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Monday, Nov 28, 2011

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NEWS

SUBMIT YOUR GOOD IDEASNEW

Too many good ideas go unshared. To make sharing simple, UNI has established an online "Good Ideas" submission site. Share ideas or suggestions about all aspects of the university. Suggestions will be reviewed by the president and distributed to the appropriate department for further review and appropriate action. Submissions can be anonymous or you can provide contact information for follow-up. Submissions can be sent via campus mail to Good Ideas, mail code 0705 or call 273-2566.

REAFFIRMATION STATEMENTNEW

President Allen has published a reaffirmation of UNI's commitment to nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The full statement can be found at http://www.uni.edu/equity/documents/ReaffirmationStatement2011.pdf.

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE EDUCATION FORUMS - MICHELE BACHMANNNEW

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will kickoff UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. UNI and Iowa Public Radio are hosting presidential candidates to speak to "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Education." The forum, moderated by Ben Kieffer, host of IPR's "The Exchange," is free and open to the public. Bachmann will speak for 30 minutes, followed by Q&A with the audience.

GOVERNOR'S STEM ADVISORY COUNCIL UPDATENEW

A Governor's STEM Advisory Council update meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Presidential 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. RSVP to imsep@uni.edu. Cookies and coffee will be provided.

MAUCKER UNION BALLROOM SHUTDOWN FOR RENOVATIONSNEW

Due to a renovation project that includes updated heating/cooling systems, lighting and audio/visual components, the Maucker Union Ballroom will not be available for events until March 19. Reservations for events can still be made by calling the Maucker Union administrative office at 273-2256.

SSWA CLOTHING DRIVE

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.

BLOCKED EMERGENCY EXITS

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.

SEVERE WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE MLK DAY OF SERVICE PROJECTNEW

Jan. 16, 2012 marks the 26th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is an opportunity for Americans to honor King’s legacy through service. UNI's Student Leadership Center urges the UNI community to use MLK Day as a "day on, not a day off." Registration is open for individuals and organizations to sign up for service opportunities. Transportation, a T-shirt and lunch will be provided. To register, visit http://www.uni.edu/leadershipcenter. For more information, contact the Student Involvement & Activities Center at 273-2683.

NORTHERN IOWAN READERSHIP SURVEYNEW

The Northern Iowan, UNI's student-produced newspaper, is conducting a survey of its readers. Make your voice heard and be a part of the NI's efforts to improve readership. The survey is open to students, faculty and staff through 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, in MyUNIverse.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

TRADITIONS CHALLENGENEW

It’s time to collect your photos and get them into your traditions book. Connecting Alumni To Students (CATS) wants to ensure you are recognized as an “Official Traditions Keeper” prior to graduating from UNI. Stop by the Alumni House between noon and 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29, to check in with CATS. To learn more about your eligibility to receive a pin or medallion and be recognized at the ceremony, visit www.uni.edu/traditions or contact Jenny Gibbs at gibbsjab@uni.edu.

SERVICE-LEARNING IN INDIA FOR CAPSTONE CREDITNEW

Learn how to receive Capstone credit for taking part in a May service-learning Capstone in India from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29, in 25 GIL. The information session will cover the tentative itinerary, program costs, how to apply, as well as information about the culture.

WRITE ABOUT DIVERSITY AND WIN A PRIZENEW

Win a cash value gift certificate by writing about diversity for the CME Voices newsletter. Voice your opinion about diversity or the lack of diversity on campus. In addition, your article will be published in the December newsletter.  Submissions are due Dec. 2 and will be published Dec. 14.  For details, visit www.uni.edu/cme or check out the November newsletter. Email articles to Kailee Becker at kaileeb@uni.edu or Camelia Rubalcada at rubalca@uni.edu.

VISIONING A SUSTAINABLE WORLD IN 2050NEW

Students enrolled in Introduction to Sustainability will present a blueprint for a sustainable society in 2050 at a public forum on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the CEEE Auditorium. A poster session will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the forum at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

NEED STUDYING TIPS?NEW

Need tips on studying for finals? Come to the Reading and Learning Center to learn about test-taking strategies and get help preparing for end-of-semester exams. Call 273-2361 to set up an appointment.

