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Double Overtime Excitement

The No.12 ranked UNO Mavericks started their North Central Conference competition Thursday night, January 10 with a 98-97 double overtime win against Augustana. Three times the Maverick's Andrew Bridger got the key free throws to tie and win the game. He ended the night with 30 points to give UNO its sixth straight win. The Mavericks will host York on Saturday, January 12 at 7 p.m. at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

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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

First Senior Vice Chancellor Search Candidate to Visit UNO Jan. 16-17

Gordon McQuere, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs starting on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Dr. McQuere is one of four finalists.

Several public events have been planned for his two-day campus visit. All faculty, staff, students and members of the public are encouraged to attend and take part in any or all of the these four meetings. Read more.

Webinar Today on Teaching and Learning with Web 2.0

A webinar on "Teaching and Learning with Web 2.0" will take place today, Jan. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Un mon hon Room.

Gardner Campbell, professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, will present.

In this seminar, Campbell will explore the concepts behind Web 2.0, some of the individual tools and services (Flickr, Facebook, Second Life, del.icio.us) commonly listed under this rubric, and the implications of this phenomenon for teaching and learning, particularly in higher education. He will also present several ways in which he and his colleagues have used Web 2.0 tools and services, both as teachers and in their own learning, and comment on the good, the bad and the ugly results. If time permits, he will also speak to the relationship between Web 2.0 and the open source software movement. Finally, he'll offer some thoughts on what Web 3.0 might look like, and why educators should care.

The event is presented by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. For more resources related to this session topic go to EDUCAUSE Resources at http://www.educause.edu/eliweb081. No registration necessary.

The Webinar is by sponsored by Information Technology Services (ITS) and Academic Partnership for Instruction (API).

For more information, contact Jay Killion at 554.3758 or jaykillion@unomaha.edu.

Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

With the start of the spring semester this week Campus Security would like to remind the campus community about emergency procedures at UNO. The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting

Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Evacuations

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment

Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to employee supervisors. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts

The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks

Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are here.

Personal Property

The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System

An on-campus system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

Text Messaging System

An off-site text-messaging system provided by e2Campus is also available. The system 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.

The notification system is used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

This is a voluntary, 'opt-in' capability that requires individual action to subscribe. For more information or to subscribe visit http://www.e2campus.com/my/unomaha/.

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at http://emergency.unomaha.edu/ or in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 122. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

Dean Baker Takes Part in Professional Development Workshop for FEMA

UNO's Gail F. Baker offered her expertise and advice during a communications workshop in Washington, D.C., last month for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) external affairs and management staff. In addition to the Washington session, the workshop was also broadcast to FEMA's 10 regions across the country.

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) conducted the meeting. Dr. Baker, dean of UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, is a PRSA Fellow and serves as the organization's national chair for individual honors and awards. She has a wealth of knowledge on crisis communications and reputation management.

"The FEMA officials were a very receptive and engaged audience. They listened and asked challenging questions," Dr. Baker said. "The organization recognizes its public perception problem and wants to restore public confidence."

FEMA accepted PRSA's invitation to conduct the workshop within weeks of the agency's widely criticized news conference during the California wildfires in October. Dr. Baker was one of eight PRSA panelists. The workshop took place Dec. 6 at the federal organization's headquarters.

The PRSA speakers focused on societal expectations for ethical communications, trust and reputation in the age of new media, response strategies for hostile stakeholder groups, crisis communications management, relationship-building with partners in government, addressing the specific needs of multi-cultural and multi-generational groups and case study analysis, Dr. Baker said.

"Good communications sounds simple. It's not," she said. "Good communications – especially during an emergency – takes thought and preparation."

Spring Group Ex Classes Begin

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of group exercise classes this spring. Classes officially kick off today, Jan. 14.

All Mav-Rec classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Group Ex classes are free to all current Campus Recreation activity cardholders and students.

To access the full spring Group Ex weekly schedule, click on this link.

Classes will not be held Monday, Jan. 21, or during spring break, March 17-21.

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Relations at 554.2358. For more information, contact Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs, at 554.2008.

Submissions Sought for Annual PTO Conference

The 14th Annual Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO) Conference will take place in Omaha from May 25-27. The theme is "What is Change? What is Substantial Change? And How?"

UNO community members whose work is framed by social justice and can be connected to Paulo Freire's liberatory education or Augusto Boal's liberatory theatre are encouraged to submit a proposal. The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, Jan. 25. For more information and to submit a proposal visit http://www.ptoweb.org/.

Featured guests are Augusto Boal, Donaldo Macedo, Sonia Nieto and Julian Boal. The PTO Conference is co-sponsored by UNO, the College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media and the College of Education.

For more information, contact Doug Paterson at 554.2422 or dpaterson@mail.unomaha.edu.

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 will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Read more.

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. The first is starting this 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).

Patrons Feedback Sought for Criss Library Web Survey

The Criss Library is currently in the process of redesigning its online presence. The UNO community is invited to participate in a survey to help the library determine what features and services are most desirable through the Web. The survey is available at http://xander.unomaha.edu/uxSurvey.html.

"We'd like everyone to take this survey. Participation in the survey is strictly anonymous, is greatly appreciated and should only take about 10 minutes to complete," said Dean Steve Shorb. "This will give us a better idea on how our patrons interact with the Library Web site, how we can make improvements and better serve our public."

Questions may be directed to Nicholas Hansen, Criss Library webmaster, at 554.3122 or nhansen@mail.unomaha.edu.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

At home…

Monday, Jan. 14
- Women's basketball vs. University of Nebraska at Kearney
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
6 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. University of Nebraska at Kearney
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19
- Wrestling Brand Open (Parents Day)
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
9 a.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.