Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010
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.
STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR TOWN HALL MEETING:
The UNI Strategic Planning Committee has been working to craft a new five-year strategic plan for the university. Now it's your turn. The committee will share the draft plan at two Town Hall meetings from 9 to 11 a.m. or 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, in Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.
Each meeting will include small group discussions where you can see the proposals, ask questions and share your thoughts.
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 email@example.com. If you have sent your password in an e-mail, change your password ASAP.
SUPERVISORY AND CONFIDENTIAL COUNCIL MEETING WITH PRESIDENT ALLEN:
President Allen will meet with the Supervisory & Confidential (S&C) employees at the S&C Council meeting at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room.
EARTH DAY PARTICIPATION:
If your department, organization or student group would like to have a booth at Earth Day 2010, visit http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e2ozw7mqg4vkh68q/start. Events should promote a healthy and sustainable environment or be relevant to Earth Day.
2010-2011 GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS:
As a result of suggestions received at the fall 2009 graduate assistant meetings, new procedures are being implemented for the processing of the fall 2010-spring 2011 graduate assistantship stipends and Graduate College tuition scholarships. Please carefully review the revised "Guidelines for the Administration of Graduate Assistantships and Graduate College Tuition Scholarships" and "Procedures and Information for Completing Stipend and Scholarship Paperwork." These documents and the new Offer Forms are available at http://www.grad.uni.edu/assistantships/guidelines.aspx. Offers can be made for one semester or the academic year. Departments need to start paperwork early so that UNI can comply with federal regulations. The full master's stipend will be $8,644 for the 2010-2011 academic year.
TEACHER EDUCATION NEWSLETTER:
Learn more about recent news, events and projects in UNI's Teacher Education program. The Teacher Education newsletter is available at http://www.uni.edu/coe/newsletter/february10.shtml.
PROVOST ADMINISTRATIVE FELLOWS NAMED:
The Executive Vice President and Provost's Office has appointed Deirdre Heistad, associate professor of modern languages, as an administrative fellow beginning this semester. Heistad replaces Doug Mupasiri who is serving as the interim head of mathematics. Heistad will serve as part of the Provost's Office administrative team, providing leadership and support for various functions and special projects and processing undergraduate student requests. Kavita Dhanwada, associate professor of biology, will join the office in the fall replacing Barbara Cutter who will complete her fellowship during the summer. The Administrative Development Program provides interested faculty with opportunities to broaden their understanding of and experience in higher education administration and to diversify administrative leadership on campus.
DID YOU KNOW? CBA:
The Princeton Review features UNI’s MBA program in "The Best 301 Business Schools 2010 Edition."
UNI IN THE NEWS:
Radio Iowa ran a story about the Global Forum on Physical Education Pedagogy that will take place in May.
UNI surplus has two items for auction on Public Surplus, an exercise bicycle and a 4x4 John Deere Gator. Bidding on www.publicsurplus.com for these items will end on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Contact Vince at 3-3527 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
UNI FOR HAITI:
The UNI Multicultural Teaching Alliance and Muchas Manos Light Work have teamed up to benefit the people of Haiti. An account at Veridian Credit Union is open now through Friday, Feb. 26. All proceeds will be sent to Haiti via the American Red Cross Hawkeye Chapter, American Red Cross International Relief Fund. Donations of any size will be accepted. Visit any Veridian Credit Union branch to make a donation to the UNI for Haiti Fund, Member # 6310670.
DONATE SUPPLIES FOR HAITI:
Donate items such as gallon-size Ziploc bags, insect repellant, wet wipes, large duffle bags, powdered milk and protein bars to Help Haiti at the WRC and RRTTC. For more information, visit http://www.rrttc.com/images/haiti%20flyer%201updated.pdf.
The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center has an HP Deskjet 932C and cartridges available for transfer to another UNI department. Call 3-JPEC (5732) or e-mail email@example.com if you are interested.
LUX SERVICE AWARD NOMINATIONS:
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Lux Service Award. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students who have demonstrated outstanding service to the university. Students with 90 or more credit hours, including graduating seniors, qualify for the award. Visit http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/deanofstudents/lux for a complete list of award requirements and an online nomination form. Nominations must be received by Friday, Feb. 19. Contact Keisha Schmidt at 3-5181 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS:
To read MyUNIverse News.
