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Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008

NEWS:

IMSEP PROJECT PROPOSALS:

The Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP), a collaborative program of Iowa's three public universities, is inviting proposals for science and mathematics education projects supportive of IMSEP goals and objectives. The call for proposals, including proposal guidelines, is available online at http://www.iowamathscience.org/competitivegrants.shtml. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, Dec. 31. Questions about this program should be directed to Kari Jastorff, IMSEP program manager, 3-2959 or kari.jastorff@uni.edu.

 

LIBRARY NOTICE:

Full-time tenured or tenure-track instructional faculty members who wish to apply for study rooms in the library for the spring semester should do so by Friday, Dec. 12. Application forms are available in the library's main office. For more information, call Paulette Courtney at 3-2737.

 

PROVIDE COMMENT ON DEPARTMENT ACCREDITATION:

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is seeking written comment regarding the program's compliance with Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Each testimony must include the commenter’s name, address, telephone information and relationship to the program, signature required. Comments will be accepted until Feb. 1. Submit comments to: Accreditation Public Comment, Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA, 2200 Research Blvd, #310, Rockville, MD 20850-3289; accreditation@asha.org.

 

REAFFIRMATION STATEMENT:

President Allen has published a reaffirmation of UNI's commitment to nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The full statement can be found at http://www.uni.edu/equity/documents/ReaffirmationStatement.pdf.

 

UNI SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY - INPUT REQUESTED:

A policy review committee is seeking feedback from students, faculty and staff regarding a proposed draft of the Student Sexual Misconduct policy, prior to submitting a final draft to the Board of Regents. See http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/deanofstudents/docs/policyreview-reqtforfeedback.pdf. Please submit comments regarding the draft policy by Dec. 5 to: Jon Buse, dean of students, 3-2332, jon.buse@uni.edu or Annette Lynch, project director, Regents Campus Gender Violence Prevention Project, 3-3054, annette.lynch@uni.edu

 

UNIVERSITY DIRECTORY SURVEY:

The 2008-09 university telephone directory was recently distributed to campus offices and residence halls. In order to gauge the usage preference of the directory, hard copy or online, please complete the one-question survey at
http://uni-mail.org/subscribe/survey?f=146 to provide your opinion.

 

CELL PHONE DRIVE:

The Northern Iowa Family Services Organization (NIFSO) is coordinating a cell phone drive to benefit victims of domestic violence. Used cell phones will be reprogrammed and given to victims to use in crisis situations. There is a collection box in Latham Hall 235. Phones also may be sent through campus mail. Cell phones which are property of UNI cannot be donated. Contact Elaine Eshbaugh (elaine.eshbaugh@uni.edu) or 3-6083 with questions.

 

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. International Services, 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 Meredith, 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.

 
VACATION DONATION PROGRAM:

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. To request donated hours, see http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/documents/vac_donate_prog0908.pdf

 

UNI VISITS BLACK HAWK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

UNI celebrated American Education Week, Nov. 16 - 22, with Partner in Education school, Black Hawk Elementary. Ben and Pat Allen, joined Pernell Cezar, NISG president, on visits to all classrooms. UNI gave all students, teachers and staff a UNI T-shirt. For photos, visit http://www.uni.edu/infosys/gallery/. Other UNI activities in the school included visits by UNI international students to fourth grade classrooms and UNI student readers in kindergarten classes.

 

BUCKS FOR BUSES:

The GBPAC has announced "Bucks for Buses," a scholarship program for schools to assist with bus transportation costs to a Kaleidoscope performance. Visit http://www.gbpac.com/outreach/kaleidoscope/bucksforbuses.shtml for program details and eligibility requirements.

