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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.

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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.

American Community Survey Workshop Set for March 6

UNO Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) will sponsor a training workshop on the American Community Survey (ACS) Thursday, March 6, which will cover a variety of new state demographic and economic data. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Educational Service Unit #3, 6949 S. 110th St., in Omaha. Read more.

"Consider This" to Explore Alzheimer's Disease

Today, more than 47,000 Nebraskans live with Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's disease is a chronic, progressive, irreversible brain disorder affecting memory, thinking, personality, language and behavior. On the next edition of "Consider This," with new host Cathy Wyatt, guests will discuss the warning signs, stages, ways to slow the progression of the disease, programs and services available to patients and specialized living options.

The program will air on NET 1 tonight, Feb. 7, at 11 p.m. Wyatt's guests will be Clayton Freeman with the Alzheimer's Association; Dr. Edward Vandenberg with the University of Nebraska Medical Center; Carol Feelhaver with Bickford Cottages and Barb Widman whose husband has Alzheimer's.

This edition of the program will be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Feb. 10
11:30 a.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Friday, Feb. 8
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, Feb. 12
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

Student Participation Sought for Online Study

Randomly selected UNO freshmen and seniors received invitations this week to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Students were contacted by e-mail and may respond through June 2.

Students will see an e-mail subject line "TellNSSE" and a link to the Web site. The results of the survey ultimately are shared with departments by major.

The survey is entirely voluntary and confidential. No individual student responses are identifiable. The results are released nationwide and help the public understand how college students learn and interact with faculty and peers.

The nationwide NSSE survey examines experiences in the college classroom, student engagement outside the classroom, and overall satisfaction with academic programs and student progress.

"It is the most comprehensive survey of its kind and is an essential component of UNO's commitment to the Academic Quality Improvement Program as our path to North Central Association institutional accreditation," said Linda Mannering, director of Institutional Research at UNO.

Questions about the survey should be directed to the Office of Institutional Research at 554.2367 or to Mannering at lmannering@mail.unomaha.edu. Visit http://nsse.iub.edu/index.cfm for more information on NSSE.

Submissions Sought for UNO Calendar of Events

The online UNO Calendar of Events needs more submissions from all campus departments and programs for the spring semester. Both small and large events are welcome on the calendar - be it a departmental guest speaker or the UNO/Diet Pepsi Women's Walk - as well as student organization-sponsored activities.

"The calendar is an easy way to promote a variety of events across campus in a convenient location - on the UNO homepage," said Beverly Newsam, public relations technician in University Relations and Calendar of Events administrator. "The more items that are posted, the better. The calendar can be a useful planning tool for everyone, if it's utilized."

Calendar items must be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events Web site (http://events.unomaha.edu/) and include a contact name, phone number and e-mail address. Categories for submissions include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, performances and miscellaneous.

To submit an item to the UNO Calendar of Events, follow the instructions below. All submissions are edited by University Relations for grammar and spelling before they are posted. Usually, events show up on the calendar within 24 hours after submission.

(Note: The process may vary slightly, depending on the Internet browser used.)
1. Go to http://events.unomaha.edu/.
2. Click on the "Logon" button.
3. Enter "post" in the "Username" box and "event" in the "Password" box.
4. Click on the "Update Event" button to access a submission form.
5. Fill out the form for the event you are submitting.
6. Click the "Submit event for approval" button when done.
7. Fill out another form as before if submitting more events.
8. Click "Done" when finished submitting events.
9. To log off, click "Post." Then, click "Logoff" and "OK."

"It only takes a few minutes to submit events to the calendar, but it is well worth it for everyone," Newsam said. "Those with questions should call University Relations or stop by 108 Eppley Administration Building."

For more information, call 554.2129.

Feb. 14 Webinar on Tools for Situational Learning

A webinar titled "Powerful But Not a Panacea: Virtual Worlds as a Tool for Situational Learning" will take place Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Un mon hon Room.

Aaron Delwiche, assistant professor of communication at Trinity University, will give the presentation.

In this seminar Dr. Delwiche, will explore how virtual worlds present many challenges for students, instructor and administrators. When coupled with thoughtful strategies grounded in situated learning theory, however, these emerging technologies can be powerful educational tools.

The event is presented by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. For more resources related to this session topic go to EDUCAUSE Resources at http://www.educause.edu/eliweb082. No registration necessary.

The Webinar is by sponsored by Information Technology Services (ITS) and Academic Partnership for Instruction (API).

For more information, contact Jay Killion, senior instructional designer, at 554.3758 or jaykillion@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 164 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 rsheibalcarver@mail.unomaha.edu or call 554.2625.

"Service-Learning 101" Workshop Offered for Spring Semester

What does "community engagement" mean? What does it look like? Why does UNO 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 on 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.

Nominations Sought for 2008 Vice Chancellor's Award

The annual Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Leadership recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through influential participation in campus organizations and community volunteer work, in addition to scholarly achievement, each spring semester. Nominations and applications are now being sought and accepted.

All nominees must be undergraduates enrolled at UNO with a 2.5 G.P.A. and who will graduate in May or August 2008 or who have already graduated in December 2007.

The following items are necessary for the application/nomination to be processed. The application must be presented to the nominee by the nominator, and all documents must be returned to the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Nomination Packets
Nomination packets are available on the SOLP Web site at http://studentorgs.unomaha.edu.

Nominator's Recommendation
The nominator's recommendation letter must be completed and returned with the nomination form by Friday, Feb. 8.

Nominee's Application
Must be returned by Friday, Feb. 15.

Nominee's Essay
Must be returned by Friday, Feb. 15.

For additional information regarding the award or nomination packet, contact SOLP at 554.2711 or stop by the SOLP office. The award will be presented Thursday, April 10, at the 2008 SOLP Student Leader Reception and Friday, April 11, at the Spring Honors Convocation.

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

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.

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.

Wellness Stampede and WRC Offers Self-Defense Classes

The Wellness Stampede and Women's Resource Center (WRC) have teamed up to host four two-hour self-defense classes in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Each class will focus on knowledge and techniques to keep participants safe. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and prepare to work out. Cost is free for UNO students and Campus Recreation Activity Cardholders and $10 for non-activity cardholders and the public.

The instructor is UNO student Eliss Hall. Classes will take place in 110 HPER on the following dates:

- Saturday, Feb. 9
9 to 11 a.m.

- Wednesday, Feb. 13
1 to 1:50 p.m.

- Friday, Feb. 15
1 to 1:50 p.m.

- Saturday, March 1
9 to 11 a.m.

To register, stop by 100 HPER or call 554.2539.

Deadline Feb. 15 for Student Employee of the Year Nominations

Student Employment Services is seeking nominations for Student Employee of the Year.

To nominate a student, complete a short nomination form available at this link to the student employment Web site and return the information to Student Employment Services, 205 Eppley Administration Building, by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Nomination forms have been electronically mailed to all departments.

The Student Employee of the Year will be announced and nominees will be recognized, along with all student workers, at the 2008 Student Employment Reception. The event will be held Monday, April 7, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.