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Thursday, Apr 7, 2011

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NEWS

FACULTY ELECTIONSNEW

Faculty elections will take place the week of April 18 using MyUNIverse. Nominees are: chair of the faculty: James Jurgenson, biology (incumbent) and Susan Wurtz, management; chair of the graduate faculty: Lauren Nelson, communication sciences & disorders and Gayle Pohl, communication studies. For more information, contact Melissa Beall (melissa.beall@uni.edu) or Dan Power (daniel.power@uni.edu).

UNDERGRADUATE ADVISER SURVEYNEW

The Undergraduate Academic Advising Council to the Provost has prepared a short survey (five minutes) to assess interest in adviser training, methods for delivering the training and training topics. If you have not yet taken the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/6XBHV9P. If you have any questions regarding this survey, contact Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure, chair of the Undergraduate Academic Advising Council to the Provost, at Pierre.Mvuyekure@uni.edu or 273-2518/3-3595.

ASSOCIATE PROVOST FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS CANDIDATE OPEN FORUMNEW

The Associate Provost for International Programs (APIP) search committee invites all members of the campus community to attend an open forum at which the first APIP candidate will give a short presentation on "Challenges of Internationalization for Universities in the 21st Century: Lessons for UNI" followed by a Q&A session. An electronic evaluation form for the candidates will be available at https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/surveys/takeSurvey.cgi. The forum is scheduled from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in 244/245 SEC.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND MINI-GRANTS

The Reaching for Higher Ground committee seeks proposals from faculty, staff and students for mini-grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 that focus on this year's project "Community After 9/11." Up to 10 grants may be awarded. Grants must support activities and programming that reflect the mission and values of the Reaching for Higher Ground Project during the 2011-2012 academic year. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 11. For more information and an application, visit www.uni.edu/higherground/mini-grants. Contact Hillery Oberle at 273-3961 or email hillery.oberle@uni.edu with questions.

FREE TAX HELP AT UNI

Accounting students at UNI are providing free income tax assistance on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. now through Wednesday, April 13. Sessions are held in 223 CBB. No appointment is necessary. You are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 p.m. to allow students sufficient time to complete returns. For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 273-2394.

FAMILY WEEKEND ACTIVITIESNEW

If your department or organization is planning activities for Family Weekend (Sept. 23-24), please send the information to liz.conklin@uni.edu. Copy deadline for  promotional materials is Wednesday, June 15.

NISG EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITIONS

Please encourage students to apply for an NISG executive director position. This is an excellent way for students to get involved and serve other students. Applications and job descriptions are available at http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/government/nisg-open-positions Deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, April 8. Direct any questions to Spencer at spencer.walrath@gmail.com

DIRECT DEPOSIT SIGN UP - NON-PAYROLL

Throughout the month of April, Business Operations is promoting the benefits of direct deposit for students, faculty and staff. Benefits include a decrease in individuals’ wait time for payments and the university’s cost of processing payments. As an added incentive to sign up for direct deposit of travel reimbursements, student refunds and other payments, Business Operations will give away gift cards throughout the month of April. Each Friday, there will be a drawing for individuals who have signed up during the preceding week. Sign up is easy. For step-by-step instructions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/dirdeposit_qrg.pdf

USHERS NEEDED FOR 'URINETOWN'

Looking for something fun to do on a Friday or Saturday night or Sunday afternoon? Would you like to see a Strayer-Wood Theatre performance for free? Sign up to be an usher for one or more performances of "Urinetown," music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and the book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16 and April 21 and 23, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 17, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. For more information, contact Allison Krois at allisonkrois@gmail.com.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FIPSE GRANT OPPORTUNITY NOW OPEN

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the latest round of grants in the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). This grant program is the Department of Education's primary funding mechanism for college- and university-level projects; the program supports and disseminates innovative reform projects that promise to be models for improving the quality of postsecondary education and increasing student access. The grant deadline is Monday, May 23. For more information see http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fipsecomp/index.html. To apply, email hillery.oberle@uni.edu.

