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Ted Pruitt Jr.

March Employee of the Month: Ted Pruitt Jr.

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Ted Pruitt Jr., assistant director of maintenance with Maverick Village, takes his job seriously and has a quick turnaround time for maintenance calls, including emergencies. Colleagues say his ability to work well with units across campus enhances his effectiveness.

"In his daily tasks, Ted does a great job responding to issues and work orders for our students," a co-worker wrote. "Ted has worked hard to build strong relationships with other departments at UNO and understands the value of having those relationships as part of a team environment."

In March of 2001, Pruitt joined UNO as a facility operator I. He then served as a facility operator II before being promoted to his current post last July.

Pruitt is responsible for numerous tasks, including organizing the maintenance shop and storage areas, meeting with contractors to resolve warranty issues, assigning duties and checking work for community service workers, and working with staff members to improve procedures, methods and standards.

He enjoys the opportunities and flexibility his position provides. Additionally, Pruitt appreciates the job affirmation of the Employee of the Month recognition.

"I am learning more about how to manage a maintenance shop while still retaining the ability to take classes towards completing a degree," he said. "Everyone needs to know that what they are doing is appreciated by their peers; acceptance makes people feel important. I find it encouraging knowing that the people around me are pleased with who I am and what I have been doing."

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

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Budget Forum Today in MBSC

UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host and lead a campus forum focused on the university budget today, 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 today's 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 Honors Week Festivities Continue Today

UNO Honors Week - a campus celebration of outstanding students and faculty - continues on campus 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 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 today, March 26. Breakfasts starts at 7 a.m. with the program at 7:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. The campus community is invited to attend. Registration is closed, but for more information contact Christine Hoffman at 554.2263 or

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. For more information, contact Hoffman at 554.2263 or

"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"

Earlier in the week, the Honors Program Senior Theses Symposia was held in the MBSC Ballroom.

For more information on the Faculty and Student Honors Convocations contact Dr. Bullock at 554.2262 or by e-mailing


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 today, March 26, at noon in the atrium of the Sapp Fieldhouse. Everyone is invited to attend. Read more.

Chilled Water Valve Replacement Work Under Way

Work began March 25 to replace two chilled water valves located in the grassy area to the west of the Henningson Campanile. The work is expected to take three days.

For details, contact David Meradith at 554.3736.

UNO to Host Today's "Invisible Children" Screening

UNO will screen the documentary "Invisible Children" at noon today, March 26, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

The "Invisible Children: Rough Cut" film exposes the effects of a 20-year war on the children of Northern Uganda. Children there live in fear of abduction by rebel soldiers many are forced to fight as part of a violent army. This fast paced documentary is stirring and truly unique. Read more.

MOEC to Hold Reception Today at Alumni Center

The Metropolitan Omaha Education Consortium (MOEC) will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a reception and program today, March 26, in UNO's William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The event will bring together UNO faculty and off-campus members of MOEC.

"This is a great way to reconnect with people from all across the metropolitan area who have been involved with MOEC," said Dick Christie, MOEC executive director. "The consortium has made a tremendous difference in our community."

The reception at the Alumni Center starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 5:30 p.m. The reception program will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Call 554.3530 for more information.

MOEC, established in 1988, is a collaboration between the UNO College of Education, the twelve metropolitan area school districts and two educational service units. The consortium identifies high priority issues common to its metropolitan member organizations and addresses issues through joint task forces and projects. It also provides a forum for education professionals from across spectrum to share information and work together in the areas of teaching, research and service.

"Consider This" to Highlight Health Students Conference

The next edition of "Consider This" will highlight "SHARING the Vision," a national conference organized by future physicians that focuses on student-run health clinics.

The conference takes place in Omaha Friday through Sunday, March 27-29. Health profession students representing 40 universities in the U.S. and Canada are expected to attend.

"Medicine is not just about treating the sick, but about ensuring the well being of a community," said Natalie Stavas, a second-year medical student at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

Host Cathy Wyatt's guests will include Stavas – student coordinator for the conference; Dr. Audrey Paulman, a clinical associate professor in family medicine at UNMC; and Dr. John Benson Jr., a representative for the Nebraska Medical Association

The program airs tonight, March 26, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Additional air dates and times are:

- Sunday, March 29
11:30 a.m.

- Friday, March 27
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, March 31
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 Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

First Annual School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Awards and Recognitions Luncheon

Members of the UNO community can join the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) on Friday, March 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the school's first-ever Awards and Recognition Luncheon at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Outstanding alums, students and faculty will be honored for their accomplishments and contributions to UNO and the Omaha community. Cost is $18.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Bill Wakefield at 554.3568.

Lambda Theta Nu to Host Middle School Latinas at March 27 Conference

Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., the first Latina sorority to charter in Nebraska, has invited 120 Latina students from four Omaha Public Schools to attend its eighth annual Latina Youth Leadership Conference (LYLC) Friday, March 27. The conference runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service building (CPACS). Read more.

NiC to Host April 2 "Campus Conversation for Students"

UNO's Newpapers in Curricula (NiC) Project will host a "Campus Conversation for Students" on the Collegiate Readership Program Thursday, April 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons.

This discussion of current events and topics for any interested students is designed to promote informal discussion and to encourage students to read the newspapers on campus, which are supported through student fees. Lunch will be provided.

This will be the third Campus Conversation hosted by NiC. At each, NiC faculty serve as table moderators on various topics like housing, healthcare, the environment and the current economic crisis.

For more information e-mail

Maverick Productions to Present Joey Ray Lucero

Maverick Productions will host two presentations on Tuesday, March 31, that feature Joey Ray Lucero, an actor who had a role in the movie "Gridiron Gang" who also is a rehabilitated third generation gang member. Lucero will share his experiences of being a gang member and the strides he made to overcome gang life.

Two workshops will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room - noon to 1 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Free food will be served and all youth, youth care professionals, parents and educators are encouraged to attend.

Convicted at age 12 of murder, a crime he did not commit, Lucero has faced many difficulties in his lifelong struggle to overcome gang membership. As a representative of Homeboy Industries, a rehabilitative nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, he strives to set a positive example for America's youth through preventing gang membership.

For more information, contact Justin Loehr at 402.813.2935 or

"Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism Potholes" Session Set for April 1

The Division of Continuing Studies will host a Webcast titled "Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism Potholes" on Wednesday, April 1, from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (Collaborating Commons). Refreshments will be provided.

The Webcast speakers will include Alice Bedard-Voorhees, teaching and learning director at Colorado Mountain College, and Jayati Chaudhuri, reference librarian at the University of Northern Colorado.

The session will highlight:
- Concepts behind academic dishonesty;
- How students perceive plagiarism;
- Tools, including the use of Web 2.0, to prevent plagiarism before it begins; and
- A unique focus on international and distance education students.

The event is open to all faculty and staff, and no R.S.V.P. is required. For more information, contact Hayley Patton at 595.2371 or

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 and 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.

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.

Deadline April 3 for SAC Recognition Award Nominations

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 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

Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Under Way

The annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive is under way at UNO. The zoo offers memberships to university employees and students at the annual rate of $73 per household.>

A zoo membership includes unlimited admission for two adults and dependent children or grandchildren under the age of 21, discounted admission to the Wildlife Safari and Lozier IMAX Theater, discounts on children's classes and other benefits.

Memberships remain $73 until Sunday, April 5, and increase to $83 after that date. To access an order form, click on this link.

To purchase a membership, visit the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, 202 Eppley Administration Building. For more information, contact Christine Hoffman at 554.2263 or