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Race to Collect Diapers

Students Race to Collect Diapers

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The Dec. 5 Maverick Hockey game featured a unique form of entertainment: the Lydia House Diaper Drive. UNO's Greek community ran from one side of the ice to the other and collected diapers. The students who participated in the Diaper Dash included Trevor Gappa, Kaylie Caldwell, Alysia Radicia, Cliff Cisar, Andy Samson and Ben Hawk. Diapers were then donated to the Lydia House in Omaha, which provides emergency services for women and families.

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Bonacci and Huddleston

Sworn in and Ready to Serve

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Neal Bonacci, left, and Kevin Huddleston will serve as UNO president/regent and student body vice president, respectively, for 2009. The two were sworn into office Jan. 13 in a ceremony in the Milo Bail Student Center.



Third Finalist for Dean of College of Education on Campus

Lawrence Rossow, director of the Center for Special Education Due Process 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. 22-23. Dr. Rossow is one of four finalists.

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend the open session during Dr. Rossow's campus visit Thursday, Jan. 22, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The fourth finalist--Bradford Strand, department head and professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at North Dakota State University, Fargo, N. D.--will have his campus visit on Jan. 26-27.

The other two finalists, Nancy Edick and Deborah Rodgers, completed their campus visits earlier this month.  Dr. Edick is the acting associate dean in the UNO College of Education.  Dr. Rodgers is the associate dean for Student Services at the University of Oklahoma.

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

For more information, call 554.3502.

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State Department Official to Lead University-wide International Initiatives

The University of Nebraska has named a new associate vice president to lead university-wide efforts to substantially increase the university's global engagement. Thomas A. Farrell, deputy assistant secretary for academic programs in the U.S. Department of State, will lead planning, development and implementation of the University of Nebraska's international agenda. As associate vice president for international affairs, Farrell will work closely with administrators and faculty on the four campuses to advance NU's international initiatives. Read more.

Inauguration Experience the Focus of Jan. 27 Presentation

A UNO graduate and Native American advocate who attended the inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama will discuss her experiences during a free campus forum at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Amy McClean, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees from UNO (political science and public administration, respectively), is a cultural resource specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District. She also is an enrolled tribal member of the Cabazon Nation.

McClean works extensively with district project offices and tribal governments to ensure compliance with federal laws, regulations, executive orders and standard operating procedures that deal with preservation activities.

She represented her tribe at the American Indian Tribal Inauguration activities in Washington and attended a brunch where President Obama explained his administration's American Indian policies.

McClean will present in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons (Room 132), where she will discuss the unique role of Native Americans through the Native American Inauguration activities.

For more information, contact Mary Lopez at or 554.4978.

The School of Public Administration, Political Science Department and Native American Studies at UNO are sponsors of the event.

Online Preventing Sexual Harassment Program Launched

In an effort to support UNO's commitment to maintain a positive, productive work environment that is free from any form of harassment or bias, the Office of Diversity continues to offer an online professional development program — Preventing Sexual Harassment.

Located on the Web at, the program will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

"Preventing Sexual Harassment is an active learning process that enables you to review materials at your own leisure in a practical and convenient way that does not disrupt your work responsibilities," said Sharon Ulmar, director of Office of Diversity and coordinator of the program.  "The program is located on the Web with accessibility 24 hours a day."

To assist users in completing the online program, instructions are highlighted below:

- Select the appropriate module for your position (faculty, supervisor, non-supervisor, student or visitor), and proceed.

- The test will be automatically scored.  A score of 80 percent or higher satisfies the program requirement and completion.

- Once completed, the user will have the option to print a certificate.

- The test results will automatically be sent to the Equal Opportunity office.

"Please take a moment for this new and exciting opportunity to comply with UNO's discrimination policy," Ulmar said.

For more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2321 or

January Blackboard Training Available

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff have announced a series of myBlackboard training sessions for January. All UNO faculty and staff are welcome, and all sessions will take place in 007Roskens Hall.

