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Spring starts this Friday

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Spring officially starts on Friday, March 20, the day UNO's Spring Break ends. The weather this week promises to be, well, spring-like, too. And it was warm enough on campus at the end of last week for this cardinal to be out.

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Becky Scronce

February Employee of the Month: Becky Scronce

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Becky Scronce, staff secretary II with the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), will get the job done, regardless of its size or difficulty. Co-workers say her diligence and resourcefulness add to her efficiency.

"Rebecca is integral to the success of our department," a co-worker wrote. "She goes above and beyond to help everyone she works with and always does a high-quality job."

In November of 2004, Scronce joined the university community as a temporary employee and was hired as a full-time worker in 2005. Key tasks include assisting HPER students and faculty, and helping with computer-related issues and special projects.

Being recognized as an Employee of the Month is very fulfilling for Scronce. She said she really likes working with faculty and students, and enjoys the acknowledgement of a job well done.

"It really shows that the people I work with really do appreciate what I do for them," she said.

(Pictured above: UNO Chancellor John Christensen and Scronce.)



Water Line Replacement Underway Between Eppley and MBSC

Staff from Facilities, Management and Planning will work on replacing a water line between the Eppley Administration Building and the Milo Bail Student Center this week.  All repairs should be completed by Monday, March 23.

Drinking fountain and restroom water service to both buildings will not be interrupted.  While the work is underway, parking will be restricted between the two buildings and in the small lot to the south of the Eppley Building. For more information, call Larry Morgan at 554.3735.

Artist Martinez Celaya Returns to UNO in April

UNO will welcome internationally renowned artist Enrique Martínez Celaya for a return visit next month as a Visiting Presidential Professor, hosted again by University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken.  Martínez Celaya first came to Omaha last October for a week-long visit where he met with faculty, students and the public.

Martínez Celaya – who paints, makes photographs, sculpts and writes – will spend April 6-10 at UNO.  He will give a public lecture on Tuesday, April 7, at 6 p.m. in the Collaborating Commons in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building.  Read more.

Nominations Sought for SAC Recognition Award

UNO faculty and staff can submit nominations for the annual Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Recognition Award. All UNO faculty, managerial/professional and office/service staff members in good standing are eligible to be nominated on the basis of exemplary support to UNO staff members.

Guidelines, past winners and the nomination form can be accessed by clicking on the following this link.

Nominations are due Friday, April 3. The nomination form and supporting materials should be sent via campus mail to:

SAC Secretary
P.O. Box 130

The award will be presented this spring at the annual Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council banquet. For more information, call Laura Lamblin, SAC representative, at 554.2322 or

"Night Before Nationals" Set for March 25

The UNO Forensics team will host their annual showcase event – Night Before Nationals -- on Wednesday, March 25. 

It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building. There is no admission and refreshments will be provided.

"This is an excellent opportunity to see UNO students perform their nationally-qualified pieces," said Abbie Syrek, director of forensics with the School of Communication.

Students will present from the following categories:

- Informative;

- Persuasive; and

- After-Dinner Speaker.

Interpretations of literature
- Poetry;

- Prose;

- Drama; and

- Duo.

For more information, contact Syrek at or 554.3952.

2008-2009 Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Final Reports

The Center for Faculty Development announces the Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research (CEL/TC/RT) final reports are due by Monday, March 30, to

Active participants will receive $100 for the teaching circle and/or research triangle and/or community engagement link ($300 per person maximum). The funds will be transferred to the participants' home department. Department chairs, school directors will receive a list of the active participants for their department/school. A copy of the final report form can be downloaded at

The annual CEL, RT and TC celebration will take place Monday, April 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CB) Collaborating Commons.

Gala Set Looking for a Home

Interested in owning a large-scale replica of the UNO 100 Centennial logo?

The impressive set used on stage for the Centennial Gala celebration is available for the taking — as long as the person taking it has space to store it. See a photo of the set at

Interested parties should contact Julie Kaminski at 554.4887 or by March 19.

Criss Library to Close Early on March 20

The Criss Library will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 20, for renovation construction work.  Power outages affecting the library only have been scheduled for that time. Regular hours resume on Saturday, March 21. Read more.

ITS to Host Adobe Publishing Brown Bag

Interested in creating professional quality newsletters, brochures and flyers?  Join Information Technology Services (ITS) staff as they host a brown bag demonstration of desktop publishing using the Adobe InDesign software package on Thursday, March 26.

The brown bag will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room at 10 a.m.  All UNO faculty and staff are can attend and no registration is required.

The focus of the demonstration will be the simple creation of a newsletter or brochure.  Software benefits, limitations and price will also be discussed.  Opportunity for hands-on training with Adobe InDesign will be announced during this session.

Contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or for more information.

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 has already closed.

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. 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

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

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

Participants 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.

TABS Presentation Set for April 2

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host a Teaching Analysis by Students (TABS) session Tuesday, April 2, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Presenters include Lana Danielson and Saundra Wetig, from the Department of Teacher Education and TABS consultants.

TABS is a confidential teaching analysis completed by faculty/staff members and their students with the goal of identifying teaching strengths, isolating specific teaching problems and developing improvement strategies. During the session, attendees will have a chance to become familiar with the TABS instruments, followed by a question-and-answer period.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or Individuals planning to attend are invited to bring their lunches. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

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 and 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;

- Confirm that registration with SL; and

- E-mail their SL name to

Participants without SL accounts can watch the training and receive assistance in registering for a free account at the end of the course.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or For more information, contact Leonard at Refreshments will be provided.

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 no later than Monday, April 13. Refreshments will be served.

Registration Begins for YNS Science Camps 

Registration is now under way for the Young Nebraska Scientist (YNS) science camps. This summer's camp themes are water (offered at UNO) and energy (offered at University Nebraska-Lincoln).

YNS summer camps are one-week, residential summer camps sponsored by Nebraska EPSCoR for students entering ninth through 12th grades. YNS coordinates experiences at Nebraska research and education institutions to accomplish two goals:

- Provide opportunities for Nebraska middle and high school students to learn science through doing science and to explore the intersection of science, technology and society with the guidance of scientific and education experts; and

- Provide effective and efficient opportunities for Nebraska researchers to accomplish their broader impacts goals for grant proposals and science outreach missions.

YNS summer camps will increase participants' technological, scientific, and quantitative literacy, place strong emphasis on closing achievement gaps and increase participation of students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields. 

For more information, visit The first camp starts in July.


- Chris Allen, communication, was the moderator and discussant for a session held March 6 at the Missouri Valley History Conference.  Three papers were presented in the session - "Media, Politics and History."

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