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Snow Impressions

As snow crews worked away on Saturday, February 14, to shovel and brush away the snow, some areas of the campus and Elmwood Park remained untouched and pristine. There were animal tracks and happy faces in the snow and while in the park there was running water, ducks and snowy stairways.

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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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2009.02.18

UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival Set for Feb. 20-21

Hundreds of high school students from the Midwest will travel to UNO Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21, to participate in the 37th annual Great Plains Jazz Festival. Two keynote events for the festival feature public concerts by trumpeter Marvin Stamm and the Blue Note 7, an all-star band that honors the Blue Note Records label.

On Feb. 20, festival activities will take place in the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and the Milo Bail Student Center. Stamm's concert in the SPAC will start at 8 p.m. and feature UNO's Jazz I and the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra. Tickets cost $5 for students and $10 for the public. To make a reservation, call 554.3427.

The U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band The Noteables will give a free performance on Feb. 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the SPAC Recital Hall. The Noteables have appeared in concert and on national television with Bob Hope, jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew, composer/arranger Frank Mantooth, former "Tonight Show" band-leader Doc Severinsen and pop singer Lee Greenwood.

On Feb. 21, all festival events take place at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th and Douglas streets, with the Blue Note 7 concert at 8 p.m. Members of the group include Bill Charlap, Peter Bernstein, Ravi Coltrane, Lewis Nash, Nicholas Payton, Peter Washington and Steve Wilson.

Blue Note 7 tickets for the public cost $25 to $45. Students involved with the festival can receive a ticket for $8. Rush tickets will also likely be available to other students for $8. Rush tickets are available at the Holland an hour prior to the performance. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 661.8521.

Participating jazz festival students will have the opportunity to work with experienced groups of clinicians, adjudicators and musicians. Students will also be eligible to receive a UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival Scholarship. Renewable scholarship awards of up to $1,000 will be presented to up to three students who plan to attend UNO.

"This is the signature event for the jazz program here at the university," said Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies and assistant professor of trombone at UNO. "Bringing together high school students with our students and faculty creates a great learning environment. There's a lot of talent in our region."

For a festival schedule and additional information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/music/specialevents/jazzfest.php.

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed about externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

Click on this link to view those receiving grant awards totaling $1,365,558 for the period of January 1-31.

For assistance with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286 or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/spr/.

UNO Web Template Training Offered by ITS

Interested in redesigning a college or departmental Web site? Stuart Wheat, UNO Webmaster, has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus community. Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a three-part, hands-on training on the UNO Web templates next month.

The sessions take place Thursdays - March 5, March 12 and March 19 - in 104 Durham Science Center. To learn more about Web templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or erinking@unomaha.edu.

Available sessions:

March 5
- Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
1 to 2:30 p.m.
This session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web template and how it can be used in conjunction with existing Web site structure or to create a new structure. ITS will use a free concept mapping tool to diagram the site layout and keep track of site navigation, as well as devise the naming structure. Staff will also discuss the different organizational elements of the template, review campus examples and discuss how the template can best be used for individual sites. This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the Web templates.

March 12
- Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development
1 to 3 p.m.
This hands-on session will focus on working with the Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page to be used as the basis for all other pages on individual sites. ITS staff will briefly review the Dreamweaver set-up and preferences. The primary focus of this session will be creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site and setting the page titles. (Prerequisite: Web Templates I recommended.)

March 19
- Web Templates III: Content and Graphics
1 to 3 p.m.
This third and final hands-on session will focus on completing the UNO model Web page with the main content, as well as the primary navigation. ITS staff will work with the tabs, includes and the footer. Additional topics include adding graphics and using fonts. Once this model is completed, everyone attending should be on their way to having a fully functional Web site.
(Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.)

To register for training:
- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/ calendar.php;
- Select the correct month, and click "Go";
- Click the "Register" link next to the event;
- Enter a SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);
- Click "Sign Up";and
- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration. Participants should then add the class to their calendars. A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

"White Out" Planned for Feb. 20-21 Hockey vs. Notre Dame

Maverick hockey fans are invited to wear white and participate in a "white out" Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21, during the UNO vs. Notre Dame series at the Civic Auditorium. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. each night.

Student Government and the Athletic Department will sponsor bus transportation to the games. Fans can board the bus at the following locations:

- Sam and Louie's (7641 Cass St.)
6 p.m.

- UNO Bell Tower
6:15 p.m.

Lawlor's Custom Sportswear is selling special UNO "white out" t-shirts at all Lawlor's retail locations. UNO faculty, staff and students, and Blue Line Club members will receive a 10 percent discount on the "white out" shirts.

Technology, Future of Mass Communications Presentation Feb. 20

Students, faculty and staff can attend a free presentation and discussion on technology and the future of mass communications this Friday, Feb. 20, at the Harper Center on the Creighton University campus.

The presentation will feature the work of UNO and Creighton students who were paired with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Bill Frakes and Laura Healt of Sports Illustrated and given the opportunity to create online new media for SI.com. Attendees can view the pieces students created and participate in a discussion on technology and mass communication.

A demonstration room featuring Apple hardware and software, like Final Cut Pro and Aperture, will open at 2:30 p.m., and the presentation will last from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

More than $10,000 in door prizes will be given away at the event. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit http://its.unomaha.edu/applesales.php.

Participants Sought for UNMC Alzheimer's Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry is seeking individuals 55 years and older for a research study using an investigational medication for those with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. Participants should be in good general medical health and have a reliable caregiver that can accompany them to appointments.

Individuals currently taking medication for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease can continue to do so during the study.

For more information, call 552.6005 or send an e-mail to unmcprc@unmc.edu.

Computer Lab Times Offered Today for Digital Measures

Two open computer lab times for faculty who might be interested in using Digital Measures for this year's annual review will take place today, Feb. 18. Each session will be held in a computer lab so faculty can log into their accounts with hands-on instruction for using the system.

Digital Measures lab times and locations:
- Noon to 1 p.m.
225 Weber Fine Arts Building

- 2 to 3 p.m.
406 Roskens Hall

For more information, contact Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or stevebullock@unomaha.edu.

New Amendments to American with Disabilities Act

In January, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was amended to include a broader scope for individuals with disabilities. This new ADA amendment requires employers to conduct professional development for faculty, staff and students, as well as individuals in a supervisory capacity. UNO will host an ADA program on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

Sharon Ulmar, director of the Equal Opportunity Office at UNO, will present. The session will discuss:
- New amendments to the ADA;
- Who qualifies as disabled individuals;
- Reasonable accommodations;
- The responsibilities of a supervisor of faculty, staff and students - including graduate or student workers; and
- The process supervisors follow when an individual's disability is known.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

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 events.

The sessions:

- "Workshop on Becoming A Leader We Need"
9 a.m. to noon
132D 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 rsheibalcarver@unomaha.edu.

Nominations Sought for Student Employee of the Year

An outstanding student worker will receive campus-wide recognition later this semester. Nominations are being accepted 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 review nominations and select the winner. Nominations can be submitted by any supervisor of student workers. Materials were distributed Feb. 9, and nominations must be returned to Tim Rochford by Friday, Feb. 20, 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 receive an automatic nomination 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 trochford@unomaha.edu.