Monday, Oct 25, 2010
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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. Check out the information at www.uni.edu/its/services/security/security-awareness.
The winners for the Office of Admissions "I Am Purple and Gold" video contest have been announced. To see the winners, visit www.uni.edu/admissions or www.facebook.com/UNIAdmissions.
In the next couple of weeks, the UNI Student Employment office will begin removing Federal Work study from students who have not yet secured a work study job. These work study funds will be reallocated to students who have been on the waiting list. If you have not secured a work study position, but are still interested in keeping your federal work study with the intention of seeking employment this academic year, e-mail the Student Employment Office at email@example.com with your intentions by Friday, Oct. 29.
Find the Word of the Day on Facebook at Reading & Learning Center, UNI. Post a famous quotation using the Word of the Day, pen your own or, "like" your favorite quotation. Earn the most "likes" and win a hot chocolate, coffee or tea.
The Student Health Clinic is offering seasonal influenza vaccinations for students, faculty and staff. The 2,500 student vaccinations are free of charge. The vaccines are available on a first-come, first-served basis. See a schedule of vaccination clinics at http://www.uni.edu/health/.
The contractor working on the Sabin Project will replace the plaza concrete between Seerley and McCollum halls starting the week of Oct. 25. This will not affect the south doors on the west side of Seerley. The south entry to Seerley and the northeast entrance to McCollum will be closed for about three weeks. The doors will be marked "Emergency Exit Only." The doors will not be available to enter either building and should not be used to exit the buildings. The work will not block egress in an emergency. People will no longer be able to get to McCollum by going through Seerley or to get to Seerley through McCollum. A sign will be placed on the north side of Seerley to direct McCollum foot traffic around Sabin to get to the northwest McCollum entrance. Contact Steve Pavelec at 273-6165 with any questions or concerns.
UNI is up for reaccreditation - important for having financial aid available and making your degree count. You may have an opportunity to visit with members of the Higher Learning Commission peer review team when they are on campus Monday, Nov. 8 through Wednesday, Nov. 10. To learn how you can help with UNI reaccreditation, see http://www.uni.edu/accreditation.
Academic departments will host pre-registration Major Meetings at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27. Freshmen and students interested in changing majors should attend to receive advice on guidelines for majors and procedures to schedule spring classes. Students may declare their major at the meeting. For department meeting locations, visit
The Office of the Registrar has created an informational newsletter for students titled PAWSitive Impact. The newsletter includes information pertaining to registration, graduation and commencement, and effective study strategies. It will also include a student spotlight. The newsletter is located under the "Students" tab at http://www.uni.edu/registrar/students/pawsitive-impact/fall-2010.
Women undergraduate or graduate students in any higher education institution in Iowa who are interested in a career in higher education should mark their calendars and plan to attend The Way Up Conference on Nov. 4 and 5, in Cedar Rapids. Several women leaders from UNI will present at the conference. For more information, contact Doreen Hayek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-7300 or Shelley Matthews at email@example.com or 3-7736. http://www.uni.edu/ietti/wayup/2010_conference/index.html.
Internships are available to work at U.S. Military Child Development Centers in Germany, Italy, England, Belgium, Hawaii and Florida for spring semester 2011. Travel, housing and a living stipend are paid. The internship includes 12 credit hours (undergraduate or graduate) from UNI. Prior experience working with children is required. To apply, e-mail Susan Edginton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Briefly describe your experience working with children as well as your educational background. The subject line should say: UNI/OL.
Would you like an internship with the Walt Disney Company? This paid internship is a one-of-a-kind magical experience. Learn about the Disney College Program at an information session at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, in StudioIT 1, located in the ITTC 134. RSVP to Amy Schon at email@example.com and bring headphones.
Think you're funny? Need to prove it? Be a comedian at UNISTA's Stand Up Comedy Night, Saturday, Nov. 6. To join the ranks of our comedians, e-mail your name, contact information, and outline or script of your act to UNISTAboard@UNISTAonline.org by Monday, Nov. 1. For more information, visit www.UNISTAonline.org.
Come learn about studying in Russia this summer. Capstone or Non-Western Culture courses are available. Informational sessions will be offered at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27 and Monday, Nov. 1, in SRL 12; and Tuesday, Nov. 9 and Monday, Nov. 15, in SRL 112. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.uni.edu/studyabroad/program.php?id=82&name=capstone_in_russia.
