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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, March 16, 2010

NEWS:

MMTC B LOT CLOSURE:

Starting Monday, April 5, the B parking lot north of the Multimodal Transportation Center will be closed until mid August in preparation for the installation of the building's solar panels. The area will be used for the placement of steel beams and heavy equipment needed for the project. The facility will be open for A, G and pay-by-space use up to the second level. If you have questions, contact Brent Richmond at 3-5374.

 

UNI IN THE NEWS:

Scott Cawelti, emeritus, had a guest opinion on higher education published in the Des Moines Register.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100313/OPINION01/3130307/-1/BUSINESS04/Guest-column-Are-our-universities-moving-toward-mediocrity

 

Christopher Larimer, political science, was quoted in an AP story picked up in The New York Times and many other media. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/03/13/us/AP-US-NY-Politics-Analysis.html?_r=1

 

Laura Jackson, biology, was quoted in a Quad City Times story on flood management.

http://www.qctimes.com/article_eca46c9a-2f11-11df-9c82-001cc4c03286.html

 

Bill Callahan, College of Education, was quoted in a Des Moines Register story on teacher testing.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100314/NEWS02/3140348/1001/NEWS/Iowa-teachers-face-little-testing

 

DID YOU KNOW? CHFA:

UNI Theatre graduates have attended such prestigious graduate programs as Yale, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and UC Irvine; and work at well-known theatres such as The Empty Space (Seattle), A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle), American Players Theatre (Spring Green, Wis.), Colorado Shakespeare  Festival (Boulder), National Endowment for the Arts--Theatre Wing  (Washington, D.C.), Hubbard St. Dance Theatre (Chicago), Goodman Theatre (Chicago), Washington Ballet (D.C.), Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis), Marin County Theatre (San Francisco), Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago) and the Santa Fe Opera.


ST. PATRICK'S DAY TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT:

UNI Police, along with other agencies, will participate in an effort in conjunction with the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau to provide safe roadways.  Please wear your seatbelt day and night; law enforcement will be checking through March 17.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Cedar Valley United Way needs a director of first impressions to provide general clerical duties including making copies, filing and answering phones. Volunteer Monday through Friday with flexible times from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers age 16 and over are welcome. Contact the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley at volunteerUNI@vccv.org for more information.

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:

UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOPS:

Undoing Racism is a two and one-half-day workshop addressing the history and types of racism and providing ways to deal with and prevent racism in daily life. The UNI session will take place April 7-9; another session at Allen College is May 19-21. To register, contact Michael Blackwell,CME, at 3-2250. Seats are limited.

 

CALL TO ACTION: A MORE INCLUSIVE CAMPUS:

The Student Affairs Diversity Committee has a professional development opportunity for UNI employees, the seventh program in the Insights for Effectiveness series. This program, "Call to Action: A More Inclusive Campus," will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m.,Tuesday, March 30, or from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 31. For further details and to register online, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/committees/diversity. Register by Wednesday, March 24.

 

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.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

SATURDAYS WITH STARBUCKS:

Join baristas from regional Starbucks locations for a coffee tasting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 27, at the University Museum. Sample coffees from Africa/Arabia and discuss growing, harvesting and brewing methods. Learn about cultural rituals and traditions and try food pairings. Cost is $10. Call 3-2188 to register by March 25.

 

ATTENTION COMEDIANS/WRITERS/PERFORMERS:

"Saturday Night Laughs," Theta Alpha Phi's comedy benefit performance, will take place at 10 p.m., Saturday, April 10, in the Bertha Martin Theatre. The event will feature original stand-up and sketch comedy in a format similar to that of "Saturday Night Live," and all proceeds will go to charity. Stand-up comedians, sketch performers and sketch writers are needed. If you're interested in writing or performing, e-mail Liz Cook at ecook@uni.edu. All material must be submitted by April 1.

PERFORMING ARTS:

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: BEN HUR:

Visiting artist and guest conductor J.C. Sanford will lead UNI jazz musicians in a performance of his original score for the 1925 silent film "Ben Hur" at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS:

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:

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

 
LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC FORUM:

The final legislative public forum hosted by local agencies and organizations, including UNI, will be held at 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 19, in the AEA 267 Conference Center, 3712 Cedar Heights Drive, in Cedar Falls. Legislators will speak and guests may ask questions and voice opinions. For more information, e-mail jane.larson@uni.edu.

 

COFFEEHOUSE CULTURE:

Joanie Shafer, UNI student of anthropology, will discuss a study she completed on the social norms of coffee culture at a locally owned coffeehouse at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, at the University Museum. Discover how the importance of a particular environment can affect the persons residing within it. This event is free and open to the public.


REDUCING NUTRIENT AND SEDIMENT LOSS IN SURFACE RUNOFF:

Matt Helmers, Iowa State University, will discuss "Using Perennial Vegetation to Reduce Nutrient and Sediment Loss in Surface Runoff" at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center (located ¼ mile west of the McLeod Center on West 27th Street). Helmers will discuss how strategic placement of perennial vegetation within a row-crop dominated landscape has the potential to reduce surface runoff into downstream waterbodies. An interdisciplinary research team is investigating the impact of amount and placement of perennial vegetation on 14 watersheds at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City. This project is documenting water quality benefits of strategic perennial vegetation placement under real-world flow conditions. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, at 3-3828, or e-mail rwelch@uni.edu.

 

GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP PANEL:

Pat Harper, former representative and senator in Iowa Legislature; Jake Rudy, vice president, Northern Iowan Student Government (NISG); and Julia Ruetten, regional field manager for Minnesota Republican Party, will participate in a panel from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 25, in SEC 252. Free and open to the public.

 
MARTIN, MALCOLM AND BARACK:

Michael Blackwell, Center for Multicultural Education, will discuss the leadership of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Barack Obama from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, April 1, in SEC 252. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Gerri Perreault, Leadership Studies, at 3-6898.

 

HYBRID COURSES: BLENDING ONLINE AND TRADITIONAL TEACHING:

Otto MacLin and Kim MacLin will discuss how their courses combine traditional and online teaching, and how the courses can produce more informed and civically minded citizens, from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, April 2, in SIAC, Maucker Union. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault (ADP), 3-6898.

 

EMPLOYMENT:

MERIT VACANCIES:

Merit vacancies are available at
http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.shtml

 
P & S VACANCIES:

Vacancies at the P&S level include local food program manager, instructional developer/coordinator and
research associate/Metal Casting Center. 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/.

 

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 listed 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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