NATIONAL STUDENT EMPLOYMENT WEEK

National Student Employment Week is April 11 through 15. During this week, departments are encouraged to recognize and celebrate the contributions of their student employees.  The following are some ways to celebrate student employees: write a thank you card, have an office treat day where staff bring goodies for students, individually thank student employees for their specific contributions and decorate students' workstations. Students play a big role in making UNI run smoothly. Please take the time to acknowledge their contributions.

UNI PHYSICS POLO SHIRTS ON SALENEW

The Physics Club has professional-quality polos for sale for $30 each. They are purple dry-wick polos with white stripes down the sides, with the UNI panther on the left breast surrounded by "Northern Iowa Physics." See a picture at https://sites.google.com/site/uniphysicsclub/. All proceeds will help fund the UNI Physics Club. Email uniphysicsclub@gmail.com with your name and size to place your order. Orders are due by Friday, April 15. Cash or a check made out to UNI Physics Club may be dropped off at the physics office in 215 PHY. Any questions may be directed to Jeremy Hulshizer at hulshizj@uni.edu or uniphysicsclub@gmail.com.

CAR KEY FOUND IN LANG HALL

A car key and remote was found on a bench on the ground floor of Lang Hall on Thursday, March 31. Please come to the communication studies department office (Lang 326) to identify and claim.

RESOURCES

SEEKING CLIENTS WHO NEED PUBLICATIONS CREATEDNEW

The UNI Professional Writing Program seeks individual and organizational clients who need to have print and digital publications created (e.g., newsletters, brochures, flyers, proposals, report documents, websites and exhibition storyboards). Contact Adrienne Lamberti at lamberti@uni.edu for more information.

BLENDED COURSE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS APPLICATION DUE APRIL 15NEW

ITS-Educational Technology and Continuing and Distance Education invite faculty to apply for the Blended Course Development Awards initiative scheduled for May 23-27. Sessions will focus on blended course development (any combination of face-to-face and online elements) and other supportive tools. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 15. For more information, including an application form, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/sites/default/files/documents/idds/bcda.pdf.

FINDING AND APPLYING FOR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTNEW

The Federal Government is one of the largest employers in the U.S. With a unique hiring process, getting hired for a government job creates challenges not faced in other fields. Learn about available job opportunities, job-search strategies and federal resumes from 3 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in 009 GIL. For more information, contact Isabela Varela isabela.varela@uni.edu.

CONSIDERING E-PORTFOLIOS FOR ASSESSMENT?NEW

If you have ever thought about using e-portfolios for program-level assessment, now is a good time to explore the possibilities. Take a look at ifolio, a new e-portfolio system now available at UNI. For more information, go to http://www.uni.edu/elearning/eportfolio/eportfolios-uni-home. For information on portfolios in general, see http://www.uni.edu/assessment/assessmentlibrarybytopic.shtml#portfolios. The assessment office can help.

TIAA-CREF SEMINAR "ARE WE THERE YET?"NEW

The TIAA-CREF presentation "Are We There Yet? Investing for Retirement in the New Normal Economy" will take place from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 26, in the CME. Brett Hammond, a TIAA-CREF managing director and chief investment strategist, will provide a short presentation about how to stay focused on achieving your retirement goals with a complete retirement investment strategy. This event is open to all UNI employees enrolled in the TIAA-CREF retirement plan. For more information and to register for the event, visit http://events.SignUp4.com/UNI2011.

SPSS SHORT COURSENEW

A free hands-on short course on using SPSS will be held from 2 to 3:15 p.m., Friday, April 15, and from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in 110 WRT. The class is suitable for beginners. The Department of Mathematics provides assistance to faculty, staff and students through its Statistical Consulting Lab. For assistance or to RSVP, contact Mark Jacobson at 273-7172 or jacobson@cs.uni.edu. For more information, visit www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL/.

ACCESSIBLE WEB PAGE DESIGNNEW

Monday, April 18, a training session will be held to offer assistance on increasing accessibility for all Web users, including those with disabilities. UNI employees responsible for contributing to or managing the design and content of their university department website should consider attending this session. Anyone who contributes to their department's website will benefit from this session, not just programmers and developers. For program details or registration instructions, visit: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training.

