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Thursday, September 22, 2005

NEWS

CAMPUS CONVERSATION TASK FORCE:

The Campus Conversation task force and sub-commitee groups have been formulated and can be viewed at: http://www.uni.edu/conversation/committees.shtml The response and interest shown by the campus for this project has exceeded the Campus Advisory Group's expectations. This is gratifying because it shows how important this ongoing dialogue is to the campus. The task force groups are convening their first meetings in September and October. If you have any questions, please contact the committee chair.

 

UNI GUIDANCE COUNSELOR ADVISORY BOARD:

UNI Guidance Counselor Advisory Board is meeting on campus Monday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 12 member advisory board meets twice a year, in September and, again, in March. The 12 guidance counselors represent large, medium, and small high schools from all geographic areas of the state. If anyone in the campus community has a question to ask the guidance counselors, please e-mail Dan Schofield at daniel.schofield@uni.edu and he will pose your question and provide you with their feedback.

 
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.

 
UNI ALUMNI RELATIONS AND ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MOVING:

The UNI Alumni Relations and Alumni Association offices will move to 1012 West 23rd St. on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 22 and 23. Telephone, fax and mail codes will remain the same.

 
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.

 

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 University Marketing & Public Relations, 3-6728, or e-mail mfrank@uni.edu

 

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

MEMFIS USER GROUP MINUTES:

Minutes for the Sept. 15 MEMFIS Users Group meeting are available at http://maple.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/memfis_users/meetingminutes.asp

 

WEBCT FACULTY WORKSHOPS:

ITS-Educational Technology is offering our WebCT 1 workshop on Nov. 4, WebCT 2 on Nov. 11, and WebCT 3 on Nov. 18, from 8:30 a.m. until noon, for faculty members who would like a refresher on how to use WebCT or for those that have never used WebCT before. WebCT allows faculty to create online courseware as a supplement to an existing face-to-face course, or create a course that is completely online. For more details, visit http://webct.uni.edu/support/workshops.htm or call 3-2309.

 
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 Avenue.

 
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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

EVENTS

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.

 

VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINA CAR WASH:

The Tau Chi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., will host a car wash on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Hy-Vee, 4000 University Avenue (behind Walgreens and next to Big K-Mart). All of the profits will be donated to victims of Hurricane Katrina. The cost will be $3, but donations are strongly encouraged.

 
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.

 

ALLIANT ENERGY IOWA ELECTRATHON RACE:

The sixth race in the Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon Championship Series, brought to you by Cedar Falls Utilities, takes place in the UNI parking lot south of the GBPAC on Saturday, Sept. 24. Admission is free. See electric cars designed, built and driven by high school and college students race in four one-hour heats, starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 2:15 p.m. The electrathon promotes careers in science, technology and engineering. For more information, contact Pat Higby at patricia.higby@uni.edu

 

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 Sunday, 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. For more information contact Samuel Gladden at samuel.gladden@uni.edu or visit: http://www.uni.edu/english/hearst

 

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." 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.

 
KAPPA DELTA PI SALE:

T-Shirts and a variety of other items will be on sale by UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society in the 2nd Floor lobby of Schindler on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 27 and 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

INTELLIGENT DESIGN SPEAKER:

The UNI Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Research Honor Society, presents Guillermo Gonzalez, Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and assistant professor of Astronomy at Iowa State University, speaking on Intelligent Design (ID). He will review the leading ideas proposed by ID theorists and explain why they believe ID is properly a branch of science. He will end with a brief description of the evidence for design which he presented in his book "The Privileged Planet." Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. in MSH Lantz Auditorium.

 

FALL PLANT SALE:

The Biology Botanical Center will host a fall plant sale on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the north entrance lobby of the UNI Biology Botanical Center. An assortment of annuals, perennials, fall bulbs, and miscellaneous house plants will all be priced under $5.

 
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

UNI WORK ABROAD:

Looking for a great internship that would make you stand out from the rest? UNI Work Abroad offers paid and non-paid internships abroad. To learn more, attend an informational meeting Monday, Sept. 26, in Maucker Union, University Room North at 3 p.m. Application deadline for spring 2006 is Oct 1. For more information, contact study-abroad@uni.edu, call 319-273-7078, or visit BAK 59.

 


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