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A "Reckless" Performance

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Faculty and students from the UNO Department of Theatre will offer their interpretation of "Reckless" by Craig Lucas with campus and outreach performances of the production. All UNO performances will run Thursday through Saturday, March 29-31, in the Directing Lab (Room 006 in the Weber Fine Arts Building). Doors will open at 7 p.m., and curtain is set for 7:30 p.m. See story below for details.

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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

The March 1949 issue of That You May Know reported that Chi Omega, a nationally recognized sorority, wished to pledge 45 students from the local University of Omaha (OU) chapter of Pi Omega. This was the university's "first affiliation with national social sororities," and OU President Milo Bail optimistically predicted that more national Greek organizations would arrive on campus by the fall semester.  The official induction of young women into Chi Omega was scheduled to take place on campus April 1.

Date: March 1949
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

Nominees for Student Employee of the Year Announced

The nominees for the 2007 Student Employee of the Year at UNO have been announced. All nominees (listed below) will be honored, and the 2007 Employee of the Year recipient will be revealed at a campus reception set for Monday, April 9. 

The reception will be held at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Monday, April 2, to Student Employment Services at 554.2321.

2007 nominees:
- Tracy Abler, College of Business Administration, Dean's Office;
- Aja Anderson, Multicultural Affairs;
- Caleb Applebaum, Department of English, Writing Center;
- Christopher Bridges, Air Force ROTC;
- Jamie Erb, Facilities Management and Planning;
- Jennie Gaston, Criss Library, Circulation Desk;
- Seth Goeken, Facilities Management and Planning;
- Nikhil Hardikar, Facilities Management and Planning;
- Sean Jacobs, College of Engineering, Dean's Office;
- Jordon Kuhl, Campus Recreation;
- Catherine Mass, Department of Computer Science;
- Amanda Micek, Cashiering, Student Accounts;
- Nowell Milks, Project Achieve;
- Abby Supenski, Division of Continuing Studies;
- Destiny Watkins, Academic and Student Affairs; and
- London Yang, College of Information, Science and Technology, Lewis and Clark Project.

UNO Blue Line Club Jersey Fundraiser Under Way

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The UNO Blue Line Club is auctioning six authentic, game-worn jerseys on eBay as a fundraiser for the Maverick hockey equipment budget.

The jerseys feature the program's 10th anniversary logo patch and Central Collegiate Hockey Association patch. Each was worn as a home "alternate" jersey during the 2006-07 season. The jerseys being offered are numbered 1, 2, 13, 14, 23 and 25.

Bidding began March 25 and concludes Sunday, April 1, after the team's annual awards program. The auctions will close in 10-minute increments, beginning at 8 p.m. on April 1.

For more information, contact Shirley Fey at 554.3422.

UNO Department of Theatre to Present "Reckless"

The UNO Department of Theatre will present "Reckless" by Craig Lucas Thursday through Saturday, March 29-31. Directed by Amy Lane, performances will run for three nights before touring to Holdrege, Neb.

Performance will be held in the Directing Lab (Room 006 in the Weber Fine Arts Building). The doors will open at 7 p.m., and curtain is set for 7:30 p.m.

"Reckless", a twisted Christmas fable that is one part "It's a Wonderful Life" and one part "Alice in Wonderland," is a story of fantasy, dark comedy and revelation that follows Rachel Fitsimmons on her journey through several Christmases as she encounters killers, liars, a paraplegic and her destiny.  

The production will mark Lane's directing debut at UNO, where she is an adjunct professor in the UNO Department of Theatre.

"The message of this play is not one of despair, but of hope as Lucas invites us to celebrate the glorious resiliency of the human spirit," Lane said.

Tickets cost $5 at the door or are free with the purchase of season tickets. No advance reservations are available, and seating is limited.

For more information, contact Ron Zank, UNO Department of Theatre secretary, at 554.2406.

Peace Corps Presentation March 28

International Studies and Programs will sponsor a Peace Corps presentation, "An American in Romania," Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Jennifer Marciniak from the Denver recruiting office will share her experience in Romania, a former Eastern Bloc country.  After the presentation, Marciniak will be available for questions about Peace Corps.

For more information, contact Anne West-Leclou, International Programs, at 554.2293.

ITS Announces Session on New UNO Web Templates

Are you interested in redesigning your college or department Web site?

Stuart Wheat, Web designer in Information Technology Services (ITS), has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus.

