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Thursday, March 8, 2007

NEWS:

NOTES FROM UNIVERSITY COUNCIL MEETING:

Notes from the March 6 University Council meeting are available at http://www.uni.edu/pres/council/index.shtml

 

TIME CARDS FOR MARCH 2:

Normal work activities were canceled at UNI on Friday, March 2, due to severe weather. Merit staff who didn't report to work are expected to use accrued annual leave (vacation), compensatory time previously accrued, or leave without pay. P&S and Administrative staff would generally use vacation, but please review University Policy 4.07 on Weather/Working Conditions for additional information regarding non-Merit staff. Questions should be directed to the Human Resource Services or Payroll departments. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/pres/policies/407.shtml.

 

FREE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS:

As part of UNI's exclusive sponsorship of the high school wrestling tournament, and boy's and girl's basketball tournaments, a limited number of tickets are available for the 2007 Girl's and Boy's State Basketball Tournaments. Six tickets are available for the girl's tournament at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 9 for Class 1A and 2A finals; two tickets are available for the girl's tournament at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 10 for the Class 3A and 4A finals. For the boy's tournament, two tickets are available for the Session #10 Class 1A and 2A finals at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 16; two tickets are available for the Session #12, Class 3A and 4A finals at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17. All events are at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Tickets are first come, first served, and are provided by Enrollment Services: Admissions; the Vice President for Administration & Finance; the Vice President for Educational & Student Services; and University Marketing & Public Relations. E-mail unionlineeditor@uni.edu to place your request.

 

VOLUNTEER FOR PUBLIC RADIO:

KUNI/KHKE is conducting its spring fund drive March 23 through 30. About 150 volunteers are needed to take pledge calls and keep things running smoothly. Refreshments will be provided by Beck's Bakery, Panera Bread, Roots and UNI Catering. KUNI/KHKE studios are located in the CAC, third floor. To sign up, contact Angela at 3-6336 or angela.vezdos@uni.edu or for more information, visit http://www.kuniradio.org.

 

HONOR CODE PRESENTATIONS:

The Honor Code Task Force invites faculty and staff to attend one of two open meetings to learn about a proposed honor code that will be forwarded to the Faculty Senate this spring. Meetings will take place at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 20 and 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, in the CME (109 MAU). For more information, contact Otto MacLin at otto.maclin@uni.edu.

 

UNI PARTNERS WITH YOUTH SOCCER:

In an effort to build relationships with younger prospective students, UNI is the official presenting sponsor of the U.S. Youth Soccer Iowa Soccer Association State Cup, to be held in May at the Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Complex. More than 40 teams, ages 12 to 14, will compete from around the state. A UNI hospitality tent will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 12. Volunteers and divisions interested in partnering are welcome. Shifts will run every 2 hours. To volunteer, contact melissa.barber@uni.edu.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR USA WRESTLING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Volunteers are needed for the USA Wrestling National Championships to be held at the UNI-Dome Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1. No experience is necessary. Volunteers will work at tables and will recieve a free T-shirt. Help is needed from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 30; from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 31; and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 1. To volunteer, contact unidome@uni.edu or 3-6334.

 

WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES BOARD MEETING:

The next Women's & Gender Studies board meeting is from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, March 19, in Baker 161. Board meetings are open.

 

P&S JOB VACANCIES:

Vacancies at the P&S level include student disability services coordinator. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.

 

MERIT VACANCIES:

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

 

ANNUAL RECOGNITION BREAKFAST:

If you or someone in your department has retired, or plans to retire during the 2006-2007 fiscal year, please contact Rita Hatlevig at 3-6078 or rita.hatlevig@uni.edu so that the university can acknowledge them.

 

MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES:

The Iowa minimum wage increases to $6.20 on April 1. To view FAQs regarding the increase, visit http://www.uni.edu/finaid/pdf/MinimumWageFAQs.pdf. To submit additional questions, e-mail tim.bakula@uni.edu

 

STUDENT MINIMUM-WAGE INCREASE REPORT AND APPROVAL FORM:

Due to the April 1 minimum-wage increase to $6.20, some departments may choose to change the wage rates of other students currently above the minimum wage. A new Student Assignment Approval Listing report is now available for this purpose. Another new report, Students Below Minimum Wage, lists students whose rates automatically will be raised to the minimum by Payroll. For more information on these reports, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/payroll.

