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Thursday, Feb 10, 2011

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NEWS

FACULTY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD NOMINATION DEADLINENEW

Nominations for the 2011 Veridian Credit Union Community Engagement Awards are due Friday, Feb. 18. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of UNI faculty members to the community through research and/or teaching. All full-time tenured and tenure-tract faculty are eligible. For award information and to submit materials, visit www.uni.edu/resources/veridian-credit-union-community-engagement-award.

PRESIDENT'S TESTIMONY AT SEN. HARKIN'S FIELD HEARINGNEW

President Allen delivered testimony on Feb. 5 at Sen. Harkin's field hearing, "Preserving America's Economic Security." To read the president's remarks, visit http://www.uni.edu/president/messages.

CAMPUS-WIDE CLIMATE/DIVERSITY SURVEYNEW

Soon you will be invited to participate in a survey that will help UNI assess its climate. All students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences about the university’s culture and attitudes. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and is strictly confidential. All responses will be aggregated and no individually identifying information will be disclosed. Please plan to participate in this important process.

ASPERGER'S SYNDROME PROGRAM ASSISTANCENEW

A campus-wide program designed to equip faculty/staff to better understand Asperger's syndrome is scheduled for late March. If you are a faculty/staff member with Asperger's syndrome and are willing to talk publicly about it (or write about your experience for someone else to read), contact drake.martin@uni.edu.

FREE TAX HELP AT UNI

Accounting students at UNI will provide free income-tax assistance from 5 to 7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, 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 the returns. For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 273-2394.

PHISHING ATTEMPTS ON THE RISE

UNI is seeing an increasing number of inbound e-mail messages asking you to provide personal information in response. The information requested includes usernames, passwords, personal identity information, etc. Virtually all of those requests are fraudulent. We ask that you never reply to such messages. Instead, you are encouraged to forward those messages (as an attachment) to phishing@uni.edu. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/services/security/phishing.

OPPORTUNITY FOR FACULTY

The Executive Vice President and Provost Office is announcing a vacancy in the Administrative Development Program. The program will provide one faculty member with an opportunity to broaden his or her experience in higher education administration during the 2011-2013 academic years. Details and application procedures are posted at http://www.uni.edu/provost/employment-opportunities under "Opportunity for Faculty." Eligible faculty are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 14.

MERCHANT SCHOLARSHIP

The Merchant Scholarship is one of UNI's oldest scholarships. The University Archives staff has prepared an illustrated historical essay on the benefactors of that scholarship fund. To learn more about the Merchant family, visit https://www.library.uni.edu/collections/special-collections/merchant-legacy.

2011 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION DATES

Orientation dates for new students admitted for summer and fall 2011 have been scheduled and are listed below. Students and families will begin reserving their spots in orientation sessions during UNI Up Close events later this month, and online reservations will continue through the spring and summer months. Visit www.uni.edu/orientation or contact kristin.woods@uni.edu for more information. Freshman orientation dates: June 6-7; June 9-10; June 13-14; June 16-17; June 20-21; June 23-24; June 27-28; June 30-July 1; July 7-8; July 11-12. Transfer orientation dates: April 26; April 28; April 29; June 2; June 3; June 8; June 15; June 29. The final orientation for fall semester is Friday, Aug. 19.

HELP UNI ENTREPRENEURS 'CAN HUNGER'NEW

According to the Feeding America Hunger Report 2010, Feeding America's nationwide network of food banks is feeding 1 million more Americans each week than in 2006. Help UNI Entrepreneurs "Can Hunger" in the Cedar Valley by donating nonperishable food in the donation boxes located in the CBB student lounge or BCS front lobby area. For more information, e-mail laurie.watje@uni.edu.

USHERS NEEDED FOR 'ON THE VERGE'

Looking to see a performance of the Strayer-Wood Theatre’s production of "On the Verge" for free? Sign up to be an usher for one or more performances of the play by Eric Overmyer. Performances are at 7:30 p.m, Thursday, Feb. 24, through Saturday, Feb. 26, and Thursday, March 3, through Saturday, March 5. A 2 Sunday matinee will be held at 2 p.m., Feb. 27 and March 6. Performances will be held in the Bertha Martin Theatre, located in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. For more information, contact Allison Krois at allisonkrois@gmail.com.

NEW 2011 OFFICE MAX CATALOGS

The following new 2011 Office Max catalogs are available: Office Products, Extended Offerings, Furniture, and Cleaning & Breakroom. If you are interested in any of these, contact Pam.rousselow@uni.edu or call 273-2451.

SPRING BREAK GIVEAWAYSNEW

Enter for a chance to win a trip to Seaworld or UNI basketball tickets with a VIP visit to the Dewmocracy Tent on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Pick up a scratch ticket at Biscotti's, 23rd St. Market and Essentials from Monday through Friday, Feb. 14 through 18. Sign up to win basketball tickets at all retail locations, including Prexy's and Chat's. Visit stores for details.

VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS AVAILABLE

23rd Street Market is offering Valentine items including flowers, panther plushes, balloons, cookies and Hugs from Home. Purchase items in the store or online at the Panther Pantry http://www.uni.edu/dor/pantherpantry. For additional gift ideas, stop by Essentials in Maucker Union.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH GRANTS PROGRAMS WEBINAR

The Office of Sponsored Programs will present a webinar on the various grant-funding mechanisms and programs available through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Elm Room, MAU. The webinar will cover NIH funding options for early-stage research and new investigators. For more information, contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 273-3961.

MAP-WORKS ORIENTATION FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Have you heard about MAP-Works? To learn about using this online retention and student success tool in your work with first-year students, sign up for an informational workshop from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in 138 ITTC. At the workshop, new MAP-Works users can get added to the system, review student data and learn about basic MAP-Works functions. Current users are welcome to attend for a refresher, including information on the functions other users have found most helpful. To sign up for the workshop, e-mail Kristin Woods at kristin.woods@uni.edu by Monday, Feb. 21.

TIAA CREF COUNSELING

A TIAA CREF representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 16 and 17, and Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 22 and 23. Common questions a representative can help with are: 1) Is my investment mix appropriate? 2) Am I saving enough to maintain my lifestyle in retirement? and 3) How do I use my funds for income in retirement? To sign up for these complimentary meetings, call (toll-free) 866-842-2977.

SPECIAL EVENTS

NORTHERN FESTIVAL OF BANDS

The Northern Festival of Bands, an annual honor band festival for high school students, which typically hosts more than 40 schools and 250 individual students, will be held Thursday, Feb. 10, through Saturday, Feb. 12, at the GBPAC. The event will feature performances by the UNI Wind Symphony and UNI Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11, and at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, featuring solo competition winners, the festival’s percussionist groups, the Festival Concert Band and the Festival Symphony Band. The Saturday concert is ticketed. For tickets, call 273-4TIX. For more information, call 273-2028.

CAPOEIRA: AFRO BRAZILIAN MARTIAL ARTS, SONG AND DANCE

To celebrate Black History Month, the UNI Capoeira Sport Club will offer a free Capoeira class followed by a Capoeira presentation and four different dance pieces from Brazil. The pieces will be performed by UNI students and artists from Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Dallas and São Paulo, Brazil. The event will be at noon, Friday, Feb. 11, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. E-mail Robyn Odegard at odegardr@uni.edu for more information.

UNI-CUE BLOOD DRIVENEW

A blood drive will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11, at UNI-CUE in downtown Waterloo (800 Sycamore St.). You can schedule an appointment to donate blood by contacting Jessica Hansen at jessica.hansen@uni.edu or by calling 319-433-1253. Walk-ins are also welcome.

56TH ANNUAL TALLCORN JAZZ FESTIVALNEW

The Tallcorn Jazz Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19, at Russell Hall and GBPAC. This festival is the longest running jazz festival this side of the Mississippi. High school bands perform both days, will work with clinicians and guest David Berkman. For more information, visit http://www.davidberkman.com/  or the Tallcorn website at http://www.uni.edu/jazzstudies/tallcorn/.

ENTREFEST!NEW

Entrefest!, an event for small business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs, will be held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 24 and 25, in Dubuque. EntreFest! provides an opportunity to invest in your business by spending time working on your business in a fun and informal setting. Visit www.entrefest.com for the complete schedule and speaker lineup.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

CALL, CLICK OR CHAT- THE MYENTRE.NET BUSINESS CONCIERGE WEBINAR

The MyEntre.Net Business Concierge is one of the newest services offered to MyEntre.Net members. The Business Concierge is a team of business experts who help you get referrals, learn about local and state financial programs, and give business owners free advanced market research to help their businesses grow. At noon, on Thursday, Feb. 10, Rob Williams will discuss how the new service works and will walk users through how to call, click or chat to access the free assistance services available. Visit www.myentre.net to join the webinar.

GENDER BALANCE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

In 2009, the state of Iowa passed legislation requiring all local boards and commissions to be "gender balanced" by Jan. 1, 2012. Chris Larimer, political science, has studied the views of this law held by current members of boards and commissions, and will present his results from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at University Book & Supply.

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS BOOK CLUB

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet at  4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, at the UNI Museum to discuss "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" by W. Kamkwamba and B. Mealer. Out of scraps, William K. brings the miracle of electricity and running water to his village in Malawi. All are welcome.

