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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
R&D SCHOOL APPROVED:
Last week, the governor signed the education appropriation bill supporting the development of Iowa's first statewide Research & Development (R&D) school. UNI will be the home of the new R&D school as it aligns directly with the university's priorities and commitment to being a leader in pre-K through 12 education issues. To learn more about the R&D school, visit http://www.uni.edu/rdschool/.
CAMPUS CONVERSATION ON SUSTAINABILITY FINAL REPORT AVAILABLE:
The final report from the April 14 Campus Conversation on Sustainability is available on the UNI c.a.r.e. (creating a responsible environment) site, www.uni.edu/energy. The report was submitted to the Sustainability Council for review earlier this month. View the report and share your comments at www.uni.edu/energy.
SUPERVISORY & CONFIDENTIAL COUNCIL MEETING:
A Supervisory and Confidential Council meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, in GIL 025. Please note new location.
ADMINISTRATION & FINANCIAL SERVICES NEWSLETTER:
The May 2009 edition of A&F News and Views has news and information about staff, their accomplishments and department activities in the Administration and Financial Services Division. To read, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/vpaf/documents/afnews0509.pdf
UNI IN THE NEWS:
Maureen Collins-Williams is quoted in a Marshalltown Times-Republican story on rural entrepreneurship
The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald ran a story about solar-powered cars. UNI's CEEE provided the kits for the cars.
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin featured UNI professor of piano Sean Botkin's appearance at the Aloha International Piano Festival. http://www.starbulletin.com/features/20090605_teaching_by_playing.html
eLEARNING SYSTEM MAINTENANCE:
The Blackboard/WebCT learning management and ePortfolio system will be shutdown at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 13, to move the database to new equipment. Maintenance is expected to be complete and service restored by noon, Sunday, June 14. For more information visit http://www.uni.edu/its/us/commcorner/announce/June132009eLearning.html
NEW SELF-SERVICE TO RESET CAT ID PASSWORD:
A new self-service feature has been added to allow users to reset their own CatID passwords at any time of the day or night. Starting June 17 you can establish a set of security questions and answers to be used should you forget your CatID password. If you forget your CatID password you'll be presented with three questions from your security set and, by successfully entering the answers you established, you'll be able to reset your own CatID password. See http://www.uni.edu/its/is/news/sspr.html for more information.
HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION -- AUDIO LINKS:
For more information about the April 15 Hot Topics in Education, "21st Century Learning and the Iowa Core Curriculum," presented by Nadene Davidson, interim department head and assistant professor in teaching, and Jody Stone, professor in science education and teaching, visit http://mm1.uni.edu:8080/ramgen/1/pubrelrm/htie090415.rm To view the PowerPoint slides, visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2009_41509.ppt
TAKING UNI ALUMNI 'BACK TO CLASS':
The UNI Today alumni magazine wants to help students of years past continue their UNI education via a section in the magazine "Back to Class." If you have a topic or subject area that UNI's general alumni population could use in their day-to-day lives and can be delivered in a fun and concise format, please send your ideas and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SURVEY ON DOWNTOWN LIVING:
Recent reinvestments in downtown Waterloo have resulted in projects such as the Riverloop, the Center for the Arts Youth Pavilion, and the reconstruction of East Fourth Street. The city of Waterloo, the Waterloo Development Corporation, Main Street Waterloo and the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance are partnering to identify the type of downtown living options most needed to help attract and retain talent in the Cedar Valley. UNI is a member of the CV Alliance. Please consider taking a short survey to help determine the type of downtown housing and amenities most desired in the community. If you're not currently interested in downtown living, please indicate what changes in your life or in downtown Waterloo would be necessary to pique your interest. The survey is available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=u8UAXcAwUrVZYfqLYduq0g_3d_3d
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR IOWA STATE FAIR:
Campus volunteers are needed to help staff the UNI exhibit at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 13-23, where the university has an opportunity to interact with thousands of Iowans. Shifts are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 to 9 p.m. Two volunteers are scheduled per shift to work alongside alumni volunteers. Volunteers will receive free admission and a complimentary UNI shirt. Volunteers are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Jess Nissen at email@example.com or 3-2761 for more information and to choose a shift.
CONVERSATION PARTNERS NEEDED:
Do you want to meet students from other countries? Volunteer as a conversation partner. Conversation partners meet once per week for one hour to help international students practice their English. Contact Sally if interested at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER CONFERENCE GUESTS:
The Department of Residence welcomes the following guests to campus: Wheelchair Sports Camp, June 10-13; Summer Orientation II, June 11-12; Quarterback Seminar II, June 11-12; Iowa PGA Junior Golf Academy, June 14-18; ATEEC Fellow Institute, June 14-23; Summer Orientation III, June 15-16; Junior High Volleyball Camp, June 15-16
The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/?
MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE TRAINING:
Two free one-hour sessions are offered for supervisors to help address mental health issues in the workplace, EAP supervisor referral and more. Specific workplace examples will be shared by an expert in the field with 23-plus years of experience. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training/mental_health_flyer.pdf
UNI is offering the following vehicles for auction on www.publicsurplus.com:
UNI BOYS BASKETBALL DAY CAMP:
A basketball camp for boys ages 7-14 will take place from 8:30 to noon, June 15-18, in the UNI-Dome. This commuter camp focuses on individual skill work within the team concept. Youngsters develop a variety of skills including ball-handling, passing, shooting, rebounding and defense. The camp features contests, league games and awards within each age division. For more information, visit http://www.unimensbasketballcamps.com/
YOUNG SCIENTISTS' SUMMER CAMPS:
Space remains available for two of UNI's Young Scientists' Summer Camps for students having completed grades 5-8. "Exploring Energy" will run July 6-9 and "Rivers, Rocks and Prairies" on July 13-16. Cost is $80 for four full days. Visit www.uni.edu/camps/sciencecamp for more information and registration.
MUSEUMS' BUS TOUR:
Join UNI Museums at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 20, for a bus tour to the Engelbrecht Family Winery and Farm House B&B in Fredericksburg. Enjoy lunch, a wine tasting, tour the winery and the dairy farm. This is a family friendly tour where visitors can see dairy cattle, goats, chickens, peacocks, llamas and Jacob sheep. Cost is $35 per adult and $20 per child. Registration and payment deadline is June 12. For reservations, call 3-2188.
INTERIOR DESIGN 101 SUMMER CAMP:
Learn about interior design, universal design and sustainable design joining faculty and other students in interesting design explorations. A special summer camp for students in grades 9-12 will be held July 13-17, in Latham Hall. For more details and to register, visit http://www.uni.edu/dtgfs/InteriorDesign/
WORKSHOP EXPLORES EXPANDING LOCAL-FOOD COMMERCE:
Opportunities for economic development through local agriculture in Iowa will be discussed at a workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 10, at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education. Iowa government, school and community officials are encouraged to attend. The event is free but registration is required by e-mailing email@example.com. For more information, visit www.ceee.uni.edu or call 3-2573.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS:
ITS-ET, along with the GLOBE and STORM programs, are offering a science and standards-based professional development program this next year, starting with a two-week workshop July 19-31. Applications are being taken for the IMPACT (IMPacting Achievement with Collaborations and Technology) program. Point teachers you work with to the program Web site: http://www.uni.edu/ietti/impact/about_impact/
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