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Monday, Feb 14, 2011

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PERFORMING ARTS

THE BAND PERRY CONCERT MOVES TO GBPACNEW

UNI’s Panther Productions has moved the location for The Band Perry concert, with special guest Thompson Square, to the GBPAC. The Thursday, Feb. 24, show has changed location to give more students, as well as the public, an opportunity to attend. If you have already purchased tickets, your tickets are still valid and do not need to be exchanged. Tickets can be purchased through any UNItix outlet, at www.unitix.uni.edu or by calling 273-4TIX. Tickets are $10 for UNI students (limit two) and $20 for the public. All seats are general admission.

ROMANCE WITH A DOUBLE BASS

The UNI bass studio will present a double bass concert with a romantic theme at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

CAB'S ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS: ALISA TURNER

CAB's Acoustic Artist Series will feature Alisa Turner at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. Turner is a talented singer, songwriter and keyboard player with a deep passion for music. Enjoy the music and coffee deals from Chats. For more information, visit CAB's Facebook page.

FLUTE CHOIR & FLUTE STUDIO CONCERT

Tthe Northern Iowa Flute Choir and Flute Studio will present its annual concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

'FOR THE LOVE OF THE CLUB'

UNI Interpreters Theatre will present "For the Love of the Club" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 through 19, in the Interpreter's Theater, 040 LNG. This original work is based on the author's and director’s thesis research on women who ride with motorcycle clubs. Learn about their lives, the roles they fulfill for their men and their struggle to perform their identities within the confines of a social organization that often dictates gender roles. This production contains mature language, themes and situations. It's recommended for mature audiences only. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Angela Glunz at glunza@uni.edu or 273-6728.

60TH ANNUAL SINFONIAN DIMENSIONS IN JAZZ CONCERTSNEW

The Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19. It will feature Jazz Band One and David Berkman in Bengtson Hall, RSL. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for non-UNI students and free for UNI students with ID. For more information, visit http://www.davidberkman.com/ or see the Tallcorn website at http://www.uni.edu/jazzstudies/tallcorn/.

NO SHAME THEATRENEW

Are you an original writer, songwriter, or performer? Then UNI's No Shame Theatre is the place for you. No Shame is a performance venue for anyone who has something to perform: songs, plays, stories, stand-up and poetry. There are three rules. The performance must be under five minutes; 100 percent original; and physically harmless. The doors open at 9:30 p.m. and the show begins at 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, in 108 CAC.

SUZUKI FACULTY RECITALNEW

The UNI School of Music Suzuki School will present a recital featuring Suzuki faculty artists at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: SUZANNE TIRK, CLARINETNEW

Visiting artist Suzanne Tirk will present a clarinet recital at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Tirk has taught at Bemidji State University, Lawrence University, Eastern Michigan University and Montana State University. She currently teaches at Wichita State University. Tirk has appeared as a guest artist and soloist at conferences nationally and internationally. This event is free and open to the public.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: NORTHERN IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRANEW

Under the direction of visiting artist and conductor Jonathan Girard, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra will offer a Spotlight Series concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.

FRIENDS OF KUNI BLUES BLOWOUT

Blues legend Joe Louis Walker with special guests BJ Allen and Blue Voodoo will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, at Waterloo's Electric Park Ballroom. This evening of blues and soul is a benefit for Iowa Public Radio. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets, visit http://iowapublicradio.org/index.php?cID=88.

SPECIAL EVENTS

UNI STUDENT ATHLETES TO COLLECT SHOES FOR CHARITYNEW

UNI student athletes will collect shoes for the Soles4Souls shoe campaign, a Nashville-based organization that facilitates the collection of shoes and delivers them to people in need around the world. Soles4Souls accepts all types of shoes: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, flip flops, new or gently worn. Collection times are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in Maucker Union. Monetary donations are also welcome and will go directly to the organization. Contact Kara Park with any questions at 273-3327 or kara.park@uni.edu. For more information about Soles4Souls, visit http://www.soles4souls.org/about/.

