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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
DEADLINE FOR STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM SURVEY:
The deadline for completing the Student Information System survey is 5 p.m., Friday, May 2. Directions for the survey can be found at http://www.uni.edu/sis. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 3-3526.
LEGISTLATURE APPROVED MATH AND SCIENCE INITIATIVE:
The Iowa Legislature approved $4 million for the Regents Mathematics and Science Education Collaborative Initiative. The education appropriations bill, House File 2679, was sent to the governor on Friday. The governor has 30 days to sign the bill after the end of the legislative session. For more information, view the news release at http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=3650.
University-wide election ballots were sent out by e-mail last week. If you have not voted, please do so. Your vote helps maintain the integrity of faculty governance. If you did not receive an e-mail ballot, contact Otto MacLin. A sample ballot for the faculty chair position will be e-mailed shortly. The faculty chair elections were delayed to ensure a quality pool of candidates for this important position. For more information about the election process, contact Otto MacLin, co-chair Committee on Committees, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR IOWA STATE FAIR:
Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to help at the UNI exhibit at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 7-17. Shifts are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 to 9 p.m. Two faculty and staff are scheduled per shift to work alongside alumni volunteers. Volunteers will receive free admission and a complimentary UNI shirt. Volunteers are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Rebecca Schultze at email@example.com or 3-6488.
UNI IN THE NEWS:
Kamyar Enshayan and UNI's Local Food Project were recently featured in the Des Moines Register:
Erica Duffy, Department of Art, was one of the subjects of an article in the Des Moines Register: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080424/ENT01/804240362/1047.
UNI ALCOHOL TASK FORCE ASSEMBLED:
Recent national research has affirmed what those on college campuses have observed for many years -- excessive alcohol use by students leads to consequences such as crime, injury, academic failure, academic underperformance, poor health, addiction and damage to reputation. With that in mind, Terry Hogan, vice president for educational and student services, has established an alcohol task force to find ways to reduce the incidence of high-risk drinking and associated negative consequences at UNI. The group began meeting this spring and is charged with developing a needs assessment by February 2009. See a list of members at
MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY RELOCATED:
The Public Policy office has relocated from Lang 110 to Baker 30. All phone numbers, fax number and campus mail codes remain the same.
WELLNESS/RECREATION ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DEPARTMENT GUESTS:
Wellness and Recreation Services welcomes UNI department guests and conference participants. Visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/user_policy/guests.html for details on making arrangements. Two week advance notification is requested.
GUIDELINES FOR GRANTS AND CONTRACTS INCENTIVE FUNDS PROGRAM:
Changes were made this past fall to the UNI Grants and Contracts Incentive Funds Program and announced on campus. The purpose of the UNI Grants and Contracts Incentive Funds Program is to encourage faculty, P&S staff, colleges, departments and other administrative units to actively seek externally funded projects. The program provides financial support to those administrative units and principal/co-investigators or project directors/co-directors who successfully obtain sponsored-project funding. The revised guidelines for the Grants and Contracts Incentive Funds, including their distribution, can be found at www.uni.edu/osp.
SUMMER ACCESS TO CHARGING FOR STUDENT EMPLOYEES:
Enrolled students and current faculty and staff can charge purchases at various locations on campus (i.e. Chats and Prexys). Students who work in the summer, but are not enrolled, will not have the priviliege to charge unless the Department of Residence is notified. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to allow non-enrolled student employees the ability to charge over the summer.
SUMMER RESERVE READING LISTS:
Faculty who wish to place items on reserve for the 2008 summer session should submit their list to the Rod Library reserve desk by May 5. 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/.
RESERVE REINSTATEMENT LISTS:
Faculty who wish to keep their same items on reserve for the 2008 summer session from spring 2008 should submit their request to the Rod Library reserve desk by May 2. Requests can be submitted electronically at http://www.uni.edu/library/reinstatement/.
FACULTY AND P&S ANNUAL COURTESY NOTICE - ROD LIBRARY
The annual loan period for items checked out to faculty and professional and scientific personnel will end soon. Return all items with a May 5 due date. All items must be returned, but you may recheck out any items for which you have further need. To view items checked out to you, log on to your library account: https://unistar.uni.edu/patroninfo/. For more information, visit http://www.lib.uni.edu/access/fac_notice.htm.
