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Thursday, April 26, 2007

NEWS:

PRESIDENT ALLEN'S TOWN HALL PRESENTATION AVAILABLE ONLINE:

A copy of President Allen's presentation and power point slides from his April 11 town hall meeting, "Education Challenges in Iowa: UNI's Role in Pre-K through 12 Education," are available at http://www.uni.edu/pres/speeches/index.shtml. The presentation detailed UNI's leadership role in addressing challenges facing pre-K through 12 education--particularly UNI's role in addressing math and science education in Iowa's schools.

 
TRAINER LEAVING OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROGRAMS:

Jill Trainer, professor and associate vice president for sponsored programs, has taken the position of dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Sacramento. Her resignation becomes effective June 15. Christy Twait, Business and Community Services director of grants and external relations, will take over as interim associate vice president for sponsored programs as of July 1. The interim appointment will be for the 2007-08 academic year. A search will be conducted during the 2007-08 academic year.

 

UNIVERSITY-WIDE ELECTIONS:

Due to problems associated with the distribution of ballots, university-wide elections have been stopped and the few ballots received are considered invalid. Elections for those positions will take place first thing in the fall semester. We apologize for any inconvenience; however the integrity of these elections are of foremost importance. For more information, contact Otto MacLin at otto.maclin@uni.edu.

 

INTERNAL SEARCH FOR ASSOCIATE PROVOST ANNOUNCED:

The Office of the Provost is conducting an internal search for associate provost. This position is a three-year renewable term, full-time position. Applications received by Tuesday, May 1, will be given full consideration. For a full description and application requirements, visit www.uni.edu/vpaa.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

Catherine Zeman, director of UNI's RRTTC, submitted an opinion piece to the Des Moines Register on sustainability. It appeared in Sunday's paper. Visit http://tinyurl.com/2x9ozn.

 

UNI RESPONDS TO NATIONAL FINANCIAL-AID SCANDAL:

Amid growing concerns about student loans and inappropriate relationships between lenders and some higher-education financial aid offices, UNI wants to reassure students and their parents that UNI does not and never has received fees for loans made to UNI students. See http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=2931.

 

FACULTY 12-MONTH PAY OPTION:

Faculty may be paid for their continuing non-temporary academic year appointment in 10 or 12 equal installments beginning with the Aug. 31 or July 31 payroll respectively. Faculty members who would like to change their salary payments from 10 to 12 months, or vice versa, must complete a Pay Frequency Change form available in the Forms Repository at https://access.uni.edu/forms/index.shtml#P. The completed form must be received in Payroll, mail code 0008, by Tuesday, May 15. Questions may be directed to Linda Gruetzmacher at linda.gruetzmacher@uni.edu or 3-3003 in Payroll.

 

UNI SPEAKER'S BUREAU:

The UNI Speakers Bureau is looking for speakers on history, motivation and stress management topics. Faculty or staff interested in speaking on any of these topics to community organizations or businesses should submit their presentations at http://www.uni.edu/pubrel/speakers/submit.shtml or e-mail Stacey Christensen at stacey.christensen@uni.edu. The UNI Speakers Bureau provides an excellent opportunity for the university to share its resources and expertise with the citizens of Iowa.

 

IOWA STATE FAIR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to work the UNI exhibit at the Iowa State Fair from Thursday, Aug. 9, through Sunday, Aug. 19. Shifts will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 to 9 p.m each day. Two faculty and staff will be scheduled per shift to work alongside alumni volunteers. This year UNI is "Celebrating Education in Iowa" at the fair. Volunteers will receive free admission and a complimentary UNI shirt. Volunteers are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Rebecca Schultze at rebecca.schultze@uni.edu or 3-6488.

 

FACILITIES SERVICES SPRING NEWSLETTER:

Facilities Services has issued its spring newsletter. http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/organization/newsletter/Spring2007Newsletter.pdf.

