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Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011

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NEWS

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR ROBERT WALLER TO SPEAK AT UNI

Robert Waller, former dean of CBA and best-selling author, will visit UNI on Wednesday, Oct. 19 as part of UNI's Presidential Lecture Series. Waller will deliver a public lecture "What the Rivers Taught Me," at 7:30 p.m., in Lang Hall Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. His best-selling novel, "The Bridges of Madison County" sold more than 12 million copies and was made into a major film and theatrical productions in a number of countries.

CORRECTION: MEET THE PRES EVENT WILL BE HELD OCT. 20

All Professional & Scientific (P&S) and Supervisory and Confidential Merit employees are invited to the P&S Council's Annual Meet the Pres event. The date and location have changed. The event will be from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, in the University Room, MAU. The program will include an address by President Allen, recognition of the 2011 Regents Staff Excellence Award recipients, and a UNI spirit presentation. Special entertainment will be provided by the UNI Marching Band. Staff are welcome to bring their lunch. Complimentary dessert will be provided.

MAUCKER UNION SW ENTRANCE TEMPORARILY CLOSEDNEW

The contractor working on the plaza will install brick pavers in front of the Maucker Union southwest entrance on Oct. 18. The entrance will reopen on the morning of Oct. 19. Signs will be posted outside the building directing traffic to the northwest and southeast entrances. Signs will be posted inside the southwest entrance indicating use for "Emergency Exit Only." Call Steve Pavelec at 273-6165 with any questions or comments.

HEALTH/DENTAL OPEN ENROLLMENT - MERIT EMPLOYEESNEW

The 2012 open enrollment period is now through Nov. 17. Benefits-eligible merit employees can make changes to or enroll in health and/or dental insurance. Visit www.uni.edu/hrs for more information and to obtain enrollment forms. Submit completed enrollment forms to Human Resource Services, 027 GIL, 0034. New coverage will be effective Jan. 1.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Steve Moon, ITS, was interviewed for a story in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. http://preview.tinyurl.com/3rg3y2r

Donna Hoffman, political science, was quoted in a story in the Sioux City Journal. http://preview.tinyurl.com/3bwud8e

UNI ADMISSIONS - DID YOU KNOW?NEW

During the 2010-2011 year, the UNI Office of Admissions hosted 2,815 prospective students and their 3,285 guests during individual appointments in the office.

REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND TOPIC SUGGESTIONS FOR 2012-2013

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.

ANONYMOUS REPORTING IS AVAILABLE

UNI has selected EthicsPoint to provide for the anonymous and confidential reporting of financial misconduct that may involve criminal, unethical, or otherwise inappropriate behavior, in violation of university policy or state law. Individuals may file a report on this EthicsPoint website at https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/en/report_custom.asp?clientid=10957 or by calling EthicsPoint toll-free at 866-ETHICP (866-384-4277). Reports submitted through EthicsPoint will be handled as promptly, discreetly and carefully as possible.

UNI'S STEM INITIATIVES TO BE FEATURED ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL

UNI's work in STEM education will be featured in a special edition of the Profiles Series. The program will air on the Discovery Channel at 6 a.m. Central Daylight Time, Friday, Oct. 21. The segment also will be broadcast via syndication in the top 50 U.S. television markets and overseas on Voice of America TV. For more information and to see the videos, visit www.uni.edu/provost/.

OCTOBER IS FIRE PREVENTION MONTHNEW

The U.S. leads the industrial world in residential (non-arson) fire deaths at approximately 3,000 per year. Fire prevention is everybody's business. Know where the emergency exits are, practice getting out of your home in the event of a fire and check the batteries in your smoke detectors. Consider installing residential sprinklers (approximately $1,600). Contact the UNI Fire & Safety Specialist at 273-2004, or visit the Environmental Health & Safety website at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ehso/index.shtml for fire safety and prevention information.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT--STUDENT OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT: WHY GRADES AREN’T ENOUGHNEW

How can faculty find out whether students are learning what they want them to learn? A session focusing on why Student Outcomes Assessments (SOA) matter and how to improve teaching will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, in the Presidential Room, MAU. The facilitator will be Mike Licari. Bring your lunch. Cookies and drinks will be provided.

