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Thursday, March 5, 2009
BUDGET UPDATE: PRESIDENT ALLEN ADDRESSES LEGISLATIVE SUBCOMMITTEE:
The presidents of Iowa's three public universities addressed the Iowa General Assembly's Joint Education Subcommittee on Tuesday, March 3. President Allen's comments can be found at http://www.uni.edu/president/budget/. Comments from the presidents of Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Iowa's two special schools can be found at http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/News/news.html
The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is conducting an internal search for the Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Applications received by Wednesday, March 18 will be given full consideration. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/vpaa.
ROD LIBRARY BETA TEST - NEWSBANK'S ACCESS WORLD NEWS:
Newsbank's Access World News is available on beta test through the end of the semester. This resource includes local, in-state, national and international news sources, including newspapers, broadcast transcripts, newswires, news blogs, news web-only content and video. To access news, select the America’s Newspapers (NewsBank) link on the Databases A – Z menu on the Library’s home page (http://www.library.uni.edu/)
TEACHER EDUCATION NEWSLETTER:
UNI's Teacher Education program is campus-wide, spanning all six colleges. A new teacher education newsletter for campus will publish bi-monthly during the academic year. For information about UNI's Teacher Education program including outreach in the state and beyond, programs, faculty expertise, grants, research, events, scholarship and news, visit http://www.uni.edu/coe/newsletter/march09.shtml.
SUMMER CAMPS WEB SITE:
If you or your department are involved in a summer camp at UNI, visit http://www.uni.edu/camps/ to see if your camp is listed and up-to-date. If not, send camp information to firstname.lastname@example.org to have it added to the site.
PAF (PERSONNEL ACTION FORM) PROCESSING FOR MARCH:
As always, PAFs are to be initiated and routed as soon as the department becomes aware of the need. All employees who create or approve PAFs should note the PAF processing deadlines for March are during spring break. PAFs should be created and have all required approvals prior to spring break to meet the Tuesday, March 17 or Thursday, March 19 deadlines. The payroll cutoff dates for PAF processing may be viewed at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/payroll/cutoffs_deadlines.shtml.
TIMECARDS - SPRING BREAK:
Saturday, March 14 is the pay period cutoff for the March 31 monthly and March 25 biweekly paydays. To be included in these paychecks, the timecards for the week ending March 14 must be approved by 10 a.m., Thursday, March 19 (during spring break.) Make sure timecards are submitted and approved to meet the deadlines for these paydays.
MEET FINAL CANDIDATE FOR DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC LEARNING CENTER:
All are invited to meet the third of three candidates for the director of the Academic Learning Center position. Inez Murtha will be available to answer questions from 4 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 9, in ITTC 125/126. For more information about the Academic Learning Center, visit http://www.uni.edu/unialc/.
GRADUATE COLLEGE DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR AWARD:
The recipient of the UNI Distinguished Scholar Award for 2009 - 2010 is Roy Behrens. Behrens joined UNI in 1990 and is a professor in the Department of Art. Behrens was awarded the Donald McKay Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 1995, the Iowa Board of Regents Faculty Excellence Award in 1996 and CHFA Award for Teaching Excellence in 2005.
GRADUATE COLLEGE OUTSTANDING GRADUATE FACULTY TEACHING AWARD:
The recipient of the UNI Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award for 2009 - 2010 is Marybeth Stalp. Stalp joined UNI in 2003 and is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology. Stalp was awarded the University Book & Supply Outstanding Teaching Award in 2006. She has also chaired five Graduate Thesis & Dissertation committees and served on an additional six as a committee member. She is currently chairing two committees and serving on three others.
PENNIES FOR PEACE UPDATE:
More than 1,500 guests attended Greg Mortenson's lecture on Feb. 12 at the GBPAC. The UNI Student Activities Center sponsored a Cedar Valley Pennies for Peace Drive. Hundreds of individuals and many UNI student organizations raised more than $8,000 for Pennies for Peace, a program of Mortenson's Central Asia Institute (CAI) that supports community-based education, especially for girls in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
UNI'S MARSHALL CENTER SCHOOL FEATURED IN DOCUMENTARY:
Marshall Center School and Sue Grosboll, UNI Museums director, will be featured in an Iowa Public Television documentary, "Iowa's One-Room Schoolhouses." The program airs at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 5, on IPTV. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/museum or www.iptv.org
IOWA ENERGY POLL:
UNI's Strategic Marketing Services administered the Iowa Energy Poll this fall to get benchmark data on Iowa residents' awareness, perceptions, attitudes and behaviors regarding energy-related issues affecting the state. The poll was funded by the Iowa Power Fund. The complete Iowa Energy Poll, 2008, Final Research & Analysis Report is available at http://www.energy.iowa.gov/Power_Fund/project_reports.html.
