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Monday, Oct 10, 2011

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NEWS

WARNING: SCAM TARGETING STUDENTSNEW

Beware of emails and bulletin board flyers offering good pay for students to work online. The messages indicate students have to pay a fee to sign up at http://www.studentpay.com/

ATTENTION FALL 2011 GRADUATION CANDIDATESNEW

The Office of the Registrar will host an open house for all fall 2011 graduation candidates from Oct. 17 to 21. Drop in and meet with a record analyst to do a graduation check and get assistance completing your graduation application. Record analysts will only be available to fall 2011 graduation candidates during these open house dates.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND TOPIC SUGGESTIONS FOR 2012-2013NEW

The Reaching for Higher Ground project will focus on a new issue each academic year. Selected topics will be of current or lasting relevance and will be interdisciplinary in nature. The committee is seeking suggestions from faculty, staff and students for the next Reaching for Higher Ground topic. Please share ideas at http://www.uni.edu/higherground/topic-suggestions-2012-2013.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND FALL EVENTSNEW

The Reaching for Higher Ground: Community After 9/11 project includes many lectures and special events during the month of October. For more information and for a calendar of events, visit www.uni.edu/higherground.

HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Sick of being sick? Make your voice heard. Student health needs are important to the health providers in your community. A research project in the Research and Analysis for Management Decisions class seeks to learn whether the health care needs of students on the UNI campus are being met. Please complete the survey and submit your responses on or before Monday, Oct. 10. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/658945/SHNA.

PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS WEBSITENEW

UNI has created a public records requests website detailing how UNI handles public records requests. The Iowa Public Records Law, Chapter 22 of the Iowa Code, establishes that most documents or records held by governmental agencies, including UNI, are public and subject to disclosure. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/publicrecords.

AMERICA RECYCLES DAYNEW

America Recycles Day is Tuesday, Nov. 15. The Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) will share recycling information from noon to 4 p.m., in Maucker Union. America Recycles Day reminds individuals to promote recycling at work and at home. RRTTC staff will be out and about on campus looking to reward people they find recycling on America Recycles Day.

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES NEWSLETTERNEW

The Student Disability Services October newsletter is available at http://www.uni.edu/sds/StudentNews.shtml.

APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION AVAILABLE

Students who will be graduating fall 2011 or spring 2012 now have the ability to apply for graduation through their Student Center within MyUNIverse. Students who have already applied to graduate fall 2011 or spring 2012 must submit another application for graduation through their Student Center - the previous application on file will not be processed. To be included in the fall 2011 Commencement Program, applications for graduation must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/registrar.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

MONSTERS IN THE CLOSETNEW

October is domestic/dating violence awareness month. Many have witnessed intimate partner violence first-hand and many have not. Regardless, everyone suffers from the effects of this epidemic. This month, take two and a half minutes to learn more at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=367JvtoTm34. Together we can break the silence. For more information or support, visit http://www.uni.edu/violenceservices or http://www.seedsofhopeiowa.com.

GRE VERBAL WORKSHOPNEW

Studying for the GRE Verbal? Want to tear your hair out? Come to this fun, game-oriented GRE Verbal workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 3 to 4 p.m. in ITTC 035. By playing games like Charades and Balderdash, you will learn valuable tips for the GRE Verbal. To register, email emily.borcherding@uni.edu.

TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPNEW

Are you interested in technology? Do you want to know how technology can be useful in your academic work? Come to a “Reading, Learning, and Studying with Technology” workshop from 3 to 3:50 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10  in 035 ITTC. The workshop will focus on eReaders, iPad, Excel and Prezi. No preregistration is needed. The workshop is sponsored by the Academic Learning Center.

CAB'S COFFEEHOUSE SERIES FEATURES BRETT HITENEW

CAB's Coffeehouse Series will feature acoustic artist Brett Hire at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. This singer/songwriter's distinctive instrumentation and soulful vocals recently emerged onto the college music scene. During the show, get a large hot beverage for the price of a small at Chats.

'NOT GIVING BACK: THE SOCIAL EXCHANGE CONCERN HYPOTHESIS OF PHYSICAL DISABILITY STIGMA'NEW

Tom Dirth, psychology, will present his research on societal perceptions of disabilities as a part of Disability Awareness Month. The presentation will take place from 6 to 7:15 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17  in 2 SAB. Sponsored by Awareness for Individuals with Disabilities. For more information, contact Ashley Brickley, ashley.brickley@uni.edu.