- Grade Center
Today, Jan. 21
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Suggested handout: Grade Center for Blackboard 8

- Assessments
Friday, Jan. 23
9 to 11:30 a.m.
Suggested handout(s): Quiz, Pool, Survey

- Getting Started
Saturday, Jan. 24
8:30 a.m. to noon
Suggested handout: Getting Started

- Assignments
Wednesday, Jan. 28
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Suggested handout: Assignments

- Grade Center
Friday, Jan. 30
9  to 11:30 a.m.
Suggested handout: Grade Center for Blackboard 8

These sessions will assist faculty who want to use Blackboard. ITS staff members also want to remind faculty and staff that all Blackboard features do not have to be implemented at once. Handouts for the courses can be found under "Instructor Help at It is recommended that participants read the handouts prior to attending class.

To sign up for these sessions:

- Go to;

- Select the appropriate month and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter a SAP Personnel number (This is the six-digit number on employee picture ID. It is also on all paycheck stubs.);

- Click "Sign Up";

- Click "OK" to confirm the personnel number. An e-mail will be sent to confirm this registration. 

A minimum of five people signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class is required.  An e-mail notification will be sent, if a class is cancelled.

For assistance or more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

Criss Library Offers Workshops on RefWorks

Criss Library will offer an overview of the easy-to-use RefWorks -- an online research management tool which allows researchers to gather, manage, store, and share citations and bibliographies.  Workshop attendees will learn how to:

- Organize and save citations from all sources;

- Automatically export citations from databases -- without redundant typing;

- Share bibliographies with collaborators, students, and researchers via the web; and

- Automatically insert citations into papers in correct citation style.

Register for one of the following three sessions by e-mailing

- Wednesday, Jan. 28, 4 to 5 p.m. - Library Classroom 112

- Wednesday, Feb. 18, 4 to 5 p.m. - Library Classroom 107

- Tuesday, March 3, 1 to 2 p.m. - Library Classroom 107

For additional information, contact Linda Parker at

Budget Forum Set for Jan. 22

UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host and lead a campus forum focused on the university budget Thursday, Jan. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.  All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

The event is scheduled a week after Gov. David Heineman's annual state budget message.  The forum will provide an update of fiscal issues, a timeline regarding the economic forecasting report for Nebraska and activities of the campus Budget Advisory Task Force.  Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley lead the task force, and both will take part in the forum.

"Our faculty and staff continue to explore ways to economize and conserve, and I appreciate that work," Dr. Christensen said.  "This first forum continues the conversation about our budget.  We plan to have more sessions later this semester as more information becomes known."

For more information on the forum, call 554.3502.

Speech Center Consulting Room Spring Hours Announced

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall, has started its spring hours.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  To make an appointment, call 554.3201 or stop by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses.  Visit to find out more.  Call 554.3201 or send an e-mail to to schedule an appointment.

Faculty interested in scheduling a consultant to speak with students about the center and discuss presentation skills can call the center at 554.3201 or send an e-mail to

Group Ex Classes Under Way

Campus Recreation and the Fitness and Wellness programs have teamed up to host a variety of group exercise classes this spring. Classes will run through Friday, May 1.

Classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. All students and current Campus Recreation activity cardholders can take Group Ex classes for free.

To access the full Fall Group Ex weekly schedule, click on this link.

Classes will not be held Monday through Friday, March 16-20.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

Nominations Sought for Senior Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award

The Senior Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award annually recognizes outstanding student contributions in campus involvement and community engagement. Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) is now accepting nominations for the honor.

Staff and faculty may nominate students by writing a letter of recommendation and completing a nominee information page. Nominators should give their nominees the award application and time to complete the required leadership essay.

All award materials are due to Milo Bail Student Center first floor SOLP office by Friday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m.  Nomination packets are available at and in hard copy in SOLP.

For more information, contact Erin Cron at 554.2711.

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.

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.

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 or visit