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Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011

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NEWS

PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS WEBSITENEW

UNI has created a public records requests website detailing how UNI handles public records requests. The Iowa Public Records Law, Chapter 22 of the Iowa Code, establishes that most documents or records held by governmental agencies, including UNI, are public and subject to disclosure. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/publicrecords.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND TOPIC SUGGESTIONS FOR 2012-2013NEW

The Reaching for Higher Ground project will focus on a new issue each academic year. Selected topics will be of current or lasting relevance and will be interdisciplinary in nature. The committee is seeking suggestions from faculty, staff and students for the next Reaching for Higher Ground topic. Please share ideas at http://www.uni.edu/higherground/topic-suggestions-2012-2013.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND FALL EVENTSNEW

The Reaching for Higher Ground: Community After 9/11 project includes many lectures and special events during the month of October. For more information and for a calendar of events, visit www.uni.edu/higherground.

UNI-UNITIED FACULTY PROFILED IN ACADEMENEW

Check out the current issue of the American Association of University Professors flagship publication ACADEME, which features the UNI United Faculty-AAUP. To read about the UNI chapter's strategies for effectively representing its members, visit http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/academe/2011/SO/chap/uni.htm.

AMERICA RECYCLES DAYNEW

America Recycles Day is Tuesday, Nov. 15. The Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) will share recycling information from noon to 4 p.m., in Maucker Union. America Recycles Day reminds individuals to promote recycling at work and at home. RRTTC staff will be out and about on campus looking to reward people they find recycling on America Recycles Day.

UNI ADMISSIONS - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

Students start their college search early.  There are currently 4,795 high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors who have expressed interest in attending UNI.

NEED SOMETHING PRINTED?

Print Services is located on the west side of campus in the Physical Plant building. It provides full color and black and white copying, two-color press work, lamination and bindery/finishing work such as tabbing, folding, cutting and drilling. Print Services offers competitive pricing, free quotes and top-notch customer service. Send jobs through campus mail or email at PRINT-SERVICES-L@uni.edu. For questions or additional information, call 273-2448.

ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR HIGH FIVE AWARD

The division of Administration and Financial Services (A&FS) is now accepting nominations for its High Five Award. This award honors A&FS employees who have exemplary service in one or more of the areas of service excellence, teamwork and/or initiative. For an electronic nomination form or to view more about the award and eligibility, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/recognition/high_five.shtml.

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES NEWSLETTERNEW

The Student Disability Services October newsletter is available at http://www.uni.edu/sds/FacultyStaffNewsletter.shtml.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

MONSTERS IN THE CLOSETNEW

October is domestic/dating violence awareness month. Many have witnessed intimate partner violence first-hand and many have not. Regardless, everyone suffers from the effects of this epidemic. This month, take two and a half minutes to learn more at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=367JvtoTm34. Together we can break the silence. For more information or support, visit http://www.uni.edu/violenceservices or http://www.seedsofhopeiowa.com.

BROWN BAG LUNCH WITH LINDA GREENNEW

Linda Green, director of the Center for Latin American Studies and associate professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona, will visit UNI from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17 to discuss the center and her current research related to Postville, Iowa. Members of the UNI community are invited to meet Green at an informal brown bag lunch in the Oak Room, MAU. For more information, contact Thomas Kessler at thomas.kessler@uni.edu.

FULBRIGHT OCCASIONAL LECTURER FUNDNEW

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) provides travel awards through the Occasional Lecturer Fund, which enable Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are currently in the U.S. to be guest lecturers at colleges and universities. These travel awards are granted at three different levels ($250, $500 and $750), which CIES determines based on travel distance involved. The Occasional Lecturing Fund enables visiting scholars to share their specific research interests; speak on the history and culture of their countries; exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty and community organizations; become better acquainted with U.S. higher education; and create linkages between their home and host institutions. For more information, visit http://www.cies.org/olf/ or contact the Office of International Programs.

UNI ELEARNING TIP: CHECKING THE AVAILABILITY OF ITEMS FOR STUDENTSNEW

Bb Learn 9 provides two convenient features for checking whether or not items in your eLearning course are available to students. One method shows visibility status for all students for a particular item. The other method shows visibility status for all items for an individual student. Learn how to access these features at http://www.uni.edu/elearning/faculty-resource/tips/checking-availability-items-students.

BB LEARN 9 ELEARNING WORKSHOPSNEW

ITS-ET will offer two eLearning workshops in November. For more information on Intro to Bb Learn 9, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/training/workshops/intro-bb-learn-9. Information on the Migrating to Bb Learn 9 is at http://www.uni.edu/its/training/workshops/migrating-bb-learn-9. Please visit the associated link for more information and to register.

