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Busy Holiday Break

Most of the UNO campus may have slowed down over the recent holiday break, but not construction activity on the western portion of the campus. Work on the nine buildings of Maverick Village and the new parking garage is progressing steadily as weather cooperates with the contractor.

Building for the Future

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Winter Commencement

A total of 960 students received degrees at the Friday, December 21 Winter Commencement ceremonies held at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Receiving an honorary degree at the event was Sam Fried, Omaha entrepreneur and Holocaust survivor; Richard Holland who was presented with UNO's Alumus Achievement Award; and UNO's Merry Ellen Turner who received the Chancellor's Medal. Elizabeth Freshman was the student commencement speaker.

Finalists Named for UNO Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs

Four finalists have been named for the position of senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Each of the finalists will make an official visit to the campus before the end of January, with public forums on campus scheduled to allow the community to meet each candidate.

The times and locations of the public forums are currently being finalized.  ENotes will publish all of the campus visit information as it becomes available.  Information will also be online at the senior vice chancellor search page-- http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/vc-search/.

The search committee was chaired by Dr. Sheri Noren Everts, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. 

"The quality of applicants for the position of vice chancellor has been excellent," she said. "It has been a challenging task for the committee and the chancellor to select four finalists."

The finalists are as follows:

- Dr. Charles D. Hurt, former provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls - vitae vitae PDF;

- Dr. Terry Hynes, dean emerita and professor in the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications - vitae vitae PDF;

- Dr. Gordon McQuere, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Washburn University, Topeka, Kan. - vitae vitae PDF; and

- Dr. Suzanne Ortega, dean of the University of Washington Graduate School and vice provost - vitae vitae PDF.

For more information, call 554.3502.

MIAA Introduces New Logo

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The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) unveiled its new logo late last week. The new design will first be utilized as the 2008 MIAA Basketball Tournament logo, then be used as the general league mark beginning July 1.

This is part of a series of changes in the conference over the past year, beginning with the hiring of Jim Johnson as commissioner last January, the addition of the University of Nebraska at Omaha in July and the move of the conference headquarters to downtown Kansas City in November.

The new logo uses a new color scheme -- red, white and blue in honor of the U.S.A. and the fact America is part of the conference's name. Orange and brown had been the league colors because no member utilized them as school colors. The old design also featured simple map outlines of Missouri and Kansas.

"The timing was right to make a change, especially with a school from Nebraska joining the conference arguably making our current logo obsolete," Johnson said. "The states logo served us well, but the new mark is very dynamic and represents us much better as we move further into the 21st century and approach our 100th anniversary."

The new design includes 1912, the year the MIAA (then the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) was founded. It also uses the hexagon, which has become a symbol of the commitment by NCAA Division II members to six defining attributes -- learning, balance, resourcefulness, sportsmanship, passion and service.

"The conference has embraced these ideals as part of Division II's strategic positioning platform, and the use of the hexagon in our new mark ties all of that together," Johnson said.

The banner with the letters MIAA inside is representative of the conference's ties to Kansas City, as it is symbolic of the marquees on historic Municipal Auditorium -- home of the MIAA Basketball Championships since 2003.

The mark was produced by Lagom Design of Kansas City, Mo., and designed by Jim Wagner. Wagner, a graduate of Truman State University, also designed the 2007 MIAA Basketball Tournament logo.

"It is great that not only is Jim from a conference-member school, but one of the other partners in the firm -- Bob Lafferty -- is a graduate of Central Missouri," Johnson said. "The fact those two were very familiar with the MIAA from their college days made this a very special project for them, and we enjoyed working with Lagom."

Fire Alarm Testing Today

Fire alarm equipment will be tested in all university buildings today, Jan. 8. The test will include sounding fire alarms briefly. Anyone with questions or who would like their building tested at a particular time today should contact Stan Schleifer, Support Services, at 554.3596.

Blackboard Upgrade and Demonstrations on Discussion Board

Information Technology Services (ITS) mid-year upgrade for the Blackboard system is under way. A Brown Bag lunch presentation on the upgrade takes place today, Jan. 8, as well.

