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Monday, Apr 25, 2011

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NEWS

NEW U-BILL AND DUE DATE CHANGES FOR FALL 2011NEW

The first fall 2011 u-bill will be issued on Monday, Aug. 1, and will be due Saturday, Aug. 20. To take advantage of tuition payment plans, students must complete an online payment plan agreement, which will be available on MyUNIverse beginning July 1. UNI will no longer automatically enroll students into payment plans, as has been done in the past. Watch www.uni.edu/obo/student_accounts for additional billing updates starting June 1.

SUMMER COURSES STILL AVAILABLE THROUGH CONTINUING & DISTANCE EDUCATIONNEW

Open offerings include Women's and Gender Studies: Introduction; scuba, pool operator and lifeguarding courses; Pro-Engineer; CAD; Technology in Society and Organizations; Soundscapes: Music in Culture; Developmental Psychology; American Sign Language; and more. For a complete list of course, visit www.uni.edu/continuinged/programs/courses. Or, consider enrolling in Guided Independent Study. Take up to nine months to complete a course; more than 80 courses are available. Learn more at www.uni.edu/continuinged/gis.

PANTHER PICK UP VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDNEW

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Panther Pick Up May 4 through 6. Volunteers are needed to accept donations, to explain the event to passers-by and to encourage students to bring things to the truck rather than discarding in the nearby dumpsters. Volunteer shifts include Wednesday, May 4, 1 to 4 p.m.; Thursday, May 5, 1 to 4 p.m.; and  Friday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Towers, East Towers, East Redeker and West 23rd Street. To volunteer, email kathy.green@uni.edu.

TUTOR FOR CREDITNEW

200:180(g) - Community Service: Academic Skills Achievement Center is a 2-credit course. Tutors are needed in literacy, language arts, math and special education. Get tutorial experience in a multicultural setting. The course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: Must have junior standing. Call 433-1271 for additional information.

BUILD YOUR RESUME WITH A FALL COURSE IN WORKPLACE COMMUNICATIONNEW

The fall course in Applied Writing (620:105g/ English 4775/5775) builds professional skills in workplace communication. Prerequisites can be waived. Contact prof-writing@uni.edu for more information.

2011 LUX RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

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.

ORDER YOUR 2011-2012 PARKING PERMIT ONLINE NOW

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 DRIVE

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.

CALL FOR WELCOME WEEK EVENT INFORMATION

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

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.

CAMPUS SEVERE WEATHER SHELTER LOCATIONSNEW

Every UNI building has areas designated as Severe Weather Shelters. Now that tornado season is here, make sure you know where the designated areas are in your building. The locations of emergency shelter areas for each academic building are at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ehso/tips/shelters.shtml

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO COMPLETE THE NSSE AND WIN A PRIZENEW

Were you invited to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement? Don’t have the login info? You can still access the survey and be eligible for prizes (including a Nook eReader) by completing the NSSE by midnight, April 29. Go to http://www.uni.edu/assessment and click on the link on the left side of the page. If you completed the NSSE or Proficiency Profile in time to be included in the drawings for prizes, check your UNI email after Saturday, April 30, to see if your name was randomly selected for a prize. Prizes can be picked up in 117 ITTC during finals week.

PANTHER SPEAKERS WEBINAR PRESENTATION ON ENERGY ARCHIVEDNEW

The last Panther Speakers webinar of the year has been archived at www.uni.edu/pantherspeakers. Kamyar Enshayan, CEEE, presented "Living Within Our Means Energy Wise."

NATIONAL PLAYGROUND SAFETY WEEKNEW

The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), housed at UNI, is celebrating National Playground Safety Week, April 25 through 29. A planning guide, entitled "Building Playgrounds: A Guide to the Planning Process," is available to those interested. The program encourages individuals to write letters to their state governor so National Playground Safety Week can be recognized in all 50 states. So far, governors from 11 states, including Iowa, are participating. For more information about course offerings and the NPPS, contact Donna Thompson at 273-2416 or visit www.playgroundsafety.org.

RESOURCES

DE-STRESS DAYSNEW

Take a break from studying and de-stress with WRS. Enjoy a free mini masssage, color, walk the labyrinth or stretch away your stress from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 2 through 4, in the Ballroom, MAU. Students can also interact with animals from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.

ACADEMIC COACHES

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).

UNI FUN NIGHT

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.

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS: STUDY ABROAD FUNDING

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.

HEALTH INSURANCE FOR GRADUATING STUDENTSNEW

The university offers health and dental insurance coverage to recent graduates through the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). If you decide this insurance is suitable for your situation, contact the UNI Student Health Clinic Insurance Office prior to Friday, July 1, for enrollment information at 273-7736 or email healthcenter@uni.edu.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

UNI FCA EVENT TONIGHT

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 unifca@teamfca.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS

TRASHFORMERS!NEW

Love the movie "Transformers"? Ever wanted to build your own transformer? Come to the Maucker Union Ballroom from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 25, and build your own trashformer. Trashformers must be a minimum of 3 feet to qualify and made entirely of recyclable materials. Come alone or with a team. Maximum team size is six members. Everyone will be given 20 minutes to prepare, and prizes will be awarded — so come show off your trashformer skills.

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

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

STUDENT NATURE SOCIETY AND UNI BOTANICAL CENTER'S ANNUAL PLANT SALENEW

Support the Student Nature Society and the UNI Botanical Center by purchasing plants from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 28, at the UNI Botanical Center.

