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Monday, Jan. 25, 2010
President Allen and Provost Gibson invite faculty, staff and students to an important update on UNI's Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaccreditation self-study process. An open forum will be held at 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. UNI's reaccreditation steering committee will highlight key aspects of the self-study, including the Foundations of Excellence® and HLC work, seek input, discuss how individuals can submit suggestions for possible revisions of the self-study report, and outline the next steps in completing the reaccreditation process. Faculty, staff and student inpu, and active participation in the next phases of the review process, are critical to UNI's reaccreditation. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting and to contribute to the shaping of UNI's future.
The NISG general election season is underway. Official campaigning starts on Monday, Feb. 1. Applicants who wish to have their name on the ballot must complete an application and are required to meet Election Commissioner Mary Jo Halder to receive an application. For meeting times and more details visit www.uni.edu/nisg.
2009 W-2 Wage and Tax Statements will be mailed on or about Monday, Jan. 25. W-2 FAQs are available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/. Other questions may be directed to Payroll at 273-2656 or 273-6425.
Got talent? All CBA students are invited to participate in the annual CBA Talent Search. Three acts will be chosen to perform and receive $700. The performance will be held during the CBA Graduation Celebration on Thursday, April 22. Auditions will be held in late February. Please sign up in the Dean's Office CBB 325 by Monday, Feb. 15. Group performances are allowed with a minimum of one CBA student. For more information contact April Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you know a student who has demonstrated outstanding service to UNI? Nominate him or her for the 2010 Lux Service Award. This award is the most prestigious award given to undergraduate students to acknowledge their 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.uni.edu/studentaffairs/deanofstudents/lux for a complete list of award requirements and an online nomination form. Nominations must be received by Friday, Feb. 19. For more information contact Keisha Schmidt at (319) 273-5181 or email@example.com.
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 found at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/documents/LAC-RSCCharge.pdf. The survey is available on MyUNIverse https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/portal/portHandler.cgi for two weeks beginning Jan. 19. Additional comments or questions about the survey may be directed to the committee co-chairs Susan Hill firstname.lastname@example.org and Virginia Arthur email@example.com.
ITS User Services has upgraded a 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 2010-11 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 four-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 GIL, firstname.lastname@example.org, 273-2700) if you have any questions or would like assistance in completing the FAFSA.
During the weekend of Jan. 29 more than 500 students and residence life professionals will attend the 20th annual UNI RA Conference. Programs will be presented on topics pertaining to residence life; there will be a keynote by Bill Cordes and entertainment. For further information or to include information/photos from the event in UNI publications, contact Ashleigh Crowe at email@example.com.
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 February 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/.
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.
Last Friday was the last day to drop a full semester class without a "W". ITS-Educational Technology offers two workshop series, Mastering Microsoft Office and Creating Web Pages, for 1-credit hour. Please visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/credit.shtml for complete details including pre-registration information.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2010-11 Dr. 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 required. Applicants are encouraged to use the Common Scholarship Application at www.uni.edu/finaid/. Deadline for applications is 4 p.m., Friday, March 5. For more information contact Jan Hanish 273-3526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NISG will hold three budget-process information sessions for student organizations to better prepare them for the budget process. The meetings will take place from 6 to 7 p.m., Jan. 25, 26 and 27 in the SIAC. Completed budget packets are due Monday, Feb. 8. More information on the process can be found at www.uni.edu/nisg/funding.
Half-Masted, UNI's comedy improv troupe, will hold auditions from 6 to 8 p.m.,Tuesday, Jan. 26, and 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Mauker Union Elm Room. Callbacks will be held Friday, Jan. 29. The troupe is composed of UNI students and alumni, and instructed and directed by Doug Shaw. It performs a public show at the end of every semester at UNI, and private shows, seminars, and team-building workshops throughout Iowa. Practices are from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays, and 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., Fridays.
Want an on-campus job that involves helping other people? The Office of Academic Advising is seeking Peer Academic Advisors in Residence (PAIRs) for the 2010-11 academic year. Applications are available at www.uni.edu/advising, GIL 102, or from the online UNI job board. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 26. Two letters of recommendation and a 3.0 GPA are required.
Are you looking for a way to get more involved and help spread Panther pride? Consider joining the 2010 University Homecoming Committee. Applications are available at www.uni.edu/maucker and are due by 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 1 in the Student Involvement and Activities Center - SIAC (located on the Plaza Level of Maucker Union). No late applications will be accepted. To be considered for the Homecoming Committee, you must complete the application.
Wendy Hoofnagle, English language and literature, presents, "Mentoring Matters: Demystifying Success for Graduate Students" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the Maucker Union Oak Room. Sponsored by the Graduate College, this is the first in a series of Graduate Student Brown Bags for graduate students. Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided. No RSVP required.
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 the basics in getting an internship and earning internship credit at 4 p.m. in GIL 009 on the following Wednesdays: Jan. 27, Fed. 10, March 10 and April 7.
Come join UNI Fellowship of Christian Athletes at its first spring event at 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, in the West Gym. Enjoy a guest speaker and a fun activity, meet new people, relax, and grow in your faith. Check out Facebook UNIFCA.
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.
Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed national service fraternity, and its motto is "Be a Leader, Be a Friend, Be of Service." An informational meeting will be at 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, in the Shull Hall rec room. There will be games, fun and food. The fraternity 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. For more information, e-mail Kelly Gansen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first National Science Teacher Association 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 elementary, middle level and secondary science. Pizza and pop will be provided. Please RSVP. For more information, visit NSTA on Facebook, (uni-nsta) or email@example.com.
