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Thursday, Jan 27, 2011

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NEWS

UNI MUSEUM COLLECTION TO MOVENEW

In order to ensure the long-term viability of the UNI Museum’s artifacts, the university is exploring a more suitable location for its collection. The UNI collection is in danger of extensive damage if it stays in its current building, which was not designed as a museum and needs major repairs and renovations too expensive to undertake. The artifacts also require a building with appropriate controls to monitor and maintain environmental conditions. See more information at http://www.uni.edu/provost/news.

LUX SERVICE AWARD NOMINATIONSNEW

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Lux Service Award. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students who have demonstrated outstanding service to the university. Students with 90 or more credit hours, including graduating seniors, qualify for the award. Visit http://www.uni.edu/deanofstudents/lux for more information and to find an online nomination form. Nominations must be received by Tuesday, Feb. 22. For more information, contact Monica Johnson at 273-5181 or monicaj@uni.edu.

SAVE THE DATENEW

The Liberal Arts Core-Review Steering Committee will host open forums at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 16 and 17 to present options for revising the LAC and to gather input from the faculty at large. Please plan to attend one of these sessions. More details will follow.

UNI FACULTY ON IPR'S TALK OF IOWANEW

Suzanne Freedman, educational psychology & foundations, will be a guest on Iowa Public Radio's Talk of Iowa show at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 31. She will discuss bullying among girls and what can be done about it in Iowa.

IS A COLD SLOWING YOU DOWN? IS THAT ANNOYING COUGH KEEPING YOU UP AT NIGHT?NEW

UNI faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by the UNI Pharmacy located in the Student Health Center for a wide variety of over-the-counter medications to deal with cold and flu symptoms. A pharmacist is available to assist with product selection. The pharmacy also carries an assortment of over-the-counter pain relievers, first-aid supplies and miscellaneous products for healthcare needs.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS NEWSLETTER

The inaugural issue of the "Academic Affairs Report" newsletter from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is at www.uni.edu/provost.

21ST ANNUAL UNI RESIDENT ASSISTANT CONFERENCENEW

During the weekend of Jan. 28, more than 500 students and residence life professionals will attend the 21st Annual UNI RA Conference. Programs will be presented on a variety of topics pertaining to residence life, a keynote address will be given by Kevin Hansen and entertainment will be provided.  This opportunity allows UNI Department of Residence to showcase its housing, dining and campus facilities. For more information, contact Alexis Olson, alexis.olson@uni.edu.

FREE TONERS AND TYPEWRITER RIBBONSNEW

Free toners and typewriter ribbons are available for on-campus departmental use only. Toners: HP 92274A, HP C3906A, HP C4127x, HP 51626A, HP 51641A and HP C6578D. Typewriter ribbons: IBM #1299095, T528-5NB, T526-5NB and KX-P115. Call 273-2801 for more information.

ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS: FALL 2011

The Office of Continuing and Distance Education has course development awards for faculty members who are interested in converting an existing course to a fully online format using UNI's eLearning system. Proposals for fall 2011 courses are due Monday, Feb. 7. Guidelines and a proposal form are available at http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/faculty/courseproposals. The awards include a $1,000-per-credit-hour course-development stipend and a $1,000 professional-development stipend for attending Quality Matters workshops on Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12. For more information, contact Belle Cowden at 273-7211 or belle.cowden@uni.edu.

2010 GRADUATE REPORT

UNI Career Services has posted the annual graduate report that includes salary data, post-graduation information by major and top employers at http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/gradreport/docs/2009-2010.pdf.

UNI DIGITAL SIGNAGE

A centralized digital signage system is now available for campus announcements. Individualized messages can be created and displayed using the central system. The Office of University Relations provides regular feeds of campus news and events to the digital signage system. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/signage/.

SPECIAL EVENTS

CENTER FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION OPENING

UNI's Center for Violence Prevention will celebrate its opening at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, in CME 109. The program will include speakers from the various state and national organizations supporting the center. For more information, contact Annette Lynch at Annette.lynch@uni.edu or 273-3054. The event is open to the campus.

UNI VOLLEYBALL BANQUET

The UNI volleyball banquet will be held at noon, Sunday, Feb. 6, at Fox Ridge Golf Course in Dike. The cost is $20 per person. RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 27 to Michelle Coulter at michelle.coulter@uni.edu or 273-3176.

MAKE A NEW YEAR'S VENDORLUTION

University Book & Supply, UNI's PRide student organization and the American Association of University Women will host a UNI women's night out, featuring a shopping and philanthropic event called Make a New Year's Vendorlution, from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, on the top floor of UBS. Vendors showcasing their products include The Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Mary Kay and more. Fifteen percent of all proceeds from each vendor will go toward local womens' shelters and research for cancers affecting women. This event is open to the public. For ease, vendors ask that consumers pay in cash. An ATM will be available on site. For more information, contact Sheri Melby at 266-7581or Sara Wesselmann, wesselms@uni.edu, 712-540-3764.

RELAY FOR LIFENEW

A Relay For Life kick-off event will be held Saturday, March 5, at The HuB with music by Lick It Ticket, I'm Prettier Than You and more. Cover is $5 and you must be 18 or older. There will be a Pack the House With Pink basketball game at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, in the McLeod Center with raffles and a silent auctions of signed jerseys and basketballs. Relay For Life will be Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9. Join a team today at www.relayforlife.org/uni. Attend these events and support the fight against cancer. For more information, contact Sarah McCarty at mccartys@uni.edu.

