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A Balancing Act of Education and Recreation

Jared Spence, like many UNO students, juggles a heavy load of undergraduate classes and multiple campus activities. Listen as Spence, a first-year freshman, talks about what brought him to UNO and how he stays organized as a highly-scheduled student.

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Calculus: The Musical

Calculus: The Musical

Who would think that high school students would be laughing in the aisles at a topic like calculus? That was the scene Friday (March 20) in the CPACS lecture hall as several hundred area high school students watched Calculus: The Musical. The show provided a fun activity and served as a recruiting tool for dual enrollment high school students who are taking calculus courses. The calculating entertainment was provided by the Know Math Theatre of Cincinnati.

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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 www.unomaha.edu/ambassadors/ .

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2009.03.27

School of Communication Receives University-wide Teaching Award

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken announced March 25 that the School of Communication at UNO will receive the University-wide Departmental Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska. Read more.

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Awards Luncheon Today

Members of the UNO community can join the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) today, 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 alumni, students and faculty will be honored for their accomplishments and contributions to UNO and the Omaha community. The cost to attend is $18.

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

NU Project Management Focus Group

The first University of Nebraska Project Management (PM) Focus Group meeting took place on Feb. 11.  Individuals representing several departments across the university system participated in an initial discussion on this topic. 

"Attendees were supportive of continuing and growing this focus group, and a number of ‘next steps' were identified," said Kimberly Harper, NU director of finance and portfolio management.

Anyone interested in knowing more about the focus group, becoming a member or submitting ideas for upcoming meetings and events can click on this link to complete a survey. 

"Your input is very valuable and important to us. Thank you very much for your time in participating in our survey," Harper said.

The next PM Focus Group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For meeting location and call-in information, visit http://nutech.unl.edu/meetings.asp.

For more information about this focus group, send an e-mail to pmo@nebraska.edu.

GSO to Host Pride Week March 30-April 2 at UNO

The Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) student agency will host Pride Week Monday, March 30, through Thursday, April 2. 

Along with the support of Mulitcultural Affairs, Inter-Tribal Agency, College Democrats and Safe Space and Ally Training, GSO is offering educational, inspiring and fun events to show UNO's support and pride of the LGBTQI community.

Click on this link for a schedule of all the week's events. 

For more information, contact the GSO at 554.4846.

"Healthy Relationships" Seminar March 31

What are signs of a healthy relationship?  How can you avoid or improve unhealthy relationships?  All students are invited to attend a Tuesday, March 31, seminar on relationships, assertiveness and effective communication presented by the UNO Counseling Center as part of its "Be Your Best" series.

The "Healthy Relationships" seminar will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.  Food will be provided. 

For more information, call Kathy Keiser at 554.2409.

CCSW to Co-host "Interviewing and Resume Writing Skills"

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will co-host a presentation and panel discussion on "Interviewing and Resume Writing Skills" Thursday, April 2, at 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Experts from UNO Human Resources and the Career Center will offer advice on interviewing and will critique participants' resumes. The event is open to all faculty, staff and students, including their spouses and significant others. Refreshments will be served.

Shuttle parking is available to off-campus visitors. For parking details, click on this link.

This event is being held in conjunction with the CCSW's Susan B.'s Coffeehouse Series. During the fall and spring semesters, the series sponsors campus and community guest speakers and initiatives. Programs are educational, informal and social.

For more information, contact Charlotte Russell at 554.2321 or crussell@unomaha.edu.

MBSC to Host "Basketball & BBQ" April 6

The Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) will host a free program the night of Monday, April 6, in the Nebraska Room and Ballroom.  The event, "Basketball & BBQ," will feature a free barbecue meal and a viewing of the NCAA final basketball game on big-screen TVs. 

Food will be served at 7 p.m., and the game tips off at 8:20 p.m. Prizes will be given away throughout the night, including a portable DVD player, an MP3 player, MavCards preloaded with money, hats and T-shirts.  All students are welcome to attend this event. 

"If you loved the free food and fun at Welcome Week, this is the spring version," said Erin Cron, assistant director of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs. "If your organization, residence hall or learning community is looking for an end-of-the-year social, this would be a great one!  Free food, a great basketball game, giveaways and more."

For more information, contact Cron at ecron@unomaha.edu or 554.2711.

ITS Announces Web Templates Intermediate Topics

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a two-hour course in Intermediate Web Templates Topics on Tuesday, April 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. in 104 Durham Science Center. 

This hands-on session will cover basic HTML coding, using lists and creating outlines, using Div boxes and the proper way to use tables with the template to display data.  Before taking this course participants will need to have:
- Taken the previous "Web Template" course:
- A test Web site setup; and
- Access to Adobe Dreamweaver software.

