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Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009

NEWS:

FACULTY AND STAFF WITH LOBBYING CONTACTS:

Lobbying activity from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 must be reported at http://www.ir.uni.edu/dbweb/govrel/ by Tuesday, Dec. 22. In compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and the Honest and Open Government Act of 2007, UNI files quarterly reports on specific lobbying issues and the expenses incurred in lobbying. The university's policy on Federal and State Lobbying and Political Activity can be found in the Policies and Procedures Manual at 10.09 (http://www.uni.edu/president/policies/1009.shtml). Reports must be filed each quarter. If there is nothing to report for a particular quarter, note that in the "comments" section. Contact Pat Geadelmann in the Office of the President with questions.

 

COMMENCEMENT APPAREL:

Faculty commencement apparel is available for pick up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Friday, Dec. 18, at the Office of the Registrar, GIL 115.

 

ELECTRONIC W2 DELIVERY:

As a cost saving measure and to provide a more timely and convenient delivery method, UNI is offering employees the opportunity to select electronic delivery as the only method for receiving their W2 Form. To choose this service, you must give permission electronically by Jan. 8. Should you choose this option, your W2 Form will be available through UNI Employee Self Service in mid January. A notification of availability will be posted on UNI's Web site and in UNI Online. If you choose to continue to receive a printed copy through the U.S. Mail, it will be mailed to the address on file and will arrive on or before Jan. 31. If you've had an address change in the past year, be sure it's updated.

For additional information and instructions for giving permission for electronic delivery visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/training_and_support/documents/w2_delivery_preference.pdf

If you have questions, please contact Payroll at payroll@uni.edu or call 3-6425 or 3-2656.

 

CELL PHONE DRIVE:

The Northern Iowa Family Services Organization has partnered with Seeds of Hope to reprogram old cell phones to be used by victims of domestic violence to contact the police or the domestic violence hotline. Collect phones over break and bring them back to be donated. Drop boxes will be available in the residence halls and LAT 232. E-mail Danielle Engle at engled@uni.edu with questions.

 

MEMFIS MUG MEETING:

A MEMFIS Users Group meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, in the CME (109 MAU). Agenda items include more information about the temporary layoff/furlough program and Merit Mandatory Unpaid Days (MUD), electronic delivery of your W-2, entering your emergency contact information, new Request for Payment and travel reimbursement forms and implementation of Accounts Receivable. Everyone on campus is welcome to attend.

 

UPDATING EMERGENCY CONTACTS:

In the event of an employee injury, sudden illness or emergency at work, it is important to have accurate, up-to-date emergency contact information available so contacts can be notified. Employees are encouraged to enter personal emergency contacts in a new self-service feature. For more information visit

http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/hris/documents/emergency_contacts.pdf

 

UM&PR NEWSLETTER:

The next edition of The Compass, an e-newsletter distributed by the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations, is now available at http://www.uni.edu/pubrel/compass/. The Compass provides an overview of the areas making up marketing and public relations, real-life examples and tips related to communications.

 

DID YOU KNOW? GRAD COLLEGE:

There are 1,786 graduate students enrolled for the fall 2009 semester.

 

PROFESSIONAL WRITING PROGRAM SEEKS CLIENTS:

The UNI Professional Writing Program seeks individual and organizational clients in need of Web sites, newsletters, brochures, flyers, proposals, report documents and exhibition storyboards, in both print and digital form. Please contact Adrienne Lamberti, program coordinator, at lamberti@uni.edu for more information.

 

INTERNAL SEARCH FOR CHFA DEAN:

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is conducting an internal search for the Interim Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Applications received by Monday, Dec. 21, will be given full consideration. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/employment.shtml.

 

LAC REVIEW STEERING COMMITTEE (LAC-RSC) INVITES INPUT ON SPRING EVENTS:

The Liberal Arts Core Review Steering Committee (LAC-RSC) is planning a series of events to engage the campus community in discussion of issues and ideas related to the liberal arts core (e.g. theory and practice of liberal arts education, models of liberal arts core curricula from other institutions, effective pedagogy, administration of core curriculum). Submit topics you would like to see addressed at these events, suggestions for structuring events (times, places) and presenters/discussion leaders to Deirdre Heistad (d.heistad@uni.edu) for consideration by the committee. The committee's charge is at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/documents/LAC-RSCCharge.pdf.

 

WINTER WEATHER SAFETY:

Winter weather is a peak time for work place injuries to occur across campus. To keep yourself safe this winter, review the safety tips to avoid slips, trips and falls at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/benefits/workerscomp/documents/winter_safety.pdf. Visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/benefits/workerscomp/index.shtml for information on where to seek treatment and how to file a worker's compensation claim if an injury were to occur while at work.

