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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.

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SHS Offer Tips on Avoiding the Flu

UNO broadcasting student Munira Amini produced this segment for the Omaha News. It highlights tips from Student Health Services on how to avoid getting the flu this season.

UNO Seeks Regents' Approval of New CBA Building

UNO will bring a proposal to build a new College of Business Administration (CBA) building to the Friday, March 7, University of Nebraska Board of Regents meeting for approval.

The new CBA facility will cost $31 million and be located on UNO's Pacific Street campus near the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI). Private funds will support the building project. Read more.

Mavs' Playoff Series to Open on March 6

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UNO's first-round Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series will open on Thursday, March 6, at Qwest Center Omaha, with the second game of the best-of-three series set for Saturday, March 8. A third game, if necessary, will be Sunday.  Game time will be at 7:05 p.m., with the opponent for the Mavericks to be determined after this weekend's games have been completed.

Playoff tickets for Thursday and Saturday will go on sale Monday, March 3, at 10 a.m.  Prices, set by the CCHA, are $16 for adult lower bowl seats, $13 for upper bowl and $9 for ages three to college. Read more.

Second College of Education Dean Candidate to Visit Campus

Thomas Clees, director of Special Education at the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of dean of the College of Education next week. Dr. Clees is one of three finalists.

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend the open session during Dr. Clees's campus visit Monday, March 3, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in 111 Eppley Administration Building.

The other two finalists are Alfredo Cuellar, chair of Educational Research and Administration at California State University-Fresno, and Jill Russell, vice president for Strategic Planning/executive assistant to the president at Springfield College, Springfield, Mass.

Dr. Russell visits campus on Thursday, 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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Feedback Sought on Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Candidate

The vice chancellor for Business and Finance search committee co-chairs encourage everyone who has participated in any of the sessions with the four final candidates for the position to send in feedback.

The co-chairs - Louis Pol, dean of the College of Business Administration, and Julie Totten, interim vice chancellor for Business and Finance - can take comments through e-mail or at their offices.  Their campus office addresses:  Pol, RH 414; Totten, EAB 209.

The four Business and Finance vice chancellor candidates:

- William Conley, managing director of Flatwater Ventures, LLC in Omaha;

- Thomas Johnson, vice president of Finance and Operations at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa;

- John Patterson, vice president for Administration and Campus Life at the Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan.; and

- Andrew Soll, vice chancellor for Business and Student Services at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Information on all four is also online at the vice chancellor for Business and Finance search page - http://www.unomaha.edu/bnf/index.php.

Comments need to be in by Friday, March 7.

UNO Golf to Hold March 2 Spaghetti Feed

The UNO golf team will host its annual spaghetti feed on Sunday, March 2, at the Red Neck Saloon, 8255 Hascall St.

The cost is $6 for "All You Can Eat" spaghetti dinner. Fans will have a chance to meet the 2008 Maverick golf team and coaches at the annual event.

For more information, contact Coach Tim Nelson at 554.2013.

Latino Musical Performance Set for March 3

Marcos Mora, who is teaching a Latino/Latin American Studies class on "Latino/Latin American Musical Traditions," will host a presentation on Latino musical stylings Monday, March 3, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. The presentation will be held in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.

Mora has also invited several musicians from his two groups, Mariachi Luna y Sol and Sabor, to perform.

The event is sponsored by UNO's Office of Latino/Latin American Studies. The UNO community is invited to attend this instructional and interactive presentation.

For more information, call 554.3458.

Immigration Seminar to Be Held at UNO March 4

A public immigration seminar featuring a panel of speakers will take place Tuesday, March 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Immigration experts and advocates will discuss a variety of issues including: the current status of the immigration system; impact of immigration on local economies; state level legislation; public understandings of human migration and the role of globalization; and the politics of immigration reform and border enforcement. Read more.

Submissions Sought for UNO Calendar of Events

Want to increase attendance at a campus activity?  Try promoting it with the online UNO Calendar of Events.

An upcoming entry lists the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women's (CCSW) film series, which opens Monday, March 3, with "Mohawk Girls" at 7 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. 

"Please make submitting items to the calendar a regular part of your work routine," said Beverly Newsam, public relations technician in University Relations and Calendar of Events administrator. "The calendar can be a useful tool for the campus and community, if it's utilized."   

Calendar items must be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events Web site (http://events.unomaha.edu/) and include a contact name, phone number and e-mail address.  Categories for submissions include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, performances and miscellaneous.

