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Young Strives for Openness at Center

Student Lori Young (above) leads UNO's Women's Resource Center. Located in the Milo Bail Student Center, the organization regularly works with students on topics some may deem taboo. Here Young discusses the center's involvement on campus and her generous open-door policy.

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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.



Sarah Chayes to Speak at E.N. Thompson Lectures on World Issues

The people of Afghanistan want a role in determining their future, even though they may not know the meaning of the word "democracy," according to Sarah Chayes. She will speak Wednesday, March 4, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln as part of the 2008-09 E.N. Thompson Lecture on World Issues.

The lecture will be simulcast at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, in addition to remote sites in Scottsbluff, North Platte, Kearney, Columbus and Wayne. Read more.

Compensation/Benefit Statement Distribution Notice

The total compensation and benefit statements are being released to employees through campus mail on Friday, March 6. It is a comprehensive statement of an individual's total compensation (pay and benefits) from the University of Nebraska.   

The benefits package is an important part of the total compensation that is received from the university. The information included in the statements is as of December 31, 2008.

Contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Tim Rochford at 554.2321 for more information on the statements.

Missouri Valley History Conference Returns to Omaha

The annual Missouri Valley History Conference, organized by UNO Department of History, continues its half-century tradition at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Omaha. The event will be held Thursday, March 5, through Saturday, March 7.

This year's conference features a number of topics including Nebraska history and other worldwide themes. Two guest lecturers are scheduled to speak at two luncheons during the conference. Both luncheon presentations take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 555 S. 10th St. Read more.

Center for Economic Education to Host South African Educators

Four South African economic educators will visit Omaha Tuesday through Sunday, March 10-15, in conjunction with a study tour hosted by the Center for Economic Education (CEE) and the National Council for Economic Education (NCEE).  The group will meet with local businesses and tour UNO and Omaha schools. Read more.

"Service Learning 201: Advancing the Practice" March 6

Anyone interested in learning more about service learning at UNO can attend "Service Learning 201: Advancing the Practice" on Friday, March 6. Sponsored by the Service-Learning Academy (SLA), the program will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Centennial Hall of the Alumni Center.

Presenter Shelley Henderson, P-16 Service Learning coordinator with the Service Learning Academy, will highlight two-tiered partnerships, as well as the challenges and rewards of working with a K-12 partner on a service learning project.

UNO, through its P-16 initiative, has developed strong partnerships with K-12 schools and after school academies. These programs are rich opportunities for service learning projects that encourage college students to become active in their community as they serve on the project, learn course concepts through application and guide youth by serving as role models and hands-on educational guides. 

In this session, participants will learn how they can explore this next step in service learning pedagogy and hear the details of an opportunity offered this summer. 

To register, contact Sarah Hanify at 554.2427 or

Annual Double Reed Day Evening Recital March 6

UNO will host the second annual Double Reed Day on Friday, March 6, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Recital Hall.  

Tickets are $10 for general admission and free for UNO students and faculty with a current MavCard ID.

The evening recital will feature oboist Rebecca Henderson – professor of oboe at the University of Texas at Austin and former visiting principal oboist of the National Symphony Orchestra; oboist and English hornist Susan Hatch Tomkiewicz – instructor/artist of oboe at UNO; and bassonist Nathanial Zeisler – professor of bassoon at Bowling Green State University. The recital will include works by Andre Previn, Richard Henderson and Russell Pinkston.

Registration Under Way for Maverick Golf Classic

The 14th annual Maverick Classic golf outing is just around the corner. It will take place Friday, May 29, at Tregaron Golf Course in Bellevue. 

Join the fun for a great day of golf, food and prizes. The event sold out in 2008. Don't miss out, as foursomes are limited.

To sign up, contact visit or contact Geri Backora at 554.2506 or

Criss Library to Offer Workshops on Online Research Management Tool

Criss Library will offer an overview of 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, March 3
1 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18
1 to 2:30 p.m.

"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," 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 will take place on Thursday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the UNO Writing Center, 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.

Wellness Stampede and WRC Offer Self-Defense Classes

Wellness Stampede

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:

- 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

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 and send it through campus mail to P.O. Box 130. For more information, call Bayles at 554.2977.

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 online at 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, or

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.

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

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