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Mavericks Defeat St. Cloud State

UNO's Jerry Bennett scored a career high 20 points and Justin Petersen tied a career mark of 15 rebounds as the Mavericks defeated the Huskies 93-76 on Saturday, February 2. UNO next opponent will be the University of South Dakota on Saturday, February 9 at 4 p.m.

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

UNO Theatre Students Receive Recognition at Festival

Students from the UNO Department of Theatre received recognition for their work at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre (KCACTF) Region V Festival hosted by UNO, Creighton University and Iowa Western Community College during the week of Jan. 20-26.  Read more.

Women's Resource Center to Host Open House Today, Tomorrow

The Women's Resource Center will hold an open house today and Thursday, Feb. 6-7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

WRC is a student-run agency, which facilitates events and offers free services to the UNO community throughout the academic year. WRC offices are located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information, contact Jen Piatt, WRC director, at 554.2730.

Undergraduate Course Catalog Proofing Feb. 18-22

The 2008-09 undergraduate catalog will be available for proofing in 108 Eppley Administration Building Monday, Feb. 18, through Friday, Feb. 22.

All departments are asked to send a representative to proof the area that pertains to their respective departments. No major changes to the content can be processed at this point.

For more information, contact Marian McDonald, assistant director for advertising and marketing, at 554.3674.

TIAA-CREF Schedule through March Announced

TIAA-CREF has set its campus visit schedule for February and March. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following dates:

- Feb. 26; and

- March 4, 11 and 18.

Appointments for employee counseling sessions can be made by calling Gennie Pettit at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3600 or on the Web at http://www.tiaa-cref.org/moc.

Inclement Weather Announcement Reminder

When inclement weather arises locally, the university community has several options in getting the information about snow delay or closing.

Access the UNO Weather Announcements Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/news/weather.php for the latest university closing information. Web site visitors need to hit the reload or refresh button on the Web browser first.

e2campus subscribers will also receive alerts announcing delays or closings. The new system, provided by e2Campus, sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via SMS text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used. Students, faculty and staff can learn more about the system and sign up at http://www.e2campus.com/my/unomaha.

The university community also can dial 554.CALL (554.2255) for the latest weather announcements. KVNO Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast UNO closing information, as well.

Deadline Feb. 7 for Faculty/Staff Hockey Nights

It's back! 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.

Call for 2008 UCAT Travel Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) has funds available for Travel Grants designed to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. Applications are encouraged for interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on several themes. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat for a list of links to designated conferences and UCAT themes.

The committee will continue to accept proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended, and will fund grants up to $800 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/facdevelop.

Aerospace Safety Expert to Present Talk Feb. 8 at Allwine

Aerospace safety guru Rosemary O'Leary will present a talk on "Aerospace Safety & Accountability" Friday, Feb. 8, in 405 Allwine Hall. It will run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

From 2003-2005, O'Leary was a member of NASA's Return to Flight Task Group assembled in response to the Columbia space shuttle accident.  In 2004, she also served as a member of NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.  O'Leary is a Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.  Her areas of expertise include public management, environmental policy, dispute resolution and law.

The event is co-sponsored by the NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium. 

For more information, contact Michaela Schaaf, associate director at NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCoR and UNO Aviation Institute, at mschaaf@unomaha.edu.

HR Seminar Series Continues Feb. 8

Human Resources' yearlong series of informative seminars will continue Friday, Feb. 8, with a presentation titled "Retirement Income Options."

The seminar and discussion will run from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. The seminar will provide a comprehensive discussion of retirement income options and will help participants to identify which option best suits their needs, based upon their vision of retirement.

The seminars are scheduled monthly through April. Topics will include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning. All seminars are open to all interested faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager, at 554.3660.

ITS Offers Training for myMAPP/faculty

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).

Staff from Information Technology Services (ITS) will conduct several hands-on training session designed to teach the basics of the myMAPP/faculty system starting today, Feb. 6. These sessions are designed for all faculty and will provide an introduction to the new myMAPP/faculty interface.

Sessions for new faculty:

- Friday, Feb. 8
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Durham Science Center (DSC) 104

Sessions for all faculty:

- Today, Feb. 6
1 to 3 p.m.
DSC 104

- Monday, Feb. 11
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
RH 007B

- Thursday, February 14
1 to 3 p.m.
DSC 104

- Friday, February 15
9 a.m. 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 required for ASK? Sessions.
To sign up for these sessions:

- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;

- Select the appropriate month and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter an 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 of five people are required signed up 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).

Registration Under Way for Aim for the Stars

Aim for the Stars Summer Science and Math Camp is accepting registrations.

There are several new camps this summer, including "Patterns and Percussion" and the "Science of Sound" offered by the UNO Instrumental Music Department.

The campus community and public can visit http://www.unomaha.edu/aimforthestars for new registration information. Those interested need to click on each bar at the top of the page to get all of the necessary information.

For more information, contact Connie O'Brien, director for Aim for the Stars, at 554.4999.