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Monday, Sep 5, 2011

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NEWS

UNI RANKS 17 IN WASHINGTON MONTHLY RANKINGSNEW

According to the Washington Monthly college rankings for masters universities, UNI ranks 17 in the nation among public universities and 56 overall for all public and private universities. The magazine rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). The rankings are available at http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/.

UNI STEM EDUCATION COMMUNITY SEPTEMBER MEETINGNEW

Anyone interested in promoting and furthering STEM education at UNI and throughout Iowa's K through 16 classrooms, is invited to join the UNI STEM Education Community at its first meeting, from 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Oak Room MAU. For more information and/or to be added to the UNI STEM Education email list serve, contact Chad Heinzel at chad.heinzel@uni.edu or 273-6168.

REGISTRATION DATES TO OBSERVE

Monday, Sept. 5, is a university holiday.

Friday, Sept. 9, is the last day to change first half-semester course to or from non-graded basis; the last day to change full-semester course to or from audit; the last day to add full-semester course for credit; and the last day to drop first half-semester course without an "F."

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND: COMMUNITY AFTER 9/11

Reaching for Higher Ground: Community After 9/11 reflects on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and what it means to be a community. A series of signature events is planned for the week of Sept. 11 beginning with a Flag Planting Remembrance planned by NISG, Sunday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Lawther Field. Events continue throughout the week as follows: "Remembrance: 9/11 Ten Years Later," with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Metropolitan Chorale, Red Cedar Chamber Music and Theatre UNI, 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, GBPAC; Joel Meyerowitz – Photographing Ground Zero, 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12, GBPAC; faculty panel "9/11: A 10-Year Retrospective," reflecting on why 9/11 happened, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, GBPAC; and documentary film "11'09"01-September 11," 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, GBPAC. For more information and for additional fall and spring events, visit www.uni.edu/higherground.

JOIN THE 9/11 DAY OF SERVICE ACTIVITIESNEW

The Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley is partnering with the Cedar Valley Arboretum to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks through service. Volunteers will assist with beautification of the grounds at the Arboretum from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11. All ages are invited and pre-registration is requested at VolunteerUNI@vccv.org or 272-2087.

GMAIL IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR UNI STUDENTS

UNI will move all students, faculty and staff to UNI Gmail this fall. UNI Gmail is an easy-to-use tool that provides significantly increased storage at a fraction of the cost UNI would have incurred otherwise. Student migration started in April; currently there are 7,000 active users. The deadline for migration is Oct. 1, 2011. Click here to initiate your migration to UNI Gmail now or at your earliest convenience.

PINK FIRE TRUCKS ON CAMPUSNEW

The UNI Student Health Clinic is partnering with the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Fire Rescue to bring two pink fire trucks to the Cedar Valley Friday, Sept. 9, to show support for women battling cancer and survivors of cancer. These women will have the opportunity to sign their names on the fire trucks. One of the stops will be from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the GBPAC.

STATE FIRE MARSHAL WARNS OF DANGERS USING DECORATIVE GEL FIRE POTNEW

The Iowa Department of Public Safety-State Fire Marshal Division urges citizens to use caution when lighting or burning decorative, gel-fueled fire pots. Several people have been admitted to the University of Iowa Burn Unit with serious burns as a result of using these gel fire pots. Nationally, there have been more than 37 reported accidents, with 23 of them injuring consumers. For details, see http://www.dps.state.ia.us/commis/pib/Releases/2011/08-30-2011_FirePotWarning.htm.

POSTER SALES COMING TO UNINEW

Need some new art for your room, apartment, office or a gift? Stop by the Beyond the Wall poster sale between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., through Sept. 14, in the courtyard, MAU. Rain site is inside Maucker Union. Sponsored by Maucker Union.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

MULTICULTURAL STUDENT FORUMSNEW

The Multicultural Student Forums for professional development will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Fridays, in the CME, Maucker Union, upper level. The topic for the Sept. 9 forum is "Advanced Study Strategies Techniques" on how to study smarter and manage your time. 

WIN BIG ON SEPT. 13 "MAP-WORKS: IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU!"NEW

Win one of ten $50 VISA gift cards for taking the "MAP-Works: It's All About You!" survey on Monday, Sept. 13, the day it will arrive in your UNI email. Even better: the Grand Prize is a $1,000 reduction in your u-bill. And, you’ll get an immediate, individualized report about how to succeed at UNI. 

STUDY STRATEGIESNEW

Do you need some help with study strategies? The Academic Learning Center is sponsoring events throughout the semester to help students improve their time management and study skills. An interactive workshop, “Fit for Finals: A Semester Approach to Studying” will be held from 4 to 4:50 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, in 35 ITTC. Also, weekly group meetings are available for all students to discuss and learn about study strategies, first-year student topics and other tips. These Coffee Chats are from 3 to 3:50 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester, in 35 ITTC. Contact the Academic Learning Center at 273-2361 with questions.

