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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.

Second Senior Vice Chancellor Search Candidate to Visit UNO Jan. 22-23

Charles Hurt, former provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs starting on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Dr. Hurt 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.

Music Department Fund-raiser at Noodles & Company Tonight

Fund-raising activities for the UNO Department of Music International Touring program will continue this semester at Noodles & Company at 72nd and Dodge.

"Thanks to the support of Manager Evan McKean, a former music student at UNO, 25 percent of all the proceeds generated on designated evenings will go to support student touring programs," said James Saker, director of university bands and chair of the music scholarship and recruitment committee. "To participate, indicate your dinner order is to support the ‘UNO Music Department Fund-raiser' and the proceeds will be designated for this program."

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble officers have organized five teams that will compete for a tour credit award for the group that raises the most funds through this project. It officially kicks off tonight, Jan. 17, at Noodles & Company. This week's team, "Awesome," is headed by freshman representative Cayla Gillette.

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For more information, contact Dr. Saker at 554.3446 or jsaker@mail.unomaha.edu.

Nominations Sought for UNO Excellence in Teaching Award

The UNO Excellence in Teaching Committee is seeking nominations for the 2008 awards. The nomination forms and criteria are available at http://www.unomaha.edu/academicaffairs/honorsfac.php.

Faculty members can be nominated by students, other faculty and administrators for this award. Nominations are due to the Chancellor's Office (201 Eppley Administration Building) -- Attn: Elizabeth Kraemer -- by Thursday, Jan. 31. As the nominations come in, nominees will be notified by the Chancellor's Office. All documentation is due into the Chancellor's Office by Friday, Feb. 15.

For questions, visit the Web at this link or contact a member of the 2008 committee
- Carolyn Gascoigne, Foreign Languages;
- Lynn Harland, College of Business Administration;
- Don Greer, Health, Physical Education and Recreation;
- Marshall Prisbell, School of Communication;
- Leah Pietron, College of Information Science and Technology - ISQA;
- Pamela Smith, Goodrich; and
- Rosemary Strasser, Psychology.

SLA to Host Serving Urban Youth Project Mini-grant Expo Jan. 18

The Service-Learning Academy faculty and staff invites all interested faculty to the mini-grant expo, hosted by the Academy this Friday, Jan. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon Room.

Those attending will hear brief project presentations from UNO faculty members who created and implemented community-based service learning projects, designed in collaboration with community partners. Many of these projects were the direct result of the Intergenerational Dialogues held last March. The Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education (MCSLHE) through the Service Learning Academy funded the dialogues with 13 mini-grants. As a result of the mini-grants, 19 classes participated in projects that served 21 community agencies and their constituencies.

This expo will give faculty ideas of how to integrate service project work with the learning objectives. SLA also will introduce the 2008 Serving Urban Youth: Focus on Health and Safety Mini-grant program and dialogues.

To register e-mail awoll@mail.unomaha.edu. For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz, SLA community liaison, at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@mail.unomaha.edu.

UNO Art Student Exhibition Opens Jan. 25

The UNO Art Gallery's first show of the year will focus on students. The "2008 UNO Art Student Exhibition" opens Friday, Jan. 25, and run through Saturday, Feb.16.

The gallery will hold a free opening reception Friday, Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The show is a juried exhibition open to any UNO student currently enrolled in studio art classes. Submitted artworks can be executed in a variety of media, including two-dimensional, three-dimensional and intermedia. Art and art history majors in UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media are also eligible for Bertha Mengedoht Hatz Memorial Scholarship Awards. Read more.

ITS Offers Training for myMAPP/faculty

myMAPP/faculty is an ePortfolio system faculty use to track their academic and professional work. Faculty also use the system to document their contributions towards UNO's strategic goals for the purposes of Annual Review and Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure (RPT).

Staff from Information Technology Services (ITS) will conduct several hands-on training session designed to teach the basics of the myMAPP/faculty system starting next week. These sessions are designed for all faculty and will provide an introduction to the new myMAPP/faculty interface.

Sessions for new faculty:
- Friday, Feb. 1
1 to 3 p.m.
Roskens Hall (RH) 007B

- Friday, Feb. 8
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Durham Science Center (DSC) 104

Sessions for all faculty:
- Tuesday, Jan. 22
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
DSC 104

- Wednesday, Jan. 23
1 to 3 p.m.
RH 007B

- Monday, Jan. 28
9:30 to11:30 a.m.
DSC 104

- Thursday, Jan. 31
10 a.m. to noon
RH 007B

- Friday, Feb. 1
9 to 11 a.m.
RH 007B

- Tuesday, Feb. 5
10 a.m. to noon
RH 007B

- Wednesday, Feb. 6
1 to 3 p.m.
DSC 104

- Monday, Feb. 11
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
RH 007B

- Thursday, February 14
1 to 3 p.m.
DSC 104

- Friday, February 15
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
RH 007B

Drop In ASK? Sessions:
- Monday through Friday, Feb. 18-22
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
RH 007B

- Monday through Friday, Feb. 25-29
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
RH 007B
No registration required for ASK? Sessions.

To sign up for these sessions:
- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;
- Select the appropriate month and click "Go";
- Click the "Register" link next to the event;
- Enter an SAP personnel number (this is the five-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);
- Click "Sign Up"; and
- Click "Ok" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration. A minimum of five people are required signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

Submissions Sought for William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship

The application deadline for the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship is Friday, Feb. 1.

In June 1991, the scholarship fund was established in memory of long-time UNO employee William Gerbracht. He bequeathed a portion of his estate to establish an academic scholarship fund at UNO. The scholarship is for dependents of UNO faculty/staff who are graduating high school seniors and will be incoming freshmen at UNO for the 2008-09 academic year. The scholarship, awarded on academic promise, covers full tuition and may be renewed for up to three years.

The application is available online at https://www.ses.unomaha.edu/scholarship/. To be considered for the award, the applicant must file the general scholarship application by Friday, Feb. 1. The UNO faculty/staff member needs to submit a letter or e-mail to the UNO Office of Financial Aid verifying that the applicant is their child.

Chair Massage Service Available in HPER This Spring

Looking for a way to reduce stress?

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase a chair massage on campus this spring. A station will be set up on Fridays in 103 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 28 and April 18.

Andrea Porter, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits. For more information, call 554.2539.

February TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

TIAA-CREF has set its campus visit schedule for February. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on Tuesday, Feb. 5, Wednesday, Feb. 6, and Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Gennie Pettit at 548.3600 or on the Web at http://www.tiaa-cref.org/moc.

Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

With the start of the spring semester Campus Security staff 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.