UNI Online • MyUNIverse News • My UNI Weekend

Monday, Feb 7, 2011

MyUNIverse News is the official UNI news source for students. It is distributed each Monday during the academic year by the Office of University Relations. Information is also available on the MyUNIverse Web site at: http://myuniverse.uni.edu Information presented will include announcements about campus programs, financial aid, employment, building hours, student resources and events. Click on the links provided for more information.

To avoid exceeding your UNI e-mail account space limit, delete MyUNIverse News after reading it. Past issues are available on the MyUNIverse Web site at http://myuniverse.uni.edu

= New items.

NEWS

PHISHING ATTEMPTS ON THE RISENEW

UNI is seeing an increasing number of inbound e-mail messages asking you to provide personal information in response. The information requested includes usernames, passwords, personal identity information, etc. Virtually all of those requests are fraudulent. We ask that you never reply to such messages. Instead, you are encouraged to forward those messages (as an attachment) to phishing@uni.edu. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/services/security/phishing.

FREE TAX HELP AT UNINEW

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.

ELECTRONIC W-2 SIGN-UPNEW

Sign up now for electronic-only delivery of your W-2 next January. The benefit is access to your W-2 online, with the option for you to print, at least a week earlier than if you choose to receive the paper document through the U.S. Mail. It’s also a cost savings to the university. If you chose electronic delivery for 2010 you do not need to re-elect this option. Sign up through MEMFIS UNI Student Employee Self Service>Extra Information. For additional information and instructions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/training_and_support/documents/w2_delivery_preference.pdf. If you have questions, contact Payroll at payroll@uni.edu or call 273-2656.

SUPPORT UNI STUDENTS FOR GREENWAY-BEAVESNEW

Rhonda Greenway and Adam Beaves are running for NISG president and vice president. If you are interested in supporting the campaign, attend meetings at 9 p.m., Mondays in 14 SRL. Rhonda and Adam believe "The Future is UNI," and student support and input is essential to their campaign success. Visit www.rhondaandadam.com for more information about Rhonda and Adam's platform or to request a free T-shirt or button.

CAMPUS-WIDE CLIMATE/DIVERSITY SURVEYNEW

Soon you will be invited to participate in a survey that will help UNI assess its climate. All students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences about the university’s culture and attitudes. 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.

USHERS NEEDED FOR 'ON THE VERGE'NEW

Looking to see a performance of the Strayer-Wood Theatre’s production of "On the Verge" for free? Sign up to be an usher for one or more performances of the play by Eric Overmyer. Performances are at 7:30 p.m, Thursday, Feb. 24, through Saturday, Feb. 26, and Thursday, March 3, through Saturday, March 5. A 2 Sunday matinee will be held at 2 p.m., Feb. 27 and March 6. Performances will be held in the Bertha Martin Theatre, located in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. For more information, contact Allison Krois at allisonkrois@gmail.com.

MERCHANT SCHOLARSHIPNEW

The Merchant Scholarship is one of UNI's oldest scholarships. The University Archives staff has prepared an illustrated historical essay on the benefactors of that scholarship fund. To learn more about the Merchant family, visit https://www.library.uni.edu/collections/special-collections/merchant-legacy.

2010 GRADUATE REPORT

UNI Career Services has posted the annual graduate report that includes salary data, post-graduation information by major and top employers at http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/gradreport/docs/2009-2010.pdf.

LUX SERVICE AWARD NOMINATIONSNEW

Do you know a student who has demonstrated outstanding service to UNI? Nominate him or her for the 2011 Lux Service Award. This award is the most prestigious award given to undergraduate students to acknowledge their service to UNI. Students are encouraged to nominate their peers. Students with 90 or more credit hours, including graduating seniors, qualify for the award. Visit http://www.uni.edu/deanofstudents/lux for more information and to find an online nomination form. Nominations must be received by Tuesday, Feb. 22. For more information, contact Monica Johnson at 273-5181 or monicaj@uni.edu.

VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS AVAILABLENEW

23rd Street Market is offering Valentine items including flowers, panther plushes, balloons, cookies and Hugs from Home. Purchase items in the store or online at the Panther Pantry http://www.uni.edu/dor/pantherpantry. For additional gift ideas, stop by Essentials in Maucker Union.

