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Thursday, May 5, 2011

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NEWS

COMMENCEMENT UPDATENEW

Spring commencement will take place Saturday, May 7, in the UNI-Dome. No more tickets are available. For information regarding what can and can't be brought into the UNI-Dome, arrival times and an FAQ, visit http://www.uni.edu/commencement/

ADA UPDATESNEW

Changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect earlier this year. These changes are in addition to those made effective in January 2009 with the ADA Amendments Act. Changes made effective March 15, 2011, are in clarification of current practices, including the sale of tickets for accessible seating, the definition of service animals, wheelchair/power-driven mobility device use specification, and effective communication, including allowing the use of video remote interpreting services. Changes for the adoption of ADA Standards for Accessible Design and the Architectural Barriers Act will become effective for public entities, such as UNI, on March 15, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/benefits/disability/index.shtml.

WORK-STUDY ASSIGNMENT TERMINATIONSNEW

All departments are asked to submit termination SEAFs to end their active 2010-11 Work Study assignments by Friday, May 27. Be aware that when the work-study assignment is terminated, it may result in the student becoming an ex-employee in the system. Departments may create a departmental assignment for students in SEAF prior to ending this year's work-study assignment to avoid them becoming ex-employees. If you have questions, email Jennifer.bell@uni.edu.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS NEWSLETTERNEW

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has released its summer newsletter. For new developments in the Cornerstone course, the Retention Council, Map-Works, Malcolm Price Laboratory School and the provost's diversity initiative, see http://www.uni.edu/provost/sites/default/files/summer_2011_academic_affairs_newsletter.pdf.

CHFA AND CNS NEWSLETTER, 'THE UPDATE'NEW

"The Update" is the official newsletter of the Colleges of Humanities and Fine Arts and Natural Sciences. The newsletter highlights the achievements of the faculty, staff and students of the colleges. The April-May edition is available at http://www.uni.edu/chfa/docs/April-May%202011.pdf.

RESIDENT ASSISTANTS: CATALYSTS FOR STUDENT GROWTH THIS YEARNEW

During the 2010-11 academic year, UNI resident assistants provided hundreds of opportunities for thousands of students to grow as citizens and scholars in inclusive communities across campus. See what was accomplished at http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/documents/UNIRAs-CatalystsforStudentGrowthreport_001.pdf.

NON-ENROLLED STUDENTS SUMMER ID CARD CHARGING APPROVALNEW

During the academic year, students must be enrolled in classes in order to make charges to their u-bill. Exceptions can be made during summer for those students who work on campus but are not enrolled. If you have student employees in this situation who would like to charge to their u-bill for purchases at Chats, Prexys, Rialto or to charge laundry services in on-campus housing, email diningtech@uni.edu.

SEND WISHES FOR SUE JOSEPH MATTISON'S NEW ADVENTURENEW

Sue Joseph Mattison, currently serving as director of the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, is leaving UNI after 21 years. She has accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay as dean of the College of Professional Studies. Please send her your best wishes for her new adventure (sue.mattison@uni.edu, mail code 0241). She will be leaving UNI in July.

FACULTY 12-MONTH PAY OPTION

Faculty may be paid for their continuing, nontemporary academic year appointment in 10 or 12 equal installments, beginning with the Aug. 31 or July 30 payroll, respectively. Faculty members who would like to change their salary payments from 10 to 12 months, or vice versa, must complete a Pay Frequency Change Form, available in the Forms Repository at https://access.uni.edu/forms/index.shtml#P. The completed form must be received in Payroll, mail code 0008, by Monday, May 16. Questions may be directed to Amy Stanbrough in Payroll at amy.stanbrough@uni.edu or 273-7049.

HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION WEBINAR ARCHIVED

Dewitt Jones, educational leadership, presented "Achievement Gap -- Going Beyond Socioeconomic and Cultural Factors" as part of COE's Hot Topics in Education. To view the archived presentation, visit www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.

