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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/

 

 

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009

NEWS:

E-MAIL OUTAGE:

ITS is changing the UNI e-mail system to enhance e-mail recovery capability. This improvement requires a complete e-mail system outage, which will occur from midnight to 3 a.m., Sunday, March 1. See http://www.uni.edu/its/us/commcorner/announce/ for more information.

 

FEEDBACK NEEDED ON LAC:

The Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Committee is seeking feedback from the university community on the proposed "Purposes and Goals" statement for the LAC. The proposed statement is available at: http://www.uni.edu/lac/. Comments, suggestions and criticism can be made via e-mail to the LAC coordinator, siobahn.morgan@uni.edu, via campus mail (zip:0335) or via a blog at http://weblogs.uni.edu/morgans/. All input from the UNI community is appreciated.

 

EDUCATIONAL LOAN CODE OF CONDUCT:

As required by Iowa Code, the UNI Office of Student Financial Aid is posting the annual notification of the Code of Conduct for Educational Loan Activities. The Code of Conduct applies to all departments and organizations throughout the university. Visit http://www.uni.edu/finaid/pdf/code_of_conduct_edloans.pdf for more information. Call 3-2701 with questions.

 

ONLINE AUCTION ITEMS:

UNI is selling a wrecked 2008 Chevrolet Impala Sedan on Public Surplus. Visit www.publicsurplus.com for photos and complete information. This vehicle is being sold "as is" and the vehicle is on display by the big fuel tanks at the Physical Plant. Contact Vince at 3-3527 or vince.heuer@uni.edu with questions or concerns. UNI also is selling a commercial/construction grade portable air compressor and musical instruments on Public Surplus.

 

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

 

NOMINATE AN INSTRUCTOR FOR THE LAC TEACHING AWARD:

All instructors of liberal arts core courses are eligible for the "Excellence in Liberal Arts Core Teaching" award (including adjunct instructors and tenured and tenure-track faculty). Criteria for the award and nomination forms are available from the LAC Web site at http://www.uni.edu/lac/. Nominations are due by Monday, March 9. Awards will be made during the all-faculty meeting at the start of fall semester.

 

NEW UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT REQUEST FORMS:

A new version of the undergraduate student request form has been released. Offices that commonly use this form will receive copies 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.

 

WEAR PURPLE FOR UNI UP CLOSE:

More than 500 high school seniors and 500 of their guests are registered to attend the Feb. 27 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 during UNI Up Close and every day at UNI. Wear purple and remind students to display Panther pride. A complete program for the day is available at http://www.uni.edu/admissions/upclose/UNIUpCloseProgram09.pdf.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

GRAD COLLEGE NEWSLETTER:

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

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

Roy Behrens, art, was quoted in a recent article in the Christian Science Monitor. http://features.csmonitor.com/backstory/2009/02/20/was-iowa-ever-american-gothic/

EMPLOYMENT:

P&S VACANCIES:

Vacancies at the P&S level include athletics academic adviser. 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:

WEB DESIGN WORKSHOP:

Join the UNI Mac User Group for a workshop in Web design at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Lang Mac Lab. Learn how to design Web sites quickly and easily in the Mac OS X program iWeb. Join the Facebook event at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=52184329351

 

THE SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES FUNDING PRIORITIES OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION:

The Office of Sponsored Programs will host a Web conference "The Science and Humanities Funding Priorities of the the Obama Administration," presented by the Grants Resource Center, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, in the OSP Conference Room (213 East Bartlett). Contact Hillery Oberle at 3-3961 or hillery.oberle@uni.edu to RSVP or for more information.

 

GRANT PROGRAMS IN THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ED INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION SCIENCES:

The Institute of Education Sciences is a relatively new source for education research grants. To learn more about the IES, the Office of Sponsored Programs will host a Web conference, "The U.S. Department of Education, Review of Institute of Education Sciences Programs," presented by the Grants Resource Center, from 1:15 to 2:10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, in the OSP Conference Room (213 East Bartlett). Contact Hillery Oberle at 3-3961 or hillery.oberle@uni.edu to RSVP or for more information.

