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Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011

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NEWS

TOWN HALL MEETING

President Allen will hold a University Town Hall meeting from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Commons Ballroom. The president will present campus and budget updates, reaffirm strategic priorities and address questions. The entire campus community is invited. If you have any questions about this meeting, contact the president's office at 273-2566. The Town Hall will be webcast live at http://univnia.adobeconnect.com/townhall/. The event will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing.

EMAIL THREAT OF VIOLENCENEW

A UNI employee received an email message strongly implying her safety was at risk if she didn't pay the sender a sum of money. If you receive a similar message, save it and contact UNI Police immediately at 273-2712.

EARLY PROCESSING OF STUDENT BIWEEKLY TIMECARDS FOR NOV. 30 PAYDAYNEW

Nov. 19 is the cutoff date for the Nov. 30 biweekly payday. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, timecards will be processed early and must be approved by 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22 to be included in the Nov. 30 paycheck. Please make sure timecards are submitted and approved to meet this deadline.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR THE SUE FOLLON EXEMPLARY SERVICE AWARDNEW

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to recognizing exemplary performance among P&S and Merit staff. Nominations are being accepted for the annual Sue Follon Exemplary Service Award. In its twenty-first year, this award commemorates the former division vice president who served the university from 1985-1998. Please nominate individuals working in Student Affairs who are worthy of this prestigious award. For more information and the nomination form, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/sue-follon-award-application. Nominations are due by Dec. 6.

UNI UNITED WAY GRAND PRIZE WINNERNEW

Deanne Ubben, secretary in Campbell Hall, won the UNI United Way grand prize - a $100 gift card to Brown Bottle/Montage and four UNI basketball tickets. To make a monetary donation to the United Way, contact jess.betts@uni.edu for a pledge form. Also please consider donating a new or gently used children's book for the "I CAN READ" project between now and Dec. 1; drop-off boxes are located at 27 Gilchrist, 117 ITTC, 10 Redeker Center, 150A Schindler, Rod Library, and the lobby outside 103 E. Bartlett.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Justin Holmes, political science, was quoted in a story in the Sioux City Journal: http://preview.tinyurl.com/7sfpdjl.

COE - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

UNI has certified more students in nonprofit management through Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics) than any of the other 64 institutions across the country.  In the last academic year, UNI certified 27 students.

2012 GROUP SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT ANNUITY (GSRA) LIMITS

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.

NORTHEAST IOWA FOOD BANK DRIVE AT ESSENTIALS

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 STUDENT NEWS

This week's MyUNIverse News is available at http://www.uni.edu/unionline/myuniverse-news-monday-nov-14-2011.

BLOCKED EMERGENCY EXITS

Access to emergency exits should never be blocked or hindered. Winter is a few short weeks away, and with it comes the inevitable snow and ice. Snow and ice accumulation may block or compromise the opening of exit doors or the building's path. If you discover an emergency exit blocked or compromised by ice or snow, immediately contact Physical Plant Dispatch at 273-4400.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

CELEBRATE AMERICA RECYCLES DAY WITH THE RRTTC AND WIN PRIZESNEW

The Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center wants to hear what the UNI campus community is doing in honor of America Recycles Day and will reward efforts. Now through Nov. 18, follow @RRTTC on Twitter and use hashtag #RecyclesDay to tweet about your recycling efforts. RRTTC will respond with details on claiming your prize. Happy America Recycles Day from the RRTTC. 

GRADUATE COLLEGE BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIESNEW

Chris Larimer, political science, will present "Assessing Gender Dynamics in Local Government: A Field Study in Iowa," from noon to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Presidential Room, MAU. Please bring your lunch. Cookies will be provided.

MERIT OPEN ENROLLMENT DEADLINENEW

The merit open enrollment deadline is Nov 17. Merit employees can make changes to or enroll in health and/or dental insurance. All changes will be effective Jan 1. Visit www.uni.edu/hrs/benefits for more information and to obtain an enrollment form. Return enrollment forms to Human Resource Services, 027 GIL 0034.

