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Monday, Apr 18, 2011

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NEWS

2011 LUX RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCEDNEW

The Lux Service Award is conferred annually to recognize students for their outstanding service and dedication to the university. This year’s recipients are: Darion Watson from Gary, Ind.; Jacob Rudy from Radcliffe and Adam Haselhuhn from Des Moines. The recipients who were selected from an exceptional group of students nominated by their peers, faculty and staff, will be recognized at the Student Leadership Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, April 26, and during commencement. The award is presented by the Dean of Students and sponsored by the UNI Alumni Association.

UNI COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY

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.

REVIEW UNI ATHLETICS FOR NCAA CERTIFICATIONNEW

Hear the results of UNI's NCAA Certification Self-Study and offer opinions on the draft recommendations for UNI Athletics at the final open meeting: from 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in the University Room, MAU.

CALL FOR WELCOME WEEK EVENT INFORMATIONNEW

The Welcome Week Committee is planning events for the opening week of fall semester 2011, which will be posted on the Welcome Week website later this semester. Any UNI registered student organization, college or department hosting an opening-week event may have their events posted on the website. Email Jeremy Ward at jward@uni.edu with the following details: name of sponsoring organization or department, name of event, date, time, location and a short description. Events that conflict with Welcome Week "headline" events (scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18; 8 to 11 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19; and and 1 to 4 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20) will not be publicized. For more information, email jward@uni.edu.

ORDER YOUR 2011-2012 PARKING PERMIT ONLINE NOWNEW

The online parking permit application is available for 2011-2012 on MyUNIverse under "Current Announcements" or by visiting https://java.access.uni.edu/ParkingPermit/faces/portal.jspx. Permits ordered now will be processed in August. The new application form includes the ability to order a regular vehicle permit in addition to a permit for a motorcycle. It also allows for the addition of license plate and vehicle information. Students approved by the Department of Residence to purchase the CP permit may use this form. For more information, call 273-2710.

OMICRON DELTA KAPPA BOOK DRIVENEW

Got extra books? Have books the bookstore won't buy back? Donate them to Omicron Delta Kappa's book drive, happening now. Donation bins are located in Maucker Union by Veridian, MSH, SEC and RSL. For more information, contact Michael McGarvey at mcgarvem@uni.edu.

DIRECT DEPOSIT SIGN UP - NON-PAYROLL

Throughout the month of April, Business Operations is promoting the benefits of direct deposit for students, faculty and staff. Benefits include a decrease in individuals’ wait time for payments and the university’s cost of processing payments. As an added incentive to sign up for direct deposit of travel reimbursements, student refunds and other payments, Business Operations will give away gift cards throughout the month of April. Each Friday, there will be a drawing for individuals who have signed up during the preceding week. Sign up is easy. For step-by-step instructions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/dirdeposit_qrg.pdf

FALL REGISTRATION HAS A NEW LOOK

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.

NO A-TEAM ON SUNDAY, APRIL 24NEW

The A-Team will not be in Rod Library on Sunday, April 24. The last weekend for the A-Team for spring semester is Sunday, May 1.

ASSOCIATE PROVOST FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS CANDIDATE OPEN FORUMNEW

The Associate Provost for International Programs (APIP) search committee invites all members of the campus community to attend the an open forum at which the second APIP candidate will give a short presentation on "Challenges for internationalization for universities in the 21st century: Lessons for UNI" followed by a question/answer session. An electronic evaluation form has been set up for each candidate at https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/surveys/takeSurvey.cgi. The forum for the second cadidate is scheduled from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in 244/245 SEC.

HELP VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BY DONATING OLD, USED CELL PHONES

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 jm4946@uni.edu.

FAMILY WEEKEND ACTIVITIESNEW

If your department or organization is planning activities for Family Weekend (Sept. 23-24), please send the information to liz.conklin@uni.edu. Copy deadline for  promotional materials is Wednesday, June 15.

PANTHER VILLAGE IS THE NAME OF NEW CAMPUS APARTMENTSNEW

The name for the new Department of Residence apartment complex will be Panther Village. Phase I of Panther Village is under construction and will be ready for occupancy (204 students) in fall 2012. It will include a community gathering space, offices, and recreation and study space. Most of the apartments are designed for four students in single bedrooms sharing living, dining and kitchen space. Phase II of Panther Village will be available for occupancy (246 students) in fall 2013. The project web cam is linked to the DOR webpage under What's Happening: www.uni.edu/dor.

