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Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011

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NEWS

BOR TO MEET AT UNINEW

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, is meeting Oct. 26 and 27 at UNI. To view the agenda, visit http://www.regents.iowa.gov/Meetings/DocketMemos/11Memos/October2011/1011AGENDA.pdf.

COURSE FEE POLICY REVISIONNEW

Policy 2.10 on Course Fees has been revised. See the updated policy at http://www.uni.edu/policies/210.

UNI UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN: OCT. 24 - NOV. 11NEW

The UNI United Way campaign begins Monday, Oct. 24 and runs through Friday, Nov. 11. Pledge envelopes and forms are currently being distributed via campus mail. Return the envelope and pledge form at the kickoff event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Maucker Union. Sealed envelopes can also be returned by campus mail to mail code 0138 to be entered to win prizes. All money donated goes to the Cedar Valley United Way and funds local agencies and programs that focus on improving education, income and health. For more information, contact Jess.Betts@uni.edu.

CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTHNEW

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. The ITS Security office is sponsoring an e-Learning course on the topic. All faculty and staff have been enrolled in this short video course and are strongly encouraged to participate. You may access the My Courses Tab by visiting the UNI eLearning site at https://bb9.uni.edu, logging in with your CatID and finding the course "ITS-Security: Securing the Human Security Awareness Training" or by visiting http://preview.tinyurl.com/6jzhhjf. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/services/security/cyber-security-awareness-month.

TRAVEL FUNDS FOR STUDENT TRIPSNEW

Students who are presenting at a conference or have received a merit-based invitation to compete or perform at an intercollegiate activity are invited to apply for travel funds through the Intercollegiate Academic Fund. Research and creative activity funds are also available. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/iaf/index.shtml. Upcoming application deadlines include Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.

ANNUAL FACULTY AND STAFF CAMPAIGNNEW

Gifts to the Faculty and Staff Campaign allow UNI employees to make an impact in the area of their choice. Why does Juli Gassman, HPELS, support the campaign? Find out here

PARTICIPATE IN 2011 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK, NOV. 14-18NEW

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the U.S. Participate by proposing an event or series of events. Events may include, but are not limited to: information tables in the Maucker Union and other locations, information sessions, lectures, discussion panels, international movies, conversation tables, presentations, etc. To submit an event, email event planner Kristen Hora (oipevents@uni.edu) with the title of event, brief description, preferable date and time and contact person. The deadline for submitting an event is Nov. 9.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Donna Hoffman, political science, will participate in a political roundtable sponsored by Iowa Public Radio Oct. 25, at the University of Iowa.  It will be broadcast Oct. 26, on IPR's The Exchange at http://iowapublicradio.org/news/the-exchange/.

Hoffman was quoted in a Time blog http://swampland.time.com/2011/10/21/caucus-anxiety-in-iowa-looking-out-for-number-one/.

UNI STUDENT NEWSNEW

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

EBUSINESS OUTAGENEW

This year's upgrade to the E-Business Suite is the largest since the original implementation of the system in 2001. Since the upgrade is so large, it will take place over two different time frames. The first outage will be from 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 through 7 a.m., Monday, Oct. 31. The second outage will be from 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 through 7 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8. If you need assistance, contact the Computer Consulting Center (CCC) at 273-5555. The CCC is located in 36 ITTC. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/alerts/maintenance/2011-10-28/e-business-outage.

PREVENTING SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS

Slips, trips and falls make up a large percentage of accidents on campus - many causing serious injury. With the onset of winter, the problem only becomes worse. Reduce your chances of slipping and falling by wearing proper footwear, thoroughly wiping your feet before entering buildings, using caution on slippery surfaces, and slowing down when walking on slippery floors and sidewalks. The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EH&S) has a safety video “Fall Factors: Understanding & Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls.” To view the video or show it at a department meeting, contact the EH&S Office at 273-7269. A complete listing of the videos available through EH&S is found under “Safety Training” at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/ehso/index.shtml.

OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES

GREEN HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE NEW

All faculty and staff are invited to a Green Holiday Open House from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Georgian Lounge, Commons. The event is sponsored by UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, UNI Catering, UNI Employee Wellness, Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center and UNI Office of Sustainability. The event is supported by the Office of the President. For details, see www.reclaimyourholidays.org.

NSF MAJOR INSTRUMENTATION (MRI) PROGRAM–INTERNAL DEADLINE DEC. 5NEW

Due to National Science Foundation submission limits, those interested in submitting grant proposals to NSF's MRI program must participate in an internal selection process. Visit http://www.uni.edu/osp/internal-deadline-mri-2012 for instructions. For more information, contact Sarah Bridges at 273-6482 or sarah.bridges@uni.edu.

PERSON FIRST AND FAMILY PANELNEW

The Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) invites the UNI community to a panel discussion on disabilities at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in 246 SEC. Panelists Nate Trainor, Carrie Elser and Tanner Hurt will discuss personal experiences, perspectives and provide suggestions to support inclusive and person-centered education and community life.

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS FOR THE WAY UP CONFERENCENEW

The Way Up Conference, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 3 and 4, in West Des Moines, is in its 25th year. The conference is designed for women leaders and administrators in higher education in Iowa. Several of the conference concurrent sessions will be presented by UNI faculty and staff. For more information, contact Doreen Hayek at doreen.hayek@uni.edu or 273-7300 or Shelley Matthews at shelley.matthews@uni.edu or 273-7736. For details, visit http://www.uni.edu/ietti/wayup.

OPEN ACCESS WEEK, OCT. 24-30NEW

A global event, now in its fifth year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.  For more information, visit http://www.library.uni.edu/blog/open-access-week.

BB LEARN 9 ELEARNING WORKSHOPS

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.

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

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. 

NEW GAMING GRANTS DEADLINES AND REQUIREMENTS

To accommodate changes in the Black Hawk County Gaming Association grant application requirements, UNI's internal selection process for BHCGA applications has been updated. Proposed projects must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs by the internal deadlines of: Nov. 1, Feb. 1, May 1 and Aug. 1. To apply, see http://www.uni.edu/osp/bhcga-grants-new-requirements-deadlines. For more information, contact Hillery Oberle at hillery.oberle@uni.edu or 273-3961.

SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES AND BEST PRACTICES

University Relations has developed social media guidelines and best practices for departments. To review the information, please visit www.uni.edu/social/resources. UR recently hosted a campus-wide social media best practices session. Several participants expressed interest in ongoing discussions. If you're interested in being added to a listserv to exchange ideas, questions and tips regarding the use of social media, email liz.conklin@uni.edu. The listserv is open to the entire campus.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

FITNESS ASSESSMENTNEW

Interested in your current fitness level? Want to establish training options and identify fitness goals? Sign up for a fitness assessment. Assessment includes testing your resting blood pressure and heart rate, body composition and measurements, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility. Fitness assessments are available to faculty, staff and students at the discounted rate of $15. Fitness assessments take approximately one hour. Times available are 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 2 and 3:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; or by appointment. To sign up or for more information, contact Erin Nielsen at enielsen@uni.edu.

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.