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Thursday, Sep 1, 2011

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NEWS

UNI RANKS 17 IN WASHINGTON MONTHLY RANKINGSNEW

According to the Washington Monthly college rankings for masters universities, UNI ranks 17 in the nation among public universities and 56 overall for all public and private universities. The magazine rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). The rankings are available at http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/.

PDA 2012-13 AND SUMMER FELLOWSHIP 2012 APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLENEW

Application cover sheets and instructions for applying for a Professional Development Assignment (PDA) in fall 2012 and/or spring 2013 or for a Summer Fellowship in 2012 are now on the Graduate College website at http://www.grad.uni.edu/grants-awards. Application deadlines are 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23 for PDA and 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24 for Summer Fellowship. Both types of awards are competitive; recipients are selected by a faculty committee. Contact Shoshanna Coon at 273-2059 with any questions.

DEADLINE CHANGE FOR UNI ONLINENEW

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the submission deadline for the Tuesday, Sept. 6 edition of UNI Online is noon, Friday, Sept. 2.

LAC-RSC FEEDBACK SESSIONSNEW

Faculty are invited to share their thoughts on the new Liberal Arts Core-Review Steering Committee Final Recommendations Report. Open feedback sessions will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, in the University Room, MAU, and from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the CME. Drinks and cookies provided. The LAC-RSC final report was released this summer and outlines possible revisions to the Liberal Arts Core. The report and other information are at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/lac_review.shtml.

FACULTY RECOGNITION RECEPTIONNEW

Faculty and staff are invited to the first Faculty Recognition Reception from 3:15 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Commons Ballroom and Lounge. The program will commence at 4 p.m. Recent faculty award winners will be congratulated and new faculty will be recognized.

STUDENT ASSESSMENT OF TEACHING SCORES - AVAILABLE ONLINE

Spring 2011 student assessments of teaching scores are now available at http://www.ir.uni.edu/dbweb/uniset. Access is restricted by CatID and password. Faculty and staff can only see their own course summaries. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Research at instrsch@uni.edu.

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR UPDATING CAMPUS PHONE BOOK - OFFICE INFO ONLYNEW

Changes for the new phone book, sections A) Office Directory, Pages 5-12; B) Campus Governance Group, Page 12; C) UNI fax numbers, Pages 13-14; and D) Departmental websites, Pages 15-16, can be made online at http://www.uni.edu/ur/phonebook/. The deadline for these changes has been extended to Friday, Sept. 9. If you have questions, contact Janis Jehle at 273-2761 or janis.jehle@uni.edu.

PINK FIRE TRUCKS ON CAMPUSNEW

The UNI Student Health Clinic is partnering with the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Fire Rescue to bring two pink fire trucks to the Cedar Valley Friday, Sept. 9, to show support for women battling cancer and survivors of cancer. These women will have the opportunity to sign their names on the fire trucks. One of the stops will be from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the GBPAC.

GMAIL IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR UNI FACULTY AND STAFF

UNI will be moving all faculty, and staff to UNI Gmail this fall. UNI Gmail is an easy-to-use tool that provides significantly increased storage at a fraction of the cost the university would have incurred otherwise. The process for migrating faculty and staff will provide flexibility to individuals while allowing college and divisional technical staff to coordinate and manage this migration. Employees should be hearing shortly from the technical support staff regarding these changes. Additional information and timeline are available at: http://www.uni.edu/its/news/2011/08/4/its-announces-uni-gmail-facultystaff.

PROMOTE MAP-WORKS ® TO NEW FRESHMEN

In 2010-2011 retention of new freshmen at UNI increased from 91.8 percent (fall 2009) to 93.9 percent (fall 2010). This was the same time frame that new MAP-Works ® (Making Achievement Possible) project was implemented at UNI. Please urge freshmen to take within the MAP-Works ® survey on Tuesday, Sept. 13. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/map-works-student-success.

AUCTION ITEMS ON PUBLIC SURPLUS

UNI is offering two used low-mileage pickups (1999 Chevrolet S-10 and 2000 Dodge Dakota) for sale on Public Surplus (www.publicsurplus.com). There also are three Dell computers and a Craftsman tool box. More sale information is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/pubsale.shtml or contact Vince at 273-3527 or vince.heuer@uni.edu for bidding information. Vehicles are by the fuel storage tanks near the Physical Plant.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

VOLUNTEER FAIR - SEPT. 1NEW

Attend this year's Volunteer Fair at Maucker Union between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., today to learn about the many opportunities for involvement with more than 50 local non-profit organizations in the Cedar Valley.

GOVERNOR'S STEM ADVISORY COUNCIL/IMSEP UPDATE - CHOW & CHATNEW

Bring your lunch and learn about the new Governor's STEM Advisory Council and the changes at IMSEP. After a quick overview, an open conversation and Q&A will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Presidential Room, MAU.

CAMPUS CONNEXUS 2011NEW

Campus Connexus will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, in The Commons. This is a fun opportunity for faculty, doctoral students and professional staff to make scholarly connections across campus. Participate in short paired conversations, small group discussions on special topics, consult with experts in various areas and more. Registration is required by Friday, Sept. 16. Further details and registration information are available at http://www.uni.edu/osp/campus-connexus-2011.

KINDERMUSIK IS NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL SEMESTER CLASSES

Kindermusik, a part of the UNI Community Music School, will offer a 14-week fall Kindermusik session for little musicians and their caregivers from Tuesday, Sept. 6 to Monday, Dec. 19. Kindermusik classes include singing, dancing, instrument play-alongs and creative learning to stimulate all areas of child development. Evening and morning classes for infants (ages 2 to 18 months), toddlers (ages 1.5 to 3.5 years), preschoolers (ages 3.5 to 5.5 years) and multi-age classes for siblings (up through age 7), are available. Classes are held in room 30, GBPAC. Please register before Monday, Sept. 5. For more information, visit www.joyful-noise-studio.com, or contact Tricia Freeman at 415-9404 or tricia.freeman@uni.edu.

RESEARCH COMMERCIALIZATION COURSE

The Research Commercialization Introductory course, which starts Monday, Sept. 20, is an online course designed to help science and engineering researchers better understand how research commercialization works. The course is recommended for all science, engineering and medical researchers in public or private research institutions (e.g., grad students, post-docs and faculty). Areas covered in the course include intellectual property, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, licensing agreements, employment agreements, consulting agreements, tech transfer, creating and funding companies and federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs. This workshop course is offered free of charge, but registration is required. For more information about this webinar contact support@ncet2.org or visit http://center.ncet2.org.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

FACULTY / STAFF BIKING THE AMANA COLONIES, SEPT. 10NEW

Join UNI Outdoors on Sept. 10, for a trip to the historic Amana Colonies. Sample products of some of Iowa's oldest wine and cheese makers through the 18-mile Amana circuit on this one-day outing. Transportation and coordinators are included; bikes and meals are not included. The cost is $25. For more information, call 273-7164. 

HOURS

CHANGE IN LIBRARY HOURS OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND

There will be no special vacation loans over the weekend. Patrons may check out materials and enter the building until 10 minutes to closing time. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, you will get a prompt to enter your CatID. http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#labor.

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.