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Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011

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NEWS

2010 GRADUATE REPORT

UNI Career Services has posted the annual graduate report that includes salary data, post-graduation information by major and top employers at http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/gradreport/docs/2009-2010.pdf.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTYNEW

Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at UNI is a joint effort between BCS, the Office of Sponsored Programs and the UNI Research Foundation. Intellectual property is defined as tangible and intangible products resulting from university research and other activities - principally, patentable ideas or products or copyrightable works. www.uni.edu/osp www.bcs.uni.edu.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Mark Grey, sociology, anthropology & criminology, was quoted in USA Today for a story on immigration. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/2011-02-10-iowa-census_N.htm?csp=hf.

PROVOST’S COMMITTEE FOR COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIP MENTORING LAUNCHES WEBSITENEW

The Provost’s Committee for Competitive Scholarship Mentoring helps prepare and support students pursuing national scholarships and fellowships by mentoring candidates as they prepare, apply and interview for awards. Use http://www.uni.edu/competitive-scholarships to familiarize yourself with the resources UNI offers. If you have questions, contact committee chair Jessica Moon at jessica.moon@uni.edu.

A&FS NEWS AND VIEWSNEW

The latest edition of A&FS News and Views is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/vpaf/documents/afnewsfeb2011.pdf. This newsletter has news and information about staff, their accomplishments and department activities in the Administration and Financial Services division.

VOLUNTEER FOR UP WITH FAMILIESNEW

Up With Families needs 150 volunteers to help the weekend of April 9 and 10 at the Ramada. The weekend is a chance for families who have a child or children with a disability to get away together as a family and have a fun and relaxing time. For more information, contact Katie Hooper at hooperk@uni.edu.

LUX SERVICE AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Lux Service Award. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students who have demonstrated outstanding service to the university. Students with 90 or more credit hours, including graduating seniors, qualify for the award. Visit http://www.uni.edu/deanofstudents/lux for more information and to find an online nomination form. Nominations must be received by Tuesday, Feb. 22. For more information, contact Monica Johnson at 273-5181 or monicaj@uni.edu.

SUBMIT CONTENT FOR NEXT PANTHER PARENT NEWSLETTERNEW

The next Panther Parent e-newsletter will be sent to parents of current students in mid-March. If you have news that you would like to have considered for inclusion, e-mail liz.conklin@uni.edu by Tuesday, March 1. 

2011 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION DATES

Orientation dates for new students admitted for summer and fall 2011 have been scheduled and are listed below. Students and families will begin reserving their spots in orientation sessions during UNI Up Close events later this month, and online reservations will continue through the spring and summer months. Visit www.uni.edu/orientation or contact kristin.woods@uni.edu for more information. Freshman orientation dates: June 6-7; June 9-10; June 13-14; June 16-17; June 20-21; June 23-24; June 27-28; June 30-July 1; July 7-8; July 11-12. Transfer orientation dates: April 26; April 28; April 29; June 2; June 3; June 8; June 15; June 29. The final orientation for fall semester is Friday, Aug. 19.

FACULTY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD NOMINATION DEADLINE

Nominations for the 2011 Veridian Credit Union Community Engagement Awards are due Friday, Feb. 18. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of UNI faculty members to the community through research and/or teaching. All full-time tenured and tenure-tract faculty are eligible. For award information and to submit materials, visit www.uni.edu/resources/veridian-credit-union-community-engagement-award.

PRESIDENT'S TESTIMONY AT SEN. HARKIN'S FIELD HEARING

President Allen delivered testimony on Feb. 5 at Sen. Harkin's field hearing, "Preserving America's Economic Security." To read the president's remarks, visit http://www.uni.edu/president/messages.

PHISHING ATTEMPTS ON THE RISE

UNI is seeing an increasing number of inbound e-mail messages asking you to provide personal information in response. The information requested includes usernames, passwords, personal identity information, etc. Virtually all of those requests are fraudulent. We ask that you never reply to such messages. Instead, you are encouraged to forward those messages (as an attachment) to phishing@uni.edu. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/services/security/phishing.

