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Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011

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SPECIAL EVENTS

CAMPUS IS INVITED TO DIVERSITY TOWN HALLNEW

One of UNI’s institutional priorities is to value, promote and teach about diversity. To further advance these efforts, President Allen invites students, faculty and staff to the third annual UNI Town Hall Meeting on Diversity from 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Old Central Ballroom, MAU. This year’s recipients of the Diversity Matters awards also will be honored. A Diversity Fair will take place from noon to 2 p.m., also in Maucker Union. To learn more, visit www.uni.edu/diversity.

CITIZENS FOR UNDOING RACISM

An open group meeting titled "Moving Forward to Undo Racism " will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, at Jubilee Resource Center-United Methodist Church, 1621 E. 4th St, Waterloo. Hear about the work that Citizens for Undoing Racism is doing in the community, learn about Undoing Racism workshops and make connections with fellow residents concerned with fighting racism in the Cedar Valley. Entertainment and refreshments also will be provided. For more information, contact Justin Kaleas at 239-7811 or jkaleas@hotmail.com. UNI Public Policy is a co-sponsor.

'INTO THE WILD' CAB EVENTNEW

Go "Into the Wild" for CAB's first event of the spring semester from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the main area, MAU. There will be a live reptile exhibit, SNAKES ALIVE!™, with herpetologoist Tom Kessenich. SNAKES ALIVE!™ lets you interact "up close and personal" to discover firsthand the fascinating world of reptiles. Participants will be able to create their own fish tank (remember, fish are allowed in the residence halls). There also will be lucky bamboo plants and information available on nature topics from student organizations. All CAB events are free. If a student organization or interested persons would like to have a booth at this event, contact Kim Kluesner at kluesnek@uni.edu.

MAKE A NEW YEAR'S VENDORLUTIONNEW

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.

UNI ATHLETICS' WOMEN AT PLAY TO BE HELD JAN. 28

The UNI Panther Scholarship Club and Department of Athletics will host the seventh annual Women At Play fundraiser featuring comedian Buzz Sutherland on Friday, Jan. 28, at Joker’s Comedy Club on Main Street in Cedar Falls. The social and silent auction will commence at 6:30 p.m., including complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and spirits, followed by a short program at 8 p.m. Individual tickets are $40 in advance; a table of four is available for $140. Tickets purchased at the door will be $45. For more information on Buzz, visit http://www.buzzsutherland.com/. All proceeds will benefit the Women At Play Endowment, the UNI female student-athlete scholarship fund. To purchase tickets, contact Elizabeth Hackbarth at 273-2468.

HALF-MASTED AUDITIONS

Half-Masted, UNI's improvisational comedy troupe, will hold auditions from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24, and Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the Elm Room, MAU. Callbacks will be from  4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27. Mandatory practices will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 31 through May 8. A UNI performance will take place in April, and other shows before then. More details will be given at the auditions.

UNI VOLLEYBALL BANQUETNEW

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.

UNI COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS

UNI Community Music School is accepting registrations for a new spring class, Musicmania and Me (M & M). Musicmania and Me is for children in kindergarten through third grade and is based on Orff pedagogy. Activities incorporate dancing, singing, improvised storytelling, games and rhythm fun with xylophones, glockenspiels, drums and other small percussion instruments. M & M spring session: Tuesday, Feb. 8, through Tuesday, April 12. Cost: $50. Classes will be held in Jebe Hall, GBPAC. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 4. Contact: Cindi Mason, UNI Community Music School, 273-2142 or cynthia.mason@uni.edu.

STURGIS YOUTH THEATRE SPRING BROCHURE AVAILABLE

The Sturgis Youth Theatre is springing into the new year with its popular Play-in-A-Day program for students in first through sixth grades. Each workshop is a "self-contained" session of drama exploration that culminates in the creation of a play that same day. Sessions are $20 each. To view the full brochure, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre/sturgis/.

NEWS

GOFPEP CONSENSUS STATEMENTNEW

Last May, UNI hosted the Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy 2010 (GoFPEP 2010). More than 70 educators, professionals, administrators, business leaders and policy makers from 30 countries met to craft a global consensus statement focused on reforming health and physical education teaching. The statement, "Health and Physical Education Pedagogy in the 21st Century," can be found at http://globalpeforumgc.org/consensus-statement.

STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONSNEW

During National Student Employment Week, April 11 through 15, the Student Employment Office encourages campus employers to celebrate the contributions of their student workers. The Student Employment Office solicits nominations for Student Employee of the Year. The Student Employee of the Year is a student who, in their work role, exemplifies reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and a unique contribution to the workplace. The winner will be recognized with a plaque at the Student Employment Week Reception on Wednesday, April 13. The campus winner will also be submitted for the opportunity to compete at the state, regional and national levels. Nomination forms are at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/studentemployment.shtml.

