IN THIS ISSUE: University Housing creates dining app | Netfiles to be retired Dec. 21 | Course on water wells to be offered | Campus Profile now available | Weather cancelation recommendations released | E-waste awards announced
New dining app now available
University Housing has created a mobile application for its on-campus dining locations. The app, called UI Dining, is available for both iOS and Android devices and provides menus, hours and locations for all University Housing dining halls, specialty restaurant and a la carte locations.
The free app also provides menus for up to two weeks in advance, allowing diners to find their favorite dishes easily.
Filters can be set to display only foods that are vegan, vegetarian or foods that meet other criteria important to customers, such as gluten-free.
Administrative Information Technology Services and University Housing staff members created the app, which is available for download at the iTunes App Store and on Google Play.
Netfiles to be retired Dec. 21
Campus users of NetFiles are reminded that Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services will retire the service Dec. 21. NetFiles has served for many years as the campus’s free solution for personal backup, file sharing and Web publishing. NetFiles users will need to move their content by the deadline or they will lose that content.
Course on water wells offered
Homeowners in small communities and rural areas without a public water supply often don’t fully understand how to manage, operate and protect their private wells.
The Illinois State Water Survey and the Illinois Water Resources Center recently announced a nationwide training initiative funded by the Rural Community Assistance Partnership through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The program combines a 10-part online class with live, interactive webinar events. Steve Wilson, a groundwater hydrologist with the Illinois State Water Survey with more than 20 years of experience working with private well owners, will serve as the primary instructor for the course.
The class seeks partners in various sectors to extend the reach of this initiative and connect with private well owners. State agencies, local governments and industry professionals are invited to become a partner and assist with promoting this free service. The course also invites partners to host webinars to answer questions about local issues.
Campus Profile now available
The new version of the Campus Profile is now available on the Web at www.dmi.illinois.edu/cp/.
The Campus Profile is a compilation of indicators for departments and administrative units at Illinois. Totals are included at the school, college, vice chancellor and campus levels. Ten years of data are displayed for most items. Users can view a standard set of items for one unit, or they can select units and items to create a custom report.
Last year original undergraduate admissions data were added. All new students are counted in the original applications count; however, students who were redirected to another college are not counted in either of the colleges’ original admitted or original enrolled counts. The total undergraduate admissions data were also added, which includes applications, admitted and enrolled counts for all new students.
Cancelation recommendations released
Elyne Cole, the associate provost for human resources, is encouraging employees and managers to be aware of policies governing campus closings in the event of a weather-related emergency.
Cole said normal leave procedures apply when employees are unable to report to work because of the weather. Overtime-eligible civil service employees may apply vacation, floating holiday, accrued compensatory time or approved absence without pay in the event they miss work during inclement weather. The same options are available for overtime-exempt civil service employees and academic professional positions, except for using accrued time.
“In general, the university encourages employees to carefully consider their personal safety and local conditions in determining their ability to commute to work in extreme weather conditions,” said a release from Cole’s office.
The operations of some “essential units” are continuous and will not cease, even in the case of bad weather, and many of the units have policies that supersede the university’s general closing guidelines.
Cole said the university as a whole, even with the announcement of class closings, does not close, and that closings by units or departments must be approved by the Office of the Chancellor or Office of the Provost.
Answers to frequently asked questions are online: http://go.illinois.edu/weatherFAQ.
E-waste awards announced
Winners of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center’s 2012 International E-Waste competition were announced during a ceremony Dec. 4.
The competition is organized as a component of the ISTC’s Sustainable Electronics Initiative. ISTC is a division of the Prairie Research Institute.
College students and recent graduates from around the world submitted their ideas for products and services. Nineteen entries from eight countries provided ideas for preventing e-waste generation through life-cycle considerations (E-Waste Prevention category) or that incorporate e-waste components into a new and useful item (E-Waste Reuse category). The competition is designed to prompt dialogue about product designs for environmentally responsible computing and entertainment.
A team of U. of I. students received a silver award for their project, “Fluorescence Microscopy Using A Recycled Paper Scanner.” The concept was submitted by Dustin Gallegos, a recent graduate in electrical engineering, and two current Urbana students – Lillian Hislop in biomedical engineering and ZhanHao Xi in general studies.
First place winners received $3,000, second place $2,000, and third place $1,000. A total of $12,000 was awarded, which was funded through contributions.
The ceremony was broadcast as a webinar and is available at www.istc.illinois.edu/about/sustainability_seminars.cfm.