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Monday, Oct 31, 2011

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NEWS

WARNING ABOUT FACEBOOK SCAMNEW

Facebook and Twitter users are currently the targets of a free iPad/iPhone scam, that can result in an account being compromised and then used to spam friends with more bogus “free iPad offers.” If you receive or see a message referring to a website that is giving away free iPads or iPhones, do not click on the link, or you'll risk compromising your account. Information gathered by the site could also result in identity theft. There has been a large volume of the fake offers on the UNI Facebook page. Accounts sending the scam posts are being banned to prevent them from resending the post. If your account has been hacked by a scam, learn how to fix it in the Facebook Help Center (bottom of your Facebook Page), under Security Center.

TIMECARDS - E-BUSINESS OUTAGENEW

Due to the e-Business outage scheduled from 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, through 7 a.m.,  Tuesday, Nov. 8, payroll recommends timecards be submitted and approved by 5 p.m., Nov. 4, where possible. All student and hourly staff timecards should be submitted and approved by Thursday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. to be processed for student payday on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and the Nov. 30 payday for faculty and staff. Payroll encourages employees and supervisors to coordinate timecard submission to avoid time outs on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9. Time out schedules can be viewed at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ebusiness/timeout_schedules.shtml. Contact Sherri Baldwin at 273-2656 or Amy Stanbrough at 273-7049 with any questions.

E-BUSINESS SECOND OUTAGENEW

To complete the e-Business upgrade, the second e-Business outage will be from 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 until 7 a.m.,Tuesday, Nov. 8. The system will not be available the entire weekend and all day Monday. If you need additional 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/2011-11-04/e-business-outage.

DONATE CHILDREN'S BOOKS TO 'I CAN READ' PROJECTNEW

In conjunction with UNI's United Way campaign, the UNI United Way Committee invites faculty and staff to support the Cedar Valley United Way's "I CAN READ" project by donating new or gently used children's books to support literacy efforts with community youth. Books will be collected through Dec. 1, at drop boxes at the following locations: 27 GIL, 117 ITTC, 10 Redeker Center, 150A SEC, Rod Library and the lobby outside 103 E. Bartlett. If you'd like to donate, but can't make it to a drop-off location, contact Jess.Betts@uni.edu or call 273-2761 to arrange for a pick up.

PREVENTING SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS

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.

TRAVEL FUNDS FOR STUDENT TRIPS

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.

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

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.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

THE ROBERT AND YVONNE KOOB SCHOLARSHIP FUNDNEW

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 CANVASSES FOR LIZ MATHIS IN SENATE DISTRICT 18NEW

Join the Northern Iowa Democrats, One Iowa and other student organizations working to elect Liz Mathis to the Iowa Senate District 18 seat. Meet in the Lang parking lot at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 5. Free transportation will be provided to and from the Cedar Rapids area to help with canvassing. For additional information, visit www.facebook.com/northerniowademocrats or email Adam Beaves at ambeaves@uni.edu.

OPENERS NEEDED FOR COFFEEHOUSE SERIES FEATURING SHIHAN THE POETNEW

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.

SALSA DANCENEW

Learn Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Cha Cha, Reggaeton, Zumba, Samba and more from 7:30 to 11 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, at the Wesley Foundation, 2422 College St., Cedar Falls. A $1 donation is appreciated. Salsa dance lessons are from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; semi- formal dress is recommended. For more information, contact Henry Williams at henryw@uni.edu, https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=291671050856768.

S.A.M.L.E'S EDUCATION MAJORS CAREER SERVICE NIGHTNEW

S.A.M.L.E has invited UNI Career Services to present an information meeting from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the fifth floor lounge, SEC. The meeting is for education majors and focuses on preparing for interviews and resumes. All are welcome; please bring resumes, resources for mock interviews and questions. 

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM PREPARATION WORKSHOPNEW

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.

TWLOHA HALLOWEEN PARTYNEW

To Write Love On Her Arms UNI is hosting a Halloween party at 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, in the Elm Room, MAU. Put on your costume and enjoy food and games. Email twloha.uni@gmail.com for more information.

'THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW' ANNUAL SHOWING

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.

ATTENTION TRANSFER STUDENTSNEW

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.

LIBRARY STUDENT TECHNOLOGY FEE SURVEYNEW

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.

TAKE UNI DINING SURVEY, ENTER DRAWING FOR DINING DOLLARSNEW

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.

