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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

NEWS:

SELF REPORTING OF RACE ETHNICITY DATA:

In order to meet the new Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) aggregate categories for reporting employee race and ethnicity data, UNI asks that all employees complete a brief questionnaire to identify their race and ethnicity based on the revised two-question format. To access the survey, visit https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/roles/ipeds_survey.cgi. Contact Human Resources Services at hrs-mail@uni.edu or 3-2422 with questions.

 

CAMPUS CONVERSATION ON SUSTAINABILITY:

Join the Campus Conversation on Sustainability from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 14, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Attend all or part of a session, as your schedule allows. Visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/energy/energy_sub/campus-conversation.shtml to register; select the link on the page and login using your CAT ID and password.

 

ACADEMIC BUILDING FIRE ALARM TESTING:

During the week of March 16, all academic building smoke detectors, heat detectors and pull stations will be inspected and tested. The test will produce an intermittent fire alarm siren. This is not notification of fire. If the alarm goes off and is a steady alarm sound, this is a valid fire alarm and evacuation of the building should start immediately. Contact Darrell Hansen at 3-2004 with questions.

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:

UNI legislative liaison Joe Murphy will host a legislative update from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, March 13, in the Elm Room of Maucker Union. Topics will include the state budget process, budget cuts and other policy items affecting UNI during this legislative session.

 

2009-2010 ELECTIONS:

Balloting is open for university faculty elections and for chair of the graduate faculty (separate ballots) unitl 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, on MyUNIverse.

 

NOMINATIONS DUE FOR CEDAR VALLEY NONPROFIT AWARDS:

UNI's American Humanics program will host the fifth annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon Friday, April 3. Area leaders will be honored for their dedication to the nonprofit sector. Visit http://www.uni.edu/americanhumanics/community/nonprofitawards.html to nominate a candidate by Friday, March 13.

 

INTERNAL SEARCH:

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 http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/employment.shtml.

 

TEACHER EDUCATION NEWSLETTER:

UNI's Teacher Education program is campus-wide, spanning all six colleges. A 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 web-updates@uni.edu 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.

 

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.

 

PARK AND RIDE SERVICE TO END:

The Park and Ride service will end at the end of the day, Friday, March 13, due to low ridership. The Park and Ride service will not return, but look for the opening of the Multi Modal Transit Facility in the Fall. Contact Brent Richmond with Parking Operations at 3-5374 with questions or comments.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP:

Volunteers are needed to staff Waterloo elementary schools for Kindergarten Round-Up from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m, Friday, April 17 to assist with a computer test that the parent and child will complete. For more information, e-mail volunteerUNI@vccv.org.

 
WALKING TACOS ON TUESDAYS:

Get a walking taco for $3 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., every Tuesday, at Biscotti's in Redeker Center. For more information on promotions at campus restaurants and stores, visit www.uni.edu/dor and click on "What's Happening."

 

TOURNAMENT BRACKET CONTEST:

Fill out a tournament bracket through Friday, March 13, at the 23rd Street Market, Commons, Biscotti's at Redeker Center or Essentials at Maucker Union to win a basketball hoop, basketballs signed by the UNI Men’s Basketball team and other prizes.

EMPLOYMENT:

P&S VACANCIES:

Vacancies at the P&S level include financial aid counselor. To view the complete job description, 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:

INSTITUTE FOR COURSEWARE ENHANCEMENT:

Registration is open for ITS-Educational Technology's 2009 ICE-T. Choose from two opportunities: Monday through Friday, May 11-15 or June 1-5. Select workshops from five tracks and work in staffed facilities with educational technology specialists available for consultation. Visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/icet for complete details and a registration form. Space is limited.

 

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.

 

UNI eLEARNING WORKSHOPS FOR FACULTY:

ITS-Educational Technology will offer four workshops about how to build a course in UNI's eLearning system (formally known as WebCT) starting Friday, March 27. These workshops are for faculty members who are using the current version of UNI's eLearning system or for those who have never used it before. UNI's eLearning system allows faculty to create online courseware as a supplement to an existing face-to-face course, or create a course that is completely online. For dates and times, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/c.shtml To register call 3-2309.

 

'TRANS-FRIENDLY CAMPUS':

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 drake.martin@uni.edu for more information. Register online by Friday, March 13 for either date at http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/insights

 
DEPENDENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION:

Employees enrolled in health, dental and/or vision insurance, who have dependents over the age of 19 on their plan, will be required to verify their student's full-time student status. Employees will receive a Student Status Verification Form 60 days prior to their dependent's birth month. Employees will have 60 days to return the form. Failure to return the certification form will mean the dependent will be terminated from the plan(s) on the first day of the following month. A letter of notification regarding the termination will not be sent. If your dependent is not a full-time student and qualifies to remain on the plan(s) due to the new Iowa legislation, a Certification of Non-Full Time Student Dependent form must be completed annually. Contact the UNI Benefits office with questions.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

IRON MATH COMPETITION:

Attend the "Iron Math" competition at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, in WRT 09. "Iron Math Teacher" is based on the television show Iron Chef. Professors will be given a list of theme ingredients (pencil sharpeners, milk cartoons, hula-hoops, kitty litter, marshmallow peeps... ) that they must incorporate into a brief math lesson on a topic of their choice. The lessons will be judged by students and faculty and a winner will be announced at the end of the competition.

