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Monday, May 4, 2009

NEWS:

SWINE FLU UPDATE:

The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally. The Iowa Department of Public Health is monitoring the state and will give direction to healthcare providers as needed. For additional information regarding swine flu, visit http://www.uni.edu/health/.

 

BUDGET UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT ALLEN:

The total reduction UNI faces for fiscal 2010 is $15.9 million. This is a consequence of a reduction in General-Fund state appropriations and expected cost increases in financial aid set-aside, utilities, merit staff step-pay increases and faculty promotions. We are grateful that one-time federal stimulus money will be made available to UNI. The combination of the stimulus funds and new tuition revenue will significantly reduce UNI's budget shortfall. For the full update, visit http://weblogs.uni.edu/budget/

 

STUDENT PAYROLL -- MANDATORY DIRECT DEPOSIT:

Beginning with the July 15 payday, all UNI student employees will be required to use direct deposit as the method of receiving their pay. If you will work at UNI this summer or fall you must complete a Direct Deposit of Payroll Authorization Form and submit it to Payroll, Office of Business Operations, 103 GIL, zip 0008 by Wednesday, July 1. Paychecks can be direct deposited into any bank/credit union in the U.S. Visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/payroll for a list of local institutions which offer no- or low-fee accounts. For the Direct Deposit of Payroll Authorization Form, visit https://access.uni.edu/forms/index.shtml#D

 

SIGN UP FOR DIRECT DEPOSIT FOR FINANCIAL AID:

Student Accounts would like to emphasize the benefits of direct deposit of Financial Aid or any other type of refund check. Eliminate the risk of a lost or delayed check and sign up for direct deposit on MyUNIverse.

 

PREVIEW THE NEW AND IMPROVED PANTHER PROWLER:

The library's Panther Prowler will get a makeover this summer. The new interface features a cleaner, more intuitive look and feel, easier how-to-cite functionality and a shorter click path to the articles and books found in your research. To view the Panther Prowler, on-campus users can go to http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/xerxes/ui/ and off-campus users should visit http://0-web1.lib.uni.edu.unistar.uni.edu/gateway/xerxes/ui/. Leave comments at http://www.uni.edu/caswell/web/comment/

 

PANTHER PICK-UP:

Instead of tossing unwanted items when you move out, donate them to local charitable organizations. On-campus collections will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 6 through May 8. For more information, go to www.uni.edu/pantherpickup.

 

WOOD FURNITURE LIVE AUCTION:

A live auction featuring approximately 35 old wood furniture pieces will take place at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, May 7, at the UNI surplus store in Warehouse 1. Many of these pieces are antiques or more than 50 years old and will be sold "as is." A valid picture ID is required to be a registered bidder and all items must be paid for with cash or (good) check before removal. Removal must be completed by 3 p.m. Thursday, May 7 or arrangements must be made with warehouse personnel for later removal. Contact Vince with questions at 273-3527 or vince.heuer@uni.edu. Photos and more information are at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/auctioninfo.shtml

 

STUDY ABROAD IS ON FACEBOOK:

Become a fan of UNI Study Abroad Center and learn about upcoming events, newsletters, post pictures or talk to peer advisers.

 

DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT POLICY:

The UNI Discrimination and Harassment Policy was recently revised. The policy is available on the Web at http://www.uni.edu/president/policies/1302.shtml. Please call the Office of Compliance and Equity Management at 273-2846 with any questions.

 

EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTER HAS NEW WEB SITE:

Visit the Executive Development Center's new Web site at http://www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev and see management and leadership training workshops and certificate programs offered. To register for any of the training programs, call 273-5851, e-mail execdev@UNI.edu or enroll through the Web site.

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT:

To see what the university community can do to help maintain, protect and restore the water quality of streams, lakes and rivers in Iowa, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ehso/index.shtml. Click on "Stormwater Management" and then "Stormwater Management Training Video." Call the Environmental Health and Safety Office at 273-7269 with questions.

