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Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006

NEWS:

UNIVERSITY COUNCIL MEETING -- BUDGET INFORMATION SHARED:

The second University Council meeting was held at 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in Curris 109. President Ben Allen presented an update on current freshmen applications and historical data on freshmen application yield rates. An overview of the budget was presented including an outlook of the state budget situation and the Regents legislative request for FY08 funding. To view the powerpoint presentation, visit
http://www.uni.edu/pres/council/index.shtml If you have any questions, please e-mail president@uni.edu.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT:

The Black Hawk County Public Health Department and Iowa Department of Public Health continue to investigate a number of reported diarrhea illnesses in Black Hawk County. Symptoms are severe lower-abdominal cramping accompanied by bloody diarrhea. If students have symptoms they should seek medical care at the Student Health Clinic. If after hours, they should go to any local hospital or urgent care facility. The health department has established a call-in line for persons to report if they have developed severe bloody diarrhea and cramping any time after Tuesday, Nov. 28. The number is (319) 415-8913. If the phone is not answered, leave a brief message with information on how you can be contacted.

 

MEMFIS SYSTEM CHANGES DUE TO UPGRADE:

The MEMFIS system had an upgrade applied Dec. 9 and 10. All department technical employees were notified to install the new J-initiator. Users with FIN (financial) and back office responsibilities must have J-initiator 1.3.1.26 installed. To review your version of J-initiator, look in My Computer > Control Panel. Some functionality has changed as a result of this upgrade. The following link documents the changes. http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/documents/06-upgrade-changes.pdf

 
DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTING YEAR-END GIFTS:

In accordance with IRS regulations, the contribution date is determined as follows: check – postmark date;
credit card – transaction date; not when statement is paid by taxpayer. The UNI Foundation will continue to process December gifts for approximately five business days into the new year. It is imperative that departments on campus establish procedures to ensure that year-end contributions are delivered to the Foundation within this time frame.

 

RECYCLING EFFORTS ARE GROWING ON THE UNI CAMPUS:

UNI and the City of Cedar Falls partnered to open a satellite recycling station this fall and the drop-off site is growing in popularity. The city/university collection site, located west of Hudson Road and north of the UNI Power Plant on the west side of Panther Parkway, opened Sept. 20. In its first 10 days, 5,380 pounds of glass, tin, plastic, cardboard and newspapers were collected. For the month of October, that figure rose to 18,980 pounds, or more than nine tons. See http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=2465 for more information on the recycling center.

 
FACILITIES SERVICES RELEASES FALL 2006 NEWSLETTER:

UNI Facilities Services has posted its Fall 2006 Newsletter. For information about construction updates, campus improvements and upcoming events, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/organization/newsletter.shtml.

 

FREE DAYS FOR FACULTY AND STAFF AT THE WRC:

Wellness and Recreation Services is hosting "free days" for UNI faculty and staff in the Wellness/Recreation Center Jan. 3, 4, 5, and 7. You may also bring your immediate (tax dependent) family members with you. Present your UNI ID card at the WRC Welcome Desk. Facility hours are posted at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fachrs/winterbreak.html and on the WRS Info Line, 3-2391.

 

WORDS OF WELLNESS:

The December UNI employee wellness newsletter is posted at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/empwell/wow/. To receive a hard copy of newsletters and fitness program brochures, e-mail Kathy Green, director of University Health Services, at kathy.green@uni.edu.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

Katherine van Wormer, Social Work, was quoted in the Houston Chronicle. Visit http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4379420.html.

Jeffrey Copeland, department head, English Language & Literature, was quoted last week in the New York Post. Visit

www.nypost.com/seven/12082006/news/nationalnews/lets_educate_star_needs_work_on_lohanwriting_nationalnews_todd_venezia.htm

 

JOIN THIS LIFE-SAVING CHALLENGE:

The UNI Alumni Association has issued a life-saving challenge to its counterparts in the state for 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 this season. 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/.

 

MCELROY FELLOWSHIP:

Application materials are available for the McElroy Fellowship at http://www.grad.uni.edu. Candidates must be a graduate or graduating senior of a liberal arts program and intend to pursue graduate study toward a Ph.D. at an accredited university. The application deadline is Jan. 26. Eligible students are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact the Graduate College at 273-2748.

