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Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012

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NEWS

SIS CAMPUS SOLUTIONS OUTAGENEW

The SIS Campus Solutions application will be unavailable due to maintenance from 2 to 6 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25. This will affect the different 'Center' access in the MyUniverse portal as well as the online application for admission and the public class search functions.

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - DID YOU KNOW? NEW

UNIBusiness students continue to outperform peers in standardized professional certification exams; in 2010, UNI accounting students had a first-time pass rate on the CPA exam that was six times the national average.

PRESIDENT ALLEN'S EVALUATION

The UNI Faculty Senate has organized a committee to manage President Benjamin J. Allen's five-year evaluation. As part of the evaluation, faculty are asked to complete and submit an online questionnaire available on MyUniverse (in the 'Current Announcements' section) by Tuesday, Feb. 21. For more information, email Jeffrey Funderburk.

STUDENT NEWS

Read this week's MyUNIverse News.

FAMILY CAREGIVING LEAVE

The name of the sick leave code Emergency Leave is changing to Family Caregiving Leave. The change was made to clarify the intended use of the benefit. The definition has not changed, and the time used will continue to reduce accrued sick leave. Beginning Feb. 19, employees will have the time card option Family Caregiving Leave, in place of Emergency Leave. For additional information and examples of when this leave code would apply, please listen to this presentation. The presentation and accessible script can be found on the Human Resource website. For more information, email Therese Callaghan or call 273-6164.

UNI UP CLOSE

UNI Up Close is a visit day planned specifically for admitted high school seniors and transfer students. The Up Close events can reach attendance of around 1,000 people. Please help welcome future students and their guests to campus on Friday, Feb. 24. 

CEDAR VALLEY NONPROFIT AWARDS LUNCHEON: AWARD NOMINATIONS AVAILABLE

The UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is hosting the 8th Annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 13, in the Commons Ballroom, recognizing the outstanding contributions of local nonprofits and nonprofit leaders. Nominate a deserving organization or individual by March 19. Nomination forms are available online. For more information, email Julianne Gassman.

FACTS FOR FACULTYNEW

The Office of Student Financial Aid has released the spring 2012 version of “Facts for Faculty.” Designed for faculty and staff, this edition provides information on the newly revised Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, upcoming changes to the UNIversity Scholarship Application and more.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIRNEW

This semester's Scholatic Book Fair, sponsored by UNI's Student Reading Association, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 29 through Thursday March 8 (closed Saturday and Sunday), in the lobby, SEC.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR VINCE HEUERNEW

Vince Heuer is retiring from the Office of Business Operations at the end of this month. A farewell reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, in 007 GIL. Come wish Vince well in his retirement.

WELCOMING DIVERSITY WORKSHOP SERIES NEW

The Welcoming Diversity Workshop series is a campus initiative for all students, faculty and staff. Session one, "Building an Inclusive Campus," is an interactive three-hour program based on NCBI principles. Registration is still available for the session from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, March 26, in 119 WRT. The workshop will be led by faculty and staff facilitators from the UNI Campus Coalition Builders. For more information, email the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

UNI EARTH DAY CELEBRATION BOOTH REGISTRATIONNEW

The annual UNI Earth Day Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, outside MAU. Groups, organizations or departments wishing to have a booth at the celebration to showcase "green" efforts or that brings education about local groups involved in environmental-type awareness or activities, are welcome to request a booth. This event is for education and awareness purposes; product sales aren't allowed. For more information, call Jenny Bruss at 273-3689 or register online.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT: SERVICE-LEARNING AND STUDENT ENGAGEMENTNEW

A panel of faculty will share what they are doing to involve students in the community and will give tips for getting started in service-learning. Attend this workshop on service-learning and student engagement from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, in 212 SRL. The workshop will be facilitated by Gerri Perreault and co-sponsored by the provost’s office and the American Democracy Project. Refreshments provided.

CELL PHONE & BATTERY RECYCLING STILL AVAILABLENEW

A reminder that cell phones and rechargeable batteries are being collected and recycled by the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center at Rod Library entrance, Schindler lobby, WRC front desk, Maucker Union office and CEEE atrium. Just look for the 'Call to Recycle' box. More than 80 phones and 300 pounds of batteries have been recycled.

ANNUAL DEPOSIT AND CASH HANDLING TRAININGNEW

The Annual Deposit and Cash Handling Certification training will be offered by Business Operations from 10 to 11 a.m. or 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Thursday March 1, or from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, March 2. All sessions will be held in the State College Room, MAU. All staff members who handle cash, prepare deposits or reconcile cash deposits should attend. To register, log in to MyUniverse, choose the Work@UNI tab, locate e-Business Resources, and click “Register for Training” and sign-up for the session you want to attend. Seating is limited.

