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Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007

NEWS:

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/.

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - FUNDED DEPARTMENTAL CO-OP POSITIONS:

Funding for 20 co-op positions is again available for fall 2007 through spring 2008. These funds provide student co-op support for staffing university departments and programs on a part-time, temporary basis. Guidelines for staff/faculty to follow in completing the two-page proposal packets are at http://www.uni.edu/careercenter/coop/20onproposal.html. The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26.

 

RRTTC CALL FOR PROPOSALS FY '08:

The Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) is soliciting proposals for projects. The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, Feb. 23. For a copy of the proposal guidelines visit http://www.rrttc.uni.edu or contact Catherine Zeman, RRTTC director, at catherine.zeman@uni.edu or 3-7090.

 

NONPROFIT AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE FEB. 15:

Thursday, Feb. 15, is the deadline for nominations for the UNI American Humanics Nonprofit Awards. The American Humanics Student Association annually recognizes 11 nonprofit organizations and individuals who make a difference in the Cedar Valley. To complete a nomination form, visit http://www.uni.edu/americanhumanics. Anyone can submit a nomination.

 
WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES BOARD MEETING:

The next Women’s and Gender Studies Board Meeting is from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, in Baker 161. Board meetings are open to all.

 

ORDER VALENTINE COOKIES ONLINE:

Delight your valentine or treat co-workers to frosted valentine cookies for $8.49 per dozen or a 12-inch personalized, heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie for $7.99. Place orders online by 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, and pick up orders Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Biscotti's in Redeker Center, 23rd Street Market in Commons or Prexy's in Maucker Union. Order online at http://www.uni.edu/dor/cookies.

 

MERIT VACANCIES:

Merit Vacancies are available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.asp.

 

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 recently was 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.

 
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. Submission 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.

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

'STUDENTS SAY THEY WANT MORE DISCUSSION, SO WHY WON'T THEY TALK?':

From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in the ITTC 126/126, an interdisciplinary panel of UNI faculty (John Henning, Beverly Kopper, Cathy Miller and Martha Reineke) will share tips on enhancing classroom conversations. Strategies will focus on preparing students to talk in class, encouraging participation from all students, creating a positive climate for discussion and establishing student accountability for classroom contributions. Sponsored by the Teaching-Learning Consortium. For more information, contact Melissa Heston at 3-2236 or heston@uni.edu.

 
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 3-7350 or e-mail katherine.cota@uni.edu.

 

GROUP DISCUSSION: PROMOTING STUDENT PARTICIPATION AND MOTIVATION:

From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in the ITTC 125/126, the Talking, Teaching and Learning (TTL) Faculty Group will discuss a chapter from A.P. McGlynn's text, "Successful Beginnings for College Teaching." Major topics in this chapter include promoting self-regulation, having an interactive classroom and cooperative and collaborative learning. TTL, an interdisciplinary group, meets the first and third Fridays of the month. Drop-ins are welcome. For a copy of the reading, or for more information, contact Melissa Heston at 3-2236 or heston@uni.edu. Sponsored by the Teaching-Learning Consortium.

 

NEWSPAPERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD:

Following events in Los Angeles, Dallas or Boston? Interested in the latest news from England, Poland, India or Lebanon? Want to incorporate newspaper resources in course assignments? Check out Rod Library’s PressDisplay and other newspaper databases. For more information, visit http://weblogs.uni.edu/libnews/.

 

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 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? Sponsored by the Teaching-Learning Consortium. For more information, contact Melissa Heston at heston@uni.edu.

 

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-plus 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.

 

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.

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY)

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICS:

Women's basketball hosts Drake at 7:05 Thursday, Feb. 1, in McLeod Center. Admission is free with a ticket from Tuesday's men's basketball game. The women host Creighton at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in McLeod Center. Wrestling hosts Eastern Illinois at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in McLeod Center. The wrestling team also has two duals on Sunday, hosting Old Dominion at 2 p.m. and Northern Illinois at 4 p.m., in McLeod Center. Tennis hosts Wisconsin-Green Bay at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Black Hawk Tennis Club.

