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Monday, Jan 24, 2011

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NEWS

LEWIS BLACK COMING TO UNI’S GALLGHER-BLUEDORNNEW

Stand-up comedian Lewis Black will perform his show "In God We Trust" at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at the GBPAC.  Tickets go on sale to the public and UNI students at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 24. UNI student ticket prices are $31, $26 and $21. This performance will contain adult content. Tickets can be purchased through any UNItix outlet, online at www.unitix.uni.edu or by calling 273-4TIX.

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. Nomination deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 22. For more information, contact Monica Johnson at 273-5181 or monicaj@uni.edu.

UNI DIGITAL SIGNAGENEW

A centralized digital signage system is now available for campus announcements. Individualized messages can be created and displayed using the central system. The Office of University Relations provides regular feeds of campus news and events to the digital signage system. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/signage/.

FRESHMEN: WATCH FOR "IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU!" E-MAIL TO WIN SERIOUS MONEYNEW

The spring 2011 MAP-Works (a.k.a. "It's All About You!") survey invitation will be e-mailed to freshmen Tuesday, Feb. 1. Take the survey between Feb. 1 and 22 for a chance to win a $1,000 u-bill reduction. Additionally, you could win a $150, $200 or $250 Visa gift card for taking it on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

RECLAIM YOUR HOLIDAYS: INPUT NEEDED

If you learned about UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education’s (CEEE) Reclaim Your Holidays (RYH) project last year, the CEEE wants to hear about your holiday experience. Information about RYH was in Words of Wellness, the Cedar Falls Utilities' newsletter, in newspapers, on the RYH website, Facebook, Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa and at UNI’s Green Holiday Open House. Please take a few minutes to complete a survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GD253M5.

GENETIC INFORMATION NONDISCRIMINATION ACT (GINA)

On Monday, Jan. 10, Title II regulations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) became effective. This prohibits discrimination in employment based on genetic information. For more information and resources on GINA, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/bestpractices/gina.shtml. For questions on GINA, contact Human Resource Services at 273-2422.

LUTHERAN STUDENT CENTER WEEKLY WORSHIP

Looking for a place to worship? Used to a small, hometown congregation? The Lutheran Student Center, located on the corner of College Street and University Avenue, offers a praise and worship service at 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The service includes a mix of contemporary and traditional music. All are welcome; you don't have to be Lutheran to hang out at the Lutheran Student Center. E-mail lscunicp@cfu.net with questions.

EARTH DAY 2011 PLANNING MEETING

The RRTTC is looking for UNI faculty, students and staff to get involved in the planning and organization of Earth Day 2011. The first brainstorming meeting of the year will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the CEEE 115. For more information, visit www.RRTTC.com. If you can't attend and would like to be involved or if you have questions, e-mail rrttc@uni.edu or call 273-3689.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

RHO EPSILON MEETINGNEW

UNI's Real Estate organization, Rho Epsilon, will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in CBB 227. The presenter will be  a representative from Aegon in Cedar Rapids. Come learn about the company and the opportunities available for internships and full-time employment. 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

The UNI Entrepreneurs (UNI-E) group will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, 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.

BIGGEST LOSER CLUB

Join the Biggest Loser Club this semester and help support Relay for Life 2011. The cost is $10; half will be donated and the remainder will be awarded to the winners with the highest weight lost percentage. The sign-up deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 25. For more information, contact Henry at henryw@uni.edu or join on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100142263396225&num_event_invites=0#!/event.php?eid=100142263396225.

STUDENT READING ASSOCIATION (SRA) NEW TEACHER TO SPEAK AT MEETINGNEW

The SRA will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in SEC 246. Snacks will be provided starting at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Christi Nebbia, a UNI grad who student taught in Waterloo last semester and is now a fourth grade teacher in Waterloo. She will discuss her experiences student teaching and as a new first-year teacher.

UNI CYCLING CLUB SPRING KICK-OFF MEETINGNEW

The UNI Cycling Club will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the College Eye Room, MAU. The club will discuss preparation for the spring season and welcome potential new members interested in joining the club/team. For more information, contact Nick Maddix at maddixn@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni-cycling.org.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLUB FIRST MEETING OF SEMESTERNEW

UNI's American Sign Language Club’s first meeting of the spring semester will be held at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the University Room, MAU. Robin Newgren O’Hara will be the guest speaker.  The club is 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 just search for UNI ASL Club in "groups" or search Student Organizations in MyUNIverse.

TEACHER EDUCATION ORIENTATION MEETING NEW

All students planning to enter the Teacher Education program must attend a teacher education orientation meeting prior to admission. Three 50-minute orientation sessions are offered this spring: 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1; and 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2; and 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3. All sessions will be held in the auditorium at Price Laboratory School. Please note this new location. No registration is needed. Students who fail to attend one of these sessions may find their admission to the Teacher Education Program and their progress through the program delayed. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education (273-2265). 

