A test will occur at UNI's power plant on Tuesday, Feb. 22. This will involve noise emitting from the power plant parking lot and a large steam plume that will be visible from much of the campus. This will begin around 8 a.m. and last approximately eight hours. There will also be a short test on Monday, Feb. 21, of 15 minutes or less. For more information, contact Brent Maitland at 273-6393.
Monday, Feb 21, 2011
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The Student Information System (SIS) will change by phases now through August 2011. Current students with third-party users (parents, spouse, etc) will experience changes in how they access their personal records. Third-party access to records in the new Student System will be directly within MyUNIverse. Beginning February 2011, the first access to financial aid records in SIS will be made available to students, and if students wish to allow access, to their third-party users. Certain records will continue to be accessed through the old Parent Portal (http://www.uni.edu/parents) until they are migrated into the third-party portal through MyUNIverse. During the transition, students will need to set up third-party accounts in the new system for each person they wish to allow access, as well as retain their old third-party accounts for records not yet migrated. The full transition to the new system will be completed by August 2011. At that time, all student records will be available through MyUNIverse, and the old Parent Portal will be retired.
UNI Police urge both drivers and pedestrians to use caution while driving or walking in pedestrian walkways on and around campus. One out of every five people killed in traffic accidents is a pedestrian. Even though they are walking, not driving, pedestrians are still subject to the same traffic laws as motorists. Under Iowa law, pedestrians have the right-of-way in marked crosswalks, and motorists should yield to pedestrians when they are in the crosswalks. Drivers must yield to pedestrians at all times. UNI Police will increase the monitoring of crosswalks to ensure compliance with the law and to improve pedestrian and traffic safety.
Slips, trips and falls account for a significant number of injuries reported to the university. With spring-like weather approaching, we may experience a freeze/thaw cycle that can lead to slip/trip/fall injuries. Please be aware that surfaces that are wet during the daytime hours may be iced over in the early morning or late evening hours. Please exercise caution when walking on paved surfaces during these hours.
UNI’s most talented undergraduates are encouraged to consider applying for nationally-competitive scholarships and fellowships. The Provost’s Committee for Competitive Scholarship Mentoring helps prepare and support students pursuing these opportunities. Use http://www.uni.edu/competitive-scholarships to familiarize yourself with the resources UNI offers. Contact committee chair Jessica Moon at email@example.com with questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accounting students at UNI will provide free income-tax assistance from 5 to 7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, now through Wednesday, April 13. Sessions are held in 223 CBB. No appointment is necessary. You are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 p.m. to allow students sufficient time to complete the returns. For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 273-2394.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kristin Moser at 273-3103.
The UNI Iowa Career Fair will take place from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in the McLeod Center. More than 80 employers will talk with UNI students and alumni about internships and full-time jobs. Attendees are encouraged to bring resumes. An interview day will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Ballroom MAU. Registration is not required for participation in the Career Fair. Those wishing to arrange interviews must attend the Career Fair.
Learn about the benefits of doing an internship in our nation's capital through The Washington Center (TWC). There are opportunities for all majors and many scholarships are available. Attend the information session from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday, Feb. 21, in the Old Gold Room, MAU, and learn about the program and the application process. A TWC representative will also have a booth at the Career Fair from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, at the McLeod Center. For more information, contact Isabela Varela, email@example.com.
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.
UNI Dance Marathon is a new student organization established to work with the Children's Miracle Network in assisting Iowa families and children treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. There are openings for leadership positions including general director, finance chairperson, fundraising chairperson, public relations chairperson, recruitment chairperson, special events chairperson and family relations chairperson. Applications are available in the Student Involvement and Activities Center (SIAC) on the upper level of Maucker Union. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in the SIAC office. Join us on Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Oak Room MAU. If you have any questions, e-mail Dakotah at firstname.lastname@example.org or Oksana at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com) or Brad McLaury (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
The Relay For Life Kick-Off is Saturday, March 5, at The HuB on Main Street. Come see I'm Prettier Than You and Lick It Ticket. Bring your UNI student ID and driver's license. Must be 18 years or older to attend. If you have questions, contact Sarah McCarty at email@example.com.