LIBERAL ARTS CORE REVIEW STEERING COMMITTEE PRESENTATIONSNEW

Public presentations of the committee's work on considerations for a revised LAC and possible models for faculty consideration will be given from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, and 3:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Commons Ballroom. All faculty are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact co-chairs Virginia Arthur (virginia.arthur@uni.edu) or Susan Hill (susan.hill@uni.edu).

WRITER OR CONTENT PROVIDER? 'THE LATE NIGHT BOOK' ON THE IPADNEW

Jim O'Loughlin, English language and literature, will discuss how "The Late Night Book," his print booklet for infants, was transformed into a children's app for the iPad at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in 111 LNG. He'll also describe the differences between being a writer for traditional print publications and being a content provider for electronic media. More information on "The Late Night Book" is available at http://www.latenightbook.com.

CRISIS MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION: A HOW-TO APPROACHNEW

UNI's Panther Speakers will present "Crisis Management and Communication - A How-to Approach" at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 16. This webinar features James O'Connor, executive director of the Office of University Relations. This high-energy presentation will provide a practical, real-world approach to developing and implementing a crisis communication plan that works. Visit http://www.uni.edu/pantherspeakers for more information and to register. This event is free and open to the public.

LECTURE: "JEWISH GRAPHIC NOVELS GO GLOBAL: FROM A RABBI’S CAT TO A LEBANESE WALTZ"NEW

A lecture on "Jewish Graphic Novels Go Global: From a Rabbi’s Cat to a Lebanese Waltz" will be given by Harry Brod, philosophy and world religions, at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the State College Room, MAU. Brod will examine the expression of Jewish identities in recent graphic novels in Europe and in Israel. Sponsored by the Forum for National and Transnational Identities. The forum seeks to bring together faculty, staff and students with an interest in national identity, nationalism, transnationalism, race, ethnicity and immigration. To join the forum and to be placed on its mailing list, contact Konrad.Sadkowski@uni.edu.

HOW THE BRAIN LIES AND MISREPRESENTS THE 'REAL' WORLD

Otto MacLin, psychology, will discuss how the brain causes misperceptions, including errors in eyewitness identification, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the University Room, MAU. MacLin provides workshops for jurors. The event is free and open to the public.

EXPERT IN CIVIC ENGAGEMENT/SERVICE LEARNING TO VIST UNI

Robert Bringle (http://psych.iupui.edu/users/rbringle/), director of the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana-University/Purdue University will speak from 10:30 a.m. to noon., Thursday, May 12. His talk is free and open to the public. He will be on campus for a service-learning workshop Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13. For further information, contact Gerri Perreault at  273-6898 or ADP-UNI@UNI.edu.

PERFORMING ARTS

ROMANCE WITH A DOUBLE BASS

The UNI bass studio will present a double bass concert with a romantic theme at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

FLUTE CHOIR & FLUTE STUDIO CONCERT

Tthe Northern Iowa Flute Choir and Flute Studio will present its annual concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

60TH ANNUAL SINFONIAN DIMENSIONS IN JAZZ CONCERTSNEW

The Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19. It will feature Jazz Band One and David Berkman in Bengtson Hall, RSL. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for non-UNI students and free for UNI students with ID. For more information, visit http://www.davidberkman.com/ or see the Tallcorn website at http://www.uni.edu/jazzstudies/tallcorn/.

GBPAC PRESENTS CUARTETO CASALS WITH ANDREAS KLEIN

Since its founding, Cuarteto Casals has been recognized as one of Europe's most distinguished string quartets. This Spanish ensemble has garnered critical acclaim and won top prizes at many international competitions. German-born pianist Andreas Klein will join Cuarteto Cassals in a performance at the GBPAC at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13. He's internationally acclaimed as an artist and performer. Klein is heard frequently on NPR's "Performance Today." Sunday curtain talk will begin 45 minutes prior to the start of the show.

'BETRAYAL'

'Betrayal' exposes the distinct variations and kinds of betrayal over a nine-year period, including a seven-year affair between Robert’s wife, Emma, and his close, married friend, Jerry. Told in reverse chronology, the play shows that love is capable of not only betraying those we love, but ourselves as well. The play will be shown at 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11 and 12, and at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, in the Acting Practice Room inside Strayer-Wood Theatre. Admission is $4. For more information, visit www.UNISTAonline.org.

'FOR THE LOVE OF THE CLUB'NEW

UNI Interpreters Theatre will present "For the Love of the Club" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 through 19, in the Interpreter's Theater, 040 LNG. This original work is based on the author's and director’s thesis research on women who ride with motorcycle clubs. Learn about their lives, the roles they fulfill for their men and their struggle to perform their identities within the confines of a social organization that often dictates gender roles. This production contains mature language, themes and situations. It's recommended for mature audiences only. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Angela Glunz at glunza@uni.edu or 273-6728.

