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Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007

NEWS:

PRESIDENT ALLEN SEEKS INPUT ON RECOMMENDATION TO ARM UNIVERSITY POLICE:

President Allen is seeking comments on the issue of arming university public safety officers. The vice presidents of business and finance and the public safety directors at the three state universities have submitted recommendations to the university presidents that sworn and certified university police officers be authorized to carry firearms as standard equipment. Arming would be subject to stringent training and firearms recertification requirements.
The report is posted at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/vpaf/documents/arming_report_73107.pdf. Please refer to pages 7-9 of the report.
The presidents have been asked to study this report and provide recommendations to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, by Oct. 1. Over the next several weeks President Allen will review all campus input. Please send your comments and thoughts to president@uni.edu by Sept. 15.

 

UNI ONLINE TO RESUME TWICE-A-WEEK PRODUCTION:

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 21, UNI Online will return to Tuesday and Thursday editions. Because of the Labor Day holiday, there won't be an edition Tuesday, Sept. 4.

 

INTERCOLLEGIATE ACADEMICS FUND:

The Intercollegiate Academics Fund (IAF) is a yearly allocation of Student Activity Fee monies that exists to promote and support intercollegiate academic experiences for UNI students. The first funding request deadline is Thursday, Sept. 6. IAF Guidelines and Fund Request Form are available at: www.uni.edu/vpaa/iaf or from the Forms Repository. Contact Cheryl Nedrow at cheryl.nedrow@uni.edu or 3-2519 for further information.

 

INTERIM ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR GRAD COLLEGE APPOINTED:

Victoria Pruin DeFrancisco has been appointed interim associate dean of graduate academic affairs. DeFrancisco will begin working in the Graduate College Aug. 15, and will be responsible for faculty and student awards, graduate curriculum review, and student requests and grievances. She will continue to teach in the Department of Communication Studies, where she holds the faculty appointment of tenured professor.

 

FALL FACULTY MEETING:

The annual University Fall Faculty meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20 (first day of classes), in the Lang Hall Auditorium. President Allen will deliver his annual address to the faculty; new faculty will be welcomed; and faculty, staff and student leadership will be introduced. Recipients of the Class of 1943 Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Ross Nielsen Award for Excellence in Service, the Donald McKay Award for Excellence in Research, and the Faculty Regents Award winners will be recognized. Refreshments will be served in the Lang Hall Auditorium lobby following the meeting.

 

POSSIBLE CABLE TV SERVICE INTERUPTIONS:

Periodic outages should be expected Monday, Aug. 20 through Wednesday, Aug. 22 while service to the Administrative Cable TV System is completed. These outages should only affect cable TV service to UNI's educational and administrative buildings and should NOT affect cable TV service to the residence halls.

 

DONATION DRIVE FOR UNI INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

Donations are needed for the 2007-2008 UNI academic year. Household items ranging from dishes, pots and pans, towels, and lamps to clothes hangers are needed for arriving international students. Furniture is also in great demand for students living in the unfurnished university apartments. Household items can be brought to the International Services Office in Maucker Union 113 until Aug. 17 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Household items also may be left at St. Stephen’s. If you have larger furniture to donate, please take a digital photo and e-mail it to: ross.schupbach@uni.edu You will be contacted at a later time to organize a pick-up of the furniture.
If you have further questions, contact Ross Schupbach at 3-6421 or ross.schupbach@uni.edu

 
COMMONS PARKING LOT A & B CLOSURE

The Commons A & B parking lots will be closed from approximately March 2008 through June 2009 for the construction of the parking deck and transit facility. Twenty-third Street between Merner Avenue and Campus Street will also be closed during that time. A free, high-frequency shuttle service from outlying lots to central campus will be offered. Please take this closure into account as you plan for parking and for events and activities.

 

PARKING PERMIT SALES:

The online application for parking permits is now closed. You may still purchase your permit at the Department of Public Safety. Permits can be purchased at 106 Towers Center Aug. 15. Aug. 16 to 20 all permit sales will be at Maucker Union, South Room. The weekday hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours on Saturday and Sunday will be noon to 4 p.m.

Aug. 15 is the last day for faculty and staff to purchase their G, A or B permits and take advantage of deducting the fee on a pre-tax basis.

