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Repair Work Continues (With a Smile)

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Dodge Street motorists were confronted Monday morning (March 9) with construction equipment, torn up pavement and at least one smiling face. Following the morning rush hour, work began to repair damage from a broken water line to the middle of Dodge Street. The repair project is expected to wrap up later this week.

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Mavericks Sweep Ferris State

Senior goalie Jerad Kaufmann was in the net both Friday and Saturday for UNO's sweep of Ferris State. Kaufmann had 24 saves in the Friday opener that UNO won 3-0. On Saturday, Kaufmann continued with 18 saves in a 5-2 victory. On Saturday, Joey Martin had two goals and one assist in the game. The win gave the Mavericks a 2-0 sweep of their first round series in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs. The Mavericks now advance to the second round next weekend against second-ranked Notre Dame.

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2009.03.11

Spring Job Fair Continues Today in MBSC

The Career Center (formerly known as Career Exploration and Outreach) will host a job fair today, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. The fair features more than 90 employers who are actively recruiting for full-time, part-time and internship positions.

Today, March 11, is the final day of the job fair. It will feature for-profit organizations. Professional interview attire is expected, and students should bring copies of their resumes.

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, ConAgra, Interpublic, First National Bank, C&A Industries, Northwestern Mutual, ConAgra, Streck, UPS, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ExxonMobil and InfoUSA.

Leadership Guru on Campus Today

The School of Public Administration will host Michael Maccoby, an international expert on leadership, today, March 11.  Faculty, staff and students can attend his presentation on "Leadership in Higher Education" at 3:30 p.m. in 132 CB Collaborating Commons.

Dr. Maccoby is a globally recognized expert on leadership, who for more than 35 years, has advised leaders in businesses, governments, unions and universities. He is president of the Maccoby Group in Washington, D.C., and has a doctorate from Harvard University, where he directed the Program on Technology, Public Policy and Human Development from 1978-90. He is a fellow of the American Psychological and Anthropological Associations and the National Academy of Public Administration. He also teaches leadership at Oxford University's School of Business.

Registration is not required. For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at 554.2625 or rsheibalcarver@unomaha.edu.

Opening Reception Today for The Moving Company Centennial Exhibit

UNO 100 YearUNO's modern dance performing ensemble, The Moving Company, will commemorate the university's 100th anniversary today, March 11, with an opening reception for The Moving Company's Centennial photo exhibit, "A Legacy of Dancers: 1935-2008." The College of Education and the School of HPER will host the event from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Criss Library.

The 66 archival photos preserved by UNO archivist Les Valentine have been on display throughout various campus buildings.

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 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. Funding is made possible by a Centennial Mini-Grant.

For more information on these and other events hosted by The Moving Company, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/themovingcompany or call 554.2670.

Free Seminars Offered at HPER

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Exercise science practicum II students from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will conduct three Saturday seminars this semester.

All seminars are free and will take place from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in 110 HPER.

They are:

March 14
Weight lifting

March 28
Power lifting

April 4
Training at target heart rate and aerobic conditioning

For more information, contact Jessica Dozark at 554.3917.

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.

Brooks Lecture Features Creighton University Negotiation Professor

The 2009 Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the William H. Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall.

Ran Kuttner, assistant professor with the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University, will present "Entering a Dialogue: Dynamics of Conflict Management in the Israeli Society." Read more.

HPER Building Renovation Locker Room Notice

Due to the continued Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) renovation, the women's locker room will close Tuesday, March 31. A portion of the men's locker room will also close Sunday, March 15.

Starting the week of March 23, any women who have purchased a locker rental will be asked to remove their locks and items and take them to the newly created women's locker area in the men's locker rooms. Men who have rented lockers in the areas numbered from 1074 to 8363 will need to switch to the portion of the Men's Locker Room with lockers numbered 0001 to 0609 no later than Saturday, March 14.

Once individuals have moved to a new locker, they must notify the Campus Recreation Office of their new locker number. Campus Recreation staff need to know the new locker locations so individuals can be notified of future renovations.