 

PIANO SEALED BID SALE:

UNI is offering two 1978 Baldwin upright pianos for sealed bid auction from now until 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18. These items will be sold "as is." Contact Vince Heuer at 273-3527 or vince.heuer@uni.edu for information on piano condition. Submit your bid to Attn: Vince Heuer-sealed bid at UNI Campbell Hall, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0008. Successful bidders will be notified by telephone Tuesday, Dec. 19, and should remove the pianos by 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. For more information, or for a bid form, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/pubsale.shtml. Viewing will be by appointment only, and removal is the responsibility of the buyer. Payment must be made in cash, (good) check, or money order at the Cashier’s Office located in Campbell Hall before removal.

 

MERIT VACANCIES:

To view current Merit vacancies, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.asp.

 

SEASONAL GIFT CENTERS AT PREXY'S AND ESSENTIALS IN MAUCKER UNION:

Shop for seasonal gifts at Prexy's and Essentials and enjoy the convenience of doing business on campus. Secret Santa gifts, stocking stuffers, UNI logo gifts and gift baskets are plentiful at these Maucker Union locations.

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

DECEMBER COLOR COPY SPECIAL:

Print Services is running a color copy special through the month of December. All 8 1/2 x 11 copies will be 35 cents an impression and all 11 x 17 copies will be 70 cents an impression. Possible further cost reductions with large quantities. Call 3-2448 with questions.

 
SPRING 2007 WebCT COURSES:

UNI faculty using WebCT for the spring semester, who have not yet requested a WebCT course, should submit their request using the Web form located at http://webct.uni.edu/signup/default.htm. WebCT courses will be populated with students on Jan. 2, and enrollment changes will be processed daily throughout the semester.

 

GUEST ARTISTS TO VISIT UNI CLASSROOMS:

The Actors' Gang will present the play "1984" - based on George Orwell's novel. Actors will be available to visit UNI classrooms March 29 and 30. For more information or to express interest, contact amy.hunzelman@uni.edu.

 
CATCH UP ON WHAT YOU MISSED AT THE NOV. 20 UNI BEST PRACTICES IN LEADERSHIP SESSION:

Visit http://uni-leadership.wikispaces.com/Leadership+Tips to read a summary of the session. Also take a few moments to look around UNI's newest leadership development tool. For more information, call Robin at 3-3536.

 

DON'T MISS FACULTY FOCUS JAN. 2-5:

Register now for Faculty Focus, intersession workshops hosted by ITS-Educational Technology. Offered the week prior to the start of the spring semester, faculty can focus on learning new technology skills before the pressures of the new semester begin. Limited seating. Reservations are required. Call 3-2309 to register. For a schedule, or for workshop descriptions, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tlt/focus/.

 
GRANT WRITING FOR SOCIAL SCIENTISTS:

Sponsored Programs will offer a six-session experiential grant-development workshop targeting the social sciences and related fields, beginning Monday, Jan. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., and ending in April, with all participants having a completed grant. Space is limited. Registration deadline is Thursday, Dec. 28. For more information, contact anita.kleppe@uni.edu.

 

ITS-ET NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ON THE WEB:

ITS-Educational Technology has gone digital with TLT, a newsletter distributed each semester to faculty at UNI. The purpose of TLT is to provide information on how technology can be used to enhance the educational experience at UNI. You can access current and archived issues at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/newsletter.

 

OSP BROWN BAG LUNCH: BUDGETING TIPS FOR GRANTS:

Writing a Grant? You will need a budget. Join the Office of Sponsored Programs’ Brown Bag Lunch,"Demystifying Money: Simplifying the Grant Budgeting Process," from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the CME. Learn how to meet federal regulations, avoid common pitfalls and write a budget narrative. RSVP to 3-3217 or osp@uni.edu.

 

HOURS:

EXTENDED LIBRARY HOURS FOR FINAL EXAM WEEK:

http://www.library.uni.edu/libinfo/hours.shtml#fallfinals

 

MAUCKER UNION HOURS FOR FINALS WEEK:

http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/

 

UNI SURPLUS STORE:

The UNI Surplus Store will be closed Dec. 28 due to the holiday break. It will open for business as usual at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4.

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY)

SPECIAL EVENTS:

STUDENT COOKBOOKS FOR SALE:

American Marketing Association Cookbooks will be on sale in Maucker Union from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12. The cookbooks feature some 200 recipes submitted by students and one recipe from Soho Sushi Bar and Deli. The cost is $10. These books make great holiday gifts.

 

WINTER BREAK AND SPRING MASSAGES:

Massages will be available during winter break on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 19 and 20, and Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 3 through Jan. 5. The spring semester schedule has also been set with appointments available Monday through Friday. The cost is $10 for every 15 minutes. Pay with cash, check, u-bill or payroll deduct. Call 3-6119 to schedule an appointment. Brought to you by Wellness and Recreation Services.

