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Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011

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NEWS

SAVE THE DATENEW

The Liberal Arts Core-Review Steering Committee (LAC-RSC) will host open forums at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 16 and 17  to present options for revising the LAC and to gather input. Please plan to attend one of these sessions. More details will follow.

FLU VACCINATIONS AVAILABLE TUESDAY, JAN. 25 NEW

Flu vaccinations will be available at a walk-in clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Student Health Clinic. Flu vaccinations are free for all students. Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the clinic. The Student Health Clinic will file an insurance claim for the $25 charge.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS NEWSLETTERNEW

The inaugural issue of the "Academic Affairs Report" newsletter from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is at www.uni.edu/provost.

20 BEST UNI CAMPUS INTERNSHIPSNEW

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.

UNI DIGITAL SIGNAGENEW

A centralized digital signage system is now available for campus announcements. Individualized messages can be created and displayed using the central system. The Office of University Relations provides regular feeds of campus news and events to the digital signage system. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/signage/.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Art Cox, finance, was quoted in a story on foreclosures in the Des Moines Register. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20110122/NEWS/101220318/Foreclosures-leave-mark-on-metro.

LIVE-IN STAFF MAKE HUNDREDS OF HELPFUL REFERRALS NEW

Residence hall students often need assistance beyond the expertise of live-in professional and paraprofessional staff. During October 2010 more than 390 residents were referred to campus professionals for assistance with a variety of personal and academic concerns. 

UPDATED MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATES

Mileage reimbursement rates effective Jan. 1, 2011: The university mileage reimbursement rate follows the U.S. General Services Administration policy, per Board of Regents, and has recently increased from 50 cents to 51 cents for travel occurring on and after Jan. 1, 2011. The reimbursement rate for driving a personal vehicle when a motor pool vehicle is available has decreased from $.285 to 19 cents per mile. The cost of operation is supported by data compiled and reported by the AAA for a medium-sized sedan.  The cost of operation includes fuel, maintenance and tires. Refer to the Travel Guidelines at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/accounts_payable/tguide.shtml for complete details. Questions on these changes should be directed to jackie.burvee@uni.edu or at 273-2212.

STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS

During National Student Employment Week, April 11 through 15, the Student Employment Office encourages campus employers to celebrate the contributions of their student workers. The Student Employment Office solicits nominations for Student Employee of the Year. The Student Employee of the Year is a student who, in their work role, exemplifies reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and a unique contribution to the workplace. The winner will be recognized with a plaque at the Student Employment Week Reception on Wednesday, April 13. The campus winner will also be submitted for the opportunity to compete at the state, regional and national levels. Nomination forms are at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/studentemployment.shtml.

HONORS PROGRAM CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The University Honors Program is seeking proposals for Presidential Scholars and Honors Seminars for the 2011-2012 academic year. Information and the proposal form can be found at http://www.uni.edu/honors/content/seminar-proposal. Proposals should be submitted to the University Honors Program (0355) on or before Tuesday, Feb. 1.

LUTHERAN STUDENT CENTER WEEKLY WORSHIP

Looking for a place to worship? Used to a small, hometown congregation? The Lutheran Student Center, located on the corner of College Street and University Avenue, offers a praise and worship service at 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The service includes a mix of contemporary and traditional music. All are welcome; you don't have to be Lutheran to hang out at the Lutheran Student Center. E-mail lscunicp@cfu.net with questions.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES CHANGES

The Cabinet has approved the following revisions/additions to university policies and procedures: Policy 3.14, International Study Programs, http://www.uni.edu/policies/314;  Policy 4.26, Telework Policy, http://www.uni.edu/policies/426; and Policy 4.41, Special Compensation, http://www.uni.edu/policies/441.

EARTH DAY 2011 PLANNING MEETING

The RRTTC is looking for UNI faculty, students and staff to get involved in the planning and organization of Earth Day 2011. The first brainstorming meeting of the year will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the CEEE 115. For more information, visit www.RRTTC.com. If you can't attend and would like to be involved or if you have questions, e-mail rrttc@uni.edu or call 273-3689.

ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS: FALL 2011

The Office of Continuing and Distance Education has course development awards for faculty members who are interested in converting an existing course to a fully online format using UNI's eLearning system. Proposals for fall 2011 courses are due Monday, Feb. 7. Guidelines and a proposal form are available at http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/faculty/courseproposals. The awards include a $1,000-per-credit-hour course-development stipend and a $1,000 professional-development stipend for attending Quality Matters workshops on Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12. For more information, contact Belle Cowden at 273-7211 or belle.cowden@uni.edu.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

RLC CLASS PRESENTATIONSNEW

Do you have a conference or another event to attend this semester? Instead of canceling class, invite the Reading and Learning Center to present reading, study and time management strategies to your students. The presentation can be tailored to a specific course curriculum. Contact Gina Burkart for more information at gina.burkart@uni.edu.

