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Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011

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NEWS

VOLUNTEER USHERS NEEDED FOR COMMENCEMENTNEW

Volunteers are needed to assist with ushering and other guest-service tasks for commencement on Saturday, May 7, in the UNI-Dome. Ushers will need to report at 7 a.m. and will help find seating, distribute programs, answer directional questions, assist guests with special needs and help manage the security lines. To sign up, contact Vee Shaffer at vee.shaffer@uni.edu or 273-3677.

RESERVE REINSTATEMENT LISTSNEW

Faculty who wish to keep the same items from the spring 2011 semester on reserve for the summer 2011 semester should submit a reinstatement request to the Rod Library reserve desk by Friday, May 6. Requests can be submitted electronically at http://www.uni.edu/library/reinstatement/.

G PARKING PERMIT LOTTERY FOR 2011-2012NEW

Names can be submitted for the 24 G parking spaces in the farthest-north row of the Gilchrist lot and 31 spaces in the Multimodal Transportation Center. Requests will be taken through 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 15. Requests may be made in writing to the Department of Public Safety or via the online parking permit application in MyUNIverse. Written requests should include name, campus address and area of interest (Gilchrist or Multimodal). The G lottery is open to faculty and staff only. The proposed price for the 2011-2012 G permit is $381. Eligible persons (permanent employees) interested in choosing the 12-month pretax payroll deduction payment option must be available between Monday, July 25 and Monday, Aug. 15, to receive notification of their status and purchase the permit, if eligible. If you have questions about this permit option, call 273-2710.

OMICRON DELTA KAPPA BOOK DRIVE

Got extra books? Have books the bookstore won't buy back? Donate them to Omicron Delta Kappa's book drive, happening now. Donation bins are located in Maucker Union by Veridian, MSH, SEC and RSL. For more information, contact Michael McGarvey at mcgarvem@uni.edu.

PANTHER PICK UP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Panther Pick Up May 4 through 6. Volunteers are needed to accept donations, to explain the event to passers-by and to encourage students to bring things to the truck rather than discarding in the nearby dumpsters. Volunteer shifts include Wednesday, May 4, 1 to 4 p.m.; Thursday, May 5, 1 to 4 p.m.; and  Friday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Towers, East Towers, East Redeker and West 23rd Street. To volunteer, email kathy.green@uni.edu.

OSP PRE-AWARD SERVICES SURVEY

In order to evaluate and improve the pre-award services offered by the Office of Sponsored Programs, OSP invites faculty and staff to participate in a short survey available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OSP_Pre-Award_Survey.  Please complete the survey by Thursday, April 28. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes and all responses are anonymous. Questions may be directed to Hillery.Oberle@uni.edu.

PANTHER SPEAKERS WEBINAR PRESENTATION ON ENERGY ARCHIVEDNEW

The last Panther Speakers webinar of the year has been archived at www.uni.edu/pantherspeakers. Kamyar Enshayan, CEEE, presented "Living Within Our Means Energy Wise."

FACULTY SURVEY OF WRITINGNEW

The University Writing Committee invites all faculty and instructional staff to participate in the survey on writing. This will complement student perceptions gathered through NSSE and provide data on how writing is actually taught at UNI. Please complete the survey at http://tinyurl.com/2frzgjk.

NATIONAL PLAYGROUND SAFETY WEEKNEW

The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), housed at UNI, is celebrating National Playground Safety Week, April 25 through 29. A planning guide, entitled "Building Playgrounds: A Guide to the Planning Process," is available to those interested. The program encourages individuals to write letters to their state governor so National Playground Safety Week can be recognized in all 50 states. So far, governors from 11 states, including Iowa, are participating. For more information about course offerings and the NPPS, contact Donna Thompson at 273-2416 or visit www.playgroundsafety.org.

S&C COUNCIL - CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

On June 30, Irene Elbert and Donna Uhlenhopp will complete their three-year terms as representatives for the Supervisory & Confidential (S&C) Council. As a result, there will be two vacancies for supervisory members on the S&C Council. Both appointments will be for a three-year term beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2014. Self-nomination is appropriate and encouraged. To nominate someone else, get the nominee's permission before submitting his/her name for inclusion on the ballot. Nominations are due to Sheri Bishop by Sunday, May 15, by campus mail (zip 0310) or by email to sheri.bishop@uni.edu. A complete listing of S&C employees is at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/s_c_council/index.shtml.

CO-CHAIR, COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES ELECTIONS

Elections for chair of the faculty and chair of the graduate faculty are available online now through 5 p.m., Thursday, April 28.

UNI SUMMER CAMPS WEBSITE

If you are offering a summer camp, please visit http://www.uni.edu/camps/ and submit your camp information via the link near the bottom of the page. Once your camp information is reviewed, it will appear on the Camps' website. You will then be given access information to edit your camp's page as necessary. This does not replace the main site for your camp, but allows a one-stop location for people to look at the camps UNI has to offer. When UNI's camps are promoted, this is the website that will be referenced. 

