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From Hockey to Haircuts

It was a close shave for the Maverick hockey team and coaches at Saturday's (February 7) hockey game against Western Michigan. The team and coaches had pledged to have their hair shaved if $30,000 could be raised for the Leap-for-a-Cure program. More than $34,000 was raised for the brain cancer awareness program. Following the game, players and coaches assembled on the team benches for a mass hair-cutting.

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HPER Construction Update

HPER Construction Update

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

A new utility tunnel for heating and cooling lines takes shape Wednesday (February 4) at the HPER construction site. On the opposite side of the building, footings are being set in place for the building's southern expansion.

Building for the Future



UNO Named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored UNO with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Read more.

New UNO Center to Focus on Judaism, Israel

A new center on Judaism and Israel studies has opened at UNO.The Natan and Hanna Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, will offer a variety of courses and bring renowned scholars from Israel and around the world to UNO beginning later this year. Read more.

"The CLA: What it Measures and What it Means to UNO" Set for Feb. 12

Nora Bacon, Shelton Hendricks and Steve Bullock will present a session on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Thursday, Feb. 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. The event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD).

Attendees will learn:
- How the CLA uses "performance tasks" to measure critical thinking skills;
- How the CLA was administered at UNO;
- About UNO's outcomes and what they say about UNO's performance in developing students' critical thinking and writing skills; and
- How performance tasks can be integrated into classrooms.

To register, contact the CFD, located in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or Those attending are invited to bring their lunches. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Bullock at

Wellness Stampede

Free Blood Pressure Screenings Feb. 16

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Exercise Physiology Lab will offer free blood pressure screenings Monday, Feb. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will take place near the first floor entrance of the HPER Building and are open to all faculty, staff and students.

For more information, contact the Exercise Physiology Lab at 554.3221.

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

Wellness Stampede

Exercise Physiology Lab to Offer Cholesterol Screenings Feb. 17

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Exercise Physiology Lab will offer cholesterol screenings Tuesday, Feb. 17, for faculty, staff and students.

The screenings will be held in 103 HPER Building from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $25. To schedule an appointment, call 554.3221.

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

Energy Savings Potential Program Brown Bag Feb. 23

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a brown bag session on the Energy Savings Potential (ESP) Program on Monday, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building.

Panelists will provide information pertaining to possible grant funding opportunities along with the program's purpose, structure and review processes. In addition, Patrick Wheeler, senior specialist with Environmental Health and Safety, will speak about his energy-monitoring project, which has received ESP funding.

Participants are invited to bring their lunches. Beverages and dessert will be provided, and reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Gary L. Anderson at 554.2765 or

International Culture Fair/Banquet Planned for March

International Student Services (ISS), a Student Government agency, will sponsor a culture fair and banquet this March on campus.

International students from across campus will share artifacts and information about their countries of origin on Wednesday and Thursday, March 4-5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the International Culture Fair in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room. The event is free, and all are welcome.

The 37th annual International Banquet will take place Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom/Nebraska Room. A free dance will follow the banquet in the MBSC Fireplace Lounge until midnight.

The banquet theme is Muvuca, the Carnival of Cultures, and will feature international cuisine and performances from countries represented on campus. Tickets are available in the MBSC Business Office and cost $8 for UNO students and $25 for all other tickets. The event sells out every year, so those planning to attend should purchase tickets early.

For more information, contact Gabriela Earl, ISS director, at or ISS Advisor Erin Cron at or 554.2711.

Aim for the Stars Summer Camps Registration Under Way

The Aim for the Stars Summer Science and Math Camps are accepting registrations for this summer. Nine weeks of camps are available, with up to nine different camps each week. Two new camps are offered: "NXT Engineering on Mars" and "What Makes Fitness Fun?"

To register, visit For more information, call 554.4999.

Vice Chancellor Conley to Address Faculty Senate Today

Vice Chancellor Bill Conley will be the guest speaker today, Feb. 11, at the UNO Faculty Senate meeting.

Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance, will give a short presentation beginning at 2 p.m. with the meeting immediately following. All are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

UNO 100 Ties and Scarves Available for Purchase

Looking for a Valentine's Day gift for that special someone? The UNO Concert Choir is selling a limited number of UNO 100 ties and scarves for a fundraiser. Designed by the choir, both incorporate the special UNO 100 anniversary logo.

All proceeds will go toward the Concert Choir's trip to Mexico this May. While visiting Veracruz, Mexico, the choir will perform at various churches and schools and attend sister city functions.

The ties and scarves can be viewed and purchased at

For more information, contact Shellie Harden at 554.2177.

Nominations Sought for Student Employee of the Year

An outstanding student worker will receive campus-wide recognition later this semester. Nominations are now being taken for Student Employee of the Year.

The 2009 Student Employee of the Year Award will be presented during National Student Employment Week, April 12-18. The winner will receive a $100 prize provided by the Alumni Center.

A group of staff and at least one student representative will read through nominations and select the winner. Nominations can be made by any supervisor of student workers. Materials were sent out Feb. 9, and nominations must be returned to Tim Rochford by Friday, Feb. 20, in order to be considered. Only one nomination will be considered per student employee.

The event is organized by the Midwest and National Student Employment Associations. Student workers who have been employed on campus for at least six months since June 1, 2008, are eligible. Resident advisors, graduate assistants and teaching assistants are not eligible.

UNO's Student Employee of the Year will be automatically nominated for the state of Nebraska Student Employee of the Year Award. Regional and national competitions follow the state-level recognition.

For more information, contact Rochford at 554.2321 or

Leadership Guru to Present on Campus March 11

The UNO School of Public Administration will host Michael Maccoby, an international expert on leadership, Wednesday, March 11. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend one or both of the events that day featuring Dr. Maccoby.

The events:
- "Workshop on Becoming A Leader We Need"
9 a.m. to noon
1322D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CB) Building
Seating is limited. Click on this link for more information and a registration form.

- Presentation on "Leadership in Higher Education"
3:30 p.m.
132 CB Collaborating Commons
Registration is not required.

Dr. Maccoby is a globally recognized expert on leadership who, for more than 35 years, has advised leaders in businesses, governments, unions and universities. He is president of the Maccoby Group in Washington, D.C., and has a doctorate from Harvard University, where he directed the Program on Technology, Public Policy and Human Development from 1978-90. He is a fellow of the American Psychological and Anthropological Associations and the National Academy of Public Administration. He also teaches leadership at Oxford University's Said School of Business.

For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at 554.2625 or

Spring Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues Feb. 17

Christina Dando, assistant professor of geography/geology, will present "‘The Map Proves It': Map Use by the American Woman Suffrage Movement" Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the next Women's Studies Colloquium. Her talk is set for noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council 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 event.

The remaining schedule:
- 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 are:
- 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 Building. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits.

For more information, call 554.2539.

No Limits! Student Women's Studies Conference Seeks Supplies

This year's No Limits! Conference - to be held Friday through Saturday, March 6-7, at UNO - will include a workshop titled "Collaging the Gendered Self," at which conferees will be invited to create collages. These will be collected together later for transformation into a mosaic via photography.

UNO student Rachel Tomlinson Dick will lead the workshop and asks for donations of the following items:
- Paintbrushes;
- Mod podge;
- Paints;
- Construction paper;
- Patterned paper;
- Wallpaper;
- Cloth;
- Thread and/or string;
- Unwanted books (text of whole pages could be used in collaging);
- Magazines; and
- Postcards/photos.

Donations can be dropped off in 307 Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information, call Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834.