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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/

 

 

Thursday, Feb. 19, 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 meet 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

 

NEW UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT REQUEST FORMS:

A new version of the undergraduate student request form has just been released. Offices that commonly use this form will receive copies of it shortly. It's also available at http://access.uni.edu/forms/. Questions may be directed to Coleen Wagner, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, at coleen.wagner@uni.edu or 3-2518.

 

PREPARING TO TALK TO PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:

More than 800 high-school seniors and 1,000 of their guests have registered for UNI Up Close on Friday, Feb. 20 and 27. 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 during UNI Up Close and every day at UNI. Find information to help prepare at http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2009_012909.shtml. A complete program for the day is available at http://www.uni.edu/admissions/upclose/UNIUpCloseProgram09.pdf

 

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.

 

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.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

David Surdam, economics, submitted an opinion piece to the Des Moines Business Record. See http://businessrecord.com/main.asp?SectionID=5&SubSectionID=12&ArticleID=7613&TM=52307.23

EMPLOYMENT:

The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/?

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

UPDATING PHONE DIRECTORY:

The UNI Online Directory (https://espresso.uni.edu/ed/faces/searchAll.jsp) is a source for current faculty and staff contact information. To verify or make any changes to your home and/or office contact information, login to: MyUNIverse > My Personal Records > Update My Personal Information. This information is sent directly to Human Resource Services via e-mail and will be updated within five working days.

 

SAS STATISTICS SHORT COURSE:

Learn more about using the SAS built-in analyst application to make SAS 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

LIBRARY BOOK SALE:

Come browse Rod Library's used books for sale in the library lobby year round. 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. New items are added regularly.

 

IOWA & BRAZIL: THE OTHER LATINO CONNECTION:

This international cultural conference will take place from Thursday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 21, in Maucker Union. 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.

 

CAMP MULTIMEDIA:

Camp Multimedia (CMM), a digital media summer camp for high school students, based at UNI, will expand to two weeks this summer, and will offer a residential experience option with overnight stays in UNI residence halls. The camp offers intense instruction from UNI media professors and industry professionals. Using Photoshop, Flash, After Effects and digital video editing, students learn how to integrate images, 2-D and 3-D animation and video together in professional-level projects. Students will have the opportunity to learn basic multimedia programming skills during the second week. Taught by computer science professors at UNI, students will learn how computers represent digital images and sounds, manipulate media and create customized effects. For more details, go to: www.campmultimedia.com

 

ENTREFEST SMALL BUSINESS CONFERENCE:

EntreFest!, Iowa's two-day conference for small business, will take place Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Coralville. EntreFest! provides business owners and budding entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn, share and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit. EntreFest! is presented by a collaborative committee of Iowa's premier service providers including the UNI Regional Business Center and UNI Business and Community Services division. The conference is $79 per person. For more information, visit www.entrefest.com or contact Amy Kuhlers at 3-4328 or amy.kuhlers@uni.edu.

 

2ND ANNUAL WORLD FAIR FUNDRAISER:

Over the Rainbow's second-annual World Fair Fundraiser will take place from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at the NCC Pepsi Pavilion on the Waterloo Cattle Congress Fairgrounds. The event aims to celebrate diversity in the Cedar Valley and raise money for impoverished women and children around the world. To learn more and, or, get involved, visit: http://www.over-therainbow.org/worldfairregistration.html. Sponsored by the UNI Portuguese Club.

 

JUNIOR GUMSHOE ACADEMY:

Kids can earn a Junior Gumshoe certificate from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 7, at the University Museum. They will learn how to make a detective kit, collect fingerprints and footprints, analyze bite marks (in something tasty) and extract DNA from a strawberry. This hands-on fun is for elementary school children (second through sixth grade). The cost is $10 for Friends members and $12 for nonmembers. Register by Tuesday, March 3.

 

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.

 

ALPHA PHI VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT:

Alpha Phi's annual Volleyball Tournament will take place Saturday, Feb. 28, to benefit the Alpha Phi Foundation and the American Heart Association (both charities fund and support cardiac care programs). Teams of six to eight with at least three females are necessary; $5 per person. Check in is from 1 to 1:30 p.m. E-mail Ashley at grovea@uni.edu or Kelsey at kransom007@hotmail.com.

