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Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011

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NEWS

ITTC SERVER ROOM OUTAGE MARCH 15

All servers and power in 128 ITTC will be shut down at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, while repairs are made to air-conditioning and electrical equipment located in that server room. The maintenance is expected to take four hours. All system administrators have been notified and were involved in the planning of the date and time of this outage. The following services will be down, which will have a campus-wide impact: CNS-hosted e-mail and websites inText>Computer Science student server (student.cs), CNS-hosted software licenses, CNS-hosted printing (labs should be OK), CNS faculty network storage (Windows Z drive, Pandora), ITS-ET production storage for media content streaming media services (KUNI, KHKE and all streaming content from media servers). For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/alerts/maintenance/2011-03-15/ittc-server-room-outage or call Rick Seeley at 273-7218.

FW90 - IMPORTANT SCHOLARSHIP TRAININGNEW

This transaction is now called Financial Resources for Students (FW90) and will be used for processing scholarship awards for the 2011-12 academic year. During this transition, the FW90 transaction will not be available Tuesday, March 15 nor Wednesday, March 16. A training session is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon in 109 SAB. Register at  https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start&admin_group=FINAID. Additional training sessions are planned. For more information, contact Evie Waack or Denise Parks at 273-2700.

IMSEP OFFICE MOVES TO EAST BARTLETTNEW

The Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) has a new home. The IMSEP staff has moved to 214 East Bartlett. The mail code is 0298. Phone (273-2959) and fax (273-2779) numbers remain the same.   

SUMMER FELLOWSHIP AWARD AVAILABLE

The executive vice president and provost has funding available for a limited number of summer fellowship awards, reserved for faculty members on the tenure track, as a means of supporting scholarly, research and/or creative work that will assist them in making progress toward a successful tenure review. The fellowship provides a $4,500 stipend for work in either May or June 2011. Completed applications are due in the provost's office by Friday, March 25. Complete details about the award and the application are at http://www.uni.edu/provost/resources.

BLACKBOARD LEARN 9 IS HERE

The current version of UNI eLearning, WebCT CE8, is being phased out and all academic courses will transition to Blackboard Learn 9.1 for fall 2011. The new system offers many new features to enhance teaching and learning. Details about training opportunities and course migration instructions will be announced after spring break.

SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

The Sustainability Council is seeking nominations for the UNI Creating a Responsible Environment (CARE) awards. You are encouraged to nominate a student, faculty or staff member, student organization, or department for their efforts in demonstrating outstanding commitment to sustainability. Nomination information is at www.uni.edu/sustainability. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 8. Award winners will be recognized at the annual Sustainability Forum on Thursday, April 21. For further information, contact jan.hanish@uni.edu.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT

UNI Police, along with other agencies, will participate in an effort in conjunction with the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau to provide safe roadways. Wear your seat belt and don't drink and drive. Law enforcement will check vehicles Thursday, March 17, through Sunday, March 20. Don’t depend on dumb luck this St. Patrick’s Day; designate a sober driver before the party begins. For more information, contact Lt. Doug Widen, UNI Police, at 273-2712.

MOTOR POOL GAS SURCHARGE

Due to rising gas prices, all car rentals from the UNI Motor Pool since Monday, March 14, are subject to a 65-cent-per-gallon surcharge. View the Motor Pool surcharge chart at www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/services/motorpool/surcharge.shtml or call 273-2610 or 273-7653 with questions.

QUIDDITCH CLUB NEEDS A FACULTY ADVISER

Since September, a group of students has been playing the game Quidditch. The group is trying to become a student organization and is seeking a faculty adviser for the club. If you are interested in becoming the faculty adviser, contact the club's president, Tyler Stoppelmoor, at tystopps@uni.edu.

SPECIAL EVENTS

LEGISLATIVE UPDATENEW

Joe Murphy, UNI state relations officer, will host a legislative update at 12:15 p.m., Friday, March 18, in the Elm Room, MAU. Topics will include the state budget process, budget cuts and policy items affecting UNI. Murphy will be available for questions.

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD'S OPEN MIC NIGHT REGISTRATIONNEW

Calling all poets, musicians, comedians, dancers, singers and anyone who would like to showcase their talent. Registration is open for CAB's Open Mic Night. The registration link is www.uni.edu/studentorgs/cab. Registration closes Friday, March 25, and those chosen to participate will be contacted by Wednesday, March 30. Open Mic Night featuring Dynamic Duo will be Thursday, April 7. E-mail unicab.entertainment@gmail.com for more information.

UNI STUDENT ATHLETIC TRAINING ORGANIZATION'S SPRING THAW 2011NEW

In honor of  National Athletic Training Month, the UNI Student Athletic Training Organization will host a Spring Thaw Walk/Run at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 26. The route is about 1.5 miles long and will begin and end at the WRC. Registration forms are at http://www.uni.edu/coe/departments/school-health-physical-education-leisure-services/athletic-training. The cost of the event is $15 which includes a T-shirt if registration is submitted before Friday, March 18. More information and registration forms are available at the above website.

