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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

NEWS:

COE DEAN SEARCH:

The Web site for the COE dean search is available at http://www.uni.edu/coe/deansearch/ and linked from the COE Web site. Visit the site for the position announcement, committee members, profile, calendar and updates on the search process. Maxine Davis, instructional resources and technology services, coordinated the efforts to develop the site.

 

MYUNIVERSE SCHEDULED OUTAGE:

From 3 to 9 a.m., on Monday, March 15, MyUNIverse will undergo system maintenance. MyUNIverse and the download of restricted software will be affected by this outage. WebCT, MEMFIS, ResQPortal and e-mail will not be affected.

 

CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP FOR UNI REACCREDITATION COMMITTEE:

Barbara Cutter and Mike Licari have been named co-chairs of the UNI Higher Learning Commission Reaccreditation Committee. Cutter is a member of the Department of History and is an administrative fellow in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. Licari is the interim head of the Department of Political Science. They replace Bev Kopper who has been named provost at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. A full list of reaccreditation committee members and updates on the process can be found at http://www.uni.edu/accreditation/.

 

RENTAL OF ACADEMIC APPAREL FOR SPRING COMMENCEMENT:

The deadline for reserving rental apparel for the spring commencement ceremonies is 5 p.m., Friday, March 12. Contact Tricia Johnson Welter at 3-6801 or patricia.welter@uni.edu to make a reservation. Spring commencement ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 8, in the UNI-Dome.

 

ALL-UNIVERSITY ELECTIONS, SPRING 2010:

The University Committee on Committees seeks nominations and self-nominations for the following all-university elections: chairperson of the university faculty, one-year term, may be elected only for two consecutive terms; chairperson of the graduate faculty, one-year term, may be elected only for two consecutive terms. There also are elections for at-large positions: Committee on Committees, Advisory and Liaison Committee to the Department of Military Science, and Educational Policies Commission. Send nominations (get nominee's affirmation) to one of the co-chairs by 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, to Melissa Beall, communication studies, Melissa.Beall@uni.edu, phone 3-2992 or Daniel Power, management, Daniel.Power@uni.edu, phone 3-2987.

 

PAF PROCESSING OVER SPRING BREAK:

PAFs are to be initiated and routed as soon as the department becomes aware of the need. All employees who create or approve PAFs should note the PA- processing deadlines for March are during spring break. PAFs should be created and have all required approvals prior to spring break to meet Wednesday and Friday, March 17 and 19 deadlines. The payroll cutoff dates for PAF processing are available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/payroll/cutoffs_deadlines.shtml.

 

DID YOU KNOW? CHFA:

The UNI School of Music has the largest number of music-education graduates teaching in the state of Iowa.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

Kamyar Enshayan, CEEE, is quoted in a Des Moines Register editorial.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100308/OPINION03/3080303/-1/getpublished03robots.txt/Pass-Iowa-flood-protection-bill.

Enshayan also is quoted in an article in Sunday's Des Moines Register about flooding ordinances.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20103070347

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

The Grout Museum District needs Spring Break Get Away assistants to volunteer with various activities from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., March 16, 18 and 19. Times are flexible. Contact the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley at volunteerUNI@vccv.org for more information.

 

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES FACULTY/STAFF MARCH 2010 NEWSLETTER:

The March 2010 faculty/staff newsletter from Student Disability Services is online at: http://www.uni.edu/sds/FacultyStaffNewsletter.shtml.

 

UNI-TV NETWORK:

The UNI Television Network has been redeveloped. The UNI-TV Network delivers the latest UNI news, lectures, upcoming events and entertainment. UNI-TV airs daily from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m on channels 95.3 (CFU), 79.5 (Mediacom) and channels 21 and 25 in campus residences. Visit its new Web site, www.uni.edu/unitv, for more information about this cable network as well as the latest programming schedule.

 

SCHOLARSHIP PROCESS:

Now is the time to process 2010-2011 scholarships on the financial aid system (FMAP). If you have any questions, contact Juanita Wright at 3-2386 or juanita.wright@uni.edu.

 

PROCUREMENT CARD INFORMATION:

Purchasing and Payables/Business Operations has updated the procurement card documents including the manual, online training presentation and the application and agreement. The new documents are posted on the Office of Business Operations Web site. Some of the new changes include business meals as allowable charges, training requirements for new and renewing cardholders, and a standard $5,000 single-transaction limit and monthly limit. Questions regarding the program should be directed to Purchasing and Payables/Business Operations at 3-2162. For more information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/accounts_payable/index.shtml for more information.

