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February Employee of the Month: Ron Hancock

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Ronald Hancock, security officer with Campus Security, recently was named Employee of the Month for his willingness to serve, no matter the situation.

A leader among his peers, Hancock has helped organize his shift when shorthanded.  He also filled in, on his days off, for co-workers who were unable to work due to illness.

In his nomination, a colleague wrote, "Officer Hancock has always been the first to get calls of service, taking control of dangerous situations and helping people in distress.  He is one of our best officers, and I feel he deserves some recognition for his efforts."

(Pictured above:  Hancock with UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)

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Mavericks Split with Falcons

Omaha's Civic Auditorium was the venue last weekend, February 16-17 as UNO hosted the Bowling Green Falcons. The Mavericks won the Friday night contest 5-3 with UNO senior Brandon Scero scoring the winning goal. The Falcons took the game Saturday night with a 3-1 score. UNO goalie Jerad Kaufmann had 28 saves in the contest. UNO finishes up the CCHA regular season this weekend at Northern Michigan.

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UNO Mavericks Dominate Minnesota Mavericks

UNO's wrestling team won eight of ten matches Friday night to beat Minnesota State-Mankato 32-7. UNO heavyweight Tony Lewis was named North Central Conference wrestler of the week for his three overtime victory in the match.

Third Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Search Candidate to Visit UNO Feb. 25-26

John Patterson, vice president for Administration and Campus Life at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of vice chancellor for Business and Finance starting on Monday, Feb. 25. Patterson is one of four finalists.

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend any of the following open session events during his two-day campus visit. Read more.

First Finalist for Dean of College of Arts and Sciences on Campus Feb. 25

Marshall Sundberg, professor of biology at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan., will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences starting on Monday, Feb. 25. Sundberg is one of four finalists.

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend an open session during his campus visit on Monday, Feb. 25 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The three other finalists are: David Boocker, chair and professor in the Department of English and Journalism at Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill.; Steven Haggbloom, department head and professor of Psychology at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky.; and Susan Maher, chair and professor of English at UNO.

Dr. Boocker visits campus March 11-12; Dr. Haggbloom on March 13-14; and Dr. Maher on March 24-25.

Dr. Sundberg earned his doctorate and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota. Prior to his post at Emporia State University, Sundberg worked at Louisiana State University.

B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, has chaired the search committee.

Maverick Mojo Campaign Nabs Front-Page Coverage

The "hair horns" worn by UNO students on posters, billboards and brochures made its front-page debut this month.

A feature story on the Maverick Mojo campaign has been published in the February 2008 issue of the Admissions Marketing Report, the monthly magazine of the National Newspaper of Admissions Marketing. The four-page article, complete with images of Maverick Mojo advertisements, quotes David Cicotello, director of New Student Enrollment at UNO. Read more.

Last Day for Undergraduate Course Catalog Proofing

The final day to proofread the 2008-09 undergraduate catalog is today, Feb. 22.  It is available in 108 Eppley Administration Building.

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.

Dance/Rap Group Performs Tonight

A freestyle dance/rap group will perform on campus tonight, Feb. 22.  The event is sponsored by Student Organizations and Leadership Programs.

The Dance Lab inside the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building will welcome a performance by Massive Monkees at 7 p.m. The group from Seattle has performed with artists such as Alicia Keys, LL Cool J and Jay Z. Massive Monkees has also been featured on MTV's program "Made."

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 554.2711.

The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, supports this program through a matching grant funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit for information on the agency and how individuals can support the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

French Film Festival Continues This Sunday

Thanks to a grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE), the UNO community is getting a taste of what only few could see on the big screen. The film "Stupeurs et tremblements" will run Sunday, Feb. 24. Three more films are planned for this semester. All screenings are free and open to the public. Read more.

Writing Center Offers Workshop on "Strategies for Organizing Your Paper" Feb. 26

The UNO Writer's Workshop will host "From Chaos to Clarity: Strategies for Organizing Your Paper" Tuesday, Feb. 26, in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall. 

