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UNO Needs Ambassadors for 2009-2010

In this short audio segment, Recruitment Services' Chris Liewer explains the UNO Ambassador Program. Applications to become one of the dozen Ambassadors are due at the end of this week. For more information, go to .


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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.



2009 UNO CCSW Award Winners to Be Honored at Luncheon

UNO 100 Year

A veteran counselor, childcare assistant, student and the local chapter of the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world are the 2009 recipients of the UNO Chancellor's Commission on Status of Women Awards.

The group will be honored at CCSW's 23rd annual awards luncheon today, March 24. The sold out luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Read more.

Hollywood Reality TV Producer To Give Talk Today

Mark Allen, a UNO graduate and Hollywood reality TV producer, will give a talk today, 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.

Today's 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 today, 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.

UNO's First Student Research and Creative Activity Fair Begins Tonight

UNO 100 Year

The first UNO Student Research and Creative Activity Fair begins this evening, March 24, and runs through Thursday, March 26. This centennial year, in conjunction with the annual Honors Program Senior Symposium, UNO has invited all undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the fair.

The Milo Bail Student Center will host activities from 5-9 p.m. tonight and March 25. The three-day event will conclude on March 26, with an awards program and keynote address by Royce Engstrom, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Montana and a UNO alumnus. Dr. Engstrom will present "The Coffee Pot on the Bunsen Burner." The keynote address and awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.

"As a student-focused university, UNO provides a variety of quality research and creative activity opportunities for its students," said Harmon Maher, interim associate vice chancellor for research and creative activity.

Poster presentations and exhibits will be on display each evening. Oral presentations and performances are scheduled for tonight and Wednesday evenings. A special session will be dedicated for UNO Honors Symposium presentations.

The events are free and open to the public. Call 554.2286 for more information.

Classical 90.7 KVNO Spring Pledge Drive Under Way

Classical 90.7 KVNO is into its eighth day of its 11-day spring 2009 pledge drive. As the only all-classical music station in the state, KVNO raises more than 50 percent of its annual operating revenue through community financial contributions.

"KVNO relies on listeners that pledge donations and sponsors that underwrite our programs," said Kim Balkovec, KVNO membership manager. "We could not do what we do without the community, and we remain extremely grateful for its generosity and loyalty."

Omaha's premier public radio station, Classical 90.7 KVNO, serves and enriches the local, national and world community through unique arts programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. The station provides invaluable educational opportunities for UNO students through training and employment in a professional environment. KVNO staff remains committed to involving an increasing number of listeners, to advancing the excellence and growth of the arts, to maximizing the value of the station's services through communication technologies, and to assuming a national leadership role in public broadcasting.

Additional information about making a donation during the pledge drive is available by calling 559.5866 or online at

March FMLA Seminars Reschedule for April 2

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) seminars originally set for today, March 24, and Thursday, March 26, have been postponed until Thursday, April 2. The seminars have been combined to a morning workshop instead.

Human Resources will present an overview on the FMLA Act April 2 for supervisors and employees from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. FMLA obligates certain employers, such as the University of Nebraska, to provide family and medical leave to their employees.

Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager in the UNO Office of Human Resources will lead the workshop. 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.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3660.

Immigration Discussion to be Simulcast March 25

The 2008-09 E.N. Thompson Lectures on World Issues continues Wednesday, March 25, with a discussion on illegal immigration with Michael Olivas and Vernon Briggs at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln.

The lecture will be simulcast at 7 p.m. in UNO's Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom, in addition to remote sites in Scottsbluff, North Platte, Kearney, Columbus and Wayne. Read more.


UNO to Host Reception for National Champion Wrestling Team

UNO athletics will host a special congratulatory reception for the Mavericks' 2009 NCAA Division II National Champions in wrestling on Thursday, March 26, at noon in the atrium of the Sapp Fieldhouse.  Everyone is invited to attend. Read more.

Former Gang Member to Speak at UNO March 31

Maverick Productions will bring Joey Ray Lucero, an actor from the 2006 movie "Gridiron Gang" and a rehabilitated third generation gang member, to campus Tuesday, March 31. During his presentation, Lucero will share his experience of being a gang member and the strides he made to overcome gang life. Read more.

Discount Memberships Available to Lauritzen Gardens

UNO faculty and staff are eligible for a $10 discount on memberships to Lauritzen Gardens. To receive the discount, memberships must be purchased by May 31.

Several membership levels are available, including individual, dual, family, grandparent, patron and benefactor. To sign up, call 346.4002, ext. 214, or fill out an application form and return it with payment to:

Lauritzen Gardens
100 Bancroft St.
Omaha, NE 68108

To download an application, click on the following link:

Lauritzen Gardens Membership Application

For more information, contact Amanda Miller at 346.4002, ext. 214, or

Campus Emergency Preparedness Procedures Flip Charts

Facilities Management and Planning will install "Emergency Preparedness Procedures" flip charts on campus over the next few weeks.

These flip charts will provide faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus with phone numbers and reference material for emergency situations.  Classrooms, public areas and office suites are the areas where flip charts will be located.

"It is our intention to put the flip charts in these areas, as well as near tornado warning sign locations," said Paul Kosel, assistant manager of traffic and security.  "It is most important to note that information will be broken down according to designated buildings. Each building's rally points for fire and fallout shelter for tornados will be available on each chart."

The majority of information in the flip charts is already available on pages 116-121 in the 2008-09 Employee Telephone Directory.

For more information, contact Kosel at 554.3218.

"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.

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.

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

The Center for Faculty Development announces that Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles (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.

Spring Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues March 31

Patrice Proulx, professor of foreign languages, will present "Figuring the Danse Macabre in Nancy Huston's Dolce Agonia" Tuesday, March 31, at the next Women's Studies Colloquium. Her talk is set for noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.

The event, sponsored by the Women's Studies Colloquium Series, is free and open to the UNO community and the public. All colloquia take place from noon to 1 p.m. Complimentary boxed lunches are available for the first 20 attendees at each event.

The remaining presentation:

- Thursday, April 9

"Technology and Women-focused Nonprofits"

Presented by Kelsey Kalal, UNO student

MBSC Gallery Room

For more information, call 554.3834.

"Researching and Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism" March 31

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.

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

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.


Greek Students Welcome International Visitors

After a successful eight weeks at UNO, the first MENA (Middle East/North Africa) group left for their native countries Feb. 27. The Greek Advisory Panel, with members from their respective Greek chapters, washed the linens and towels they had provided the group during their stay in Omaha.

The week before, on Feb. 20, an exchange for the MENA group was held by Alpha Xi Delta and Sigma Phi Epsilon. The evening event featured card games, board games and dancing.

The second MENA group, hailing from Yemen, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, arrived Feb. 28. The next morning they were taken shopping by members of the Greek Advisory Panel and Sigma Phi Epsilon, making stops at Radio Shack, Target, an ethnic Halal market and Bag N' Save.

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