SIGN UP FOR THE NATIONAL STUDENT DAY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN GREAT PRIZESNEW

The Student Involvement & Activities Center and University Book & Supply are honoring you in the first National Student Day, Tuesday, Oct. 6, a day dedicated to celebrating students, community service and social responsibility. Now through Friday, Sept. 30, UNI students and student organizations can enter the National Student Day competition by signing up at the Student Involvement & Activities Center, in the upper plaza of Maucker Union or by emailing marketing@panthersupply.com, or messaging UBS at http://www.facebook.com/ubsbookstore to start earning community service credit. Winners earning the most credit will be announced at a party from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at University Book & Supply. You may win a semester's worth of text books.

ELEVATOR PITCH WORKSHOPNEW

Learn how to craft a winning elevator pitch by attending a workshop at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, in 33 BCS. Attending this workshop qualifies students to enter UNI's Fourth Annual Elevator Pitch Competition which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29. The winner will automatically advance to the national competition which will be held in Fort Worth, Texas on Oct. 27 to 29. Potential winnings are $2,500 and all expenses will be paid to attend the national competition. For more information, contact laurie.watje@uni.edu or call 273-JPEC (5732).

DRY RUN CREEK CLEANUPNEW

Help clean up the University Branch of Dry Run Creek from Hudson Road to College Sreet. Help with light duty litter pick up on the creek banks or heavy duty, wet and dirty, creek wading. Participants will meet at the NE corner of the WRC parking lot (Hudson Road and creek entrance) at 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19. For more information and to register, visit www.rrttc.com. Rain date is 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20.

BECOME A CONVERSATION PARTNER

Interested in learning more about different cultures? Do you want opportunities to meet people from other countries? The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) is seeking volunteers to match with international students. Partners meet one hour weekly to speak English with an international student. Visit our website at http://www.uni.edu/ciep/social-cultural-activities/conversation-partner-program or the CIEP office at 56 BAK. If you have questions, call 273-3410 or email cieppartners@uni.edu

IMPROVE YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE WITH PI KAPPA ALPHA

The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity enhances the collegiate experience while providing a lifetime of opportunity and reward. Perhaps the best opportunity that Pi Kappa Alpha provides is the ability to cultivate strong male leaders. For more details, contact Pi Kappa Alpha, Theta-Zeta chapter president Steven Hesse at stevr13@uni.edu.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAW ON CAMPUS

Collins Byrd, assistant dean of admissions at University of Iowa College of Law will be on campus to discuss the law school admissions process in general and UI's program in particular, at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in 035 SAB. Co-sponsored by the Daniel Webster Law Society and the Pre-law Club.

NORTHERN IOWAN NOW HIRING

Connect students with the news that is relevant to them, celebrate the accomplishments of their peers and tell the untold stories of UNI students and faculty. Capture this moment in UNI history; work for the Northern Iowan. For more information, visit www.northern-iowan.org/employment.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR VOLUNTEER TUESDAYS

Are you looking for ways to give back to the community, make new friends and get a cool T-shirt? Sign up for Volunteer Tuesdays at www.uni.edu/siac. Volunteer Tuesdays begin Tuesday, Sept. 6 and will offer volunteer sessions from 2 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Transportation to and from the work site is provided. There will be free T-shirts and snacks for participating. For more information, contact the Student Involvement & Activities Center at 273-2683.

TUTORS NEEDED

The UNI-CUE Tutoring Center is seeking UNI students to tutor elementary, middle and high school students for one hour to 90 minutes per week. It's not too late to volunteer or enroll in Course 4180 or 5180 to earn 2 credit hours. Tutors are needed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday each week from 4 to 6 p.m. For information, contact Nancy Scoggins Rose at 433-1271 or nancy.scoggins@uni.edu.

INVISIBLE CHILDREN - FRONTLINE TOUR FREE SCREENINGNEW

Come see a free screening of Invisible Children's newest documentary "Tony" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14,  in Lang Auditorium. Since the beginning of 2011, Joseph Kony and his rebel army have abducted 1,023 people in central Africa. In response, Invisible Children is sending 16 teams (each with a Ugandan Roadie) on its Frontline Tour across the U.S. and Canada. These teams will raise money and awareness for projects to directly protect people from violence.

RESEARCH COMMERCIALIZATION COURSENEW

The Research Commercialization Introductory course, which starts Monday, Sept. 20, is an online course designed to help science and engineering researchers better understand how research commercialization works. The course is recommended for all science, engineering and medical researchers in public or private research institutions (e.g., grad students, post-docs and faculty). Areas covered in the course include intellectual property, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, licensing agreements, employment agreements, consulting agreements, tech transfer, creating and funding companies and federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs. This workshop course is offered free of charge, but registration is required. For more information about this webinar contact support@ncet2.org or visit http://center.ncet2.org.

A-TEAM BEGINNING SEPT. 11 NEW

Are you looking for tutoring or help in some of your courses?  Visit the A-Team on Sunday nights from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Rod Library beginning Sunday, Sept. 11. The A-Team provides help for students in math, science and business courses, as well as assistance with college reading, study strategies and writing. The tutoring is on the first floor of the Library, across from the Multiservice Center reservation desk. The A-Team is sponsored by the Academic Learning Center.

