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Thursday, Jan 20, 2011

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NEWS

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES CHANGESNEW

The Cabinet has approved the following revisions/additions to university policies and procedures: Policy 3.14, International Study Programs, http://www.uni.edu/policies/314;  Policy 4.26, Telework Policy, http://www.uni.edu/policies/426; and Policy 4.41, Special Compensation, http://www.uni.edu/policies/441.

ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS: FALL 2011 NEW

The Office of Continuing and Distance Education has course development awards for faculty members who are interested in converting an existing course to a fully online format using UNI's eLearning system. Proposals for fall 2011 courses are due Monday, Feb. 7. Guidelines and a proposal form are available at http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/faculty/courseproposals. The awards include a $1,000-per-credit-hour course-development stipend and a $1,000 professional-development stipend for attending Quality Matters workshops on Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12. For more information, contact Belle Cowden at 273-7211 or belle.cowden@uni.edu.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

An episode of "Modern Marvels" on the History Channel will feature biobased grease and the NABL/ELM. The show will air at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21. http://www.history.com/shows/modern-marvels.

EARTH DAY 2011 PLANNING MEETING

The RRTTC is looking for UNI faculty, students and staff to get involved in the planning and organization of Earth Day 2011. The first brainstorming meeting of the year will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the CEEE 115. For more information, visit www.RRTTC.com. If you can't attend and would like to be involved or if you have questions, e-mail rrttc@uni.edu or call 273-3689.

NOMINATE FACULTY FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARDS

UNI and Veridian Credit Union are seeking nominations for the 2011 Community Engagement Awards to recognize outstanding contributions of UNI faculty members to the community through research and/or teaching. All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible. For award and nomination details, visit www.uni.edu/resources/veridian-credit-union-community-engagement-award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 18.

INTERIM HEAD OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Chris Martin has been named interim head of the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts effective Jan.1.

GOFPEP CONSENSUS STATEMENT

Last May, UNI hosted the Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy 2010 (GoFPEP 2010). More than 70 educators, professionals, administrators, business leaders and policy makers from 30 countries met to craft a global consensus statement focused on reforming health and physical education teaching. The statement, "Health and Physical Education Pedagogy in the 21st Century," can be found at http://globalpeforumgc.org/consensus-statement.

2010 GRADUATE REPORTNEW

UNI Career Services has posted the annual graduate report that includes salary data, post-graduation information by major and top employers at http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/gradreport/docs/2009-2010.pdf.

GENETIC INFORMATION NONDISCRIMINATION ACT (GINA)

On Monday, Jan. 10, Title II regulations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) became effective. This prohibits discrimination in employment based on genetic information. For more information and resources on GINA, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/bestpractices/gina.shtml. For questions on GINA, contact Human Resource Services at 273-2422.

HONORS PROGRAM CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The University Honors Program is seeking proposals for Presidential Scholars and Honors Seminars for the 2011-2012 academic year. Information and the proposal form can be found at http://www.uni.edu/honors/content/seminar-proposal. Proposals should be submitted to the University Honors Program (0355) on or before Tuesday, Feb. 1.

RAS CHALLENGE STUDENTS TO GET ENGAGED

Resident assistants (RAs) are live-in peer leaders who challenge students to learn where they live, on campus at UNI. In October 2010, RAs provided 136 bulletin boards and 207 programs, attended by 2,362 students, all designed to positively engage students in campus life. 

INK AND TONER CARTRIDGES

Campus Supply has one 36A black toner cartridge and 14 black ink cartridges free to any department on campus. These are for departmental use only. If interested, contact Pam Rousselow at 273-2451.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

FACULTY CONSULTATIONS

Do you want your students to improve their reading of your course texts? The Reading & Learning Center collaborates with faculty to help students read more critically and actively. For more information, contact gina.burkart@uni.edu.

STUDY YOUR TEACHING PRACTICE

A meeting for faculty interested in studying their own teaching practice will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, in the College Eye Room, MAU. The study will be based on the self-study of teaching practices. See an example of previous work at http://www.cs.uni.edu/~east/ttl/. The exact method(s) of study will be determined by the group(s) that day. If you have texts or suggestions you think would be useful, bring them to the meeting. For more information, e-mail eastk@uni.edu.

