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Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010
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Shashi Kaparthi, director of the UNI Office of Institutional Research, and a faculty member in the College of Business Administration, has been named UNI's inaugural Chief Information Officer (CIO). Effective Oct. 11, UNI's Information Technology Services and the Office of Institutional Research will be combined, eliminating one senior-level administrative position. Information Technology Services (ITS) is comprised of ITS-Network Services, ITS-Educational Technology, ITS-User Services, ITS-Information Systems and ITS-Administration. Kaparthi will report to Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost, and will be a member of President Allen's cabinet. "I'm very excited to welcome Shashi to my leadership team," said Gibson. "He brings a faculty-perspective to the management of the information technology function, which will greatly benefit faculty, staff and students."
Physical Plant staff will begin shutting down mechanical cooling systems in university buildings starting Monday, Oct. 11. This is done annually to protect cooling coils from potential freeze damage. Call 3-4400 with questions or concerns.
President Allen and UNI leaders will visit the Sioux City area on Thursday, Oct. 14, for UNI's fall Community Visit Days. These visits allow an opportunity to showcase UNI in Iowa's communities and meet with media, legislators, educators and business leaders. For more information, contact Stacey Christensen, 3-3170.
Faculty and staff interested in submitting a proposal for FY2012 federal direct appropriations can find the application process and guidelines at http://www.ir.uni.edu/dbWeb/govrel/FY12_Federal_Direct_Appropriations.pdf. The deadline for submission is Friday, Oct. 29.
Do you have an idea for a new approach to assessment and need some funding to move ahead? Apply for an assessment mini-grant. Proposals are due Monday, Nov. 1. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/assessment/minigrants.shtml.
In light of the upcoming election season, the Office of the Registrar is providing the university community with voter registration information at http://www.uni.edu/registrar/students/current-students/voter-registration. Questions pertaining to voter registration can be directed to the registrar's office or to the Secretary of State.
Join Continuing and Distance Education as it celebrates the past, present and future of distance learning at UNI with a luncheon on Nov. 11. 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. Look for more information in UNI Online and your e-mail inbox soon. Contact Belle Cowden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3-2711 for details.
Thanks to many willing participants, the first of several "UNI I am..." video clips will be posted at www.iamuni.net. Watch the site in the coming weeks for more students and colleagues to appear with their own "I am" messages.
Fall commencement ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday Dec. 18, in the McLeod Center. To make a reservation for rental apparel, contact Tricia Johnson Welter at email@example.com. The deadline for reserving rental apparel for the fall ceremony is Friday, Oct 22.
The office of Student Disability Services has submitted the October faculty and staff newsletter online. Take a few minutes and learn about the history of National Disability Employment Month, read about a fact vs. fiction discussion on the ADA, and learn more about the ADHD disability. Read the newsletter at http://www.uni.edu/sds/FacultyStaffNewsletter.shtml.
The Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) headquartered on UNI's campus, is a collaboration among the three Regents universities to advance math and science in Iowa. For an update on IMSEP's activities around the state, see its newsletters at http://www.iowamathscience.org/newsletters/. For more information, contact Tonja Richards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katherine van Wormer, social work, is quoted in a story from the Detroit Free Press.
Lyn Countryman, MPLS, is quoted in a story about the R&D Summit in the Danville (Ill.) Commercial News.
Chris Larimer, political science, is quoted in a story from the Des Moines Register on political debates.
The division of Administration and Financial Services (A&FS) is now accepting nominations for its High Five Award. This award is meant to honor 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
A Higher Learning Commission review team will be on campus 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: No matter what your role is, what do you want students to take away from their interaction with you?
Turning Technologies is sponsoring two informational sessions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, in ITTC 136, on the use of "clickers" in the classroom. Lora McKee Anderson from Iowa Wesleyan College will discuss the effective use of "clickers" in promoting several technologically based pedagogies. More information is available at http://www.uni.edu/its/news.
The university has a new grants database called The Foundation Directory Online accessible through the library's website 24/7 from any location. It contains nearly 100,000 funding sources. The database is funded jointly by three campus units: Rod Library, Office of Sponsored Programs and the UNI Foundation. More information is at http://www.library.uni.edu/blog/foundation-directory-online-database.
