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Monday, Feb 28, 2011

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NEWS

REGISTER FOR UNI EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONNEW

UNI's Earth Day celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 21, on the Maucker Union Plaza. The rain location will be the Ballroom, MAU. UNI departments, student groups and community groups are encouraged to participate. Tables are limited, so sign up early. Register by Friday, April 1, at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=o5e7oecab&oeidk=a07e3eyj83u0648171d

NOMINATIONS FOR MWONE UNIQUE ACADEMIC ADVISING AWARDNEW

MidWestOne Bank has funded one $1,000 UNIque Academic Advising Award for a UNI faculty member. Candidates for this award will have demonstrated evidence to the quality of their academic advising by facilitating student progress toward academic/career goals, use and dissemination of information sources or referrals, participation in adviser-development programs and perception by colleagues of advising or advising-administration skills. All tenured (including department heads), tenure-track and non-tenured faculty who have been employed at UNI for at least three years are eligible. To download a nomination form and for detailed information, visit http://www.uni.edu/provost/resources. Nominations can be made by faculty, staff and students and are due by Monday, March 21, to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, SRL, in print or sent electronically to coleen.wagner@uni.edu.

FAMILY WEEKEND DATE CHANGENEW

The date has been changed for Family Weekend 2011. Family Weekend will be celebrated Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23 through 25. Homecoming is Saturday, Oct. 8.

PROVOST’S COMMITTEE FOR COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIP MENTORING LAUNCHES WEBSITE

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 jessica.moon@uni.edu with questions.

THE PARENT PORTAL IS IN TRANSITION

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.

HELP CAN HUNGERNEW

According to the Feeding America Hunger Report 2010, more than one-third of client households report having to choose between food and other basic necessities, such as rent, utilities and medical care. Help UNI Entrepreneurs "Can Hunger" in the Cedar Valley by donating nonperishable food in the donation boxes in the CBB student lounge or BCS front lobby area. For more information, e-mail laurie.watje@uni.edu.

RESOURCES

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS: STUDY ABROAD FUNDINGNEW

Students majoring in CHFA programs are eligible to apply for funding to support study abroad experiences. Applicants must complete the funding request form and submit all required information to be eligible. The deadlines for submissions 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 can be found at http://www.uni.edu/chfa/students/study-abroad-funding.html.

OVERCOMING TEST ANXIETY AND PROCRASTINATIONNEW

Test anxiety and procrastination often occur hand in hand. Receive practical suggestions to stop procrastinating and to decrease test anxiety from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24, at the UNI Counseling Center, second floor of the Health Center. Call 273-2676 to reserve a spot.

OKOBOJI ENTREPRENEURIAL INSTITUTE

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.

FOURTH ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION

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 gradlife@uni.edu by Monday, March 7. To find out more about the Graduate Student Research Symposium, visit http://www.grad.uni.edu/graduate-student-symposium.

DRUPAL OFFICE HOURSNEW

Drupal office hours will be offered by ITS-Educational Technology and the Office of University Relations from 3 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in ITTC 108.  Faculty, staff and students can get help with any UNI Drupal website. Drupal experts will be on hand to help answer theming, site building and content editing questions.

ASPERGER'S AT UNINEW

More students with Asperger's syndrome are attending institutions of higher learning. In order to provide UNI faculty, staff and student employees resources for these students, a program Asperger’s at UNI will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29 and 30. Learn more and register at http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/aspergers-uni.

2011 COLORGUARD AUDITIONS NEW

Panther Marching Band Colorguard auditions will be held Saturday, April 2, in the West Gym. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/music/marchingband/colorguard/index.html, e-mail amy.hunzelman@uni.edu or call 273-3679.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

RHO EPSILON (REAL ESTATE CLUB) MEETING NEW

UNI's real estate organization, Rho Epsilon, will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in 227 CBB. The presenter will be CBRE-Hubbell from West Des Moines. Come learn more about the company and what they have to offer. After the presentation, the group will head to the OP for free pizza. All majors are welcome. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Amanda Donovan at adonovan@uni.edu.

UNI ENTREPRENEURS MEETINGNEW

The UNI Entrepreneurs (UNI-E) group will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, 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.

UNI PROUD MEETINGSNEW

UNI Proud is UNI's oldest LGBTQ student organization. All students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. Weekly meetings are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Presidential Room, MAU. For more information, contact Ellie Hail at proud@uni.edu.

COMMUNICATION STUDENT ASSOCIATION MEETINGNEW

Join members of the UNI Communication Student Association for a meeting from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in the Oak Room, MAU. CSA members as well as current or potential communication majors/minors are welcome. Andrea Barker, director of marketing and communication for Wheaton Fransican Healthcare, will speak during the meeting.

