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Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009

NEWS:

PRESIDENT'S HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY SERVICE HONOR ROLL:

The university intends to apply for inclusion in this year’s President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, D.C. UNI was awarded the distinction of "Honor Roll Member" in the President's Community Service Honor Roll for 2008. In light of that recognition and consistent with President Allen's priorities, faculty and staff are asked to complete the community service projects inventory at http://www.ir.uni.edu/surveys/communityservice/ by Tuesday, Oct. 20. Contact Shashi Kaparthi, shashi.kaparthi@uni.edu with questions.

 

OFFER YOUR EXPERTISE:

The Dalai Lama steering committee is building a list of resources in anticipation of the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet's visit to UNI on May 18. We would like to create a directory of UNI experts in areas related to the Dalai Lama; Tibet and its people, culture, political environment and history; Buddhism and world religions; meditation; etc. This list will be posted online, potentially used for outreach and activities leading up to May 18, and made available to the media and the public. If you are interested in being included, e-mail your name, contact information, and expertise and how it relates to the Dalai Lama's visit to rebecca.schultze@uni.edu by Friday, Oct. 30.

 

IOWA NASA EPSCoR CONCEPT PAPERS DUE OCT. 19:

Two-page concept papers for the first round of the Iowa NASA ESPCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) selection process are due Monday, Oct. 19. Information is available at http://www.uni.edu/osp/iowa-nasa-epscor-request-proposals-due-oct-19. Contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 3-3961 if you intend to submit a concept paper or have questions.

 

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.

 

BARTLETT A LOT TO CLOSE FOR HOMECOMING:

The Bartlett A lot will be closed at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16. The Homecoming committee will re-open the lot Saturday morning for limited Homecoming festival parking. The east rows will remain blocked off for the duration of the festival and will re-open after 2 p.m. Contact the Homecoming committee at 3-2683 with questions.

 

SUPERVISORY AND CONFIDENTIAL COUNCIL MEETING:

The next meeting of the Supervisory & Confidential (S&C) Council will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, in GIL 025 (enter through Human Resources Office).

 

DID YOU KNOW? CSBS:

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology hosts the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, a top-tier journal in the sociology field.

 

OCTOBER IS DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH:

To celebrate Disability Awareness Month, look for facts and tips regarding individuals with disabilities. Tip of the day: When offering assistance to people with disabilities, wait until they accept your offer before you try and help them. To learn more about disability interaction etiquette, visit http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/comucate.htm. Look for more disability awareness information in future October UNI Online issues or visit http://www.uni.edu/disability

 

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.

 

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 over its 133 year history, including the 1918 influenza pandemic, at http://www.library.uni.edu/collections/special-collections/getting-sick-school.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

PASTA BAR FEATURED IN OCTOBER AT PREXY'S:

Celebrate national pasta month at Wasabi with a pasta bar. Make your own entree with a selection of pasta, sauce and toppings or enjoy the day's featured entree. The pasta bar will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 13 and 20.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

To read MyUNIverse News.

EMPLOYMENT:

MERIT VACANCIES:

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:

VERIFY CLASS LISTS:

In order for the Office of the Registrar to correct registration discrepancies, it's important that instructors provide information about differences between official class lists and student attendance. To verify the accuracy of class lists and/or report any discrepancies, print, complete, and return the form at https://www.uni.edu/registrar/faculty/Office of the Registrar - Class List Verification Form.pdf.

 

EMERGENCY PLANNING eLearning WORKSHOP:

ITS-Educational Technology has developed an eLearning workshop to assist faculty with creating an online presence for their face-to-face courses. This online presence would be used to allow continuation of course work during an emergency situation where the campus may be quarantined or closed. Visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/emergency_planning_workshops.html for the dates, times and registration procedure.

 

SAS STATISTICAL SOFTWARE SHORT COURSE:

Statistical Consulting Lab (SCL) will offer an introductory SAS short course at the following times: 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct 20; 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct 20; and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in WRT 110 computer lab. E-mail Mark Jacobson at jacobson@cs.uni.edu for more information. Visit http://www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL for information on short courses (SPSS, Minitab, SAS).