EARTH DAY BIKE GIVEAWAYNEW

Celebrate Earth Day with UNI retail outlets and enter for a chance to win one of two Trek 7100 bicycles and other bicycling gear. Register at the 23rd Street Market, Biscotti's, Prexy's and Essentials.

KAPPA DELTA PI ADOPT-A-SCHOOL PROGRAM

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITYNEW

The Cedar Valley Sustainability & Environmental Educators are bringing a new event to UNI on Tuesday, May 24, that will serve 1,000 high school students from the Cedar Valley. This program will provide an opportunity, which is not available to students in the classroom, to explore how careers, technology, recreation, energies, waste reduction and conservation all tie into the concept of sustainability. For more information on how to be involved, visit http://goo.gl/6Ck8z or search for "Green: What Does it Mean?" on Facebook.

SPECIAL EVENTS

2011 SUSTAINABILITY FORUM - UNI'S GREEN REPORT CARD: ARE WE MAKING THE GRADE?

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 eric.obrien@uni.edu with questions.

UNI WETLAND CLEANUPNEW

Help clean up  the UNI Wetland Area at 4 p.m., Monday, April 18, north of the WRC. Stay for free pizza following the cleanup. Dress to get wet and dirty; gloves and bags will be provided. For more information, see www.rrttc.com.

SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR

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 uniava@gmail.com or Staci Chananie-Hill at stacich@uni.edu.

EARTH WEEK SPECIALSNEW

Celebrate Earth Week from Monday, April 18, through Friday, April 22, with 50 cent refills of fountain pop at Biscottis in Redeker, 23rd St. Market in the Commons and Prexy's and Chats in Maucker Union. Refillable bottles and coffee mugs are available for sale at all locations. Also at Prexy's are the famous Dirt and Worm Cups. Check out our booth on Thursday, April 21, outside Maucker Union to learn more about our "green" efforts. There will be trivia and giveaways, and don't miss the "Bag Monster."

KICKOFF TO SUMMER - UNI DANCE MARATHON FUNDRAISER

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.

THINKING LIKE A LOCAVORENEW

Learn to "Think Like A Locavore" at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in the CME. Learn about locally grown and organic foods, where to purchase these foods, and the nutritional and environmental benefits of locally grown food. After a free “meet and eat” session there will be a short presentation by Rob and Tammy Faux of Faux Farms, local organic farmers from Tripoli. This event will end with the showing of the film "Food, Inc."

SUNI DAYS: TRADITIONS CHALLENGE STYLENEW

Have you been working on completing your Traditions Challenge Book? If not, you should be. On Thursday, April 21, from 4 to 6 p.m., Connecting Alumni to Students (CATS) will host SUNI Days: Traditions Challenge Style to give you a chance to complete some of those hard-to-do challenges. Meet TC, practice your Interlude Dance for Spencer and Ian, the new student body president and vice president, try mini-golf with one of the golfers and more. How can you participate? Just bring a team and some finished Traditions. There will be prizes for the best dressed teams. Visit www.uni.edu/traditions and click on the SUNI Days tab for more information. If you have questions, contact Nola Aigner (nolarae@uni.edu) or Nicole Combs (combsn@uni.edu).

UNI EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONNEW

Join the fun at the UNI Earth Day Celebration, Thursday, April 21, at the Maucker Union NW Courtyard. Come meet the “Bag Monster,” play games, win prizes and visit more than 30 display booths from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours of Sabin Hall will be held at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon, leaving from the atrium. There will be free grilled food and free bike tune-ups from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See www.rrttc.com for all the details.

RECYCLING YOUR ELECTRONICS WITH GOODWILLNEW

Goodwill Industries will accept computer equipment in any condition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 21, Maucker Union Plaza.  Desktops, laptops, monitors, drives, keyboards, printers . . . Anything that plugs into a computer. Stop by their booth at Earth Day to make your donation. Other electronics will not be accepted. See www.RRTTC.com for all Earth Day details.

CHIHULY GLASS UNVEILED APRIL 22 AT RUSSELL HALLNEW

The campus community is invited to an unveiling of artwork by Dale Chihuly, world-famous contemporary studio glass artist, Friday, April 22, 8:30 p.m., in the William and Charlotte Hinson Lobby, RSL. The contemporary studio glass is the most recent addition to the UNI Public Art Collection and was acquired with funding from the Art in State Buildings Program. The event is during the intermission of the Spotlight Series Jazz One concert and is hosted by the School of Music and the Art and Architecture Committee. For more information, email pat.beck@uni.edu or susanna.schuerman@uni.edu.

