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Faculty Honors Convocation

Thirty UNO faculty members were honored Thursday, April 10 at the annual Faculty Honors Convocation in the Milo Bail Student Center. ...continue

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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

Budgeting 101 Today at Alumni Center

Chancellor John Christensen invites all students, faculty and staff to an overview of UNO's budget and a briefing on the university's tuition model today, April 14, at 10 a.m. in Centennial Hall at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Dr. Christensen, Julie Totten, interim vice chancellor for business and finance, and B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and executive associate to the chancellor, will conduct the one-hour session.  The presentation is titled "Budgeting 101."

UNO Students Collecting 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 today, April 14, through Friday, April 18.  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 at the Criss Library and is 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:

- Today, April 14
5 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.

Webinar Today on Mobile Learning Games and Simulations

A webinar on "Augmented Reality: New Strategies in Location-Based Mobile Learning Games & Simulations" will take place today, 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.

AkSarBen Village Update Set for Tonight

Kyle Peterson from Noddle Companies will present an update on AkSarBen Village to the Dundee Memorial Park Neighborhood Association tonight, April 14, at 7 p.m. The half-hour presentation will talk place at Dundee Presbyterian Church, 5312 Underwood Ave., located in the lower level dining room. The UNO community is invited to attend.

For more information, contact B.J. Reed, dean, College of Public Affairs and Community Service and executive associate to the chancellor, at 554.2276 or breed@mail.unomaha.edu.

Patty Spady to Speak at UNO's "One-Five-O and in Control" Festival

Patty Spady, who lost her 19-year-old daughter to alcohol poisoning, will share her story Tuesday, April 15, at UNO.

Spady founded the SAM (Student Alcohol Management) Spady Foundation to promote effective alcohol awareness programs with emphasis on alcohol poisoning and high-risk consumption. The SAM Foundation, recognized nationally, honors the memory of Samantha Spady, a Colorado State University student who died of alcohol poisoning in 2004.

Spady's presentation is part of a day-long festival, "One-Five-O and in Control," that encourages students to practice responsible drinking behaviors.

Spady, of Beatrice, Neb., will speak at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. A root beer "mocktail" party will follow her presentation at 11 a.m. in the Fireside Lounge. Free hot dogs will be served.

"One-Five-O and in Control" is a reminder for students, 21 and older, to consume only one alcoholic beverage per hour, consider the five major alternatives to driving drunk, make zero excuses and always stay in control of their actions. The slogan also represents the 150 calories contained in an average 12-ounce beer.

Nebraska ranks third in the nation for youth drinking rates, according to the Nebraska Collegiate Consortium to Reduce High-Risk Drinking Web site. Each year 1,700 college students die due to alcohol-related incidents.

The event is sponsored by U kNOw Choices, the campus alcohol prevention program, the School of Communication, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the Ad Club.

For more information, contact Allyson Schneiderwind, event coordinator, at 547.8246, or ASchneiderwind@gmail.com.

Acting Surgeon General to Speak in MBSC on April 15

The Acting U.S. Surgeon General will visit Omaha this 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 at UNO on Tuesday, April 15. The location for the community meeting has been moved to the Ballroom in the Milo Bail Student Center. The event will begin at 1 p.m. The campus community is invited to attend. Read more.

Author of "The Nicholas Effect" to Speak at UNO about Organ Donation

Reg Green will share the story of his 7-year-old son's tragic murder and his decision to donate the boy's organs to seven Italian families on Tuesday, April 15.

Green's appearance is part of two UNO student groups--Students for Organ Donation and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)--efforts to promote organ donation during Donate Life month. The presentation will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Un Mon Hon Room on the third floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

The Greens' decision to donate their son's organs launched an international campaign to promote organ donation and tripled the number of organ donations in Italy.

A former British financial journalist, Green has become a tireless advocate for organ donation. He is the author of "The Nicholas Effect" and "The Gift That Heals." Both books account the selfless effects and benefits of organ and tissue donation.

Green's visit is sponsored by the School of Communication, PRSSA, Students for Organ Donation and the Nebraska Organ Recovery System.

For more information, contact Keegan Niederdeppe at 578.7438 or keeganrae@gmail.com.

Political Science and Film Streams to Screen Free Movies This Month

Americans live in a democracy, but how often do they think about what democracy is? The UNO Department of Political Science and NET Television & Radio invite members from the campus community to free screenings of three films to help everyone think more deeply about their place in America.

VOTE DEMOCRACY! encourages everyone – particularly young Americans and new voters – to get involved in the democratic process. All Tuesday screenings begin at 6 p.m., and are free and open to the public. All movies will be shown at Film Streams, 1340 Webster St.

The films are:

April 15
"Please Vote for Me"
Followed by a panel discussion led by UNO's Asian Politics expert, Elizabeth Dahl

April 22
"Iron Ladies of Liberia"
Followed by a panel discussion led by UNO's Gender & Global Politics expert, Jody Neathery-Castro

April 29
"An Unreasonable Man"
Followed by a panel discussion led by UNO's American Politics expert, Loree Bykerk

For more information, contact Mary Dunn, Political Science Department, at 554.2624.

Making a Trip to UNO April 16? Try a Healthy Path

The second annual "Trek to Campus Day" event planned by the UNO Organization and Administration of Physical Education class is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in Elmwood Park.

