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Hello all,

This week is Mom’s Weekend.  The University of Idaho will present some of its highest honors at the Student Achievement Awards in Leadership and Service on Friday, April 17, 2015.  These awards recognize individuals that have made contributions to student activities, campus, and community life.  Twenty different awards will be given to over 50 undergraduate students, from freshmen to seniors. Some of the awards are connected to scholarship funds with over $4,000 being awarded.

Another award ceremony happening this week is the 2015 Virginia Wolf Distinguished Service Awards.  Named after former UI professor Virginia "Ginny" Wolf, this annual awards ceremony honors a student, a staff or faculty member, and a community member whose work reflects commitment to advancing gender justice. 

Have a great week,


EVENTS for April 14-19

Equal Pay Day
Date: Tuesday, April 14
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Idaho Commons
Description: Join the Women’s Center in observing Equal Pay Day. This date symbolizes how far into 2015 women must work to earn what men earned in 2014. The Women's Center will host a table in the Idaho Commons to raise awareness of the wage gap. Wear red to show your support for pay equity and please stop by and see us!
Maximize your Mental Performance: Mental Training for Job Seekers.  A Progressive Workshop Series

Day 1: Goal Setting and Motivation
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: TLC 030
Description: Come learn how proper goal setting can kick start your job search and keep you on the right track. By setting optimal goals for your job search, you can maximize your time and motivation, so that you get the most out of your job search.  Brought to you by the Career Center.

Day 2: Relaxation and Stress Management
Date: Wednesday, April 15
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: TLC 030
Description: Come learn some basic relaxation techniques to help you when the job search process gets stressful. Nervousness and anxiety can be a part of any job search or interview, but you can maximize your performance by appropriately managing your stress levels.  Brought to you by the Career Center.

Day 3: Self-talk and Self-Confidence
Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: TLC 030

Description: Come learn how your self-talk influences your performance and self-confidence during the job search process. Constructive, positive self-talk will help you increase your self-confidence while job searching, during interviews, and when starting a new job.  Brought to you by the Career Center.

'You Hit Like a Girl?'
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: 1912 Center, 412 East Third St.
Description: Dr. Amy Canfield and Dr. Heather Van Mullem examined images of female and male student athletes in the athletics section of yearbooks from 1938-2011 at two high schools in the Northwest. Images were analyzed to explore if presentation of athletes varied by gender. This presentation will use sports as a lens through which to view historical perspectives on women, images of athletes, and opportunities for women athletes specifically. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

Gamma Alpha Omega 12th Annual Courtyard Show
Date: Wednesday, April 15
Time: 3:30pm
Location: Idaho Commons Courtyard
Description: Come join the Ladies of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. Eta chapter for their 12th Annual Courtyard Show.   This is a showcase uniting Multicultural Greeks Fraternities and Sororities on our campus to inform and present their information through skits, stepping, strolling, and saluting.

Panel: Race, Religion and All-star Baseball
Date: Wednesday, April 15
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Great Room of the 1912 Center, Moscow
Description: Major league players baseball players, James "Mudcat" Grant and Vernon Law will discuss their experiences and more, jointed by a sports historian from University of Southern California.  This panel will address historical perspectives on race, religion and adversity in sports – particularly baseball. It will highlight a research project spearheaded by Dan Durbin of the University of Southern California’s Institute of Sports, Media and Society. Durbin has collected oral histories of African-American players who played Major League Baseball (MLB) in the 25 years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947. Free

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Helping Survivors of Human Trafficking
Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: AgSci 106
Description: Margaret Ritchie Distinguished Speaker Series, “MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Helping Survivors of Human Trafficking” panel. Featuring: Linda Eagle Speaker, Director of Sacred Journey Programs, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center; Stephanie Pollaro, Founder of International Sanctuary Mumbai, India and Orange County, CA; Dr. Sonya Meyer, UI, representing Heart Mothers Laramie, Wyoming.  Program presentations followed by Q&A

Rainbow Dance Theatre
Date: Friday, April 17
Time: 7:30pm 
Location: Beasley Coliseum, Pullman
Description: Rainbow Dance Theatre dancing "Over the Rainbow" a selection of pieces ranging from "One Village: Many Tribes" - a salute to world dance; "Mixed Bag" a humorous and delightful look at our love affair with plastic; and "Higgs Bosum" dancers interacting with moveable sets. Described by the Spokesman Review as "A feast for the senses," Rainbow Dance Theatre is stunning, colorful, and packed with visual surprises.  Tickets $14 - $30 available at Festival Dance, TicketsWest, Beasley, and at the door. WSU students free. Group rates for 10 or more available through Festival Dance office 208-883-3267.

OUTLunch-Let’s Talk About Microagressions
Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 12:30 p.m. 
Location: TLC 229 Student Diversity Center
Description: Sometimes we have good intentions when we make comments to others, but we end up upsetting or offending them with what we say.  Let's talk about what we say and how we say it and come up with some ideas about how to be better allies and help others be better allies to us.  Dawn Bates from the Counseling and Testing Center will lead the lunch.  

Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 11:00 am -3:00 pm
Location: Idaho Commons Courtyard
Description: Join the Brothers of Lambda Theta Phi, Latin Fraternity, Inc. for our Pie-A-Lambda and Friends Event! Everyone is invited to support your favorite Lambdas by pieing us! Come of our UI staff members will be graciously supporting our efforts by agreeing to be pied.  In addition to pieing our undergraduate brothers, you can look forward to pieing: Javier Garcia: Office of Multicultural Affairs, Leathia Botello: Office of Multicultural Affairs, Marisol Lara: Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Patrick Muteba (1:30pm - 3:00pm).  Pieing will be charged by distance to the person being pied. The furthest line away will be $1, the next line up will be $3 and the absolute closest (ideal distance to pie someone in the face without missing) will be $5. Learn more on Facebook »

TEDxUIdaho 2015
Date: Saturday April 18
Time: 10 am-12:30 pm
Description: TEDxUIdaho features inspiring talks and great performances from members of the University of Idaho community from a variety of backgrounds. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading,TEDxUIdaho will be on April 18.  Due to limited seating for the TEDxUIdaho 2015, the TEDxUIdaho Team has put together a live streaming event in the Food Court for those who couldn't register to attend the event. Live stream attendees will also interact with speakers and other attendees in a relaxed intimate setting with light refreshments provided. Speakers include: Larry Forney, Rodney Frey, Deepak Dhingra, Luciano Marazzo, Faith Shier, Kwapi Vengasayi, Kristin Shaffer,  Shuai Li, Jessica Kovac.   Learn more on Facebook »


OELA Raffle-April 1-30.  5 lucky winners will choose from a Vandal Gift basket,   Gift Certificates for two at La Madrid, Gift Certificates for two at Smokey Mountain, Taco Lunch for two at the OELA booth at the Ren Fair, and Tow movie Tickets to Village Center Cinemas.  Help OELA fundraise for their annual Vandal Challenge Leadership Conference.  1 ticket for $1 or 6 for $5.  Contact OELA or stop by OMA for tickets.

Are You Looking for Jobs and Internships?  Do you have a job lined up for the summer? Perhaps you may be seeking another internship for additional experience? Hire a Vandal has lots of job and internships postings just for you. Simply log into your Hire a Vandal student account!

Transgender Clothing Exchange- A financial cost for many people who are transitioning is clothing! Help out by donating clothes you don't need or want anymore to this clothing exchange. Help those transitioning wear the clothes that make them feel most comfortable without the cost of buying a new wardrobe.  The exchange will take place on Monday, April 20th from 5 PM to 7 PM in the Student Diversity Center (TLC 229).  This exchange is a collaboration between the LGBTQA Office and the Gender and Sexuality Alliance.  Please contact Julia with questions.

Got Sex? 'Let's Talk Toys!'- April 23 from 5:30 - 7 pm in Memorial Gym 109.  Toys to enjoy with others and toys to enjoy on your own! Join us as we welcome staff from Moscow's only adult entertainment and souvenir shop, Eclectica. They'll bring sex toys from the store for a fun and informative show and tell. Free snacks provided. All are welcome!

• Join the Women’s Center for a photo shoot on April 21st anytime between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please come to the Women’s Center (Memorial Gym 109) with your group of friends and let your pictures be taken for some new posters for the Women’ Center. These pictures will be used in some new posters the Women’s Center is creating and we want to make sure that all students from U of I are included in our pictures. The Women’s Center is a place for all students to come and enjoy. If you can make it please e-mail me, Christina, and confirm a time. Anyone is welcome to come. Thank you for all your support and we look forward to seeing you.  

Teacher Fair- Thursday, May 14, from 2 – 5pm in the International Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center.  Education employers will be on campus to recruit for internships, full-time career positions and seasonal employment. Visit the Career Center website to view a list of participating organizations. Dress professionally. Bring several copies of your resume! 

Apply now to be an SFA staff member or intern in Immokalee!  The Student/Farmworker Alliance is seeking an Immokalee-based staff member to help coordinate the national Campaign for Fair Food. Staff members are compensated with a modest, livable salary with health benefits. A commitment of a least two years and proficiency in English/Spanish are required.  Intern Position-The ally team is seeking 1-2 summer interns. Interns should be flexible to organize with a diverse array of Fair Food allies including but not limited to students and youth, communities of faith, and food justice organizations.  Deadline for the staff and Intern applications- April 30, 2015.

• The Exquisite Ladies of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. are PRESELLING original glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts for the price of $10 per box. Pre-sale is from April 1st- April 15th. The delivery date is April 20th, 2015.  If you are interested you can contact any GAO member, text or call (909)733-2502 or (208)260-2956, or email

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