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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. 22, 2009

NEWS:

INVITATION TO UNIVERSITY CONVOCATION:

Students, faculty and staff are invited to university convocation at 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Commons Ballroom. To view a special invitation to convocation, an event that recognizes excellence, visit http://www.uni.edu/president/convocation/.

 

CAMPUS FUNDRAISING PLANS REQUESTED:

In order to coordinate campus solicitations, university colleges and departments are requested to submit fundraising plans for the academic year to the UNI Foundation. The foundation can help your department coordinate your fundraising efforts for the most effective results. E-mail Vicki Collum, director of annual giving, at vicki.collum@uni.edu if you plan to solicit gifts from alumni this year.

 

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 from Tuesday, Sept. 22 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. 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.

 

CAMPUS ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY CONCERNS:

University Health and Safety Committee information and a member list can be found at
http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/healthsafety/safety/unisafe.shtml. If you become aware of an environmental safety concern, contact your committee representative or committee chair Kathy Green (kathy.green@uni.edu, 3-6921). If you notice a safety issue needing immediate attention, contact Environmental Safety staff members Wendel Reece (wendel.reece@uni.edu, 3-7269) or Gordon Krueger (gordon.krueger@uni.edu, 3-3445).

 

FREE PRINTER CARTRIDGES AVAILABLE:

The Department of Residence office has the following free printer cartridges available:
four color cartridges (magenta, yellow, cyan, and black) for a HP LaserJet printer-2550 series. These items are for campus use only. Call Roxanne at 3-7742 if interested.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

The Omaha World Herald ran a story about the signing agreement between UNI and Iowa Western Community College. http://www.omaha.com/article/20090921/NEWS01/709219976/0/FRONTPAGE

 

IMSEP's "I-Teach" Program was featured in the Cedar Rapids Gazette on Sept. 15.

http://gazetteonline.com/local-news/featured-local-news/2009/09/15/more-teachers-needed-in-some-subjects

 

SURVEY ON LATIN AMERICA:

Your input is desired regarding potential programs in Latin America for UNI students. Complete the survey at http://www.ir.uni.edu/dbWeb/surveys/lainterests/ prior to Saturday, Oct. 10. Data collected will be used to support a grant application that will focus on supporting educational opportunities in Latin America.

 

WHAT THE NATIONAL SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT TELLS US:

How does the percentage of first-year students who plan to study abroad compare with the percentage of seniors who have completed study abroad--much higher, higher, lower or much lower? Find out by using the interactive NSSE database at http://www.ir.uni.edu/dbweb/NSSE (enter with your CAT ID and click on the link for the interactive database).

 

BYERS NAMED INTERIM HRS DIRECTOR:

Michelle Byers, associate director of Human Resource Services, has been named interim director of the department. Byers replaces Nick Bambach who will retire on Oct. 1 after 10 years as HRS director. Byers is in her 10th year at UNI, and was HR coordinator for employment and labor relations prior to being named associate director in 2007.

 

A&F NEWS AND VIEWS:

The September 2009 edition of A&F News and Views is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/vpaf/documents/afnews0909.pdf. This newsletter has news and information about staff, their accomplishments and department activities in the Administration and Financial Services division.

 

A&F AWARD NOMINATIONS STILL BEING ACCEPTED:

It's not too late to nominate an employee of Administration and Financial Services (A&F) Division for the 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.

 

DID YOU KNOW? CNS:

The UNI Physics Department houses the only refereed, international journal devoted to undergraduate research, the American Journal of Undergraduate Research.

 

SUSHI TUESDAYS:

Sushi Tuesday will return to Maucker Union four times in 2009-10. Sept. 22 will be the first Sushi Tuesday. Sushi is prepared in Maucker Union kitchens and sold at Wasabi in Prexy’s, Maucker Union. Flavors are: California, tuna and vegetable cream cheese. Sushi costs $4.50 to $5 for a meal-size serving. 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:

GRANTS INFORMATION SESSION ON IOWA ENERGY CENTER AND IOWA POWER FUND:

OSP will present an informational session on the current grant opportunities with the Iowa Energy Center and the Iowa Power Fund from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, in the SIAC room in Maucker Union. Pre-proposals for research and demonstration projects from the Iowa Energy Center are due by Friday, Oct. 23. Find information on each sponsor at http://www.uni.edu/osp/state-programs or contact Hillery Oberle at 3-3961 or hillery.oberle@uni.edu.

