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Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006

NEWS

TWO UNI PROFESSORS CHALLENGE CAMPUS COMMUNITY:

Melissa Heston and Gayle Pohl, two of UNI's United Way Campaign Chairs, have challenged the UNI community to increase the number of employees contributing to the Cedar Valley United Way from 20 percent to 30 percent, or to increase the amount pledged by $6,000. If one or both of these goals are met, both Heston and Pohl will increase their donations by $250. Please consider either giving for the first time or increasing your regular gift so this challenge can be met and there will be an extra $500 directed toward meeting important community needs.

 

MAKING A GIFT TO BENEFIT UNI:

UNI employees who want to make gifts to benefit UNI are reminded that the best way to do this is by making gifts or pledges to the UNI Foundation. By doing so, you can be assured that your entire gift will be used to benefit the university. The faculty/staff annual drive is currently underway. Gifts and pledges can be made through payroll deduction or credit card using the Foundation's online giving form at https://www.adv.uni.edu/foundation/pledgeform.aspx. For additional information, call 3-6078.

 
2006 UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN:

The 2006 UNI United Way campaign is underway, and all are encouraged to return their completed pledge card by Friday, Nov. 10. Everyone who returns a pledge form -- whether or not a donation is made -- will be eligible for a prize drawing at the end of the campaign. The United Way kickoff was held on Oct. 23. Kathy Green and Eunice Dell were the door prize winners and Cliff Chancey and Marilyn Mercado were the high bidders for Ben and Pat Allen's treats. For more information about the Cedar Valley United Way's role in our community, visit http://www.cedarvalleyunitedway.org.

 

UNIVERSITY FACULTY SENATE SPEAKERS SERIES FUNDING:

Interim Provost James Lubker has allocated $15,000 to the University Faculty Senate for a speakers series. To ensure that the money is used, the Senate recently voted to allow Lubker to use the speakers-series funding this academic year. Guidelines include: applications will begin to be considered Nov. 10; committed funding from other sources is required; maximum awards per request will be $1,000; promotional materials must indicate "Funded in part by the University Faculty Senate." For more information, or if interested in applying, contact Lubker at James.Lubker@uni.edu.

 

P&S JOB OPENINGS:

Vacancies at the P&S level include program coordinator, International Programs (CIEP) and project manager, Metal Casting Center, Industrial Technology. To view complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp

 

JOIN THIS LIFE-SAVING CHALLENGE:

The UNI Alumni Association has issued a life-saving challenge to its counterparts in the state for November and December. Working in cooperation with The Blood Center of Iowa, UNI alumni are encouraged to join with alumni from Iowa, Iowa State, and Drake to donate blood during the next two months. The school with the highest percentage of alumni donors will earn a plaque and bragging rights. To schedule an appointment, call 800-287-4903 or schedule online at http://www.bloodcenterofiowa.org/.

 

ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKET DRIVE:

Help the hungry of the Cedar Valley by volunteering to donate or deliver food. Contributions include whole basket or single food items. If you can’t afford a whole basket – get a group, club, or hall to go in on one with you. For more information, call St. Stephen Catholic Student Center at 266-9863.

 

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS:

To learn more about the 2007 Flexible Spending Accounts, informational sessions will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8; and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. All sessions will be in Human Resource Services, 121 Commons.

 
LEARN AFTER WORK:

TIAA-CREF will present a free educational seminar, "Getting Ready for Retirement," for individuals who are within five years of retirement. The seminar is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in GBPAC Room 30. Because seating will be limited, register on-line at http://www.tiaa-cref.org/moc or call 1-866-842-2977, ext. 7010, to reserve a seat. Spouses are also invited.

