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Monday, Dec 5, 2011

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NEWS

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE EDUCATION FORUMS - RICK SANTORUMNEW

Former Sen. Rick Santorum will present at UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forum at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9, in the GBPAC lobby. UNI and Iowa Public Radio are hosting presidential candidates to speak to "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Education Today." The forum, moderated by Ben Kieffer, host of IPR's "The Exchange," is free and open to the public. Santorum will speak for 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with the audience.

DIVERSITY MATTERS AWARD NOMINATIONS – DUE DEC. 14NEW

Support UNI’s diversity efforts by nominating a student, faculty or staff member for the 2012 Diversity Matters Awards. The awards recognize those who work to fulfill our obligation to promote a university community characterized by inclusiveness and diversity. The awards will be presented at the Town Hall Meeting for Diversity on Wednesday, Feb. 1. For more information and to access the nomination form, visit www.uni.edu/diversity/.

BUDGET TOWN HALL MEETING FOLLOW-UPNEW

As follow-up to the Budget Town Hall meeting held Nov. 15, the "Challenges, Choices & Change" PowerPoint presented by President Allen is posted to http://www.uni.edu/president/speeches. Click on Town Hall Presentation, November 15, 2011.

VOTE FOR NEXT REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND TOPICNEW

What should be the focus of next year's Reaching for Higher Ground project? Help decide by voting for one of three topics: The Decline of America?, Food Matters or The Changing Face of America. To read brief descriptions of each topic and to vote, visit www.uni.edu/higherground/vote-2012-2013-topic. The deadline to vote is Friday, Dec. 9.

EARLY PROCESSING OF STUDENT BIWEEKLY TIMECARDS FOR DEC. 28 PAYDAYNEW

The cutoff date for the Dec. 28 biweekly payday is Saturday, Dec. 17. Because of the Christmas holiday, timecards will be processed early and must be approved by 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20 to be included in the Dec. 28 paycheck. Please make sure timecards are submitted and approved to meet this deadline.

NORTHERN IOWAN READERSHIP SURVEY

The Northern Iowan, UNI's student-produced newspaper, is conducting a survey of its readers. Make your voice heard and be a part of the NI's efforts to improve readership. The survey is open to students, faculty and staff through 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, in MyUNIverse.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR THE SUE FOLLON EXEMPLARY SERVICE AWARD

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to recognizing exemplary performance among P&S and Merit staff. Nominations are being accepted for the annual Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award. In its twenty-first year, this award commemorates the former division vice president who served the university from 1985-1998. Please nominate individuals working in Student Affairs who are worthy of this prestigious award. For more information and the nomination form, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/sue-follon-award-application. Nominations are due by Dec. 6.

MAUCKER UNION BALLROOM SHUTDOWN FOR RENOVATIONS

Due to a renovation project that includes updated heating/cooling systems, lighting and audio/visual components, the Maucker Union Ballroom will not be available for events until March 19. Reservations for events can still be made by calling the Maucker Union administrative office at 273-2256.

REAFFIRMATION STATEMENT

President Allen has published a reaffirmation of UNI's commitment to nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The full statement can be found at http://www.uni.edu/equity/documents/ReaffirmationStatement2011.pdf.

SUBMIT YOUR GOOD IDEAS

Too many good ideas go unshared. To make sharing simple, UNI has established an online "Good Ideas" submission site. Share ideas or suggestions about all aspects of the university. Suggestions will be reviewed by the president and distributed to the appropriate department for further review and appropriate action. Submissions can be anonymous or you can provide contact information for follow-up. Submissions can be sent via campus mail to Good Ideas, mail code 0705 or call 273-2566.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RON PAUL TO VISIT UNI DEC. 9NEW

Republican presidential candidate and Rep. Ron Paul will appear at a rally Friday, Dec. 9, in the Slife Ballroom, COM, in support of his campaign's nationwide Youth for Ron Paul initiative, of which there is a chapter at UNI. Doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. To enter 30 minutes early and secure a spot near the front of the room, RSVP at http://ronpaulatuni.eventbrite.com/.

FICTION READING BY J. HARLEY MCILRATHNEW

UNI grad J. Harley McIlrath will give a fiction reading at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, in 161 BAK. Mcllrath wll be reading "Possum Trot," his book of short fiction. McIlrath was founder and proprietor of the Cedar Falls fine and used bookstore Bought Again Books. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Vince Gotera at 273-7061 or vince.gotera@uni.edu or visit http://www.facebook.com/events/209686702442260.

