Jan Hanish, assistant vice president for outreach and special programs, has been named interim vice president for Administration & Financial Services. She replaces Tom Schellhardt, who will retire on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Hanish's appointment is effective Aug. 24. See full story at http://www.uni.edu/president/.
Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011
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UNI has revised Policy 9.26 Competition with Private Sector. To review the changes, visit www.uni.edu/policies/926. University employees, departments or programs seeking approval of their activities should complete the Competition with Private Enterprise Evaluation form at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/competition_private_sector.shtml.
UNI received the Governor's Iowa Environmental Excellence Award for its efforts to reduce water pollution on campus. UNI was also recognized for coordinated sustainability efforts with the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. Together, the institutions' sustainability efforts were recognized with the Environmental Excellence Award. For more information on UNI's award, visit http://www.uni.edu/newsroom/stories/uni-receives-governors-environmental-excellence-award.
Full-time tenured or tenure-track instructional faculty members who wish to apply for study rooms in Rod Library for the fall semester should do so by Friday, July 22. Application forms are available at http://www.uni.edu/library/facstudy and also in the library's main office. For more information, call Paulette Courtney at 273-2737.
Faculty wanting to place items on reserve for the 2011 fall session should submit their list to the Rod Library Reserve Desk by Monday, Aug. 8. Any requests received after this date cannot be guaranteed to be available for the first week of classes. Reserve lists can be submitted at http://www.uni.edu/library/reserverequest/.
ITS-Educational Technology recently converted the UNI eLearning support website to Drupal. The home page continues to be www.uni.edu/elearning, however many of the subpages that pertain to Blackboard Learn 9 are being updated. Please update bookmarks and websites accordingly that link to UNI eLearning information. Questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three key events will be held for graduate students this fall, sponsored by the Graduate College and the Office of Sponsored Programs. The annual Graduate Student Information Session will be held from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24. A training on human participants research protections will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21. A workshop on Ethics in Scholarship will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
All UNI electronic calendar entries prior to July 1, 2009, will be purged from the system Sunday, July 17, as part of the yearly maintenance. If there are calendar entries prior to July 1, 2009, you wish to keep, you must individually export the calendar data from the calendar server. Use the file/export command within the Oracle Calendar client prior to this event (suggested by Friday, July 15). After the July 17 purge (suggested on Monday, July 18) file/import that data back into Oracle Calendar. ITS recommends exporting to iCal format, though other formats are available. Additional instruction is available (note to change the date selection range) at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/tss/documents/oracle_cal_archive_mtgs.pdf.
The Office of Student Financial Aid has recently converted its website to Drupal. The home page continues to be www.uni.edu/finaid, however most of the subpages have new URLs. Please update bookmarks and websites accordingly that link to financial aid information. Contact Tim Bakula at 273-2722 or email@example.com with any questions.
The IRS has announced updated mileage rates effective July 1, 2011. Therefore, the university’s mileage reimbursement rates will increase for travel occurring July 1 and after. The IRS business rate will increase to 55.5 cents per mile and the UNI rate will increase to half that amount or 27.75 cents per mile. For complete details of all travel reimbursement procedures, refer to the Travel Guidelines at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/accounts_payable/tguide.shtml. Questions on these changes should be directed to Kelly.Flege@uni.edu or by phone at 273-3420.
The Facilities Services Maintenance Management System (FAMIS) was implemented on July 1. FAMIS automates facilities maintenance and operations functions and reflects accurate, up-to-date costs associated with the maintenance and operation of the university's facilities and certain building components. The application integrates and manages maintenance and operations functions between itself and other Accruent applications and also integrates enterprise resource systems outside the suite such as Oracle General Ledger, Payroll, Purchasing and Payables. Work requests can be submitted at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/famis/. Customers can access the FAMIS system to check on the progress of the work order. Maintenance issues that need immediate attention should still be reported to 273-4400.
Katherine Martin, head of Collection Management & Special Services in the Rod Library, has been named acting dean of the library. She replaced Marilyn Mercado, who retired on June 30. Martin's appointment was effective July 1. More information is at http://www.uni.edu/provost/news/katherine-martin-named-acting-dean-unis-rod-library.
Craig Klafter, former Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England, has been named associate provost for International Programs at UNI. His appointment is effective July 5. For more information see http://www.uni.edu/provost/news.
The Faculty Master Agreement for 2011-13 has been posted at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/11-13facultycontract/. It became effective July 1, 2011.
Effective July 1, the Department of English Language & Literature and the Department of Modern Languages combined to form one department. The name of the new department is the Department of Languages & Literatures and is chaired by Jeffrey S. Copeland. The department office is located in 117 BAK, the telephone number is 273-2821 and the campus mail code is 0502.
The Department of Residence welcomes the following conference guests this week: Summer Orientation, Wrestling Team Camp, Studies in Air Quality for Science Educators, Iowa Physics Teacher Instruction and Resources, UNI High School Volleyball Camp and Passion Flute III.
Due to the large response for FAMIS Service Request training, two classes have been added for Wednesday and Thursday, July 20 and 21. To find out more about these offerings, log in to My UNIverse, select the Work @ UNI tab, locate MEMFIS Resources and click on Register for Training. The information found will include a short course description, the date, time, location and the ability to register. Reserve now -- class seating is limited.
A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions on Aug. 11, 24 and 25. The TIAA-CREF representative can help with questions such as 1) Is my investment mix appropriate? 2) Am I saving enough to maintain my lifestyle in retirement? and 3) How do I use my funds for income in retirement? To sign up for these complimentary meetings, call (toll-free) 866-842-2977.
The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals. The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 1. To apply or for more information, visit http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/.
The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) will host an achievement luncheon for EOC students at the UNI-Center for Urban Education at 800 Sycamore St, Waterloo, at 11:30 a.m., Friday, July 15. Wilfred (Mickey) Johnson, ABD, director of Classic Upward Bound, will be the keynote speaker. Awards will be given to EOC students obtaining a GPA of 3.0 or above during the 2010-11 academic year. Program participants may RSVP for themselves and one guest at 319-433-1230.
People have lived and thrived in Iowa for more than 13,000 years, although on occasion they have had to survive changes in climate and vegetation. Join Joe Alan Artz from the Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa, as he discusses the specifics of these changes at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, at the University Museum. This talk will cover what archaeology and geology can tell us about ancient landscapes that were sometimes much different than the ones we see today.
Sturgis Youth Theatre is offering a production of "Aladdin," the story about a boy, a princess, a lamp and the genie who makes them all live happily ever after. Performances will be Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m.; Friday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 23, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, July 24, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/unitix/ or by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 273-6381.
Beginning in August, family privileges will be separated from the individual Wellness/Recreation Center user fee. UNI will charge a nominal annual fee for family members (spouses and tax-dependent children) who come with the paid user during family hours. For more informaiton, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/user_policy/docs/family_policy.pdf.
Vacancies at the P&S level include assistant manager/dining, programming specialist, director of the Small Business Development Center and assistant athletic director/development. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.