Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007
FALL ENROLLMENT SHOWS INCREASE:
UNI reports an increase of 2.8 percent in the number of students enrolled for the 2007 fall semester over the number enrolled one year ago, resulting in an official fall enrollment of 12,609. Total enrollment in fall 2006 was 12,260. See the full news release at http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=3126
PARKING LOT CLOSURES:
The previously announced closing of part of the Commons A/B Lot has been postponed. Signs will be posted when the contractor sets a new date.
PROVOST SEARCH COMMITTEE NAMED:
President Allen has appointed a committee to conduct a national search for the position currently titled "provost and vice president for academic affairs." Reinhold Bubser, interim dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and professor of modern languages, will serve as committee chair. The committee will hold its first meeting Friday, Sept. 7. See the committee list at http://www.uni.edu/provostsearch/committee.shtml.
O'CONNOR NAMED UNI INTERIM ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT FOR MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS:
James O'Connor, APR, has been named interim assistant vice president for Marketing & Public Relations. O'Connor has served as the associate director for public relations in the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations since 2004. He joined UNI as media relations director in 1999. The appointment is effective Sept. 10. O'Connor replaces John Goossen, who is leaving UNI to become the publisher of the Ames Tribune. A search for a permanent replacement will begin soon.
CHANGES IN ACADEMIC ADVISING/NEW ACADEMIC LEARNING CENTER:
Academic Advising has been separated from Career Services and moved to the Academic Affairs Division. The new Academic Advising Center will be led by Interim Director Jean Neibauer. Additionally, several student support services working in ITTC and serving under the Division of Education and Student Services and the Division of Academic Affairs have been merged into one unit. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR LIBRARY BOOK SALE:
A used book sale is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6. Donate unwanted fiction, children's books, CDs and videos by Friday, Sept. 14. All proceeds benefit the Library Materials Budget. For book sale donations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-2781. To donate other materials for the library's collection, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/libinfo/givingtorodlibrary.shtml.
ROD LIBRARY ADDS SATURDAY HOURS:
Rod Library has changed its Saturday hours of operation. Effective immediately normal Saturday hours will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This change was made in response to many student comments requesting earlier hours on Saturdays.
HANISH NAMED ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT FOR OUTREACH AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS:
Jan Hanish has been named assistant vice president for outreach and special programs. The appointment was effective Aug. 13. Since July 2006, she had served as interim vice president for educational and student services. The majority of her time will be spent working with various university departments to develop and maintain relationships between the university and the Cedar Valley community. Her office is in the CET; phone number is 3-3526. See full news release at http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=3114
NEW CAPSTONE COURSES:
Do you have a great idea for a course that would appeal to a diverse group of students, be intellectually challenging and promote life-long learning? Then propose that course for the New Capstone Experience. For information about the New Capstone Experience and the necessary forms, visit http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/lac/ or contact the LAC coordinator at email@example.com.
UNI SPEAKERS BUREAU:
Looking for a new way to use the great talent and resources UNI has to offer? UNI Speakers Bureau offers more than 175 topics delivered by faculty and staff. Spread the word about this service to groups with which you are affiliated. The Speakers Bureau offers a unique opportunity for community and professional organizations. For more information on UNI's Speakers Bureau, or to become a member, visit http://www.uni.edu/pubrel/speakers, or contact Sarah Battani at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-3165.
POWER STRIP SAFETY:
Power strips are only to be used for computer equipment. There are many different types of strips with many different prices. The Safety Office has requested Campus Supply to stock a quality, reasonably priced, six outlet surge-suppressor power strip with a built-in 15 amp fuse in the switch. If ordering a power strip, order through Campus Supply “Surge Suppressor #51-00108”.
GRADUATE COLLEGE DEADLINES:
Applications for 2008-2009 Professional Development Assignments for tenured faculty are due Friday, Sept. 21. Applications for Summer 2008 Fellowships for tenure-track and tenured faculty are due Thursday, Nov.1. For application forms visit http://www.grad.uni.edu/awards/internal.aspx or call 3-2748. Contact Victoria DeFrancisco, interim associate dean, at email@example.com
SMOKE-FREE BUILDING ENTRANCES:
To accommodate the needs and interests of smokers and non-smokers at UNI, one entrance at each university academic building has been designated as smoke-free. The smoke-free entrance will typically be the handicapped accessible entrance. The policy, which can be found at http://www.uni.edu/pres/policies/810.shtml, states "Smoking outside buildings is permitted, except near fresh air intakes and near designated smoke free entrances to buildings marked 'No Smoking.'"
