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Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010

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SPECIAL EVENTS

COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER

Colleges Against Cancer will sell precut handprints for a $1 donation to honor/remember children who have been affected by cancer. To participate, stop by the information table between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, in the SEC lobby. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact greenkae@uni.edu or millerh@uni.edu.

COOKING FOR A CURE

The UNI Public Relations Student Society of America will host a benefit breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Wesley Foundation in Cedar Falls. Tickets are $5 if purchased before the event and $7 the day of. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society and professional activities for PRSSA members.

NATIONAL DISTANCE LEARNING WEEK LUNCHEON

It's time to RSVP for Continuing and Distance Education's Thursday, Nov. 11, luncheon celebrating the past, present and future of distance learning at UNI. A speaker from Quality Matters (QM) will give an overview of the QM approach to online learning and a faculty panel will share their professional development experiences in learning how to apply the QM Rubric in designing quality online courses. Learn more and make your luncheon reservation at www.uni.edu/continuinged/ndlw. Contact Belle Cowden at belle.cowden@uni.edu or 3-7211 for details.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVENEW

The Thanksgiving Food Drive will run through Friday, Nov. 19. All donations will benefit the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Drop-off centers include the Wesley Foundation at 2422 College St. and the Student Involvement and Activities Center (SIAC) on the second floor of Maucker Union. Join us on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/?sk=events#!/event.php?eid=146189088759416.

RAINBOW BOWLING

Bowl with UNI Proud from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo. The cost is $8 in advance, $10 at the door, for shoe rental and two hours of bowling. Pizza, pop and hotdogs will be available for purchase. This event is open to students, faculty, staff and the community. For more information, contact proud@uni.edu.

VETERAN'S DAY YELLOW RIBBON TYINGNEW

The UNI Student Veterans Association will assist the Student Involvement and Activities Center's "Volunteer Tuesday" initiative in recognition of Veteran's Day by tying yellow ribbons around trees on campus. If interested, contact either John Berglin (jberglin@uni.edu) or Steffanie Smith (steffers@uni.edu). Both groups will meet in the circle drive behind Maucker Union, at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9. Ribbons will be provided.

VETERANS LUNCHEONNEW

The UNI Veterans Student Services Committee and Veteran Student Association will sponsor a luncheon for all student, faculty and staff veterans on campus from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11. Veterans will network and meet the Veterans Student Services Committee and the Student Veterans Association. If interested in attending, e-mail Veteran-Services@uni.edu and bring a form of governmental identification (Current/Expired Military ID, DD214, Promotion Warrant) to verify your veteran status.

PERFORMING ARTS

VIOLA STUDIO RECITAL

The School of Music Viola Studio Recital will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2 , in Graham Hall, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

UNI CANTOREI CONCERT

The UNI Cantorei will offer a fall recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

PERCUSSION, WEST AFRICAN DRUM AND KAJI-DAIKO ENSEMBLES

The UNI Percussion, West African Drum and Kaji-Daiko (Taiko) Ensembles will offer a fall concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

HALF-MASTED PRESENTS: IMPROVISED COMEDY

Half-Masted, UNI's improv comedy troupe, will offer improvised sketches and games galore, with a guest appearance by Gar-Kro 3000: not Gary Kroeger, but an incredible simulation. The shows are at 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 4, 5 and 6. A family-friendly matinee will be at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6. For more information, visit http://www.half-masted.com.

UNI JAZZ PANTHERS AND JAZZ BAND III

The UNI Jazz Panthers, under the direction of Robert Washut, will offer a fall concert with UNI Jazz Band III at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: DAVID THOMPSON, HORN

Visiting artist David Thompson will present a horn recital from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Thompson is the solo horn of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in Spain and is also the horn professor at Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña in Spain. This event is free and open to the public.

FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: DMITRI VOROBIEV, PIANO - BEETHOVEN #1NEW

UNI School of Music faculty artist Dmitri Vorobiev will present a piano recital featuring the work of Ludwig van Beethoven at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Vorobiev plans to perform all piano works of Beethoven in a concert series beginning with this recital. This event is free and open to the public.

