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Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009

NEWS:

MEET THE PRES:

The annual "Meet the Pres" event will be held at noon, Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Old Central Ballroom of Maucker Union. All Professional & Scientific and Supervisory and Confidential Merit Personnel employees are invited. In addition to President Allen's address, the 2009 Regents Staff Excellence Award recipients also will be recognized. Sponsored by the P&S Council.

 

EUNICE DELL AWARD NOMINATIONS:

Nominations are being accepted for the Eunice A. Dell Award for "Making a Difference." Individuals may nominate employees in the Division of Administration and Financial Services who, by their actions, have made a difference at UNI and/or in the community. Information, award criteria and nomination forms can be found at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/recognition/. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6.

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT:

The UNI Graduate College and Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) are conducting a small grant competition to support interdisciplinary and/or inter-institutional program development. This request for proposals will fund up to four proposals of $2,500 each for interdisciplinary/inter-institutional graduate program curricular development, and up to four proposals of $2,500 each for interdisciplinary/inter-institutional research projects or center development. The proposal deadline is 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1. For more information and an application cover sheet, visit http://www.grad.uni.edu/awards/interprogdev.aspx.

 

2008 CLERY CAMPUS CRIME REPORT & STATISTICS AVAILABLE:

The Clery Act requires UNI to publish an annual report regarding certain crimes reported to UNI Public Safety and other specific offices on campus. The 2008 Clery Campus Crime Report and Statistics are now available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/pubsaf/crime_stats/clery.shtml.

 

INFLUENZA AND OTHER ILLNESSES AT UNI:

The H1N1 influenza virus is not the first health threat faced by UNI. The University Archives has prepared an illustrated essay on how the school and students responded to many illnesses, including the 1918 influenza pandemic, over its 133 year history at http://www.library.uni.edu/collections/special-collections/getting-sick-school.

 

PLAN TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK, NOV. 16-20:

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the U.S.
Join the UNI celebration of International Education by proposing an event or series of events. Events may include, but are not limited to: information tables in the Maucker Union and other locations, information sessions, lectures, discussion panels, international movies, conversation tables, presentations etc. To submit an event, e-mail nadia.korobova@uni.edu with the following: title of event, brief description, preferable date and time, and contact person. The deadline for submitting an event is Friday, Oct. 30.

 

CAMPUS FUNDRAISING PLANS REQUESTED:

In order to coordinate campus solicitations, university colleges and departments should submit fundraising plans for the academic year to the UNI Foundation. The foundation can help departments coordinate 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.

 

DID YOU KNOW? CSBS:

CSBS teaches large numbers of students efficiently. Last year CSBS generated 68,000 academic student credit hours, the largest on campus. At the same time, CSBS departments occupied six of the top 10 rankings for efficiency when examining costs per credit hour and had the highest percentage of tenure-track faculty teaching courses.

 

FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GRADUATE COLLEGE:

The Graduate College is celebrating its 40th anniversary. For the month of October, a display highlighting the history of the Graduate College will be located in the Rod Library First Floor Display Case, adjacent to the Multiservice Center.

 

REVISED I-9 FORM:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a revised Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) form (Rev. 08/07/09). UNI began using the revised I-9 form Thursday, Oct. 1. If your department assists new or rehired employees or student employees with completing new-hire paperwork, insure you are using the correct version found in Forms Repository (http://access.uni.edu/forms/index.shtml#I). Send all student I-9s to Student Employment, 105 Gil-0024; call 3-2722 with questions. New or rehired faculty, staff or graduate assistants should be referred to HRS, 027 GIL or call 3-2422 with questions.

 

TIME TO UPDATE PI DATABASE PROFILES:

During the month of October, the Office of Sponsored Programs encourages all faculty and research staff to visit UNI's Professional Interest (PI) Database (http://www.uni.edu/osp/professional-interest-database) and update or create a new profile if you do not have one. At the end of October, the department with the highest percentage of participation in the PI Database update will win donuts and coffee, courtesy of OSP. E-mail osp@uni.edu with questions.

 

OCTOBER IS DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH:

To celebrate Disability Awareness Month, look for facts and tips regarding individuals with disabilities. Fact of the day: almost three in 10 workers entering the workforce will become disabled before retiring. (Social Security Administration, Fact Sheet, Jan. 31, 2007). Look for more disability awareness information in future UNI Online issues in October or visit http://www.uni.edu/disability.

