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Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011

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NEWS

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2011 SUSTAINABILITY FORUMNEW

Under sponsorship of UNI's Sustainability Council, the next Sustainability Forum will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 21. All UNI community members are invited to learn about current campus sustainability initiatives and discuss how UNI can continue to leave a smaller footprint. Contact eric.obrien@uni.edu with questions.

W-2 ELECTRONIC DELIVERYNEW

Sign up now for electronic-only delivery of your W-2 next January. If you elected the electronic-only option for your 2010 W-2, you do not need to reelect. The benefit is access to your W-2 online, with the option to print, at least one week earlier than if you choose to receive the paper document through the U.S. Mail. Electronic receipt is also a cost savings for the university. Sign up through MEMFIS UNI Employee Self-Service>Extra Information. For additional 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, contact Payroll at payroll@uni.edu or call 273-6425 or 273-2656.

MEMFIS USERS GROUP MINUTESNEW

Minutes from the Dec. 16, 2010, MUG meeting are available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/memfis/memfis_users/meetingminutes.shtml.

UNI HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION WEBINAR ARCHIVENEW

UNI's latest Hot Topics in Education Webinar "Problem-based Learning in Science Teaching," presented by Jody Stone, MPLS, is now available at www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Troy Dannen, athletic director, had a guest opinion piece published in the Des Moines Register. http://tinyurl.com/65hlws3

Iowa Public Radio ran a news story about UNI's Entrepreneurs Organization. 
http://iowapublicradio.org/single_story.php?storyid=1430

WRITING AND THE LIBERAL ARTS AT UNI: UNIVERSITAS 6.2NEW

Writing and the Liberal Arts at UNI: UNIversitas 6.2 is available at http://www.uni.edu/universitas/currentissue/default.htm. The issue concentrates on the liberal arts' advancement of writing and writers and contemporary challenges to such advancement.

HELP UNI ENTREPRENEURS 'CAN HUNGER'NEW

According to the Feeding America Hunger Report 2010, one in eight Americans relies on Feeding America for food and groceries. Help UNI Entrepreneurs "Can Hunger" in the Cedar Valley by donating nonperishable food in the donation boxes located in the CBB student lounge or BCS front lobby area. For more information, contact laurie.watje@uni.edu.

SUMMER CONFERENCE HOUSING AND DINING NEEDS

Are you planning a summer conference or camp that will require housing or dining on campus? The Department of Residence has posted information for summer 2011 at http://www.uni.edu/dor/conferences.shtml. For more information, contact David "Schmiddy" Schmid at david.schmid@uni.edu or 273-2249.

CAREER TRAINING FOR STUDENTS

UNI Career Services will offer 16 workshops, two career fairs and will be in eight locations this semester to help students find career success. Learn more at http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/events/docs/spring11.pdf.

STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS

During National Student Employment Week, April 11 through 15, the Student Employment Office encourages campus employers to celebrate the contributions of their student workers. The Student Employment Office solicits nominations for Student Employee of the Year. The Student Employee of the Year is a student who, in their work role, exemplifies reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and a unique contribution to the workplace. The winner will be recognized with a plaque at the Student Employment Week Reception on Wednesday, April 13. The campus winner will also be submitted for the opportunity to compete at the state, regional and national levels. Nomination forms are at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/studentemployment.shtml.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS NEWSLETTER

The inaugural issue of the "Academic Affairs Report" newsletter from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is at www.uni.edu/provost.

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS WEBSITE HAS A NEW LOOKNEW

International Programs has revised its website. Check it out at http://www.uni.edu/internationalprograms/. New content and features have been added. Provide feedback by e-mailing nadia.korobova@uni.edu. 

IS A COLD SLOWING YOU DOWN? IS THAT ANNOYING COUGH KEEPING YOU UP AT NIGHT?

UNI faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by the UNI Pharmacy located in the Student Health Center for a wide variety of over-the-counter medications to deal with cold and flu symptoms. A pharmacist is available to assist with product selection. The pharmacy also carries an assortment of over-the-counter pain relievers, first-aid supplies and miscellaneous products for healthcare needs.

FREE TONERS AND TYPEWRITER RIBBONS

Free toners and typewriter ribbons are available for on-campus departmental use only. Toners: HP 92274A, HP C3906A, HP C4127x, HP 51626A, HP 51641A and HP C6578D. Typewriter ribbons: IBM #1299095, T528-5NB, T526-5NB and KX-P115. Call 273-2801 for more information.

UNI MUSEUM COLLECTION TO MOVE

In order to ensure the long-term viability of the UNI Museum’s artifacts, the university is exploring a more suitable location for its collection. The UNI collection is in danger of extensive damage if it stays in its current building, which was not designed as a museum and needs major repairs and renovations too expensive to undertake. The artifacts also require a building with appropriate controls to monitor and maintain environmental conditions. See more information at http://www.uni.edu/provost/news.

