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Monday, Feb. 20, 2012

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NEWS

FACEBOOK CAMPAIGNNEW

University Relations has begun a campaign to reach a goal of 45,000 Facebook fans by Commencement, May 5. Prizes will be awarded to fan number 39,000 and each 1,000 increment up to 45,000. Share with your friends and help UNI reach this goal. UNI will add some fun new features, such as Friday Photos and Tuesday Trivia, encouraging fans to engage with each other and identify the photos.

CEDAR VALLEY NONPROFIT AWARDS LUNCHEON: AWARD NOMINATIONS AVAILABLENEW

The UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is hosting the 8th Annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 13, in the Commons Ballroom, recognizing the outstanding contributions of local nonprofits and nonprofit leaders. Nominate a deserving organization or individual by March 19. Nomination forms are available online. For more information, email Julianne Gassman.

ROD LIBRARY SURVEYNEW

Rod Library is conducting a survey to gauge the access, use and effectiveness of library subject guides. Please take the survey online. Responses are appreciated and anonymous. The survey will run through Friday, Feb. 24.

PINK ZONE UNI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GAMENEW

Wear pink to the UNI Women’s Basketball game against Creighton at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at the McLeod Center, to show cancer awareness. There will be a silent auction on the south end of the concourse where fans will have a chance to bid on items with all proceeds benefitting Colleges Against Cancer. The first 500 fans through the door will receive a free "PINK" commemorative three-point sign. For more information, send an email.

UNI UP CLOSE

UNI Up Close is a visit day planned specifically for admitted high school seniors and transfer students. The Up Close events can reach attendance of around 1,000 people. Please help welcome future students and their guests to campus on Friday, Feb. 24. 

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

NORTHERN IOWA STUDENT GOVERNMENT HOSTS PRESIDENTIAL DEBATENEW

The Northern Iowa Student Government will host a debate for all declared presidential and vice presidential candidates from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, in the coffeehouse, MAU. Come and listen as candidates discuss their platforms and answer questions.

MULTICULTURAL TEACHING ALLIANCE MEETINGNEW

Interested in deepening your understanding about diversity and multiculturalism? Join the Multicultural Teaching Alliance at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Presidential Room, MAU. Radhi Al-Mabuk will present "Multiculturalism: Opportunities and Challenges for Educators."

PIZZA RANCH FUNDRAISERNEW

Colleges Against Cancer is sponsoring a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27, at the Pizza Ranch in Cedar Falls. A portion of each purchase will be donated to Relay For Life. For more information, send an email.

CAREERS IN MINUTESNEW

UNI is hosting, “Careers in Minutes,” which will explore careers in the field of communications. The first part of this event will be a speed-dating format with students being able to visit with several alumni from 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the University Room, MAU. The second portion will be a panel of alumni that will expand on their positions and answer questions from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., in Lang Hall Auditorium. Both sessions will be held Tuesday, March 6.

ACADEMIC COACHINGNEW

As midterms approach, be sure to maximize your reading, studying and time. Individual meetings with academic coaches at the College Reading and Learning Center can help you improve your time management, college reading skills, study and test-taking strategies and more. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an academic coach, call 273-2361.

CONFERENCE ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN AND FAMILIES NEW

Faculty, staff and students are invited to register for UNI's first-ever Conference on African-American Children and Families, Friday, Feb. 24, in the SEC. State and national educators, policy makers, health professionals and anyone committed to improving the lives of children are invited. For more information, call Gloria Kirkland Holmes, curriculum & instruction, at 273-2007.

UNI HUNGER GAMES VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDNEW

The UNI Hunger Games will be from 7 p.m. to midnight, Friday, March 2, at the Rod Library. Team registrations are pouring in, but volunteers are scarce. If you'd like to take part, but you don't want to form a team, please volunteer. Sign up at the Hunger Games table in the lobby of the library or email Alissa Cornick. For more information about the UNI Hunger Games, visit the Youth Collection Web page.

PERSONAL TRAINERS FOR YOUR WRITING WORKOUTS IN 008 ITTCNEW

The Writing Center offers certified writing coaches by appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 273-2361. Come to ATeam from 6 to 9 p.m., Sundays, on the first floor, Rod Library. Get your papers started, get focused, get organized and get control with better proofreading strategies. Prep for the PPST or GRE. Learn to master citation styles and avoid plagiarism.

