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An Omaha World-Herald editorial on March 19 focused on the UNO Print Shop and its artistic and cultural impact on the metropolitan community. ...continue

To learn more about the Printed in Omaha exhibit, follow this link to the full press release. The exhibit closes on Saturday, April 5.

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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.

U.S. Under Secretary of Education to Visit UNO April 8

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Sara Martinez Tucker will visit two campuses of the University of Nebraska in April as part of her college listening tour, President James B. Milliken announced March 31. Read more.

Faculty Participants Sought for UCLA Nationwide Survey

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Faculty should have received a reminder e-mail March 31 to participate in the UCLA nationwide survey and the local UNO survey. 

For the third time in a decade, full- and part-time UNO faculty were contacted and invited through Lotus Notes e-mail to complete the survey. A second, shorter UNO campus survey with specific questions about the climate for faculty research, mentoring and faculty support follows the UCLA survey. Allowing about 25 minutes to complete both surveys. Your time and feedback is appreciated. Survey results will be shared with the campus at the beginning of the fall 2008 term. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this effort. 

- John Christensen, Chancellor

For further information visit the UCLA HERI Faculty Survey Web site: A final e-mail reminder will be issued Monday, April 28.   The deadline for the UCLA Faculty Survey participation is extended to Friday, May 30. If you encounter difficulties with the surveys, contact the Office of Institutional Research at 554. 2367.

Communication Professionals to Offer Career Advice Today

Communication professionals from 20 different organizations will offer advice to students at UNO today, April 1, in the Dodge Room of the Milo Bail Student Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The "No Foolin' When It Comes to Jobs" career workshop will provide students the opportunity to talk with, learn from and network with communication professionals.  Representatives from areas such as advertising, event planning, print and online media, public relations, radio, television and training and development will offer real, hands-on advice. Read more.

Borders to Offer Educator Discount April 2-8

Borders has extended a 25 percent educator discount on select store merchandise to UNO employees Wednesday, April 2, through Tuesday, April 8.

To obtain the discount, individuals must present their university ID. In conjunction with the bi-annual Educator Appreciation Event, all Omaha Borders locations will host a reception Friday, April 4, from 4 to 8 p.m.

For sale details, visit the Web by clicking this link.

For additional information, contact Melissa Davidson, educational sales coordinator, at

UNO 2008 Faculty and Student Honors Convocations

April 7-11 is Honors Week - a campus celebration of outstanding students and faculty.  The week spotlights three university-wide events - the Honors Program Senior Theses Symposia, the Faculty Honors Convocation and the Student Honors Convocation.  

The Honors Program Senior Theses Symposia will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 8-9, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom (MBSC).  If attending, R.S.V.P. by Friday, April 4, to 554.2696.

The Faculty Honors Convocation features the recipients of the university's outstanding teaching, research and creative activity, mentoring, service-learning and distinguished professorship awards.  The Faculty Convocation will be held Thursday, April 10, at 7 a.m. in the MBSC Ballroom.  The campus community is invited to attend.  No reservations are necessary.

The Student Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with the graduate scholarships, undergraduate major honorees, deans, vice chancellor, service-learning and outstanding student-athlete awards. The Student Convocation will be held Friday, April 11, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center, followed by a reception in the MBSC.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend in support of these outstanding students.  No reservations are necessary.

"The Faculty and Student Honors Convocations are opportunities for all campus units to celebrate together the extraordinary accomplishments of faculty and students throughout the university. Faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends of the university are also encouraged to participate in the many college, department and organization events which showcase and celebrate faculty, student and staff achievements," said Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean of Graduate Studies.

For more information on the Faculty and Student Honors Convocations contact Dr. Smith-Howell at 554.2262 or For more information regarding the Student Honors Symposium, contact Rosalie Saltzman, director, UNO Honors Program, 554.2598.

Retirement Planning Education Series Continues April 4 and 11

Human Resources will continue its retirement planning education series with two presentations on "Planning Ahead for Retirement" this month.

A TIAA-CREF representative will lead the Friday, April 4, event. A Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) representative will present at the Friday, April 11, series. The events start at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. This month's seminar focuses on retirement planning needs and questions of employees who are planning to retire within the next 10-15 years. All interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. For more information, contact Esther Scarpello, benefits manager, at 554.3660.

