Inside UNI Faculty/Staff Announcements Archive

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Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Small Group Instructional Diagnosis

Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID) is a simple method of mid-semester classroom evaluation that uses a trained facilitator to conduct a structured discussion with students. If you are interested in having a SGID done in one of your classes, please contact Susan Hill. Note: SGIDs are used to enhance teaching effectiveness and are not official student assessments as designated by Section 3.2 of the Master Agreement.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Thinking About Graduate School (TAGS), Sept. 25

Thinking About Graduate School (TAGS) is from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., Sept. 25, in the Ballroom, MAU. TAGS includes the presentation "The Ins and Outs of Applying to Graduate School," a graduate faculty panel and a UNI Graduate Programs Fair.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Summer Fellowship 2014 applications available

The application cover sheet and instructions to apply for a Summer Fellowship for 2014 are available online. The application deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25. Summer Fellowship awards are competitive and recipients are selected by a faculty committee. Tenure-track and tenured faculty on a full-time appointment at the time of application may apply.  For more information, call Shoshanna Coon at 273-2748.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Social Security and retirement planning

Decisions employees make today can have a tremendous bearing on the total amount of benefits they will receive during their lifetime. A presentation designed to educate and provide insight on Social Security will be from 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, in 009 GIL. Register online. For more information, view the poster.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Using improv techniques to improve teaching

A session on Using Improv Techniques to Improve Teaching will be led by Doug Shaw, mathematics and member of the Half-Masted Improv Troupe, at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, in the CME. This fun session will introduce you to improv techniques and help you to teach "in the moment." Registration is required.

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013
Healthiest State Walk

UNI students, faculty and staff will join thousands of Iowans in a commitment to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016 by participating in the Healthiest State Walk on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Register for the 10 a.m. Maucker Union walk, the 11:30 a.m. Maucker Union walk, the noon McLeod Center walk or the 3 p.m. WRC walk. For more information, contact Human Resource Services at 273-2422. 

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
ISSO presentations for departments

The International Students and Scholars Office would like to explain the services it provides to students, faculty and staff, and advise about responding to the needs of international students and scholars. These presentations are informal, lasting 15 to 30 minutes, followed by Q&A. To book a presentation at your departmental meeting, email Nadia Korobova.

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
Supreme Court panel discussion

Last year the U.S. Supreme Court made major decisions on same-sex marriage, voting rights, affirmative action and other issues. This year, the court will consider cases on campaign finance reform and abortion. As the court begins its 2013 term, John Johnson, history, and Allison Martens and Scott Peters, political science, will explain those decisions, consider what's to come and take questions from the audience at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, in 002 SAB.

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
A Fulbright's experiences in Tunisia

The Office of International Programs will host a visiting Fulbright Ambassador Thursday, Sept. 26. She will share her experiences in Tunisia from noon to 1 p.m., in 109 CME. A Q&A session will follow the presentation; refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
Using 'Turn It In' as a teaching and grading tool

Jason Vetter, educational technology, and Susan Hill, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), will discuss how Turnitin.com can help you teach more efficiently from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept 24, in 138 ITTC. 

Friday, Sep 13, 2013
International Opportunities Fair

The 2013 International Opportunities Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Ballroom, MAU. Learn about study abroad opportunities, financial aid, scholarship, credit transfer, international travel and more. You can also renew an old passport or order a new one. Fee is $110. 

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
Correction: MAP-Works workshop options

If you teach or advise first-year students and would like access to MAP-Works, sign up for an instructional workshop online. Options are at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 18; at 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19; or at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 20.

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
Reminder to RSVP for installation

Faculty and staff who have earned a master's degree or higher are invited to march in the installation procession wearing academic apparel appropriate for their highest degree. If you need to rent apparel, you may do so free of charge through University Book & Supply. Email Sue Sonnenberg (sue@panthersupply.com) at UBS by Wednesday, Sept. 18. Faculty and staff who are marching, regardless of robe needs, still need to RSVP for the event. Your RSVP information is what will be used in the program.