ADMINISTRATION & FINANCIAL SERVICES DIVISION NEWSLETTER:
The Administration & Financial Services division newsletter is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/vpaf/documents/afnews0209.pdf. It contains news and information about staff accomplishments and department activities.
FREE TONER CARTRIDGES:
Unopened HP 39A toner cartridge purchased in March 2007 for HP4300 series laser printers are free for UNI/departmental use only. See Katrinka Smith in SEC 222 or call 3-3342 if you are interested.
WILD WEST WEEK AT MAUCKER UNION:
Customer appreciation week is being celebrated at Maucker Union with a Wild West theme, through March 6. Look for new menu items, specials, games and prizes throughout the week at Prexy's, Chats and Essentials. For more information on these events and other promotions, visit: www.uni.edu/dor. Click on "What's Happening."
The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/?
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 email@example.com in the Safety Office.
Faculty and staff are invited to "Trans-friendly Campus: Working Together to Support Gender Diversity at UNI," a two-hour interactive program presented from 1 to 3 p.m, Tuesday, March 24, and from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, March 25, in Maucker Union’s Old Central Ballroom. UNI graduate and current Bowling Green State University Ph.D. candidate Joelle Ruby Ryan will lead the program (www.joellerubyryan.com). Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs as a part of the "Insights for Effectiveness" series on diversity matters at UNI. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Register online by Friday, March 13 for either date at http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/insights
e-PORTFOLIOS AT UNI VIDEO AVAILABLE ONLINE:
A video of last month's brown bag lunch sesson on ePortfolios is available at http://www.uni.edu/unimedia/ittc134/20090123-120109-1/rnh.htm. See an overview and hear from two faculty members and a student who are working with ePortfolios at UNI. Requires RealPlayer (access a free download at http://elearning.uni.edu/support/players.htm).
REGISTER FOR THE OSP SUMMER GRANT WORKSHOP:
Develop and draft a complete grant proposal during the six-session Office of Sponsored Programs Summer Grant Workshop, Tuesday, May 12 through Tuesday, June 30. To register for the workshop, or for a detailed workshop schedule, visit http://www.uni.edu/osp/Training/index.htm. The deadline to register is Friday, May 1. The number of workshop participants will be limited. Interested individuals may contact Anita Kleppe, director of research services, email@example.com or 3-6148 for additional workshop 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.
PIZZA FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT THE TROOPS:
Buy pizza and present the flier all day Thursday, March 5, at Cedar Falls/Waterloo Pizza Huts and 20 percent of your bill will be donated to "Treats for Troops" to send care packages to the troops of the Waterloo 211th Aviation Unit serving in Iraq. Print out the flier at http://tinyurl.com/ckk7w7 For non-Facebook users, or more information, contact Jessica Ruiz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Social Work Club.
VISITING MONKS TO BUILD SAND MANDALA:
Four Tibetan monks visiting from the University of Arkansas Tibetan Cultural Institute will construct a sand mandala April 13-19 in the lobby of the GBPAC. A mandala is an intricate geometric pattern made from colored sand, grain by grain, representing Buddha and acting as a guide for meditation. For more information, contact Jan Hanish at email@example.com or 3-3526.
DODGING FOR DIABETES:
Attend Kappa Sigma Fraternity's "Dodging for Diabetes" on Sunday, March 8, at the WRC upper gyms. Check-in is from 10:30 to 11 a.m., and the tournament will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A co-ed team of six people is needed to play. The cost is $5 per person. Contact Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Colton at email@example.com with questions
CEDAR VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL MIDNIGHT PREVIEW:
The Office of Admissions will host a Cedar Valley Middle School Midnight Preview from 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, March 13, in the WRC. The event is free and open to all middle school students and their parents. Students will participate in two informational breakout sessions before an evening of open recreational activities. For more information, contact Ron Green at 3-2859 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UNI women's basketball team hosts Wichita State at 7:05 p.m., Thursday, March 5. The Panthers will host Missouri State in the regular-season finale at 3:05 p.m., Saturday, March 7. Both games are in the McLeod Center.
