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Thursday, Oct 6, 2011

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NEWS

UNI HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES

For a list of this week's Homecoming activities, visit www.uni.edu/homecoming.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Donna Hoffman, political science, was quoted in a story in the Sioux City Journal. http://preview.tinyurl.com/3gmqzg2.

Mark Grey, anthropology, and Michele Devlin, Global Health Corps, were interviewed for a story that aired on WBUR. http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2011/10/05/doctors-foreign-iowa.

START SOMEWHERE WALK

Gov. Branstad recently announced a plan to make Iowa the healthiest state within five years. All Iowans are encouraged to participate in the "Start Somewhere Walk" at noon, on Oct. 7. Walk one kilometer with your co-workers to demonstrate support for the initiative. For information about the UNI walk, visit http://events.iowahealthieststate.com/events/event/university-of-northern-iowa-prp-healthy-lifestyle-walk/

UNIVERSITY RELATIONS - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

In the last year, the @uninews Twitter account has grown from 1,000 to more than 2,300 followers.

2010 CAMPUS CRIME ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT

The Clery Act requires UNI to publish an annual report regarding certain crimes reported to the UNI Police and other specific offices on campus. The 2010 Campus Crime Annual Security Report is at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/pubsaf/crime_stats/cleryreport10.shtml.The 2010 Campus Crime Statistics are at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/pubsaf/crime_stats/cleryreport10.pdf. A paper copy of the report is available upon request from the dean of students office, 118 GIL. Any questions regarding the 2010 report may be directed to Dave Zarifis, public safety, at 273-2712.

E-BUSINESS (MEMFIS) USER GROUP MINUTESNEW

Minutes from the 9/22/11 users group meeting are available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ebusiness/users/meetingminutes.shtml. A power point presentation is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ebusiness/announcements.shtml click on "E-Business (MEMFIS) Upgrade to R12."

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

TIAA CREF COUNSELINGNEW

A TIAA CREF representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions Oct. 12 and 13 and Nov. 3, 8, 9, 29 and 30. Questions such as is your investment mix appropriate, are you saving enough to maintain your lifestyle in retirement and how do I use my funds for income in retirement are topics the TIAA CREF representative can address. To sign up for these complimentary meetings, call (toll free) 866-842-2977.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT BENEFITS PROVIDER HAS CHANGEDNEW

UNI’s provider for the Flexible Spending Account has changed in order to continue offering the highest quality benefits to all university employees. For more information regarding the change, as well as information on upcoming seminars by the new provider, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/benefits/index.shtml or contact Cindy Webb, benefits administrator, at cindy.webb@uni.edu.

LIBRARY EXHIBITORS NEEDEDNEW

Rod Library invites university departments and organizations to submit proposals for monthly exhibits for December 2011 to August 2012. The library makes two exhibit cases available to the campus community. If your department or organization is interested in having an exhibit, please complete the online proposal at http://www.uni.edu/library/exhbproposal/. More information is available at http://www.library.uni.edu/public-relations/exhibits.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND STUDYNEW

There are new links on the international programs website for scholarships, grants and fellowship information for international research and study. There are links for faculty and staff, graduate students, undergraduate students and international study. http://www.uni.edu/internationalprograms/funding-opportunities.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM OCT. 17NEW

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program assists U.S. higher education institutions in expanding programs of academic exchange. Institutions are invited to learn how S-I-R can help advance their international presence, assist in faculty and curriculum development and diversify the educational experiences of its students, scholars and surrounding community. Visit http://www.cies.org/sir/ for more information, or contact Alma Ford at aford@iie.org. Deadline for institutional proposals is Oct. 17.

SOCIAL MEDIA -- SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendars for 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the University Room, MAU, when University Relations will host a special campus-wide session about social media. Among the topics covered will be social media best practices, effectively using social media, creating special Facebook pages, creating Facebook icons that scale well, measuring the effectiveness of social media and managing negative posts. If your department uses social media or if you're thinking about it, this session will be of value. The session is open to the entire campus. For more information, call 273-2761.

SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGNOSIS (SGID)NEW

SGID is a method of course evaluation that uses structured discussion with students to give faculty anonymous feedback about what is working well and what can use improvement in a particular course. SGIDs usually take approximately 50 minutes and are conducted by trained faculty who teach outside of one's department.  For more information, or if you want an SGID conducted in your class, email Susan Hill at susan.hill@uni.edu.

