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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
EARLY RETIREMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM:
On April 30 the Board of Regents approved UNI's Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP). The ERIP was designed to provide cost-savings for the university, while also giving an attractive incentive to the faculty and staff who have provided years of positive contributions to the institution. Human Resource Services has launched a supportive Web site with information about this program. To register for an informational session or request personalized benefits information as it relates to your retirement, visit http://www.uni.edu/hrs/benefits/erip/.
POLICY ON UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATION:
UNI regularly creates and updates policies and procedures that are applicable to the entire university. The UNI Cabinet approved policy 9.81 University Communication. The policy notes that the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations (UMPR) is charged with the leadership and oversight of all official institutional marketing and communication channels, and programs and activities used to reach internal and external audiences. To view the entire policy, visit http://www.uni.edu/president/policies/981.shtml
Contact Jim O'Connor with questions regarding the policy, at 3-2761 or email@example.com.
CONSTRUCTION -- TUNNEL TO DOME TO CLOSE:
Due to construction, the tunnel connecting the UNI-Dome to the WRC will be closed Monday, May 11 through Thursday, May 14. Use alternate routes.
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON UNIVERSITY AVE.:
Reconstruction of University Avenue and Main Street necessitates closing the inside eastbound and inside westbound lanes of University Avenue from Main Street east to the Dry Run Creek bridge and the inside northbound and the inside southbound lanes of Main Street from University Avenue north 250 feet. Once the median crossovers are completed, a full road closure of the University Avenue eastbound lanes from 200 feet east of Tremont Street to 250 feet east of Main Street and the Main Street southbound lanes from University Avenue to 250 feet north will begin. The scheduled date for the full eastbound lane closure is Monday, May 11. Through traffic will be maintained on University Avenue and Main Street.
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 pre-K-16 effort with 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 pre-K-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.
UNI IN THE NEWS:
Donna R. Hoffman and Michael J. Licari, associate professors of political science, were asked by the Des Moines Register to assess President Obama's first 100 days.
Two UNI programs were included in a Des Moines Register article about cutting edge programs in the state.
Patrick Pease, geography, and Tim Kidd, physics, are quoted.
H1N1 FLU UPDATE:
The human H1N1 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 H1N1 flu, visit http://www.uni.edu/health/.
WORK STUDY END DATE:
Friday, May 8, is the final day that student employees can earn their work study funding.
UNI ONLINE CHANGES:
Starting the week of Monday, May 11, UNI Online will only publish once per week, on Tuesdays. For submission guidelines, deadlines, or to submit, visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline
NON-VOTING FACULTY ELECTIONS:
Vote for UNI non-voting faculty senator on MyUNIverse 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com.
UPDATING PHONE DIRECTORY:
The UNI Online Directory (https://espresso.uni.edu/ed/faces/searchAll.jsp) is a source for current faculty and staff contact information. To verify or make any changes to your home and/or office contact information, login to: MyUNIverse > My Personal Records > Update My Personal Information. This information is sent directly to Human Resource Services via e-mail and will be updated within five working days.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to allow non-enrolled student employees the ability to charge over the summer.
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 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 email@example.com. A complete listing of S&C employees may be found at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/meritsc/personnel.shtml
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-7049.
To see what the university community can do to help maintain, protect and restore the water quality of streams, lakes and rivers in Iowa, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ehso/index.shtml. Click on "Stormwater Management" and then "Stormwater Management Training Video." Call the Environmental Health and Safety Office at 3-7269 with questions.
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:
UNIVERSITY SUMMER HOURS:
Beginning Monday, May 11, summer hours for university offices will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours will remain in effect through Friday, Aug. 14. Supervisors of staff who do not have e-mail access should inform them of summer hours.
PREXY'S, CHATS' & ESSENTIALS' HOURS TO CHANGE:
Prexy's, Chats and Essentials in Maucker Union will be open this week with adjusted hours on Thursday and Friday: http://www.uni.edu/dor/dining/hours/2009FinalsWeekMU.pdf
The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/?
