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Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011

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NEWS

POWER PLANT TESTNEW

A test will occur at UNI's power plant at approximately 8 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22. This will involve noise emitting from the power plant parking lot and a large steam plume that will be visible from much of the campus. The test will last approximately eight hours. For more information, contact Brent Maitland at 273-6393.

UNI DISCLAIMER IN GUEST OPINION PIECESNEW

Faculty and staff submitting guest editorials to newspapers must include the university disclaimer. "The views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not imply endorsement by the University of Northern Iowa."

DISCLOSING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTYNEW

The benefits of disclosing intellectual property (IP) include: establishing ownership rights and giving credit to the inventor or creator; protecting against infringement and unauthorized use; and ensuring all parties entitled to royalty compensation are identified. Initial patent costs are paid by the UNI Research Foundation. Patent search and initial market research are provided at no cost. IPO can assist with proper placement of the IP in the public domain. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/osp www.bcs.uni.edu.

NEW STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

Did you know the new waiting-list features for course scheduling on the new Student Information System (SIS) are now available for reference on the SIS site? For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/sis/node/88.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

The Omaha World Herald ran a story about the survey of small Iowa businesses done by UNI's Regional Business Center. http://omaha.com/article/20110220/MONEY/702209913/1007

ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTERNEW

The latest edition of the Department of Economics newsletter is available at http://www.cba.uni.edu/economics/Newsletter/Newsletter2010.pdf.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETYNEW

UNI Police urge both drivers and pedestrians to use caution while driving or walking in pedestrian walkways on and around campus. One out of every five people killed in traffic accidents is a pedestrian. Even though they are walking, not driving, pedestrians are still subject to the same traffic laws as motorists. Under Iowa law, pedestrians have the right-of-way in marked crosswalks, and motorists should yield to pedestrians when they are in the crosswalks. Drivers must yield to pedestrians at all times. UNI Police will increase the monitoring of crosswalks to ensure compliance with the law and to improve pedestrian and traffic safety.

CAMPUS-WIDE CLIMATE/DIVERSITY SURVEY

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.

UNI UP CLOSE 2011

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.

A&FS NEWS AND VIEWS

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.

SEED GRANT RECIPIENTS

The offices of the Provost and Sponsored Programs have awarded 16 grants through the UNI Seed Grant Competition. Selected by peer review, the seed grants will support research and creative activities leading to external funding proposals. Seed grant recipients and their projects are listed at http://www.uni.edu/osp/2010-internal-seed-grant-recipients.

THE PARENT PORTAL IS IN TRANSITION

The Student Information System (SIS) will change by phases now through August 2011. Current students with third-party users (parents, spouse, etc) will experience changes in how they access their personal records. Third-party access to records in the new Student System will be directly within MyUNIverse. Beginning February 2011, the first access to financial aid records in SIS will be made available to students, and if students wish to allow access, to their third-party users. Certain records will continue to be accessed through the old Parent Portal (http://www.uni.edu/parents) until they are migrated into the third-party portal through MyUNIverse. During the transition, students will need to set up third-party accounts in the new system for each person they wish to allow access, as well as retain their old third-party accounts for records not yet migrated. The full transition to the new system will be completed by August 2011. At that time, all student records will be available through MyUNIverse, and the old Parent Portal will be retired.

HUMAN RESOURCE SERVICES WEBSITE REDESIGNEDNEW

Human Resources Services has redesigned its website. The site has been reorganized and expanded to include HR related announcements and detailed information, forms, supporting resources and frequently asked questions. In addition, new in-depth sections have been added for new employees, supervisors and employee development. This website is updated weekly to provide current information and can be viewed at http://www.uni.edu/hrs.

SLIP/TRIP/FALL INJURIESNEW

Slips, trips and falls account for a significant number of injuries reported to the university. With spring-like weather approaching, we may experience a freeze/thaw cycle that can lead to slip/trip/fall injuries. Please be aware that surfaces that are wet during the daytime hours may be iced over in the early morning or late evening hours. Please exercise caution when walking on paved surfaces during these hours.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

NEW TIAA-CREF INVESTMENT OPTIONS

Based on a recent review of the TIAA-CREF investment options, UNI will introduce two new emerging-markets mutual funds to the investment menu – the Emerging Markets Equity Fund and the Emerging Markets Equity Index Fund. For more information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/news/documents/bn_tiaa_cref_2newoptions.pdf.

AN ASSESSMENT WEBINAR ON RUBRICS

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

UNI RELAY FOR LIFENEW

The Relay for Life Team Captain Night is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Oak Room, MAU. The Relay For Life Kick-Off is Saturday, March 5, at The HuB on Main Street. Bank Night is from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in the Ballrooms MAU. For more information, contact Sarah McCarty at mccartys@uni.edu

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 between 3 and 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the WRC; from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, and 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/.

T-SHIRT SALE

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.

UNI PROUD PRESENTS: DRAG PERFORMANCE 101NEW

Come learn from a professional drag performer, Courtney Michaels, about how to get your drag on at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22,  in the Presidential Room, MAU. Even if you don't plan to perform in this spring's show, the event is sure to be fun. Proud events are open to all students, faculty, staff and community members. Contact proud@uni.edu with questions.

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.

