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Mavericks Defeat Fighting Sioux

UNO basketball hosted the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota Saturday at the Sapp Fieldhouse. In the men's game, the Maverick's Andrew Bridger had 16 points and 10 assists in UNO's 84-69 win. The Maverick men and women are on the road Thursday at Augustana and back home Saturday afternoon at 2 and 4 p.m. against St. Cloud State.

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Decorating the Dorms

Representatives from Bed, Bath and Beyond and the UNO Bookstore contributed their products and expertise last week in one of the new rooms at Maverick Village. The model room is being prepared for campus recruiting visits on February 1.

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Mavericks vs. Fighting Sioux

UNO basketball hosted the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota Saturday at the Sapp Fieldhouse. The fourth-ranked North Dakota women beat UNO 86-55. UNO's Amanda Brodsack led the Maverick scoring with 13 points. The Maverick men and women are on the road Thursday at Augustana and back home Saturday afternoon at 2 and 4 p.m. against St. Cloud State.

UNO to Join U.S. Global Warming Teach-in Today

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

UNO's Focus The Nation event will take place 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/ehs. Read more.

Nominations Sought for 2008 Faculty Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies the effective practice of service-learning in his or her work.  This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $500. 

To be nominated, a faculty member must:

- Have demonstrated the ability to develop and teach an effective service-learning course;

- Have been supportive of service-learning at UNO (i.e. through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles, mentoring faculty/students, etc.);

- Have demonstrated the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners and have a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (i.e. professionalism and cultural competency); and

- Hold a full- or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 10, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. 

Nominations must be in to the Service-Learning Academy no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. Anyone can download a nomination form on the Service-Learning Academy Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning/.  For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz, community liaison for the Service-Learning Academy, at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@mail.unomaha.edu.

Nominations Sought for Student Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO student who has gone above and beyond the required community engagement in the context of a service-learning class. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $250.

To be nominated, a student must have demonstrated and upheld in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service-learning: 

- Establishing and maintaining a reciprocal relationship with a community partner;

- Providing a useful and meaningful community service; and

- Mastering the course's academic objective(s), as related to the service performed. 

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation, Friday, April 11, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. 

Nominations must be in to the Service-Learning Academy no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. Anyone can download a nomination form on the Service-Learning Academy Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning/.  For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz, community liaison for the Service-Learning Academy, at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@mail.unomaha.edu.

FFFF to Feature David Helm

This Friday, Feb. 1, KVNO, Classical 90.7's First Friday Faculty Focus series continues with the spotlight on David Helm, chairperson and professor in the UNO Department of Art and Art History.  The segment airs during the 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. newscasts.

The "First Friday Faculty Focus" interview series highlights the many contributions of individual faculty members to UNO and the greater community.  Cheril Lee, KVNO news director, conducts the interviews.

For more information about the series, contact Lee at 554.2516.

Sociology/Anthropology Candidate to Present Lecture Feb. 1

Victor Garcia, a candidate for a tenure-track health disparities position with the UNO Department of Sociology/Anthropology, will give a presentation Friday, Feb. 1. It runs from 11 a.m. to noon in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The title of Garcia's talk is "Exploring Substance Abuse Across Borders: Ethnography and Binational Research among Transnational Mexican Migrants."

For more information, contact Sharon Hudson, staff assistant for sociology, at 554.2626 or sharon_hudson@mail.unomaha.edu.

Performances Set for Annual UNO Honor Bands Festival

UNO's The Moving Company will perform with the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a new piece by UNO Professor Josie Metal-Corbin with Charles Ahovissi, and danced by Stephanie Huettner, Dextricia Vaught, Leslie Ibarolle, Kara Gillmore, Shawneita Irwin and Kyan Unstad.

