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Monday, Dec 12, 2011

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NEWS

DIVERSITY MATTERS AWARD NOMINATIONS – DUE DEC. 14

Support UNI’s diversity efforts by nominating a student, faculty or staff member for the 2012 Diversity Matters Awards. The awards recognize those who work to fulfill our obligation to promote a university community characterized by inclusiveness and diversity. The awards will be presented at the Town Hall Meeting for Diversity on Wednesday, Feb. 1. For more information and to access the nomination form, visit www.uni.edu/diversity/.

CANDIDATE FOR VICE PRESIDENT OF ADMINISTRATION & FINANCIAL SERVICESNEW

The second candidate for the position of Vice President for Administration & Financial Services will be on campus for interviews Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 12 and 13. The candidate's name, resume and schedule is posted at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/vp/. The candidate open forum presentation will take place from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Elm Room, MAU, addressing the issue, "How I Can Contribute to Effective and Collaborative Leadership at UNI." Information regarding additional candidates will be posted two business days prior to the start of their interviews.

W2 ELECTRONIC DELIVERY - DEADLINE IS JAN. 9NEW

Sign up now for electronic-only delivery of your W2. To choose electronic delivery, in lieu of a mailed copy, you must give permission electronically by Jan. 9. You’ll also be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card. The electronic W2 is the same document as the paper copy mailed to your home. With electronic delivery you can view your W2 online, with the option to print, at least a week earlier than if you choose to receive the paper document through the U.S. Mail. It’s also a cost savings to UNI. The electronic W2 will be available through UNI Student Employee Self Service by mid-January. A notification of its availability will be sent to you. For additional information, email payroll or call 273-6425 or 273-2656.

PUBLIC NOTICE: IMPROVEMENT ALTERNATIVES FOR IOWA 934/UNIVERSITY AVENUENEW

The public is invited to a meeting to discuss proposed improvement alternatives for Iowa 934/University Avenue in Waterloo/Cedar Falls from 58 east to U.S. 63. The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, at St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church, 3220 Terrace Dr., Cedar Falls. No formal presentation will be made. Iowa Department of Transportation staff will be available to individually discuss the proposed improvement alternatives.

EARLY PROCESSING OF STUDENT BIWEEKLY TIMECARDS FOR DEC. 28 PAYDAY

The cutoff date for the Dec. 28 biweekly payday is Saturday, Dec. 17. Because of the Christmas holiday, timecards will be processed early and must be approved by 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20 to be included in the Dec. 28 paycheck. Please make sure timecards are submitted and approved to meet this deadline.

BUDGET TOWN HALL MEETING FOLLOW-UP

As follow-up to the Budget Town Hall meeting held Nov. 15, the "Challenges, Choices & Change" PowerPoint presented by President Allen is posted to http://www.uni.edu/president/speeches. Click on Town Hall Presentation, November 15, 2011.

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES NEWSLETTERNEW

The Student Disability Services December newsletter is available at http://www.uni.edu/sds/FacultyStaffNewsletter.shtml.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

LEARN ABOUT LEADERS, THE GOOD AND THE BADNEW

The course Leadership Concepts and Practices studies a wide range of leaders, including seven types of bad leaders.  The course will include discussions with visiting leaders. The three credit class will be offered Thursday afternoons. Contact Gerri Perreault 273-6898 or Geraldine.Perreault@gmail.com if interested.

DONATE YOUR UNWANTED OR NO-VALUE TEXTBOOKS

Donate unwanted or no-value textbooks in Maucker Union from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8; and Wednesday Dec. 14. The book drive is sponsored by UNI's student-run PR firm, PRide and Spread the Care. Donations provide funds to purchase necessitites for needy children. For more information, visit www.spreadthecare.org.

NEW ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN TAIWAN PROGRAMNEW

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, in conjunction with UNIBusiness, will offer an Entrepreneurship in Taiwan for business and non-business majors. The 2012 program is May 12 through 20 in Taipei City, Taiwan. This program is an intensive nine-day study of entrepreneurship, small business, culture, history, language and politics. Eight UNI students will be selected through an application, essay and interview process. The application and essay are due Jan. 20. For more information, call 273-JPEC (5732).

UNI DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY SCIENCE COMMISSIONING CEREMONYNEW

The Department of Military Science invites the campus community to the Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, in the auditorium, LNG. The guest speaker is Col. Ronald L. Albrecht.  A reception will follow.

