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Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009
BUDGET UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT ALLEN:
In November, I promised to keep you informed about budget-related developments. To re-cap, in November, UNI was required to return $1.02 million of its fiscal 2009 state appropriation. We had planned to invest those funds in information technology systems and security, library materials and building maintenance projects. Those areas didn't have to revert funds already allocated, but they did lose planned additional investments in their programs. Since my Nov. 24 message, several key developments have occurred that affect our budget for both the rest of this fiscal year (2009) and next fiscal year (2010). See full message at http://www.uni.edu/pres/
ITS will apply the year-end W-2 patches to MEMFIS resulting in an outage from 2 to 5 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14. This includes time cards and all self-service applications.
NEW STUDENT SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY APPROVED AND POSTED:
The new UNI student sexual misconduct policy was approved at the December Board of Regents meeting. The policy is posted at http://www.uni.edu/pres/policies/315.shtml.
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 Tuesday, Feb. 10. For more information, visit http://www.grad.uni.edu/awards/mckay.aspx.
FOLLOW NISG PRESIDENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.:
NISG President Pernell Cezar is in Washington, D.C., taking part in The Washington Center's Presidential Inauguration seminar and will attend the 2009 Presidential Inauguration on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Follow Cezar at weblogs.uni.edu/inauguration as he gets a behind-the-scenes look at Washington and national politics. You also can access the blog via the UNI home page, www.uni.edu.
2008 GRADUATE REPORT:
UNI Career Services has released its annual report, which includes the 2008 Graduate Report. The report details salaries, occupied rate and companies for interns and graduates. To download the report, visit
UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
The University Honors Program is seeking proposals for Presidential Scholars and Honors Seminars for the 2009-2010 academic year. Information and the proposal form can be found at http://www.uni.edu/honors/psseminar.doc. Proposals should be submitted to the University Honors Program (0355) on or before Monday, Jan. 26.
Parking Operations and MET Transit resumed the Park-and-Ride Service on Monday, Jan. 12. The service will run from the West Dome drop-off, to the Commons area from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, through May 8. There is no service on university holidays, spring break or when classes are cancelled. The service is for UNI staff and students. The Park-and-Ride schedule and route map will be posted to the UNI parking Web site. For more information, contact UNI Public Safety's Parking Operations at 3-5374.
PAF 2009 CUTOFF DATES:
The 2009 processing cutoff dates for Personnel Action Forms (PAFs) are posted to the Payroll Web site at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/payroll/cutoffs_deadlines.shtml. Anyone involved in the preparation or approval of PAFs should print and post this schedule for use in 2009. While these are processing deadlines, PAFs should be prepared and routed for approvals as soon as the action requiring a PAF is determined. Questions about these dates may be directed to Linda Gruetzmacher in Payroll, 3-3003.
FREE THERMAL FAX PAPER ROLLS:
The Department of Industrial Technology has a box of five thermal fax paper rolls (Sharp FO-40PR6U) 216mm x 50m. free to any department on campus. Call 3-2561 if you can use this paper.
FOUR-DAY RULE FOR DORM FLYERS:
As of Jan. 1, all (approved only) flyers, poster and mailbox inserts that are dropped off at residence halls and include specific dates for events and/or deadlines, must be delivered to the hall offices at least four days prior to that event or deadline. If they are not, the flyers/posters will be either returned or recycled.
TC HEADING TO NATIONAL COMPETITION:
TC has again qualified for the National Mascot Competition. Help send TC to the National Competition and prove to everyone that he truly is the best mascot by purchasing a "TC's Nationals Crew" T-shirt. Learn more and order shirts at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=43893066108&ref=nf or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Thanks to those who have already donated vacation hours to the donation pool. To request donated hours, see http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/documents/vac_donate_prog0908.pdf
NEW EMPLOYEE DISABILITY & LEAVE COORDINATOR:
Human Resource Services has hired a new employee disability and leave coordinator, Therese Callaghan. Callaghan will serve as a point of contact for employees, prospective employees and visitors regarding accessibility and accommodations, administer the Workers' Compensation program, administer the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) policy and assist employees with long-term disability applications and the Catastrophic Leave Program. Callaghan can be reached at 3-6164 or Therese.Callaghan@uni.edu
SABIN HALL OFFICE RELOCATIONS:
The Department of Social Work has relocated to 214 SSC (East Bartlett). The Department of Political Science has relocated to CBB 5. All telephone numbers remain the same.
