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Monday, Apr 16, 2012

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NEWS

DEAN OF STUDENTS SEARCHNEW

The campus community is invited to attend open forums to meet the candidates applying for the dean of students position. The candidates' forums are scheduled as follows: Melissa A. Payne, student assistance & outreach coordinator, UNI, April 18; Leslie K. Williams, director of student conduct & commuter affairs, University of Rhode Island, April 25; Laura A. Bayless, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, St. Mary's College of Maryland, April 27; and Lyn W. Redington, interim dean of students & director of residence life, UNI, May 1. All forums are at 11 a.m., in 009 GIL.  A summary of each candidate's vita will be posted the week of their scheduled interview.

PRESIDENT ALLEN'S LETTER TO NEW STUDENTSNEW

President Allen sent a welcome letter to all new admitted students for fall 2012. Read the letter online.

INRCOG TRANSPORTATION SURVEYNEW

An online survey has been developed to gather the public's opinion on current transportation issues in the area served by the Iowa Northland Regional Transportation Authority (INRTA). Questions range from the condition of the transportation system to the types of transportation improvements desired and how to fund them. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is available until April 30. The survey is available through INRCOG's website. If you have any questions or comments on the survey or INRTA, or if you would like a paper copy of the survey, email Andrea White or call 235-0311.

ROD LIBRARY E-BOOK SURVEYNEW

Rod Library wants to hear your ideas about printed/paper books and electronic books (e-books). A survey will be conducted from Monday, April 16 through Tuesday, May 1, to learn the UNI community's preferences for printed/paper books or e-books. The survey will be online and printed copies may be found in the library lobby. For more information, email Leila Rod-Welch.

UNI CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY UPDATE

Under the sponsorship of the President's Sustainability Council, the annual University Sustainability Update will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in the Ballroom, MAU. The event will highlight a number of success stories from campus and feature Father Robert “Bud” Grant from St. Ambrose University as a guest speaker. Grant will discuss social justice and environmental ethics. For more information, visit the website.

FEEDBACK WANTED

The Student Information System (SIS) team would like to talk to undergraduate students about how they use online information systems at UNI. Focus groups will be held April 12 through 20. Participants will receive a $20 Target gift card plus a variety of UNI items and refreshments. For more information on participating in a focus group, visit the website.

COURSE OFFERINGS

NEW FASHION COURSE FOR FALL 2012NEW

Looking for an interesting elective for fall? Try Fashion, Culture and Industry  (TEXDSGN 1059), Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11 to 11:50 a.m. An introduction to fashion, the course focuses on fashion's impact on our daily lives from a variety of perspectives. For more information, contact Mitchell Strauss in the School of Applied Human Sciences.

BUILD YOUR RESUME WITH FALL 2012 COURSES IN WORKPLACE COMMUNICATIONNEW

The fall 2012 course in Applied Writing (English 4775/5775) builds professional skills in workplace communication and involves non-hypothetical projects. The fall course in Professional Editing (English 4780/5780) offers practice in editing academic, creative and workplace texts. Prerequisites can be waived. For more information, send an email.

UNI GUIDED INDEPENDENT STUDY OFFERS FLEXIBILITY AND CONVENIENCENEW

Inclusive Recreation & Diversity (LYHS 3030) is now available online via UNI Guided Independent Study (GIS). Enroll at any time, work at your own pace and take up to nine months to complete the course. More than 75 courses are available via GIS. View the course list and learn more online. For more information, call 273-2123 or send an email.

COURSE FOR ALL STUDENTS INTERESTED IN SUSTAINABILITY

Introduction to Sustainability (TECH 1015) will be offered fall 2012 semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., in 115 CEEE. There are no prerequisites for this solutions-oriented course. For more information, contact the instructor, Bill Stigliani, at 273-7150.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

PANTHER PICK UP VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDNEW

On May 2, 3 and 4, trucks from St. Vincent de Paul Society, Goodwill and the Salvation Army will be on campus to collect items no longer needed as students move or leave campus for the summer. Find details online. Volunteers are needed to serve as "hosts" at the trucks to greet and thank those who donate. Students, faculty and staff are invited to assist for a 1.5 hour shift, or more, that week. For more information, email Kathy Green or call 273-6921.

