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Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011

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NEWS

BOR MEETING TO BE HELD JUNE 8NEW

The next meeting for the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will be Wednesday, June 8, in Iowa City. The meeting agenda is available at http://www.regents.iowa.gov/Meetings/DocketMemos/11Memos/June2011/0611AGENDA.pdf. The audio portion of the meeting will be streamed live at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/boardofregents.

BOR PRESIDENT ADDRESSES IOWA SENATE EDUCATION APPROPRIATION SUBCOMMITTEE NEW

Board of Regents, State of Iowa President David Miles addressed the Iowa Senate Education Appropriation Subcommittee yesterday. His presentation about the impact of state budget cuts to Iowa's three public universities can be found online at http://www.regents.iowa.gov/news/senateedappropssubcommittee060611.pdf.

P&S COUNCIL ELECTIONSNEW

P&S Council elections are currently underway now through Wednesday, June 15. To view candidate platforms and learn more about the candidates running, visit http://www.uni.edu/pscouncil/activities/elections. To vote for your division's representative(s), go to the "Current Announcements" section in MyUNIverse or visit https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/surveys/takeSurvey.cgi. Voting P&S staff will have access only to those positions that represent their division and will be able to vote for the number of seats that division is electing.

UNI COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY -- UPDATENEW

University Relations is analyzing the results of the UNI Communications Audit conducted in late April. Overall, faculty, staff and students are somewhat to very satisfied with university communication and find the university's electronic communication vehicles to be valuable. In the next few months, UR will incorporate some of the suggestions from faculty, staff and students to enhance university communications to better meet the needs of campus. Announcements regarding these changes will be made in the fall.

FALL 2011 GRADUATE ASSISTANT APPOINTMENTS

Offer forms for fall 2011 graduate assistantship appointments should be received in the Graduate College no later than Friday, July 15. The offer form and instructions can be found at http://www.grad.uni.edu/assistantships/departmental-guidelines.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO STAFF PARENT RESOURCE AREA DURING ORIENTATION

Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to assist members of the UNI Parents Association in staffing the parent resource area during the student organization fairs during new student orientation in June and July. The resource area provides an opportunity to interact with parents of new students and members of the UNI Parents Association Advisory Committee. The fairs take place from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays from June 6 through July 10. If interested in volunteering, contact Margaret Corson at margaret.corson@uni.edu.

MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATES CHANGE

The Board of Regents and UNI travel reimbursement policy changed May 1 and now follows Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rate for business use. The rate for use of a personally owned vehicle remains at 51 cents when a motor pool vehicle is not available, when travel is less than 100 miles round trip or when use of a motor pool vehicle is not feasible. The university reimbursement rate for driving a personal car when a motor pool vehicle is available has been changed to 50 percent of the IRS rate for business use, which is currently $.255. An exception has been created for travel to the Cedar Rapids and Des Moines airports where the higher IRS rate will apply. The exception of a trip less than four hours is no longer available. Employees who have been reimbursed for mileage claims on or after May 1 using the 19-cent rate, may submit claims for the difference; reimbursements that have not been paid will have the rate adjusted to 25.5 cents. Travel Guidelines are at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/accounts_payable/tguide.shtml. Questions on these changes should be directed to lisa.steimel@uni.edu or 273-5472.

PI DATABASE NOW INCLUDES MEDIA EXPERTISE

The Professional Interests (PI) database, housed in the Office of Sponsored Programs, allows faculty and staff to share their interests and expertise with colleagues and Iowa's businesses and organizations. University Relations partnered with OSP to allow faculty and staff to indicate their willingness to speak to media and the topics they can address. Faculty and staff are encouraged to search the PI database (www.uni.edu/osp) for their profile, and if one doesn't exist to create one. For additional information, contact Stacey Christensen, stacey.christensen@uni.edu or 273-3170, or Anita Gordon, anita.gordon@uni.edu or 273-6148.

LAST CALL FOR FAMILY WEEKEND ACTIVITIESNEW

If your department or organization is planning activities for Family Weekend (Sept. 23-25), send the information to liz.conklin@uni.edu. The copy deadline for promotional materials is Wednesday, June 15. 

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

The CEEE was featured in an article on green buildings in Buildings magazine.  http://www.buildings.com/Magazine/ArticleDetails/tabid/3413/ArticleID/10488/Default.aspx

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY RELOCATION

The Department of History has temporarily moved from Seerley Hall to 172 BAK. It will be housed in Baker until Monday, Aug. 1.

HOST AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FOR A DAY

The Culture & Intensive English Program is seeking families and members of the Cedar Falls community to volunteer to host a student from Brazil on Sunday, July 10. Email sally.roos@uni.edu for more details.

UNIVERSITY-PREFERRED TRAVEL PROVIDERS

The Office of Business Operations recently contracted with Short's Travel Management, Inc. and Humble Travel Service Ltd. to provide travel services to UNI faculty, staff and students for both official UNI business and, as requested, leisure travel. These suppliers were chosen through a competitive bid process. Discounts will be applied to business travel. Benefits of working with the preferred travel agencies include expertise on itinerary searches, maintenance of credits/refunds and 24-hour customer service for travel emergencies. For contact information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/purchasing/contracts.shtml.