Immerse yourself in the art, culture, history and beauty of Greece this June and earn Capstone credit. Informational meetings are available at noon and 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, and Monday, Nov. 1, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room. For more information, contact Bruess at 273-2752 or email@example.com and visit www.uni.edu/global/greece.
Ever thought about visiting the U.K. while gaining credit? UNI Study Abroad is offering a new Capstone in England and Scotland. Find more information at http://www.uni.edu/studyabroad or come to the information sessions at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 1, in GIL 009 or 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12, in GIL 025.
Interested in learning more about different cultures? Do you want opportunities to meet people from other countries? The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) seeks volunteers to be matched with international students. Partners meet one hour weekly to speak English with an international student. Interested? Visit www.uni.edu/ciep or the CIEP office in BAK 56. If you have questions, call 273-3410 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2011-2012 academic year. RAs receive compensated room and board and a $1,200 stipend. Applications go "live" on Monday, Nov. 8 and are accepted through Jan. 14. Visit www.uni.edu/dor/raapplication to learn more and/or to apply. If you need assistance with uploading your resume, check out examples on the application site or visit Career Services. If you have questions about the process, contact Adrienne Appler at email@example.com. If your student organization is interested in learning more about the RA position, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and a representative can speak to your group.
Looking for an awesome opportunity to show your Panther Pride? Apply to become a member of the CATS organization. The CATS offers many opportunities to connect with alumni, friends and benefactors, promote Panther Pride and serve as the official tradition keepers at UNI. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27.
For more information, visit www.unialum.org/cats/.
The upcoming Multicultural Student Leadership Retreat will focus on developing the following areas: professionalism, communication, group dynamics, cultural competence and civic engagement to create change in your community. The retreat will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6. Sign up at the CME or online at www.uni.edu/cme.
Stop by and enjoy different varieties of chili every day now through Friday, Oct. 29. Chuckwagon Chili, Zesty Beef Chili, Mexican Chicken Chili and five others will be offered. For more on retail promotions, visit www.uni.edu/dor/promotions.
The UNI Forensics team will host a debate between two students representing the major party candidates for Iowa's gubernatorial race, Chet Culver and Terry Branstad, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, in LNG 040. Each student will present a five to six minute persuasive speech defending their candidates followed by a discussion with the audience. The debate will be free and open to the public. The debate will last about one hour; doors will open at 6:45 p.m. For more information, contact Kate Lavelle at email@example.com or 273-7200.
Come to the Zumba Halloween Dance from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, at WRC courts five and six. Free and open to everyone. Check out the newest fitness dance craze. Costumes are encouraged but not required.
Celebrate diversity from noon to 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 25, in the Maucker Union Ballroom, and enjoy performers Mariachi De Colores, Mesqwaki Native American Dancers and Mexican Folk (Folkorico) Dancers.
UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society will sell T-shirts and other items from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 26 and 27, in the SEC lobby. Proceeds will benefit KDP's educational and service projects.
Majors in Minutes is a speed-dating approach to learning more about majors of interest to you. At this event, students interested in a major will visit with upperclassmen in that major for five minutes. After five minutes, you can remain at that station or move to another station of your choosing. You can visit as many or as few stations as you like. The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the Maucker Union Ballrooms.
All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage will be available between 10 p.m. and midnight, Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the UNI Wesley Foundation (across from the president's house on College Street). The cost is $3 and all proceeds benefit Seeds of Hope. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Come enjoy the food and music from the old time jukebox. Information on relationship violence, as well as campus and community resources, will be available.
Want to know more about sustainability? Come to HalloGreen from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, on the Mauker Union East Lawn. There will be speakers, booths, live music, free food and learning about how to make our lives more green. Costumes are encouraged.
Ajla Dizdarevic, an 11-year-old poet, will read and discuss her poetry at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, in Rod Library Room 324. For more information, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/advertisements/poetry-reading-october-30th.
The Student Reading Association (SRA) will host a Scholastic Book Fair in the SEC lobby, Nov. 1 through 5. The fair will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday. Stop by and support SRA. For more information, contact Sarah Heddinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bowl with UNI Proud from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo. The cost is $8 in advance, $10 at the door, for shoe rental and two hours of bowling. Pizza, pop and hotdogs will be available for purchase. This event is open to students, faculty, staff and the community. For more information, contact email@example.com.
The UNI Public Relations Student Society of America will host a benefit breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Wesley Foundation in Cedar Falls. Tickets are $5 if bought before the event and $7 the day of. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society and professional activities for PRSSA members.
