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Thursday, Apr 5, 2012

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NEWS

UNI CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY UPDATENEW

Under the sponsorship of the President's Sustainability Council, the annual University Sustainability Update will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in the Ballroom, MAU. The event will highlight a number of success stories from campus and feature Father Robert “Bud” Grant from St. Ambrose University as a guest speaker. Grant will discuss social justice and environmental ethics. For more information, visit the website.

READ COMMUNIQUé, THE NEW CHAS MAGAZINE NEW

The College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences (CHAS) Alumni Magazine, Communiqué, is available online. There are two editions, one for the sciences and one for the humanities and arts. Hard copies can be obtained by contacting the CHAS dean's office at 273-2725.

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES, ARTS & SCIENCES - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

Communication Sciences & Disorders has tripled the number of students per class in the last five years in response to a national shortage of speech language pathologists.

ENERGY HIGHLIGHTSNEW

See how much energy your building consumes. Facilities Services has added a link to their webpage, Energy Portal. This new website is the gateway to energy information on campus, which includes real-time building energy usage, energy projects, building HVAC schedules and tips that show what the campus community can do to help.

HONOR YOUR STUDENTS DURING NATIONAL STUDENT EMPLOYMENT WEEKNEW

National Student Employment Week is April 8 through 14. Looking for ways to honor your student employees? View a list of ideas online under "ideas." 

2012-13 REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND: SEARCHING FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM

What is the American Dream? Responses to this question are often varied and contentious, and across time, the “American Dream” has had many meanings. For some, the American Dream represents the pursuit of a positive, aspirational goal. For others, it represents an "opportunity" that has never been universally accessible due to barriers that exist for many. The 2012-13 Reaching for Higher Ground project seeks to better understand the complex theme of "Searching for the American Dream" through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. To find out more about this project and how you can get involved, attend an informational at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12 or at noon, Friday, April 13 (rooms TBD, will be announced in Thursday's UNI Online). For more information, send an email.

FACULTY AND STAFF WITH LOBBYING CONTACTS

Lobbying activity from Jan. 1 through March 31, 2012 must be reported online by Friday, April 6. In compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and the Honest and Open Government Act of 2007, UNI files quarterly reports on specific lobbying issues and the expenses incurred in lobbying. The university's policy on Federal and State Lobbying and Political Activity can be found in the Policies and Procedures Manual at 10.09. Reports must be filed each quarter. If there is nothing to report for a particular quarter, note that in the "comments" section. For more information, email Pat Geadelmann in the Office of the President.

SHORT'S TRAVEL APPROVAL CHANGE

Effective April 2, Short's Travel will no longer call or email for approval before authorizing tickets or bookings. Please view the new Short's process online. For more information, contact Molly Rickert at 273-6448.

UNIVERSITY PRINT SERVICES VENDOR CHOSEN

UNI Print Services has closed. The university has chosen a preferred vendor (Copy Works) to handle the university copying needs. Beginning Monday, April 2, all UNI departments are strongly encouraged to funnel their print orders and copying jobs through the Office of University Relations. The vendor is offering significant discounted pricing for jobs that UR forwards on to the vendor. But the discount is only for jobs processed through the UR office. During these challenging budget times, it's to your department's benefit to work through UR for your print and copy needs. UR will continue to facilitate departmental letterhead, business cards and envelopes; the process to submit these electronically through the print services website will remain the same. Please submit jobs via email or call UR at 273-2761 with any questions.

LIBRARY NOTICE FOR SUMMER FACULTY STUDY ROOMS

Full-time tenured or tenure-track instructional faculty members who wish to apply for study rooms in the Rod Library for the summer session should do so by Friday, April 6. Application forms are now available online and also in the Library's main office. For more information, call Paulette Courtney at 273-2737.

TELEPHONE LINES - FEBRUARY & MARCH 2012

The February and March editions of Telephone Lines are available online. The monthly Telephone Lines will no longer be printed and mailed with your monthly phone bill. For more information, email Randy Hayes or Sharon Drachenberg.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND MINI-GRANTSNEW

The Reaching for Higher Ground committee is seeking proposals from faculty, staff and students for mini-grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 that focus on next year's project "Searching for the American Dream." Grants must support activities and programming that reflect the mission and values of the Reaching for Higher Ground Project during the 2012-2013 academic year. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 30. Find more information and apply online. For more information, email Hillery Oberle or call 273-3961.

FULBRIGHT OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIBERAL ARTS AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE APPLICANTSNEW

A webinar on Fulbright Opportunities for Liberal Arts and Community College Applicants will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 11. The U.S. Fulbright Scholar program offers several opportunities in the Francophone world. Register online. For more information, call the Office of International Programs at 273-6807.

