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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ALLEN ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH:
The University of Northern Iowa extends its sympathy and condolences to the students, faculty and staff of Virginia Tech, and their families. I want to assure our students, faculty, staff and their families that campus safety is our primary concern. We are reviewing our crisis-response procedures to ensure that they are as comprehensive as possible. Our counseling center staff is ready to meet the needs of students as necessary.
We're only now becoming aware of the enormity of the shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech. Until more is known about the actual circumstances, we believe it's best to reserve comment, except to make the following points.
For members of the UNI community who have relatives, colleagues and friends at Virginia Tech and may be suffering from shock and sorrow, please remember that UNI and our surrounding communities have a wealth of mental health practitioners and counselors who are available and eager to help.
Today's events are a sober reminder that we must all take reasonable and prudent steps to protect ourselves. Most importantly, when you see suspicious behavior, don't hesitate to report it to police by calling 9-1-1.
These are some of the fundamentals of campus safety at UNI:
• University Police are always on mobile patrol
For more information, see http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/pubsaf/crime_prevention/index.shtml
COE DEAN SEARCH UPDATE:
The College of Education Dean Search Committee has identified four candidates for campus interviews. Details can be found at http://www.uni.edu/coe/deansearch/. Candidates and the dates of their visits are:
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17 and 18, Osman Alawiye, dean, Ella Cline Shear School of Education, State University of New York-Geneseo, http://www.geneseo.edu;
Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20, William P. Callahan, associate dean, UNI College of Education;
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 and 25, Kenneth Teitelbaum, chair and professor, Department of Teaching, Leadership and Curriculum Studies, Kent State University, http://www.kent.edu;
Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27, Sue A. Joseph Joslyn, associate dean, UNI Graduate College.
DEPARTMENTS ACCEPTING CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS:
The Office of Business Operations has updated the requirements for credit card processing within the cash depositing policy. All credit card transactions must be deposited daily, regardless of amount. The requirements for cash and check deposits remain unchanged; daily for receipts of $250 or more and weekly for receipts less than $250. Refer to the "cash handling training presentation" and "depositing receipts instructions" at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/cashiering/index.shtml. For more information, call 3-2628.
Room reservations that were administered previously through the University Event Coordination Office will now be reserved through Maucker Union by contacting Mike Bobeldyk at 3-5888 or email@example.com. For requesting space in GBPAC, UNI-Dome or McLeod, contact those facilities directly.
CEDAR FALLS RAGBRAI TOWN-HALL MEETING SET:
The 2007 Cedar Falls RAGBRAI® planning committee will host a town-hall meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in the Holmes Junior High gymnasium, 505 Holmes Drive, Cedar Falls. Cedar Falls and UNI have teamed up to host the overnight stop. With that in mind, the official theme for the Cedar Falls event will be "Live Large." To see the full news release, visit http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=2883
UNI COMMUNITY SHOWCASE:
UNI Community Showcase is an opportunity for community leaders to learn more about UNI programs and services that add value to the community and the state and how UNI students are learning to be leaders for Iowa's future. This first showcase will include brief presentations from faculty and staff from a variety of university departments. UNI Community Showcase will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, in UNI's new Business & Community Services Building, 8120 Jennings Drive.
RESERVE REINSTATEMENTS LISTS:
Faculty who wish to keep their same items on reserve for the 2007 summer or fall semester from spring 2007 should submit their request to the Rod Library reserve desk by Monday, April 23. Requests can be submitted electronically at http://www.uni.edu/library/reinstatement_form.htm. Make sure to indicate whether it's for the summer or fall semester.
SPRING EDITION OF TECHNOLOGY FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING (TLT) NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE:
Learn about new technologies available at UNI as well as services and special events available to faculty, staff and students. TLT may be accessed at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/newsletter.
SURVEY OF COUNCIL PRIORITIES FOR P&S STAFF:
UNI P&S Council invites feedback from all P&S staff regarding projects and priorities for the coming year. If you are a P&S employee, use the "Current Announcements" tab in the upper left of the MyUNIverse portal and click on the survey link. Call Robin at 3-3536 for more information.
