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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 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/

 

 

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008

NEWS:

UNIVERSITY REACCREDITATION--CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS:

Every 10 years, UNI conducts a self-study in preparation for reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. That process is now underway. Beverly Kopper, associate provost for academic affairs and chair of the self-study, is seeking faculty, staff and students to participate in this process and serve on one of the five self-study committees including: Mission and Integrity; Preparing for the Future; Student Learning and Effective Teaching; Acquisition, Discovery, and Application of Knowledge; and Engagement & Service. For more information visit: http://www.uni.edu/accreditation/. If interested, contact Shirley Uehle at shirley.uehle@uni.edu or 3-2778.

 

'EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION' ELECTRONIC MAGAZINE:

The College of Education has released the fourth issue of UNI's College of Education "Excellence in Education" electronic magazine. The magazine provides news about College of Education programs to current, past and prospective students and is a forum for teacher education professionals to share information with others. Visit http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/uni/coe-summer08/. To receive a print copy of the magazine, contact katrinka.smith@uni.edu.

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES FOR SCHOOLS:

The Iowa Arts Council and the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center support arts education opportunities that expand or enhance classroom learning for greater student achievement. They are accepting applications from Iowa schools for an artist to visit for five consecutive days during the upcoming academic year. Visit http://www.gbpac.com/outreach/classroom.shtml for more information.

 

uCARDS AVAILABLE AT FOLLON CENTER:

uCards (university I.D.) are now available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Follon Student Services Center, upper level, Gilchrist.

 

DIGITAL PHOTO COPIER FOR SALE:

The Department of Political Science has a 22 ppm Ricoh Aficio 1022 digital photocopier for sale to other UNI departments. Features include auto document feeder, duplexing, two 500-sheet paper trays, bypass and collating. It has 150,000 copies on it. The price is $400. Call 3-2039 or e-mail jane.hunter@uni.edu for more information.

 

VERIDIAN CREDIT UNION OPENS BRANCH IN MAUCKER UNION:

Veridian Credit Union has opened a branch office within Maucker Union, at the former site of the Union Station. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The need for a full-service financial institution in the union was identified by students in a spring 2007 survey.

 
CONVERSATION PARTNERS:

Want to learn about the world? Want to volunteer but have little time to spare? Be a conversation partner. American conversation partners meet one hour per week with a student to help him or her practice speaking English. It's a great opportunity to learn about another culture. If interested, contact Sally Calcara at scalcara@uni.edu

 

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.

 

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, at 3-3420 or kelly.flege@uni.edu

 

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 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 phishing@uni.edu

If you have replied to such an e-mail, contact Viviana Dragu as soon as possible at viviana.dragu@uni.edu or 3-3862, as your account may have been compromised. Please inform people within your department about these scams.

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

RESERVE STUDIO IT:

ITS-Educational Technology is taking reservations in the StudioIT labs for this fall. StudioIT 1, 2 and 3 are located in the ITTC Rooms 134, 136 and 138 respectively and can handle classes of up to 60 students. Each lab is equipped with Gateway Tablet PCs, a Crestron multimedia control system and a video conferencing unit. ITS Educational Technology offers the use of StudioIT at no charge to UNI faculty for classroom instruction. Visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/studioit for more information.

 

NSF GRANTS CONFERENCE:

The National Science Foundation will host a Regional Grants Conference in Omaha, Oct. 20-21. The conference will cover current NSF funding, policies and procedures. To register or 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 Anita Kleppe at anita.kleppe@uni.edu or 3-6148.

 
FALL 2008 ONLINE COURSE REQUESTS:

UNI faculty using the Blackboard/WebCT learning management system for the fall semester who have not requested an online course should submit their request(s) using the Web form located at http://elearning.uni.edu/forms/course_request.html

 

DEADLINE FOR NEH SUMMER STIPEND NOMINATION:

The deadline to compete for the two UNI faculty nominations to the National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Stipend Program, a $6,000 award, is 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15. For more information on the nomination process, visit http://www.uni.edu/osp/grants/NEH.htm or contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 3-3961.