COFFEE CHATSNEW

Join the Academic Learning Center's Coffee Chats. Topics include "Building Your College Vocabulary," "Learning in a New Culture" and "Becoming a Better College Reader." Offered by the Academic Learning Center, in 008 ITTC. For more information, call 273-2361.

STUDY LIKE A NINJANEW

This week ninja study warriors will hone their test-taking reflexes.  The group will examine test formats and learn how to attack them with strategies. New ninjas are always welcome. The group meets from 1 to 1:50 p.m., on Wednesdays, in 035 ITTC.

FINDING AND APPLYING FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOBSNEW

The federal government is one of the largest employers in the U.S. Their unique hiring process can create challenges not faced in other fields. Learn about available job opportunities, job search strategies and federal resumes.  Find and apply for federal government jobs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, in 009 GIL. For more information, contact Isabela Varela isabela.varela@uni.edu

UNI YOUNG AMERICAN'S FOR LIBERTY: GET LIBERTYNEW

Are you unhappy with our current political situation? Not finding solace in the current candidates? Join the UNI Libertarians at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Oak Room, MAU. Ralph Scott, faculty adviser, will discuss his experience as a Libertarian. Joining the club is free and this is an excellent meeting for new members to get involved.

MAJORS IN MINUTESNEW

“Majors in Minutes” is a speed-dating approach to learning more about majors or careers. This event will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Ballroom, MAU.  Attendees will visit with junior or senior students in a certain major for five minutes. After five minutes, you can remain at that station or move on to another station. Visit as many stations as you like.  For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/advising/majors-minutes.

SO RIGHT, SO SMART!NEW

"So Right, So Smart!" is a documentary narrated by Daryl Hannah. Those looking to find encouraging news in the midst of the current environmental crisis will be inspired by this story of leadership and hope. View the documentary at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24, in the CEEE Auditorium. 

DRAKE LAW SCHOOL VISIT

Kara Blanchard, director of admission and financial aid at Drake Law School, will discuss preparing for and applying to law school. Learn more about law school and Drake at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, in 15 SAB. Pizza and soda provided. Sponsored by Daniel Webster Law Society and the CBA Prelaw Club.

THINKING ABOUT GRADUATE SCHOOL

The Graduate College will hold its annual event “Thinking About Graduate School (TAGS)” at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Ballroom, MAU. This event is for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree. TAGS will consist of a presentation explaining graduate application processes, a Q&A session with a panel of current graduate students and professors, and an information fair of UNI graduate programs. Email gradlife@uni.edu with any questions.

HELP WITH STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS

The mathematics department at UNI provides a free source of statistical support for routine data analysis through the Statistical Consulting Lab (SCL). The SCL is available to students, faculty and staff. See http://www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL for more information. Contact Mark Jacobson at jacobson@cs.uni.edu or 273-7172 to set up an appointment.

PANTHER PALSNEW

UNI’s Men’s Basketball is hosting Panther Pals for boys and girls in grades one through six, from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6, in the UNI-Dome. Participants receive free admission to nine home games, a T-shirt, basketball, Subway party and get to meet the players. For more information, visit www.unipanthers.com or contact Sean Sweeney a 273-4667.

DEMOCRACY FROM THE INSIDE OUT WITH PARKER PALMERNEW

If you are interested in "healing the heart of democracy" please join us at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, in 303 SEC to listen to Parker Palmer, internationally known educator, via webcast as he discusses what it takes to do "democracy from the inside out.” After a 30-minute presentation, Palmer will be joined by a panel that represents a variety of perspectives on what democracy takes. For more information, visit http://www.couragerenewal.org/democracy.

UPDATED NONTRADITIONAL STUDENT WEBSITENEW

The updated nontraditional student website is now available. Nontraditional students and their advisers will find a convenient online resource addressing specific topics of interest. New this year: veterans information and the Nontraditional Student Association sites. Academic Advising wants to feature pictures and brief bios of nontraditional students. To nominate a student, or for suggestions and comments about this website, contact Jean.Neibauer@uni.edu.

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS BOOK CLUB

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 10, at the UNI Museums to discuss "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. This is a true story of cancer cells that were used for research without permission. You need not have read the book to attend. All are welcome.

