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Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

NEWS:

403(b) PLAN CHANGES:

Effective with the Nov. 30 payroll, the employer contribution to its defined contribution retirement plan (i.e. TIAA CREF) will be adjusted as follows: for employees with less than five years of continuous participation, the university will contribute 5 1/3 percent of the first $4,800 of earnings and 8 percent of all earnings over $4,800. For employees with five or more years of continuous participation, early retirement plan participants and employees on phased retirement, the contribution will be 8 percent. The employee contribution rates will remain the same. The adjusted employer retirement contribution is in effect through the June 30, 2011, payroll.

 

HONORARY DEGREE CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:

The Committee on Honorary Degrees is soliciting nominations for potential recipients of Honorary Degrees to submit to the President. A statement of the policies and procedures can be found at http://www.uni.edu/pres/policies/205.shtml. Nominations, marked "Confidential," should be submitted by Friday, Dec. 11, to the Graduate College Dean's Office, LNG 110, mail code 0135, for consideration. Nominators are expected to present a strong argument to support the nomination including relevant background information within the context of the Honorary Degree criteria. Additional letters of support are strongly encouraged. Supporting materials must be submitted by the Dec.11 deadline.

 

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 10 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.

 

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.

 

ADOPT-A-FAMILY - BLACK HAWK ELEMENTARY:

UNI's Partner In Education school, Black Hawk Elementary, is in need of UNI individuals and departments interested in adopting a family for Christmas. More than 30 families, ranging in size from three to eight members, are in need of support. If you or your organization is interested, contact Carole Gustafson, family services worker, at 215-2267 or gustafsonc@waterloo.k12.ia.us. Gustafson will assign families and provide further information.

 

DID YOU KNOW? COE:

Between 2,500 and 3,000 students are declared teaching majors at any give time.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

Otto MacLin, psychology, gave expert testimony in a Wisconsin trial, as reported in the Lacrosse Tribune.

http://www.lacrossetribune.com/news/state-and-regional/wi/article_9ffa8b9a-d0e8-11de-a983-001cc4c002e0.html

Lindsay Cohn, political science, was quoted in a story in the Christian Science Monitor. http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/1112/p17s01-usmi.htm

 

MAKE A HEALTHY INVESTMENT -- GIVE TO THE UNI CHARITABLE FALL CAMPAIGN:

Impact the health and well being of many Iowans by making a gift to Community Health Charities Iowa (CHC Iowa). CHC Iowa is a federation of 20 health-related organizations dedicated to improving the health and well being of all Iowans through disease research funding, public and professional education, services, summer camps, equipment, support groups and job training. Visit www.healthcharities.org/Iowa to learn more about the programs and investments of Iowa's premier health agencies. Consider making a pledge and complete the UNI pledge form at http://iowa.healthcharities.org/chcIowa/files/ccLibraryFiles/Filename/000000000170/UNI%20Pledge%20Form.pdf

and return through campus mail to Tresa Habinck, Payroll/OBO, mail code 0008; or via fax to the Payroll/OBO office at 3-3009.

 

HOST CIEP STUDENTS:

If you like meeting people from other countries, consider hosting an international student. Students would not live with you, but rather would meet with you at your convenience. If interested, visit http://www.uni.edu/ciep/ciepfamiliesandfriendsp.html for the application. E-mail the completed application to freim@uni.edu.

 

FREE TONER CARTRIDGES:

UNI-CUE has two Ricoh Toner cartridges #5105D available for use by any university department. Call 433-1220 to set up delivery.

 

BUCKLE UP:

The UNI Police Division, along with 325 other agencies, will increase enforcement Monday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 29. They urge motorists to buckle up "every trip, every time," drive safely and drive sober. This effort is part of the Iowa Special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP). Contact Lieutenant Doug Widen at 3-2712 for more information.

 

ADMISSIONS STAFF TAKES UNI MESSAGE TO NEW PLACES:

Fall events have taken the UNI admissions staff on the road to promote UNI and meet potential students and their families. A summary and pictures of selected activities are included at http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/

 

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.

 

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES NEWSLETTER:

Visit http://www.uni.edu/sds/StudentNews.shtml to read the November edition that features information regarding SDS programs and services along with current disability news.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 basket 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.

 
NEW ITEMS ON MENU IN MAUCKER UNION:

Flares in Maucker Union will feature a turkey burger through Friday, 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.

 

ORDER FLOWERS THROUGH UNI PANTHER PANTRY:

Flowers from Flowerama are the latest addition to the Panther Pantry, an online shopping option for UNI gifts. The Panther Pantry is sponsored by UNI Department of Residence. For more information, visit
https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/cart/shop.cgi?master_id=1.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

To read MyUNIverse News.

