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Thursday, Mar 24, 2011

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NEWS

BUDGET AND TUITION MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ALLENNEW

The Board of Regents voted to increase 2011-2012 tuition by 5 percent. For an updated budget message, visit www.uni.edu/pres/budget.

SUPPORT FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY JAPAN DISASTERSNEW

Many students, faculty and staff have connections to family and friends affected by the disasters in Japan. Please be attentive to their needs and remind them of the resources available on campus for their assistance. Students can contact the Counseling Center if they are feeling stressed, anxious, etc. Employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program. Both are free of charge. Also, the Cedar Valley Japan Club has a website that is helping connect people with ties to Japan. See https://sites.google.com/site/cvjapanclub/.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2011 REGENTS STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARDS DUE APRIL 8

Regents Staff Excellence awards are presented annually to those P&S employees from Regents institutions who have made outstanding professional contributions during their careers. Any Regent employee may nominate a deserving P&S employee for this award. Winners will be announced at Convocation and the P&S Meet the Pres event in the fall. To review the guidelines and submit a nomination, visit http://www.uni.edu/pscouncil/activities/awards.

STATEWIDE R&D SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETINGNEW

The R&D Advisory Council will meet at 1:15 p.m., Friday, March 25, in Des Moines. An ICN site is reserved in 130A SEC for those interested in observing the meeting.

UNI SUMMER CAMPS WEBSITENEW

The new self-service UNI Camps website is now live. If you are offering a summer camp, please visit http://www.uni.edu/camps/ and submit your camp information via the link near the bottom of the page. Once your camp information is reviewed, it will appear in the camps website. You will then be given access information to edit your camps page as necessary. This does not replace the main site for your camp, but allows a one-stop location for persons looking at the camps UNI has to offer. 

FREE TAX HELP AT UNINEW

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.

NEW E-NEWSLETTER OF THE UNI CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE EDUCATION

Have a look at news exCHanGE, the e-newsletter of the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education that will be published twice a month. Each issue will contain announcements on upcoming events, information for educators, a news digest and other features.

DISCLAIMER FOR GUEST OPINION PIECESNEW

UNI encourages free discourse and expression while striving for accurate presentation to, and perception by, all audiences. A guest opinion (op-ed) is a credible avenue for UNI faculty and staff to address important topics and impart their expertise to the public. Op-ed authors who identify themselves as UNI faculty or staff are asked to include the following disclaimer: "The views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and don't imply endorsement by the University of Northern Iowa. "If you submit an op-ed unrelated to your position at UNI and therefore don't mention your affiliation with the university, it's unnecessary to include the disclaimer. If you have questions, please contact University Relations at 273-2761.

EXPLORE THE CEDAR VALLEYNEW

Connect4UNI, a group of Presidential Scholars, wants you to experience cultural opportunities here in the Cedar Valley. Visit www.uni.edu/theconnection, print out a Connect Card, visit the locations, turn in the card and get a free T-shirt. You will also be entered to win gift cards.

PUBLIC AUCTION OF VEHICLES

UNI is offering two sport utility vehicles at public auction. They are a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 4x4 (58,914 mi) and a 2001 Ford Escape 4x4 (141,334 mi). More sale information is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/pubsale.shtml and www.publicsurplus.com. You can also contact Vince Heuer at 273-3527 or vince.heuer@uni.edu for bidding instructions.

HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH CONTEST IN MAUCKER UNION

UNI will host the Iowa High School Speech Contest  Monday, March 28. That day an additional 2,000 guests will use the food venues in Maucker Union from 9 a.m. until mid afternoon. Diners who normally eat in the Union may want to consider an alternate dining site that day.

RESOURCES

MIGRATE YOUR ELEARNING COURSE TO BB LEARN 9NEW

UNI faculty who plan to use the UNI eLearning system for their fall 2011 courses  and who want to use an existing course as a template are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the new Migrating to Bb Learn 9 workshops. During these workshops you will take one of your existing eLearning classes and migrate it to the new Bb Learn 9 system. Workshops will be held on Wednesday, April 6, Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 20. For specific times and workshop details, visit https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start&admin_group=ITSETF.

FW90 - IMPORTANT SCHOLARSHIP TRAININGNEW

The FW90 transaction is now called Financial Resources for Students and will be used for processing scholarship awards for the 2011-2012 academic year. Training sessions are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, March 28, in 007 GIL; and from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, in 109 SAB. Click here to register. For more information, contact Evie Waack or Denise Parks at 273-2700.

BLENDED COURSE DEVELOPMENT AWARDSNEW

ITS-Educational Technology and Continuing and Distance Education invite faculty to apply for the Blended Course Development Awards initiative scheduled for Monday through Friday, 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 application forms, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/sites/default/files/documents/idds/bcda.pdf.

