Arbitration decisions regarding the 2011-2013 contract between the Board of Regents, State of Iowa and UNI-United Faculty have been issued. Four items were submitted for binding arbitration: wages, insurance, the grievance procedure and leave for union officers. Under Iowa Code, the arbitrator must choose either the position of the employer or the union and reach a separate decision on each item. For details, see http://www.uni.edu/president/.
Thursday, Mar 17, 2011
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Programs within UNI's College of Education (COE) and College of Business Administration (UNIBusiness) rank among the best in the nation, according to the 2012 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," published by U.S. News & World Report. All graduate programs within the COE's five departments were acknowledged for their high quality, earning the COE a ranking of 151 out of 279 programs reviewed. UNIBusiness's part-time MBA program was recognized with a ranking of 166 out of 199 programs reviewed. For details, visit http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/edupdfs/index.htm.
The height of the tornado season in Iowa is approaching. Every UNI building has areas designated as “Severe Weather Shelters." Make sure you know where the designated areas are in your building. The locations of emergency shelter areas for each academic building are at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ehso/tips/shelters.shtml.
The executive vice president and provost has funding available for a limited number of summer fellowship awards, reserved for faculty members on the tenure track, as a means of supporting scholarly, research and/or creative work that will assist them in making progress toward a successful tenure review. The fellowship provides a $4,500 stipend for work in either May or June 2011. Completed applications are due in the provost's office by Friday, March 25. Complete details about the award and the application are at http://www.uni.edu/provost/resources.
UNI will host the Iowa High School Speech Contest Monday, March 28. That day an additional 2,000 guests will use the food venues in Maucker Union from 9 a.m. until mid afternoon. Diners who normally eat in the Union may want to consider an alternate dining site that day.
Due to rising gas prices, all car rentals from the UNI Motor Pool since Monday, March 14, are subject to a 65-cent-per-gallon surcharge. View the Motor Pool surcharge chart at www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/services/motorpool/surcharge.shtml or call 273-2610 or 273-7653 with questions.
UNI Police, along with other agencies, will participate in an effort in conjunction with the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau to provide safe roadways. Wear your seat belt and don't drink and drive. Law enforcement will check vehicles Thursday, March 17, through Sunday, March 20. Don’t depend on dumb luck this St. Patrick’s Day; designate a sober driver before the party begins. For more information, contact Lt. Doug Widen, UNI Police, at 273-2712.
The Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) has a new home. The IMSEP staff has moved to 214 East Bartlett. The mail code is 0298. Phone (273-2959) and fax (273-2779) numbers remain the same.
The FW90 transaction is now called Financial Resources for Students and will be used for processing scholarship awards for the 2011-2012 academic year. A training session is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, March 23, in 109 SAB. Register at https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start&admin_group=FINAID. Additional training sessions are planned. For more information, contact Evie Waack or Denise Parks at 273-2700.
As part of President Allen's focus on enhanced efficiency and accountability, the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Council will sponsor an informational overview session on ERM and what it means to UNI from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 21, in the CME. Gary Langsdale, university risk officer at Penn State University, will discuss ERM in higher education and specifically why it's important to UNI. The session is open to anyone; however deans, directors, department heads and others responsible for management functions at UNI are encouraged to attend. Registration is not required, but seating will be limited to approximately 100. If you have questions, contact Jan Hanish, chair of the ERM Council at email@example.com or 273-3526.
Joe Murphy, UNI state relations officer, will host a legislative update at 12:15 p.m., Friday, March 18, in the Elm Room, MAU. Topics will include the state budget process, budget cuts and policy items affecting UNI. Murphy will be available for questions.
Calling all poets, musicians, comedians, dancers, singers and anyone who would like to showcase their talent. Registration is open for CAB's Open Mic Night. The registration link is www.uni.edu/studentorgs/cab. Registration closes Friday, March 25, and those chosen to participate will be contacted by Wednesday, March 30. Open Mic Night featuring Dynamic Duo will be Thursday, April 7. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In honor of National Athletic Training Month, the UNI Student Athletic Training Organization will host a Spring Thaw Walk/Run at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 26. The route is about 1.5 miles long and will begin and end at the WRC. Registration forms are at http://www.uni.edu/coe/departments/school-health-physical-education-leisure-services/athletic-training. The cost of the event is $15 which includes a T-shirt if registration is submitted before Friday, March 18. More information and registration forms are available at the above website.