SIXTH ANNUAL MINI-SUMO ROBOTICS COMPETITIONNEW

The Sixth Annual Mini-Sumo Robotics Competition will occur from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 28, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. The public and UNI faculty, staff and students are invited to watch UNI robotics students compete in an invitational competition that brings mini-sumo robots from around the U.S. to Cedar Falls. This year's contest will see the largest field ever, and UNI students have built 30 mini-sumos in preparation. http://www.narobotics.org/

CAB COMEDY: TJ MILLER & DAN LEVYNEW

CAB is sponsoring a comedy night featuring TJ Miller and Dan Levy, at 9 p.m., Thursday, April 28, in the Ballroom, MAU. Miller was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch, as well as one of Entertainment Weekly’s Next Big Things in Comedy. He appears in "She's Out Of My League," "Gulliver's Travel's," "Get Him To The Greek," "Yogi Bear," "Unstoppable" and voices a characer in "How To Train A Dragon." Levy is a regular on the “Chelsea Lately” roundtable, is headlining the College Humor Live tour and will appear with Aziz Ansari on the "Dangerously Delicious Tour.” He recently created and served as an executive producer on the popular E! series “Pretty Wild.” Visit the CAB Facebook page for more information.

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

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.

UNIVERSITY APARTMENTS SPRING FLING!NEW

The University Apartments Spring Fling! is open to all University Apartments residents and their families from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, on the lawn outside the University Apartments office. The rain location is the University Apartments office. There will be kids’ activities such as games, coloring, face painting and making healthy snacks. There will be mini massages for the adults, as well as quick, healthy recipes, health resources and more. There will also be free refreshments and giveaways.

CINCO DE MAYO ON COLLEGE HILLNEW

The College Hill Partnership will present Cinco de Mayo on the Hill from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 5. The event will feature local mariachi and Latin pop bands playing in Pettersen Plaza at College and W. 20th streets in Cedar Falls. The event is free and open to the public. A variety of Mexican food and beverages will be available for purchase, and there will be a children’s activities workshop. College Hill Cinco de Mayo T-shirts, designed by a local artist, will also be for sale. For more information, visit www.collegehillpartnership.org.

15TH ANNUAL ST. STEPHEN GOLF TOURNAMENT

The 15th annual St. Stephen Golf Tournament will take place Tuesday, May 24, at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls. It is a four-person best shot, and registration includes green fees, a golf cart, dinner, a gift pack and prizes. The cost is $60 for nonstudents, $40 for students and $20 for dinner. Sign in will begin at 11:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. All proceeds go to support the campus ministry for UNI students, Allen School of Nursing and Hawkeye Community College. For more information or to register, contact Kelly at 266-9863 or kmcc@ststephenuni.org.

PERFORMING ARTS

UNI BASSOON AND FRIENDS RECITAL

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.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE, KAJI-DAIKO & WEST AFRICAN DRUM ENSEMBLE

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.

UNI CANTOREI CONCERT

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 CONCERT

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 CONCERT

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 CLUB

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.

UNI CHILDREN’S CHOIR SPRING CONCERTNEW

The UNI Children's Choir will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 6, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

UNI SUZUKI SCHOOL SPRING CONCERTNEW

The UNI Suzuki School will offer a spring concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 15, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

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

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.

UNI NEW HORIZONS BAND SPRING CONCERTNEW

The New Horizons Band will offer its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 2, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. The New Horizons Band features musicians 55 and older who travel from all over Iowa to participate. This event is free and open to the public.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

EDUCATION/EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP

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.

MINORITY MALE FORUM: EMPOWERING THE MALENEW

The UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE) will host a two-day forum designed for the minority male to have an open dialog with policy makers and community resource people. Guest speakers will cover problems, barriers and solutions in four areas: educational opportunities; housing and social services; health, mental health and substance abuse; and the criminal justice system. The Minority Male Forum will be held on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at UNI-CUE, located at 800 Sycamore St., Waterloo. This forum is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, call 433-1220.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

2011 JAPAN EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI RELIEF FUND DRIVE

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.

SATURDAY FILM SERIES: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS

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.

'M.A. THESIS EXHIBITION, B.F.A. EXHIBITION,' 'HEADSHOT' PRINT EXHIBITIONNEW

The UNI Gallery of Art will present three concurrent exhibitions, one by M.A. candidate Jay Raabe, one by B.F.A. candidate Sarah Deppe, and one curated by UNI associate professor of art Tim Dooley and North Carolina-based printmaker Bill Flick, titled “Headshot.” 

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

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

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.

UNI STEM MEETINGNEW

Anyone interested in supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education in Iowa should attend the UNI STEM meeting from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, in the Oak Room, MAU. Primary meeting discussion/theme: Summer STEM camps for Iowa's K through 12 students at UNI ... 2011 and Beyond. Help Iowa's students learn that UNI is a great place to go for STEM research and education.

ASSOCIATE PROVOST FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS CANDIDATESNEW

The Associate Provost for International Programs (APIP) search committee invites all members of the campus community to attend the open forums at which the APIP candidates will give a short presentation on "Challenges for internationalization of 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. The forms will be available at https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/surveys/takeSurvey.cgi. The forum for the third cadidate is scheduled from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, in 244/245 SEC. 

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

GO BY BICYCLENEW

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is heading a statewide wellness campaign on bicycles, which includes a how-to bicycle manual, travel/trails guide and an Iowa Goes By Bicycle challenge beginning in May. Register or request the guide at http://iowagoesbybicycle.com.

HOURS

LIBRARY HOURS FOR FINAL EXAM WEEK & THE WEEKEND BEFORE SUMMER SESSION 2011NEW

The library hours for Wednesday, April 27, through Tuesday, May 3, are extended hours. 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, you will get a prompt to enter your CatID. http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#springfinals