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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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2009.02.24

Campus to Celebrate Fitness Day Feb. 25

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.
Fitness and Wellness Programs will host "Fitness Day" on campus Wednesday, Feb. 25, from noon to 3 p.m. in 114 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to participate. The event is free and will include giveaways and games.

The event is being held in conjunction with the National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day, which celebrates the 1950 founding of the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) by 11 historically black colleges in New Orleans.

"Take control of your health and fitness," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "Come learn more about the fitness programs offered by UNO's Campus Recreation or take part in free fitness assessments."

- Intramural sports;

- Sports clubs;

- Outdoor Venture Center;

- Aquatics;

- Fitness and wellness;

- Group Ex demonstrations;

- Ask a trainer; and

- Fitness assessments.

For more information, contact 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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

Available Toner Cartridges Listing

Limited quantities of toner and inkjet cartridges are available from Mail Services for departmental use only. To reserve any of the following, contact Kathy Hartle at 554.2337.

They are:

- Xerox 6R1007

- Canon 4234A003 (AB)

- Canon BJ 1-642

- Panasonic UG-3350

- Remanufactured series 5L/6L C39006A

- RICOH 6110D

- RICOH replacement staples (Typek)

- NUKOTE 52104201

- HP 51629A

- HP 29

- HP 51641A

- HP 51625A

- HP 51606Y

- HP 51606R

- HP 51606B

- HP 10 (magenta)

- HP 10 (cyan)

- HP 10 (yellow)

- HP 516040

- Epson RB T018

- Epson SO20189

- Epson TO321

- Epson SO20187

- Epson SO20089

- Epson TO43120 (black)

- Epson TO44220 (cyan)

- Epson TO454420 (yellow)

- Epson TO44320 (magenta)

- Brother TN-500 (PF)

- Brother LC21BK (black)

- Brother LC21BK (black)

- Brother LC21m (magenta)

- Brother LC21Y (yellow)

- Brother LC21C (cyan)

Hartle invites the campus community to join the recycling effort. Before throwing away an old toner or ink cartridge, contact her at 554.2337 to see what options are available.

"If you don't have the printer for the toner cartridges anymore, then send them to the mailroom," she said. "With the budget situation, continuing to recycle ink and toner cartridges can save the university and departments money."

"Students with Disabilities in the Classroom and Online" March 12

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will sponsor a Thursday, March 12, presentation on accommodating students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education. Kate Clark, disability services coordinator, will speak from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

According to statistics, the number of students with disabilities pursuing higher education is rising, and faculty often have questions about how to accommodate their needs in the classroom and in online courses.

This session will include a discussion of the following topics:

- Universal Design for Learning theory;

- How to anticipate and plan for disability needs;

- How to make specific course components accessible before the class begins; and

- How to avoid foreseeable accommodation problems.

Attendees also will learn:

- How to create a course that is "universally designed" and requires little changes if a student with a disability enrolls;

- Instructional methods that take into consideration students with disabilities; and

- Specific ways to apply methods to tests, lectures, activities, Power Points and online course components.

To register, contact the CFD, 202 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu.  Those who attend are invited to bring their lunches.  Desserts and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Clark at 554.2872.

Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Program Reminder

In January, the Americans 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 for individuals in a supervisory capacity. UNO has scheduled an ADA program for 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 highlight:

- New ADA amendments;

- Who qualifies as a disabled individual;

- Reasonable accommodations;

- The responsibilities of a supervisor of faculty, staff and students - including graduate or student workers; and

- The process supervisors should follow when an individual's disability is known.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Center for Collaboration Science Research Seminar 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 is 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.

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 offered through Science and Engineering Summer Experience (SENSE). SENSE offers a great deal to students wishing to gain an impression of research and work in an international setting.

SENSE offers:


- Scientific work and practical training on real research projects;


- International project management;


- Work 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. The 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 includes "Study Course in Mechatronics and Microtechnology," "Study Course in Corporate Communications" and "Practical Lab Work in Advanced Biology";


- Accommodations in student residency halls or apartments; and


- Total cost for insurance, housing and excursion program (for seven weeks): $1,100 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.