WISH SHIRLEY UEHLE A HAPPY RETIREMENT NEW

Shirley Uehle, currently serving as secretary for the Office of Academic Assessment and director of the Liberal Arts Core, is leaving UNI after 29 years of contributions across the campus. Please send her your best wishes for her retirement (shirley.uehle@uni.edu). Her last day will be Monday, May 2.

RESOURCES

MIGRATE YOUR ELEARNING COURSE TO BB LEARN 9

UNI faculty planning to use the UNI eLearning system for fall 2011 courses who want to use an existing course as a template are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the new “Migrating to Bb Learn 9” workshops. During these workshops you will take one of your existing eLearning classes and migrate it to the new Bb Learn 9 system. Several workshops have been added to the schedule in May and June. For specific times and workshop details, visit https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start&admin_group=ITSETF.

EXPANDED FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR OPPORTUNITIES TO INDIA

India is the largest U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program this year and includes a new teaching/research award that is open to all disciplines and faculties, and for projects in multiple and interdisciplinary fields. Competitive stipends and dependent tuition allowance (K through 12) make this a good option for families. For more information on expanded opportunities for India, visit http://www.cies.org/Fulbright/india/ or email nadia.korobova@uni.edu.

STUDIOIT AND CBTC RESERVATIONS FOR FALL 2011

ITS Educational Technology is taking StudioIT and Computer Based Testing Center (CBTC) reservations for academic classes scheduled for fall 2011. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations for UNI staff training events will be accepted after Thursday, May 5. To submit a reservation inquiry, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/forms/studio-it-or-computer-based-testing-center-reservation.

SPECIAL EVENTS

BLOOD DRIVE WEDNESDAY IN MAUCKER UNIONNEW

SAE Fraternity and the Red Cross will host a blood drive on Wednesday, April 27, in the Ballrooms, MAU. Blood donations are needed. Walk ins are welcome, or sign up for a time slot at www.redcrossblood.org and search for the UNI drive (sponsor code 740).

TAKE BACK THE NIGHTNEW

Be part of the solution to end sexual violence by participating in Take Back the Night, Thursday, April 28. Sign making starts at 6 p.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom. The march begins at 7:30 p.m. by the Maucker Union Fountain. Sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies, GEA, SAVE and NISG.

STUDENT NATURE SOCIETY AND UNI BOTANICAL CENTER'S ANNUAL PLANT SALE

Support the Student Nature Society and the UNI Botanical Center by purchasing plants from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 28, at the UNI Botanical Center.

SIXTH ANNUAL MINI-SUMO ROBOTICS COMPETITION

The Sixth Annual Mini-Sumo Robotics Competition will occur from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 28, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. The public and UNI faculty, staff and students are invited to watch UNI robotics students compete in an invitational competition that brings mini-sumo robots from around the U.S. to Cedar Falls. This year's contest will see the largest field ever, and UNI students have built 30 mini-sumos in preparation. http://www.narobotics.org/

CAMP MULTIMEDIA: REGISTER BY MAY 16, SAVE $25

Camp Multimedia (CMM) is a digital media summer camp for middle school students (grades six through nine) sponsored by UNI's Department of Communication Studies. CMM will be held Monday through Friday, June 20 through 24 and June 27 through July 1. The camp offers intense instruction in Photoshop, Flash, After Effects and digital video in the advanced media lab facilities of Lang Hall. Students learn how to integrate images, 2-D and 3-D animation, special effects, and video together in professional-level projects; and visit digital production studios in the Cedar Valley. Students entering sixth grade in fall 2011 are eligible, as are students just graduating from ninth grade in June 2011. The cost for each week is $250. Save $25 by signing up by Monday, May 16. For more information, visit: http://www.campmultimedia.com or call 273-5972.

UNI ROTC AWARDS CEREMONYNEW

The UNI ROTC Awards Ceremony will take place at 4 p.m., Friday, April 29, in the West Gym. Former Iowa Attorney General and retired Army Maj. Gen. Evan Hultman will be the guest speaker.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

POETS TO READ AT UNI TUESDAYNEW

UNI's "Writers Talk" Reading Series will host a reading by poets Stacia M. Fleegal and Dan Nowak to celebrate National Poetry Month at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, in 161 BAK. This event is free and open to the public. Fleegal is the author of the poetry collections "Versus" (BlazeVox, 2011) and "Anatomy of a Shape-Shifter" (WordTech, 2010). Nowak's poetry books include "Of a Bed Frame" (Ascents, 2011) and "Recycle Suburbia" (Quercus Review, 2008). For more information, contact Vince Gotera at 273-7061 or vince.gotera@uni.edu.

'THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP – GOING BEYOND SOCIOECONOMIC AND CULTURAL FACTORS'

Hot Topics in Education: Professional Development Webinars are free one-hour webinars taught by UNI faculty and staff. The next webinar, "The Achievement Gap – Going Beyond Socioeconomic and Cultural Factors," will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, and features Dewitt Jones, educational leadership and postsecondary education. This session will address the roles schools, teachers, administrators, parents, government and researchers play in improving student achievement. These webinars are open to the entire UNI community. To register, visit http://www.uni.edu/coe/about/coe-professional-development-webinars or contact Mary Herring at 273-2719.

