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Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009

NEWS:

NEW TASK FORCES TO EXPLORE COST CONTAINMENT AND REVENUE ENHANCEMENT STRATEGIES:

Two new task forces, the Cost Containment Task Force and the Revenue Enhancement Task Force, will begin meeting later this month to discuss strategies for cost containment and revenue enhancement across campus. President Allen will serve as chair of both task forces; a list of members can be found at http://www.uni.edu/president/univcomm/revenueenhancement.shtml and http://www.uni.edu/president/univcomm/costcontainment.shtml

More than 120 cost-saving and revenue-generating suggestions have been submitted to the Office of the President. Please continue to send feedback to president@uni.edu.

 

HLC REACCREDITATION UPDATE:

UNI has begun a comprehensive self-study for continued accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission and is participating in the Foundations of Excellence program. More than 200 students, faculty and staff volunteers are working on the Foundations and HLC committees. See the latest update at: http://www.uni.edu/accreditation/uni_hlc_update1-09.pdf

 

HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION - AUDIO LINK:

An audio transcript of the Feb. 11 Hot Topics in Education, "STEM and the Achievement Gap," is available online at http://mm1.uni.edu:8080/ramgen/1/pubrelrm/htie090211.ra
RealPlayer is needed to download the link.

 

GRAD COLLEGE NEWSLETTER:

The February issue of The Graffito is available at http://www.grad.uni.edu/graffito/default.htm

 

EUNICE DELL AWARD WINNERS:

Recipients of the Eunice A. Dell "Making A Difference" award are Janelle Darst, director of marketing and operations for the GBPAC and Jenny Sell, athletic academic adviser for the athletics administration. Also announced were the High Five award winners: Cindy Webb, human resource services' benefits administrator; Paul Meyermann, assistant director of operations planning for the physical plant administration; and Janet Acklin, building services facilities services coordinator. The High Five award recognizes administration and financial services employees for continued and outstanding achievement in service excellence, teamwork and initiative.

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:

The Committee on Committees seeks nominations and self-nominations for the following 2009-2010 University elections: Chair of the University Faculty, one-year term, currently held by Jesse Swan, HFA; Chair of the Graduate Faculty, one-year term, currently held by Maureen Clayton, NS; Chair of Teacher Education Faculty, two-year term, currently held by Becky Hawbaker, ED; Committee on Committees, three-year term, currently held by Otto MacLin, SBS; Committee on Curriculum, three-year term, currently held by April Chatham-Carpenter, HFA; Advisory & Liaison Committee to Department of Military Science, three-year term, currently held by Forrest Dolgener, ED (Must be in bargaining unit.) All the above named individuals are eligible for reelection. Send nominations or questions to Melissa.Beall@uni.edu by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17 or call 3-2992.

 

MUG MEETING:

MEMFIS Users will meet at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in MSH 37. Agenda items include a demonstration of the "new" electronic Student Employment Approval Form, how to gain access, availability and a training schedule. Other agenda items will feature Deposits and Cash Handling, the annual certification process, requirements going forward, endorsements, completing the Cash Receipts for Deposit form and reconciliation of cash. Time for Q&A will be available.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

Don Briggs, HPELS, was featured recently on NPR's All Things Considered, http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99844570

 

SUPERVISORY & CONFIDENTIAL MEETING:

A Supervisory & Confidential Council meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, in CBB 323.

 

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 kristin.moser@uni.edu or call Kristin Moser at 3-3050.

 

PREPARING TO TALK TO PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:

On Feb. 20 and 27 hundreds of high-school seniors and their parents will descend on campus for UNI Up Close. Think about your role as a member of the university community and how you can contribute to the positive experience of all prospective students, parents and campus guests you encounter every day at UNI. Find information to help prepare at http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2009_012909.shtml.

 

STRAYER-WOOD THEATRE SEEKS VOLUNTEER USHERS:

Volunteer to usher for a performance of "A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine" and receive a free ticket to the show. This musical runs from Friday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 8. For more information, call 3-6381.