HELP UNI ENTREPRENEURS 'CAN HUNGER'NEW

According to the Feeding America Hunger Report 2010, one in eight Americans relies on Feeding America for food and groceries. Help UNI Entrepreneurs "Can Hunger" in the Cedar Valley by donating nonperishable food in the donation boxes located in the CBB student lounge or BCS front lobby area. For more information, contact laurie.watje@uni.edu.

TIME TO GET A FLU VACCINATION

The peak flu season is still about a month away in Iowa, and three different flu viruses are spreading across the state, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Students are encouraged to call the Student Health Clinic, 273-2009, to make an appointment for their free flu shot. The Student Health Clinic is offering students a cold/flu kit at no charge. The kit includes a digital thermometer, generic Dayquil, Claritin, lip balm, hand sanitizer and tissues. To pick up a cold/flu kit, stop by the Student Health Clinic reception desk.

ROD LIBRARY MOBILE WEBSITE SURVEY

Rod Library is continuing to develop its mobile website to better meet the needs of its users. Please complete the survey (http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22BR8WPREGU/) by Monday, Feb. 14, to share input.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2011 SUSTAINABILITY FORUMNEW

Under sponsorship of UNI's Sustainability Council, the next Sustainability Forum will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 21. All UNI community members are invited to learn about current campus sustainability initiatives and discuss how UNI can continue to leave a smaller footprint. Contact eric.obrien@uni.edu with questions.

WRITING AND THE LIBERAL ARTS AT UNI: UNIVERSITAS 6.2NEW

Writing and the Liberal Arts at UNI: UNIversitas 6.2 is available at http://www.uni.edu/universitas/currentissue/default.htm. The issue concentrates on the liberal arts' advancement of writing and writers and contemporary challenges to such advancement.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

FREE COMPUTER WORKSHOPS FOR CREDITNEW

Need an extra credit? ITS-Educational Technology is offering three additional sections of Managing Microsoft Office and Creating Web Pages. Limited seating is available. Visit http://www.uni.edu/its/training/for-credit for details, including online registration instructions. Any student not wanting credit may take individual workshops for free.

FOLLON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINENEW

The deadline for applications for the 2011-2012 Dr. Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership is Tuesday, Feb. 15. This is a one-year award for $3,500, applied directly to your university bill, half each semester.  Applicants must be full-time, undergraduate students who have completed at least 30 credit hours at UNI and will be returning next academic year for both fall and spring semesters. A cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher is also required. Use the Common Online Scholarship application to apply at www.uni.edu/finaid/.

TIRED OF THE COLD? STUDY IN GREECENEW

Tired of this cold Iowa winter? Think about studying in Greece at the American College of Thessaloniki. Classes are conducted in English, a wide variety of classes are offered, some trips are included, and there are opportunities to travel all over Europe and the Mediterranean. An informational meeting will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11, in 28 GIL. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/studyabroad/american-college-thessaloniki or contact Chelsea Miller at miller.chelsea.j@gmail.com.

DON'T LIVE IN YOUR PARENTS' BASEMENT

Get ready to launch your career, find your major or gain experience through an internship. Through a combination of training and coaching, you will find success. UNI Career Services is offering multiple sessions to prepare you. Learn more at http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/events/docs/spring11.pdf.

ALL ABOUT INTERNSHIPS

Do you want to find a quality internship that will help you gain skills, improve your full-time job search and earn credit? UNI Career Services will spend 30 minutes discussing internship opportunities. Meetings will be in GIL 009 at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, and  4 p.m., Tuesday, March 8.

STUDY ABROAD IN IRELAND INFORMATION SESSIONNEW

Interested in studying abroad in Ireland for a semester?  Come to the Ireland information session from 4:30 to 5:30 pm., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in 009 GIL. The session will cover classes offered, costs, living abroad and more. A panel of past study abroad participants will be available to answer questions. For more information, e-mail Kristen at granzowk@uni.edu.

FUNDING FOR CNS MAJORS TO STUDY ABROADNEW

A new funding opportunity is available to students majoring in College of Natural Sciences programs who wish to study abroad. The award, up to $250, is not affiliated with the study abroad program. For an application, go to www.cns.uni.edu/StudyAbroadFunding.doc.

STUDYING IS FUN IN THE READING & LEARNING CENTER

Come to the I AM Building My Vocabulary Coffee Chats from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in ITTC 008 and play Apples to Apples, Balderdash and other word games with words from your classes. Bring a mug and have some coffee, hot chocolate or tea for 50 cents. Contact gina.burkart@uni.edu for more information.