UNI STEM MEETING

Anyone interested in supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education in Iowa should attend the UNI STEM meeting from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, in the Oak Room, MAU. Primary meeting discussion/theme: Summer STEM camps for Iowa's K through 12 students at UNI ... 2011 and Beyond. Help Iowa's students learn that UNI is a great place to go for STEM research and education.

ASSOCIATE PROVOST FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS CANDIDATES

The Associate Provost for International Programs (APIP) search committee invites all members of the campus community to attend the open forums at which the APIP candidates will give a short presentation on "Challenges for internationalization of universities in the 21st century: Lessons for UNI" followed by a question/answer session. An electronic evaluation form has been set up for each candidate. The forms will be available at https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/surveys/takeSurvey.cgi. The forum for the third cadidate is scheduled from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, in 244/245 SEC. 

PERFORMING ARTS

UNI CANTOREI CONCERT

The UNI Cantorei will offer a spring recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

UNI JAZZ BAND III & COMBOS CONCERT

The UNI Jazz Band III and Jazz Combos will present a concert under the direction of Chris Merz and graduate student conductors at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES: UNI VARSITY MEN’S GLEE CLUB

The UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club will offer a concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.

UNI STUDENT CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT

UNI students will offer a chamber music concert at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

HALF-MASTED PRESENTS: IMPROVISED COMEDY AT THE BERTHA MARTIN THEATER

Half-Masted will offer three nights of improvised comedy at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at the Bertha Martin Theatre, SWT. A family-friendly matinee will take place at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30. Tickets for the general public are $3, $1 for students and children are admitted free (cash and checks only). For reservations, email doug@half-masted.com.

KALEIDOSCOPE SERIES TICKETS ON SALE

Request your tickets for Allen Hospital's 2011-2012 Kaleidoscope Series for Youth, Tuesday, April 26, beginning at 7:30 a.m. online. All performances are connected to classroom curriculum, and tickets are only $1. Check out the season lineup at http://www.gbpac.org/learn/kaleidoscope20112012.

UNI NEW HORIZONS BAND SPRING CONCERT

The New Horizons Band will offer its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 2, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. The New Horizons Band features musicians 55 and older who travel from all over Iowa to participate. This event is free and open to the public.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

2011 JAPAN EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI RELIEF FUND DRIVE

In response to the earthquake/tsunami disaster of March 11, the Department of History is sponsoring a fund drive for the victims in Japan. The movie "Hura Gāru" ("Hula Girls") will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, in 115 SRL. "Hula Girls" is an award-winning Japanese film based on real-life events showing how a group of girls learned to hula dance to save their small mining village. Their efforts also helped create the Joban Hawaiian Center, which became one of Japan's most popular theme parks. There is no admittance fee, but there will be an opportunity to donate funds to a UNI account established for the purpose of providing relief in Japan.

SATURDAY FILM SERIES: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS

Episode 6: "Surviving Saturday," will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at the University Museum. In this groundbreaking series, David Attenborough takes the viewer on a guided tour through the secret world of plants to see things no unaided eye could witness.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICSNEW

Softball hosts Wichita State in a doubleheader at noon, Saturday, April 30, and in a single game at noon, Sunday, May 1. All games are at the Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex. Football will play in its annual spring game on Friday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the UNI-Dome.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

'MANY ARE GOOD, FEW ARE GREAT' WORKSHOP ON MAY 9

The management workshop "Many are Good, Few are Great: How to Go from a Good Organization to a Great Organization" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 9, in the BCS. The registration deadline is Monday, May 2. Patrick Langan will use Jim Collins’ best-selling business book, “Good to Great,” to evaluate the requirements of leaders moving their team forward and making it great. Workshop participants will also learn strategies for improving the performance of their employees. The discounted price is $112 for UNI employees. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu.

MINORITY MALE FORUM: EMPOWERING THE MALENEW

The UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE) will host a two-day forum designed for the minority male to have an open dialog with policy makers and community resource people. Guest speakers will cover problems, barriers and solutions in four areas: educational opportunities; housing and social services; health, mental health and substance abuse; and the criminal justice system. The Minority Male Forum will be held on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at UNI-CUE, located at 800 Sycamore St., Waterloo. This forum is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, call 433-1220.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

GO BY BICYCLENEW

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is heading a statewide wellness campaign on bicycles, which includes a how-to bicycle manual, travel/trails guide and an Iowa Goes By Bicycle challenge beginning in May. Register or request the guide at http://iowagoesbybicycle.com.

EMPLOYMENT

MERIT VACANCIES
P & S VACANCIESNEW

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

JOB OPENINGS AT UNI

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

HOURS

LIBRARY HOURS FOR FINAL EXAM WEEK & THE WEEKEND BEFORE SUMMER SESSION 2011NEW

The library hours for Wednesday, April 27, through Tuesday, May 3, are extended hours. 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#springfinals