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Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010

NEWS:

UPDATE ON UNIVERSITY RESPONSE TO BIAS INCIDENTS:

Several bias incidents were reported by students in November 2009 including an assault, shouting of racial slurs and two incidents of graffiti. The university has engaged in significant efforts to communicate the concerns to campus and to engage key constituencies in developing a response plan. A detailed update on the university response to-date is now available on the Dean of Students Web site at www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/deanofstudents/bias-response.

 

PRESIDENT ALLEN INVITES CAMPUS TO DIVERSITY TOWN HALL:

One of our institutional priorities is to value, promote and teach about diversity. An appreciation of diversity is an essential component of an excellent education. To further advance our efforts, I invite students, faculty and staff to the second-annual UNI town hall meeting on diversity from 2 to 5 p.m.,Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom.
To read President Allen's invitation in its entirety, visit http://www.uni.edu/diversity/.

 

JOHNSON NAMED INTERIM DEAN OF CONTINUING EDUCATION & SPECIAL PROGRAMS:

Kent Johnson, associate director of credit programs, has been named interim dean of Continuing Education & Special Programs. Johnson is in his 17th year at UNI.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:

The University Honors Program is seeking proposals for Presidential Scholars and Honors Seminars for the 2010-11 academic year. Information and the proposal form can be found at http://www.uni.edu/honors/seminarproposal.shtml. Proposals should be submitted to the University Honors Program (0355) on or before the deadline of Monday, Feb. 1.

 

SURVEY ON THE LIBERAL ARTS CORE AT UNI:

The Liberal Arts Core Review Steering Committee (LAC-RSC) invites all faculty and students to participate in a short survey on the current Liberal Arts Core. The survey results will be used to help shape campus discussions about whether the current LAC needs to be revised and if so, how it should be improved. The charge of the LAC-RSC can be found at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/documents/LAC-RSCCharge.pdf.

 

UPDATE TO MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATES, EFFECTIVE JAN. 1:

The university mileage reimbursement rate follows the U.S. General Services Administration and has recently decreased from 55 cents to 50 cents for travel occurring on and after Jan. 1. The reimbursement rate for driving a personal vehicle when a motor pool vehicle is available remains at 28.5 cents per mile. Refer to the Travel Guidelines at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/accounts_payable/tguide.shtml for complete details of all travel reimbursement procedures. Questions on these changes should be directed to jackie.burvee@uni.edu or at 3-2212.

 

FACULTY NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARDS:

UNI and Veridian Credit Union are seeking nominations for the 2010 Community Engagement Awards to recognize outstanding contributions of UNI faculty members to the community through research and/or teaching. All full-time tenure-track and tenured faculty are eligible. For award and nomination details, visit www.uni.edu/resources/outreach/veridian.shtml. All nomination materials must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 19.

 

COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT AND SUPPLEMENT:

The 2008-2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report & Supplement are available at
http://access.uni.edu/reports/cafr/index.shtml
If you have any questions regarding the reports, call Financial Accounting and Reporting Services at 3-3576.

 

BLACK HAWK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VISIT:

UNI will host an annual visit day for Black Hawk Elementary students in grades K-5 on Thursday, April 1. Many UNI faculty and departments offer programming and activities for various grade levels. Additional programs are needed this year. If you haven't participated in past years and have an interest in this visit, please share your ideas with Stacey Christensen, 3-3170.

 

DID YOU KNOW? DIVERSITY:

For the first time ever, UNI has an official definition of diversity, written by the Diversity Council and approved by the president: Diversity describes the rich differences that people bring to the University of Northern Iowa community. It can refer broadly to culture, identity and ideology, or more specifically to age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, gender identity, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, marital status, national origin or veteran status. Diversity is a dynamic concept, shaped by history, and changing as our understanding of the world and its people evolves.

 

CHANGES IN PHYSICAL PLANT WORK HOURS:

Due to significant staff reductions in Physical Plant, hours of operations are being modified. Please visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/op_maint_reductions.pdf to see the revised hours and how they may impact you.