 

CAMPANILE CLOCKS FOR SALE:

The UNI Alumni Association is selling student-made clocks in the shape of the campanile. The clock, designed and produced entirely by UNI students, is made of oak, laser etched and finished with a clear coating. The clock has brass hands and requires one AA battery (included). The dimensions are 12 3/4" x 5" x 3 1/2". Availability is limited, and orders must be received before Dec. 12. All orders are guaranteed to be delivered by Dec. 23. Each clock is $31, plus $6.50 shipping and handling. Clocks can be ordered by visiting http://www.unialum.org and clicking "Merchandise." For more information, contact CampusClocks@gmail.com

 
WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES BOARD MEETING:

The next Women's and Gender Studies Board meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8, in Baker 161. Board meetings are open to all.

 

HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT ESSENTIALS:

Get into the spirit and check out Essentials in Maucker Union for gifts to fit every budget. Check out the new holiday Gel Gems, plush and "bling" ornaments, homemade soaps and soy candles, holiday ducks and Angel Cheeks, UNI clothing, souvenirs and more. Gift certificates also are available.

 

ORDER COOKIE DOUGH FOR HOLIDAY BAKING:

Orders for cookie dough from UNI's Fresh Beginnings are accepted for pick-up by Dec.12. Each 3.5-pound tub of dough will make more than 3 dozen cookies. The varieties are snickerdoodle, sugar, molasses, spritz, chocolate chip, peanut butter, chocolate chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip, oatmeal chocolate chip, monster, cranberry oatmeal, butterscotch oatmeal and cranberry white chocolate pecan. Prices range from $6.99 to $16.99 per tub. The order form and pick-up preferences are at http://www.uni.edu/dor/cookies/.

EMPLOYMENT:

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

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

SPRING 2009 ONLINE COURSE REQUESTS:

UNI faculty using the Blackboard/WebCT learning management system in conjunction with their spring semester courses may submit their request using the Web form at http://elearning.uni.edu/forms/course_request.html. Courses will be populated with students Jan. 3 and enrollment changes will be processed on a daily basis throughout the semester.

 

SEARCHING FOR ASSESSMENT INFORMATION:

Save time searching for resources for assessment projects; "look inside" books in the Office of Academic Assessment library right from your computer. Go to http://www.uni.edu/assessment/assessmentlibrary.shtml then click on the book titles to see the tables of contents for each book.

 

INFORMATION LITERACY WORKSHOPS:

Faculty and library staff can take steps to improve students' information literacy skills. Attend an online workshop series from noon to 1 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 11, in Rod Library 286. (http://www.library.uni.edu/instruction/tips/images/second_1c.jpg). Bring your lunch. Co-sponsored by Rod Library and Academic Assessment. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/assessment.

 

ASSESSMENT MINI-GRANTS FOR SPRING:

Funding is still available for mini-grants for faculty who want to develop assessment projects that can be completed by June 2009. Applications for funding will be received and reviewed by the Student Outcomes Assessment Committee on a rolling basis. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/assessment/minigrants.shtml.

 

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

KAPPA DELTA PI HOLIDAY T-SHIRT SALE:

T-shirts and related items and gifts will be available at the UNI KDP Education Honor Society sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, in the second floor Schindler Lobby. Proceeds go to KDP Education Honor Society's educational and service projects.

 

HOLIDAY RAFFLE TO HELP THE HOMELESS:

Stop by Habitat for Humanity's table from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, in Maucker Union to buy $1 raffle tickets. Prizes are donated by local restaurants and businesses with the proceeds going to local organizations including the House of Hope and Operation Threshold. Volunteers are also needed to wrap gifts in the mall for the Food Bank and work in the Salvation Army Toy Shop.

 

CELEBRATE THE SEASON:

Come "Celebrate the Season" 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 (co-sponsored by Gayle Pohl's PR Campaign Methods class), contact annaw@uni.edu. For more information about the MRN, visit www.mrn.org.