 

COOLING SHUTDOWN:

Facilities services staff have begun shutting down mechanical cooling systems in university buildings. This is done annually to protect cooling coils from potential freeze damage. Call 3-4400 with questions or concerns.

 

PURPOSES AND GOALS STATEMENT FOR THE LAC:

The current purposes and goals statement draft for the Liberal Arts Core is available at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/lac/. Comments concerning the statement should be directed to the LAC coordinator (siobahn.morgan@uni.edu) and to your Faculty Senators.

 

WATCH FOR EXTRA TRAFFIC ON FRIDAY:

The Speaking of Women's Health Conference will be held at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 9, at the McLeod Center. Traffic will be heavy west of Hudson Road on Oct. 9, as 3,000 people are expected to attend.

 

UNI BAG SETS:

UNI’s Construction Management Club and Pi Sigma Epsilon have teamed up to provide hand-crafted exclusive Panther Tailgating Bag Sets to UNI fans, while supplies last. Each set includes two boards with handles and eight bags. Sets are $60 for students and $80 for non-students. To view pictures or print off an order form, visit

www.wix.com/pseuni/pseuni. Checks should be made out to PSE and mailed to: The University of Northern Iowa Marketing Office, CBB 335, Cedar Falls, IA 50613. E-mail Paula at throndsp@uni.edu with questions.

 

STUFFED CRUST FEATURED THIS WEEK AT AVANTI:

Celebrate national pizza month with pizza from Prexy's in Maucker Union. Discounts are available when you order four or more pizzas. Stuffed-crust pizza is featured this week at Avanti. During the month of October, get a discount on every pizza with a coupon from www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening.

 

FREE COFFEE EVENT OCT. 13:

The Roasterie Sprinter event van will be parked at the southwest side of Maucker Union from 8 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, to promote Roasterie air-roasted coffee, a featured menu item at Chats in Maucker Union. There will be free coffee and give-aways.

 

HOT LUNCH FIVE DAYS A WEEK AT BISCOTTI'S:

Biscotti's in Redeker Center has expanded its hot lunch menu to five days a week (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) Monday: meatball sub,$3.25; Tuesday: walking taco, $3; Wednesday: chicken enchilada soup, $3.25; Thursday: sloppy joe, $3; and Friday: hot dogs, $2.25.

 

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EMPLOYMENT:

P&S VACANCIES:

P&S vacancies include facilities engineer. To view the complete job description, 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/

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

ASSIGNMENT CALCULATOR:

A new online tool for planning research papers and staying on schedule is available. Enter the due date and get a list of 12 steps to complete. Each step includes a "due date," help documents, and links to resources such as Rod Library and Writing Center; visit http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/calculator/ to see how it works.

 

NATIONAL WORKPLACE SAFETY PRESENTER TO SPEAK ON CAMPUS--FREE TO SUPERVISORS:

Gary Higbee, a certified safety professional, will present "Learn Your Responsibility for Employee Safety" from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Lang Auditorium. With 39 years of safety experience, Higbee's presentation will help supervisors understand and identify risks and potential liabilities that exist in the workplace. For more information on the program and registration information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training/supervisor_safety_respons.pdf

 

TITLE II EDUCATION GRANTS INFORMATION SESSION:

The request for proposals for this year's Title II Education Grant Programs is available at http://www.uni.edu/osp/iowa-title-ii-grants. Required letters of intent are due Friday, Nov. 20. OSP will provide an information session on the Title II grant opportunities at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, in East Bartlett 213. Contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 3-3961 for more information.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

OSP GRANTS AND CONTRACTS ADMINISTRATOR FORUM:

The Office of Sponsored Programs will host several forums for campus to attend presentations made by the candidates for the OSP grants and contracts administrator position. The second candidate will present from 1 to 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12, in the Maucker Union's University Room. The third candidate will present from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12, in the Maucker Union's Elm Room. Each candidate will present his or her vision for the position for the first 15 minutes and will field questions from faculty and staff for the remaining 45 minutes. Contact Christy Twait in the Office of Sponsored Programs at 3-3217 with questions.

