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Records Set in Hockey Playoff Victory

The Night game on Sunday, March 9th against Alaska was the longest game in UNO hockey history and the ninth longest in NCAA history. The Mavericks needed a triple overtime to beat the University of Alaska 2-1. UNO's J.P. Platisha scored the winning goal ... his first of the season. UNO now plays top-seeded Michigan this weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan in a best of three series.

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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

Second College of Arts and Sciences Dean Candidate on Campus Today

David Boocker, chair and professor of the Department of English and Journalism at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., will visit UNO today, 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 today 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. Dr. Sundberg was on campus Feb. 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

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WRC Women's History Month Activity Today

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 beginning today. All events are free, open to the public and include lunch.

Events include:

Today, 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

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

HR to Present March 12 Performance Evaluation Workshop

The UNO Office of Human Resources will present a performance evaluation workshop Wednesday, March 12. The event, which is designed for new and experienced supervisors, will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

Participants will learn to:

- Improve communication and lessen conflict between supervisors and employees;

- Address "problem" evaluations effectively; and

- Write objective, clear performance evaluations.

The trainer will be Mary Sweaney, assistant director and manager of employment in the UNO Office of Human Resources.

To register or for more information, call 554.2321.

SPR to Host March 27 Presentation by Matt Hammons

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a brown bag event on Thursday, March 27, featuring Matt Hammons, federal relations coordinator for the University of Nebraska. 

Hammons will speak about "University of Nebraska Federal Appropriations Request Process." The brown bag will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council 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.

Fly Fishing and Archery Classes Offered in HPER

UNO's Campus Recreation Department announces two new adult instructional classes for the spring semester.

They are:

Fly Fishing 101
Instructor: Mike Kelly, certified casting instructor
Date: Sunday, March 30
Time: noon to 6 p.m.
Room: 112 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER)
Cost: $60 - UNO students; $80 - UNO activity cardholders and $100 - non-activity cardholders and general public
Ages: 18 and up
Registration: Call 554.2539 or stop by 100 HPER

Adult Archery Class
Instructor: Dan Leazenby
Dates: Saturdays in April (5, 12, 19, and 26)
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Room: 230 HPER (golf/archery/fencing lab)
Cost: $15 - UNO Students; $20 - UNO activity cardholders and $25 - non-activity cardholders and general public
Ages: 18 and up
Registration: Call 554.2539 or stop by 100 HPER

Healthy Eating Presentation March 12 in 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.

"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.

Deadline March 14 for UNO Ambassadors 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.

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 point values 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

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 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.

"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 and Summer Science Institutes for middle and high school students in Maseru, Lesotho (Africa), 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.

Those attending will 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.

Viewbooks Available

Recruitment Services has campus viewbooks available for prospective student recruiting at department/college events. The publication features a one-pocket folder, and includes pictures and information on every UNO college.

To request viewbooks, contact Monica Bayles, enrollment records specialist, at 554.2977 or with the quantities needed.

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.


- Meredith Bacon, Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Jody Neathery-Castro, Elizabeth Dahl and Molly Watson, all from the UNO Department of Political Science, are guest lecturing for a class at Omaha North High School.  The high school class' regular instructor has been frequently absent this semester due to health issues.

- Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and professor of sociology, spoke about "Latinos, Immigration and the Work of OLLAS" March 7 at a Golden Circle luncheon.  Golden Circle luncheons are a regular activity of UNO alumni.

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