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Monday, Jan 9, 2012

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NEWS

W2 ELECTRONIC DELIVERY - DEADLINE IS JAN. 9

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.

COMPLETE THE 2012-13 FAFSANEW

The 2012-13 FAFSA is now available. You must file a FAFSA before each academic year to be considered for financial aid. The UNI school code is 001890. The Office of Student Financial Aid strongly recommends using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA and has information regarding this.

USING IRS INFORMATION ON THE 2012-13 FAFSANEW

Beginning with the 2012-2013 award year, for students and parents who don't use the IRS Data Retrieval Process and who subsequently are selected for verification, schools will be required to obtain the tax information — tax transcripts — directly from the IRS. This could lead to long delays in processing. Because we won't know ahead of time who will and who won't be selected for verification, we strongly recommend that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Process to complete your FAFSA. The retrieval process is available two to three weeks after filing federal taxes. Note that if you file as head of household and are married, you won't be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Process.

WORKERS' COMPENSATION SUBMISSION CHANGENEW

All First Reports of Injury (FROI) by UNI employees should be sbmitted to workcomp@uni.edu directly to Human Resources at UNI. This has been updated on the FROI and can be found in the forms repository.

EMAIL AFTER GRADUATION REMAINS ACTIVENEW

Email accounts in Google Apps for Education are not deleted upon leaving the university. Students can keep their username@uni.edu email accounts. This applies to any student who has left the university since December 2010. Graduate students who have completed all coursework for their degree, but haven't yet received their degree, may request an extension by asking their advisor or committee chair to confirm their status with the relevant system administrator. The continued use of computer labs may also be requested.

UNI CULTURE & INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM NEWSLETTERNEW

Read about current CIEP students, activities, alumni and summer programs in the fall newsletter.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

A TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.NEW

The Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host Ellis Cose in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Cose will speak about his newest book, "The End of Anger: A New Generation's Take on Race and Rage," at 7 p.m.,  Monday, Jan. 16, in the CME.  Prior to the event, there will be a book discussion at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the CME.  For more information, contact the CME.

VOLUNTEER TUESDAYSNEW

The Student Leadership Center has posted new Volunteer Tuesday dates for the spring semester. Also, "like" the leadership center's Facebook page and get updates on Volunteer Tuesdays. 

MCELROY FELLOWSHIPNEW

Candidates for McElroy Fellowships must intend to pursue a Ph.D. and must have graduated in December 2011 or graduate in May 2012 with a liberal arts degree. Awardees will receive $10,000 per year for three years to help defray education costs. In addition to an above average academic record, students will be evaluated on their character, leadership and general interests as expressed by extracurricular activities. The on-campus application deadline is Monday, Jan. 20. Potential applicants should contact Bryce Kanago.

MANDATORY REPORTERS OF CHILD ABUSE TRAININGNEW

A training session for Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, in 246 SEC. All teacher education students must complete this training before starting Level II (200:128) Field Experience at Malcolm Price Laboratory School. This training session is free, open to anyone, and there is no preregistration. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education. For more information, email  Melissa Heston or call 273-2236.

OSHA BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN TRAINING OFFEREDNEW

This 50-minute training is required for all students completing field experiences in any pre-K through 12 school setting. The training is free and open to anyone. The last session offered is at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, in 244/245 SEC. No registration is required. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education.

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICENEW

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.

SIGN UP FOR RELAY FOR LIFENEW

Register an eight to 15 member team for Relay For Life Jan. 16 through 20, for $5 per member. UNI's Relay For Life will take place on April 13 and 14, in the McLeod Center. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Barmuda gift card. For more information, email Emily Droessler.

BECOME A CONVERSATION PARTNERNEW

Interested in learning more about different cultures? Do you want to meet people from other countries? The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) is seeking volunteers to match with international students. Partners meet one hour weekly to speak English with an international student. For more information, call 273-3410 or email the CIEP office.

A-TEAM HOURSNEW

A-Team will resume on Sunday evenings for the spring semester from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22, on the first floor of Rod Library. The A-Team provides tutoring in writing, mathematics, science, business, study strategies, humanities and more, all at no cost. There will be no A-Team on Sunday, Jan. 15.

SUMMER CAPSTONE IN GREECENEW

Immerse yourself in the art, culture, history and beauty of Greece this June and earn Capstone credit. Informational meetings available at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan 18, and Thursday, Jan. 19, in Seerley Hall. Email Gregory Bruess or call 273-2752 for more information.

STUDY ABROAD CAPSTONE IN INDIANEW

Learn about studying abroad in India focusing on environmental management and sustainability practices as they relate to air, soil and water quality in developing communities by attending an information session from 4 to 5 p.m., Jan. 11,  in 7 GIL. For more information, email the Study Abroad Center.

NEW ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN TAIWAN PROGRAM

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).

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WELLNESS & RECREATION SERVICES E-NEWSLETTERNEW

The Wellness & Recreation Services January e-newsletter is available online. Follow the link on the home page to check out updates on important WRS events and programs along with wellness tips and articles.

WRS FIT PLAN PACKAGE DEALNEW

The WRS Fit Plan package includes two fitness assessments and the Focus on Fitness Workshop, from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24. Fitness assessments include: resting blood pressure, heart rate, measurements and body composition, cardiovascular (run, walk, bike) and strength and flexibility testing. Sign up for all three events and the cost is $40 (purchased individually all three are $53). To sign up or for more information, contact Erin Nielsen.

INTRAMURAL BASKETBALL OFFICIALS WANTEDNEW

UNI Intramurals is seeking Intramural Basketball Officials.

INTRAMURAL SPORTS OFFERINGSNEW

The following Intramural sports are being offered now: bowling leagues, 5-on-5 basketball, 5-on-5 indoor soccer and a pre-season basketball tournament.  

CLUBS/MEETINGS

STUDY ABROAD CAPSTONE IN POLANDNEW

Learn about studying abroad in Poland by attending an information session held from 5 to 6 p.m., Jan. 18. The course will focus on national identity, Polish culture, the Holocaust and European Soccer Championship 2012 in Poland this summer.  For more information, email the Study Abroad Center.

STUDY ABROAD BIOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH IN TAIWANNEW

Learn how to participate in research in the Institute of Neuroscience and take courses in Chinese language and/or culture in Taiwan, by attending an information session from 4 to 5 p.m., Jan. 17, in 9 GIL. For more information, email the Study Abroad Center.

STUDY ABROAD ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT IN SOUTH AFRICANEW

Learn about the management of organizations within a global business context while learning about diverse cultures by studying real-world case study applications in South Africa. Attend the information session from noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 20, in 25 GIL to find out more, or email the Study Abroad Center.

STUDY ABROAD CAPSTONE IN FRANCENEW

You don't have to speak French to take your Capstone in the most romantic country in the world. Come to an information session lead by the course leader, Anne Lair, from 4 to 5 p.m., Jan. 18, in 25 GIIL. For more information, email the Study Abroad Center.

DINING SPECIALS

GODFATHER'S PIZZA EXPRESS, NOW AT THE 23RD STREET MARKETNEW

The 23rd Street Market is now featuring a new Godfather's Pizza Express. Later this month, TC will help kick off the Grand Opening Week, Jan. 23 through 27. Stop by for high-fives, free samples and a chance to win free pizza for a year.

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.