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Thursday, April 23, 2009

NEWS:

PRE-BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING BUDGET UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT ALLEN:

Over the course of the last few weeks, the campus community has inquired about the status of our fiscal 2010 budget process. While there is little new information to share, there are several steps taking place that will move the budget process forward. For the complete update, visit http://weblogs.uni.edu/budget/

 

MAJOR E-MAIL OUTAGE:

ITS will upgrade the Cat ID and e-mail systems between 7 p.m., Friday, April 24 and 9 a.m., Saturday, April 25. During this time, e-mail access will be unavailable. All other services using CatID (MyUNIverse, eLearning/WebCT, etc.) will continue to function normally; however, users will not be able to change their Cat ID password during the upgrade process.

 

DES MOINES REGISTER LIVE CHAT ON EDUCATION TODAY:

The Des Moines Register will host a live chat at 11 a.m. today, April 23, in advance of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's visit to UNI. Nadene Davidson, interim director and assistant professor in UNI's Department of Teaching, will join Joseph Conaty, U.S. director of academic improvement and teacher quality programs and acting assistant secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, and an Iowa panel of educators to discuss topics including year-round schooling and the economic stimulus package. To access the live chat, visit the Des Moines Register Web site at http://www.desmoinesregister.com.

 

FOE TASK FORCE UPDATE:

The second campus-wide discussion of the first college year is being hosted by the Foundations of Excellence Task Force at 3:15 p.m., Monday, May 4, in GIL 007/009. All faculty, staff and students are invited to participate. The session will include a brief update on the progress of committee work to date and will focus on a discussion of how the institution can improve the first college year.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

The Des Moines Register interviewed U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan ahead of his appearance Friday at UNI. http://tiny.cc/UB9yL

Listen to a podcast of Iowa Public Radio's interview with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Price Lab instructor Bridgette Wagoner, who discussed high-school reform.

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kuni/local-kuni-832772.mp3

 

P&S COUNCIL ELECTIONS RESULTS:

P&S Council congratulates the following 2009 elected council members: Pat Whitt, adminstration and financial services; Jean Wiesley, student affairs; Jason Vetter and Rick Seeley, academic affairs; and Melanie Abbas, at-large.

 

2008-09 STUDENT EMPLOYEE AND EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED:

The Office of Student Financial Aid congratulates Beth Bishop on being named the 2008-2009 UNI student employee of the year. Bishop was nominated by Leah Gutknecht from the Office of Compliance and Equity Management. Congratulations to all of the finalists for the award. Alli Born of Business and Community Services was named the 2008-09 UNI student supervisor of the year. Born was nominated by Megan Horn.

 
UNI TEACHER EDUCATION NEWSLETTER:

To learn more about recent events, hot topics in education, news and awards in UNI's teacher education program, see the April edition of the UNI Teacher Education Newsletter at http://www.uni.edu/coe/newsletter/april09.shtml

 

SUSTAINABILITY: DID YOU KNOW?:

For an average week at both Piazza and Rialto Dining Centers, Dining Services would reduce its waste by 3,490 pounds by going "trayless," according to results of a recent week-long trial in each of the centers.

 

SUMMER RESERVE READING LISTS:

Faculty wanting to place items on reserve for the 2009 summer session should submit their lists to the Rod Library reserve desk by Monday, April 27. Any requests received after this date cannot be guaranteed available for the first week of classes in May. Reserve lists can be submitted online at http://www.uni.edu/library/reserverequest/.