TOYS FOR TOTS FUNDRAISER AT THE CEDAR FALLS DOUGHY JOEY'SNEW

Eat at the Cedar Falls Doughy Joeys Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 3 to 11 p.m. and support Toys For Tots. There will be deals on pizza and drinks, plus 10 percent of the evening's profits will go towards purchasing toys for Toys For Tots. This is a communication studies class project. Fuel up before the UNI vs. Iowa basketball game and support charity.

UNI HEALTH CARE AUDIENCE DEBATENEW

On Dec. 6, the UNI Forensics team in conjunction with the League of Women Voters, will host an audience-participation debate on health care.  The debate will feature members of the UNI debate team who will use suggestions from the public to shape their debate speeches. The topic will be the resolution: The U.S. Government should repeal the current federal health care plan (known as Obamacare). Students can visit the UNI Speech and Debate Facebook page to submit questions and debate topics to the wall by noon, Dec. 6. Health care experts will be on hand to answer questions. The debate will be in 040 Lang. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., debate starts at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

HELP UNI ENTREPRENEURS CAN HUNGERNEW

Did you know that one in eight individuals in Iowa struggles with hunger? UNI Entrepreneurs is sponsoring a food drive through Dec. 16 with all donations benefitting the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, which serves more than 40,000 different people annually. Donation boxes are in the CBA student lounge, SEC main lobby, Student Health Center and the BCS lobby. For more information, call 273-5732 or contact laurie.watje@uni.edu.

STEM EDUCATION COMMUNITY MEETING NEW

The final STEM Education meeting of the semester will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Oak Room, MAU. The focus of the meeting will be UNI STEM Summer Camp planning for 2012 and beyond. There will be cookies. If you have any questions or comments, contact Chad.Heinzel@uni.edu.

RELAY FOR LIFENEW

Register a team for Relay for Life. Teams consist of eight to 15 members and costs $10 per member. To register, visit http://www.relayforlife.org/uni. Relay for Life will take place on April 13 and 14, in the UNI-Dome. For more information, contact droessle@uni.edu.

KAPPA DELTA PI T-SHIRT SALENEW

Holiday gift items will be on sale Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 6 through 8, on the second floor of the SEC lobby. Proceeds benefit UNI KDP Education Honor Society educational and service projects.

DONATE YOUR UNWANTED OR NO-VALUE TEXTBOOKSNEW

Donate unwanted or no-value textbooks in Maucker Union from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8; and Wednesday Dec. 14. The book drive is sponsored by UNI's student-run PR firm, PRide and Spread the Care. Donations provide funds to purchase necessitites for needy children. For more information, visit www.spreadthecare.org.

PANCAKES WITH PANTHERSNEW

Join TC and TK for free pancakes from 8 to 10 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11, in the Slife Ballroom, COM. Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association.

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICENEW

Jan. 16, will mark the 26th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Take this opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. Make MLK Day a day on, not a day off. Participants have the chance to volunteer at one of four locations and receive a free lunch and T-shirt. To register, go to www.uni.edu/leadershipcenter.

STUDENT ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE TOY DRIVENEW

The UNI Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will hold a "Toys for Tots" toy drive through Friday, Dec. 16. Donate new, unwrapped toys and drop them off in the Athletics Academic Services office in the UNI-Dome, or in Maucker Union Monday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. Contact Kara Park, athletics, with any questions at kara.park@uni.edu or 273-3327. 

ST. JUDE'S CARD COLLECTION FOR KIDSNEW

Recycle used greeting cards and donate them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, which has a card recycling program that benefits the children of St. Jude’s Hospital. The Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) is gathering greeting cards in drop boxes at Mauker Union, WRC, CEEE, Schindler Lobby, Gilchrist Hall and Rod Library. All types of cards are accepted. Cards will be collected now through Jan. 15. For more information, visit http://www.stjudesranch.org/shop/recycled-card-program/. To discover how UNI is helping with this program, visit www.rrttc.com.

SKYPE AUTHOR VISIT

Amy Stewart, best-selling author of "Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities," will visit 373 Rod Library and the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Public Libraries via Skype at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8.

