Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008
President Allen looks back at the fall accomplishments for the university and welcomes students to a new semester. See http://www.uni.edu/pres/
UPDATE YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION:
Students, faculty and staff are asked to update their emergency contact information for the new UNI Alert system. Go to MyUNIverse and click on "Update My Personal Information" in the "My Personal Records" section. Once there, click on the UNI Alert tab. 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.
Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, there will not be a UNI Online Tuesday, Jan. 22.
BOARD OF REGENTS MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE EDUCATION INITIATIVE:
As part of the Board of Regents Mathematics and Science Education Collaborative Initiative, UNI hosted a Math Transitions Congress on Nov. 14. An executive summary outline of future plans can be viewed at http://www.uni.edu/pres/math-science/transcongress.shtml.
STUDENT EMPLOYMENT NOMINATIONS DUE FEB. 1:
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2007-2008 Student Employee of the Year. Nominating outstanding student employees is one of the best ways of recognizing their work for the university. Deadline for submission is Feb. 1. Applications are available at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/pdf/07-08EmpOfYearNom.pdf.
S.A.L.A.D. STUDENT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT NOMINATIONS:
The SALAD (Seeking Alliances through Leadership And Diversity) Leadership Summit is a program designed to address issues of difference. This one-day summit on March 29, includes discussions about stereotypes, values and collaborations that will benefit students working in groups. If you work with students or student organizations, we want to know who you think would benefit and be a contributor to this program. Students nominated will be asked to answer three short questions to assist in the selection process. Send nominations with the student's name and e-mail address to Alicia Mireles at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only 60 students will be accepted. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/leadershipcenter.
VOLUNTEER CENTER OF CEDAR VALLEY:
The Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley and UNI are piloting a new partnership this semester. Lauren Pelleymounter, assistant director of the Volunteer Center, will staff the office in ITTC 117, within the Office of Academic Assessment, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., every Thursday, beginning Jan. 24. For more information, contact Lauren at 272-2087.
CHANGES IN PURCHASING PROCESS AT HY-VEE:
Beginning immediately, purchases made from Hy-Vee should be charged to a procurement card. Due to the low dollar amount of most Hy-Vee purchases and changes in Hy-Vee’s billing procedures, the procurement card is the most effective way to issue payment. If you have staff that purchase regularly from Hy-Vee and do not have a procurement card, please complete the procurement card application at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/accounts_payable/pro_card_agreement.pdf or contact Molly Rickert (ext. 3-6448) in Business Operations to assist with requesting a procurement card. Hy-Vee will continue to accept store charges during a transition period until Feb. 15. After that time, purchases must be made with the procurement card. Questions regarding this change can be directed to Pam Rousselow at 3-3116.
UNI UP CLOSE:
Planning and registration are under way for the second annual UNI Up Close: Visit Days for Admitted Students, on Feb. 8 and 22. Start planning how best to highlight your programs, services and facilities. An informational Web site that includes a general agenda, example of last year's program and online registration system is at www.uni.edu/admissions/upclose/facultystaff/ Review the agenda and scroll down to the "Get Involved" heading to confirm your area's involvement.
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARDS:
UNI and Veridian Credit Union are seeking nominations for the 2008 Community Engagement Awards to recognize outstanding contributions of UNI faculty members to the community through research or teaching. All full-time tenured and tenure track faculty are eligible. For award and nomination details, visit http://www.uni.edu/resources/outreach/veridian.shtml. All nomination materials must be submitted by Feb. 15.
INTERCOLLEGIATE ACADEMICS FUND (IAF):
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, Feb. 7. 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 email@example.com or 3-2519.
CALL FOR AWARD NOMINEES:
The Graduate College is pleased to invite 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 of the Graduate College at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.grad.uni.edu/awards/internal.aspx.
CONVERSATION PARTNERS WANTED:
Interested in learning more about different cultures? Do you want to have opportunities to meet people from other countries? The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) is seeking volunteers to match with international students. Partners meet one hour weekly to speak English with an international student and participate in a monthly group activity. Sign up at http://fp.uni.edu/ciep/conversation_partners.htm or visit the CIEP office in Baker 72.
