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Thursday, Feb 17, 2011

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NEWS

PEOPLESOFT STUDENT SYSTEM MAINTENANCENEW

The Campus Solutions peoplesoft application will be unavailable from 5 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, while ITS patches applications. This will affect the Online Application for Admission as well as access to the Student Center in the MyUniverse Portal.

SEED GRANT RECIPIENTSNEW

The offices of the Provost and Sponsored Programs have awarded 16 grants through the UNI Seed Grant Competition. Selected by peer review, the seed grants will support research and creative activities leading to external funding proposals. Seed grant recipients and their projects are listed at http://www.uni.edu/osp/2010-internal-seed-grant-recipients.

THE PARENT PORTAL IS IN TRANSITIONNEW

The Student Information System (SIS) will change by phases now through August 2011. Current students with third-party users (parents, spouse, etc) will experience changes in how they access their personal records. Third-party access to records in the new Student System will be directly within MyUNIverse. Beginning February 2011, the first access to financial aid records in SIS will be made available to students, and if students wish to allow access, to their third-party users. Certain records will continue to be accessed through the old Parent Portal (http://www.uni.edu/parents) until they are migrated into the third-party portal through MyUNIverse. During the transition, students will need to set up third-party accounts in the new system for each person they wish to allow access, as well as retain their old third-party accounts for records not yet migrated. The full transition to the new system will be completed by August 2011. At that time, all student records will be available through MyUNIverse, and the old Parent Portal will be retired.

20 BEST UNI CAMPUS INTERNSHIPS

Proposals are being accepted for the 20 Best UNI Campus Internships. Departments are encouraged to submit a proposal for a funded student internship for the 2011-2012 academic year. Selected proposals will be funded $4,500 for the student’s wage. Students will intern 15 hours per week during fall and spring semesters. Positions should be challenging and career enhancing. Proposal deadline is 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21. Proposal forms are at http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/students/co-op/oncampusinternships.html. For more information, contact Laura Wilson at 273-2068 or laura.wilson@uni.edu.

FREE TAX HELP AT UNI

Accounting students at UNI will provide free income-tax assistance from 5 to 7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, now through Wednesday, April 13. Sessions are held in 223 CBB. No appointment is necessary. You are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 p.m. to allow students sufficient time to complete the returns. For more information, call the UNI Department of Accounting at 273-2394.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTYNEW

University personnel using university facilities or resources in the development of intellectual property have a duty to file a disclosure in a prompt manner as outlined in the UNI IP policy. Disclosure establishes ownership and protects the rights of all contributors to the IP. Contact the Intellectual Property Officer and complete a one-page disclosure form, which ensures the date of discovery is established and recorded. www.uni.edu/osp www.bcs.uni.edu.

FACULTY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD NOMINATION DEADLINE

Nominations for the 2011 Veridian Credit Union Community Engagement Awards are due Friday, Feb. 18. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of UNI faculty members to the community through research and/or teaching. All full-time tenured and tenure-tract faculty are eligible. For award information and to submit materials, visit www.uni.edu/resources/veridian-credit-union-community-engagement-award.

ASPERGER'S SYNDROME PROGRAM ASSISTANCE

A campus-wide program designed to equip faculty/staff to better understand Asperger's syndrome is scheduled for late March. If you are a faculty/staff member with Asperger's syndrome and are willing to talk publicly about it (or write about your experience for someone else to read), contact drake.martin@uni.edu.

SPRING BREAK GIVEAWAYS

Enter for a chance to win a trip to Seaworld or UNI basketball tickets with a VIP visit to the Dewmocracy Tent on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Pick up a scratch ticket at Biscotti's, 23rd St. Market and Essentials from Monday through Friday, Feb. 14 through 18. Sign up to win basketball tickets at all retail locations, including Prexy's and Chat's. Visit stores for details.

UNI UP CLOSE 2011

High school seniors and their guests will be on campus for UNI Up Close on Friday, Feb. 25. Think about your role as a member of the university community and how you can contribute to the positive experience of all prospective students, parents and campus guests during UNI Up Close. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/admissions/upclose/. If you have any questions, contact Jenny Connolly at 273-2365 or jenny.connolly@uni.edu.

PROVOST’S COMMITTEE FOR COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIP MENTORING LAUNCHES WEBSITE

The Provost’s Committee for Competitive Scholarship Mentoring helps prepare and support students pursuing national scholarships and fellowships by mentoring candidates as they prepare, apply and interview for awards. Use http://www.uni.edu/competitive-scholarships to familiarize yourself with the resources UNI offers. If you have questions, contact committee chair Jessica Moon at jessica.moon@uni.edu.