 

BURLESQUE AND DRAG SHOW:

"Don't Call Me Baby," the Second-Annual Burlesque and Drag Show, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5, in the CAC 108. The show includes dance numbers, comedy skits and audience participation. Tickets are $5 at the door. Contains adult content. Contact Christina Carr at noshamecf@gmail.com or Amy Garretson at garretsa@uni.edu with questions. Sponsored by UNI Proud and No Shame Theatre.

 

HOLIDAY POTTERY SALE:

The 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. Buy a unique piece of handmade pottery for a holiday gift from UNI's advanced ceramic students.

 

ROLL FOR RED BOWL-A-THON:

A fundraiser, sponsored by Public Relations Campaign Methods class, to benefit the Go Red for Women Foundation, will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at Maple Lanes Bowling Center. Other bowling times will follow at 3 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. Tickets for the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. times cost $10 and include two games of bowling, shoes and food. Tickets for the 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. times are $12 and include two hours of bowling for the 9 p.m. time slot and 2 1/2 hours of bowling for the 11:30 p.m. time. For tickets, or more information, contact Kat Schwartzkopf at katarina@uni.edu.

 

NEXTFRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL:

NextFrame Documentary Film Festival is a touring film festival of some of the best student-produced documentaries. NextFrame will be shown on campus at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, in CAC 108.

 

SILENT AUCTION AND COOKIE-WALK FUNDRAISER:

A silent auction and cookie-walk fundraiser will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 13, at the UNI Child Development Center (Price Lab School main entrance on Campus Street). Items to be auctioned include: Black Hawks hockey tickets, art by Twyla Moschel, a UNI autographed football, a Kansas City Getaway and more.

 

OFFICE-FURNITURE AUCTION:

UNI will hold a surplus office-furniture auction at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 15, at the former Campus Supply warehouse (Daisy Dairy) located on University Avenue about one-half mile west of Hudson Road. An opportunity to preview the items will be at 9 a.m. Items include wood and metal desks, book shelves, file cabinets, chairs, tables and a few old unique items. Buyers are responsible for removing purchased items from the building by 4 p.m. Payment must be made in cash (good check) before removal. A valid photo ID is required to get a bidding number. Contact Vince at 3-3527 or vince.heuer@uni.edu with questions.

 
COMEDIAN/VENTRILOQUIST COMES TO UNI-DOME:

Ventriloquist and comedian Jeff Dunham (as seen on Comedy Central) will perform live in the UNI-Dome Friday, Feb. 13, with his friends Walter and Peanut. Tickets are on sale at all UNItix outlets, 3-4TIX or www.unitix.uni.edu. For more information on Jeff Dunham visit www.jeffdunham.com.

ATHLETICS:

NOTE: CHANGES IN GAME TIMES
MEN'S BASKETBALL:

Men's basketball hosts North Dakota at 3:05 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, in the McLeod Center.

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:

Women's basketball hosts UW-Green Bay at 12:05 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, in the McLeod Center.

 

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS:

Football hosts New Hampshire at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, in the UNI-Dome in the second round of NCAA Division I Football Championship. http://www.uni.edu/infosys/footballplayoffs/

 

WRESTLING:

Wrestling will hold the UNI Open at 9 a.m., Sunday Dec. 7, in the McLeod Center.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS:

This presentation by students in the Leadership Skills and Styles class will be from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, in SEC 246. It will provide recommendations on how individuals, government and businesses can genuinely support our troops and veterans. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu.

 

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.

 

NEWS TALK -- THE ECONOMIC CRISIS:

News Talk will host a discussion on the economic crisis from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at University Book and Supply. The presenter and discussion leader will be professor A. Frank Thompson, an expert in the area of finance and economics. For questions, or to receive future announcements, contact Gerri Perreault, 3-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu. This event is free and open to the public.

 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR LAND AND WATER RESOURCES:

James Patchett, a landscape architect and hydrologist from Chicago, will discuss sustainable land planning and conservation development that integrates practices including green-roof technology, porous pavements, rainwater collection and reuse, and native landscapes from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public. More information is at www.ceee.uni.edu.