 

FACULTY SUMMER FELLOWSHIP AWARDS:

Tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to submit an application for four-week and eight-week summer fellowships. The deadline for application submission is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1. The application form and instructions can be found at http://www.grad.uni.edu/awards/internal.aspx. Contact Sue Joslyn, associate dean of the Graduate College, with questions at 3-3399 or sue.joslyn@uni.edu

 

LEARN OVER LUNCH:

TIAA-CREF will present a free educational seminar, "Getting Ready for Retirement," on Thursday, Nov. 2 for individuals who are within five years of retirement. The seminar will begin at noon in the 23rd Street Market Meeting Room (enter from the 23rd Street Market and follow the signs). Individuals can grab lunch at the 23rd Street Market (at their own expense) and bring their lunches into the seminar. Because seating will be limited, register on-line at http://www.tiaa-cref.org/moc or call 1-866-842-2977, ext. 7010, to reserve a seat. Spouses are also invited.

 

NEED HELP ANALYZING YOUR DATA?:

UNI's Mathematics Department provides statistical support to UNI students, faculty and staff through the Statistical Consulting Lab (SCL). The SCL offers free statistical support for routine job analyses using packages like SPSS, SAS, S-Plus, Excel and Minitab. Larger, more time consuming projects are billed at reasonable rates. For an appointment, contact Mark Jacobson, director of the SCL, at 3-7172 or jacobson@cs.uni.edu. Short courses will be offered throughout the semester on SPSS, SAS, and Minitab software. To see a schedule of short courses and office hours, visit http://www.cns.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL/.

 

INSTALL THUNDERBIRD E-MAIL SOFTWARE ON YOUR HOME COMPUTER:

ITS has prepared an easy do-it-yourself customized version of Thunderbird E-mail installion software which will enable you to access your UNI e-mail in minutes. Thunderbird can be configured to access other accounts (i.e. CFU, Mediacom, Gmail, etc.) as well. For assistance, bring your computer system to the ITS Computer Consulting Center in the ITTC, Room 36. For more information, call 3-5555. To download software visit http://www.uni.edu/its/us/software. To see instructions, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/us/document/unimail/mozilla/ConfigureThunderbirdUNIQuick.pdf. To learn how to add a CFU Account (Mediacom, etc.), visit http://www.uni.edu/its/us/document/unimail/mozilla/AddingCFUEmailToThunderbird.pdf.

 

EXERCISE ADHERENCE:

If you struggle with exercise adherence or aren't sure what to do, then a personal trainer is the answer. Your personal trainer will design a program with your specific goals in mind, motivate and educate you. Contact Kristy Leen, WRS Personal Fitness Coordinator, at kristy.leen@uni.edu or 3-7167. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/PT/index.html.

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY)

SPECIAL EVENTS:

FLU CLINIC ADDED:

The Student Health Clinic has added a flu clinic for 8 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1 in the Student Health Clinic. For a full schedule of flu clinics, visit http://www.uni.edu/health/services.shtml.

 

POLYMER RESEARCH AND MATERIALS INNOVATION SERVICE LAB GRAND OPENING:

The grand opening of the RRTTC Materials' Innovation Service/Department of Industrial Technology Polymer and Materials Innovation Service Laboratory will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the ITC, Room 13H. Remarks will take place at 3 p.m. Funding was provided by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. For information contact Michaela Rich at michaela.rich@uni.edu.

 

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION: ALL SAINTS DAY:

Wednesday, Nov.1 is the Feast of All Saints. There will be Eucharist at noon and at 9 p.m. Bring pictures of deceased loved ones to be placed on chairs in St. Stephen’s aisles, symbolizing the empty chairs at our tables. Also, write these names in the Book of Life for remembrance in daily prayer.

 

PANTHER PALS:

UNI head men's basketball coach, Ben Jacobson, along with current and former players, invite boys and girls between first- and sixth-grade to be Panther Pals. This is a great opportunity to learn basketball fundamentals. It will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in the UNI-Dome. To sign up, visit http://www.unipanthers.com or e-mail sportscamps@uni.edu.

 

UNI TO UNVEIL ITTC, NOV. 7:

UNI will rededicate the building formerly known as The Gymnasium, the Women's Gymnasium and the East Gym, as the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center (ITTC) at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7. The campus community and the public are invited to attend the event. http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=2566

 

THIRD ANNUAL 'SOUP'S ON':

There will be international soups, breads and desserts; a silent auction; and pottery demonstration by JoAnn Schnabel, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, at St. Stephen Student Center, 1019 W. 23rd St. Sponsored by the Friends of the UNI Museums. The proceeds will be used to support future exhibits and educational programs at the UNI Museums. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the University Museum (by Nov. 7) or at the door. Adults $15; UNI students $10 (with ID); children 12 and under $5.