ITS will host an informational session on the UNO Web templates Thursday, March 29. The event will be held in the Welcome Center, 111 Eppley Administration Building, at 10 a.m.

Those who attend will:
- Learn more about the UNO Web templates;
- See examples of how other UNO departments have implemented the Web templates; and
- Find out how you can use the templates to redesign your Web site.

R.S.V.P. to unohelpdesk@mail.unomaha.edu if you plan to attend.  For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or unohelpdesk@mail.unomaha.edu.

Brennan Institute Conference Set for April 21

The William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at UNO will host its Eighth Annual Labor Community Conference Saturday, April 21.  "Promoting the General Welfare" is the event's title and overarching theme.

Providing for the welfare of the general public is a basic goal of government.  The preamble of the U.S. Constitution cites promotion of the general welfare as a primary reason for the creation of the Constitution, said John Kretzschmar, director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies.

"Promotion of the general welfare is also a stated purpose in state constitutions and statutes.  ‘Promoting the General Welfare' is founded on the belief that self-evident universal truths espoused in the Delectation of Independence must be a reality for all citizens and not for an elite few," Kretzschmar said.  "It is a viewpoint that emphasizes the values of social and economic justice for all of the people in the country who are required to work to earn a living." 

Bill Fletcher Jr., the author of numerous articles about the future of the labor movement and co-author of the pictorial booklet The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941, will be a featured speaker.   He currently is the Belle Zeller visiting professor at Brooklyn College-City University of New York.  Prior to that, he was president and CEO of the TransAfrica Forum, a national nonprofit organization best known for leading the fight in the United States to end apartheid in South Africa.  Fletcher's ties to the labor movement include serving as vice president for International Trade Union Development Programs at the George Meany Center of the AFL-CIO; working as assistant to John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO; and serving as AFL-CIO education director.  

Fletcher's presentation will serve as a reminder about the universal issues of fairness, justice and equity, Kretzschmar said. "Bill Fletcher is a great speaker and great scholar of the labor movement." 

In addition to Fletcher, workshop and plenary sessions will include:

- "New Working-Class Studies: Rethinking Class in America," presented by John Russo, coordinator of the Labor Studies Program and co-director of the Center for Working-Class Studies, Williamson College of Business Administration, Youngstown State University;

- "Health and Safety in the Workplace," presented by Judith King, faculty and former director of the Center for Labor Education and Research, University of Alabama in Birmingham;

- "Religious Values and Labor Issues," presented by Charese Jordan, deputy director for Interfaith Worker Justice, and Jessica Vasquez-Torres, national religious outreach coordinator for Interfaith Worker Justice; and

- A closing plenary session on "Making a Difference," led by David Hayes, International Representative for the Laborer's International Union of North America. 

All events will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Registation for the event costs $20 for students and $30 for the general public through April 13.  After April 13, the registration fee is $30 for students and $40 for the public.  On-site registration the day of the conference begins at 8 a.m.  The conference fee includes lunch.  There are five CEUs available for social workers that attend the entire conference.

To register for the conference, or for more information, call 595.2344. The conference Web site can be found at http://www.unomaha.edu/~wbils/lbrconf.html.

Free State Government Directories Available

The UNO Telecommunications Department has a limited number of the new State Government /Centrex Phonebooks available. The books are free and available while supplies last.

To order a copy or for more information, contact

Stuart Martin at 554.2799 or stuartmartin@mail.unomaha.edu.

Legislative Forums Set for March 27 and 29

UNO Interim Chancellor John Christensen will host a pair of Legislative Forums March 27 and 29.  Ron Withem, the University of Nebraska's director of government relations, and William Swanson, director of UNO Career Exploration and Outreach who also works in the government relations area, will also take part in the events.

"These are informational presentations and discussions on how the current Unicameral session is going," Dr. Christensen said.  "Getting perspectives and input from the campus is important for the university system."

The March 27 forum will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room at 10 a.m.  The March 29 forum is set for 3 p.m. in the MBSC Nebraska Room.

The forums are free and open to the campus community.  For more information, call 554.3502.

UNO Spring Job Fair to Offer Two-day Event

New this spring, Career Exploration and Outreach will host a two-day job fair at UNO. The event will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27-28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

The job fair will feature more than 110 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships. Day one (March 27) will be primarily dedicated to organizations that are non-profit, government, healthcare and university related. Day two (March 28) will be reserved for those organizations that are for-profit. Students can view the list of employers that will be attending on the Career Exploration and Outreach online job posting system - UNO CareerConnect (http://ceo.unomaha.edu/careerconnect.php).

