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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.

First College of Education Dean Candidate on Campus Today

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 today, Feb. 28. Cuellar is one of three finalists.

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

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

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

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

For more information call 554.3502.

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CCSW March Film Series at UNO to Explore Women's Roles

Four films directed by women about women's issues will be screened this March at UNO. The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) Women's Film Series is being held Mondays in conjunction with Women's History Month. Read more.

Theatre Department Offers a Theatre Event of New Ways and New Works Starting Tonight

The UNO Theatre Department will present the "New Ways/New Works" festival--featuring new plays and new ways of theatre performance--starting tonight, Feb. 28. Performances will also take place this weekend through Sunday, March 2, and next week and weekend, 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. Approximately 50 students, eight faculty members and four guest artists from different disciplines are collaborating for the event.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all evening performances. Read more.

Student Government Drive Tonight for Nebraskans Serving Overseas

Student Government will hold a community service project supporting the Nebraska National Guard tonight, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Members of Student Government will collect supplies for members of the Guard serving overseas. In addition, they will write thank you letters. The event will take place in the Student Government office, located on the first floor of the MBSC.

"This will be a great opportunity for members of Student Government to give back to Nebraskans 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 UNO students."

Materials collected include:
- Magazines, books and reading materials;
- DVDs, CDs, and computer games;
- Bath towels (new and gently used);
- Socks;
- Shampoo and other bath supplies; and
- Anything that can remind them of home.

Agency directors, legislative branch members and students are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Headlee at 990.1116 or daytonheadlee@yahoo.com.

"Consider This" to Highlight Math and Science Results in Nebraska

This week's edition of "Consider This" with host Cathy Wyatt will provide a progress report regarding math and science in Nebraska schools, how Nebraska compares to other states and the story of a high school senior that may inspire everyone to raise the grade.

Wyatt's guests include Jim Harrington, supervisor of mathematics at Omaha Public Schools, Carol Mitchell, professor of science education at UNO, and Gabe Cano, senior at South High School. The program airs on NET1 tonight, Feb. 28, at 11 p.m.

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

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

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Friday, Feb. 29
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, March 4
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 http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

March 3 ITS Webinar on Social Software to Support Distance Education Learners

A webinar titled "Many Students Loosely Joined: Social Software to Support Distance Education Learners" is Monday, March 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

Terry Anderson, professor and Canada Research chair in Distance Education at Athabasca University, will give the presentation.

Over the past decade, colleges and universities have increasingly turned to the Web to increase student access, expand course offerings and reach out to adult learners through online courses. A similar explosion in social software tools has mirrored the growth of distance and online education. As Web 2.0 toolbox grows, so do faculty and administrator concerns about control, privacy, assessment and the effectiveness of these tools in the classroom.

In this seminar, Anderson will:

- Highlight an educational model for distance and online learning that leverages social software to help learners and educators determine the most effective tool and granularity of application for their learning needs.

- Demonstrate a number of tools and share practices that promise to help educators learn from and with each other with an emphasis on social learning that includes groups, networks and the collective.

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/ELIWEB083.

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.

NBDC Offers Employee Discounts on Computer Classes

UNO's Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) offers UNO employees a 20 percent discount off Microsoft Office 2007 computer classes.

All classes are held at the ESU3, south of 110th and Harrison Street.

- Wednesday, March 5
Microsoft Word 2007 Level I
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
UNO employee price is $151.20

- Thursday, March 20
Microsoft Excel 2007 Level I
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
UNO employee price is $151.20

- Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18
Microsoft Project 2007 Level I
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
UNO employee price is $392

Visit https://nbdc.unomaha.edu/NBDCstore/store.cfm for details and registration.

Need more flexibility? Hard to get away from the office? NBDC is offering Office 2007 online classes starting Wednesday, March 19. The cost is $90 for two lessons each week for six weeks.

Classes are:

- Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007;

- Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007;

- Introduction to Microsoft Access 2007;

- Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2007; and

- Introduction to Microsoft Project 2007.

For details and registration, visit http://www.ed2go.com/cgi-bin/oic3/newcourses.cgi?name=nbdc.

Student Lunch & Learn "Moving from Paper to Presentation: A Transformation"

The UNO Speech Center will sponsor a free student workshop titled "Moving from Paper to Presentation: A Transformation" on Thursday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Students are invited to learn more about adjusting to a broader audience, reorganizing main themes for more structure, and integrating storytelling and visuals to enhance presentations. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

To register for this session, contact a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu. Space is limited, so students must register in advance.

COS Demonstration Planned for Grant-Writers

The next Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration will be held on Tuesday, March 11, at 3 p.m. in Room 207 of Criss Library.

SPR hosts monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various COS "finding funding" resources available to faculty, professional staff and graduate students who will write grant proposals. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger, assistant director with SPR, at 554.2286.

"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 Department; 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.

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 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.

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.

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 visit toward 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.