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UNI Online is a compilation of notices to be distributed to faculty and staff. The deadline for submission is noon, the day before publication. UNI Online is distributed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Submitted items must be sponsored by a UNI department, program or organization. No commercial or personal announcements are allowed. Announcements must have news, not opinion content. Submit items to: http://www.uni.edu/unionline/

 

 

Thursday, May 1, 2008

NEWS:

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 jan.hanish@uni.edu or call 3-3526.

 

CANDIDATES FOR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR COMING TO CAMPUS:

Five finalists for the position of UNI director of athletics will make campus visits and give public presentations beginning the first full week of May. The finalists are Terry L. Wanless, director of athletics, Sacramento State; Barbara G. Walker, senior associate athletic director, Wake Forest University; Michael P. Waddell, senior associate director of athletics, University of Cincinnati; Glen Krupica, deputy director of athletics for external affairs, Northern Illinois University; and Troy A. Dannen, executive director, Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. See the full news release at http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=3663

 

REQUISITION & PURCHASE ORDER CLEAN-UP:

Purchasing and Accounts Payable are reminding account managers to check your Statements of Account for encumbrances that should be cleared up. If a purchase order is showing an encumbrance but should be closed out, call Pam Rousselow at 3-3116. Requisition preparers (including students) should check for rejected, returned, in process, and pre-approved requisitions that should be canceled or deleted. For more information, http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/purchasing/year_end_req_clean_up.shtml.

 

UNI ONLINE TO START SUMMER PUBLISHING SCHEDULE:

UNI Online will start its summer schedule the week of May 12. The e-newsletter will publish once per week on Tuesdays. To submit, visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline

 

NEW STUDENT HEALTH CLINIC DIRECTOR NAMED:

Shelly Matthews-O'Connell has been named director of the University of Northern Iowa Student Health Clinic. Matthews-O'Connell was the administrative specialist in the Student Health Clinic. She will assume her new duties May 1. Matthews-O'Connell has worked in the Clinic since 2000, where she has had key responsibility for the UNI student health insurance plan, supervision of office staff, management of electronic medical records and student orientation activities.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PARENT BOOTH AT SUMMER ORIENTATION:

Once again, UNI will host a Parent Hospitality Tent during the summer orientation sessions. Share your enthusiasm for UNI with the parents of our newest students. Faculty and staff assistance is needed to help staff the booth in the coffeehouse in Maucker Union.  Volunteers will visit with parents of prospective students from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, June  9, 12,16,19, 23, 26 and 30, and July 7 and 10. If you'd like to volunteer, e-mail liz.conklin@uni.edu.

 

PLANNING FOR FAMILY WEEKEND:

Please submit dates, times and brief descriptions for open houses and events for Family Weekend 2008, Sept. 19 through 21. Include contact name, phone number and e-mail address for each event listed. E-mail information to liz.conklin@uni.edu by May 30. Use subject header Family Weekend 2008.

 

LEGISLATURE 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.

 

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 rebecca.schultze@uni.edu or 3-6488.

 

FUNDAMENTALS OF FLYING:

Learn about earning a private pilot license and how much fun it is to pilot your own airplane. This is a formal ground school that will introduce you to the exciting world of aviation and how it can help you in your career. ITC 330-059-Section 10 (2 credits) meets Tuesdays, from 6 to 8 p.m.

 
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.

 

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 privilege to charge unless the Department of Residence is notified. E-mail diningtech@uni.edu to allow non-enrolled student employees the ability to charge over the summer.

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

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

 

SERVICE SPEAKS:

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

http://www.uni.edu/csbs/forms/

EMPLOYMENT:

MERIT VACANCIES:

Merit Vacancies are available for viewing at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.shtml.

HOURS:

LIBRARY HOURS:

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.

 

SUMMER HOURS FOR ON-CAMPUS DINING START MAY 12:

Maucker Union: Chats serves beverages, sandwiches, Freshens Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt treats, and bakery items weekdays, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Prexy's offers a rotating menu of hot entrees weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Maucker Union restaurants will be closed on Monday, May 26, and Friday, July 4. Essentials in Maucker Union will be open weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Piazza in Redeker Center re-opens for summer service June 2. Hours and menus are available online:
http://www.uni.edu/dor/dining/hours/summerhours.htm

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY)

SPECIAL EVENTS

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 

 

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.

 

FRIENDS OF KUNI PRESENT WINE & TULIPS:

Savor the flavor of wines from around the world as the Friends of KUNI/KHKE present the 23rd annual "An Evening in Celebration of Wine & Tulips" to benefit public radio in Iowa. This year's celebration will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at the Park Place Event Centre in Cedar Falls. Advance tickets are $35 and available for purchase by phone at 3-6400. Advance tickets are also available at Roots Market and Indulgence in Cedar Falls. Call 3-6336 to inquire about attending the VIP pre-party at 5 p.m.

 

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. Sen. 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 jane.larson@uni.edu.

 

RETIREMENT RECEPTION:

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.

 

ROTC COMMISSIONING CEREMONY:

UNI's Department of Military Science invites you to attend the Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 10, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

 

OFFICE FURNITURE AUCTION:

A surplus office furniture auction will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the West Gym. Preview the items prior to sale time at 9 a.m., Tuesday. Buyers must remove purchases from the building by 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 13. Payment must be made in cash (good check) before removal. A valid photo ID is required to get a bidding number. See http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/auctioninfo.shtml for more information. Call Vince at 3-3527 if you have questions about the sale.

 

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 doris.mitchell@uni.edu.

 

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.

ATHLETICS:

PANTHER SOFTBALL:

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.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

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), TimothyEmbretson (B.F.A., graphic design), Megan Hosch (M.A., art education), and Katie Kelly (M.A., sculpture).

 

THURSDAZE MOVIE:

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.

 

BBC PLANET EARTH FILM SERIES 'SEASONAL FORESTS':

The next film in the Planet Earth film series will be shown at 1:30 and 3 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at the University Museum. Investigate these temperate regions and find some of the most elusive creatures and well-adapted plant life on Earth.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

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 (gaies@uni.edu).

 

RELIGION AND THE NEWS:

"News Talk" will discuss coverage of religion in the news from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 3, at University Book and Supply. This event is free and open to the public. Discussion leader will be Karris A. Golden, assistant director of communication and marketing at Wartburg College, and freelance faith journalist and essayist. For information on the series, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu (put News Talk in subject line).

PERFORMING ARTS:

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Gayla Drake Paul will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, May 5, in KUNI's studio on the third-floor of the CAC. Paul has mastered both fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar techniques in multiple genres and tunings. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.

 

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.

 

UNI CHILDREN'S CHOIR SPRING CONCERT:

Under the direction of School of Music instructor Michelle Swanson, the UNI Children's Choir will offer its spring concert at 7 p.m., Friday, May 9, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

W-CF SYMPHONY:

In collaboration with the Iowa Composer's Forum, the Symphony's Home Cookin' concert will feature the diverse music of five living Iowa composers. Scheduled for 2 p.m., May 10 at the Gallagher-Bluedorn, tickets are just $10 for adults, $5 for students at 273-4TIX (877-549-SHOW) or wcfsymphony.org.

 

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

WELLNESS AND RECREATION SERVICES WELLNESS NEWSLETTER:

The April Words of Wellness newsletter is posted at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/UNI_employee_wellness/wow/index.html. The UNI Energy Conservation Committee is now sponsoring a portion 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.

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 ajnoll@uni.edu to schedule an interview.

 

DE-STRESS DAYS:

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 deedra.dahlager@uni.edu.

 


 

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