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What's a carnyx?

As part of UNO Low Brass Day, February 17, musican John Kenny will give a concert that features the carnyx, an ancient Celtic war horn.

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Images from Historic Journey to Washington Continue

Click through more photos from the recent trip to Washington for the inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama. The Black Studies Department organized the trip, which included members of the UNO and Omaha communities.

photos by Katrina Adams

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Maverick Wrestlers Close Out Home Schedule With Two Wins

The No. 1 ranked UNO wrestling team ended their home schedule Friday (January 30) and Saturday (January 31) with victories over Central Oklahoma and Nebraska-Kearney. UNO defeated the fifth-ranked Broncos of Central Oklahoma 43-3. The Mavericks won nine of ten matches. Nebraska-Kearney, ranked fourth, came to campus Saturday for a televised bout. UNO defeated the Lopers 26-9, winning seven of ten matches.



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New College of Education Dean Appointed at UNO

Nancy Edick, acting associate dean for the UNO College of Education, has been named dean of the college, effective July 1. The appointment is subject to approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

In announcing the appointment, UNO's senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs Terry Hynes said, "Dr. Edick's ties to UNO and the Omaha community combined with her outstanding track record as a teacher make her the ideal person to lead the College of Education at this time."

Dr. Edick began her professional career as a classroom teacher in the Omaha Public Schools. She served as project director for UNO's Career Advancement and Development for Recruits and Experienced (CADRE) teachers program from 1993-2001. From 2001-2006 she was executive director of the UNO-based Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium (MOEC), a collaboration with superintendents, their school districts and learning communities.

Dr. Edick is a tenured associate professor in teacher education at UNO. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Scholarship and Practice, Academic Leadership, The Teacher Educator and Educational Considerations, among other publications. She also has made numerous presentations at major professional meetings.

In addition, Dr. Edick has received grants and awards for her teaching and service. She has made significant contributions to UNO and the Omaha metropolitan community through her engagement in such activities as UNO's Center for Collaboration Science, the UNO Faculty Senate, the National Safety Council of Greater Nebraska, the Children's Hospital Friends Board and the YWCA's Women of Distinction Selection Committee.

"It is an honor and a tremendous privilege to be selected to serve as dean," Dr. Edick said in accepting her appointment. "The College of Education has a legacy of excellence because of its outstanding students, dedicated faculty and staff and committed community partners.

"During UNO's 100th anniversary, it is inspiring to reflect on what we've accomplished. I look forward to providing leadership to advance our college in the 21st century," Dr. Edick added.

Dr. Edick holds an Ed. D. in educational administration and supervision from the University of Nebraska at Omaha-Lincoln joint program, an M.S. in supervision and administration and a B.S. in elementary education, both from UNO.

Dr. Edick will succeed Dr. David Conway, interim dean of the college since 2008, and Dr. John Langan, dean of the college from 2004-2008.

The College of Education serves more than 1,400 undergraduate students and approximately 900 graduate students. The college is professionally accredited by several state and national professional accrediting agencies and organizations.

Nominations Sought for 2009 CCSW Awards

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) seeks nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations at UNO and in the metropolitan community for outstanding service to women.

This year's recipients will be honored Tuesday, March 24, at the CCSW Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 24, at the MBSC Business Office (554.3923). Prices are $14 for faculty, staff and general public and $10 for students.

The criteria for each award and its past recipients are listed below. All nominations must be returned by Friday, Feb. 27, to:

Beth Down
c/o CCSW Awards Subcommittee
260 Arts and Sciences Hall

Outstanding Achievement Award
Nominees for the CCSW Outstanding Achievement Award should have brought attention to women's issues at UNO and/or advanced women's issues internally or externally through any or all of the following:

- Advising, mentoring or educating;
- Service;
- Presentations, publications and research; and
- Other leadership activities.

To access additional guidelines, past winners and a nomination form, click on this link.

Community Service Award
Nominees for the annual CCSW Community Service Award should have brought attention to women's issues and/or advanced women's issues at UNO or elsewhere through any or all of the following:

- Service;
- Mentoring;
- Leadership; and
- Financial support (i.e. scholarships, internships, distinguished professorships, continuing education programs, support services, etc.).

