Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009
The university will experience reduced operations during the holidays. For more information, visit
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.
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.
DID YOU KNOW? COE:
Since 1994, more than 1,500 student teachers have participated in the out-of-state or international student teaching (OOSI) program.
UNI IN THE NEWS:
Katherine van Wormer, Social Work, is quoted in the Beaverton Valley Times,in Oregon, regarding the link between domestic violence and the economy.
Kamyar Enshayan, CEEE director, was quoted in a story in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald about the local food economy. http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=264148
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.
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/
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MAUCKER UNION HOURS FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK:
CHATS OPEN NOV. 23-25:
Chats in Maucker Union will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Wednesday, Nov. 25. Convenience stores and dining centers are 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/
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
ITS-ET FALL 2009 BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES: GOOGLE TOOLS IN HIGHER EDUCATION:
Richard Featherstone will present Google Tools in Higher Education at the ITS-ET Fall 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series, from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, in Studio IT 134 in the ITTC. Learn about Google tools that you and your students can take advantage of for teaching, learning and collaboration. Tools discussed will include Google Docs, Google Calendar, Picasa Web Album, Google Voice and Google Scholar.
A HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS:
Experience Christmas in the 1930s with an evening of crafts and caroling from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Marshall Center One-Room School, West 23rd and Indiana Streets. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/museum
HOLIDAY POTTERY SALE:
The UNI Annual Holiday Pottery Sale will take place from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, and from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Ceramics Lab, KAB 126. Students will demonstrate throwing on the potter's wheel and unique handmade gifts will be available for the holidays.
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 email@example.com.
UNI men's basketball will play its home opener at 7:05 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, in McLeod Center, when it hosts Northern Illinois.
LUNCH AND LEARN:
How does one lead with values? JPEC's Lunch and Learn fall series will host Donna Wood, holder of the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, at noon, Friday, Dec. 4, in BCS Room 33. Wood will address how to become an organizational leader who has integrity. Participants may bring their lunch to the program. Register at 3-JPEC or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOMEN IN IT: WHERE HAVE THEY GONE?
The number of women in the information technology (IT) workforce continues to decline, yet demand is increasing. Marilyn Drury, director of ITS Educational Technology at UNI, will discuss possible factors and issues and share ideas for attracting women. The event is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, at University Book and Supply. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by American Democracy Project/Provost's Office and University Book and Supply. For further information, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898.
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.
NORTHWIND QUINTET CONCERT:
The Northwind Quintet will offer a winter recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, featuring faculty artists Tom Barry, oboe; Amanda McCandless, clarinet; David Rachor, bassoon; and Yu-Ting Su, horn. This event is free and open to the public.
UNISTA PRESENTS 'ALMOST, MAINE':
See "Almost, Maine" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, in the APR inside Strayer-Wood Theatre. Tickets are $6, or $3 with a winter clothing donation. In the remote town of Almost, Maine, residents find themselves falling in-and-out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. "Almost, Maine" explores the mysteries of the human heart, touching audiences with laughter, heartbreak and hope. For more information, visit www.unistaonline.org.
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.
UNI School of Music faculty artist Dmitri Vorobiev will offer a piano recital at 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.