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Monday, Mar 28, 2011

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NEWS

BUDGET AND TUITION MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ALLENNEW

The Board of Regents voted to increase 2011-2012 tuition by 5 percent. For an updated budget message, visit www.uni.edu/pres/budget.

MAJOR MEETING: PREPARE FOR FALL PREREGISTRATIONNEW

Preregistration Major Meetings will be held from 3 to 3:50 p.m., Wednesday, March 30. New freshmen and students interested in changing majors should plan to attend to prepare for preregistration in April. Your Major Meeting location is at http://www.uni.edu/advising/sites/default/files/majmtg_sp.pdf. Mark your calendar and plan to attend.

SUBMIT NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2011 LEADERSHIP AWARDS CEREMONYNEW

Each year, awards are given to recognize student leaders, clubs and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to UNI. Applications/nominations are available for the 2011 Student Leadership Awards at http://www.uni.edu/maucker/leadership or in the Student Involvement and Activities Center (SIAC), located in the upper level of Maucker Union. Applications/nominations are available for the following awards: Student Leader of the Year, Emerging Leader of the Year, Student Organization Adviser of the Year, Student Organization of the Year and Program of Distinction. Applications are due by 4 p.m., Friday, April 1 and can be turned in to the SIAC. All organizations and individuals nominated will be invited to and recognized at the 2011 Leadership Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 26.

SUPPORT FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY JAPAN DISASTERSNEW

Many students, faculty and staff have connections to family and friends affected by the disasters in Japan. Please be attentive to their needs and remind them of the resources available on campus for their assistance. Students can contact the Counseling Center if they are feeling stressed, anxious, etc. Employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program. Both are free of charge. Also, the Cedar Valley Japan Club has a website that is helping connect people with ties to Japan. See https://sites.google.com/site/cvjapanclub/.

NEW COURSE FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN SUSTAINABILITYNEW

Introduction to Sustainability will be offered during the fall 2011 semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in 115 CEEE. There are no prerequisites for the solutions-oriented course. For more information, contact the instructor, Bill Stigliani, at 273-7150 or william.stigliani@uni.edu.

REGISTER FOR UNI EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

UNI's Earth Day celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 21, on the Maucker Union Plaza. The rain location will be the Ballroom, MAU. UNI departments, student groups and community groups are encouraged to participate. Tables are limited, so sign up early. Register by Friday, April 1, at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=o5e7oecab&oeidk=a07e3eyj83u0648171d

UNI C.A.R.E. AWARDSNEW

The deadline for nominations for the UNI Creating a Responsible Environment awards is Friday, April 8. Students, faculty, staff, student organizations and departments are eligible. Nomination information can be found at www.uni.edu/sustainability. Award winners will be recognized at the annual Sustainability Forum on Thursday, April 21.

FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH

Throughout April, the Office of Student Financial Aid will sponsor five “Food and Finances” workshops. Bring your lunch and discuss a variety of topics including: investments, purchasing a car, purchasing a home, choosing benefits at work, completing an I-9 and the psychology of money. Drawings will take place at the end of every workshop for free food and Live Like a Student T-shirts. For a list of speakers and times, visit www.uni.edu/finaid. Register from the financial aid website or visit https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start&admin_group=FINAID.

HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH CONTEST IN MAUCKER UNION

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.

NEW E-NEWSLETTER OF THE UNI CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE EDUCATION

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.

IMSEP OFFICE MOVES TO EAST BARTLETT

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.   

FREE TAX HELP AT UNINEW

Accounting students at UNI are providing free income tax assistance on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. now through Wednesday, April 13. Sessions are held in 223 CBB. No appointment is necessary. You are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 p.m. to allow students sufficient time to complete returns. For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 273-2394.

EXPLORE THE CEDAR VALLEYNEW

Connect4UNI, a group of Presidential Scholars, wants you to experience cultural opportunities here in the Cedar Valley. Visit www.uni.edu/theconnection, print out a Connect Card, visit the locations, turn in the card and get a free T-shirt. You will also be entered to win gift cards.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

AUDITIONS FOR THE CME PLAY: 'COME OVER HERE!'NEW

Auditions for the CME-sponsored play "COME OVER HERE!" will be held from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, at the CME. The play is about male/female relationships in the collegiate world. There are three speaking roles for each gender. 