 

PLANETARIUM PRESENTATIONS:

The Department of Earth Science Planetarium is open for presentations to the public at 7 p.m., every Thursday through March 5. Shows are free and will start every 30 minutes; the last show is at 8:30 p.m. The planetarium is located in LAT 105. For more information, visit http://www.earth.uni.edu/obsvisit.html.

 

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.

ATHLETICS:

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.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

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.

 

PUBLIC ART PRESENTATION:

The UNI Art and Architecture Committee will present a lecture on "Public Art on the UNI Campus" featuring Tom Stancliffe, professor of sculpture, from 3:30 to 430 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in KAB 111. The presentation will provide a brief background regarding the Iowa Art in State Buildings program and provide important information regarding the process of commissioning work for various campus projects.

 

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.

 

LEARN ABOUT GREEN BUILDING UPGRADES:

The UNI Campus Activities Board will host "Green Building Upgrades: Lessons from the University of Oregon" at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Lang Auditorium. Dennis Munroe, director of the Physical Education and Recreation Department at the University of Oregon, will discuss the successes of current projects at Oregon, as well as present options to make UNI a more sustainable and energy-efficient campus.

 

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.

 

LEADERSHIP OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.:

Michael Blackwell, director of the Center for Multicultural Education, will discuss "The Leadership of Martin Luther King Jr." from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, in SEC 252. The lecture/discussion is part of a series of lectures, leadership panels and workshops by the Leadership Studies Program. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898.

 

CROW FORUM:

CROW Forum will be at noon, Monday, March 2, in the CME 109A. Atul Mitra, management, will present "Gender and Personality Differences in Perceptions of Changes in Pay Levels." 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.

PERFORMING ARTS:

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.

 

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.

 

HORN RECITAL:

Assistant professor of horn Yu-Ting Su will present a recital at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, in Jebe Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

UNI SUZUKI SCHOOL RECITAL WEEKEND:

The UNI Suzuki School will present its bi-annual recital weekend at 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 28 and March 1, in Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

'A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD/A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE':

The Strayer-Wood Theatre and School of Music will present the Marx Brothers-inspired Hollywood musical comedy, "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine," Friday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 8. Read more about this musical at http://www.uni.edu/theatre. Tickets are $17; free for UNI students. Call 3-6381 for more information.

 

'EVIDENCE':

See "Evidence" at 7:30 p.m, Sunday, Feb. 28, at the GBPAC. Ronald K. Brown and his dance company, Evidence, blend African, modern ballet and hip-hop to tell stories about what matters to the human experience. For more information and tickets, visit www.gbpac.com or call 3-4TIX. UNI students receive a 50-percent discount on tickets.

 

'THE PAJAMA GAME':

See "The Pajama Game" at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, March 1, at the GBPAC. For more information and tickets, visit www.gbpac.com or call 3-4TIX. UNI students receive a 50-percent discount on tickets.

 

UNI JAZZ COMBOS:

Under the direction of faculty artist Chris Merz and graduate student conductors, the School of Music will present a jazz combos concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 2, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

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:

HISTORY CLUB MEETING:

History Club will meet at 8:15 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, in SRL 14. It is not necessary to be a history major to attend. The club meets weekly. Contact jherker@uni.edu with questions.

 

LOVE HEALTHY:

Do you "love healthy?" Find out by clicking on the "love healthy" icon at www.uni.edu/violenceservices.

 

HONORS WEEK:

The UNI Honors Program will team up with honor societies across campus for Honors Week 2009, Monday through Saturday, April 13 - 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.

 

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.

 

CHILE INFORMATION SESSION:

Stop by the "Study Spanish in Chile Open House" from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in GIL 009. Meet with past participants and a Chilean professor to learn about summer, semester and academic year programs. Low-cost programs; scholarships available.

 

SOUTH AFRICA STUDY PROGRAM:

Come to an information session from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, in GIL 007 to learn about the new exchange program in South Africa. Study in English; many undergraduate and graduate courses to select from. Study for a summer, semester or academic year in Port Elizabeth for a low cost. Space is limited; apply soon. Scholarships are available.

 

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