Inside UNI Faculty/Staff Announcements Archive

Visit the UNI Online archives for information published prior to January 2013.
Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013
Sustainability Conference Poster Request

The April 12 and 13 Sustainability Dialogue & Action Conference is taking applications for display posters from faculty, staff, students and community members. Share your information and research on sustainability topics like energy, agriculture, business, etc. Send a paragraph summary of the poster to by Feb. 10. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Feb. 15. Maximum poster size is 36'' wide and 42'' high; presenters are responsible for printing their own posters.

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013
UNIBusiness Diversity Case Competition - final round

UNIBusiness is holding its second-annual Diversity Case Competition with $5,000 in prizes at stake for winning teams (prize money will be distributed through the Office of Student Financial Aid). The UNI community is invited to attend the final round of competition starting at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, in CBB 109. An awards ceremony and reception will follow in the first floor student lounge of CBB. Learn more at CBB.

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013
Presidential candidate public forum

The public forum for the second UNI presidential candidate will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Commons, Slife Ballroom. The candidate's biography and curriculum vitae are posted on the presidential search website.

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013
Nominations sought for Lux Award

Recognize outstanding undergraduate students for service and leadership to UNI by nominating them for the Lux Service Award and Outstanding Student Leader Awards. Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 22. Additional information is available on the dean of students website.

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013
Save the date for Loewen lecture

UNI will host James W. Loewen, one of the most acclaimed historians and sociologists of race in the United States, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 4, in Lang Hall Auditorium. His lecture will focus on his book "Sundown Towns." Please consider including this lecture in your classes and encourage students to attend. This event is dedicated to the memory of Drake Martin, known for his commitment to diversity inclusion.

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013
Student Employee of the Year

Supervisors, nominate your student employees for the 2012-13 UNI Student Employee of the Year award. Eligibility criteria and nomination forms are available at the financial aid website. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 15.

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013
Seed grants available for research with commercial potential

Grants up to $10,000 are available to faculty and staff for applied research with commercial applications in any field, including information technology, medical technology, biosciences, education, manufacturing, etc. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 22, for March through June 2013 projects. Visit the OSP website or contact Christy Twait with questions.

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013
Inside UNI Submission Forms

Submit your campus announcements to Inside UNI under "Submission Guidelines" on the Inside UNI site. There are two forms for Accolades and Announcements. A third form for feature story ideas and media stories will be coming soon. Submissions are reviewed daily and published based on relevancy and timeliness of the announcement and accolade.

Monday, Jan 28, 2013
Scholastic Book Fair

The UNI Student Reading Association will host the Scholastic Book Fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 4 through 8, in the SEC Lobby.

Monday, Jan 28, 2013
Presidential candidate public forum details

The public forum for the first UNI presidential candidate will be at 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, in the Old Central Ballroom, MAU. The second candidate's forum will be at 2 p.m., Jan. 30, in the Slife Ballroom, COM. The candidates' biographies and curriculum vitae are posted on the presidential search website

Friday, Jan 25, 2013
Second presidential candidate will visit UNI Jan. 30-31

Avijit Ghosh, senior adviser to the president, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will visit campus Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 30 and 31. His public forum will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Commons, Slife Ballroom. His biography, photo and curriculum vitae are posted at the presidential search website.

Friday, Jan 25, 2013
Be alert for computer support scams

There have been multiple illegitimate calls to UNI employees purportedly from technical support. If you are uncertain of the legitimacy of any call from IT staff, politely inform them of your concerns, hang up and call your usual support number. For more information, visit this ITS website.

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013
A Sneak Peek at Inside UNI -- Campus Announcements

In the upcoming Inside UNI emails, a new feature of Inside UNI for Faculty and Staff will be highlighted. Announcements are updated daily now. Faculty and staff are welcome to submit items throughout the week for consideration. Announcements should include significant university news that demonstrates a broad view of campus life. Please note, Inside UNI is not an event calendar or repository for department meetings and workshops. Editors will determine editorial content and timeliness for weekly emails and the Inside UNI site. Contact Liz Conklin or Stacey Christensen with questions.

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013
Performance Appraisal Training sessions
Human Resource Services will provide Performance Appraisal Training for supervisors from 9 to 11 a.m., Feb. 20 and March 1 ; and 1 to 3 p.m., March 6. To register, visit the HRS Training and Development site and click on "Register Online."
Thursday, Jan 24, 2013
Free small business workshops

UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center announces free business workshops for February. For more information and to register, visit JPEC or call 273-JPEC.

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013
Nominations sought for academic advising award

The MWOne UNIque Academic Advising Award ($1,000) is given to one tenured, tenure-track or non-tenured faculty member employed at UNI for at least three years.  Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 8 and can be made by faculty, staff and students.  Additional information is available at the provost's website.

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013
STEM proposals sought

The Governor's STEM Advisory Council is seeking applications to the 2013-14 STEM Scale-Up Program Request for Proposal (RFP). The purpose is to identify high-quality projects that have demonstrated success in increasing student interest and achievement in STEM and can be implemented in any community across the state during the 2013-14 school year. The RFP is available at the governor's STEM site. Submit proposals by Feb. 10.

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013
Panther Caucus - UNI committed to STEM education

UNI faculty, staff and students are working with pre-K through 12 schools to raise student achievement in STEM, inform students of careers in STEM and provide teachers with professional development opportunities in STEM education. Read more in the Panther Caucus.