To register for training:
- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;
- Select the correct month, and click "Go";
- Click the "Register" link next to the event;
- Enter a SAP Personnel number.  (This is the six-digit number located on employee check stubs and university picture ID);
- Click "Sign Up";
- Click "OK" to confirm personnel number;
- An e-mail will be sent confirming this registration.  Add the class to Lotus Notes calendar.
- ITS requires a minimum sign-up of five people by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class.  An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

UNO Students Prep for "Relay for Life" Awareness Event

UNO's chapter of Colleges Against Cancer invites faculty, staff, students and members of the Omaha community to participate in this year's "Relay for Life" Friday though Saturday, March 27-28, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

"Relay for Life" is the American Cancer Society's signature event. The money raised by teams and individual participants funds cancer research and provides services for cancer patients and their families.

The 12-hour event at UNO will allow teams to "camp out" with at least one member of their fundraising team walking or running inside the Sapp Fieldhouse track.

"The event symbolizes the fact that cancer does not sleep or stop to take a rest," said Christine Geistkemper, event organizer. "'Relay for Life' raises awareness about cancer and cancer research, while recognizing and celebrating survivors and honoring and remembering those who have lost their battle against cancer."

For more information, contact Geistkemper at 968.7188, or visit http://www.unorelay.org.

New Heating/Cooling Policy Reminder for UNO Buildings

UNO has adopted a new policy on building temperature for the heating and cooling of offices, classrooms and other public spaces.

"The purpose of this policy is to establish thermal guidelines for our facilities that are consistent with established norms while prudently managing our energy consumption and costs," said Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance.

The policy allows for exceptions like rooms that house animals, equipment, laboratories and other situations.

"A key component of having such a policy is for the campus community to inform Facilities Management and Planning (FMP) staff of areas where the temperature cannot be maintained within the guidelines," Conley said.  "That will enable FMP staff to investigate and to work on solutions."

The policy defines "Heating Season" as, generally, mid-October to mid-April. "Cooling Season" runs the opposite, from mid-April to mid-October.  When indoor areas are being heated, the expected temperature should be as close to 68 degrees as possible.  For cooling, the temperature goal is 78 degrees.  The temperature guidelines are meant to provide an environment that is comfortable when coupled with seasonally-appropriate attire. 

The policy also calls for space heaters to not be used on campus unless approved by FMP.  Due to energy and safety implications, space heaters should only be used if specifically approved and as a last step if heating levels cannot be sufficiently adjusted.

The new Building Temperature Policy can be found at http://www.unomaha.edu/facilities/maintenance/temperaturepolicy.php.

Career-Development Workshop Set for March 31

Professionals from various communication fields will offer advice at a career-development workshop Tuesday, March 31, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

"How to Launch Careers in Tough Times" will provide students with an opportunity to talk one-on-one or in small groups with professionals from advertising, event planning, print and online media, public relations, television, radio, and training and development. The session will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students will hear advice on writing resumes, interviewing and creating portfolios and can bring resumes and portfolios to be critiqued. The workshop is designed like an open house where students can come and go as they please.

Participating professionals:

- Tom Becka, radio personality, KFAB-AM;
- Liz Baez, reporter, Omaha World-Herald;
- Valerie Cutshall, special sections editor, Suburban Newspapers;
- Laurie Dutcher, reporter/photographer, NTV in Kearney;
- Jim Fagin, deputy director of communications for Sen. Ben Nelson;
- Greg Fisher, newscast director, KPTM-TV;
- Kristine Gerber, owner, Eventive Marketing;
- Patricia Harrold, president and owner, Career Life and Mentoring;
- Adam Jacobs, producer, WOWT-TV;
- Sarah Julius, corporate employee development trainer, WEST Corp.;
- Gary Koenig, copywriter and advertising executive, Koenig Marketing;
- Rusty Lord, meteorologist, WOWT-TV;
- Rob Meyers, videographer/editor, Gallup;
- Jen Peterson, survey design editor, Gallup;
- Caitlin Roth, meteorologist, WOWT-TV;
- Stacy Seier, marketing and volunteer coordinator, Youth Emergency Services;
- Susan Suggs, marketing/communications director, Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture;
- Molly Susemihl, senior media buyer, Vente Inc.;
- Dave Webster, graphic designer and agency owner, Webster Design Associates; and
- Randa Zalman, senior account supervisor, Redstone Communications.

Michelle Perone, director of the UNO Career Center, will attend to critique resumes and cover letters. The workshop is sponsored by the School of Communication and its student organizations - the Ad Club, National Broadcasting Society and the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Sherrie Wilson at 554.3677 or swilson@unomaha.edu.