UNI DIGITAL SIGNAGE

A centralized digital signage system is now available for campus announcements. Individualized messages can be created and displayed using the central system. The Office of University Relations provides regular feeds of campus news and events to the digital signage system. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/signage/.

ROD LIBRARY MOBILE WEBSITE SURVEYNEW

Rod Library is continuing to develop its mobile website to better meet the needs of its users. Please complete the survey (http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22BR8WPREGU/) by Monday, Feb. 14, to share input.

CELEBRATE THE SUPER BOWL WITH UNI RETAILSNEW

Visit the 23rd Street Market, Biscotti's, Essentials and Prexy's this week and enter a drawing for a chance to win a flat-screen TV and other fabulous prizes. Enjoy $1 20-oz. bottles of Mt. Dew, Pepsi Throwback and Pepsi Max, as well as other food specials at each location.

UPDATING ONLINE DIRECTORY NEW

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 e-mail and will be updated within four working days.

LAST CALL: FALL ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT AWARDSNEW

The Office of Continuing and Distance Education has course development awards for faculty members interested in converting an existing course to a fully online format using UNI's eLearning system. Proposals for fall 2011 courses are due Monday, Feb. 7. Guidelines and a proposal form are available at http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/faculty/courseproposals. The awards include a $1,000-per-credit-hour course-development stipend and a $1,000 professional-development stipend for attending Quality Matters workshops on Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12. For more information, contact Belle Cowden at 273-7211 or belle.cowden@uni.edu.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

DRUPAL OFFICE HOURSNEW

Drupal office hours are being offered by ITS-Educational Technology and the Office of University Relations from 3 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, in ITTC 108. Faculty, staff and students can get help with any UNI Drupal website. Drupal experts will be on hand to help answer theming, site-building and content-editing questions.

FREE LITERATURE/LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHING MATERIALSNEW

Free to faculty or students: readers' guides, teacher guides and companion CDs for many works of literature included in the NEA's The Big Read initiative. Examples include "The Grapes of Wrath," "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" and "The Death of Ivan Ilyich." Contact Betty DeBerg at deberg@uni.edu.

RLC CLASS PRESENTATIONS

Do you have a conference or another event to attend this semester? Instead of canceling class, invite the Reading and Learning Center to present reading, study and time management strategies to your students. The presentation can be tailored to a specific course curriculum. Contact Gina Burkart for more information at gina.burkart@uni.edu.

STATISTICAL CONSULTING LAB HELP - SPSS SHORT COURSE

A free hands-on short course on using SPSS will be held from 2 to 3:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4, and from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in 110 WRT. The class is suitable for beginners. The Department of Mathematics provides assistance to faculty, staff and students through its Statistical Consulting Lab. For assistance or to RSVP, contact Mark Jacobson at 273-7172 or jacobson@cs.uni.edu. For more information, visit www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL/.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SEN. HARKIN TO HOLD HEARING AT UNINEW

Iowa's Sen. Tom Harkin will hold a field hearing at UNI to discuss the importance of providing adequate and responsible funding for critical education, health, labor and other initiatives. President Allen will be among those offering testimony.  The hearing, "Preserving America's Economic Security," will be at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, in the GBPAC lobby. The hearing is open to the public. 

DARWIN WEEK 2011NEW

In celebration of Charles Darwin's 202nd birthday, the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers will host the third annual Darwin Week Feb. 7 through 11. This event will feature lectures by UNI professors and special guests. Each day has a theme: sexuality, religion, evolution and critical thought. All Darwin Week events will take place in the CME and are free and open to the public. For details and a complete schedule of events, visit www.darwinweek.com. E-mail questions to contact@darwinweek.com.

CAPOEIRA: AFRO BRAZILIAN MARTIAL ARTS, SONG AND DANCENEW

To celebrate Black History Month, the UNI Capoeira Sport Club will offer a free Capoeira class followed by a Capoeira presentation and four different dance pieces from Brazil. The pieces will be performed by UNI students and artists from Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Dallas and São Paulo, Brazil. The event will be at noon, Friday, Feb. 11, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. E-mail Robyn Odegard at odegardr@uni.edu for more information.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

JOIN UNI PROUDNEW

UNI Proud is UNI's only LGBTQA organization. Meeting topics include education, activism and social rights. Find PROUD on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=32803057345 ) to learn about events. Proud meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the Presidential Room, MAU. Contact Ellie Hail at haile@uni.edu with questions.

