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Thursday, Apr 28, 2011

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NEWS

NEW GOOGLE, UNI PARTNERSHIPNEW

On Monday, April 25, UNI began offering Google Apps for Education (Google Apps) to newly enrolled students. Google Apps is a free suite of Web-based messaging and collaboration applications hosted on Google's servers. Google provides these apps as a service rather than software you have to download and install. To access the apps, you simply use a Web browser on any computer connected to the Internet. See more at http://www.uni.edu/its/news/2011/04/3/new-google-uni-partnership

VOLUNTEER USHERS NEEDED FOR COMMENCEMENT

Volunteers are needed to assist with ushering and other guest-service tasks for commencement on Saturday, May 7, in the UNI-Dome. Ushers will need to report at 7 a.m. and will help find seating, distribute programs, answer directional questions, assist guests with special needs and help manage the security lines. To sign up, contact Vee Shaffer at vee.shaffer@uni.edu or 273-3677.

PANTHER PICK UP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Panther Pick Up May 4 through 6. Volunteers are needed to accept donations, to explain the event to passers-by and to encourage students to bring things to the truck rather than discarding in the nearby dumpsters. Volunteer shifts include Wednesday, May 4, 1 to 4 p.m.; Thursday, May 5, 1 to 4 p.m.; and  Friday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Towers, East Towers, East Redeker and West 23rd Street. To volunteer, email kathy.green@uni.edu.

FAMILY WEEKEND ACTIVITIESNEW

If your department or organization is planning activities for Family Weekend (Sept. 23-24), please send the information to liz.conklin@uni.edu. Copy deadline for  promotional materials is Wednesday, June 15.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Kamyar Enshayan, CEEE, was quoted in a story on CNBC.com. http://www.cnbc.com/id/42572375

FACULTY 12-MONTH PAY OPTION

Faculty may be paid for their continuing, nontemporary academic year appointment in 10 or 12 equal installments, beginning with the Aug. 31 or July 30 payroll, respectively. Faculty members who would like to change their salary payments from 10 to 12 months, or vice versa, must complete a Pay Frequency Change Form, available in the Forms Repository at https://access.uni.edu/forms/index.shtml#P. The completed form must be received in Payroll, mail code 0008, by Monday, May 16. Questions may be directed to Amy Stanbrough in Payroll at amy.stanbrough@uni.edu or 273-7049.

OSP PRE-AWARD SERVICES SURVEY

In order to evaluate and improve the pre-award services offered by the Office of Sponsored Programs, OSP invites faculty and staff to participate in a short survey available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OSP_Pre-Award_Survey.  Please complete the survey by Thursday, April 28. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes and all responses are anonymous. Questions may be directed to Hillery.Oberle@uni.edu.

NEW U-BILL AND DUE DATE CHANGES FOR FALL 2011

The first fall 2011 u-bill will be issued on Monday, Aug. 1, and will be due Saturday, Aug. 20. To take advantage of tuition payment plans, students must complete an online payment plan agreement, which will be available on MyUNIverse beginning July 1. UNI will no longer automatically enroll students into payment plans, as has been done in the past. Watch www.uni.edu/obo/student_accounts for additional billing updates starting June 1.

CO-CHAIR, COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES ELECTIONS

Elections for chair of the faculty and chair of the graduate faculty are available online now through 5 p.m., Thursday, April 28.

PANTHER SPEAKERS WEBINAR PRESENTATION ON ENERGY ARCHIVED

The last Panther Speakers webinar of the year has been archived at www.uni.edu/pantherspeakers. Kamyar Enshayan, CEEE, presented "Living Within Our Means Energy Wise."

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

The Cedar Valley Sustainability & Environmental Educators are bringing a new event to UNI on Tuesday, May 24, that will serve 1,000 high school students from the Cedar Valley. This program will provide an opportunity, which is not available to students in the classroom, to explore how careers, technology, recreation, energies, waste reduction and conservation all tie into the concept of sustainability. For more information on how to be involved, visit http://goo.gl/6Ck8z or search for "Green: What Does it Mean?" on Facebook.