April FEAP Schedule Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The April schedule is as follows:

- April 1, 7, 18, 23 and 28
8 a.m. to noon

- April 3, 10, 15, 25 and 30
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

SPR Brown Bag Set for "Sources of Support for Developing Research Projects"

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a brown bag event on Wednesday, April 16, featuring Harmon Maher, interim associate vice chancellor for Research and Creative Activity. 

Dr. Maher will speak about "Sources of Support for Developing Research Projects." The brown bag will be held 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.

HR to Present Performance Evaluation Workshop

Human Resources will present a performance evaluation workshop Tuesday, April 1. The event, which is designed for new and experienced supervisors, will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Center Student 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 with Human Resources.

To register or for more information, call 554.2321.

Presentation Skills for Non-Native English Speakers Student Lunch & Learn April 2

The UNO Speech Center will sponsor a free student workshop titled "Communicating Across Cultures: Presentation Skills for Non-Native English Speakers" Wednesday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.

Students who attend will learn about tips for non-native English speakers presenting in English, how to adapt a presentation for multicultural audiences and how to avoid common cross-cultural miscommunications. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

To register for the session, contact the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited, so students must register in advance.

HR to Present "Managing Your Unemployment Costs"

Human Resources and Talx will present "Managing Your Unemployment Costs" Wednesday, April 2. Designed for deans, directors and department heads, it will take place from to 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Claims for unemployment compensation are rising, which impacts the university as an employer. The presentation will focus on what can be done to protect the university from high unemployment costs.

Participants will learn about:

- Unemployment compensation and claim processes;

- Unemployment costs and how to reduce them;

- Qualification/disqualification; and

- Guidelines for supervisors.

R.S.V.P by calling Human Resources at 554.2321. Light refreshments will be provided.

Deadline April 4 for Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The UNO Faculty Senate is 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 ( 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 faculty and staff to 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 missions of placing students first and supporting academic excellence."

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.

Web Template Training Offered by ITS

Stuart Wheat, UNO webmaster, has developed a series of Web templates for use by the UNO campus community. Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a three-part, hands-on training session on the UNO Web templates this spring.

This training will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays - April 2 and April 9 - in the 104 Durham Science Center computer lab.

More training sessions will be added depending upon level of interest. To learn more about Web templates, contact Erin King, instructional design specialist for academic partnerships for instruction, at 554.3140 or

Available sessions:

April 2
- Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development
This hands-on session will focus on working with the Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page to be used as the basis for all other pages or department sites. ITS staff will briefly review the Dreamweaver set-up and preferences. The primary focus of this session will be creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site and setting the page titles. Prerequisite: Web Templates I recommended.

April 9
- Web Templates III: Content and Graphics
This third and final hands-on session will focus on completing the university's model Web page with the main content, as well as the primary navigation. Additionally, ITS staff will cover adding graphics and using fonts in the session. Once this model is completed, everyone attending should be on their way to having a fully functional Web site. Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.

To register for training:

- Go to;

- Select the correct month and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter an 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.

College of Education Raffle Under Way

The College of Education (COE) will hold a raffle on campus through Wednesday, April 16, to benefit a variety of student organizations and activities. The raffle, part of the 10-year Building a Legacy of Excellence campaign, concludes April 16 at the Distinguished Alumni Luncheon.

Tickets cost $1 each and are sold in the Milo Bail Student Center and COE Dean's Office, 334 Kayser Hall, according to the schedule below:

Milo Bail Student Center (first floor)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Tuesday, April 1

- Thursday, April 3

- Tuesday, April 8

- Monday, April 14

334 Kayser Hall
- Now through April 14

Raffle prizes include Body Basics and The Juice Stop gift cards, Rose Theater tickets, personal training sessions from Kennedy Fitness, a technology package, UNO package, Omaha package, party for 10 at Hu Hot Mongolian Grill and two Maverick hockey season tickets.  The grand prize is $500.

For more information, contact Marsha Grandick, special projects assistant, at 554.3485 or


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