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Centennial Moments

The history of UNO's 100 years is brought to life through 'Centennial Moments,' minute-long stories airing daily at noon on Classical 90.7 KVNO. Check back each week for new features as UNO celebrates its Centennial beginning October 8.

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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.



Second Finalist for Dean of College of Education on Campus Jan. 15-16

Deborah Rodgers, associate dean for Student Services at the University of Oklahoma, will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of dean of the UNO College of Education Thursday and Friday, Jan. 15-16.  Dr. Rodgers is one of four finalists.

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend the open session during Dr. Rodgers' campus visit Thursday, Jan. 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The other finalists set to visit are:

- Lawrence Rossow, director of the Center for Special Education Due Process at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.  His campus visit is set for Jan. 22-23; and

- Bradford Strand, department head and professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at North Dakota State University, Fargo, N. D. His campus visit is set for Jan. 26-27.

Nancy Edick, acting associate dean in the UNO College of Education, was the first candidate.  She completed her campus visit earlier in the week.

Gail Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, has chaired the search committee.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Deborah Rodgers vitae

Faculty Senate to Meet Today

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today, Jan. 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms.

Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources at UNO, will give a short presentation on "UNO 100-Day Report" beginning at 2 p.m. with the meeting immediately following. All are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

Graduates Conferred Degrees at Winter Commencement

More than 920 students received degrees Dec. 19 during UNO's winter commencement ceremony.  The complete list of graduates is available online at this link.

Student Health Service Provides Tips for Meningitis

Student Health Services (SHS) has vaccine to prevent meningococcal meningitis; the vaccine is recommended for persons age 15 to 24 years old. SHS staff are available to see ill students during daytime hours for assessment, treatment and possible referral.

Since the tragic death of a teenager in Council Bluffs, questions have arisen about meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is spread from contact with contaminated saliva (sharing food or eating utensils, etc.).

Prevention includes: 

- proper hand washing; and

- singly used and properly disposed of tissues.

Because this sickness can be fatal very quickly and symptoms may occur with many types of winter flu, please encourage students to be vaccinated before they become ill, said Marcia Adler, SHS supervisor. Anyone who recognizes someone is ill should encourage them to seek medical attention, she said. To diagnose meningitis, a spinal tap is required at the hospital.

Meningitis infection symptoms include:

- severe headache;

- high fever;

- stiff neck;

- possible nausea and vomiting; and

- possible disorientation with difficulty explaining symptoms.

If students need to be evaluated at the hospital, they will need to use their personal health insurance.  SHS also has reasonably priced health insurance for students not covered on another plan.

Viewing Sites for Jan. 20 Obama Inauguration

Several buildings on campus will have televisions tuned to the broadcast of the inauguration ceremony of President-Elect Barack Obama on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Obama takes the oath of office at 11 a.m.; however, most of the rooms will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The campus community is invited to watch news coverage at any of the following locations.

- College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Collaborating Commons

- Eppley Administration Building Auditorium

- Milo Bail Student Center, Nebraska Room

- Peter Kiewit Institute, Room 158G

- Maverick Village, Commons Building

- Scott Village, Commons Building

- University Village, Commons Building

Call 554.2762 with any additional questions.

Spring Women's Studies Colloquium Series Kicks Off Jan. 23

Andrea Zardetto-Smith, women's studies, will present "Why Women Need to Talk to Their Pharmacists: Gender Differences and Prescription Drugs" Friday, Jan. 23, at the first Women's Studies Colloquium of the semester. Her talk is set for noon to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room.

The event, sponsored by the Women's Studies Colloquium Series, is free and open to the UNO community and the public. All colloquia will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Complimentary boxed lunches are available for the first 20 attendees at each.

The spring schedule:

- Tuesday, Feb. 17
" ‘The Map Proves It': Map Use by the American Woman Suffrage Movement" Presented by Christina Dando, assistant professor of geography/geology
MBSC Council Room

- Tuesday, March 31
"Figuring the Danse Macabre in Nancy Huston's Dolce Agonia"
Presented by Patrice Proulx, professor of foreign languages
MBSC Council Room

- Thursday, April 9
"Technology and Women-focused Nonprofits (tentative)"
Presented by Kelsey Kalal, UNO student
MBSC Gallery Room

For more information, call 554.3834.

