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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, Oct. 20, 2009

NEWS:

STRATEGIC PLANNING TOWN HALL MEETINGS:

Join President Allen, Provost Gibson and the strategic planning committee at a town hall meeting to discuss the strategic planning process. Plan to attend one of the two town hall meetings scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 21, or from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22. Both meetings will be held in Commons Ballroom.

 

CONVOCATION RECAP ONLINE:

On Sept. 23, President Allen and the campus community participated in university convocation, a celebration that recognized excellence. Convocation included a state of the university address by Allen, remarks by Provost Gibson and recognition of key faculty awards and the Board of Regents Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards. To view video and photos from convocation, visit http://www.uni.edu/president/university-convocation.

 

INVITATION TO DEMONSTRATION OF NEW STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM:

Representatives from Oracle will return to campus on Wednesday, Oct. 28 to present demos for faculty, staff and students on the PeopleSoft Campus Solutions suite of software. To view a special invitation from Executive Vice President and Provost Gloria Gibson and Vice President of Student Affairs Terry Hogan, visit www.uni.edu/sis.

 

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.

 

BECOME INFORMED FOR HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA'S VISIT:

To expand your knowledge of what the Dalai Lama stands for, visit the Dalai Lama information booth at the WRS Wellness Fair (http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/events/autumnfair/index.html). Get information about the Dalai Lama and book clubs, pick-up a University Book & Supply discount coupon for selected Dalai Lama titles and register to win a free book by the Dalai Lama. Lori Hoffmann, training and development coordinator for UNI Human Resource Services, and Casie Bass, general books buyer for UBS will be available to answer questions.

 

UNI UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY:

UNI's campaign for the Cedar Valley United Way is underway and all employees should receive pledge packets this week. The campaign runs through Friday, Nov. 6. The needs are great, so, once again, the UNI United Way campaign goal is to increase employee participation. Last year's CVUW community survey found education, income and health are the areas of greatest concern as the building blocks for a good life-- a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement and good health. Thus, program support will be directed to these areas. For more information, visit www.cedarvalleyunitedway.org

 

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS OFFICE MOVE:

Graduate Admissions has moved from the Registrar's Office to the Admissions Office in GIL 002. Laurie Russell continues to process graduate applications and may be contacted at 3-2623 or laurie.russell@uni.edu. Refer prospective graduate students to Laurie for application assistance.

 

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.

 

UNI: VETERAN-FRIENDLY CAMPUS:

As veterans return from war and pursue a degree at UNI, it's important to understand and respond to their unique needs. Attend "UNI: Veteran-friendly Campus," a program designed to provide insights about this important student population, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, or from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. Register in advance at www.uni.edu/admissions/insights. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. E-mail drake.martin@uni.edu for more information.

 

DID YOU KNOW? CSBS:

During the 2008-2009 academic year, CSBS faculty obtained $1.8 million in new grant money.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

Harry Brod, philosophy and world religions, was quoted in many media outlets discussing troubling trends in Halloween costumes. This is from the Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-halloweencustumes,0,181974.story

Chris Larimer, assistant professor of political science, was quoted in the Des Moines Register about Gov. Culver's decision to not call a special legislative session.
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20091019/NEWS10/910190320

 

OCTOBER IS DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH:

To celebrate Disability Awareness Month, look for facts and tips regarding individuals with disabilities. Fact of the Day: Every nine seconds a person will suffer a disabling work injury (National Safety Council, Injury Facts 2004). Look for more disability awareness information in future October UNI Online issues or visit http://www.uni.edu/disability.

 

SAFE ZONE ALLY SESSIONS CANCELLED:

Safe Zone Ally orientations scheduled for Oct. 26, 27 and 29 have been cancelled. Those who wish to obtain a Safe Zone Ally card to display will soon be offered an online opportunity to obtain one. Look for announcements later this semester. E-mail drake.martin@uni.edu for more information.

 

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).

