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First Lady Discusses Education of Afghan Women in Nebraska

Laura Bush mentioned UNO while talking about the issues facing Afghan women last month in New York. This brief audio file captures part of the first lady's remarks when she addressed the Council on Foreign Relations.

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A New Year's Gift

UNO graduate and former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel announced on campus last fall that he would be donating his senate papers to UNO's Criss Library. The papers began arriving before the Christmas holiday inside 2000 cartons. A second delivery of wooden cases contained photographs and other Hagel memorabilia. One custom case contained an antique 'barbar' chair from Hagel's senate office. Bob Nash of UNO's Criss Library said it would be a "considerable time" before the Hagel materials would be available to the public.

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2009.01.08

Student Government Swearing-in Ceremony Jan. 15

The new leaders of Student Government will take the oath of office Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.  Neil Bonacci was elected student body president/regent, and Kevin Huddleston was elected student body vice president in elections held last fall.

Donal Burns, associate executive vice president and provost for the University of Nebraska, will conduct the ceremony.  An informal reception will follow, and the campus community is invited to attend.

Bonacci is a criminal justice major.  He is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and serves as president of the Student Orientation Leaders Organization.  He plans to graduate next December.

Huddleston is working on a master's degree in architectural engineering and also plans to graduate in December.  At UNO, he has served as an orientation leader and Student Government senator, as well as vice president, recruitment director and president of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.  He also was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society.

For more information, call 554.2779.

Blackboard Drop In Assistance Available Today, Tomorrow

Information Technology Services (ITS) will hold two days of Blackboard Drop In ASK? classes this week. ITS will have someone on hand in 104 Eppley Administration Building today through Friday, Jan. 8-9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer questions about Blackboard and help faculty prepare for spring classes. No sign up is required for these sessions.

If unable to stop by this week, ITS staff offers several alternative ways to get assistance:

- Documentation – There are numerous help documents under the Instructor Help Tab within myUNO (Blackboard);

- FAQs – Review the "Frequently Asked Questions" section at https://webapps.unomaha.edu/its/faqs;

- Call – 554.HELP (4357); and

- E-mail – ITS Customer Services at unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

Sparks Award Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations will be accepted through the end of January for the Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Sparks, a former Chancellor at University of Nebraska Medical Center, has established the award through the University of Nebraska Foundation to recognize outstanding innovation and impact on preventing disease and promoting health through public health education, research and practice, with particular attention to the needs of Nebraska and its citizens. The Awards Selection Committee will use the following criteria in evaluating nominations as demonstrated in their work practice/products. Candidates considered eligible for the award are University of Nebraska faculty members or public health professionals or volunteers who demonstrate excellence, collaboration, outstanding innovation, impact on health promotion and disease prevention and advancement of effective public health approaches.

The award recipient will receive a $1,000 cash award and will be recognized at the College of Public Health Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 23. The award recipient will have an opportunity to make a brief presentation about his/her work on preventing disease and promoting health through public health education, research and practice. All nominations must be received or postmarked no later than Saturday, Jan. 31.  E-mail, fax and postal nominations will be accepted. 

Nominations should include: 

- A completed nomination form and attached description of the nominee's qualifications no more than two pages in length;

- Up to two letters supporting the nomination; and

- An up-to-date curriculum vita (CV) or resume for the nominee. 

The nomination form, letters of support and the nominee's CV or resume will be the primary sources of information for selecting award recipients.

Requests for nomination materials and questions about the award should be directed to:

Jessica B Tschirren, MPA
Coordinator of Public Health Education
210 South 49th Street
Omaha, NE 68132 (campus mailing zip code: 2178)

Tschirren can also be reached at 561.7586 or by e-mail at jtschirren@unmc.edu.

Faculty Recruitment Workshop Jan. 13

The next Faculty Recruitment Workshop takes place Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.

Before anyone can serve on a UNO Faculty Search Committee they must have attended one of these recruitment workshops. If it has been two years or more since attending a workshop, please plan to attend.

R.S.V.P. with Jerri Maxwell at jerrimaxwell@unomha.edu or 554.3892.

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.

UNO Co-sponsors Ed Zlotkowski Visit

Join the Metro Coalition for a day with Ed Zlotkowski on Friday, Jan. 16. Zlotkowski is a senior associate for Service Learning for the American Association of Higher Education. He also serves as a faculty fellow for National Campus Compact.

Faculty, staff and students can come for all or part of the day. All sessions will take place College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons according to the following schedule:

8:45 to 11 a.m.
Session I: Best Practices in Service Learning Course Development

11 to 11:15 a.m.
Break

11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Session II: Broadening our View: Service Learning and Civic Engagement

12:45 to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch: Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room (those wanting to attend lunch must R.S.V.P)

1:45 to 3 p.m.
Session III: Students as Colleagues

Co-sponsors include UNO, Metropolitan Community College, Clarkson College, College of St. Mary, Creighton University, Iowa Western Community College, Methodist College and University of Nebraska Medical Center.

To register or for more information, e-mail psather@unomaha.edu or call 554.3196.

Nominations Deadline Jan. 16 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 Deadline Jan. 16 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.

Participants Sought for UNMC Depression Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry is seeking individuals ages 19 to 65, who are experiencing depression, to participate in a research study of an investigational medication for depression. All study procedures and medications are provided.

For more information, call 552.6005 or send an e-mail to unmcprc@unmc.edu or visit http://www.unmc.edu/prc.