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A New Campus & New Building

In the fall of 1936, the Municipal University of Omaha purchased land for a new campus in what was then west Omaha. The 20 acre parcel of land was located on West Dodge Street and on the north side of Elmwood Park. Construction on the Georgian-style building (now Arts & Sciences Hall) was begun in 1937 and the building was dedicated in November, 1938.

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Inauguration Coverage on Campus

The common's area of UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building was standing-room only Tuesday morning (January 20) as students, faculty and staff gathered to watch Barack Obama sworn in as President.

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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.



Schroeder Elected to Chair NU Board of Regents

On Jan. 23, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents elected Kent Schroeder as chairperson for 2009.  Schroeder, from Kearney, represents District 6 and has served on the Board of Regents since 1998.  He was re-elected in 2004, and previously served as chair in 2002 and as vice chair in 2008 and 2001. Read more.

2009 Ombudspersons Announced

The UNO Equal Opportunity Office announces the ombudspersons for Spring 2009. They are:

- Tracie Anderson, assistant director, New Student Orientation, 554.2168;

- Rhonda Sheibal-Carver, staff assistant, UNO Public Administration, 554.2625;

-Mark Scherer, associate professor, History Department, 554.2835

The office, established at UNO in 1970, receives and investigates complaints from students, staff, faculty and administrators; grievances; inquiries about procedures; and inadequate or lack of communication, among other issues.

"Although the ombudspersons cannot assure that everything sought or requested by an inquirer will or should be granted, they will try to assure that a fair resolution of a dispute or problem is found," said Sharon Ulmar, Associate Director, Human Resources and Director, Equal Opportunity Office. " Their offices represent a clear, safe and confidential avenue to address any issue, concerns, conflict, and disputes on campus. Feel free to contact any ombudsperson for assistance."

Ulmar oversees the activities of the ombudspersons.

Free Mango Smoothies Resource Celebration Today at Criss Library

In celebration of Mango Languages, Criss Library will serve free mango smoothies today, Jan. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Mango Languages is a free online learning system that patrons can access anywhere from the library and from their own homes. The new resource offers interactive audio and visual cues that build understanding and correct pronunciation. Learning takes place through real conversations that are broken down into simple blocks of learning material.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at 554.2640 or

Inauguration Experience the Focus of Today's 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. today, 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.

Next NBDC Workshops on Government Contracts This Week

Two Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) workshops on government contracting will take place this week. Both events are free but require pre-registration at, as seating is limited.

Individuals can sign up for any individual workshop. Two new locations will also be offered this semester. Additional workshops in the series are planned at the following locations and dates.

Workshops at New Community Development Corp., 1701 North 24th St., Suite 102, 9 to 11 a.m.:

- Wednesday, Jan. 28
Finding Bidding Opportunities: How to locate bidding opportunities from government agencies.

- Wednesday, Feb. 25
The Successful Proposal: How to prepare the successful proposal, including capability statements, RFQ, IFB and RFPs.

- Wednesday, March 25
Winning the Contract: Strategies for winning the contract.

- Wednesday, April 29
Government Markets: An overview of government markets including town, city, state and federal contracting agencies.

Workshops at Microbusiness Training and Development, 5211 South 31 St.,
9 to 11 a.m.:

- Thursday Jan. 29
Registering Your Company: How to take the first steps, registering your company with government agencies.

- Thursday, February 26
Finding Bidding Opportunities: How to locate bidding opportunities from government.

- Thursday, March 26
The Successful Proposal: How to prepare the successful proposal, including capability statements, RFQ, IFB and RFPs.

- Thursday, April 30
Winning the Contract: Strategies for winning the contract.

- Thursday, May 28
Government Markets: An overview of government markets including town, city, county, state and federal contracting agencies.

The series is sponsored by Andy Alexander, NBDC procurement technical assistance manager/counselor. For more information, call 554.6252.

FEAP to Offer Free "Coping with the Crisis of Divorce" Workshop

The Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) will offer a six-week, cost free workshop designed to assist individuals with the crisis of divorce Wednesdays, Feb. 11-March 18.

The weekly topics:

- Marriage, divorce and self-identity;

- Understanding the stages of divorce;

- Emotional responses to divorce;

- Divorce and self-esteem;

- The impact of divorce on sexuality; and

- Understanding relationship styles.

Each workshop will meet at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 4009 Swanson Hall. All UNO faculty and staff can attend.  Parking will be available in the parking structure located at the corner of 45th and Emile, directly behind Swanson Hall on Durham Plaza.

The workshop size is limited.  To register, contact Marlene Scheider at 559.5175 or

Speech Center to Offer Spring Lunch & Learn Series for Students

The UNO Speech Center will offer free workshops this semester on presentation skills. All students are invited to attend. Free pizza and pop will be provided. 

The workshop schedule:

"Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation"
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 11
Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Location: Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

"Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism"
Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: MBSC Gallery Room

"Introductions, Conclusions & Audience Centeredness"
Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: MBSC Gallery Room

To register for one or more sessions, or for more information, contact the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited, so participants must register in advance.

Media Pros Tell How College Press Helped Build Their Careers

A panel of local media professionals will share their experiences working in the student press on Thursday, Jan. 29. "Gateway Confessions" will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Un mon Hon Room from 6 to 8 p.m.

