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Monday, Oct 17, 2011

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NEWS

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR ROBERT WALLER TO SPEAK AT UNI

Robert Waller, former dean of CBA and best-selling author, will visit UNI on Wednesday, Oct. 19 as part of UNI's Presidential Lecture Series. Waller will deliver a public lecture "What the Rivers Taught Me," at 7:30 p.m., in Lang Hall Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. His best-selling novel, "The Bridges of Madison County" sold more than 12 million copies and was made into a major film and theatrical productions in a number of countries.

UNI'S STEM INITIATIVES TO BE FEATURED ON DISCOVERY CHANNELNEW

UNI's work in STEM education will be featured in a special edition of the Profiles Series. The program will air on the Discovery Channel at 6 a.m. Central Daylight Time, Friday, Oct. 21. The segment also will be broadcast via syndication in the top 50 U.S. television markets and overseas on Voice of America TV. For more information and to see the videos, visit www.uni.edu/provost/.

UNI I AM A HERONEW

The Northern Iowa Student Government is recognizing UNI heroes in a new online segment, "UNI I Am A Hero." NISG will recognize UNI students, faculty and staff who are making a positive difference in their community. To nominate someone, send a brief statement about why you are nominating them to nisg@uni.edu. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/news/uni-am-hero/1536. Visit www.uni.edu/nisg every Tuesday to see each week's winner.

ATTENTION SPRING 2012 GRADUATION CANDIDATESNEW

The Office of the Registrar will host an open house for all spring 2012 graduation candidates Oct. 24 through 28. Drop in and meet with a record analyst to do a graduation check and get assistance completing your graduation application. Note: record analysts will only be available to spring 2012 graduation candidates during these open house dates.

PARTICIPATE IN 2011 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK, NOV. 14-18NEW

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate 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. Participate by proposing an event or series of events. Events may include, but are not limited to: information tables in the Maucker Union and other locations, information sessions, lectures, discussion panels, international movies, conversation tables, presentations, etc. To submit an event, email event planner Kristen Hora (oipevents@uni.edu) with the title of event, brief description, preferable date and time and contact person. The deadline for submitting an event is Nov. 9.

OCTOBER IS FIRE PREVENTION MONTHNEW

The United States leads the industrial world in residential (non-arson) fire deaths at approximately 3,000 per year. Fire prevention is everybody's business. Know where the emergency exits are, practice getting out of your home in the event of a fire and check the batteries in your smoke detectors. Contact UNI Fire & Safety Specialist at 273-2004, or the Environmental Health & Safety website at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ehso/index.shtml for fire safety and prevention information.

ANONYMOUS REPORTING IS AVAILABLE NEW

UNI has selected EthicsPoint to provide for the anonymous and confidential reporting of financial misconduct that may involve criminal, unethical, or otherwise inappropriate behavior, in violation of university policy or state law. Individuals may file a report on this EthicsPoint website at https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/en/report_custom.asp?clientid=10957 or by calling EthicsPoint toll-free at 866-ETHICP (866-384-4277). Reports submitted through EthicsPoint will be handled as promptly, discreetly and carefully as possible.

ATTENTION FALL 2011 GRADUATION CANDIDATES

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.

NEED SOMETHING PRINTED?

Print Services is located on the west side of campus in the Physical Plant building. It provides full color and black and white copying, two-color press work, lamination and bindery/finishing work such as tabbing, folding, cutting and drilling. Print Services offers competitive pricing, free quotes and top-notch customer service. Send jobs through campus mail or email at PRINT-SERVICES-L@uni.edu. For questions or additional information, call 273-2448.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND FALL EVENTS

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.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND TOPIC SUGGESTIONS FOR 2012-2013

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.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

DECLARATION DAYNEW

Declaration Day is Oct. 26 and targets new freshman, deciding students and any student wanting to change their major. Students can visit the department of desired major and declare. This day is dedicated to acting upon the information learned at Majors in Minutes. http://www.uni.edu/advising/.

MAJORS IN MINUTES

“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.

UNI...I AM AN RA! RA RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION, 2012-2013NEW

Are you a leader? Do you know a student who loves to help others? The Department of Residence is looking for Resident Assistants for the 2012-2013 academic year. RAs receive compensated room and board, and a $1,200 stipend. Applications go "live" on Nov. 7 and are accepted through Jan. 12. Visit www.uni.edu/dor/raapplication to learn more and to apply.  Upload a personal statement and résumé with your application. Examples are available on the application site or visit Career Services (http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/). If you have questions about the process, contact Adrienne Appler at adrienne.appler@uni.edu. If your student organization is interested in learning more about the RA position, contact amanda.mesirow@uni.edu.

NATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE INFO MEETINGNEW

National Student Exchange will have an informational meeting at 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17, in the University Room, MAU. 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 credit hours at the time of exchange. 

BLINDNESS SIMULATION AND DISCUSSIONNEW

As a part of Disability Awareness Month, the 'In My Shoes' workshops will offer a blindness simulation and discussion for the UNI campus. The simulation will take place from 6 to 7 p.m., with discussion to follow, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the College Eye Room, MAU. For more information or to volunteer, contact Brian Werts at wertsb20@uni.edu.

THINKING INCLUSIVE AT UNI & BEYOND: ACADEMIC, SOCIAL & PHYSICAL ACCESSNEW

The Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language & Learning will host a free event focused on disability and inclusion from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, in the Commons. The keynote speaker is Lennard Davis, author and professor of disability studies and human development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The event is open to all UNI faculty, staff and students. There are limited spaces available. For more information or to register, visit www.uni.edu/coe by Nov. 1. 