2011-2012 LAC FACULTY CAN BENEFIT FROM MAP-WORKS

Faculty teaching LAC freshman courses in 2011-12 can benefit by using MAP-Works, a tool designed to boost student success. This year, faculty and staff using MAP-Works connected more effectively with their new students. The program description is at www.map-works.com. To learn more, contact the reading and learning coordinator at gina.burkart@uni.edu.

SPECIAL EVENTS

CAMPUS IS INVITED TO DIVERSITY TOWN HALL

One of UNI’s institutional priorities is to value, promote and teach about diversity. To further advance these efforts, President Allen invites students, faculty and staff to the third annual UNI Town Hall Meeting on Diversity from 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Old Central Ballroom, MAU. This year’s recipients of the Diversity Matters awards also will be honored. A Diversity Fair will take place from noon to 2 p.m., also in Maucker Union. To learn more, visit www.uni.edu/diversity.

CENTER FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION OPENING

UNI's Center for Violence Prevention will celebrate its opening at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, in CME 109. The program will include speakers from the various state and national organizations supporting the center. For more information, contact Annette Lynch at Annette.lynch@uni.edu or 273-3054. The event is open to the campus.

HALF-MASTED AUDITIONS

Half-Masted, UNI's improvisational comedy troupe, will hold auditions from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24, and Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the Elm Room, MAU. Callbacks will be from  4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27. Mandatory practices will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 31 through May 8. A UNI performance will take place in April, and other shows before then. More details will be given at the auditions.

'WHY, FELLY' AUDITIONSNEW

Auditions are from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, in LNG 308. No preparation necessary and no experience required. Show dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 31, April 1 and 2. In the play, Felicia Lucretia Natasha Ann Meriwether recounts her life with Howie and "Good Morning Maypoint." The energy never drops as the brassy women and dim-witted men of MayPoint bring life to their small-town Oklahoma diner with their stories of love, loss and hotcakes.

UNI VOLLEYBALL BANQUET

The UNI volleyball banquet will be held at noon, Sunday, Feb. 6, at Fox Ridge Golf Course in Dike. The cost is $20 per person. RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 27 to Michelle Coulter at michelle.coulter@uni.edu or 273-3176.

'INTO THE WILD' CAB EVENT

Go "Into the Wild" for CAB's first event of the spring semester from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the main area, MAU. There will be a live reptile exhibit, SNAKES ALIVE!™, with herpetologoist Tom Kessenich. SNAKES ALIVE!™ lets you interact "up close and personal" to discover firsthand the fascinating world of reptiles. Participants will be able to create their own fish tank (remember, fish are allowed in the residence halls). There also will be lucky bamboo plants and information available on nature topics from student organizations. All CAB events are free. If a student organization or interested persons would like to have a booth at this event, contact Kim Kluesner at kluesnek@uni.edu.

HOLIDAY SALE AT ESSENTIALSNEW

Stock up and save during the post-holiday sale at Essentials in Maucker Union. All holiday items are 50 percent off. Items include Gel Gems, ornaments, stuffed animals, Angel Cheeks and more. Sale runs through Monday, Jan. 31. Also, new UNI apparel has arrived.

ATHLETICS

ATHLETICSNEW

Women's Basketball hosts Evansville at 7 p.m.,  Friday, Jan. 21.  The Panthers host Southern Illinois at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 23.  Both games are in the McLeod Center. Tennis hosts Iowa at noon, Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Black Hawk Tennis Center. Men's Basketball hosts Drake at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, in the McLeod Center.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOP

There is a two-and-a-half-day workshop for UNI community members to learn about racism, the historical context surrounding it and understanding one's own connection to institutional racism. The workshop will run Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 23, 24 and 25, at the CME. Applications are available at www.uni.edu/cme.