A&FS NEWS AND VIEWS

The latest edition of A&FS News and Views is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/vpaf/documents/afnewsfeb2011.pdf. This newsletter has news and information about staff, their accomplishments and department activities in the Administration and Financial Services division.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

HEALTH INSURANCE DEPENDENT ELIGIBILITY AUDIT

The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) has contracted with HMS Employer Solutions to conduct a dependent-eligibility audit for merit employees. The audit is to confirm that persons covered by a state of Iowa group plan are eligible for health insurance coverage. For more information on the audit, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/.

AN ASSESSMENT WEBINAR ON RUBRICS

Rubrics can be a useful tool in assessing student learning. Hear two assessment experts, Bob Mundhenk and Susan Hatfield, talk about rubrics in the HLC Assessment Academy webinar, “Hot Topic Afternoon: Standardized Instrument or Home-Grown Rubrics,” from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in StudioIT 2 (136 ITTC). Sponsored by the Office of Academic Assessment.

NEW TIAA-CREF INVESTMENT OPTIONSNEW

Based on a recent review of the TIAA-CREF investment options, UNI will introduce two new emerging-markets mutual funds to the investment menu – the Emerging Markets Equity Fund and the Emerging Markets Equity Index Fund. For more information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/news/documents/bn_tiaa_cref_2newoptions.pdf.

SPECIAL EVENTS

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Joe Murphy, UNI state relations officer, will host a legislative update at 12:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, in the Oak Room, MAU. Topics include the state budget process, budget cuts and policy items affecting UNI.

LIBRARY BOOK SALENEW

Come to the Rod Library lobby to purchase best sellers, children's books, fiction, nonfiction and more. Hardcover books are $2 each and paperbacks are $1. Pick up as many as you like and pay at the circulation desk. Keep checking back - new items are added often.

56TH ANNUAL TALLCORN JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Tallcorn Jazz Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19, at Russell Hall and GBPAC. This festival is the longest running jazz festival this side of the Mississippi. High school bands perform both days, will work with clinicians and guest David Berkman. For more information, visit http://www.davidberkman.com/  or the Tallcorn website at http://www.uni.edu/jazzstudies/tallcorn/.

UNI SCHOOL OF MUSIC AUDITION DAYNEW

The first UNI School of Music Audition Day for 2011 will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, in the GBPAC and RSL. For details on specific locations of area auditions or times, contact the School of Music office at 273-2024.

T-SHIRT SALE

UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society will sell T-shirts and related items on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 22 and 23, in the second floor lobby, SEC. Proceeds will benefit KDP education and service projects.

UNI STUDENT ATHLETES TO COLLECT SHOES FOR CHARITY

UNI student athletes will collect shoes for the Soles4Souls shoe campaign, a Nashville-based organization that facilitates the collection of shoes and delivers them to people in need around the world. Soles4Souls accepts all types of shoes: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, flip flops, new or gently worn. Collection times are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in Maucker Union. Monetary donations are also welcome and will go directly to the organization. Contact Kara Park with any questions at 273-3327 or kara.park@uni.edu. For more information about Soles4Souls, visit http://www.soles4souls.org/about/.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

'MARKS OF PROCESS: UNI DEPARTMENT OF ART ALUMNI AND THE STUDIO PAINTING TRADITION'

An invitational group exhibition features new work by Erin Anfinson (B.A. '01), Mikel Bisbee-Durlam (B.A. '00), Michael Boyd (B.A. '59), Danielle McCullough (B.A. '02), Marcus Payzant (B.F.A. '06), Robert Riseling (B.A. '63 and M.A. '66), Darrell Roberts (B.A. '97) and Ken Steinkemp (B.A. '70). The exhibition is free and open to the public.

'THE BOTANY OF DESIRE'NEW

The PBS documentary "The Botany of Desire" takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world -- seen from the plants' point-of-view. The film features Michael Pollan and is based on his best-selling book. View the documentary at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, at the University Museum. Total run-time is 120 minutes.

MAXIMUM FUN: PLANTS UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

The program Plants Under the Microscope will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 5, at the University Museum. There will be hands-on fun for elementary students (K-6) as they examine plant cells under a microscope, learn about strange and fascinating plants, and make carnivorous-plant crafts to take home. A small plant-themed snack will be provided. Cost is $10 for Friends members and $12 for nonmembers. Registration and payment must be received by Friday, Feb.  25; no refunds after Tuesday, March 1. For more information, call 273-2188. 

