Tuesday, April 27, 2010
FOE FACULTY/STAFF SURVEY:
Following the success of the first-year study, UNI has decided to engage in the Foundations of Excellence (FoE) Transfer Focus self study, as transfer students comprise more than a third of UNI's student body. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share their opinions about how well UNI implements an effective transfer program, both in and out of the classroom. These anonymous responses will be an important source of information for the FoE Task Force during the 2010-2011 academic year. The survey is at https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/surveys/takeSurvey.cgi. Questions may be addressed to Kerri Clopton, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Christie Kangas, email@example.com.
DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS:
Jerry Thomas, a candidate for the dean of the College of Education position, will interview on campus Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30. Thomas is dean of the College of Education and professor of kinesiology, health promotion and recreation at the University of North Texas. Thomas will host a public forum from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, April 29, in SEC 252 on "Addressing Key Opportunities and Challenges in Public Higher Education: Leading the College of Education, Collaborating with Other Colleges, and Connecting with the Broader Community." For more information about Thomas and to complete a candidate feedback form, visit http://www.uni.edu/coe/about/coe-dean-search.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR SUPERVISORY & CONFIDENTIAL COUNCIL:
Sheri Bishop will complete her term as representative for the Supervisory and Confidential (S&C) Council on Wednesday, June 30. As a result, there will be one vacancy on the S&C Council. This three-year appointment begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2013. Self-nomination is appropriate and encouraged. To nominate someone else, get the permission of the nominee before submitting his/her name for inclusion on the ballot. Nominations are due to Janet Witt by May 15, by campus mail (zip 0135) or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. A complete listing of S&C employees is at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/meritsc/personnel.shtml.
WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN:
Department heads received a letter containing white ribbons to distribute to male faculty and staff within each department. White Ribbon is an international campaign for men to take a stand and pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Men should wear their white ribbons Thursday, April 29, to show support for the efforts at UNI, by men and women, to end all violence against women.
NOTICE FOR SUMMER STUDENT EMPLOYEES:
Enrolled students and current faculty and staff have the ability to charge purchases at various locations on campus (i.e. Chats and Prexys). Students who work in the summer but are not enrolled will not be able to charge unless the Department of Residence is notified. E-mail email@example.com to allow non-enrolled student employees the ability to charge over the summer.
HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION AUDIO LINK:
To listen to the audio from the April 14 Hot Topics in Education, "Innovating Education," presented by Leigh Zeitz, curriculum and instruction, visit http://mm1.uni.edu:8080/ramgen/1/hottopics/speaker.rm. For more information about Zeitz and his presentations visit http://drzreflects.com.
FOUNDATIONS OF EXCELLENCE TRANSFER FOCUS COMMITTEES:
During the 2010-2011 academic year, UNI will engage in the Foundations of Excellence (FoE) Transfer Focus self study, as transfer students comprise more than a third of UNI's student body. Committees are now being formed to study the nine dimension areas of philosophy, organization, learning, faculty, transitions, all students, diversity, roles and purposes and improvement. Faculty and staff interested in joining one of the committees should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
TEACHER EDUCATION NEWSLETTER:
The final Teacher Education Newsletter for the academic year is available at http://www.uni.edu/coe/undergraduate/teacher-education/teacher-education-newsletters/april-2010. The newsletter contains major news and announcements about UNI's role in state and national education issues.
DID YOU KNOW?: SUSTAINABILITY:
Sabin Hall renovations were designed to make the building LEED Silver Certified. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
500 HOURS OF SERVICE AVAILABLE TO LOCAL NONPROFITS:
UNI's American Humanics Student Association is accepting proposals from local nonprofits for 500 hours of free service. Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Friday, April 30. Annually, American Humanics (AH) students request proposals from local nonprofit agencies and select an organization within the Cedar Valley to serve. If your organization, or one you know of, would be interested in 500 hours of free service, please complete the proposal form at http://www.uni.edu/americanhumanics/community/rfp.html. For more information, contact Julianne Gassman, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-2264.
NEW MYUNIVERSE DEMONSTRATIONS:
Later this spring MyUNIverse will undergo a redesign. To preview the new MyUNIverse, stop by the display in Maucker Union next to Chats between noon and 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, or between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Thursday, April 29. For more information on the new MyUNIverse, visit www.uni.edu/sis.
