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Soccer Seniors Close Out Season With 3-0 Victory

Free brats, lots of wind and cold weather were on hand Saturday, November 8 as UNO seniors Amanda Iwansky, Tara Wegehaupt, Casey Bigsby and MaryClaire Murnan closed out their home soccer careers. Freshman Becca Swanson got UNO on the board first followed by Lindsey Nealon and then senior Tara Wegehaupt. The final score was UNO 3-0 over Central Missouri.

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NU President Discusses Centennial

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken spoke about UNO's 100th anniversary during his football halftime interview on Oct. 7. KFAB and its affiliates carried the remarks across the state.

Chancellor and Conley to Address SAC Today

Chancellor John Christensen and Vice Chancellor William Conley will be the guest speakers at the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting today, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.  The meeting is open to all.

Nu Flex Reimbursement Accounts Reminder

NU Flex annual enrollment for 2009 begins Monday, Nov. 17. Human Resources staff would like to remind benefit eligible employees of the reimbursement accounts option.  An informational mailer was recently distributed to all employees regarding the health care and/or dependent daycare reimbursement accounts.

Both reimbursement accounts are tax-free and open to all benefit eligible employees whether enrolled in the university benefits plan or not. For further explanation refer to the mailer or visit http://www.nebraska.edu/faculty-and-staff/benefits/reimbursement-accounts.html.  For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Jacque Christenham at 554.3659.

"Consider This" to Highlight 08 Elections

Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This" host Cathy Wyatt and two long-time Nebraska politicians, Chuck Sigerson and Dick Fellman, will answer questions about the 2008 elections.

Fellman is a Democrat and former state senator and Sigerson is a Republican and Omaha City Council Member. The program airs today, Nov. 11, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

School Psychology Awareness Week Showcases Centennial Connection

UNO 100 Year

To kick off School Psychology Awareness Week, Nov. 10-14, the UNO School Psychology Department will host a centennial event on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Room. School psychologists from around the Omaha metro area can come learn more about the "Past, Present, and Future" of the UNO School Psychology program.

The rest of the week, graduate students in the School Psychology Program will have a table on the first floor of Arts and Sciences Hall. Those interested can stop by and talk to one of the psychology majors and learn more about what the School Psychology Program has to offer. Free candy will be available.

Also, anyone interested in applying for a degree in School Psychology can attend an informational session on the application process in 411 Arts and Sciences on Friday, Dec. 12.

For more information, contact Adam Sempek at 554.2427.

Rock & Roll Discussion with Tomm Roland

In collaboration with the exhibit "Technicolor Dreaming," a collection of psychadelic posters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Tomm Roland from the UNO Department of Music will lead a free lecture and discussion on Thursday, Nov. 13.

His talk will focus on the music of the psychadelic era, as well as the connection between the youth and drug culture of that time. It will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Criss Library's second floor café area. A free dessert reception will follow the discussion.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at lriviera@unomaha.edu.

Airline Pioneer to Lecture at UNO Nov. 17

Colleen C. Barrett, president emeritus of Southwest Airlines, the nation's most successful low-cost airline, will be honored by the UNO Aviation Institute on Monday, Nov. 17. Barrett will receive the William F. Shea Award for her contributions to aviation and will present the 2008 Charles W. Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture. Read more.

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, Nov. 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's 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; and

- 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 Marx at mmarx@mail.unomaha.edu.

Nebraska Humanities Council Brown Bag Nov. 12

Erika Hamilton, program officer with the Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC), will present information about NHC's grants and programs at a campus brown bag event on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

This informal session, hosted by Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR), will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The session is particularly important for individuals who are planning to submit a proposal to NHC for the winter or spring deadlines.

Those attending can bring their lunch and enjoy beverages and desserts provided by SPR.  Reservations are not required.  Contact SPR at 554.2286 for more information.

Biblical Archaeology Conference Set for Nov. 13-15 at UNO

Scholars from around the world will present the latest research on excavations at Bethsaida, an ancient city located near the north coast of the Sea of Galilee in Israel, this week at UNO.

The 10th annual Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference runs Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.  Biblical scholars from the United States and around the world will give presentations about their research.  Read more.

