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Thursday, Jan 19, 2012

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NEWS

MICHAEL HAGER NAMED VP FOR ADMINISTRATION & FINANCIAL SERVICESNEW

Michael Hager has been named vice president for administration and financial services at UNI, pending official approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Hager is currently the assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of residence at UNI. He will assume his new duties on Jan. 23. For more information about his appointment, vist UNI's newsroom.

CAROL PETERSEN APPOINTED INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RESIDENCENEW

Carol Petersen, current director of dining services, has been named interim executive director of residence, effective Jan. 23. She replaces Michael Hager who has been named UNI vice president for administration and financial services. Petersen has served in her current role since 2008. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in her field and serves as president of the Midwest Region of the National Association of College & University Food Service. She will serve until a permanent replacement is selected and will continue to supervise Dining Services.

UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM SEEKS PROPOSALSNEW

The University Honors Program is seeking proposals for Presidential Scholars and Honors Seminars for the 2012-2013 academic year. Proposals should be submitted to the University Honors Program, mail code 0355, on or before the deadline of Wednesday, Feb. 1.

SUPPORT THE BLUE ZONES PROJECTNEW

The School of HPELS and Wellness & Recreation Services are partnering with the City of Cedar Falls and Black Hawk County Health Department to make Cedar Falls a Blue Zones Community where people live longer, healthier and better lives. Cedar Falls is one of 54 semi-finalists in the state-wide Blue Zones Project. To become a finalist on Feb. 10, a demonstration of community support is needed. Learn about the Blue Zones Project and pledge your support.

DIVERSITY - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

In 2011-12, 10 percent of UNI's faculty and staff are multicultural and 7 percent of the student body is diverse. 

SUE FOLLON AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCEDNEW

Sue Follon Exemplary Service Awards were presented to four Student Affairs employees at a division event on Jan. 5. The award recipients are nominated by their peers or by students and exemplify high ideals for job performance and service to students. The 2012 award winners are: Tim Bakula, associate director of Financial Aid; Denise Parks, clerk III in Financial Aid; Shelly Grant, Department of Residence Piazza food service supervisor; and Marilyn Even, Department of Residence custodian in Campbell Hall.

NOMINATIONS NEEDED FOR MIDWEST ONE BANK UNIQUE ACADEMIC ADVISING AWARDNEW

This award of $1,000 is given to one tenured, tenure-track or non-tenured faculty member employed at UNI for at least three years. Download a nomination form. Nominations can be made by faculty, staff and students and are due by Friday, Feb. 3.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA TWITTER FEED

University Relations recently renamed the university Twitter feed to @northerniowa. Current followers don't need to make any changes and the same type of university information and tweets will continue to be shared. Faculty, staff and students who are not currently followers are encouraged to join @northerniowa to learn more about life at UNI.

UNI ONLINE READER SURVEY

Beginning in August, University Relations made some changes to UNI Online and MyUNIverse News based on faculty, staff and student feedback in a spring 2011 university communications audit. The changes addressed readability and content to reflect more university news. UR appreciates your feedback regarding the changes made to UNI Online. Please complete the survey; responses are anonymous.

UNI MILESTONES AND ANNIVERSARIES

If your department or organization will celebratae a major anniversary or milestone in the next year, please share that information by emailing Liz Conklin

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS: FALL 2012NEW

The Office of Continuing and Distance Education is accepting proposals for course development awards for faculty interested in converting an existing course to a fully online format using UNI's eLearning system. Proposals for fall 2012 courses are due Monday, Feb. 6. Awards include a $1,000-per-credit-hour course-development stipend and a $1,000 professional development stipend for attending two Quality Matters workshops. For details, email Belle Cowden or call 273-7211.

SECURITY AWARENESS TRAININGNEW

The ITS Security office is sponsoring an eLearning course on the topic of "Securing the Human." All faculty and staff have been enrolled in this short video course and are strongly encouraged to participate. You may access the course by logging in with your CatID and finding the course "ITS-Security: Securing the Human Security Awareness Training" in the My Courses tab. More information is available in cyber security.

CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE EDUCATION FACULTY BOOK READING GROUPNEW

This semester, which marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Holocaust survivor and author Primo Levi, the CHGE Faculty Book Reading Group will discuss Levi’s collection of essays "The Drowned and the Saved." Additional participants are welcome. The group will meet to discuss the book in late March (location, date and time TBD). Copies of the book will be provided at no charge to participants beginning Jan. 30. For more information on the reading group, contact Stephen Gaies.