HONORS PROGRAM CALL FOR PROPOSALSNEW

The University Honors Program is seeking proposals for Presidential Scholars and Honors Seminars for the 2011-2012 academic year. Information and the proposal form can be found at http://www.uni.edu/honors/content/seminar-proposal. Proposals should be submitted to the University Honors Program (0355) on or before Tuesday, Feb. 1.

EARTH DAY 2011 PLANNING MEETINGNEW

The RRTTC is looking for UNI faculty, students and staff to get involved in the planning and organization of Earth Day 2011. The first brainstorming meeting of the year will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the CEEE 115. For more information, visit www.RRTTC.com. If you can't attend and would like to be involved or if you have questions, e-mail rrttc@uni.edu or call 273-3689.

INTERIM HEAD OF COMMUNICATION STUDIESNEW

Chris Martin has been named interim head of the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts effective Jan.1.

GENETIC INFORMATION NONDISCRIMINATION ACT (GINA)

On Monday, Jan. 10, Title II regulations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) became effective. This prohibits discrimination in employment based on genetic information. For more information and resources on GINA, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/bestpractices/gina.shtml. For questions on GINA, contact Human Resource Services at 273-2422.

NOMINATE FACULTY FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARDS

UNI and Veridian Credit Union are seeking nominations for the 2011 Community Engagement Awards to recognize outstanding contributions of UNI faculty members to the community through research and/or teaching. All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible. For award and nomination details, visit www.uni.edu/resources/veridian-credit-union-community-engagement-award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 18.

STUDENT AFFAIRS EMPLOYEES HONORED FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE

The Division of Student Affairs annually recognizes exemplary performance of its staff with the Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award. The four award recipients honored at the Jan. 6 recognition event were Darla Smith, Deb Bartels, Ruther Dixon and David Schmid. More information can be found at http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs.

THE BAND PERRY CONCERT TICKETSNEW

The Band Perry will perform at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Ballroom, MAU, with opener Thompson Square. Tickets will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan.18 through Friday, Jan. 21, MAU. Student tickets cost $10 each; up to two tickets may be bought per person at the student price. Additional tickets may be purchased at the General Admission price of $20 each. Pay with cash, credit card or charge it to your u-bill.

FACULTY USING ELEARNING (WEBCT/BLACKBOARD)NEW

Those of you using UNI's eLearning system may want to inform your students that there are numerous 45-minute sessions offered Tuesday and Wednesday this week to help them be successful with the system. The schedule can be found at http://www.uni.edu/its/training/calendar.

UPDATED MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATESNEW

Mileage reimbursement rates effective Jan. 1, 2011: The university mileage reimbursement rate follows the U.S. General Services Administration policy, per Board of Regents, and has recently increased from 50 cents to 51 cents for travel occurring on and after Jan. 1, 2011. The reimbursement rate for driving a personal vehicle when a motor pool vehicle is available has decreased from $.285 to 19 cents per mile. The cost of operation is supported by data compiled and reported by the AAA for a medium-sized sedan.  The cost of operation includes fuel, maintenance and tires. Refer to the Travel Guidelines at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/accounts_payable/tguide.shtml for complete details. Questions on these changes should be directed to jackie.burvee@uni.edu or at 273-2212.

LUTHERAN STUDENT CENTER WEEKLY WORSHIPNEW

Looking for a place to worship? Used to a small, hometown congregation? The Lutheran Student Center, located on the corner of College Street and University Avenue, offers a praise and worship service at 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The service includes a mix of contemporary and traditional music. All are welcome; you don't have to be Lutheran to hang out at the Lutheran Student Center. E-mail lscunicp@cfu.net with questions.

RRTTC CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center has put a call out for grant proposals. For complete details, visit www.RRTTC.com. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 18.

2011 ANNIVERSARIES/MILESTONES

If your department or program will mark a special anniversary or milestone thisyear, please share that information by e-mailing liz.conklin@uni.edu.

ADP SERVICE-LEARING FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE JAN. 21

Applications for Service Learning Fellowships are due at 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21. For more information or applications, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898 (ADP-UNI@UNI.edu) or Al Hays at 3-2910 (Allen.Hays@UNI.edu) or visit http://www.uni.edu/adp. Sponsored by the American Democracy Project (ADP) and the provost's office.

INFLUENCE OF LIFE STRESS ON DRIVING BEHAVIORS STUDY

UNI faculty and staff are invited to participate in a study being conducted for a master's thesis that investigates life stress and driving behaviors. To participate or for more information, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LES-DS and complete the surveys. 

MOTOR VEHICLE USE POLICY UPDATED

The President's Cabinet recently approved an update to the Motor Vehicle and Fuel Use Policy, 9.63, University Policies and Procedures. Faculty and staff should review the policy to familiarize themselves with the requirements to utilize the university's motor pool. See http://www.uni.edu/policies/963.

