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Hockey Mavericks Beat Ohio State

A record crowd of 10,598 watched Saturday night as the Mavericks defeated Ohio State 5-2 at Omaha's Qwest Center. UNO will be at home again this weekend against Bowling Green. Both games will be at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

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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.

Faculty Survey Now Available Online

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The triennial UCLA/HERI faculty survey is now available online for UNO faculty to complete through Monday, March 31.

Full- and part-time UNO faculty are being contacted via Lotus Notes. A second, shorter UNO campus survey -- with specific questions about the climate for faculty research, mentoring and faculty support -- follows the UCLA survey.

Please allow about 25 minutes to complete both surveys. Your time and feedback are greatly appreciated.

Survey results will be shared with the campus at the beginning of the fall 2008 term.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

- John Christensen, Chancellor

For further information or assistance with the survey, visit the Office of Institutional Research Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/instres/oir/ or call 554.2367.

KIOS, UNO Faculty, Staff and Student Honored

KIOS (91.5 FM) received the 20th Annual Andy Award. Presented annually by International Studies and Programs at UNO, the award recognizes a member or members of the Nebraska news media whose coverage best enhances the international awareness of Nebraskans. Read more.

"Consider This" to Investigate Childhood Obesity

Obesity or the risk of becoming obese affects one-third of children and adolescents, according to research. On the next edition of "Consider This," with new host Cathy Wyatt, expert guests will discuss the problems, causes, costs and prevention techniques associated with childhood obesity.

The program will air on NET 1 tonight, Feb. 14, at 11 p.m. Wyatt will speak with Jennifer White, assistant professor with the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and coordinator of Club Possible, and Molly L. O'Dell, a physician with Alegent Health.

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Feb. 17
2 p.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Friday, Feb. 15
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, Feb. 19
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.

UNL's The Durham School to Host GM Senior Technologist Feb. 19 at PKI

General Motors Senior Technologist Laird Landis will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 19, co-hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction and the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI). The luncheon takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center, and university faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Landis manages the Virtual Design and Construction for Worldwide Facilities Group – Capital Projects for General Motors, which is responsible for more than $4 billion of construction annually. He has worked in the architectural engineering industry since 1985, with his last nine years focused on 3-D facilities innovation for GM.

General Motors become the first automotive manufacturer to utilize 3-D technology to build state-of-the-art facilities. GM uses 3-D math modeling for vehicle design and has adapted this technology for construction. GM's fastest assembly complex ever built, Lansing Delta Township, was constructed 20 percent faster than the five-year-old Lansing Grand River facility; a 442,000-square-foot expansion of Flint Engine South was constructed 27 percent faster than its target.

To make a reservation for the free luncheon or for more information, contact Rosemary Edzie, outreach coordinator with School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, at redzie2@unl.edu or call 402.554.3283.

SPR to Host Brown Bag on "GIS Toolbox"

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a brown bag event on Wednesday, Feb. 20, featuring Rex Cammack, Department of Geology/Geography. The brown bag will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..

Dr. Cammack will speak about "GIS as a Toolbox to Support Research and Education." All are welcome to attend and bring their lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact Wendi Chiarbos Jensen, coordinator with SPR, at 554.2286.

Strategic Planning Forum Tomorrow

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.

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.

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 link UCAT themes. (Please note the addition of a sixth theme: New Course or Curriculum Development.)

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 by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat.

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.

Feb. 19 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, 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.

"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.

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 APY breakfast event at the Holiday Inn Central in April. The application form is available at http://www.iaap-aksarben.org/new_page_4.htm 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