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Monday, Aug 29, 2011

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NEWS

LATE FEES FOR STUDENT BILLS TO BE WAIVEDNEW

Given that not all financial aid was applied to student accounts on time, no late fee will be assessed on past due balances for the Sept. 1 billing.  Late fees will be assessed for those still past due by the Oct. 1 billing.  Students do not need to do anything to avoid a Sept. 1 late fee.  Please note, though, that the waiver is for the Sept. 1 bill only, so bills need to be paid by Sept. 20 to avoid a late fee being assessed on the Oct. 1 bill.

REGISTRATION HELPNEW

Any student still experiencing difficulty registering for classes, is encouraged to contact the registrar's office for help. The registrar's office is located in 115 GIL.

REGISTRATION DATES TO OBSERVENEW

Monday, Sept. 5, is a university holiday.

Friday, Sept. 9, is the last day to change first half-semester course to or from non-graded basis; the last day to change full-semester course to or from audit; the last day to add full-semester course for credit; and the last day to drop first half-semester course without an "F."

GMAIL IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR UNI STUDENTSNEW

UNI will move all students, faculty and staff to UNI Gmail this fall. UNI Gmail is an easy-to-use tool that provides significantly increased storage at a fraction of the cost UNI would have incurred otherwise. Student migration started in April; currently there are 7,000 active users. The deadline for migration is Oct. 1, 2011. Click here to initiate your migration to UNI Gmail now or at your earliest convenience.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND: COMMUNITY AFTER 9/11NEW

Reaching for Higher Ground: Community After 9/11 reflects on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and what it means to be a community. A series of signature events is planned for the week of Sept. 11 beginning with a Flag Planting Remembrance planned by NISG, Sunday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Lawther Field. Events continue throughout the week as follows: "Remembrance: 9/11 Ten Years Later," with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Metropolitan Chorale, Red Cedar Chamber Music and Theatre UNI, 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, GBPAC; Joel Meyerowitz – Photographing Ground Zero, 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12, GBPAC; faculty panel "9/11: A 10-Year Retrospective," reflecting on why 9/11 happened, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, GBPAC; and documentary film "11'09"01-September 11," 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, GBPAC. For more information and for additional fall and spring events, visit www.uni.edu/higherground.

SAVE THE DATE - SABIN HALL REDEDICATIONNEW

The recently renovated Sabin Hall will be formally rededicated at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23.  A reception and tours will follow the ceremony. 

HLC SITE VISIT TEAM REPORT POSTEDNEW

The final draft of the report filed by the review team from the Higher Learning Commission regarding UNI's accreditation is available on the UNI accreditation website. The report can be downloaded at http://www.uni.edu/accreditation/sites/default/files/Assurance%20Report.pdf.

TRANSFER STUDENT WELCOME LUNCHNEW

If you are a new transfer student at UNI, you are invited to the Transfer Student Welcome Lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31 in Ballroom C, MAU. Enjoy free pizza, cookies and drinks and meet other transfer students at this informal event. Several campus groups and offices will staff display tables, so stop by and get your questions answered.

CHANGES TO MYUNIVERSE NEWS

University Relations recently announced that items in MyUNIverse News and UNI Online won't be posted more than twice. New items will be tagged with a Panther paw. Additional changes include a new calendar category replacing lectures, conferences, athletics and performing arts. All calendar-related entries, with the exception of major campus events, will be promoted through UNI's online Calendar of Events, meaning events must be submitted to the university calendar. The News section of the newsletters will remain with a listing of major announcements.  Announcements in other categories will include a headline and hotlink for more information. My UNI Weekend will publish Wednesdays instead of Thursdays. Whenever possible, URLs are encouraged to direct the reader to more information. These changes are being made to enhance readability and the value of these online communications.

REGISTER YOUR STUDENT ORGANIZATION FOR THE 2011 STUDENT ORGANIZATION FAIR

Are you a member of a UNI student organization? Do you need an effective way to market your organization to the UNI community? The Student Organization Fair allows student organizations to showcase themselves to UNI students, faculty and staff. The 2011 Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom, MAU. Organizations wishing to participate must register at http://www.uni.edu/siac. Registration will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. For further information, contact the Student Involvement & Activities Center at 273-2683.

HOLIDAY SAFETY MESSAGE FOR LABOR DAYNEW

The UNI Police Division, along with 325 other agencies across the state will increase enforcement Thursday, Aug. 25 through Wednesday, Sept. 7, in conjunction with the national Drunk Driving 'Over the Limit - Under Arrest' campaign and Labor Day weekend. The focus is to remove drunk drivers from the road and enforce Iowa's traffic laws. Motorists are urged to buckle up "every trip, every time," "drive safely and drive sober." Contact Lt. Doug Widen at 273-2712 for more information.

