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February 4, 2005
Volume 42, No. 7


Small Wonder: Scientists explore the brave new (little) world of nanoscience
Grand re-opening reveals new and improved Burge
Hawkeye docs and trainers think fast and score with lifesaving move at football game dinner
Staff orientation offers some new tidbits for old-timers

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Faculty, Global Scholars announced
Distinguished UI scholar of human rights to deliver annual Presidential Lecture
Nine receive Instructional Improvement Awards

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Staff orientation offers some new tidbits for old-timers

Photo from November, 1973 taken at the corner of Iowa Avenue and Clinton Street.
When a University photographer took this picture in November 1973, the world was a much different place: the United States was at war, low-waist hip-hugger blue jeans were all the rage, and crude oil prices were climbing. Okay, so maybe the world wasn’t all that different, but The University of Iowa surely was—for one thing, chances are pretty good you’re not seeing cute animal faces on your Cambus today. If you remember seeing them once upon a time, it’s probably been several decades since you went through staff orientation. You might be surprised by the things you could learn if you were a new UI employee coming to campus for the first time in 2005. Photo by University Relations.

You know where the bathrooms are. You know where they keep the pencils. And you know how much vacation time you get each year. But what don’t you know that new University of Iowa employees are learning at staff orientation these days?

Many long-time UI employees went through orientation when the world and our University were vastly different than they are today. And, according to Nikole Mac, UI Learning and Development education specialist, many of the resources that are relatively new to campus are added bonuses for staff and faculty.

“There are so many nontraditional benefits that make it rewarding to be part of the University community,” she says.

After attending a recent orientation session, fyi compiled a list of orientation tidbits—some serious, some fun—current staff would learn about if they were coming to campus for the first time.

• All staff and faculty are eligible to participate in all of Recreation Services’ intramural sports. While we may need more braces and ibuprofen afterward than the students do, employees can take to the courts and fields to live out their athletic fantasies.

• Tennis fans—there wil be new outdoor courts at the west campus recreation facility, where construction is due to begin this spring.

• Hancher’s monthly e-mail newsletter provides subscribers with information about special events and other news. To join, visit and click on “Subscribe to the Hancher newsletter.”

• UI Libraries reference librarians are everywhere—live chat, e-mail, phone (and of course you can still visit in person at any of the 12 campus libraries). For online help with life’s and work’s nagging questions, go to and click on the “Live Reference” box.

• UI Libraries has subject specialist librarians to assist staff, faculty, and students with research projects.

• The Van Pool program has 63 vans that shuttle University employees to and from campus each day. There’s also a program that provides incentives for employees who share rides to campus.

• Looking for a new cell phone service provider, for work or personal use? ITS has an online analysis of all the local service providers at

• The Iowa House Hotel in the Iowa Memorial Union has new business suites and extended stay rooms, along with special rates for those on University-related business.

• Would a UI class help you serve your unit more effectively? After one year of employment, staff and faculty can apply for tuition scholarships that enable employees to take UI courses free of charge. Tuiton Assistance Program.

• The Center for Credit Programs is always looking for individuals to teach online and Saturday and Evening courses. Teaching these courses is a great way to put your expertise to use, even if your “regular” job isn’t teaching.

• The Division of Sponsored Programs encourages all UI researchers to put their CVs on the online Community of Science database to make interdisciplinary collaboration on campus easier. Visit to learn more.

• Looking for authorizing signatures on grant applications? One stop at the Sponsored Programs office is your best bet—they have authority to provide required signatures.

• It can be hard to get on some of the most popular Staff Council committees, but if at first you don’t succeed, try again. Candidates who demonstrate their continued interest in being on committees have increased chances of eventually being selected.

• Looking for Old Capitol souvenirs? Look no further than the gift shop in the Museum of Natural History, which sells its sister museum’s products while Old Capitol renovations continue.

• One in five workers has a health condition—and some of those conditions impact those workers’ jobs. Faculty and Staff Disability Services supports individuals whose health challenges require workplace modifications. As health care has changed and what used to be fatal illnesses are becoming chronic conditions, disability accommodations will continue to be an important part of our diverse campus community.

• Organizational Effectiveness has certified career coaches on staff who can work with any UI employee on career search skills, interviewing techniques, and other professional development issues.

• Do you have a hobby or skill that other staff and employees would want to learn about? You could volunteer to teach a Learning and Development course about your area of expertise.

• TIAA-CREF is planning to have a permanent office in Coralville starting in early 2005 to help UI employees with their financial planning.

by Anne Remington



Published by University Relations Publications. Copyright The University of Iowa 2005. All rights reserved.


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