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Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011

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NEWS

2011 REGENTS STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARDSNEW

Three UNI staff are recipients of the Regents Staff Excellence Award. The recipients are: Phil Patton, registrar's office; Morris Mikkelsen, facility services; and Cheri McDivitt, residence. The staff will be recognized at the P&S Meet The President event at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Old Central Ballroom A, MAU. The awards are presented annually to faculty and staff members in the professional and scientific ranks, and biennially to a member of the supervisory/confidential merit personnel who have demonstrated outstanding professional contributions to UNI during their careers. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues and peers.

2011 REGENTS AWARD FOR FACULTY EXCELLENCENEW

The 2011 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence recipients are April Chatham-Carpenter, communication studies; Bill Downs, social work; John Johnson, history; Sam Lankford, HPELS; Tim Lindquist, accounting; and Michael Roth, physics. The award recipients will be recognized at the Faculty Recognition Reception from 3:15 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Commons Ballroom.

STUDENT ASSESSMENT OF TEACHING SCORES - AVAILABLE ONLINENEW

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.

GMAIL IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR UNI FACULTY AND STAFFNEW

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.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND: COMMUNITY AFTER 9/11NEW

Reaching for Higher Ground: Community After 9/11 reflects on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and what it means to be a community. A series of signature events is planned for the week of Sept. 11 beginning with a Flag Planting Remembrance planned by NISG, Sunday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Lawther Field. Events continue throughout the week as follows: "Remembrance: 9/11 Ten Years Later," with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Metropolitan Chorale, Red Cedar Chamber Music and Theatre UNI, 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, GBPAC; Joel Meyerowitz – Photographing Ground Zero, 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12, GBPAC; faculty panel "9/11: A 10-Year Retrospective," reflecting on why 9/11 happened, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, GBPAC; and documentary film "11'09"01-September 11," 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, GBPAC. For more information and for additional fall and spring events, visit www.uni.edu/higherground.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Chris Larimer, political science, had a guest opinion piece published in the Des Moines Register. http://preview.tinyurl.com/3jgugsj.

UNI STUDENT NEWSNEW
PROMOTE MAP-WORKS ® TO NEW FRESHMENNEW

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 SURPLUSNEW

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.

BERRY TO CHAIR DIVERSITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Gwenne Berry, compliance and equity management, has been named chair of UNI's Diversity Advisory Committee. Berry succeeds Doug Mupasiri, mathematics, whose three-year term concluded. Berry will also serve on the President's Diversity Council, which provides oversight to UNI's diversity-related initiatives.

INTERNAL DEADLINE: NEH SUMMER STIPENDS

National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Stipends are $6,000 awards to individual scholars for two consecutive months of research and writing. UNI may nominate two full-time faculty to apply to this NEH program. The deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14. To apply for a nomination, visit http://www.uni.edu/osp/neh-summer-stipend or contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 273-3961.

HLC SITE VISIT TEAM REPORT POSTED

The final draft of the report filed by the review team from the Higher Learning Commission regarding UNI's accreditation is available on the UNI accreditation website. The report can be downloaded at http://www.uni.edu/accreditation/sites/default/files/Assurance%20Report.pdf.

HOLIDAY SAFETY MESSAGE FOR LABOR DAY

The UNI Police Division, along with 325 other agencies across the state will increase enforcement Thursday, Aug. 25 through Wednesday, Sept. 7, in conjunction with the national Drunk Driving 'Over the Limit - Under Arrest' campaign and Labor Day weekend. The focus is to remove drunk drivers from the road and enforce Iowa's traffic laws. Motorists are urged to buckle up "every trip, every time," "drive safely and drive sober." Contact Lt. Doug Widen at 273-2712 for more information.

