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UNI Online is a compilation of notices to be distributed to faculty and staff. The deadline for submission is noon, the day before publication. UNI Online is distributed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Submitted items must be sponsored by a UNI department, program or organization. No commercial or personal announcements are allowed. Announcements must have news, not opinion content. Submit items to: http://www.uni.edu/unionline/

 

 

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010

NEWS:

ISU ASKING FOR HELP LOCATING MISSING STUDENT:

The Iowa State University police are asking for help locating a missing ISU student. Jonathan Lacina, 21, has been missing since around Jan. 22. If you have information about this case, please contact the ISU police at (515) 294-4428. For more information, see http://www.news.iastate.edu/

 

BEWARE E-MAIL SCAMS:

Never send your password to anyone through an e-mail. E-mail scams targeting UNI users often ask for a password, but UNI support technicians will never ask for your password via e-mail. Examples of phishing messages and more information can be found at http://www.uni.edu/its/security/phishing.html. Never reply to any suspicious e-mail messages; instead, forward it to phishing@uni.edu. If you have sent your password in an e-mail, change your password ASAP.

 

LUBKER FACULTY RESEARCH AWARD:

Applications for the James F. Lubker Faculty Research Award in the Graduate College are due by 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in LNG 110. The Lubker Award was created and supported by the academic deans to honor Lubker. This award is an annual cash prize recognizing a UNI faculty member for "excellence in research and scholarship." The major selection criteria are exceptional original contributions to research and scholarship, including the creative and performing arts. Nominees must be a tenured member of UNI faculty with at least five years of full-time service at UNI at the time of nomination. Additional details are available at http://www.grad.uni.edu/awards/lubker.aspx.

 

DID YOU KNOW? CBA:

The UNI College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, a distinction earned by fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

Jeff Weld, IMSEP director, had a guest opinion piece published this week in the Des Moines Business Record.

http://businessrecord.com/main.asp?SectionID=5&SubSectionID=12&ArticleID=9464&TM=43710.58

 

UPDATING ONLINE DIRECTORY:

The UNI Online Directory http://www.uni.edu/directory is a source for current faculty and staff contact information. To verify or make any changes to your home or office contact information, log-in to MyUNIverse > My Personal Records > Update My Personal Information. This information is sent directly to Human Resource Services via e-mail and is updated within five working days.

 

PRINTER AVAILABLE:

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center has an HP Deskjet 932C and cartridges available for transfer to another UNI department. Call 273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail jpec@uni.edu if you are interested.

 

NATIONAL STUDENT EMPLOYMENT WEEK:

During National Student Employment Week, April 12-16, the Student Employment Office encourages campus employers to celebrate the contributions of their student workers. As part of its annual celebration, the Student Employment Office solicits nominations for Student Employee of the Year. The Student Employee of the Year is a student who, in their work role, exemplifies reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and unique contributions. Recognize the contributions of outstanding student employees by completing the nomination form at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/studentemployment.shtml. Deadline for submission is Friday, Feb. 12.

 

CAMPS AND CONFERENCES SUMMER 2010:

If you are hosting a camp or conference and would like your guests to stay and eat on campus, sign up your group today. Summer camps and conference housing information is available at http://www.uni.edu/dor/conferences.shtml. For more information, contact David "Schmiddy" Schmid at 3-2249.

 

P&S COUNCIL:

The P&S Council Nomination Committee is accepting nominations for five P&S Council positions representing the following divisions: two from Academic Affairs, one from Student Affairs and two from Administration and Financial Services. For more information, contact Sara Eberle at sara.eberle@uni.edu or at 3-6838.

 

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/.

 

VOUCHERS FOR DALAI LAMA:

Faculty and staff tell students to stop by Essentials in Maucker Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3; and Friday, Feb. 5, to pick up vouchers for the Dalai Lama program on May 18 in the McLeod Center. A limited number of seats are being held for UNI students. It's important for students to get their voucher before Feb. 5, so the planning committee can evaluate whether or not remaining seats can be sold to the general public.

