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Monday, Dec. 14, 2009

NEWS:

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING REFUNDS:

Effective Dec. 15, UNI will require all excess financial aid refunds and all other credit balances from your university bill to be electronically deposited at the financial institution of your choice. Paper checks will no longer be mailed.
For prompt processing of your refund, log in to MyUNIverse and click on the Direct Deposit (Non-Payroll) link under My Personal Records. You will need to provide your account information into the secure site to expedite all future refunds.

 

ELECTRONIC W2 DELIVERY:

As a cost saving measure and to provide a more timely and convenient delivery method, UNI is offering employees the opportunity to select electronic delivery as the only method for receiving their W2 Form. To choose this service, you must give permission electronically by Jan. 8. Should you choose this option, your W2 Form will be available through UNI Employee Self Service in mid January. A notification of availability will be posted on UNI's Web site and in UNI Online. If you choose to continue to receive a printed copy through the U.S. Mail, it will be mailed to the address on file and will arrive on or before Jan. 31. If you've had an address change in the past year, be sure it's updated.

For additional information and instructions for giving permission for electronic delivery visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/training_and_support/documents/w2_delivery_preference.pdf

If you have questions, please contact Payroll at payroll@uni.edu or call 273-6425 or 273-2656.

 

DALAI LAMA EVENT TICKETS GO ON SALE JAN. 8:

Tickets for the May 18 events in McLeod Center with the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet -- a 9:30 a.m. panel discussion with the Dalai Lama, "Educating for a Non-violent World," and the Dalai Lama's 2 p.m. keynote address, "The Power of Education" -- will go on sale Friday, Jan. 8. A limited number of tickets are available at no charge to UNI students. When you reserve a ticket, you will receive a voucher that must be redeemed for a ticket April 19-23. Remaining student seats will go on sale to the public after April 23. UNI students must show a valid student ID with their ticket the day of the event. Students can get their voucher starting Jan. 8 at all UNItix locations, by phone at 273-4TIX (4849), or online at www.uni.edu/dalailama.

 

CAMPUS ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY CONCERNS:

University Health and Safety Committee information and a member list can be found at
http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/healthsafety/safety/unisafe.shtml. If you know of an environmental safety concern, contact your committee representative or committee chair (kathy.green@uni.edu, 3-6921.) If you notice a safety issue needing immediate attention, contact Wendel Reece at wendel.reece@uni.edu or 273-7269 or Gordon Krueger at gordon.krueger@uni.edu or 273-3445.

 

EARLY PROCESSING OF TIMECARDS:

Saturday, Dec. 19 is the cutoff date for the Dec. 30 biweekly payday. Because of the Christmas holiday, timecards will be processed early and must be approved by noon, Tuesday, Dec. 22 to be included. Make sure your timecards are submitted and approved to meet this deadline.

 

UNI SEVERE WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Announcements regarding cancellation of classes and/or reduced university operations are made via UNI Alert, local radio and TV stations and the UNI home page (www.uni.edu). The local TV stations also list closings and delays on their Web sites. See http://www.uni.edu/safety/weather-information for more information.

 

WATCH OUT FOR TED:

Keep watching for TED! TED will be here when you return in January!

 
GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE:

UNI gift cards are issued by the Department of Residence and are redeemable at all on-campus stores and restaurants. Purchase gift cards at any on-campus store or restaurant. The minimum is $10. (Card minimum exceptions made for orders greater than $50.) The cards do not expire and make great gifts.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES:

HELP SOMEONE IN NEED WITH PANTHERS GIVE BACK:

Stop by one of the giving trees in Maucker Union to help someone in need this winter season. Items collected from the tree in the Coffeehouse by Friday, Dec. 18 will be donated to Black Hawk Elementary.

 

ENTER INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ESSAY CONTEST:

Submit entries to the Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize Contest. Each year, two awards are made: one to an undergraduate and another to a graduate or professional school student. The winners receive $750 (undergraduate) or $1,000 (graduate or professional student). The writing competition is open to all currently enrolled UNI students in all academic disciplines. The undergraduate essay should be 15 to 20 pages in length; graduate essays should be 25 to 40 pages. Essays can discuss current events or history, law, public policy or the arts and humanities. The essay does not need to be produced exclusively for the competition in order to qualify for review; it can be a paper written for a class. Essays must address issues of international human rights. Submit essays by Monday, Feb. 1. Submit hard copies of essays along with application material to the UI Center for Human Rights (1120 University Capitol Centre Iowa City, IA 52242). Applications are available at http://www.uichr.org. Questions should be directed to uichr@uiowa.edu or Liz Crooks at (319) 335-3900.