 

PARKING CHANGES FOR 2007-2008:

Most changes in the Parking Rules and Regulations for 2007-2008 involve the increase of several parking fines. Please refer to your copy of the 2007-2008 rules and regulations to see these changes.

One of the other more pertinent changes is that university departments/individuals who are authorized to have service permits will now be charged the regular yearly rate paid by outside vendors of $118.

 

EDITOR NEEDED FOR ACADEMIC JOURNAL:

The Graduate College has an opening for the position of editor of UNIversitas, UNI's online scholarly academic journal. The position needs to be filled as soon as possible. To self-nominate, or recommend someone for the position, or if you have any questions, contact the Graduate College as soon as possible, at 3-2748. To read current and past issues of UNIversitas, visit http://www.uni.edu/universitas/

 

STUDENT EMPLOYEE FALL ASSIGNMENT APPROVAL LIST:

All departments employing continuing departmental students must submit a Student Assignment Approval List for the fall. This report is now available as a MEMFIS Discoverer Report. For instructions on how to use the report and other information on employing students, read the Student Assignment Approval List Announcement at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/payroll

 

JUMP START ORIENTATION:

The 10th Annual UNI Jump Start Orientation Program runs through Friday, Aug. 17. The program assists ethnically diverse students in making a smooth transition to UNI. Help welcome the Jump Start participants. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 3-2700.

 
GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION:

New Graduate Student Orientation is from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. A reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. will follow with entertainment by the UNI School of Music and refreshments.

 

UNI ITEMS FOR SALE AT PUBLIC SURPLUS:

UNI is currently selling the following items at auction on publicsurplus.com.
2004 Ford Crown Vic four-door sedan, 1974 Miller welder, Ricoh copier, Canon fax machine, H/P LaserJet printer, 78 rpm musical records. Call Vince at 3-3527 for more information.

 

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED:

Host families are needed for three female students from New Zealand who will be visiting UNI for 10 weeks during September and October.

 

MERIT OPENINGS:

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

 

P&S OPENINGS:

Vacancies at the P&S level include applications administrator, computer network systems manager, director of community athletic training services, associate registrar, and assistant coordinator of CBA undergraduate programs. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp

 

PANTHER FIRST AWARD WINNERS:

http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/recognition/panther_first_recipients.shtml

 

HOURS

 
LIBRARY HOURS BETWEEN SUMMER AND FALL SESSIONS:

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

MAUCKER UNION BUILDING HOURS FOR AUGUST:
http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/hrs-bcurrent.txt

 

WRC AUGUST HOURS:

The WRC will be closed for WRS student training Friday, Aug. 17 and will open for fall semester hours at 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18.

http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fachrs/

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

FRINGE BENEFIT STATEMENTS:

Your Annual Fringe Benefits Statement is always available for viewing. Log in to MEMFIS, select UNI Employee Self-Service, and select Fringe Benefits Statement. If you would like a current copy of your statement, you may print it out. A process is currently being written so that you can go back to view your statement as of a previous date.

 

FREE EMAIL AND CALENDAR WORKSHOPS:

On Tuesday, Aug. 21, ITS-Educational Technology is offering computer workshops for Thunderbird (8:30-10:20 a.m.) and Calendar (1-2:50 p.m.). All faculty and staff are invited to register for these workshops by calling 3-2309. A complete listing of workshops is available at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt

 

NEW LOOK FOR PANTHER PROWLER:

The library has implemented a new Panther Prowler search interface, which integrates several important functions into a single page. For details see: http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/ml/html/pp_interface.html

 
STAFF TRAINING GRANT CHANGES:

As a result of a Board of Regents initiative, UNI has implemented changes to the Staff Training Grant program for FY08. Eligible staff will now receive up to 100-percent of the tuition cost (within budgetary capacity) for up to six credit hours per semester and a maximum of 12 credit hours per fiscal year. Applications are available at http://access.uni.edu/forms/index.shtml#S. For questions call 3-6432.

 

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):

SPECIAL EVENTS:

FURNITURE & EQUIPMENT AUCTION:

A UNI surplus furniture and equipment auction will take place at 1:30 p.m. Thurday, Aug. 16, at the CEEE, located on Jennings Drive. An opportunity to preview the items will be prior to sale time at 1 p.m. Thursday. Bidders can visit the UNI Surplus Store from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the auction on Thursday. Buyers are responsible for removal from the building by 4 p.m. on Thursday Aug. 16. Payment must be made in cash (good check) before removal. A valid photo ID is required to get a bidding number. See http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/auctioninfo.shtml for more information. Call Vince at 3-3527 with questions about the sale.