FACULTY SURVEY OF WRITING

The University Writing Committee invites all faculty and instructional staff to participate in the survey on writing. This will complement student perceptions gathered through NSSE and provide data on how writing is actually taught at UNI. Please complete the survey at http://tinyurl.com/2frzgjk.

NATIONAL PLAYGROUND SAFETY WEEK

The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), housed at UNI, is celebrating National Playground Safety Week, April 25 through 29. A planning guide, entitled "Building Playgrounds: A Guide to the Planning Process," is available to those interested. The program encourages individuals to write letters to their state governor so National Playground Safety Week can be recognized in all 50 states. So far, governors from 11 states, including Iowa, are participating. For more information about course offerings and the NPPS, contact Donna Thompson at 273-2416 or visit www.playgroundsafety.org.

WISH SHIRLEY UEHLE A HAPPY RETIREMENT

Shirley Uehle, currently serving as secretary for the Office of Academic Assessment and director of the Liberal Arts Core, is leaving UNI after 29 years of contributions across the campus. Please send her your best wishes for her retirement (shirley.uehle@uni.edu). Her last day will be Monday, May 2.

G PARKING PERMIT LOTTERY FOR 2011-2012

Names can be submitted for the 24 G parking spaces in the farthest-north row of the Gilchrist lot and 31 spaces in the Multimodal Transportation Center. Requests will be taken through 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 15. Requests may be made in writing to the Department of Public Safety or via the online parking permit application in MyUNIverse. Written requests should include name, campus address and area of interest (Gilchrist or Multimodal). The G lottery is open to faculty and staff only. The proposed price for the 2011-2012 G permit is $381. Eligible persons (permanent employees) interested in choosing the 12-month pretax payroll deduction payment option must be available between Monday, July 25 and Monday, Aug. 15, to receive notification of their status and purchase the permit, if eligible. If you have questions about this permit option, call 273-2710.

RESERVE REINSTATEMENT LISTS

Faculty who wish to keep the same items from the spring 2011 semester on reserve for the summer 2011 semester should submit a reinstatement request to the Rod Library reserve desk by Friday, May 6. Requests can be submitted electronically at http://www.uni.edu/library/reinstatement/.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SIXTH ANNUAL MINI-SUMO ROBOTICS COMPETITION

The Sixth Annual Mini-Sumo Robotics Competition will occur from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 28, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. The public and UNI faculty, staff and students are invited to watch UNI robotics students compete in an invitational competition that brings mini-sumo robots from around the U.S. to Cedar Falls. This year's contest will see the largest field ever, and UNI students have built 30 mini-sumos in preparation. http://www.narobotics.org/

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

Be part of the solution to end sexual violence by participating in Take Back the Night, Thursday, April 28. Sign making starts at 6 p.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom. The march begins at 7:30 p.m. by the Maucker Union Fountain. Sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies, GEA, SAVE and NISG.

CAB COMEDY: TJ MILLER & DAN LEVYNEW

CAB is sponsoring a comedy night featuring TJ Miller and Dan Levy, at 9 p.m., Thursday, April 28, in the Ballroom, MAU. Miller was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch, as well as one of Entertainment Weekly’s Next Big Things in Comedy. He appears in "She's Out Of My League," "Gulliver's Travel's," "Get Him To The Greek," "Yogi Bear," "Unstoppable" and voices a characer in "How To Train A Dragon." Levy is a regular on the “Chelsea Lately” roundtable, is headlining the College Humor Live tour and will appear with Aziz Ansari on the "Dangerously Delicious Tour.” He recently created and served as an executive producer on the popular E! series “Pretty Wild.” Visit the CAB Facebook page for more information.

