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Thursday, Sep 16, 2010

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SPECIAL EVENTS

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH MUSIC FESTIVAL

To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, HLSU and the CME will host a music festival, featuring bands and artists, infusing Latin flavor with American rock influences from 6 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, on Maucker Union East Lawn. This event is free, with food and drink provided.

MTA HOSTS FUNDRAISER AT CME

The Multicultural Teaching Association will host a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, at the CME. Several items including books, back to school items, clothes, DVDs, etc., will be on sale at the CME.

CONSTITUTION JEOPARDY EVENT

As part of Constitution Day, a Constitution Jeopardy Game will be played from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the Hemisphere Lounge in Maucker Union. Prizes will be awarded. Sponsored by UNI American Democracy Project/Provost's Office.

NATIONAL RUN AT WORK DAY

Gather your colleagues for healthy fun on Friday, Sept. 17, with a 30-minute walk or run before or after work or during a lunch break. Shower facilities are available in the WRC and Maucker Union. Wellness and Recreation Services will provide free towel service that day; just present your UNI ID card at either the WRC Welcome Desk or the Health Beat in Maucker Union. E-mail wrs@uni.edu after your walk or run for drawings for WRS T-shirts, sweatshirts and visors.

CONVOCATION

President Benjamin J. Allen invites the campus community to join him for the 2010 Convocation at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Maucker Union Ballroom with a reception to follow. President Allen will give a State of the University address and the 2010 Board of Regents, State of Iowa Faculty and Staff Excellence Award recipients will be recognized.

FALL CAREER FAIR:

The Fall Career Fair will take place from 2 to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20, at the McLeod Center. Staff from more than 100 organizations and graduate/professional schools will visit about job and internship opportunities as well as continuing education. Several employers will sign up students for interviews on Tuesday, Sept. 21. All majors, freshman through seniors, graduate students and alumni are welcome.

SAVE THE DATE OCT. 9 FOR R&D SUMMIT

UNI will host a Research, Development, Demonstration and Dissemination Education Summit Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom, featuring keynote Sharon Robinson and speakers from national research and development schools. The purpose of the summit is to discuss transitioning Malcolm Price Laboratory School to an R&D school.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

DOES YOUR VOTE COUNT?

To celebrate Constitution Day, American Democracy Project/Provost's Office are hosting two speakers from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Lang Hall Auditorium, with a reception to follow. Topics are "Does Your Vote Count?" with Kirk Lund from Citizens for Election Integrity, and "Redistricting the Iowa Way: A Nonpartisan Approach" with Ed Cook, Iowa Legislative Services Agency. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/adp. Free and open to the public.

SAMUEL BETANCES IS COMING TO UNI

Samuel Betances, a biracial, bi-cultural and bilingual citizen of the world and diversity education expert, will speak on racial and ethnic minority success at 3:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20, in the Maucker Union Ballroom.

POLITICS OF GAY MARRIAGE

Continue the LGBT Dialogue and Reflection around Civility with a panel discussion on "The Politics of Gay Marriage," from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. For more information, visit http://www.gbpac.com/learn/standing-on-higher-ground.

PUBLIC OPINION AND NOMINATIONS TO U.S. SUPREME COURT

James L. Gibson, the Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government at Washington University in St. Louis, will give a presentation at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, in SRL 115 titled "The American Mass Public and the U.S. Supreme Court: The Sotomayor and Kagan Nominations." Gibson has conducted extensive research on the relationship between the U.S. Supreme Court and public opinion which has recently found that confirmation battles can potentially damage existing broad levels of public support for the Court as an institution.

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR

Four geology majors will recount their experiences at Geology Field Camp this past summer and how their course work and experiences at UNI prepared them for problem solving in the field. They will speak at 4 p.m., Monday Sept. 20, in LAT 125.

SPEAKER ON GLOBAL WATER ISSUESNEW

The Wilson Series in Business Ethics will host “Water, Water, Everywhere…????” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in SEC 246. Mark Hays, Senior Researcher for Corporate Accountability International, will speak on the importance of global water issues, especially the negative social and environmental effects of the bottled water industry.

SAVE THE DATE OCT. 8 FOR LEADERS IN EDUCATION LECTURE SERIES

UNI will host a Leaders in Education Lecture Series at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom, featuring Sharon Robinson, president and CEO of American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She will discuss premier teacher and education leader programs. A reception will follow to welcome Dwight C. Watson, COE dean, to the UNI campus.

CROW FORUMNEW

A CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Oct. 4, in the CME 109A. Mary Losch, Center for Social and Behavioral Research, will present "Iowa Initiative Research Program: Addressing Unintended Pregnancy in Iowa." The Women's and Gender Studies Program sponsors the Current Research on Women Forum Series. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to gather for informal presentation and discussion. Bring your lunch.