 

FINALS PACKAGES:

Treat a friend to a finals package available at Essentials in Maucker Union. Packages include a pen, mechanical pencil, notecards, highlighter, beverage, candy and snack crackers in a colorful bag for $6.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES:

CONTINUING & DISTANCE EDUCATION OFFERS CONVENIENCE AND FLEXIBILITY:

Enroll today for summer credit courses and workshops, including Personal Wellness, Digital Photography & Photoshop Basics, vBusiness Strategies via SecondLife®, Archaeological Field Experience and more. Learn more at http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/summer09. Enroll in Guided Independent Study at any time, take up to nine months to complete a course and work at your own pace. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/gis.

 

MANDATORY REPORTERS OF CHILD ABUSE TRAINING:

A training session for individuals who are mandatory reporters of child abuse will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 7, in SEC 245. Students who plan to take Level II courses during the fall semester will need to have completed this training prior to the start of their field experience at Malcolm Price Laboratory School. Fall student teachers are also encouraged to attend. Other teacher education students and the public are welcome to attend this free training session; no preregistration is required. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education. For more information, contact Melissa Heston (273-2236 or heston@uni.edu).

 

VIRTUAL CAREER CENTER AVAILABLE:

The UNI Alumni Association and UNI Career Services have partnered with CareerBeam®, LLC to offer a new virtual career success center, a free service for UNI alumni and students. CareerBeam offers company and industry research tools, international databases and lead generation technology available in the market. The success center also has a career development seminar series offering assessments, professional resume and cover letter builders and search strategy resources. Visit the Alumni Career Center at www.unialum.org/career.

 
INTERNSHIPS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:

Internships are available working with U.S. Military Child Development Centers in Germany, Italy, England, Belgium, Hawaii and Florida for fall semester 2009. Travel, housing and a living stipend are paid. The internship includes 12 credit hours (undergraduate or graduate) from UNI. Students are eligible to apply for an education award of $1,250 from AmeriCorps*ProCorps. Prior experience working with children is required. To apply, e-mail Susan Edginton at Susan.Edginton@uni.edu. Briefly describe your experience working with children as well as your educational background. The subject line should say: UNI/OL

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):

SPECIAL EVENTS:

WINE & TULIPS TICKETS ON SALE:

Savor the flavor of wines from around the world as the Friends of KUNI/KHKE present the 24th annual "An Evening in Celebration of Wine & Tulips" to benefit Iowa Public Radio. The celebration will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 9, at Park Place Event Centre in Cedar Falls. Advance tickets are $35 per person and $45 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase by phone at (800)772-2440, ext. 0 and online at www.iowapublicradio.org. The ticket price includes an etched souvenir wine glass and a detailed wine guide. Advance tickets also are available at Indulgence (305 Main St.) and Roots Market (2021 Main St.) in Cedar Falls.

 

VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROJECT:

Join faculty, coaches, staff and campus professionals from the Regent campuses on Friday, May 15 as UNI hosts "Engaging Men in Preventing and Taking a Stand Against Gender Violence." The conference is open to all, but is geared toward individuals on campus who work with male college students. Increase knowledge and skills on how to engage in conversations with men on campuses about the issues of gender violence and how to work with them to help ensure campuses are safe places for all. For more information, e-mail michael.fleming@uni.edu or harry.brod@uni.edu. To register for this free conference, e-mail Jennifer Crawford at jcrawf@uni.edu.

 

IOWA ELECTRATHON KICKS OFF AT HAWKEYE DOWNS SPEEDWAY:

UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, along with sponsorship from Alliant Energy and the Iowa Energy Center, will host the first Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon competition of the season on Saturday, May 16, at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids. The braking and handling competitions will start at 10 a.m., the hot laps at 12:15 p.m. and the endurance competition at 2 p.m. The Iowa Electrathon is quiet and pollution free -- the cars are powered by two automobile batteries The race is an endurance competition in which the car completing the most laps in one hour wins. For further information, call 273-7142, e-mail electrathon@uni.edu or visit http://www.ceee.uni.edu/Home/Programs/Education/Education/Electrathon/tabid/323/Default.aspx.

