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Monday, Jan 16, 2012

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NEWS

DATES TO OBSERVENEW

A $10 “change of registration fee” will be assessed per day for courses dropped and added after 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18. The deadline to add a full-semester course for credit without department head approval, and the last day to drop a full-semester course without a "W," is 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20.

FACULTY NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR VERIDIAN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARDSNEW

UNI and Veridian Credit Union are seeking nominations for the 2012 Community Engagement Awards to recognize the outstanding contributions of UNI faculty members to the community through research and/or teaching. Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 17.

EXCELLENCE IN LIBERAL ARTS CORE TEACHING AWARD CALL FOR NOMINATIONSNEW

Faculty and students are asked to nominate Liberal Arts Core instructors who merit consideration for the Excellence in Liberal Arts Core Teaching Award. Only individuals who have been employed at UNI for at least three years and teach regularly in the LAC are eligible. The emphasis for this award is placed on the overall quality of teaching in the LAC, which is not limited to the classroom. To nominate an instructor, please complete the nomination form and email it to Deirdre Heistad no later than Wednesday, Jan. 18. Heistad’s mail code is 0138.

COMPLETE THE 2012-13 FAFSA

The 2012-13 FAFSA is now available. You must file a FAFSA before each academic year to be considered for financial aid. The UNI school code is 001890. The Office of Student Financial Aid strongly recommends using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA and has information regarding this.

USING IRS INFORMATION ON THE 2012-13 FAFSA

Beginning with the 2012-2013 award year, for students and parents who don't use the IRS Data Retrieval Process and who subsequently are selected for verification, schools will be required to obtain the tax information — tax transcripts — directly from the IRS. This could lead to long delays in processing. Because we won't know ahead of time who will and who won't be selected for verification, we strongly recommend that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Process to complete your FAFSA. The retrieval process is available two to three weeks after filing federal taxes. Note that if you file as head of household and are married, you won't be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Process.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

CAMP ADVENTURE LEADERSHIP ASSESSMENT CENTER (INTERVIEW)NEW

The Camp Adventure Youth Services program provides an opportunity for college students to participate in a valuable service-learning experience. A Camp Adventure Leadership Assessment Center will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, in 185/187 WRC. RSVP  to confirm your attendance. The program is open to all majors. For more information, fill out an interest card online, call 273-5948, or email the staff.

UNI VOLLEYBALL BANQUETNEW

UNI Volleyball will celebrate the 2011 season at a banquet at noon, Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Fox Ridge Golf Course in Dike. The cost is $20 per person. RSVP to Michelle Coulter or call 273-3176 by Tuesday, Jan. 24.

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM PREPARATION WORKSHOPNEW

Consider presenting or performing at the 5th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. Attend a Research Symposium Informational Workshop to learn about the types of presentations at the symposium, benefits of presenting your research, helpful tips for presenting, judging criteria, prize information and how to begin preparing for the symposium. Workshops will take place at noon, Wednesday, Jan. 25, in 109A CME and at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the State College Room, MAU.

WELCOMING DIVERSITY WORKSHOP SERIESNEW

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 offered from 4 to 7 p.m., Jan. 25; from 1 to 4 p.m., Feb. 10; and from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 23. Registration is now open. The workshops will be led by faculty and staff facilitators from the UNI Campus Coalition Builders. For more information, contact the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

IOWA LEGISLATIVE FORUMSNEW

Local Cedar Valley Iowa legislators will once again hold legislative forums throughout the 2012 session at AEA 267 located on Cedar Heights Drive in Cedar Falls. The first forum will be held Friday, Jan. 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be time for audience questions. Contact Rhonda Greenway, with the Northern Iowa Student Government, or call 273-2650 with questions about the forums.

CSBS BLACK & LATINO STUDENT MENTORSNEW

Students are invited to join the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences for an informational meeting about a new peer mentoring program. Share ideas, meet fellow students and get more information from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, in 207 SAB. Lunch will be provided for students who RSVP.

LIVE LIKE A STUDENTNEW

Do you have a budget? Have you thought about your short-term and long-term goals? Do you understand how financial decisions you make today can affect your future? Do you know what it really means to live like a student? The Office of Financial Aid can help answer these questions. Register for a three-week non-credit course that dives into areas such as: budgeting, financial aid, credit and identity protection. Courses begin Feb. 6 and 7. The course is free and you have a chance to win a $500 scholarship. Questions? Contact Liz Hoium, financial aid, at 273-6395.