DON'T CANCEL CLASS

UNI Career Services is ready to fill-in for faculty who have open dates to attend conferences or are ill. The "Don't Cancel Class" program will bring a professional staff member from Career Services to your class to discuss career related topics including networking, resumes, interviewing and internships. E-mail Matt.Nuese@uni.edu to schedule.

HARASSMENT PREVENTION SESSIONS

Attorney Jill Jensen-Welch will present several sessions of "Preventing Illegal Harassment" Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 15 and 16. All employees are strongly encouraged to attend, especially those in supervisory roles. Several sessions are designated for supervisors only. Pre-registration is required. Register for a single session at www.uni.edu/equity. Sponsored by Compliance & Equity Management.

2011-2012 LAC FACULTY CAN BENEFIT FROM MAP-WORKS

Faculty teaching LAC freshman courses in 2011-12 can benefit by using MAP-Works, a tool designed to boost student success. This year, faculty and staff using MAP-Works connected more effectively with their new students. The program description is at www.map-works.com. To learn more, contact the reading and learning coordinator at gina.burkart@uni.edu.

ANNUAL DEPOSIT AND CASH HANDLING CERTIFICATION TRAININGNEW

The Annual Deposit and Cash Handling Certification training will be offered by Business Operations from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1,  and from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 28, and Friday, Feb. 4. 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 on to My Universe, choose the MEMFIS tab, click “Register for Training” and sign-up for the session you would like to attend  (seating is limited).

SPECIAL EVENTS

UNI ATHLETICS' WOMEN AT PLAY TO BE HELD JAN. 28

The UNI Panther Scholarship Club and Department of Athletics will host the seventh annual Women At Play fundraiser featuring comedian Buzz Sutherland on Friday, Jan. 28, at Joker’s Comedy Club on Main Street in Cedar Falls. The social and silent auction will commence at 6:30 p.m., including complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and spirits, followed by a short program at 8 p.m. Individual tickets are $40 in advance; a table of four is available for $140. Tickets purchased at the door will be $45. For more information on Buzz, visit http://www.buzzsutherland.com/. All proceeds will benefit the Women At Play Endowment, the UNI female student-athlete scholarship fund. To purchase tickets, contact Elizabeth Hackbarth at 273-2468.

'WHY, FELLY' AUDITIONS

Auditions are from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, in LNG 308. No preparation necessary and no experience required. Show dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 31, April 1 and 2. In the play, Felicia Lucretia Natasha Ann Meriwether recounts her life with Howie and "Good Morning Maypoint." The energy never drops as the brassy women and dim-witted men of MayPoint bring life to their small-town Oklahoma diner with their stories of love, loss and hotcakes.

HOLIDAY SALE AT ESSENTIALS

Stock up and save during the post-holiday sale at Essentials in Maucker Union. All holiday items are 50 percent off. Items include Gel Gems, ornaments, stuffed animals, Angel Cheeks and more. Sale runs through Monday, Jan. 31. Also, new UNI apparel has arrived.

MAKE A NEW YEAR'S VENDORLUTION

University Book & Supply, UNI's PRide student organization and the American Association of University Women will host a UNI women's night out, featuring a shopping and philanthropic event called Make a New Year's Vendorlution, from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, on the top floor of UBS. Vendors showcasing their products include The Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Mary Kay and more. Fifteen percent of all proceeds from each vendor will go toward local womens' shelters and research for cancers affecting women. This event is open to the public. For ease, vendors ask that consumers pay in cash. An ATM will be available on site. For more information, contact Sheri Melby at 266-7581or Sara Wesselmann, wesselms@uni.edu, 712-540-3764.

PERFORMING ARTS

2011 CLARINET SYMPOSIUM

UNI School of Music faculty artist Amanda McCandless will coordinate the 2011 Clarinet Symposium on Saturday, Jan. 29, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. The event will feature master classes and performances by guest artists Andrew Seigel, clarinet, and Eric Mandat, clarinet. This event is free and open to the public, but does require registration. For more information, call 273-2028.

FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: RANDY GRABOWSKI, TRUMPET

Randy Grabowski, School of Music, will present a trumpet recital with Sean Botkin, piano, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: CHRISTOPHER WILSON, MARIMBANEW

Visiting artist Christopher Wilson will present a marimba recital at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Wilson has entertained audiences around the U.S. with a wide and varied repertoire. Wilson earned a master's degree from The Boston Conservatory and a bachelor's degree from Eastern Washington University. He is an adjunct professor at Kirkwood Community College and a percussion instructor for the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy. This event is free and open to the public.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: FACULTY ARTIST SHOWCASENEW

The Faculty Artist Showcase concert will kick off the spring 2011 Spotlight Series concerts at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX or visit www.uni.edu/tickets.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

START A BUSINESS 2 WORKSHOP

Learn how to write a business plan. Pre-requisite: Start a Business 1. The workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, in BCS 33. Free of charge. Advanced registration is required at 273-5732 or jpec@uni.edu.

UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOP

There is a two-and-a-half-day workshop for UNI community members to learn about racism, the historical context surrounding it and understanding one's own connection to institutional racism. The workshop will run Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 23, 24 and 25, at the CME. Applications are available at www.uni.edu/cme.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

A LOOK AT 'GENERAL EDUCATION'

Why is general education important? What makes a successful program? How can programs be assessed? Hear thoughts on this topic in the HLC Assessment Academy webinar,  "Hot Topic Afternoon: General Education," from 1 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in StudioIT2 (ITTC 136). For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/assessment.

UNI RIGHT TO LIFE MEETINGNEW

UNI Right to Life will meet at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the Presidential Room, MAU. The guest speaker will be Iowa Right to Life director Jenifer Bowen. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

EXPORT ESSENTIALS FOR IOWA BUSINESSES

Join Patricia Cook for a presentation from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, in BCS 30 to learn about the export services available from the U.S. Department of Commerce in Iowa. Cook serves as an international trade specialist at the Des Moines office of the U.S. Export Assistance Center. Topics include locating distributors and agents, writing an export marketing plan, and tips for international sales success. No registration is required to attend. http://bit.ly/hUQYyO.

LECTURE AND DISCUSSION ON THE DREAM ACTNEW

A lecture and discussion based on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31, in the social hall at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center. People are encouraged to bring their own ideas and opinions on the law and participate in an open, civil discussion with people of all backgrounds.

HAITI ONE YEAR AFTER THE EARTHQUAKENEW

Michele Devlin, health, physical education and leisure services, will lecture on "Natural Disasters and Human Displacement: The Case of Haiti One Year after the Earthquake" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, in the CME. Devlin's lecture will focus on her work in Haiti as a volunteer with the International Red Cross. Devlin will facilitate a discussion on the growing problem of internally displaced populations due to global urbanization, mass human density and disasters.

CME BOOK CLUB RESCHEDULEDNEW

Due to unforeseen conflicts, the CME Seven Book Club session for January, originally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20, has been postponed to Thursday, Jan. 27. Contact the CME with questions or concerns at 273-2115.

COE HOT TOPICS WEBINARNEW

The College of Education will host a free webinar as part of the Hot Topics in Education series at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27. The webinar "Problem-based Learning in Science Teaching," presented by Lyn Countryman and Jody Stone, MPLS, will inform science educators and those interested in enhancing science teaching opportunities in the classroom. Register for this free webinar at www.uni.edu/coe/webinars.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

'WHAT YOU WILL' ART EXHIBITION

"What You Will" is an invitational exhibition honoring Saturnalia, an ancient winter tradition celebrating revelry, misrule and inversion. It's part of a yearlong series of events featuring UNI Department of Art alumni titled "Time is Ripe." Participants include: Gillian Christy, Noah Doely, Pam Echeverria, Sarah German, Inok Kalkwarf, Matt Kelleher, Abinadi Meza, Chawne Paige, Angela Pease, Tyler Speicher, Trent Stainbrook and Margaret Whiting. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

SMOKING CESSATION SERVICES

Are you a smoker or chewer wanting to quit? Have you tried and failed in the past? Success is possible. Brief or on-going consultation and support services are available through Wellness and Recreation Services. Contact Kathy.Green@uni.edu, 273-6921.

WRS CERTIFICATION CLASSES

The WRS Certifications program offers many classes, including Lifeguard Training, Water Safety Instructor and CPR/AED. Whatever your summer plans, take a WRS class this semester to get prepared. For dates and enrollment, go to www.uni.edu/wellrec/certifications and sign up through MyUniverse. For more information, contact certifications@uni.edu.

DOWNHILL SKI AND SNOWBOARD WITH UNI OUTDOORSNEW

Spend the weekend skiing in Minnesota Feb. 4-5. Afton Alps, located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, is one of the largest ski and snowboard areas in the Midwest with nearly 300 skiable acres. The cost is $145 for UNI students, $155 for UNI faculty/staff and $170 for guests. Pay with u-bill, check, cash or credit card. Sign up in the Outdoor Recreation Office, WRC 174.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICSNEW

Wrestling hosts Northern Illinois at 7 p.m.,  Friday, Jan. 28, in the West Gym. Women's basketball hosts Bradley at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, in the McLeod Center. Track and Field hosts the Jack Jennett Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 29, in the UNI-Dome.

EMPLOYMENT

MERIT VACANCIES

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