144 FREE DELL DESKTOPS AVAILABLE FOR UNI DEPARTMENTS ONLYNEW

Although these machines are slightly older technology (three and four years old), they may be able to replace even older equipment to provide access and service for students at various locations throughout campus. These machines were purchased with Student Computer Fee funding; therefore, preference will be given to placing units where they will provide the most direct benefit to UNI students. This offer is extended only to campus departments, not student groups or individuals. Requests can be made online. ITS User Services requires that all proposals come with the approval of the collegiate or divisional technical coordinator. Deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, April 20.

GRADUATE COLLEGE BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIESNEW

Christopher Buckholz, music, will present "The Future of Music: Classical, Jazz, Rock and Pop in the Internet Age," from noon to 12:50 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in 324 LIB. Please bring your lunch. Cookies will be provided.

HONORS RESEARCH DAYNEW

Senior honors students and presidential scholars will present their thesis research projects on Saturday, April 14. The event begins with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., in the Lang Hall second-floor auditorium lounge. Following will be eight concurrent sessions of research presentations in Lang Hall Rooms 208, 211, 222 and 223. View the complete schedule online. Presentations are open to the public.

TIAA CREF COUNSELING NEW

A TIAA CREF representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions April 11, 12, 25 and 26. Common questions are 1) Is your investment mix appropriate? 2) Are you saving enough to maintain your lifestyle in retirement? and 3) How do I use my funds for income in retirement? These are topics the TIAA CREF representative can help with. To sign up for these complimentary meetings call (toll free) 866-842-2977.

A GOLD STANDARD LECTURENEW

University of Iowa professor Patrick Barron will visit UNI to deliver a lecture refuting Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke's recent attacks on the gold standard and explaining why the country must return to sound monetary policy. Barron will speak from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the State College Room, MAU.

WANDA EVERAGE TO SPEAK ON DIVERSITY NEW

The Student Affairs Pre-Professional Association (SAPA), in collaboration with NISG, will host Wanda Everage, with her presentation "The Expanding Definition of Diversity," at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, in the Ballroom, MAU. As the vice provost for student affairs at Drake University, Everage is a recipient of numerous awards for leadership, diversity and career and educational excellence.

UNI'S SAVE FORUM ACTORS PERFORMANCENEW

Explore the complexities of relationships and the power of bystander intervention with the Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE) Forum Actors. This performance allows for your own thoughts about gender stereotypes, consent and the roles of violence in our community, to be highlighted through audience participation. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, April 11 and 12, in 040 LNG. For more information, email Amandajean Nolte.

UNI STUDENTS FOR GENDER NEUTRAL FACILITIES: POTTY PROTESTNEW

For most UNI students, faculty and staff, the most basic tasks of humanity require little thought, such as what bathroom to use, what pronoun you are called, if you are safe in the residence halls and at home. However, for those who don't identify with the gender and/or sex assigned to them at birth, those with disabilities, with children and other populations, finding a safe bathroom is an important concern. To raise awareness regarding transgender issues, a group of protest volunteers will line up at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 10, outside the Maucker Union Ballroom bathrooms and use the restrooms as a collective group, not assigned by their gender. For more information, email Kaitlin Korbitz.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT: MICROAGGRESSIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Microaggressions are “brief and everyday slights, insults, and indignities and denigrating messages sent to people of color by well-intentioned white people.” This workshop focuses on recognizing the dilemmas faced by those who experience and commit racial microaggressions. The workshop will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the CME and the facilitator is Stephanie Logan, curriculum & instruction. Bring your lunch; refreshments will be provided.

SPSS SHORT COURSE - STATISTICAL CONSULTING ASSISTANCE

A free hands-on course on using SPSS will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, April 9, and 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 10, in 110 WRT. The Department of Mathematics provides assistance to faculty, staff and students through its Statistical Consulting Lab. For more information, email Mark Jacobson or visit the website.

COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS - APRIL 6

The last in a series of scholarly networking events will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, April 6, in the Great Reading Room, SRL. Make connections, network with colleagues, have informal discussions or join a group discussion during the second hour. Refreshments provided. This April event is co-hosted by the UNI Rod Library and UNI Information Technology Services. 

SUMMER PAF TRAINING

A workshop on how to prepare summer Personnel Action Forms (PAF) will be presented from 9 to 10 a.m., Thursday April 5, in 109 CME. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Michele Mullings-Shand at 273-6418.

CONFUSED ABOUT UNI FINANCES?

