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Basketball vs. Metro State

All 12 University of Nebraska-Omaha players scored to give the Mavericks a 69-56 victory over Metro State in the final game of the Downtown DoubleTree Classic Saturday night at Sapp Fieldhouse.

Campus Ministries to Host Memorial for Mall Tragedy

Campus Ministries will host a memorial service Tuesday, Dec. 11, in honor of the victims of the Omaha Westroads Mall tragedy. The short service will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge at noon. The university community is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Campus Ministries at 659.5795.

Town Halls This Week to Discuss New SIS

UNO has two town hall meetings set for Tuesday, Dec. 11, focused on the work involved with selecting a new university-wide student information system.

The Nebraska University Student Information System (NUSIS) Project will affect many UNO services, including registration, financial aid, admissions, recruiting and many other critical university functions. All four of the university system's campuses will be involved, and faculty, staff and student input is critical to the planning process.

Both of the UNO campus town halls will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. The session audiences and times:

- Administrative staff session
9 to 10 a.m.

- Faculty and students session
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The hour-long sessions will provide an overview of the NUSIS Project and highlight the planning taking place the next several months. Time will be available for audience questions, as well.

"The entire NUSIS Project will take about three years to complete," said John Fiene, UNO associate vice chancellor for technology. "Right now, efforts are focused on several aspects of project planning, which will continue through April."

A dedicated project Web site has been established to keep the university community informed at http://www.collegiateproject.com/nebraska. The Web site contains important information about the project and outlines what, how, who and for how long.

For more information, call 554.3670.

Group Ex Classes End Dec. 14

The fall schedule for Campus Recreation's Group Ex classes ends this Friday, Dec. 14. No classes will be held during finals week (Dec. 17-21).

Campus Recreation will also offer several yoga and pilates classes during the winter break. All classes will take place from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The schedule:

- Monday, Dec. 17
Yoga
Instructor: Vaunghda

- Tuesday, Dec. 18
Pilates Fusion
Instructor: Jeannie

- Monday, Jan. 7
Yoga
Instructor: Vaunghda

- Tuesday, Jan. 8
Pilates Fusion
Instructor: Jeannie

- Thursday, Jan. 10
Pilates
Instructor: Vaunghda

Participants Sought for HPER Research Study

Adults 45 years or older are invited to participate in a research study at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Exercise Physiology Lab.

The free study is being conducted as a part of a master's thesis by UNO student Vidya Sagar Hanumanthu and will be supervised by HPER faculty member Kris Berg.

Study participants will be informed of their serum cholesterol levels, aerobic capacity, and static and dynamic balance measures. They will also be asked to answer a few questionnaires about depression and quality of life.

For more information, call 554.3221 or send an e-mail to vhanumanthu@mail.unomaha.edu.

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 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.

Faculty Senate Meeting to Address Twelve-Month Calendar Concept

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms.

At 2 p.m., Faculty Senate President Scott Tarry will give a presentation about the Twelve Month Concept Committee. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation. All interested parties are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Dr. Tarry at 554.3190, or Sue Bishop, Faculty Senate coordinator, at 554.3598.

Clickers in the Classroom and Beyond Set for Dec. 12

An informational session about adopting and using clicker systems is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 12. The session will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. in 111 Eppley Administration Building (Welcome Center).

Presenters will include Dustin Frank from eInstruction and Jay Killion from Information Technology Services Academic Partnership for Instruction.

At the session, attendees will have a chance to:
- Learn how clickers affect learning;
- Use clickers to respond to assessments and participate in group activities; and
- Discuss issues related to adopting clickers into the classroom.

The event is being sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD). To register for the event, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu. To request more information about the event, contact Killion at 554.3758 or jaykillion@unomaha.edu.

HR Seminar Series to Highlight Personal Finances

A representative from Credit Advisors Foundation will answer questions on personal financial management and credit basics at two installments of the UNO Human Resources Informative Seminar Series this week.

The first presentation will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room on Thursday, Dec. 13. The session will be repeated Friday, Dec. 14, from 9 to 10 a.m. All interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.

"Join us for an informative discussion about managing your household finances and learn some practical tips that you can put into practice," said Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager at UNO.

The UNO seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. Topics will include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning.

For more information, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

UNO Bands to Perform Prevailing Winds Concert Dec. 14

The December winds may be blowing cold and gusty outside, but they will be warmer in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall when the university bands present the annual Prevailing Winds concert Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Read more.

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.

Call for 2007-08 UCAT Conference Travel Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants designed 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 several themes. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/ for a list of links to designated conferences.

Travel grant 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:
- Active learning;
- Assessment and e-Portfolios;
- Graduate instruction/mentoring;
- Interdisciplinary integration; and
- Promoting critical thinking.

The committee will accept proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended, and will fund grants up to $800 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 should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application, in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats, as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at awoll@mail.unomaha.edu. Hard copy submissions should be sent to the CFD in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. Two examples of successful applications are available on the CFD/UCAT Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/.

For more information, contact Wayne Harrison, professor of psychology and the 2007-08 UCAT chair, at 554.2452 or wharrison@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...

Friday, Dec. 14
- Women's basketball vs. Northwest Missouri State
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
6 p.m.

- Men's Basketball vs. Northwest Missouri State
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16
- Men's basketball vs. Midland Lutheran College
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
1 p.m.

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