NISEA PANEL 'ADDRESSING BULLYING AND BUILDING CONFIDENCE'NEW

The North Iowa Student Education Association is hosting a panel of local educators addressing bullying and building confidence in students at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Purple Pen Room, MAU. Any student pursuing a career in teaching is encouraged to attend. Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Renee at greimanr@uni.edu.

POTTER LEAH LIETSON TO OFFER VISITING ARTIST WORKSHOPNEW

Leah Lietson will offer a Visiting Artist Workshop in ceramics on Thursday, Oct. 20, in 126 KAB. Leah will demonstrate how she makes her porcelain pottery from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 4 p.m., and lecture about her artwork at 7 p.m., in 111 KAB.

TEACH ME HOW TO STUDY LIKE A NINJANEW

Ninja comrades will explore learning styles this week and discover their individual learning styles and learn how to use these to combat coursework challenges. New ninjas are welcome. The group meets from 1 to 1:50 p.m., every Wednesday, in 035 ITTC.

UNI PHILOSOPHY CLUB BOOK SALENEW

The UNI Philosophy Club will sell books, buttons and baked goods from noon to 4 p.m., Oct. 24 and 25, in the CME. The books are donated by professors. Cash and check only. For more information, contact emolou@uni.edu.

FACE-TO-FACE: A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH THOSE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDSNEW

Panel members will share personal stories about their struggles and successes living with HIV/AIDS, at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, in 252 SEC.

SELF-IMPROVEMENT WORKSHOPS & CLASSESNEW

Self-improvement workshops and classes are offered at the Academic Learning Center, 008 ITTC. Included are: "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Students: Time Management," "Reading, Learning, & Studying with Technology," "Succeeding in Math" and "Succeeding in Science." For more information, visit www.uni.edu/unialc/ and select Courses and Workshops or call 273-2361.

LYNDA.COM ONLINE TRAINING LIBRARY IS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH CATIDNEW

UNI has recently licensed the Lynda.com Online Training Library. This library, which contains more than 1,100 courses and 66,000 video tutorials, is now available to all UNI faculty, staff and students anytime, anywhere with Internet access. Login to Lynda.com using CatID. For more information, visit http://lynda.uni.edu.

POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION STUDENT AFFAIRS FALL PREVIEW DAYNEW

The Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs M.A.E. program, in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs, will host the Second Annual Fall Preview Day on Friday, Nov. 11. Individuals interested in learning more about the program and the Division of Student Affairs are invited to register. Check in will begin at 8:30 a.m., at Gilchrist Hall. The event will conclude by 2 p.m. To register and view the agenda, visit http://www.uni.edu/deanofstudents/previewday. All other questions may be directed to Mark Rowe-Barth at mark.rowe-barth@uni.edu.

WHAT TO DO AFTER COLLEGE IF YOU'RE NOT A BUSINESS MAJOR?NEW

The Center for International Peace and Security Studies and the Political Science Society will meet at 3:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17, in 134 SAB, to discuss career options for students in political science and closely related disciplines. Learn how to look for and apply for government and international positions, graduate schools, law schools and more. Attend this session and see what you can do with a social science degree.

'DEAF DEAF WORLD' WORKSHOPNEW

Ever wonder what it's like to be deaf? How do deaf people communicate with the rest of the world? This workshop will show you, through simulation, the difficulties deaf people have. There are two sessions offered from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 and Thursday, Oct 20, in the Seminar Room at Rialto. Registration is required. For more information, contact Haley ER. Minear at mineahaa@uni.edu.

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

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.

DRUPAL OPEN OFFICE HOURS

Drupal Open Office Hours is a support group for persons on campus responsible for maintaining Drupal websites. Office hours are from 3 to 4 p.m., the fourth Monday of every month, in 134 ITTC Studio IT. For more information, contact Carolyn Dorr at 273-2761.

MONSTERS IN THE CLOSET

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.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND STUDY

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.

SO RIGHT, SO SMART!

"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. 

LIBRARY EXHIBITORS NEEDED

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.

COFFEE CHATS

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.

PANTHER PALS

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.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP

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.

ACM COMPUTER CLUB MEETINGNEW

The Computer Club will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, in 322 ITTC. A guest speaker from The Principal Financial Group will discuss internships and employment opportunities in the IT field, as well as take questions on resumes and interviewing. Refreshments will be provided. The Computer Club is open to all who have a strong interest in computing, regardless of major. Questions can be directed to olsonnaa@uni.edu.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

INTRAMURAL INFORMATIONNEW

For information on Intramural Open 4-on-4 Wallyball Tournament and Intramural 6-on-6 Volleyball leagues for men, women and co-rec, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/intramural_sports/index.html.

FITNESS ASSESSMENTNEW

Interested in your current fitness level? Want to establish training options and identify fitness goals? Sign up for a fitness assessment. Assessment includes testing your resting blood pressure and heart rate, body composition and measurements, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility. Fitness assessments are available to faculty, staff and students at the discounted rate of $15. Fitness assessments take approximately one hour. Times available are 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 2 and 3:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; or by appointment. To sign up or for more information, contact Erin Nielsen at enielsen@uni.edu.

E-TOKE FOR FREENEW

Check out this free, anonymous assessment that will give you helpful feedback regarding your individual pattern of marijuana use and how it might be affecting different areas of your life. Worried about a friend's use? Share this resource with them. Please visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/subabuse/index.html and click on "e-Toke" to access this resource.

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.