ELECTRONIC STUDENT EMPLOYMENT APPROVAL FORM TRAINING:
FACULTY RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY:
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is taking applications for Davis Gerontology Research Awards. Applicants are eligible for partial summer support to conduct publishable research in the area of aging and within their areas of expertise. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 15. Visit www.uni.edu/csbs/forms/Davis_Research_Award-09.doc for more information. E-mail email@example.com with questions.
NEW LAPTOP OR DESKTOP COMPUTER PRICING AVAILABLE:
UNI has new discounts for Dell PC pricing available for anyone wanting to purchase laptop or desktop computers. This pricing is also extended to individual home purchasers (students/faculty/staff/emeritus). Check this Web site for new information: http://www.uni.edu/its/us/purchase
TIAA-CREF COUNSELING AVAILABLE:
A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions Tuesday through Thursday, May 26 - 28. Common questions a representative can help with are: Is my investment mix appropriate? Am I saving enough to maintain my lifestyle in retirement? How do I use my funds for income in retirement? To sign up for these complimentary meetings, visit www.tiaa-cref.org/moc or call (toll free) 866-842-2977 ext. 457028.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos and more information are at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/auctioninfo.shtml
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.
The Department of Military Science invites you to the Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 9, in the auditorium of Russell Hall.
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.
VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROJECT:
Join faculty, coaches, staff and campus professionals from the Regent campuses on Friday, May 15, as UNI hosts "Engaging Men in Preventing and Taking a Stand Against Gender Violence." The conference is open to all, but is geared toward individuals on campus who work with male college students. Increase knowledge and skills on how to engage in conversations with men on campuses about the issues of gender violence and how to work with them to help ensure campuses are safe places for all. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for this free conference, e-mail Jennifer Crawford at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, Tuesdays, 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.
'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.
DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:
The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 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.
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.
LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:
Texas singer-songwriter Eric Taylor will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, May 11, at KUNI’s Studio One. His songs have been performed by Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett, among others. For more information, visit bluerubymusic.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.
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.
NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY INCENTIVE:
Friday, May 15, is National Bike to Work Day. Wellness and Recreation Services will offer a free WRC/Health Beat day pass (or guest pass) to UNI faculty/staff who walk or bike to work that day. Stop by the Outdoor Recreation Office, WRC 174, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Friday, May 15, to pick up your reward.
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., through Wednesday, May 6, in Maucker Union. Provided by Wellness and Recreation Services.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS:
VIRTUAL CAREER CENTER AVAILABLE:
The UNI Alumni Association and UNI Career Services have partnered with CareerBeam®, LLC to offer a new virtual career success center, a free service for UNI alumni and students. CareerBeam offers company and industry research tools, international databases and lead generation technology available in the market. The success center also has a career development seminar series offering assessments, professional resume and cover letter builders and search strategy resources. Visit the Alumni Career Center at www.unialum.org/career.
CONTINUING & DISTANCE EDUCATION OFFERS CONVENIENCE AND FLEXIBILITY:
Enroll today for summer credit courses and workshops, including Personal Wellness, Digital Photography & Photoshop Basics, vBusiness Strategies via SecondLife®, Archaeological Field Experience and more. Learn more at http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/summer09. Enroll in Guided Independent Study at any time, take up to nine months to complete a course and work at your own pace. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/gis.
MANDATORY REPORTERS OF CHILD ABUSE TRAINING:
A training session for individuals who are mandatory reporters of child abuse will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 7, in SEC 245. Students who plan to take Level II courses during the fall semester will need to have completed this training prior to the start of their field experience at Malcolm Price Laboratory School. Fall student teachers are also encouraged to attend. Other teacher education students and the public are welcome to attend this free training session; no preregistration is required. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education. For more information, contact Melissa Heston (3-2236 or email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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