BOOK REGISTRY KICKOFFNEW

The honors group Team TLC will hold a kickoff for its book registry on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at University Book & Supply. The kickoff is from 5 to 6 p.m., with a presentation at 5:15, followed by an opportunity to buy books to be donated to local fourth-grade elementary classrooms.

UNI SCHOOL OF MUSIC AUDITION DAYNEW

The first UNI School of Music Audition Day for 2011 will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, in the GBPAC and RSL. For details on specific locations of area auditions or times, contact the School of Music office at 273-2024.

T-SHIRT SALENEW

UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society will sell T-shirts and related items on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 22 and 23, in the second floor lobby, SEC. Proceeds will benefit KDP education and service projects.

QUASH - QUEST TO UNRAVEL ALZHEIMER'S SCAVENGER HUNT

QUASH, the Quest to Unravel Alzheimer’s Scavenger Hunt, is back for 2011. Gather a team of two to four people to challenge your body and your mind in a campus-wide event on Saturday, April 16. Each QUASH team is asked to raise $100 per participant to benefit and support the research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Register today at www.QUASHnow.org.

56TH ANNUAL TALLCORN JAZZ FESTIVALNEW

The Tallcorn Jazz Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19, at Russell Hall and GBPAC. This festival is the longest running jazz festival this side of the Mississippi. High school bands perform both days, will work with clinicians and guest David Berkman. For more information, visit http://www.davidberkman.com/  or the Tallcorn website at http://www.uni.edu/jazzstudies/tallcorn/.

ENTREFEST!NEW

Entrefest!, an event for small business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs, will be held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 24 and 25, in Dubuque. EntreFest! provides an opportunity to invest in your business by spending time working on your business in a fun and informal setting. Visit www.entrefest.com for the complete schedule and speaker lineup.

NEWS

VOLUNTEER FOR UP WITH FAMILIESNEW

Up With Families needs 150 volunteers to help the weekend of April 9 and 10 at the Ramada. The weekend is a chance for families who have a child or children with a disability to get away together as a family and have a fun and relaxing time. For more information, contact Katie Hooper at hooperk@uni.edu.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2011 SUSTAINABILITY FORUM

Under sponsorship of UNI's Sustainability Council, the next Sustainability Forum will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 21. All UNI community members are invited to learn about current campus sustainability initiatives and discuss how UNI can continue to leave a smaller footprint. Contact eric.obrien@uni.edu with questions.

WRITING AND THE LIBERAL ARTS AT UNI: UNIVERSITAS 6.2

Writing and the Liberal Arts at UNI: UNIversitas 6.2 is available at http://www.uni.edu/universitas/currentissue/default.htm. The issue concentrates on the liberal arts' advancement of writing and writers and contemporary challenges to such advancement.

CAMPUS-WIDE CLIMATE/DIVERSITY SURVEYNEW

All students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences about the university’s culture and attitudes. To complete the survey, follow the link sent to you in the e-mail invitation from Provost Gibson. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and is strictly confidential. All responses will be aggregated, and no individually identifying information will be disclosed. Please plan to participate in this important process. The survey is available through Friday, March 4. If you have any questions, contact kristin.moser@uni.edu or call Kristin Moser at 273-3103.

VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS AVAILABLE

23rd Street Market is offering Valentine items including flowers, panther plushes, balloons, cookies and Hugs from Home. Purchase items in the store or online at the Panther Pantry http://www.uni.edu/dor/pantherpantry. For additional gift ideas, stop by Essentials in Maucker Union.