 

FACULTY/STAFF CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING LESSON:

Register for a weekend afternoon of fun and skill building as you learn all you need to know to enjoy the winter fun and exercise of cross-country skiing. Dates will be set according to snow and weather conditions. For more information, call UNI Outdoor Recreation at 3-7163. Ski equipment included. Kathy Green will be the instructor.

 

ATHLETICS:

PANTHER ATHLETICS:

The UNI women's basketball team hosts Valparaiso at 4:05 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, in McLeod Center.
Wrestling goes to Iowa State for a dual at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17, in Ames.

 

EXHIBITS/FILMS:

VISIT ROD LIBRARY DISPLAY CASES:

One display highlights School of Music students and a second exhibit features Theatre UNI. A final exhibit sponsored by the UNI Hispanic Latino Student Union presents Christmas in Latin American countries. For photographs of the current exhibits and more information about library exhibits, visit http://weblogs.uni.edu/libnews/.

 

PERFORMING ARTS:

KUNI PRESENTS THE MITTENS CD RELEASE PARTY:

The KUNI Presents concert series continues at The Reverb on Saturday, Dec. 9. Cedar Falls' very own The Mittens has just put the finishing touches on its third release, "This Carnival Egg." Joining the group are The Bandana, The Teddy Boys and Six Corners. Showtime is 10 p.m. Admission is $5, $6 under 21. Contact The Reverb at 277-4404 for ticket information.

 

UNI NEW HORIZONS BAND CONCERT:

The band will present its fall session program with a variety of music, including marches, popular medleys, and Christmas selections, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in the GBPAC Great Hall. A reception will follow. Admission is free.

 

UNI CHILDREN'S CHOIR CONCERT:

Under the direction of Michelle Swanson, the community choir offers its fall concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, in the GBPAC Davis Hall.

KUNI'S LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE: BITTERSWEET CHRISTMAS BAND:

The Bittersweet Christmas Band will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, in the third floor studios of the CAC. Two- to four-part harmonies and instrumentation on guitar, hand drum and other percussion instruments, dulcimer and pennywhistle make the Bittersweet Christmas Band an act not to be missed. Join KUNI for its annual LFSO Christmas party with plenty of holiday treats and free admission. The KUNI/KHKE 2006 Volunteer of the Year Award will also be presented.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

GREATER DES MOINES FOUR HIRE:

The Greater Des Moines Partnership's Young Professional's Connection announces a new Four Hire application deadline in order to diversify the candidate pool from each school. The new deadline is Friday, Dec. 15. Seniors can compete for a job, network with more than 1,500 business leaders and meet Lance Armstrong. Armstrong is the keynote speaker at the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Annual Dinner on Jan. 16. The 12 student finalists will be introduced at the dinner. For more information, or to download the student application, visit http://www.fourhiredm.com.

 

BUSINESS SEMINAR IN PARIS:

Study Abroad provides an opportunity for business majors interested in global business to acquire international experience during a two-week business seminar in Paris in May 2007. For more information, contact Leslie Wilson at leslie.wilson@uni.edu or the Study Abroad Office at study-abroad@uni.edu.

DONATE TO PAGES OF PROMISE:

Tri Beta is organizing a campus-wide event called Pages Of Promise. Instead of getting very little for your textbooks think about donating them to Pages Of Promise. These books will go to students in Africa who usually have to share a textbook as a class. There will be drop boxes all around campus. Please donate at least a couple of your textbooks for the cause.

 
ATTENTION FUTURE CLASSROOM TEACHERS:

The following free workshops will be offered during spring semester. To register, contact amy.hunzelman@uni.edu.

The workshop, "Toads in Tuxes: The Pleasures of Story Writing," will be offered from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23, at AEA 267. Learn how to write for a target audience, find positive plot solutions and write both descriptively and poetically.

 

"Storytelling: Enhancing Creative Writing & Critical Thinking" workshop, Jan. 26, 1 to 4 p.m., CME. Learn how to use storytelling to spark students' imagination to enhance writing and thinking skills.

 

"Othello: Tension in the Text" workshop, Feb. 1, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at AEA 267. Participants will be guided through amulti-level analysis of a scene from Othello, using acting techniques that can easily be used in the classroom.

 

Workshop "Read a Photograph Like You Read a Story," Feb. 9, 1 to 4 p.m. at the CME. This workshop demonstrates the uses of photography as a tool for teaching literacy. The workshop builds on the writing and reading skills students have, to show them how to read images more deeply and consciously.


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