Learn what the SLC can do for you at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom B. The preview party will give an overview of the programs and events the SLC has planned for spring. 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.
UNI American Sign Language Club's movie night will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, in Maucker Union State College Room. Open to all students regardless of hearing status or signing ability. Check MyUNIverse under student organizations or check it out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=130614202380&ref=ts.
The UNI Tennis Club will host an informational meeting at 9:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, in CBB 131. Improve your game, compete in meets and tournaments against other colleges and meet fellow tennis players. Indoor practices start Sunday. If you have any questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE) will host its spring kick-off meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room (lower level). Get involved in an important cause, meet new people, make a difference at UNI and build your resume. All UNI students are welcome. Enjoy free pizza and pop and make tie-blankets and baskets for Seeds of Hope. E-mail email@example.com with any questions.
Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization/Students In Free Enterprise (CEO/SIFE) meeting will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 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.
Come celebrate the Chinese New Year all day at the Piazza on Jan. 26. Find which zodiac symbol represents you. Egg drop soup will be served at lunch and crab rangoon at dinner. For more information visit www.uni.edu/food or the Piazza Facebook page.
The sixth annual Women at Play fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, 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, in the GBPAC. Rhoades currently serves as professor of clarinet at Eastern Kentucky University. This event is free and open to the public.
Chamber ensembles from UNI and UNI Suzuki School will perform from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, in Jebe Hall, at the GBPAC. All ages are invited to attend and observe. No RSVP required.
The Sturgis Youth Theatre has posted its winter class schedule of creative drama classes for youth in kindergarten through high school. Classes begin Monday, Feb. 8. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre/sturgis/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 at email@example.com.
Men's basketball hosts Drake at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27 in the McLeod Center. Women's basketball hosts Illinois State at 7:05 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, and Indiana State at 3:05 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30. Both games will be in the McLeod Center.
Track and Field hosts the Jack Jennett Invitational Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30, in the UNI-Dome.
See Michael Jackson's "This Is It" at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday Jan. 28, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. For more information visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1477715/. Free popcorn and refreshments provided.
Filmmaker Matt Sienkiewicz will screen and discuss his documentary film "Live From Bethlehem," at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in KAB 111. The film chronicles the struggles, failures and triumphs of the Ma'an News Network, the only major independent news source in the Palestinian Territories. Following the lives of the station's reporters, producers and photographers, this documentary provides an in-depth, balanced look into the challenges of making news in one of the world's most combative regions. For more information about the film and filmmaker, visit http://www.livefrombethlehem.com.
Chris Kahle of the Iowa DNR will present "Imaging Iowa's Surface With LiDAR," at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, in LAT 125.
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. 27, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.
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, call the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at 273-5732 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen S. Mitchell, professor of communication studies, is the 2009 CHFA Faculty Excellence Award recipient. The award will be presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Interpreters Theatre LNG 040. Mitchell will present "Why Just Teaching Matters." This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For more information, call
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 Street). Hopwood's research has found that roadsides that 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 email@example.com.
A free webinar on using Google to grow your business will be offered at noon, Thursday, Jan. 28, at www.myentre.net. Search engines are now the No. 1 source of information for Americans. It's the first place they go for everything, including looking for what a business has to offer. Learn how to use paid ads on Google and other search engines to generate additional revenue for your business.
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.
Tales from the Trenches, a three-part series featuring the perspectives of business owners on how they navigate their business through current economic times, will be presented at 8 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in BCS 33. David Sparks, president of Heartwood Investments, will present a young company's perspective. Refreshments will be served. Please register at (319) 273-JPEC or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to Starting a Business will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in BCS 33. 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, call the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at 273-5732 or e-mail email@example.com.
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.
UNI School of Music will present a Spotlight Series Concert: Die Walküre, Act I at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This unique showcase will feature UNI School of Music Voice Division faculty artists Jeffrey Brich (Siegmund), Leslie Morgan (Sieglinde) and John Hines (Hunding) with Korey Barrett, piano, performing the first act of Richard Wagner's "Die Walküre." For tickets, call (319) 273-4TIX..
UNI Interpreters Theatre presents "In the Ali Way" written, performed and directed by UNI student Ali Rae Horsted. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4 through Saturday, Feb. 6, in LNG 040. For more information visit www.uni.edu/interptheatre or call 273-2640.
Check out this free, anonymous assessment that will give you helpful feedback regarding your individual pattern of marijuana use and how it can affect different areas of your life. Worried about a friend's use? Share this resource with them. Please visit www.uni.edu/subabuse and click on "e-Toke" to access this resource.
Need some motivation and additional goals to enhance your workouts? Consider participating in the WRS Ironman Triathlon Challenge. This fitness incentive program allows you to choose from three different events involving swimming or rowing, cycling and walking/running. Registration for the challenge begins Monday, Feb. 1, in the WRC 101. There is a $20 entry fee. Individuals who complete the event will receive a certificate of achievement and a commemorative T-shirt.
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. 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 273-2239. 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 273-7167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 273-6119 to schedule. Learn more about massage therapy at UNI at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/massage_therapy.html.
The next Sushi Tuesday will be Jan. 26. Sushi is prepared in Prexy's kitchens and available at Wasabi in Maucker Union. Flavors include California, tuna and vegetable cream cheese. Sushi costs $4.50 to $5 for a meal-size serving. See promotions and new product information at www.uni.edu/dor.
Six lunches have been re-bundled and repriced for $5 or less at Cafe Fresco in Maucker Union. Begin 2010 with the good habit of saving money while eating well. For more information on the new value menu at Cafe Fresco, go to www.uni.edu/dor. What's Happening: Retail Promotions.
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