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Monday, Mar 26, 2012

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NEWS

MPLS TRANSITION TEAMS ANNOUNCEDNEW

On Feb. 27, the Board of Regents officially approved closing Malcolm Price Laboratory School on June 30, 2012. Efforts are ongoing as UNI works on the transition to close MPLS and plan for Level II and some Level III clinical experiences in the local area for students. A structure of 10 teams is in place that are specifically focused on these functions: transitioning the K-12 students, employee transitions, developing clinical experiences for the teacher education students, relocating the Child Development Center, enhancing communication efforts, determining next steps for the building and the contents, student records, donor relations, retaining MPLS historical aspect and implementing the new Research and Development model. View a complete list of the transition teams online. If you have any questions during this transition, email Dwight C. Watson or Brenda Buzynski.

FALL 2012 ADVANCE REGISTRATION DATESNEW

Advance registration dates for fall 2012: April 3 - grads; April 4-5 - seniors; April 6-10 - juniors; April 11-15 - sophomores; April 16-19 - freshmen; and April 19 - unclassified. Appointments are assigned based on the number of credits completed at the end of fall 2011 term. Enrollment appointment dates and times will be available through the Student Center approximately one week prior to advance registration. Holds must be resolved before registration can take place.

HEATING/COOLING ISSUES IN CAMPUS BUILDINGSNEW

Due to the recent unusually warm weather, temperatures inside campus buildings will be warmer than normal. Generally the building cooling systems aren't started until after the last hard freeze of the year. In Iowa, that normally occurs in the latter part of April. Please dress appropriately for the warmer weather. If you have any concerns, call Mike Zwanziger at 273-4400.

BUSY DAY IN MAUCKER UNION DUE TO HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH CONTEST

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.

QUESTIONS ABOUT PROGRAM CHANGES?

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.

MAXIMUM PELL GRANT ELIGIBILITY

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.

SUMMER FINANCIAL AID

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.

CLOSED FIRE DOORS ARE IMPORTANT

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. 

TEACHER EDUCATION ON FACEBOOK

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.

GOVERNOR'S STEM ADVISORY COUNCIL CAMPUS UPDATE

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.

UNI BIKE SURVEY ON MYUNIVERSE MARCH 18-29

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.

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD FEEDBACK SURVEYNEW

Help make UNI's Campus Activities Board (CAB) better by completing this short, anonymous survey, if you have or have not attended any CAB events. Help CAB meet the needs and desires of the student body. Take the survey online

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXIT REQUIREMENTS-SPANISHNEW

Do you want to comply with your foreign language exit requirement this summer? The Department of Languages and Literatures is offering Elementary Spanish 1 and 2 this summer. Dates are as follows: SPAN 1001, May 7 - June 1, and SPAN 1002, June 4 - 29. During the fall session Accelerated Spanish SPAN 1059 will be offered instead. Pre-requisite: one year of high school foreign language or one college semester. For more information, contact Gabriela Olivares or call 273-6102.

FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTHNEW

Throughout the month of April, the Office of Student Financial Aid will sponsor four “Food and Finances” workshops covering a variety of topics including: "Budgeting for On-and Off-Campus Living," "Choosing Benefits at Work" and the "Psychology of Money." These events are open to faculty, staff and students. If faculty plan on having a large number of students attend, please call Liz Hoium, at the Office of Student Financial Aid, at 273-6395. View a list of speakers and times online. Drawings will take place at the end of every workshop for free food and Live Like a Student T-shirts.

GRAD FEST FOR CLASS OF 2012NEW

Stop by MoJo's from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 12, for free pizza and a gift from the UNI Alumni Association. You could win lots of great prizes for attending. While there, sign up for the Alumni Association and get cool stuff. Attendees can sign up to win a free iPad. Must be present to win.

FIFTH ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUMNEW

The Fifth Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium will be held on Tuesday, March 27. Poster presentations are scheduled from noon to 2 p.m., in the Ballroom, MAU. Oral presentations will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in the lower level meeting rooms, MAU. The creative performances are scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Davis Hall, GBPAC.