Panelists include Christopher Burbach, Henry Cordes and Cindy Gonzalez, Omaha World-Herald reporters; Tom O'Connor, senior associate director, University of Nebraska Medical Center public affairs; and Wendy Townley, UNO assistant media relations director. A question and answer session will follow.

The panel is sponsored by The Gateway, UNO's student newspaper, the UNO Publications Board and the School of Communication. For more information, contact Karen Weber at 554.2246 or

2009 Benefits Fair Set for April 22

Mark the calendar for the 2009 UNO Benefits Fair this April. The campus event will take place on Wednesday, April 22.

"For now, mark the date on your calendar," said Tim Rochford with Human Resources.  "We will be following up in a few weeks with more details about the Benefits Fair."

Watch eNotes for more information as the event nears, or contact Rochford at 554.2465 or

Maverick Productions Hosts Author Daryl Davis

"Klan-Destine Relationships" author Daryl Davis has come in close contact with members of the Ku Klux Klan. The campus community can hear his straightforward presentation about 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.

"Writing in the Majors" Workshop Planned for Feb. 2

John Bean, professor of English at Seattle University, will speak Monday, Feb. 2, at an interactive workshop that encourages thinking like a disciplinary professional - a psychologist, historian, economist, chemist or engineer.  The event - "Writing in the Majors: Designing the Curriculum Backwards to Accelerate Students' Growth as Disciplinary Thinkers and Writers" - will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The workshop will suggest ways that instructional strategies early in the major can deepen students' engagement with disciplinary concepts and accelerate their growth as disciplinary thinkers and writers.  By using principles of "backward design," departments can create courses early in the major that teach ways of questioning, thinking, exploring and arguing to help students produce expert insider prose as seniors.

Dr. Bean earned his doctorate in 1972 from Stanford University and is a faculty member at Seattle University, where he holds the title of "Consulting Professor of Writing and Assessment."  He has been active in the writing-across-the-curriculum movement since 1976.  Dr. Bean wrote Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom and co-authored four textbooks on writing, argumentation and rhetorical reading. 

His current research focuses on problems of "transfer of learning" as students move through and across a curriculum, and on the development of institutional assessment strategies that promote productive faculty conversations about teaching and learning.

The Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative and Center for Faculty Development (CFD) are sponsoring the event. Refreshments will be provided.

To register for the workshop, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or send an e-mail to For more information, contact Nora Bacon at

ITS Offers Hands-on Basics of Dreamweaver Course

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a Basics of Dreamweaver course on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in 104 Durham Science Center.

"Basics of Dreamweaver" is a 90-minute hands-on course designed to orient users to some of the Dreamweaver tools used in conjunction with the UNO Web Templates. Covered topics include setting up a site through the "Site Manager," transferring files through the "Get" and "Put" commands, using the "Find" and "Replace" function and why it is best to develop in a test environment.

Participants do not need to have a test site or be using the Web Templates to attend.  This course is intended to be taken prior to UNO Web Template training.

For questions, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

To register for this course:

- 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.

Volunteers Needed for Feb. 21 "Trek Up the Tower" Challenge

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The Wellness Council of the Midlands is looking for volunteers to help staff its annual "Trek Up the Tower" vertical challenge race on Saturday, Feb. 21. This fundraising for the Wellness Council takes place at the First National Tower in downtown Omaha. 

Interested individuals are invited to sign up for the UNO team.  Volunteers can be younger than age 18, but race participants must be 18.

Volunteers will help set up the event the evening before the race, check in racers and staff the post-event celebration.  Volunteers receive a free t-shirt and discount to participate in the event.  Several volunteer categories are available to help ensure the more than 1,000 climbers enjoy the race.

For more information, including a list of volunteer categories and an online volunteer registration form, visit

The mission of the Wellness Stampede, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives, that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, contact David Daniels at 554.2008, or

Concept Papers Sought for Energy Savings Potential Program

UNO, in collaboration with the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), continues to solicit concept papers pertaining to the Energy Savings Potential (ESP) Program. There is no set deadline for submissions, and papers will be reviewed as they are received.

The mission of the ESP Program is to support and deliver collaborative research efforts to develop mutually beneficial results and projects dealing with energy efficiency and effective use of energy in residential and small commercial sectors, with a focus on roadblocks to the implementation of energy efficiency measures. 

While grants will generally tend to range from between $25,000 and $75,000, larger proposals will also be considered depending upon their scope and likely impact.  Private and non-profit partners may participate in proposals; however, the principal investigators must be members of the UNO faculty or staff and must include significant participation by UNO faculty, staff and/or students.  Preference will be given to proposals that are interdisciplinary, include students, demonstrate an ability to leverage additional external resources and have the potential for immediate application. 

For additional information regarding concept paper submissions, visit or contact Gary Anderson at 554.2765 or

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


- The Willa Cather Foundation of Red Cloud, Neb., has elected Susan Maher, English Department chair, to a three-year term of vice president. The foundation, founded in 1955, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting understanding and appreciation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Maher's research and teaching areas include Cather, Jane Austen and other women writers.

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