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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, Sept. 1, 2009

NEWS:

FLU PREVENTION UPDATE:

To prevent the spread of the flu, the CDC recommends frequent cleaning of surfaces and items that are more likely to have frequent hand contact such as desks, chairs, door knobs, keyboards, mousepads, refrigerator handles and counters. UNI departments are encouraged to provide disposable wipes so these commonly shared surfaces can be wiped down several times per day. The CDC also encourages frequent hand washing and the use of alcohol-based hand cleaners to help prevent the spread of the flu. The purchase of disposable wipes and hand cleaners would be the responsibility of individual departments.

For up-to-date flu prevention information, visit http://www.uni.edu/health/flu.html.

 

POLICY ON POLITICAL ACTIVITIES:

Faculty and staff are reminded of the university's policy on federal and state lobbying and political activities which is posted at http://www.uni.edu/president/policies/1009.shtml. Questions may be directed to the Office of Governmental Relations at 3-6144.

 

CURRICULUM REVIEW:

The University Curriculum Committee will soon begin its review of all college approved curriculum proposals. Committee membership and the schedule of meetings can be found at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/ucc/index.shtml. Formal department proposals can be viewed at https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/ccd/curriculum/viewProposals.cgi. Contact Coleen Wagner at coleen.wagner@uni.edu or 3-2518 with questions and suggestions for improvement of the curriculum review process and online system.

 

DID YOU KNOW?: CNS

UNI offers undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in individual research projects. The College of Natural Sciences offers seven undergraduate research courses that require student research projects, with nearly 100 students enrolled in these courses in any given semester. 

 

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, send your ideas and contact information to unitoday@uni.edu.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

Katherine van Wormer, social work, is quoted in an LA Times story about kidnapping victims.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/healthcare/la-me-kidnapped-treatment30-2009aug30,0,105534.story

 

The Des Moines Register featured a story on the latest exhibit at the University Museum.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20090830/ENT01/908300303/1046/ENT

 

Jeff Weld, IMSEP director, will be interviewed on Iowa Public Radio's "Talk at 12" program, Sept. 1.

 

Roy Behrens, art, is interviewed in a documentary on Abbott Thayer and camouflage which will be shown on Iowa Public Television at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3.

 

UNI alumnus John Hagen '87 and the Texas Tenors will perform in the semi-finals of America's Got Talent Tuesday night. Winners from that round advance to the finals. Check www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/ for show times.

 

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. http://www.uni.edu/myuniverse/2009/083109.shtml

 

AUCTION OF SURPLUS VEHICLES:

UNI is offering four vehicles at public auction on www.publicsurplus.com. They are: 2002 Ford Taurus four-door sedan (93,497 miles), 2003 Ford Taurus four-door sedan (94,930 miles), 2002 GMC Savana 15-passenger van (84,735 miles) and 2003 Chevy Express 12-passenger van (97,139 miles). More sale information is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/pubsale.shtml. Contact Vince Heuer at 3-3527 or e-mail vince.heuer@uni.edu for bidding instructions.

 

PRESIDENT ALLEN WELCOMES UNI COMMUNITY BACK TO CAMPUS:

Welcome back to UNI. This 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/.

 

NORTHERN IOWAN DELIVERY CART MISSING:

The Northern Iowan's push cart for delivering newspapers on campus is missing. The cart has a blue handle and wood platform. Northern Iowan is written in permanent marker on the handle and wood platform. If you see this cart, call 3-2157 or e-mail northern-iowan@uni.edu or michele.smith@uni.edu.

 

CAMPUS PHONE DIRECTORY CHANGES:

The deadline for updating information for the printed phone directory is Tuesday, Sept. 8. To review/update your home and office information, login to: MyUNIverse > My Personal Records > Update My Personal Information.

 

UPDATING THE CAMPUS PHONE DIRECTORY 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 janis.jehle@uni.edu.

 

CHANGES IN COMPUTER LABS:

This fall, the ITS public computer labs (Student Computer Centers) will phase out Microsoft Office 2003 and will only provide access to Office 2007. Contact the Computer Consulting Center, ITTC 36, at 3-5555 with questions.

 

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.

 
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.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

The Cedar Falls Public Library needs volunteers to deliver library materials to the homebound. Opportunities exist Monday through Friday with flexible times. Volunteers age 16 and older are welcome. E-mail volunteerUNI@vccv.org for more information.

 

CONVERSATION PARTNERS NEEDED:

Practice your English or meet an international student and learn about another culture by becoming a conversation partner. (Participants must spend at least an hour a week with a partner.) Download http://www.uni.edu/ciep/documents/CPForm-CIEPUNIstudentsandfaculty2009.pdf or http://www.uni.edu/ciep/documents/CPForm-CIEPStudents2009_000.pdf and send your application to freim@uni.edu.

 

EVENING DINING SERVICE AT PREXY'S:

Prexy's salad bar, Café Fresco and the grab-n-go options will be available until 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. See promotions and new product information at www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening.

 

CAMPUS STORES AND RESTAURANTS ON FACEBOOK:

Rialto, Piazza, 23rd Street Market, Essentials and Prexy's are on Facebook. Become a fan and get updates on promotions and new products.

EMPLOYMENT:

P&S VACANCIES:

P&S vacancies include systems programmer/postmaster. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.

