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Thursday, Feb 3, 2011

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NEWS

STUDENT ASSESSMENT OF TEACHING SCORES - AVAILABLE ONLINENEW

Fall 2010 student assessments of teaching scores are now available at http://www.ir.uni.edu/dbweb/uniset. Access is restricted by CatID and password. Faculty and staff can only see their own course summaries. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Research at instrsch@uni.edu.

2011 UNI SYMPOSIUM READING GROUP – LIMITED SPACENEW

There are a few slots left for faculty and staff to participate in a reading group held in association with the 2011 UNI Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. Participants will read selections from a book authored by keynote speaker Eugene Rice and will meet with him Thursday, Feb. 10. If interested, contact anita.gordon@uni.edu.

STATEWIDE R&D SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETINGNEW

The Statewide R&D School Advisory Council will meet from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4, at the Ola Babcock Miller Building, ICN Conference Room #310, in Des Moines. Individuals may observe via the ICN at UNI in 130A SEC.

P&S STAFF BENEFITS SURVEYNEW

The P&S Council invites P&S staff to participate in a study of the benefits provided at UNI. Participation in the study will take approximately five to 10 minutes. The council performs this type of survey periodically to assess the existing benefits that UNI provides to P&S staff. The results from the survey will be used to determine if changes to existing benefits or suggestions for new benefits should be explored, supported and recommended to the UNI administration by the P&S Council. Complete the survey on MyUniverse and let your voice be heard at https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/surveys/takeSurvey.cgi. The survey ends on Thursday, Feb. 10 (Feb. 25 for P&S annual employees).

MEMFIS USERS GROUP MINUTES

Minutes from the Dec. 16, 2010, MUG meeting are available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/memfis_users/meetingminutes.shtml.

W-2 ELECTRONIC DELIVERY

Sign up now for electronic-only delivery of your W-2 next January. If you elected the electronic-only option for your 2010 W-2, you do not need to reelect. The benefit is access to your W-2 online, with the option to print, at least one week earlier than if you choose to receive the paper document through the U.S. Mail. Electronic receipt is also a cost savings for the university. Sign up through MEMFIS UNI Employee Self-Service>Extra Information. For additional information and instructions for giving permission for electronic delivery, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/training_and_support/documents/w2_delivery_preference.pdf. If you have questions, contact Payroll at payroll@uni.edu or call 273-6425 or 273-2656.

UNI HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION WEBINAR ARCHIVE

UNI's latest Hot Topics in Education Webinar "Problem-based Learning in Science Teaching," presented by Jody Stone, MPLS, is now available at www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.

FREE TAX HELP AT UNINEW

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.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2011 SUSTAINABILITY FORUM

Under sponsorship of UNI's Sustainability Council, the next Sustainability Forum will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 21. All UNI community members are invited to learn about current campus sustainability initiatives and discuss how UNI can continue to leave a smaller footprint. Contact eric.obrien@uni.edu with questions.

WRITING AND THE LIBERAL ARTS AT UNI: UNIVERSITAS 6.2

Writing and the Liberal Arts at UNI: UNIversitas 6.2 is available at http://www.uni.edu/universitas/currentissue/default.htm. The issue concentrates on the liberal arts' advancement of writing and writers and contemporary challenges to such advancement.

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS WEBSITE HAS A NEW LOOK

International Programs has revised its website. Check it out at http://www.uni.edu/internationalprograms/. New content and features have been added. Provide feedback by e-mailing nadia.korobova@uni.edu. 

IS A COLD SLOWING YOU DOWN? IS THAT ANNOYING COUGH KEEPING YOU UP AT NIGHT?

UNI faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by the UNI Pharmacy located in the Student Health Center for a wide variety of over-the-counter medications to deal with cold and flu symptoms. A pharmacist is available to assist with product selection. The pharmacy also carries an assortment of over-the-counter pain relievers, first-aid supplies and miscellaneous products for healthcare needs.

FREE TONERS AND TYPEWRITER RIBBONS

Free toners and typewriter ribbons are available for on-campus departmental use only. Toners: HP 92274A, HP C3906A, HP C4127x, HP 51626A, HP 51641A and HP C6578D. Typewriter ribbons: IBM #1299095, T528-5NB, T526-5NB and KX-P115. Call 273-2801 for more information.