 

GRADUATE FACULTY MEETING:

Gloria Gibson, incoming executive vice president and provost, is the scheduled speaker for the annual graduate faculty meeting at 3 p.m., Friday, April 24, in SRL 115. Agenda items include voting on proposed changes to the graduate faculty constitution and presentation of awards for outstanding graduate faculty and UNI distinguished scholar. Student awards also will be presented for outstanding graduate student research paper, thesis and dissertation. A reception will follow the meeting in the Great Reading Room. Proposed changes to the graduate faculty constitution and meeting agenda are posted at www.grad.uni.edu. For more information, call 3-2748.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR UNI FUN NIGHT:

The Multicultural Teaching Alliance Student Organization will host a UNI Fun Night from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 24, at the WRC as a service project with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa. Activities include a pizza party, swimming, basketball, volleyball, climbing wall and ping pong. Additional UNI volunteers are needed to serve as a Big Brother or Big Sister for boys and girls ages 6-13 during Fun Night. To volunteer, contact Derk Babbitt at dbabbitt@uni.edu or Janet McClain at janet.mcclain@uni.edu or call 3-2924.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED DURING SUMMER ORIENTATION:

UNI will host a Parent Hospitality Tent during the summer orientation sessions' student involvement fair. Faculty and staff assistance is needed to help staff the booth in Maucker Union. Volunters will visit with parents from 5 to 6 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, June 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 and July 6 and 9. If you'd like to volunteer and share your enthusiasm for UNI with the parents of our newest students, e-mail liz.conklin@uni.edu.

EMPLOYMENT:

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

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

HEALTH AND DENTAL OPEN ENROLLMENT:

Current faculty, P&S, academic administrators, institutional officials and merit supervisory staff have until Friday, June 19, to make changes to their current health and/or dental insurance plans. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/hrs/benefits. All changes will be effective Saturday, Aug. 1. Submit completed enrollment forms to Human Resource Services, 0034.

 

TIAA-CREF COUNSELING:

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28-29, May 5-6 and May 19-20. The TIAA-CREF representative can help with questions such as "Is my investment mix appropriate? Am I saving enough to maintain my lifestyle in retirement?" and "How do I use my funds for income in retirement?" To register for these complimentary meetings, go to www.tiaa-cref.org/moc or call (toll free) 866-842-2977.

 

INSTITUTE FOR COURSEWARE ENHANCEMENT THRU TECHNOLOGY (ICE-T):

Registration is open for ITS-Educational Technology's 2009 ICE-T. Choose from two opportunities: May 11-15 or June 1-5. Select workshops from five tracks. 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.

 

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION CAREER GRANTS:

Application deadlines for the NSF CAREER grants are in July. Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs if you are interested in this program or need further information. Assistant professors in social sciences, math, physical and natural sciences, engineering, technology and related education fields are eligible to apply for five years research-teaching support. E-mail anita.gordon@uni.edu or call 3-6148 for more information.

 

FACTS FOR FACULTY:

The UNI Office of Student Financial Aid has posted a "Facts For Faculty" newsletter at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/faculty_newsletter/Facts_for_Faculty_Newsletter_Spring_09.pdf with timely financial aid information to assist all faculty and staff in their work with students.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION TO SPEAK AT UNI:

President Allen invites the UNI campus community to attend a major policy address by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who will make his first visit to Iowa as Secretary Friday, April 24, at the GBPAC. Duncan's 11 a.m. presentation will outline challenges and opportunities for education reform and innovation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Duncan or the event, contact Pat Geadelmann at 3-6144 or visit http://www.uni.edu/arneduncan/. The speech will be streamed live at http://mm1.uni.edu:8080/ramgen/broadcast/live-duncan.rm

 

FREE COMEDY SHOW:

A free comedy show featuring Dan Cummins and Chad Daniels will be held at 9:30 p.m., Thursday, April 23, in the Maucker Union coffeehouse. Free refreshments. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

 

'LIGHTS, CAMERA, FASHION':

The Minority Graduate Student Association will host "Lights, Camera, Fashion," a fashion show presenting the latest and trendiest in casual, business, formal and after-five attire at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 24, in Lang Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

 

PLANT SALE:

The UNI Student Nature Society will hold its annual plant sale from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, at the Botanical Center.

