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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.

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Maverick Hockey To Host First-Round Playoff Series

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The UNO hockey team will host a first-round Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series this weekend, March 6-8, as the Ferris State University Bulldogs come to town for a best-of-three series at the Qwest Center Omaha.

Tickets go on sale today, March 3, at 10 a.m. Fans may purchase tickets from the athletic business office, located in the lobby of the Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse or by phone at 554.MAVS. The cost is $18 for center ice; $16 for lower bowl; $13 for upper bowl; $9 for youth through K-12 or other college and $3 for UNO students. Read more.

Study Abroad Opportunity with Bethsaida Project

The Bethsaida Excavations Project will host a recruiting outreach to UNO students for the upcoming summer archaeological excavations at Bethsaida, Israel.

Bethsaida Project staff will have a table set up on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center today March 3, and Thursday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students are encouraged to learn more about this unique study abroad opportunity. Call Steve Reynolds at 554.3108 for more information.

Today's Social Software Event Is Cancelled

Today's (March 3) event on "Many Students Loosely Joined: Social Software to Support Distance Education Learners" has been cancelled.  The faculty development event was scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

For more information, contact Adam Sempek at 554.3880.

The Moving Company Preps for March 11 Centennial Event

UNO 100 Year

UNO's modern dance performing ensemble, The Moving Company, has organized an event celebrating the university's 100th anniversary. The event is supported by Centennial Mini-Grants.

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.

Concerts Planned for UNO Virtual Music Week 2009

Artificial Music Initiative (A.M.I.), the computer music ensemble at UNO, will present two concerts of interactive computer music, eight-channel works, integrated media works and traditional fixed media works with live performers as part of Virtual Music Week at UNO. 

The Spire Foundation, the UNO Department of Music and the College of Information Science and Technology will present Virtual Music Week 2009. The first concert is 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center.  It will feature works diffused over an eight-channel system, as well as integrated media works and fixed media works with live performers.  The second concert will take place in the atrium of the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) on Sunday, March 8, at 7 p.m.  The PKI concert will include interactive works and fixed media works by Steve Reich. 

Both concerts are free and both concerts will feature works by Virtual Music Week Artist-in-Residence Robert Hamilton, a sought after computer music researcher and composer specializing in networked game audio. 

Virtual Music Week runs from Friday, March 6, through Thursday, March 12.  In addition to the two concerts, other events include lectures, demos and workshops focusing on research in the area of networked video game environments optimized for music and audio. 

Virtual Music Week and Ensemble A.M.I. are components of the music technology curriculum in the Department of Music and a component of multimedia programs in the College of Information Science and Technology.  

For more information, contact, Jeremy Baguyos at 554.3947 or jbaguyos@unomaha.edu.

International Culture Fair/Banquet This Week

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

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.

UNO Web Template Training Offered by ITS

Interested in redesigning a college or departmental Web site?  Stuart Wheat, UNO Webmaster, has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus community.  Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a three-part, hands-on training session on the UNO Web templates next month.

The sessions take place Thursdays - March 5, March 12 and March 19 - in 104 Durham Science Center.  To learn more about Web templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or erinking@unomaha.edu.

Available sessions:

March 5
- Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
1 to 2:30 p.m.          

This session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web template and how it can be used in conjunction with existing Web site structure or to create a new structure.  ITS will use a free concept mapping tool to diagram the site layout and keep track of site navigation, as well as devise the naming structure.  Staff will also discuss the different organizational elements of the template, review campus examples and discuss how the template can best be used for individual sites.  This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the Web templates.

March 12
- Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development                                            
1 to 3 p.m.

This hands-on session will focus on working with the Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page to be used as the basis for all other pages on individual sites.  ITS staff will briefly review the Dreamweaver set-up and preferences.  The primary focus of this session will be creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site and setting the page titles. (Prerequisite: Web Templates I recommended.)

March 19
- Web Templates III: Content and Graphics                                                                    
1 to 3 p.m.

This third and final hands-on session will focus on completing the UNO model Web page with the main content, as well as the primary navigation.  ITS staff will work with the tabs, includes and the footer.  Additional topics include adding graphics and using fonts.  Once this model is completed, everyone attending should be on their way to having a fully functional Web site. (Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.)

To register for training:

- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/ calendar.php;

- Select the correct month, and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter a SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);

- Click "Sign Up";

and

- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration.  Participants should then add the class to their calendars.  A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

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.

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://www.nebraskashakespeare.com/content/view/26/204/

"Researching and Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism" Student Lunch and Learn

"Researching and Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism" is planned for Tuesday, March 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Students who attend the event will learn about how to evaluate the documents they are using, effectively cite sources when delivering a presentation, and learn how to avoid common research mistakes.

Space is limited so students must register in advance by contacting the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

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."

Call for 2009 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of instructional materials grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles.

Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle, which address one or more UCAT themes. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat for UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are also available on the UCAT Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat.

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.

People

Bramlett and Moshier Named Associate Directors of Women's Studies Program
The UNO Women's Studies Program has named Frank Bramlett, associate professor of English, and Suzanne Moshier, professor of biology, as associate directors of the program.

Dr. Bramlett came to UNO in 1999 as assistant professor of English. In addition to his new role, he will retain his associate professor teaching duties in the Department of English. Besides teaching and scholarly work he has taken on a very active role in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Allies (LGBTQIA) issues on campus, and is chair of UNO Safe Space and Ally Training.

As associate director, Dr. Bramlett will continue to organize and facilitate campus activities to create a safe, nurturing environment for students, faculty and staff who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or intersex, as well as for heterosexual allies. UNO Safe Space is a program that helps individuals identify themselves as people who are supportive of LGBTQI persons; the Safe Space symbol can be found on many office doors and windows across campus. Ally Training is a three-hour program that educates people about issues that LGBTQIA persons face and teaches them how to be supporters and allies of the LGBTQIA community.

"I'm very excited to see that UNO is beginning to recognize its LGBTQI community in a healthy, productive way," Dr. Bramlett said. "This appointment officially acknowledges a community that has long been ignored and in some cases threatened. It also provides much needed support to carry out UNO's mission of serving the entire UNO community, in addition to the larger Omaha metropolitan area."

Dr. Moshier began her work at UNO in 1976 as an assistant professor of biology. She has served on numerous departmental and university committees.  From 1982-85, she served as president of the UNO Chapter of the American Associate of University Professors. Dr. Moshier has been a member of the women's studies faculty since 1988 and served as acting director in 2007.

During her new appointment, Dr. Moshier will still teach courses in the Department of Biology. As associate director, Dr. Moshier will oversee and direct the program's online journal, No Limits!, and the internship program. The journal will be an important outlet for student research and creative activity that was originally presented at the No Limits! conference.  The No Limits! conference is jointly sponsored by the Women's Studies Programs of UNO, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to provide an opportunity for students to present their work in women's studies. 

"I am looking forward to working with our women's studies faculty and others to make the online journal a reality.  Everyone I know who attends the No Limits! conference comes away impressed with the scholarship evident at the meeting," Dr. Moshier said. "We will soon be able to share the work of our NU students with a larger, broader audience."

Drs. Bramlett and Moshier officially began their duties with the start of the spring semester. In conjunction with the appointments, Dr. Bramlett's office moved to 307B Arts and Sciences Hall, and Dr. Moshier's office remains in 114 Allwine Hall.

For more information, contact Dr. Bramlett at 554.3313 or Dr. Moshier at 554.3397.

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