FIRST-YEAR OR SENIOR STUDENT? YOU COULD WIN A NOOK!

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.

RESOURCES

NEED AN EXCUSE TO READ A GOOD BOOK?NEW

The Reading & Learning Center Book Group is choosing the next book to read. No outside reading is required. The group meets on Mondays at 2 p.m. in 008 ITTC and reads aloud while stopping to discuss, ask questions and laugh.

FINDING YOUR FINANCES SCAVENGER HUNTNEW

The Office of Student Financial Aid is sponsoring a Find Your Finances scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt will ask students to complete a variety of tasks related to financial aid and financial literacy. Tasks include pulling 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 either 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 for the scavenger hunt, visit www.uni.edu/finaid.

SPECIAL EVENTS

UNI FCA EVENT TONIGHT

UNI Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a campus organization open to all students. The next event will be held at 8 p.m., Monday, March 28, 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 email unifca@teamfca.com.

UNI PROUD'S ANNUAL DRAG BALLNEW

Come watch student and professional drag queens and kings perform your favorite songs in the middle of Maucker Union at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 29. All donations are welcome and will go to the Community AIDS Assistance Project. Admission is free.

HALF-OFF BOOK SALE ONE DAY ONLYNEW

Rod Library will offer all items in its library book sale for half off on Thursday, March 31. Hardcover books, DVDs and CDs will be $1; paperbacks, VHS, LPs and cassettes will be 50 cents; and prints will be 25 cents. Come check out the bargains in the library lobby.

SALSA DANCENEW

A Salsa Dance will be hosted by the Wesley Foundation from 7:30 to 11 p.m., Friday, April 1, at 2422 College St. Free beginner salsa dance lessons will be offered from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dress is semiformal. All are welcome. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=190758680959384.

XI MAN COMPETITIONNEW

The ladies of Alpha Xi Delta will host Xi Man, a male pageant and talent show to raise awareness and funds for Autism Speaks (a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and research funds for children with autism). Eight men will compete for points in six different categories, and the man with the most points will be the winner. The pageant will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Price Lab School Auditorium on Sunday, April 3. Cost of admission is $3 per person. 

ST. STEPHEN THE WITNESS CATHOLIC STUDENT CENTER CELEBRATES 20 YEARSNEW

On Sunday, April 3, St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center will celebrate 20 years of campus ministry in its current facilities. Following the 10:30 a.m. Mass there will be a short presentation and meal in the Student Center Social Hall. All are welcome to attend. The Student Center Chapel and offices were originally built in 1991. For more information, call 266-9863.

RELAY FOR LIFENEW

The last Bank Night before Relay For Life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in the Ballrooms, MAU. Relay For Life UNI will be Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9. Join a team at relayforlife.org/uni and join the worldwide movement to end cancer. For more information, contact Sarah McCarty at mccartys@uni.edu.

NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE PRESENTS UP WITH FAMILIES

Families who have a child or children with a disability can attend a retreat the weekend of April 9 and 10 at the Ramada Inn. There are opportunities for 150 volunteers to help with Up With Families. For more information, contact Katie Hooper at hooperk@uni.edu.

WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES - PARTICIPANTS NEEDEDNEW

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes is an international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Men are asked to walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes to protest sexualized violence. UNI's Greek Week and Interfraternity Council will host this event on Thursday, April 14, starting at the Alumni House. The race starts at 5:30 p.m. For this event to be successful, men need to volunteer to walk. For more information or to participate, contact Katie O'Keefe at okeefek11@gmail.com.