ELECTRONIC W-2 SIGN-UP

Sign up now for electronic-only delivery of your W-2 next January. The benefit is access to your W-2 online, with the option for you to print, at least a week earlier than if you choose to receive the paper document through the U.S. Mail. It’s also a cost savings to the university. If you chose electronic delivery for 2010 you do not need to re-elect this option. Sign up through MEMFIS UNI Student Employee Self Service>Extra Information. For additional information and instructions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/training_and_support/documents/w2_delivery_preference.pdf. If you have questions, contact Payroll at payroll@uni.edu or call 273-2656.

USHERS NEEDED FOR 'ON THE VERGE'

Looking to see a performance of the Strayer-Wood Theatre’s production of "On the Verge" for free? Sign up to be an usher for one or more performances of the play by Eric Overmyer. Performances are at 7:30 p.m, Thursday, Feb. 24, through Saturday, Feb. 26, and Thursday, March 3, through Saturday, March 5. A 2 Sunday matinee will be held at 2 p.m., Feb. 27 and March 6. Performances will be held in the Bertha Martin Theatre, located in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. For more information, contact Allison Krois at allisonkrois@gmail.com.

MERCHANT SCHOLARSHIP

The Merchant Scholarship is one of UNI's oldest scholarships. The University Archives staff has prepared an illustrated historical essay on the benefactors of that scholarship fund. To learn more about the Merchant family, visit https://www.library.uni.edu/collections/special-collections/merchant-legacy.

PHISHING ATTEMPTS ON THE RISE

UNI is seeing an increasing number of inbound e-mail messages asking you to provide personal information in response. The information requested includes usernames, passwords, personal identity information, etc. Virtually all of those requests are fraudulent. We ask that you never reply to such messages. Instead, you are encouraged to forward those messages (as an attachment) to phishing@uni.edu. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/services/security/phishing.

SUPPORT UNI STUDENTS FOR GREENWAY-BEAVES

Rhonda Greenway and Adam Beaves are running for NISG president and vice president. If you are interested in supporting the campaign, attend meetings at 9 p.m., Mondays in 14 SRL. Rhonda and Adam believe "The Future is UNI," and student support and input is essential to their campaign success. Visit www.rhondaandadam.com for more information about Rhonda and Adam's platform or to request a free T-shirt or button.

STUDENT DISABILITY NEWSLETTERNEW

Check out this month's Student Disability Services newsletter. Read about upcoming campus events, changes in the office and more. http://www.uni.edu/sds/StudentNews.shtml.

UNI UP CLOSE 2011NEW

High school seniors and their guests will be on campus for UNI Up Close on Friday, Feb. 25. Think about your role as a member of the university community and how you can contribute to the positive experience of all prospective students, parents and campus guests during UNI Up Close. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/admissions/upclose/. If you have any questions, contact Jenny Connolly at 273-2365 or jenny.connolly@uni.edu.

HELP UNI ENTREPRENEURS 'CAN HUNGER'NEW

According to the Feeding America Hunger Report 2010, Feeding America's nationwide network of food banks is feeding 1 million more Americans each week than in 2006. Help UNI Entrepreneurs "Can Hunger" in the Cedar Valley by donating nonperishable food in the donation boxes located in the CBB student lounge or BCS front lobby area. For more information, e-mail laurie.watje@uni.edu.

SPRING BREAK GIVEAWAYSNEW

Enter for a chance to win a trip to Seaworld or UNI basketball tickets with a VIP visit to the Dewmocracy Tent on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Pick up a scratch ticket at Biscotti's, 23rd St. Market and Essentials from Monday through Friday, Feb. 14 through 18. Sign up to win basketball tickets at all retail locations, including Prexy's and Chat's. Visit stores for details.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

LAST CHANCE FOR FOLLON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION NEW

This is your last chance to apply for the 2011-2012 Dr. Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership, worth $3,500. The deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 15. Use the Common Online Scholarship application to review criteria and submit an application. www.uni.edu/finaid/.

$5,200 UNI CARVER SCHOLARSHIPNEW

Students who will be juniors in 2011-2012 can apply for the $5,200 Roy J. Carver Scholarship. Twenty new recipients will be selected. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 1. Requirements include financial need and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. For more information, visit www.carvertrust.org and click on the scholarship tab on the top right.

