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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 and Thursday 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, Nov. 25, 2008

NEWS:

BUDGET UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT ALLEN:

For the past two fiscal years, UNI received strong state support and additional revenue from enrollment growth and tuition increases. Because of the recent natural disasters in the state and the national economic downturn, we've been asked to return $1.02 million of our fiscal 2009 state appropriation. See full update at www.uni.edu/pres

 

MAJOR COMPUTER SYSTEM OUTAGE NOV. 29:

There will be a planned power outage in the Curris Business Building on Saturday, Nov. 29, beginning at midnight Friday, Nov. 28, and continuing until 8 a.m., Saturday for phase II improvements to the Curris Data Center infrastructure. Prior to the loss of electrical power, systems will be shutdown in an orderly fashion beginnng as early as 9 p.m., Friday.

This outage will affect only the Curris Data Center. All of the services housed in the Curris Data Center including e-mail, MEMFIS, WebCT, MyUNIverse, ITS File & Print services, SIS applications and wireless Internet connections will be unavailable during this time frame. Additionally, applications for A&F, University Marketing & Public Relations, CNS, ESS, DOR and Advancement will be affected as well. http://www.uni.edu/its/us/commcorner/announce/

 

INTERNATIONAL SERVICES REORGANIZED:

Effective Dec.1, International Services will move from Admissions to International Programs. This change is based on input from the staff and directors from both areas, and recommendations from at least two campus-wide committees over the past two years. InternationalsServices, with Ross Schupbach as international student adviser, will remain in the Maucker Union location to serve currently enrolled international student needs. That office will report to Kurt Meridith, interim assistant provost for international programs. International recruitment and admissions, with Kristi Marchesani as assistant director, will remain with Admissions in Gilchrist Hall to serve the prospective international student population. That office will continue to report to Christie Kangas, director of Admissions. Both areas are working together through the transition to help ensure seamless support for students.

 

PARK-N-RIDE SHUTTLE NOT RUNNING THIS WEEK:

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday break the Park-N-Ride shuttle bus is not operating this week.

 

IMSEP UPDATE:

To learn more about what's happening with the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP), view latest newsletter at http://www.iowamathscience.org/newsletters/

 

UNI SEVERE WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Announcements regarding cancellation of classes and/or reduced university operations are made via UNI Alert, local radio and TV stations, and the UNI home page, www.uni.edu. The local TV stations also list closings and delays on their Web sites. See http://www.uni.edu/pres/policies/407.shtml and
http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2008_112008.shtml.

 

UPDATED UNI GUIDELINES FOR GROUNDBREAKINGS AND GRAND OPENINGS:

The updated UNI guidelines for groundbreakings and grand opening ceremonies are posted at http://www.uni.edu/pres/policies/ceremony_guide.shtml

 

PLAN NOW FOR UNI UP CLOSE:

UNI Up Close is a visit day planned specifically for admitted high school seniors. Following the success of the 2007 and 2008 Up Close events, two days are planned for 2009. The 2008 events hosted approximately 577 students and their guests; of those 577 students, 478 are currently enrolled freshmen. Mark your calendars for Feb. 20 and 27 and start planning your involvement at: http://www.uni.edu/admissions/upclose/facultystaff/.

 

IT SURVEY:

Soon UNI will make important decisions about IT: the services it provides, how they are organized, and how they are funded. President Allen's IT Task Force seeks input as it helps the university prepare to make these decisions. Please complete the survey you received from Ron Padavich via e-mail last week.

 

CHANGES IN PARKING AROUND THE CONSTRUCTION SITE OF THE MULTI-MODAL FACILITY:

Parking is no longer allowed along the north side of 23rd Street between Campus and Merner. There is no parking on either side of Campus Street between 22nd and 23rd streets and no parking on the west side of Merner between 22nd and 23rd streets. This change is due to safety concerns, snow removal anticipation and heavy construction traffic. These changes will be in effect until construction is complete. For more information, contact brent.richmond@uni.edu

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:
Gary Rima, the radio voice of the Panthers, is featured in a story in the Des Moines Register.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20081120/SPORTS020702/811200379/1095/SPORTS13

 
UNI 2009 INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM:

All UNI researchers are reminded that Dec. 1 is the target date for submitting abstracts for poster presentations at the 2009 UNI Interdisciplinary Symposium to be held Friday, Feb. 13, in Maucker Union. Presentations on any research topic are encouraged. Poster guidelines are posted at http://www.uni.edu/osp/research/2009researchsymposium.html. For more information, e-mail anita.kleppe@uni.edu or call 3-6148.

