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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. 16, 2010

NEWS:

UNI REACCREDITATION DRAFT SELF-STUDY ONLINE-INPUT NEEDED:

A draft of the 2010 UNI Higher Learning Commission Reaccreditation Self Study is posted at http://www.uni.edu/accreditation/. Input from faculty, staff and students is essential to UNI's successful reaccreditation. Make every effort to review the draft and provide feedback via the online or paper forms. Feedback will be taken until Friday, March 12.

 

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.

 

STUDENT PAYROLL DIRECT DEPOSIT:

The Student Employment Office reminds all departments hiring new student employees that students are now required to enroll in direct deposit. Direct deposit of Payroll Forms should be submitted to Student Employment along with the student's other new-hire paperwork (I-9, W-4, CERRF) before the student begins work. Student Employment Approval Forms (SEAFs) will not be approved and new student employees will not be set up in MEMFIS until all required new-hire paperwork is received. For more information regarding the student employment process, contact Jennifer Bell in Financial Aid at jennifer.bell@uni.edu.

 

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.

 

MEMFIS OUTAGE:

All MEMFIS applications will be unavailable from 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, until 2 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 18. This will affect all MEMFIS applications including self-service and timecard processing.

 

HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION AUDIO LINKS:

To listen to the audio from the Feb.10 Hot Topics in Education, "Math and Science Learning in Early Childhood," presented by Betty Zan, director, Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education, visit http://mm1.uni.edu:8080/ramgen/1/pubrelrm/htie100210.rm.

 

DID YOU KNOW? CBA:

The UNI chapter of the American Marketing Association won outstanding membership, outstanding communications and outstanding fundraising honors at the 2009 AMA International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans.

 
UNI IN THE NEWS:

Kamyar Enshayan, CEEE director, was quoted in the Marysville Advocate, about local food partnerships.

http://www.marysvilleonline.net/articles/2010/02/10/news/features/doc4b730f8614cb2987369555.txt.

 

Jeff Weld, biology, submitted an opinion piece to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?o=1&id=273226.

 

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.

 

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.

 

DONATE SUPPLIES FOR HAITI:

Donate items to help Haiti at the WRC and RRTTC. Requested items include gallon-size Ziploc bags, insect repellant, wet wipes, large duffle bags, powdered milk and protein bars For more information, visit http://www.rrttc.com/images/haiti%20flyer%201updated.pdf.

 

GATOR AUCTION:

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 vince.heuer@uni.edu for additional information.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

To read MyUNIverse News.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

ONLINE STRESS MANAGEMENT RESOURCES:

Stress management information has been added to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) home page http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/eap/index.shtml. Click on Stress Management Resources in the left-hand column. Web links contain relaxation audio files, scripts and/or video available for free downloading.

 

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 committee co-chairs Marilyn Drury, marilyn.drury@uni.edu or Ginny Arthur, virginia.arthur@uni.edu.

 

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 jacobson@cs.uni.edu to set up an appointment. Visit http://www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL for a 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. To view this resource visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/tutorials.shtml.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

ROD LIBRARY BOOK SALE:

Come check out the latest crop of books at the library book sale in the Rod Library lobby. Duplicate copies of best sellers (fiction and non-fiction) are available as well as children's books. Hardcover books are $2 and paperbacks are $1. Pay at the Circulation Desk. Books are for sale year-round.

 

NORTHERN IOWA DIVERSITY COALITION MEETING:

The UNI Diversity Coalition meets every Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m., in Maucker Union Oak Room (lower level). Thursday, Feb. 18, participate in icebreakers, discussion and action to move the university towards a more harmonious and inclusive community.

 

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.

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:

UNI State Relations Officer, Joe Murphy, will host a legislative update from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, in the Maucker Union Oak Room. Topics will include the state budget process, budget cuts and other policy items affecting UNI during this legislative session. Murphy will also be available for questions.

 

LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC FORUM:

A Legislative Public Forum hosted by local agencies and organizations, including UNI, will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, in the AEA 267 Conference Center, 3712 Cedar Heights Drive, in Cedar Falls. Friday's topic will be business and labor. Legislators will speak and guests may ask questions and voice opinions. For more information, e-mail jane.larson@uni.edu.

 

FREE MEDITATION LESSON/PRACTICE:

Join a meditation lesson and practice led by visiting scholar The Venerable Geshe Thupten Dorjee, instructor, University of Arkansas, and Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas co-founder, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, in WRC 176. Meditation practice can help you achieve a higher state of consciousness, greater focus, self-awareness and a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind. For more information e-mail Marina Durinova at durinova@uni.edu

 

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, hosted by the Multicultural Teaching Alliance (MTA), College of Education and Rod Library. For more information, e-mail janet.mcclain@uni.edu or Holly Gleich, MTA President, hollyg@uni.edu.

 

SPRING CAREER FAIR:

Attend the Spring Career Fair from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22, in the McLeod Center. More than 80 employers will talk with UNI students and alumni about internships and full-time jobs. Some employers will schedule for the interview day on Tuesday, Feb. 23. For a list of participating employers and preferred majors, visit http://www.uni.edu/careerservices. The event is sponsored by UNI Career Services.

 

TUNNEL OF OPPRESSION:

This event takes groups on a tour through a series of rooms where injustice and other scenarios are acted out or depicted. This event is to promote cultural awareness and give people first-hand knowledge of discrimination that occurs today. The rationale is that individuals are unable to understand oppression until they have experienced it themselves. The first tour will begin at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24 in Maucker Union Ballroom.

