Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009
PRESIDENT ALLEN WELCOMES UNI COMMUNITY BACK TO CAMPUS:
Welcome back to UNI. 2009 will be a year filled with new challenges, new opportunities and new milestones. To view a special welcome greeting from President Allen, visit http://www.uni.edu/president/.
CAMPUS CONVERSATION ON SUSTAINABILITY FINAL REPORT AVAILABLE:
The final report from the Campus Conversation on Sustainability, held in April, is available on the UNI c.a.r.e. (creating a responsible environment) site. View the report and share your comments at www.uni.edu/energy.
SAVE THE DATE -- CONVOCATION:
You are invited to join President Allen at the university convocation at 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Commons Ballroom. More details will be available soon.
BLACK HAWK COUNTY GAMING ASSOCIATION GRANTS:
The internal deadline for the Black Hawk County Gaming Association Oct. 1 grant funding cycle is 5 p.m., Tuesday Sept. 1. BHCGA grants often fund equipment and capital improvement projects. For information on this grant opportunity and instructions on applying, contact Hillery Oberle in the Office of Sponsored Programs at email@example.com or 3-3961.
FALL FACULTY MEETING:
The fall faculty meeting, will take place at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26, in Lang Hall Auditorium. New faculty will be introduced, there will be remarks by Provost Gibson and President Allen. Discussion following. Refreshments will be served.
REQUEST TO UPDATE CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS PLAN:
A campus committee has updated planning documents for any major health related incident or pandemic. As a component of this planning, departments have been asked to prepare and/or update their Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). Each divisional vice president and department head is responsible for leading this important, proactive process. To view the COOP template, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/pubsaf/emergency/index.shtml. For more questions, contact your department head.
UPDATING THE 2009-2010 CAMPUS PHONE BOOK: OFFICE INFO ONLY:
Changes for the new phone book, sections A) Office Directory, pages 5-12; B) Campus Governance Group, page 12; C) UNI fax numbers, pages 13-14; and D) Departmental Web sites, pages 15-16, can be made at http://www.uni.edu/pubrel/phonebook/. The deadline for these changes is Friday, Sept. 4. If you have questions, contact Janis Jehle at 3-2761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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., Monday, 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.
NEW FEDERAL INDIRECT COST RATES FOR SPONSORED PROJECTS:
UNI's new federally negotiated indirect cost (facility and administrative) rates are 31.5 percent of modified total direct costs for on-campus programs and 13.5 percent for off-campus programs. The new rate should be used for all projects with start dates of July 1, or later. Project directors with off-campus projects should contact the Office of Sponsored Programs before calculating the indirect costs. More information on applying the new rates is available at: http://www.uni.edu/osp/institutional-information-proposals
UNI IN THE NEWS:
The Sunday Des Moines Register ran a story about the current Kamerick Art Gallery exhibit on camouflage.
UNI NAMED 'GREAT COLLEGE TO WORK FOR':
The Chronicle of Higher Education has named UNI as one of the "Great Colleges to Work For, 2009." Recognized among institutions with enrollment of 10,000 or more, UNI scored in the top 10 in six of the survey areas. Within the work environment, UNI was rated highly in the "facilities and security" area, while within the pay and benefits area, UNI was among the top 10 in "compensation and benefits," "overall satisfaction with benefits," "403b or 401k plans," "vacation or paid time off" and "life insurance." See the news release at http://www.umpr.uni.edu/NewsReleases.asp?NewsID=4429
RULES FOR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES:
There may be instances for teaching or research purposes that controlled substances must be used on campus. The Iowa Administrative Code has very specific rules that must be followed when ordering and using controlled substances. To learn about these rules, click on "Rules for Controlled Substances" at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ehso/environ_safety.shtml
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 reports to the president and provides vision for academic excellence while guiding the academic planning and assessment of university academic programs. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/gloria_gibson.html.
OUR WORLD IN FOCUS: PHOTO CONTEST:
Amateur and professional photographers of all ages are invited to submit photographs focusing on the flora and fauna of Iowa, the United States and the world. Deadline for contest entries is Tuesday, Dec. 1. Entry details and forms are at www.uni.edu/museum. Prizes will be awarded and entries will be on display at the opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at the University Museum. Entries will be on display through Jan. 30.
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 PAPERWORK:
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 SEAF has been approved by Student Employment.
All student employment paperwork (I9, W4, CERRF, Direct Deposit Forms) should be completed by the hiring department and submitted to the Student Employment Office (105 Gilchrist, 0024) immediately following the 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.
FREE PRINTER CARTRIDGES AVAILABLE:
The English Department has the following printer cartridges available for free: HP Laserjet Cartridge 29x for HP Printers 5000, 5000N, 5000GN; HP 74A Toner Cartridge (Reorder No. HP92274A). These items are for campus use only. Call Diana at 3-2822.
