The university intends to apply for inclusion in this year’s President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, D.C. UNI was awarded the distinction of "Honor Roll Member" in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In light of that recognition and consistent with the new strategic plan, faculty and staff are asked to complete the community service projects inventory at http://www.ir.uni.edu/surveys/communityservice/ by Friday, Nov. 11. Contact Pat Geadelmann at Patricia.Geadelmann@uni.edu with general questions and Scott Busche at Scott.Busche@uni.edu with technical questions.
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011
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Lyn Redington, UNI director of residence life, has been named interim dean of students at UNI, effective Nov. 23. Redington will retain her current position in residence administration with some adjustments in duties as necessary. Her office will be located in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, 118 GIL, phone 273-2897. A national search will begin in January, with the goal of a new dean in place on July 1. Jon Buse, current dean of students, has accepted the position of dean of students at Kirkwood Community College.
The IRS announced the 2012 dollar limitations for retirement plan contributions. The GSRA maximum for 2012 will increase to $17,000 per year. Employees age 50 or older may contribute an additional $5,500 in catch-up contributions. Visit www.uni.edu/hrs to obtain a Salary Reduction Agreement if you wish to enroll or change your election.
Due to the e-Business outage scheduled from 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, through 7 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, payroll recommends timecards be submitted and approved by 5 p.m., Nov. 4, where possible. All student and hourly staff timecards should be submitted and approved by Thursday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. to be processed for student payday on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and the Nov. 30 payday for faculty and staff. Payroll encourages employees and supervisors to coordinate timecard submission to avoid time outs on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9. Time out schedules can be viewed at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ebusiness/timeout_schedules.shtml. Contact Sherri Baldwin at 273-2656 or Amy Stanbrough at 273-7049 with any questions.
Harry Brod, philosophy and world religions, published an opinion piece in the Des Monies Register on the meaning of the Cain candidacy: http://preview.tinyurl.com/3wj327t
Jill Uhlenberg, curriculum and instruction, was quoted in a story that ran in the October issue of Parents magazine: http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/intellectual/memory-in-children/
Chris Larimer, political science, was quoted in a story in the Des Moines Register: http://preview.tinyurl.com/3nwqsxf
Randy Pilkington, Business & Community Services, was quoted in the Des Moines Register: http://preview.tinyurl.com/3ts3xgg.
Help support the Northeast Iowa Food Bank by dropping off canned goods or donating money at Essentials in Maucker Union through Nov. 30. Help surpass last year's donation of 152 pounds of food and $540. Each $1 raised buys $11 worth of groceries. Look for special discounts with each donation level met at Essentials.
UNI-CUE partners with UNI faculty to provide an opportunity for students to complete field service and perform valuable community service by tutoring Black Hawk County youth one-on-one on a weekly basis. This semester, 58 UNI students are tutors at the UNI-CUE Tutoring Center.
The recipients of the University Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award will be recognized from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Great Reading Room, SRL. Recipients are Carissa M. Froyum Roise (sociology, anthropology and criminology); Younghwa Gabe Lee (management); Sarah Montgomery (curriculum and instruction); and Jeffrey T. Morgan (physics).
A users group meeting to discuss the e-Business upgrade scheduled Nov. 4 through 8 will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, in 109 CME.
To complete the e-Business upgrade, the second e-Business outage will be from 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 until 7 a.m.,Tuesday, Nov. 8. The system will not be available the entire weekend and all day Monday. If you need additional assistance, contact the Computer Consulting Center (CCC) at 273-5555. The CCC is located in 36 ITTC. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/alerts/maintenance/2011-11-04/e-business-outage.
This week's MyUNIverse News is available at http://www.uni.edu/unionline/myuniverse-news-monday-nov-14-2011.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Eunice A. Dell Award "Making a Difference." Individuals may nominate staff in the Division of Administration and Financial Services who have made a difference at UNI and/or in the community. Information, award criteria and nomination forms can be found at www.uni.edu/recognition/eunice_dell_award.shtml. The submission deadline is Dec. 1.
Faculty are invited to attend one of the upcoming listening sessions on the subject of the current goals and outcomes of each Liberal Arts Core category and their assessability. Sessions will be held by category; faculty (tenured, tenure-track, instructors and adjuncts) are invited to attend the session for the particular category in which they teach. The session schedule is at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/lac/.
Training for faculty and staff on the Export Control laws will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Elm Room, MAU. These laws govern the sharing of information, equipment, software or knowledge with people from other countries. Individuals involved with sensitive technical research, special software or equipment or international activities are encouraged to attend. RSVP by Nov. 7 to email@example.com.
