Inside UNI Faculty/Staff Announcements Archive

Visit the UNI Online archives for information published prior to January 2013.
Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013
Public lecture on the Affordable Care Act

"Death Panels, Soaring Costs and the Nanny State: Separating Truth from Fiction in What Obamacare Means to You," a presentation by Francis Degnin, philosophy and specialist in bio-medical ethics; at 4 p.m., Nov. 15,  in 115 SRL.

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013
Biometric health screening

UNI Employee Wellness will offer a free Biometric Health Screening to all employees on Friday, Nov. 22 from 7 to 8:45 a.m., in 007 GIL. This screening determines your overall health and assesses your risk for medical conditions, and it's a proven way to save on future health care expenses. Visit UNI Employee Wellness to access the online registration form and view the FAQs. Register before Friday, Nov. 15.

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013
Call for nominations & save the date

The Diversity Council is accepting nominations for the 2014 Diversity Matters Award. This award is presented annually in recognition of dedication and service to UNI in advancement of its diversity-related goals. Those eligible include faculty, staff, students and community members. Recommendations for the award are made to the president who makes the final selection. Additional information and the nomination form are available online. Deadline for nominations is midnight, Thursday, Dec. 12. Awards will be presented at the Town Hall Meeting on Diversity, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22. A Diversity Fair will precede the event from 1 to 2 p.m. Both events will be at the Old Central Ballroom, MAU.

Monday, Nov 11, 2013
Open enrollment Q&A session

All employees are invited to stop into Gilchrist 009, Tuesday, Nov. 12, between 2 and 4 p.m. or from 5 to 6 p.m. to speak with a member of the UNI benefits team about your options during open enrollment. For more information, visit the HRS website. Questions can be directed to hrs-benefits@uni.edu.

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013
Student outcome assessments: Why bother?

A faculty panel will discuss the usefulness of good student outcome assessments and how to develop practices that can improve programs and teaching at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in 425 SEC. More information is posted on the provost's website

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013
Online Course Development Awards - summer/fall 2014

The Office of Continuing and Distance Education is accepting proposals for course development awards for faculty interested in converting an existing course to a fully online format using UNI's eLearning system. Proposals for summer and fall 2014 courses are due Nov. 22. Guidelines and a proposal form are posted online. For details, contact Belle Cowden at 273-7211.

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013
$5,000 available for Community Engagement Fellowship

A maximum of $5,000 is available for faculty to apply for a Community Engagement Fellowship. Complete the application and submit to the president's office by Dec. 2. Funds will be disbursed in December for a spring 2014 project to a faculty member working with a nonprofit organization to meet a community need through teaching and/or scholarship. All faculty are eligible to apply.

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013
CET director candidate open forum

The first of three candidates for the Center for Educational Transformation director position will be on campus Nov. 14. Dr. John Moravec is from Minneapolis, MN. His open forum presentation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the University Room, MAU. More information is posted on the provost's website

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013
Graduate College brown bag lecture - 'Studies in Hungary'

Kevin Finn, school of HPELS, will present "Studies in Hungary - Reflections of a Fulbright Experience" from noon to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, in 324 LIB. Please bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013
Walk the labyrinth

Enjoy some quiet time walking the labyrinth from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Central Ballroom, MAU. Labyrinths have been used as a tool for reflection, relaxation, meditation or prayer for many years. This walk is done on a walk-in basis and will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013
Award-winning musical 'Spring Awakening' continues

Theatre UNI still has seats available for this exciting musical about the struggles, frustrations and thrills of the teen years. Performances are Thursday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 10. 

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013
UNI to honor veterans

In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, UNI will celebrate veterans with several events. Some include: Veterans Ball at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 11, in Commons Ballroom; panel presentation "Support our Troops: Beyond the Decal" at 4 p.m., Nov. 13, in State College Room, MAU; and at 6 p.m., a showing of "The Battle for Marjah" documentary with Q&A, CME; student transition panel at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 14, CME. 

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013
Polar Bare Run, Walk and Roll

The Polar Bare Run, Walk and Roll will cover a mile-long course beginning at the UNI Alumni House at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12. There is a $5 registration fee. Participants are asked to bring used articles of clothing. Each article will enter you in a drawing for prizes. Register online.

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
UNI United Way campaign final prize drawing

If you haven't submitted your United Way pledge form and envelope, please return it to mail code 0460. If you need an extra pledge form or envelope, contact jess.betts@uni.edu. All individuals who submit envelopes by 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11 will be eligible to win a lunch with President Ruud.