 

SAFETY REMINDER FROM THE UNI SAFETY OFFICE:

Battery operated smoke detectors should have their batteries changed twice a year to insure proper operation. A good way to remember to do this is to change the batteries as the time changes for daylight-savings time. Protect yourself and your family by putting new batteries in your smoke detectors this weekend.

 

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

BENEFITS OPEN HOUSE:

Human Resources is hosting a benefits open house for all UNI employees. Department benefits specialists and representatives from TIAA/CREF and Wellmark BC/BS will be available to answer questions and discuss coverage options. Open house dates are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 27; from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, March 28; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 29. All sessions will take place in Baker 161. For more information, call Brittany at 3-2450.

 
RESCHEDULED: SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY:

Find out about the challenges pre-K through 12 teachers face as they integrate technology and new science- and/or math-based programs into the classroom while still meeting their school’s need to increase student achievement. The presentation includes award-winning projects, spotlight gallery (table displays), 20-minute spotlight presentations and UNI faculty teaching innovations. This event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the ITTC. Sponsored by ITS-Educational Technology. For more information, contact Doreen Hayek at doreen.hayek@uni.edu or 3-7300.

 
DO OUR STUDENTS REALLY NOT KNOW THAT THEY DON'T KNOW?:

From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in ITTC 125/126, Anthony Gabriele will describe research and lead a discussion related to the concept of calibration, a term which has been generally defined as the degree to which judgments of performance accurately reflect actual performance. Methods used to assess calibration, factors that seem to affect calibration, and the implications of this research for college teaching will be discussed. Sponsored by the Teaching-Learning Consortium. For more information, contact Melissa Heston at 3-2236 or heston@uni.edu.


NEW WebCT CE6 WORKSHOPS:

Starting Friday, March 23, ITS-Educational Technology will offer four workshops that will show you how to build a course in WebCT CE6. These workshops are for faculty members who are using the current version of WebCT or for those who have never used WebCT. WebCT allows faculty to create online courseware as a supplement to an existing face-to-face course, or create a course that is completely online. For dates and times, visit http://webct.uni.edu/support/workshops.htm. To register, call 3-2309.

 

 

 

HOURS

LIBRARY HOURS FOR SPRING BREAK:

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

 

MAUCKER UNION BUILDING HOURS FOR SPRING BREAK:

http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/hrs-bcurrent.txt.

 

IRTS' CURRICULUM LIBRARY HOURS FOR SPRING BREAK:

IRTS' Curriculum Library and all computer labs will close at 5 p.m. Friday, March 9 and re-open at 7:45 a.m. Monday, March 19.

 

 

CAMPUS DINING

HALAH CHICKEN NOW AVAILABLE AT MAUCKER UNION:

Halah chicken nuggets and sandwiches now are available at Prexy's in Maucker Union. Request these microwavable entrees at Flares.

 

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY)

SPECIAL EVENTS

MAY TRIP TO CALIFORNIA -- THE CHICANO MOVEMENT: STRUGGLES & TRIUMPH OF A UNITED PEOPLE:

The CME is sponsoring a trip to Los Angeles, May 10 through May 13, to learn about the Chicano Movement and the history and culture of Mexican-Americans. The trip will include tours of the National Chavez Center, Olvera Street, museums and more. Airfare, hotel, museum fees and bus transportation included in fee. Register soon, as space is limited. For more information, call 3-2250 or e-mail lydia.roberts@uni.edu.

 

 

ATHLETICS:

 

PANTHER ATHLETICS:

Tennis hosts Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 11 a.m., Sunday, March 11, at the Black Hawk Tennis Club in Waterloo.

 

EXHIBITS/FILMS:

THURSDAZE MOVIE -- 'BOBBY':

The movie "Bobby," starring Harry Belafonte, Emilio Estevez and Heather Graham will be shown at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, March 8, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. It's the story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, on June 6, 1968, and 22 people who were at the Ambassador Hotel where he was killed. Free refreshments. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

 

 

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE: ENERGY EFFICIENT ALTERNATIVES:

Don Otto, owner of DPO Construction, will present information about building homes with a small environmental footprint from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the CEEE auditorium. He will discuss design ventilation, insulation durability and more as the second speaker of the Building for the Future lecture series. Live streaming video of each lecture is available at http://www.uni.edu/ceee.

