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KVNO Spring Pledge Drive Underway

The spring seven-day pledge drive for UNO's KVNO Radio is underway with a goal of $80,000. The drive started Wednesday and will conclude on Tuesday, March 18. ...continue

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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

Annual Kaleidoscope Fashion Show March 16

The third Annual Kaleidoscope Fashion Show will be unveiled this Sunday, March 16, at 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), UNO chapter, and Allen Chapel AMEC co-sponsor the annual show.

The colorful fabric of African Americans will be showcased. The event also will feature food, fun and door prizes. Tickets are on sale in the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the first floor of the MBSC. The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for children seven and under.

For ticket information, contact

NCNW coordinators Monalisa King-Ward at 554.2248 or Jerri Maxwell at 630.9796.

Pull in and Pledge to KVNO March 17

On Monday, March 17, from 7 to 9 a.m. KVNO will offer community members the opportunity to pull in and pledge to Omaha's favorite classical music station.

"St. Patrick's Day is the day for the sharing ‘o the green with KVNO and we are hoping we can count on you to help us fill that pot of gold," said Cheril Nolan, KVNO radio personality. "It's KVNO's pull in and pledge.  No car or gift is too small!"

Donors can drive by and donate at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center portico. Drivers who stop can make a mobile express pledge or pick up an information packet.

"It's really easy.  All you do is drive up to the UNO campus and make a right when you see ‘Mozart,' at 66th and Dodge Streets," Nolan said.  "He will conduct you on to campus with the help of his baton and roller skates.

And, like magic, one of our volunteers will appear to assist you."

For more details, call KVNO at 559.5866.

National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 20

This year, National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day takes place Thursday, March 20. UNO will host a Lunch and Learn and the UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council Pow Wow to commemorate the day.

Native communities selected March 20 to commemorate National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day because it marks the start of spring, a time of beginnings and change. Read more.

Malcolm X Festival Welcomes National Political Strategist

The Department of Black Studies will welcome senior political strategist and professor Donna Brazile as keynote speaker to the 2008 Malcolm X Festival, April 2-3 at UNO. Brazile will speak Thursday, April 3, at 1 p.m.

The annual event brings to Omaha a forum to further explore and expand awareness of Malcolm X and his significance to the nation. This year's theme is "The Ballot or the Bullet: Politics and Malcolm X." Read more.

CCSW Awards Luncheon Tickets for Sale in MBSC

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) at UNO will host its 22nd annual awards luncheon Wednesday, March 26. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

Tickets cost $13 for staff, faculty and the general public, and $10 for students. Luncheon tickets are on sale in the Milo Bail Student Center Business Office. Tickets also can be purchased by phone at 554.2979 or by e-mail to ghotaling@mail.unomaha.edu through Monday, March 24. Departments can reserve tables of eight for $104, by contacting Esther Scarpello, CCSW treasurer, at 554.3660 or escarpello@mail.unomaha.edu.

At the luncheon, the CCSW will recognize the 2008 Award recipients. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding service to women. The 2008 honorees include:

Outstanding Achievement Award
Sheri Noren Everts
Interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Community Service Award
Douglas County Health Department

Student Scholarship Award
Danielle Ray
Junior majoring in exercise science in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

A reception for the recipients will be held prior to the luncheon from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the MBSC Chancellor's Room.

The CCSW serves as an advisory to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C - Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.

For more information about the luncheon, contact CCSW co-chairs Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or mmaring@mail.unomaha.edu or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu.

CPACS Alumni Awards Luncheon Set for April 1

Mark the calendar for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Alumni Awards. The 2008 event will take place Tuesday, April 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The CPACS Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service is presented to college alumni who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the public good.  Individuals from the School of Social Work, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Goodrich Program, the Department of Gerontology, School of Public Administration, Division of Continuing Studies and Aviation Institute will be honored at the April 1 event.

To reserve a ticket for $8, contact Karen Ressegieu, CPACS dean's office, at 554.2276 or kressegi@mail.unomaha.edu.

Watch eNotes for more information as the event nears or contact Ressegieu.

Applications Sought Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The UNO Faculty Senate is now accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships. Both residents and non-residents may apply. The deadline is Friday, April 4.  For the 2008-2009 academic year, the following four scholarships will be awarded:

- One $650 full-time undergraduate scholarship;

- One $350 part-time undergraduate scholarship;

- One $650 full-time graduate scholarship; and

- One $350 part-time graduate scholarship.

The senate encourages students who are eligible to apply.  Paul L. Beck Memorial Scholarship history, criteria, and applications can be found on the Faculty Senate Web site at this link. Applications are also available in the Financial Aid Office, 103 Eppley Administration Building, or the Faculty Senate Office, 105 Arts and Sciences Hall.

For more than a quarter century, the UNO Faculty Senate has sponsored the Paul L. Beck Memorial Scholarships.  These scholarships originated in 1970 when Paul Beck, a long-time member of the UNO Department of History, urged that faculty and staff go beyond the classroom to assist capable students in their educational pursuits.  Although small, these scholarships make a statement in support of scholarship and academic excellence at UNO. 

