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Thursday, March 13, 2008

NEWS:

UPDATE YOUR DATA FOR UNI ALERT:

Check your emergency contact data immediately. Blank sections won't be automatically filled in. You're the only person who can update this data. https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/update_pi.cgi

If you had problems receiving messages about Tuesday's alert, or want to leave comments or feedback about the system, e-mail unialert@uni.edu

 

EVALUATIONS FOR EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & PROVOST:

The three candidates for executive vice president and provost have completed their public presentations. Electronic evaluation forms are available for each candidate on the executive VP/provost search Web site at http://www.uni.edu/provostsearch/. The deadline for receipt of evaluation forms is noon, Friday, March 14. The public presentation videos for the candidates are available at http://www.uni.edu/provostsearch/. The presentations can be accessed from on-campus only.

 

DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS CANDIDATE FORUM:

The final candidate for the position of director of admissions will be on campus for a public presentation from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13, in the CME conference room, Scott Burke, director of admissions, Clayton State University. He will speak for 15 to 20 minutes, followed by a question and answer session.

 

SYSTEM MAINTENANCE:

Due to system maintenance scheduled for Saturday, March 15, MyUNIverse and HEAT will be unavailable from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The following systems will be unavailable from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, March 16: e-mail (mail will still be received), MyUNIverseCT (formerly WebCT), MyUNIverse, MEMFIS, and many other smaller distributed systems.

 

RESERVE APPAREL FOR SPRING COMMENCEMENT:

Faculty who wish to reserve academic apparel for the spring commencement ceremonies should contact Norma Riley in the Office of the Registrar before 5 p.m., Friday, March 14. Contact Norma at 3-2283 or norma.riley@uni.edu. We do appreciate faculty adhering to the March 14 deadline.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

UNI's initiative to improve math and science education in Iowa is mentioned in this story from Radio Iowa.

http://www.radioiowa.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=9A77E7EC-AC88-9CF2-B133ECE205D83998

The Des Moines Register also ran a story about the initiative.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080311/BUSINESS/803110367/-1/NEWS04

 

PAF (PERSONNEL ACTION FORM) PROCESSING IN MARCH:

As always, PAFs are to be initiated and routed as soon as the department becomes aware of the need. All employees who create or approve PAFs should note the PAF processing deadlines for March are during spring break. PAFs should be created and have all required approvals prior to spring break to meet the March 17/19 deadlines. The payroll cutoff dates for PAF processing may be viewed at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/payroll/cutoffs_deadlines.shtml.

 

TIMECARDS - SPRING BREAK:

Saturday, March 15 is the pay period cutoff for the March 31 monthly and March 26 biweekly paydays. To be included in these paychecks the timecards for the week ending March 15 must be approved by 10 a.m., Thursday, March 20, which is during spring break. Make sure timecards are submitted and approved to meet the deadlines for these paydays.

 

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR LEADERSHIP AWARDS:

Do you know of students deserving recognition? If so, nominate them for one of the Student Leadership Awards. Applications are available at www.uni.edu/leadershipcenter or in the Student Involvement and Activities Center, upstairs in Maucker Union. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, March 28.

 

KAMYAR ENSHAYAN NEW CEEE DIRECTOR:

Kamyar Enshayan, formerly a research associate at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, became director of the center March 1. He replaces William Stigliani, who served as CEEE director since the facility's opening in 1996. An engineer by training, Enshayan has served as program manager for the UNI Local Food Project and helped launch the Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign in northeast Iowa.

 

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE ARTS IN IOWA:

A study conducted for the Iowa Arts Council by Sustainable Tourism and Environmental Program (STEP) and the Recreation Research & Service (R2S) at UNI has released its report on the economic impact of the arts in Iowa. More than $347 million of direct and indirect economic impact and creation of 3,480 jobs due to the arts in and around the six targeted counties of Black Hawk, Wapello, Winneshiek, Woodbury, Montgomery and Pottawattamie. The study was designed to test and demonstrate a model for identifying the economic impacts of the arts and arts organizations in Iowa. As a test case, six counties (and 31 adjacent counties) were selected for initial study. The full study can be viewed at http://www.iowaartscouncil.org/publications_&_resources/reports.shtml. For more information, contact Sam Lankford at 3-6840 or sam.lankford@uni.edu.

