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Thursday, Oct 20, 2011

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NEWS

UNI AND IPR INVITE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO EDUCATION FORUMSNEW

UNI and Iowa Public Radio (IPR) have invited presidential candidates to share their views on education as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Education Today." Details regarding dates, candidates and times will be shared as campaigns confirm their attendance. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/newsroom/stories/university-of-northern-iowa-and-iowa-public-radio-seek-presidential-candidates-for-forums.

FACULTY RENTAL OF ACADEMIC APPAREL FOR DECEMBER COMMENCEMENTNEW

The fall commencement ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, in the McLeod Center. Faculty who are planning to attend and would like to make a reservation for rental apparel, should contact Tricia Johnson Welter in the Office of the Registrar at patricia.welter@uni.edu or 273-6801. The deadline for ordering is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

UNIVERSITY RELATIONS - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

There are several reasons to make a website more accessible: People with disabilities can use the Web, techniques that make a website more accessible can also make the site more search-engine friendly and there are federal laws that require university websites to be accessible. For more information, contact Carolyn Dorr in University Relations at carolyn.dorr@uni.edu.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Stephen Hughes and Ben Schafer, computer science, were interviewed on Radio Iowa regarding their research on smart phones in the classroom. http://preview.tinyurl.com/3fr73rt.

PREVENTING SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLSNEW

Slips, trips and falls make up a large percentage of accidents on campus - many causing serious injury. With the onset of winter, the problem only becomes worse. Reduce your chances of slipping and falling by wearing proper footwear, thoroughly wiping your feet before entering buildings, using caution on slippery surfaces, and slowing down when walking on slippery floors and sidewalks. The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EH&S) has a safety video “Fall Factors: Understanding & Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls.” To view the video or show it at a department meeting, contact the EH&S Office at 273-7269. A complete listing of the videos available through EH&S is found under “Safety Training” at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ehso/index.shtml.

OPEN ENROLLMENT - FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT & VISION INSURANCENEW

All benefits-eligible employees can enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or vision insurance now through Nov. 30. Visit www.uni.edu/hrs/benefits for more information about open enrollment. New for 2012 – online FSA enrollment. Reminder: you must re-enroll every year in a Flexible Spending Account. Coverage will be effective Jan. 1.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND FALL EVENTS

The Reaching for Higher Ground: Community After 9/11 project includes many lectures and special events during the month of October. For more information and for a calendar of events, visit www.uni.edu/higherground.

HEALTH/DENTAL OPEN ENROLLMENT - MERIT EMPLOYEES

The 2012 open enrollment period is now through Nov. 17. Benefits-eligible merit employees can make changes to or enroll in health and/or dental insurance. Visit www.uni.edu/hrs for more information and to obtain enrollment forms. Submit completed enrollment forms to Human Resource Services, 027 GIL, 0034. New coverage will be effective Jan. 1.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

FULBRIGHT ADMINISTRATORS PROGRAM TO JAPAN AND KOREANEW

The International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars program helps international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the United States create empowering connections in other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system and establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues. Grantees return with enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, Nov. 1. Visit http://www.cies.org/IEA/Awards.htm for more information or contact Nadia Korobova at nadia.korobova@uni.edu.

SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES AND BEST PRACTICESNEW

University Relations has developed social media guidelines and best practices for departments. To review the information, please visit www.uni.edu/social/resources. UR recently hosted a campus-wide social media best practices session. Several participants expressed interest in ongoing discussions. If you're interested in being added to a listserv to exchange ideas, questions and tips regarding the use of social media, email liz.conklin@uni.edu. The listserv is open to the entire campus.

NEW GAMING GRANTS DEADLINES AND REQUIREMENTSNEW

To accommodate changes in the Black Hawk County Gaming Association grant application requirements, UNI's internal selection process for BHCGA applications has been updated. Proposed projects must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs by the internal deadlines of: Nov. 1, Feb. 1, May 1 and Aug. 1. To apply, see http://www.uni.edu/osp/bhcga-grants-new-requirements-deadlines. For more information, contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 273-3961.

DRUPAL OPEN OFFICE HOURS

Drupal Open Office Hours is a support group for persons on campus responsible for maintaining Drupal websites. Office hours are from 3 to 4 p.m., the fourth Monday of every month, in 134 ITTC Studio IT. For more information, contact Carolyn Dorr at 273-2761.

PANTHER PALS

UNI’s Men’s Basketball is hosting Panther Pals for boys and girls in grades one through six, from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6, in the UNI-Dome. Participants receive free admission to nine home games, a T-shirt, basketball, Subway party and get to meet the players. For more information, visit www.unipanthers.com or contact Sean Sweeney a 273-4667.

FULBRIGHT OCCASIONAL LECTURER FUND

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) provides travel awards through the Occasional Lecturer Fund, which enable Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are currently in the U.S. to be guest lecturers at colleges and universities. These travel awards are granted at three different levels ($250, $500 and $750), which CIES determines based on travel distance involved. The Occasional Lecturing Fund enables visiting scholars to share their specific research interests; speak on the history and culture of their countries; exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty and community organizations; become better acquainted with U.S. higher education; and create linkages between their home and host institutions. For more information, visit http://www.cies.org/olf/ or contact the Office of International Programs.

UNI ELEARNING TIP: COURSE DASHBOARD & NOTIFICATION SETTINGS

The Course Dashboard is an essential part of a Bb Learn 9 eLearning course. Along with the My Announcements module, it contains four notification modules that automatically provide information to users based on their enrollment and their role in the system. Learn more about the Course Dashboard at http://www.uni.edu/elearning/faculty-resource/tips/course-dashboard-notification-settings.

POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION STUDENT AFFAIRS FALL PREVIEW DAY

The Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs M.A.E. program, in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs, will host the Second Annual Fall Preview Day on Friday, Nov. 11. Individuals interested in learning more about the program and the Division of Student Affairs are invited to register. Check in will begin at 8:30 a.m., at Gilchrist Hall. The event will conclude by 2 p.m. To register and view the agenda, visit http://www.uni.edu/deanofstudents/previewday. All other questions may be directed to Mark Rowe-Barth at mark.rowe-barth@uni.edu.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT--STUDENT OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT: WHY GRADES AREN’T ENOUGH

How can faculty find out whether students are learning what they want them to learn? A session focusing on why Student Outcomes Assessments (SOA) matter and how to improve teaching will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, in the Presidential Room, MAU. The facilitator will be Mike Licari. Bring your lunch. Cookies and drinks will be provided.

POTTER LEAH LIETSON TO OFFER VISITING ARTIST WORKSHOP

Leah Lietson will offer a Visiting Artist Workshop in ceramics on Thursday, Oct. 20, in 126 KAB. Leah will demonstrate how she makes her porcelain pottery from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 4 p.m., and lecture about her artwork at 7 p.m., in 111 KAB.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

INTRAMURAL INFORMATION

For information on Intramural Open 4-on-4 Wallyball Tournament and Intramural 6-on-6 Volleyball leagues for men, women and co-rec, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/intramural_sports/index.html.

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.