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Thursday, Nov 17, 2011

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NEWS

GOVERNOR'S STEM ADVISORY COUNCIL UPDATENEW

A Governor's STEM Advisory Council update meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Presidential Room, MAU. The meeting is hosted by Jeff Weld, the council's executive director and head of IMSEP. Attend the meeting and learn about opportunities to get involved. RSVP to imsep@uni.edu. Cookies and coffee will be provided.

MAUCKER UNION BALLROOM SHUTDOWN FOR RENOVATIONSNEW

Due to a renovation project that includes updated heating/cooling systems, lighting and audio/visual components, the Maucker Union Ballroom will not be available for events until March 19. Reservations for events can still be made by calling the Maucker Union administrative office at 273-2256.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION - ARCHIVED WEBINARSNEW

The latest College of Education webinar "Exercise and the Brain: New Research on how Exercise Sparks Learning and Mood," presented by Jed Smith, HPELS, is archived at www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.

COE - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

Faculty and programs in HPELS have earned more than 130 state, national and international awards. 

STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS -- TRAFFIC CONGESTIONNEW

The 2011 Iowa High School Football Playoffs are continuing in the UNI-Dome. This will mean increased traffic on Hudson Road on game days, which in some cases also may affect parking. On Nov. 18, the first of three games begin at 10:30 a.m. See www.uni.edu/unidome for more information.

EARLY PROCESSING OF STUDENT BIWEEKLY TIMECARDS FOR NOV. 30 PAYDAY

Nov. 19 is the cutoff date for the Nov. 30 biweekly payday. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, timecards will be processed early and must be approved by 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22 to be included in the Nov. 30 paycheck. Please make sure timecards are submitted and approved to meet this deadline.

EMAIL THREAT OF VIOLENCE

A UNI employee received an email message strongly implying her safety was at risk if she didn't pay the sender a sum of money. If you receive a similar message, save it and contact UNI Police immediately at 273-2712.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

OPEN ENROLLMENT DEADLINENEW

All benefits eligible employees have until Nov. 30 to enroll in flexible spending and/or vision insurance. Changes will be effective Jan. 1. You must re-enroll every year in flexible spending. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/hrs/benefits.

INTERIOR DESIGN SENIOR PORTFOLIO SHOWNEW

The graduating class of senior interior design students will show their portfolio work from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, in the GBPAC lobby. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=145122455578284.

CELEBRATE AMERICA RECYCLES DAY WITH THE RRTTC AND WIN PRIZES

The Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center wants to hear what the UNI campus community is doing in honor of America Recycles Day and will reward efforts. Now through Nov. 18, follow @RRTTC on Twitter and use hashtag #RecyclesDay to tweet about your recycling efforts. RRTTC will respond with details on claiming your prize. Happy America Recycles Day from the RRTTC. 

GRADUATE COLLEGE BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES

Chris Larimer, political science, will present "Assessing Gender Dynamics in Local Government: A Field Study in Iowa," from noon to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Presidential Room, MAU. Please bring your lunch. Cookies will be provided.

OPEN HOUSE

A reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, in 30 BCS, to thank Alli Ingman for her contributions to Business & Community Services and to wish her well in her new position with the UNI Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.

ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS: SUMMER 2012/FALL 2012

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 summer and fall 2012 courses are due Wednesday, Nov. 30. Guidelines and a proposal form are available at www.uni.edu/continuinged/faculty/courseproposals. Awards include a $1,000-per-credit-hour course development stipend and a $1,000 professional development stipend for attending Quality Matters workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 3 and 4. For details, contact Belle Cowden at 273-7211 or belle.cowden@uni.edu.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

FREE BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILE

A Blood Chemistry Profile (BCP) screening will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the WRC. Employees enrolled in a university health insurance plan are eligible for one free BCP per academic year. Spouses and UNI students may sign up for a $20 fee. To schedule an appointment, contact Human Resources at 273-2423.

FACULTY AND STAFF FREE DAYS IN THE WRC

All UNI faculty and staff are invited to enjoy Wellness and Recreation Center facilities free of charge from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Nov. 21 to 23, by presenting your UNI ID at the welcome desk. You may also bring your spouse and tax dependent children with you. If you have questions, contact Kathy Green at kathy.green@uni.edu or 273-6921. Thanksgiving week hours are posted at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/hours/index.html.

DINING SPECIALS

MINI MEAL, A SPECIAL EVENT HOSTED BY THE PIAZZANEW

The Piazza Dining Center will host a special event, "mini MEAL," from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30. Enjoy special mini menu items such as mini hamburgers, mini BBQ sliders, mini pizzas, mini brats, mini cheese tortellini, mini muffins and mini, mini more. Use your meal plan, charge to u-bill, dining dollars or cash.

HOURS

CHANGE IN LIBRARY HOURS DURING THANKSGIVING VACATIONNEW

Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, there will be a prompt to enter your CatID. Visit http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#thanks for more information. Youth books checked out Nov. 12 through 21 are due Monday, Nov. 28.

THANKSGIVING BREAK HOURS FOR FOOD VENUES IN THE MAUCKER UNION

Chats in the Maucker Union will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21 through Wednesday, Nov. 23. Limited lunch menu will be available from 11 to 1 p.m. Chats, Essentials and Prexy's will resume normal operational hours on Monday, Nov. 28.

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.