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Hartman Reserve Nature Center needs individuals to assist in leading programs for K-12 school groups. School visits are three hours long and opportunities exist Monday through Friday. Volunteers age 18 and older are welcome. E-mail volunteerUNI@vccv.org for more information.

 

CELEBRATE NATIONAL CHILI MONTH:

Enjoy hot chili everyday now through Friday, Oct. 30, at Prexy's in celebration of National Chili Month. A different chili will be featured each day. Panther chili, zesty beef chili, Mexican chicken chili, and many others will be available.

 

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., Tuesday, Oct. 20.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

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EMPLOYMENT:

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

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

HEALTH & DENTAL OPEN ENROLLMENT - MERIT EMPLOYEES:

The Merit 2010 Health & Dental Open Enrollment period is Friday, Oct. 23 through Monday, Nov. 23. Visit www.uni.edu/hrs/benefits for more information and to obtain an enrollment form. Representatives from UNI Benefits, Wellmark and Delta Dental will be available to answer questions at the UNI Wellness Fair from 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27. Submit completed enrollment forms to Human Resource Services, 027 Gilchrist, 0034. New coverage will take effect Jan. 1.

 

VISION INSURANCE & FLEXIBLE SPENDING OPEN ENROLLMENT - ALL EMPLOYEES:

Open enrollment for Vision Insurance and Flexible Spending will be Friday, Oct. 23 through Monday, Nov. 23 for the 2010 plan year. Visit www.uni.edu/hrs/benefits for more information and to obtain an enrollment form. Representatives from UNI Benefits, Avesis & R.D. Drenkow will be available to answer questions at the UNI Wellness Fair from 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27. Submit completed enrollment forms to Human Resource Services, 027 Gilchrist, 0034. New coverage will take effect Jan. 1, 2010. Reminder: You must re-enroll every year in flexible spending; enrollment does not carry over from year-to-year.

 
UPCOMING LOCAL GRANT DEADLINES:

Several local organizations, including the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors and the City of Waterloo, have upcoming deadlines for small grant opportunities. Most programs fund marketing or other costs for projects or events that contribute to the tourism and/or economic development of the Cedar Valley. For a list of grants and deadlines, visit http://www.uni.edu/osp/local-and-regional-funders. Contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 3-3961 to apply or with questions.

 

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 Class List Verification form at http://www.uni.edu/registrar/faculty/webgradeentryguide.shtml.

 

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 to register or for more information. Visit http://www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL for information on short courses (SPSS, Minitab, SAS).

 

STUDENT PANEL TO DISCUSS DISABILITY EXPERIENCES:

UNI students will discuss their experiences as individuals with disabilities on a college campus at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the CME. Those in attendance will gain an understanding of accommodations and services students utilize while pursuing their education, as well as common misconceptions people with disabilities face in their everyday lives.

 
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

SPECIAL EVENTS:

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 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 Ballroom 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 the Department of Communications Studies, is free and open to the public.

 
IN MY SHOES:

Participate in a hands-on experience and learn some of the challenges individuals with disabilities face on the college campus from noon to 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, in the College Eye Room. E-mail Erin at ering@uni.edu for more information or to set up an appointment.

 

STAND-UP COMEDY NIGHT:

Take a break from academic stress and unwind with a night of stand-up from some of UNI's best comics at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Bertha Martin Theatre inside Strayer-Wood Theatre. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 or $3 with a canned food item.

 

SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR:

Attend the free Self Defense Seminar at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26, in Maucker Union Ballroom C. Learn basic safety tips and self defense moves. Refreshments provided; wear comfortable clothing. Open to all UNI students and faculty. Sponsored by UNI student organization SAVE.

 

DATE CLARIFICATION -- MAUCKER UNION CELEBRATION:

The 40th anniversary and reopening celebration of Maucker Union was misadvertised in some campus mailings. The event is at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse.

 
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.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

'ON BECOMING' ART EXHIBIT:

"On Becoming" is a two-person exhibition featuring the work of sculptor and video projection artist Gillian Brown and environmental performance and video installation artist Cherie Sampson. Sponsored in part by the Iowa Arts Council. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

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.

