The Salary and Fringe Benefits committee of the P&S Council surveys UNI staff every couple of years to gather information on their perceptions and needs in regard to the benefits UNI provides them. This survey is also used to determine new or changed benefits that the P&S Council could pursue on behalf of their constituents. A summary of the results can be found at http://www.uni.edu/pscouncil/activities/surveys.
Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011
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The Executive Vice President and Provost is again supporting the hosting of summer camps on UNI’s campus. Summer camps are a great way to familiarize elementary, middle and high school students with UNI while providing them with exciting, hands-on learning opportunities. Interested faculty should submit a proposal for a camp to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost by noon, Friday, April 1. Proposal forms are available at http://www.uni.edu/provost/resources.
Lobbying activity that occurred between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2011, must be reported at http://www.ir.uni.edu/dbweb/govrel/. In compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and the Honest and Open Government Act of 2007, UNI files quarterly reports on specific lobbying issues and the expenses incurred in lobbying. The university's policy on Federal and State Lobbying and Political Activity can be found in the Policies and Procedures Manual at 10.09. Reports must be filed each quarter. If there is nothing to report for a particular quarter, note that in the "comments" section. Contact Pat Geadelmann at 273-6144 with questions. Please complete the report by Tuesday, April 5.
Jeff Weld, IMSEP director, had a guest opinion piece published in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.http://thegazette.com/2011/03/27/stem-roadmap-will-lead-iowa-to-top/
The Office of Student Financial Aid has posted the spring 2011 edition of “Facts For Faculty” newsletter at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/pdf/Facts%20for%20Faculty%20Spring%202011%20Newsletter1.pdf. The newsletter provides financial aid information to assist all faculty and staff in their work and communication with students. This edition contains information on the new student system, legislative delays, new scholarship processing the timeline for updating the UNIversity scholarship application, summer aid, summer consortiums, summer study abroad and Financial Literacy Month activities.
The Regents Award for Staff Excellence is presented biannually to a Supervisory or Confidential Council employee who has demonstrated outstanding professional contributions to the university. Nominations are accepted from UNI students, faculty and staff members. Submissions are due Friday, April 8. Guidelines, nomination forms and a list of eligible employees are at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/s_c_council/regents_award.shtml.
First lady Michelle Obama will speak at UNI's commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in the UNI-Dome. UNI will consolidate the three ceremonies into one to provide our 1,900 graduates the opportunity to be addressed by the first lady. The commencement website has information on how to get tickets and other details.
Full-time tenured or tenure-track instructional faculty members who wish to apply for study rooms in the library for the summer session should do so by Friday, April 8. 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.
The new self-service UNI Camps website is now live. If you are offering a summer camp, please visit http://www.uni.edu/camps/ and submit your camp information via the link near the bottom of the page. Once your camp information is reviewed, it will appear in the camps website. You will then be given access information to edit your camps page as necessary. This does not replace the main site for your camp, but allows a one-stop location for persons looking at the camps UNI has to offer.
The deadline for nominations for the UNI Creating a Responsible Environment awards is Friday, April 8. Students, faculty, staff, student organizations and departments are eligible. Nomination information can be found at www.uni.edu/sustainability. Award winners will be recognized at the annual Sustainability Forum on Thursday, April 21.
Many students, faculty and staff have connections to family and friends affected by the disasters in Japan. Please be attentive to their needs and remind them of the resources available on campus for their assistance. Students can contact the Counseling Center if they are feeling stressed, anxious, etc. Employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program. Both are free of charge. Also, the Cedar Valley Japan Club has a website that is helping connect people with ties to Japan. See https://sites.google.com/site/cvjapanclub/.
Connect4UNI, a group of Presidential Scholars, wants you to experience cultural opportunities here in the Cedar Valley. Visit www.uni.edu/theconnection, print out a Connect Card, visit the locations, turn in the card and get a free T-shirt. You will also be entered to win gift cards.
The Office of Sponsored Programs will host the first of a three-part research opportunities webinar series by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). A basic overview session will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in 213 East Bartlett. During this first webinar, IES staff will provide a general overview of IES, NCSER and NCER research topics, the IES goal structure, and the peer review process. The second and third webinars in the series are the Grant Writing Workshop and the Application Process. For more information, see http://www.uni.edu/osp/ies-webinar-series or contact Hillery Oberle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-3961.
