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Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012

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NEWS

STUDENT ASSESSMENT OF TEACHING SCORES - AVAILABLE ONLINENEW

Fall 2011 student assessments of teaching scores are now available. 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.

2011 W-2SNEW

2011 W-2 Wage and Tax Statements will be mailed on or around Tuesday, Jan. 24. W-2 FAQs are available online. Other questions may be directed to Payroll at 273-6425 or 273-2656.

IOWA SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR NEW UNI BASE PROGRAMNEW

The NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) is now accepting white papers proposing a new Base Program at UNI. The deadline for papers is Feb. 20. Base Program funding will provide approximately $70,000 over three years and requires a one-to-one match of non-federal in-kind or cash funds. Contact Hillery Oberle in OSP to apply.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Art Cox, finance, was quoted in the Des Moines Register.

Chris Larimer, political science, was quoted in the Cincinnati Enquirer.  

RESIDENT ASSISTANTS ARE CATALYSTS FOR ON-CAMPUS LEARNING AT UNINEW

Do you know an RA? You might want to congratulate them, once you click here and see the report that summarizes what all 92 UNI RAs did August through October 2011 as catalysts for student learning.

STUDENT NEWS

Read this week's MyUNIverse News.

UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM SEEKS PROPOSALS

The University Honors Program is seeking proposals for Presidential Scholars and Honors Seminars for the 2012-2013 academic year. Proposals should be submitted to the University Honors Program, mail code 0355, on or before the deadline of Wednesday, Feb. 1.

SUPPORT THE BLUE ZONES PROJECT

The School of HPELS and Wellness & Recreation Services are partnering with the City of Cedar Falls and Black Hawk County Health Department to make Cedar Falls a Blue Zones Community where people live longer, healthier and better lives. Cedar Falls is one of 54 semi-finalists in the state-wide Blue Zones Project. To become a finalist on Feb. 10, a demonstration of community support is needed. Learn about the Blue Zones Project and pledge your support.

CAROL PETERSEN APPOINTED INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RESIDENCE

Carol Petersen, current director of dining services, has been named interim executive director of residence, effective Jan. 23. She replaces Michael Hager who has been named UNI vice president for administration and financial services. Petersen has served in her current role since 2008. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in her field and serves as president of the Midwest Region of the National Association of College & University Food Service. She will serve until a permanent replacement is selected and will continue to supervise Dining Services.

NOMINATIONS NEEDED FOR MIDWEST ONE BANK UNIQUE ACADEMIC ADVISING AWARD

This award of $1,000 is given to one tenured, tenure-track or non-tenured faculty member employed at UNI for at least three years. Download a nomination form. Nominations can be made by faculty, staff and students and are due by Friday, Feb. 3.

MICHAEL HAGER NAMED VP FOR ADMINISTRATION & FINANCIAL SERVICES

Michael Hager has been named vice president for administration and financial services at UNI, pending official approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Hager is currently the assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of residence at UNI. He will assume his new duties on Jan. 23. For more information about his appointment, vist UNI's newsroom.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

INTERPRETERS THEATRE AUDITIONSNEW

Auditions for "Brother Wolf" will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the Interpreters Theatre, 040 LNG. Audition materials will be provided and individuals auditioning will be asked to sing. Performance dates are March 29 through 31. Blending folklore, myth, bluegrass music and mountain religion, "Brother Wolf" is an Appalachian adventure tale based on the story of Beowulf. For more information, email Emily Eisenman or Paul Siddens.

STEM EDUCATION COMMUNITY JANUARY MEETINGNEW

The STEM Education Community meeting will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the Presidential Room, MAU. The following will be discussed: fall 2011 STEM Education Summary, UNI STEM Education volunteer opportunities, current STEM education climate at UNI, UNI summer camps and developing a 'business plan' for future success. All people interested in STEM education are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Chad Heinzel.

SPSS SHORT COURSE - STATISTICS HELPNEW

A free hands-on course on using SPSS will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 27 and 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, in 110 WRT. The Department of Mathematics provides assistance to faculty, staff and students through its Statistical Consulting Lab. For more information, contact Mark Jacobson

GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE IMPROV COMEDY FROM MINNEAPOLISNEW

Gay Straight Alliance is an improvisational comedy duo coming to campus at 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, in Maucker Union. In this award-winning duo, one performer is gay and one is straight. After the show, there will be a question and answer session.

CHANGED BY THE PEACE OF THE RISEN LORD : AN ECUMENICAL EVENING OF PRAYERNEW

The UNI Campus Ministry Association is sponsoring a prayer/worship service at 9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the Commons Ballroom. The prayer will focus on a foundation in Christ. Those who attend are asked to bring a donation to support the Hospitality House in Waterloo, a daytime shelter for the homeless. Suggested donations include a canned good, winter gloves or hat or personal care items (toilet paper, shampoo, shaving cream or disposable razors). Refreshments and a social will follow the worship service.

