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Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008
BASH WITH BEN 3:
Join Ben and Pat Allen for the third annual Bash with Ben, a fall campus celebration. Join the Allens, 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. Rain location is inside Maucker Union.
CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES ON UNIVERSITY AVENUE:
Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, the contractor will begin Stage 2 reconstruction of University Avenue by switching through traffic from the existing westbound lanes of University Avenue to the newly reconstructed eastbound lanes. Once traffic is switched, a full road closure of the westbound lanes of University Avenue from 300 feet east of Campus Street to 100 feet east of Tremont Street will begin. The University Avenue westbound lane closure will be in effect for eight to 10 weeks, depending on the weather.
ADMINISTRATIVE FELLOW ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Administrative Development Program is designed to provide interested faculty with opportunities to broaden their understanding of, and experience in, higher education administration and to diversify administrative leadership on campus. Barbara Cutter, associate professor of history and Doug Mupasiri, associate professor of mathematics will serve as part of the Provost's Office administrative team, providing leadership and support for various functions and special projects in Academic Affairs. Cutter and Mupasiri also will be responsible for processing undergraduate student requests.
DOOR REPLACEMENT IN MSH:
The contractor will replace the northeast doors to McCollum Science Hall beginning Wednesday, Sept. 10. The plan is to remove the doors and frames that day and install the new doors and frames on Sept. 11. The contractor plans to do the work in such a way as to allow traffic through these doors during the day. However, everyone who can, should plan to use other entrances on those days. The building will be secured the evening of the 10th with a temporary wall. Evening emergency egress will be through the southeast doors. If the new doors cannot be secured the evening of the 11th, the wall will be re-installed. Things should be back to normal some time on the 12th. The doors will eventually be on the electronic access system. If you have questions regarding this matter, call 3-6165.
MARC PRENSKY: DIGITAL NATIVES & IMMIGRANTS
Marc Prensky, internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, educator, and consultant will speak at SE Polk High School from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3. For details, see http://www.aea11.k12.ia.us/news/prensky.html. If you would like to attend, the IMSEP (Iowa Mathematics & Science Education Program) will pay the registration and transportation expenses for the first 12 people (one van’s capacity). Contact Rosemary Jordan, ITS Ed Tech, firstname.lastname@example.org, by Sept. 10 if you would like to attend.
UNI CREDIT UNION:
The UNI Credit Union is celebrating more than 50 years of business, serving members since 1955. The UNI Credit Union exclusively serves UNI faculty, staff, and students and the faculty and staff of Cedar Falls Community Schools. The Credit Union, located at 802 West 29th St., Cedar Falls, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Fridays and university paydays, for drive-up or walk-in service.
UPDATING 2008-2009 CAMPUS PHONE BOOK: PERSONAL & OFFICE INFO:
Human Resource Services is updating information for the new UNI Directory. Verify your home and office phone and address information. To verify or change your information, login to: My UNIverse; My Personal Records; Update My Personal Information. Deadline for updates is Thursday, Sept.11. For more information, e-mail HRSemail@example.com.
UPDATING THE 2008-2009 CAMPUS PHONE BOOK: OFFICE INFO ONLY:
Changes for the new phone book, sections A) Office Directory, pages 5-12; B) Campus Governance Group, page 12; C) UNI fax numbers, pages 13-14; and D) Departmental Web sites, pages 15-16, can be made at http://www.uni.edu/pubrel/phonebook/. Deadline for these changes is Friday, Sept. 5. If you have questions, contact Janis Jehle at 3-2761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WANTED: COLORFUL PLASTIC BAGS:
The UNI Metals Studio in the Department of Art needs to collect 1,000 colorful plastic bags to be utilized in an interactive installation, "The Launch," by artist Deb Todd Wheeler in the upcoming exhibition "Body Prop." Plastic bags can be placed in the drop-box outside the Department of Art Office, 104 KAB, or in the Metals Studio, 135 KAB through Sept. 26. (Please no white or beige bags.) For questions, or pick-up of large quantities of bags, contact Erica Duffy, assistant professor of art, by phone: 3-2252, or e-mail: email@example.com. "Body Prop" will be exhibited in the UNI Gallery of Art, Sept. 29 through Oct. 26.
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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-2778.
GRADUATE FACULTY AWARDS:
Application materials for professional development leave and summer fellowship are now available at http://www.grad.uni.edu/awards/development.aspx and http://www.grad.uni.edu/awards/fellowship.aspx. Professional Development application materials are due in the Graduate College, Lang 110 by Friday, Sept. 26. Summer fellowship application materials are due by Friday, Oct. 31. Contact the Graduate College at 3-2748 if you have questions.
JOIN UNI SPEAKERS BUREAU:
UNI's Speakers Bureau offers more than 200 presentations. Faculty and staff wishing to add presentations can visit the UNI Speakers Bureau Web site at www.uni.edu/pubrel/speakers, contact Lindsey Rhodes in University Marketing & Public Relations at email@example.com, or call 3-6728. Hundreds of citizens benefited from faculty and staff expertise this past year.
VOLUNTEER CENTER OF CEDAR VALLEY:
The Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley (VCCV) will staff a satellite office on campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Thursday in the Student Involvement and Activities Center of Maucker Union. Learn about some 200 volunteer opportunities. E-mail volunteerUNI@vccv.org with questions.
