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Tuesday, Sep 28, 2010

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NEWS

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 ALARMS

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."

JUDGES NEEDED FOR SPEECH AND DEBATE TOURNAMENT

The UNI Forensics team will host the William Brindley Invitational Oct. 1 through 2. Judges are needed in five different competitive events (speech, policy debate, Lincoln Douglas debate, public forum, student congress). If you have competitive experience in any of these areas or a performance background, your assistance would be appreciated. Rounds start at 4 p.m., Friday and at 8 a.m., Saturday, on the UNI campus. If interested in judging for part, or all of the tournament, contact Kate Lavelle, at katherine.lavelle@uni.edu or 3-7200.

 

PARLIAMENTARIAN NEEDED

The Faculty Senate is seeking a parliamentarian. Applicants must attend senate sessions from 3:15 to 5 p.m., on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Contact the chair of the Senate, Susan Wurtz at susan.wurtz@uni.edu or 3-2166, to apply or for more information, including the honorarium.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers are needed to participate in the Heart of Darkness Haunted House, at 6 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays, in October. Make-up and costumes are provided. Volunteers age 16 and older are welcome. For more information, contact the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley at volunteerUNI@vccv.org.

MEET THE PRESIDENTNEW

Professional and Scientific Council invite all P & S members to the 2010 Meet the President from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, in the University Room, Maucker Union. The program includes President Allen, Regents Staff Excellence Award winners, university traditions and desserts.

DEAN CLIFFORD MCCOLLUM RECEPTION/COMMEMORATIONNEW

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 was the founding dean of the College of Natural Sciences. He died May 4. 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.

LAC WORKSHOP COMMENTSNEW

Comments from both sessions of the Aug. 19 Fall Faculty Workshop on the Liberal Arts Core are now available at http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/lac_review.shtml. For more information, contact co-chair Susan Hill, susan.hill@uni.edu.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENTS TO MEET AT UNI SEPT. 30NEW

The presidents of Iowa's 15 community colleges will meet at UNI Thursday, Sept. 30. This is the second time the leaders of Iowa's community colleges have gathered at UNI to discuss issues and opportunities facing higher education. In addition to the meeting, Mark Grey will present on Iowan's changing demographic landscape, and five of the colleges will sign the Admissions Partnership Program agreement at 1:15, in the Great Reading Room. This agreement streamlines the admissions process for students transferring from the community colleges to UNI.

LIBRARY SURVEY OF STUDENT TECHNOLOGY INTERESTSNEW

Speak up on how student technology fees are used. Rod Library will conduct its annual survey of student technology interests now through Wednesday, Oct. 6. The survey is online at www.uni.edu/library/stfsurvey/ and in paper form in the library.

LIBRARY SURVEY OF STUDENT TECHNOLOGY INTERESTSNEW

Speak up on how student technology fees are used. Rod Library will conduct its annual survey of student technology interests now through Wednesday, Oct. 6. The survey is online at www.uni.edu/library/stfsurvey/ and in paper form in the library.

UNI IN THE NEWSNEW

Stephen Gaies, director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, was interviewed on Iowa Public Radio's The Exchange. http://iowapublicradio.org/audio/theExchange/te100924.mp3?start%3D00%3A00%3A00.000%26end%3D00%3A46%3A00.000

 

President Allen and provost Gibson visited with the editorial board at the Quad Cities Times last week.

http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_35e3260a-c862-11df-bd4a-001cc4c03286.html

MAP-WORKS IS TOOL FOR STUDENT SUCCESSNEW

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.

A&F NEWS AND VIEWS SEPT. 2010NEW

The September 2010 edition of A&F News and View is available at http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/vpaf/documents/afnews0910.pdf. This newsletter has news and information about staff, their accomplishments and department activities in the Administration and Financial Services division.

FREE TONER CARTRIDGESNEW

Two unopened HP toner cartridges ( 98A and a 98X) are free for departmental use. If interested, call 3-7653.

TELL YOUR STUDENTS TO READ MYUNIVERSE NEWS
PREPARING FOR THE HLC TEAM: REFLECTION QUESTION FOR THIS WEEK

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?

SPECIAL EVENTS

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.

