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Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

NEWS:

UNI TO LAUNCH NATIONAL SEARCH FOR COLLEGE OF EDUCATION DEAN:

UNI Executive Vice President and Provost Gloria Gibson has announced the university will launch a national search for a dean of the UNI College of Education (COE). The new dean will replace William Callahan who was named to a three-year appointment as COE dean in 2007. The appointment will end June 30, 2010. "I want to thank Bill for his leadership of the College of Education and for his service to the university," said Gibson. "We will plan to have the new dean selected and in place July 1, 2010." A search committee will be selected and announced soon.

 
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 http://www.uni.edu/infosys/salute/. E-mail pres-events@uni.edu for more information.

 

WHAT NATIONAL SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT (NSSE) TELLS US:

What percent of first-year students at UNI work at off-campus jobs more than 10 hours per week? Is it 17 percent, 35 percent, 53 percent or 86 percent? Find out at https://www.uni.edu/assessment/documents/2009nssequickfacts.pdf.

 

A&F AWARD NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED:

Nominations are being accepted for the Administration and Finance (A&F) Division's High Five Award for Staff Excellence. Permanent A&F employees with a minimum of two years of service are eligible to receive the award. Any member of the university community can submit a nomination. Watch UNI Online for more information or visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/recognition/high_five.shtml. A&F employees may use the nomination forms they received through campus mail or use the online version found at the link above. The submission deadline is Friday, Oct. 2.

 

LEAD SUMMER PROGRAMS TO IRELAND AND ITALY:

UNI Study Abroad Center (SAC) is seeking UNI faculty members interested in leading two-to-three week-long academic programs abroad to Italy, Ireland or other destinations in May through July 2010. SAC will assist with all program logistics. Faculty-leaders receive compensation. Direct questions to Yana Cornish at yana.cornish@uni.edu or 3-7078.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

Leigh Zeitz, curriculum and instruction, was interviewed by Connecticut Public Radio for a story on handwriting.

http://tinyurl.com/handwritingmacenroe

 

STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM UPDATE:

A letter from the vice president for student affairs provides a progress update on the implementation of the new student information system. Included in the update are the names of those involved in the project team and technical team, as well as the executive steering committee. To view the letter, visit http://www.uni.edu/sis/.

 

NEW IOWA NASA EPSCoR REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS:

The Iowa NASA ESPCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program is calling for concept papers, due Oct. 19, for the first round of its new research competition. A pre-proposal meeting will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 18, in BCS 30. More information and the Request for Proposals is at: http://www.uni.edu/osp/iowa-nasa-epscor-rfp

 

SUPERVISORY & CONFIDENTIAL COUNCIL MEETING:

The next meeting of the Supervisory & Confidential (S&C) Council is at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, in GIL 025.

 

STEM MEETING:

Interested in STEM education at UNI? Want to be part of a synergistic community of faculty and staff supporting STEM education in Iowa? Join the newly formed UNI STEM committee from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the Maucker Union Old Gold Room.

 

DID YOU KNOW? CNS:

UNI science and mathematics programs are nationally recognized for their excellence. UNI's actuarial science program has one of the highest passing rates on national actuarial certification exams. UNI's undergraduate chemistry program is ranked 30th out of 1,115 undergraduate programs nationwide, according to a report for the Research Corporation. The middle school mathematics master's program has produced more than 100 master teachers in the last 10 years.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Volunteers are needed Friday through Sunday, Sept. 18 - 20 to assist with the Fall Harvest Festival and Scarecrow Contest at the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Available opportunities include set up/tear down, assisting with games and crafts, parking and selling merchandise. Volunteers age 16 and older are welcome. E-mail volunteerUNI@vccv.org for more information.

 

FLU SANITIZERS:

Flu sanitizer products can be ordered directly from Office Max. Campus Supply stocks an 8-ounce Purell pump and a 1-ounce Saniguard spray can. Order any of these products from Office Max or Campus Supply today and receive them tomorrow. Call 3-2451 with questions.