PERFORMING ARTS

DOUBLE BASS WEEKEND

UNI School of Music faculty artist Hunter Capoccioni will coordinate a weekend long double-bass festival including recital performances by guest artist Michael J. Cameron, professor of double bass at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and Mark Urness, professor of music at Lawrence University. Performances will be held at 5:30 p.m. (Cameron) and 8 p.m. (Urness), Saturday, Sept. 18, and master classes will be held Sunday, Sept. 19. For more information, contact Hunter.Capoccioni@uni.edu.

FACULTY AND GUEST ARTIST RECITAL

UNI School of Music faculty artist Robert Washut will present a jazz recital featuring guest artist Mark Urness, bass, as well as jazz faculty artists at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

THE FOUR TOPS & THE TEMPTATIONS

The Temptations were the definitive male vocal group of the '60s. Their pop smash "The Way You Do the Things You Do," was the first in a series of 37 career Top Ten hits, including their signature song, "My Girl," a No. 1 pop and R&B hit. Motown legends The Four Tops spent more than four decades without a single personnel change. Some of their greatest recordings include "Reach Out, I'll Be There," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" and "Baby I Need Your Loving." They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. The Four Tops and The Temptations will perform at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, at the GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX or visit www.gbpac.org.

ALL-STATE WIND, BRASS AND PERCUSSION WORKSHOPSNEW

The UNI School of Music presents its annual hands-on workshops for high school student instrumentalists preparing for All-State competition at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26, in RSL and the GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public, but does require registration. To register, visit www.uni.edu/music or call 3-2025.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

START A BUSINESS I WORKSHOP

Start a Business I Workshop will take place from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, in BCS 33. This course is designed to teach the basics of starting a small business including business structure, taxes and resources. Advance registration required. For more information, e-mail jpec@uni.edu or call 3-5732.

START A BUSINESS II WORKSHOP

The Start a Business II Workshop will be offered from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.,Thursday, Sept. 23, in BCS 33. Learn the components of a business plan and what makes an effective plan. This workshop builds upon information in Start a Business I workshop. Advance registration is required. Pre-requisite: Start a Business I. Register at jpec@uni.edu or 3-5732.

POWER OF THE PURSE IV: CHOICES SEMINARNEW

Power of the Purse IV, a day long financial seminar for women, will be Sept. 28. Keynote speaker, Joyce Morrow, of UNI Financial Services, will present "What Happened to the Public in Public University?" All new topics for breakout sessions will be presented by experts in their field. To register online, visit https://www.adv.uni.edu/alumassoc/events/eventform.aspx?EventKey=374&Event=Al%20Pow0910&Type=FND

MAXIMIZE YOUR COGNITIVE CAPACITY WORKSHOPNEW

The management workshop "Maximize Your Cognitive Capacity" will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, in the BCS. The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 23. Workshop participants will explore techniques to improve memory, attention and creativity.The cost to UNI employees is $247.50. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 3-5851 or execdev@uni.edu, or visit http://www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev/ContentPage.aspx?id=52.

FREE WORKSHOP: THAT'S SO GAY

Iowa Safe Schools will host this workshop for education majors at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, in the CME. That's so gay, no homo, fag and dyke are heard countless times in our schools. But how do you stop students from saying these hurtful words and phrases? This session is designed to create awareness of bullying and harassment facing LGBT students, and offer proven solutions to ending bullying and harassment. RSVP to amy.hunzelman@uni.edu or 3-3679.

EMPLOYMENT

P & S VACANCIES

Vacancies at the P&S level include assistant director/UNItix client services. To view the complete job description, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.

JOB OPENINGS AT UNINEW

The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at www.uni.edu/resources/employment/.

MERIT VACANCIESNEW

Merit vacancies are available for viewing at www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.asp.

DINING SPECIALS

PREXY'S HAS NEW LUNCH FEATURES

Wasabi will have weekly features from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays. Coming up this month: Sept. 9, potato bar; Sept. 15, Sushi; and Sept. 16, pasta bar. For more on retail promotions, visit www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening or check us out on Facebook.

NEWS

LIBERAL ARTS CORE PROPOSAL DEADLINES

In order to expedite its work, the Liberal Arts Core Committee (LACC) adopted new deadlines for submission of liberal arts core course proposals. The committee would like to have proposals nearly a year in advance: for fall semester offerings, Sept. 15 of the previous fall; for spring semester offerings, Feb. 15 of the previous spring; and for summer offerings, Sept. 15 of the previous calendar year. These deadlines have been on the "Liberal Arts Core Course Proposal" form for some time. For more information, contact Betty DeBerg, chair of the LACC, at deberg@uni.edu.

ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY CONCERNS

To report a campus environmental safety concern, contact a University Health and Safety Committee representative or committee chair, kathy.green@uni.edu, 3-6921. Committee information is listed at
http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/healthsafety/safety/unisafe.shtml. If a safety issue needs immediate attention, contact Environmental Safety staff, wendel.reece@uni.edu, 3-7269, or gordon.krueger@uni.edu, 3-3445.