CELEBRATE THE SUPER BOWL WITH UNI RETAILS

Visit the 23rd Street Market, Biscotti's, Essentials and Prexy's this week and enter a drawing for a chance to win a flat-screen TV and other fabulous prizes. Enjoy $1 20-oz. bottles of Mt. Dew, Pepsi Throwback and Pepsi Max, as well as other food specials at each location.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

MAP-WORKS ORIENTATION FOR FACULTY AND STAFFNEW

Have you heard about MAP-Works? To learn about using this online retention and student success tool in your work with first-year students, sign up for an informational workshop from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in 138 ITTC. At the workshop, new MAP-Works users can get added to the system, review student data and learn about basic MAP-Works functions. Current users are welcome to attend for a refresher, including information on the functions other users have found most helpful. To sign up for the workshop, e-mail Kristin Woods at kristin.woods@uni.edu by Monday, Feb. 21.

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH GRANTS PROGRAMS WEBINARNEW

The Office of Sponsored Programs will present a webinar on the various grant-funding mechanisms and programs available through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Elm Room, MAU. The webinar will cover NIH funding options for early-stage research and new investigators. For more information, contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 273-3961.

HARASSMENT PREVENTION SESSIONS

Attorney Jill Jensen-Welch will present several sessions of "Preventing Illegal Harassment" Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 15 and 16. All employees are strongly encouraged to attend, especially those in supervisory roles. Several sessions are designated for supervisors only. Pre-registration is required. Register for a single session at www.uni.edu/equity. Sponsored by Compliance & Equity Management.

HEALTH INSURANCE DEPENDENT ELIGIBILITY AUDITNEW

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/.

TIAA CREF COUNSELING

A TIAA CREF representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 16 and 17, and Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 22 and 23. Common questions a representative can help with are: 1) Is my investment mix appropriate? 2) Am I saving enough to maintain my lifestyle in retirement? and 3) How do I use my funds for income in retirement? To sign up for these complimentary meetings, call (toll-free) 866-842-2977.

FREE LITERATURE/LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHING MATERIALS

Free to faculty or students: readers' guides, teacher guides and companion CDs for many works of literature included in the NEA's The Big Read initiative. Examples include "The Grapes of Wrath," "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" and "The Death of Ivan Ilyich." Contact Betty DeBerg at deberg@uni.edu.

STATISTICAL CONSULTING LAB HELP - SPSS SHORT COURSE

A free hands-on short course on using SPSS will be held from 2 to 3:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4, and from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in 110 WRT. The class is suitable for beginners. The Department of Mathematics provides assistance to faculty, staff and students through its Statistical Consulting Lab. For assistance or to RSVP, contact Mark Jacobson at 273-7172 or jacobson@cs.uni.edu. For more information, visit www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL/.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SEN. HARKIN TO HOLD HEARING AT UNI

Iowa's Sen. Tom Harkin will hold a field hearing at UNI to discuss the importance of providing adequate and responsible funding for critical education, health, labor and other initiatives. President Allen will be among those offering testimony.  The hearing, "Preserving America's Economic Security," will be at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, in the GBPAC lobby. The hearing is open to the public. 

NORTHERN FESTIVAL OF BANDSNEW

The Northern Festival of Bands, an annual honor band festival for high school students, which typically hosts more than 40 schools and 250 individual students, will be held Thursday, Feb. 10, through Saturday, Feb. 12, at the GBPAC. The event will feature performances by the UNI Wind Symphony and UNI Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11, and at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, featuring solo competition winners, the festival’s percussionist groups, the Festival Concert Band and the Festival Symphony Band. The Saturday concert is ticketed. For tickets, call 273-4TIX. For more information, call 273-2028.

