The height of the tornado season in Iowa is approaching. Every UNI building has areas designated as “Severe Weather Shelters." Make sure you know where the designated areas are in your building. The locations of emergency shelter areas for each academic building are at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ehso/tips/shelters.shtml.
Monday, Mar 21, 2011
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There will be three commencement ceremonies for spring 2011. The Commencement schedule is as follows: COE and Continuing Education and Special Programs will be at 7 p.m., Friday, May 6; CHFA and CNS will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7; and CBA and CSBS at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 7. All ceremonies will take place in McLeod Center. Following each ceremony, a reception for the graduating students, their families and UNI personnel will be held on the UNI-Dome floor. Degree candidates for spring 2011 must complete the graduation application and the Commencement RSVP by 5 p.m., Friday, April 15, to ensure inclusion in the commencement program. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/registrar/spring-2011-commencement-story.
According to the Feeding America Hunger Report 2010, the number of children the Feeding America network serves has increased by 50 percent since 2006. Help UNI Entrepreneurs "Can Hunger" in the Cedar Valley by donating non-perishable food in the donation boxes located at the Curris Business student lounge or BCS front lobby area. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Found: Woman's wedding band on Wednesday, March 9, east of Seerley Hall. Call 268-0075 to identify.
The May term course Studies in Elementary Italian (700:086), 3 credit hours, will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, May 9 through June 3, in 21 LNG. The course is taught by Flavia Vernescu. For information, contact Vernescu at email@example.com.
The Sustainability Council is seeking nominations for the UNI Creating a Responsible Environment (CARE) awards. You are encouraged to nominate a student, faculty or staff member, student organization, or department for their efforts in demonstrating outstanding commitment to sustainability. Nomination information is at www.uni.edu/sustainability. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 8. Award winners will be recognized at the annual Sustainability Forum on Thursday, April 21. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a look at news exCHanGE, the e-newsletter of the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education that will be published twice a month. Each issue will contain announcements on upcoming events, information for educators, a news digest and other features.
The Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) has a new home. The IMSEP staff has moved to 214 East Bartlett. The mail code is 0298. Phone (273-2959) and fax (273-2779) numbers remain the same.
UNI will host the Iowa High School Speech Contest Monday, March 28. That day an additional 2,000 guests will use the food venues in Maucker Union from 9 a.m. until mid afternoon. Diners who normally eat in the Union may want to consider an alternate dining site that day.
Love UNI? Want to share it with others? Check out SAA. The Student Admissions Ambassadors (SAA) invite you to apply for the fall 2011 semester. This group serves the university through tours, panels, activities and volunteering. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, March 25. Applications can be accessed at http://www.uni.edu/admissions/saa/membership.html. For more information, contact Katie Moorman at email@example.com.
Test anxiety and procrastination often occur hand in hand. Receive practical suggestions to stop procrastinating and to decrease test anxiety from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24, at the UNI Counseling Center, second floor of the Health Center. Call 273-2676 to reserve a spot.
The Office of Student Financial Aid is sponsoring a "Find Your Finances" scavenger hunt. Students will complete a variety of tasks related to financial aid and financial literacy. Tasks include obtaining your credit report, meeting with a financial aid counselor to make a budget and tracking your student loan borrowing. Each task is weighted based on difficulty. The five students with the most points will each receive a $100 scholarship that can be used on their current financial aid award or for the 2011-2012 award year. Any student who completes nine out of the 12 tasks will receive a Live Like a Student T-Shirt. For additional details and to register, visit www.uni.edu/finaid.
Movies and TV programs -- such as "Temple Grandin" and "Parenthood" -- help people gain insights about autism and Asperger's syndrome. A 90-minute program that helps explain the experience of those with Asperger's at UNI will be offered to students, faculty and staff Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30. Please register, at http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/aspergers-uni.
The UNI Entrepreneurs (UNI-E) group will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy helping people? Want to learn how to build a house? Join the UNI Chapter of Habitat for Humanity for a meeting at 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, in 225 CBB. Information about build days and upcoming events will be presented. Everyone is welcome.
The UNI Speech and Debate team will host its annual national showcase from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in Lang Hall Auditorium. This year's speech and debate team has won more than 100 individual and team events at 20-plus tournaments. Students from UNI's regionally and nationally competitive speech team will perform events they will take to nationals. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Katherine L. Lavelle at 273-7200 or email@example.com.
RHA's epic dance party is back, this time to support the March of Dimes. Dance the night away with music played by a live DJ from 9 p.m. to midnight, Friday, March 25, in the West Gym. To keep you going, RHA will provide refreshments. Admission is free. Feeling generous? Buy a glow stick for $1; all proceeds go to the March of Dimes. General donations are also accepted.
