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Monday, Feb 6, 2012

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NEWS

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE BLOGNEW

Jeneane Beck, UNI's state relations officer, will post updates to a new legislative update blog. Check this site for news during this legislative session. 

MAJOR OUTAGE TO THE STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEMSNEW

The following SIS applications are going to be unavailable for system maintenance from 6 to 8 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11: the SIS CRM application, MyUNIverse portal and SIS Campus Solutions System. This includes the online application for admission and the schedule of classes.

SLIP/TRIP/FALL INJURIESNEW

Slips, trips and falls account for a significant number of injuries reported to the university. With fluctuating temperatures, we may experience a freeze/thaw cycle that can lead to injury. Be aware that surfaces that are wet during the daytime hours may be iced over in the late evening or early morning hours. Please exercise caution when walking on paved surfaces during these hours.

VALENTINE SWEETSNEW

Delight your Valentine or treat co-workers to frosted Valentine cookies for $8.99 per dozen or $1 each. “Divine Temptations” gourmet cupcakes, by Fresh Beginnings, are $2 each. All items are packaged and ready for purchase at four on-campus locations Monday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Biscotti’s in Redeker Center, 23rd Street Market in Commons, Chats or Prexy’s in Maucker Union.

MYUNIVERSE NEWS READER SURVEY

Beginning in August, University Relations made some changes to MyUNIverse News based on student feedback in a spring 2011 university communications audit. The changes addressed readability and content to reflect more university news. UR appreciates your feedback regarding the changes made to MyUNIverse News. Please complete this short survey. Responses are anonymous.

FOOD ALLERGY SURVEY

A survey of college students with food allergies will be conducted in hopes of gaining a better understanding of their experiences with college dining centers. The study is “College and University Dining Experiences of Food Allergy Sufferers” (IRB ID# 11-455). Your participation is requested.

SPRING COMMENCEMENT UPDATE

Spring Commencement for all graduate students will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, May 4. Spring Commencement for all undergraduate students in the College of Education, College of Business Administration and the Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 5. Commencement for all undergraduate students in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday May 5. All ceremonies will take place in the McLeod Center. 

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

RUN FOR THE 2012-13 NORTHERN IOWA STUDENT GOVERNMENT SENATENEW

Are you interested in making an impact on UNI's campus while gaining valuable leadership skills? Run to be a 2012-13 Northern Iowa Student Government senator. Application packets are now available in the NISG office (top level of Maucker Union) or online. You must attend one of the information sessions. The final one is at 6 p.m., Feb. 15, in the SIAC, or schedule a meeting with election commissioner Jill Hohnecker. Packets are due by 5 p.m., Feb. 17, in the NISG office. For more information about NISG and the election process email nisg@uni.edu.

FREE TAX HELP AT UNINEW

UNI accounting students will provide free income tax assistance from 5 to 7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays from Feb. 6 through April 11, in 223 CBB. Federal and Iowa tax returns are electronically prepared and e-filed for free. No appointment is necessary. Please arrive at 5 p.m. to allow students sufficient time to complete the returns. For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 273-2394.

PAPPAJOHN NEW VENTURE BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITIONNEW

Enter your original business idea into the Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition. Three $5,000 awards will be given at the state level. You must be a current UNI student to enter. For more information, call 273-JPEC (5732). Intent to Compete forms are due by Wednesday, Feb. 29.

UNI HUNGER GAMESNEW

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

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEW

The federal government is one of the largest employers in the U.S. With a unique hiring process, getting hired for a government job creates challenges not faced in other fields. Learn about available job opportunities, job search strategies and federal resumes at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, in 009 GIL. For more information, contact Isabela Varela.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN WASHINGTON D.C.NEW

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 at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in 009 GIL and learn about the program and the application process. For more information, contact Isabela Varela.

FOLLON SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINENEW

The deadline for applications for the Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership is Wednesday, Feb. 15. For more information, contact Jan Hanish.

'A TALE OF TWO B*TCHES' STAGED READINGNEW

UNISTA will present 'A Tale of Two B*tches' stage reading at 7 p.m., Feb. 10 and 11, in 108 CAC. A comedy about haphazard fools in 1650s England. Two wealthy families on the verge of settling deep seated conflicts are disrupted by an unlikely duo of catalysts for family dissension.