SUNI DAYS: TRADITIONS CHALLENGE STYLENEW

Have you been working on completing your Traditions Challenge Book? If not, you should be. On Thursday, April 21, from 4 to 6 p.m., Connecting Alumni to Students (CATS) will host SUNI Days: Traditions Challenge Style to give you a chance to complete some of those hard-to-do challenges. Meet TC, practice your Interlude Dance for Spencer and Ian, the new student body president and vice president, try mini-golf with one of the golfers and more. How can you participate? Just bring a team and some finished Traditions. There will be prizes for the best dressed teams. Visit www.uni.edu/traditions and click on the SUNI Days tab for more information. If you have questions, contact Nola Aigner (nolarae@uni.edu) or Nicole Combs (combsn@uni.edu).

15TH ANNUAL ST. STEPHEN GOLF TOURNAMENTNEW

The 15th annual St. Stephen Golf Tournament will take place Tuesday, May 24, at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls. It is a four-person best shot, and registration includes green fees, a golf cart, dinner, a gift pack and prizes. The cost is $60 for nonstudents, $40 for students and $20 for dinner. Sign in will begin at 11:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. All proceeds go to support the campus ministry for UNI students, Allen School of Nursing and Hawkeye Community College. For more information or to register, contact Kelly at 266-9863 or kmcc@ststephenuni.org.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

MAKE A WISH COME TRUE WITH THE NORTHERN IOWA WISHMAKERSNEW

Northern Iowa Wishmakers is seeking new members. This student organization can offer you leadership, volunteer service hours and the feeling that you are truly making a difference in your community. NI Wishmakers helps fund and create wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses in the Cedar Valley. For more information, email niwishmakers@gmail.com and attend an informational meeting at 1 p.m., Monday, April 4, or 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in the Presidential Room, MAU.

COMMUNICATION STUDENT ASSOCIATION MEETINGNEW

Join members of the UNI Communication Student Association for a meeting from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the Oak Room, MAU. CSA members as well as students who are current or potential communication majors/minors are welcome to attend. Jayne Witte, UNI associate professor of communication studies, will speak during the meeting.

PERFORMING ARTS

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: CELLO AND VIOLINNEW

Visiting artists Richard Aaron, cello, and Stephen Shipps, violin, will present a recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Both artists currently serve as professors at the University of Michigan. Aaron has traveled extensively, giving master classes in Madrid, Spain; Manheim, Germany; Seoul, Korea; Matsumoto, Japan; and Paris. Shipps enjoys a varied professional career as a violinist, teacher, editor, administrator, adjudicator and commentator. This event is free and open to the public.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: PERFORMANCE COMPETITION FINALS

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.

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: GUERRILLA GIRLS ON TOUR

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

FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: AMANDA MCCANDLESS, CLARINET

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.

INTERPRETERS THEATRE PRESENTS 'WHY, FELLY'NEW

The UNI Interpreters Theatre will present "Why, Felly" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 31 through April 2, in the Interpreters Theatre in 040 LNG. The Hollywood folk are in town, and MayPoint is all abuzz. The energy never drops as the brassy women and dim-witted men of MayPoint bring life to their small-town Oklahoma diner with their stories of love, loss and hotcakes. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Angela Glunz, graduate assistant, at glunza@uni.edu or 273-6728. 

UNI OPERA SCENES PERFORMANCE

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 ORCHESIS DANCE COMPANY SPRING SHOWNEW

UNI Orchesis Dance Company presents “Synergy,” a concert of choreographic works created by UNI faculty and students. The performances are at 7:30 pm., Friday, April 1, and at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at the Oster Regent Theatre. Admission is $5 for UNI students (with valid ID) and $8 for the general public. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from any Orchesis member. For advance ticket sales, contact Amanda Vester at vestera@uni.edu.

GOOSE NECKNEW

See the first production of "Goose Neck," an original dark comedy, jam-packed with infomercials, magic choppers, kidnapping, "General Hospital," gunpowder, love, failure, apple-pie monsters, reconciliation, Jesus and goose necking topped with an ammonium nitrate fertilizer charge. The play will debut at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 1. Additional performances will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 3, at the BMT inside Strayer-Wood Theatre. A talkback/thesis presentation will follow the Sunday performance. Admission is free. 