UNIBUSINESS-JOHN DEERE SUPPLY CHAIN FORUMNEW

UNIBusiness will host the second UNIBusiness-John Deere Supply Chain Forum on Thursday, March 29. The event is an industry-academic partnership, designed to give supply-chain professionals and UNI faculty and students an opportunity to share industry best practices and network, while showcasing the talent within the UNI Supply Chain and Operations Management program. Featured speakers are Jacqui Gavin, deputy head of global logistics for International Medical Corps and Matt Natvig, manager of logistics for John Deere Waterloo Works. Register online

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS JOINING TOGETHER FOR DIVERSITYNEW

The Student Affairs Pre-Professional Association (SAPA), in collaboration with NISG, will host Wanda Everage, with her presentation "The Expanding Definition of Diversity," at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, in the Ballroom, MAU. As the vice provost for student affairs at Drake University, Everage is a recipient of numerous awards for leadership, diversity and career and educational excellence. As diversity is a campus wide initiative, UNI SAPA encourages student organizations to join us in making this event a success. Individuals or student organizations interested in helping with the event are encouraged to send an email.

KULT RADIO JOB ANNOUNCEMENTNEW

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. Hand in applications to 359 LNG or email Francesca Soans. The application deadline is at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 5.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTNEW

The Federal Government is one of the largest employers in the U.S. With a unique hiring process, getting hired for a government job creates challenges not faced in other fields. Learn about available job opportunities, job search strategies and federal resumes at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, in 009 GIL. For more information, email Isabela Varela.

FREEDOM WEEK: A UNI MOVEMENT TO FIGHT MODERN-DAY SLAVERYNEW

The week of March 25 through 29 is Freedom Week, a week-long initiative to grow awareness about and fight modern-day slavery. Freedom week is hosted by various Christian student organizations in partnership with the broader UNI campus community. 

SLAM POET GUANTENEW

Come see Guante, two-time National Poetry Slam champion at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 29, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. There will also be student performances to open for him. Check out the facebook event for more information.

UNI 'QUEER MONOLOGUES' NEW

The "Queer Monologues," inspired by the "Vagina Monologues," is a production aimed at inspiring collaboration, conspiring for equal rights and sending the message that it’s okay to be who you are. Sponsored by UNI Proud, the "Queer Monologues" is a production created and maintained by a community of individuals who want to raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues on campus and in society. The performance is at 7 p.m., Monday, April 2, in the Interpreter's Theater, LNG. The event is free.

EDUCATING EDUCATORS ABOUT THE LGBTQMMUNITY CONFERENCENEW

The "Educating Educators about the LGBTQmmunity Conference" is open to UNI pre-service teachers, UNI teacher educators and UNI students. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about creating an inclusive and unbiased lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning classroom environment. Join the Multicultural Teaching Alliance (MTA) and UNI Proud from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 31, in SEC. Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, will kick off the conference, followed by two workshops and a media presentation and panel. The workshops will provide information that is applicable to elementary, middle, secondary and college-level classrooms. There will also be free food and door prizes.  For more information, send an email.

EFFECTIVE COLLEGE READING WORKSHOPNEW

The College Reading and Learning Center is offering a workshop from 1 to 1:50 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, in 035 ITTC, to improve college reading skills. The workshop is free to UNI students. Sign up online or call 273-2361.

PIAZZA'S POOLSIDE PICNIC PARTYNEW

Piazza's Poolside Picnic Party will be from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28. Featured menu items include: hamburgers, brats, pickle wraps, fruit pizza, ants on a log, dirt and worm pudding, submarine sandwiches and more.

HALF-MASTED PRESENTS: GORILLA THEATER!NEW

Half-Masted, the Cedar Valley's improv comedy troupe, will perform at 7 and 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, in 108 CAC. Battle lines are drawn and tensions run high as the troupe divides into two teams to play... Gorilla Theater. Who will lose? Admission is free. 

INTERPRETERS THEATRE PRESENTS 'BROTHER WOLF'NEW

The Interpreters Theatre will present "Brother Wolf" March 29 through 31, in 040 Lang. Blending folklore, myth, bluegrass music and mountain religion, "Brother Wolf" is an Appalachian adventure tale based on the story of Beowulf. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and the doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

USHERS NEEDED FOR 'BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL'NEW

Looking for something fun and exciting to do on a Friday and Saturday night or Sunday afternoon? Looking to see a performance of Strayer-Wood Theatre's production of "Bat Boy: The Musical" for free? Sign up to be an usher for one or more performances of "Bat Boy: The Musical," music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe. Performance dates include 7:30 p.m., April 5 through 7 and 12 through 14 and 2 p.m., April 8 and 15, in the SWT. Ushers should arrive one hour before curtain for instruction. For more information, email Alyssa Bakker or sign up online.

UNI EARTH WEEK BIKE RIDENEW

Ride the trails and meet new friends. Meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, at Mulligan's on 18th St., for a 10-mile ride and enjoy exploring area trails. Helmets are required for all riders. Pre-register online until April 9 for a free T-shirt. Registration is not required to participate.

