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News Brief

September 14, 2003
Contact: 

James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
Roger Kueter, head, Department of Teaching; and director, Office of Student Field Experience, (319) 273-2203
Renee Romano, vice president for Educational & Student Services, (319) 273-2331
Gary Shontz, controller, (319) 273-
Kamyar Enshayan, CEEE, (319) 273-7575
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382
Cliff Chancy, head, Department of Physics, (319) 273-2420
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382
Jan Flick, benefits manager, Office of Human Resource Services, (319) 273-2824
Philip Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2283
Phil Mauceri, associate professor of political science, (319) 273-2039

Board of Regents to meet at ISU

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 16 and 17 at Iowa State University, in Ames. Several issues pertaining to UNI will be on the docket. These items are scheduled to be discussed on Wednesday. Specific times are unknown.

1. Annual institutional reports on Academic Program Review -- To be discussed by Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Background materials will be provided at the meeting.

Highlights:

a) UNI accounting program

- UNI is No. 1 in the nation for first-time pass rate on the CPA exam -- 56.4 percent (source: National Assoc. of State Boards of Accountancy)

- Fall 2002 -- 674 accounting majors enrolled

- Accounting is the third-largest major at UNI

Contact:

Gerald Smith, head, Department of Accounting, (319) 273-6345



b) UNI Office of Student Field Experience (OFSE) -- student teaching

- UNI's program is viewed as one of the best in the nation

- UNI contracts with 217 school districts and private schools in Iowa to place approximately 700 student teachers annually

- UNI uses tenured faculty as field supervisors -- very few teacher preparation programs use this approach

Contact:

Roger Kueter, head, Department of Teaching; and director, Office of Student Field Experience, (319) 273-2203

2. Annual study on tuition policies and rates

- In 2002, the Board of Regents directed its universities to separate student fees from tuition

- Most of UNI's student fees will increase slightly, based on inflation

- UNI's student government (NISG) supports this approach

- A byproduct of this process has been the 'Panther Pass,' which gives students increased access to campus events

Contact:

Renee Romano, vice president for Educational & Student Services, (319) 273-2331

3. Annual investment and cash management report

Contact:

Gary Shontz, controller, (319) 273-3576

4. Annual energy conservation report

- UNI is know for its approach to energy conservation

- The UNI Physical Plant, in cooperation with the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) has undertaken a new project to find ways to help UNI save energy and money

- Highlights of other research being done:

1. Computer electricity use study by college

2. Monitoring electricity used by lights in the UNI-Dome and Lang Hall

3. Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center -- identified $2,500 annual savings just for lobby lights

4. Testing new showerheads in the Wellness/Recreation Center

Contact:

Kamyar Enshayan, CEEE, (319) 273-7575

5. Final requests for operating and capital appropriations

- Physics building renovation -- 1906 building, last updated in 1930s. Needs renovation to bring it up to par with 21st century

- Physics is one of UNI's fastest growing areas of study, including cutting-edge undergraduate courses such as nanoscience and materials science

- Electrical distribution system -- upgrade to meet current and future needs

Contacts:

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

Cliff Chancy, head, Department of Physics, (319) 273-2420

6. Annual five-year capital program

Contact:

Tom Schellhardt, vice president for Administration & Finance, (319) 273-2382

7. Annual report on phased and early retirement programs

- The current Early Retirement Incentive plan is only open to faculty and staff who were eligible on June 30, 2002. These people will have until June 30, 2004 to retire.

- 24 UNI faculty and staff members retired in fiscal year 2003 under the Early Retirement Incentive plan.

- There are no current proposals for a new incentive plan.

- 20 UNI faculty and staff retired without the incentive plan.

- One faculty member elected to begin phased retirement in fiscal year 2003. A total of 13 faculty and staff will begin phased retirement in fiscal year 2004.

Contact:

Jan Flick, benefits manager, Office of Human Resource Services, (319) 273-2824

8. Annual report of registrars and admissions officers

Contact:

Philip Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2283

9. Center for International Peace and Security Studies

- The center would be housed in the Department of Political Science, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

- One of its goals -- foster the development of academic experiences and internships for students in the areas of international peace and security studies

Contact:

Phil Mauceri, associate professor of political science, (319) 273-2039