CLARINET STUDIO AND CLARINET ENSEMBLE CONCERTNEW

Tthe UNI Clarinet Studio and Ensemble will offer a spring concert on Thursday, April 7 at 6 p.m. in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

MIKE POSNER LIVE IN CONCERT AT UNI

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.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: KAREL KELDERMANS, CARILLONNEW

Guest artist Karel Keldermans, carillonneur, will perform at noon at the Campanile on both Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8. Bring your lunch and enjoy a one-of-a-kind musical experience. This event is free and open to the public.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

FORMER U.S. POET LAUREATE, POETRY READING AND DISCUSSION

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.

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINARNEW

"Hydrology Education in an Era of Changing Water Paradigm" will be presented by Mohammad Iqbal, geology, at 4 p.m., Monday, March 28, in 125 LAT. Iqbal will discuss recent curricular changes to earth science courses to make students aware of the issues they will face as citizens in a world with increasing water quality problems and shortages.

WRITER COURTNEY MARTIN WILL DISCUSS A NEW GENERATION OF ACTIVISTSNEW

Courtney E. Martin, senior correspondent for "The American Prospect" and writer for the blog Feministing.com, will discuss her latest book, "Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists" (Beacon Press), in which she profiles eight young people doing grassroots social justice work. Her talk is at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 28, in Lang Hall Auditorium. A book-signing reception will follow.

LECTURE ON 'CAN TERRORISM EVER BE MORALLY JUSTIFIED?'NEW

The UNI Philosophy Students Club will host Stephen Nathanson, a professor of philosophy at Northeastern University in Boston. Nathanson will give two lectures on Monday, March 28, in 115 SRL. At 3:30 p.m., he will present a lecture on economic justice called "Is President Obama a Socialist?" At 7 p.m., he will speak on the ethics of morality in "Can Terrorism Ever be Morally Justified?" Both lectures will be open to questions from the audience.

SUPERWEEDS: A THREAT TO GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY AND SOCIETY?

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.

RESTORING A RARE WOODLAND IN THE LOWER CEDAR RIVER VALLEY

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 rwelch@uni.edu.

MICHELLE ALEXANDER AND THE NEW JIM CROWNEW

Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow," will discuss how the “War on Drugs” is targeting black men and how the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control. Her lecture will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, at the CME.

CONGO AND THE GREAT LAKES REGION OF AFRICA: A GLOBAL APPEAL FOR JUSTICENEW

Claude Gatebuke and Kambale Musavuli, representing the Washington-based organization Friends of the Congo, will discuss change for a region that for many years has been the scene of mass atrocities and crimes against humanity at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in 109 CBB. Co-sponsored and organized by UNI-STAND and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/chge/news-exchange.

HARI SHANKAR MEMORIAL LECTURENEW

The Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture and the mathematics department will present Joel Haack, professor of mathematics, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, who will speak on "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things." The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in Lantz Auditorium, 137 MSH. Dean Haack will consider a few of his favorites things, all examples of connections between mathematics and the arts and humanities. A reception will follow. For more information, contact the mathematics department at 273-2631.

KATE BORNSTEIN PRESENTS 'ON MEN, WOMEN, AND THE REST OF US'NEW

Join UNI Proud and the Women's and Gender Studies program during the Pride Week celebration with keynote speaker Kate Bornstein, an author, playwright, performer and gender theorist. Bornstein will host a talk-back session at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 31, in the CME. 

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION SPEAKER BARBARA PIERCE TO SPEAK AT UNINEW

Barbara Pierce of Eastman Kodak will discuss ways of communicating in a multicultural world at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in the Commons Ballroom. Every month the UNI PRSSA chapter has a theme regarding public relations. For March, the theme is Intercultural Public Relations. The chapter, along with Pierce, will provide the opportunity to learn about and see examples of how to work with and among different cultures in the workplace. 

UNI ENTREPRENEURSHIP SYMPOSIUM & FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH KICKOFF

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 jpec@uni.edu or 273-JPEC.

