The Reaching for Higher Ground committee seeks proposals from faculty, staff and students for mini-grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 that focus on this year's project "Community After 9/11." Up to 10 grants may be awarded. Grants must support activities and programming that reflect the mission and values of the Reaching for Higher Ground Project during the 2011-2012 academic year. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 11. For more information and an application, visit www.uni.edu/higherground/mini-grants. Contact Hillery Oberle at 273-3961 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011
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National Student Employment Week is April 11 through 15. During this week, departments are encouraged to recognize and celebrate the contributions of their student employees. The following are some ways to celebrate student employees: write a thank you card, have an office treat day where staff bring goodies for students, individually thank student employees for their specific contributions and decorate students' workstations. Students play a big role in making UNI run smoothly. Please take the time to acknowledge their contributions.
Chris Larimer, political science, will be a featured guest on Iowa Public Radio's The Exchange at noon, Tuesday, April 5.
The U.S. Department of Education has announced the latest round of grants in the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). This grant program is the Department of Education's primary funding mechanism for college- and university-level projects; the program supports and disseminates innovative reform projects that promise to be models for improving the quality of postsecondary education and increasing student access. The grant deadline is Monday, May 23. For more information see http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fipsecomp/index.html. To apply, email email@example.com.
Regents Staff Excellence awards are presented annually to those P&S employees from Regents institutions who have made outstanding professional contributions during their careers. Any Regent employee may nominate a deserving P&S employee for this award. Winners will be announced at Convocation and the P&S Meet the Pres event in the fall. To review the guidelines and submit a nomination, visit http://www.uni.edu/pscouncil/activities/awards.
The Regents Award for Staff Excellence is presented biannually to a Supervisory or Confidential Council employee who has demonstrated outstanding professional contributions to the university. Nominations are accepted from UNI students, faculty and staff members. Submissions are due Friday, April 8. Guidelines, nomination forms and a list of eligible employees are at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/s_c_council/regents_award.shtml.
A car key and remote was found on a bench on the ground floor of Lang Hall on Thursday, March 31. Please come to the communication studies department office (Lang 326) to identify and claim.
The UNI Online Directory (http://www.uni.edu/directory) is a source for current faculty and staff contact information. To verify or make any changes to your home and/or office contact information, log in to MyUNIverse > Update My Personal Information. This information is sent directly to Human Resource Services via email and will be updated within four working days.
The deadline for nominations for the UNI Creating a Responsible Environment awards is Friday, April 8. Students, faculty, staff, student organizations and departments are eligible. Nomination information can be found at www.uni.edu/sustainability. Award winners will be recognized at the annual Sustainability Forum on Thursday, April 21.
Full-time tenured or tenure-track instructional faculty members who wish to apply for study rooms in the library for the summer session should do so by Friday, April 8. Application forms are available at http://www.uni.edu/library/facstudy and also in the library's main office. For more information, call Paulette Courtney at 273-2737.
Please encourage students to apply for an NISG executive director position. This is an excellent way for students to get involved and serve other students. Applications and job descriptions are available at http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/government/nisg-open-positions Deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, April 8. Direct any questions to Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for something fun to do on a Friday or Saturday night or Sunday afternoon? Would you like to see a Strayer-Wood Theatre performance for free? Sign up to be an usher for one or more performances of "Urinetown," music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and the book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16 and April 21 and 23, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 17, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. For more information, contact Allison Krois at email@example.com.
The College of Education spring COE Acclaim newsletter highlighting faculty and staff accomplishments and the latest COE news is available at http://www.uni.edu/coe/news/coe-acclaim-newsletters.
Summer hours for university offices will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Monday, May 9. Summer hours will remain in effect through Friday, Aug. 12. Supervisors of staff who do not have email access are asked to inform them of summer hours.
Each year, communities come together in April to celebrate National Public Health Week and help improve our nation’s health. This year's emphasis is safety. Tuesday's focus is "Safety at Work." Information about office ergonomics will be distributed at the WRC.
Open enrollment for academic administrators, faculty, institutional officials, Merit Supervisory and P&S staff will be April 18 through May 31. Open enrollment is a good time to review your benefit options and explore all that UNI has to offer. New benefit plan options offered this year allow you to choose a health and dental plan that best meets your needs. Visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/benefits to get a head start reviewing the new benefit overviews, plan comparisons, FAQs, and dates for upcoming informational sessions.
The FW90 transaction is now called Financial Resources for Students and will be used for processing scholarship awards for the 2011-2012 academic year. The final group training session for the semester will be offered from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in 109 SAB. To register, click here. For more information, contact Evie Waack or Denise Parks at 273-2700.
