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Relay for Life

UNO Honors Cancer Victims, Survivors

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The Sapp Fieldhouse was transformed March 27 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event. The 12-hour remembrance and celebration raised more than $20,000. The UNO event, now in its third year, drew 28 cancer survivors and about 220 participants. The event was organized by Christine Geistkemper and other UNO students.

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Kerrey Bridge

Early Usage of the Kerrey Bridge: Some Empirical Findings and Thoughts on the Future

by Donald Greer and John Noble

In years and months leading up to the completion and opening of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge it was clear to anyone reading the Omaha World-Herald Public Pulse that there was at least a moderate amount of public controversy over this federally-funded project. ...continue

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2009.04.06

Severe Weather Awareness Week April 6-11, Drill April 8

University administration encourages faculty, staff and students to participate in a statewide severe weather drill on Wednesday, April 8.

The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado watch at 9:50 a.m., followed by a simulated tornado warning at 10:10 a.m. Civil defense sirens will sound, and UNO will also make a test announcement at that time on the overhead paging system. Notifications to e2campus cell phone subscribers will not be made.

"Student housing residents, classes and offices should use this drill to test their level of preparedness and move to their designated shelters," said Stan Schleifer, manager of Support Services. "If unable to participate, please take a second to review your building's tornado procedures and shelter locations at UNO."

Tornado procedures and shelter locations can be found online at http://www.unomaha.edu/security/tornado.php or in the UNO telephone directory on page 116.

For more information, contact Schleifer at 554.3596.

Artist Martinez Celaya Returns to UNO This Week

UNO will welcome internationally renowned artist Enrique Martínez Celaya for a return visit 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 - 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 university's Collaborating Commons in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. The presentation is free and open to the public. Read more.

Rep. Terry to Host Economic Town Hall Today at UNO

Nebraska U.S. Rep. Lee Terry will host an economic town hall meeting from 2:30 to 4 p.m. today, April 6, at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CB) Building. Read more.

MBSC to Host "Basketball & BBQ" Tonight

The Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) will host Basketball & BBQ, an event that features a free barbecue meal and the NCAA final basketball game on big-screen TVs. The finals take place tonight, April 6.

Food opens at 7 p.m., and the game tips off at 8:20 p.m. There will be prizes 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 free 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.

LGBTQI Ally Training Available

The UNO Safe Space/Ally Training Committee has doubled the number of Ally training sessions for the semester. The committee will offer several sessions on various days and times to meet diverse schedules. The next session takes place this week.

Participants only need to attend one session and are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check in. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

The remaining schedule for spring LGBTQI Ally training:

- Today, April 6
1 to 4 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

- Tuesday, April 7
9 a.m. to noon
MBSC Council Room

Ally training is a three-hour interactive educational session for individuals to understand more about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex campus community. Participants will discuss concepts about the community, explore how anti-LGBTQI bias hurts others and learn strategies for being a good ally.

Each session is limited to 12 people. To R.S.V.P., contact Charlene Wilcox at cwilcox@unomaha.edu.

Students Present at First Research and Creative Activity Fair

The first Student Research and Creative Activity Fair was held March 24-26 at UNO.

This centennial year, in conjunction with the annual Honors Program Senior Symposium, UNO invited all undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the first Research and Creative Activity Fair. Read more.

Introductions, Conclusions & Audience Centeredness Student Workshop April 21

"Introductions, Conclusions & Audience Centeredness" is planned for Tuesday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Students who attend the UNO Speech Center Learn Over Lunch workshop will learn how to get their audience's attention, establish credibility and importance, get their audience ready to listen and keep their attention to the very end.

Space is limited so students must register in advance. Contact the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

Classes for Certificate in Leadership Offered

The College of Business Administration Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) has set its schedule of courses for the Certificate in Leadership. The certificate program provides in-depth training in vital areas of leadership. Classes are:
- Becoming an Effective Leader: May 27, June 3 and 10 or July 16, 23, and 30;
- Leading Organizational Teams: April 14, 21, and 28 or August 11, 18, and 25.

Classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and held at the Educational Service Unit #3, 6949 S. 110th St. (110th and Harrison). The cost is $690 per course and includes all class materials, coffee and parking.

For more information, contact Julie Burrell Lillig at 595.1828 or jburrell@unomaha.edu or visit http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/leadership/.

Hagel to Join Leadership Society, Will Speak to UNO Students April 7

Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel will speak with students at UNO Tuesday, April 7.

At 10 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building's Collaborating Commons, Hagel's student forum will focus on public service and the role it plays among citizens and college students.Read more.