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. 21, in SEC 252.  All teacher-education students must complete this training before they can start their Level II (200:128) field experience at Price Laboratory School. This training session is free, open to anyone and preregistration is not required. Sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education. For more information, contact Melissa Heston at 273-2236 or heston@uni.edu

START A BUSINESS 1 WORKSHOP

Learn the procedure for starting a small business and what resources can help in a free workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24, in BCS 33. Advance registration is required. To register, call 273-5732 or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

START A BUSINESS 2 WORKSHOP

Learn how to write a business plan. Pre-requisite: Start a Business 1. The workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, in BCS 33. Free of charge. Advanced registration is required at 273-5732 or jpec@uni.edu.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

A LOOK AT 'GENERAL EDUCATION'NEW

Why is general education important? What makes a successful program? How can programs be assessed? Hear thoughts on this topic in the HLC Assessment Academy webinar,  "Hot Topic Afternoon: General Education," from 1 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in StudioIT2 (ITTC 136). For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/assessment.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATENEW

UNI's state relations officer Joe Murphy will host a legislative update from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21, in the Elm Room, MAU. Topics include the state budget process, budget cuts and other policy items affecting UNI during this legislative session.

PERFORMING ARTS

'DIE FLEDERMAUS'

The UNI School of Music and the GBPAC will present the operetta "Die Fledermaus" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. The opera revolves around practical jokes, faked identities, long-deliberated revenge and the power of champagne. For tickets, call 273-4TIX or visit http://www.uni.edu/tickets.

GBPAC PRESENTS 'SLEEPING BEAUTY' JAN. 22

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies. Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. See "Sleeping Beauty" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the GBPAC. Youth tickets for "Sleeping Beauty" are $1. "Curtain Talk" will begin 45 minutes prior to the start of the show.

FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: RANDY GRABOWSKI, TRUMPET

Randy Grabowski, School of Music, will present a trumpet recital with Sean Botkin, piano, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

2011 CLARINET SYMPOSIUMNEW

UNI School of Music faculty artist Amanda McCandless will coordinate the 2011 Clarinet Symposium on Saturday, Jan. 29, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. The event will feature master classes and performances by guest artists Andrew Seigel, clarinet, and Eric Mandat, clarinet. This event is free and open to the public, but does require registration. For more information, call 273-2028.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

'ON THE VERGE' DESIGN PRESENTATIONS

Strayer-Wood Theatre will host design presentations for "On The Verge" at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Strayer-Wood Theatre. Come learn about the design process and get the inside scoop before seeing the show in February.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WRS HEALTH BEAT

If you're looking for a good place to work out where it's not so congested, consider using the WRS Health Beat in Maucker Union. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. If you have questions, call 273-2239.

WRS HEALTH BEAT (HB) LOCKER SERVICES

Tired of hauling all your workout gear through the snow every day? Health Beat has lockers available for rent by the semester. Sign up today with a fitness supervisor at HB or contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167 or kristy.leen@uni.edu.

LIVE HEALTHY IOWA REGISTRATION GROUP ID: LHIUNI

Sign up for Live Healthy Iowa. The 100-day wellness challenge starts Thursday, Jan. 20. Go to www.livehealthyiowa.org and register your team using the Group ID LHIUNI. Register your two to 10 team members for only $15 per person with the Hy-Vee coupon code found at the checkout at Hy-Vee stores or at www.hyvee.com. If you have questions, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec or e-mail Alyssa Reichelt at alyssar@uni.edu.

WRS CERTIFICATION CLASSESNEW

The WRS Certifications program offers many classes, including Lifeguard Training, Water Safety Instructor and CPR/AED. Whatever your summer plans, take a WRS class this semester to get prepared. For dates and enrollment, go to www.uni.edu/wellrec/certifications and sign up through MyUniverse. For more information, contact certifications@uni.edu.

PERSONAL TRAINERS

Let a personal trainer design a program with your specific goals in mind. Trainers are results driven and want you to succeed. Contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167, kristy.leen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html.

SMOKING CESSATION SERVICES

Are you a smoker or chewer wanting to quit? Have you tried and failed in the past? Success is possible. Brief or on-going consultation and support services are available through Wellness and Recreation Services. Contact Kathy.Green@uni.edu, 273-6921.

FITNESS AND LEISURE PROGRAM CLASSES

Get moving in the new year with new fitness classes at the WRC. With more than 60 classes to choose from, there is sure to be a class to meet your needs and goals. New classes include Zumba, Water Boot Camp, From Start to Finish: Your 5k Run, and Eating & Exercise Success. Register now at www.uni.edu/wellrec or stop by WRC 101.

EMPLOYMENT

MERIT VACANCIES

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