HOURS:

UNI SURPLUS STORE REDUCTION OF HOURS:

Starting in December, the UNI surplus store will no longer have surplus sales each Thursday. Sales will be on the first and third Thursday of the month and preview will only be on Wednesdays, the day before sales.

 

MAUCKER UNION HOURS FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK:

http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/hrs-bcurrent.shtml

 

LIBRARY HOURS OVER THANKSGIVING BREAK:

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

 

CHATS OPEN NOV. 23-25:

Chats in Maucker Union will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23 through Wednesday, Nov. 25. Convenience stores and dining centers will be closed. A schedule of Thanksgiving week hours for dining operations is at http://www.uni.edu/dor/dining/hours/academicbreakhours.htm.

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 assistant manager/electrical services and environmental 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:

GROUP SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT ANNUITY (GSRA) LIMITS FOR 2010:

Did you know that you can contribute additional money to your retirement through a Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA)? The GSRA maximum for 2010 will remain at $16,500 per year. Employees who are 50 years of age or older in 2010 may contribute an additional $5,000 in catch-up contributions. If you have been employed at UNI for 15 years or more, you may contribute an additional $3,000 per year up to a lifetime maximum of $15,000. For a list of approved vendors, or to complete a new Salary Reduction Agreement form, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/benefits/retirement/index.shtml#tsa

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT DEADLINE:

The deadline to enroll in vision insurance and flexible spending accounts for 2010 is Monday, Nov. 23. Merit employees' open enrollment and change period also ends Nov. 23. To enroll in vision insurance, a flexible spending account or to make changes to your Merit health and/or dental plan, complete an enrollment form at www.uni.edu/hrs/benefits and return it to Human Resource Services, 0034.

 

StudioIT RESERVATIONS FOR SPRING 2010:

ITS Educational Technology is now taking StudioIT reservations for spring 2010. Submit a reservation inquiry at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/studioit/reserveform/reserveform.shtml. Reservations will be made on a first-come first-served basis.

 

IDENTIFYING YOUR UNIFIED LEAVE SOURCE TRAINING SESSION:

No matter what your department, leave requests are bound to occur. Be prepared to handle these requests by joining UNI Employee Disability & Leave Coordinator Therese Callaghan from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, in GIL 007/009. The training session will help increase your understanding of Workers Compensation, FMLA and Disability Leave, and how they apply to UNI employees. For more information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training/uni_leave_trn_flyer.pdf.

 
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.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

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.

 

SECOND ANNUAL SURVIVOR GET-TOGETHER:

Join the UNI Survivorship committee for pizza, pop and new friendships. Get to know fellow cancer survivors on campus and in the area. Get information about this year's Relay for Life at UNI. The survivor get-together will take place at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, in SEC 323. If planning to attend, e-mail Randee Dewey at rdewey@uni.edu or Howard Barnes at howard.barnes@uni.edu.

 

ATHLETICS:

VOLLEYBALL:

Volleyball hosts Creighton at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, in the McLeod Center. The volleyball team will wrap up the regular season when it hosts Drake at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, in the McLeod Center.

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:

Women's basketball will host Iowa at 3:05 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, in the McLeod Center.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

SEE AND DISCUSS 'REEFER MADNESS':

A showing of "Reefer Madness" (1936) will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, in CBB 109, followed by a discussion of marijuana drug law and policy, especially regarding medical use. Presented by UNI-SIMM and UNI Department of Sociology. E-mail rchill@uni.edu for more information.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

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.

 

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.

 

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).

 

IOWA MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACTIVIST TO SPEAK:

Carl Olsen, Iowa medical marijuana activist, will speak from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in Maucker Union Elm Room. Learn more about this issue, which is currently being debated by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. Presented by UNI-SIMM and UNI Department of Sociology. E-mail rchill@uni.edu for more information.

 
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.

 

TEAMWORK AND TRUST WORKSHOP:

The Student Leadership Center will offer its third workshop of the series "The HATS of Leadership" from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the University Room, lower level of Maucker Union. This workshop, "Teamwork and Trust," will focus on the importance of teamwork and how leaders can build trust in their team. All workshops are free and open to the public. E-mail Steffoni Smith at steffers@uni.edu for more information.

PERFORMING ARTS:

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

 

LIEDERABEND:

Coordinated by UNI School of Music voice division, student vocalist performances will be featured at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. The 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:

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.

 
MASSAGE AVAILABLE OVER THANKSGIVING WEEK:

Licensed massage therapist Katie Hover will give massages Monday, Nov. 23 and Tuesday, Nov. 24, in WRC 104. Prices are 15 minutes for $15; 30 minutes for $25; 45 minutes for $35; 60 minutes for $45; or 90 minutes for $65. Pay by cash, check, u-bill or payroll deduct. Gift certificates are available. Call 3-6119 to schedule.

 
 

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