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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.

Hynes Named Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Chancellor John Christensen announced March 14 that Terry Hynes has been named senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at the UNO. Read more.

Pull in and Pledge to KVNO Today

Today, 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.

myUNO Temporarily Unavailable Today

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff have announced that myUNO (Blackboard) will be unavailable today, 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 questions, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or unohelpdesk@mail.unomaha.edu.

MavCard Disruption of Service Set for March 18

MavCard Services will upgrade the campus card system on Tuesday, March 18. MavCards will not work anywhere on campus, but MavCards will still function as usual for door access.

Mavcard Services staff anticipates everything to be up and running as usual on Wednesday, March 19.

For more information, contact Mary Cunard,

manager of MavCard Services, at 554.2220 or mcunard@mail.unomaha.edu.

SIS Input Opportunity

The University of Nebraska is moving ahead with plans to begin implementing a new Student Information System (SIS). To help better prepare for this important project Information Technology Services (ITS) have enlisted the aid of the consulting firm of Collegiate Project Services (CPS).

CPS has been gathering information from key project participants, and university officials who will be impacted by this project. This information will be used to produce a Readiness Assessment Report, which will describe the readiness of the university to begin the replacement SIS implementation(s). The report will also include recommendations that CPS feel are important to the success of the university's SIS implementation project.

As part of the process, ITS invites faculty and staff to participate in the readiness assessment online survey questionnaire between now and Tuesday, March 25. The online questionnaire should take less then 60 minutes to complete and can be done anonymously. It should be done in one session. The survey can be accessed at Survey - University of Nebraska at Omaha.

For more information, contact Bret Blackman in the UNO ITS department, at 554.2227.

Event to Focus on Access to Education; Will Use Deliberative Polling

An event set for Friday, March 28, will focus on an issue important to many people on campus -- access to education.

"A random selection of undergraduates will take part in the session as part of a deliberative poll," said Greg Petrow, a political science professor who is coordinating the event. "UNO is a metropolitan university. Many, many of our students currently and historically are the first in their families to attend college. Much of the discussion will be on what are the costs that make it harder for our students to get an education and what public policies can increase access."

Participants will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

March 30 5-K Run to Benefit Brittany Williams Scholarship Fund

A 5-K run set for Sunday, March 30, at Elmwood Park will benefit the Brittany Williams Scholarship Fund. The UNO Greek Week committee has organized the event.

Details and registration information is available online at http://www.raiseawarenessomaha.org. The race, the "Violence Awareness Run," fee is $15. Read more.

ITS Offers 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:

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

- Thursday, March 27
PowerPoint
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 http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;
- 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).

National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Celebrations

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.

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.

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.

"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), 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.

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.

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

UNMC Clinical Trial for Young Adults with ADD

A clinical trial for young adults ages 19 to 30 with Attention Deficit Disorders is being conducted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Study medication and study procedures will be provided at no cost to eligible participants.

For more information, call 552.6005 or e-mail unmcprc@unmc.edu.

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 http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.