 

GBPAC ARTIST RESIDENCY:

The GBPAC will host AXIS Dance Company in March 2008. This company creates and performs contemporary dance developed through the collaboration of dancers with and without disabilities. Company members will be available to host lectures and workshops for the UNI and the Cedar Valley community proir to their March 7 performance. The GBPAC is looking for faculty/staff interested in serving on the planning committee for outreach activities. Your involvement will include two planning meetings in May and September. If you are interested in serving, e-mail amy.hunzelman@uni.edu.

 

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.

 

SUMMER CHARGING FOR STUDENT EMPLOYEES:

If you are employing students this summer who are not enrolled in summer classes but who would like to continue the privilege of charging purchases to their e-bill, send each student’s name and student ID to diningtech@uni.edu.

 

SUMMER RESERVE READING LISTS:

Faculty who wish to place items on reserve for the 2007 summer semester session beginning May 7 should submit their list to the Rod Library reserve desk by April 27. Reserve requests starting June 4 will need to be received by May 21. New reserve lists can be submitted online at: http://www.uni.edu/library/resform.htm.

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

IMPROVING THE RETENTION OF STUDENTS FROM UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS:

The two biggest challenges facing institutions of higher learning as they attempt to increase minority enrollments are recruitment and retention. There is a general consensus that one of the most effective ways to improve retention of minority students is to provide effective faculty mentoring. But just what faculty mentoring is and how one goes about doing it effectively is not always clear. Philip Kutzko and Paulette Willis will discuss "How to Succeed in Graduate School" from 2 to 2:50 p.m. for all interested students and "The Doctoral Program in Mathematics at the University of Iowa: An American Model" from 3 to 4 p.m. for all interested faculty. The presentations will take place Tuesday, May 1, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom C.

 

ROD LIBRARY DIGITAL COLLECTIONS NOW AVAILABLE:

Rod Library has developed several digital collections that are available at http://cdm.lib.uni.edu/. There are four main sections: UNI Historical Collections, Cedar Valley and Iowa Historical Collections, UNI Research Papers and Selected Digitized Resources. Users can purchase high-quality copies of images such as photographs from Rod Library. For additional information, visit http://weblogs.uni.edu/libnews/archives/resources/electronic_reso/.

 

INTEGRATING PANTHER PROWLER INTO COURSE SITES:

Panther Prowler can be used to integrate customized library search options, such as those for specific disciplines, in Web-based course sites. For more information, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/lms.shtml. Call 3-2838 to ask questions, to arrange for someone to demonstrate it in your office, or to schedule a group presentation.

HOURS

LIBRARY HOURS FOR FINALS WEEK:

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

 

CIRRICULUM LIBRARY AND COMPUTER LAB HOURS:

From Monday, May 7, to Friday, June 1, IRTS' Curriculum Library and Computer Labs will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed weekends.

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY)

SPECIAL EVENTS:

UNI MINI-SUMO ROBOTICS CHALLENGE:

See robots battle. The Mini-Sumo Robotics Challenge will take place Thursday, April 26, in the Seerley Great Reading Room. Cedar Falls School's Legos First group opens the program at 9 a.m., showcasing the children and their accomplishments. The contest will begin at 9:30 a.m. with competitors from as far away as Hawaii and Canada. Watch the Mini-Sumo Robotics Challenge live online at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/livemedia.

 

FAREWELL TO SUE COURTS

The Student Health Clinic is hosting a farewell reception for Sue Courts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the main lobby of the Student Health Center.

 

FAREWELL FOR CHUCK NEIL:

With more than 15 years of service to UNI, Chuck Neil, purchasing agent, is retiring on Monday, April 30. All are invited to a farewell gathering from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Office of Business Operations in Campbell Hall.

 

CINCO DE MAYO:

Join in the celebration of Cinco de Mayo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 27, outside of Maucker Union. Enjoy grilled fajitas, beans, chips, dessert and pop for only $4. Rain site is inside Maucker Union.

