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Monday, Apr 9, 2012

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NEWS

2012-13 REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND: SEARCHING FOR THE AMERICAN DREAMNEW

What is the American Dream? Responses to this question are often varied and contentious, and across time, the “American Dream” has had many meanings. For some, the American Dream represents the pursuit of a positive, aspirational goal. For others, it represents an "opportunity" that has never been universally accessible due to barriers that exist for many. This year's Reaching for Higher Ground seeks to better understand the complex topic, "Searching for the American Dream," through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. To find out more about this project and how you can get involved, attend an informational meeting on Thursday, April 12 at 3:30 p.m. or Friday, April 13 at noon, both in the Gallagher-Bluedorn lobby. Email contact: higherground@uni.edu.

UNI CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY UPDATENEW

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 WANTEDNEW

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.

SENIORS: NEW DEADLINE FOR TAKING PROFICIENCY PROFILE NEW

The deadline to take the Proficiency Profile and be eligible for the drawings for gas cards has been extended to midnight, April 15. Access the test online. Cat ID required. The deadline for cap and gown awards stays with the original deadline, April 8; winners will be notified April 9 by UNI email.

UNI SUSTAINABILITY AWARD NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

UNI is committed to responsible stewardship of our natural resources and sound leadership in developing education, programs and services that promote a sustainable future. Recognizing that there are university individuals, departments, student organizations and programs actively working to encourage responsible environmental stewardship, the UNI Sustainability Council is seeking nominations for the third annual UNI C.A.R.E. Award. Nominate individuals, programs, organizations or departments that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to sustainability. Nominations can be made online and are due by April 11. For more information, email Eric O'Brien.

UNIVERSITY PRINT SERVICES VENDOR CHOSEN

UNI Print Services has closed. The university has chosen a preferred vendor (Copy Works) to handle the university copying needs. Beginning Monday, April 2, all UNI student organizations are strongly encouraged to funnel their print orders and copying jobs through the Office of University Relations. The vendor is offering significant discounted pricing for jobs that UR forwards on to the vendor. But the discount is only for jobs that are processed through the UR office. During these challenging budget times, it's to your organization's benefit to work through UR for print and copy needs. Please submit jobs via email or call UR at 273-2761 with any questions.

GRADUATE STUDENTS LOSE DIRECT SUBSIDIZED LOAN ELIGIBILITY IN 2012-13

Based on recently passed federal legislation, graduate students will no longer be eligible for Direct Subsidized Loans beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year. While the total annual loan limit that students can borrow will remain unchanged at $20,500, the full amount will be unsubsidized, accruing a 6.8 percent interest rate while in school. Current graduate students believing they may need to borrow in the future may want to consider borrowing any remaining Direct Subsidized Loan eligibility that has not been accepted during the 2011-2012 academic year. To learn more, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 273-2700.

5TH ANNUAL HONORS WEEKNEW

UNI's 5th Annual Honors Week is April 9 through 15. The week is a celebration of academic excellence and a recognition of the contributions of campus honorary societies and organizations.  View a full schedule of the week's events and a listing of participating organizations online.

UNI EARTH WEEK CELEBRATION

UNI's Earth Week celebration will include: a bike ride on April 11, "The Clean Bin Project" on April 12, a prairie trails run on April 16, wetland clean up on April 17,  Earth Day celebration on April 18 and showing of the film "Wall-E" on April 19. For more information or to register for events, please visit the RRTTC.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

RELAY FOR LIFENEW

Did you know that one in two men and one in three women will get cancer at some point in their lifetime? Join the campus community for a night of cancer fighting at the 10th annual Relay For Life of UNI sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Relay will start at 6 p.m., Friday, April 13, in the McLeod Center and will conclude the following morning at 6 a.m. There will be a photobooth, live bands, multiple performances by student groups, a root beer pong tournament, a BWW blazin' wing challenge and more. Register online or simply donate if you are unable to attend. Come celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. For more information, email Emily Droessler.

PANTHER BASHNEW

Come to the Campanile from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, to enjoy some free food and end-of-the-year fun. Representatives from the Northern Iowa Student Government will be on hand to serve the student body free burgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks. A vegetarian option will be available. For more information, send an email.

TRADITIONS CHALLENGE CHECK-IN DAYNEW

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-UPSNEW

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.

HELP CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK AND WIN A NOOKNEW

April 8 through 14 is National Library Week. To help celebrate, enter Rod Library's trivia contest on the Rod Library Facebook page. The person who answers the most questions correctly will win a Nook. (Library employees, including Library student assistants, can't enter).