The FW90 transaction is now called Financial Resources for Students and will be used for processing scholarship awards for the 2011-2012 academic year. Training sessions are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, March 28, in 007 GIL; and from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, in 109 SAB. Click here to register. For more information, contact Evie Waack or Denise Parks at 273-2700.
ITS-Educational Technology and Continuing and Distance Education invite faculty to apply for the Blended Course Development Awards initiative scheduled for Monday through Friday, May 23-27. Sessions will focus on blended course development (any combination of face-to-face and online elements) and other supportive tools. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 15. For more information, including application forms, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/sites/default/files/documents/idds/bcda.pdf.
UNI faculty who plan to use the UNI eLearning system for their fall 2011 courses and who want to use an existing course as a template are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the new Migrating to Bb Learn 9 workshops. During these workshops you will take one of your existing eLearning classes and migrate it to the new Bb Learn 9 system. Workshops will be held on Wednesday, April 6, Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 20. For specific times and workshop details, visit https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/training/train_enroll.cgi?command=start&admin_group=ITSETF.
Two webinars on writing will be offered between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, March 30 and 31, in 324 LIB. Sessions include information and Q & A sessions from scholar-teachers in rhetoric and composition. Attendance is on a come-and-go basis. Refreshments will be provided. See a full schedule at writing.uni.edu.
Come watch student and professional drag queens and kings perform your favorite songs in the middle of Maucker Union at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 29. All donations are welcome and will go to the Community AIDS Assistance Project. Admission is free.
On Sunday, April 3, St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center will celebrate 20 years of campus ministry in its current facilities. Following the 10:30 a.m. Mass there will be a short presentation and meal in the Student Center Social Hall. All are welcome to attend. The Student Center Chapel and offices were originally built in 1991. For more information, call 266-9863.
Join members of the UNI Campus Ministry Association for a free luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center. Soup, sandwiches, salad, dessert and drinks will be available. This is a great opportunity to connect with other UNI faculty and staff, along with campus ministers from various religious organizations, centers and congregations in the UNI community.
The last Bank Night before Relay For Life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in the Ballrooms, MAU. Relay For Life UNI will be Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9. Join a team at relayforlife.org/uni and join the worldwide movement to end cancer. For more information, contact Sarah McCarty at email@example.com.
Families who have a child or children with a disability can attend a retreat the weekend of April 9 and 10 at the Ramada Inn. There are opportunities for 150 volunteers to help with Up With Families. For more information, contact Katie Hooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes is an international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Men are asked to walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes to protest sexualized violence. UNI's Greek Week and Interfraternity Council will host this event on Thursday, April 14, starting at the Alumni House. The race starts at 5:30 p.m. For this event to be successful, men need to volunteer to walk. For more information or to participate, contact Katie O'Keefe at email@example.com.
Matt Fisher, the Eastern Iowa project director for The Nature Conservancy, will discuss the region and restoration efforts underway in a large Swamp White Oak Savanna near Conesville at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at 273-3828 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow," will discuss how the “War on Drugs” is targeting black men and how the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control. Her lecture will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, at the CME.
Panelists will discuss the recent refusal of a male high school wrestler to face his female opponent in the Iowa state wrestling tournament, as well as general gender issues in the sport of wrestling from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, in the Elm Room, MAU (new location).
The Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture and the mathematics department will present Joel Haack, professor of mathematics, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, who will speak on "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things." The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in Lantz Auditorium, 137 MSH. Dean Haack will consider a few of his favorites things, all examples of connections between mathematics and the arts and humanities. A reception will follow. For more information, contact the mathematics department at 273-2631.
Join UNI Proud and the Women's and Gender Studies program during the Pride Week celebration with keynote speaker Kate Bornstein, an author, playwright, performer and gender theorist. Bornstein will host a talk-back session at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 31, in the CME.
Claude Gatebuke and Kambale Musavuli, representing the Washington-based organization Friends of the Congo, will discuss change for a region that for many years has been the scene of mass atrocities and crimes against humanity at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in 109 CBB. Co-sponsored and organized by UNI-STAND and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/chge/news-exchange.
Barbara Pierce of Eastman Kodak will discuss ways of communicating in a multicultural world at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in the Commons Ballroom. Every month the UNI PRSSA chapter has a theme regarding public relations. For March, the theme is Intercultural Public Relations. The chapter, along with Pierce, will provide the opportunity to learn about and see examples of how to work with and among different cultures in the workplace.