HRS SEMINAR: YOUR RETIREMENT, A PERSONAL JOURNEY

UNI HRS will host a seminar, led by TIAA CREF representatives, on "Your Retirement, a Personal Journey; How to Plan What's Best for You in the Years to Come." The seminar will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the CME.

SPOTLIGHT ON STEM DAY

Award winning pre-K-12 teachers and their students will present their earth-science, inquiry and/or math-based classroom projects. This is an opportunity 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. Spotlight Gallery (table displays) will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the student lounge on the first floor, ITTC. Spotlight Presentations will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; every 30 minutes; Thursday, Feb. 23, ITTC labs. There will be an information table in 120 ITTC. Sponsored by ITS-Educational Technology. For more information, contact Doreen Hayek or call 273-7300.

CONFERENCE ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Faculty, staff and students are invited to register for UNI's first-ever Conference on African-American Children and Families, Friday, Feb. 24, in the SEC. State and national educators, policy makers, health professionals and anyone committed to improving the lives of children are invited. For more information, call Gloria Kirkland Holmes, curriculum & instruction, at 273-2007.

KAPPA DELTA PI T-SHIRT SALE

Themed T-Shirts, sweatshirts and other items will be available at the KDP Education Honor Society sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 21 and 23, in the lobby, SEC. There will be many items with special sale prices. Proceeds go to KDP's educational and service projects.

TRAINING AVAILABLE FOR STUDENT FINANCIAL REPORTS

Staff and faculty are invited to attend a hands-on instructor-led training session to learn how to run the new student financial detail reports. These reports provide detail for revenue from fees charged to students, scholarship expense and accounts receivable which is available to view in summary on the statement of account. The training session will provide instruction on how to run and interpret the two supporting reports available by account and item type. The training session will also include an overview of the changes in reporting revenue and receivables to your account. Attend one of three sessions: 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Feb. 17; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21; or 9 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22. All sessions are held in 138 ITTC. For more information and to register for a session, visit the website.

SERVICE-LEARNING AND STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

The Provost's Office is sponsoring a panel on Service-Learning and Student Engagement from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, in 212 SRL. The panelists are: Jonathan Chenoweth, music; Richard Featherstone, sociology, anthropology and criminology; Lauren Finke, volunteer center; Oksana Grybovych, HPELS; and Laura Praglin, social work. For more information, email Gerri Perreault.

SPSS SHORT COURSE - STATISTICAL CONSULTING ASSISTANCE

A free hands-on course on using SPSS will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in 110 WRT. The Department of Mathematics provides assistance to faculty, staff and students through its Statistical Consulting Lab. For more information, email Mark Jacobson

FULBRIGHT OPPORTUNITIES IN CANADA WEBINAR

A Fulbright Opportunities in Canada webinar will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. CST, Wednesday, Feb. 22, offering a look at the large number of awards in the 2013-2014 competition available in Canada for scholars, professionals and administrators. Opportunities exist for teaching, conducting research or combining both. Register online. For more information, visit the International Programs website.

UNI HUNGER GAMES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The UNI Hunger Games will be from 7 p.m. to midnight, Friday, March 2, at the Rod Library. Team registrations are pouring in, but volunteers are scarce. If you'd like to take part, but you don't want to form a team, please volunteer. Sign up at the Hunger Games table in the lobby of the library or email Alissa Cornick. For more information about the UNI Hunger Games, visit the Youth Collection Web page.

5TH INTERNATIONAL ACROSS BORDERS CONFERENCE

The fifth international "Across Borders" conference on culture, language and literature organized by Krosno State College and the University of Miskolc in Sarospatak will take place Oct. 12 through 14, in Sarospatak, Hungary. However, no funding is available from the Office of International Programs to support attendance.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

FREE SCREENING

Stressed? Anxious? Want information about anxiety? The UNI Counseling Center is offering a free, anonymous anxiety screening Wednesday, Feb. 22, in 103 Student Health Center. Screenings are at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m., and take about 30 minutes. No pre-registration required. For more information, contact Gretchen Honsell.

CERTIFICATION CLASSES AT UNI

Wellness & Recreation Services has many opportunities for you to get trained in American Red Cross life-saving skills this semester. Whether you're looking to become a lifeguard, take a CPR course for a required class or job or just want to be trained in First Aid, we have the right class for you. All classes take place in the WRC and are taught by highly trained and experienced instructors. More information is available by email.

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.