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Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011

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NEWS

PHISHING ATTEMPTS ON THE RISENEW

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.

OPPORTUNITY FOR FACULTYNEW

The Executive Vice President and Provost Office is announcing a vacancy in the Administrative Development Program. The program will provide one faculty member with an opportunity to broaden his or her experience in higher education administration during the 2011-2013 academic years. Details and application procedures are posted at http://www.uni.edu/provost/employment-opportunities under "Opportunity for Faculty." Eligible faculty are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 14.

2011 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION DATESNEW

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.

20 BEST UNI CAMPUS INTERNSHIPS

Proposals are being accepted for the 20 Best UNI Campus Internships. Departments are encouraged to submit a proposal for a funded student internship for the 2011-2012 academic year. Selected proposals will be funded $4,500 for the student’s wage. Students will intern 15 hours per week during fall and spring semesters. Positions should be challenging and career enhancing. Proposal deadline is 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21. Proposal forms are at http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/students/co-op/oncampusinternships.html. For more information, contact Laura Wilson at 273-2068 or laura.wilson@uni.edu.

NEW 2011 OFFICE MAX CATALOGSNEW

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.

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.

2011 UNI SYMPOSIUM READING GROUP – LIMITED SPACE

There are a few slots left for faculty and staff to participate in a reading group held in association with the 2011 UNI Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. Participants will read selections from a book authored by keynote speaker Eugene Rice and will meet with him Thursday, Feb. 10. If interested, contact anita.gordon@uni.edu.

ROD LIBRARY MOBILE WEBSITE SURVEY

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.

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS WEBSITE HAS A NEW LOOK

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. 

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2011 SUSTAINABILITY FORUM

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.

HELP CAN HUNGERNEW

According to the Feeding America Hunger Report 2010, Feeding America's nationwide network of food banks are feeding one million more Americans each week than in 2006. Help UNI Entrepreneurs "Can Hunger" in the Cedar Valley by donating non-perishable food in the donation boxes located at the Curris Business student lounge or BCS front lobby area. For more information, e-mail laurie.watje@uni.edu.

P&S STAFF BENEFITS SURVEY

The P&S Council invites P&S staff to participate in a study of the benefits provided at UNI. Participation in the study will take approximately five to 10 minutes. The council performs this type of survey periodically to assess the existing benefits that UNI provides to P&S staff. The results from the survey will be used to determine if changes to existing benefits or suggestions for new benefits should be explored, supported and recommended to the UNI administration by the P&S Council. Complete the survey on MyUniverse and let your voice be heard at https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/surveys/takeSurvey.cgi. The survey ends on Thursday, Feb. 10 (Feb. 25 for P&S annual employees).

STUDENT ASSESSMENT OF TEACHING SCORES - AVAILABLE ONLINE

Fall 2010 student assessments of teaching scores are now available at http://www.ir.uni.edu/dbweb/uniset. Access is restricted by CatID and password. Faculty and staff can only see their own course summaries. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Research at instrsch@uni.edu.

FREE LASERJET TONER CARTRIDGESNEW

Free toner cartridges: Q2670A; Q3961A; Q3972A; Q3972A.

USHERS NEEDED FOR 'ON THE VERGE'NEW

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.

MERCHANT SCHOLARSHIPNEW

The Merchant Scholarship is one of UNI's oldest scholarships. The University Archives staff has prepared an illustrated historical essay on the benefactors of that scholarship fund. To learn more about the Merchant family, visit https://www.library.uni.edu/collections/special-collections/merchant-legacy.

VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS AVAILABLENEW

23rd Street Market is offering Valentine items including flowers, panther plushes, balloons, cookies and Hugs from Home. Purchase items in the store or online at the Panther Pantry http://www.uni.edu/dor/pantherpantry. For additional gift ideas, stop by Essentials in Maucker Union.

RAS CHECK IN WITH RESIDENTS NEW

In addition to facilitating the development of solid communities in on-campus “houses” of about 50 residents, resident assistants (RAs) check in with individual residents each month to see how they are faring, socially and academically. In October 2010, RAs "caringly inquired" with more than 2,700 residents. 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

SIS OPEN LABS FOR DEPARTMENT SCHEDULERS STILL AVAILABLENEW

Open lab time for department schedulers on the new Student Information System (SIS) have been scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7 and Tuesday, Feb. 15. During open labs, Rachel Jones, IT training specialist, and other SIS team members will be available to assist and answer questions while staff work in the new SIS. To register for these sessions, visit http://www.uni.edu/sis/upcoming-events.