UNI FUN NIGHT - VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDNEW

The Multicultural Teaching Alliance (MTA) will host UNI Fun Night from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 20, at the WRC. MTA hosts this annual event for the Big Brothers Big Sisters' children who are on the waiting list for a mentor. Volunteers are needed to assist in playing games and activities with the children. If interested, use this link to sign up. (Note: Volunteering for this event does not require enrollment as a Big Brother or Big Sister.) UNI faculty and students with children are welcome to enjoy the fun too. For more information, send an email.

NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP ALLIANCENEW

Want to make a difference, get involved in the community through local nonprofits and develop as a professional leader? Become a member of the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA). Find out more about NLA online

THANK A MENTORNEW

Is there someone on campus you would like to thank for making you a more successful student or person? The Multicultural Teaching Alliance (MTA) will be stationed at a table from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, MAU. Find the MTA table and write a thank you note to that empowering person and MTA will take care of mailing it.

EARTH DAY SERVICE PROJECTNEW

On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012. Become part of the movement here at UNI by participating in Earth Day activities, which include a campus clean up, planting flowers in campus planters, projects at Hartman Reserve, the Cedar Falls Community Garden and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education. Participants will receive a T-shirt, transportation to sites and a healthy snack. For more information, call the Student Involvement & Activities Center at 273-2683.

UNI TO LAUNCH 'PALS' STUDENT ORGANIZATIONNEW

A new student organization, Panthers Allied with Local Schools, will begin in the fall 2012 semester. Participants will mentor middle school students for one hour per week. A training session will be from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 16, in 014 SRL. Attendance is required to be a mentor. For more information, email Taylor Johnson.

IAF SUMMER APPLICATIONS NEW

Intercollegiate Academic Fund applications for summer travel, research or creative activity are due May 3. Travel funds are available for students presenting, performing or competing at conferences and academic events. Funds are also available to cover student research or creative activity expenses for the summer. Find more information online.

FUND FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDEDNEW

The due date for the Robert and Yvonne Koob Fund for Community Engagement application has been extended to noon, Friday, April 20. If you are a UNI student who will be completing an internship with a nonprofit organization or government agency this spring - you should apply. Students are eligible for support up to $3,000. Apply online. For more information, contact Julianne Gassman with questions about the Koob Fund or your application at 273-2204. 

PICNIC PALOOZANEW

Relax before finals at Picnic Palooza, from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 22, at Lawther Field. There will be free food (while supplies last) and lawn games. There will also be a blanket drive for the Salvation Army; bring a blanket for the picnic and then donate to a great cause. In the event of rain, the event will be held in the West Gym.

KAPPA DELTA PI T-SHIRT SALENEW

Many shirts, scrubs and other items and designs will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17 and 18, in the lobby, SEC. Proceeds will benefit UNI Kappa Delta Pi educational and service projects.

SAE BLOOD DRIVENEW

Sigma Alpha Epsilon will host a blood drive with the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in the Commons Ballroom. Sign up tables will be available in front of Chats, MAU, on April 12 and 16. You may also call 1-800-Red-Cross to schedule an appointment. Donate and save three lives.

AWARENESS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES MOVIE NIGHTNEW

Awareness for Individuals with Disabilities will show a movie at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in the CME. After the screening, attendees will be asked to participate in a discussion about how diverse ability was portrayed in the movie and how this may affect perceptions of diverse ability. For more information, email AID adviser, Ashley Brickley.

SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIROR PANEL AND 'TAKE BACK THE NIGHT' MARCHNEW

Brave sexual assault survivors will share their personal stories at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, in 115 SRL. The hope is to educate others on the dynamics and very real issues surrounding sexual assault. Following the panel, there will be time to make posters for those who wish to participate in "Take Back the Night," a march and rally at the Campanile. To participate, meet at 7:30 p.m., in 115 SRL.

TURKISH TRADITIONAL ART AS ROUTE TO INTERCULTURAL/INTERFAITH UNDERSTANDINGNEW

David Evans, vice president for academic affairs at Buena Vista University and vice president of the Turkish-American Society of Iowa, will discuss "Turkish Traditional Art as a Route to Intercultural and Interfaith Understanding," at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in 115 SRL. For more information, contact Reg Pecen, faculty adviser to UNI's Turkish Student Association, at 273-2598.

NORTHERN IOWA ENERGY CORPSNEW

The Northern Iowa Energy Corps promotes volunteer energy efficiency projects on campus and in the community. Learn how to educate, weatherize and conduct energy audits. Join in a single event or become a dedicated member. For more information, send an email.