MONITORING THE EARTH: SPACE GEODESY IN GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCHNEW

The Department of Geography and the Program in Research and Outreach in Geography between Russia and the United States (PROGRUS) welcomes German Kuroshev, head of cartography and geoinformatics at St. Petersburg State University in St. Petersburg, Russia. Kuroshev authored several books on geodesy and cartography and directed geo-engineering surveys for construction of major hydroelectric power plants in the USSR. Kuroshev will discuss "Methods of Space Geodesy in Geographic Research" which will cover the latest achievements in Earth precise measurements using space technology. The lecture will take place at 3 p.m., Friday, April 1, in ITTC 29. Refreshments will be provided.

AN INTRODUCTION TO AUSTRIAN ECONOMICSNEW

Many people believe that no one had the foresight to predict the financial collapse of 2008. However, there was a vocal minority speaking out years in advance, and they follow the school of Austrian Economics. University of Iowa economics professor Patrick Barron will give a presentation on the basics of this theory at 6 p.m., Monday, April 4, in the Elm Room, MAU. This event is hosted by the UNI Young Americans for Liberty.

SMALL BUSINESS ACCOUNTING 1

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 jpec@uni.edu.

SMALL BUSINESS ACCOUNTING 2

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 jpec@uni.edu. Pre-requisite: Small Business Accounting 1.

JULIET SCHOR SPEAKS ON 'PLENITUDE: THE NEW ECONOMICS OF TRUE WEALTH'NEW

Juliet B. Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College, will discuss her book "Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth" at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in Lang Hall Auditorium. The book offers a groundbreaking intellectual statement about the economics and sociology of ecological decline, suggesting a radical change in how we think about consumer goods, value and ways to live. Schor is a former member of the Harvard economics department, and a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. For more information, see www.uni.edu/commstudies.

'BLUE ZONES' AUTHOR TO SPEAK AT UNINEW

New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner will discuss Blue Zones® –  places in the world where higher percentages of people are living longer, healthier lives. He will also discuss how cities are receiving makeovers through his Vitality City movement. Buettner will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the Commons Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Blue Zones and Buettner, visit http://www.bluezones.com/.

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP PANELNEW

A panel discussion on leadership will be held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the State College Room, MAU. Panel members include Renee Christoffer, vice president of administration, Veridian Credit Union; Steve Dust, CEO, Cedar Valley Alliance; Ritchie Kurtenbach, assistant business manager and organizer, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 288; and Ellen Miller, board member, World’s Window, Cedar Falls. The event is free and open to the public.

GOING AND GROWING GREEN: SUSTAINABILITY & GARDENINGNEW

Perhaps the ultimate way to go green is to grow a garden. Rob and Tammy Faux of Genuine Faux Farm, Tripoli, will discuss how people can change gardening habits at 7 p.m, Tuesday, April 12, at the University Museum. Learn to use environmentally friendly approaches and how gardening plays a role in efforts to achieve a sustainable future.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

SATURDAY FILM SERIES: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTSNEW

"Episode 3: Flowering" will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 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.

MOVIE SHOWING: 'BIG BUCKS, BIG PHARMA'NEW

The film "Big Bucks, Big Pharma" examines the role of drugs and marketing in health care issues and will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, April 4, in the CEEE auditorium. This film is part of the Sustainability Film Series; a panel discussion will be held after the film. For more information, contact jcallana@uni.edu.

SATURDAY FILM SERIES: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS

"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.

FILMS ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE AS A TOOL OF WAR IN THE CONGONEW

Two highly acclaimed documentary films will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in 115 SRL. The films are "Fighting the Silence: Sexual Violence Against Women in Congo" and "Weapon of War: Confessions of Rape in Congo." The screening is co-sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education and UNI-STAND. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/chge.

'TELLING AMY'S STORY'

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.