SURVEY ON APPEARANCE AND PERCEPTIONNEW

A UNI student is doing research for an honors thesis on appearance and perception. A survey is being used to collect responses from UNI students. Please consider assisting the researcher by taking five to 10 minutes to complete this online survey.

KAPPA DELTA PI T-SHIRT SALENEW

Themed T-Shirts, sweatshirts and other items will be available at the KDP Education Honor Society sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 21 and 23, in the lobby, SEC. There will be many items with special sale prices. Proceeds go to KDP's educational and service projects.

USHERS NEEDED FOR 'DYING CITY'NEW

Looking for something fun to do on a Friday and Saturday night or Sunday afternoon? Want to see a performance of Strayer-Wood Theatre's production of "Dying City" for free? Sign up to be an usher for one or more performances at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23 through 25 and March 1 through 3, and 2 p.m., Feb. 26 and March 4, in the Bertha Martin Theatre, SWT. Ushers should arrive one hour before curtain for instruction. If interested in ushering, email Alyssa Bakker.

TRADITIONS CHALLENGENEW

Not receiving emails from the Traditions Challenge? Want reminders about important events and dates? Visit the website to register for the Traditions Challenge and join the email list. It makes the path to becoming an Official Traditions Keeper that much easier, and you will be one step closer to that lapel pin or medallion for Commencement. Visit UNITraditionsChallenge to stay infromed about traditions and see pictures of fellow students participating.

SPSS SHORT COURSE - STATISTICAL CONSULTING ASSISTANCENEW

A free hands-on course on using SPSS will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 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

APPLY TO BE A PEER TEACHING ASSISTANTNEW

Are you interested in helping first-year students make a successful transition to college? If so, apply now for a Peer Teaching Assistant (PTA) position. As a Peer Teaching Assistant, you'll be assigned to a first-year only section of a Liberal Arts Core course. Your responsibilities will include mentoring first-year students in the classroom, holding office hours and assisting the faculty member with course preparation, lesson plans, grading and related tasks. In exchange you'll receive three credit hours of graded elective credit per semester. Fill out an online application. For more information, email Kristin Woods or call 273-2815. Applications are due by Feb. 24.

REGISTER FOR HYDRAULIC TRAINING WORKSHOPS

There is still time to register for this four-and-a-half day intensive hydraulics training course. The workshop offers classroom learning activities, hands-on activities and experiments in the laboratory. The course fee includes instructors, reference materials, manuals, five continental breakfasts and four lunches.

UNI HUNGER GAMES

Rod Library will host UNI Hunger Games from 7 p.m. to midnight, Friday, March 2. Winners receive tickets to the Hunger Games movie coming out March 23. Pick up a registration form in the library or submit a form online

STUDENT LEADERSHIP CENTER COMMITTEE APPLICATION

Students interested in meeting new people, working with other student leaders and enhancing their personal skill sets for the real world are encouraged to apply for the Student Leadership Center Committee. For more informatin, email Rachel Smithart.

AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION WINGFEST 2012

UNI's American Marketing Association will host its first WingFest at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Pump Haus. Teams of two will be given two pounds of wings to eat in three minutes. Teams will be judged on differential weighing from before and after. The cost is $30 per team ($15 per person). The winning team will receive $100. To sign up a team, email Kelsey Erenberger.

SIGN UP FOR RELAY FOR LIFE

Register a team for Relay For Life. Teams consist of eight to 15 members and the cost is $10 per member. Relay For Life will take place April 13 and 14, in the McLeod Center. For more information, send an email.

SPOTLIGHT ON STEM DAY

Attention teacher education students: find out about the challenges preK-12 teachers face as they integrate technology and new earth-science, inquiry and/or math-based programs into the STEM classroom while still meeting their school’s need to increase student achievement Thursday, Feb. 23. See award-winning projects and table displays from 9:30 to 11:30am in the student lounge on the first floor, ITTC. Spotlight Presentations will be held every 30 minutes from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in ITTC labs. There will be an information table in 120 ITTC. This event is free. Sponsored by ITS-Educational Technology. For more information, email Doreen Hayek or call 273-7300.