 
VIOLENCE AWARENESS:

The Interested Men of Lambda Theta Phi will host an informational session on violence awareness from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Oct. 8 and 9, in Maucker Union. Fliers will provide local and national resources as well as statistics and history. Ribbons and pins will be distributed to increase awareness.

 

HERITAGE HONOURS ALUMNI AWARD RECEPTION:

A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, in the Commons Ballroom. This year's honorees are emeritus professors Sally Frudden (Alumni Achievement Award) and Len Froyen (Alumni Service Award), Federal Park Ranger Brad Block (Young Alumnus Award) and John Deere Global Manufacturing Engineering Manager Guang Jin (Young Alumnus Award). The event is free, but RSVP is requested. For more information, visit www.unialum.org

 

HOMECOMING PANCAKE AND CINNAMON ROLL BREAKFAST:

The annual St. Stephen Homecoming pancake and cinnamon roll breakfast will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at St. Stephens (next to UNI Book & Supply). The cost is $3 for a cinnamon roll and coffee/hot chocolate; $6 for a pancake breakfast; or $8 for both. All are welcome. For more information, call Kelly at 266-9863.

 

SAFE DATE TAILGATE:

The Women’s and Gender Studies program will host the fourth annual Safe Date Tailgate from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, in the southwest corner of the North WRC lot to raise awareness about safe dating and violence prevention on campus. There will be free food, drinks, tailgating games and a raffle.

 

PLAYING WITH HISTORY: THE MAKING OF TIME-TRAVEL VIDEOGAME 'DARKEST OF DAYS':

Phantom EFX CEO Aaron Schurman will detail how his company made the just-released "The Darkest of Days," a time-travel game based on real conflicts in history, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Maucker Union Room C. Schurman will discuss the creative process of building a complex video game, which draws on history, art, graphic design, music, computer science, education and other disciplines. He also will discuss the future of gaming and the explosion of the creative design industry in the Cedar Valley. This event, sponsored by CHFA and Communications Studies, is free and open to the public.

 

PANTHER PALS CAMP:

The Panther Pals basketball camp is a chance to be part of the team and to get to know the players and coaches. The camp will take place Sunday, Nov. 1, and is open to boys and girls in grades first through sixth. See http://www.unipanthers.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/niwa/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/panther-pals-2009 for more information.

ATHLETICS:

CROSS COUNTRY:

Cross Country will compete in the Dan Huston Invitational in Waverly, Saturday, Oct. 10. The women will start at 10:45 a.m. and the men's race will start at 11:30 a.m.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

'A FRIEND INDEED -- THE BILL SACKTER STORY':

See a special screening of "A Friend Indeed - The Bill Sackter Story" at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, in SEC 246. Winner of the #1 Audience Favorite Award in five film festivals already, this new feature-length documentary tells the real-life story of a forgotten man named Bill Sackter and his uncommon friendship with young college student Barry Morrow that forever shattered the world’s perceptions of people with disabilities. It's a true story of friendship, faith and human compassion, and it happened in Iowa.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

MUSICALLY SPEAKING LECTURE:

Professor of music history Melinda Boyd will coordinate a "Musically Speaking" lecture at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, in RSL 116. The Musically Speaking lecture series is in its second year and features guest lecturers and presentations on musicology, music theory and ethnomusicology. For more information, e-mail Melinda.Boyd@uni.edu.

 

HOW ENEMIES BECAME FRIENDS:

View and discuss a video on how two remarkable leaders -- Ann Atwater, a civil rights leader, and C. P. Ellis, a Klan leader -- started out as enemies and became friends while serving on a school desegregation committee from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, in SEC 252. Discussion leader Gerri Perreault is from UNI's Leadership Studies Program. Free and open to the public.

 

LEARN THE BASICS OF STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS:

Learn the basics of starting a small business, including business structure, taxes and resources and learn how to write a business plan, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct.10, in BCS 33. Advance registration required; e-mail jpec@uni.edu or call 3-JPEC (5732).

 

MUSIC EDUCATION WORKSHOP:

Instructor of music education Michelle Swanson will coordinate a music education workshop at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. For more information, e-mail michelle.swanson@uni.edu.

 

DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12, at the Cedar Falls Public Library to discuss two books about Hmong culture: "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" by Anne Fadiman and "The Latehomecomer" by Kao Kalia Yang, a second generation Hmong, who will lead the discussion. All are welcome.

