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Tuesday, Dec 14, 2010

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NEWS

DIVERSITY COUNCIL SEEKING PARTICIPANTS FOR NEW DIVERSITY FAIR

As part of the third annual Town Hall Meeting on Diversity, a new Diversity Matters Fair will be held. The purpose of the fair is to allow departments, student organizations, divisions and other campus entities to showcase their diversity-related initiatives. The fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Maucker Union Ballroom. The Town Hall will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the same location. The fair will be open to the public from noon to 2 p.m. Town Hall meeting participants will visit displays from approximately 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. as part of the meeting's agenda. To learn how to participate in the fair, visit www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/node/307.

EARLY PROCESSING OF STUDENT TIMECARDS FOR DEC. 29 STUDENT PAYDAYNEW

The cutoff date for the Dec. 29 biweekly payday is Saturday, Dec. 18. Because of the holiday, timecards will be processed early and must be approved by noon on Monday, Dec. 20, to be included in the Dec. 29 paycheck. Make sure timecards are submitted and approved to meet this deadline.

FACULTY AND STAFF WITH LOBBYING CONTACTSNEW

Lobbying activity that occurred between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 must be reported at http://www.ir.uni.edu/dbweb/govrel/ by Wednesday, Dec. 22. In compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and the Honest and Open Government Act of 2007, UNI files quarterly reports on specific lobbying issues and the expenses incurred in lobbying. The university's policy on Federal and State Lobbying and Political Activity can be found at http://www.uni.edu/president/policies/1009.shtml. Reports must be filed each quarter. If there is nothing to report for a particular quarter, note that in the "comments" section. Contact Pat Geadelmann in the Office of the President with questions.

W2 ELECTRONIC DELIVERYNEW

Sign up now for electronic-only delivery of your W2. The deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 4 to choose electronic delivery in lieu of a mailed copy. If you chose electronic delivery last year, there's no need to re-elect this option. Electronic delivery provides access to view the W2 online, with the option to print, at least a week earlier than if you choose to receive the document through U.S. Mail. It's also a cost savings to the university. Should you choose this option, the W2 will be available through UNI Employee Self-Service by mid-January. An e-mail notification of its availability will be sent. For more information and instructions for giving permission for electronic delivery, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/training_and_support/documents/w2_delivery_preference.pdf. If you have questions, e-mail payroll@uni.edu or call 3-6425 or 3-2656

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

The Des Moines Register did a story on a study done by Dennis Clayson, marketing.

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DIVERSITY MATTERS AWARD NOMINATIONS - DUE DEC. 15NEW

Nominations for the Diversity Matters awards are now being accepted. Eligible nominees include students, faculty or staff members who have made exceptional contributions to achieving UNI's diversity-related goals. The awards will be presented at the Town Hall Meeting for Diversity on Thursday, Jan. 20. For more information and a nomination form, visit http://preview.tinyurl.com/2bwn4de. For more information on the town hall, visit http://www.uni.edu/diversity/townhall.shtml.

NOMINATIONS FOR LAC TEACHING AWARDNEW

All instructors of Liberal Arts Core courses are eligible for the Excellence in Liberal Arts Core Teaching award (including adjunct instructors and tenured and tenure-track faculty). Criteria for the award and nomination forms are available at http://www.uni.edu/lac/. Nominations are due Friday, Dec. 17. Awards will be made during the all-faculty meeting at the start of fall semester 2011.

PROFESSIONAL WRITING PROGRAM SEEKS CLIENTS

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. For more information, contact prof-writing@uni.edu.

WGS IS MOVINGNEW

Women's & Gender Studies is locating to a new home, SAB 225. Stop by in January and visit its new office.

PLAN NOW FOR UNI UP CLOSE

UNI Up Close is a visit day planned specifically for admitted high school seniors. Following the success of previous Up Close events, two days are planned. The 2010 events hosted approximately 847 students and their guests. Of those 847 students, 773 currently are enrolled freshmen. Mark your calendars for Friday, Feb. 18, and Friday, Feb. 25, and start planning your involvement at http://www.uni.edu/admissions/upclose/facultystaff/.

