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Maverick Mojo on Display

More than 130 students and parents visited the UNO campus on Monday, April 7 to participate in the academic year's last Maverick Monday. ...continue

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Severe Weather Awareness Week Drill Today, Tonight

In conjunction with the state-wide severe weather drill today, April 9, the National Weather Service will issue a test broadcast between 10 and 11 a.m. and again at 7 p.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 use the drill to test their level of preparedness and move 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 on campus. This information can be found in UNO telephone directory on page 122.

For more information, contact Schleifer at 554.3596.

NU President to Address Faculty Senate Today

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

President Milliken's presentation begins 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.

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, today, 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.

UNO Alumni Association to Issue Teaching Awards to Nine Faculty

The UNO Alumni Association marks the 12th year of its Alumni Outstanding Teaching Awards program when it presents the honor to nine faculty members at the UNO Faculty Honors Convocation Breakfast Thursday, April 10.

Association President Lee Denker will present the awards, established in 1997 to honor distinguished teaching in the classroom. Peer committees in each college choose recipients, each of whom receives a $1,000 award. Denker will present recipients with commemorative tablets during the convocation breakfast in the Milo Bail Student Center. With the 2008 awards the association will have issued $104,000 in AOTAs since the program's start in 1997. Read more.

UNO Art Gallery to Present Spring Thesis Exhibition

The UNO Art Gallery will present the work of five UNO BFA thesis candidates in the "Spring 2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition." The exhibition will open Friday, April 11, and run through Friday, May 2.  An opening reception will be held April 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Read more.

April 16 Pre-Symposium Event to Focus on Mass Murder

Four panelists will explore the 1958 Charles Starkweather murders and their press coverage at Joslyn Castle, 38th and Davenport Street, next Wednesday, April 16, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Dave Ogden, associate professor of communication, will chair the event. Panelists include:

- Dave Hamer, an Omaha television journalist for more that 40 years, covered the hunt for Starkweather and the imprisonment of Starkweather's crime partner and girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate;

- Bill Kelly, executive producer, Nebraska Education Television Network, produced the national award-winning documentary, "Charles and Caril: Starkweather 30 years later";
and

- Mike Hilt, professor of communication and general manager of KVNO-FM and KYNE-TV, UNO, has presented at academic conferences and published in the academic press about Starkweather's crime and execution.

The event is free and open to the public; however, Reservations are requested. Those planning to attend should contact Joe Price, coordinator of English, at 554.3476, by Friday, April 11.

This event is held in conjunction with the Center for Great Plains Studies 34th annual symposium, "Death, Murder, and Mayhem: Stories of Violence and Healing on the Plains," co-hosted by the UNO Department of English April 16-19, at the Old Market Embassy Suites. For more information on the symposium, including other events and venues, visit
http://www.unl.edu/plains/seminars/2008/symposiumindex.shtml.

2008 UNO Benefits Fair April 17

Working at UNO is a good deal. To learn more, plan on attending the 2008 UNO Benefits Fair.

The event will be held Thursday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All faculty and staff are invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.

"The fair is a great opportunity to learn more about the fringe benefits associated with being a UNO employee," said Esther Scarpello, manager of benefits in Human Resources. "New this year, the Douglas County Extension Service will conduct healthy cooking demonstrations, as well as provide samples."

Participating vendors include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caremark, Eye Med, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, the Social Security Administration, the UNO Employee Assistance Program and Human Resources.

Student Health Services (SHS) will offer preventive health screenings at the fair. Free blood pressure screenings will be available. SHS also will offer screens for cholesterol and diabetes from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on a walk-in basis. No appointments are necessary. Both screens require a fast (abstaining from food and drink) for 12 hours. The cost is $15.

The Douglas County Extension Service will provide healthy cooking demonstrations and free samples.

For more information, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

Future Employers Fair Set for April 17

Students are invited to network and explore new career possibilities at the Future Employers Fair set for Thursday, April 17. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. 

