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UNO Study Abroad

UNO broadcasting student Munira Amini produced this segment on opportunities available through UNO's study abroad program for the Omaha News. International Studies and Programs offers sibling institution exchange opportunities and UNO-directed study abroad programs.

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2007 Café International

UNO broadcasting student Munira Amini produced this segment on International Studies and Programs' annual Café International for the Omaha News. As part of the International Education Week celebration, UNO's international students showcased their cultures through cuisine, displays and musical performances.

Bake Sales Are Back

Fundraising bake sales at UNO can again take place.

UNO Chancellor John Christensen reversed the ban on sales after more information about potential health concerns became available. New policies and procedures about bake sales have also been developed as part of the reinstatement.

"The policy changes do make bake sale organizers more aware of potential health issues, and that is a positive thing," said Bill Swanson, UNO campus risk manager. "Allergic reactions to things like nuts, dairy, artificial sweeteners are serious problems to think about. Some of those food items can be ‘hidden' ingredients in box mixes, too. Making these changes to policy and brining back bake sales is something I completely support."

Any student, professional or academic organization wanting to hold a bake sale as a fundraiser needs to contact the Milo Bail Student Center's Administrative Office. Organizers will receive bake sale guidelines and a short acknowledgement form to sign.

The guidelines, in addition to the focus on possible allergy foods, also spell out how foods need to be wrapped and labeled; how items for sale need to be displayed off the floor or ground and covered at all times; that foods needing heat or refrigeration should not be part of bake sales; and suggest that at least two organizational representative be present throughout a sale – one to handle food and the other to handle money.

For more information, call 554.2383.

The new bake sale guidelines and acknowledgement form are also online at both http://mbsc.unomaha.edu/reservations.php and http://mbsc.unomaha.edu/foodservice/catering.php.

Counseling Center Seminars Offered This Month

The UNO Counseling Center will conduct two luncheon seminars this month.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, the center will address Test Anxiety Management from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) U Mon Hon Room. Finals Week Preparation will be the topic on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in MBSC Dodge Room A.

For more information, contact the counseling center at 554.2409.

UNO Aviation Institute to Host "Red, White and Blue White Christmas" Concert

The UNO Aviation Institute will co-sponsor of "A Red, White and Blue Christmas," on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The concert, which will feature Omaha's AVI8ORS Ensemble, begins at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Read more.

HR to Host Social Security/Medicare Talk Dec. 4 in the MBSC

Tonya Freeman with Volunteers for Equity will talk about Social Security and Medicare issues Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Freeman will also answer questions from the audience.

For more information, call 554.3660.

Student Lunch & Learn "Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation"

The UNO Speech Center will host a free student workshop on "Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation" Wednesday, Dec. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room A.

Students are invited to learn more about all aspects of delivery. They will learn:
- effective use of gestures;
- facial expressions and movement;
- how to develop and maintain eye contact; and
- expression through volume, pauses and articulation.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Contact the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or unospeechcenter@mail.unomaha.edu. Space is limited, and free pizza and pop will be provided.

COS Demonstration Planned for Grant-Writers

The next Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration will take place Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. in Room 207 of the Criss Library.

SPR hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various COS on-line resources available to faculty, professional staff and graduate students who are planning to write grant proposals during this academic year. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact SPR at 554.2286.

Holiday Card Program to Benefit Scholarship Funds

The Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) have teamed up once again to sponsor the annual Holiday Card Program.

All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on greeting cards for colleagues to one of two scholarship funds at UNO – the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship Fund (recipients are children of faculty and staff) or the General Scholarship Fund. Additional donations are also welcome. In return, a seasonal greeting that acknowledges contributors will be distributed to all UNO departments on Monday, Dec. 10.

Those who wish to donate should send a check (payable to UNO) to Cashiering/Student Accounts, EAB 109, by Wednesday, Dec. 5. Donors should designate one of the two scholarship funds listed above and indicate the name or names they would like to appear on the seasonal greetings card.

To access a donation form, click on the following link:

Holiday Card Form

For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver, Public Administration, at 554.2625.

Women's Studies to Host Fall Reception Dec. 11

Interested in learning more about UNO Women's Studies? Join students, faculty, staff and friends of UNO Women's Studies for refreshments and conversation on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The reception is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon Room.

For more information, contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834 or kfalconeralhindi@mail.unomaha.edu.

Chair Massage Service Available Dec. 21

Looking for a holiday gift?

UNO students, faculty and staff can take advantage of a chair massage service on campus Friday, Dec. 21. A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Andrea Porter, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session or $20 for two time-slots.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. For more information, call 554.2539.

Criss Library Announces Construction Timeline

The modernization of Criss Library will enter its second phase in May, according to Steve Shorb, library dean. At that time, the new first floor facilities will be opened, giving students access to new group study rooms and computer labs. The renovation will also include a new reading room for the Afghanistan Collection and University Archives.

Also in May, the west side of the second and third floors will be closed for renovations. Books with call numbers from P to Z will be moved, temporarily, to new, compact book stacks on the first floor. Bound back issues of journals will remain in off-site storage for another year.

"We had planned to return the back issues sooner and are disappointed that the renovation phasing will cause a delay," Shorb said. "It's an impediment for researchers, but we are doing our best by providing very fast interlibrary loans of those materials."

In December 2008, the west portions of the library will be completed, and renovation will begin on the east side. All renovations will be completed by the summer of 2009. Library services will be uninterrupted during the construction, but some temporary inconvenience, noise and dust can be expected.

"We're all looking forward to the end of construction and rededicating the library as a part of UNO's centennial year," Shorb said.

Watch future editions of eNotes for updates. Questions can be directed to Shorb at 554.2640 or sshorb@mail.unomaha.edu.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff are also admitted free.

At home this week...

Tuesday, Dec. 4
- Women's basketball vs. Peru State
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 7
- Women's basketball vs. York
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
6 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Lake Superior State
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8
- Swimming & Diving vs. Minnesota State-Moorhead
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Pool, Dodge location
Noon

- Men's basketball vs. Emporia State
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
7 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Lake Superior State
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

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