 

P&S STAFF EXCELLENCE NOMINATIONS:

Nominate P&S employees who have made outstanding professional contributions during their careers. Staff
Excellence Awards are presented annually to P&S employees from each Regents institution. Nomination forms are available at MyUNIverse under Current Announcements until 11:59 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11.

 

UM&PR NEWSLETTER:

View the first edition of The Compass, an e-newsletter distributed by the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations to guide communication efforts. The first edition of The Compass provides an overview of the areas making up marketing and public relations. Subsequent editions will feature real-life examples and tips related to communications. To view, visit http://www.uni.edu/pubrel/compass/.

 

NICARAGUAN COFFEE TASTING:

The Global Marketing class will host a coffee tasting open house from 8 to 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 14, in the CBB ground floor lounge. Try four different Nicaraguan coffees and assist the students in determining the best coffee for possible import.

 

REUSABLE TOTE BAGS:

Reusable UNI tote bags are available at Prexy's for $1. Each bag includes a $1 coupon redeemable at Maucker Union restaurants. For more information and a photo of the bag, visit www.uni.edu/dor What’s Happening.

 

HOT BREAKFAST AT AVANTI:

Avanti in Prexy's, Maucker Union, serves hot breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. New menu items include hearty breakfast bowl, bacon burrito, panini ham sandwich, pancakes and French toast sticks. Returning favorites include breakfast pizza, cheese and egg burrito, and fresh baked cinnamon bites with warm cream cheese icing. There are many menu combinations for under $5. See promotions and new product information at www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening.

 

FREE BEVERAGES FOR LOYAL CUSTOMERS:

Coffee cards are available at Biscotti's in Redeker Center and 23rd Street Market at Commons. Buy nine coffees and get one free. Coffee cards are also available at Chats in Maucker Union; buy six and get one free. For more information about promotions, go to www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

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EMPLOYMENT:

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

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

FACTS FOR FACULTY:

The Office of Student Financial Aid has posted the fall 2009 edition of "Facts For Faculty" newsletter at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/faculty_newsletter/fn_fall09.pdf. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide financial aid information to assist all faculty and staff in their work and communication with students.

 

PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS:

A PowerPoint presentation explaining the Iowa Open Records Law can be viewed at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fars/policies/index.shtml Gary Shontz, the university's open records officer, is available at 3-3576 to answer questions about the law or about complying with public records requests. He is also available to make presentations about the law to university groups.

 

GRANT OPPORTUNITY: CEDAR FALLS HEALTH TRUST FUND:

The Cedar Falls health trust fund board is seeking applications for health or health-related projects, with the primary objective to maintain primary health-care facilities and providers within the Cedar Falls community. Projects must directly benefit citizens of Cedar Falls and preference is given for capital projects, projects with matched funding, and demonstrated financial need. The average award is $5,000. Applications are due Thursday, Oct. 1. For more information, e-mail hillery.oberle@uni.edu or call 3-3961.

 

LUNCH & LEARN:

Do you want to succeed in your own business or career? One way to accomplish this is through networking. Dale Cyphert, associate professor of management, will discuss the vital art of networking at noon, Friday, Sept. 18, in BCS 33. Bring your lunch and learn about networking. RSVP at 3-JPEC or jpec@uni.edu

 

ASSESSMENT MINI-GRANTS AVAILABLE:

The Office of Academic Assessment is offering mini-grants for assessment-related projects. For more informaton on how to apply for a mini-grant for the 2009-2010 school year, visit http://www.uni.edu/assessment/minigrants.shtml.

 

INTERESTED IN TALKING ABOUT TEACHING?:

All faculty (especially new faculty) interested in reflective discussion of teaching are invited to check out Talking and Teaching and Learning. An organizational meeting will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept, 18, in SEC 528. Contact Katheryn East at eastk@uni.edu or 3-6789 with questions or visit http://faculty.cns.uni.edu/~east/ttl/

 

INJURY PREVENTION AND SAFE RETURN TO WORK:

Workplace injuries can happen to anyone, at anytime. If the unexpected were to happen to you or one of your employees, would you know what to do? Attend a session to aide supervisors through recovery and return to work from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, in GIL 007/009. For more information, or to register, visit: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training/index.asp.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

WRITING STUDIES BROWN BAG DISCUSSION:

Attend a monthly discussion about writing and writing instruction at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, in BAK 161. Discussions will cover the state of writing studies, literacy, composition/ rhetoric, and the role of writing with respect to education in a collaborative environment. This month's subject is Chris Anson's article, "The Intelligent Design of Writing Programs: Reliance on Belief or a Future of Evidence." WPA: Writing Program Administration 32.1 (2008): 11-36. Copies are available electronically by request from david.grant@uni.edu. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend regardless of major, discipline, or position.

