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Practicing Their Dance Steps

Nearly 100 fifth- and sixth-grade students from the Omaha Public Schools are participating in a ballroom dancing class this semester in UNO's dance lab. The free ballroom dance lessons are being given over a 15 week period. The students come from Liberty, Druid Hill, Belle Ryan, Harrison, Crestridge, Rose Hill, Fontenelle and Kellom schools.

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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.

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Feb. 11, to honor UNO retiree William Hockett. He passed away Feb. 1 at the age of 85.

Hockett, a professor of accounting in the College of Business Administration, retired in 1984 after more than 35 years of service to the university. At the time of his passing, he resided in Mt. Dora, Fla.

Nominations Sought for 2008 CCSW Awards

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) seeks nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations at UNO and in the metropolitan community for outstanding service to women.

This year's recipients will be honored Wednesday, March 26, at the CCSW Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 18, at the MBSC Business Office (554.3923). Prices are $13 for faculty, staff and general public and $10 for students.

The criteria for each award and its past recipients are listed below. All nominations must be returned by Thursday, Feb. 28, to:
Jeanne Harrington
522D Kayser Hall

Outstanding Achievement Award
Nominees for the CCSW Outstanding Achievement Award should have brought attention to women's issues at UNO and/or advanced women's issues internally or externally through any or all of the following:
- Advising, mentoring or educating;
- Service;
- Presentations, publications and research; and
- Other leadership activities.

To access additional guidelines and a nomination form, click on this link.

Past recipients include:
1987 - Mary Ann Lamanna
1988 - Jacqueline D. St John
1989 - Connie Claussen
1990 - Deana Liddy and H. Carl Camp
1991 - William Blizek and Josie Metal-Corbin
1992 - Gloria Rial
1993 - Joanne Lofton and Diane Gillespie
1994 - Sonia R. Green
1995 - Barbara Hayhome and Mary Mudd
1996 - Marilyn Leach
1997 - Barbara Hewins-Maroney
1998 - Lenore Kuo and Frances Thurber
1999 - Shirley Waskel
2000 - Claudette Lee
2001 - Sandra Squires
2002 - Karen Falconer Al-Hindi
2003 - Cherri Mankenberg
2004 - Deborah Smith-Howell
2005 - Marcia Adler
2006 - Mary Sweaney
2007 - Lanyce Keel

Community Service Award
Nominees for the annual CCSW Community Service Award should have brought attention to women's issues and/or advanced women's issues at UNO or elsewhere through any or all of the following:
- Service;
- Mentoring;
- Leadership; and
- Financial support (i.e. scholarships, internships, distinguished professorships, continuing education programs, support services, etc.).

To access additional guidelines and a nomination form, click on this link.

Past recipients include:
1990 - YWCA
1991 - US West Communications
1992 - The Women's Development Center
1993 - Cox Cable Omaha Inc.
1994 - Pepsi-Cola of Omaha
1995 - Hy-Vee Food Stores Inc.
1996 - First National Bank
1997 - Sears
1998 - Lozier
1999 - CalEnergy Inc.
2000 - ICAN
2002 - First Data
2003 - Qwest Women
2004 - Union Pacific
2005 - Omaha Business and Professional Women
2006 - Girls Incorporated of Omaha
2007 - Omnium Worldwide Inc.

Scholarship Award
Applicants for the annual CCSW Scholarship Award must:
- Be currently enrolled undergraduate students who will graduate after the fall of 2008;
- Have made 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.

Scholarship applications are available at this link.

The award recipient receives a $500 scholarship. Scholarships may impact financial aid packages. For more information, call 554.2327.

To have any of the forms faxed or mailed, call Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C – Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.

Strategic Planning Forum This Week

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 participate to help 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, e-mail unostratplan@mail.unomaha.edu or call 554.2535.

Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/plan for more information about UNO's Strategic Plan.

Classical 90.7 KVNO "Love is on the Air"

Classical 90.7 KVNO will have a special Valentine's Day broadcast, "Love is on the Air." Music that has a romantic theme or title will air from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14. For a $35 donation, messages can be broadcast to a loved one.

"For a $35 donation, you can send a message of love to your special someone and show your love of KVNO at the same time," said Anne Hellbusch, marketing manager at Classical 90.7 KVNO.

For more information, call KVNO at 559.5866.

School of Social Work Candidate to Present Feb. 13

David Beimers, a candidate for a faculty position in the School of Social Work, will present Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. He will speak on "The Delivery of Employment Services to TANF Families: Do the Programs Make a Difference?"

For more information, contact Jane DiVita Woody, professor of Social Work, at 554.2898.

Softball to Hold Annual Spaghetti Feed

The UNO softball team will host its annual spaghetti feed Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Red Onion Sports Restaurant in Council Bluffs. Read more.

Wendy Eaton to Perform in Resonate Concert Series Recital

Wendy Eaton, instructor of music at UNO, will perform in a Resonate Concert Series recital Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Read more.

Wellness Stampede and WRC Self-Defense Classes Offered

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

Each class focuses 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:

- 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.

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.

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.

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 Un 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 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.

Call for 2008 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat for links to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

At homeā€¦

Wednesday, Feb. 13
- Wrestling vs. Augustana
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge Location
7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15
- Hockey vs. Bowling Green
Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.
7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16
- Hockey vs. Bowling Green
Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.
7:05 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.