RECLAIM YOUR HOLIDAYS: INPUT NEEDED

If you learned about UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education’s (CEEE) Reclaim Your Holidays (RYH) project last year, the CEEE wants to hear about your holiday experience. Information about RYH was in Words of Wellness, the Cedar Falls Utilities' newsletter, in newspapers, on the RYH website, Facebook, Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa and at UNI’s Green Holiday Open House. Please take a few minutes to complete a survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GD253M5.

SUMMER CONFERENCE HOUSING AND DINING NEEDS

Are you planning a summer conference or camp that will require housing or dining on campus? The Department of Residence has posted information for summer 2011 at http://www.uni.edu/dor/conferences.shtml. For more information, contact David "Schmiddy" Schmid at david.schmid@uni.edu or 273-2249.

RAS CHALLENGE STUDENTS TO GET ENGAGED NEW

Resident assistants (RAs) are live-in peer leaders who challenge students to learn where they live, on campus at UNI. In October 2010, RAs provided 136 bulletin boards and 207 programs, attended by 2,362 students, all designed to positively engage students in campus life. 

INK AND TONER CARTRIDGES

Campus Supply has one 36A black toner cartridge and 14 black ink cartridges free to any department on campus. These are for departmental use only. If interested, contact Pam Rousselow at 273-2451.

MCELROY FELLOWSHIP FOR GRADUATE STUDY

Consider nominating an outstanding undergraduate student for the McElroy Fellowship. Students must have graduated in December 2010 or graduate in May 2011 with a liberal arts degree. Students must intend to pursue a Ph.D. Awardees will receive $10,000 per year for three years to help defray education costs. In addition to an above-average academic record, students will be evaluated on their character, leadership and general interests as expressed by extracurricular activities that give evidence of initiative, commitment and discipline. For application details, visit http://www.grad.uni.edu/. For application materials, contact Cheryl Nedrow at 3-2748 or cheryl.nedrow@uni.edu.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

2011-2012 LAC FACULTY CAN BENEFIT FROM MAP-WORKSNEW

Faculty teaching LAC freshman courses in 2011-12 can benefit by using MAP-Works, a tool designed to boost student success. This year, faculty and staff using MAP-Works connected more effectively with their new students. The program description is at www.map-works.com. To learn more, contact the reading and learning coordinator at gina.burkart@uni.edu.

HARASSMENT PREVENTION SESSIONSNEW

Attorney Jill Jensen-Welch will present several sessions of "Preventing Illegal Harassment" Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 15 and 16. All employees are strongly encouraged to attend, especially those in supervisory roles. Several sessions are designated for supervisors only. Pre-registration is required. Register for a single session at www.uni.edu/equity. Sponsored by Compliance & Equity Management.

STUDY YOUR TEACHING PRACTICE

A meeting for faculty interested in studying their own teaching practice will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, in the College Eye Room, MAU. The study will be based on the self-study of teaching practices. See an example of previous work at http://www.cs.uni.edu/~east/ttl/. The exact method(s) of study will be determined by the group(s) that day. If you have texts or suggestions you think would be useful, bring them to the meeting. For more information, e-mail eastk@uni.edu.

FACULTY CONSULTATIONS

Do you want your students to improve their reading of your course texts? The Reading & Learning Center collaborates with faculty to help students read more critically and actively. For more information, contact gina.burkart@uni.edu.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

MEANINGFUL ASSESSMENT: AN AUDIO CONFERENCE

Peggy Maki, a national expert on assessment, will lead an audio conference from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, in ITTC 134. Maki will provide perspectives on national assessment issues; elements of a collaborative, problem-based framework to assess student learning; and how to produce robust, useful assessment results. Sponsored by the Office of Academic Assessment. http://www.uni.edu/assessment/maki-meaningfulassessment.shtml

FORMER NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR & ENTREPRENEUR GARY JOHNSON SPEAKSNEW

Former New Mexico Governor and entrepreneur Gary Johnson's online lecture "Revenue/Expenditure and Feasibility Analyses" will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19, in BCS 33. Johnson, who grew a one-man handyman business into the largest construction company in New Mexico, will focus on the importance of doing both revenue/expenditure and feasibility analyses on every project. After his lecture, Johnson will take questions until 8:30 p.m. As governor, Johnson eliminated New Mexico’s budget deficit, cut the rate of growth in state government in half, and left office as one of only four states with a balanced budget. During his term, New Mexico experienced the longest period without a tax increase in the state’s history. Johnson's lecture is sponsored by the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. Questions: 273-JPEC (5732) or jpec@uni.edu.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOPNEW

There is a two-and-a-half-day workshop for UNI community members to learn about racism, the historical context surrounding it and understanding one's own connection to institutional racism. The workshop will run Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 23, 24 and 25, at the CME. Applications are available at www.uni.edu/cme.

