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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
SURVEY OF DIVERSITY-RELATED ACTIVITIES:
The Diversity Council is seeking information about current diversity-related activities at UNI. This inventory will be used to identify gaps in our efforts and inform planning. If you are responsible for any program, initiative, activity or effort that is organized and ongoing, and intended specifically to achieve a diversity-related goal, please provide the information here: http://www.ir.uni.edu/dbWeb/idra/index.cfm. CatID login required. All university faculty, staff and students are invited to submit information. The deadline is Friday, April 23. Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at email@example.com or 3-2332 for more information.
ASSOCIATE DEANS CHFA/CNS:
An announcement of the internal search for two associate dean positions for CHFA/CNS is posted at http://www.uni.edu/chfa/about/search.html. Full and associate professors in the humanities, arts and sciences are encouraged to apply.
UNI ACCEPTED FOR YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM:
UNI has been approved to participate in the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program, also known as the Yellow Ribbon Program, for 2010-2011. Under the program agreement, UNI and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will provide matching funds to cover a portion of veterans' outstanding tuition and fees balance not covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. For more information about the program and the Post-9/11 GI Bill, visit www.gibill.va.gov.
COMMENCEMENT FACULTY MARSHALS:
Spring commencement ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. (CHAFA, CNS, CSBS), and at 2:30 p.m. (COE, CBA, Cont. Ed.) Saturday, May 8. Faculty marshals are needed to assist in assuring the ceremonies run smoothly. Apparel is provided. If you would like to help with one of the ceremonies, contact Elaine Eshbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
136 FREE DELL DESKTOP COMPUTERS OFFERED:
Although these machines are slightly older (three to four years old) technology they may be able to replace even older equipment to provide valuable access and service for students at various locations throughout campus. These machines were purchased with Student Computer Fee budget funding; therefore, preference will be given to placing units where they will provide the most benefit to UNI students. This offer is extended only to campus departments, not student groups or individuals. See details on how to submit your request via your college or division technical person at: http://www.uni.edu/its/us/sccs/OldPCsSpring2010Notice.htm. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, April 23. There are 69 – Dell GX745 purchased in 2008 and 67 – Dell GX620 purchased in 2007.
REMINDER-GREAT COLLEGES TO WORK FOR-2010 SURVEY:
If you received an invitation to complete a Great Colleges to Work for Survey, please do so. UNI's response rate is one of the factors considered in the decision-making process. In 2009, UNI was recognized in several of the categories. Responses will be completely anonymous. For more information, contact Shashi Kaparthi, Office of Institutional Research, at email@example.com.
DID YOU KNOW?: SUSTAINABILITY:
UNI Dining Services purchased $748,404 in local foods in 2009, including eggs, dairy, herbs, flowers, fruits, apple cider, honey, vegetables, beef and pork. This is a 2.3-percent increase from 2008. Local purchasing reduces transportation emissions, supports the local economy and provides farm-fresh quality.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com. She will contact faculty to coordinate photo shoots.
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.
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.
UNI is offering a variety of summer camps for students in grades K through 12. These camps are a great way to showcase UNI to future students. Please share this information with prospective students. For a complete list of summer camps, visit www.uni.edu/camps.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS:
To read MyUNIverse News.
UNI'S FIRST-YEAR COUNCIL PLANS WEBINAR:
UNI's First-Year Council is considering a first-year seminar for freshmen. To learn more about best practices in designing and delivering first-year seminars, you're invited to attend two different webinars from noon to 1:30 p.m., April 12 and 19, in ITTC 134. For more information, visit http://www.academicimpressions.com/events/event_listing.php?i=883, or contact April Chatham-Carpenter firstname.lastname@example.org or Jon Buse at email@example.com.
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.
LIBRARY NOTICE FOR FACULTY STUDY ROOMS:
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.
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/.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE HUMANITIES BROWN BAG LUNCH SESSIONS:
The Office of Sponsored Programs will host two lunch-time information sessions on new and upcoming grant and fellowship opportunities for the humanities fields, from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, April 19 and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, in the Presidential Room, Maucker Union. The sessions will cover public and private funding sources. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Hillery Oberle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-3961.
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.
SATURDAYS WITH STARBUCKS:
Join baristas from Starbucks from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., April 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 the Asia/Pacific region. 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.
Joe Murphy, Office of the President, will host a final legislative update from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 8, in the Elm Room of Maucker Union. He will summarize the state budget decisions, budget cuts and other policy items affecting UNI.
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.
HONORS RESEARCH DAY:
Senior honors students and presidential scholars will present their thesis research projects beginning with continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 10, in the Lang Hall second-floor auditorium lounge. Following will be seven concurrent sessions of research presentations in LNG rooms 208, 211, 222, 223, and the Interpreter's Theatre. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.uni.edu/honors/researchday.shtml. Presentations are open to the public.
