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Art Student Exhibition

The Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. Exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday noon to 4 pm, Thursday noon to 8 pm and Saturday 1 to 4 pm. For further information, call 402.554.2796.

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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.

Williams Memorial Service Today

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

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.

UNO Library Friends to Host Tonight's Talk with Author Jeff Beals

The UNO Library Friends will host an evening with author Jeff Beals tonight, Jan. 29. He will present a lecture on his book Self Marketing Power: Branding Yourself as a Business of One at 7 p.m. at 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 is co-host of "Grow Omaha," a weekly radio show about economic development on KFAB (1110 AM).

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

Faculty/Staff "First Friday" Event Set for Feb. 1

It's back. Faculty and staff are invited to "First Friday" at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 1. The event, sponsored by the UNO Chancellor's and Academic and Student Affairs Offices and UNO Friends of Shakespeare Committee, runs from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Severa Parlor.

Faculty and staff will have an opportunity to learn more about UNO's involvement with Nebraska Shakespeare and the Friends of Shakespeare. Cindy Phaneuf, artistic director of Nebraska Shakespeare, will be in attendance. People attending can meet and greet new faculty and staff and get reacquainted with other colleagues from across campus. Snacks and beverages will be served.

To commemorate the height of Mardi Gras season ("Fat Tuesday" is Feb. 5), Mardi Gras beads will also be handed out to faculty and staff participants.

For more information, contact UNO Friends of Shakespeare Committee members Mary Lynn Reiser at 554.2357, Janet Pol at 554.3605, Lynn Harland at 554.2808, or Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849.

Dance Lessons Begin Feb. 17 at HPER

Want to learn how to dance like the stars? Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede are teaming up to host Swing, Ballroom and Latin dance sessions, beginning Sunday, Feb. 17.

All classes will be held in 200 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The schedule and cost information:

- Session One (Sundays): Feb. 17 and 24; March 2 and 9

- Times: Swing - 3 to 4 p.m.; Ballroom/Latin - 4 to 5 p.m. (include Waltz, Foxtrot, Merenge, Cha Cha and Salsa)

- Cost: Activity cardholders - $15 and $13 for a friend; non-activity cardholders - $18 and $15 for a friend. Those wishing to take both classes should add $5 per person per additional class.

To register, stop by 110 HPER. For more information, call Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

Sharon Schneidewind Retirement Reception Jan. 30

The Office of Records and Registration will host a retirement reception for Sharon Schneidewind, enrollment specialist II, 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 Schneidewind for refreshments and to share memories.

For more information, contact Charlene Wilcox, associate director for records and registration, at 554.3970, or Allison Junker, assistant director for records and registration, at 554.2689.

UNO to Join U.S. Global Warming Teach-in Jan. 31

UNO students, faculty and staff will participate in a nationwide global warming event Thursday, Jan. 31, on campus.

UNO's Focus The Nation event will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Fireplace Lounge, located on the first floor of the MBSC. Presentations begin at 8 a.m. and will conclude by 5 p.m. The events will also be streamed online at Read more.

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.

"Understanding the Reappointment, Promotion & Tenure Process" Panel Discussion Feb. 1

The Center for Faculty Development Pre-Tenure Mentoring group will host a panel discussion on "Understanding the Reappointment, Promotion & Tenure (RPT) Process," Friday, Feb. 1, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Panel participants include: Dean B.J. Reed, College of Public Affairs and Community Service; John Bartle, director and professor, Public Administration; Melissa Berke, chair, Music Department; Juan Casas, associate professor, Psychology Department; and Kris Swain, associate professor, Special Education & Communication Disorders.

Topics will include:

- An overview of university guidelines;

- General deadlines;

- Beginning a portfolio;

- Planning for the tenure process; and

- A preview of myMAPP.

For more information contact Barbara Pickering, professor and graduate chair, School of Communication, at 554.2204 or Refreshments will be provided. No registration necessary.

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 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.

Feb. 7 Difficult Dialogue to Focus on An International Perspective

UNO students, faculty and staff 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 will share their experiences living in Omaha. Those 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, on which they collaborated. Their sculpture is located in the Old Market at 11th and Jackson. 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, by Monday, Feb. 4.


- Robert "Bob" Moser of UNO's Aviation Institute presented the keynote safety address at the Nebraska Aviation Symposium in Kearney, Neb. Jan. 23-26.  His presentation addressed improving take off and landing procedures that enhance safety in those phases of flight operations.

Moser, who teaches flight related aviation courses and manages the flight simulation facility at the Aviation Institute, has been nationally recognized for his work in aviation safety education and flight training practices. He has also been recently named as the Lead Representative for the Federal Aviation Administration's new pilot safety program for the five state Central Region.

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