Now through Friday, April 22, University Relations (UR) is seeking input on communications practices via a survey found at https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/surveys/viewSurvey.cgi?vs=6035&admin=1. The purpose of the study is to continue to analyze the effectiveness of communications practices. Once the research is complete, UR will determine what initiatives should be started, stopped, modified or continued. The survey should take approximately five minutes. Your responses will be confidential. As a token of appreciation, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $25 Dining Dollars gift cards.
Monday, Apr 11, 2011
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The College of Business and Pi Sigma Epsilon are conducting focus groups to better understand how students make choices regarding study abroad. All business majors are eligible - those who have studied abroad and those who haven't. All participants will recieve a $10 gift certificate to Panera Bread. Contact Rayanna Bockenstedt at email@example.com for more information or to sign up. Focus groups will take place in CBB 319. Monday, April 11: 1 to 2 p.m. - freshmen who have studied abroad; 2 to 3 p.m. - freshmen who have not studied abroad. Tuesday, April 12: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. - sophomores who have studied abroad; 11 a.m. to noon - sophomores who have not studied abroad; 2 to 3 p.m. - juniors who have studied abroad. Wednesday, April 13: 1 to 2 p.m. - juniors who have not studied abroad. Thursday, April 14: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. - seniors who have studied abroad; 11 a.m. to noon - seniors who have not studied abroad.
Kappa Delta Pi is sponsoring a school supply drive for teachers and students at Orange Elementary and Hoover Middle schools in Waterloo. Examples of the kinds of supplies needed are displayed on a board located in the second-floor lobby, SEC. The last day to donate is Friday, April 22.
Donate old, used cell phones to Seeds of Hope, a local nonprofit organization that serves victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Drop-off locations include Le Comics (2225 College St.), The Runner’s Flat (120 Main St.), Pacific Sunwear (Crossroads Mall) and 235 LAT. The phones will be taken to Seeds of Hope Monday, April 25. No need to do anything special with the phone. If available, please include the battery and charger. The phones need not be in working order. For more information, email Jessica Lorenz firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will now register for classes by going to MyUNIverse > Student Center Tab. The new Student Center has more planning tools for students and a new enrollment shopping cart. To learn more about these changes, click here.
The fall 2011 course in Applied Writing (620:105g/ English 4775/5775) builds professional skills in workplace communication. Prerequisites can be waived. For more information, email email@example.com.
Looking for something fun to do on a Friday or Saturday night or Sunday afternoon? Would you like to see a Strayer-Wood Theatre performance for free? Sign up to be an usher for one or more performances of "Urinetown," music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and the book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16 and April 21 and 23, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 17, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. For more information, contact Allison Krois at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Physics Club has professional-quality polos for sale for $30 each. They are purple dry-wick polos with white stripes down the sides, with the UNI panther on the left breast surrounded by "Northern Iowa Physics." See a picture at https://sites.google.com/site/uniphysicsclub/. All proceeds will help fund the UNI Physics Club. Email email@example.com with your name and size to place your order. Orders are due by Friday, April 15. Cash or a check made out to UNI Physics Club may be dropped off at the physics office in 215 PHY. Any questions may be directed to Jeremy Hulshizer at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Current students (not valid for faculty/staff) can purchase Windows 7 Professional for $29.99. For details on this and other Microsoft specials, visit http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/default.aspx.
Looking for meaningful work experience? The Academic Learning Center is seeking writing coaches with outstanding writing skills, a passion for excellence and a desire to help others succeed. All majors are welcome to apply. Writing coaches complete a training course to receive College Reading and Learning Association tutor certification. The job requires 10 hours per week with a flexible schedule. A position description and application are available on the UNI Job Board, #182. For more information, email Deanne.Gute@uni.edu. Applications will be accepted until Monday, April 18.