UNIVERSITY FACULTY SENATE MEETING:
The final regularly scheduled meeting of the University Faculty Senate for 2006-2007 will take place at 3:15 p.m., Monday, April 23, in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room. Meetings are open.
MEMFIS USERS GROUP (MUG) MEETING:
MEMFIS Users Group will meet at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in MSH 201. The agenda includes a spotlight on the Office of Business Operations and a demostration of the Oracle Discoverer report, "Paid Time-Off Summary." The meeting is open.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2007 REGENTS AWARD FOR STAFF EXCELLENCE:
This award is presented bi-annually to a supervisory or confidential merit employee who has demonstrated outstanding professional contributions to the university. Nominations are accepted from UNI students, faculty and staff, and are due April 20. Nomination forms and list of eligible recipients, including past recipients, can be found at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/meritsc/regents_award.shtml.
UNI PARKING SURVEY:
UNI is considering possible improvements to the current parking program. It's also in the preliminary planning stages of constructing a parking deck and transit-stop facility to take the place of the current Commons parking lot. We'd like your input. The survey can be found at MyUNIverse under the "Current Announcements" section. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Dave Zarifis, director of public safety, at 3-2712.
PARKING DECK INPUT SESSIONS:
Your input about preliminary designs is needed. Choose from one of three campus information sessions: from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17; and from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18. All sessions will take place in the CME meeting room.
FACULTY AND P&S ANNUAL COURTESY NOTICE:
The annual loan period for items checked out from Rod Library to faculty and professional and scientific personnel will end soon. Please return all items by Tuesday, May 1. All items must be returned, but you may recheck out items. To view items checked out to you, log on to your library account at https://unistar.uni.edu/patroninfo/. For more information, visit http://www.lib.uni.edu/access/fac_notice.htm.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WHEELCHAIR SPORTS CAMP:
Volunteers are needed to help with a Wheelchair Sports Camp at UNI from Wednesday, June 13, through Saturday, June 16. Volunteers are needed to help participants with living skills, transportation, meals and hygiene. Meals will be provided, and those who volunteer to stay overnight with the athletes will have their room accommodations paid. Training will be held prior to the camp. This is an opportunity to get some practical experience working with young people in wheelchairs. Academic credit is available. For more information, contact N. Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UNI Speakers Bureau is looking for speakers on motivation and stress management or related topics. Faculty or staff interested in speaking on this topic to community organizations, businesses and industries should submit their presentations at http://www.uni.edu/pubrel/speakers/submit.shtml. The UNI Speakers Bureau provides an excellent opportunity for the university to share its resources and expertise with the citizens of Iowa.
Merit vacancies are available for viewing at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.asp.
P&S JOB OPENINGS:
Vacancies at the P&S level include assistant manager/dining. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.
PANTHER PROWLER MY SPACE USER GUIDE:
Use your Panther Prowler My Space account to save citations to folders and more. For more information, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/myspaceguide.shtml. Call 3-2838 to ask questions about Panther Prowler My Space, to arrange for someone to demonstrate the product in your office, or to schedule a presentation for a group.
DATE CHANGE FOR 'THROUGH STUDENT EYES: ON BEING AN ALLY TO MINORITY STUDENTS IN UNI CLASSROOMS':
The date for the faculty diversity workshop, "Through Student Eyes: On Being an Ally to Minority Students in UNI Classrooms,” has been changed to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in Lang 040. The Thursday, April 19 workshop date remains the same, at 3:30 p.m., in Lang 040. All are welcome to attend one or both workshops. For more information, contact Victoria DeFrancisco at 3-7219.
WEBINAR ON ASSESSMENT AND LEARNING WITH TECHNOLOGY:
A three-part webinar on "Using Accreditation Self-Studies to Improve Teaching and Learning with Technology" will take place from 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in the ITTC 134. Co-sponsored by Educational Technology and the Office of Academic Assessment. Open to all faculty and staff. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/webcasts/index.shtml or contact Donna Vinton at email@example.com.
