What is the American Dream? Responses to this question are often varied and contentious, and across time, the “American Dream” has had many meanings. For some, the American Dream represents the pursuit of a positive, aspirational goal. For others, it represents an "opportunity" that has never been universally accessible due to barriers that exist for many. The 2012-13 Reaching for Higher Ground project seeks to better understand the complex theme of "Searching for the American Dream" through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. To find out more about this project and how you can get involved, attend an informational at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12 or at noon, Friday, April 13 (rooms TBD, will be announced in Thursday's UNI Online). For more information, send an email.
Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012
UNI Online is a compilation of notices to be distributed to faculty and staff. The deadline for submission is noon, the day before publication. UNI Online is distributed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Submitted items must be sponsored by a UNI department, program or organization. No commercial or personal announcements are allowed. Announcements must have news, not opinion content. News items may be submitted via the UNI Online Submission Form.= New items.
Lobbying activity from Jan. 1 through March 31, 2012 must be reported online by Friday, April 6. 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 can be found in the Policies and Procedures Manual at 10.09. 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, email Pat Geadelmann in the Office of the President.
UNI Print Services has closed. The university has chosen a preferred vendor (Copy Works) to handle the university copying needs. Beginning Monday, April 2, all UNI departments are strongly encouraged to funnel their print orders and copying jobs through the Office of University Relations. The vendor is offering significant discounted pricing for jobs that UR forwards on to the vendor. But the discount is only for jobs processed through the UR office. During these challenging budget times, it's to your department's benefit to work through UR for your print and copy needs. UR will continue to facilitate departmental letterhead, business cards and envelopes; the process to submit these electronically through the print services website will remain the same. Please submit jobs via email or call UR at 273-2761 with any questions.
Full-time tenured or tenure-track instructional faculty members who wish to apply for study rooms in the Rod Library for the summer session should do so by Friday, April 6. Application forms are now available online and also in the Library's main office. For more information, call Paulette Courtney at 273-2737.
Regents Staff Excellence Awards are presented annually to P&S employees from Regents institutions who have made outstanding professional contributions during their careers. Any Regent employee may nominate a deserving P&S employee for this award. Winners will be announced at the P&S Council's Meet the President event in the fall. A new award has been added for Annual-Appointment P&S employees (eligible even years). Review the guidelines and submit a nomination online.
The Jazz Studies program in the School of Music hosts the oldest, continuously running high school jazz festival in the nation -- the Tallcorn Jazz Festival, which celebrated it's 57th anniversary in 2012.
Jeff Weld, IMSEP, is on the cover of the Des Moines Business Record.
Voting for at-large faculty positions including Chair of the Faculty is Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6. All faculty are encouraged to vote online in MyUNIverse.
UNI is committed to responsible stewardship of our natural resources and sound leadership in developing education, programs and services that promote a sustainable future. Recognizing that there are university individuals, departments, student organizations and programs actively working to encourage responsible environmental stewardship, the UNI Sustainability Council is seeking nominations for the third annual UNI C.A.R.E. Award. Nominate individuals, programs, organizations or departments that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to sustainability. Nominations can be made online and are due by April 11. For more information, email Eric O'Brien.
Read this week's MyUniverse News.
UNI has a Google+ page now - add UNI to your circles. As part of UNI's Facebook campaign to reach 45,000 fans, University Relations is sharing some historic photos on Mondays and posting trivia on Tuesdays. Become a fan and help UNI reach the goal by Commencement.
A webinar on Fulbright Scholar Program Opportunities in Francophone Africa will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 5. This webinar will discuss specific program sites on the continent of Africa, including North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Most awards in Departments of English and/or American Studies are taught in English, while French is only required for daily living. Countries include Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia. Register online. For assistance or questions, call the Office of International Programs at 273-6807.
A webinar on Fulbright Opportunities in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Applied Linguistics will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 4. The requirements and options for the Fulbright Core Program in 2013-2014 will be discussed. Register online. For assistance or questions, call the Office of International Programs at 273-6807.
The kickoff event to raise awareness about sexual assault is the showing of "The Accused" from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, April 9, in 252 SEC. The movie features Jodi Foster and tells the true story of a woman who was raped and her experiences with the criminal justice system.
The last in a series of scholarly networking events will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, April 6, in the Great Reading Room, SRL. Make connections, network with colleagues, have informal discussions or join a group discussion during the second hour. Refreshments provided. This April event is co-hosted by the UNI Rod Library and UNI Information Technology Services.
A free hands-on course on using SPSS will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, April 9, and 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 10, in 110 WRT. The Department of Mathematics provides assistance to faculty, staff and students through its Statistical Consulting Lab. For more information, email Mark Jacobson or visit the website.