FAREWELL RECEPTION NEW

Brent Ascher is leaving the Department of Residence at the end of this month. A farewell reception will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30, in the Piazza meeting room, Redeker Center. Come wish him good luck in the future.

SUMMER CONFERENCE HOUSING AND DINING NEEDSNEW

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 2012. For more information, contact David "Schmiddy" Schmid at 273-2249.

KAPPA DELTA PI T-SHIRT SALENEW

T-shirts and related items will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 24 and 25, in the Schindler second-floor lobby. Many items are marked down. Proceeds will benefit the educational and service projects of UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society.

SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

UNI's Speakers Bureau wants to add more UNI speakers to its network. The Speakers Bureau puts faculty speakers in contact with a variety of community organizations and student groups that have requested presentations. There is no cost to be a registered speaker and topics are welcome. For more information about how to get involved or to request a speaker for your own organization, visit UNI Speakers Bureau.

5TH INTERNATIONAL INDONESIA FORUM

The Fifth International Indonesia Forum, co-sponsored by Yale University and Gadjah Mada University,"Between the Mountain and the Sea: Positioning Indonesia," will take place July 9 and 10, at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. As an interdisciplinary conference bringing together scholars from Indonesia and other nations, the forum seeks to provide a platform for scholars who follow developments in Indonesia to discuss the various ways and contexts by which the state, scholars, individuals, civil society organizations and other interest groups have recreated, redefined or re-imagined Indonesia's past, present and future. Papers that deal with the various aspects of positioning Indonesia in the global or regional stage are welcome. Regrettably, no funding is available from OIP to support attendance.

HARASSMENT PREVENTION SESSIONS

Attorney Jill Jensen-Welch will present several sessions of Harassment Prevention training Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 14 and 15. All faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend, especially those in supervisory roles. Several sessions are designated for supervisors only. Pre-registration is required.

ONE-TO-ONE COMPUTING WEBINAR VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE

The recording of the "One-to-One Computing for Increased Learning" webinar is now available. The webinar featured educators from Auburn Junior High School in Auburn, Ala., a school showcased by Intel for their successful implementation of one-to-one computing in a student-centered environment.

SECURITY AWARENESS TRAINING

The ITS Security office is sponsoring an eLearning course on the topic of "Securing the Human." All faculty and staff have been enrolled in this short video course and are strongly encouraged to participate. You may access the course by logging in with your CatID and finding the course "ITS-Security: Securing the Human Security Awareness Training" in the My Courses tab. More information is available in cyber security.

TIAA CREF COUNSELING

A TIAA CREF representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions Jan. 25 and 26 and Feb. 7, 9, 21 and 22. Questions such as is your investment mix appropriate; are you saving enough to maintain your lifestyle in retirement and how do I use my funds for income in retirement are all topics the TIAA CREF representative can help with. To sign up for these complimentary meetings call (toll free) at 866-842-2977.

CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE EDUCATION FACULTY BOOK READING GROUP

This semester, which marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Holocaust survivor and author Primo Levi, the CHGE Faculty Book Reading Group will discuss Levi’s collection of essays "The Drowned and the Saved." Additional participants are welcome. The group will meet to discuss the book in late March (location, date and time TBD). Copies of the book will be provided at no charge to participants beginning Jan. 30. For more information on the reading group, contact Stephen Gaies.

LIVE HEALTHY IOWA

Join the UNI Employee Wellness Committee for Live Healthy Iowa’s annual 100 Day Wellness Challenge. The challenge began on Monday, Jan. 23. Participants will form teams of two to 10 people to motivate and support each other in achieving their fitness and weight loss goals.

LIKE THE ROD LIBRARY AND WIN PRIZES

Have you "liked" the library on Facebook yet? If not, you've missed events, announcements, contests and prizes. A new contest begins soon. So, "like" the library and join the fun on its Facebook page.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WANT TO BE A PERSONAL TRAINER?

Looking to build your resume, develop communication and people skills and gain valuable work experience? Sign up for the WRS Personal Training instructor course.  An informational meeting will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, in 155 WRC, and classes begin Monday, Jan. 30. To enroll or for more information, contact Kristy Leen or Erin Nielsen.

GET A WRS PERSONAL TRAINER

Need help adding an exercise routine into your schedule? Let a UNI personal trainer help guide you in the right direction by creating a fun and rewarding experience. For more information, contact Kristy Leen at 273-7167.

INTUITIVE EATING WORKSHOP

This six-week workshop is especially designed for the chronic dieter. Particpants will learn how to reject the diet mentality, deal with emotional eating, honor hunger, stop eating when satisfied and normalize the relationship with food. For more information or to register, email Joan Thompson or call 273-2137.

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.