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Monday, Nov 14, 2011

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NEWS

EMAIL THREAT OF VIOLENCENEW

A UNI employee received an email message strongly implying her safety was at risk if she didn't pay the sender a sum of money. If you receive a similar message, save it and contact UNI Police immediately at 273-2712.

SEVERE WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENTSNEW

Announcements regarding cancellation of classes and/or reduced university operations are made via UNI Alert, local radio and TV stations, the UNI home page (www.uni.edu) and Facebook. The local TV stations also list closings and delays on their websites. See http://www.uni.edu/resources/weather for more information.

STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS -- TRAFFIC CONGESTIONNEW

The 2011 Iowa High School Football Playoffs are continuing in the UNI-Dome. This will mean increased traffic on Hudson Road on game days, which in some cases also may affect parking. On Nov. 18, the first of three games begin at 10:30 a.m. See www.uni.edu/unidome for more information.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR THE SUE FOLLON EXEMPLARY SERVICE AWARDNEW

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to recognizing exemplary performance among P&S and Merit staff. Nominations are being accepted for the annual Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award. In its twenty-first year, this award commemorates the former division vice president who served the university from 1985-1998. Please nominate individuals working in Student Affairs who are worthy of this prestigious award. For more information and the nomination form, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/sue-follon-award-application. Nominations are due by Dec. 6.

SSWA CLOTHING DRIVENEW

The Student Social Work Association will host a clothing drive through Dec. 2. Donations will go to The House of Hope. Baby, toddler, child and adult clothes are needed, as well as toys, diapers, household items and cleaning supplies. Boxes will be placed in all residential hall offices, Maucker Union and the Wesley Foundation.

EARLY PROCESSING OF STUDENT BIWEEKLY TIMECARDS FOR NOV. 30 PAYDAYNEW

Nov. 19 is the cutoff date for the Nov. 30 biweekly payday. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, timecards will be processed early and must be approved by 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22 to be included in the Nov. 30 paycheck. Please make sure timecards are submitted and approved to meet this deadline.

HER CAMPUS "MOST FASHIONABLE COLLEGIETTE" CONTEST 2011NEW

Her Campus UNI is an online magazine for 20-something college women. View the magazine at www.hercampus.com/uni. Now until Dec. 9, Her Campus UNI is running a contest with prizes including a $25 gift card to Jiva Salon and Spa, $20 gift card to Sakura, three UNI T-shirts and $5 gift card to Kitchen Essentials and Gifts. Learn how to enter by checking out the YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbZduLV9taM or go to Her Campus University of Northern Iowa Facebook page. 

BLOCKED EMERGENCY EXITSNEW

Access to emergency exits should never be blocked or hindered. Winter is a few short weeks away, and with it comes the inevitable snow and ice. Snow and ice accumulation may block or compromise the opening of exit doors or the building's path. If you discover an emergency exit blocked or compromised by ice or snow, immediately contact Physical Plant Dispatch at 273-4400.

MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY TO REGISTER FOR SPRING CLASSES

Registration for spring 2012 classes will begin with advanced registration Nov. 8. To make sure you are ready to register, clear any holds on your record that may prevent you from registering. This information is available in MyUNIverse under Student Center. There will be a box on the right side of the screen that lists any holds. Holds are placed on student accounts for various reasons. It may indicate an issue with your u-bill, missing paperwork, or a hold may be placed by your adviser.

GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Tobacco is the largest preventable cause of disease in the U.S. The American Cancer Society and Colleges Against Cancer encourage smokers to quit or make a plan to quit on Thursday, Nov. 17, Great American Smokeout Day. For more information, contact droessle@uni.edu.

NORTHEAST IOWA FOOD BANK DRIVE AT ESSENTIALS

Help support the Northeast Iowa Food Bank by dropping off canned goods or donating money at Essentials in Maucker Union through Nov. 30. Help surpass last year's donation of 152 pounds of food and $540. Each $1 raised buys $11 worth of groceries. Look for special discounts with each donation level met at Essentials.