NEH SUMMER STIPEND NOMINATIONS:
The deadline for faculty to submit proposals and be considered for one of the two UNI nominations to the National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Stipend Program is 5 p.m. on Sept. 17. Visit http://www.uni.edu/osp or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the selection process.
SPRING BREAK UNI:
Would your department be interested in hosting a participatory program or tour for first through sixth graders during 2008 spring break? The Gallagher-Bluedorn will organize daily activities on campus March 16 through March 19. This is a great opportunity for area youth to be exposed to UNI’s programs and services. Contact Amy Hunzelman, amy.hunzelman or 3-3679 for more information.
'EXCELLENCE IN TEACHER EDUCATION' ELECTRONIC MAGAZINE:
The College of Education has released the second issue of UNI's College of Education "Excellence in Teacher Education" electronic magazine. The magazine provides news about UNI's teacher-education program to current, past and prospective students and provides a forum for teacher education professionals to share information with others. Visit http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/uni/coe-fall07/.
WERE YOU PAID IN AUGUST?:
It's easy to find out by accessing your payslip in the MEMFIS system. If you know your MEMFIS password, visit http://maple.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/training_and_support/documents/View_Your_Payslip.pdf for step-by-step instructions. If you don’t remember your MEMFIS password, request a re-set by sending an e-mail message to email@example.com or by calling 3-5555, option 2. General questions about accessing your payslip may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Specific questions about your pay or deductions will be answered by Payroll at 3-6425. If you don’t see a current payslip, please contact your supervisor.
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.
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD (IRB) TRAINING:
"IRB 101: An Introduction to Human Participants Review at UNI" will take place for faculty and staff from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, and for graduate students from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the CME (MAU 109). Faculty and staff should register by Thursday, Sept. 13, and graduate students should register by Wednesday, Sept. 26. Training certificates offered. To register, e-mail email@example.com.
Interested in developing an electronic portfolio? Faculty and students may request a Blackboard Portfolio account at http://webct.uni.edu/forms/portfolio_request.html. ITS-Educational Technology will host several opportunities for "Getting Started with Your Electronic Portfolio." To see the October workshop calendar, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/c.shtml. For more information, call 3-2309.
HOW TO START A SMALL BUSINESS:
Learn the basics of starting a small business, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, in BCS 030. Advance registration required. Call 3-JPEC or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):
DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY SCIENCE AWARDS CEREMONY:
The Department of Military Science Awards Ceremony will take place at 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, in the West Gym. Following the ceremony refreshments will be provided.
TALLGRASS PRAIRIE CENTER FALL OPEN HOUSE:
The Tallgrass Prairie Center will hold a Fall Open House from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19. Faculty, friends, staff and students are invited to come and learn about the center's programs and projects. Visit with staff, view the facilities, the prairie landscape and enjoy some refreshments. For more information contact Ryan Welch at email@example.com or 3-3828.
DIVERSITY WEEK-- SEPT. 9 THROUGH 15:
Diversity Week is a celebration to promote cross-cultural awareness and appreciation; to address barriers to social justice, equality and equity; and to foster change toward a more inclusive pluralistic community. Featured will be a cultural festival, speakers, panel discussions, music, dance demonstrations and more. Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education and in part by the Student Involvement and Activities Center. Contact Lydia Roberts at 3-2250 or visit http://www.uni.edu/cme/dw07_events.htm#monday.
The American Humanics Student Organization and the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley will host the annual Volunteer Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. It is a great opportunity to find a volunteer project.
PHYSICS BUILDING REDEDICATION:
Mark your calendars to attend the rededication of the Physics Building at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5. More details will follow. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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.
ROALD GUNDERSEN TO SPEAK AT CEEE:
A speaker on Whole Tree Design will discuss an energy-efficient construction method using trees to replace or reduce the use of steel, concrete and other non-renewable resources. As a part of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education speakers' series, Roald Gundersen will speak from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, in the CEEE auditorium. The series is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://www.uni.edu/ceee/building_for_future.htm.
TOWN HALL MEETING ON DIVERSITY AT UNI:
From 2 to 3:15 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, at the CME (109 MAU) faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to ask questions of an expert on diversity in higher education, J. Herman Blake, vice president of Scholars for Educational Excellence and Diversity, Inc.