 

MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION CENTER:

G and A permit parking is available for faculty and staff as well as pay-by-space timed parking for visitors, faculty, staff and students in the new MMTC. The green numbered signs identify pay stalls and the lines are painted yellow. You must pay for your time in these spaces at the multi-meter pay stations located at the east and west stair wells at street level. Instructions are printed on the front of the machines and each is equipped with a button for voice prompts to guide you through the process. The MMTC entrance is on the east end of the facility from Merner Street. The Campus Street or west end, is an exit only. Traveling against the traffic flow puts others at unnecessary risk and is a chargeable offense. If you have questions, contact Brent Richmond at 3-5374.

 

SUPERVISORY & CONFIDENTIAL COUNCIL MEETING JAN. 19:

The Supervisory & Confidential Council meeting will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, in GIL 025.

 

NEW OSP RESEARCHER PROFILES:

To highlight the exceptional research, scholarship and creative efforts of UNI faculty and staff, the Office of Sponsored Programs has added a new feature to its Web site: Researcher Profiles. Visit http://www.uni.edu/osp/researcher-profiles to read about the first profiled faculty member, Greg Stefanich, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

 

MCELROY FELLOWSHIP TRUST:

Consider nominating an outstanding undergraduate student for the McElroy Fellowship. Students must have graduated in December 2009 or will graduate in May 2010 with a liberal arts degree. Students must intend to pursue a Ph.D. Students will be awarded $10,000 per year for three years to help defray education costs. In addition to an above average-academic record, students will be evaluated on their character, leadership and general interests as expressed by extra-curricular activities that give evidence of initiative, commitment and discipline. Application packets must include a one page letter from the student outlining their graduate school objectives, a copy of their transcript, a recent photograph and three letters of recommendation. Additional information is available at www.grad.uni.edu. For application materials contact Machelle Stickler at 3-2748 or machelle.stickler@uni.edu.

 

UNI UP CLOSE:

UNI Up Close is a visit day planned specifically for admitted high school seniors. Following the success of earlier Up Close events, two days are planned this year. The 2009 events hosted approximately 811 students and their guests. Of those 811 students, 749 currently are enrolled freshmen. Mark your calendars for Fridays, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26, and start planning your involvement at: http://www.uni.edu/admissions/upclose/facultystaff/.

 

ORACLE RECEIVABLES IS LIVE:

Oracle Receivables has been moved to production and is available for non-student invoicing needs. This application should be used for billing all external customers to the university. For internal customers that pay with a journal entry, that process will not change. For additional details on this application, including log-in instructions and information on future training, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/ar_info.shtml or contact Brian Looby at 3-3537.

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

ROD LIBRARY INSTRUCTION SESSIONS:

Tired of students getting all of their information from Google? Rod Library staff can arrange instruction sessions for your classes to show them how to use Rod Library resources. Schedule library sessions at http://www.uni.edu/library/requestinstr/ or call 3-2839.

 

ANNUAL DEPOSIT AND CASH HANDLING CERTIFICATION:

The Annual Deposit and Cash Handling certification training will be offered by Business Operations Jan. 25, 26, 29 and Feb. 1, 2 and 5. All sessions will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in GIL 009. All staff members who handle cash, prepare deposits or reconcile cash deposits should attend. To register, contact Christina Geweke at 3-2628 or christina.geweke@uni.edu.

 

RESCHEDULED TRAINING- IDENTIFYING YOUR UNIFIED LEAVE SOURCE:

Due to the December snowstorm the training session covering workers compensation, FMLA and employee disability is rescheduled for 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, in GIL 007-009. This informational session will help supervisors gain a better understanding of the types of leave available to UNI employees and address their responsibility in the leave process. Re-registration is not required. A few seats are still available for those interested in signing up. To register, e-mail HRS-Training@uni.edu and include your name and department. For more details see http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training/uni_leave_trn_flyer.pdf.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:

UNI State Relations Officer Joe Murphy will host a legislative update from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, in the Elm Room of Maucker Union. Topics include the state budget process, budget cuts and other policy items affecting UNI during this legislative session.

