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Thursday, April 1, 2010
BUDGET UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT ALLEN:
The 2010 Legislative Session adjourned Tuesday, March 30. President Allen has posted a budget update about funding for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. To read his budget message, visit www.uni.edu/president/budget.
UPDATING ONLINE DIRECTORY:
The UNI Online Directory (http://www.uni.edu/directory) is a source for current faculty and staff contact information. To verify or make any changes to your home and/or office contact information, log-in to MyUNIverse > My Personal Records > Update My Personal Information. This information is sent directly to Human Resource Services via e-mail and will be updated within five working days.
Beginning Monday, May 10, summer hours for university offices will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours will remain in effect through Friday, Aug. 13. Supervisors of staff who do not have e-mail access, are asked to inform them of summer hours.
BLACK HAWK ELEMENTARY VISIT DAY:
Black Hawk Elementary students and teachers in kindergarten through fifth grade, will be on campus Thursday, April 1, for the annual UNI visit. Faculty, staff and students have planned a full-day of interactive learning activities. Black Hawk Elementary students have been visiting UNI for more than 20 years as part of the Partners in Education program.
NEW UNI C.A.R.E. SITE:
The UNI c.a.r.e. (creating a responsible environment) Web site has a new look and more sustainability-related resources, including maps with campus recycling locations, tips and ways to get involved. Check it out at www.uni.edu/energy.
PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES NEEDED:
The Office of University Marketing and Public Relations is once again photographing academic activities for use in admissions publications and other university marketing materials. We're looking for a variety of lab, field experience, traditional classroom, arts, sciences, business, technology and unique internship opportunities. We want to feature students interacting with faculty, other students, children and employers. Faculty willing to spare a few minutes to help UM&PR represent their academic areas are asked to e-mail class times, location and a brief description of the activity to firstname.lastname@example.org. She will contact faculty to coordinate photo shoots.
DID YOU KNOW?: SUSTAINABILITY:
Dining Services recycles cardboard, plastic, glass, paper, tin and grease rather then sending these items to the landfill. Dining purchases in bulk, has switched to dry beans from canned to cut down on packaging waste, and has reduced disposable, single-use service item usage by changing to china and glass.
UNI IN THE NEWS:
The Dubuque Telegraph Herald cited research by Tim Gilson, educational leadership, in a story about school consolidation.
FALL 2010 SCHEDULE OF CLASSES NOW AVAILABLE:
The fall 2010 Schedule of Classes is now available online. Registration for classes will begin Tuesday, April 6. To view the Schedule of Classes visit http://www.uni.edu/registrar/index.shtml. Questions related to registration can be directed to the Office of the Registrar, Registrar@uni.edu or 3-2241.
UPGRADE MADE TO BUDGET ADJUSTMENT APPLICATION:
Users of the Budget Adjustment application will notice some changes. An upgrade was required to meet the latest technical standards for ITS Web development. While the basic functionality is still the same, the layout will look slightly different. However, the ability to search for budget lines, review completed or in-progress budget adjustments or create new adjustments should be familiar. The main change involves the documentation of 'Strategic Goals'. This functionality is activated only during budget development when processing reallocation entries. Training will be provided in the near future. Please direct questions to Brenda Neff at 3-2383 or Bruce Rieks at 3-7498.
NEW OSP RESEARCHER PROFILE:
Read the latest researcher profile on Susan Dobie at: http://www.uni.edu/osp/researcher-profiles. This is the second profile in the series by the Office of Sponsored Programs highlighting the exceptional research, scholarship and creative efforts of UNI faculty and staff.
FALL 2010 COURSE IN WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION:
The fall 2010 course in Applied Writing (620:105g) focuses on workplace skills in communicating specialized information. Contact email@example.com for more information.
FACULTY AND STAFF WITH LOBBYING CONTACTS
Lobbying activity from Jan. 1 to March 31 must be reported by Friday, April 2 at http://www.ir.uni.edu/dbweb/govrel/index.cfm. In compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and the Honest and Open Government Act of 2007, UNI files quarterly reports on specific lobbying issues and the expenses incurred in lobbying. The university's policy on Federal and State Lobbying and Political Activity can be found in the Policies and Procedures Manual at 10.09 (http://www.uni.edu/president/policies/1009.shtml). Reports must be filed each quarter. If there is nothing to report for a particular quarter, note that in the "comments" section. Contact Pat Geadelmann, at 3-6144 with questions.
INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP PROGRAM:
Do you want to learn about other cultures? International students are eager to meet an American family and practice their English. Students will not live with you, but rather visit once a month to chat. If interested, contact Madison Frei at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WORLD FAIR:
The third-annual World Fair celebrates diversity and seeks volunteers for the children's carnival, face painting and set-up. The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 10, at the Pepsi Pavilion in Waterloo. Volunteer shifts are from 10 a.m. to noon, noon to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 5 p.m. For more information, or to sign up contact Megan at email@example.com.
FREE TAX HELP:
UNI accounting students are providing free income tax assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. through Wednesday, 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 your returns. For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 3-2394.
The latest issue of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Works newsletter is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/eap/news.shtml under Current Issue. Topics include alcohol abuse, teaming with your supervisor, staying up when income drops, stress management on the go and workplace bullying.
ROD LIBRARY HOURS FOR APRIL 3 AND 4:
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.
LECTURE CAPTURE BROWN BAG LUNCH SESSIONS:
ITS-Educational Technology and the Academic Technology Coordinating Committee are hosting two sessions on the lecture capture software, Panopto, from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, April 5 and 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 20. UNI Panopto Pilot faculty will share their experiences and student uses of Panopto this past semester. Panopto's lecture-capture software allows faculty to capture, edit, stream, archive and repurpose lectures with one integrated, easy-to-use software solution.
ROD LIBRARY-TRAINING FOR WEB KNOWLEDGE DATABASES:
Training sessions for faculty in the use of Web of Science (including science, social science and arts and humanities citation indexes), Journal Citation Reports and EndNote Web will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, in Rod Library 373. For more information, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/news-events. Call Chris Neuhaus at 3-3718 to sign up.
Full-time tenured or tenure-track instructional faculty members who wish to apply for study rooms in the Rod Library for the summer session should do so by Friday, April 9. Application forms are available online at http://www.uni.edu/library/facstudy and also in the library's main office. For more information, call Paulette Courtney at 3-2737.
LAST DAY TO REGISTER - CAMPUS CONNEXUS 2010:
Take the opportunity to network and socialize with other researchers on campus, Wednesday, April 14, for Campus Connexus 2010. This event will be a fun, informal way for UNI researchers, faculty and staff to meet and network with others. The goal is to stimulate interdisciplinary research and creative activity. For more information visit http://www.uni.edu/osp/2010-campus-connexus. Registration is required.
IMPROVING YOUR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION:
Lori Hoffmann, UNI-HRS Training and Development, will offer a workshop, "Improving Your Electronic Communication," from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, in the State College Room, lower level of Maucker Union. Hoffman and Jennifer Huster will cover how to know when different forms of communication are appropriate, the dos and don'ts of professional communication and offer basic tools to improve your electronic communication skills. More information can be found at www.uni.edu/hrs/training. Please pre-register by e-mailing your name and department to HRS-Training@uni.edu.
PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL TRAINING:
Appraising performance is more than just a single event. It begins with setting smart goals, coaching year round, documenting performance-good and bad, and writing and conducting an appraisal without bias. Performance appraisals can be an important tool for motivating employees and inspiring quality work. Learn how to approach and follow through with the performance appraisal process. Two sessions are being offered this spring,on Thursdays, April 15 and 22. For program and registration details and instructions to reserve your spot in one of these sessions visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training/.
SUMMER 2010 eLEARNING COURSES:
UNI faculty using the Blackboard/WebCT learning management system in conjunction with their summer semester courses, should submit their request using the Web form at http://elearning.uni.edu/forms/course_request.html. Courses will be populated with students on May 8. Enrollment changes will be processed on a daily basis throughout the semester.
Proud's Pride week, EduGAYtion is all about educating students about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. The week will end with a rally to celebrate the one-year anniversary of marriage equality in Iowa. Check out the events on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=32803057345&ref=ts.
