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Thursday, Feb 24, 2011

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NEWS

LAC SURVEYNEW

The Liberal Arts Core Review Steering Committee (LACRSC) developed a survey to get feedback from all faculty on possible LAC revisions. The survey is at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/459499/UNI-LAC-Perception-Survey. The survey will be available until 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, and allows you to save and return to it later on the same computer. Questions or problems with the survey can be directed to April.Chatham-Carpenter@uni.edu. Materials from last week's presentation, including the models presented, are available for review at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/lac_review.shtml.

REGISTER FOR UNI EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONNEW

UNI's Earth Day celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 21, on the Maucker Union Plaza. The rain location will be the Ballroom, MAU. UNI departments, student groups and community groups are encouraged to participate. Tables are limited, so sign up early. Register by Friday, April 1, at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=o5e7oecab&oeidk=a07e3eyj83u0648171d

THE PARENT PORTAL IS IN TRANSITION

The Student Information System (SIS) will change by phases now through August 2011. Current students with third-party users (parents, spouse, etc) will experience changes in how they access their personal records. Third-party access to records in the new Student System will be directly within MyUNIverse. Beginning February 2011, the first access to financial aid records in SIS will be made available to students, and if students wish to allow access, to their third-party users. Certain records will continue to be accessed through the old Parent Portal (http://www.uni.edu/parents) until they are migrated into the third-party portal through MyUNIverse. During the transition, students will need to set up third-party accounts in the new system for each person they wish to allow access, as well as retain their old third-party accounts for records not yet migrated. The full transition to the new system will be completed by August 2011. At that time, all student records will be available through MyUNIverse, and the old Parent Portal will be retired.

HELP CAN HUNGERNEW

According to the Feeding America Hunger Report 2010, more than one-third of client households report having to choose between food and other basic necessities, such as rent, utilities and medical care. Help UNI Entrepreneurs "Can Hunger" in the Cedar Valley by donating nonperishable food in the donation boxes in the CBB student lounge or BCS front lobby area. For more information, e-mail laurie.watje@uni.edu.

SDS NEWSLETTER FOR FACULTY AND STAFFNEW

Check out the Student Disability Newsletter for Faculty and Staff. In this month's newsletter, read about the recent changes in the SDS office, recent movie trends regarding disabilities and more at http://www.uni.edu/sds/FacultyStaffNewsletter.shtml.

ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER

The latest edition of the Department of Economics newsletter is available at http://www.cba.uni.edu/economics/Newsletter/Newsletter2010.pdf.

SEED GRANT RECIPIENTS

The offices of the Provost and Sponsored Programs have awarded 16 grants through the UNI Seed Grant Competition. Selected by peer review, the seed grants will support research and creative activities leading to external funding proposals. Seed grant recipients and their projects are listed at http://www.uni.edu/osp/2010-internal-seed-grant-recipients.

SPECIAL EVENTS

UNI PROUD MEETINGSNEW

UNI Proud is UNI's oldest LGBTQ student organization. All students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. Weekly meetings are held at 7 p.m., Tuesdays, in the Presidential Room, MAU. For more information, contact Ellie Hail at proud@uni.edu.

STUDENT READING ASSOCIATION BOOK FAIR

Need new books? Check out the selection at SRA's Scholastic Book Fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, through Thursday, March 3, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 4, in the SEC Lobby. Books for all ages at great prices.

U.S. CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY AT UNINEW

UNI students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a U.S. Citizenship Oath Ceremony at 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 4, in the Ballroom, MAU. More than 50 people will become new American citizens during this ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mark Grey at 273-6496. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost; the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; and the U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa.

WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES OPEN HOUSE AND SUSAN ALBEE MEMORIALNEW

To celebrate Women's History Month, Women’s & Gender Studies will host an open house from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in 225 SAB. As part of the open house, a memorial program celebrating the life of Susan Albee, an instructor in sociology and Women’s & Gender Studies from 1989-2007 who recently passed away, will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the foyer, SAB.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

CURRENT RESEARCH ON WOMEN (CROW) FORUMNEW

The next CROW Forum will be held at noon, Monday, March 7, in 109A CME. Phyllis Baker, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Kevin Leicht, University of Iowa sociology, will present “Economic Development and Women’s Life Chances." All faculty, staff, students and community members are invited. Feel free to bring your lunch.

SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Award-winning pre-K through 12 teachers and their students will present their earth science, inquiry and/or math-based classroom projects on Friday, Feb. 25. There will be opportunities to talk with teachers and students about how they view hands-on, interactive science- and math-based programs as a means of teaching and learning. There will be table displays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the ITTC first floor student lounge. Spotlight presentations will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m., every 30 minutes, in the ITTC labs, along with UNI faculty teaching innovations. An information table will be set up in 120 ITTC. This event is sponsored by ITS-Educational Technology. Contact Doreen Hayek with questions at doreen.hayek@uni.edu or 273-7300.

REVISING HISTORY: MARK TWAIN'S 'HUCKLEBERRY FINN'

A panel will discuss revisions to Twain's book from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in the State College Room, MAU. For example, the replacement of the N-word with "slave." Panelists: Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure, Wally Hettle and Jim O’Loughlin. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by: American Democracy (ADP) Project and the Provost's Office.

FORMER U.S. POET LAUREATE, POETRY READING AND DISCUSSIONNEW

Extolling the sensory details of rural life in the Midwest, Ted Kooser's poetry has been praised as "accessible, inviting, familiar and ordinary in a most extraordinary way." The 2004-2006 U.S. poet laureate will read from his poetry; be interviewed by Jeremy Schraffenberger, English language & literature, and take questions from the audience. Kooser will speak at 7 p.m., Monday, March 28, in the Commons Ballroom. A reception will follow.

HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBINARS

Hot Topics in Education: Professional Development Webinars, are free one-hour webinars for educators taught by UNI faculty and staff. The next webinar, "Legal Issues: Truth is Stranger than Fiction," will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, and features Dewitt Jones and Tim Gilson, educational leadership, counseling and postsecondary education. This session will address top legal issues facing educators through the use of real-world scenarios, and suggestions to help keep you out of court. For more information or to register, visit http://www.uni.edu/coe/about/coe-professional-development-webinars or contact Mary Herring at 273-2719.

CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE EDUCATION PRESENTATION

Jekow Olieny, a UNI student from Maiwut, South Sudan, will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in 2 SAB. Olieny will share images and short videos and answer questions on the background and significance of the recent vote for independence in South Sudan, the world’s newest nation. Co-sponsored by UNI-STAND.

PARTICIPATORY PRESERVATION: HEIRLOOM PLANTS IN A CHANGING WORLDNEW

Join Jenna Sicuranza and Shanyn Siegel of Seed Savers Exchange for a discussion about the important role heirloom plants play in plant genetic resources conservation at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, at the University Museums. Located in Decorah, Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit, member-supported organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage.

PRODUCING CIVIC-MINDED GRADUATES

Robert Bringle from Indiana University/Purdue will speak from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 12, in the Expansion in MAU on "How to Produce Civic-Minded Graduates: The State of the Field." This event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Gerri Perreault at 273-6898 or ADP-UNI@UNI.edu. Bringle's talk will be part of ADP's service-learning workshop.

LECTURE: "TRANSNATIONAL MIGRANTS IN THE NEW IOWA"

Mark Grey, Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration, will discuss recent immigration trends in Iowa at noon, Tuesday, March 1, in 9AB CME. He will also discuss the broader implications for the state and its people, including the transformation of how Iowans see themselves. This event is sponsored by the Forum for National and Transnational Identities, which 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.

LEADERSHIP AND BLACK NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNERS

Michael Blackwell, director of Multicultural Education at UNI, will discuss “Leadership Among the Black Nobel Peace Prize Winners” from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Elm Room, MAU. The lecture is free and open to the public. For information, call Leadership Studies at 273-6898.

