Inside UNI Faculty/Staff Announcements Archive

Visit the UNI Online archives for information published prior to January 2013.
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
Assessing and improving your students' critical thinking abilities

Martie Reineke, philosophy and world religions, will lead a workshop based on Susan Wolcott's nationally recognized work on critical thinking from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21, at the CME. Registration is required.  For more information, visit the provost's website

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
Intuitive Eating Workshop

This six-week workshop is especially helpful to the chronic dieter and helps to create a healthy relationship with food. The workshop is from 4 to 5 p.m., on Thursdays, beginning Oct. 24. More information is posted online. 

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
All UNI faculty invited to Seminar on Japanese Religion

UNI faculty are invited to participate in a seminar with Professor Steven Heine, Florida International University, on "Will the Real Zen Please Stand Up?" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in 323 CBB.

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
2014 annual benefits open enrollment

The 2014 annual benefits open enrollment period will run from Friday, Oct. 18 through Monday, Nov. 18. During this time you can review and change your benefit elections. Changes will be effective Jan. 1. The open enrollment website will be live on Friday, Oct. 18 with detailed information.

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
Lecture on Japanese religion

Professor Steven Heine, Florida International University, will partner with Martha Reineke, philosophy and world religions, to deliver a joint lecture on "Japanese Religion: A View from the Streets of Tokyo" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Sabin Hall, Room 002.

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
Showcase your research and creative work

Submit your proposals to The Creative UNIversity Conference & Celebration, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, in MAU. Submissions are welcome in five areas: research posters, research presentations, performances, exhibits and maker demonstrations. Proposals are due by Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
Face-to-Face - A panel discussion with those living with HIV/AIDS

Panel members will share personal stories about their successes and struggles living with or helping those who live with HIV/AIDS in Iowa from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, in 252 SEC. Sponsored by Wellness & Recreation Services and the Cedar AIDS Support System.

Monday, Oct 14, 2013
Campus cooling shut-down

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 15, Physical Plant will begin switching campus buildings over to winter operations. Cooling systems will be shut down and winterized over the next two to three weeks. Once the cooling is off, it will not be turned back on until late next spring. If you need more information, call Gary Saak at 273-2622 or Ron Hall at 273-2297.

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013
Inclusion and Accessibility Resources Fair

The Office of Student Disability Services will host an Inclusion and Accessibility Resources Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Ballroom A, MAU.

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013
TIAA-CREF individual consultant

A TIAA-CREF individual consultant will visit UNI Oct. 23, Nov. 7, 13, 14 and 26 conducting individual one-on-one counseling sessions. Common questions and topics covered 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? How do my TIAA-CREF investments coordinate with my other plans? Register online for an individual meeting or call 800-732-8353 (toll free).

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013
Clients sought for UNI courses in workplace communication

UNI courses focusing on workplace communication are in need of individual and organizational clients who wish to have print and digital publications created, e.g., newsletters, brochures, flyers, proposals, report documents, websites and exhibition storyboards. Contact Adrienne Lamberti for more information.

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013
Author Tracie McMillan to visit UNI

Tracie McMillan, author of "The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table," will give the Reaching for Higher Ground keynote lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, in Lang Auditorium. A reception and book signing will be held from 3 to 4:40 p.m., in the Great Reading Room, SRL. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend both events.

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013
Panther Push

Panther Push is an outreach program where UNI students return to their high schools to talk to prospective students about what UNI has to offer. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17. More information is posted online.

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013
Updating Online Directory

The UNI Online Directory is a source for current faculty and staff contact information. To verify or make any changes to your home or office contact information, log in to MyUNIverse >Update My Personal Information. This information is sent directly to Human Resource Services via email and will be updated within four working days.

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013
Diversity mini grants available

Diversity grants are awarded by the Diversity Council to UNI projects and events that enhance awareness of and education about issues of diversity at UNI. Anyone enrolled at UNI or working at the institution may apply for up to $1,500 to support diversity-related projects and initiatives. More information and the application are posted online. 