SPANISH AND FRENCH TUTORING IN THE LIBRARY ON SUNDAY NIGHTS

Are you taking a beginning- or intermediate-level. Spanish or French course? The A-Team now offers French and Spanish tutoring, in addition to reading, studying, writing, math and science tutoring. Find the A-Team in the Rod Library from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sundays in the lower level (across from the computer lab).

FREE LITERATURE/LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHING MATERIALSNEW

Free to faculty or students: readers' guides, teacher guides and companion CDs for many works of literature included in the NEA's The Big Read initiative. Examples include "The Grapes of Wrath," "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" and "The Death of Ivan Ilyich." Contact Betty DeBerg at deberg@uni.edu.

STUDENT NATURE SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIPNEW

The UNI Student Nature Society club is a student led group that strives to promote conservation and an understanding and appreciation of the natural world. It's offering two scholarships of $250 each to be applied to fall semester 2011. This scholarship is available to anyone with an interest in the natural world. Pick up a scholarship application in 144 MSH and turn it in by Tuesday, Feb. 15.

FAFSA WORKSHOPS NEW

Let the experts at the Office of Student Financial Aid assist you in starting your 2011-2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. Free one-hour workshops will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 8, in 134 ITTC, and from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11, in 134 ITTC. General questions will also be answered during each of these sessions. For information that you may want to bring to assist in the completion of the FAFSA, visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/help/before003.htm. However, the FAFSA can be completed using estimates.

CAPSTONE IN ENGLAND/SCOTLAND NEW

The Study Abroad Center still has spots available for the England/Scotland Capstone. The dates for the trip are May 19 through June 1. For more information, e-mail daviswe@uni.edu or stop in 28 GIL.

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS: STUDY ABROAD FUNDINGNEW

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

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 or contact amy.hunzelman@uni.edu.

IOWA-MIDWEST BRAZIL EXCHANGE IN BUSINESS AND AGRICULTURENEW

Students interested in a semester in Brazil should consider this program. UNI has been provided funds to assist students to study at two partner institutions in the fall of 2011 and 2012. There are spaces for 10 students each year. There are $4,000 stipends for airfare and living expenses. Language preparation expenses are also covered. Business majors or minors, along with public policy, communications and journalism majors, are eligible. Visit www.cba.uni.edu/fipse-brazil for all the details and blogs of the fall 2010 exchange students. Application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 15. Contact Chris Schrage at schragec@uni.edu, 273-2126 or stop by 261 CBB.

SPECIAL EVENTS

DARWIN WEEK 2011

In celebration of Charles Darwin's 202nd birthday, the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers will host the third annual Darwin Week Feb. 7 through 11. This event will feature lectures by UNI professors and special guests. Each day has a theme: sexuality, religion, evolution and critical thought. All Darwin Week events will take place in the CME and are free and open to the public. For details and a complete schedule of events, visit www.darwinweek.com. E-mail questions to contact@darwinweek.com.

CAPOEIRA: AFRO BRAZILIAN MARTIAL ARTS, SONG AND DANCENEW

To celebrate Black History Month, the UNI Capoeira Sport Club will offer a free Capoeira class followed by a Capoeira presentation and four different dance pieces from Brazil. The pieces will be performed by UNI students and artists from Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Dallas and São Paulo, Brazil. The event will be at noon, Friday, Feb. 11, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. E-mail Robyn Odegard at odegardr@uni.edu for more information.

NORTHERN FESTIVAL OF BANDS

The Northern Festival of Bands, an annual honor band festival for high school students, which typically hosts more than 40 schools and 250 individual students, will be held Thursday, Feb. 10, through Saturday, Feb. 12, at the GBPAC. The event will feature performances by the UNI Wind Symphony and UNI Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11, and at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, featuring solo competition winners, the festival’s percussionist groups, the Festival Concert Band and the Festival Symphony Band. The Saturday concert is ticketed. For tickets, call 273-4TIX. For more information, call 273-2028.

ATTEND THE WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE

There is an opportunity for students to attend the White Privilege Conference, Wednesday, April 13, through Saturday, April 16, at the Sheraton Hotel in Minneapolis. NISG and Diversity Fellowship are seeking students interested in the issue of immigration in the U.S. to attend the conference. NISG is able to provide financial support for those willing to attend and commit themselves to five or more preparation sessions prior to the conference. If interested, respond to Polina Bogomolova bogomolp@uni.edu by Tuesday, Feb. 8. More information about the conference is at http://www.whiteprivilegeconference.com/.

