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This Week in Campus History

On Jan. 29, 1982, Helen Hudson - an Australian-born professional singer and song writer - performed at UNO. Hudson's concert took place in the Student Center Ballroom and included country, cabaret, modern and folk music. The UNO Student Programming Organization sponsored the free event, which was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and encouraged the audience to bring lunches.

Date: Jan. 29, 1982
Source: The Weekly Communicator
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Gail Baker

A Job Well Done

by Beverly Newsam

Recognition is often shown in a variety of ways - from a pat on the back, to a high-five or just a simple "way to go." Gail Baker's kudos are in the form of a golden statuette known as an Emmy. ...continue

Faculty/Staff Hockey Nights Jan. 26-27 at Qwest Center

MavericksMaverick hockey invites all UNO faculty and staff members to the UNO vs. Northern Michigan series set for Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27. Face-off is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Qwest Center Omaha. The faculty/staff appreciation nights are being sponsored by the UNO Athletic Department.

The discounted price is $8 for all tickets (regular ticket price is $15). This offer is valid only through Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 5 p.m. Mention this offer to receive your discounted tickets by calling 554.MAVS (6287) or via e-mail at bhaynes@mail.unomaha.edu.

Nebraska Humanities Council Brown Bag

The UNO community is invited to attend a brown bag session today, Jan. 23, featuring Mary Yager, program officer with the Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC). Yager will present information about the NHC's grants and programs. The informal session is hosted by Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) and will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The session is particularly important for individuals who are planning to submit a proposal to the NHC for the spring or summer deadlines. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy beverages and desserts provided by SPR.

Reservations are not required. For more information, contact SPR at 554.2286.

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab session will be held today, Jan. 23, at 9 a.m. in Room 207 of Criss Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various online resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Incorporating Student Presentations Brown Bag Jan. 26

Would you like to incorporate oral presentations into your course? Do you need help on how to do it more effectively or how to provide effective feedback on oral presentations? A workshop will be held Friday, Jan. 26, to introduce UNO's Speaking Across the Curriculum program and uncover resources available to assist faculty through the new Speech Consulting Center.

The event will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 143 Arts and Sciences Hall. Marlina Howe, Speech Center consulting coordinator and instructor, will present.

At the brown bag, individuals will learn more about:
- Incorporating student presentations into a course;
- Providing effective feedback to students on their presentations; and
- Using evaluation criteria for grading presentations.

To register for the session or for more information, contact Howe at 554.3201 or mmhowe@mail.unomaha.edu. Those attending are invited to bring their lunch. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

The center provides free speech consulting services for faculty, staff and students.

Blue Line Club Luncheon Jan. 26

The hockey season is in full swing, and the tradition to kick off a Maverick hockey weekend continues this week with a Blue Line Club (BLC) luncheon. The next luncheon will be held Friday, Jan. 26, to commemorate the UNO vs. Northern Michigan series.

The luncheon will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The buffet opens at 11:15 a.m., and the program will run from 11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for BLC members or $25 for non-members. No reservation is required to attend.

At the luncheon, hear from the opposing coach, watch highlight videos, get a scouting report on opponents and learn from guest speakers. Previous speakers include NHL scouts, player agents, referees, and former college players and coaches.

For more information, contact Shirley Fey at 554.3422.

Faculty Wikipedia Brown Bag Jan. 25

On Thursday, Jan. 25, faculty will have an opportunity to discuss Wikipedia as a source of information for academic papers. The brown bag session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room. All faculty who regularly assign papers requiring research are encouraged to attend.

In this workshop, faculty will learn about the history of Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia. In particular, the structure of the site, its potential and its hazards for student writers. The workshop, led by UNO librarians Greg Sunderman and Melissa Cast, will prepare faculty to guide students in the judicious use of Wikipedia, and it will raise larger questions about the Internet's challenge to assumptions about knowledge-making, expertise and intellectual property.

For more information, contact Writing Across the Curriculum coordinator Nora Bacon (nbacon@mail.unomaha.edu). To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or facdev@unomaha.edu. Those attending are invited to bring their lunch. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

FEAP to Offer Workshop on Dealing with Difficult People

Do you struggle with effective ways to handle angry, upset customers/co-workers? If so, this program is for you. Hosted by the Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP), "Dealing with Difficult Customers" will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, at UNO. The program will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon Room.

The presenters will be Marlene Schneider, counselor with the UNO and University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) FEAP, and Susan Smith, manager of UNO/UNMC FEAP. The duo will discuss techniques for dealing with difficult people at work.

Participants will learn how to:
- Understand how perceptions, experience and exposures shape our attitudes; and
- Develop more effective strategies for working with difficult people at work.

Reserve a seat by calling 554.2321 no later than Friday, Jan. 26.

Nominations Sought for Faculty Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies the effective practice of service learning in his or her work. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $500.

To be nominated, a faculty member must:

- Have demonstrated the ability to develop and teach an effective service-learning course.  
- Have been supportive of service learning at UNO (i.e. through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles and mentoring faculty/students, etc.)
- Have demonstrated the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners and have a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (i.e. professionalism and cultural competency).
- Hold a full- or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation Thursday, April 12, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. 

Nominations must be delivered to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Friday, Jan. 26. Nomination forms are available for download on the Service-Learning Academy Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning/. For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@mail.unomaha.edu.

Nominations Sought for Student Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO student who has gone above and beyond the required community engagement in the context of a service-learning class. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $250. To be nominated, a student must have demonstrated, and upheld in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service learning, including: 

- Establishing and maintaining a reciprocal relationship with a community partner;
- Providing a useful and meaningful community service; and
- Mastering the course's academic objective(s), as related to the service performed. 

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation Friday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. 

Nominations must be delivered to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Friday, Jan. 26. Nomination forms are available for download on the Service-Learning Academy Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning/. For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@mail.unomaha.edu.

Service Learning Research Brown Bag Jan. 31

A service learning research brown bag will be held Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room (third floor).

Barbara Dewey, assessment specialist with the Service-Learning Academy, will present service learning research findings with discussion about implications for teaching service-learning classes.

To register, send an e-mail to awoll@mail.unomaha.edu or call 554.6019.

NBDC Professional Development Opportunities Available

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) is offering the following professional development courses:

- Tuesday, Feb. 6
Becoming an Effective Leader (Award Winning Series)

 - Thursday, Feb. 8
Introduction to Crystal Reports XI

- Tuesday, Feb. 20
Running Productive Meetings

- Tuesday, Feb. 20
Excel 2003 Level I

- Wednesday, Feb. 21
ASP.NET with Visual Basic

Course descriptions are available online at https://nbdc.unomaha.edu/NBDCstore/store.cfm.

To register, call 595.2900.

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the UNO College of Business Administration. The NBDC Business and Technology Solutions Division is a leading provider of results-based, interactive professional development programs. The program serves the citizens of Nebraska and has trained more than 65,000 people at more than 750 companies.

Nominations Sought for Student Employee of the Year

Student workers are an essential component of UNO. Not only do they play an important role in the daily functions of UNO, but they are also gaining valuable work experience.

Student Employment Services is seeking nominations for Student Employee of the Year. To nominate a student, complete a short nomination form with a recommendation letter and return the information to Student Employment Services (205 Eppley Administration Building) by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. Nomination forms have been mailed to all departments. If you did not receive a form or have questions, call 554.2321.

The Student Employee of the Year will be announced and nominees will be recognized, along with all student workers, at the 2007 Student Employment Reception. The event will be held Monday, April 9, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

People

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.