Come learn from a professional drag performer, Courtney Michaels, about how to get your drag on at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Presidential Room, MAU. Even if you don't plan to perform in this spring's show, the event is sure to be fun. Proud events are open to all students, faculty, staff and community members. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Beginner salsa dance lessons will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Wesley Foundation, 2422 College St. This will be followed by a dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. All are welcome. Dress is semi formal. Cost is a $1 donation, benefitting Relay for Life. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=67901490#!/event.php?eid=179872215387673.
Iowa State Trooper Doug Cutts will educate students about alcohol safety and the law on Monday, Feb. 28, at a table in Maucker Union. Rick Barns, a nationally known speaker, will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in the Ballroom MAU. He will focus on alcohol safety on college campuses. For more information on Barns and his presentation, visit http://www.campuspeak.com/ speakers/barnes. UNI Police will conduct field sobriety tests Wednesday, March 2, in Maucker Union and will offer some useful take-home items.
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 email@example.com. For more information about Soles4Souls, visit http://www.soles4souls.org/about/.
Learn how to wrap sushi from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the lobby, MAU. The Campus Activities Board will provide supplies and instruction.
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.
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.
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.
Come to the Rod Library lobby to purchase best sellers, children's books, fiction, nonfiction and more. Hardcover books are $2 each and paperbacks are $1. Pick up as many as you like and pay at the circulation desk. Keep checking back - new items are added often.
UNI students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a U.S. Citizenship Oath Ceremony at 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 4, in the Ballroom, MAU. More than 50 people will become new American citizens during this ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mark Grey at 273-6496. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost; the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; and the U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa.
Applications are being accepted for the eight UNI spots available in the annual Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute. Join a select number of Iowa college students at Lake Okoboji from Sunday, Aug. 7, through Friday, Aug. 12, to run a small business for six business quarters and learn from real business owners. Earn 3 hours of UNI credit. Tuition, lodging and food provided by the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. For applications and more information, visit www.jpec.org/oko.htm.
The fourth annual Graduate Student Research Symposium will be held Monday, April 11. This is an opportunity for graduate students engaged in original research or intensive study to present and discuss their reports, findings and academic experiences to a larger audience. Registration forms must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, March 7. To find out more about the Graduate Student Research Symposium, visit http://www.grad.uni.edu/graduate-student-symposium.
UNI Right to Life will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in the Presidential Room, MAU. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.
UNI Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a campus organization open to all students. The next event will be at 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in the West Gym. There will be a guest speaker, a fun activity and prize drawings. For more information, visit "Uni Fca" on Facebook or e-mail email@example.com.
The UNI Student Veterans Association will meet to plan events for this semester, as well as greet new members, between 5 and 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in the Oak Room, MAU. This meeting is open to all UNI students, especially student veterans on campus. If you can't make it but are interested in the organization, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Julie Dash, an acclaimed African-American movie director, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in the Lang Hall Auditorium as part of the Hearst Lecture Series and the Center for Multicultural Education Lecture Series. With the debut of "Daughters of the Dust" in 1992, Dash became the first African-American woman in the nation to have a full-length general theatrical release. The film has been honored as one of the most important cinematic achievements in black cinema in the 20th century. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/commstudies/daughters-dust-director-julie-dash-visit-feb-21. The event is free and open to the public.
An earth science seminar on "Geology and Geotourism in China" will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in 125 LAT. John Groves, earth science, will describe his work in China and he'll reflect on his experiences living and working in Nanjing. The presentation will include pictures from tourist excursions to so-called "water towns" on the east coast, along with geologic scenes from Guizhou.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 273-7300.
Hot Topics in Education: Professional Development Webinars, are free one-hour webinars for educators taught by UNI faculty and staff. The next webinar, "Legal Issues: Truth is Stranger than Fiction," will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, and features Dewitt Jones and Tim Gilson, educational leadership, counseling and postsecondary education. This session will address top legal issues facing educators through the use of real-world scenarios, and suggestions to help keep you out of court. For more information or to register, visit http://www.uni.edu/coe/about/coe-professional-development-webinars or contact Mary Herring at 273-2719.