 
EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES ON PREVENTION AND SAFE RETURN TO WORK:

The Best Practices in Workplace Injury: Effective Strategies on Prevention & Safe Return to Work training session will be held from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 30, in GIL 007/009. Speakers will include: Jeff Johnson, M.S., coordinator, Iowa Workers' Compensation Program; Mike Spellman, litigation specialist of Sedgwick Claims Management Services; and David Abkemeir, mobile therapy supervisor. For more information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training/best_prac_wkplace_inj.pdf. To reserve a spot, e-mail your name and department information to HRS-Training@uni.edu. Contact Therese, at 3-6164 or therese.callaghan@uni.edu or Lori, at 3-3536 or lori.hoffmann@uni.edu with questions.

 

THE WAY UP CONFERENCE:

The Way Up Conference will take place Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5 and 6, in West Des Moines. Plan now to attend this conference designed for women leaders and administrators in higher education in Iowa. Several of the conference concurrent sessions will be presented by UNI faculty and/or staff. For more information, contact Doreen Hayek (doreen.hayek@uni.edu, 3-7300) or Shelley Matthews O'Connell (shelley.matthews@uni.edu, 3-7736) or visit http://www.uni.edu/ietti/wayup

 

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 friendler 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

JOIN CANNED FOOD DRIVE:

Join the UNI Alumni Association and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in a food drive through Sept. 22. Canned food and toiletry items can be dropped off at the UNI Alumni House between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/communityvisit/cedar-falls

 

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/cedar-falls

 
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. Jazz/contemporary with Emily Miller will be the featured style Wednesday, Sept. 23.

 

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR NICK BAMBACH:

A retirement reception for Human Resource Services director Nick Bambach will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, in Commons Georgian Lounge. A short program will take place at 2:45 p.m. Join Administration and Financial Services and Human Resource Services and celebrate Nick's 10 years of service to UNI.

 

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.

 

POWER OF THE PURSE III: EVERY PENNY COUNTS:

The UNI Foundation and the Women’s Philanthropy Council will host a financial seminar for women from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Maucker Union Expansion. Keynote speaker, Cara Heiden, is one of the top women in banking in the nation. To view the breakout sessions or to register, visit http://www.unicompass.com/plgive_main.jsp?WebID=GL2005-0370.

 

VICTIM SERVICE INSTITUTE:

A conference offering cross disciplinary training to campus and community personnel who are points of first contact for campus victims of dating and domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Maucker Union Expansion. There is a $20 registration fee. E-mail margaret.corson@uni.edu to register. Sponsored by the DOJ-funded Campus Violence Prevention Project. For more information, e-mail Annette Lynch (lynch@uni.edu.)

 

CEDAR VALLEY SOLAR/ENERGY EFFICIENCY TOUR:

Solar hot water systems, photovoltaics (solar electric), ground source heat pumps and energy efficient construction are featured in a variety homes in five communities on the Cedar Valley Solar/Energy Efficiency Tour that will take place Sunday, Oct. 4. Most locations are open from 1 to 4 p.m. for the public to talk with homeowners. Visit www.ceee.uni.edu/Home/SolarEnergyEfficiencyTour.aspx for tour locations and times.

 
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

 

HOMECOMING 5K RUN/WALK:

The Panther Pacers running club will host its 12th Annual Homecoming 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, by the West Dome parking lot. The early entry fee, postmarked on or before Wednesday, Oct. 7, or delivered to the WRC 101 by Tuesday, Oct. 13, is $12 for UNI students and $15 for non-students. After the deadline, the entry fee is $20 for everyone. Participants registering by Wednesday, Oct. 7, will be guaranteed a long-sleeved black T-shirt. For more information or to download a copy of the entry form, visit http://www.pantherpacers.com

ATHLETICS:

VOLLEYBALL:

Volleyball will host Southern Illinois at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, in the McLeod Center. The Panthers will host Evansville at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, in the McLeod Center.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

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.

 

HOW TO START A SMALL BUSINESS II:

Learn the components of a business plan and what makes an effective plan from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, in BCS 33. The workshop will build on information from the Start a Small Business I workshop. Advance registration is required; e-mail jpec@uni.edu or call 3-JPEC (5732).

 

MAKING USE OF THE NATIONAL SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP:

NSSE provides a variety of data related to perceptions and behaviors of students at UNI. To find out where to find NSSE data and how it can be useful to you, come to "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. See http://www.uni.edu/assessment for a flier for this event.

 

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.