DARWIN WEEK 2011

In celebration of Charles Darwin's 202nd birthday, the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers will host the third annual Darwin Week Feb. 7 through 11. This event will feature lectures by UNI professors and special guests. Each day has a theme: sexuality, religion, evolution and critical thought. All Darwin Week events will take place in the CME and are free and open to the public. For details and a complete schedule of events, visit www.darwinweek.com. E-mail questions to contact@darwinweek.com.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

CANCELED: E. PATRICK JOHNSON 'POURING TEA' PERFORMANCE NEW

Author and performance-studies artist E. Patrick Johnson's visit to UNI has been canceled due to the weather. It will be rescheduled for a date later this semester. Contact the Department of Communication Studies at 273-2217 for more information.

MEDIA LEADERSHIP PANEL

Leadership Studies begins the Leaders on Leadership Series from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, in the State College Room, MAU. Panelists are John Anderson, executive editor, Northern Iowan; Julie Kraft, TV consultant, Frank N. Magid Associates; and Nancy Newhoff, editor, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier.

CROW FORUMNEW

A CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Feb. 7, in 109A CME. Lisa Jepsen, economics, will present "The Economics of Sexual Orientation." The Women's & Gender Studies Program sponsors the Current Research on Women Forum series. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to gather for the informal presentation and discussion. Bring your lunch. http://www.uni.edu/womenstudies/ProgramingEvents.htm.

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR

"Geology of the Big Bend Region, Texas: What we learned after Maxwell" will be presented at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, in 121 LAT. Lee Potter, UNI alumnus and adjunct instructor, will provide information about the geology of West Texas and information about the May 2011 trip to the region, which is part of a two-credit course available to all students. 

EMERGING IDEAS IN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICYNEW

Carolyn Raffensperger, executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, will lecture on "As if the Future Mattered: Emerging Ideas in Environmental Policy" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Room 2 SAB. Raffensperger is co-editor of "Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy." She will discuss new models for government that depend on larger ideas of precaution and ecological integrity. 

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE

Stephen Taft, theatre, will present "The Creation of 'FDR Speaks': A Docudrama" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, in 115 SRL. The event is free and open to the public.

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS BOOK CLUBNEW

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet at  4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, at the UNI Museum to discuss "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" by W. Kamkwamba and B. Mealer. Out of scraps, William K. brings the miracle of electricity and running water to his village in Malawi. All are welcome.

HOW THE BRAIN LIES AND MISREPRESENTS THE 'REAL' WORLDNEW

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.

NEWSPAPERS AND DECISION-MAKING

Newspapers play a critical role in a democracy. Nancy Newhoff, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier editor, will discuss the Courier’s focus, how news is selected and the trends affecting newspapers from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, Elm Room, MAU. The talk is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the American Democracy Project (ADP)/Provost's Office.

AVIAN COLONIZATION DURING EARLY ESTABLISHMENT IN A PRAIRIE BIOFUEL PROJECT

Jim Mason will discuss the avian use of a prairie biofuel research site at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Using visual-line transect surveys, Mason was able to assess avian colonization of the site from the time of planting through August 2010. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at 273-3828 or e-mail rwelch@uni.edu.

IS CHRISTIANITY DAMAGING THE WORLD?NEW

"Talking With the Enemy," an ADP and CME program to promote dialogue among groups with opposing views, is sponsoring a discussion between UNIFI and UNI Navigators from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in 109 CME. Speakers include Kyle Nelson, campus director, UNI Navigators, and Trevor Boeckmann, president, UNIFI.

INTRODUCTION TO VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Lauren Finke, executive director of the Volunteer Center, will discuss opportunities available in the community and how to become involved from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10,  SIAC conference room, MAU. The event is free and open to the public.

REVISING HISTORY: MARK TWAIN'S 'HUCKLEBERRY FINN'NEW

A panel will discuss revisions to Twain's book from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in the State College Room, MAU. For example, the replacement of the N-word with "slave." Panelists: Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure, Wally Hettle and Jim O’Loughlin. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by: American Democracy (ADP) Project and the Provost's Office.

JOIN UNI PROUD

UNI Proud is UNI's only LGBTQA organization. Meeting topics include education, activism and social rights. Find PROUD on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=32803057345 ) to learn about events. Proud meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the Presidential Room, MAU. Contact Ellie Hail at haile@uni.edu with questions.

