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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.

Nominations Sought for Lamanna Award for Excellence

Individuals in the UNO community can now nominate students, faculty or staff for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies. The award recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO program in Women's Studies. This noteworthy work may involve teaching, research/creative activity and service, or a combination of the three.

"We're really excited about receiving nominations from the university community for this award," said Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of Women's Studies Program. "The award is named for Dr. Mary Ann Lamanna, whose work on behalf of the program was exemplary. It is a real pleasure to everyone involved with the program to recognize such outstanding efforts."

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 8. To nominate individuals for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies, submit the following to Jody Neathery-Castro in 275 Arts and Sciences Hall or jneathery@mail.unomaha.edu:

- A one-to-two page nomination letter outlining the particular accomplishments and their relevancy to the UNO Women's Studies program. The nominator must also be connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty or staff).

- The nominator must solicit at least two supporting letters by colleagues or peers connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty or staff) who also know the accomplishments of the nominated person(s).

- The nominator must obtain the nominee's/nominees' résumé or curriculum vitae (CV).

- The nominator must submit a representative sample of the nominee's/nominees' work that is relevant to the award.

The person(s) being honored will receive the award at the annual Women's Studies luncheon, which will take place Friday, May 2. Previous winners include Susan Maher (English and Women's Studies) and Robbin Ogle (criminal justice and Women's Studies).

For more information, contact Dr. Al-Hindi at 554.3834 or kfacolneralhindi@mail.unomaha.edu.

Today's Town Halls to Discuss New SIS

UNO has two town hall meetings set for today, 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.

Campus Ministries to Host Memorial at Noon for Mall Tragedy

Campus Ministries will host a memorial service today, 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.

Women's Studies to Host Fall Reception Today

Interested in learning more about UNO Women's Studies? Join students, faculty, staff and friends of UNO Women's Studies for refreshments and conversation today, 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.

Social Work Clinical Faculty Symposium Dec. 12

Christopher Gjesfjeld, doctoral candidate in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, will be interviewing for a clinical faculty position with the UNO School of Social Work this week.

He will present a symposium on Wednesday, Dec. 12, titled "Economic Hardship, Social Support, and Maternal Depression: A Test of the Social Support Deterioration Model." It will run from 11 a.m. to noon in William H. and Dorothy Alumni Center Centennial Hall.

For more information, contact Mary Lee Tisdale at mtisdale@mail.unomaha.edu.

Criss Library Announces Holiday Break Hours

The Criss Library staff announces the following changes in the library's operating hours during the upcoming holiday break:

2007
- Monday through Friday, Dec. 17-21
regular hours

- Saturday through Monday, Dec. 22-31
University closed (holiday break)

2008
- Tuesday, Jan. 1
Closed (New Year's Day holiday)

For more information, contact the library's Circulation Desk at 544.3206.

Clickers in the Classroom and Beyond Set for Dec. 12

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will sponsor an informational session about adopting and using clicker systems on 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.

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.

Handel's Messiah Performed at UNO Dec. 16

The UNO Department of Music will present two performances of Handel's Messiah Sunday, Dec. 16. The concerts will begin at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Read more.

Simcoe Featured in UCRCA Showcase

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) will continue to feature the digital photographic artistry of Barbara Simcoe, associate professor of art and art history, through Monday, Dec. 17, in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building.

The mission of the UCRCA is to encourage research and creative activity by UNO faculty. The committee places special emphasis on seed grant funding for projects potentially leading to external funding, and on grants to new faculty to help them establish programs of research/creative activity. To learn more about the UCRCA, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/spr/ucr.php.

The UCRCA is administered by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. For more information, call 554.2286.

Inclement Weather Announcement Reminder

When inclement weather arises locally, the university community has several options in getting the information about snow delay or closing.

Access the UNO Weather Announcements Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/news/weather.php for the latest university closing information. Web site visitors need to hit the reload or refresh button on the Web browser first.

e2campus subscribers will also receive alerts announcing delays or closings. The new system, provided by e2Campus, sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via SMS text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used. Students, faculty and staff can learn more about the system and sign up at http://www.e2campus.com/my/unomaha.

The university community also can dial 554.CALL (554.2255) for the latest weather announcements. KVNO Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast UNO closing information, as well.

People

Human Resources Announces New Hires for November 2007
The UNO Office of Human Resources would like to welcome the following new hires (as of November 2007):

- Jonathan Bender, system programmer, College of Information Science and Technology;

- Cristal Benniefield, campus security officer-security and traffic, Campus Security;

- Paul Coate, operations manager, KVNO Radio;

- Kendall Crane, food technician, Food Services;

- Molly McGrath, staff secretary II, College of Public Affairs and Community Service;

- Daniel Kramer, sales clerk-general merchandise, Bookstore;

- James Reese, food technician II, Food Services;

- Megan Roth, teacher-preschoolers, Child Care Center;

- Stacy Sliva, part-time secretary II, Campus Recreation; and

- Todd White, stationary engineer/facilities operator II-maintenance and operations, Facilities Management and Planning.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.