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Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007

NEWS:

YOUR DATA NEEDED FOR UNI ALERT SYSTEM:

UNI's new emergency notification system, UNI Alert, is on track to go into effect early next semester. Students, faculty and staff are asked to update their emergency contact information before Dec. 15. Go to MyUNIverse and click on "Update My Personal Information" in the "My Personal Records" section. Once there, click on the UNI Alert tab. http://myuniverse.uni.edu

For more information about UNI Alert, see http://www.uni.edu/resources/alert/faq.shtml. The first UNI Alert test is scheduled for early February.

 

E-MAIL OUTAGE ON DEC. 30:

UNI e-mail and UNI mailing lists will be unavailable starting at 7 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 30, until no later than 3 p.m. for a planned upgrade project. This upgrade will improve system reliability and address a number of currently known problems and issues. No e-mail will be lost. E-mail sent to UNI students, faculty and staff during the upgrade time period will be delivered after the upgrade is complete.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

Read President Ben Allen's op-ed in Sunday's Des Moines Register at http://tinyurl.com/yp8ll9.

 

CAMPUS SECURITY/ARMING UNI POLICE:

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, recently approved the request for campus police at the three state universities to be armed while on duty. Arming campus police officers is one part of a larger plan developed by the institutions to ensure safer campus environments. At UNI, these measures include the installation of an electronic rapid-notification system, an outdoor loudspeaker notification system, additional counselors, additional police officers, campus-wide education sessions about critical incidents, and a transparent review of Department of Public Safety use-of-force policies and procedures. See full text at

http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/pubsaf/documents/arming_police.pdf

 

INTERCOLLEGIATE ACADEMICS TRAVEL/RESEARCH FUND:

The Intercollegiate Academics Fund (IAF) is a yearly allocation of Student Activity Fee money that exists to promote and support intercollegiate academic travel and research expenses for UNI students. The next funding request deadline is Thursday, Dec. 6. IAF Guidelines and Fund Request Forms are available at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/iaf or from the Forms Repository. For more information, contact Cheryl Nedrow at cheryl.nedrow@uni.edu or 3-2519.

 

MEMFIS UPGRADE:

The MEMFIS system will undergo its annual fall upgrade this weekend. The system will be unavailable from 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, through 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. Other than this outage, the average user should not be impacted. If you have problems following the upgrade, contact the help desk at 3-5555.

 

STORAGE SPACE AVAILABLE:

Secured, enclosed storage space is now available to rent on campus to university departments. There are five units that are 7-feet-8-inches wide by 21-feet long. All units are lighted and newly constructed with individual locks. Rent is $50 per month. If interested, contact Dennis Hayes at 3-7353.

 

SAFETY REMINDER FROM THE UNI POLICE:

In 2006, 106 people died in impaired-driving crashes in Iowa. The UNI Police ask all UNI students, faculty and staff to forego one holiday activity that can lead to tragedy -- don't drink and drive. For more information, contact Lt. Doug Widen, UNI Police, at 3-2712 or doug.widen@uni.edu.

 

UNI UP CLOSE - VISIT DAYS FOR ADMITTED STUDENTS:

UNI Up Close will be held on Feb. 8 and Feb. 22.  Faculty, staff and student organizations can review the schedule and begin planning their participation by visiting http://www.uni.edu/admissions/upclose/facultystaff/.  Questions?  Contact Amy Schipper at amy.schipper@uni.edu or 3-2281.

 

CELL PHONE DRIVE:

The Northern Iowa Family Services Organization is sponsoring a cell phone drive for Seeds of Hope. Used cell phones will be programmed for 911 calls and donated to victims of domestic violence. If you have a cell phone to donate, please bring it to Latham Hall, Room 235 or contact Elaine Eshbaugh at elaine.eshbaugh@uni.edu.

 

TECHNOLOGY FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING (TLT) NEWLETTER:

ITS-Educational Technology's fall edition of the TLT newsletter is available at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/newsletter. Learn about helpful resources, technologies available at UNI and services and special events available to faculty, staff and students.

 

ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE DIVISION NEWSLETTER:

The November 2007 edition of A&F News and Views is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/vpaf/documents/afnews1107.pdf

 

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES MONTHLY NEWSLETTER:

To view the December newsletter, visit http://www.uni.edu/disability/current/StudentNewsletter.shtml.

 

MEMFIS MINUTES:

Minutes from the Nov. 15 MEMFIS Users Group meeting are available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/memfis_users/documents/mm111507.pdf.

 

REMINDER TO PEDESTRIANS:

A reminder to pedestrians: J-wallking is not only dangerous to pedestrians and drivers, it's also against the law in Iowa. Please cross streets at designated cross walks.

 

APPLY FOR CARVER INSTITUTE:

Graduate faculty are invited to apply for the 2008 Carver Institute, May 19 through 29. This year's topic is "Visualizing Research: an Interdisciplinary Workshop on Image Creation and Exhibition," facilitated by Bettina Fabos of communication studies. The institute provides a blend of critical theory discussion and hands-on instruction to assist faculty in communicating their scholarship and teaching visually. For more information, eligibility and application, visit http://www.uni.edu/facultyinstitutes/GRADinstitutes/imagecreation.htm or contact the coordinator at defrancisco@uni.edu or 3-2748. Application deadline is Dec. 7. Faculty teaching in May are ineligible.