A free hands-on short course on using SPSS will be held from 2 to 3:15 p.m., Friday, April 15, and from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in 110 WRT. The class is suitable for beginners. The Department of Mathematics provides assistance to faculty, staff and students through its Statistical Consulting Lab. For assistance or to RSVP, contact Mark Jacobson at 273-7172 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL/.
The Federal Government is one of the largest employers in the U.S. With a unique hiring process, getting hired for a government job creates challenges not faced in other fields. Learn about available job opportunities, job-search strategies and federal resumes from 3 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in 009 GIL. For more information, contact Isabela Varela email@example.com.
The Robert and Yvonne Koob Fund for Community Engagement is accepting scholarship applications for summer and fall 2011. If you are a UNI student who will be completing an internship with a non-profit organization this summer or coming fall, you should apply. Students are eligible for support up to $3,000. Visit http://www.uni-foundation.org/page.aspx?id=lotw36p87 to apply. Contact Julianne Gassman with questions about the Koob Fund or your application at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 273-2264. Applications are due Friday, April 15.
The UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers will host a 24/7 Service Week during the week of April 14 through 20 to encourage people to give back to the community. UNIFI will sponsor a service project each day and invites anyone interested in helping to sign up at http://service.unifreethought.com.
KULT 94.5, UNI's student-managed station, is accepting applications for the following positions for 2011-2012: general manager, program director, marketing director, Web designer, music director, sports director and news director. Applications and job descriptions are available from the KULT website, the KULT office (LO45 MAU) and 326 LNG. For more information, contact Francesca Soans, chair of the Board of Control for Student Broadcasting, email@example.com. Application deadline is 5 p.m., Thursday, April 14, by email or in 359 LNG.
The number for requesting research help and other information about Rod Library resources and services via text message has changed to 250-4100. Research help can also be requested through other channels such as chat, email, telephone and in person, as described at http://www.library.uni.edu/ask-us-research-help.
International Student Volunteers is the program for you if you want to travel, volunteer and have a meaningful summer adventure that will positively impact your world and make a difference. Currently, International Student Volunteers is offering end-of-recruiting-season promotions, including reduced deposits and hundreds of dollars of discounts on program fees. Please contact Robyn Odegard at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Throughout April, the Office of Student Financial Aid will sponsor five “Food and Finances” workshops. Bring your lunch and discuss a variety of topics including: investments, purchasing a car, purchasing a home, choosing benefits at work, completing an I-9 and the psychology of money. Drawings will take place at the end of every workshop for free food and Live Like a Student T-shirts. For a list of speakers and times, visit www.uni.edu/finaid. Register from the financial aid website or visit https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start&admin_group=FINAID.
The UNI Student Veterans Association will hold its final meeting of the school year and conduct elections for officer positions for the next school year at 5 p.m., Monday, April 11, in the College Eye Room, MAU. A dinner off campus will be held after the meeting.
UNI Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a campus organization open to all students. The next events will be held at 8 p.m., Monday, April 25, in the West Gym. There will be a guest speaker, a fun activity and prize drawings, including an iPodTouch. For more information, visit "Uni Fca" on Facebook or email email@example.com.
A panel of three speakers will discuss what it takes to get hired in the teaching profession from 8 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in 129 SEC. Discussion topics include how to make your application stand out from those of other applicants, what employers will look for when deciding who gets an interview, what employers pay special attention to during the interview and what types of questions you should ask while at the interview. All education majors are encouraged to attend. Questions about the meeting can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNI's Real Estate organization, Rho Epsilon, will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in 227 CBB. Officers will be elected for the 2011 fall semester. For more information, contact Amanda Donovan at email@example.com.
Expelliarmus! Come celebrate the upcoming release of the new Harry Potter movie from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 11, with special food and games at the Piazza Dining Center. There will be a six-foot broom cake, a Harry Potter birthday cake and more. Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character and try to win guest meals and pizzas. Play games for a chance to win prizes, such as dining dollars, pizza or the Harry Potter book.