 

MINI SUMO ROBOTIC COMPETITION:

Watch the fourth annual UNI Mini-Sumo Robotics competition from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 30, in the Hemisphere Lounge, Maucker Union. See UNI students match their robots against other local robots as well as several from across the U.S. and Canada. A real-time Web broadcast of the competition will be available at www.narobotics.org.

 

ADVENTURE ACADEMY AT THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM 'WORLDLY ETIQUETTE':

Learn about good table manners around the world and sample some dainty treats at "Worldly Etiquette," from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, June 16 or 23. The fee is $10 for Friends members and $12 for nonmembers. The payment deadline is Friday, June 5. Call 3-2188 to register.

 
ADVENTURE ACADEMY AT THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM 'ADVENTURES WITH HISTORICAL SNACKS':

Kids have helped in the kitchen for many years. Discover some of the delicious dishes they prepared and help whip up strawberry shortcake at "Adventures with Historical Snacks," from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 17 or 24. The fee is $10 for Friends members and $12 for nonmembers. The payment deadline is Friday, June 5. Call 3-2188 to register.

 

ADVENTURE ACADEMY AT THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM 'CRAZY MAIZE':

Corn pops up everywhere – in your soda and your gas tank; in your movie snack and your closet; in your garden and your soap. Munch on this little kernel and investigate how it contributes so much to our world at "Crazy Maize," from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 18 or 25. The fee is $10 for Friends members and $12 for nonmembers. The payment deadline is Friday, June 5. Call 3-2188 to register.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: AZTEC MASSACRE:

See "Secrets of the Dead: Aztec Massacre" at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at the University Museum. Part story, part true-life drama, this series unearths evidence from around the world challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events. Using the most up-to-date science in the laboratory and in the field, scientists, anthropologists and researchers examine the missing pieces of each puzzle, completing the picture of what had been merely an assemblage of suppositions. Run-time is 60 minutes.

ATHLETICS:

BASEBALL:

Baseball hosts Wichita State at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 24. The Panthers also will take on the Shockers at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 25 and at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 26. All three games are at Riverfront Stadium.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

CHANGE LEADERSHIP:

Leadership Studies will present a "Change Leadership" session from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, April 23, in SEC 252. Presenters will be Molly Schmidt, manager of training and development at Veridian Credit Union, and Gerri Perreault, director of Leadership Studies. They will present a change leadership model and discuss the model in terms of how Veridian has integrated leadership training throughout their credit union. Participants also will have the opportunity to assess their own change leadership path in light of the model. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu.

 

CONDUCTING SYMPOSIUM:

The School of Music will present the 2009 Conducting Symposium featuring guest conductor Michael Haithcock on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25. Coordinated by School of Music professor and conductor S. Daniel Galyen, this two-day event will feature master classes, lectures and performances. For more information, contact Danny.Galyen@uni.edu.

 

POSTVILLE: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE:

Attend "Postville: Past, Present and Future" on Friday, May 1, to learn what happened during the May 12 ICE raid at Agriprocessors in Postville and explore its cultural, legal, economic, political and psychological implications. The conference will highlight the diversity of the population of northern Iowa and will seek to engage the community in discussing the challenges ahead as Iowa becomes part of a globalized world. Visit http://www.uni.edu/studyabroad/news/downloads/pvillefinaldraft.pdf for a schedule of events.

 

'MATHEMATICS FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF GAMES, PUZZLES AND OTHER WACKINESS':

Doug Shaw, associate professor of mathematics, will present the final installment of the Citizen Science on Saturdays series at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 2, in the CEEE Auditorium. Shaw will lead the audience in exploring games and puzzles that can be analyzed mathematically and can have far-reaching implications in fields such as geopolitical diplomacy and public policy. The series, which is open to the public and free of charge, is intended to make the technical accessible.

PERFORMING ARTS:

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Greg Herriges will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, April 27, at KUNI's Studio One. Herriges studied ethnomusicology focusing on Asian art music and has worked with some of the Midwest's greatest exponents of Indian, Chinese and Indonesian music. For more information, visit gregherriges.com. "Live from Studio One" hosts performances by (mostly) acoustic musicians in an intimate setting. Admission is $3 at the door, free for children under 12.

