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Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011

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NEWS

VOTE FOR NEXT REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND TOPICNEW

What should be the focus of next year's Reaching for Higher Ground project? Help decide by voting for one of three topics: The Decline of America?, Food Matters or The Changing Face of America. To read brief descriptions of each topic and to vote, visit www.uni.edu/higherground/vote-2012-2013-topic. The deadline to vote is Friday, Dec. 9.

SUBMIT YOUR GOOD IDEASNEW

Too many good ideas go unshared. To make sharing simple, UNI has established an online "Good Ideas" submission site. Share ideas or suggestions about all aspects of the university. Suggestions will be reviewed by the president and distributed to the appropriate department for further review and appropriate action. Submissions can be anonymous or you can provide contact information for follow-up. Submissions can be sent via campus mail to Good Ideas, mail code 0705 or call 273-2566.

REAFFIRMATION STATEMENTNEW

President Allen has published a reaffirmation of UNI's commitment to nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The full statement can be found at http://www.uni.edu/equity/documents/ReaffirmationStatement2011.pdf.

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE EDUCATION FORUMS - MICHELE BACHMANNNEW

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will kickoff UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. UNI and Iowa Public Radio are hosting presidential candidates to speak to "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Education." The forum, moderated by Ben Kieffer, host of IPR's "The Exchange," is free and open to the public. Bachmann will speak for 30 minutes, followed by Q&A with the audience.

PROVOST NEWSLETTERNEW

The provost's fall newsletter is now available at http://www.uni.edu/provost/. Topics include the student assessment pilot, the Cornerstone Zeitoun Project, a personal narrative from instructor Reygan Freeney and updates on academic affairs initiatives.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE MLK DAY OF SERVICE PROJECTNEW

Jan. 16, 2012 marks the 26th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is an opportunity for Americans to honor King’s legacy through service. UNI's Student Leadership Center urges the UNI community to use MLK Day as a "day on, not a day off." Registration is open for individuals and organizations to sign up for service opportunities. Transportation, a T-shirt and lunch will be provided. To register, visit http://www.uni.edu/leadershipcenter. For more information, contact the Student Involvement & Activities Center at 273-2683.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Chris Larimer, political science, was quoted in a story in the Sioux City Journal: http://preview.tinyurl.com/882yr9p

DIVERSITY MATTERS AWARD NOMINATIONS – DUE DEC. 14NEW

Support UNI’s diversity efforts by nominating a student, faculty or staff member for the 2012 Diversity Matters Awards. The awards recognize those who work to fulfill our obligation to promote a university community characterized by inclusiveness and diversity. The awards will be presented at the Town Hall Meeting for Diversity on Wednesday, Feb. 1. For more information and to access the nomination form, visit www.uni.edu/diversity/.

COE - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

Each year, approximately 1,200 UNI students volunteer with a locally administrated Special Olympics program that serves approximately 635 Iowans with intellectual disabilities.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR DEB GRAYNEW

The Office of Admissions will honor Deb Gray at a retirement reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, in 009 GIL. Come wish Deb well in her retirement.

SEVERE WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announcements regarding cancellation of classes and/or reduced university operations are made via UNI Alert, local radio and TV stations, the UNI home page (www.uni.edu) and Facebook. The local TV stations also list closings and delays on their websites. See http://www.uni.edu/resources/weather for more information.

SSWA CLOTHING DRIVE

The Student Social Work Association will host a clothing drive through Dec. 2. Donations will go to The House of Hope. Baby, toddler, child and adult clothes are needed, as well as toys, diapers, household items and cleaning supplies. Boxes will be placed in all residential hall offices, Maucker Union and the Wesley Foundation.

MAUCKER UNION BALLROOM SHUTDOWN FOR RENOVATIONS

Due to a renovation project that includes updated heating/cooling systems, lighting and audio/visual components, the Maucker Union Ballroom will not be available for events until March 19. Reservations for events can still be made by calling the Maucker Union administrative office at 273-2256.

