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Monday, Nov 7, 2011

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NEWS

MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY TO REGISTER FOR SPRING CLASSESNEW

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.

FREE FLU SHOTSNEW

It’s not to late to get your flu shot. The Student Health Clinic will offer free flu shots for students while supplies last. For dates, locations and times visit www.uni.edu/health.

INTERIM DEAN OF STUDENTS ANNOUNCEDNEW

Lyn Redington, UNI director of residence life, has been named interim dean of students at UNI, effective Nov. 23. Redington will retain her current position in residence administration with some adjustments in duties as necessary. Her office will be located in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, 118 GIL, phone 273-2897. A national search will begin in January, with the goal of a new dean in place on July 1. Jon Buse, current dean of students, has accepted the position of dean of students at Kirkwood Community College.

NORTHEAST IOWA FOOD BANK DRIVE AT ESSENTIALS NEW

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 REMINDERSNEW

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.

GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUTNEW

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.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

UNI STEM EDUCATION COMMUNITY NOVEMBER MEETINGNEW

The next opportunity to participate in UNI's monthly STEM Education meetings is from 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 9, in the Oak Room, MAU. The guest speaker will be Edward Rathmell, mathematics. Discussion themes will include the importance of UNI faculty engaging Iowa's K-12 students in the STEM fields, best practices, and how to gain momentum to 'STEM-ahead' in order to reach the primary goal of increasing the presence and quality of STEM education in Iowa. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/stemed/

STUDY HELPNEW

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.

STUDY LIKE A NINJANEW

Study ninjas need great reading comprehension. This week the ninjas will unlock the secrets of understanding and reading novels, essays, poems and journal articles. New ninjas are always welcome. Meetings are held from 1 to 1:50 p.m., Wednesdays, in 35 ITTC.

GRE VERBAL FUNNEW

Worrying about the GRE? Ready to pull your hair out? Come to the free GRE Verbal Workshop from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, in 035 ITTC. While playing games in a relaxed, social atmosphere you can prepare for the GRE. No registration is needed. 

PLANNING LEADERS NEEDED FOR SPRING BREAK SERVICE TRIPNEW

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 COMMUNICATIONNEW

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.

2011 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEKNEW

International Education Week is a celebration of the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the U.S. Join International Programs in celebrating International Education Week Nov. 14 to 18. Experience other culture’s music, movies, food, traditions, sports and more. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.uni.edu/internationalprograms/.

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. Camp Adventure leadership assessments will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, 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.

SEEKING PARTICIPANTS FOR CAUCUS FOCUS GROUPNEW

Two focus groups will be held on Nov. 8 and 10 to discuss the Iowa caucus process as part of the Town Hall residency by Soiourn and TEAM theatre companies. Student Republicans are invited to attend the Nov. 8 focus group from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Interpreters Theatre, 040 Lang. Student Democrats are invited to attend the Nov. 10 focus group, also from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in 040 Lang. To RSVP or for more information, contact Karen Mitchell at karen.mitchell@uni.edu.

PANTHER SPEAKERS - FREE WEBINAR ON WORKPLACE COMMUNICATIONNEW

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.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS FUNDRAISERNEW

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.

ALPHA DELTA PI TAILGATENEW

Join the women of Alpha Delta Pi for a tailgate before the UNI football game from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, in the UNI-Dome parking lot. The group will be selling hot dogs and hot chocolate to raise money for their philanthropy, the Ronald McDonald House. 

SAFE ZONE ALLY QUIZNEW

Want to be a Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Transgender Questioning and Asexual ally, but don't know where to go for information? Are you already an ally and want to show your support? Take the Safe Zone Ally quiz, initiated by UNI students. The Safe Zone Ally quiz can expand your knowledge about the UNI community and shows support for UNI's LGBTQA and ally students, staff and faculty. The quiz is available at http://www.uni.edu/deanofstudents/safe-zone-ally.

UNI POLAR BARE, RUN, WALK OR ROLLNEW

The fifth annual Polar Bare Run, Walk or Roll theme is Run Bare Because We Care. This philanthropy event will provide an opportunity for students, alumni and the community to give back to the Cedar Valley while participating in this fun, mile-long run, walk or roll. There is a $5 registration cost, which covers event costs and a montery donation to the Salvation Army. Participants are asked to bring in used articles of clothing. Each article will enter you into a drawing for prizes. Sign up at www.unialum.org/polar-bare-run-walk-or-roll. Check-in begins at  9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8 to stretch and donate your winter wear. The run will begin at 9:30 p.m. sharp, at the Alumni House on 23rd Street.

NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW WRITING FESTIVAL

The North American Review (NAR) will hold its second annual NAR Writing Festival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, at the Cedar Falls Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.northamericanreview.org/writing-festival.

LIBRARY STUDENT TECHNOLOGY FEE SURVEY

Speak up on how student technology fees are used. Rod Library will conduct its annual survey of student technology interests from Monday, Oct. 31, through Wednesday, Nov. 9. The survey is online at www.uni.edu/library/stfsurvey/ and in paper form in the library.

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS BOOK CLUB

The Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:50 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, at the UNI Museum to discuss "The Rope Walk" by Carrie Brown. Unlikely friends on the edge of adolescence try to help a dying man with costly results. All are welcome and you need not have read the book to attend.

ATTENTION TRANSFER STUDENTS

Do you need research participation points for a course this semester? Do you want to share your opinions and experiences about your experiences as a transfer student at UNI? Follow this link https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/surveys/takeSurvey.cgi and select the Transfer Student Experiences at UNI questionnaire in the announcements section. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and is strictly confidential. All responses will be aggregated and no individually identifying information will be disclosed. If you submit a completed survey by Nov. 15, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of 30 gift certificates worth $20 from Amazon.com. If you have any questions, email kristin.moser@uni.edu or call Kristin Moser at 273-3103.

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM PREPARATION WORKSHOP

Are you a graduate student interested in gaining research presentation experience? Consider presenting at the 5th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium which will take place Tuesday, March 27. Attend the Research Symposium Informational Workshop to learn about the types of presentations, benefits of presenting research, helpful tips for presenting, judging criteria and prize information, and how to begin preparing for the symposium. The workshop will take place at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 9, in 109A, CME.

TAKE UNI DINING SURVEY, ENTER DRAWING FOR DINING DOLLARS

What is your opinion of UNI campus restaurants and convenience stores? Take the annual dining services satisfaction survey at www.uni.edu/dor. The access number is 124 followed by your university ID number. The survey takes approximately four minutes. You can evaluate one or more venues and return to the survey site throughout this week. Participants also can enter a drawing for $50 Dining Dollars.

THE ROBERT AND YVONNE KOOB SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Robert and Yvonne Koob Fund for Community Engagement is now accepting scholarship applications for spring 2012. If you are a UNI student who will be completing an internship with a nonprofit organization this spring you should apply. Students are eligible for support up to $3,000. Visit http://www.uni-foundation.org/page.aspx?id=lotw36p87 to apply. Contact Julianne Gassman with questions about the Koob Fund or your application at gassman@uni.edu or by phone at 273-2204. Applications are due Monday, Nov. 14.

UNI DANCE MARATHON

Do you like to have a good time? Do you like to help raise money for kids? Well, then UNI Dance Marathon is the Student Organization for you. UNI Dance Marathon raises money for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and needs your help. Register to become a dancer at www.unidancemarathon.com or pick up a registration form at any UNI Dance Marathon event you see on campus. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter at UNI Dance Marathon.

OPENERS NEEDED FOR COFFEEHOUSE SERIES FEATURING SHIHAN THE POET

CAB is seeking UNI poets, essayist and authors interested in opening for Shihan, a slam poet. Students chosen will perform at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15. If interested, send a sample of your work to unicab.entertainment@gmail.com by Tuesday, Nov. 8. To see some of Shihan's work, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJZkBWBashA.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

ARE YOU PREPARED FOR A CAREER IN EDUCATION?NEW

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.

GUEST SPEAKER: JOHN GROVES

The Plinian Society will host guest speaker, John Groves, paleontologist from UNI. Groves' interests involve systematics, evolution and biostratigraphy of Paleozoic foraminiferans. Learn more about this interesting extinct creature at 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, in 101 MSH.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

COMMUNICATION AND HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPSNEW

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.

EXPRESS WORKOUT WORKSHOPNEW

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.

NEED SOME INNER PEACE? WALK THE LABYRINTH

Walk the labyrinth anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Central Ballroom B, MAU. The labyrinth is in the form of a circle with a meandering but purposeful path leading from the edge to the center. While walking the labyrinth, one may feel joy in slowing down the pace of life, finding peace, insight, reflection, creativity, relaxation and wisdom. For more information, contact Joan Thompson at joan.thompson@uni.edu or 273-2137.

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.