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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.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, Jan. 15, to honor the memory of retiree Donald Cushenbery. He passed away recently at the age of 83.

Dr. Cushenbery, a professor of teacher education, retired in 1989 after more than 25 years of service to the university.

A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Grace Fellowship Church, 10930 Emmet St., in Omaha.

Second Finalist for Dean of College of Education on Campus Today

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 today 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 today, 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

Olympian Dara Torres Highlights "Night with the Mavs"

Olympic gold medalist Dara Torres will be the featured speaker at the first annual Night with the Mavs, presented by First National Bank and hosted by the UNO Athletic Department. The event will take place on Thursday, March 26, at the Embassy Suites in La Vista. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by the program and dinner at 7 p.m. All money raised will benefit UNO athletic student-athlete scholarships and athletic program enhancements. Read more.

Business and Finance Unveils Wall of Fame

The Business and Finance Office has unveiled its newest employee recognition program. The Business and Finance Wall of Fame is a visible place to post written messages about the work Business and Finance employees are doing to make UNO better every day.

To submit a posting e-mail Compliments can be for any reason. All that is required that the compliment applies about a Business and Finance employee. Business and Finance units include Finance, Human Resources and EOE/AA, Facilities Management and Planning, Support Services and the Milo Bail Student Center. To view all departments visit

To view all Wall of Fame kudos visit

Human Resources Tests Expanded Office Hours

Human Resources (HR) is testing expanded office hours to see whether offering additional hours of operation will benefit UNO employees who work shift and nonstandard hours in meeting their personnel service needs.

New HR hours for the test period run from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. HR is located in 205 Eppley Administration Building. Before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m., visitors may need to ring the HR doorbell for assistance, as the office will not be fully staffed during the expanded hours.

NBDC to Host Jan. 16 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, Jan. 16. "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 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. Entertainment will be provided by Carmelita De La Guardia.

The cost is $13 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.

Lifelong Learning Initiative to Host Jan. 17 Coffee, Tea and Policy Event

Don't miss the opportunity to view an updated podcast from Kaiser featuring a dialog about health care reform Saturday, Jan. 17, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

After viewing "Health Care Reform and the New Administration," Alice Schumaker, professor of public administration, will lead a 45-minute discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by UNO's Lifelong Learning Initiative. The initiative, which began in January, will host Saturday Coffee, Tea and Policy events throughout the year. For more information, visit or call 554.4897.

Maverick Productions Hosts Author Daryl Davis

"Klan-Destine Relationships" author Daryl Davis has come in close contact with members of the Ku Klux Klan. Don't miss this straightforward presentation of Davis discussing his experiences on Thursday, Jan. 29, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

This event, sponsored by Maverick Productions, is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. More information on Davis is available online at

For more event information, contact Erin Cron at or 554.2711.

University Policy Library Available Online

UNO Business and Finance announces the availability of a new online policy library at While this is not an inclusive list of all university policies, it is an excellent resource for departments and employees.

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 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 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

Female Runners Sought for HPER Research Study

Researchers at the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at UNO currently need healthy, normal menstruating female runners aged 19-40 to participate in a research study investigating the production of inflammation and delayed onset muscle soreness during different phases of the menstrual cycle.

Participants will gain information on their aerobic capacity and body fat percentage. The study will require three visits to the Exercise Physiology Lab: One for a maximal running test (VO2 max) and two appointments for 75-minute high intensity running sessions. Subjects will be compensated for their time.

Female runners interested in being a participant should contact Morgan Chaffin at 554.3221 or

Research Participants Sought for HPER Study

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation currently needs 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, 60-minute 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