Inside UNI Faculty/Staff Announcements Archive

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Messy Mornings

Join us at Creekside Harmony Educational Garden for various activities from 7 to 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday starting May 30 through the month of June. For more information, visit the UNI Employee Well-being Gardening webpage or email employeewellbeing@uni.edu. The garden is located behind the CEEE.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Faculty/staff tech tips

Microsoft Word has an Accessibility Checker that locates elements in your document that may cause problems for people with disabilities. To start finding and fixing accessibility issues in your Word documents, view the Accessibility Checker video tutorial. Submit questions to servicehub.uni.edu.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Farewell reception

Please join us for a farewell reception in honor of Nick Pace, educational leadership and postsecondary education, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, in 508 SEC.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Prairie Walk at Wolter's Prairie Preserve

The Cedar Prairie Group of the Sierra Club, the Iowa Prairie Network and Friends of the Tallgrass Prairie Center will host a prairie walk at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 27, at Wolter's Prairie Preserve, Clarksville. Participants should meet at 9:30 am at the Thunder Ridge Mall parking lot to car pool/caravan. Wolter’s Prairie Preserve is a wet mesic prairie with a wide variety of native plants. Daryl Smith will talk about prairie and plant identification. For those who want to join the group at the prairie, it is located 1.5 miles southwest of Clarksville, just north of 195th Street at 19155 Quail Avenue.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Prairie Walk at Wolter's Prairie Preserve

The Cedar Prairie Group of the Sierra Club, the Iowa Prairie Network and Friends of the Tallgrass Prairie Center will host a prairie walk at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 27, at Wolter's Prairie Preserve, Clarksville. Participants should meet at 9:30 am at the Thunder Ridge Mall parking lot to car pool/caravan. Wolter’s Prairie Preserve is a wet mesic prairie with a wide variety of native plants. Daryl Smith will talk about prairie and plant identification. For those who want to join the group at the prairie, it is located 1.5 miles southwest of Clarksville, just north of 195th Street at 19155 Quail Avenue.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Inside UNI deadline change

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the deadline for the Tuesday, May 30 Inside UNI for Faculty and Staff is noon, Friday, May 26.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Bring the world to your doorstep this summer!

The Culture and Intensive English Program will have a Host Family Day Saturday, June 10. Participants should pick up students at 10 a.m. and bring them back to campus by 8 p.m. New students will be from a variety of countries, including Colombia, Congo, Japan, Uzbekistan and others. No stipend is offered for this volunteer opportunity, but if eating out, students are expected to buy their own meals. Host families are needed for students attending a four-week program in June and a weekend event July 1-2. Email Sally Roos if you are interested in participating.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
CIEP spring International Panther newsletter

The latest edition of the CIEP newsletter is now available. Check out this edition to learn about recruitment initiatives, staff and student accomplishments, a special program for students from South Korea, as well as CIEP spring activities and events.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Red Cross blood drive

There will be a Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 1, in the lobby, WRC. Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit the Red Cross website. Donors will receive a $10 Visa gift card courtesy of Suburban Propane, while supplies last.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Red Cross blood drive

There will be a Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 1, in the lobby, WRC. Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit the Red Cross website. Donors will receive a $10 Visa gift card courtesy of Suburban Propane, while supplies last.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Announcement to all Campus Solution users

Campus Solutions (CSS PRD) will be unavailable from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 20, for CSS patching. The Production Portal should be available and functional.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Faculty/staff tech tips

Do you have questions about UNI’s learning technologies? IT-ETMS instructional designers will meet with you one-on-one to help answer questions and discuss how various learning technologies might help you and your students achieve course learning goals. For more information, contact Instructional Design and Development Services. Submit questions to servicehub.uni.edu.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Compensatory time payouts

Email notification of the annual compensatory time payout procedure has been delivered to all Merit AFSCME, Merit Confidential and Supervisory, P&S eligible employees, and Deans, Directors and Department Head employees. For more information, read the compensatory time payout announcement at the Office of Business Operations Payroll website.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Training for teaching in CAT (technology-enhanced) classrooms

The CETL and IT-ETMS will offer training on teaching strategies and the technology in CAT classrooms Thursday and Friday, June 1-2. There are CAT classrooms in Bartlett Hall, Schindler Education Center and the ITTC. These classrooms are distinct from other classrooms with basic technology (like projectors and Elmos) because they have additional technology and multiple displays for collaborative work. For more information and to register, visit the CETL website. Questions can be sent to Susan Hill. A follow-up session will be held Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Summer faculty/staff golf league

Want to meet new people on campus, have fun and get some exercise? Recreation Services is sponsoring a faculty/staff summer golf league at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course. The league will begin Thursday, June 1 and run eight successive Thursdays, ending on July 20. You do not have to attend every week. The first tee time will be 4:30 p.m. Dues are $20 and cover the cost of weekly pin prizes. Golfers will pay greens fees for nine holes directly to the course ($15 walking/$23.50 riding). The league will be handicapped with the help of Pheasant Ridge Golf Course. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, contact Luke Bartlett or call 273-4768.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Carry on laptop ban might expand

