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Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010

NEWS:

OPEN FORUM ON UNI'S REACCREDITATION:

President Allen and Provost Gibson invite faculty, staff and students to an important update on UNI's Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaccreditation self-study process. An open forum will be held at 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. UNI's reaccreditation steering committee will highlight key aspects of the self-study, including the Foundations of Excellence® and HLC work, seek input, and discuss how individuals can submit suggestions for possible revisions of the self-study report, and outline the next steps in completing the reaccreditation process. Input from faculty, staff and students, and their active participation in the next phases of the review process, are critical to UNI's successful reaccreditation. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting and to contribute to the shaping of UNI's future.

 
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 is now available on the Dean of Students Web site at www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/deanofstudents/bias-response.

 

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. The survey is available on MyUNIverse https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/portal/portHandler.cgi for two weeks beginning Jan. 19. Additional comments or questions about the survey may be directed to the committee co-chairs Susan Hill susan.hill@uni.edu and Virginia Arthur virginia.arthur@uni.edu.

 

TOPICS FOR LAC REVIEW STEERING COMMITTEE (LAC-RSC) EVENTS:

The Liberal Arts Core Review Steering Committee is planning a series of events to engage the campus community in discussion of issues and ideas related to the Liberal Arts Core. Planned "brown bag" topics include a comparison study of Liberal Arts Cores, "Qualities of an Educated Person," intercultural competence requirement and learning themes for the LAC. Send additional ideas for topics, for structuring events (times, places) and for presenters/discussion leaders to Deirdre Heistad d.heistad@uni.edu for consideration by the committee.

 

COE DEAN SEARCH:

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is conducting a search for the dean, College of Education. Applications received by March 15 will be given full consideration. For the complete position announcement visit www.uni.edu/vpaa.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS -- VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROJECT:

The Campus Violence Prevention Project, in collaboration with Women's and Gender Studies and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is seeking proposals for the Violence Prevention and Intervention Curriculum Institute to be held in conjunction with the Dalai Lama's May visit. Information and the application form are available at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/documents/VPICI.callforproposals.doc. Materials should be submitted to the CSBS Dean's Office (0403) by noon, Friday, Feb. 19.

 

2009 W-2 STATEMENTS:

2009 W-2 Wage and Tax Statements will be mailed on or about Monday, Jan. 25. W-2 FAQs are available online at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/. Other questions may be directed to Payroll at 3-2656 or 3-6425.

 

DID YOU KNOW? DIVERSITY:

Ethnic minority resident assistants make up 11 percent of all RAs -- a higher percentage than that of ethnic minorities as a percentage of the entire student body (6.2 percent).

 

JOHNSON NAMED INTERIM DEAN OF CONTINUING EDUCATION & SPECIAL PROGRAMS:

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

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS -- HONORS PROGRAM:

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 Monday, Feb. 1.

 

20TH ANNUAL UNI RESIDENT ASSISTANT CONFERENCE:

During the weekend of Jan. 29 more than 500 students and residence life professionals will attend the 20th annual UNI RA Conference. Programs will be presented on topics pertaining to residence life; there will be a keynote by Bill Cordes and entertainment. For further information or to include information/photos from the event in UNI publications, contact Ashleigh Crowe at ashleigh.crowe@uni.edu.

 

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.

 

ROD LIBRARY IS ON FACEBOOK:

Rod Library is now on Facebook with photos, YouTube videos, events, specialized search boxes and more. You can find us at http://www.facebook.com/rodlibrary.

 

COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT AND SUPPLEMENT:

The 2008-09 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.

 

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.

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.

 

TRAINING FOR ORACLE ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE:

Training is available Wednesday, Jan. 27, for individuals who will use the Oracle Accounts Receivable module that went live in January. Register for training at

https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start&admin_group=MFIS. If this time does not work for you, contact Brian Looby at 3-3537 or MEMFIS-Training@uni.edu to schedule training. For more information about this system, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/ar_info.shtml.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

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/.

 

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.

 

IMPROV COMEDY AUDITIONS:

Half-Masted, UNI's comedy improv troupe, will hold auditions from 6 to 8 p.m.,Tuesday, Jan. 26, and 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Elm Room of the Maucker Union. Callbacks will be held Friday, Jan. 29. The troupe is composed of UNI students and alumni, and instructed and directed by Doug Shaw. It performs a public show at the end of every semester at UNI, and private shows, seminars, and team-building workshops throughout Iowa. Practices are from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays, and 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., Fridays.

 
GUEST ARTIST MASTER CLASS:

Visiting artist Connie Rhoades will present a clarinet master class at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Rhoades currently serves as professor of clarinet at Eastern Kentucky University. This event is free and open to the public.

 

FAURE PIANO QUARTET MASTER CLASS:

Chamber ensembles from UNI and UNI Suzuki School will perform from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, in Jebe Hall, GBPAC. All ages are invited to attend and observe. No RSVP required.

