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Monday, Oct 24, 2011

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NEWS

BOR TO MEET AT UNINEW

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, is meeting Oct. 26 and 27 at UNI. To view the agenda, visit http://www.regents.iowa.gov/Meetings/DocketMemos/11Memos/October2011/1011AGENDA.pdf.

UNI AND IPR INVITE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO EDUCATION FORUMSNEW

UNI and Iowa Public Radio (IPR) have invited presidential candidates to share their views on education as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Education Today." Details regarding dates, candidates and times will be shared as campaigns confirm their attendance. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/newsroom/stories/university-of-northern-iowa-and-iowa-public-radio-seek-presidential-candidates-for-forums.

EBUSINESS OUTAGENEW

This year's upgrade to the E-Business Suite is the largest since the original implementation of the system in 2001. Since the upgrade is so large, it will take place over two different time frames. The first outage will be from 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 through 7 a.m., Monday, Oct. 31. The second outage will be from 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 through 7 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8. If you need assistance, contact the Computer Consulting Center (CCC) at 273-5555. The CCC is located in 36 ITTC. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/alerts/maintenance/2011-10-28/e-business-outage.

ATTENTION SPRING 2012 GRADUATION CANDIDATES

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.

PREVENTING SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLSNEW

Slips, trips and falls make up a large percentage of accidents on campus - many causing serious injury. With the onset of winter, the problem only becomes worse. Reduce your chances of slipping and falling by wearing proper footwear, thoroughly wiping your feet before entering buildings, using caution on slippery surfaces, and slowing down when walking on slippery floors and sidewalks. The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EH&S) has a safety video “Fall Factors: Understanding & Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls.” To view the video or show it at a department meeting, contact the EH&S Office at 273-7269. A complete listing of the videos available through EH&S is found under “Safety Training” at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ehso/index.shtml.

ANONYMOUS REPORTING IS AVAILABLE

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.

TRAVEL FUNDS FOR STUDENT TRIPSNEW

Students who are presenting at a conference or have received a merit-based invitation to compete or perform at an intercollegiate activity are invited to apply for travel funds through the Intercollegiate Academic Fund. Research and creative activity funds are also available. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/iaf/index.shtml. Upcoming application deadlines include Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

STUDY LIKE A NINJANEW

This week the ninjas take on a fresh adversary--test preparation. Learn to use nunchakus of knowledge to defeat this vile tormentor from 1 to 1:50 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26, in 035 ITTC. New ninjas are always welcome. 

STUDY ABROAD IN POLAND INFORMATION MEETINGNEW

Learn about the "Capstone in Poland: National Identity and the Holocaust" program at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26, in 220 SRL. Next summer's program will coincide with EURO 2012, the European soccer championship, which is being hosted by Poland and Ukraine.

APPLY FOR SUMMER ORIENTATION STAFF 2012NEW

Do you enjoy working with people? Do you want a fun summer job? Do you love UNI? Welcome new students and families to campus by becoming a member of Summer Orientation Staff 2012. This position will allow you to gain great leadership skills and teamwork experience. Compensation is $2,200 plus room and board. The job runs May 14 through July 10. Learn more at www.uni.edu/orientation.

LYNDA.COM ONLINE TRAINING LIBRARY IS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH CATID

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.

NATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE INFO 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 completed at least 30 UNI hours at the time of exchange. The meeting will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Oak Room, MAU.

'DYING CITY' AUDITIONSNEW

The Strayer-Wood Theatre is seeking one male and one female actor for the spring production of "Dying City," by Christopher Shinn. Auditions will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 7 and 8, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre. More information about the Department of Theatre's audition policies and requirements can be found at http://www.uni.edu/theatre/department/current-students/student-resources/audition-policy.  More information about 'Dying City' can be found at http://www.uni.edu/theatre/swt/shows/current-season/dying-city.

JOIN THE UNI BASKETBALL PEP BANDNEW

Do you play an instrument and want to get involved on campus? By joining the pep band, you will receive 1 credit hour, have the opportunity to win a $150 scholarship, and go on tournament trips with the basketball teams and meet new people. A mandatory information meeting will be held at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the UNI-Dome. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/music/marchingband/pep_bands/basketball.html or email Nicole Davis at nvall@uni.edu.

SELF-IMPROVEMENT WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

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.

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

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.

UNI PHILOSOPHY CLUB BOOK SALE

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.

WANT TO ESCAPE CHILLY WINTER AND TAKE YOUR CAPSTONE AT THE SAME TIME?NEW

Come to the information session from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, in 9 GIL, to learn more about UNI's winter capstone in Costa Rica. For more information, email Julie Thoreen at julie.thoreen@uni.edu.

TUTORING SERVICESNEW

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

POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION STUDENT AFFAIRS FALL PREVIEW DAY

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.

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

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. 

'THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW' ANNUAL SHOWINGNEW

It’s time to bust out the corset and your best fishnets. Sing and dance along to the greatest story ever told. This scandalous musical parody is a unique, fun-filled experience for all.  The film will be shown at 10 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, in 108 CAC. Admission is free; prop bags are $3.

UNI SOCIOLOGY CLUB-GRADUATE SCHOOL Q&A AND INFORMATIONAL PANELNEW

Thinking about attending graduate school? Attend the UNI Sociology Club's graduate school Q&A and informational panel at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in the College Eye Room, MAU. Panel members will be Kristin Mack, coordinator of graduate studies in sociology; Heidi Gansen, first-year student, sociology graduate program; and Minela Cutuk, first-year student, criminology graduate progam. All students are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Sydney Hibler at palens@uni.edu.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION’S 'NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD' HALLOWEEN DANCENEW

The International Student Association’s Halloween Dance is from 7 to 11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, in the Common’s Ballroom. This event is open to everyone. ISA will accept donations for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. The first 100 attendees will be entered into a raffle and there will be a prize for best costume.

DECLARATION DAY

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/.

PANTHER PUSHNEW

Panther Push is an opportunity for current students to help spread Panther Pride in their hometowns. The UNI Office of Admissions and the UNI Student Admissions Ambassadors (SAA) are seeking students with a passion for UNI and a desire to share that passion with high school students during Thanksgiving break (Nov. 21 through 25). Training and recruitment material will be provided. Applications can be picked up from the admissions office in Gilchrist Hall and are due by 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31. All applicants must complete training on either Nov. 7 or 8. If you have any question, email Kyle Burns at burnskad@uni.edu.

TITLE II GRANT PROGRAM - INFORMATION SESSION OCT. 24NEW

The Office of Sponsored Programs will lead an information session on the Title II education grant programs from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24, in the Old Gold Room, MAU. Feel bring to bring a lunch. The Title II Programs include Title IIA - Improving Teacher Quality State Grants and Title IIB - Mathematics and Science Partnership Programs. The RFP is available at http://www.regents.iowa.gov/HigherEd/titleii.htm. Required letters of intent for the program are due Nov. 17; proposals are due Jan. 20. For more information, contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 273-3961.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

STUDENT AFFAIRS PRE-PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION (SAPA) SOCIALNEW

Are you a graduate or undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career in student affairs? Get involved in the new student organization, Student Affairs Pre-Professional Association that will host its first social from 8 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Oak Room, MAU. Enjoy root beer floats, learn about SAPA and the field of student affairs, and network with graduate students and student affairs professionals. If you can't attend but would like more information about the organization, email unisapa1@gmail.com.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

E-TOKE FOR FREE

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.