Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008
FOUNDATIONS OF EXCELLENCE (FOE) FACULTY AND STAFF SURVEY:
UNI is participating in a self-study of first-year programs this year through the Foundations of Excellence (FoE) project, sponsored by the Policy Center on the First College Year. Faculty and staff received an e-mail on Oct. 8, with a link to a survey assessing faculty and staff opinions about how well UNI implements an effective first-year program both in and out of the classroom. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. Your input is critical as the FoE task force prepares the self-study documents that will guide efforts to strengthen the learning environment for first-year students at UNI.
PURPLE PRIDE BUTTONS:
There are free UNI Purple Pride Day buttons in the University Marketing and Public Relations office in East Bartlett 126. They are first come, first served. Wear UNI purple apparel along with a "Purple for Life" button on Friday, Oct. 10, to kick-off Homecoming weekend.
PURPLE PRIDE TRIVIA:
The first three faculty or staff to correctly answer a question will win a UNI Purple for Life T-shirt. Visit http://uni-mail.org/subscribe/survey?f=139 for the questions.
SCHOOL-BASED INVENTORY OF ACTIVITIES:
The deadline for submitting information regarding programs and activities of UNI students, faculty and staff in PreK-12 schools in the Greater Cedar Valley is Friday, Oct. 10. If you are involved in these activities, please report them by accessing the survey form at http://uni-mail.org/subscribe/survey?f=129. Contact Jan Hanish (3-3526) with questions.
MICROSOFT HOME-USE PROGRAM:
As a part of the Microsoft Campus Agreement, qualifying UNI faculty and staff can purchase Microsoft Office and/or Sharepoint for $19.95 plus tax. Faculty and staff who are licensed to use Microsoft Office and Sharepoint under the Microsoft Campus Agreement are eligible for this program. For full program guidelines and information, look for the Microsoft Home-Use Program link in the Computer Resources channel on MyUNIverse. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEER USHERS NEEDED:
The Strayer-Wood Theatre is seeking volunteer ushers for "The House of Blue Leaves," Oct. 10-12 and 17-19. Ushers receive a free ticket to the performance. To volunteer, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 3-6381.
FACULTY PURCHASE OF COMMENCEMENT REGALIA:
Faculty members wishing to purchase their own academic apparel can contact John Solberg, Collegiate Cap and Gown representative, at 233-7278. Orders must be placed soon if you are needing this for fall commencement. Remember: this is for purchase only, not rental. Faculty who wish to rent apparel for the fall commencement ceremony should contact Norma Riley at the Registrar's Office, 3-2283.
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING & REPORTING HAS MOVED:
Financial Accounting and Reporting Services moved to 122 Lang Hall. Phone numbers, fax number and mail code will remain the same.
VACATION DONATION PROGRAM FOR TORNADO/FLOODING:
UNI continues to offer a vacation donation program for employees affected by the May 25 tornado and June flooding. This program allows employees to donate unused vacation time to those who have suffered a loss to their home and have exhausted their vacation balances. It's not too late to request assistance or to donate hours. For complete details, see http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/documents/vac_donate_prog0908.pdf.
WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES BOARD MEETING:
A Women's and Gender Studies board meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13, in Baker 161. Board meetings are open to all.
FREE JUICE SAMPLES AT ESSENTIALS:
For that "natural" energy boost try some Naked Juice. No preservatives or added sugar plus one pound of fruit in each bottle. Free samples will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13 and Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Essentials in Maucker Union.
The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/?
CAREER MAPPING: PLANNING YOUR NEXT CAREER MOVE:
Thinking about entering administration or planning your next administrative move? As part of the professional development activities sponsored by UNI representatives of the Iowa Network for Women in Higher Education, Beverly Kopper, associate provost, will conduct a career mapping workshop for all interested faculty and staff designed to help plan your next career move in administration. The workshop will be held from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, in the CME 109. Contact Coleen Wagner (email@example.com; 3-2518) for additional information and for the materials that need to be completed prior to the workshop.