NORTHERN IOWA WIND SYMPHONYNEW

The Northern Iowa Wind Symphony will offer its fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

MANAGING PEOPLE THROUGH CHANGE WORKSHOP, NOV. 5
MANAGING PEOPLE THROUGH CHANGE WORKSHOP, NOV. 5

The management workshop Managing People Through Change will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, in the BCS. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 5. Workshop participants will practice ways to engage staff in a productive, constructive dialogue, use coaching techniques to transition people into their new roles and responsibilities and help employees deal with ambiguity. The discounted price for UNI employees is $247.50. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 3-5851 or execdev@uni.edu.

CREDIT AND IDENTITY THEFT FOR THE BUSINESS OWNER

A workshop on Credit and Identity Theft for Business Owners will be offered from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, in BCS 33. Advance registration is required. Call 3-5732 or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

FISH! (ATTITUDE) WORKSHOP

A workshop on attitude will be offered from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, in SEC 323. FISH! is an approach to the workplace that looks at how one's attitude can make the workplace a more rewarding place. The concept was developed by the people who run Seattle's world-famous Pike Place Fish Market. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Leadership Studies at 3-6898.

AN ENTREPRENEUR'S PERSPECTIVE: BEN MILNE, FOUNDER OF DWOLLANEW

Ben Milne, founder of Dwolla, will offer a free interactive webinar at noon, Thursday, Nov. 4, at www.myentre.net/InteractiveLearning/Webinars/tabid/75/Default.aspx. He'll focus on marketing, social media interaction and raising capital. Dwolla is a start-up firm focused on online payment solutions, similar to Pay Pal. He has extensive background and experience in social media and its use in marketing.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ATTORNEY TO VISIT

Do you have a new discovery or invention? Do you have questions about protecting your intellectual property? Do you want to learn more about intellectual property? Phil Goldman, from the law firm Fredrickson & Byron, will be on campus offering a free day of service to UNI faculty and staff. Goldman works with most of UNI's intellectual property activity. He will have time to meet with faculty and staff between 8:30 and 10 a.m., and from 3 to 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2. Contact Laurie Burke or Christy Twait in the Office of Sponsored Programs at osp@uni.edu or 3-3217 to reserve a time. Or come to the Intellectual Property 101 workshop at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, in the CME.

OPEN ENROLLMENT - FLEXIBLE SPENDING AND VISION INSURANCE (ALL EMPLOYEES)NEW

All eligible employees can make changes to or enroll in vision insurance and flexible spending through Monday, Nov. 29. Visit www.uni.edu/hrs/benefits for more information and to obtain enrollment forms. Submit completed enrollment forms to Human Resource Services, 027 GIL, 0034. Reminder: You must re-enroll every year in flexible spending; enrollment does not carry over from year to year. New coverage will be effective on Jan. 1.

BENEFITS OPEN HOUSENEW

Join the UNI Benefits staff at a vendor open house on Thursday, Nov. 11, in the CME. Faculty and staff may come anytime between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and visit with representatives from Advantage Administrators and Avesis Vision. Merit employees may come anytime between 12:30 and 3 p.m. to visit with representatives from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Delta Dental, Advantage Administrators and Avesis Vision. Visit www.uni.edu/hrs/benefits for more information.

ARRANGED STUDY AND READING GROUPS FOR COURSESNEW

Could your students benefit from an organized study or reading group? The Reading & Learning Center can help organize and facilitate a study or reading for courses. Inquiries and requests can be e-mailed to gina.burkart@uni.edu.

EAP WORKSNEW

The latest issue of EAP Works is now available for UNI faculty and staff at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/eap/eap_newsletter.shtml. Topics addressed include prescription drugs, holiday blues, laughter in the workplace, coping with organizational change, marriage counseling, confronting a coworker's personal habits and workplace trust.

eLEARNING WORKSHOPS

ITS-ET is offering introductory workshops during October and November for faculty who would like to create a course using UNI's eLearning system, or who would like a review of common eLearning tools. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/2d3zrmk.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

'STILL ALICE' DISCUSS

The AAUW Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, at the UNI Museum to discuss "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova. Alice is a Harvard professor beset by Alzheimer's disease. Guest speaker is Bev McCadam, an Alzheimer's support volunteer. All are welcome, having read the book or not. The Museum is handicap accessible.

