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Students Donate Through Seven Days

For several hundred UNO and area high school students, spring break was spent giving back to the community. The seventh annual Seven Days of Service took the students out into the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities from March 14-20 to help build trails and clear dead trees at Lauritzen Gardens, build and paint several Habitat for Humanity homes, build a garage for the Stephen Center and help landscape the UNO campus. The student's labor was worth an estimated $95,000.

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2009.03.23

UNO 2009 Faculty and Student Honors Convocations

UNO Honors Week - a campus celebration of outstanding students and faculty - will take place on campus starting today, 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. Registration is closed, but for more information call 554.2696.

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. Breakfasts starts at 7 a.m. with the program at 7:30 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 today, 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 today, 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.

Democracy Matters at UNO Welcomes Herman Cain in March

The former chairman of Godfather's Pizza will speak about his experiences in leadership on campus today, March 23.

Herman Cain, a former Omaha resident and prominent businessman who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004, is the next speaker of the Democracy Matters lecture series at UNO. Read more.

Deadline is Today for UNO Women's Club Luncheon Tickets

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 at William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The deadline for luncheon tickets is today, March 23. The cost is $25.

More than 20 vendors will offer spring goodies, jewelry, gifts, books, wreaths and home decorations. 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.

Proceeds from ticket sales will support the UNO Women's Club scholarship fund.

For more information, contact the University of Nebraska Foundation at 502.4913.

HPER Walkway Opens

The new walkway to the north side of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER) is now open. Also, the Outdoor Venture Center (OVC) is now currently accessible only through the Campus Recreation office, 100 HPER. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/.

Hollywood Reality TV Producer To Give March 24 Talk

Mark Allen, a UNO graduate and Hollywood reality TV producer, will give a talk Tuesday, March 24, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Allen has worked as a TV producer of reality shows like "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette" and "A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila." He will visit campus to discuss the impact of the economy on the current job market.

For more information, contact Jeremy Lipschultz at 203.7247.

HR Offers FMLA Workshops March 24, 26

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) obligates certain employers, such as the University of Nebraska, to provide family and medical leave to their employees.

As a result, Human Resources at UNO will present two separate overviews on the FMLA Act this week for supervisors and employees.

The trainer will be Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager in the UNO Office of Human Resources. Scarpello has more than 20 years of experience in the area of benefits and human resources, and is certified in Benefits and Compensation from World at Work.

Each workshop is free for all faculty and staff. The dates, times and details:

Overview for Supervisors
Tuesday, March 24
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room
The workshop will help supervisors understand the provisions of the FMLA Act, highlight the university's leave policies and procedures, and explain how to use the leave policies and supervisory tools that are available as they assist employees in balancing work and family needs.

Overview for Employees
Thursday, March 26
9 to 10 a.m.
MBSC Gallery Room
The workshop will help employees understand the provisions of the FMLA Act and highlight the university's leave policies, procedures and forms used.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3660.

Submissions Sought for Sustainability Graphic

The UNO Task Force on Sustainability, formed by the vice chancellor for Business & Finance, invites the campus community to create a graphic identifier (name and logo) for its cause.  To learn more about what it means to be sustainable, visit the Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.  Join the effort to help the university community be more sustainable.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 10.  The winning graphic identifier will be used on all print and online publications. For more information, contact Patrick Wheeler at 554.3921 or pwheeler@unomaha.edu.

April Is National Mathematics Awareness Month

Since 1991, April has been the month for celebrating mathematics and its applications. This year, the theme of Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM) is "Mathematics and Climate." The UNO Department of Mathematics will celebrate this event through activities, including the Mathematics Symposium, "MAM at UNO," next month.

"This year we are organizing the Mathematics Symposium "MAM at UNO" featuring talks by our students on their mathematics research," said Dora Matache, assistant professor of mathematics at UNO.

The schedule of events is listed below.

Friday, April 10
"MAM at UNO"
Symposium and student poster session
9 a.m. to noon
256 Durham Science Center (DSC)
Students from the Kerrigan research mini-grants program will present the results of their research in mathematics under the supervision of mathematics faculty members.

Thursday, April 16
Guest lecture on "The Lowdown on Climate Change"
2:30 p.m.
115 DSC
Robert Smith from the UNO Department of Chemistry will give the talk, which is aimed at students.

"We hope you will join us in the celebration of mathematics and encourage your students to attend the events," Dr. Matache said.

For more information about MAM at UNO, visit the Web at http://avalon.unomaha.edu/~wwwmath/MAM/mam.html. For more information regarding the Kerrigan research minigrants program go to http://avalon.unomaha.edu/wwwmath/minigrants/researchminigrants.html.

"Is the Print Newspaper Dead?" Discussion Set for April 16

Faculty can come and have an informal discussion with colleagues from across the campus about the current crisis in print newspaper publishing. "Is the Print Newspaper Dead?" discussion will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at the Dundee Dell, 50th and Underwood St.

Faculty can bring copies of any articles regarding the problems with newspapers and enjoy the casual atmosphere. The session starts at 4:30 p.m. but attendees can come by anytime.

Items or discussion will include:

- As newspapers across the country shrink, close, or move to the Internet, should publishers, journalists and readers be concerned?

- Does it make any difference to faculty or UNO students if all the news that is fit to print is not printed but only posted?

- Does a university faculty member have a responsibility to respond to this crisis?

For more information e-mail mknudtson@unomaha.edu.

OLLAS Charla Event to Focus on College Success

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will host its next Charla Series event on Tuesday, March 24.

The event, titled "Success in College: It takes more than just hope," will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center's U Mon Hon Room on the center's third floor. Read more.

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.

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."

UNO to Implement Google E-mail for Students

Information Technology Services (ITS) has announced that UNO will implement the Google Apps system for student e-mail beginning this fall.

In a survey, students reported that the Web version of Lotus Notes 8 did not meet their needs.  After a thorough investigation and evaluation of options, ITS staff recommended Google Apps as a replacement to Student Government, who endorsed it earlier this month.

"Google Apps will provide students a reliable and fully featured e-mail solution," said Andrew Buker, one of the team leads for the project. 

Because changes to faculty and staff e-mail would require a change in the university-wide Lotus Notes contract, Lotus Notes 8 will remain the campus e-mail solution for faculty and staff for the foreseeable future.  The University of Nebraska system has, however, indicated a willingness to evaluate and potentially implement another e-mail system after the completion of the new SIS implementation.

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 melaniebloom@mail.unomaha.edu.

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.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

To view upcoming athletic events, click on this link.  For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://www.omavs.com.