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013
Invite a visiting Fulbright Scholar as an occasional lecturer

The 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar list is posted online. You may view both U.S. and visiting non-U.S. scholars. If you want to invite a scholar to UNI as a lecturer, please be aware that UNI must partner with a minority serving institution or community college to arrange such a visit. For more information, email

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013
Adobe home-use program - students, faculty and staff

Faculty and staff may purchase the entire Adobe Cloud or just Acrobat Pro separately. ITS recommends purchasing the entire Adobe Cloud as Acrobat Pro is included in the Cloud. Students only have the option to "subscribe" to the Adobe Cloud software for a recurring monthly charge. University Book & Supply is an authorized reseller for Adobe software for personal use. A valid UNI ID card is required for purchase.

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013
Pre-tenure Fellowship Symposium

Faculty and staff are invited to a poster session highlighting the research and creative activity of faculty who received a Pre-tenure Summer Fellowship in summer 2013. The symposium and reception will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Commons Slife Ballroom. 

Monday, Oct 7, 2013
UNI Homecoming is a 'Purple Tie Affair'

UNI's Homecoming celebration is underway and continues through Saturday, Oct. 12. Visit the Homecoming website for a full list of events. 

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013
Theatre UNI fall special for UNI employees

From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., this Friday, UNI employees can use the code "Friday5" at UNItix, or at any box office location on campus, to purchase up to two tickets per performance at $5/ticket for this semester's Theatre UNI shows: "The American Way of Eating" and "Spring Awakening." For more information, visit the Theatre UNI website.

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013
Former Olympian to keynote Hall of Excellence celebration

In celebration of the Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence's 10th's anniversary, the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services and the College of Education will welcome Anita DeFrantz. DeFrantz, an attorney and member of the International Olympic Committee as well as the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic teams, will discuss "Striving for Excellence" at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, in the Slife Ballroom, COM.

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013
Career Services outreach

UNI Career Services has weekly outreach hours at three locations on campus this fall. Students can stop by with questions about resumes, interviewing, Career Services events and any other career-related questions. Outreach locations, days and times are: Maucker Union, Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and noon to 2 p.m., Fridays; Rod Library, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon; and Schindler Lobby, Wednesdays, 9 to 11 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013
So, you want to be a lawyer?

Area lawyers will talk to students about their jobs, the legal profession, employment trends, the law school experience and other issues of interest at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, in 319 CBB. 

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013
Leadership for Diversity Inclusion Workshops

Participate in this campus-wide skill-building opportunity from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 14, Nov. 12 and Dec. 5. This positive, interactive approach is facilitated by the UNI-National Coalition Builders Institute. Lunch is provided; registration is required. For more information, email or call 273-3210.

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013
Current Research on Women & Gender

The first CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Oct. 7, in the CME. Augustina Naami, social work, will present "The Impact of Unemployment on Women with Physical Disabilities: A Comparison of Tamale, Ghana and Salt Lake City, UT." Free and open to the public. The CROW Forum schedule is posted online. For more information, email Catherine MacGillivray or call 273-7102.

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013
Baker Hall Open House

Baker Hall has a long history as both a residence hall and academic building at UNI. Attend an open house from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12. Refreshments and a reminiscing video presentation will be in Thompson Lounge (161). Guests may walk through the building at their leisure. For more information, email the UNI Alumni Association or call 273-2355.

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013
October health, wellness, fitness newsletters available

The October issues of Student Health 101 (SH101), the WRS E-Newsletter and the WRS Personal Fitness E-Newsletter are posted online. SH101 is a national publication focusing on college student interests. The WRS newsletters focus on WRS activities, events and topics of the month.

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013
Pre-installation reception for faculty, staff and community

Join President and Mrs. Ruud for a pre-installation reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Georgian Lounge, COM. Light refreshments will be served; a brief program will begin at 4:30 p.m. Also remember to show your Panther Pride and wear purple attire on Thursday, Oct. 3 (casual) and Friday, Oct. 4 (business attire if attending installation).

Friday, Sep 27, 2013
Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture Series - Melissa Beall

Melissa Beall, communication studies, will present "Why Your Students Don't Listen," from noon to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Presidential Room, MAU. Please bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013
Help design the Rod Library of the future

Rod Library and Facilities Planning are conducting a library building-feasibility study. Provide your input by attending one of the focus groups on Wednesday, Oct. 2, on the second floor behind the Reference Desk: faculty focus group is noon to 1 p.m.; staff focus group is 3 to 4 p.m. There also will be a presentation on Academic Library Space Trends by Sam Demas, consultant and former library director, Carleton College, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the University Room, MAU.