Chair Massage Service Available This Semester in HPER

Looking for a way to reduce stress?

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase chair massages on campus this semester. A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from noon to 2 p.m.

The Friday dates this semester are:

- Jan. 16;

- Feb. 20;

- March 20;

- April 17; and

- May 15.

Kimberly Jackson, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits. For more information, call 554.2539.

UCRCA Invites a Second Round of Applications

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is inviting a second round of applications. The committee also announces that they can provide support for both pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty.

The submission deadline is Friday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m.  The guidelines for submission are available on the SPR Web page at

Applicants should note that all proposals must be submitted electronically from Lotus Notes e-mail as a single document in PDF format to:  Paper copies are no longer accepted.

Previously funded proposals are available for viewing in the Sponsored Programs office, EAB 203.

Research Participants Sought for HPER Study

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation researcher currently need healthy, non-obese, active men and women aged 19-30 to participate in a research study investigating how a moderate-intensity exercise session affects blood vessel function.

Participants will gain information on their aerobic capacity. The study will require one 1-hour screening session; one 2.5-hour resting blood vessel function test and aerobic capacity test (VO 2 max) and one 2.5-hour session (moderate-intensity exercise followed by blood vessel function tests). Subjects will be compensated for their time.

To learn more about the study or to sign up, contact Tamra Trehearn at 554.3221 or

Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

With the start of the spring semester this week, Campus Security would like to remind the campus community about emergency procedures at UNO. The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to employee supervisors. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are here.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
An on-campus system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

Text Messaging System
An off-site text-messaging system provided by e2Campus is also available. The system sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via SMS text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

The notification system is used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

This is a voluntary, 'opt-in' capability that requires individual action to subscribe. For more information or to subscribe visit

PC Desktop Alert System
The university's new on-campus PC Desktop Alert System is now available. The system allows on-campus users to install software to enable windows computers to receive desktop alerts from UNO for emergency events, school closings and other critical announcements. For installation information, visit or contact Information Technology Services Customer Services at 554.4357.

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at or in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 116. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

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

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.

Fidelity Representative Schedule Announced through May

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. according to the following schedule:

- Thursday, Feb. 26;

- Friday, March 20;

- Friday, April 17; and

- Friday, May 15

Employees can call Fidelity at 1.800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.

Call for Proposals for March 2009 No Limits! Conference

The UNO Women's Studies Program seeks proposals for the 2009 No Limits! Conference, which will take place March 6-7 at UNO.

Undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates can submit a 250- to 500-word abstract outlining their proposed paper presentation, workshop, creative reading, film or project via e-mail - along with any audio-visual equipment needs - by Jan. 30 to Proposal topics can include any discipline related to women's lives, history, cultures, sexuality, feminism and women's and gender studies. Academic papers featuring creative writing, visual arts, film, music and performance also are welcome. Proposals need not pertain to the conference theme - "Feminisms, Environments & New Media."

In addition to student presentations, three keynote events are planned:

- "Collaging the Gendered Self: Using Media to Give Voice to Lived Experience" begins with a talk by women's studies major Rachel Dick during the Friday, March 6, luncheon. Following the talk, those attending are invited to create collages that will be collected into a mosaic for reproduction in multiple media.

- Kauilani Lee will perform the one-woman play "A Sense of Wonder" on Friday evening, March 6. The play conveys the life work of Rachel Carson, who wrote Silent Spring. Carson's biographer has said of this performance: "This is the Rachel I knew...a perfect introduction to one of the most influential women of our time."

- The UNO Women's Centennial Luncheon will take place Saturday, March 7. Tableaux Vivants will entertain diners as they assemble for lunch. Professors Josie Metal-Corbin and Susan Maher will share highlights from their respective projects that focus on the centrality of women to UNO's history.

For more information and updates, visit the conference Web site at