HOLIDAY SALE AT ESSENTIALS

Stock up and save during the post-holiday sale at Essentials in Maucker Union. All holiday items are 50 percent off. Items include Gel Gems, ornaments, stuffed animals, Angel Cheeks and more. Sale runs through Monday, Jan. 31. Also, new UNI apparel has arrived.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

COE HOT TOPICS WEBINAR

The College of Education will host a free webinar as part of the Hot Topics in Education series at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27. The webinar "Problem-based Learning in Science Teaching," presented by Lyn Countryman and Jody Stone, MPLS, will inform science educators and those interested in enhancing science teaching opportunities in the classroom. Register for this free webinar at www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.

EXPORT ESSENTIALS FOR IOWA BUSINESSES

Join Patricia Cook for a presentation from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, in BCS 30 to learn about the export services available from the U.S. Department of Commerce in Iowa. Cook serves as an international trade specialist at the Des Moines office of the U.S. Export Assistance Center. Topics include locating distributors and agents, writing an export marketing plan, and tips for international sales success. No registration is required to attend. http://bit.ly/hUQYyO.

CME BOOK CLUB RESCHEDULED

Due to unforeseen conflicts, the CME Seven Book Club session for January, originally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20, has been postponed to Thursday, Jan. 27. Contact the CME with questions or concerns at 273-2115.

HAITI ONE YEAR AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE

Michele Devlin, health, physical education and leisure services, will lecture on "Natural Disasters and Human Displacement: The Case of Haiti One Year after the Earthquake" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, in the CME. Devlin's lecture will focus on her work in Haiti as a volunteer with the International Red Cross. Devlin will facilitate a discussion on the growing problem of internally displaced populations due to global urbanization, mass human density and disasters.

LECTURE AND DISCUSSION ON THE DREAM ACT

A lecture and discussion based on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31, in the social hall at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center. People are encouraged to bring their own ideas and opinions on the law and participate in an open, civil discussion with people of all backgrounds.

MEDIA LEADERSHIP PANELNEW

Leadership Studies begins the Leaders on Leadership Series from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, in the State College Room, MAU. Panelists are John Anderson, executive editor, Northern Iowan; Julie Kraft, TV consultant, Frank N. Magid Associates; and Nancy Newhoff, editor, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier.

PERFORMING ARTS

2011 CLARINET SYMPOSIUM

UNI School of Music faculty artist Amanda McCandless will coordinate the 2011 Clarinet Symposium on Saturday, Jan. 29, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. The event will feature master classes and performances by guest artists Andrew Seigel, clarinet, and Eric Mandat, clarinet. This event is free and open to the public, but does require registration. For more information, call 273-2028.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: CHRISTOPHER WILSON, MARIMBA

Visiting artist Christopher Wilson will present a marimba recital at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Wilson has entertained audiences around the U.S. with a wide and varied repertoire. Wilson earned a master's degree from The Boston Conservatory and a bachelor's degree from Eastern Washington University. He is an adjunct professor at Kirkwood Community College and a percussion instructor for the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy. This event is free and open to the public.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: FACULTY ARTIST SHOWCASE

The Faculty Artist Showcase concert will kick off the spring 2011 Spotlight Series concerts at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX or visit www.uni.edu/tickets.

FRIENDS OF KUNI BLUES BLOWOUTNEW

Blues legend Joe Louis Walker with special guests BJ Allen and Blue Voodoo will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, at Waterloo's Electric Park Ballroom. This evening of blues and soul is a benefit for Iowa Public Radio. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets, visit http://iowapublicradio.org/index.php?cID=88.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

TIAA CREF COUNSELINGNEW

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.

ITS COMPUTER-BASED TESTING CENTERNEW

The ITS Computer-Based Testing Center (CBTC) is available for faculty to proctor their computer-based tests usually administered with UNI's eLearning system. Located in SAB 102, the CBTC offers 40 student machines and one instructor machine. A projector, document camera, printer and multimedia control system are also available in the room. The CBTC is available at no charge to faculty who use the room for testing. To reserve the room, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/labs/studio-it-cbtc-reservation.

ANNUAL DEPOSIT AND CASH HANDLING CERTIFICATION TRAINING

The Annual Deposit and Cash Handling Certification training will be offered by Business Operations from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1,  and from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 28, and Friday, Feb. 4. All sessions will be held in the State College Room, MAU.  All staff members who handle cash, prepare deposits or reconcile cash deposits should attend. To register, log on to My Universe, choose the MEMFIS tab, click “Register for Training” and sign-up for the session you would like to attend  (seating is limited).

RLC CLASS PRESENTATIONS

Do you have a conference or another event to attend this semester? Instead of canceling class, invite the Reading and Learning Center to present reading, study and time management strategies to your students. The presentation can be tailored to a specific course curriculum. Contact Gina Burkart for more information at gina.burkart@uni.edu.

STATISTICAL CONSULTING LAB HELP - SPSS SHORT COURSENEW

A free hands-on short course on using SPSS will be held from 2 to 3:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4, and from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 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/.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

DOWNHILL SKI AND SNOWBOARD WITH UNI OUTDOORS

Spend the weekend skiing in Minnesota Feb. 4-5. Afton Alps, located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, is one of the largest ski and snowboard areas in the Midwest with nearly 300 skiable acres. The cost is $145 for UNI students, $155 for UNI faculty/staff and $170 for guests. Pay with u-bill, check, cash or credit card. Sign up in the Outdoor Recreation Office, WRC 174.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICS

Wrestling hosts Northern Illinois at 7 p.m.,  Friday, Jan. 28, in the West Gym. Women's basketball hosts Bradley at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, in the McLeod Center. Track and Field hosts the Jack Jennett Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 29, in the UNI-Dome.