Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009
PARDON OUR PROGRESS - ROAD, PARKING LOT AND SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:
2009 is a summer of improvements to streets surrounding campus. Visit http://www.uni.edu/infosys/construction/ to see a construction map kept as current as possible.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & PROVOST GIBSON ON THE JOB:
Gloria J. Gibson, UNI's executive vice president & provost, officially assumed her duties on July 1. The executive vice president and provost at UNI provides vision for academic excellence while guiding the academic planning and assessment of university academic programs. Reporting to the president, the executive vice president and provost also provides administrative leadership and organization for all the academic components of the university. For more about Gibson and the provost's office, visit http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/gloria_gibson.html.
BARTLETT LOT CLOSED TO FACULTY AND STAFF:
The Bartlett A lot will be closed to faculty and staff Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 19 - 21, for Bartlett residents' move-in. The lot will convert to one-hour-parking only beginning at 7 a.m., Aug. 19. It will return to A parking on Monday, Aug. 24. Those displaying special needs permits will be allowed to use the area. Questions may be directed to Parking Operations, 3-5374.
ACCESS TO WEB CLASS LISTS:
Department and college secretaries, department heads, and deans who have not yet requested Web access to the class lists of all courses in their department or college may obtain access by completing the Online Transactions Authorization form at http://access.uni.edu/forms/its/c02.pdf, requesting transaction SW10 - Class List Departmental Master Viewer. Return the form via campus mail to 0006 - Patti Rust, or fax to 3-6792. For additional information regarding Web class lists and grading, visit http://www.uni.edu/registrar/faculty/webgradeentryguide.shtml.
BECOME A FAN OF UNI:
Join UNI's official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/universityofnortherniowa. Become a fan and receive updates and information about UNI and engage in an exchange with other UNI devotees. You also can follow UNI on Twitter at http://twitter.com/uninews.
Student Employment Approval Forms (SEAF) are now online. Departments are required to use the SEAF application to create new assignments, change existing assignments and terminate assignments. Students should not begin work until the department can see that the SEAF has been approved by Student Employment.
All student employment paperwork (I9, W4, CERRF, Direct Deposit Forms) should be completed within the hiring department and submitted to the Student Employment Office (105 Gilchrist, 0024) immediately following the student hire. Federal regulations mandate that I-9 forms be completed by the employee no later than their first day of employment. Failure to comply with Form I-9 requirements could result in civil monetary penalties.
All student employees are now required to sign up for Direct Deposit upon their initial hire. New student employees will not be set up in MEMFIS until all required new-hire paperwork is received and approved by Student Employment. Contact the UNI Student Employment Office at 3-6394 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
REFERRALS FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE/VIOLENCE INTERVENTION SERVICES:
Please refer students needing substance abuse assistance to Mark Rowe, Mark.Rowe@uni.edu or 3-3423. Students who need victim assistance for sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking or harassment should contact Joan Thompson, Joan.Thompson@uni.edu or 3-2137. For more information regarding Substance Abuse and Violence Intervention Services, please visit www.uni.edu/subabuse or www.uni.edu/violenceservices.
NEH SUMMER STIPEND COMPETITION:
UNI may nominate two full-time faculty to apply for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Stipend Program, a $6,000 award (http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html). The deadline to compete for a nomination is 5 p.m., Sept. 14. For information on the nomination process, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at email@example.com or 3-3217. Note, part-time faculty, adjunct faculty and staff may apply without being nominated.
JUMP START ORIENTATION:
The 12th Annual UNI Jump Start Orientation Program is in progress through Friday, Aug. 21. The Jump Start Orientation is designed to acquaint new multicultural students to the university and provide a smooth transition for a successful academic career. Please welcome the Jump Start participants to UNI.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS TO READ MYUNIVERSE NEWS:
Student-related announcements will no longer be posted in UNI Online. Instead, the editors urge you to tell your students to read MyUNIverse News, the weekly e-newsletter designed to provide students with information about internships, scholarships, events and more.
HOST FAMILIES/FRIENDS NEEDED:
The International Friendship Program promotes intercultural exchange, understanding and friendship by matching local families and individuals with UNI international students. Hosts and students decide what to do together and how much time to spend together. This is a meaningful and fun experience for all participants. If interested, contact Pramod Sarin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ross Schupbach at 3-6421 or email@example.com. An online brochure and application form are available at http://www.uni.edu/internationalservices/about.shtml. Orientation for new families/friends is provided.
UNI IN THE NEWS:
Harry Brod, philosophy and world religions, is quoted in an article in Details magazine.