PR WATCHDOG JOHN STAUBER TO SPEAKNEW

Investigative writer, activist and public interest organization consultant John Stauber will speak at UNI at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, in Lang Hall Auditorium. His lecture, "Toxic Sludge Is Good for You: How Propagandists Manage Democracy," is part of the Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series. Stauber will discuss a wide range of topics that illustrate the influence of unethical public relations practices, including how toxic sludge becomes "organic compost" for gardens, how BP has tried to position itself as an environmental leader and how news "echo chambers" reinforce political and social biases favorable to sponsors and advertisers. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chris Martin, communication studies, at 3-7155, or christopher.martin@uni.edu.

SPEAKER SERIES: WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Hear what inspires area professionals to be artistic in their fields of expertise. Kate Payne, AIA, INVISION Architecture, will discuss her inspiration at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the University Museum. Free.

POTENTIAL EFFECTS OF BISON WALLOWING BEHAVIOR ON A RESTORED PRAIRIENEW

Johanna Foster and Kimran Buckholz from Wartburg College will discuss their research project involving bison and plant communities at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, located on West 27th Street. Part of the project involves looking at bison feces and using DNA extraction to determine the gender of the animal to better understand bison sexual segregation. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, rwelch@uni.edu, or 3-3828.

NEWS

UNI REACCREDITATION VISIT NEXT WEEKNEW

The HLC review team will be on campus Nov. 8 through 10. Your participation is critical. Learn how you can help at http://www.uni.edu/accreditation/faculty-and-staff-preparation. A series of reaccreditation open forums are scheduled so that faculty, staff and students can interact with the HLC review team. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/accreditation/open-forums. Faculty and staff are asked to add the new UNI mission statement to their UNI e-mail signatures. The mission statement is at www.uni.edu/strategicplan/. Also as part of the reaccreditation process, UNI has joined the Higher Learning Commission's Academy for Assessment of Student Learning. The purpose of UNI's participation is to develop and implement a plan for assessing learning in the new Liberal Arts Core currently under development. Learn more at http://www.uni.edu/accreditation/hlc-academy.

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2011 TOWN HALL MEETING ON DIVERSITYNEW

Under the sponsorship of UNI's Diversity Council, the next Diversity Town Hall Meeting will be held in the afternoon, Thursday, Jan. 20. Exact time and details will be announced soon. All UNI community members are invited to help UNI reach its vision of a campus where diversity enriches every aspect of campus life. Contact diversity@uni.edu with any questions.

RECLAIM YOUR HOLIDAYSNEW

Find tips for reclaiming your holidays and making them green at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education's website and Facebook page...plus, share your own tips and stories. For more information, visit www.reclaimyourholidays.org or http://on.fb.me/aMiwqC.

EVALUATE SATISFACTION WITH CAMPUS DINING SERVICESNEW

What is your opinion of dining services on this campus? Take the four-minute survey this week and have some influence on future levels of service. Evaluate more than one dining venue and increase your chances to win one of the $50 Dining Dollar prizes. Link to the survey at http://www.uni.edu/dor/dining/survey.htm. The login number is 124 (followed by your UNI ID number).

GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. - CEDAR VALLEY UNITED WAY

As part of the UNI United Way campaign to "give, advocate and volunteer," join other UNI volunteers at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank between 9 a.m. and noon, Saturday, Oct. 30. For directions, visit www.northeastiowafoodbank.org/managed/index.asp. Contact Pat Beck at pat.beck@uni.edu or 3-2333 for more information.

JOB SHADOWING EVENTNEW

The Educational Talent Search Program is looking for faculty and staff volunteers to provide students from Hoover Middle School with a UNI job shadowing experience from 9:15 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Nov. 18. If you are interested in volunteering, e-mail Brock Holman at brock.holman@uni.edu.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Susan Salterberg and Carole Yates, CEEE, was interviewed on Iowa Public Radio's Talk of Iowa program on Nov. 1. Listen to the interview at http://preview.tinyurl.com/29akthe

Donald Gaff, sociology, criminology and anthropology, was quoted in a story from the Missoula Independent. Read the story at http://preview.tinyurl.com/24mepke

UPDATE ONLINE DIRECTORYNEW

The UNI Online Directory, found at http://www.uni.edu/directory, is a source for current faculty and staff contact information. To verify or make any changes to your home and/or office contact information, log in to MyUNIverse > Update My Personal Information. This information is sent directly to Human Resource Services via e-mail and will be updated within four working days.