 

ATTENTION HONOR SOCIETY ADVISERS AND STUDENT LEADERS:

The UNI Honors Program will team up with honor societies across campus for Honors Week 2010, April 10 through 17. Honors Week is an opportunity for students and advisers of honor societies to celebrate scholastic achievement and recognize academic work. E-mail Brittany VanArkel at vanarkeb@uni.edu if your society wants to get involved.

 

FACTS FOR FACULTY NEWSLETTER:

The Office of Student Financial Aid has posted the spring 2010 edition of Facts For Faculty newsletter http://www.uni.edu/finaid/faculty_newsletter/Facts_for_Faculty_Newsletter_Spring_10.pdf. The newsletter provides financial aid information to assist faculty and staff in their work and communication with students. This edition contains information on summer financial aid, consortium agreements, summer study abroad, private loan counseling, student employment, UNIversity Scholarship Calendar, year-round Pell and more. Questions, comments or requests for topics of interest in future newsletters may be submitted to joyce.morrow@uni.edu.

 

ROD LIBRARY HOURS OVER SPRING BREAK:

http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#spring. There is no extended check out for reserve materials during spring break. All youth books (seven-day) checked out Saturday, March 6, are due Monday, March 22. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, you will get a prompt to enter your catID.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

To read MyUNIverse News.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

eLEARNING WORKSHOPS FOR FACULTY:

Starting Thursday, March 25, ITS-Educational Technology is offering four workshops that will show you how to build a course in eLearning. These workshops are for faculty members who are using the current version of eLearning or for those who have never used eLearning before. UNI eLearning allows faculty to create online courseware as a supplement to an existing face-to-face course, or create a course that is completely online. For dates and times, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/c.shtml. To register visit https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start&admin_group=ITSETF.

 

ACCOUNT RECEIVABLE TRAINING:

Departments that invoice outside customers and have not received training on the new Accounts Receivable system, can attend a training session on Thursday, March 11. The session will cover how to create, view, print, adjust and query invoices. To register for training visit https://access.uni.edu/cgibin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start&admin_group=MFIS.

 

LEARN TO MAXIMIZE YOUR HUNGER/FULLNESS LEVEL ON MARCH 11:

Have you ever eaten to the point of feeling uncomfortable? Tried multiple fad diets without success? If so, attend Intuitive Eating from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 11, in GIL 009. This session, led by Joan Thompson, WRS health education, will tell you how to stop eating when you are full, identify emotional eating vs. hunger eating and find a balance between nutritional and pleasure eating. This training session is open to all UNI employees. Seating is limited; please pre-register by e-mailing HRS-Training@uni.edu with your name and department. More information can be found at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training/

 

FREE SESSION: NUTRITIONAL UNDERSTANDING:

To eat red meat or not? That is just one of the many things you will learn when you attend Nutritional Understanding, a training session taught by Lisa Krausman, Rialto Dining. This session will teach you how to incorporate healthy foods into your normal eating routine and how to evaluate packaging labels to get the most nutritional value from your food. Nutritional Understanding will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25, in GIL 009. Seating is limited; register by e-mailing HRS-Training@uni.edu with your name and department. More information is at: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training/.

 

INTUITIVE EATING WORKSHOP:

This six-week workshop is designed for the chronic dieter. Participants will learn steps to reject the diet mentality, deal with feelings without using food, normalize the relationship with food and respond appropriately to hunger and fullness. The workshop takes place from 4 to 5 p.m., Thursdays, March 25 through April 29, in WRC Rm 101. The cost is $25. For more information, or to register, contact Joan Thompson at 3-2137 or joan.thompson@uni.edu.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

DINNER AND A MOVIE:

In preparation for the visit by the Dalai Lama, UNI Department of Residence Dining Services will offer Tibetan foods from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, at Piazza Dining Center; and 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Rialto Dining Center. Tibetan food to be served includes churu soup, a blue cheese and chili soup with Tibetan spices; pork ribs with radishes and spices; carrot barfi, a pudding-like dessert with carrots and cashews; and cream cheese barfi, similar to cheesecake. The cost is $9.50 for the general public, payable by cash or check; students can use their meal plan, dining dollars, cash or check. "Kundun," the true-life story of the Dalai Lama and his struggle to lead a nation at one of the most challenging times in its history, will follow at 8 p.m. at the CME. Tibetan tea and rice pudding will be served.

 

THE CIRCLE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP:

The Circle is a book discussion group for adults who read youth literature. It meets at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 11, in Rod Library in the Youth Collection to discuss picture books, full-length fiction and nonfiction. Follow the link for more details. http://www.library.uni.edu/collections/youth-collection/circle.