DEAN DWIGHT WATSON TO SPEAK AT SAMLE MEETINGNEW

Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, will speak at the Student Association of Middle Level Education (SAMLE) meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, in the SEC 5th floor lounge. New members are welcome. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

VEHICLE AUCTIONNEW

UNI is selling two vehicles at a public auction. There will be a 2004 Dodge Stratus 4-door sedan (74,993 mi.) and a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport (63,553 mi.). More sale information is available at www.publicsurplus.com or http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/pubsale.shtml. You can also contact Vince Heuer at 273-3527 or vince.heuer@uni.edu for bidding instructions. UNI Surplus is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Warehouse.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE

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.

RELAY FOR LIFE UPCOMING EVENTSNEW

The Relay For Life kick off will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 5, at The HuB on Main Street. Come see I'm Prettier Than You and Lick It Ticket. Bring a UNI student ID and driver's license. Must be 18 years and older and pay a $5 cover charge. All proceeds from the cover charge will benefit UNI Relay For Life. Colleges Against Cancer merchandise will also be on sale. Bank night is from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in the Ballrooms, MAU. For more information, contact Sarah McCarty at mccartys@uni.edu.

HAVE A SAFE SPRING BREAK-ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEKNEW

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 with beer goggles Wednesday, March 2, in Maucker Union and will offer some useful take-home items.

STUDENT READING ASSOCIATION BOOK FAIRNEW

Need new books? Check out the selection at SRA's Scholastic Book Fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, through Thursday, March 3, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 4, in the SEC Lobby. Books for all ages at great prices.

WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES OPEN HOUSE & SUSAN ALBEE MEMORIALNEW

To celebrate Women's History Month, Women’s & Gender Studies will host an open house from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in 225 SAB. As part of the open house, a memorial program celebrating the life of Susan Albee, an instructor in sociology and Women’s & Gender Studies from 1989-2007 who recently passed away, will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the foyer, SAB.

CASINO NIGHTNEW

"Let the Good Times Roll..." CAB Casino Night will be held from 7 to 10 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in Maucker Union. Play bingo, poker, blackjack, roulette and craps. Prizes will be drawn and free food will be provided. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/cab/.

U.S. CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY AT UNI

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.

PERFORMING ARTS

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT

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.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: CORY MIXDORF, TROMBONE

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.

'ON THE VERGE'

"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.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: MATTHEW COLEY, PERCUSSION

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.

FRENCH ART-SONG RECITAL

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.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE, KAJI-DAIKO & WEST AFRICAN DRUM ENSEMBLENEW

The UNI Percussion and West African Drum ensembles will offer a spring concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, along with UNI’s Taiko drum ensemble, Kaji-Daiko. This event is free and open to the public.

IOWA HIGH SCHOOL BANDS CONCERT NEW

Ronald Johnson and S. Daniel Galyen, School of Music, will coordinate a concert of visiting Iowa high school bands featuring Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Urbandale High School in a Great Hall performance at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10. This event is free and open to the public.

HOURS

CHANGES IN LIBRARY HOURS DURING SPRING BREAKNEW

There will be no extended checkout for reserve materials during spring break. All youth books (seven-day) checked out Saturday, March 5, are due Monday, March 21. Patrons may check out materials and enter the building until 10 minutes to closing time. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, there will be a prompt to enter your CatID. http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#spring

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

'TEARING IT UP: THE AFTERMATH'

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. 

REVISING HISTORY: MARK TWAIN'S 'HUCKLEBERRY FINN'

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.

LECTURE: "TRANSNATIONAL MIGRANTS IN THE NEW IOWA"NEW

Mark Grey, Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration, will discuss recent immigration trends in Iowa at noon, Tuesday, March 1, in 9AB CME. He will also discuss the broader implications for the state and its people, including the transformation of how Iowans see themselves. This event is sponsored by the Forum for National and Transnational Identities, which 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.

CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE EDUCATION PRESENTATION

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.

TURKISH CONSUL GENERAL TO SPEAK ON TURKISH-AMERICAN RELATIONSNEW

Fatih Yildiz, consul general to the Turkish Consulate in Chicago, will speak on Turkish foreign policy and Turkish-American relations from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in 115 SRL. A reception in his honor will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the Great Reading Room, SRL. Yildiz will also meet and talk to Turkish-American community members of TASIOWA later in the evening. Yildiz's biography is at http://www.chicago.cg.mfa.gov.tr/AmbassadorsBio.aspx.