START A BUSINESS INEW

Learn how to start a small business, from 3 to 5 p.m., Jan. 23, in 33 BCS.  This workshop will cover legal structure, regulations, insurance, taxes and financing. Advance registration is required. Email John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center or call  273-5732.

TRANSFER STUDENT WELCOME LUNCHNEW

If you transferred to UNI in fall semester 2011 or spring semester 2012, stop by for free lunch and conversation anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m, Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the University Room, MAU. Enjoy pizza, cookies and drinks while getting to know other students at this informal event.

START A BUSINESS IINEW

Learn how to write a business plan from 3 to 5 p.m., Jan. 25, in 33 BCS. How to Start a Business I workshop is a required pre-requisite. Advance registration is required. Email John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center or call  273-5732.

UNIBUSINESS DIVERSITY CASE COMPETITIONNEW

UNIBusiness will hold its first Diversity Case Competition Jan. 25-26 with $5,000 in prizes for winning teams (prize money will be distributed through the Office of Student Financial Aid). Three-to-four-member teams must consist of at least two business majors. Teams may register starting at noon, Jan. 13. Only the first 18 teams to register will be allowed to compete.

TIME MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPNEW

The College Reading and Learning Center will offer a workshop, "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Students: Time Management," from 1 to 1:50 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, in 035 ITTC. This workshop will help students learn time management strategies. Register online or call 273-2361. The workshop is free to any enrolled UNI student.

STUDY TIPSNEW

Do you want to learn study strategies, time management strategies, reading strategies and more? The UNI College Reading and Learning Center offers academic coaches who will help improve your studying, reading, learning and overall college effectiveness. To schedule an appointment, call 273-2361 or stop in 008 ITTC. This service is free to UNI students.

PLANNING YOUR ORGANIZATION'S SEMESTER MEETINGS? THE SPEAKERS BUREAU CAN HELPNEW

UNI's Speakers Bureau is now taking requests for the spring semester. The Speakers Bureau will find your organization a faculty speaker for free. The 200+ topics range from motivation to politics and new topics are being added frequently. Some speakers are in high demand so be sure to get your request in soon. 

RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY FUND NEW

The Intercollegiate Academics Fund (IAF) provides funds to cover research and creative activity expenses for students. Upcoming application deadlines include Feb. 2 and March 1. Students who have been invited to perform, compete or present their research at a conference or intercollegiate event may also apply for travel funds through IAF.

OPEN HOUSE DEMONSTRATIONSNEW

The UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club will hold open house demonstrations Monday through Thursday, this week and next week. Stop by and visit the classes.

A-TEAM HOURS

A-Team will resume on Sunday evenings for the spring semester from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22, on the first floor of Rod Library. The A-Team provides tutoring in writing, mathematics, science, business, study strategies, humanities and more, all at no cost. There will be no A-Team on Sunday, Jan. 15.

OSHA BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN TRAINING OFFERED

This 50-minute training is required for all students completing field experiences in any pre-K through 12 school setting. The training is free and open to anyone. The last session offered is at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, in 244/245 SEC. No registration is required. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education.

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., Friday, Jan. 20, in 246 SEC. All teacher education students must complete this training before starting Level II (200:128) Field Experience at Malcolm Price Laboratory School. This training session is free, open to anyone, and there is no preregistration. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education. For more information, email  Melissa Heston or call 273-2236.

SIGN UP FOR RELAY FOR LIFE

Register an eight to 15 member team for Relay For Life Jan. 16 through 20, for $5 per member. UNI's Relay For Life will take place on April 13 and 14, in the McLeod Center. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Barmuda gift card. For more information, email Emily Droessler.

VOLUNTEER TUESDAYS

The Student Leadership Center has posted new Volunteer Tuesday dates for the spring semester. Also, "like" the leadership center's Facebook page and get updates on Volunteer Tuesdays. 

BECOME A CONVERSATION PARTNER

Interested in learning more about different cultures? Do you want to meet people from other countries? The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) is seeking volunteers to match with international students. Partners meet one hour weekly to speak English with an international student. For more information, call 273-3410 or email the CIEP office.

A TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

The Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host Ellis Cose in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Cose will speak about his newest book, "The End of Anger: A New Generation's Take on Race and Rage," at 7 p.m.,  Monday, Jan. 16, in the CME.  Prior to the event, there will be a book discussion at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the CME.  For more information, contact the CME.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

CSA MEETINGNEW

Communication Student Association will host its first meeting of the semester at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, in the SIAC Conference Room. All majors are welcome as this will be an informational meeting. Students will learn how to build their resumes, volunteer and learn more about internships and employment opportunities at local businesses. For more information, email the group.

