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Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009

NEWS:

UNI ACADEMIC PROGRAM ASSESSMENT UPDATE:

Last spring, the Academic Program Assessment Task Forces recommended programs for phase out, maintenance or reorganization/consolidation/reduction. From May through September, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the deans reviewed recommendations and confirmed programs for discontinuation and reorganization. At this time, more than 40 majors, minors, certificates and emphases are slated to be dropped. Program eliminations are being reviewed through the normal curriculum review process. That process begins with departments and continues to the college senates, university and graduate curriculum committees, University Faculty Senate, Exec. VP's Office, Office of the President, and concludes with final approval from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Programs slated for reorganization will submit a reorganization plan to their dean and the Exec. VP by March 1, 2010.

 

STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS UPDATE:

The strategic planning process is now well underway, with the committee appointed and two successful town hall meetings completed. Committee membership, video recordings of the town hall meetings and documentation of the ideas generated as part of the meetings are available at http://www.uni.edu/strategicplan/. Please review the input gathered and provide your feedback and ideas at

http://www.uni.edu/strategicplan/strategic-planning-feedback or by e-mailing greatideas@uni.edu.

 

PROJECT CHARTER COMPLETE FOR STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM:

The student information system project charter has been completed and can be found at http://www.uni.edu/sis/docs.html. The project charter describes the business case, objectives, scope and potential risks for the student information system.

 

UNI UP CLOSE:

Nearly 40 percent of the 1,946 freshmen who began classes this fall attended UNI Up Close in February of 2009. Save the dates of Feb. 19 and 26 for the 2010 UNI Up Close. Watch UNI Online for more details on how to get involved.

 

EXPECT HEAVY TRAFFIC FOR IHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS:

There will be heavy traffic around the UNI-Dome on game days of the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) football playoffs. Game schedules are at

http://www.iahsaa.org/football/2009%20Post%20Season%20Schedule-Final.pdf

 

JOB SHADOWING ON NOV. 20:

The UNI Educational Talent Search Program (ETS) needs help in providing Waterloo's George Washington Carver Academy middle school students with a job shadowing experience from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, Nov. 20. Students will come to campus to be paired with faculty and staff members working in the students' areas of career interest. Students must complete a questionnaire with career-related information, such as working conditions, educational background and employment trends. If you or someone from your department would be willing to host students, e-mail ruthie.stigler@uni.edu by Wednesday, Nov. 11. Call Ruthie at 433-1220 or Cathy Ketton at 433-1245 for more information.

 

UPCOMING SUPERVISORY & CONFIDENTIAL COUNCIL:

The next meeting of the Supervisory & Confidential Council will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov.17, in the Elm Room of the Maucker Union. Note: location change.

 

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2010 HERITAGE HONOURS AWARDS:

The UNI Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2010 Heritage Honours Awards in three categories: Alumni Achievement, Alumni Service and Young Alumni. Last year's recipients were Sally Frudden, Len Froyen. Guang Jin, and Brad Block. A list of award recipients can be found at http://unialum.org/scholarships/heritage/years.shtml. To learn more about the nomination process, visit http://unialum.org/scholarships/heritage/heritage.shtml, or call Mark Jastorff at 3-2171

 

PI DATABASE UPDATE WINNING DEPARTMENT:

Biology department faculty are the winners of OSP's October PI database update contest. During the month of October, 45 percent of biology's faculty and research staff updated or created new profiles in the PI database. Sociology, anthropology, and criminology took second place.Profiles can still be created or updated at http://www.uni.edu/osp/professional-interest-database

 

FOOD BANK COLLECTION AT ESSENTIALS:

The Essentials staff is collecting non-perishable grocery items or money this month to help clients of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Each $1 donated will purchase $11 of groceries for a needy family. Donations are accepted at Essentials in Maucker Union.

 

SPRING 2010 HONORS SEMINAR: DIGITAL COMMUNICATION:

An honors seminar in Applied Writing, "Digital Communication" will be offered in spring 2010. Are you on Facebook? Do you Twitter? This class will explore interactive media, hone digital skills and teach how social media such as Facebook function specifically in workplace settings.