 

REVISED I-9 FORM:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9). If your department hires or rehires faculty, staff, graduate assistants or student employees and assists them with completing new-hire paperwork, use the revised I-9 at http://access.uni.edu/forms/index.shtml#I. If you send employees to Human Resources or Student Employment to complete their paperwork, the revised form will be available to them. For questions about faculty, staff or graduate assistants, contact Judy Dieken at 3-2422; for student employees, contact Tim Bakula at 3-2722.

 

IOWA UP CLOSE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST:

Presented by the University Museum in connection with its spring exhibit, Earth from Space, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution. Any Iowa resident is eligible to participate. Submissions must be received by Dec. 7. For more information, or to request an entry form, contact Pam Schwartz at earthfromspaceuni@hotmail.com or call 3-2188.

 

LOCAL ITEMS FEATURED FOR THE HOLIDAYS:

Pick up quick and easy holiday gifts at Prexy's and Chats such as locally produced jams, jellies and honey, "Fit Pop" popcorn, grown in Cedar Falls, and a variety of snack mixes as well as chocolate-covered nuts and pretzels. Holiday gift bags and boxes also are available.

 

HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT ESSENTIALS:

Stop by Essentials in Maucker Union and check out UNI Panther clothing, souvenirs, homemade soaps and candles, holiday ornaments, gel gems, stuffed animals and more. Accepting cash, Visa/MC, Discover, American Express, u-bill (except UNI clothing/souvenirs). Open through Dec. 13.

 

EMPLOYMENT:

GROUP SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT ANNUITY (GSRA) LIMITS FOR 2008:

The IRS has announced the 2008 dollar limitations for retirement plan contributions. This could affect the amount you may tax defer to your Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA). The GSRA maximum for 2008 will remain at $15,500 per year. Employees who are 50 years of age or older by Monday, Dec. 31, may contribute an additional $5,000 in catch-up contributions. If you have been employed at UNI for 15 years or more, you may contribute an additional $3,000 per year to a lifetime maximum of $15,000. The Salary Reduction Agreement to enroll or change your 2008 GSRA amount can be found at http://access.uni.edu/forms/benefit/sra.pdf. For more information, contact Cindy Webb at 3-2521 or Sarah Peakin at 3-2824, or visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2007_1204.shtml.

 

STUDENT MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE AND APPROVAL FORM:

The Iowa minimum wage increases to $7.25 on Jan. 1. Payroll will automatically increase all student-wage rates currently below that level. A new Discoverer report under the description of Student Assignment Approval Listing- January 1, 2008, Minimum Wage Increase is available for departments' use in November and December to make additional rate changes or other assignment changes. For more information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/payroll.

 

MERIT VACANCIES:

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

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

SPRING WebCT COURSE REQUESTS:

UNI faculty using My UNIverseCT (WebCT) for the spring semester, who have not already requested a WebCT course, should submit their request at http://elearning.uni.edu/forms/course_request.html. WebCT courses will be populated with students Jan. 7.

 

BEST PRACTICES:

Does your department have a display that needs a new look? Maybe your department is in the market for a new display unit or banner. University Marketing & Public Relations will give an overview of university displays, design services and resources, sharing what you need to know about visual identity and how to leave a lasting impression. The session will include an open house with vendors who will showcase a variety of displays. This event will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Refreshments will be served.

 
SPRING RESERVE READING LISTS:

Faculty who wish to place items on reserve for the 2008 spring semester session should submit their list to the Rod Library Reserve Desk by Friday, Dec. 21. Any requests received after this date cannot be guaranteed to be available for the first week of classes. Reserve lists can be submitted at http://www.uni.edu/library/reserverequest/.

 

FACULTY FOCUS:

During the week preceding the spring semester, ITS-Educational Technology focuses on faculty, with workshops and consultation concentrating on technology’s role in teaching and learning. Sessions concerning the use of the ePortfolio in higher education have been added. For details, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/focus/default.shtml.

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):

SPECIAL EVENTS:

RALLY WITH BARACK OBAMA:

UNI Students for Obama are hosting a rally with Barack Obama Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the West Gym. Doors open at 2:15 p.m., and the program begins at 3:15 p.m. For more information, or to RSVP, visit http://iowa.barackobama.com or call (319) 290-1322.

 
DEDICATION OF ART FOR McLEOD CENTER:

The Art in Public Buildings Committee invites you to the dedication of works by Gary Kelly and Meg White for McLeod Center. The dedication of the addition to UNI's art collection will take place at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Eldon Miller Plaza, just northwest of McLeod Center.

 

AFSCME HOLIDAY GATHERING:

AFSCME covered Merit employees should stop by the Maucker Union Presidential Room any time between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, to see what is happening in the union. Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan will be at the gathering from 7:30 to 11 a.m. For more information, e-mail Susie Baker, susan.baker@uni.edu or Shelly Hill, shelly.hill@uni.edu.