UPDATING ONLINE DIRECTORYNEW

The UNI Online Directory (http://www.uni.edu/directory) is a source for current faculty and staff contact information. To verify or make any changes to your home and/or office contact information, log in to MyUNIverse > Update My Personal Information. This information is sent directly to Human Resource Services via email and will be updated within four working days.

DOR CONFERENCE GUESTSNEW

The Department of Residence welcomes the following conference guests this week: Summer Orientation, Quarterback Seminar I, Iowa Mathematics & Science Academy, UNI Classic Upward Bound Program and CEEE Energy Ed Workshop.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

IPADS IN THE CLASSROOM WORKSHOPS ON FRIDAY, JUNE 10NEW

Learn how to use an iPad in an educational setting at this all-day iPad workshop for educators on Friday, June 10. Participants will learn about 1) managing and setting up classroom iPads; 2) navigating the iPad and using iTunes; 3) using iPads in curricular areas (reading, science, math); and using iPads for productivity and creativity. All apps that will be used are available for free at iTunes. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in 127 SEC. The registration fee is $150 ($125 for ITEC members). For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/ITECipodWS or call Leigh Zeitz at 273-3249.

MEMFIS TRAINING OFFEREDNEW

Two new training classes are being offered. For information about these offerings, log in to MyUNIverse, select the Work @ UNI tab, locate MEMFIS Resources and click on Register for Training. The information will include a short course description; the course date, time and location; and the ability to register for Online Purchasing for Campus Supply Using FAMIS and Submitting Service Requests Using FAMIS. Reserve a spot now – class seating is limited.

FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR PROGRAMS IN SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA

The Core Fulbright Scholar South and Central Asia programs include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Pakistan, the Republic of Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, with opportunities in all disciplines for teaching and/or research. Visit http://catalog.cies.org/ to search by country, academic discipline or by keyword or contact Nadia Korobova nadia.korobova@uni.edu.

SAVE THE DATE: CAMPUS CONNEXUS – A SCHOLARLY NETWORKING EVENT NEW

The Office of Sponsored Programs will host Campus Connexus from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29. More information on registration will be announced in August. Connexus is a great way to build professional and scholarly ties across campus in an informal social setting.

SPECIAL EVENTS

RETIREMENT OPEN HOUSE FOR DIANE DAVISON

A retirement open house for Diane Davison will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, in the Facilities Services conference room, Art II building. Diane will retire from UNI effective June 30 after 26 years of service. While at UNI, she has worked in HR and Facilities Services/Physical Plant. Come wish her well.

WRS OUTDOOR RECREATION YOUTH CAMPNEW

UNI's Outdoor Recreation Youth Camp will be offered Monday through Wednesday, June 20 through 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will enjoy rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fire building, and animal tracking and identification. No experience is necessary. Space is limited to 14. The sign-up deadline is Friday, June 10. The camp is appropriate for children ages 9 through 12. For more information, call 273-7164.

UNI TO OFFER HIGH SCHOOL COLORGUARD CLINICNEW

A one-day clinic will be offered for beginning and intermediate colorguard members with instruction by UNI’s colorguard coach, Amy Hunzelman. The day will consist of spinning basics, tosses, marching and movement, with sessions focusing on student leadership and colorguard choreography. Participants are asked to bring their own flag pole and silk. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/camps/high-school-colorguard-clinic.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

ACCOUNTABILITY THAT WORKS WORKSHOP

The "Discover the Power of Accountability That Works!©" workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, in the BCS. The registration deadline is Tuesday, June 14. Participants will gain insights and strategies to improve responsibility, empowerment, accountability and the use of the powerful tool of clear agreements. The discounted cost for UNI employees is $224. UNI departments may purchase a consortium membership for $995 that entitles the department to five seats in any of the 2011 management training workshops for $995. Half-day workshops only use a half seat. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a further discounted rate of $175 per seat. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu.

WORKSHOP: 'TEACHING THE HOLOCAUST AND THE IOWA CORE CURRICULUM'NEW

In conjunction with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C., the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) will sponsor an all-day workshop, "Teaching the Holocaust and the Iowa Core Curriculum," on Wednesday, June 15, in the ITTC. More than 80 social studies teachers and other educators from every part of the state will participate. The workshop will feature sessions by Lolle Boettcher and David Nienkamp, members of the USHMM Regional Education Corps; Stephen Gaies, director of the CHGE; and Rachel Miller, who survived the Holocaust as a child hidden in Nazi-occupied France. For more information, visit http://www.ushmm.org/education/foreducators/prodev/currentapplications/ and http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/programs/courses/teachingholocaust/index.shtml

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

BENEATH OUR FEET: CEDAR VALLEY ARCHAEOLOGY

Hundreds of years ago, prehistoric people left traces of their lives scattered across the plains of Iowa. This University Museum exhibit (June 6 through Aug. 20) features research and artifacts from our own backyard. View pieces of pottery and projectile points found by the UNI Archaeology Field School excavations at Hartman Reserve Nature Center. Learn how professional archaeologists excavate sites, what they look for in the lab and how they interpret artifacts. An opening reception will take place at 7 p.m, Tuesday, June 7.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT RENTALNEW

UNI Outdoors has canoes, sit-on-top kayaks and a variety of camping equipment for rent. For a detailed list of equipment and prices, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec/outdoor_recreation or call 273-7164.

EMPLOYMENT

P&S VACANCIESNEW

Vacancies at the P&S level include User Services support specialist and registered nurse. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.

MERIT VACANCIES

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