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Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011

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NEWS

FINAL STUDENT RECORDS CONVERSIONNEW

The final conversion to the new SIS system is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5. The Mainframe will remain unavailable to anyone outside the project team for the duration of this final conversion. It should return to service by 7 a.m., Monday, Aug. 8. If you currently rely on any mainframe transactions for your business processes, and have not been contacted by the SIS project team, please visit http://www.uni.edu/sis/content/legacy-mainframe-transaction-end-dates. The new SIS will be shut down at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 so that the final data can be loaded. The only features that will remain available during the conversion are the Online Application for Admission, the MyUNIverse portal and CRM (recruitment).

BOR TO MEET AT UNINEW

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at UNI Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 3 and 4. The docket is available at   http://www.regents.iowa.gov/Meetings/DocketMemos/11Memos/August2011/august2011docket.htm

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE - BARTLETT A LOT REPAIRSNEW

The Bartlett A lot closed for pavement repairs on Aug. 4. Weather permitting, the lot is scheduled to re-open on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Use the Multimodal Transportation Center during this time. If you have questions, contact Public Safety or Doug Lovejoy, facilities planning, at 273-3043.

FACULTY MASTER AGREEMENT UPDATENEW

An error in Article 10 was posted in the webpage version of the Master Agreement 2011-2013. That has since been corrected and can be viewed at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/11-13facultycontract/index.shtml. No changes were needed to the pdf version of the document, also available at the above address.

REVISED POLICY FOR STAFF TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAMNEW

Policy 4.75, Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program, has been revised.  The revised policy is online at http://www.uni.edu/policies/475.

UNI PROFESSIONAL WRITING PROGRAM SEEKS CLIENTSNEW

The UNI Professional Writing Program seeks individual and organizational clients who need to have print and digital publications created, e.g., newsletters, brochures, flyers, proposals, report documents, websites and exhibition storyboards. Contact Adrienne Lamberti, at lamberti@uni.edu for more information.

SUBMIT CONTENT FOR NEXT PANTHER PARENT NEWSLETTERNEW

The first issue of the fall semester Panther Parent newsletter will be emailed by Aug. 15.  The deadline to submit content for consideration is Monday, Aug. 8. Submit items to liz.conklin@uni.edu.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Board of Regents member and past president, David Miles, and Tom Schellhardt, UNI Vice President for Administration and Financial Services, were quoted in an article, "Process of Illumination," in the July/August 2011 issue of the NACUBO Business Officer magazine. http://preview.tinyurl.com/3osp4tk.

Chris Larimer, political science, was quoted recently in a Des Moines Register story. http://preview.tinyurl.com/3g3v385

Aaron Howard, ITS, is quoted in PR Newswire story appearing in Yahoo Finance. http://preview.tinyurl.com/3r74dtz

UPDATING ONLINE DIRECTORYNEW

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.

MAIL CENTER MOVENEW

Beginning Aug. 2 the UNI Mail Center is housed in the Warehouse, located at 2412 W 27th St. This will include the UPS and Federal Express dock. For the time being, the UPS and Fed Ex drop boxes will stay at their present location, 1801 W 31st St. If you need more information, call 273-3230.

G PERMITS STILL AVAILABLE FOR GILCHRIST & MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION CENTERNEW

Spaces are still available for the Gilchrist G & MMTC G parking areas. Names of current staff or faculty must be submitted in writing or via email to the Department of Public Safety by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8. Lottery results will be communicated later in the week of August 8. If you have questions, please call 273-2710.

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO ORDER PARKING PERMITS ONLINE

Order 2011-12 parking permits online and avoid waiting in line in August. A link is in MyUNIverse under Current Announcements or visit https://java.access.uni.edu/ParkingPermit/faces/portal.jspx. The permits will be processed in August. The application form has been updated to include the ability to order a regular vehicle permit in addition to a motorcycle permit. It also allows for the addition of license plate and vehicle information for multiple vehicles. The deadline for current permanent faculty and staff to take advantage of the 12-month pre-tax payment option is 5 p.m., Aug. 15.

SAFETY MESSAGENEW

Gas-powered machines for garden and yard work get a lot of use at this time of year. Use only approved and properly labeled gasoline containers. The gas can should be red in color and have an Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) or the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) stamp on it. When filling portable gas containers remember to always set them on the ground and not on a tailgate, or in the trunk. Flowing fuel creates static electricity, even when filling plastic containers. These containers must be “grounded” to safely discharge the electrical charge. For further information, contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office at 273-2004.