DOES YOUR STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEED FUNDING?

Applications for funding for the 2011-2012 academic year are available on the NISG Web page at www.uni.edu/funding. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15. For more information, contact Felly Phommalinh at felly@uni.edu or 273-3394.

FREE LITERATURE/LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHING MATERIALS

Free to faculty or students: readers' guides, teacher guides and companion CDs for many works of literature included in the NEA's The Big Read initiative. Examples include "The Grapes of Wrath," "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" and "The Death of Ivan Ilyich." Contact Betty DeBerg at deberg@uni.edu.

CAPSTONE IN ENGLAND/SCOTLAND

The Study Abroad Center still has spots available for the England/Scotland Capstone. The dates for the trip are May 19 through June 1. For more information, e-mail daviswe@uni.edu or stop in 28 GIL.

FREE COMPUTER WORKSHOPS FOR CREDIT

Need an extra credit? ITS-Educational Technology is offering three additional sections of Managing Microsoft Office and Creating Web Pages. Limited seating is available. Visit http://www.uni.edu/its/training/for-credit for details, including online registration instructions. Any student not wanting credit may take individual workshops for free.

STUDY ABROAD IN IRELAND INFORMATION SESSION

Interested in studying abroad in Ireland for a semester?  Come to the Ireland information session from 4:30 to 5:30 pm., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in 009 GIL. The session will cover classes offered, costs, living abroad and more. A panel of past study abroad participants will be available to answer questions. For more information, e-mail Kristen at granzowk@uni.edu.

FUNDING FOR CNS MAJORS TO STUDY ABROAD

A new funding opportunity is available to students majoring in College of Natural Sciences programs who wish to study abroad. The award, up to $250, is not affiliated with the study abroad program. For an application, go to www.cns.uni.edu/StudyAbroadFunding.doc.

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS: STUDY ABROAD FUNDING

Students majoring in CHFA programs can apply for funding to support study abroad experiences. Applicants must complete the funding request form and submit all required information to be eligible. The submission deadlines are Thursday, March 31, for summer programs; 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.

STUDENT NATURE SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP

The UNI Student Nature Society club is a student led group that strives to promote conservation and an understanding and appreciation of the natural world. It's offering two scholarships of $250 each to be applied to fall semester 2011. This scholarship is available to anyone with an interest in the natural world. Pick up a scholarship application in 144 MSH and turn it in by Tuesday, Feb. 15.

VOLUNTEER TUESDAYSNEW

On Volunteer Tuesdays, students volunteer at a local institution or activity, such as working at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, visiting a retirement home or making blankets. Registration opens March 1 at http://www.uni.edu/maucker/leadership/ for the following dates and activities: March 22: Cedar Falls Lutheran Home; March 29: Aspire; April 5: Family and Children's Council; April 12: Northeast Iowa Food Bank; April 19: Cedar Valley Arboretum. For more information, contact Steffoni Smith at steffers@uni.edu.

PANTHER PUSHNEW

Going home anytime soon? Want a chance to get involved and show your Panther Pride? Panther Push sends current UNI students to their former high school to visit with students about the advantages of attending UNI -- academics, activities and campus life. If you have a 2.5 GPA or higher and are interested in promoting UNI, apply online at www.uni.edu/admissions/saa.  Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, to the Office of Admissions, 002 GIL. The mandatory one-hour training session will be at 6 p.m., Monday, March 7, or 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in 009 GIL. Contact Anne Rohde (rohdea@uni.edu) or Brad McLaury (mclauryb@uni.edu) with any questions.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

CAREER FAIR PANEL WITH AEGON AND TARGETNEW

Preparing for the Career Fair? Get an inside look at what employers are looking for by attending the Career Services panel with AEGON and Target at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Elm Room, MAU (stairs by Essentials). For more information, contact Amanda Schickel schickel@uni.edu. 

