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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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UNO Tennis Goes 5-0 for the Season

The Maverick tennis team kept its perfect record Saturday, March 1 with a non-conference win over Nebraska-Kearney at Omaha's Hanscom Park Tennis Center. UNO swept its doubles matches and picked up singles victories by Rachel Faulk, Kylie Roe and Sara Bredfeldt to post a 6-3 win.

Third College of Education Dean Candidate to Visit Campus

Jill Russell, vice president for Strategic Planning/executive assistant to the president at Springfield College, Springfield, Mass., will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of dean of the College of Education this week. Dr. Russell is one of three finalists.

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend the open session during Dr. Russell's campus visit Thursday, March 6 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.

The other two finalists are Alfredo Cuellar, chair of Educational Research and Administration at California State University-Fresno, and Thomas Clees, director of Special Education at the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

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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WRC to Host Women's History Month Activities

The Women's Resource Center (WRC) will host three events in honor of Women's History this month in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge. All events are free, open to the public and include lunch.

At each event, WRC will collect used cell phones and women's work clothes to donate to the Omaha YWCA.

Events include:

- Tuesday, March 11
Brick Bats & Hat Pins
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Rosalee Roberts with the League of Women Voters will highlight the 72-year struggle to win voting rights for women in America.

- Wednesday and Thursday, March 12-13
Women's History Museum
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn about the diversity, accomplishments and personal stories of some of America's greatest women.

For more information, contact Jenn Piat, WRC director, at

UNO to Host College Band Directors North Central Division Conference

In 2006, it was Northwestern University. In 2007, the University of Michigan. And in 2008, it will be UNO hosting the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) professional conference Thursday through Saturday, March 13-15.

The annual event attracts collegiate concert bands to present special performances that will include the premier of new works and feature guest soloists and conductors. Composers from America and England whose new works will be premiered will attend, along with guest conductors from the Baltic States.  Read more.

Web Template Training Offered by ITS

Stuart Wheat, UNO Webmaster, has developed a series of Web templates for use by the UNO campus. Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a three-part, hands-on training session on the UNO Web templates this spring.

This training will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays - March 26, April 2 and April 9 - in the 104 Durham Science Center computer lab. 

More training sessions will be added depending upon level of interest.  To learn more about Web templates, contact Erin King, instructional design specialist for academic partnerships for instruction, at 554.3140 or

Available sessions are:

March 26
- Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
This session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web template and how it can be used in conjunction with your existing Web site structure or to create a new structure.  ITS will use a free concept mapping tool to diagram the site layout, keep track of site navigation, as well as the naming structure. Different organizational elements of the template, campus examples, and how the template can best be used for college or department sites will be discussed.  This is an essential session to attend before working with the Web templates.

April 2
- Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development                                        
This hands-on session will focus on working with the Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page to be used as the basis for all other pages or department sites.  ITS will briefly review the Dreamweaver set-up and preferences.  The primary focus of this session will be creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site, and setting the page titles. Prerequisite:  Web Templates I recommended.

April 9
- Web Templates III: Content and Graphics                                                   
This third and final hands-on session will focus on completing the university's model Web page with the main content, as well as the primary navigation. Additionally, ITS will cover adding graphics and using fonts in the session.  Once this model is completed, everyone is on their way to having a fully functional Web site.  Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.

To register for training:

- Go to;

- Select the correct month and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter an SAP personnel number (this is the five-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);

- Click "Sign Up"; and

- Click "Ok" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration. A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

"Teaching in the U.S. and Africa - Experiences of a Science Educator" March 26

Carol Mitchell, professor of science education at UNO, will present "Teaching in the U.S. and Africa - Experiences of a Science Educator" on Wednesday, March 26. Hosted by the Center for Faculty Development, it will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Dr. Mitchell has conducted two Summer Science Professional Development Institutes for Teachers & Summer Science Institutes for middle and high school students in Maseru, Lesotho (Africa). The institutes were held in the Southern part of Africa in 2006 and 2007. Anyone interested in advancement of teaching in a different country/culture, community leaders, parents and all those interested in the education of K-12 students can attend.

Hear her experience as an educator and learn about:

- The country and schooling;

- The work involved in the Teachers' Professional Development and the Middle and High School Students' Institute;

- How to improvise and adapt classroom teaching/learning; and

- The importance of hands-on experiences

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development, 220 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or  All those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch.  Desserts and drinks will be provided.

Participants Sought for Weight Watchers at Work

Weight Watchers at Work returns to campus this semester. With the program, Weight Watchers brings weekly meetings to individual worksites. 

Free e-Tools are included with the 17-week or longer at-work series.

e-Tools include:

- Charting personal progress;

- Browsing thousand of recipes;

- Checking points value from 29,000 food options; and

- Creating healthier versions of favorite dishes with recipe builder.

A minimum of 20 enrollees is required. Faculty, staff and students interested in learning more should contact Jessica Dozark, graduate student with fitness and wellness programs, at 554.3917 or

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 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.

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, at 554.3834.

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

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

Difficult Dialogues to Discuss "What UNO Do You Attend?"

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs and the Greek Week Committee will host a Difficult Dialogue event - "What UNO Do You Attend?" - Tuesday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Students will have the opportunity to dialogue with one another about the inclusivity of clubs and Greek Letter organizations, as well as how they feel about being a student at UNO.  Student leaders will facilitate this event for other students.  The topics of race, sexual orientation and religion will be part of the afternoon's discussion.

"What UNO Do You Attend?" is Ford Foundation/UNO grant-sponsored activity. The Ford Foundation launched the national Difficult Dialogues project in 2005 by inviting proposals from all accredited, degree granting, non-profit institutions with general undergraduate programs. UNO was one of just 27 institutions to receive funding.

Students interested in attending should call 554.2711 or e-mail to register.

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 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.

Call for 2008 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Instructional Materials Grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles.

Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and which address one or more UCAT themes. Visit for more information.  (Please note the addition of a sixth theme: New Course or Curriculum Development.)

The committee accepts proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site

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 over a period of four months. Those taking part will receive $15 for the first visit and $25 for the second time 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