 

ATHLETICS:

FACULTY AND STAFF DAY AT UNI FOOTBALL ON NOV. 4:

UNI Athletics invites all UNI faculty and staff members to attend Faculty and Staff Day on Saturday, Nov. 4, in the UNI-Dome. The Panthers host Western Kentucky at 4:05 p.m. For this event, athletics is offering a special price of $8 per ticket to UNI faculty and staff. Regular non-premium ticket prices are $15 for adults. To take advantage of this offer, visit http://unipanthers.cstv.com/tickets/facstaff06fb.html. For more information, contact the UNITix office at 3-3663. Offer expires at the end of the business day on Friday, Nov. 3.

 

PANTHER ATHLETICS:

The UNI men's basketball team begins its season with an exhibition game against Central Iowa, at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1. The Panthers will play their second exhibition game when they host Southwest State at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. The women's basketball team will open it's season with an exhibition game against Minnesota State-Moorhead at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. Panther volleyball hosts Drake at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. At 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, the volleyball team will welcome back former players in an alumni game. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, the Panthers host Creighton. All basketball and volleyball games are in the West Gym. The UNI football team hosts Western Kentucky at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the UNI-Dome.

 

EXHIBITS/FILMS:

FACULTY ART EXHIBITION:

The UNI Gallery of Art, in association with the UNI Department of Art, will present the "2006 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition," through Monday, Nov. 27.

 

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

CROW FORUM:

At noon Monday, Nov. 6, in the Maucker Union North Room, Nathan Epley, Department of Communication Studies, will present "Pinup Iconography, Retro-Chic, and the Consumption of Irony." The Women's & Gender Studies Program sponsors the Current Research on Women Forum Series. Faculty, staff, students and members of the wider community are invited to gather for this informal presentation and discussion.

 

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR: CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Gaylen Hiestermann, geologist with Tetra Tech Inc., will give a presentation on "Career Opportunities in Environmental Consulting" at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in Latham Hall, Room 125 . All are invited.

 

21ST CENTURY CATHOLICISM:

John Donaghy, director of St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Student Center at ISU, will visit St. Stephen Catholic Student Center on Wednesday, Nov. 8, to discuss "White Believers in a Brown Church: Americans' Catholicism in the Twenty-First Century." Donaghy has extensive experience working with Catholics in Europe and Latin America. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Social Hall at St. Stephen's, 1019 W. 23rd St. in Cedar Falls. All are welcome. For more information call St. Stephen's at 266-9863.

 

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE:

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Seerley 115, Billie Bailey, executive director of the Grout Museum, will present "What Makes Museums Tick?" The event is free and open to the public.

 

PERFORMING ARTS:

FACULTY JAZZ RECITAL:

The newly formed jazz ensemble, Faculty Jazz Tentet, will perform at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. Free.

 

NORTHERN IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT:

The student orchestra, under the direction of Rebecca Burkhardt, will present "Mostly Mozart" with special guests, the UNI Faculty String Quartet, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the GBPAC Great Hall. A pre-concert lecture by Dennis Hutchison, faculty musicologist, will take place at 6:45 p.m., in the GBPAC Davis Hall regarding the works of Ralph Vaughan Williams and W.A. Mozart programmed for the evening's performance. Free.

 

INTERPRETER'S THEATER PRESENTS:

Performances of "Looking at Comic Books in New Ways" will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall 40. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. http://www.chfa.uni.edu/comstudy/organizations/theatre.asp.

 

CHAMBER SINGERS/FRESHMAN CONTOREI RECITAL:

The chamber ensembles, under the direction of Brad Barrett and Rick Hoffenberg, will present choral pieces by various composers, from di Lasso to Brahms to 20th century works, at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. All are welcome.

