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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/

 

 

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009

NEWS:

STRATEGIC PLANNING TOWN HALL MEETING:

Join President Allen, Provost Gibson and the strategic planning committee at a town hall meeting to discuss the strategic planning process. If you missed the Oct. 21 meeting, plan to attend the second meeting from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, in Commons Ballroom.

 

UNI HOME PAGE FEEDBACK REQUESTED:

As part of the university branding process, a new UNI home page design is being developed. Feedback from the campus community is an important part of designing the new home page. Please submit your feedback on the current home page and suggested changes at http://www.uni.edu/webtools/website-feedback.

 

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.

 

IMAGINE THE IMPACT 2009 CAMPUS DRIVE UNDERWAY:

Gifts to the campus drive provide scholarships, help recruit and retain faculty and enhance learning experiences. Watch for a letter in campus mail. Give to the area of your choice online or return the pledge form enclosed with the letter. Visit www.uni-foundation.org for more information.

 

ADS FEATURING FOUR OUTSTANDING UNI STUDENTS:

This fall the university ran ads, featuring four UNI students, in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Sports Illustrated and The Week magazines. The ads ran in Iowa markets only, specifically in zones targeted by the Admissions Office, and included 70,000 subscribers. Follow-up ads will run in January issues of the same publications. See the students featured at www.uni.edu/admissions.

 

DEADLINE FOR ASSESSMENT MINI-GRANT PROPOSALS:

Proposals for mini-grant funding for assessment projects for this year are due Monday, Nov. 2. See the guidelines and forms for application at http://www.uni.edu/assessment/minigrants.shtml. Questions may be directed to the Office of Academic Assessment (shirley.uehle@uni.edu) or to members of the Student Outcomes Assessment Committee (http://www.uni.edu/assessment/committee.shtml).

 

AUDIO AVAILABLE FROM HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION:

To hear audio from the Oct. 14 Hot Topics in Education, "Reforming Today's High School," presented by Bridgette Wagoner, visit http://mm1.uni.edu:8080/ramgen/1/pubrelrm/htie091014.rm. Real Player is needed to listen to this recording.

 

UNI ON FACEBOOK, TAG YOURSELF:

Check out the new photos and postings on UNI's official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/universityofnortherniowa. Become a fan and receive updates and information about UNI and engage in the exchange with other UNI devotees. If you see yourself or friends in photos, make sure to tag them.

 

ABANDONED BICYCLES TO BE SOLD:

The UNI Department of Public Safety has recovered a number of abandoned bicycles over the last several months. The majority of the bicycles were recovered in July 2009. Contact UNI Police Officer Andrea Jennings at 3-2712 to inquire if your bike has been recovered. Proof of ownership must be established. All bicycles not claimed by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28 will be sold at public auction.

 

DID YOU KNOW? CSBS:

The departments in College of Social & Behavioral Sciences are dedicated to providing students with hands-on experiential learning opportunities that also contribute to the community.  During the past academic year, students in CSBS spent more than 97,000 hours in the community through internships and service-learning projects.

 

DELL AND APPLE PURCHASES:

Beginning Monday, Nov. 2, purchases made from Dell and Apple should utilize the procurement card rather than a requisition/PO. This change is intended to increase efficiencies in order processing and payments to these suppliers. The university currently participates in a pricing agreement with Apple and has a competitively bid contract with Dell. If you do not have a procurement card and need to order from either of these companies, contact Molly Rickert in OBO at 3-6448. For instructions on how to do business with Dell and Apple, visit

http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/purchasing/vendors/dell.shtml.

 

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.

 

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 Russell for application assistance.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

The Black Hawk County Conservation Board needs volunteers Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 22 - 24; and Oct. 29 - 31 to assist with the Panic Park Haunted House at Rotary Reserve. Volunteers are needed from 6 p.m. to midnight and are welcome to wear costumes, but costumes, make-up, food and hot chocolate will be provided. E-mail volunteerUNI@vccv.org for more information.

 

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.

 

OCTOBER IS DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH:

To celebrate Disability Awareness Month, look for facts and tips regarding individuals with disabilities. Fact of the Day: Disabilities are more common than you might expect: Jim Carey was diagnosed with depression as a young child; David Beckham suffers from OCD; and Cher dropped out of school because of dyslexia. To find more celebrities who are living with disabilities, visit http://www.disabledworld.com/artman/publish/article_0060.shtml.

 

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.

 

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 is located in the Rod Library first floor display case, adjacent to the Multiservice Center.

 

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 submission is Friday, Oct. 30.

 

BRINGING ATTENTION TO CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS:

A pink iced-ribbon pastry is available this week only at Chats in Maucker Union. A nickel from the purchase price will be donated to the local Beyond Pink team to support cancer awareness and education programs in the Cedar Valley. "Pink" pastries also are available at Biscotti's in Redeker Center and 23rd Street Market in Commons.

 

PIZZA COUPONS AVAILABLE ONLINE:

October pizza specials at Avanti in Maucker Union will continue through Friday, Oct. 30. Get a coupon at www.uni.edu/dor What’s Happening, link to Retail promotions for 50 cents off the price of a large pizza. Prices range from $12 to $13.85. There is a discount for four or more pizzas.

