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Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009
UNI POLICE SEEK INFORMATION ABOUT ASSAULT ON CAMPUS:
At 1:58 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, the UNI Police received an anonymous phone call of an assault near central campus. According to the reporting party, a male subject was assaulted by four males. The victim was reportedly struck in the face, but didn't require medical treatment for his injuries. UNI Police are asking anyone who may have knowledge of this incident to contact 3-2712.
LIVE WEB CHAT WITH PRESIDENT ALLEN:
President Allen will participate in a live Web chat with Des Moines Register reporter Erin Jordan from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Feb. 6. Join the conversation by visiting www.desmoinesregister.com. Viewer questions are encouraged.
DIVERSITY TOWN HALL MEETING UPDATE:
President Allen and the recently appointed Diversity Council hosted a diversity town hall meeting on Jan. 22. The town hall meeting presented the initiatives that have been put into motion, representing the institution's priority to value, promote and teach about diversity. To view the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting, visit http://www.uni.edu/diversity/.
UPDATE TO MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATES EFFECTIVE JAN. 1:
The university mileage reimbursement rate follows the U.S. General Services Administration rate and has recently decreased from $.585 to $.55 for travel occurring on and after Jan. 1. The reimbursement rate for driving a personal vehicle, when a motor pool vehicle is available, remains at 28.5 cents per mile. Refer to the Travel Guidelines at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/accounts_payable/tguide.shtml for complete details of all travel reimbursement procedures. Questions on these changes should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-2212.
PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE:
A public meeting will take place at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in CAC 212, to solicit comments from students, consumers and interested parties regarding the operation of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic. A copy of the Standards for Accreditation or policy of the CAA may be obtained from ASHA, 2200 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850-3289; by calling 800-498-2071; or by visiting www.asha.org/. Contact Clifford Highnam, 3-2496 or email@example.com with questions.
EVERY VOICE COUNTS:
All students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences about the university's culture and attitudes. Follow the link sent to you in the e-mail invitation from President Allen to complete the survey. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is strictly confidential. All responses will be aggregated and no individually identifying information will be disclosed. Plan to participate in this important process. If you have questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kristin Moser at 3-3050.
SUPERVISORY AND CONFIDENTIAL MERIT PERSONNEL NAME CHANGE:
The UNI Supervisory and Confidential Merit Personnel (UNI-SCMP) name has been changed to Supervisory and Confidential Council (S & C Council). The S & C Council is the recognized organization representing all non-bargaining unit merit staff at UNI. Further information may be found at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/meritsc/index.asp.
UNI IN THE NEWS:
The Baltimore Sun quotes Jerome Klinkowitz, English, in a story about the death of author John Updike.
2008-2009 UNI FACT BOOK AVAILABLE:
The 2008-2009 UNI Factbook is online in PDF format at http://www.uni.edu/pubrel/08-09Factbook.pdf.
IMSEP REPORTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
The Iowa Mathematics & Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) has completed three new reports. The "Six Month Progress Report," "Women and Minorities in STEM Programs at Iowa's Public Universities" and the "Iowa High Schools-To-Regent Universities Mathematics Transition Guide," are now online at http://www.iowamathscience.org/reports. These reports provide UNI and Regent universities expertise in STEM education and showcase IMSEP initiatives and activities in Iowa.
FRAUDULENT E-MAIL MESSAGE FROM IRS:
Some of you may have received an e-mail message claiming to be from the IRS with a subject like: "You are eligible to receive a tax refund for $109.30". The body of the message contains a link that purports to be the form you to use to get your refund. Do NOT click on the link.The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail. So if you get an e-mail supposedly from the IRS regarding your taxes without sending them one first, its guaranteed to be a scam.
2008 UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN TOTAL:
UNI employees and retirees recently contributed to their most successful Cedar Valley United Way campaign to date, as $79,694 was raised, a 9.3 percent increase over last year's giving. UNI 2008 United Way campaign chair Cliff Chancey and President Ben Allen presented a ceremonial check, during halftime of the men's basketball game against Illinois State, to 2008 Cedar Valley United Way campaign chairs Tim Hurley and Kathy McCoy, and CVUW campaign coordinator Josh Harrington, UNI liaison. Allen and his wife, Pat, will chair the Cedar Valley United Way's 2010 campaign.
STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS AVAILABLE:
Supervisors, nominate your student employees for the 2008-2009 UNI Student Employee of the Year. To view eligibility criteria and print a nomination, visit http://www.uni.edu/finaid/pdf/employee-of-year.pdf.
INTERNAL SEARCH FOR DIRECTOR/ACADEMIC LEARNING CENTER:
An internal search is being conducted for the director of the Academic Learning Center. Application materials received by Monday, Feb. 16 will be given first consideration. For more information about the position and how to apply, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/jobs/dir_acad_learn_ctr.pdf
Vacancies at the P&S level include program manager/ Iowa Math & Science Education Partnership. To view the 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/?
FULBRIGHT FACULTY WORKSHOP:
Alisha Scott, of the International Exchange of Scholars, will offer a workshop on the Fulbright Program for faculty and professionals Monday, April 13, in the Seerley Hall Great Reading Room. A reception will take place from 2:30 to 3 p.m., a presentation from 3 to 4 p.m., and a question and answer session from 4 to 5 p.m. Learn about lecturing and research opportunities in more than 135 countries, how to prepare the Fulbright application and how UNI can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars. There is no charge for the workshop. Fulbright campus representatives and interested faculty are encouraged to attend. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. RSVP to Nadia Korobova, assistant director of International Programs, at email@example.com by Friday, April 3.
HARASSMENT PREVENTION SESSIONS:
Attorney Helen Adams will present "Preventing Illegal Harassment" on Monday, Feb. 23. All employees are strongly encouraged to attend. Changes in Iowa law and in UNI policy will be reviewed. Register for one of two sessions at www.uni.edu/equity. Pre-registration is required. Sponsored by Compliance and Equity Management.
SHARING ICN SUCCESSES AND STRATEGIES:
UNI faculty will share successes and strategies for using the Iowa Communication Network (ICN) for effective distance learning, from 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, in SEC 130A. Topics include navigating the ICN classroom for interactive learning, extending the ICN classroom with Web technologies, facilitating group collaboration and presentations, incorporating guest speakers and fostering relationships for enhanced student interactivity. Hosted by UNI Continuing & Distance Education. Contact Belle Cowden at 3-7211 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
DEPOSIT AND CASH HANDLING CERTIFICATION:
Complete your annual deposit policy and cash handling certification no later than Sunday, Feb. 15. If you were unable to attend the classroom training, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo to go through the cash handling presentation and complete the annual certification log. All departments and their authorized personnel accepting cash/checks, credit cards, etc. must complete this certification. For questions, contact Christina Geweke at 3-7505 or email@example.com.
GRANT DEVELOPMENT BROWN BAG: WRITING PROPOSALS:
Searching for strategies to write winning grant proposals? Join the Office of Sponsored Programs at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 10 for the second grant development brown bag session on writing successful proposals. Bring your lunch and questions to OSP in 213 East Bartlett Hall. For more information on the Brown Bag Series visit: http://www.uni.edu/osp/Training/index.htm RSVP to Hillery Oberle at 3-2961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOKS R FUN SALE:
Visit the Books R Fun sale Tuesday, and Wednesday, Feb. 3 and 4, in Maucker Union. Cash, debit and credit cards will be accepted. Sponsored by Maucker Union.
UNI legislative liaison Joe Murphy will host a legislative update from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6, in the Elm Room of Maucker Union. Topics include the state budget process, budget cuts and other policy items affecting UNI during this legislative session.
St. Stephen Catholic Student Center will host an evening of hors d'oeuvres, drinks, dancing and silent auction from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, in Maucker Union Ballroom, then proceed to the GBPAC for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony's "B Surprised" concert. Cost is $60 per person. All proceeds from the event will support the ministries of St. Stephen the Witness. For more information or to attend, contact Kelly at 266-9863 or email@example.com.