No Limits! Student Women's Studies Conference Seeks Supplies

This year's No Limits! Conference - to be held Friday through Saturday, March 6-7, at UNO - will include a workshop titled "Collaging the Gendered Self," at which conferees will be invited to create collages. These will be collected together later for transformation into a mosaic via photography.

UNO student Rachel Tomlinson Dick will lead the workshop and asks for donations of the following items: 


- Paintbrushes;


- Mod podge;


- Paints;


- Construction paper;


- Patterned paper;


- Wallpaper;


- Cloth;


- Thread and/or string;


- Unwanted books (text of whole pages could be used in collaging);


- Magazines; and


- Postcards/photos.

Donations can be dropped off in 307 Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information, call Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834.

UNO Literacy Program Welcomes Noted Illustrator, Author March 5-7

Brian Pinkney, an award-winning children's book author and illustrator, will deliver a motivational presentation based on his books Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7, as part of the Omaha Family Literacy Partnership.  Pinkney's appearances at three community events, two Omaha schools and two Council Bluffs schools next month are all part of the Del and Lou Ann Weber Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNO College of Education, the Iowa West Foundation and Scholastic Literacy Partners.  Read more.

Participants Sought for Gait Study

Healthy subjects 55 and older are needed for a study at the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility, located in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.  Ideal participants are free from lower limb orthopedic pathologies such as joint replacements or knee ligament injuries.

The study investigates the effect of aging and vascular occlusion on gait variability. Study participants will receive a stipend for travel costs and a free screening for lower extremity vascular function.

Subjects will take part in a one-time data collection lasting approximately one hour that involves walking on a treadmill before and after a blood pressure cuff is used to reduce blood flow to the legs.  Data will be collected using a state-of-the-art motion capture system identical to equipment used for motion picture special effects and video games.  Collections will take place at a scheduled time during the next few weeks.

For more information, contact Sara Myers at 554.3225 or sfagan@unomaha.edu.

Aim for the Stars Summer Camps Registration Under Way

The Aim for the Stars Summer Science and Math Camps are accepting registrations for this summer. Nine weeks of camps are available, with up to nine different camps each week. Two new camps are offered: "NXT Engineering on Mars" and "What Makes Fitness Fun?"

To register, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/aimforthestars. For more information, call 554.4999.

Registration Under Way for IS&T Summer Programs

A dozen computer technology workshops offered by the College of Information Science and Technology this summer are designed for students ages 11 to 17. Space is limited.

For more information, call 554.3819. To register online, visit http://www.ist.unomaha.edu/index.php?p=workshops/mainWorkshops.

People

Students, Faculty and Staff Attend National Educational Symposium
Five American Humanics (AH) students from UNO participated in the American Humanics Management/Leadership Institute (AHMI), held Jan. 4-7 in Indianapolis. More than 1,000 AH students, alumni, faculty, nonprofit executives and volunteers attended this educational symposium in nonprofit studies, making it the conference's largest attendance in its 36-year history.

Paul Sather, AH campus executive director, accompanied UNO students Tess Larson, Cassandra Loseke, Aya Miyazaki, Jessica Sauser and Janelle Volkenant.

AHMI is the capstone educational experience for college students earning AH certification in nonprofit leadership and management. It is a unique opportunity for AH students to network with nonprofit executives, participate in case studies and a national collegiate dialogue, attend workshops led by experts in nonprofit studies and participate in interviews for nonprofit professional positions.  In addition, the Advanced Practitioner Seminar at AHMI provides programming for entry to mid-level nonprofit leaders, as well as faculty and graduate students. 

American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofits dedicated to preparing the next generation of nonprofit sector leaders.  Founded in 1948, American Humanics is affiliated with more than 70 colleges and universities nationwide, including UNO, and partners with more than 60 national nonprofit organizations including the March of Dimes, YMCA and Girl Scouts of the USA.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.