Spring 2020 Updates
March 27th, 2020
Important Updates on Policies, Procedures, and Dates
Add/Drops: While UNI temporarily shifts to exclusive online courses, the Add/Drop Form will be available to submit via email. Please send the completed form with appropriate signatures to email@example.com from your UNI email. All forms received from personal (non-UNI) emails will not be accepted.
Last Day to Drop a Full Semester Course without an "F": has been changed to Friday, May 8. Students may still choose to drop courses any time prior to that date.
Last Day to Change a Full Semester Course to or from Non-Graded Basis: has been changed to Friday, May 8. Please complete the online form to request this change.
Declaring or Changing Majors/Minors: Students intending to change or declare their major or minor must complete a Declaration of Curriculum form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org from their UNI email address. The Office of the Registrar will then forward it as appropriate for the necessary signatures for processing.
March 23rd, 2020
Welcome to Week 11 of the Spring 2020 semester. I hope you are all safe and well and ready to finish the second half of the semester successfully.
Many news items were released by the University last week while you were on Spring Break. It's a lot to absorb, so be sure to take some time today to read through all those messages carefully and to familiarize yourself with updated policies. For the very latest campus announcements, including important information about academic deadlines, see https://prepare.uni.edu/important-information-spring-2020-semester
Today does mark the resumption of classes, so make sure you "check in" and find out your professors' plans for the rest of the semester. As a set of general "best practices": read and respond to emails in a timely fashion, log in regularly to Blackboard, and follow directions about other means of connecting with your instructors and classmates. Since all Spring 2020 instruction needs now to be remote for safety and in complying with various guidelines, face-to-face interactions like meeting a professor on campus for office hours won't be an option moving forward. There are many other ways to connect, though, so reach out for assistance whenever you need it.
Even as we work to complete the Spring 2020 semester, academic registration for fall semester is approaching. HIST faculty are offering a number of fantastic courses for you to consider, both with the HIST prefix to meet major, minor, and certificate requirements and with the HUM prefix. Please check out the following pdf posters for potential courses of interest and schedule fit: History Courses and Humanities Courses. And if you haven't reached out to your academic advisor yet, now is an excellent time to send an email to set up a remote consultation.
The registration windows are as follows:
- March 30th Graduate & Seniors
- March 31st Seniors
- April 1st-3rd Juniors
- April 6th-9th Sophomores
- April 10th-15th Freshman & unclassified
Summer registration is also coming, so use the course search function to examine the revised online offerings for Summer 2020.
I'm actually starting this week just like you, working from home. I'm following best practices to halt the spread of COVID-19 by completing 14 days of self-isolation after recently traveling out of state for a professional obligation. I have a sense of how you may be feeling, resuming the work of the semester from a remote location. It's not where I wish I could be, nor the company I wish I could have, as I'd rather us be together in Seerley, talking about and studying History. But like you, I have a job that needs to be done, and I am getting down to it, as I know you will, too.
We're in this together, so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and to your faculty and academic advisors if you need any clarification, information, or assistance.
Take care, and be safe,
March 18th, 2020
UNI Campus Community,
In adherence to the continued guidance from the Iowa Board of Regents as well as state and national officials regarding protecting public health, the University of Northern Iowa is making important adjustments at this time. We continue to appreciate the way in which the entire campus community has come together in order to address the disruption that we face, and especially to make certain that we protect our most vulnerable populations.
Please note the following changes since we last communicated:
- All courses will be taught online beginning Monday, March 23, and will remain online through the remainder of the spring semester.
- Summer 2020 courses will only be offered online. Continuing and Distance Education will communicate with Deans and Department Heads about shifting classes currently scheduled for face-to-face instruction to an online format.
- Faculty should continue to communicate regularly with students regarding how the semester will be concluded. Students should watch their email and/or Blackboard.
- Students and faculty are encouraged to take advantage of the online resources available through the Rod Library, as well as the UNI Bookstore, which recently made more than 50,000 ebook titles available for free through May 25.
- The Learning Center at UNI continues to offer online resources, including assistance with writing and other student work.
- The Educator Preparation office will be communicating with students regarding completion of the necessary requirements to be certified to teach or to enter the program; waivers have been provided at the state level and we will communicate how this will impact your progress towards becoming a teacher.