 

UNITUBA CONCERT:

Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor of tuba Jeffrey Funderburk, the UNITUBA ensembles will offer a spring recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 23, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

CARILLON BELLS WILL RING AGAIN:

Guest artist Karel Keldermans, carillonneur, will perform at noon, Friday, April 24, at the Campanile. Keldermans' carillon bells recital will feature original compositions and arrangements by Keldermans, as well as John Phillip Sousa's "Liberty Bell March" and more. This event is free and open to the public.

 

DUO PIANO RECITAL:

Visiting artist Matt Bengtson will join faculty artist Sean Botkin for a duo piano recital at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 24, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. Bengtson, a celebrated performer and educator, studied piano performance as a Harvard undergraduate and earned his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in piano performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. This event is free and open to the public.

 

INTERNATIONAL DANCE THEATRE CONCERT:

The UNI International Dance Theatre will present its annual spring concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 25, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 26, in the Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall. The concert will feature the usual clogging, ballroom and multicultural dances. It also will feature the second act of "The Nutcracker" done from a folk perspective, (the Arabian dance done as a traditional belly dance and the Spanish dance done as Flamenco). Tickets are $4 for students and seniors and $5 for the general public and may be purchased at the door or from any IDT member in advance. For more information, or for tickets, call Daniel Wells at 3-3560 or e-mail daniel.wells@uni.edu.

 

UNI OPERA GALA:

The UNI Opera Ensemble will join the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra to present an Opera Gala at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 26, in the Great Hall of the GBPAC. Some of opera's most memorable music will be performed, including Act I of Verdi's "La Traviata" and the Toreador song from Bizet's "Carmen." A champagne reception with the artists will follow the performance. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at 3-4TIX (4849) or www.unitix.uni.edu. The proceeds will benefit the scholarship and production funds of the UNI Opera Ensemble. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/music/news/index.html

 

UNI JAZZ BAND III CONCERT:

The UNI Jazz Band III will present a spring concert under the direction of Chris Merz and graduate student conductors at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

NEW HORIZONS BAND SPRING CONCERT:

The New Horizons Band will offer its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 30, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. Under the direction of Diana Blake, the New Horizons Band features musicians 55 and older who travel from all over Iowa. This event is free and open to the public.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

REGISTER NOW FOR SUMMER FITNESS/LEISURE CLASSES:

Register today for summer fitness and leisure classes that begin Monday, May 11. Classes include UNI TRI group triathlon training, Hip Hop with an African twist, Latin Dance and Tai Chi, yoga and pilates. Visit
http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitness/classes.html for more information.

 

DE-STRESS DAYS:

Get a free mini-back or -hand massage, play with kittens and dogs or walk through a labyrinth at De-Stress Days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 6, in Maucker Union. Provided by Wellness and Recreation Services.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

PANTHER PICK UP:

Encourage students to donate their unwanted items to local charitable organizations. Off-campus collections will take place Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1. On-campus collections will be Wednesday, May 6 through Friday, May 8. For more information, go to www.uni.edu/pantherpickup.

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT APPLYING TO LAW SCHOOL?:

UNI students who will be attending law school in the fall will answer questions and give advice about successfully navigating the application process at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, in SRL 120. Scott Peters, assistant professor of political science and pre-law adviser, will be there to answer questions. Anyone interested in law school is welcome. E-mail scott.peters@uni.edu or call 3-2727 with questions.

 

MANDATORY REPORTERS OF CHILD ABUSE TRAINING:

A mandatory reporters of child abuse training session will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 27, in SEC 245. Students who plan to take Level II courses during the fall semester are encouraged to attend this training. Fall 2009 student teachers are also encouraged to attend. Other teacher education students also are welcome. UNI will offer this training every semester. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education. For more information, contact Melissa Heston at 3-2236 or heston@uni.edu.

 

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