For details, stop by Campus Recreation in 100 HPER, call 554.2539 or go online at http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/.

2010-2011 Traditional Fulbright Scholar Competition is Now Open

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars announces the opening of the 2010-2011 Traditional Fulbright Scholar Program Competition. U.S. faculty and professionals can apply for Fulbright scholar grants through Saturday, Aug.1.

The Traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year to more than 130 countries. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

For more information and to apply for the awards, visit http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards. Complimentary subscriptions are also available for The Global Citizen, the Fulbright Scholar Program's new monthly e-newsletter. Sign up at http://www.cies.org

Spring Graduate Faculty Meeting April 27

The Office of Graduate Studies will host the Spring Graduate Faculty meeting on Monday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room.  All UNO Graduate Faculty members are invited to attend. 

Reports from Deborah Smith-Howell, dean for Graduate Studies and associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the individual UNO Graduate Council committees will be given.

If there are additional subjects faculty would like to be considered for the agenda, e-mail them to Nicole Kersten at nkersten@mail.unomaha.edu no later than Monday, April 13. Refreshments will be served. 

"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.

Social Work to Host Book Event March 24

The UNO School of Social Work will host a book launch of The Grace Abbott Reader on Tuesday, March 24, at the university's Collaborating Commons in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building.  The book's editor, John Sorensen, will speak at the 5 p.m. event, which is free and open to the public.   Read more.

UNO Ambassadors Program Seeks Qualified Students

The UNO Ambassadors Program is recruiting for the 2009-10 school year.  Twelve student ambassadors will be selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. Faculty and staff are asked to identify and encourage qualified students to apply for the program. 

Ambassadors represent the university at a variety of social and business functions, which are hosted by the chancellor, vice chancellors, deans, and other individuals and organizations on campus.  They wear UNO blazers or business casual UNO polo shirts to activities, and receive a $200 scholarship for the academic year in which they serve.  

Criteria for selection include:  27 credit hours earned by May 2009 and a 2.5 GPA; full time student status in the 2009-10 school year; superior communication skills; and a strong interest in service to the university.

Applications are available in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, 202 Eppley Administration Building.  Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 27.  Twenty-five applicants will be interviewed.  For more information, call Chris Liewer at 554.3520.

2009 Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarship

The UNO-AAUP will award two Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarships ($1,000 each) to UNO graduates entering a graduate or professional program during or after the summer of 2009. Students who graduated from UNO during the summer or fall of 2008 or will graduate this spring are eligible.

Dr. Kolasa, a political science professor, was a long-time leader in the UNO-AAUP. Although the awards will be predicated upon the student's acceptance into a graduate or professional program, acceptance need not be shown at the time of application.

The student should submit:

-A letter of application -- including proposed area of study, the reasons for their interest in the chosen field and overall GPA;

-A brief statement indicating their view of the importance of academic freedom in American universities;

-A resume; and

-Two or more letters of recommendation sent from people familiar with the applicant that address potential for success in graduate/professional school; leadership qualities, especially in the area of community service; and activities that indicate the student's breadth of interests beyond the chosen field of study.    

All materials should be sent by Friday, April 3, to:

UNO-AAUP Scholarship Committee,
c/o Dr. Ann Antlfinger, Biology Department,
AH 114

For questions, contact Dr. Antlfinger at 554.2256.

"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.

UNO Women's Walk Popcorn Fundraiser

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."

Participants Sought for HPER Study

Research in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation are currently looking for healthy, non-obese females aged 19-30 who currently take the oral contraceptive Ortho-Tri-Cyclen Lo to participate in a research study investigating how oral contraceptive use impacts blood vessel function.

Individuals must be taking one of the forms of oral contraceptives listed above for at least four months. In addition, subjects should not have high blood pressure, must not be diabetic, have no history of heart disease and must not be taking any medications with the exception of oral contraceptives.  The study would require one one-hour screening session and four two-hour laboratory tests. 

Subjects will be compensated for their time participating in this study.

If interested, contact Jessica Meendering at 554.3252 or jmeendering@mail.unomaha.edu.