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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

NEWS

SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT UNI:

This week you will receive a notepad and a "spread the word card" in campus mail. The card is a simple tool that provides quick answers to commonly asked questions and highlights a few of UNI's many great qualities and strengths. Please use it to help spread the word about "what's happening at UNI" to our students, friends, alumni and community members. As time goes on, you will receive updates so you have the latest facts, figures and answers. University Marketing & Public Relations has developed a series of tools to help all of us at UNI spread the word about this outstanding institution and its people. Here is a link to several new electronic tools that incorporate the university mission and nameplate. They include: PowerPoint templates, e-mail signatures, screen savers and desktop backgrounds. Please use them whenever possible. http://www.uni.edu/infosys/mission/

 
MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT:

Update to mileage reimbursement rates effective Sept. 1, 2005:
Due to the recent increase in fuel costs, the IRS and General Services Administration (GSA) have increased the Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) rate from 40.5 cents to 48.5 cents per mile. The POV rate is the rate employees are reimbursed when they drive their own vehicle because a motor pool vehicle is not available, they are traveling less than 100 miles, or total trip time is less than four hours. The reimbursement rate for driving a personal vehicle when a motor pool vehicle is available remains 28.5 cents per mile. Refer to the Travel Guidelines at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/accounts_payable/tguide_toc.pdf for complete details. Questions on these changes should be directed to Kelly.Flege@uni.edu or by phone at ext. 3-3420.

 
VIRTUAL INVOICES:

Shorts Travel Management has discontinued the issue of paper invoices and has replaced it with "virtual invoices," which travelers will receive via e-mail from Shorts upon completion of the reservation process.  In addition, the Shorts Web site will soon accommodate an invoice download.  A printed copy of the invoice will need to accompany any payment or reimbursement request just as was done previously.  Please advise your departmental travelers as necessary of this change.  If you have questions, please contact Jane Campbell 3-2212.

 

SCAMS AND BUYER ALERTS:

We have recently received a few reports of suspicious calls from unknown suppliers. There are many unreliable and unscrupulous suppliers out there, with most being nothing more than telephone scams. Schools are often prime targets because of their many departments. It is wise never to place phone orders with or pay an invoice to a company you are unsure of or have doubts about. Usually when goods are provided by these suppliers, they are priced outrageously, sometimes four times the normal cost. Toners and office supplies are the most likely to be offered, but advertising or listings in catalogs or newspapers run a close second. Please report any of these calls to UNI Purchasing Services. A listing of precautions will soon be posted at the Purchasing Web site soon.

 

UNI PURPLE PRIDE DAY:

UNI will kick off its first annual Purple Pride Day on Friday, Oct 14. Students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff, are encouraged to show their Panther pride by wearing UNI purple apparel to help kickoff this year’s Homecoming Weekend. Wear your UNI purple and take group photos showcasing your Panther pride. Send photos to University Marketing & Public Relations, or via e-mail at umpr@uni.edu. Please include a short caption with the photo that explains who is in the picture and when and where it was taken.

 
UPS AND FEDEX UPDATES:

Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, UPS and FedEx have suspended service to certain zip codes. Check the UPS Web site at http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/siteguide/index.html Check updates at the FedEx Web site at http://www.fedex.com/

 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

GEAR UP:

This program is dedicated to preparing students for college. Volunteers are needed to tutor students and chaperone field tripes at Logan Middle School, East High School and Expo High School in Waterloo. Scheduling is flexible. Contact volunteer@uni.edu for more information.

BEST BUDDIES:

This one-on-one friendship program is seeking volunteers to build a friendship with a person who has special needs. One year commitment, two outings per month, and weekly contact required. For more information e-mail volunteer@uni.edu

TOBACCO EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY:

Volunteer opportunities include assisting with school programs writing press releases, meeting with elected officials, compiling data, providing event support and more. Scheduling is flexible. Contact volunteer@uni.edu for more information.

 

AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK:

UNI will celebrate American Education Week, Nov. 14 through Nov. 18, with UNI programs in Cedar Falls and Waterloo middle schools and high schools. No programming will be offered for elementary schools this year. Faculty, staff, and student organizations interested in visiting a school and teaching a class should contact Stacey Christensen or Megan Frank in the Office of Univeristy Marketing & Public Relations, 3-2762 or e-mail mfrank@uni.edu

 

UNI ELECTRONIC CALENDAR:

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, ITS will perform its annual purge of the UNI electronic calendar (Oracle Calendar, formerly Steltor) of all entries older than two years. This will affect only those users of the central desktop calendar services. If you have entries that you want to keep in an electronic format, the Calendar client has a built-in export function on the File menu. Simply choose "Export" and select the appropriate format and date range for your past appointments and store them locally on your PC or server.

