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6th Annual UNO Women of Color Luncheon

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken and 420 luncheon participants congratulated the 2008 nominees and recipients of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Women of Color (WOC) Awards at the sixth annual luncheon. ...continue

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Minnesota State Rally Downs UNO

After UNO led for most of the game, Minnesota State came back in the last two minutes of play to defeat the UNO Mavericks 86-83 on Saturday afternoon, March 1 at the Sapp Fieldhouse. Michael Jenkins led UNO in scoring with 21 points while Mitch Albers scored 18 points. UNO finished the regular season with a 21-6 record. The Mavericks were 7-5 in the North Central Conference.

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Lady Mavs Fall 69-62 to Minnesota State

UNO's Alyssa Green had 22 points but it wasn't enough for the win Saturday afternoon, March 1 as Minnesota State defeated UNO 69-62. UNO finished conference play at 3-9 and was 17-11 on the season.

Volunteers Sought for 12-Month Operational Plan Work Groups

A recent report of the 12-Month Operational Plan Task Force suggested a number of key issues need further study before a full and informed campus conversation can occur regarding opportunities for the future of the UNO community.

Upon receiving the report, Chancellor John Christensen said, "É I believe that our next step needs to be to create several work groups to look into specific issues."

Dr. Christensen is now inviting all faculty, staff and students interested in participating in the follow-up to the Task Force work to volunteer for one of the following work groups:
- Budget process and allocation of resources;
- Student demand;
- Financial aid policies and procedures; and
- Policies and procedures related to faculty and the administration of units on campus

The purpose of each workgroup is to fully examine the assigned issue and report the group's findings to the chancellor. As with the 12-Month Operational Plan Task Force, the workgroups will be expected to meet frequently and complete their assignments quickly. Dr. Christensen has suggested a May deadline for completion of the workgroups' work.

Anyone interested in volunteering for one or more of the workgroups needs to e-mail Kevin Naylor, senior community service associate, at by Friday, March 14.

First College of Arts and Sciences Dean Candidate to Visit Campus

David Boocker, chair and professor of the Department of English and Journalism at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., will visit UNO Tuesday, March 11, to be interviewed for the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Boocker is one of four finalists.

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend the open session Tuesday, March 11, during his campus visit from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The other three finalists are Marshall Sundberg, professor of biology at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan.; Steven Haggbloom, department head and professor of psychology at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.; and Susan Maher, chair and professor of English at UNO.

Dr. Haggbloom visits campus Thursday and Friday, March 13-14, and Dr. Maher on Monday and Tuesday, March 24-25.

B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, has chaired the search committee.

For more information, call 554.3502

CCSW Women's Film Series Continues Tonight with "Gender Chip Project"

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women's (CCSW) film series continues tonight, March 10, with "Gender Chip Project" at 7 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.

The free film series is being held Mondays in March in conjunction with Women's History Month. "Gender Chip Project" is the second in a series of four films directed by women about women's issues. Read more.

Writing Center Workshop Planned for March 11

Bobbi Olson and Al Kammerer from the Department of English will lead a workshop - "That's What She Said: Integrating Source Material Effectively" - Tuesday, March 11, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the UNO Writing Center, 150 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Those attending can bring their lunch, and coffee and cookies will be provided. For more information, call 554.3311.

ITS to Offer Training for New Office 2007

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer three hands-on training sessions this month to help users transition to the new Office 2007.

"These sessions are designed to help you make a smooth change from Office 2003 to Office 2007 and to acquaint you with the new features now available," said Erin King, instructional design specialist for ITS. "Please be aware that ITS added Office 2007 to all of our open computer labs and hi-tech classrooms prior to the start of the fall semester. This means that all of those computers have both Office 2003 and Office 2007 installed."

Sessions are planned at the following times:

- Thursday, March 13
1 to 2:30 p.m.
007A Roskens Hall

- Tuesday, March 18
2 to 3:30 p.m.
007A Roskens Hall

- Thursday, March 27
2:30 to 4 p.m.
104 Durham Science Center

"These sessions will not teach users the base program, but rather the differences between the two versions," King said. "You will need to have a good working knowledge of each application before attending the sessions."

To sign up for the sessions:
- Go to;
- Select "March" from the drop-down menu on the right, and click "Go";
- Enter a 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.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

Chemistry Alumnus Seminar March 24

The UNO Department of Chemistry will host a Chemistry Alumnus Seminar Monday, March 24, at noon in 304 Durham Science Center. At the event, Joseph A. Vetro, an assistant professor with the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and College of Pharmacy, will talk about "Development of Nanocarriers for Targeted Drug Delivery to Tumor Vasculature."

For more information, contact Michelle Battle, office specialist for the Department of Chemistry, at 554.2651.

WRC to Host Women's History Month Activities this Week

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

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 most influential women.

At the events, the WRC will also collect donations of used cell phones and women's work clothes for the Omaha YWCA.

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

Faculty Senate to Meet March 12

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, March 12, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms.

At 2 p.m., Deb Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean of Graduate Studies and Research, will discuss the UNO Thompson Learning Community. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. Any member of the campus community or public can attend.

For more information, contact Faculty Senate President Scott Tarry at 554.3109 or Faculty Senate Coordinator Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

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.

Final Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshop March 1

The final UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs and Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshop is set for Wednesday, March 12, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The workshop is designed for departments or schools anticipating a faculty search within two years. Participants might include deans, directors, chairs, faculty and administrative assistants. The workshops will assist departments/schools in search processes that reflect UNO's commitment to faculty, staff and student diversity.

Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must either attend one of the workshops or have a meeting of the search committee with Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean of Graduate Studies; Sharon Ulmar, director of the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity; or Kristine Bell, assistant to the vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. Faculty participating in searches must also attend a workshop once every two years.

The Spring Recruitment Workshop will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO People Admin System and EEO guidelines and requirements.

For more information, contact Dr. Smith-Howell (554.4849 or, Bell (554.2262 or or Ulmar (554.2872 or

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

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) 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, and 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 CFD at 554.2427 or For more information, contact Marti Rosen-Atherton, director of the Counseling Center, at 554.2409.

Call for Teaching Circles 2008 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals

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 can apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and that address one or more UCAT themes. For more information, visit (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

Maverick Watch

There are no Maverick home games this week. To catch up on the latest statistics or keep tabs on your favorite team on the road, visit the Web at