Rod Library Panther Prowler users can now create personal accounts in which to save favorite citations and to store customized, searchable lists of databases. For more information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/2683ght
UNI Men's Basketball coach Ben Jacobson invites boys and girl in grades one through six to learn the fundamentals of basketball as a member of the Panther Pals. A workshop will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31, at the UNI-Dome. The cost is $40 per child. Panther Pals will learn the fundamentals, have fun with the team, receive a free T-shirt, free admission to select home games and participate in a half-time performance during the Saturday, Nov. 6 game. For more information, contact Seán Sweeney at 3-3865 or email@example.com.
Limited spaces are still available for fall 2010 Sturgis Youth Theatre workshops for students grades K through 9. If interested, see the full brochure at http://www.uni.edu/theatre/sturgis/.
Curious about disability? Experience disability firsthand from noon to 4 p.m., Thursday Oct. 14, and from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 15, in the State College Room in Maucker Union. Individuals will be led through disability simulations such as blindness, deafness and use of a wheelchair. This will be a fun and educational experience. Educate yourself about the largest minority group in the nation.
A reception and short program in commemoration of Clifford G. McCollum will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, in the Auditorium MSH 137. McCollum, who died May 4, was the founding dean of the College of Natural Sciences. Members of the family will be present. A time for conversation and the sharing of memories will follow. The reception is open to past and present members of the UNI community and the public.
Faculty artist and educator Chris Buckholz will offer a recital on trombone with Sean Botkin, piano, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.
Come enjoy free music with CAB's acoustic artist series featuring Beau Bristow at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge. During the show Chat's will offer coffee deals. Buy a large hot beverage for the price of a small.
Visiting artist Bruce Barrie, trumpet, will offer a recital with faculty artist Polina Khatsko, piano, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. Barrie is a noted performer on modern and historical brasses. The recital will include compositions by Tommaso Albinoni, Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani and Ernest Sachse and will feature Barrie performing all of the selections on various historical trumpets. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Concert Chorale, will offer a concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.
Tami Spry, a professor of performance studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, will perform "Call It Swing: A Jazz Blues Autoethnography," at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, in the Interpreters Theatre, LNG 40. The performance is Spry's reflection on her father's 25 years as a jazz drummer and focuses on issues of gender violence, mental illness, race relationships, shamanic healing and loss. The performance is free and open to the public.
Visiting artist Bruce Barrie, trumpet, will offer a master class at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. Barrie is a noted performer on modern and historical brasses, including the piccolo trumpet, keyed bugle, saxhorn, natural trumpet and cornetto. He has been a soloist with the Boulder Bach Festival, Philadelphia Classical Orchestra, Concerto Soloists and the Princeton Bach Festival. This event is free and open to the public.
The management workshop "Polishing Your Communication Tact" will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 19, in the BCS. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct.12. Workshop participants will learn the art of tactful and diplomatic communication by understanding the target audience and tailoring an effective, concise message to achieve the intended result. The cost for UNI employees is $247.50. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 3-5851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Network with community leaders, teachers, counselors and others who share an interest in violence prevention at a conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Hawkeye Community College. Keynote speaker Robert Minor will present "Making Real Men: The Journey of Our Boys." Breakout sessions include domestic violence in African American communities, cyberbullying, human trafficking and homophobia. The $30 fee includes a box lunch. Pre-register only by Saturday, Oct 16. E-mail email@example.com for a registration form. UNI Women's and Gender Studies is co-sponsoring this event.
Investigate the riches of the Grand Canyon's western edge by backpacking around magnificent canyons, spectacular waterfalls and views worthy of a postcard. Backpack in Havasupai, Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. and Arches National Park, Utah. Cost for UNI students is $600, faculty/staff pay $625 and guests pay $675. Visit www.uni.edu/wellrec/outdoor_recreation/index.html. All large-item gear (backpack, tent, stoves, sleeping bag, etc.) is supplied.
Run a cross-country 5K to support and promote the UNI Prairie Preserves at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 16. The race will start at the Prairie Preserves entrance near the UNI Credit Union on West 29th Street, Cedar Falls. Early registration fee (includes a T-shirt) is $5 for students and $7 for non-students. Registration forms can be picked up at the UNI Greenhouse, Student Health Center or the Runner's Flat, in downtown Cedar Falls. Turn in on or before Friday, Oct. 8. Registration on race day is $10.