DIVERSITY WEEK KEYNOTE SPEAKER WILL DISCUSS 'DIVERSITY AT UNI: OPPORTUNITY AND CHALLENGE':
Hear J. Herman Blake, vice president of Scholars for Educational Excellence and Diversity, Inc., share his perspective on UNI's progress and challenges related to diversity. Where has UNI excelled and where and how can it improve? This discussion will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the CME (109 MAU). A reception will follow.
HISTORY OF HYSTERIA:
Catherine MacGillivray, UNI associate professor of English, will present "The History of Hysteria" at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, in Seerley 115. This is the initial lecture in the UNI History Club's History of Sexuality Lecture Series. Free and open to the public.
CEDAR VALLEY DISCUSS AND DISCOVER DIVERSITY: READING AND SHARING:
A discussion of "The Middle of Everywhere: The World's Refugees Come To Our Town" by
Mary Pipher will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, at the UNI Museum. Pipher's immigrant stories underscore the similarities between their and our basic needs for a peaceful, successful life. Participants need not have read the book to participate. For more information, contact Judy Beckman at 268-0544 or email@example.com.
UNI FORUM ON RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS:
The American Democracy Project at UNI is sponsoring a forum in celebration of Constitution Day on the topic "How can UNI contribute to the development of responsible citizens?," from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, in the CME (MAU 109). Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Kent Sandstrom at 3-2769 or email@example.com. (Put Sept. 17 Forum in subject line.)
THURSDAZE: 'PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 3: AT WORLD'S END':
Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle. Free refreshments provided. This film will be shown at 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.
BODY ART: ADORNMENT ACROSS CULTURES:
Exhibit opens Monday, Sept. 10, at the University Museum. From Africa, Asia and South America to the Cedar Valley, discover how and why people decorate their bodies. An opening reception will take place Wednesday, Sept. 12; at 6 p.m., tour the museum's exhibit and celebrate those involved in its production and at 7:15 p.m. travel to the GBPAC Davis Hall to enjoy a multi-media performance created by UNI instructor Harvey Hess, featuring the work of body artist Dennis DiDominicus.
POWER OF THE PURSE:
"The Power of the Purse: a Financial Seminar for Women" is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Maucker Union. It is presented by the Women's Philanthropy Council of UNI and the UNI Foundation. To learn more about this fun-filled seminar, visit http://www.unicompass.com.
CAPOEIRA AFRO-BRAZILIAN MARTIAL ARTS AND DANCE DEMONSTRATION:
Learn, observe and even participate in this demonstration/workshop on this culturally and historically significant form of art. This workshop will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the UNI Memorial Garden. Sponsored by the Capoeira Club, Little Brazil and the CME. Contact Lydia Roberts at 3-2250 or visit http://www.uni.edu/cme.
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.
THE SECOND CITY COMES TO UNI:
The Second City, the premier training ground for the comedy worlds' best and brightest, will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, in the GBPAC Great Hall. See hilarious satire and cutting-edge improvisation. The performance is sponsored by Dyton and OnMedia. For tickets or more information call 3-4TIX or visit http://www.gbpac.com.
QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME:
The W-CF Symphony, in partnership with UNI's Holocaust Remembrance and Education Program, Music Director Jason Weinberger, WCFSO musicians Jonathan Chenoweth and Anita Tucker along with UNI School of Music faculty member Sean Botkin, present Messiaen's 1941 masterpiece "Quartet for the End of Time", first performed at the Stalag VIIIA prisoner-of-war camp in Germany. The 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16 program in the GBPAC Davis Hall also will feature shorter works by Holocaust-era composers Paul Hindemith and Pavel Haas. Tickets are $12 and available at 3-4TIX or http://wcfsymphony.org.
SWITCHFOOT AND RELIENT K IN CONCERT:
Panther Productions presents Switchfoot and Relient K in concert with special guests Ruth at 7:30 p.m., Friday Oct. 19, in McLeod Center. Tickets are $20 for students (limit 4 tickets per student) and $25 for general public, plus fees. Tickets are on sale now at all UNItix locations (UNI-Dome, McLeod Center and GBPAC), by phone 3-4TIX or online at http://www.tickets.uni.edu.