 

EARLY PROCESSING OF TIMECARDS:

Saturday, Dec. 19 is the cutoff date for the Dec. 30 biweekly payday. Because of the Christmas holiday, timecards will be processed early and must be approved by noon, Tuesday, Dec. 22, to be included. Make sure your timecards are submitted and approved to meet this deadline.

 

HELP SOMEONE IN NEED WITH PANTHERS GIVE BACK:

Stop by one of the giving trees in Maucker Union to help someone in need this winter season. Items collected from the tree in the Coffeehouse by Friday, Dec. 18 will be donated to Black Hawk Elementary.

 

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

Impact the health and well being of 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.

 

GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE:

UNI gift cards are issued by the Department of Residence and are redeemable at all on-campus stores and restaurants. Purchase gift cards at any on-campus store or restaurant. The minimum is $10. (Card minimum exceptions made for orders greater than $50.) The cards do not expire and make great gifts.

HOURS:

ROD LIBRARY FINALS WEEK HOURS:

http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#fallfinals.
Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, enter your last name and UNI ID number.

 

ROD LIBRARY HOLIDAY AND INTERIM HOURS:

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

 

MAUCKER UNION BUILDING HOURS FOR FINALS WEEK:

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

 
FINALS WEEK AND HOLIDAY BREAK HOURS FOR RESTAURANTS AND STORES:

http://www.uni.edu/dor/dining/hours/2009FinalsWeekMAU.pdf

 

WRC WINTER BREAK HOURS:

http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/hours/docs/winterbreakhours.pdf

 

WRC HOURS/CLOSINGS:

The WRS InfoLine, posts weather-related announcements as soon as decisions are made: 3-2391.

 

UNITIX WINTER BREAK HOURS:

The GBPAC ticket office will be closed Saturday, Dec. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 10. The McLeod Center ticket office will remain open for most of break, but will close at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24 and will be closed Friday, Dec. 25 through Monday, Dec. 28. Regular hours at both locations will resume Monday, Jan. 11. Visit www.unitix.uni.edu or call 3-4849 for further ticket office information.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

To read MyUNIverse News.

EMPLOYMENT:

P&S VACANCIES:

Vacancies at the P&S level include energy engineer, university sustainability coordinator, reading and learning coordinator, operations assistant/Camp Adventure, student disability services coordinator, power plant maintenance manager and athletics academic advisor. 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:

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

The Academic Technology Coordinating Committee announces the availability of Adobe Connect licenses for faculty members interested in using this new technology in their teaching. In addition, faculty members are invited to submit an application to participate in a pilot program using lecture capture software. Announcements were sent to all faculty by e-mail attachment on Thursday, Dec. 10. E-mail marilyn.drury@uni.edu with questions about Adobe Connect, or jason.vetter@uni.edu with questions about the lecture capture pilot program. If you have misplaced the e-mail announcements, e-mail cheryl.nedrow@uni.edu in the Provost's office for another copy.

 
TEACHING AND LEARNING ONLINE:

All UNI graduate faculty are eligible to apply for a workshop that will address several online and distance education issues. Participants will receive materials to support their development of online courses. Thirteen participants will be selected from applications received. Applications should be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, to the Graduate College Office, LNG 110. The workshop is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 7 and 8. Facilitators will be Mary Herring, Leigh Zeitz and Lois Lindell. Additional information and the application materials are at http://www.grad.uni.edu or by contacting Machelle Stickler at 3-2748 or machelle.stickler@uni.edu.

 

FACULTY SERVICE LEARNING FELLOWSHIPS:

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, in conjunction with the American Democracy Project, will offer five Faculty Service Learning Fellowships for the May 2010 term, in the amount of $2,500 each. Fellowship recipients must develop a plan for a service learning course to be offered in 2010-11. For application materials, visit www.uni.edu/adp or e-mail allen.hays@uni.edu.

 

SPRING RESERVE READING LISTS:

Faculty wanting to place items on reserve for the 2010 spring session should submit their list to the Rod Library reserve desk by Thursday, Dec. 24. Requests received after this date cannot be guaranteed to be available for the first week of classes in January. Reserve lists can be submitted online at http://www.uni.edu/library/reserverequest/.

 

IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES:

The CBA sponsors Virtual Iowa, an "island" in Second Life to provide a resource for students, faculty and Iowa businesses who want to research virtual worlds, learn 3-D graphics and scripting, or explore business uses of immersive technologies. For more information about incorporating the resource into your spring course activities, please contact Susan Wurtz (3-2166) or Dale Cyphert (3-6150) in the Department of Management.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

RETIREMENT RECEPTION - JIMMY MIXDORF:

Jimmy Mixdorf is retiring from UNI, ITS-Network Services as a computer information tech II after more than 35 years of service. A retirement open house will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the CBB 101. Come celebrate and wish Jimmy well.

 

LIVE VARIETY SHOW ON UNI TV:

UNI-TV is a live, weekly news program produced by and for students. During finals week, there will be a live variety show with audience participation from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the Performance Studio, Lang Hall. Admission is free; bring family and friends.