Heath care and aging organizations seeking future candidates for the growing aging industry will be in attendance. The fair is sponsored by the UNO Department of Gerontology and School of Social Work.

For more information, contact Lyn Holley, assistant professor of gerontology, at lmholley@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.4814, or Nancy Kelly-Gillespie, assistant professor of social work, at nkelleygillespie@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.4886.

Registration Under Way for 10th Annual Maverick Stampede

UNO will host the 10th annual Maverick Stampede Sunday, April 27. The 8K run, 4K run/walk and 1K Kids Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. at Center location, 6808 Spring St. (formerly known as Chili Greens Golf Course).

Again this year, a 1K Kids Fun Run for children ages 12 and under will take place. The race was founded by John Noble, associate professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER). Each year since 1999, the Organization and Administration of Physical Education class at UNO has used the Maverick Stampede as an opportunity to gain hands-on organizational skills while promoting fitness and physical activity in the community.

The entry fee for the 8K run and 4K run/walk is $18 for faculty/staff and the public, and $15 for UNO students and Omaha Running Club members. The cost for the 1K Kids Fun Run is $12. Individuals may register online at http://www.unomaha.edu/stampede. Registration brochures also are available in 100 HPER Building.

Participants who register prior to Monday, April 14, will receive a free Maverick Stampede T-shirt. Race information packets will be available in 101 HPER Building on Friday, April 25, from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free gift will be awarded to the first 300 people who pick up their packets.

Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each designated race group. All children runners participating in the Fun Run will receive a medal. Free snacks are available following the race, and door prizes will be awarded.

For more information, contact Jocelyn Hegge, student, at jhegge@mail.unomaha.edu or Dr. Noble at 554.3250 or johnnoble@mail.unomaha.edu.

TIAA-CREF May Schedule Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for May. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees on the following dates: May 13, 20, 27 and 28.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Gennie Pettit at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3600 or on the Web at http://www.tiaa-cref.org/moc.

Omaha Symphony New Music Symposium Concert Special Offer

The Omaha Symphony invites all UNO faculty and staff to attend 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 can attend for free 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.

Alumni Reunion Events Sought for Centennial Invitation

UNO 100 Year

Got centennial reunion plans for 2008?

UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning Oct. 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the city of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is "UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908." This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and kicks off the next 100 years.

The centennial kickoff will coincide with Homecoming weekend. Special all-university events will be held for alumni and friends on Friday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 11, coordinated by the UNO Alumni Association. Colleges, Departments and campus organizations are encouraged to invite their alumni back for this special weekend. A coordinated marketing plan for all weekend events will be implemented. Groups planning to host reunion activities, or those wanting to explore the possibilities should contact Sheila King, director of Alumni Activities, before Tuesday, April 15, at 554.4802 or sking@mail.unomaha.edu.

For other centennial plans visit http://www.uno100.org/

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.

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 unofacdev@unomaha.edu. Refreshments will be provided.

National Poetry Month Observed at the Criss Library

April is national poetry month. To celebrate, the Criss Library is encouraging all student, faculty and staff to share their own poetry or favorite poems that speak to them.

A set of blank panels will be on display in the center of the library for everyone to post their selected poems for the month. All are invited to post, read and enjoy.

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

NU 4-in-1 and State Government Directories Available

The UNO Telecommunications Department has a limited number of University of Nebraska 4-in-1-telephone directories and new State Government phone books available.

The State Government phone books are free and available while supplies last. The NU 4-in-1-telephone directories consist of phone listings for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, UNO, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The cost is $22 per directory.

To order a copy or for more information, contact Stuart Martin, telecommunications, at 554.2799 or stuartmartin@mail.unomaha.edu.

UNMC Clinical Trial for Young Adults with ADD

A clinical trial for young adults ages 19 to 30 with Attention Deficit Disorders is being conducted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Study medication and study procedures will be provided at no cost to eligible participants.

For more information, call 552.6005 or e-mail unmcprc@unmc.edu.