CIEP EARNS FIVE-YEAR ACCREDITATION

The UNI Culture and Intensive English Program has earned five years accreditation as granted by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).  For more information about the CEA accreditation, visit http://www.cea-accredit.org/.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR VOLUNTEER TUESDAYSNEW

Are you looking for ways to give back to the community, make new friends and get a cool T-shirt? Sign up for Volunteer Tuesdays at www.uni.edu/siac. Volunteer Tuesdays begin Tuesday, Sept. 6 and will offer volunteer sessions from 2 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Transportation to and from the work site is provided. There will be free T-shirts and snacks for participating. For more information, contact the Student Involvement & Activities Center at 273-2683.

DO YOU CAREER CAT?NEW

UNI Career Services is offering a quick and easy way to register for the new Career Cat 2.0. Representatives will be in Maucker Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31 next to Chats.  Sign up for Career Cat 2.0 and have your questions answered.

IMPROVE YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE WITH PI KAPPA ALPHANEW

The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity enhances the collegiate experience while providing a lifetime of opportunity and reward. Perhaps the best opportunity that Pi Kappa Alpha provides is the ability to cultivate strong male leaders. For more details, contact Pi Kappa Alpha, Theta-Zeta chapter president Steven Hesse at stevr13@uni.edu.

NORTHERN IOWAN NOW HIRINGNEW

Connect students with the news that is relevant to them, celebrate the accomplishments of their peers and tell the untold stories of UNI students and faculty. Capture this moment in UNI history; work for the Northern Iowan. For more information, visit www.northern-iowan.org/employment.

TUTORS NEEDEDNEW

The UNI-CUE Tutoring Center is seeking UNI students to tutor elementary, middle and high school students for one hour to 90 minutes per week. It's not too late to volunteer or enroll in Course 4180 or 5180 to earn 2 credit hours. Tutors are needed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday each week from 4 to 6 p.m. For information, contact Nancy Scoggins Rose at 433-1271 or nancy.scoggins@uni.edu.

INTERESTED IN LAW SCHOOL?NEW

The Daniel Webster Law Society will meet at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in 025 SAB. Scott Peters, political science professor and pre-law adviser, will discuss how to best prepare for law school, factors that law schools consider in admission, preparing for the LSATs and other areas of concern for pre-law students. All students with an interest in law school are welcome. Freshmen and sophomores are especially encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Peters at 273-2727 or scott.peters@uni.edu.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAW ON CAMPUSNEW

Collins Byrd, assistant dean of admissions at University of Iowa College of Law will be on campus to discuss the law school admissions process in general and UI's program in particular, at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in 035 SAB. Co-sponsored by the Daniel Webster Law Society and the Pre-law Club.

WELCOME RECEPTION FOR MULTICULTURAL STUDENTSNEW

You are invited to attend a reception for UNI's multicultural students at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the Ballroom, MAU. A short welcome address will be at 7 p.m. The reception will kick off a new retention initiative in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences that includes monthly forums for multicultural students that will address concerns and issues, and serve as an opportunity to build community. The forums will include an academic, student service and social component. The theme for the fall semester will be professional development. All are welcome.

IMPROV COMEDY AUDITIONSNEW

Half-Masted, UNI's improv comedy troupe, will hold auditions at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday or Wednesday, Aug. 30 or 31, in the Presidential Room, MAU. The process will take 90 minutes to two hours. Callbacks are 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1. If you are cast, you are committing to a practice schedule from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., every Monday and Thursday for the semester.

94.5 KULT FM DJ RECRUITINGNEW

Ever want to be on the radio? Here's your chance. UNI's student-run 94.5 KULT FM is looking for DJs. There will be an informational meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the State College Room, MAU LO31. For more information, contact KULT at www.kult@uni.edu.

SECOND ANNUAL RAINBOW RECEPTIONNEW

The Rainbow Reception is an opportunity for UNI students, faculty and staff to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally students back to campus for the new academic year. The reception will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the GBPAC.

TWO MINUTE CAREER PLANNER

There are five career items you need to know about as you return to student mode. 1) Employers helping you interview better 2) Why can't I log in to CareerCat 2.0? 3) Is Career Services doing anything for my major? 4) Is the Career Fair useful? 5) Help! I need one more class! Read the details at http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/events/twominute/weekone.html.