COLD DAYS/HOT DEALS:
Cold days bring hot deals to Chats and Prexy's in Maucker Union, now through Jan. 23. Enjoy price specials on soups, hot beverages and spicy entrées in Prexy's. Spring semester promotions are at http://www.uni.edu/dor/promotions/index.htm
FREE SAMPLES AT 23RD STREET MARKET:
Sample Piccadilly Circus brand products during lunchtime Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 23rd Street Market. Give your opinion on pizzas, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, stuffed cheese sticks, gourmet chicken tenders, boneless buffalo wings, sub sensations and more. Your opinion will help determine which products to offer at 23rd Street Market. For more information on spring semester events in campus restaurants and convenience stores, visit http://www.uni.edu/dor/promotions/index.htm.
The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/?
DEPOSIT POLICY TRAINING:
Business Operations is conducting deposit policy training on the following dates: 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27; 9 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28; 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 30; and 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30. All trainings will be held in Maucker Union's College Eye Room. This training will cover changes and additions to current deposit procedures. All departmental deposit preparers and office managers are encouraged to participate. RSVP with date and time to Christina Geweke at 3-7505 or email@example.com.
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.
INTRODUCTION TO ITS-SUPPORTED ePORTFOLIO SYSTEM:
ePortfolio use at UNI, for supporting students' needs and academic programs, continues to increase. See an overview and hear from faculty who are using the system from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, in StudioIT, ITTC 134. Visit http://www.uni.edu/assessment for more information or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your lunch.
GRANT DEVELOPMENT BROWN BAG:
Join the Office of Sponsored Programs at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 20, for a brown bag training session on seeking grant funding. This is the first session in a series on grant proposal development. Bring your lunch to the OSP conference room (201 East Bartlett Hall). For more information on the Brown Bag Series and other training opportunities, including the OSP Summer 2009 Grant Workshop, visit: http://www.uni.edu/osp/Training/index.htm or contact Hillery Oberle at 3-3961 or email@example.com.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM:
UNI's Executive Development Center offers a Leadership Development certificate program designed for experienced managers who will soon be in senior management positions. The Leadership Development certificate program begins Jan. 28 and ends May 27. The 10 classes on a variety of business and leadership topics are scheduled every two weeks, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in BCS Room 30. Tuition is $3,150 and includes all participant materials, lunches, refreshments and UNI parking tag. Four hours of graduate or undergraduate credit are available upon completion of this program for a $100 processing fee. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants and ends Jan. 20. For more information visit www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev. To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-5851.
IDEA DIVERSITY SUMMIT:
Register now for the fourth annual IDEA Diversity Summit to be held Thursday, April 23, in UNI's Maucker Union. Learn about real solutions to real-life problems in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. The summit is a collaboration between communities and campuses to make Iowa a more inviting place to live, work, play and learn. Whether you are a faculty member, staff, or a student, this summit will give you the tools you need to be an agent of change in your specialty. For registration and more information, visit www.iowadiversitysummit.com.
TOWN-HALL DIVERSITY MEETING:
President Allen will host a town hall meeting on diversity, open to all in the UNI community, on Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend, beginning with continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and a program from 8:30 to 10 a.m. President Allen will describe his vision for UNI's future diversity efforts, will open the floor for questions and discussion and will announce related plans.
AN EVENING WITH GREG MORTENSON, 'THREE CUPS OF TEA':
As part of Greg Mortenson's (whose story is told in “Three Cups of Tea”) visit at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the GBPAC, the UNI Student Involvement & Activities Center will sponsor the Cedar Valley Pennies for Peace drive Jan. 12 through Feb. 6. Pennies for Peace is a program of Mortenson's Central Asia Institute and supports community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Students, faculty and staff wishing to participate in the penny drive to help reach the $5,000 goal should contact Erin Wheat at email@example.com or 3-2683. For more information about the event and related activities, visit http://www.uni.edu/mortenson.
Escape from the cold, snow and ice. Eight Professional Beach Volleyball athletes will bring the beach volleyball atmosphere (including 220 tons of sand) to the McLeod Center at 7:30 pm., Saturday, Jan. 31. This three-hour event will include Olympic gold medalist Todd Rogers, "The Professor" and Olympic athlete Nicole Branagh. Tickets are on sale now at 273-4TIX, www.unitix.uni.edu or at any UNItix location.
Check out the blockbuster "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings: "High school student Nick O'Leary, member of the Queercore band The Jerk Offs, meets college-bound Nora Silverberg and she asks him to be her boyfriend for five minutes." Free refreshments provided. Showtimes are at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
NEW ART EXHIBITION:
"The Home Show" is an exhibition curated by UNI associate professor of art Aaron Wilson and features the work of Wanda Ewing, April V. Flanders, Anita Jung and UNI alumnus James Greene. Artists' lectures scheduled at 7 p.m. in KAB 111 are as follows: Anita Jung, Jan. 13; April V. Flanders and Wanda Ewing, Jan. 20; James Greene, Feb. 3. An opening reception will follow the Jan. 20 lectures. Sponsored in part by the Florence Hartwig Foundation, the University Research Council, and the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University.
