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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.

Honors Week 2008 to Showcase Faculty and Student Honors

It's Honors Week at UNO - a campus celebration of outstanding students and faculty. This week (April 7-11) 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 takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, April 8-9, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom (MBSC). R.S.V.P.s were due April 4 for the Symposia.

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 begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 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 of the UNO Honors Program, 554.2598.

College of Education Dean Search to Continue

The search for a permanent dean of the College of Education at UNO will continue in September, it was announced today.  

"This position is important for the university, for the city and for the state," said Sheri Noren Everts, interim senior associate vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. "Finding the right person to lead this college will take some extra time, but it's wisely invested time."

The university brought three finalists to campus earlier this semester for meetings with faculty, students and community members.  One of the finalists withdrew from consideration last week.

David Conway will serve as the interim dean of the UNO College of Education beginning this summer.  Dr. Conway, currently the associate dean for the College of Education, will lead the college through its national accreditation visit this fall.

Gail F. Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, chaired the search committee.

Severe Weather Awareness Week April 7-11

In conjunction with the state-wide severe weather drill on Wednesday, April 9, the National Weather Service will issue a test broadcast between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Civil defense sirens will sound, and UNO will also make a test announcement at that time on the overhead paging system. Notifications to E2 cell phone subscribers will not be made.

"Student housing residents and staff will be using the drill to test their level of preparedness and will be moving to their designated shelters," said Stan Schleifer, manager of Support Services. "All other personnel are not expected to move to a shelter area."

Everyone is encouraged to review the tornado procedures and shelter locations at UNO. This information can be found in UNO telephone directory on page 122.

For more information, contact Schleifer at 554.3596.

Preventing Plagiarism Two-part Brown Bag Today

In a series of brown-bag meetings, UNO faculty will have an opportunity to discuss plagiarism, a serious and growing problem at universities everywhere. The first meeting in the two-part series is set for today, April 7, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.

"Of all the challenges a teacher can face, there are few as demoralizing as plagiarism," said Nora Bacon, coordinator of Writing Across the Curriculum. "We design writing assignments in order to create learning opportunities; we want our students to engage in independent investigation, to synthesize what they've learned in class and from outside reading, to take ownership of knowledge. When students plagiarize, they opt out of that learning opportunity, copying somebody else's ideas or language instead of creating their own."

Part I, scheduled for today in the MBSC State Room (and repeated on Tuesday, April 8 at 12:30 in the MBSC Gallery Room) will focus one:

- What do students learn in composition courses about citing sources and about academic integrity?

- When a student cheats, what steps should the teacher take? and

- How can faculty do to create a campus culture that discourages plagiarism?

Part II is scheduled for Monday, April 21, at noon in the MBSC State Room (and repeated on Tuesday, April 22, at 12:30 in the MBSC Gallery Room). Participants will discuss:

- Strategies for preventing plagiarism;

- Considering teaching strategies; and

- The pros and cons of plagiarism detection software.

Leading the discussion are Dr. Bacon, English; Melissa Cast-Brede of Criss Library; Rita Henry, Student Affairs; Lanyce Keel of Information Technology Services; Dorianne Richards, director of the UNO Writing Center; and Suzanne Sollars, president-elect of the UNO Faculty Senate.

To register for the brown-bag meetings, call the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or write to For more information, contact Dr. Bacon at 554.3318 or

Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues Today

Kristen Girten, assistant professor of English, will present "Unsexed Souls: Natural philosophy as transformation in Eliza Ha female spectator" today, 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.

Athletics Launches Monthly E-Newsletter

UNO Athletics has launched another way to keep Maverick fans excited and informed.

MavFanatic, the monthly e-newsletter of the Athletic Department, is available online at:

"We plan to bring you updates involving department happenings, student-athlete profiles, in-season team updates and Mav moments from the past," said Athletic Director David Miller. "Thank you to LinkedIn, Deeb Real Estate and First National Bank for making this marketing effort possible."

To receive MavFanatic in your inbox every month, register online at:

HPER Honors Faculty at Awards Luncheon

Several part-time and joint appointment faculty received recognition for their years of service March 25 at the 10th annual School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation's (HPER) appreciation and awards luncheon. The 2008 Excellence in Teaching Awards also were presented to Glen Wragge, part-time lecturer, and Ted Anderson, joint appointment faculty member. Read more.

