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Yan He and Amanda Shaff

Two Students London Bound

Two School of Communication seniors have been selected to participate in a Washington, D.C.-London internship program this summer.

Yan He (right, above), a journalism-public relations/advertising major, and Amanda Shaff, a journalism-news editorial major, will participate in the program sponsored by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

Participants will spend part of May in Washington, D.C., for orientation, then travel to London, where activities will run until July 27. The program will include a study of British history, and students will intern in London in positions related to their majors. Students also will be advised about opportunities such as cultural celebrations, sporting events, volunteer opportunities and lectures.

Shaff, of Bellevue, plans to graduate in May 2009 and spend a year teaching English in Japan before beginning a career in print media. He, of Zhe Jiang, China, plans to graduate in August and is applying to graduate school for the fall.

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U.S. Under Secretary of Education On Campus Today

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Sara Martinez Tucker will visit two campuses of the University of Nebraska this week as part of her college listening tour, President James B. Milliken announced March 31. A campus visit to UNO is set for today, April 8.

"We are pleased that Under Secretary Tucker will visit Nebraska and the university," Milliken said. "This is an excellent opportunity for the senior Bush administration official with responsibility for higher education to learn about what the University of Nebraska and others are doing in our state to make higher education more accessible, affordable and accountable." Read more.

Acting U.S. Surgeon General Coming to Omaha

The Acting U.S. Surgeon General will visit Omaha next week to speak to teachers, parents, students and others who play a role in the lives of young people about the dangers of underage drinking. 

Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H., will speak to community members and young people during a presentation on Tuesday, April 15, as part of a community meeting being held at UNO's Strauss Performing Arts Center.  The event will begin at 1 p.m.  The campus community is invited to attend.

"It's an honor to host Dr. Glason," said UNO Chancellor John Christensen.  "The topic he is discussing is an important one.  I'm proud the university can be a place where we can discuss the problem of underage drinking and ways to best address it."  Read more.

Honors Week 2008 Under Way

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 today 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. The event will highlight graduate scholarships, undergraduate major honorees, and 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 dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu. For more information regarding the Student Honors Symposium, contact Rosalie Saltzman, director of the UNO Honors Program, 554.2598.

Office Product Show April 10

The UNO Purchasing Department, in cooperation with Office Depot, will host its annual Office Products Show Thursday, April 10.

The show will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Factory representatives will be on hand to offer free samples and productivity enhancements to those in attendance. Konica Minolta Omaha will be among the vendors in attendance. For a complete list of vendors, click on this link. vitae PDF

Refreshments also will be served. No reservations are necessary. For more information, contact Office Depot at mike.molloy@officedepot.com.

Omaha Symphony New Music Symposium Concert Special Offer

The Omaha Symphony invites all UNO faculty and staff to join them for a concert celebrating the inaugural New Music Symposium.

The New Music Symposium Concert is a culmination of a three-day event designed to provide an opportunity for young composers to test their skills in a real-life laboratory setting. Based upon a call for scores, four composers were selected to participate in the event with Omaha Symphony Music Director Thomas Wilkins, Resident Conductor Ernest Richardson, composer Michael Daugherty and the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra.

The concert and public performance of the four winning selections will be held at Strauss Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. 

UNO faculty, staff and students will get free admission to this concert by showing their UNO ID card at the door.

Tickets for non-UNO faculty/staff are $10 and may be purchased via the Omaha Symphony Ticket Office at 342.3560 or at the door.

For more information on the New Music Symposium, visit http://www.omahasymphony.org/news.asp or call 342.3560.

National Mathematics Awareness Month Kicks Off This Week

Since 1991, April has been the month for celebrating mathematics and its applications. This year the theme of the Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM) is "Math and Voting." The UNO Department of Mathematics will celebrate this event through a variety of activities, including the Mathematics Symposium "MAM at UNO," this week on Friday, April 11.

The schedule of events is listed below:

Friday, April 11
"MAM at UNO"
Symposium and student poster session
9 to 11 a.m.
256 Durham Science Center (DSC)
The presenters are Kerrigan research minigrant students, presenting the results of their research in mathematics under the supervision of mathematics faculty.

Friday, April 18
Problem-solving contest for area high school
1 p.m.
DSC
High school students will be awarded individual prizes, and the school with the highest overall score will be awarded a traveling trophy.

Thursday, April 24
Math and voting presentation
2:30 p.m.
115 DSC
Andrew Swift, assistant professor of mathematics, will present.

For more information about MAM at UNO, visit the Web at http://avalon.unomaha.edu/~wwwmath/MAM/mam.html For more information regarding the Kerrigan research minigrants program, visit http://avalon.unomaha.edu/wwwmath/minigrants/researchminigrants.html.

Annual AQR Results Announced

Air Tran has taken the top spot in the 18th annual national Airline Quality Ratings (AQR) study.  Last year, Air Tran ranked third in the AQR.

The study, ranking the largest U.S. airlines, was announced at a news conference in Washington, D.C., on April 7.  An electronic version of the full report, with details on each airline, is available at http://aqr.aero.

Co-researchers Brent Bowen, professor in the UNO Aviation Institute, and Dean Headley, associate professor and chair of marketing at Wichita State University (WSU), used 15 elements important to consumers when judging the quality of airline service. Read more.

Library to Forgive Overdue Fines at the Ballpark April 12

Criss Library will be cheering on the Maverick baseball team Saturday, April 12, in conjunction with "Library Day at the Ballpark."

