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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT POLICY:
The UNI Discrimination and Harassment Policy was recently revised. The policy is available at http://www.uni.edu/president/policies/1302.shtml. Call the Office of Compliance and Equity Management at 3-2846 with questions.
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.
PREVIEW THE NEW AND IMPROVED PANTHER PROWLER:
The library's Panther Prowler will get a makeover this summer. The new interface features a cleaner, more intuitive look and feel, easier how-to-cite functionality and a shorter click path to the articles and books found in your research. To view the Panther Prowler, on-campus users can go to http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/xerxes/ui/ and off-campus users should visit http://0-web1.lib.uni.edu.unistar.uni.edu/gateway/xerxes/ui/. Leave comments at http://www.uni.edu/caswell/web/comment/
INPUT REQUESTED FOR DISABLED ACCESS ON CAMPUS:
The UNI Coordinating Committee for Disability Accommodations is gathering information and ideas for enhanced accessibility (facilities and services) for persons with disabilities. Submit concerns and recommendations (short- and long-term projects) to http://www.uni.edu/ccda/feedback.shtml. A number of recommendations have already been implemented. Suggestions made in earlier years need not be re-submitted. The committee continues to review items submitted in previous surveys. Nancy Hamilton, HPELS, is chairing the committee.
FOLLOW-UP TO DUNCAN'S VISIT:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke to more than 1,000 guests during a speech last Friday at UNI's GBPAC. For highlights of his speech, including a link to the presentation and photos, visit http://www.uni.edu/arneduncan. There were more than 125 local, regional and national news stories (including the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Miami Herald and Star Tribune) about his visit to UNI and UNI's history in teacher education. The U.S. Department of Education blogged about the event and linked to UNI's Web site. For more information visit http://www.edgovblogs.org/duncan/
MORE UNI IN THE NEWS:
Katherine van Wormer, social work, was quoted in the Maryland Community Papers. See the story at
Reg Pecen, electrical engineering technology, and several UNI students will appear at 6:20 a.m., Wednesday, April 29, on "CBS2 This Morning." They will demonstrate several "green" technology items including a solar-powered lawn mower, an energy bike and small solar electric-boat model.
EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTER HAS NEW WEB SITE:
Visit the Executive Development Center's new Web site at http://www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev and see management and leadership training workshops and certificate programs offered. To register for any of the training programs, call 3-5851, e-mail execdev@UNI.edu or enroll through the Web site.
WOOD FURNITURE LIVE AUCTION:
A live auction featuring approximately 35 old wood furniture pieces will take place at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, May 7, at the UNI surplus store in Warehouse 1. Many of these pieces are antiques or more than 50 years old and will be sold "as is." A valid picture ID is required to be a registered bidder and all items must be paid for with cash or (good) check before removal. Removal must be completed by 3 p.m. Thursday, May 7 or arrangements must be made with warehouse personnel for later removal. Contact Vince with questions at 3-3527 or email@example.com. Photos and more information are at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/auctioninfo.shtml
G PERMIT LOTTERY:
Written requests for the 25 "G" parking spaces in the furthest north row of the Gilchrist Lot should be made to the Department of Public Safety by Friday, July 17. "G" permit price for 2009-2010 will be $369. Persons interested in choosing the 12-month, pre-tax payroll deduction payment option for their "G" permit must be available sometime from Monday, July 27 to Friday, Aug. 14, to receive notification of their status and purchase the permit if eligible.
Names also will be accepted for 10-25 "G" spaces to be in the MultiModal Transit Center, available sometime between September and November. Interest must be specifically indicated in written form to the Department of Public Safety by Friday, Aug. 14. These spaces will be sold at a prorated price, although the permit fee cannot be payroll deducted on a pre-tax basis. Call 3-2710 with questions.
STUDENT EMPLOYMENT APPROVALS:
All student employment approvals must be electronically submitted by Monday, June 1. Departments are encouraged to begin online submission as soon as possible. Users can request access to the electronic student employment approval form (SEAF) by visiting the MEMFIS Forms Repository on MyUNIverse and completing the MEMFIS Authorization for Access to Advanced UNI Time and Self-Service Functionality form. Instructions to create new approvals are available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/training_and_support/documents/SEAF_new.pdf; to change approvals at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/training_and_support/documents/SEAF_change.pdf and to terminate approvals at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/training_and_support/documents/SEAF_terminate.pdf. Contact Tim Bakula at 3-2722 with questions.
WOMEN'S RUGBY RANKED 9TH:
The UNI women's rugby team went 1-1 at the DI National Sweet 16 tournament in Florida on Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18. The team finished the season ranked ninth in the nation in Division I.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS TO SUPERVISORY & CONFIDENTIAL COUNCIL:
Yvonne Buehner and Jane Close will complete three-year terms as representatives for the Supervisory & Confidential (S&C) Council on Tuesday, June 30. As a result, there will be two supervisory members vacancies on the S&C Council. These three-year appointments begin July 1, and end June 30, 2012. Self-nomination is appropriate and encouraged. To nominate someone else, get the permission of the nominee before submitting his/her name for inclusion on the ballot. Nominations are due to Donnna Uhlenhopp by 5 p.m., Thursday, May 15, by campus mail (zip 0139) or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. A complete listing of S&C employees may be found at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/meritsc/personnel.shtml
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. 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 what goes through the dish machine by 32,350 items by going "trayless," according to results of a recent week-long trial in each of the centers.
