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Monday, Feb. 1, 2010
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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 input, 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.
Students should stop by Essentials in Maucker Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3 and Friday, Feb. 5, to pick up vouchers for the Dalai Lama program on May 18 in the McLeod Center. A limited number of seats are being held for UNI students. It's important for students to get their voucher before Friday, Feb. 5, so the planning committee can evaluate whether or not remaining seats can be sold to the general public.
The NISG general election season is underway. Official campaigning starts on Monday, Feb. 1. Applicants who wish to have their names 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.
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 273-5181 or email@example.com.
The UNI Student Health Clinic still has free H1H1 vaccinations available for students. Call 273-2009 to make a vaccination appointment.
UNI accounting students will provide free income tax assistance from 5 to 7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 8 through April 14, in CBB 223. No appointment is necessary. You are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 p.m. to allow volunteers sufficient time to complete returns. For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 273-2394.
Immerse yourself in Greek art, culture, history and sun in Greece this June and earn Capstone credit. Informational meetings are available at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb 2, and 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb 3, in the Presidential Room, Maucker Union. Contact Greg Bruess at 273-2752 or firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.uni.edu/global/greece.
ITS-Educational Technology has openings for one graduate assistant during this semester and one for the upcoming academic year. Primary responsibility is presenting computer workshops to UNI students, faculty and staff. Applicants must commit to spring 2010, summer 2010 (including May), fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters. For more information, including how to apply, visit
Do you think you have what it takes to become UNI's next Panther idol? The event is at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, in Maucker Union with a registration deadline of Wednesday, Feb. 24. To view rules and to register for the competition, visit www.uni.edu/maucker.
From noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Maucker Union College Eye Room, Lauren Pelleymounter, of the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley, will discuss volunteer opportunities in the community and how to get involved.
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. For more information contact Jessie Stinson at 273-6335 (email@example.com) or Erin Wheat at 273-6849 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Where the Wild Things Are, join The Circle, a book discussion group for adults who read Youth Literature. They will meet at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Rod Library Youth Collection. For more details visit
UNI Society for Human Resources Management invites all members to a group meeting at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in CBB 1&3. Discussion topics include new volunteer opportunities, finalization of T-shirt orders and more details on its business trip to Chicago.
Come join UNI Fellowship of Christian Athletes at 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in the West Gym. Enjoy a guest speaker and a fun activity, meet new people, relax and grow in your faith. For more information check it out on Facebook: UNIFCA.
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.
UNI American Sign Language Club's next meeting will be at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the State College Room of Maucker Union. It is open to all students regardless of hearing status or signing ability. Check it out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?v=info&gid=130614202380 or
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority is looking for new members. Going Greek at UNI is a great way to make friends, serve the UNI and Cedar Falls communities and have fun. For more information on Alpha Delta Pi, or to sign up for open recruitment, contact Casi Roethler at email@example.com.
Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization/Students In Free Enterprise (CEO/SIFE) will meet 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.
The UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers will host the second annual Darwin Week from Feb. 8-12. This event will feature lectures about the newest ideas in science from UNI professors and special guests Ed Wasserman (University of Iowa), Ron Aronson (Wayne State University), and PZ Myers (University of Minnesota Morris). Topics will include robotics, evolution, astronomy, global warming and more. All Darwin Week events will take place in the Maucker Union and are free and open to the public. For more details and a complete schedule visit www.darwinweek.com or find the Darwin Week fanpage on Facebook. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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/.
Go to www.relayforlife.org/uni to sign up a team of eight to 15 people, or come to the Maucker Union Ballroom on Feb. 2 to sign up. UNI's Relay For Life will take place on April 9-10 in the McLeod Center. For more information, e-mail Sarah McCarty at email@example.com.
Join UNI Outdoors for a spring break backpacking adventure to the Grand Canyon National Park and the Havasupai. This trip offers spectacular views, majestic waterfalls and more. The cost for students is $500, UNI employees $525 and for guests $575. Call 273-7163 or stop by WRC 174 for more information.
UNI Outdoors Scottish Highlands Adventure will be highlighted during an informational meeting at 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in WRC 174. Everyone is welcome. The Scotland adventure is May 17-28. The cost for students is $1,000, for UNI employees $1,150, and guests $1,300 plus airfare. For more information call 273-7164 and ask for Andy.
The nationally ranked men's basketball team will host Wichita State at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the McLeod Center. The Panthers host Southern Illinois at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, in the McLeod Center.
The UNI Gallery of Art presents a print exhibition "Yee-Haw Industries, WALL to WALL: 12 Years of Art for the People," now through Feb. 1, sponsored in part by the Florence Hartwig Foundation. Artists Adam Ewing and UNI alumnus BJ Alumbaugh will give lectures at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 1, in KAB 111. A reception will follow. These events are free and open to the public.
The French Club will show "Moliere" in conjunction with Vernescu's theater class at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in LNG 23. A French delicacy will be served in honor of Candlemas Day.
Speaker Brent Scarpo will present "Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" at 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in Maucker Union Ballroom. "Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" is a multiple award-winning documentary that centers around true stories taken from national headlines. The inspiring documentary addresses the subject of hate by searching out the origins of how it is "taught and learned," the scope of its danger beginning with childhood taunting to murder. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, UNI Greek Life and Violence Intervention Services.
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.
The exhibit opens at the University Museum, Saturday, Feb. 13. Explore the environmental and social impacts of the coffee industry. Discover caffeine's impact on your body and examine coffee's early controversial reputation as a "revolutionary drink." For more information visit www.uni.edu/museum.