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 is sent confirming this registration. Add the class to Lotus Notes calendar.

- ITS requires a minimum of five people signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

GLBT Meeting Set for April 8

The next Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) meeting is Wednesday, April 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon Hon Room. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at sulmar@unomaha.edu or 554.2321.

UNO Announces New Integrated Advancement Model

UNO, the UNO Alumni Association and the University of Nebraska Foundation have signed an agreement to create a new systematic, integrated advancement model to enhance UNO's support from alumni, friends, members of the community and philanthropic entities. The new structure will utilize the strengths of all three entities as they work more collaboratively to support UNO's mission, vision, values and priorities.

"The UNO Alumni Association and the NU Foundation both have great histories of support for our university," said UNO Chancellor John Christensen. "It is especially timely for these outstanding organizations to strengthen their collaborative efforts to advance UNO as we celebrate UNO's centennial anniversary and plan for the next 100 years."

Working from a newly created alumni/donor database shared by all four University of Nebraska campuses, the NU Foundation will manage the UNO Annual Fund on behalf of the UNO Alumni Association. Plans also call for the Alumni Association to expand its local and national programming and outreach efforts, allowing more alumni to connect with UNO. New Web sites for both the Alumni Association and NU Foundation should be launched this summer.

Starting this month, the Alumni Association business office will coordinate all campus requests for alumni lists, record files, etc. These requests should be provided in writing to and will be processed as quickly as possible, but may take up to two weeks to fulfill.

Written requests for records by UNO personnel should be provided to Maria Flint-Malnack via:

E-mail - mflintmalnack@unomaha.edu;

Fax - 554.3787; or

Mail - Maria Flint-Malnack
Attn: Records Request
William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center

Criss Library Study Rooms/Media Equipment Notice

UNO faculty, staff and students can now self-book single and group study rooms and media equipment at Criss Library. Instead of visiting the main service desk and asking staff to reserve items, patrons are now able to do this from the library's Web site at http://library.unomaha.edu/services/groupstudyroom.htm.

For further assistance, contact the main service desk at 554.3206.

Students, Entrepreneurs Can Attend Infotec '09

The UNO College of Information, Science & Technology invites UNO students to sign up for The Entrepreneurs Track at "Infotec '09." The Tuesday, April 14, entrepreneur's event is free for 60 students and 40 entrepreneurs.

The free student and entrepreneur registration includes lunch and the AIM banquet (total value of $295). To see the list of nationally prominent speakers and to sign up for free:
- Visit http://www.infotec.org;
- Choose "sessions, and
- Click on "free."

For information, contact Jerry Wagner at grwagner@unomaha.edu.

Summer Nene Field Ambassador Scholarships Available

A UNO student who applies can become the 2009 Nene Field Ambassador. This year, the selected student will spend two months studying and living in Belgium.

The Nene Field Ambassador pays all expenses. The student selected will study at University Gent/Ghent and the University of Antwerp May 26 through July 26. An intensive Dutch-language course is included for part of the experience.

The student will enjoy the Belgian lifestyle and culture, be hosted by UNO's partner university and experience a week-long festival in Gent. Plans are also being made for the student to participate in the Utrecht Network Summer School in the Erasmus "Intensive Programme": Democracy, Inclusion and Active Citizenship (University of Antwerp).

The student will also be eligible to earn UNO credits (at an additional cost) or receive transfer credits for participation in the academic programs in both Ghent and Antwerp.

Eligibility:
- Applicants must meet a 3.0 G.P.A. requirement; and
- Must be full-time UNO students (currently enrolled in 12 or more UNO credits) with freshman, sophomore or junior class standing.

Applications are now available in 241 Arts and Sciences Hall or online at the Study Abroad Web site at http://world.unomaha.edu. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 8.

Students who submit complete applications and meet eligibility requirements will be interviewed during the afternoon of Friday, April 10. Students will be notified of their interview time on Thursday, April 9.

Participants Sought for April 18 Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk

Participants are needed for the 24th Annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk on Saturday, April 18. Proceeds go toward scholarships for women athletes. For more information or to join a team, visit http://www.omavs.com and click on the "Women's Walk" link; or call the Women's Walk office at 554.2533.

Academic Regalia Notice for May 8 Commencement

Commencement for May graduates will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement should order their academic regalia from the Bookstore, 554.2336, by Friday, April 17.

Call for 2009 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals for Teaching Circles

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of instructional materials grants designed to support the goals of teaching circles.

Teaching circles members can apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle that address one or more UCAT themes. To view the UCAT themes, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat).

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.