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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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University Drive South Traffic and Pedestrian Reminder

UNO Facilities Management and Planning staff requests drivers use extreme caution and reduced speed when using University Drive South along the perimeter of the Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building construction site. Pedestrians and bikers are advised to use alternate routes other than this road.

"The ‘red bags' around the storm water inlets are required by law. Please drive slow and with caution around them, so as not to drag them in the street," said Audrey Buckley, project manager/architect for facilities. "We apologize for the inconveniences, and ask the UNO community for their continued patience during the construction of the HPER Addition and Renovation and the campus utility tunnel projects."

For more information, contact Buckley at 554.4104.

The Moving Company Preps for Centennial Events

UNO's modern dance performing ensemble, The Moving Company, has organized two events celebrating the university's 100th anniversary. Both endeavors are supported by Centennial Mini-Grants.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, theatre students and dancers will perform Tableaux Vivants at UNO's centennial gala at Qwest Center Omaha. The performance -- choreographed by Josie Metal-Corbin from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), with costumes designed by Sharon Sobel of the Department of Theatre -- will depict archival scenes from the first 100 years of UNO campus life.

The 66 archival photos preserved by UNO archivist Les Valentine and on display throughout various campus buildings will serve as a springboard for Saturday's choreography and costume design.

On Wednesday, March 11, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Criss Library, the College of Education and the School of HPER will host an opening reception for The Moving Company's Centennial photo exhibit A Legacy of Dancers: 1935-2008. This collection of archival photos documents the history of The Moving Company as one of the oldest modern dance companies in continuous existence in the United States. As part of the reception, there will be a dance performance from 4:30 to 4:45 p.m. The photos will stay on exhibit at Criss Library March 9 through April 3.

The collection will be permanently installed in the newly renovated School of HPER in 2010, when The Moving Company celebrates its 75th anniversary.

For more information on these and other events hosted by The Moving Company, visit or call 554.2670.

NET Television Stays with Feb. 17 DTV Transition Date

NET Television is broadcasting in all digital. It was announced in a news release last week that the network would stay with its plans to turn off its final analog transmitters on Feb. 17. NET was also recently granted power increases by the FCC in six of its transmitter areas to help improve viewers' reception of the NET signal throughout Nebraska. Read more.

Wellness Stampede

Free Children's Exercise Class Offered

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The Mav-Rec Fitness and Wellness Program will offer a free Children's Exercise Class starting Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The children's classes are free and will take place through May 2 in 230 HPER. Registration is under way in 100 HPER for ages four to 10.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

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

Undergraduate Course Catalog Proofing Continues through Feb. 20

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

Wellness Stampede

Body Image, Healthy Lifestyle Focus of Feb. 23 Event

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The UNO Counseling Center and Student Health Services will host a presentation and discussion on body image and healthy lifestyles Monday, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Lunch will be provided at this free event.

Staff from the Children's Hospital Eating Disorders Program will lead the discussion, titled "Scales Are for Fish: Body Image and Healthy Lifestyle."

"How we view our bodies affects so many areas of our lives," said Marti Rosen-Atherton of the UNO Counseling Center. "Our self-esteem, relationships and emotional well-being are all influenced by our perceptions of our size and shape. This program will focus on making healthy lifestyle choices and appreciating your body -- all at the same time."

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

Participants Sought for Gait Study at HPER Biomechanics Lab

Healthy subjects -- older adults above 55 years of age -- are needed to participate in a study taking place in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Biomechanics Laboratory. The study investigates the effects of aging and vascular function on gait variability.

Ideal participants should be over 55 and free from any lower limb orthopedic issues such as joint replacement or knee ligament injuries. Subjects will take part in a one only time data collection. The one-hour session will require walking on a treadmill before and after a blood pressure cuff is used to reduce blood flow to the legs. For participation, subjects will receive a full a stipend for travel costs and a free screening for lower extremity vascular function.

Data will be collected using the state-of-the-art laboratory-based motion capture system identical to equipment used for motion picture special effects and video games. Sessions will take place at scheduled times during the next few weeks.

Further details will be provided to those who are interested. Contact Sara Myers at 554.3225 or

Safe Spaces

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

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.

Fidelity Representative Schedule Announced through May

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. according to the following schedule:

- Thursday, Feb. 26;

- Friday, March 20;

- Friday, April 17; and

- Friday, May 15.

Employees can call Fidelity at 1.800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.

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 Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

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 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

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