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Monday, Jan 30, 2012

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NEWS

SPRING COMMENCEMENT UPDATENEW

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. 

DIVERSITY TOWN HALL & FAIR NEW

Under the sponsorship of the President's Diversity Council, the annual Town Hall Meeting on Diversity will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Slife Ballroom, Commons.  A Diversity Fair will be held prior to the town hall meeting from 1 to 2 p.m., in the Georgian Lounge and Porch. Heather Hackman from St. Cloud University will be the guest speaker.

MYUNIVERSE NEWS READER SURVEYNEW

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.

LUX AND OUTSTANDING STUDENT LEADER AWARD NOMINATIONSNEW

Do you know a student who has demonstrated outstanding service and leadership to UNI? Nominate him or her for the 2012 Lux Service Award and Outstanding Student Leader Award. These awards are the most prestigious awards given to undergraduate students to acknowledge their service and leadership to UNI. Students are encouraged to nominate their peers. Students with 90 or more credit hours, including graduating seniors, qualify for the awards. Nomination forms must be received by March 2. For more information, contact Monica Johnson at 273-5181.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA TWITTER FEED

University Relations recently renamed the university Twitter feed to @northerniowa. Current followers don't need to make any changes and the same type of university information and tweets will continue to be shared. Faculty, staff and students who are not currently followers are encouraged to join @northerniowa to learn more about life at UNI.

FACULTY NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR VERIDIAN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARDS

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.

CAROL PETERSEN APPOINTED INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RESIDENCE

Carol Petersen, current director of dining services, has been named interim executive director of residence, effective Jan. 23. She replaces Michael Hager who has been named UNI vice president for administration and financial services. Petersen has served in her current role since 2008. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in her field and serves as president of the Midwest Region of the National Association of College & University Food Service. She will serve until a permanent replacement is selected and will continue to supervise Dining Services.

MICHAEL HAGER NAMED VP FOR ADMINISTRATION & FINANCIAL SERVICES

Michael Hager has been named vice president for administration and financial services at UNI, pending official approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Hager is currently the assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of residence at UNI. He will assume his new duties on Jan. 23. For more information about his appointment, vist UNI's newsroom.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

EARTH WEEK PLANNING MEETINGNEW

The RRTTC is inviting UNI faculty, staff and students to help plan 2012 Earth Week events. The UNI Earth Day celebration on campus will take place Wednesday, April 18. A meeting to discuss possible events will take place at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, in 115 CEEE. If you can't attend, but have things to share, email them.

STUDY ABROAD CAPSTONE IN GREECE INFO SESSIONNEW

Immerse yourself in the art, culture, history and beauty of Greece this June and earn Capstone credit. Informational meetings are available at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 and Thursday, Feb. 2, in 317 SRL. For more information, email Gregory Bruess or call 273-2752.

STUDY ABROAD CAPSTONE IN TURKEY INFO SESSIONNEW

Study abroad this summer in Turkey to experience a culture where east meets west. The highlights will include a free one-week tour of the country, a ten-day study at a university on the eastern coast, visiting ancient Roman ruins and Muslim mosques. Attend the information session from 3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, in 009 GIL. For more information, email the Study Abroad Center.

STUDY ABROAD CAPSTONE IN COSTA RICA INFO SESSIONNEW

Find out how you can take this adventure Capstone in Costa Rica during May 2012 by attending an information session from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 or Feb. 8, in 025 GIL. For more information, email the Study Abroad Center.

STUDY ABROAD CAPSTONE IN FRANCE INFO SESSIONNEW

You don't have to speak French to take your Capstone in the most romantic country in the world. Come find out more at the information session lead by the course leader, Anne Lair, from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, in 025 GIL. For more information, email the Study Abroad Center.

SPSS SHORT COURSE - STATISTICS HELPNEW

A free hands-on course on using SPSS will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 27 and 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, in 110 WRT. The Department of Mathematics provides assistance to faculty, staff and students through its Statistical Consulting Lab. For more information, contact Mark Jacobson

MANDATORY REPORTERS OF CHILD ABUSE TRAININGNEW

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 INEW

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 IINEW

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 COMMUNICATIONNEW

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.