SPECIAL EVENTS

OPEN MIC NIGHT FEATURING DYNAMIC DUO

Come to Campus Activities Board's Open Mic Night featuring student musicians and poets, followed by a performance by slam poets Dynamic Duo. The show is at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the Coffeehouse, MAU.

QUASH ICE CREAM FUNDRAISERNEW

UNI Advocates for Alzheimer’s is hosting a QUASH fundraiser at the Cedar Falls Cold Stone Creamery from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 12. Enjoy a tasty treat while raising money to benefit and support the Alzheimer's Association's research efforts.

QUASH - QUEST TO UNRAVEL ALZHEIMER'S SCAVENGER HUNTNEW

QUASH, the Quest to Unravel Alzheimer's Scavenger Hunt, is back for 2011. Gather a team of two to four people to challenge your body and mind in a campus-wide event on Saturday, April 16. Each QUASH team is asked to raise $100 per participant to benefit and support the Alzheimer's Association's research efforts. Register today at www.QUASHnow.org.

HONORS RESEARCH DAYNEW

Senior honors students and presidential scholars will present their thesis research projects on Saturday, April 16. The event begins with continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Lang Hall second-floor auditorium lounge. Following will be nine concurrent sessions of research presentations in Lang Hall rooms 208, 211, 222, 223, 308 and 311. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.uni.edu/honors/content/honors-research-day. Presentations are open to the public.

RELAY FOR LIFE: IMAGINE A WHOLE NEW WORLD WITHOUT CANCERNEW

Relay For Life will be held from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, in the McLeod Center. Come join teams walking all night to show support for friends, family and loved ones touched by cancer. The event is free and all are welcome. There will be live music, root beer pong, pictures with princesses, food and more.

HARRY POTTER SPECIAL EVENTNEW

Expelliarmus! Come celebrate the upcoming release of the new Harry Potter movie from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 11, with special food and games at the Piazza Dining Center. There will be a six-foot broom cake, a Harry Potter birthday cake and more. Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character and try to win guest meals and pizzas. Play games for a chance to win prizes, such as dining dollars, pizza or the Harry Potter book.

COMEDY FOR CHANGENEW

Come see hilarious original sketches, stand-up routines and improvisation at 9 p.m., Saturday, April 9, in The Bertha Martin Theatre in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Performances may contain adult content. The cost is $3, and all proceeds go to the relief efforts for Japan.

UNI CATWALK 2011: MIXTAPENEW

UNI's Textiles and Apparel program's 19th annual student design show will showcase students' designs on the catwalk at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 9, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Admission is free, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. A reception featuring senior portfolios will follow on the second floor of Lang Hall.

DEAF HISTORY MONTH PANEL ON 1988 DEAF PRESIDENT NOW PROTESTNEW

In honor of Deaf History Month, Robert and Suzy Mannella will share their experiences as students during the Deaf President Now movement at Gallaudet University in March 1988. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about one of the most important moments in deaf history. This event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 9, in 108 CAC. The public is invited and admission is free.

SELF-DEFENSE SEMINARNEW

A self-defense seminar will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, April 18, in Old Central Ballroom, MAU. Men and women are welcome to the first hour of this seminar, which will focus on safety and education, targeted toward college-age individuals. The second hour is for women only and will focus on learning self-defense skills. This event is free and refreshments will be provided. Wear comfy clothes and shoes. For more information, contact Anti-Violence Advocates at uniava@gmail.com or Staci Chananie-Hill at stacich@uni.edu.

THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF INTERCOLLEGIATE SOLAR BOATINGNEW

UNI will host IEEE-PELS Solar Splash 2011 - The World Championship of Intercollegiate Solar Boating Wednesday through Sunday, June 8 through 12, in George Wyth State Park. The event includes national and international teams with state-of-the-art solar electric boats promoting sustainable transplantation methods. This is a free event and open to public. UNI solar boat team ranked third in the 2009 and 2010 championships in Arkansas and will host the event in Iowa for the first time. For more information, visit www.solarsplash.com or contact Reg Pecen, UNI Solar Panthers team adviser at pecen@uni.edu.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

MUSIC EDUCATION WORKSHOP

School of Music instructor of music education Michelle Swanson will coordinate a Music Education Workshop on Saturday, April 9 at 8 a.m. in Davis Hall, GBPAC. For more information, contact Michelle.Swanson@uni.edu.

INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT

An Interactive Technology Summit will take place from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m., Friday, April 8, in 134 ITTC. This summit offers public dialogue among the innovative business leaders in the Cedar Valley’s blossoming interactive technology industry and UNI faculty members who are developing an integrated interdisciplinary approach to interactive digital studies. The summit will feature four speakers: Russ Wasendorf Jr., PFGBEST; Wade Arnold, T8Webware; Eugene Wallingford, computer science; and Bettina Fabos, communication studies. A moderated discussion will be led by Matthew Wilson, marketing; a Q&A session will follow the speakers. 

18TH ANNUAL CSBS STUDENT RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines within the College of Social and Behavioral Science, will present their research in poster sessions and panel discussions from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 9. Poster sessions will be in the Sabin Hall Atrium, and presentations and panel discussions will be held throughout the building. The keynote will be presented by Christopher Uggen, Distinguished McKnight Professor of Sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota, on "Crime, Justice and Game-Changing Social Science" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in 002 SAB. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/csbs-conference/.

COMMUNITY AND INEQUALITY: MOVING TOWARD RACIAL JUSTICE IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Register for the conference Community and Inequality: Moving Toward Racial Justice in Local Communities, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 15, in the Georgian Lounge, COM. Todd Swanstrom, University of Missouri, will speak on the impact of inequality on community decisions and community life. Gregory Squires, George Washington University, will speak on housing discrimination, in particular the use of new media to exclude people of color from housing. Admission to the keynote addresses is free. Registration for the full-day conference, including lunch, is $15. Registration after April 6 is $20. For more information, contact the Public Policy office at 273-2910 or allen.hays@uni.edu.

WORKSHOP ON BUILDING A STRONG, EFFECTIVE TEAM

The management workshop "Only as Strong as Your Weakest Link: Building a Strong, Effective Team" will be offered from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in 30 BCS. The registration deadline is Thursday, April 7. Participants will identify team member’s strengths and weaknesses and learn how to harness the power of their team to advance to a highly effective and successful work group. The discounted price is $112 for UNI employees. UNI departments can purchase a consortium membership, which entitles the department to five seats to any of the 2011 management training workshops, for only $995. Half-day workshops only use a half seat. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu.

CONFERENCE ON THE STATE OF LANGUAGE EDUCATION IN IOWA K-12 SCHOOLS

The Department of Modern Languages will host a one-day conference on The State of Language Education in K-12 Schools in Iowa. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9, in 109 CBB and will feature presentations on best practices, case studies of successful programs and programs in crisis and a roundtable of faculty and administrators reflecting on ideas presented throughout the day. The evening will conclude with a keynote address by Paul Sandrock, associate director for professional development at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). 

RURAL AGING CONFERENCENEW

The Rural Aging Conference will be held Thursday, April 7, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. The event is sponsored by the School of Applied Human Sciences and UNI Gerontology. Topics will include longevity, fraud and health literacy among older adults. Please email elaine.eshbaugh@uni.edu for more information.

CONSENT: FROM HOOKUPS TO RELATIONSHIPSNEW

When it comes to sex, consent is the best-kept secret. In this workshop, Ben Privot will put in plain words the nuances of consent -- from a thorough definition of consent to tools for practicing consent and much more. The workshop which uses interactive discussions and valuable exercises, will be offered at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in Old Central Ballroom A, MAU. Read more at www.theconsensualproject.com.

FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTHNEW

Throughout the month of April, the Office of Student Financial Aid will be sponsoring five “Food and Finances” Workshops. These workshops will cover a variety of topics including: Investments, Purchasing a Car, Purchasing a Home, Choosing Benefits at Work and the Psychology of Money. These events are open to faculty, staff and students. We encourage faculty to have their students attend. If you plan on having a large number of students attend, contact Liz Hoium at the Office of Student Financial Aid at 273-6395. For a list of speakers and times, visit our website at www.uni.edu/finaid. Drawings will take place at the end of every workshop for free food and Live Like a Student Tshirts.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

SATURDAY FILM SERIES: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS

"Episode 3: Flowering" will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at the University Museum. In this groundbreaking series, David Attenborough takes the viewer on a guided tour through the secret world of plants to see things no unaided eye could witness.