PANTHERS GIVE BACK: HAT AND MITTEN DONATIONS NEEDED

As the temperature goes down, the need for warm clothing goes up. Consider purchasing child-size hats and mittens and dropping them off at the box next to the decorated tree in MAU. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 17. All items will be donated to local community schools. Sponsored by Maucker Union.

PRINTER CARTRIDGESNEW

HP laserjet printer cartridges are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. There is one HP C9700A black cartridge for $70, two HP C9701A cyan cartridges at $85 and two HP C9703A magenta cartridges at $85. If interested, call Karen at 3-2654.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS TO READ MYUNIVERSE NEWSNEW
HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT ESSENTIALS

Get into the holiday spirit and visit Essentials in Maucker Union for gifts to fit every budget. Check out the new holiday light-up-initial, plush and "bling" ornaments; Soap Art; stuffed animals; Winged Things; UNI clothing; UNI souvenirs and more. Gift cards also are available.

FALL RESERVE READING LISTS

Faculty wanting to place items on reserve for the 2011 spring session should submit their list to the Rod Library Reserve Desk by Monday, Dec. 20. Any requests received after this date cannot be guaranteed to be available for the first week of classes. Reserve lists can be submitted online at http://www.uni.edu/library/reserverequest/.

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES FACULTY AND STAFF NEWSLETTERNEW

The office of Student Disability Services has posted the December/January faculty and staff newsletter at http://www.uni.edu/sds/FacultyStaffNewsletter.shtml.

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE FACULTY TEACHING AWARD - NOMINATION REMINDER

Nominations for the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award are due by 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10, to the Graduate College office in LNG 10. For more information, visit http://www.grad.uni.edu/grants-awards/internal-awards-recognition.

JAMES F. LUBKER FACULTY RESEARCH AWARD - NOMINATION REMINDER

Department head nominations for the James F. Lubker Faculty Research Award need to be provided to the appropriate dean by Friday, Jan. 14. Deans will forward names for consideration to the Graduate College by 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31. For more information, visit http://www.grad.uni.edu/grants-awards/internal-awards-recognition.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

INTRODUCING BLACKBOARD LEARN 9NEW

Blackboard Learn 9 (BB9) is scheduled to be implemented in fall 2011. BB9 will enhance capabilities for instructors and students by providing many new features and improvements to users of the UNI eLearning system. Faculty may request a preview account that will provide instructor-level access in a Release 9.1 course by e-mailing elearning@uni.edu. You can investigate Release 9.1, test the migration of your existing course, invite others to access your test course and contribute to the development of the upgrade plan.

INTERSESSION TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS FOR UNI FACULTY, JAN. 3-7

ITS-Educational Technology invites faculty to register for workshops being offered the week before classes resume for the spring semester. Workshops address eLearning, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, HTML, Preparing Course Materials for the Web, Lecture Capture using Panopto and Video Conferencing using Adobe Connect. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For a schedule and to register, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/training/winter-intersession. (Faculty who applied and have been accepted for the Blended Course Development Award do not need to register for these workshops online).

2011 eLEARNING COURSES

UNI faculty using the Blackboard/WebCT learning management system in conjunction with spring semester courses should submit a request using the form at http://elearning.uni.edu/forms/course_request.html. Courses will be populated with students the week of Jan. 3, and enrollment changes are processed on a daily basis throughout the semester.

SPECIAL EVENTS

UNI ROTC COMMISSIONING CEREMONYNEW

UNI's Department of Military Science will host its annual fall Commissioning Ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Great Reading Room, SRL. Four cadets will be commissioned as U.S. Army lieutenants. This year's guest speaker is Colonel James "Jay" Wolff, commander of the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade. Family and friends are invited to attend and stay for refreshments immediately following the ceremony.

