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Thursday, Mar 3, 2011

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NEWS

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND: COMMUNITY AFTER 9/11NEW

Last year, UNI launched a new campus and community project, "Standing on Higher Ground." The project, now referred to as "Reaching for Higher Ground," strives to engage the campus community and community at large in discussions, while building a stronger campus community. The 2011-2012 project, "Reaching for Higher Ground: Community After 9/11," will focus on the theme of community. A series of signature events will promote civil discourse around the Sept. 11 attacks. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to incorporate this project and common theme into their classes and special events during the next academic year. For more information or to share your interest and projects, contact higherground@uni.edu or visit www.uni.edu/higherground.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND MINI-GRANTSNEW

The Reaching for Higher Ground committee is seeking 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." 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.

VOLUNTEER FOR UP WITH FAMILIES

Up With Families needs 150 volunteers to help the weekend of April 9 and 10 at the Ramada. The weekend is a chance for families who have a child or children with a disability to get away together as a family and have a fun and relaxing time. For more information, contact Katie Hooper at hooperk@uni.edu.

HELP CAN HUNGERNEW

According to the Feeding America Hunger Report 2010, the number of children the Feeding America network serves has increased by 50 percent since 2006. Help UNI Entrepreneurs "Can Hunger" in the Cedar Valley by donating non-perishable food in the donation boxes located at the Curris Business student lounge or BCS front lobby area. For more information, e-mail laurie.watje@uni.edu.

UPDATE ON PRESIDENT ALLEN

President Allen is home recovering from his surgery. The surgery was successful in eliminating the cancer. He had a few complications from the surgery that delayed the recovery process, but he's on track for a full recovery. President Allen is looking forward to returning to his office soon and appreciates all the supportive messages he's received.

COE HOT TOPICS WEBINAR

COE's Hot Topics Webinar "Legal Issues: Truth is Stranger than Fiction" is archived at www.uni.edu/coe/webinars. Tim Gilson and Dewitt Jones, educational leadership, discussed how educators can manage potential legal issues in education today.

SPRING COMMENCEMENT UPDATE

There will be three Commencement ceremonies for spring 2011: COE and Continuing Education and Special Programs will be at 7 p.m., Friday, May 6; CHFA and CNS will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7; and CBA and CSBS will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 7. All ceremonies will take place in the McLeod Center. Following each ceremony, a reception for the graduating students, their families and UNI personnel will be held in the UNI-Dome. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/registrar/spring-2011-commencement-story.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

UNI Police urge both drivers and pedestrians to use caution while driving or walking in pedestrian walkways on and around campus. One out of every five people killed in traffic accidents is a pedestrian. Even though they are walking, not driving, pedestrians are still subject to the same traffic laws as motorists. Under Iowa law, pedestrians have the right-of-way in marked crosswalks, and motorists should yield to pedestrians when they are in the crosswalks. Drivers must yield to pedestrians at all times. UNI Police will increase the monitoring of crosswalks to ensure compliance with the law and to improve pedestrian and traffic safety.

NOMINATIONS FOR MWONE UNIQUE ACADEMIC ADVISING AWARD

MidWestOne Bank has funded one $1,000 UNIque Academic Advising Award for a UNI faculty member. Candidates for this award will have demonstrated evidence to the quality of their academic advising by facilitating student progress toward academic/career goals, use and dissemination of information sources or referrals, participation in adviser-development programs and perception by colleagues of advising or advising-administration skills. All tenured (including department heads), tenure-track and non-tenured faculty who have been employed at UNI for at least three years are eligible. To download a nomination form and for detailed information, visit http://www.uni.edu/provost/resources. Nominations can be made by faculty, staff and students and are due by Monday, March 21, to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, SRL, in print or sent electronically to coleen.wagner@uni.edu.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

UNI junior Nick Cash's business, Book Hatchery, is one of "Inc." magazine's "America's Coolest College Start-ups 2011." For more information, visit http://www.inc.com/coolest-college-start-ups-2011/book-hatchery.html.

Milissa Wright, public safety, was interviewed on Iowa Public Radio. http://www.radioiowa.com/?s=spring+break.

LAC SURVEY RESULTSNEW

Liberal Arts Core survey results are available at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/documents/LACRSCsurveyresults.pdf. Three hundred LAC survey responses were received, which included more than 90 pages of comments. Thanks to all who participated in the survey. The LAC-RSC is currently reviewing and analyzing the data to determine next steps in the review and revision process. In the meantime, you can view the raw data on the LAC-RSC Web page. Comments or questions may be directed to LAC-RSC co-chairs Susan Hill (susan.hill@uni.edu) or Ginny Arthur (virginia.arthur@uni.edu).