UPDATE TO MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATES EFFECTIVE MARCH 19:
The university mileage reimbursement rate will increase from $.485 to $.505 for travel occurring on and after March 19. This rate is effective when an employee drives his or her own vehicle because a motor pool vehicle is not available, the employee is traveling less than 100 miles, or total trip time is less than four hours. The reimbursement rate for driving a personal vehicle when a motor pool vehicle is available remains at 28.5 cents per mile. Reimbursement for non UNI employees and students is at the discretion of the account manager, but may not exceed the $.505 rate. For more information, contact email@example.com or 3-2253. http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/accounts_payable/tguide.shtml
NEW LAPTOP OR DESKTOP COMPUTER PRICING:
Approximately the first week in May, UNI will offer new discounts for PC pricing for anyone wanting to purchase laptop or desktop computers. This pricing extends to individual home purchases. Check this Web site for new information: http://www.uni.edu/its/us/purchase
Join the campus and community for the final speaker in the customer service series – just in time to greet summer visitors to campus. Rob Bell will discuss "Customer Service Excellence -- Let's Have Fun Out There" at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, in the GBPAC. Reservations can be made by calling 3-6899. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles, customer service and training, Bell makes improving customer service skills and gaining leadership abilities simple, clear and fun.
GERONTOLOGY RESEARCH AWARDS:
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is offering Adele Whitenack Davis Awards, which provide one month of summer salary and up to $3,000 in research expenses for projects in applied gerontology. All full-time UNI faculty are eligible. Application deadline is May 15. Application and guidelines available at
Vacancies at the P&S level include Student Health Clinic physician. To view complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.
Merit Vacancies are available for viewing at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.shtml.
Final exam week: http://www.library.uni.edu/libinfo/hours_special.shtml#springfinals.
Weekend before summer session: http://www.library.uni.edu/libinfo/hours_special.shtml.
UNIVERSITY SUMMER HOURS:
Beginning Monday, May 12, summer hours for university offices will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours will remain in effect through Friday, Aug. 15. Supervisors of staff who do not have e-mail access, please inform them of summer hours.
EVENTS (BY CATEGORY)
STURGIS YOUTH THEATRE: 'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST':
The Sturgis Youth Theatre, under the direction of Gretta Berghammer, will produce "Beauty & the Beast" as its annual Summer Fun Production. Registration begins May 1 for children entering fourth grade and higher. Creative drama classes are also available for younger children. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre/sturgis.
UNI MINI-SUMO ROBOT COMPETITION:
The third annual UNI Mini-sumo Robot ship-in competition will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 1, in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge. Students from UNI’s MiniSumo Robotics class will take on robots from all over the world. Last year robots arrived from Hawaii and Canada, as well as Texas and Indiana. See the action. Learn about building your own MiniSumo robot. Visit http://www.narobotics.org
UNI TV FINAL SHOW:
UNI TV News (Panther News Program) is a 30-minute weekly news program produced by and for UNI students. UNI TV will live broadcast a variety show with audience participation from 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 1, in the performance studio, Lang Hall 046. It also accepts submissions for a video contest, and the winner will be announced at the show. For more information, contact Joyce Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.panthernews.net.
BOTANICAL CENTER PLANT SALE:
The UNI Botanical Center and Student Nature Society plant sale will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, May 2, at the Botanical Center. Use the North entrance across from Wright Hall. Assorted tropical, cacti, succulents, hanging baskets and herbs will be available.
CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION:
Join in the celebration of Cinco de Mayo from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 2, outside of Maucker Union. Enjoy grilled fajitas, beans, chips, dessert and pop for only $5. Music by Las Guitarras de Mexico. Rain site is inside Maucker Union.
HUMAN PERFORMANCE CENTER DEDICATION:
The campus and community are invited to celebrate the dedication of the Human Performance Center. Join President Ben Allen and U.S. Senator Tom Harkin for the ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 4, at the Human Performance Center. Tours, information about the programs housed in the building and refreshments will be available. RSVP to 3-2566 or email@example.com.
Join the Department of English Language and Literature in honoring Marcia Hansen at a retirement reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, in Baker 161. Dessert and coffee will be served.