STUDENT VETERANS PAINTBALL OUTINGNEW

The UNI Student Veterans Association will host a paintball outing before finals to help relieve some stress. We will be meeting at noon, Saturday, April 23, at KW Paintball fields. The event Facebook page is at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=113063518773369, and you can send an email to the UNI Student Veterans Association email at uni-veterans@uni.edu.

PSE 10TH ANNUAL SPRINT INTO SPRING 5K RUN/WALKNEW

Pi Sigma Epsilon's 10th annual Sprint into Spring 5K Run/Walk will start at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 30, near the West Gym. Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m., or you can pick up the race bag on Friday at Runners Flat on Main Street from 5 to 7 p.m. Prizes are awarded to the top overall male and female winners, along with the top two finishers in each age division. The $20 race fee includes a T-shirt. Register at https://www.wepay.com/xsbmo8 or send your registration form and checks to Pi Sigma Epsilon, Marketing Department, CBB 336. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross Hawkeye Chapter. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/studentorgs/pse/projects or contact Katie Tietz at tietz.kathryn@gmail.com.

TAKE BACK THE NIGHTNEW

Take Back The Night is an event held to acknowledge sexual assualt and demand a safe campus for all. Sign-making begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 28, in Maucker Union. The march begins at 7:30 p.m. in front of the Maucker Union fountain. Speakers will be present. For more information, check Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=202569876439337

RESOURCES

FACE-TO-FACE HELP SESSIONS FOR REGISTRATION

If you need help registering in the new Student Center tab in MyUNIverse, help sessions are available in Maucker Union and Gilchrist Hall near the Office of the Registrar. Trained staff will be available to walk you through the registration process. Please click here for dates and times.

UNI FUN NIGHTNEW

The Multicultural Teaching Alliance will host a UNI Fun Night from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 29, at the WRC. The event is for the Big Brothers Big Sisters waiting list "Littles." MTA hosts the event so these children can enjoy a good time, but also to inspire UNI students to become a Big Brother or Big Sister. Volunteers will assist in making the night a fun one. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, email Tiffany Mosby or Lauren Hartman at unimta@gmail.com. UNI students and their families are welcome to enjoy the fun too.

GET WINDOWS 7 PROFESSIONAL FOR $29.99

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.

ACADEMIC COACHESNEW

Are you stressing about finals? Not sure how to study? Struggle with test taking? Schedule an appointment with a trained academic coach in the Reading & Learning Center by calling 273-2361. Or, meet with the A-Team on Sunday evenings from 6 to 9 in Rod Library (first floor).

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS: STUDY ABROAD FUNDINGNEW

Students majoring in CHFA programs are eligible to apply for funding to support study abroad experiences. Applicants must complete the funding request form and submit all required information in order to be eligible. The deadlines for submissions are Saturday, April 30, for fall or academic-year programs and Wednesday, Nov. 30, for spring programs. The application form and more information are at http://www.uni.edu/chfa/students/study-abroad-funding.html.

IDENTITY THEFT AWARENESSNEW

Identity fraud is one of the nation's fastest growing crimes, affecting individuals and businesses alike. Although most people are aware of it, research shows that consumers and businesses are not taking the necessary steps to fully protect themselves. The Office of Student Financial Aid encourages you to take responsibility for your future by ensuring you are not a victim of identity theft. Learn more about identity theft from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,Tuesday, April 19, in Maucker Union. You will also have the opportunity to shred any documents you no longer need that contain personal and identifying information.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

RHO EPSILON (REAL ESTATE CLUB) MEETING NEW

UNI's Real Estate organization, Rho Epsilon, will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in 227 CBB. The presenter will be Terrus Real Estate Group from Des Moines. Come learn about the company and the opportunities they have available. After the presentation the group will head to the OP for free pizza. All majors are welcome. During this meeting, elections will be held for the 2011 fall semester. There are five positions open (president, vice president, VP of finance, VP of communications and VP of administration). For more information on the duties of these positions, contact Amanda at adonovan@uni.edu.

