SKIP navigation
UNO eNotes Home Page

Through the Lens

go to the show

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.


No 1 No 2
Ally Training
No Limits Conference


Budget Forum Set for March 26

UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host and lead a campus forum focused on the university budget Thursday, March 26, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All members of the campus community - faculty, staff and students - are welcome to attend.

This will be the second forum in an ongoing series of informational sessions on the 2009-2010 budget. The first took place in January. This forum will provide an update of fiscal issues, a refined timeline regarding the state economic forecast and activities of the campus Budget Advisory Task Force. Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley lead the task force, and both will take part in the forum.

"It's vitally important to have this kind of discussion, and the next forum will continue our conversation about our budget," Dr. Christensen said. " While we know we face challenges, the opportunity to come together and communicate our questions and concerns has great value. I would encourage everyone who can attend to come to this session."

Dodge Street Repairs to Take Place This Week

Work to further repair damage due to last week's water main break near 62nd and Dodge streets will likely mean a closed center lane on Dodge Street for much of this week.  The repairs will also include repaving.

"I would ask that faculty, staff and students be aware of the situation," said John Amend, director of Facilities Management and Planning.  "There may be delays on Dodge, especially at high traffic times.  People may want to use alternate routes to get to campus."

The water main break occurred on March 6.  It disrupted water service for a time to the Milo Bail Student Center.

CCSW Awards Luncheon Tickets on Sale in the MBSC

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will host its 23rd annual awards luncheon Tuesday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Tickets cost $14 for staff, faculty and the general public, and $10 for students.

Luncheon tickets are on sale in the MBSC Business Office and can also be purchased by phone at 554.2979 or by e-mail to through Friday, March 20. Departments can reserve tables of eight for $112 by contacting Laura Grams, awards subcommittee chair, at 554.2629 or

At the luncheon, the CCSW will recognize the 2009 award recipients. Les Valentine, Criss Library university archivist, will also give a Centennial presentation. The awards honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding service to women.

The 2009 honorees include:

Outstanding Achievement Award
- Marti Rosen-Atherton, director of UNO Counseling Services-University Division; and
- Effie Swinarski, childcare assistant with the UNO Child Care Center.

Community Service Award

Student Scholarship Award
- Lulu A. Ferdous, UNO junior majoring in aviation

The CCSW serves as an advisory to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to faculty, staff and students.

For more information about the luncheon, contact CCSW co-chairs Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or, or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or

UNT Chemistry Professor Nathan DeYonker to Present Today, Tomorrow

The UNO Department of Chemistry will host Nathan DeYonker, from the University of North Texas, today and tomorrow, March 9-10. Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend the free events.

Today, Dr. DeYonker will give a lecture on general chemistry from noon to 1 p.m. in 304 Durham Science Center (DSC). A reception will take place after the presentation from 1 to 1:30 p.m. in 303 DSC.

On March 10, Dr. DeYonker will present his research - "Accurate and Pan-periodic Energies" - from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 110 DSC. A student question-and-answer session will take place in 303 DSC after the talk.

For more information, contact Janine Brooks at 554.2651.

Collaboration Experts Meet at UNO to Create New Technology

An international team of academic and industry partners joined the Center for Collaboration Science (CCS) for a three-day workshop in mid-February in the new Executive Decision Lab, housed in the College of Business Administration. The goal was to design a new generation of collaboration technology. Collaboration engineers will use the new software platform to design and develop new collaborative applications in just hours or days - opposed to months or years. Read more.

"Getting Involved On Campus" Seminar March 10

Interested in campus activities but don't know where to start? The UNO Counseling Center will present a seminar on exploring the many clubs and organizations offered at UNO on Tuesday, March 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

A panel of students and staff will answer questions and provide information on Student Government, Maverick Productions, intramural sports, Greek life and more. Sub sandwiches also will be served.

For more information, call Kathy Keiser at 554.2409.

Asian Heritage Month Celebration Under Way

UNO will celebrate Asian heritage with a wide variety of events through Thursday, April 9. Music, lectures and a film screening are some of the activities, most of which are free and open to the public.

The event schedule:

- Tuesday, March 10
Asian Heritage Mixer (music, food and games)
11:30 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room

- Friday, March 20
Skratcharity (Asian Students Association fundraiser)
8 p.m.
Elite Lounge (11009 Elm St.)

- Sunday, March 29
Asian Cultural Night (performances from Asia)
6 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom

- Wednesday, April 1
Lecture by Maorong Jiang, Creighton University
MBSC Gallery Room

- Tuesday, April 7
Lecture by Peter Szto, School of Social Work
12:30 p.m.
MBSC Dodge Room

- Wednesday, April 8
"Harakiri" film screening with Julien Fielding, Religious Studies Program
5 p.m.
Eppley Administration Building Auditorium

- Thursday, April 9
Lecture by Yong Shi, Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis
11:30 a.m.
MBSC Chancellor's Room

Event sponsors include Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, International Student Services, the American Multicultural Students Agency and the Asian Students Association.

For more information, call 554.2711.

Application Deadline Today for June Trip to Mexico

Today, March 9, is the deadline to turn in an application and first deposit for the Department of Foreign Languages' trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico, set for June. Two years of language study is recommended for participation.

