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Maverick Village Open House

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Get a peek of the finished dorm rooms at today's open house at Maverick Village. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. Located on the southeast corner of the Dodge Street location, the newest residential facility will boast 400 new student housing beds. See the story in today's eNotes for open house details.

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Maverick Village Open House Today

Maverick Village, UNO's first owned and operated residential facility, will host an open house for faculty and staff today, April 22, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

"We encourage faculty and staff to stop by and tour a residential unit and obtain more information about the village," said Bill Pickett, managing director of residence life.

Maverick Village is located next to University Village. Balloons will be placed at the entrance, located along the side fence.

For more information, contact Maverick Village staff at 554.4000

Workshop on Effectively Transitioning Freshmen to College

The UNO Center for Faculty Development and Department of History will present "Say What? Effectively Transitioning Freshmen to College Success" a workshop today, 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 lead the session.

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.

UNO GSO to Host Breaking the Silence Vigil April 24

UNO will observe the National Day of Silence Project this week. The project is a collective effort sponsored as a day of action to call attention to the importance of equality without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression.

The UNO Student Agency of Gender & Sexual Orientation (GSO), in partnership with the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education (GLSEN) Omaha Chapter, will also sponsor a Day of Silence informational booth and vigil. The campus community can visit the booth today and Wednesday, April 22-23, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

The Day of Silence will end with a Breaking the Silence Vigil on Thursday, April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the MBSC Council Room. The event will feature free refreshments, keynote speakers, an open microphone to share experiences at the day of silence activities and a social period.

Keynote speakers will include:

- Meredith Bacon, professor of political science;

- JohnCarl Denkovich, director of UNO GSO; and

- Anthony Armstrong, co-chair of GLSEN Omaha.

For more information, contact Denkovich at

Botany of Beer Seminar April 25

The UNO Department of Biology will host a presentation on the process of beer-making Friday, April 25, at noon in 301 Allwine Hall.

"The Botany of Beer" will be presented by Dr. Robert Wallace of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University in Ames.

Wallace will discuss the plants and fungi used in making beer. His presentation is part of the department's Graduate Seminar Series held every semester at UNO.

For more information, call 554.2641.

"Stress Free Sunday" at Criss Library

Stressing out about finals? Are final papers coming due? Criss Library will hold "Stress Free Sunday" on April 27 to help students get through the next couple weeks, which can be trying.

In conjunction with "Stress Free Sunday," free chair massages, food, snacks and raffles will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on the main floor of the library. All students are invited.

Library dean Steve Shorb offers some advice to student patrons: "There's no doubt this will be a busy two weeks for our students. Sometimes, a short break and a little diversion can help you refocus on your studies."

For more information, contact Dani Herzog at 554.3213.

SPO to Sponsor Day at the Zoo for Students

The Student Programming Organization (SPO) will sponsor a day at the zoo for students on Sunday, April 27. Students can obtain zoo passes in the Milo Bail Student Center Business Office for $2.

Each student may purchase two passes, which are redeemable on April 27. SPO has reserved the Zebra Pavilion as a central location and will have six animal ambassadors in the pavilion. The animal ambassador presentations will be at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.  A group walk through the zoo will start at 1:30 p.m. SPO encourages participants to wear UNO gear.

The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, contact SPO at 554.2711.

Beatles Music Inspires April 23 Music Department Fundraiser

The music of the Beatles has inspired this year's "Rocksemble," a concert by the UNO Percussion Ensemble set for Wednesday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Paired with guest performers, the cast of Yesterday & Today, the UNO Percussion Ensemble hopes to entertain with songs of yesterday, raise money for instrument purchase and fund a trip to Japan set for next year. Read more.

Deadline April 23 for Annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon

Karen Falconer Al-Hindi will receive the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies at the annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon on Friday, May 2.

The cost to attend the noon luncheon is $10 per person or $3 for students. The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, April 23. For more information or to make reservations, contact Mary Dunn at 554.2624. 

Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi is the director of UNO Women's Studies and has research interest in feminist geography and gender and work issues.

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.

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.

The session will explore the benefits of interdisciplinary teaching by creating class combinations. Examples include connecting history and literature, mathematics and music, physics and philosophy, political science and economics.

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 Marx at

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 at 554.2286.

Summer and Fall Book Orders Due to Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore staff would like to remind faculty to turn in summer and fall book orders as soon as possible.

"By turning in book orders early, the Bookstore is able to save students money by buying back books and searching for used textbooks," said Scott Dickey, manager of course materials.

For more information about book orders, contact Dickey at 554.2541 or

ITS 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) is currently offering a three-part, hands-on training session on the UNO Web templates this spring. Two sessions remain in the series.

The training classes take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays - April 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 at 554.3140 or

The two sessions:

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.

Recruiting in the Middle East Webinar

International Studies and Programs invites faculty and staff to attend a webinar presentation Wednesday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.  The event will highlight recruiting strategies in the Middle East and explore the ramifications of the latest developments in the region.

The webinar is presented by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Details about the presenters are available online at

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


OLLAS to Cosponsor International Workshop on Migration and Development
As a member of the board and executive council of the International Network on Migration and Development, Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO, has co-organized a workshop on migration and development in Caracas, Venezuela, April 24-25.

The main objective of the workshop, the second in a series funded by the MacArthur Foundation, is to contribute to policy agendas that effectively re-link the artificially separated issues of economic development and migration. Read more.

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