WHAT DO STUDENTS REALLY WANT?:
A panel of students from different colleges will discuss the teaching practices they have found particularly helpful from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in the CME 109 A. Questions will address student perspectives on syllabi structure and content, classroom technology, handouts, course packets, e-mail attachments, course Web sites and classroom teaching strategies. The session will be moderated by Susan Hill (philosophy and religion), and is open to everyone. Sponsored by the Teaching-Learning Consortium. For more information, contact Melissa Heston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-2236.
NEW POSTAL REGULATIONS:
Anyone involved in mailing items is invited to hear the finalized plans of the new USPS regulations involving size and weight rate changes. Chris Kula will present the latest details for the new increase, effective May 14. A class will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, April 20, in the SEC 244/245. No RSVP needed.
INSTITUTE FOR COURSEWARE ENHANCEMENT THRU TECHNOLOGY (ICE-T):
ITS-Educational Technology is sponsoring two institutes, one in May and one in June, to assist UNI faculty with courseware enhancement. ICE-T will provide professional consultation, training and staffed facilities for producing courseware. These institutes are provided free for UNI faculty but space is limited. Visit http://www.uni.edu/icet for complete details.
EVENTS (BY CATEGORY)
EARTH SCIENCE GEODE SALE:
The Earth Science honor society, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, is hosting a geode sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in Maucker Union. Own a piece of the earth by purchasing one of its natural wonders.
UNI EARTH DAY CELEBRATION:
Tuesday, April 17, is Earth Day at UNI. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Maucker Union Plaza, there will be games, prizes and an interactive Mini Materials-Recovery Facility (Mini-MRF). Try to get all the recyclables off the conveyor before they get tossed in the trash. Bring three recyclable items such as plastic bottles, batteries, ink cartridges or magazines and receive a free "Get Your Green On" T-shirt. Europa Cycle and Ski and WRS Sole Power are sponsoring free bike tune-ups from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain location will be in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Sponsored by the RRTTC, CEEE, Sole Power and Wellness Recreation Services. For more information, call 3-3689 or e-mail email@example.com.
SUMMER LANGUAGE CAMPS:
The Department of Modern Languages will offer summer language camps for students in grades two through eight. Camps will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, June 25, to Friday, June 29, at Price Lab School. Languages offered are French, German, Chinese, Russian and Spanish. More information will be forthcoming.
ANNUAL PLANT SALE:
The annual plant sale will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in the Biology Botanical Center. Please use the North greenhouse entrance. A wide variety of plants, brought to you by the Student-Nature Society and UNI Botanical Center, will be sold throughout the day.
AMERICAN HUMANICS SPRING FLING:
American Humanics, a student organization on campus, has scheduled its spring fundraiser for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, at the Campanile. Come for food, activities and a chance to win some prizes. There will be walking tacos, drinks, and root beer floats -- all for under $5. There will be a chance to enter a drawing for outdoor prizes.
Baseball hosts North Dakota State at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 20; at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21; and, at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 22. All games will take place at Riverfront Stadium. Softball hosts Southern Illinois at noon and 2 p.m., Saturday, April 21, and noon, Sunday, April 22, at Panther Park.
NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK:
Rod Library is celebrating National Library Week Sunday through Saturday, April 21, by showcasing the favorite books of library faculty, staff and student workers in the main display case. First sponsored in 1958, the national observance is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country.
UNI REPERTORY DANCE THEATRE LECTURE/DEMONSTRATIONS:
UNI Repertory Dance Theatre will present two lecture/demonstrations on the history of art dance in 20th Century America. These events will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at the Snowden House in Waterloo; and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. These presentations are free and open to the public. Visit http://www.uni.edu/dance for information about other upcoming dance events at UNI.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SUNNI AND SHI'ITE:
A lecture explaining the differences between Sunni and Shi'ite traditions within Islam will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. A.E. Souaiaia, assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Iowa, will speak on, "Tortured Memories: History and Context of Sunni-Shi'ite Divide." This religious literacy program is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & Religion, inspired by a New York Times article reporting that key members of Congress and officers in federal agencies did not know the basic differences between these two groups.
CHFA ALUMNI FELLOWS SYMPOSIUM FRIDAY, APRIL 20:
Nineteen alumni will visit with students, faculty and staff about the value of a liberal arts education for professionals Friday, April 20. Attend any or all of the moderated sessions and listen as they describe UNI’s impact on their careers, and what we can do to better prepare our students for success in a global economy. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/chfa/AFSymposium07.shtml.
