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Monday, Feb. 8, 2010
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, voted to increase 2011-2012 tuition at the three state universities by 6 percent. While a tuition increase is not something we take lightly, it is necessary to help maintain our focus on maintaining quality programs, progress to graduation and campus safety. For the entire statement, visit http://www.uni.edu/president/budget.
Never send your password to anyone through an e-mail. E-mail scams targeting UNI users often ask for a password, but UNI support technicians will never ask for your password via e-mail. Examples of phishing messages and more information can be found at http://www.uni.edu/its/security/phishing.html. Never reply to any suspicious e-mail messages; instead, forward it to email@example.com. If you have sent your password in an e-mail, change your password ASAP.
If your organization, student group or department would like to have a booth at Earth Day 2010, visit http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e2ozw7mqg4vkh68q/start. Events should promote a healthy and sustainable environment or be relavant to Earth Day.
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.
The UNI Multicultural Teaching Alliance and Muchas Manos Light Work have teamed up to benefit the people of Haiti. An account at Veridian Credit Union is open now through Friday, Feb. 26. All proceeds will be sent to Haiti via the American Red Cross Hawkeye Chapter, American Red Cross International Relief Fund. Donations of any size will be accepted. Visit any Veridian Credit Union branch to make a donation to the UNI for Haiti Fund, Member # 6310670.
The Iowa Collegiate Entrepreneur Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, at North Iowa Area Community College. This is for students interested in starting a business or faculty who work with students interested in small business. Free registration, free lunch and shuttle from UNI. Advanced registration required by Feb. 18. Call 273-5732 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to attend and secure a place on the shuttle.
Visit http://www.uni.edu/sds/StudentNews.shtml to read the February edition that features information about SDS programs and services along with current disability news.
The UNI Student Health Clinic still has free H1H1 vaccinations available for students. Call 273-2009 to make a vaccination appointment.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2010-2011 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 return for the following academic year (both fall and spring). A cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher is also 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.
Got talent? All CBA students are invited to participate in the annual CBA Talent Search. Three acts will be chosen, and each performance act will receive $700. The performance will be held during the CBA Graduation Celebration on Thursday, April 22. Auditions will be held in late February. Sign-up by Monday, Feb. 15, in the Dean's Office CBB 325. Group performances are allowed with a minimum of one CBA student. Any questions contact April Pearson at email@example.com.
Shop for gifts for your Valentine on campus. Fresh flowers are available at 23rd Street Market in Commons and online. Balloons, stuffed animals and more are available at Essentials in Maucker Union. Valentine cookies are available at Prexy's, 23rd Street Market, Chats, Biscotti's and online. Chats will feature special hot chocolate beverages all week. The online shopping source is www.uni.edu/dor/pantherpantry.
Do you want to be a part of UNI's annual play festival - written, directed and performed by students? Auditions will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, in CAC 108. No experience is necessary. Audition information is online at www.unistaonline.org.
The 2010 Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute will take place Aug. 1-6 at Lake Okoboji. Earn 3 UNI credit hours. Tuition, room and board paid by UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. Run a business for six quarters, learn from real entrepreneurs, tour a local company. Open to all majors. Applications are due Monday, March 1. Interviews will be in early March. Eight UNI students can attend. For application visit www.jpec.org/oko.htm. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 273-5732 with questions.
Are you interested in learning about different cultures around the world? International students are eager to talk about their home countries and practice their English with Americans and other fluent English speakers. If you have at least an hour a week to meet with an international student, then the Conversation Partner Program is for you. For more information, contact Madison at email@example.com.
The SLC is accepting applications for LeaderShape, an interactive, energizing and unique experience that builds leadership skills. Since 1986, more than 20,000 participants from all over the world have graduated from the program. It's six days of non-stop self-discovery and learning from practical experiences that build leadership concepts and abilities. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, in the SIAC Center and are available by contacting Steffoni Smith. The SLC sponsors students to attend. For more information visit www.leadershape.org.
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 http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/gradassistant2.html.
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.
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.
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.
Join the UNI Men's Club Volleyball team for competitive volleyball matches against other collegiate clubs. All skill levels welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The next "UNIon" Yoga Club meeting will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Oak Room at Maucker Union. Bring a yoga mat or towel.
Looking for a summer job or internship? Stop by the Camp and Recreation Fair to meet agency directors and supervisors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the WRC. This year's fair is hosted by Club SOLE. For more information, contact Kathy Scholl at email@example.com or 273-6316.
The UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club is UNI's oldest sport club, celebrating 40 years on campus. Be part of its upcoming anniversary celebration. Join now and receive a uniform, participation in two promotional testings (Saturdays, Feb. 27 and April 10), unlimited class participation (practice up to seven days per week) for $40. Benefits of Tae Kwon-Do training include confidence, discipline, coordination, weight control, physical fitness, stress reduction and more.
The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization/Students In Free Enterprise (CEO/SIFE) meeting will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, in BCS 33. The meeting is open to all CEO and SIFE members and students interested in becoming members. Call 273-JPEC(5732) or e-mail www.jpec.org for details.
Cedar Falls Human Rights Commissioner Jim Day, along with UNI students, will conduct study circles on social justice which are open discussions on topics such as bias towards religion, ethnicity, social status, gender, sexuality, race, etc. Study circles are open to everyone and will be held from noon to 2 p.m., every Saturday in February, in the CME. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ramon at email@example.com.
UNI American Sign Language Club's BINGO Night will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in the State College Room of Maucker Union. Practice ASL numbers and fingerspelling and win great prizes. Open to all students regardless of hearing status or signing ability. Check it out on Facebook,
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), Hector Avalos (Iowa 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 of all 12 speakers and other events, visit www.darwinweek.com. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Discuss this month's topic, "Why Does Evolution Remain Fictional to the American Majority?" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Hemisphere Lounge of Maucker Union. This event is dedicated to creating an atmosphere of respect that enables individuals to share their views on a variety of issues ranging from religion and faith to science and social issues. Grab a Brew, Share Your View is a monthly event co-hosted by the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers and Kaio Church and is also a part of Darwin Week this month. Check out the Facebook event or www.darwinweek.com for more information.
the International Students Association is hosting its annual Valentine's Dance at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, in Maucker Union University Room. Dance, play games and meet new people at this semi-formal event. Find it on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=320156595560&ref=mf. Free for international and American students. Donations for Red cross, Haiti and ISA can be made.
The Department of Earth Science Planetarium is open for public presentations at 7 and 8 p.m., every Thursday until spring break. Shows are free and appropriate for all ages. The planetarium is located in LAT 105. After spring break, the regular observatory shows on the roof of McCollum Science Hall will take place until the end of the semester. For further information, visit http://www.earth.uni.edu/obsvisit.html for more information.
Plan to attend the Big Dream Gathering at UNI from 6 to 9 p.m. (registration starts at 5:30 p.m.), Tuesday, Feb.16, in the Maucker Union. At the Big Dream Gathering you can think about your dreams, post them (anonymously if you like) and make connections with other attendees to help each other achieve those dreams. This event is open to all students, faculty, staff and community. Sponsored by NISG, Career Services, the UNI Alumni Association, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the R.J. McElroy Trust. For more information, visit www.bigdreamgathering.com.
The Winter Dance Party, the official tribute show for Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, at the GBPAC. UNI students recieve a 50-percent discount. Visit www.gbpac.org
The fourth-annual CHFA Graduate Research Symposium features the presentation of original research to a jury panel by students from the Departments of Communication Studies, English (representing both Literature and TESOL), and the School of Music. Featured adjudicator and keynote speaker is Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors. Nelson's lecture begins at noon, Friday, Feb. 19, in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall, and the symposium runs through the afternoon. Contact Samuel Gladden at email@example.com or 273-2725, for more information.
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 is $500 for students, $525 for UNI employees and $575 for guests. Call 273-7163 or stop by WRC 174 for more information.
The UNI women's basketball team hosts Bradley at 3:05 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, in the McLeod Center.
Softball hosts the Ramada UNI-Dome Classic Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14, in the UNI-Dome. Complete schedule can be found at http://www.unipanthers.com/sports/w-softbl/sched/niwa-w-softbl-sched.html.
Tennis hosts Western Illinois at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Black Hawk Tennis Club, in Waterloo.
Wrestling hosts North Dakota State at 7 p.m, Sunday, Feb. 14, in the West Gym.
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.
"Tell Me a Story: Contemporary Narrative Ceramics" is an invitational exhibition curated by UNI professor of art JoAnn Schnabel. Participants include Cynthia Consentino, Michael Corney, Holly Hanessian, Kathy King, Max Lehman, Beth Lo, Kevin Snipes, James Tisdale, Michaelene Walsh, Patti Warashina and Janis Mars Wunderlich. Warashina will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, in KAB 111. A reception will follow. Sponsored by the Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series.
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, will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at the University Museum. This event is free and open to the public.
Is ordering at your local coffee shop one big cup of confusion? With the help of the staff from area Starbucks, learn about brewing methods, tasting terms and how to do a proper cupping. Develop your palate while discussing coffee aroma, body and color. The event will take place at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, at the University Museum. The cost is $10 per person. Call 273-2188 to register by Thursday, Feb. 18.
