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On Feb. 12, 1988, a story appeared in The Gateway, detailing "How to Buy Art", a new UNO College of Continuing Studies non-credit course. The three-session class was taught by Thomas Majeski, professor of art at UNO, and Myriel Hiner, a local independent art agent. The cost was $45 per person, and was held Tuesday nights in the UNO Art Gallery. Although the purchase of art as an investment was covered, the instructors thought it more important to discuss "how and where to buy art and what is good vs. what is bad." The idea was to expose students to art fundamentals and increase their art literacy so they may determine what types and styles of art they prefer. As Hiner stated: "if a piece of artwork is purchased, it should be enjoyed."

Date: Feb. 12, 1988
Source: The Gateway
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

Nominations Sought for SAC Recognition Award

UNO faculty and staff are invited to submit nominations for the annual Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Recognition Award. All UNO faculty, managerial/professional and office/service staff members in good standing are eligible to be nominated on the basis of exemplary support to UNO staff members.

Guidelines, past winners and the nomination form can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

SAC Recognition Award

Nominations are due Friday, March 2. The nomination form and supporting materials should be sent via campus mail to:

SAC Secretary
P.O. Box 130

The award will be presented this spring at the annual Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council banquet. For more information, call Rhonda Sheilbal-Carver at 554.2625.

For more information about SAC, visit the Web at http://avalon.unomaha.edu/sac/.

Nominations Due Today for Student Employee of the Year

Today, Feb. 14, is the deadline to nominate student workers for the Student Employee of the Year Award.

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. today. 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.

Faculty/Staff Hockey Nights Feb. 16-17 at the Civic

It's back! Maverick hockey invites all UNO faculty and staff members to the UNO vs. Ohio State series set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17. Face-off is set for 7:05 p.m. on Feb. 16 and 8:05 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. The faculty/staff appreciation nights are being sponsored by the UNO Athletic Department.

The UNO Athletic Ticket Office announces that about 1,500 seats remain for Friday's 7:05 p.m. contest with the Buckeyes, and about 900 are available for Saturday's 8:05 p.m. game. If those seats are sold in advance, about 200 standing room tickets will be available for each game. A sell-out is expected, so call for availability.

The discounted price is $8 for all tickets (regular ticket price is $18). This offer is valid only through today, Feb. 14, 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.

In conjunction with the series, UNO Student Government has proposed a call-to-action for all UNO hockey fans: participation in a "Black Out."

"We're asking all hockey fans to wear black," said Latavia Adams, legislative and public relations officer with UNO Student Government. "The UNO Bookstore is offering a ‘buy one, get one half-off' discount on clothing so hockey fans can prepare for the ‘Black Out.'"

"Mav Madness" Sale Continues at the Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore is hosting a "Mav Madness" Sale through Friday, Feb. 16. Buy one apparel item at regular price and receive the second item of equal or lesser value for half price.

UNO Bookstore hours are as follows:

- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Inclement Weather Announcement

When inclement weather arises locally, access the UNO Weather Announcements Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/news/weather.php for the latest university closing information. Remember to hit the reload or refresh button on your Web browser first.

You also can dial 554.CALL (554.2255) for the latest weather announcements, and KVNO Radio (90.7 FM) will also announce UNO closing information.

Fidelity Representative Schedule Announced through May

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be in Omaha for individual counseling sessions from 1 to 5 p.m. according to the following schedule:

- Monday, Feb. 26
- Wednesday, March 28
- Friday, April 13
- Tuesday, May 8

To schedule an appointment with Anderson, call 1.800.642.7131.

Early Undergraduate Research Proposals Sought

Proposals are currently sought at UNO in support of Early Undergraduate Research (EUR) in a variety of scientific areas. Funding for the program comes from a five-year, $2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Talent Expansion Program (STEP) grant.

UNO and Metropolitan Community College (MCC) were jointly awarded the NSF STEP grant in May 2004 to increase the number of students majoring in the STEM areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics and physics.

"New this year, we wish to broaden the scope of this STEP grant activity to additionally solicit proposals from MCC faculty," said Dana Richter-Egger, a UNO assistant professor of chemistry and one of the EUR project's co-principal investigators. "In particular, we wish to encourage proposals for collaborative research involving faculty and students from both institutions - MCC and UNO."

One of the activities funded by the STEP grant is Early Undergraduate Research (EUR). While undergraduate research is generally widespread in the STEM disciplines, participating students are typically in their third or fourth year of studies and have already committed to their major.

"Our primary reason for getting early undergraduates involved in research is to create interest and motivation for students to consider a STEM major," Dr. Richter-Egger said.

The STEP grant will fund early undergraduate research by providing faculty summer support, student tuition wavers and limited funds for materials/supplies. The summer stipends support UNO faculty in STEM areas to recruit qualified early undergraduates into a motivational research activity and then to supervise the students involved for one or more semesters. Though the funding comes in the summer, the project itself need not be confined to the same summer. It should, however, be largely completed during a one-year time period.

