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Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007
W-2S FOR 2006 AVAILABLE ONLINE:
W-2 Wage and Tax Statements were mailed Jan. 22, and are available online through MyUNIverse by accessing MEMFIS - UNI Employee Self Service responsibility. The format of the online document is different than that mailed; the information reported is the same. Payroll is working with Oracle to have its preferred format displayed online. In the interim you can print this form. If you haven't received your 2006 Form W-2 in the mail, and would like Payroll to print and mail it, contact Payroll at 3-6425. W-2 FAQs are available online at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/.
LUX SERVICE AWARD:
Nominations are being accepted for the 2007 Alumni Association Lux Service Award. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students who have demonstrated outstanding service to UNI. Students with 90 or more credit hours, including graduating seniors, qualify for the award. For complete award requirements, or an online nomination form, visit http://www.unialum.org/lux. Nominations must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 14. For more information, contact Connie Hansen at 3-3036 or email@example.com.
EXAM ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:
Beginning this semester students with disabilities who are eligible for testing accommodations through the Office of Disability Services (as indicated with the Student Academic Accommodation Form) can take their exams in Academic Services - Examination Services (007 ITTC) if instructors are unable to arrange appropriate accommodations. Policies and procedures, steps for using examination services and the exam accommodation request form are available at http://www.uni.edu/disability/faculty/responsibilities/. For more information, contact the Office of Disability Services at 3-2676 or Examination Services at 3-6023.
NEW HRS BENEFITS TEAM:
Cindy Webb was recently promoted to benefits administrator following the retirement of Jan Flick. On Jan. 29, Sarah Peakin joined the HRS staff as a benefits specialist. Cindy and Sarah have more than 15 years of combined benefits experience.
STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR:
Supervisors, nominate student employees for the 2006-2007 UNI Student Employee of the Year. To view eligibility criteria and print a nomination form, visit http://www.uni.edu/finaid/pdf/employee-of-year.pdf.
UNI PHARMACY OFFERS OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS FOR FACULTY AND STAFF:
The Student Health Clinic Pharmacy carries a variety of the most common over-the-counter (OTC) medications and healthcare products. Faculty and staff can purchase OTC medications at the clinic. Prices are competitive with retail pharmacies. The clinic is conveniently located on 23rd Street, just north of Schindler Education Center. OTC medications can be paid for by cash or check. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/health/index.shtml.
DONALD M. MCKAY FACULTY RESEARCH AWARD:
Department heads, in consultation with faculty, are encouraged to nominate a full-time faculty member with at least five years of service at UNI, for the prestigious Donald N. McKay Faculty Research Award. Information on the award and the nomination process are at http://www.grad.uni.edu/awards/mckay.aspx. The deadline for department nomination to the college dean is extended to Friday, Feb. 2, and submission of the name(s) of a maximum of two finalists from the dean to the Graduate College is extended to Monday, Feb. 19. For more information, contact Sue Joslyn at 3-2748.
SURPLUS EQUIPMENT FOR CAMPUS USE:
Surplus equipment and supplies selected for auction on Public Surplus, an online auction service, will be available for re-assignment to UNI departments. These items can be viewed by department-authorized personnel at publicsurplus.com, prior to public auction, by contacting Vince Heuer at 3-3527 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Surplus items for sale in the UNI Surplus Store continue to be available for re-assignment on campus. The store is open Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. for preview by department-authorized personnel. All claims for these items must be done in compliance with university policies and procedures; see http://www.uni.edu/pres/policies/801.shtml.
TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT PRESENTATION:
UNI has entered into an agreement with Travel and Transport as an additional preferred provider of travel services. Travel and Transport has extensive experience with higher-education related travel and offers services not currently provided. Travel and Transport will be on campus Tuesday, Jan. 30, conducting orientation sessions in the State College Room at 10 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/accounts_payable/tnt_info.htm.
Safety reminder from the UNI Safety Office: In 2005, 3,675 people died in fires across the United States. When you hear a fire alarm, evacuate the premises immediately. Don't wait for others - lead the way.
VAGINA WARRIORS NEEDED:
UNI V-Week is looking for Vagina Warriors. If you know someone who has worked to end violence against women and helped create a better environment for women everywhere, submit his or her name via e-mail to Kaitlin Korbitz (email@example.com) by Feb. 2. Vagina Warriors will receive a free invite to the Vagina Monologues on Feb. 9 and 10, and will be honored during the ceremony.
UNI V-Week needs art for a silent-art auction during the week of Feb. 5 through Feb. 10. All proceeds from the auction will go to Seeds of Hope and RAD. To donate art, e-mail Kaitlin Korbitz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention this to anyone who might be interested.
CEDAR VALLEY INITIATIVE: MAKING PLACE MATTER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS:
Make a difference in the Cedar Valley by becoming a mentor or a tutor for a child in the Waterloo Schools. There are three opportunities to get involved: mentoring, tutoring or working in an after-school program. To find out more, visit
P&S JOB VACANCIES:
Vacancies at the P&S level include 23rd Street Market manager. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.
