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Employee of the Month

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Ron Higdon has been named the January Employee of the Month at UNO. Higdon is an assistant wrestling coach and athletic facility coordinator with UNO Athletics. Look for details in a future edition of eNotes. For more information on how to nominate individuals for Employee of the Month honors, visit the Web at

history photo

Pictured above, a lone student takes a snowy stroll near Arts and Sciences Hall circa the early 1960s.

This Week in Campus History

On Jan. 6, 1967, The Gateway reported that Municipal University of Omaha physics instructor Charles Sedlacek had been invited to participate in the Iowa Visiting Scientist Program at the University of Iowa. This program offered high school students the opportunity to attend lectures and demonstrations about science, as well as take part in discussions about potential science careers. Sedlacek said he looked forward to the program and was excited to experience science education at the high school level.

Date: Jan. 6, 1967
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

Josh Krohn

Finding a Home Port

by Don Kohler

Josh Krohn settles in behind the microphone each day, entertaining the devoted audience of radio station KUHB in St. Paul, Alaska, with music, weather reports, news and a call-in show. After years of drifting and trying to find his calling in life, the 26-year-old UNO graduate finally has his feet firmly planted in a career and place he enjoys.

At least for now.

"The thing is, I have always had an idea what I wanted to do in life ...continue

SPR Report

The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, those receiving grant awards totaling $278,685 are as follows:

Name – Marcia Adler
Unit – Student Health Services
Title – Counseling, Testing, Referral and Partner Counseling and Referral Service (CTR/PCRS)
Sponsor – Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

Name – Debra Aliano
College – Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Title – Giger Foundation:  KVNO u/w 1/07
Sponsor – Giger Foundation, Paul & Oscar

Name – Lisa Boucher
College – Arts and Sciences
Title – Floral Roots in Madagascar: Phytogeography of its Ancient Lineages
Sponsor – EPSCoR/National Science Foundation

Name – Patrick McNamara and Richard Box
College – Public Affairs and Community Service
Title – Collaborative Success and Community Culture: Cross-Sectoral Partnerships Addressing Homelessness in Omaha and Portland
Sponsor – Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Name – Paul Clark
College – Education
Title – OPS Digital Student Portfolio Development Project
Sponsor – Omaha Public Schools

Name – Ann Fruhling
College – Information Science and Technology
Title – Public/Private Laboratory Integration Project-Expansion
Sponsor – University of Nebraska Medical Center

Name – Jodi Kreiling
College – Arts and Sciences
Title – Interference of Man6P/IGF2R Function by Cancer-Associated Mini-Receptors
Sponsor – EPSCoR/National Science Foundation

Name – Carol Mitchell
College – Education
Title – Pre-Service Teachers' Self Perceptions about Science & Teaching Science
Sponsor – EPSCoR/National Science Foundation

Name – Claudia Rauter
College – Arts and Sciences
Title – Molecular Genetics of Parental Care
Sponsor – EPSCoR/National Science Foundation

Name – T. Hank Robinson
College – Public Affairs and Community Service
Title – Juvenile Comprehensive Plan Technical Assistance
Sponsor – Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice

Name – Russell Smith
College – Public Affairs and Community Service
Title – UNO Community Development Work Study Program
Sponsor – HUD

Name – Qiuming Zhu
College – Information Science and Technology
Title – CAII-Collective Agents Interpolative Integral N05-T019 Level 2 & 3 Data Fusion for Asynametric Threat Detection
Sponsor – 21st Century Systems, Inc.

For support and help with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

E-Billing Brochures Now Available

Informational brochures on E-Billing, which will begin this month, are now available in Cashiering/Student Accounts and on the Web at Brochures also are located in a variety of other student services offices in the Eppley Administration Building and the Milo Bail Student Center.

Faculty and staff who need copies of the brochure for their own use or for the use of their students should contact Camille Cicotello at 554.2117.

HPER to Close Jan. 16 for MLK Jr. Holiday

In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building will be closed Monday, Jan. 16.  The HPER Building will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 a.m. For more information, call 554.2539.

Jan. 18 MLK Jr. Event Sold Out

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated at a sold-out event set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, at UNO. The luncheon will begin at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

All tickets for the event have been distributed. The luncheon is sponsored by Cultural Awareness Programs in the Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs at UNO.

For more information, contact Sharif Liwaru at 554.2711.

View Your Benefit Plans on ESS

Employee Self Service (ESS) provides benefit eligible employees online access to their personal data stored in SAP, the university's administrative computing system. Through the ESS Web site, employees can select the benefit participation overview to view the benefit plans for which they are currently enrolled. Health insurance plans will display the type of plan, plan options and coverage, and monthly costs for employee and employer and dependents. Invest plans will display the type of plan, the regular contribution, bonus contribution and investments.