BUY VALENTINE GIFTS ON CAMPUS:
Shop for gifts for your Valentine on campus. Fresh flowers are available at 23rd Street Market in Commons and online. Balloons, stuffed animals and more are available at Essentials in Maucker Union. Valentine cookies are available at Prexy's, 23rd Street Market, Chats, Biscotti's and online. Chats will feature special hot chocolate beverages all week. The online shopping source is www.uni.edu/dor/pantherpantry.
FACULTY ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY:
The Academic Technology Coordinating Committee invites faculty members to participate in a compensated professional development opportunity. Faculty members can participate in one of four workshops supporting online course development. ITS Educational Technology staff and other experienced faculty and staff will guide and work with participants in the creation of a course using a variety of online tools. Pedagogical approaches and skills for the online learning environment will be emphasized. Interested faculty members may access the Invitation and Proposal and Grant Application forms on MyUNIverse and http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/resources.shtml under the "Committees" heading. Questions may be directed to either committee co-chair: Marilyn Drury email@example.com or Ginny Arthur firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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: 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, State College Room, or 1:30 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, Oak Room (repeat of first session). Contact Machelle Stickler in the Graduate College to indicate which session you will be attending. Learn how to record and track prospective graduate student inquiries, to automate and document communications to prospective graduate students and to retrieve and analyze data.
STATISTICAL DATA ANALYSIS HELP AND SHORT COURSES:
The Department of Mathematics provides assistance through its Statistical Consulting Lab (SCL), offering a free source of statistical support for routine data analysis to students, faculty and staff. Contact Mark Jacobson at 3-7172 or e-mail email@example.com to set up an appointment. Visit http://www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL for short-courses schedule (SPSS, Minitab, SAS).
OFFICE 2007 ONLINE TUTORIALS:
ITS-Educational Technology has recently created several online tutorials on Microsoft Office 2007 including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. You will also find ITS-ET created video tutorials on eLearning and Creating Web Pages as well as other links to online video tutorials that we have found to be useful. To view this resource visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/tutorials.shtml.
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), Hector Avalos (Iowa State University) 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 of all 12 speakers and other events, visit www.darwinweek.com. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
JOIN UNI STUDY CIRCLES:
Cedar Falls Human Rights Commissioner Jim Day, along with UNI students, will conduct study circles on social justice which are open discussions on topics such as bias towards religion, ethnicity, social status, gender, sexuality, race, etc. Study circles are open to everyone and will be held from noon to 2 p.m., every Saturday in February, in the CME. Refreshments will be provided. For more information e-mail Alex at email@example.com or Ramon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIG DREAM GATHERING:
Plan to attend the Big Dream Gathering at UNI from 6 to 9 p.m. (registration starts at 5:30 p.m.), Tuesday, Feb.16, in the Maucker Union. At the Big Dream Gathering you can think about your dreams, post them, anonymously if you like, and make connections with other attendees to help each other achieve those dreams. This event is open to all students, faculty, staff and community. Sponsored by NISG, Career Services, the UNI Alumni Association, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the R.J. McElroy Trust. For more information, visit www.bigdreamgathering.com.
4TH ANNUAL CHFA GRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM:
The fourth-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. 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 email@example.com or 3-2725, for more information.
COFFEE 101 COFFEE BASICS:
Is ordering at your local coffee shop one big cup of confusion? With the help of the staff from area Starbucks, learn about brewing methods, tasting terms and how to do a proper cupping. Develop your palate while discussing coffee aroma, body and color. The event will take place at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, at the University Museum. The cost is $10 per person. Call 3-2188 to register by Thursday, Feb. 18.
UNI WRS ALL-SPORTS CAMP:
UNI Wellness/Recreation Services will host the 2010 All-Sports Camp from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., during spring break (March 15-19). Students ages 6-12 will participate in flag football, table-tennis, volleyball, rock climbing, basketball, swimming, kickball, baseball/softball, dodge ball, soccer and nutritional and environmental education presentations.
