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Monday, Mar 19, 2012

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NEWS

BOARD OF REGENTS DOCKET IS AVAILABLENEW

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet March 21, in Iowa City. The docket and agenda are available. 

QUESTIONS ABOUT PROGRAM CHANGES?NEW

Undergraduate students who have questions about how academic program changes affect them should contact Academic Advising, located at 102 GIL or 273-3406. Graduate students should contact the Graduate College, located at 11 LNG, or 273-2748.

UNI BIKE SURVEY ON MYUNIVERSE MARCH 18-29NEW

The UNI Cycling Club and Sustainable Tourism and Environment Program want to assess opinions and attitudes on bicycling conditions at UNI, while identifying potential areas for future planning and improvement. The survey can be found under the Life@UNI tab on MyUNIverse through March 29.

MAXIMUM PELL GRANT ELIGIBILITYNEW

Due to recent changes to federal legislation, Federal Pell Grant eligibility will now be restricted to a maximum of 12 full-time semesters or 600 percent. This will include all prior semesters of Pell Grant received at all institutions attended. Pell Grant duration for a student is determined by adding together each of the annual percentages of a student’s scheduled award that was actually disbursed. A student enrolled full time throughout the fall and spring semesters would earn 100 percent of their Pell Grant each year. Click Here for more information regarding the Pell Grant and other changes to federal student aid for 2012-13. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 273-2700 if you have any questions regarding Pell Grant eligibility.

TEACHER EDUCATION ON FACEBOOKNEW

The Office of Teacher Education now has a page on Facebook. This site will be used to post current announcements related to all aspects of the teacher education program. "Like us" to get updates and other information in real time.

SUMMER FINANCIAL AIDNEW

Thinking about taking summer classes but don’t know how to pay for them? Check out the Summer Financial Aid Newsletter with all of the information you’ll need concerning how to apply, aid eligibility and more. If you have any questions regarding summer financial aid, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid in 105 GIL, via phone at 273-2700.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATENEW

The Senate appropriations committee approved an education budget that includes nearly $8.5 million in new money for UNI – an increase of 11.4 percent. The Senate budget also includes $3 million in new money for STEM; the initiative led at UNI focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education. Jeneane Beck, state relations officer for UNI, is posting legislative updates.

GOVERNOR'S STEM ADVISORY COUNCIL CAMPUS UPDATENEW

A Governor's STEM Advisory Council update meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, in the University Room, MAU. The meeting is hosted by Jeff Weld, the council's executive director and head of IMSEP. Attend the meeting and learn about opportunities to get involved. Send an email to RSVP. Cookies and coffee will be provided.

BUSY DAY IN MAUCKER UNION DUE TO HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH CONTEST NEW

The Iowa High School Speech Contest on Monday, March 26, will bring approximately 1,000 people to the retail operations in the Maucker Union, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Due to the increased number of patrons, lines will be longer and seating space will be limited. Thank you to our current customers for your continued patronage and understanding.

UNI EARTH WEEK CELEBRATIONNEW

UNI's Earth Week celebration will include: a bike ride on April 11, "The Clean Bin Project" on April 12, a prairie trails run on April 16, wetland clean up on April 17,  Earth Day celebration on April 18 and showing of the film "Wall-E" on April 19. For more information or to register for events, please visit the RRTTC.

UNIVERSITY PRINT SERVICES CLOSING

Due to ongoing budget challenges, UNI Print Services will close in April. The last date to submit a print or photocopy job is Friday, March 23. The university is in the process of selecting outside vendors for copying and printing services formerly provided on campus. Details about vendors will be shared in the coming weeks. University Relations is committed to making this as seamless a transition as possible. UR will continue to process orders for business cards, letterhead and envelopes. Departments needing assistance with printing and copy jobs, should contact UR at 273-2761.

CLOSED FIRE DOORS ARE IMPORTANTNEW

Almost every door on campus that has a self-closing device is a fire door. These doors are an integral part of the engineered fire and life-safety features of the building. It's common to find these doors propped open for various reasons. These doors must remain closed, or a device should be added to them so they will close automatically upon a fire alarm. For more information, call 273-2004. Visit the Environmental Health & safety website under "Safety Tips - Fire Safety - Fire Doors" to learn about the importance of properly functioning fire doors. 