 

FOR ALL LANGUAGE STUDENTS AT ALL LEVELS:

Study abroad in Florianopolis, Brazil (located on a tropical island just south of Rio de Janeiro). First three weeks is Intensive Portuguese language (4 credits); second three weeks study Brazilian--Latin American Culture and Civ (4 credits; pending approval as nonwestern). Student loan applies for this 8-credit course. If you have questions, contact the UNI Study Abroad Center in 28 GIL. Apply online at http://www.uni.edu/studyabroad (Click on "Application")

 

ROD LIBRARY HELP VIA TEXT MESSAGE:

Text (319) 242-1508 to ask questions about library resources and services. Text messages will be received at the Rod Library reference desk and answered during regular hours. To learn about other ways to ask questions, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/ask-us-research-help.

 

FUEL UP FOR FINALS:

UNI retail stores would like to help you fuel up for finals by offering Amp Energy Drinks two for $5. Each location will also run other deals so stop in and check them out. Specials will run through Friday, Dec. 18. For more information about promotions, visit www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening.

 

MATH & SCIENCE TEACHING:

If you have considered math or science teaching but want more information, take Exploring Mathematics and Science Teaching, 800:059:13 or 820:059:03 offered in spring from 4 to 5 p.m., Mondays, in MSH 101. For more Information, visit www.iowamathscience.org/i-teach/, or e-mail Catherine Miller, mathematics, at millerc@uni.edu or Jason Lang, science, at jason.lang@uni.edu.

EVENTS (BY CATEGORY):

SPECIAL EVENTS:

DE-STRESS DAYS:

Attend De-Stress Days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14 through Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. De-stress with free mini-massages, animals from the Cedar Bend Humane Society, a walk-the-labyrinth and free stress balls (while supplies last). New events include a bean bag toss competition, Botanical Center scavenger hunt, Stretch Away Stress corner and more. Provided by UNI Wellness and Recreation Services.

 

DE-STRESS NIGHT:

Kick back and relax from 6 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the CME. Stop by to enjoy free snacks and games.

 

LIVE VARIETY SHOW ON UNI TV:

UNI-TV is a live weekly news program produced by and for students. During finals week, there will be a live variety show with audience participation from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the Performance Studio, Lang Hall. Admission is free; bring family and friends.

 

COMMISSIONING CEREMONY:

The University of Northern Iowa, Department of Military Science invites you to the Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, in the Auditorium of Russell Hall. A reception will follow.

 

GRADUATION CELEBRATION FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS:

The Graduate College and the Alumni Association will host a graduation celebration for graduate students participating in the December commencement. The celebration will be held following commencement, Saturday, Dec. 19, in the Alumni Suite of the McLeod Center. Graduate students, family members, friends, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. No RSVP is required.

ATHLETICS:

WRESTLING:

Wrestling hosts Iowa State at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, in the West Gym.

EXHIBITIONS/FILMS:

ART EXHIBITIONS:

Two exhibitions: "BFA Exhibition: Garran Gillespie" and book arts by Minnesota artist "Fred Hagstrom," are on display in the lobby of KAB South. Free and open to the public.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

FREE WEBINAR ON TAX PLANNING:

Is your business ready for 2010? Are there tax advantages you should review or year-end reports you should prepare for? Don’t let the year-end catch you unprepared. Attend a free Webinar at noon, Thursday, Dec. 17, when guest presenters from Grant & Schindel will help you make your end-of-year list – and check it twice.

 

WORLD WAR I COMBATANTS' CHRISTMAS TRUCE:

The World War I Christmas Truce will be discussed from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at University Book and Supply. The session will discuss the informal truce between German and British soldiers who celebrated together, singing carols, exchanging souvenirs, sharing food and drink and burying their dead. Videos of both Cronkite's rendition of the story and Garth Brooks' song, "Belleau Woods," will be viewed, with discussion to follow. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the American Democracy Project and University Book and Supply. For questions contact Gerri Perreault at 273-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu.

