UNO Students Surrender Spring Break to Volunteer
The UNO Service Learning Academy again has organized UNO's Seventh Annual Seven Days of Service which is under way in the metro through Saturday, March 21.
Students from UNO, the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, Omaha North and Benson high schools, and the Omaha Public Schools Career Center will landscape, renovate and repair six to eight homes in Omaha and Council Bluffs. The students will also renovate the Salvation Army children's playground, the Stephen Center and Bellevue's Camp Eppley. Read more.
Construction Zone Speed Limit Notice
UNO Facilities Management and Planning staff request drivers use extreme caution and a maximum speed of 15 mph when using University Drive South along the perimeter of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) construction site between the intersection with Maverick Plaza and Elmwood Park.
"Please slow down. This is a construction zone, with many construction vehicles - dump trucks, concrete trucks and others -- also using this road," said Audrey Buckley, project manager/architect for facilities. "We apologize for the inconveniences, and ask the UNO community for their continued patience during the construction of the HPER Addition and Renovation and the campus utility tunnel projects."
For more information, contact Buckley at 554.4104.
Criss Library Offers Workshop on Online Research Management Tool
On Wednesday, March 18, the 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.
It will take place in 107 library from 1 to 2:30 p.m. 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.
To register, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNO Women's Club Boutique and Luncheon
The UNO Women's Club will host a Centennial event Saturday, March 28, which begins with boutique shopping and free coffee from 10 a.m. to noon. More than 20 vendors will offer spring goodies, jewelry, gifts, books, wreaths and home decorations at William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.
The luncheon will start at noon and includes a talk on women's health issues by Jennifer Huberty, UNO assistant professor of health, physical education and recreation.
The luncheon costs $25, and reservations are due by Monday, March 23. Proceeds will support the UNO Women's Club scholarship fund.
For more information, contact the University of Nebraska Foundation at 502.4913.
Second Life Boot Camp Set for April 17
The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host an interactive presentation on "Second Life Boot Camp" Friday, April 17. Lynette Leonard, assistant professor with the School of Communication, will provide the boot camp tour of Second Life from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 007A Roskens Hall.
Integrating Second Life (SL), a 3-D virtual world, into classes can offer students an experience that transcends the traditional classroom. 3-D virtual worlds give students the opportunity to explore class concepts through observation, interaction, or collaboration with people from all over the world; enact visually-dynamic role plays and participation in immersive simulations of different cultures, time periods and contexts.
Participants in the workshop will enter a SL boot camp in which they will learn to use this classroom technology in a hands-on, supportive environment. By the end of the course, participants will have created professional avatars, accessed SL instructional resources, learned best practices from those with experience teaching in SL.
To fully realize the benefits of this short course,
participants should register for a free SL account:
- Visit http://www.secondlife.com;
- Confirm that registration with SL; and
- E-mail their SL name to email@example.com.
Participants without SL accounts can watch the training and receive assistance in registering for a free account at the end of the course.
KVNO Spring Pledge Drive Slated March 17-27
Classical 90.7 FM KVNO kicks off its Spring Pledge Drive at 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 17. The station needs volunteers willing to stop by for an hour or two to help take pledge calls.
"We are planning to take pledge calls 12 hours per day for 11 days," said Patti Aroneseno, KVNO membership assistant and volunteer coordinator. "If you've never joined us before, Classical 90.7 pledge drives feature plenty of food, fellowship and fun."
KVNO remains the premier classical music station in Nebraska, and relies on community financial contributions for more than 50 percent of its annual operating revenue.
"We remain extremely grateful for the generosity of volunteers that lend their time, listeners that pledge donations and sponsors that underwrite our programs," said Kim Balkovec, KVNO membership manager. "Our ability to provide this unparalleled public service for nearly 37 years hinges on the loyal support we continue to receive from the entire community."
For more information on volunteering during the pledge drive, or to make a contribution, contact Aroneseno at 559.5866.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org through Friday, March 20. Departments can reserve tables of eight for $112 by contacting Laura Grams, awards subcommittee chair, at 554.2629 or email@example.com.
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 group 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or email@example.com. UNO encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone anticipating need of any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided should contact Maring or Bohan Brown prior to the luncheon.
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:
- Friday, March 20
Skratcharity (Asian Students Association fundraiser)
Elite Lounge (11009 Elm St.)
- Sunday, March 29
Asian Cultural Night (performances from Asia)
Milo Bail Student Center (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
MBSC Dodge Room
- Wednesday, April 8
"Harakiri" film screening with Julien Fielding, Religious Studies Program
Eppley Administration Building Auditorium
- Thursday, April 9
Lecture by Yong Shi, Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis
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.
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."
Olympian Dara Torres Highlights "Night with the Mavs"
Olympic gold medalist Dara Torres will be the featured speaker at the first annual Night with the Mavs, presented by First National Bank and hosted by the UNO Athletic Department. The event will take place on Thursday, March 26, at the Embassy Suites in La Vista.
The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by the program and dinner at 7 p.m. All money raised will benefit UNO athletic student-athlete scholarships and athletic program enhancements. Read more.
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 Várguez, 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 and assessment and evaluation.
For more information, contact Melanie Bloom at 554.4989 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/youth/camp.php. 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/youth/camp.php or call Lisa Adams at 554.2859.
Call for Summer Curriculum Development Grant Proposals for 2009
The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of summer 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;
- Instructional technology and e-Portfolios;
- Interdisciplinary integration;
- Promoting critical thinking; and
- Undergraduate and graduate mentoring, advising and research.
In addition to full-time faculty, adjunct faculty are permitted to apply. Also, doctoral students who are the instructor of record for a course and who are playing an active role in curriculum development for that course/program are allowed to apply for summer grants. 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 will 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 (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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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