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In Her Own Words: Technology is crucial to spurring growth

by Sajda Qureshi

This article written by Dr. Qureshi originally ran on the editorial pages of the Omaha World-Herald last month.

Dr. Qureshi is an associate professor in the College of Information Science and Technology at UNO. ...continue

Sajda Qureshi

In Her Own Words: Technology is crucial to spurring growth

by Sajda Qureshi

This article written by Dr. Qureshi originally ran on the editorial pages of the Omaha World-Herald last month.

Dr. Qureshi is an associate professor in the College of Information Science and Technology at UNO. ...continue

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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.

Pathways to Harmony Program Set for March 19

During the UNO spring break, all faculty, staff and students can attend the new and updated Pathways to Harmony program. The professional development program explores diversity and will take place Wednesday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

"We are excited about presenting updated material that keeps the campus focused on issues of diversity," said Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

To register, call Kate Clark, coordinator for Services for Students with Disabilities, at 554.2896 or send an e-mail to Seating is limited.

Firefighter Presentation Today in the MBSC

The Omaha Fire Department and Association of Black Firefighters will visit with students about career opportunities today, Feb. 5, on campus.

Information will be available on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a presentation in the MBSC Jenkins Room from noon to 1 p.m. Students planning to attend the presentation should call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 554.2248.

Project Achieve and Multicultural Affairs are sponsoring the event, which also includes free food and prizes.

Spring Tuition and Fees Due Today

Payment for one-half of tuition and fees charges for the spring 2008 term is due today, Feb. 5. Billing statements were generated Jan. 18 and, unless a paper billing was requested, an e-bill notification was sent to all UNO student e-mail accounts.

A second billing will be generated Friday, Feb. 8, for the remaining balance on the account. The due date for that remaining balance is Tuesday, Feb. 26. Amounts not paid by the appropriate due date are subject to late payment fees.

The Cashiering/Student Accounts Office, 109 Eppley Administration Building, will remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Feb. 26. To avoid waiting in line on the due date, payments can be:

- Mailed to the address listed on the payment stub (allow a few business days for mailing time; payments must be in the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office on or before the due date to avoid late payment fees);

- Deposited in the drop-box located at the north end of the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office (drop-box can be accessed from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.); or

- Made by credit card on the Web at

Information on billing and refund policies, along with information on other services of the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office, can be found on the Web at For more information, call 554.2324.

Low Brass Choir Event Today on Campus

High school students from more than 70 schools will participate in the eighth annual Low Brass Choir event today, Feb. 5, at UNO. All events take place in the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and Milo Bail Student Center.

The event consists of clinics and tutorials, directed by several guest musicians and UNO faculty. High school students who have excelled at specific low brass instruments will experience first-hand training with tenured musicians.

Highlighted sections of the day include a performance by Radegundis Feitosa, a well-known trombonist from Brazil, and the Continental Trombone Quartet (CTQ). After the performance, a master class for students with Feitosa will prepare the ensemble for the evening concert.

A free, public concert finale - featuring participating students, the CTQ and UNO Low Brass Ensemble - will end the day at 5 p.m. in SPAC.

Mental Health Resilience Conference Feb. 19

The Nebraska Medical Center, in conjunction with the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA), will host a mental health conference Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Storz Pavilion - 42nd and Dewey Streets.

The agenda for "Mental Health Effects of Major Disasters & Evidence of Resilience" is listed below. Conference participants will earn 5.5 Nursing Contact Hours (6.0 continuing education units - CEUs - for Nebraska Mental Health, including 2.0 Ethics CEUs).

8:30 to 9 a.m.
- Gather at The Nebraska Medical Center Storz Pavilion.

9 a.m. to noon
- "Ethical Issues: Are They Different During a Disaster?," presented by Jack Wineman, Ph.D.; and Robin Zagurski, L.C.S.W.
The presentation will address how ethics are a consideration during the different stages of disaster recovery. (Meets Nebraska state mental health requirements for 2.0 CEUs of Ethics training.)

- Lunch at the Storz Pavilion
(Cost included in training registration.)