Summer Faculty Seminar Informational Sessions Today

Members of the campus community can attend an information session to learn more about the first annual Summer Faculty Seminar set for Monday through Friday, June 1-5, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

This weeklong event, modeled after the highly successful North and South Omaha Seminars, will bring together UNO faculty, Omaha Public School magnet teachers and representatives of community agencies. The purpose of this seminar is to design effective, collaborative, ongoing PK-12 school/university community engagement projects.

Three informational sessions will take place today, March 27, in 203 Criss Library (Conference Room) to provide more information about what participants will do in June.

Session times are:

- 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Rolls/doughnuts and coffee/water will be provided.

- Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Bring a lunch, and the hosts will provide cookies and lemonade/water.

- 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Cookies and lemonade/water will be provided.

To sign up for one of the sessions, e-mail Sarah Hanify at shanify@unomaha.edu.

In the News

In the News

- Art professor Larry Bradshaw was mentioned in the Feb. 27 issue of the Times Standard (Eureka, Calif.) about an art exhibition hosted by Upstream People Gallery.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the March 22 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the relationship between current birth rates and the economy. Student Mary Kopp was also quoted in the article.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the March 8 issue of the Lincoln Journal Star about President Barack Obama's efforts at reaching out to some members of the Taliban.

- Lourdes Gouveia, Office of Latino and Latin American Studies, was quoted in the March 19 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The article focused on immigration raids at packing plants.

- College of Information Science and Technology faculty Dorest Harvey, Blaine Burnham and Alex Nicoll were mentioned in a March 26 Associated Press article. The three will serve as discussion facilitators during the 2009 Cyberspace Symposium next month at Qwest Center Omaha.

- Graduate student Julie Whitten was interviewed March 23 by KETV (ABC 7) about a fitness program between the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and Girls Inc. of Omaha.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Michael Skau, English, has published his poem, "Claude Johnson at an Auction," in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, 8.2 (2008): 57.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

Strauss Performing Arts Center Events This Weekend
The sounds of music will emanate from the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) Recital Hall this weekend in conjunction with the following events.

On Saturday, March 28, David Low, professor of music, will head up the "String Olympics," a day-long skills and fun event for young string players.  This is not an audience-participation event and is only open to the registered elementary through middle school participants.

UNO's guitar studio, headed by music instructor Hadley Heavin, will present a recital of guitar ensembles at the SPAC Recital Hall on Sunday, March 29, at 6 p.m.  Admission is free.

For more information, contact Cindy Bassett at 554.3427 or cbassett@unomaha.edu.

Double Bass Soloist to Host Master Class
Renowned double bass soloist Edgar Meyer will host a master class for students Saturday, April 4, at UNO.  The free, two-hour session begins at 11 a.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center and is part of Nebraska Bass Day. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

Spring 2009 Student Art Exhibition Under Way
The Spring 2009 UNO Student Art Exhibition runs through Friday, April 3, at the UNO Art Gallery.

The Spring 2009 UNO Student Art Exhibition is a juried exhibition open to participation by UNO students enrolled in studio art classes. Submitted artworks come from a variety of media, including two-dimensional, three-dimensional and intermedia. Art and art history majors in UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media are also eligible for the Bertha Mengedoht Hatz Memorial Scholarship Awards.    

The Spring 2009 UNO Student Art Exhibition will also present the Hexagon Installation Program. The facility features a unique, hexagon-shaped gallery and each spring semester UNO art students compete to create an "installation‚" in the space. The installation is a site-specific artwork that emphasizes interaction between the viewer and the artwork. This year the Hexagon Installation will feature Anne Thome. Thome has created an eerie garden with palm-sized wooden structures.    

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. 

For more information, contact 554.2796 or Kara Wentworth at kwentworth@mail.unomaha.edu.

The Moving Company's Centennial Exhibit On Display Through April 3
UNO's modern dance performing ensemble, The Moving Company, is commemorating the university's 100th anniversary with a photo exhibit, "A Legacy of Dancers: 1935-2008," through Friday, April 3, at Criss Library.

Before coming to the library, the 66 archival photos preserved by UNO archivist Les Valentine had been on display throughout various campus buildings.  The collection of archival photos documents the history of The Moving Company as one of the oldest modern dance companies in continuous existence in the United States.

The collection will be permanently installed in the newly renovated School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 2010, when The Moving Company celebrates its 75th anniversary. Funding is made possible by a Centennial mini-grant.

For more information on these and other events hosted by The Moving Company, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/themovingcompany or call 554.2670.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.