MANDATORY REPORTERS OF CHILD ABUSE TRAINING NEW

A training session for Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21, in SEC 252.  All teacher-education students must complete this training before they can start their Level II (200:128) field experience at Price Laboratory School. This training session is free, open to anyone and preregistration is not required. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education. For more information, contact Melissa Heston at 273-2236 or heston@uni.edu

START A BUSINESS 1 WORKSHOP

Learn the procedure for starting a small business and what resources can help in a free workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24, in BCS 33. Advance registration is required. To register, call 273-5732 or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

START A BUSINESS 2 WORKSHOPNEW

Learn how to write a business plan. Pre-requisite: Start a Business 1. The workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, in BCS 33. Free of charge. Advanced registration is required at 273-5732 or jpec@uni.edu.

PERFORMING ARTS

CAB'S ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS: HEATH MCNEASE

Help kick off the Campus Activities Board's first Acoustic Artist Series of the semester with Heath McNease at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the Hemisphere Lounge behind Chats, MAU. Come enjoy free, live music and coffee deals from Chats during the show. For more information, visit UNI CAB's Facebook page.

'DIE FLEDERMAUS'

The UNI School of Music and the GBPAC will present the operetta "Die Fledermaus" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. The opera revolves around practical jokes, faked identities, long-deliberated revenge and the power of champagne. For tickets, call 273-4TIX or visit http://www.uni.edu/tickets.

GBPAC PRESENTS 'SLEEPING BEAUTY' JAN. 22

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies. Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. See "Sleeping Beauty" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the GBPAC. Youth tickets for "Sleeping Beauty" are $1. "Curtain Talk" will begin 45 minutes prior to the start of the show.

FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: RANDY GRABOWSKI, TRUMPETNEW

Randy Grabowski, School of Music, will present a trumpet recital with Sean Botkin, piano, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

'ON THE VERGE' DESIGN PRESENTATIONS

Strayer-Wood Theatre will host design presentations for "On The Verge" at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Strayer-Wood Theatre. Come learn about the design process and get the inside scoop before seeing the show in February.

'WHAT YOU WILL' ART EXHIBITION

"What You Will" is an invitational exhibition honoring Saturnalia, an ancient winter tradition celebrating revelry, misrule and inversion. It's part of a yearlong series of events featuring UNI Department of Art alumni titled "Time is Ripe." Participants include: Gillian Christy, Noah Doely, Pam Echeverria, Sarah German, Inok Kalkwarf, Matt Kelleher, Abinadi Meza, Chawne Paige, Angela Pease, Tyler Speicher, Trent Stainbrook and Margaret Whiting. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WRS HEALTH BEAT

If you're looking for a good place to work out where it's not so congested, consider using the WRS Health Beat in Maucker Union. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. If you have questions, call 273-2239.

PERSONAL TRAINERS

Let a personal trainer design a program with your specific goals in mind. Trainers are results driven and want you to succeed. Contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167, kristy.leen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html.

WRS HEALTH BEAT (HB) LOCKER SERVICES

Tired of hauling all your workout gear through the snow every day? Health Beat has lockers available for rent by the semester. Sign up today with a fitness supervisor at HB or contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167 or kristy.leen@uni.edu.

FITNESS AND LEISURE PROGRAM CLASSES

Get moving in the new year with new fitness classes at the WRC. With more than 60 classes to choose from, there is sure to be a class to meet your needs and goals. New classes include Zumba, Water Boot Camp, From Start to Finish: Your 5k Run, and Eating & Exercise Success. Register now at www.uni.edu/wellrec or stop by WRC 101.

LIVE HEALTHY IOWA REGISTRATION GROUP ID: LHIUNI

Sign up for Live Healthy Iowa. The 100-day wellness challenge starts Thursday, Jan. 20. Go to www.livehealthyiowa.org and register your team using the Group ID LHIUNI. Register your two to 10 team members for only $15 per person with the Hy-Vee coupon code found at the checkout at Hy-Vee stores or at www.hyvee.com. If you have questions, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec or e-mail Alyssa Reichelt at alyssar@uni.edu.

SMOKING CESSATION SERVICESNEW

Are you a smoker or chewer wanting to quit? Have you tried and failed in the past? Success is possible. Brief or on-going consultation and support services are available through Wellness and Recreation Services. Contact Kathy.Green@uni.edu, 273-6921.

INTUITIVE EATING WORKSHOP

Are you a chronic dieter? Would you like to learn how to eat when you're hungry and stop when you're satisfied? WRS is sponsoring a six-week Intuitive Eating Workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 19. Participants will learn how to reject a diet mentality and practice the principles of intuitive eating. For more information or to register, call Joan Thompson at 273-2137.

EMPLOYMENT

MERIT VACANCIESNEW

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