The Office of Sponsored Programs will host the first of a three-part research opportunities webinar series by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). A basic overview session will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in 213 East Bartlett. During this first webinar, IES staff will provide a general overview of IES, NCSER and NCER research topics, the IES goal structure, and the peer review process. The second and third webinars in the series are the Grant Writing Workshop and the Application Process. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/osp/ies-webinar-series or contact Hillery Oberle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-3961.
UNI faculty who plan to use the UNI eLearning system for their fall 2011 courses and 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. Workshops will be held on Wednesday, April 6, Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 20. For specific times and workshop details, visit https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start&admin_group=ITSETF.
Do you see students struggling financially but don’t know how to assist? Managing money can be a very difficult task for students, one that can often impact their overall livelihood on a college campus. The “Live Like A Student” financial literacy program was established in 2010 to assist students with improving their understanding of how choices today can impact their financial future. The Office of Student Financial Aid will present “Expanding Your Financial Literacy Toolkit: Helping Students Help Themselves” at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 21, in the Oak Room, MAU. This hour-long presentation will allow faculty and staff to learn about the “Live Like A Student” program, as well as obtain resources to assist students in understanding their financial options. Click here to register.
The number for requesting research help and other information about Rod Library resources and services via text message has changed to 250-4100. Research help can also be requested through other channels such as chat, email, telephone and in person, as described at http://www.library.uni.edu/ask-us-research-help.
UNI's Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, will sell Guatemalan handmade crafts from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, in Maucker Union. All proceeds will go to Guatemalans affected by the Postville Raids of 2008. Crafts range from purses and wallets to shawls, and bookmarks. Purchases must be made in cash.
Join members of the UNI Campus Ministry Association for a free luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center. Soup, sandwiches, salad, dessert and drinks will be available. This is a great opportunity to connect with other UNI faculty and staff, along with campus ministers from various religious organizations, centers and congregations in the UNI community.
Join the Department of Industrial Technology, Project Lead The Way® (PLTW) and the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) for a Preservice PLTW Lab Open House from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in 014 ITTC. There will be hands-on demonstrations, tours and refreshments. At 3 p.m., there will be remarks by Gloria Gibson, provost; Joel Haack, dean, CNS/CHFA; Thor Misko, acting CEO, PLTW, Clifton Park, NY; and Doug Hotek, industrial technology, affiliate director for PLTW. UNI is the first university beyond the pilot program to offer preservice PLTW training, allowing graduating technology, mathematics and science teachers to teach PLTW in the classroom from day one. RSVP to IMSEP@uni.edu by Monday, April 4.
UNI Dance Marathon will host a meeting open to anyone interested in getting involved with the organization at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the University Room, MAU. There are several committees with openings for people who are passionate about the cause. For more information, email Dakotah Reed at email@example.com or call 641-777-2802.
Come to Campus Activities Board's Open Mic Night featuring student musicians and poets, followed by a performance by slam poets Dynamic Duo. The show is at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the Coffeehouse, MAU.
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes is an international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Men are asked to walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes to protest sexualized violence. UNI's Greek Week and Interfraternity Council will host this event on Thursday, April 14, starting at the Alumni House. The race starts at 5:30 p.m. For this event to be successful, men need to volunteer to walk. For more information or to participate, contact Katie O'Keefe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUASH, the Quest to Unravel Alzheimer's Scavenger Hunt, is back for 2011. Gather a team of two to four people to challenge your body and mind in a campus-wide event at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 16. Each QUASH team is asked to raise $100 per participant to benefit and support the Alzheimer's Association's research efforts. Register today at www.QUASHnow.org.
The UNI PR Campaign Methods class will host the Troop-A-Palooza Carnival from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 17, at the Cedar Falls High School gym located at 1015 Division St. The event features a meal, games and chances to win prizes, such as hotel stays, pool passes and more. Admission is $5 and includes a meal ticket. Purchase tickets at the door on April 17. Visit http://www.wix.com/girlscoutseiwi/troopapalooza or contact email@example.com for more information.
Throughout the month of April, the Office of Student Financial Aid will sponsor five Food and Finances workshops covering a variety of topics: investments, purchasing a car, purchasing a home, choosing benefits at work and the psychology of money. These events are open to faculty, staff and students. Faculty, please encourage students to attend. If you plan on having a large number of students attend, contact Liz Hoium in the Office of Student Financial Aid at 273-6395. For a list of speakers and times, visit http://www.uni.edu/finaid.
School of Music instructor of music education Michelle Swanson will coordinate a Music Education Workshop on Saturday, April 9 at 8 a.m. in Davis Hall, GBPAC. For more information, contact Michelle.Swanson@uni.edu.