- UNI’s Department of Residence will be sending communication to students living on campus this afternoon sharing additional information about the residence halls.
Student Health Clinic
- The Student Health Clinic is moving to telehealth appointments only beginning Monday, March 23.
- The clinic will no longer provide face-to-face office visits, but will support students via telephone and Zoom.
- Students must call 319-273-2009 to be assessed over the phone. Clinic staff will remain available 8-4:30 Monday through Friday.
- The Counseling Center will also provide mental health services via telehealth (through Zoom). Please call 319-273-2676 to schedule an appointment.
- As a result of these health-protection measures, we will be cancelling Spring 2020 Commencement activities.
- The cancellation of Spring Commencement will not impact students' ability to graduate at the end of the spring semester.
- Spring graduates will be encouraged to participate in the Fall 2020 Commencement exercises and an email will be sent directly to Spring graduates containing additional information and guidance in the upcoming weeks.
Please visit prepare.uni.edu to watch a message from UNI President Mark Nook and continue to monitor the site for additional updates.
March 17th, 2020
Based on the campus-wide response to COVID-!9, CSBS has elected to change the INSPIRE Student Research and Engagement Conference, originally scheduled for March 30, to an online showcase of student work with an accompanying printed booklet.
The deadline for abstracts has been extended to March 30 to allow students who may have been slowed down by events this week to submit their projects. As a reminder, we accept abstracts for poster, oral, and interactive presentations describing undergraduate and graduate student research, internship, study abroad, and other types of engagement. We also accept creative performances. Click here to submit: https://csbs.uni.edu/conference/submissions
Students will be able to submit posters for the printed proceedings. Students can also have posters, powerpoint slides, videos, and other materials included in the online showcase. The deadline for these submissions will be April 17. Online submissions will have options for UNI only or open access and for an embargo period (delay before it appears online). Online submissions will have a stable url, and all presentations will be citable though the proceedings and/or online showcase.
More information and the form for the submission process for posters will be sent to authors in early April.
A Message from our Department Head
March 13th, 2020
Dear UNI HIST students,
I wanted to touch base with you all to provide some info and updates about how we can meet the challenges of the next phase of the semester. I know this is an unsettling situation for all of us – please make taking care of yourself and your health a priority, especially during this next week (it’s called Spring Break for a reason!). We have created a new link on our department webpage, “Spring 2020 Updates,” for the latest news as updates become available about department courses, events, students organization activities, etc. Find the link here: https://csbs.uni.edu/history/spring-2020-updates
*Please know that all HIST faculty and staff are working hard to ensure a successful transition to remote learning. Some professors will delivering content in Blackboard, some by email, some by additional technologies; please check your UNI email regularly for information about communication methods. Even if you’re not in the habit of using your UNI email, make it a point to log in daily. Don’t hesitate to email your professors for clarification and assistance.
*Advising and registration: The scheduled Fall 2020 registration period falls during our hiatus from face-to-face instruction; the University will have messaging about how to proceed, so don’t worry about registration for next semester just yet. The Fall 2020 Schedule of Courses has been released this week, so you can now view and search courses online. If you didn’t have the chance to speak with your academic advisor before Spring Break, please do reach out via email for some guidance, so that you’re prepared for registration when the time comes. (If you don’t know/have forgotten who your advisor is, Cori can help, so don’t hesitate to email her!)
*Librarian extraordinaire Chris Neuhaus has volunteered to assist HIST students with library needs, especially if you’re working remotely. You can email him at email@example.com to set up an appointment at Rod or to consult via email. He also worked with a few faculty members to create Library Guides for Spring 2020 courses; the links are here:
HISEU 4320 - 5320 - History of Ancient Rome
HIST 1010 - Introduction to the Study of History
HIST 1011 - Field Experience - Digital Archives and Online Primary Sources
HIST 6030 - Witchcraft in Colonial America
HISUS 4150 / 5150 - Foundations of Modern America - The United States 1877 – 1929
*Cori and I will be staffing the office throughout the interim, so call or email with any questions or concerns. We’re waiting and eager to help as needed!
Take the next week to enjoy some time with family and friends, and then we’ll “see” you on March 23 as we move into the next section of the spring 2020 semester.