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Involvement Key to Seven Days' Success

Students Sarah Lopez and Jessica Sauser speak about their experiences volunteering for Seven Days of Service in this audio-enhanced slideshow.

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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

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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

monday

2009.02.16

Free Blood Pressure Screenings Today in HPER

Wellness Stampede

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 today, 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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or https://webapps.unomaha.edu/hper/mavtrack/loginForm.php.

IST&E Week Kicks Off

The UNO College of Information Science and Technology and University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering will celebrate National Engineer's Week on campus.  A variety of special events are planned today, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 20, at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

The view the schedule, click on this link.

For more information about IST&E Week, call 554.3818 or 554.3618.

Undergraduate Course Catalog Proofing This Week

The 2009-10 undergraduate catalog will be available for proofing in 108 Eppley Administration Building starting today, 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 554.367.

Mail Services Reminder for President's Day

In observance of President's Day today, Feb. 16, all Omaha post offices will be closed, and there will be no mail delivery or collections. Express Mail will be delivered.  UNO Mail Services will be open.

Mail Services will be open regular hours (8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.) and all mail will be delivered to departments as normal today. Mail received after 1 p.m. will be postmarked and sent to the U.S. Post Office on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

For questions, contact Sandra Walling at 554.2337.

Celtic War Horn Part of Low Brass Day at UNO

High school students from more than 70 area schools will participate in the ninth annual Low Brass Day at UNO on Tuesday, Feb 17.  The day will also feature a unique musical offering – a performance that will highlight a carnyx, an Iron Age Celtic war horn that has never been performed in the United States …until now. 

"Low Brass Day is, pardon the expression, a blast," said Pete Madsen, a UNO music professor who specializes in brass instruments.  Dr. Madsen also coordinates Low Brass Day. Read more.

Webinar Set for Feb. 17 on Binge Drinking Intervention Program

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

A webinar on a binge drinking intervention program that Frostburg State University implemented will take place Tuesday, Feb. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room A.

Presenters from Frostburg State University will include President Jonathan Gibralter and Director of Student Development Jesse Ketterman. They will recount their experiences, share their insights and review the tactics they used in their award-winning program. Frostburg State is located in Frostburg, Md.

Student Health Services has sponsored the webinar. R.S.V.P. to Marcia Adler at 554.2374.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or https://webapps.unomaha.edu/hper/mavtrack/loginForm.php.

Student Art on Display at Criss Library

UNO Independent Study and BFA student paintings and drawings will be on display on the main floor of the Criss Library through Tuesday, Feb. 17.  The art, located near the library cafe, can be viewed during the library's regular business hours.

For more information, contact Barb Simcoe at 554.2392.

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. Library Classroom 112. 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 adefrank@unomaha.edu 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 mmaring@unomaha.edu.

Lifelong Learning Initiative to Host Feb. 21 Coffee, Tea and Policy on U.S. Economic Crisis

Don't miss the opportunity to participate in a timely discussion on the current U.S. economic crisis on Saturday, Feb. 21, by Ken Kriz, associate professor of public administration.

He will present "The Great Recession: Causes, Consequences and Cures" in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/lifelonglearning or call 554.4897.

Exercise Physiology Lab to Offer Cholesterol Screening

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

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

The screening will be held in the Exercise Physiology Lab (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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or https://webapps.unomaha.edu/hper/mavtrack/loginForm.php.

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 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.

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.

"The CLA: What it Measures and What it Means to UNO" Set for Feb. 17

Nora Bacon, Shelton Hendricks and Steve Bullock will present a session on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Tuesday, Feb. 17, 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 unofacdev@unomaha.edu. Those attending are invited to bring their lunches. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Dr. Bullock at sbullock@unomaha.edu.

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 sulmar@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.2321.

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 be held 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.

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 lparker@unomaha.edu:

- 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 lparker@unomaha.edu.

Call for 2009 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of instructional materials grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles.

Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and which address one or more UCAT themes.  Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat for UCAT themes.

The Committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended. The Committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.  Application forms are also available on the UCAT Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat.

SAC Takes Lead on Employee of the Month Program

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is now responsible for selection of all UNO Employee of the Month honorees.

The new criteria for the award:

- Performed job above and beyond expectations;

- Interpersonal skill/communication;

- Knowledge of job; and

- Adaptability.

Nominations are sought for the new Staff Advisory Council Employee of the Month Recognition Program for office/service personnel. Recipients will receive a $100 award.

The nomination guidelines:

- Nominees must be employed at UNO for one year or longer;

- An Employee of the Month qualifies to be selected as Employee of the Year; and

- Nominations will be kept on file for 90 days and will be considered with all nominations for Employee of the Month.

To nominate an employee, print and complete the nomination form at http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2008/img/sac_eomform.pdf and send it through campus mail to P.O. Box 130.

For more information, call Monica Bayles at 554.2977.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

To view upcoming athletic events, click on this link. For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://www.omavs.com.