To access additional guidelines, past winners and a nomination form, click on this link.

Scholarship Award
Applicants for the annual CCSW Scholarship Award must:

- Be currently enrolled undergraduate students who will graduate after the fall of 2010;
- Have made significant contributions toward addressing gender issues or improving the status of women in their academic work or activities; and/or
- Be academically excellent in fields where women are underrepresented.

Scholarship applications are available at this link.

The award recipient receives a $500 scholarship. Scholarships may impact financial aid packages. For more information, call 554.2327.

To have any of the forms faxed or mailed, call Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.

Computer Lab Times for Digital Measures

Three open computer lab times for faculty who might be interested in using Digital Measures for this year's annual review have been scheduled for today, Feb. 12, and Friday, Feb. 13.

Each of session will be held in a computer lab so that faculty can login to their accounts with hands-on instruction for using the system.

Digital Measures lab times and locations:

Today, Feb. 12
- 2 to 3 p.m.
276 Peter Kiewit Institute

Friday, Feb. 13
- Noon to 1 p.m.
225 Weber Fine Arts Building

- 1 to 2 p.m.
406 Roskens Hall

For questions, contact Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or

Swing, Ballroom and Latin Dance Lessons Feb. 15

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Want to learn how to "Dance Like the Stars?" Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede are teaming up to host Swing, Ballroom and Latin dance sessions, beginning Sunday, Feb. 15.

All classes take place in 200 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The schedule and cost information:
- Sundays: Feb. 15 and 22, and March 1
- Times: Ballroom/Latin - 2 to 3 p.m.; Swing - 4 to 5 p.m.
- Cost: Activity cardholders - $12 and $10 for a friend; non-activity cardholders - $15 and $13 for a friend. Those wishing to take both classes should add $5 per person per additional class.

To register, stop by 110 HPER. For more information, call Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

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

Criss Library to Offer Workshops on Online Research Management Tool

Criss Library will offer an overview of its RefWorks -- an online research management tool, which allows researchers to gather, manage, store and share citations and bibliographies.

In the RefWorks workshop, a researcher will learn how to:

- Organize and manage bibliographic citations for journals, books, manuscripts, newspapers and Web sites;

- Export citations from databases and the library catalog;

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

- Automatically insert citations into papers and format reference lists in hundreds of citation styles.

All sessions will be held in 107 library. Register for one of four sessions by e-mail to

Wednesday, Feb. 18
4 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 24
7:30 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3
1 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18
1 to 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 18 "Faculty and Librarians as Partners" Seminar Offered

The Criss Library and Center for Faculty Development are co-sponsoring a popular seminar delivered by the "Teaching Professor" on Wednesday, Feb. 18. "Faculty and Librarians as Partners" will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 112 library. Faculty are encouraged to attend.

Participant will learn how to:

- Better understanding of concepts of faculty-librarian collaboration regarding informational literacy competencies;
- Plan successful collaborations that can be incorporated into everyday classroom experiences;
- Implement specific tips and techniques for classroom collaborations between faculty and librarians;
- Build rubrics to evaluate students' use of source material; and
- Implement firm plagiarism standards and discuss these standards with students.

Criss Library information literacy specialist librarians will be available for Q&A following the conclusion of the seminar.

Register by e-mailing or by calling 554.3924. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the library's information literacy program, contact Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or

LGBTQI Ally Training Available

The UNO Safe Space/Ally Training Committee has doubled the number of Ally Training sessions for this semester. The committee will offer four sessions on various days and times to try to meet diverse schedules. Participants only need to attend one session and are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check in. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Schedule for spring LGBTQI Ally Training:

- Tuesday, Feb. 24
3 to 6 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room

- Friday, Feb. 27
9 a.m. to noon
MBSC Council Room

- Monday, April 6
1 to 4 p.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

- Tuesday, April 7
9 a.m. to noon
MBSC Council Room

Ally training is a three-hour interactive educational session for individuals who wish to understand more about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex campus community. Participants will discuss concepts about the community, explore how anti-LGBTQI bias hurts others and learn strategies for being a good ally.