The Panther Pacers will host its 13th Annual Homecoming 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, at the West Dome parking lot. Fee is $12 for current students and $15 for non-students post marked on or before Oct. 13, or hand delivered to WRC 101 by Oct. 19. After the deadline the fee is $20 for everyone. Register online at www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1893074 or sign up in WRC 101. Also, check it out on Facebook: 13th Annual Panther Pacers Homecoming 5K Run/Walk.
October's Blood Chemistry Profiles will be offered at Gilchrist from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, in GIL 007 & 009. One free BCP per academic year is available to UNI employees who qualify for insurance benefits. Other tests available include a prostate test for $10, thyroid test for $5, and a complete blood count for $10, for which the employee would pay (cash, check, payroll deduction or u-Bill). Call the Wellness Resource Lab at 3-6119 to schedule.
Elizabeth M. Bach will discuss the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Learn about the true capacity for CRP areas to provide ecosystem services such as atmospheric carbon sequestration, soil stabilization and soil organic matter accrual. This research specifically investigates the role of plant community diversity and soil texture on soil microbial community recovery and soil nutrient cycling in CRP restorations. For more information, contact Ryan Welch at 3-3828 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Grey, anthropology, and the state's leading expert on immigration will cosponsor an open forum/discussion with the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration and Hispanic Latino Student Union at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Hemisphere Lounge, Maucker Union. The forum/discussion will analyze the effects of immigration in Iowa.
The first Hot Topics in Education: Professional Development Webinar "Iowa Core and 21st Century Skills," presented by Nadene Davidson, Department of Teaching, is now archived. The next webinar for K-12 educators and interested faculty and staff will be at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28. The topic is "Classroom Management for the First-Year Teacher," presented by Lynne Ensworth, curriculum & instruction, and Allison Barness, MPLS. For more information about the archived presentation and to register for future webinars, visit www.uni.edu/coe/professional-development-webinars.
Join members of the Tectonic Theatre Project for a post performance discussion and learn about the process of interviewing and how to craft material into a stage play, from 3 to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, at the CME.
A Small Business Accounting II workshop will be offered from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, in BCS 33. Pre-requisite: Small Business Accounting I. Advance registration is required.
A Small Business Marketing Workshop will be offered from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, in BCS 33, and again from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, in BCS 128. Advance registration is required.
"Exploring Southern Italy Through Science, Education, and the UNI Capstone Experience" will be the subject of a talk by Chad Heinzel, geology. Learn about last summer's Capstone course in southern Italy and plans for the class in summer 2011 at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, in LAT 125.
Come to the design presentations for the production of "Mother Hicks" at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. All are invited to attend to learn more about the play.
The next Graduate College Brown Bag will be held at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 19, in Maucker Union, Presidential Room. C. Scott Peters, political science, will present "The Politics of Electing Judges: Can an Independent Judiciary Survive?" Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided by the Graduate College.
John de Graaf, executive director of Take Back Your Time, filmmaker and internationally known author, will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the UNI CEEE Auditorium on "The Politics of Happiness." He'll address happiness as the hot new science, what makes us happy, which are the happiest countries and why, and the connection between time, happiness and sustainability.
Robert Dise, history, will present "Contextualizing Assyrian Brutality" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, in SRL 115. The lecture is free and open to the public.
This year’s retention elections for Iowa Supreme Court justices have been controversial, with some groups urging that several justices be ousted in response to their 2009 decision on same-sex marriage. The Department of Political Science will present a panel discussion on trends in judicial selection nationwide and in Iowa, and the implications on this election for the future of the Iowa judiciary. Scott Peters, Department of Political Science at UNI, will be joined by Malia Reddick and Rachel Payne Caufield, both affiliated with the American Judicature Society at Drake University. The discussion will take place at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, in SRL 115.
Vacancies at the P&S level include undergraduate student recruitment & academic services coordinator, student intern coordinator/Camp Adventure, communications and public relations manager, and program manager/Strategic Marketing Services. To view the complete job descriptions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.
The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at www.uni.edu/resources/employment/.
Merit vacancies are available for viewing at www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.asp.