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Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2006

NEWS:

SECURITY ALERT -- PROJECTORS STOLEN FROM SABIN HALL:

UNI Police are investigating the theft of five LCD projectors from Sabin Hall. The thefts occurred sometime between 5 and 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11. The units were removed from ceiling mounts in classrooms. The UNI Police Department is asking anyone who noticed unusual activity in or around Sabin Hall on Dec. 11 to call 3-2712. Additionally UNI Police ask faculty and staff to keep an extra watch on building equipment in their respective areas during the semester break and to immediately report unusual activity or suspicious persons. Be sure to lock doors as you leave and report any doors that you find propped open.

 

REGENTS ADOPT NEW ENROLLMENT STANDARD; STARTS IN 2009:

This week, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved the creation of a new standard for automatic admission to Iowa's public universities. The new Regent Admission Index (RAI) will go into effect in fall 2009. The current "50-percent" standard will remain in effect until then. The first group to be affected by the change will be students who are currently high-school sophomores. For details, visit http://www.uni.edu/infosys/enrollment

 

PARKING DECK UPDATE:

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has given UNI permission to proceed with planning for the parking deck, to be located on the site of the current Commons lot. UNI will now work with the architects to develop schematic designs. For more details see http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/DocketMemos/06Memos/dec06/1206_ITEM04e.pdf

 

UNITED WAY RESULTS:

UNI has raised its highest total ever during its 2006 United Way campaign. With pledges still trickleing in, UNI's total stands at $62,800. The challenge by Melissa Heston and Gail Pohl to the UNI community was met, and their additional contributions made.  A check to United Way from faculty, staff and students will be presented at the UNI men's basketball game Jan. 12.  The winners of the autographed basketballs will be announced at that time.

 

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.

 

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:

To ensure that donors receive their tax deduction in the appropriate calendar year, departments should establish procedures to make certain that year-end contributions are delivered to the UNI Foundation in a timely manner. The Foundation will continue to process December gifts for approximately five business days into the new year. In accordance with IRS regulations, the date of a contribution is determined as follows: Check: postmark date; credit card: transaction date; not when statement is paid by taxpayer. Call the Foundation accounting office at 3-7118 with any questions.

 
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.

 

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.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NWCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Volunteers are needed for the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in January. This event will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, in the UNI-Dome. The meet will include Division I, II, III, NAIA, JUCO, NCWA and Women’s. Four volunteers are needed at each of the 16 mats at all times throughout the tournament. Volunteer jobs include a clock-runner, scorekeeper, taper and runner. No experience is necessary. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline/public/461.html

 

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 3-3527 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.

 

FRESH COOKIE DOUGH STILL AVAILABLE:

Order fresh cookie dough online from Fresh Beginnings, UNI's bakery. Each batch makes 3.5 dozen cookies. Flavors include snickerdoodle, sugar, molasses, spritz, monster, butterscotch oatmeal, cranberry oatmeal, chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip, peanut butter, peanut-butter chocolate-chip, oatmeal raisin, oatmeal chocolate chip, cherry white-chocolate cashew and cranberry white-chocolate pecan. To place an order, visit http://www.uni.edu/dor/cookies/.

 

HOLIDAY GIFTS 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.

 

WORKSHOPS ON SUPERVISING STUDENT EMPLOYEES:

Interested in learning how to maximize your student employees' performance? Register for Setting Expectations for Student Employees on Tuesday, Jan. 9, and for Avoiding Performance Problems with Student Employees on Wednesday, Jan. 10. These sessions are part of the UNI Supervisory Training to Enhance Performance with Student Employees series. Sessions will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., in Maucker Union South Meeting Room. For more information visit http://www.uni.edu/finaid/pdf/step.pdf or call Tim at 3-2722.

 

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.

HOURS:

LIBRARY HOURS DURING HOLIDAYS AND SEMESTER BREAK:

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

 

MAUCKER UNION HOURS:

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

 

IRTS - SEC 222 WINTER INTERIM HOURS:

IRTS' Curriculum Library and all computer labs will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and will re-open at 7:45 a.m. Jan. 8.

 

MUSEUM HOLIDAY HOURS:

The University Museum will be closed Dec. 23-26 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1; Marshall Center School will be closed Dec. 22-Jan. 1.

 

WRC/HEALTH BEAT:

The WRC leisure pool is closed until Friday, Dec. 29. During winter break the lap pool will be available from 3 to 6 p.m. until the leisure pool reopens. Also, Health Beat will close at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15, and will be closed during winter break. Health Beat will reopen at 6:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 8.

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY

SPECIAL EVENTS:

COOKING COMPETITION AT RIALTO:

There will be a culinary cook-off at Rialto in Towers Center, from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15. The campus community is welcome to attend and observe. This is a preliminary competition using American Culinary Federation standards. The winning recipe will be submitted for the Culinary Challenge at the regional conference for National Association for College and University Food Services to be held at UNI March 18 through 21. Judges will evaluate culinary technique, presentation and flavor profile of a main entrée containing tofu as the primary protein.

 

GRADUATION/COMMISSIONING CEREMONY:

UNI'S, Department of Military Science is hosting a Commissioning Ceremony in honor of UNI Senior Cadets at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall. A reception will follow.

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:

M.A. AND B.F.A. GROUP EXHIBITION:

The UNI Gallery of Art will present "M.A. Thesis Exhibition and B.F.A. Group Exhibition," through Saturday, Dec. 16. The exhibition will feature the following artists: Emily Kist (emphasis in painting); Brandon Fiagle (emphasis in graphic design); Aypryl L. Pippert (emphasis in performance art); and Taylor Powell (emphasis in printmaking). Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery.

 
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:

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.


BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY AT THE GBPAC:

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Wild and Swingin' Holiday Party will be rockin' at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16, in the GBPAC. Hit the dance floor with someone special at this one-of-a-kind holiday event. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy merges hip swing-band sounds with traditional holiday rock. Local artists will display their works in the lobby for a Holiday Arts Festival, beginning at 6:15 p.m. Adults tickets are $39, $32, $27, $20, $15. Youth tickets are 20 percent off. For tickets call 3-4TIX.

 

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.

 

KUNI'S 5TH ANNUAL X-MAS PARTY AT THE REVERB:

Celebrate the holidays with KUNI at 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21. The show features Raldo Schneider, Checker & the Bluetones, Why Make Clocks, and The Teddy Boys. Fifty-cent tacos, giveaways, good tunes, good times and a great cause. All proceeds benefit KUNI Public Radio. Admission is $5 at the door.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

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.

 

"Othello: Tension in the Text" workshop, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Feb. 1, at AEA 267. Participants will be guided through a multi-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," from 1 to 4 p.m., Feb. 9, 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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