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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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Student Stories

UNO student news stories are airing on Classical 90.7 KVNO. Listen to samples of their stories.

Sharon Ulmar Takes New Post In HR

Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the Chancellor for Diversity and Equal Opportunity, has been named associate director for Human Resources and director of Equal Opportunity.  The purpose of the change is to allow Ulmar to provide her expertise in all human resource functions.  She will continue in her role to promote diversity and equal opportunity for the university.

"I look forward to working with human resources in this expanded role", Ulmar said. "This will allow me the opportunity to work on various personnel related initiatives."

This restructuring will also allow for Disabilities Services and Project Achieve to become units within Academic and Student Affairs, reporting to Steve Bullock, interim assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.  UNO is currently preparing for the accreditation process through the Higher Learning Commission's Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). 

"AQIP emphasizes the need to align all university functions around the primary goal of helping students learn," said Sheri Noren Everts, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.  "The transition of Disabilities Services and Project Achieve into the Office of Academic and Student Affairs will enable us to more effectively support these important areas in ways that enhance student learning."

Ulmar can be reached at 554.2321 or in 206 Eppley Administrations Building (EAB).  Dr. Bullock can be reached at 554.4822 or in 202 EAB.

Office Product Show Today in MBSC

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

Call-for-Proposals for the 2008 CUMU Conference

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) has issued a call for proposals for its 2008 conference. This year's conference, hosted by University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University is titled "The Metropolitan University of the 21st Century: Building Bridges to Regional Stewardship."

UNO is among the 80 participating CUMU institutions. Founded in 1982, CUMU's primary goal continues to be the enhancement of internal and external understanding of the metropolitan mission.

All conference abstracts should be submitted online at http://www.uc.edu/conferencing/events/cumu/abstracts. The deadline for consideration is Thursday, May 15, 2008. Additional Oct. 18-21 conference information will be made available at a later date at http://www.cumuonline.org/conference.

"Weight Watchers On Campus" Free Open House April 11

The Weight Watchers on Campus program will host an open house meeting this Friday, April 11. The event, which is free and open to all interested members of the campus community, will begin at 12:15 p.m. in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

"Thank you all again for your encouragement and continued support for bringing this healthy lifestyle program to UNO and keeping it here," said Jessica Dozark, graduate assistant with Campus Recreation.

At the open house, weigh-ins will start at 12:15 p.m. and the meeting will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p .m.

Advantages of the "On Campus" meetings are:

- No registration fee;

- Fits busy schedules;

- Great support from co-workers;

- Receive healthful recipes;

- Lifestyle enhancing tips; and

- Learn time saving skills. 

The cost of the 17-week session is $186. A three-part payment plan is available, and payments will be collected at the open house meeting. Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card in three installments of $62.

For more information, contact Dozark at 554.3917 or jdozark@mail.unomaha.edu.

"Consider This" to Highlight History of UNMC

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) was founded in 1880. Between now and then, it has transformed from a charity hospital into a world-class institution. Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and her guests will map out the institution's progression with two healthcare professionals who are considered 'walking encyclopedias' for the university. Wyatt will speak with UNMC Chancellor M. Maurer, M.D. and Ward Chambers, M.D., interim coordinator of programs in International Health at UNMC.

The program will air tonight, April 10, at 11 p.m. on KYNE-TV and be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)

- Sunday, April 13
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Friday, April 11
12:30 p.m. (CT)

- Tuesday, April 15
12:30 p.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

Inter-Tribal Student Council Pow Wow April 12

Native-American spirit will take center stage at UNO on Saturday, April 12, during the tenth annual pow wow event, which will run from 2 to 8 p.m. at Sapp Fieldhouse.

The Grand Entry will begin at 2 p.m., and dinner will be served at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.  Read more.

Scholastic Book Fair Comes to Criss Library

Books are for the whole family. The annual Scholastic Book Fair features  buy one, get one and is Criss Library co-sponsored by the University Library Friends and UNO Honors Program. Proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection. 

The fair will be located on the main floor of the library at the dates and times below:

- Monday, April 14
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

- Tuesday, April 15
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Wednesday, April 16
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Writer Verlyn Klinkenborg to Speak at Thompson Alumni Center

Writer Verlyn Klinkenborg will speak at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m.  The event, "An Evening with Verlyn Klinkenborg," is free and open to the public.  A reception will follow at 8:30 p.m.

Klinkenborg's full length works include Making Hay (1986), The Last Fine Time (1991), and The Rural Life (2003). His work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, GQ, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times Magazine, and others. He has taught literature and creative writing at Fordham University, St. Olaf College, Bennington College and Harvard University. Klinkenborg is a recipient of the 1991 Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Klinkenborg's event is sponsored by The New York Times, UNO's Dr. C. C. and Mabel L. Criss Library, Newspapers in Curricula at UNO, and is being presented in conjunction with University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Great Plains Studies' 34th Annual Symposium, "Death, Murder, and Mayhem: Stories of Violence and Healing on the Plains" hosted this year in Omaha by UNO's Department of English and the Center for Great Plains Studies. 

For more information, contact Joe Price, coordinator, Department of English, at 554.3476.

Summer Shuttle Schedule Begins May 12

Starting Monday, May 12, the summer shuttle service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the Dodge Location and Pacific Location only. There will be no shuttle service to the Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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.

Barbara Bailey Reception and Presentation April 11

The Criss Library staff will host 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 her 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 dherzog@unomaha.edu.

UNO Students to Collect Food for Salvation Army

Members of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Alpha Xi Delta sorority at UNO are leading the challenge to collect 10,000 canned food items for the Salvation Army Food Pantry and its North Omaha Feeding Program. 

No Frills Supermarkets, Tenaska, Two Men and a Truck, and Channel 94.1 FM are sponsoring the fourth annual "Just Can It" food drive. 
The drive runs Monday, April 14, through Friday, April 18.  Read more.

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.   

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.

Spring Graduate Faculty Meeting 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 nkersten@mail.unomaha.edu, no later than Friday, April 18. Refreshments will be served. 

Academic Regalia Notice for May 9 Commencement

Commencement for May graduates will take place 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.