TWO WAYS TO WRITE A GRANT IN THE SUMMER OF 2009:
Apply for a four-week Graduate College Summer Fellowship for grant development. The application deadline is Friday, Oct. 31. Contact Mike Licari (firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-3303) for more information on the Summer Fellowships or visit http://www.grad.uni.edu/awards/fellowship.aspx.
Participate in the Office of Sponsored Programs' Summer 2009 Grants Workshop. This hands-on, multi-session grant-development workshop during May and June will guide faculty and staff through the full process of grant seeking, project development, grant writing, budgeting and project evaluation. You need not be a summer fellow to participate, but fellows are welcome. Contact Anita Kleppe (email@example.com or 3-6148) for additional information.
LIBERAL ARTS CORE SKILLS:
The Office of Academic Assessment is offering four workshops focusing on UNI data related to learning in the Liberal Arts Core: Oct. 14, Communication Skills; Oct. 16, Critical Thinking Skills; Oct. 21, Interpersonal Skills; and Oct. 23, Information Management Skills. The workshops will be offered from noon to 1 p.m., in the Elm Room, lower level of Maucker Union. Bring your lunch and a beverage; cookies will be provided. Visit http://www.uni.edu/assessment/ for more information.
HOMECOMING PUMP UP THE PURPLE:
Watch teams compete in a crazy obstacle course, Panther Scramble, at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, at Lawther Field. The homecoming Pep Rally takes place at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, outside McLeod Center, with the Panther Pride Cry Finals and a fireworks finale. The new Panther Festival, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at the corner of College and West 23rd Streets will include free food, inflatable games, a "virtual" parade, UNI athletics and more. Rain site, inside Maucker Union. For a list of all events, visit http://www.uni.edu/homecoming.
HOMECOMING DRAWING AT MAUCKER UNION:
Celebrate Homecoming at Prexy's, Chats and Essentials in Maucker Union this week. There will be a drawing for signed footballs, soccer balls and volleyballs, plus special menu items such as Panther Paw cookies, chicken wings, and purple and gold snacks. www.uni.edu/dor. Click on What's Happening.
UNI PURPLE PRIDE DAY--FRIDAY, OCT. 10:
Celebrate the purple in your life with UNI's fourth annual Purple Pride Day. Wear UNI purple apparel, available at various retail stores and online at Panther Athletics or University Book & Supply. Take group photos showcasing your Panther pride and send to University Marketing & Public Relations via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org/ or campus mail, 0392. Please include a short caption.
HOMECOMING PANCAKE & CINNAMON ROLL BREAKFAST:
Enjoy homemade pancakes and sausage for $5 or cinnamon rolls with hot chocolate or coffee for $1.50 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. The breakfast will be served in front of St. Stephen Catholic Student Center, next to University Book & Supply, at 1019 W. 23rd St.
UNI PROUD GRILL OUT:
UNI Proud will sell hot dogs and hamburgers from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, at 1920 College St.
SAFE DATE TAILGATE:
Come for free food, drinks and games from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, North WRC lot, SW corner. This event is to raise awareness about safe dating and violence prevention on campus. Sponsored by the Women's & Gender Studies Program. There will be a raffle for gift certificates to University Book & Supply, free T-shirts and koozies.
HOMECOMING HOT DOG STAND:
St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center will host its annual hot dog stand from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11, on the front lawn of St. Stephen (next to the bookstore). Lemonade and water will provided, along with condiments for the hot dogs, and lawn games.
HOMECOMING ITEMS FOR SALE AT ESSENTIALS:
Back the Panthers for the "Purple Out" games on Saturday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 18. Get an official T-Shirt at Essentials in Maucker Union for only $9.99. Check out the new clothing and gear up for the games. Enjoy 50-cent bags of popcorn during Homecoming Week at Essentials in Maucker Union.