HARKIN INTERN ON CAMPUS

Caitlin Staebell, intern coordinator for the Office of Senator Tom Harkin in Washington, D.C., will visit campus Tuesday, Sept. 28. She will be available to meet with interested students from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Student Involvement/Activities Conference Room, Maucker Union. For more information, contact the Office of Governmental Relations at 3-6144.

OCTOBERFESTNEW

The College Hill Partnership will host an Octoberfest event as part of Family Weekend, from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, at Dry Run Creek Plaza (corner of 20th and College streets). Traditional Octoberfest music will be provided and food and beverages available for purchase.

SAE BLOOD DRIVENEW

SAE Fraternity with the Red Cross will host a blood drive in the Maucker Union Ballrooms between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5. Walk-ins are welcome. You may sign-up for an appointment at an information table across from Chats from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this Wednesday or Friday, or online at www.redcrossblood.org/. Enter sponsor code 740.

HOMECOMING 5K RUN/WALKNEW

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 postmarked 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.

A DAY IN THE PARK WITH ALPHA XI DELTANEW

Alpha Xi Delta is hosting a Day in the Park from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, at Seerley Park in Cedar Falls. There will be a Puzzlepalooza, which is a puzzle building tournament for teams of one to four people. The cost for a team is $20. There will be food, games, music, a pony from Aspire and fun for all ages to enjoy. This event is open to the public. Help support Autism Speaks.

THANKSGIVING BACKPACKING TRIP NOV. 20-28NEW

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.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

LEARN ABOUT RESTORATION OF CEDAR BEND SAVANNA

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.

HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBINARS

UNI and the College of Education are launching a new professional webinar series, "Hot Topics in Education: Professional Development Webinars," for educators. These free, one-hour webinars taught by faculty and staff will be offered once a month, September through May. The first webinar will be at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, featuring "Iowa Core and 21st Century Skills," presented by Nadene Davidson, UNI Department of Teaching. For more information or to register for a webinar, visit
http://www.uni.edu/coe/about/coe-professional-development-webinars or contact Mary Herring, at 3-2719.

 

THE N.Y.C. MOSQUE PLAN: FACTS AND FICTIONS

Mohammed Fahmy, industrial technology, will present and lead a discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at University Book and Supply as part of the News Talk series organized by UNI American Democracy Project/Provost's Office and UBS.

CROW FORUM

A CROW Forum will take place at noon, Monday, Oct. 4, in the CME 109A. Mary Losch, Center for Social and Behavioral Research, will present "Iowa Initiative Research Program: Addressing Unintended Pregnancy in Iowa." The Women's and Gender Studies Program sponsors the Current Research on Women Forum Series. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to gather for informal presentation and discussion. Bring your lunch.

PERFORMING ARTS

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: MIKHAIL VOROTNOY, PIANO

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.

ALL-STATE STRINGS WORKSHOP

The UNI School of Music presents its annual hands-on workshops for high school student string players preparing for all-state competition. The workshop will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, in Davis and Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public, but does require registration. For more information, contact Susan.Grover@uni.edu.

DANCE COMPANIES TO PERFORM FOR FAMILY WEEKEND

UNI's dance companies, Orchesis and International Dance Theatre, will perform fall concerts at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct, 3, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. Admission is free and open to all. Featured will be a work by Orchesis' new director Jason Schadt as well as "Thriller," choreographed by current U.S. Ballroom Dance Champions. Contact Daniel Wells at 273-3560 or daniel.wells@uni.edu for more information.

UNI SCHOOL OF MUSIC VOCAL ARTS FESTIVAL

The UNI School of Music will present its annual Vocal Arts Festival for high school student vocalists preparing for all-state competition and interested in vocal music at UNI on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 3 through 4, in the GBPAC. This event does require registration. For more information, contact Dyan.Meyer@uni.edu.

UNI SCHOOL OF MUSIC PIANO AND ORGAN FESTIVAL

The UNI School of Music Piano and Organ Festival will be held at noon, Monday, Oct. 4, in Graham Hall and Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This festival will feature hands-on studies in piano and organ. This event requires registration. For more information, contact Robin.Guy@uni.edu.

JAZZ COMBOSNEW

UNI jazz combos, coordinated by Chris Merz and graduate assistant directors, will offer a concert featuring jazz standards and new arrangements at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Bengtson Auditorium, RSL. This event is free and open to the public.