QUASH - QUEST TO UNRAVEL ALZHEIMER'S SCAVENGER HUNTNEW

QUASH, the Quest to Unravel Alzheimer’s Scavenger Hunt, is back for 2011. Gather a team of two to four people to challenge your body and your mind in a campus-wide event on Saturday, April 16. Each QUASH team is asked to raise $100 per participant to benefit and support the research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Register today at www.QUASHnow.org.

PENNY WARS FUNDRAISERNEW

An honors group named Team TLC (The Literacy Cats) is putting on a Penny Wars competition in the residence halls from Monday, Feb. 7, through Friday, March 11. Proceeds will go toward buying books to donate to local fourth-grade classroom libraries. The top two houses will win a pizza party.

PERFORMING ARTS

FRIENDS OF KUNI BLUES BLOWOUTNEW

Blues legend Joe Louis Walker with special guests BJ Allen and Blue Voodoo will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, at Waterloo's Electric Park Ballroom. This evening of blues and soul is a benefit for Iowa Public Radio. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets, visit http://iowapublicradio.org/index.php?cID=88.

MAIA QUARTET FEATURING UNI FACULTY ARTIST JULIA BULLARD, VIOLA

Visiting ensemble the Maia Quartet will present a recital featuring UNI faculty artist Julia Bullard on viola at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Since its formation in 1990, the Maia Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the University of Iowa, has established itself nationally as an ensemble of innovation and versatility. The quartet has appeared in major concert halls throughout the U.S. and abroad. This event is free and open to the public.

GBPAC PRESENTS CUARTETO CASALS WITH ANDREAS KLEIN

Since its founding, Cuarteto Casals has been recognized as one of Europe's most distinguished string quartets. This Spanish ensemble has garnered critical acclaim and won top prizes at many international competitions. German-born pianist Andreas Klein will join Cuarteto Cassals in a performance at the GBPAC at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13. He's internationally acclaimed as an artist and performer. Klein is heard frequently on NPR's "Performance Today." Sunday curtain talk will begin 45 minutes prior to the start of the show.

ROMANCE WITH A DOUBLE BASSNEW

The UNI bass studio will present a double bass concert with a romantic theme at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

FLUTE CHOIR & FLUTE STUDIO CONCERTNEW

Tthe Northern Iowa Flute Choir and Flute Studio will present its annual concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

CAB'S ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS: ALISA TURNERNEW

CAB's Acoustic Artist Series will feature Alisa Turner at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. Turner is a talented singer, songwriter and keyboard player with a deep passion for music. Enjoy the music and coffee deals from Chats. For more information, visit CAB's Facebook page.

'FOR THE LOVE OF THE CLUB'NEW

UNI Interpreters Theatre will present "For the Love of the Club" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 through 19, in the Interpreter's Theater, 040 LNG. This original work is based on the author's and director’s thesis research on women who ride with motorcycle clubs. Learn about their lives, the roles they fulfill for their men and their struggle to perform their identities within the confines of a social organization that often dictates gender roles. This production contains mature language, themes and situations. It's recommended for mature audiences only. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Angela Glunz at glunza@uni.edu or 273-6728.

'BETRAYAL'NEW

'Betrayal' exposes the distinct variations and kinds of betrayal over a nine-year period, including a seven-year affair between Robert’s wife, Emma, and his close, married friend, Jerry. Told in reverse chronology, the play shows that love is capable of not only betraying those we love, but ourselves as well. The play will be shown at 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11 and 12, and at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, in the Acting Practice Room inside Strayer-Wood Theatre. Admission is $4. For more information, visit www.UNISTAonline.org.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

UNI ASL CLUB MEETINGNEW

UNI American Sign Language Club will meet at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the University Room, MAU. Keely Thorne, first-year teacher of the deaf, will be the guest speaker. Open to all students regardless of hearing status or signing ability. Check us out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=130614202380&ref=ts or search for UNI ASL Club in "Groups" or search student organizations in MyUNIverse.

JOIN UNI PROUD

UNI Proud is UNI's only LGBTQA organization. Meeting topics include education, activism and social rights. Find PROUD on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=32803057345 ) to learn about events. Proud meets at 7 p.m., every Tuesday, in the Presidential Room, MAU. Contact Ellie Hail at haile@uni.edu with questions.