UNI NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (NSTA) MEETINGNEW

If you are a K through 12 science-education major, come join the UNI chapter of NSTA for a meeting at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, in MSH 001. Pizza will be provided. If you have any questions, e-mail jensenb@uni.edu.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

JOIN WEST AFRICAN DRUM ENSEMBLENEW

Need a one-hour class? Want to try something new? Meet new people? Learn about other cultures? Are you a "closet" drummer? Then sign up for West African Drum Ensemble (530:012,112, sec. 20). Contact Randy Hogancamp at randy.hogancamp@uni.edu or 273-2228.

HALF-MASTED AUDITIONS

Half-Masted, UNI's improvisational comedy troupe, will hold auditions from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24, and Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the Elm Room, MAU. Callbacks will be from  4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27. Mandatory practices will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 31 through May 8. A UNI performance will take place in April, and other shows before then. More details will be given at the auditions.

VOLUNTEERING IN THE READING & LEARNING CENTER

Do you enjoy helping others succeed? Do you do well in your courses? Need some experience for your resume? Consider volunteering in the Reading & Learning Center. Contact reading and learning coordinator Gina Burkart for more information. gina.burkart@uni.edu.

UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WORKSHOPSNEW

UNIversity Scholarship Application Workshops will be held in ITTC 134 on the following dates: from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24; from 3 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25;  from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.,  Wednesday, Feb. 2.

JOIN THE CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARDNEW

Want to get involved on campus and gain leadership experience? Join Campus Activities Board (CAB) where you can be involved in planning weekly events for the UNI community. Applications are available at http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/cab/ or in the Student Involvement and Activities Center in the upper level of Maucker Union.  Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4.

CAPSTONE IN GREECENEW

There are still openings in the three-week capstone program in Greece in June. If interested, please contact professor Gregory Bruess at 273-2752 or bruess@uni.edu.

FIT FOR FINALS: A SEMESTER APPROACH TO STUDYINGNEW

Working to improve your study habits this semester? Want to reduce the stress of studying for finals? Attend the Reading & Learning Center presentation Fit for Finals: A Semester Approach to Studying  from 4 to 4:50 pm., Thursday, Jan. 27,  in ITTC 35. Register online at www.uni.edu/unialc.

LIVE LIKE A STUDENT COURSE NEW

Once again, the Office of Student Financial Aid will offer Live Like a Student courses.  Live Like Student is a free, noncredit course that meets six times and is open to all UNI students. The course covers several topics, including budgeting, financial aid, credit, credit cards and identity protection.  By attending the course, students will be eligible to receive one-$500 scholarship. The course will start Monday, Feb. 7, and will end Wednesday, Feb. 23. Register at  http://www.uni.edu/finaid and click on the Live Like a Student logo.

ALC TUTORING (A-TEAM) IN THE ROD LIBRARY

The Academic Learning Center's (ALC) team of interdisciplinary tutors, called the A-Team, resumed Sunday-evening tutoring in Rod Library on Jan. 23. The A-Team provides walk-in tutoring for writing, reading and study strategies, math, and science from 6 to 9 p.m. in the lower level of the library.

UNI-CUE LOOKING FOR TUTORSNEW

Students interested in tutoring young people in grades three through 12 can volunteer to tutor or enroll in course 200:180g (Community Service-Academic Skills Achievement Center). For more information, contact Nancy Scoggins-Rose at 319-433-1271 or nancy.scoggins@uni.edu.

CAPSTONE IN RUSSIA NEW

Learn  about UNI's capstone program in St. Petersburg, Russia, at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, in GIL 07. Running May 24 through June 30, students will fulfill the capstone requirement as well as take courses in the fine arts and Russian language, earning 5 credits total. Scholarships and financial aid are available. For more information, contact Chelsea Miller at miller.chelsea.j@gmail.com.

FOLLON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE NEW

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 the 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/.

VOLUNTEER TUESDAYS ARE BACKNEW

Registration is now available for spring 2011 Volunteer Tuesdays offered through the Student Leadership Center in partnership with the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley. Volunteer Tuesdays is a way to serve the local community, make new friends and build your resume. Students volunteer at locations such as the Northeast Iowa Foodbank, Catholic Worker House and Aspire Therapeutic Riding Program. Spaces fill up quickly, so register today. Free transportation, T-shirt and snacks are included. Visit www.uni.edu/leadershipcenter for more information.