1 to 4 p.m.
- "Mental Health Effects of Major Disasters & Evidence of Resilience," presented by Carol North, M.D., M.P.E.
The presentation will:
1. Discuss the types and prevalence of specific psychiatric disorders among survivors of major disasters, including the Oklahoma City bombing, the anthrax attacks on Capitol Hill, the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and other disasters.
2. Critically examine elements of post-traumatic stress disaster symptoms and the significance of symptom types in predicting post-disaster mental health effects.
3. Differentiate symptoms and distress from psychopathology among trauma survivors and discuss appropriate intervention approaches to these very different phenomena.
4. Invoke strategies to manage disaster mental health effects in different stages and populations after various types of disasters.

Registration, including lunch, costs $40 for EAPA chapter members, $50 for full-time students and $75 for others. To access a registration form, click on the link below:

Mental Health Conference Registration

All registrations are due Tuesday, Feb. 12, by check (written to "Heartland EAPA Chapter") to:
Gail Sutter, Continuum
EAP, 1135 M Street
Suite 400
Lincoln, NE 68508

For more information, contact Sutter at 402.476.0186 or 1.800.755.7636 or

UNO Television, Students to Provide Super Tuesday Coverage

Viewers looking for complete, continually updated political coverage on Super Tuesday should turn their televisions to The Knowledge Network today, Feb. 5.

"Vote 2008: Super Tuesday," a production of UNO Television and broadcast journalism students at UNO, airs at 8 p.m. on Cox channel 17 and Qwest channel 74.

Guest commentators on the broadcast include Jonathan Benjamin Alvarado, associate professor of political science; Mark Quandahl, chair of the Nebraska Republican Party; and Steve Achelpohl, chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party.

School of Communication Associate Professor Chris Allen is the executive producer, and Professor Mike Hilt, interim general manager of KVNO and UNO-TV, is the program's producer. UNO Television staff are also involved in the broadcast.

"We're trying to provide a public service to the people of Omaha they might not find on the networks," Dr. Allen said.

The group of educators and students also plan complete, live coverage of the Nov. 4 elections.

Blue Line Club Luncheon this Friday

With the hockey season in full swing, a Maverick hockey weekend tradition continues with a Blue Line Club (BLC) luncheon. The next luncheon, Friday, Feb. 8, highlights the UNO vs. Ohio State series.

At the luncheons, UNO Coach Mike Kemp, his players and opposing coaches speak and show highlight videos. Fans also can get a scouting report on opponents and learn from guest speakers. Previous speakers include NHL scouts, player agents, referees and former college players and coaches.

The buffet opens at 11:30 a.m., and a program will be held from 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The last 2007-08 BLC luncheon will take place Friday, Feb. 15, the weekend UNO plays Bowling Green.

Single luncheon tickets are available at the door for $20 for BLC members or $25 for non-members.

For more information, contact Shirley Fey in UNO Athletics at 554.3422.

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. 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).

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. For more information, send an e-mail to or call 554.2625.

"Service-Learning 101" Workshop Offered for Spring Semester

What does "community engagement" mean? What does it look like? Why is it valuable?

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 (SLA) offers "Service-Learning 101," a two-hour workshop, 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 SLA at 554.2427 or send an e-mail to

Strategic Planning Forum Set for February

For the past 11 years, UNO has actively engaged in strategic planning. As part of the ongoing process, a forum has been planned for Friday, Feb. 15. The campus community is invited to assist with UNO's continual improvement.

The forum, titled "UNO: Connected to the Community," begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. For more information or to register for the event, send an e-mail to or call 554.2535.

Visit for more information about UNO's Strategic Plan.

Dance Lessons Begin Feb. 17 at HPER

Want to learn how to dance like the stars? Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede will 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:
- 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.

Call for 2008 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Instructional Materials Grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles.

Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and which address one or more UCAT themes. Visit for links to UCAT themes.

The committee accepts proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended. The committee funds grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site at


- James Saker, UNO professor of music and director of bands, participated in the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) College of Musical Art's 50th annual Band Music Reading and Directors Clinic. Dr. Saker was one of four BGSU alumni, all college band directors, invited back to campus Jan. 24-26 to conduct honor bands.

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