Self-Defense Workshop This Friday

Campus Security, Human Resources, The Women's Resource Center and Fitness and Wellness have teamed up to host two-hour self-defense workshops this semester in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER). The next workshop is Friday, Nov. 14.

Each class focuses on knowledge and techniques to keep participants safe. Those attending should wear comfortable clothing and prepare to work out. Cost is free for UNO students and Campus Recreation Activity Cardholders and $10 for non-activity cardholders and the public.

The instructor is UNO student Eliss Hall. All classes will take place in 110 HPER on the following dates:

- 1 to 3 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 14
Friday, Dec. 5

- 9 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6

To register, stop by 100 HPER or call 554.2539.

UNO to Show Moving Company Documentary on Nov. 16

The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance group, will premiere a documentary focused on its long history, choreographic works and its many collaborations with community partners on Sunday, Nov. 16. Read more.

CFD to Present TABS Presentation Nov. 17

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host a Teaching Analysis by Students (TABS) session Monday, Nov. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.  Presenters include Lana Danielson and Saundra Wetig, from the Department of Teacher Education, and TABS consultants.

A presentation will take place from noon to 12:45 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer period.

TABS is a confidential teaching analysis completed by faculty/staff members and their students with the goal of identifying teaching strengths, isolating specific teaching problems and developing improvement strategies.  During the session, attendees will have a chance to become familiar with the TABS instruments.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu. Individuals planning to attend are invited to bring their lunches.  Desserts and drinks will be provided.

"The Affinity Research Group Model" to Be Highlighted at Nov. 21 Workshop

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) and the Math-Science Learning Center will host "Running Productive Research Groups: The Affinity Research Group Workshop" Friday, Nov. 21. The session runs from 1 to 4 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The Affinity Research Group is a comprehensive model for the creation and maintenance of dynamic, productive and inclusive research groups. The model has been funded by the National Science Foundation and was originally developed in the disciplines of engineering and computing. It provides a setting in which students engage in research in a cooperative environment and comprises a set of effective practices that emphasize the conscious development of students' domain knowledge as well as research and professional skills. This workshop introduces the model and engages the participants in exercises that illustrate the use of the model.

The objectives of the workshop:

- Understand the key components of an ARG;

- Become aware of ARG practices; and

- Engage and reflect on an ARG activity.

The goals of the Affinity Research Group model:

- Increase the retention and participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in science, engineering, and technology; and

- Provide a socialization and infrastructure mechanism for involving students with a wide range of experiences, talents, interests and skill levels in research and outreach projects.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu. For more information, contact Dana Richter-Egger at 554.3643. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar Jan. 8-9

UNO faculty can participate in a two-day seminar on Writing Across the Curriculum.  The seminar will take place in the Alumni Center on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 8-9, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Faculty who participate will have an opportunity to consider WAC's twin objectives – using writing tasks to promote students' understanding of course material in any discipline (writing to learn), and integrating writing tasks across the curriculum in order to support students' development as writers (learning to write).  Participants will be well prepared to teach discipline-based writing and writing-intensive courses.

On Jan. 8, interactive sessions will address the challenges students face when they undertake academic writing tasks, from comprehending difficult reading assignments to evaluating, integrating and citing information from print and electronic sources.  Jan. 9 sessions will focus on best practices for responding to and evaluating students' papers.  Participants will bring papers written by their own students, compare their assessments to those of their colleagues and consider similarities and differences across disciplines. 

The seminar is supported by the Center for Faculty Development.  Participants will receive $250 directed to their departments for travel and other professional expenses. 

A brief application form is posted on the UNO Writing Center Web site, on the Faculty Resources page at http://www.unomaha.edu/writingcenter/faculty.php.

Applications are due Monday, Nov. 24.

For more information, contact Nora Bacon at 554.3318, Dorianne Richards at 554.3311, or Carol Rozansky at 554.3471.

People

- William L. Blizek, philosophy and religion, recently served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He participated in the evaluation of development and production grant proposals to the Division of Public Programs, which were submitted to America's Media Makers Radio Projects.  Dr. Blizek also presented a paper, "Religious Studies in a Metropolitan University," at the 14th Annual Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities in Cincinnati.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghan Studies, spoke to the Omaha Downtown Rotary Club at the Field Club Nov. 5 about "What I Would Tell the New President if He Asked Me About Afghanistan."

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.