 

SAFETY VIDEOS:

The UNI Environmental Health and Safety Office has purchased 40 videos on various safety-related topics. Each video is approximately six minutes long and designed to be shown before a safety meeting and then discussed. For a list of available titles and/or assistance with safety efforts, e-mail wendel.reece@uni.edu in the Safety Office.

 
GRANT DEVELOPMENT BROWN BAG: PROJECT EVALUATION:

Attend the third grant development brown bag at noon, Tuesday, March 3, at the Office of Sponsored Programs (213 East Bartlett). Discussions will include the need for project evaluation, how to design an evaluation plan and when/how to select an external evaluator. For more information on the Brown Bag Series visit: http://www.uni.edu/osp/Training/index.htm. RSVP to Hillery Oberle at 3-3961 or hillery.oberle@uni.edu.

 

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.

 

IDEA DIVERSITY SUMMIT:

Register now for the IDEA Diversity Summit on Thursday, April 23, in Maucker Union. Learn about solutions to real-life problems in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. Faculty members, staff and students can learn to be an agent of change in their specialties. Student scholarships are available at www.uni.edu/diversity. Register at www.iowadiversitysummit.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

RRTTC OPEN HOUSE:

The RRTTC/MIS will host an open house to celebrate its new office and lab locations, Thursday, Feb. 26. The open house schedule is as follows: 11-11:30 a.m., RRTTC Office, CEEE 113; 11:45-12:15, MIS Testing Lab, Industrial Technology Center 13H; 12:30-1 p.m., Environmental Health/RRTTC lab, WRC 205. Light refreshments will be served.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 
SEEDS OF HOPE CLOTHING DRIVE:

Seeds of Hope, an organization that advocates for victims of sexual assault, will collect new or gently used sweatshirts, sweatpants and T-shirts to make sexual assault kits to distribute to local hospitals Monday, March 2 through Friday, March 13. Drop off clothes in any residence hall office on campus. Contact Jessica Reschly at jessicar@uni.edu for more information.

 

SURVIVOR GET-TOGETHER:

All cancer survivors are invited at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in the Maucker Union Ballroom, for a short get-together. We will discuss this year's Relay for Life and get to know one another. E-mail Randee Dewey at rdewey@uni.edu with questions.

 

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

ATHLETICS:

MEN'S BASKETBALL:

Men's basketball hosts Evansville at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, in the McLeod Center in the regular-season finale.

 

TRACK AND FIELD:

Track and Field hosts the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference indoor championships Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1, in the UNI-Dome.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

'INCLUDING SAMUEL' DOCUMENTARY:

UNI Best Buddies, in collaboration with the Department of Special Education, will host a showing of the film, "Including Samuel," at 6 p.m., Monday, March 2, in SEC 252. This documentary is about one family's efforts to include their son in all facets of school and community. Popcorn will be sold to support the Best Buddies organization. For more information, visit http://www.includingsamuel.com or e-mail Amy Petersen at amy.petersen@uni.edu.

 

STOP THE VIOLENCE:

The UNI V-Day committee will sponsor a showing of the documentary "Until the Violence Stops" at 7 p.m., Monday, March 2, in SRL 115. Created and produced by Eve Ensler and the global organization V-DAY, this documentary showcases the Until the Violence Stops rally and the stories of persons who have suffered due to violence against women and girls.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

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 4:30 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 WORKSHOP ON CARING:

The Student Leadership Center will host a workshop on "Caring," the fifth pillar in the Character Counts initiative, at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Justin Tolan from ME&V will explore concepts of "servant leadership," how to recognize and motivate colleagues and group members and giving back to the community. Contact Jeff Ramsey (ramseyj@uni.edu) with questions.

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION:

Special Agent Jack Liao, Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, will explain how death investigations are conducted at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, at the University Museum. The discussion will include collecting evidence, preserving the crime scene, manner of death, weapon of death, mechanisms of death and more. Graphic and disturbing images will be included in this presentation. Materials presented are not meant to be seen by children or those with a weak stomach.

 

THE ETHICS AND EROTICS OF SEXUAL CONSENT:

Harry Brod will present "Beyond, 'But we were both drinking!' The Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent " at 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. A drawing for prizes will follow. Visit www.uni.edu/violenceservices and click on the logo for more information.

