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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. 15, 2009

NEWS:

FACULTY & STAFF ENCOURAGED TO GET SEASONAL FLU SHOTS FROM PERSONAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS:

Two thousand seasonal flu vaccinations will be available to UNI students free of charge beginning Tuesday, Sept. 22 and running through Wednesday, Sept. 30. Dates, times and locations of the free student flu vaccinations can be found at http://www.uni.edu/health/flu.html#vaccine. The flu vaccinations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for students only. Faculty and staff accustomed to getting a seasonal flu vaccination at the Student Health Center may want to contact personal health care providers. The clinic will focus its allotment of doses on students and there may (or may not) be vaccines available to faculty and staff.

All UNI students, faculty and staff are encouraged to get a vaccination for the seasonal flu. This is not a vaccination for the H1N1 flu, but having it will help the overall population at UNI remain healthier.

 

STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM UPDATE:

Implementation of the new student information system is underway with UNI staff and consultants from CIBER, Inc. working together in the former dining hall of Campbell Hall. Jan Hanish, assistant vice president for administration and financial services, is project director and Mike Holmes, information technology specialist, is project manager. A more complete update from Vice President for Student Affairs Terry Hogan is available at http://www.uni.edu/sis/.

 

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.

 

PANTHER PARENT NEWSLETTER CONTENT SUBMISSION:

The next issue of the Panther Parent newsletter will be distributed the week of Oct. 5. If you have submissions for the Panther Parent newsletter, send to liz.conklin@uni.edu by Friday, Sept. 18. To view past issues of Panther Parent, visit http://www.uni.edu/resources/parents/newsletter.shtml. Space is limited and editorial content will be determined by UM&PR and Student Affairs.

 

WHAT THE NATIONAL SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT TELLS US:

What percent of first-year students at UNI reported having serious conversations often or very often with students of a different race or ethnicity than their own (NSSE question 1u)-- 5 percent, 15 percent, 30 percent, 45 percent or 60 percent? To find out, visit https://www.uni.edu/assessment/data/nssedata.shtml and click on Survey Responses for 2009. (Use your CAT ID to access the page.)

 

DID YOU KNOW? CNS:

Since May 2000, chemistry and biochemistry faculty have been awarded almost $850,000 in grants, from such funding agencies as the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund and the Research Corporation.

 

A&F AWARD NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED:

Nominations are being accepted for the Administration and Financal Services (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.

 

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.

 

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.

 
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.

 

NATIONAL APPLE MONTH:

Apple tarts, turnovers, apple crisp, apple cider and more will be featured through Wednesday, Sept. 30, during National Apple Month in Maucker Union restaurants. Apples are a good choice in a healthy diet providing ample fiber and nutrients. See promotions and new product information at 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.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

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EMPLOYMENT:

MERIT VACANCIES:

Current Merit vacancies are 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:

TIAA-CREF COUNSELING:

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions Thursday, Sept.17, Tuesday, Sept. 29 and Wednesday, Sept. 30. A TIAA-CREF representative can help answer questions such as 1) Is my investment mix appropriate? 2) Am I saving enough to maintain my lifestyle in retirement? and 3) How do I use my funds for income in retirement? To sign up for these complimentary meetings, visit www.tiaa-cref.org/moc or call (toll free) (866) 842-2977.

 
STATISTICAL DATA ANALYSIS HELP AND SHORT COURSES:

The Department of Mathematics provides assistance through its Statistical Consulting Lab (SCL), offering a free source of statistical support for routine data analyses to students, faculty and staff. Contact Mark Jacobson at 3-7172 or jacobson@cs.uni.edu to set up an appointment. Visit http://www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL for short courses schedule (SPSS, Minitab, SAS).

 

BECOME A CARD-DISPLAYING UNI SAFE ZONE ALLY:

UNI is a friendly, safe campus for most. Allies are needed, however, to make it friendlier and safer for everyone. Learn more at one of seven Safe Zone Ally Orientations. The first orientation will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27, in the Noehren Rec Room. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/documents/Fall09poster_003.pdf.

 

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

SPECIAL EVENTS:

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 of 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 http://www.uni.edu/communityvisit.

 

COMMUNITY VISIT DAY IN THE CEDAR VALLEY:

Did you know more than 1,300 UNI alumni educators live in the Cedar Valley? UNI is planning a Community Visit Day in the Cedar Valley area on Tuesday, Sept. 22. 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 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.

 

THE DAILY SHOW'S SENIOR BLACK CORRESPONDENT TO SPEAK AT UNI:

Larry Wilmore,"The Senior Black Correspondent" on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," will speak at 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. In his speech, "Don't Take Diversity Seriously: Just Kidding," Wilmore opens the door to an honest conversation about race and diversity in our country, as he delivers a message laced with comedy in an interactive, multi-media discussion.

 

APPLES, CHEESE AND COMEDY:

The Cedar Falls Annual Community Read for the Environment partners will host an "Apples, Cheese & More" mini-festival and potluck picnic from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Hartman Reserve Nature Center, 657 Reserve Drive. Sample apples from local orchards, help make apple cider and learn to make cheese. Participants should bring a dish or two to share, tableware and a beverage. This free celebration will end with comedy improv troupe "Half Masted's" tribute to apples. For more information, visit www.ceee.uni.edu/acre.aspx, call Hartman Reserve at 277-2187, or e-mail Susan Salterberg at susan.salterberg@uni.edu.

 

HOXIE FORUM - CONGRESS-TO-CAMPUS:

The Hoxie Forum will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21, in SRL 115. Former Congressmen Bill Burlison (D-MO) and Phil English (R-PA) will discuss congressional-presidential relations. The former members of Congress will visit UNI as part of the Congress-to-Campus program. The forum will be moderated by Scott Peters, associate professor of political science. A brief reception will follow the forum. For further information e-mail donna.hoffman@uni.edu or call 3-5916.

 

UNI TO HOST IOWA ELECTRATHON:

UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education will host the Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon Championship Series on Saturday, Sept. 26. Battery-powered cars will race in the parking lot south of University Avenue across from the GBPAC. The design competition starts at 9 a.m., hot laps begin at 12:15 p.m. and the endurance race is at 1:30 p.m. For more information about the Iowa Electrathon, visit http://www.ceee.uni.edu/Home/Programs/Education/Education/Electrathon/tabid/323/Default.aspx or e-mail electrathon@uni.edu.

 

STURGIS YOUTH THEATRE OFFERS CREATIVE DRAMA CLASSES:

The Sturgis Youth Theatre's schedule of creative drama classes for youth in kindergarten through high school is available. Classes begin Monday, Oct. 5. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre/sturgis

ATHLETICS:

SOFTBALL:

Softball will host Kirkwood at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex.

 
FOOTBALL:

Football will host St. Francis at 4:05 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, in the UNI-Dome. The first 12,000 fans will receive a piece of the old turf.

 

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

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.

 

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR:

Undergraduate students Jake Haden, Trent England and Brad Davison will discuss "Geology Summer Field Camp" at 4 p.m., Monday Sept. 21, in Latham 125.

 

SEX AROUND THE WORLD:

Janell Carroll will deliver the presentation "Sex Around the World" from 8 to 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, in LNG 117. A prominent national speaker, sexologist, and author, Carroll will discuss how sexual attitudes, practices, and behaviors vary by culture. Free event.

 

MAKING USE OF THE NATIONAL SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP:

he Office of Institutional Research and the Office of Academic Assessment are co-sponsoring "What Is NSSE and How Can We Use It at UNI?" from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the State College Room in Maucker Union. Find out where to find NSSE data and how it can be useful to you.

 

SPEAKER ON RENEWABLE ENERGY, SUSTAINABLE FUTURE AT CEEE:

Richard Heinberg, renowned expert on the topic of peak oil, will speak at the UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the CEEE auditorium. Heinberg will provide an update on fossil fuel supplies, trace the connections between energy and the financial system, and show how individuals and communities are making the transition to a renewable-energy, sustainable future. For more information, call 3-7575 or visit www.ceee.uni.edu

 

ECOLOGICAL PERFORMANCE OF MITIGATION WETLANDS IN IOWA:

Terry VanDeWalle, the principal scientist with Natural Resource Consulting, will present the results of a comprehensive study of the ecological performance of wetland mitigation sites in Iowa at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center (¼ mile west of the McLeod Center on West 27th Street). Species richness and abundance data were collected on algae, protozoa, aquatic invertebrates, vascular plants, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals at each site. Species richness and diversity at 12 Iowa DOT mitigation sites and three reference sites were compared to determine if mitigation wetlands are performing differently than reference wetlands. For more information, call 3-3828, or e-mail rwelch@uni.edu.

 

EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTER TO HOST WORKSHOP:

"Managing Multiple Priorities: Organization and Time Management" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the BCS 30. Vickie Robinson will discuss how to use a prioritizing plan where important tasks are done on time and strategies for handling unexpected requests. The cost for UNI employees is $260 per person which includes the training materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments. The enrollment deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 22. To enroll, call 3-5851, e-mail execdev@UNI.edu or at www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev.

 

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. Visit http://www.sabeeliowa.org/ or www.fosna.org for information on registration, posters and more.

PERFORMING ARTS:

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 Symphony 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.

 

LONDON ESCAPE BENEFIT CONCERT:

Attend London Escape: The 28th Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. The concert will feature music by the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony with faculty artists Amanda McCandless, clarinet, and Chris Buckholz, trombone; Jazz Band One; the UNI Opera Ensemble; the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra with combined choral ensembles, and more. Proceeds from the concert will go toward benefit scholarships for current School of Music students. For tickets, call 3-4TIX.

 

ALL-STATE WIND, BRASS AND PERCUSSION WORKSHOPS:

The UNI School of Music will present its annual hands-on workshops for high school student instrumentalists preparing for all-state competition, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27, in Russell Hall and GBPAC. This event is free, but requires registration. To register, visit www.uni.edu/music or call 3-2025.

 

MARACA2 PERCUSSION DUO:

Visiting percussion duo Maraca2 will present a recital at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Maraca2 will present two master classes at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 1, in Davis Hall. All Maraca2 events are free and open to the public.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:.

MOVEMENT OUTLET:

Attend free weekly dance sessions taught by UNI students for UNI faculty, staff and students from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in WRC 185/187. Tap and clogging with Stacie Duckwitz will be the featured style Wednesday, Sept. 16.

 

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.

 

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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