FIRST UNI DANCE MARATHON BIG EVENT

Be part of the first UNI Dance Marathon, from noon to midnight, Saturday Feb. 25, in MAU. Pre-registration cost is $12, which includes Texas Roadhouse Lunch, Panda Express Dinner, a T-shirt and free entertainment. Come enjoy dancing, performances, lazer tag, food and games. Help UNI Dance Marathon reach it's goal of $14,000.

FAFSA WORKSHOPS

Filling out the FASFA can be confusing and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Attend a free FAFSA workshop offered by the Office of Student Financial Aid from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, in 136 ITTC or from 4 to 5 p.m, Tuesday, Feb. 28, in 134 ITTC. There will be a brief presentation followed by time to ask questions, as well as time to file the FAFSA with a staff member. For more information, email Tim Bakula or call 273-2722.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM CAPTAIN NIGHTNEW

Colleges Against Cancer is holding a meeting for all registered team captains for Relay For Life at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the Elm Room, MAU. For more information, send an email.

UNI AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLUB MEETINGNEW

Join the American Sign Language Club for the midterm meeting at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the University Room, MAU. ASL vocabulary will be reviewed for midterm exams.

NINJA STUDY CLUBNEW

Cognitive biases are mental shortcuts that lead to poor reasoning and bad decision-making. Attend the Ninja Study Club meeting from 2 to 2:50 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, in 035 ITTC. We will use our ninja mojo to identify and subdue common cognitive biases. Come learn to be a sharper thinker, reader, writer or talker. Anyone can come and learn how to be a study ninja.

JOIN THE PIRATE STUDY CLUBNEW

Looking for a new and exciting way to approach studying, reading, time management and other academic strategies or prepare for upcoming midterms? Come to the Pirate Study Club from 3 to 3:50 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, in 035 ITTC. Meetings will be held weekly, so come often to get the most out of this unique study group. All students are welcome. 

UNI AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLUB BOWLING NEW

Join the American Sign Language Club for bowling from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, at Valley Park Lanes, 1931 Valley Park Dr., Cedar Falls. All are welcome, regardless of signing ability or hearing status. For more information, email Karlene Kischer-Browne.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

CERTIFICATION CLASSES AT UNINEW

Wellness & Recreation Services has many opportunities for you to get trained in American Red Cross life-saving skills this semester. Whether you're looking to become a lifeguard, take a CPR course for a required class or job or just want to be trained in First Aid, we have the right class for you. All classes take place in the WRC and are taught by highly trained and experienced instructors. More information is available by email.

INTRAMURAL SPORTSNEW

Some of the intramural opportunities include: an indoor track meet, tennis, raquetball, eight-on-eight dodgeball leagues, hot shot, free throw and three-point contests and a wrestiling tournament. For more information, visit the intramural website.

FREE SCREENING

Stressed? Anxious? Want information about anxiety? The UNI Counseling Center is offering a free, anonymous anxiety screening Wednesday, Feb. 22, in 103 Student Health Center. Screenings are at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m., and take about 30 minutes. No pre-registration required. For more information, contact Gretchen Honsell.

UNI OUTDOORS HAWAII PRESENTATION

Learn more about UNI Outdoors Hawaii Adventure during an informational presentation at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, in 174 WRC. UNI Outdoors will be exploring Hawaii's big island May 7 through 17. Backpacking, kayaking, snorkeling and surfing are just a few of the adventures planned. For more information, call 273-7164

SPRING 2012 MASSAGE THERAPY

Spring 2012 licensed massage therapists are Julie Conley and Julia DeMartino. A 15-minute massage is $15, 30 minutes is $25, 45 minutes is $35, 60 minutes is $45 and a 90-minute massage is $65. For an appointment, call the Wellness Resource Lab at 273-6119. 

UNI OUTDOORS SPRING BREAK ADVENTURES

No plans for spring break? Join UNI Outdoors on one of two spring break adventures. Choose backpacking in Utah or a multi-sport adventure in Georgia and Florida. Spots are sure to go fast. For more information, call 273-7163.

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.