SPECIAL EVENTS

UNI ATHLETICS' WOMEN AT PLAY TO BE HELD JAN. 28

The UNI Panther Scholarship Club and Department of Athletics will host the seventh annual Women At Play fundraiser featuring comedian Buzz Sutherland on Friday, Jan. 28, at Joker’s Comedy Club on Main Street in Cedar Falls. The social and silent auction will commence at 6:30 p.m., including complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and spirits, followed by a short program at 8 p.m. Individual tickets are $40 in advance; a table of four is available for $140. Tickets purchased at the door will be $45. For more information on Buzz, visit http://www.buzzsutherland.com/. All proceeds will benefit the Women At Play Endowment, the UNI female student-athlete scholarship fund. To purchase tickets, contact Elizabeth Hackbarth at 273-2468.

UNI VOLLEYBALL BANQUET

The UNI volleyball banquet will be held at noon, Sunday, Feb. 6, at Fox Ridge Golf Course in Dike. The cost is $20 per person. RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 27 to Michelle Coulter at michelle.coulter@uni.edu or 273-3176.

'WHY, FELLY' AUDITIONSNEW

Auditions are from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, in LNG 308. No preparation necessary and no experience required. Show dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 31, April 1 and 2. In the play, Felicia Lucretia Natasha Ann Meriwether recounts her life with Howie and "Good Morning Maypoint." The energy never drops as the brassy women and dim-witted men of MayPoint bring life to their small-town Oklahoma diner with their stories of love, loss and hotcakes.

HOLIDAY SALE AT ESSENTIALSNEW

Stock up and save during the post-holiday sale at Essentials in Maucker Union. All holiday items are 50 percent off. Items include Gel Gems, ornaments, stuffed animals, Angel Cheeks and more. Sale runs through Monday, Jan. 31. Also, new UNI apparel has arrived.

POETRY SLAM AT THE CMENEW

Do you want to be heard? Do you have skills with lyrical words? The Center for Multicultural Education will host a Poetry Slam from 8 to 11 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, at the CME (upper level of MAU). Individuals interested in participating should be prepared to perform three rounds of original work. Stop by and check out creative performances throughout the evening.

MAKE A NEW YEAR'S VENDORLUTION

University Book & Supply, UNI's PRide student organization and the American Association of University Women will host a UNI women's night out, featuring a shopping and philanthropic event called Make a New Year's Vendorlution, from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, on the top floor of UBS. Vendors showcasing their products include The Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Mary Kay and more. Fifteen percent of all proceeds from each vendor will go toward local womens' shelters and research for cancers affecting women. This event is open to the public. For ease, vendors ask that consumers pay in cash. An ATM will be available on site. For more information, contact Sheri Melby at 266-7581or Sara Wesselmann, wesselms@uni.edu, 712-540-3764.

SALSA DANCE

Beginning salsa dance lessons will be offered at 7 p.m. and a salsa dance will be held from 8 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Wesley Foundation, 2422 College St. Attire is semiformal. All are welcome. This event is free. Join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=191267087556158.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

PERSONAL TRAINERS

Let a personal trainer design a program with your specific goals in mind. Trainers are results driven and want you to succeed. Contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167, kristy.leen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html.

SMOKING CESSATION SERVICESNEW

Are you a smoker or chewer wanting to quit? Have you tried and failed in the past? Success is possible. Brief or on-going consultation and support services are available through Wellness and Recreation Services. Contact Kathy.Green@uni.edu, 273-6921.

WRS HEALTH BEAT

If you're looking for a good place to work out where it's not so congested, consider using the WRS Health Beat in Maucker Union. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. If you have questions, call 273-2239.

WRS CERTIFICATION CLASSES

The WRS Certifications program offers many classes, including Lifeguard Training, Water Safety Instructor and CPR/AED. Whatever your summer plans, take a WRS class this semester to get prepared. For dates and enrollment, go to www.uni.edu/wellrec/certifications and sign up through MyUniverse. For more information, contact certifications@uni.edu.

FITNESS AND LEISURE PROGRAM CLASSES

Get moving in the new year with new fitness classes at the WRC. With more than 60 classes to choose from, there is sure to be a class to meet your needs and goals. New classes include Zumba, Water Boot Camp, From Start to Finish: Your 5k Run, and Eating & Exercise Success. Register now at www.uni.edu/wellrec or stop by WRC 101.

WRS HEALTH BEAT (HB) LOCKER SERVICES

Tired of hauling all your workout gear through the snow every day? Health Beat has lockers available for rent by the semester. Sign up today with a fitness supervisor at HB or contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167 or kristy.leen@uni.edu.