 

VOLUNTEER USHERS NEEDED:

The Strayer-Wood Theatre seeks volunteer ushers for "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade," at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14; and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15. Ushers should arrive at the theatre 45 minutes before curtain and will receive a free ticket to the performance. To volunteer, call 3-6381 or e-mail strayer-wood@uni.edu

 

DID YOU KNOW? COE:

Eighteen recipients of the Iowa School Administrator of the Year award received their administrative preparation from UNI.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

David Surdam, economics, had a guest opinion printed in the Des Moines Register.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20091109/OPINION01/911090310/-1/BUSINESS04

Kamyar Enshayan, CEEE director, is quoted in a story heard on Radio Iowa.

http://www.radioiowa.com/2009/11/05/farmers-given-grants-to-improve-energy-efficiency/

Katherine Van Wormer, professor of social work, is quoted in several newspapers on the Jaycee Dugard case. This is from the Contra Costa Times http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_13722609?nclick_check=1

 

SPRING 2010 COURSE OFFERING:

"The Dalai Lama: A Sacred Tradition and a Political Institution," 010:059g, will be offered spring semester. The course will provide a working knowledge of the cultural, political, aesthetic and philosophical traditions that converge in the Dalai Lama. Course meeting dates and times and registration are available through Continuing Education. Visit

http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/programs/courses/spring10/010159_dalai_lama.pdf for more information.

 

NEW COURSE OFFERING:

Modern Languages will offer the new course "The German-American Experience" (740:132) in spring 2010. The course will be taught in English and there are no prerequisites. For more information, contact Brian McInnis at brian.mcinnis@uni.edu or 3-2043.

 
NOMINATIONS FOR LAC TEACHING AWARD:

All instructors of liberal arts core courses are eligible for the "Excellence in Liberal Arts Core Teaching" award (including adjunct instructors and tenured and tenure-track faculty). Criteria for the award and nomination forms are available at http://www.uni.edu/lac/. Nominations are due Tuesday, Dec. 1. Awards will be made during the all-faculty meeting at the start of fall semester 2010.

 

DINING SERVICES SURVEY:

Take the annual dining-services-satisfaction survey and share your opinion of UNI campus restaurants and convenience stores at www.uni.edu/dor. The login code is 124 followed by your university ID number. The survey takes approximately four minutes. Evaluate one or more venues and return to the survey site throughout this week. Your input counts.

 

TURKEY BURGER ON MENU IN MAUCKER UNION:

Flares in Maucker Union will feature a turkey burger through Monday, Nov. 20. This seasonal menu feature is $2.60. For promotion details go to www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening, link to Retail promotions

 

TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING MEAL NOV. 17 AND 18:

A Thanksgiving meal will be on the menu at Prexy's Tuesday, Nov. 17 and Wednesday, Nov. 18, with turkey, mashed potatoes, pie and all the trimmings. See special events information at www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening.

 

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EMPLOYMENT:

MERIT VACANCIES:

Current Merit vacancies are available for viewing at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.shtml

 

P&S VACANCIES:

Vacancies at the P&S level include grant specialist. To view the complete job descriptions, 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:

LUNCH BYTES - ITS-ET FALL 2009 BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES:

A session on "Technology in Large Enrollment Classes" will be presented by Deb Giarusso and Lea Ann Shaddox from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in StudioIT 134, in the ITTC. This session will focus on technologies that can be used to help manage large lecture classrooms. Technologies discussed will include UNI eLearning (WebCt) and Classroom Capture technologies.

 

REGISTER FOR FACULTY FOCUS INTERSESSION TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS:

ITS-Educational Technology invites you to register for Faculty Focus workshops, just for faculty, on technology's role in teaching and learning. New this year is a workshop featuring Adobe Connect, UNI's web-conferencing solution. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/focus to learn more and to access online registration.

 

FACTS FOR FACULTY NEWSLETTER:

The fall 2009 edition of Facts For Faculty, provided by the Office of Student Financial Aid, is available at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/faculty_newsletter/fn_fall09.pdf. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide financial aid information to assist all faculty and staff in their work and communication with students. Submit comments to Joyce Morrow, director of Student Aid at joyce.morrow@uni.edu.

 

SPSS SHORT COURSE - REGRESSION:

Statistical Consulting Lab (SCL) will offer an introductory SPSS short course focusing on regression at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, in WRT 110 computer lab. E-mail Mark Jacobson at jacobson@cs.uni.edu for more information and for appointments. Visit http://www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL for more information.

 

LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP - ADAPTING TO CHANGE:

The Student Leadership Center will offer its second workshop of the series "The HATS of Leadership" from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the University Room, lower level of Maucker Union. This workshop, "Adapting to Change," will focus on how leaders recognize and adapt to change in healthy, positive ways. E-mail Steffoni Smith at steffers@uni.edu for more information.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

COMMUNITY CROCHET CIRCLE:

Participate in the Community Crochet Circle, a collaboration to create a one-of-a-kind giant sculpture from common materials, throughout the month of November. No prior experience is needed. Meet in the UNI Gallery of Art at the following times: from 3 to 5 p.m., Mondays, Nov. 16, and 30; from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 10, and 17; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, Fridays, Nov. 13 and 20; and, from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov.14. Contact Erica Voss at erica.duffy@uni.edu or 3-2252 for more information.