 
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.

 

GROUND BEETLES, PRAIRIES AND FIRE: MANAGING FOR BIODIVERSITY:

Kirk Larsen, head of the environmental sciences program at Luther College, will present 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 West 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.

 

COURIER EDITOR TO SPEAK AT UNI:

Nancy Newhoff, Courier editor, will speak from 4:45 to 5:45, Wednesday, Oct. 21, in SEC 425. Newhoff will discuss the Courier's focus, how the news is selected and trends that are affecting newspapers. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by UNI's American Democracy Project/Provost's Office, Leadership Studies, Communication Studies, Political Science. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898.

 

JACKSON KATZ: LECTURE AND DISCUSSION:

"Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), UNI and the Future of Gender Violence Prevention Education," a lecture and discussion, will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Organized by the Campus Violence Prevention Project and supported by Senate Speaker Funds, the UNI Provost's Office, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. For more information, contact Annette Lynch at lynch@uni.edu or 3-3054.

 

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).

 
LECTURE ON ANALYSIS OF EVOLUTIONARY GEOGRAPHIES OF INVENTION:

Dieter F. Kogler, University of Toronto, will present "The Geography of Knowledge Formation: Spatial and Sectoral Evolution of Technological Change in the Canadian Economy, 1983-2007" at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, in ITTC 29, as part of the Department of Geography Speakers Series. Kogler's current research focuses on spatial analysis of innovation and technological advancement in industry around the world. Kogler investigates some of the novel approaches found in the study of regional patterns of invention and innovation, such as the "related variety," and the "local buzz and global pipelines" frameworks.

 

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR:

Chad Heinzel, earth science, and his students will present "Surviving Cataract Canyon's Whitewater While Walking in the Footsteps of John Wesley Powell" at the Earth Science seminar at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26, in LAT 125.

 

LEARN ABOUT POWER:

Learn about the use of rule-making and power in society at a Star Power simulation, led by Lisa D. Jicinsky, ROTH graduate residence life coordinator, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, in SEC, 252. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Leadership Studies at 3-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu.

 

FREE SAFETY PRESENTATION AVAILABLE TO ALL SUPERVISORS:

Supervisors, did you know employee safety is your responsibility? 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

 

LEARN ABOUT THE GUIDELINES UNDER THE ADA AMENDMENTS ACT:

Beth Hansen, a local attorney, will present on "Guidelines under the ADA Amendments Act" from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in GIL 007/09 .This presentation will aide supervisors in understanding the 2009 Americans with Disabilities Act changes, the application of these changes to UNI as a state institution, and what your role and responsibility is under the act. To view more information about the program and how to sign-up, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training/flyer%20for%20ADAAA.pdf

PERFORMING ARTS:

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.

 

EXECUTION OF JUSTICE:

"Execution of Justice" (by Emily Mann, directed by Karen Mitchell) will open the Interpreter's Theatre season. "Execution of Justice" is the story of Dan White's controversial trial for allegedly murdering Harvey Milk and George Moscone. "Execution of Justice" will be presented at 7:30 p.m, Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 21 - 24, in LNG 040. Free tickets will be available at 6:30 p.m.

 

UNI SINGERS AND WOMEN'S CHORUS:

The UNI Singers and UNI Women's Chorus will offer a shared Spotlight Series concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 3-4TIX.

 

NORTHERN IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT:

The Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra will offer its fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

CLARINET RECITAL:

Faculty artist and educator Amanda McCandless will offer a clarinet recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. The recital will also feature faculty artist Sean Botkin, piano. This event is free and open to the public.

 

COMBINED STUDIO VOICE RECITAL:

Vocal music students will present a recital, representing artists from several Voice Division studios at UNI at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

TROMBONE RECITAL:

Faculty artist Chris Buckholz will present a trombone concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, with featured performers and repertoire to be announced. 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. Latin dance with Carrie Johnson, who studied in Chile this past summer, will be the featured style Wednesday, Oct. 21.

 

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