To submit an item, follow the instructions below. All submissions are edited by University Relations for grammar and spelling before they are posted.  Usually, events show up on the calendar within 24 hours of their submission. 

(Note: The process may vary slightly, depending on the Internet browser used.)

1. Go to http://events.unomaha.edu/.

2. Click on the "Logon" button.

3. Enter "post" in the "Username" box and "event" in the "Password" box.

4. Click on the "Update Event" button to access a submission form.

5. Fill out the form for the event you are submitting.

6. Click the "Submit event for approval" button when done.

7. Fill out another form as before if submitting more events.

8. Click "Done" when finished submitting events.

9. To log off, click "Post." Then, click "Logoff" and "OK."

"It only takes a few minutes to submit events to the calendar, but it is well worth it for everyone," Newsam said. "Those with questions can call University Relations or stop by 108 Eppley Administration Building."

For more information, call 554.2129.

Retirement Planning Education Series Continues March 7

Human Resources at UNO will continue its retirement planning education series Friday, March 7, with a presentation titled, "A Woman's Money, A Woman's Future." 

The event starts at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. This month's seminar focuses on key aspects of managing personal finances while incorporating issues that are of particular interest to women of all ages. All interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. For more information, contact Esther Scarpello, benefits manager, at 554.3660.

"Ask the Psychiatrist" Q&A Set for March 12

The Center for Faculty Development will host an "Ask the Psychiatrist" question and answer session Wednesday, March 12, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Presenters include Dr. Kathy Hankins and Dr. Laurie Arndorfer, resident psychiatrists from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, as well as UNO Counseling Center and Student Health Services consulting psychiatrists.

At the session, attendees will have a chance to:

- Ask and learn about collegiate mental health;

- Discuss the role of faculty and UNO staff in collegiate mental health; and

- Learn about UNO resources and referrals.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu.  To request more information about the event, contact Marti Rosen-Atherton, director of the counseling center, at 554.2409.  Refreshments will be provided.

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" will take place 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, according to the webinar's organizers.

In this seminar, Dr. Anderson will:

- Highlight an educational model for distance and online learning that leverages social software to help learners and educators.

- 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.

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.

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.

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/.

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 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 have a strong interest in university service.

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.

In the News

In the News

- Hesham Ali, dean of the College of Information Science and Technology, was quoted in the Feb. 8 issue of the Midlands Business Journal about WiFi technology.

- The Feb. 8 issue of the Midlands Business Journal profiled Gail Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. Dr. Baker has been named a Woman of Distinction by the publication.

- Bob Bernier of the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) was quoted in the Feb. 20 issue of the Sidney Sun-Telegraph (Sidney, Neb.) about a conference the NBDC hosted for Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith.

- Mike Carroll, associate professor of the Goodrich Program, spoke with the following media outlets this week about the Brittany Williams memorial scholarship: KPTM (Fox 42), KFAB (1110 AM), KIOS (91.5 FM) and KMTV (CBS 3).

- Jody Neathery-Castro, associate professor of political science, was interviewed by WOWT (NBC 6) Feb. 27 about UNO professors helping teach a course at North High School for a teacher battling cancer.

- The Feb. 25 issue of the Lincoln Journal Star featured an article on service learning, quoting Kathe Oleson of the Service-Learning Academy. The article also mentioned UNO's upcoming Seven Days of Service project.

- The Feb. 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald quoted Hank Robinson, director of the Juvenile Justice Institute, about school absenteeism in Nebraska.

- The Feb. 23 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest column by Robert Runyon, dean emeritus of libraries. Runyon discussed UNO's interaction with the Omaha metro area.

- Nick Stergiou, director of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Biomechanics Laboratory, was quoted in the Feb. 9 issue of Healthwise about the need to increase activity among children.

- Criminal justice emeritus professor Sam Walker was quoted in the Feb. 28 issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about the arrest rate of African Americans.

- Paul Allen Williams, chair of Religious Studies, was quoted in the Feb. 26 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Americans exploring other religions.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Moshe Gershovich, associate professor of history, recently authored "Democratization in Morocco: Political Transition of a North African Kingdom," which appears in the February 2008 online publication of The Middle East Institute (MEI). To view Dr. Gershovich's policy brief visit this link.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

Fine Arts Friday Set for Feb. 29
The UNO Art Gallery and UNO Theatre join forces tonight, 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.

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 - continuing tonight, Feb. 29.  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.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

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

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.