Calling all poets, musicians, comedians, dancers, singers and anyone who would like to showcase their talent. Registration is open for CAB's Open Mic Night. The registration link is www.uni.edu/studentorgs/cab. Registration closes Friday, March 25, and those chosen to participate will be contacted by Wednesday, March 30. Open Mic Night featuring Dynamic Duo will be Thursday, April 7. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Come celebrate the decade that made us all who we are. Back when Nickelodeon was cool, MTV played music, Lance and Ricky were "straight" and none of us had any fashion sense. Come dressed in your favorite '90s getup and celebrate the '90s with Alpha Psi Omega: TAP from 9:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, March 26, in the APR (downstairs in the Strayer-Wood Theatre). Admission is $3, or $2 with a program from UNISTA's 10-Minute Play Festival. All profits will be donated to the Humane Society.
In honor of National Athletic Training Month, the UNI Student Athletic Training Organization will host a Spring Thaw Walk/Run at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 26. The route is about 1.5 miles long and will begin and end at the WRC. Registration forms are at http://www.uni.edu/coe/departments/school-health-physical-education-leisure-services/athletic-training. The cost of the event is $15 which includes a T-shirt if registration is submitted before Friday, March 18. More information and registration forms are available at the above website.
Students in K through sixth grade are invited to join UNI student-athletes and the Panther Kids Club from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 26, in the UNI-Dome for Junior Panther Day. The event is free; however, registration is required. Register online at www.unisportscamps.com/junior-panther-day.cfm by Tuesday, March 22. This event is limited by number, age and grade level as required by NCAA rules. For more information, contact Stacia Greve (email@example.com) or Kara Park (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Iowa Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Cedar Valley Committee will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money for children with life-threatening illnesses, from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at the WRC, in the upper rec gyms. Registration is $40 per team with a minimum of three and a maximum of four players per team. Registration includes a tournament T-shirt, double elimination 3-on-3 and the opportunity to join the three-point contest. To register, visit www.swishesforwishes.com. A late processing fee of $20 will be charged for teams registering after March 23. Organized by Campaign Methods class.
QUASH, the Quest to Unravel Alzheimer's Scavenger Hunt, is back for 2011. Gather a team of two to four people to challenge your body and mind in a campus-wide event on Saturday, April 16. Each QUASH team is asked to raise $100 per participant to benefit and support the Alzheimer's Association's research efforts. Register today at www.QUASHnow.org.
The UNI Student Athletic Training Organization and the National MS Society are teaming up to host the sixth annual Cedar Falls/Waterloo Multiple Sclerosis Benefit Walk at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 16. This year, for the first time, the event will be held on the UNI campus. Registration is free and begins at 9 a.m. at the WRC. Register your team and support a great cause. For more information, visit http://walknth.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=WLK_NTH_Details or contact Deanna Clasen at email@example.com.
College on $10 per week? Yes, it was possible in 1933. The University Archives staff has developed an illustrated historical essay based on a small collection of photographs taken by student Leroy Blumer during the Great Depression. To see what student life looked like in those days, go to "Snapshots from 1933" at https://www.library.uni.edu/collections/special-collections/snapshots-1933.
"Episode 2: Growing" will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at the University Museum. In this groundbreaking series, David Attenborough takes the viewer on a guided tour through the secret world of plants to see things no unaided eye could witness.
One in five college students reports being a victim of dating violence. The UNI screening of "Telling Amy's Story" will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, March 28, in Old Central Ballroom B, MAU. After this documentary about domestic violence, there will be a campus/community panel discussion and Q&A session. For more about this film, visit: http://telling.psu.edu/film/index.html.
In this ground-breaking series, David Attenborough takes the viewer on a guided tour through the secret world of plants to see things no unaided eye could witness. "Episode I: Traveling" will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at the University Museum.
Attend a screening of the feature film "Conviction" at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in 002 SAB. The film chronicles the true story of Betty Anne Waters' 18-year effort to put herself through college and law school to challenge the wrongful conviction of her older brother, Kenny. Kenny Waters was exonerated in 2001 with assistance from the national Innocence Project after spending a third of his life in prison for a crime he didn't commit. The film stars Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell. The screening is free and open to the public. More information is available at www.iowainnocence.org.
An exhibition showcasing outstanding recent works by students in the UNI Department of Art is open now through Sunday, April 17. The juror for this year's competitive exhibition is Kansas City-based gallery owner and director Sherry Leedy. http://www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery.
The Campus Activities Board presents "Little Fockers" at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday March 24, in the Ballroom, MAU. Free popcorn and soda will be provided. Movie synopsis: It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam and countless hurdles for Greg to finally get "in" with his tightly wound father-in-law, Jack (Robert De Niro). When Greg and Pam’s entire clan descends for the twins’ birthday party, Greg must prove to the skeptical Jack that he’s fully capable as the man of the house.
