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Redhawks Sweep Mavericks

The No. 2-ranked Miami Redhawks swept UNO over the January 12-13 weekend at Omaha's Qwest Center. Friday's game saw UNO's Mick Lawrence scoring two powerplay goals in the 6-3 loss while the Redhawks went on to a 4-1 victory on Saturday.

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Mavs Move to 15-1 Record

A standing room only crowd Monday evening watched the UNO Mavericks defeat in-state rival University of Nebraska-Kearney 76-66. UNO was led in scoring by Denny Johnston with 19 points while Jerry Bennett had 18 points and 15 rebounds. The Mavericks will be at home again on January 26 against the University of North Dakota.

First Senior Vice Chancellor Search Candidate on Campus Today, Tomorrow

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 today, 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.

Library Announces New Look and Features for Online Catalog

Beginning Monday, Jan. 21, the Criss Library catalog will add a streamlined interface and new services including automated lists of new books and government documents, RSS feeds from popular news sources and a user rating system for library resources. 

"This is a first step into the Web 2.0 features that students and researchers are coming to expect," said Steve Shorb, dean of the Criss Library. "The new interface makes it easier to tell if items are on the shelves and provides immediate links to materials available online. There's also a behind-the-scenes change that organizes searches so that the most relevant results are displayed first."

The switch will occur on the afternoon of Jan. 21st, when the library catalog may be unavailable for up to four hours. During that time, the library suggests using an alternate catalog, such as http://www.worldcat.org, as a temporary substitute. 

For comments or questions on the new interface, visit or call the library reference desk at 554.2661.

MSW Information Session Today in MBSC

Anyone interested in pursuing a masters degree in social work can attend an admissions information session today, Jan. 16, at either 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.

Patricia Carlson, admissions chair of the UNO School of Social Work, will be reviewing the MSW Program and admission requirements. No reservations are needed. 

More information can be found on the UNO School of Social Work Web site at http://socialwork.unomaha.edu/ or by contacting the School at 554.2793.

Faculty Senate to Meet Today

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today, Jan. 16. Presentations begin at 2 p.m. and the meeting will start immediately after. 

Speakers will be Ivory Bobb, Jr., Staff Advisory Council president; and Linda Mannering, director of UNO Institutional Research.  The meeting will be in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

For more information, contact Senate President Scott Tarry at 554.3190 or Senate Coordinator Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

Sociology/Anthropology Candidate to Present Lecture This Week

Kate Goldade, a candidate for a position in the UNO Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will present a lecture during her campus visit this Friday, Jan. 18.

Her lecture on "Reproduction, Citizenship, and South-South Migration:  Undocumented Nicaraguan Labor Migrant Women in Costa Rica" will run from 11 a.m. to noon in the UNO Sociology/Anthropology Conference Room, 344 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH). The lecture is open to the campus community and the general public.

For more information, contact Sharon Hudson, Sociology, at sharon_hudson@mail.unomaha.edu.

Intramurals Registration Under Way

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.

Library to Close in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

UNO's Criss Library will be closed all day, Monday, Jan. 21. Online services will remain available, with the exception of the library's online catalog which will be unavailable during the afternoon hours as an upgrade is applied (see story near top of today's eNotes).

For comments or questions on the online catalog, visit or call the library reference desk at 554.2661.

January FEAP Schedule

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The January schedule:

- Jan. 17, 22 and 28
8 a.m. to noon

- Jan. 25 and 30
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

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 individuals 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.

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

During the spring semester, 12 UNO Ambassadors are ready, willing and available to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor, other UNO dignitaries and university organizations.

Members of this select group wear UNO blazers or polo shirts and act as official hosts and hostesses at a variety of events, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. All ambassadors maintain full-time student status, but the group strives to honor as many requests as possible.

For more information or to obtain a request form, contact Ambassador Advisors Mary Dobrauc at 554.2220 or mdobrauc@mail.unomaha.edu or Chris Liewer at 554.3520 or cliewer@mail.unomaha.edu. Requests should be made a minimum of two weeks prior to an event.

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.

CFAM Jam on Stage Jan. 23 at Strauss

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.

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.