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Thursday, Dec 1, 2011

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NEWS

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE EDUCATION FORUMS - RICK SANTORUMNEW

Former Sen. Rick Santorum will present at UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forum at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9, in the GBPAC lobby. UNI and Iowa Public Radio are hosting presidential candidates to speak to "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Education Today." The forum, moderated by Ben Kieffer, host of IPR's "The Exchange," is free and open to the public. Santorum will speak for 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with the audience.

"PROBLEMS? PROBABLY PERCEPTION" WEBINAR IS NOW ARCHIVEDNEW

If you didn't get a chance to catch the Panther Speakers webinar "Problems? Probably Perception" by Nichole Johnson, communication studies, on Nov. 16, you can now watch it online. The webinar explains how many conflicts in the workplace can be blamed on perception and offers tips on how to improve your perceptions. To watch the video and for more information about Panther Speakers, visit http://www.uni.edu/pantherspeakers/problems-probably-perception.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR DEB GRAY

The Office of Admissions will honor Deb Gray at a retirement reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, in 009 GIL. Come wish Deb well in her retirement.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR THE SUE FOLLON EXEMPLARY SERVICE AWARD

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to recognizing exemplary performance among P&S and Merit staff. Nominations are being accepted for the annual Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award. In its twenty-first year, this award commemorates the former division vice president who served the university from 1985-1998. Please nominate individuals working in Student Affairs who are worthy of this prestigious award. For more information and the nomination form, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/sue-follon-award-application. Nominations are due by Dec. 6.

FREE FLU SHOTS

UNI is offering free flu shots for employees enrolled in a university health insurance plan. Visit www.uni.edu/hrs/benefits for a list of upcoming clinics offered on campus. Email bobbi.vandegrift@uni.edu with questions. Don’t take the risk. Get vaccinated.

REAFFIRMATION STATEMENT

President Allen has published a reaffirmation of UNI's commitment to nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The full statement can be found at http://www.uni.edu/equity/documents/ReaffirmationStatement2011.pdf.

PROVOST NEWSLETTER

The provost's fall newsletter is now available at http://www.uni.edu/provost/. Topics include the student assessment pilot, the Cornerstone Zeitoun Project, a personal narrative from instructor Reygan Freeney and updates on academic affairs initiatives.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE MLK DAY OF SERVICE PROJECT

Jan. 16, 2012 marks the 26th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is an opportunity for Americans to honor King’s legacy through service. UNI's Student Leadership Center urges the UNI community to use MLK Day as a "day on, not a day off." Registration is open for individuals and organizations to sign up for service opportunities. Transportation, a T-shirt and lunch will be provided. To register, visit http://www.uni.edu/leadershipcenter. For more information, contact the Student Involvement & Activities Center at 273-2683.

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.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

RESERVE RESINSTATEMENT LISTSNEW

Faculty who wish to keep their same items on reserve for the 2012 spring semester from fall 2011 should submit their reinstatement request to the Rod Library reserve desk by Dec. 12. Requests can be submitted electronically at http://www.uni.edu/library/reinstatement/.

FACULTY FOCUS TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION WEEK ─ REGISTER NOWNEW

Visit http://www.uni.edu/its/services/intructional-design-and-development/faculty-focus for details on ITS-Educational Technology’s intersession instructional technology workshops and to register. A variety of workshops are scheduled for Jan. 3 through 6 on various features of Bb Learn 9 and a number of other instructional technologies.

TOYS FOR TOTS FUNDRAISER AT THE CEDAR FALLS DOUGHY JOEY'SNEW

Eat at the Cedar Falls Doughy Joeys Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 3 to 11 p.m. and support Toys For Tots. There will be deals on pizza and drinks, plus 10 percent of the evening's profits will go towards purchasing toys for Toys For Tots. This is a communication studies class project. Fuel up before the UNI vs. Iowa basketball game and support charity.

SKYPE AUTHOR VISIT NEW

Amy Stewart, best-selling author of "Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities," will visit 373 Rod Library and the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Public Libraries via Skype at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT ESSENTIALSNEW

Essentials has holiday items to meet everyone's budget. New items include boxed candies, hand painted glassware, ornaments, travel mugs, acrylic glassware, wooden decorations, UNI clothing and souvenirs. Take the stress out of shopping and stop by Essentials in Maucker Union.