 

READING CLINIC NAME CHANGE:

The Reading Clinic located in Schindler Education Center has changed its name to the Literacy Education Office. The office location is SEC 142 and phone number is 3-2698.

 

EMPLOYMENT:

FACULTY VACANCY:

Associate or assistant professor, Social Foundations of Education, tenure track -
http://www.uni.edu/coe/_information/jobs/2009_FALL_EPF.shtml

 

P & S VACANCY:

Vacancies at the P&S level include research associate, Regents’ Center for Early Developmental Education. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp

 

The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/?

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

GROUP SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT ANNUITY (GSRA) LIMITS FOR 2009:

The IRS has announced the 2009 dollar limitations for retirement plan contributions. This could affect the amount you may tax defer to your Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA). The GSRA maximum for 2009 has increased from $15,500 to $16,500 per year. Employees who are 50 years or older in 2009, may contribute an additional $5,500 in catch-up contributions. If you have been employed at UNI for 15 years or more, you may contribute an additional $3,000 per year to a lifetime maximum of $15,000.

Due to new legislation and reporting requirements, the number of vendors that UNI will offer in 2009 has decreased. The following vendors will be available in 2009: AIG-Valic, Ameriprise, Fidelity Investments, Great American Financial Resources (formerly GALIC) and TIAA-CREF. If you are currently enrolled with a vendor not listed, you need to enroll with another vendor or contributions will cease. To enroll or change your 2009 GSRA contribution, go to http://access.uni.edu/forms/benefit/sra.pdf.

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT DEADLINE:

The deadline to enroll in the vision insurance and Flexible Spending Accounts for 2009 is Monday, Dec 1. Merit employees' open enrollment and change period also ends Dec. 1. To enroll in vision insurance, a Flexible Spending Account or to make changes to your Merit health plan, complete an enrollment form and return it to Human Resources, mail code 0034.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE:

All faculty and staff are invited to the President's home for the annual holiday open house from 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4. Please use the front door on College Street, where donations to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank will be accepted. No RSVP is necessary.

 

CELEBRATE THE SEASON:

Come "Celebrate the Seasons" with the Campus Activities Board from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, in Maucker Union. Enjoy free sleigh rides around campus to see the UNI holiday light displays and then warm up inside Maucker Union to celebrate holidays from around the world with activities and demonstrations, create your own sno-globe and enjoy a visit from Santa.

 

OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION:

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas celebration at the Marshall Center School, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4. Bring your family and enjoy an evening of crafts and caroling at this annual holiday event. Learn about Christmas before and after the turn of the 20th Century and experience the wonder of Christmases past.

 

MIND RESEARCH NETWORK BENEFIT CONCERT:

The Mind Research Network (MRN) will host a benefit concert at 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, at The Hydrant on College Hill. The concert will feature This Year's Heroes. Admission is $5 and all proceeds go to support the MRN. There also will be a balloon pop where you can purchase a balloon for the chance to win prizes from local businesses. Ages 21 and up. The Mind Research Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and brain disorders. For more information about the event, contact annaw@uni.edu. For more information about the MRN, visit www.mrn.org.

 

HOLIDAY POTTERY SALE:

UNI Student Holiday Pottery Sale will be from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, and from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Ceramics Lab, 126 Kamerick. Come and buy a unique piece of handmade pottery for a holiday gift from UNI's advanced ceramic students.

 

ATHLETICS:

PANTHER BASKETBALL:

The UNI men's basketball team will host Chicago State at 8:05 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, in McLeod Center.


The Panther women's basketball team will host Western Illinois at 5:35 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, in McLeod Center.