WELLNESS & RECREATION SERVICES STUDENT ADVISORY MEMBERS SOUGHT

The Wellness & Recreation Services (WRS) Advisory Committee is seeking a diverse group of students to provide input and serve as a sounding board for WRS staff. The committee meets the fourth Monday of academic months, from 4 to 5 p.m. If you are interested in joining this group, contact kathy.green@uni.edu, christopher.denison@uni.edu, or timothy.klatt@uni.edu.

UNI PROUD'S ANNUAL BBQUEERNEW

UNI Proud will host its annual BBQueer 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Seerley Park. Come see old friends, meet new ones and enjoy a fun evening with Proud. Bring your own beverage and a snack to share.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FIRST MEETING OF THE YEARNEW

UNI's Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will host its first meeting at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in 225 CBB. Come enjoy pizza and learn about the opportunites that Habitat for Humanity offers. For more information, email Amanda Boyer at boyera@uni.edu.

UNI ADVOCATES FOR ALZHEIMER'S (A4A) FALL ICE CREAM SOCIAL NEW

Kick off the fall semester with some sweet treats and learn about A4A's upcoming events. Come anytime between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Oak Room, MAU. Information about A4A, Walk to End Alzheimer's and volunteer opportunities will be provided.

UNI FORENSICS (SPEECH AND DEBATE) NEW MEMBER MEETINGNEW

Do you have high school speech or debate experience? Would you like to join a nationally competitive speech and debate program? Attend an informational meetings about speech or debate teams at UNI. Members have access to coaching and represent UNI at a variety of regional and national tournaments. The team is open to all UNI students, regardless of their background in competitive speech and/or debate. The speech team competes in a variety of speech areas, including: limited preparation, interp and public address events. UNI's debate team competes in two-person, policy debate. The information meeting for debate will be at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in 218 LNG. The information meeting for speech will be at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in 218 LNG. For more information, contact Kate Lavelle at katherine.lavelle@uni.edu or 273-7200.

UNI COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH MEETINGNEW

UNI Council of Teachers of English (UNICoTE) will hold its first meeting of the year at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31 in 161 BAK. All English-teaching students are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Contact Emily Heyer for more information at heyere@uni.edu.

TENNIS CLUB MEETING AND PRACTICES NEW

If you are interested in joining club tennis, come to an informational meeting at 9 p.m., Thursday Aug. 25, CBB. Someone will be in the building to direct you to the room. Practices are from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 8:30 to 10 p.m., Thursdays, on the tennis courts next to the Towers. For more information, email Fred Niebaum at fredniebaum@gmail.com or Lauren Hall at Halllad@uni.edu.

COMMUNICATION STUDENT ASSOCIATION MEETINGNEW

The Communication Student Association (CSA) invites all students looking for a resume builder and opportunities to get involved with a student organization, to its first meeting from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, in the College Eye Room, MAU. RSVP by noon, Wednesday, Aug. 31 to unicsa2@gmail.com if you will be attending; pizza will be provided. For more information, email unicsa2@gmail.com.

UNI SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAM MEETINGNEW

The UNI swimming and diving program will hold tryouts for the 2011-2012 year. Prior to the tryout there will be a mandatory meeting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday Sept. 1, in the pool balcony, WRC. The tryouts will take place over a one-week period, starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the WRC pool. The tryout times will be announced at the meeting on Sept. 1. For questions, contact Coach Lori Meierbachtol at 273-3483 or lori.meierbachtol@uni.edu.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

SIGN UP FOR A WRS FITNESS CLASS

Registration has begun for WRS fitness classes. Classes start Monday, Aug. 29. Go to www.uni.edu/wellrec or 101 WRC to register.

INTRAMURAL SOFTBALL

For information on intramural softball, managers' meetings and registration, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/intramural_sports/index.html.

INTRAMURAL TENNIS

For information on intramural tennis, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/intramural_sports/index.html.

LOOKING FOR GOOD PERSONAL TRAINERSNEW

An informational meeting on becoming a personal trainer will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in 155 WRC. Class begins Monday, Sept. 12. Monday and Wednesday lectures will be held from 3 to 3:50 p.m., in room 155. Friday labs will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in room 87. For more information and to enroll, call 237-7167. Class is not for academic credit.

PERSONAL TRAINERSNEW

Personal Trainers will design a program with your specific goals in mind. Trainers are results driven and want you to succeed. Contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167, kristy.leen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html for more information.

TAE KWON-DO CLUB OPEN HOUSENEW

The UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club is hosting an open house at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Wednesday, Aug. 31, in 176 WRC.  Learn more about the oldest collegiate Tae Kwon-Do Sport Club in America and train with a Junior Grand Master. 

HOURS

CHANGE IN LIBRARY HOURS OVER LABOR DAY WEEKENDNEW

There will be no special vacation loans over the weekend. 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#labor.

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.