TAILGATE PARTY PACKAGE AT 23RD STREET MARKET:
Just in time for Homecoming: Win a tailgate tent and tailgate package at 23rd Street Market. The package includes a tailgate tent, cooler, beverages and food. See convenience store locations for more give-aways. Enter the drawings now through Oct. 9. No purchase necessary. Information on all Department of Residence promotions: http://www.uni.edu/dor. Click on What's Happening.
TAKE A HIKE:
The UNI Biological Preserves Committee will host "Take a Hike" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10. Members of the UNI Biological Preserves Committee will give guided tours of the newly developed UNI Biological Preserves Trail System. Meet at the Tall Grass Prairie on West 29th Street (east of the UNI Credit Union). Open to all UNI faculty, staff and students. A map of the trail is available at http://www.biology.uni.edu/botanicalcenter/Activities.html.
The UNI Women's Rugby team will host the University of Minnesota Duluth at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at the West Campus fields off W. 27th Street. Free admission. UNI will advance to the quarter finals with a win this weekend. Questions contact: email@example.com
MEET THE PRES EVENT -- SPONSORED BY THE P&S COUNCIL:
Join P&S staff at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom, for "Meet the Pres." Bring your lunch and hear an update on the latest news and issues facing the university. Recipients of the 2008 Regents Staff Excellence Awards will be announced.
The Department of Political Science will host a Debate Watch for the third and final presidential debate. Debate Watch brings together students, faculty and staff to watch the televised debates, talk about what they learned and share their reactions. The Debate Watch will be held at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, in SAB 102. For more information, contact Donna Hoffman, firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-5916.
CME SEVEN BOOK CLUB:
The CME Seven Book Club will meet at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at the CME, Maucker Union, upper level to discuss "The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom" by Dom Miguel Ruiz. Please come prepared to discuss the reading and enlighten us on your unique point of view.
7v7 SOCCER TOURNAMENT:
UNI Just for Kicks soccer program is hosting a 7v7 tournament in the UNI-Dome from 8 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, Nov. 1. Each team is allowed 11 players and will be guaranteed at least three games. All teams must register by Saturday, Oct. 25. Registration forms are available in the WRC, Room 220. Contact Noah Kramer at 3-6475 or Sam Lankford at 3-6840. Funds support the Just for Kicks soccer program, an educational and research/training program for NE Iowa soccer coaches and players.
Football hosts Illinois State at 4:05 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, in the UNI-Dome.
Volleyball takes on Bradley at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, in the McLeod Center.
Soccer hosts Missouri State at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, at the CVYSA Complex.
Softball will hold its Purple and Gold game at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex.
Baseball plays its Alumni Game at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex.
PORTUGUESE FILM SERIES:
The UNI Portuguese Club will host the fourth installment of its Conexões Film Series at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, in the College Eye Room of Maucker Union. All films are in Portuguese with English subtitles and are free and open to the public. "Cidade dos Homens" (City of Men), is the sequal to "Cidade de Deus" (City of God), and is the story of two best friends who discover things about their missing fathers' pasts that shatters their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.
HOW ENEMY LEADERS BECAME FRIENDS:
A thought-provoking video on how enemy leaders became friends will be presented from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, in SEC 252. Participants will view and discuss the video, "Best of Enemies," on how two remarkable leaders, Ann Atwater, a civil-rights leader, and C. P. Ellis, a Ku Klux Klan leader, started out as enemies and became best friends. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Gerri Perreault 3-6898 (or YLA@UNI.edu) with questions.
COMING-OUT DAY PANEL:
A Coming-Out Day panel discussion will take place from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, in Lang Hall Auditorium. There will be an open forum discussion about what "coming out" means and what significance it has in the lives of GLBTA individuals. Panelists will discuss their experiences with coming out, and answer questions from the audience.
