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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/

 

 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

NEWS:

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND PROVOST ANNOUNCES THREE LEADERSHIP SEARCHES:

UNI Executive Vice President and Provost Gloria Gibson today announced three internal searches for key leadership positions in the Academic Affairs Division. Searches will begin immediately for an associate provost for academic affairs and interdisciplinary collaboration, and dean of the Graduate College; an associate provost for international programs; and an interim director of the Malcolm Price Laboratory School. Search committees are being formed now. The goal is to complete all three searches by May 1. For the rest of the announcement, visit

http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/

 
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.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM ITS-ET REGARDING WIRELESS MICROPHONES:

The FCC has banned the use of wireless microphones or similar devices in the 700MHz band (698MHz to 806 MHz). Users of wireless microphones within the 700MHz band will need to discontinue use no later than Saturday, June 12. To find out if your wireless microphone is affected, consult the user's manual. The microphone's bandwidth should be printed on the transmitter case as well. For more information visit http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones/. A FAQ can be found at http://svconline.com/microphones/features/fcc_frequently_asked_questions_203/.

 

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/.

 

GREAT COLLEGES TO WORK FOR – 2010 SURVEY:

UNI is participating again in the Chronicle Great Colleges to Work For Program. This program recognizes institutions that have built great workplaces. In 2009, UNI was recognized in several categories. Part of the program involves an online survey distributed to a random selection of UNI faculty and staff. Watch your e-mail during the week of March 22 for instructions, and please help by responding to the survey. Responses will be completely anonymous. For more information, contact Shashi Kaparthi, Office of Institutional Research, at kaparthi@uni.edu.

 

VOTE FOR UNI MUSEUMS: SILOS SITE OF THE YEAR:

UNI Museums has been nominated for Silos and Smokestacks Site of the Year. UNI Museums is currently in third place. Visit www.silosandsmokestacks.org to vote for the Museums. Voting ends Sunday, March 14. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/museum.

 

DID YOU KNOW? CHFA:

UNI Department of Theatre graduates have been nominees for an Oscar (Phyllis Somerville), a Tony (Jeanne Hickerson Paulson) and an Emmy winner (Matt Anderson).

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

James Walter, earth science, is quoted in a story in the Omaha World Herald.
http://omaha.com/article/20100310/NEWS01/703109915

 

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.

 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS:

Do you know of students who are deserving of recognition? If so, nominate them for a Student Leadership Award. Applications are available at www.uni.edu/leadershipcenter or in the Student Involvement and Activities Center, third floor of Maucker Union. For more information, contact Steffoni Smith at 3-7422 or steffers@uni.edu. Applications are due by 4 p.m., Monday, April 5.

 

SPRING BREAK TIMECARDS:

Saturday, March 13, is the pay-period cutoff for the Wednesday, March 31, monthly, and Wednesday, March 24, biweekly paydays. To be included in these paychecks timecards for the week ending Saturday, March 13, must be approved by 10 a.m., Thursday, March 18, which is during spring break. Please make sure your timecards are submitted and approved to meet these deadlines.

 

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.

 

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.

 

TELL YOUR STUDENTS:

To read MyUNIverse News.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

U.S. SAVINGS BOND INFORMATION SESSIONS:

Employees interested in exploring the option of U.S. Savings Bonds as a UNI payroll deduction or converting their E Bonds to I Bonds are invited to visit with Cory Schieltz, a representative from National Bond and Trust from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, in the Maucker Union Gold Room. Currently, I Bonds are earning 3.36 percent. (This rate is good through April 30.) Bonds are state and local tax free; backed by the U.S. Government; replaced at no cost if lost, stolen or destroyed; tax deferred until redemption or final maturity at 30 years; and cashable after only 12 months.

 

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:

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.

 

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.

 
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

 

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.

 

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS SHOWCASE:

An IE showcase with the six students qualifying to the American Forensics Association National Tournament in Wisconsin begins at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, in LNG 040. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.This showcase will feature a variety of individual events, including interpretation, limited preparation and public address events. For more information, contact Kate Lavelle katherine.lavelle@uni.edu.

 

UNI TEACHER FAIR:

The UNI Teacher Fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 27, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. It's a free event for teachers and faculty are welcome. More than 30 school districts from Iowa and across the U.S. will recruit educators for jobs in the 2010-2011 academic year. For a list of schools and fair information visit http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/. Sponsored by UNI Career Services. Call 3-2061 for more information.

 

OLYMPIAN SHAWN JOHNSON COMES TO MCLEOD:

Shawn Johnson, the 2008 Summer Olympian, will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 25, at the McLeod Center. The Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois are hosting this fundraising event with UNI's help. Johnson will talk about the Six Pillars of Character taught in schools and the Girl Scout mission of courage, confidence and character.  She also will take questions from the audience. For tickets, call the UNI ticket office at 3-4TIX (4849).

PERFORMING ARTS:

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.

 

CELEBRATING WOMEN THROUGH DANCE:

Women's History Month will culminate with the production of Heroic Beloved, a solo dance performance by world-renowned Leslie Friedman. This performance is a full-length dance concert choreographed and performed by Friedman, celebrating women throughout history. The show begins at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, in Lang Auditorium. Friedman was sponsored on three solo world tours for the U.S. State Department, performing in India, China, Sri Lanka, Hungary, Great Britain, Spain, Egypt and Tunisia. She has taught all over the world and brings her message of powerful women to audiences everywhere.

CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS:

ADOBE CONNECT WORKSHOPS:

ITS-Educational Technology will offer three workshops on how to use Adobe Connect from noon to 1 p.m., March 23 and April 2. Sign up for one of these workshops at
https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start&admin_group=ITSETF. Adobe Connect is a webinar type of technology that allows you to share presentations and multimedia from your desktop and get feedback from participants, all using a Web browser and the Adobe Flash® Player. Faculty are eligible for a free license by contacting marilyn.drury@uni.edu. For more information about Adobe Connect, visit http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatconnectpro/.

 

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:

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. 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.

 

PETER FRANCIS HART:

Peter Francis Hart, of FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) will discuss, "The Impact of Media on Citizen Engagement-Does TV Discourage Participation?" at 7:15 p.m., Monday, March 29, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Hart is the author of the book, "The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly." FAIR is a non-profit watchdog group that has been challenging media bias and censorship since 1986. Sponsored by the Graduate Program in Public Policy and the American Democracy Project. For more information, call 3-2910.

 

AUDIENCE DEBATE-NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND:

An audience debate on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, in LNG 040. This debate will feature constructive speeches and rebuttals from members of the debate team, as well as time for students to share their opinions on whether or not NCLB should be repealed or reformed. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.; seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact Kate Lavelle at katherine.lavelle@uni.edu.

EMPLOYMENT:

MERIT VACANCIES:

Merit Vacancies are now available for viewing at:
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/.

HOURS:

CAMPUS DINING SPRING BREAK HOURS:

Chats in Maucker Union will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., March 15-19. Spring break hours for retail operations are at: http://www.uni.edu/dor/dining/hours/2010SpringBreak-RET.pdf.

 

ROD LIBRARY HOURS OVER SPRING BREAK:

http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#spring.
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.

 

 

 

 

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