STUDENT NATURE SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP

The Student Nature Society is accepting applications for its annual scholarship. The scholarship is worth $500 and anyone can apply. Pick up an application in the Biology office in 144 MSH. Applications will be accepted until noon, Wednesday, April 25. Return the application with an essay attached to the Biology office. The winner will be notified during finals week. 

'WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES'

There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experiences until you've walked a mile in their shoes." Join Greek Life at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the Alumni House (next to 23rd Street across from University Book & Supply) to commemorate the experiences of women all over the world. For more information, email Jake Schulte.

LGBT CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITY

The Dean of Students office is offering free transportation to a free conference hosted by Iowa Pride Network, an Iowa-based non-profit organization dedicated to working directly with high school and college students to cultivate advocates and leaders to counteract LGBTQA discrimination and harassment. Students interested in attending should register online and email Kaitlin Korbitz to sign up for transportation.

TRADITIONS CHALLENGE CHECK-IN DAY

Stop by the CATS table in the Maucker Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 19 to check-in your photos for the Traditions Challenge. Remember that 25 traditions earns you a lapel pin and 45 traditions a medallion to wear during the Commencement ceremony. If April 19 doesn't work in your schedule or you need a copy of the traditions book, visit the Alumni House Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FREE BIKE TUNE-UPS

In conjunction with the UNI Earth Day Celebration, the WRC and Europa Cycle and Ski are sponsoring the annual free bike tune-ups for UNI students, faculty and staff, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, north of Maucker Union.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND MINI-GRANTS

The Reaching for Higher Ground committee is seeking proposals from faculty, staff and students for mini-grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 that focus on next year's project "Searching for the American Dream." Grants must support activities and programming that reflect the mission and values of the Reaching for Higher Ground Project during the 2012-2013 academic year. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 30. Find more information and apply online. For more information, email Hillery Oberle or call 273-3961.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

NISEA MOCK INTERVIEWS FOR PRE-SERVICE TEACHERSNEW

Northern Iowa State Education Association will host mock interviews at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in 320 SEC, with interviews starting every half hour. Interviews will be conducted by local administrators and UNI faculty members. At the conclusion of the interview, you will receive feedback on the areas where improvement can be made. Participants should dress in business casual attire. Resumes are welcome, but not necessary. To sign up for an interview, email Sheila with your name and major.

MULTICULTURAL TEACHING ALLIANCE MEETINGNEW

Join the Multicultural Teaching Alliance at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in the Oak Room, MAU, for the final meeting of the semester. Catherine Miller, mathematics, will make a presentation on equitable practices in education. Miller previously taught in a diverse school in California. Getting to know students via their stories has influenced her teaching. This passion is now part of her work to create and implement a methods course for future mathematics teachers so that they begin to value diversity. 

LAST RHO EPSILON MEETINGNEW

Rho Epsilon will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in 131 CBB. The presenter will be Wells Fargo Financial- Lending from Des Moines. Learn about the company and the opportunities they have available for internships and full-time employment. This is the last meeting of the year. After the presentation, the group will head to the OP for free pizza. All majors are welcome. For more information, email Charlie Peterson.

UNI-SHRM BOWLING FUNDRAISERNEW

Join UNI's Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) for a bowling fundraiser at 9 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at Maple Lanes. It's QuaterMania night and tickets are $6 for shoes and 2.5 hours of bowling. To buy a ticket beforehand, speak to a UNI-SHRM member or purchase tickets at the door. For more information, email Jessica Clark.

QUASH

The Quest to Unravel Alzheimer's is right around the corner. Help in the fight against Alzheimer's on Friday, April 20. Registration will start at 5 p.m. in the West Gym with the kick-off is at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the website.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

INTRODUCTION TO STRENGTH TRAINING WORKSHOP

Are you intimidated on how to use strength equipment? Attend the Introduction to Strength Training Workshop from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., Thursday, April 19. This workshop will provide hands-on experience for proper form and use of strength equipment including machines, free weights, resistance bands and more. After completing the workshop, you'll be ready to design your own strength training program. All experience levels are welcome. The cost is $15. Available to students, faculty, staff and spouses. To sign up or for more information, email Erin Nielsen.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

For upcoming lectures, conferences, performing arts or athletic events, please visit the UNI Calendar of Events.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

Fitness classes, intramural sports, outdoor recreation opportunities.

REGISTRAR

Academic information and deadlines.

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT CENTER

Student Involvement Center - Information about student organizations, events and service opportunities.