U.S. AMBASSADOR TO NEPAL TO SPEAK ON U.S. POLICY IN SOUTH ASIA:
Nancy Powell, U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, will speak on "U.S. and South Asia: Security, Politics, Economics" at 2 p.m., Friday Oct. 10, in Seerley 115. Powell served as U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan during 2002-04 and was a National Intelligence Council Officer for South Asia during 2006-07. Prior postings included appointments as U.S. Ambassador in Ghana (2001-02) and Uganda (1997-99), as well as service in India, Bangladesh and Togo. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Service to America Medal from the Partnership for Public Service. Ambassador Powell's talk is free and open to the public and sponsored by The Center for International Peace and Security. For further information, contact Philip Mauceri at 3-2528 or email@example.com.
MASKS AND SCULPTURES:
Sarah Clunis from Cornell College will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at the University Museum, 3219 Hudson Road. Clunis will discuss the meaning behind masks and sculptures. The program is being held in conjunction with the UNI Museums' featured exhibit, "Visions of Africa: Art and Ritual."
IMPROVING COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH:
Dr. Christine Ziebold will discuss practical strategies to creating healthier environments for children at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, in the CEEE Auditorium. Ziebold is a pediatrician at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases. This program is part of the Sustainable Hometown Initiative of the Center for Energy & Environmental Education, and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 3-2573.
DISTINGUISHED LECTURE WITH GOV. ROMER:
Former Gov. Roy Romer and current chairman of Strong American Schools/ED in '08, will present "The Dire Need for Education Reform," from 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, in SEC 244/245. Strong American Schools/ED in '08 campaign, a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is a nonpartisan campaign, supported by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, promoting sound education policies for all Americans. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Strong American Schools organization, visit http://www.edin08.com/AboutUs.aspx.
COMMUNICATING GENDER DIVERSITY:
The Division of Student Affairs' "Insights for Effectiveness" series continues this semester with "Communicating Gender Diversity in the Workplace" from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, or 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29 in the Old Central Ballroom, Maucker Union. All university staff, faculty, administrators and students are invited. Register at www.uni.edu/admissions/insights.
MUSIC EDUCATION WORKSHOP
School of Music Instructor in Music Education Michelle Swanson will coordinate an Iowa Orff workshop at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. For more information, contact Michelle.Swanson@uni.edu.
LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:
Hear singer/songwriter Denice Franke at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13, KUNI'S studio on the third floor of the CAC. Franke grew up in Dallas and became a member of The Beacon City Band in the late '70s. After the group split up, she formed the duo Hudson and Franke with fellow Beacon City member Doug Hudson. Her alto voice attracted work as a back-up singer and she toured with Nanci Griffith. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.
GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS:
See the Golden Dragon Acrobats at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12, at the GBPAC. This year marks their 30th-anniversary U.S. tour. For more information, visit www.gbpac.com or call 3-4TIX. Students receive a 50-percent discount.
Visiting artist Thomas Reed will offer an organ recital at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Jebe Hall, GBPAC. Reed, an award-winning organist who has studied at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, performs throughout the country as a professional church musician. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Caroline.Boehmer@uni.edu.
Turkey Trot is an online fitness class. Exercise on your own, record your minutes, reach your goal and win a turkey trot sweatshirt. The registration fee is $20. For more information, contact Dana.Foster@uni.edu.
WELLNESS/RECREATION CENTER HOMECOMING WEEKEND HOURS:
Closed for recreation on Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 11. The WRC will have regular recreation hours from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, and from 3 to 11 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12.
INTRAMURAL 100/200 MILE RUN/WALK FITNESS CLUB:
This club is open to students, faculty, staff, spouses and retirees. Entry fee is $15. Registration goes through the remainder of the fall semester. Register at the Intramural Office, WRC 161. Turn in mileage sheet by Dec. 1 in WRC 161.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS :
PUMP UP THE PANTRY:
During homecoming week students can help "Pump up the Pantry" by donating canned food items and non-perishable food items to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. For every item donated, students can enter a grand prize drawing. The winner will be announced at the Homecoming Pep Rally at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct.10. Must be present to win. The grand prize includes a football autographed by the UNI football team, a UNI T-shirt and access to President Allen's box seats at half time of the homecoming football game for refreshments. Cans can be donated from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. all week in Maucker Union at the Homecoming table.
