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Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008
NEW ASSOCIATE PROVOST FOR FACULTY AFFAIRS NAMED:
Virginia Arthur will begin full-time duties as the new associate provost for faculty affairs on Feb. 1. In the interim, she will make several trips to Cedar Falls to take part in bargaining-session meetings with UNI United Faculty. Arthur is professor of management at the College of Saint Benedict/St. John's University. She holds a B.S. in economics and business administration from Syracuse University and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.
BOR TO MEET THIS WEEK AT UNI:
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Dec. 10 and 11 in Maucker Union. The agenda is available at
HONORARY DEGREE NOMINATIONS SOUGHT:
The Committee on Honorary Degrees is soliciting nominations for potential Honorary Degrees recipients for submission to the president. A statement of the policies and procedures can be found at http://www.uni.edu/pres/policies/205.shtml. Nominations, marked "Confidential" should be submitted to the Graduate College Dean's Office, Lang 110, mail code 0135, by Dec.19, for consideration. Nominators are expected to present a strong argument to support the nomination including relevant background information within the context of the Honorary Degree criteria. Additional letters of support are encouraged, and supporting material must accompany nominations.
MEMFIS will be unavailable from 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 to 8 a.m., Monday, Dec. 15 while the annual MEMFIS upgrade is performed. This will affect all MEMFIS applications including self-service and timecard. There should not be any noticeable impact on users after the upgrade. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/us/commcorner/announce/Dec2008MEMFISUpgrade.pdf
ELECTRONIC STUDENT EMPLOYMENT APPROVALS UPDATE:
The electronic student employment approval form is near completion and implementation. Prior to releasing the electronic approval for campus-wide use, the Student Employment Office, in conjunction with Payroll, will begin entering submitted paper approval forms in the new online format. The process began Monday, Dec. 8. For more details, visit http://www.uni.edu/finaid/pdf/Electronic_Student_Employment_Approvals.pdf.
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.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE NEWSLETTER:
The Administration and Finance division newsletter is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/vpaf/documents/dec08News_Views.pdf. It contains news and information about staff accomplishments and department activities.
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 IN THE NEWS:
Cathy DeSoto, UNI associate professor of psychology, outlined the effects of mercury contamination in a story in the East Texas Review. http://www.easttexasreview.com/story.htm?StoryID=5945
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
EUNICE A. DELL AWARD DEADLINE REMINDER:
Deadline for nominations for the Eunice A. Dell award for "making a difference" is Friday, Dec. 12. To nominate an employee in the Division of Administration and Finance for this award, go to www.vpaf.uni.edu/recognition. Forms, award criteria and the nomination procedure can be found there. The first award will be announced at the Administration and Finance Division luncheon on Tuesday, Jan. 27.
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
HERITAGE HONOURS AWARD NOMINATIONS:
The UNI Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2009 Heritage Honours Awards in three categories: Alumni Achievement, Alumni Service and Young Alumni. A list of past award recipients can be found at http://unialum.org/scholarships/heritage/years.shtml/. To learn more about the nomination process, visit http://unialum.org/scholarships/heritage/heritage.shtml, contact Mark Jastorff at 3-2171 or email@example.com.
Volunteers are needed for the 2009 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10 and 11 in the UNI-Dome. The meet will include Division I, II, III, NAIA, JUCO, NCWA and Women's Divisions. Although volunteers are encouraged to stay for an entire shift, any amount of volunteered time will be appreciated. For details, visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2008_120808.shtml
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 3-6083 with questions.
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
DIRECT DEPOSIT FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AVAILABLE:
Accounts Payable in the OBO is offering direct deposit for disbursements including travel, refunds, reimbursements and others. To set up non-payroll direct deposit, login to MyUniverse and select Direct Deposit (Non-payroll) in the My Personal Records section: https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/portal/portHandler.cgi Questions should be directed to 3-2162 or email@example.com.
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:
Frozen cookie dough from Fresh Beginnings is now available at Prexy's in Maucker Union. Each 3.5-pound tub of dough will make more than three dozen cookies. There more than a dozen flavors; prices range from $6.99 – $16.99 per tub. See all the current promotions in dining services at www.uni.edu/dor. Use the promotions link in What's Happening.
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The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/?
RESERVE REINSTATEMENT LISTS
Faculty who wish to keep the same items on reserve for the spring semester should submit their request to the Rod Library reserve desk by Monday, Dec. 15. Requests can be submitted electronically at: http://www.uni.edu/library/reinstatement/.
REGISTER FOR LIBRARY INSTRUCTION:
Let the Rod Library help introduce your students to a world beyond Google. Reserve a library instruction session for the spring semester that can be tailored to your needs. Contact Chris Neuhaus at 3-3718 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.uni.edu/library/requestinstr/.
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.
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.
Local artist Scott Hudson will demonstrate the art of wood carving and discuss the role of carvers in African cultures at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, at the University Museum, 3219 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls. This free event is in conjunction with the current exhibit Visions of Africa. Call 3-2188 for more information or visit www.uni.edu/museum.