 

EMPLOYMENT:

FACULTY VACANCIES:
http://www.uni.edu/employment

 

MERIT VACANCIES:
http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.shtml.

 

P&S VACANCIES:

Cedar Rapids reporter, payroll coordinator, and employee disability & leave coordinator
http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp

HOURS:

NEW HOURS FOR PREXY'S IN MAUCKER UNION:

Avanti is open until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Flares Burrito Bar open until 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Flares Grill open until 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Café Fresco open until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.These venues are open until 3 p.m. Friday.http://www.uni.edu/dor/dining/hours/index.htm

 

LIBRARY HOURS OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND:

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

 

NEW HOURS FOR COMPUTER CONSULTING CENTER (CCC):

The CCC has expanded its hours of operation. The hours are: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and 6 to 10 p.m., Sunday.

EVENTS:

GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION:

New Graduate Student Orientation is scheduled for 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. The program includes a presentation on successful transitioning and a graduate student resource information fair. All graduate students and faculty are invited.

 

BASH WITH BEN 3:

Join Ben and Pat Allen for the third annual Bash with Ben, a fall campus celebration. Join the Allen's, NISG President Pernell Cezar and new Athletic Director Troy Dannen from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, for a picnic lunch on the Campanile Plaza.

 

NEWS TALK ON GEORGIA-RUSSIA CONFLICT:

Political Science Professor Dhirendra Vajpeyi will lead a discussion for News Talk on the Georgia-Russia conflict on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at University Book and Supply. News Talk meets the first Saturday of the month and is intended to promote critical reading and discussion of the news. See http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2008_082608.shtml for more details. For further information, contact Gerri Perreault 3-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu.

 

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:

Monday, Sept. 8, the AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss meets at 4:30 p.m. at the UNI Museum to discuss "The Man Who Fed the World" by Leon Hesser. Self Help director Merry Fredrick is the speaker. It's not necessary to have read the book.

 

DISASTER RELIEF SWING-A-THON:

The UNI chapter of SAI will host a fundraiser for Iowa flood and tornado victims at 8 p.m., Sept. 13, in the GBPAC Lobby. The Disaster Relief Swing-A-Thon ends at 6 a.m., Sunday, Sept.14. The goal is to help music programs affected by floods and tornados. The UNI and UI Swing Clubs along with Step Into Swing from Des Moines will be present throughout the night teaching lessons and doing demonstrations. The night will also include food, contests, a raffle drawing, and silent auction. A $10 donation is requested. For more information, visit www.saiswingathon.com or www.uni.edu/studentorgs/sai/swingathon.

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE CONFERENCE:

UNI will host 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 e-mail submissions and questions to professor Christopher W. Larimer in the Department of Political Science at christopher.larimer@uni.edu.

PERFORMING ARTS:

IMPROV TROUPE PERFORMS AT C.F. PUBLIC LIBRARY:

Half-Masted 3.2, a comedy improv troupe, performs family-friendly shows at 6:30 p.m. every Friday at the Cedar Falls Public Library. The current troupe members are: Dana Dzick, Jordan Meyer, Larry Raineri, Tanner Randall and Tonia Tessum. They will hold auditions for new cast members this September. For more information, call Doug Shaw at 273-6805.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

SMOKING CESSATION HELP:

Self-help materials, consultation, and on-going support is available to students, faculty and staff striving to quit smoking. Contact Kathy Green, University Health Services director, at 3-6921 or kathy.green@uni.edu, for details, or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/smoke/index.html

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT:

Fantasy Football Tournament for students, faculty, staff, spouses and retirees. Registration: Thursday and Friday, Sept. 4 and 5, in WRC 161. A $5 entry fee is due with registration. Play begins Monday, Sept. 8. E-mail contact will be made by 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8, with password and league user name.

 

OPEN CO-REC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT:

The tournament will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14. Entry forms are available in WRC 161. Entries are due by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, WRC 161. Entry fee is $20 per team (cash, check or u-bill). Open to students, faculty, staff, spouses and retirees. For more information, call 3-7262.