CAN YOUR STUDENTS WRITE?NEW

Two webinars on writing will be offered between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, March 30 and 31, in 324 LIB. Sessions include information and Q & A sessions from scholar-teachers in rhetoric and composition. Attendance is on a come-and-go basis. Refreshments will be provided. See a full schedule at writing.uni.edu.

SPECIAL EVENTS

I LOVE THE '90S: THE PARTY SPRING DANCE

Come celebrate the decade that made us all who we are. Back when Nickelodeon was cool, MTV played music, Lance and Ricky were "straight" and none of us had any fashion sense. Come dressed in your favorite '90s getup and celebrate the '90s with Alpha Psi Omega: TAP from 9:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, March 26, in the APR (downstairs in the Strayer-Wood Theatre). Admission is $3, or $2 with a program from UNISTA's 10-Minute Play Festival. All profits will be donated to the Humane Society.  

UNI PROUD'S ANNUAL DRAG BALLNEW

Come watch student and professional drag queens and kings perform your favorite songs in the middle of Maucker Union at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 29. All donations are welcome and will go to the Community AIDS Assistance Project. Admission is free.

HALF-OFF BOOK SALE ONE DAY ONLYNEW

Rod Library will offer all items in its library book sale for half off on Thursday, March 31. Hardcover books, DVDs and CDs will be $1; paperbacks, VHS, LPs and cassettes will be 50 cents; and prints will be 25 cents. Come check out the bargains in the library lobby.

NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE PRESENTS UP WITH FAMILIES

Families who have a child or children with a disability can attend a retreat the weekend of April 9 and 10 at the Ramada Inn. There are opportunities for 150 volunteers to help with Up With Families. For more information, contact Katie Hooper at hooperk@uni.edu.

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 at 10 a.m., 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.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

'WHAT DARWIN NEVER KNEW'NEW

Join the Plinian Society for a presentation of "What Darwin Never Knew" at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 24. This is a Nova Science production. Snacks will be provided during the program.

UNI-CUE SPEAKER SERIES: HOW TO BECOME ECONOMICALLY VIABLE

The UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE) will host an economic summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at its facility, located at 800 Sycamore St., Waterloo. Guest speakers from area counseling agencies and financial institutions will present on the following topics: savings, investments and finance; credit worthiness; banking and business development; business plans; and business programs. The summit is offered at no cost and is open to the public. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, call 433-1220.

SUPERWEEDS: A THREAT TO GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY AND SOCIETY?

Michael Owen, professor of agronomy and an extension weed scientist at Iowa State University, will address the various aspects of "superweeds," the implications of their occurrence, their ecological basis and the impact on the future of mankind. Owen will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, at the University Museum.

SMALL BUSINESS ACCOUNTING 2NEW

Small Business Accounting 2 will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact 273-5732 or jpec@uni.edu. Pre-requisite: Small Business Accounting 1.

RESTORING A RARE WOODLAND IN THE LOWER CEDAR RIVER VALLEY

Matt Fisher, the Eastern Iowa project director for The Nature Conservancy, will discuss the region and restoration efforts underway in a large Swamp White Oak Savanna near Conesville at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at 273-3828 or e-mail rwelch@uni.edu.

UNI ENTREPRENEURSHIP SYMPOSIUM & FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH KICKOFFNEW

Attend the free Entrepreneurship Symposium & Financial Literacy Month kickoff from 1 to 4:45 p.m., Friday, April 1, in the University Room, MAU. Presentations are scheduled as follows: 1 p.m., entrepreneurs panel; 2:15 p.m., banking, credit and loans; 3:20 p.m., insurance; 4 p.m., investments. The entrepreneurs panel will feature successful UNI graduates and one current student. This event is open to the public. Come and go as needed. For more information, visit www.jpec.org/symposium.htm or contact jpec@uni.edu or 273-JPEC.

CONGO AND THE GREAT LAKES REGION OF AFRICA: A GLOBAL APPEAL FOR JUSTICENEW

Claude Gatebuke and Kambale Musavuli, representing the Washington-based organization Friends of the Congo, will discuss change for a region that for many years has been the scene of mass atrocities and crimes against humanity at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in 109 CBB. Co-sponsored and organized by UNI-STAND and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/chge/news-exchange.

MICHELLE ALEXANDER AND THE NEW JIM CROW

Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow," will discuss how the “War on Drugs” is targeting black men and how the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control. Her lecture will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, at the CME.