ARTS IN APRIL AT UNI:
Please watch your mail for the Arts in April brochure. Despite a slight delay in printing, the annual celebration of the arts does continue. Visit http://www.uni.edu/artsinapril for a full calendar of April's celebration of arts and culture at UNI, and to see the 2007 poster, designed by senior Ryan Cosgrove.
UNI JAZZ PANTHERS IN CONCERT:
The UNI Jazz Panthers (artists formerly known as Jazz Band II), will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in the GBPAC Great Hall, under the direction of Robert Washut, professor of jazz studies. Featured artist is UNI alumnus Don Jaques on saxophone. This event is free.
WIND SYMPHONY PERFORMANCE:
Ronald Johnson, professor of instrumental conducting, will direct the Wind Symphony's spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in GBPAC Great Hall. This event is free.
The UNITUBA ensemble will offer its spring performance at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in the GBPAC Davis Hall, under the direction of Jeffrey Funderburk, professor of tuba/euphonium. This event is free.
'A CHORUS LINE' COMES TO UNI:
Theatre UNI and the School of Music present the Broadway dance sensation, "A Chorus Line," Friday, April 20, through Sunday, April 22, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Tickets are $15 for the general public and free for UNI students. For more information, call 3-6381 or visit http://www.theatreuni.com.
UNI SUZUKI SCHOOL PRESENTS THE NORTHERN IOWA JUNIOR ORCHESTRA:
The annual spring concert of the Northern Iowa Junior Orchestra will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. The orchestra features area students in fifth through eighth grades led by guest director Tom Schilke. This event is free.
UNI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT:
The UNI Chamber Orchestra will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the GBPAC Great Hall, under the direction of Rebecca Burkhardt, professor of theory. This event is free
LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:
Dennis Warner will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, April 23, in KUNI'S third-floor studios in the CAC. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.
UNI JAZZ BAND III AND JAZZ COMBOS:
At 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, in the Russell Hall Auditorium, various small ensembles, led by graduate student directors, will offer their spring performances. This event is free.
UNI FACULTY ARTISTS RECITAL: PIANISTS SEAN BOTKIN AND GENADI ZAGOR:
At 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, in the GBPAC Davis Hall, Sean Botkin and Genadi Zagor, assistant professors of piano, will collaborate to offer a faculty duet recital on piano. A must-see performance for piano lovers. This event is free.
SYMPHONIC BAND SPRING CONCERT:
At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the GBPAC Great Hall, Paul Brizzi, director of the UNI Marching Bands, will lead the Symphonic Band's spring concert. This event is free.
MARTINA McBRIDE AND DIAMOND RIO IN McLEOD:
Martina McBride will perform live with Diamond Rio Wednesday, June 21, in McLeod Center. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, April 20. Tickets are available at the UNItix Box Offices in the UNI-Dome and GBPAC or by calling 3-4TIX. Tickets are also available through any Ticketmaster outlet, at http://ticketmaster.com or by calling (319) 363-1888. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster are subject to additional fees. A student discount is available at the UNItix Box Office. One discount per ID.
UNI's second Paddle, Pedal, Pace will take place Sunday, April 22. The triathlon, consisting of a 400-yard swim, 6-mile bike ride and 1.5-mile run, is open to students, faculty, staff, retirees and spouses. Registration is from April 9 through 19 in WRC 101 (no race-day registration). Entry fee is $15 for students and faculty/staff paid users and $20 for non-paid users. The event is limited to the first 56 paid registrants. For more information, call 3-6275.
Ease into May-term with a massage. Licensed massage therapist, Jackie Olberding, will be administering massages Monday through Friday for the month of May in the Wellness Resource Lab, WRC 104. The cost is $10 for every 15 minutes. Pay by u-bill, payroll deduct, cash or check. Call 3-6119 to set up an appointment. Brought to you by Wellness and Recreation Services.
