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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, Dec. 16, 2008

NEWS:

DONALD N. MCKAY FACULTY RESEARCH AWARD:

This honor is open to all full-time faculty with at least five years of service at UNI. The major selection criteria will be exceptional original contributions to research and scholarship, including the creative arts. Department nominations to the college dean are due by Friday, Jan. 30, and college finalists are due to the Graduate College by Feb. 10. For more information, visit http://www.grad.uni.edu/awards/mckay.aspx.

 

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE FACULTY TEACHING AWARD:

Emphasis for this award is placed on outstanding teaching in the graduate program. This includes, but is not limited to: commitment to academic excellence; attention to individual student needs, interests and development; and service on thesis and dissertation committees. Eligibility and criteria for this award, as well as the selection procedures are available at: http://www.grad.uni.edu/awards/teaching.aspx

 

HONORARY DEGREE NOMINATIONS SOUGHT:

The Committee on Honorary Degrees is soliciting nominations for potential Honorary Degree 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.

 

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.

 

FREE PRINTER SUPPLIES:

Free cartridges and drums for Okidata color laser printer. Call for item numbers; 3-6254.

 

UNI ONLINE SCHEDULE:

The final regularly scheduled UNI Online for 2008 will be Tuesday, Dec. 23. The first issue for 2009 will be Tuesday, Jan. 6.

 

WINTER SLIP, TRIP AND FALL SAFETY TIPS:

It's that time of season where slips and falls occur at an increasing number on campus. This link to the Environmental Health and Safety Web site provides advice on being aware of your surroundings during the winter months and ways to help prevent slips and falls: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/healthsafety/tips/tips.shtml

 

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.

 

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

 

GBPAC HOLIDAY GIFT CERTIFICATES:

Gift certificates to the GBPAC make great stocking stuffers. Stop by the GBPAC box office to complete your holiday shopping. The GBPAC’s box office will be closed Monday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Jan. 5. Call 3-3660 for more information.

 

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.

EMPLOYMENT:

FACULTY VACANCY:

Director of choral activities – assistant professor in choral conducting, http://www.uni.edu/music/docs/ChoralDirectorListing.pdf

 

MERIT VACANCIES:

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

 

P&S VACANCIES:

Assistant football coach.
To view 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:

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR RESEARCH CONFERENCE:

Registration is open for the UNI 2009 Interdisciplinary Research Symposium to be held on Feb. 13 in Maucker Union. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. To register for this event, visit http://www.uni.edu/osp/research/2009researchsymposium.html. Registrations are due by Jan. 14. For more information, e-mail anita.kleppe@uni.edu or call 3-6148.

 

IMSEP PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS THROUGH OSP:

Individuals planning to submit project proposals for the Iowa Mathematics & Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) must contact the Office of Sponsored Programs for prior proposal review and submission approval. The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, Dec. 31. Contact Hillery Oberle at 3-3961 or hilllery.oberle@uni, or Anita Kleppe at 3-6148 or anita.kleppe@uni.edu for assistance.

 

IOWA SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT PROPOSAL DEADLINE:

The Iowa Science Foundation Grant Program supports projects that advance science in Iowa through scientific research, by improving the public understanding of science or by improving science teaching. The ISF proposal deadline is Saturday, Jan. 31. For more information, see: http://www.uni.edu/osp/findingfundingopportunities/isf.html Contact OSP Grant Specialist Hillery Oberle at 3-3961 or hillery.oberle@uni to submit a proposal to ISF.

 

STAFF TRAINING GRANT:

Staff training grant applications for the 2009 spring session are now being accepted. This program is available to Merit and Professional and Scientific staff members holding a non-temporary position appointment with at least one year of active university service and at least 50-percent time. The qualified training grant provides up to 100 percent of the tuition-only cost for the course without exceeding UNI’s resident tuition rate. For the full policy, see http://www.uni.edu/pres/policies/475.shtml. Applications may be accessed via the forms repository at http://access.uni.edu/forms/index.shtml#S. Completed forms can be mailed to Human Resource Services – 0034 or brought to 027 Gilchrist and must be submitted prior to the course beginning. For questions regarding the program, contact Lori Hoffmann, 3-3536.

 
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/Training/index.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 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.

 

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/.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

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.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

'THREE CUPS OF TEA' AUTHOR TO VISIT:

Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea," will visit UNI Thursday, Feb. 12, for an evening lecture. Time and location TBD. The visit is part of a national book tour promoting his two new children's books -- a young readers adaptation of "Three Cups of Tea" and "Listen to the Wind." University Book & Supply and UNI are hosting Mortenson's lecture. For more information about Mortenson and his work, visit http://www.threecupsoftea.com. Contact Stacey Christensen, stacey.christensen@uni.edu, in University Marketing & Public Relations, for more information about his visit.

PERFORMING ARTS:

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.

 

'RIVERDANCE':

See the farewell performance of "Riverdance" at the GBPAC May 5, 6 and 7. Riverdance is a celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage. Tickets are on sale now. Call 3-4TIX or order tickets online at www.gbpac.com.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

EAP NEWSLETTER:

The latest issue of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Newsletter is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/eap/documents/2009_1st_qtr.pdf. Topics include the warning signs of prescription painkiller dependency, helpful hints for a recession and positive thinking. For additional information on the EAP, contact Deedra Dahlager, UNI Wellness Resource Coordinator and Allen Hospital EAP liaison, at 3-7162 or Deedra.Dahlager@uni.edu.

 

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

 

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 Recreation 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.

HOURS:

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

 

LIBRARY HOURS DURING SEASONAL HOLIDAYS AND SEMESTER BREAK:

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

 
 

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