TAKE CAPSTONE IN ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND THIS SUMMERNEW

The UNI Study Abroad Center will offer an information session to learn more about traveling to England and Scotland to receive capstone credit from 3 to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, in 7 ITC. For more information, email Julie Thoreen at julie.thoreen@uni.edu.

HONORING DIVERSITY AND EQUITY IN TODAY'S MATHEMATICS & SCIENCE CLASSROOM NEW

"Fair is Not Equal - Honoring Diversity and Equity in Today's Mathematics & Science Classroom" is the first Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program-sponsored webinar to be offered at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, in 134 ITTC. Join the discussion or watch and post questions online at http://univnia.adobeconnect.com/noyce/. This is the first of three webinars to be offered in the 2011-2012 school year. For more information, contact Jennifer Crumly at noyce@uni.edu.

NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW WRITING FESTIVALNEW

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.

UNI DANCE MARATHONNEW

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.

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS BOOK CLUBNEW

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.

INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN HIGHER EDUCATION?NEW

Women undergraduate or graduate students in any higher education institution in Iowa interested in a career in higher education should plan to attend the The Way Up Conference - Celebrating 25 Years! The conference is designed for women leaders and administrators in higher education in Iowa. Several women leaders from UNI will be presenting. For details, see the conference website http://www.uni.edu/ietti/wayup/2010_conference/index.html. For more information, contact Doreen Hayek at doreen.hayek@uni.edu or 273-7300 or Shelley Matthews at shelley.matthews@uni.edu or 273-7736.

BLOOD DRIVE AT ST. STEPHEN CATHOLIC STUDENT CENTERNEW

If you were given the chance to help save a life, would you? St. Stephen Catholic Student Center, located at 1019 W 23rd St., will hold a blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3. Visit https://www.membersforlife.org/midamerica/mobilesch/bdc_schedule.php?page=sc&sponsor_code=732&did=325218&region=1 to schedule an appointment or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

MATHEMATICA SEMINAR AT UNI NOV. 2NEW

A representative from Wolfgram Research, Inc. will present a Mathematica in Education and Research seminar from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, in 10 WRT. This talk will help with getting started using Mathematica language and workflow. Learn about improvements like the new free-form input and expanded areas like finance, statistics, engineering, software development and image processing. All attendees will receive an electronic copy of the examples, which can be adapted to individual projects. A quick video preview is at http://www.wolfram.com/common/includes/m8videos/quicktour.html.

APPLY FOR SUMMER ORIENTATION STAFF 2012

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.

PANTHER PUSH

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.

NATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE INFO MEETING

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' AUDITIONS

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 BAND

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.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

TOMS DOCUMENTARY SHOWINGNEW

TOMS Campus Club will show a documentary at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the CME. The documentary is about how TOMS shoes got started. For more information, email Mackenzie Manternach at manternm@Uni.edu or visit the UNI TOMS Facebook group.

UNI AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLUB MEETINGNEW

The UNI American Sign Language Club’s next meeting will be at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the University Room, MAU. Shelly Bunston, UNI social work major who is deaf, will be the guest speaker. Open to all students regardless of hearing status or signing ability.  Check it out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=130614202380&ref=ts or search for UNI ASL Club in groups.

UNI-SHRM MEETINGNEW

The next UNI Society for Human Resource Management meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, in 121 CBB. Past events will be discussed and three new committees will be formed. All majors are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, email Jamie at kirkusj@uni.edu.

GUEST SPEAKER: JOHN GROVESNEW

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

NEED SOME INNER PEACE? WALK THE LABYRINTHNEW

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.

INTRAMURAL SWIM MEETNEW

For information on an intramural swim meet for men and women, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/intramural_sports/index.html.

WRS NOVEMBER E-NEWSLETTERNEW

The Wellness & Recreation Services November e-newsletter is available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage to check out updates on important WRS events and programs along with wellness tips and articles.

FITNESS ASSESSMENT

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.

DINING SPECIALS

EATIN' YOUR WAY ACROSS THE USANEW

The Piazza Dining Center will host the event, "Eatin' Your Way Across the USA!" from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3.  Enjoy special menu items such as Chicago-style pizza, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, Louisiana Jambalaya and Boston Creme Pie. Use your meal plan, charge to your u-bill, dining dollars or cash. 

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.