Professional interview attire is expected, and students should bring copies of their résumé.

For more information about the job fair and other services, contact Career Exploration and Outreach at 554.3672 or stop by 211 Eppley Administration Building.

Writing Center to Offer Final Workshop on APA Style

The Writing Center will offer its final workshop for the semester Tuesday, March 27. "How Do I Document This Source Using APA?" will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the main Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).  The workshop presenter will be Carol Dillon.     

For more information, contact Connie Eberhart, director of the UNO Writing Center, at 554.3322 or ceberhart@mail.unomaha.edu.

"Students with Disabilities in the Classroom" Brownbag

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will sponsor a brownbag session on "Students with Disabilities in the Classroom" Tuesday, March 27. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Beverages and desserts will be provided.

Kate Clark, disability services coordinator at UNO, will answer questions regarding students with disabilities at the brownbag session.

Topics of discussion will include:
- The role of faculty in accommodating students with disabilities;
- Relevant laws and their implications;
- The importance of upholding academic performance standards for students with disabilities;
- Steps students must take to obtain accommodations; and
- Common pitfalls to avoid.

To register, contact the CFD (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or facdev@unomaha.edu. For more information, call Clark at 554.2872.

"Research Compliance" Brown Bag Session March 27

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend a brown bag session on research compliance Tuesday, March 27. Hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR), the event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. 

Panelists will provide guidance regarding the protection of human subjects and animals in research, the use of biohazardous agents in research, and overall campus environmental health and safety.  The speakers will include Joe Brown and John Hill, Institutional Review Board representatives; Jeff French and LaReesa Wolfenbarger, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee representatives; Tom Weber, Institutional Biosafety Committee representative; and Patrick Wheeler, UNO Chemical and Radiation Safety Specialist.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch, and SPR will provide beverages and dessert.  Reservations are not required. 

For more information, call SPR at 554.2286 or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/spr.

HR Offering FMLA Workshops March 27 and 29

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) obligates certain employers, such as the University of Nebraska, to provide family and medical leave to their employees.

As a result, Human Resources at UNO will present two separate overviews on the FMLA Act this month for supervisors and employees.

The trainer will be Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager in the UNO Office of Human Resources. Scarpello has more than 20 years of experience in the area of benefits and human resources. She is certified in Benefits and Compensation from World at Work.

Each workshop is free to faculty and staff. Details are as follows:

Overview for Supervisors
Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) U Mon Hon Room
Description: The workshop will help supervisors understand the provisions of the FMLA Act, highlight the university's leave policies and procedures, and explain how to use the leave policies and supervisory tools that are available as they assist employees in balancing work and family needs. This session will also include a discussion of the partnership between Human Resources and supervisors who administer FMLA, the specific procedures at UNO and the forms that are used.

Overview for Employees
Date: Thursday, March 29
Time: 9 to 10 a.m.
Location: MBSC Student U Mon Hon Room
Description: The workshop will help employees understand the provisions of the FMLA Act and highlight the university's leave policies, procedures and forms used.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3665.

LGBTQ Ally Training Set for March 29

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) ally training will be offered Thursday, March 29, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Hall.

Two training sessions will be offered, although participants need only attend one.  The first session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, and the next session will be repeated from 1 to 4 p.m.  Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check in and enjoy refreshments.

The three-hour program will explore bias, discuss how anti-LGBTQ bias hurts others and offer specific techniques to be an ally.  The training will be facilitated by members of the UNO Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Allies (LGBTQIA) Dialogue Group and the ally training committee.

Space will be limited for each session.  To reserve a spot, contact Kent Lavene at klavene@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.3008.

FEAP to Host March 29 "Internet Predators" Program

The Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) will host an informational program on "Internet Predators: How to Keep Your Children Safe" Thursday, March 29.  The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

"This program is crucial for any parent or professional who works with children and families," said Marlene Schneider, FEAP counselor.

Bridget Fitzpatrick, a crime prevention specialist with the Omaha Police Department, will lead the program. She will address the following topics:

- Signs that your child might be at risk online;
- What to do if you suspect your child is communicating with a sexual predator online; 
- What can be done to minimize the chances of an online exploiter victimizing your child; and
- How to determine when your child is Internet-ready.