UNI Advocates for Alzheimer’s is hosting a QUASH fundraiser at the Cedar Falls Cold Stone Creamery from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 12. Enjoy a tasty treat while raising money to benefit and support the Alzheimer's Association's research efforts.
Join the fight against heart disease, Iowa’s biggest killer. Health advocacy students will be promoting better heart health with activities, information and prizes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, outside Maucker Union.
Under sponsorship of UNI's Sustainability Council, the 2011 Sustainability Forum will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in the Ballroom, MAU. All UNI community members are invited to learn about current campus sustainability initiatives and discuss how we as a campus can continue to leave a smaller footprint. Contact Eric O'Brien at 273-7207 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Join the UNI College of Education for a series of brown bag lunches at noon the week of April 11. The college is promoting "Green the Scene," an initiative for faculty, staff and students to learn more about recycling, reducing waste and working in a healthy, sustainable environment. Topics include ergonomics, fire safety, green cleaning and energy conservation. To learn more about the sessions, visit the events link on the UNI c.a.r.e. site at www.vpaf.uni.edu/energy/energy_sub/announcements.shtml.
Graduating seniors - Stop by MoJo’s between 6 and 8 p.m., Thursday, April 14, for free pizza and a gift from the UNI Alumni Association. You could win an iPAD just for attending. While there, sign up for the Alumni Association and get cool stuff.
St. Stephen the Witness will host a Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, April 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Student Center (1019 W. 23rd St). Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children, or four for $25. There will be a Knights of Columbus Service Auction beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The UNI PR Campaign Methods class will host the Troop-A-Palooza Carnival from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 17, at the Cedar Falls High School gym located at 1015 Division St. The event features a meal, games and chances to win prizes, such as hotel stays, pool passes and more. Admission is $5 and includes a meal ticket. Purchase tickets at the door on April 17. Visit http://www.wix.com/girlscoutseiwi/troopapalooza or contact email@example.com for more information.
Senior honors students and presidential scholars will present their thesis research projects on Saturday, April 16. The event begins with continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Lang Hall second-floor auditorium lounge. Following will be nine concurrent sessions of research presentations in Lang Hall rooms 208, 211, 222, 223, 308 and 311. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.uni.edu/honors/content/honors-research-day. Presentations are open to the public.
A self-defense seminar will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, April 18, in Old Central Ballroom, MAU. Men and women are welcome to the first hour of this seminar, which will focus on safety and education, targeted toward college-age individuals. The second hour is for women only and will focus on learning self-defense skills. This event is free and refreshments will be provided. Wear comfy clothes and shoes. For more information, contact Anti-Violence Advocates at firstname.lastname@example.org or Staci Chananie-Hill at email@example.com.
Get ready for finals and start your summer off right from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, at the Campanille with UNI Dance Marathon and the Festivals and Special Events class. Cards for free burritos at Panchero's will be sold for $1; all proceeds will support UNI Dance Marathon. There also will be a bags competition with prizes and a DJ.
QUASH, the Quest to Unravel Alzheimer's Scavenger Hunt, is back for 2011. Gather a team of two to four people to challenge your body and mind in a campus-wide event at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 16. Each QUASH team is asked to raise $100 per participant to benefit and support the Alzheimer's Association's research efforts. Register today at www.QUASHnow.org.