RESOURCES

SPSS SHORT COURSE AND STATISTICAL CONSULTING

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

INTERNAL GRANT FUNDING

New seed funding is available from the Grow Iowa Values Fund resources provided to UNI for late-stage product or process development with the greatest potential for commercialization. Proof-of-concept projects will be considered but priority will be given to projects closer to commercial application. Priority will be given to projects in Iowa’s targeted clusters: bioscience, information technology (including educational technologies) and advanced manufacturing. Up to $10,000 is available for expenses such as summer salary, student wages, equipment and supplies during an award period of April 15 through June 30. No time extensions will be granted. Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Friday, March 25. The RFP, cover page and budget template are at www.uni.edu/osp/2011-grow-iowa-values-fund.

ASPERGER'S AT UNI

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.

READING & LEARNING CENTER PRESENTATIONS

Are your students struggling with assignments and exams? The Reading & Learning Center offers class presentations on reading, learning, studying and time-management strategies. Contact Gina Burkart, the Reading & Learning coordinator, to arrange a class presentation at gina.burkart@uni.edu.

SPECIAL EVENTS

NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY BENEFIT WALK AT UNINEW

The UNI Student Athletic Training Organization and the National MS Society are teaming up to host the sixth annual Cedar Falls/Waterloo Multiple Sclerosis Benefit Walk at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 16. This year, for the first time, the event will be held on the UNI campus. Registration is free and begins at 9 a.m. at the WRC. Register your team and support a great cause. For more information, visit http://walknth.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=WLK_NTH_Details or contact Deanna Clasen at clasend@uni.edu.

FEED THE NEED APRIL 7NEW

Have a meal plan and find yourself not using all your meals each week? Thursday, April 7, is the perfect day for you to give up a meal swipe to feed someone in need. Sign up Wednesday, March 9, through Thursday, March 10, at the Rialto and Piazza. The money saved by giving up a meal will benefit those in need. Look for RHA Social Justice and Sustainability members wearing rain boots and holding umbrellas at the entrances to the dining halls March 9 and 10 to sign up and Feed the Need.

U.S. CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY AT UNI

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.

UNI PROUD MEETINGS

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.

RELAY FOR LIFE UPCOMING EVENTSNEW

The Relay For Life kick off will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 5, at The HuB on Main Street. Come see I'm Prettier Than You and Lick It Ticket. Bring a UNI student ID and driver's license. Must be 18 years and older and pay a $5 cover charge. All proceeds from the cover charge will benefit UNI Relay For Life. Colleges Against Cancer merchandise will also be on sale. Bank night is from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in the Ballrooms, MAU. For more information, contact Sarah McCarty at mccartys@uni.edu.

LATINO BALL 2011 BLACK & WHITE NEW

HSLU is hosting a Latino Ball 2011 Black & White from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, March 5, in the Ballroom, MAU. The evening includes performances, dance, food and music. Attire is black and white. The event is free and open to the UNI campus and the community.

SIGMA DELTA PI'S GUATEMALAN CRAFT SALENEW

UNI's Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, will sell Guatemalan handmade crafts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 4, in Maucker Union. All proceeds will go to Guatemalans affected by the Postville Raids of 2008. Crafts range from purses and wallets to shawls, and bookmarks. Purchases must be made by cash.

SWISHES FOR WISHES (3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT)NEW

The Iowa Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Cedar Valley Committee will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money for children with life-threatening illnesses, from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at the WRC, in the upper rec gyms. Registration is $40 per team with a minimum of three and a maximum of four players per team. Registration includes a tournament T-shirt, double elimination 3-on-3 and the opportunity to join the three-point contest. To register, visit www.swishesforwishes.com. A late processing fee of $20 will be charged for teams registering after March 23. Organized by Campaign Methods class.

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.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

TURKISH CONSUL GENERAL TO SPEAK ON TURKISH-AMERICAN RELATIONS

Fatih Yildiz, consul general to the Turkish Consulate in Chicago, will speak on Turkish foreign policy and Turkish-American relations from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in 115 SRL. A reception in his honor will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the Great Reading Room, SRL. Yildiz will also meet and talk to Turkish-American community members of TASIOWA later in the evening. Yildiz's biography is at http://www.chicago.cg.mfa.gov.tr/AmbassadorsBio.aspx.

CURRENT RESEARCH ON WOMEN (CROW) FORUM

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.

