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New KANEKO-UNO Library Opens

Omaha news media got a sneak peek Friday (Feb. 20) at the new KANEKO-UNO Library located at 12th & Jones in Omaha's Old Market. The new venue represents a partnership between UNO and KANEKO. The library plays a key role in supporting KANEKO programming as well as serving UNO students and faculty. The library's collection features journals and books in fields that focus on creative input, such as science, engineering, business, the humanities and the arts. Sixty-inch, wall-mounted plasma television screens equipped with video conferencing technology will facilitate participation in seminars, meetings and distance learning opportunities throughout the world.

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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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International Culture Fair/Banquet Planned for March

International Student Services (ISS), a Student Government agency, will sponsor a culture fair and banquet this March on campus.

International students from across campus will share artifacts and information about their countries of origin on Wednesday and Thursday, March 4 and 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the International Culture Fair in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room. The event is free, and all are welcome.

The 37th annual International Banquet will take place Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom/Nebraska Room. A free dance will follow the banquet in the MBSC Fireplace Lounge until midnight.

The banquet theme is Muvuca, the Carnival of Cultures, and will feature international cuisine and performances from countries represented on campus. Tickets are available in the MBSC Business Office and cost $8 for UNO students and $25 for all other tickets. The event sells out every year, so those planning to attend should purchase tickets early.

For more information, contact Gabriela Earl at gearl@unomaha.edu or Erin Cron at ecron@unomaha.edu or 554.2711.

"Service-Learning 101" Consultations Offered

What does "community engagement" mean? What does it look like? Why is it valued by UNO?

For many UNO faculty, community engagement means service learning: integrating community service projects into coursework so students apply course concepts, see their relevance to the world of work and the community, and gain satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

To help faculty design service-learning projects that both meet genuine community needs and apply course concepts, the Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will offer "Service-Learning 101," a two-hour workshop. This spring it is being offered to UNO faculty as an individual or small group consultation.

All faculty, including those new to service learning and those with projects in development, are welcome.

To schedule a consultation, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu.

Annual UNO Friends of Shakespeare Dinner and Membership Drive

The UNO Friends of Shakespeare Committee is looking for UNO faculty and staff to host Friends of Shakespeare dinners or events as part of the annual Nebraska Shakespeare Membership Drive.

Hosts invite friends, family, neighbors or colleagues to share food, drink and a fun Shakespeare experience.  Attendees are asked to donate a minimum of $35 per person to Nebraska Shakespeare to attend the event and become a member of Friends of Shakespeare.

For more information about how to get involved as a host or as a guest, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849, Mary Lynn Reiser at 554.2357, Janet Pol at 554.3605 or visit the Nebraska Shakespeare Friends Events Web site at http://http://www.nebraskashakespeare.com/content/view/26/204/.

UNO Women's Walk Popcorn Fundraiser

Vic's Popcorn has partnered with the UNO Women's Walk to kick off fundraising efforts before the Saturday, April 18, walk for women's athletics.

As part of the fundraising promotion, a three-gallon UNO Maverick popcorn canister is for sale.  Prices are $31 for three flavors (caramel, cheese and white); and $27 for gourmet white. If bought through UNO before Friday, March 27, $10 from each canister will go to the UNO Women's Walk fund. Monies raised go toward scholarships for women athletes. To view the canister, click on this link.

Canisters will be delivered to campus addresses at no additional charge. To reserve a canister, contact Geri Backopra at 554.2506 or gbackora@unomaha.edu.  Checks should be made payable to the "UNO Women's Walk."

SAC Seeks Employee of the Month Nominations for Staff and Faculty

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is seeking nominations for the Employee of the Month Award for staff or faculty. Nominations can be submitted by staff, faculty and managers or administrators, and must meet the new criteria listed below. 

"If you have previously submitted a nomination prior to January 2009, please resubmit your nomination with the new criteria listed below," said Monica Bayles, SAC treasurer.

The new criteria for the award:

- Performed job above and beyond expectations;

- Interpersonal skill/communication;

- Knowledge of job; and

- Adaptability. 

Nomination guidelines:

- Nominees must be employed at UNO for one year or longer;

- An Employee of the Month qualifies to be selected as Employee of the Year; and

- Nominations will be kept on file for 90 days and will be considered with all nominations for Employee of the Month. 

Recipients will receive a $100 award.  To nominate an employee, print and complete the nomination form at http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2009/img/sac_eomform.pdf and send it through campus mail to P.O. Box 130. For more information, call Bayles at 554.2977.

"UNO Centers at a Glance" March 5

Ever wonder what happens in the Math-Science, Speech and Writing Centers at UNO? At "UNO Centers at a Glance," learn 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 is 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 unofacdev@unomaha.edu. Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunches. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

Aquatics Triathlon Clinic Set for March 7

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Mav-Rec Aquatics will conduct a Triathlon Clinic on Saturday, March 7, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Start time is set for 9 a.m.  At the clinic, participants will learn more about the sport. The cost is $40 and registration forms are available at http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/aquatics/index.php or at 100 HPER.

Participants should bring their swimsuits, since part of the clinic will take place in the pool.

For more information, call Pat Philippi at 554.2223.

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.

"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.

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 (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 CFD in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

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

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:

- 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.