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Wednesday, July 12, 2006
The university has submitted its proposed fiscal-year 2007 budget to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa (BOR), for its August meeting. Due to insufficient funding this proposal requires UNI to reallocate $2 million across divisions. This is the culmination of a process that began months before the legislative session.
The BOR initially requested $40 million in recurring funding to meet the three regent universities' operational needs. UNI's share would have been $7.5 million, enabling it to meet increased energy costs and mandated salary increases (with comparable increases for non-bargaining unit employees). In May, the legislature approved $11 million in state appropriations for recurring funds for the three universities. UNI's portion was approximately $2 million. This appropriation, combined with non-recurring state appropriations of $1.5 million, left UNI with the need to reallocate $4 million in spending in fiscal year 2007. In June, the BOR approved a one-time energy and environment surcharge for students. The surcharge will generate $2 million in funding, reducing next year's reallocation need to $2 million.
Implementing the reallocations has required difficult decisions regarding programs and services for the upcoming year. Division vice presidents and department heads will communicate more details related to next year's budget to faculty and staff in the next several weeks.
In addition Fiscal Year 2007 must serve as a period of transition as we strategically re-examine our operations and programs to prepare for a changing environment and the long term funding issues that we will continue to face.
This is a challenging time for UNI. However, we remain committed to a philosophy of Students First and will continue to provide a high-quality education for students with the opportunity for study with diverse, full-time, tenure-track faculty. We will continue to lift up these qualities and values and keep them an integral part of UNI's story.
HUMAN PERFORMANCE CENTER GROUNDBREAKING:
The groundbreaking ceremony for UNI's new Human Performance Center (HPC) will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 21, west of the Wellness Recreation Center and north of the UNI-Dome. Rain location is the UNI-Dome. Funded by federal appropriations and private funds, the HPC will focus on innovative healthy youth and sports medicine programs supported through a umber of unique community partnerships. Refreshments, educational displays and a preview tour of the McLeod Center will follow the ceremony. Please RSVP to 3-6144.
SIGN UP FOR G LOT LOTTERY BY JULY 14:
Forty-eight "G" parking permits will be sold for 2006-2007. These spaces will be located in the two northern-most rows of the Gilchrist A lot. This is being done to accommodate the loss of the Gilchrist G lot sometime this summer due to construction at Gilchrist and the Greenhouse. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline/public/434.html
IOWA STATE FAIR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to work the UNI exhibit at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 10 through 20. Two faculty and staff scheduled per shift. Volunteers visit with family and prospective students, staff Panther Paw tattoo stations, network with alumni and friends and tell visitors about the value of UNI to Iowa. Volunteers will receive free admission and a UNI shirt. Volunteers are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. View available shifts at http://www.uni.edu/unionline/public/445.html. To volunteer or for more information, contact Rebecca Schultze at email@example.com or 3-6488.
DIVERSITY WEEK 2006 DEADLINE:
UNI's Annual Diversity Week, sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education, will be Sept. 11-15. If your department or office is planning a related event that should be added to the Diversity Week calendar and posters, please submit location, date, time and a short description to Lydia.Roberts@uni.edu by Wednesday, July 26.
"PANTHER UNIon" COMING SOON:
UNI alumni soon will have their very own online social-networking service called Panther UNIon. Congratulations to UMPR's Rebecca Schultze who submitted the winning name. Runners up, who submitted similar names, were Verlee Terwilliger ’72, Andrea Boyd ’02, and Anna Marie Golden ’03. All four received prizes. Thank you to those who submitted entries. More than 170 name ideas were submitted.
NEW OFFICE DEPOT CATALOG:
The new Office Depot catalogs have been delivered. If you did not receive a copy, call Campus Supply at 3-2451.
1990 Norcom Dictating and Transcribing Machine, model 400 with hand-held dictator, conf mike, and telephone adaptor in working condition. If interested, contact Barbara Oltman at 3-2496.
LIBRARY DISPLAY CASES AVAILABLE:
The Rod Library is looking for departments interested in using the Library's display cases to promote upcoming events. Three exhibit cases are available. To view the cases and/or submit a request, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/exhb/
SUMMER GUESTS ON CAMPUS:
Participants in the following programs will be on campus July 12 through 19 and are guests in UNI Department of Residence facilities: Upward Bound, Volleyball High School Specialized Camp, Volleyball Team Camp, Wrestling Feet to Back Camp, Wrestling Team Camp, UCA Elite Cheerleading Camp, IMPACT (IMPacting Achievement With Collaborations and Technology).
Full-time tenured or tenure-track instructional faculty members who wish to apply for study rooms in the Library for the fall semester should do so by Friday, July 21. Application forms are available in the Library's main office. For more information, call Paulette Courtney at 3-2737.
Minutes for the June 15, MEMFIS Users Group meeting are available at http://maple.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/memfis_users/documents/mm061506.pdf.
NEW WebCT CE6 WORKSHOPS:
In conjunction with the fall implementation of WebCT CE6, ITS-Educational Technology is offering four new workshops starting Aug. 14 that will show you how to build a course in this new version of WebCT. These workshops are for faculty members who are using the current version of WebCT or for those who 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 dates and times of these workshops, visit http://webct.uni.edu/support/workshops.htm.
Free activities and learning stations will be set up in the Marshall Center one-room school, with a different topic each week. Visit any time between 9 a.m. and noon. A museum staff member will be present to offer assistance but children MUST be accompanied by an adult. The topic for July 17-21 is Journey Through Ellis Island. Find out about the immigrants, past and present, who make up the patchwork quilt of America.
KUNI'S LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Feldmann will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, July 17, in KUNI's third-floor studios. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.
FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR STELLA THOMAS:
Stella Thomas is leaving UNI after 18 years of service. Her Registrar’s Office family is hosting a party in her honor Wednesday, July 19, 2 to 4 p.m. in the Multicultural Center Conference Room. Stop by for refreshments and offer her your best wishes.
FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR GUY SIMS:
Guy Sims will leave UNI July 21 to become the assistant vice president of student affairs at Virgina Tech. A farewell reception will take place Thursday, July 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Coffeehouse of Maucker Union. Come help Guy celebrate his new position and thank him for his 10 years of service to UNI.
STURGIS YOUTH THEATRE:
Sturgis Youth Theatre, under the direction of Gretta Berghammer, will present "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," July 20 through 23, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre. The all-youth production features 50 children ages 8 to 15 from the Cedar Valley. For tickets ($5), call 3-6381 or visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre
KUNI's CD RELEASE PARTY WITH THE MITTENS:
Help KUNI celebrate the release of its brand new live CD, "KUNI Presents...It Came from Studio One!" at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20. This album is a compilation of live original recordings broadcast on KUNI's "Night Music" program and during Monday's "Live from Studio One" program. National recording artists as well as local and regional artists are featured. Local band The Mittens perform during the CD release party with a rockin' set in Studio One. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.
KUNI PRESENTS THE HIGH STRUNG AT THE REVERB:
The "KUNI Presents" concert series continues at The Reverb with The High Strung at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best new, young rock 'n' roll bands in America, The High Strung is touring in support of its sophomore release, "Moxie Bravo." NPR’s Ken Tucker named The High Strung’s debut album, "These Are Good Times," as one of the Top 10 Rock Records of 2003. Local faves The Mittens open the show. Admission is $6. Visit www.kuniradio.org for full details.
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