ON CAMPUS DINING:
Essentials in Maucker Union features a cereal-to-go bar. Choose from 12 different Kelloggs and General Mills cereals plus a variety of toppings. Earn a free bag of cereal after the 10th purchase. Stop by Essentials in Maucker Union to get a punch card today.
NEW CUSTOM COFFEE FLAVOR AT CHATS: BUZZ SESSION:
Check out the new custom coffee flavor at Chats in Maucker Union. This private blend, exclusive to Chats, is called Buzz Session. Chats opens at 7 a.m. each weekday and carries fresh bakery items, a full selection of beverages and smoothies plus lunch and snack foods. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/dor/dining/placestoeat/restaurants.htm.
Café Fresco in Maucker Union features specialty sandwiches, panini sandwiches, salads and wraps. Explore new flavor combinations with this all-new menu. Choose the sandwich and soup/salad combos for a great value. Café Fresco opens weekdays at 10:30 a.m. and remains open until 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
September is fruit and vegetable month. Watch for passive programming on campus for tips on getting more in your meal. A "fruit booth" will be set up outside the Student Health Clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., (or while supplies last) Tuesday, Sept. 11. Stop by for a piece of free fruit and information. Brought to you by UNI Health Education in Action, University Health Services.
WORDS OF WELLNESS NEWSLETTER:
The first fall issue of Words of Wellness, a newsletter for UNI employees, is posted at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/empwell/wow/, provided for you by Wellness and Recreation Services.
RECREATIONAL FOLK DANCING:
The UNI Folk and Ballroom Dancers will host free recreational folk dancing from 6 to 7 p.m., on the first and third Thursday of every month, in the WRC 185/187.
WRC INTRAMURAL 100/200 MILE RUN/WALK FITNESS CLUB:
Registration begins Monday, Sept. 10, and remains open for the remainder of the fall semester. Everyone must complete a registration form. The entry fee is $10 per person. The event begins once you have registered. The deadline for completing the mileage is Friday, Nov. 30. After successful completion, you will receive an Intramural 100 or 200 Club T-shirt. Open to students, faculty and staff.
If you struggle with exercise adherence or just not sure what to do, then a personal trainer is the answer. Your personal trainer will design a program with your specific goals in mind, motivate and educate you. Contact WRS Personal Fitness Coordinator Kristy Leen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-7167. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/PT/index.html.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS:
FALL CO-OP/INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ORIENTATION MEETINGS:
Fall Co-op/Internship Program orientation meetings will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10; from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20; and from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. These meetings will be held in CBB 109. Students can learn the value of internships, how to become involved in the Co-op/Internship Program, and how to benefit from Career Services.
FALL CAREER FAIR:
The Fall Career Fair will take place from 2 to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, in the UNI-Dome. More than 170 organizations and graduate/professional schools will visit with students. All majors, freshmen through seniors, graduate students and alumni are welcome. Students who attend are eligible to win a bike valued at $400 from Europa Cycle. For more information, or for a list of participants, visit http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/events/career/careerfair/fall.html.
Career Services staff and Aegon employers will host a panel discussion and resume critiques from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Bring a resume and be entered into a grand prize drawing. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/careerservices.
MOCK INTERVIEWS AND RESUME CRITIQUES:
Mock interviews and resume critiques will take place Tuesday, Sept. 11 through Thursday, Sept. 13. Practice with professionals from 16 businesses and organizations to find out what employers think of your resume and interview skills. Login to CareerLink to select the employer(s) and time of your choice. This event is open to all majors, freshmen through graduate students. Deadline for reserving an interview slot is Friday, Sept. 7. For more information, contact Laura Wilson in Career Services at email@example.com for more information.
PAY YOUR E-BILL ONLINE:
University bills can now be paid online with an e-check. Go to MyUNIverse, under My Personal Records, select "Pay My E-bill." For more information, call 3-2163 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLIED MEDIA CREDIT:
ITS Educational Technology is seeking seven energetic students to operate UNI’s Cable TV System. The position provides one credit-hour (working for 50 hours) in Applied Media for fall 2007. Responsibilities include management, programming, production and promotion. Contact Joyce Chen at email@example.com if interested in this Applied Media credit.
STUDY ABROAD IN POLAND:
Learn more from representatives from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the University of Krosno from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, at the College Eye Room in Maucker Union.
UNI COLLEGE REPUBLICANS MEETING:
The UNI College Republicans will meet at 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room. Meet and greet fellow college Republicans and get involved.