MAP-WORKS ORIENTATION FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Have you heard about MAP-Works? To learn about using this online retention and student success tool in your work with first-year students, sign up for an informational workshop from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in 138 ITTC. At the workshop, new MAP-Works users can get added to the system, review student data and learn about basic MAP-Works functions. Current users are welcome to attend for a refresher, including information on the functions other users have found most helpful. To sign up for the workshop, e-mail Kristin Woods at kristin.woods@uni.edu by Monday, Feb. 21.

HEALTH INSURANCE DEPENDENT ELIGIBILITY AUDIT

The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) has contracted with HMS Employer Solutions to conduct a dependent-eligibility audit for merit employees. The audit is to confirm that persons covered by a state of Iowa group plan are eligible for health insurance coverage. For more information on the audit, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/.

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH GRANTS PROGRAMS WEBINAR

The Office of Sponsored Programs will present a webinar on the various grant-funding mechanisms and programs available through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Elm Room, MAU. The webinar will cover NIH funding options for early-stage research and new investigators. For more information, contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 273-3961.

SPECIAL EVENTS

DARWIN WEEK 2011

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 DANCE

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.

NORTHERN FESTIVAL OF BANDS

The Northern Festival of Bands, an annual honor band festival for high school students, which typically hosts more than 40 schools and 250 individual students, will be held Thursday, Feb. 10, through Saturday, Feb. 12, at the GBPAC. The event will feature performances by the UNI Wind Symphony and UNI Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11, and at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, featuring solo competition winners, the festival’s percussionist groups, the Festival Concert Band and the Festival Symphony Band. The Saturday concert is ticketed. For tickets, call 273-4TIX. For more information, call 273-2028.

QUASH - QUEST TO UNRAVEL ALZHEIMER'S SCAVENGER HUNTNEW

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.

PERFORMING ARTS

FRIENDS OF KUNI BLUES BLOWOUT

Blues legend Joe Louis Walker with special guests BJ Allen and Blue Voodoo will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, at Waterloo's Electric Park Ballroom. This evening of blues and soul is a benefit for Iowa Public Radio. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets, visit http://iowapublicradio.org/index.php?cID=88.

ROMANCE WITH A DOUBLE BASS

The UNI bass studio will present a double bass concert with a romantic theme at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

MAIA QUARTET FEATURING UNI FACULTY ARTIST JULIA BULLARD, VIOLA

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.

GBPAC PRESENTS CUARTETO CASALS WITH ANDREAS KLEIN

Since its founding, Cuarteto Casals has been recognized as one of Europe's most distinguished string quartets. This Spanish ensemble has garnered critical acclaim and won top prizes at many international competitions. German-born pianist Andreas Klein will join Cuarteto Cassals in a performance at the GBPAC at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13. He's internationally acclaimed as an artist and performer. Klein is heard frequently on NPR's "Performance Today." Sunday curtain talk will begin 45 minutes prior to the start of the show.

FLUTE CHOIR & FLUTE STUDIO CONCERTNEW

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.

'BETRAYAL'NEW

'Betrayal' exposes the distinct variations and kinds of betrayal over a nine-year period, including a seven-year affair between Robert’s wife, Emma, and his close, married friend, Jerry. Told in reverse chronology, the play shows that love is capable of not only betraying those we love, but ourselves as well. The play will be shown at 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11 and 12, and at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, in the Acting Practice Room inside Strayer-Wood Theatre. Admission is $4. For more information, visit www.UNISTAonline.org.

CAB'S ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS: ALISA TURNERNEW

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.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

NEWSPAPERS AND DECISION-MAKING

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.

IS CHRISTIANITY DAMAGING THE WORLD?

"Talking With the Enemy," an ADP and CME program to promote dialogue among groups with opposing views, is sponsoring a discussion between UNIFI and UNI Navigators from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, in 109 CME. Speakers include Kyle Nelson, campus director, UNI Navigators, and Trevor Boeckmann, president, UNIFI.

AVIAN COLONIZATION DURING EARLY ESTABLISHMENT IN A PRAIRIE BIOFUEL PROJECT

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 ACTIVITIES

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.

