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Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010

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NEWS

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 DEADLINES

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY CONCERNS

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.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP PROGRAM

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.

FALL 2010 PAWSITIVE IMPACT NEWSLETTER FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

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.

NAMING THE NEW MERGED COLLEGE

The College Merger Steering Committee will hold an open forum on naming the new CHFA-CNS merged college from 4 to 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, in the Elm Room in Maucker Union. Results of the ballot, currently on My Universe, will be made public. The steering committee wants to hear arguments for or against the top vote getters. All CHFA and CNS faculty and staff are encouraged to vote and to attend the public forum.

 

UNI COMMUNITY VISIT DAYS

UNI is planning three Community Visit Days for President Allen and university administrators. Communities include: Quad Cities, Sept. 23; Sioux City, Oct. 14; and West Des Moines, Nov. 16. Activities include school visits, meetings with business and education leaders, legislators and donors. For more information, contact Stacey Christensen, 3-3170.

SUPERVISORY & CONFIDENTIAL COUNCIL MEETING

A Supervisory and Confidential Council meeting is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, in GIL 025.

BUDGET MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ALLEN

Since the beginning of fiscal 2009, on the heels of a national economic crisis, managing the university’s General Education Fund operating budget has required all of us to work together to overcome numerous hurdles. These economic challenges are likely to follow us through the current year and well into fiscal 2012.

To read the president's entire message, visit http://www.uni.edu/president/fall-2010-budget-update.

2010-2011 DIRECTORY OF REFERRAL RESOURCES

The Office of Academic Advising has updated the online 2010-11 Directory of Referral Resources at http://www.uni.edu/advising/sites/default/files/referral.pdf. This document is designed to facilitate professional contacts with other departments and university staff as well as assist in making appropriate referrals.

FACULTY and STAFF WITH LOBBYING CONTACTS

Lobbying activity from July 1 to Sept. 30, must be reported by Monday, Sept. 27 at http://www.ir.uni.edu/dbweb/govrel/. In compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and the Honest and Open Government Act of 2007, UNI files quarterly reports on specific lobbying issues and the expenses incurred in lobbying. The university's policy on Federal and State Lobbying and Political Activity is at http://www.uni.edu/president/policies/1009.shtml. Reports must be filed each quarter. If there is nothing to report for a particular quarter, note that in the "comments" section. Contact Pat Geadelmann at 3-6144 with questions.

 

BOB DYLAN TICKETS GO ON SALE THURSDAY

Bob Dylan and his Band will be in concert at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24, at the McLeod Center. Certain groups, including Panther Scholarship Club members, Friends of the Gallagher-Bluedorn, UNI Alumni Association members and UNI students, will have the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public, beginning at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 23. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 27.. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/newsroom/stories/bob-dylan-coming-to-uni.

2011 UNI SYMPOSIUM ON RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIP AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY

Learn about research and creative activities of UNI faculty and staff from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11; engage with your colleagues throughout campus; develop collaborative relationships; and examine current issues in higher education. Watch for registration materials in November. For questions regarding the conference, contact anita.gordon@uni.edu.

SMOKING PROHIBITED ON CAMPUS

The University Health and Safety Committee would like to remind all faculty, staff and students that according to Iowa's Smokefree Air Act and UNI policy 8.10 "Smoking is prohibited on university owned or leased property including grounds, parking lots, athletic fields, recreation fields, tennis courts and any other outdoor area, including any vehicle located on the university's property."

FIRE ALARMSNEW

The Environmental Health and Safety Department in conjunction with the University Health and Safety Committee reminds all faculty, staff and students that according to state law and UNI policy 7.04 "Students, faculty and staff must evacuate a building when the fire alarm sounds using the nearest exit or the exit farthest from the fire or smoke and not re-enter a building until authorized by Public Safety staff."

'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.

UNI IN THE NEWS

UNI and MyEntre.Net are mentioned in this guest opinion piece from the Des Moines Register.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/201009170405/OPINION03/9170317.

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES NEWSLETTER

Student Disability Services has posted the September 2010 newsletter at www.uni.edu/sds.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS TO READ MYUNIVERSE NEWSNEW
PREPARING FOR THE HLC TEAM: REFLECTION QUESTION FOR THIS WEEKNEW

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?

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

SPSS SHORT COURSE

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.

MAP-WORKS IS TOOL FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

Approximately 55 UNI faculty/staff are utilizing the MAP-Works® system to help freshmen succeed during their first year on campus. Students take a survey, immediately after which they receive a personalized report,focused on positive actions they can take in their academic and personal lives. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/articles-22.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

POLITICS OF GAY MARRIAGE

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 COURT

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.

SPEAKER ON GLOBAL WATER ISSUES

The Wilson Series in Business Ethics will host “Water, Water, Everywhere…????” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in SEC 246. Mark Hays, Senior Researcher for Corporate Accountability International, will speak on the importance of global water issues, especially the negative social and environmental effects of the bottled water industry.

DOES YOUR VOTE COUNT?

