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Scott Davis

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UNO alum Scott Davis, left, a UNO graduate from the College of Information Science and Technology, returned to campus Aug. 26 to teach a three-day session on geographic information systems, also known as GIS. The course, held at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, included software engineers from Omaha's Raytheon Company. Doug Martin, one of Raytheon's interns who attended the course is also a UNO student. IS&T faculty members Ken Dick and Peter Wolcott hope to expand upon Davis' course to further GIS curriculum development.

Enrollment Up on all NU Campuses: Most Students Since 1996

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken today announced that for the fourth year in a row, total enrollment increased at the University of Nebraska. The 2008 total – 47,805 students – is the highest since 1996 and an increase of 1.7 percent over 2007. Every campus showed growth in total enrollment, and increases were seen university-wide in every student category: first-time freshmen, undergraduate students, graduate students and professional students. Read more.

NU, State Colleges Recommend Oracle and CedarCrestone to Provide New Student Information System

Pending approval from the University of Nebraska Board of Regents at its meeting on September 5, Oracle USA has been recommended as the provider of a new $29.8 million student information system that will serve students at the four campuses of the university and the three state colleges, Chadron, Peru and Wayne State. The Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees previously authorized Chancellor Stan Carpenter to approve the selection on behalf of the NSCS. Read more.

Board of Regents to Consider Executive Salary Equity Initiative; Survey Shows Pay of NU Leaders Lags Behind Peer Average

Retention and attraction of top talent to lead the University of Nebraska (NU) and its campuses are the goals of an executive salary equity initiative considered by the Board of Regents at its Sept. 5 meeting. The equity initiative, to be funded by private donations to the University of Nebraska Foundation, seeks to more closely align the base pay of the university president and the four campus chancellors with the average salaries of academic leaders of comparable institutions. The initiative is being proposed by a working group of the Board of Regents, led by Regent Jim McClurg, which was asked by the Board to study the competitiveness and fairness of NU's executive compensation and to make recommendations. Read more.

Openings Still Available for Women Health Book Club

Women Bound to Be Active, a program based at UNO, seeks female participants for the semester. The book club is designed to improve the health and wellness of women.

The fall program – which officially begins this week – lasts six to nine months and may consist of weekly meetings. Participants can choose from two class times starting today, Sept. 8, or Wednesday, Sept. 10.

The $99 cost includes books, pedometers and two cholesterol screenings.

"We work with women who want the skills and tools that could help them maintain good health behaviors," said Jennifer Huberty, program organizer and an assistant professor in UNO's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. "This program may assist women who struggle maintaining commitments or feel guilty about making health commitments to themselves because of other responsibilities."

Visit http://www.womenboundtobeactive.com or call 554.2670 for more information.

Nancy Morrow: Self-fulfilling Prophecies Opens at UNO Art Gallery

The UNO Art Gallery presents Nancy Morrow: Self-fulfilling Prophecies through Friday, Oct. 3. The solo exhibition features work by Nancy Morrow, an associate professor at Kansas State University.

The collection is a series of paintings and assemblages exploring the relationship between self-identity and culture through visual representations of sexuality, consumption, the temptation of luxury, food fantasies and control. Morrow builds visual layers with paint, Mylar¨ and sheet vinyl, covering then exposing cartoon-like images and text to create narratives both personal and universal. Read more.

Terry Hynes to Speak at Sept. 9 SAC Meeting

UNO Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Terry Hynes will be a guest speaker at the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.

"We are excited to host Terry," said Ivory Bobb, SAC president. "This is a great opportunity for our campus to meet and visit with her."

SAC meetings are open to the public and campus community.

For more information, contact Bob at 554.2293.

Surplus Property Available for Departmental Use Only

The Milo Bail Student Center has surplus tables and chairs available to the campus. The furniture may be viewed by appointment only on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Call Paula Slavin at 554.2385 to set up an appointment. The items are available on a first-come, first-choice basis.

Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule Announced

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Human Resources - Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host nine Faculty Recruitment Workshops this fall. The first takes place Friday, Sept. 12.

The workshops are designed for departments or schools anticipating a faculty search within two years. Participants might include deans, directors, chairs, faculty and administrative assistants. The information provided assists departments/schools in search processes that reflect UNO's commitment to faculty, staff and student diversity.

All workshops will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The date and times:

- Sept. 12
10 to 11:30 a.m.