SAFETY REMINDERS

As the weather turns colder, here are a few reminders from the UNI Environmetnal Health and Safety office. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors and ensure they are working properly. Replace any detector 10 years or older. Make sure you also have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home. Do you have a power generator? If you lose power and utilize a home generator, always operate the generator outdoors. Any questions can be directed to the university fire and safety specialist at 273-2004.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK EVENTSNEW

International Education Week (IEW), an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange, will be Nov. 14 through 18.  A kick-off ceremony will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, in the University Room, MAU with opening remarks from Gloria Gibson, a keynote speaker, Nicholas Chizek, as well as dance and musical performances, appetizers and refreshments. Also, learn the basics of the game cricket, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the UNI-Dome. For the complete list of events, go to http://www.uni.edu/internationalprograms/.  

ICE CREAM FUNDRAISER AT COLD STONENEW

UNI's student-run public relations firm, PRide, is having a fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, at Cold Stone Creamery on University Avenue. Stop in and watch us make your ice cream. Check out PRide's Facebook event for more details http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=316179748398302.

UNI CAB PRESENTS SHIHAN - SLAM POET FOR ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIESNEW

UNI CAB will present Shihan, the slam poet, for the Acoustic Artist Series at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. Shihan was the National Poetry Slam Champion in 2004 and has been featured on a variety of media outlets. This is a free event for all students.

UNI HOLIDAY POTTERY SALENEW

Buy unique pieces of handmade pottery made by UNI students at the UNI Holiday Pottery Sale, from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 and noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Ceramics Lab, 126 KAB.

THANK A MENTORNEW

Is there someone on campus you would like to thank for making you a more successful student or person? Take this opportunity to write a thank you to that person between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the main lobby, SEC. Members of the Multicultural Teaching Alliance will mail the notes.

CSBS BLACK & HISPANIC STUDENT MENTORSNEW

Students are invited to join the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences for an informational meeting on a new peer mentoring program. Share ideas, meet fellow students and get more information from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, in 207 SAB. Lunch will be provided for students who RSVP to sharpsc@uni.edu.

GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEKNEW

As part of Geography Awareness Week, the UNI Geography Club will have several maps on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in 223 ITTC. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, the UNI Geography Club will be in Maucker Union explaining the power and many uses of Geographic Information Systems.

ROBERT AND YVONNE KOOB FUND FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDEDNEW

The deadline for the Robert and Yvonne Koob Fund for Community Engagement application has been extended to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17. If you are a UNI student who will be completing an internship with a nonprofit organization or government agency this spring - you should apply. Students are eligible for support up to $3,000. To apply, visit http://www.uni-foundation.org/page.aspx?id=lotw36p87. Contact Julianne Gassman with questions about the Koob Fund or your application at gassman@uni.edu or by phone at 273-2204. 

OVERCOMING TEST ANXIETY AND PROCRASTINATIONNEW

Many people experience test anxiety resulting from a lack of preparation. Do you tend to put off what could get done today? Receive practical suggestions for decreasing test anxiety and learn how to stop procrastinating from 3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, at the UNI Counseling Center. For more information or to register, call 273-2676.

TRADITIONAL CLOTHING FASHION SHOWNEW

In collaboration with International Education Week, the International Student Association is hosting a Traditional Clothing Fashion Show from 12:20 to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU.  In addition, Wednesday is Traditional Clothing Day and students and faculty are encouraged to wear international clothing all day.

EARN CREDIT FOR TUTORINGNEW

Literacy−Language Arts−Math−Science Majors: Enroll in ED PSYCH 4180/5180 for spring 2012 semester (2 credit hours). Experience tutoring in a multicultural setting. For information, call 319-433-1271 or email nancy.scoggins@uni.edu.

DONATE OLD CELL PHONES TO THE YOUTH OF THE CONGONEW

All cell phones recycled this month will be sent to the Congo by the student organization UNI STAND. These phones will be helpful to youth to bring about change and social justice in the heart of Africa. Cell phone recycle boxes are located in the Schindler Education Center, Wellness Recreation Center, NISG office, Maucker Union administration office, Rod Library and the Center for Energy & Environmental Education. For more information, email rrttc@uni.edu.

MULTICULTURAL STUDENT FORUM: WHAT'S NEXT?NEW

Pizza, Punch and Professional Development. The College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences is hosting a great opportunity for professional development from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, in the CME. Come and join in a forum discussing: What’s Next? Opportunities for professional and academic advancement after graduation. Pizza and punch will be provided. 