 

TROMBONE MASTER CLASS:

Visiting artist Mark Fisher will present a trombone master class at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 11, in Graham Hall, RSL Hall. Assistant principal/second trombonist and bass trumpet with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and principal trombone of the Santa Fe Opera, Fisher is also a member of Chicago's Asbury Brass Quintet. This event is free and open to the public.

 

CEDAR VALLEY DANCING WITH THE STARS:

The Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Girl Scouts have partnered with the UNI Dance Team to present "Dancing with the Cedar Valley Stars," at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, in Lang Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and can be reserved at the Waterloo Girl Scout Office, 232-6601. Proceeds will benefit the Thursday, March 25 event, "An Evening with Shawn Johnson," in the McLeod Center.

 

WEATHERIZATION BLITZ DAY:

Green Iowa AmeriCorps has organized a Weatherization Blitz Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 13, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 715 College St. Learn energy-saving techniques. Bring a sack lunch. RSVP by Wednesday, March 10, by e-mailing greeniowadirector@gmail.com or calling 3-7233 with name and phone number. Walk-ins are welcome. Open to anyone 13 or older.

 

OVER THE RAINBOW'S THIRD ANNUAL WORLD FAIR:

Over the Rainbow Health and Education Services and American Humanics will host the third-annual World Fair from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 10, at the Pepsi Pavilion in Waterloo. Cost is $1 for children under 12 and $3 for adults. The event will feature entertainment from Brazilian 2wins & Band, bagpiping and more. There also will be a kids carnival, food tasting, booths and a world market. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Megan at worldfair2010@gmail.com.

 

RALLY IN THE VALLEY:

The UNI Panther Scholarship Club will host the Rally in the Valley on Saturday, May 1. The Panther Rally in the Valley was created to raise scholarship dollars to financially assist hundreds of UNI student athletes. If you would like to donate an auction item, contact Tony DiCecco at tony.dicecco@uni.edu.

 

CAMPUS CONNEXUS:

An interdisciplinary faculty and staff networking event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, in The Commons Georgian Lounge. Each participant will meet four participants from other departments or colleges to get acquainted and explore possible collaboration in their research and other creative activities. Registration is required, deadline is Thursday, April 1. For information and to register, visit http://www.uni.edu/osp/2010-campus-connexus.

 
BE YOUR OWN BOSS YOUTH CAMP:

Applications are being accepted for fourth and fifth graders who are interested in a week-long, day camp on entrepreneurship to be held at UNI from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 14-18. Students will develop a business idea, create and sell products and visit local businesses. Lunch, materials and a T-shirt are included in the $139 fee. Scholarships are available for those in need. Applications are due by Wednesday, April 7; visit www.jpec.org/camp.htm for more information.

PERFORMING ARTS:

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: CONCERT CHORALE:

The UNI Concert Chorale will offer a spring Spotlight Series concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 3-4TIX (4849).

 

HIGH SCHOOL BANDS CONCERT:

A concert of visiting Iowa high school bands featuring Mason City High School and Linn-Mar High School, will be coordinated by Ronald Johnson and S. Daniel Galyen, School of Music, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

GUEST TROMBONE RECITAL:

Visiting artist Mark Fisher will present a trombone recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 11, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Assistant principal/second trombonist and bass trumpet with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and principal trombone of the Santa Fe Opera, Fisher also is a member of Chicago’s Asbury Brass Quintet. Faculty pianist Robin Guy also will be featured. This event is free and open to the public.

CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS:

HOW TO WRITE A JOURNAL MANUSCRIPT REVIEW WORKSHOP:

"How to Write and Interpret a Journal Manuscript Review" will be presented by Carissa Froyum, Marybeth Stalp and Megan Tesene, staff members of the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, in the Maucker Union Oak Room. The workshop is for faculty and graduate students and will address: the purpose of peer review in academia; how to structure and write a review; how to interpret a review that you receive; and what to do (or say) after receiving a review. Bring your lunch. Cookies will be provided.

 

NEGOTIATING, RESOLVING CONFLICT AND DECISION MAKING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM:

Develop your confidence to manage conflict, negotiate outcomes and make better decisions by participating in a new certificate program offered through UNI's Executive Development Center. There are 11 sessions in the "Negotiating, Resolving Conflict and Decision Making" certificate program, which begins Tuesday, March 23, and concludes on Wednesday, June 23. UNI employees receive a 10-percent discount, so tuition is $2,698. Enrollment deadline is Friday, March 12. To enroll, call Sara at 3-7315.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

CRITICAL THINKING AND REFLECTIVE JUDGMENT:

Darcie Davis-Gage, counseling, will present stages of reflective judgment that relate to students' critical-thinking abilities from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 9, in the Maucker Union College Eye Room. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by UNI American Democracy Project/Provost's Office.