CLARINET RECITALNEW

Faculty artist and educator Amanda McCandless will offer a recital on clarinet with Dmitri Vorobiev, piano, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Davis Hall, GBPAC. The concert will feature works for clarinet by female composers. This event is free and open to the public.

STRAYER-WOOD THEATRE TICKES NOW ON SALENEW

Tickets are on sale for the Strayer-Wood Theatre's comedy "She Stoops to Conquer." Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 14 through 16 and 21 through 23, and 2 p.m., Oct. 17 and 24. Ticket prices are adults, $16; non-UNI students, $13; and youth, $10. This is a u-Card free event for UNI Students. Call the Box Office at 3-6381 for more information.

UNI SYMPHONIC BAND AND JAZZ PANTHERSNEW

The Symphonic Band, conducted by S. Daniel Galyen, will offer a shared concert with the UNI Jazz Panthers, directed by Robert Washut, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Great Hall, GBPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

HOW TO SUPPORT EMPLOYEES AFTER A BUSINESS RESTRUCTURING

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.

LEARN TO BLEND ONLINE AND TRADITIONAL TEACHING

How to blend the best of online and traditional teaching will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the State College Room, Maucker Union. Led by Otto Maclin and Kim Maclin, UNI Psychology Department, will discuss how to use a blog to enhance teaching and produce more informed and engaged citizens. Free and open to public. For more information, contact the American Democracy Project at 3-6898, or ADP-UNI@UNI.edu.

IDENTIFYING YOUR STRENGTHS

A workshop will be held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, in SEC 323, led by Vickie Robinson, educational leadership. Complete StrengthsFinder Inventory (online or in book by that name) and bring results to workshop. For more information, contact Gerri Perreault, Leadership Studies, 3-6898 or YLA@UNI.edu.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

FLEXIBLE SPENDING - VENDOR NAME CHANGE

UNI's flexible spending administrator, R.D. Drenkow & Co., has changed its name to Advantage Administrators. Nothing has changed except the name. Visit www.advantageadmin.com for reimbursement claim forms and to access your online flexible spending account.

TIAA CREF COUNSELING AVAILABLE

A TIAA CREF representative will be on campus conducting one-on-one counseling sessions Sept. 29 and Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28. Questions that a TIAA CREF representative can help with are: 1) Is my investment mix appropriate? 2) Am I saving enough to maintain my lifestyle in retirement? 3) How do I use my funds for income in retirement? To sign up for these complimentary meetings, visit www.tiaa-cref.org/moc or call (toll free) 866-842-2977.

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.

NEW GRANTS DATABASENEW

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.

ATHLETICS

SOCCERNEW

Soccer hosts Western Illinois at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29. The Panthers host Creighton at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2. UNI hosts South Dakota at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3. All matches are at the CVYSA Complex on Ridgeway Avenue in Waterloo.

VOLLEYBALLNEW

Volleyball hosts Evansville at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1. The Panthers host Southern Illinois at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2. Both matches are in the McLeod Center.

FOOTBALLNEW

UNI football hosts South Dakota State at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, in the UNI-Dome. Fans are encouraged to wear gold.

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.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

SEASONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION CLINICSNEW

The Student Health Clinic will offer seasonal influenza vaccinations for students, faculty and staff. The 2,500 student vaccinations will be free of charge. The vaccines are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The remaining 500 influenza vaccines will be made available for faculty and staff at the cost of $25. The Student Health Clinic will file a health insurance claim on your behalf, and the remainder will be payroll deducted. Payment can also be made with cash or check. Bring your university ID with you to the clinic. For a schedule of vaccination clinics, visit http://www.uni.edu/health/.

NEED HELP TO QUIT SMOKING?NEW

Are you a smoker or chewer who wants to quit? Have you tried and failed in the past? Brief or on-going consultation and support services are available through Wellness and Recreation Services. Contact Kathy.Green@uni.edu, 3-6921.

DINING SPECIALS

BISCOTTI'S HOT LUNCH SPECIALSNEW

Biscotti's Hot Lunch Specials are from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday specials rotate baked potato bar, macaroni and cheese and Panther chili bar; Wednesdays, walking tacos; and Thursdays, chicken enchilada soup.

EMPLOYMENT

P & S VACANCIES

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.

JOB OPENINGS AT UNI

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

MERIT VACANCIES

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