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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/

 

 

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

NEWS:

STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM UPDATE:

UNI recently signed a contract for the purchase of PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, a comprehensive suite of software from Oracle specifically designed to help higher education institutions effectively meet and adapt to the changing needs and expectations of their constituents. This software system will replace UNI's outdated legacy student information system known to many as SIS or the "mainframe." For more information about the new student information system, including updated FAQs, visit http://www.uni.edu/sis.

 

NSF GRANT:

A $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program will help Iowa’s public universities put more math and science teachers in Iowa’s classrooms over the next five years. The NSF award will allow IMSEP to provide annual scholarships of $10,000 to junior- and senior-level math and science majors, or STEM-related graduate-level students, from all three universities. For details, visit http://www.iowamathscience.org/news.shtml

 
NABL DEVELOPS NEW TECHNOLOGY:

UNI's National Ag-Based Lubricants (NABL) Center has developed a technology that continuously recycles engine oil, allowing biobased engine oil to be used in diesel engines. See news release at http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=4388 and a cover story in the current issue of the OEM Off-Highway Magazine at http://www.uni.edu/pubrel/newsroom/photos/OEMfeature.pdf

 

IOWA TEACHER INTERN LICENSE PROGRAM:

The Board of Regents approved the Iowa Teacher Intern License (ITIL) program, a collaborative effort of Iowa's public universities. ITIL will provide a nontraditional teacher preparation program for professionals wishing to enter the field from other careers. The anticipated program start date is fall 2010. Merrie Schroeder, assistant professor, UNI Office of Student Field Experiences, will coordinate the program with Susan Lagos-Lavenz, associate dean of teacher education at the University of Iowa and David Whaley, associate dean of teacher education at Iowa State University. For more information contact Schroeder at 3-5839.

 
CONSTRUCTION NOTICE - MINNESOTA STREET TO CLOSE:

Due to electrical utility construction, Minnesota Street, just north of West 27th Street, will close Monday, June 22. This street closure will also close the West Gym A parking lot. Weather permitting, Minnesota Street will re-open on Friday, July 3.

 

FAMILY WEEKEND BROCHURE DEADLINE:

Details for events happening Family Weekend (Oct. 2-4) must be submitted by Wednesday, July 1 to be included in the brochure that will be mailed to UNI students' families. E-mail information to liz.conklin@uni.edu.

 

eLEARNING MAINTENANCE RESCHEDULED:

The Blackboard/WebCT learning management and ePortfolio system will be shutdown at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 20, to move the database to new equipment. Maintenance is expected to be complete and service restored by noon, Sunday, June 21.

 

ROD LIBRARY HELP VIA TEXT MESSAGE:

Rod Library is testing text messaging as a way for people to ask questions about library resources and services; the number is (319) 242-1508. Text messages are received at the reference desk and answered during regular hours. To learn about other ways to ask questions, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/ris/askchat.shtml

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

UNI's wheelchair sports camp was featured in a recent article in the Marshalltown Times Republican.

http://www.timesrepublican.com/page/content.detail/id/517329.html?nav=5002

 

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

 

SUMMER CONFERENCE GUESTS:

The Department of Residence welcomes the following guests to campus: Track and Field Camp, June 17-20; Quarterback Seminar III, June 18-19; Football All-Position Camp, June 21-22; Jazz Combo Camp, June 21-26; Studies in Air Quality for Science Teachers, June 21-26; Geology of Iowa for Teachers, June 21-26.

 

EMPLOYMENT:

MERIT VACANCIES:

Current Merit vacancies are available for viewing at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.shtml

 

P&S VACANCIES:

Vacancies at the P&S level include academic support specialist/Student Support Services. To view the 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/?

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

IMSEP Day - AT SCIENCE CENTER OF IOWA:

The Iowa Math & Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) is supporting math- and science-related programming at several Iowa science museums this summer. Professors, instructors and students from all three public universities are involved in delivering presentations. As a result of IMSEP's partnership with the Science Center of Iowa, Saturday, June 20 is IMSEP Day - - from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information go to http://www.iowamathscience.org/news.shtml.

 

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.

 

PERFORMING ARTS:

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

Producer and studio owner, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Mike Maas will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, June 22, at KUNI’s Studio One. "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.

 

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

SUMMER WELLNESS INCENTIVE PROGRAM:

Wellness and Recreation Services encourages UNI employees to check out Lt. Gov. Patty Judge's "Your Heart in Your Hands" 12-week Challenge, geared to motivate us all to become more active and eat more nutritiously this summer. Achieve your goal and receive the Lt. Gov.'s Medal of Wellness. See details at www.ltgovernorschallenge.us.

 

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