The day focuses on alternative ways of transportation that promotes the benefits of bicycling, walking, running or carpooling as a means of commuting to campus.  It is also a service learning experience for the students involved in the physical education class. Read more.

Difficult Dialogues - American Muslims: Challenging Stereotypes April 18

Difficult Dialogues - American Muslims: Challenging Stereotypes will take place Friday April 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Students will show controversial slides to create dialogue among participants. The entire campus community is invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.

To pre-register, contact Bridget Blomfield, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, at bblomfield@mail.unomaha.edu.

Recruiting in the Middle East Webinar

International Studies and Programs invites faculty and staff to attend a webinar presentation. Presenters will discuss recruiting strategies in the Middle East and explore the ramifications of the latest developments in the region on Wednesday, April 30.

The webinar, presented by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, will take place from 11 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Details about the presenters are available online at http://www.nafsa.org/events.sec/webinars/recruiting_in.

Seating is limited. Those interested in attending are encouraged to R.S.V.P. by Monday, April 28, at 554.2293.

Student Lunch & Learn on PowerPoint Slides

The UNO Speech Center is sponsoring a free student workshop on "Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides" Wednesday, April 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. 

Students are invited to learn more about how visual aids enhance presentation skills; PowerPoint and how to use it; and how to avoid common visual aid pitfalls and mistakes. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

To register, contact a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu. Space is limited so students must register in advance.

CRF to Host Creating "Synergy" Classes

The Center for Faculty Development will present "Creating ‘Synergy' Classes:  Interdisciplinary Teaching by Linking Classes Across Departments" on Wednesday, April 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.

Explore the benefits of interdisciplinary teaching by creating class combinations.  Connect history and literature, mathematics and music, physics and philosophy, political science and economics combinations.

UNO's Synergy Project is a university-wide initiative to encourage connections between disciplines by forming "linked classes." This workshop is open to all university faculty.

Presenters will include Matthew Marx, English Department, coordinator of The Synergy Project, and Fred Amis, History Department, founder of the project.

Benefits to teaching ‘Synergy' classes include:

- These classes attract the best and brightest students.

- Faculty re-energize their classes by teaching their subjects in new and interesting ways.

- Faculty teach with other dedicated professors.

- Interdisciplinary study is highly encouraged in the modern university setting and is a marketable attribute.

- Grants of $2,500 per participating instructor are available to encourage the development of these courses.

All participants are invited to bring a lunch. Refreshments will be served. To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu. For more information go to http://www.unomaha.edu/synergy. For additional questions, contact Matthew Marx at mmarx@mail.unomaha.edu.

Jim Wood Retirement Reception Planned for April 30

The Department of Chemistry announces the retirement of Jim Wood at the end of the spring semester. Celebrate his 39 years of outstanding service to the department and UNO Wednesday, April 30.

The reception will be held in Centennial Hall of the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The university community is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Roger Hoburg, Chemisty, at 554.2653.

Student Art Opportunity

UNO's Women's and Gender Studies Program is seeking student art to serve as a visual image for the No Limits! Conference 2009. The conference theme is "Feminism, Environments, and New Media."

The artwork should be original and need not be representational. Any visual art medium (that can be photographed) will be considered. Preference will be given to work by Women's and Gender Studies majors and minors. The winning artist will be awarded $150. Submission deadline is Sunday, June 1.

Artwork used for past conferences may be viewed at http://www.unomaha.edu/test_wmst/conference.php or http://www.unk.edu/acad/women/index.php?id=7597.

The art selected will be used on flyers, postcards, a Web site, and other advertising.  Ideally, the piece will be displayed at the conference, March 6 and 7, 2009.

For submission questions, contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of Women's and Gender Studies, at 307A Arts and Sciences Hall, 554.3834 or kfalconeralhindi@mail.unomaha.edu.

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.

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

Annual UNO Honors Recital April 15

In conjunction with Honors Month, the UNO Department of Music will host its fourth annual UNO Honors Recital on Tuesday, April 15. The event will be held in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

"The UNO Department of Music is proud to honor these talented young musician-scholars during UNO Honors Month and applauds them for their outstanding achievement in music performance and academic excellence," said Christine Beard, assistant professor of flute and coordinator of woodwind studies at UNO. Read more.

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.

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.

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.

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 vhanumanthu@mail.unomaha.edu.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

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 home…

Monday, April 14
- Baseball vs. Minnesota Duluth
1 p.m., 3 p.m. (doubleheader)
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th Street and West Dodge Road

Tuesday, April 15
- Baseball vs. Fort Hays State
1 p.m., 3 p.m. (doubleheader)
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th Street and West Dodge Road

Wednesday, April 16
- Softball vs. Augustana
3 p.m., 5 p.m. (doubleheader)
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D St.

Saturday, April 19
- Baseball vs. Augustana
1 p.m., 3 p.m. (doubleheader)
The Ballpark at Boys Town, 137th Street and West Dodge Road

Sunday, April 20
- Tennis vs. St. Cloud State
9 a.m.
Koch Family Tennis Center at Tranquility Park, 125th Street and West Maple Road

- UNO Ironwood Collegiate Golf Classic
Noon
Ironwood Country Club, 12627 Pacific St.

For more information about the Mavericks, visit http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/ or MavFanatic, the monthly e-newsletter of the UNO Athletic Department on the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/newsletter/mavfanatics-april08.html. To receive MavFanatic in your inbox every month, register online at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/newsletter/signup.php.