 

WINE & TULIPS:

The Friends of KUNI/KHKE present the 22nd Annual "Evening in Celebration of Wine & Tulips" and silent auction to benefit public radio in northeastern Iowa. This year’s celebration will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 5, at the Park Place Event Centre in Cedar Falls. A VIP pre-party starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and are available online at http://kuniradio.org or by calling KUNI at 1-800-772-2440. Tickets are also available at Roots Market and Indulgence in Cedar Falls.

 

NATIONAL PLAYGROUND SAFETY WEEK:

The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), headquartered at UNI, is celebrating National Playground Safety Week through April 27 by announcing the release of its new book, "S.A.F.E. Play Areas: Creation, Maintenance and Renovation," written by staff of the NPPS -- Donna Thompson, executive director; Susan Hudson, education director; and Heather Olsen, operations director.

 

SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE WORKSHOPS:

Sturgis Youth Theatre, under the direction of Gretta Berghammer, is offering a series of creative drama workshops for children this summer, including the annual summer fun production, Jungle Book. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre or call 3-6387.

 

ATHLETICS:

PANTHER ATHLETICS:

Panther baseball hosts Indiana State at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 27; at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 28; and at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 29. All Games will take place at the Riverfront Stadium. Softball hosts Creighton at noon, Saturday, April 28; and at noon, Sunday, April 29. All games will take place at Panther Park.

 

UNI WOMEN'S RUGBY:

The UNI Women's Rugby team finished this year as one of the top eight teams in the country. After beating Appalachian State in the first round of the Division 1 National Sweet 16 tournament, the team lost to UC Davis in the second round. There are 388 collegiate women's rugby teams in the country. This is the best finish in the team's history. For more information, contact jennifer.murra@uni.edu.

 

EXHIBITS/FILMS:

MEVLANA-RUMI FILM AND DISCUSSION:

The Iowa Dialog Center and UNI Turkish Student Association are sponsoring a series of lectures and concerts on the theme "Mevlana and Sufism." A documentary film and discussion on Rumi and his peace message will take place from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 26, at the Cedar Falls Public Library, 524 Main St., Cedar Falls. A variety of books about Rumi and Sufism and the Turkish dessert baklava will be provided after the event.

 

THURSDAZE MOVE -- 'THE NUMBER 23':

Come check out the blockbuster "The Number 23" starring Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen and Logan Lermanlsen on Thursday, April 26, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Carrey's character becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise. Free refreshments provided. Showtimes are 7 and 9:30 p.m.

 

LEONTYNE PRICE EXHIBIT:

The George Walker Society of Music will host a Leontyne Price exhibit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 27, at Cottonwood Canyon, 1806 Waterloo Road, Cedar Falls. The initial exhibit to commemorate her 80th birthday in February was canceled due to an ice storm. Price is universally regarded as one of the greatest American artists of her time. Listen to her recordings while viewing information about her life and career. Admission is free.

 

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

DEALING WITH SEXUAL HARASSMENT:

The Leadership Studies Program at UNI is sponsoring a session on "Sexual Harassment" on Thursday, April 26, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in SEC, Room 246. Presenters are Gwenne Culpepper, associate director for Compliance and Equity Management at UNI, and Chris Lukasiewicz, Lt. Colonel and department head, Military Science-ROTC at UNI. They will discuss policies and strategies for dealing with sexual harassment. This event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898 (or YLA@UNI.edu with subject “April 26 event”).

 

MYRNA SANDVIK POETRY READING:

UNI creative writing graduate and former instructor Myrna Sandvik will read from her new book, "R.F.D. Iowa," at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 26, in the Rod Library Browsing Room. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit
http://tinyurl.com/ypjv5r.

 

SYMPOSIUM ON THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION:

A Symposium on the Future of Higher Education will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 27, in Curris 131. Four panelists representing the diversity of Iowa colleges and universities will participate. The symposium is free and open to the public. A detailed description with panelist biographies is at: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training/documents/higher_ed_symposium.pdf

 

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY:

The Cedar Valley Discover Diversity group will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 14, at the UNI Museum, to discuss J. Fergus' novel "One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd" based on the 1875 Cheyenne Indian U.S. Government Treaty. All are welcome. You do not need to have read the book to attend. For more information, e-mail drjudy.beckman@cfu.net.