The Department of Geography and the Program in Research and Outreach in Geography between Russia and the United States (PROGRUS) welcomes German Kuroshev, head of cartography and geoinformatics at St. Petersburg State University in St. Petersburg, Russia. Kuroshev authored several books on geodesy and cartography and directed geo-engineering surveys for construction of major hydroelectric power plants in the USSR. Kuroshev will discuss "Methods of Space Geodesy in Geographic Research" which will cover the latest achievements in Earth precise measurements using space technology. The lecture will take place at 3 p.m., Friday, April 1, in ITTC 29. Refreshments will be provided.
Attend the free Entrepreneurship Symposium & Financial Literacy Month kickoff from 1 to 4:45 p.m., Friday, April 1, in the University Room, MAU. Presentations are scheduled as follows: 1 p.m., entrepreneurs panel; 2:15 p.m., banking, credit and loans; 3:20 p.m., insurance; 4 p.m., investments. The entrepreneurs panel will feature successful UNI graduates and one current student. This event is open to the public. Come and go as needed. For more information, visit www.jpec.org/symposium.htm or contact email@example.com or 273-JPEC.
Small Business Accounting 1 will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, April 4, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact 273-5732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Business Accounting 2 will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact 273-5732 or email@example.com. Pre-requisite: Small Business Accounting 1.
Many people believe that no one had the foresight to predict the financial collapse of 2008. However, there was a vocal minority speaking out years in advance, and they follow the school of Austrian Economics. University of Iowa economics professor Patrick Barron will give a presentation on the basics of this theory at 6 p.m., Monday, April 4, in the Elm Room, MAU. This event is hosted by the UNI Young Americans for Liberty.
Juliet B. Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College, will discuss her book "Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth" at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in Lang Hall Auditorium. The book offers a groundbreaking intellectual statement about the economics and sociology of ecological decline, suggesting a radical change in how we think about consumer goods, value and ways to live. Schor is a former member of the Harvard economics department, and a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. For more information, see www.uni.edu/commstudies.
New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner will discuss Blue Zones® – places in the world where higher percentages of people are living longer, healthier lives. He will also discuss how cities are receiving makeovers through his Vitality City movement. Buettner will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the Commons Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Blue Zones and Buettner, visit http://www.bluezones.com/.
Is it possible that the secular music you hear on the radio can be spiritual? Speaker David Nantais will discuss popular music and young-adult spirituality at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, at the St. Stephen the Witness Student Center chapel. Nantais is an adjunct instructor in the University of Detroit Mercy Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, director of University Ministry and a freelance writer.
Amanda McCandless, School of Music, will present a clarinet recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in Davis Hall, GBPAC, with repertoire and additional performers to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Interpreters Theatre will present "Why, Felly" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 31 through April 2, in the Interpreters Theatre in 040 LNG. The Hollywood folk are in town, and MayPoint is all abuzz. 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. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Angela Glunz, graduate assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-6728.
Sandra Walden, School of Music, and vocal coach Korey Barrett will direct an opera scenes performance featuring current opera students at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 1, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.
See the first production of "Goose Neck," an original dark comedy, jam-packed with infomercials, magic choppers, kidnapping, "General Hospital," gunpowder, love, failure, apple-pie monsters, reconciliation, Jesus and goose necking topped with an ammonium nitrate fertilizer charge. The play will debut at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 1. Additional performances will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 3, at the BMT inside Strayer-Wood Theatre. A talkback/thesis presentation will follow the Sunday performance. Admission is free.
UNI Orchesis Dance Company presents “Synergy,” a concert of choreographic works created by UNI faculty and students. The performances are at 7:30 pm., Friday, April 1, and at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at the Oster Regent Theatre. Admission is $5 for UNI students (with valid ID) and $8 for the general public. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from any Orchesis member. For advance ticket sales, contact Amanda Vester at email@example.com.