UNI ROTC AWARDS CEREMONY

The UNI ROTC Awards Ceremony will take place at 4 p.m., Friday, April 29, in the West Gym. Former Iowa Attorney General and retired Army Maj. Gen. Evan Hultman will be the guest speaker.

PSE 10TH ANNUAL SPRINT INTO SPRING 5K RUN/WALK

Pi Sigma Epsilon's 10th annual Sprint into Spring 5K Run/Walk will start at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 30, near the West Gym. Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m., or you can pick up the race bag on Friday at Runners Flat on Main Street from 5 to 7 p.m. Prizes are awarded to the top overall male and female winners, along with the top two finishers in each age division. The $20 race fee includes a T-shirt. Register at https://www.wepay.com/xsbmo8 or send your registration form and checks to Pi Sigma Epsilon, Marketing Department, CBB 336. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross Hawkeye Chapter. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/studentorgs/pse/projects or contact Katie Tietz at tietz.kathryn@gmail.com.

RETIREMENT OPEN HOUSENEW

Four faculty in HPELS' physical education division, Nancy Hamilton, Cindy Herndon, Kathy Kerr and Carol Phillips, will host an open house to celebrate their retirement after more than a combined century of teaching at UNI. The open house will be from 3 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, in the Georgian Lounge, COM. No special program is planned, and no gifts are requested.

CINCO DE MAYO ON COLLEGE HILLNEW

The College Hill Partnership will present Cinco de Mayo on the Hill from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 5. The event will feature local mariachi and Latin pop bands playing in Pettersen Plaza at College and W. 20th streets in Cedar Falls. The event is free and open to the public. A variety of Mexican food and beverages will be available for purchase, and there will be a children’s activities workshop. College Hill Cinco de Mayo T-shirts, designed by a local artist, will also be for sale. For more information, visit www.collegehillpartnership.org.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

MINORITY MALE FORUM: EMPOWERING THE MALE

The UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE) will host a two-day forum designed for the minority male to have an open dialog with policy makers and community resource people. Guest speakers will cover problems, barriers and solutions in four areas: educational opportunities; housing and social services; health, mental health and substance abuse; and the criminal justice system. The Minority Male Forum will be held on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at UNI-CUE, located at 800 Sycamore St., Waterloo. This forum is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, call 433-1220.

THIRD INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION SCIENCES WEBINAR: THE APPLICATION PROCESSNEW

The Application Process, the third and final webinar by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 2, in 205 SEC. IES staff will provide information regarding the grant submission process. Topics will focus on information in the application instructions package. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/osp/ies-webinar-series or contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 273-3961.

NEW MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Classes in the 2011 Management Excellence certificate program begin May 19, with one class conducted every Thursday until July 21. The enrollment deadline is Wednesday, May 11. This new, comprehensive, management training program is intended for managers who have a couple years of work experience and want to develop their management ability and boost their confidence in handling the more difficult and uncomfortable situations managers face. Some of the classes in this program include “Fierce Conversations,” “Accountability,” “Business Diagnostics” and “The Art of Making Your Case through Effective Negotiation and Persuasion.” Tuition for UNI employees is $1,998. To enroll, call 273-5851 or email execdev@uni.edu.

'MANY ARE GOOD, FEW ARE GREAT' WORKSHOP ON MAY 9

The management workshop "Many are Good, Few are Great: How to Go from a Good Organization to a Great Organization" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 9, in the BCS. The registration deadline is Monday, May 2. Patrick Langan will use Jim Collins’ best-selling business book, “Good to Great,” to evaluate the requirements of leaders moving their team forward and making it great. Workshop participants will also learn strategies for improving the performance of their employees. The discounted price is $112 for UNI employees. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu.