Learn more about a life-changing opportunity from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 21, in 009 GIL. Peace Corps volunteers are serving in more than 70 countries, completing projects in environmental education, business advising, agriculture extension and teaching English. Attend the Information session and learn about life on the ground as a volunteer, the benefits of Peace Corps service and the application process. For more information, contact Pravin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Young feminists will address how and why they see themselves as feminists and what feminism is in the 21st century from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, March 21, in Room 109A, CME. This event is sponsored by Women's & Gender Studies.
Julie Kang, biology, will discuss flowers, their morphological and anatomical features, and how floral structures are adapted for various modes of reproduction, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, at the University Museum.
Danny Galyen, School of Music, is the recipient of the 2010-2011 College of Humanities and Fine Arts University Book & Supply Outstanding Teaching Award. The award presentation will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.
Chief Armaun Bartee and Petty Officer Issachar (Izzy) Lane, U.S. Navy, will discuss plans to decrease dependence on oil and obtain 50 percent of our energy needs from non-fossil-fuel sources within 10 years. The sources include biofuels, solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal power. This lecture will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 26, at University Book & Supply.
Extolling the sensory details of rural life in the Midwest, Ted Kooser's poetry has been praised as "accessible, inviting, familiar and ordinary in a most extraordinary way." The 2004-2006 U.S. poet laureate will read from his poetry; be interviewed by Jeremy Schraffenberger, English language & literature, and take questions from the audience. Kooser will speak at 7 p.m., Monday, March 28, in the Commons Ballroom. A reception will follow.
Come learn about the important and complex relationship between the United States and the People's Republic of China. The Center for International Peace and Security Studies will present a panel discussion of major issues in the U.S.-China relationship, including security, economics, the environment and human rights. UNI students studying these issues will act as panelists, giving short presentations and presenting both U.S. and Chinese perspectives. The panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A. The roundtable will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in 002 SAB.
Financing for the Small Business will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 273-5732 or e-mail email@example.com.
Matt Fisher, the Eastern Iowa project director for The Nature Conservancy, will discuss the region and restoration efforts underway in a large Swamp White Oak Savanna near Conesville at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at 273-3828 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit & Identity Theft for the Business Owner will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 273-5732 or e-mail email@example.com.
Small Business Accounting 1 will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, April 4, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact 273-5732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Business Accounting 2 will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact 273-5732 or email@example.com. Pre-requisite: Small Business Accounting 1.
Perhaps one of the most controversial amendments to the U.S. Constitution is the Second Amendment. Is there a right to bear arms for private citizens who are not in a militia, or do only militias have that right? Should there be restrictions on guns, or are restrictions in violation of the Second Amendment? Sheriff Tony Thompson will join the discussion. Voice your opinions at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU.
A panel on government leadership will be presented at 3:45 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the State College Room, MAU. Panel members are Joel Anderson, president, Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG); Patricia Harper, former representative and senator in the Iowa Legislature; and James Kenyon, school board member, Cedar Falls. This event is free and open to the public.
Xavier Escandell, sociology/anthropology/criminology, will discuss attitudes toward immigrants and immigration and welfare state regimes in Europe at noon, Wednesday, March 23, in 115 SRL. This event is sponsored by the Forum for National and Transnational Identities, which seeks to bring together faculty, staff and students with an interest in national identity, nationalism, transnationalism, race, ethnicity and immigration. To join the forum and to be placed on its mailing list, contact Konrad.Sadkowski@uni.edu.
The UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE) will host an economic summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at its facility, located at 800 Sycamore St., Waterloo. Guest speakers from area counseling agencies and financial institutions will present on the following topics: savings, investments and finance; credit worthiness; banking and business development; business plans; and business programs. The summit is offered at no cost and is open to the public. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, call 433-1220.
Michael Owen, professor of agronomy and an extension weed scientist at Iowa State University, will address the various aspects of "superweeds," the implications of their occurrence, their ecological basis and the impact on the future of mankind. Owen will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, at the University Museum.
Attend the free Entrepreneurship Symposium & Financial Literacy Month kickoff from 1 to 4:45 p.m., Friday, April 1, in the University Room, MAU. Presentations are scheduled as follows: 1 p.m., entrepreneurs panel; 2:15 p.m., banking, credit and loans; 3:20 p.m., insurance; 4 p.m., investments. The entrepreneurs panel will feature successful UNI graduates and one current student. This event is open to the public. Come and go as needed. For more information, visit www.jpec.org/symposium.htm or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-JPEC.
Chris Buckholz, School of Music, will present a trombone recital at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL, with repertoire and additional performers to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.
The School of Music will host the UNI Choral Invitational on Friday, March 25. Participants from Iowa high schools will gather at UNI to engage in a day of choral music. For more information or to register, contact email@example.com.