APPLICATIONS DUE DEC. 1 FOR STUDENT LEADERSHIP CENTER PLANNING COMMITTEENEW

Do you love UNI and like to volunteer? Then the Student Leadership Center would be a good fit for you. Help coordinate Volunteer Tuesdays, Make a Difference Day, alternative spring break trips and other leadership and service opportunities. Visit http://www.uni.edu/leadershipcenter or stop by the Student Involvement & Activities Center on the upper level of Maucker Union to pick up an application. Applications are due by Dec. 1.

PUBLIC POLICY SURVEYNEW

Students from the UNI Masters of Public Policy program are conducting a short survey for a class project on exploring attitudes toward transgender individuals. Results are completely anonymous and will not be published or reported outside of the class. The survey takes about 15 minutes and is available at http://www.hitspinner.com/rotator.php?uid=1028&rid=1.

NATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE INFORMATION MEETINGNEW

Learn how you can attend one of 170+ colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada while paying UNI tuition. Students must have a 2.5 GPA and have completed at least 30 UNI hours at the time of the exchange. A meeting will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Presidential Room, MAU.

FOLLON SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN IN LEADERSHIPNEW

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012-2013 Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership. Application criteria and information are available at www.uni.edu/finaid. Students are encouraged to apply early. Deadline for applications is Feb. 15. Contact jan.hanish@uni.edu for more information.

TIME MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPNEW

Are you struggling with managing your time as the end of the semester approaches? Come to a time management workshop from 1 to 1:50 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, in 035 ITTC. To register, email emily.borcherding@uni.edu.

HOLIDAYS ON A BUDGETNEW

This workshop will help you create and stick to a holiday budget. The workshop will offer tips for not overspending during the holidays and how to set spending limits. It will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Presidential Room, MAU. To register, visit http://www.uni.edu/finaid/holiday-budget.

PANTHERS GIVE BACK HAT & MITTEN DRIVENEW

Help those in need by stopping by the holiday tree in Maucker Union and drop off new (or slightly used) hats and mittens that will be given to local elementary schools this winter season. Items can be dropped off until Dec. 17.

LIBRARY FIND ARTICLES SURVEYNEW

Want Panther Prowler to work faster for your research projects? Check out the new Find Articles search option at this test site and share what you think. For more information, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/ebsco/.

2011 SALVATION ARMY GIVING TREENEW

About 1,000 families in the Cedar Valley are in need of clothing and toys this holiday season. The UNI Department of Residence retail operations are partnering with The Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program. Stop by one of the giving trees located at Prexy’s and Essentials in Maucker Union, Biscotti’s in Redeker Center and the 23rd St. Market in the Commons. Choose an ornament from the tree, purchase the item and return the unwrapped purchase to any of the giving tree locations. Donation collection ends at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT ESSENTIALSNEW

Essentials has holiday items to meet everyone's budget. New items include boxed candies, hand painted glassware, ornaments, travel mugs, acrylic glassware, wooden decorations, UNI clothing and souvenirs. Take the stress out of shopping and stop by Essentials in Maucker Union.

CAMP ADVENTURE LEADERSHIP ASSESSMENT CENTER (INTERVIEW)NEW

The Camp Adventure Youth Services program provides an opportunity for college students to participate in a valuable service-learning experience. A Camp Adventure Leadership Assessment Center will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, in 204 WRC. RSVP to hr@campadventure.com to confirm your attendance. The program is open to all majors. For more information, fill out an interest card online at www.campadventure.com, call 273-5948 or email staff.development@campadventure.com.

INTERIOR DESIGN SENIOR PORTFOLIO SHOWNEW

The graduating class of senior interior design students will show their portfolio work from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, in the GBPAC lobby. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=145122455578284.

