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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 Today 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 today, March 24. Dr. Maher is one of four finalists.

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend the open session today 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.

Call 554.3502 for more information.

Dr. Maher vita

Firefly Informational Sessions This Month and Next

Firefly, the University of Nebraska's online business portal, goes live Monday, April 14. Information sessions on Firefly will start this week on Tuesday, March 25.

After April 14, all university employees will use Firefly to access Employee Self-Service (ESS). Additionally, SAP users will use the same portal to access SAP.

Within ESS, users can view:
- Benefit enrollment;
- Paycheck stubs;
- W-2 and W-4 information;
- Update address and banking information;
- Allocate credits for the Employee & Dependent Scholarship Program; and
- Submit leave requests (for units where electronic leave processing is used).

Rollout for user IDs begins this week. User IDs will be distributed via encrypted e-mail to the majority of employees. A sealed mailer with user IDs will be distributed to individuals in areas with limited computer access.

Information sessions on Firefly will be offered in March and April. Employees do not need their ID to attend an informational session. All sessions will be held in the Eppley Administrative Building Auditorium. The dates and times are:

- Tuesday, March 25
1 to 2 p.m.

- Wednesday, March 26
9 to 10 a.m.

- Tuesday, April 1
1 to 2 p.m.

- Wednesday, April 2
9 to 10 a.m.

- Tuesday, April 8
1 to 2 p.m.

- Wednesday, April 9
9 to 10 a.m.

Questions can be directed to Teresa Carlson, SAP coordinator, at tcarlson@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.4937.

CCSW Women's Film Series Continues Tonight with "Enemies of Happiness"

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women's (CCSW) film series continues tonight, March 24, with "Enemies of Happiness" at 7 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.

The free film series is held Mondays in March in conjunction with Women's History Month. "Enemies of Happiness," about Afghan freedom fighter Malalai Joyais, is the third in a series of four films directed by women about women's issues. Read more

Black Studies Assistant Professor Candidates on Campus

Three candidates have been selected for the position of assistant professor in the Department of Black Studies. The candidates will be on campus beginning this week.

The following events are open to the campus community and the public.

Raymond Hall will be on campus Tuesday, March 25. From 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Dr. Hall will discuss the Harlem renaissance in 210 Arts and Sciences Hall. Dr. Hall will present "The African American Oral Narrative in Perspective: The Tradition Bearer as Researcher" from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Dr. Hall is a professor in the Department of Africana/African Studies at the University of Tennessee. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as a doctorate, from Indiana University Bloomington.

Zebulon Miletsky will be on campus Friday, March 28. From 10:15 to 10:50 a.m., Dr. Miletsky will speak at the Introduction to Black Studies course in 380 Arts and Sciences Hall. From noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room he will present "City of Amalgamation: Race, Marriage, Class and Color in Boston, 1900-1930."

Dr. Miletsky teaches at Bowling Green State University. He earned a bachelor's degree from Boston College, and a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

William Boone will be on campus Monday, March 31. From 9 to 9:50 a.m., Dr. Boone will speak about hip hop generations at the Black American Culture course in 380 Arts and Sciences Hall. From noon to 1 p.m. Dr. Boone will present "The Beautiful Struggle: An Analysis of Hip-Hop Icons, Archetypes, and Aesthetics" in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

For more information, call the UNO Department of Black Studies at 554.2412.

ALLY Training Set for March 25

ALLY Training will be offered this Tuesday, March 25, 9:00am-Noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room.

ALLY Training, sponsored by UNO's Student Agency of Gender & Sexual Orientation, is a comprehensive introduction to understanding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality and what these terms mean. Engaging participants in productive dialogue and discussion of campus resources and issues will be among the primary goals of this training.

"This training was a huge success last year, with lots of valuable information and discussion," said JohnCarl Denkovich, director of Student Agency of Gender & Sexual Orientation. "It allows for participants to discuss the nature of creating a place of safety, respect, and dignity for all persons regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression everywhere."

The session is limited to 12 participants. To register, e-mail Denkovich at unogso@mail.unomaha.edu. Refreshments will be served.

UNO Faculty Showcase Fundraiser Recital March 25

A faculty showcase recital featuring music by UNO faculty composers and performed by faculty artists will take place Tuesday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Proceeds from the concert fund travel expenses for UNO faculty to perform this concert at the College of Music Society Great Plains/Great Lakes Super Regional Conference on Saturday, March 29, in Normal, Ill. The recital is free for all UNO students with ID. A good-will offering is suggested for all other concertgoers.

The program will include:

- Fanfare for Trombone and Computer by Jeremy Baguyos
Peter Madsen, trombone

- "Songs of Soulmates" by Christopher Stanichar
Wendy Eaton, mezzo-soprano
Susan Hatch-Tomkiewicz, English horn
Christopher Stanichar, piano

- "Algona 1964" from Waterwords by Kenton Bales
Wendy Eaton, mezzo-soprano
Darren Pettit, alto saxophone
Christopher Stanichar, piano

- "Zephyrs" for flute and vibraphone by Barry Ford
Christine Erlander Beard, flute
Mike Pollock (UNO alumni substituting for Tomm Roland), vibraphone

For more information, contact Christine Beard at 554.2685.

Deadline Is Today for CCSW Awards Luncheon Tickets

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will host its 22nd annual awards luncheon this Wednesday, March 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Deadline for ticket sales in the MBSC Business Office is today, March 24. Tickets cost $13 for staff, faculty and the general public, and $10 for students.

Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 554.2979 or by e-mail to ghotaling@mail.unomaha.edu. 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 honor 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 honorees 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.

Annual Student Honors Symposia in April

Faculty, staff and students can attend the Annual Honors Symposia featuring undergraduate research and creative activity. Symposia will be held on Tuesday, April 8, and Wednesday, April 9, from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m.

The events begin with a light buffet at 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. To R.S.V.P. call the Honors Program office, 554.2696.

The student presenters are: Tiffany Ackerman, Jay Austin, Laurie Dutcher, Victoria Graeve, Bradley Haas, Mackenzie Jaeger, Sheila Korth, Jason Lavalleur, Aleece Nanfito, Sara Ourada, Michael Pray, Daniel Recek, Charles Reed, Matthew Riley, Christopher Schuck, Alexander Skillman, Janey Strobel, David Swenson, Anthony Swirczek, Abby Vandenberg and Alex Wright.

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 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 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.

"Teaching in the U.S. and Africa - Experiences of a Science Educator"

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 conducted two Summer Science Professional Development Institutes for Teachers & 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. Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

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.

"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.

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.

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 Circle.

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.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

At homeā€¦

Tuesday, March 25
- Softball vs. University of Nebraska at Kearney
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D St.
2 p.m., 4 p.m. (doubleheader)

Friday, March 28
- Softball vs. Minnesota State, Mankato
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D St.
2 p.m., 4 p.m. (doubleheader)

Saturday, March 29
- Tennis vs. Missouri Western
Hanscom Park, 3200 Ed Creighton Ave.
6 p.m.

UNO Softball Classic
Dill Field, 66th and Military Ave.
- Softball vs. Washburn
9 a.m.

- Softball vs. Pittsburg State
11 a.m.

- Softball vs. Truman State
3 p.m.

Sunday, March 30

UNO Softball Classic
Dill Field, 66th and Military Ave.

- Softball vs. Southwest Minnesota State
11 a.m.

- Softball vs. Missouri Western
3 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.