RHO EPSILON MEETINGNEW

UNI's Real Estate organization, Rho Epsilon, will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in 277 CBB. The presenter will be Rally Appraisal from Cedar Falls. Come learn about Rally and what is involved with being an appraiser. After the presentation, the group will head to the OP for free pizza. All majors are welcome. For more information, contact Amanda Donovan at adonovan@uni.edu.

UNI ENTREPRENEURS MEETING ON TUESDAY

The UNI Entrepreneurs (UNI-E) group will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in 33 BCS. 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 BUSINESS PRE-LAW MOVIE NIGHTNEW

The UNIBusiness Pre-Law Club will host a viewing of "The Social Network" at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, in 319 CBB. Members and other students are welcome. Pizza and pop will be provided. For more information, contact Lisa Jepsen at lisa.jepsen@uni.edu or Joshua Lastine at lastinej@uni.edu.

NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION MEETINGNEW

If you are a K-12 science education major, come join the UNI chapter of NSTA for a meeting at 4 p.m.,  Wednesday, Feb. 9, in 001 MSH. Guest speaker John Ophus will lecture about teaching evolution in the classroom.

DEAF COFFEE CHATNEW

There will be a Deaf Coffee Chat from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Feb. 11, at Village Inn, 6301 University Ave. Open to all deaf, hard-of-hearing, hearing and American Sign Language students.  Chat with old friends and meet new ones while sharpening your ASL skills.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

CROW FORUMNEW

A CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Feb. 7, in 109A CME. Lisa Jepsen, economics, will present "The Economics of Sexual Orientation." The Women's & Gender Studies Program sponsors the Current Research on Women Forum series. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to gather for the informal presentation and discussion. Bring your lunch. http://www.uni.edu/womenstudies/ProgramingEvents.htm.

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINARNEW

"Geology of the Big Bend Region, Texas: What we learned after Maxwell" will be presented at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, in 121 LAT. Lee Potter, UNI alumnus and adjunct instructor, will provide information about the geology of West Texas and information about the May 2011 trip to the region, which is part of a two-credit course available to all students. 

IS CHRISTIANITY DAMAGING THE WORLD?

"Talking With the Enemy," an ADP and CME program to promote dialogue among groups with opposing views, is sponsoring a discussion between UNIFI and UNI Navigators from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in 109 CME. Speakers include Kyle Nelson, campus director, UNI Navigators, and Trevor Boeckmann, president, UNIFI.

NEWSPAPERS AND DECISION-MAKINGNEW

Newspapers play a critical role in a democracy. Nancy Newhoff, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier editor, will discuss the Courier’s focus, how news is selected and the trends affecting newspapers from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, Elm Room, MAU. The talk is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the American Democracy Project (ADP)/Provost's Office.

EMERGING IDEAS IN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Carolyn Raffensperger, executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, will lecture on "As if the Future Mattered: Emerging Ideas in Environmental Policy" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Room 2 SAB. Raffensperger is co-editor of "Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy." She will discuss new models for government that depend on larger ideas of precaution and ecological integrity. 

AVIAN COLONIZATION DURING EARLY ESTABLISHMENT IN A PRAIRIE BIOFUEL PROJECT

Jim Mason will discuss the avian use of a prairie biofuel research site at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Using visual-line transect surveys, Mason was able to assess avian colonization of the site from the time of planting through August 2010. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at 273-3828 or e-mail rwelch@uni.edu.

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE

Stephen Taft, theatre, will present "The Creation of 'FDR Speaks': A Docudrama" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, in 115 SRL. The event is free and open to the public.

INTRODUCTION TO VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIESNEW

Lauren Finke, executive director of the Volunteer Center, will discuss opportunities available in the community and how to become involved from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10,  SIAC conference room, MAU. The event is free and open to the public.

GENDER BALANCE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENTNEW

In 2009, the state of Iowa passed legislation requiring all local boards and commissions to be "gender balanced" by Jan. 1, 2012. Chris Larimer, political science, has studied the views of this law held by current members of boards and commissions, and will present his results from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at University Book & Supply.

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS BOOK CLUB

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet at  4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, at the UNI Museum to discuss "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" by W. Kamkwamba and B. Mealer. Out of scraps, William K. brings the miracle of electricity and running water to his village in Malawi. All are welcome.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICSNEW

UNI softball hosts the Ramada UNI-Dome Tournament Friday, Feb. 11, Saturday, Feb. 12, and Sunday, Feb. 13, in the UNI-Dome. A complete schedule can be found at http://www.unipanthers.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/ramada-uni-dome-tournament-11.html.  