RHO EPSILON (REAL ESTATE CLUB) MEETING NEW

UNI's Real Estate organization, Rho Epsilon, will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in 227 CBB. The presenter will be Lockard Companies from Cedar Falls. Lockard is involved in site selection, ownership structure, project finance, concept and value engineering, construction management, redevelopment, and disposition. Come learn about the company and how it operates. After the presentation, the group will head to the OP for free pizza. All majors are welcome. If you have any questions, contact Amanda Donovan at adonovan@uni.edu.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

SATURDAY FILM SERIES: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS

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.

SATURDAY FILM SERIES: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTSNEW

Episode 6: "Surviving Saturday," will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 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.

2011 JAPAN EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI RELIEF FUND DRIVENEW

In response to the earthquake/tsunami disaster of March 11, the Department of History is sponsoring a fund drive for the victims in Japan. The movie "Hura Gāru" ("Hula Girls") will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, in 115 SRL. "Hula Girls" is an award-winning Japanese film based on real-life events showing how a group of girls learned to hula dance to save their small mining village. Their efforts also helped create the Joban Hawaiian Center, which became one of Japan's most popular theme parks. There is no admittance fee, but there will be an opportunity to donate funds to a UNI account established for the purpose of providing relief in Japan.

PERFORMING ARTS

FACULTY ARTISTS RECITAL: HALGEDAHL-BOTKIN DUO

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.

COME OVER HERE: A PLAYNEW

"Come Over Here," a play sponsored by the CME that looks at interpersonal relationships in the college world, will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, at the CME. A probing conversation will take place following the performance to discuss the realities of these issues and what can be done to change them. This event is free and open to the public.

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS: STEVE MEANSNEW

 The Campus Activities Board's last acoustic artist of the semester will perform at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in the Hemisphere Lounge behind Chats, MAU. Artist Steve Means combines smooth grooves with powerful lyrics to create a soulful brew of pop music that has earned him a rapidly growing national fan base. Enjoy the music and coffee deals from Chats. For more information, visit CAB's Facebook page. 

NORTHERN IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT

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 STUDENT COMPOSER’S CONCERT

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.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE, KAJI-DAIKO & WEST AFRICAN DRUM ENSEMBLENEW

Under the direction of UNI percussion professor Randy Hogancamp, the UNI Percussion and West African Drum ensembles will offer a spring concert, along with UNI’s Taiko drum ensemble, Kaji-Daiko, at 8 p.m., Monday, April 25, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: JAZZ BAND ONE FEATURING GUEST ARTIST KENNY WHEELER

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.

UNI BASSOON AND FRIENDS RECITALNEW

David Rachor, School of Music, will coordinate a spring bassoon concert at 6 p.m., Monday, April 25, in Graham Hall, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

UNI CANTOREI CONCERTNEW

The UNI Cantorei will offer a spring recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

UNI JAZZ BAND III & COMBOS CONCERTNEW

The UNI Jazz Band III and Jazz Combos will present a concert under the direction of Chris Merz and graduate student conductors at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

UNI STUDENT CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTNEW

UNI students will offer a chamber music concert at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES: UNI VARSITY MEN’S GLEE CLUBNEW

The UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club will offer a concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.

HALF-MASTED PRESENTS: IMPROVISED COMEDY AT THE BERTHA MARTIN THEATERNEW

Half-Masted will offer three nights of improvised comedy at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at the Bertha Martin Theatre, SWT. A family-friendly matinee will take place at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30. Tickets for the general public are $3, $1 for students and children are admitted free (cash and checks only). For reservations, email doug@half-masted.com.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

EDUCATION/EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOPNEW

The Educational Opportunity Center will host a free workshop for job seekers from 2 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, at UNI-CUE. Debra Hodges Harmon, a reemployment advisor with Cedar Valley IowaWORKS, will cover job searching, resume writing, cover letters, applications, interviewing, thank yous and skills/career assessments. For details, call 433-1230.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINARNEW

"There's More to Soil Quality than Organic Matter and Yield" will be the subject of an earth science talk by Mike Sucik, National Resources Conservation Service, USDA, at 4 p.m., Monday, April 18, in 125 LAT.

LUANN ALEMAO TO SPEAK ABOUT COMMUNICATION CLARITY

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 rachael.tiby@gmail.com or Zach Riesberg at zachriesberg@gmail.com.

VICTORY OVER VIOLENCE: THE JOYCE BENNER STORY

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.

VISIONING A SUSTAINABLE WORLD IN 2050

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.

PRESENTATION ON 2011 JAPAN EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI

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.

MONARCH BIOLOGY, CONSERVATION NEEDS AND THE MONARCH JOINT VENTURE

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 rwelch@uni.edu or 273-3828.

