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Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010

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NEWS

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer with the Family and Children's Council at the Park to Park Race Saturday, Sept. 11. Volunteers are needed to assist with packet pick-ups, registrations, course support, water stops, finish line and food. Must be 16 or older to participate. For more information, contact the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley at volunteerUNI@vccv.org.

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'FACTS FOR FACULTY'

The Office of Student Financial Aid has posted the fall 2010 edition of "Facts For Faculty" newsletter in the "Faculty and Staff" section at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/facultyandstaff.shtml. The newsletter provides financial aid information to assist all faculty and staff in their work and communication with students. This edition contains information about the "Live Like a Student" campaign, TEACH Grants, guidelines for administering scholarships, financial aid academic progress requirements, reasons why financial aid has not paid out, quick facts, charts and more. Questions, comments or requests for topics of interest in future newsletters may be submitted to joyce.morrow@uni.edu.

INPUT REQUESTED FOR DISABLED ACCESS ON CAMPUS

The UNI Coordinating Committee for Disability Accommodations is gathering information and ideas for enhanced accessibility (facilities and services) for persons with disabilities. Submit concerns and recommendations (short- and long-term projects) to http://www.uni.edu/ccda/feedback.shtml. A number of recommendations have already been implemented. Suggestions made in earlier years need not be re-submitted. The committee continues to review items submitted in previous surveys. Nancy Hamilton, HPELS, is chairing the committee.

CONVOCATION

President Benjamin J. Allen invites the campus community to join him for the 2010 Convocation at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Maucker Union Ballroom with a reception to follow. President Allen will give a State of the University address and the 2010 Board of Regents, State of Iowa Faculty and Staff Excellence Award recipients will be recognized.

STUDENT EVALUATION OF TEACHING SCORES-AVAILABLE ONLINE

Spring 2010 student evaluation of teaching scores are now available online at http://www.ir.uni.edu/dbweb/uniset/index.cfm. Access is restricted by CatID and password. Faculty and staff can see only their own course summaries. For more information, contact Shashi Kaparthi, Office of Institutional Research, at shashi.kaparthi@uni.edu.

LIBERAL ARTS CORE PROPOSAL DEADLINESNEW

In order to expedite its work, the Liberal Arts Core Committee (LACC) adopted new deadlines for submission of liberal arts core course proposals. The committee would like to have proposals nearly a year in advance: for fall semester offerings, Sept. 15 of the previous fall; for spring semester offerings, Feb. 15 of the previous spring; and for summer offerings, Sept. 15 of the previous calendar year. These deadlines have been on the "Liberal Arts Core Course Proposal" form for some time. For more information, contact Betty DeBerg, chair of the LACC, at deberg@uni.edu.

SUPERVISORY MEETING

A Supervisory and Confidential meeting will take place from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, in GIL 025.

ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY CONCERNSNEW

To report a campus environmental safety concern, contact a University Health and Safety Committee representative or committee chair, kathy.green@uni.edu, 3-6921. Committee information is listed at
http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/healthsafety/safety/unisafe.shtml. If a safety issue needs immediate attention, contact Environmental Safety staff, wendel.reece@uni.edu, 3-7269, or gordon.krueger@uni.edu, 3-3445.

 

JOB SHADOWING EVENT

The UNI Educational Talent Search Program (ETS) needs help in providing a job shadowing experience for the students at Waterloo's George Washington Carver Academy. Students will be paired with faculty and staff members working in the students' areas of career interest. This job shadowing experience will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, on campus. Faculty and staff can join their students for lunch (at no charge) if schedules allow.

MAP-WORKS CONTRIBUTES TO NEW STUDENT SUCCESS

Between Sept.13 and Oct. 2, new UNI freshmen are increasing their chances of success by taking a 20-minute MAP-Works® survey. Each student immediately receives an individualized, confidential report that includes valuable feedback, recommendations and information. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/articles-22.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP PROGRAMNEW

The International Friendship Program is seeking family volunteers to participate in a non-residential host family program for international students. Host families connect with international students about once per month for dinner and share American culture and English conversation. There are students from Turkey, China and Saudi Arabia who would like to have a family to visit. For more information, contact Sally Roos at ciepactivities@uni.edu.

