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Monday, Aug. 18

NEWS:

NEW NO SMOKING POLICY IN EFFECT AT UNI:

UNI has revised its Smoking Policy to comply with the new Smokefree Air Act. The policy prohibits smoking anywhere on the UNI campus and on any property owned or leased by UNI, including university-owned or leased vehicles and vehicles parked in university parking lots. Visit http://www.uni.edu/pres/policies/810.shtml. For more information about the Smokefree Air Act, visit www.iowasmokefreeair.gov.

 

MOST STUDENT SERVICES NOW LOCATED IN GILCHRIST HALL:

Gilchrist Hall is almost fully occupied and ready for the semester to begin. See an update of offices that are now located in Gilchrist Hall at http://www.uni.edu/pubrel/gilchrist.shtml.

 

OTHER OFFICE MOVES:

Along with offices moving to Gilchrist Hall, several other campus offices have moved or are moving soon.

Finance Accounting & Reporting will move to Lang 122 this fall.

Graduate College has moved from Lang 122 to Lang 110.

Public Policy has moved from Lang 110 to Baker Hall.

School of Music offices have returned to Russell Hall.

Strategic Marketing Services will move from the Curris Business Building to 32 Business & Community Services in late August or early September.

A&F Division IT staff will remain in CET 107. If you have any questions, please call 273-2382 or 273-2383.

 

NEW E-MAIL SCAMS TARGET UNI:

ITS-Network Services has been contacted about new e-mail phishing scams targeting UNI users. Examples of these new phishing messages and more information on these scams can be found at http://www.uni.edu/its/us/faqs/phishing.htm Phishing e-mails ask users to verify their UNI e-mail account information by replying to the e-mail with their e-mail username, e-mail password and other personal information. It also warns that if the account owner refuses to update his or her account information he or she will lose the account permanently. UNI will NEVER request such information from users via e-mail. Please remember to NEVER share your password for any system with anyone and to NEVER reply to any e-mail message of which you are suspicious. Instead, please forward the suspicious e-mail message to phishing@uni.edu

If you have replied to such an e-mail, contact Viviana Dragu as soon as possible at viviana.dragu@uni.edu or 273-3862, as your account may have been compromised.

 

NEW HEAD OF BIOLOGY NAMED:

David K. Saunders, formerly of Augusta State University, is the new head of the Department of Biology. He replaced Kavita Dhanwada, associate professor of biology, who served as interim head during the 2007-2008 academic year. His office is located in MSH 144, and telephone number is 273-2456.

 

DEPARTMENT NAME CHANGE:

The Department of Philosophy & Religion is now the Department of Philosophy & World Religions. The department requested this name change in order to emphasize the global character of its curriculum, the growing recognition of the importance of religion to the world's political and social condition, and to further distinguish the academic study of religion at the university from what churches and religious organizations do in religious education classes.

 

INTERIM INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT HEAD:

Bart Bergquist, UNI professor of biology, became acting head of the Department of Industrial Technology Aug. 1. He replaces Mohammed Fahmy, who served as department head for 18 years.

 

STILL TIME TO PURCHASE PARKING PERMITS:

Parking permits can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 30 Gilchrist Hall through Wednesday, Aug. 20. From Thursday, Aug. 21 through Monday, Aug. 25, the Parking Division will move its operations to the South Room in Maucker Union. Weekday hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend hours will be noon to 4 p.m. NO PARKING Services, i.e permit sales, ticket payments, appeals, etc will be available at 30 Gilchrist Hall during this time. Normal parking services will resume Tuesday, Aug. 26 in 30 Gilchrist Hall.

 

PARK-AND-RIDE SERVICE:

Parking Operations and MET Transit will provide a Park-and-Ride Service starting Aug. 25. The service will run from the parking lot west of the UNI-Dome to the Commons area from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, from Aug. 25 to May 8, 2009, providing transit for people displaced from the Commons lot while the new parking facility is under construction. For more information, contact UNI Public Safety's Parking Operations at 273-2710. The Park-and-Ride schedule is available at www.uni.edu/infosys/parkandride

 

PANTHER SHUTTLE:

The Panther Shuttle will continue its regular route. However, detours may vary throughout the time of construction, and the shuttle drivers will take the best available route to remain on time. The route times may have minor delays, and riders are encouraged to plan ahead.

 

UNI 'CRAZY COLLEGE ROOM' ON HGTV:

Watch for UNI alumnus Nathan Spiva and TC on HGTV. "What's With that Crazy College Room" first aired on HGTV Aug. 10, and will re-run at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. "What's With that Crazy College Room?" is a one-hour special that showcases "America's wildest and most creative dorm rooms," according to HGTV. A crew from LMNO Productions and show host George Gray spent a day at UNI with Spiva and his friend Bryant Wayland to film a segment for the show in April 2007.

 

JUMP START ORIENTATION:

The 11th Annual UNI Jump Start Orientation Program will be conducted through Friday, Aug. 22. Please welcome the Jump Start participants to UNI. The Jump Start Orientation is a week-long program designed to acquaint new multicultural students to the university and provide a smooth transition for a successful academic career.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION:

New Graduate Student Orientation is scheduled for 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. The program includes a presentation on successful transitioning and a graduate student resource information fair. All graduate students and faculty are invited to attend.

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT:

What can the university community do to help maintain, protect and restore the water quality of streams, lakes and rivers in Iowa? A new video, "Stormwater Management", is available for viewing on the Environmental Safety and Health Web site. Go to http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/healthsafety/index.shtml, click on "Stormwater Management" and then "Stormwater Management Training Video". Call the Environmental Health and Safety Office at 273-7269, for more information.

