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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.

First Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Search Candidate to Visit UNO Today, Tomorrow

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 today, 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.

Deadline Feb. 16 for HPER Part-time and Joint Appointment Excellence in Teaching Award Nominations

Nominations for the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Award for Excellence in Teaching by Joint-appointment and Part-time Faculty are due to 207 HPER by Saturday, Feb. 16.

All faculty, staff and students can nominate HPER faculty for these awards. Nomination forms and the list of eligible faculty are available by clicking the links below.

Nomination Form

2008 HPER Candidates

Copies are also available at the HPER Academic and Administrative Office, 207 HPER.

For more information, contact Stacy Silva, staff secretary, at 554.2670.

Wellness Stampede and WRC Self-Defense Class Today

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, including one today, Feb. 13.

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:

- Today, 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.

School of Social Work Candidate to Present Today

David Beimers, a candidate for a faculty position in the School of Social Work, will present today, 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.

Faculty Senate Meeting Today

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its monthly meeting today, 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.

HR to Present Performance Interviewing Skill Workshop Feb. 19

The UNO Office of Human Resources will present an interviewing skills workshop Tuesday, Feb. 19. The event, which is designed for new and experienced supervisors, will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

Participants will learn to:

- Help supervisors better prepare for an interview;

- Understand and apply the legal requirements of an interviewer; and

- Improve questioning techniques.

The trainer will be Mary Sweaney, assistant director and manager of employment in the UNO Office of Human Resources.

To register or for more information, call 554.3665.

Classical 90.7 KVNO "Love is on the Air" Programming Set for Feb. 14

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.

Feb. 14 COS Demonstration Planned for Grant-Writers

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration Thursday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m. in 207 Criss Library.

The monthly hour-long sessions 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. The deadline is the end of this week.

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.

"Let's Talk About It" Series Continues This Weekend

The Council Bluffs Public Library will host a free five-part reading and discussion series called "Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature - Identity and Imagination." Local support for the series is provided by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Dr. CC and Mabel L. Criss Library and the Kripke Jewish Federation Library. Read more.

Student Participation Sought for Online Study

Randomly selected UNO freshmen and seniors received invitations last 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 Visit for more information on NSSE.

TIAA-CREF Schedule through March Announced

TIAA-CREF announces 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 one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Gennie Pettit at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3600 or on the Web at