FRIENDS OF THE GBPAC PRESENT 'BEERS TO YOU':
Friends of the GBPAC present "Beers to You," from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo. Enjoy finely crafted beers paired with small-plate offerings from area restaurants. Event proceeds help fund GBPAC general programming and the Kaleidoscope series. For more information or tickets, visit www.gbpac.org or call 3-4TIX. Tickets are $35 for Friends members and $45 for non-members.
In celebration of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday, the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers have created Darwin Week, a series of events from Monday, Feb. 9 through Thursday, Feb. 12. Speakers, games, social events, information sessions and a birthday party to celebrate the life of Darwin and his theory of evolution will take place in Maucker Union. For a list of events, visit http://www.darwinweek.com.
GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM:
The second annual Graduate Student Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 1, in the GBPAC. The symposium is open to all current graduate students as well as December 2008 graduates. Students' research, scholarship and creative achievements will be showcased by poster presentation and performances, and will be judged by professionals in the field. Monetary awards will be given for first place ($200), second place ($100), and third place ($50) in each of the two categories of poster presentation and performance. For more information, including the registration form and a tentative schedule, visit www.grad.uni.edu/symposium. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 27.
LIFELONG UNIVERSITY CLASSES:
Do you want to learn more about topics such as energy sources and conservation, preserving family memories or creating your own container garden? UNI's Lifelong University, geared toward the lifelong learner, offers non-credit courses taught by retired and current UNI faculty and staff. For more information visit www.uni.edu/llu or call University Events Coordination at 3-6899.
Swimming will host in-state rival Iowa at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, in the WRC pool.
Softball will host the Ramada UNI-Dome Classic Friday, Feb. 6 through Sunday, Feb. 8. UNI's schedule is: 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, vs. Dayton; 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, vs. South Dakota State; 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8, vs. North Dakota; 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8, vs. Nebraska. The complete tournament schedule is at http://unipanthers.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/sched/niwa-w-softbl-sched.html. All games are in the UNI-Dome.
Men's basketball will host Creighton at 1:05 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8 in the McLeod Center.
The CAB will show "10 Things I Hate About You" at 7 p.m. and "Hitch" at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in Maucker Union Ballroom. Between movies you can "stuff a bear" (one per person) in the lobby. Free refreshments.
LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP - FAIRNESS:
Join the Student Leadership Center at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Maucker Ballroom "A" for a workshop about fairness, the Fourth Pillar in the Character Counts Initiative. Susan Staudt, the Cedar Falls city attorney, and Chantel Witt, a UNI senior, will lead an interactive workshop about this topic. Participants will analyze and evaluate various scenarios to explore the concept of fairness.
PANEL WILL DISCUSS LINCOLN'S BELIEFS ON SLAVERY AND RACISM:
"Was Lincoln a Liberator or a Racist or Both?" is the subject of a discussion from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, at University Book & Supply. Panel members are Michael D. Blackwell, multicultural education; Wally Hettle, history; Julie Husband, English language and literature; and Grant Veeder, member of Iowa Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education and American Democracy Project/Provost's Office.
'COMMON-SENSE COMPUTER SECURITY':
Paul Gray, associate professor of computer science, will present the third installment of the Citizen Science series at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the CEEE auditorium. He will discuss security issues surrounding common computing equipment at home, such as computer workstations, DSL and cable modem equipment, wireless access points and MP3 players, and how people can work toward establishing a safe and secure experience. The series, open to the public and free of charge, is intended to make the technical accessible.
PALESTINE OR ZION? A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS:
Join the Muslim Student Association at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb 9, in SRL 115 for an interactive presentation on this Middle East issue. Learn the historical and political aspects of the conflict, why it has remained unsolvable and how it has turned into a humanitarian crisis.
DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:
The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9, at the UNI Museum to discuss "The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades before Roe v. Wade" by Ann Fessler. All are welcome without having read the book.
LINCOLN, OBAMA AND 'TEAM OF RIVALS':
Panelists will compare President Lincoln and President Obama in their selection of Cabinet members, based on the book by Doris Kearns Goodwin, from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, at UNI CUE, in Waterloo.