ASPERGER'S SYNDROME PROGRAM ASSISTANCE

A campus-wide program designed to equip faculty/staff to better understand Asperger's syndrome is scheduled for late March. If you are a faculty/staff member with Asperger's syndrome and are willing to talk publicly about it (or write about your experience for someone else to read), contact drake.martin@uni.edu.

SPRING BREAK GIVEAWAYS

Enter for a chance to win a trip to Seaworld or UNI basketball tickets with a VIP visit to the Dewmocracy Tent on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Pick up a scratch ticket at Biscotti's, 23rd St. Market and Essentials from Monday through Friday, Feb. 14 through 18. Sign up to win basketball tickets at all retail locations, including Prexy's and Chat's. Visit stores for details.

USHERS NEEDED FOR 'ON THE VERGE'

Looking to see a performance of the Strayer-Wood Theatre’s production of "On the Verge" for free? Sign up to be an usher for one or more performances of the play by Eric Overmyer. Performances are at 7:30 p.m, Thursday, Feb. 24, through Saturday, Feb. 26, and Thursday, March 3, through Saturday, March 5. A 2 Sunday matinee will be held at 2 p.m., Feb. 27 and March 6. Performances will be held in the Bertha Martin Theatre, located in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. For more information, contact Allison Krois at allisonkrois@gmail.com.

UNI UP CLOSE 2011NEW

High school seniors and their guests will be on campus for UNI Up Close on Friday, Feb. 25. Think about your role as a member of the university community and how you can contribute to the positive experience of all prospective students, parents and campus guests during UNI Up Close. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/admissions/upclose/. If you have any questions, contact Jenny Connolly at 273-2365 or jenny.connolly@uni.edu.

CAMPUS-WIDE CLIMATE/DIVERSITY SURVEYNEW

All students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences about the university’s culture and attitudes. To complete the survey, follow the link sent to you in the e-mail invitation from Provost Gibson. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and is strictly confidential. All responses will be aggregated, and no individually identifying information will be disclosed. Please plan to participate in this important process. The survey is available through Friday, March 4. If you have any questions, contact kristin.moser@uni.edu or call Kristin Moser at 273-3103.

WRITING AND THE LIBERAL ARTS AT UNI: UNIVERSITAS 6.2

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.

NEW 2011 OFFICE MAX CATALOGS

The following new 2011 Office Max catalogs are available: Office Products, Extended Offerings, Furniture, and Cleaning & Breakroom. If you are interested in any of these, contact Pam.rousselow@uni.edu or call 273-2451.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

AN ASSESSMENT WEBINAR ON RUBRICSNEW

Rubrics can be a useful tool in assessing student learning. Hear two assessment experts, Bob Mundhenk and Susan Hatfield, talk about rubrics in the HLC Assessment Academy webinar, “Hot Topic Afternoon: Standardized Instrument or Home-Grown Rubrics,” from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in StudioIT 2 (136 ITTC). Sponsored by the Office of Academic Assessment.

SPECIAL EVENTS

BOOK REGISTRY KICKOFFNEW

The honors group Team TLC will hold a kickoff for its book registry on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at University Book & Supply. The kickoff is from 5 to 6 p.m., with a presentation at 5:15, followed by an opportunity to buy books to be donated to local fourth-grade elementary classrooms.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATENEW

Joe Murphy, UNI state relations officer, will host a legislative update at 12:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, in the Oak Room, MAU. Topics include the state budget process, budget cuts and policy items affecting UNI.

56TH ANNUAL TALLCORN JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Tallcorn Jazz Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19, at Russell Hall and GBPAC. This festival is the longest running jazz festival this side of the Mississippi. High school bands perform both days, will work with clinicians and guest David Berkman. For more information, visit http://www.davidberkman.com/  or the Tallcorn website at http://www.uni.edu/jazzstudies/tallcorn/.