Artists, poets, chefs and architects all need inspiration for their creations. Come and create art inspired by Museum objects, write interesting poetry, decorate sugar cookies, view beautiful works of art and design LEGO structures from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 30, at the University Museum. The cost is $10 per family due with registration by Tuesday, Oct. 26.
The BBC series "The Private Life of a Masterpiece" will be shown at 1:30 p.m., at the University Museum. The schedule is "Renaissance Masterpieces," Oct. 30; "Impressionism and Post Impressionists," Nov. 6; "Masterpieces of Sculpture," Nov. 20; and "Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century," Dec. 4. Free and open to the public.
Campus Activities Board will show "Dinner for Schmucks" Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. There will be two showings, one at 7 p.m., and a late showing at 9:30 p.m. Come for this free event, and enjoy free popcorn and pop.
Hear a lecture by Tim Wise, anti-racist essayist, educator and author, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the GBPAC-Great Hall. Wise speaks on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion and racism in the labor market. For more details, contact the CME.
Otto MacLin, psychology, will discuss how the brain causes misperceptions, including errors in eye-witness identification, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, in SRL 115. MacLin provides workshops for jurors. For more information, contact: ADP-UNI@UNI.edu.
Stop Relationship Abuse: Domestic Violence Forum will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the Maucker Union Ballroom B &C. A father will talk about his daughter's domestic violence-related murder followed by panel presentation by advocates and police on how to access victim services on campus and in the community.
UNI and the College of Education are launching a new professional webinar series, "Hot Topics in Education: Professional Development Webinars," for educators. These free one-hour webinars taught by faculty and staff will be offered once a month, September through May. This month's webinar from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, is on "Classroom Management for the First-Year Teacher." For more information or to register, visit http://www.uni.edu/coe/about/coe-professional-development-webinars or contact Mary Herring, at 273-2719.
This year’s retention elections for Iowa Supreme Court justices have been controversial, with some groups urging that several justices be ousted in response to their 2009 decision on same-sex marriage. The Department of Political Science will present a panel discussion on trends in judicial selection nationwide and in Iowa, and the implications on this election for the future of the Iowa judiciary. Scott Peters, Department of Political Science at UNI, will be joined by Malia Reddick and Rachel Payne Caufield, both affiliated with the American Judicature Society at Drake University. The discussion will take place at 3:30 p.m., Thursday,Oct. 28, in SRL 115.
CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Nov. 1, in the CME, Maucker Union, room 109A. Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, will present "Exploring Social Connectivity through Adolescent Queer Literature." The Women’s & Gender Studies Program sponsors the Current Research on Women Forum Series. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to gather for informal presentation and discussion. Bring your lunch. http://www.uni.edu/womenstudies/ProgramingEvents.htm.
Loren Lown, director of Polk County Conservation, will discuss research being done at the Chichaqua Bottoms Natural Area at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct., 27, at UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, located on West 27th street, one-quarter mile west of the McLeod Center. This study looks at the use of goat browsing and cattle grazing on land undergoing restoration to mimic native animals' impact on the original ecosystem. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 273-3828
The UNI Office of Sustainability and CEEE will host Eileen Horn, the sustainability coordinator for Douglas County and the City of Lawrence, Kan., at 4 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 26, in the CEEE Auditorium to discuss the implementation and outcomes of Kansas' Take Charge Challenge. The Take Charge Challenge was a competition between six Kansas towns – large and small, rural and urban – to make the largest reduction in electricity use over a one-year period. This event is open to the public and will include a short discussion about engaging the community in energy efficiency, conservation and environmental consciousnesses.
Is there a conflict between believing in God and accepting the evidence that supports evolutionary theory? Join philosopher of science Elliott Sober at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, in the CME, as he examines what biologists mean when they say that mutations are "unguided," and look at Darwin's ideas about religion. There will be a small-group discussion at 2 p.m. in BAK 161. For more information, contact John Anderson at email@example.com.
A workshop in Credit and Identity Theft for Business Owners will be offered from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, in BCS 33. Avance registration is required. Call 273-5732 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, at the UNI Museum to discuss "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova. Alice is a Harvard professor beset by Alzheimer's disease. Guest speaker is Bev McCadam, an Alzheimer's support volunteer. All are welcome, having read the book or not. The Museum is handicap accessible.
