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Monday, Jan 31, 2011

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NEWS

UNI MUSEUM COLLECTION TO MOVENEW

In order to ensure the long-term viability of the UNI Museum’s artifacts, the university is exploring a more suitable location for its collection. The UNI collection is in danger of extensive damage if it stays in its current building, which was not designed as a museum and needs major repairs and renovations too expensive to undertake. The artifacts also require a building with appropriate controls to monitor and maintain environmental conditions. See more information at http://www.uni.edu/provost/news.

ROD LIBRARY MOBILE WEBSITE SURVEYNEW

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.

TIME TO GET A FLU VACCINATIONNEW

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.

LUX SERVICE AWARD NOMINATIONS

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 SIGNAGE

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 MONEY

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.

CELEBRATE THE SUPER BOWL WITH UNI RETAILSNEW

Visit the 23rd Street Market, Biscotti's, Essentials and Prexy's this week and enter a drawing for a chance to win a flat-screen TV and other fabulous prizes. Enjoy $1 20-oz. bottles of Mt. Dew, Pepsi Throwback and Pepsi Max, as well as other food specials at each location.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WORKSHOPSNEW

UNIversity Scholarship Application Workshops will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, ITTC room 134.

ALL ABOUT INTERNSHIPSNEW

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.

CAPSTONE IN GREECE

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.

UNI-CUE LOOKING FOR TUTORS

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.

JOIN WEST AFRICAN DRUM ENSEMBLE

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.

JOIN THE CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD

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.

VOLUNTEER TUESDAYS ARE BACK

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.

DOES YOUR STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEED FUNDING?NEW

Applications for funding for the 2011-2012 academic year are available on the NISG Web page at www.uni.edu/funding. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15. For more information, contact Felly Phommalinh at felly@uni.edu or 273-3394.

DRUPAL OFFICE HOURSNEW

Drupal office hours are being offered by ITS-Educational Technology and the Office of University Relations from 3 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, in ITTC 108. Faculty, staff and students can get help with any UNI Drupal website. Drupal experts will be on hand to help answer theming, site-building and content-editing questions.

SPANISH CONQUISTADORSNEW

Taking a Spanish course this semester? Come to the Reading & Learning Center workshop Spanish Conquistadors from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, in ITTC 35 to learn how to improve your Spanish speaking, studying and learning. Register online at www.uni.edu/unialc/ or contact gina.burkart@uni.edu for more information.

SPANISH AND FRENCH TUTORING IN THE LIBRARY ON SUNDAY NIGHTSNEW

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).

STUDYING IS FUN IN THE READING & LEARNING CENTERNEW

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SEN. HARKIN TO HOLD HEARING AT UNINEW

Iowa's Sen. Tom Harkin will hold a field hearing at UNI to discuss the importance of providing adequate and responsible funding for critical education, health, labor and other initiatives. President Allen will be among those offering testimony.  The hearing, "Preserving America's Economic Security," will be at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, in the GBPAC lobby. The hearing is open to the public. 

ATTEND THE WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCENEW

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/.

NORTHERN FESTIVAL OF BANDSNEW

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.

DARWIN WEEK 2011NEW

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.

HOLIDAY SALE AT ESSENTIALS

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.

RELAY FOR LIFENEW

A Relay For Life kick-off event will be held Saturday, March 5, at The HuB with music by Lick It Ticket, I'm Prettier Than You and more. Cover is $5 and you must be 18 or older. There will be a Pack the House With Pink basketball game at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, in the McLeod Center with raffles and a silent auctions of signed jerseys and basketballs. Relay For Life will be Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9. Join a team today at www.relayforlife.org/uni. Attend these events and support the fight against cancer. For more information, contact Sarah McCarty at mccartys@uni.edu.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS MEETING ON MONDAYNEW

Come check out To Write Love On Her Arms UNI at 9 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31, in the Elm Room, MAU. This group is dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people suffering with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. Contact twloha.uni@gmail.com for more information.

UNI FCA EVENT TONIGHTNEW

UNI Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a campus organization open to all students. The next event will be at 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in the West Gym. There will be a guest speaker, a fun activity and prize drawings. For more information, visit "Uni Fca" on Facebook or e-mail unifca@teamfca.com.

UNI ENTREPRENEURS MEETING ON TUESDAYNEW

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.

TEACHER EDUCATION ORIENTATION MEETING

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). 

JOIN UNI PROUDNEW

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 (REAL ESTATE CLUB)NEW

UNI's Real Estate organization, Rho Epsilon, will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, in CBB 227. The presenter will be from Principal in Des Moines. Come learn about the company and opportunities for internships and full-time employment. Following 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.

COME JOIN ANTI-VIOLENCE ADVOCATESNEW

Hate violence? Do something about it. Come to Anti-Violence Advocates, at 5 p.m., Wednesdays, in the College Eye Room, MAU. All UNI students are welcome. Visit  www.uniava.blogspot.com.

SHRM TO HOST GUEST SPEAKERNEW

UNI SHRM will feature guest speaker Kris Marmie from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. She will give tips on interviewing and will discuss labor relations. The event will take place at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, in 1 & 3 CBB.

COMMUNICATION STUDENT ASSOCIATION MEETINGNEW

Join members of the UNI Communication Student Association for a meeting from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, in the Oak Room, lower level MAU. CSA members as well as students who are current or potential communication majors/minors are welcome to attend. Jim O'Connor, executive director of university relations, will speak during the meeting.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

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. Students are encouraged to bring their own ideas and opinions on the law and participate in an open, civil discussion with people of all backgrounds.

MEDIA LEADERSHIP PANELNEW

Leadership Studies begins the Leaders on Leadership Series from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, in the State College Room, MAU. Panelists are John Anderson, executive editor, Northern Iowan; Julie Kraft, TV consultant, Frank N. Magid Associates; and Nancy Newhoff, editor, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier.

AVIAN COLONIZATION DURING EARLY ESTABLISHMENT IN A PRAIRIE BIOFUEL PROJECTNEW

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 LECTURENEW

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.

IS CHRISTIANITY DAMAGING THE WORLD?NEW

"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.

EMERGING IDEAS IN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICYNEW

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. 

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS BOOK CLUBNEW

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.

PERFORMING ARTS

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: CHRISTOPHER WILSON, MARIMBA

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 SHOWCASE

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.

MAIA QUARTET FEATURING UNI FACULTY ARTIST JULIA BULLARD, VIOLANEW

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 KLEINNEW

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.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

SMOKING CESSATION SERVICES

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.

EVER WONDER IF YOU SMOKE TOO MUCH?

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 CARDS

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.

DOWNHILL SKI AND SNOWBOARD WITH UNI OUTDOORS

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.

WRS IRONMAN TRIATHLON CHALLENGENEW

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-NEWSLETTERNEW

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.