 

IMPACT TO IOWA'S COUNTIES:

University Marketing & Public Relations has completed a "UNI Impact to Iowa's 99 Counties" brochure, highlighting UNI's involvement in education, business, economic, social and cultural contributions in Iowa. For more information about UNI's half-a-billion dollar impact on the state's economy and other impact data, visit the president's Web site and click on "UNI's Impact on Iowa." To request brochures, contact Stacey Christensen, stacey.christensen@uni.edu.

 

SUMMER CAMPS:

If you or your department are hosting a summer camp at UNI, please send camp information to Liz Conklin in University Marketing & Public Relations at liz.conklin@uni.edu. UMPR will add this information to UNI's Summer Camp Web site.

 

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP PROGRAM:

Do you want to learn about other cultures? International students are eager to meet an American family and practice their English. Students will not live with you, but rather visit once a month to chat. If interested, contact Madison Frei at freim@uni.edu.

 

FUN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:

Get your students involved with the Conversation Partner Program. Students will speak to international students once a week for one hour and learn about another culture. For more information, contact Madison Frei at freim@uni.edu to speak to your classes.

 

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EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

TIAA-CREF COUNSELING:

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions Feb.3, 4, 17 and 18. Questions such as "Is my investment mix appropriate?," "Am I saving enough to maintain my lifestyle in retirement?" and "How do I use my funds for income in retirement?" are all topics the TIAA-CREF representative can help with. To sign up for these complimentary meetings, call (toll free) (866) 842-2977.

 

GRAD STUDENT RECRUITMENT:

The Graduate College will present informational sessions describing how the new Student Information System can help improve graduate student recruitment. Two sessions will be offered in Mauker Union: 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the State College Room, or 1:30 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Oak Room (repeat of first session). Contact Machelle Stickler, 3-7042, to indicate which session you will attend. The session will cover how to record and track prospective graduate student inquiries, automate and document communications to prospective graduate students and retrieve and analyze data.

 

ANNUAL DEPOSIT AND CASH HANDLING CERTIFICATION:

Two sessions have been added for the Annual Deposit and Cash Handling certification training offered by Business Operations Monday, Feb. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 9. Both 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.

 

INTRODUCTION TO VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES:

From noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Maucker Union College Eye Room, Lauren Pelleymounter, of the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley, will discuss volunteer opportunities in the community and how to get involved.

 

HARASSMENT PREVENTION SESSIONS:

Attorney Jill Jensen-Welch will present "Preventing Illegal Harassment" on Tuesday, Feb. 16. All employees are strongly encouraged to attend, especially those in supervisory roles. Iowa law and UNI policy will be reviewed. Register for one of two sessions at www.uni.edu/equity. Pre-registration is required. Sponsored by Compliance and Equity Management.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

HATE CANCER? SIGN UP YOUR RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM:

Go to www.relayforlife.org/uni to sign up a team of eight to 15 people, or come to the Maucker Union Ballroom on Feb. 2 to sign up. UNI's Relay For Life will take place on April 9-10 in the McLeod Center. For more information, e-mail Sarah McCarty at mccartys@uni.edu.

 

THE CIRCLE BOOK DISCUSSION:

If you like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Where the Wild Things Are, join The Circle, a book discussion group for adults who read Youth Literature. They will meet at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Rod Library Youth Collection. For more details visit http://www.library.uni.edu/collections/youth-collection/circle.

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:

UNI State Relations Officer Joe Murphy will host a legislative update from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, 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.

 

DARWIN WEEK:

The UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers will host the second annual Darwin Week from Feb. 8-12. This event will feature lectures about the newest ideas in science from UNI professors and special guests Ed Wasserman (University of Iowa) and PZ Myers (University of Minnesota Morris). Topics will include robotics, evolution, astronomy, global warming and more. All Darwin Week events will take place in the Maucker Union and are free and open to the public. For more details and a complete schedule visit www.darwinweek.com or find the Darwin Week fanpage on Facebook. Contact unifreethought@gmail.com with any questions.

 

GO BACKPACKING WITH UNI OUTDOORS:

Join UNI Outdoors for a spring break backpacking adventure to the Grand Canyon National Park and the Havasupai. This trip offers spectacular views, majestic waterfalls and more. The cost for students is $500, UNI employees $525 and for guests $575. Call 3-7163 or stop by WRC 174 for more information.