CREDIT AND IDENTITY THEFT:
Learn the basics of having good credit, fixing bad credit and preventing identity theft from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in CBB 3. Registration is required. For more information, call 273-7350 or e-mail email@example.com.
INTERESTED IN TEACHING AND LEARNING AT UNI?
If so, you may want to join the Teaching-Learning Consortium, a growing group of faculty from across campus, and sponsor a wide variety of faculty oriented sessions focused on teaching and learning at UNI. To receive information about these sessions, subscribe to the Teaching-Learning Consortium Listserv. The listserv is used to distribute announcements of sessions and to gather input from faculty about their interests for future sessions. For more information or to subscribe to the listserv, contact Melissa Heston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-2236.
PREVENTING ILLEGAL HARRASSMENT:
Do you know what to do if a student tells you he or she is being harassed? All faculty and staff are encouraged to learn about UNI policy and how to identify and report potential issues. This meeting will take place Monday, Feb. 26, in CBB 109. The staff session will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and the faculty and administrator session will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Training will be facilitated by an employment attorney and sponsored by Compliance and Equity Management. To register, call 3-2846 or e-mail email@example.com. Pre-registration is required.
METAPHORS WE TEACH BY:
Jerry Soneson will discuss "Metaphors We Teach By" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 in ITTC 125/126. Come discover and explore a key metaphor that captures what is distinctive and important about your own, individual style of teaching. Are you a border collie herding students toward important learning outcomes? A tour guide leading learners to the wonders of your discipline? A miner leading a search for hidden gems? A drill sergeant determined to get the most from your students for their sakes? Sponsored by the Teaching-Learning Consortium. For more information, contact Melissa Heston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHY WON'T STUDENTS READ?:
From 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in ITTC 035, Karen Agee will discuss the challenges of getting students to read. According to UNI's CSEQ data, 98 percent of UNI students say they are taking 12 to 17+ credit hours, yet only 14 percent report spending more than 20 hours per week out of class on coursework -- reading, writing, studying. More than 42 percent say they spend 10 or fewer hours a week. Bring a text and syllabus, and let's talk about encouraging students to read.
'HOW TO REFORM UNDERGRADUATE SCIENCE TEACHING':
Don French, president, Society for College Science Teachers and professor of zoology at Oklahoma State University, will discuss "How to Reform Undergraduate Science Teaching" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in MSH 137, Lantz Auditorium. It is part of the speaker series on Undergraduate Science Education Reform organized by the UNI Chapter of Sigma Xi and supported by the UNI Faculty Senate, College of Education, and the College of Natural Sciences and its constituent departments. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Jeff Weld at 3-2723 or email@example.com.
REGISTER NOW FOR MANAGING WORKPLACE CONFLICT:
Learn how to manage and resolve workplace conflict. Join Employee Assistance Program Coordinator Stephanie Lawrence from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Maucker Union State College Room. To register, visit https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start;admin_group=HRTD or call Robin at 3-3536.
GET FIT ON ROUTE 66:
Choose any aerobic activities you love on your own time, and for every minute you exercise, you log one mile along Route 66. Join a team of three or participate individually. Healthy tips, motivation and prizes are included. Class fee is $25. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WRS IRONMAN TRIATHLON CHALLENGE:
Looking for some motivation to begin or continue your fitness program or workouts? Wellness and Recreation Services has it -- a fitness incentive program called the WRS Ironman Triathlon Challenge. Select from one of three events: the traditional challenge (swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles, and walk/run 26.2 miles), the double challenge (double the traditional mileage) or the non-swimmers challenge (1500 meters of stationary rowing is substituted for the swimming). Subsitutions are available for physically challenged athletes. Register in the WRS office, WRC 101. You have until March 2 to complete your mileage. Log sheet provided. Those completing their respective challenge receive a long-sleeved commemorative T-shirt and certificate of achievement. Registration fee is $15. For more information, contact Tim Klatt at 3-7120 or email@example.com.
AIDS WALK FOR AIDS ORPHANS:
AIDS Walk for AIDS Orphans--On Thursday, Feb. 1 everyone is invited to wear red and walk around Maucker Union, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., to help raise awareness and funds for the Rotarians For Fighting AIDS' Orphan Rescue program. Look for the red posters around campus for donation locations or call 3-2450.
GREEN PROJECT UNI ENVIRONMENTAL FILMS:
Green Project UNI will show several environmental films during the First Green Film Festival, which coincides with the Campus Climate Challenge's national Week of Action. Learn to save money as well as energy by watching "Kilowatt Ours" at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the Maucker Union Ballroom A. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in the CAC 108, there will be a showing of "Who Killed The Electric Car?" and Thursday, Feb. 1, a condensed version of the Discovery Channel's "Global Warming, What You Need to Know," hosted by Tom Brokaw, and a short film on mountaintop removal mining for coal will be shown at 5:30 p.m., at the Vibe Coffeehouse, 909 W. 23rd St., Cedar Falls. For more information, visit http://www.greenprojectuni.org or http://www.climatechallenge.org.