UNI STUDENT ATHLETES TO COLLECT SHOES FOR CHARITYNEW

UNI student athletes will collect shoes for the Soles4Souls shoe campaign, a Nashville-based organization that facilitates the collection of shoes and delivers them to people in need around the world. Soles4Souls accepts all types of shoes: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, flip flops, new or gently worn. Collection times are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in Maucker Union. Monetary donations are also welcome and will go directly to the organization. Contact Kara Park with any questions at 273-3327 or kara.park@uni.edu. For more information about Soles4Souls, visit http://www.soles4souls.org/about/.

ENTREFEST!

Entrefest!, an event for small business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs, will be held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 24 and 25, in Dubuque. EntreFest! provides an opportunity to invest in your business by spending time working on your business in a fun and informal setting. Visit www.entrefest.com for the complete schedule and speaker lineup.

T-SHIRT SALENEW

UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society will sell T-shirts and related items on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 22 and 23, in the second floor lobby, SEC. Proceeds will benefit KDP education and service projects.

QUASH - QUEST TO UNRAVEL ALZHEIMER'S SCAVENGER HUNT

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 your mind in a campus-wide event on Saturday, April 16. Each QUASH team is asked to raise $100 per participant to benefit and support the research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Register today at www.QUASHnow.org.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

CRISIS MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION: A HOW-TO APPROACH

UNI's Panther Speakers will present "Crisis Management and Communication - A How-to Approach" at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 16. This webinar features James O'Connor, executive director of the Office of University Relations. This high-energy presentation will provide a practical, real-world approach to developing and implementing a crisis communication plan that works. Visit http://www.uni.edu/pantherspeakers for more information and to register. This event is free and open to the public.

LECTURE: "JEWISH GRAPHIC NOVELS GO GLOBAL: FROM A RABBI’S CAT TO A LEBANESE WALTZ"

A lecture on "Jewish Graphic Novels Go Global: From a Rabbi’s Cat to a Lebanese Waltz" will be given by Harry Brod, philosophy and world religions, at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the State College Room, MAU. Brod will examine the expression of Jewish identities in recent graphic novels in Europe and in Israel. Sponsored by the Forum for National and Transnational Identities. The forum seeks to bring together faculty, staff and students with an interest in national identity, nationalism, transnationalism, race, ethnicity and immigration. To join the forum and to be placed on its mailing list, contact Konrad.Sadkowski@uni.edu.

TALK POLITICS: WHETHER OR NOT TO INCREASE GUN CONTROLNEW

In the wake of the Tucson massacre, many are wondering whether or not to put more restrictions on gun ownership and the types of guns one can own. Some agree that there should be more restrictions, whereas others believe that to do so would violate the Second Amendment. Join the College Republicans, Young Americans and Northern Iowa Democrats for a discussion at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU.

WRITER OR CONTENT PROVIDER? 'THE LATE NIGHT BOOK' ON THE IPAD

Jim O'Loughlin, English language and literature, will discuss how "The Late Night Book," his print booklet for infants, was transformed into a children's app for the iPad at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in 111 LNG. He'll also describe the differences between being a writer for traditional print publications and being a content provider for electronic media. More information on "The Late Night Book" is available at http://www.latenightbook.com.

FILM DIRECTOR JULIE DASH NEW

Julie Dash, an acclaimed African-American movie director, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in the Lang Hall Auditorium as part of the Hearst Lecture Series and the Center for Multicultural Education Lecture Series. With the debut of "Daughters of the Dust" in 1992, Dash became the first African-American woman in the nation to have a full-length general theatrical release. The film has been honored as one of the most important cinematic achievements in black cinema in the 20th century. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/commstudies/daughters-dust-director-julie-dash-visit-feb-21. The event is free and open to the public.

EARTH SCIENCE SEMINARNEW

An earth science seminar on "Geology and Geotourism in China" will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in 125 LAT. John Groves, earth science, will describe his work in China and he'll reflect on his experiences living and working in Nanjing. The presentation will include pictures from tourist excursions to so-called "water towns" on the east coast, along with geologic scenes from Guizhou.