The fall 2012 course in Applied Writing (English 4775/5775) builds professional skills in workplace communication and involves non-hypothetical projects. The fall course in Professional Editing (English 4780/5780) offers practice in editing academic, creative and workplace texts. Prerequisites can be waived. For more information, send an email.
A workshop on how to prepare summer Personnel Action Forms (PAF) will be presented from 9 to 10 a.m., Thursday April 5, in 109 CME. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Michele Mullings-Shand at 273-6418.
Howard Bunsis, nationally recognized expert on how public universities are funded, will be on campus for a community-wide discussion of UNI's budget and budget priorities. All faculty, staff, students and friends of the university are invited to attend. Bunsis will present "The Real Crisis at UNI: Misplaced Priorities" at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 5, in 109 CBB. This event is sponsored by United Faculty.
The Cedar Valley Sustainability & Environmental Educators are hosting the “Green: What does it Mean? Exploring our Sustainable Community” event on May 10, on the UNI campus. The group is seeking organizations to participate and host a booth for the exhibit hall. The day is centered around sustainability theory, where some 800 ninth grade students from the Cedar Valley will learn about sustainability in their community. Find more information and register online.
The 2011-12 UNI Student Employee of the Year will be announced at the award reception from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m., Monday, April 9, in the Georgian Lounge, COM.
Attend UNI Proud's Annual Drag Ball at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, at the coffeehouse, MAU. Also join UNI Proud Wednesday, April 4 for two presentations by Loren Cameron, a photographer known for his photos of transsexual people during their gender transition. His presentation is a relaxed and informative way to introduce the topic of transgender. There will be a mini-lecture from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Ballroom, MAU that will focus on gay/bisexual transmen and Cameron's own experiences. His main presentation, focusing on his journey and his models, will be from 7 to 9 p.m., in Lang Hall Auditorium.
Participate in UNI's Earth Hour, from 3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 5, by conserving energy. Make the choice to turn off lights in your dorm, apartment or at work for one hour and make a difference. For more information, check out Earth Hour’s official website. Sponsored by: Northern Iowa Student Government, GreenLife, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Green Project UNI, Northern Iowa Energy Corps, UNI Cycling Club and Student Nature Society.
Faculty and staff interested in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a grant funding opportunity are invited to OSP's NIH Proposal Workshop, from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday April 6, in the Presidential Room, MAU. The workshop will include a review and discussion of a recent UNI NIH proposal, lead by guest facilitator Jennifer Lassner from the University of Iowa, as well as updates on relevant NIH programs. Workshop materials will be provided in advance. Email Hillery Oberle to RSVP by April 3.
The UNI Educational Talent Search Program (ETS) needs your help in providing a job shadowing experience for students from Central Middle School in Waterloo. Students will be paired with faculty and staff on campus from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 17. The students will ask questions about your job responsibilities and education. Faculty and staff can join their students for lunch (at no charge) if your schedule allows. If interested in hosting students, email Ruthie Stigler by Tuesday, April 10. For more information, call Ruthie Stigler or Cathy Ketton at 433-1220.
Rod Library is sponsoring two upcoming campus events on author rights. The Topic Table at the CommUNIty of scholars event is from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, April 6 and a presentation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 10, in the University Room, MAU. For more information, visit the Rod Library website.
Throughout the month of April, the Office of Student Financial Aid will sponsor four “Food and Finances” workshops covering a variety of topics including: "Budgeting for On-and Off-Campus Living," "Choosing Benefits at Work" and the "Psychology of Money." These events are open to faculty, staff and students. If faculty plan on having a large number of students attend, please call Liz Hoium, at the Office of Student Financial Aid, at 273-6395. View a list of speakers and times online. Drawings will take place at the end of every workshop for free food and Live Like a Student T-shirts.
A Blood Chemistry Profile (BCP) screening will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the Student Health Clinic. Employees and retirees enrolled in a university health insurance plan are eligible for one free BCP per academic year. Spouses and UNI students may sign up for $20. To schedule an appointment, call HR at 273-2423.
The Wellness & Recreation Services April e-newsletter is available online. Follow the link on the home page to see updates on important WRS events and programs with wellness tips and articles.
For more information on Maucker Union building hours for Easter weekend, visit the website.
Library hours for Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, are available online. Patrons may check out materials and enter the building until 10 minutes to closing time, at which time service desks close and the doors are locked. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, you will get a prompt to enter your CatID.
For upcoming lectures, conferences, performing arts or athletic events, please visit the UNI Calendar of Events.
The latest faculty, staff and student job openings at UNI can be found on the UNI Employment website. Referrals are encouraged.
Fitness classes, intramural sports, outdoor recreation opportunities.