Women's basketball hosts Creighton at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, in the McLeod Center. The Panthers host in-state rival Drake at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. in the McLeod Center. That game is the UNI Pink Zone game, with fans encouraged to wear pink. Proceeds will benefit Colleges Against Cancer. Men's basketball hosts Wichita State at 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, in the McLeod Center.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

START A BUSINESS 2NEW

Learn how to write a business plan from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in 33 BCS. Pre-requisite: Start a Business 1. Advance registration is required at jpec@uni.edu or 273-JPEC (5732).

START A BUSINESS I WORKSHOPNEW

Learn the basics of starting a business from  3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in 33 BCS.  Advance registration is required at jpec@uni.edu or 273-JPEC (5732).

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

INTRAMURAL HOT SHOT, FREE THROW & 3-POINT CONTESTNEW

An Intramural Hot Shot, Free Throw and Three-Point Contest will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 23 and 24, on the WRC South Courts. Open to men and women. Registration is from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday or Thursday, Feb. 23 or 24. All participants must register with a partner. A valid UNI ID must be presented prior to the contest. For more information, call 273-7262

WRS IRONMAN TRIATHLON CHALLENGE

Need motivation to work out this spring? Looking for a new challenge? Consider the WRS Ironman Triathlon Challenge, a fitness incentive program. More information and a registration form are available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Registration begins Monday, Feb. 7.

WRS FEBRUARY E-NEWSLETTER

The Wellness & Recreation Services February newsletter is online at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage to see updates on WRS events and programs, along with wellness tips and articles.

SPEND SPRING BREAK BACKPACKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAILNEW

The historic Appalachian Trail, located in the eastern U.S., covers more than 2,100 miles from Maine to Georgia. Backpack the trail March 11 through 20 with UNI Outdoors for approximately 40 miles through the rugged Deep South, camping along the way. No experience necessary. Sign up in the Outdoor Recreation Office, WRC 174. Cost is $425 for students, $450 for UNI faculty/staff and $500 for guests. Sign up by Monday, Feb. 14 to receive a $25 discount. Pay with u-bill, check, cash or credit card.

SPEND SPRING BREAK WHITE-WATER CANOEING ON THE RIO GRANDE RIVERNEW

Explore one of the last wild and remote rivers in the Southwest, the Rio Grande, Friday, March 11, through Sunday, March 20. This 90-mile stretch of river has 1,000-foot canyon walls, wild burros and lots of warm desert sunshine. Located along the Texas/Mexico border, the Rio Grande has rapids ranging from class I through III. Swimming skills and good physical condition are prerequisites. The cost is $525 for students, $550 for faculty/staff and $600 for guests. Sign up in the Outdoor Recreation Office, 174 WRC. Pay with u-bill, check, cash or credit card.

INTRAMURAL WRESTLING TOURNAMENTNEW

An Intramural Wrestling Tournament prelims and finals will be held Tuesday, March 1. Registration and weigh-in will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The tournament begins at 7 p.m. Workout times are from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, through Thursday, Feb. 10; Monday, Feb. 14, through Wednesday, Feb. 16; Monday, Feb. 21, through Thursday, Feb. 24; and Monday, Feb. 28. All workouts and matches are held in the West Gym Wrestling Room. For more information, call 273-7262.

INTRAMURAL INDOOR TRACK MEETNEW

An Intramural Indoor Track Meet, open to men and women, will be held Sunday, Feb. 20. UNI-Dome field events begin at 8:30 p.m.; running events begin at 9 p.m. Entry forms are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Intramural Office, 161 WRC. Entries are due by 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17. For more information, call 273-7262.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

'MARKS OF PROCESS: UNI DEPARTMENT OF ART ALUMNI AND THE STUDIO PAINTING TRADITION'NEW

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.

PLANT ADAPTATION EXHIBIT AND RECEPTIONNEW

The exhibit Plant Adaptation Up Close: A Biological and Artistic Interpretation will be open Monday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, May 14, at the University Museum. Earth's diverse environments create challenges for plant survival. Special adaptations allow some plants to thrive in conditions that are unsuited for most. This exhibit highlights several of these adaptations. Plant Adaptation Up Close was produced by the Botanic Garden of Smith College in collaboration with the Smith College Microscopy and Imaging Facility and artist Joan Wiener. The exhibit opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the University Museum. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/museum.