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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.

First Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Search Candidate to Visit UNO Feb. 13-14

Bill Conley, managing director of Flatwater Ventures, LLC, will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of vice chancellor for Business and Finance starting on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Conley is one of four finalists. 

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend any or all of the three open session events set for his two-day campus visit. Read more.

2008 Women of Wisdom Award Honorees Announced

The Program for Women and Successful Aging, an outreach program based at UNO, announced the winners of the fourth annual PWSA Women of Wisdom Awards. Recipients will be honored at a luncheon and community-wide program, "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom Because Aging is a Lifetime Event," set for May 1. Read more.

Nominations for SAC Recognition Award

UNO faculty and staff can submit nominations for the annual Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Recognition Award. All UNO faculty, managerial/professional and office/service staff members in good standing are eligible to be nominated on the basis of exemplary support to UNO staff members.

Guidelines, past winners and the nomination form can be accessed by clicking on the following this link.

Nominations are due Friday, March 7. The nomination form and supporting materials should be sent via campus mail to:

SAC Secretary
P.O. Box 130

The award will be presented this spring at the annual Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council banquet. For more information, call Laura Lamblin, SAC representative, at 554.2322 or llamblin@mail.unomaha.edu.

For more information about SAC, visit the Web at http://avalon.unomaha.edu/sac/.

"Balancing Life & Work in the Pre-tenure Years" Panel Discussion Feb. 29

The Center for Faculty Development Pre-Tenure Mentoring group will host a panel discussion on " Balancing Life & Work in the Pre-tenure Years," Friday, Feb. 29, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Panel Participants Include: Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor, Diversity and Equal Opportunity; Hesham Ali, dean of the College of Information Science and Technology; Phani Tej Adidam, chair, Marketing Department, College of Business; Loree Bykerk, chair, Political Science; and Gail Baker McCarty, dean of College of the Communication, Fine Arts and Media.

Topics will include:

- Policies on family/maternity/paternity leave;

- Balancing health/well-being issues in the pre-tenure years; and

- A question and answer period.

Refreshments will be provided, and no registration is necessary. For more information contact Barbara Pickering, professor and graduate chair of the School of Communication, at 554.2204 or bpickering@unomaha.edu.

Final Blue Line Club Luncheon this Friday

The last 2007-08 Blue Line Club (BLC) luncheon will take place Friday, Feb. 15.  Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16. UNO will play Bowling Green at the Civic.

At the luncheons, UNO Coach Mike Kemp, his players and opposing coaches speak and show highlight videos.

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

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.

Chair Massage Service Available in HPER

Looking for a Valentine's Day gift?

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase a chair massage on campus this spring. A station will be set up on Fridays in 103 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 15, March 28 and April 18.

Andrea Porter, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits. For more information, call 554.2539.

Registration Under Way for IS&T Summer Programs

These computer technology workshops are designed for students ages 11 to 17. Space is limited. For more information or to register online, visit the Web at http://www.ist.unomaha.edu.

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.

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 this week. These sessions are designed for all faculty and will provide an introduction to the new myMAPP/faculty interface.

Sessions for all faculty:

- Thursday, Feb. 14
1 to 3 p.m.
Durham Science Center (DSC) 104

- Friday, Feb. 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).

February FEAP Schedule

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. 13 and 21
8 a.m. to noon

- Feb. 18 and 26
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

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.

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.)

Noon
- 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 today, 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 gsutter@4continuum.com.

University Energy Efficient Lighting Notice

The university is going green. UNO Facilities Management and Planning (FMP) continuously evaluates methods where energy savings can be made on campus. One area of interest involves the replacement of incandescent light bulbs with more energy efficient, compact florescent light bulbs.

FMP staff asks departments with incandescent light bulbs in office areas to contact the Facilities Dispatch Desk at 554.3600, so that new, more energy efficient light bulbs can be provided. There may be a few cases where changing bulbs may not be possible, such as rooms that need dimmable lighting.

People

The UNO Office of Human Resources would like to welcome the following new hires (as of January 2008):

- Debra Brozak, custodial training supervisor, Custodian Services;

- Cheryl Campbell, counselor, Counseling/University Division;

- Jerret Cruz, groundskeeper I, Grounds;

- James Harr, assistant research systems manager, College of Information Technology Services;

- Randi Hudson, front counter supervisor, Cashiering/Student Accounts;

- Julie Kaminski, staff assistant, Alumni Association;

- Robin McNutt, staff assistant, Labor Studies Institute;

- Jennifer Marshall, secretary II, Student Organizations and Leadership Programs;

- Kayla Miller, coordinator of transfer credit and records, Records, Registration and Reporting (promotion);

- Joann Queeney, secretary specialist, School of Health, Education Physical Recreation;

- Lynn Redinbaugh, custodian, Milo Bail Student Center;

- Tim Scott, supply control clerk II, Mail Services;

- Scott Schubert, security officer, Campus Security;

- Kurtis Slater, customer services tech specialist, Information Technology Services Customer Service;

- Karen Smyth, clerical assistant II, College of Business Administration,

- Catherine Swensen, assistant ticket manager, Athletics;

- Freddie Teal, food tech II, Food Services:

- Marisol Uribe, consultant, Nebraska Business Development Center;

- Ursula Weaver, dispatcher, Facilities;

- Douglas Wesselmann, KVNO morning host, KVNO Radio;

- Melissa Wragge, program manager, Aviation Institute (promotion).

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.