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE FEB. 20:

Nominations for the 2009 Veridian Credit Union Community Engagement Awards are due Friday, Feb. 20. This award recognizes 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 information and to submit nomination materials, visit www.uni.edu/resources/outreach/veridian.shtml.

 

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 jackie.burvee@uni.edu or 3-2212.

 

SUSHI TUESDAY:

Tuesday, Feb. 17 is Sushi Tuesday at Maucker Union. California rolls, veggie cream cheese rolls and tuna rolls will be featured menu items at Wasabi in Prexy’s in Maucker Union. Each sushi roll is created in Prexy’s kitchen.

EMPLOYMENT:

P&S VACANCIES:

Vacancies at the P&S level include academic support specialist. 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/?

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

SAS STATISTICS SHORT COURSE:

Learn more about using the SAS built-in analyst application to make SAS as easy as Minitab and SPSS from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, in WRT 110. This course is for beginners and experienced SAS users who want to try a user friendly SAS. E-mail RSVP or questions to Mark Jacobson at jacobson@cs.uni.edu. See http://www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL/ for more information.

 
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.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

LIBRARY BOOK SALE:

Browse Rod Library's used-book sale in the library lobby. Sale items include adult and children's fiction and non-fiction books (hardcover and paperback) and other items removed from the library's collection. Hardcover books are $2 and paperbacks $1. Pay at the Circulation Desk.

 

IOWA & BRAZIL: THE OTHER LATINO CONNECTION:

This international cultural conference will take place from Thursday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 21, in Maucker Union. Sponsored by the UNI Portuguese Club. For a schedule, see http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2009_021609.shtml

 

BRAZILIAN CARNAVAL:

Attend a Brazilian carnaval at 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, at Spicolis, 3555 University Ave., in Waterloo. This event includes live Brazilian salsa and music featuring Ed East of Alto Maiz and Nick Leo and Orchestra, samba and salsa lessons, and Capoeira and costume contests. There is a $5 entrance fee. Following Brazilian tradition, bring a food item for the food pantry and come in your best outfit or costume.

 
UNI-CUE BLOOD DRIVE:

The UNI-CUE is seeking donors for a community blood drive, which will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, at UNI-CUE 112 (800 Sycamore St., Waterloo). This year's goal is 45 donors. Register by calling 433-1220. One pint of blood will save three lives.

 

RETIREMENT OPEN HOUSE:

Join the Financial Aid staff in celebrating Roland Carrillo's 21 years of service at UNI. at a retirement open house from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the CME 109. The program will start at 3:30 p.m. Bring a message for Carrillo on a 3x5" card.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY:

Award winning pre-K through 12 teachers and their students will present their earth-science, inquiry and/or math based classroom projects Friday, Feb. 27. Take this opportunity to talk with teachers and students about how they view hands-on, interactive science and math-based programs as a means of teaching and learning. Spotlight Gallery (table displays) will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the ITTC student lounge, first floor. Spotlight presentations will take place every 30 minutes from 1 to 3 p.m., in the ITTC labs. There also will be UNI faculty teaching innovations. Register in ITTC 120. Sponsored by ITS-Educational Technology. Contact Doreen Hayek, doreen.hayek@uni.edu or 3-7300 with questions.

 

FISH FRY:

Come to St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center for a fish fry from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. Tickets are $6, or four for $20. Call 266-9863 with questions.

 

KDP SALE:

T-shirts, sweatshirts, scrubs, unusual buttons and bumperstickers will be available at the UNI Kappa Delta Pi sale in the SEC lobby from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, and Wednesday, Feb. 25. Proceeds will benefit KDP educational and service projects.

 

MURDER MYSTERY:

A crime has been committed and detectives are needed to find out "who done it." Join in the fun as Wellness and Recreation Services presents its first murder mystery event employing the components of physical and mental wellness. The fun will begin the week of March 1 when detectives can pick up clues in WRC 104. Two clues will be available per week ending the week of April 19. E-mail Deedra.Dahlager@uni.edu to sign up. The subject line should read "Murder Mystery." Deedra will respond with further instructions.

ATHLETICS:

MEN'S BASKETBALL:

Men's basketball hosts Drake at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the McLeod Center.