STUDENT AFFAIRS VISIT DAY

The UNI Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs master's program, in cooperation with the UNI Division of Student Affairs, will host a visit day for prospective graduate students from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15. The day will include a group session about the admissions and financial aid process, a panel session with faculty, staff and current graduate students, lunch and an optional campus tour of offices in the Student Affairs division. The day is free for anyone interested in the Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs master's program. For more information and registration, contact Mark Rowe-Barth at mark.rowe-barth@uni.edu.

SAVE THE DATE OCT. 8 AND 9

UNI will host a Leaders in Education Lecture Series at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom, featuring Sharon Robinson, president and CEO of American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She will discuss premier teacher and education leader programs. UNI also will host a Research, Development, Demonstration and Dissemination Education Summit Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom, featuring keynote Robinson and speakers from national research and development schools. The purpose of the summit is to discuss transitioning Malcolm Price Laboratory School to an R & D school.

CAMPUS FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES REQUESTED FOR MASTER CALENDAR

The UNI Foundation is compiling the University's Annual Master Fundraising Calendar. Units conducting fundraising or sending mailings, such as newsletters to alumni and friends that include a solicitation for funds, must have their plans documented on the Master Fundraising Calendar. Your participation in this process ensures access to support services provided by the UNI Foundation’s Office of Financial Services and the Office of Alumni Relations, and avoids conflicts with the timing of other solicitations. The Fundraising Activities form is available in UNI's Forms Repository as UNI Foundation Solicitation Checklist or by calling 3-6078. Complete the form and return to the Development Office by Friday, Oct. 1.

UNI IN THE NEWS

An article in The Muscatine Journal references research by Thomas Hockey, earth science.

http://www.muscatinejournal.com/news/opinion/columns/article_66997086-bd29-11df-b001-001cc4c03286.html.

The Des Moines Business Record interviewed Randy Pilkington, Business & Community Services, for a story about a business plan competition for Iowa entrepreneurs. http://www.businessrecord.com/main.asp?SectionID=36&SubSectionID=99&ArticleID=10717.

FALL 2010 PAWSITIVE IMPACT NEWSLETTER FOR FACULTY AND STAFFNEW

The Office of the Registrar has created a newsletter for faculty and staff entitled PAWSitive Impact. This newsletter will be released at the beginning of every semester, and it includes news and announcements such as updates to commencement, grade submission deadlines, the impact of the Federal Textbook Disclosure Law and information regarding Student Information System progress. The fall 2010 PAWSitive Impact Newsletter is available at http://www.uni.edu/registrar/faculty/newsletter/vol-1/issue1.

NEW FEATURE ON OIP WEBSITE

The Office of International Programs website has a new feature, "current visiting scholars." For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/internationalprograms/facultyandstaff/index.html.

ADDITIONAL SIS OVERVIEW SESSIONS

The first few phases of the new Student Information System (SIS) have rolled out. Additional SIS overview sessions have been scheduled for those who were unable to attend the August sessions. Sessions will take place from 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15 and 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Sept. 16, in GIL 009. If you are unable to attend a session, a recorded presentation is available online. Due to limited space, register at www.uni.edu/sis.

FREE LASERJET CARTRIDGES

If you have a use for two HP LaserJet 95A (92295A) toner cartridges contact Betty Bagenstos, mathematics. E-mail Betty.Bagenstos@uni.edu or call 3-2631. For departmental use only. First come, first served.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

T-SHIRT SALE

T-Shirts and related items will be for sale in the second floor SEC Lobby from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, and Wednesday, Sept. 15. Proceeds will benefit the educational and service projects of UNI Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR JEANNE MARSHALL

The Psychology Department will host a reception honoring Jeanne Marshall on her retirement from UNI from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, in BAK 161. For more information, e-mail jan.cornelius@uni.edu.