UNI will host the Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy 2010 (GoFPEP 2010) on May 13-14 in Grundy Center, Iowa. For more information on this first-ever in the U.S. international health and physical education global forum focused on reform in health and physical education programs for K-12 students, visit http://www.globalpeforumgc.org or contact Ming-Kai Chin, HPELS, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
NORTHERN FESTIVAL OF BANDS:
The Northern Festival of Bands will be held Feb. 11-13. This annual festival of high school bands typically hosts more than 40 schools and 250 individual participants. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 and 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13. The event will feature performances by the UNI Wind Symphony and UNI Symphonic Band on Friday evening as well as Saturday afternoon's performance featuring solo competition winners, the festival's percussionist groups, Festival Concert Band and Festival Symphony Band. The Saturday concert for this event is ticketed. For tickets, call 3-4TIX (4849). For more information, call 3-2028.
FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL - CHRIS BUCKHOLZ:
Assistant professor of trombone Chris Buckholz will present a recital at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
SENIOR SHOWCASE PRODUCTION-THREE TALL WOMEN:
The Strayer-Wood Theatre presents its first senior showcase production, Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women," Feb. 25-28 and March 4-7. Winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize, "Three Tall Women" is a compelling yet witty story of an elderly woman taking stock of her past while facing her inevitable passing. Looking back, the woman, with the aid of her caregiver and young attorney, must find a way to come to terms with the decisions, accomplishments and failures of her life. Tickets are $14 for general public and free for UNI students. Call 3-6381 for more information.
FREE INTERACTIVE WEBINAR:
A free webinar on the latest in technology, including advice on software and hardware upgrading, will be presented by Rick Seeley, ITS, at noon, Thursday, Feb. 11, at www.myentre.net. Seeley will also share his advice on what to upgrade and what to avoid.
SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING:
Workshops covering marketing basics and promotion strategies will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 15, in BCS 33, and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, in BCS 128. Advanced registration is required. To sign up, call the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at 3-5732 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Iowa Collegiate Entrepreneur Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, at North Iowa Area Community College. Free registration, free lunch and shuttle from UNI will be provided. Advanced registration is required by Feb. 18. Call or e-mail the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) to attend and secure a place on the shuttle. This is for students interested in starting a business or faculty who work with students interested in small business. Contact: Katherine Cota-Uyar; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 3-5732.
ART EXHIBITION TELL ME A STORY:
"Tell Me a Story: Contemporary Narrative Ceramics" is an invitational exhibition curated by UNI professor of art JoAnn Schnabel. Participants include Cynthia Consentino, Michael Corney, Holly Hanessian, Kathy King, Max Lehman, Beth Lo, Kevin Snipes, James Tisdale, Michaelene Walsh, Patti Warashina and Janis Mars Wunderlich. Warashina will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9 in KAB 111. A reception will follow. Sponsored by the Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series.
THE WORLD IN YOUR CUP: COFFEE:
The exhibit "The World in Your Cup" opens at the University Museum, Saturday, Feb. 13. Explore the environmental and social impacts of the coffee industry. Discover caffeine's impact on your body and examine coffee's early controversial reputation as a "revolutionary drink." For more information visit www.uni.edu/museum.
As westerners revel in designer lattes and cappuccinos, impoverished Ethiopian coffee growers suffer the bitter taste of injustice. "Black Gold," a film about coffee and trade, will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at the University Museum. This event is free and open to the public.
SATURDAYS AT THE SCHOOLHOUSE:
Join Steve Sage, former student at Bennington No. 4, a rural Black Hawk County one-room school featured in the documentary, "Iowa's One-Room Schoolhouses," for a short presentation about his experience in Iowa's one-room schools at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, at Marshall Center School, corner of Indiana and 23rd streets. Watch a screening of the regional Emmy Award-winning IPTV documentary featuring the Marshall Center School and Bennington No. 4 following Sage's presentation. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/museum.
The UNI women's basketball team hosts Bradley at 3:05 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, in the McLeod Center.
Softball hosts the Ramada UNI-Dome Classic Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 14, in the UNI-Dome. Complete schedule can be found at http://www.unipanthers.com/sports/w-softbl/sched/niwa-w-softbl-sched.html
Tennis hosts Western Illinois at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Black Hawk Tennis Club in Waterloo.
Wrestling hosts North Dakota State at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14, in the West Gym.
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 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, Maucker Union Ballroom. Underwritten by CME. For more information e-mail email@example.com.
PANEL DISCUSSION ON OFFENSIVE HUMOR:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
DESIGN FOR DIGNITY AND INDEPENDENCE:
From 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in SEC 130A, Gowri Betrabet-Gulwadi of UNI's interior design program will present "Design for Dignity & Independence" as part of the Iowa Consortium for Aging Program's Spring Colloquium Series. Everyone is welcome.
