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The First Lady of Nebraska to Receive UNO Alumnus Citation

The UNO Alumnus Achievement Award will be presented to Nebraska First Lady Sally Ganem during the university's summer commencement Friday, Aug. 15, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Ganem earned a UNO bachelor's degree in elementary education (1971) and a master's degree in education administration (1975). She also was the university's 1970 Homecoming Queen. Read more.

"Consider This" to Highlight New College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Building (CB)

A transformation is now taking place at UNO -- specifically in the former Engineering Building.

Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt will highlight what sparked the buildings change and the impact on the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), the university and the state. Also, viewer's will get a glimpse into CPACS' connection with UNO's upcoming 100th anniversary celebration.

Wyatt's guests include B.J. Reed, dean of CPACS, Hank Robinson, director of the colleges Juvenile Justice Institute, and Erin Srtska, a CPACS student from Sioux Falls, S.D.

The program airs tonight, Aug. 7, at 11 p.m. on NET.

Other air dates and times are:

- NET1
Sunday, Aug. 10
11:30 a.m.

- NET2
Friday, Aug. 8
12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 12
12:30 p.m.

"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 http://www.tknomaha.org.

Criss Library Services Unavailable this Sunday Morning

All services at Criss Library will be unavailable from 6 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 10, due to campus network maintenance. This includes online access to the Internet, library catalog and databases. The staff at Criss Library apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate the patience of patrons. For details, visit http://library.unomaha.edu/.

ITS Announces myBlackboard Sessions for August

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a full compliment of Blackboard training courses to prepare faculty and staff for the fall semester.

"I encourage our faculty to implement one feature in Blackboard at a time. Start slowly and use another new feature each semester," said Pat Dargantes, ITS trainer.

All of the myBlackboard training takes place in 104 Durham Science Center (DSC). Participants are encouraged to read the handouts for the courses found under the "Instructor Help" tab in myBlackboard before coming to class.

Click on this link for a list of available sessions.

To sign up for these courses:

- Go to http://www.unomaha.edu/api/calendar.php;

- Select "August" from the drop down menu on the right and click "Go";

- Enter a SAP personnel number (This is the five-digit number on all university

picture IDs. It is also located on all employee check stubs.)

- Click "Sign Up";

- Click "OK" to confirm the personnel number; and

- An email is sent confirming this registration. Add the class to Lotus Notes

calendar.

A minimum of five people signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class is required. An email notification will be sent the day before, if the class is cancelled.

For more information, contact Dargantes at 554.4357 or pdargant@unomaha.edu.

Participants Sought for Gait Study at HPER Biomechanics Lab

Healthy subjects -- older adults above 65 years of age -- are needed to participate in a study taking place in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Biomechanics Laboratory. The study is investigating the effects of attention and perception on walking behavior.

Ideal participants should be over 65 years of age, right-handed, native English speaking and free from any lower limb orthopedic pathologies such as joint replacement or knee ligament injuries. Subjects would take part in two 90-minute sessions that involve a variety of tasks including walking, attention and verbal tasks, like reading words or naming pictures projected on a screen. For participation, subjects will receive a full analysis of their gait profile.

Data will be collected using the state-of-the-art laboratory-based motion capture system identical to the equipment used for motion picture special effects and video games. Sessions will take place at a scheduled time during the next few weeks.

Further details will be provided to any interested parties. For further information, contact Sara Myers at 554.3225 or sfagan@mail.unomaha.edu or Dr. Leslie Decker at 554.3442 or ldecker@mail.unomaha.edu.

Deadline Aug. 15 for 2009 International Quilt Study Center & Museum Papers

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has issued a call-for-papers for its 2009 symposium, "The Global Quilt: Cultural Contexts." The deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 15.

Visit http://quiltstudy.unl.edu to access information about the International Quilt Study Center & Museum and the symposium. The symposium link will lead to a detailed description of the 2009 symposium and guidelines for submission as well as registration.

For more information, contact Angela Konin, education coordinator at the center, at 402.472.7030.

2008 Faculty/Staff Picnic Is Aug. 18

Food, fun and free prizes will take center stage on campus Monday, Aug. 18, at the UNO Faculty/Staff Picnic. The event - sponsored by Chancellor John Christensen, the Staff Advisory Council and Faculty Senate - will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. This year's theme is "Building for the Future."

Chancellor Christensen will deliver welcoming remarks at the event.

R.S.V.P. registration forms must be submitted to Barb Mraz in 414 Kayser Hall by Monday, Aug. 11, to be eligible for the prize drawings. Show UNO spirit and wear red and black to the event. University IDs will be checked at the door. To access a form, click on the following link:

2008 Faculty/Staff Picnic registration

For more information, contact Laura Lamblin at 554.2322.

Annual Fall New Faculty/Graduate Assistant Workshops Set for Aug. 18-19

The 2008 new faculty workshop and the graduate assistant workshops, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will take place Monday, Aug. 18. The faculty workshop will continue Tuesday, Aug. 19.

"These workshops have been a tradition at UNO for more than 30 years," said Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean for Graduate Studies. "It provides new faculty and new teaching assistants with an opportunity to meet one another in an informal setting while learning about UNO - our metropolitan mission and strategic goals, our students, our academic support services, and faculty development opportunities."

For more information about the workshops, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu or Dr. Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu.

Part-time Faculty Workshops Set for Aug. 20-21

Workshops for all part-time UNO faculty will take place Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 20-21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Arts and Sciences Hall.

Sessions will cover:

- An overview of UNO;

- A teaching tips panel;

- An introduction to UNO resources, services and campus safety; and

- Advanced information technology services for experienced part-time faculty.

For more information, visit the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/facdevelop. To register for a workshop, call the CFD at 554.2427 or send an e-mail with the participant's full name, department and phone number to unofacdev@unomaha.edu.