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Thursday, Dec. 6, 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.

 

McELROY FELLOWSHIP:

Application materials are available for the McElroy Fellowship at http://www.grad.uni.edu. Candidates must be a graduate or graduating senior of a liberal arts program and intend to pursue graduate study toward a Ph. D. at an accredited university. Application deadline is Jan. 25. Eligible students are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact the Graduate College at 3-2748.

 

COMMUNITY DONATION DRIVE FOR UNI INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

International students arriving in January will need household items ranging from dishes, pots and pans, towels, lamps, clothes hangers and furniture pieces like sofas, beds and mattresses. These items are always in great demand for new students living in the unfurnished university apartments. Storage space is available for donated items. International Services and the Wesley Foundation are organizing this drive. To make a donation, contact Ross Schupbach at ross.schupbach@uni.edu.

 

LUNCH DISCUSSION SPONSORED 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.

 

ITS PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Jane Fritts is moving from Information Technology Services (ITS) to Academic Advising located in Maucker 111i. Jane's new phone number is 3-3406, with a new mail code of 0389. Mary Friedrich has moved to ITS-Administration, ITTC 120. Mary's phone number is 3-7098 and her new mail code is 0301.

 

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.

 

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.

 

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES MONTHLY NEWSLETTER:

To view the December newsletter, visit http://www.uni.edu/disability/faculty/responsibilities/FSNewsletter.htm

 

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 AND DRIVERS:

Pedestrians are reminded that 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. Also, drivers are reminded that it is not only dangerous to fail to yield to pedestrians in or about to enter a crosswalk, they are required to yield by law in Iowa. Please yield to pedestrians in or about to enter a crosswalk.

 

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.

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

LIBRARY NOTICE:

Full-time tenured or tenure-track instructional faculty members who wish to apply for study rooms in the Library for the spring semester should do so by Friday, Dec. 14. Application forms are available in the Library's main office. For more information, call Paulette Courtney at 3-2737.

 

GUIDED INDEPENDENT STUDY:

Whether you're going home for the holidays or planning to stay in the Cedar Valley, you can earn credit through Guided Independent Study. Enroll at any time, take up to nine months to complete a course, and work at your own pace. Visit http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/gis to learn more.

 

HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A CUSTOMER SCORNED:

We've all been on the receiving end of poor customer service; save Jan. 16 and 17 for a refresher course on how not to be on the giving end. Join the campus and community for "Service Speaks in the Cedar Valley...Caring for Consumers, Clients and Guests." Nationally reknowned speaker Nancy Friedman will provide dynamic and informative sessions to start off the new year on the right customer-service foot. Contact Matt Sieren at 3-3637 for more information.

 

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.

 

CLICKERS IN THE CLASSROOM:

Does your class or group meet in a lecture hall? Are you interested in using clickers (aka Student Response Systems)? Clicker Receivers are now available for use in the following lecture halls: CBB 109, CAC 108, KAB 111, MSH 137, SAB 102, SEC 244, 245, 246, 247 and 252, SRL 115, and Lang Hall Auditorium. If you will be teaching or meeting in any of these classrooms, contact Todd Hayungs at todd.hayungs@uni.edu or call 3-6290 to learn more about the possibility of using clickers in the classroom.

 

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.

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.

 

P&S JOB VACANCIES:

Vacancies at the P&S level include human resource management system (HRMS) administrator and assistant coordinator of CBA undergraduate programs. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.

 

MERIT VACANCIES:

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

 

HOURS

LIBRARY HOURS DURING FINALS WEEK:

http://www.library.uni.edu/libinfo/hours_special.shtml#fallfinals

 

MAUCKER UNION BUILDING HOURS FOR FINALS WEEK:

http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/hrs-bcurrent.txt

 

WRC SEMESTER BREAK HOURS:

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

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):

SPECIAL EVENTS:

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.

 

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.

 

TOUR THE C-SPAN BUS:

The Department of Communication Studies is hosting C-Span on campus. Tour the C-Span bus and get a "behind- the-scenes look" at how C-span works. The bus will be open from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Bartlett lot.

 

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:

Wrestling hosts Wisconsin at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, in McLeod Center.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS/FILMS:

M.A. THESIS EXHIBITION AND B.F.A. GROUP EXHIBITION:

The MA Thesis Exhibition and BFA Group Exhibition will run Thursday, Dec. 6, through Saturday, Dec. 15, at the UNI Gallery of Art. Participants include Scot Jon Schwestka (M.A., art education); Erich R. Bollmann (B.F.A., printmaking); Ryan Garbes (B.F.A., printmaking); Josh Grandstaff (B.F.A., ceramics); and Katie Hamerlinck (B.F.A., painting). An opening reception will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6. For more information, contact Darrell Taylor at galleryofart@uni.edu or 273-3095. Free and open to the public.

 

INTRAMURAL SPEECH COMPETITION:

The UNI Speech Panthers will showcase their award winning events Saturday, Dec. 8, in Lang Hall, at an intramural competition and showcase. There will be three rounds of competition; two preliminary and one final. There will be platform events (informative, persuasive, after-dinner speaking, etc.) and interpretation events (prose, poetry, dramatic, etc.). Student performances are at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. (finals). For a listing of exact locations for the performances, visit Lang 218.

 

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.

 

PERFORMING ARTS:

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.

 

KUNI'S LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Uncle Chuck Finch will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10, in KUNI's studios in the third-floor of the CAC. Finch's music is an eclectic blend of folk, gaelic and country with a dash of weird humor and personality. Uncle Chuck is known for such classics as "Sail Cat" and "Grandma Went to Woodstock." Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.

 

W-CF SYMPHONY:

Don't miss the Symphony's "A Mannheim Holiday," featuring the popular holiday music of Mannheim Steamroller. This concert will take place at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at the GBPAC. Tickets from $22 for adults; from $11 for students. Vocalists Lis March and the Sweet Adelines are featured guests. For more information, call 273-4TIX or visit http://wcfsymphony.org.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR'S LIFETIME DREAMS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Celebrate the dreams of an American hero Saturday, Jan. 26, at a Waterloo community agency to be determined. Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, will present civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.'s lifetime dreams and accomplishments. Transportation will be provided if needed. To sign up, or for more information, including transportation, contact Bobbi-Jo Guenther at bbg10@uni.edu.

 

 

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