PANTHER SPEAKERS - FREE WEBINAR ON WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION

UNI's Panther Speakers program is offering a free webinar at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 16, open to faculty, staff and students. "Problems? Probably Perception," presented by Nichole Johnson, communication studies, discusses how communication issues that occur in the workplace often have to do with assumptions. This presentation will explain how perception can be “blamed” for many problems in the workplace, and tips to improve perception. Space is limited. Register today at www.uni.edu/pantherspeakers.

PLANNING LEADERS NEEDED FOR SPRING BREAK SERVICE TRIP

The Student Leadership Center is seeking students who want to become part of the leadership planning team for the alternative spring break trip, The Pay It Forward Tour. The Pay It Forward Tour is a nine day trip with service projects in six cities. An informational meeting will be held at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Presidential Room, MAU. If you have any questions, contact Melissa Herak at herakm@uni.edu.

SPRING 2012 COURSES ON WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION

Every employer looks for communication skills on a job applicant's resume. The spring 2012 course in Workplace Communication (English 4765/5765) offers non-hypothetical experience in on-the-job communication. The spring 2012 course in Proposals & Grants (English 4770/5770) offers non-hypothetical practice in workplace writing for the purpose of winning funding. Please contact prof-writing@uni.edu for information on waiving prerequisites. Details are available at http://www.uni.edu/professional-writing/pwmoreinformation.

STUDY HELP

As the end of the semester push begins, plan ahead and start studying early. The Reading and Learning Center in 008 ITTC can help with study strategies and preparation for end-of-year exams, as well as time management, notetaking, reading strategies and more. Schedule an appointment by calling 273-2361.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS FUNDRAISER

Colleges Against Cancer is holding a fundraiser on Nov. 14 and 16 at Buffalo Wild Wings. Bring in a flyer from the College’s Against Cancer Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=168750256551346, and 10 percent of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact droessle@uni.edu.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

NISEA MEETINGNEW

This month the North Iowa State Education Association will attend Gov. Branstad's presentation about his education bill at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Cedar Falls High School Auditorium. If you would like to carpool or need a ride, meet at 3:30 p.m., in the main lounge, SEC. For more information, contact Renee Greiman at greimanr@uni.edu.

TWLOHA SPEAKER - KRIS MEYERNEW

Come hear Kris Meyer, School of Applied Human Sciences, give an inspirational talk at 9 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14 in the Elm Room, MAU. Hosted by To Write Love On Her Arms UNI. Email twloha.uni@gmail.com for more information.

UNI-SHRM MEETINGNEW

The next UNI-SHRM meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in 121 CBB. Members will vote on by-laws and amendments. Your vote is important. For more information, email Jamie at kirkusj@uni.edu.

ARE YOU PREPARED FOR A CAREER IN EDUCATION?

Want to hear inside tips about effective teaching and getting a job after graduation?  Join the UNI Student Reading Association for its November meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, in 247 SEC to hear a local principal and teacher, Brian Ortman and Sherice Ortman, share tips for successful teaching in a diverse setting. As always, come early for free refreshments and stay after for a free book. All are welcome.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

INTRAMURAL WIFFLEBALL TOURNAMENTNEW

For information on the intramural open 9-on-9 Co-Rec Indoor Wiffleball Tournament, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/intramural_sports/index.html.

FREE BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILENEW

A Blood Chemistry Profile (BCP) screening will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the WRC. Employees enrolled in a university health insurance plan are eligible for one free BCP per academic year. Spouses and UNI students may sign up for a $20 fee. To schedule an appointment, contact Human Resources at 273-2423.

COMMUNICATION AND HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Do you wonder why relationships go wrong or how to strengthen personal relationships? Learn about the qualities of healthy relationships and how to communictate effectively from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday, Nov. 14, at the UNI Counseling Center.  For more information or to register, call 273-2676.

DINING SPECIALS

MINI MEAL, A SPECIAL EVENT HOSTED BY THE PIAZZANEW

The Piazza Dining Center will host a special event, "mini MEAL," from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30. Enjoy special mini menu items such as mini hamburgers, mini BBQ sliders, mini pizzas, mini brats, mini cheese tortellini, mini muffins and mini, mini more. Use your meal plan, charge to u-bill, dining dollars or cash.

HOURS

A-TEAM HOURS OVER THANKSGIVING BREAKNEW

There will be no A-Team on Sunday, Nov. 20 due to Thanksgiving break. A-Team will resume from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 27, on the first floor of the Rod Library. Tutors from many subjects are available, so come check out the services and get help as you finish the semester strong.

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.