Inside UNI Faculty/Staff Announcements Archive

Visit the UNI Online archives for information published prior to January 2013.
Thursday, Feb 28, 2013
Innovative investing seminar

TIAA CREF's director of global private markets will present "Innovative Investing: TIAA's Alternative Investments" on Monday, March 11. There will be a reception with refreshments from 5 to 6 p.m. and the seminar is from 6 to 7 p.m., in 009 GIL. Visit Human Resources for additional information and to RSVP.

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013
Panther Caucus - keeping tuition affordable

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, is committed to keeping tuition affordable for Iowa students. If Iowa's public universities receive a 2.6 percent increase in state funding as well as a $4 million special appropriation for UNI, the Regents have vowed to freeze tuition for in-state undergraduate students next fall. Read more at the Panther Caucus.

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013
Maintenance to SIS Applications

The following SIS systems will be unavailable for application patches from 4 to 7 a.m., Saturday, March 2: the MyUNIverse Portal, the SIS CRM application and the Campus Solutions application. This includes the online application for admissions and the online class search. A restart of the databases will be included in this update. There will be a follow-up announcement when maintenance is complete. If you have any problems or questions, contact Travis Horvatich.

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013
Night classes canceled as of 5 p.m. today

Night classes are canceled as of 5 p.m., today, due to severe weather. For more information about cancelations or postponed events, visit

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013
Safety resources for slips and falls

Read more about safety tips to prevent slips and falls. Employees who are injured on the job should report the injury to their supervisor, no matter how minor the injury may be. The supervisor will complete the Employer's First Report of Injury Form and will email it to

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013
Mini-grants available for Reaching for Higher Ground projects

Reaching for Higher Ground mini-grants are available to support academic year activities and programming planned around the 2013-14 theme Food Matters. The grants range from $250 to $1,000. The application deadline is March 29.

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013
Conference on distance education set for March 27

A conference on Perspectives in Quality Online Teaching and Learning will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 27. This distance education conference highlights quality online instruction and student interaction. The keynote speaker is Lawrence Ragan, World Campus, Penn State University. UNI faculty and staff will present a variety of breakout sessions. The conference is free and lunch is included.

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013
March 6 teacher education announcement

President Allen invites faculty, staff and students to join him along with Gov. Branstad and distinguished guests at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom, for a special announcement and celebration of a milestone moment for teacher education at UNI. The announcement will have a significant impact on students pursuing education careers and for faculty teaching and research. Guests are encouraged to show their UNI spirit by wearing casual purple attire. A reception will follow.

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013
Blue Zones Project - campus blitz week

All employees are invited to join UNI Employee Wellness and the Cedar Falls Blue Zones Project team the week of March 4 to learn more about the Blue Zones Project and how you can live a longer, healthier and happier life. Visit the Human Resources website for more information on when and where Blue Zones Project representatives will be stationed around campus during the week. Visit with a representative, pledge your support for the project and receive a free T-shirt.

Monday, Feb 25, 2013
TIAA CREF consultations

A TIAA-CREF consultant will be visiting campus March 6, 7, 20 and 21 to provide one-on-one counseling sessions. Common questions and topics covered during sessions include: Am I on track for retirement? Can I add more to my retirement plan and how do I start this? Is my current mix of investments appropriate? Register online or call 800-732-8353.

Monday, Feb 25, 2013
The Panther Plot information session

The Panther Plot is an initiative to establish a sustainable, on-campus student vegetable garden this spring. An information session will be held at 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, in the Presidential Room, MAU. For more information, contact

Friday, Feb 22, 2013
UNI classes and business operations delayed

UNI classes and normal business operations will begin at 10 am. today, Friday, Feb. 22, due to severe weather. Essential staff should maintain their usual schedule.

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013
WRC hours affected by the weather

The UNI Wellness/Recreation Center will close at 9 p.m. tonight, Feb. 21. Friday morning, WRC opening and activities will be determined prior to 5:30 a.m. and posted on the UNI home page, UNI Wellness/Recreation Center facebook page and on the WRS Info Line, 273-2391. Health Beat will remain open until 6:30 p.m. today.

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013
UNI night classes canceled

UNI classes will be canceled as of 5 p.m. today, Feb. 21, due to the weather. If there are any events scheduled for tonight or tomorrow that will be postponed or canceled, please let UR know immediately. Send information to Liz Conklin at 273-6728 or These announcements will be included on the UNI home page.