BLINDNESS SIMULATION AND DISCUSSIONNEW

As a part of Disability Awareness Month, the 'In My Shoes' workshops will offer a blindness simulation and discussion for the UNI campus. The simulation will take place from 6 to 7 p.m., with discussion to follow, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the College Eye Room, MAU. For more information or to volunteer, contact Brian Werts at wertsb20@uni.edu.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: FULBRIGHT GERMAN STUDIES SEMINAR DEADLINE OCT. 14

The topic for the 2012 Fulbright German Studies Seminar is "Nation-State and European Identity," and will explore the balance of regional, national and European interests in areas such as the economy, labor market, social system and legislation. Who shapes European values, who sets the goals in European foreign policy and how do serious crises affect national and European markets and currencies? For more information or to apply, visit http://www.cies.org/GSS/ or contact Tanya Janes at tjanes@iie.org.

MAP-WORKS QUICKSTART ORIENTATION AND TRAINING

UNI’s MAP-Works is a sophisticated, yet very navigable system for faculty and staff to provide even higher levels of guidance to UNI freshmen. Get oriented to the system in 15 minutes and be able to use after 10 minutes of training. To schedule a departmental orientation and quick lesson, contact Drake Martin at drake.martin@uni.edu or 273-6330.

ACTIVE LEARNING CLASSROOMS

Active Learning Classrooms encourage faculty to use technology and creative pedagogical strategies to cultivate interactive, student-centered learning experiences. For a demonstration of these classrooms, visit http://preview.tinyurl.com/5t9do5z. UNI faculty have an opportunity to attend an all-day workshop on Active Learning Classrooms at the University of Iowa on Friday, Oct. 14. If interested in attending, email susan.hill@uni.edu by Wednesday, Oct. 12. Transportation and lunch will be provided.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT BENEFITS PROVIDER HAS CHANGED

UNI’s provider for the Flexible Spending Account has changed in order to continue offering the highest quality benefits to all university employees. For more information regarding the change, as well as information on upcoming seminars by the new provider, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/benefits/index.shtml or contact Cindy Webb, benefits administrator, at cindy.webb@uni.edu.

SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGNOSIS (SGID)

SGID is a method of course evaluation that uses structured discussion with students to give faculty anonymous feedback about what is working well and what can use improvement in a particular course. SGIDs usually take approximately 50 minutes and are conducted by trained faculty who teach outside of one's department.  For more information, or if you want an SGID conducted in your class, email Susan Hill at susan.hill@uni.edu.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND STUDY

There are new links on the international programs website for scholarships, grants and fellowship information for international research and study. There are links for faculty and staff, graduate students, undergraduate students and international study. http://www.uni.edu/internationalprograms/funding-opportunities.

CAB'S COFFEEHOUSE SERIES FEATURES BRETT HITENEW

CAB's Coffeehouse Series will feature acoustic artist Brett Hire at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Hemisphere Lounge, MAU. This singer/songwriter's distinctive instrumentation and soulful vocals recently emerged onto the college music scene. During the show, get a large hot beverage for the price of a small at Chats.

PANTHER PALSNEW

UNI’s Men’s Basketball is hosting Panther Pals for boys and girls in grades one through six, from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6, in the UNI-Dome. Participants receive free admission to nine home games, a T-shirt, basketball, Subway party and get to meet the players. For more information, visit www.unipanthers.com or contact Sean Sweeney a 273-4667.

LIBRARY EXHIBITORS NEEDED

Rod Library invites university departments and organizations to submit proposals for monthly exhibits for December 2011 to August 2012. The library makes two exhibit cases available to the campus community. If your department or organization is interested in having an exhibit, please complete the online proposal at http://www.uni.edu/library/exhbproposal/. More information is available at http://www.library.uni.edu/public-relations/exhibits.

THE DATE AUCTIONNEW

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of death in women under the age of 50.  The Black Student Union will host a date auction at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. Free will dontations for breast cancer will be accepted at the door. All proceeds will go towards breast cancer awareness (research). For more information, email givensd@uni.edu or halldaa@uni.edu.

KAPPA DELTA PI T-SHIRT SALE

Faculty, staff and students can purchase gifts at the UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society T-shirt sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11 and 12, in the SEC lobby. Proceeds will benefit KDP educational and service projects.

CLUBS/MEETINGS

SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUPNEW

UNI Sigma Delta Pi is sponsoring an "Hora de Conversar," a Spanish conversation group that meets every Tuesday for the rest of the semester, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the chairs available just outside the CME. Any level of Spanish is encouraged to attend.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WELLNESS & RECREATION SERVICES E-NEWSLETTER

Check out the Wellness & Recreation Services October e-newsletter at www.uni.edu/wellrec. Follow the link on the homepage to read updates on WRS events and programs along with wellness tips and articles.

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.