 

VENDOR SAMPLE EVENT:

Free samples will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30, in Prexy's in Maucker Union. The selection will be different each day; suppliers will look for customer feedback on dining trends. Sample new products and help Prexy's staff decide which new products deserve a place on the menu at UNI.

 

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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:

FAX SERVICE AVAILABLE AT ROD LIBRARY:

Rod Library has added a public fax service for sending U.S. and international fax. The fax machine is located at the end of the Interlibrary Loan counter on the second floor. Patrons can send a U.S. fax for $1.50 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. An international fax can be sent for $4.95 for the first page and $3.45 for each additional page. A credit or debit card is required for use. Instructions are located on the fax machine; contact the Access Services staff with additional questions.

 
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.

 

INVITATION TO DEMONSTRATION OF NEW STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM:

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

 

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.

 

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

GREEN WEEK ACTIVITIES:

Northern Iowa Student Government is hosting Green Week Oct. 18-24. Green Week serves to entertain, educate and inspire the campus community to be environmentally friendly. Voice concerns, gain insight and help your community stay clean and healthy. For a complete list of activities visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg.

 

IN MY SHOES:

Participate in a hands-on experience and learn about some of the challenges individuals with disabilities face on a 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.

 

LEARN ABOUT FAMOUS HISPANICS:

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Interested Men of Lambda Theta Phi and the Hispanic Latino Student Union will present a collage of "Famous Hispanics" to highlight the many contributions Hispanics have made to society. See the collage Friday, Oct. 23, at table four in Maucker Union.

 

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.

 

UNITED WAY PLEDGE-A-PALOOZA:

Pledge-a-Palooza, this year's mid-way event for the UNI United Way campaign, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Maucker Union Coffeehouse. Bring your pledge/gift envelope to the event and be personally thanked by Ben and Pat Allen and be entered in a prize drawing to be held at 1 p.m. that day. Office or department representatives may return forms for colleagues unable to attend the Oct. 27 event. The drawing is open to all faculty and staff just by returning the envelope. If you have not received your materials by the end of the day Friday, Oct. 23, call Vicki Grimes at 3-2763. For more information on the Cedar Valley United Way visit www.cedarvalleyunitedway.org.

 

RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE PROCLAMATION SIGNING:

October is relationship violence awareness month. Join President Allen, NISG President Haselhuhn and NISG Vice President Rudy at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the GBPAC lobby for the signing of a proclamation observing the importance of addressing relationship violence in our community. This event will also include the Silent Witness display, readings and a vigil. Sponsored by SAVE.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

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.

 

MYENTRE.NET WEBINAR: INNOVATIVE HEALTH CARE SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESS:

Health care is one of the biggest expenses facing small businesses. Being aware of the options and opportunities that exist is one way to control costs. Get available solutions and guidance in becoming a prudent consumer and, more importantly, an informed employer at this free, interactive webinar at noon, Thursday, Oct. 29, at www.myentre.net.

 

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.

 

LUNCH & LEARN:

Learn how to create a positive and productive business culture at noon, Friday, Oct. 30, in BCS 33. JPEC's Lunch and Learn fall series will host Tom Hall, assistant professor of communications. Bring your lunch. Register by calling 3-JPEC or e-mailing jpec@uni.edu.

 

'LET'S TALK':

The Department of Residence's Inclusive Communities Team will host "Let's Talk" from 6 to 7:40 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, in Lang Hall. This diversity forum is intended to help participants listen to and learn from a variety of diverse students' experiences at UNI and is open to students, faculty and staff. Those who attend will receive a certificate of attendance for their participation. For more information, contact Lisa Jicinsky at jicinsky@uni.edu or 3-7051.

 

CROW FORUM:

CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Nov. 2, in the CME 109A. Ruth Chananie-Hill, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology; Jennifer Waldron, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services; and Natalie Turner, sociology undergraduate student, will present "Third Wave Agenda: Women's Flat-Track Roller Derby." The Women's & Gender Studies Program sponsors the Current Research on Women Forum Series. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to gather for informal presentation and discussion.

 

SAVE THE DATE:

Paul Rusesabagina, the individual upon whom the film "Hotel Rwanda" is based, will discuss his experiences at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

 

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

 

AN EVENING WITH BILL WITT:

Bill Witt has been photographing Iowa's wild places for more than 30 years, and the result is "Enchanted by Prairie," a collection of images that revel in the beauty and diversity of Iowa's prairie remnants. Join Witt for a book signing and discussion of his work at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the University Museum. www.uni.edu/museum

 

LEARN ABOUT THE GUIDELINES UNDER THE ADA AMENDMENTS ACT:

Beth Hansen, a local attorney, will present "Guidelines under the ADA Amendments Act" from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in GIL 007/009. 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:

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 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.

 

UNITUBA CONCERT:

The UNITUBA ensembles will offer a fall recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

LUTHER COLLEGE FACULTY WOODWIND TRIO:

Visiting ensemble Luther College Faculty Woodwind Trio will present a recital at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

JAZZ BAND ONE CONCERT:

Under the direction of Chris Merz, Jazz Band One will offer a fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

'MAMMA MIA':

See the Broadway hit, "Mamma Mia" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30; at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31; and at 1 and 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, at the GBPAC. Students receive a 50-percent discount. For tickets, call 3-4849.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

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.

 

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