CALL, CLICK OR CHAT- THE MYENTRE.NET BUSINESS CONCIERGE WEBINARNEW

The MyEntre.Net Business Concierge is one of the newest services offered to MyEntre.Net members. The Business Concierge is a team of business experts who help you get referrals, learn about local and state financial programs, and give business owners free advanced market research to help their businesses grow. At noon, on Thursday, Feb. 10, Rob Williams will discuss how the new service works and will walk users through how to call, click or chat to access the free assistance services available. Visit www.myentre.net to join the webinar.

PAT/HISTORY CLUB LECTURE

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.

GENDER BALANCE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

In 2009, the state of Iowa passed legislation requiring all local boards and commissions to be "gender balanced" by Jan. 1, 2012. Chris Larimer, political science, has studied the views of this law held by current members of boards and commissions, and will present his results from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at University Book & Supply.

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS BOOK CLUB

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet at  4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, at the UNI Museum to discuss "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" by W. Kamkwamba and B. Mealer. Out of scraps, William K. brings the miracle of electricity and running water to his village in Malawi. All are welcome.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

START A BUSINESS I WORKSHOP

Learn the basics of starting a business from  3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in 33 BCS.  Advance registration is required at jpec@uni.edu or 273-JPEC (5732).

START A BUSINESS 2NEW

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).

UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOP

Undoing Racism workshops help individuals, communities, organizations and institutions move beyond addressing the symptoms of racism to undoing the causes of racism so as to create a more just and equitable society. The two 1/2 day workshop will take place Feb. 23, 24 and 25 at the CME. Applications are online at www.uni.edu/cme.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

PLANT ADAPTATION EXHIBIT AND RECEPTION

The exhibit Plant Adaptation Up Close: A Biological and Artistic Interpretation will be open Monday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, May 14, at the University Museum. Earth's diverse environments create challenges for plant survival. Special adaptations allow some plants to thrive in conditions that are unsuited for most. This exhibit highlights several of these adaptations. Plant Adaptation Up Close was produced by the Botanic Garden of Smith College in collaboration with the Smith College Microscopy and Imaging Facility and artist Joan Wiener. The exhibit opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the University Museum. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/museum.

'MARKS OF PROCESS: UNI DEPARTMENT OF ART ALUMNI AND THE STUDIO PAINTING TRADITION'NEW

An invitational group exhibition features new work by Erin Anfinson (B.A. '01), Mikel Bisbee-Durlam (B.A. '00), Michael Boyd (B.A. '59), Danielle McCullough (B.A. '02), Marcus Payzant (B.F.A. '06), Robert Riseling (B.A. '63 and M.A. '66), Darrell Roberts (B.A. '97) and Ken Steinkemp (B.A. '70). The exhibition is free and open to the public.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICSNEW

UNI softball hosts the Ramada UNI-Dome Tournament Friday, Feb. 11, Saturday, Feb. 12, and Sunday, Feb. 13, in the UNI-Dome. A complete schedule can be found at http://www.unipanthers.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/ramada-uni-dome-tournament-11.html.  

Women's basketball hosts Creighton at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, in the McLeod Center. The Panthers host in-state rival Drake at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. in the McLeod Center. That game is the UNI Pink Zone game, with fans encouraged to wear pink. Proceeds will benefit Colleges Against Cancer. Men's basketball hosts Wichita State at 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, in the McLeod Center.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILESNEW

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

WRS IRONMAN TRIATHLON CHALLENGE

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-NEWSLETTER

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 TRAIL

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.

SPEND SPRING BREAK WHITE-WATER CANOEING ON THE RIO GRANDE RIVER

Explore one of the last wild and remote rivers in the Southwest, the Rio Grande, Friday, March 11, through Sunday, March 20. This 90-mile stretch of river has 1,000-foot canyon walls, wild burros and lots of warm desert sunshine. Located along the Texas/Mexico border, the Rio Grande has rapids ranging from class I through III. Swimming skills and good physical condition are prerequisites. The cost is $525 for students, $550 for faculty/staff and $600 for guests. Sign up in the Outdoor Recreation Office, 174 WRC. Pay with u-bill, check, cash or credit card.

EMPLOYMENT

MERIT VACANCIES

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

EMPLOYMENTNEW

Vacancies at the P&S level include field experience administrator and program coordinator/Campus Activities. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.