VISIONING A SUSTAINABLE WORLD IN 2050NEW

Students enrolled in Introduction to Sustainability will present a blueprint for a sustainable society in 2050 at a public forum on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the CEEE Auditorium. A poster session will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the forum at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

PANTHERS GIVE BACK HAT & MITTEN DRIVENEW

Help those in need by stopping by the holiday tree in Maucker Union and drop off new (or slightly used) hats and mittens that will be given to local elementary schools this winter season. Items can be dropped off until Dec. 17.

HOSTS NEEDED FOR GUEST ARTISTSNEW

Members of The TEAM and Sojourn Theatre companies are coming to the area Jan. 1 through 6 to observe the Iowa Caucus and complete a residency with UNI students called "Town Hall." They will be doing caucus research during the day and rehearsing on campus at night. Volunteers are needed to house one or two actors the nights of Jan. 1 through the morning of Jan. 6. Volunteers are asked to provide a bed, a light breakfast each morning and conversation. In return, you will be invited to a reception and the creative presentation of research on Jan. 5. If you are willing to host, contact Karen Mitchell at 319-231-4346 or Karen.Mitchell@uni.edu.

ST. JUDE'S CARD COLLECTION FOR KIDSNEW

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.

COOKING FOR A CURE -- ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFASTNEW

The UNI Public Relations Student Society of America chapter will host an all-you-can-eat benefit breakfast for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Stephen's Church. Cost is $5 and all proceeds will be donated. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. There will also be a raffle and door prizes. All are welcome. Tickets may be purchased from PRSSA members or at the door on Saturday.

GRADUATE COLLEGE BROWN BAG REMINDERNEW

Chris Larimer, political science, will present "Assessing Gender Dynamics in Local Government: A Field Study in Iowa," from noon to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Presidential Room, MAU. Please bring your lunch. Cookies will be provided.

PASTOR FROM THE CONGO TO PREACH HERENEW

Pastor Sylvain M'zuza, originally from The Democratic Republic of The Congo, will preach at UNI from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Wesley Foundation Church Chapel, 2422 College St. Come experience rhythmic African gospel music. Babysitting will be provided, and all are welcome.

CANDIDATE FOR VICE PRESIDENT OF ADMINISTRATION & FINANCIAL SERVICESNEW

The first candidate for the position of Vice President for Administration & Financial Services will be on campus for interviews Monday and Tuesday Dec. 5 and 6. The candidate's name, resume and schedule will be posted Thursday afternoon at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/vp/. The candidate's open forum presentation will take place from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday Dec. 6, in the University Room, MAU, addressing the issue, "How I Can Contribute to Effective and Collaborative Leadership at UNI?"

SPRING GRADUATE ASSISTANTSNEW

Offer forms for any spring 2012 graduate assistantship appointments that have not already been offered must be received in the Graduate College by Thursday, Dec. 15. Forms received after that may result in a delay in the offer, a delay in the date when the student can begin work, and a reduction in the salary amount. Additionally, remember that students are not to begin work for the assistantship until the spring PAF has processed through all offices. PAF approvers receive an e-Business notification when processing is complete.

COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS

The second in a series of scholarly networking events will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, in the Great Reading Room, SRL. Make connections and have informal discussions with colleagues about research, scholarship and creative activity. Refreshments provided, no RSVP required. December’s event is sponsored by the College of Education. For more information, email mary.chien@uni.edu.

INTERIOR DESIGN SENIOR PORTFOLIO SHOW

The graduating class of senior interior design students will show their portfolio work from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, in the GBPAC lobby. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=145122455578284.

UNI HOLIDAY POTTERY SALE

Buy unique pieces of handmade pottery made by UNI students at the UNI Holiday Pottery Sale, from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 and noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Ceramics Lab, 126 KAB.

'I WANT MY JACKET BACK'

Written and performed by Jenn Freitag, "I Want My Jacket Back" is a solo performance that explores new ways to think and talk about gender violence through the use of music, humor, poetry, personal narrative and dialogue. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m.,  Monday, Dec. 5, in 040 LNG. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.iwantmyjacketback.com.

TKD PROMOTIONAL TESTING

Experience live, the excitement of martial art at the 253rd promotional testing of the UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club at 11 a.m. 
Saturday, Dec. 3, in 176 WRC. For more information, visit www.unitkd.com/index40.htm.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WRS DECEMBER E-NEWSLETTERNEW

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.

FOCUS ON FITNESS WORKSHOP NEW

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.

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.