CRISIS MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION: A HOW-TO APPROACHNEW

UNI's Panther Speakers will present "Crisis Management and Communication - A How-to Approach" at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 16. This webinar features James O'Connor, executive director of the Office of University Relations. This high-energy presentation will provide a practical, real-world approach to developing and implementing a crisis communication plan that works. Visit http://www.uni.edu/pantherspeakers for more information and to register. This event is free and open to the public.

LECTURE: "JEWISH GRAPHIC NOVELS GO GLOBAL: FROM A RABBI’S CAT TO A LEBANESE WALTZ"NEW

A lecture on "Jewish Graphic Novels Go Global: From a Rabbi’s Cat to a Lebanese Waltz" will be given by Harry Brod, philosophy and world religions, at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the State College Room, MAU. Brod will examine the expression of Jewish identities in recent graphic novels in Europe and in Israel. Sponsored by the Forum for National and Transnational Identities. The forum seeks to bring together faculty, staff and students with an interest in national identity, nationalism, transnationalism, race, ethnicity and immigration. To join the forum and to be placed on its mailing list, contact Konrad.Sadkowski@uni.edu.

WRITER OR CONTENT PROVIDER? 'THE LATE NIGHT BOOK' ON THE IPADNEW

Jim O'Loughlin, English language and literature, will discuss how "The Late Night Book," his print booklet for infants, was transformed into a children's app for the iPad at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in 111 LNG. He'll also describe the differences between being a writer for traditional print publications and being a content provider for electronic media. More information on "The Late Night Book" is available at http://www.latenightbook.com.

TALK POLITICS: WHETHER OR NOT TO INCREASE GUN CONTROLNEW

In the wake of the Tucson massacre, many are wondering whether or not to put more restrictions on gun ownership and the types of guns one can own. Some agree that there should be more restrictions, whereas others believe that to do so would violate the Second Amendment. Join the College Republicans, Young Americans and Northern Iowa Democrats for a discussion at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU.

HOW THE BRAIN LIES AND MISREPRESENTS THE 'REAL' WORLDNEW

Otto MacLin, psychology, will discuss how the brain causes misperceptions, including errors in eyewitness identification, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the University Room, MAU. MacLin provides workshops for jurors. The event is free and open to the public.

GLADYS BLACK: THE LEGACY OF IOWA'S BIRD LADYNEW

The Natural Resource Research and Management seminar will feature Larry Stone, freelance writer and photographer, sharing stories of Gladys Black and her place among Iowa conservation legends at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Auditorium, 11 CEEE. This seminar is sponsored by Club SOLE and the Tallgrass Prairie Center. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, 273-3828, or e-mail rwelch@uni.edu.

SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY NEW

Attention teacher education students: Find out about the challenges pre-K-12 teachers face as they integrate technology and new earth science, inquiry and/or math-based programs into the classroom while still meeting their school’s need to increase student achievement. See award-winning projects and table displays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in the ITTC first floor student lounge. Spotlight presentations will be from 1 to 3 p.m., every 30 minutes, in the ITTC labs. The registration table will be in 120 ITTC. Sponsored by ITS-Educational Technology. Contact Doreen Hayek with questions at doreen.hayek@uni.edu or 273-7300.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

UNI ENTREPRENEURS MEETINGNEW

The UNI Entrepreneurs (UNI-E) group will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in BCS 33. Pizza and pop will be provided. The meeting is open to all CEO and SIFE members and students interested in entrepreneurship. For more information, call 273-JPEC or e-mail laurie.watje@uni.edu.

SRA MEETINGNEW

SRA will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in 246 SEC. Free snacks will be offered at 6:30 p.m. This month's speaker is Chris Murphy who will discuss "The ABC's to First-Year Teaching Survival." You can sign up to volunteer at the upcoming book fair, which is Monday, Feb. 28 through Friday, March 4.