 

HUMAN RIGHTS PUBLIC FORUM:

To recognize the 60th anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration on Human Rights, a public forum will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at AEA 267, conference room G, 3712 Cedar Heights Dr., Cedar Falls. The forum will consider issues such as the use of torture, the right to a trial, and arbitrary arrest and detention around the world. Presenters include UNI professor of history Dolly Maier, former Research Analyst for the UN Rwanda Tribunal and Katy Hansen, director of the Iowa United Nations Association. The program is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women.

PERFORMING ARTS:

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.

 

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.

 

THE SHAPE OF THINGS:

UNISTA (the UNI Student Theatre Association) presents Neil LaBute's "The Shape of Things," at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Bertha Martin Theatre. "The Shape of Things" explores the uses of power within human relationships and the ethics involved in the relationship between art and life. Tickets are $5 at the door. This show contains adult content and situations.

 

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Mike Quick & Robert "One-Man" Johnson will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8, in KUNI's studio on the third floor of the CAC. Quick has been performing and writing music for some 30 years in a variety of venues and places around the country. Johnson sings original blues and ragtime songs and plays guitar, harmonica, hi-hat cymbal and foot piano, simultaneously. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.

 

CHIMES OF CHRISTMAS:

Come join the UNI School of Music choral ensembles (UNI Singers, Concert Chorale, Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus) and the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra in celebrating the joys of the season at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. Enjoy holiday favorites and winter-inspired works. For tickets, call (319) 3-4TIX.

 

W-CF SYMPHONY:

The UNI Children's Choir is one of four featured guests on the Symphony's Holiday Pops, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, at the GBPAC. For the afternoon concert, buy one adult ticket and get up to two youth tickets for $1 each. Call 3-4849 or visit wcfsymphony.org. Audience members are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program.

 

NEW HORIZONS BAND CONCERT:

The New Horizons Band will offer its winter concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. Under the direction of Diana Blake, the New Horizons Band features musicians 55 and older who travel from all over Iowa. This event is free and open to the public.

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:

EXTENDED LIBRARY HOURS FOR FINALS WEEK:

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

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

McElroy Fellowship

Application materials are available for the McElroy Fellowship at www.grad.uni.edu. Candidates must be graduates or graduating seniors of a liberal arts program and intend to pursue graduate study toward a Ph. D. at an accredited university. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 30. For more information, contact the Graduate College at 3-2748.

 

ENTER BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION:

Students interested in having their businesses compete in a business plan competition should submit the Intent to Compete application in the competition guidelines packet found at http://www.jpec.org/newven.htm by Friday, Dec. 12. The state-level competition offers three $5,000 awards. For more information, contact jpec@uni.edu or 3-JPEC.

 

'DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL' AUDITIONS:

Dancers, poets, artists, actors and activists can audition for an experimental theatre piece. Auditions will be at 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8, and at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang 040. No preparation needed. Cold reading. All majors and interests are encouraged to audition. Mature sexual situations. For more information, contact amandajean.nolte@uni.edu.

 

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS:

The College of Education is offering over a half million dollars in scholarships for the fall 2009 - spring 2010 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students meeting the requirements for a variety of scholarships.Undergraduate students interested in applying for the common scholarships must complete the Education Addendum of the Common Scholarship Application found at www.uni.edu/finaid. Graduate students should go to www.uni.edu/coe and click on "COE Scholarships" to download the application. You may also check with your department of study about specific scholarships. For full consideration of scholarships which require need, complete and submit a 2009-10 Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The application deadline for all scholarships is Feb. 15.

 

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.

 

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.

 

ESSENTIALS FINALS PACKAGES:

Stop by Essentials in Maucker Union and pick up a $6 Finals Package for your student employees. The package includes a pen, mechanical pencil, note cards, highlighter, beverage, candy and snack crackers. To place large orders, contact shelley.pruess@uni.edu.

 

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