ROD LIBRARY HOURS FOR FINAL EXAM WEEK:
http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#springfinals. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, there will be a prompt to enter your CatID.
TELL YOUR STUDENTS:
To read MyUNIverse News.
UNI DIGITAL SIGNAGE DEMO MAY 3:
A demonstration of UNI's centralized digital-signage system will be held from 2 to 3 p.m., Monday, May 3, in ITTC 134. The system has been in use for one year and representatives from several departments/buildings who've been using it will discuss the benefits of being able to display and exchange messages across campus. Come learn how you can easily buy into the system and be a part of this initiative.
STUDIO IT RESERVATIONS FOR SUMMER AND FALL 2010:
ITS Educational Technology is now taking StudioIT reservations for summer and fall 2010. To submit a reservation inquiry, submit your request at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/studioit/reserveform/reserveform.shtml. Reservations are made on a first come first served basis.
GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE:
The UNI Greenhouse Annual Plant Sale will take place at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 27. The sale ends at 3 p.m. or when all the plants are gone. The plants were grown from the greenhouse's own collection. Contact Susan Meerdink at email@example.com for more information.
FIFTH UNI MINI-SUMO ROBOT INVITATIONAL:
The fifth annual UNI Mini-Sumo Robotics Invitational Competition will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 29, in the Hemisphere Lounge, Maucker Union. Mini-Sumo robots from across the U.S. will compete with robots designed and built by UNI students. The event is free and open to the public. For background information, and video of past competitions, go to www.narobotics.org/.
CAB PRESENTS COMEDY SHOW FEATURING BEN BAILEY, HOST OF 'CASH CAB':
Campus Activities Board's last event of spring 2010 will feature stand-up comedy by Ben Bailey, the host of Discovery's "Cash Cab," at 9:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29, in the Maucker Union. This is a free event for all UNI students, faculty, staff and the community. Free refreshments will be provided beforehand.
CINCO DE MAYO:
Join in the celebration of Cinco de Mayo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 30, outside of Maucker Union. Enjoy grilled fajitas, beans, chips, dessert and pop, free of charge (while supplies last). Rain site is inside Maucker Union.
ROTC AWARDS CEREMONY:
The Department of Military Science Spring Award Ceremony will take place at 2:15 p.m., April 30, in the West Gym. A reception will follow.
RALLY IN THE VALLEY:
The Rally in the Valley is a benefit for UNI's student athletes. Show your support by purchasing raffle tickets or attending the dinner auction Saturday, May 1. Reservations are still available; however, seating is limited. The dinner is $75 for non-Panther Scholarship Club members and $65 for members. If you can't attend, purchase raffle tickets for $25 each or three for $50. Prizes include one $5,000 first-place prize and four $500 second-place prizes. Contact Tony DiCecco at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR UPHAM:
The Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations will host an open house to honor Leonard Upham, who is retiring after 21 years at UNI. The open house will be held on from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, at My Verona, 419 Main St. in Cedar Falls. RSVP by Friday, April 30, to email@example.com.
KINDERMUSIK IS NOW ENROLLING FOR SUMMER 2010 CLASSES:
Kindermusik, a part of the UNI Community Music School, will offer a five-week summer Kindermusik session for little musicians and their caregivers from June 14 through July 16. Kindermusik classes include singing, dancing, instrument play-alongs and creative learning to stimulate all areas of child development. Evening and morning classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and multi-age classes for siblings, are available. Classes are held in room 30, GBPAC. Registration deadline is June 10. Cost is $50. Register by May 20 and save $5. For more information, visit www.joyful-noise-studio.com, or contact Tricia Freeman at 415-9404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUEST ARTIST BARITONE RECITAL:
Visiting artist Stephen Swanson, baritone, will present a voice recital at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Swanson is a concert and opera singer, a teacher of singing and an opera stage director. He earned degrees from North Park College and Northwestern University and served a two-year AGMA apprenticeship with the Wolf Trap Company. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI JAZZ BAND III AND COMBOS:
The UNI Jazz Band III and jazz combos will present a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI VARSITY MEN'S GLEE CLUB CONCERT:
The UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 3-4TIX.
