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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS: SPRING 2012NEW

The Office of Continuing and Distance Education is accepting proposals for course development awards for faculty interested in converting an existing course to a fully online format using UNI's eLearning system. Proposals for spring 2012 courses are due Friday, June 17. Guidelines and a proposal form are available at http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/faculty/courseproposals. Awards include a $1,000-per-credit-hour course-development stipend and a $1,000 professional-development stipend for attending Quality Matters workshops on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 1 and 2. For details, contact Belle Cowden at 273-7211 or belle.cowden@uni.edu.

ARE YOU TRAVELING ABROAD THIS SUMMER?NEW

Do you know how Export Control regulations affect your travel plans? Taking your laptop, talking with foreign colleagues about restricted research, or sharing sensitive technology are all possible concerns, depending on the circumstances. Consult a new information page developed for international travelers on how to avoid violating Export Control laws at http://www.uni.edu/osp/export-control-travel-handout. Contact anita.gordon@uni.edu with questions.

CAMPUS TRAINING ON GOOGLE ANALYTICSNEW

A training session on Google Analytics and analyzing Web reports will be conducted on Thursday, May 19, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 136 ITTC. The session, presented by a consultant from Volacci, will include accessing Google Analytics reports, determining which metrics are most important to monitor for your website, setting up a custom dashboard to view your reports, and some very basic advanced reporting. If you are interested in attending, complete the registration form at http://www.uni.edu/webtools/web-metrics-google-analytics/.

FOCUSING ON THE FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCENEW

First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Advocate Catherine Andersen of Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., will facilitate the following workshops: The First Year Matters, Tuesday, May 17, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Best Practices — The Common Read, Wednesday, May 18, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.; and Teaching Strategies for First-Year Students, Wednesday, May 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. All workshops will take place in the Oak Room, MAU, and are open to all faculty, students and staff. For more information, contact d.heistad@uni.edu or 273-2633.

ANNUAL CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM NOTICENEW

Under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), employees or dependents who either lose Medicaid or CHIP coverage, or become eligible for state premium assistance for purchasing coverage under a group health plan, may be eligible for special enrollment rights. For more information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/news/documents/CHIPRA_annual_notice_2011.pdf.

HEALTH AND DENTAL OPEN ENROLLMENTNEW

Current faculty, P&S, academic administrators, institutional officials and merit supervisory staff have until Tuesday, May 31, to make changes to their current health and/or dental insurance plans. If you decide not to make any changes, you don't need to complete any forms. Visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/benefits/open_enrollment_fac_ps_2011.shtml for more information and to obtain an enrollment form. All changes will be effective on Monday, Aug, 1, 2011. Submit completed enrollment forms to Human Resource Services, 0034.

VOLUNTARY TERM LIFE INSURANCE - ENROLLMENT

Enrollment for Voluntary Term Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage is available now through Tuesday, May 31. Coverage is available to all nontemporary employees eligible for life insurance at UNI. For more information and to enroll online, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/benefits/open_enrollment_fac_ps_2011.shtml. If elected, coverage will begin on Friday, July 1.

MAY FACULTY WORKSHOPSNEW

ITS-Educational Technology is offering a variety of workshops Monday, May 23, through Friday, May 27, dealing with technology teaching tools and eLearning help available for faculty. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/3ph6qp4 (login required) for descriptions, schedule and required registration. Seating is limited.

FULBRIGHT INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION ADMINISTRATORS PROGRAMNEW

The Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars program helps international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the United States connect with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country's education system from the inside out, as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues. Upcoming application deadlines: Monday, Aug. 1, U.S.-India International Education Administrators Program; Tuesday, Nov. 1, U.S.-Japan International Education Administrators Program and U.S.-Korea International Education Administrators Program; Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, U.S.-Germany International Education Administrators Program. For more information, visit www.cies.org/IEA or email nadia.korobova@uni.edu.

