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Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008
What can the university community do to help maintain, protect and restore the water quality of streams, lakes and rivers in Iowa? A new video, "Stormwater Management", is available for viewing on the Environmental Safety and Health Web site. Go to http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/healthsafety/index.shtml, click on "Stormwater Management" and then "Stormwater Management Training Video". Call the Environmental Health and Safety Office at 3-7269, with questions.
GRANT ALLOWS UNI TO EXPAND EDUCATION PROGRAM:
A more than $400,000 grant will help the University of Northern Iowa expand a teacher education program statewide.
The 2+2 teacher education program, designed for students who have family priorities or schedules that don't allow them to enroll in traditional college programs, is already in use in Carroll, Ankeny and Boone.
The $430,348 grant to the UNI College of Education is through the Fund for the Improvement of Education Awards Program.
The money will allow school officials to look at expanding to Sioux City, Keokuk, Muscatine, Clinton, Dubuque, Peosta, Calmar, Ottumwa and Mason City.
UNI 'CRAZY COLLEGE ROOM' ON HGTV:
Watch for UNI alumnus Nathan Spiva and TC on HGTV. "What's With that Crazy College Room" first aired on HGTV Aug. 10, and will re-run at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. "What's With that Crazy College Room?" is a one-hour special that showcases "America's wildest and most creative dorm rooms," according to HGTV. A crew from LMNO Productions and show host George Gray spent a day at UNI with Spiva and his friend Bryant Wayland to film a segment for the show in April 2007.
Parking Operations and MET Transit will provide a Park-and-Ride Service starting Aug. 25. The service will run from the parking lot west of the UNI-Dome to the Commons area from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, from Aug. 25 to May 8, 2009 providing transit for people displaced from the Commons lot while the new parking facility is under construction. The Park-and-Ride schedule and route map will be posted to the UNI parking Web site. For more information, contact UNI Public Safety's Parking Operations at 3-2710.
DRIVE SAFELY DURING LABOR DAY HOLIDAY:
UNI, city, county and state law enforcement officials will focus on heightened traffic safety and enforcement from Aug. 18 through 31. The focus will be seatbelt enforcement and to get impaired drivers off the roadway. This effort is part of the “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” special traffic enforcement program. For more information, contact Lt. Doug Widen, UNI Police Division, 3-2712.
INTERIM INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT HEAD:
Bart Bergquist, UNI professor of biology, became interim head of the Department of Industrial Technology August 1. He replaces Mohammed Fahmy, who served as department head for 18 years.
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED:
Families are needed to host three female students from New Zealand while they study at UNI for part of the fall semester. Their area of study is Communication Disorders in Children. Two students will be here from Sept. 1 to November 7, and one from Oct. 20 through Dec. 19. All three students are mature, responsible, and keen to learn more about Iowa and its people. If you might enjoy opening your home to one of these students, please contact Ken Bleile at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MINI-VANS FOR SALE:
UNI is offering four vehicles for sale on http://www.publicsurplus.com. There are three 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport mini-vans and a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE. You may see the vehicles on the hill by the bullpen near the Power Plant. More sale info is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/pubsale.shtml or contact Vince at 3-3527 or email@example.com for bidding information.
NEH SUMMER STIPEND NOMINATION COMPETITION:
UNI may nominate two applicants for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Stipend Program, a $6,000 award. The deadline to compete for a nomination is 5 p.m. Sept. 15. Please see: http://www.uni.edu/osp/grants/NEH.htm for information on the nomination process or contact OSP Grant Specialist Hillery Oberle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-3961.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com
NEW STAFF MEMBER IN ACADEMIC ADVISING:
Angie Schwartz is joining the staff of Academic Advising. Angie will serve as an adviser 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ross Schupbach at 3-6421 or email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3-6421.
UPDATE ON GILCHRIST HALL:
Gilchrist Hall is almost fully occupied and ready for the semester to begin. See an update of offices that are now located in Gilchrist Hall at http://www.uni.edu/pubrel/gilchrist.shtml.
OTHER OFFICE MOVES:
Along with offices moving to Gilchrist Hall, several other campus offices have moved or are moving soon.
Finance Accounting & Reporting will move to Lang 122 this fall.
Graduate College has moved from Lang 122 to Lang 110.
Public Policy has moved from Lang 110 to Baker Hall.
School of Music offices have returned to Russell Hall.
Strategic Marketing Services will move from the Curris Business Building to 32 Business & Community Services in late August or early September.