ZOGBY ON ARAB VOICESNEW

James Zogby, author of "Arab Voices," will speak from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, March 7, at University Book & Supply. A book signing will follow. Zogby is senior analyst for the polling group, Zogby International. He is a Catholic of Lebanese descent who works to dispel myths about Arabs.

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR

Adam Hoffman, assistant professor of environmental chemistry at the University of Dubuque, will present  "Minding One’s Ps and Qs: The Role of Internal Phosphorus Loading on Water Quality" at 4 p.m.,  Monday, March 7, in 125 LAT.

SUSAN DOUGLAS VISITS UNI

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.

PARTICIPATORY PRESERVATION: HEIRLOOM PLANTS IN A CHANGING WORLD

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.

E. PATRICK JOHNSON PERFORMANCE AT UNI INTERPRETERS THEATRE

Author and performance studies artist E. Patrick Johnson will visit UNI as part of the Hearst Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in the Interpreters Theatre, 040 LNG. He will perform "Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales," a solo act based on the narratives in his book "Sweet Tea." The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and advance reservations are suggested. Call 273-2217 or visit www.epatrickjohnson.com.

MTV'S ANDREW JENKS

Listen to award-winning filmmaker Andrew Jenks from MTV's "World of Jenks" at 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in Lang Hall Auditorium, as he gives a perspective on young success and the changing youth culture through media. Jenks uses clips from his work to present this one-of-a-kind story. Preceding his presentation, Jenks will sponsor a bone marrow donor registration.

MONARCH BIOLOGY, CONSERVATION NEEDS AND THE MONARCH JOINT VENTURE

Priya Shahani from the Monarch Joint Venture Project at the University of Minnesota St. Paul will discuss the biology, conservation challenges and recent efforts by Monarch Joint Venture partners to better understand population trends at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at rwelch@uni.edu or 273-3828.

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE

Kenneth Atkinson, philosophy and world religions, will present "Queen Salome Alexandra: Jerusalem's Forgotten Ruler and the Mysterious Women of the Dead Sea Scrolls" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in 115 SRL. The event is free and open to the public.

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: TRUTH ABOUT FEMINISM PANELNEW

Young feminists will address how and why they see themselves as feminists and what feminism is in the 21st century from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, March 21, in Room 109A, CME.  This event is sponsored by Women's & Gender Studies. 

PERFORMING ARTS

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: MATTHEW COLEY, PERCUSSION

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.

FRENCH ART-SONG RECITAL

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.

NO SHAME THEATRE

UNI's No Shame Theatre is a performance venue for anyone who has something to perform: songs, plays, stories, stand-up and poetry. There are three rules. The performance must be under five minutes, 100 percent original and physically harmless. The doors open at 9:30 p.m., and the show begins at 10 p.m., Friday, March 4, in 108 CAC.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE, KAJI-DAIKO & WEST AFRICAN DRUM ENSEMBLE

The UNI Percussion and West African Drum ensembles will offer a spring concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, along with UNI’s Taiko drum ensemble, Kaji-Daiko. This event is free and open to the public.

IOWA HIGH SCHOOL BANDS CONCERT NEW

Ronald Johnson and S. Daniel Galyen, School of Music, will coordinate a concert of visiting Iowa high school bands featuring Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Urbandale High School in a Great Hall performance at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10. This event is free and open to the public.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

COLLEGE ON $10 PER WEEKNEW

College on $10 per week? Yes, it was possible in 1933. The University Archives staff has developed an illustrated historical essay based on a small collection of photographs taken by student Leroy Blumer during the Great Depression. To see what student life looked like in those days, go to "Snapshots from 1933" at https://www.library.uni.edu/collections/special-collections/snapshots-1933.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERSNEW

ITS-ET and the GLOBE and STORM programs will offer a science and inquiry-based professional development program that aligns with the Iowa Core, starting with a two-week workshop July 17 through 29. Applications are being taken for the IMPACT (IMPacting Achievement with Collaborations and Technology) program. Encourage teachers you work with to visit the program website at http://www.uni.edu/ietti/impact/about_impact/. For more information, contact Doreen Hayek at doreen.hayek@uni.edu or 273-7300.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICSNEW

UNI women's basketball hosts Indiana State at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in the McLeod Center. UNI will host Illinois State at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 5, in the McLeod Center. UNI will recognize its seniors prior to the game, and the team will celebrate its Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship following the game.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WRS IRONMAN TRIATHLON CHALLENGE

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/.

WRS MARCH E-NEWSLETTER

The Wellness & Recreation Services March newsletter is available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the home page to check out updates on WRS events and programs, along with wellness tips and articles.

EMPLOYMENT

MERIT VACANCIES

Current merit vacancies can be viewed at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.asp.