JUNIOR PANTHER DAY 2011

Students in K through sixth grade are invited to join UNI student-athletes and the Panther Kids Club from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 26, in the UNI-Dome for Junior Panther Day.  The event is free; however, registration is required. Register online at www.unisportscamps.com/junior-panther-day.cfm by Tuesday, March 22. This event is limited by number, age and grade level as required by NCAA rules. For more information, contact Stacia Greve (stacia.greve@uni.edu) or Kara Park (kara.park@uni.edu). 

ATHLETICS

COLLEGE INSIDER TOURNAMENTNEW

The UNI men's basketball team will play in and host a first-round game in the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Tournament at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, in the McLeod Center. Their opponent will be the Rider University Broncs. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and under). UNI students with a valid ID will get into the contest free of charge. Tickets are available by calling 273-4849 or by visiting www.UNIPanthers.com.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

LEARN ABOUT THE PEACE CORPSNEW

Learn more about a life-changing opportunity from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 21, in 009 GIL. Peace Corps volunteers are serving in more than 70 countries, completing projects in environmental education, business advising, agriculture extension and teaching English. Attend the Information session and learn about life on the ground as a volunteer, the benefits of Peace Corps service and the application process. For more information, contact Pravin at pmallavaram@peacecorps.gov

FLORAL ADAPTATIONS: MORE THAN JUST THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

Julie Kang, biology, will discuss flowers, their morphological and anatomical features, and how floral structures are adapted for various modes of reproduction, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, at the University Museum.

CHFA UNIVERSITY BOOK & SUPPLY AWARD PRESENTATIONNEW

Danny Galyen, School of Music, is the recipient of the 2010-2011 College of Humanities and Fine Arts University Book & Supply Outstanding Teaching Award. The award presentation will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

STUDENT ROUNDTABLE ON U.S. - CHINA RELATIONSNEW

Come learn about the important and complex relationship between the United States and the People's Republic of China. The Center for International Peace and Security Studies will present a panel discussion of major issues in the U.S.-China relationship, including security, economics, the environment and human rights. UNI students studying these issues will act as panelists, giving short presentations and presenting both U.S. and Chinese perspectives. The panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A. The roundtable will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in 002 SAB.

GRADUATE COLLEGE BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIESNEW

Kavita R. Dhanwada, biology, and associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences, will present "A Tale of Two Pesticides: Atrazine and Metolachlor. Should we be Worried?" from noon to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in the Presidential Room, MAU. She will discuss her research and the broader field of the biological effects of pesticides on non-target species. Please bring your lunch. Cookies will be provided.

TALK POLITICS: GUN RIGHTS AND RESTRICTIONSNEW

Perhaps one of the most controversial amendments to the U.S. Constitution is the Second Amendment. Is there a right to bear arms for private citizens who are not in a militia, or do only militias have that right? Should there be restrictions on guns, or are restrictions in violation of the Second Amendment? Sheriff Tony Thompson will join the discussion. Voice your opinions at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU.

GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP PANELNEW

A panel on government leadership will be presented at 3:45 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the State College Room, MAU. Panel members are Joel Anderson, president, Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG); Patricia Harper, former representative and senator in the Iowa Legislature; and James Kenyon, school board member, Cedar Falls. This event is free and open to the public.

PERFORMING ARTS

FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: CHRIS BUCKHOLZ, TROMBONENEW

Chris Buckholz, School of Music, will present a trombone recital at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL, with repertoire and additional performers to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

'CONFLICT BRINGS RESOLUTION' WORKSHOP

The management workshop "Conflict Brings Resolution: Conflict Resolution Acheived" will be offered from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Friday, March 25, in 30 BCS. The registration deadline is Friday, March 18. Workshop participants will become more comfortable with conflict and how to reach resolution. The discounted price is $112 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. Half-day workshops only use a half seat. 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, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu.

HOURS

CHANGES IN LIBRARY HOURS DURING SPRING BREAK

There will be no extended checkout for reserve materials during spring break. All youth books (seven-day) checked out Saturday, March 5, are due Monday, March 21. Patrons may check out materials and enter the building until 10 minutes to closing time. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, there will be a prompt to enter your CatID. http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#spring

MAUCKER UNION BUILDING HOURS FOR SPRIING BREAK

Maucker Union building hours for spring break are at http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/hrs-bsp.shtml. For a complete list of services available in Maucker Union during spring break, visit http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/.

SPRING BREAK HOURS OF OPERATION AT CHATS

Chats will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 14 through March 18. Chats will be closed Sunday, March 20, reopening at 7 a.m., Monday, March 21. During spring break, the menu includes a reduced bakery selection, two sandwich choices and one salad entrée choice. Prexy's and Essentials will be closed during spring break, reopening, Monday, March 21, with normal hours of operation.