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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 Social Work Director Joins Iowa West Board

Theresa Barron-McKeagney, director of the School of Social Work at UNO, will serve on the Iowa West organization board of directors. Barron-McKeagney is the first person of color to be elected to the Iowa West board. Read more.

Today's Rosemary O'Leary Talks Canceled

Due to weather-related flight cancellations, speaker Rosemary O'Leary is not in Omaha. All campus presentations set for today, Feb. 8, by O'Leary have been canceled.

Today's canceled events include:

- "Aerospace Safety & Accountability"
9:30 a.m. at 405 Allwine Hall

- "Managing Collaborative Networks: The Key to 21st Century Governance or Just the Latest Management Fad?"
11:30 a.m. at 164 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute

It is hoped to reschedule both events.

Applications Sought for CCSW Scholarship Award

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is accepting applications for the 2007-08 undergraduate scholarship award.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be currently enrolled undergraduate students who will graduate after the fall of 2008;
- Have made a significant contributions toward addressing gender issues or improving the status of women in their academic work or activities; and/or
- Be academically excellent in fields where women are underrepresented.

The application deadline is Thursday, Feb. 28. Applications will be evaluated on how well the applicants complete the application process. Scholarship applications are available at this link.

The award recipient receives a $500 scholarship and will be honored at the March 26 CCSW Awards Luncheon. Scholarships may impact financial aid packages. For more information, call 554.2327.

Nominations should be returned to Jeanne Harrington in 522D Kayser Hall. For more information, contact Dr. Harrington at

Nominations Sought for Administrative Professional of the Year

The Ak-Sar-Ben Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (APY), a premier professional organization helping administrative professionals enhance their skills and become more effective and efficient, seeks nominations for its Administrative Professional of the Year Award.

"UNO administrative staff: You are keys to our departments' successes," said Mary Sweaney, assistant director of Human Resources. "Please consider applying to be Administrative Professional of the Year."

The winner will be honored at the 24th annual APD breakfast event at the Holiday Inn Central in April. The application form is available at or in the Human Resources Office, 205 Eppley Administration Building. Applications must be received at the following address by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29:

Ann Burke CPS/CAP 2008 APY Chair
Administrative Professional of the Year
1111 South 41st Street
Omaha, NE 68105-1897

Faculty Senate Meeting Feb. 13

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. 

At 2 p.m. Steve Bullock, coordinator of dual enrollment, and Lanyce Keel, director for academic partnership for instruction, will address accreditation and assessment initiatives on campus. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. All interested may attend.

For more information, contact Faculty Senate President Scott Tarry at 554.3109, or Faculty Senate Coordinator Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

COS Demonstration Planned for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration is Thursday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m. in Room 207 of Criss Library. 

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various COS online resources available to faculty, professional staff and graduate students writing grant proposals during this academic year.  Reservations are not required. 

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger, assistant director of SPR, at 554.2286.

Free HP Inkjet Cartridges Available

Limited quantities of size 26 and size 10 (yellow, magenta and blue) HP inkjet cartridges are available from Mail Services for departmental use only.

For details, contact Kathy Bartle with Mail Services at 554.2337.

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.
- 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

Feb. 19 Webinar on Tools for Situational Learning

A webinar titled "Powerful But Not a Panacea: Virtual Worlds as a Tool for Situational Learning" is Tuesday, Feb. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

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

In this seminar Dr. Delwiche explores how virtual worlds present many challenges for students, instructors 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 No registration is 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

Nominations Sought for Lamanna Award for Excellence

The UNO community can nominate students, faculty or staff for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies. The award recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO program in Women's Studies. This noteworthy work may involve teaching, research/creative activity and service, or a combination of the three.

"We're really excited about receiving nominations from the university community for this award," said Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of the Women's Studies Program. "The award is named for Dr. Mary Ann Lamanna, whose work on behalf of the program was exemplary. It is a real pleasure to everyone involved with the program to recognize such outstanding efforts."

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 22. To nominate individuals for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies, submit the following to Jody Neathery-Castro, associate professor of political science, in 275 Arts and Sciences Hall or e-mail

- A one-to-two-page nomination letter outlining the particular accomplishments and their relevancy to the UNO Women's Studies program. The nominator must also be connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty or staff).

- The nominator must solicit at least two supporting letters by colleagues or peers connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty or staff) who also know the accomplishments of the nominated person(s).

- The nominator must obtain the nominee's/nominees' résumé or curriculum vitae (CV).

- The nominator must submit a representative sample of the nominee's/nominees' work that is relevant to the award.

The person(s) being honored will receive the award at the annual Women's Studies luncheon Friday, May 2. Previous winners include Susan Maher (English and Women's Studies) and Robbin Ogle (criminal justice and Women's Studies).

For more information, contact Dr. Al-Hindi at 554.3834 or

Jackie Joyner Kersee Women's Walk Luncheon 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.

In the News

In the News

- English professor Charles Johanningsmeier wrote a guest column in the Feb. 3 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The column discusses The Call of the Wild as the latest title of the Omaha Public Library's Big Read program.

- Peggy Jones, interim chair of the Black Studies department, and Doug Paterson, theater professor, were quoted in the Feb. 4 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about playwright August Wilson.

- WOWT (NBC 6) and the Omaha World-Herald interviewed music professor Peter Madsen about Low Brass Day Feb. 5 at UNO.

- Student Allyson Schneiderwind was quoted in the Feb. 2 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

- KETV (ABC 7) profiled elementary students studying ballroom dancing at UNO during its Feb. 2 news broadcast.

- WOWT (NBC 6) and KPTM (Fox 42) profiled the mock caucus hosted by the UNO Democrats Feb. 4.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- The newly released Restorative Justice Across the East and the West, edited by Katherine van Wormer (Casa Verde Publishing), published a chapter by School of Social Work Professor Peter Szto, "Ethnic Relations in East-West Perspective: A Case Study in Restorative Justice."

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

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 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. 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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.