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Linda Value has been named the April Employee of the Month at UNO. Value is a retail assistant in the UNO Bookstore. 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/employee.php.

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Pictured above, construction booms on campus during April of 1969. In the foreground, the southeast addition of the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building with Allwine Hall under construction in the background.

This Week in Campus History

On April 2, 1993, The Gateway reported on the success of the recent UNO Conference for Romance Writers and Readers. Event organizer Mary Macchietto, a university program development specialist, had the idea for the conference following a similar event she had attended for Mystery aficionados. According to Macchietto, many fans of romantic fiction felt that they were looked down upon by the rest of the literary world, and the UNO conference studied this genre from a scholarly point of view. The conference keynote speaker was best-selling romance author Jill Marie Landis.

Date: April 2, 1993
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

UNO to Transition to NU ID Number System

Students, faculty and staff at UNO will be learning a new set of numbers that will increase identity security and will be more universal across other University of Nebraska campuses.

UNO will be transitioning from the public use of social security numbers on E-BRUNO and the Student Information System (SIS) to an eight-digit sequence called the NU ID number. Each NU ID will be a unique number in the University of Nebraska system so that a student or faculty/staff member will have the same NU ID number at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln or the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Currently, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has not adopted the NU ID number.

"This is a standard that many, many universities have moved to because it is more secure and it's so transportable," said Mark Goldsberry, director of Records and Registration. "We're also doing everything we can to make this transition as simple and smooth as possible."

Work began last fall at UNO to make the system changes needed to replace social security numbers with the NU ID. Beginning June 1, students and faculty/staff will be able to input their new NU ID on E-BRUNO and SIS. An option will be available to use either the current student ID (generally a social security number) or NU ID, but after five logins to E-BRUNO only the NU ID will allow access.

"We know getting used to the new NU ID will take a little time," Goldsberry said. "We thought it was important to give people several logins to get used to the new system."

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MavCard Services will begin issuing new ID Cards with the NU ID this month, starting with students going through New Student Orientation. All currently enrolled students will need to get the newly designed MavCard during the recarding event taking place April 17-May 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be extended hours April 18, 26 and May 4, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Students will go to the Milo Bail Student Center's Fireplace Lounge (located on the first floor) to receive their new cards.  Active faculty and staff will be notified once dates have been selected for their recarding. Starting August 1, only newly issued cards will work, so students are encouraged to stop by during the scheduled dates.

For more information about MavCard Services, including where to go to have a new card issued, visit http://mavcard.unomaha.edu/ or call 554.2220.

OPPD, UNO to Launch Energy-Saving Potential Program

Everyone agrees that wise use of energy is a great idea. Getting everyone to act accordingly is another matter. 

Despite the increased national attention on energy issues, people do not appear to be making significant strides toward conserving energy. A new initiative to be launched by the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) and UNO will attempt to change that.

Officials at OPPD and UNO have announced plans for the creation of the Energy Research Application Initiative (ERAI). This new initiative, known as the Energy-Saving Potential (ESP) program, will explore how the science and technology of residential and commercial energy conservation may be developed and applied to achieve a substantial reduction in energy demand by individuals and small businesses, said B.J. Reed, dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). It also will develop research and application models to better assist those least able to meet their energy needs.

The formation of the ESP is pending approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents at its April 21 meeting.

"Old habits die hard, especially for many residential and small business users of energy," said Gary Gates, OPPD president. "By reducing demand, individuals and businesses can reduce their bills. Companies like ours can reduce the need for additional generating plants, which cost money. Plus, we can make the resources we do have go farther. We believe this is something that makes a lot of economic sense and potentially will benefit everyone."

OPPD will fund the ESP up to $500,000 annually through 2010.

"Gary Gates and OPPD are to be commended for making this important collaboration possible," said UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck. "It's another example of how community partnerships enable UNO, through its mission as a metropolitan university, to bring our intellectual resources to bear on issues faced by residents in the metro area and beyond."

Although national energy policy is a key factor in energy development and conservation, the ability of residential and commercial users to adopt new technologies is also key, Dr. Reed said.

He cited a recent U.S. Department of Energy report that indicated new technology and aggressive steps to encourage conservation could reduce the growth in energy demand between 20 and 47 percent. That same report also listed conservation as a way to reduce the number of new power plants needed to between 700 and 1,000 from current estimates of more than 1,300 in the next decade.

"The message of the ESP is simple – there's nothing mysterious about wise energy use," said Adrian Minks, vice president of marketing and support services for OPPD. "We're hoping this strikes a chord with both residential and commercial users throughout our service area."