 

CRITICAL THINKING IN THE CLASSROOM:

Faculty from UNI and Hawkeye Community College will share their classroom approaches to critical thinking from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11, at a home at 1705 Crescent Dr. in Cedar Falls. Call 277-4699 for directions. Sponsored by UNI American Democracy Project/Provost's Office. Contact Gerri Perreault 3-6898 with questions.

 

NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS:

The GBPAC will host auditions for the "Nutcracker" Saturday, Sept. 12, at the GBPAC, for local children ages 7 through 18. For more information, visit: http://www.gbpac.com/outreach/master.shtml. Previous dance experience not required.

 

DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14, at the UNI Museum to discuss "Escape" by Carolyn Jessop and Laura Palmer, and "Stolen Innocence" by Elissa Wall and Laura Pulitzer, both of which deal with polygamy. All UNI students and Cedar Valley residents are welcome without having read either book.

 
FALL PRAIRIE WALK:

Join the staff from Black Hawk County Conservation Board for a two-hour walk through one of UNI's prairies at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the University Museum. Bring a camera and learn about the beautiful native plants of the Iowa grasslands and their importance to the wildlife they support. Register by Monday, Sept. 14; the cost is $3 per person.

 

HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION:

The 2009-10 Hot Topics in Education Series will kick-off Wednesday, Sept. 16, at noon in the CME, Room 109, with "The Achievement Gap-Going Beyond Socioeconomic and Cultural Factors," presented by Dewitt Jones, associate professor or education. Learn the roles schools, teachers, administrators, parents, government and researchers play in improving student achievement. For more information on this year's series, visit http://www.uni.edu/unionline/info/2009_90809.pdf

 

COMMUNITY VISIT DAY IN COUNCIL BLUFFS:

Did you know more than 225 UNI alumni educators live in Council Bluffs? UNI is planning a Community Visit Day in the Council Bluffs area on Thursday, Sept. 17 and Friday, Sept. 18. UNI will host a variety of events with service clubs, schools, business leaders and prospective students. For more information contact Stacey Christensen, at stacey.christensen@uni.edu, or 3-6728, or visit the Community Visit Day Web site at http://www.uni.edu/communityvisit.

 

INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FAIR:

The Study Abroad Center will host its annual International Opportunities Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom. Learn about opportunities to study, work, intern, or volunteer abroad. Get information about credit transfer, health concerns, international travel, or get your photo taken for a passport. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/studyabroad or call 3-7078.

 

FAMILY FUN DAY: 'A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE':

Take a walk on the wild side from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 19, at the University Museum. Make cat masks with New York artist and fashion designer Cat Chow, explore with an animal scavenger hunt, touch animal fur, view beautiful photographs and make animal crafts. This event is free and open to the public. Call 3-2188 to register by Tuesday, Sept. 15. www.uni.edu/museum.

 
MONARCH TAGGING AND NET MAKING:

See a butterfly up close with a net that you have made yourself. Tag a Monarch and then come inside the University Museum to learn more about butterflies with books, crafts and other hands-on activities at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22. Join the staff from Black Hawk County Conservation Board in cooperation with UNI Museums for an evening full of butterflies and net making. Cost is $7 per person. Call 3-2188 to register by Monday, Sept. 21.

ATHLETICS:

FOOTBALL:

Football will host South Dakota at 4:05 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, in the UNI-Dome. Fans are encouraged to wear black to "Blackout the Dome."

 

SOFTBALL:

Softball will host NIACC at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13, at Robinson-Dresser Field.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

'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.

 

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.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

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.