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH PANEL: WOMEN, MEN AND WRESTLING IN IOWA

Panelists will discuss the recent refusal of a male high school wrestler to face his female opponent in the Iowa state wrestling tournament, as well as general gender issues in the sport of wrestling from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, in the Elm Room, MAU (new location).

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR

"Hydrology Education in an Era of Changing Water Paradigm" will be presented by Mohammad Iqbal, geology, at 4 p.m., Monday, March 28, in 125 LAT. Iqbal will discuss recent curricular changes to earth science courses to make students aware of the issues they will face as citizens in a world with increasing water quality problems and shortages.

WRITER COURTNEY MARTIN WILL DISCUSS A NEW GENERATION OF ACTIVISTS

Courtney E. Martin, senior correspondent for "The American Prospect" and writer for the blog Feministing.com, will discuss her latest book, "Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists" (Beacon Press), in which she profiles eight young people doing grassroots social justice work. Her talk is at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 28, in Lang Hall Auditorium. A book-signing reception will follow.

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP PANELNEW

A panel discussion on leadership will be held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the State College Room, MAU. Panel members include Renee Christoffer, vice president of administration, Veridian Credit Union; Steve Dust, CEO, Cedar Valley Alliance; Ritchie Kurtenbach, assistant business manager and organizer, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 288; and Ellen Miller, board member, World’s Window, Cedar Falls. The event is free and open to the public.

HARI SHANKAR MEMORIAL LECTURENEW

The Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture and the mathematics department will present Joel Haack, professor of mathematics, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, who will speak on "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things." The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in Lantz Auditorium, 137 MSH. Dean Haack will consider a few of his favorites things, all examples of connections between mathematics and the arts and humanities. A reception will follow. For more information, contact the mathematics department at 273-2631.

KATE BORNSTEIN PRESENTS 'ON MEN, WOMEN, AND THE REST OF US'NEW

Join UNI Proud and the Women's and Gender Studies program during the Pride Week celebration with keynote speaker Kate Bornstein, an author, playwright, performer and gender theorist. Bornstein will host a talk-back session at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 31, in the CME. 

SMALL BUSINESS ACCOUNTING 1NEW

Small Business Accounting 1 will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, April 4, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact 273-5732 or jpec@uni.edu.

AN INTRODUCTION TO AUSTRIAN ECONOMICSNEW

Many people believe that no one had the foresight to predict the financial collapse of 2008. However, there was a vocal minority speaking out years in advance, and they follow the school of Austrian Economics. University of Iowa economics professor Patrick Barron will give a presentation on the basics of this theory at 6 p.m., Monday, April 4, in the Elm Room, MAU. This event is hosted by the UNI Young Americans for Liberty.

'BLUE ZONES' AUTHOR TO SPEAK AT UNINEW

New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner will discuss Blue Zones® –  places in the world where higher percentages of people are living longer, healthier lives. He will also discuss how cities are receiving makeovers through his Vitality City movement. Buettner will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the Commons Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Blue Zones and Buettner, visit http://www.bluezones.com/.

PERFORMING ARTS

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: CONCERT CHORALE

After returning from its spring break performance at Carnegie Hall, the UNI Concert Chorale will offer a Spotlight Series Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.

UNI CHORAL INVITATIONAL

The School of Music will host the UNI Choral Invitational on Friday, March 25. Participants from Iowa high schools will gather at UNI to engage in a day of choral music. For more information or to register, contact music@uni.edu.

UNI SUZUKI SCHOOL RECITAL WEEKEND

The UNI Suzuki School will present its biannual recital weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, in Russell Hall. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/music/suzuki. This event is free and open to the public.

FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: AMANDA MCCANDLESS, CLARINETNEW

Amanda McCandless, School of Music, will present a clarinet recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, with repertoire and additional performers to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: GUERRILLA GIRLS ON TOURNEW

Guerrilla Girls on Tour will perform "Feminists are Funny," from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, in Lang Hall Auditorium. The performance is a fast and physical romp through the works of some of the most prominent and amusing women of the 20th century, as well as famous visual works, street theatre actions and excerpts from the current comedies in Guerrilla Girls On Tour's repertoire. The performers research and include current local issues and statistics on the state of the arts for women in every city where they perform. http://www.guerrillagirls.com/tours/index.shtml

UNISTA PRESENTS THE 5TH ANNUAL 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

The 5th annual 10-Minute Play Festival features six plays written, directed and performed entirely by UNI students and alumni. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 27, in the BMT inside Strayer-Wood Theatre. Tickets are $4 and will be sold at the door before the performances. More information is at www.unistaonline.org.