RELAY FOR LIFE UNI 2010:
Want to attend a fun, free night of bands, blow-up jousting, improv, food and more? Help UNI "Make Cancer Walk the Plank" on April 9-10 in the McLeod Center. Sign up your team at www.relayforlife.org/uni. For more information, e-mail Sarah McCarty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAYS WITH STARBUCKS:
Join baristas from Starbucks from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., April 3 and 10, at the University Museum, to discuss coffee growing, harvesting and brewing methods at these Saturday coffee tastings. Learn about cultural rituals and traditions and try out food pairings. Sample coffee from Latin America on April 3 and the Asia/Pacific region on April 10. Cost is $10. Call 3-2188 to register.
UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society is holding a T-shirt sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 13,on the second floor Schindler lobby.
COUNT DRACULA INVITES YOU TO GIVE BLOOD:
The Strayer-Wood Theatre, in recognition of the upcoming production of "Count Dracula," is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 2 to 6 p.m., Friday, April 9. Donors receive a free T-shirt and $2 off admission to a performance of "Count Dracula," April 16-25. To make an appointment, call 3-6381 or contact email@example.com.
UNI TAPP (Textiles and Apparel Program) presents its 18th annual student design show, UNI Catwalk. The show is at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Saturday, April 10, in Lang Hall Auditorium. Admission is free. A reception will follow in the CME located on the second floor of Maucker Union.
RALLY IN THE VALLEY:
What a great time to be a Panther. The Rally in the Valley is an opportunity to show support for UNI's student athletes. Show your support by purchasing raffle tickets or attending the dinner auction Saturday, May 1. Raffle tickets are $25 each or three for $50, and prizes include one $5,000 first prize and four $500 second-place prizes. Contact Tony DiCecco at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
THIRD ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM:
Eighty graduate students are participating in the third-annual Graduate Student Research Symposium Monday, April 12. The schedule is as follows: oral presentations, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; poster presentations, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and creative performances, 6 to 9 p.m. in Davis Hall in the GBPAC. First-, second- and third-place awards for each category will be announced at the Graduate College's 40th Anniversary Celebration from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in the Georgian Lounge.
ORCHESIS SPRING SHOW:
Enjoy a mixture of dance when UNI's Orchesis dance company performs "The Dancers we've Become" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 2, and 2 p.m., Saturday, April 3, at the Oster Regent Theatre in Cedar Falls. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.
IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS:
UNI Interpreter's Theatre will perform a series of scenarios and discussion points based on Lena Williams' book, "It's the Little Things" and will focus on living with diversity for both white and black races. Two performances will be held, 7 to 8 p.m. and 8:15 to 9:15 p.m., Monday, April 5, in LNG 040.
FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: JOSHUA ARMSTRONG-PERCUSSION:
Visiting percussion instructor and artist Joshua Armstrong, will offer a spring recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES-JAVIER COLON:
Acoustic guitarist Javier Colon will perform at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, in the Hemisphere Lounge (behind Chats) in the Maucker Union.
The UNI Horn Choir will offer a spring recital at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 11, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
The Symphonic Band will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
GBPAC TO HOST LARAMIE PROJECT:
The Tectonic Theatre Project and its production of the "Laramie Project" will be in residence at UNI and will be available for classroom discussion, Oct. 11 and Oct. 15. Please contact email@example.com by April 9 if you are interested in company members visiting your classroom. Save the dates: Sept. 16, Judy Shepard; Oct. 13, The Laramie Project performance; and Oct. 14, Epilogue performance.
DEATHSCAPES - ENVIRONMENTAL MOVIE AND BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES:
"Deathscapes," Rod Library's environmental movie and book discussion series will take place at 7 p.m. in the Library's Multipurpose Room 324 on various dates. Discuss the book, "The Carbon Diaries 2015," April 7; see the movie "Black Diamonds" followed by discussion on April 14; and discuss the book "Our Choice," on April 21. These events are free and open to the public.
JURIED STUDENT ART EXHIBITION:
The UNI Art Gallery will present the 2010 "Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition," through Sunday, April 18. The competition showcases outstanding recent works by students in the UNI Department of Art. The juror for this year's competitive exhibition is Fred Hagstrom, professor of printmaking at Carleton College. Free and open to the public.