Guest artist Hsiaopei Lee will open the 2009 performance season at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, with a viola recital. Lee, assistant professor of viola at the University of Southern Mississippi, has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra musician on three continents. This event is free and open to the public.
LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:
Paper Scissors Rocketpack will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19, in KUNI's studio on the third floor of the CAC. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12. For broadcast times and stations visit http://www.iowapublicradio.org
FACULTY STRING QUARTET:
The UNI Faculty String Quartet will offer a winter concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, in Graham Hall, Russell Hall, featuring faculty artists Frederick Halgedahl, violin; Therese Fetter, violin; Julia Bullard, viola; and, Jonathan Chenoweth, cello. This event is free and open to the public.
Assistant professor of clarinet Amanda McCandless will offer a clarinet recital featuring faculty artist Robin Guy, piano, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
PADDLING PANTHERS SWIM LESSONS:
Paddling Panthers swim lessons begin Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Wellness and Recreation Center pools. Lessons times are at 9:30, 10:15 and 11 a.m. Spots are limited; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
LIVE HEALTHY UNI:
Live Healthy UNI/Iowa, Jan. 14 through April 23, is a fun, team-based, 100-day challenge 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.
NEW EMPLOYEE WELLNESS SERVICES:
Blood Chemistry Profiles, Personal Health Assessments and nicotine patches/gum are available at no cost to UNI employees who qualify for UNI health insurance. Visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/UNI_employee_wellness/enhancedservices.html, for details.
SPRING FITNESS & LEISURE CLASSES:
WRS Fitness and Leisure classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 14. Register online today. Check out the new selections: Free Fridays, Spin/Yoga Fusion, Total Aquatic Conditioning and Self-Defense-Fighting-Fitness. A new year for a new you. www.uni.edu/wellrec
CROSS-COUNTRY SKI LESSONS:
Learn all the basic skills in one session, scheduled as weather allows. Call the WRS Outdoor Recreation office, 3-7163, to put your name on the list to be called "when weather is right." The $17 cost includes equipment. Taught by Kathy Green.
SCHEDULE A SPRING MASSAGE:
Massages will be available in the WRC by licensed massage therapists Carissa Shima (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) and Katie Hover (Tuesdays and Thursdays) during the spring semester. The cost is $15 for 15 minutes; $25 for 30 minutes; $35 for 45 minutes; $45 for one hour; and $65 for 90 minutes. Call 3-6119 to schedule. Pay by cash, check, Ubill or payroll deduct. Please call 3-6119 to schedule an appointment. Brought to you by Wellness and Recreation Services.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS:
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.
eLEARNING (WebCT) FOR STUDENTS:
Students who are taking courses with an eLearning (WebCT) component should attend a 45-minute introductory session on Wednesday or Thursday, Jan. 14 or 15. See http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/c.shtml for the schedule.
THE WORD IS...GRADES:
Do you know a student who is struggling academically? Refer them to their PAIR, RA, RLC, Academic Advising or the UNI Academic Learning Center. To learn more, visit "The Word is..." series of bulletin boards at http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/
OSHA BLOOD-BORN PATHOGEN TRAINING OFFERED:
This 50-minute training is required for all students completing field experiences in any pre K-12 school setting. The training is free and open to anyone. Three sessions will be offered: 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20; 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21 and 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22. All sessions will be held in SEC 244/245. No registration is required. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education, 3-2265.
HOMECOMING COMMITTEE APPLICATION TIME:
Applications for the 2009 Homecoming Committee are available at www.uni.edu/maucker and are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, in the Student Involvement and Activities Center - SIAC (located on the Plaza Level of Maucker Union). No late applications will be accepted. For more information contact Jessie James-Stinson at 3-6335 (email@example.com) or Erin Wheat at 3-6849 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD APPLICATION:
Apply now to be a part of 2008-09 Campus Activities Board (CAB). Applications are available online at http://www.uni.edu/maucker Applications are due Monday, Feb. 2. For more information, contact Erin Wheat at email@example.com
EXPLORING HABITATS THROUGH CREATIVE MOVEMENT:
This workshop will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30, in the CME, Maucker Union (Supported by IMSEP). Pre-service teachers discover how creative movement can enhance student learning about habitats—weather/climate, animal/plant life, and interdependence. Elementary education majors (grades 1-4) RSVP by Friday, Jan. 23, to 3-3658 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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