 

RETIREMENT RECEPTION:

A reception to honor Julia Wallace, dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, for her years of service to UNI will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Georgian Lounge and Sun Porch, Commons. Wallace has been with the university since 1978. Wish her well as she takes on her new position as executive vice president and provost at Central Michigan University.

 

OLD FASHIONED SCHOOLHOUSE CHRISTMAS:

Experience the joys of the season circa 1922 with crafts, caroling and historical memories from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Marshall Center One-Room School.

 

CELEBRATE THE SEASONS:

"Celebrate the Seasons" from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6. Enjoy free sleigh rides around campus, free refreshments, as well as activities and demonstrations from celebrations around the world. Santa also will visit. For more information, call 3-2683.

 

MULTI LANGUAGE PRODUCTS ON SALE FRIDAY, DEC. 7:

The International Club of Business Students (ICBS) will sell Multi Language products from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, at a table in Maucker Union. Items for sale include short and long sleeve T-shirts, sweat shirts, scarves and more in variety of sizes and colors. There is a new "UNI Multi Language Mug" as well. For more information, contact christine.schrage@uni.edu, jy519044@uni.edu, or yinoue@uni.edu.

 

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE:

Faculty and staff are invited to join President Ben Allen and Pat Allen for a holiday open house from 2 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, in their home. Use the front door on College Street, where donations to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank will be accepted. No RSVP's are necessary.

 

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY SCIENCE COMMISSIONING CEREMONY:

Department of Military Science is hosting a Commissioning Ceremony in honor of UNI Senior Cadets at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, Seerley Hall Great Reading Room. Guest speaker for the event is Col. Timothy E. Orr. A reception will follow.

ATHLETICS:

PANTHER ATHLETICS:

Men's basketball hosts Iowa at 8:05 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, in McLeod Center.
Wrestling hosts Wisconsin at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, in McLeod Center.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS/FILMS:

GOTERA POETRY READING:

Vince Gotera, professor of English, will give a poetry reading from his new book "Fighting Kite" at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, in BAK 161. This event is part of UNI's Writers Talk Reading Series. The presentation is free and open to the public.

 

LIFE IN OCCUPIED PALESTINE:

Anna Baltzer and Hannah Mermelstein, human rights volunteers with the International Women's Peace Service, will discuss their work with Palestinian refugees, Israeli activists, and others working nonviolently for peace and justice in Israel/Palestine at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10, at Cedar Falls Mennonite Church (corner of Ninth and Clay streets). This event is co-sponsored by UNI Amnesty International. Free and open to the public.

 

LUNCH DISCUSSION SPONOSORED BY MAUCKER UNION AND DOR DINING:

Join Maucker Union Director Lisa Kratz and Interim Associate Director for Dining Carol Fletcher for an informal lunch discussion at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room. This is a chance for you to share your thoughts and ideas on Maucker Union in general, and Maucker Union dining in particular. Lunch will be provided, so attendance will require advance sign-up. To sign up, e-mail Lisa Kratz at lisa.kratz@uni.edu by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7.

PERFORMING ARTS:

CHIMES OF CHRISTMAS CONCERT:

UNI School of Music will present the annual Chimes of Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the GBPAC Great Hall. Featuring UNI Singers, Women's Chorus, Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers, this holiday-themed event is a great concert for the whole family. For tickets, call 3-4TIX or visit http://www.unitix.uni.edu.

 

BOYS OF THE LOUGH: A CELTIC CHRISTMAS:

Get into the spirit of Christmas with "Boys of the Lough: a Celtic Christmas." This professional ensemble combines classic Christmas tunes with a unique Celtic style. A performance will take place at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at the GBPAC. Students receive a 50-percent discount with a valid student ID, or can purchase $5 student rush tickets on the day of the show. For tickets, or for more information, call 3-4TIX or visit http://www.gbpac.com.

 

UNISTA'S BEST OF BROADWAY RESCHEDULED FOR DEC. 8:

UNISTA's Best of Broadway: A Musical Theatre Revue has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For tickets, please call 3-4TIX or visit http://www.bestofbroadwayunista.com.

 

FROG & TOAD:

The GBPAC will host a jazzy, musical rendition of Arnold Lobel’s award-winning children’s book series "Frog and Toad" at 1 and 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. For tickets, or for more information, call 3-4TIX or visit http://www.gbpac.com.

 

WELLNESS/REC:

OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS AT THE UNI PHARMACY:

Faculty and staff may purchase over-the-counter medications at the UNI pharmacy, just inside the Student Health Center entrance. Wide selections of competitively priced over-the-counter products, including generic versions of popular medications like NyQuil, DayQuil, Claritin, and Sudafed are available. A licensed pharmacist is available to help with the best selection. Payment by cash, check or payroll deduction. For more information, visit http://www.unipharmacy.com or call 3-2154.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

DE-STRESS DAYS:

Wellness/Recreation Services staff will be on site in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom offering free mini massages. Also available will be Cedar Bend Humane Society animals (located near Chats), a labyrinth to walk and much more. De-Stress Days will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10, through Wednesday, Dec. 12.

 

 

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