The Senate appropriations committee approved an education budget that includes nearly $8.5 million in new money for UNI – an increase of 11.4 percent. The Senate budget also includes $3 million in new money for STEM; the initiative led at UNI focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education. Jeneane Beck, state relations officer for UNI, is posting legislative updates.
Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012
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Saturday, March 10 is the pay period cutoff for the March 30 monthly and March 21 biweekly paydays. To be included in these paychecks, timecards for the week ending March 10 must be approved by 10 a.m., Thursday, March 15, which is during spring break. Make sure timecards are submitted and approved to meet the deadlines for these paydays. Any timecards submitted and approved after 10 a.m., Thursday, March 15 will be included in the April paydates.
The Panopto Live Classroom Capture system, panopto.uni.edu, will be upgraded during spring break. The system will be offline, from 8 a.m., Tuesday, March 13 through 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 14. After this upgrade, all desktop recording software will have to be upgraded. The software will be available online once the upgrade is complete. For more information, call Rick Seeley at 273-7218.
In the past seven years, 80 acres of prairie, native species and naturalized areas have been incorporated into UNI grounds. During the same time period, 15 individual stormwater management practices have been implemented on campus.
Business and Community Services has a newer Canon 5180 color printer/scanner/fax/copier for sale. For more information, call 273-4322.
The Faculty Committee on Committees seeks nominations for: chairperson, University Faculty; chairperson, Graduate Faculty; and for at-large members (three-year terms); Committee on Committees, University Committee on Curricula, Advisory Committee Department Military Science. Make sure the nominee is willing to serve. Self nominations are appropriate. Email nominations to Dan Power by Friday, March 9.
The spring commencement ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, May 4 and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday May 5, in the McLeod Center. Faculty who are planning to attend and want to reserve rental apparel, should email Tricia Johnson Welter in the Office of the Registrar or call 273-6801. The deadline for ordering is Tuesday, March 13.
Each semester, the Academic Learning Center and Athletics Advising send midterm progress reports for participants in these programs to faculty members. Participants then meet with an adviser to discuss progress in their classes. Although the deadline to return reports for this semester has passed, feedback is still being accepted to share with students. You can return the form through campus mail or by fax, or simply email the adviser named in the upper right hand corner of the report. Any information is greatly appreciated.
ITS will offer two workshops that will demonstrate the new features of the Panopto 4.1 upgrade. If you're currently using Panopto and would like to learn more about the new features, or if you'd like to learn more about classroom capture technologies, sign up for a session online. The workshops are from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 20 or Thursday, April 5.
There are more than 1,000 fires in office environments each year. UNI's Environmental Health and Safety Office has recently obtained a DVD titled “Fire Safety for Office Workers" which explains how and why office fires start and how to help prevent them. It's available to show at training sessions or department meetings. For more information, call the Environmental Health and Safety office at 273-7269.
A Fulbright Opportunities for European Regional Awards webinar will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 8. Learn about the awards available in the Fulbright Core Program for 2013-2014 through the Fulbright-Schuman European Union Affairs Program. These awards focus on EU issues as well as the relationship between the EU and the United States. Register online. For assistance or questions, visit the International Programs website.
A Fulbright Distinguished Chairs webinar will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 7. This will be a discussion of the special category of Distinguished Chairs, a part of the Fulbright Core Program, for 2013-2014. Learn about the particulars of each of these county-based awards and the requirements for application. Register online. For assistance or questions, visit the International Programs website.
The AAUW Cedar Valley Discovery Diversity Discuss book group will meet at 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 12, at the UNI Museum to discuss "Bookseller of Kabul" by Asne Selerstad. An Afghan, who makes his living by selling illegally copied books, denies education to his own children. All are welcome having read the book or not.
UNI's Lifelong University will offer four classes this spring. America's Healthcare Crisis, Contemporary American Literature, The Sacred Myths of Judaism and Photoshop Elements Workshop are taught by UNI faculty. For more information or to register, visit the Lifelong University website or email Lindsay Cunningham.
The Office of International Programs has been asked to host a delegation from Cedar Falls’ new sister city Liabin City, China, in April. If you are a UNI faculty or staff member originally from China and would be interested in participating in this visit, email Nadia Korobova.
Today's Women's History Month events include a film, "Maid in America" and a panel on feminism.
The College of Business Administration will host its 35th annual Graduation Celebration Thursday, April 12. A mixer will be held in the Hall of Flags, CBB, at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Class of 2012 Forum from 6 to 7 p.m., in the John Deere Auditorium. Distinguished Alumni in Residence from the college's five departments will speak on life after graduation. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. No RSVP is required.
The UNI faculty and staff luncheon hosted by the Campus Ministries Association will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 8, at St. Stephen the Witness Student Center. Come and connect with campus ministers, faculty and staff.
This workshop entitled “Seize the Teachable Moment!” focuses on ways to deal with potentially biased comments in the classroom that might offend or alienate some students. Attend the workshop from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, in the CME. The facilitator will be Victoria DeFrancisco. Bring your lunch; refreshments will be provided.
A 90-minute webcast session on Copyright and Faculty Rights will be offered at noon, Friday, March 9, in the OSP conference room, 213 E. Bartlett Hall. This session focuses on IP ownership. No RSVP required. This event is free and open to all. For more information, call Christy Twait at 273-3217 or Lori Miller at 273-4321.
Children in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to join UNI student athletes and the Panther Kids Club for Junior Panther Day 2012 Saturday, March 24. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 21. The event includes skill development, pizza, drinks and an appearance by T.C.
Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID) is a method of course evaluation that uses structured discussion with students to give faculty anonymous feedback about what is working well and what can use improvement in a particular course. SGIDs take approximately 50 minutes and are conducted by trained faculty who teach outside of their department. For more information, or if you want an SGID conducted in your class this semester, email Susan Hill.
Register now to attend a free 90-minute program that explores religious and other belief systems and how to talk about them at public institutions. Attend on either April 3 or 4. Charles Russo, University of Dayton, will present and facilitate. Learn more and register here by April 1.
Bored with your fitness routine? Beginning Wednesday, March 7 through the rest of the semester, sign up for any fitness class and pay half price. Register online or in 101 WRC. This offer excludes Zumba, Ballroom Dance and RAD.
During spring break, March 12 through 16, Prexy's will be the only food service open in the Maucker Union. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Limited breakfast pastries, muffins and coffee will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Assorted grab-and-go sandwiches, chicken Caesar salad, soup and salad bar will be available starting at 10:20 a.m. Regular hours of operation for all Maucker Union operations will resume Monday, March 19.
There is no extended check out for reserve materials during spring break. All youth books (seven-day) checked out Satruday, March 3, are due Monday, March 19. Patrons may check out materials and enter the building until 10 minutes to closing time, at which time service desks close and the doors are locked. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, you will get a prompt to enter your CatID. View the library hours for spring break online.
For upcoming lectures, conferences, performing arts or athletic events, please visit the UNI Calendar of Events.
The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found on the UNI Employment website. Referrals are encouraged.
Fitness classes, intramural sports, outdoor recreation opportunities.