The UNI Forensics squad hosts its speech and debate team showcase at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Interpreters Theatre, Lang 040.The showcase features events from the nationally competitive squad's fall travel season, including a range of oral interpretation, public address and limited preparation from members of the individual events team. Members of the debate team will share their research on the national college debate topic dealing with agriculture.
The UNI Department of Military Science will host a Commissioning Ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. A reception will follow.
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.
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 email@example.com with questions.
VARIETY TELEVISION SHOW:
A variety show with audience participation will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17, in the Performance Studio, 041 Lang Hall. For more information, contact Joyce Chen by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Panther News Show (http://www.uni.edu/comstudy/panthernews/home.htm) is produced by electronic media students at UNI.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL COMES TO MCLEOD:
See Olympic gold medalist Todd Rogers and other professional sand volleyball players as they convert the McLeod Center to a sand volleyball court on Saturday, Jan. 31. The tour will feature participation from top-ranked AVP men's and women's players on a rotational basis (four players per gender per event) and will replicate the authentic Southern California beach-party atmosphere featured at a typical AVP Johnsonville tour event. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit www.mcleodcenter.org or www.unitix.uni.edu.
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.
THOMAS AND FRIENDS LIVE! ON STAGE:
Thomas and Friends come to the McLeod Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28 and 29, with an all new, live musical adventure: "Thomas and Friends Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes to Town." Percy, James, Gordon and Thomas join Sir Topham Hatt and the townspeople from the Island of Sodor to welcome circus performers in an engaging story that demonstrates the importance of friendship and cooperation. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit www.mcleodcenter.org or www.unitix.uni.edu.
UNI VS. RICHMOND IN SEMIFINALS IN UNI-DOME:
UNI and the University of Richmond Spiders will meet in the semifinal round of the FCS play-offs at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, in the UNI-Dome. Buy tickets online at www.unitix.uni.edu.
Panther wrestling hosts Iowa at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, in the McLeod Center.
"B.F.A. Exhibition" is a UNI Gallery of Art exhibition featuring a variety of media. The exhibition will run from Thursday, Dec. 11 through Saturday, Dec. 20. Participants include Lucas James Baumann (performance art) and Jessica McCarty (photography). An opening reception will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11. 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.
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 3-4TIX.
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.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING LESSON FOR UNI EMPLOYEES:
Learn the basic skills for cross-country skiing in one session, scheduled as weather allows. Call the WRS Outdoor Rec. office, 3-7263, to sign up to be called "when the snow flies." The $17 cost includes equipment.
LIVE HEALTHY UNI/IOWA:
Live Healthy UNI/Iowa is a fun, team-based, 100-day challenge from Jan. 14 to April 23 to jump start healthy habits in the new year. Visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/UNI_employee_wellness/livehealthy.html for details. Prizes from Wellness and Recreation Services include a year pass to the WRC, six personal training sessions and a fitness class.
INTRAMURAL OPEN PRE-SEASON BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT:
Open to students, faculty, staff; men's and women's divisions. A mandatory managers' meeting will take place at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, in SEC 246. Registration takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13 and 14, in the Intramural Office, WRC 161. Play begins Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the WRC South Courts. There is a $20 entry fee and a two game guarantee.
EXTENDED LIBRARY HOURS FOR FINALS WEEK:
ITS WINTER REDUCED HOURS:
ITS services will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 24, 29, 30, 31, and Jan 2. This includes the Computer Consulting Center, ITT 36; Educational Technology Production House, ITT 108; Telecom Operators, CBB 27; ITS Administrative Office, ITT 120; and ITS Operations, CBB 15. For details, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/us/commcorner/announce/
TELL YOUR STUDENTS:
CAPSTONE IN NICARAGUA:
The two-week July Capstone in Nicaragua with Carol Cook, will examine the social situation in the capital of Managua. Students also will visit a dump city and work with the community forced to live there after a volcano destroyed their mountain-side village. For more information, contact Julie Baldwin at the Study Abroad Office, 3-7078.
WASHINGTON CENTER INTERN ABROAD:
Apply for a Washington Center intern abroad program in one of four cities--London, England; Oxford, England; Quebec City, Canada; or Sydney, Australia. For more information visit www.twc.edu/internabroad, or contact the Study Abroad Office at 3-7078 to make an appointment. The deadline is Feb. 27.
LEARN ABOUT STUDYING ABROAD IN CHILE:
Join peer advisers and past participants in a Chile information session from 3 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, in Gilchrist 10. For more information, stop by the session or contact the Study Abroad Office at 3-7078.
STUDY IN IRELAND:
Join peer advisers and past participants for an Ireland Capstone session from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, in Gilchrist 009. Learn about studying in Ireland for a Capstone credit course. Contact James Hanlon at the Study Abroad Office, 3-7078, for more information.
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 email@example.com or 3-JPEC.
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. Students can check with their 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.
GRAD CHATS IN THE UNION:
Join other grad students in Maucker Union for informal chats on the graduate student experience, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 11. Look for the Grad Chats table tent near Chats.
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. More information can be found at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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