POWER-OFF WEEKEND FUNNEW

Attend an open-house-style program of fun activities for the whole family from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19, at the Hartman Reserve Nature Center. The focus of the event is a day without electricity. There will be stories read by candlelight, hot chocolate around the fire, snowshoeing, games, a craft, and demonstrations on how to sustainably cut wood, light a fire and more. The cost is $5 per family. RRTTC is one of the event sponsors. For more information or to preregister, visit http://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Black-Hawk/Park/Hartman-Reserve-Nature-Center/Events/1725/Power-Off-Weekend.aspx.

KINDERMUSIK NOW ENROLLING FOR SPRING 2011

Kindermusik, a part of the UNI Community Music School, will offer a 14-week session for little musicians and their caregivers from Jan. 31 through May 14. Kindermusik classes include singing, dancing, instrument play-alongs and creative learning to stimulate all areas of child development. Evening and morning classes are available for infants, toddlers and preschoolers; and multi-age classes are available for siblings. Registration deadline is Jan. 30. Special early bird incentives run through Saturday, Dec. 18, which saves $10 off classes and includes a free CD or instrument for each participant. For more information, visit www.joyful-noise-studio.com or contact Tricia Freeman at 415-9404 or tricia.freeman@uni.edu.

'B.F.A. GROUP EXHIBITION'

The UNI Gallery of Art will present "B.F.A. Group Exhibition" featuring the works of five students from Thursday, Dec. 9 through Saturday, Dec. 18. An opening reception will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The following students are exhibiting: Jill Buenzow (B.F.A., painting); E. Christiana Byrne (B.F.A., jewelry/metals); Jason Corbett Fogue (B.A., art education, B.F.A., photography); Laura Anne Huisinga (B.F.A., graphic design); and Sarah Kolar (B.F.A., sculpture). Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

2011 UNI SYMPOSIUM READING GROUP - CALL FOR PARTICIPANTSNEW

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a reading group held in association with the 2011 UNI Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. Materials authored by the keynote speaker, Eugene Rice, Ph.D., http://www.uni.edu/osp/2011-research-symposium, will be read, and participants will meet with him during his visit. Readings address the new American scholar and expanded views of scholarship in the 21st century public comprehensive university. If interested, contact anita.gordon@uni.edu.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

MEMFIS USER'S GROUP MEETING

The MEMFIS User's Group meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 16, in the CME (109 MAU). Agenda items include cleaning up student employment rosters, new hire paperwork, Remote I-9 completion, criminal background checks, educational PAF, the educational tab of PAF System, AP-Purchasing list serve and copier maintenance agreements. Anyone is welcome to attend.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Office of Sponsored Programs is collaborating with the Executive Development Center to offer professional development on campus for project management. The training will be open to faculty and staff who want to enhance their knowledge of the tools and processes for effective project management. Complete a brief survey by Friday, Dec. 17, so that OSP can customize the training: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VBBXS63. Contact Christy Twait at 3-3217 if you have any questions.

NEWS TALK: WORLD WAR I CHRISTMAS TRUCENEW

In a special News Talk artist Gary Kelley and Gerri Perreault, American Democracy Project,will present "WWI's Christmas Truce When Enemy Combatants Declared a Truce and Celebrated the Holiday Together." Perreault will discuss the background of the truce, and Kelley will share his experience as he researched and created illustrations for J. Patrick Lewis' book, "And the Soldiers Sang." The event will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, at University Book & Supply. Free and open to the public.

ATHLETICS

BASKETBALLNEW

Men's basketball hosts South Carolina State at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17. The Panthers host SIU-Edwardsville at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19. Both games are in the McLeod Center.

Women's basketball hosts North Dakota at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, in the McLeod Center.

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.