NEW DETECTIVES: FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY AND CRIME SCENE CLEAN-UP:
Watch two Discovery Channel features exploring forensic anthropology and crime scene clean-up at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at the University Museum. The total run-time is 69 minutes.
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP PANEL:
Leadership Studies will host an educational leadership panel from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in SEC 252. Panelists will be Linda Allen, vice president for academic affairs, Hawkeye Community College, and Victoria Robinson, trainer of principals, UNI, and former high school principal. Speakers will discuss their paths to leadership and provide advice for students. Free and open to the public. For information, call Gerri Perreault at 3-6898.
NEWS TALK -- BAD AND TOXIC LEADERSHIP:
News Talk will host a discussion on "Bad and Toxic Leadership" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 7, at University Book and Supply. Gerri Perreault, director of leadership studies, will present seven types of bad leaders, the causes of such leadership and why people follow and enable bad leaders. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu.
DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:
The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 9, at the UNI Museum to discuss "Crashing Through: the Extraordinary True Story of a Man Who Dared to See" by Robert Kurson. All are welcome without having read the book.
EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR:
Bill Desmarais will speak on "A Tale of Two Pachyrhinosaurus: Discovery of a New Ceratopsian Dinosaur" at 4 p.m., Monday, March 9, in LAT 125. Desmarais works with Canadian paleontologist Phil Currie and will describe their work in the field and in the lab at the University of Alberta. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 3-2759.
NATURAL RESOURCE RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT SEMINAR:
Jennifer Wahl will discuss "Biomass, Mineral Content and Winter Phenology of Nine Tallgrass Prairie Forbs" at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Wahl's work is part of The Prairie Power Project, that investigates mixtures of prairie species for biomass production. Her analysis will help to determine the best time to harvest biomass to reduce potential slagging of the furnace. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at 3-3828 or email@example.com
PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE:
Deirdre Heistad, modern languages, will discuss "Catching up while Moving Forward: History and the Francophone Studies Classroom" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.
Visiting artist Marek Kudlicki will offer an organ recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in Jebe Hall, GBPAC. Kudlicki has been a featured performer at numerous international festivals and has toured the world performing and conducting. This event is free and open to the public.
Grammy Award winner Edgar Meyer will join the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony on works by Ives, Copland and Meyer himself, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at the GBPAC. College student rush tickets will be available the day of the show for $5 with a valid I.D. Call 3-4849 or visit wcfsymphony.org for more information.
LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:
The Gilded Bats, Eastern Iowa's premier old-time stringband, will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, March 9, 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. Visit myspace.com/thegildedbats for more information about the group.
UNI CONCERT CHORALE AND CHAMBER SINGERS IN CONCERT:
Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor and conductor Brad Barrett and visiting artist and conductor Dyan Meyer, the UNI Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers will offer a shared concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 9, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT:
Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor and conductor S. Daniel Galyen, the Symphonic Band will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 3-4TIX.
WIND SYMPHONY CONCERT:
Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor and conductor Ronald Johnson, the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
SAXOPHONE AND PIANO RECITAL:
Faculty artists Chris Merz, saxophone, and Robert Washut, piano, will offer a duo recital at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in Graham Hall, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
VIOLIN AND PIANO RECITAL:
Faculty artists Frederick Halgedahl, violin, and Sean Botkin, piano, will offer a duo recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
SPRING BREAK ADVENTURE WITH UNI OUTDOORS:
Join UNI Outdoors Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 22 in Georgia for backpacking in Cumberland National Seashore, canoeing in Okefenokee Swamp and hiking the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The fee is $500 for students, $525 for UNI employees and $575 for guests. Call 3-7164 for more information.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS:
TRAVEL ALERT FOR MEXICO:
The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel alert for Mexico. Anyone traveling to Mexico for spring break should visit http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html. Also, read "Spring Break in Mexico - Know Before You Go!!" at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/spring_break_mexico/spring_break_mexico_2812.html
NOMINATE GROUPS/INDIVIDUALS FOR STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS:
Award categories and applications for student leadership awards are available at http://www.uni.edu/maucker/leadership/recceremonypage.htm or in the Student Involvement & Activities Center on the upper level of Maucker Union. Applications are due by 4 p.m., Friday, March 27. Awards will be presented at the Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, April 28. Contact Alicia Mireles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-7422 with questions.