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
2013 Exemplary Service Award

The division of Administration and Financial Services (A&FS) is accepting nominations for the 2013 Exemplary Service Award. This award honors A&FS employees for outstanding achievement in the division's core values of service excellence, teamwork and initiative. Nomination forms and information about the award and eligibility are posted online. 

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences launches ArtReach

The College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences has a new outreach program, ArtReach, a partnership with 220 East, an art incubator in downtown Waterloo. ArtReach provides opportunities for community connections from CHAS, specifically in performance, the arts, humanities and music. Read the ArtReach newsletter for details. 

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
Reaching for Higher Ground: Matt Hoover

Matt Hoover, an Iowa native and top contestant on "The Biggest Losers," will discuss his struggles with weight, how the choices we make affect our future, and the importance of a college education. This Reaching for Higher Ground event will take place at 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, at the CME. 

Monday, Nov 4, 2013
Annual Dining Survey continues through Nov. 11

What is your opinion of UNI campus restaurants and convenience stores? Take the annual dining services satisfaction survey. The access number is 124 followed by your university ID number. The survey takes approximately four minutes. You can evaluate one or more venues and return to the survey site throughout this week. Your input counts.

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013
Let's talk about teaching

Join guest facilitator Katheryn East for a conversation about Parker Palmer's article "The Heart of a Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching" at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, in 378 LIB. The article is available online.  For more information, visit the provost's website

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013
Civil Rights icon Angela Davis to visit UNI

Angela Davis, civil and women's rights icon, will lecture on "Finding Your Way: Organizing for Social Change and Human Rights" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, at the GBPAC. Davis is also the keynote speaker for the Annual Conference on Human Rights on Friday, Nov. 8. For more information, contact Michael Blackwell at 273-2250.

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013
Mental health issues and college students

The Student Affairs Professional Development Committee will host "Mental Health Issues and Today's College Students" from 1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the CME. More information and registration are posted online. 

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013
UNI eBusiness Suite production upgrade outage

The UNI eBusiness Suite will not be available from 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 to 7 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11. This outage includes eBusiness self service and time cards. Webfocus and Discoverer reports will not be available until 7 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013
Twice-a-day mail pickup

Starting Nov. 4, if you get campus mail to a host pick-up site by 2:15 p.m. it will be in the hands of the addressee by the next day. Host pick-up sites are listed online. For more information, call Eric at 273-2828. 

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013
Print Services paper liquidation sale - charge & carry

A paper liquidation sale will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, at the former print services location (corner of Hudson and West 31st street). Paper reams will be for sale ranging from $2 to $3. Other products will be priced as marked. Bring an inter-departmental requisition form with a department head signature and an account number. Sale is charge and carry.

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013
New policy review process

New and revised policies will be posted for public comment at the UNI policies site before moving to the Cabinet and Executive Management Team for approval. The Faculty & Staff International Travel Safety Policy and Student International Travel Safety Policy have been posted on the UNI Policies site for review by faculty, staff and students. They will be available for review until Nov. 15.

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013
Student Affairs Master's Program preview day

Learn about UNI's Master's Program in Student Affairs Friday, Nov. 15. Check in starts at 8:30 a.m. Get information about the application process, the curriculum, financial assistance, etc. Register online by Monday, Nov. 11. For more information, contact Mark Rowe-Barth.

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013
Emergency sirens to sound

Black Hawk County will test its emergency sirens at 11 a.m., Sept. 4. The sirens are tested the first Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013
Important LAC advising announcement for spring 2013

The Liberal Arts Core Committee has approved an experimental course: HPELS 1059 Dimensions of Well-Being for 2 credit hours. Upon satisfactory completion of this course, including both lecture and lab components, students will satisfy the LAC Category 1D Personal Wellness requirement. Enrollment is limited. For more information, visit the Dimensions website.

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013
Leslie Prideaux named director of alumni relations

Leslie Prideaux has been named director of alumni relations. Prideaux is currently assistant director of programs for the University of Iowa Alumni Association. She will serve as president of the UNI Alumni Association, provide strategic direction of alumni association activities, manage university programs and services for alumni and will direct the development of strategies and messages for alumni communications. She will assume her duties on Nov. 18.

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013
Does Evolution Undermine Religion? -- a panel discussion

A panel will discuss conflicts between evolution and religion, and whether there are alternative ways of thinking about these matters at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, in 115 SRL.

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013
Workshop Preview Now Available,"Leadership for Diversity Inclusion"

A 45-minute preview of the one-day workshop facilitated by the UNI National Coalition Building Institute is available for class visits, department and staff meetings, residence hall events and similar gatherings. Contact Karen Mitchell.