PERFORMING ARTS

'MY FIRST TIME'NEW

"My First Time" is a play that combines thousands of people's stories into a fast-paced show that takes an honest look at sex and how we view our past. You may laugh, you may cry, you may be surprised, but most of all, you may relate. Performances are at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, and at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, in 108 CAC. Admission is $4. Contains mature content and language.

NO SHAME THEATRENEW

Are you an original writer, songwriter, or performer? Then UNI's No Shame Theatre is the place for you. No Shame is a performance venue for anyone who has something to perform: songs, plays, stories, stand-up and poetry. There are three rules. The performance must be under five minutes; 100 percent original; and physically harmless. The doors open at 9:30 p.m. and the show begins at 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, in 108 CAC.

'FOR THE LOVE OF THE CLUB'

UNI Interpreters Theatre will present "For the Love of the Club" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 through 19, in the Interpreter's Theater, 040 LNG. This original work is based on the author's and director’s thesis research on women who ride with motorcycle clubs. Learn about their lives, the roles they fulfill for their men and their struggle to perform their identities within the confines of a social organization that often dictates gender roles. This production contains mature language, themes and situations. It's recommended for mature audiences only. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Angela Glunz at glunza@uni.edu or 273-6728.

FRIENDS OF KUNI BLUES BLOWOUT

Blues legend Joe Louis Walker with special guests BJ Allen and Blue Voodoo will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, at Waterloo's Electric Park Ballroom. This evening of blues and soul is a benefit for Iowa Public Radio. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets, visit http://iowapublicradio.org/index.php?cID=88.

60TH ANNUAL SINFONIAN DIMENSIONS IN JAZZ CONCERTS

The Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19. It will feature Jazz Band One and David Berkman in Bengtson Hall, RSL. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for non-UNI students and free for UNI students with ID. For more information, visit http://www.davidberkman.com/ or see the Tallcorn website at http://www.uni.edu/jazzstudies/tallcorn/.

SUZUKI FACULTY RECITAL

The UNI School of Music Suzuki School will present a recital featuring Suzuki faculty artists at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

THE BAND PERRY CONCERT MOVES TO GBPAC

UNI’s Panther Productions has moved the location for The Band Perry concert, with special guest Thompson Square, to the GBPAC. The Thursday, Feb. 24, show has changed location to give more students, as well as the public, an opportunity to attend. If you have already purchased tickets, your tickets are still valid and do not need to be exchanged. Tickets can be purchased through any UNItix outlet, at www.unitix.uni.edu or by calling 273-4TIX. Tickets are $10 for UNI students (limit two) and $20 for the public. All seats are general admission.

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERTNEW

Under the direction of faculty artist Chris Merz and graduate student conductors, the School of Music will present a jazz combos concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: SUZANNE TIRK, CLARINET

Visiting artist Suzanne Tirk will present a clarinet recital at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Tirk has taught at Bemidji State University, Lawrence University, Eastern Michigan University and Montana State University. She currently teaches at Wichita State University. Tirk has appeared as a guest artist and soloist at conferences nationally and internationally. This event is free and open to the public.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: NORTHERN IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRANEW

Under the direction of visiting artist and conductor Jonathan Girard, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra will offer a Spotlight Series concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR

An earth science seminar on "Geology and Geotourism in China" will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in 125 LAT. John Groves, earth science, will describe his work in China and he'll reflect on his experiences living and working in Nanjing. The presentation will include pictures from tourist excursions to so-called "water towns" on the east coast, along with geologic scenes from Guizhou.

FILM DIRECTOR JULIE DASH

Julie Dash, an acclaimed African-American movie director, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in the Lang Hall Auditorium as part of the Hearst Lecture Series and the Center for Multicultural Education Lecture Series. With the debut of "Daughters of the Dust" in 1992, Dash became the first African-American woman in the nation to have a full-length general theatrical release. The film has been honored as one of the most important cinematic achievements in black cinema in the 20th century. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/commstudies/daughters-dust-director-julie-dash-visit-feb-21. The event is free and open to the public.

HOW THE BRAIN LIES AND MISREPRESENTS THE 'REAL' WORLD

Otto MacLin, psychology, will discuss how the brain causes misperceptions, including errors in eyewitness identification, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the University Room, MAU. MacLin provides workshops for jurors. The event is free and open to the public.