 

THEATRE UNI PRESENTS: 'THE DICK GIBSON SHOW':

Theatre UNI presents "The Dick Gibson Show," Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre. "The Dick Gibson Show" is a quirky comedy of late night talk radio in 1959, based on the novel by Stanley Elkin and directed by Jay Edelnant, Tickets are $12 for the general public and free for UNI students. For more information, call 3-6381 or visit http://www.theatreuni.com.

 

CAMPUS DINING:

FRITO LAY PRODUCTS ON SPECIAL THROUGH NOV. 5:

Frito Lay is cooperating with Biscotti's in Redeker Center and 23rd Street Market in Commons to offer a special on Tostitos chips, dips and salsa. Save a dollar on any combination of two featured products. Dining Dollars welcome.

 

SUSHI AT PREXY'S:

Enjoy one of four delicious varieties of fully-cooked sushi for lunch. Available at Wasabi every Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

FREE GIFT BAGS WITH HALLOWEEN TREATS PURCHASE:

Surprise co-workers and/or students with a Halloween treat. Free Halloween gift bags are being given away with treat purchases of $2 or more. Make it easy, shop on campus at Essentials in Maucker Union, 23rd Street Market in Commons and Biscotti’s in Redeker Center.

 

YOU COUNT! DINING SURVEY NOV. 6-10:

Tell us what you think of on-campus dining. The annual dining survey will be next week. Watch for information in UNI Online, My UNIverse and in all dining locations.

 

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

MAJOR MEETINGS:

Freshmen, undecided students, and students changing majors should attend a departmental meeting for their intended major at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1. The purpose is to prepare students for spring registration, identify major courses, learn about the registration process and guidelines for majors and to declare a major. For a list of departmental meeting locations, visit http://www.uni.edu/acs/advising/advs/events/docs/majormtg_locationFa06.pdf

 

NATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE:

The National Student Exchange informational meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Maucker Union State College Room. Students will learn how to attend another college or university within the U.S. and Canada while paying UNI tuition. Qualified students must have a 2.75 UNI and cumulative GPA and between 30 and 85 credit hours.

 

NEW PARENT PORTAL COMING IN NOVEMBER:

Starting in November, UNI students will have the ability to grant online access to their records including grades, u-bill and class schedule. Located on the Parents Web page, the new Parent Portal is a password-protected, third-party-access site. Due to federal and state law, access to confidential information can only be granted by the individual student. They decide who can access their information and what information will be shared.

 

APPLY FOR SAA:

Members of UNI Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) serve UNI by volunteering to give campus tours, serve on student panels, and participate in special university events. All students interested in applying to become an ambassdor must have a GPA of at least 3.0, two letters of recommendation and enthusiasm for service. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 to the Admissions Office in Towers Center. Forms are available online at http://www.uni.edu/admissions/saa/index.htm. For more information, contact Dan Pelzer at dpelzer@uni.edu.

 

KOOB FUND FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT STIPENDS AVAILABLE:

The Robert and Yvonne Koob Fund for Student Community Engagement provides support to students who intern in nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies and UNI outreach programs in Iowa. Financial support of up to $2,000 is available to undergraduates and up to $3,000 for graduate students of any major. Other guidelines apply. The application deadline for students who wish to intern in the spring semester has been extended to Friday, Nov. 17. For guidelines or an application, contact Paul Lee, assistant director of American Humanics at plee@uni.edu.

 

ATTENTION FUTURE CLASSROOM TEACHERS:

"Exploring World Cultures Through Music", Monday, Nov. 6 at AEA 267-Cedar Falls, 4:30 to 7:45 p.m. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the richness of the cultures of India, SeneGambia and Brazil through children’s songs, rhythms and musical activities. Through these songs, students learn about the lifestyles and values of children in faraway countries and come to appreciate the similarities and differences between these cultures and their own. To register, contact amy.hunzelman@uni.edu.

 

DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM MEETINGS:

Magic. Money. Experience. The Disney Theme Parks & Resorts College Program at the Walt Disney World® Resort is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. An E-presentation will take place at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Room 134 ITTC. On Monday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m., a Disney recruiter will present and conduct interviews in the College Eye Room of Maucker Union. Contact Laura Wilson, 3-3821, for more information.

 

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