 

VOLUNTEER USHERS NEEDED FOR DEATH OF A SALESMAN:

Theatre UNI is seeking volunteer ushers for "Death of a Salesman," April 11 through 20, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Ushers receive a free ticket to the performance. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre or call 3-6381.

 

GRADUATE COUNCIL MINUTES:

Minutes from the Feb. 14 Graduate Council are available at http://www.grad.uni.edu/graduatecouncil/gcminutes.aspx.

 

AUTOMOBILE SAFETY UPDATE:

The UNI Police Department will join forces with more than 320 other Iowa law enforcement agencies in the Special Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), Thursday through Monday, March 13-17. This campaign will involve 24-hour seat belt enforcement, with special attention given to impaired driving on St. Patrick's Day. Motorists are reminded to designate a sober driver this St. Patty's day. For more information, contact Doug Widen at 3-2712 or doug.widen@uni.edu.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE AMERICAN RED CROSS:

The Hawkeye Chapter of the American Red Cross needs volunteers for CPR Sunday, March 30, at the WRC. Those who complete two full hours of service will be eligible for a free T-shirt. Volunteers may contact the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley at volunteeruni@vccv.org for more information regarding this volunteer opportunity and others available.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM:

UNI has begun the process to replace its Student Information System, which supports data/recording keeping for a variety of student services and academic support functions. In order to assist staff in planning for system requirements, two workshops have been scheduled to demonstrate the range and capabilities of a modern web-based student information system. These workshops are open to anyone on campus and will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m., or 1 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom C. E-mail jan.hanish@uni.edu indicating which session you and/or members of your staff plan to attend so we have adequate seating and materials.

 

GATEWAY TABLET PCS AVAILABLE:

ITS Educational Technology is offering 87 Gateway M285-E Tablet Computers used in the StudioIT rooms for departmental purchase. The Tablets have new batteries, will be two years old as of May 2008, and carry accidental damage protection (ADP) warranty through May 2010. Perfect for labs, faculty use, departmental check-out, library use and other needs. Details on purchasing the Tablets and specifications can be found at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/studioit/tablet_resale.pdf.

 

PUT YOUR LECTURES ONLINE:

Has your class been cancelled due to weather this semester and now you’re behind in teaching your material? ITS-ET offers the use of the Accordent Capture Station so you can offer lectures online. To see an example of this technology please visit http://www.uni.edu/unimedia/vetter/20070323-074021-1/rnh.htm. To schedule a time to use this system, fill out the form at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/studioit/reserveform/reserveform.shtml.

HOURS:

CAMPUS DINING HOURS FOR SPRING BREAK:

http://www.uni.edu/dor/dining/hours/academicbreakhours.htm

 

LIBRARY HOURS FOR SPRING BREAK:

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

 

UNI-DOME OPEN REC:

There will be no open recreation at the UNI-Dome during spring break. http://www.uni.edu/unidome

 

WRC SPRING BREAK HOURS:

http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fachrs/springbreak2008.html

 

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY)

SPECIAL EVENTS

ENTREBASH:

On Thursday, March 13, all Cedar Valley small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to a networking event, EntreBash. Enjoy live music, great food, cash bar and a drawing for a new Dell laptop computer. Meet with business experts and receive on-the-spot referrals for assistance with grants, loans, market research and more. This free event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., in the GBPAC and is sponsored by the UNI Regional Business Center MyEntreNet System, Cities of Cedar Falls and Waterloo, and the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance. For more information, call Amy at 236-8123.

 

A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.:

The CME will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death at noon, Friday, April 4. A procession will proceed from the CME to the Campanile. Music will be played on the Campanile carillon by Kui-Im Lee. Vocals led by the UNI George Walker Society. Followed by a recording of a Dr. King speech and closed by a moment of silence. Sponsored by the CME. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/cme, or e-mail bbg10@uni.edu.

 

WORLD FAIR:

Do you have a unique culture you want to share with the world? Interested in learning about other parts of the world? Enjoy free food samples and entertainment at the World Fair from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 18, at the Amvets. Get involved by sharing a country or cultural display, share an ethnic food dish, and entertain with your cultural talents. The World Fair is hosted by Over the Rainbow, a non-profit in the Cedar Valley, and UNI American Humanics. Admission is free and open to children and adults. For more information, e-mail Taylor at tschaa@uni.edu.

