Sue Follon Exemplary Service Awards were presented to four Student Affairs employees at the Student Affairs Division annual luncheon January 6. The award recipients are nominated by their peers and exemplify high ideals for job performance and service to students. Each has had a positive influence on co-workers and elevated the reputation of their work group, their department and the Student Services Division.
Largely in response to alumni and students' comments and needs, several changes are being made to University of Northern Iowa's fall 2010 commencement. These changes include the new venue of the McLeod Center, new diplomas, a reception after the ceremony and electronic RSVPs.
"We want to make the day even more memorable," said Jennifer Suchan, assistant registrar. "We want to meet the needs of the students and make a more intimate environment for them by creating a smaller venue."
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Dr. Terry Hogan, vice president for Student Affairs, and Santa made a surprise visit to the SIS team meeting December 14. Dr. Hogan congratulated the team on project progress and thanked the group for dedication to the complex task. He encouraged each team member to "press forward" to reach the project goals.
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The Student Information System (SIS) Project website has been updated and includes project goals, timeline, frequently asked questions, training schedules, news items and more. A popular feature will be the functionality charts displaying how data access will change for faculty, academic advisors and college departments.
As part of the third annual Town Hall Meeting on Diversity, a new Diversity Matters Fair will be held. The purpose of the fair is to allow departments, student organizations, divisions and other units across campus to showcase their diversity-related initiatives. The fair will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at the Maucker Union Ballroom from 12 to 2 p.m. The Town Hall Meeting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the same location. Town Hall Meeting participants are encouraged to allow time to view the fair before coming to the meeting.
President Ben Allen and Provost Gloria Gibson recently joined Volunteers Tuesday and the newly-formed UNI Student Veterans Association to honor Americas' veterans by adding yellow ribbons to campus trees and handing out American flag pins to celebrate Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is observed on November 11 each year, regard-less of the day of the week on which it falls. Veterans Day is a national holiday to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
A groundbreaking celebration for the new Department of Residence apartment complex was held November 17 at a site overlooking active construction on the project. More than 100 guests gathered to commemorate progress on the apartment building which will be available for student occupancy fall 2012.
Presenters and panelists at the recent program, “Islam: Insights and Realities,” shared their experiences with the University to inform staff, faculty and students on unique challenges of Muslims on campus. They also had suggestions for actions that would make UNI a more welcoming place for Muslims.
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to nominate staff in the Division of Student Affairs for the annual Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award. This award honors employees who are committed to quality and excellence and whose efforts and achievements exceed expectations as they work to carry out the division’s mission of helping students succeed. The award commemorates the former division vice president who served the university from 1985-1998.
Understanding Islam is the focus of an upcoming program organized by the Student Affairs Diversity Team. “Islam: Insights and Realities” will be presented Tuesday, November 2, 1 – 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 3, 10 – 11:30 a.m., at Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. This program, eighth in the Insights for Effectiveness series, will include: