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'Musical Paradise'

UNO students and members of the Omaha music community rehearsed recently for their February 28th performance of "Musical Paradise." Directed by UNO's Christopher Stanichar, the Philharmonic's performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in UNO's Strauss Performing Arts Center.

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Northern Iowa Edges Mavericks

Division I Northern Iowa beat the UNO Mavericks 22-15 Thursday night, February 21 at UNO's Sapp Fieldhouse. Northern Iowa won four of the first five matches plus a default to win the match. Two of UNO's #1 ranked wrestlers did not compete due to illness. Honored at the meet were UNO seniors Marcus Hilario, Henry Wahle and Nick Edmonds.

Fourth Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Search Candidate to Visit UNO Feb. 27-28

Andrew Soll, vice chancellor for Business and Student Services at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of vice chancellor for Business and Finance starting on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Soll 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.

Spring Tuition and Fees Due Today

The final balance for spring tuition and fees is due today, Feb. 26. Payments can be made in person, mailed to Cashiering/Student Accounts in 109 Eppley Administration Building or completed online at http://cashiering.unomaha.edu/.

Cashiering/Student Accounts will remain open today from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Payments can also be placed in the drop-box, located at the north end of the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office, which is accessible from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Note: Mail-in payments must be received in Cashiering/Student Accounts by the due date to avoid late payment fees. Information on billing and refund policies, along with information on other services of the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office, can be found on the Web at http://cashiering.unomaha.edu/.

For more information, call 554.2324.

UNO Swimming Surpasses North Dakota for NCC Crown

UNO captured the final North Central Conference (NCC) swimming and diving title on Feb. 24, coming from behind in the next-to-last event, then holding on in the final event to dethrone defending champion North Dakota by just 1.5 points at UNO's Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Pool. Read more.

Student Government to Lead Support Drive for Nebraskans Serving Overseas

UNO Student Government will hold a community service project that will support the Nebraska National Guard this Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Members of UNO Student Government will collect supplies for members of the Guard serving overseas. In addition, they will be writing thank you letters. The event will take place in the Student Government office, located on the first floor of the (MBSC). Community service projects will continue at least once per semester, according to organizers.

"This will be a great opportunity for members of Student Government to give back to our fellow Nebraskans that are serving overseas," said Dayton Headlee, student senator. "It will give us a chance to show that we are involved in our community and are working hard for the students of the University of Nebraska at Omaha."

All student senators and executive board members will attend. In addition, agency directors, legislative branch members and students at large are encouraged to take part. For more information, contact Headlee at (402) 990.1116 or daytonheadlee@yahoo.com.

UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble Chosen to Perform at Bandmasters Conference

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by James Saker, UNO professor of music and director of bands, will perform at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Professional Conference that will be held in Lincoln Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1. They were the only collegiate concert band to be chosen to appear on the program this year, and received the invitation to play after a competitive audition process.

The March 1 concert, which will be performed in the Kimball Recital Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) campus at 10:30 a.m., will include "Dies Natalis" by Nebraska native Howard Hanson, and "Old Churches" by Pulitzer-prize winner Michael Colgrass that will be conducted by Associate Conductor Janet McCaskill. Other selections on the program include new compositions by Mark Camphouse, John Cheetham and John Mackey.  A work by Brazilian composer DeDuda will feature UNO Music faculty members Barry Ford, trumpet, and Pete Madsen, trombone.  The program also will include the premier of "Quiet Tribute," by Larry MacTaggart. 

This performance marks the eighth time the Symphonic Wind Ensemble has been chosen for a performance at the Bandmasters Conference since the group was founded in 1979.

For more information, contact Dr. Saker at 554.3446.

Criss Library Unveils Fax Service

Criss Library now offers fax service to all students, faculty and staff. 

Local faxes are $1 for the first page, long distance faxes are $2 for the first page and international faxes $4 for the first page. Each additional page, no matter the type of fax, cost $1. The following towns are considered local:  Bennington, Elkhorn, Fremont, Gretna, Springfield, Valley and Waterloo.  In Iowa, towns include Carter Lake, Council Bluffs, Crescent, Glenwood, Mineola, Missouri Valley, Neola, Silver City and Underwood. 

1-800 or 1-888 numbers are considered local calls, and there is no charge for on campus faxes. Incoming faxes will not be accepted. To utilize this service or for more information, visit the Criss Library Circulation Desk.

Applications Sought for SPO Programming Board

The Student Programming Organization (SPO) is currently accepting applications for the 2008-09 campus programming board. 

SPO is a student fee funded organization responsible for planning and implementing programs, both entertaining and educational, for the UNO community.  Student members gain experience in budgeting, working with agents, conflict management, negotiation, publicity and communication.  Board members are required to maintain office hours and attend weekly meetings. 

Applications are available in the Student Organization and Leadership Programming (SOLP) and SPO offices, located on the first floor of Milo Bail Student Center. The deadline is by Monday, March 3, in the SOLP office. 

Contact Erin Cron, SPO advisor, for more information at 554.2711 or ecron@unomaha.edu.

Nominations Deadline Feb. 28 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.

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 cost $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.

"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 Administration; Loree Bykerk, chair, Political Science; and Gail Baker, 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.

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.

People

Music Students Chosen for Nebraska Intercollegiate Band
The following students have been selected to participate in the 29th Annual Nebraska Intercollegiate Band (NIB) that will rehearse and perform during the State Bandmasters Association Annual Professional Conference in Lincoln.  Students include: Andrew Beckstrom, Amanda Coleman, Mark Diischer, Craig Gant, Cayla Gillette, Tyler Goudlock, Brittney Harris, Aubrey Hudnall, Tim Kasl, Scott Watts and Adam Witte.

Students are chosen based upon musical accomplishments and their ensemble conductor recommendations by a committee of Nebraska band directors.  The guest conductor for this year's NIB will be Dennis Glocke, director of bands at Penn State University.  The concert will be presented at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 29, in Kimball Recital Hall on the University of Nebraska campus.

- David E. Corbin, professor of health education and public health at UNO and a lifetime member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, has been named to the Medical Advisory Board of Sex, Etc., which is an award-winning Web site (http://www.sexetc.org) and magazine for teens, written by teens.  It is part of the Center for Applied Psychology at Rutgers University -- a leading national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education in the U.S.

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.