RELAY FOR LIFE KICK-OFF EVENTNEW

The Colleges Against Cancer kick-off event for Relay For Life will be at 8 p.m, Saturday, Feb. 11, at The Hub in downtown Cedar Falls. There will be live music by Good Cop/Rad Cop, I’m Prettier Than You, and John June Year. All cover proceeds go to Relay For Life of UNI. Must be 19 to attend; 18 can get in with college ID. Cover charge is $7 for those 19-20; $5 cover 21+. For more information, email.

INTRODUCTION TO VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIESNEW

Lauren Finke, executive director at the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, will discuss opportunities for volunteering in the community from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, in the area behind Student Involvement and Activities Center reception desk in the SIAC Conference Room, MAU. Sponsored by the UNI American Democracy Project.

VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH EDUCATION ADVOCATE LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND NEW

UNI's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) is hosting Linda Darling-Hammond from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at two locations: the libraries at Malcolm Price Laboratory School and Lincoln Elementary School, in Waterloo. She is the Charles Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University and co-director of the School Redesign Network. Along with her opinions on education, Darling-Hammond will also speak about the Waterloo and Cedar Falls Community school districts. 

UNI-CUE BLOOD DRIVENEW

Down the street and across the country, there are patients in need of lifesaving blood. Help patients in need by donating blood through the American Red Cross at the UNI-CUE Blood Drive from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at 800 Sycamore St., Waterloo. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or 1-800-733-2767.

MULTICULTURAL STUDENT FORUM--MEET YOUR PROFESSORNEW

Meet Your Professor is an opportunity for all UNI students to meet, mingle and get to know faculty from the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the CME. Refreshments will be served.

SEMESTER APPROACH TO STUDYING WORKSHOPNEW

The workshop "Fit for Finals: A Semester Approach to Studying" will be held from 4 to 4:50 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, in 035 ITTC. This workshop will help you learn useful study strategies and prepare for finals. Register for the workshop online. There is no fee for currently enrolled UNI students. Sponsored by the College Reading and Learning Center.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION'S 'STARRY NIGHT' VALENTINE'S DAY DANCENEW

Enjoy a night out with friends and loved ones at the International Student Association's Valentine's Day Dance from 7 to 11 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, in the Commons Ballroom. The event is free to all students. There will be free food, beverages, a DJ, dancing, a photo booth and lots of fun.

STUDY ABROAD INFO SESSION: MAYMESTER IN BERLINNEW

Are you interested in exploring one of the most dynamic, artistic, political and economic centers in Europe? Attend an information meeting on studying in Berlin at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, in 025 GIL. To learn more about the May 2012 Berlin program, email Brian McInnis or call 273-2043.

STUDY ABROAD IN FLORENCE-ITALYNEW

The Study Abroad Center is sponsoring a presentation on studying abroad at the Palazzi-Florence Association for International Education in Florence, Italy. Palazzi is a group of not-for-profit academic, interdisciplinary educational institutions located in the center of Florence. All classes are taught in English with internships and service learning for academic credit. They offer semester and short-term programs. Learn more about this opportunity from 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, in 009 GIL. 

MANDATORY REPORTERS OF CHILD ABUSE TRAINING

A training session for Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, in 252 SEC. This training session is free, open to anyone and preregistration is not required. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education. For more information, email Melissa Heston or call 273-2236.

START A BUSINESS I

Learn information and regulations necessary to start a small business from 3 to 5 p.m., Feb. 13, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. Email JPEC or call 273-5732.

START A BUSINESS II

Learn how to write a business plan from 3 to 5 p.m., Feb. 15, in 33 BCS. Start a Business I workshop is a pre-requisite. Advance registration is required. Email JPEC or call 273-5732.

BEHAVIORAL INTERVIEWING & NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION

Learn about behavioral interviewing and non-verbal communication from 3 to 5 p.m., Feb. 8 or from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 9. Both sessions will be held in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. Email JPEC or call 273-5732.

SIGN UP FOR RELAY FOR LIFE

Register a team for Relay For Life. Teams consist of eight to 15 members and cost $10 per member. Relay For Life will take place April 13 and 14, in the McLeod Center. For more information, contact droessle@uni.edu.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

MULTICULTURAL TEACHING ALLIANCE NEW

The Multicultural Teaching Alliance will meet at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Presidential Room, MAU. There will be presentation on Black History Month and how teachers can incorporate that into the classroom.