PERFORMING ARTS:

UNI CONCERT CHORALE TO PERFORM AT WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN:

The UNI Concert Chorale will be launching its spring tour with a performance at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Waterloo at 7 p.m., Friday, April 27. The address is 1301 Kimball Ave., in Waterloo. This is the final local UNI choral performance of the year.

 

W-CF SYMPHONY POPS CONCERT:

He's classical music's answer to The Marx Brothers. Legendary musical humorist Peter Schickele joins the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony for P.D.Q. Bach's The Vegas Years, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 28, at the GBPAC. Among others, you'll hear "Oedipus Tex" and "Songs from Shakespeare." Tickets are available at 3-4TIX or http://wcfsymphony.org.

 

KUNI PRESENTS AT THE REVERB:

The KUNI Presents concert series continues at The Reverb on Saturday, April 28, with Detroit garage-rock band, The High Strung. Also performing on this super-rock extravaganza: The Mittens (Cedar Falls), The Beat Strings (Waterloo) and North of Grand (Des Moines). Showtime is 10 p.m. Admission is $6 for those over 21 and $8, under 21. Contact The Reverb for tickets.

 

KUNI'S LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Central Standard Time, a duo of singer-songwriters, will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, April 30, in KUNI'S third-floor studios in the CAC. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.

 

CREME DE LA CREME:

Creme de la Creme 7 is a showcase of outstanding Cedar Valley performers, performing at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 4, in the GBPAC Great Hall. Presented by the Friends of the Gallagher-Bluedorn, Creme de la Creme 7 is a fundraiser for the GBPAC's upcoming 2007-2008 season. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youth (18 years and younger). For more information, call 3-SHOW or call the Henry W. Myrtle Gallery at (319) 266-0168.

 

CELTIC MUSIC JAM SESSION:

The UNI Gaelic Club and UNI Folk and Ballroom Dancers are sponsoring a Celtic Music Jam Session at 7 p.m., Friday, May 4, at Cottonwood Canyon. All musicians welcome. Some sheet music provided. Learn to play traditional Irish, Scottish, Welsh and American tunes. For more information call (319) 277-5115.

 

QUEEN IDA AND THE BON TEMPS ZYDECO BAND:

Have some fun at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12, with Queen Ida & the Bon Temps Zydeco Band. Celebrate with a Mardi Gras Ball as the lobby is transformed into a jazz club with live music. Wear your best Mardi Gras mask and enjoy a traditional New Orleans-style meal. All the fun starts at 6 p.m. Order tickets by calling 3-4TIX or toll-free (877) 549-SHOW, visit the Gallagher-Bluedorn box office or order online at http://www.gbpac.com. Adult ticket prices are $35, $32, $27, $22 and $15. Youth (18 years and younger) will receive a 20-percent discount.

 

WELLNESS REC:

DE-STRESS DAYS:

Come enjoy free mini massages, pet Cedar Bend Humane Society animals, play Dance-Dance Revolution and walk the labyrinth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, April 30, through Wednesday, May 2, in Maucker Union Ballroom. Brought to you by Wellness and Recreation Services.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

UNI'S PHOENIX CENTER OFFERS ASSISTANCE:

UNI's Phoenix Center offers free, confidential assistance to victims of stalking and harassment. Assistance includes counseling, medical and legal referrals, meeting accompaniment, help securing No Contact and No Trespass orders, support with academic concerns and collaboration with university and community policing agencies and the Dean of Student's Office. For more information, call 3-SAFE or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec.

 

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.

 

UPWARD BOUND MATH AND SCIENCE CENTER SUMMER EMPLOYMENT:

The Upward Bound Math and Science Center has two teaching assistant positions open in the areas of mathematics and physics. Teaching assistants work 15 to17 hours per week at the rate of $10 per hour. Applications can be accessed at http://www.uni.edu/eop/ubms/index.htm or by contacting Latricia Hylton at (319) 433-1261.

 


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