 

VOLLEYBALL BANQUET TICKETS ON SALE:

Join in celebrating the 2009 UNI volleyball season at the Volleyball Banquet. It will be held at noon, Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Holiday Inn in Cedar Falls. The cost is $20. Please RSVP by Jan.19 to Michelle Coulter at michelle.coulter@uni.edu or 3-3176.

 

ROADSIDE PRAIRIE PLANTINGS AND POLLINATOR CONSERVATION:

Jennifer Hopwood, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, will present "Roadside Prairie Plantings and Pollinator Conservation," at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center (located ¼ mile west of the McLeod Center on w 27th St.) Hopwood's research has found that roadsides which have been restored with native vegetation had significantly greater bee abundance and species richness than those with weedy vegetation. She will discuss how we can use roadside prairie reconstruction to help conserve these important ecological pollinators. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, at 3-3828, or e-mail rwelch@uni.edu.

 

WOMEN AT PLAY:

The sixth-annual Women at Play fundraiser will be held Friday, Jan. 29, at Joker's on Main Street in Cedar Falls. The event begins at 6 p.m. and includes a social hour, silent auction and comedy show by Rex Havens. Tickets are $40 in advance, or $140 for a table of four. All proceeds go to the Women at Play endowment, which supports scholarships for UNI's female student-athletes. Call 3-2468 to reserve tickets.

 

KINDERMUSIK NOW ENROLLING:

Kindermusik, a world-wide music and movement program for children ages 0-5, will offer a 14- week winter/spring Kindermusik session for young musicians and their caregivers from Feb. 1 through May 14. Kindermusik classes include singing, dancing, instrument play-alongs, and creative learning to stimulate all areas of child development. Evening and morning classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and multi-age classes for siblings, are available. Classes are held in GBPAC 30. Registration deadline is Jan. 30. For more information, visit www.joyful-noise-studio.com, or contact Tricia Freeman at (319) 415-9404 or tricia.freeman@uni.edu.

 

STURGIS YOUTH THEATRE WINTER CLASSES:

The Sturgis Youth Theatre has posted its winter class schedule of creative drama classes for youth in kindergarten through high school. Classes begin Monday, Feb. 8. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre/sturgis/

 

WINTER SOFTBALL CAMPS:

UNI Softball will host winter camps in the UNI-Dome. An offense and defense camp will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6 for students ages 8 to 12, and Sunday, Feb. 7 for students ages 13 to 18. Both days the offense camp will be from 8 a.m. to noon and the defense camp will be from 1 to 4 p.m. If you have any questions contact Stephanie Winter at stephanie.winter@uni.edu or visit http://www.unisoftballcamps.com/.

 
4TH ANNUAL CHFA GRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM:

The 4th Annual CHFA Graduate Research Symposium features the presentation of original research to a jury panel by students from the Departments of Communication Studies, English (representing both Literature and TESOL), and the School of Music. Featured adjudicator and keynote speaker is Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Nelson's lecture begins at noon, Friday, Feb. 19, in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall, and the symposium runs through the afternoon. For questions, contact Samuel Gladden at samuel.gladden@uni.edu or 3-2725.

 

PERFORMING ARTS:

TRUMPET RECITAL:

UNI School of Music faculty artist Randy Grabowski will present a trumpet recital with Sean Botkin, piano, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

GEORGE WALKER SOCIETY OF MUSIC PRESENTATION:

The George Walker Society of Music will present "Celebration of America's Cultural Treasure, the Negro Spiritual" from 3 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24, at First Presbyterian Church in Waterloo (4th Street & Franklin). Come hear vocal works by Hall Johnson, Moses Hogan, R. Nathaniel Dett and others. Donations accepted at the door.

CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS:

BUSINESS IDEA GENERATION WORKSHOPS:

This course explores how to generate business ideas and evaluate those ideas for viability. Advanced registration is required. The course is offered twice: 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.,Thursday, Jan. 21, both in BCS 128. To sign up, contact Katherine Cota-Uyar at 3-5732 or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

 

STARTING A BUSINESS -- INTRODUCTION:

Introduction to Starting a Business will be offered from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, in BCS 128. This course is designed to teach the basics of starting a small business including business structure, taxes, and resources. Advanced registration is required. To sign up, contact Katherine Cota-Uyar at 3-5732 or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

 

STARTING A BUSINESS-- PLANNING:

Learn the components of a business plan and what makes an effective plan, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Jan. 28, in BCS 128. Information builds upon the information in the Introduction to Start a Business workshop. Advanced registration is required. To sign up, contact Katherine Cota-Uyar at 3-5732 or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

 

EXHIBITIONS:

YEE-HAW ART EXHIBIT:

The UNI Gallery of Art will present a print exhibition "Yee-Haw Industries, WALL to WALL: 12 Years of Art for the People," now through Feb. 1. Sponsored in part by the Florence Hartwig Foundation. Artists Adam Ewing and UNI alumnus BJ Alumbaugh will give lectures at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, in KAB 111. A reception will follow. These events are free and open to the public.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

DESIGN PRESENTATION:THREE TALL WOMEN:

The director and designers of the Strayer-Wood Theatre's first senior-showcase production share their vision for bringing Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women" to life on stage at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/theatre.

 

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE:

Pablo Ben, professor of history, will present "From City of Sin to Family Haven: The Transformation of Buenos Aires Between 1800 and 1950" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.

 

CROW FORUM:

CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Feb. 1, in the CME, Room 109A. Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost, will present "Women in Academic Leadership." The Women's & Gender Studies Program sponsors the Current Research on Women Forum Series. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to gather for the informal presentation and discussion.

 

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

FITNESS AND LEISURE CLASSES:

WRS fitness and leisure classes began Jan. 13. It's not too late to register. Many classes are still open such as Water Aerobics, Pilates, Spinnercise and Hip Hop. Start 2010 with a new attitude and a new body. To register, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitness/classes.

 

HEALTH BEAT SERVICES:

Looking for a good place to workout, where it is not so congested? Consider using the WRS Health Beat in Maucker Union. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday. If you have any questions, call 3-2239. Health Beat lockers are available for rent (by the semester). Ask a fitness supervisor at HB, or contact Kristy Leen, WRS personal fitness coordinator, at 3-7167 or kristy.leen@uni.edu.

 

ASSISTANCE IN KICKING THE NICOTINE HABIT:

Extra assistance is available this month through Quitline Iowa and the UNI Employee Wellness Program. Quitline Iowa (1-800-784-8669) will provide four weeks (rather than its usual two) of nicotine replacement therapy and UNI will provide another two weeks for employees participating in its Tobacco Cessation Program. Contact kathy.green@uni.edu, 3-6921.

EMPLOYMENT:

JOB OPENINGS AT UNI:

The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/.

 

P & S VACANCIES:

Vacancies at the P&S level include residence life coordinator. To view complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp

DINING SPECIALS:

COLD DAYS, HOT DEALS:

Come in from the cold and enjoy "Cold Days Hot Deals" at Prexy's, Chats and Essentials in Maucker Union; Biscotti's in Redeker Center and 23rd Street Market in Commons. Discounts on favorites and introductory pricing on new products change daily. Cold Days Hot Deals continue through Saturday, Jan. 23.

 

VALUE MENU AT CAFE FRESCO:

Six lunches have been re-bundled and repriced for $5 or less at Cafe Fresco in Maucker Union. Begin 2010 with the good habit of saving money while eating well. For more information on the new value menu at Cafe Fresco, go to www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening: Retail Promotions.

 
 

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