GOVERNOR'S STEM ADVISORY COUNCIL UPDATE

A Governor's STEM Advisory Council update meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Presidential Room, MAU. The meeting is hosted by Jeff Weld, the council's executive director and head of IMSEP. Attend the meeting and learn about opportunities to get involved. RSVP to imsep@uni.edu. Cookies and coffee will be provided.

BUDGET TOWN HALL MEETING FOLLOW-UPNEW

As follow-up to the Budget Town Hall meeting held Nov. 15, the "Challenges, Choices & Change" PowerPoint presented by President Allen is posted to http://www.uni.edu/president/speeches. Click on Town Hall Presentation, November 15, 2011.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARSNEW

The second in a series of scholarly networking events will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, in the Great Reading Room, SRL. Make connections and have informal discussions with colleagues about research, scholarship and creative activity. Refreshments provided, no RSVP required. December’s event is sponsored by the College of Education. For more information, email mary.chien@uni.edu.

UNI PROFESSIONAL WRITING PROGRAM SEEKS CLIENTSNEW

The UNI Professional Writing Program seeks individual and organizational clients in need of websites, newsletters, brochures, flyers, proposals, report documents and exhibition storyboards, in both print and digital form. Contact Adrienne Lamberti, program coordinator, at adrienne.lamberti@uni.edu for more information.

SEAF PREPARERS TRAINING NEW

OSP and Payroll will offer Student Employment Approval Form (SEAF) training on Dec. 1, at 9 a.m., at the CME. Topics to be covered are labor distribution schedules, retroactive SEAFs and timecard submissions.

UNI HOLIDAY POTTERY SALENEW

Buy unique pieces of handmade pottery made by UNI students at the UNI Holiday Pottery Sale, from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 and noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Ceramics Lab, 126 KAB.

LIBRARY FIND ARTICLES SURVEYNEW

Want Panther Prowler to work faster for your research projects? Check out the new Find Articles search option at this test site and share what you think. For more information, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/ebsco/.

'I WANT MY JACKET BACK'NEW

Written and performed by Jenn Freitag, "I Want My Jacket Back" is a solo performance that explores new ways to think and talk about gender violence through the use of music, humor, poetry, personal narrative and dialogue. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m.,  Monday, Dec. 5, in 040 LNG. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.iwantmyjacketback.com.

TKD PROMOTIONAL TESTINGNEW

Experience live, the excitement of martial art at the 253rd promotional testing of the UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club at 11 a.m. 
Saturday, Dec. 3, in 176 WRC. For more information, visit www.unitkd.com/index40.htm.

OPEN ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

All benefits eligible employees have until Nov. 30 to enroll in flexible spending and/or vision insurance. Changes will be effective Jan. 1. You must re-enroll every year in flexible spending. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/hrs/benefits.

PUBLIC POLICY SURVEY

Students from the UNI Masters of Public Policy program are conducting a short survey for a class project on exploring attitudes toward transgender individuals. Results are completely anonymous and will not be published or reported outside of the class. The survey takes about 15 minutes and is available at http://www.hitspinner.com/rotator.php?uid=1028&rid=1.

CLICKERS AT UNI

Turning Technologies will offer an introductory session about clickers at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, in 138 ITTC. This session, Effective Clicker Questions & Basic TurningPoint Use, will cover how to ask effective clicker questions and how to use the polling software TurningPoint. If you have any questions, contact Thomas Klann, UNI student intern, at klannt@uni.edu or 563-380-6539.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

HEALTHY HOLIDAYS-HIRE A PERSONAL TRAINERNEW

Stay healthy this holiday season and hire a WRS personal trainer who will customize individual workouts and provide motivation and accountability to help meet fitness and health goals. For more information or to sign up, contact Kristy Leen at kristy.leen@uni.edu or Erin Nielsen at enielsen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html.

DINING SPECIALS

MINI MEAL, A SPECIAL EVENT HOSTED BY THE PIAZZA

The Piazza Dining Center will host a special event, "mini MEAL," from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30. Enjoy special mini menu items such as mini hamburgers, mini BBQ sliders, mini pizzas, mini brats, mini cheese tortellini, mini muffins and mini, mini more. Use your meal plan, charge to u-bill, dining dollars or cash.

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.