GENDER BALANCE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENTNEW

In 2009, the state of Iowa passed legislation requiring all local boards and commissions to be "gender balanced" by Jan. 1, 2012. Chris Larimer, political science, has studied the views of this law held by current members of boards and commissions, and will present his results from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at University Book & Supply.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

START A BUSINESS I WORKSHOPNEW

Learn the basics of starting a business from  3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in 33 BCS.  Advance registration is required at jpec@uni.edu or 273-JPEC (5732).

FULBRIGHT FACULTY WORKSHOPNEW

Faculty are invited to attend a Fulbright Faculty Workshop from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in the CME. The workshop will be conducted by Athena Fula from the Institute for International Education, Washington, D.C. Learn about teaching and research opportunities in more than 125 countries; get advice on selecting countries for application and making contacts abroad; explore how UNI can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars; and learn tips on how to prepare the Fulbright application. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Contact oipevents@uni.edu with questions.

UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOPNEW

Undoing Racism workshops help individuals, communities, organizations and institutions move beyond addressing the symptoms of racism to undoing the causes of racism so as to create a more just and equitable society. The two 1/2 day workshop will take place Feb. 23, 24 and 25 at the CME. Applications are online at www.uni.edu/cme.

PERFORMING ARTS

MAIA QUARTET FEATURING UNI FACULTY ARTIST JULIA BULLARD, VIOLA

Visiting ensemble the Maia Quartet will present a recital featuring UNI faculty artist Julia Bullard on viola at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Since its formation in 1990, the Maia Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the University of Iowa, has established itself nationally as an ensemble of innovation and versatility. The quartet has appeared in major concert halls throughout the U.S. and abroad. This event is free and open to the public.

GBPAC PRESENTS CUARTETO CASALS WITH ANDREAS KLEINNEW

Since its founding, Cuarteto Casals has been recognized as one of Europe's most distinguished string quartets. This Spanish ensemble has garnered critical acclaim and won top prizes at many international competitions. German-born pianist Andreas Klein will join Cuarteto Cassals in a performance at the GBPAC at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13. He's internationally acclaimed as an artist and performer. Klein is heard frequently on NPR's "Performance Today." Sunday curtain talk will begin 45 minutes prior to the start of the show.

ROMANCE WITH A DOUBLE BASSNEW

The UNI bass studio will present a double bass concert with a romantic theme at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WRS IRONMAN TRIATHLON CHALLENGE

Need motivation to work out this spring? Looking for a new challenge? Consider the WRS Ironman Triathlon Challenge, a fitness incentive program. More information and a registration form are available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Registration begins Monday, Feb. 7.

WRS FEBRUARY E-NEWSLETTER

The Wellness & Recreation Services February newsletter is online at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage to see updates on WRS events and programs, along with wellness tips and articles.

SPEND SPRING BREAK WHITE-WATER CANOEING ON THE RIO GRANDE RIVERNEW

Explore one of the last wild and remote rivers in the Southwest, the Rio Grande, Friday, March 11, through Sunday, March 20. This 90-mile stretch of river has 1,000-foot canyon walls, wild burros and lots of warm desert sunshine. Located along the Texas/Mexico border, the Rio Grande has rapids ranging from class I through III. Swimming skills and good physical condition are prerequisites. The cost is $525 for students, $550 for faculty/staff and $600 for guests. Sign up in the Outdoor Recreation Office, 174 WRC. Pay with u-bill, check, cash or credit card.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

PLANT ADAPTATION EXHIBIT AND RECEPTIONNEW

The exhibit Plant Adaptation Up Close: A Biological and Artistic Interpretation will be open Monday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, May 14, at the University Museum. Earth's diverse environments create challenges for plant survival. Special adaptations allow some plants to thrive in conditions that are unsuited for most. This exhibit highlights several of these adaptations. Plant Adaptation Up Close was produced by the Botanic Garden of Smith College in collaboration with the Smith College Microscopy and Imaging Facility and artist Joan Wiener. The exhibit opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the University Museum. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/museum.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICS

Tennis hosts UMKC at 11 a.m. and South Dakota at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4, at the Black Hawk Tennis Club, Waterloo.

EMPLOYMENT

MERIT VACANCIES

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