 

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

 

GREEN CHEMISTRY LECTURE:

The 2009 Leland Wilson Endowed Lecture series will present "Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice" by John Warner, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Lantz Auditorium of McCollum Science Hall. A reception will follow. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/chemistry.

 

CURATOR'S LECTURE, 'VOICE TO VISION' EXHIBITION:

In conjunction with the exhibition "Voice to Vision" (V2V) at the UNI Gallery of Art, David Feinberg of the University of Minnesota and V2V project director, will give a curator’s lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, in KAB 111. An opening reception will follow. Special guest Floriane Robins-Brown, executive director of the Nibakure Children's Village in Rwanda and a participant in V2V, will also present and field questions.

 

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 visit www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev.

 

IOWA NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER TO SHARE PHOTOS:

Renowned Iowa nature photographer Ty Smedes will discuss and share photos from his book, "Capturing Iowa's Seasons," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the University Museum, 3219 Hudson Road. From wild flowers to migrating song birds, view some of his most beautiful images featuring the common and uncommon visitors to Iowa's landscape. This event is free and open to the public. Visit www.uni.edu/museum for more information.

 

CYCLE OF VIOLENCE LECTURE:

The Cycle of Violence, a special community presentation by David Lisak that examines the history of violence in the lives of violent criminals, will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Lang Auditorium. Sponsored by the Campus Violence Prevention Project and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

 

BECKER MEMORIAL LECTURE IN HISTORY:

The 36th Annual Carl Becker Memorial Lecture in History will be presented by Eric Arnesen at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, in SRL 115. Arnesen is a professor of history at the George Washington University. The title of his lecture is "Soapboxes, Shakespeare, and Socialism: The Emerging Radicalism of A. Philip Randolph." The lecture is free and open to the public. For further information, e-mail wallace.hettle@uni.edu.

 

'BUILDING A MOTIVATING CULTURE TO MAXIMIZE PERFORMANCE' WORKSHOP:

"Building a Motivating Culture to Maximize Performance," will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, in the BCS. Register by Friday, Sept. 25. Learn to build and sustain a motivating, challenging and fun business culture; find out what's truly important to employees who report directly to you; analyze and identify people-based and reward-based motivators; and develop recognition and reward processes. Vickie Robinson will facilitate the workshop. UNI employees receive a 10 percent discount, equating to $260 per person. For more information or to register, call 3-5851 or e-mail execdev@uni.edu. Registration can also be completed by visiting www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev and clicking "Enroll Now."

 

ROMAN CATHOLIC STUDIES LECTURE:

Noted historian of American Catholicism, Robert Orsi, will lecture on "Relics, Rosaries, Statues and Other Objects: The Life of Catholic Things," at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, at St. Stephen's Catholic Student Center (1019 West 23rd St.) Orsi is the first holder of the Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies at Northwestern University, and is past president of the American Academy of Religion. Sponsored by the Department of Philosphy & World Religions. Free and open to the public.

 

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:

SYMPHONY SEASON TICKETS 50 PERCENT OFF THROUGH OCT. 2:

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony will welcome new subscribers by offering 50 percent off Gold and Silver season ticket packages through Friday, Oct. 2. This special offer is the WCFSO's gift to the Cedar Valley in celebration of the Symphony's 80th anniversary. Visit wcfsymphony.org for details or call 3-3373.

 

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 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:.

KICKING THE NICOTINE HABIT:

Assistance and resources are available to "kick the habit" through Wellness and Recreation Services. For more information, visit WRC 104, e-mail kathy.green@uni.edu or call 3-6921.

 

PERSONAL TRAINERS:

Let a personal trainer design a program with your specific goals in mind. Contact Kristy Leen at 3-7167 or kristy.leen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html

 

WRS HEALTH BEAT (HB) LOCKER SERVICES:

Tired of hauling all your workout gear to campus every day? Health Beat lockers are available for rent (half or long size, semester or year). Ask a fitness supervisor at HB, call 3-7167 or e-mail kristy.leen@uni.edu to sign up for a locker.

 

UPCOMING FITNESS CLASSES:

Register now for upcoming leisure/fitness classes beginning Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 12 and 13. Classes include Tai Chi; Chinese Martial Arts; RAD; Latin Dance; and Women on Weights. Visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitness/classes.html.

 

TURKEY TROT:

Register today for Turkey Trot, beginning Monday, Oct. 12. Walk, run, cycle, swim, use equipment or take a WRS fitness class to get fit. Receive online coaching support, enjoy incentives and improve your fitness level in 30 days. Lots of chances to win. Visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitness/classes.html for more information.

 

 

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