Join us for our annual distance and blended learning conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16. Visit http://www.uni.edu/continuinged/annual-conference for more details and to RSVP for lunch by Nov. 11. Rhonda Spells, a key Quality Matters facilitator and executive director of eLearning at Prince George Community College, will open the session on the topic of blending on-campus and online classrooms. Keynote speaker Chuck Dziuban, director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Central Florida, will highlight opportunities and challenges in technology-enhanced learning. In addition, UNI faculty, staff and students will present a variety of sessions on the effective use of technology in teaching and learning. There is no cost for attending the sessions or lunch. Contact Belle Cowden at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
"Fair is Not Equal - Honoring Diversity and Equity in Today's Mathematics & Science Classroom" is the first Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program-sponsored webinar to be offered at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, in 134 ITTC. Join the discussion or watch and post questions online at http://univnia.adobeconnect.com/noyce/. This is the first of three webinars to be offered in the 2011-2012 school year. For more information, contact Jennifer Crumly at email@example.com.
If you have multiple eLearning sections that contain the same content, you’ll want to take advantage of some of the Bb Learn 9 features that prevent you from completely having to duplicate your efforts. Learn more at http://www.uni.edu/elearning/faculty-resource/tips/developing-same-content-multiple-course-sections.
Events may include, but are not limited to: information tables, information sessions, lectures, discussion panels, international movies, conversation tables, presentations, etc. To submit an event, email Kristen Hora (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the end of the week with the following: title of event, brief description, preferable date and time and contact person.
Stop by Maucker Union between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, to drop off United Way pledge forms and envelopes, be entered into a drawing that day for prizes, and meet special guests, Ron Steele from KWWL and Dave Braton from the Courier. The grand prize of a $100 gift card to Brown Bottle/Montage and four UNI basketball tickets will be drawn from all envelopes received by 11:11 a.m., Nov. 11. They can also be returned via campus mail to mail code 0138. Envelopes and pledge forms have been delivered via campus mail. Contact Jess.Betts@uni.edu if you need additional envelopes or forms.
Special educational technology workshops, with an emphasis on integration strategies, are scheduled for Jan. 3 through 6. Anticipated topics include Bb Learn 9, lecture capture, webinar technology, video conferencing, mobile learning, Google tools and more. There will also be special work sessions with educational technology staff present. More details to come.
Speak up on how student technology fees are used. Rod Library will conduct its annual survey of student technology interests from Monday, Oct. 31, through Wednesday, Nov. 9. The survey is online at www.uni.edu/library/stfsurvey/ and in paper form in the library.
What is your opinion of UNI campus restaurants and convenience stores? Take the annual dining services satisfaction survey at www.uni.edu/dor. The access number is 124 followed by your university ID number. The survey takes approximately four minutes. You can evaluate one or more venues and return to the survey site throughout this week. Participants also can enter a drawing for $50 Dining Dollars.
If you were given the chance to help save a life, would you? St. Stephen Catholic Student Center, located at 1019 W 23rd St., will hold a blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3. Visit https://www.membersforlife.org/midamerica/mobilesch/bdc_schedule.php?page=sc&sponsor_code=732&did=325218®ion=1 to schedule an appointment or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
A representative from Wolfgram Research, Inc. will present a Mathematica in Education and Research seminar from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, in 10 WRT. This talk will help with getting started using Mathematica language and workflow. Learn about improvements like the new free-form input and expanded areas like finance, statistics, engineering, software development and image processing. All attendees will receive an electronic copy of the examples, which can be adapted to individual projects. A quick video preview is at http://www.wolfram.com/common/includes/m8videos/quicktour.html.
Walk the labyrinth anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Central Ballroom B, MAU. The labyrinth is in the form of a circle with a meandering but purposeful path leading from the edge to the center. While walking the labyrinth, one may feel joy in slowing down the pace of life, finding peace, insight, reflection, creativity, relaxation and wisdom. For more information, contact Joan Thompson at email@example.com or 273-2137.
The Wellness & Recreation Services November e-newsletter is available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage to check out updates on important WRS events and programs along with wellness tips and articles.
The Piazza Dining Center will host the event, "Eatin' Your Way Across the USA!" from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3. Enjoy special menu items such as Chicago-style pizza, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, Louisiana Jambalaya and Boston Creme Pie. Use your meal plan, charge to your u-bill, dining dollars or cash.
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.