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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008
PROVOST SEARCH CANDIDATE FORUMS:
The candidates for the position of executive vice-president and provost will be on campus for public presentations on these dates: Monday, March 3, Don Nieman, Bowling Green State University; Thursday, March 6, Lance Grahn, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point; and Monday, March 10, Susan Carlson, Iowa State University. The presentations are from 3 to 4 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium and will be open to the campus community and public. Each candidate will speak for 15 to 20 minutes, followed by a question and answer session.
UNI TO DEVELOP NEW STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM:
Planning will soon begin to replace UNI's aging Student Information System. This software system supports academics by meeting core functional needs like course registration, grade reporting, student recordkeeping, application for enrollment processing, financial aid awarding, student billing and degree auditing. A series of meetings, interviews and workshops will occur between now and mid April. These activities will lead to the development of a Web-based instrument through which interested members of the university community can assess our particular system needs. See http://www.uni.edu/sis/
UNI UP CLOSE FEEDBACK:
UNI Up Close brought 577 high school seniors and their 600 guests to campus Feb. 8 and 22. Campus wide, 33 academic departments, 20 student services/academic affairs departments and 38 student organizations took part in the event. Complete the feedback form at http://www.uni.edu/admissions/upclose/facultystaff/feedback/ to help with future plans.
UNI IN THE NEWS:
Alan Czarnetzki, director of the UNI's STORM Project, was interviewed by Radio Iowa among others.
SEARCH COMMITTEE NAMED FOR NEW UNI ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:
A committee of 12 has been selected. The goal is to name a new athletic director by May 1. Joel Haack, dean of the UNI College of Natural Sciences, is chairing the committee. The committee plans to select finalists for interviews in late March and conduct on-campus interviews in early to mid April. For a list of the committee members, see the news release at http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=3459
FREE INK CARTRIDGES AND COMPUTER SUPPLIES AVAILABLE:
The Department of Theatre has the following printer ink cartridges and computer supplies available free to any department that can use: HP 26, 29, 40, 49; Lexmark 20, 70, 82, 83; Brother PC-101; 3.5" IBM disks; and 250 MB zip disks. Call 3-6386.
DID YOU KNOW?:
UNI graduates approximately 500 new teachers every year. Source: UNI College of Education, Office of Student Field Experiences.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE NEWS AND VIEWS:
The February edition of A&F News and Views has news and information about staff accomplishments and department activities in the Administration and Finance Division. To read, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/vpaf/documents/afnews0208.pdf.
2008 MAYORS' VOLUNTEER AWARDS AND TOP TEEN AWARDS:
The Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley is accepting nominations through March 14 for the 2008 Mayors’ Volunteer Awards and Top Teen Awards. The awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to service through volunteerism in the Cedar Valley. Nomination forms are available at http://www.vccv.org. For more information, contact the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley at 272-2087 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
USA WRESTLING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS:
Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help run the USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Championships Wrestling Tournament April 4-6 in the UNI-Dome. Jobs include scorekeeper, clock operator, runner and taper. No experience necessary. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Minutes for the Jan. 17 MEMFIS User Group meeting are available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/memfis_users/documents/mm20080117.pdf
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION WEEK AT ESSENTIALS MARCH 3-7:
Essentials in Maucker Union is celebrating customer loyalty Monday through Friday, March 3 - 7. The specials include: 50-cent bags of popcorn all week; $6 UNI T-shirts while quantities last; a drawing for an Essentials package to be given away Friday, March 7; a free tropical 'mocktail' from Prexy's Tiki Bar from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday and free ice cream sandwiches from Wells Blue Bunny from 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, March 4 and 5, while quantities last.
CONSULTING CENTER ONLINE CHAT AVAILABLE:
During normal university work days, the chat service is staffed by trained student consultants and permanent employees and is an excellent resource for any computing inquiries. If the consultant cannot assist you, she or he will refer your call to someone with the appropriate expertise who will subsequently contact you to assist you. Password resets are not performed via this service. Visit http://www.uni.edu/its/us/ccc/chat.
GROW IOWA VALUES FUND APPLIED RESEARCH GRANTS:
Business and Community Services and the Office of Sponsored Programs have collaborated to provide seed money for applied research with the greatest potential for commercialization through UNI's Grow Iowa Values Fund resources. Priority will be given to projects in Iowa's targeted industry clusters: bioscience, information solutions and advanced manufacturing. Grant applications are due in the Office of Sponsored Programs by 5 p.m., Monday, March 24. For more information and the application criteria, visit http://www.uni.edu/osp.
HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN:
This workshop will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, March 6, in BCS 30. Advance registration is required. Call 3-JPEC or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEB CONFERENCE ON NSF MATH & SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP:
The Office of Sponsored Programs will host a Web conference on the National Science Foundation's popular Math and Science Partnership program from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 29, in Studio IT 3 (ITTC 138). For more information on the conference or on the Math and Science Partnership program, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 3-3217. RSVP to 3-3217 or email@example.com
Merit Vacancies are available for viewing at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.shtml.
Vacancies at the P&S level include business incubation manager, Regional Business Center. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.
EVENTS (BY CATEGORY)
TOWN HALL MEETING:
A town hall meeting is planned for 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. The purpose is to discuss the university’s reaccreditation process, the Voluntary System of Accountability, and the Foundations of Excellence program. President Allen, Provost Lubker, and Associate Provost Bev Kopper will facilitate this meeting. Open to all students, faculty and staff.
CHARTING YOUR WORLD: THE MAGIC OF MAPS:
Elementary-aged students will design a treasure map, plan a city, go orienteering and learn the ins and outs of all geographical things from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 8, at the University Museum. $10/Friends members, $12/non-members. RSVP by March 4. For more information, call 3-2188 or visit http://www.uni.edu/museum.
THE CHANGING FACE OF IOWA STUDENTS:
School administrators from across Iowa will gather in McLeod Center to discuss "The Changing Face of Iowa Students" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 29. UNI's Mark Grey and five school administrators will discuss challenges and success in schools serving Iowa's increasingly diverse K-12 population. Sponsored by the UNI Educational Leadership program. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/coe/elcpe or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
DONATE TO PAPER-PRODUCTS DRIVE:
UNI Circle K is sponsoring a paper-products drive for the Cedar Valley Friends of the Family women's shelter Monday, March 3, through Monday, March 10. Needed items include paper towels, napkins, feminine products, plastic bags, kleenex, toliet paper, etc. Drop-off locations include all residence hall offices. Donations also can be dropped off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, through Thursday, March 6, at an information table in Maucker Union. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
UNI SPEECH AND DEBATE SPRING SHOWCASE:
The UNI Speech and Debate teams spring showcase will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 10, in Lang Hall 40. Students who have qualified to compete in the national tournaments will perform their events, including persuasive speaking, after-dinner speaking, poetry interpretation and dramatic interpretation. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Cate Palczewski at 3-2714.
BACKYARDIGANGS LIVE AT McLEOD CENTER:
Backyardigans Live will perform in McLeod Center Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 and 17. Nickelodeon’s backyard friends, The Backyardigans, come to life for preschoolers in their brand-new live show, The Backyardigans Live! The Tale of the Mighty Knights. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 10, at all UNItix outlets. Call 3-4TIX or visit http://www.uni.edu/mcleod. Pre-sale for all UNI employees at http://www.uni.edu/mcleod on Monday, March 3.
The men's and women's indoor track teams will compete for the MVC title when UNI hosts the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2, in the UNI-Dome.
NEXT FRAME FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL:
NextFrame, a touring festival of international student film and video, is coming to UNI at 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, March 5 and 6, in the Kamerick Arts Building, Room 111. The festival is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, Electronic Media Division. For more information, contact Francesca Soans, assistant professor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-6309.
PRESIDENT ALLEN AND HCC VICE PRESIDENT ALLEN TO SPEAK ON LEADERSHIP:
President Ben Allen from UNI and Vice President Linda Allen from Hawkeye Community College will reflect on leadership from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in SEC 252. The event is sponsored by the Leadership Studies Program and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898 or email@example.com (put leadership series in subject line) or Margaret Corson at 3-2332. Sponsored by Leadership Studies, Student Leadership Center, and Office of Educational and Student Services.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH PANEL DISCUSSION:
The Festivals and Special Events class at UNI is hosting a panel discussion, African American History: Contemporary Perspectives, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in the CME, Room 109 B. The panel will include members of the community and student body.
JOHN DEERE: FARMING WITH GREENSTAR:
Take part in a computer simulation of precision agriculture utilizing GPS technology at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in SEC Room 123. This is one in a series of programs presented by the UNI Museums in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibit "Earth from Space," on display through June 28. Free. http://www.uni.edu/museum
NEWS TALK TO DISCUSS EDWARDS' CAMPAIGN:
Is talking about working class inequality a bad thing in American politics? How did the news media labeling of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards as an "angry" populist affect his campaign's reception? Christopher Martin, UNI associate professor of journalism, will discuss these and other aspects of the Edwards campaign during a "News Talk" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at University Book & Supply.
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