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

FREE INTENSIVE TREATMENT FOR STUTTERINGNEW

The Roy Eblen Speech & Hearing Clinic is offering free intensive treatment for stuttering. Individual appointments will start following spring break. Anyone interested should prepare to commit to treatment for one to two weeks. For more information or to schedule an appointment, email Dena Snowden or call  273-2542.

APPLY FOR NISG UPPER CABINET DIRECTOR POSITIONNEW

The Northern Iowa Student Government Bancroft-Smithe White Administration is seeking highly motivated leaders to apply as upper cabinet directors for the 2012-2013 academic year. Applicants should be self-driven, energetic and passionate about UNI. The following upper cabinet positions are open: director of administration and finance, director of governmental relations, director of public relations, and director of diversity and student life. All qualified UNI students are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by 5 p.m., March 21.

KULT RADIO MANAGEMENT POSITIONSNEW

KULT 94.5 is accepting applications for 2012-2013: general manager, webmaster, program director, marketing director, music director, sports director and news director. Applications are available from the KULT website and the KULT office LO45, MAU. The deadline to receive applications is 5 p.m., Thursday, March 22, by email or in 359 LNG. For more information, email Francesca Soans.

ADVISING SESSION FOR PROSPECTIVE RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY MAJORSNEW

Thinking about majoring in the study of religion or philosophy? An informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, in 20 LNG. Topics include What can I do with this major? and a new senior seminar with career resources. For more information, contact Jerome Soneson; 273-6221.

ROY J. CARVER SCHOLARSHIP NEW

Any student planning to apply for the Roy J. Carver Scholarship (up to $5,200 a year for two years) is encouraged to attend Carver essay help sessions from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 27 and Wednesday, March 28,  in 113 GIL. The deadline to apply for the Carver Scholarship is April 1, and students must apply online.

ACADEMIC COACHES TO HELP YOU FINISH THE SEMESTER STRONGNEW

It's never too early to start preparing for final exams and projects. The College Reading and Learning Center can help. Call 273-2361 to set up an appointment with an academic coach to help with study strategies and preparation for the end of the semester in your courses.

PIRATE AND NINJA STUDY CLUBSNEW

After spring break, are you looking to get refocused on school and improve your study strategies as you start preparing for final exams and projects? The Ninja and Pirate Study Clubs can help. All UNI students are welcome to these weekly study groups, and new students can come any time. Pirate Study Club meets at 3 p.m., on Wednesdays and Ninja Study Club meets at 2 p.m., on Fridays. Both groups meet in 35 ITTC.

ENVIRONMENTAL CAREER DAYNEW

The Environmental Career Day will take place on March 22, in the Ballroom, MAU. Expand your knowledge of potential environmental career directions and opportunities. Events include: an information fair from noon to 2 p.m.; panelists  from Terracon, DNR, Iowa Environmental Council and the Black Hawk County Health Department from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; and 30-minute workshops will be offered at 2 and 3:30 p.m.

SLAM POET SIERRA DEMULDERNEW

Come see Sierra DeMulder, two-time National Poetry Slam champion at 7 p.m., Monday, March 19, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. The opening acts will be student performances. This event is sponsored by One Iowa at UNI and UNIFI. Check out the facebook event for more information.

RHA'VE 4.0NEW

The Resident Hall Association is hosting its fourth RHA've from 9 p.m. to midnight, Friday, March 23, in the Commons Ballroom. Enjoy free glow sticks, a photobooth and dancing. Free shirts will be given to the first 100 people through the doors.

ALPHA DELTA PI SPAGHETTI DINNERNEW

Join the ladies of Alpha Delta Pi from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 29, at St. Stephens Church, for all-you-can-eat spaghetti, raffle baskets, balloon twister, games and a spaghetti-eating contest. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages six through 12; children five and under are free. Buy your tickets before the event and you'll recieve a free raffle ticket. Prices at the door are $7 and $5. Proceeds benefit The Ronald McDonald House Charities.

THE SIXTH ANNUAL 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVALNEW

The 10-Minute Play Festival features six original short plays written, directed and performed entirely by UNI students. Performances range from wildly funny to stunningly poignant and are at 9 p.m., March 24 and at 4 p.m., March 25, in the Bertha Martin Theater, SWT. Admission is $5.