THINKING INCLUSIVE AT UNI & BEYOND: ACADEMIC, SOCIAL & PHYSICAL ACCESSNEW

The Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language & Learning will host a free event focused on disability and inclusion from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, in the Commons. The keynote speaker is Lennard Davis, author and professor of disability studies and human development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The event is open to all UNI faculty, staff and students. There are limited spaces available. For more information or to register, visit www.uni.edu/coe by Nov. 1. 

UNI ELEARNING TIP: COURSE DASHBOARD & NOTIFICATION SETTINGSNEW

The Course Dashboard is an essential part of a Bb Learn 9 eLearning course. Along with the My Announcements module, it contains four notification modules that automatically provide information to users based on their enrollment and their role in the system. Learn more about the Course Dashboard at http://www.uni.edu/elearning/faculty-resource/tips/course-dashboard-notification-settings.

LYNDA.COM ONLINE TRAINING LIBRARY IS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH CATID

UNI has recently licensed the Lynda.com Online Training Library. This library, which contains more than 1,100 courses and 66,000 video tutorials, is now available to all UNI faculty, staff and students anytime, anywhere with Internet access. Login to Lynda.com using CatID. For more information, visit http://lynda.uni.edu.

POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION STUDENT AFFAIRS FALL PREVIEW DAYNEW

The Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs M.A.E. program, in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs, will host the Second Annual Fall Preview Day on Friday, Nov. 11. Individuals interested in learning more about the program and the Division of Student Affairs are invited to register. Check in will begin at 8:30 a.m., at Gilchrist Hall. The event will conclude by 2 p.m. To register and view the agenda, visit http://www.uni.edu/deanofstudents/previewday. All other questions may be directed to Mark Rowe-Barth at mark.rowe-barth@uni.edu.

HRS HOSTING SPEAKER TO RAISE UNDERSTANDING OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE BENEFITS

UNI Human Resource Services will host Joseph Carillo, claims representative for the Social Security Administration, for a seminar on Social Security and Medicare benefits. The seminar will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, in the CME, MAU. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to the session.

'DEAF DEAF WORLD' WORKSHOP

Ever wonder what it's like to be deaf? How do deaf people communicate with the rest of the world? This workshop will show you, through simulation, the difficulties deaf people have. There are two sessions offered from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 and Thursday, Oct 20, in the Seminar Room at Rialto. Registration is required. For more information, contact Haley ER. Minear at mineahaa@uni.edu.

POTTER LEAH LIETSON TO OFFER VISITING ARTIST WORKSHOPNEW

Leah Lietson will offer a Visiting Artist Workshop in ceramics on Thursday, Oct. 20, in 126 KAB. Leah will demonstrate how she makes her porcelain pottery from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 4 p.m., and lecture about her artwork at 7 p.m., in 111 KAB.

FACE-TO-FACE: A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH THOSE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

Panel members will share personal stories about their struggles and successes living with HIV/AIDS, at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, in 252 SEC.

AUTUMN-MATIC WELLNESS FAIRNEW

Employees and students are invited to the 5th Annual Autumn-Matic Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the North Gym, WRC. The fair will feature members of campus and local organizations that will provide interactive activities, food samples, free health screenings and several door prizes. Contact Bobbi Vandegrift at 273-2824 with questions.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

SIGN UP FOR A WRS HALF-PRICE FITNESS CLASSNEW

WRS Fitness and Leisure classes are half price starting Monday, Oct. 17. Class fees start as low as $10. Try an extreme class such as water boot camp, total body extreme or boot camp revival. Other classes offered include yoga, pilates, toning, spin, hydro-fit, kickboxing and more. Register at www.uni.edu/wellrec or in 101 WRC.

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.