UNO undergraduate students - classified as pre-freshmen, freshmen or sophomores - will receive a tuition waiver for up to three credit hours at the undergraduate tuition rate for residents of Nebraska, for the purpose of taking an appropriate research course in a UNO STEM department. Instructors should present class lists to the staff assistant of the Department of Mathematics to receive tuition credit for their students. Depending on demand, this tuition credit may be limited to three credit hours per student per academic year.

All faculty are welcome to submit proposals, and the most attractive research projects meeting the STEP goals will be supported. Proposals will be selected based on the following criteria:

- Evidence for successful recruitment and retention of students into a STEM major (On what personal experience or successful external models of early undergraduate research is the project based?);

- Number of students projected to be involved;

- Sustainability (Proposers should address anticipated duration of the proposed research. Is there a clear point of completion for the project, or can it be continued indefinitely by regularly recruiting new students? Will continuation of the project, short or long term, require additional funding?); and

- Projects that are interdisciplinary (within or outside of STEM areas) or specifically target underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Proposals should indicate the funding requested: summer stipends for participating faculty and/or tuition reimbursement for students also receiving credit for their research. The faculty stipend for joint proposals is $6,000 (to be split between the faculty) and $4,500 for individual proposals. Faculty members receiving STEP funds will be expected to submit a report which is due 1) following the completion of the project, 2) following the first round of a continuing project or 3) one year from the award date, whichever comes first.

The report should include:

- The names of all student participants and their class status (freshman, sophomore, etc.) at the time of the research;

- A description of the actual research activity as it was carried out;

- The degree of success, both in terms of scientific knowledge and its effectiveness to recruit and retain students into a STEM program; and

- The extent the project will or will not be continued.

Although STEP will be looking for new faculty participants each summer, continued funding of clearly successful projects from past summers will also be considered.  

Descriptions of past EUR-awarded research can be found on the STEP Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/step/stepeur.shtml#eur_call.

Proposals should be submitted on or before Wednesday, Feb. 28. Authors of funded proposals will be notified by Friday, March 9.

To apply for this summer support, submit an approximately one-page description of the proposed EUR plan addressing the aforementioned points to "UNO STEP co-PI Richard Richter-Egger, 365 Durham Science Center.

Each of the grant's principal investigators - Hesham Ali (computer science, 554.3623), Jack Heidel (mathematics, 554.3430) and Dr. Richter-Egger (chemistry, 554.3643) - are available to answer questions about EUR support and the STEP grant in general.

Strategic Planning Forum to Focus on Student Engagement

Student participation in community engagement will be the focus Friday, March 2, at the spring Strategic Planning Forum. The day's activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. All interested members of the campus community are invited to attend.

The activities planned include an overview of the new myMAPP Campus and Strategic Framework Web sites, a panel on best practices for unit-based strategic planning, an activity designed to solicit strategies for addressing the strategic issues identified at last spring's strategic planning event, a poster session focusing on student involvement in the community, as well as a panel including faculty, staff, students and community members presenting an overview of their engagement activities.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Lindy Gustafson, graduate assistant, at 554.2535 or lgustafson@mail.unomaha.edu.

Single and Partnered Gay Men Sought for Study

Single and partnered gay men, ages 19 to 65, are sought for participation in a study being conducted by researchers in the UNO Department of Psychology.

The goal of the study is to investigate the physiology of romantic relationships and commitment in gay men. The study was featured in the Jan. 19 edition of The Gateway (click here for article).

Participants are asked to provide an anonymous saliva sample for testosterone analysis and answer an anonymous online questionnaire from the privacy of home. No personally identifying information (name, phone number, address, etc.) is collected from participants. Participation requires less than 30 minutes.

For more information, contact Jeffrey French at 554.2558 or jfrench@mail.unomaha.edu, or Jeffrey Fite at 554.3094 or jfite@mail.unomaha.edu.

UCAT Accepting Proposals for Conference Grants

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces several conferences it has deemed especially useful for UNO faculty to attend because the conferences meet the pedagogical goals of UCAT.

UCAT funding will cover transportation expenses, registration fees and lodging costs, so applicants should estimate these costs on their applications.

The designated conferences are as follows:

Conference: AACU - The Student as Scholar: Undergraduate Research and Creative Practices (http://www.aacu.org/meetings/)
Date: April 19-21
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Deadline for UCAT consideration: Wednesday, Feb. 21

Conference: National CASTL Institute - Civic Engagement in the Classroom (http://www.colum.edu/cte/2007CASTL/)
Date: June 6-9
Location: Chicago
Deadline for UCAT consideration: Wednesday, March 21

Information will also be disseminated on the FacConnect, Center for Faculty Development (CFD) and UCAT Web sites, and by the Center for Faculty Development to all faculty.

Application forms are available on the CFD/UCAT Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/). 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 (awoll@mail.unomaha.edu). Hard copy submissions should be sent to the CFD in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. 

For more information, contact the CFD or Teresa Lamsam, associate professor of communication and UCAT chair (554.4853 or tlamsam@mail.unomaha.edu).