LIBRARY EXHIBITORS NEEDEDNEW

Rod Library invites university departments and organizations to submit proposals for monthly exhibits for December 2011 to August 2012. The library makes two exhibit cases available to the campus community. If your department or organization is interested in having an exhibit, please complete the online proposal at http://www.uni.edu/library/exhbproposal/. More information is available at http://www.library.uni.edu/public-relations/exhibits.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND STUDYNEW

There are new links on the international programs website for scholarships, grants and fellowship information for international research and study. There are links for faculty and staff, graduate students, undergraduate students and international study. http://www.uni.edu/internationalprograms/funding-opportunities.

KAPPA DELTA PI T-SHIRT SALENEW

Faculty, staff and students can purchase gifts at the UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society T-shirt sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11 and 12, in the SEC lobby. Proceeds will benefit KDP educational and service projects.

CSA MEETINGNEW

The Communication Student Association will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, in the College Eye Room, MAU. Guest speaker Jason Zylstra from Vermeer, based in Pella, Iowa will discuss the company and how organizational communication is a significant aspect when searching for future employees. Please email unicsa2@gmail.com for more information or check Facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/192468298720/.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

UNI-SHRM BOWLING FUNDRAISERNEW

Bowl with UNI-Student Human Resources Management from 9 to 11:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13,  at Maple Lanes. Tickets are $6 for unlimited bowling and shoes. Buy tickets at Maucker Union on Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or at the door. For more information, contact Jamie at kirkusj@uni.edu.

RHO EPSILON MEETINGNEW

Rho Epsilon will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, in 121 CBB. The presenter will be Principal Financial from Des Moines. Learn about the company and the opportunities it has available for internships and full-time employment. After the presentation, the group will head to the OP for free pizza. All majors are welcome. For more information, contact Charlie Peterson at petercac@uni.edu.

UNI DANCE MARATHON MORALE CAPTAIN APPLICATIONS

Are you an energetic, lively person, who likes to get other people pumped up? If yes, sign up to be a morale captain for UNI Dance Marathon. Applications can be picked up at the Student Involvement Activities Center, MAU. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Oct. 10. For more information, contact Sawyer Kilen at uni.dm.recruitment.morale@gmail.com. 

SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUPNEW

UNI Sigma Delta Pi is sponsoring an "Hora de Conversar," a Spanish conversation group that meets every Tuesday for the rest of the semester, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the chairs available just outside the CME. Any level of Spanish is encouraged to attend.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

5K RUN FOR THE PRESERVES

The Oct. 15, 5K Run for the Preserves is a cross-country race to promote the use of UNI’s preserves by students and community members. Registration is $10 for students and $12 for non-students. On race day, registration starts at 9 a.m. with the race starting at 10 a.m. For more information and to register, visit http://www.studentnaturesociety.com/5kinfo or email Susan Meerdink at meerdins@uni.edu.

INTRAMURALS

For information on 6-on-6 volleyball, 4-on-4 wallyball, the Intramural Pass-and-Kick Contest and the 3-on-3 basketball leagues for men and women,  visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/intramural_sports/index.html

GOT THE CARD?

Do you have the card? If you choose to drink, why not plan ahead for your own personal safety and well-being?  Order a free wallet-sized card that will help you "Watch Your Blood Alcohol Level & Stay in Your Green Zone." Visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/subabuse/index.html  and click on B.A.C. Zone Cards.

TEACHER-IN-SERVICE ALL SPORTS CAMPS

Wellness and Recreation Services is hosting All Sports Camps on Fridays when Waterloo and Cedar Falls schools have teacher in-service days. For more information, contact Christopher Denison or Rick McGill at 273-7160 or at denison@uni.edu.

WELLNESS & RECREATION SERVICES E-NEWSLETTER

Check out the Wellness & Recreation Services October e-newsletter at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage to read updates on WRS events and programs along with wellness tips and articles.

STRONG TO THE CORE WORKSHOP NEW

Abdominal and core training have been used interchangeably in recent years, but abdominal muscles are only part of complete core training. Strong to the Core Workshop, hosted by WRS personal trainers, will distinguish what the core consists of and teach exercises to target core muscles. Strong to the Core Workshop is from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the WRC upstairs fitness area. The class is $15 and available to all students, faculty and staff. To enroll or for more information, contact Erin Nielsen at enielsen@uni.edu.

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.