CAB'S ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS: ALISA TURNER

CAB's Acoustic Artist Series will feature Alisa Turner at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. Turner is a talented singer, songwriter and keyboard player with a deep passion for music. Enjoy the music and coffee deals from Chats. For more information, visit CAB's Facebook page.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

START A BUSINESS I WORKSHOP

Learn the basics of starting a business from  3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in 33 BCS.  Advance registration is required at jpec@uni.edu or 273-JPEC (5732).

START A BUSINESS 2

Learn how to write a business plan from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in 33 BCS. Pre-requisite: Start a Business 1. Advance registration is required at jpec@uni.edu or 273-JPEC (5732).

UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOP

Undoing Racism workshops help individuals, communities, organizations and institutions move beyond addressing the symptoms of racism to undoing the causes of racism so as to create a more just and equitable society. The two 1/2 day workshop will take place Feb. 23, 24 and 25 at the CME. Applications are online at www.uni.edu/cme.

"HOW TO MANAGE NESTS OF NEGATIVITY" WORKSHOP NEW

The management workshop "How to Manage Nests of Negativity" will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in 30 BCS. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 22.  Workshop participants will learn how to identify and confront negative employees who seem to be bringing down the employee morale and detracting from the organization’s progress. The discounted price is $224 for UNI employees. UNI departments can purchase a consortium membership, which entitles the department to 10 seats to any of the 2011 management training workshops, for $1,999. Half-day workshops only use a half seat. After the 10 seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu

RURAL AGING CONFERENCENEW

The Iowa Consortium for Aging Programs and UNI's gerontology program will host the Rural Aging Conference on Thursday, April 7. For more information or to register, visit www.uni.edu/csbs/ruralaging. Registration is limited to 120 participants. Contact Josie Davie (daviej@uni.edu) with questions.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

PLANT ADAPTATION EXHIBIT AND RECEPTION

The exhibit Plant Adaptation Up Close: A Biological and Artistic Interpretation will be open Monday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, May 14, at the University Museum. Earth's diverse environments create challenges for plant survival. Special adaptations allow some plants to thrive in conditions that are unsuited for most. This exhibit highlights several of these adaptations. Plant Adaptation Up Close was produced by the Botanic Garden of Smith College in collaboration with the Smith College Microscopy and Imaging Facility and artist Joan Wiener. The exhibit opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the University Museum. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/museum.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICS

UNI softball hosts the Ramada UNI-Dome Tournament Friday, Feb. 11, Saturday, Feb. 12, and Sunday, Feb. 13, in the UNI-Dome. A complete schedule can be found at http://www.unipanthers.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/ramada-uni-dome-tournament-11.html.  

Women's basketball hosts Creighton at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, in the McLeod Center. The Panthers host in-state rival Drake at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. in the McLeod Center. That game is the UNI Pink Zone game, with fans encouraged to wear pink. Proceeds will benefit Colleges Against Cancer. Men's basketball hosts Wichita State at 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, in the McLeod Center.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

SPEND SPRING BREAK BACKPACKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

The historic Appalachian Trail, located in the eastern U.S., covers more than 2,100 miles from Maine to Georgia. Backpack the trail March 11 through 20 with UNI Outdoors for approximately 40 miles through the rugged Deep South, camping along the way. No experience necessary. Sign up in the Outdoor Recreation Office, WRC 174. Cost is $425 for students, $450 for UNI faculty/staff and $500 for guests. Sign up by Monday, Feb. 14 to receive a $25 discount. Pay with u-bill, check, cash or credit card.

SPEND SPRING BREAK WHITE-WATER CANOEING ON THE RIO GRANDE RIVER

Explore one of the last wild and remote rivers in the Southwest, the Rio Grande, Friday, March 11, through Sunday, March 20. This 90-mile stretch of river has 1,000-foot canyon walls, wild burros and lots of warm desert sunshine. Located along the Texas/Mexico border, the Rio Grande has rapids ranging from class I through III. Swimming skills and good physical condition are prerequisites. The cost is $525 for students, $550 for faculty/staff and $600 for guests. Sign up in the Outdoor Recreation Office, 174 WRC. Pay with u-bill, check, cash or credit card.

BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILES

Blood chemistry profiles will be offered from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the WRC Main Corridor. UNI employees who quailify for insurance benefits are eligible for one free wellness blood profile ($20 value) per academic year. Other tests avaliable include a prostate test (PSA) for $10, thyroid test (TSH) for $5 and a complete blood count (CBC) for $10, each of which the employee would pay (cash, check, payroll deduction or u-bill). Students, retirees and spouses may sign up for the BCP screening as well for $20. Free bagels and juice to follow. Call the Wellness Resoure Lab at 273-6119 to schedule. www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/events/index.html