GEOCACHING: A HIGH-TECH TREASURE HUNT:
Let the UNI Museums, along with CrawDaddy Outdoors and Hartman Reserve, show you the wonders of geocaching from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at the University Museum. Learn about this fast-growing hobby and use GPS technology to hunt for a cache. Cost is $7 for individuals or $20 for groups of four. Register by Thursday, May 8, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE -- BASH WITH BEN:
Save the date for the third annual Bash with Ben, a fall campus celebration. Join Ben and Pat Allen from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, for a picnic lunch on the Maucker Union Plaza.
Panther softball hosts Illinois State in a doubleheader starting at noon and 2 p.m., Saturday, May 3. The Panthers and Redbirds meet again at noon, Sunday, May 4. All three games are at the Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex.
MA THESIS AND BFA GROUP EXHIBITION:
This art exhibition is on display now through Saturday, May 10 at the Kamerick Art Gallery. Participants include BJ Alumbaugh (B.F.A., printmaking and graphic design), Erika Anderson (B.F.A., graphic design and painting), Timothy Embretson (B.F.A., graphic design), Megan Hosch (M.A., art education), and Katie Kelly (M.A., sculpture).
The Campus Activities Board's last movie of the semester, "Definitely, Maybe" starring Ryan Reynolds and Abigail Breslin will be shown at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, May 1, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter. There will be a movie poster raffle at 9:15 p.m. Free refreshments provided.
HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY:
The UNI Holocaust Remembrance and Education Program, in conjunction with the Sons of Jacob Synagogue in Waterloo, is organizing a Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) ceremony at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 1, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. The ceremony, dedicated to the theme "Do Not Stand Silent: Remembering Kristallnacht 1938," will include a featured speaker, musical performances, readings by clergy of different faiths and candle lighting. This event is also sponsored by the Cedar Valley Interfaith Council, the Catholic Parishes of Waterloo and the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts. The event is free. For more information, contact Joyce Broell 3-2725 or Stephen Gaies (email@example.com).
UNI CONCERT CHORALE CONCERT:
Under the direction of UNI School of Music instructor and conductor Dyan Meyer, the UNI Concert Chorale will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, in the GBPAC Great Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI VARSITY MEN'S GLEE CLUB CONCERT:
Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor and conductor Brad Barrett, the UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, in the GBPAC Great Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
TOMAS KUBINEK AT THE GBPAC:
Tomas Kubinek will perform at the GBPAC at 2 p.m., Saturday May 3. He’s a fool, clown, visual poet, solo performance artist, multi-talented vaudevillian, comic genius and charming huckster. Kubinek has traveled the globe with his exuberant madness, performing mind-boggling miracles and surreal feats. For tickets, or for more information, call 3-4TIX or visit http://www.gbpac.com.
NEW HORIZONS BAND CONCERT:
Under the direction of Diana Blake, the New Horizons Band will offer its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 5, in the GBPAC Great Hall. The New Horizons Band features musicians 55 and older who travel from all over Iowa to rehearse and perform. This event is free and open to the public.
WRS FITNESS AND LEISURE CLASSES:
Challenge yourself to stay healthy all summer long. Fitness classes start May 12. New classes include Tai-Chi, tennis lessons and beginning yoga. Register at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitness/classes.html or in the WRC 101.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS:
SEEKING SUMMER STUDENT OFFICE ASSISTANTS:
Camp Adventure is seeking a number of student office assistants for May through August. Students will work 25 to 35 hours weekly and make $9 per hour. Accounting/business majors and/or office experience is a plus, but not a requirement. Contact Angie Noll at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an interview.
DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM:
Magic. Money. Experience. The Disney Theme Parks & Resorts College Program at the Walt Disney World® Resort is truly a one-of-a kind experience. The Disney College Program is available in Anaheim, Calif., as well as Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit http://www.disneycollegeprogram.com or contact Laura Wilson at email@example.com.
Join Wellness and Recreation Services to de-stress from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, May 5, through Wednesday, May 7, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom and lobby. Enjoy free mini massages, walk the labyrinth, cuddle with animals from the Cedar Bend Humane Society and more. For more information, contact the Wellness Resource Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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