The free performance is part of the 29th annual UNO Honor Bands Festival Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2. Friday's performance begins at 6:15 p.m.; Saturday's performance begins at 3 p.m. Both will take place in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

The event will feature Dr. Stephen Gage, Youngstown State University, and Marcellus Brown, Boise State University, along with a guest performance by Radegundis Feitosa, a trombone clinician from Paraiba Federal University in Brazil.

myMAPP/faculty Unavailable Briefly on Feb. 3

The myMAPP/faculty system will be unavailable for an hour starting at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, for a minor system upgrade.

The upgrade will provide enhancements to the sorting and filtering capabilities in the system, which will make the Faculty Annual Review process flow more smoothly, according to Information Technology Services (ITS) staff.

For questions regarding this upgrade or about the myMAPP/faculty system, contact ITS Customer Services at 554. HELP (554.4357).

Proposals Sought for Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur Program Grants

This spring, the UNO Service-Learning Academy has partnered with the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation Inc., (JRCPF) to offer two Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur (CASE) grants to deserving students to support service learning projects. The overall purpose of the program is to facilitate collaborative partnerships between UNO students and community nonprofit partners to accomplish projects that meet a demonstrated community need.

The UNO-CASE grants include $1,000 to implement the project along with a certificate of merit signed by President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter. Winning projects will be published on the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Partnership Foundation Web site (http://www.jrcpf.org/), at http://www.servicebook.org, an Internet community promoting academic service learning sponsored by JRCPF and on the UNO Service-Learning Academy Web site. The UNO-CASE awards provide prestigious recognition for students, faculty and their community partners for academic service.  Online application for the grant is available at http://www.servicebook.org. Winners will be chosen by a UNO review committee.

The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 8, by 5 p.m. CST (online)

For more information, visit the Service-Learning Academy Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning. For questions, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz, community liaison for the Service-Learning Academy, at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu or Paul Sather, Service-Learning Academy director, at psather@unomaha.edu.

Collaborative Networks Expert to Present Talk Feb. 8 at PKI

A leading expert on collaborative networks will present on campus Friday, Feb. 8 at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI).

Rosemary O'Leary of The Maxwell School of Syracuse University in New York will discuss "Managing Collaborative Networks: The Key to 21st Century Governance or Just the Latest Management Fad?" at noon in Room 164 at PKI. A pizza lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.

The UNO Institute for Collaboration Science and School of Public Administration are event sponsors.

Dr. O'Leary will address new developments in collaboration theory and their application to public management. Collaborative public management allows leaders in multi-organizational arrangements to solve problems that cannot be solved or easily solved by single organizations.

Dr. O'Leary was a senior Fulbright scholar conducting research on environmental policy in Malaysia and the Philippines. She received her law degree from the University of Kansas in 1981 and her doctorate from Syracuse University in 1988.

Attendance is free, but reservations are encouraged. Contact rsheibalcarver@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.2625.

"Service-Learning 101" Workshop Offered for Spring Semester

What does "community engagement" mean? What does it look like? Why do we value it?

For many UNO faculty, community engagement means service-learning:  integrating community service projects into coursework so that students apply course concepts, see their relevance to everyday life, and gain the satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

To help faculty design service-learning projects that meet genuine community needs, the Service-Learning Academy offers "Service-Learning 101," a two-hour workshop to be offered once this spring:  Friday, Feb. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. It will be held in the International Studies Conference Room, 241 Arts and Sciences Hall. 

Faculty new to service-learning and those with projects in development are welcome to attend.  To register, call the Service-Learning Academy at 554.2427 or send e-mail to awoll@mail.unomaha.edu.

SHS to Promote Healthy Hearts Starting Feb. 1

UNO Student Health Services (SHS) will team with the American Heart Association (AHA) in February to promote heart health in women.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to dress in red clothing Friday, Feb. 1, in observance of National Wear Red Day.

Julie Denker, SHS graduate assistant, will discuss ways to keep hearts healthy Thursday, Feb. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. at "Go Red for Women" in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.  Red dress pins also will be available for a $5 donation.  Money from pin sales supports heart research and education.

For more information, call Denker at 554.3183.

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.

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.

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.