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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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NEWS

A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ALLENNEW

It is with mixed feelings that I announce the retirement of Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and financial services for the past nine years, effective Aug. 31. To read the full message, visit http://www.uni.edu/president/

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY RELOCATIONNEW

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

PI DATABASE NOW INCLUDES MEDIA EXPERTISENEW

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.

HOST AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FOR A DAYNEW

The Culture and Intensive English Program is seeking families to volunteer to visit with an international student at one of two events: Saturday, June 4, Fatih University Summer Program from Istanbul, Turkey; and Sunday, July 10, Intensive Business English Program (may include a student from Brazil or China). A stipend will be offered to cover the costs of meals, which hosts will provide. For more information, email ciepactivities@uni.edu or call 273-3410. 

UNI ONLINE DEADLINE CHANGE NEW

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the deadline for the May 31 UNI Online is noon, Friday, May 27.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Christopher Larimer, political science, was quoted in an article in the LA Times. http://preview.tinyurl.com/3fhron9

David Towle, counseling, was quoted in a story that ran in the Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-thirdstudentsuici,0,6529771.story

CONSTRUCTION AROUND SABIN HALL

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/

DRIVER'S LICENSE CHECKS

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.

NEW STUDENT ORGANIZATION BUILDS CUSTOMIZED WEBSITES

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/.

DOR CONFERENCE GUESTSNEW

The Department of Residence welcomes the following conference guests this week: student delegates for the National Association of College & University Residence Halls (NACURH).

STATEWIDE STEM CELEBRATION PLANNED FOR FALL

"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.

CIEP NEWSLETTER, 'THE INTERNATIONAL PANTHER'

“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.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

ANNUAL CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM NOTICE

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 ENROLLMENT

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.

FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR PROGRAMS IN SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIANEW

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

MPLS HOLDS SCHOOL-WIDE GARAGE SALENEW

The NU High sophomores will hold a school-wide garage sale to raise money for prom and senior pictures. The sale features clothing, toys, furniture, household items and more. The sale will be on the north lawn at MPLS from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, May 28.  The rain location is inside MPLS. Contact Jody Stone at stone@uni.edu if you have questions.

COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL TO OFFER CAMP MUSICMANIANEW

The UNI Community Music School will offer Camp Musicmania Monday through Saturday, June 13 through 18. The camp is open to students entering grades four through nine in the fall. Camp activities include singing, dancing, drama, playing small percussion instruments and using music to tell a story. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, June 1. Cost is $75 per camper, with limited scholarships available. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/music/communitymusicschool/specialevents.html or contact Cindi Mason at 273-2142 or Cynthia.Mason@uni.edu.

CULTURE CLUES: ADVENTURES IN ARCHAEOLOGY NEW

Discover the processes of archaeology during this adventure at the University Museum, Monday through Friday, June 13 through 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn the definition of "culture," excavate a fictitious civilization, catalog their tools and artifacts, and imagine what their society might have been like. Share facts and findings at a special symposium. The camp is appropriate for children entering grades three through six in the fall. Registration includes supplies and a snack. The cost is $50 for Friends members, $60 for nonmembers. Registration and payment are due by Friday, June 3. Download a registration form at www.uni.edu/camps/.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

BOSS-OLOGY: UNDERSTANDING YOUR BOSS' PRIORITIES AND GOALS

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 execdev@uni.edu.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

BENEATH OUR FEET: CEDAR VALLEY ARCHAEOLOGYNEW

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

SUMMER MASSAGE PRICES

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

PREXY'S AND CHATS HOURS FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKENDNEW

On Friday, May 27, Prexy's will close at 1:30 p.m., and Chats will close at 2 p.m. Both operations are closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day, reopening Tuesday, May 31, with normal summer hours.

LIBRARY HOURS OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#memday

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.

EMPLOYMENT

P&S VACANCIESNEW

Vacancies at the P&S level include associate director/university relations and communications specialist. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.

JOB OPENINGS AT UNI

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