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Glen Brand Open

The Mavericks hosted 120 wrestlers Saturday, January 19 at the annual Brand Open in the Sapp Fieldhouse. UNO's Sim Bribieseca, Jacob Marrs, Brent Pankoke and Ross Taplin all captured titles in their weight classes, while four other Mavericks placed in the meet.

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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.

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Jan. 28, to honor the memory of UNO student Brittany Williams. Williams, a junior majoring in nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, passed away Jan. 20 at the age of 21.

Funeral services for Williams will be held today at 10 a.m. at Salem Baptist Church, 3131 Lake St.

Campus Ministries will host a memorial service on campus for Williams Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 12:15 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.

Representatives from Williams' family, the campus community -- including the Goodrich Program and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority -- and the Omaha community have been invited to attend or speak. The service will last approximately 45 minutes. The UNO community is invited to attend.

For details regarding Campus Ministries services, contact Fred Richart, campus minister for United Christian Ministries in Higher Education, at 659.5795.

Campus Security Working With Law Enforcement On Threat

A written threat was found in Arts and Sciences Hall at UNO late in the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 24.

Campus Security and law enforcement are working together on the investigation and are taking the threat seriously. Members of the UNO community and the public with any information related to this incident are asked to call:

- UNO Campus Security, 554-2911;

- Emergency Assistance, 911; or

- the Omaha Police Department's Crimestoppers line, 444-7867. (Information given to Crimestoppers can be done anonymously.)

The UNO Campus Security phone number should also be used to report any suspicious activity at the university.

The threat, which came in the form of graffiti, mentioned a bomb.

At this point, with the information available, no changes in class schedule are being made. Campus Security is working with the Omaha Police Department to heighten awareness and security at the university.

"Because this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot be more specific about this threat or the security measures we are taking," said Paul Kosel, assistant manager in Campus Security. "What we can say is that informing the public is important. Raising awareness and asking for information will help us keep the university safe."

While this was a written threat, the campus community should be aware that information on how to deal with a telephoned bomb threat is available online at the UNO Emergency Web site, Kosel said. The Web page specific to bomb threat is http://emergency.unomaha.edu/threat/. In the current UNO phone directory, the bomb threat information is on page 124.

For more information, call 554-2911.

Annual Diversity Week Begins Today

Faculty, staff and students at UNO will have an opportunity to learn about cultures other than their own today, Jan. 28, through Thursday, Jan. 31, during 2008 Diversity Week.

The sixth annual event - coordinated by the American Multicultural Student Agency (AMS), a Student Government agency, and Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) - will feature a variety of multiethnic artistic presentations and performances. Free food will be served at all events. Read more.

Difficult Dialogues Proposals Still Sought

The UNO Difficult Dialogues project was developed two years ago to promote open, honest inquiry into issues of race, religion and sexual orientation. This year, the project is funding mini-grants of $500 to staff, faculty and student organizations to organize dialogues. Funding is still available for spring dialogues.

Any member of the UNO staff or faculty is eligible to apply for a mini-grant, as are representatives of student organizations. Members of the Difficult Dialogues core group - staff and faculty trained in dialogue facilitation - are available to serve as consultants.

Project directors Nora Bacon, Shereen Bingham and Cynthia Robinson Moore advise that all applications be submitted promptly. "It takes time to organize a dialogue," Dr. Bingham said. "Sometimes you need to begin planning several months ahead just to secure a meeting room on campus."

An application form is available on the UNO School of Communication Web site at http://communication.unomaha.edu/.

For more information, contact one of the project directors:

- Dr. Bacon at 554.3318 or nbacon@mail.unomaha.edu;

- Dr. Bingham at 554.4857 or sbingham@mail.unomaha.edu; or

- Dr. Robinson Moore at 554.4879 or clrobinson@mail.unomaha.edu.

Clothing Sale Under Way at Bookstore

A clothing sale is under way today, Jan. 28, through Friday, Feb. 1, at the UNO Bookstore. Those who purchase a regular-priced sweatshirt can choose from a select group of T-shirts costing $1.99.

UNO Bookstore hours:
- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 pm.

School of Social Work Candidate to Present Lecture Jan. 30

Kerry Beldin, a candidate for a faculty position with the School of Social

Work, will give a presentation Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room. The title of Beldin's talk is "Exploring Attrition and Recidivism in a Batterer Intervention Program: Issues for Research and Practice."

For more information, contact Marie Lee Tisdale, secretary with the School of Social Work, at 554.2792 or mtisdale@mail.unomaha.edu.

UNO Library Friends to Host Author Jeff Beals Jan. 29

The UNO Library Friends will host an evening with author Jeff Beals Tuesday, Jan. 29. He will present a lecture on his book, Self Marketing Power: Branding Yourself as a Business of One, at 7 p.m. in Criss Library (east of the café on the main floor). The event is free and open to the public.

Beals serves as vice president of operations at Coldwell Banker Commercial World Group, a commercial real estate company. He also teaches real estate at UNO and co-hosts of "Grow Omaha," a weekly radio show on KFAB (1110 AM) about economic development.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera, staff secretary III in Criss Library, at 554.2640.

COS Demonstration Planned for Grant Writers

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

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

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

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 in the Chancellor's Office by Friday, Feb. 15.

For more information, 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 Program; and
- Rosemary Strasser, psychology.

Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues Feb. 1

Weiyo Guo, associate professor of finance, banking and law at UNO, will present "Women and Wealth Building" Friday, Feb. 1, at the next Women's Studies Colloquium. Her talk is set for 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room A.

The event, sponsored by the Women's Studies Colloquium Series, is free and open to the UNO community and the public. A light lunch will be provided. Instructors are encouraged to call ahead if classes plan to attend.

For more information, contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of the Women's Studies Program, at 554.3834.

ITS myMAPP/faculty Training Continues

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).

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff are conducting several hands-on training sessions designed to teach the basics of the myMAPP/faculty system. The sessions are designed for all faculty and 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. 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, Feb. 14
1 to 3 p.m.
DSC 104

- Friday, Feb. 15
9 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 is required for ASK? sessions. To sign up:
- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;
- Select the appropriate month, and click "Go";
- Click the "Register" link next to the event;
- Enter a 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 sign-up of five people is required 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).

Overcoming Speech Anxiety Student Lunch & Learn Feb. 5

The UNO Speech Center will sponsor a free student workshop titled "Banish Those Butterflies: Overcoming Speech Anxiety" Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Students who attend will learn about recognizing the source of their nervous habits, strategies to reduce speech anxiety and how to enhance their self-confidence. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

To register for the session, contact the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu. Space is limited, so students must register in advance.

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…

Friday, Feb. 1

- Swimming and Diving vs. Iowa State
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Pool (Dodge location)
6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2

- Women's basketball vs. St. Cloud State
Sapp Fieldhouse (Dodge location)
2 p.m.

- Men's basketball vs. St. Cloud State
Sapp Fieldhouse (Dodge location)
4 p.m.

- Tennis vs. Nebraska Wesleyan
Hanscom Park, 3200 Ed Creighton Ave.
6 p.m.

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