fraternity and its motto is "Be a Leader, Be a friend, Be of Service". Informational meetings will be at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21 and Monday Jan. 25, in the Shull Hall rec room. There will be games, fun and... food. They will host the Blood Center of Iowa for its annual blood drive in the Maucker Union on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Stop by and save a life. Any questions, e-mail Kelly Gansen at email@example.com.
UNI American Sign Language Club's first meeting of the spring semester will be at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19 in the State College Room of Maucker Union. Open to all students regardless of hearing status or signing ability. Check us out on Facebook-- search for UNI ASL Club in groups or visit
UNI Habitat for Humanity is kicking off the second semester at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, in CBB 225. Find out how you can make a difference in the Cedar Valley by building houses. Hear about a semester full of fun and creative fundraising events, and enjoy free cookies. E-mail Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Explore NSE and learn how to attend one of 180+ colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada while paying UNI tuition, at an NSE informational meeting at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Maucker Union Elm Room. Students must have a 2.5 GPA and have completed at least 30 hours of credit at the time of exchange. Learn more at http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/nse.
The Supply Chain Management Association is holding an informational meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21 at the OP on College Hill. Come learn about the opportunities in the industry, the benefits of being an SCMA member and how to get involved. Free pizza and pop provided. Questions? Contact SCMA President, Paula Throndson, at email@example.com
Join UNI Society for Human Resource Management at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21 in CBB 1 and 3 for free snacks and a guest speaker.
Pi Sigma Epsilon is a sales and marketing organization open to all majors. PSE is hosting two informational meetings at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19 and Thursday, Jan. 21, in CBB 125. Hang out for an hour, have some pizza and pop and learn about the benefits of this business organization. PSE events include Bar-Hop-Oly and the Sprint into Spring 5K. It's the only student organization to become official members of the Cedar Valley Chamber of Commerce. The UNI chapter of PSE was recently awarded top chapter in the country. For more information, contact Lindsay Guenther at firstname.lastname@example.org or Zach Riesberg at email@example.com.
The first meeting of the spring semester will be at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, in MSH 103. At this meeting the semester's activities will be planned and officers will be chosen. Upcoming events include, Darwin Week, National Conference in Philadelphia, Physics Olympics, Relay for Life, tutoring and fundraisers. Open to all who will be teaching science, elementary, middle level and secondary. Pizza and pop will be provided. Please RSVP. For more information, visit NSTA on Facebook, (uni-nsta) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn what the SLC can do for you at 9 p.m., Jan. 26 in Maucker Union Central Ballroom B. The Preview Party will give an overview of the many programs and events the SLC has planned for Spring 2010. From developing your personal leadership skills to improving your group/organization's teamwork, the SLC has something for everyone! Meet people, have fun, get involved. Light refreshments will be served.
The UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club is recognized as UNI's longest active sport club. The tenets of Tae Kwon-Do are courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit. Tae Kwon-Do will celebrate its 40th anniversary at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 27 with free testing and an exciting black belt demonstration. More detailed information is at http://www.unitkd.com. Walk-ins are always welcome at practice sessions which are at 7 p.m., five nights a week in WRC 176.
Awareness for Individuals with Disabilities (AID) will meet at 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, in the Old Gold Room of Maucker Union. AID is open to all UNI students, with and without a disability, and plans a variety of educational events during the semester. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Join us at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, at the CME, for discussion of “Martin Luther King, Jr., for Armchair Theologians” by Rufus Burrows Jr. The author will be present for the book discussion and will return to UNI’s Davis Hall in the evening; program to begin at 7:00 p.m.
One of our institutional priorities is to value, promote and teach about diversity. An appreciation of diversity is an essential component of an excellent education. To further advance our efforts, I invite students, faculty and staff to the second-annual UNI town hall meeting on diversity from 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21 in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom.
To read President Allen's invitation in its entirety, visit http://www.uni.edu/diversity/.
Join in celebrating the 2009 UNI Volleyball Season at the Volleyball Banquet. It will be held at noon, Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Holiday Inn in Cedar Falls. The cost is $20. Please rsvp by Jan. 19 to Michelle Coulter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-3176.
The Sixth Annual Women at Play fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m., Jan. 29 at Joker's on Main Street in Cedar Falls. The event will include a social hour, silent auction and comedy show by Rex Havens. Tickets are $40 in advance, or $140 for a table of four. All proceeds go to the Women at Play endowment, which supports scholarships for UNI’s female student-athletes. Call 273-2468 to reserve your tickets.
Visiting artist Connie Rhoades will present a clarinet master class at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Rhoades currently serves as professor of clarinet at Eastern Kentucky University. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI State Relations Officer Joe Murphy will host a legislative update from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, in the Elm Room of Maucker Union. Topics include the state budget process, budget cuts and other policy items affecting UNI during this legislative session.
