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January Employee of the Month: Marian McDonald

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Marian McDonald, assistant director of advertising/marketing in University Relations, recently was named Employee of the Month for her attention to detail and tireless efforts to ensure UNO gets the most out of its advertising/marketing budget.

McDonald, a 20-year university employee, said she enjoys the creativity that comes with her position.  Her tasks range from creating business card-sized newspaper ads to designs for a Maverick Mojo billboard.

In her nomination, a co-worker wrote, "Marian works tirelessly under deadline pressure, and with attention to detail, on various advertising and marketing projects for our department.  Her cheerful, ‘can-do' attitude does not go unnoticed."

(Pictured above:  McDonald with UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)

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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.

Third Senior Vice Chancellor Search Candidate to Visit UNO Jan. 24-25

Terry Hynes, dean emerita and professor in the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications, will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs starting on Thursday, Jan. 24. Dr. Hynes is one of four finalists.

Several public events have been planned for her 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.

NU Board of Regents to Meet in Lincoln Today

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today Jan. 18, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 9 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1 p.m.

The board will hear updates on need-based financial aid, Nebraska Innovation Campus, and a consolidated budget deficit request from the University of Nebraska and the Nebraska State College System to purchase a new Student Information System (SIS) – used to manage all student records – for both institutions in a cost-effective manner. Read more.

SLA to Host Serving Urban Youth Project Mini-grant Expo Today

Today, Jan. 18, the Service-Learning Academy (SLA) faculty and staff invites all interested faculty to the mini-grant expo, hosted by the Academy 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 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.

Online Preventing Sexual Harassment Program Available

In an effort to support UNO's commitment to maintain a positive, productive work environment that is free from any form of harassment or bias, the Office of Diversity continues to sponsor an online professional development program - Preventing Sexual Harassment.

Located on the Web at http://www.newmedialearning.com/psh/unomaha/index.htm, the program takes 45 minutes or less to complete.

"Preventing Sexual Harassment is an active learning process that enables you to review materials at your own leisure in a practical and convenient way that does not disrupt your work responsibilities," said Sharon Ulmar, director of Office of Diversity and coordinator of the program. "The program is located on the Web with accessibility 24 hours a day."

To assist users in completing the online program, instructions are highlighted below:

- Select the appropriate module (faculty, non-supervisory, student or visitor), and proceed.

- The test will be automatically scored. A score of 80 percent or higher satisfies the program requirement and completion.

- Once completed, the participant will have the option to print a certificate.

- The test results will automatically be sent to the Office of Diversity.

"Please take a moment to complete the program and to comply with UNO's discrimination policy," Ulmar said.

For more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2872 or sulmar@mail.unomaha.edu.

myBlackboard Unavailable Sunday

myBlackboard will be unavailable on Sunday, Jan. 20, from midnight to 6 a.m. for a Blackboard 7.3 upgrade. A Brown Bag lunch demonstration focused on Blackboard takes place today, Jan. 18, as well.

"The upgrade will not only fix known problems, it will also bring back ‘Discussion Board' features that had previously been removed," said Shelley Schafer, manager of ITS distance education and training. "A new ‘Gradebook' document has been added to the ‘Instructor Help Tab' within Blackboard to familiarize you with the changes."

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a Brown Bag Lunch demonstration on the discussion board changes today in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room starting at noon.

All faculty and staff are welcome to attend and no registration is required.

For questions about the changes, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357.

HPER to Close Jan. 21 for MLK Jr. Holiday

In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building will be closed Monday, Jan. 21. The HPER Building will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 a.m.

For more information, call 554.2539.

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.

The upgrade may take up to four hours to complete. 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 online catalog, visit or call the library reference desk at 554.2661.

Intergenerational Water Aerobics at HPER Pool

Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host Intergenerational Water Aerobics this semester. All classes take place in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building pool.

The spring session runs through Wednesday, April 30, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All sessions are free to UNO activity cardholders and $50 for the general public.

Megan Jorgensen serves as the instructor. The classes emphasize proper body mechanics and sound exercise technique, as well as provide strength, endurance and flexibility.

No classes will be held Monday, Jan. 21, Wednesday, Feb. 27, Monday, March 3, Wednesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 12.

For more information, call Dave Daniels, assistant director of fitness/wellness and instructional programs, at 554.2008.

Registration Begins for Aim for the Stars

Aim for the Stars Summer Science and Math Camp has started accepting registrations.

There are several new camps this summer, including "Patterns and Percussion" and the "Science of Sound" offered by the UNO Instrumental Music Department.

The campus community and public can visit http://www.unomaha.edu/aimforthestars for new registration information. Those interested need to click on each bar at the top of the page to get all of the necessary information.

For more information, contact Connie O'Brien, director for Aim for the Stars, at 554.4999.

Biweekly Payroll Notice

January has three biweekly paydays (Jan. 3, 17 and 31). As a result, no standard deductions will be taken from the Jan. 31 biweekly payroll.

Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions, such as insurance or parking, withheld. Federal and state taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, retirement and credit union deductions will be taken.

For more information, contact Payroll at 554.2325.

In the News

In the News

- Political science Associate Professor Randy Adkins was quoted in two articles in the Jan. 4 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Dr. Adkins discussed the Iowa caucuses.

- The Dec. 27 issue of El Perico, one of Omaha's Spanish-language publications, mentioned Maria Garza, education specialist, as receiving a diversity award from UNO's Office of Multicultural Affairs in 2007.

- The Omaha World-Herald interviewed L.C. Menyweather-Woods, instructor in black studies, for its Jan. 8 issue. The article discussed the departure of Omaha Police Chief Thomas Warren and its impact on the city's black community.

- The Jan. 13 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured quotes from Sheri Noren Everts, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, about the search for two vice chancellors at UNO.

- The Jan. 10 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest column by Sajda Qureshi, associate professor in the College of Information Science and Technology. Dr. Qureshi wrote about technology's involvement in growth.

- Physical education Assistant Professor Jennifer White was quoted in the Dec. 7 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about exercise classes.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- David Corbin, a professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, recently authored two book reviews, which will appear in the American Journal of Health Behavior for 2008:

- "Injury and Violence Prevention: Behavioral Science Theories, Methods, and Applications, edited by Andrea Carlson Gielen, David A. Sleet and Ralph J. DiClemente. The review will be printed in the March/April volume 32, (2), p. 220-221.

- "Change or Die" by Alan Deutschman will appear in the May/June volume 32 (3), p. 331-332.

- School of Communication Professor Bruce Johansen wrote a guest column on global warming in the Jan. 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

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 next week.

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.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

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.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.