 

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS AND AMERICAN VALUES:

Erik Camayd-Freixas, a federally certified interpreter who translated at federal hearings in Waterloo after the 2008 Postville immigration raid, will visit UNI and participate in two public events. Starting at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, in the UNI CME, he will participate in a discussion and question-and-answer session, and at 7 p.m. he will speak at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center (1019 W. 23rd St.). Further information is available at: http://www.uni.edu/kessler/INSERT-Immigrant-Rights-and-American-Values.pdf.

 

BEGEMAN LECTURE:

"Black Holes, Galaxies and the Evolution of the Universe," by Megan Urry, Yale University, will be presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Urry, visiting UNI as part of the Begeman Lecture Series, is a world authority on the Hubble Space Telescope. She is currently Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, the director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics and chair of physics at Yale. The Begeman lectures are general, physical science-focused talks accessible to a broad audience, including middle and high-school students.

 

SIGMA XI LECTURE SERIES:

Adam Butler, psychology, will present "College Student Employment and Alcohol Use" as part of the Sigma XI Lecture Series: Practical Applications of Science, at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, in MSH 101.

 

TALLGRASS PRAIRIE DISCUSSION:

Christopher Barber, graduate student, will lead the discussion on "Early Tallgrass Prairie Reconstruction Establishment using Micronutrient and Mycorrhizal Inoculant on Native Seeds," at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, Tallgrass Prairie Center (located ¼ mile west of the McLeod Center on W. 27th St.). Barber will discuss the effects of mycorrhizal inoculant and a micronutrient powdered seed coating on native plant establishment in a new tallgrass prairie reconstruction. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, at 3-3828, or e-mail rwelch@uni.edu.

 

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE:

Emily Machen, history, will present "Women, the Veil, and Freedom: Europe and Islam in the Twenty-First Century" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, in SRL 115. The event is free and open to the public.

 

GREEN IOWA AMERICORPS:

Since Green Iowa AmeriCorps began serving Black Hawk and Linn counties in January 2009, members have donated more than 40,000 service hours to these communities through energy education, free home weatherization and numerous outreach projects. A Green Iowa AmeriCorps community update will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 12, at the Cedar Falls Public Library, 524 Main St. RSVP by March 10. For more information e-mail greeniowadirector@gmail.com or call 3-7233.

 

'FINANCING YOUR BUSINESS IDEAS BEYOND YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND FOOLS:'

You've got a great idea for starting a business, but finding the cash to do it looks impossible. Learn about some new funding sources that you may not have thought about previously. David James will share his experiences in starting his restaurant using the Targeted Small Business (TSB) Program. Log on to www.myentre.net at noon, Thursday, March 11, for this free, interactive webinar.

EMPLOYMENT:

MERIT VACANCIES:

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

 

P & S VACANCIES:

Vacancies at the P&S level include marketing director/production manager, student assistance/outreach coordinator, and program coordinator/CME. 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/.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

SPRING BREAK MASSAGE:

Make your spring break in Cedar Falls better with a massage in the WRC 104. Licensed massage therapist Katie Hover will offer massages 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 16 and Wednesday, March 17. Visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/massage_therapy.html for pricing and more information. Call 3-6119 to schedule.

 

PERSONAL TRAINERS:

Let a personal trainer design a program with your specific fitness goals in mind. 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.

 

HEALTH BEAT SERVICES:

Looking for a good place to workout where it's not so congested? Consider using the WRS Health Beat in Maucker Union. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday. If you have any questions, call 3-2239. Health Beat lockers are available for rent (by the semester). Ask a fitness supervisor at Health Beat, or contact Kristy Leen, WRS personal fitness coordinator, at 3-7167 or kristy.leen@uni.edu.

DINING SPECIALS:

TIBETAN FOOD SAMPLES - MARCH 22-25:

In preparation for the visit by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, there will be samples of Tibetan foods near Avanti at Prexy's in Maucker Union between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 22-25. Tibetan food will be offered for sampling each day: Monday features cream cheese barfi, a dessert; Tuesday, churu soup; Wednesday, khir, a Tibetan rice pudding; and Thursday, Tibetan pork ribs. For more information on the Dalai Lama's historic visit, go to www.uni.edu/dalailama.

 

 

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