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Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007

NEWS:

NOTE CHANGE IN FINAL GRADE DELIVERY:

Final grades may be delivered in person to the Registrar's Office on Wednesday, Dec. 19, by using the south door of Maucker Union (near Essentials and the multi-colored fountain). Final grades are due by 1 p.m. that day. Access to the Registrar's Office and other offices in Maucker Union will continue to be via the south door from Dec. 19 through Friday, Dec. 21, due to routine floor maintenance in the building. All other doors to the Union will be locked. If you have questions, call the Registrar's Office at 3-2241.

 
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.

 

HERITAGE HONOURS AWARD NOMINATIONS:

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate deserving alumni for a Heritage Honours Award, the most prestigious awards presented by the Alumni Association. Awards honor the personal and professional accomplishments of UNI graduates and recognize outstanding service to the university. Award categories include the Alumni Achievement, Young Alumni, and Alumni Service. Awards are presented at Homecoming. For more information call 3-2355 or visit www.unialum.org/heritagehonours.shtml.

 

GRADUATE FACULTY AWARDS NOMINATIONS:

The Graduate College is seeking nominations for two graduate faculty awards. The Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award recognizes commitment to academic excellence, attention to individual student needs, and service on thesis and dissertation committees. The award includes $1,000 teaching support. Nominations are accepted from graduate students and faculty. The deadline is Jan. 28.
The Donald N. McKay Award recognizes exceptional original contributions to research and/or creative activity. Nominations are made by department heads. The award includes a $1,000 stipend. The deadline is Feb. 1. For more information, contact Victoria Pruin DeFrancisco, interim associate dean, Graduate College (defrancisco@uni.edu) or see: http://www.grad.uni.edu/awards/internal.aspx

 

STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS:

Honor your outstanding student employees by nominating them for the 2007-2008 UNI Student Employee of the Year. The nomination deadline is Feb. 1. To view eligibility criteria and print a nomination form visit

http://www.uni.edu/finaid/pdf/07-08EmpOfYearNom.pdf

 

UNI UNITED WAY CHECK PRESENTATION FEB. 2:

President Allen will present a check on behalf of the UNI community to Cedar Valley United Way representatives during the UNI men's basketball game against Southern Illinois at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at McLeod Center. For more information on how your contribution benefits the Cedar Valley, visit www.cedarvalleyunitedway.org.

 

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.

 

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.

 

ITS PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Jane Fritts has moved 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.

 

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.

 

PANTHER FIRST AWARD WINNERS:

Names of Panther First Award winners are posted at: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/recognition/panther_first_recipients.shtml

 

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.

 
BEST PRACTICES -- DISPLAYS:

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.

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 VACANCIES:

Vacancies at the P&S level include research associate/metal casting center, Industrial Technology. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp

HOURS

LIBRARY HOURS DURING FINALS WEEK:

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

 

LIBRARY HOURS DURING HOLIDAYS AND BREAK:

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

 

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/.

 

HEALTH BEAT HOURS FOR FINALS WEEK:

Monday through Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Health Beat will be closed Friday Dec. 13 through Sunday, Jan. 13.

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):

SPECIAL EVENTS:

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:

As part of its "Road to the White House" campaign coverage, C-SPAN is bringing its Campaign 2008 Bus to the UNI campus for free public tours. Students, faculty and staff are invited to climb on board to get an inside look at the 45-foot mobile production studio and see how the public affairs channel covers presidential campaigns. The C-SPAN Campaign 2008 Bus tours will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11. The bus will be parked in the Bartlett lot, and will be easy to spot with its vivid, election-theme exterior-design wrap.

 

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 Wartburg at 7:05 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, in McLeod Center.
Wrestling hosts Iowa State at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, in McLeod Center.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS/FILMS:

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

The M.A. Thesis Exhibition and B.F.A. Group Exhibition will run 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). For more information, contact Darrell Taylor at galleryofart@uni.edu or 273-3095. Free and open to the public.

 

PERFORMING ARTS:

KUNI'S LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Alan and Aleta Murphy will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17, in KUNI's studios in the third-floor of the CAC. The duo's repertoire includes fiddle tunes and American heritage songs including country, bluegrass, cowboy and gospel genres. 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. The concerts will take place at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at the GBPAC. Tickets start at $22 for adults; and $11 for students. Vocalists Lis March and the Sweet Adelines are featured guests. For more information, call 273-4TIX or visit http://wcfsymphony.org.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

EAP HOLIDAY HELP:

The holidays can be a difficult time for many in terms of stress, sadness and grief. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can be of help both professionally and personally. Services are confidential and employees who qualify for insurance benefits through UNI can receive six free counseling sessions per year as can any immediate, dependent family members. Call the Allen EAP to schedule an appointment at 235-3550 or 1-800-235-HELP. For more information, call Deedra Dahlager, UNI's EAP liaison, at 3-7162.

 

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI LESSONS:

Kathy Green will offer cross-country skiing lessons for UNI faculty, staff and families. To register, call the Wellness and Recreation Services Outdoor office, 3-7163. You will be called when weather is suitable for a weekend afternoon of learning all the basic skills. This annual event is always fun! The $15 fee includes equipment.

 

WELLNESS NEWSLETTER:

The December Words of Wellness (UNI employee wellness newsletter from Wellness and Recreation Services) is posted at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/empwell/wow/. The UNI Energy Conservation Committee is sponsoring one to two pages of each issue, focused on environmental wellness. To receive a printed copy of each issue, contact kathy.green@uni.edu, 3-6921, with your name and UNI ID.

 

FINALS & WINTER BREAK MASSAGE:

Massages will be available in the Wellness Recreation Center during finals week and over the winter break Monday through Friday, during the weeks of Dec. 17 and Jan. 7. The cost for a massage is $15 for 15 minutes; $25 for 30 minutes; $35 for 45 minutes; and $45 for 60 minutes. To schedule an appointment, call 273-6119. Brought to you by Wellness and Recreation Services.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

DE-STRESS DAYS:

Wellness and Recreation Services staff will be 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.

 

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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