NATURAL RESOURCE RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT SEMINAR:
A seminar on "Sustainable water quality retrofit installations using native plants and sustainability principles" will take place at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Paul Meyerman will give an overview of the recent water quality retrofit installations that are on campus and how they fit in with UNI’s sustainability principles. These installations utilize the use of native plants through out various areas of campus. Meyerman will also discuss the cultural challenges that are associated with the incorporation of these techniques in campus planning, design and operations.
PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE:
Grant Veeder, member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, will discuss "Lincoln and Iowa" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.
SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT:
The faculty artist Chamber Music Showcase will feature a diverse group of UNI School of Music faculty artists at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 3-4TIX.
FLUTE CHOIR AND FLUTE STUDIO CONCERT:
The Northern Iowa Flute Choir and Flute Studio will present its annual concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
'B SURPRISED' CONCERT:
Guest violinist Wolfgang David will join the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony on a program of works by Beethoven, Bach and Bartok at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at the GBPAC. Tickets are $19 to $27 for adults and $9 to $13 for youth, with Buck a Kid available. College student rush tickets will be available with a valid I.D. for $5 the day of the show. Call 3-4849 or e-mail wcfsymphony.org for tickets.
SHOPPING/DINING ON CAMPUS:
FREE SAMPLES OF MUSCLE MILK:
Free samples of Muscle Milk, flavored and fortified with vitamins and minerals, will be given away Thursday, Feb. 5, at 23rd Street Market in Commons and Essentials in Maucker Union. For a complete list of current and future promotions, visit www.uni.edu/dor. Click on "What's Happening."
CELEBRATE HOT BREAKFAST MONTH AT MAUCKER UNION:
Get breakfast pizza, breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls, sausage gravy with biscuits and oatmeal with toppings from 8 to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday, at Avanti in Prexy's at Maucker Union.
FREE NUTRISODA SAMPLES:
Nutrisoda is now available on campus at 23rd Street Market at Commons, Essentials at Maucker Union and Biscotti’s in Redeker Center. Each location will have free samples on Wednesday, Feb. 11. For flavor descriptions, visit www.uni.edu/dor. Click on "What's Happening."
ORDER VALENTINE FLOWERS THROUGH 23RD STREET MARKET:
The 23rd Street Market staff will collaborate with Flowerama to offer the convenience of ordering Valentines flowers online through the 23rd Street Market. Have flowers delivered by Flowerama or pick them up at 23rd Street Market on Friday, Feb. 13 or Saturday, Feb. 14. Plush panthers are also available for gift giving. For details and to place an order, visit http://www.uni.edu/dor/flowers/
ORDER VALENTINE TREATS:
Treat friends and co-workers to iced Valentines cookies for $8.99 per dozen, assorted homemade truffles for $8.99 per dozen or assorted homemade fudge for $9.99 per one-pound box. All items are packaged and ready for giving. Place orders online by 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9, and pick up orders Thursday, Feb. 12 and Friday, Feb. 13 at Biscotti's in Redeker Center, 23rd Street Market in Commons or Prexy's in Maucker Union. Order online at www.uni.edu/dor/cookies.
VALENTINE PACKAGES AT ESSENTIALS:
Show someone you care with a Valentine package from Essentials in Maucker Union. Packages include balloons and either chocolate or a stuffed animal. Check out the Valentine gel gems, stuffed animals, sweet treats and gift cards.
JANUARY WORDS OF WELLNESS:
The January Words of Wellness (UNI employee newsletter from Wellness and Recreation Services) is posted at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/UNI_employee_wellness/wow/index.html. The UNI Energy Conservation Committee sponsors an environmental wellness segment. To receive a printed copy of each issue, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3-6921 with your name and UNI ID #.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS:
DIVERSITY SUMMIT STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS:
Applications are being accepted for student scholarships to attend the IDEA Diversity Summit being hosted by UNI on April 23. The scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applications are available online at http://www.uni.edu/diversity. For more information, contact Beth Bishop, 3-2846 or e-mail email@example.com
LEARN ABOUT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Lauren Pelleymounter, executive director, Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley, will discuss the many opportunities available in the Cedar Valley and how to get involved, from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, in SEC 543. Contact Gerri Perreault 3-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu with questions.