PERFORMING ARTS:

NEW HORIZONS BAND WINTER CONCERT:

The New Horizons Band will offer its winter concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14, 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 to perform together. This event is free and open to the public.

 

UNI CHILDREN'S CHOIR WINTER CONCERT:

The UNI Children's Choir will offer its winter concert, under the direction of Michelle Swanson, at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, in Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

WELLNESS/RECREATION:

MASSAGE AVAILABLE OVER WINTER BREAK:

Licensed massage therapist Katie Hover will give massages Monday, Dec. 21; Tuesday, Dec. 22 and the week of Jan. 4, in WRC 104. Get 15 minutes for $15; 30 minutes for $25; 45 minutes for $35; 60 minutes for $45 or 90 minutes for $65. Pay with cash, check, u-bill or payroll deduct. Gift certificates are available (great holiday gifts). Call 273-6119 to schedule.

 

LIVE HEALTHY IOWA:

Live Healthy Iowa (LHI) is a fun, team-based, 100-day wellness challenge that will jump start healthy habits to help Iowans (and UNIowans) feel better, look better and live longer, healthier lives. Consider joining/creating a team to participate in LHI. Hy-Vee, a key contributing partner, will provide coupons for $5 savings per team member on registration ($15 with the discount). Visit the LHI tab at www.uni.edu/wellrec for more details.

 

REGISTER NOW FOR SPRING FITNESS CLASSES:

Register now for spring 2010 fitness classes. Classes will begin Wednesday, Jan. 13. New classes offered this spring include Zumba, Yoga Fit, Women on Weights, and Fitx5. Register online at www.uni.edu/wellrec.

 

INTRAMURAL 5-ON-5 BASKETBALL LEAGUES:

For men, women and co-rec. A mandatory managers' meeting will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11, in SEC 247. Make-up managers' meetings will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12 and 13, in WRC 150. Registration will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12 and 13, in WRC 161. Play will begin Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the WRC south courts. Call 273-7262 with questions.

 

INTRAMURAL OPEN PRE-SEASON BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT:

For students, faculty and staff; men's and women's divisions. The tournament has a $20 entry fee with a two-game guarantee. A mandatory managers' meeting will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11, in SEC 247. Make-up managers' meetings will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12 and 13, in WRC 150. Registration will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12 and 13, in WRC 161. Play will begin at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the WRC south courts. Call 273-7262 with questions.

 

INTRAMURAL BOWLING LEAGUES:

For men and women; a mandatory managers' meeting will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11, in SEC 247. Make-up managers' meetings will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12 and 13, in WRC 150. Registration will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12 and 13, in WRC 161. Play will begin at 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Friday, Jan. 22, at Valley Park Lanes. Call 273-7262 with questions.

 

INTRAMURAL BASKETBALL OFFICIALS WANTED:

Officials are wanted for the open pre-season basketball tournament Jan. 19 to 21 and 25 and 26, and basketball leagues beginning Wednesday, Jan. 27. Earn $7.25 per game. To become an official, attend a "court work" clinic at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, or Wednesday, Jan. 13, in WRC 150 and WRC south courts 5 and 6; and take a rules test at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, in WRC 150.

HOURS:

UNITIX WINTER BREAK HOURS:

The GBPAC ticket office will be closed Saturday, Dec. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 10 for winter break. The McLeod Center ticket office will remain open for most of break, but will close at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24 and will be closed Friday, Dec. 25 through Monday, Dec. 28. Regular hours at both locations will resume Monday, Jan. 11. Visit www.unitix.uni.edu or call 273-4849 for further ticket office information.

 
ROD LIBRARY FINALS HOURS:

http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#fallfinals.

Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, enter your last name and UNI ID number.

 

ROD LIBRARY HOLIDAY AND INTERIM HOURS:

http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#winterinterim

 
PANTHER SHUTTLE/SAFE RIDE HOURS:

http://www.panthershuttle.com

 

MAUCKER UNION BUILDING HOURS FOR FINALS WEEK:

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

 

WRC WINTER BREAK HOURS:

To see the WRC winter break hours, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec/hours and select the WRC winter break hours link on the left side of the page.

 

WRC HOURS/CLOSINGS:

The WRS InfoLine posts weather-related announcements as soon as decisions are made: 273-2391.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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