 

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/.

PERFORMING ARTS:

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 (intersection of Fourth and Franklin streets). Come hear vocal works by Hall Johnson, Moses Hogan, R. Nathaniel Dett and others. Donations accepted at the door.

 

FAURE PIANO QUARTET:

The Fauré Piano Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m, Friday, Jan. 29, at the GBPAC. Call 3-4849 for tickets or visit http://www.gbpac.org.

 
GUEST ARTIST RECITAL:

Visiting artist Connie Rhoades will present a clarinet recital featuring pianist Ryan Shirar at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Rhoades is professor of clarinet at Eastern Kentucky University and will offer a master class during her visit as well. This event is free and open to the public.

 

PILOBOLUS:

The Pilobolus Dance Troupe will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, in the GBPAC. Call 3-4849 for tickets or visit http://www.gbpac.org.

 

UNI INTERPRETERS THEATRE:

UNI Interpreters Theatre presents "In the Ali Way" written, performed and directed by UNI student Ali Rae Horsted. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4 through Saturday, Feb. 6, in LNG 040. For more information visit www.uni.edu/interptheatre or call 3-2640.

CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS:

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 call the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center 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 Introduction to Start a Business workshop. Advanced registration is required. To sign up,call the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at 3-5732 or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

 

USING GOOGLE TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS:

A free webinar on using Google to grow your business will be offered at noon, Thursday, Jan. 28, at www.myentre.net. Search engines are now the No. 1 source of information for Americans. It's the first place they go for everything, including looking for what a business has to offer. Learn how to use paid ads on Google and other search engines to generate additional revenue for your business.

ATHLETICS:

WRESTLING:

Wrestling hosts Northern Colorado on Friday, Jan. 22 and South Dakota State on Saturday, Jan. 23. Both meets will be held at 7 p.m., in the West Gym.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

AT CLOSE RANGE:

A documentary about National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday Jan. 23, in the University Museum. Shooting in some of the most exotic locales on earth, often in wretched conditions, Sartore wonders if he has the best job in the world or the worst.

 

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR:

Chris Kahle of the Iowa DNR will present "Imaging Iowa's Surface With LiDAR," at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, in LAT 125.

 

LIBERAL ARTS CORE REVIEW STEERING COMMITTEE (LAC-RSC) BROWN BAG:

The Liberal Arts Core Review Steering Committee will host its first Brown Bag event at noon, Monday, Jan. 25, in ITTC 134/136 and again at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, in Mauker Union Oak Room. Jake Rudy, vice president of NISG, and Siobahn Morgan, Liberal Arts Core coordinator, will present the results of Rudy's fall research project and paper comparing Liberal Arts Core requirements from peer institutions. The Jan. 25 event will be available as a webinar with details and a link mailed to faculty on Monday morning. Questions may be directed to committee co-chairs Susan Hill susan.hill@uni.edu and Virginia Arthur virginia.arthur@uni.edu.

 

CHFA EXCELLENCE AWARD SPEAKER:

Karen S. Mitchell, professor of communication studies, is the 2009 CHFA Faculty Excellence Award recipient. The award will be presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Interpreters Theatre LNG 040. Mitchell will present "Why Just Teaching Matters." This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For more information, call 3-2725.

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS' BROWN BAG SERIES:

Wendy Hoofnagle, English language and literature, presents, "Mentoring Matters: Demystifying Success for Graduate Students" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the Maucker Union Oak Room. Sponsored by the Graduate College, this is the first in a series of Graduate Student Brown Bags for graduate students. Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided. No RSVP required.

 

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 Street). Hopwood's research has found that roadsides that 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 rwelch@uni.edu.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

FREE BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILE (BCP):

Free blood chemistry profiles will be offered from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23 and Wednesday, April 7 in the WRC main corridor. One free BCP per academic year is available to UNI employees who qualify for insurance benefits. With a BCP screening, blood is drawn to test for 23 components including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, blood sugar, iron, etc. Employees who also wish to have a prostate test for $10 and/or a thyroid test for $5 will pay that cost by cash, check or payroll deduction. Students, retirees and spouses may sign up as well for a $20 BCP fee. Call 3-6119 to schedule.

 

IRON MAN TRIATHLON CHALLENGE:

Need some motivation and additional goals to enhance your workouts? Consider participating in the WRS Ironman Triathlon Challenge. This fitness incentive program allows you to choose from three different events involving swimming or rowing, cycling and walking/running. Registration for the challenge begins Monday, Feb. 1, in the WRC 101. There is a $20 entry fee. Individuals who complete their event will receive a certificate of achievement and a commemorative T-shirt.

 

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/.

 

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.

EMPLOYMENT:

MERIT VACANCIES:

Merit Vacancies are available for viewing at:
http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.shtml

 

JOB OPENINGS AT UNI:

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

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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