NEWS

EXHIBIT HALL OPENINGS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL/SUSTAINABILITY EVENTNEW

Be a part of the Green: What Does it Mean? Exploring our Sustainable Community event on May 24, for 1,000 area high school students. Exhibits are needed that tie into careers in science and industry, technology and tools of the trade, outdoor recreation, clean energies, waste reduction or conservation. UNI sponsor is the RRTTC. Register by Wednesday, May 11, to be included in the event booklet. For more information, see http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=o5e7oecab&oeidk=a07e3cj3m5h50d92e60

MEMFIS USER'S GROUP MEETINGNEW

A MEMFIS User's Group meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 19, in the CME. Agenda items include implementation of FAMIS for Service Requests, replacement of Campus Supply requisition with the FAMIS online store, getting access to FAMIS, information on FAMIS going live, FAMIS training and the Oracle Financials Closing schedule. Anyone is welcome to attend.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Katherine van Wormer, social work, was quoted in the Mansfield News Journal (Ohio). http://preview.tinyurl.com/6xmja8p

Nadene Davidson, Department of Teaching, and Dianna Briggs, Office of Student Field Experiences, had a guest opinion piece published in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. http://thegazette.com/2011/05/09/teachers-help-children-achieve-dreams/

ITTC SERVER ROOM MAINTENANCE WINDOW

All servers and power in 128 ITTC will be shut down at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, while final repairs are made to electrical equipment located in that server room. The maintenance is expected to take four hours. All system administrators have been notified and were involved in the planning for this outage. The following is a list of services that will be down, which will have a campus-wide impact: CNS-hosted email and websites; computer science student server (student.cs); CNS-hosted software licenses; CNS hosted printing (labs should be OK); CNS faculty network storage (Windows Z drive, Pandora); and ITS-ET production storage for media content streaming media services (all streaming content from media servers). For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/alerts/maintenance/ or call Rick Seeley at 273-7218.

CHFA AND CNS NEWSLETTER, 'THE UPDATE'

"The Update" is the official newsletter of the Colleges of Humanities and Fine Arts and Natural Sciences. The newsletter highlights the achievements of the faculty, staff and students of the colleges. The April-May edition is available at http://www.uni.edu/chfa/docs/April-May%202011.pdf.

CSBS 'KUDOS' AVAILABLE ONLINE

The April 2011 edition of “CSBS Kudos” is now available online. “Kudos,” published twice every semester, highlights the accomplishments of CSBS faculty in teaching, scholarship and service.

ADA UPDATES

Changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect earlier this year. These changes are in addition to those made effective in January 2009 with the ADA Amendments Act. Changes made effective March 15, 2011, are in clarification of current practices, including the sale of tickets for accessible seating, the definition of service animals, wheelchair/power-driven mobility device use specification, and effective communication, including allowing the use of video remote interpreting services. Changes for the adoption of ADA Standards for Accessible Design and the Architectural Barriers Act will become effective for public entities, such as UNI, on March 15, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/benefits/disability/index.shtml.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS NEWSLETTER

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has released its summer newsletter. For new developments in the Cornerstone course, the Retention Council, Map-Works, Malcolm Price Laboratory School and the provost's diversity initiative, see http://www.uni.edu/provost/sites/default/files/summer_2011_academic_affairs_newsletter.pdf.

RESIDENT ASSISTANTS: CATALYSTS FOR STUDENT GROWTH THIS YEAR

During the 2010-11 academic year, UNI resident assistants provided hundreds of opportunities for thousands of students to grow as citizens and scholars in inclusive communities across campus. See what was accomplished at http://www.uni.edu/dor/community/documents/UNIRAs-CatalystsforStudentGrowthreport_001.pdf.

PUBLIC AUCTION OF VEHICLE AND FITNESS EQUIPMENT

UNI is offering a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup for sale on Public Surplus (www.publicsurplus.com). Also on auction will be several Tectrix steppers and a NordicTrack. More sale information is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/fixedassets/pubsale.shtml. You can also contact Vince at 273-3527 or vince.heuer@uni.edu for bidding information. You can see the pickup on the hill by the bullpen near the Power Plant.

NON-ENROLLED STUDENTS SUMMER ID CARD CHARGING APPROVAL

During the academic year, students must be enrolled in classes in order to make charges to their u-bill. Exceptions can be made during summer for those students who work on campus but are not enrolled. If you have student employees in this situation who would like to charge to their u-bill for purchases at Chats, Prexys, Rialto or to charge laundry services in on-campus housing, email diningtech@uni.edu.

WORK-STUDY ASSIGNMENT TERMINATIONS

All departments are asked to submit termination SEAFs to end their active 2010-11 Work Study assignments by Friday, May 27. Be aware that when the work-study assignment is terminated, it may result in the student becoming an ex-employee in the system. Departments may create a departmental assignment for students in SEAF prior to ending this year's work-study assignment to avoid them becoming ex-employees. If you have questions, email Jennifer.bell@uni.edu.