 

ADVENTURE IN SCOTLAND:

UNI Outdoors Scottish Highlands Adventure will be highlighted during an informational meeting at 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in WRC 174. Everyone is welcome. The Scotland adventure is May 17-28. The cost for students is $1,000, for UNI employees $1,150, and guests $1,300 plus airfare. For more information call 3-7164 and ask for Andy.

 

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, discuss how individuals can submit suggestions for possible revisions of the self-study report, and outline the next steps in completing the reaccreditation process. Faculty, staff and student input, and active participation in the next phases of the review process, are critical to UNI's reaccreditation. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting and to contribute to the shaping of UNI's future.

 

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. Contact Samuel Gladden at samuel.gladden@uni.edu or 3-2725, for more information.

 
UNI'S METAL CASTING TO HOST WORKSHOPS FOR BOY SCOUTS:

More than 50 Boy Scouts from north central Iowa will attend a workshop at UNI's Metal Casting Center to earn the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) metalwork merit badge with a founder option. The six-hour workshops will be offered on Saturdays, Feb. 20. or Feb. 27, and groups of 15 to 18 scouts will mold, cast and pour a special commemorative Dutch oven.

PERFORMING ARTS:

SPOTLIGHT SERIES:

UNI School of Music will present a Spotlight Series Concert: Die Walküre, Act I at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This unique showcase will feature UNI School of Music Voice Division faculty artists Jeffrey Brich (Siegmund), Leslie Morgan (Sieglinde) and John Hines (Hunding) with Korey Barrett, piano, performing the first act of Richard Wagner's "Die Walküre." For tickets, call 3-4TIX.

 

BASS STUDIO RECITAL:

The UNI bass studio will present a winter concert at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Graham Hall, RSL Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS:.

MINDFUL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP:

The Student Leadership Center will offer a Mindful Leadership Workshop at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. In conjunction with the upcoming visit of the Dalai Lama, this workshop will focus on the benefits and strategies of mindful leadership. The facilitator is Janelle Railey M.A., LMHC, RYT from the Eastwind Healing Center in Iowa City.

 

STARTING A BUSINESS -- INTRODUCTION:

Introduction to Starting a Business will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in BCS 33. 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.

 

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 8, at the UNI Museum to discuss "Left to Tell" by Immaculee Illabigiza, who survived the Rwandan Holocaust by hiding for 91 days in a tiny bathroom with eight other women. The speaker is Jacque Ingibire, a UNI student from Rwanda. All are welcome.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

JOURNEY TO A HATE FREE MILLENNIUM:

Speaker Brent Scarpo will present "Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" at 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in Maucker Union Ballroom. "Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" is a multiple award-winning documentary that centers around true stories taken from national headlines. The inspiring documentary addresses the subject of hate by searching out the origins of how it is "taught and learned," the scope of its danger beginning with childhood taunting to murder. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, UNI Greek Life and Violence Intervention Services.

 

DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING:

Filmmaker Matt Sienkiewicz will screen and discuss his documentary film "Live From Bethlehem," at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in KAB 111. The film chronicles the struggles, failures and triumphs of the Ma'an News Network, the only major independent news source in the Palestinian Territories. Following the lives of the station's reporters, producers and photographers, this documentary provides an in-depth, balanced look into the challenges of making news in one of the world's most combative regions. For more information about the film and filmmaker, visit http://www.livefrombethlehem.com.

ATHLETICS:

BASKETBALL:

The nationally ranked men's basketball team will host Wichita State at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the McLeod Center. The Panthers host Southern Illinois at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, in the McLeod Center.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Tales from the Trenches, a three-part series featuring the perspectives of business owners on how they navigate their business through current economic times, will be presented at 8 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in BCS 33. David Sparks, president of Heartwood Investments, will present a young company's perspective. Refreshments will be served. Please register at 3-JPEC (5732) or jpec@uni.edu.

 

LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC FORUM:

A Legislative Public Forum hosted by local agencies and organizations, including UNI, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, in the AEA 267 Conference Center, 3712 Cedar Heights Drive, in Cedar Falls. Legislators will speak about major legislative issues and guests may ask questions and voice opinions. For more information, e-mail jane.larson@uni.edu.