The Honors Student Advisory Board (HSAB) is sponsoring an event to show the impact of the EF5 tornado that hit Parkersburg in 2008. There will be a showing of short interview clips collected by Jay Lees, history, and Julie Lowell, sociology, anthropology and criminology, that will be featured in their documentary. Lees will also discuss his work on this project and why he did it. The event will be from 8 to 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, in 115 SRL. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided.
Jekow Olieny, a UNI student from Maiwut, South Sudan, will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in 2 SAB. Olieny will share images and short videos and answer questions on the background and significance of the recent vote for independence in South Sudan, the world’s newest nation. Co-sponsored by UNI-STAND.
A panel will discuss revisions to Twain's book from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in the State College Room, MAU. For example, the replacement of the N-word with "slave." Panelists: Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure, Wally Hettle and Jim O’Loughlin. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by: American Democracy (ADP) Project and the Provost's Office.
Michael Blackwell, director of Multicultural Education at UNI, will discuss “Leadership Among the Black Nobel Peace Prize Winners” from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Elm Room, MAU. The lecture is free and open to the public. For information, call Leadership Studies at 273-6898.
Join Jenna Sicuranza and Shanyn Siegel of Seed Savers Exchange for a discussion about the important role heirloom plants play in plant genetic resources conservation at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, at the University Museums. Located in Decorah, Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit, member-supported organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage.
Kenneth Atkinson, philosophy and world religions, will present "Queen Salome Alexandra: Jerusalem's Forgotten Ruler and the Mysterious Women of the Dead Sea Scrolls" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in 115 SRL. The event is free and open to the public.
UNI Provost Gloria Gibson will discuss her views on leadership from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 10, in the State College Room, MAU. The lecture is free and open to the public. For information, call Leadership Studies at 273-6898 or e-mail YLA@UNI.edu.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"On the Verge" tells the story of a trio of female Victorian-era explorers who embark on a journey that takes them into Terra Incognita – the last undiscovered, unexplored piece of the globe. Trekking through landscapes that resemble the highest peaks of the Himalayas and the darkest corners of the rainforest, the ladies eventually find themselves not only traveling the globe, but also traveling through time. For tickets, visit or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 273-6381. The performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 3 through 5, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 6, at the SWT.
Under the direction of faculty artist Chris Merz and graduate student conductors, the School of Music will present a jazz combos concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.
Visiting artist Cory Mixdorf will present a trombone recital at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Mixdorf has been an active performer and educator in the Atlanta area since his appointment as assistant professor of trombone at Georgia State University in 2009. He holds a B.A. from UNI, as well as Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in trombone performance from Indiana University. This event is free and open to the public.
Visiting artist Matthew Coley will present a percussion recital at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Coley is a marimba, percussion and dulcimer artist specializing in contemporary solo and chamber music and concert. He performs regularly as a soloist throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Sinfonietta, Millennium Chamber Players, Moldavian Philharmonic and Tele-Radio Orchestras. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Voice Division will present a recital of French art songs at 8 p.m., Friday, March 4, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNI's Leadership Studies will host a workshop on stages of change from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in the State College Room, MAU. Workshop leaders are Molly Schmidt, manager of training and development at Veridian Credit Union, and Gerri Perreault, UNI Leadership Studies. Participants will have the opportunity to assess where they are in the change process. Schmidt and Perreault will discuss the different stages of change that individuals and organizations may be involved in.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An invitational group exhibition features new work by Erin Anfinson (B.A. '01), Mikel Bisbee-Durlam (B.A. '00), Michael Boyd (B.A. '59), Danielle McCullough (B.A. '02), Marcus Payzant (B.F.A. '06), Robert Riseling (B.A. '63 and M.A. '66), Darrell Roberts (B.A. '97) and Ken Steinkemp (B.A. '70). The exhibition is free and open to the public.
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.