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Seven Days of Service

It was time for mud on the shoes and paint on the hands as volunteers this week participated in UNO's Seven Days of Service. The semi-annual event took several hundred volunteers into the North Omaha community to help such groups as the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity with neighborhood projects. UNO students, staff and faculty were joined by students from Omaha North High School, Millard West and Millard South High Schools and UNO alumni to work at eight different community locales.

Fourth Finalist Visit March 24 for Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Susan Maher, chair and professor of English at UNO, will be interviewed for the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences starting on Monday, March 24. Dr. Maher is one of four finalists.

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend the open session on Monday, March 24, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

The three other finalists are: David Boocker, chair and professor in the Department of English and Journalism at Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill.; Steven Haggbloom, department head and professor of Psychology at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky.; and Marshall Sundberg, professor of biology at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan.

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

For more information, call 554.3502.

Dr. Maher vitae

HR Offers FMLA Workshops March 25, 27

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) obligates certain employers, such as the University of Nebraska, to provide family and medical leave to their employees. Human Resources will present two separate overviews on the FMLA Act this month for supervisors and employees.

Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager, will lead both sessions. Scarpello has more than 20 years of experience in the area of benefits and human resources. She is also certified in Benefits and Compensation from World at Work.

Each workshop is free for all faculty and staff. The dates, times and details are as follows:

Overview for Supervisors
Tuesday, March 25
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

The workshop will help supervisors understand the provisions of the FMLA Act, highlight the university's leave policies and procedures, and explain how to use the leave policies and supervisory tools that are available as they assist employees in balancing work and family needs.

Overview for Employees
Thursday, March 27
9 to 10 a.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

The workshop will help employees understand the provisions of the FMLA Act and highlight the university's leave policies, procedures and forms used.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3665.

"How to Cheat Online" Session Set for April 3

The Division of Continuing Studies will host a session on "How to Cheat Online" Thursday, April 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. 

The event will be co-moderated by Christina Davis, manager of Distance Education Programs in the Division of Continuing Studies, and Lanyce Keel, director of Academic Partnerships for Instruction in Information Technology Services.  Participants will watch a video by John Krutsch, Utah Valley State College, which will be followed by a roundtable discussion.

Participants will have a chance to:

- share distance education experiences;

- investigate assessment and technology techniques to ensure academic integrity in online courses; and

- ask and learn about distance education issues.

The session is sponsored by Division of Continuing Studies, Faculty Development Council, and Academic Parternships for Instruction (ITS). A pizza lunch will be provided.

The event is open to all faculty and staff, no R.S.V.P. is required.  For more information about the event, contact Hayley Patton or Dave Cassiday from the Division of Continuing Studies at 595.2371 or or

Gandhi Symposium, Award Luncheon April 4

The 11th annual UNO School of Social Work Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon will take place Friday, April 4.  The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Cir.

Michael Petit, president of the Every Child Matters Education Fund in Washington, D.C., will lead the symposium and speak at the luncheon, which starts at 12:15 p.m.  His presentation is titled "Making Children and Youth a Political Priority in 2008." Read more.

Brennan Institute Labor Conference Set for April 5 at UNO

The William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at UNO will host the ninth annual Labor Community Conference Saturday, April 5. "Promoting the General Welfare" is the event's title and overarching theme.

The daylong conference runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, third floor.

Norman Hill will speak at the conference's opening session. Hill, a longtime civil rights activist and past president and executive director of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, will address the role of unions and collective behavior as related to the Declaration of Independence and the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Read more.

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 ( lists the UNO Faculty Showcase Recital, planned for Tuesday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. 

"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 ( 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

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.

Sheri Noren Everts to Receive Outstanding Achievement Award at Annual CCSW Luncheon

Sheri Noren Everts, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at UNO, will be recognized Wednesday, March 26, at the 2008 Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) Awards Luncheon.

The commission will honor Dr. Noren Everts with the 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award. Read more.

"Take Back the Night" Event to Take Place March 28

The UNO Women's Resource Center and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance will hold a "Take Back the Night" event Friday, March 28, that will feature music, guest speakers and a candle light vigil to raise awareness about sexual assault and abuse. The event will take place outside at the Pep Bowl in front of the Eppley Administration Building. Read more.

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

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 over a quarter century the UNO Faculty Senate has sponsored the Paul L. Beck Memorial Scholarships.  The 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.

In the News

In the News

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science professor and assistant director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), was interviewed for the March 13 issue of The Reader about recent immigrant legislation in Nebraska.

- The Grand Island Independent (Grand Island, Neb.) quoted, in its March 17 issue, about a new college scholarship funded by the newspaper for students who wish to earn a social work degree from UNO, the University of Nebraska at Kearney or the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

- David Drozd of the Center for Public Affairs Research was quoted in the March 20 issues of the Omaha World-Herald and Grand Island Independent (Grand Island, Neb.) about population changes in Nebraska. 

- Jennifer Forbes-Baily, College of Business Administration adviser, and UNO student Joey Sparano were the focus of a St. Patrick's Day article in the Omaha World-Herald about locals with red hair.

- KETV (ABC 7) interviewed Lynn Harland, associate dean of the College of Business Administration, on March 13 about employers who conduct background checks on college graduates using MySpace, Facebook and other social networking Web sites.

- Earlier this month, Molecular Systems Biology, a blog produced by the European Molecular Biology Organization, and Science STKE, a publication produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, mentioned a recent study about new cell behaviors discovered by the Mathematical Biology Research Group at UNO, which includes John Konvalina and Jack Heidel, both mathematicians; Jim Rogers, a cell biologist; and University of Nebraska Medical Center graduate student Tomas Helikar.

- KETV (ABC 7) interviewed Bill Pickett, director of Maverick Village, March 13 about UNO's new student housing and new parking garage.

- UNO student Kyle Wullschleger was interviewed by KETV (ABC 7) March 15 about the annual Seven Days of Service volunteer project organized by the Service-Learning Academy. A photo of UNO student Teresa Parde appeared in the March 18 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Parde is a Seven Days of Service volunteer.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

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 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 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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.