UNI STUDENTS FOR GENDER NEUTRAL FACILITIES: POTTY PROTESTNEW

For most UNI students, faculty and staff, the most basic tasks of humanity require little thought, such as what bathroom to use, what pronoun you are called, if you are safe in the residence halls and at home. However, for those who don't identify with the gender and/or sex assigned to them at birth, those with disabilities, with children and other populations, finding a safe bathroom is an important concern. To raise awareness regarding transgender issues, a group of protest volunteers will line up at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 10, outside the Maucker Union Ballroom bathrooms and use the restrooms as a collective group, not assigned by their gender. For more information, email Kaitlin Korbitz.

HONORS RESEARCH DAYNEW

Senior honors students and presidential scholars will present their thesis research projects on Saturday, April 14. The event begins with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., in the Lang Hall second-floor auditorium lounge. Following will be eight concurrent sessions of research presentations in Lang Hall Rooms 208, 211, 222 and 223. View the complete schedule online. Presentations are open to the public.

SPSS SHORT COURSE - STATISTICAL CONSULTING ASSISTANCENEW

A free hands-on course on using SPSS will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, April 9, and 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 10, in 110 WRT. The Department of Mathematics provides assistance to faculty, staff and students through its Statistical Consulting Lab. For more information, email Mark Jacobson or visit the website.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND MINI-GRANTSNEW

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.

STUDENT NATURE SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIPNEW

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. 

WORKSHOP: FINISHING THE SEMESTER STRONGNEW

Stressed about finals? Come to the College Reading and Learning Center’s Fit for Finals workshop at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, in 035 ITTC to learn how to finish this semester strong. Currently enrolled UNI students can register online at no cost.

TIME MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPNEW

UNI faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a Time Management Workshop presented by David C. Towle, UNI Counseling Center. The workshop will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 13, in 012 at UNI-CUE, in Waterloo.

A GOLD STANDARD LECTURENEW

University of Iowa professor Patrick Barron will visit UNI to deliver a lecture refuting Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke's recent attacks on the gold standard and explaining why the country must return to sound monetary policy. Barron will speak from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the State College Room, MAU.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NEGRO MUSICIANS, INC., MIDWEST CONFERENCENEW

The National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., Midwest Conference will be held Friday, April 13, in the Great Hall, GBPAC hosted by The George Walker Society of Music. Featured events include: 1 to 3 p.m., a lecture "Blazing a Musical Trail on Pennsylvania Avenue: African American Opera and Concert Singers at the White House," by Maurice B. Wheeler, University of North Texas; 3 to 5 p.m. , string scholarship competition; 5 to 6 p.m., conversations with Simon Estes, world-renowned opera star and Iowa native; and 7:30 to 9 p.m., a Young Artist's Concert featuring UNI School of Music students. The conference fee is $25. To register for the conference, call 273-2797. Events are open to the public.

'WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES'NEW

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.

MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE SHOW AND WORKSHOPNEW

The Middle Eastern Dance Club will host performances of a variety of styles of Middle Eastern and Turkish dance (e.g., belly dance) at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14, in the CME. Sonya, an award winning dancer from Chicago, is the featured performer and will teach a veil choreography workshop earlier in the day. For more information, send an email

LGBT CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITYNEW

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.

USHERS NEEDED FOR 'BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL'NEW

Looking for something fun and exciting to do on a Friday and Saturday night or Sunday afternoon? Looking to see a performance of Strayer-Wood Theatre's production of "Bat Boy: The Musical" for free? Sign up to be an usher for one or more performances of "Bat Boy: The Musical," music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe. Performance dates include 7:30 p.m., April 12 through 14 and 2 p.m., April 15, in the SWT. Ushers should arrive one hour before curtain for instruction. For more information, email Alyssa Bakker or sign up online.

MARKETING, POLITICS AND PROPAGANDA (MKTG 3159): NEW FOR FALL 2012 SEMESTER

This fall, with the 2012 presidential race in full swing, take a close look at how voters are influenced by politicians, the media and marketing. Marketing, Politics and Propaganda (MKTG 3159) will explore the nature of modern communications systems, the influence of advertising and public relations, propaganda, how people are persuaded and where personal attitudes and beliefs come from.

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.

MOVIE NIGHT: 'THE ACCUSED'

The kickoff event to raise awareness about sexual assault is the showing of "The Accused" from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, April 9, in 252 SEC. The movie features Jodi Foster and tells the true story of a woman who was raped and her experiences with the criminal justice system.