OUR WORLD IN FOCUS: ARTISTRY IN NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST:

Amateur and professional photographers of all ages are invited to submit photographs featuring artistic images of Iowa nature. Contest details and entry forms can be found at www.uni.edu/museum. Entry deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 1. Our World in Focus is presented by the University Museum.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH MUSIC FESTIVAL

To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, HLSU and the CME will host a music festival, featuring bands and artists, infusing Latin flavor with American rock influences from 6 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, on Maucker Union East Lawn. This event is free, with food and drink provided.

INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FAIR

Learn about study, research and work abroad from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, in the Maucker Union Ballroom; door prizes will be available. Contact UNI Study Abroad or morleyk@uni.edu for more information.

MTA HOSTS FUNDRAISER AT CME

The Multicultural Teaching Association will host a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, at the CME. Several items including books, back to school items, clothes, DVDs, etc., will be on sale at the CME.

NATIONAL RUN AT WORK DAY

Gather your colleagues for healthy fun on Friday, Sept. 17, with a 30-minute walk or run before or after work or during a lunch break. Shower facilities are available in the WRC and Maucker Union. Wellness and Recreation Services will provide free towel service that day; just present your UNI ID card at either the WRC Welcome Desk or the Health Beat in Maucker Union. E-mail wrs@uni.edu after your walk or run for drawings for WRS T-shirts, sweatshirts and visors.

FALL CAREER FAIR:

The Fall Career Fair will take place from 2 to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20, at the McLeod Center. Staff from more than 100 organizations and graduate/professional schools will visit about job and internship opportunities as well as continuing education. Several employers will sign up students for interviews on Tuesday, Sept. 21. All majors, freshman through seniors, graduate students and alumni are welcome.

PERFORMING ARTS

FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: RANDY GRABOWSKI, TRUMPET:

UNI School of Music faculty artist Randy Grabowski will present a trumpet recital with faculty pianist Dmitri Vorobiev, featuring a wide range of compositions written specifically for the trumpet. The recital will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL, and is free and open to the public.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: U.S. ARMY BLUES BAND

The U.S. Army Blues Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. After beginning informally in 1970, The Army Blues became an official part of the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" in 1972. Over the years it has evolved into the premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army. This event is free and open to the public.

DOUBLE BASS WEEKEND

UNI School of Music faculty artist Hunter Capoccioni will coordinate a weekend long double-bass festival including recital performances by guest artist Michael J. Cameron, professor of double bass at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and Mark Urness, professor of music at Lawrence University. Performances will be held at 5:30 p.m. (Cameron) and 8 p.m. (Urness), Saturday, Sept. 18, and master classes will be held Sunday, Sept. 19. For more information, contact Hunter.Capoccioni@uni.edu.

FACULTY AND GUEST ARTIST RECITAL

UNI School of Music faculty artist Robert Washut will present a jazz recital featuring guest artist Mark Urness, bass, as well as jazz faculty artists at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

THE FOUR TOPS & THE TEMPTATIONS

The Temptations were the definitive male vocal group of the '60s. Their pop smash "The Way You Do the Things You Do," was the first in a series of 37 career Top Ten hits, including their signature song, "My Girl," a No. 1 pop and R&B hit. Motown legends The Four Tops spent more than four decades without a single personnel change. Some of their greatest recordings include "Reach Out, I'll Be There," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" and "Baby I Need Your Loving." They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. The Four Tops and The Temptations will perform at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, at the GBPAC. For tickets, call 273-4TIX or visit www.gbpac.org.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

SHOW ME THE MONEY WORKSHOP

The management workshop "Show Me the Money! How to Conduct a Cost/Benefit Analysis" will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 21, in the BCS. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 14. Learn how to determine the priority and the amount of time, money and resources to invest in a project, in relationship to the organization’s strategic goals. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 3-5851 or execdev@uni.edu.

START A BUSINESS I WORKSHOP

Start a Business I Workshop will take place from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, in BCS 33. This course is designed to teach the basics of starting a small business including business structure, taxes and resources. Advance registration required. For more information, e-mail jpec@uni.edu or call 3-5732.