ONE-TO-ONE COMPUTING WEBINAR VIDEO NOW AVAILABLENEW

The recording of the "One-to-One Computing for Increased Learning" webinar is now available. The webinar featured educators from Auburn Junior High School in Auburn, Ala., a school showcased by Intel for their successful implementation of one-to-one computing in a student-centered environment.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE NEW

Jeneane Beck, UNI state relations officer, will host a legislative update from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, in the CME. She will be available for questions after the update.

REGISTER FOR HYDRAULIC TRAINING WORKSHOPSNEW

There is still time to register for this four-and-a-half day intensive hydraulics training course. The workshop offers classroom learning activities, hands-on activities and experiments in the laboratory. The course fee includes instructors, reference materials, manuals, five continental breakfasts and four lunches.

TIAA CREF COUNSELINGNEW

A TIAA CREF representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions Jan. 25 and 26 and Feb. 7, 9, 21 and 22. Questions such as is your investment mix appropriate; are you saving enough to maintain your lifestyle in retirement and how do I use my funds for income in retirement are all topics the TIAA CREF representative can help with. To sign up for these complimentary meetings call (toll free) at 866-842-2977.

LIVE HEALTHY IOWA NEW

Join the UNI Employee Wellness Committee for Live Healthy Iowa’s annual 100 Day Wellness Challenge. The challenge began on Monday, Jan. 23. Participants will form teams of two to 10 people to motivate and support each other in achieving their fitness and weight loss goals.

LIKE THE ROD LIBRARY AND WIN PRIZESNEW

Have you "liked" the library on Facebook yet? If not, you've missed events, announcements, contests and prizes. A new contest begins soon. So, "like" the library and join the fun on its Facebook page.

UNI CYCLING CLUB GENERAL MEETING / TEAM KIT TRY-ON DAYSNEW

The Cycling Club is offering the opportunity for anyone on campus to pre-purchase the official 2012 UNI Cycling Team Kit by Champ-sys or club T-shirt. Kit try-on dates are from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 18 and 19, in the lower level lounge, MAU. For more information or to pre-purchase online, visit the club website/store or contact Nick Maddix.

CEDAR VALLEY BARCAMP - AN UNCONFERENCE, WRAPPED IN A FORUM, WRAPPED IN A NETWORKING EVENTNEW

BarCamp is an un-conference where participants set the agenda. It's a not-to-be-missed opportunity for creative, technology and entrepreneurial types to exchange ideas. Just read an awesome book? Want feedback on your next great idea? Lead a session, or sit back and learn. There is a fee of $5 which includes food, a T-shirt and valuable networking time. This event will be held on Feb. 3 and 4, at the BCS.

IOWA LEGISLATIVE FORUMS

Local Cedar Valley Iowa legislators will once again hold legislative forums throughout the 2012 session at AEA 267 located on Cedar Heights Drive in Cedar Falls. The first forum will be held Friday, Jan. 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be time for audience questions. Contact Rhonda Greenway, with the Northern Iowa Student Government, or call 273-2650 with questions about the forums.

NEW HELP FOR CAMPUS DRUPAL EDITORS

A new email list has been created for editors of campus Drupal sites. Questions can be sent to the list at any time instead of waiting for a monthly help session. List subscribers will be sent a survey to determine effectiveness of monthly scheduled open office hours. Contact Carolyn Dorr or call 273-2761 for more information.

UNI VOLLEYBALL BANQUET

UNI Volleyball will celebrate the 2011 season at a banquet at noon, Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Fox Ridge Golf Course in Dike. The cost is $20 per person. RSVP to Michelle Coulter or call 273-3176 by Tuesday, Jan. 24.

MANDATORY REPORTERS OF CHILD ABUSE TRAINING

A training session for Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, in 246 SEC. All teacher education students must complete this training before starting Level II (200:128) Field Experience at Malcolm Price Laboratory School. This training session is free, open to anyone, and there is no preregistration. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education. For more information, email  Melissa Heston or call 273-2236.

SIGN UP FOR RELAY FOR LIFE

Register an eight to 15 member team for Relay For Life Jan. 16 through 20, for $5 per member. UNI's Relay For Life will take place on April 13 and 14, in the McLeod Center. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Barmuda gift card. For more information, email Emily Droessler.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WANTED: PERSONAL TRAINERS NEW

Looking to build your resume, develop communication and people skills and gain valuable work experience? Sign up for the WRS Personal Training instructor course. An informational meeting will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, in 155 WRC, and classes begin Monday, Jan. 30. To enroll or for more information, contact Kristy Leen or Erin Nielsen.

DINING SPECIALS

GODFATHER'S PIZZA EXPRESS, NOW AT THE 23RD STREET MARKET

The 23rd Street Market is now featuring a new Godfather's Pizza Express. Later this month, TC will help kick off the Grand Opening Week, Jan. 23 through 27. Stop by for high-fives, free samples and a chance to win free pizza for a year.

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.