APPLY FOR A MAP-WORKS SCHOLARSHIPNEW

The MAP-Works Making Achievement Possible Scholarship is an opportunity for UNI students to share how MAP-Works impacted their college experience. This scholarship is open to first and second-year students who have participated in any of the MAP-Works surveys during the 2010-11 or 2011-12 school years. The scholarship review board will award tuition scholarships of $1,500 to three students to be used during the 2012-13 academic year. The deadline for scholarship applications is April 13. For more information, email Kristin Woods or call 273-2815.

DO RUN RUN 5K RUN/WALK - 'STRIP & GO RUN'NEW

UNI Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host the annual Do Run Run 5K Run/Walk for the St. Vincent De Paul Society, whose mission is to help the less fortunate on a person-to-person basis. For this reason, UNI PRSSA is asking the public to get active and donate clothing throughout the race at five different checkpoints. Registration information can be found online

SSWA GARAGE SALENEW

The Student Social Work Association (SSWA) is hosting a garage sale to raise money for Relay for Life from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 31, at 2404 Royal Dr., behind Buffalo Wild Wings. All profits go to curing cancer. Donations are welcome. 

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO ENTER FOR PRIZESNEW

Are you a first-year or senior student? Were you invited to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)? If you haven’t responded yet, it’s not too late. View a list of prizes and a link to the survey online, by clicking on "NSSE Link and Prizes."

UNI VOLLEYBALL MANAGERS WANTEDNEW

Male or female managers are needed for the UNI women’s volleyball program. Responsibilities include: court, practice and game day responsibilities, stats, possible travel to competitions, special project/event coordination and other duties. This is a great way to get coaching and general sport experience. To set up an interview or for more information, email Michelle Coulter or call 273-3176 by Friday, April 6.

KAPPA DELTA PI T-SHIRT SALE

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.

UNI EARTH DAY CELEBRATION BOOTH REGISTRATION

The annual UNI Earth Day Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, outside MAU. Groups, organizations or departments wishing to have a booth at the celebration to showcase "green" efforts or that brings education about local groups involved in environmental-type awareness or activities, are welcome to request a booth. This event is for education and awareness purposes; product sales aren't allowed. For more information, call Jenny Bruss at 273-3689 or register online.

ROY J. CARVER SCHOLARSHIP

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 STRONG

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.

UNI SPEECH SHOWCASE

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.

ALPHA DELTA PI SPAGHETTI DINNER

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.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

UNI-SHRM INTERVIEWING WORKSHOPNEW

Join UNI's Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, in 1 and 3 CBB, for an interviewing workshop. Jerry Clyde, HR director from Black Hawk County, will discuss behavioral-based interviewing tips and resume how-to’s. For upperclassman HR majors, he’ll explain what to expect in your first HR interview. For more information, email Jessica Clark

A-TEAM RESUMESNEW

A-Team is a tutoring service offered by the Academic Learning Center on Sunday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., on the first floor of the Rod Library. A-Team has tutors for math, science, business, writing, study strategies, GRE verbal and more. The service is free for UNI students.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

NEW BLENDED LEARNING LIFEGUARD CLASSNEW

Do you want to become a lifeguard, but can't commit one full weekend for the class? Take a class from 5 to 10 p.m., on Mondays, April 9, 16 and 23, in the WRC. The cost is $150 for UNI students and $160 for non-UNI students. Participants will be required to watch videos and do homework outside of class, but will have the advantage of a shorter class and only have to come once per week, for three weeks. This new innovative way of teaching uses the newly revised American Red Cross Lifeguard Program. Register online or send an email.

INTRAMURAL INFORMATIONNEW

For more information on one-on-one basketball tournament, pickleball tournament, intramural 11-on-11 open co-rec soccer tournament, four-on-four co-rec open sand volleyball tournament and bench press and pro-joe challenge, visit the intramural website.

SPRING INTO HEALTH - PERSONAL TRAINING SPECIAL

Do you ever feel out of place in a fitness setting? Do you want to push your workout to the next level? Sign up for personal training with a friend, and you'll receive 20 percent off the package price. Sessions must be conducted together at the same time. This deal is available to students, faculty, staff and spouses. To sign up or for more information, email Erin Nielsen.

HOURS

LIBRARY HOURS FOR APRIL 7 AND 8NEW

Library hours for Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, are available online. Patrons may check out materials and enter the building until 10 minutes to closing time, at which time service desks close and the doors are locked. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, you will get a prompt to enter your CatID.

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.