Visiting ensemble Areon Flutes will offer a recital at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 25, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Areon Flutes, a professional flute chamber music ensemble, provides audiences a fresh new outlook on traditional chamber music. Noted for innovative programming and collaborations, Areon is establishing itself as a premier chamber music ensemble in the U.S. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI School of Music faculty artist Julia Bullard will present a viola recital with guest artist Michael Kimber, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
Chopin Bonanza #2, will be held at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. In a continuing celebration of the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, faculty artist Dmitri Vorobiev will coordinate this recital featuring student musicians from the piano studios at UNI. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI Jazz Band One, under the direction of Chris Merz will offer a fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.
"Alice in the Underground" is an original devised theatre production that puts a dark spin on the characters and stories of Lewis Carroll. "Alice" will make its world premiere at 7:30 and 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, in the APR (the basement of Strayer-Wood Theatre). Admission is free. For more information, visit www.UNISTAonline.org.
The Spotlight Series Concert: Instrumental Concerto Competition will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 1, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This showcase features talented student finalists competing for the title of Instrumental Concerto Competition winner, and the opportunity to perform as soloist with a School of Music large ensemble in the spring. For tickets, call 3-4TIX.
The School of Music Viola Studio Recital will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2 , in Graham Hall, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Cantorei will offer a fall recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2. in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Percussion, West African Drum and Kaji-Daiko (Taiko) Ensembles will offer a fall concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Jazz Panthers, under the direction of Robert Washut, will offer a fall concert with UNI Jazz Band III at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.
Half-Masted, UNI's improv comedy troupe, will offer improvised sketches and games galore, with a guest appearance by Gar-Kro 3000: not Gary Kroeger, but an incredible simulation. The shows are at 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 4, 5 and 6. A family-friendly matinee will be at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6. The troupe members are: Mitch Ellison, Amy Finch, Drew Hingten, Nate Konrardy, Alex Popinga, Tanner Randall, Tonia Tessum, Joe Veltri and Lauren Dunn. For more information, visit http://www.half-masted.com.
Visiting artist David Thompson will present a horn recital from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Thompson is the solo horn of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in Spain and is also the horn professor at Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña in Spain. This event is free and open to the public.
Let a personal trainer design a program with your specific goals in mind. Trainers are results driven and want you to succeed. Contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167 or email@example.com or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html.
You have enough things to haul to and from campus. Half- and long-lockers are available for rent at Health Beat. Contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign-up is also available at Health Beat, just ask a fitness supervisor.
Open to men and women, registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 1 through 3, in WRC Room 161. The meet will be held at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7, at the WRC pool. For more information, call 273-7262.
USA Ballroom Dance Champions Nels Petersen and Theresa Kimler will teach workshops Saturday, Nov. 13, in WRC 185. The workshops are free and open to everyone. Come learn how to ballroom dance from some of the best in the world. The workshops will be as follows: 9 a.m., Swing - beginning to advanced beginning; 10 a.m., Waltz - beginning; 11 a.m., Rumba - intermediate; and noon, Tango - advanced. For more information, contact Daniel Wells at email@example.com or 273-3560
UNI Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a campus organization open to all students. Large-group events happen at 8 p.m. in the West Gym on the following Mondays: Oct. 25, Nov. 15 and Dec. 6. Events include guest speakers, a fun activity and drawings to win a prize. For more information, visit "UNI FCA" on Facebook or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come to the To Write Love On Her Arms Halloween meeting at 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 25, in the Elm Room, Maucker Union. Dress up and learn more about the group's purpose of presenting hope and finding help for people suffering with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. For more information, contact email@example.com.
UNI Entrepreneurs (UNI-E) group will meet at 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, in BCS 33. Pizza and pop will be provided. The meeting is open to all CEO and SIFE members and students interested in entrepreneurship. For more information, call 273-JPEC or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come for an evening of bingo games, all in American Sign Language, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Maucker Union University Room. Free, lots of prizes.
Come to a Deaf Coffee Chat from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, at Village Inn, 6301 University Ave. Cedar Falls. Open to all Deaf, hard of hearing, hearing and American Sign Language students. Chat with old friends and meet new ones while sharpening your ASL skills.
Explore NSE and learn how to attend one of 179 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada while paying UNI tuition. An NSE informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov 2, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have completed at least 30 hours of credit at the time of exchange. Learn more at http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/nse.
The Panthers take on Drake at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, at the CVYSA field in Waterloo.
Stop in front of Avanti from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., now through Friday, Oct. 29, to enjoy free samples from a variety of food vendors. Provide your feedback to help determine new items to add to the menu. For more on retail promotions, visit www.uni.edu/dor/promotions or check us out on Facebook.