 

EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTER TO HOST TWO WORKSHOPS:

"Are You the One for Me? Behavioral Interviewing Techniques" will be held Tuesday, Sept. 15. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Learn how to select the best person for a job. "Sharpen Your Saw: Skills and Practices of Successful Managers" will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16. Learn the tips and secrets of successful managers. Both workshops will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in BCS 30. The cost for each workshop is $249 plus a $25 nonrefundable deposit for individual seats. Visit http://www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev/ContentPage.aspx?id=25 for more information. Enroll by calling 3-5851 e-mailing execdev@UNI.edu or online at www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev. The enrollment deadline is Thursday, Sept. 10.

PERFORMING ARTS:

FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL:

UNI School of Music faculty artist Yu-Ting Su will present a horn recital at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Repertoire will be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

 

'THE SECOND CITY':

Improv troupe "The Second City" will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11, at the GBPAC. No topic is off limits, no subject too sensitive; get ready for a night of laughter. For more information, visit www.gbpac.org or call 3-4TIX. UNI students receive a 50-percent discount.

 

TRUMPET RECITAL:

Faculty artist Randy Grabowski will present a trumpet recital at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall, featuring new faculty pianist Dimitri Vorobiev. This event is free and open to the public.

 

OSWEGO JAZZ PROJECT:

Visiting ensemble the Oswego Jazz Project will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. Featuring SUNY music professors Rob Auler (piano), Trevor Jorgensen (saxophone) and Eric Schmitz (drums) and SUNY alumnus Max McKee (bass), their repertoire typically focuses on time-tested classics by some of America's greatest songwriters. This event is free and open to the public.

 

PIANO RECITAL:

UNI School of Music alumnus Vladan Milenkovic will offer a piano recital at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, featuring faculty artist Robert Washut, piano, and other guests. He has recently completed his Master's degree at UNI where he performed with Jazz Band One and served as a teaching assistant. He is currently on faculty at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. This event is free and open to the public.

 

LARRY GATLIN AND THE GATLIN BROTHERS:

Grammy Award winners Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, at the GBPAC. For more information and tickets, visit www.gbpac.org or call 3-4TIX. UNI students receive a 50-percent discount.

 

QUINTET-SENTIAL:

See Quintet-sential at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. The UNI Faculty String Quartet joins Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphany Orchestra music director Jason Weinberger and principal pianist Sean Botkin for this performance of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet and Brahms' Piano Quintet.

 

JUNGLE JACK HANNA:

Jungle Jack Hanna and his exotic animal friends will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20, at the GBPAC. For more information and tickets, visit www.gbpac.org or call 3-4TIX. UNI students receive a 50 percent discount.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:.

ADULT SWIM LESSONS:

Take swim lessons in a small personalized class for individuals of all skill levels who want to learn basic swimming skills or perfect their strokes. Lessons will be from 6 to 6:45 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 14 - Oct. 14, in the WRC Leisure Pool. The class is $28 for students and $44 for non-students. E-mail kristi.obrien@uni.edu with questions or to register.

 

INTRAMURAL 11-ON-11 OPEN CO-REC SOCCER TOURNAMENT:

This tournament is open to students, faculty and staff and will take place at noon, Sunday, Sept. 27, at the West Campus Fields. Entry forms will be available during the week of Sept. 14 in WRC 161. Register Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 21 - 23, in WRC 161. The tournament is limited to the first eight teams to register. Call 3-7262 with questions.

 

INTRAMURAL 100/200 MILE RUN/WALK FITNESS CLUB:

The fitness club is open to students, faculty, staff, spouses and retirees. The entry fee is $15 per person and registration will begin Monday, Sept.14, in the Intramural Office, WRC 161. Mileage sheets will be available at that time. The deadline to complete mileage is Friday, Nov. 27. A dry-fit T-shirt will be awarded to those who complete their mileage by the deadline. Call 3-7262 with questions.

 

FITNESS AND LEISURE CLASSES:

Many fitness and leisure classes are still available. Classes include total aquatic conditioning, step, kick and spin, free Fridays, women on weights, boot camp and more. Prices are $37 to $47 for the semester. Visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitness/classes.html for more information.

 

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