The Northwind Quintet will offer a spring recital at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. The group will feature UNI School of Music faculty artists Tom Barry, oboe; Amanda McCandless, clarinet; David Rachor, bassoon; and Yu-Ting Su, horn, with guest artist Dominique Cawley, flute. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNITUBA Ensembles will offer a spring recital at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI Panther Productions brings singer, songwriter and producer, Mike Posner to perform at UNI’s West Gym April 21. Posner’s recent hits from his debut album “31 Minutes to Takeoff” include, “Cooler Than Me” and “Please Don’t Go.” Tickets can be purchased through any UNItix outlet, online at www.unitix.uni.edu or by calling 273-4TIX. Tickets are $15 for UNI students (limit two) and $25 for public. All seats are general admission.
The management workshop "Courageous Leadership: Strengthen Your Assertiveness" will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in 30 BCS. The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 29. Learn how to push yourself and others to the next level without compromising your values. Participants will practice assertive communication and conflict management techniques with instructor Dewitt Jones. The discounted price is $224 for UNI employees. UNI departments can purchase a consortium membership, which entitles the department to five seats to any of the 2011 management training workshops, for $995. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat. For more information or to register, call 273-5851 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryan Melloy, manager of industrial relations, John Deere Waterloo Works, and Gerri Perreault, director, UNI Leadership Studies Program, will lead a workshop on mediation and arbitration, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in the State College Room, MAU. Free and open to the public.
Faculty and academic affairs staff are invited to an introductory three-hour Diversity Inclusion workshop led by UNI faculty and staff. The workshop is based on the National Coalition Building Institute model, which features interactive activities in a positive learning environment. Dates and times are: Tuesday, April 12, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Monday, April 25, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and April 25, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. To reserve a spot, contact Alisa Weeks at 273-2519 or email@example.com by Wednesday, April 6. For more information on NCBI and the UNI leadership team, see the Provost's newsletter: http://www.uni.edu/provost/sites/default/files/uni_academic_affairs_spring2011_hqp.pdf.
The Office of Academic Advising will host a webinar focused on helping first-generation college students maximize their college experience. The webinar is from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in Studio IT 1, ITTC 134. More than 22 percent of UNI's 2010 freshman class identified themselves as first-generation college students. Webinar participants will learn about: challenges and strengths of first-generation college students and their families; strategies to cope with parental resistance due to uncertainty; key partnerships to build relationships with parents; and small, simple strategies that make a difference. For more information, visit http://www.innovativeeducators.org/product_p/576.htm or call Jean Neibauer at 273-3406.
The film "Big Bucks, Big Pharma" examines the role of drugs and marketing in health care issues and will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, April 4, in the CEEE auditorium. This film is part of the Sustainability Film Series; a panel discussion will be held after the film. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
An exhibition showcasing outstanding recent works by students in the UNI Department of Art is open now through Sunday, April 17. The juror for this year's competitive exhibition is Kansas City-based gallery owner and director Sherry Leedy. http://www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery.
"Episode 2: Growing" will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at the University Museum. In this groundbreaking series, David Attenborough takes the viewer on a guided tour through the secret world of plants to see things no unaided eye could witness.
Two highly acclaimed documentary films will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in 115 SRL. The films are "Fighting the Silence: Sexual Violence Against Women in Congo" and "Weapon of War: Confessions of Rape in Congo." The screening is co-sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education and UNI-STAND. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/chge.
Registration for summer Paddling Panthers swim lessons started Monday, March 21. For information regarding summer dates, times and swim lesson levels, email email@example.com or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/aquatics/paddling_panthers/index.html. For questions or to register for summer sessions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the Wellness & Recreation Services April newsletter, available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage to check out updates on WRS events and programs, along with wellness tips and articles.
Anxiety Disorder Screening Day will be held on Thursday, March 31, at the UNI Counseling Center located at 103 Student Health Center (2nd floor of the Health Center). The screening will last approximately one hour and will be offered at two different times, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The screening is free of charge and is open to UNI faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 273-2676.
A confidential alcohol screening will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in Old Central Ballroom C, MAU. This program offers screening and education to help students identify and stop unhealthy drinking patterns hopefully before they evolve into substance abuse or substance dependence. Screenings will be done on a drop-in basis. The process will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. There will be free cookies for participants, as well as the chance to enter your name into a prize drawing.
The Panthers host Southern Illinois in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 2, at noon and on Sunday, April 3, in a single game at noon. All games are at the Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex.
UNI tenis hosts Drake at noon, Sunday, April 3, at the Black Hawk Tennis Club in Waterloo.
Current vacancies are available for viewing at: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.asp