"It is the Senate's hope that enough money can be raised over time to increase the fund and, in turn, increase both the amount and number of scholarships. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Paul L. Beck Memorial Scholarship Fund this year," said Lisa Boucher,
 chair of the Faculty Senate Educational Resources and Services committee. "Your gift, no matter how large or small, will be very much appreciated and support UNO's mission of placing students first and academic excellence."

Donation checks for the Paul Beck endowment fund should be made payable to UNO and sent to "Debra Wilcox, Accounting, EAB 208."

For more information, contact Sue Bishop, Faculty Senate coordinator, at 554.3598.

Submissions Sought for UNO Calendar of Events

Want to increase attendance at a campus activity?  Try promoting it with the online UNO Calendar of Events.

Among other events, the calendar (http://events.unomaha.edu/) currently lists a Microsoft Excel training session, planned for Thursday, March 20, at the Nebraska Business Development Center, 6949 S. 110th St. 

"Please make submitting items to the calendar a regular part of your work routine," said Beverly Newsam, public relations technician in University Relations and Calendar of Events administrator. "The calendar can be a useful tool for the campus and community, if it's utilized."   

Calendar items must be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events Web site (http://events.unomaha.edu/) and include a contact name, phone number and e-mail address.  Categories for submissions include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, performances and miscellaneous.

To submit an item to the UNO Calendar of Events, follow the instructions below. All submissions are edited by University Relations for grammar and spelling before they are posted.  Usually, events show up on the calendar within 24 hours of their submission. 

(Note: The process may vary slightly, depending on the Internet browser used.)

1. Go to http://events.unomaha.edu/.

2. Click on the "Logon" button.

3. Enter "post" in the "Username" box and "event" in the "Password" box.

4. Click on the "Update Event" button to access a submission form.

5. Fill out the form for the event you are submitting.

6. Click the "Submit event for approval" button when done.

7. Fill out another form as before if submitting more events.

8. Click "Done" when finished submitting events.

9. To log off, click "Post." Then, click "Logoff" and "OK."

"It only takes a few minutes to submit events to the calendar, but it is well worth it for everyone," Newsam said. "Those with questions should call University Relations or stop by 108 Eppley Administration Building."

For more information, call 554.2129.

Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues April 7

Kristen Girten, assistant professor of English, will present "Unsexed Souls: Natural philosophy as transformation in Eliza Ha female spectator" Monday, April 7, at the next Women's Studies Colloquium. Her talk is set for 12:02 to 12:55 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Gallery 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 Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of the Women's Studies Program, at 554.3834.

myUNO Unavailable March 17

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff have announced that myUNO (Blackboard) will be unavailable on Monday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to a software upgrade.

This upgrade is necessary to prepare for the large, more complex upgrade to Version 8.0 that is planned for June 1.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or unohelpdesk@mail.unomaha.edu.

"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 unofacdev@unomaha.edu.  All those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch.  Desserts and drinks will be provided.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat for link UCAT themes. (Please note the addition of a sixth theme: New Course or Curriculum Development.)

The committee is accepting 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 by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat.

In the News

In the News

- Accounting Student Scott Bradley conducted an interview with KFAB (1110 AM) March 11 about the MavMoney.com Web site. Members of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary accounting organization for students, designed the Web site as an online financial management tool for college students.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed for an article in the Washington Prism (Washington, D.C.), an online journal, about rebuilding the transportation infrastructure in Afghanistan.

- Earlier this week, the Omaha World-Herald and Associated Press published articles about the Second Life course taught by School of Communication Assistant Professor Lynnette Leonard.

- Paul McMeekin, a graduate assistant in the College of Business Administration, was quoted in the March 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center at UNO.

- The March 8 episode of "Grow Omaha" on KFAB (1110 AM) featured an interview with Louis Pol, dean of the College of Business Administration. Dr. Pol discussed plans for a new CBA building at the Pacific Street location. Dr. Pol was also quoted in the March 7 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the facility. And WOWT (NBC 6) interviewed Lynn Harland, associate dean of the College of Business Administration, about the building for its March 7 newscast.

- School of Communication Professor Marshall Prisbell was quoted in the March 9 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Bruce Springsteen.

- Andrew Swift, associate professor of math, was interviewed by KETV (ABC 7) on March 11 about the odds of winning the PowerBall lottery.

- The Omaha World-Herald featured quotes from Julie Totten, interim vice chancellor for Business and Finance, in its March 13 issue about increased parking fees at Crossroads Mall.

- The March 9 issue of The New York Times mentioned UNO in an article about colleges that offer out-of-state tuition to attract students from neighboring areas.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Published last month by Congressional Quarterly Press, The Evolution of Political Parties, Campaigns, and Elections: Landmark Documents, 1787-2008 by Randall E. Adkins, professor of political science at UNO, provides a firsthand look of several of the country's important political events. Read more.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

"Printed in Omaha" on Display at UNO Art Gallery
"Printed in Omaha: A Retrospective Exhibition of the UNO Print Workshop" remains on display through Saturday, April 5, at the UNO Art Gallery. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.