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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

Dr. David Boocker to Become New Arts and Sciences Dean

UNO announced today that David Boocker has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

"Dr. Boocker brings a wealth of experience and leadership to UNO's oldest and largest college," said Sheri Noren Everts, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.  "David is an able administrator, scholar and teacher who embraces the challenges and opportunities a metropolitan institution presents.  He is a great fit for the university."

Dr. Boocker currently serves as chair and professor of the Department of English and Journalism at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.  He earned his doctorate in English literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1988.  His bachelor's and master's degrees, both in English, came from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 1980 and 1983.

"I'm honored to have been selected to serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences," Dr. Boocker said.  "I have been very impressed by the achievements of the students and faculty, and I look forward to working together with the faculty, staff, administration and students as UNO celebrates its 100th anniversary and

looks toward its bright future."

Dr. Boocker will start as dean in July.  He succeeds Shelton Hendricks, who is retiring.  B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, chaired the search committee.

"I'm pleased for UNO and pleased for Dr. Boocker," Dr. Reed said.  "Our national search attracted great candidates.  The feedback from the campus community about David and his vision for what an academic institution should be was exceedingly positive."

The appointment is subject to approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Utility Project Temporarily Closes Parking Lots Q and O

On the Dodge Street location, parking lots Q and O will be partially blocked off for utility verification work this week. The contractor will be working in this area and parking lot restrictions will continue through Saturday, April 19. For more information, visit or contact Robert Fuder, construction engineer, at 554.2284.

Acting Surgeon General to Speak on Campus Today

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 today, 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.

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 today, 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 from 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

NU Board of Regents to Meet April 18

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, April 18, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. and the board meeting starts at 1 p.m.

The Regents will hear presentations on a variety of issues related to priorities identified in the university's Strategic Planning Framework. Read more.

Annual UNO Honors Recital Tonight

In conjunction with Honors Month, the UNO Department of Music will host its fourth annual UNO Honors Recital tonight, 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 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.

Student Government to Host Congressional Debate Tonight

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 tonight, 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.

2007-08 Teaching Circle/Research Triangle Celebration

Various Teaching Circle and Research Triangle participants will lead an informal presentation describing the highlights and accomplishments over the past year.  The event will take place Friday, April 18, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The Center for Faculty Development, Graduate Studies, Office of Sponsored Programs and Academic and Student Affairs are all sponsors of the event.

For more information, contact Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean of Graduate Studies, at 554.4849 or

Second Life Topic of April 25 Discussion at PKI

The College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) at UNO will host a roundtable discussion later this month on the potential of Second Life in teaching, research and practice. Second Life is a 3D virtual world with capabilities that can be used by "residents" to socialize, connect, communicate and create objects and artificats.

The free event begins 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 25 at the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), Room 164. Read more.

COS Demonstration Planned for Grant-Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration will take place on Friday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in 204 Criss Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the COS online "finding funding" resources available to faculty, professional staff and graduate students who are planning to write grant proposals during this academic year. Reservations are not required. 

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger, assistant director of SPR, at 554.2286.

Members Sought for UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League

The UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League is currently seeking faculty and staff to become regular members or substitutes for the upcoming season. The league begins Thursday, May 15, with first tee times beginning at 4 p.m. For details, call Mike Kult, Campus Recreation, at 554.2539.

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.

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 or 554.4814, or Nancy Kelly-Gillespie, assistant professor of social work, at or 554.4886.

UNO Hosts Regional Muslim Conference April 19

The 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.

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 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.

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, the 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 the UNO Department of English and the Center for Great Plains Studies. 

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

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

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 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 IS&P Global Diplomats polo shirts to events and will receive $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.  Applications must be returned by April 21.

For more information, contact Jennifer Stahl, international student advisor, at 554.2293 or

Workshop on Effectively Transitioning Freshmen to College April 22

The UNO Center for Faculty Development and Department of History will present a workshop titled "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.

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 can learn 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 Space is limited so students must register in advance.

Center for Faculty Development 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 For more information go to For additional questions, contact Matthew Marx at

Recruiting in the Middle East Webinar

International Studies and Programs invites faculty and staff to attend a webinar presentation focused on the Middle East. Presenters will discuss recruiting strategies 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

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


Student Receives National Research Award
A UNO psychobiology graduate student has received a prestigious fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Adam S. Smith, a first-year graduate student, received word from the NSF on April 1 that he had been selected as a Graduate Research Fellow.

The three-year fellowship will provide Smith with a $30,000 annual stipend, and includes $10,500 per year to cover tuition.

The focus of Smith's research is on the neurobiology of social behavior. He works with marmoset monkeys, squirrel-sized primates from Brazil.  Read more.

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