MEMFIS USERS MEETING:
MEMFIS Users will meet at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, in MSH 201. Agenda items include the "new" Summer Appointment PAF and a demonstration of the updated MEMFIS Discoverer report, Actual Hours Worked by Org. Other MEMFIS current events will be discussed and time for Q&A will be available. If you or someone you know would like to be added to the agenda mailing list, contact Eunice Dell, MEMFIS project manager, at 3-7432 or email@example.com.
LIBRARY SURVEY RESULTS:
During spring 2007 the library invited students, faculty and staff to fill out a nationally administered survey to measure service quality (LibQUAL+). Survey results are available at http://www.library.uni.edu/libqual/. Analysis by library staff is ongoing; check the Web site for updates throughout the semester.
NEW ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATION PROCEDURE:
Student Disability Services has introduced a new procedure for students to obtain their academic accommodations for the spring semester. The SAAR forms will be hand-delivered by student(s) instead of through campus mail. For complete details on the new procedure, visit http://www.uni.edu/disability/current/steps.shtml.
SCHEDULE OF COMPUTER WORKSHOPS
The schedule of free computer workshops offered by ITS-Educational Technology is available by clicking on the link below. If you use myUNIverseCT (WebCT) and/or ePortfolio in your classes, please inform your students that special workshops for those applications are only available Jan. 16, 17, 22 and 23. http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt
ITS-EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY ONLINE WEBINARS:
ITS-Educational Technology, along with other universities of the Leading Campuses International network, is sponsoring a series of online webinars that discuss best practices related to effective use of learning management systems and affiliated tools to enhance learning and teaching. The first session at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 22, will explore how instructors can approach online discussions, tips on managing student (and instructor) expectations, techniques for assessment and tips on how to stimulate discussion. For more information, visit http://lcin.wordpress.com/lcin-spring-online-seminar-series/. To register for the first session, visit
ELECTRONIC SCHOLARSHIP ROSTERS AVAILABLE:
Learn how to easily process grants and contracts, awards or changes to scholarships. Attend one of the training sessions offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, and Thursday, Jan. 24, in the College Eye Room, Maucker Union. Refreshments provided. Register at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/register.shtml. Space is limited.
HOW TO START A SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP:
This workshop will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, in BCS 30. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 3-JPEC or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGISTER YOUR CLASSES FOR LIBRARY INSTRUCTION:
The Rod Library offers a rich and powerful array of resources. Will your students use them? Will they Google? Help influence this decision. Register your classes for a library instruction session at http://www.uni.edu/library/requestinstr/.
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P & S VACANCIES:
Vacancies at the P&S level include Student Health Clinic director. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.
LIBRARY HOURS OVER MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WEEKEND:
CAMPUS DINING HOURS FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WEEKEND:
SPRING WRC AND HEALTH BEAT HOURS:
EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):
RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR EILEEN DAMS, HRIS MANAGER:
A retirement reception for Eileen Dams will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Commons Georgian Lounge. Help Human Resources celebrate Eileen's 25 years of service to UNI.
Women's basketball hosts Missouri State at 7:05 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, in McLeod Center. The Panthers host Wichita State at 7:05 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, in McLeod Center.
Panther wrestling hosts Wyoming at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, in McLeod Center.
Swimming hosts Nebraska-Omaha at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, in the WRC Pool.
Track and field hosts the Panther Open on Saturday, Jan. 19, in the UNI-Dome.
The blockbuster "Good Luck Chuck," starring Dane Cook, Chelan Simmons and Dan Fogler, will be shown at 7 and 9:30 p.m.,Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Free refreshments. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. FILM SERIES:
Join The Center for Multicultural Education in celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. through a film series.
"Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man and the Dream" is a 50-minute film, highlighting King's life through interviews with his confidants. It will be shown at noon and 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22 and at 1 and 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23.
"Legacy of a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr." is a 30-minute film which reveals the life and times of the Civil Rights leader will be shown at 1 and 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22; and at 2:30 and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23. All films will be in the lobby of the Center for Multicultural Education.