PROVOST GIBSON TO SPEAK ON LEADERSHIPNEW

UNI Provost Gloria Gibson will discuss her views on leadership from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 10, in the State College Room, MAU. The lecture is free and open to the public. For information, call Leadership Studies at 273-6898 or e-mail YLA@UNI.edu.

GLADYS BLACK: THE LEGACY OF IOWA'S BIRD LADY

The Natural Resource Research and Management seminar will feature Larry Stone, freelance writer and photographer, sharing stories of Gladys Black and her place among Iowa conservation legends at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Auditorium, 11 CEEE. This seminar is sponsored by Club SOLE and the Tallgrass Prairie Center. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, 273-3828, or e-mail rwelch@uni.edu.

SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Award-winning pre-K through 12 teachers and their students will present their earth science, inquiry and/or math-based classroom projects on Friday, Feb. 25. There will be opportunities to talk with teachers and students about how they view hands-on, interactive science- and math-based programs as a means of teaching and learning. There will be table displays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the ITTC first floor student lounge. Spotlight presentations will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m., every 30 minutes, in the ITTC labs, along with UNI faculty teaching innovations. An information table will be set up in 120 ITTC. This event is sponsored by ITS-Educational Technology. Contact Doreen Hayek with questions at doreen.hayek@uni.edu or 273-7300.

HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBINARSNEW

Hot Topics in Education: Professional Development Webinars, are free one-hour webinars for educators taught by UNI faculty and staff. The next webinar, "Legal Issues: Truth is Stranger than Fiction," will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, and features Dewitt Jones and Tim Gilson, educational leadership, counseling and postsecondary education. This session will address top legal issues facing educators through the use of real-world scenarios, and suggestions to help keep you out of court. For more information or to register, visit http://www.uni.edu/coe/about/coe-professional-development-webinars or contact Mary Herring at 273-2719.

LEADERSHIP AND BLACK NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNERSNEW

Michael Blackwell, director of Multicultural Education at UNI, will discuss “Leadership Among the Black Nobel Peace Prize Winners” from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Elm Room, MAU. The lecture is free and open to the public. For information, call Leadership Studies at 273-6898.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

UNI RIGHT TO LIFE FEBRUARY MEETINGNEW

UNI Right to Life will meet at 6:30 p.m.,  Monday, Feb. 21, in the Presidential Room, MAU. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

FREE SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPSNEW

The John Pappajohn Entreprenuerial Center is offering the following workshops: Small Business Marketing, 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28 or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1; Intellectual Property, 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3. All workshops are held in 33 BCS. Register at 273-5732 or jpec@uni.edu.

"HOW TO MANAGE NESTS OF NEGATIVITY" WORKSHOP

The management workshop "How to Manage Nests of Negativity" will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in 30 BCS. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 22.  Workshop participants will learn how to identify and confront negative employees who seem to be bringing down the employee morale and detracting from the organization’s progress. The discounted price is $224 for UNI employees. UNI departments can purchase a consortium membership, which entitles the department to 10 seats to any of the 2011 management training workshops, for $1,999. Half-day workshops only use a half seat. After the 10 seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu

CHANGE LEADERSHIPNEW

UNI's Leadership Studies will host a workshop on stages of change from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in the State College Room, MAU. Workshop leaders are Molly Schmidt, manager of training and development at Veridian Credit Union, and Gerri Perreault, UNI Leadership Studies. Participants will have the opportunity to assess where they are in the change process. Schmidt and Perreault will discuss the different stages of change that individuals and organizations may be involved in.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

FITNESS CLASSES STILL AVAILABLE

There is still room in a variety of fitness classes. Try something new by making a splash in a water aerobics class. Eating and Exercise Success will start in March. Sign up online at www.uni.edu/wellrec or stop by 101 WRC.

UNI CYCLING CLUB MEETINGNEW

The UNI Cycling Club will meet at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Old Gold Room, MAU. All current and interested members are encouraged to attend. Contact Nick Maddix at maddixn@uni.edu if you are unable to attend but would like more information about the club or visit www.uni-cycling.org.

DINING SPECIALS

BEACH BASH CUSTOMER APPRECIATION WEEK, FEB. 21-25

Biscotti's in the Redeker Center, The 23rd Street Market in the Commons, Chats, Essentials and Prexy's in the Maucker Union are celebrating Customer Appreciation Week, Monday through Friday, Feb. 21 through 25. Enjoy games, food specials, discounts and prizes each day at all locations. Come join the fun and warm up at Beach Bash 2011.

EMPLOYMENT

MERIT VACANCIES

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