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013
Child Development Center Open House - SAVE THE DATE

The UNI Child Development Center will host an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7, located at 1901 Campus Street. Enter through the north door by the track and fieldhouse. Informal tours will be provided of the renovated space and brief remarks will be made by Dwight Watson, dean of the College of Education, at 6:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013
NABL partners with Iowa business

UNI's National Ag-Based Lubricants Center (NABL) announced a licensing agreement with Marion Mixers that could revolutionize the food processing industry. Read more at Panther Caucus.

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013
NSSE provides a picture of student life at UNI

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) provides information about UNI student experiences, inside and outside of the classroom.
See the NSSE website for details and data. Please encourage seniors and first-year students to complete NSSE.

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013
Student Disability Services awareness opportunities

Student Disability Services will give free hot chocolate and information about disabilities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 outside of the Student Health Center.  

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013
Summer conferences -- housing and dining

Information about campus housing and dining for summer conferences and workshops is available at DOR. Please submit your requests by spring break for the best availability. For more information, contact David Schmid at 319-273-7894. 

Monday, Feb 18, 2013
National Science Foundation proposals

<p>The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will provide a brief overview of changes to the National Science Foundation proposal process from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the State College Room, MAU.</p>

Monday, Feb 18, 2013
Faculty development--helping students in distress

David Towle, counseling center, and Leslie Williams, student affairs, will discuss how faculty can help distressed students get appropriate mental health services and how to address disruptive behavior in the classroom. The session is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Center for Multicultural Education. Refreshments will be provided.

Monday, Feb 18, 2013
Cedar Valley Conference on Human Rights

The Cedar Valley Conference on Human Rights, co-sponsored by the UNI Center for Multicultural Education and the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, will take place Friday, March 1 on the UNI campus.  There is no registration fee.  More information and registration are online. 

Monday, Feb 18, 2013
Living Lands & Waters founder to speak at UNI

Chad Pregracke will speak at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Lang Auditorium. Pregracke has created a social movement around improving the quality of our nation's rivers with his organization, Living Lands & Waters

Friday, Feb 15, 2013
Deadline approaching for Lux nominations

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.

Friday, Feb 15, 2013
Climate change and the Obama Administration

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a live conference call from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Room 203C, WRC, with Michael Levi, the senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Levi will speak to climate change and the Obama Administration. Q&A opportunity to follow.

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
New UNI policies

The following polices are new: 9.81 on University Communication and 13.20 on the Duty to Report Child Abuse.

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
2013-14 Reaching for Higher Ground

Learn how you can get involved with the upcoming 2013-14 Reaching for Higher Ground: Food Matters project. A campus-wide informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, in the GBPAC Lobby. For more information, contact

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
UNI welcome reception for incoming President Ruud

Faculty, staff and students are invited to a campus welcome reception for incoming President William Ruud, from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in the GBPAC Lobby. The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber will host a community-wide welcome event for the Ruuds this summer.

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
Panther Caucus - celebrating Black History Month

The latest Panther Caucus highlights a sample of events hosted by UNI during Black History Month. From the African-American Read-In to the kick-off of International Pretty Brown Girl Day, UNI has much to celebrate.

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
Town Hall meeting on diversity

UNI's Annual Diversity Town Hall will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Ballroom, MAU. A Diversity Fair will precede the event from 1 to 2 p.m., also in the Ballroom. James Bonilla, an internationally recognized consultant on diversity in higher education, from Hamline University, will be the keynote speaker. More information is posted on the Diversity Matters website

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
Free anxiety screening

Learn about signs and symptoms of anxiety and take a free screening at the UNI Counseling Center on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Screenings will be offered at 10 and 11 a.m., and at 1 and 2 p.m.  No registration is needed. For more information, contact Gretchen Honsell at 273-2676.

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013
Pre-tenure fellowship awards

The executive vice president and provost has funding available for a limited number of summer fellowship awards, reserved for faculty members on the tenure track, to support scholarly, research and/or creative work to assist with tenure review. Completed applications are due in the provost's office by Friday, March 15.

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013
Donna Hoffman will be guest on IPR today

UNI political science department head Donna Hoffman will be a guest on IPR's Talk of Iowa this morning at 10 a.m. She will discuss the State of the Union speech and its significance. 

