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Cold Weather Wear

With temperatures hovering near six degrees, coats, scarves, hats, pajamas – some color coordinated, some not – and even plastic wrap is used to keep warm for the walk across campus.

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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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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.

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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.

A 12-Month Task Force Message from Chancellor John Christensen

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Dear colleagues,

A final report from the 12 Month Operational Plan Task Force has been placed online at the group's Web site. I would encourage all members of our campus community (and the public) to review the document. The Web address is http://www.unomaha.edu/12monthplan/.

The material the Task Force put together is thoughtful, and outlines challenges and opportunities that the university will continue to explore. Although the hard work of this group has concluded, the "campus conversation" that they started will keep going.

More than 20 people—faculty, students and staff--served on the Task Force, and while full consensus could not be reached on all issues, important questions were raised and discussed. The research, concerns and thoughts that have been quantified and documented confirm my belief that further examining all opportunities for the future of our campus and its people is vitally important.

After reviewing the Task Force's materials and speaking with others in higher education, I believe that our next step needs to be to create several work groups to look into specific issues. Areas such as financial aid, human resources and facilities (to name just a few) all need further cross-campus input.

I truly and deeply appreciate the Task Force members for their honesty and willingness to consider a wide variety of possible options. Higher education today reflects our society—change is a constant, change is an opportunity. At UNO, we are privileged to have smart, deeply dedicated people who want to set the best future direction possible for our institution. It's an honor to serve with them.

Sincerely,

John Christensen

Pedersen Appointed Vice President and General Counsel

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken has announced the appointment of Joel D. Pedersen of Lincoln as vice president and general counsel. Pedersen will succeed Richard R. Wood, who retired at the end of 2007 after serving the university for nearly 30 years. Read more.

Faculty/Staff "First Friday" Event Today

It's back. Faculty and staff are invited to "First Friday" at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center today, 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.

Faculty/Staff Hockey Nights Feb. 8-9 at Qwest

Maverick hockey invites all UNO faculty and staff members to the UNO vs. Ohio State series set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9. Face-off is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Qwest Center Omaha. The UNO Athletic Department sponsors faculty/staff appreciation nights.

The discounted price is $9 for all tickets (regular ticket price is $18). This offer is valid only through Thursday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m. To receive discounted tickets, mention this offer when visiting the UNO Athletic Ticket Office at Sapp Fieldhouse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays); calling 554.MAVS (6287) or via e-mail at bhaynes@mail.unomaha.edu.

Women's Walk Luncheon Welcomes Jackie Joyner Kersee March 5

Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee will serve as the keynote speaker at this year's Diet Pepsi/Women's Walk kick-off luncheon. The March 5 event at the Doubletree Hotel is open to the public and begins at 11:30 a.m. Read more.

Four Home Games Slated for UNO's MIAA Inaugural Season

UNO will play four conference home games as part of its first season in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 2008. The Mavericks will host Northwest Missouri State, Emporia State, Missouri Western and Fort Hays State. UNO will play five of its nine league games on the road. Read more.

Sociology/Anthropology Candidate to Present Lecture

Victor Garcia, a candidate for a tenure-track health disparities position with the UNO Department of Sociology/Anthropology, will give a presentation today, 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.

February FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The February schedule:

- Feb. 1, 11, 13 and 21
8 a.m. to noon

- Feb. 5, 7, 18 and 26
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

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. today, 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. today, 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.

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).

Next Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshop Feb. 5

The UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host several Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshops through March. The next one is Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The workshops are designed for departments or schools anticipating a faculty search within two years. Participants might include deans, directors, chairs, faculty and administrative assistants. The workshops will assist departments/schools in search processes that reflect UNO's commitment to faculty, staff and student diversity.

Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must either attend one of the workshops or have a meeting of the search committee with Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies; Sharon Ulmar, director of the office of diversity and equal opportunity; or Kristine Bell, assistant to the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. Faculty participating in searches must also attend a workshop once every two years.

All of the Spring Recruitment Workshops will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO People Admin System and EEO guidelines and requirements. All workshops will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). The workshop dates and times are listed below.

- Tuesday, Feb. 5
2 to 3:30 p.m.
MBSC Council Room

- Friday, Feb. 22
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
MBSC Chancellor's Room

- Wednesday, March 12
2 to 3:30 p.m.
MBSC Council Room

For more information about the workshops, contact Dr. Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu, Bell at 554.2262 or kbell@mail.unomaha.edu or Ulmar at 554.2872 or sulmar@mail.unomaha.edu.

In the News

In the News

- Marketing Professor Tej Adidam was quoted in the Jan. 30 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Omaha's image as portrayed on this week's episode of "American Idol."

- Political science Associate Professor Randy Adkins was interviewed Jan. 28 by KPTM (Fox 42) about President Bush's State of the Union address.

- School of Communication Professor Karen Dwyer was profiled in the Jan. 28 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The article focused on Dwyer's work with speech students.

- Peggy Jones, Black Studies interim chair, was interviewed by KIOS (91.5 FM) about the anti-racism public dialogue held on campus Jan. 19.

- The Jan. 27 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured Matt Nash, a UNO senior and The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute student. The article highlighted Nash's internships with local companies.

- WOWT (NBC 6) interviewed students Jen Korell and Jeremy Stoll on Jan. 29. A group of students braved the frigid weather and wore swimsuits outdoors to promote the Jan. 31 Focus The Nation global warming event on campus.

- "Grow Omaha," a weekly program on local economic development on KFAB (1110 AM), welcomed College of Business Administration faculty Louis Pol, Lynn Harland and Bob Briggs Jan. 26. The three discussed the progress of the college and what's on the horizon.

- KFAB (1110 AM) interviewed Patrick Wheeler, Environmental Health and Safety, about the Jan. 31 Focus The Nation conference on campus.

- KETV (ABC 7) covered the Jan. 29 campus memorial service for UNO student Brittany Williams.

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

- Three members of the UNO faculty are featured in a new book, Cities Through the Looking Glass, which is edited by Rami Arav and published by Eisenbrauns this year.

The book, which is a collection of essays, includes an essay by Laura Grams, "City and the Philosopher in Ancient Greece; "Gospel Cities: Real, Imagined and Avoided" by Paul Williams, and the "Fortified City of Bethsaida" by Dr. Arav, who also wrote the introduction for the book.

Dr. Grams is an assistant professor with the philosophy program. Assistant Professor Arav and Dr. Williams are members of the religious studies program, of which Dr. Williams is program chair and associate professor.

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

The 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 today, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2. Today'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.

Chamber Orchestra to Present "Romance and Roses" Feb. 9
UNO Chamber Orchestra will present "Romance and Roses," a romantic evening of Viennese waltzes, Saturday, Feb. 9. The event will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Read more.

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 Under Way
The UNO Art Gallery's first show of the year focuses on students. The "2008 UNO Art Student Exhibition" runs through Saturday, Feb. 16.

The show is a juried exhibition open to any UNO student currently enrolled in studio art classes. 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.