FOLLON SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012-2013 Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership. Application criteria and information are available at www.uni.edu/finaid. Students are encouraged to apply early. Deadline for applications is Feb. 15. Contact jan.hanish@uni.edu for more information.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT ESSENTIALS

Essentials has holiday items to meet everyone's budget. New items include boxed candies, hand painted glassware, ornaments, travel mugs, acrylic glassware, wooden decorations, UNI clothing and souvenirs. Take the stress out of shopping and stop by Essentials in Maucker Union.

NEED STUDYING TIPS?

Need tips on studying for finals? Come to the Reading and Learning Center to learn about test-taking strategies and get help preparing for end-of-semester exams. Call 273-2361 to set up an appointment.

LIBRARY FIND ARTICLES SURVEY

Want Panther Prowler to work faster for your research projects? Check out the new Find Articles search option at this test site and share what you think. For more information, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/ebsco/.

VISIONING A SUSTAINABLE WORLD IN 2050

Students enrolled in Introduction to Sustainability will present a blueprint for a sustainable society in 2050 at a public forum on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the CEEE Auditorium. A poster session will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the forum at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

TAKE YOUR CAPSTONE IN COSTA RICA THIS SUMMER

Hike through the rainforest, swim with dolphins and zip line down a mountain while completing UNI Capstone requirements at the same time. Learn more at an information session from 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6,  in 25 GIL.

PANTHERS GIVE BACK HAT & MITTEN DRIVE

Help those in need by stopping by the holiday tree in Maucker Union and drop off new (or slightly used) hats and mittens that will be given to local elementary schools this winter season. Items can be dropped off until Dec. 17.

'I WANT MY JACKET BACK'

Written and performed by Jenn Freitag, "I Want My Jacket Back" is a solo performance that explores new ways to think and talk about gender violence through the use of music, humor, poetry, personal narrative and dialogue. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m.,  Monday, Dec. 5, in 040 LNG. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.iwantmyjacketback.com.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

HOPE & HOT CHOCOLATE - TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS UNINEW

To Write Love On Her Arms UNI will host Hope & Hot Chocolate from 7 to 10 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5, at the Lutheran Student Center on the corner of College and University. Come for a night of hope, inspiration, music, food and hot chocolate. Contact jamie.harthoorn@gmail.com for more information.

NINJA STUDY CLUBNEW

Being a study ninja is a way of life. This week's Ninja Study Club meeting will focus on applying ninja reflexes and wisdom to everyday activities. Explore the concept of life hacking and get tips about how to use our time more wisely. The last meeting of the fall semester will be from 1 to 1:50 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, in 035 ITTC. 

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WRS DECEMBER E-NEWSLETTERNEW

The Wellness & Recreation Services December e-newsletter is available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage for updates on important WRS events and programs along with wellness tips and articles.

REGISTRATION FOR FITNESS CLASSESNEW

Fitness and leisure classes will begin Tuesday, Jan. 17. New classes for spring semester include Ultimate X-Training, Ultimate H2O X-Training, Booty Call, Machine & Muscle. Other classes are Spin Pilates Fusion, Kickboxing X2, Total Sculpt & Tone, Zumba and Awakening Yoga. To find and register for a class that meets your goals, visit the WRC registration page.

FOCUS ON FITNESS WORKSHOP NEW

Want to begin an exercise program, but don't know where or how to start? Focus on Fitness workshop will teach you the basics of an exercise program and how to design your own plan based on your specific goals. The workshop will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the WRC (specific room to be determined). Cost is $15. Available to students, faculty, staff and spouses. To sign up or for more information, contact Erin Nielsen at enielsen@uni.edu.

HEALTHY HOLIDAYS-HIRE A PERSONAL TRAINER

Stay healthy this holiday season and hire a WRS personal trainer who will customize individual workouts and provide motivation and accountability to help meet fitness and health goals. For more information or to sign up, contact Kristy Leen at kristy.leen@uni.edu or Erin Nielsen at enielsen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html.

HOURS

CHANGE IN LIBRARY HOURS DURING FINALSNEW

Library hours for Dec. 7 through 13 will be 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, there will be a prompt to enter your CatID. For more information, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#fallfinals. There will be no special loans over the semester break.

CHATS CLOSED DUE TO CONSTRUCTIONNEW

Chats in the Maucker Union will be closed Thursday, Dec. 15 after 11 a.m. and Friday, Dec. 16 all day due to construction in the area. Coffee and breakfast items will be available at Prexy's during the construction.

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.