START A BUSINESS II WORKSHOPNEW

The Start a Business II Workshop will be offered from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.,Thursday, Sept. 23, in BCS 33. Learn the components of a business plan and what makes an effective plan. This workshop builds upon information in Start a Business I workshop. Advance registration is required. Pre-requisite: Start a Business I. Register at jpec@uni.edu or 3-5732.

BLENDED LEARNING - THE 21ST CENTURY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

ITS Educational Technology invites faculty and staff to attend sessions of interest during this two-day online conference. Conference sessions are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, in ITTC 134/136. For more information, visit http://net.educause.edu/program/1025666.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

WORDS OF WELLNESS

The September Words of Wellness employee newsletter from Wellness and Recreation Services is posted at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/UNI_employee_wellness/wow/index.html. To receive a printed copy of each issue, or to be removed from the mailing list, contact kathy.green@uni.edu, 3-6921, with your name and UNI ID number.

CAPOEIRA SPORT CLUB

Free Capoeira classes are offered to students and faculty at 9 p.m., every Wednesday, in WRC 176. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that was developed during colonial Brazil by African slaves. Capoeira involves music, dance, kicks, fakes and acrobatics. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/capoeira/home.html

BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILE

The first Blood Chemistry Profile screening of the academic year will be from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the WRC 175. One free BCP per academic year is available to UNI employees who qualify for insurance benefits. With a BCP screening, blood is drawn to test for 23 components including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, blood sugar, iron, etc. Employees who wish to have a prostate test or complete blood count test will pay an extra $10 and/or a thyroid test for $10. Pay by cash, check, or payroll deduction. Students, retirees and spouses may sign up as well for a $20 BCP fee. Call 3-6119 to schedule.

PERSONAL TRAINERS AVAILABLENEW

Let a personal trainer design a program with your specific goals in mind. Trainers are results driven and want you to succeed. Contact Kristy Leen at 3-7167 or kristy.leen@uni.edu or visit http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/personal_training/index.html

EMPLOYMENT

MERIT VACANCIES

Merit vacancies are available for viewing at www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/merit/employee.asp.

JOB OPENINGS AT UNI

The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found at www.uni.edu/resources/employment/

P & S VACANCIES

Vacancies at the P&S level include assistant director/UNItix client services. To view the complete job description, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/employ/ps/index.asp.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

CAMPUS CONNEXUS - A SCHOLARLY NETWORKING EVENT

The Offices of Sponsored Programs and the Provost will host Campus Connexus from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30. Connexus is a way to build professional and scholarly ties in an informal social setting. The registration deadline for Connexus is Thursday, Sept. 16. To learn more or to register, visit http://www.uni.edu/osp/2010-campus-connexus.

ADOBE ACROBAT DEMONSTRATIONS TODAY

The UNI community is invited to attend demonstrations of Adobe Acrobat today, Tuesday, Sept. 14, in StudioIT 1, ITT 134. Transforming Forms and Workflows is from 2 to 3 p.m., and Improving Processes and Achieving Efficiencies is from 3 to 4 p.m. No reservations are necessary.

SPSS SHORT COURSENEW

There will be a free hands-on short course on using SPSS from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, in WRT 110. The class is suitable for beginners. The Department of Mathematics provides assistance to faculty, staff and students through its Statistical Consulting Lab. For assistance or to RSVP, contact Mark Jacobson at 3-7172 or jacobson@cs.uni.edu. For more information, visit www.cs.uni.edu/~jacobson/SCL/.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LEAVE REQUESTS

Supervisors, join Therese Callaghan, UNI employee disability & leave coordinator, from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Oct. 12, in CME-Room 109A for "Identifying Your UNIfied Leave Source." The class helps explain employee leave options; when each leave option is applicable; how HIPPA applies to leave requests; the importance of a Return to Work Program and more. Program details and registration instructions will soon be available at: http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

CME 7 BOOK CLUB

Join the CME's monthly book club for its first meeting at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 16, in the CME's lobby. September's selection is "The Name Partner" by Carlos Cisneros and copies of the book are available for check-out at the CME front desk.