Dr. Reed said the initiative will center on research clusters representing faculty, staff and students from different disciplines to address substantive issues of energy conservation and assistance. These clusters may include original research, model testing, development and assessment of pilot programs and services, public policy analysis and other relevant approaches.

Funded projects also will include assessing consumer behavior toward the adoption of various energy conservation technologies.

The ESP will be administered by CPACS. An advisory board consisting of representatives from OPPD and UNO will be established to oversee its implementation.

All research proposals will be submitted to a panel of reviewers who will make recommendations to the ERAI Advisory Board for funding.

"Turn in Day" April 7 for Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk

Attention walkers: Friday, April 7, is "Turn in Day" for the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk.

To be eligible for prizes, team captains and individuals are asked to turn in funds raised from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the W.H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

All money raised through this event directly benefits female student-athletes via the UNO Athletics Scholarship Program. The theme of the 21st annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk is "The Beginning of a New Generation." The event will be held at Sapp Fieldhouse, rain or shine. The doors will open at 9 a.m., and the 30-minute walk begins at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact the UNO Women's Walk Office at 554.2533. For additional walk information, visit the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/womens_walk.

UNO to Honor National Wrestling Champions April 10

The UNO community will honor the latest addition to its roster of national champions in an event set for Monday, April 10. A celebration for the Maverick wrestling team will begin at 3 p.m. in the atrium of the Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse. The event is open to the public, and all Maverick fans are encouraged to attend.

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The Mavericks, coached by Mike Denney, won a third straight NCAA Division II wrestling title March 11 in Findlay, Ohio. The NCAA II championship, the third straight and fourth for the school, marked the 14th top-three finish in the past 16 years. The Mavericks have finished lower than third just twice in the past 16 years and have not finished lower than eighth place since 1980. The Mavericks also won their third National Dual Meet title this year.

Denney, in his 27th year, led UNO to NCAA Division II National, NCAA Division II North Central Regional and North Central Conference championships, and was named the Coach of the Year at the NCAA Division II North Central Regional.

For more information about the March 11 title win, visit the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/full_headline.php?headline_id=2044. For more information about the April 10 celebration, contact Gary Anderson at 554.3387.

CCSW to Host Sexual Assault Mock Trial and Cell Phone Drive

In observance of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW), Omaha YWCA and UNO Pre-Law Association will sponsor a Sexual Assault Mock Trial and cell phone drive.

The mock trial will be held Tuesday, April 11, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The event is designed for a mature audience, and it is free and open to the public. 

An actual case from the Metro area will be used for the proceedings.  Participants will include a former judge, current Douglas and Sarpy County prosecutors, a sexual assault nurse examiner and a police officer. The jury pool will be chosen from those in attendance.

Donations of used cell phones will be collected through April 11 in University Affairs (108 Eppley Administration Building), and phones will also be accepted at the mock trial.  All cell phones collected by the CCSW will be donated to the YWCA for women who need phones for emergencies.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Keller at 554.3317 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243. For more information about Pre-Law at UNO, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/prelaw/.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C – Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles. For more information about the CCSW, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/ccsw/.

Men's Health Day Rescheduled for April 13

Due to inclement weather March 21, Student Health Services (SHS) has rescheduled its Men's Health Day event for 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 13.

In conjunction with the event, cholesterol and blood sugar tests will be available for $15. Also available will be PSA testing for an additional $15. Free information on healthy eating, cardiovascular disease, hair loss, testicular cancer and depression also will be on hand. Attendees can also earn points for Mav Tracks and enter for free giveaways.

SHS is located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

Performances of "The Arabian Nights" Begin April 13

The UNO Department of Theatre will present Mary Zimmerman's "The Arabian Nights" April 13-15 and 19-22 in the UNO Theater. The production is directed by D. Scott Glasser.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The April 19 performance will be ASL interpreted. A talkback session with the director, designers and cast will follow the April 21 performance.

Nebraska native Zimmerman's adaptation weaves ancient tales of wonder into a poetic testament to the transformational power of storytelling. Her trademark use of multiple stories that embody a common thread of human experience captivated audiences last season in UNO's performances of "Metamorphoses," a collection of tales from Ovid's "Metamorphoses," uniquely written to be staged in a pool of water. UNO's production was hailed as 2004's "Best College Production" by Omaha World-Herald reviewer Bob Fischbach.

The UNO Theater is located in the Weber Fine Arts Building, and the box office is now open. Ticket prices are $15, and $10 for students and seniors. They may be purchased in person at the box office, by e-mail at unoboxoffice@mail.unomaha.edu, or by phone at 554.2335.

For more information, contact Ron Zank at 554.2406.