NEW U-BILL AND DUE DATE CHANGES FOR FALL 2011

The first fall 2011 u-bill will be issued on Monday, Aug. 1, and will be due Saturday, Aug. 20. To take advantage of tuition payment plans, students must complete an online payment plan agreement, which will be available on MyUNIverse beginning July 1. UNI will no longer automatically enroll students into payment plans, as has been done in the past. Watch www.uni.edu/obo/student_accounts for additional billing updates starting June 1.

PUBLIC AUCTION OF VEHICLE AND FITNESS EQUIPMENT

UNI is offering a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup for sale on Public Surplus (www.publicsurplus.com). Also on auction will be several Tectrix steppers and a NordicTrack. More sale information is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/pubsale.shtml. You can also contact Vince at 273-3527 or vince.heuer@uni.edu for bidding information. You can see the pickup on the hill by the bullpen near the Power Plant.

ITTC SERVER ROOM MAINTENANCE WINDOW

All servers and power in 128 ITTC will be shut down at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, while final repairs are made to electrical equipment located in that server room. The maintenance is expected to take four hours. All system administrators have been notified and were involved in the planning for this outage. The following is a list of services that will be down, which will have a campus-wide impact: CNS-hosted email and websites; computer science student server (student.cs); CNS-hosted software licenses; CNS hosted printing (labs should be OK); CNS faculty network storage (Windows Z drive, Pandora); and ITS-ET production storage for media content streaming media services (all streaming content from media servers). For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/alerts/maintenance/ or call Rick Seeley at 273-7218.

CSBS 'KUDOS' AVAILABLE ONLINE

The April 2011 edition of “CSBS Kudos” is now available online. “Kudos,” published twice every semester, highlights the accomplishments of CSBS faculty in teaching, scholarship and service.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

VOLUNTARY TERM LIFE INSURANCE - ENROLLMENTNEW

Enrollment for Voluntary Term Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage is available now through Tuesday, May 31. Coverage is available to all nontemporary employees eligible for life insurance at UNI. For more information and to enroll online, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/benefits/open_enrollment_fac_ps_2011.shtml. If elected, coverage will begin on Friday, July 1.

CORE FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR PROGRAM COMPETITION FOR 2012-13 NOW OPENNEW

The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. For a catalog of awards, tips for applying, content guidelines, review criteria and more, visit www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards. To contact UNI Fulbright campus rep Nadia Korobova, email nadia.korobova@uni.edu. The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 1.

LIBRARY EXHIBIT CASES AVAILABLENEW

Rod Library has exhibit cases available for use by university departments and organizations. Proposals can be submitted at http://www.uni.edu/library/exhbproposal/. See guidelines at http://www.library.uni.edu/public-relations/exhibits.

FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM COMPETITION IS OPENNEW

Institutions are now invited to apply to the Fulbright Scholar-In Residence Program. The deadline is Monday, Oct. 17. The S-I-R Program brings scholars from abroad to teach at U.S. colleges and universities, which can help internationalize curricula and campuses. For more information, a schedule of webinars and application details, visit http://www.cies.org/sir/. For assistance, contact UNI Fulbright campus rep Nadia Korobova at nadia.korobova@uni.edu.

SPECIAL EVENTS

PANTHER PICK UP DURING FINALS WEEKNEW

Do you have stuff at home or in your office you'd like to get rid of? Don't dump usable items - donate instead to local charities. Donate Thursday, May 5 from 1 to 4 p.m., and on Friday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donation trucks will be parked at the east side of Redeker Center, 23rd Street near Commons Circle, and East and West Towers. Broken/damaged metal will also be collected in bins and recycled. For more information and to find out how to donate if you can't get your large items to campus, visit www.uni.edu/pantherpickup.

CINCO DE MAYO ON COLLEGE HILL

The College Hill Partnership will present Cinco de Mayo on the Hill from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 5. The event will feature local mariachi and Latin pop bands playing in Pettersen Plaza at College and W. 20th streets in Cedar Falls. The event is free and open to the public. A variety of Mexican food and beverages will be available for purchase, and there will be a children’s activities workshop. College Hill Cinco de Mayo T-shirts, designed by a local artist, will also be for sale. For more information, visit www.collegehillpartnership.org.