The 2011 Rally in the Valley: A Dinner Auction & Purple Tie Affair will be held Saturday, April 16, in the McLeod Center. The evening kicks off at 5 p.m. with complimentary beverages, hors d'oeuvres and a silent and super-silent auction. Following dinner will be a live auction and raffle drawings. Tickets are $75 per person or $65 for Panther Scholarship Club members; tables of eight can also be purchased for $500. For tickets, contact Sheri Bishop at 273-2470. The cash raffle features a first-place prize of $5,000 cash and four second-place prizes of $500 each (need not be present to win). Raffle tickets are $25 each or three for $50. Contact Elizabeth at 273-2468 about purchasing raffle tickets. http://www.unipanthers.com/psc/niwa-psc-rallyinthevalley.html
UNI will host IEEE-PELS Solar Splash 2011 - The World Championship of Intercollegiate Solar Boating Wednesday through Sunday, June 8 through 12, in George Wyth State Park. The event includes national and international teams with state-of-the-art solar electric boats promoting sustainable transplantation methods. This is a free event and open to public. UNI solar boat team ranked third in the 2009 and 2010 championships in Arkansas and will host the event in Iowa for the first time. For more information, visit www.solarsplash.com or contact Reg Pecen, UNI Solar Panthers team adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rho Epsilon, FMA and NISG will present guest speaker and UNI alum Adam Carroll who will disucss “Winning the Money Game” at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in 227 CBB. Carroll is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur and co-authored the book “Winning the Money Game.” All UNI students are welcome. Learn about the money game, show your support for a UNI alum and receive a free copy of his book. For more information, visit http://www.adamspeaks.com/ or contact Amanda at email@example.com.
Perhaps the ultimate way to go green is to grow a garden. Rob and Tammy Faux of Genuine Faux Farm, Tripoli, will discuss how people can change gardening habits at 7 p.m, Tuesday, April 12, at the University Museum. Learn to use environmentally friendly approaches and how gardening plays a role in efforts to achieve a sustainable future.
Is it possible that the secular music you hear on the radio can be spiritual? Speaker David Nantais will discuss popular music and young-adult spirituality at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, at the St. Stephen the Witness Student Center chapel. Nantais is an adjunct instructor in the University of Detroit Mercy Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, director of University Ministry and a freelance writer.
The first candidate for the position of Associate Provost for International Programs will be on campus from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in 244/245 SEC. Craig Klafter will give a short presentation on his vision for internationalizing UNI, followed by a question/answer session. All members of the campus community are invited.
Wallace Hettle, history, will present "Soldiers' Stories: Stonewall Jackson in Civil War Memoirs" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in 115 SRL. The event is free and open to the public.
The fifth annual College of Humanities and Fine Arts Graduate Research Symposium will be held from noon to 5 p.m., Friday, April 15, in the Great Reading Room, SRL. The symposium will begin with a keynote lecture by Bruce Robbins, Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, who will be followed by half-hour presentations of work by seven graduate students from communication studies, English, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). The event will conclude with remarks by Dean Joel Haack at 5 p.m. and his presentation of awards to the top three presenters. This event is free and open to the public.
Joe Murphy, UNI state relations officer, will host a legislative update at 12:15 p.m., Friday, April 15, in 2 SAB. Topics will include the state budget process, budget cuts and policy items affecting UNI. He will be available for questions.
Joyce Benner will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in the Ballroom, MAU. This event is sponsored by the Student Organization Speakers Fund and is hosted by the student organization UNI Right to Life.
John C. Roadcap, Lt. Col. and department head of military science-ROTC at UNI, will discuss his experiences and what he learned from working with and through the many tribes in Iraq from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in the State College Room, MAU. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Leadership Studies at 273-6898.
Reinier H. Hesselink, professor of Japanese history, is very familiar with the area in Japan devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Hesselink will give a slideshow-lecture presentation about three communities on the Iwate coast, Miyako, Yamada and Taro. Hesselink's presentation will include some history of Iwate prefecture and an analysis of a previous comparable disaster that occurred almost 1,200 years ago. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in 115 SRL. There will be an opportunity to donate funds to a UNI account established by the history department for the purpose of providing relief to these communities.
Freshman Presidential Scholars will present their blueprint for a sustainable society in 2050 at a public forum at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in the CEEE auditorium. A poster session will be held at 6:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Educator, speaker and trainer Luann Alemao (http://www.laanda.com/) will speak from 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, at the John Deere Auditorium, CBB. Alemao will discuss communication clarity (http://www.laanda.com/communicationclarity.html). This event is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the UNI chapters of the American Marketing Association and Pi Sigma Epsilon. For more information, contact Rachael Tiby at firstname.lastname@example.org or Zach Riesberg at email@example.com.