REFERRALS FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE/VIOLENCE INTERVENTION SERVICES:
Please refer students needing substance abuse assistance to Mark Rowe, substance abuse & violence intervention services coordinator, Mark.Rowe@uni.edu or 3-3423. Students who need victim assistance because of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking or harassment should contact Joan Thompson, victim services advocate, Joan.Thompson@uni.edu or 3-2137. For more information regarding Substance Abuse and Violence Intervention Services, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/subabuse/index.html or www.uni.edu/violenceservices. Both programs are part of University Health Services.
Get a free insulated mug for hot beverages at 23rd Street Market in Commons; Biscotti's in Redeker Center; and Prexy's, Chats and Essentials in Maucker Union. The refillable mug give-away is a Department of Residence sustainability initiative and continues this week while supplies last. Using the cup for refills adds to the convenience and value of your business with on-campus retail operations. See promotions and new product information at www.uni.edu/dor. Click on "What's Happening."
Grants and contracts administrator and program manager/Center for Energy and Environmental Education. 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/?
ACCESS TO SUSTAINABILITY RESOURCE:
UNI is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). As an institutional member, all UNI faculty, staff and students can access the organization's member benefits, which include online resources and opportunities for networking, information sharing and professional development. Visit www.aashe.org to learn more about AASHE and sustainability in higher education.
LUNCH & LEARN:
How does the Business and Community Services Division benefit UNI, Iowa and you? The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's Lunch and Learn fall series will host Allison Born Ingman, BCS grants and communications specialist, who will discuss the various divisions and answer questions. Bring your lunch and learn about BCS at noon, Friday, Aug. 28, in BCS 33. RSVP at 3-JPEC or email@example.com.
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.
DATES ADDED FOR LEARN WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A UNI SAFE-ZONE ALLY:
Pink ally-triangle cards have long indicated support for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning individuals. However, obtaining a card required little more than a supportive attitude. As a way to strengthen ally commitment and knowledge of what it means, UNI Proud and the Department of Residence are sponsoring Safe Zone Ally Orientations this fall. If you're serious about helping make UNI a safe zone for LGBTQ folks (or just curious about what that means), visit http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/documents/Fall09poster_003.pdf for details. (Course instructors are encouraged to consider offering this as a contextually-appropriate class assignment.)
NEW HOURS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES AND TECHNOLOGY SERVICES:
Monday through Thursday: 7:45 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday: 7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday: closed; Sunday 2 - 10 p.m. (222 SEC).
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 for nonmembers.
MUSIC EDUCATION WORKSHOP:
School of Music Instructor in Music Education Michelle Swanson will coordinate a music education workshop at 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. For more information, contact Michelle.Swanson@uni.edu.
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.
KINDERMUSIK ENROLLING FOR FALL SEMESTER CLASSES:
Kindermusik, a part of the UNI Community Music School, will offer a 14-week fall Kindermusik session for little musicians and their caregivers from Tuesday, Sept. 8 - Dec. 18. Kindermusik classes include singing, dancing, instrument play-alongs and creative learning to stimulate all areas of child development. Evening and morning classes for infants, toddlers, and multi-age classes for siblings are available. Classes will be held in Room 30 at the GBPAC. The deadline for registration is Saturday, Sept. 5. For more information, visit www.joyful-noise-studio.com, or contact Tricia Freeman at (319)415-9404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ART EXHIBIT 'LOVE ME OR DIE' AND LECTURE:
The Kamerick Art Gallery, in association with the UNI Arts Consortium, will present a retrospective exhibition of the sculpture and wearable art of Cat Chow through Sept. 20. An artist's lecture will be presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25, in KAB 111; an opening reception will follow. "Love Me or Die" is sponsored in part by major grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Guernsey Charitable Foundation and the Iowa Arts Council.
FRAGILE NATURE and TOUCH THE SKY:
Experience the beauty of the natural world with two photography exhibits this fall at the University Museum. Open Aug. 29 through Oct. 24, "Fragile Nature" offers a view of some of Earth's most delicate and endangered species as seen through the lens of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. On display Nov. 2 through Dec. 23, the photography of Jim Brandenburg is featured in "Touch the Sky," a tribute to the vistas and creatures of the American prairie.
FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL:
UNI School of Music faculty artist Sean Botkin will present a piano recital at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.
MASSAGE AVAILABLE IN THE WRC:
Schedule a massage with licensed massage therapist, Katie Hover, for relaxation, stress management or rehabilitation. Learn more about UNI massage therapy at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/massage_therapy.html. To schedule an appointment, call the Wellness Resource Lab, WRC 104, at 3-6119. Provided by Wellness and Recreation Services.
INTRAMURAL OPEN CO-REC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT:
The softball tournament is open to students, faculty and staff and will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13, Intramural Fields. A mandatory managers' meeting is at 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, in SEC 252. Entries are due by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, Intramural Office, WRC 161. Entry fee is $20 per team and limited to first eight teams to register. If you have questions, call 3-7262.
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.
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