STUDY ABROAD IN NICARAGUA MEETING:
Attend an exploratory meeting to learn about joining a trip to Nicaragua in May or July 2009, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, in Sabin 7. The trip focuses on family and community development and includes cultural experiences.
KOOB FUND FOR STUDENT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:
The Robert and Yvonne Koob Fund for Student Community Engagement is an endowment supporting students who are completing internships in positions of service in Iowa. Interns chosen to receive awards through the Koob Fund will be selected based on benefits to the student, the sponsoring organization and the community (outside of UNI). Awards range from $1,000 to $3,000. Scholarship information can be found at:
http://www.uni-foundation.org/foundation/KoobFund/KoobFundGuidelines.htm. For more information, contact Angie Gorsuch at 3-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEARN ABOUT BECOMING AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VOLUNTEER:
International Student Volunteers has summer programs in Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Thailand, Eastern Europe and South Africa. Along with ISV, participants will contribute to environmental, conservation and humanitarian efforts and foster responsible travel and cultural awareness around the world. Informational meetings will be held every hour, on the hour, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Thursday Oct. 9, in the College Eye Room, Maucker Union. For more information, contact ISV at www.isvonline.org.
UP 'TIL DAWN TEAM REGISTRATION:
Grab five friends and register a team to participate in the "Up 'til Dawn" fundraising event. Registration sheets are available in the SIAC (upstairs in Maucker Union) and can also be found at http://unistjude.tripod.com under the "get involved" link. Team members will participate in a letter-writing campaign to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. All you have to do as a team member is show up on Monday, Oct. 20 for the all team meeting with the addresses of family and friends, sign your name to pre-written letters and enjoy some free food. Contact UNIstjude@gmail.com with any questions.
INTERNSHIPS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:
Internships are available working with U.S. Department of Defense Child Development Centers in Germany, Italy, England, Belgium, Hawaii or Florida for spring 2009. Travel, housing and a living stipend are paid. The internship includes 12 credit hours (undergraduate or graduate) from UNI. Students are eligible to apply for an education award from AmeriCorps*ProCorps. Prior experience working with children is required. To apply, e-mail Susan Edginton at Susan.Edginton@uni.edu. Briefly describe your experiences working with children as well as your educational background. The subject line should say: UNI/OL
Encourage students to attend "Let's Talk", a Department of Residence diversity forum for students who are leaders and/or aspire to leadership roles. "Let's Talk" is a free, multiple-panel program that will take place at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26, in Lang Hall Rooms 11, 12, 20, 111, 208, 211, 308 and 345. Last year this program won the UNI Diversity Program of the Year award.
EXPLORING MAJORS FAIR:
The Exploring Majors Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Some 30 academic departments will have faculty, advising coordinators and experienced students available to answer questions and share information. The fair is designed for students to explore majors, minors, and certificates from academic departments. Deciding students as well as those students who have declared a major but may be uncertain about their choice, are encouraged to attend. Door prizes to be raffled. Visit http://www.uni.edu/advising/event/majorfair/majorfair.html for more information.
UNI RIGHT TO LIFE MEETING:
UNI Right to Life will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, in the College Eye Room (downstairs in Maucker Union).
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRAD STUDENTS:
Join UNI graduate students and volunteers from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Contact Ken Nesbett at email@example.com to sign up for a shift.
HOCKEY FOR GRAD STUDENTS:
Join in the fun with other graduate students at the Waterloo Blackhawks vs. Des Moines Buccanneers hockey game at 7:05 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24. Tickets are only $5. E-mail Ken Nesbett at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Oct. 22 to reserve your tickets.