BBC PLANET EARTH FILM SERIES AT THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM:
"PLANET EARTH" is an amazing documentary of never-before-seen animal behaviors, startling views of locations captured by cameras for the first time, and unprecedented high-definition production techniques. Screenings are at 1:30 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 23, March 15, March 29, April 12, April 26, May 10 and May 31. www.uni.edu/museum
MLK JR.'S RELEVANCE FOR TODAY: AN OPEN DISCUSSION:
In an increasingly violent world, is non-violence an effective tactic? Has much changed in society since King's time? Join in or listen to this stimulating discussion on whether King's ideas and theories can be applicable today at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, in the CME (MAU 109). Michael Blackwell, director for multicultural education, will lead the discussion. A CME Book Club meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m., in the CME. The book to be discussed is "Martin Luther King: An Inconvenient Hero" by Vincent Harding. It is not necessary to have read the book to attend. The book is on reserve at Rod Library.
COMPUTATIONAL ARTIST IRA GREENBERG PRESENTS THE CREATIVE POTENTIAL OF CODE:
Ira Greenberg teaches in the Interactive Media Studies program at Miami University. He has worked in industry and academia across various disciplines including painting, 2D and 3D animation, interactive design, print design, multimedia development and software engineering. His current work builds on organic forms and fuses perception and the algorithmic process, creating wildly imaginative imagery with code. He also takes the syntax of poetry, converts it to data, and translates that data into visual images. He will discuss his journey from art to math and back again at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the KAB 111.
NATURAL RESOURCE RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT SEMINAR:
Cindy Cambardella, from the National Soil Tilth Lab, Iowa State University, will discuss "Carbon Sequestration and Nutrient Cycling in Restorations" at 3:30 p.m., Wednedsay, Jan. 30, in the Tallgrass Prairie Center, Room 9. Her presentation is an overview of carbon sequestration and nutrient cycling in perennial landscapes, including prairie reconstruction sites, savanna restoration sites, shelter belts, and riparian buffers. This is the first in a series of seminars on natural resource research and management. Sponsored by the Tallgrass Prairie Center.
UNI VIOLENCE INTERVENTION SERVICES JANUARY SPOTLIGHT: 'STALKING... GOT KNOWLEDGE?':
This will be presented by Dave Zarifis, director, UNI Public Safety, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the
Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Zarifis will share information and insights from his unique law enforcement perspective relating to this important topic. There will be time at the end for questions. UNI Violence Intervention Services information and resources will be available as well. This presentation is sponsored by the UNI Interfraternity Council, UNI Panhellenic Council, UNI Department of Public Safety, and UNI University Health Services.
A CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Feb. 4, in the Maucker Union North Room. Christopher Larimer, Department of Political Science, will present "Balancing Ambition and Gender among Decision Makers." The Women's and Gender Studies Program sponsors the Current Research on Women and Gender Forum Series. All are invited to attend.
SAVE THE DATE: INCLUSION MATTERS:
Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift use wit as well as substance in a fast-paced and challenging presentation to help us see ability and disability in a different way. This husband-and-wife team has spent the past 20 years working to ensure that people with disabilities are able to take their rightful place in schools, workplaces and communities. This discussion will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, April 7, in the GBPAC.
VOICE HONORS RECITAL:
The UNI School of Music Voice Division will open the spring 2008 performance season with an honors recital at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
KUNI'S LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:
Johnsmith will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, in KUNI's studio on the third-floor of the CAC. Johnsmith's most recent CD is "Break Me Open." Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.
FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: CHRIS BUCKHOLZ, TROMBONE:
UNI School of Music faculty artist Chris Buckholz will present a trombone recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. The recital will feature faculty artist Sean Botkin, piano, and the works of Sulek and Monaco. This event is free and open to the public.
GUEST ARTIST OFFERS RECITAL ON CORNETTO:
Visiting artist Scott Hagarty will present a recital on cornetto at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Jebe Hall, GBPAC. A UNI alum, Hagarty earned his master's from Yale University and his doctorate at the University of Minnesota. The recital also will feature UNI School of Music professors Kui-Im Lee, organ, David Rachor, dulcien, and Randy Grabowski, cornetto. This event is free and open to the public.
TALES OF THE LOST FORMICANS:
Theatre UNI presents "Tales of the Lost Formicans," a dark comedy of American suburban angst as seen through the eyes of extra-terrestrials, at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre or call 3-6381.
