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Hockey vs. Lake Superior State

UNO Senior forward Bryan Marshall scored two goals, including the game-tying goal late in the third period, to help the Mavericks salvage a 3-3 tie against Lake Superior State Saturday night at the Qwest Center Omaha.

NASA Awards Grant for Satellite Contaminant Research

NASA has awarded a three-year, $750,000 research grant to the NASA Nebraska EPSCoR Program (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), which is housed at UNO. Read More.

Today's Rescheduled Town Halls to Discuss New SIS

UNO has rescheduled two town hall meetings for today, Dec. 13, focused on the work involved with selecting a new university-wide student information system. (The snow and ice storm earlier this week caused the cancellations of the original sessions.)

The Nebraska University Student Information System (NUSIS) Project will affect many UNO services, including registration, financial aid, admissions, recruiting and 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 today's rescheduled campus town halls will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.  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 during 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.

Holiday Sale Under Way at UNO Bookstore

The annual holiday sale at the UNO Bookstore is going on now through Friday, Dec. 21.

Purchase one apparel item at regular price and receive a second item for half price. In addition, receive 20 percent off the regular price of bestselling hardbound, paperback children's and holiday books.

Bookstore hours during the holiday sale are as follows:

- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 15
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

UNO Promotes Dialogue on Race and Religion

The UNO Difficult Dialogues Initiative has funded seven projects on campus to create opportunities for inquiry into race and religion.

Black on Black: African Born and American Born (Matthew Smith, Phi Beta Sigma)
On Nov. 29, more than 70 people gathered in Milo Bail Chancellor's Room to discuss tensions between African-born and American-born Blacks.  The open-mic dialogue was sponsored by African-American Organization, Pan-African Student Organization, Circle of Brotherhood and Phi Beta Sigma.  Dr. Cynthia Robinson-Moore of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative and Matthew Smith of Phi Beta Sigma opened the event; the moderator was Professor Pam Smith.

Women in Islam (Shafiqul Islam, Muslim Student Association)
On Dec. 7, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) organized an event that gave the campus community an opportunity to learn about women in Islam.  A panel of Muslim women shared their experiences and answered questions from an audience of more than 60 people.  Panelists included Muslim speakers: Sister Khadija, Sister Aisha, Humaira Qasimyar (MSA officer), Fairooz Bo Ali, Safyah Alshakhs, Sister Maisha and Sister Zahra Cheema; Non-Muslim speakers were Jenn Piatt, Erika Coates, Sherri Hoier, Megan Burnet and Autumn Sky Howard.

Sharif Liwaru, an advisor in Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, served as the Difficult Dialogues consultant for both events.

Dialogues scheduled for the early spring include:

Anti-Racism Public Dialogue (Peggy Jones, Black Studies)
Saturday, Jan. 19, Milo Bail Student Center
Participants will prepare by reading The Heart of Whiteness by Robert Jensen and the Omaha World-Herald series "Omaha in Black and White."

Telling It Like It Is: High School Minority Students Talk to Future Educators (Carol Lloyd, Teacher Education)
Date TBA

What Omaha Do You Live In? Views from UNO's International Community (Lori Arias, International Programs)
Thursday, Feb. 7, Milo Bail Student Center

Developing Cross-Cultural Professor-Student Relationships (Monica Green and James Freeman, Multicultural Affairs)
Tuesday, Feb. 12, Milo Bail Student Center

Women of Faith: Muslim, Christian, and Jew (Lori Young and Fred Richart, United Christian Ministries in Higher Education)
Wednesday, Feb. 20, Wednesday, Feb. 27, and Wednesday, March 5, Milo Bail Student Center
Participants will discuss The Faith Club.

The Difficult Dialogues Initiative is supported by the Ford Foundation, which awarded $100,000 to UNO for a two-year project co-directed by Nora Bacon of the English Department and Shereen Bingham and Cynthia Robinson-Moore of the School of Communication.  In 2006-07, the project began with a workshop for 30 staff and faculty who developed into the project's "core group" and culminated in a public dialogue on race, "What Omaha Do You Live In?"  This year, funds are being directed to mini-grants to staff, faculty, and student organizations.

"The number of proposals – and especially the number of people who attended the first two dialogues – has been very gratifying," said Dr. Bingham.  "We're seeing how eager the UNO community is to deepen our understanding of human difference."

The Difficult Dialogues Initiative can support dialogues on race, religion and sexual orientation.  Mini-grant applications are available at the School of Communication Web site: http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwcomm/forms/DDsupportapplication.doc. For further information, contact Nora Bacon (nbacon@mail.unomaha.edu), Dr. Bingham (sbingham@mail.unomaha.edu) or Cynthia Robinson-Moore (crobinsonmoore@mail.unomaha.edu).

MBSC "Brown Bag Jazz Concerts" Today, Tomorrow

Do you like jazz? Join the UNO Vocal Jazz Ensembles for two free "Brown Bag Jazz Concerts" at noon today, Dec. 13, and Friday, Dec. 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Concertgoers are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy an hour of live jazz.

For more information, contact Peter Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies, at 554.2297.

Criss Library Announces Holiday Break Hours

The Criss Library staff announces the following changes in the library's operating hours during the 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.

Giving Tree at UNO Child Care Center

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) invites the campus community to make donations to the UNO Child Care Center's giving tree.

The Child Care Center is displaying a giving tree containing requests for supplies. To view a list of items online, visit the Child Care Center's "Announcement Page" at http://mbsc.unomaha.edu/unoccc/cccannouncement.php.

"Helping out the littlest members of the university community is what it is all about," said Becky Bohan Brown, CCSW co-chair. "The commission thought it was appropriate to launch this effort during the holidays since it's the season for giving; however, the Child Care Center will continue to accept giving tree donations throughout the year."

To contribute, choose an item from the "giving tree" send it through campus mail or bring it to the Child Care Center.

"The giving tree is always changing - we will put items on it as they are needed," said Dawn Hove, director of the Child Care Center. "A few things we need, currently, are wet wipes, batteries, baking items; such as flour sugar, salt, cake mixes, Jell-O, pudding, food coloring, pasta (all kinds), etc."

Since its doors opened in 1986, the UNO Child Care Center has offered early childhood education programming for children - age 18 months to five years during the academic year; and until 12 years during the summer - of students, faculty, staff and alumni. The center was the first program in Nebraska to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

"We're not a daycare anymore. Today we offer a early childhood educational program," Hove said. "Educating the university's youngest students is our ultimate goal."

For more information contact Hove at 554.4936 or dhove@mail.unomaha.edu.

Donations Sought for Crisis Leave Sharing Program

Several years ago, a crisis leave sharing program was created in an effort to help university employees who have used all their vacation or sick leave and need additional paid leave to attend to a crisis.  Since then, many employees have donated their accrued but unused vacation to the UNO crisis pool. Recently, several employees have needed crisis leave, and the pool balance is low.

Staff members can assist colleagues in need by contributing to the crisis leave pool.  A donation form is available in the Human Resources office or online in Sapphire at this link.

For more information, call 554.2321.

Next UCRCA Faculty Proposal Deadline Jan. 28

The next faculty deadline for University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) proposals is Monday, Jan. 28. This is the final full proposal cycle of the 2007-08 academic year, and the committee encourages all proposals of high quality. Proposals must be received in the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) by 5 p.m.

The purpose of the UCRCA is to encourage research and creative activity by UNO faculty. The committee places special emphasis on seed money grants for projects potentially leading to external funding and on grants for new faculty to help them establish programs of research/creative activity. This year, the committee has provided support for both pre-tenure and post-tenure UNO faculty.

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.