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UNI Online is a compilation of notices to be distributed to faculty and staff. The deadline for submission is noon, the day before publication. UNI Online is distributed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Submitted items must be sponsored by a UNI department, program or organization. No commercial or personal announcements are allowed. Announcements must have news, not opinion content. Submit items to: http://www.uni.edu/unionline/

 

 

Thursday, May 7, 2009

NEWS:

EARLY RETIREMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM:

If you submitted an ERIP Initial Request of Information form on the HRS Web site but did not see a confirmation page after you pressed submit, Human Resources may not have received your request. If HR received the form, you will receive a confirmation letter by U.S. Mail in the next several days. Please e-mail hrs-benefits@uni.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

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. 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/.

 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - COLLEGE STREET TO CLOSE:

Beginning Monday, May 11, reconstruction of College Street will necessitate closing College Street from University Avenue to Seerley Boulevard, including the intersections with 25th and 26th streets. The road closure will be in effect for 10 to 12 weeks, depending on the weather.

 

E-MAIL OUTAGE SCHEDULED:

ITS is upgrading the CatID and e-mail environment beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, May 15, and ending at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 16. During the maintenance all 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 CatID password one hour prior to the upgrade nor during the upgrade process.

See http://www.uni.edu/its/us/commcorner/announce/May152009Email.pdf

 

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.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

UNI'S CPA program is complimented in a recent Des Moines Register article.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20090505/BUSINESS03/905050386/-1/BUSINESS04

 

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 james.oconnor@uni.edu.

 

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, or to submit, visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline

 

'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.

HOURS:

LIBRARY HOURS FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND:

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

 

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
Summer hours begin May 11. Prexy's hours: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., weekdays; Chats: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weekdays; Essentials: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weekdays. The Prexy's menu for May is available at: www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening.

 

CME SUMMER HOURS:

CME summer operation and reservation hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The CME will be closed from Saturday, May 16 through Monday, June 1.

EMPLOYMENT:

P&S VACANCY:

An internal search is being conducted for the Culture and Intensive English Program director. Application materials received by Monday, June 1, will be given first consideration. For more information about the position and how to apply, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/jobs/ciep_director.pdf

 

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

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

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 also is extended to individual home purchasers (students/faculty/staff/emeritus). For new information, visit 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.

 

ELECTRONIC STUDENT EMPLOYMENT APPROVAL FORM TRAINING:

Learn how to complete the newly created electronic student employment approval. Register for training at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/ or http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/payroll/index.shtml

 

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 holly.bokelman@uni.eduwith questions.

 

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.

 

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

COMMISSIONING CEREMONY:

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.

 

FAREWELL RECEPTION:

Join the Department of Military Science for a farewell reception in honor of Lt. Col. Chris Lukasiewicz, department head, and Master Sgt. Martin Weeks, senior military instructor, from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 14, at Commons Porch. A program will begin at 2:30 p.m.

 

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 michael.fleming@uni.edu or harry.brod@uni.edu. To register for this free conference, e-mail Jennifer Crawford at jcrawf@uni.edu.

 

SLOW FOOD TO FAST FOOD: THE WAY IOWANS ATE:

Experience Iowans' dining past through historic photos, tableware, linens and more from each decade at this exhibit, Monday, June 8 through Saturday, Aug. 15, at the University Museum. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/museum

 

STURGIS YOUTH THEATRE SUMMER FUN PRODUCTION 'PINOCCHIO':

The Sturgis Youth Theatre, under the direction of Gretta Berghammer, announces "Pinocchio" as its 10th annual summer fun production. Creative drama classes also are available for students in pre-K through third grades. Activities begin Sunday, June 28. Registrations are now being accepted. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre/sturgis

 

SUMMER LANGUAGE CAMP:

Children in grades two through eight will have the opportunity to be immersed in Spanish, French, German, Russian and Chinese in the fourth annual Summer Foreign Language Camp Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19, by the UNI Department of Modern Languages. The $90 camp fee includes all instruction and materials and a camp T-shirt. The registration deadline is Friday, June 5. For information on camp content, contact John Storm, camp director, at 3-2417 or e-mail John.Storm@uni.edu. For camp registration, call 3-5141 or e-mail conf-events@uni.edu.

 

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.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

'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.

 

ART EXHIBITION:

"M.A. Thesis Exhibition and B.F.A. Exhibition," is on display 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.

 

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.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

WEBINAR ON HOW TO STAY MENTALLY FIT DURING HARD TIMES:

Attend a free, live, interactive Webinar at noon, Thursday, May 7. Mike Robinson, president of Heal the Family, Inc., will provide tips on how to stay mentally fit during hard times. Robinson has worked in the counseling field for more than 20 years. His counseling experience includes intake assessments, conflict resolution and group counseling. To attend the Webinar, visit www.myentre.net. Call 3-4329 or e-mail jessica.rich@uni.edu with questions.

 

INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION SCIENCES RESEARCH FUNDING WEBINARS:

Throughout May, the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) will host a series of Webinars related to research funding opportunities through the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). Information is available at http://ies.ed.gov/funding/webinars/index.asp. Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs (3-3217) for additional registration information.

 

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.

PERFORMING ARTS:

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. 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.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

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.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

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 heston@uni.edu).

 

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.

 

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