VP for Administration & Finance, including budget, will move to Lang 122 by Wednesday, Aug. 15. A&F Division IT staff will remain in CET 107. If you have any questions, please call 273-2382 or 273-2383.
OFFICE MAX WEBINAR:
We will be having one more Office Max Webinar on Thursday, Aug. 14 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Passwords, logins and instructions will be sent out this week. If you don't receive one, contact Mary Burke 3-2451 so you can join us.
Registrations for 2008-09 Wellness/Recreation Center and Health Beat facility user privileges are now being accepted. Individual cost is $182 for the year. Registration provides access to Wellness/Recreation Center facilities, as well as Health Beat in Maucker Union. Register online by going to MyUNIverse, click on Wellness and Recreation Services Facility User Registration in the HEALTH AND FITNESS TAB, complete and submit. Or you may visit WRC 101 to register in person.
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.
Educational Counselor and Assistant Director of Admissions/Communications.
Merit Vacancies are now available for viewing at:
AUGUST HOURS AT PREXY'S AND CHATS:
Chats will be open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prexy's will be open 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. These hours will be in effect through Friday Aug. 15. Fall semester hours begin Aug. 21.
LIBRARY HOURS BETWEEN SUMMER SESSION AND FALL SEMESTER:
FALL OFFICE HOURS:
Beginning Monday, Aug. 18, regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for university offices resume. Supervisors of staff who do not have e-mail access, please inform them of regular business hours.
EASTERN IOWA GIS DAY:
Eastern Iowa has experienced two big natural disasters this year - tornado and flood. In order to assist local and state government agencies, this year’s GIS Conference theme is entitled "Geospatial Technologies for Natural Disaster Management." The conference will take place Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and will feature workshops, keynote presentations, educational sessions, an exhibition, and networking opportunities.
Visit http://geotree.geog.uni.edu/gisday2008/ to register for GIS Day 2008 and view the preliminary agenda. Registration is free and lunch will also be provided for all registrants. Students attending have an opportunity to visit with multiple GIS vendors.
POLITICAL SCIENCE CONFERENCE:
UNI will be hosting the 11th Annual Great Plains Political Science Association Conference on Saturday, Sept. 27. The Political Science Association serves as a forum for both faculty and student presentations, faculty development and public affairs workshops. The Association invites papers from faculty and students on political, social and economic topics to be submitted by Friday Aug. 29. Student papers submitted in advance of the conference will be eligible to compete for the GPPSA Best Student Paper Awards. To submit a paper or for more information, visit http://www.usd.edu/greatplainspsa/ or email submissions and questions to Professor Christopher W. Larimer in the Department of Political Science at email@example.com.
ALPHA PHIS RED DRESS GALA:
The sisters of the Epsilon Theta chapter of Alpha Phi will be hosting a Red Dress Gala on Saturday Sept.13. This philanthropic event will raise awareness and funds for women's cardiac care programs through the Alpha Phi Foundation. UNI faculty and staff are invited to join in the charitable evening! Tickets are available online at http://www.sellyourevents.com/RedDressGala.aspx for $25 per guest. The evening will feature a social hour, cash bar, silent auction, dinner and entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. at the Waterloo Center for the Arts.
For more information, sponsorship questions, or to make a donation to this cause, contact Jessi Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Philosphy & World Religions inaugural Scholarship Benefit Lecture, "The Kingdon 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.
LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:
See Colin O'Brien and his dazzling dancing-foot percussion, as he plays fiddle, banjo and guitar at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18, in KUNI's studio on the third-floor of the CAC. Admission is $3 at the door, free for chil,dren under 12.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS :
WEBCT WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS:
ITS-Educational Technology is offering WebCT workshops for students on Aug. 27 and 28 and Sept. 2 and 3. Visit our Web site for the complete workshop schedule at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/c.shtml or call 3-2309 for more details.
HAVE YOU STARTED YOUR ePORTFOLIO YET?
What can an ePortfolio do for you? Learn this, as well as how to get started on your ePortfolio. Attend one of five "Intro to ePortfolio" workshops offered for students. Faculty\student workshops occur on Aug. 29 and Sept. 3, 4, 5 and 12. A faculty-only workshop is offered on Aug. 22. See workshop calendar at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/c.shtml for details or call 273-2309. Request a myUNIverseCT Portfolio account at https://www.uni.edu/elearning/forms/portfolio_request.html.
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