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013
September Fulbright announcement

The September Fulbright announcement is available at the international programs website under announcements. For more information, email

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013
Authorization for payroll deduction of ID card purchases

Electronic authorization for payroll deduction of purchases at campus restaurants and convenience stores charged to your ID card will soon be required. Currently, employees can swipe their ID card to have these charges deducted from their paycheck. Effective Oct. 15, this service will only be available to employees who have made the one-time election to electronically authorize payroll deduction for these purchases. To authorize, go to e-Business UNI Employee Self Service and scroll down to UNI ID Payroll Deduct Authorization. For more information, see navigation instructions or email

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013
Global Connections Scholar award

The Culture & Intensive English Program (CIEP) has a scholarship opportunity to individuals who are recommended by current UNI full-time employees. This scholarship will provide up to 100 percent CIEP tuition for the spring 2014 eight-week session. Recipients will be responsible for all other fees. If you know of someone who would benefit from the CIEP, please forward this opportunity. Recommendation and application deadlines are Nov. 1.

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013
Consulting Center assistance in Maucker Union

The Computer Consulting Center will offer wireless connectivity assistance along with other services from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 1, 3, 8 and 10, in Maucker Union near Chats.

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013
Free depression screening

Interested in learning more about depression? Free screenings will be available at 11 a.m. and 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the UNI Counseling Center. Students, faculty and staff are welcome; no registration is required. Call 273-2676 with questions or email

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013
Cyber Security Awareness Month

IT security has expanded the previous offering of an eLearning course devoted to Cyber Security Awareness. This course is now available to all faculty, staff and students. Details are available on the ITS website.

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
Correction: required credit card compliance training

This training is for UNI staff who accept, process, or handle credit cards for payment to UNI – it is not for procurement card processing. Information published last week did not include the exclusion regarding procurement cards. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this has caused. If you have questions, please contact Christina Geweke at 273-7505.

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
T2 PAL to host birthday celebration

Technology and Teachers: Promoting Accessible Learning (T2 PAL) will celebrate its first birthday from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, in 147 SEC. Enjoy refreshments, meet staff and learn about T2 PAL resources and activities. T2 PAL provides informative presentations and professional development on universal design for learning and assistive technology in K through12 education. For more information, contact or 273-2569.

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
Common read nominations sought for 2014-15

The UNI community is beginning the selection process for the common read for the 2014-15 academic year. The book must relate to the theme "Media & Social Media" and will be used in the curriculum for the First-Year Cornerstone class, provide inspiration for a Strayer-Wood Theatre production and bring together the campus and community in discussion around critical issues. Please consider recommending a book for this campus-wide project. Submit nominations online by noon, Tuesday, Oct. 1. If interested in serving on the selection committee, contact April Chatham-Carpenter.

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013

RAINN Day (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is an annual campaign to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses. "The Line," a short film that documents real-life stories of victims of sexual assault, will be shown at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, in 115 SRL. A panel discussion will follow.

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
Redeker Center grand re-opening

The Redeker Center grand re-opening and Panther Village Phase II dedication will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9. The program will be in Piazza Dining Center at 2:05 p.m.; refreshments at Panther Village lobby and tours of the new dining and apartment spaces will follow the program.

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
Faculty and staff with lobbying contacts

Lobbying activity from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2013 must be reported. In compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and the Honest and Open Government Act of 2007, UNI files quarterly reports on specific lobbying issues and the expenses incurred in lobbying. The university's policy on Federal and State Lobbying and Political Activity is posted online. Reports must be filed each quarter. If there is nothing to report for a particular quarter, note that in the "comments" section. For more information, contact Pat Geadelmann at 273-6144. Please complete by Friday, Oct. 4.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Required credit card compliance training

Everyone who accepts, processes or handles credit card information as a form of payment on behalf of the university must attend UNI Credit Card Compliance training annually. The compliance training will be offered online via eLearning. The training takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Training must be completed by Sept. 27. For more information, contact Christina Geweke or 273-7505.

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.