'I WANT MY JACKET BACK'NEW

Written and performed by Jenn Freitag, "I Want My Jacket Back" is a solo performance that explores new ways to think and talk about gender violence through the use of music, humor, poetry, personal narrative and dialogue. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m.,  Monday, Dec. 5, in 040 LNG. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.iwantmyjacketback.com.

PEER IN RESIDENCE (P.A.I.R.) POSITIONNEW

A Peer Advisor in Residence (P.A.I.R.) position is available for the spring 2012 semester in Dancer Residence Hall. The position is 10 hours per week which includes living in the residence hall mentoring students. Please check leadership information at http://www.uni.edu/advising/pairs.

TAKE YOUR CAPSTONE IN COSTA RICA THIS SUMMERNEW

Hike through the rainforest, swim with dolphins and zip line down a mountain while completing UNI Capstone requirements at the same time. Learn more at an information session from 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6,  in 25 GIL.

SUMMER CAPSTONE IN FRANCE 2012NEW

Learn about traveling to France for two weeks to receive UNI Capstone credit from 3 to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, in 25 GIL. If interested, but unable to attend, please contact study-abroad@uni.edu.

SKYPE AUTHOR VISIT NEW

Amy Stewart, best-selling author of "Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities," will visit 373 Rod Library and the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Public Libraries via Skype at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8.

COMMUNICATION STUDENT ASSOCIATION (CSA) WINTER SOCIALNEW

CSA will host an end-of-the-semester holiday celebration at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Presidential Room, MAU. The group will enjoy food and drinks (which will be provided), as well as create Christmas cards for residents at the New Aldaya Lutheran Home. All are welcome to join. RSVP to unicsa2@gmail.com by noon, Monday, Nov. 28.

EARN CREDIT FOR TUTORING

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.

UNISTA PRESENTS 'THE YELLOW BOAT'NEW

The UNI Student Theater Association will present "The Yellow Boat," at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, in the Bertha Martin Theatre, SWT. The play is based on the true story of the playwright’s hemophiliac son who contracted AIDS during a blood transfusion. Admission is $4.  Money raised is for the organization Keep a Child Alive. For more information, visit www.UNISTAonline.org.

DONATE OLD CELL PHONES TO THE YOUTH OF THE CONGO

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.

UNI HOLIDAY POTTERY SALE

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.

OVERCOMING TEST ANXIETY AND PROCRASTINATION

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.

TUTORING SERVICES

The Academic Learning Center offers many resources for students. Get help preparing for the GRE, learning time-management skills and help with science and math.  For details, visit www.uni.edu/unialc/TutorInformation/PDFs/tutoringServicesTRIFOLDFall2011.pdf

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

HEALTHY HOLIDAYS-HIRE A PERSONAL TRAINERNEW

Stay healthy this holiday season and hire a WRS personal trainer who will customize individual workouts and provide motivation and accountability to help meet fitness and health goals. For more information or to sign up, contact Kristy Leen at kristy.leen@uni.edu or Erin Nielsen at enielsen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html.

FIT PLAN PACKAGE DEAL NEW

The Personal Fitness department at the WRC is offering a fitness deal to help you start the New Year making healthful decisions while saving money. Sign up for all three events and the cost is $40 (purchased individually all three are $53). The package includes a fitness evaluation during the week of Jan. 16 through 20, a Focus on Fitness Workshop, from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, and a second fitness evaluation the week of Feb. 27 through March 3. Fitness evaluations include: resting blood pressure, heart rate, measurements and body composition, cardiovascular (run, walk, bike) and strength and flexibility testing. To sign up or for more information, contact Erin Nielsen at enielsen@uni.edu.

EXPRESS WORKOUT WORKSHOP

Do you have a busy schedule and can't find time to workout? Attend the Express Workout Workshop from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in 204 WRC. Participants will gain knowledge on how to get a great workout in a limited amount of time by using precise exercise formats. The workshop is available to students, faculty, staff and spouses. To sign up or for more information, contact Erin Nielsen at enielsen@uni.edu.

FREE BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILE

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.

DINING SPECIALS

MINI MEAL, A SPECIAL EVENT HOSTED BY THE PIAZZA

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.

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.