PERFORMING ARTS

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' AT THE GALLAGHER-BLUEDORNNEW

Celebrate the holidays with "A Christmas Carol," produced by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, at 3 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19, at the GBPAC. This lavish, full-scale Broadway-style production boasts a cast of 27 people, has live musicians and has been touring for 30 years. Call 3-4TIX or go to www.gbpac.org for tickets.

JOHN ANGOTTI CONCERT

St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center will present John Angotti in concert debuting his new CD "Extraordinary Love" along with songs from his "Welcome Home for Christmas" CD from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the GBPAC. Students from UNI and several area high schools will join Angotti on stage as a combined choir. Ticket cost is $30 for adults and $20 for students. Tickets may be purchased by calling 3-4849 or St. Stephen at 266-9863. Visit www.ststephenuni.org and click on the John Angotti link for more information.

UNI CHILDREN'S CHOIR WINTER CONCERT

The UNI Children's Choir will offer its winter concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

LIVE HEALTHY IOWA CHALLENGE

The Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge is a fun, easy and affordable way to engage UNIowans in healthy behaviors. This team-based physical activity program is designed to promote positive changes leading to a healthier lifestyle. The program runs Thursday, Jan. 20 to Friday, April 29. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec or contact Alyssa Reichelt at alyssar@uni.edu.

CHRISTMAS BREAK MASSAGE SCHEDULE

The Wellness Resource Lab will offer massages Monday, Dec. 20, through Wednesday, Dec. 22. Massages will be offered again starting Monday, Jan. 10.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI CLASSNEW

A cross-country ski class will be offered by Wellness & Recreation Services when snow and weather allows. In one afternoon, you'll learn all the basic skills for enjoying winter on skis. Contact Kathy Green at kathy.green@uni.edu or 3-6921 to be notified when the class is scheduled. The $17 fee includes equipment; $25 for non-UNI guests. There a discount if you have your own equipment.

SPRING SEMESTER FITNESS CLASS REGISTRATION

Spring semester 2011 fitness class registration begins Monday, Dec. 13, online or in WRC 101. Classes start Tuesday, Jan. 18. There are many classes to choose from including the new Zumba Circuit, Water Boot Camp, From Start to Finish: 5K Training Class, and Eating and Exercise Success. Register for a fitness class before they fill up. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec.

DINING SPECIALS

FUEL UP FOR FINALSNEW

Look for the Fuel up for Finals selections and specials from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Prexy's, and from 9 to 10 p.m. at Chat's, now through Thursday, Dec. 16. Enjoy two Amp energy drinks for $5 and pop refills for 25 cents.

EMPLOYMENT

P&S VACANCIESNEW

Vacancies at the P&S level include admissions counselor/regional representative. 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/resources/employment/.

MERIT VACANCIES

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

HOURS

LIBRARY HOURS DURING FALL SEMESTER FINALS WEEK

http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#fallfinals. Library hours for Wednesday, Dec. 8 through Tuesday, Dec. 14 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.

LIBRARY HOURS OVER SEASONAL HOLIDAYS AND SEMESTER BREAKNEW

http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#winterinterim. There will be no special loans over the seasonal holidays and semester break. 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.

HOURS FOR CHATS IN MAUCKER UNION JAN. 3-7NEW

Chats will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Jan. 3 through Jan. 7. Chats will be closed Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 8 and 9, reopening at 7 a.m., Monday, Jan. 10. The menu includes a reduced bakery selection, two sandwich choices and one salad entrée.

MAUCKER UNION BUILDING HOURS FOR WINTER BREAKNEW
MAUCKER UNION BUILDING HOURS FOR FINALS WEEK
NEW HOURS FOR CHATS AND ESSENTIALS IN THE MAUCKER UNION FOR SPRING SEMESTERNEW

Beginning Jan. 10, Chats will be closed on Saturdays and open from 5 to 11 p.m. on Sundays. Essentials will be closed Saturday and Sunday. The 23rd Street Market located in the Commons, will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays.