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Thursday, Dec 8, 2011

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NEWS

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE EDUCATION FORUMS - RICK SANTORUM

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.

EARLY PROCESSING OF STUDENT BIWEEKLY TIMECARDS FOR DEC. 28 PAYDAYNEW

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.

OSP - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

Each year, UNI faculty and staff submit an average of 309 proposals for external funding through the Office of Sponsored Programs; approximately 73 percent of the proposals are funded. Competitive sponsored funding has increased by more than 40 percent since 2007.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Marilyn Drury, ITS educational technology, was quoted in an article in Campus Technology: http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/11/29/Women-in-IT.aspx.

UNIVERSITY RELATIONS OFFICES HAVE MOVEDNEW

University Relations has consolidated its offices in the east end of East Bartlett. Its main reception area is now located in 125 East Bartlett. All phone numbers remain the same.

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.

MAINTENANCE TO THE STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

From 2 to 3 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, the following applications will be unavailable for application maintenance: the MyUNIverse Portal and the CRM application.  Also from 2 to 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, the Campus Solutions application will be unavailable for application maintenance. This is the different 'Center' access in the MyUNIverse Portal as well as the Online Application for Admission. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/alerts/maintenance/2011-12-12/peoplesoft-sisportal-patching.

SUBMIT YOUR GOOD IDEAS

Too many good ideas go unshared. To make sharing simple, UNI has established an online "Good Ideas" submission site. Share ideas or suggestions about all aspects of the university. Suggestions will be reviewed by the president and distributed to the appropriate department for further review and appropriate action. Submissions can be anonymous or you can provide contact information for follow-up. Submissions can be sent via campus mail to Good Ideas, mail code 0705 or call 273-2566.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

NEW DRUPAL WEB SERVICES OFFICENEW

ITS Educational Technology and University Relations (UR) have combined resources to create a one-stop Drupal Web development office. Drupal developers from both offices are now housed in 103 East Bartlett. ITS Educational Technology developers will focus on creating departmental and college websites in Drupal, while UR staff will maintain the main university website and other primary sites, such as the calendar and map. Developers from both units will work together to create standardized Drupal practices and provide support for other Drupal developers on campus. For more information, contact Brandon Neil in ITS-ET or DeWayne Purdy in UR.

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.

SKYPE AUTHOR VISIT

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.

SPRING GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

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.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT ESSENTIALS

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.

HOSTS NEEDED FOR GUEST ARTISTS

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.

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RON PAUL TO VISIT UNI DEC. 9

Republican presidential candidate and Rep. Ron Paul will appear at a rally Friday, Dec. 9, in the Slife Ballroom, COM, in support of his campaign's nationwide Youth for Ron Paul initiative, of which there is a chapter at UNI. Doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. To enter 30 minutes early and secure a spot near the front of the room, RSVP at http://ronpaulatuni.eventbrite.com/.

FACULTY STUDY ROOMS APPLICATION DEADLINE

Full-time tenured or tenure-track instructional faculty members who wish to apply for study rooms in the library for the spring semester should do so by Friday, Dec. 9. Application forms are now available online at http://www.uni.edu/library/facstudy/ and also in the library's main office. For more information, call Paulette Courtney at 273-2737.

UNI COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL TO OFFER ADULT GROUP PIANO LESSONS

Have you ever wanted to learn to play the piano or start playing again? UNI faculty and staff can enroll in either beginning or continuing group piano classes. The registration deadline is Jan. 5. For more information or to register, call Theresa Camilli  at 273-7156 camillit@uni.edu or visit www.uni.edu/music/communitymusicschool.

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

HEALTHY HOLIDAYS-HIRE A PERSONAL TRAINER

Stay healthy this holiday season and hire a WRS personal trainer who will customize individual workouts and provide motivation and accountability to help meet fitness and health goals. For more information or to sign up, contact Kristy Leen at kristy.leen@uni.edu or Erin Nielsen at enielsen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html.

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.

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.

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.

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.