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013
Darwin Week to educate community on variety of topics

Darwin Week lectures will be presented from 2 to 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18 through Thursday, Feb. 21, in the CME. Speakers will discuss topics related to skepticism, humanism, science and education. The lecture schedule is posted on the Darwin Week website

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013
Small Group Instructional Diagnosis

Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID) is a method of course evaluation that uses an outside facilitator to conduct a discussion with students and to provide feedback to an instructor, usually midway through a course. SGIDs are used to improve teaching, develop ideas for strengthening a course and enhance communication between students and teachers. If you are interested in having a SGID in one of your courses this semester, contact Susan Hill, by March 1.

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013
Strategies for getting the papers you want to grade

A common complaint from faculty is that students don't know how to carry out research successfully. Karen Tracey, languages and literatures, offers strategies to guide students to completing the kind of research papers that faculty want to read. The session will be from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18, in the Oak Room, MAU. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013
Faculty development--Poll Everywhere

Have you ever wanted to get an idea about whether your students understand a point you're trying to make? Poll Everywhere uses cell phones, tablets or computers to poll students in class.  Jason Vetter, educational technology, will demonstrate the system for faculty from noon to 1p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, in 136 ITTC.

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013
Imagine the Impact Campaign ends with success

Many thanks to the campus community for sending the Imagine the Impact Campaign over the top by $8 million. The campaign ended Dec. 31, 2012. The total raised was $157,857,609.48. Read impact stories at the foundation website.

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013
Student Employee of the Year nominations deadline

The deadline to submit nominations for Student Employee of the Year is Friday, Feb. 15. Criteria and nomination forms are available at the financial aid website.

Monday, Feb 11, 2013
UNI Up Close agenda

Welcome our prospective students and families! UNI Up Close is a visit day planned specifically for admitted high school seniors and transfer students on Friday, Feb. 15 and 22. The agenda is posted at the admissions website

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013
William Ruud named next UNI president

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, named William Ruud as the next UNI president. For more information about Ruud, visit the presidential search site.

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013
Emergency procedures flier

A new UNI Emergency Procedures flier will soon be posted in all UNI classrooms by the Office of the Registrar. Additionally, all department heads have received, or will receive, a sample flier from their respective VP or dean. Please post the flier in the appropriate gathering spaces associated with your department -- such as conference rooms, break rooms, etc. The goal is wide-spread distribution.

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013
Panther Caucus - UNI Day At Capitol

President Allen will host the inaugural UNI Day at the Capitol from 1 to 3 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 11. More than 15 current state legislators are UNI graduates. Read more at Panther Caucus.

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013
Provost's Awards for Excellence in Teaching with Technology

Applications/nominations are now being taken for the Provost's Awards for Excellence in Teaching with Technology. The awards recognize and encourage UNI faculty committed to effective instructional technologies that enhance learning for students at UNI. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., March 1. Details are available in this Google Doc

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013
John Deere Supply Chain Forum

All students, faculty, and staff interested in transportation and the global market are invited to the John Deere Supply Chain Forum, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Slife Ballroom, COM. Register online.

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013
UNI presidential search narrows to two candidates

Avijit Ghosh, one of the three final candidates for UNI president has withdrawn his candidacy. Read the announcement here.

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013
UNI presidential candidate forms due

The candidates' biographies and curriculum vitae are posted on the presidential search website. Candidate evaluation forms are due no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013
New UNI president to be named Feb. 7

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa will select the next UNI president at its Thursday, Feb. 7 meeting in Des Moines. The formal introduction of the 10th UNI president is scheduled to take place shortly after the conclusion of the meeting. The announcement will be streamed live on the Internet. The streaming link is located on the BOR home page.

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013
A sneak peek at Inside UNI - resources

Check out the links under the resource boxes on the Inside UNI for Faculty and Staff page. From HR information to health and wellness, get great information for work and life at UNI.

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013
Job shadowing opportunity for faculty and staff

The UNI Educational Talent Search program is in need of faculty and staff volunteers to provide a job shadowing experience for students from Central (Feb. 28) and Carver Middle Schools (April 9) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., on the UNI campus. The students will ask questions about job responsibilities and education. Faculty and staff are invited to join students for lunch (at no charge) if their schedule permits. If you are interested or need more information, email Ruthie Stigler at by Thursday, Feb. 21 or call 433-1220.