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Thursday, April 30, 2009

NEWS:

BUDGET MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ALLEN:

During today's Board of Regents, State of Iowa meeting at UNI, I have been asked to propose budget strategies for fiscal 2010 and beyond. While we will not know the final budget numbers until this summer, I plan to talk about a variety of actions that could potentially take place depending on the reductions the university incurs as a result of the current economic, financial and social conditions of the state. More

 

The BOR meeting will be streamed live at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/regents

 

R&D SCHOOL UPDATE:

Legislation transforming Price Laboratory School (PLS) into Iowa's statewide Research and Development School passed and is awaiting the governor's signature. The collaborative PK-16 effort with the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education (DE) aims to raise and sustain the level of all Iowa PK-12 students' educational attainment, enhance the preparation and professional competence of Iowa educators and focus on research that transforms practice to meet Iowa's changing educational needs. More information will be shared as progress continues.

 

SWINE FLU UPDATE:

The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally. The Iowa Department of Public Health is monitoring the state and will give direction to healthcare providers as needed. For additional information regarding swine flu, visit http://www.uni.edu/health/.

 

NON-VOTING FACULTY ELECTIONS:

Vote for UNI non-voting faculty senator on MyUNIverse next Monday through Thursday. Eligible voters teach as adjunct, term or temporary or visiting professor or are emeritus. Check http://www.uni.edu/senate/misc/2008fallroster.pdf for the list of non-voting faculty. If you cannot access MyUNIverse and wish to vote, e-mail Carol.Cooper@uni.edu

 

'EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION':

The College of Education has released the 2008-2009 issue of UNI's College of Education "Excellence in Education" electronic magazine. The magazine provides news about College of Education programs to current, past and prospective students and is a forum for teacher education professionals to share information with others. To view the magazine, visit http://www.uni.edu/coe/COE-enewsWinSprng09.pdf. Print copies of this issue are not available. E-mail maxine.davis@uni.edu with comments or questions.

 

REQUISITION & PURCHASE ORDER CLEAN-UP:

Account managers should check their Statements of Account for encumbrances that need to be cleared up. If a purchase order shows an encumbrance but should be closed out, call Luann Andreessen at 3-3116. Requisition preparers (including students) should check for rejected, returned, in-process and pre-approved requisitions that should be canceled or deleted. For more information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/purchasing/year_end_req_clean_up.shtml.

 

MANDATORY DIRECT DEPOSIT -- STUDENT PAYROLL:

Beginning with the July 15 payday, all student employees will be required to use direct deposit as the method of receiving their pay. Effective immediately, departments hiring new student employees should submit the student's Direct Deposit of Payroll Authorization Form to Student Employment along with the student's other new-hire paperwork. The student will not be set up in MEMFIS until all required paperwork is received in Student Employment. Students' pay can be direct deposited into any bank/credit union in the U.S. For more information and for a list of local institutions offering no- and low-fee accounts, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/payroll. Questions may be directed to Sherri Baldwin in Payroll at Sherri.Baldwin@uni.edu or 3-2656.

 

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/

 

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT APPROVALS:

The UNI Student Employment Office is transitioning away from paper student approvals. All departments must begin submitting the online student employment approval form (SEAF) 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.

 

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 vince.heuer@uni.edu. 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 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 diningtech@uni.edu to allow non-enrolled student employees the ability to charge over the summer.

 

FACULTY 12 MONTH PAY OPTION:

Faculty may be paid for their continuing non-temporary academic year appointment in 10 or 12 equal installments beginning with the Aug. 31 or July 31 payroll respectively. Faculty members who would like to change their salary payments from 10 to 12 months, or vice versa, must complete a Pay Frequency Change form available in the Forms Repository at https://access.uni.edu/forms/index.shtml#P. The completed form must be received in Payroll, mail code 0008, by Friday, May 15. Questions should be directed to Carol Sherwood at carol.sherwood@uni.edu or 3-7049.

