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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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2009.03.12

Student Group Welcomes Old Market Boutique Owner

Alice Kim, owner of accessories and gift boutique Trocadéro in Omaha's Old Market, will speak to members of UNO's Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization at 4:30 p.m. today, March 12. Read more.

Jazz Artist Vax to Play at UNO Tonight

Jazz artist Mike Vax will perform with the UNO Jazz Bands and the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO) at the university's student center on today, March 12.

Vax has played lead and solo trumpet with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band, and the U.S. Navy Show Band. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Read more.

"Consider This" to Investigate Nebraska Child Advocacy Programs

On the next edition of "Consider This," a message from a child abuse survivor will tell his personal story and child advocacy representatives will share what programs and services are available across Nebraska.

Host Cathy Wyatt's guests will include Antwone Fisher, a child abuse and neglect survivor, Dr. Debra Anderson, director of training at Project Harmony-Omaha, Gene Klein, executive director of Project Harmony-Omaha and Mark Zimmerer, director of Child Advocacy Center-Norfolk

The program airs today, March 12, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Air dates and times are:

NET1
- Sunday, March 15
11:30 a.m.

NET2
- Friday, March 13
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, March 17
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

"Food and Geriatric Psychiatry" Topic of March 13 Talk

Food and its psychological importance, especially in relation to identity and life satisfaction of elders in assisted living facilities and nursing homes will be the topic of a talk by physician Thomas Magnuson on Friday, March 13, at 7:30 a.m. in the 109 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS dean's conference room).

The brief talk and discussion is sponsored by the UNO Gerontology Interest Group and all are welcome to attend. Dr. Magnuson has been awarded the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship (1997-1998), and has completed a Fellowship in the Section of Geriatric Psychiatry. He also is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (in Psychiatry).

Dr. Magnuson's clinical practice includes inpatient, outpatient and nursing home patients. He also teaches at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and has research interests in rural geriatric psychiatry, nursing home psychiatry and movement disorders in the elderly.

For more information about this event, contact Lyn Holley at 554.4814.

UNO 2009 Faculty and Student Honors Convocations

UNO Honors Week -- a campus celebration of outstanding students and faculty -- will take place on campus Monday, March 23, through Friday March 27. The week spotlights three university-wide events - the Honors Program Senior Theses Symposia, the Faculty Honors Convocation and the Student Honors Convocation.

The Honors Program Senior Theses Symposia will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24 and 25, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Anyone attending should R.S.V.P. to 554.2696 by Friday, March 20.

The Faculty Honors Convocation features the recipients of the university's outstanding teaching, research and creative activity, mentoring, service-learning, and distinguished professorship awards. The Faculty Convocation takes place Thursday, March 26, at 7 a.m. in the MBSC Ballroom. The campus community is invited to attend. Anyone planning on attending should R.S.V.P. to Christine Hoffman at 554.2263 or choffman@unomaha.edu by Monday, March 23.

The Student Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with the graduate scholarships, undergraduate major honorees and awards given by college deans, the senior vice chancellor, the service-learning academy and the Athletic Department. The Student Convocation will be held on Friday, March 27, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center followed by a reception in the MBSC Ballroom. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend in support of these outstanding students. Anyone planning on attending should R.S.V.P. to Hoffman at 554.2263 or choffman@unomaha.edu by Monday, March 23.

"The Faculty and Student Honors Convocations are opportunities for all campus units to celebrate together the extraordinary accomplishments of faculty and students throughout the university," said Steve Bullock, interim assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. "Faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends of the university are also encouraged to participate in the many college, department, and organization events which showcase and celebrate faculty, student, and staff achievements"

For more information on the Faculty and Student Honors Convocations contact Dr. Bullock at 554.2262 or by e-mailing stevebullock@unomaha.edu. For more information regarding the Student Honors Symposium, contact Rosalie Saltzman at 554.2598.

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 ghotaling@mail.unomaha.edu through Friday, March 20. Departments can reserve tables of eight for $112 by contacting Laura Grams, awards subcommittee chair, at 554.2629 or lgrams@unomaha.edu.

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
- YWCA

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 mmaring@mail.unomaha.edu, or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu.

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."

Deadline for Reimbursement Claims Is March 31

Just a reminder that the last date that any health care reimbursement and/or dependent day care reimbursement claims for 2008 must be received by Human Resources (HR) by Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m. Any relevant expenses incurred by Dec. 31, 2008, may be claimed.

HR staff would like to remind the campus community that contributions not used will be forfeited. To view existing balance use the Employee Self Service on Firefly. Follow the following prompts:

- Visit https://firefly.nebraska.edu/;

- Click on "Employee Self Service";

- Chose "Benefits";

- View "FSA Claim" form.

Reimbursement account claim forms and additional information are located at http://www.nebraska.edu/hr/hr_benefits.shtml. The Web site also includes a detailed explanation of services as well as a listing of over-the-counter items that are eligible for reimbursement from employee health care reimbursement account.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.366 or Tim Rochford 554.2465.

Applications Sought Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The Faculty Senate is now accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships. Both residents and non-residents may apply. Four scholarships will be awarded:
- One $900 full-time undergraduate scholarship;
- One $450 part-time undergraduate scholarship;
- One $900 full-time graduate scholarship; and
- One $450 part-time graduate scholarship.

Information on the scholarship history, criteria, application process and the application form can found on the Faculty Senate's Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/facsen/scholarship/beck_%20scholarship_index.php.

Applications are also available at the Financial Aid Office, 103 Eppley Administration Building, or the Faculty Senate Office, 105 Arts and Sciences Hall. The application deadline is Friday, April 10.

Annual UNO Friends of Shakespeare Dinner and Membership Drive Under Way

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/

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat.

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 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.

Wellness Stampede

Chair Massage Service Available This Semester in HPER

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Looking for a way to reduce stress?

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase chair massages on campus this semester. A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from noon to 2 p.m.

The Friday dates for the rest of the semester are:

- March 20;

- April 17; and

- May 15.

Kimberly Jackson, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits. For more information, 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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.