GUEST ARTIST CARILLON CONCERT:
Guest Artist Karel Keldermans, carillonneur, will perform at noon, Thursday and Friday, April 29 and 30, at the Campanile. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI NEW HORIZONS BAND SPRING CONCERT:
The New Horizons Band will offer its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 4, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. Under the direction of Diana Blake, the New Horizons Band features musicians 55 and older who travel from all over Iowa. This event is free and open to the public.
TIBETAN EXHIBIT AT UBS:
A Tibetan exhibit will be on display at University Book and Supply now through Saturday, May 22, during normal business hours. The display is in conjunction with the visit to UNI by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. The exhibit originated at the Tibet Museum in Dharamsala, India, one of the exile communities for the Tibetan people and the current home of the Dalai Lama. It features a series of panels depicting a journey, based on the Tibetan perspective.
The UNI Gallery of Art will present "M.A. Thesis and B.F.A. Group Exhibitions," now through Saturday, May 8. The following students are exhibiting: Nicolas Bandy, Kali Downs, Molly Kaspar, Nicholas Meyer, Amy Mosier, Jorunn Musil, Beth Nybeck, Jesse Parrott, Victoria Reed and Justin Thye.
BLACK COFFEE: GOLD IN YOUR CUP:
View the final part of a three-part documentary that traces the unique and volatile history of coffee at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 1, at the University Museum. From its discovery on an ancient Ethiopian hillside to its role as a contemporary elixir, coffee has dominated and molded the economies, politics and social structures of entire countries. Run time is 60 minutes. Free and open to the public.
'MAXIMIZE YOUR COGNITIVE CAPACITY':
Registration is now open for the management workshop "Maximize Your Cognitive Capacity" hosted by UNI's Executive Development Center. The workshop is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 4, in BCS. The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 27. Melanie Hoffner, a certified Brain-Based Trainer uses Brain-Compatible training/learning concepts, which increase comprehension, participation, retention and enjoyment. The cost is $275 per workshop. UNI employees and alumni members receive a 10-percent discount. 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."
PANTHER SPEAKERS WEBINAR-BUILDING STRONG AND EFFECTIVE TEAMS:
Faculty and staff are invited to join a free webinar "Building Strong & Effective Teams," presented by Victoria Robinson, educational leadership, at noon, Wednesday, April 28. The session focuses on how leaders can cultivate collaborative working environments and promote strong working relationships. The event also is being promoted to UNI alumni worldwide and is sponsored by the UNI Alumni Association. For more information and to register, visit www.uni.edu/pantherspeakers.
PEACE FLAG FAMILY WORKSHOP:
A Peace Flag Family Workshop will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 8, at the Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls. The event is sponsored by the UNI Art Education Department and the James and Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts. Using different forms of stenciling and printmaking, attendees will create flags with symbols of peace and harmony as seen through the eyes of a child. Each child is invited to create two flags; one to take home and the other to be included in a display at the McLeod Center at UNI to greet His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet when he speaks. Tuition cost is $12 for one child and one adult and $5 for each additional person. For more information, or to register for the workshop, call the Hearst Center for the Arts at 273-8641, or visit online at www.hearstartscenter.com and click on the Leisure Link.
NO LABEL PROJECT:
The No Label Project invites your participation in a cross-campus dialogue on labeling, stereotypes and discrimination. Wear a "NO LABEL" sticker Wednesday, April 28, to join the conversation. Pick-up stickers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 28, outside Maucker Union, or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Art Department Office, 104 KAB. More information is on Facebook: No Label Project or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BROWN BAG: NASA-IOWA SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM:
Ramanathan Sugumaran, geography, has been named the new director of the NASA-Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC), shifting the ISGC leadership from ISU to UNI. Sugumaran will present an overview of the ISGC, its mission, programs and the opportunities it offers UNI faculty, research staff and students from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29, in the Maucker Union Presidential Room. Visit http://www.ia.spacegrant.org/ for more information on the ISGC. To RSVP or for more information, contact Hillery Oberle at email@example.com or 3-3961.
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH DALAI LAMA VISIT:
In conjunction with the visit to UNI by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, University Book and Supply is hosting a series of community conversations based on several books he has authored. The fourth and last one focuses on "Ethics of the New Millennium" and will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 29, at UBS. Preregistration is required. There is a limit of 30 guests per session. Bring your lunch. Call 266-7581 for more information.
