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Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009

NEWS:

COMPLETE COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCE TO WIN $25 DINING DOLLARS:

Between now and Friday, Nov. 20, University Marketing & Public Relations (UM&PR) is seeking input on communications practices via a survey found in the Announcements section at the top of MyUNIverse. The purpose of the study is to analyze the overall opinions and effectiveness of current communications practices. Once the research is complete, UM&PR will determine what initiatives to start, stop, modify or continue. The survey should take approximately ten minutes. Responses will be confidential. As a token of appreciation, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $25 Dining Dollars gift cards.

 
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, executive vice president'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 executive vice president by March 1, 2010.

 

LAC REVIEW STEERING COMMITTEE:

The UNI Faculty Senate recently approved the charge for the Liberal Arts Core Review Steering Committee, which can be accessed at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/documents/LAC-RSCCharge.pdf. The committee welcomes feedback. E-mail co-chairs Susan Hill at susan.hill@uni.edu or Ginny Arthur at virginia.arthur@uni.edu. Faculty and student surveys will soon be posted on MyUNIverse.

 
STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS UPDATE:

The strategic planning process is now 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.

 

SPRING 2010 COURSE ON LEADERSHIP IN CAREER COMMUNICATIONS:

The spring 2010 course Project Management (620:177g) focuses on leading, managing and facilitating teams to produce workplace communications. E-mail lamberti@uni.edu for more information.

 

DIVERSITY MATTERS AWARD NOMINATIONS:

Nominations are being sought for the first annual Diversity Matters award. The award acknowledges and honors the efforts of students, faculty and staff who have significantly contributed to enhancing diversity at UNI. Find out more and nominate a deserving individual or group at http://www.uni.edu/diversity. Nominations are due Friday, Dec. 11.

 
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH EVENTS:

Are there events you would like to see included in the March 2010 annual Women's History Month? Does your department or program already have an event scheduled that could be included? This year's theme is "Women in the Globalized World." The Women's and Gender Studies programming committee is currently organizing the month's calendar. Send suggestions to Ruth Chananie-Hill at rchill@uni.edu.

 

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.

 

DID YOU KNOW? COE:

UNI received a nearly $1 million congressionally directed appropriation from NASA for the Center for Early Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CEESTEM) to be housed in the College of Education.

 

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.

 

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

 

THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKETS:

St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center is seeking food basket donations and has menus with the items. The cost of providing enough food for one menu is about $40; donate alone or as a group. St. Stephen's will deliver the baskets Monday, Nov. 23. Call 266-9863 or e-mail Emily at ehurd@uni.edu with questions.

 

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

 

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.

 
LIBRARY HOURS OVER THANKSGIVING BREAK:

http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#thanks

 

NEW ITEMS ON MENU IN MAUCKER UNION:

Flares in Maucker Union will feature a turkey burger through Monday, Nov. 20 for $2.60. Chats will offer pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice latte. 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

 

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

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

UNI SPEAKERS BUREAU:

The UNI Speakers Bureau offers more than 200 presentations delivered by UNI faculty and staff experts, available for annual conferences, meetings, company meetings and more. This service is available for civic groups and community organizations. In its second year is the Featured Speakers Series, which includes five faculty who address current hot topics. For more information on how to secure a speaker and for details on the presentations, contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at 3-6728 or visit www.uni.edu/speakers.

 

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.

 
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:

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. 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.

 

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK NOV. 16 - 20:

Celebrate International Education Week Nov. 16-20. The daily schedule of activities can be found at www.uni.edu/internationalprograms under announcements.

 

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

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. Saturday's football game will be faculty and staff day. Faculty and staff members who buy one ticket to the game will receive a free ticket of equal or lesser value. For more information, contact UNItix at 3-4TIX.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

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 people 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, 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).