 

MERIT VACANCIES:

The current Merit vacancy is now available for viewing at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.shtml

 

The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

'HOW TO MARKET TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT LIKE YOU':

The sixth installment of the MyEntre.Net 2009 summer Webinar series will begin at noon, Thursday, Sept. 3, at www.myentre.net with "How To Market To People Who Are Not Like You" presented by Kelly McDonald, founder of McDonald Marketing. One of the most important issues to address within a marketing plan is new market segmentation. No longer does mass marketing and mass media effectively reach an audience. McDonald will share her insights on how to effectively segment new markets and then devise messaging to reach them

 

JPEC OPEN HOUSE:

The UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is hosting an open house in celebration of entrepreneurship from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Business & Community Services Building. Tour the Student Business Incubator, visit the entrepreneurship classroom, find out about courses and workshops, and talk with student entrepreneurs and incubator graduates. No RSVPs required, but appreciated. Call 3-JPEC (5732) or jpec@uni.edu for more information.

HOURS:

LIBRARY HOURS FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND:

http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#labor

 

HEALTH BEAT HOURS:

Health Beat, located in Maucker Union, is open 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

SALUTE TO SERVICE:

President Ben Allen and members of the Cabinet will serve cake and ice cream in celebration of service to others and to honor those who give back to their campus, community and country from 1:30 to 3 p.m.,Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Campanile Plaza. The rain location is the Maucker Union Coffeehouse. To continue the university's tradition of helping others, consider a donation of school supplies for our Partners in Education school, Black Hawk Elementary. See the list of needed items at www.uni.edu/infosys/salute/. E-mail pres-events@uni.edu for more information.

 

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.

 

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 tricia.freeman@uni.edu.

 

MIDDLE EAST CONFERENCE:

Attend "A Free Palestine and a Secure Israel: From Occupation to Liberation and Reconciliation" Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 - 10, in the SEC. Co-sponsored by UNI Public Policy. For information on registration, posters, etc., visit www.sabeeliowa.org.

ATHLETICS:

VOLLEYBALL:

Volleyball will host in-state rival Iowa State at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the McLeod Center.

 

SOCCER:

Soccer will host the Panther Invitational at the Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Complex on Friday and Sunday. UNI will face UMKC at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4 and the Panthers will host Western Michigan at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

IMSEP PROJECT SUMMARY:

Join the GBPAC staff for a showing of its video documentary "Learning Mathematics and Science Through the Arts," funded by the Iowa Math and Science Education Partnership, from 3 to 3:45 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. The video will feature project objectives, rationale and participant testimonials. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit: http://www.gbpac.com/outreach/lmsta.shtml.

 
'AT CLOSE RANGE':

See a documentary about National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at the University Museum. Shooting in some of the most exciting locales on earth, often in wretched conditions, Sartore wonders if he has the best job in the world or the worst. "At Close Range with National Geographic" reminds us of where we fit in the cosmos and what we owe to the next generation of earth's inhabitants.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

NATURAL RESOURCE RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT SERIES:

John Pearson, an ecologist with the Iowa DNR, will lead the first seminar in a series on natural resource research and management at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center located ¼ mile west of the McLeod Center on West 27th Street. This presentation is a broad-ranging exploration of the potential positive and negative effects of flooding in 2008 on Iowa's natural resources along the Cedar and Iowa rivers in Linn and Johnson counties. Interaction of the high-cresting floods with natural areas, plants, fish, mussels, turtles, invasive species and landscape fragmentation will be discussed. For more information, call Ryan Welch at 273-3828, or e-mail rwelch@uni.edu.

 

PROCESS 1.5 SIGMA: A QUANTITATIVE STUDY:

Six Sigma is a methodology for improving business processes. A defense of the results of an investigation of industrial processes explains how to separate the movement of the process average from its internal variation. The defense will be at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, in ITC Room 3. All are invited.

 

CONSTITUTION DAY LECTURE:

John Johnson, history, will lecture on "The U.S. Constitution: It's Not For Beginners!" from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, in SRL 115. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by UNI American Democracy Project/Provost's Office.

PERFORMING ARTS:

'PASSAGES TO PALESTINE':

As citizens of a global community, do we have humanitarian responsibilities to the innocent victims of violent conflict in another part of the world? What moral obligation do we have to intervene on behalf of the millions of ordinary citizens caught in the middle of horrifying political, religious and ethnic wars every single day? Using the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a backdrop, the Strayer-Wood Theatre explores these questions in "Passages to Palestine." A touring multi-media devised theatre performance, conceived by UNI Professor of Theatre Richard Glockner, "Passages to Palestine" will premiere at 7 and 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Bertha Martin Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

USE A PERSONAL TRAINER:

Let a personal trainer design a program with your specific goals in mind. Trainers are results driven and want you to succeed. Contact Kristy Leen (call 3-7167 or e-mail kristy.leen@uni.edu) or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html for more information.

 

WRS HEALTH BEAT (HB) LOCKER SERVICES:

Tired of hauling your workout gear to campus every day? Lockers are available for rent (half or long size, semester or year). Ask a fitness supervisor at HB, or contact Kristy Leen, WRS Personal Fitness Coordinator, at 3-7167 or kristy.leen@uni.edu to rent one.

 

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.

 

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