 

RETIREMENT RECEPTION -- DON CHAPLAIN, WILLIAM WITT AND WILLIAM WOOD:

Attend a reception from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, in BCS 30 to celebrate with Don Chaplain, William Witt and William Wood on their retirement from the university effective Thursday, Dec. 31. Refreshments will be provided.

 

FACILITIES SERVICES RETIREMENT RECEPTION:

Stop by the Physical Plant (Carpenter Shop) from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17 to wish these individuals from Facilities Services well in their retirement: Janet Acklin, Wanda Akers, Rod Baker, Dennis Bartels, Larry Baruth, Bob Bellman, Ron Bengston, Diane Brink, Jane Campbell, Andrea Carlock, David Carter, Jane Close, Dennis Craun, Elaine Dalrymple, Barry Dessinger, Larry Dunham, Carl Ellison, Chuck Fosselman, Bob Foster, Scott Hall, Darrell Hansen, Alvin Harrenstein, Dennis Hereid, Tom Horan, Stuart Mackey, Jim McNamee, Linda Miller, Vickie Morris, Larry Moses, Bill Nelson, Linda Noble, George Pavelonis, Sandra Schares, Cliff Schimmels, Terry Sheerer, Larry Stapleton, David Tisue, Marketa Woods, and Steve Young.

 

GRADUATION CELEBRATION FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS:

The Graduate College and the Alumni Association will host a graduation celebration for graduate students participating in the December Commencement. The celebration will be held following commencement, Saturday, Dec. 19, in the Alumni Suite of the McLeod Center. Graduate students, family members, friends, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. No RSVP is required.

 

COMMISSIONING CEREMONY:

The UNI Department of Military Science invites you to the Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, in the Russell Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow.

 

PADDLING PANTHERS SWIM LESSONS:

Register for spring 2010 Paddling Panthers children's swim lessons; spots are limited. Wellness and Recreation Services offers American Red Cross swim lessons for family members of students, faculty and staff or UNI alumni. Dates and times are available at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/aquatics/paddling_panthers/index.html. E-mail swimlessons@uni.edu with questions or to register.

ATHLETICS:

WRESTLING:

Wrestling hosts Iowa State at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, in the West Gym.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

FREE WEBINAR ON TAX PLANNING:

Is your business ready for 2010? Are there tax advantages you should review or year-end reports you should prepare for? Don’t let the year-end catch you unprepared. Attend a free Webinar at noon, Thursday, Dec. 17, when guest presenters from Grant & Schindel will help you make your end-of-year list – and check it twice.

 

WORLD WAR I COMBATANTS' CHRISTMAS TRUCE:

The World War I Christmas Truce will be discussed from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at University Book and Supply. The session will discuss the informal truce between German and British soldiers who celebrated together, singing carols, exchanging souvenirs, sharing food and drink and burying their dead. Videos of both Cronkite's rendition of the story and Garth Brooks' song, "Belleau Woods," will be viewed, with discussion to follow. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the American Democracy Project and University Book and Supply. For questions contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu.

PERFORMING ARTS:

UNI CHILDREN'S CHOIR WINTER CONCERT:

The UNI Children's Choir will offer its winter concert, under the direction of Michelle Swanson, at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

FREE DAYS IN THE WRC FOR FACULTY/STAFF:

UNI employees who have not paid the annual Wellness/Recreation Center user fee may enjoy the WRC recreational facilities free-of-charge Monday through Friday, Jan. 4 - 8. Present your UNI ID at the WRC Welcome Desk. You also may 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.

 

LIVE HEALTHY IOWA:

Live Healthy Iowa (LHI) is a fun, team-based, 100-day wellness challenge that will jump start healthy habits to help Iowans (and UNIowans) feel better, look better and live longer, healthier lives. Consider joining/creating a team to participate in LHI. Hy-Vee, a key contributing partner, will provide coupons for $5 savings per team member on registration ($15 with the discount). Visit the LHI tab at www.uni.edu/wellrec for more details.

 

REGISTER NOW FOR SPRING FITNESS CLASSES:

Register now for spring 2010 fitness classes. Classes will begin Wednesday, Jan. 13. New classes offered this spring include Zumba, Yoga Fit, Women on Weights, and Fit X5. Register online at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitness/classes.html.

 

OFFICE CHAIR MASSAGE OVER WINTER BREAK:

Licensed massage therapist Katie Hover brings chair and relaxation music to your office space. Only need a small space to work. Client sits in chair, fully clothed, to have therapist work on neck, shoulders, arms and back. Can take six clients per hour at $60 total or $10 each. We request a minimum of five individuals. Therapist available during the winter break. Contact Deedra Dahlager, Wellness Resource Coordinator, at 3-7162 by Tuesday, Dec. 22 to schedule.

 

 
 
 
 

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