LEWIS BLACK 'IN GOD WE RUST' COMING TO GBPACNEW

UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn will present comedian Lewis Black and his show “In God We Rust” on Saturday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available. UNI student ticket prices are $31, $26 and $21. Tickets can be purchased through any UNItix outlet, online at www.unitix.uni.edu or by calling 319-273-4TIX.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: UNI SINGERS & WOMEN'S CHORUS

The UNI Singers and Women's Chorus will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 25, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: PERFORMANCE COMPETITION FINALS

The UNI School of Music will present Spotlight Series Concert: Performance Competition Finals at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 28, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This showcase features talented student finalists competing for the Presser Foundation Award, the Charles and Marleta Matheson Award, the Myron and Ruth Russell Award and the People's Choice Award. Tickets for this event are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for non-UNI students. For more information, call 273-4TIX.

UNI OPERA SCENES PERFORMANCENEW

Sandra Walden, School of Music, and vocal coach Korey Barrett will direct an opera scenes performance featuring current opera students at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 1, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

MIKE POSNER LIVE IN CONCERT AT UNI

UNI Panther Productions brings singer, songwriter and producer Mike Posner to perform Thursday, April 21, in UNI’s West Gym. Posner’s recent hits are from his debut album "31 Minutes to Takeoff" include "Cooler Than Me" and "Please Don’t Go." Tickets can be purchased through any UNItix outlet, online at www.unitix.uni.edu or by calling 273-4TIX. Tickets are $15 for UNI students (limit two) and $25 for the public. All seats are general admission.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

FREE SCREENING OF THE FILM 'CONVICTION'

Attend a screening of the feature film "Conviction"  at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in 002 SAB. The film chronicles the true story of Betty Anne Waters' 18-year effort to put herself through college and law school to challenge the wrongful conviction of her older brother, Kenny. Kenny Waters was exonerated in 2001 with assistance from the national Innocence Project after spending a third of his life in prison for a crime he didn't commit. The film stars Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell. The screening is free and open to the public. More information is available at www.iowainnocence.org.

SATURDAY FILM SERIES: 'THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS'

In this ground-breaking series, David Attenborough takes the viewer on a guided tour through the secret world of plants to see things no unaided eye could witness. "Episode I: Traveling" will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at the University Museum.

'TELLING AMY'S STORY'

One in five college students reports being a victim of dating violence. The UNI screening of "Telling Amy's Story" will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, March 28, in Old Central Ballroom B, MAU. After this documentary about domestic violence, there will be a campus/community panel discussion and Q&A session. For more about this film, visit: http://telling.psu.edu/film/index.html.

SATURDAY FILM SERIES: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTSNEW

"Episode 2: Growing" will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 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.

UNI PROUD PRESENTS 'RED WITHOUT BLUE'NEW

The documentary "RED WITHOUT BLUE" is an artistic and groundbreaking examination of gender, identity and the unswerving bond of twinship despite transformation. An honest portrayal of a family in turmoil, RWB follows a pair of identical twins as one transitions from male to female. Through candid and extensive interviews with the twins and their family, "RED WITHOUT BLUE" recounts troubled times, interweaving the twins' difficult past with their efforts to find themselves in the present. The film will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, March 28, in the Oak Room, MAU.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP ON APRIL

The management workshop "Courageous Leadership: Strengthen Your Assertiveness" will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in 30 BCS. The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 29. Learn how to push yourself and others to the next level without compromising your values. Participants will practice assertive communication and conflict management techniques with instructor Dewitt Jones. The discounted price is $224 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 $995.  After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat. For more information or to register, call 273-5851 or e-mail execdev@uni.edu.

MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION WORKSHOP

Ryan Melloy, manager of industrial relations, John Deere Waterloo Works, and Gerri Perreault, director, UNI Leadership Studies Program, will lead a workshop on mediation and arbitration, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in the  State College Room, MAU. Free and open to the public.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

INTRAMURAL 4-ON-4 SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

An Intramural 4-on-4 Co-Rec Sand Volleyball Tournament will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 10, at the WRC sand volleyball court. The competition is open to students, faculty and staff. Registration forms will be available beginning Monday, March 28, in 161 WRC. Register between 8 a.m and 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, April 4 through 6, in 161 WRC. The entry fee is $20 per team; there is a two-game guarantee. For more information, call 273-7262.

PADDLING PANTHERS SWIM LESSONSNEW

Registration for summer Paddling Panthers swim lessons started Monday, March 21. For information regarding summer dates, times and swim lesson levels, email swimlessons@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/aquatics/paddling_panthers/index.html. For questions or to register for summer sessions, email swimlessons@uni.edu.

INTRAMURAL OPEN CO-REC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENTNEW

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 TOURNAMENTNEW

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

MERIT VACANCIES

Current vacancies are available for viewing at: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.asp