MEDIA LEADERSHIP PANEL

Leadership Studies begins the Leaders on Leadership Series from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, in the State College Room, MAU. Panelists are John Anderson, executive editor, Northern Iowan; Julie Kraft, TV consultant, Frank N. Magid Associates; and Nancy Newhoff, editor, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier.

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINARNEW

"Geology of the Big Bend Region, Texas: What we learned after Maxwell" will be presented at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, in 121 LAT. Lee Potter, UNI alumnus and adjunct instructor, will provide information about the geology of West Texas and information about the May 2011 trip to the region, which is part of a two-credit course available to all students. 

NEWSPAPERS AND DECISION-MAKINGNEW

Newspapers play a critical role in a democracy. Nancy Newhoff, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier editor, will discuss the Courier’s focus, how news is selected and the trends affecting newspapers from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, Elm Room, MAU. The talk is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the American Democracy Project (ADP)/Provost's Office.

AVIAN COLONIZATION DURING EARLY ESTABLISHMENT IN A PRAIRIE BIOFUEL PROJECTNEW

Jim Mason will discuss the avian use of a prairie biofuel research site at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Using visual-line transect surveys, Mason was able to assess avian colonization of the site from the time of planting through August 2010. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at 273-3828 or e-mail rwelch@uni.edu.

INTRODUCTION TO VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIESNEW

Lauren Finke, executive director of the Volunteer Center, will discuss opportunities available in the community and how to become involved from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10,  SIAC conference room, MAU. The event is free and open to the public.

EXPERT IN CIVIC ENGAGEMENT/SERVICE LEARNING TO VIST UNINEW

Robert Bringle (http://psych.iupui.edu/users/rbringle/), director of the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana-University/Purdue University will speak from 10:30 a.m. to noon., Thursday, May 12. His talk is free and open to the public. He will be on campus for a service-learning workshop Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13. For further information, contact Gerri Perreault at  273-6898 or ADP-UNI@UNI.edu.

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURENEW

Stephen Taft, theatre, will present "The Creation of 'FDR Speaks': A Docudrama" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, in 115 SRL. The event is free and open to the public.

PERFORMING ARTS

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: CHRISTOPHER WILSON, MARIMBA

Visiting artist Christopher Wilson will present a marimba recital at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Wilson has entertained audiences around the U.S. with a wide and varied repertoire. Wilson earned a master's degree from The Boston Conservatory and a bachelor's degree from Eastern Washington University. He is an adjunct professor at Kirkwood Community College and a percussion instructor for the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy. This event is free and open to the public.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: FACULTY ARTIST SHOWCASE

The Faculty Artist Showcase concert will kick off the spring 2011 Spotlight Series concerts at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX or visit www.uni.edu/tickets.

MAIA QUARTET FEATURING UNI FACULTY ARTIST JULIA BULLARD, VIOLANEW

Visiting ensemble the Maia Quartet will present a recital featuring UNI faculty artist Julia Bullard on viola at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Since its formation in 1990, the Maia Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the University of Iowa, has established itself nationally as an ensemble of innovation and versatility. The quartet has appeared in major concert halls throughout the U.S. and abroad. This event is free and open to the public.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICSNEW

Tennis hosts UMKC at 11 a.m. and South Dakota at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4, at the Black Hawk Tennis Club, Waterloo.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WRS CERTIFICATION CLASSES

The WRS Certifications program offers many classes, including Lifeguard Training, Water Safety Instructor and CPR/AED. Whatever your summer plans, take a WRS class this semester to get prepared. For dates and enrollment, go to www.uni.edu/wellrec/certifications and sign up through MyUniverse. For more information, contact certifications@uni.edu.

WRS IRONMAN TRIATHLON CHALLENGENEW

Need motivation to work out this spring? Looking for a new challenge? Consider the WRS Ironman Triathlon Challenge, a fitness incentive program. More information and a registration form are available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Registration begins Monday, Feb. 7.

WRS FEBRUARY E-NEWSLETTERNEW

The Wellness & Recreation Services February newsletter is online at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage to see updates on WRS events and programs, along with wellness tips and articles.

SPEND SPRING BREAK BACKPACKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAILNEW

The historic Appalachian Trail, located in the eastern U.S., covers more than 2,100 miles from Maine to Georgia. Backpack the trail March 11 through 20 with UNI Outdoors for approximately 40 miles through the rugged Deep South, camping along the way. No experience necessary. Sign up in the Outdoor Recreation Office, WRC 174. Cost is $425 for students, $450 for UNI faculty/staff and $500 for guests. Sign up by Monday, Feb. 14 to receive a $25 discount. Pay with u-bill, check, cash or credit card.

EMPLOYMENT

MERIT VACANCIESNEW

Merit employment vacancies can be viewed at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.asp.

P&S VACANCIES NEW

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