SPRING COMMISSIONING CEREMONYNEW

UNI's  Department of Military Science will host the Spring Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 7, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

MAKING A SOLAR SPLASH!

Mark your calendars for the 2011 IEEE-PELS Solar Splash to be held Wednesday through Sunday, June 8 through 12, at George Wyth State Park. Solar Splash is the world championship of Intercollegiate Solar Electric Boating. Teams are traveling from Turkey, Mexico, California, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and other locations to compete in five days of technical and on-the-water events. Solar Splash is a STEM event and is open to the public. For more information, visit www.solarsplash.com.

KINDERMUSIK TO HOLD SUMMER CAMP FOR LITTLE MUSICIANS

Kindermusik, part of the UNI Community Music School, will offer a five-week summer Kindermusik session for little musicians and their caregivers from Monday, June 20, through Friday, July 22. Kindermusik classes meet once per week and include singing, dancing, instrument play-alongs and creative learning. Evening and morning classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, as well as multi-age classes for siblings, are available. The registration deadline is Thursday, June 16; the cost is $50. Register by Thursday, May 12, and save $5. For more information, visit www.joyful-noise-studio.com or contact Tricia Freeman at 319-415-9404 or tricia.freeman@uni.edu.

SUZUKI SCHOOL LESSONS

The UNI Suzuki School is celebrating 35 years of music education for all ages. Applications for summer lessons (violin, viola, cello, flute and guitar) are now being accepted. Visit http://www.uni.edu/music/suzuki for registration procedures or more information.

PERFORMING ARTS

CREME DE LA CREME 11 AT GALLAGHER-BLUEDORN

The 11th annual Creme de la Creme benefit concert will be presented on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m., in the Great Hall, GBPAC. The concert will begin with the award-winning Union High School Show Choir of La Porte City. Well-known jazz artists Chris Merz, tenor sax, and Bob Washut, piano, will perform. Washut also will accompany Karen Holvik as she returns from Boston to perform jazz vocals. Frederick Halgedahl, violin, will play “Meditation” from "Thais." Randy Hogancamp will lead the Kaji-Daiko Japanese Drum Ensemble. The Four Spouses, UNI piano faculty Sean Botkin and his wife Serena Hou, and Dmitri Vorobiev and his wife Polina Khatsko, will perform and will be joined by Marleta Matheso for the finale on five grand pianos. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $5 for children and students. Call 273-4TIX for tickets.

UNI CHILDREN’S CHOIR SPRING CONCERT

The UNI Children's Choir will offer a spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 6, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

UNI SUZUKI SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT

The UNI Suzuki School will offer a spring concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 15, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

'M.A. THESIS EXHIBITION, B.F.A. EXHIBITION,' 'HEADSHOT' PRINT EXHIBITION

The UNI Gallery of Art will present three concurrent exhibitions, one by M.A. candidate Jay Raabe, one by B.F.A. candidate Sarah Deppe, and one curated by UNI associate professor of art Tim Dooley and North Carolina-based printmaker Bill Flick, titled “Headshot.” 

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOP

Attend a two-and-a-half day workshop that challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice. The workshop will take place at Allen College (in partnership with UNI) Wednesday through Friday, May 18, 19 and 20. Application forms are available at the CME.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WRS MAY E-NEWSLETTER

Check out the Wellness & Recreation Services May e-newsletter available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage to read updates on WRS events and programs along with wellness tips and articles.

EMPLOYMENT

JOB OPENINGS AT UNI

The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at www.uni.edu/employment.

MERIT VACANCIES

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

HOURS

SUMMER HOURS OF OPERATION FOR PREXY'S, ESSENTIALS AND CHATS NEW

Chats offers desserts, coffee, cappuccino, snacks, smoothies and Fro-Yo treats from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Prexy's offers soup, salad, fruit, sandwiches and desserts from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hot lunch starts at 11 a.m. and menu items vary each day. Essentials offers gifts, supplies, UNI clothing, snacks and beverages from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. These hours will be in effect May, June and July.