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:

Women's basketball hosts Drake at 7:05 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19. The Panthers will host Creighton at 3:05 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21. Both games are at the McLeod Center.

 

TENNIS:

Tennis hosts South Dakota State at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20 and Eastern Illinois at 10 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 22. Both matches are at the Black Hawk Tennis Club, in Waterloo.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

'DEATH PERCEPTION: THE SCIENCE OF FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY':

Join curator Tyler O'Brien, assistant professor of anthropology, as he explains the concept of the exhibit and student research involved in bringing "Death Perception: The Science of Forensic Anthropology" to life at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the University Museum.

 

LINCOLN EXHIBIT AT ROD LIBRARY:

To honor the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the University Archives has prepared an exhibit and a Web page to show the influence of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War on the history of UNI. The exhibit is in the case outside of the University Archives on the third level of the Rod Library. The Web page is at: http://www.library.uni.edu/speccoll/lincoln.html

 

BRAZILIAN FILM SERIES:

The film "Black Orpheus" will be shown at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the CME lobby. The film is a retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set during the time of Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sponsored by the UNI Portuguese Club.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

HOW TO START A BUSINESS II:

Attend a workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, in BCS 30. Advance registration is required; call 3-JPEC (5732) or e-mail jpec@uni.edu. Space is limited. Information in this workshop will build on Workshop I.

 

GRAD FACULTY BROWN BAG LECTURE:

Adrienne Stanley, associate professor of mathematics, presents "Boards and Cords: Quantifying Artificial Cranial Deformation" from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, in MSH 001. Stanley will discuss her work to develop a quantifiable method to assign skulls from pre-Hispanic archaeological sites into three categories: non-deformed, annular deformation and tabular deformation. Coffee and cookies will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

 
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. For topics and a schedule, visit http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/icn_share. Hosted by UNI Continuing & Distance Education. Contact Belle Cowden at 3-7211 or cowden@uni.edu for more information or to RSVP.

 

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR:

Keshab Simkhada, STORM Project Research Associate in the UNI Department of Earth Science, will give a presentation on "Environmental Air Quality as a Profession" at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, in LAT 125.

 

DEATH, DECAY AND RECONSTRUCTION:

Tyler O'Brien, assistant professor of anthropology, will present "The Forensic Anthropology of Human Skeletons" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the University Museum. There will be graphic and disturbing images included in this presentation. Materials presented are not meant to be seen by children or those with a weak stomach.

 

THE CHALLENGES OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND STEWARDSHIP:

Joe McGovern, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, will discuss the challenges that come with managing land on a statewide level at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. These challenges range from the protection of the natural resources to setting up easements with private land owners. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at 3-3828 or e-mail rwelch@uni.edu.

PERFORMING ARTS:

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Bill Staines will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, in KUNI's studio on the third floor of the CAC. For 35 years, Staines has traveled across North America, singing at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs and coffeehouses. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12. For broadcast times and stations, visit http://www.iowapublicradio.org.

 

SUZUKI FACULTY RECITAL:

The UNI School of Music Suzuki School will present a combined faculty recital at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

TROMBONE RECITAL:

Assistant professor of trombone Chris Buckholz will present a recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, with repertoire and additional performers to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

 

TALLCORN JAZZ FESTIVAL:

The Beta Nu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the UNI School of Music will host the 54th Annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival and 58th Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz Concerts at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. For tickets, call 3-4TIX. For more information, call 3-2028.

 

'TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD':

The Montana Repertory Theatre will present "To Kill a Mockingbird" at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, at the GBPAC. For tickets, visit www.gbpac.com or call 3-4TIX. UNI students receive a 50 percent discount on tickets.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

START A RELAY FOR LIFE FACULTY TEAM:

Form a team to participate in the 2009 Relay for Life, "Flashback to the '80s: Celebrating 25 Years of Hope," from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Friday, April 17 through Saturday, April 18. Participants are encouraged to stay the entire night, as it is symbolic of an individual's battle with cancer, but staying all night is not mandatory. A team consists of eight to 15 people. To get a T-shirt, you must raise $50, which can be done online at http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/relayforlife/. For more details, e-mail adamh@uni.edu.