 

FACULTY ELECTRONIC GRADE ENTERING:

Need a refresher on entering mid-term and final grades electronically? Hands-on practice and assistance in a test environment will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, in the ITS training room (SSC002) in East Bartlett Hall. For more information on electronic grade entry, see http://www.uni.edu/registrar/faculty/webgradeentryguide.shtml. E-mail the Office of the Registrar at registrar@uni.edu with questions.

 

IPERS COUNSELING:

An IPERS representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 21, in GIL 010. To schedule an individual appointment, contact Kevin Wenndt with IPERS at 1-800-622-3849.

 
LEARN HOW TO BE SAFE ONLINE:

Eric Lukens, with the ITS Security Office, will discuss online safety at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in CBB 1. Topics will include online privacy with an emphasis on social networking sites and how to avoid viruses, scams, phishing and other online hazards, all presented in easy-to-understand, non-geek language. http://www.uni.edu/its/security/onlinesafety.html

 

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:

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 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. Early registration fees are $12 for UNI students and $15 for non-students. Race-day registration fees are $20. Forms must be hand-delivered to WRC 101 on or before Tuesday, Oct. 13, to be eligible for the early registration fee. For more information, or to download the entry form, visit http://www.pantherpacers.com

 

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.

 

WRC POOL NAMING:

President Benjamin J. Allen cordially invites you to attend the dedication of the Glen F. Henry Swimming and Diving Pool at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, in the WRC. Parking will be available in the Campbell Hall parking lot. For more information, call 3-6078.

 

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.

 

UNI COMMUNITY VISIT DAY: ANKENY:

Did you know more than 11,600 UNI alumni and more than 1,600 alumni educators live in the Ankeny area? UNI is planning a community visit day in the Ankeny area on Tuesday, Oct. 20. 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/ankeny.

 

PLAYING WITH HISTORY: THE MAKING OF TIME-TRAVEL VIDEO GAME '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.

 
IOWA DIALOG CONFERENCE:

The Iowa Dialog Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, at Maucker Union. Conference themes will be "if you judge people, you have no time to love them" - Mother Teresa and "our humanity and nobility are directly proportional to our closeness to our friends and our maintenance of these friendships" - Fethullah Gulen.
Keynote speakers will be Marcia Hermansen, professor, Loyola University, and Scott Alexander, director, Catholic-Muslim studies, Catholic Theological Union at Chicago. The conference is $35 for the conference, lunch and dinner with keynote speakers, or $11 for the conference and lunch only. Students may attend conference sessions at no charge. For registration and conference information, visit http://www.iowadialog.org/dialogconference/.

ATHLETICS:

PINK-OUT GAMES:

Colleges Against Cancer and UNI Athletics will host two "Pink-Out" games this week. Attend the soccer game vs. Illinois State on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and the Dig Pink volleyball game vs. Wichita State on Friday, Oct 16. Both events start at 7 p.m. and are pink-out games, so wear a gray or pink "beat cancer" T-shirt in recognition of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. T-shirts are sold by UNI STAT and Colleges Against Cancer and will be available at both games and at the Alumni House from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the week.

 

SOCCER:

Soccer hosts Illinois State at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14. The soccer team also hosts Indiana State at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17. Both matches are at the CVYSA Complex.

 

VOLLEYBALL:

UNI volleyball will host Wichita State at 7:05 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, in the McLeod Center. Volleyball will also host Missouri State at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, in the McLeod Center.

 

WOMEN'S RUGBY:

The UNI Women's Rugby team will host the University of Illinois at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, on the fields west of the UNI-Dome on 27th Street. Free admission. Contact Jennifer Murra at jennifer.murra@uni.edu or 3-2676 with questions.

 

SWIMMING:

Swimming will hold its alumni meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, in the WRC pool.

