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Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012

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NEWS

MPLS TRANSITION TEAMS ANNOUNCEDNEW

On Feb. 27, the Board of Regents officially approved closing Malcolm Price Laboratory School on June 30, 2012. Efforts are ongoing as UNI works on the transition to close MPLS and plan for Level II and some Level III clinical experiences in the local area for students. A structure of 10 teams is in place that are specifically focused on these functions: transitioning the K-12 students, employee transitions, developing clinical experiences for the teacher education students, relocating the Child Development Center, enhancing communication efforts, determining next steps for the building and the contents, student records, donor relations, retaining MPLS historical aspect and implementing the new Research and Development model. View a complete list of the transition teams online. If you have any questions during this transition, email Dwight C. Watson or Brenda Buzynski.

FACULTY MARSHALS NEEDED FOR SPRING COMMENCEMENTNEW

Faculty are needed to serve as marshals for spring Commencement at the McCleod Center. Graduate College ceremony: 7 p.m., Friday, May 4; COE, CBA, and Cont. Ed: 10 a.m., Saturday, May 5; and CHAS and CSBS: 2 p.m., Saturday, May 5. If you are able to help at one of the three ceremonies, email Elaine Eshbaugh.

UPDATE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AT UNINEW

UNI has a Google+ page now - add UNI to your circles. As part of UNI's Facebook campaign to reach 45,000 fans, University Relations is sharing some historic photos on Mondays and posting trivia on Tuesdays. Become a fan and help UNI reach the goal by Commencement.

SUSTAINABILITY AT UNI - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

The Iowa Waste Reduction Center’s painter training programs help paint facilities become more sustainable by decreasing paint consumption, reducing hazardous waste generation and improving production.

STUDENT NEWS

Read this week's MyUniverse News.

NEW DATA ON CRITICAL THINKING AND UNI SENIORS

According to the Proficiency Profile Item Information Report, what items related to critical thinking did recent UNI seniors most often miss? The answer -- those dealing with determining relevance of information. View reports online by clicking on the Proficiency Profile. The Proficiency Profile will be administered March 25 through April 8 to seniors; updated reports will be available in May.

GOVERNOR'S STEM ADVISORY COUNCIL CAMPUS UPDATE

A Governor's STEM Advisory Council update meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, in the University Room, MAU. The meeting is hosted by Jeff Weld, the council's executive director and head of IMSEP. Attend the meeting and learn about opportunities to get involved. Send an email to RSVP. Cookies and coffee will be provided.

UNI RESIDENT ASSISTANTS IMPACT STUDENT LEARNING

Do you know some of UNI's 88 RAs? Ask them what they do to impact student learning for on-campus residents. Take a look at the latest Learning CommUNIties Update to see how many residents RAs believe they impacted during the 2011 fall semester.

GPS DEVICE AVAILABLE WITH UNI MOTOR POOL RENTAL VEHICLES

Motor pool has a GPS device for rent with the UNI motor pool rental vehicles at $5 per reservation. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be reserved when making a vehicle reservation through motor pool. For more information, call 273-2610 or send an email.

UPDATE - UNIVERSITY PRINT SERVICES CLOSING

Due to ongoing budget challenges, UNI Print Services will close in April. The last date to submit a print or photocopy job has been extended to Friday, March 30. The university is in the process of selecting an outside preferred vendor for copying and printing services formerly provided on campus. Details about the selected vendor and exclusive pricing will be shared in the next week. University Relations is committed to making this as seamless a transition as possible. Departments needing assistance with printing and copy jobs, should contact UR at 273-2761. UR will continue to process orders for business cards, letterhead and envelopes. For more information, contact UR at 273-2761.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

LEGISLATIVE UPDATENEW

Jeneane Beck, UNI state relations officer, will host a legislative update at noon on Friday, March 30, in the Elm Room, MAU. Beck will give an update on UNI's budget request and the governor's education reform package, as well as take questions.

JOB SHADOWING EVENT TUESDAY, APRIL 17NEW

The UNI Educational Talent Search Program (ETS) needs your help in providing a job shadowing experience for students from Central Middle School in Waterloo. Students will be paired with faculty and staff on campus from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 17. The students will ask questions about your job responsibilities and education. Faculty and staff can join their students for lunch (at no charge) if your schedule allows. If interested in hosting students, email Ruthie Stigler by Tuesday, April 10. For more information, call Ruthie Stigler or Cathy Ketton at 433-1220. 

FULBRIGHT OPPORTUNITIES IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA WEBINARNEW

A webinar on Fulbright Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 28. This webinar will cover the large number of awards, including regional ones for up to three countries, in the 2013-2014 competition available in Sub-Saharan Africa for scholars, professionals and administrators. Opportunities exist for teaching, conducting research or combining both. Register online. For assistance or questions, visit the International Programs website.

INTERPRETERS THEATRE PRESENTS 'BROTHER WOLF'NEW

The Interpreters Theatre will present "Brother Wolf" March 29 through 31, in 040 Lang. Blending folklore, myth, bluegrass music and mountain religion, "Brother Wolf" is an Appalachian adventure tale based on the story of Beowulf. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and the doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

AUTHOR RIGHTS: RETAIN CONTROL OF YOUR WORKNEW

Rod Library is sponsoring two upcoming campus events on author rights. The Topic Table at the CommUNIty of scholars event is from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, April 6 and a presentation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 10, in the University Room, MAU. For more information, visit the Rod Library website.