15th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:
The 15th Anniversary Celebration of the St. Stephen Catholic Student Center's Wicks Pipe Organ will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 11, in the Student Center chapel. Special performances by Rev. Paul Peters, UNI alumnus Peter Grau and UNI students Zachary Gignac and Vocal AmmUNItion. Refreshments will be served following the celebration in the Student Center gathering space. The event is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact Kelly at 266-9863 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY:
For the fourth consecutive year, the UNI Holocaust and Genocide Education Program, in collaboration with Sons of Jacob Synagogue in Waterloo, has organized an interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, April 12, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4000 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls. All are invited.
WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN:
The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort, worldwide of men working to end violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Stop by the information table from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 15, to pick up a white ribbon. Sponsored by Campus Violence Prevention Project, DOJ Grant.
Tickets may be requested for the Allen Hospital's Kaleidoscope Series for Youth for the 2010-2011 season beginning at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 14. Requests must be made online and payment will be collected in the fall. Visit http://www.gbpac.com/outreach/kaleidoscope/index-1011.shtml for more information.
JAY SEAN IN CONCERT AT UNI:
Jay Sean will perform Friday, April 23, in the West Gym. Opening act is Down With Webster. Student tickets are $20 and $30 for the public. Tickets are available at the UNITix box office. For more information visit the UNI Panther Productions Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?v=info&ref=ts&gid=139352342379.
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.
IOWA SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING:
The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology will host the Iowa Sociological Association on Saturday, April 24, including workshops for students and faculty. Keynote speaker Joel Best, University of Delaware, will also give a public lecture "The Stupidity Epidemic," at 6 p.m., Friday, April 23, in SEC 244/246. https://sites.google.com/a/luther.edu/isa/ or email@example.com
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.
TWO GENTLEMEN FOR CRESSIDA:
UNISTA presents the world-debut of "Two Gentlemen for Cressida" by Sarah Williams at 7:30 p.m., April 9 and 10, in CAC 108. This one-act play is an arrangement of scenes from Shakespeare's "Hamlet," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Twelfth Night," "Othello" and other works, as told by new characters to create a storyline of its own. Tickets cost $3. For more information visit www.UNISTAonline.org.
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.
NORTHERN IOWA WIND SYMPHONY:
The Northern Iowa Wind Symphony will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
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.
DOCUMENTARY: DALAI LAMA RENAISSANCE:
In preparation for the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet's visit in May, Campus Activities Board is sponsoring a screening of "Dalai Lama Renaissance" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in Maucker Union's Old Central Ballroom. A question and answer session with director and producer Khashyar Darvich will follow the screening. The "Dalai Lama Renaissance" documents the Dalai Lama's meeting with 40 western "renaissance" thinkers during a week-long visit to his home in northern India. The documentary recounts their journey to change the world and resolve many of the world's problems. The event is free and open to the public.
'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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev and click "Enroll Now."
MANAGING PEOPLE THROUGH CHANGE:
Registration is now open for the management workshop "Managing People Through Change," hosted by the UNI's Executive Development Center. The workshop is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 15, in BCS. The registration deadline is Friday, April 9. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 3-5851 or email@example.com. Registration can also be completed by visiting www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev and clicking Enroll Now.
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.
BUSINESS LEADERSHIP PANEL:
Renee Christoffer, vice president at Veridian Credit Union; Ritchie Kurtenbach, assistant business manager at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; and Ellen Miller, board member, World's Window will take part in a business leadership panel from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, April 8, in SEC 252. The event is sponsored by Leadership Studies and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 3-6898.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Virginia Arthur (email@example.com).
RUSSIAN GEOGRAPHER TO LECTURE AT UNI:
UNI Geography welcomes Yuri Gladky, the vice-president of the Russian Geographic Society, member of the Russian Academy of Education and head of the Economic Geography Department at the Herzen University in St. Petersburg. He is a renowned specialist in economic and political geography of Russia, regional development and geography education. Gladky will deliver the Progrus Speakers Series Lecture on regional economic development strategies in contemporary Russia, at 3 p.m., Friday, April 9, in ITTC 29. Refreshments will be provided.
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, S.D., 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.
UNI hosts Drake at noon, Saturday, April 10, in a doubleheader. The Panthers and Bulldogs wrap up the series at noon, Sunday. All games are held at the Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex.
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P & S VACANCIES:
Vacancies at the P&S level include information technology specialist. 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/.
A self-defense seminar will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in the Mauker Union University Room (lower level). Self-defense awareness expands knowledge of your surroundings and teaches moves that could save your life. The seminar is fun and interactive; wear comfy clothing. The event is free and treats are provided. For questions contact Amy Schon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by SAVE.
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.
Are you interested in meditation, but don't know how to start? Or do you want to extend your meditation practice further? Join a meditation lesson and practice from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 17, in WRC 176, led by visiting scholar the Venerable Geshe Thupten Dorjee, instructor and co-founder of the Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas at the University of Arkansas. Meditation practice can help you achieve a higher state of consciousness, greater focus, self-awareness and a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind. Mats will be available, and you are welcome to bring a pillow to sit on if you wish. Contact Marina Durinova at email@example.com for more information.
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