 
FOOTSTEPS FOR FLOOD RELIEF:

Participate in a 5K run/walk at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 4, at the GBPAC. Proceeds from the event will go to the Cedar Valley United Way to benefit families affected by the 2008 flooding. Students, faculty and community members can register for the event at http://www.uni.edu/footsteps4floodrelief.

 

SPRINT INTO SPRING 5K:

The 8th Annual PSE 5K run/walk will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 18. Raffle prizes will be given from supporting companies. The entrance fee is $12 before Sunday, April 5, and $15 after the deadline. Participants will receive a T-shirt and a bag full of coupons, discounts and prizes. Early bag pickup will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 17, at the Runners Flat. Register online at www.active.com (keyword:University Mills). For printable registration (dropoff at CBB 336) visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/pse/projects.html. Sponsored by Epsilon Theta.

 
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 ronald.green@uni.edu

 

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, now through Friday, March 13. Drop off clothes in any residence hall office on campus. Contact Jessica Reschly at jessicar@uni.edu for more information.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

THURSDAZE MOVIE:

Check out the blockbuster "Twilight" starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Billy Burke at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. Free refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

 
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.

 

BRAZILIAN FILM SERIES:

See "Chronically Unfeasible" at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, in the CME lobby. A humorous and honest dissection of class issues, using six people who meet in a restaurant in São Paulo, Brazil as models to illustrate political and sociological conflict.

 

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH MOVIE:

See the documentary "For the Bible Tells Me So," a film about homosexuality and the Bible, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday, March 23, in SRL 115. Refreshments will be provided. The film will be accompanied by an interactive informational workshop. E-mail rchill@uni.edu for additional information. http://www.forthebibletellsmeso.org/film.htm

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

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 rwelch@uni.edu

 

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.

 

WORKSHOP ON MEDIATION/ARBITRATION:

Ryan Melloy, manager of industrial relations at John Deere Waterloo Works, and Gerri Perreault, director of UNI Leadership Studies, will lead a workshop on "Mediation or Arbitration: Which Should You Use?" from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in SEC 252. For more information, contact Perreault at 3-6898 or e-mail YLA@uni.edu

 

UNI DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES - JUDY JEFFREY:

Judy Jeffrey, director of the Iowa Department of Education, will deliver "The State of the State: Education in Iowa," at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in SEC 244/245. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. in the SEC Lobby. Jeffrey will give an overview of the challenges and opportunities in education in Iowa, including the Iowa Core Curriculum, educator preparation programs, student achievement gap and the future of education.

 

GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP PANEL:

A government leadership panel will be held from 3:45 to 4:45, Thursday, March 26, in SEC 252, with Andrew Clopton, judicial branch's chief of staff, NISG; Patricia Harper, former Iowa legislator; and Leon Mosley, co-chair, Republican Party of Iowa. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898.

PERFORMING ARTS:

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 Russell Hall, Room 101. 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.

 

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Banish-Misfortune, playing traditional acoustic Celtic music, will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, March 16, 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.

HOURS:

CHANGE IN HOURS FOR CAMPUS DINING:

Chats customers can get free coffee at Chats from 8 to 10 a.m. during spring break. Maucker Union restaurants and stores will be closed from Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 22 for construction. Residence dining at Towers and Redeker Centers and food carts in Schindler, Curris and WRC will also be closed Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 22. The 23rd Street Market in Commons and Biscotti's at Redeker will reopen at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 22.

 

CHANGE IN LIBRARY HOURS DURING SPRING BREAK:

http://www.library.uni.edu/libinfo/hours_special.shtml#spring

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

MERCHANT SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED:

Merchant Scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, achievement, character, potential and service to society. Scholarships of $2,000-$4,000 will be awarded for graduate study for the fall of 2009. The application and related information can be accessed at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/merchant/index.shtml The deadline for this scholarship has been extended to Monday, March 30. Contact Coleen Wagner (coleen.wagner@uni.edu) in the Provost's Office with questions.

 
STUDENT NATURE SOCIETY MEETING:

The student nature society will meet at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, in the greenhouse classroom to prepare for upcoming events. Pizza and pop provided.

 

REGISTER FOR SPRING LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE:

Registration is open for the Student Leadership Center Spring Conference. For registration information, a detailed schedule of events and a description of each session, visit www.uni.edu/leadershipcenter. Contact Alicia Mireles at mirelesa@uni.edu or 3-7422 with questions.

 

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 mirelesa@uni.edu or 3-7422 with questions.

 

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 kabrown@uni.edu 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 nhanson@uni.edu. Applications are due Friday, March 27.

 
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, in GIL 28.

 

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. 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 jamesh@uni.edu with questions or schedule an appointment at the Study Abroad Office in GIL 28.

 

INTERNSHIPS WITH DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:

Internships are available with U.S. Department of Defense Child Development Centers in Germany, Italy, England, Belgium, Hawaii or Florida for fall 2009. Travel, housing and a living stipend are paid. The internship includes 12 credit hours (undergraduate or graduate) from UNI. Students are eligible to apply for an education award from AmeriCorps*ProCorps. Prior experience working with children is required. To apply, e-mail Susan Edginton at Susan.Edginton@uni.edu. Briefly describe your experiences working with children as well as your educational background. The subject line should say: UNI/OL

 

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