 

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

THURSDAZE MOVIE: 'I AM LEGEND':

The blockbuster "I Am Legend" will be shown at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Starring Will Smith, Alice Braga and Charlie Tahan. Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles to find a cure. Free refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

 

BBC PLANET EARTH FILM SERIES: 'DEEP OCEAN':

Explore the depths of the planet's oceans and discover some of this mysterious world's most spectacular species at 1:30 and 3 p.m., Saturday, March 15, at the University Museum. One in a series of programs presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian's Earth from Space exhibit now on display. http://www.uni.edu/museum

 

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA GOES TO THE MOVIES:

Don't miss the chance to enjoy thrilling, world-class opera in HD at the College Square Theatre. Iowa Public Radio is offering discounted ticket vouchers for each opera in the series for $10 each. Vouchers are limited. "Peter Grimes" will be shown Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16. "Tristan and Isolde" will be shown Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23. Visit http://www.iowapublicradio.org for more information.

 

CME LECTURE-DEMONSTRATION AND EXHIBIT:

The CME is celebrating Cesar Chavez's birthday Wednesday, March 26. A lecture and demonstration will be led by artist and UNI graduate Jose Guajardo titled "Interpretations of Murals & Aesthetics in Society," from noon to 1 p.m. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, a reception and dedication of a four-panel wall-sized piece by Guajardo, commissioned by the CME, will be held. The panels focus on the historical experience of Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans and American Indians. In conjunction with the dedication, an exhibition of Guajardo's works, "Aesthetically Me," dealing mainly with the Chicano experience, will be on display from Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH - WOMEN'S VISUAL ARTS:

Join women faculty and students from the Department of Art for a celebration of women's visual arts in a variety of forms and mediums. The Artists' Talk begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 13, in KAB 111. A reception will follow. The Women Artists Exhibition is located in the Art Department Lobby. Sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies, the Department of Art and College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

 

SPACIOUS SKIES: EARTH'S WEATHER FROM SPACE:

Craig Johnson, executive director, Iowa Academy of Science, and owner of Weather Briefing, L.C., will discuss weather satellite images and their use, at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 13, at the University Museum. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/museum.

 

NATURAL RESOURCE RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT SEMINAR:

Diane Debinski, Iowa State University, will discuss "Butterfly Communities in Remnant and Reconstructed Prairies" at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center, Room 9. Debinski will examine the remnant plant and insect communities that remain in highly fragmented prairie landscapes and the development of an understanding of how restoration can best be achieved. Her research addresses questions at the local and landscape level as well as at the individual species and community level. This presentation is last in a series of seminars on natural resource research and management. Sponsored by the Tallgrass Prairie Center. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at 3-3828 or rwelch@uni.edu.

 

WHAT IS ACTIVE ABOUT 'ACTIVE LEARNING' AND IS IT ALWAYS BEST?:

This demonstration and discussion will take place at noon, Wednesday, March 26, in the ITTC 27/28. Participants will assume the role of students attending two brief mock class sessions. The group will examine the cognitive processes evoked by different classroom activities, consider the consequences of these cognitive processes for learning, and examine the question of best practices in the classroom. For more information, visit http://www.cs.uni.edu/~east/tlc/07/yates.html.

 

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: 2008 LYNN CUTLER LEADERSHIP LECTURE:

AnaLouise Keating, professor of women's studies, Texas Women's University, and literary executor for Anzaldúa, will discuss "Gloria Anzaldúa’s Legacy of Spiritualism and Activism" at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 27, in the Commons Ballroom. Keating's work, like that of Anzaldúa's, focuses on the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality and other modern identity categories. Sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies, Center for Multicultural Education, Northern Iowa Student Government, Gender Equality Association, English Club, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Graduate College, and College of Natural Sciences.

 

PERFORMING ARTS:

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: DUO CONTOUR:

Featuring American percussionist Lee Ferguson and English trumpeter Stephen Altoft, visiting artists duo Contour will offer a recital of new music at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: 'FEFU AND HER FRIENDS':

"Fefu and Her Friends," by Maria Irene Hornes, will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, March 31, in the CAC 108. Directed by Cynthia Goatley and Crystal Schneider, UNI Department of Theatre. This interactive three-stage play centers around eight women who meet to rehearse a theater education project and by the end of the evening, tragedy strikes. Sponsored by Department of Theatre and Women's & Gender Studies.