UNO will take on Minnesota Duluth with games at 1 and 3 p.m. at the ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road.

Those who stop by the library booth at the doubleheader will receive a goodie bag and a coupon to waive an existing library fine. Some restrictions apply.

For more information, contact Dani Herzog, promotion and marketing specialist at Criss Library, at 554.3213 or dherzog@unomaha.edu.

April 14 Webinar on Mobile Learning Games and Simulations

A webinar on "Augmented Reality: New Strategies in Location-Based Mobile Learning Games & Simulations" will take place Monday, April 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The webinar is sponsored by Information Technology Services (ITS) and Academic Partnership for Instruction (API). Judy Perry, a research associate for teacher education program at MIT, will give the presentation.

In this seminar, Perry will:

- Provide an overview of recent work in Augmented Reality (AR) by the MIT Teacher Education Program (MIT STEP), which has been conducting research on using AR simulations for educational purposes with the aim of better understanding how these experiences might offer new learning opportunities. 

- Show how AR games have the potential not only to engage players with specific content but also to provide opportunities to develop 21st-century skills such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking.

The event is presented by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. For more resources related to this session topic go to EDUCAUSE Resources at http://www.educause.edu/eliweb084. No registration necessary.

For more information, contact Shelley Schafer, ITS, at 554.4831 or sschafer@unomaha.edu.

UNO Hosts Regional Muslim Conference April 19

UNO Religious Studies Department and Center for Islamic Studies will host "Diversity, Identity and Difference" Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is the first time the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North American Regional Conference will be held at UNO. Read more.

General Secretary to Present at April 11 India Studies Speaker Series

Prasad Gollanapalli of the Andhra Pradesh Sarvodaya Mandal (Gandhian Peace Movement) will present "Gandhian Truth and Nonviolence for a Peaceful and Just Society" at the Friday, April 11, India Studies Interest Group Speaker Series. The event runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Gollanapalli serves as general secretary of Andhra Pradesh Sarvodaya Mandal, India. During his U.S. visit, he is meeting with scholars, institutions and groups to carry on the movement and development work of Mohandas Gandhi.

Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Shireen Rajaram, sociology, at srajaram@unomaha.edu, 554.3375 or Deepak Khazanchi, College of Information Science and Technology, khazanchi@unomaha.edu, 554.2029.

Retirement Planning Education Series Continues April 11

Human Resources will continue its retirement planning education series on Friday, April 11.

A Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) representative will present at the 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.

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.

ITS Announces Additional Web Template Training Sessions

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 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays - April 17, 24 and May 1- in 207 Criss Library.

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 erinking@unomaha.edu.

Available sessions:

April 17
- Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
10 to 11:30 a.m.                                                                                                                   
This session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web Template and how it can be used in conjunction with your existing web site structure or to create a new structure.  We will use a free concept mapping tool to diagram the site layout, to keep track of site navigation, as well as the naming structure.  We will also discuss the different organizational elements of the template, review campus examples, and discuss how the template can best be used for your site.  This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the web templates.

April 24
- Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development                                                                                 
10 a.m. to noon
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.

May 1
- Web Templates III: Content and Graphics                                                                                                     
10 a.m. to noon
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 http://api.unomaha.edu/ calendar.php;

- 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";

- 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.

Applicants Sought for IS&P Global Diplomat Program

UNO International Studies and Programs (IS&P) will take applications from UNO students through Monday, April 21, for the IS&P Global Diplomat Program.

Starting in August, students selected as Global Diplomats will assist IS&P in a variety of ways through May or August 2009.  Some possible activities include promoting campus internationalization efforts, giving campus tours, attending and assisting at social events, making airport pickups and offering settling-in assistance and shopping help to international guests. Fifteen students will be selected for the program.

Criteria for selection will include:

- Academic excellence in at least two full-time semesters earned at UNO by May 2008 and maintenance of a 2.5 GPA;

- Full-time student status in the 2008/2009 school year;

- Strong leadership and communications skills and strong interest in service to UNO and the international student population; and

- Experience in cross-cultural settings.

Selected students will wear UNO IS&P Global Diplomats polo shirts to events and will receive a $100 for the fall 2008 term and $100 for the spring 2009 term. Applications may be picked up at the front desk in 241 Arts and Sciences Hall.  Application must be returned by April 21.

For more information, contact Jennifer Stahl, international student advisor, at 554.2293 or jstahl@unomaha.edu.

April FEAP Schedule

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

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

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

SAC April Meeting Rescheduled

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) has rescheduled its meeting set for today, April 8, for next Tuesday, April 15, at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

For more information, contact Midge Chandler, SAC member, at midgechandler@mail.unomaha.edu.

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 on sale 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.

- Today, 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 mgrandick@mail.unomaha.edu.

People

Mavericks

Herold Named Nebraska Coach of the Year
UNO Head Baseball Coach Bob Herold received the Nebraska Baseball Coach of the Year Award March 29 between games of UNO's doubleheader against Augustana.

Herold, in his ninth season at UNO, accepted the award from Herb Kupfer of the Nebraska Baseball Coaches Association, who arrived at the Ball Park at Boys Town unannounced to present the award.

Herold has twice been named the North Central Conference coach of the year, in 2002 and 2005. Last year he guided the Mavericks to their first-ever North Central Region championship, and a trip to the NCAA Division II Championship.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.