 

FAREWELL RECEPTION:

A farewell reception is planned in honor of Bev Kopper, associate provost for academic affairs, from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Commons Georgian Lounge. The program begins at 3:30 p.m. Stop by and wish Bev well as she starts her new position as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

 

PANTHER CHILI FEED AND RAFFLE:

UNI Habitat for Humanity presents the Panther Chili Feed from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, at St. Stephen's on W. 23rd street. The cost is $5 for dinner (chili, cinnamon roll, drink and bake sale) and $5 raffle tickets (basketball autographed by the UNI men's basketball team, UNI apparel and four tickets to the last home game) will be sold on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Maucker Union. Tickets also will be sold at the door. E-mail mbreen@uni.edu for more information.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY:

Award winning pre K-12 teachers and their students will present their earth-science, inquiry or math-based classroom projects on Friday, Feb. 26. This is an opportunity to talk with teachers and students about how they view hands-on, interactive science and math-based programs as a means of teaching and learning. There will be displays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the ITTC first-floor student lounge. Spotlight Presentations will be every 30 minutes from 1 to 3 p.m. in the ITTC labs. Register in ITTC 120. Sponsored by ITS-Educational Technology. For additional information contact Doreen Hayek at doreen.hayek@uni.edu or 3-7300.

 

QUASH EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION:

QUASH is the Quest to Unravel Alzheimer's Scavenger Hunt, and it's coming to UNI on Saturday, April 24. This fundraising and awareness event is part physical, part mental and all for a good cause. Proceeds benefit Alzheimer's care, support and research. Register a team now and receive a $5 discount by using the Early Bird Discount code "WORM5." For more information, or to register, visit www.QUASHnow.org.

PERFORMING ARTS:

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 RSL Hall. For tickets, call 3-4TIX.

 

VAGINA MONOLOGUES:

The Vagina Monologues seek to raise awareness and funds for the prevention of violence against women world-wide. Tickets are $10, or $5 with a donation of two canned goods. Shows are at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20, in the CAC 108. Proceeds will benefit Club Les Dames, the NE Iowa Food Bank and V-day international.

 

FRENCH CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT FEATURING JULIEN GUENEBAUT, PIANO:

School of Music professor and conductor Rebecca Burkhardt will coordinate a concert of French chamber music featuring guest artist Julien Guenebaut, piano, at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

 

FLUTE CHOIR AND FLUTE STUDIO CONCERT:

Under the direction of UNI professor of flute Angeleita Floyd, the Northern Iowa Flute Choir and Flute Studio will present its annual concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

"LOVE, LIFE AND REDEMPTION":

In "Love, Life & Redemption" poetry comes to life in vignettes that embody the many colors of the human experience. The cast of eight professional actors represent four different ethnic groups and five countries.This play is to promote diversity on campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, Lang Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Live performance by JasCat Jazz Band and UNI-DE Dance Team. Visit
http://www.gpcollegeentertainment.com/artist_details.php?id=82 for more information.

CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS:.

SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING:

Workshops covering marketing basics and promotion strategies will be offered 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 jpec@uni.edu.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

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.

ATHLETICS:

BASKETBALL:

Men's basketball hosts Creighton at 7:05 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the McLeod Center. The Panthers host Old Dominion at 6:02 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19.

Women's basketball hosts Drake at 7:05 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, at in the McLeod Center. The Panthers host Creighton at 7:05 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, in the McLeod Center.

 
WRESTLING:

Wrestling hosts Air Force at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, in the West Gym.

 
TENNIS:

Tennis hosts Iowa State at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Black Hawk Tennis Club in Waterloo.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

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: 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, in BCS 30; 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Begeman 301; and 1 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 rwelch@uni.edu.

 

TIBETAN BROWN BAG:

The Venerable Geshe Thupten Dorjee, a Tibetan Buddhist monk and teacher, will be the guest speaker from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, in the CME 109. The topic is Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and culture. All are welcome to bring their lunch, listen, learn and ask questions.

 

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:

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, susan.hill@uni.edu or Virginia Arthur, virginia.arthur@uni.edu.

 

SIGMA XI LECTURE SERIES:

Professor Laura Jackson, biology, will present "Building Ecological Resilience for a Changing Climate: The Role of Agriculture in the Upper Midwest" as part of the Sigma XI Lecture Series. The presentation will begin at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 23, in MSH 103.

 

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH VISIT BY DALAI LAMA:

In conjunction with the visit to UNI by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, University Book and Supply is hosting a series of Community Conversations based on several books he has authored. The second one focuses on "The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World" and will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, at UBS. Preregistration is required. There is a limit of 30 per session. Bring your lunch. Call 266-7581 for more information.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

FREE BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILE (BCP):

This event will be held from 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 kristy.leen@uni.edu 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 kristy.leen@uni.edu. Sign-up is also available at HB, just ask a fitness supervisor.

EMPLOYMENT:

MERIT VACANCIES:
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:

POTATO BAR:

Celebrate potato lover's month with a potato bar at Wasabi from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, and Tuesday Feb. 23. Choose from two varieties of potatoes, then add your favorite toppings.

 

HOT BREAKFAST MONTH:

Start your day right at Prexy's with these hot items for breakfast: breakfast pizza, panini sandwich, French toast sticks, warm cinnamon roll bites or an egg breakfast bowl. Five flavors of instant oatmeal are $0.50 each.

 

 

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