 

SLOW FOOD TO FAST FOOD: THE WAY IOWANS ATE:

Experience Iowans' dining past through historic photos, tableware, linens and more from each decade at this exhibit, Monday, June 8 through Saturday, Aug. 15, at the University Museum. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/museum

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

ART EXHIBITION:

"M.A. Thesis Exhibition and B.F.A. Exhibition," will be displayed through Saturday, May 9. The exhibitors are Jorge E. Zapata Garcés (M.A., painting), Angela Eloise Fitkin (B.F.A., graphic design) and Valeria Nekhaeva (M.A., graphic design). Exhibitions are free and open to the public. 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. The gallery is located on the main floor of the KAB.

 

DEATH PERCEPTION: THE SCIENCE OF FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY EXHIBIT:

Learn how forensic anthropologists inspect and analyze human skeletal remains to identify the deceased and determine the cause of death at the University Museum through Saturday, May 16. Visit www.uni.edu/museum for more information.

 

'SECRETS OF THE DEAD: GANGLAND GRAVEYARD':

See "Secrets of the Dead: Gangland Graveyard" at 1:30 p.m, Saturday, May 9, at the University Museum. Part story, part true-life drama, this series unearths evidence from around the world challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events. Using the most up-to-date science in the laboratory and in the field, scientists, anthropologists and researchers examine the missing pieces of each puzzle, completing the picture of what had been merely an assemblage of suppositions. Run-time is 60 minutes.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

THE CULINARY ART OF RESTAURANT MARKETING WEBINAR:

Attend a Webinar at 7 p.m., Monday, May 4. Ivan Wieland, the proprietor of Toad's Bar and Grill and the Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill, will discuss how to brand and market a restaurant from the presentation on the plate to advertising on the radio. To attend the Webinar, visit www.myentre.net. Call 273-4329 or e-mail jessica.rich@uni.edu with questions.

 

DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Monday, May 11, at the UNI Museum to discuss "A Long Way Gone" by Ishmael Beah. The book describes his three years as a boy soldier during Sierra Leone's brutal civil war. All are welcome, having read the book or not.

PERFORMING ARTS:

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Bob Black & Banjoy will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, May 4, at KUNI's Studio One. Banjoy plays everything from classic bluegrass and gospel songs to originals and instrumentals. "Live from Studio One" hosts performances by (mostly) acoustic musicians in an intimate setting. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.


UNI CHILDREN'S CHOIR SPRING CONCERT:

The UNI Children's Choir will offer its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 8, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall under the direction of Michelle Swanson. This event is free and open to the public.

 

UNI SUZUKI SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT:

The UNI Suzuki School will offer a spring concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 17, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

DE-STRESS DAYS:

Get a free mini-back or -hand massage, play with kittens and dogs or walk through a labyrinth at De-Stress Days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 6, in Maucker Union. Provided by Wellness and Recreation Services.

 

REGISTER NOW FOR SUMMER FITNESS/LEISURE CLASSES:

Register today for summer fitness and leisure classes that begin Monday, May 11. Classes include UNI TRI group triathlon training, Hip Hop with an African twist, Latin Dance, Tai Chi, yoga and pilates. Visit
http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitness/classes.html for more information.

 

SMOKING CESSATION ASSISTANCE:

As the cost of tobacco increases, now may be the time to "kick the habit." Assistance and resources are available through Wellness and Recreation Services. Visit WRC 104, e-mail kathy.green@uni.edu or call 273-6921 for more information.

HOURS:

PANTHER SHUTTLE/SAFE RIDE HOURS:

http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/panthershuttle.php

 

LIBRARY HOURS: FOR FINAL EXAM WEEK:

http://www.library.uni.edu/libinfo/hours_special.shtml#springfinals

 
MAUCKER UNION HOURS:

http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/hrs-bcurrent.shtml

 

WELLNESS/RECREATION CENTER HOURS:

http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/hours/index.html

 

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