UNO Writing Center consultants Sam Evans and Harley Trimble will present the workshop which runs from noon to12:50 p.m. Participants are invited to bring lunch. Cookies and coffee will be provided.

For more information, contact Dorianne Richards, director of the UNO Writing Center, at 554.3311.

Fine Arts Friday Set for Feb. 29

The UNO Art Gallery and UNO Theatre join forces Friday, Feb. 29 to present "Fine Arts Friday," an evening of fine arts focusing on the distinctive vision of UNO's visual and performing arts offerings.

Patrons can begin the evening at 6:30 p.m. at the UNO Art Gallery for the opening reception of "Printed in Omaha: A Retrospective Exhibition of the UNO Print Workshop." Read more.

Fulbright Fellowship to Be Focus of Brown Bag

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a brown bag event on Thursday, March 6, featuring English professor Charles Johanningsmeier.

Dr. Johanningsmeier will speak about "How to Apply for a Fulbright Fellowship . . . and Win One."  The brown bag event will be in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room starting at 11:30 a.m.  All are welcome to attend and bring their lunch.  Drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information, call 554.2286.

Forensic Anthropology Presentation to Feature Dr. Barone

The Student Anthropological Society will sponsor a Forensic Anthropology presentation Wednesday, Feb. 27, given by medical anthropologist Timi Barone, associate professor of sociology.

The free, 45-minute discussion will be in 010 Roskens Hall Room starting at noon.  Anyone from the campus community or public may attend.  For more information, call 319.2721 or e-mail

"What UNO Do You Attend" Set for April

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs and the Greek Week Committee will host a Difficult Dialogue event - "What UNO Do You Attend?" - on Tuesday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Students will have the opportunity to dialogue with one another on the topics inclusivity of clubs and Greek Letter organizations as well as how they feel about being a student at UNO.  Student leaders will facilitate this event for other students.  The topics of race, sexual orientation and religion will be part of the afternoon's discussion.

"What UNO Do You Attend?" is Ford Foundation/UNO grant-sponsored activity. The Ford Foundation launched the national Difficult Dialogues project in 2005 by inviting proposals from all accredited, degree granting, non-profit institutions with general undergraduate programs. UNO was one of just 27 institutions to receive funding.

Students interested in attending should call 554.2711 or e-mail to register.  Registration capacity is 200.

International Student Banquet Is March 1

The annual banquet celebrating UNO's international students takes place Saturday, March 1, at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m., with a dance following at 9:30 p.m. inside the fireplace lounge. This year's theme is "Amalgamation: Unity. Fusion. Connection."

Tickets are $8 for students with a valid UNO ID, $25 for the general public (including faculty and staff) and $12 for children 8 and under. Tickets can be purchased in the MBSC Business Office, second floor.

International Student Services (ISS), an agency of Student Government sponsors the banquet.

ISS will also host an International Culture Fair Wednesday, Feb. 27, and Thursday, Feb. 28. The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days in the MBSC Nebraska Room. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 554.2711.

ITS Offers Improved myMAPP Help

With faculty annual reviews due soon, Information Technology Services (ITS) staff have announced the completion of a new online myMAPP Help Center and drop in "Ask?" sessions.

Online myMAPP/faculty resources can be found at

- FAQ's
A list of the most frequently asked questions concerning myMAPP.

- Quick Tips Sheet
Helpful hints.

- PDF Handbook
A 36-page printable version with screen shots.

- Online Handbook
Same as PDF but viewed as Web pages.

- Tutorials
Short multimedia tutorials on the most common processes.

-Annual Review Quick Path
Visual table of contents to complete Annual Reviews in the quickest manner.

- Feedback Form
Use this Web form to ask specific question concerning myMAPP.  (This e-mail is answered by a group of ITS customer service specialists, myMAPP trainers and myMAPP technical staff).

Still confused?  Join ITS for walk-in help sessions. 