FILM ON EVOLUTION

The Plinian Society/Evolution Club will show the film "Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution" at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 7,  in 103 MSH. Snacks will be provided and a discussion will follow the movie. For more information, contact Corinthia Black at corinthi@uni.edu.

PERFORMING ARTS

CLARINET STUDIO AND CLARINET ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Tthe UNI Clarinet Studio and Ensemble will offer a spring concert on Thursday, April 7 at 6 p.m. in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

NORTHERN IOWA JUNIOR ORCHESTRA CONCERTNEW

The UNI Suzuki School will present the Northern Iowa Junior Orchestra spring concert at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 17, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

FACULTY ARTISTS RECITAL: HALGEDAHL-BOTKIN DUONEW

This spring recital will feature faculty artists Frederick Halgedahl, violin, and Sean Botkin, piano, at 8 p.m., Monday, April 18, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: KAREL KELDERMANS, CARILLON

Guest artist Karel Keldermans, carillonneur, will perform at noon at the Campanile on both Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8. Bring your lunch and enjoy a one-of-a-kind musical experience. This event is free and open to the public.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: CELLO AND VIOLIN

Visiting artists Richard Aaron, cello, and Stephen Shipps, violin, will present a recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Both artists currently serve as professors at the University of Michigan. Aaron has traveled extensively, giving master classes in Madrid, Spain; Manheim, Germany; Seoul, Korea; Matsumoto, Japan; and Paris. Shipps enjoys a varied professional career as a violinist, teacher, editor, administrator, adjudicator and commentator. This event is free and open to the public.

UNI HORN CHOIR CONCERT

The UNI Horn Choir will offer a spring recital at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 10, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL MASTER CLASSES

The UNI Community Music School will present spring master classes at noon, Sunday, April 10, in Graham Hall and 116, RSL. For more information, contact Cynthia.Mason@uni.edu

INTERNATIONAL DANCE THEATRE'S ANNUAL SPRING CONCERTNEW

International Dance Theatre will perform at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 16, and 6 p.m., Sunday, April 17, in Lang Auditorium. See musical theater numbers like the Bottle Dance from "Fiddler on the Roof," The Farmer and the Cowman from "Oklahoma" and El Tango de Roxanne from "Moulin Rouge."  Tickets are $3 for students and $6 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased from any member of International Dance Theatre, at the door or reserved by calling Daniel Wells at 273-3560. For more information, email daniel.wells@uni.edu.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: UNI SYMPHONIC BAND

The Symphonic Band will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: NORTHERN IOWA WIND SYMPHONYNEW

The Northern Iowa Wind Symphony will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 15, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.

COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL SPRING RECITAL WEEKENDNEW

The UNI Community Music School will host its spring recitals on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, at various times in RSL. For more information, contact Cindi Mason at cynthia.mason@uni.edu.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: HEATHER ARMSTRONG, OBOENEW

Visiting artist Heather Armstrong will present an oboe recital at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, with faculty artist Korey Barrett, piano. Armstrong is assistant professor of oboe and music theory at Luther College. She holds doctor of musical arts and master of music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Armstrong is a member of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and also performs with the La Crosse Symphony. This event is free and open to the public.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: JAZZ PANTHERSNEW

The UNI Jazz Panthers will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. The concert will feature guest artist John Kizilarmut on drums and vibraphone. Kizilarmut has recorded with a wide range of artists, from jazz pianist Anthony Belfiglio to the Grammy Award-winning DJ Starscream, and has also worked professionally with several jazz luminaries including Branford Marsalis, Ron Westray and Slide Hampton. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.

'URINETOWN': THE MUSICALNEW

Strayer-Wood Theatre presents "Urinetown" - a hilarious musical about greed, corruption, love and revolution in which citizens must use public amenities regulated by a single company that profits from charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, in UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre. A matinee will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 17. Free for UNI students.