COURIER EDITOR TO SPEAK:
Nancy Newhoff, editor of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier, will speak from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in SEC 425. Newhoff will discuss the Courier's focus, how the news is selected and trends that are affecting newspapers. This event is free and open to the public.
PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE:
Trudy Eden, 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).
Abraham Funchess, director for the Iowa Commission on the status of African Americans, will discuss the needs and concerns of Iowa's African American citizens at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, in the CME.
THE FIRST YEAR IN THE LAC -- WHAT SHOULD BE OUR LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Come hear what the First-Year Council (as a result of the Foundations of Excellence self-study) thinks should be first-year student learning outcomes for UNI students. The event will take place at noon, Monday, Feb. 15, in ITTC 134. This is the second topic in the series of brown-bags sponsored by the LAC-RSC. 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 email@example.com or Virginia Arthur firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUEST SPEECH ON MYSTERIOUS CHINA:
The Chinese Student and Scholar Association will host an American Democracy Forum at 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Maucker Union Ballroom, featuring award-winning documentary maker, Chris Nebe, as the keynote speaker. Also, a Mysterious China film exhibition is scheduled from 8:30 to 10 p.m., Feb. 4, 10 and 11 at the CME.
GRADUATE COLLEGE BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES:
John Groves, associate professor in the Department of Earth Science, presents "What Microfossils Can Tell Us About Macroevolution: Evidence for Photosymbiosis in the Fossil Record" at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 17, in MSH 001. Cookies and coffee will be provided by the Graduate College. Please bring your lunch.
HOW THE BRAIN LIES TO YOU:
Otto Maclin, UNI associate professor of psychology, will discuss how the brain causes misperceptions, including errors in eyewitness identification. Maclin provides workshops for jurors locally and around the country. This event is from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the SEC 247. The event is free and open to the public.
NATURAL RESOURCE RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT SEMINAR:
William Clark of Iowa State University will discuss his research on the population and landscape ecology of bobcats in Iowa at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center (located ¼ mile west of the McLeod Center on W. 27th Street). As a result of large-scale conversion of forests and grasslands to agriculture, coupled with unregulated harvest, bobcats were largely eliminated from the Midwest by the early 1900s. Like other large carnivores across the continent, bobcats currently are becoming more abundant and reclaiming parts of Iowa's landscape. Clark will present estimates of population vital rates, concentrating on local and regional population genetic structure, as well as rates of dispersal. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, at 3-3828, or e-mail email@example.com.
SHOULD LESBIANS AND GAYS BE DENIED THE RIGHT TO MARRY?:
A debate on whether lesbians and gays should be denied the right to marry will take place from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, in SEC 246. Panelists are Matt Reisetter, director of development for the Iowa Family Policy Center, and Brad Clark, campaign director for One Iowa. Event is free and open to the public. For questions, contact Gerri Perreault, at 3-6898 or e-mail YLA@uni.edu.
SAVE THE DATE FOR PETER HART:
Peter Hart from Fairness and Accuracy in Media (FAIR), will speak at UNI at 7 p.m., Monday, March 29, in Lang Auditorium. Hart will discuss media bias and censorship and the various forces that influence and shape the news media. Hart also is available to speak to classes. This event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Al Hays at 3-2910 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, 3-6921, with your name and UNI ID number.
FREE BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILE (BCP):
This event will be held 7 to 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23 and Wednesday, Apr. 14, in the WRC Main Corridor. UNI employees who qualify for insurance benefits, are allowed one free BCP per academic year. 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 thyroid test for $5 will pay that cost. Pay 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.
GET A PERSONAL TRAINER:
Personal Trainers can design a program with your specific goals in mind. The trainers are results driven and want you to succeed. Contact Kristy Leen 3-7167 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html for more information.
WRS HEALTH BEAT (HB) LOCKER SERVICES:
Health Beat has half- and long-lockers available for rent. Sign up today. Contact Kristy Leen at 3-7167 or e-mail email@example.com. Sign-up is also available at HB, just ask a fitness supervisor.
P & S VACANCIES:
Vacancies at the P&S level include academic support specialist and academic support assistant. 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/.