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Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011

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NEWS

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2012 TOWN HALL MEETING ON DIVERSITYNEW

Under the sponsorship of the President's Diversity Council, the next Town Hall Meeting on diversity will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the afternoon. Exact time and details will be announced soon. The entire UNI community is invited to recognize the ongoing efforts on this campus and to continue a dialogue about future goals and priorities. For more information, contact diversity@uni.edu.

COE - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

Since 1991, nineteen recipients of the Iowa School Administrators of the Year award (superintendent, principal, central office administrator or fine arts administrator) are UNI grads.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Fred Abraham, economics, was quoted in a recent Des Moines Register article: http://preview.tinyurl.com/3tnc8lv.

SAFETY REMINDERSNEW

As the weather turns colder, here are a few reminders from the UNI Environmetnal Health and Safety office. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors and ensure they are working properly. Replace any detector 10 years or older. Make sure you also have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home. Do you have a power generator? If you lose power and utilize a home generator, always operate the generator outdoors. Any questions can be directed to the university fire and safety specialist at 273-2004.

UNI STUDENT NEWS

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

UBS OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARD RECEPTION

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). 

HOLIDAY REDUCED HOURS

Information pertaining to the holiday reduced operations from Monday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2, is available at www.uni.edu/hrs/news/reducedoperations.shtml.

DONATE CHILDREN'S BOOKS TO 'I CAN READ' PROJECT

In conjunction with UNI's United Way campaign, the UNI United Way Committee invites faculty and staff to support the Cedar Valley United Way's "I CAN READ" project by donating new or gently used children's books to support literacy efforts with community youth. Books will be collected through Dec. 1, at drop boxes at the following locations: 27 GIL, 117 ITTC, 10 Redeker Center, 150A SEC, Rod Library and the lobby outside 103 E. Bartlett. If you'd like to donate, but can't make it to a drop-off location, contact Jess.Betts@uni.edu or call 273-2761 to arrange for a pick up.

CSBS 'KUDOS' AVAILABLE ONLINE

The most recent edition of CSBS "Kudos” is now available online. “Kudos,” published twice every semester, highlights the accomplishments of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in teaching, scholarship and service.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK EVENTSNEW

International Education Week (IEW), an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange, will be Nov. 14 through 18.  A kick-off ceremony will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, in the University Room, MAU with opening remarks from Gloria Gibson, a keynote speaker, Nicholas Chizek, as well as dance and musical performances, appetizers and refreshments. Also, learn the basics of the game cricket, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the UNI-Dome. For the complete list of events, go to http://www.uni.edu/internationalprograms/.  

UNI STEM EDUCATION COMMUNITY NOVEMBER MEETINGNEW

The next opportunity to participate in UNI's monthly STEM Education meetings is from 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 9, in the Oak Room, MAU. The guest speaker will be Edward Rathmell, mathematics. Discussion themes will include the importance of UNI faculty engaging Iowa's K-12 students in the STEM fields, best practices, and how to gain momentum to 'STEM-ahead' in order to reach the primary goal of increasing the presence and quality of STEM education in Iowa. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/stemed/

WORKSHOP ON STUDENT ASSESSMENT PILOT (SALG)NEW

UNI is piloting the online Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG) this fall. Faculty can still participate by giving the SALG in addition to the standard classroom assessment or as their sole assessment.  Faculty members should discuss their interest in giving the SALG with their department head. A workshop on developing a SALG assessment will be led by Robert Dise, history, from 2 to 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14; noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15; and from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30. All workshops will be held in 134 ITTC. For more information, contact alisa.weeks@uni.edu or visit the “Student Assessment” section on the provost’s website.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT -- CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUESNEW

Student Outcomes Assessment: Classroom Assessment Techniques is an interactive workshop that demonstrates easy ways to find out how well your students are learning. The techniques can be used across disciplines in all kinds of classes.  The workshop will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, in the Presidential Room, MAU. The facilitator will be Virginia Arthur, provost's office. Bring your lunch. Cookies and drinks will be provided.

FIRST-YEAR CORNERSTONE INFORMATIONAL/INTEREST MEETINGNEW

Interested in learning about what has been going on in UNI's First-Year Cornerstone course or interested in possibly teaching this class in academic year 2012-2013? Come to an informational meeting on this course, and learn how to get involved. There are four times to choose from: noon to 1 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, in the Elm Room, MAU; 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the Elm Room, MAU; or 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Presidential Room, MAU.

UNI ELEARNING TIP: ONLINE TESTING OBSTACLES AND TIPS FOR AVOIDING THEMNEW

Working with online delivery of tests in Bb Learn 9 may seem daunting, especially for faculty who were used to the Web CT interface. ITS-ET makes several recommendations to assist faculty in tweaking this Bb Learn 9 Assessment tool for a more effective experience for both faculty and students. To learn more, visit http://www.uni.edu/elearning/faculty-resource/tips/online-testing-obstacles-and-tips-avoiding-them.

MIGRATE YOUR OLD CE8 COURSE TO BB9 FOR SPRINGNEW

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.

BB LEARN 9 INSTRUCTOR/DESIGNER RESOURCENEW

Are you aware past eLearning Tips are available in an eLearning Tips Archive? ITS-ET recommends you visit the archive to review tips missed previously. Tips address information of which all Bb Learn 9 instructors and designers should be aware of, as well as questions and issues most addressed by the UNI eLearning support team. Visit the eLearning Tips Archive at http://www.uni.edu/elearning/faculty-resources/tips.

RECEPTION FOR JON BUSENEW

Jon Buse, dean of students, is leaving UNI to take a position at Kirkwood Community College. Say goodbye and thank Buse for his many years of service and commitment to UNI, at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, in the Commons Lounge and Porch. There will be a short program beginning at 3:15 p.m.

YOUR BENENFITS AT WORKNEW

Want to explore your benefits? Check out the latest benefits newsletter at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/benefits/documents/bn_benefits_at_work.pdf. The newsletter can also be found by visiting the benefits home page.

SAVE THE DATE FOR A RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR DEB GRAYNEW

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

CEDAR VALLEY DISCOVER DIVERSITY DISCUSS BOOK CLUBNEW

The Cedar Valley Discover Diversity Discuss will meet from 4:30 to 5:50 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, at the UNI Museum to discuss "The Rope Walk" by Carrie Brown. Unlikely friends on the edge of adolescence try to help a dying man with costly results. All are welcome and you need not have read the book to attend.

LIBRARY STUDENT TECHNOLOGY FEE SURVEY

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.

WORKSHOPS FOR THOSE WHO ASSIST STUDENTS WITH CLASS REGISTRATION

Instructor-led, hands-on training sessions will be offered for anyone who wants to become familiar with the student registration process. Learn to use the planner and shopping cart features, and how to complete registration administrative tasks. Several times are available through Nov. 9. Please access the registration link to see times, dates and location. Contact Rachel Jones at rachel.jones@uni.edu if you have any questions.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT - SMOOTHING THE TENURE TRACK

Get tips for attaining tenure from successful UNI faculty with administrative experience at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, in the Elm Room, MAU. This event is sponsored by the UNI United Faculty - American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Panel members will include Betty DeBerg, philosophy and world religions; Kim MacLin, psychology; Steve Taft, theatre; and Cathy DeSoto, UF-AAUP president. 

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.