ACTIVE LEARNING CLASSROOMSNEW

Active Learning Classrooms encourage faculty to use technology and creative pedagogical strategies to cultivate interactive, student-centered learning experiences. For a demonstration of these classrooms, visit http://preview.tinyurl.com/5t9do5z. UNI faculty have an opportunity to attend an all-day workshop on Active Learning Classrooms at the University of Iowa on Friday, Oct. 14. If interested in attending, email susan.hill@uni.edu by Wednesday, Oct. 12. Transportation and lunch will be provided.

UPDATED NONTRADITIONAL STUDENT WEBSITE

The updated nontraditional student website is now available. Nontraditional students and their advisers will find a convenient online resource addressing specific topics of interest. New this year: veterans information and the Nontraditional Student Association sites. Academic Advising wants to feature pictures and brief bios of nontraditional students. To nominate a student, or for suggestions and comments about this website, contact Jean.Neibauer@uni.edu.

KAPPA DELTA PI T-SHIRT SALENEW

Faculty, staff and students can purchase gifts at the UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society T-shirt sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11 and 12, in the SEC lobby. Proceeds will benefit KDP educational and service projects.

TURNING TECHNOLOGIES (CLICKERS) SUPPORT

Contact Thomas Klann, located in 120D  ITTC, with any questions regarding the use of clickers. He can be reached at t_klann11@hotmail.com or 563-380-6539. For more information on clickers, visit www.turningtechnologies.com. UNI Education Technology is sponsoring this internship.

FREE BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILE

The next Blood Chemistry Profile (BCP) will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Student Health Clinic. One free BCP is offered per academic year to UNI employees who qualify for health insurance benefits. For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit http://www.uni.edu/hrs.

DEMOCRACY FROM THE INSIDE OUT WITH PARKER PALMER

If you are interested in "healing the heart of democracy" please join us at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, in 303 SEC to listen to Parker Palmer, internationally known educator, via webcast as he discusses what it takes to do "democracy from the inside out.” After a 30-minute presentation, Palmer will be joined by a panel that represents a variety of perspectives on what democracy takes. For more information, visit http://www.couragerenewal.org/democracy.

OCT. 10 JOINT OPEN HOUSE: CTLM, IMSEP AND OSP

The Center for Teaching and Learning Mathematics (CTLM), the Iowa Math and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) and the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) will host an open house for all faculty and staff from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, second floor, East Bartlett Hall. Meet the staff and learn about the programs and services offered by these offices.

PORTFOLIO RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONLINE

Interested in learning more about portfolios and how they can support student learning and the assessment of student learning? See a variety of resources at http://www.uni.edu/assessment/PortfolioResources.shtml. If you'd like to discuss general strategies for using portfolios, contact Donna Vinton, donna.vinton@uni.edu; for information on using ifolio, contact Marilyn Drury, marilyn.drury@uni.edu.

UNI ELEARNING TIP: ADAPTIVE RELEASE

Adaptive Release can be used within eLearning to control the release of content to students based on rules created by the instructor. Rules may be based on availability, date and time, specific users, scores or attempts on any Grade Center item or more. Learn more about Adaptive Release in Bb Learn 9 at http://www.uni.edu/elearning/faculty-resource/tips/adaptive-release.

NSF DISCOVERY RESEARCH K-12 GRANT PROGRAM - INFORMATION SESSION

OSP will lead an information session on the recently announced NSF's Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12) grant program at noon, Friday, Oct. 7, in 213 East Bartlett Hall. See DR K-12 program information at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11588/nsf11588.htm. An RSVP is appreciated, but not required. Feel free to bring a lunch. Contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 273-3961 with questions or if you're interested in applying.

FINDING AND APPLYING FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOBS

The federal government is one of the largest employers in the U.S. Their unique hiring process can create challenges not faced in other fields. Learn about available job opportunities, job search strategies and federal resumes.  Find and apply for federal government jobs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, in 009 GIL. For more information, contact Isabela Varela isabela.varela@uni.edu

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

OPEN HOUSE DEMONSTRATION

The UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club will host an open house demonstration at NU High School at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 6. http://www.unitkd.com/

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.