Young feminists will address how and why they see themselves as feminists and what feminism is in the 21st century from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, March 21, in Room 109A, CME. This event is sponsored by Women's & Gender Studies.
Learn more about a life-changing opportunity from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 21, in 009 GIL. Peace Corps volunteers are serving in more than 70 countries, completing projects in environmental education, business advising, agriculture extension and teaching English. Attend the Information session and learn about life on the ground as a volunteer, the benefits of Peace Corps service and the application process. For more information, contact Pravin at email@example.com
Julie Kang, biology, will discuss flowers, their morphological and anatomical features, and how floral structures are adapted for various modes of reproduction, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, at the University Museum.
Danny Galyen, School of Music, is the recipient of the 2010-2011 College of Humanities and Fine Arts University Book & Supply Outstanding Teaching Award. The award presentation will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.
Xavier Escandell, sociology/anthropology/criminology, will discuss attitudes toward immigrants and immigration and welfare state regimes in Europe at noon, Wednesday, March 23, in 115 SRL. This event is sponsored by the Forum for National and Transnational Identities, which seeks to bring together faculty, staff and students with an interest in national identity, nationalism, transnationalism, race, ethnicity and immigration. To join the forum and to be placed on its mailing list, contact Konrad.Sadkowski@uni.edu.
Financing for the Small Business will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 273-5732 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit & Identity Theft for the Business Owner will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 273-5732 or e-mail email@example.com.
Come learn about the important and complex relationship between the United States and the People's Republic of China. The Center for International Peace and Security Studies will present a panel discussion of major issues in the U.S.-China relationship, including security, economics, the environment and human rights. UNI students studying these issues will act as panelists, giving short presentations and presenting both U.S. and Chinese perspectives. The panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A. The roundtable will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in 002 SAB.
Perhaps one of the most controversial amendments to the U.S. Constitution is the Second Amendment. Is there a right to bear arms for private citizens who are not in a militia, or do only militias have that right? Should there be restrictions on guns, or are restrictions in violation of the Second Amendment? Sheriff Tony Thompson will join the discussion. Voice your opinions at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU.
A panel on government leadership will be presented at 3:45 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the State College Room, MAU. Panel members are Joel Anderson, president, Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG); Patricia Harper, former representative and senator in the Iowa Legislature; and James Kenyon, school board member, Cedar Falls. This event is free and open to the public.
Kavita R. Dhanwada, biology, and associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences, will present "A Tale of Two Pesticides: Atrazine and Metolachlor. Should we be Worried?" from noon to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in the Presidential Room, MAU. She will discuss her research and the broader field of the biological effects of pesticides on non-target species. Please bring your lunch. Cookies will be provided.
The UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE) will host an economic summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at its facility, located at 800 Sycamore St., Waterloo. Guest speakers from area counseling agencies and financial institutions will present on the following topics: savings, investments and finance; credit worthiness; banking and business development; business plans; and business programs. The summit is offered at no cost and is open to the public. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, call 433-1220.
Extolling the sensory details of rural life in the Midwest, Ted Kooser's poetry has been praised as "accessible, inviting, familiar and ordinary in a most extraordinary way." The 2004-2006 U.S. poet laureate will read from his poetry; be interviewed by Jeremy Schraffenberger, English language & literature, and take questions from the audience. Kooser will speak at 7 p.m., Monday, March 28, in the Commons Ballroom. A reception will follow.
Michael Owen, professor of agronomy and an extension weed scientist at Iowa State University, will address the various aspects of "superweeds," the implications of their occurrence, their ecological basis and the impact on the future of mankind. Owen will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, at the University Museum.