Omaha World-Herald Writer to Speak at Journalism Conference

Henry Cordes, an award-winning reporter with the Omaha World-Herald, will be the featured speaker at the UNO School of Communication's annual high school journalism conference Wednesday, April 19.

Cordes will present "Why Journalism Is a Great Gig," starting at 12:30 p.m. in the W.H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall. UNO students, staff and faculty members are welcome to attend.

the nameHenry Cordes is a senior reporter for the Omaha World-Herald. The 1981 Central High graduate and 1985 UNO journalism graduate is in his 25th year at the paper. He worked his first four years in sports and has since covered crime, courts, politics, the military and the Legislature, including six years as the paper's bureau chief in Lincoln. He has won numerous state awards and is a two-time winner of the Thomas C. Sorensen Award for Nebraska's most-distinguished journalism.

The program also will include a recognition ceremony for the winners from a high school journalism and broadcasting contest sponsored by the UNO School of Communication. Students from the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area will receive awards for contest entries in numerous categories, such as best sports photograph, best news story, best inside-page layout and best short-form broadcast.

For more information, contact Sherrie Wilson at 554.3677 or swilson@mail.unomaha.edu.

Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon April 26

The Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) and Food Services will host a special luncheon Wednesday, April 26, to honor office professional staff on campus for the work they do all year.

The event will be held at noon in the MBSC Ballroom. Tickets are $12.50 each and can be purchased in the MBSC Business Office, located on the second floor of the MBSC. Tickets also can be purchased by phone at 554.2979 through Monday, April 24.

The April 26 luncheon menu is as follows:

Appetizer
Italian shrimp bisque and mini penne.

Salad
Thai butter lettuce salad with Asian dressing and peanut sauce.

Entree
Chicken breast Diane, cilantro lime rice timbale and sesame citrus asparagus.

Dessert
Hazelnut craquant and chocolate ganache.

For more information, call Sue Baker at 554.2400.

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 of externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of Feb. 11 through March 10, those receiving grant awards totaling $593,922 are as follows:

Name – Patricia Adams
College – Public Affairs and Community Service
Title - The Program for Women and Successful Aging's 8th Annual Rites of Spring
Sponsor - Nebraska Arts Council

Names – Nora Bacon, Shereen Bingham and Hollis Glaser
Colleges – Arts and Sciences & Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Title - Breaking Silence: Difficult Dialogues at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Sponsor - The Ford Foundation

Name – Michael Bishop
College – Arts and Sciences
Title - Climate Forcing and Glaciers in the Western Himalaya: Assessing Glacier Fluctuations using ASTER Data
Sponsor - NASA

Name – Brent Bowen
College – Public Affairs and Community Service
Title - NASA Nebraska Space Grant Year 14 Augmentation Proposal
Sponsor - NASA

Name – Carolyn Fiscus
College – Arts and Sciences
Title - Honor the Youth 8th Annual UNO Pow Wow
Sponsor - Nebraska Arts Council

Name – Neal Grandgenett
College - Education
Title - Teaching for Elementary Achievement in Mathematics (Project TEAM)
Sponsor - Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education

Name – Judith Harrington
College – Public Affairs and Community Service
Title - Exploring Life Span Through Service Learning
Sponsor - University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)/Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education

Name – Alan Kolok
College – Arts and Sciences
Title - Organizational effects induced by the maternal transfer of copper in fathead minnows
Sponsor – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Name – Kenneth Kriz
College – Public Affairs and Community Service
Title - Affordability Analysis of Omaha Combined Sewer Overflow Program
Sponsor - City of Omaha

Name – Michael Peterson
College – Arts and Sciences
Title - Call 9 Database for Missouri River Infrastructure
Sponsor – U.S. Department of Defense/Army Corps of Engineers

Name – Amanda Randall
College – Public Affairs and Community Service
Title - Teaching Clinical Research in a Service Learning Format
Sponsor - UNL/Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education

Name – Becky Schnabel
College - Education
Title - CARES (Certification Alternative for Reaching Exceptional Students)
Sponsor - Nebraska Department of Education

Name – Mary Simpson
College – Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Title - Printed in Omaha: A Thirty-Year Retrospective of the Visiting Artist Program of the UNO Print Workshop
Sponsor - National Endowment for the Arts

Name – Sharon Sobel
College – Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Title - Construction of Costumes for Opera Omaha's Production of "Abduction from the Seraglio"
Sponsor - Opera Omaha

Name – Peter Szto
College – Public Affairs and Community Service
Title – Teaching Social Work in Health and Mental Health: An East-West Appraisal
Sponsor – International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)

For support and help with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/spr/.

