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Mavericks Capture Last NCC Swim Crown

As predicted, the competition went down to the wire Sunday night, February 24 at the HPER swimming pool as UNO hosted the North Central Conference swimming and diving meet. In the end, UNO won the title by 1.5 points over defending champion North Dakota. UNO coach Todd Samland was named Coach of the Year while swimmer Laura Kemp was named Freshman of the Year and Kristy Gmeiner was named Newcomer of the Year.

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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.

Fourth Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Search Candidate on Campus Today, Tomorrow

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 today, 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.

First College of Education Dean Candidate to Visit Campus

Alfredo Cuellar, chair of Educational Research and Administration at California State University-Fresno, will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of dean of the College of Education this week. Cuellar is one of three finalists.

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend the open session during Dr. Cuellar's campus visit on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The other two finalists are Dr. Tom Clees, director of Special Education at the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.; and Dr. Jill Russell, vice president for Strategic Planning/executive assistant to the president at Springfield College, Springfield, Mass.

Clees visits campus March 3; and Russell on March 6.

Dr. Gail Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, has chaired the search committee.

For more information call 554.3502.

Dr. Cuellar vitae

International Culture Fair Today, Tomorrow in MBSC

International Student Services (ISS) will host an International Culture Fair today, Feb. 27, and Thursday, Feb. 28. The fair -- which is free and open to the public -- runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days in the MBSC Nebraska Room.

The annual banquet celebrating UNO's international students also 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.

ISS, an agency of Student Government, sponsors the banquet.

For more information, call 554.2711.

Today's Guest Speaker to Discuss Eating Disorders

Student Health Services and the UNO Counseling Center will host a guest speaker who will discuss identifying eating disorders today, Feb. 27. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week runs 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 for eating disorders.

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

Film Screening of "Artemisia" Tonight in ASH

The Medieval and Renaissance Interdisciplinary Minor Film Series 2007-2008 will screen Agnes Merlet's 1997 film "Artemisia" tonight, Feb. 27, starting at 6:30 p.m. in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall. 

James Czarnecki, professor of art and art history, will give a short pre-screening talk.  The event is free, open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 554.3636.

UNO Art Gallery to Open "Printed in Omaha" on Feb. 29

The UNO Art Gallery will open a new exhibition, "Printed in Omaha: A Retrospective Exhibition of the UNO Print Workshop," on Friday, Feb. 29.  An opening reception will be held that evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the exhibition will be on view through Saturday, April 5. Read more.

Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Under Way

The annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive has started at UNO. The zoo offers memberships to university employees and students at the annual rate of $70 per household. The membership includes unlimited admission for two adults and dependent children or grandchildren under age 20, discounted admission to the Wildlife Safari and Lozier IMAX Theater, discounts on children's classes and other benefits.

Memberships remain $70 until Sunday, April 6, and then increase to $78 after that date. To access an order form, click on this link.

For membership inquiries, contact Kris Bell in Academic and Student Affairs at 554.2262.

Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues March 13

Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, associate professor of geography, will present "Feminisms in Geography: A book project" Thursday, March 13, at the next Women's Studies Colloquium. Her talk is set for 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

The event, sponsored by the Women's Studies Colloquium Series, is free and open to the UNO community and the public. A light lunch will be provided. Instructors are encouraged to call ahead if classes plan to attend.

For more information, contact Dr. Al-Hindi, director of the Women's Studies Program, 554.3834.

UNO Job Fair to Offer Two-day Spring Event in March

Career Exploration and Outreach will host a two-day job fair at UNO. The event will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, March 4-5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The job fair will feature more than 110 employers seeking candidates for open positions and internships. Day one, March 4, is primarily dedicated to organizations that are non-profit, government, healthcare and university related. Day two, March 5, will be reserved for those organizations that are for-profit.

Students should bring copies of their résumé and wear professional business attire.

The spring 2008 job fair is sponsored by: ACI Worldwide, Applied Underwriters, Farm Bureau Financial Services, First Comp Insurance, First National Bank, Gallup, Union Pacific, Securities America, Alegent Health, ConAgra, Interpublic, National Indemnity, Northwestern Mutual, PayPal, Streck, Waddell & Reed, InfoUSA, Enterprise, Walgreens, UPS and Exxon Mobil.

For more information about the job fair and other services, contact Career Exploration and Outreach at 554.3672 or stop by 211 Eppley Administration Building.

Nominations Deadline March 7 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/.

Seven Days of Service Projects Start March 15

More than 500 students will donate more than $95,000 in labor renovating five north and south Omaha homes during UNO's spring break next month.

The students donate their time as part of UNO's Seven Days of Service project. This year's project will also include work at the Salvation Army community center and a clean up at the Malcolm X Birth Site. To register to volunteer, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning.

Students and campus volunteers will work Saturday, March 15, and Monday, March 17, through Saturday, March 22. Read more.

UNO Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants

The UNO Ambassadors Program is currently recruiting for the 2008-09 academic year. Twelve student Ambassadors will be selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. Faculty and staff are asked to identify and encourage qualified students to apply for the program.

Ambassadors represent the university at a variety of social and business functions, which are hosted by the chancellor, vice chancellors, deans and other individuals and organizations on campus. They wear UNO blazers or business casual UNO polo shirts to activities, and receive a $200 scholarship for the academic year in which they serve. Two non-scholarship alternate members of the program will also be chosen.

A student interested in becoming an Ambassador needs to have earned 27 credit hours at UNO by May 2008, have at least a 2.5 G.P.A., maintain full-time student status in the 2008-09 academic year, possess superior communication skills and a strong interest in service to the university.

Applications are available in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, 202 Eppley Administration Building.  They are also available online at: http://www.unomaha.edu/ambassadors. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 14. Twenty-five applicants will be interviewed.

For more information, call 554.2779.

Participants Sought for HPER Research Study

Adults 45 years or older with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, hypertension, obesity and/or prolonged immobilization of limbs are invited to participate in a research study at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building, Exercise Physiology Lab.

The participants will be asked to make two visits to the lab at HPER over a period of four months. Those taking part will receive $15 for the first visit and $25 for the second time towards compensation for time and travel expenses.

Study participants will be informed (at no cost) of their serum cholesterol levels, aerobic capacity, and static and dynamic balance measures. They will also be asked to answer questionnaires about depression and quality of life.

For more information, call 554.3221 or send an e-mail to vhanumanthu@mail.unomaha.edu.

Student Participation Sought for Online Study

Randomly selected UNO freshmen and seniors recently received invitations 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 lmannering@mail.unomaha.edu. Visit http://nsse.iub.edu/index.cfm for more information on NSSE.

Free Inkjet Cartridges Available

Limited quantities of HP and Canon inkjet cartridges are available from Mail Services for departmental use only.

They are:

- HP 51606B;

- HP 51625A tricolor;

- HP 51629A;

- HP 51641A tricolor;

- HP 23 tricolor;

- HP 29 black;

- HP 49 tricolor;

- Canon BC1-GBK; and

- S020089 color cartridge; and

- S020107 black cartridge.

For details, contact Kathy Bartle with Mail Services at 554.2337.