LANGUAGE DIVERSITY WEEK:
Join peer advisers and past study-abroad participants in celebrating Language Diversity Week, Feb. 9 through 13. The week will include presentations by peer advisers, information tables and tips to help you get over language barriers in other countries. For a complete list of events, visit www.uni.edu/studyabroad or stop by GIL 28.
UNI HEALTH SURVEY:
During the next three weeks, University Health Services will administer the American College Health Association - National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA). This confidential survey will gather important data about students' health habits, behaviors and perceptions. The information will be used to assess students' needs and to improve programs and services. If you are asked about this by your students, or have the opportunity to do so, encourage students to complete the survey. For more information, contact Mark Rowe at 3-3423. Visit www.uni.edu/wellrec and click on the "Health Survey" tab for more information.
IMPROV TROUPE AUDITIONS:
Half-Masted 3.2, the Cedar Valley's own comedy improv troupe is holding auditions from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the College Eye Room and Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Presidential Room of Maucker Union. Callbacks will be held Friday, Feb. 20.
LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL EVENTS:
The Center for Multicultural Education and American Democracy Project/Provost's Office are sponsoring a series of events related to the Lincoln Bicentennial. For details, see http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2009_012209.shtml
STUDENTS FOR BOECKMANN/PALOMO:
Join UNI Students for Trevor and Anthony and support Trevor Boeckmann and Anthony Palomo in their run for student body president and vice president. You can find more information on the campaign at www.trevorandanthony.com. You can also join their Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=45311739349.
THE WORD IS...RACE:
Every minute, a college student somewhere sees or hears racist, sexist, homophobic or other biased words or images. Help your students become educated citizens who fight hate. Visit http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/ and look for "The Word is..." bulletin board series for ideas.
WRITING WORKSHOP I: THE FOCUSED GRADUATE STUDENTS:
Deanne Gute, writing center coordinator, will present, "Writing Workshop I: The Focused Graduate Students," from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, in ITT 136. Workshop participants will learn how to inventory research interests and long-term goals, choose a thesis or dissertation topic and focus the research topic to reduce stress. To sign up, contact Ken Nesbett, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Following the workshop, the presentation will be posted on the Graduate College Web site (www.grad.uni.edu).
STUDENTS MAY QUALIFY FOR DOUBLE TAX CREDIT BECAUSE OF THE FLOOD:
Students attending UNI (and other colleges or universities located in the Midwestern disaster areas as defined by the IRS) may qualify for a double education tax credit when filing federal tax returns for calendar year 2008. The definition of qualified education expenses for the education credits and the tuition and fees deduction is also expanded to include room and board for students in Midwestern disaster areas. For additional information, see http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/student_accounts/documents/tax_credits_2008.pdf. Taxpayers are advised to consult a tax adviser or see IRS Publication 970 "Tax Benefits for Education" (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf) for details. The IRS may also be reached by phone at 1-800-829-1040. UNI cannot provide tax advice.
BECOME A PEER ADVISER:
Apply to be an undergraduate Peer Academic Adviser in Residence (PAIR) for the 2009-2010 academic year. PAIRs work in Academic Advising and in an assigned residence hall where they live. Information and applications are available from the Online Job Board, www.uni.edu/advising/ or in GIL 102. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 16.
TEACHER EDUCATION ORIENTATION MEETING:
All students planning to enter the Teacher Education Program must attend one of the following 50-minute orientation sessions: 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10; 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11; or 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12. Students who fail to attend one of these sessions may find their admission to the Teacher Education Program delayed. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education (3-2265).
STUDY ABROAD OPEN HOUSE:
Join past participants and peer advisers during the study abroad open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, in GIL 007 and 009. Learn about the more than 300 programs offered. Contact the Study Abroad Office at 3-7078, or email@example.com for more information.
Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE) holds meetings at 7 p.m., each Thursday, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room. All UNI students welcome. There will be free refreshments at the meeting on Jan. 29. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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