DINING ON CAMPUS:
COLD TEMPS = HOT DEALS AT PREXY'S AND CHATS:
Take advantage of discounts on featured menu items each day when the high temperature is 20 degrees or less for the previous day. Specials change daily Jan. 14 to 25. Visit Prexy's and Chats in Maucker Union for complete details.
SPRING 2008 MASSAGE:
Massages will be offered in the Wellness Resource Lab (WRC 104) by LMT Carissa Shima Tuesday through Friday and by LMT Leta Hanson Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost is $15 for 15 minutes; $25 for 30 minutes; $35 for 45 minutes; $45 for 60 minutes; and $65 for 90 minutes. Pay by cash, check, u-bill or payroll deduct. Call 3-6119 to schedule. Brought to you by Wellness and Recreation Services.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS:
JACK KENT COOKE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL:
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award scholarships to help students with exceptional promise and demonstrated financial need attend graduate school. Must have financial need, cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better, plan to attend graduate school in fall 2008 and be nominated by UNI. UNI students who wish to be considered should visit http://www.jackkentcookefoundation.org to learn more about the program and to begin the online application process. All applications must be completed online by Feb. 18, after which a UNI selection committee will choose UNI's nominees and submit their materials to the JKC Foundation by the Foundation's deadline of March 14. For more information, contact Betty DeBerg at 3-6221 or email@example.com.
2007-2008 OUTSTANDING GRADUATE PAPER AWARD IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES:
Current UNI graduate students from all departments and programs are eligible to apply for this award. The author of the winning paper will receive $100. Deadline for the paper is Feb. 15. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/womenstudies or contact Phyllis Baker at 3-7102.
LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP: EVENT PLANNING FROM A TO Z:
This informative workshop offered by the Student Leadership Center will take place at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Maucker Union State College Room. The presenter, Steve Carignan, will help students learn how to plan a successful event. For more information, contact Jeff Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD:
Students interested in event planning and making a difference on campus should apply to join the Campus Activities Board (CAB). Applications are available online at http://www.uni.edu/maucker/. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 5.
STUDY ABROAD IN CHILE:
Learn about earning nine UNI credits this summer in Chile. Attend informational meetings at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday or Thursday, Jan. 23 and 24, in Baker 161. For more information, contact the Study Abroad office in Baker 59 at 3-7078 or email@example.com.
BUS TRIP TO MALL OF AMERICA:
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is sponsoring a chartered bus trip to the Mall of America, Saturday, Feb. 9. The trip is $5 for UNI students and $10 for guests. The bus will leave from in front of University Book & Supply at 7 a.m. and will return around 11 p.m. (time will be finalized the week of the trip). Sign up at the Student Involvement & Activities Center starting Tuesday, Jan. 22. Payment (cash only) is due at sign up. No refunds are allowed. For more information, contact the Student Involvement & Activities Center at 3-2683.
HOMECOMING COMMITTEE LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS:
The Homecoming Committee is a group of students who plan the homecoming week activities. Events include window painting, Panther Pride Cry, Panther scramble, pep rally and the parade. Applications are available online at http://www.uni.edu/maucker/ and are due by Jan. 31. For more information, contact 3-6849.
SCHOOL OF MUSIC HOSTS CHORAL ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS:
Choral auditions for the spring semester are taking place through Friday, Jan. 18. If interested, contact Brad Barrett at 3-6113 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Dyan Meyer at 3-7175 or email@example.com for an audition time.
SAVE THE DATE FOR EDUCATION MAJOR WORKSHOPS:
The GBPAC will host two workshops for future classroom teachers this spring. "Character Counts! in Iowa" will be held on Feb. 15, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and "Creative Movement to Inspire Writing" will be held on April 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. This is a chance to build your portfolio and resume. For more information, or to register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3-3679.
RESIDENT ASSISTANT APPLICATIONS:
Applications for Resident Assistant positions are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18. Applications and more information about the RA position and selection process are online at http://www.uni.edu/dor/raapplication/.
ALPHA PHI OMEGA:
Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, is recruiting new members Jan. 22 through 25. There will be informational meetings each night, followed by an activity in CBB 221. Tuesday and Thursday meetings start at 7 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday meetings start at 3:30 p.m. For more information visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/apo