START A BUSINESS WORKSHOP:
Free workshop for UNI students, staff and faculty. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 3, in BCS 33 (space is limited to 36 people). Advanced registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-JPEC (5732).
LEARN MORE ABOUT IOWA'S WIND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT:
The Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND) Conference will be held Tuesday, April 6, focusing on technical, research and development issues including new design trends, forecasting and grid operations, improved materials and manufacturing methods and turbine health monitoring/reliability. Contact http://www.iawind.org/ for more information. The third-annual Iowa Wind Energy Association Conference will be held Wednesday, April 7 immediately following the one-day IAWIND Conference. For more information contact Reg Pecen, IAWIND board member, at email@example.com or 3-2598. Pecen will take students and faculty/staff to the conference on Tuesday, April 6. Student registration is discounted at $15. Register at https://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/iawind/quickregister.html.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WORKSHOP:
Free workshops for UNI students, staff and faculty are offered twice in April. Learn about patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. The workshops will take place form 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, April 5, in BCS 33 (space is limited to 36 people) and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 8, in BCS 128 (space is limited to six people). Advanced registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-JPEC (5732).
Tony W. Norton and Jann E. Williams, University of Tasmania, Australia, will speak at 4 p.m., Monday, April 5, in MSH 001. Their presentation will examine the biodiversity, ecosystem services and land use of Tasmania's agricultural landscapes using a combination of spatial science and ecological techniques including GIS mapping, satellite image analysis, vegetation monitoring and threatened-species habitat modeling. They will outline trends in the status of biodiversity and natural resources, discuss management issues in the context of industry expansion and climate change and compare approaches to sustainable land management with those promoted internationally. For more information, contact Laura Jackson, biology, at 3-2705 or Laura.L.Jackson@uni.edu.
'MANAGING YOUR BOSS' WORKSHOP ON APRIL 8:
The "Managing Your Boss" workshop hosted by UNI's Executive Development Center is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 8, in the BCS. Participants will practice managing expectations and priorities to improve their working relationship with their boss and advance their performance. Jim Hogan, a human resources professional will facilitate the workshop. The cost is $275. UNI employees and alumni members receive a 10-percent discount. Departments can purchase a consortium membership, which entitles it to five or 10 seats to any of the 2010 EDC workshops. For more information or to register, contact 3-5851 or email@example.com, or visit www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev and click "Enroll Now."
EMOTIONAL AWARENESS AND THE DALAI LAMA:
Gerri Perreault, UNI Leadership Studies, will present and lead a discussion of a book by the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 3, at University Book and Supply. The book is about emotional awareness. Sponsored by ADP. This event is free and open to the public.
EMMY-WINNING DIGITAL EDITOR TO TALK ABOUT HIS CRAFT:
Digital editor Josh Bodnar has developed a signature editorial style that blends the disciplines of design, animation, visual effects and live action. Specializing in title sequences and high-end commercials, Bodnar is currently based in Chicago as a staff editor for the editorial boutique, Whitehouse. Bodnar will detail his artistic process in editing with motion graphics, one shot at a time. The talk "Motion Graphics: the Collaborative Medium and the Future of Digital Editing," will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 5, LNG Hall. To see his work, visit www.joshbodnar.com/. Sponsored by the Communication Studies Department. Contact Bettina Fabos, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, April 5, in CME 109A, in Maucker Union. The Outstanding Graduate Research Paper on gender will be presented by Loren Wilburs. Wilburs, a UNI sociology graduate student, will present "Emergency Cesarean Section: Analyzing a Modern Mother's Experience." The Women's and Gender Studies program sponsors the Current Research on Women forum series. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to gather for informal presentation and discussion.
PHILOSOPHER OF SCIENCE TO SPEAK AT UNI:
Carla Fehr, ISU, will discuss the evolution of sex and pragmatic mechanism at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, in the Maucker Union University Room. Fehr will discuss the many theories on the evolution of sex and argue that this multiplicity of explanations represents healthy and productive scientific practice.
