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Thursday, Oct 27, 2011

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NEWS

WARNING ABOUT FACEBOOK SCAMNEW

Facebook and Twitter users are currently the targets of a free iPad/iPhone scam, that can result in an account being compromised and then used to spam friends with more bogus “free iPad offers.” If you receive or see a message referring to a website that is giving away free iPads or iPhones, do not click on the link, or you'll risk compromising your account. Information gathered by the site could also result in identity theft. There has been a large volume of the fake offers on the UNI Facebook page. Accounts sending the scam posts are being banned to prevent them from resending the post. If your account has been hacked by a scam, learn how to fix it in the Facebook Help Center (bottom of your Facebook Page), under Security Center.

EUNICE A. DELL AWARDNEW

Nominations are now being accepted for the Eunice A. Dell Award "Making a Difference." Individuals may nominate staff in the Division of Administration and Financial Services who have made a difference at UNI and/or in the community. Information, award criteria and nomination forms can be found at www.uni.edu/recognition/eunice_dell_award.shtml. The submission deadline is Dec. 1.

STORY IDEAS NEEDEDNEW

The Office of University Relations is always seeking story ideas to share with reporters and to use in university communications. UR is specifically interested in highlighting stories about academic programs, certain trends, student and faculty research projects and other success stories.  Please send ideas for consideration to stacey.christnsen@uni.edu by Thursday, Nov. 10. 

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Fred Abraham, economics, was quoted in a story in the Des Moines Register. http://preview.tinyurl.com/3wsfxdk.

UNIVERSITY RELATIONS - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

University Relations uses a media monitoring service, Marketwire, which tracks media mentions of UNI in traditional and online media around the globe. In September there were 464 media mentions for UNI - (excluding  athletics). Of these, 56 percent of the mentions were from daily newspapers, 18 percent from TV, 9 percent were online and 8 percent were on radio. While the majority of the mentions occurred in Iowa and Midwest media, UNI  also received coverage in Texas, California and national media. 

BOR TO MEET AT UNI

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, is meeting Oct. 26 and 27 at UNI. To view the agenda, visit http://www.regents.iowa.gov/Meetings/DocketMemos/11Memos/October2011/1011AGENDA.pdf.

FACULTY RENTAL OF ACADEMIC APPAREL FOR DECEMBER COMMENCEMENT

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.

EBUSINESS OUTAGE

This year's upgrade to the E-Business Suite is the largest since the original implementation of the system in 2001. Since the upgrade is so large, it will take place over two different time frames. The first outage will be from 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 through 7 a.m., Monday, Oct. 31. The second outage will be from 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 through 7 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8. If you need assistance, contact the Computer Consulting Center (CCC) at 273-5555. The CCC is located in 36 ITTC. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/alerts/maintenance/2011-10-28/e-business-outage.

TRAVEL FUNDS FOR STUDENT TRIPS

Students who are presenting at a conference or have received a merit-based invitation to compete or perform at an intercollegiate activity are invited to apply for travel funds through the Intercollegiate Academic Fund. Research and creative activity funds are also available. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/iaf/index.shtml. Upcoming application deadlines include Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.

CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. The ITS Security office is sponsoring an e-Learning course on the topic. All faculty and staff have been enrolled in this short video course and are strongly encouraged to participate. You may access the My Courses Tab by visiting the UNI eLearning site at https://bb9.uni.edu, logging in with your CatID and finding the course "ITS-Security: Securing the Human Security Awareness Training" or by visiting http://preview.tinyurl.com/6jzhhjf. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/services/security/cyber-security-awareness-month.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS NEW

The first in a series of scholarly networking events will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, in the Great Reading Room, SRL. Make connections and have informal discussions with colleagues about research, scholarship and creative activity. Refreshments provided, no RSVP required. November’s event is sponsored by the College of Business Administration. For more information, email sarah.bridges@uni.edu.

PANTHER SPEAKERS - FREE WEBINAR ON WORKPLACE COMMUNICATIONNEW

UNI's Panther Speakers program is offering a free webinar at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 16, open to faculty, staff and students. "Problems? Probably Perception," presented by Nichole Johnson, communication studies, discusses how communication issues that occur in the workplace often have to do with assumptions. This presentation will explain how perception can be “blamed” for many problems in the workplace, and tips to improve perception. Space is limited. Register today at www.uni.edu/pantherspeakers.

UNITED WAY "I AM LIVING UNITED!" EVENTNEW

Stop by Maucker Union between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, to drop off United Way pledge forms and envelopes, be entered into a drawing that day for prizes, and meet special guests, Ron Steele from KWWL and Dave Braton from the Courier. The grand prize of a $100 gift card to Brown Bottle/Montage and four UNI basketball tickets will be drawn from all envelopes received by 11:11 a.m., Nov. 11. They can also be returned via campus mail to mail code 0138. Envelopes and pledge forms have been delivered via campus mail. Contact Jess.Betts@uni.edu if you need additional envelopes or forms.

MATHEMATICA SEMINAR AT UNI NOV. 2NEW

A representative from Wolfgram Research, Inc. will present a Mathematica in Education and Research seminar from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, in 10 WRT. This talk will help with getting started using Mathematica language and workflow. Learn about improvements like the new free-form input and expanded areas like finance, statistics, engineering, software development and image processing. All attendees will receive an electronic copy of the examples, which can be adapted to individual projects. A quick video preview is at http://www.wolfram.com/common/includes/m8videos/quicktour.html.

UNI ELEARNING TIP: BB LEARN 9 ON DEMAND LEARNING CENTERNEW

Blackboard has provided instructors using Bb Learn 9 with an extensive resource library called the On Demand Learning Center. The On Demand Learning Center includes short, interactive video tutorials and Getting Started Guides designed to familiarize you with a feature quickly. A section is included for students as well. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/elearning/faculty-resource/tips/bb-learn-9-demand-learning-center.

PERSON FIRST AND FAMILY PANEL

The Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) invites the UNI community to a panel discussion on disabilities at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in 246 SEC. Panelists Nate Trainor, Carrie Elser and Tanner Hurt will discuss personal experiences, perspectives and provide suggestions to support inclusive and person-centered education and community life.

OPEN ACCESS WEEK, OCT. 24-30

A global event, now in its fifth year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.  For more information, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/blog/open-access-week.

NSF MAJOR INSTRUMENTATION (MRI) PROGRAM–INTERNAL DEADLINE DEC. 5

Due to National Science Foundation submission limits, those interested in submitting grant proposals to NSF's MRI program must participate in an internal selection process. Visit http://www.uni.edu/osp/internal-deadline-mri-2012 for instructions. For more information, contact Sarah Bridges at 273-6482 or sarah.bridges@uni.edu.

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS FOR THE WAY UP CONFERENCE

The Way Up Conference, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 3 and 4, in West Des Moines, is in its 25th year. The conference is designed for women leaders and administrators in higher education in Iowa. Several of the conference concurrent sessions will be presented by UNI faculty and staff. For more information, contact Doreen Hayek at doreen.hayek@uni.edu or 273-7300 or Shelley Matthews at shelley.matthews@uni.edu or 273-7736. For details, visit http://www.uni.edu/ietti/wayup.

FULBRIGHT ADMINISTRATORS PROGRAM TO JAPAN AND KOREA

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.

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.