DOWNHILL SKI AND SNOWBOARD WITH UNI OUTDOORSNEW

Spend the weekend skiing in Minnesota Feb. 4-5. Afton Alps, located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, is one of the largest ski and snowboard areas in the Midwest with nearly 300 skiable acres. The cost is $145 for UNI students, $155 for UNI faculty/staff and $170 for guests. Pay with u-bill, check, cash or credit card. Sign up in the Outdoor Recreation Office, WRC 174.

EVER WONDER IF YOU SMOKE TOO MUCH?NEW

Complete the E-Toke survey at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/subabuse/index.html to find out if you smoke too much marijuana. This online assessment is completely anonymous, free and fast (10 minutes). It will give you instant feedback about your individual pattern of marijuana use and calculate time and money spent on marijuana. Learn how it's affecting your relationships, goals, overall health and well being. See if you want to cut back or quit. For more information or resources, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/subabuse/index.html.

STAY IN THE ZONE: BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT ZONE CARDSNEW

Blood Alcohol Content (B.A.C.) cards are wallet sized and laminated. You can use them to become more aware of your drinking habits. The cards are customized because your B.A.C. is influenced by your sex and weight. They will tell your B.A.C. based on how many drinks you've had in how many hours. Are you staying in your green zone? Go to http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/subabuse/index.html to learn more and to order your free, personalized B.A.C. Zone card.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

'WHAT YOU WILL' ART EXHIBITION

"What You Will" is an invitational exhibition honoring Saturnalia, an ancient winter tradition celebrating revelry, misrule and inversion. It's part of a yearlong series of events featuring UNI Department of Art alumni titled "Time is Ripe." Participants include: Gillian Christy, Noah Doely, Pam Echeverria, Sarah German, Inok Kalkwarf, Matt Kelleher, Abinadi Meza, Chawne Paige, Angela Pease, Tyler Speicher, Trent Stainbrook and Margaret Whiting. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

'ON THE VERGE' DESIGN PRESENTATIONS

Strayer-Wood Theatre will host design presentations for "On The Verge" at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Strayer-Wood Theatre. Come learn about the design process and get the inside scoop before seeing the show in February.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

START A BUSINESS 2 WORKSHOP

Learn how to write a business plan. Pre-requisite: Start a Business 1. The workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, in BCS 33. Free of charge. Advanced registration is required at 273-5732 or jpec@uni.edu.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

EXPORT ESSENTIALS FOR IOWA BUSINESSES

Join Patricia Cook for a presentation from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, in BCS 30 to learn about the export services available from the U.S. Department of Commerce in Iowa. Cook serves as an international trade specialist at the Des Moines office of the U.S. Export Assistance Center. Topics include locating distributors and agents, writing an export marketing plan, and tips for international sales success. No registration is required to attend. http://bit.ly/hUQYyO.

CME BOOK CLUB RESCHEDULEDNEW

Due to unforeseen conflicts, the CME Seven Book Club session for January, originally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20, has been postponed to Thursday, Jan. 27. Contact the CME with questions or concerns at 273-2115.

HAITI ONE YEAR AFTER THE EARTHQUAKENEW

Michele Devlin, health, physical education and leisure services, will lecture on "Natural Disasters and Human Displacement: The Case of Haiti One Year after the Earthquake" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, in the CME. Devlin's lecture will focus on her work in Haiti as a volunteer with the International Red Cross. Devlin will facilitate a discussion on the growing problem of internally displaced populations due to global urbanization, mass human density and disasters.

LECTURE AND DISCUSSION ON THE DREAM ACTNEW

A lecture and discussion based on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31, in the social hall at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center. People are encouraged to bring their own ideas and opinions on the law and participate in an open, civil discussion with people of all backgrounds.

PERFORMING ARTS

FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: RANDY GRABOWSKI, TRUMPET

Randy Grabowski, School of Music, will present a trumpet recital with Sean Botkin, piano, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

2011 CLARINET SYMPOSIUM

UNI School of Music faculty artist Amanda McCandless will coordinate the 2011 Clarinet Symposium on Saturday, Jan. 29, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. The event will feature master classes and performances by guest artists Andrew Seigel, clarinet, and Eric Mandat, clarinet. This event is free and open to the public, but does require registration. For more information, call 273-2028.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: CHRISTOPHER WILSON, MARIMBANEW

Visiting artist Christopher Wilson will present a marimba recital at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Wilson has entertained audiences around the U.S. with a wide and varied repertoire. Wilson earned a master's degree from The Boston Conservatory and a bachelor's degree from Eastern Washington University. He is an adjunct professor at Kirkwood Community College and a percussion instructor for the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy. This event is free and open to the public.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: FACULTY ARTIST SHOWCASENEW

The Faculty Artist Showcase concert will kick off the spring 2011 Spotlight Series concerts at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX or visit www.uni.edu/tickets.