- Sept. 18
1 to 2:30 p.m.

- Sept. 24
2 to 2:30 p.m.

- Oct. 6
1 to 2:30 p.m.

- Oct. 16
9 to 10:30 a.m.

- Nov. 10
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

- Nov. 25
9 to 10:30 a.m.

- Dec. 5
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Each workshop will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO People Admin System and EEO guidelines and requirements. Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must attend one of these workshops. Faculty participating in searches must also attend a workshop once every two years.

For more information about the workshop, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu, James McCarty at 554.2262 or jhmccarty@mail.unomaha.edu, Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or stevebullock@mail.unomaha.edu or Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872 or sulmar@mail.unomaha.edu.

UNO Participants Sought for Corporate Cup

All UNO students, employees and their families can participate in the upcoming 28th annual Omaha Corporate Cup Run/Walk. The 10K run or 2-mile walk takes place Sunday, Sept. 21, at 8:15 a.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

"We hope the UNO community will step out and join the ranks of the hundreds of companies, represented by thousands of runners and walkers during our university's Centennial year," said Dave Daniels, assistant director of health and wellness. "Since 1981, this annual event has offered the metro community a recreational activity for a good cause."

UNO students and employees who are Campus Recreation activity cardholders can sign up for $15. The cost is $19 for families of activity cardholders and UNO students and employees without an activity card. Participants can choose from the 10K run or 2-mile walk.

Team T-shirts are optional. To receive a T-shirt participants must sign up before Friday, Sept. 12. All participants will receive an American Lung Association cup and food and drink before and after the race.

To register, stop by 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building before the Friday, Sept. 19, noon registration deadline.

For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008 or Jessica Dozark at 554.3917.

"Newspapers in Your Classroom" Event Set for Sept. 15

UNO remains committed to civic engagement and writing across the curriculum. To learn more about UNO's Newpapers in Curricula (NiC) Project, in which newspapers are used as a tool for faculty and students in developing civic engagement, visit the fall "Newspapers in Your Classroom" event on Monday, Sept. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.

The purpose of the NiC program is to support the newspapers-on-campus initiative, which started at UNO in 2007 by developing curricula that utilizes newspapers. Students have access to three papers on a daily basis: The New York Times, Omaha World-Herald and USA Today. Student fees provide the funding for the papers.

In order to promote faculty and student use of the newspapers, the university is sponsoring a faculty group to design newspaper-based assignments and explore the influence of the newspaper in the classroom on student behavior and attitudes. A core group has been selected across disciplines to design and promote curricula with the goal of producing shared documents for the university.

At the Sept. 15 event, NiC faculty group presenters will highlight curriculum that have been developed and address the benefits of newspaper use. Members of the faculty group receive a small stipend. Applications to join the group for 2008-2009 will be available.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu. To request more information about the event, contact the NiC coordinator, Maria Knudtson, at mknudtson@unomaha.edu. Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

The Pedagogical Potential of Second Life for Higher Education

The Center for Faculty Development will host a presentation on "Pedagogical Potential of Second Life for Higher Education" on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mo n ho n Room.

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world with capabilities that can be used by "residents" to socialize, connect, communicate and create objects and artifacts. More than 100 institutions of higher education are using Second Life for some form of educational activity including: Bowling Green State University, Duke, Harvard, MIT, Notre Dame, Iowa State University, Tufts and UNO. Technology for more than computer science--fine arts, sciences, history, English and communication have found this space to be effective for student learning. This presentation will explore the instructional opportunities Second Life brings to higher education.

At the session, attendees will:

- Understand how Second Life is being used in higher education;

- Explore the opportunities and challenges of Second Life for the classroom; and

- Learn best practices for teaching with Second Life.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu.To request more information about the event, contact Lynnette Leonard at lleonard@unomaha.edu. Refreshments will be provided.

Singers Sought for UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble, a mixed chorus of eight to 12 singers, is looking for members. The group is open to all students, faculty and staff. The ensemble meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center.

"This ensemble is designed to meet the music needs of singers who have an interest and/or background in jazz and who wish to continue their choral experience," said Kim Weiser, the ensemble's director.

The UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform once this semester in collaboration with the Jazz Combos.

Anyone interested in singing with the ensemble should contact Weiser regarding an audition time.

For additional information, contact Weiser at 554.3370 or kweiser@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.

To view upcoming athletic events, click on this link. For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://www.omavs.com.