JANE ELLIOTT PRESENTATION

Jane Elliott, internationally known teacher, lecturer and diversity trainer, will visit campus from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in SEC 244. In her presentation, "Anatomy of Prejudice," Elliott will discuss her belief that prejudice is an emotional commitment to ignorance and the answer to ignorance is education. The presentation is open to the public and seating is first-come, first-served.

PANTHER SPEAKERS

The UNI Panther Speakers webinar series will launch at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 15, featuring David Surdam, economics, "Ten Things You Need to Know About the Economy." The webinar is free and available to anyone. To register, visit www.uni.edu/pantherspeakers.

JUDGING THE REALITY OF UNIVERSITY FINANCES: HOW YOUR UNIVERSITY WORKS

Howard Bunsis, a professor of accounting at Eastern Michigan University, who specializes in analyzing university finances, will speak about the financial realities at UNI at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, SEC 244/245. Sponsored by United Faculty/AAUP.

SAMUEL BETANCES IS COMING TO UNI

Samuel Betances, a biracial, bi-cultural and bilingual citizen of the world and diversity education expert, will speak on racial and ethnic minority success at 3:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20, in the Maucker Union Ballroom.

POLITICS OF GAY MARRIAGENEW

Continue the LGBT Dialogue and Reflection around Civility with a panel discussion on "The Politics of Gay Marriage," from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. For more information, visit http://www.gbpac.com/learn/standing-on-higher-ground.

PUBLIC OPINION AND NOMINATIONS TO U.S. SUPREME COURTNEW

James L. Gibson, the Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government at Washington University in St. Louis, will give a presentation at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, in SRL 115 titled "The American Mass Public and the U.S. Supreme Court: The Sotomayor and Kagan Nominations." Gibson has conducted extensive research on the relationship between the U.S. Supreme Court and public opinion which has recently found that confirmation battles can potentially damage existing broad levels of public support for the Court as an institution.

OPTIMAL SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTS FOR LGBT STUDENTS

Continue the LGBT Dialogue and Reflection around Civility with a panel discussion: "Safety and Learning: Optimal School Environments for LGBT Students from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27, at the CME. Moderated by Nick Pace, a panel of educators and students will share experiences and suggestions on how we can collaboratively ensure optimal learning environments for GLBT students. For more information, visit http://www.gbpac.com/learn/standing-on-higher-ground.

DINING SPECIALS

PREXY'S HAS NEW LUNCH FEATURES

Wasabi will have weekly features from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays. Coming up this month: Sept. 9, potato bar; Sept. 15, Sushi; and Sept. 16, pasta bar. For more on retail promotions, visit www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening or check us out on Facebook.

NATIONAL APPLE MONTH

Prexy's and Chats will feature apple items for a limited time. Enjoy apple cider at Chats and a variety of fresh apples at Prexy's, all from Apple Cart Orchard in Vinton. The week of Sept. 13 Prexy's will also offer apple tarts. For more on retail promotions, visit www.uni.edu/dor What's Happening or search for DOR on Facebook.

EXHIBITIONS AND FILMS

ALUMNI ART EXHIBITIONNEW

An invitational art exhibition, "Never Chaste," is an exhibit through Sept. 19. This is the first in a yearlong series of events featuring UNI Department of Art alumni titled "Time is Ripe." Exhibition participants include Jensen Barnes (B.F.A. '03); Thaddeus Erdahl (B.A. and B.F.A. '04); Gerard Huber (B.A. '71); Gary Kelley (B.A. '68); Ken Rowe (B.F.A. '92); and Libby Rowe (B.F.A. '93). Artist Gary Kelley will lecture at 7 p.m.,Wednesday, Sept. 15, in the Kamerick Art Building Auditorium.

ATHLETICS

PANTHER ATHLETICS
Men's basketball hosts Bradley at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 9, in the McLeod Center.
Women's basketball hosts Missouri State at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, and  Wichita State at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8. Both games are in the McLeod Center.
Correction: Wrestling hosts the NWCA National Duals tournament on Saturday, Jan. 8, and Sunday, Jan. 9, in the UNI-Dome. Action begins at 9 a.m. both days.