The UNI men's basketball team advanced in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament and will receive a bye in the second round. The Panthers will host a quarterfinal game at 7 p.m., Monday, March 21, in the McLeod Center. The opponent will be determined this weekend and will be selected from a winner of this weekend's second-round games. Current season-ticket holders can purchase their current seat locations by calling the ticket office at 273-4849 or by visiting the ticket office in person. Panther fans who are not season-ticket holders can purchase tickets at www.unitix.uni.edu or unipanthers.com.
In this ground-breaking series, David Attenborough takes the viewer on a guided tour through the secret world of plants to see things no unaided eye could witness. "Episode I: Traveling" will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at the University Museum.
An exhibition showcasing outstanding recent works by students in the UNI Department of Art is open now through Sunday, April 17. The juror for this year's competitive exhibition is Kansas City-based gallery owner and director Sherry Leedy. http://www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery.
Ryan Melloy, manager of industrial relations, John Deere Waterloo Works, and Gerri Perreault, director, UNI Leadership Studies Program, will lead a workshop on mediation and arbitration, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in the State College Room, MAU. Free and open to the public.
The management workshop "Conflict Brings Resolution: Conflict Resolution Acheived" will be offered from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Friday, March 25, in 30 BCS. The registration deadline is Friday, March 18. Workshop participants will become more comfortable with conflict and how to reach resolution. The discounted price is $112 for UNI employees. UNI departments can purchase a consortium membership, which entitles the department to five seats to any of the 2011 management training workshops, for $995. Half-day workshops only use a half seat. After the five 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellness and Recreation Services will offer Blood Chemistry Profiles (BCPs) from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 23, in the Rod Library Browsing Room. One free BCP per academic year is available to UNI employees who qualify for insurance benefits. With a BCP screening, blood is drawn to test for 23 components, including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, blood sugar, iron, etc. Employees who wish to also have a prostate test or complete blood count test can do so for an extra $10. A thyroid test is available for an additional $5. Pay by cash, check or payroll deduction. Students, retirees and spouses may sign up for a BCP for $20. Call 273-6119 to schedule.
Are you a chronic dieter? Would you like to learn how to eat when you're hungry and stop when you're satisfied? WRS will sponsor a six-week Intuitive Eating Workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning March 23. Participants will learn how to reject a diet mentality and practice the principles of intuitive eating. Cost is $25. To register, call Joan Thompson at 273-2137.
An Intramural 4-on-4 Co-Rec Sand Volleyball Tournament will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 10, at the WRC sand volleyball court. The competition is open to students, faculty and staff. Registration forms will be available beginning Monday, March 28, in 161 WRC. Register between 8 a.m and 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, April 4 through 6, in 161 WRC. The entry fee is $20 per team; there is a two-game guarantee. For more information, call 273-7262.
Chris Buckholz, School of Music, will present a trombone recital at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL, with repertoire and additional performers to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.
After returning from its spring break performance at Carnegie Hall, the UNI Concert Chorale will offer a Spotlight Series Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.
The School of Music will host the UNI Choral Invitational on Friday, March 25. Participants from Iowa high schools will gather at UNI to engage in a day of choral music. For more information or to register, contact email@example.com.
The UNI Singers and Women's Chorus will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 25, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.
The UNI Suzuki School will present its biannual recital weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, in Russell Hall. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/music/suzuki. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI School of Music will present Spotlight Series Concert: Performance Competition Finals at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 28, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This showcase features talented student finalists competing for the Presser Foundation Award, the Charles and Marleta Matheson Award, the Myron and Ruth Russell Award and the People's Choice Award. Tickets for this event are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for non-UNI students. For more information, call 273-4TIX.
UNI Panther Productions brings singer, songwriter and producer Mike Posner to perform Thursday, April 21, in UNI’s West Gym. Posner’s recent hits are from his debut album "31 Minutes to Takeoff" include "Cooler Than Me" and "Please Don’t Go." Tickets can be purchased through any UNItix outlet, online at www.unitix.uni.edu or by calling 273-4TIX. Tickets are $15 for UNI students (limit two) and $25 for the public. All seats are general admission.