NSSE 2009 IS UNDERWAY:
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) for 2009 has been mailed to selected first-year and senior students at UNI. NSSE provides faculty and staff with a wealth of information on student experiences on campus, both inside and outside of the classroom. Encourage students to respond if they have been invited to participate. For more information on NSSE, see http://www.uni.edu/assessment/nsse.shtml.
UNI MUSEUM TOUR AND SCAVENGER HUNT:
The Graduate Student Social Network will sponsor a UNI Museum tour and scavenger hunt from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 7. Tour the "Death Perception: The Science of Forensic Anthropology" exhibit and participate in a "CSI" style scavenger hunt with other graduate students. Admission is free and family and friends are welcome. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, e-mail email@example.com
CANTUS CONCERT: GRADUATE STUDENT APPRECIATION WEEK:
Cantus, a professional male vocal ensemble, will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 29, at the GBPAC. The Graduate Student Social Network has tickets for $5 for graduate students. Tickets must be reserved and paid for by Friday, March 13. E-mail Katherine Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets or more information.
APPLY FOR STUDENT ADMISSIONS AMBASSADORS:
Student Admissions Ambassadors (SAA) is taking applications for the Fall 2009 semester. For more information and an application, visit http://www.uni.edu/admissions/saa/membership.html, or e-mail Nick Hanson at email@example.com. Applications are due Friday, March 27.
FOLLON SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE:
The deadline for applications for the 2009-2010 Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership is 4 p.m., Friday, March 6. This $3,500 scholarship is available to full time, undergraduate students who have completed at least 30 credit hours at UNI, have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and will be returning for both fall and spring semesters next year. Applicants are encouraged to apply using the common scholarship application at www.uni.edu/finaid/.
UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU!:
Attend "Uncle Sam Wants You! Jobs With the Federal Government" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in the Presidential Room of the Maucker Union. Topics to be covered are: Where the Jobs Are; How to Search and Apply; Anatomy of a Vacancy Notice; Requirements for a Federal Resume; and KSA Description. Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided. To sign up, e-mail Ken Nesbett at firstname.lastname@example.org
STUDY ABROAD IN FRANCE:
Talk with peer advisers and past participants about studying in France at an information session at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, in GIL 007 or 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in GIL 009. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office.
MAJORS IN MINUTES:
Attend Majors in Minutes, a speed-dating approach to learning more about majors/minors of interest, from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 9, in the Commons Ballroom (arrive anytime between 7 and 8 p.m.) Students interested in a major will visit with senior students in that major for five minutes. After five minutes, they can remain at that station or move to another. Refreshments will be provided. To learn more, visit http://www.uni.edu/advising
CARVER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION HELP:
Get information and help applying for a Carver Scholarship from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, or from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 11, in GIL 113. Recipients of the 2009-2010 Carver Scholarship have overcome difficult circumstances to pursue their education. Twenty new UNI recipients will be selected to receive a $5,200 award. To qualify, students must meet the following criteria: junior by fall 2009; minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA; currently enrolled as a sophomore at a participating four-year institution or one of Iowa's community colleges; U.S. citizen; graduated from an accredited Iowa high school or have been a resident of Iowa for the past five years; demonstrate financial need by filing a 2009-2010 FAFSA by mid March. Apply online by April 1 at https://www.carvertrust.org/; click on the Scholarship tab.
STUDY IN IRELAND INFORMATION SESSION:
Attend an information session at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, in GIL 25 to learn more about studying in Ireland. Contact James Hanlon, peer adviser for Ireland, at email@example.com with questions or schedule an appointment at the Study Abroad Office in GIL 28.
DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM:
Students interested in the Disney College Program at Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, Calif., or Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, Fla., should attend one of two presentation sessions: 4 p.m., Monday, March 9, in CBB 227 or 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, in SEC 322. Contact Laura Wilson at 3-3821 for more information or visit www.disneycollegeprogram.com
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 HyVee. Sponsored by NISG.
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