 

EXPLORING SUSTAINABILITY AND NATURE IN IOWA:

Author Connie Mutel will discuss the transformation of Iowa's extensive tallgrass prairie into cropland, explore the results of this conversion and suggest how to reverse the negative effects at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education. Mutel is the author of the recently published "The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa." "The Emerald Horizon" will be available for sale and signing by the author after the presentation. The event is free to the public. For more information contact Ryan Welch at 3-3828 or rwelch@uni.edu.

 

'MANAGING A MULTI-GENERATIONAL STAFF' WORKSHOP:

Register for the management workshop "Managing a Multi-Generational Staff," hosted by UNI's Executive Development Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, in BCS 30. The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 23. Workshop participants will examine the cultural events and life experiences of each generation to explain how beliefs, values and ways of thinking are formed and will practice managing conflicts between coworkers and customers of different generations. Tom Hall, assistant professor of communication studies, will facilitate the workshop. The workshop fee, with the UNI employee discount, is $247 per person. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 3-5851 or execdev@uni.edu.

 

CROW FORUM:

CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Dec. 7, in the CME 109A. Jennifer Cooley, modern languages, will present "Notes on Nuevo Amanecer: Weaving a New Beginning?" The Women's and Gender Studies Program sponsors the Current Research on Women forum series. Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited for informal presentation and discussion.

PERFORMING ARTS:

'MARAT/SADE':

The Strayer-Wood Theatre will present Peter Weiss's Tony Award winning play, "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," also known as "Marat/Sade," through Sunday, Nov. 15. Tickets are $14 for the general public and free for UNI students. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre.

 

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.

 

CLARINET STUDIO AND ENSEMBLE CONCERT:

The UNI Clarinet Studio and Ensemble will offer a fall concert at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in Graham Hall, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

'STRONG ENOUGH FOR A WOMAN, GENTLE ENOUGH FOR A MAN':

This performance-art installation seeks to challenge cultural assumptions about performing gender/sexual identities and how media encourages us to craft those performances. See "Strong Enough for a Woman, Gentle Enough for a Man" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18 or Thursday, Nov. 19; or from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, throughout Lang Hall's ground floor. A discussion will follow Friday's production. Free.

 

STUDENT COMPOSER'S CONCERT:

UNI School of Music student composers will showcase their work in a recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

OPERA SCENES PERFORMANCE:

UNI School of Music professor Sandra Walden will direct an opera scenes performance featuring student musicians at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

THE NUTCRACKER:

See the Minnesota Ballet's perennial favorite "The Nutcracker" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m,. Saturday, Nov. 21. UNI students receive a 50 percent discount. For tickets, call 3-4TIX or visit www.GBPAC.org

 

GLEE CLUB CHRISTMAS VARIETY SHOW:

UNI's Varsity Men's Glee Club 32nd annual Christmas variety shows will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4 and at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, at the GBPAC. Order tickets now through a Glee Club member, at www.unitix.uni.edu or by calling 3-4849.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

FREE DAYS IN THE WRC FOR FACULTY AND STAFF:

UNI employees who have not yet paid the annual Wellness/Recreation Center user fee may enjoy the WRC recreational facilities free-of-charge Monday through Wednesday of Thanksgiving week. Present your UNI ID at the WRC Welcome Desk. You may also bring your immediate (tax dependent) family members at no charge, and/or bring up to four guests at $5 each. Visit www.uni.edu\wellrec for facility hours.

 
WRS HEALTH BEAT (HB) LOCKER SERVICES:

Lockers are available for rent (half or long size, semester or year). Ask a fitness supervisor at Health Beat or contact Kristy Leen, WRS Personal Fitness Coordinator, at 3-7167 or kristy.leen@uni.edu to rent one.

 
INTRAMURAL 5-ON-5 OPEN CO-REC INDOOR SOCCER TOURNAMENT:

The intramural five-on-five open co-rec indoor soccer tournament is open to students, faculty and staff and will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, at the WRC South Courts. Entry forms will be available the week of Nov. 16 and registration will take place Monday, Nov. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 2, in WRC 161. There is a $20 entry fee with a two-game guarantee. The tournament is limited to the first eight teams to register. Call 3-7262 with questions.

 

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