The Reaching for Higher Ground committee is seeking proposals from faculty, staff and students for mini-grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 that focus on this year's project, "Community After 9/11." Grants must support activities and programming that reflect the mission and values of the Reaching for Higher Ground project during the 2011-2012 academic year. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 11. For more information and an application, visit www.uni.edu/higherground/mini-grants.
Monday, Mar 7, 2011
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Last year, UNI launched a new campus and community project, "Standing on Higher Ground." The project, now referred to as "Reaching for Higher Ground," strives to engage the campus community and community at large in discussions, while building a stronger campus community. The 2011-2012 project, "Reaching for Higher Ground: Community After 9/11," will focus on the theme of community. A series of signature events will promote civil discourse around the Sept. 11 attacks. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to incorporate this project and common theme into their classes and special events during the next academic year. For more information or to share your interest and projects, contact email@example.com or visit www.uni.edu/higherground.
UNI junior Nick Cash's business, Book Hatchery, is one of "Inc." magazine's "America's Coolest College Start-ups 2011." For more information, visit http://www.inc.com/coolest-college-start-ups-2011/book-hatchery.html.
Milissa Wright, public safety, was interviewed on Iowa Public Radio. http://www.radioiowa.com/?s=spring+break.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 12 is the pay period cutoff for the March 31 monthly and March 23 biweekly paydays. To be included in these paychecks, the timecards for the week ending March 12 must be approved by 10 a.m., Thursday, March 17, 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 17, will be included in the next payday.
UNI Police, along with other agencies, will participate in an effort in conjunction with the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau to provide safe roadways. Wear your seat belt and don't drink and drive. Law enforcement will check vehicles Thursday, March 17, through Sunday, March 20. Don’t depend on dumb luck this St. Patrick’s Day; designate a sober driver before the party begins. For more information, contact Lt. Doug Widen, UNI Police, at 273-2712.
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.
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.
President Allen is home recovering from his surgery. The surgery was successful in eliminating the cancer. He had a few complications from the surgery that delayed the recovery process, but he's on track for a full recovery. President Allen is looking forward to returning to his office soon and appreciates all the supportive messages he's received.
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 email@example.com.
Slips, trips and falls account for a significant number of injuries reported to the university. With spring-like weather approaching, we may experience a freeze/thaw cycle that can lead to slip/trip/fall injuries. Please be aware that surfaces that are wet during the daytime hours may be iced over in the early morning or late evening hours. Please exercise caution when walking on paved surfaces during these hours.
UNI Police urge both drivers and pedestrians to use caution while driving or walking in pedestrian walkways on and around campus. One out of every five people killed in traffic accidents is a pedestrian. Even though they are walking, not driving, pedestrians are still subject to the same traffic laws as motorists. Under Iowa law, pedestrians have the right-of-way in marked crosswalks, and motorists should yield to pedestrians when they are in the crosswalks. Drivers must yield to pedestrians at all times. UNI Police will increase the monitoring of crosswalks to ensure compliance with the law and to improve pedestrian and traffic safety.
If you are interested in gaining valuable leadership experience while being part of a hard-working and fun-loving team, apply for an NISG executive director position with the Walrath-Goldsmith administration. Applications are available at www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/government/nisg-open-positions and must be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday, March 11.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students majoring in CHFA programs are eligible to apply for funding to support study abroad experiences. Applicants must complete the funding request form and submit all required information to be eligible. The deadlines for submissions are Thursday, March 31, for summer programs; Saturday, April 30, for fall or academic-year programs; and Wednesday, Nov. 30, for spring programs. The application form and more information can be found at http://www.uni.edu/chfa/students/study-abroad-funding.html.
More students with Asperger's syndrome are attending institutions of higher learning. In order to provide UNI faculty, staff and student employees resources for these students, a program Asperger’s at UNI will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29 and 30. Learn more and register at http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/aspergers-uni.
UNI's Real Estate organization, Rho Epsilon, will hold a meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in 227 CBB. The presenter will be Principal from Des Moines. Come learn more about the company, what it does and the different opportunities available. After the presentation we will head to the OP for free pizza. All majors are welcome. If you have any questions, contact Amanda Donovan at email@example.com.
The Northern Iowa State Education Association will meet at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in 129 SEC. The topic for the meeting is classroom management. There will be a panel consisting of two fourth grade teachers, an art teacher and an English teacher. All education majors are welcome.
If you are a K-12 science/education major, come join the UNI Chapter of NSTA for a meeting at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in 001 MSH. If you have any questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNI Proud is UNI's oldest LGBTQ student organization. All students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. Weekly meetings are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Presidential Room, MAU. For more information, contact Ellie Hail at email@example.com.
Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, will speak at the Student Association of Middle Level Education (SAMLE) meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, in the SEC 5th floor lounge. New members are welcome.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bank Night will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in Ballroom C MAU. Turn in any cash or checks (made out to the American Cancer Society) that you or your team members have received. Anybody can turn in money. You must raise $75 collectively, online and offline, by this date to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Relay For Life is Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9. Join a team at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=32596 and join the worldwide movement to end cancer. For more information, contact Sarah McCarty at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a meal plan and find yourself not using all your meals each week? Thursday, April 7, is the perfect day for you to give up a meal swipe to feed someone in need. Sign up Wednesday, March 9, through Thursday, March 10, at the Rialto and Piazza. The money saved by giving up a meal will benefit those in need. Look for RHA Social Justice and Sustainability members wearing rain boots and holding umbrellas at the entrances to the dining halls March 9 and 10 to sign up and Feed the Need.
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.
James Zogby, author of "Arab Voices," will speak from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, March 7, at University Book & Supply. A book signing will follow. Zogby is senior analyst for the polling group, Zogby International. He is a Catholic of Lebanese descent who works to dispel myths about Arabs.
Join the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU, to discuss "Do we Have Free Will?" Faith Forum involves small-group discussion among believers and non-believers where individuals can disagree strongly and openly on matters of faith, but still retain a personal respect for each other.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Evans, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Buena Vista University, will give a presentation about Turkish ceramic art from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 12, at the Turkish American Society of Iowa Center, 1402 Main St., Cedar Falls. The presentation will be followed by an exhibition and traditional Turkish food will be served. Sponsored by the UNI Turkish Student Association, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Susan J. Douglas, author of "Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism’s Work Is Done" will visit UNI on Tuesday, March 8, for a book discussion at 11 a.m., and a reception at 2:30 p.m., both in the CME lobby. Douglas will give a public lecture at 3:30 p.m., in the Ballroom, MAU.
The next CROW Forum will be held at noon, Monday, March 7, in 109A CME. Phyllis Baker, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Kevin Leicht, University of Iowa sociology, will present “Economic Development and Women’s Life Chances." All faculty, staff, students and community members are invited. Feel free to bring your lunch.
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.
Priya Shahani from the Monarch Joint Venture Project at the University of Minnesota St. Paul will discuss the biology, conservation challenges and recent efforts by Monarch Joint Venture partners to better understand population trends at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-3828.
Adam Hoffman, assistant professor of environmental chemistry at the University of Dubuque, will present "Minding One’s Ps and Qs: The Role of Internal Phosphorus Loading on Water Quality" at 4 p.m., Monday, March 7, in 125 LAT.
Author and performance studies artist E. Patrick Johnson will visit UNI as part of the Hearst Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in the Interpreters Theatre, 040 LNG. He will perform "Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales," a solo act based on the narratives in his book "Sweet Tea." The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and advance reservations are suggested. Call 273-2217 or visit www.epatrickjohnson.com.
Listen to award-winning filmmaker Andrew Jenks from MTV's "World of Jenks" at 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in Lang Hall Auditorium, as he gives a perspective on young success and the changing youth culture through media. Jenks uses clips from his work to present this one-of-a-kind story. Preceding his presentation, Jenks will sponsor a bone marrow donor registration.
Come see the final chapter of the Harry Potter film series with Campus Activities Board. The film begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione leave Hogwarts behind and set out to find and destroy the Horcruxes - the secret to Voldemort’s power and immortality. Showings are at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10, in the Ballroom, MAU. Free popcorn and soda will be provided.
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.
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.
Deciding between a Kindle, Nook or Ipad? Curious about how Excel, PowerPoint or Prezi might be useful learning and study tools? Come to the Reading, Learning & Studying with Technology workshop from 2 to 2:50 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, in the Reading & Learning Center, 35 ITTC. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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.
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.
Looking for motivation to exercise or a new fitness incentive challenge? It's not too late to register for the WRS Ironman Triathlon Challenge. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec/.
The Wellness & Recreation Services March newsletter is available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the home page to check out updates on WRS events and programs, along with wellness tips and articles.
During March, National Nutrition Month, weekly nutrition information and healthy options will be available in the 23rd Street Market, Biscotti's and Prexy's. Eat right with color.
Chats will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 14 through March 18. Chats will be closed Sunday, March 20, reopening at 7 a.m., Monday, March 21. During spring break, the menu includes a reduced bakery selection, two sandwich choices and one salad entrée choice. Prexy's and Essentials will be closed during spring break, reopening, Monday, March 21, with normal hours of operation.