Summer Shuttle Schedule Begins May 8

Starting Monday, May 8, the summer shuttle service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the north and south campus only. There will be no shuttle service to Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

April Is National Mathematics Awareness Month

The UNO Department of Mathematics is sponsoring a variety of activities this April in conjunction with National Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM). The 2006 theme of MAM is "Mathematics and Internet Security."

The schedule of events is listed below.

Friday, April 7
"MAM at UNO"
Symposium and student poster session
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
256 Durham Science Center (DSC)
Students from the Kerrigan research mini-grants program will present the results of their research in mathematics under the supervision of mathematics faculty members.

Friday, April 21
Problem-solving contest for high school students
1 to 3 p.m.
164 and 165 DSC

Wednesday, April 26
"T-10 division on Theoretical Biology & Biophysics"
Lecture by David Torney, Los Alamos National Laboratory
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
255 DSC

"Since 1991, April has been the month for celebrating mathematics and its applications," said Dora Matache, assistant professor of mathematics at UNO. "We hope you will join us in the celebration of mathematics and encourage your students to attend the events."

For more information about MAM activities at UNO, visit the Web at http://avalon.unomaha.edu/~wwwmath/MAM/mam.html. For more information about the Kerrigan research mini-grants program, visit http://avalon.unomaha.edu/wwwmath/minigrants/researchminigrants.html.

Symposium, Gandhi Award Luncheon April 7

The UNO School of Social Work will host its ninth annual symposium and Gandhi Award Luncheon Friday, April 7. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the W.H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The luncheon will get under way at noon.

Ako Abdul-Samad, founder and CEO of Creative Visions Human Development Institute, will facilitate this year's symposium, titled "What is America Losing…?".  Alberto "Beto" Gonzales from the Omaha Boys and Girls Club will deliver the luncheon address, titled "The Truth About Gangs."

During the luncheon, the ninth annual Gandhi Award will be presented to longtime Nebraska peace activist Frances Mendenhall for her dedication to using nonviolent methods and her work in peace and justice.

Established in 1996, the Gandhi Award honors individuals and organizations that exemplify Mahatma Gandhi's principles of nonviolence, selfless service and social action, which are consistent with social work values. Since 1999, the Gandhi Award has been presented annually during the UNO School of Social Work Symposium.

"The award luncheon and daylong symposium are excellent opportunities for social workers, youth agency workers, alternative and secondary school teachers, social activists, mental health practitioners and other human service professionals to come together for learning and celebration of our collective commitment to social justice," said Ashlie Hurt, event organizer in the UNO School of Social Work.

On-site registration will be conducted on a space-available basis.  Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota social workers may receive 6.0 CEUs for attending the symposium. Some scholarships are available for full-time social work students to attend the symposium.

To access the registration forms or for more information, visit the Web at http://socialwork.unomaha.edu/gandhi.htm, or contact Hurt at 554.3057 or ahurt@mail.unomaha.edu.

Experimental Gallery Invites Exploration through May 5

Ventilation, an experimental gallery created by studio art students in the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, is currently on display in the southeast corner of the UNO Sculpture Lab.

The purpose of this laboratory space is to create a forum for exploratory technical and conceptual practice, said David Helm, associate professor and chair of the UNO Department of Art and Art History. A series of six weekly exhibits is taking place through May 5. This semester's work includes video installation, environmental transformation, political commentary and nostalgic feminist documentary. 

"By using artwork, students seek to establish a significant dialogue between the campus and the community," Helm said. "Ventilation is an open atmosphere that welcomes people interested in investigating the boundaries of human expression."

Parking is available outside the UNO Sculpture Lab. Opening receptions are taking place each Monday from noon to 1 p.m., and closing receptions are taking place each Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Helm at 554.2207.

Commencement Set for May 5

Commencement for May graduates will be held Friday, May 5, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., at 2 p.m. Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty who plan to attend the ceremony are asked to order their academic regalia from the UNO Bookstore (554.2336) by April 21.

Spring 2006 Strategic Planning Advance May 8

Community engagement and accountability will be the focus at the UNO Spring 2006 Strategic Planning Advance Monday, May 8. The event will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All interested members of the campus community are invited to attend.

More information will be provided as the event nears.

To learn more about UNO's strategic plan, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/plan/, or contact Lindy Gustafson, graduate assistant, at lgustafson@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.2535.

Viewbooks Available

If you are looking for a UNO publication to give away to prospective students, then UNO Recruitment Services has a viewbook available. It is a one-pocket folder that includes pictures and features every UNO college.

For available quantities, contact Monica Bayles at 554.2977 or mbayles@mail.unomaha.edu. These viewbooks will be available through July 1.