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Monday, Feb 27, 2012

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NEWS

VOTE IN THE NORTHERN IOWA STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTIONSNEW

Take action and vote for the 2012-2013 Northern Iowa Student Government president, vice president and senators. The online polls will be open from 6 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29. Students can vote online on MyUNIverse under the Life @UNI tab. For more information, email Jill Hohnecker, election commissioner.

UNIVERSITY PRINT SERVICES CLOSINGNEW

Due to ongoing budget challenges, UNI Print Services will close in April. The last date to submit a print or photocopy job is Friday, March 23. The university is in the process of selecting outside vendors for copying and printing services formerly provided on campus. Details about vendors will be shared in the coming weeks. University Relations is committed to making this as seamless a transition as possible. UR will continue to process orders for business cards, letterhead and envelopes. Departments needing assistance with printing and copy jobs, should contact UR at 273-2761.

FACEBOOK CAMPAIGN WINNER NO. 39,000NEW

UNI's Facebook fans reached the 39,000 mark on Feb. 22. The winner is Ryeleigh Lair of Waterloo, who will receive a UNI drawstring bag. 

UNI STEP AND IOWA BICYCLE ECONOMICS STUDYNEW

UNI's Sustainable Tourism & Environment Program (STEP www.uni.edu) recently released the study "Economic and Health Impacts of Bicycling in Iowa." The study has been posted on many national and international websites representing trails and bicycling organizations, such as Rails to Trails American Trails and Bikes Belong. A recent article in the Des Moines Register reported the results in terms of jobs and quality of life in Iowa.  

APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID SHOULD ALWAYS BE FREENEW

Many students have recently received a letter from “Student Financial Resource Center.” The letter, which appears to be from an official government agency, asks students to submit a Student Aid Profile Form at a cost of $59. Students should never pay for financial aid information or resources. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be completed online at no charge. For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 105 GIL or call 273-2700.

THE GRAFFITONEW

The current issue of The Graffito, the UNI graduate student newsletter, is available online.

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES NEWSLETTERNEW

The Student Disability Services February newsletter is published online.

LUX AND OUTSTANDING STUDENT LEADER AWARD NOMINATIONS

Do you know a student who has demonstrated outstanding service and leadership to UNI? Nominate him or her for the 2012 Lux Service Award and Outstanding Student Leader Award. These awards are the most prestigious awards given to undergraduate students to acknowledge their service and leadership to UNI. Students are encouraged to nominate their peers. Students with 90 or more credit hours, including graduating seniors, qualify for the awards. Nomination forms must be received by March 2. For more information, contact Monica Johnson at 273-5181.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR FALL 2012 STUDY ABROAD SEMESTER IS MARCH 1NEW

The deadline for applications for the fall 2012 study abroad semester is March 1 and the deadline to apply for a Study Abroad Scholarship is March 31. The Study Abroad Center (SAC) offers academic opportunities in 60 countries. SAC programs range in duration from two weeks to 52 weeks and allow students to earn UNI credit while studying abroad. Whether a student seeks to become fluent in another language, pursue an international degree, participate in an international service learning opportunity or simply experience life in another culture, the SAC can make it happen.

MULTICULTURALISM AND DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOMNEW

Several speakers from different ethnicities and sexual orientations will discuss how their teachers made them feel comfortable and safe in the classroom and what else their teachers could have done to make them feel more included. This is a great way for pre-service teachers to learn how to make classrooms a safe and inclusive environment for all students. The meeting will be held at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in 320 SEC. All education majors are welcome. To suggest speakers for this meeting, send an email.

WELCOMING DIVERSITY WORKSHOP SERIES NEW

The Welcoming Diversity Workshop series is a campus initiative for all students, faculty and staff. Session one, "Building an Inclusive Campus," is an interactive three-hour program based on NCBI principles. Registration is still available for the session from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, March 26, in 119 WRT. The workshop will be led by faculty and staff facilitators from the UNI Campus Coalition Builders. For more information, email the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

TIME MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPNEW

The College Reading and Learning Center will sponsor "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Students: Time Management" from 4 to 4:50 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in 035 ITTC. This workshop will help students develop their time management strategies and explore new tips. The workshop is free to all currently enrolled UNI students. Register online or call 273-2361.

UNI-SHRM GUEST SPEAKERNEW

UNI Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) will host Kris Marmie at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in 121 CBB. Learn more about the HR Assurance of Learning Exam as well as the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). For more information, email Jessica Clark.

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES OFFERS ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP FOR STUDENT ORGANIZATIONSNEW

In an effort to support the UNI Diversity Mission to create and maintain an inclusive educational environment, The Office of Student Disability Services is offering a workshop for UNI student organization members to discuss accessibility for their events, programs and meetings. The workshop is from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the State College room, MAU. For more information, email Amy Dillard or visit the Student Affairs website.

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS BOOK CLUBNEW

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discovery Diversity Discuss book group will meet at 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 12, at the UNI Museum to discuss "Bookseller of Kabul" by Asne Selerstad. An Afghan, who makes his living by selling illegally copied books, denies education to his own children. All are welcome having read the book or not.

