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Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011

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NEWS

USE DISCLAIMER STATEMENT FOR GUEST OPINION PIECESNEW

University Relations encourages free discourse and expression while striving for accurate presentation to, and perception by, all audiences. An op-ed is a credible avenue for UNI faculty and staff to address important topics and impart their expertise to the public. University Relations asks that faculty and staff who submit op-ed pieces and identify themselves as UNI faculty or staff members include the following disclaimer: "The views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not 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.

REGISTER FOR UNI EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

UNI's Earth Day celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 21, on the Maucker Union Plaza. The rain location will be the Ballroom, MAU. UNI departments, student groups and community groups are encouraged to participate. Tables are limited, so sign up early. Register by Friday, April 1, at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=o5e7oecab&oeidk=a07e3eyj83u0648171d

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND MINI-GRANTS

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.

CAMPUS SEVERE WEATHER SHELTER LOCATIONS

The height of the tornado season in Iowa is approaching. Every UNI building has areas designated as “Severe Weather Shelters." Make sure you know where the designated areas are in your building. The locations of emergency shelter areas for each academic building are at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ehso/tips/shelters.shtml.

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.

WEDDING BAND FOUNDNEW

Found: Woman's wedding band on Wednesday, March 9, east of Seerley Hall. Call 268-0075 to identify.

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.

IMSEP OFFICE MOVES TO EAST BARTLETT

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.   

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Fred Abraham and Bulent Uyar, economics, had a guest opinion piece on the deficit printed in The Des Moines Register. http://preview.tinyurl.com/4s592k8.

Betty Zan, Center for Early Developmental Education, was quoted in a story on the merits of preschool education in the Iowa City Press Citizen. http://www.presscitizen.com/article/20110320/NEWS01/103200310/1079

PUBLIC AUCTION OF VEHICLESNEW

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.

FAMILY WEEKEND ACTIVITIESNEW

If your department or organization is planning activities for Family Weekend (Sept. 23-24), please send the information to liz.conklin@uni.edu. Copy deadline for  promotional materials is Wednesday, June 15.

SLIP/TRIP/FALL INJURIES

Slips, trips and falls account for a significant number of injuries reported to the university. With spring-like weather approaching, we may experience a freeze/thaw cycle that can lead to slip/trip/fall injuries. Please be aware that surfaces that are wet during the daytime hours may be iced over in the early morning or late evening hours. Please exercise caution when walking on paved surfaces during these hours.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH

Throughout the month of April, the Office of Student Financial Aid will sponsor five Food and Finances workshops covering a variety of topics: investments, purchasing a car, purchasing a home, choosing benefits at work and the psychology of money. These events are open to faculty, staff and students. Faculty, please encourage students to attend. If you plan on having a large number of students attend, contact Liz Hoium in the Office of Student Financial Aid at 273-6395. For a list of speakers and times, visit http://www.uni.edu/finaid.

COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP ON APRILNEW

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.

RESOURCES

FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR WEBINAR SERIES

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education, hosts a regular series of webinars to assist faculty members in the preparation of Fulbright Scholar Program applications. The spring 2011 webinar schedule is posted at http://www.cies.org/Webinar/. The Office of International Programs can provide assistance with the Fulbright application process.

INSIGHTS ABOUT ASPERGER'S IN THE CLASSROOM AND ELSEWHERENEW

Any faculty who would like to gain insights about encountering students with Asperger's Syndrome are strongly encouraged to attend the "Insights for Effectiveness" program on Tuesday, March 29 or Wednesday, March 30. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 23. Register at http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/aspergers-uni.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

CHFA UNIVERSITY BOOK & SUPPLY AWARD PRESENTATION

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.

LECTURE ON ATTITUDES TOWARD IMMIGRATION

Xavier Escandell, sociology/anthropology/criminology, will discuss attitudes toward immigrants and immigration and welfare state regimes in Europe at noon, Wednesday, March 23, in 115 SRL. This event is sponsored by the Forum for National and Transnational Identities, which seeks to bring together faculty, staff and students with an interest in national identity, nationalism, transnationalism, race, ethnicity and immigration. To join the forum and to be placed on its mailing list, contact Konrad.Sadkowski@uni.edu.

GRADUATE COLLEGE BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES

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.