LAST LECTURE SERIES BEGINS:
In this series, faculty present a lecture on any topic that is significant and intriguing to them, as if it were their last lecture. The first faculty member to present is David Surdam, assisant professor of economics. His presentation,"Social Security: Hits & Myths," will examine how Social Security helped end the Great Depression, how there is a trust box and politicians have "thrown away the key," and when the program goes "bankrupt" it will end without a major effort on the part of tax payers. This presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Seerley Hall 115. Refreshments and snacks are provided. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board Speakers Committee.
'DUI: A POWERFUL LESSON':
At 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom, learn how a spring-break trip turned into a nightmare for Mark Sterner and three fraternity brothers. Sterner will discuss what happens when alcohol and driving mix and friends die. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
'THE ORIGINS OF PRIESTLY CELIBACY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH':
"The Origins of Priestly Celibacy in the Catholic Church," a lecture by David Hunter of Iowa State University, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at St. Steven the Witness Catholic Student Center, 1019 W. 23rd St. in Cedar Falls. Hunter is holder of the Supple Chair in Catholic Studies at ISU. He previously taught theology at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn. He has written several books and numerous articles on the topics of marriage and virginity in early Christian thought and life. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact St. Stephen's at 266-9863.
'HISTORY ON TRIAL: MY DAY IN COURT WITH DAVID IRVING':
The lecture, "History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving," will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Presented by Deborah Lipstadt, director of the Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Lipstadt will discuss her libel trial in London against David Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right-wing extremist. Lipstadt's defense team demonstrated that all of Irving’s claims about the Holocaust being a myth were based on lies and distortions. The lecture will be followed by a discussion and a book signing. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/holocaust or call 3-2725.
'WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER' CANCELLED:
The staged reading of "What I Did Last Summer," scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 30, has been cancelled.
LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:
Fingerstyle guitarist Richard Gilewitz will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 in KUNI's third-floor studios in the CAC. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.
FRIENDS OF KUNI PRESENT THE BLUES BLOWOUT:
The KUNI Blues Blowout returns to the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo on Feb. 10, with a double bill – Chris Thomas King and The Otis Taylor Band. Showtime is 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. King received critical acclaim as an actor and a Grammy for his musical contribution to the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and for his feature role in "Ray." Taylor's music is an amalgamation of roots styles in their rawest form. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be ordered online at http://www.kuniradio.org in the STORE section or by calling KUNI weekdays at 3-6400 or (800) 772-2440, ext. 0. Advance tickets also are available at Bob's Guitars in Cedar Falls.
LANGUAGE DIVERSITY WEEK, FEB. 5-9:
The week will be filled with activities focused on language diversity. Encourage your students to attend the activities throughout the week. A complete schedule of events can be found at http://www.uni.edu/studyabroad. For more information, contact Study Abroad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-7078.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: FUNDED DEPARTMENTAL POSITIONS:
Twenty co-op positions are available for students to assist in staffing university departments and programs on a part-time, temporary basis for fall 2007/spring 2008. Guidelines for completion of the two-page proposal packets are at http://www.uni.edu/careercenter/coop/20onproposal.html. The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26.
SUE FOLLON SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP:
Applications are being accepted until Thursday, Feb. 15 for the Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership. This scholarship recognizes students for their leadership contributions to UNI and potential to model leadership for women. Students are encouraged to apply using the Common Scholarship Application at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/ or written applications can be picked up and submitted to the Office of the VP for Education and Student Services in the Redeker Center. The award for 2007-2008 will be $1,800.
KAPLAN PRACTICE TESTS:
Academic Advising & Career Services is sponsoring the Kaplan Practice Tests, a free event. Students considering graduate or professional school have the opportunity to take a practice test and receive feedback on their test scores. Students need to preregister at http://www.kaptest.com/practice. The LSAT is offered Saturday, Jan. 27. On Saturday, Feb. 17 the following are scheduled: GRE (General), MCAT, DAT, PCAT and GMAT. Check in is from 8 to 8:50 a.m. in the lobby of the SEC. Testing begins at 9 a.m.
PEER ACADEMIC ADVISORS IN RESIDENCE (PAIRS) WANTED:
Academic Advising & Career Services is looking for undergraduate students with strong interpersonal skills and concern for others for the 2007-2008 PAIR staff. Peer Academic Advisors in Residence are trained to provide major exploration tips, peer advising and referrals, scheduling assistance and academic skill-building resources through our office and in the residence halls. Applications are available at http://www.uni.edu/acs/advising/pair/doc/pairapp.pdf, in 111 Maucker Union, or from any current PAIR. Applications are due Wednesday, Feb. 14.
BUS TRIP TO MALL OF AMERICA:
The Campus Activities Board is sponsoring a chartered bus trip to the Mall of America, Saturday, Feb. 10. The fee is $5 for UNI students and $10 for guests. The bus will leave from in front of University Book & Supply at 7 a.m. and will return at approximately 10 or 11 p.m. (time will be finalized the week of the trip). Sign up now at the Student Involvement & Activities Center. Pay for your spot at time of sign-up (cash or check only). No refunds are allowed. For more information, contact the Student Involvement & Activities Center at 2-2683.
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