Employees need a user ID and password to access their information.  If you do not know your ID information or have problems accessing your account, contact the security coordinator at 554.2322.

To learn more about ESS, visit the Web at

Call for UCAT Conference Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants for designated themes to increase capacity building in teaching and learning.

The applications should reflect UCAT's mission of enhancing teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Seamless transitions (P-20 transitions from pre-kindergarten through graduate school);
- Portfolio based assessment;
- Recruitment and retention;
- Active learning;
- Facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration;
- Learning communities;
- Diversity; and
- Scholarship of teaching.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through March or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants of up to $750 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.

Application forms are available on the Web at Applicants must submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 110 Engineering.

Information Sought on Collaborative Relationships with NASA

The Nebraska EPSCoR, NASA Nebraska Space Grant and EPSCoR programs housed at UNO would like to identify and confirm all collaborative relationships that exist between Nebraska researchers and NASA.

Those aware of such relationships are asked to forward this information to Cindy Webb at or 554.3169. The response deadline is Friday, Jan. 13.

SPR Faculty Brown Bag Jan. 19

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a faculty brown bag session Thursday, Jan. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

The program, titled "Working with Sponsors," will feature Sara Woods, assistant dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service; Jack Shroder, professor of geography/geology; and Steve Bullock, assistant professor of political science. The trio will discuss their experiences with sponsors, from grant development to project management. Dessert and beverages will be provided.

For more information, contact SPR at 554.2286.

Nominations Sought for Women of Wisdom Awards

Organizations and individuals in the Omaha metropolitan area are asked to nominate senior women for the 2006 UNO Women of Wisdom Awards. Awards will be given this spring to three women over age 50 who exemplify the spirit of community contribution while providing a meaningful example of successful aging.

Nomination forms are available online at or by calling 554.4897 or 554.2292. The submission deadline is March 1.

The minimum nomination requirements include:
- Name, age, address and phone number of the nominee;
- The nominator's relationship to the nominee;
- Information on the nominee's actions, activities and involvement in the community, and its results;
- Reasons why the nominee's work or advocacy was significant and identification of who benefited (individuals or groups); and
- Any other additional information that effectively creates a strong picture of the nominee's accomplishments.

"We're extremely excited about this event and receiving nominations from the community," said Patricia Adams, director of UNO's Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA), the sponsor of the Women of Wisdom Awards. "We know senior women make a tremendous difference through their work. Highlighting those efforts will be extremely rewarding."

Award recipients will be honored at a luncheon and community-wide program titled "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom Because Aging is a Lifetime Event" set for April 5. The keynote speaker will be Frances Mayes, the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany. This is the second annual luncheon.

The luncheon event, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central, is open to the public. Tickets are $40 per person and $35 for seniors over the age of 60. Corporate tables are available, and prices begin at $500.

For more information, call 554.4897 or 554.2292, or send an e-mail to

Discounted Tickets Available to Madama Butterfly

UNO students, faculty and staff can purchase discounted tickets to Opera Omaha's spring production of Madama Butterfly at the Orpheum Theater.

Performances of the new production by renowned Omaha artist Jun Kaneko are set for March 17, 19, 22 and 25. Kaneko's well-known and widely-collected large ceramic pieces (called "dangos") can be seen prominently at the Hilton Omaha Hotel and the Holland Performing Arts Center.

The eyes of the visual arts and opera worlds will be focused on Omaha for this new Butterfly production. Because of the broad interest in this opera, a Saturday performance has been added to Opera Omaha's typical schedule. The run of Madama Butterfly is as follows:

Friday, March 17 – 7:30 p.m.;
Sunday, March 19 – 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, March 22 – 7:30 p.m.; and
Saturday, March 25 – 7:30 p.m.

ConAgra Foods is the production sponsor of Madama Butterfly.

Tickets must be purchased March 15 in order to receive the discount. To purchase tickets, click on the following link:

For more information, contact Steve Grupe at 402.346.4398, x109, or

Male Research Participants Sought for Study

The UNO Department of Psychology is seeking adolescent boys in grades seven, eight, 10 and 11 for participation in a research study on adolescent perceptions and interpretations of parental control in the context of everyday situations.

Participants will fill out a questionnaire asking for their interpretations of hypothetical interactions between parents and an adolescent. Participation takes approximately one hour. Movie passes or gift certificates will be provided to the participants for their participation.

For more information, contact Fumiko Kakihara (554.2592; or Lauree Tilton-Weaver (554.3848;