 

DO YOU NEED HELP TO QUIT SMOKING?:

Contact Kathy Green, Wellness and Recreation Services, at 3-6921 or kathy.green@uni.edu for a personal consultation to help develop strategies for quitting smoking.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

CAMP & REC FAIR:

Stop by the Camp and Recreation Fair to meet agency directors and supervisors from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the WRC. This year's fair is hosted by Club SOLE. For more information, contact Kathy Scholl at kathleen.scholl@uni.edu or 3-6316.

 

MATH + DANCE: EXPLORING SEQUENCE & COMBINATIONS:

Explore ways to help students understand mathematical concepts of pattern, probability and combinations using sequencing to create studies of movements, from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, in the CME, Maucker Union. RSVP by Wednesday, March 4, to 3-3658 or paulsonr@uni.edu.

 

HONORS WEEK:

The UNI Honors Program will team up with honor societies across campus for Honors Week 2009, April 13 through 18. Honors Week is an opportunity for students and advisers of honor societies to celebrate scholastic achievement and recognize academic work. E-mail Heather Birk at birkh@uni.edu if your society wants to get involved.

 

UNI RIGHT TO LIFE:

UNI Right to Life will have a meeting at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Presidential Room (lower level of Maucker Union).

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Volunteer at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank for Kid's Cafe sites. Responsibilities include planning activities, supervising programs and providing documentation. Contact the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley at VolunteerUNI@vccv.org if you are interested in this experience or learning about other volunteer opportunities.

 

DIVERSITY SUMMIT STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS:

Student scholarship applications are being accepted to attend the IDEA Diversity Summit, 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 diversity@uni.edu

 

STUDENT ADMISSIONS AMBASSADORS:

Student Admissions Ambassadors (SAA) is accepting applications for the fall 2009 semester. For more information and an application, visit http://www.uni.edu/admissions/saa/membership.html, or contact Nick Hanson (nhanson@uni.edu). Applications are due Friday, March 27.

 

SPRING CAREER FAIR:

Attend the Spring Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, in the Maucker Union Ballroom (new location). Some 90 employers will be available to talk with UNI students and alumni about internships and full-time jobs. Some will schedule for the Interview Day on Tuesday, Feb. 24. For information and a list of participating employers, including the majors they are seeking, visit http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/events/career/careerfair/spring.html. Sponsored by UNI Career Services.

 

APPLY FOR OKOBOJI ENTREPRENEURIAL INSTITUTE:

Applications are being accepted for the Summer 2009 Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute. All majors are welcome. Attend this week-long entrepreneurial simulation and earn three hours of UNI credit paid by the UNI Pappajohn Center. Tuition, lodging and food are provided. Visit http://www.jpec.org/oko.htm for an application or call 3-JPEC (5732) for more information.

 

PRAGUE/CZECH INFORMATION SESSION:

Every Monday and Wednesday in February, learn about studying abroad in Prague and the Czech Republic. Locations in Gilchrist vary by week; contact the Study Abroad Office in GIL 28 to find out where to meet.

 

PANTHER PUSH:

Panther Push is a program designed for current UNI students to go to their former high school and visit with students about the advantages of attending UNI. If you have a 2.5 GPA or higher and are interested in promoting UNI, apply online at http://www.uni.edu/admissions/forms/. Applications are due to the Office of Admissions (GIL 002) by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20. The mandatory one-hour training session will be at 7 p.m., Monday, March 2 or at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in GIL 009. Contact Amanda Carls with questions (acarls26@uni.edu).

 

WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS:

"Writing Workshop III: The Eloquent Graduate Student," from 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in ITT 136. This workshop is for students with a major course-assigned literature review, thesis/dissertation proposals or thesis/dissertation drafts in hand. Participants will experience hands-on practice with editing and proofreading strategies and improve familiarity and confidence with style manuals and documentation rituals. To sign up, contact Ken Nesbett, at knesbett@uni.edu. Following the workshop, the presentation will be posted on the Graduate College Web site (www.grad.uni.edu).

 

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