Barbara Bailey Reception and Presentation April 1

Join the Criss Library for a welcome reception and special presentation by Barbara Bailey, president of Library Connection Inc., on Friday, April 11 at UNO's Criss Library. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by Bailey's presentation and a question/answer session. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Bailey, director of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library, was awarded the 2007 ACLU Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty award for position in opposition to parts of the Patriot Act and for her refusal to violate the privacy of her patrons and clients at the Wells-Turner Memorial Library in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

For more information, contact Dani Herzog, promotions and marketing specialist, at 554.3213 or

Student Government to Host Debate Congressional Debate

Student Government at UNO (SG-UNO) and the UNO student group, The Forum, will co-host a debate between Congressional Democratic candidates Richard Carter and Jim Esch on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The debate is open to the public.

The debate will follow a traditional format, with questions asked first by the moderator and second by audience members. Carson Holloway, professor of political science at UNO, will moderate the debate. Dr. Holloway received his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa and obtained his doctorate in political science from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Holloway has taught courses in political philosophy and constitutional law at UNO since 2002.

For more information, contact Margaret Mandy, SG-UNO, at 554.2285.

Workshop on Effectively Transitioning Freshmen to College April 22

The UNO Center for Faculty Development and Department of History will present a workshop on "Say What? Effectively Transitioning Freshmen to College Success" Tuesday, April 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Oscar E. Lansen, undergraduate program coordinator and honors director at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will present.

This interactive workshop will:
- Introduce participants to new ideas on how to improve student note-taking;
- Show faculty ways to get students more involved in thinking about information related to history;
- Discuss the use of case studies to help students understand how to take better notes; and
- Include additional ideas for faculty to enrich and facilitate lectures.

Geared primarily to those teaching survey lecture courses, this interactive workshop equips participants with tools and course designs that remediate student skill deficiencies, as well as enhance course coherence and student participation. This session is also suitable to those teaching upper level or small lectures.

To register, contact the UNO Center for Faculty Development, 220 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or Refreshments will be provided.

Spring Graduate Faculty Set for April 28

The Office of Graduate Studies will host the Spring Graduate Faculty meeting on Monday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. All UNO graduate faculty members are invited to attend.

Reports from Deborah Smith-Howell, dean for Graduate Studies, and the individual UNO Graduate Council committees will be presented. Submit items for discussion to Nicole Kersten at, no later than Friday, April 18. Refreshments will be served.

Academic Regalia Notice for May 9 Commencement

Commencement for May graduates will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement should order their academic regalia from the Bookstore, 554.2336, by Friday, April 25.

Firefly Informational Sessions This Week

Firefly, the University of Nebraska's online business portal, goes live Tuesday, April 14. Information sessions on Firefly will continue this week on Tuesday, April 8.

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 continue to be offere. 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, 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 or 554.4937.

OLLAS Charla Series Features Alan Potash on Immigration

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will host a conversation with Alan Potash, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League Plains States Region, Wednesday, April 9.

The event, part of the OLLAS Charla Series, is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Read more.

NU President to Address Faculty Senate April 9

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 9, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. University of Nebraska President James Milliken will address the senate.

President Milliken's presentation will begin at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. All interested may attend. For more information, contact Senate President Scott Tarry at 554.3190 or Senate Coordinator Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

Participants Sought for HPER Research Study

Adults 45 years or older with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, hypertension, obesity and/or prolonged immobilization of limbs are invited to participate in a research study at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building, Exercise Physiology Lab.

Participants will be asked to make two visits to Exercise physiology lab at HPER in a period of four months. Those who take part will be paid $15 for the first visit and $25 for the second time towards compensation for time and travel expenses.

Study participants will be informed (at no cost) of their serum cholesterol levels, aerobic capacity, and static and dynamic balance measures. They will also be asked to answer questionnaires about depression and quality of life.

For more information, call 554.3221 or send an e-mail to


Maverick Watch

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 homeƉ

Tuesday, April 8
- Softball vs. Northwest Missouri Western
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D St.
3 p.m., 5 p.m. (doubleheader)

Saturday, April 12
- Baseball vs. Minnesota Duluth
1 p.m., 3 p.m. (doubleheader)
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road

Sunday, April 13
- Baseball vs. Minnesota Duluth
1 p.m., 3 p.m. (doubleheader)
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at