Inside UNI Faculty/Staff Announcements Archive

Visit the UNI Online archives for information published prior to January 2013.
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013
Free depression screening

Interested in learning more about depression? Free screenings will be available at 11 a.m. and 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the UNI Counseling Center. Students, faculty and staff are welcome; no registration is required. Call 273-2676 with questions or email

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013
Cyber Security Awareness Month

IT security has expanded the previous offering of an eLearning course devoted to Cyber Security Awareness. This course is now available to all faculty, staff and students. Details are available on the ITS website.

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
Correction: required credit card compliance training

This training is for UNI staff who accept, process, or handle credit cards for payment to UNI – it is not for procurement card processing. Information published last week did not include the exclusion regarding procurement cards. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this has caused. If you have questions, please contact Christina Geweke at 273-7505.

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
T2 PAL to host birthday celebration

Technology and Teachers: Promoting Accessible Learning (T2 PAL) will celebrate its first birthday from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, in 147 SEC. Enjoy refreshments, meet staff and learn about T2 PAL resources and activities. T2 PAL provides informative presentations and professional development on universal design for learning and assistive technology in K through12 education. For more information, contact or 273-2569.

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
Common read nominations sought for 2014-15

The UNI community is beginning the selection process for the common read for the 2014-15 academic year. The book must relate to the theme "Media & Social Media" and will be used in the curriculum for the First-Year Cornerstone class, provide inspiration for a Strayer-Wood Theatre production and bring together the campus and community in discussion around critical issues. Please consider recommending a book for this campus-wide project. Submit nominations online by noon, Tuesday, Oct. 1. If interested in serving on the selection committee, contact April Chatham-Carpenter.

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013

RAINN Day (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is an annual campaign to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses. "The Line," a short film that documents real-life stories of victims of sexual assault, will be shown at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, in 115 SRL. A panel discussion will follow.

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
Redeker Center grand re-opening

The Redeker Center grand re-opening and Panther Village Phase II dedication will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9. The program will be in Piazza Dining Center at 2:05 p.m.; refreshments at Panther Village lobby and tours of the new dining and apartment spaces will follow the program.

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
Faculty and staff with lobbying contacts

Lobbying activity from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2013 must be reported. 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 posted online. Reports must be filed each quarter. If there is nothing to report for a particular quarter, note that in the "comments" section. For more information, contact Pat Geadelmann at 273-6144. Please complete by Friday, Oct. 4.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Required credit card compliance training

Everyone who accepts, processes or handles credit card information as a form of payment on behalf of the university must attend UNI Credit Card Compliance training annually. The compliance training will be offered online via eLearning. The training takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Training must be completed by Sept. 27. For more information, contact Christina Geweke or 273-7505.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Small Group Instructional Diagnosis

Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID) is a simple method of mid-semester classroom evaluation that uses a trained facilitator to conduct a structured discussion with students. If you are interested in having a SGID done in one of your classes, please contact Susan Hill. Note: SGIDs are used to enhance teaching effectiveness and are not official student assessments as designated by Section 3.2 of the Master Agreement.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Thinking About Graduate School (TAGS), Sept. 25

Thinking About Graduate School (TAGS) is from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., Sept. 25, in the Ballroom, MAU. TAGS includes the presentation "The Ins and Outs of Applying to Graduate School," a graduate faculty panel and a UNI Graduate Programs Fair.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Summer Fellowship 2014 applications available

The application cover sheet and instructions to apply for a Summer Fellowship for 2014 are available online. The application deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25. Summer Fellowship awards are competitive and recipients are selected by a faculty committee. Tenure-track and tenured faculty on a full-time appointment at the time of application may apply.  For more information, call Shoshanna Coon at 273-2748.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Social Security and retirement planning

Decisions employees make today can have a tremendous bearing on the total amount of benefits they will receive during their lifetime. A presentation designed to educate and provide insight on Social Security will be from 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, in 009 GIL. Register online. For more information, view the poster.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Using improv techniques to improve teaching

A session on Using Improv Techniques to Improve Teaching will be led by Doug Shaw, mathematics and member of the Half-Masted Improv Troupe, at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, in the CME. This fun session will introduce you to improv techniques and help you to teach "in the moment." Registration is required.

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013
Healthiest State Walk

UNI students, faculty and staff will join thousands of Iowans in a commitment to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016 by participating in the Healthiest State Walk on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Register for the 10 a.m. Maucker Union walk, the 11:30 a.m. Maucker Union walk, the noon McLeod Center walk or the 3 p.m. WRC walk. For more information, contact Human Resource Services at 273-2422. 

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
ISSO presentations for departments

The International Students and Scholars Office would like to explain the services it provides to students, faculty and staff, and advise about responding to the needs of international students and scholars. These presentations are informal, lasting 15 to 30 minutes, followed by Q&A. To book a presentation at your departmental meeting, email Nadia Korobova.

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
Supreme Court panel discussion

Last year the U.S. Supreme Court made major decisions on same-sex marriage, voting rights, affirmative action and other issues. This year, the court will consider cases on campaign finance reform and abortion. As the court begins its 2013 term, John Johnson, history, and Allison Martens and Scott Peters, political science, will explain those decisions, consider what's to come and take questions from the audience at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, in 002 SAB.