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013
Show off your organization's diversity work
UNI's  Diversity Town Hall on Feb. 20 will showcase diversity at UNI in a new way. If you would like to share with UNI the work you are doing to make UNI a more welcoming and accepting place, send us your video! Provide your organization's name, what you have done, and how we can learn more about you. Each video should be no more than three minutes long. Send completed videos on a flash drive or CD/DVD by Feb. 4 to Ellie Hail, mail code 0385.  Videos will be showcased at town hall event. For more information, contact Ellie Hail ( or Kofi Sam (
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013
First presidential candidate to visit UNI Jan. 28-29

William N. Ruud, president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, will visit campus Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 28 and 29. His public forum will be at 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, in the Old Central Ballroom, MAU. His biography and curriculum vitae are posted on the presidential search website.

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013
2012 W-2s

W-2s were mailed Jan. 22 to employees not electing to receive an electronic W-2.  Note Box 12 new code DD, cost of employer sponsored health coverage.  This is the employee and employer portion of health insurance provided through UNI and is required information for reporting only, it's not used on your tax return. See payroll website for FAQs.

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013
Hoffman on IPR today

Donna Hoffman, head of political science, will dissect Obama's inauguration speech at noon today on Iowa Public Radio's River to River.

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013
UNI Internet connection running slow today

UNI is experiencing some issues with the UNI network. Faculty, staff and students may notice that the Internet connection is slow. Information technology staff are aware of the issue and are looking into the situation.

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013
Share your honors and achievements

A new feature of Inside UNI is Accolades. If you have an honor, award or significant achievement that hiighlights your or your program, share it here.

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013
Emergency Evacuation Chairs

Twenty-three academic buildings on campus now have emergency evacuation chairs. These chairs are used to move people with a disability or injury down stairwells quickly and safely during an emergency. Cedar Falls Fire Rescue and UNI Police have been trained. Chair locations and a training DVD are on the Environmental Health and Safety website. For more information, contact the EH&S office at 273-7269 or

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013
Proposed policy available for review

UNI is currently developing a policy addressing retaliation and reporting of misconduct. To review this policy, visit the Enterprise Risk Management website. Click on the link "Proposed Policy Review." Comments may be sent to and should be received no later than Friday, Feb. 15. If you have any questions, contact Tim McKenna.

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013
January Fulbright Announcement

The January Fulbright announcement is posted at the international programs website. For more information, contact

Monday, Jan 21, 2013
Free biometric health screening

UNI Employee Wellness is offering a free Biometric Screening to all employees from 7 to 8:30 a.m., on Friday, Feb. 8, in 007/009 GIL. All employees who attend will be entered into a drawing for a 30-minute massage. Visit Human Resources for more information and instructions on how to sign up.

Friday, Jan 18, 2013
Clients sought for workplace communication course

A spring 2013 course in workplace communication is looking for individual and organizational clients that wish to have print and digital publications created, e.g., newsletters, brochures, flyers, websites and more. Contact Adrienne Lamberti for more information.

Thursday, Jan 17, 2013
UNI presidential candidate search

The presidential candidate search schedule has been changed. Candidate one will be on campus Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 28 and 29. The public forum will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom. See the presidential search website for a complete forum schedule.

Thursday, Jan 17, 2013
UNI legislative update

Jeneane Beck, state relations officer for the Board of Regents, State of Iowa and UNI, will periodically post legislative updates at the governmental relations website. The latest update highlights the governor's budget proposal for UNI.

Thursday, Jan 17, 2013
Harassment prevention sessions

Attorney Jill Jensen-Welch will present several sessions of Harassment Prevention training Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 12 and 13. All faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend, especially those in supervisory roles. Several sessions are designated for supervisors only. Preregistration is required at

Thursday, Jan 17, 2013
Biscotti's moves to Shull Hall for spring semester

Biscotti's convenience store and the Redeker computer lab have moved from Redeker Center to Shull Hall for spring semester.  Both will return to Redeker Center next fall in new and expanded space. Campus location, hours and service are posted online.

Thursday, Jan 17, 2013
Panther Caucus - MLK Day

During the legislative session, Panther Caucus will be distributed weekly to legislators, alumni and friends. Thursday's Panther Caucus focuses on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. UNI students, faculty and staff will participate in the MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21, in the Cedar Valley. The event is sponsored by UNI's Student Involvement Center. Learn more at the Panther Caucus website.

Thursday, Jan 17, 2013
Mentors in Violence Prevention

The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Institute, a two-day, interactive training, will take place from 3 to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at the WRC. Register online.

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013
Mandatory reporters of child abuse training

A training session for Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse will be held on Monday, Jan. 28,  from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in 252 SEC. This training should be completed prior to the student teaching semester. Faculty who need this training are also welcome to attend. The session is free, open to anyone and preregistration is not required. For more information, contact JD Cryer, 273-2294.

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013
Continuing & Distance Education online programs

Continuing and Distance Education is offering several new online programs in 2013. To learn more, visit the website

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013
Sign up for WRC fitness classes

New fitness classes begin Jan. 22. Learn more and register online.

Monday, Jan 14, 2013
Live Healthy Iowa 2013

Join thousands of Iowans and the UNI Employee Wellness Committee in Live Healthy Iowa’s 10-week wellness challenge. This team competition tracks activity minutes and/or weight loss. Registration is $15 per participant. Team and individual prizes will be awarded. Visit the HRS website for more information.

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013
UNI Up Close materials

UNI Up Close is Friday, Feb. 15 and 22. If you need assistance with promotional materials, please submit your request to University Relations no later than Friday, Jan. 18.