"This upgrade involves only the ‘Discussion Board' feature," said Shelley Schafer, manager of distance education in ITS. "When surveyed on the timing of an upgrade, Blackboard faculty users voted 62 percent to 30 percent in favor of a mid-semester upgrade."

The first of two Brown Bag lunch demonstrations on the "Discussion Board" changes will be held today in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room from 11 a.m. to noon. The second session also will take place in the MBSC Gallery Room on Friday, Jan. 18 starting at noon.

All faculty and staff are welcome to attend and no registration is required.

"The upgrade to Blackboard (Version 7.3) will not only fix known problems, it will also bring back ‘Discussion Board' features that had previously been removed," Schafer said.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357).

Author Rafe Esquith to Offer Inspirational Teaching Tips at Alumni Center

Rafe Esquith, author and one of America's most celebrated educators, will visit campus to demonstrate his unique teaching style tonight, Jan. 8, in the William H. and Dorothy Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall. The event, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. Read more.

HR Seminar Series Continues Jan. 11

Human Resources' yearlong series of informative seminars will continue Friday, Jan. 11, with a presentation titled "Meeting Financial Challenges at Mid-Career."

The seminar and discussion will run from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. The importance of organizing personal financial information, setting personal financial goals and devising tolerable investing strategies to help meet those goals will be the focus.

The seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. Topics will include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning. All seminars are open to all interested faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

Classical 90.7 KVNO Helps Listeners Celebrate Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is February 14th and Classical 90.7 KVNO wants to help make it a memorable day for KVNO listeners and their sweethearts.

For a minimum donation of $100, the first 30 donors can send an on-air message to that special someone and get two red roses, beautifully arranged by BLOOMS.

Bouquets will be available for pick-up at KVNO from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, or on Thursday, Feb. 14, until noon.

This Valentine's Day gift opportunity will end Friday, Feb. 1, so call 559.5866 or visit http://www.kvno.org.

8Nominations Sought for 2008 Vice Chancellor's Award

Nominations Sought for 2008 Vice Chancellor's Award

The annual Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Leadership recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through influential participation in campus organizations and community volunteer work, in addition to scholarly achievement, each spring semester.  Nominations and applications are now being sought and accepted.

All nominees must be undergraduates enrolled at UNO with a 2.5 G.P.A. and who will graduate in May or August 2008 or who have already graduated in December 2007.

The following items are necessary for the application/nomination to be processed. The application must be presented to the nominee by the nominator, and all documents must be returned to the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Nomination Packets

Nomination packets are available on the SOLP Web site at http://studentorgs.unomaha.edu.

Nominator's Recommendation

The nominator's recommendation letter must be completed and returned with the nomination form by Friday, Feb. 8.

Nominee's Application

Must be returned by Friday, Feb. 15.

Nominee's Essay

Must be returned by Friday, Feb. 15.

For additional information regarding the award or nomination packet, contact SOLP at 554.2711 or stop by the SOLP office. The award will be presented Thursday, April 10, at the 2008 SOLP Student Leader Reception and Friday, April 11, at the Spring Honors Convocation.

People

The UNO Office of Human Resources would like to welcome the following new hires (as of December 2007):

- Craig Adler, assistant director, undergraduate admissions (promotion);

- Bridgette Alsbury, customer service tech specialist, Information Technology Services customer service;

- Connie Berry, custodian, Milo Bail Student Center business operations;

- Jennifer Carroll, enrollment specialist III, veteran services;

- Mark Demler, custodian leader, Milo Bail Student Center business operations (promotion);

- Rebecca Karel, clerical assistant II, Milo Bail Student Center business operations;

- Patrick Luger, campus security officer, campus security;

- Dawn Mick, public services assistant, Criss Library;

- Nate Neufind, athletics ticket manager, marketing;

- Jean Padrnos, assistant director, records registration and reporting (promotion);

- Lorraine Street, clerical assistant II, college of education; and

- Jay Vail, enrollment specialist III, custodial services.

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.