As westerners revel in designer lattes and cappuccinos, impoverished Ethiopian coffee growers suffer the bitter taste of injustice. "Black Gold," a film about coffee and trade, traces one man's fight for a fair price, will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at the University Museum. This event is free and open to the public.
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.
In conjunction with the upcoming visit of the Dalai Lama, this workshop will focus on the benefits and strategies of mindful leadership. It will be held at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Mauker Union Ballroom. For more information visit http://www.uni.edu/maucker/leadership/calendar.htm.
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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Legislative Public Forum hosted by local agencies and organizations, including UNI, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, in the AEA 267 Conference Center, 3712 Cedar Heights Drive, in Cedar Falls. Legislators will speak about major legislative issues and guests may ask questions and voice opinions. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Nick Pace, associate professor of educational leadership,will share what educators and administrators need to know about gay and lesbian students from 10:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, at University Book and Supply. Pace is author of "The Principal's Challenge: Learning from Gay & Lesbian Students."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A panel discussion with local health agency and community members on HIV/AIDS Awareness will take place at 3:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in the Mauker Union Elm Room.
The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 8, at the UNI Museum to discuss "Left to Tell" by Immaculee Illabigiza, who survived the Rwandan Holocaust by hiding for 91 days in a tiny bathroom with eight other women. The speaker is Jacque Ingibire, a UNI student from Rwanda. All are welcome.
Matt Sienkiewicz, Emmy-nominated screenwriter and documentarian will lecture on South Park: "What’s Under Kyle's Hat?: South Park, Anti-Semitism and the Jew Joke in Multicultural America," at 7 and 9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, Maucker Union Ballroom. Underwritten by CME. For more information e-mail email@example.com.
A panel discussion, "Is There Really Anything Wrong with Offensive Humor?" will take place at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Baker 161. Panelists include: Harry Brod, philosophy and world religions; Melissa Heston, teacher education program; and Doug Shaw, mathematics. This is a follow-up to the Matt Sienkiewicz South Park lecture and protests of anti-bias incidents on campus. For more informatoin e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UNI campus is invited to Hot Topics in Education, from noon to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Maucker Union Oak Room. Betty Zan, director of Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education will present "Math and Science Learning in Early Childhood." She will share information about UNI's federal grant to create a Center for Early Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CEESTEM).
Trudy Eden, professor of history, will present "Metaphysics and Meatless Meals: Why Diet was Important to the New Thought Movement of the Early 20th Century" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.
Abraham Funchess, director for the Iowa Commission on the status of African Americans, will discuss the needs and concerns of Iowa's African American citizens at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, in the CME.
A free webinar on the latest in technology including advice on software and hardware upgrading, will be presented by Rick Seeley, of UNI ITS, Thursday, Feb. 11, at www.myentre.net. Seeley will also share his advice on what to upgrade and what to avoid.
This workshop will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 15, in BCS 33. The workshop will cover marketing basics and promotion strategies. Advanced registration is required. To sign up, call the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at 273-5732 or e-mail email@example.com.
The 17th-annual College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Student Research Conference will be held Saturday, April 17. The keynote address, "Revisiting human estrus: How women's sexual interests change across the ovulatory cycle," is by Steve Gangestad, distinguished professor at the University of New Mexico. Student's research abstracts will be accepted until March 10. Early registration, which includes lunch, is Feb. 1 through March 26. Cost is $10. Registration after March 26 costs $15. All students are welcome. For more information, and to register and submit abstracts, visit www.psych.uni.edu/conference.
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.
The UNI bass studio will present a winter concert at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Graham Hall, RSL Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
The Northern Festival of Bands will be held Feb. 11-13. This annual festival of high school bands typically hosts more than 40 schools and 250 individual participants. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 and 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13. The event will feature performances by the UNI Wind Symphony and UNI Symphonic Band on Friday evening as well as Saturday afternoon's performance featuring solo competition winners, the festival's percussionist groups, Festival Concert Band and Festival Symphony Band. The Saturday concert for this event is ticketed. For tickets, call 273-4TIX. For more information, call 273-2028.
An intramural indoor track meet will take place at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, in the UNI-Dome. Entry forms are available in WRC 161. Entries are due Thursday, Feb. 15, WRC 161. Events include shot put, long and high jumps, 60m dash, 400m and 800m runs, 400m and 800m relays and a mile run. For more information call 273-7262.
Sign up today for a water aerobics class. Water aerobics is a cardiovascular workout with the addition of moving water resistance. This calorie-burning workout avoids high impact on your joints.
Join Pilates or Yoga. Several class times are available to fit your schedule. Pilates can increase core strength, flexibility and balance. Yoga combines relaxing poses with strength and core stability for every major muscle group. To sign up visit www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitness/classes.
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/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.
The Labyrinth will be available to walk from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom B. At first glance the labyrinth may look like a maze, but it's more than that. Walking the labyrinth can be a form of centering, slowing down and/or meditating, bringing gifts of insight, wisdom and peace. For more information, contact Joan Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-2137.
Celebrate Super Bowl Week with specials and give-aways at Prexy's, Chats and Essentials in Maucker Union; 23rd Street Market in Commons; and Biscotti's in Redeker Center. Enter drawings for a karaoke machine, Panther apparel, an iPod Nano, movie prize pack and $100 Dining Dollars. Special pricing continues all week. Details can be found at www.uni.edu/dor follow the link to Retail Promotions.
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