 

UNI DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES:

Judy Jeffrey, director of the Iowa Department of Education, will deliver a UNI Distinguished Lecture at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in SEC 244/245. Jeffrey will discuss the state of education in Iowa and its future. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Herring, 3-2719.

 

HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION:

Nadene Davidson, interim head of the department of teaching, and Jody Stone, professor of chemistry and biochemistry science education, will present "21st Century Learning and the Iowa Core Curriculum," at noon, Wednesday, April 15, in the CME.

PERFORMING ARTS:

RONALD K. BROWN EVIDENCE TEXT AND MOVEMENT WORKSHOP:

Writers, dancers, choreographers and performance artists can work from poetry and text, or begin with movement in order to discover the textures that assist in communicating through performance, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, in the CME. Problem solving exercises will provide the tools to excavate ideas, movement and text. The workshop is free, but registration is required. RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 25 by calling 3-3658 or e-mailing paulsonr@uni.edu. Workshop participation is limited to 25 people.

 

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, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 28 and March 1, in Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

EVIDENCE:

See Evidence at 7:30 p.m, Saturday, 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.

 

'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.

 

WOMEN COMPOSERS' CONCERT:

Graduate students Bonnie Alger and Katherine Johns will coordinate the annual Women Composers' Concert at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT:

Percussion professor and faculty artist Randy Hogancamp will direct the UNI Percussion & West African Drum Ensembles in a spring concert, along with UNI's new Taiko drum ensemble Kaji-Daiko, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

FREE BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILES (BCP):

One free blood chemistry profile per academic year is available to UNI employees who qualify for insurance benefits. With a BCP screening, blood is drawn to test for 23 components including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, blood sugar, iron, etc. The charge for a prostate test (PSA) is $10 and a thyroid test (TSH) is $5. Pay by cash, check, payroll deduct or u-bill. Screening will take place from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the WRC main corridor. Additional dates will be added based upon interest. Students, retirees and spouses may sign up as well for a $20 BCP fee. Call the Wellness Resource Lab at 3-6119 to schedule.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

PAIR APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED:

Apply to be Peer Academic Adviser in Residence (PAIR) for the 2009-2010 academic year. Information and applications are available from the Online Job Board at www.uni.edu/advising/ or in GIL 102. Applications are due at 5 p.m., Monday, March 2. For more information, e-mail keishas@uni.edu or call 3-3404.

 

FREE TAX RETURN PREPARATION:

UNI accounting students will offer free tax return preparation services from 5 to 7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, in CBB 223. Students and the public are welcome. For more information, call 3-2394. See http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=4133

 

GRADUATE STUDENT MOVIE NIGHT:

Join NISG and other graduate students for a free movie and snacks at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in the CME. Feel free to bring family and friends (and blankets and pillows). Snacks will be provided by the local HyVee. Sponsored by NISG.

 

UNI STUDENT NATURE SOCIETY MEETING:

The Student Nature Society will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Greenhouse classroom to prepare for the annual plant sale by making plant cuttings. There will be pizza and a discussion of activities for the semester, including Earth Week.

 

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.

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS TO GET INVOLVED IN WORLD FAIR:

Over the Rainbow's second-annual World Fair Fundraiser will take place from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at the Pepsi Pavilion on the National 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.

 

E-TOKE FOR FREE:

A free, anonymous assessment will give you feedback regarding your individual pattern of marijuana use and how it might be affecting different areas of your life. Visit www.uni.edu/subabuse and click on the "e-Toke" banner to access this resource.

 

UTESAC CALL FOR NEW MEMBERS:

The Undergraduate Teacher Education Student Advisory Council (UTESAC) is taking applications for the 2009-2010 year. All interested students with any teaching major are welcome. Applications are due by Friday, March 6. To qualify, students must be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program at the time the appointment begins (fall 2009), have and maintain a 2.50 minimum GPA and be able to serve at least two semesters prior to student teaching. More information can be found at: http://sites.google.com/site/utesac. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education.

 

GOT THE CARD?:

If you choose to drink, plan ahead for your own personal safety and well-being with a wallet-sized card that will help you "Watch Your Blood Alcohol Level & Stay in Your Green Zone." To find out more and order your free card, visit www.uni.edu/subabuse and click on the "B.A.C." logo.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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