SUCHAN TO COORDINATE VETERANS STUDENT SERVICES

Jennifer Suchan, recently appointed assistant registrar, will take on responsibility for coordinating UNI's veterans student services. Suchan will chair the Veterans Student Services Committee and the committee will continue to advise on veterans' matters.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

ENGAGING STUDENTS VIA LEARNING PORTFOLIOSNEW

A new ePortfolio page is available at http://www.uni.edu/elearning/eportfolio/. The site provides resources and information about ifolio (the UNI supported eportfolio tool). John Zubizarreta, the CASE/Carnegie Undergrad Professor of the Year, will kick-off UNI’s learning portfolio efforts on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The schedule is at http://www.uni.edu/assessment/Zubizarreta_Learning_Portfolios.shtml.

KINDERMUSIK IS NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL SEMESTER CLASSESNEW

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 COURSENEW

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.

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD PRESENTS: HANGOVER IINEW

The Campus Activities Board is showing Hangover II at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Ballroom, MAU. There is no admission fee and there will be free pop and popcorn. 

BECOME A CONVERSATION PARTNER

Interested in learning more about different cultures? Do you want to meet people from other countries? The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) seeks volunteers to match with international students. Partners meet one hour weekly to speak English with an international student. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/ciep/social-cultural-activities/conversation-partner-program or the CIEP office at 56 BAK or call 273-3410 or email cieppartners@uni.edu.

SECOND ANNUAL RAINBOW RECEPTION

The Rainbow Reception is an opportunity for UNI students, faculty and staff to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally students back to campus for the new academic year. The reception will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the GBPAC.

MAKING YOUR BB LEARN 9 ELEARNING COURSE AVAILABLE TO YOUR STUDENTS

Faculty, did you know in the new eLearning system, Bb Learn 9, you control when your course becomes available to students? If you have not changed the setting to make the course available, students will not see it in their My Courses list. Learn how to make your course available at: http://www.uni.edu/elearning/how-do-i-make-my-bb-learn-9-courses-available-students.

INVITATION TO HEAR JOHN ZUBIZARRETA, LEARNING PORTFOLIO EXPERT

John Zubizarreta, nationally known expert on learning portfolios and CASE/Carnegie Undergraduate Professor of the Year, will be on campus Wednesday, Sept. 7. See his schedule for the day at http://www.uni.edu/assessment/Zubizarreta_Learning_Portfolios.shtml. This visit is sponsored by the Office of Academic Assessment and ITS-Educational Technology. 

IMPROV COMEDY AUDITIONS

Half-Masted, UNI's improv comedy troupe, will hold auditions at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday or Wednesday, Aug. 30 or 31, in the Presidential Room, MAU. The process will take 90 minutes to two hours. Callbacks are 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1. If you are cast, you are committing to a practice schedule from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., every Monday and Thursday for the semester.

WELCOME RECEPTION FOR MULTICULTURAL STUDENTS

You are invited to attend a reception for UNI's multicultural students at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the Ballroom, MAU. A short welcome address will be at 7 p.m. The reception will kick off a new retention initiative in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences that includes monthly forums for multicultural students that will address concerns and issues, and serve as an opportunity to build community. The forums will include an academic, student service and social component. The theme for the fall semester will be professional development. All are welcome.

UNI PROUD'S ANNUAL BBQUEERNEW

UNI Proud will host its annual BBQueer 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Seerley Park. Come see old friends, meet new ones and enjoy a fun evening with Proud. Bring your own beverage and a snack to share.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

LOOKING FOR GOOD PERSONAL TRAINERSNEW

An informational meeting on becoming a personal trainer will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, in 155 WRC. Class begins Monday, Sept. 12. Monday and Wednesday lectures will be held from 3 to 3:50 p.m., in room 155. Friday labs will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in room 87. For more information and to enroll, call 237-7167. Class is not for academic credit.

PERSONAL TRAINERSNEW

Personal Trainers will design a program with your specific goals in mind. Trainers are results driven and want you to succeed. Contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167, kristy.leen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html for more information.

TAE KWON-DO CLUB OPEN HOUSE

The UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club is hosting an open house at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Wednesday, Aug. 31, in 176 WRC.  Learn more about the oldest collegiate Tae Kwon-Do Sport Club in America and train with a Junior Grand Master. 

HOURS

CHANGE IN LIBRARY HOURS OVER LABOR DAY WEEKENDNEW

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.