SUSAN DOUGLAS VISITS UNINEW

Susan J. Douglas, author of "Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism’s Work Is Done" will visit UNI on Tuesday, March 8, for a book discussion at 11 a.m., and a reception at 2:30 p.m., both in the CME lobby. Douglas will give a public lecture at 3:30 p.m., in the Ballroom, MAU.

PERFORMING ARTS

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: MATTHEW COLEY, PERCUSSIONNEW

Visiting artist Matthew Coley will present a percussion recital at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Coley is a marimba, percussion and dulcimer artist specializing in contemporary solo and chamber music and concert. He performs regularly as a soloist throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Sinfonietta, Millennium Chamber Players, Moldavian Philharmonic and Tele-Radio Orchestras. This event is free and open to the public.

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT

Under the direction of faculty artist Chris Merz and graduate student conductors, the School of Music will present a jazz combos concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: NORTHERN IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Under the direction of visiting artist and conductor Jonathan Girard, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra will offer a Spotlight Series concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: CORY MIXDORF, TROMBONE

Visiting artist Cory Mixdorf will present a trombone recital at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Mixdorf has been an active performer and educator in the Atlanta area since his appointment as assistant professor of trombone at Georgia State University in 2009. He holds a B.A. from UNI, as well as Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in trombone performance from Indiana University. This event is free and open to the public.

FRENCH ART-SONG RECITALNEW

The UNI Voice Division will present a recital of French art songs at 8 p.m., Friday, March 4, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

'ON THE VERGE'

"On the Verge" tells the story of a trio of female Victorian-era explorers who embark on a journey that takes them into Terra Incognita – the last undiscovered, unexplored piece of the globe. Trekking through landscapes that resemble the highest peaks of the Himalayas and the darkest corners of the rainforest, the ladies eventually find themselves not only traveling the globe, but also traveling through time. For tickets, visit or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 273-6381. The performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 3 through 5, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 6, at the SWT.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH FILMNEW

In conjunction with Women's History Month, Women's & Gender Studies will show the film "The Codes of Gender: Identity & Performance in Pop Culture" at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in Room 324, LIB.

'THE BOTANY OF DESIRE'

The PBS documentary "The Botany of Desire" takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world -- seen from the plants' point-of-view. The film features Michael Pollan and is based on his best-selling book. View the documentary at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, at the University Museum. Total run-time is 120 minutes.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

FREE SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS

The John Pappajohn Entreprenuerial Center is offering the following workshops: Small Business Marketing, 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28 or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1; Intellectual Property, 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3. All workshops are held in 33 BCS. Register at 273-5732 or jpec@uni.edu.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICSNEW

Track and field hosts the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, Feb. 26, and Sunday, Feb. 27, in the UNI-Dome.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WRS IRONMAN TRIATHLON CHALLENGENEW

Looking for motivation to exercise or a new fitness incentive challenge? It's not too late to register for the WRS Ironman Triathlon Challenge. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec/.

DINING SPECIALS

MARCH IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTHNEW

During March, National Nutrition Month, weekly nutrition information and healthy options will be available in the 23rd Street Market, Biscotti's and Prexy's. Eat right with color.

EMPLOYMENT

INTERNAL SEARCH FOR HEAD, DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCENEW

Applications are invited for the position of head of the Department of Political Science. Contact Kenneth Basom, search committee chair, Department of Political Science, 335 Sabin Hall, or call 273-5915. The department’s website is http://www.uni.edu/polisci/.

RESOURCES

ASPERGER'S AT UNINEW

More students with Asperger's syndrome are attending institutions of higher learning. In order to provide UNI faculty, staff and student employees resources for these students, a program Asperger’s at UNI will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29 and 30. Learn more and register at http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/aspergers-uni.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

NEW TIAA-CREF INVESTMENT OPTIONS

Based on a recent review of the TIAA-CREF investment options, UNI will introduce two new emerging-markets mutual funds to the investment menu – the Emerging Markets Equity Fund and the Emerging Markets Equity Index Fund. For more information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/news/documents/bn_tiaa_cref_2newoptions.pdf.