RESOURCES

STUDIOIT AND CBTC RESERVATIONS FOR FALL 2011

ITS Educational Technology is taking StudioIT and Computer Based Testing Center (CBTC) reservations for academic classes scheduled for fall 2011. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations for UNI staff training events will be accepted after Thursday, May 5. To submit a reservation inquiry, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/forms/studio-it-or-computer-based-testing-center-reservation.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

'M.A. THESIS EXHIBITION, B.F.A. EXHIBITION,' 'HEADSHOT' PRINT EXHIBITION

The UNI Gallery of Art will present three concurrent exhibitions, one by M.A. candidate Jay Raabe, one by B.F.A. candidate Sarah Deppe, and one curated by UNI associate professor of art Tim Dooley and North Carolina-based printmaker Bill Flick, titled “Headshot.” 

SATURDAY FILM SERIES: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS

Episode 6: "Surviving Saturday," will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at the University Museum. In this groundbreaking series, David Attenborough takes the viewer on a guided tour through the secret world of plants to see things no unaided eye could witness.

PERFORMING ARTS

HALF-MASTED PRESENTS: IMPROVISED COMEDY AT THE BERTHA MARTIN THEATER

Half-Masted will offer three nights of improvised comedy at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at the Bertha Martin Theatre, SWT. A family-friendly matinee will take place at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30. Tickets for the general public are $3, $1 for students and children are admitted free (cash and checks only). For reservations, email doug@half-masted.com.

BELLY DANCE SHOWNEW

The Middle Eastern Dance Club invites the public to a belly dance show with student and professional dancers in a variety of styles from traditional to tribal, Spanish fusion, Bollywood and gothic, at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30, in the CME.

UNI NEW HORIZONS BAND SPRING CONCERT

The New Horizons Band will offer its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 2, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. The New Horizons Band features musicians 55 and older who travel from all over Iowa to participate. This event is free and open to the public.

UNI CHILDREN’S CHOIR SPRING CONCERTNEW

The UNI Children's Choir will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 6, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

UNI SUZUKI SCHOOL SPRING CONCERTNEW

The UNI Suzuki School will offer a spring concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 15, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

CREME DE LA CREME 11 AT GALLAGHER-BLUEDORNNEW

The 11th annual Creme de la Creme benefit concert will be presented on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m., in the Great Hall, GBPAC. The concert will begin with the award-winning Union High School Show Choir of La Porte City. Well-known jazz artists Chris Merz, tenor sax, and Bob Washut, piano, will perform. Washut also will accompany Karen Holvik as she returns from Boston to perform jazz vocals. Frederick Halgedahl, violin, will play “Meditation” from "Thais." Randy Hogancamp will lead the Kaji-Daiko Japanese Drum Ensemble. The Four Spouses, UNI piano faculty Sean Botkin and his wife Serena Hou, and Dmitri Vorobiev and his wife Polina Khatsko, will perform and will be joined by Marleta Matheso for the finale on five grand pianos. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $5 for children and students. Call 273-4TIX for tickets.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICS

Softball hosts Wichita State in a doubleheader at noon, Saturday, April 30, and in a single game at noon, Sunday, May 1. All games are at the Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex. Football will play in its annual spring game on Friday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the UNI-Dome.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

SUMMER FITNESS CLASSES - ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THE FITNESS CHALLENGE?NEW

Sign up for a fitness class this summer at the WRC for a fun yet challenging workout. Cardio, boot camp, toning, water cardio, yoga, pilates and more will be offered. Classes cost as little as $17. Early-morning, noon and evening classes are available. Register at www.uni.edu/wellrec or in 101 WRC.

HOURS

LIBRARY HOURS FOR FINAL EXAM WEEK & THE WEEKEND BEFORE SUMMER SESSION 2011

The library hours for Wednesday, April 27, through Tuesday, May 3, are extended hours. Patrons may check out materials and enter the building until 10 minutes to closing time. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, you will get a prompt to enter your CatID. http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#springfinals

EMPLOYMENT

MERIT VACANCIESNEW

Merit vacancies can be viewed at: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.asp