EARN COLLEGE CREDIT AT IOWA'S LAKESIDE LABORATORY:
The Iowa Lakeside Lab, located in the Great Lakes region of northwest Iowa, provides the opportunity to "study nature in nature" and discuss environmental issues with like-minded professors and students. Month-long intensive credit courses involve field work at Iowa's oldest biological field station and the surrounding wetlands. Classes for graduate and undergraduate credit meet May 21 to Aug. 9. Course and enrollment information is available at http://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/lakesidelab/ustudents. Students may also enroll through the UNI Office of the Registrar via MyUniverse. For more information, contact UNI Continuing Education at 3-5970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT PROGRAMS OFFER CONVENIENCE AND FLEXIBILITY:
Now accepting enrollments for summer credit courses. Learn more at http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/summer07. Don't forget about Guided Independent Study — students can enroll at any time, take up to nine months to complete a course and work at their own pace. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/gis.
PRINT SERVICES GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS:
UNI Print Services can produce color copies of graduation announcements and invitations at or below cost of competition. Call 3-2448 or visit the office on the south side of the Physical Plant Building. Pay with cash or check.
STUDY ABROAD IN IRELAND:
Questions about Ireland? Visit with Francis Kelly from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room. Kelly is a representative from Dublin Business School who will present information on Ireland. For more information, contact Study Abroad at 3-7078 or email@example.com.
ORCHESIS DANCE AUDITIONS:
UNI Orchesis Dance Company will hold open auditions for the fall 2007 semester at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, and Wednesday, April 25, in the WRC 185/187. All current UNI students and incoming freshmen are encouraged to audition. Auditions will consist of ballet barre, modern dance, jazz dance and tap. For more information about Orchesis, visit http://www.uni.edu/dance.
GRAD ASSISTANT OPPORTUNITY:
ITS-Educational Technology has openings for graduate assistants during the next academic year. Primary responsibility is presenting computer workshops to UNI students, faculty and staff. More information and an application form (due Friday, April 20) are available at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/gradassistant.html. Contact 3-2309 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
STUDY ABROAD PREPARATION:
Students thinking about studying or working abroad should consider taking the Studies in Preparation for Study Abroad course (170:186g). This three-credit class meets on Tuesdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m. There are four short presentations, four one-page papers and a final presentation/project. The class prepares students to study abroad, including evaluating and selecting a program, applying for the program and visas. Guest speakers will discuss their experiences.
DEADLINES FOR STUDY ABROAD APPLICATIONS:
Application deadlines for AIFS fall programs are: Tuesday, May 1 for Budapest, Florence, Nanjing, Prague and Rome; and Tuesday, May 15 for Cannes, Granada, Grenoble, Limerick, London, Paris, Salamanca, Salzburg and St. Petersburg. For more information, stop by the Study Abroad Office in Baker Hall, Room 59.
CME IS HIRING:
The CME is hiring office assistants, public relations interns, an accounting intern, VOICES newsletter editor, Web designer, mentors, program coordinator, caseworker and program assistants for the summer and 2007-08 academic term. Find out more at http://www.uni.edu, or pick up an application at the CME (MAU 109). Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call Lydia Roberts at 3-2250.
MEMORIAL BRICKS AVAILABLE:
Personalized bricks are available to commemorate your years of study at UNI or to honor a special graduate, classmate or instructor. Bricks will be placed in the Memorial Garden outside Maucker Union. For a limited time only, bricks cost $50. For more information visit http://www.uni-foundation.org/memorialgardennaming.shtml
NORTHERN IOWAN IS HIRING:
The Northern Iowan is hiring editors and writers for the 2007-08 academic term. Interested students should apply online at http://fp.uni.edu/northia/employment-old.asp or pick up an application at the Northern Iowan office in the Maucker Union lower level. Applications are due by 4 p.m., Friday, April 20. For more information, call 3-2157.
CAREERS IN POLITICS AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
"UNI Alum Goes to Washington and Negotiates $20 Billion a Year: A Career in Federal Government," at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in CAC 108. Adrienne Hallett (philosophy and the study of religion, '97), will describe her career path into, and preparation for, her former job on Sen. Tom Harkin's D.C. staff and her current position on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. As committee staff, her portfolio includes about $20 billion annually in labor, health and human services, and education initiatives.
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