- Drop-in ASK? Session
Monday through Friday, Feb. 25-29
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
007B Roskens Hall

No registration required for ASK? Sessions.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

Guest Speaker Will Discuss Eating Disorders on Feb. 27

Student Health Services and the UNO Counseling Center will sponsor a guest speaker who will discuss identifying eating disorders on Wednesday, Feb. 27. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Feb. 24 through March 1.

Sarah L. Ruma, M.S., L.M.H.P., from Children's Hospital Behavioral Health, will focus her presentation on "at risk" behaviors and how to detect an eating disorder, including: anorexia, bulimia nervosa and/or binge eating disorder.

She will also provide tips for family and friends on how and where to seek help.

Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 554.2374.

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 are now on sale 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, past participants and a nomination form, click on this link.

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, past participants and a nomination form, click on this link.

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, fine arts and humanities reference librarian, at 554.2992 or Becky Bohan Brown, assistant director of internal communications, 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.

In the News

In the News

- Tej Adidam, chair of the Department of Marketing and Management, wrote a column published in the January 2008 issue of the Greater Omaha Business Magazine about the value of the U.S. dollar.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science, was interviewed by the following media outlets Feb. 19 about Cuban President Fidel Castro vacating office: KETV (ABC 7), KFAB (1110 AM), KPTM (Fox 42), KKAR (1290 AM), the Miami Herald, the Chicago Tribune, CBC Radio (Canada) and Bloomberg News (Brazil).

- NET Radio interviewed Nate Bock, alcohol and drug educator, Feb. 19 about drinking during college.

- James Carroll, chair of the Department of Chemistry, was quoted in the January 2008 issue of the Greater Omaha Business Magazine about the worldwide helium shortage.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs, was interviewed Feb. 19 by NET Radio about the impact of the elections in Pakistan.

- Pete Madsen, associate professor of music, was quoted in the Feb. 6 issue of the Kearney Hub (Kearney, Neb.) about Low Brass Day at UNO earlier this month.

- Carol Mitchell, associate professor of teacher education, was featured in the Omaha World-Herald's feature "Getting to Know…" on Feb. 11.

- Manfred Wogugu, black studies professor, was quoted in the Feb. 19 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about African immigrants monitoring President Bush's recent visit to Africa.

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

- Paul Sather, director of the Service-Learning Academy; Patty Carlson, instructor with the School of Social Work, and Barbara Weitz, retired School of Social Work professor, recently co-authored a book chapter in Social Work and Social Justice: Partnerships for Social Justice.  About half of the chapters - including the UNO authors' chapter, "Chapter 6: Infusing Service Learning into Research, Social Policy and Community Practice" - originated as presentations from a May 2003 UNO-sponsored event, the "Invitational Conference on Service Learning in Social Work Education." The book was published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers: New York.

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

Great Plains Jazz Festival Set for Feb. 22-23
Hundreds of high school students from the Midwest will travel to the UNO to participate in 36th annual Great Plains Jazz Festival today and Saturday, Feb. 22-23.

All activities, with the exception of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) concert, will be held in the Strauss Performing Arts Center and the Milo Bail Student Center. The NOJO concert will take place at the Holland Performing Arts Center in downtown Omaha as part of the Omaha Performing Arts Jazz Series and UNO's Ecoutez! concert series. Read more.

Theatre Department Offers "New Ways/New Works"
The Theatre Department will present the "New Ways/New Works" festival, featuring new plays and new ways of theatre performance, Feb. 28 through March 2 and March 5-9.

Five plays selected from more than 300 submissions from 36 states and four countries, including South Africa, will debut at the festival. Read more.

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Will Perform "Musical Paradise" Feb. 28
The Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will transform the harshness of winter into a warm musical ambience with a performance entitled "Musical Paradise" set for Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

The concert includes music inspired by nature. The orchestra will perform the world premiere of UNO student Timothy Vallier's "Mystical Dawn." Nathan Green, winner of UNO's Concerto-Aria competition, joins the orchestra for a performance of Prokofiev's first piano concerto. Christopher Stanichar, director of Orchestral Activities, will conduct the program, which will include Brahms' Symphony no. 2. Call 554.3427 for tickets and information.

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

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.