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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.

Teresa Dody to Perform at Carnegie Hall Jan. 27

Professor Teresa Dody from the UNO Department of Music will perform at New York's Carnegie Hall on Sunday, Jan. 27. Dody's performance is the first prize for winning the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition.  Read more.

MLK Jr. Legacy Recognized with Jan. 21 Day of Service

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. has been celebrated at UNO for many years. Again this year, UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) and the UNO Service Learning Academy (SLA) will co-sponsor a Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of Dr. King's birthday.

In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action.  The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships. 

All members of the UNO community are invited to volunteer. SOLP and SLA are planning to have at least four projects to participate in. To learn more about these service opportunities and to register, see specific details for each service at this link to the MLK Day of Service Web site. Lunch and an "MLK Day of Service" shirt will be provided for those who register and serve.

For more information, contact Sharif Liwaru, SOLP, at 554.2711 or Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz, SLA, at 554.2712.  Those interested in doing something to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are invited to sign up by clicking on this link.

Blue Line Club Luncheon this Friday

With the hockey season in full swing, a Maverick hockey weekend tradition continues with a Blue Line Club (BLC) luncheon. The next luncheon, Friday, Jan. 11, highlights the UNO vs. Miami-Ohio series.

At the luncheons, UNO Coach Mike Kemp, his players and opposing coaches speak and show highlight videos. Fans also can get a scouting report on opponents and learn from guest speakers. Previous speakers include NHL scouts, player agents, referees and former college players and coaches.

The buffet opens at 11:30 a.m., and a program will be held from 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The remaining 2007-08 BLC luncheon schedule:

- Friday, Feb. 8 (Ohio State)

- Friday, Feb. 15 (Bowling Green)

Single luncheon tickets are available at the door for $20 for BLC members or $25 for non-members.

For more information, contact Shirley Fey in UNO Athletics at 554.3422.

Intramurals Registration Jan. 14

Is your New Year's resolution to join an extracurricular activity in 2008? If so, mark the calendar for the next Campus Recreation Intramurals Session. Session Three team registration will begin Monday, Jan. 14.

Campus Recreation provides recreational opportunities for all UNO students, faculty and staff, alumni and their families. The Intramural Sports Program at UNO offers competition on a team or an individual basis. Men's, Women's and Co-Rec divisions are available to match skill and experience level.

Team sign-up for the Session Three season will include the following categories:

- 5x5 basketball with a $25 deposit;

- 6x6 volleyball with a $25 deposit;

- 6x6 dodge ball with a $25 deposit;

- Racquetball doubles with a $15 deposit; and

- Wii Golf-Tiger Woods with a $15 deposit.

The deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 25. To sign up a team, stop by 205 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Deposit and a team name are required at the time of registration. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted for the deposit. Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, as sports fill up fast. The deposit will be reimbursed if the following qualifications are met: attendance at the captain's meeting and no team forfeits for the season.

Individuals who don't have a team can sign up as a free agent and will be placed on a team.

For more information, call the Intramural Department at 554.2634.

Anti-Racism Dialogue Set for Jan. 19 at UNO

An anti-racism dialogue circle that includes members of the UNO community and the public will hold an all-day "Anti-Racism Public Dialogue" on campus Saturday, Jan. 19.  The event has been funded through a Difficult Dialogues mini-grant.

Students, faculty, staff and the public can all take part in the day's activities, said Peggy Jones, interim chair of UNO Black Studies and the coordinator of the event.  Students can also register for one credit hour of independent study in Black Studies (course number BLST 4900-002.)

To prepare for a meaningful dialogue, participants are asked to have read both The Heart of Whiteness by Robert Jensen, and the Omaha World-Herald series "Omaha in Black and White."  The newspaper series remains online at http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10074153.  The book is available at both the UNO Bookstore and at the Aframerican Bookstore, 3226 Lake St.

"We're very much looking forward to the day and the discussion," Jones said.  "These dialogues are important and, we hope, eye opening."

The event will start at 7:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room and Ballroom and runs until 4 p.m.  A continental breakfast, lunch and snacks will be available.

The dialogue is free, but those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Monday, Jan. 14, by contacting Felicia Dailey, Black Studies, at 554.2412 or fdailey@mail.unomaha.edu.

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.

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Reminder

Effective with travel occurring on or after Jan. 1, 2008, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile will be at the rate of fifty and one-half cents ($.505) per mile.

This rate should also be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel. For more information, contact UNO Accounting Services at 554.2320 or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/acctserv/Mileage.php.

Participants Sought for UNMC Teen Depression Study

Teens experiencing depression are being recruited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Adolescent depression symptoms may include:

- often being sad, unhappy or in a bad mood;

- trouble sleeping or staying asleep;

- change in appetite;

- loss of interest or motivation, decreased energy; and

- feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.

Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements. To participate, adolescents must be 12 to 17 years of age. To learn more about this UNMC clinical research study, call 552.6240 or 552.6241.