UNI PROUD PRESENTS 'RED WITHOUT BLUE'NEW

The documentary "RED WITHOUT BLUE" is an artistic and groundbreaking examination of gender, identity and the unswerving bond of twinship despite transformation. An honest portrayal of a family in turmoil, RWB follows a pair of identical twins as one transitions from male to female. Through candid and extensive interviews with the twins and their family, "RED WITHOUT BLUE" recounts troubled times, interweaving the twins' difficult past with their efforts to find themselves in the present. The film will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, March 28, in the Oak Room, MAU.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

MUSIC EDUCATION WORKSHOPNEW

School of Music instructor of music education Michelle Swanson will coordinate a Music Education Workshop on Saturday, April 9 at 8 a.m. in Davis Hall, GBPAC. For more information, contact Michelle.Swanson@uni.edu.

COMMUNITY AND INEQUALITY: MOVING TOWARD RACIAL JUSTICE IN LOCAL COMMUNITIESNEW

Register for the conference Community and Inequality: Moving Toward Racial Justice in Local Communities, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 15, in the Georgian Lounge, COM. Todd Swanstrom, University of Missouri, will speak on the impact of inequality on community decisions and community life. Gregory Squires, George Washington University, will speak on housing discrimination, in particular the use of new media to exclude people of color from housing. Admission to the keynote addresses is free. Registration for the full-day conference, including lunch, is $15. Registration after April 6 is $20. For more information, contact the Public Policy office at 273-2910 or allen.hays@uni.edu.

MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION WORKSHOP

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.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICSNEW

The Panthers host Southern Illinois in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 2, at noon and on Sunday, April 3, in a single game at noon. All games are at the Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex.

UNI tenis hosts Drake at noon, Sunday, April 3, at the Black Hawk Tennis Club in Waterloo.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

PADDLING PANTHERS SWIM LESSONSNEW

Registration for summer Paddling Panthers swim lessons started Monday, March 21. For information regarding summer dates, times and swim lesson levels, email swimlessons@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/aquatics/paddling_panthers/index.html. For questions or to register for summer sessions, email swimlessons@uni.edu.

INTRAMURAL BENCH PRESS COMPETITION

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 1-ON-1 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

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

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.

ALCOHOL SCREENINGNEW

A confidential alcohol screening will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in Old Central Ballroom C, MAU. This program offers screening and education to help students identify and stop unhealthy drinking patterns hopefully before they evolve into substance abuse or substance dependence. Screenings will be done on a drop-in basis. The process will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. There will be free cookies for participants, as well as the chance to enter your name into a prize drawing.

INTRAMURAL OPEN CO-REC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENTNEW

An intramural open co-rec softball tournament will take place Saturday, April 16. Play starts at 10 a.m. Open to students, faculty and staff. There is a $20 entry fee per team. Register Monday through Wednesday, April 11 through 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in 161 WRC. Limited to the first eight teams to register. The rain date is Sunday, April 17. For more information, call 273-7262.

INTRAMURAL OPEN CO-REC SOCCER TOURNAMENTNEW

An Intramural Open Co-Rec Soccer Tournament will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 17. Open to students, faculty and staff. There is a $20 entry fee per team. Register between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.,  Monday through Wednesday, April 11 through 13, in 161 WRC. Play is limited to first eight teams to register. For more information, call 273-7262.

WRS APRIL E-NEWSLETTERNEW

Check out the Wellness & Recreation Services April newsletter, available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage to check out updates on WRS events and programs, along with wellness tips and articles.

STRESS AND TIME MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPNEW

Stressed? Pressed for time? Come to the Stress and Time Management workshop from 3 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, at the UNI Counseling Center, second floor of the Health Center. This workshop will teach you techniques to lessen stress and anxiety and improve time-management skills. Call 273-2676 to register.

INTRAMURAL 4-ON-4 SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

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.

ANXIETY DISORDER SCREENING DAYNEW

Anxiety Disorder Screening Day will be held on Thursday, March 31, at the UNI Counseling Center located at 103 Student Health Center (2nd floor of the Health Center). The screening will last approximately one hour and will be offered at two different times, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The screening is free of charge and is open to UNI faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact jennifer.murra@uni.edu or call 273-2676.