 

EXHIBITS/FILMS

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. On 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.

 

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS

'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.

 

CROW FORUM:

The next CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Feb. 5, in the Maucker Union, North Room. Jennifer Waldron and Rodney Dieser, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, will present "Health, Fitness, and Appearance in College Men and Women: A Cultural Studies Perspective." Women's and Gender Studies Program sponsors the Current Research on Women Forum Series. Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to gather for this informal presentation and discussion.

 

'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 jeff.weld@uni.edu.

 

SAM CHUNG VISITING ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS AND LECTURE:

Visiting artist Sam Chung will demonstrate how he wheel throws and handbuilds his ceramic artwork from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the Ceramics Lab, 126 Kamerick Art Building. He will lecture about his ceramic artwork at 7 p.m. in 111 Kamerick Art Building that evening.

 

'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.

 

UNI HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE AND EDUCATION PROGRAM:

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.

 

SATURDAY SCIENCE SHOWCASE ON GLOBAL WARMING:

"Global Warming and Energy Use: Unprecedented Challenges for the 21st Century" will be the topic for the first Saturday Science Showcase hosted by the College of Natural Sciences. The event will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the CEEE auditorium, Room 111. The presentations are designed to be of interest and accessible to the general public, high-school age and above. Following the lecture there will be a reception and further discussion.

 

CEDAR VALLEY DISCUSS & DISCOVER DIVERSITY: READING AND SHARING:

Rhodesia 1976, an inhospitable place where five-year old children are trained to fire a Uzi and family cars are mine-proofed. Alexandra Fuller's hair-raising childhood will be discussed from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the UNI Museum. For more information call 268-0544. All Cedar Valley community members are encouraged to attend; having read the book is not required.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

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.

 

KENNY ROGERS IN CONCERT:

Kenny Rogers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, for the first concert in McLeod Center. Rogers has earned 20 platinum album certifications, scored 22 number-one hits and sold 105 million albums. Special guest will be Casey Rivers, runner-up on the Nashville Star. Tickets are on sale now. Order tickets by calling 3-4TIX (4849) or toll-free (877) 549-SHOW (7469), visit the Gallagher-Bluedorn box office or order online at http://www.gbpac.com.

 

SEUSSICAL AT THE GBPAC:

"Oh the thinks you can think" when Dr. Suess's best-loved characters and stories hit the stage in this unforgettable musical adventure. The nobel Horton the Elephant, the one-feathered Gertrude McFuzz and the antics of the Cat in the Hat steal the spotlight in this song-filled production. This event will take place at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Adult tickets: $25, $20, $18, $10; student tickets (with uCard): $12.50, $10, $9, $5; youth: a buck a kid. Purchase one adult ticket and get up to two youth tickets for $1 each. For tickets call 3-4tix.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS

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. An open house will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Baker 161. A complete schedule of events can be found at http://www.uni.edu/studyabroad. For more information, contact Study Abroad at study-abroad@uni.edu or 3-7078.

 

2006-2007 OUTSTANDING GRADUATE PAPER AWARD IN WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES:

Current UNI graduate students from all departments and programs are eligible to apply for this award. The author of the winning paper will receive $100. Deadline for the paper is Thursday, Feb. 15. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/womenstudies or contact Phyllis Baker at 3-7102.

 

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.

 

SUMMER ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES:

Summer study abroad programs still open include: Non-Western civilization in Chile, Spanish in Chile, business in Paris, education and capstone in Kazakstan, capstone in Nicaragua, communicative disorders in Nicaragua, Polish language in Poland, capstone in Poland, German language in Austria, French language in Canada, French language in France, Chinese language in China, contemporary Russia (in English) and arts and humanities in Russia. Applications are due by March 1, but many of these are first-come, first-served. Contact the Study Abroad Center at 3-7078 or study-abroad@uni.edu or stop by Baker 59 to apply.

 

READ A PHOTOGRAPH LIKE YOU READ A STORY:

The workshop "Read a Photograph Like You Read a Story" will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. 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. To register, contact amy.hunzelman@uni.edu.

 


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