 
MASS TIMES AT ST. STEPHEN:

St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center celebrates Prime Time Mass at 9 p.m., Wednesdays; and 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Sundays.

 

SUSHI TUESDAY:

The next Sushi Tuesday will take place on Nov. 10. Sushi is prepared in Maucker Union kitchens and offered through Wasabi in Prexy's, Maucker Union. Flavors are: California, tuna and vegetable cream cheese and the cost is $4.50 to $5 for a meal-size serving. See promotions and new product information at www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening.

 

T-SHIRT SALE:

Attend the UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society T-shirt sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the SEC second floor lobby.

 

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: ANDY GRAMMER:

Campus Activities Board is hosting acoustic sessions once a month. Listen to artist Andy Grammer, at 9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the University Room in Maucker Union. Check out his music at www.myspace.com/andygrammer

 

RETIREMENT RECEPTION AT PREXY'S:

A retirement reception for Pam McKernan and Frankie Knight will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Thursday Nov. 12, at Prexy's. Help us thank them for their combined 43 years of service to UNI and wish them well in retirement.

 

ALL-IOWA DINNER:

The Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership will sponsor an all-Iowa meal at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13. This year's dinner will be hosted by UNI's Malcolm Price Laboratory School and will celebrate the Cedar Valley's accomplishments in the world of locally grown food. Community members have been invited to present projects and accomplishments from around the Cedar Valley. The cost of the all-Iowa dinner is $12. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Andrea Geary at 3-7883 or andrea.geary@uni.edu.

 

MULTICULTURAL TEACHERS RECEPTION:

The fourth annual Multicultural Teachers Reception will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Georgian Lounge (Commons). This reception recognizes local teachers in the Cedar Falls and Waterloo area who promote diversity and educational excellence in their classroom. Food, door prizes and the opportunity to mingle with UNI teacher education students, faculty and local educators from a variety of backgrounds will be part of the evening. Contact Janet McClain, MTA adviser, at janet.mcclain@uni.edu or Holly Gleich, MTA president, at hollyg@uni.edu with questions.

 

CIRCLE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP:

The Circle, a book discussion group for adults who read youth literature, will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Youth Collection area at Rod Library. It's not necessary to read the books, but it will be much more engaging if you read at least two of the books. Purchase your own copies or check out a reserve copy from the library. For more details, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/collections/youth-collection/circle

 

COOKING FOR A CURE:

UNI's Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host the annual Cooking for a Cure all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 5, in the lower level of St. Stephen's. Tickets are $5 before Dec. 5 and $7 at the door. Tickets will be on sale Sunday, Nov. 29, after the morning and evening mass service. They also will be available in the St. Stephen's office. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and PRSSA. For more information e-mail Katy Clough at cooking4cure@gmail.com.

ATHLETICS:

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:

Women's basketball opens its season when it hosts North Dakota State at 7:05 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, in the McLeod Center.

 

FOOTBALL:

Football hosts Western Illinois at 6:35 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, in the UNI-Dome.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

AMERICA'S LOST LANDSCAPE:

Join Daryl Smith, executive producer of the film and director of UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center, for a brief introduction and screening of "America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the University Museum. The film examines the rich and complex story of one of the most astonishing natural alterations in human history. It also highlights prairie preservation efforts and how the tallgrass prairie ecosystem may serve as a model for sustainable agriculture in the future. Visit www.uni.edu/museum for more information.

 

DEPARTMENT OF ART FACULTY EXHIBITION:

See the "2009 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition," now through Monday, Nov. 30. The exhibition is a formal presentation of the most recent accomplishments of the faculty in the UNI Department of Art. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

SHOULD PEOPLE BE PERMITTED TO CARRY LOADED AND CONCEALED WEAPONS IN PARKS?:

As part of UNI's American Democracy Project series on "Civic Discourse and Opposing Views," participants will pair up and take turns presenting arguments on carrying weapons in parks from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in CBB 109. Talking points will be provided and a panel will share its views and respond to questions. For further information, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu.

 

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE:

Louis Fenech, UNI professor of history, will present "The Epistle of Victory: A Persian Letter to the Mughal King" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.

 

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN-UP FOR FREE TRAINING SESSION:

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 register, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training/flyer%20for%20ADAAA.pdf.

