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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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2009.02.20

Desktop Publishing Survey Announced

All UNO faculty and staff are invited to take part in an Information Technology Service's (ITS) survey on desktop publishing. ITS staff are assessing the need for training in this area and input from the campus community is essential. 

The survey will gather input on the interest, use and type of program used on campus for desktop publishing. The survey will be available until Sunday, March 1, and can be accessed at http://api.unomaha.edu/indesignsurvey-final.pdf.    

As a result of the information gathered from this survey, ITS will develop and conduct technology training to assist faculty and staff with desktop publishing.

For more information, contact Bridgette Alsbury or Lisa Green at ITS Customer Services, 554.4357.

"Consider This" to Explore Respite Care in Nebraska

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and guests will discuss respite programs and services available in Nebraska, as well as a day in the life of a family caregiver.

"Respite is defined as temporary, short-term relief from care giving for a parent, child, or other individual who has special circumstances or special needs that require on-going care," Wyatt said.

Wyatt's guests will include Chris Stewart, Eastern Area for the Nebraska Respite Network; Dennis Byars, former Nebraska state senator; Joni Thomas, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Karen Berna, a family caregiver.

The program airs on NET2 today, Feb. 20, at 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

"White Out" Planned for Hockey vs. Notre Dame Series

Maverick hockey fans can wear white and participate in a "white out" tonight 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.

Energy Savings Potential Program Brownbag Session Feb. 23

A brown bag session for faculty and staff on the Energy Savings Potential (ESP) Program will take place Monday, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 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, a specialist from UNO's Department of Environmental Health & Safety, will speak about his project, which has received funding in conjunction with the program.

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 glanderson@mail.unomaha.edu.

Volunteers Sought for Seventh Annual Seven Days of Service

UNO student and faculty volunteers are needed for the Seventh Annual Seven Days of Service event, which will occur during UNO's Spring Break, March 14 and 16 through 21.

At least 800 UNO student and faculty volunteers are wanted to partner with local high schools, businesses, alumni and other community organizations. Read more.

Call for Summer Curriculum Development Grant Proposals for 2009

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of curriculum development grants to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. 

The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Curriculum development and assessment;
- Diversity;
- Instructional technology and e-Portfolios;
- Interdisciplinary integration;
- Promoting critical thinking; and
- Undergraduate and graduate mentoring, advising and research.

Adjunct faculty are permitted to apply.  Proposals may be individual or teams of faculty (each person receives up to $500 and provides a separate report).

The committee will accept proposals during the month of March, and will fund grants up to $500 for each award.  The committee may choose to partially fund proposals in amounts less than the maximum $500 amount.  Proposals are due by Saturday, March 21.  Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development Web site http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/.

Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application in "rtf" or "MS Word" document, as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at awoll@unomaha.edu.  Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

For more information, contact Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or khenebry@unomaha.edu.

KANEKO-UNO Library Open House Feb. 21

A sleek, educational space devoted to studies in creativity has arrived in Omaha's Old Market. The KANEKO-UNO Library will open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 21.

The new venue represents a serious partnership between two organizations, UNO and KANEKO. Located at the corner of 12th and Jones Streets, the library will play an integral role in supporting KANEKO programming as well as serving UNO students and faculty. As the library develops, memberships will become available for people with interests in innovation and creative activity. Read more.

Body Image, Healthy Lifestyle Focus of Feb. 23 Event

Wellness Stampede

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

Study Abroad Opportunity Available for Technical University of Braunschweig

The Technical University of Braunschweig (TU), UNO's sister university, will offer a seven-week summer program for international undergraduate students. 

The TU Braunschweig exchange program is being offered through Science and Engineering Summer Experience" (SENSE). SENSE offers a great deal to students wishing to get an impression of research and work in an international setting.

The program offers:

- Scientific work and practical training on real research projects;
- International project management;
- Working experience in a German company or research institute;
- German language training; and
- Intercultural sensitivity training.

The modular structure and interdisciplinary approach allows the program to meet the individual needs of participants with various academic backgrounds, including mechanical/electrical engineering, business studies, computer science or biosciences. This program is offered on an exchange or fee-paid basis. Tuition waivers are available. The application deadline is Saturday, Feb. 28.

Program details:

- Open to sophomores through seniors;
- No German language experience necessary;
- Tuition waivers for UNO students;
- Two weeks of German language and culture training;
- Choice of modules include "Study Course in Mechatronics and Microtechnology," "Study Course in Corporate Communications" and "Practical Lab Work in Advanced Biology";
- Accommodation in student residency halls or apartments; and
- Total cost for insurance, housing and excursion program (for seven weeks): 1100 Euro or approximately $1,410.

For more information or to schedule a classroom presentation (by TU Braunschweig students about SENSE), contact Krista Cupich at 554.2293.

In the News

In the News

- The Feb. 7 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a photo of Phyllis Adcock, associate professor of teacher education, with students Mallory Masterson and Kayla Childress. The group collected books for Crescent Elementary School in Iowa.

- Michael Kelly's column in the Feb. 10 issue of the Omaha World-Herald quoted Loree Bykerk, chair of the Department of Political Science, about Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson.

- The February issue of Metro Magazine featured an article on UNO's 100th anniversary, quoting Chancellor John Christensen.

- The Feb. 6 issue of the Midlands Business Journal featured a profile on Lee Denker, Alumni Association director. He was named one of the publication's "40 Under 40" for 2008.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the Feb. 16 issue of The Kansas City Star about the latest developments in Afghanistan. Gouttierre was also mentioned in an editorial published in the Feb. 10 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Afghanistan.

- The February issue of Nebraska Report published a column by Bruce Johansen, professor in the School of Communication, about global warming.

- The Jan. 15 issue of the Banner-Press (David City, Neb.) previewed a concert by James Johnson, music professor, and student Nathan Green, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in David City.

- Mary Lynn Resier, Center for Economic Education assistant director, was interviewed Feb. 12 by WOWT (NBC 6) about the relationship between credit scores and loan rates.

- The Jan. 21 issue of the Burt County Plaindealer (Tekamah, Neb.) and the Jan. 15 issue of the Mirror-Sun (Lyons, Neb.) featured articles about Abbie Syrek, forensics team advisor, about receiving a Step Up Award last year.

- Sam Walker, emeritus professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was interviewed Feb. 11 by WOWT (NBC 6) about sobriety tests for law enforcement officials.

- The Jan. 29 issues of The Reader and El Perico featured cover stories about the recent bus trip organized by the Department of Black Studies to Washington, D.C., for President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony as the country's 44th president.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Adam Smith, M.A. candidate in psychology, had a paper titled "Production and perception of sex differences in vocalizations of Wied's black tufted-ear marmosets (Callithrix kuhlii)" published in American Journal of Primatology.  The experiments were conducted when Smith was an undergraduate student, and other co-authors include two UNO undergraduates, Andrew Birnie and Kent Lane, and Jeffrey French, professor of psychology.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival
Hundreds of high school students from the Midwest will travel to UNO today 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. Read more.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/themovingcompany or call 554.2670.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.