Faculty and academic affairs staff are invited to an introductory three-hour Diversity Inclusion workshop led by UNI faculty and staff. The workshop is based on the National Coalition Building Institute model, which features interactive activities in a positive learning environment. Dates and times are: Tuesday, April 12, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Monday, April 25, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and April 25, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. To reserve a spot, contact Alisa Weeks at 273-2519 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, April 6. For more information on NCBI and the UNI leadership team, see the Provost's newsletter: http://www.uni.edu/provost/sites/default/files/uni_academic_affairs_spring2011_hqp.pdf.
The Office of Academic Advising will host a webinar focused on helping first-generation college students maximize their college experience. The webinar is from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in Studio IT 1, ITTC 134. More than 22 percent of UNI's 2010 freshman class identified themselves as first-generation college students. Webinar participants will learn about: challenges and strengths of first-generation college students and their families; strategies to cope with parental resistance due to uncertainty; key partnerships to build relationships with parents; and small, simple strategies that make a difference. For more information, visit http://www.innovativeeducators.org/product_p/576.htm or call Jean Neibauer at 273-3406.
The management workshop "Only as Strong as Your Weakest Link: Building a Strong, Effective Team" will be offered from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in 30 BCS. The registration deadline is Thursday, April 7. Participants will identify team member’s strengths and weaknesses and learn how to harness the power of their team to advance to a highly effective and successful work group. The discounted price is $112 for UNI employees. UNI departments can purchase a consortium membership, which entitles the department to five seats to any of the 2011 management training workshops, for only $995. Half-day workshops only use a half seat. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 273-5851 or email@example.com.
An Interactive Technology Summit will take place from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m., Friday, April 8, in 134 ITTC. This summit offers public dialogue among the innovative business leaders in the Cedar Valley’s blossoming interactive technology industry and UNI faculty members who are developing an integrated interdisciplinary approach to interactive digital studies. The summit will feature four speakers: Russ Wasendorf Jr., PFGBEST; Wade Arnold, T8Webware; Eugene Wallingford, computer science; and Bettina Fabos, communication studies. A moderated discussion will be led by Matthew Wilson, marketing; a Q&A session will follow the speakers.
The Department of Modern Languages will host a one-day conference on The State of Language Education in K-12 Schools in Iowa. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9, in 109 CBB and will feature presentations on best practices, case studies of successful programs and programs in crisis and a roundtable of faculty and administrators reflecting on ideas presented throughout the day. The evening will conclude with a keynote address by Paul Sandrock, associate director for professional development at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines within the College of Social and Behavioral Science, will present their research in poster sessions and panel discussions from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 9. Poster sessions will be in the Sabin Hall Atrium, and presentations and panel discussions will be held throughout the building. The keynote will be presented by Christopher Uggen, Distinguished McKnight Professor of Sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota, on "Crime, Justice and Game-Changing Social Science" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in 002 SAB. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/csbs-conference/.
Register for the conference Community and Inequality: Moving Toward Racial Justice in Local Communities, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 15, in the Georgian Lounge, COM. Todd Swanstrom, University of Missouri, will speak on the impact of inequality on community decisions and community life. Gregory Squires, George Washington University, will speak on housing discrimination, in particular the use of new media to exclude people of color from housing. Admission to the keynote addresses is free. Registration for the full-day conference, including lunch, is $15. Registration after April 6 is $20. For more information, contact the Public Policy office at 273-2910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Honors Student Advisory Board is sponsoring a discussion about casual sex at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in the Ballroom, MAU. Gary Gute, applied human sciences, and Susan Hill, philosophy and religions, will present on this issue and facilitate a discussion afterward. The discussion will focus on the perception of sex as something that does not need a relationship attached to it in our society. Is this something people see as good/bad? Is it a recent state of mind? What are the effects of this?
Juliet B. Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College, will discuss her book "Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth" at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in Lang Hall Auditorium. The book offers a groundbreaking intellectual statement about the economics and sociology of ecological decline, suggesting a radical change in how we think about consumer goods, value and ways to live. Schor is a former member of the Harvard economics department, and a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. For more information, see www.uni.edu/commstudies.
Karen Gale, victim specialist for the FBI, will provide information for students, faculty, staff and community members on Internet safety and how not to be victimized online at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in 247 SEC. A social hour will begin at 5 p.m. The NetSmartz presentation covers many aspects of online life, including risky online behaviors, online predators, cyberbullying, social networking sites, cell phone use, texting and sexting. Learn to recognize and avoid potential dangers when utilizing the Internet for both yourself and your students.
