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2007 Women of Color Honorees

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Recipients of the UNO Women of Color (WOC) Awards were honored at the fifth annual luncheon March 7 at DC Centre. Pictured from left to right are Cynthia Swoopes, Business/Entrepreneurship Award recipient; Dr. Huiling Pang, Science and Technology Award recipient; Francesca Hannah, Youth Leadership Award recipient; Maria Valentín, Community Service Award recipient; Dr. Cristina Fernandez, Education Award recipient; and Llana Smith, Arts and Humanities recipient.

history photo

Staff and students pitch in to fix a pinball machine in the UNO Student Center game room during the fall of 1972.

This Week in Campus History

On March 8, 1957, The Gateway reported that a 1942 University of Omaha alum was working hard to bring American art and literature to Cuba. Francis Donahue was employed as the American cultural attaché at the U. S. Embassy in Cuba. OU professor Christobal Espinosa had kept in contact with Donahue and reported to The Gateway that the OU Spanish major had written pamphlets in Spanish about famous American writers that hopefully would be used in schools throughout Cuba.

Date: March 8, 1957
Source: That You May Know
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Alexander Williams

At Your Service

by Beverly Newsam

While some of his fellow students are still snug in their beds, Alexander Williams is on campus preparing for the day. It is just one of many changes he has faced during his transition to student body president/regent at UNO. ...continue

UNO Announces Athletic Director Candidate List

MavericksA final candidate list for the UNO athletic director position has been forwarded to UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen from the UNO Athletic Director Search Committee.  Candidates will be coming to UNO after spring break, which ends March 18.

Candidates will meet with various campus groups and Chancellor Christensen. The candidates include:

- Cliff Dochterman, senior associate athletic director at the University of California, Riverside;
- Michael Kemp, UNO head coach for hockey;
- David Miller, associate athletic director at Southern Methodist University;
- Bruce Van De Veld, former director of athletics at Iowa State University; and
- William Weidner, deputy athletic director at the University of Central Florida.

There is no set date to make a final decision on the position.  More than 70 applicant files were reviewed by the search committee, which is chaired by John Langan, dean of the UNO College of Education.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Smith Named NCC Women's Indoor Coach of the Year

MavericksUNO first-year head track coach Steve Smith has been named the North Central Conference women's indoor track and field coach of the year by a vote of the league's coaches.

Smith, who took over the program after Tim Hendricks retired in September, led the Mavericks to their first indoor team title in 26 years last month.  UNO had seven champions in the meet.

The Mavericks' next assignment will be the NCAA Division II indoor meet in Boston this weekend.

Civic Participation Projects Forum Set for March 20

This year's project grant awardees will be summarizing their projects and achievements at a forum set for Tuesday, March 20.  The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Grants will be awarded for up to $1,500 for Civic Participation Projects and $650 toward travel grants relating to Civic Participation.  To register for this event, e-mail Alice Woll at facdev@unomaha.edu or call 554.2427.

Projects are under way in a variety of fields like music, education, political science and foreign languages, as well as in the UNO Colleges of Business and Information Science and Technology. Displays and briefs will be given on projects that received funding.

"Using iTunes to Manage Teaching Content" March 23

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) is sponsoring a session on using iTunes to manage a variety of teaching content.  The event will be held Friday, March 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room.

Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication will present "Classroom Video: Using iTunes to Manage Teaching Content." The session will explore how to download video from the Web, import it into the iTunes interface and employ meta data to search vast content. 

By organizing video, cued segments may be delivered to students via a laptop computer and projection system.  The latest media technology opens the door to advanced teaching, research and service possibilities involving digital video.

To register, contact the CFD (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or facdev@unomaha.edu.  Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact the CFD or Dr. Lipschultz at 554.4856 or jlipschultz@mail.unomaha.edu.

SLA to Host Brown Bag Today on Community Partnerships

Maria Anderson Knudtson, an instructor in the UNO Department of English, will present on "Developing and Sustaining Community Partnerships" today, March 8, at UNO.  The Service-Learning Academy (SLA) brown bag seminar will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

In the past 15 years, Knudtson has worked in partnership with the education department at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo.  Her classes have brought many valuable resources to the zoo's education department - accomplishing projects such as researching and writing species training manuals for zoo docents, creating marketing materials for zoo education programs, and researching and developing community education materials about environmental issues and endangered species. 

At the March 8 brown bag, she will discuss the development of her partnership with the zoo and how it changed over time.  She will also give an overview of the projects she and her students accomplished throughout the years - discussing the benefits gained, from both the zoo's and the students' perspectives.

Refreshments and dessert will be provided. Contact Alice Woll at 554.2427 or awoll@mail.unomaha.edu to R.S.V.P.

Nominations for SAC Recognition Award Due March 9

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 9. 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/.

Annual Service Award Recipients List Announced

Human Resources has announced the recipients for the university's annual Service Award. 

All full-time regular and part-time regular (non-temporary continuing appointments for a period of six months or more) UNO faculty and staff who have completed five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of service within the University of Nebraska between Oct. 1, 2006 and Sept. 30, 2007 will be included in this year's ceremony. 

The most current awardees list is available by clicking on the link below. Those listed have completed service at UNO and are eligible to receive an award:

2007 Service Award Recipients

Individuals are asked to review this updated list for any additions/corrections that still need to be made. If faculty or staff have not been included but are eligible for a service award, call Human Resources at 554.2321 by Monday, March 12.  In addition, all employees who have retired or are intending to retire this year should be included.

The Service Award ceremony will be held at noon Wednesday, May 23, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.  Individual recipients will be receiving more detailed information regarding gift selection and attendance notification in the near future.

Speech Center to Host Student Lunch & Learn Workshop

The UNO Speech Center is sponsoring a free student Lunch & Learn Workshop on "Moving from Paper to Presentation: A Transformation" Friday, March 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. 

Students are invited to learn more about adjusting to a broader audience, reorganizing main themes for more structure, and integrating story telling and visuals to enhance content.

Free pizza and pop will be provided.

To register for this session, contact Marlina Howe at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or mmhowe@mail.unomaha.edu.

Call for UCAT Grant Proposals for Spring 2007

The UNO 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.

Applications are encouraged for interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on one or more of the following themes. The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of 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, from August through April, or until funds are expended. UCAT will fund grants up to $750 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.

Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) 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 reference, examples of successful models of applications are available on the CFD/UCAT Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/).

For more information, contact Teresa Lamsam, associate professor of communication and the 2006-07 chair of UCAT (554.4853 or tlamsam@mail.unomaha.edu).

Progressive Discipline Workshop March 14

Whatever the situation, supervisors must address their employees' behavior consistently with calmness, clarity, fairness and respect, and with the hope of changing the behavior for the better. 

Human Resources at UNO will present a workshop on the university's progressive discipline system this March. The event, which is designed for new and experienced supervisors, will be held Wednesday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

This session will provide an understanding of progressive discipline and appropriate methods for giving an oral warning, a written warning and, if necessary, when the behavior does not change, the proper procedures for dismissing an employee.

For more information or to register, contact Kristy Johnson at 554.2321.

Cindy Sheehan to Keynote at Peace and Justice Expo

Cindy Sheehan is coming to UNO. Sheehan will be the keynote speaker Sunday, April 15, at the third Omaha Peace and Justice Expo.

For more information, contact Margaret Gilmore (mgilmore2003@yahoo.com or 312.7546) or Katie Ladd (kladd@mail.unomaha.edu or 812.1611).  Watch eNotes for more information as the event nears.