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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.

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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.

Third College of Education Dean Candidate to Visit Campus Today

Jill Russell, vice president for Strategic Planning/executive assistant to the president at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., will visit UNO today, March 6, to be interviewed for the position of dean of the College of Education. Dr. Russell is one of three finalists.

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend the open session during Dr. Russell's campus visit today 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 in 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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SPR Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed about externally funded projects on campus and recognize faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For the period of Jan. 26 to Feb. 22, those receiving grant awards totaling $125,892 are as follows:

Name: James Freeman
Unit: Student Affairs - Multicultural Affairs
Title: 10th Annual Intertribal Student Council Pow Wow
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council

Name: Pete Madsen
Unit: College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media - Music
Title: Mike Vax Big Band Residency
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council

Name: Marvel Maring
Unit: Criss Library
Title: Women in and of Film (Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women)
Sponsor: Nebraska Humanities Council

Name: Anita Saalfeld
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Foreign Languages
Title: 2nd Annual Colloquia on Language Teaching
Sponsor: Nebraska Humanities Council

Name: Barbara Treadway-Janousek
Unit: Student Affairs - Student Organizations and Leadership Programs
Title: Massive Monkees and Laura "Piece" Kelley
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council

Name: Sharon Ulmar
Unit: Diversity and Equal Opportunity
Title: Women of Color Awards Luncheon
Sponsor: Nebraska Humanities Council

Name: Jean Waters
Unit: College of Business Administration - Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Coordination of Regional Pollution Prevention Information Centers
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

For support and assistance with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286 or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/spr/.

March 7 "First Friday Faculty Focus" to Feature Dr. Sowell

Joanne Sowell, associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, is the featured guest for the Friday, March 7, edition of "First Friday Faculty Focus" on KVNO Classical 90.7 FM.  Her segment will air during the 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. newscasts.

"First Friday Faculty Focus" is an interview series highlighting the many contributions of individual faculty members to UNO and the greater metropolitan area. 

For more information, call 554.2716.

Volunteers Sought for KVNO Pledge Drive

Celebrating its 35th year of service, KVNO Classical 90.7 FM will kick off its Spring Pledge Drive Wednesday, March 12.

The station, located in 100 Engineering Building, will fund-raise live on-air for seven days in an effort to reach its $80,000 goal.

Supporters can watch for Mozart on roller skates Monday, March 17, from 7 to 9 a.m. during "Pull in and Pledge Day" at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Numerous UNO faculty and staff have volunteered to take pledge calls, but more hands are needed.

"Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy great music, spirited camaraderie, free food and door prizes, while helping to support an important cultural institution situated in the heart of the UNO community," said Kim Balkovec, KVNO membership manager.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Balkovec at 559.5866 or kbalkovec@mail.unomaha.edu.

SLA to Host Second Annual Community Dialogue March 21

Faculty and students are invited to attend the second annual UNO Service-Learning Academy (SLA) community dialogue Friday, March 21, on campus. "From Dialogues to Partnerships: Serving Urban Youth - Focus on Health and Safety" runs from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. 

Participants are invited to bring their voices and course project ideas to the dialogue.  Community partners will also share their perspectives about the needs of youth and their work in the community. Omaha Public Schools magnet school partners will also attend.  

A goal of the dialogue is to create collaborative service-learning partnerships for projects impacting urban youth, health and safety. Funding is available to support 10 course projects with up to $800 mini-grants.

To register for the dialogue, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz, community liaison for the SLA, at chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu by Monday, March 17.  Breakfast and lunch are provided at the event.

For more information, call Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or Alice Woll, administrative technician with the Center for Faculty Development, at 554.2427.

Healthy Eating Presentation March 12 at the MBSC

Julie Denker, graduate assistant in Student Health Services, will host a healthy eating presentation Wednesday, March 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.  Light refreshments will be served.

Participants will learn about the fats in food, healthy eating guidelines, how to use the food guide pyramid, tips for making healthy choices at the grocery store and restaurants, and easy ways to modify recipes.

For more information, call Denker at 554.2374.

Missouri Valley History Conference Begins Today

The Missouri Valley History Conference continues its half-century tradition Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Omaha.

This year's conference features a number 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.

Sandhill Crane Conference Starts March 7 at UNK

The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) will host a conference on sandhill cranes starting Friday, March 7.  In addition to the events listed below, guest authors will be in residence, studying the cranes at the Rowe Sanctuary, Dancing Crane A-Frame and the historic Frank House.

All events are free and open to the public.  The conference schedule:

Friday, March 7
- Wang Ping Reading
7:30 p.m.
Frank House

Saturday, March 8
- A.B. Emrys, Leanne Howe and Janet McAdams Reading
8 p.m.
MONA

Monday, March 10
- World Affairs Conference: Politics, Indigenous Rights and Poetry (featuring Hugo Jamioy Juagibioy and Fredy Campo Chicangana)
9:05 to 9:55 a.m.
Ponderosa C and D

Tuesday, March 11
- World Affairs Conference: Poetry Reading (featuring Hugo Jamioy Juagibioy and Fredy Campo Chicangana)
2 p.m.
Ponderosa C and D

- World Affairs Conference: Keynote Address (Colombian guests in procession)
 7:30 p.m.  
Ponderosa C and D

Wednesday, March 12
- Global Scholars with Deb Murray (featuring Hugo Jamioy Juagibioy and Johana Marcela Mestre Izquierdo - Aty Janay): Indigenous Colombian Community Arts Projects and Economic Sustainability
12:20 to 1:10 p.m.
Ockinga Conference Room

Thursday, March 13
- UNK Faculty Author and Creative Writing Student Reading
Noon to 2 p.m.
Miriam Drake Theater

- "Sanctuary" (Reading and Rowe Sanctuary Interpretation and Film)
 2 p.m.
Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center

- "Crane Song" (Reading and Rowe Sanctuary Interpretation and Film)
7 p.m.
Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center

Saturday, March 15
- Reading (featuring James Thomas Stevens, Hugo Jamioy Juagibioy and Fredy Campo Chicangana)
1:30 p.m.
Frank House

The conference is sponsored by The Reynolds Chair; Nebraska Arts Council; Nebraska Humanities Council; Kearney Area Community Foundation; The Rowe Sanctuary & Iain Nicolson Audubon Center; Alley Rose; Elements; the UNK Departments of English, Ethnic Studies, Modern Languages, Theatre, Office of Greek & Residential Life, International Program and Office of Multicultural Affairs; the Historic Frank House; Terri Lee Schiffrens and the Dancing Crane A-Frame; the Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center; MONA and an anonymous donor. The Global Scholars Seminar is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Business and International Education to the UNK College of Business & Technology.  Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary is dedicated to preserving the Platte River through Conservation and Education.

For more information, contact Allison Hedge Coke, the Paul and Clarice Reynolds Chair of Poetry and Creative Writing with the UNK Department of English, at 308.865.8672 or hedgecokeaa@unk.edu.

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 vhanumanthu@mail.unomaha.edu.

Retirement Planning Education Series Continues March 7

Human Resources at UNO will continue its retirement planning education series Friday, March 7, with "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 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.

March 7 Nomination Deadline for SAC Recognition Award

Nominations for the annual Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Recognition Award are due Friday, March 7. 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 this link.

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 http://avalon.unomaha.edu/sac/.

"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. Refreshments will be provided.

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.

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.  For more information about the event, call Marti Rosen-Atherton, director of the counseling center, at 554.2409.

UNO Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants

The UNO Ambassadors Program is 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.

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, and 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.