The program includes small classes on topics such as Spanish grammar, conversation and history taught by Mexican teachers and supervised by the program director, Ana Carballal. Optional coursework in business or medical Spanish is available.

Cultural days and weekend trips are available. In Mexico, students will live with a family for four weeks. The estimated cost is $4,000, which includes round-trip transportation between Omaha and Cuernavaca (air and land); three to six UNO credits; room and board with two meals daily; courses in Mexico and $600 for personal expenses. Financial aid is available through the UNO Financial Aid Office.

For more information, contact Dr. Carballal (301-N Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.4838 or

Registration Under Way for 2009 Mav Kids Summer Day Camp

Campus Recreation continues to accept registrations for the 2009 Mav Kids Summer Day Camp. This year's theme is "Around the World in Seven Weeks."

Weekly themes and details are available on the Campus Recreation Web site at The camp is for children currently in kindergarten up to age 12. The cost for UNO students and Campus Recreation activity Cardholders is $115 per week, $125 per week for UNO non-activity cardholders and the $135 per week for the general public.

For registration details, visit or call Lisa Adams at 554.2859.

Chicago Painter-in-Residence Karl Wirsum at UNO This Week, to Lecture March 12

Chicago "Hairy Who" painter Karl Wirsum will be a visiting artist with the UNO Print Workshop through Friday, March 13. At UNO, he will collaborate with the workshop to produce a color lithograph.

Wirsum will also give a public lecture about his work Thursday, March 12, at 1 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 554.3763.

Commenting Tools for a Digital Audience Brown Bag March 12

Looking for a digital alternative to the student paper blizzard or a way to comment on digital files to provide more personal feedback to students? If so, join Sherry Hronek, adjunct English instructor, and Pat Dargantes from Information Technology Services (ITS) on Thursday, March 12, for a brown bag session.

The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. All UNO faculty and staff are welcome to attend, and no registration is required.

The presentation will include:
- A review and discussion of audio feedback research;
- A demonstration of how audio feedback is currently used in a UNO English course;
- A demonstration of how to comment on digital files without a keyboard; and
- A hands-on opportunity to try audio feedback and marking digital files.

During this brown bag session, participants will learn how to record and attach oral comments in PDF, Word or PowerPoint files and experiment using a Wacom tablet for writing comments and marking PDF files.

For more information, contact Dargantes at

Third Annual Colloquium on Language Teaching March 28

The Master of Arts in Language Teaching program at UNO will sponsor the Third Annual Colloquium on Language Teaching on Saturday, March 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH). The event, featuring a keynote address by Westside High School's Ricardo V‡rguez, is free and open to the public.

The colloquium will begin with a meet and greet at 12:30 p.m. on the third floor of ASH. Concurrent sessions will follow and include topics like language teaching strategies, service learning, assessment and evaluation, among others.

For more information, contact Melanie Bloom at 554.4989 or

UNO Spring Job Fair Set for March 10-11

The Career Center (formerly known as Career Exploration and Outreach) will host a two-day job fair at UNO on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 10-11.

On both days, students will have the chance to network with more than 90 employers recruiting for full-time, part-time and internship positions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. March 10 is primarily dedicated to organizations that are non-profit, government, healthcare and university-related. March 11 is reserved for those organizations that are for-profit. For more information about the job fair, contact The Career Center at 554.3672.

The spring 2009 job fair is sponsored by: ACI Worldwide, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Union Pacific, Securities America, Applied Underwriters, TD Ameritrade, National Indemnity, Gallup, Sitel, Harrah's Entertainment, Interpublic, First National Bank, C&A Industries, Northwestern Mutual, ConAgra, Streck, UPS, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ExxonMobil and InfoUSA.

In addition, listings for the spring on-campus interview season are now available through Maverick HireWire. Employers will be on campus throughout March and April interviewing for full-time and internship positions.

Students can view employment listings for on-campus interviews by logging onto Maverick HireWire at or visiting The Career Center Web site at Those who plan to apply need a resume uploaded to Maverick HireWire and should order a transcript from the Registrar to be delivered to The Career Center Office, 211 Eppley Administration Building.

Next NBDC Workshop on Government Contracts March 10

The next Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) workshop on government contracting takes place Tuesday, March 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Healing Gallery, 4225 Cuming St.

The event - titled "Winning the Contract" - is free but requires pre-registration at due to the limited seating. Additional workshops in the series are planned for the following dates. Individuals can sign up for any individual workshop.

The remaining schedule:

- Tuesday, April 14
"Overview of Government Markets"

- Tuesday, May 12
"Registering Your Company"

- Tuesday, June 9
"Finding Bidding Opportunities"

The series is sponsored by Andy Alexander, NBDC procurement technical assistance manager/counselor. For more information, call 554.6252.

Faculty Senate to Meet March 11

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, March 11, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Linda Mannering, director of Institutional Research, will give a short presentation on "Class Scheduling Preferences Survey" beginning at 2 p.m. The meeting will immediately follow the presentation. All are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

"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 Those who attend are invited to bring their lunches. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Clark at 554.2872.

"Researching and Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism" Student Lunch and Learn March 31

A student lunch and learn titled "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 Free pizza and pop will be provided.

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.

Teaching circles members can apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle, which address one or more UCAT themes. To view the UCAT themes, visit

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 available on the UCAT Web site at

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 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.