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
Ethics in Organizations Symposium

UNI will co-sponsor a symposium on Oct. 18, focused on ethical issues in academic, business and nonprofit organizations. UNI President Bill Ruud will be the keynote speaker, followed by faculty and community presenters. Registration is required.

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
UNI to host Military and Veterans State conference

UNI will host the annual Military and Veterans State Conference Monday, Sept. 23. The keynote presentation will be given by Meredith Kleykamp, University of Maryland professor of sociology. Breakout sessions will focus on the unique aspects of military and family culture, how colleges and universities can help military members succeed, and tools to help overcome the challenges of transitioning back into civilian life. The conference is free for UNI faculty, staff and full-time students; register online. For more information, contact Julia.Heuer@uni.edu

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
Free flu shots

UNI Employee Wellness is offering free flu shots for all faculty and staff. Select a clinic date and location that is convenient for you; no appointment is needed. The vaccine is available while supplies last. Questions can be directed to hrs-benefits@uni.edu.

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
MAP-Works instructional workshops

MAP-Works is an early intervention system for UNI first-year students, which supports student success and retention. MAP-Works allows faculty and staff to identify students who are struggling during the transition to college, and get them connected to resources early in the semester. If you teach or advise first-year students and would like access to MAP-Works, attend a 60-minute workshop in ITTC 136: Wednesday, Sept. 18, at noon.; Thursday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m.; or Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. Sign up online

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013
Reaching for Higher Ground: Food Matters

The 2013-14 Reaching for Higher Ground project theme is "Food Matters." Please visit the website to learn more about the project and view a list of events. The Reaching for Higher Ground project aims to build a stronger campus community, one more accepting of people of different viewpoints and backgrounds.

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013
Payroll self service direct deposit is available

Employees can set up, or make changes to, their payroll direct-deposit information. Faculty and staff should make changes at least five business days before payday, and students three business days, for it to be effective for that pay date. Instructions are available in the Employee Self Service section of Quick Reference Guides and under How Do I... on the OBO/Payroll website. For more information, contact Sherri Baldwin or 273-2656.

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013
Free biometric health screening

UNI Employee Wellness will offer a free Biometric Health Screening to all employees from 7 to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Sept. 27, in 007 GIL. All employees who attend will be entered into a drawing for a 60-minute Jiva massage. Call Human Resource Services at 273-2423 to schedule an appointment by Sept. 20.

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013
Open forum for Alumni Relations director candidates

The two remaining candidates for the position of director of Alumni Relations will participate in open forums in Maucker Union. Presentations will be from 12:40 to 1:30 p.m., Sept. 12, in the Presidential Room and 1 to 1:50 p.m., Sept. 16, in the Elm Room. Resumes for each candidate will be posted online two days prior to the presentation.

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013
BOR to meet on campus

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Sept. 10 and 11, in the Old Central Ballroom, MAU. The agenda is posted online.

Monday, Sep 9, 2013
Texting in class: does it result in lower grades?

How many faculty have said "Put your cellphones away, please!" Anecdotal evidence suggests that students who text during class may earn lower grades. Dennis Clayson, marketing, will analyze and discuss his research on the effects of texting and multitasking on student learning from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, in 319 CBB. 

Friday, Sep 6, 2013
Panther Plot Harvest Festival

The Panther Plot, the on-campus student vegetable garden, invites all students, staff, faculty and community members to a sampling of local foods, music and garden tours from 4 to 6 p.m., Sept. 12, at the corner of University Avenue and College Street.  

Thursday, Sep 5, 2013
Scott Ketelsen named director of University Relations

Scott Ketelsen has been named director of University Relations. Ketelsen is currently director for Marketing and Media Production at the University of Iowa. He is a 1982 graduate of UNI and a strong Panther supporter. Ketelsen will oversee university communications and marketing efforts to continue to support overall enrollment goals and the university's strategic plan. He will assume his new duties on Sept. 16.

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