The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has continued the University of Northern Iowa's accreditation for a 10-year period that runs through 2020. To view UNI's news release about the reaccreditation, visit http://www.uni.edu/accreditation/accreditation-news-release.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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The WEBP database is scheduled to be down on Saturday, May 21, from 5 to 7 a.m. The outage is necessary to upgrade the database to its latest version. The applications that will be unavailable during this outage are: AdAstra, CAS System, CICS Authentication, Compliance, Department of Residence Card ID Systems, Financial Aid XML System (COD), Help Desk Tracking Software (HEAT), Library Systems, MyUNIverse applications, OID/LDAP Help Desk Support Applications, ResNet Registration System, Shibboleth System, University Electronic Directory, University Document Imaging System (Singular), University ID Tracking System and vCenter. If you have any questions or concerns, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
East/west foot traffic will be restricted between Maucker and Sabin starting Monday, May 16. Signs will be posted. The area impacted is south of MAU, north of Sabin and northwest of Seerley. The work should take about three weeks. The north doors to Sabin Hall will be inaccessible for regular use but will be available for exiting in an emergency. The northwest door to Seerley will be emergency exit only as well as the southeast door to Maucker Union. The circle drive will not be open to vehicle or foot traffic during this time. Phase II (affecting the area southeast of Wright Hall, north and east of the Greenhouse and northwest of MSH) will begin once this work is complete. A construction map is at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/
The Digital Collective is an interdisciplinary organization established at UNI to help students (programmers, designers, writers and visual communicators) advance their already considerable multimedia and interactive digital-media skills. One of the group's functions is to build websites for clients (at minimal cost). Digital Collective members can develop sites in Dreamweaver, Flash or Drupal. The fee is $250 for one page; $325 for three pages; and $25 for specialty items. Members will be available over the summer and will respond to queries immediately. Contact the Digital Collective at http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/digitalcollective/.
A new Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP) became effective with the summer 2011 term. SAP will be evaluated annually (following each spring semester), and students need to meet all stated requirements at the time of review to avoid suspension. Students placed on financial aid suspension must appeal to have their financial aid reinstated. Click here to view the entire policy. Training times will be scheduled for staff interested in learning more about how this policy may impact their work with students. Contact Tim Bakula at 273-2722 with any questions.
UNI's new Motor Vehicle policy, www.uni.edu/policies/963, has been approved by the Cabinet. It requires verification of a driver's license and driving record before a driver is allowed to use a university vehicle or obtain reimbursement for use of a personnal vehicle on university business. License verification will happen twice per year beginning this August. For more information, contact Dennis at 273-7653.
In April, the College of Education launched a green cleaning effort in SEC. Eighty pieces of old or broken furniture and equipment were removed from the building, 3.95 tons of paper were shredded/recycled and 37 cartons of books were donated to Books to Asia. Panther Pickup collected more than 10,000 pounds of donations in May.
Suzanne Freedman's (educational psychology and foundations) previous research study on forgiveness, was mentioned in the May 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.
KCRG TV will air a segment on cyberbullying featuring Carolyn Hildebrandt, psychology, at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 17. Another segment featuring UNI, "The Bully Project," will air at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21.
"iExploreSTEM," a statewide inaugural celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), will take place Sunday, Sept. 18, at the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa Research Park in Coralville. STEM experts from around the state are invited to join as sponsors and exhibitors. This free, hands-on festival for Iowa's elementary and middle school students and their families is designed to spur interest in STEM fields and help raise awareness in parents and children of the STEM-related educational and career opportunities available in Iowa. To become a sponsor or host an exhibit, visit http://www.iexplorestem.org/get-involved or call 273-2716.
Faculty who have not turned in their rented commencement apparel should do so as soon as possible. The items need to be returned to the company. Any faculty member who attended commencement and left a hood, should contact the Office of the Registrar. If you have questions, email email@example.com.
“The International Panther” is the official newsletter of UNI's Culture and Intensive English Program. The newsletter highlights the achievements of faculty, staff, current students, conversation partners and alumni of the program. The spring 2011 edition is available at http://www.uni.edu/ciep/documents/Spring_2011.pdf.
"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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com, mail code 0241). She will be leaving UNI in July.
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.
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/.
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.
Institutions are now invited to apply to the Fulbright Scholar-In Residence Program. The deadline is Monday, Oct. 17. The S-I-R Program brings scholars from abroad to teach at U.S. colleges and universities, which can help internationalize curricula and campuses. For more information, a schedule of webinars and application details, visit http://www.cies.org/sir/. For assistance, contact UNI Fulbright campus rep Nadia Korobova at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For a catalog of awards, tips for applying, content guidelines, review criteria and more, visit www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards. To contact UNI Fulbright campus rep Nadia Korobova, email email@example.com. The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 1.
The management workshop "Boss-ology: Understanding Your Boss’ Priorities and Goals" will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 31, in the BCS. The registration deadline is Tuesday, May 24. Become a “boss-ologist” and learn your boss' priorities and objectives that have not been openly communicated. Workshop participants will discover what work practices are valued and identify their boss’ work style and communication preference. The discounted price is $112 for UNI employees. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 273-5851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An internal search is being conducted for an associate dean in the College of Education. Overview of responsibilities, qualifications, and application information are at http://www.uni.edu/coe/employment/associate-dean-college-education
Vacancies at the P&S level include purchasing & payables manager. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.
The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at www.uni.edu/employment
The current Merit vacancy can be viewed at: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.asp.
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.
There will be no special vacation loans over the weekend. Patrons may check out materials and enter the building until 10 minutes to closing time. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, there will be a prompt to enter your CatID.