 

FINALS PACKAGES:

Treat a friend, student employee or co-worker to a finals package available at Essentials in Maucker Union. Packages include a pen, mechanical pencil, notecards, highlighter, beverage, candy and snack crackers in a colorful bag for $6.

 

LIBRARY HOURS FOR EXAM WEEK AND WEEKEND BEFORE SUMMER SESSION:

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

EMPLOYMENT:

P&S VACANCIES:

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/?

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.

 

MYENTRE.NET FREE WEBINAR:

Attend a free, live, interactive Webinar at noon, Thursday, April 30. Mike Kleis, principal consultant at Kleis Consulting Group will share some fundamental practices that can not only provide some guidance, but uncover some potential keys to growing a business. To attend the Webinar, visit www.myentre.net. Call 3-4329 or e-mail jessica.rich@uni.edu with questions.

 

THE CULINARY ART OF RESTAURANT MARKETING WEBINAR:

Attend a Webinar at 7 p.m., Monday, May 4. Ivan Wieland, the proprietor of Toad's Bar and Grill and the Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill, will discuss how to brand and market a restaurant from the presentation on the plate to advertising on the radio. To attend the Webinar, visit www.myentre.net. Call 3-4329 or e-mail jessica.rich@uni.edu with questions.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

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.

 

AWARDS CEREMONY:

The Department of Military Science is hosting its annual award ceremony at 3 p.m., Friday, May 1, in the West Gym. All are welcome. A reception will follow.

 
WINE & TULIPS TICKETS ON SALE:

Savor the flavor of wines from around the world as the Friends of KUNI/KHKE present the 24th annual "An Evening in Celebration of Wine & Tulips" to benefit Iowa Public Radio. The celebration will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 9, at Park Place Event Centre in Cedar Falls. Advance tickets are $35 per person and $45 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase by phone at (800)772-2440, ext. 0 and online at www.iowapublicradio.org. The ticket price includes an etched souvenir wine glass and a detailed wine guide. Advance tickets also are available at Indulgence (305 Main St.) and Roots Market (2021 Main St.) in Cedar Falls.

 

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 electrathon@uni.edu or visit http://www.ceee.uni.edu/Home/Programs/Education/Education/Electrathon/tabid/323/Default.aspx.

 

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.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

ART EXHIBITION:

"M.A. Thesis Exhibition and B.F.A. Exhibition," will be displayed through Saturday, May 9. 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.

 
DEATH PERCEPTION: THE SCIENCE OF FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY EXHIBIT:

Learn how forensic anthropologists inspect and analyze human skeletal remains to identify the deceased and determine the cause of death at the University Museum through Saturday, May 16. Visit www.uni.edu/museum for more information.

 

'SECRETS OF THE DEAD: GANGLAND GRAVEYARD':

See "Secrets of the Dead: Gangland Graveyard" at 1:30 p.m, Saturday, May 9, 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.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

'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.

 

DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Monday, May 11, at the UNI Museum to discuss "A Long Way Gone" by Ishmael Beah. The book describes his three years as a boy soldier during Sierra Leone's brutal civil war. All are welcome, having read the book or not.

PERFORMING ARTS:

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 noshamecf@gmail.com.

 

UNI CHILDREN'S CHOIR SPRING CONCERT:

The UNI Children's Choir will offer its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 8, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall under the direction of Michelle Swanson. This event is free and open to the public.

 

UNI SUZUKI SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT:

The UNI Suzuki School will offer a spring concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 17, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

TUTORING PROGRAM:

This fall, students can earn two hours of credit for tutoring by enrolling in Course 200:180(g) Community Service: Academic Skills Achievement Center. Students will tutor college students in UNI's Academic Learning Center, K-12 students at selected Waterloo schools, or 3-12 grade students at the UNI-CUE in downtown Waterloo, where a computer lab and classroom will be reserved for students from any Black Hawk County school. Students may re-enroll in this course for the fall 2010 semester for additional credit. In addition, they may elect to become certified as a "Master Tutor" from the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). For additional information, e-mail nancy.scoggins@uni.edu.

 

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.

 

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