Participants are invited to bring their lunches, and refreshments will be provided. 

For more information, contact FEAP at 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Service-Learning Fair March 30

The Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will host a Service-Learning Fair Friday, March 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. 

The fair will provide an opportunity for UNO faculty members to meet and learn about SLA non-profit community partners who may be good partners for service-learning projects. Participants are encouraged to develop a project "wish list" with their project ideas and contact information, and bring it to the fair - making networking easier. 

To R.S.V.P., call 554.2427 or send an e-mail to awoll@mail.unomaha.edu by Wednesday, March 28.

Minnesota State Counselor to Present March 30 Lecture

Counselor Deborah Seaburg will be on campus Friday, March 30, to speak about "Applying Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom and Working with Students." The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Dr. Seaburg is an associate professor and counselor at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she developed and teaches a personal development course in emotional intelligence.  Dr. Seaburg earned her degree in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota.

As we learned from James Parker, Emotional Intelligence (EI) is as important to college success and persistence as academic intelligence.  Self-awareness, interpersonal effectiveness, adaptability, stress tolerance and self-motivation are some of the EI factors that may make the difference between student success and failure. Dr. Seaburg will follow Parker's UNO presentation with interpretation of the Emotional Intelligence Inventory (EQ-i) and how to apply emotional intelligence to teaching, learning and working with students.

Dr. Seaburg's lecture is being sponsored by the UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Freshman Year Experience Program and Center for Faculty Development.

Limited seating is available, so attendees are invited to R.S.V.P. as soon as possible. Refreshments will be provided. Those who took the EQ-I will have their individual results returned during the workshop.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or facdev@unomaha.edu.

Today's Office Professional "Spring Fling" April 3

The Today's Office Professional "Spring Fling" is set for Tuesday, April 3, at the ESU #3 (6949 South 110th St.). The topic for the event is "Dealing With Difficult People." It will be led by Sherry Sivey and Janet Tschudin with the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC).

The three-hour workshop will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $59 (price includes a continental breakfast). Groups who register four or more at the same time will receive a 10 percent discount on registration fees.

To reserve a seat, visit the Web at https://nbdc.unomaha.edu/NBDCstore/store.cfm?CourseID=320&do=detail or call 595.2900.

The 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.

UNO Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants

The UNO Ambassadors Program is recruiting for the 2007-08 academic year. Twelve student Ambassadors will be selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. Faculty and staff are asked to identify and encourage qualified students to apply for the program.

Ambassadors represent the university at a variety of social and business functions, which are hosted by the chancellor, vice chancellors, deans and other individuals and organizations on campus. They wear UNO blazers or business casual UNO polo shirts to activities, and receive a $200 scholarship for the academic year in which they serve. Two non-scholarship alternate members of the program will also be chosen.

Criteria for selection include 27 credit hours earned at UNO by May 2007, a 2.5 G.P.A., full-time student status in the 2007-08 academic year, superior communication skills and a strong interest in service to the university.

Applications are available in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (202 Eppley Administration Building) or online at http://www.unomaha.edu/ambassadors. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 6. Overall, 25 applicants will be interviewed.

For more information, call 554.2779.

Maverick Watch

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Go Mavs! Support your Mavericks by attending their home events.

Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with a valid MavCard ID and game-day ticket, excluding hockey for faculty and staff. The spouses, significant others and children of faculty, staff and students also are admitted free, excluding hockey. At the game, faculty, staff and students must present a valid MavCard ID to receive a ticket. Tickets will be available the day of the game at each home event. For more information, call 554.MAVS (6287).

Tuesday, March 27
- Baseball vs. Emporia State
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road
1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (double header)

- Softball vs. South Dakota
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D. St.
2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (double header)

Wednesday, March 28
- Tennis vs. Washburn
Koch Family Tennis Center at Tranquility Park, 125th and W. Maple Road.
1 p.m.

- Softball vs. University of Nebraska at Kearney
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D. St.
2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (double header)

Saturday, March 31
UNO Tournament Softball

Dill Field, 66th and Military Ave.
- Softball vs. Pittsburg State
9 a.m.

- Softball vs. Truman State
11 a.m.

- Softball vs. Wayne State (Neb.)
3 p.m.

Sunday, April 1          
UNO Tournament Softball

Dill Field, 66th and Military Ave.
- Softball vs. Washburn
9 a.m.

- Softball vs. Northwest Missouri State
1 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.