UPCOMING LOCAL GRANT DEADLINESNEW

FY12 grant applications to the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau Community Betterment Fund are due Friday, Nov. 5, and applications to the Waterloo Hotel/Motel Tax Grant are due Wednesday, Nov. 24. To apply, contact Hillery Oberle in the Office of Sponsored Programs at 3-3961 or hillery.oberle@uni.edu. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/osp/local-and-regional-funders.

CEDAR FALLS CURBSIDE RECYCLINGNEW

Do you want curbside recycling in Cedar Falls? If so, show your support at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, at City Hall. Help the UNI student organization CurbSiders persuade the City Council to start a curbside recycling program.

NEW WELLNESS E-NEWSLETTERNEW

The new WRS Wellness e-newsletter is available at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage to check out November events and get updates on Wellness and Recreation Services programs.

PRINTER CARTRIDGES AVAILABLENEW

The Science Education Department has three HP Q2613A (13A) printer cartridges available for departmental use. Contact Lori Wurtz at 3-6049 if interested.

PREPARING FOR THE HLC TEAM: REFLECTION QUESTION FOR THIS WEEKNEW

A Higher Learning Commission review team will be on campus Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 8 through 10, as part of the reaccreditation process. Reflecting on strengths, challenges and possible action steps for ongoing improvement is one way to prepare for this visit. Question for the week: What do you see as UNI's greatest strengths? What are our opportunities for the future?

TELL YOUR STUDENTS TO READ MYUNIVERSE NEWSNEW
OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR MERIT EMPLOYEESNEW

The 2011 open enrollment period is now through Monday, Nov. 29. Benefit-eligible merit employees can make changes to or enroll in health and/or dental insurance, vision insurance and flexible spending accounts. Visit www.uni.edu/hrs/benefits for more information and to obtain enrollment forms. Submit completed forms to Human Resource Services, 027 GIL, 0034. New coverage will be effective on Jan. 1.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING REMINDERNEW

Now is the time to start submitting claims for the 2010 flexible spending plan year ending Dec. 31. Keep in mind that dependent care flexible spending contributions are only reimbursed for services provided during the 2010 plan year. For the Health Care flexible spending account, you have until March 15 to use any remaining contributions from 2010. Any 2010 funds that remain after March 31 will be forfeited.

EUNICE DELL AWARD NOMINATIONSNEW

Nominations are being accepted for the Eunice A. Dell Award for "Making a Difference." Individuals may nominate employees 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 http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/recognition/. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

'ACTION IS ELOQUENCE'NEW

"Action Is Eloquence," art exhibition is the third in a yearlong series of events featuring UNI Department of Art alumni titled "Time is Ripe." Participants include: Bruce Charlesworth (B.A. '72); Dawn Gettler (B.F.A. '03); Karla Hackenmiller (B.F.A. '93); and Tom Mueske (B.F.A. '05). Gettler and Mueske will lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, Room 111, KAB South.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

DOWNHILL SKIING IN STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO: JAN. 2-8

Break into the New Year by skiing at Colorado's second largest ski resort. Steamboat Springs offers skiing for all abilities, on freshly groomed trails to double black diamond chutes. The package includes transportation, lodging, lift ticket and good times. Ski/snowboard rentals and meals are not included. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/wellrec/outdoor_recreation/index.html.

BALLROOM DANCE WORKSHOPNEW

USA Ballroom Dance Champions Nels Petersen and Theresa Kimler will teach workshops Saturday, Nov. 13, in WRC 185. The workshops are free and open to everyone. Come learn how to ballroom dance from some of the best in the world. The workshops will be as follows: 9 a.m., swing - beginning to advanced; 10 a.m., waltz - beginning; 11 a.m., rumba - intermediate; and noon, tango - advanced. For more information, contact Daniel Wells at daniel.wells@uni.edu or 3-3560.

EMPLOYMENT

JOB OPENINGS AT UNI

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

MERIT VACANCIES

Merit vacancies are available for viewing at www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.asp.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICS
Men's basketball hosts Bradley at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 9, in the McLeod Center.
Women's basketball hosts Missouri State at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, and  Wichita State at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8. Both games are in the McLeod Center.
Correction: Wrestling hosts the NWCA National Duals tournament on Saturday, Jan. 8, and Sunday, Jan. 9, in the UNI-Dome. Action begins at 9 a.m. both days.