PARTICIPANTS FROM UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOPSNEW

There will be a brown bag lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Feb. 8, in the Elm Room, MAU, for anyone who attended an Undoing Racism Workshop. This is an opportunity for UNI students, faculty and staff to meet and discuss what was learned at the workshops.

ENVIORNMENTAL HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY FILM SERIESNEW

UNI's RRTTC and HCVC are hosting a spring Environment Health and Sustainability Film Series. The first film showing will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the auditorium, CEEE. "The Great Squeeze," is a film that explores the current ecological and economic crisis stemming from our dependence on cheap and abundant energy. 

UNI COFFEEHOUSE SERIES PRESENTS BEN ROSENBUSHNEW

The UNI Campus Activities Board will host Ben Rosenbush, an acoustic artist who specializes in orchestral folk rock. He will perform from 8 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Hemisphere Lounge behind Chats, MAU. Check out the special CAB Coffeehouse Series deal with Chats, and do some homework while you listen to this easy-going acoustic music. As always, CAB events are free for all students. 

SIGN UP FOR RELAY FOR LIFENEW

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.

KINDERMUSIK IS NOW ENROLLING FOR SPRING SEMESTER CLASSESNEW

Kindermusik, a part of the UNI Community Music School, will offer a 14-week spring Kindermusik session for little musicians and their caregivers Feb. 6 through May 18. Kindermusik classes include singing, dancing, instrument play-alongs and creative learning to stimulate all areas of child development. Evening and morning classes for infants (ages two to 18 months), toddlers (ages 1.5 to 3.5 years), preschoolers (ages 3.5 to 5.5 years) and multi-age classes for siblings (up through age 7), are available. Classes are held in 30 GBPAC. Please register before Feb. 5. For more information, email Tricia Freeman or call 415-9404.

CEDAR VALLEY BARCAMP - AN UNCONFERENCE, WRAPPED IN A FORUM, WRAPPED IN A NETWORKING EVENT

BarCamp is an un-conference where participants set the agenda. It's a not-to-be-missed opportunity for creative, technology and entrepreneurial types to exchange ideas. Just read an awesome book? Want feedback on your next great idea? Lead a session, or sit back and learn. There is a fee of $5 which includes food, a T-shirt and valuable networking time. This event will be held on Feb. 3 and 4, at the BCS.

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

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. 

WEB & SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING

Learn about Web and small business marketing from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 or from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2. Both sessions are held in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. Email JPEC or call 273-5732.

CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE EDUCATION STUDENT BOOK READING GROUP

This semester the CHGE Student Book Reading Group will discuss Ismael Beah’s "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier," a 2008 memoir about the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone and the scourge and rehabilitation of child soldiers. The discussion session will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, in 11 LNG. Copies of the book will be provided for a $5 deposit, which is refundable upon participation in the discussion. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Stephen Gaies

LIKE THE ROD LIBRARY AND WIN PRIZES

Have you "liked" the library on Facebook yet? If not, you've missed events, announcements, contests and prizes. A new contest begins soon. So, "like" the library and join the fun on its Facebook page.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

COMMUNICATION STUDENT ASSOCIATION (CSA) MEETINGNEW

Jeff Eliasoph from KWWL will speak at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Presidential Room, MAU. Eliasoph will discuss his experience in the communications field, as well as provide insight regarding how to successfully get involved with internships and jobs prior to college graduation. All CSA members and non-members are welcome. Email unicsa2@gmail.com for more information.

STUDENT READING ASSOCIATION (SRA) MEETINGNEW

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 ANIME ASSOCIATION

Love Anime? Join the Northern Iowa Anime Association. The association meets at 4 p.m., every Saturday, in 115 SRL. Come for fun, friends and Anime. For more information, email Chance.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

ADULT AND PRIVATE SWIM LESSONSNEW

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-NEWSLETTERNEW

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 CLASSESNEW

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.

FITNESS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Wellness & Recreation Services offers a personal training program for students, faculty, staff and spouses. Hiring a personal trainer is a valuable tool to improve your health and fitness. You'll receive a program tailored to your goals, along with motivation and accountability. There are a variety of sessions to meet your needs. For more information or to enroll, contact Kristy Leen or Erin Nielsen.

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.