 

 

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

TEACHING SELF-STUDY:

Are you a faculty member interested in studying your practice of teaching? Join others in exploring self-study of teaching practices beginning Sept. 23 and every other Friday thereafter from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., fifth floor lounge SEC. The reading for Sept. 23 is available at cost from Katheryn East, eastk@uni.edu or 3-6789.

 

RESEARCH HELP VIA LIVE CHAT:

Rod Library offers live research help via online chat sessions. Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Friday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See "Ask Us" link in upper left corner of library home page or go to http://www.lib.uni.edu/ris/askchat.shtml Help is also available during other hours via e-mail, phone, and in person.

 
WAREHOUSE 1 CLOSED:

Until the renovation of Warehouse 1 is completed (approximately Dec. 1) there will be no transfer of surplus furniture or used computers for storage. This space is being remodeled to accept the inventory from the Campus Supply Warehouse on University Ave.

 
DOR-UNI CATERING:

UNI catering services include everything from snacks for your meeting to a full formal banquet. Delivery with set-up and take-out services is available. For all UNI catering questions and orders, call 3-2333.

 

UNI'S WORLD EXPOSURE THROUGH THE YEARS:

Rod Library's Special Collections and University Archives contain a wealth of information. For instance, UNI exhibits have been showcased at World's Fairs dating back to 1884. The original Campanile clock mechanism was a result of contacts made by President Seerley at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. For a look at the UNI community's experiences with World’s Fairs, see the Rod Library Special Collections "Meet You at the Fair—World's Fairs and UNI" at http://www.library.uni.edu/speccoll/world'sfairs.html

 

ESSENTIALS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:

Stop by Essentials in Maucker Union and help celebrate its one-year anniversary Tuesday, Sept. 20, and Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m to 10 p.m. FREE ice cream samples from Wells Blue Bunny, 50-cent bags of popcorn, discounted clothing, and drawings for prizes.

 
FAST TRAC:

The UNI Regional Business Center will offer Fast Trac®, a national training program for new and existing entrepreneurs, beginning Saturday, Sept. 24. This eight week comprehensive course will allow participants to create a business plan while connecting into the entrepreneurial network available in the Cedar Valley. Classes are on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the UNI RBC, 212 E. Fourth St., in downtown Waterloo. The fee is $199 per business and includes materials. Fast Trac® is open to UNI faculty and staff. To register, call 236-8123 or visit http://www.unirbc.org. Students interested in entrepreneurship should contact the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at 3-7350.

 
CO-REC FLAG FOOTBALL:

Co-rec intramural flag football league registration: WRC Room 101, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sept. 26 and 27. For information you must attend a mandatory managers meeting Thursday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m. in SEC 247. League play begins Tuesday, Oct. 4. Make-up manager meetings are Sept. 26 and 27 at 3:15 p.m., WRC Room 246. All co-rec games are played at 3:30 p.m. on M/W or T/T. There is a $30 entry fee per team.

 
CO-REC FFB OPEN TOURNAMENT:

New open Men's and Co-Rec Flag Football Tournament: (open to students/faculty/staff) Registration is in the WRC Room 101 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27. For information you must attend a mandatory managers meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in SEC 247. Tournament play is Saturday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. IM fields (Rain date Saturday, Oct. 8) Make-up manager meetings are Sept. 26 and 27 at 3:15 p.m. in WRC Room 246. Contact Cindy Klatt at 3-7262 for more information. There is a $20 entry fee per team.

 

 

PERFORMING ARTS

CHAMBER MUSIC:

Sunday, Sept. 25, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra will present chamber music at the GBPAC in Davis Hall at 2 p.m. For tickets call 3-7469.

 

KUNI LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Kelly Pardekooper, an Iowa City country folk-rocker, will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in KUNI's third-floor studios in the CAC. Admission is $3; children under 12 are free.

 

ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT CONCERT:

The UNI School of Music will host the 24th Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the GBPAC Great Hall. Special guest, legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, will perform with the UNI Jazz Band One. For tickets call GBPAC box office 3-7469 or visit http://www.tickets.uni.edu (click on School of Music).

