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Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
President Allen has published a reaffirmation of UNI's commitment to nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The full statement can be found at http://www.uni.edu/equity/documents/ReaffirmationStatement.pdf.
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.
COMMUNITY VISIT DAY IMPACT:
UNI's Community Visit Days in Council Bluffs, the Cedar Valley, Ankeny and Cedar Rapids resulted in contact with more than 300 business, education, legislative and community leaders; visits with 42 prospective students and parents; one Admissions Partnership Program signing; interviews with 15 news reporters and editors; appointments with nearly 20 donors and friends of the university; and four community service projects with the UNI Alumni Association collecting nearly 220 pounds of non-perishable food items for local food banks.
PANTHER PARENT NEWSLETTER CONTENT SUBMISSION:
The next issue of the Panther Parent newsletter will be distributed the week of Dec. 14. If you have submissions for the Panther Parent newsletter, send to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Nov. 25. To view past issues of Panther Parent, visit http://www.uni.edu/resources/parents/newsletter.shtml. Space is limited and editorial content will be determined by UM&PR and Student Affairs.
UNI SEVERE WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Announcements regarding cancellation of classes and/or reduced university operations are made via UNI Alert, local radio and TV stations and the UNI home page (www.uni.edu). The local TV stations also list closings and delays on their Web sites. See http://www.uni.edu/safety/weather-information for more information.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE SUE FOLLON EXEMPLARY SERVICE AWARD:
Nominations are being accepted for the annual Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award. This award honors employees in the Division of Student Affairs who are committed to quality and excellence and whose efforts exceed expectations. The submission deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 8. For more information and the nomination form, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/docs/FollonExemplaryService2010.doc.
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.
ROD LIBRARY ON FACEBOOK:
Rod Library is now on Facebook with photos, YouTube videos, events, specialized search boxes and more. Find the page at http://tinyurl.com/rodlib-fb or search Facebook for "Rod Library @ UNI."
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 email@example.com or Ginny Arthur at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. Gustafson will assign families and provide further information.
DID YOU KNOW? COE:
In the past five years, the UNI College of Education has secured nearly $30 million in federal, state and special contracts and grants.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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/
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 email@example.com.
STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES NEWSLETTER:
Visit http://www.uni.edu/sds/FacultyStaffNewsletter.shtml to read the November edition that features information regarding SDS programs and services along with current disability news.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
ORDER COOKIE DOUGH ONLINE:
There are 13 flavors of frozen cookie dough from Fresh Beginnings, the UNI bakery. The 3.5-pound tubs should make 3.5-dozen cookies and are priced from $6.99 to $14.99 per tub. Orders can be placed through Tuesday, Dec. 15, at http://www.uni.edu/dor/cookies/.
NEW ITEMS ON MENU IN MAUCKER UNION:
Chats will offer pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes. For promotion details go to www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening, link to Retail promotions.
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
TELL YOUR STUDENTS:
To read MyUNIverse News.
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:
LIBRARY HOURS OVER THANKSGIVING BREAK:
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
DEAF COFFEE CHAT:
Attend a Deaf Coffee Chat from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Nov. 20, at Panera Bread, 6403 University Ave., Cedar Falls. Open to all deaf, hard of hearing, hearing, and American Sign Language students. Chat with old friends and meet new ones.
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 will host Iowa at 3:05 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, in the McLeod Center.
DEPARTMENT OF ART FACULTY EXHIBITION:
See the "2009 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition" 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/.
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 currently being debated by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. Presented by UNI-SIMM and UNI sociology. E-mail email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
'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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 the community are invited for informal presentation and discussion.
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.
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.
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
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.
UNI STUDENT CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT:
Coordinated by UNI School of Music professor of horn Yu-Ting Su and professor of cello Jonathan Chenoweth, students will offer a chamber music concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, in Graham Hall, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
STRING ORCHESTRA CONCERT:
The winter UNI String Orchestra Concert will take place at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
VARSITY MEN'S GLEE CLUB CHRISTMAS VARIETY SHOWS:
The UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club will offer its holiday concerts at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, and at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. These sell-out events will feature the Glee Club men performing holiday favorites and winter songs. For tickets, call 3-4TIX.
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 and Tuesday, Nov. 23-24, 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.
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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