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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.

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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.

Counseling Available on Campus

Counseling services are available for UNO students, faculty and staff following the death of Junior Brittany Williams.

Williams was the victim of a Jan. 21 restaurant shooting. A junior majoring in pre-nursing at UNO, Williams was also a Goodrich scholar, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and active in Project Achieve.

Those needing assistance should contact the UNO Counseling Center at 554.2409 or Eppley Administration Building 115. Faculty and staff may also call the Faculty/Employee Assistance Program at 554.3120.

2008 UNO Women of Color Award Honorees Announced

A veteran entertainer, procurement specialist, community volunteer, professor, client manager and student are the 2008 recipients of the UNO Women of Color (WOC) Awards.

The group will be honored at a luncheon Wednesday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Circle. The sixth annual event is sponsored by UNO and State Farm Insurance. This year's theme is "Women in Politics." The guest speaker is Washington, D.C. strategic thinker Esther Aguilera. Read more.

CFAM Jam Today at Strauss

Entertainment. Refreshments. Door prizes. Three good reasons to come in out of the cold and head over to KVNO Classical 90.7 FM and UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) "CFAM Jam" on stage at the Strauss Performing Arts Center today, Jan. 23.

Everyone can join the fun 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, poetry readings, presentations of artwork, Indian drumming, 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.

English Professor, Instructor to Participate in MCC Writing Center Reading Series

UNO English Professor John Price and Shelia Rocha, an instructor in the UNO English Department, will read some of their work at a Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Writing Center Reading Series event on Thursday, Jan. 24. The readings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the South Omaha MCC Campus Writing Center, 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave., in Room 222 of the Connector Building.

The Omaha World-Herald's Jeff Koterba will also speak at the event, which is free and open to the campus community and the public.

Some background on all three speakers follows:

- Koterba is a creative nonfiction writer, musician and syndicated cartoonist. He is working on a memoir about how Tourette's Syndrome led to a life of cartooning.

- Dr. Price is the author of Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey Into the American Grasslands (U. of Nebraska Press, 2004) and the forthcoming memoir, Man Killed by Pheasant (Da Capo/Perseus).  His nonfiction has appeared in such publications as Orion, The Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction, and the anthologies Best Spiritual Writing and In Brief.

- Rocha is an Omaha native of the Purhe'pecha nation who has been active in non-traditional arts education and liberatory theater for nearly 20 years.  She is the multicultural director at the Omaha Theater Company and an Artist in Schools and Communities with the Nebraska Arts Council.   She has published both poetry and prose in Latino Visiones Magazine and has numerous scripts that have been produced both locally and regionally.

For more information, call 250.2763.

Sharon Schneidewind Retirement Reception Jan. 30

The Office of Records & Registration will host a retirement reception in honor of Sharon Schneidewind from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. The campus community is invited to join her for refreshments and to share some memories. 

For more information, contact Charlene Wilcox, associate director for Records & Registration, at 554.3970 or Allison Junker, assistant director for Records & Registration, at 554.2689.

COS Demonstration Planned for Grant-Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 9 a.m. in Room 207 of the Criss Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various COS on-line resources available to faculty, professional staff and graduate students who are planning to write grant proposals during this academic year.  Reservations are not required. 

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger, assistant director with SPR, at 554.2286.

Feb. 7 Difficult Dialogue to Focus on An International Perspective

UNO faculty, staff, and students can participate in a Difficult Dialogue event on "What Omaha do YOU live in? An International Perspective" on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Difficult Dialogues and International Studies and Programs will sponsor the event. The dialogue format allows for small group discussion. Members of the international community plan to share their experiences living in Omaha, and everyone attending will have a multi-cultural learning opportunity. Refreshments will be provided.

"Our office is pleased to receive this mini-grant to give internationals on campus a chance to create greater awareness and understanding of people from other cultures," said Lori Arias, assistant director, International Student Services. "We are fortunate that many faculty and staff are involved as small group facilitators for this event."

Gary Day, professor of art and art history at UNO, and Anna Monardo, associate professor with the UNO Writer's Workshop, will speak on the "Best Moments in Omaha" piece, which they collaborated on. Their sculpture is located in the Old Market at 11th and Jackson St. For the piece, Monardo asked residents who relocated to Omaha from other countries to describe their favorite moments in the city. Day painted the participants' stories, recorded in 20 different languages, onto their O!.

"The only way we can promote change is by telling others how we truly feel," said Andres Traslavina, a native of Colombia and small group facilitator. "Difficult Dialogues offers the perfect opportunity to share these views. Once we open new ways of communication, we can comprehend our similarities and focus on what we can do to improve ourselves, our communities, and the world."

The UNO Difficult Dialogues project "Breaking Silence" began in 2006 to promote constructive dialogue about issues related to race, religion and sexual orientation.

To register or for more information, contact International Studies and Programs at 554.2293 or e-mail nhayes@unomaha.edu, by Monday, Feb. 4.

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.

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 today, Jan. 23. 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:

- Today, 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).

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. The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) must receive proposals 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.

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.

Classical 90.7 KVNO Helps Listeners Celebrate Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is February 14th and Classical 90.7 KVNO wants to help make it a memorable day for KVNO listeners and their sweethearts.

For a minimum donation of $100, the first 30 donors can send an on-air message to that special someone and get two red roses, beautifully arranged by BLOOMS.

Bouquets will be available for pick-up at KVNO from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, or on Thursday, Feb. 14, until noon.

This Valentine's Day gift opportunity will end Friday, Feb. 1, so call 559.5866 or visit http://www.kvno.org.