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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009
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.
SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE:
The latest National Weather Service update indicates we can expect temperatures from 25 to 30 degrees below zero with wind chills of 35 to 45 degrees below zero through Friday. Anyone who must travel across campus is encouraged to dress appropriately. We encourage students, faculty and staff to use good judgment and avoid serious risks when traveling to and from campus.
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARDS:
UNI and Veridian Credit Union are seeking nominations for the 2009 Community Engagement Awards to recognize outstanding contributions of UNI faculty members to the community through research and/or teaching. All full-time tenured and tenure track faculty are eligible. For award and nomination details, visit www.uni.edu/resources/outreach/veridian.shtml. All nomination materials must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 20.
2008 W-2 Wage and Tax Statements will be available Friday, Jan. 16 online through MyUNIverse using the MEMFIS UNI Employee Self Service responsibility. The MEMFIS Web site, http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis, has a Quick Reference Guide for finding and viewing the W-2 statement. The targeted mailing date for the W-2s is Friday, Jan. 23. W-2 FAQs are available online at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/.
The Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) has made a call for proposals, which are due Friday, Feb 20. For complete guidelines, see www.rrttc.com and click the link under grants.
UNI IN THE NEWS:
Fred Abraham, economics, was quoted in the Des Moines Register commenting on Gov. Culver's proposed public works projects.
UNI ONLINE DEADLINE CHANGE:
Due to the Martin Luther King holiday, the deadline for the Jan. 20 edition of UNI Online is noon, Friday, Jan. 16.
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.
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.
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). 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.
Vacancies at the P&S level include area coordinator,
residence life coordinator and laboratory specialist.
The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/?
FIDELITY RETIREMENT COUNSELOR ON-SITE:
Jason Cronick, Fidelity retirement counselor, will meet with UNI employees Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 9 and 10; Monday and Tuesday, March 2 and 3; and Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7 and 8, in Gilchrist 025. Cronick can help with questions about the UNI 403b retirement plan. Consider meeting with him if you need help with: 1) Creating an investment mix for your contributions. 2) Consolidating retirement accounts from a previous provider or employer. 3) Detailed questions about your distribution options. 4) Understanding and evaluating your sources of income if you're approaching retirement. To schedule an appointment, visit www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservations or call 1-800-642-7131.
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.
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.
The Student Involvement and Activities Center, along with the Center For Multicultural Education, will host an Inauguration Watch Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Maucker Union Ballrooms. Feel free to bring your lunch and watch this historic event.
'A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT, A PRAYER':
"A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, a Prayer" is a dramatic reading compiled by Eve Ensler, author of "The Vagina Monologues." These stories highlight the effects of violence against women and how women's violence isn't a "woman only" issue. The performances are at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24, in the CAC 108. Free for students, faculty and staff.
HOW TO START A BUSINESS I:
Learn how to start a business at a workshop from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, in BCS 30. Advance registration is required; call 3-JPEC (5732) or e-mail email@example.com. Space is limited.
UNI's Regional Business Center/Small Business Development Center is offering the FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ program to provide an opportunity for area small business owners to evaluate their business framework and determine changes needed to improve performance and grow their business. The program will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., every Monday, from Jan. 26 through March 16, at the BCS Building. The cost is $149. For more information or to register, contact the UNI Regional Business Center at 236-8123.
The women's basketball team will host Bradley at 3:05 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, in the McLeod Center.
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.
TRIBUTE TO MARTIN LUTHER KING:
R. Drew Smith will present a lecture as a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, in the CME. Learn more about this influential man and the results we are seeing in relation to his work today. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3-2250 for more information. Free.
Panelists will discuss "Douglass and Lincoln: How a Revolutionary Black Leader and a Reluctant Liberator Struggled to End Slavery and Save the Union" (authors Kendrick and Kendrick at UNI on Thursday, Feb. 12) and "Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln" (author John Stauffer at UNI on Thursday, Feb. 19) from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, at University Book and Supply.
Crow Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Feb. 2, in the CME Room 109A. Shoshanna Coon, Department of Chemistry, will present "Gender and Pay Equity: UNI and the Nation." Women's and Gender Studies Program sponsors the Current Research on Women Forum Series. Faculty, staff and the community are invited to gather for informal presentation and discussion.
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.
MADAMA BUTTERFLY COMES TO THE GBPAC:
The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre will present "Madama Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18, in the GBPAC. The opera is sung in Italian with simultaneously projected English supertitles. Tickets are $22 to $45 and available from UNITix locations, 3-4TIX or www.unitix.uni.edu. Tickets are half price for students in advance with $5 rush tickets available the day of the show.
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.
GUEST ARTIST RECITAL:
Visiting artists Yulia Savrasova, soprano and Irina Bystrova, piano, will offer a collaborative recital at 7:30 p.m, Friday, Jan. 23, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
RUSSIAN BALLET TO PERFORM CINDERELLA:
The Russian National Ballet will perform "Cinderella" at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, in the GBPAC. For more information and tickets, visit www.gbpac.com or call 3-4TIX. UNI students recieve a 50 percent discount on tickets with a valid university I.D.
Looking for a good place to workout, where it's not so congested? Consider using the WRS Health Beat in Maucker Union. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays.
HEALTH BEAT LOCKERS:
Working out and need a locker to keep all your personal belongings? Health Beat lockers are available to rent. Find out more at www.uni.edu/wellrec/facilities/health_beat.html.
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 email@example.com for more information.
PERSONAL TRAINERS WANTED:
An informational meeting will take place at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30, in WRC 250. Class begins Monday, Feb. 2. Monday lectures will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 150. Friday labs will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 103. For more information and to enroll, contact the personal fitness coordinator at 237-7167. Class is not for academic credit.
SPRING FITNESS & LEISURE CLASSES:
WRS Fitness and Leisure classes began 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
INTRAMURAL OPEN INDOOR CO-REC KICKBALL TOURNAMENT:
Open to students, faculty and staff. Entry forms are available at the Intramural Office, WRC 161, during the week of Jan. 20. There is a $20 entry fee and a two-game guarantee. Registration takes place Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 26-28, Intramural Office, WRC 161. Play begins at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, WRC South Courts.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS:
EXPLORE HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS MAJORS AND MINORS:
Consider the academic majors and minors offered by the eight departments that make up the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Visit the informational table from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16, Monday, Jan. 26 and Thursday, Jan. 29, in Maucker Union.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Erin Wheat at 3-6849 (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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