 

WELLNESS RECREATION:

INTRAMURAL 11-ON-11 OPEN CO-REC SOCCER TOURNAMENT:

Open to students, faculty and staff. Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, March 24-26, in the WRC 101. Teams can also register at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec. Limited to the first eight teams. There is an entry fee of $20 with a two-game guarantee. Entry forms are available in the WRC 101.The tournament will begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 31. UNI club members are eligible, but only three male and three female club members per team. For more information, contact the intramural office at 3-7262.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

COLLEGIATE ENTREPRENEURS' IOWA CONFERENCE 2008:

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Iowa Conference will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 4, in Iowa City. Advance registration is required. Transportation is provided. Free to UNI students. Register at http://www.jpec.org/ceic2008.htm.

 

GRADUATE ASSISTANT POSITION:

A graduate assistant position is available at the Center for Multicultural Education for fall of 2008 and spring of 2009. Includes tuition scholarship and stipend. Graduate students interested in interviewing should contact Michael Blackwell, director for multicultural education, at michael.blackwell@uni.edu or 3-2250. For a job description, visit http://www.uni.edu/coe/elcpe/postsecondaryed/financialsupport/gradassistantships.shtml.

 

TUTOR-MENTORS NEEDED FOR SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM:

The Upward Bound Math and Science Center is looking for students to be tutor-mentors for the seven-week Summer Enrichment Program. Applicants should have a strong math and science background including the ability to tutor students in upper level math and science courses; be able to enforce rules; be able to relate to high school students. Former TRIO participants are given first priority. No other outside activities are possible during time of employment. Salaries vary from $2,500-$3,000. Visit http://www.uni.edu/eop/ubms for an application and job description. For more information, contact Latricia Hylton at (319) 433-1261 or latricia.hylton@uni.edu.

 

STUDENT ADMISSIONS AMBASSADORS (SAA) APPLICATIONS:

Members of UNI Student Admissions Ambassadors (SAA) serve UNI by volunteering to give campus tours, sitting on student panels and participating in special university events. All students interested in applying to become an ambassador must have a GPA of at least 3.0, Panther pride, and an enthusiasm for service. Applications are due Friday, March 28 and can be directed to Deb Gray in the Admissions Office. Students may also send applications to admissions@uni.edu. Forms are available at http://www.uni.edu/admissions/saa/index.html (click on the membership tab, then click application). For more information, contact Nick Hanson at nhanson@uni.edu or Haylie Davis at haylie@uni.edu.

 

CAREER PEER ADVISERS WANTED:

Outgoing, energetic and enthusiastic students are invited to apply for Career Services Peer Adviser positions for 2008-09. Assist students through resume critiques, mock interviews, outreach and workshop presentations. No experience needed, training program provided. Peers are paid $8 per hour and work 10 hours per week. Applications are available at http://www.uni.edu/careerservices and are due by March 17.

 

THE KOOB FUND INFORMATION SESSIONS:

The Koob Fund for Student Community Engagement Scholarship applications are due April 1. An information session will take place at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, in the Maucker Union Purple Pen Room. Learn more about applying, what the selection committee is looking for and how to write and complete the application process. Scholarship information can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/outreach/index.shtml. For more information, contact Juli Gassman at 3-2264 or gassman@uni.edu.

 

PRACTICUM FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION OR COACHING ENDORSEMENT:

The Upward Bound Math and Science Program is looking for a physical education or exercise science major who needs to complete a practicum for endorsement. This person is needed to develop and implement a physical education and nutrition program for 50 high school students. For more information, contact Latricia Hylton at (319) 433-1261 or latricia.hylton@uni.edu.

 

GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP:

The Gilman International Scholarship is accepting applications from students participating in study abroad programs during fall 2008 or the academic year 2008-09. Award recipients will receive up to $5,000. The deadline is April 15. Apply at http://www.iie.org/gilman. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office (Baker 59) at 3-7078 or study-abroad@uni.edu.

 


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