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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

NEWS:

SMOKING POLICY TO BE REVIEWED:

UNI has formed a Smoking Policy Review Committee to examine the current policy and gather input from students, faculty and staff. The committee will examine what, if anything, needs to be changed in the current policy. All UNI community members will be involved in and informed of the process.

Student committee members include Andrew Morse, Keenan Crow, Charles Michels, Eli Cochrane, Bart Upah, Angela Ross and Zenab Chowdhry. Faculty/staff members are Diane Depken, Michelle Swanson, Joe Wilson, Milissa Wright, Mona Milius, Dean Shoars, John Goossen, Kathy Green, Susan Reinart, Susan Baker and a representative TBD from Faculty Senate. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, contact Andrew Morse, NISG president, at 3-2651.

 

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.

 
UNI ONLINE CHANGES:

UNI Online will revert to publishing once a week between the spring and fall semesters, beginning next week. The newsletter will be e-mailed to faculty and staff on Wednesdays. Deadline for submission is noon, Tuesday. To submit, http://www.uni.edu/unionline.

 

SUMMER WORK STUDY APPROVALS:

Departments who are hiring summer work-study students must complete a student employment approval form. Work-study assingments do not carry over from fall/spring. Please use the blue UNI Work-Study Approvals for summer or indicate "SUMWS" on an "Addition/Deletion" form. Please contact Tim Bakula (3-2722) or Liz Cox (3-7394) with any questions.

 

CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION MAPS:

Facilities Services has posted maps to their Web site indicating the location of construction zones on campus. A general construction map can be found in the FS newsletter (http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/organization/newsletter/Spring2007Newsletter.pdf), and a map specific to central campus in the Maucker Union area is at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/ittc_construction.pdf.

 

PUBLIC SURPLUS AUCTION:

UNI has a wide selection of surplus equipment on the Public Surplus auction site. Items range from a truck with boom crane to marching band drums to computers. Visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline/public/474.html for a complete list. Go to publicsurplus.com to register and bid. Call Vince at 3-3527 with any questions.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUMMER ORIENTATION:

Once again, UNI will host a Parent Hospitality Tent during the summer orientation sessions. Share your enthusiasm for UNI with the parents of our newest students. Faculty and staff assistance is needed to help staff the booth in the coffeehouse in Maucker Union.  Volunteers will visit with parents of prospective students from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, June  4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 and July 2. If you'd like to volunteer, e-mail liz.conklin@uni.edu.

 

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.

 
UNI IN THE NEWS:

Yesterday's Des Moines Register featured the UNI Campanile and the campaign underway to restore the bells.

http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070430/NEWS02/704300335/-1/SPORTS04.

 

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.

 

PLANNING FOR FAMILY WEEKEND:

Please submit dates, times and brief descriptions for open houses and events for Family Weekend 2007, Oct. 26 through 28. Include contact name, phone number and e-mail address for each event listed. E-mail information to liz.conklin@uni.edu by June 1. Use subject header Family Weekend 2007.

 

UNI SPEAKER'S BUREAU:

The UNI Speakers Bureau is looking for speakers on history, motivation and stress management. 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.

 

PURCHASING CONTACTS:

The Office of Business Operations has added two individuals to the Purchasing and Payables staff. As the purchasing and payables manager, Tori Stafford is responsible for oversight of these functions for the university. Stafford can be reached at 3-2253.

Molly Rickert is a purchasing agent. Rickert will assist with the competitive bid process, including requests for quotes and/or proposals. In addition, Rickert will create purchase orders and be responsible for creating and maintaining procurement card accounts. Rickert can be reached at 3-6448.

 

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES NEWSLETTER:

The newsletter was created for UNI employees in an effort to increase awareness regarding services to students with disabilities. To read the May 2007 issue, visit http://www.uni.edu/disability/documents/May2007Newsletter.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 prior 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.

 

MAUCKER UNION RESTAURANTS OPEN THIS SUMMER:

Eat on campus this summer. Chats and Prexy's will be open in Maucker Union from May through August. Chats will be open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; Prexy's Grab 'N Go salad bar and soup is open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; and Flares at Prexy's will have a rotating menu from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Closed Wednesday, July 4.

 

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.

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

PROMOTING COMMUNITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Information and a registration form are available for the faculty and staff development workshop on "Promoting Community and Civic Engagement," from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 12 through 14. Sponsored by the American Democracy Project. For information on the workshop, visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline/public/472.html

To register, visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline/public/473.html

 

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

WRC HOURS FINALS WEEK/SUMMER HOURS:

During finals week, the WRC will be open during regular recreational hours through Wednesday, May 2. On Thursday, May 3, the WRC will close at 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, the WRC will be open from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The WRC will be closed Saturday, May 5. WRC summer hours begin Sunday, May 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. (family time all day). For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fachrs/ or call 3-2391.

 

HEALTH BEAT SUMMER HOURS:

The Health Beat in Maucker Union will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, from May 7 through July 27. It will be closed on Memorial Day (May 28) and Independence Day (July 4). For more information, contact Kristy Leen at kristy.leen@uni.edu or 3-7167.

 

LIBRARY HOURS FOR FINALS WEEK:

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

 

CURRICULUM 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.

 

MAUCKER UNION HOURS:

http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/.

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY)

SPECIAL EVENTS:

COMMISSIONING CEREMONY:

The Department of Military Science invites all to attend the Commissioning Ceremony of graduating seniors at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 5, in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. The guest speaker for the event is retired Army Maj. Gen. Evan Hultman.

 

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:

UNI baseball hosts the No. 7 Wichita State Shockers at Riverfront Stadium this weekend. Friday's game starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are just $1. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

 

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

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:

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:

WELLNESS NEWSLETTER:

The April Words of Wellness newsletter for UNI employees is posted at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/empwell/wow/. To receive a hard copy of each issue, as well as WRS fitness class schedules, contact kathy.green@uni.edu or 3-6921.

 

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., through Wednesday, May 2, in Maucker Union Ballroom. Brought to you by Wellness and Recreation Services.

 

MAY MASSAGE:

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.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

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 to 17 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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