 

PANTHER FOOTBALL:

The No. 3-seeded Panther football team takes on the University of Maine at 4:05 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, in the UNI-Dome in the first round of NCAA Division I Football Championship.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

EARTH SCIENCE SEMNIAR:

Larry Weber, the Edwin B. Green Chair in Engineering, professor of civil & environmental engineering, and director of the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research at the University of Iowa, will present "Hydraulic Structures and River Restoration," at 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1, in Room 125, Latham Hall.

 

IMSEP SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 2:

The Iowa STEM Education Public-Private Partnerships Symposium sponsored by the Iowa Mathematics & Science Education Partnership, Rockwell Collins and the Iowa Association of Business & Industry will be held on the UNI campus on Tuesday, Dec. 2. For more information about the agenda and speakers, go to http://www.iowamathscience.org/symposium/

 

CROW FORUM:

Pablo Ben, assistant professor of history, will present "Modernity, Sexuality, and Alienation" at noon, Monday, Dec. 1, in the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to gather for informal presentation and discussion.

 

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF SOAP BUBBLES:

Fred Behroozi, professor of physics, will present the second talk in the citizen science series from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, in the CEEE auditorium. Behroozi will discuss soap bubbles through the work of several 17th and 18th century painters and the chemistry, physics and mathematics associated with soap bubbles. The series is intended to make the technical accessible.

 

PERFORMING ARTS:

OPERA SCENES:

UNI School of Music professor Sandra Walden will direct an opera-scenes performance featuring student musicians, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

CLARINET RECITAL:

The UNI School of Music will present a clarinet studio recital at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Russell Hall, Room 111. The recital will feature student musicians from the studio of faculty artist Amanda McCandless. This event is free and open to the public.

 

NORTHWIND QUINTET:

The Northwind Quintet will offer a winter recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. The recital will feature UNI School of Music faculty artists Tom Barry, oboe; Amanda McCandless, clarinet; David Rachor, bassoon; and Yu-Ting Su, horn, with guest artist Dominique Cawley, flute. This event is free and open to the public.

 

INTERPRETER'S THEATER PRESENTS:

The UNI Interpreter's Theatre will present "Until Someone Wakes Up," directed by Emily Griffin and conceived by Carolyn Levy, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, through Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Interpreters Theatre, Lang 040. There are 90 seats per show, first-come, first-served. The performance contains mature language, themes and situations, including rape, and is intended for mature audiences.

 

VARSITY MEN'S GLEE CLUB SHOW:

The UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club will offer holiday concerts at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. The Glee Club will perform holiday favorites and winter songs. For tickets, call 3-4TIX.

 

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

DECEMBER WORDS OF WELLNESS:

The December Words of Wellness newsletter from Wellness and Recreation Services is posted at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/UNI_employee_wellness/wow/index.html. The UNI Energy Conservation Committee sponsors an environmental wellness segment. To receive a printed copy of each issue, contact kathy.green@uni.edu, 3-6921, with your name and UNI ID number.

 

HOURS:

MAUCKER UNION HOURS DURING BREAK:

http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/hrs-bcurrent.shtml.

 

LIBRARY HOURS DURING BREAK:

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

 

WRC HOURS DURING BREAK:

http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/hours/thanksgiving.html

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

SPRING LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS:

UNI's Leadership Studies series "Leaders on Leadership" brings panels of leaders together from various sectors of society from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on 10 Thursdays during the spring semester. http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2008_112508.shtml. Free and open to the public. Students also may earn one credit (some reading and writing required). Contact Gerri Perreault, 3-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu.

 

CAMP ADVENTURE LEADERSHIP ASSESSMENT CENTER:

Visit the Camp Adventure Leadership Assessment Center (LAC) at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, in the WRC 204. Learn about working with youth in Germany, Italy, China, Japan and the U.S., earning 12 credit hours and receiving free airfare/housing and a living stipend. To confirm your attendance, e-mail hr@campadventure.com.

 

HOW TO SURVIVE FINALS:

The semester is almost over and finals are right around the corner. For tips on how to survive (and pass) finals the right way, visit: http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/ and look for "The Word is...Finals" bulletin boards.

 

INTERNSHIPS WITH THE DEPT. 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 of $1,250 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 INTERNSHIP. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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