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013
Engage Us!: Students tell faculty what motivates them

Co-sponsored by NISG, a student panel will discuss what works to keep them involved in class and motivated to learn at 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, in 406 SEC.  For more information, visit the provost's website

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013
CryptoLocker

The latest bad boy in the Windows-based malware arena is CryptoLocker which will encrypt all "user files" that it can see with professional-grade asymmetric encryption. The ITS Security Office offers information about CryptoLocker and how to defend against it.

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013
Fall commencement and academic apparel

The fall 2013 commencement ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, in the McLeod Center. If you plan to attend and do not have your own commencement apparel, it will be rented for you at no charge. Email reservations for apparel to sue@panthersupply at University Book and Supply.

 

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013
Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture Series - K. N. ('Raj') Rajendran

R.N. ('Raj') Rajendran, marketing, will present "Identifying Attributes that Really Matter" from noon to 12:50 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, in the Presidential
Room, MAU. Please bring your lunch. Cookies will be provided.

Monday, Oct 28, 2013
Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair

The 2013 UNI Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Old Central Ballroom, MAU. Services provided by vendors include: chair massages, food samples, blood pressure screening, vision screening, interactive games and more.

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013
Meet and greet with former Minister of Education of Bhutan

The College of Education will host the former Minister of Education of Bhutan Thakur Powdyel from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, in the fifth floor lounge, SEC. Minister Powdyel and Tim Gilson, educational leadership, will discuss COE's master's program, education policy and practice. For more information, contact Amelia Holden-McMurray.

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013
College of Education Film Series

The College of Education's Diversity Team will host a showing of the Frontline documentary "Poor Kids" as part of the Educators for Change Film and Book Series at 7 p.m., Nov. 14,  in the CME. All students and staff are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013
Savvy Social Security: What every employee should know

Due to an overwhelming response, this presentation is being offered again from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, in 109 CBB. Register online. For more information, view the Savvy Social Security poster.

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013
Legislative forum at UNI

There will be a legislative forum hosted by the Northern Iowa Student Government from 2 to 3:15 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, in Ballroom A, MAU. Local legislators will be in attendance to respond to questions from NISG, as well as questions from the audience in an open forum setting.

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013
UNI Make A Difference Day 2013

Volunteers will participate in various service projects for ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program and the Black Hawk County Conservation at local county parks(transportation provided) from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. The event will end with lunch. Register by Thursday, Oct. 24 on the Student Involvement Center website.

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
BOR agenda is available online

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Oct. 23-24 at the University of Iowa. The agenda is posted online. 

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
Employee Benefits & Wellness quiz

UNI Employee Wellness is providing employees with an Employee Benefits & Wellness quiz in order to educate and raise awareness of UNI Benefits and Employee Wellness. Employees who successfully complete the quiz can claim a UNI drawstring sports bag at the 2013 UNI Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Old Central Ballroom, MAU.

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
Cedar Valley Small Business Expo

The Cedar Valley Small Business Expo and Pitch Off will take place from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. Event details are posted online.  Free exhibitor booths are available for student and community business owners. Call 273-4335 to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
Discussion of UNI students and technology

Jason Vetter, educational technology, and Susan Hill, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), will discuss what we know about UNI students' experience with, and use of technology. The session will take place at 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, in 136 ITTC. More information is posted on the CETL website.  

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

UNI will apply again this year for the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, D.C. UNI has been awarded the distinction of "Honor Roll Member" the past five years. Faculty and staff are asked to complete the community service projects inventory by Friday, Nov. 8. Contact Patricia Geadelmann with general questions and Pat Hart with technical questions.

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
Violent Incident Defense Strategies V.I.D.S.

UNI Police are hosting multiple day and evening V.I.D.S. training sessions this semester.  V.I.D.S. training is designed to help individuals increase their decision-making ability and chances of survival during an active shooter or violent incident. All students, staff and faculty are strongly encouraged to attend. Register online. Contact Lt. Joe Tyler or Officer Chad Walderbach for additional information.

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
CETL and LAC open house

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Liberal Arts Core office invite all faculty, staff and students to an open house from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, in 379-381 Rod Library. Come see the newly renovated space and enjoy light refreshments.

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
Need help kicking the tobacco habit?

A one-hour workshop will be offered for students, faculty and staff to assess their readiness and identify strategies for kicking the tobacco habit from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, in 175 WRC. Register by calling the UNI Wellness Resource Lab at 273-6119.

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
Professional development opportunity

Bring your lunch to a short learning session on microagressions (everyday insults, indignities and demeaning messages sent to people of color or other marginalized groups) presented by Stephanie Logan, curriculum and instruction, from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, in the CME.  More information and registration are posted online.

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