A panel discussion on leadership will be held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the State College Room, MAU. Panel members include Renee Christoffer, vice president of administration, Veridian Credit Union; Steve Dust, CEO, Cedar Valley Alliance; Ritchie Kurtenbach, assistant business manager and organizer, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 288; and Ellen Miller, board member, World’s Window, Cedar Falls. The event is free and open to the public.
New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner will discuss Blue Zones® – places in the world where higher percentages of people are living longer, healthier lives. He will also discuss how cities are receiving makeovers through his Vitality City movement. Buettner will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the Commons Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Blue Zones and Buettner, visit http://www.bluezones.com/.
Is it possible that the secular music you hear on the radio can be spiritual? Speaker David Nantais will discuss popular music and young-adult spirituality at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, at the St. Stephen the Witness Student Center chapel. Nantais is an adjunct instructor in the University of Detroit Mercy Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, director of University Ministry and a freelance writer.
Wallace Hettle, history, will present "Soldiers' Stories: Stonewall Jackson in Civil War Memoirs" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in 115 SRL. The event is free and open to the public.
The Fourth Annual Graduate Student Symposium, sponsored by the Graduate College, is Monday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 13. Creative performances are scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 11, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. On April 13 the poster presentations will be from noon to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom, MAU and the oral presentations will be from noon to 3 p.m. in the lower level, MAU.
The fifth annual College of Humanities and Fine Arts Graduate Research Symposium will be held from noon to 5 p.m., Friday, April 15, in the Great Reading Room, SRL. The symposium will begin with a keynote lecture by Bruce Robbins, Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, who will be followed by half-hour presentations of work by seven graduate students from communication studies, English, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). The event will conclude with remarks by Dean Joel Haack at 5 p.m. and his presentation of awards to the top three presenters. This event is free and open to the public.
Rod Library will host two presentations on the BEPress institutional repository software Digital Commons at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in 324 LIB.
The Plinian Society/Evolution Club will show the film "Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution" at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in 103 MSH. Snacks will be provided and a discussion will follow the movie. For more information, contact Corinthia Black at email@example.com.
Two highly acclaimed documentary films will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in 115 SRL. The films are "Fighting the Silence: Sexual Violence Against Women in Congo" and "Weapon of War: Confessions of Rape in Congo." The screening is co-sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education and UNI-STAND. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/chge.
"Episode 3: Flowering" will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 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.
Tthe UNI Clarinet Studio and Ensemble will offer a spring concert on Thursday, April 7 at 6 p.m. in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
The Northwind Quintet will offer a spring recital at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. The group will feature UNI School of Music faculty artists Tom Barry, oboe; Amanda McCandless, clarinet; David Rachor, bassoon; and Yu-Ting Su, horn, with guest artist Dominique Cawley, flute. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNITUBA Ensembles will offer a spring recital at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
Guest artist Karel Keldermans, carillonneur, will perform at noon at the Campanile on both Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8. Bring your lunch and enjoy a one-of-a-kind musical experience. This event is free and open to the public.
Visiting artists Richard Aaron, cello, and Stephen Shipps, violin, will present a recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Both artists currently serve as professors at the University of Michigan. Aaron has traveled extensively, giving master classes in Madrid, Spain; Manheim, Germany; Seoul, Korea; Matsumoto, Japan; and Paris. Shipps enjoys a varied professional career as a violinist, teacher, editor, administrator, adjudicator and commentator. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Horn Choir will offer a spring recital at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 10, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Community Music School will present spring master classes at noon, Sunday, April 10, in Graham Hall and 116, RSL. For more information, contact Cynthia.Mason@uni.edu
The Symphonic Band will offer a spring concert as part of the Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.
UNI Panther Productions brings singer, songwriter and producer, Mike Posner to perform at UNI’s West Gym April 21. Posner’s recent hits from his debut album “31 Minutes to Takeoff” include, “Cooler Than Me” and “Please Don’t Go.” Tickets can be purchased through any UNItix outlet, online at www.unitix.uni.edu or by calling 273-4TIX. Tickets are $15 for UNI students (limit two) and $25 for public. All seats are general admission.
Check out the Wellness & Recreation Services April newsletter, available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage to check out updates on WRS events and programs, along with wellness tips and articles.
A confidential alcohol screening will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in Old Central Ballroom C, MAU. This program offers screening and education to help students identify and stop unhealthy drinking patterns hopefully before they evolve into substance abuse or substance dependence. Screenings will be done on a drop-in basis. The process will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. There will be free cookies for participants, as well as the chance to enter your name into a prize drawing.