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Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008
NEW E-MAIL SCAMS TARGET UNI:
ITS-Network Services has been contacted about new e-mail phishing scams targeting UNI users. Examples of these new phishing messages and more information on these scams can be found at http://www.uni.edu/its/us/faqs/phishing.htm ITS constantly adds new rules to our Anti-Spam/Anti-Virus servers to drop these types of messages, however, new versions appear frequently. Phishing e-mails ask users to verify their UNI e-mail account information by replying to the e-mail with their e-mail username, e-mail password and other personal information. It also warns that if the account owner refuses to update his or her account information he or she will lose the account permanently. UNI will NEVER request such information from users via e-mail. Please remember to NEVER share your password for any system with anyone and to NEVER reply to any e-mail message of which you are suspicious. Instead, please forward the suspicious e-mail message to email@example.com
If you have replied to such an e-mail, contact Viviana Dragu as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-3862, as your account may have been compromised. Please inform people within your department about these scams.
MORE OF COLLEGE STREET TO CLOSE:
Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 6, the College Street closure will be extended to the north side of the Seerley Boulevard intersection. This will include the 23rd Street intersection. This section will remain closed until the street is repaved. Weather permitting, the street should reopen to through traffic by mid September but traffic and parking may be limited to allow the streetscape work behind the curb to be constructed this fall.
STUDENT EMPLOYEE APPROVAL LIST:
All departments employing continuing departmental students are required to submit a Student Assignment Approval List for the fall. This report for fall 2008 approvals is now available as a MEMFIS Discoverer Report. For instructions on how to use the report and other information on employing students, read the Student Assignment Approval List Announcement at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/payroll.
DEPARTMENT NAME CHANGE:
As of fall 2008, the new name for the Department of Philosophy & Religion is the Department of Philosophy & World Religions. The department requested this name change in order to emphasize the global character of its curriculum, the growing recognition of the importance of religion to the world's political and social condition, and to further distinguish the academic study of religion at the university from what churches and religious organizations do in religious education classes.
PHILOSOPHY & WORLD RELIGIONS INTERIM DEPARTMENT HEAD:
Betty DeBerg stepped down as Philosophy & Religion Department head as of July 31. Jerry Soneson, associate professor of religion, became interim department head on Aug. 1.
NEW HEAD OF BIOLOGY NAMED:
David K. Saunders, formerly of Augusta State University, is the new head of the Department of Biology, effective Aug. 1. He replaced Kavita Dhanwada, associate professor of biology, who served as interim head during the 2007-2008 academic year. His office is located in MSH 144, telephone 3-2456.
PARKING PERMITS AVAILABLE FOR PICK-UP:
Online applications for parking permits will be accepted via MyUNIverse through Friday, Aug. 15. This option is available to current faculty, staff and students. Visit https://access.uni.edu/forms/index.shtml#P. Click on the "online" link to the right of the "Parking Permit Application." Permits can be purchased in person at 30 Gilchrist Hall from 7:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 15. Beginning Aug. 18, hours will be 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. To have your parking permit fee deducted on a pre-tax basis, permits must be purchased by Aug. 15. This applies to the purchase of the G, A or B permits. Questions can be directed to 3-2710.
PARKING DECK WORK UNDERWAY:
Demolition of the parking lot and the remaining houses has begun in the Commons Lot. For photos, visit
INTERNAL DEADLINE FOR BLACK HAWK COUNTY GAMING ASSOCIATION GRANTS:
The Black Hawk County Gaming Association awards grants for capital improvement projects, property tax relief, and charitable donations in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chicksaw, Grundy and Tama counties. For the next grant cycle (beginning Oct. 1), the Association encourages funding requests for storm and disaster-related recovery projects. The internal selection process for UNI grant proposals for the Oct. 1 Black Hawk County Gaming Association funding cycle will begin Sept. 2. Potential applicants must submit their materials to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 5 p.m., Sept. 2, for consideration. For more information, contact Grant Specialist Hillery Oberle at 3-3961 or email@example.com.
UPDATE ON UNI BEVERAGE CONTRACT:
The university has extended its relationship with PepsiAmericas by verbally committing to a 10-year agreement. This agreement is for exclusive beverage rights on campus, as was the previous agreement. It is expected that the processes established under our previous contract will extend to the new contract. Part of this new agreement includes updating equipment, which will begin to occur in the next couple of weeks, including the switching and some relocation of vending machines. Questions can be directed to Kelly Flege, beginning Aug. 7, at 3-3420 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW STAFF MEMBER IN ACADEMIC ADVISING:
Angie Schwartz is joining the staff of Academic Advising. Angie will serve as an advisor to deciding students. Schwartz comes to UNI from Des Moines Area Community College.
