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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 23, 2009

NEWS:

FACULTY AND STAFF WITH LOBBYING CONTACTS

Lobbying activity from April 1 to June 30, 2009 must be reported at http://www.ir.uni.edu/dbweb/govrel/. In compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and the Honest and Open Government Act of 2007, UNI files quarterly reports on specific lobbying issues and the expenses incurred in lobbying. The university's policy on Federal and State Lobbying and Political Activity can be found in the Policies and Procedures Manual at 10.09 (http://www.uni.edu/president/policies/1009.shtml). Reports must be filed each quarter. If there is nothing to report for a particular quarter, note that in the "comments" section. Contact Pat Geadelmann in the Office of the President with questions.

 
TELECOM SYSTEM UPGRADE/OUTAGE:

There will be a major upgrade of the campus voice telecom system from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 25. During this time, there will be a voice outage of approximately two hours. Students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus should utilize cellphones, e-mail or texting, for general communications during this outage. UNI staff with 800 Mhz radios can communicate in that manner.

For emergencies during the outage: UNI Public Safety numbers 3-2712 and 3-4000 will be accessible from cellphones, or dial 9-1-1. If you have questions, contact Randy Hayes at 3-7473, or at randal.hayes@uni.edu.

 

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 This software system will replace UNI's outdated legacy student information system known to many as SIS or the "mainframe."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.

 

CHANGES IN G PARKING:

Notice to "G" permit holders: "G" parking will temporarily relocate to the east side of Gilchrist Hall in July when the construction begins on the Gilchrist A lot. Once construction is complete, G parking will be reinstated at the current location. If you have questions, please call Brent Richmond at 3-5374.

 

LOCAL FOOD DIRECTORY AVAILABLE:

The 2009 Buy Fresh Buy Local Food Directory is now available from Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership at the UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education. It includes information on where to buy locally grown meats, fruits and vegetables. New this year is a chart of best times to buy Iowa fruits and vegetables. To receive a copy, contact Andrea.Geary@uni.edu, 3-7883, or www.ceee.uni.edu under Local Foods/Find local foods near you.

 

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 jess.nissen@uni.edu or 3-2761 for more information and to choose a shift.

 
UNI RECOGNIZED FOR FUNDRAISING SUCCESS:

UNI has been recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as one of 51 colleges, universities and private high schools to receive the 2009 Overall Fundraising Performance Award. An expert panel of volunteers judge and select winners based on a multitude of factors including, but not limited to: breadth of program areas, donor growth among alumni and impact of large gifts. To view the list of winners, including UNI, visit http://www.case.org/Content/COE/Display.cfm?contentItemID=9405.

 

UNI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OFFERS FREE MEMBERSHIP TO UNEMPLOYED:

The Alumni Association will provide one-year free membership to alumni who are unemployed or are attending graduate school. Alumni interested in taking advantage of this program should e-mail Holly Johnson (holly.johnson@uni.edu) with preferred e-mail address, name, year of graduation and mailing address.  

 

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 CLOSED:

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

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

A UNI waste reduction workshop held in Boone received media coverage: http://amestrib.com/articles/2009/06/12/boone/news/doc4a325f96b390f458575896.txt.

 

SUMMER CONFERENCE GUESTS:

The Department of Residence welcomes the following guests to campus: Summer Orientation VI, June 25-26; Soccer-Senior Advanced Camp, June 28-July 2; Summer Orientation VII, June 29-30; Quarterback Seminar IV, June 29-30; Mission Possible, June 29-July 1.

 

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 assistant manager/dining. 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/?

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

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

 

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

 

HOURS:

LIBRARY HOURS FOR JULY 4 WEEKEND:

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

SPECIAL EVENTS:

SURPLUS OUTDOOR GEAR FOR SALE:

UNI will offer outdoor recreation equipment at a tag sale from 10 a.m to 1 p.m., Thursday, June 25, at the surplus store. Items for sale include Kelty backpacks, Rock-Hopper mountain bikes, Wiggys 20-degree sleeping bags, Roces rollerblades, helmets and pads, Eureka tents and other gear. A Discovery canoe with paddles will be sold on silent auction. These are used items that have been rented/loaned by the WRC. For more information, contact Vince Heuer at 3-3527 or vince.heuer@uni.edu

 

SOMETHING ON A STICK: STATE FAIR FOOD:

Gary Slater, manager of the Iowa State Fair, will discuss state fair food traditions and contests at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, at the University Museum. Sarah Pratt, the "Butter Cow Lady," will explain the butter-carving process and share stories about the Iowa State Fair's famed butter creations. www.uni.edu/museum

PRESENTATIONS/LECTURES:

FREE MyENTRE.NET WEBINAR:

Doug Mitchell, founder and chief brand amplifier of createWOWmedia, has helped small- and medium-sized companies become findable and engaging on the Web. Join Doug online at noon, Thursday, June 25 for a free Webinar at www.myentre.net as he shares his thoughts and experiences on enhancing a Web site so that clients will actually use it. To attend the Webinar, visit www.myentre.net. Call 3-4329 or e-mail jessica.rich@uni.edu with questions.

 

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

PERSONAL TRAINING:

Interested in starting an exercise routine, but don’t want to do it alone? Consider a personal trainer to inspire you to reach your fitness goals. Contact Kristy Leen (3-7167 kristy.leen@uni.edu) or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html.

 

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.

 

HOT JULY MASSAGE SPECIALS:

Schedule a massage appointment with therapist Katie Hover during the month of July and receive these discounts (first come-first served): 15-minute massage for $10 (regularly $15); 30-minute massage for $20 (regularly $25);

45-minute massage for $30 (regularly $35); 60-minute massage for $35 (regularly $45); and 90-minute massage for $50 (regularly $65). Gift certificate purchases do not apply. Call the Wellness Resource Lab, at 3-6119, to schedule. Provided by Wellness and Recreation Services.

 

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