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
A Fulbright's experiences in Tunisia

The Office of International Programs will host a visiting Fulbright Ambassador Thursday, Sept. 26. She will share her experiences in Tunisia from noon to 1 p.m., in 109 CME. A Q&A session will follow the presentation; refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
Using 'Turn It In' as a teaching and grading tool

Jason Vetter, educational technology, and Susan Hill, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), will discuss how can help you teach more efficiently from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept 24, in 138 ITTC. 

Friday, Sep 13, 2013
International Opportunities Fair

The 2013 International Opportunities Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Ballroom, MAU. Learn about study abroad opportunities, financial aid, scholarship, credit transfer, international travel and more. You can also renew an old passport or order a new one. Fee is $110. 

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
Correction: MAP-Works workshop options

If you teach or advise first-year students and would like access to MAP-Works, sign up for an instructional workshop online. Options are at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 18; at 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19; or at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 20.

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
Reminder to RSVP for installation

Faculty and staff who have earned a master's degree or higher are invited to march in the installation procession wearing academic apparel appropriate for their highest degree. If you need to rent apparel, you may do so free of charge through University Book & Supply. Email Sue Sonnenberg ( at UBS by Wednesday, Sept. 18. Faculty and staff who are marching, regardless of robe needs, still need to RSVP for the event. Your RSVP information is what will be used in the program.

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
Ethics in Organizations Symposium

UNI will co-sponsor a symposium on Oct. 18, focused on ethical issues in academic, business and nonprofit organizations. UNI President Bill Ruud will be the keynote speaker, followed by faculty and community presenters. Registration is required.

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
UNI to host Military and Veterans State conference

UNI will host the annual Military and Veterans State Conference Monday, Sept. 23. The keynote presentation will be given by Meredith Kleykamp, University of Maryland professor of sociology. Breakout sessions will focus on the unique aspects of military and family culture, how colleges and universities can help military members succeed, and tools to help overcome the challenges of transitioning back into civilian life. The conference is free for UNI faculty, staff and full-time students; register online. For more information, contact

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
Free flu shots

UNI Employee Wellness is offering free flu shots for all faculty and staff. Select a clinic date and location that is convenient for you; no appointment is needed. The vaccine is available while supplies last. Questions can be directed to

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
MAP-Works instructional workshops

MAP-Works is an early intervention system for UNI first-year students, which supports student success and retention. MAP-Works allows faculty and staff to identify students who are struggling during the transition to college, and get them connected to resources early in the semester. If you teach or advise first-year students and would like access to MAP-Works, attend a 60-minute workshop in ITTC 136: Wednesday, Sept. 18, at noon.; Thursday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m.; or Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. Sign up online

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013
Reaching for Higher Ground: Food Matters

The 2013-14 Reaching for Higher Ground project theme is "Food Matters." Please visit the website to learn more about the project and view a list of events. The Reaching for Higher Ground project aims to build a stronger campus community, one more accepting of people of different viewpoints and backgrounds.

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013
Payroll self service direct deposit is available

Employees can set up, or make changes to, their payroll direct-deposit information. Faculty and staff should make changes at least five business days before payday, and students three business days, for it to be effective for that pay date. Instructions are available in the Employee Self Service section of Quick Reference Guides and under How Do I... on the OBO/Payroll website. For more information, contact Sherri Baldwin or 273-2656.

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013
Free biometric health screening

UNI Employee Wellness will offer a free Biometric Health Screening to all employees from 7 to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Sept. 27, in 007 GIL. All employees who attend will be entered into a drawing for a 60-minute Jiva massage. Call Human Resource Services at 273-2423 to schedule an appointment by Sept. 20.

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013
Open forum for Alumni Relations director candidates

The two remaining candidates for the position of director of Alumni Relations will participate in open forums in Maucker Union. Presentations will be from 12:40 to 1:30 p.m., Sept. 12, in the Presidential Room and 1 to 1:50 p.m., Sept. 16, in the Elm Room. Resumes for each candidate will be posted online two days prior to the presentation.

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013
BOR to meet on campus

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet Sept. 10 and 11, in the Old Central Ballroom, MAU. The agenda is posted online.

Monday, Sep 9, 2013
Texting in class: does it result in lower grades?

How many faculty have said "Put your cellphones away, please!" Anecdotal evidence suggests that students who text during class may earn lower grades. Dennis Clayson, marketing, will analyze and discuss his research on the effects of texting and multitasking on student learning from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, in 319 CBB. 

Friday, Sep 6, 2013
Panther Plot Harvest Festival

The Panther Plot, the on-campus student vegetable garden, invites all students, staff, faculty and community members to a sampling of local foods, music and garden tours from 4 to 6 p.m., Sept. 12, at the corner of University Avenue and College Street.  

Thursday, Sep 5, 2013
Scott Ketelsen named director of University Relations

Scott Ketelsen has been named director of University Relations. Ketelsen is currently director for Marketing and Media Production at the University of Iowa. He is a 1982 graduate of UNI and a strong Panther supporter. Ketelsen will oversee university communications and marketing efforts to continue to support overall enrollment goals and the university's strategic plan. He will assume his new duties on Sept. 16.

