Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009
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.
SUPPORT THE 'IMAGINE THE IMPACT' 2009 CAMPUS DRIVE:
Campus generosity is one of the keys to preserving the quality of education at UNI. Your gift to the 2009 Campus Drive could make a world of difference to a student hoping to study abroad or to the success of a student/faculty research project. Give to the area of your choice. Learn more at www.uni-foundation.org.
PADAVICH APPOINTED INTERIM INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICER:
Ron Padavich has been appointed the interim intellectual property officer for UNI. When UNI employees create a new, novel product or process, they should contact the intellectual property officer to determine what type of intellectual property protection should be sought and to assist in the commercialization process. Current intellectual property officer Bill Witt will retire later this month. Padavich will continue his duties as director for Strategic Marketing Services (SMS) and the Executive Development Center, both programs of UNI Business and Community Services.
ANNUAL DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS AND CAMPUS REGULATIONS:
Visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/documents/2009_drug_alcohol_posting.pdf to view information provided to comply with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Campus Regulations.
To view the updated drugs and alcohol policy, visit http://www.uni.edu/policies/413.
Contact Therese Callaghan, employee disability & leave coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-6164 with questions.
REMOTE ACCESS TO LIBRARY RESEARCH DATABASES:
After the fall semester, you will need to use your CatID to access library research databases like Academic Search Elite, JSTOR, and Panther Prowler from off campus.
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 email@example.com or call 3-6425 or 3-2656.
SURPLUS SALE OF FORD RANGER:
UNI Surplus will auction a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup on www.publicsurplus.com from Thursday, Dec.17 until 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4. The vehicle will be parked near the large fuel tank near the Physical Plant building. Contact Dennis Nieman at 3-2869 or Vince Heuer at 3-3527 with questions about the vehicle.
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.
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.
CELL PHONE DRIVE:
NIFSO 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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
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:
The first Doctor of Education was awarded in 1986. The Master of Music degree was first offered in 1976.
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.
ROD LIBRARY HOLIDAY AND INTERIM HOURS:
WRC WINTER BREAK HOURS:
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.
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/
LIBRARY INSTRUCTION FOR CLASSES:
Optimize students' research experience; consider scheduling a library information session for the spring semester designed especially for your course or course assignment. Schedule a library session at http://www.uni.edu/library/requestinstr/ or call 3-2839.
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 email@example.com with questions about Adobe Connect, or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the lecture capture pilot program. If you have misplaced the e-mail announcements, e-mail email@example.com 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. Each participant 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, or visit http://www.cba.uni.edu/dbWeb/inaction.cfm?InActionID=597
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.
RETIREMENT RECEPTION -- LINDA WIGES:
Attend a reception from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, in GIL 009 to celebrate with Linda Wiges on her retirement from the university effective Thursday, Dec. 31.
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 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 email@example.com with questions or to register.
Wrestling hosts Iowa State at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, in the West Gym.
Two exhibitions: "BFA Exhibition: Garran Gillespie" and book arts by Minnesota artist "Fred Hagstrom," are on display in the lobby of KAB South. Free and open to the public.
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.
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.
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.
MASSAGE AVAILABLE OVER WINTER BREAK:
Licensed massage therapist Katie Hover will give massages Monday, Dec. 21; Tuesday, Dec. 22 and the week of Jan. 4, in WRC 104. Get 15 minutes for $15; 30 minutes for $25; 45 minutes for $35; 60 minutes for $45 or 90 minutes for $65. Pay with cash, check, u-bill or payroll deduct. Gift certificates are available (great holiday gifts). Call 273-6119 to schedule.
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 Fitx5. Register online at www.uni.edu/wellrec.
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.