The recent ban on laptops in carry-on luggage for flights to the United States from a few Middle Eastern countries and/or airports might be expanded to include flights originating in Europe as well. The timing and finality of such a decision are both unknown at this time. For more information, refer to this article in the New York Times.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Learning Technology summer workshops for faculty

Numerous workshops will be offered throughout the summer beginning Thursday, May 18. Topics address Blackboard Learn, Panopto, Turnitin, Google Apps, Poll Everywhere, Zoom and more. Workshops are one hour to better fit your schedule. See the Faculty Workshop Calendar to learn more.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Eat on campus this summer

Open for business! This summer Chats, Essentials and the Food Court in Maucker Union, along with Biscotti's and Piazza in Redeker Center, will be open with limited hours to serve those on campus. Hours and menu vary by day and location.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Lifelong Learning University instructors needed

Lifelong Learning University is looking for faculty and staff to teach a course during the fall 2017 and/or spring 2018 semesters. Courses can be four-, two- or one-week in length. Instructors are paid $50 an hour and can determine their class schedule. If interested in teaching a class and for more information, contact Anna Baughman by Friday, June 2.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Student employee insurance

If you have a domestic student that is working 30+ hours this summer for six weeks or more, they need to be offered health insurance. Please contact Sarah Goblirsch to receive the insurance form that must be presented and signed by the student (even if they wish to decline the insurance). Students have 30 days from when their hours increase to sign up for the insurance.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Burst Your Thirst Challenge

UNI Employee Well-being invites you to participate in the BYT Challenge where teams engage in a competition to track water consumption and physical activity in an attempt to advance on the leaderboard. Employees will be provided with weekly emails and opportunities to win incentive prizes. Registration begins Monday, May 15.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Bike to Work Week

Cedar Valley’s Bike to Work Week is May 15-19. Individuals who post a picture of themselves biking to work during this week will be entered in a drawing for a prize. Picture submissions should be posted to the “Employee Well-being” Facebook page or emailed to employeewellbeing@uni.edu by Sunday, May 21; winners will be announced the following week.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Security awareness: step up to stronger passwords

Weak and reused passwords continue to be a common entry point for account or identity takeover and network intrusions. Simple steps and tools exist to help your end users achieve unique, strong passwords for their dozens of accounts. Help your community members improve their individual and collective security by sharing the tips at EDUCAUSEreview.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Friends of the UNI Museum May sale

Visit the Friends of the UNI Museum store from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, in the Learning Commons, LIB, as they sell fair trade objects from across the world, including jewelry, textiles and artwork.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Faculty Workshop: New and Improved: Baseline 110 Classroom Technology

UNI’s basic 110 classrooms are gradually being upgraded. Find out if your classroom has been upgraded yet, how to use the new baseline technologies and how these technologies enhance opportunities for active learning and use of student devices. View the summer workshop schedule and access registration at IT-ETMS Event Registration.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Faculty/staff tech tips

Course dashboard, sometimes called notifications dashboard, is a convenient way to quickly view what's going on in your course. It can show what assignments need grading, what is new, important alerts and much more. If you don't see one in your course, you can always create a new one. Simply mouse over the plus sign (+) on the left navigation pane and select "Module Page." Give it an appropriate name (like "Course Dashboard") and then add the modules you want by clicking "Add Course Module." For more information, visit the official tutorial. Submit questions to servicehub.uni.edu.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
TIAA individual consultations

A TIAA consultant will be on campus June 14-16 and 28-29. Common questions and topics covered during sessions include: Am I on track for retirement?; Can I add more to my retirement plan and how do I start this?; Is my current mix of investments appropriate?; How do my TIAA investments coordinate with my other plans? Register online or call 800-732-8353.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Receive before you leave

Fiscal year reminder: make sure the receiving process has been completed in e-business for all items purchased in FY17 before you leave campus for the summer. If the items have not arrived on campus, please identify a proxy to verify and complete the receiving process as items are delivered. Contact a member of the Procurement Service Team with any questions.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Online course development awards: spring 2018

Faculty interested in converting an existing course to a fully online format using UNI's eLearning system should submit proposals by Friday, June 16, for spring 2018 courses. Award details and a proposal form are available online. For more information, email Michelle Kosalka or call 273-7203.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Check out summer fitness classes at the WRC

Register for Rec Services summer Fit Class Pass! The cost is $35 for students, $40 for employees and $45 for affiliates for 11 weeks. Classes will be posted online. Registration begins Monday, May 8. Classes begin Monday, May 15.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Donna Vinton's retirement reception

Save the date for a retirement reception for Donna Vinton at 3 p.m., Tuesday, June 27. Donna has been with UNI for nearly 28 years and has worked in Career Services, Academic Assessment and most recently the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Watch future Inside UNI issues for additional information or contact Brenda Jordan.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Procurement Services May newsletter

The May issue of the Procurement Services newsletter is now available. Topics include end of year purchases, last day to use iProcurement and information on how to print a draft copy of a purchase order for internal documentation.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Inside UNI summer schedule