HOST FAMILIES WANTED:
The International Friendship Program promotes intercultural exchange, understanding and friendship by matching local families with UNI international students. Families and students decide what to do together and how much time to spend together. This is a meaningful and fun experience for most families, and our students really appreciate the families who volunteer. If interested, contact Pramod Sarin at email@example.com or Ross Schupbach at 3-6421 or firstname.lastname@example.org. An online brochure and application form are available at www.uni.edu/intladm/iso/about.shtml
COMMUNITY DONATION DRIVE FOR UNI INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:
International Services and the Wesley Foundation continue to accept donated household items ranging from dishes, pots and pans, towels, and lamps to clothes hangers and sofas, beds, and mattresses year-round. These items are always in great demand for new students living in the unfurnished university apartments, especially in August. Storage space has been secured to collect and stage donated items for distribution to students. If you have things to donate, contact Tanya at email@example.com or call 3-6421.
NSF GRANTS CONFERENCE INFORMATION:
Planning a proposal to the National Science Foundation? Want to know more about the NSF, its programs and procedures? The NSF will host a regional grants conference in Omaha, Oct. 20 and 21. This conference will cover the state of current funding; policies and procedures; and pertinent administrative issues. NSF program officers representing each NSF directorate will be on hand to provide up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and answer questions. For more information, see: http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=110711&govDel=USNSF_13 If you are interested in attending, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 3-3217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 18, purchases made from Fisher Scientific should utilize the procurement card rather than a requisition/PO. This change is necessary to meet the vendor's requirements and to increase efficiencies in payment processing. UNI currently participates in a pricing agreement with Fisher with a discount ranging from 5 to 80 percent. As a reminder, it is still necessary to bid on orders totaling more than $10,000. Visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/purchasing/vendors/fisher.shtml for instructions on how to do business with Fisher Scientific.
ACADEMIC ONEFILE REPLACES EXPANDED ACADEMIC (INFOTRAC):
Rod Library recently replaced Expanded Academic ASAP, also known as InfoTrac, with Academic OneFile, a larger database from the same company. Academic OneFile uses the same search interface and contains virtually all of the content in Expanded Academic plus additional journals and other sources.
WebCT WORKSHOPS FOR FACULTY:
Starting Monday, Aug. 18, ITS-Educational Technology is offering four workshops that will show how to build a course in WebCT. These workshops are for faculty members who are using the current version of WebCT or for those who have never used WebCT before. WebCT allows faculty to create online courseware as a supplement to an existing face-to-face course, or create a course that is completely online. For dates and times, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/c.shtml To register, call 3-2309.
FALL RESERVE READING LIST:
Faculty who wish to place items on reserve for the 2008 fall semester session should submit their list to the Rod Library Reserve Desk by Monday, Aug. 11. Any requests received after this date cannot be guaranteed to be available for the first week of classes. Reserve lists can be submitted online at: http://www.uni.edu/library/reserverequest/.
OFFICE MAX PASSWORDS:
To place orders with Office Max you will need a login and password. E-mail email@example.com with your name, department, phone number and e-mail address. For more information, call 3-2451.
Vacancies at the P&S level include communications & grants coordinator and admissions counselor. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp
WRC AUGUST HOURS:
The Wellness/Recreation Center (WRC) is closed for recreation through Sunday, Aug. 17, for maintenance/repairs and also closed Friday, Aug. 22 for WRS student/staff training day. The week of Aug. 18-21, recreational hours will be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fall recreation hours begin Saturday, Aug. 23. www.uni.edu/wellrec
LIBRARY HOURS BETWEEN SUMMER SESSION AND FALL SEMESTER:
FALL OFFICE HOURS:
Beginning Monday, Aug. 18, regular business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) for university offices resume. Supervisors of staff who do not have e-mail access, please inform them of regular business hours.
OPEN HOUSE FOR BUCKY:
You are invited to an open house for Chris Bucknam from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the McLeod Center Alumni Suite. Bucknam, who has coached at UNI for 25 years, has accepted the head men’s track and field position at the University of Arkansas. Stop by and thank "Bucky" for his years of service and wish him luck at the University of Arkansas.
JOHN DOMINIC CROSSAN TO GIVE SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT LECTURE:
John Dominic Crossan, noted historian of Jesus and the early Christian community, will give the Department of Philosophy & World Religions inaugural Scholarship Benefit Lecture, "The Kingdom of God in a Time of Terror: Jesus and the Roman Empire," at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 29, in Lang Auditorium. A reception with book signing will follow. Tickets are $30, tax deductible, and go on sale Monday, Sept. 1. Special premiums are available for group ticket sales. Visit www.uni.edu/philrel for details about ticket sales and premiums.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS :
JOIN UP TILL DAWN:
Become more involved at UNI, get some volunteer experience, work with great people, and make a difference by joining the UNI Up Till Dawn executive team. For more information on how to join the team, go to http://unistjude.googlepages.com or e-mail Katie and Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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