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2008.11.17

Fall Awards Reception Today

The third annual Strategic Planning Awards and Step Up Awards will be presented at the UNO Fall Awards Reception at 3 p.m. today, Nov. 17, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The UNO community is invited to attend.

The UNO Chancellor's Strategic Planning Awards are designed to recognize units, both academic and non-academic, and cross-disciplinary initiatives that exemplify a commitment to furthering UNO's strategic goals. Those goals include: a focus on helping UNO's diverse student body reach their potential; a commitment to academic excellence; and an active engagement with the community and region. This is the fifth year for this award. 

The UNO Step Up Award honors faculty and staff members who have volunteered or gone out of their way to bring a project to fruition for the betterment of UNO, whether the duties involved fit the faculty or staff member's usual job description or not.  Groups of people may also be recognized. This is the third year for this award.

The award winners are listed below.

Strategic Planning Awards
Student Focus - Division of Continuing Studies
Academic Excellence - Department of Economics and Real Estate
Community Engagement - Department of Art and Art History

Step Up Awards
MAP Program Team
Alumni Association
Dr. Frank Bramlett
Facilities Management and Planning and Grounds Staff
Food Services
Centennial Steering Committee
Wendy Cross
Capital Projects Team
Abbie Syrek
Library Staff
Student Recruitment, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Maverick Village Staff
Dr. Hank Robinson
Angela Patton

For more information, contact Elizabeth Kraemer at 554.2535.

International Education Week Celebration This Week

UNO will showcase international education today through Friday, Nov. 17-22, in conjunction with the observance of U.S. International Education Week.

A variety of events are planned to give international students an opportunity to share their heritage with the campus community. Most activities are free and open to the public.  Read more.

Fall Graduate Faculty Meeting Today

The Office of Graduate Studies will host the Fall Graduate Faculty meeting today, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. All UNO graduate faculty members are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

NU Flex Enrollment Under Way through Dec. 5

NU Flex enrollment materials were distributed to all UNO employees on Nov. 14. The enrollment deadline is Friday, Dec. 5.

"The electronic enrollment will be available through Employee Self Service (ESS) in Firefly during this year's enrollment period," said Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager in the UNO Office of Human Resources.

ESS is a Web application service available to all University of Nebraska benefits-eligible employees online at http://firefly.nebraska.edu. ESS allows employees to interact with their own SAP data, such as pay advices and current benefits options. It is designed to be a more convenient and secure method for employees to get information without the hassle of forms or lines. For assistance with employee Firefly ID and/or password, contact Laura Lamblin at 554.2322 or April Busch at 554. 2666.

In conjunction with this year's annual enrollment period, a campus NU Flex enrollment meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 20. Explanation of enrollment materials and Q&A will be available. It will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room

For packet-related questions, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

"Consider This" to Investigate Down Syndrome

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and guests will discuss Down Syndrome: the facts, myths, medical problems and funding available to families across the state.

Guests will include Mary McHale, president of the Omaha Down Syndrome Parent Network; Terri Lynch, whose son has Down Syndrome; and Katie Schiefen, a self-advocate. The program airs Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

GSO to Screen "The Brandon Teena Story"

As Transgender Day of Remembrance approaches (Nov. 20) the Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) student agency will acknowledge the 15-year anniversary of Brandon Teena's murder with the screening of the documentary "The Brandon Teena Story."

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, the documentary will be shown from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. A roundtable discussion will follow to discuss the lives of transgender individuals and others who have been killed due to their gender identity and expression.   

Independent filmmakers Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir produced the film.  Teena's murder occurred in Humbolt, Neb., on Dec. 31, 1993 when he was shot to death by John Lotter and Marvin Thomas Nissen.   

For more information, contact Brooke Ayoub at 554.2620.

NBDC to Host "Veterans in Business Forum Luncheon"

The UNO Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will host "The Omaha Veterans in Business Luncheon" Wednesday, Nov. 19. Veteran-owned businesses will be honored from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Regency Lodge, 909 S. 107 Ave.

The event's keynote speaker – Shane Osborne – is a former veteran and Nebraska State Treasurer. Special recognition will be conducted during the event for veteran-owned businesses including the presentation of colors by UNO ROTC cadets and singing of the national anthem by the UNO choir.

The cost is $25. Online registration is available at http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/about/events.cfm.

The NBDC is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the UNO College of Business Administration.

Greek Events Planned for November

UNO's sororities and fraternities have a number of events planned this month.

The Sigma Gamma Rho sorority continues to collect several items for Omaha's Ronald McDonald House through Wednesday, Nov. 26.

The following items can be donated at the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs office on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center: children DVDs and CDs; batteries; long distance phone cards; Home Depot gift cards, Lowe's gift cards; cake and brownie mixes; canned food items; non-perishable food items; money to help families with finances and medical expenses.

Those interested in learning more about African American-based fraternities and sororities can attend an informational event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20. The event will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Visual presentations by UNO's African American-based fraternities and sororities are also planned for Tuesday, Nov. 18 and Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

For more information on these and other Greek events, contact Kelli Vomacka, UNO Greek advisor, at kvomacka@unomaha.edu.

Spring HPER Physical Activity and Certification Classes Available

Thinking of throwing out stay-on-the-couch days and finding something exciting to do?  Check out these classes for exciting alternatives, electives or simply a new hobby.  The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) offers a wide variety of physical activity and certification classes every semester.  Here are a few options this spring.

PE 1800 - Fitness for Living
PE 2130 - Lifeguarding (new class)
Course located under "Professional Physical Education" in the class schedule.

HED 3030 - First Aid
Course located under "Health Education" in the class schedule.

New physical activity courses:
PEA 112L - Walking/Jogging
PEA 112M - Volleyball
PEA 112N - Zumba
The course is located under "Physical Education Service Program" in the class schedule, and individuals can choose from 40 additional offerings.

For more information, contact Katie Sup Rezac, at 554.3245 or ksup@unomaha.edu.

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@unomaha.edu. For more information go to http://www.unomaha.edu/synergy. For additional questions, contact Marx at mmarx@unomaha.edu.

"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.

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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.