Mike Thomas, biological sciences, University of Idaho, Pocatello, will present "Gene Set Enrichment Analysis (GSEA) to Assess Human Health Significance of Pharmaceuticals in Aquatic Systems," at noon, Monday, Feb. 8, in MSH 101. Thomas heads the Evolutionary Genomics Group and has contributed to bioinformatics research and teaching at UNI.
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.
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 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, Maucker Union Ballroom. Underwritten by CME. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 information e-mail email@example.com.
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." Zan 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.
From 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in SEC 130A, Gowri Betrabet-Gulwadi, of UNI's interior design program, will present "Design for Dignity & Independence" as part of the Iowa Consortium for Aging Program's Spring Colloquium Series. Everyone is welcome.
Nancy Newhoff, editor of Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier, will speak from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in SEC 425. Newhoff will discuss the Courier's focus, how the news is selected, and trends that are affecting newspapers. This 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, ITS, at noon, Thursday, Feb. 11, at www.myentre.net. Seeley will also share his advice on what to upgrade and what to avoid.
Hector Avalos, professor of religious studies at Iowa State University, will wrap up Darwin Week with the speech "From Darwin to Hitler? How Creationists Revise History." The presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, in the CME, and is free and open to the public. For more information about Darwin Week, visit www.darwinweek.com.
This workshop will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, in BCS 128. This workshop covers marketing basics and promotion strategies. Advanced registration required. Call the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at 3-5732 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Listen to the amazing story of UNI student Umaru Balde's journey from child slavery to college in Iowa in pursuit of education, at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 15, in the CME.
The Chinese Student and Scholar Association will host an American Democracy Forum at 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Maucker Union Ballroom, featuring award-winning documentary maker Chris Nebe as the keynote speaker. Also, a Mysterious China film exhibition is scheduled for 8:30 to 10 p.m., Feb. 10 and 11 at the CME.
William Clark of Iowa State University, will discuss his research on the population and landscape ecology of bobcats in Iowa at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center (located ¼ mile west of the McLeod Center on W. 27th Street). As a result of large-scale conversion of forests and grasslands to agriculture, coupled with unregulated harvest, bobcats were largely eliminated from the Midwest by the early 1900s. Like other large carnivores across the continent, bobcats currently are becoming more abundant and reclaiming parts of Iowa's landscape. Clark will present estimates of population vital rates, concentrating on local and regional population genetic structure as well as rates of dispersal. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, at 273-3828, or e-mail email@example.com.
Otto Maclin, UNI associate professor of psychology, will discuss how the brain causes misperceptions, including errors in eyewitness identification. Maclin provides workshops for jurors locally and around the country. This event is from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the SEC 247. The event is free and open to the public.
Join Steve Sage, former student at Bennington No. 4, a rural Black Hawk County one-room school featured in the documentary, "Iowa's One-Room Schoolhouses," for a short presentation about his experience in Iowa's one-room schools at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, at Marshall Center School, corner of Indiana and 23rd streets. Watch a screening of the regional Emmy Award-winning IPTV documentary featuring the Marshall Center School and Bennington No. 4 following Sage's presentation. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/museum.
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.
Assistant professor of trombone Chris Buckholz will present a recital at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
At 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20, join the Beta Nu chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the UNI Jazz Department in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL Hall for the 55th Annuall Tallcorn and 59th Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz Concerts (SDIJ). Performances will include UNI Jazz ensembles and the Matt Wilson Quartet.
Check out this free, anonymous assessment to get 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.
Personal Trainers can design a program with your specific goals in mind. The trainers are results driven and want you to succeed. Contact Kristy Leen 273-7167 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html for more information.
Registration and weigh-in is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 23. Preliminaries will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23. Finals will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24. All events are held in the West Gym Wrestling Room. Workout times in the West Gym Wrestling Room are from 7 to 9 p.m., Feb 8-11 and 15-18. If there are any questions, contact the IM office at 273-7262.
This event for both men, women, singles, doubles and co-recs will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 24 and 25, in the WRC south courts. Registration is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. each night. Four baskets are used. Contestants may shoot after registered when a court is available. All participants must register with a partner. Call 273-7262, with questions.
Health Beat has half-and long-lockers available for rent. Sign up today. Contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167 or email@example.com. Sign-up also available at HB, just ask a fitness supervisor.
An intramural indoor track meet will take place at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, in the UNI-Dome. Open to men and women. Entry forms are available in WRC 161. Entries are due Thursday, Feb. 18, 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 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.
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