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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.

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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.

NU Board of Regents to Meet March 7

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet on Friday, March 7, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 9 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1 p.m.

The regents will consider program statements and budgets for major construction projects on several campuses including a new College of Business Administration building at UNO. This new facility will be constructed on the UNO Pacific Street campus adjacent to the NU Peter Kiewit Institute, creating modern appropriate facilities, spaces for learning and collaboration, enhanced laboratory facilities and flexibility for future needs. Read more.

UNO Job Fair Today, Tomorrow

Career Exploration and Outreach will host a two-day job fair at UNO. The event will take place today 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. Today is primarily dedicated to organizations that are non-profit, government, healthcare and university related. Wednesday 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.

Compensation/Benefit Statement Distribution Notice

Human Resources staff announced today that the total compensation and benefit statements are being released to employees through campus mail on Wednesday, March 5. The statement provides comprehensive information on individual's total compensation (pay and benefits) from the University of Nebraska. The benefits package is an important part of the total compensation that is received from the university. The information included in the statements is as of Dec. 31, 2007.

If faculty and staff have questions about their statement, they can contact Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager, at 554.3660 or Jacque Christenham, personnel technician, at 554.3659.

Indonesian Educators' Tour Continues

Economic educators from Indonesia will continue their study tour in Omaha today, March 4. Among other locations, the educators will visit Marrs Magnet School at 10:30 a.m. and Westside High School at 2 p.m.

The tour, hosted by the UNO Center for Economic Education, provides firsthand exposure to economic education and education delivery systems in the United States to facilitate partnerships.  Funding is made possible through the Cooperative Education Exchange Program, through the U.S. Department of Education in coordination with the U.S. Department of State. 

The National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) EconomicsInternational program conducts extensive training activities abroad while providing U.S. educators with increased knowledge and understanding of the global economy and economic education in other nations.  Upon completion of the training, graduates go on to lead programs in economic education for pre-university teachers in their own countries.

For more information, contact Jim Dick, professor of teacher education, at 554.3464 or

Immigration Seminar This Evening at Alumni Center

A public immigration seminar featuring a panel of speakers will take place this evening, March 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the W.H. 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.

Missouri Valley History Conference Returns to Omaha This Week

The Missouri Valley History Conference continues its half-century tradition for three days this month at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Omaha. The annual event will take place Thursday, March 6 through Saturday, March 8.

This year's conference features a wide variety of topics including Omaha and Nebraska history, as well as history on the Middle East and India. All areas of history will be discussed during more than 50 panel sessions. Read more.

SPR to Host Brown Bag on "How to Apply for a Fulbright Fellowship . . . and Win One."

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a brown bag event on Thursday, March 6, featuring Charles Johanningsmeier, professor of English. Dr. Johanningsmeier will speak about "How to Apply for a Fulbright Fellowship . . . and Win One."

The brown bag will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..  All are welcome to attend and bring their lunch.  Drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact SPR at 554.2286.

Undergraduate Psychology Scholarships Available

The UNO Department of Psychology is offering four $500 undergraduate scholarships for 2008-09. Information about these scholarships and the application process is available in the department, 347 Arts and Sciences Hall, and at

The application deadline is April 1 (no fooling).  For more information, contact Wayne Harrison, professor of psychology, at 554.2452.

Eighth Annual Poker Run/Walk March 5

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede will host the eighth annual Poker Run/Walk Wednesday, March 5. The start time is noon on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

All interested faculty, staff and students can participate in this free event.

The 2-mile course will cover the UNO campus. At specific sites throughout the course, each contestant will receive a playing card. At the end of the course, all poker hands will be shown, and a the person with the best hand will be the winner. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Participants should plan to arrive early the day of the run/walk to receive instructions. Faculty, staff and students who participate in the run/walk are also eligible to receive Mav Tracks points in conjunction with the Wellness Stampede program.

In the event of inclement weather, the run/walk may be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building on the indoor jogging track. To register, call 554.2539, or stop by 100 HPER.

Retirement Planning Education Series Continues March 7

Human Resources 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 can attend.

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

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

For more information about SAC, visit the Web at

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 take place 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 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

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.

"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  To request more information about the event, contact Marti Rosen-Atherton, director of the counseling center, at 554.2409.  Refreshments will be provided.

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: The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 14. Twenty-five applicants will be interviewed.

For more information, call 554.2779.


- Juliette Parnell, associate professor foreign languages, recently received national recognition. Dr. Parnell's course on French Grammar and Composition (FREN 3040) was named among, "the very best college level instruction in the country," by the College Board and the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC).

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