 

WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES:

Erik Anderson will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the CME multipurpose room. Anderson provides a unique perspective on disability issues, utilizing his personal and professional experience working with individuals with disabilities. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Awareness for Individuals with Disabilities.

 

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE:

Thomas Connors, associate professor, history, will present "Service after Death: The Political Use of Corpses" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.

 

NETWORKING LUNCH ON RESEARCH IN BRAZIL:

As part of UNI’s FIPSE-Brazil award from the Department of Education, UNI will host faculty from its Brazilian partner institutions, the University of Brasília and Universidade Federal de Goias. To encourage research collaborations between institutions, a presentation on their research activities will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 14, in CBB 1 and 3. A light lunch will be provided. RSVP by e-mailing CBA.Office@uni.edu by Friday, Oct. 9. More information about both institutions and their respective research areas can be found at www.cba.uni.edu/fipse-brazil/NetworkingLunch.pdf.

 

HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION:

The campus is invited to the next Hot Topics In Education "Reforming Today's High School," at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the CME 109. Bridgette Wagoner will discuss what high schools need to do to create learning environments that enhance student learning and teaching. For more information, contact Stacey Christensen, 3-6728.

 

IOWA'S ENDANGERED WOOD TURTLES:

Meet one of Iowa's endangered species, the North American wood turtle, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the University Museum. Jeff Tamplin, UNI associate professor of biology, will discuss the unique traits of the aquatic turtle and the many discoveries made through his research. In addition, view animals from the biology department's live display cases including turtles, snakes and an alligator. Visit www.uni.edu/museum for more information.

 

HOW TO START A SMALL BUSINESS I:

Learn the basics of starting a small business including business structure, taxes and resources from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, in BCS 33 . Advance registration is required; e-mail jpec@uni.edu or call 3-JPEC (5732).

PERFORMING ARTS:

MAYHEM POETS:

See a one-hour performance by Mayhem Poets at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, at the GBPAC. Utilizing hip-hop rhythms and dynamic theatrical techniques, the Mayhem Poets have developed performances to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to craft and perform original poetry. Free. For more information, visit www.mayhempoets.com.

 

DORAN ESPE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL:

Several student-led chamber ensembles will be featured in concert at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, in the Graham Chamber Music Hall in Russell Hall. Ranging from brass ensembles to vocal groups and duets, featured ensembles will perform selections from many genres, including classical and jazz. Free and open to the public. Hosted annually by the Beta Nu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

 

TUBA RECITAL:

Faculty artist Jeffrey Funderburk will present a tuba recital featuring GBPAC staff artist Sandy Nordahl, double bass and technology, at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct.13, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

CHORALE CONCERT:

Under the direction of UNI School of Music visiting artist and conductor Dyan Meyer, the UNI Concert Chorale will offer a concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

FLUTE MASTER CLASS:

Visiting artist Richard Sherman, flute, will offer a master class at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18, in Graham Hall, Russell Hall. Sherman is professor of flute at the Michigan State University College of Music and is active as a soloist, orchestral musician and recitalist. He is former principal flute with the Rochester (New York) Philharmonic Orchestra, and is principal flute with the Chautauqua (New York) Symphony Orchestra and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. This event is free and open to the public.

 

FLUTE RECITAL:

Visiting artist Richard Sherman, flute, will offer a recital at 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Sherman is professor of flute at the Michigan State University College of Music. He is former principal flute with the Rochester (New York) Philharmonic Orchestra, and is principal flute with the Chautauqua (New York) Symphony Orchestra and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. This event is free and open to the public.

 

A BOY, A WOLF AND A GIANT JAM SANDWICH:

Decorah native Philip Wharton will join the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18, to present his new storytelling piece, The Giant Jam Sandwich, which features visuals and narration from John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway's children's book. Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf will also be presented alongside artwork by local students. Tickets are available at wcfsymphony.org, at any UNItix location, or at 3-4TIX (4849).

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

RENOVATED FREE-WEIGHT ROOM OPEN:

The newly renovated free-weight room (WRC 153) is open, with expanded hours for drop-in recreation. With new lighting, flooring, paint and equipment, this facility is open to men and women of all ages and fitness levels. Hours are from 6 to 8 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday; 3 to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 11 p.m., Sunday.

 
REGISTER NOW FOR 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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