 

DRIVE SAFELY DURING LABOR DAY HOLIDAY:

UNI, city, county and state law enforcement officials will focus on heightened traffic safety and enforcement from Aug. 18 through 31. The focus will be seatbelt enforcement and getting impaired drivers off the road. This effort is part of the "Over the Limit, Under Arrest" special traffic enforcement program. For more information, contact Lt. Doug Widen, UNI Police Division, 273-2712.

 

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES:

ACADEMIC ONEFILE REPLACES EXPANDED ACADEMIC (INFOTRAC):

Rod Library recently replaced Expanded Academic ASAP, also known as InfoTrac, with Academic OneFile, a larger database from the same company. Academic OneFile uses the same search interface and contains virtually all of the content in Expanded Academic plus additional journals and other sources.

 

NEH SUMMER STIPEND NOMINATION COMPETITION:

UNI may nominate two applicants for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Stipend Program, a $6,000 award. The deadline to compete for a nomination is 5 p.m., Sept. 15. Please see: http://www.uni.edu/osp/grants/NEH.htm for information on the nomination process or contact OSP Grant Specialist Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 273-3961.

 

HAVE YOU STARTED YOUR ePORTFOLIO YET?:

What can an ePortfolio do for you? Learn this, as well as how to get started on your ePortfolio. Attend one of five "Intro to ePortfolio" workshops offered for students. For more information, see the fall workshop calendar at http://www.uni.edu/its/et/tnt/c.shtml or call 273-2309. Request a myUNIverseCT Portfolio account at https://www.uni.edu/elearning/forms/portfolio_request.html.

HOURS:

LIBRARY HOURS:

http://www.library.uni.edu/libinfo/hours_special.shtml#labor

 

MAUCKER UNION HOURS:

http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/hrs-bcurrent.shtml

 

WELLNESS/RECREATION CENTER:

http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/hours/index.html

 

NEW HOURS FOR PREXY'S IN MAUCKER UNION:

Avanti is open until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Flares Burrito Bar open until 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Flares Grill open until 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Café Fresco open until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.These venues are open until 3 p.m. Friday. http://www.uni.edu/dor/dining/hours/august.htm

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):

SPECIAL EVENTS:

WELCOME WEEK ACTIVITIES:

Come out and enjoy free activities designed to kick off the new academic year. Events begin Thursday, Aug. 21, and continue through the opening week of classes. Highlights include free food, music, outdoor games, prize giveaways, and more. Visit www.uni.edu/welcomeweek for details.

 

CME HOSTS WELCOME BACK BBQ:

UNI Center For Multicultural Education will host its Annual Welcome Back BBQ from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in the Memorial Garden located in front of the CME Archway outside of Maucker Union. Enjoy free hamburgers, hotdogs, pop and more, in addition to games, music and live entertainment.

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE CONFERENCE:

UNI will host the 11th Annual Great Plains Political Science Association Conference on Saturday, Sept. 27. The Political Science Association serves as a forum for both faculty and student presentations, faculty development and public affairs workshops. The association invites papers from faculty and students on political, social and economic topics to be submitted by Friday, Aug. 29. Student papers submitted in advance of the conference will be eligible to compete for the GPPSA Best Student Paper Awards. To submit a paper or for more information, visit http://www.usd.edu/greatplainspsa/ or e-mail submissions and questions to professor Christopher W. Larimer in the Department of Political Science at christopher.larimer@uni.edu.

 

ALPHA PHI'S RED DRESS GALA:

The sisters of the Epsilon Theta chapter of Alpha Phi will host a Red Dress Gala on Saturday, Sept.13. This philanthropic event will raise awareness and funds for women's cardiac care programs through the Alpha Phi Foundation. Tickets are available online at http://www.sellyourevents.com/RedDressGala.aspx for $25 per guest. The evening will feature a social hour, cash bar, silent auction, dinner and entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. For more information, sponsorship questions, or to make a donation to this cause, contact Jessi Kelly at jessik@uni.edu

 

JOHN DOMINIC CROSSAN TO GIVE SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT LECTURE:

John Dominic Crossan, noted historian of Jesus and the early Christian community,will give the Department of Philosphy & World Religions inaugural Scholarship Benefit Lecture, "The Kingdon of God in a Time of Terror: Jesus and the Roman Empire." at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 29, in Lang Auditorium. A reception with book signing will follow. Tickets are $30, tax deductible and go on sale Monday, Sept. 1. Special premiums are available for group ticket sales. Visit www.uni.edu/philrel for details about ticket sales and premiums.

ATHLETICS:

UNI SOCCER MATCH:

The UNI soccer team will face Upper Iowa in its home opener at 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Mark Messersmith Outdoor Track and Field Complex.

PERFORMING ARTS:

LIVE FROM STUDIO ONE:

See Colin O'Brien and his dancing-foot percussion, as he plays fiddle, banjo and guitar at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18, in KUNI's studio on the third-floor of the CAC. Admission is $3 at the door, free for chil,dren under 12.

 

WELLNESS/REC:

FREE BIKE TUNE-UPS:

Free bike checkups and adjustments will be provided by Bike Tech to UNI students and employees Monday, Aug. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Maucker Union by the reflecting pool. Wellness and Recreation Services' Sole Power Program encourages non-motorized commuting. WRS Outdoor Recreation will also be present with activities and give away a water bottle to all bike riders.

 

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