LECTURE ON IRAN, INDIA AND SIKH IDENTITYNEW

Lou Fenech, history, will present "The Shah-namah as Cultural Text: The Iranian National Epic, India, and Sikh Identity, 18th c.-Present" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in 2 SAB. This event is sponsored by the global studies major and the Forum for National and Transnational Identities, which seeks to bring together faculty, staff and students with an interest in national identity, nationalism, transnationalism, race, ethnicity and immigration. To join the forum and its mailing list, email Konrad.Sadkowski@uni.edu.

FOREIGN SERVICE CAREERS, EXPERIENCES AND INTERNSHIPSNEW

Ambassador Ronald K. McMullen will discuss "Foreign Service Careers, Experiences and Internships," from noon to 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in the State College Room, MAU. Learn about the opportunities available from the Department of State. Open to everyone in the UNI community. For more information, email isabela.varela@uni.edu.

PANTHER SPEAKERS: LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS ENERGY WISENEW

The next Panther Speakers webinar, "Living Within Our Means Energy Wise," will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, and will be presented by Kamyar Enshayan, director of the CEEE. This session will address the conversations that need to take place in our communities and educational environments in regard to energy conservation. These webinars are available to UNI faculty, staff and students. To register, visit http://www.uni.edu/pantherspeakers/enshayan.

INFORMAL DISCUSSION WITH JULIE DASHNEW

On Wednesday, April 20, from 2 to 3 p.m., Julie Dash will visit the Center for Multicultural Education for an informal discussion about the film industry, particularly highlighting her role as the first African-American female to have a full-length theatrical release. Refreshments will be provided.

'THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP – GOING BEYOND SOCIOECONOMIC AND CULTURAL FACTORS'NEW

Hot Topics in Education: Professional Development Webinars are free one-hour webinars taught by UNI faculty and staff. The next webinar, "The Achievement Gap – Going Beyond Socioeconomic and Cultural Factors," will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, and features Dewitt Jones, educational leadership and postsecondary education. This session will address the roles schools, teachers, administrators, parents, government and researchers play in improving student achievement. These webinars are open to the entire UNI community. To register, visit http://www.uni.edu/coe/about/coe-professional-development-webinars or contact Mary Herring at 273-2719.

MUSICALLY SPEAKING LECTURE ON DOLLY PARTON

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.

TALK POLITICS: AMERICA’S ROLE IN THE WORLDNEW

America has debated what role it should have in the world since its beginning. Should America take an active or a passive role on the world stage? While it's clear that the U.S. is a superpower, its not clear how best to use this power. If you have an opinion on this in light of America’s history or current events, join Talk Politics for the final discussion of the semester at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. Talk Politics is hosted by the Northern Iowa Democrats, Young Americans for Liberty and College Republicans.

IRAQI TRIBAL LEADERSHIP

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.

"LAW AND A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY:" CSBS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI DAYNEW

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will host a panel discussion on “Law and a Democratic Society” at 11 a.m., Friday, April 22, in the Great Reading Room, SRL. Featured alumni include: John Benton, partner at California Strategies & Advocacy LLC, Sacramento, Calif.;  Peter Fagen, partner and founder of Fagen Friedman and Fulfrost LLP, San Marcos, Calif.;  Habbo Fokkena, United States trustee for Region 12, Clarksville; Randy Hefner, district court judge Iowa 5th District, Adel; and Angel Robinson, consumer advocate for the Iowa Insurance Division, Des Moines. The panel discussion is open to the public.

CURRENT ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL LAW AND JUSTICENEW

As part of his presentation at 1 p.m., Friday, April 22, in 126 CBB, Gregory S. Gordon, director of the Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies at the University of North Dakota and professor in the UND School of Law, will discuss career opportunities in the areas of international criminal law and justice and international relations. This event, co-sponsored by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education and the Center for International Peace and Security Studies, is free and open to the public.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

EARTH DAY BIKE RIDE ON THE TRAILSNEW

Join the UNI Cycling Club and the RRTTC for a 13-mile bike ride on the Cedar Falls trail system at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21. The take-off point is Maucker Union Fountain, and the ride ends at Mulligan's on 18th Street. Find the bike route map, preregister for the ride and get a free Earth Day T-shirt at www.rrttc.com. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.

HOURS

LIBRARY HOURS FOR APRIL 23-24 WEEKEND

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.