 

3 V 3 SOCCER:

"Just for Kicks" (JfK), a UNI program to train youth soccer coaches and players, is hosting a 3-on-3 soccer tournament from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, at the UNI soccer practice fields on West 27th Street. Teams will be placed into divisions based on age, gender and playing experience. There are six divisions for both men and women, under 10, 12, 14, 16, 19 and adult, as of August 2008. The top two teams in each division will receive awards, and all participants will receive a JfK T-shirt. There is a maximum of five players per team, and a team fee of $125. Registration is due by Friday, Sept. 5. Contact sam.lankford@uni.edu for registration forms.

 

SIGN UP FOR FITNESS/LEISURE CLASSES:

Join a fitness/leisure class today. There are 52 different sessions from which to choose. Classes start as early as 6:30 a.m., and as late as 9:45 p.m. Aerobics, cycling, yoga, pilates, boot camp, water fitness classes and more are offered through Wellness and Recreation Services. Low cost, convenient; sign up with a friend. www.uni.edu/wellrec

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS :

MOCK INTERVIEW & RESUME CRITIQUE WEEK:

Mock interviews and resume critiques will be held on Sept. 9, 10 and 11. Practice with professionals from 14 businesses and organizations to receive feedback on your resume and interview skills. Login to CareerLink at www.uni.edu/careerservices to select the employer(s) and time of your choice. This event is open to all majors, freshmen through graduate students. Deadline for reserving an interview slot is Sept. 5. Contact Laura Wilson in Career Services at laura.wilson@uni.edu for more information.

 

200:017 FIELD EXPERIENCE ORIENTATION:

All students planning to take 200:017 Exploring Teaching this fall must attend one of the following orientation sessions: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27 in SEC 245; or 8-9 a.m., Thursday, Aug 28, in SEC 245; or
3:30-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, in SEC 245. Students who fail to attend one of these sessions may not be allowed to take the 200:017 field experience this semester, and this may delay their entry into the teacher education program by one semester.

 

PSE INFORMATIONAL MEETING:

Think about joining PSE, a national professional fraternity in sales and marketing. PSE is open to all majors.

Learn how PSE helps you to stand out from others in your major who are applying for the same jobs as you. Attend an informational meeting at 8:30 p.m., in CBB 23, Thursday, Sept. 4, or Wednesday, Sept. 10. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/pse/index.html or e-mail throndsp@uni.edu.

 

TEACHER EDUCATION ORIENTATION:

All students planning to enter the Teacher Education Program must attend one of the following orientation sessions:
3:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2; or, 8-9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3; or 3:30-5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3. Students who fail to attend one of these sessions may find their admission to the Teacher Education Program delayed.

 

USE THE PANTHER SHUTTLE SAFERIDE:

Are you looking for a safe, free, alternative means of transportation to and from College Hill and Main Street this weekend? Try the new NISG Panther Shuttle SafeRide. SafeRide runs every Friday and Saturday during the academic year from 9:15 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. For a full schedule, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/

Northern Iowa Student Government welcomes your comments/suggestions about this program. Please e-mail us at nisg@uni.edu.

 

OSHA BLOOD BORN PATHOGEN TRAINING OFFERED:

This one-hour training is required for all students completing PK-12 school experiences. This training is free and will be offered at the following times on Friday, Sept. 5 in SEC 245: 8-8:50; 9-9:50; 1-1:50; and 2:50 p.m. No registration is required. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education (273-2265 or 273-2236).

 

THE WORD IS...FRIENDSHIPS:

According to the latest research, one-third of first year college students report getting homesick. It’s normal. But, you can beat it. Attend welcome events on campus, in your house, and in your hall this week. It’s a great way to meet friends.http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/

 

WEBCT WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS:

ITS-Educational Technology is offering WebCT workshops for students on Aug. 27 and 28 and Sept. 2 and 3. For the complete workshop schedule, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/c.shtml or call 3-2309 for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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