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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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Wellness Stampede

Body Image, Healthy Lifestyle Focus of Today's Wellness 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 today, 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

Energy Savings Potential Program Brown Bag Session Today

A brown bag session for faculty and staff on the Energy Savings Potential (ESP) Program will take place today, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 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

Deadline Extended for March Research/Creative Activity Fair Applications

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. The deadline of student applications has been extended to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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 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

Wellness Stampede

Wellness Stampede and WRC Offer Self-Defense Classes

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The Wellness Stampede and Women's Resource Center (WRC) have teamed up to host three two-hour self-defense classes in 110 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

UNO student Eliss Hall, a fifth degree black belt and owner of two Martial Arts Academies, will lead the class.

Each class will focus on knowledge and techniques to keep participants safe. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and prepare to work out. Cost is free for UNO students and Campus Recreation Activity Cardholders and $10 for non-activity cardholders and the public.

The class schedule:

- Tuesday, Feb. 24
1 to 2 p.m.

- Friday, March 6
2 to 4 p.m.

- Saturday, April 11
9 to 11 a.m.

To register, stop by 100 HPER or call 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

UNMC Surplus Sale Set for Feb. 27

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) will hold a surplus sale on Friday, Feb. 27. General Supply/Furniture Stores will handle the sale, which will take place at the UNMC Surplus Outlet, 4501 Dodge St. (located west of Mid City Bank).

The sale is open to the public. If interested in viewing furniture for university use, contact Jacque Diggle prior to Feb. 27 at 559.5899.

The sale will run from noon to 6 p.m. A variety of miscellaneous items are available: desks, files, shelving, bookcases, tables, chairs (no chair costs more than $5), TVs, VCRs, books, refrigerators (house and dorm size) and a complete Pentium 4 computer system for $95. All items are cash and carry.

"UNO Centers at a Glance" March 5

Ever wonder what goes on in the Math-Science, Speech and Writing Centers at UNO? At "UNO Centers at a Glance," find out how the knowledgeable staff at these three UNO centers helps students and faculty with assignments, presentations and papers. Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), the session will take place on Thursday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the UNO Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Staff presenting will include Marlina Davidson, instructor with the School of Communication and Speech Center consulting coordinator; Dorianne Richards, lecturer for the Department of English and director of the UNO Writing Center; and Dana Richter-Egger, assistant professor of chemistry and Math Science Learning Center director.

The workshop will address:
- Student support (tutoring, study groups, supplemental instruction and peer mentoring);
- Collaboration with faculty and other campus units with related missions;
- Assessment of science education effectiveness;
- UNO's "Speaking Across the Curriculum" Program and the Speech Center's basic course room and Speech consulting room; and
- The Writing Center's individual consultations and writing workshops.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunches. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

Lifelong Learning Initiative to Celebrate Women's History Month

The UNO Lifelong Learning Initiative (LLI), formerly the Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA), will celebrate Women's History Month in conjunction with the Omaha Public Library. The "Women Who Keep Learning" reception will take place Sunday, March 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. on the fourth floor of the W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St. Read more.

Criss Library to Offer Workshops on Online Research Management Tool

Criss Library will offer an overview of its RefWorks -- an online research management tool, that 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 the remaining sessions by e-mail to

The schedule:

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.

Center for 2009 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 Summer Curriculum Development Grant Proposals

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 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 (CFD) Web site (

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 Hard copy submissions should be sent to the CFD in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

For more information, contact Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or


Maverick Watch

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