Kindermusik, a world-wide music and movement program for children ages 0-5, will offer a 14- week winter/spring Kindermusik session for young musicians and their caregivers from Feb. 1 through May 14. Kindermusik classes include singing, dancing, instrument play-alongs, and creative learning to stimulate all areas of child development. Evening and morning classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and multi-age classes for siblings are available. Classes are held in GBPAC 30. Registration deadline is Jan. 30. For more information, visit www.joyful-noise-studio.com, or contact Tricia Freeman at (319) 415-9404 or email@example.com.
On Wednesday, Jan. 27 graduate students are invited to the McLeod Alumni Suite before the UNI men's basketball game vs. Drake. Free pizza will be served at 5:30 p.m. Graduate students will be entered into a drawing to compete in an on-court promotion for a prize. The game is at 7:05 p.m. Admission is free with student ID. No RSVP needed. Questions: contact the Graduate College, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course explores how to generate business ideas and evaluate those ideas for viability. Advanced registration is required. The course is offered twice: 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.,Thursday, Jan. 21, both in BCS 128. To sign up, contact Katherine Cota-Uyar at 273-5732 or e-mail email@example.com.
History professor Pablo Ben will present "From City of Sin to Family Haven: The Transformation of Buenos Aires Between 1800 and 1950" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.
Introduction to Starting a Business will be offered from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, in BCS 128. This course is designed to teach the basics of starting a small business including business structure, taxes, and resources. Advanced registration is required. To sign up, contact Katherine Cota-Uyar at 273-5732 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn the components of a business plan and what makes an effective plan, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, in BCS 128. Information builds upon information in Start a Business -- Introduction workshop. Advanced registration is required. To sign up, contact Katherine Cota-Uyar at 273-5732 or e-mail email@example.com.
The director and designers of the Strayer-Wood Theatre's first senior-showcase production share their vision for bringing Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women" to life on stage at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre.
Jennifer Hopwood, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, will present "Roadside Prairie Plantings and Pollinator Conservation," at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center (located ¼ mile west of the McLeod Center on W. 27th St.). Hopwood's research has found that roadsides which have been restored with native vegetation had significantly greater bee abundance and species richness than those with weedy vegetation. She will discuss how we can use roadside prairie reconstruction to help conserve these important ecological pollinators. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at 273-3828 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Feb. 1, in the CME, Room 109A. Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost, will present "Women in Academic Leadership." The Women's & Gender Studies Program sponsors the Current Research on Women Forum Series. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to gather for the informal presentation and discussion.
UNI School of Music faculty artist Randy Grabowski will present a trumpet recital with Sean Botkin, piano, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
George Walker Society of Music presents "Celebration of America's Cultural Treasure, The Negro Spiritual," from 3 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24, First Presbyterian Church in Waterloo (4th Street & Franklin). Come hear vocal works by Hall Johnson, Moses Hogan, R. Nathaniel Dett and others. Donations accepted at the door.
The Fauré Piano Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m, Friday, Jan. 29 at the GBPAC. UNI students receive a 50-percent discount with valid UNI I.D. Call 273-4849 for tickets or visit http://www.gbpac.org.
Visiting artist Connie Rhoades will present a clarinet recital featuring pianist Ryan Shirar at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Rhoades currently serves as professor of clarinet at Eastern Kentucky University and will offer a master class during her visit as well. This event is free and open to the public.
The Pilobolus Dance Troupe will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, in the GBPAC. UNI students receive a 50-percent discount with valid UNI I.D. Call 273-4849 for tickets or visit http://www.gbpac.org.
Intramural 4-on-4 Sunday evening volleyball is for men, women and co-rec. Registration will take place Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 25-27, in the WRC 161; registration materials are available in WRC 161. Four-team league game times are available at 5, 5:45, 6:20, 7 and 7:40 p.m. Play will begin Sunday, Feb. 7, on the WRC south courts. Call 3-7262 with questions.
WRS fitness and leisure classes began Jan. 13, but it's not too late to register. Many classes like Water Aerobics, Pilates, Spinnercise and Hip Hop are still open. Start 2010 with a new attitude and a new body. To register, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitness/classes.
Looking for a good place to workout where it's not so congested? Consider using the WRS Health Beat in Maucker Union. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday. If you have any questions, call 3-2239. Health Beat lockers are available for rent (by the semester). Ask a fitness supervisor at Health Beat, or contact Kristy Leen, WRS personal fitness coordinator, at 3-7167 or email@example.com.
An informational meeting will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 1, in WRC 155. Class begins Monday, Feb. 8. Monday lectures will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in WRC 155. Friday labs will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in WRC 85. For more information and to enroll, contact the personal fitness coordinator at 273-7167. Class is not for academic credit.
Schedule a one hour massage during the months of January or February and pay just $40 (regularly $45). First come, first serve, subject to schedule availability. Special does not include gift certificate sales. All other massage sessions are regularly priced. Call 3-6119 to schedule. Learn more about massage therapy at UNI at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/massage_therapy.html.
There will be no special vacation loans over the weekend. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, you will get a prompt to enter your last name and UNI ID number.
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