FACULTY AND P&S ANNUAL COURTESY NOTICE - ROD LIBRARY:
The annual loan period for items checked out to faculty and professional and scientific personnel will end soon. Return all items with a May 8 due date. All items must be returned, but you may recheck out any items for which you have further need. To view items checked out, log on to your library account at https://unistar.uni.edu/patroninfo/ For more information, see http://www.lib.uni.edu/access/fac_notice.htm.
STUDENT EMPLOYEE ACCESS TO CHARGE PURCHASES THIS SUMMER:
Enrolled students and faculty and staff can charge purchases at various locations on campus (i.e. Chats and Prexys). Students who work in the summer, but are not enrolled, will not be able to charge unless the Department of Residence is notified. E-mail email@example.com to allow non-enrolled student employees the ability to charge over the summer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIBRARY HOURS FOR EXAM WEEK AND WEEKEND BEFORE SUMMER SESSION:
Vacancies at the P&S level include projects and grants coordinator. To view a 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/?
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.
ELECTRONIC STUDENT EMPLOYMENT APPROVAL FORM TRAINING:
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.
CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION:
Join in the celebration of Cinco de Mayo from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, outside of Maucker Union. Enjoy free grilled fajitas, beans, chips, dessert and pop. The rain site will be inside Maucker Union.
The Department of Military Science invites you to its annual award ceremony at 3 p.m., Friday, May 1, in the West Gym. A reception will follow.
Campus colleagues are invited to a farewell reception for Julie Barnes, substance abuse/victim services coordinator, Health Services, from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, May 8, in the WRC main floor lounge. Barnes is leaving the university after 17 years of service.
IOWA ELECTRATHON KICKS OFF AT HAWKEYE DOWNS SPEEDWAY:
UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, with sponsorship from Alliant Energy and the Iowa Energy Center, will host the season's first Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon competition on Saturday, May 16, at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids. The braking and handling competitions will start at 10 a.m., the hot laps at 12:15 p.m. and the endurance competition at 2 p.m. The Iowa Electrathon is quiet and pollution free: the cars are powered by two automobile batteries The race is an endurance competition in which the car completing the most laps in one hour wins. For further information, call 3-7142, e-mail email@example.com or visit http://www.ceee.uni.edu/Home/Programs/Education/Education/Electrathon/tabid/323/Default.aspx.
"M.A. Thesis Exhibition and B.F.A. Exhibition," will be displayed through Saturday, May 9. An opening reception will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, April 27. The exhibitors are Jorge E. Zapata Garcés (M.A., painting), Angela Eloise Fitkin (B.F.A., graphic design), and Valeria Nekhaeva (M.A., graphic design). Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located on the main floor of the KAB.
'PRICE OF PLEASURE: PORNOGRAPHY, SEXUALITY AND RELATIONSHIPS'
See "Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality and Relationships" at noon, Friday, May 1, in WRC 252. Once relegated to the margins of society, pornography has emerged as one of the most visible and profitable sectors of the cultural industries. This film tackles the complexity behind this seeming paradox, placing the voices of critics, producers and performers alongside the observations of men and women as they candidly discuss the role pornography has played in shaping their sexual imaginations and relationships. Run time is 55 minutes; feel free to bring your lunch.
'FRIDAY THE 13TH'
Check out the movie "Friday the 13th" at 9:30 p.m., (one showing only) Thursday, April 30, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions. Free refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
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.
NEWS TALK ON THE IOWA CORE:
"News Talk" will host a discussion on "Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century: The Iowa Core," from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 2, at University Book and Supply. The discussion leader will be Nadene Davidson, interim head, Department of Teaching. Free and open to the public. Call 3-6898 or e-mail YLA@UNI.edu with questions.
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.
IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY SHOW:
Half-Masted will usher in its seventh year with an improvised comedy show at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, in the Lang Hall auditorium. A family friendly show will take place at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 2.
BEST OF NO SHAME THEATRE:
The Best of No Shame will be held at 10 p.m., Friday, May 1, in the CAC 108 and will feature the best acts from the season. The doors will open at 9:30 p.m. No Shame Theatre is uncensorsed and there will be mature content. Free. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Tai Chi, yoga and pilates. Visit
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.
STUDY ABROAD IS ON FACEBOOK:
Become a fan of UNI Study Abroad Center and learn about upcoming events, newsletters, post pictures or talk to peer advisers.
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 email@example.com or call 3-2727 with questions.
INTERNSHIPS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:
Internships are available working with U.S. Military Child Development Centers in Germany, Italy, England, Belgium, Hawaii and Florida for fall semester 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 of $1,250 from AmeriCorps*ProCorps. Prior experience working with children is required. To apply, e-mail Susan Edginton at Susan.Edginton@uni.edu. Briefly describe your experience working with children as well as your educational background. The subject line should say: UNI/OL
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