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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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2008.12.22

Foundation Awards Grants Across NU for 2008-2009

The University of Nebraska Foundation's board of directors awarded $1.14 million to the University of Nebraska through its annual grants program to support projects and programs on all four campuses for 2008-2009.

Two initiatives at UNO received funding this year from the University of Nebraska Foundation's annual grants program: Center for Public Health Informatics and Nebraska eTeams for Microenterprise Economic Development. Read more.

Nominations Sought for Faculty Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies the effective practice of service-learning in his or her work. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $500.

To be nominated, a faculty member must:

- Have demonstrated the ability to develop and teach an effective service-learning course;

- Have been supportive of service-learning at UNO (i.e. through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles and mentoring faculty/students, etc.);

- Have demonstrated the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners and have a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (i.e. professionalism and cultural competency); and

- Hold a full- or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation, Thursday, March 26, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The Service-Learning Academy needs to receive nominations no later than Friday, Jan. 16. Nomination forms are available for download on the Service-Learning Academy Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning/. For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@mail.unomaha.edu.

Nominations Sought for Student Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO student who has gone above and beyond the required community engagement in the context of a service-learning class. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $250. To be nominated, a student must have demonstrated and upheld in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service-learning:

- Establishing and maintaining a reciprocal relationship with a community partner;

- Providing a useful and meaningful community service; and

- Mastering the course's academic objective(s), as related to the service performed.

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation, Friday, March 27, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

The Service-Learning Academy needs to receive nominations no later than Friday, Jan. 16. Nomination forms are available for download on the Service-Learning Academy Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning/. For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@mail.unomaha.edu.

Retirement Reception for Barb Ericson Jan. 13

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Barb Ericson Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Ericson has worked at UNO for more than 23 years. She has been with Student Health Services since 1997.

For more information, contact Julie Kalasek at 554.2374.

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The monthly report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of Nov. 1-30, those receiving grant awards totaling $3,946,010 are:

Name: Ronald Abdouch
Unit: College for Public Affairs and Community Services
Title: Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha
Sponsor: Omaha Community Foundation

Name: Robert Franklin
Unit: College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Title: CPB: CSG 6/30/2009
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Name: Thomas Gouttierre
Unit: International Studies & Programs
Title: U.S./Russian Technology, Language, and Cultural Exchange
Sponsor: United States Department of Education

Name: Thomas Gouttierre
Unit: International Studies & Programs
Title: Afghan National Literacy Program
Sponsor: OT Training Solutions

Name: Anne Hellbusch
Unit: College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media/KVNO
Title: Giger Fdn: From the Top
Sponsor: Paul & Oscar Giger Foundation

Name: Lisa Kelly-Vance
Unit: College of Arts & Sciences/Psychology
Title: State-wide Response to Intervention Consortium for Training and Evaluation
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Name: M. Susan McWilliams
Unit: College of Education/Teacher Education
Title: Multicultural Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books in Schools and the Community
Sponsor: Iowa West Foundation

Name: Erin Porterfield
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: MACCH Year 2
Sponsor: Omaha Community Foundation

Name: T. Hank Robinson
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Criminal Justice
Title: BBF Truancy and Recovering Lost Youth Task Force Program Initiatives
Sponsor: Building Bright Futures

Name: Scott Tarry
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Aviation
Title: Investing in NASA's Mission: Inspiring and Educating Nebraska's Future Workforce
Sponsor: NASA

Name: Patrick Wheeler
Unit: Facilities Management and Planning/Environmental Health & Safety
Title: Energy Conservation and Behavior Change through Real-Time Energy Monitoring
Sponsor: OPPD

For assistance with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286, or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/spr/.

Donations Sought for Crisis Leave Sharing Program

Several years ago, UNO created a crisis leave sharing program was created in an effort to help university employees who have used all their vacation and sick leave and need additional paid leave to attend to a crisis. Since then, many employees have donated their accrued but unused vacation to the UNO crisis pool.

Staff members can assist colleagues in need by contributing to the crisis leave pool. A donation form is available in the Human Resources office or online in Sapphire at this link.

For more information, call 554.2321.

Mail Services to Offer Limited Holiday Break Services

During the holiday break, the Mail Services window will be open from 9 to 10 a.m. on Dec. 24, 29, 30 and 31 for mail pick up only. For more information, contact Sandra Walling at 554.2337.

Test and Evaluation Scanning Holiday Break Reminder

Information Technology Services (ITS) will provide limited holiday break test scanning services in Customer Services, 104 Eppley Administration Building (EAB).

Due to space constraints, ITS staff asks that faculty and staff not use the drop box for large quantities of course evaluations over the holiday break, Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 25-Jan. 4. Course evaluations will be accepted for scanning through the end of business on Wednesday, Dec. 24, but will not be accepted during the break.

During the break, test scanning will be processed on the following dates: Monday through Tuesday, Dec. 29-30, and Friday through Saturday, Jan. 2-3.

Normal test and evaluation scanning will resume Monday, Jan. 5. For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

School of Social Work to Offer Informational Meeting

The School of Social Work will offer an informational meeting on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. in 109A College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building.

Information will be given on the application process, course work, content of the course work and practicum. To R.S.V.P, call 554.2792 or e-mail mtisdale@unomaha.edu.

Maverick Watch

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.