To celebrate Constitution Day, American Democracy Project/Provost's Office are hosting two speakers from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Lang Hall Auditorium, with a reception to follow. Topics are "Does Your Vote Count?" with Kirk Lund from Citizens for Election Integrity, and "Redistricting the Iowa Way: A Nonpartisan Approach" with Ed Cook, Iowa Legislative Services Agency. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/adp. Free and open to the public.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITES INTRODUCTION

Lauren Finke, executive director, Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, will discuss volunteer opportunities available and how to become involved, from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, in the Old Gold Room, Maucker Union. For more information, contact the American Democracy Project at 3-6898.

LEARN ABOUT RESTORATION OF CEDAR BEND SAVANNANEW

UNI grad student Mary Cox will discuss her efforts to restore Black Hawk County Conservation Board's Cedar Bend Savanna (CBS), a 55 acre degraded sand savanna in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She will discuss her initial planning process, on-site activities (test plots, photo monitoring, biological survey, etc.) and her hope for continued restoration of CBS. The seminar will be at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center, located at 2412 W. 27 St. Cedar Falls, 1/4 mile west of the McLeod Center. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, 3-3828 or e-mail rwelch@uni.edu.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

START A BUSINESS II WORKSHOP

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.

POWER OF THE PURSE IV: CHOICES SEMINAR

Power of the Purse IV, a day long financial seminar for women, will be Sept. 28. Keynote speaker, Joyce Morrow, of UNI Financial Services, will present "What Happened to the Public in Public University?" All new topics for breakout sessions will be presented by experts in their field. To register online, visit https://www.adv.uni.edu/alumassoc/events/eventform.aspx?EventKey=374&Event=Al%20Pow0910&Type=FND

MAXIMIZE YOUR COGNITIVE CAPACITY WORKSHOP

The management workshop "Maximize Your Cognitive Capacity" will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, in the BCS. The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 23. Workshop participants will explore techniques to improve memory, attention and creativity.The cost to UNI employees is $247.50. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 3-5851 or execdev@uni.edu, or visit http://www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev/ContentPage.aspx?id=52.

HOW TO SUPPORT EMPLOYEES AFTER A BUSINESS RESTRUCTURINGNEW

The management workshop "Who’s Next? How to Support Employees after a Business Restructuring," will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 5, in the BCS. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Workshop participants will examine the aftermath of a company downsizing or restructuring and outline reinforcements that will aid the surviving employees through tough, challenging times. Jim Hogan, human resources consultant, will facilitate the workshop. The cost to UNI employees is $247.50. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 3-5851 or execdev@uni.edu, or visit http://www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev/ContentPage.aspx?id=48.

WATER TESTING CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP

RRTTC is hosting a two-night Water Testing Certification Workshop presented by IOWATER from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11 and Tuesday, Oct. 12, in CEEE 113. The fee is $20 per person which includes certification and one water testing kit. The group rate fee of $30 includes certification for up to five people and one water testing kit to share. Participants must attend both nights to be certified. For more information and to register for this event visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e30z30vgb333311d&llr=o5e7oecab.

DINING SPECIALS

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.

SPECIAL EVENT MEAL

The Piazza is having a county fair from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27. Featured will be foods such as BBQ pork sandwiches, hickory burgers, corn on the cob, corn dogs, funnel cakes, caramel apples, fruit kabobs and more. There will be games to enjoy as well as the food.

SPECIAL EVENTS

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.

CONSTITUTION JEOPARDY EVENT

As part of Constitution Day, a Constitution Jeopardy Game will be played from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the Hemisphere Lounge in Maucker Union. Prizes will be awarded. Sponsored by the UNI American Democracy Project/Provost's Office.

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.

PERFORMING ARTS

ALL-STATE WIND, BRASS AND PERCUSSION WORKSHOPS

The UNI School of Music presents its annual hands-on workshops for high school student instrumentalists preparing for All-State competition at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26, in RSL and the GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public, but does require registration. To register, visit www.uni.edu/music or call 3-2025.

AN EVENING IN PARIS! 29TH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT CONCERT

The 29th Annual Scholarship Benefit concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. The concert will feature music by the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the UNI Opera Ensemble, Jazz Band One, faculty artists Dmitri Vorobiev, piano; Polina Khatsko, piano; and Yu-Ting Su, horn; as well as the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony with combined choral ensembles. Proceeds from the concert are used for scholarships for current School of Music students. For tickets, call 3-4TIX.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: MIKHAIL VOROTNOY, PIANONEW

Visiting artist Mikhail Vorotnoy will present a piano recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. Vorotnoy is a highly respected pianist who has performed at the St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music, as well as other international venues. This event is free and open to the public.

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL

The hilarious MGM film is Broadway's new smash hit musical, and now "Legally Blonde the Musical" is coming to UNI. "Legally Blonde" follows sorority star Elle Woods, whose boyfriend dumps her for someone more "serious." Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. "Legally Blonde" will be performed at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10, at the GBPAC. For tickets call 3-4TIX (4848), go online at www.gbpac.org or visit any UNItix outlet.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

UNI CYCLING CLUB INFORMATIONAL MEETING

The newly formed UNI Cycling Club is open to all students, faculty and staff with all abilities and riding styles. An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, in the State College Room, Maucker Union. For more information, contact Nick at maddixn@uni.edu, or visit www.uni-cycling.org.

PERSONAL TRAINERS AVAILABLE

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

P & S VACANCIESNEW

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.

MERIT VACANCIES

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

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.