LIBERAL ARTS CORE REVIEW STEERING COMMITTEE PRESENTATIONS

Public presentations of the committee's work on considerations for a revised LAC and possible models for faculty consideration will be given from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, and 3:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Commons Ballroom. All faculty are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact co-chairs Virginia Arthur (virginia.arthur@uni.edu) or Susan Hill (susan.hill@uni.edu).

GLADYS BLACK: THE LEGACY OF IOWA'S BIRD LADYNEW

The Natural Resource Research and Management seminar will feature Larry Stone, freelance writer and photographer, sharing stories of Gladys Black and her place among Iowa conservation legends at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Auditorium, 11 CEEE. This seminar is sponsored by Club SOLE and the Tallgrass Prairie Center. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, 273-3828, or e-mail rwelch@uni.edu.

SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY NEW

Award-winning pre-K through 12 teachers and their students will present their earth science, inquiry and/or math-based classroom projects on Friday, Feb. 25. There will be opportunities to talk with teachers and students about how they view hands-on, interactive science- and math-based programs as a means of teaching and learning. There will be table displays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the ITTC first floor student lounge. Spotlight presentations will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m., every 30 minutes, in the ITTC labs, along with UNI faculty teaching innovations. An information table will be set up in 120 ITTC. This event is sponsored by ITS-Educational Technology. Contact Doreen Hayek with questions at doreen.hayek@uni.edu or 273-7300.

REVISING HISTORY: MARK TWAIN'S 'HUCKLEBERRY FINN'

A panel will discuss revisions to Twain's book from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in the State College Room, MAU. For example, the replacement of the N-word with "slave." Panelists: Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure, Wally Hettle and Jim O’Loughlin. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by: American Democracy (ADP) Project and the Provost's Office.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

FULBRIGHT FACULTY WORKSHOP

Faculty are invited to attend a Fulbright Faculty Workshop from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in the CME. The workshop will be conducted by Athena Fula from the Institute for International Education, Washington, D.C. Learn about teaching and research opportunities in more than 125 countries; get advice on selecting countries for application and making contacts abroad; explore how UNI can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars; and learn tips on how to prepare the Fulbright application. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Contact oipevents@uni.edu with questions.

START A BUSINESS 2

Learn how to write a business plan from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in 33 BCS. Pre-requisite: Start a Business 1. Advance registration is required at jpec@uni.edu or 273-JPEC (5732).

"HOW TO MANAGE NESTS OF NEGATIVITY" WORKSHOP

The management workshop "How to Manage Nests of Negativity" will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in 30 BCS. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 22.  Workshop participants will learn how to identify and confront negative employees who seem to be bringing down the employee morale and detracting from the organization’s progress. The discounted price is $224 for UNI employees. UNI departments can purchase a consortium membership, which entitles the department to 10 seats to any of the 2011 management training workshops, for $1,999. Half-day workshops only use a half seat. After the 10 seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu

PERFORMING ARTS

CAB'S ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS: ALISA TURNER

CAB's Acoustic Artist Series will feature Alisa Turner at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. Turner is a talented singer, songwriter and keyboard player with a deep passion for music. Enjoy the music and coffee deals from Chats. For more information, visit CAB's Facebook page.

FLUTE CHOIR & FLUTE STUDIO CONCERT

Tthe Northern Iowa Flute Choir and Flute Studio will present its annual concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

THE BAND PERRY CONCERT MOVES TO GBPACNEW

UNI’s Panther Productions has moved the location for The Band Perry concert, with special guest Thompson Square, to the GBPAC. The Thursday, Feb. 24, show has changed location to give more students, as well as the public, an opportunity to attend. If you have already purchased tickets, your tickets are still valid and do not need to be exchanged. Tickets can be purchased through any UNItix outlet, at www.unitix.uni.edu or by calling 273-4TIX. Tickets are $10 for UNI students (limit two) and $20 for the public. All seats are general admission.