STRAYER-WOOD THEATRE SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONSNEW

Subscriptions for the Strayer-Wood Theatre 2011-2012 season, "Renewal: Emerging Beyond Struggles" are now on sale. Visit the new website at www.uni.edu/theatre/swt for the season brochure. To purchase a subscription, complete the subscription form and send it to the theatre department via campus mail code 0371. For more information, contact Traci Gaydos at traci.gaydos@uni.edu.

PUBLIC AUCTION OF VEHICLESNEW

UNI is offering two 2005 Ford Taurus SE 4-door sedans and a 2008 Ford Crown Vic police car for sale on Public Surplus (www.publicsurplus.com). There also are 20 computer mice and some wood library shelving. 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. The vehicles can be seen on the hill by the bullpen near the Power Plant.

ESSENTIALS SHUTDOWN HOURS OF OPERATIONNEW

Essentials in Maucker Union is closed through Aug. 14. Essentials will resume operation on Monday, Aug. 15 and hours will remain 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

FALL GRADUATE STUDENT EVENTS - SAVE THE DATES

Three key events will be held for graduate students this fall, sponsored by the Graduate College and the Office of Sponsored Programs. The annual Graduate Student Information Session will be held from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24. A training on human participants research protections will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21. A workshop on Ethics in Scholarship will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3. Contact anita.gordon@uni.edu or susan.schwieger@uni.edu for information.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

SAVE THE DATE: FALL FACULTY WORKSHOPNEW

The Fall Faculty Workshop will take place  on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Maucker Union. The morning session will update faculty on important initiatives. In the afternoon, Stephen Brookfield, University of St. Thomas, Mpls-St. Paul, will facilitate a workshop on developing students' critical thinking skills. Lunch is included. Further details will be emailed.

TIAA-CREF COUNSELING

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions on Aug. 11, 24 and 25. The TIAA-CREF representative can help with questions such as 1) Is my investment mix appropriate? 2) Am I saving enough to maintain my lifestyle in retirement? and 3) How do I use my funds for income in retirement? To sign up for these complimentary meetings, call (toll-free) 866-842-2977.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

PEGGY MAKI TO CONDUCT SESSIONS ON ASSESSMENT AND FIRST-YEAR STUDENTSNEW

Peggy Maki will conduct two open sessions focusing on assessment and first-year students, Monday, Aug. 8 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and again from 10:15 a.m. to noon, in the Oak Room, MAU. The sessions are "Good Student Outcomes Assessment: What It Is And How You Do It" and "Assessing the First Year: Best Practices." Maki is a higher education consultant who specializes in assisting undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities, higher education boards, higher education organizations and disciplinary organizations integrate assessment of student learning into educational practices, processes and structures. For more information about Maki, visit www.peggymaki.com.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS IN TRAINING

UNI Archaeology Field School students Anna Moran and Meredith Hild will discuss their experiences participating in the excavation at Hartman Reserve at 7 p.m.,Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the University Museum.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

DIVERSITY INCLUSION WORKSHOPNEW

Faculty and staff are invited to an introductory three-hour workshop based on the National Coalition Building Institute model, which features interactive activities in a welcoming learning environment. The workshops will be offered from noon to 3:30 p.m.,  Wednesday, Aug. 17,  or from 8 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 19.  Register by Monday, Aug. 8 at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GYGDB75. For more information on NCBI and the UNI leadership team, see http://www.uni.edu/provost/sites/default/files/uni_academic_affairs_spring2011_hqp.pdf, or contact diversity fellows Laura Kaplan (laura.kaplan@uni.edu) and Victoria DeFrancisco (defrancisco@uni.edu).

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Earn a certificate from UNI’s Executive Development Center by Christmas. Classes for the 2011 Professional Development certificate program begin Aug. 25, with one class conducted every other week until Dec. 8. The enrollment deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 19. This management training program provides a comprehensive toolkit of business critical skills for managers who have less than three years of work experience. Classes include “Skills and Best Practices of Successful Managers,” “Motivating and Maximizing Team Performance” and “Communication and Managing Conflict.” Tuition for UNI employees is half price at $1,575. To enroll, call 273-5851 or email execdev@uni.edu.

BILINGUAL ENGLISH/SPANISH WORKSHOPNEW

The Educational Talent Search Program (ETS) and Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) will hold a bilingual program at UNI's Center for Urban Education on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The program will include a presentation on the advantages of a college education, the application process and financial aid. Information will be provided by IowaWorks, Hawkeye Community College, Hawkeye Metro Campus and UNI. Assistance is given to complete the admissions and financial aid processes to attend a postsecondary institution. ETS serves 1,300 participants and EOC serves 2,000 participants each year. For details, call 319-433-1220.

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.