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Monday, Mar 5, 2012

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NEWS

VOTE IN THE NISG RUN-OFF ELECTIONNEW

Vote in the Northern Iowa Student Government run-off election between the presidential tickets of Jordan Bancroft-Smithe/KaLeigh White and Kyle Burns/Brendan Thompson starting at 6 a.m., Tuesday, March 6 and ending at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 7. The ballot can be found under the Life@UNI tab on MyUNIverse. For more information, visit the NISG website or send an email.

TIMECARDS - SPRING BREAKNEW

Saturday, March 10 is the pay period cutoff for the March 30 monthly and March 21 biweekly paydays. To be included in these paychecks, timecards for the week ending March 10 must be approved by 10 a.m., Thursday, March 15, which is during spring break. Make sure timecards are submitted and approved to meet the deadlines for these paydays. Any timecards submitted and approved after 10 a.m., Thursday, March 15 will be included in the April paydates.

CEDAR VALLEY NONPROFIT AWARDS LUNCHEON: AWARD NOMINATIONS AVAILABLE

The UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is hosting the 8th Annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 13, in the Commons Ballroom, recognizing the outstanding contributions of local nonprofits and nonprofit leaders. Nominate a deserving organization or individual by March 19. Nomination forms are available online. For more information, email Julianne Gassman.

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES NEWSLETTER

The Student Disability Services February newsletter is published online.

THE GRAFFITO

The current issue of The Graffito, the UNI graduate student newsletter, is available online.

APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID SHOULD ALWAYS BE FREE

Many students have recently received a letter from “Student Financial Resource Center.” The letter, which appears to be from an official government agency, asks students to submit a Student Aid Profile Form at a cost of $59. Students should never pay for financial aid information or resources. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be completed online at no charge. For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 105 GIL or call 273-2700.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTHNEW

Today's  Women's History Month events include a film, "Maid in America" and a panel on feminism. 

A-TEAM TUTORING SCHEDULE CHANGENEW

A-Team will not be held Sunday, March 11 due to spring break. A-Team will resume from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday, March 18, on the first floor of Rod Library. A-Team is free to any currently enrolled UNI student and allows students to drop in for help in math, science, reading, writing, study strategies, business and more.

UNI'S BEST-KEPT SECRETS REVEALEDNEW

Come hear about some of the best-kept secrets at UNI regarding a variety of opportunities for current students. Attend this information fair sponsored by the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, in the lobby, GBPAC. Door prizes will be given away and refreshments will be served. This event is open to all UNI students.

SPRING BREAK PHOTO CONTESTNEW

UNI's student-run public relations firm, PRide, and University Book & Supply have teamed up with area businesses for a spring break photo contest. Throw on your favorite UNI apparel, take a few creative pictures of yourself on spring break and upload them to the University Book & Supply Facebook page starting Saturday, March 10. Encourage your friends to vote for your photos, voting begins Monday, March 19. For more information, visit the University Book & Supply website or send an email

EXECUTIVE APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED-UNI DANCE MARATHONNEW

UNI Dance Marathon is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 executive board. All applications must be picked up at the SIAC office, filled out and returned to the SIAC office by Friday, March 9. Students who apply must have at least two semesters left of school. Open positions include: public relations, graphic design, family relations, community relations, sponsorship, fundraising, finance, morale, recruitment, operations and day-of coordination. For more information about UNI Dance Marathon, visit the website or like us on Facebook.

DIVERSITY MINI GRANTS AVAILABLENEW

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.

VOLUNTEER TUESDAYSNEW

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.

COLD STONE FUNDRAISERNEW

Colleges Against Cancer is sponsoring a fundraiser Tuesday, March 6, at the Cold Stone Creamery in Cedar Falls. The proceeds will be donated to Relay For Life. For more information, send an email.

CELL PHONE & BATTERY RECYCLING STILL AVAILABLENEW

A reminder that cell phones and rechargeable batteries are being collected and recycled by the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center at Rod Library entrance, Schindler lobby, WRC front desk, Maucker Union office and CEEE atrium. Just look for the 'Call to Recycle' box. More than 80 phones and 300 pounds of batteries have been recycled.

DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION WANT TO ADOPT-A-GARDEN?NEW

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. 

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS BOOK CLUB

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discovery Diversity Discuss book group will meet at 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 12, at the UNI Museum to discuss "Bookseller of Kabul" by Asne Selerstad. An Afghan, who makes his living by selling illegally copied books, denies education to his own children. All are welcome having read the book or not.

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES OFFERS ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP FOR STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

In an effort to support the UNI Diversity Mission to create and maintain an inclusive educational environment, The Office of Student Disability Services is offering a workshop for UNI student organization members to discuss accessibility for their events, programs and meetings. The workshop is from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the State College room, MAU. For more information, email Amy Dillard or visit the Student Affairs website.

ENTREFEST! IOWA'S CONFERENCE FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

The fifth annual EntreFest! conference will highlight the thriving world of entrepreneurship in Iowa. For most entrepreneurs, the journey is never over as they continue to grow, overcome obstacles and set new goals and priorities. EntreFest! is a two-day conference dedicated to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs and will provide attendees with all the right tools to thrive. The conference will be held Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, in Ames. For more information, email Courtney Schwitzer.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE UNIBUSINESS CLASS OF 2012 GRADUATION CELEBRATION

The College of Business Administration will host its 35th annual Graduation Celebration Thursday, April 12. A mixer will be held in the Hall of Flags, CBB, at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Class of 2012 Forum from 6 to 7 p.m., in the John Deere Auditorium. Distinguished Alumni in Residence from the college's five departments will speak on life after graduation. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. No RSVP is required.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

This semester's Scholatic Book Fair, sponsored by UNI's Student Reading Association, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 29 through Thursday March 8 (closed Saturday and Sunday), in the lobby, SEC.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

UNI SHRM MEETINGNEW

The UNI Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, in 121 CBB. SHRM will explain the UNI HR exam process and answer questions. Also, committees will meet to finalize upcoming events. All are welcome. For more information, email Jessica Clark.

PIRATE STUDY CLUBNEW

Come to the Pirate Study Club for a fun way to learn study strategies and other tips that can be used in any of your classes. This group meets weekly from 3 to 3:50 p.m., in 035 ITTC. All UNI students are welcome.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

SPRING INTO HEALTH - PERSONAL TRAINING SPECIALNEW

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.

INTERACTIVE GROUP PERSONAL TRAININGNEW

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 NEW

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 WORKSHOPNEW

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.

HALF-PRICE FITNESS CLASSES

Bored with your fitness routine? Beginning Wednesday, March 7, sign up for any fitness class and pay half price. Register online or in 101 WRC. This offer excludes Zumba, Ballroom Dance and RAD.

WRS MARCH E-NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE

Check out the Wellness & Recreation Services March newsletter available online. Follow the link on the home page to check out updates on important WRS events and programs along with wellness tips and articles.

HOURS

OPERATIONAL HOURS FOR MAUCKER UNION FOOD SERVICE MARCH 2012NEW

During spring break, March 12 through 16, Prexy's will be the only food service open in the Maucker Union. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Limited breakfast pastries, muffins and coffee will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Assorted grab-and-go sandwiches, chicken Caesar salad, soup and salad bar will be available starting at 10:20 a.m. Regular hours of operation for all Maucker Union operations will resume Monday, March 19.

LIBRARY HOURS OVER SPRING BREAK

There is no extended check out for reserve materials during spring break. All youth books (seven-day) checked out Satruday, March 3, are due Monday, March 19. 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. View the library hours for spring break online.

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.