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Thursday, Mar 1, 2012

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NEWS

CALL FOR NOMINATIONSNEW

The Faculty Committee on Committees seeks nominations for: chairperson, University Faculty; chairperson, Graduate Faculty; and for at-large members (three-year terms); Committee on Committees, University Committee on Curricula, Advisory Committee Department Military Science. Make sure the nominee is willing to serve. Self nominations are appropriate. Email nominations to Dan Power by Friday, March 9.

SUSTAINABILITY AT UNI - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

In 2011, 975 UNI employees elected to receive an electronic W-2 instead of a paper copy. And 100 percent of student employees and 94 percent of faculty and staff receive their paychecks via direct deposit. Choosing to receive this information electronically saves not only trees, but also money for the university. 

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Chris Larimer, political science, was quoted in the Des Moines Regiser and the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Scott Peters, political science, was quoted in the Quad City Times

MARCH 1 NEWS TALK CANCELLED

News Talk on Saturday, March 3, sponsored by the American Democracy Project, has been cancelled.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

COPYRIGHT AND FACULTY RIGHTS WEBCASTS OFFERED NEW

A 90-minute webcast session on Copyright and Faculty Rights will be offered at noon, Friday, March 9, in the OSP conference room, 213 E. Bartlett Hall. This session focuses on IP ownership. No RSVP required. This event is free and open to all. For more information, call Christy Twait at 273-3217 or Lori Miller at 273-4321.

FREE FACULTY & STAFF LUNCH - MARCH 8NEW

The UNI faculty and staff luncheon hosted by the Campus Ministries Association will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 8, at St. Stephen the Witness Student Center. Come and connect with campus ministers, faculty and staff.

SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGNOSIS (SGID)NEW

Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID) is a method of course evaluation that uses structured discussion with students to give faculty anonymous feedback about what is working well and what can use improvement in a particular course. SGIDs take approximately 50 minutes and are conducted by trained faculty who teach outside of their department. For more information, or if you want an SGID conducted in your class this semester, email Susan Hill.

COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARSNEW

Attend the CommUNIty of Scholars networking event from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, March 2, in the Great Reading Room, SRL. The first hour is for informal networking with colleagues. During the second hour, topic tables will be available for small group discussions. Enjoy refreshments while exploring ways to collaborate with others across campus.

TALKING AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS ABOUT RELIGION AND OTHER BELIEF SYSTEMSNEW

Register now to attend a free 90-minute program that explores religious and other belief systems and how to talk about them at public institutions. Attend on either April 3 or 4. Charles Russo, University of Dayton, will present and facilitate. Learn more and register here by April 1.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT: ADDRESSING POTENTIALLY BIASED BEHAVIORS IN THE CLASSROOMNEW

This workshop entitled “Seize the Teachable Moment!” focuses on ways to deal with potentially biased comments in the classroom that might offend or alienate some students. Attend the workshop from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, in the CME. The facilitator will be Victoria DeFrancisco. Bring your lunch; refreshments will be provided.

THE BIG BANG NEW

This event is a thank you to the campus for supporting and participating in the Black History Month events. The Big Bang will be held from 8 to 11 p.m., Friday, March 2, in the UNI-Dome. There will be laser tag, bungee run, velcro wall, adrenaline rush, music and fun.

JUNIOR PANTHER DAYNEW

Children in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to join UNI student athletes and the Panther Kids Club for Junior Panther Day 2012 Saturday, March 24. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 21. The event includes skill development, pizza, drinks and an appearance by T.C. 

ENTREFEST! IOWA'S CONFERENCE FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

The fifth annual EntreFest! conference will highlight the thriving world of entrepreneurship in Iowa. For most entrepreneurs, the journey is never over as they continue to grow, overcome obstacles and set new goals and priorities. EntreFest! is a two-day conference dedicated to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs and will provide attendees with all the right tools to thrive. The conference will be held Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, in Ames. For more information, email Courtney Schwitzer.

UNI SUMMER CAMPS

University Relations has created a UNI summer camps website. Departments and faculty planning summer camps are asked to submit their camp information online by March 23. UR will then promote these camps through social media and media outlets. If you need assistance in generating printed materials, call UR at 273-2761.

UNI EARTH DAY CELEBRATION BOOTH REGISTRATION

The annual UNI Earth Day Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, outside MAU. Groups, organizations or departments wishing to have a booth at the celebration to showcase "green" efforts or that brings education about local groups involved in environmental-type awareness or activities, are welcome to request a booth. This event is for education and awareness purposes; product sales aren't allowed. For more information, call Jenny Bruss at 273-3689 or register online.

DIVERSITY MINI GRANTS AVAILABLE

Diversity grants are awarded by the Diversity Council to UNI projects and events that enhance awareness of, and education about issues of diversity at UNI. Diversity grants align with the definition, mission and vision of diversity at UNI. Anyone enrolled at UNI or working at the institution, may apply for up to $1,500 to support diversity-related projects and initiatives. For more information or to access the application, visit the Diversity Matters home page.

VOLUNTEER TUESDAYS

Interested in volunteering? You can sign up online for Volunteer Tuesdays. Also, if your organization or office needs teambuildling activities, the Student Leadership Center can help. "Like" the Volunteer Tuesdays Facebook page to stay updated and win prizes.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

INTERACTIVE GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING

Ever curious about the workouts trainers do? Want to get ready for the summer months ahead? Join the personal trainers for six weeks of interactive, safe and hassle-free workouts in a group setting starting March 20. Sessions include TRX training or Total Body Conditioning and are available to students, faculty and staff. To sign up or for more information on prices and times, email Erin Nielsen.

WRS MARCH E-NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE

Check out the Wellness & Recreation Services March newsletter available online. Follow the link on the home page to check out updates on important WRS events and programs along with wellness tips and articles.

HALF-PRICE FITNESS CLASSES

Bored with your fitness routine? Beginning Wednesday, March 7, sign up for any fitness class and pay half price. Register online or in 101 WRC. This offer excludes Zumba, Ballroom Dance and RAD.

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.