 

CEDAR VALLEY DISCUSS & DISCOVER DIVERSITY:

The book to be discussed is the memoir, "When Heaven and Earth Changed Places" by LeLy Hayslip with Jay Wurtz. This discussion will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, at the UNI Museum. All Cedar Valley residents are welcome. It's not necessary to have read the book.

 

MERCE CUNNINGHAM GUEST ARTIST ACTIVITIES:

Merce Cunningham guest artists' activities will take place on Monday, March 19. A brown bag lunch with archivist David Vaughan will take place at 12:10 p.m, in the Maucker Union. The lecture, "The Visual Art of Movement," will take place at 3 p.m., in the Kamerick Auditorium; and Music in the 21st Century will take place at 5 p.m., in the GBPAC Great Hall. For more information, visit http://www.gbpac.com/season/artists/merce.shtml.

 

 

PERFORMING ARTS

 

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL:

At 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the GBPAC Jebe Hall, touring musician and highly respected music educator Leon W. Couch III will offer a performance on the organ. For more information, visit http://www.profcouch.us/. This event is free.

 

KUNI'S LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

The Beggarmen, an Iowa City-based quintet of traditional Celtic musicians, will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, March 12, in KUNI'S third-floor studios in the CAC. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.

 

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO AT THE GBPAC:

This performance will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 16. This is the second chapter in the tale that began with "Barber of Seville." Mozart's comic tour-de-force is classical perfection performed by the Bulgarian Opera. Sung by critically-acclaimed artists, this opera is a hilarious and tender exploration of love, infidelity and forgiveness. The lobby will come alive with the sights, sounds and smells of an authentic Italian restaurant. Feast on pasta and listen to the sounds of UNI's best violinist, beginning at 6 p.m. Adult tickets: $35, $32, $27, $22, $15; UNI students (with uCard): $17.50, $16, $13.50, $11, $7.50; youth: 20 percent off.

 

UNI FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: SEAN BOTKIN:

At 8 p.m., Monday, March 19, in the GBPAC Davis Hall, Sean Botkin, assistant professor of piano, will offer a recital for piano music lovers of all ages. This event is free.

 

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS

NISG EXECUTIVE POSITIONS NOW AVAILABLE:

The Northern Iowa Student Government is seeking applicants for Director of Administration and Director of Public Relations. These two positions will serve on the NISG executive branch in the upcoming academic year. Also, NISG is accepting applications for Office Manager and webmaster. Applications are due at 5 p.m. Friday, March 23, and can be completed online at http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg under the Government tab. For more information, e-mail nisg@uni.edu, call 3-2650, or visit the NISG office in the Plaza Level of Maucker Union.

 

APPLY TO SAA:

UNI Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) is accepting applications for membership. Ambassadors serve UNI by volunteering to give campus tours, sit on student panels and participate in special university events. To become an ambassador, students must have a GPA of at least 3.0, Panther pride and an enthusiasm for service. Applications are due Friday, March 25 at 5 p.m. Visit http://www.uni.edu/admissions/saa/index.htm to apply. Questions? Contact Dan Pelzer at dpelzer@uni.edu.

 

CARVER SCHOLARSHIP:

Students who have had to work hard to overcome difficult circumstances to pursue an education should consider applying for the 2007-08 Carver Scholarship. Twenty new UNI recipients will be selected to receive a $5,200 award. Selection based on: junior by fall 2007; minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA; currently enrolled as a sophomore at a participating four-year institution or one of Iowa's community colleges; U.S. citizen; graduated from an accredited Iowa high school or have been a resident of Iowa for the past five years; demonstrate financial need by filing a 2007-08 FAFSA by mid March. Apply online through the Carver Trust at https://www.carvertrust.org/ and click on the Scholarship tab.
The deadline is April 1.

 
CHILD CARE GRANTS:

UNI Child Care Grants are available to undergraduate and graduate students for the 2007-08 academic year. Grants are worth $1,000 for the academic year. While all students are encouraged to apply, priority will be given to students working on their first BA. Further information is available at
http://www.uni.edu/finaid/childcaregrant.shtml. Deadline to submit UNI Child Care Grant application is April 1.

 


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