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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/

 

 

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008

NEWS:

MEMFIS OUTAGE:

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 enter submitted paper approval forms in the new online format. For more details, visit http://www.uni.edu/finaid/pdf/Electronic_Student_Employment_Approvals.pdf.

 

LIBRARY STUDY ROOM APPLICATION DEADLINE:

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.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

Ruth A. Chananie-Hill, assistant professor of sociology, was interviewed on Iowa Public Radio regarding her research into same-sex marriage. Listen to the interview at: http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2008_121108.mp3

 

The GBPAC's arts program was featured in a Des Moines Register article.

http://tinyurl.com/5mkgd3

 

IMAGINE THE IMPACT CAMPUS DRIVE VIDEO:

Imagine the impact you can make…provide scholarships, recruit and retain stellar faculty and enhance exceptional learning experiences. Make an impact on what is most important to you. Join your colleagues today. Support Imagine the Impact Campus Drive 2008. Listen to students' stories at http://www.uni-foundation.org/page.aspx?id=lotw36p72

 

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. http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=4086

 

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.

 

PARK-AND-RIDE REMINDER:

Park-and-Ride services are not offered during holidays, non-academic sessions and breaks. Questions, comments or concerns may be directed to Brent Richmond at 3-5374.

 

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 should be marked "Confidential" and submitted to the Graduate College Dean's Office, Lang 110, mail code 0135, by Friday, 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

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 (elaine.eshbaugh@uni.edu) or 3-6083 with questions.

 

DINING GIFT CARDS:

Gift cards are available for UNI restaurants, dining centers, convenience stores and food carts. Gift cards can be purchased at the 23rd Street Market in Commons, at Chat's, Prexy's and Essentials in Maucker Union and at Biscotti's in Redeker Center. They can be purchased for any amount over $10.

 

ORDER COOKIE DOUGH FOR HOLIDAY BAKING:

Frozen cookie dough from Fresh Beginnings is available at Prexy's in Maucker Union. Each 3.5-pound tub of dough will make more than three dozen cookies. There are more than a dozen flavors; prices range from $6.99 to $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.

EMPLOYMENT:

MERIT VACANCIES:

Current Merit vacancies are available at: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.shtml.

 

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

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

SPRING GRANT DEVELOPMENT BROWN BAG SERIES:

The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer four brown-bag training sessions during the spring semester on key steps of grant proposal development. The series will include: seeking funding, writing proposals, evaluating projects and constructing budgets. The first session, on seeking funding, will be at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the OSP conference room (201 East Bartlett Hall). For information on the series, contact Hillery Oberle, 3-3961 or hillery.oberle@uni.edu or visit: http://www.uni.edu/osp/grants/training.htm

 

SPRING RESERVE READING LISTS

Faculty who wish to place items on reserve for the 2009 spring semester should submit their list to the Rod Library reserve desk by Monday, Dec. 22. Any requests received after this date cannot be guaranteed to be available for the first week of classes. Reserve lists can be submitted online at: http://www.uni.edu/library/reserverequest/.

 

FACULTY FOCUS:

During the week preceding spring semester, ITS-Educational Technology will hold workshops and consultation concentrating on technology's role in teaching and learning for faculty. Sessions concerning the use of Office 2007, including OneNote, ePortfolios and Google Tools have been added. For details, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/focus/default.shtml.

 

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 chris.neuhaus@uni.edu, or visit http://www.uni.edu/library/requestinstr/.

 

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

FORENSICS SHOWCASE:

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.

 

WOOD-CARVING DEMONSTRATION:

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.

 

COMMISSIONING CEREMONY:

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.

 

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.

 

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 (chen@uni.edu). The Panther News Show (http://www.uni.edu/comstudy/panthernews/home.htm) is produced by electronic media students at UNI.

ATHLETICS:

UNI VS. RICHMOND IN SEMIFINALS IN UNI-DOME:

UNI and the University of Richmond Spiders will meet in the semifinal round of the FCS playoffs at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, in the UNI-Dome. Buy tickets online at www.unitix.uni.edu.

http://www.uni.edu/infosys/footballplayoffs/

 

WRESTLING:

Panther wrestling hosts Iowa at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, in the McLeod Center.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

B.F.A. EXHIBITION:

"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.

 

OUR WORLD IN FOCUS:

Celebrate the cultural diversity of people with this exhibition featuring "Our World in Focus; People of Iowa, the United States and the World" photography contest submissions. Prizes will be awarded at the opening reception at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, at the University Museum. The exhibition will be on display through Saturday, Jan. 31.

PERFORMING ARTS:

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.

 

UNI CHILDREN'S CHOIR WINTER CONCERT:

The UNI Children's Choir will offer its winter concert, under the direction of Michelle Swanson, at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

DE-STRESS DAYS:

De-stress with free mini-massages, a walk in the labyrinth or by playing with animals from the Cedar Bend Humane Society from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15 through Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Maucker Union. Brought to you by Wellness and Recreation Services.

 

MEN'S RUGBY:

The UNI men's rugby team has a new Web site. Learn about UNI's team, meet the current players and learn how to play. Visit http://www.unimensrugby.com

HOURS:

EXTENDED LIBRARY HOURS FOR FINALS WEEK:

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

 

MAUCKER UNION HOURS FOR FINALS WEEK:

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

 

ON-CAMPUS DINING AND CONVENIENCE STORE HOURS FOR FINALS WEEK:
http://www.uni.edu/dor/dining/hours/academicbreakhours.htm

 

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.

 
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.

 

 
 

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