 

 

EVENTS

UNI COMMEMORATES CONSTITUTION DAY:

UNI will commemorate the nation's inaugural Constitution Day with a special presentation of "Free Speech in the Digital Age," on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The one-hour video presentation is a debate hosted by National Public Radio's Margot Adler. The video will be shown simultaneously in the CME, Room 109; CAC, Room 108; and Seerley Hall, Room 115. A 30-minute discussion will take place at each location immediately following the video. The program will look at censorship in libraries, of textbooks and on the Internet. It also will examine the reasons for both safeguarding and limiting speech, including the protection of minors and community safety, ensuring a free marketplace of ideas, and guaranteeing democratic institutions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Constitution Day, visit http://www.uscourts.gov/outreach/constitutionday.html

 

LAST LECTURE SERIES:

The "Last Lecture Series" showcases faculty on a lecture topic that is significant and intriguing to them, as if it were their last lecture. John Fritch, Department Head of Communications Studies will present "The Last Lecture I'll Ever Give: All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in College," Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Seerley Hall-Great Reading Room. Beverages and snacks provided. For more information, call 3-2683.

 

GRADUATE FACULTY LUNCH:

Kenneth Atkinson, 2005-2006 Distinguished Scholar and associate professor of religion, will present a lecture on "Women in the Dead Sea Scrolls," Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room from noon to 1 p.m. This forum, which allows graduate faculty to gather and interact, is co-sponsored by the Graduate College and the Office of Sponsored Programs. Cookies and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

 
BECKER MEMORIAL LECTURE:

The 32nd annual Carl Becker Memorial Lecture will be presented by Joan Wallach Scott on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in Sabin 102. A leading feminist historian, Scott is the Harold F. Linder Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. Her talk will be titled "Symptomatic Politics: Banning Islamic Head Scarves in French Public Schools." The lecture is free and open to the public. For further information contact wallace.hettle@uni.edu.

 

THE REAL MOZART:

Thursday, Sept. 22, Jason Weinberger, music director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, will present a lecture on Mozart told through his personal letters in the GBPAC Davis Hall 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

 
BERGMAN FILM SERIES:

Showings of great films by acclaimed director, Ingmar Bergman, continue on Thursday, Sept. 22, with "Wild Strawberries" and conclude Thursday, Sept. 29, with "Cries and Whispers." Viewing times are 5:30 to about 7:15 p.m. in LANG 008. Free admission and refreshments.

 
PANTHER ATHLETICS:

Friday: Volleyball vs. Southern Illinois, 7 p.m. in the West Gym. UNI Sports Marketing will hand out kill cards to the first 1,000 fans.

Saturday: Volleyball vs. Evansville , 7 p.m. in the West Gym. UNI Sports Marketing will hand out player trading cards to the first 1,000 fans.

 

CDC CARNIVAL FUNDRAISER:

The UNI Child Development Center is hosting a carnival to raise money for a new playground Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Price Lab School front lawn, 1901 Campus St. (Rain Location - PLS Gym). Come join us for games and prizes.

 

SUMMER SERVICE TRIP TO MEXICO:

Come to an informational meeting to learn more about a week-long service trip to Tijuana, Mexico. During the trip, members will help the children of the El Faro and Los Angelitos Orphanages. Learn how you can become involved following the 10:30 a.m. liturgy on Sept. 25 in the social hall of the St. Stephen's Catholic Student Center.

 

HEARST LECTURE SERIES:

This year's Meryl Norton Hearst lecture series, sponsored by The Department of English Language and Literature, begins Monday, Sept. 26, with a public reading by Karen Salyer McElmurray, recipient of the 2003 AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction. McElmurray's reading is free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Commons Ballroom, with a reception to follow in the Georgian Lounge.

 

SUPREME COURT Q & A:

The Daniel Webster Law Society and the Political Science Department are sponsoring a panel discussion on "Nomination, Confirmation and the Future of the U.S. Supreme Court." Professors Donna Hoffman and Scott Peters, Political Science, and John Johnson, History, will discuss issues surrounding recent Court vacancies and will take questions. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 3:30 p.m., SAB Room 102.

 

STURGIS YOUTH THEATRE CLASSES:

The Sturgis Youth Theatre, under the direction of Gretta Berghammer, is offering creative drama classes for children in pre-school through high school, beginning Monday, Oct. 6. For class descriptions and schedules, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre/sturgis/

 
 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS

ROD LIBRARY STUDENT SURVEY:

Speak up on how computer fees are spent. Rod Library will run its annual survey of student computing interests from Monday, Sept. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 2. The survey will be online at http://www.uni.edu/library/scfsurvey.shtml and in paper form in the library lobby.

 
ATHLETIC TRAINING OPEN HOUSE:

The Division of Athletic training will host an open house for all students interested in majoring in athletic training on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in WRC Room 252. There will be an overview of the program, application process, and the curricular plan. Additionally, prospective majors will be able to hear from students who are currently enrolled in the athletic training education program as well as receive a tour of the athletic training facilities. Refreshments will be served. If you plan to attend, RSVP to Stephanie Bradley at sbradley@uni.edu

 
 

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