FINANCIAL LITERACY QUIZ BOWL

The Office of Student Financial Aid and the Campus Activities Board are sponsoring the first annual UNI Financial Literacy Quiz Bowl. The quiz bowl will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, MAU. Quiz bowl questions will focus on topics such as budgeting, credit, credit cards, saving, financial aid, identity theft, insurance and taxes. Teams of two to five can register for a chance to win a $400 scholarship. The first 32 teams to email a team name, team members and contact information to Liz Hoium will be eligible to compete. Students not competing can cheer on your favorite team and learn about financial literacy. All team members must be UNI students and not currently employed by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

'GO TEAL' DAY

Wear teal ribbons to show support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month on Friday, April 13.  Encourage friends, family, coworkers, professors and others to participate. For information on how to get ribbons, email Mark Rowe, violence intervention services, or call 273-3423.

CME TO HOST JOURNALIST TOURé ON APRIL 11

The CME will host iconic commentator and journalist Touré at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the CME. He will discuss his provocative new book, "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness: What It Means to Be Black Now." For more information, visit the CME website or call 273-2250.

UNIQUE SUMMER STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE

UNI students are eligible to travel to China and teach English to university students. The trip is heavily subsidized and is a great opportunity to learn about a new culture, hone or build your teaching skills, make new friends and explore the world. For more information, visit the Study Abroad Center website or send an email

PANTHER SPORTS MARKETING INTERNSHIP 2012-2013

The UNI Athletic Marketing Department is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Panther Sports Marketing Internship. Fill out an application online. All materials must be turned in by 5 p.m., Monday, April 16.

REGISTER FOR THE UNI EARTH DAY SERVICE PROJECT

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 campus clean up, planting flowers, projects at Hartman Reserve, Center for Energy and Environmental Education and Cedar Falls community garden clean up. Participants will receive a T-shirt, transportation to sites and a healthy snack. Sign up online. For more information, call the Student Involvement & Activities Center at 273-2683.

ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY EXHIBITORS NEEDED

The Cedar Valley Sustainability & Environmental Educators are hosting the “Green: What does it Mean? Exploring our Sustainable Community” event on May 10, on the UNI campus. The group is seeking organizations to participate and host a booth for the exhibit hall. The day is centered around sustainability theory, where some 800 ninth grade students from the Cedar Valley will learn about sustainability in their community. Find more information and register online.

USA TODAY COLLEGIATE READERSHIP TRIAL

The Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) is sponsoring a collegiate readership pilot program April 2 through 20. Free copies of USA Today, Des Moines Register and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier will be provided to students. Copies will be available next to each of the two round bulletin boards in Maucker Union. USA Today representatives will be on campus twice during the three-week trial to gather feedback from students with a quick and easy multiple choice survey. For more information, email NISG.

STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD RECEPTION

The 2011-12 UNI Student Employee of the Year will be announced at the award reception from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m., Monday, April 9, in the Georgian Lounge, COM.

UNI'S SAVE FORUM ACTORS PERFORMANCE

Explore the complexities of relationships and the power of bystander intervention with the Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE) Forum Actors. This performance allows for your own thoughts about gender stereotypes, consent and the roles of violence in our community, to be highlighted through audience participation. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, April 11 and 12, in 040 LNG. For more information, email Amandajean Nolte.

COURSE OFFERINGS

COURSE FOR ALL STUDENTS INTERESTED IN SUSTAINABILITYNEW

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.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

QUASHNEW

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.

UNI-SHRM MEETINGNEW

Join UNI-Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in 121 CBB. Committees will meet and updates will be given on end-of-the-year activities.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

INTRODUCTION TO STRENGTH TRAINING WORKSHOP NEW

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.

GET YOURSELF TESTED

The month of April is Sexually Transmitted Infection Awareness Month. The UNI Student Health Clinic is offering low or no-cost testing for currently enrolled students. Please call to schedule an appointment today at 273-2009. For more information, visit the Student Health Clinic website.

INTRAMURAL INFORMATION

For more information on one-on-one basketball tournament, pickleball tournament, intramural 11-on-11 open co-rec soccer tournament, four-on-four co-rec open sand volleyball tournament and bench press and pro-joe challenge, visit the intramural website.

TOP FIVE REASONS TO HIRE A UNI PERSONAL TRAINER

1. UNI trainers will design safe and effective programs specific to your individualized goals. 2. UNI trainers will provide motivation and confidence to achieve goals. 3. UNI training sessions can be completed anywhere on the UNI campus around your schedule. 4. UNI training is less expensive than any gym, can be split into multiple payments and can be paid by ubill or payroll deduction. 5. UNI trainers will make the workouts fun and exciting. To sign up or for more information, email Erin Nielsen. If you sign up with a friend, you'll receive 20 percent off.

WRS APRIL E-NEWSLETTER

The Wellness & Recreation Services April e-newsletter is available online. Follow the link on the home page to see updates on important WRS events and programs with wellness tips and articles.

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.