Thursday, Sep 5, 2013
Services for faculty/staff traveling on university business

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) can assist UNI faculty and staff traveling abroad on university business with securing visas. There is no charge for this service, but travelers will be responsible for fees charged by consulates, shipping costs and agent fees (if needed). For more information, visit the ISSO website or email Ross Schupbach

Thursday, Sep 5, 2013
Campus Connexus 2013

The fifth annual Campus Connexus will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, i the Commons Slife Ballroom. This is a fun opportunity for faculty and professional staff to make scholarly connections across campus. Participate in short paired conversations and consult with experts in various areas. Registration is required by Sept. 10.

Thursday, Sep 5, 2013
Saturday Panther Open Houses

Register your academic department for the fall browsing fairs and Saturday Panther Open Houses on Sept. 28, Oct. 19 and Nov. 9. Register online by clicking on the links at the bottom of the website. For more information, contact Jenny Connolly at 273-2281.

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013
September Health and Wellness newsletters

September issues of Student Health 101 (SH101) and the WRS E-Newsletter are posted online. SH101 is a national publication focusing on college student interests. The WRS newsletters focus on WRS activities, events and topics of the month. 

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013
Rainbow Reception

The Rainbow Reception is an event where students, staff, faculty and community members network with campus and area organizations to celebrate the upcoming year and find LGBT* resources. The Rainbow Reception is from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 11, in the GBPAC .

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013
Travel and Research Funds for Students

Students who travel to present or compete at a conference can apply for travel funds through the Intercollegiate Academic Fund. The fund also makes awards to support student research and creative activity. Upcoming application deadlines include Sept. 12 and Oct. 3.

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013
UNI to host acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

UNI will host acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on Wednesday, Oct. 2, as part of the Joy Cole Corning Leadership Lecture Series. A special Q-and-A session for students is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the GBPAC; her formal lecture is at 7:30 p.m. in the GBPAC. Admission is free; tickets are required. Tickets will be available: Thursday, Sept. 5 for UNI students only; Friday, Sept. 6 for students, faculty and staff; and Monday, Sept. 9 for the general public. Tickets will be available at all UNItix locations or call 319-273-7469.

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013
Interpreters and translators needed

The Office of International Programs, Cedar Valley community members, government agencies and businesses are in need of interpreters and translators fluent in various languages. International Programs is creating a database of faculty, staff and students who are interested in providing this service. To be included in the database, Complete the form online. Note that UNI police will have access to this database.

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013
Become a conversation partner

Interested in learning more about different cultures? The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) seeks volunteers to match with international students. Partners meet one hour weekly to speak English with an international student. Visit the CIEP website or the office in 72 BAK. For more information, call 273-3410 or email

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013
Professional Development Assignment 2014-2015 application available

An application cover sheet and instructions for applying for a Professional Development Assignment (PDA) in fall 2014 and/or spring 2015 are available on the Graduate College website. The application deadline is 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1. PDA awards are competitive and recipients are selected by a faculty committee. For more information, contact Shoshanna Coon at 273-2748.

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013
Massage Therapy

Treat yourself or a friend to a relaxing massage by licensed massage therapist Ann Pixler in 104 WRC. Call 273-6119 to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013
Adobe Creative Cloud campus software available

Adobe Creative Cloud Campus Licensing provides students (only in UNI computer labs), faculty and staff with Adobe software. Details are posted on the ITS website. This software is available for installation on all UNI computers. The capability for a work-at-home offering (for faculty and staff) is in the works but not yet available. Contact your IT support staff for installation.

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013
Open forum for Alumni Relations director candidates

Five candidates have been chosen for on-campus interviews for the position of director of Alumni Relations. Each will participate in an open forum. Presentations will be from 1:15 to 2:05 p.m., on Sept. 5, 6 and 9 in the Elm Room; from 12:40 to 1:30 p.m., Sept. 12, in the Presidential Room; and 1 to 1:50 p.m., Sept. 16, in the Elm Room, MAU. Resumes for each candidate will be posted online two days prior to the presentation. 

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013
Military and Veterans Employment Fair

UNI will host a Military and Veterans Employment Fair from 1 to 4 p.m., Sept. 23, in the University Room, MAU.  Employers attending include: FBI, IBM, Wells Fargo, Nationwide, Dept. of Agriculture, Lutheran Services and more. If you have a military background, please stop by. For more information, contact

Friday, Aug 30, 2013
Thinking about Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

The Assessment Office is offering hands-on planning sessions for faculty whose courses are included under Continuous Quality Improvement legislation this fall. Sessions will be Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5. See the assessment web page for times and locations.

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013
Holocaust speaker available to speak to classes

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) will host speaker and Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher on Thursday, Oct. 3. Inge is available to speak in classrooms that day. If you would like Auerbacher to visit your class, contact CAB executive Alyssa Jones prior to Friday, Sept. 13. For more information regarding Auerbacher, visit her website.