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Maverick Basketball Women and Men Defeat Bearcats

Maverick senior LaToya Wright led four UNO players in double figures with a season-high 17 points Saturday afternoon (December 13) as the Maverick women's basketball team cruised to a 87-63 victory over Northwest Missouri State in the Sapp Fieldhouse. Wright, who scored 15 points in the first half, was joined in double figures by Ellen Majewski (16), Amanda Brodsack (14) and Alyssa Green (11). Junior Jill Wolf had a career-high 12 rebounds while adding six points and a pair of assists. UNO improved to 3-4 on the season and 1-2 in the MIAA. The Maverick men followed with a 73-64 victory with sophomore guard Mitch Albers scoring a season-high 25 points. Albers made six three-pointers to lead the UNO men's team. The Mavericks are 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the MIAA.


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HR Offers Informational Sessions Today on Holiday Time Sheets

Human Resources will host two informational sessions today, Dec. 17, to clarify procedures for correctly filling out holiday time sheets for the upcoming period that includes holiday, floating holiday and vacation pay options.

"The best cure is prevention," said Bob Harris, manager of Payroll. "You can avoid any pay errors during the holiday break by making sure your time sheet is completed correctly."

Payroll staff will be available to answer questions. Information will be repeated at both sessions. The times and place for today's sessions:

- Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room
8:15 a.m.
1:15 p.m.

For more information, contact HR Payroll at 554.2325. The students viewed their role as professional work like any other reporter at a news station.

UNMC Invites UNO to Pfizer Inc., Talk on Drug Development

UNeMed, the University of Nebraska Medical Center's technology licensing arm, will host a talk on drug development by a vice president of Pfizer, Inc., a company involved in discovery, development, manufacturing and delivering medicines to patients.

The talk, which is geared towards researchers, health professionals and others interested in learning about Pfizer's drug development and pipeline of drugs, takes place at noon on Thursday, Dec. 18, in the Durham Research Center Auditorium. Lunch will be served starting at 11:45 a.m. on a first come first serve basis.  Interested UNO faculty, staff and students can attend.

The Durham Research Center is located on the northwest corner of Emile St. and Durham Research Plaza, on the west end of the UNMC campus. Free parking is available in the patient/visitor garage at Emile St. and Durham Research Plaza.

The talk given by Christine Smith, vice president and head, Biotherapeutics Center of Emphasis, Pfizer Worldwide Research, is about the biotherapeutics field – one area of drug development which has provided numerous treatments on the market.  Smith leads a biotherapeutics group for Pfizer Worldwide Research. She has worked on projects at all stages of pharmaceutical drug development, from discovery through clinic, and is co-inventor on several patents pertaining to the discovery of new proteins.

"We are extremely pleased to have such a high profile individual here from a large pharmaceutical company," said Michael Dixon, vice president and chief operating officer for UNeMed, the technology licensing arm for UNMC. "It provides us a fantastic opportunity to learn more about how we can work with Pfizer to develop the next generation of drugs that will improve health care."

UNeMed is seeking ways to partner with Pfizer and other companies that enable scientists to develop biomedical technology that improves health and save lives.

NBDC to Host Women in Business Forum Holiday Event

The UNO Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will host the Metro Omaha Women in Business Forum breakfast on Friday, Dec. 19. "Women in Business Forum Holiday Event" will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

At the forum women can make contacts and have fellowship with other women in business. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards, brochures and flyers.  Resource experts will be on hand for the Ask a Resource section of the forum. Presenters will include Diana Gonzalez with El Perico, The Reader and Directorio Latino Publications; Susan Baird with S.N. Communications and Ann Ealy with Touch Omaha Bodywork.

The cost is $11 for pre-registered and $15 for non-registered. Online registration is available at

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

Auditions this January for Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Openings

The Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) will hold auditions for string players in early January. UNO's largest concert orchestra, HPO is comprised of students, faculty, staff and community members. Students from all majors who wish to continue their orchestra experience are invited to audition. 

