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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010
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. The committee will share the draft plan at three Town Hall meetings: from 9 to 11 a.m. or 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, in Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom, or from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, in the University Room, Maucker Union. Each meeting will include small group discussions where you can see the proposals, ask questions and share your thoughts.
FACULTY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE FEB. 19:
Nominations for the 2010 Veridian Credit Union Community Engagement Awards are due Feb. 19. This award recognizes outstanding contributions of UNI faculty members to the community through research and/or teaching. All full-time tenured and tenure track faculty are eligible. For award information and to submit nomination materials, visit www.uni.edu/resources/outreach/veridian.shtml.
SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR CANDIDATES - CAMPUS PRESENTATIONS:
The candidates for our UNI Sustainability Coordinator will be on campus in the next two weeks. Each candidate will conduct a presentation and field questions from the campus community. We encourage you to attend all of these presentations if possible: February 15 from 3:30-5:00 in BCS Room 30, February 16 from 1:00-2:30 in BCS Room 30, February 17 from 3:30-5:00 in Begeman 301, and February 24 from 1:00-2:30 in BCS Room 30. Information regarding each candidate is posted at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/energy/
20 BEST UNI CAMPUS INTERNSHIPS:
Proposals are being accepted for the 20 Best UNI Campus Internships. Departments and offices are encouraged to submit a proposal for a funded student internship for the 2010-2011 academic year. Selected proposals will be funded $4,500 for the student's wage. Students will intern 15 hours per week during fall and spring semesters. Positions should be challenging and career enhancing. Proposal deadline is 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22. Proposal forms can be found at www.uni.edu/careerservices. Contact Laura Wilson at 3-2068 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UNI Educational Talent Search Program (ETS) is providing Waterloo middle school students with a job shadowing experience on Friday, Feb. 26, and Monday, March 8. Students will be paired with faculty and staff members working in the students' areas of career interest. Ideally, two students will be matched with a faculty or staff member from 9 a.m. to noon. Students can be met in Maucker Union between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Students will have lunch in one of the dining centers. (Hosts are invited to dine with their students as guests of ETS). Following the job shadowing, students will be required to complete a questionnaire with career-related information, such as working conditions, educational background and employment trends. If you or someone from your department would be willing to host students, e-mail Ruthie Stigler at email@example.com by Monday, Feb. 22.
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.
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 academic year 2010-11 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 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:
UNI senior linebacker and economics/English major Josh Mahoney was among 16 finalists for the 2009 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's Academic Heisman, the William V. Campbell Trophy.
FREE TAX HELP:
UNI accounting students will provide free income tax assistance from 5 to 7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 8 through April 14, in CBB 223. No appointment is necessary. You are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 p.m. to allow volunteers sufficient time to complete returns. For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 3-2394.
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.
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.
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.
VISION DISCOUNT OFFERED THROUGH DELTA DENTAL:
UNI employees enrolled in Delta Dental of Iowa are now eligible for a vision discount program through EyeMed Vision Care at no extra cost. This vision discount plan offered by Delta Dental will not work in conjunction with Avesis Vision insurance; you must use one or the other. For information on the vision discount plan for those who have Delta Dental insurance, visit http://www.deltadentalia.com/visiondiscount.
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.
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 Department of Earth Science Planetarium is open for public presentations at 7 and 8 p.m., every Thursday until spring break. Shows are free and appropriate for all ages. The planetarium is located in LAT 105. After spring break, the regular observatory shows on the roof of McCollum Science Hall will take place until the end of the semester. For further information, visit http://www.earth.uni.edu/obsvisit.html.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ramon at email@example.com.
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.
WINTER DANCE PARTY:
The Winter Dance Party, the official tribute show for Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, at the GBPAC. Visit www.gbpac.org.
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.
MEET AND GREET AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN'S AUTHOR:
The UNI campus community is invited to a small welcome reception for Jan Spivey Gilchrist from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Cedar Falls Public Library, 524 Main Street. Spivey Gilchrist will sign copies of her books that will be available for purchase on Sunday. Spivey Gilchrist will be the featured guest illustrator on Feb. 22 for the UNI African American Read-In, by the Multicultural Teaching Alliance (MTA), College of Education and Rod Library. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Holly Gleich, MTA President: email@example.com.
STARBUCKS: SEATTLE MARKET TO INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON:
At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the University Museum, join Carol Colburn, UNI professor of theatre and the first Starbucks' employee, for a presentation about her experience working at the first Starbucks location at Pike Place Market in Seattle. Following the presentation, enjoy a screening of "Howard Schultz and Starbucks" from the Biography Channel. The documentary chronicles Starbucks and its global spread credited to entrepreneur Howard Schultz. This event is free and open to the public.
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 guests $575. Call 3-7163 or stop by WRC 174 for more information.
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. 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 for more information.
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.
TALLCORN JAZZ FESTIVAL:
The Beta Nu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the UNI School of Music will host the 55th annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival and 59th Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz Concerts at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19 and 20 at Russell Hall. For tickets, call 3-4TIX.
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.
COFFEE: THE WORLD IN YOUR CUP:
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.
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.
HOW CREATIONISTS REVISE HISTORY:
Hector Avalos, professor of religious studies at Iowa State University, will wrap up Darwin Week with the speech "From Darwin to Hitler? How Creationists Revise History." The presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, in the CME, and is free and open to the public. For more information about Darwin Week, visit www.darwinweek.com.
UMARU'S LIFE STORY:
Listen to the amazing story of UNI student Umaru Balde's journey from child slavery to college in Iowa in pursuit of education, at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 15, 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.
SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR CANDIDATES-CAMPUS PRESENTATIONS:
Candidates for the University Sustainability Coordinator will be on campus during the next two weeks. Each candidate will conduct an open presentation and field questions from the campus community. Please attend all of these presentations if possible: 3:30 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 15, in BCS 30; 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, in BCS 30; 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Begeman 301; and1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, in BCS 30. Information about each candidate is posted at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/energy/.
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.
MEDIA LEADERSHIP PANEL:
Nikki Davidson, editor of the Northern Iowan, and Nancy Newhoff, editor of the Courier, will participate in a Leaders on Leadership "Media Leadership" panel to discuss their paths to leadership and advice for students from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, in SEC 303. For more information, contact Perreault at 3-6898 or e-mail YLA@uni.edu.
BROWN BAG EVENT: AN ALTERNATIVE MODEL FOR GENERAL EDUCATION: GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY:
Susan Hill, co-chair of the LAC-RSC (Liberal Arts Core Review Steering Committee) and Siobahn Morgan, coordinator of the Liberal Arts Core, will give a presentation on the General Education Program at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., at noon, Monday, Feb. 22, in ITTC 136. GVSU's General Education Program is one of the Association of American College and University's "Promising Programs" in General Education. How can UNI "think outside the box" as it considers changes to its Liberal Arts Core? This is the third in a series of brown-bags sponsored by the LAC-RSC. This event also will be available as a webinar. Details and a link for the webinar, as well as the committee charge can be viewed at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/lac_review.shtml. Questions may be directed to committee co-chairs, Susan Hill firstname.lastname@example.org or Virginia Arthur 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. This event is free and open to the public. For questions, contact Gerri Perreault, at 3-6898 or e-mail YLA@uni.edu.
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.
JOB OPENINGS AT UNI:
The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/.
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