The UNI School of Music will present Spotlight Series Concert: Performance Competition Finals at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 28, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This showcase features talented student finalists competing for the Presser Foundation Award, the Charles and Marleta Matheson Award, the Myron and Ruth Russell Award and the People's Choice Award. Tickets for this event are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for non-UNI students. For more information, call 273-4TIX.
After returning from its spring break performance at Carnegie Hall, the UNI Concert Chorale will offer a Spotlight Series Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.
The UNI Singers and Women's Chorus will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 25, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.
The UNI Suzuki School will present its biannual recital weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, in Russell Hall. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/music/suzuki. This event is free and open to the public.
Amanda McCandless, School of Music, will present a clarinet recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, with repertoire and additional performers to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.
Guerrilla Girls on Tour will perform "Feminists are Funny," from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, in Lang Hall Auditorium. The performance is a fast and physical romp through the works of some of the most prominent and amusing women of the 20th century, as well as famous visual works, street theatre actions and excerpts from the current comedies in Guerrilla Girls On Tour's repertoire. The performers research and include current local issues and statistics on the state of the arts for women in every city where they perform. http://www.guerrillagirls.com/tours/index.shtml
Sandra Walden, School of Music, and vocal coach Korey Barrett will direct an opera scenes performance featuring current opera students at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 1, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI Panther Productions brings singer, songwriter and producer Mike Posner to perform Thursday, April 21, in UNI’s West Gym. Posner’s recent hits are from his debut album "31 Minutes to Takeoff" include "Cooler Than Me" and "Please Don’t Go." Tickets can be purchased through any UNItix outlet, online at www.unitix.uni.edu or by calling 273-4TIX. Tickets are $15 for UNI students (limit two) and $25 for the public. All seats are general admission.
Find fitness and health success by identifying pitfalls in diet and exercise habits with this six-week series. The series consists of a 15-minute food log review, nutrition education and a 45-minute workout. This class will take place from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Register today at www.uni.edu/wellrec or in 101 WRC.
Are you a chronic dieter? Would you like to learn how to eat when you're hungry and stop when you're satisfied? WRS will sponsor a six-week Intuitive Eating Workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning March 23. Participants will learn how to reject a diet mentality and practice the principles of intuitive eating. Cost is $25. To register, call Joan Thompson at 273-2137.
Starting Tuesday, March 8, sign up for any fitness class and pay half price. Class fees start at just $10. Excludes: Women on Weights, R.A.D., Ballroom Dance, Zumba, Zumba Circuit and Eating and Exercise Success. Sign up at www.uni.edu/wellrec or in 101 WRC.
An intramural bench press competition will take place Tuesday, March 29, in the Free Weight Room, WRC 153. This event is open to men and women. Registration takes place during weigh-in, which is from 6 to 7 p.m. Competition begins at 7:05 p.m. For more information, call 273-7262.
Intramural badminton is open to men, women and co-rec. Registration: men's and women's singles, 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, March 23; men's and women's doubles and co-rec, 6:45 p.m., Thursday, March 24. Competition: men's and women's singles, 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 23; men's and women's doubles, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24; co-rec, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 24. All competition takes place on the WRC South Courts. For more information, call 273-7262.
An Intramural 4-on-4 Co-Rec Sand Volleyball Tournament will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 10, at the WRC sand volleyball court. The competition is open to students, faculty and staff. Registration forms will be available beginning Monday, March 28, in 161 WRC. Register between 8 a.m and 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, April 4 through 6, in 161 WRC. The entry fee is $20 per team; there is a two-game guarantee. For more information, call 273-7262.
The Intramural 1-on-1 Basketball Tournament is open to men and women. Register from 6 to 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, at the WRC South Courts. Prelims and finals will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, on the WRC South Courts. Divisions include women, men under 6 feet and men over 6 feet. For more information, call 273-7262.
Intramural table tennis is open to men, women and co-rec and includes singles and doubles competition on the WRC South Courts. Registration for singles is from 6 to 6:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 5; for doubles and co-rec, from 6 to 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 6. Competition for singles will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 5; for doubles, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6. Co-rec teams will compete at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6. For more information, call 273-7262.
Did you receive an invitation to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)? Check your UNI email and take time to respond, if you haven’t already. Completing the survey lets you share your UNI experiences and enters your name into a drawing for prizes, including a Nook. http://www.uni.edu/assessment/nssedrawing.shtml.
The UNI men's basketball team advanced in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament and received a bye in the second round. The Panthers will host a quarterfinal game at 7 p.m., Monday, March 21, in the McLeod Center. UNI students will get in free with a valid ID to any of the Panther home CollegeInsider.com Tournament games.
Ryan Melloy, manager of industrial relations, John Deere Waterloo Works, and Gerri Perreault, director, UNI Leadership Studies Program, will lead a workshop on mediation and arbitration, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in the State College Room, MAU. Free and open to the public.