'FOR THE LOVE OF THE CLUB'

UNI Interpreters Theatre will present "For the Love of the Club" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 through 19, in the Interpreter's Theater, 040 LNG. This original work is based on the author's and director’s thesis research on women who ride with motorcycle clubs. Learn about their lives, the roles they fulfill for their men and their struggle to perform their identities within the confines of a social organization that often dictates gender roles. This production contains mature language, themes and situations. It's recommended for mature audiences only. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Angela Glunz at glunza@uni.edu or 273-6728.

60TH ANNUAL SINFONIAN DIMENSIONS IN JAZZ CONCERTS

The Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19. It will feature Jazz Band One and David Berkman in Bengtson Hall, RSL. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for non-UNI students and free for UNI students with ID. For more information, visit http://www.davidberkman.com/ or see the Tallcorn website at http://www.uni.edu/jazzstudies/tallcorn/.

SUZUKI FACULTY RECITALNEW

The UNI School of Music Suzuki School will present a recital featuring Suzuki faculty artists at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: SUZANNE TIRK, CLARINETNEW

Visiting artist Suzanne Tirk will present a clarinet recital at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Tirk has taught at Bemidji State University, Lawrence University, Eastern Michigan University and Montana State University. She currently teaches at Wichita State University. Tirk has appeared as a guest artist and soloist at conferences nationally and internationally. This event is free and open to the public.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILES

Blood chemistry profiles will be offered from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the WRC Main Corridor. UNI employees who quailify for insurance benefits are eligible for one free wellness blood profile ($20 value) per academic year. Other tests avaliable include a prostate test (PSA) for $10, thyroid test (TSH) for $5 and a complete blood count (CBC) for $10, each of which the employee would pay (cash, check, payroll deduction or u-bill). Students, retirees and spouses may sign up for the BCP screening as well for $20. Free bagels and juice to follow. Call the Wellness Resoure Lab at 273-6119 to schedule. www.uni.edu/wellrec/wellness/events/index.html

FITNESS CLASSES STILL AVAILABLENEW

There is still room in a variety of fitness classes. Try something new by making a splash in a water aerobics class. Eating and Exercise Success will start in March. Sign up online at www.uni.edu/wellrec or stop by 101 WRC.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

FUN MOVIE NIGHT RELATING TO DIVERSITYNEW

Awareness for Individuals with Disabilities will show a movie at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Oak Room, MAU. The goal is to show how diverse ability is portrayed in the media and how it affects perceptions of diverse ability.

CAB MOVIE: 'BURLESQUE'NEW

Enjoy the free movie "Burlesque" showing at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Ballroom, MAU. Free popcorn and pop provided. Storyline: Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the Burlesque Lounge, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. Meanwhile, Ali, a small-town girl from Iowa, is hired by Tess as a waitress at the lounge. Ali's big voice makes her the main attraction of the revue.

MAXIMUM FUN: PLANTS UNDER THE MICROSCOPENEW

The program Plants Under the Microscope will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 5, at the University Museum. There will be hands-on fun for elementary students (K-6) as they examine plant cells under a microscope, learn about strange and fascinating plants, and make carnivorous-plant crafts to take home. A small plant-themed snack will be provided. Cost is $10 for Friends members and $12 for nonmembers. Registration and payment must be received by Friday, Feb.  25; no refunds after Tuesday, March 1. For more information, call 273-2188. 

DINING SPECIALS

BEACH BASH CUSTOMER APPRECIATION WEEK, FEB. 21-25NEW

Biscotti's in the Redeker Center, The 23rd Street Market in the Commons, Chats, Essentials and Prexy's in the Maucker Union are celebrating Customer Appreciation Week, Monday through Friday, Feb. 21 through 25. Enjoy games, food specials, discounts and prizes each day at all locations. Come join the fun and warm up at Beach Bash 2011.

EMPLOYMENT

MERIT VACANCIESNEW

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