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Monday, Apr 23, 2012

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NEWS

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSNEW

Many prospective students and current students have asked questions about academic program cuts. To continue to present and clarify factual information, UNI has posted some FAQs about academic program closings and future course offerings online.

2012 LUX AND OUTSTANDING STUDENT LEADER RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCEDNEW

Two students have been selected as recipients of the 2012 Lux Service Award, an award conferred annually to recognize students for their outstanding service and dedication to the university. This year’s recipients are: Joel Anderson from Clive, Iowa and Ashley Stewart from Gary, Ind. Nine students have been selected as recipients of the 2012 Outstanding Student Leader Award, an award conferred annually to recognize students who have excelled and exemplified outstanding service, dedication and leadership through their involvement and participation in university recognized student organizations. This year’s recipients are: Catherina AuJong, Ramon Cantu, Abby Doering, Ian Goldsmith, Jill Hohnecker, Megan Kammarmeyer, Yaw Kyeremateng, Skylar Mayberry-Mayes and Spencer Walrath. The recipients were nominated by their peers, faculty and staff and were recognized at the Student Leadership Recognition Ceremony on April 17. 

UNI NAMED TO PRINCETON REVIEW'S LIST OF 322 GREEN COLLEGESNEW

UNI's commitment to sustainability has been recognized in the Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges. Noted among UNI's achievements in this area are: the green roof at the McLeod Plaza, 23 campus buildings undergoing energy-related retrofits and the statewide impact of the CEEE. 

SHARE SUGGESTIONS FOR THE 2012-13 REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND PROJECTNEW

If you have a suggestion about speakers, events or other programming that could be incorporated into the 2012-13 Reaching for Higher Ground: The Search for the American Dream project, send an email. If you would like to be added to the Reaching for Higher Ground mailing list to stay informed about the project, please also send an email indicating so.

UNI CDC TO RELOCATE IN THE FALLNEW

The university will continue to have a Child Development Center (CDC) on campus. The CDC will relocate this fall to Hillside Court. Renovations will begin immediately and the CDC is expected to be fully operational at its new location by fall semester. The CDC will continue to operate at MPLS as needed this summer. The Hillside Court location offers many benefits including an excellent playground, direct access from classrooms for ease of moving the children and close parking. UNI early childhood education majors will continue to gain valuable learning experiences at the CDC. For more information, call the CDC co-directors, Aimee Klostermann and Tera Weber, at 273-3946.

DEAN OF STUDENTS SEARCH

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.

ROD LIBRARY E-BOOK SURVEY

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.

INRCOG TRANSPORTATION SURVEY

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.

COURSE OFFERINGS

NEW FASHION COURSE FOR FALL 2012

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.

UNI GUIDED INDEPENDENT STUDY OFFERS FLEXIBILITY AND CONVENIENCE

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.

BUILD YOUR RESUME WITH FALL 2012 COURSES IN WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION

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.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

AUTISM SPECTRUMNEW

The GBPAC is partnering with the Tectonic Theatre Project (Laramie Project) in co-commissioning a new theatrical work, "Square Peg Round Hole." Actors will visit the Cedar Valley three times within the next 10 months to conduct research with those who work and/or live on the Autism Spectrum. Their first visit is April 23 through 27. They are interested in interviewing individuals in multiple areas: teaching, special education, biology, genetics, neuroscience, research…the possibilities are endless. For more information, email Amy Hunzelman.

REDUCE, REVAMP, REWEAR! CLOTHING EXCHANGENEW

Want new clothes without spending money? Reduce, Revamp, Rewear! a clothing exchange, is part of the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) Green Month. The exchange will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, April 23, in the Ballroom, MAU. Bring clean, gently-used clothing and select new-to-you items for free. For more information, email Kara Poppe.

HOW INALIENABLE ARE YOUR RIGHTS? NEW

Father Nathan Cromly, philosopher and international speaker, will give a presentation at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, in Lang Auditorium. The presentation will focus on human rights worldwide. A time for Q&A will follow the presentation. Sponsored by UNI Right to Life.

UNI PROUD HOSTS AN LGBT PROMNEW

Join UNI Proud from 8 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, at the Wesley Foundation. It's time to end the year right with food, music and friends. Bring your dancing shoes for this formal wear-optional event. Everyone is invited.

'A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM'NEW

The UNI Student Theatre Association (UNISTA) will present a free, outdoor, one-hour performance of Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," at 8 p.m., April 27 and 29, in Kamerick Courtyard, rain or shine. The night is guided and misguided by love and magic.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY--MAY 10NEW

The Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Centter (RRTTC) will host "Green: What does it Mean?" May 10, on the UNI campus. More than 800 ninth grade students from the Cedar Valley will learn how to participate in a sustainable community. Volunteers are needed to be class guides, presentation helpers and lunch helpers. Numerous time slots are available. If interested in volunteering, register online.

UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOPNEW

Attend a two-and-a-half day workshop that challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice. The workshop will take place Wednesday through Friday, May 16 through 18, at Allen College (in partnership with UNI). Application forms are available through the CME. For more information or to apply, email Kailee Becker or call 273-2250.

IAF SUMMER APPLICATIONS

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.

NORTHERN IOWA ENERGY CORPS

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.

PANTHER PICK UP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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.

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

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.

THANK A MENTOR

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.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

FINAL PIRATE AND NINJA STUDY CLUBS FOR THE SEMESTERNEW

The final Pirate Study Club meeting for the semester will be from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, in 035 ITTC. The final Ninja Study Club meeting for the semester will be from 2 to 3 p.m., Friday, April 27, in 035 ITTC. Come to these groups for last-minute study tips before finals and some fun. Sponsored by the College Reading and Learning Center.

FINAL A-TEAM MEETING FOR THE SEMESTERNEW

The final A-Team meeting for the semester will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday, April 29, on the first floor Rod Library. Come to A-Team for drop-in tutoring in math, science, business, writing or reading and study skills as you prepare for finals week. There is no charge for currently enrolled UNI students.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

TRX SUSPENSION TRAININGNEW

Want a fun, challenging and results-producing program for all fitness levels? Use your own body weight and gravity to develop strength, endurance, balance and core stability with workouts designed by UNI personal trainers. Available to students, faculty, staff and spouses. Sessions run May 14 through July 6, (first week, try a session for only $5) Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you are a current client of a UNI trainer, you'll receive 20 percent off. To sign up or for more information on prices and the program, email Erin Nielsen.

HOURS

FINAL EXAM WEEK & WEEKEND BEFORE SUMMER SESSION 2012NEW

Library hours for April 25 through May 1 are extended hours. Patrons may check out materials and enter the building until 10 minutes to closing time, at which time service desks close and the doors are locked. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, you will get a prompt to enter your CatID.

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.