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE

Jan. 16, will mark the 26th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Take this opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. Make MLK Day a day on, not a day off. Participants have the chance to volunteer at one of four locations and receive a free lunch and T-shirt. To register, go to www.uni.edu/leadershipcenter.

ST. JUDE'S CARD COLLECTION FOR KIDS

Recycle used greeting cards and donate them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, which has a card recycling program that benefits the children of St. Jude’s Hospital. The Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) is gathering greeting cards in drop boxes at Mauker Union, WRC, CEEE, Schindler Lobby, Gilchrist Hall and Rod Library. All types of cards are accepted. Cards will be collected now through Jan. 15. For more information, visit http://www.stjudesranch.org/shop/recycled-card-program/. To discover how UNI is helping with this program, visit www.rrttc.com.

RELAY FOR LIFE

Register a team for Relay for Life. Teams consist of eight to 15 members and costs $10 per member. To register, visit http://www.relayforlife.org/uni. Relay for Life will take place on April 13 and 14, in the UNI-Dome. For more information, contact droessle@uni.edu.

HELP UNI ENTREPRENEURS CAN HUNGER

Did you know that one in eight individuals in Iowa struggles with hunger? UNI Entrepreneurs is sponsoring a food drive through Dec. 16 with all donations benefitting the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, which serves more than 40,000 different people annually. Donation boxes are in the CBA student lounge, SEC main lobby, Student Health Center and the BCS lobby. For more information, call 273-5732 or contact laurie.watje@uni.edu.

STUDENT ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE TOY DRIVE

The UNI Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will hold a "Toys for Tots" toy drive through Friday, Dec. 16. Donate new, unwrapped toys and drop them off in the Athletics Academic Services office in the UNI-Dome, or in Maucker Union Monday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. Contact Kara Park, athletics, with any questions at kara.park@uni.edu or 273-3327. 

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

DE-STRESS DAYSNEW

UNI Wellness & Recreation Services brings De-Stress Days to Mauker Union, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12 through Wednesday, Dec. 14. The UNI WRC will have mini massages, furry pets and more in the Hemisphere Lounge behind Chats. Stop by to de-stress during study breaks.

FOCUS ON FITNESS WORKSHOP

Want to begin an exercise program, but don't know where or how to start? Focus on Fitness workshop will teach you the basics of an exercise program and how to design your own plan based on your specific goals. The workshop will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the WRC (specific room to be determined). Cost is $15. Available to students, faculty, staff and spouses. To sign up or for more information, contact Erin Nielsen at enielsen@uni.edu.

WANT TO BE A PERSONAL TRAINER? NEW

Looking to build your resume, develop communication and people skills and gain valuable work experience? Sign up for the WRS Personal Training instructor course.  An informational meeting will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, in 155 WRC, and classes begin Monday, Jan. 30. To enroll or for more information, contact Kristy Leen or Erin Nielsen.

WRS DECEMBER E-NEWSLETTER

The Wellness & Recreation Services December e-newsletter is available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage for updates on important WRS events and programs along with wellness tips and articles.

FIT PLAN PACKAGE DEAL

The Personal Fitness department at the WRC is offering a fitness deal to help you start the New Year making healthful decisions while saving money. Sign up for all three events and the cost is $40 (purchased individually all three are $53). The package includes a fitness evaluation during the week of Jan. 16 through 20, a Focus on Fitness Workshop, from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, and a second fitness evaluation the week of Feb. 27 through March 3. Fitness evaluations include: resting blood pressure, heart rate, measurements and body composition, cardiovascular (run, walk, bike) and strength and flexibility testing. To sign up or for more information, contact Erin Nielsen at enielsen@uni.edu.

HOURS

CHANGE IN LIBRARY HOURS DURING FINALS

Library hours for Dec. 7 through 13 will be extended hours. Patrons may check out materials and enter the building until 10 minutes to closing time, at which time service desks close and the doors are locked. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, there will be a prompt to enter your CatID. For more information, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#fallfinals. There will be no special loans over the semester break.

CHATS CLOSED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

Chats in the Maucker Union will be closed Thursday, Dec. 15 after 11 a.m. and Friday, Dec. 16 all day due to construction in the area. Coffee and breakfast items will be available at Prexy's during the construction.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

For upcoming lectures, conferences, performing arts or athletic events, please visit the UNI Calendar of Events.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

Fitness classes, intramural sports, outdoor recreation opportunities.

REGISTRAR

Academic information and deadlines.

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT CENTER

Student Involvement Center - Information about student organizations, events and service opportunities.