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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.

UNO Student Government Swearing-in Ceremony Jan. 15

The new leaders of UNO Student Government will take the oath of office Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Lucas Seiler was elected student body president/regent and Buey Ruet was elected student body vice president in elections held last fall. The swearing-in ceremony is 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Donal Burns, associate executive vice president and provost for the University of Nebraska, will conduct the ceremony for Seiler. Jessica Coufal, UNO student court chief justice, will swear in Ruet.

An informal reception will be held following the ceremony, and the campus community is invited to attend.

Seiler is a junior majoring in bioinformatics with a minor in Spanish. A member of the UNO Honors Program, he is active with the Scott Scholar Focus Group, the Emerging Leaders Program, Who's Who Among College Students, Omicron Delta Kappa and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Seiler previously served as a Student Government senator for the College of Information Science and Technology and was a member of the budget committee.

Ruet is a senior political science major. At UNO, he has been a member of the forensics team and served as a student senator for the College of Arts and Sciences. He also oversees Aqua-Africa, a nonprofit organization that drills water wells for developing nations, and works as an assistant to a district executive of outreach for Mid America Conical.

For more information about the ceremony, call 554.2779.

CFAM Jam on Stage Jan. 23 at Strauss

KVNO Classical 90.7 FM and UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) will present CFAM Jam on stage at the Strauss Performing Arts Center this month.

Everyone can join the fun on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. as 12 presenters from all six departments in the college offer up five minutes of their time to show audience members what they've been working on recently.

The range of presentations runs from a chorus of flutes and Indian drumming to a theatrical premiere and a trip to Madagascar. And, for those in a hurry, don't worry -- each presentation is just five minutes long, then the gong will sound and on to the next offering.

For more details on this free event, call 559.5866.

Student Employee of the Year Nominations Sought

Student Employment Services is seeking nominations for Student Employee of the Year.

"Student workers are an essential component of UNO," said Andrés Traslaviña, manager of Student Employment. "Not only do they play an important role in the daily functions of UNO, but they also gain valuable work experience."

To nominate a student, complete a short nomination form available at this link to the student employment Web site and return the information to Student Employment Services (205 Eppley Administration Building) by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Nomination forms have been electronically mailed to all departments.

The Student Employee of the Year will be announced and nominees will be recognized, along with all student workers, at the 2008 Student Employment Reception. The event will be held Monday, April 7, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule

The UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host four Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshops through March, starting next week.

The workshops are designed for departments or schools anticipating a faculty search within two years. Participants might include deans, directors, chairs, faculty and administrative assistants. The workshops will assist departments/schools in search processes that reflect UNO's commitment to faculty, staff and student diversity.

Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must either attend one of the workshops or have a meeting of the search committee with Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies; Sharon Ulmar, director of the office of diversity and equal opportunity; or Kristine Bell, assistant to the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. Faculty participating in searches must also attend a workshop once every two years.

All of the Spring Recruitment Workshops will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO People Admin System and EEO guidelines and requirements. All workshops will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). The workshop dates and times are listed below.

- Wednesday, Jan. 16 10 to 11:30 a.m. MBSC Nebraska Room

- Tuesday, Feb. 5 2 to 3:30 p.m. MBSC Council Room

- Friday, Feb. 22 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. MBSC Chancellor's Room

- Wednesday, March 12 2 to 3:30 p.m. MBSC Council Room

For more information about the workshops, contact Dr. Smith-Howell (554.4849 or dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu), Bell (554.2262 or kbell@mail.unomaha.edu) or Ulmar (554.2872 or sulmar@mail.unomaha.edu).

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.

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 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.