 

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP PROGRAM

The International Friendship Program is seeking family volunteers to participate in a non-residential host family program for international students. Host families connect with international students about once per month for dinner and share American culture and English conversation. There are students from Turkey, China and Saudi Arabia who would like to have a family to visit. For more information, contact Sally Roos at ciepactivities@uni.edu.

FALL 2010 PAWSITIVE IMPACT NEWSLETTER FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

The Office of the Registrar has created a newsletter for faculty and staff entitled PAWSitive Impact. This newsletter will be released at the beginning of every semester, and it includes news and announcements such as updates to commencement, grade submission deadlines, the impact of the Federal Textbook Disclosure Law and information regarding Student Information System progress. The fall 2010 PAWSitive Impact Newsletter is available at http://www.uni.edu/registrar/faculty/newsletter/vol-1/issue1.

UNI ALERT TEST SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY

The first campus-wide test of the UNI Alert system for this school year will take place Monday, Sept.20, at approximately noon. If you haven't updated your contact information, log in to MyUNIverse and select Update My Personal Information in the My Personal Records channel. Select the UNI ALERT tab. Enter your emergency contact information and save the changes.

LAST CALL FOR PROPOSALS - ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS

Faculty members who are interested in converting an existing course to a fully online format can submit a course proposal through Friday, Sept. 17. Up to 20 awards are available and include $1,000 per credit hour, $1,000 for attending a Quality Matters workshop and opportunity to become a peer reviewer for online courses, which also includes a stipend. Guidelines and a proposal form are available at http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/faculty/spring2011. For more information, contact Belle Cowden at 3-7211 or belle.cowden@uni.edu.

 

NAMING THE NEW MERGED COLLEGENEW

The College Merger Steering Committee will hold an open forum on naming the new CHFA-CNS merged college from 4 to 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, in the Elm Room in Maucker Union. Results of the ballot, currently on My Universe, will be made public. The steering committee wants to hear arguments for or against the top vote getters. All CHFA and CNS faculty and staff are encouraged to vote and to attend the public forum.

 

UNI COMMUNITY VISIT DAYS

UNI is planning three Community Visit Days for President Allen and university administrators. Communities include: Quad Cities, Sept. 23; Sioux City, Oct. 14; and West Des Moines, Nov. 16. Activities include school visits, meetings with business and education leaders, legislators and donors. For more information, contact Stacey Christensen, 3-3170.

SUPERVISORY & CONFIDENTIAL COUNCIL MEETING

A Supervisory and Confidential Council meeting is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, in GIL 025.

UNI IN THE NEWS

Jeff Beneke, CEEE, was quoted in a Radio Iowa story about the Iowa School Energy Challenge.

http://www.radioiowa.com/2010/09/13/schools-have-chance-to-participate-in-energy-challenge/.

FREE LASERJET CARTRIDGES

If you have a use for two HP LaserJet 95A (92295A) toner cartridges contact Betty Bagenstos, mathematics. E-mail Betty.Bagenstos@uni.edu or call 3-2631. For departmental use only. First come, first served.

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EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

SPSS SHORT COURSE

There will be a free hands-on short course on using SPSS from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, in WRT 110. The class is suitable for beginners. The Department of Mathematics provides assistance to faculty, staff and students through its Statistical Consulting Lab. For assistance or to RSVP, contact Mark Jacobson at 3-7172 or jacobson@cs.uni.edu. For more information, visit www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL/.

 

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILE

The first Blood Chemistry Profile screening of the academic year will be from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the WRC 175. One free BCP per academic year is available to UNI employees who qualify for insurance benefits. With a BCP screening, blood is drawn to test for 23 components including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, blood sugar, iron, etc. Employees who wish to have a prostate test or complete blood count test will pay an extra $10 and/or a thyroid test for $10. Pay by cash, check, or payroll deduction. Students, retirees and spouses may sign up as well for a $20 BCP fee. Call 3-6119 to schedule.

MASSAGESNEW

Students, staff and faculty can take advantage of massages in the WRC Wellness Lab Room 104. Call 3-6119 to make an appointment. Pricing is 15 minutes for $15, 30 minutes for $25, 45 minutes for $35, 60 minutes for $45 or 90 minutes for $65. Gift cards are also available.

PERSONAL TRAINERS AVAILABLE

Let a personal trainer design a program with your specific goals in mind. Trainers are results driven and want you to succeed. Contact Kristy Leen at 3-7167 or kristy.leen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICS
Men's basketball hosts Bradley at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 9, in the McLeod Center.
Women's basketball hosts Missouri State at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, and  Wichita State at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8. Both games are in the McLeod Center.
Correction: Wrestling hosts the NWCA National Duals tournament on Saturday, Jan. 8, and Sunday, Jan. 9, in the UNI-Dome. Action begins at 9 a.m. both days.