UNI-SHRM HOSTS PROFESSOR RUSSELL GUAYNEW

Join UNI-Society of Human Resource Management for its second meeting of the semester at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in 121 CBB where Russell Guay will discuss his experiences in HR. All majors are welcome. For more information, email Eric.

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS BOOK CLUBNEW

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discovery Diversity Discuss book group will meet at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13, at the UNI Museum to discuss "City of Veils: A Novel" by Zoe Ferrais. The brutal killing of a woman must be solved in a land where there is secrecy surrounding all women. All are welcome to attend.

NINJA STUDY CLUB FEAR FACTORNEW

College can be scary, but study ninjas know how to manage their fears. From 2 to 2:50 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, in 035 ITTC, ninjas will compete in three fear factor-style stunts in order to gain insight about coping with academic anxiety. New ninjas are welcome.

STUDENT READING ASSOCIATION (SRA) MEETING

Join the Student Reading Association for an evening with guest speaker James Davis. Snacks will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting to follow on Feb. 8, in the SEC lobby.

NORTHERN IOWA ENERGY CORPS NEW

Northern Iowa Energy Corps  is a new student organization whose mission statement is: "Expanding opportunities for students on campus to promote energy efficiency through education and outreach." The group has an open house every Thursday at 8 p.m., in the SIAC conference room (upper level of Maucker Union).

PIRATE STUDY CLUBNEW

Ahoy study mates. Have this semester’s classes been giving you fits? Looking for a new and exciting way to approach studying? Come to the first-ever meeting of the Pirate Study Club from 3 to 3:50 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, in 035 ITTC. Meetings will be held weekly, so come often to get the most out of this unique study group.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

ADDITIONAL SPINNERCISE CLASS NOW AVAILABLENEW

Due to popular demand for group fitness spin classes, a class has been added beginning at 12:05 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, in 85 WRC. The class is 50 minutes. Try one session for free or register online or in 101 WRC for section 4.

ALCOHOL SCREENING DAYNEW

Alcohol Screening Day is a free and confidential survey to assess students' risk for alcohol abuse and dependency. The survey takes five to 10 minutes and students register for free prizes after completion. Take the survey between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, in 175 WRC. For more information, call Mark Rowe-Barth, Substance Abuse Services coordinator at 273-3423.

BE GOOD TO YOUR HEART SPECIALNEW

February is American Heart Month and a great time to recognize how hard your heart works for you. Schedule a Fitness Assessment between Feb. 13 and 24 for the discounted price of $15. Fitness assessments include resting heart rate, blood pressure, measurements, body composition, strength, cardiovascular and flexibility tests. For more information or to sign up, contact Erin Nielsen.

WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN - FIT OVER 40NEW

Learn to develop an exercise program tailored to your body, goals and lifestyle. The Fit Over 40 workshop is available to students, faculty, staff and spouses and will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, in 204 WRC.  The cost is $15.  For more information or to sign up, contact Erin Nielsen

ADULT AND PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

The aquatics program at the WRC has openings for adult and private swim lessons. Adult swim lessons will be offered from Feb. 7 to March 8. Private swim lessons can be arranged with an instructor and taught at a time that works with your schedule. For more information, email swimlessons@uni.edu.

WRS FEBRUARY E-NEWSLETTER

Check out the Wellness & Recreation Services February e-newsletter. Follow the link on the home page for updates on important WRS events and programs along with wellness tips and articles.

FREE ONE-TIME DROP IN FOR FITNESS CLASSES

Want to give a group fitness class a try? Drop into one of the following classes for a free, one-time visit to try out the class: Spin: Sec.04, Ultimate X - Training: Sec.18 or 19; Hydro-Fit: Sec.35 or 37; Ultimate H2O X-Training: Sec.38; Aqua Zumba: Sec.39; Total Sculpt & Tone: Sec. 41; Machines, Muscles, & More: Sec. 45, 46, 47, 48; Pilates: Sec. 64 or 65. This offer is only available for the classes listed above. If you like the class and would like to keep attending, register online or stop in 101 WRC. or pick up a brochure to see more details about each of these classes.

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.