HARI SHANKER LECTURE SERIES:
The Hari Shankar Lecture Series and the Department of Mathematics will present Kathryn Chaloner at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29, in Lantz Auditorium, 137 MSH. Chaloner will discuss "Mathematics, Statistics and Clinical Trials," for a general audience. She will describe examples of clinical trials and the contribution that Bayesian statistical and mathematical methods have made in the development of efficient and effective design and analysis of clinical trials. She'll also discuss improved medical research.
YOGA IN ACTION -- FROM DEERE TO DHARMA:
"Union" Yoga Club presents studio director and RYT 200 certified yoga teacher Mary McInnis Meyer at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 29, in the CME Room109 A/B. She will share her experience of how she went from engineer at John Deere to founder of the first yoga studio in Cedar Falls. A yoga mat will be given away courtesy of "Union" Yoga Club. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
UBS OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARD:
The College of Humanities and Fine Arts will present the University Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award to Christopher Buckholz, School of Music, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. His presentation, "The Apprenticeship: Teaching Applied Music," is an exploration of how music is taught in the applied studio. This event is free and open to the public.
ANTI-CATHOLICISM OR INEPT LEADERSHIP: THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ABUSE CRISIS:
The UNI American Democracy Project's "News Talk" will host a session on leadership issues surrounding this crisis from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 1, at University Book and Supply. Discussion leader is Sister Kathleen Grace, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault at 3-6898 or email@example.com.
INTERNAL SEARCH, INTERIM DIRECTOR, PRICE LAB SCHOOL:
UNI is currently accepting internal applications for a one-year, full-time position of interim director of Malcolm Price Laboratory School. A complete description of the position with instructions for applicants can be found at www.uni.edu/vpaa. All applications received by May 12 will receive full consideration.
ASSOCIATE PROVOST AND DEAN-INTERNAL SEARCH:
UNI Office of the Provost is currently accepting internal applications for a five-year renewable term, full-time position of associate provost for academic affairs and interdisciplinary collaboration and dean of the graduate college. A complete description of the position with instructions for applicants can be found at www.uni.edu/ap-aa.
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P & S VACANCIES:
Vacancies at the P&S level include director of athletic marketing and photojournalist. 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/.
SUMMER WELLNESS AND RECREATION CENTER ACCESS:
The summer user fee for the WRC is $44, good from May 1 through Aug. 23. Faculty and staff may register online at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/user_policy/fees.html or in the WRS office, WRC 101, with payroll deduction, check or cash.
FINALS WEEK MASSAGE:
Treat yourself to a massage during finals week. Massages are provided in the WRC 104 by a licensed massage therapist. For information on UNI massage therapy, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/massage_therapy.html. Call 3-6119 to schedule.
SUMMER MASSAGE SPECIALS:
Schedule a massage appointment with therapist Katie Hover, May 10 through July 30 and receive these discounts (first-come, first-served): 45-minute massage for $30 (regularly $35); 60-minute massage for $35 (regularly $45); 90-minute massage for $50 (regularly $65). Massage special does not apply to gift card purchase or redemption. Massages for 15 and 30 minutes are regularly priced. Call the Wellness Resource Lab, 3-6119, to schedule. Provided by Wellness and Recreation Services.
FITNESS & LEISURE CLASSES:
Registration for summer fitness and leisure classes will begin Monday, May 3. Classes will start on Monday, May 10 and end Friday, July 30. FitX5 is a complete aerobic and strength training workout that meets for an hour early morning, Monday through Friday. Spinnercise, Boot Camp, Kickboxing, Total Sculpt and Tone, Absolutely Abs, Total Body Conditioning, Pilates, Yoga, Water Aerobics, Ballroom Dance and Zumba also will be offered. Visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/fitness/classes.html and check out "WRS Fitness and Leisure" on Facebook.
STIR FRY OFFERED EACH WEDNESDAY AT 23RD STREET MARKET:
The 23rd Street Market in Commons is offering a different stir fry entrée for lunch each Wednesday in April. Each entree will cost $4.75. For more information on retail promotions, visit www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening or check us out on Facebook.