SAVE THE DATE:

Join the dancers and musicians from Shakti Dance Company for a one-hour workshop, Bharata Natyam: Dance of India, at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, at the CME. Explore the rich tradition of this classical dance style from southern India. Dancers and musicians will demonstrate this traditional art form and will conduct a question and answer session. For more information, call 3-3679.

 

NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS:

Boys and girls ages seven through 18 are invited to audition to perform in this holiday classic. Selected dancers will perform with The Minnesota Ballet Nov. 16 through 18. Auditions will be held on stage at the GBPAC Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon. Previous dance experience is not required. For more information, visit: http://www.gbpac.com/season/auditions.shtml.

 

TRAVELING ART EXHIBITION TO OPEN MONDAY:

The UNI Gallery of Art presents a traveling exhibition of paintings and mixed media works titled "George Longfish – A Retrospective," from Aug. 20, through Sept. 16. An artist's lecture and opening reception will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29. Longfish, who is of Seneca and Tuscarora descent, is best known for his vibrant abstract paintings about identity, spirituality and justice. Organized by The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at The University of Montana at Missoula and sponsored in part by generous grants from the Montana Arts Council and the NEA. Free and open to the public. For more information visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/

 

CREDIT COUNSELING OPEN HOUSE:

In Debt? Are you over your head in bills? Find out about the free services of Consumer Credit Counseling Service at an open house, Monday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wesley Foundation, 2422 College St., across from the President's house.

WELLNESS/REC:

ADULT SOCCER LEAGUE IN THE CEDAR VALLEY:

The UNI Soccer Program, in conjunction with the Cedar Valley Adult Soccer Association, is accepting registrations for fall leagues. Recreational and competitive divisions are offered. Learn more about the game, have fun and meet new people. UNI soccer coaches will be available at games for discussions and clinics. The deadline for registration is Friday, Aug. 31 for the competitive division, and Friday, Sept. 7 for the recreational division. For more information, contact Matt at 3-6982 or matt.hansen@uni.edu.

 

REGISTER FOR WRS FACILITY USER PRIVILEGES:

Register for 2007-08 user privileges at the Wellness/Recreation Center and Health Beat. Individual cost is $168. Registration provides access to Wellness/Recreation Center facilities, as well as Health Beat in Maucker Union. Register online at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec. Click on "Employee Wellness" and select "Facility User Registration," or visit WRC 101 and register in person.

 

WRS FITNESS AND LEISURE PROGRAMS:

Registration begins Thursday, Aug. 23 for WRS Fitness and Leisure programs Absolutely Abs, Yoga, Pilates, Kickboxing, Spinnercise, Belly Dancing, Ballroom dancing and Adult Swim lessons. Get moving today. http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitleis Contact Dana.Foster@uni.edu for more information.

 

FALL MASSAGE:

Massages will be offered in the WRC Wellness Resource Lab Monday through Friday. Licensed massage therapists Leta Hanson and Carissa Shima will be on staff. New fees: $15 for 15 minutes; $25 for 30 minutes; $35 for 45 minutes; and $45 for 60 minutes. Pay with cash, check, u-bill or payroll deduct. Call 3-6119 to schedule. Brought to you by Wellness and Recreation Services.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

STUDENT TEACHING ROUND-UP MEETINGS:

Fall 2008 student teachers are reminded to attend Round-Up on either Monday, Aug. 20 or Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., in SEC 244-245. Students may attend either day. Personal and Professional Papers and Placement requests will be due Sept. 24.

 

STUDENT IDs:

The Department of Residence office, in the Redeker Center, will be open Saturday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Students will be able to get their photo IDs and receive meal plan information. Call 3-2333 if you have any questions.

 

CONVERSATION PARTNERS NEEDED:

Professors internationalize your students with a volunteer opportunity by announcing the Conversation Partner Program. CIEP (Culture and Intensive English Program) is seeking volunteers to match with international students. Partners meet one hour weekly to speak in English. Sign up at http://fp.uni.edu/ciep/conversation_partners.htm or visit the CIEP office at Baker 72.


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