STUDY ABROAD CAPSTONE IN GREECENEW

Immerse yourself in the art, culture, history and beauty of Greece this June and earn Capstone credit. Informational meetings are available at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, and Thursday, Jan. 19, in 112 SRL. For more information, contact Gregory Bruess at 273-2752.

PI SIGMA EPSILON BEGINS RECRUITMENT FOR SPRING SEMESTERNEW

Pi Sigma Epsilon, UNI's only co-ed fraternity in sales, marketing and management, is recruiting for the spring semester. Students of all majors are encouraged to attend an informational meeting. These meetings will be held at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12 and Tuesday, Jan. 17, in 126 CBB. Pizza and pop will be provided. For more information, contact Angie Wagner.

STUDY ABROAD CAPSTONE IN POLAND

Learn about studying abroad in Poland by attending an information session held from 5 to 6 p.m., Jan. 18. The course will focus on national identity, Polish culture, the Holocaust and European Soccer Championship 2012 in Poland this summer.  For more information, email the Study Abroad Center.

STUDY ABROAD BIOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH IN TAIWAN

Learn how to participate in research in the Institute of Neuroscience and take courses in Chinese language and/or culture in Taiwan, by attending an information session from 4 to 5 p.m., Jan. 17, in 9 GIL. For more information, email the Study Abroad Center.

STUDY ABROAD ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

Learn about the management of organizations within a global business context while learning about diverse cultures by studying real-world case study applications in South Africa. Attend the information session from noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 20, in 25 GIL to find out more, or email the Study Abroad Center.

STUDY ABROAD CAPSTONE IN FRANCE

You don't have to speak French to take your Capstone in the most romantic country in the world. Come to an information session lead by the course leader, Anne Lair, from 4 to 5 p.m., Jan. 18, in 25 GIIL. For more information, email the Study Abroad Center.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

INTRAMURAL 4 ON 4 SUNDAY EVENING VOLLEYBALLNEW
GET A WRS PERSONAL TRAINERNEW

Need help adding an exercise routine into your schedule? Let a UNI personal trainer help guide you in the right direction by creating a fun and rewarding experience. For more information, contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167.

FOCUS ON FITNESS WORKSHOP NEW

Want to begin an exercise program, but don't know where or how to start? Focus on Fitness workshop will teach you the basics of an exercise program and how to design your own plan based on your specific goals. The workshop will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, in 204 WRC. Cost is $15. Available to students, faculty, staff and spouses. To sign up or for more information, contact Erin Nielsen.

INTUITIVE EATING WORKSHOP NEW

This six-week workshop is especially designed for the chronic dieter. Particpants will learn how to reject the diet mentality, deal with emotional eating, honor hunger, stop eating when satisfied and normalize the relationship with food. For more information or to register, email Joan Thompson or call 273-2137.

WANT TO BE A PERSONAL TRAINER?NEW

Looking to build your resume, develop communication and people skills and gain valuable work experience? Sign up for the WRS Personal Training instructor course. An informational meeting will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, in 155 WRC, and classes begin Monday, Jan. 30. To enroll or for more information, contact Kristy Leen or Erin Nielsen.

MASSAGE THERAPY OUTREACH SERVICES ON CAMPUSNEW

Wellness and Recreation Services is offering massage therapy services by a licensed massage therapist in various campus locations. Chair massages are 10 minutes for $10 on a drop-in basis, paid by u-bill charge or payroll deduction. These are offered Mondays, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the WRC Lobby;  Tuesdays, in the SEC Lobby; most Wednesdays in Maucker Union; Thursdays in the Piazza Dining Center; and Fridays in the Gilchrist Lobby, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Kathy Green at 273-6921.

REGISTER FOR GROUP FITNESS CLASSESNEW

Fitness classes are filling up fast, register now online or in 101 WRC. If you have any problems registering, call 273-6275. Check out some of the new classes: Ultimate X-Training, Ultimate H2O X-Training, Booty Call and Machines, Muscles and more.

HOURS

LIBRARY HOURS OVER MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BIRTHDAY WEEKENDNEW

There will be no special vacation loans over the weekend. 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. For more information, visit Rod Library.

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.