STUDENT READING ASSOCIATION BOOK FAIRNEW

Need new books? Check out the selection at SRA's Scholastic Book Fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, through Thursday, March 3, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 4, in the SEC Lobby. Books for all ages at great prices.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE

Come to the Rod Library lobby to purchase best sellers, children's books, fiction, nonfiction and more. Hardcover books are $2 each and paperbacks are $1. Pick up as many as you like and pay at the circulation desk. Keep checking back - new items are added often.

WRAP YOUR OWN SUSHINEW

Learn how to wrap sushi from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the lobby, MAU. The Campus Activities Board will provide supplies and instruction. 

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.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICSNEW

Men's basketball hosts Indiana State in the final home game of the regular season at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the McLeod Center. Track and field hosts the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, Feb. 26, and Sunday, Feb. 27, in the UNI-Dome.

PERFORMING ARTS

SUZUKI FACULTY RECITAL

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, CLARINET

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.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: NORTHERN IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Under the direction of visiting artist and conductor Jonathan Girard, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra will offer a Spotlight Series concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX.

THE BAND PERRY IN CONCERTNEW

UNI's Panther Productions presents The Band Perry in concert, with special guest Thompson Square, at 7 p.m., in the GBPAC. 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.

'ON THE VERGE'NEW

"On the Verge" tells the story of a trio of female Victorian-era explorers who embark on a journey that takes them into Terra Incognita – the last undiscovered, unexplored piece of the globe. Trekking through landscapes that resemble the highest peaks of the Himalayas and the darkest corners of the rainforest, the ladies eventually find themselves not only traveling the globe, but also traveling through time. For tickets, visit or call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 273-6381. The performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 3 through 5, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 6, at the SWT.

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT

Under the direction of faculty artist Chris Merz and graduate student conductors, the School of Music will present a jazz combos concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: CORY MIXDORF, TROMBONENEW

Visiting artist Cory Mixdorf will present a trombone recital at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Mixdorf has been an active performer and educator in the Atlanta area since his appointment as assistant professor of trombone at Georgia State University in 2009. He holds a B.A. from UNI, as well as Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in trombone performance from Indiana University. This event is free and open to the public.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

MAXIMUM FUN: PLANTS UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

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. 

'THE BOTANY OF DESIRE'

The PBS documentary "The Botany of Desire" takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world -- seen from the plants' point-of-view. The film features Michael Pollan and is based on his best-selling book. View the documentary at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, at the University Museum. Total run-time is 120 minutes.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

FREE SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS

The John Pappajohn Entreprenuerial Center is offering the following workshops: Small Business Marketing, 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28 or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1; Intellectual Property, 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3. All workshops are held in 33 BCS. Register at 273-5732 or jpec@uni.edu.

CHANGE LEADERSHIP

UNI's Leadership Studies will host a workshop on stages of change from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in the State College Room, MAU. Workshop leaders are Molly Schmidt, manager of training and development at Veridian Credit Union, and Gerri Perreault, UNI Leadership Studies. Participants will have the opportunity to assess where they are in the change process. Schmidt and Perreault will discuss the different stages of change that individuals and organizations may be involved in.

RURAL AGING CONFERENCE

The Iowa Consortium for Aging Programs and UNI's gerontology program will host the Rural Aging Conference on Thursday, April 7. For more information or to register, visit www.uni.edu/csbs/ruralaging. Registration is limited to 120 participants. Contact Josie Davie (daviej@uni.edu) with questions.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

GLADYS BLACK: THE LEGACY OF IOWA'S BIRD LADY

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.

HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBINARS

Hot Topics in Education: Professional Development Webinars, are free one-hour webinars for educators taught by UNI faculty and staff. The next webinar, "Legal Issues: Truth is Stranger than Fiction," will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, and features Dewitt Jones and Tim Gilson, educational leadership, counseling and postsecondary education. This session will address top legal issues facing educators through the use of real-world scenarios, and suggestions to help keep you out of court. For more information or to register, visit http://www.uni.edu/coe/about/coe-professional-development-webinars or contact Mary Herring at 273-2719.

CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE EDUCATION PRESENTATIONNEW

Jekow Olieny, a UNI student from Maiwut, South Sudan, will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in 2 SAB. Olieny will share images and short videos and answer questions on the background and significance of the recent vote for independence in South Sudan, the world’s newest nation. Co-sponsored by UNI-STAND.

LECTURE: "TRANSNATIONAL MIGRANTS IN THE NEW IOWA"NEW

Mark Grey, Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration, will discuss recent immigration trends in Iowa at noon, Tuesday, March 1, in 9AB CME. He will also discuss the broader implications for the state and its people, including the transformation of how Iowans see themselves. This event is sponsored by the Forum for National and Transnational Identities, which 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.

PRODUCING CIVIC-MINDED GRADUATESNEW

Robert Bringle from Indiana University/Purdue will speak from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 12, in the Expansion in MAU on "How to Produce Civic-Minded Graduates: The State of the Field." This event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Gerri Perreault at 273-6898 or ADP-UNI@UNI.edu. Bringle's talk will be part of ADP's service-learning workshop.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

UNI CYCLING CLUB MEETING

The UNI Cycling Club will meet at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Old Gold Room, MAU. All current and interested members are encouraged to attend. Contact Nick Maddix at maddixn@uni.edu if you are unable to attend but would like more information about the club or visit www.uni-cycling.org.

FITNESS CLASSES STILL AVAILABLE

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.

DINING SPECIALS

BEACH BASH CUSTOMER APPRECIATION WEEK, FEB. 21-25

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 VACANCIES

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