 

FOOTBALL:

Panther football hosts Southern Illinois at 4:05 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, in the UNI-Dome.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

SILENT FILM WITH LIVE MUSIC:

Faculty tuba artist Jeffrey Funderburk, in collaboration with GBPAC staff member Sandy Nordahl and Jon Scot Schwestka, will present "A Night at the Movies: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" at 8 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 13, in the GBPAC Davis Hall. The presentation will feature the 1919 German Expressionist film with live music. Facutly member Tom Barry will mix the sound to create a true "surround sound" experience.

 

'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.

 

RUSSIAN MOVIE NIGHT:

Broaden your cultural horizons and watch "Brother (Brat)" at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, in SRL 120. Danila goes to St. Petersburg to start a new life with his older brother but gets caught up in the brother's world of gangsters and killing. Russian with English subtitles.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

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.

 

SUPPORT TRAINING FOR CHILDREN OF MILITARY FAMILIES:

Learn how deployment affects military families in your community and where to find free resources and training to support them in an interactive workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in SEC 252. Due to limited seating, the registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 14. Military families need the help of community-based support networks to serve them where they live. School professionals, health professionals and community organizations are key to developing these community-based support networks. Call Darcie Davis-Gage at 3-4243 or e-mail Ashley at weltera@uni.edu with questions. Free for students, $25 for professionals (CEUs available).

 

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.

 

FINDING ANGEL INVESTORS FOR YOUR BUSINESS:

You have a great idea for a business, the business plan is written, and maybe you have even started production or launched your service. All you need is some cash to get your business going. Learn about finding an angel investor at a free, interactive webinar at noon, Thursday, Oct. 15, at www.myentre.net.

 

POTTING WORKSHOP AND LECTURE:

NIPS (Northern Iowa Potters and Sculptors) will host a two-day visiting artist workshop with Nick Joerling, studio potter from North Carolina. Demonstrations of working on the potter's wheel and finishing forms will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15 and 16, in the ceramics lab (KAB 126). Joerling will give a lecture about his artwork at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Art Auditorium (KAB 111).

 
LECTURE ON THE GENOCIDE IN RWANDA:

Ellen J. Kennedy, interim director of the Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Minnesota and director of the Genocide Intervention Network, will lecture on "Before and After Rwanda's Genocide: Creating Memory," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, in CBB 109. This lecture is one of a series of events organized by the UNI Holocaust and Genocide Education Program to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. For more information, e-mail Stephen.Gaies@uni.edu.

 

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).

 
GROUND BEETLES, PRAIRIES AND FIRE: MANAGING FOR BIODIVERSITY:

Kirk Larsen, head of the environmental sciences program at Luther College, will presesnt a seminar on natural resource research and management at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center (located ¼ mile west of the McLeod Center on W. 27th Street). Two primary processes important in the maintenance of tallgrass prairie are grazing and fire. Larsen will discuss using ground beetles as ecological indicators and evaluating their responses to fire. He will propose management strategies for tallgrass prairie preserves that will help maximize the biodiversity needed to conserve these endangered ecosystems.

 

HOW TO START A SMALL BUSINESS II:

Learn the components of a business plan and what makes an effective plan from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, in BCS 33. Information will build on information from the How to Start a Business I workshop. Advance registration is required; e-mail jpec@uni.edu or call 3-JPEC (5732).

PERFORMING ARTS:

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/RECITAL:

Visiting artist Richard Sherman, flute, will offer a master class at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18, in Graham Hall, Russell Hall and 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 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. Both events are 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 also will be presented alongside artwork by local students. Tickets are available at wcfsymphony.org, at any UNItix location, or at 3-4TIX (4849).

 
VIOLA RECITAL:

UNI School of Music faculty artist Julia Bullard will present a viola recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is 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. Lyrical dance with Lindsay Ellis and Kelsey Schwager will be the featured style on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Bring a friend and meet others who like to dance.

 

AUTUMN-MATIC WELLNESS FAIR 2009:

Attend the Autumn-matic Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the WRC North Gym. Agencies, businesses and organizations from the campus and community will be on site with health and wellness information. Various screenings, cooking demonstrations and drawings will take place. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/ and click on Wellness Fair. Brought to you by Wellness and Recreation Services.

 

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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