Howard Bunsis, nationally recognized expert on how public universities are funded, will be on campus for a community-wide discussion of UNI's budget and budget priorities. All faculty, staff, students and friends of the university are invited to attend. Bunsis will present "The Real Crisis at UNI: Misplaced Priorities" at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 5, in 109 CBB. This event is sponsored by United Faculty.

FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES IN FRANCOPHONE AFRICA

A webinar on Fulbright Scholar Program Opportunities in Francophone Africa will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 5. This webinar will discuss specific program sites on the continent of Africa, including North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Most awards in Departments of English and/or American Studies are taught in English, while French is only required for daily living. Countries include Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia. Register online. For assistance or questions, call the Office of International Programs at 273-6807.

BUILD YOUR RESUME WITH FALL 2012 COURSES IN WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION

The fall 2012 course in Applied Writing (English 4775/5775) builds professional skills in workplace communication and involves non-hypothetical projects. The fall course in Professional Editing (English 4780/5780) offers practice in editing academic, creative and workplace texts. Prerequisites can be waived. For more information, send an email.

UNI EARTH HOUR

Participate in UNI's Earth Hour, from 3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 5, by conserving energy. Make the choice to turn off lights in your dorm, apartment or at work for one hour and make a difference. For more information, check out Earth Hour’s official website. Sponsored by: Northern Iowa Student Government, GreenLife, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Green Project UNI, Northern Iowa Energy Corps, UNI Cycling Club and Student Nature Society.

DO RUN RUN 5K RUN/WALK - 'STRIP & GO RUN'

UNI Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host the annual Do Run Run 5K Run/Walk for the St. Vincent De Paul Society, whose mission is to help the less fortunate on a person-to-person basis. For this reason, UNI PRSSA is asking the public to get active and donate clothing throughout the race at five different checkpoints. Registration information can be found online

STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD RECEPTION

The 2011-12 UNI Student Employee of the Year will be announced at the award reception from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m., Monday, April 9, in the Georgian Lounge, COM.

MOVIE NIGHT: 'THE ACCUSED'

The kickoff event to raise awareness about sexual assault is the showing of "The Accused" from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, April 9, in 252 SEC. The movie features Jodi Foster and tells the true story of a woman who was raped and her experiences with the criminal justice system.

ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY EXHIBITORS NEEDED

The Cedar Valley Sustainability & Environmental Educators are hosting the “Green: What does it Mean? Exploring our Sustainable Community” event on May 10, on the UNI campus. The group is seeking organizations to participate and host a booth for the exhibit hall. The day is centered around sustainability theory, where some 800 ninth grade students from the Cedar Valley will learn about sustainability in their community. Find more information and register online.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

SUMMER PADDLING PANTHER SWIM LESSONS

It's time to begin registration for summer 2012 Paddling Panthers swim lessons. Sessions are set up in 10, 40-minute lessons taught Monday through Friday for two weeks. There will be four sessions throughout the summer months. For more information, visit the website or send an email.

INTRAMURAL INFORMATION

For more information on one-on-one basketball tournament, pickleball tournament, intramural 11-on-11 open co-rec soccer tournament, four-on-four co-rec open sand volleyball tournament and bench press and pro-joe challenge, visit the intramural website.

INTRODUCTION TO STRENGTH TRAINING WORKSHOP

Are you intimidated on how to use strength equipment? Attend the Introduction to Strength Training Workshop from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., Thursday, April 19. This workshop will provide hands-on experience for proper form and use of strength equipment including machines, free weights, resistance bands and more. After completing the workshop, you'll be ready to design your own strength training program. All experience levels are welcome. The cost is $15. Available to students, faculty, staff and spouses. To sign up or for more information, email Erin Nielsen.

WRS APRIL E-NEWSLETTER

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

TOP FIVE REASONS TO HIRE A UNI PERSONAL TRAINER

1. UNI trainers will design safe and effective programs specific to your individualized goals. 2. UNI trainers will provide motivation and confidence to achieve goals. 3. UNI training sessions can be completed anywhere on the UNI campus around your schedule. 4. UNI training is less expensive than any gym, can be split into multiple payments and can be paid by ubill or payroll deduction. 5. UNI trainers will make the workouts fun and exciting. To sign up or for more information, email Erin Nielsen. If you sign up with a friend, you'll receive 20 percent off.

HOURS

MAUCKER UNION BUILDING HOURS FOR EASTER WEEKEND

For more information on Maucker Union building hours for Easter weekend, visit the website.

LIBRARY HOURS FOR APRIL 7 AND 8

Library hours for Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, are available online. 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, you will get a prompt to enter your CatID.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

EMPLOYMENT

The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found on the UNI Employment website. Referrals are encouraged.

WELLNESS & RECREATION

Fitness classes, intramural sports, outdoor recreation opportunities.