GOVERNOR'S STEM ADVISORY COUNCIL/IMSEP UPDATE - CHOW & CHATNEW

Bring your lunch and learn about the new Governor's STEM Advisory Council and the changes at IMSEP. After a quick overview, an open conversation and Q&A will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Presidential Room, MAU.

READING AND LEARNING WITH ZEITOUN: A BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP FOR CORNERSTONE STUDENTSNEW

Are you in Cornerstone this semester? Come to a discussion about the book “Zeitoun” and about additional study strategies. Reading and Learning with Zeitoun: A Book Discussion Group for Cornerstone Students will meet from 1 to 1:50 p.m., Wednesdays throughout the semester, in 35 ITTC. No pre-registration is needed. Just come and be ready to talk and learn about “Zeitoun." This is sponsored by the Academic Learning Center.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

INTUITIVE EATING WORKSHOP NEW

This six-week workshop is especially designed for the chronic dieter to normalize eating and practice principles of intuitive eating; meetings are from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 20 to Oct. 25, in 101 WRC. The cost is $25. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/healthy_eating/index.html.

INTRAMURAL OPEN 3-ON-3 PAINTBALL TOURNAMENTNEW

For Intramural Paintball Tournament registration and information, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/intramural_sports/index.html.

INTRAMURAL OFFICIALS WANTED FOR OUTDOOR SOCCER LEAGUENEW

Intramural Soccer Officials' Rules Clinic information is at: http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/intramural_sports/index.html.

INTRAMURAL 7-ON-7 OUTDOOR SOCCER LEAGUESNEW

Intramural Outdoor Soccer Leagues managers' meetings and registration information is at: http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/intramural_sports/index.html.

INTRAMURAL OPEN CO-REC 8-ON-8 KICKBALL TOURNAMENTNEW

Intramural Kickball Tournament registration - for more information visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/intramural_sports/index.html.

INTRAMURAL SINGLES AND CO-REC RACQUETBALL LEAGUESNEW

Intramural Racquetball Leagues Registration - for more information go to: http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/intramural_sports/index.html.

WELLNESS E-NEWSLETTERNEW

The Wellness & Recreation Services Sept. newsletter is available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage for updates on important WRS events and programs along with wellness tips and articles.

LOOKING FOR GOOD PERSONAL TRAINERS

An informational meeting on becoming a personal trainer will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in 155 WRC. Class begins Monday, Sept. 12. Monday and Wednesday lectures will be held from 3 to 3:50 p.m., in room 155. Friday labs will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in room 87. For more information and to enroll, call 237-7167. Class is not for academic credit.

PERSONAL TRAINERS

Personal Trainers will design a program with your specific goals in mind. Trainers are results driven and want you to succeed. Contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167, kristy.leen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html for more information.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

FALL KICKOFF MEETING "GET TO KNOW UNI-SHRM"NEW

Wondering what employers look for in today’s economy? Considering management as your major but not sure exactly what HR is? Join us for our first SHRM meeting of the year at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6 in 121 CBB, and enjoy root beer floats. All majors welcome. Contact Jamie (kirkusj@uni.edu) for more information.

ETHNIC STUDENT PROMOTERS (ESP) INFORMATIONAL MEETINGNEW

The Ethnic Student Promoters (ESP) are a distinguished group of students from multi cultural backgrounds who promote the University of Northern Iowa. ESP assists during multi cultural visits by guiding prospective students, parents and counselors on campus tours, accompanying them to lunch at one of our award-winning dining centers and presenting "Life as a UNI student." ESP is looking for highly dedicated individuals who are passionate about UNI to be a part of this organization. The informational meeting will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the CME. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, to the Office of Admissions, 002 GIL. Contact Tera Edmunds at tedmunds@uni.edu if you have any questions.

RHO EPSILON MEETINGNEW

UNI’s Real Estate organization, Rho Epsilon, will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, in 225 CBB. This first meeting of the year will be an information meeting. Pizza and pop will be provided. Career Services will critique resumes. So, bring your resume to get it cleaned up before the Career Fair. All majors are welcome. Any questions, contact Charlie Peterson at petercac@uni.edu.

UNI SOCIOLOGY CLUB WELCOME-BACK MEETINGNEW

Join the UNI Sociology Club's first meeting of the school year at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Elk Room, MAU. Learn what the club is all about, meet others interested in sociology,share your ideas, and learn about our upcoming plans for the school year. Free pizza and pop will be provided. All majors, minors and anyone with an interest in sociology are invited.

COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER INFORMATIONAL MEETINGNEW

The American Cancer Society raises money to support all types of cancers for patients and survivors of all ages. UNI's 10th Relay For Life will be on April 13-14.  Become a part of this growing student organization. An informational meeting will be at 8:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12, in 252 SEC. For more information, or if you can't attend an informational meeting, contact Emily Droessler at droessle@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.