UNI 'QUEER MONOLOGUES' NEW

The "Queer Monologues," inspired by the "Vagina Monologues," is a production aimed at inspiring collaboration, conspiring for equal rights and sending the message that it’s okay to be who you are. Sponsored by UNI Proud, the "Queer Monologues" is a production created and maintained by a community of individuals who want to raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues on campus and in society. The performance is at 7 p.m., Monday, April 2, in the Interpreter's Theater, LNG. The event is free.

HALF-MASTED PRESENTS: GORILLA THEATER!NEW

Half-Masted, the Cedar Valley's improv comedy troupe, will perform at 7 and 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, in 108 CAC. Battle lines are drawn and tensions run high as the troupe divides into two teams to play... Gorilla Theater. Who will lose? Admission is free. 

FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTHNEW

Throughout the month of April, the Office of Student Financial Aid will sponsor four “Food and Finances” workshops covering a variety of topics including: "Budgeting for On-and Off-Campus Living," "Choosing Benefits at Work" and the "Psychology of Money." These events are open to faculty, staff and students. If faculty plan on having a large number of students attend, please call Liz Hoium, at the Office of Student Financial Aid, at 273-6395. View a list of speakers and times online. Drawings will take place at the end of every workshop for free food and Live Like a Student T-shirts.

KAPPA DELTA PI T-SHIRT SALE

T-shirts, sweatshirts, scrubs and other items will be available at the KDP Education Honor Society sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27 and 28, in the lobby, SEC. Many items have special sale prices. Proceeds will benefit KDP's educational and service projects.

FREEDOM WEEK: A UNI MOVEMENT TO FIGHT MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

The week of March 25 through 29 is Freedom Week, a week-long initiative to grow awareness about and fight modern-day slavery. Freedom week is hosted by various Christian student organizations in partnership with the broader UNI campus community. 

FACULTY WORKSHOP: ASSESSING YOUR STUDENTS USING BB LEARN 9

Bb Learn 9 offers a number of assessment tools including an online assignment tool for students to submit assignments electronically and a tool for online delivery of tests and surveys. Additionally, UNI has licensed the Turnitin Building Block which gives Blackboard users convenient access to Turnitin's suite of learning tools, including Originality Check (plagiarism prevention) and GradeMark, from within the Bb Learn 9 environment. The workshop will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28. Sign up online.

UNI SPEECH SHOWCASE

The UNI Forensics team will host its annual speech showcase at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, in Lang Auditorium. In 2011, the speech team was 13th in the nation at the AFA-NIET tournament, and two students finished in the top five. Students from UNI's regionally and nationally competitive speech team will perform events that have qualified for nationals. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

THE COLLEGE HILL PARTNERSHIP TO HOST ITS 3RD ANNUAL HILL YES! AUCTION

The College Hill Partnership will host a public auction starting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 5, at Fire and ICE Ultra Lounge on College Hill. A $12 admission can be paid at the door or $10 tickets can be reserved by email before April 2. The night will include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Auction items include area business gift certificates, autographed UNI memorabilia, hotel stays, performing arts tickets, pool party passes and more.

EDUCATING EDUCATORS ABOUT THE LGBTQMMUNITY CONFERENCE

The "Educating Educators about the LGBTQmmunity Conference" is open to UNI pre-service teachers, UNI teacher educators and UNI students. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about creating an inclusive and unbiased lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning classroom environment. Join the Multicultural Teaching Alliance (MTA) and UNI Proud from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 31, in SEC. Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, will kick off the conference, followed by two workshops and a media presentation and panel. The workshops will provide information that is applicable to elementary, middle, secondary and college-level classrooms. There will also be free food and door prizes.  For more information, send an email.

RETIREMENT OPEN HOUSE FOR MARY ANN HESSE

The Graduate College will honor Mary Ann Hesse at a retirement open house from 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 29, in 110 LNG. Stop by and wish Mary Ann well in her retirement after 40 years of service to UNI.

ALPHA DELTA PI SPAGHETTI DINNER

Join the ladies of Alpha Delta Pi from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 29, at St. Stephens Church, for all-you-can-eat spaghetti, raffle baskets, balloon twister, games and a spaghetti-eating contest. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages six through 12; children five and under are free. Buy your tickets before the event and you'll recieve a free raffle ticket. Prices at the door are $7 and $5. Proceeds benefit The Ronald McDonald House Charities.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

TOP FIVE REASONS TO HIRE A UNI PERSONAL TRAINERNEW

1. UNI trainers will design safe and effective programs specific to your individualized goals. 2. UNI trainers will provide motivation and confidence to achieve goals. 3. UNI training sessions can be completed anywhere on the UNI campus around your schedule. 4. UNI training is less expensive than any gym, can be split into multiple payments and can be paid by ubill or payroll deduction. 5. UNI trainers will make the workouts fun and exciting. To sign up or for more information, email Erin Nielsen. If you sign up with a friend, you'll receive 20 percent off.

NEW BLENDED LEARNING LIFEGUARD CLASSNEW

Do you want to become a lifeguard, but can't commit one full weekend for the class? Take a class from 5 to 10 p.m., on Mondays, April 9, 16 and 23, in the WRC. The cost is $150 for UNI students and $160 for non-UNI students. Participants will be required to watch videos and do homework outside of class, but will have the advantage of a shorter class and only have to come once per week, for three weeks. This new innovative way of teaching uses the newly revised American Red Cross Lifeguard Program. Register online or send an email.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

For upcoming lectures, conferences, performing arts or athletic events, please visit the UNI Calendar of Events.

EMPLOYMENT

The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found on the UNI Employment website. Referrals are encouraged.

WELLNESS & RECREATION

Fitness classes, intramural sports, outdoor recreation opportunities.