'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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
NEH GRANTS WEB CONFERENCE:
A Web conference on two new National Endowment for the Humanities grants will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, in Maucker Union, College Eye Room.The grants are intended to improve the quality of humanities education in undergraduate institutions. NEH staff will announce a new program for teaching-intensive undergraduate institutions and discuss the Teaching Development Fellowships program. RSVP to Hillery Oberle at firstname.lastname@example.org
OFFICE 2007 WORKSHOPS:
ITS-Educational Technology is offering Office 2007 workshops on Word, Excel and PowerPoint. For more information about the Office 2007 workshop schedule or other workshops offered, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/c.shtml.
EXPANDED COMPUTER CONSULTING CENTER HOURS:
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. http://www.uni.edu/its/us/ccc/index.html#hours
DINING ON CAMPUS:
Hansens Farm Fresh milk and cheese curds are available at Chats in Maucker Union. Hansen's dairy is in Hudson.
New hot breakfast items have been added to the Avanti menu at Prexy’s in Maucker Union. Breakfast burritos are available weekdays, 8 to 10 a.m. Returning menu items include breakfast pizza and warm cinnamon rolls.
Wasabi at Prexy’s in Maucker Union is offering an Asian noodle bowl (clear broth with vegetables and noodles) Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ask for a sample.
Fresh apples from a local orchard will be featured at Chats and Prexy’s throughout the month. Several varieties will be available. Buy fresh, buy local. www.uni.edu/dor Click on What’s Happening.
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. Venues are open until 3 p.m. Friday. http://www.uni.edu/dor/dining/hours/index.htm
TICKETS ON SALE FOR JOHN DOMINIC CROSSAN BENEFIT LECTURE:
Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Philosophy & World Religions Scholarship Benefit Lecture, "The Kingdom of God in a Time of Terror: Jesus & the Roman Empire," by renowned historian John Dominic Crossan. The lecture will be held Monday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in Lang Auditorium. Tickets are $30, and are tax deductible. Call 3-6221, e-mail email@example.com, or stop by Baker 135 for tickets, paying by cash, check or credit card.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR AVP HOT WINTER NIGHTS TOUR:
AVP Hot Winter Nights Tour combines the best of AVP Pro Beach Volleyball action with the California beach lifestyle indoors. The tour brings the top ranked AVP men's and women's players to the McLeod Center on Jan. 31, along with 200 tons of sand. Tickets are available at all UNITix Locations, 3-4TIX or online at www.uni.edu/mcleod
PORTUGUESE FILM SERIES:
The UNI Portuguese Club is hosting The Conexões Film Series covering a wide range of social, economic and political issues affecting Brazil, as well as the rest of the world. All films are in Portuguese with English subtitles and are free and open to the public. "Central do Brasil" (Central Station) will be shown at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, in the College Eye Room of the Maucker Union. "An emotive journey of a former school teacher whose mother just died and a young boy searching for the father he never knew."
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.
CLOSE-UP ON DIVERSITY: 'AUTHENTICITY AND INCLUSION':
The Center for Multicultural Education and Maucker Union will host "Close-Up on Diversity: Authenticity and Inclusion" series of events, Sept. 8-12, including a cultural festival, slam poetry, immigration and diversity panel, film screenings and roundtable discussion, international opportunities fair and international house of coffee. The keynote address, "Authenticity and Politics in Life," will feature Norma T. Hollis, Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Lang Auditorium. For more information visit www.uni.edu/cme or call Athena Clayborne at 3-2250.
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 International Director Merry Fredrick is the speaker. It's not necessary to have read the book.
NATURAL RESOURCE RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT SEMINAR:
Steve John, executive director of the Agricultural Watershed Institute, will present "Support your local grass farmer: Why a local bioenergy movement is needed and how to start one," at 4 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 10, in Room 9, Tallgrass Prairie Center. Based in Decatur, Ill., Agricultural Watershed Institute’s mission is to conduct research and educational programs on practices and policies to improve water quality, maintain or restore ecosystem health, and conserve and manage land and water resources in agricultural watersheds. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, outreach coordinator for the Tallgrass Prairie Center at 3-3828 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNI TO HOST IOWA ELECTRATHON:
The Center for Energy and Environmental Education will host the Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon Championship Series on Saturday, Sept. 13. The battery-powered cars will begin competition at 8:45 a.m. in the ITC B parking lot south of University Avenue. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/ceee/electrathon/08cedarfalls.htm or contact Kyle Ross at email@example.com.
I-RENEW ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY EXPO:
The Iowa Renewable Energy Association will hold its 17th annual Energy & Sustainability EXPO Sept. 13-14 at the CEEE. The EXPO features some 70 workshops and 80 vendors on renewable energy, green building, renewable fuels, energy-efficiency technology, sustainable living, electric cars and more. Demonstrations of wind power, electric cars, solar hot water and solar electricity will be held. Admission is $10 per person, per day. I-Renew members are admitted free; you can join I-Renew at the door. Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14.
DISASTER RELIEF SWING-A-THON:
The UNI chapter of SAI will host a fundraiser for Iowa flood and tornado victims at 8 p.m., Saturday, 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.
Panther football hosts South Dakota at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, in the UNI-Dome.
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