UNI SHRM MEETINGNEW

The UNI Society for Human Resource Management will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in 1 and 3, CBB. There will be information for current members about upcoming events including T-shirts, the spring development trip and a networking event. Not a member? It's never too late to join UNI SHRM. Get the benefits of networking with professionals in the field of Human Resources, as well as opportunities to tour local companies, internship opportunities and hearing presentations from local professionals. UNI SHRM welcomes all majors. To join, contact Jessica Gofforth at jhgo4th@uni.edu or stop by the meeting.

RHO EPSILON MEETING NEW

UNI's Real Estate organization, Rho Epsilon, will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb 15, in 227 CBB. The presenter will be Cohen Financial from Overland Park, Kansas. Come learn about the company and the opportunities they have available for internships and full-time employment. After the presentation the group will head to the OP for free pizza. All majors are welcome. For more information, contact Amanda Donovan at adonovan@uni.edu.

COMMUNICATION STUDENT ASSOCIATION MEETINGNEW

Join members of the UNI Communication Student Association for a meeting from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Oak Room, lower level of MAU. CSA members as well as students who are current or potential communication majors/minors are welcome to attend. Matt Nuese, associate director of Career Services, will speak about the Career Fair.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

'THE BOTANY OF DESIRE'NEW

The PBS documentary "The Botany of Desire" takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world -- seen from the plants' point-of-view. The film features Michael Pollan and is based on his best-selling book. View the documentary at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, at the University Museum. Total run-time is 120 minutes.

MAXIMUM FUN: PLANTS UNDER THE MICROSCOPENEW

The program Plants Under the Microscope will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 5, at the University Museum. There will be hands-on fun for elementary students (K-6) as they examine plant cells under a microscope, learn about strange and fascinating plants, and make carnivorous-plant crafts to take home. A small plant-themed snack will be provided. Cost is $10 for Friends members and $12 for nonmembers. Registration and payment must be received by Friday, Feb.  25; no refunds after Tuesday, March 1. For more information, call 273-2188. 

PLANT ADAPTATION EXHIBIT AND RECEPTION

The exhibit Plant Adaptation Up Close: A Biological and Artistic Interpretation will be open Monday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, May 14, at the University Museum. Earth's diverse environments create challenges for plant survival. Special adaptations allow some plants to thrive in conditions that are unsuited for most. This exhibit highlights several of these adaptations. Plant Adaptation Up Close was produced by the Botanic Garden of Smith College in collaboration with the Smith College Microscopy and Imaging Facility and artist Joan Wiener. The exhibit opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the University Museum. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/museum.

FUN MOVIE NIGHT RELATING TO DIVERSITYNEW

Awareness for Individuals with Disabilities will show a movie at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Oak Room, MAU. The goal is to show how diverse ability is portrayed in the media and how it affects perceptions of diverse ability.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

SPEND SPRING BREAK BACKPACKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

The historic Appalachian Trail, located in the eastern U.S., covers more than 2,100 miles from Maine to Georgia. Backpack the trail March 11 through 20 with UNI Outdoors for approximately 40 miles through the rugged Deep South, camping along the way. No experience necessary. Sign up in the Outdoor Recreation Office, WRC 174. Cost is $425 for students, $450 for UNI faculty/staff and $500 for guests. Sign up by Monday, Feb. 14 to receive a $25 discount. Pay with u-bill, check, cash or credit card.

INTRAMURAL TENNIS & RACQUETBALL DOUBLESNEW

Intramural tennis and racquetball doubles are open to men and women. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, to Wednesday, March 2, in the Intramural Office, 161 WRC. Play begins Monday, March 7. For more information, call 273-7262.

INTRAMURAL INDOOR TRACK MEET

An Intramural Indoor Track Meet, open to men and women, will be held Sunday, Feb. 20. UNI-Dome field events begin at 8:30 p.m.; running events begin at 9 p.m. Entry forms are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Intramural Office, 161 WRC. Entries are due by 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17. For more information, call 273-7262.

