UNI Online

Vol. 2, No. 23

October 31, 2000






universities were advised by their tax consultant, Deloitte and

Touche, that we do not need to collect and remit FICA tax on

employees’ mandatory contributions to the TIAA-CREF retirement

program. The universities agreed that seeking a refund and ceasing to

pay the FICA tax in the future is in the best interest of our employees.

The first step in the process is to secure a private letter ruling from

the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS has been known to take as

long as one year to respond to a private letter ruling request. The

FICA taxation of TIAA-CREF contributions will not change without a

positive IRS private letter ruling. University employees will be kept

informed through UNI Online as new information becomes available about

the FICA refund.


PAYROLL DEADLINES FOR CALENDER YEAR 2001: The website below lists

various monthly time period cutoffs for merit and student time sheets

and final dates for any payroll changes.


(revised copy)


CHEMICAL INVENTORY: The University Safety Office needs help completing

the annual chemical inventory. Any department using/ storing chemicals

(includes products with MSDS) needs to submit an inventory to Baker 164

by Tues., Oct.31. Inventories should include the chemical/product name,

manufacturer name, amount stored, and room number. For more information,

call 3-5855.


EARTH SCIENCE FORUM: The next meeting of the Earth Science Forum

will be Mon., Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. in Latham 125. This Forum will include

a report by Associate Professor Mohammad Iqbal on the Iowa Lakes Project

and a presentation by Professor Tom Hockey on Rock Art of Easter Island

(Rapa Nui). The Forum is open to the public. Pizza is available to

students who wish to talk with the presenters after the talks.







Football playoffs begin in the UNI-Dome Nov. 1. While the majority of

the games are at night, there are day games on Friday, Nov. 10, Monday,

Nov. 13 and Friday Nov. 17. There also will be an increase in the number

of daytime visitors to the main campus (campus tours, etc.) due to the

playoffs. The playoffs will primarily impact the lots on the west side of

Hudson Road (North/South Dome, Wellness/Recreation Center). For a complete

schedule of games, visit:



SPRING 2001 COURSE SCHEDULES AVAILABLE: Course schedules for the Spring

semester are now available from the Registrar's office, or online at:



ROD LIBRARY ADDS NEW DATABASE: Rod Library recently subscribed to

CCH Internet Tax Research Network, a service which includes the

full text of tax laws, explanations and analysis, and journals.

It can be accessed via the Rod Library Indexes, Abstracts &

Databases page at



WOMEN'S RUGBY: The UNI Women's Rugby team won the Sweet Sixteen

Tournament in Rockford,IL., on Oct. 28-29. They beat UW-Madison

68-0 and Southern Illinois University 60-0. The team will compete

in the Final Four in Rockford, IL, on November 4-5.


GIFT AND CRAFT VENDERS: Do you know of anyone, spouse or friend, that

would like to sell their crafts or baked goods at Maucker Union's

Holiday Gift and Craft Sale? If so, contact Mike Bobeldyk, Student

Activities Program Coordinator, at 3-5888 or mike.bobeldyk@uni.edu.

The registration fee is $15. All registrations are due Mon., Nov. 13.


AIRFARE SALE: Northwest Airlines has announced lower airfares

to many domestic destinations. For more information and terms

and conditions on the fares see the website below.







NETSCAPE MESSENGER WORKSHOP: Netscape Messenger is being offered

Nov. 10 from 1-3 p.m. for those UNI faculty and staff who are new

to the program or just want to brush up a bit on their skills.

Follow the link below for registration information.



NOV/DEC COMPUTER WORKSHOPS: The ITS-Educational Technology computer

workshops schedule for November and December is now available.

Faculty, please remind your students of these opportunities. New this

fall is a workshop on using Netscape Composer (a free html editor).

See the calendar at



WebCT 3.1 WORKSHOPS FOR FACULTY: ITS-ET is offering training on the

newest version of WebCT for faculty who want to develop an on-line

aspect to current courses or who want to develop a course that is

entirely on-line. See the web site for more information.







MCLEOD USA DAY: The UNI Career Center is pleased to announce

McLeodUSA Incorporated has reserved Tues., Oct. 31 as McLeodUSA Day.

The event will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Maucker Union

Expansion. McLeodUSA employees, recruiters, and Gregg Hammann, GVP of

E-Business will be on hand to answer questions about the company and

the wide range of career pathing opportunities. Areas represented

include accounting/finance, training, marketing, sales, IT, and network

services. All majors are invited to attend. Alumni are also welcomed

as are faculty and staff.


SENIOR RECITAL: Tues., Oct. 31 Robyn Smit, voice. GBPAC Davis Hall

at 6 p.m. No admission charge. For more information see the website.



SPEAKER: "Communication and Leadership" will be discussed by DyAnn

Longseth, Vice President for Marketing, John Deere Community Credit

Union, Thurs,, Nov. 2 from 3:45-4:50 p.m. in the SEC 406. Ms. Longseth

has been involved with extensive leadership education and training for

all staff at the credit union. She will discuss common communication

problems in the workplace, their effects on the work environment, and

principles and strategies for effective communication. The presentation

is sponsored by the UNI Leadership Studies Program.


ARCHEOLOGICAL SOCIERY: The Black Hawk Chapter of the Iowa Archeological

Society will have its next meeting on November 1 at 7 p.m. in the

basement of the Cedar Falls Public Library. Dr. Kenneth DeNault from

UNI will present "A Brief History of Easter Island." The meeting is

open to the public.


SPEAKER: Blimpie founder and CEO Tony Conza, of Blimpie International,

is including UNI on his nationwide tour of ten Blimpie locations.

Conza's presentation is "Success: It's a Beautiful Thing" Thurs.,

Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Hemisphere Lounge of Maucker Union.

Maucker Union is the site of one of the newest Blimpie franchises,

which opened Oct. 23.


CONCERT: Thurs., Nov. 2 UNITUBA (UNI Tuba/Euphonium) Ensemble Concert.

Jeffrey Funderburk, conductor. GBPAC Davis Hall at 8 p.m.

No admission charge.



MASTER CLASS AND RECITAL: In Ghana, Kakraba Lobi is considered to

be one of the only living virtuosi to have mastered the Gyil

(African xylophone). He is currently on a US tour culminating in

an appearance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention

in Dallas, TX. He will be at UNI November 2-5, 2000 presenting a

master class on the Gyil Saturday (11/4) at 9 a.m. and a recital on

the Gyil at 3 p.m. Both events are in GBPAC Davis Hall. Please

contact Randy Hogancamp (3-2228 or hogancamp@uni.edu) for further

information. All events are free and open to the public.


SYMPHONY: The Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony will present "A Third of

Scotch" November 3-4 at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Center. Led by

conductor Richard Rosenberg, the 7:30 p.m. performance will feature

bassoonist George Sakakeeny. Advance tickets at 3-7469 and at the

door beginning at 6 p.m.



INTI-ILLIMANI: The sounds of the Andes come alive with Chile's most

famous folk ensemble. Inti-Illimani will play at the Gallagher

Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on Sun., Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 273-SHOW. Enjoy the vibrant

musical tapestry as Inti-Illimani weaves lyrics with ancient harmonies

from over 20 Andean instruments.


DELTA UPSILON FALL INITIATION: On Sat. Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in Davis Hall

at the GBPAC, Delta Upsilon fraternity will hold their initiation.

Governor Vilsack, brother in DU, has been invited as a special guest

and speaker. A reception will immediately follow. UNI faculty and

staff are invited to attend. RSVP by 11/1/00 to Adam Culley

(culleya8483@uni.edu) or 277-6275.


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