TIAA CREF COUNSELINGNEW

A TIAA CREF representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 14 and 15. Questions such as is your investment mix appropriate; are you saving enough to maintain your lifestyle in retirement; and how to use funds for income in retirement are all topics the TIAA CREF representative can help with. To sign up for these complimentary meetings, call (toll free) 866-842-2977.

ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS: SUMMER 2012/FALL 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 summer and fall 2012 courses are due Wednesday, Nov. 30. Guidelines and a proposal form are available at 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 Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 3 and 4. For details, contact Belle Cowden at 273-7211 or belle.cowden@uni.edu.

OPEN HOUSENEW

A reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, in 30 BCS, to thank Alli Ingman for her contributions to Business & Community Services and to wish her well in her new position with the UNI Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.

GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEKNEW

As part of Geography Awareness Week, the UNI Geography Club will have several maps on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in 223 ITTC. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, the UNI Geography Club will be in Maucker Union explaining the power and many uses of Geographic Information Systems.

MIGRATE YOUR OLD CE8 COURSE TO BB9 FOR SPRING

ITS is taking requests for spring semester courses or any other courses that faculty would like migrated from the old CE8 system to the new Bb Learn 9 system. To participate, click on the following link and complete the form for each course that you would like to have migrated. https://spreadsheets.google.com/a/uni.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dDJNSWZGT2tCMm9Cei1oel95eGlhOFE6MQ#gid=0. This option is first come, first served. You will be notified and given access to the migrated course once the migration is complete.

2011 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEKNEW

International Education Week is a celebration of the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the U.S. Join International Programs in celebrating International Education Week Nov. 14 to 18. Experience other culture’s music, movies, food, traditions, sports and more. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.uni.edu/internationalprograms/.

DONATE OLD CELL PHONES TO THE YOUTH OF THE CONGONEW

All cell phones recycled this month will be sent to the Congo by the student organization UNI STAND. These phones will be helpful to youth to bring about change and social justice in the heart of Africa. Cell phone recycle boxes are located in the Schindler Education Center, Wellness Recreation Center, NISG office, Maucker Union administration office, Rod Library and the Center for Energy & Environmental Education. For more information, email rrttc@uni.edu.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

FACULTY AND STAFF FREE DAYS IN THE WRCNEW

All UNI faculty and staff are invited to enjoy Wellness and Recreation Center facilities free of charge from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Nov. 21 to 23, by presenting your UNI ID at the welcome desk. You may also bring your spouse and tax dependent children with you. If you have questions, contact Kathy Green at kathy.green@uni.edu or 273-6921. Thanksgiving week hours are posted at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/hours/index.html.

INTRAMURAL WIFFLEBALL TOURNAMENTNEW

For information on the intramural open 9-on-9 Co-Rec Indoor Wiffleball Tournament, visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/intramural_sports/index.html.

EXPRESS WORKOUT WORKSHOP

Do you have a busy schedule and can't find time to workout? Attend the Express Workout Workshop from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in 204 WRC. Participants will gain knowledge on how to get a great workout in a limited amount of time by using precise exercise formats. The workshop is available to students, faculty, staff and spouses. To sign up or for more information, contact Erin Nielsen at enielsen@uni.edu.

HOURS

THANKSGIVING BREAK HOURS FOR FOOD VENUES IN THE MAUCKER UNIONNEW

Chats in the Maucker Union will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21 through Wednesday, Nov. 23. Limited lunch menu will be available from 11 to 1 p.m. Chats, Essentials and Prexy's will resume normal operational hours on Monday, Nov. 28.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

For upcoming lectures, conferences, performing arts or athletic events, please visit the UNI Calendar of Events.

EMPLOYMENT

The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found on the UNI Employment website. Referrals are encouraged.

WELLNESS & RECREATION

Fitness classes, intramural sports, outdoor recreation opportunities.