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2009.01.05

Small Business Program at UNO Earns Energy Grant

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), a department of the College of Business Administration, is one of only four small business development centers in the country to receive the Energy Efficiency Grant to Assist Small Businesses this year.

The $125,000 grant will allow the NBDC to provide small businesses with energy efficiency screenings, identify financing opportunities for energy efficiency improvements and quantify the benefit of energy savings of such projects. Read more.

HR Seminar to Highlight "5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors"

Human Resources' yearlong series of informative seminars will continue Friday, Jan. 9, with a presentation on "5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors."

The seminar and discussion will run from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. The seminar will provide participants with fundamental investing tips that will help them get started with setting their retirement goals.

The seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. Topics will include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning. All seminars are open to all interested faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

January TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

TIAA-CREF has set its campus visit schedule for January. A representative will be on campus to conduct individual retirement planning sessions for faculty and staff on Tuesdays -- Jan. 6 and 20.

Appointments for individual counseling sessions can be made by calling Paula Turner at 548.3600 or on the Web site at http://www.tiaa-cref.org/moc.

ITS to Pilot New Web Technology for Customer Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) Customer Services will conduct a three-month pilot of Adobe Connect beginning this month. Adobe Connect is a Web conferencing technology that allows online collaboration and remote desktop sharing.

"If you call Customer Services with a computer-related issue, you may be asked to share your desktop using Adobe Connect. During the process, you control access to your computer and can turn off sharing at any time," said Dean Hayes, manager of Customer Services. "We are hoping that this product will allow us to answer campus IT questions quicker and with more accuracy."

Direct any questions or concerns about this pilot to ITS at 554.4357 or unohelpdesk@mail.unomaha.edu.

SAC Takes Lead on Employee of the Month Program

Starting this month, the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will be responsible for selection of all UNO Employee of the Month honorees.

The new criteria for the award:

- Performed job above and beyond expectations;

- Interpersonal skill/communication;

- Knowledge of job; and

- Adaptability.

Nominations are sought for the new Staff Advisory Council Employee of the Month Recognition Program for office/service personnel. Recipients will receive a $100 award.

The nomination guidelines:

- Nominees must be employed at UNO for one year or longer;

- An Employee of the Month qualifies to be selected as Employee of the Year; and

- Nominations will be kept on file for 90 days and will be considered with all nominations for Employee of the Month.

To nominate an employee, print and complete the nomination form at http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2008/img/sac_eomform.pdf and send it through campus mail to P.O. Box 130.

For more information, call Monica Bayles at 554.2977.

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.

Auditions this Month for Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Openings

The Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) will hold auditions for string players on Saturday, Jan. 10. 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 can 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/music/ensembleaud.php.  For more information on HPO, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/music/ensembles/hpo.php.

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.

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

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.