Priya Shahani from the Monarch Joint Venture Project at the University of Minnesota St. Paul will discuss the biology, conservation challenges and recent efforts by Monarch Joint Venture partners to better understand population trends at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-3828.
The UNI School of Music will present a lecture in the 2010-2011 Musically Speaking series at 4 p.m., Friday, April 22, in 116 RSL. Melinda Boyd, music history, will discuss "Semiotic Dissonance: Dolly Parton's Image, Music, Text." This event is free and open to the public.
Episode 5: "Living Together," will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 23, at the University Museum. In this groundbreaking series, David Attenborough takes the viewer on a guided tour through the secret world of plants to see things no unaided eye could witness.
The Symphonic Band will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.
Visiting artist Heather Armstrong will present an oboe recital at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, with faculty artist Korey Barrett, piano. Armstrong is assistant professor of oboe and music theory at Luther College. She holds doctor of musical arts and master of music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Armstrong is a member of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and also performs with the La Crosse Symphony. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Jazz Panthers will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. The concert will feature guest artist John Kizilarmut on drums and vibraphone. Kizilarmut has recorded with a wide range of artists, from jazz pianist Anthony Belfiglio to the Grammy Award-winning DJ Starscream, and has also worked professionally with several jazz luminaries including Branford Marsalis, Ron Westray and Slide Hampton. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.
The Vagina Monologues are based on V-Day Founder/Playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. Performances will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 14, and Saturday, April 16, in the GBPAC. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood and to the V-Day 2011 spotlight campaign. Admission is $10, $7 with a nonparishable food item (to be donated to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank).
Strayer-Wood Theatre presents "Urinetown" - a hilarious musical about greed, corruption, love and revolution in which citizens must use public amenities regulated by a single company that profits from charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, in UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre. A matinee will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 17. Free for UNI students.
The Northern Iowa Wind Symphony will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 15, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.
The UNI Community Music School will host its spring recitals on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, at various times in RSL. For more information, contact Cindi Mason at email@example.com.
The UNI Suzuki School will present the Northern Iowa Junior Orchestra spring concert at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 17, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
This spring recital will feature faculty artists Frederick Halgedahl, violin, and Sean Botkin, piano, at 8 p.m., Monday, April 18, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.
International Dance Theatre will perform at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 16, and 6 p.m., Sunday, April 17, in Lang Auditorium. See musical theater numbers like the Bottle Dance from "Fiddler on the Roof," The Farmer and the Cowman from "Oklahoma" and El Tango de Roxanne from "Moulin Rouge." Tickets are $3 for students and $6 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased from any member of International Dance Theatre, at the door or reserved by calling Daniel Wells at 273-3560. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boston Brass will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 17, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn. They will premiere a piece by UNI student Isaac Brockshus, currently pursuing a B.M. in composition. Boston Brass celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2011. To celebrate the occasion, Boston Brass held a composition contest at UNI and Brockshus's piece was chosen. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Curtain Talk, a preshow discussion, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance. UNI students can purchase a $5 rush ticket on the day of the performance.
The Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI School of Music student composers will showcase their work in a recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Jazz Band One will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 22, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. Visiting artist Kenny Wheeler will be featured. Wheeler, a noted jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator, is one of Europe’s most sought-after trumpet and flugelhorn players. The evening will also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the UNI jazz program and the unveiling of new artwork in Russell Hall. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.
http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#spec. Patrons may check out materials and enter the building until 10 minutes to closing time. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus there will be a prompt to enter your CatID.
When it comes to sex, consent is the best-kept secret. In this workshop, Ben Privot will put in plain words the nuances of consent -- from a thorough definition of consent to tools for practicing consent and much more. The workshop which uses interactive discussions and valuable exercises, will be offered at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in Old Central Ballroom A, MAU. Read more at www.theconsensualproject.com.