Each session is limited to 12 people. To R.S.V.P., contact Charlene Wilcox at

Center for Collaboration Science Research Seminar is Feb. 27

The Center for Collaboration Science at UNO will hold its third annual research seminar on Friday Feb. 27.

The seminar will take place at the Collaborating Commons, inside the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The purpose of the seminar will be to share current advances in research and practice related to the study of individual, group organizational and societal factors affecting outcomes for people who work together to achieve goals. Read more.

Call for 2009 UCAT Travel Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) has funds available for Travel Grants designed to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. Applications are encouraged for interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on several themes. Visit for a list of links to designated conferences and UCAT themes.

The committee will continue to accept proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended, and will fund grants up to $800 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site at

For more information, contact Kathy Henebry at 554.3153 or

Undergraduate Course Catalog Proofing Feb. 16-20

The 2009-10 undergraduate catalog will be available for proofing in 108 Eppley Administration Building Monday, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 20.

All departments are asked to send a representative to proof the area that pertains to their respective departments. No major changes to the content can be processed at this point.

For more information, contact Marian McDonald at 554.3674.

GLBT Meeting Set for Feb. 18

The next Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) meeting will take place Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at or 554.2321.

Pathways to Harmony Program Offered on Feb. 24

A new and updated Pathways to Harmony program will take place Tuesday, Feb. 24. It will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room from 8:30 a.m. to noon. This professional development program brings together students, faculty and staff to explore diversity.

"We are excited about presenting updated material that keeps the campus focused on issues of diversity," said Sharon Ulmar, associate director and director of Equal Employment Opportunity, Human Resources. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. To register, call Kate Clark at 554.2896 or send an e-mail to Seating is limited.

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Looking for help with a university event? The UNO Ambassadors are ready and willing to represent the university.

Twelve student Ambassadors are available this semester to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor or other UNO dignitaries and organizations. This select group of students can serve as hosts and hostesses and will also interact with guests to enhance a positive image of the university.

Ambassadors try to honor as many requests as possible. Requests should be placed at least two weeks before the scheduled activity. For more information, contact, Chris Liewer at or 554.3520.

First Annual Research/Creative Activity Fair Set for March

As a student-focused university, UNO provides a variety of quality research and creative activity opportunities for students. This centennial year, in conjunction with the annual UNO Honor's Program Symposium, research and creative activity staff invite students, faculty and the Omaha community to participate in the first annual Research and Creative Activity Fair.

All UNO students (undergraduate and graduate) and engineering students from the Pacific location are encouraged to apply. There will be cash prizes for top posters and presentations. The fair will take place on Tuesday through Thursday, March 24-26, in the Milo Bail Student Center from 5 to 9 p.m. Final judging and awards for best presentations will be given on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. Application materials are available at

For more information, contact Harmon Maher at 554.2286 or

NBDC to Host National Institutes of Health Conference This Summer

Save the date. This summer, the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will host a two-day National Institutes of Health's (NIH) national conference on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR). The event will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, June 30-July 1, at the Qwest Center Omaha.

The Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program is an economic development and innovative research program for small businesses and entrepreneurs to fund innovative research efforts for commercialization potential. Eleven of the federal government's largest agencies set aside a percentage of their research and development dollars to fund small business innovation research. NIH is the second largest funder of research and development to small businesses, behind the Department of Defense at just over $650 million annually.

"If you or someone you know has an interest in improving health through biomedical and behavioral research and innovation, you won't want to miss attending this event," Lisa Tedesco, SBIR/STTR consultant for NBDC. "This is the one chance each year for all 27 NIH Institutes and Centers to come together in one place for you to network with and learn about the latest innovation the NIH is funding."

Each year, the NIH holds it annual conference to create awareness of the SBIR Program and give access to their Institute and Center staff for small businesses, researchers and entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas for commercial potential to learn about the program and ways to tap into funding.

Check back at periodically for more details. Or contact Tedesco at