EATING DISORDER SCREENING DAYNEW

Do you have healthy eating habits and attitudes? Find out by taking The Eating Attitude Test from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in 104 WRC. The process will take approximately 30 minutes and is done on a drop-in basis. The screening helps to identify and stop unhealthy eating patterns before they evolve into an eating disorder.

INTRAMURAL HOT SHOT, FREE THROW & 3-POINT CONTEST

An Intramural Hot Shot, Free Throw and Three-Point Contest will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 23 and 24, on the WRC South Courts. Open to men and women. Registration is from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday or Thursday, Feb. 23 or 24. All participants must register with a partner. A valid UNI ID must be presented prior to the contest. For more information, call 273-7262

INTRAMURAL WRESTLING TOURNAMENT

An Intramural Wrestling Tournament prelims and finals will be held Tuesday, March 1. Registration and weigh-in will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The tournament begins at 7 p.m. Workout times are from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, through Thursday, Feb. 10; Monday, Feb. 14, through Wednesday, Feb. 16; Monday, Feb. 21, through Thursday, Feb. 24; and Monday, Feb. 28. All workouts and matches are held in the West Gym Wrestling Room. For more information, call 273-7262.

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION AND HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPSNEW

Do you wonder why relationships go wrong or how to strengthen them? Learn about the qualities of healthy relationships and how to communicate effectively from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the UNI Counseling Center, second floor of the Student Health Center. Call 273-2676 to reserve a spot.

SPEND SPRING BREAK WHITE-WATER CANOEING ON THE RIO GRANDE RIVER

Explore one of the last wild and remote rivers in the Southwest, the Rio Grande, Friday, March 11, through Sunday, March 20. This 90-mile stretch of river has 1,000-foot canyon walls, wild burros and lots of warm desert sunshine. Located along the Texas/Mexico border, the Rio Grande has rapids ranging from class I through III. Swimming skills and good physical condition are prerequisites. The cost is $525 for students, $550 for faculty/staff and $600 for guests. Sign up in the Outdoor Recreation Office, 174 WRC. Pay with u-bill, check, cash or credit card.

FITNESS CLASSES STILL AVAILABLENEW

There is still room in a variety of fitness classes. Try something new by making a splash in a water aerobics class. Eating and Exercise Success will start in March. Sign up online at www.uni.edu/wellrec or stop by 101 WRC.

YOGA, PILATES, INDOOR CYCLING TRAININGNEW

The following training workshop will be offered: Pilates on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26 or April 1 and 2; and Indoor Cycling on Saturday, March 26. For more information or to sign up, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec or stop by 101 WRC. In these informative workshops, learn instructor cueing, physical executions, leadership skills, coaching and how to design class formats.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

START A BUSINESS I WORKSHOP

Learn the basics of starting a business from  3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in 33 BCS.  Advance registration is required at jpec@uni.edu or 273-JPEC (5732).

START A BUSINESS 2

Learn how to write a business plan from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in 33 BCS. Pre-requisite: Start a Business 1. Advance registration is required at jpec@uni.edu or 273-JPEC (5732).

FREE SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPSNEW

The John Pappajohn Entreprenuerial Center is offering the following workshops: Small Business Marketing, 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28 or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1; Intellectual Property, 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3. All workshops are held in 33 BCS. Register at 273-5732 or jpec@uni.edu.

DINING SPECIALS

BEACH BASH CUSTOMER APPRECIATION WEEK, FEB. 21-25NEW

Biscotti's in the Redeker Center, The 23rd Street Market in the Commons, Chats, Essentials and Prexy's in the Maucker Union are celebrating Customer Appreciation Week, Monday through Friday, Feb. 21 through 25. Enjoy games, food specials, discounts and prizes each day at all locations. Come join the fun and warm up at Beach Bash 2011.