UNI Alumni Association Panther News e-newsletter.

September 2019

Graduate Education Manager (GEM)
Greetings from the Graduate College:
Dr. Jennifer Waldron, Graduate College Dean
Welcome back to the 2019-2020 year. As I enter my second year, I am excited about what is on the horizon. During the year, our graduate community will explore, focusing on the following initiatives.
  • Recruitment
    • Creating a new website
    • Convening a GARP Advisory Board
    • Sharing of best practices

  • Thesis/Dissertation
    • Purchased MastersNET/DocNET - web-based scholarly writing support
    • Walk-in writing support in Academic Learning Center

  • Graduate assistantship/tuition scholarship
    • Committee to provide recommendations for allocation process
Together we will continue to elevate graduate education and support our students who will become doers, makers, creators, and thought leaders. Thank you for all you do to make this happen.
Hot off the Press
  1. New Website. The Graduate College is eager to unveil a new website at the beginning of October. The website has undergone a major transformation to enhance navigation and is recruitment-focused. Huge thanks to Kat Wohlpart, Graduate College, and Sanjin Rosic, ITS, for all of their work this summer.

  2. Increase in student fees. The following student fees have increased as of Fall 2019 semester.
    • Thesis fee: $100.
    • Continuing Graduate Scholar fee: $100/semester
    • Continuing Scholar fee: $150/semester

  3. GARP training. Starting Fall 2019 semester GARP training will be required for those requesting GARP access. This does NOT include access for faculty review committee. Training will be set up through Rubina Chowdhury (rubina.chowdhury@uni.edu).

  4. Student support – conference registration. The Graduate College has limited funding to support graduate students attending professional conferences. Graduate students will be reimbursed up to $75 for conference registration or a special workshop/event at a conference. Download the fillable PDF application form and open in Adobe.
Award Application
  1. Professional Development Assignment (PDA)
    • Submitted to workflow by Friday, September 20, 2019 by 4:30 p.m.
    • Should reach Graduate College by Wednesday, September 25, 2019

  2. Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award
    • Nominations due by Friday, December 6, 2019
    • Submission of Materials due by Friday, January 31, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.

  3. Distinguished Scholar Award
    • Nominations due by Friday, December 6, 2019
    • Submission of Materials due by Friday, January 31, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.

  4. James F. Lubker Research Award (faculty research/creative activity)
    • Head Nominations due by Friday October 25, 2019 by 4:30 p.m.
      Following consultation with College Senate, Dean sends a form with a maximum of two nominees (CHAS-four; COE-2, CSBS-2, CBA-2 if possible) and the name of the college representative selected for the award committee to the Graduate College.
    • Deans Nominations due by Friday, December 6, 2019
    • Submission of Materials due by Friday, January 31, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.

  5. Submit student awards nominations by Friday, October 25.
  1. Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture Series (Once a month)
    • o Carissa Froyum Roise, Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology
      “They’re Just Like You and Me”: Cultivating Volunteer Sympathy
      Thursday, September 26, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Rod Library 287

  2. Graduate Program Coordinator meetings
    Month of October schedules are below:
    • Wednesday, October 9, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in ScholarSpace (Thesis/Dissertation)
    • Friday, October 11, from Noon-1:00 p.m. in ScholarSpace (Thesis/Dissertation)
Tip of the Month
  1. If you haven’t, please contact the Graduate College if your program has changed Graduate Program Coordinators, Department Heads, or Department Secretaries so we can update our records.

  2. Be on the lookout – information about the Summer Research Fellowship application process will be emailed soon.
Masters Of Business Administration (MBA)
Over the past three years, the MBA program enrollment has tripled. Credit goes to a strategic assessment of the program's strengths--AACSB accreditation, faculty qualifications, face-to-face classes that build a network of local business professionals, and a long-standing commitment to preparing students to thrive in a global business economy. Strategic initiatives include tripling the number of Home Town locations in Iowa and adding Shanghai, China to the International MBA offerings.
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