 

COLLOQUIUM SPEAKER:

Mike Thomas, biological sciences, University of Idaho, Pocatello will present "Gene Set Enrichment Analysis (GSEA) to Assess Human Health Significance of Pharmaceuticals in Aquatic Systems," at noon, Monday, Feb. 8, in MSH 101. Thomas heads the Evolutionary Genomics Group and has contributed to bioinformatics research and teaching at UNI.

 

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

The Liberal Arts Core Review Steering Committee (LAC-RSC) will host a brown bag event at noon, Monday, Feb. 8, in ITTC 134/136. 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. This event will also be available as a webinar. Details and a link will be available to faculty prior to the event. The charge of the LAC-RSC can be accessed at

http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/documents/LAC-RSCCharge.pdf. Questions may be directed to committee co-chairs, Susan Hill susan.hill@uni.edu or Virginia Arthur virginia.arthur@uni.edu.

 

LECTURE ON SOUTH PARK:

Matt Sienkiewicz, Emmy-nominated screenwriter and documentarian will lecture on South Park: "What’s Under Kyle's Hat?: South Park, Anti-Semitism and the Jew Joke in Multicultural America," at 7 and 9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, Maucker Union Ballroom. Underwritten by CME. For more information e-mail martha.reineke@uni.edu.

 

PANEL DISCUSSION:

A panel discussion, "Is There Really Anything Wrong with Offensive Humor?," will take place at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Baker 161. Panelists include: Harry Brod, philosophy and world religions; Melissa Heston, teacher education program; and Doug Shaw, mathematics. This is a follow-up to the Matt Sienkiewicz South Park lecture and protests of anti-bias incidents on campus. For more information e-mail martha.reineke@uni.edu.

 

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE:

Trudy Eden, professor, history, will present "Metaphysics and Meatless Meals: Why Diet was Important to the New Thought Movement of the Early 20th Century" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.

 

HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION MATH AND SCIENCE LEARNING IN EARLY CHILDHOOD:

The UNI campus is invited to Hot Topics in Education, from noon to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Maucker Union Oak Room. Betty Zan, director of Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education will present "Math and Science Learning in Early Childhood." She will share information about UNI's federal grant to create a Center for Early Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CEESTEM).

 

EDUCATORS AND LESBIAN AND GAY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Nick Pace, associate professor of educational leadership,will share what educators and administrators need to know about gay and lesbian students from 10:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, at University Book and Supply. Pace is author of "The Principal's Challenge: Learning from Gay & Lesbian Students."

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

WORDS OF WELLNESS:

The February Words of Wellness (employee newsletter from Wellness and Recreation Services) is posted at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/UNI_employee_wellness/wow/index.html. To receive a printed copy of each issue, or to be removed, contact kathy.green@uni.edu, 3-6921, with your name and UNI ID number.

 
SIGN UP FOR WATER AEROBICS:

Sign up today for a water aerobics class. Water aerobics is a cardiovascular workout with the addition of moving water resistance. This calorie-burning workout avoids high impact on your joints.

 

PILATES AND YOGA:

Join Pilates or Yoga. Several class times are available to fit your schedule. Pilates can increase core strength, flexibility and balance. Yoga combines relaxing poses with strength and core stability for every major muscle group. To sign up visit www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitness/classes.

 

LABYRINTH EXPERIENCE:

The Labyrinth will be available to walk from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom B. At first glance the labyrinth may look like a maze but it's more than that. Walking the labyrinth can be a form of centering, slowing down and/or meditating, bringing gifts of insight, wisdom and peace. For more information, contact Joan Thompson at joan.thompson@uni.edu or 3-2137.

EMPLOYMENT:

P & S VACANCIES:

Vacancies at the P&S level include sales and marketing manager, system programmer/postmaster, academic coordinator/Classic Upward Bound, and laboratory coordinator-MCC. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp

 
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:

SUPER BOWL PRIZE DRAWING:

Specials, prize drawings and new menu items will be featured this week in campus convenience stores and restaurants. Customers can enter a drawing to win a karaoke machine, Panther apparel, iPod Nano, movie prize pack or $100 Dining Dollars. Tostitos chips and dips are priced at two for $6 and Mountain Dew and Pepsi throwbacks are just $1. Prexy's will feature a different chili each day. For more information on retail promotions: www.uni.edu/dor link to retail promotions.

 

 

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