LGBT AND ALLY FORUM NEW

Your voice deserves to be heard. Queer, Asian, gay, christian, straight, atheist... the list goes on. If you're interested in building relationships between student organizations and support services, working towards a more just, positive and affirmative cultural climate at UNI, meet from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, in the SIAC conference room. Bring your lunch; cookies provided.

SIXTH ANNUAL GRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM IN THE HUMANITIESNEW

The College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences will present its Sixth Annual Graduate Research Symposium in the Humanities at noon, Friday, March 23, in the Great Reading Room, SRL. Gregory Semenza, author of "Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic in the Humanities," will deliver a keynote address at 12:15 p.m., and will be followed by presentations of research from seven graduate students representing communication studies and languages and literatures. Awards will be announced by Joel Haack at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email Samuel Gladden or call 273-5437.

UNI SPEECH SHOWCASENEW

The UNI Forensics team will host its annual speech showcase at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, in Lang Auditorium. In 2011, the speech team was 13th in the nation at the AFA-NIET tournament, and two students finished in the top five. Students from UNI's regionally and nationally competitive speech team will perform events that have qualified for nationals. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

'MOVING ON' STAGED READING & TALKBACKNEW

"Moving On" by UNI senior Andrea Morris, is a play about a woman struggling to recover from an incident with a dangerous man and the affect her recovery has on the people in her life. Performances are at 7 p.m., March 24 and at 2 p.m., March 25, in the Bertha Martin Theater, SWT. Free admission.

KAPPA DELTA PI T-SHIRT SALENEW

T-shirts, sweatshirts, scrubs and other items will be available at the KDP Education Honor Society sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27 and 28, in the lobby, SEC. Many items have special sale prices. Proceeds will benefit KDP's educational and service projects.

SALSA DANCE HOSTED BY THE WESLEY FOUNDATIONNEW

Salsa dance lessons will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 24, at the Wesley Foundation, 2422 College St. Dance until 10:30 p.m., and enjoy the sounds of Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and more. Dress is semiformal. Recommended cost is a $1 donation. Everyone is welcome.

DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION WANT TO ADOPT-A-GARDEN?

A program similar to Adopt-A-Highway is starting on campus. Organizations interested in cleaning and maintaining (trash removal, weeding, possible improvement projects) a garden or green space on campus should email Luke Henson. The organization will be recognized by a sign in the garden identifying that group as the garden sponsor. 

VOLUNTEER TUESDAYS

Interested in volunteering? You can sign up online for Volunteer Tuesdays. Also, if your organization or office needs teambuildling activities, the Student Leadership Center can help. "Like" the Volunteer Tuesdays Facebook page to stay updated and win prizes.

DIVERSITY MINI GRANTS AVAILABLE

Diversity grants are awarded by the Diversity Council to UNI projects and events that enhance awareness of, and education about issues of diversity at UNI. Diversity grants align with the definition, mission and vision of diversity at UNI. Anyone enrolled at UNI or working at the institution, may apply for up to $1,500 to support diversity-related projects and initiatives. For more information or to access the application, visit the Diversity Matters home page.

DVD ON FIRE SAFETY FOR OFFICE WORKERSNEW

There are more than 1,000 fires in office environments each year. UNI's Environmental Health and Safety Office has recently obtained a DVD titled “Fire Safety for Office Workers" which explains how and why office fires start and how to help prevent them. It's available to show at training sessions or department meetings. For more information, call the Environmental Health and Safety office at 273-7269.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

INTERACTIVE GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING

Ever curious about the workouts trainers do? Want to get ready for the summer months ahead? Join the personal trainers for six weeks of interactive, safe and hassle-free workouts in a group setting starting March 20. Sessions include TRX training or Total Body Conditioning and are available to students, faculty and staff. To sign up or for more information on prices and times, email Erin Nielsen.

PERSONAL FITNESS NEWSLETTER

Read the March/April newsletter for events happening in the personal fitness department and information on how to improve your fitness and health. For more information on any topic or event, email Erin Nielsen.

DESK-EXERCISE AND STRETCHING WORKSHOP

Do you have a sedentary job? Feel stressed and have pain from sitting all day? Attend a desk-exercise and stretching workshop to learn exercises and stretches to take charge of your health and reduce the effects of a sedentary job. The workshop will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, in the WRC and is available to students, faculty, staff and spouses. Cost is $15. To sign up or for more information, email 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.