'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST' AT GALLAGHER-BLUEDORNNEW

Tickets are still available for Disney's "Beauty and the Beast's" five performances at the Gallagher-Bluedorn. Showings are at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 8; 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9; 1 and 6:30 p.m., Sunday, April 10. See the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast" features the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman.

HONORS THESIS PERFORMANCENEW

"Confounded Progress: A Dance Performance Depicting Mental Illness” by Kelsey Sawtelle, UNI honors student, will be performed at 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 8, in 185/187 WRC. The presentation will explore mental illness through movement and will incorporate music and costuming to express feelings. The event is free and open to the public.

UNI V-DAY PRESENTS: THE VAGINA MONOLOGUESNEW

The Vagina Monologues are based on V-Day Founder/Playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. Performances will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 14, and Saturday, April 16, in the GBPAC. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood and to the V-Day 2011 spotlight campaign. Admission is $10, $7 with a nonparishable food item (to be donated to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank).

BOSTON BRASS AT GALLAGHER-BLUEDORNNEW

The Boston Brass will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 17, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn. They will premiere a piece by UNI student Isaac Brockshus, currently pursuing a B.M. in composition. Boston Brass celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2011. To celebrate the occasion, Boston Brass held a composition contest at UNI and Brockshus's piece was chosen. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Curtain Talk, a preshow discussion, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance. UNI students can purchase a $5 rush ticket on the day of the performance.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

GOING AND GROWING GREEN: SUSTAINABILITY & GARDENING

Perhaps the ultimate way to go green is to grow a garden. Rob and Tammy Faux of Genuine Faux Farm, Tripoli, will discuss how people can change gardening habits at 7 p.m, Tuesday, April 12, at the University Museum. Learn to use environmentally friendly approaches and how gardening plays a role in efforts to achieve a sustainable future.

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE

Wallace Hettle, history, will present "Soldiers' Stories: Stonewall Jackson in Civil War Memoirs" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in 115 SRL. The event is free and open to the public.

FOURTH ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

The Fourth Annual Graduate Student Symposium, sponsored by the Graduate College, is Monday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 13. Creative performances are scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 11, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. On April 13 the poster presentations will be from noon to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom, MAU and the oral presentations will be from noon to 3 p.m. in the lower level, MAU.

LUANN ALEMAO TO SPEAK ABOUT COMMUNICATION CLARITYNEW

Educator, speaker and trainer Luann Alemao (http://www.laanda.com/) will speak from 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, at the John Deere Auditorium, CBB. Alemao will discuss communication clarity (http://www.laanda.com/communicationclarity.html). This event is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the UNI chapters of the American Marketing Association and Pi Sigma Epsilon. For more information, contact Rachael Tiby at rachael.tiby@gmail.com or Zach Riesberg at zachriesberg@gmail.com.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

LAST BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILE OF THE SCHOOL YEARNEW

The last Blood Chemistry Profile (BCP) screening of the academic year will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 27, in the Student Health Center. One free BCP per academic year is available to UNI employees who qualify for insurance benefits. A BCP tests for 23 components including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, blood sugar, iron, etc. Employees who also wish to have a prostate test or complete blood count test will pay an extra $10. A thyroid test is available for $5. Pay by cash, check or payroll deduction. Students, retirees and spouses may sign up as well for a $20 BCP fee. Call 273-6119 to schedule an appointment.

INTRAMURAL OPEN CO-REC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

An intramural open co-rec softball tournament will take place Saturday, April 16. Play starts at 10 a.m. Open to students, faculty and staff. There is a $20 entry fee per team. Register Monday through Wednesday, April 11 through 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in 161 WRC. Limited to the first eight teams to register. The rain date is Sunday, April 17. For more information, call 273-7262.

INTRAMURAL OPEN CO-REC SOCCER TOURNAMENT

An Intramural Open Co-Rec Soccer Tournament will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 17. Open to students, faculty and staff. There is a $20 entry fee per team. Register between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.,  Monday through Wednesday, April 11 through 13, in 161 WRC. Play is limited to first eight teams to register. For more information, call 273-7262.

EMPLOYMENT

JOB OPENINGS AT UNINEW

The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at www.uni.edu/employment.