'BUILDING A WEBSITE ON THE CHEAP FOR THE NON-TECHIE':
Need a Web presence but don't have the budget or skills to get it done? The topic for the next MyEntre.Net webinar is "Building a Website on the Cheap for the Non-Techie" presented by Dan Beenken, at noon, Thursday, April 8, on www.myentre.net.
SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION AND THE LIBERAL ARTS CURRICULUM-CENTRAL COLLEGE'S JOURNEY:
Jim Zaffiro, political science, Central College, will speak at noon, Friday, April 9, in ITTC 134/136. He will outline the early-stage vision, mission, goals and student-learning outcomes of a long-term, institution-wide, academic strategic plan for transforming a traditional liberal arts curriculum and residential learning-based institution. This presentation also will be available as a webinar. Details, a link for the webinar, upcoming event information and podcasts of past presentations can be accessed at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/lac_review.shtml. Questions may be directed to LAC-RSC committee co-chairs, Susan Hill (email@example.com) or Virginia Arthur (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS:
The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 12, at the University Museum to discuss "Unaccustomed Earth" by Jhumpa Lahiri. In this series of short stories, the author explores several aspects of American-raised Indian children. All are welcome -- having read the book or not.
SOUTH DAKOTA'S PRAIRIE FARM-AN EXPERIMENT IN ECONOMIC AND ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY:
Carter Johnson, professor of Ecology at South Dakota State University, will describe the EcoSun Prairie Farms Project at noon, Monday, April 12, in MSH 001. Ecosun is a 640 acre, working farm near Brookings, that combines ecological restoration of native lands with entrepreneurship opportunities. Some of these projects include the sale of prairie hay and native grass seed, production of cellulose-based biofuels from native tall grass plantings, the marketing of medicinal and ornamental native plants, seminars, ecotourism and recreation. For more information, contact Laura Jackson, biology, at 3-2705, or Laura.L.Jackson@uni.edu.
EDUCATING GLOBAL CITIZENS:
Peter N. Stearns, provost at George Mason University, will present, "Educating Global Citizens in Colleges and Universities," at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 15, in CBB 109. This event is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and is free and open to the public.
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JOB OPENINGS AT UNI:
The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at http://www.uni.edu/resources/employment/.
INTRAMURAL OPEN CO-REC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT:
The tournament is open to students, faculty and staff. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 19-21, at the Intramural Office WRC 161. The tournament is open to the first eight teams to register. The entry fee is $20 per team. Play begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 24. Rain date is Sunday, April 25. Call 3-7262 for more information.
Walk the labyrinth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 1, in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom. At first glance the labyrinth may look like a maze, but it's more than that. Walking the labyrinth can be a form of centering, slowing down and/or meditating, bringing gifts of insight, wisdom and peace. For more information, contact Joan Thompson at email@example.com or 3-2137.
FEAR OF FITNESS PROGRAM:
This one-hour program on Wednesday, April 7 is geared to anyone who struggles with exercise. WRS fitness specialists will provide practical information to overcome barriers and calm fears. There are suitable exercise choices for almost everyone, no matter level of fitness or health status. Details are in the April Words of Wellness newsletter: http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/UNI_employee_wellness/wow/WOW-April_2010.pdf.
VENDORS FEATURE HEALTHY FOOD SAMPLES AT PREXY'S:
Stop by Prexy's and enjoy free samples of a variety of healthy food choices from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Friday, April 2. Give your feedback on the items and help determine future menu options at Prexy's.
The current Doritos brand special at 23rd Street Market in Commons and Biscotti's in Redeker Center is two for $6 now through April 3.
NEXT SUSHI TUESDAY AT PREXY'S IS APRIL 6:
Visit Wasabi from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, to enjoy three varieties of sushi: California, veggie cream cheese or tuna salad roll. All sushi is prepared in Prexy's kitchen.
'TROPICAL TUESDAYS' AT ESSENTIALS:
Stop by Essentials in Maucker Union and step into the "tropics" for Tuesday specials during April. Specials include discounts on ice cream novelties, beverages, snacks and more.
For more information about promotions, visit www.uni.edu/dor. Use the Retail Promotions link in What's Happening.
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