ENTREFEST! IOWA'S CONFERENCE FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERSNEW

The fifth annual EntreFest! conference will highlight the thriving world of entrepreneurship in Iowa. For most entrepreneurs, the journey is never over as they continue to grow, overcome obstacles and set new goals and priorities. EntreFest! is a two-day conference dedicated to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs and will provide attendees with all the right tools to thrive. The conference will be held Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, in Ames. For more information, email Courtney Schwitzer.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE UNIBUSINESS CLASS OF 2012 GRADUATION CELEBRATIONNEW

The College of Business Administration will host its 35th annual Graduation Celebration Thursday, April 12. A mixer will be held in the Hall of Flags, CBB, at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Class of 2012 Forum from 6 to 7 p.m., in the John Deere Auditorium. Distinguished Alumni in Residence from the college's five departments will speak on life after graduation. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. No RSVP is required.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIRNEW

This semester's Scholatic Book Fair, sponsored by UNI's Student Reading Association, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 29 through Thursday March 8 (closed Saturday and Sunday), in the lobby, SEC.

KAPPA SIGMA DODGING FOR DIABETES NEW

Kappa Sigma will host it's fourth annual Dodging For Diabetes Extravaganza, Sunday, March 4, in the upper gyms, WRC. This tournament brings together some of the best dodge ball teams in the area who fight it out until only one team is left standing. This double elimination tournament raises money for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation and helps to combat one of America's fastest rising health problems. Teams can range from six to eight players and there will be multiple brackets. The event can also be found on Facebook. 

UNI EARTH DAY CELEBRATION BOOTH REGISTRATIONNEW

The annual UNI Earth Day Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, outside MAU. Groups, organizations or departments wishing to have a booth at the celebration to showcase "green" efforts or that brings education about local groups involved in environmental-type awareness or activities, are welcome to request a booth. This event is for education and awareness purposes; product sales aren't allowed. For more information, call Jenny Bruss at 273-3689 or register online.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND SPRING EVENTSNEW

The university's Reaching for Higher Ground: Community After 9/11 events will continue this spring with a number of speakers and films that focus on community in 2012 and what it means to move forward 10 years later. Andrew Bacevich, an expert on foriegn policy and military affairs, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, in 002 SAB, on "The U.S. Military in the Post-9/11 World." The next two events "Torture and Possibility of Community" and "The Future of the New Middle East," are scheduled for Thursday, March 1.

COLLEGE STUDENT ADHD/ADD RESEARCH STUDY

Are you a college student with ADHD/ADD over the age of 18? Are you willing to participate in a research study to help psychologists understand more about ADHD in college students? Would you like to earn $50 while doing so? For more information, email Elizabeth Lefler, a professor in the psychology department, or call her at 273-7637.

CAREERS IN MINUTES

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 COACHING

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.

SURVEY ON APPEARANCE AND PERCEPTION

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.

PIZZA RANCH FUNDRAISER

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.

TRADITIONS CHALLENGE

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.

UNI HUNGER GAMES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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.

SPSS SHORT COURSE - STATISTICAL CONSULTING ASSISTANCE

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

CLUBS/MEETINGS

AWARENESS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES MEETINGNEW

Awareness for Individuals with Disabilities (AID) will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Elm Room, MAU. The agenda will include the planning of educational and social events for this semester. All UNI students are welcome. For more information, email Ashley Brickley.

UNI PROUD HOSTS A DISCUSSION OF CURRENT EVENTSNEW

Join UNI Proud for a discussion of current events that affect the queer and transgender community at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Presidential Room, MAU. Bring news articles or opinions to share with the group.

PIRATE STUDY CLUBNEW

Are you looking to learn about study strategies and prepare for upcoming midterms? Come to the Pirate Study Club from 3 to 3:50 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, 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.

NINJA STUDY CLUBNEW

Ninjas not only prepare for their current missions, but they also plan for the future. This week the group will apply its ninja reflexes and laser-focus to the art of interviewing and the connections between job-hunting and schoolwork from 2 to 2:50 p.m., Friday, March 2, in 035 ITTC. Anyone can come and learn how to be a study ninja.

UNI ANTHRO CLUB BONES LOCK-INNEW

The Anthropology Club is hosting a Bones Lock-In starting at 8 p.m., Friday, March 2, in the TV Lounge, Campbell Hall. This event is free and open to UNI students and their guests. Free pizza and pop will be provided. For more information, visit the Anthropology Club Facebook Page.

STUDENT-RUN PUBLIC RELATIONS AGENCY PRESENTS PROFESSIONAL SPEED NETWORKINGNEW

UNI Public Relations Interns Develop Expertise (PRide) will host a speed networking event from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the CME meeting room, MAU. Students will meet with Cedar Valley professionals from the public relations/communication field for five minutes at a time. Participating businesses include: Girl Scouts, Waterloo Black Hawks, American Cancer Society, Hellman and Associates, Western Homes, local PR agencies and more. The event is open to all majors. For more information, send an email, follow @UNI_PRide on Twitter or visit the Facebook page.

RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM CAPTAIN NIGHT

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.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

HALF-PRICE FITNESS CLASSESNEW

Bored with your fitness routine? Beginning Wednesday, March 7, sign up for any fitness class and pay half price. Register online or in 101 WRC. This offer excludes Zumba, Ballroom Dance and RAD.

WRS MARCH E-NEWSLETTER AVAILABLENEW

Check out the Wellness & Recreation Services March newsletter available online. Follow the link on the home page to check out updates on important WRS events and programs along with wellness tips and articles.

INTRAMURAL SPORTS

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.

CERTIFICATION CLASSES AT UNI

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.

HOURS

LIBRARY HOURS OVER SPRING BREAKNEW

There is no extended check out for reserve materials during spring break. All youth books (seven-day) checked out Satruday, March 3, are due Monday, March 19. 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, you will get a prompt to enter your CatID. View the library hours for spring break online.

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.