HPO programs have been featured on local classical radio stations, and they recently performed at Nebraska Music Education National Conference for the first time. HPO has performed at the Holland Performing Arts Center and annually performs several special concerts, including the popular Halloween "Hauntcert." Several guest artists from the Omaha Symphony and UNO music faculty have performed as soloists with HPO. In addition, HPO collaborates with the UNO choral program each year to perform major literature and further the students exposure to these important works. 

Audition information and materials can be found at  For more information on HPO, visit

Students Invited to Attend Information Session on Norway

A new program – available only to UNO students – will take a campus group to Norway this May.

Participants will learn about Norwegian culture, people and society, technological entrepreneurship and enjoy the hospitality of UNO's sister university, The University of Agder. Twenty UNO students will receive funding to experience the unique opportunity to travel to Norway for 10 days.

All local transportation, excursions and room and board are subsidized by a grant from the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education. Students from the Colleges of Information Science and Technology, Public Administration and Education may be given priority because these are focus areas in the grant subsidizing this trip.

Information sessions on the program, schedule and application process are set for:

- Friday, Jan. 16
Milo Bail Student Center Council Room
Noon to 1pm

- Friday, Jan. 23
279 Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI)
1 to 2 p.m.

After Thursday, Jan. 15, applications will be available at; 241 Arts and Sciences; Criss Library and 172 PKI.

For more information, contact UNO Study Abroad at 554.2293 or

Household Items and Winter Clothing Sought

Beginning in January, International Studies and Programs (IS&P) will host 20 students from Egypt, Lebanon and the West Bank for eight weeks.

"We need your help to make their stay on campus more comfortable," said Lesa Perry, coordinator with IS&P. "These students need clean household items and winter clothing."

Items needed include:

Bed and bath – new or lightly used single sheets, pillows, blankets and towels;

Kitchen and dining – pots, pans, plates, glasses and tableware; and

Winter clothes – gently worn coats, gloves/mittens, hats for both men and women.

Donations can be dropped off at 241 Arts and Science Hall. For more information, call 554.2293, or e-mail Logan Dumaine (, Lesa Perry ( or Thalia Alberts (

Center for Faculty Development to Host Problem-Based Learning Workshop

The Center for Faculty Development will present a workshop on "Problem-Based Learning" on Friday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that challenges students to "learn to learn," working cooperatively in groups to seek solutions to real world problems. These problems are used to engage students' curiosity and initiate learning the subject matter. PBL prepares students to think critically and analytically, and to find and use appropriate learning resources.

Presenters will include Richard Donham, a senior scientist with the University of Delaware's Mathematics & Science Education Resource Center, and Mark A. Serva, an assistant professor of MIS at the University of Delaware.

The workshop is made possible by support from a National Science Foundation grant as well as the College of Information Science and Technology, UNO Math-Science Learning Center, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Faculty Development.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or To request more information about the event, contact Mark Pauley at Refreshments will be provided.

Nominations Sought for Excellence in Teaching Award

The UNO Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes superior effort, dedication and exemplary conduct in the education of students. Nominations for the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award (EIT) are due Friday, Jan. 30. The nomination form and criteria are available on the EIT Web site at

Nomination forms should be sent to Charlotte Swank, EAB 201, or For questions, contact Swank at 554.2967.

Important EIT dates:

- Friday, Jan. 30
Nomination deadline.

- Friday, Feb. 13
Nominee documentation due in Chancellor's Office by 4 p.m.

- Friday, Feb. 13-20
Review of documentation by EIT Committee.

- Friday, Feb. 20
EIT committee submits names to the Chancellor.

December FEAP Schedule

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The December schedule:

- Dec. 17

12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

- Dec. 19 and 23

8 a.m. to noon

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Adults Needed for Problem Gambling Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry needs research volunteers, age 19 and older, to evaluate an investigational treatment for pathological gambling. Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those who meet eligibility requirements. Nationally, statistics show that more than two million adults suffer from pathological gambling.

For more information, call 552.6005 or send an e-mail to