FINANCING FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS

Financing for the Small Business will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 273-5732 or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

STUDENT ROUNDTABLE ON U.S. - CHINA RELATIONS

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.

CREDIT & IDENTITY THEFT FOR THE BUSINESS OWNER

Credit & Identity Theft for the Business Owner will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 273-5732 or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP PANEL

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.

TALK POLITICS: GUN RIGHTS AND RESTRICTIONS

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.

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.

NAVY GOES GREEN

Chief Armaun Bartee and Petty Officer Issachar (Izzy) Lane, U.S. Navy, will discuss plans to decrease dependence on oil and obtain 50 percent of our energy needs from non-fossil-fuel sources within 10 years. The sources include biofuels, solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal power. This lecture will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 26, at University Book & Supply.

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINARNEW

"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.

FORMER U.S. POET LAUREATE, POETRY READING AND DISCUSSION

Extolling the sensory details of rural life in the Midwest, Ted Kooser's poetry has been praised as "accessible, inviting, familiar and ordinary in a most extraordinary way." The 2004-2006 U.S. poet laureate will read from his poetry; be interviewed by Jeremy Schraffenberger, English language & literature, and take questions from the audience. Kooser will speak at 7 p.m., Monday, March 28, in the Commons Ballroom. A reception will follow.

WRITER COURTNEY MARTIN WILL DISCUSS A NEW GENERATION OF ACTIVISTSNEW

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.

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.

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

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).

RESTORING A RARE WOODLAND IN THE LOWER CEDAR RIVER VALLEYNEW

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.

MICHELLE ALEXANDER AND THE NEW JIM CROWNEW

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

UNI FORENSICS WILL HOST SPEECH SHOWCASE

The UNI Speech and Debate team will host its annual national showcase from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in Lang Hall Auditorium. This year's speech and debate team has won more than 100 individual and team events at 20-plus tournaments. Students from UNI's regionally and nationally competitive speech team will perform events they will take to nationals. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Katherine L. Lavelle at 273-7200 or katherine.lavelle@uni.edu.

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD'S OPEN MIC NIGHT REGISTRATION

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.

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). 

I LOVE THE '90S: THE PARTY SPRING DANCENEW

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.  

NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE PRESENTS UP WITH FAMILIESNEW

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.

15TH ANNUAL ST. STEPHEN GOLF TOURNAMENTNEW

The 15th annual St. Stephen Golf Tournament will take place Tuesday, May 24, at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls. It is a four-person best shot, and registration includes green fees, a golf cart, dinner, a gift pack and prizes. The cost is $60 for nonstudents, $40 for students and $20 for dinner. Sign in will begin at 11:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. All proceeds go to support the campus ministry for UNI students, Allen School of Nursing and Hawkeye Community College. For more information or to register, contact Kelly at 266-9863 or kmcc@ststephenuni.org.

NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY BENEFIT WALK AT UNI

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.

PERFORMING ARTS

FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: CHRIS BUCKHOLZ, TROMBONE

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UNISTA PRESENTS THE 5TH ANNUAL 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVALNEW

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.

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.

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

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.

FREE SCREENING OF THE FILM 'CONVICTION' NEW

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.

'TELLING AMY'S STORY'NEW

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.

MOVIE SHOWING: 'BIG BUCKS, BIG PHARMA'

The film "Big Bucks, Big Pharma" examines the role of drugs and marketing in health care issues and will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, April 4, in the CEEE auditorium. This film is part of the Sustainability Film Series; a panel discussion will be held after the film. For more information, contact jcallana@uni.edu.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

HALF-PRICE FITNESS CLASSES

Starting Tuesday, March 8, sign up for any fitness class and pay half price. Class fees start at just $10. Excludes: Women on Weights, R.A.D., Ballroom Dance, Zumba, Zumba Circuit and Eating and Exercise Success. Sign up at www.uni.edu/wellrec or in 101 WRC.

EATING AND EXERCISE SUCCESS

Find fitness and health success by identifying pitfalls in diet and exercise habits with this six-week series. The series consists of a 15-minute food log review, nutrition education and a 45-minute workout. This class will take place from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Register today at www.uni.edu/wellrec or in 101 WRC.

EMPLOYMENT

MERIT VACANCIESNEW

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

EMPLOYMENTNEW

Vacancies at the P&S level include marketing & promotion coordinator. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.