SEND WISHES FOR SUE JOSEPH MATTISON'S NEW ADVENTURE

Sue Joseph Mattison, currently serving as director of the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, is leaving UNI after 21 years. She has accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay as dean of the College of Professional Studies. Please send her your best wishes for her new adventure (sue.mattison@uni.edu, mail code 0241). She will be leaving UNI in July.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SUZUKI SCHOOL LESSONS

The UNI Suzuki School is celebrating 35 years of music education for all ages. Applications for summer lessons (violin, viola, cello, flute and guitar) are now being accepted. Visit http://www.uni.edu/music/suzuki for registration procedures or more information.

MAKING A SOLAR SPLASH!

Mark your calendars for the 2011 IEEE-PELS Solar Splash to be held Wednesday through Sunday, June 8 through 12, at George Wyth State Park. Solar Splash is the world championship of Intercollegiate Solar Electric Boating. Teams are traveling from Turkey, Mexico, California, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and other locations to compete in five days of technical and on-the-water events. Solar Splash is a STEM event and is open to the public. For more information, visit www.solarsplash.com.

KINDERMUSIK TO HOLD SUMMER CAMP FOR LITTLE MUSICIANS

Kindermusik, part of the UNI Community Music School, will offer a five-week summer Kindermusik session for little musicians and their caregivers from Monday, June 20, through Friday, July 22. Kindermusik classes meet once per week and include singing, dancing, instrument play-alongs and creative learning. Evening and morning classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, as well as multi-age classes for siblings, are available. The registration deadline is Thursday, June 16; the cost is $50. Register by Thursday, May 12, and save $5. For more information, visit www.joyful-noise-studio.com or contact Tricia Freeman at 319-415-9404 or tricia.freeman@uni.edu.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

'TOTO WE ARE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE!'NEW

The UNI Classic Upward Bound Program Parent Organization is sponsoring a sexting workshop, "Toto We are not in Kansas Anymore!," by officer Stacey Hesse of the Iowa Dept. of Public Safety on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at UNICUE Room 112 (800 Sycamore St., Waterloo). This program explores the behaviors of youth today on the Internet. We will put emphasis on the "popular" behaviors known as sexting and cyberbullying. These actions can have devastating results and can result in criminal actions and civil liabilities against the people involved. For more information, call 433-1250.

UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOP

Attend a two-and-a-half day workshop that challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice. The workshop will take place at Allen College (in partnership with UNI) Wednesday through Friday, May 18, 19 and 20. Application forms are available at the CME.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

THE NEW GUN LAWNEW

Tony Thompson, sheriff of Black Hawk County, will discuss the new gun law on Saturday, May 14, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at University Book & Supply. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by UBS and the UNI American Democracy Project.

INTERESTED IN ENGAGING STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY?NEW

Come hear Robert Bringle, director of the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, when he is on campus Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13. Come for the entire workshop or attend individual sessions that fit your interests. To see the workshop schedule, go to http://www.uni.edu/adp.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICSNEW

UNI hosts the Missouri Valley Conference Track and Field Championships on Friday, May 13, Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15. The events will be held at the Mark Messersmith Track and Field Complex. For a full schedule of events, visit http://www.mvc.org/track/2011SOE.pdf

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

SUMMER MASSAGE PRICESNEW

The Wellness Resource Lab has reduced massage prices. Summer massage prices for UNI students, employees, retirees and families are: $30 for 45 minutes (regularly $35); $35 for 60 minutes (regularly $45); and $50 for 90 minutes (regularly $65).  Massage prices for the community are: $33 for 45 minutes (regularly $38); $45 for 60 minutes (regularly $50); and $65 for 90 minutes, (regularly $70). These prices are in effect until Friday, July 29. To make an appointment, call the Wellness Resource Lab at 273-6119.

HOURS

SUMMER HOURS OF OPERATION FOR PREXY'S, ESSENTIALS AND CHATS

Chats offers desserts, coffee, cappuccino, snacks, smoothies and Fro-Yo treats from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Prexy's offers soup, salad, fruit, sandwiches and desserts from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hot lunch starts at 11 a.m. and menu items vary each day. Essentials offers gifts, supplies, UNI clothing, snacks and beverages from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. These hours will be in effect May, June and July.

EMPLOYMENT

P & S VACANCIESNEW

Vacancies at the P&S level include assistant registrar and information technology specialist. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.

JOB OPENINGS AT UNINEW

The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at www.uni.edu/employment