University Events Council Meeting Is Today
A university-wide Events Council will meet from 10 a.m. to noon today, Jan. 11, via Zoom. The group is focused on serving the U of I community via sharing event resources and best practices; providing onboarding and training; matching experienced people on campus as mentors to new staff; and unifying or streamlining the events processes to collaborate effectively and efficiently. Register online. Read more.
Virtual Cup of Joe with Tom Mueller Is Tomorrow
Share a virtual Cup of Joe with Tom Mueller ’85 4 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 12, via Zoom. Recently retired from SpaceX, Mueller has 30 years of propulsion development experience and is one of the world’s foremost rocket engine designers. As one of SpaceX’s founding members, he was responsible for building and managing SpaceX’s propulsion development group. Register online.
Vandal Health Clinic Services Return to Campus Jan. 13
Vandal Health Clinic services are available to all students, dependents, faculty and staff. Clinic operations will return to campus Wednesday, Jan. 13. The on-campus location is at the corner of Ash Street and University Avenue (use the Ash Street entrance). Call 208-885-6693 for information on accessing services.
Parking Permits and Enforcement Reminders for Spring 2021 Semester Start
Parking enforcement will continue to follow the academic break parking schedule until regular full academic year enforcement resumes at 2 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13. Parking permits remain available for online only purchase for the spring semester. Contact the Parking and Transportation Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-885-6424 with questions.
Learn About Finding Funding Opportunities Jan. 13
Join the Research and Faculty Development team 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, via Zoom, for the Faculty Success Seminar Series. Learn how to use Pivot, a database of funding opportunities that identifies global funding information in all disciplines related to research programs, creative activities, collaborative activities, curriculum development, conferences, fellowships, equipment acquisition, prior awards and more. Participants will learn how to create and customize their profile, how to conduct a funding search and how to save, track and share funding opportunities. See the full Faculty Success Seminar Series schedule. All seminars are open to faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students, and they will be recorded for future viewings.
Registration Is Open for Data Management Workshops
Postdocs and graduate students will host three workshops this spring for upper-level undergraduate students, new graduate students and anyone else interested in good practices in data management and analysis. These virtual workshops are offered in three-hour sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, with “Unix, Git and Programming (R/Python) for Novices.” Registration is required and space is limited. Learn more and see the schedule.
Submit Your Feedback on New Policies
The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President is seeking faculty and staff feedback on the new policies for promotion/tenure (FSH 3500) and third-year review (FSH 3510). All feedback is appreciated. Complete the survey by Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Register for a Green Dot Workshop for Faculty and Staff Jan. 22
Attend a virtual Green Dot safety workshop for faculty and staff from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, via Zoom. The workshop introduces the basic elements of the Green Dot Bystander Intervention program, focusing specifically on the role university employees play in establishing and reinforcing campus culture. This training is interactive and action-oriented. Register online.
Learn About Supporting Students in Distress Jan. 27
Join an interactive workshop on “Supporting Students in Distress” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, via Zoom. Learn how to recognize when students are struggling, how to have a conversation to get them connected to help and how to create an environment that encourages success. Register online.
Submit Nominations for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award by Jan. 29
The Office of Research and Economic Development encourages faculty and staff to nominate colleagues for its annual Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award, which recognizes one individual for excellence in scholarly research or creative activity. Learn more about nominee guidelines, then submit your nominations before Friday, Jan. 29, to email@example.com.
Incoming Students Must Complete Online Required Safety Programs
All incoming first-year undergraduate U of I students under the age of 24 are required to complete AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates, two online safety courses. The courses provide knowledge and skills students need to make healthy, informed decisions. Part 1 of each of the two-part courses is due Monday, Feb. 1. Part 2 to each program will be available to students 30 days after the completion of the respective Part 1. Students who do not finish Part 1 of AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates by Feb. 1 will receive an enrollment hold on their accounts. Contact the Office of the Dean of Students at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Healthy Vandals Toolkit Is Available
With the start of the new year, it may be time to refresh Healthy Vandals signage and reminders in your shared spaces, buildings and communication. Social media graphics, display screens, posters, flyers and A-frames are available online. Also available online is information on how to request customized signage or large prints.
The Hub Returns to Sustainable Cutlery and Flatware
Vandals Dining is reintegrating the use of plates, bowls and traditional utensils at The Hub this semester. As they move away from disposable flatware and allow for dishwashing, guests of The Hub will now enter through the west side of the Wallace Residence Hall and exit toward the east wing. Contact Bryanna Muscella at email@example.com or 280-885-6070 with questions.
Campus Security Offers Free Safe Walk Services
Safe Walk is a free, year-round 24/7 service for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors offered by Campus Security. Call 208-885-7054, 208-874-7550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about Safe Walk on the I-Safety website.