 

GRADUATE COLLEGE BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES:

J. Ana Donaldson, associate professor of instructional technology, will present "Effectively Moving Courses Online: Get On the Bus or Be Left in the Dust," at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 11, in MSH 001. This presentation will provide faculty with guidelines for moving their courses online, with special focus on creating online communities using the Phases of Engagement Model (Conrad and Donaldson, 2004). Overviews of online rigor and instructor survival skills will be included and links to additional resources will be provided. Participant discussion and questions will be encouraged. Cookies and coffee will be provided by the Graduate College. Feel free to bring your lunch.

 

BUILDING BUSINESS THROUGH FACEBOOK:

MyEntre.net will hold its next free webinar on using Facebook to grow your business at noon, Thursday, Nov. 12. Log in and register at www.myentre.net to watch it live. Social media sites like Facebook are changing the way that we communicate with one another and the way business is done. In order to stay on top of these trends and to capitalize on the potential profits these sites can generate, you must have an understanding of how to utilize and maximize your time.

 
BUSINESS IDEA GENERATION AND OPPORTUNITY ASSESSMENT:

Learn how to generate business ideas and evaluate them for viability from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, in BCS 33. Advance registration is required; e-mail jpec@uni.edu or call 3-JPEC (5732).

 

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR:

Kyle Gray, Department of Earth Science, will present "The Influence of Groundwater on Two Simultaneous Rhyolitic Volcanic Eruptions in The Jemez Mountains of New Mexico" at 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, in LAT 125.

 

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION RESEARCH FORUM:

The College of Education research forum "The Adolescent Life" will take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Commons Ballroom. Speakers will discuss their lines of research pertaining to a variety issues and topics related to adolescence. Speakers include: Jennifer Waldron, Chris Kowalski, Sam Lankford, Kimberly Knesting, Nick Pace and Gloria Kirkland Holmes. All are invited to attend.

 

MARKETING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS:

Learn marketing basics and promotion strategies from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, in BCS 33. Advance registration is required; e-mail jpec@uni.edu or call 3-JPEC (5732).

PERFORMING ARTS:

CELLO RECITAL:

UNI School of Music faculty artist Jonathan Chenoweth will present a cello concert at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

UNI CONCERT BAND VETERANS'S DAY CONCERT:

Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor and conductor S. Daniel Galyen, the Concert Band will offer its fall concert as a special tribute to Veteran's Day at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

NORTHERN IOWA WIND SYMPHONY:

The Northern Iowa Wind Symphony will offer its fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

CHAMBER WIND PLAYERS CONCERT:

The UNI Chamber Wind Players will offer a fall recital at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, under the direction of professor and conductor Ronald Johnson. This event is free and open to the public.

 

UNI HORN CHOIR CONCERT:

Under the direction of faculty artist and professor Yu-Ting Su, the UNI Horn Choir will offer a fall recital at 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

NOT YOUR MOTHER'S MAHLER:

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra will perform Mahler's Fifth Symphony at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at the GBPAC. Enjoy live orchestral demonstrations, an introduction to the piece and its background and an interactive audience-performer discussion, all preceding a complete performance of the piece. Tickets are available at wcfsymphony.org, at any UNItix location, or by calling 3-4TIX (4849).

 

JAZZ BAND III CONCERT:

The UNI Jazz Band III will offer a fall recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

THE MAIA QUARTET:

Visiting ensemble the Maia Quartet will present a recital at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Since its formation in 1990, the Maia Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the University of Iowa, has established itself nationally as an ensemble of innovation and versatility. The quartet has appeared in major concert halls throughout the U.S. and abroad, including New York's Alice Tully Hall, Washington, D.C.'s, Kennedy Center, Beijing's Forbidden City Concert Hall and the Aspen Music Festival's Harris Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

JOHN ANGOTTI CHRISTMAS CONCERT:

St. Stephen Catholic Student Center will host John Angotti in concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. Angotti is a nationally known recording artist, who will debut his new Christmas album "Welcome Home for Christmas" that evening. Students from UNI and from the Don Bosco and Columbus high school choirs will join him on stage for several pieces. The proceeds from this concert will support St. Stephen ministry to UNI students. Tickets are $25 for adults; $17 for students; or $15 for groups of 20 or more. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Kelly at (319) 266-9863 ext. 105 or contact the GBPAC at 3-4849.

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. No previous experience is necessary. Jayke Kircher will teach contemporary dance Wednesday, Nov. 11. The schedule for Movement Outlet sessions can be found at www.uni.edu/dance.

 
PERSONAL TRAINERS AVAILABLE:

Let a personal trainer design a program with your specific goals in mind. Trainers are results driven and want you to succeed. Contact Kristy Leen at 3-7167 or kristy.leen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html for more information.

 

 

 

 

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