'LET'S TALK' ABOUT DIVERSITYNEW

The Social Justice committee of the Residence Hall Association will host "Let's Talk" from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 6, in Sabin Hall, for all students who want to learn more about diversity. A panel of students from different diversity organizations on campus, such as GLBTA and the Muslim Student Association, will discuss diversity at UNI. A certificate will be given to every student who attends. Cookies and lemonade will be provided.

CURRENT RESEARCH ON WOMEN (CROW) FORUMNEW

The next CROW Forum will be held at noon, Monday, March 7, in 109A CME. Phyllis Baker, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Kevin Leicht, University of Iowa sociology, will present “Economic Development and Women’s Life Chances." All faculty, staff, students and community members are invited. Feel free to bring your lunch.

SUSAN DOUGLAS VISITS UNINEW

Susan J. Douglas, author of "Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism’s Work Is Done" will visit UNI on Tuesday, March 8, for a book discussion at 11 a.m., and a reception at 2:30 p.m., both in the CME lobby. Douglas will give a public lecture at 3:30 p.m., in the Ballroom, MAU.

PARTICIPATORY PRESERVATION: HEIRLOOM PLANTS IN A CHANGING WORLD

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.

E. PATRICK JOHNSON PERFORMANCE AT UNI INTERPRETERS THEATRENEW

Author and performance studies artist E. Patrick Johnson will visit UNI as part of the Hearst Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in the Interpreters Theatre, 040 LNG. He will perform "Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales," a solo act based on the narratives in his book "Sweet Tea." The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and advance reservations are suggested. Call 273-2217 or visit www.epatrickjohnson.com.

MONARCH BIOLOGY, CONSERVATION NEEDS AND THE MONARCH JOINT VENTURE NEW

Priya Shahani from the Monarch Joint Venture Project at the University of Minnesota St. Paul will discuss the biology, conservation challenges and recent efforts by Monarch Joint Venture partners to better understand population trends at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at rwelch@uni.edu or 273-3828.

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE

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.

PROVOST GIBSON TO SPEAK ON LEADERSHIP

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.

LEARN ABOUT THE PEACE CORPSNEW

Learn more about a life-changing opportunity from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 21, in 009 GIL. Peace Corps volunteers are serving in more than 70 countries, completing projects in environmental education, business advising, agriculture extension and teaching English. Attend the Information session and learn about life on the ground as a volunteer, the benefits of Peace Corps service and the application process. For more information, contact Pravin at pmallavaram@peacecorps.gov

FLORAL ADAPTATIONS: MORE THAN JUST THE BIRDS AND THE BEESNEW

Julie Kang, biology, will discuss flowers, their morphological and anatomical features, and how floral structures are adapted for various modes of reproduction, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, at the University Museum.

NAVY GOES GREENNEW

Chief Armaun Bartee and Petty Officer Issachar (Izzy) Lane, U.S. Navy, will discuss plans to decrease dependence on oil and obtain 50 percent of our energy needs from non-fossil-fuel sources within 10 years. The sources include biofuels, solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal power. This lecture will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 26, at University Book & Supply.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH FILMNEW

In conjunction with Women's History Month, Women's & Gender Studies will show the film "The Codes of Gender: Identity & Performance in Pop Culture" at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in Room 324, LIB.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

READING, LEARNING & STUDYING WITH TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPNEW

Deciding between a Kindle, Nook or Ipad? Curious about how Excel, PowerPoint or Prezi might be useful learning and study tools? Come to the Reading, Learning & Studying with Technology workshop from 2 to 2:50 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, in the Reading & Learning Center, 35 ITTC. For more information, contact gina.burkart@uni.edu.

RURAL AGING CONFERENCE

The Iowa Consortium for Aging Programs and UNI's gerontology program will host the Rural Aging Conference on Thursday, April 7. For more information or to register, visit www.uni.edu/csbs/ruralaging. Registration is limited to 120 participants. Contact Josie Davie (daviej@uni.edu) with questions.

CHANGE LEADERSHIP

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.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WRS IRONMAN TRIATHLON CHALLENGENEW

Looking for motivation to exercise or a new fitness incentive challenge? It's not too late to register for the WRS Ironman Triathlon Challenge. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec/.

WRS MARCH E-NEWSLETTERNEW

The Wellness & Recreation Services March newsletter is available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the home page to check out updates on WRS events and programs, along with wellness tips and articles.

DINING SPECIALS

MARCH IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTHNEW

During March, National Nutrition Month, weekly nutrition information and healthy options will be available in the 23rd Street Market, Biscotti's and Prexy's. Eat right with color.