Inside UNI will be published during the summer each Tuesday beginning May 9. The deadline for submitting announcements is noon on Monday. The student edition of Inside UNI will not be published during the summer.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Viewing or restoring to an older version of a document in Google Docs

Google Docs allows you to view older versions of a document and, if desired, restore it to an older version. You can also view who made the various changes in the document. To learn more about Google Doc’s revision history, visit Google Docs.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Panther Pick Up

A number of charitable organizations will be on campus Thursday and Friday, May 4-5, accepting donations. Trucks will be stationed at four residence hall locations on Thursday and Friday afternoon. Donations from faculty and staff are welcome in addition to move out materials from students. For a list of times, locations and items accepted, visit the Panther Pick Up website.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Business Process Users Group meeting

A Business Process Users Group meeting will be from 9 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 17, in Old Central Ballroom A, MAU. Agenda items include year-end closing schedule, Amazon purchases, update on category codes, international registry, clothing, hospitality, gift guidelines and updates from human resources. If you are not able to attend, the meeting will be recorded to view at a later date.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Iowa Meets China

Rod Library is honored to host the artwork from renowned Chinese artist Xiaoting Wang through mid-May. The five pieces on display are part of a series painted in China and brought to the United States to share with his new Iowa friends. For more information, contact Julieann Beddow.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Open Textbook Adoption at UNI

Rod Library is gathering information about open textbook adoptions at UNI. If you have adopted an open textbook for your course(s) during the last year, please email Ellen Neuhaus or call 273-3739.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Action needed so students can charge to their u-bill this summer

If you have student employees working on campus this summer who are not enrolled in summer classes, notify the Department of Residence if the student wishes to have the ability to charge dining purchases to their u-bill. Email their name, university ID number and summer campus affiliation to diningtech@uni.edu. Enrolled students automatically have the charge privilege, so no action is necessary.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Hillbenders' Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry at Gallagher Bluedorn

The Who + Bluegrass = a great show! See The Hillbenders perform “Tommy” by The Who as a Bluegrass Opry at 7 p.m., Friday, May 5, in GBPAC. For more information, visit the GBPAC website.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Local Food Box program

The Workplace Local Food Box program is available for employees to purchase subscriptions of fresh, locally grown food to have delivered to UNI. Employees can pick up their bag of fresh groceries every Friday. This is a great opportunity to buy fresh, healthy food and support the local community. For more information, please visit the Iowa Food Hub website or the HRS Latest News and Events webpage.

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017
Move-in Crew volunteers needed

Help create a great first impression and provide a positive experience for incoming students and their families by becoming a Move-In Crew volunteer. Duties include move-in help and check-in assistance. Volunteers will be scheduled for one-hour shifts Wednesday, Aug. 16. Volunteers are welcome to sign up as individuals or as a group. To sign up, please visit the First Year webpage.

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017
Prepare for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The Academic Learning Center is offering GRE preparation courses. GRE Analytical Writing will be May 15-25, Quantitative Reasoning May 30-June 15 and Verbal Reasoning June 19-29. All courses meet from 9 to 10:15 a.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, in 035 ITTC. For fee information and registration, visit the GRE Preparation webpage.

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017
WRC summer pass

Effective, Monday, May 1, the cost of a WRC pass for employees will be reduced to $50. The pass can be used until classes begin in August. Students not enrolled for summer classes or students that graduate in May but will be in the area can also purchase a summer pass for $50. For more information, call Recreation Services at 273-6275.

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017
Community Engagement Database: Report a Project

Please report your 2016-17 Community Engagement projects on the Community Engagement website. This includes, but is not limited to, service-learning, internships, student volunteer projects, engaged scholarship, etc. For more information, email Kristina Kofoot.

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017
Dining hours for finals week

Dining Services will operate with adjusted hours during finals week, April 30 through May 6. Some locations will offer extended hours (such as Book Bistro) while other locations will have reduced operations or will be closed. Check out the dining hours online for the most up-to-date schedule, as well as a look at summer hours.

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017
New issue of the Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts and Constructions

Volume 2, Issue 1 of this peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal has been posted on the UNI Scholarworks website. This issue features an editorial about NGSS, along with practical articles about first graders making sundials, third graders making ecosystem lift-the flap pages and other fossil-related crafts. Research articles show kindergarten students inventing/testing waterproof boots related to the water cycle, eighth graders exploring modern and fossil marine invertebrates and insects, and sixth graders investigating models and designs.

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017
Legislative update

Mary Braun, state relations officer, and Randy Pilkington, director of federal relations, will give legislative updates at noon, Friday, April 28, in the Elm Room, MAU.

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017
Summer office hours

Beginning Monday, May 8, summer hours for university offices will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours will remain in effect through Friday, Aug. 11. Please coordinate department operations accordingly and communicate changes to affected staff.

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017
Annual Graduate Faculty Meeting

The Annual Graduate Faculty Meeting will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 27, in the Great Reading Room, SRL. Awards will be presented to graduate students and faculty. The open forum topic is “Graduate Education in a Comprehensive University from the Perspectives of Graduate Coordinators and Students.” Bring your ideas and questions to share with the group. Refreshments will be served.

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