Merit vacancies are available for viewing at:
Vacancies at the P&S level include admissions counselor, admissions counselor/regional representative, and operations specialist. To view the complete job descriptions, 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/?
LEARN ABOUT NEW PANTHER PROWLER:
Fall 2009 will see the arrival of a new library Web site, a new Panther Prowler and significant changes to many important databases. Consider scheduling a library information session for you and your classes. Schedule a library session reservation at http://www.uni.edu/library/requestinstr/ or call 3-2839.
STAFF TRAINING GRANTS:
Human Resource Development is still accepting Staff Training Grant applications for 2009 fall session classes. This program is available to Merit and P&S staff members. See the full policy at http://www.uni.edu/policies/475. Applications are at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training/documents/training_st_grant.pdf. For questions regarding the program contact Lori Hoffmann, 3-3536.
FALL COURSE REQUESTS:
UNI faculty using the Blackboard/WebCT learning management system in conjunction with their fall semester courses, may submit their request using the Web form at http://elearning.uni.edu/forms/course_request.html. Courses will be populated with students Aug. 17, and enrollment changes are processed on a daily basis throughout the semester.
RESERVE STUDIO IT THIS FALL:
ITS-Educational Technology is taking reservations in the StudioIT labs for this fall. StudioIT 1, 2 and 3 are located in the ITTC Rooms 134, 136 and 138 respectively and can handle classes of up to 60 students. Each lab is equipped with Gateway Tablet PCs, a Crestron multimedia control system and a video conferencing unit. ITS Educational Technology offers the use of StudioIT at no charge to UNI faculty for classroom instruction. Visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/studioit for more information.
MAUCKER UNION HOURS THIS WEEK:
MAUCKER UNION RENOVATION OPEN HOUSE:
Come see changes that have been made to the lower level of Maucker Union and what services are now being offered for events. Attend an open house from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20. Tour the new spaces, see demonstrations of interactive Web video conferencing and the new Virtual EMS reservation system, sample food items and register for door prizes. To see updates on the progress of the renovations visit http://www.uni.edu/maucker/renovation/updates.shtml
FREE WEBINAR ON ACCESSING CAPITAL DURING TOUGH TIMES:
The fifth installment of the MyEntre.Net 2009 Summer Webinar Series begins at noon, Thursday, Aug. 20, at www.myentre.net with "The Cold Hard Facts on Cold Hard Cash -- Accessing Capital During Tough Times" presented by Dennis J. Lindell of Iowa Business Growth Company, Craig Downs of the Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality, and Maureen Collins-Williams, director of UNI's Regional Business Center and Business Development and Incubation.
FALLEN SOLDIER MEMORIAL DEDICATION:
The UNI Cadet Panther Battalion invites you to the Fallen Soldier Memorial Dedication at 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, at the main entrance of the West Gym. A reception will follow.
ONE WILD AFTERNOON:
Join Linda Nebbe of the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Program for "Living Through the Windows," at the University Museum. At 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, Nebbe will share stories of the amazing animals she has rehabilitated and introduce you to some of her current friends including a Great Horned Owl, a Barred Owl and a bat. From 3 to 4:30 p.m., explore UNI's Tallgrass Prairie with a photography workshop taught by photojournalist Bill Witt. Bring your own camera and learn how to capture wildlife in its native habitat. Call 3-2188 to register for the workshop by Aug. 28. The 3 p.m. workshop fee is $10 for members; $12 nonmembers.
SUZUKI SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE:
UNI Suzuki School Open House will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, in Russell Hall. Meet the teachers, observe a lesson and group activity and try out instruments. The program offers instruction on violin, viola, cello, harp, flute and guitar. Students of all ages and levels are welcome. For more information www.uni.edu/music/suzuki or call Cathy Craig at 3-2508.
REGISTER NOW FOR FITNESS/LEISURE CLASSES:
Register today for fitness and leisure classes that begin Monday, Aug. 31. New classes include Tai chi, Chinese Martial Arts, Women on Weights, Total Aquatic Conditioning and Latin Dance. Popular classes like Kickboxing x2, Pilates and Spinnercise are also offered. Fees are as low as $37 and $47 for a whole semester. http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitness/classes.html.
Registrations for 2009-2010 Wellness/Recreation Center and Health Beat facility user privileges are now being accepted. Individual cost is $182 for the year. Registration provides access to Wellness/Recreation Center facilities, as well as Health Beat in Maucker Union. Register online at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/ or visit WRC 101 to register in person.