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UNO faculty members were honored for their teaching, research and service at the annual Faculty Honors Convocation breakfast on March 26. Award recipients were: ...continue


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Organ Donation Focus of April 16 Event

Listen as student Jessica Legg of Maverick Solutions, UNO's student-led public relations firm, previews an organ donation awareness event happening over the lunch hour on Thursday, April 16, at the Milo Bail Student Center.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week Drill Today

University administration encourages faculty, staff and students to participate in a statewide severe weather drill set for today, 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 or in the UNO telephone directory on page 116.

For more information, contact Schleifer at 554.3596.

Whooot! Salute Announced

The Faculty Senate would like to introduce the campus community to "Whooot!!! Salute." It is a new way to recognize someone else in the university system for things they have done "above and beyond."

Anyone (faculty, staff, students, administration, etc.) may write a 2-3 sentence reason someone is being recognized for a Whooot!, and then send the information to Sue Bishop, administrative technician for Faculty Senate ( The Whooot! Salute will be announced in the minutes, posted on the Web site of Faculty Senate and sent to the chancellor. There is not a "selection process" for the Whooot! Salute, but simply a way to recognize people who deserve an extra measure of recognition.

For more information see and go to the blog tab, or contact Faculty Senate President Suzanne Sollars at

Faculty Senate to Meet in MBSC Today

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today, April 8, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Steve Bullock, interim assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, will give a short presentation on System Portfolio Feedback beginning at 2 p.m. with the meeting immediately following.  All are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

Members Sought for CCSW

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is seeking applications from faculty, staff and students who are interested in becoming members. Graduate and undergraduate students in any academic field are encouraged to submit an application. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 22.

 The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to all faculty, staff and students. Through participation, CCSW offers networking opportunities for members across UNO's campus.

Activities this year included:

- Promoted civic awareness through voter registration drives;

- Presented Susan B's Coffeehouse lectures on issues of health, finances and job-related skills;

- Hosted the 23rd Annual Centennial CCSW Awards luncheon;

- Sponsored a CCSW undergraduate scholarship; and

- Participated in activities honoring inclusion for all, Women's History Month and the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk for Athletics.

Faculty and staff are appointed for two-year terms, and students are appointed for one-year, renewable terms. To apply for membership, individuals should e-mail their name, the reason they are interested in joining the commission and any relevant experience to Sharon Ulmar at

For more information, visit or contact CCSW co-chairs Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or

Communication Professor to Talk Youth Baseball in Lincoln

The spring's final Paul A. Olson Seminar in Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will deal with baseball and feature a UNO faculty member.

At today's seminar, "Youth Select Baseball in the Midwest: The Shape of Things to Come," David Ogden, associate professor in UNO's School of Communication, will discuss how adolescent and teenage boys who are serious about playing competitive baseball don't see city recreational baseball as the best opportunity for advancing to higher levels of competition. Read more.

Islamic Studies Hosts 'Heart Intelligence' Lecture

The Islamic Studies Program Lecture Series at UNO will welcome M. Ibrahim Farajajé at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, at Roskens Hall, Room 010C. Dr. Farajajé will present "Rumi and the Intelligence of the Heart." Read more.

Malcolm X Festival Set for April 14-16 at UNO

Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson, known nationally for his books on the African-American experience, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Eighth Annual Malcolm X Festival and Conference at UNO. The festival, sponsored and organized by the UNO Department of Black Studies, runs April 14 through 16.

"Having a scholar of Dr. Dyson's caliber at the festival is extremely exciting," said Omowale Akintunde, chair of the Black Studies Department. "He's a dynamic speaker and truly a cutting-edge intellectual on the topic of race in America." Read more.

Suicide Awareness Presentation April 15

UNO students from PSYC-3140 will conduct a service-learning project dealing with "Suicide Awareness" on Wednesday, April 15, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. 

Guest speakers at the free presentation will include Jenny Schulte and Marti Rosen-Atherton, both licensed mental health practitioners.

Co-sponsors include Jessiline Anderson's PSYC-3140 class, Student Health Services and the UNO Counseling Center. 

For more information, contact Dr. Anderson at 554.2581 or

UNO Benefits Fair April 22

The 2009 UNO Benefits Fair will take place on Thursday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room.

This year there will be preventive health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. The cholesterol and diabetes screenings will be offered from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for $20 (individuals should abstain from food and drink, except for tap water, for 12 hours before. No appointment is necessary).

The following vendors will attend: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Eye Med, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, Caremark, Social Security Administration, UNO Faculty Employee Assistance Program, UNO Human Resources, UNO Child Care Center, Metro Health Services Federal Credit Union, Metro Rideshare and Hy-Vee.

Refreshments will be served. Hy-Vee Nutritionist Karissa Jansen will offer nutrition information and healthy cooking and shopping tips.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

National Mathematics Awareness Month Event Friday

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 with activities, including the Mathematics Symposium, "MAM at UNO."

"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.

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 Minigrants 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 For more information regarding the Kerrigan Research Minigrants Program go to

Applicants Sought for Turkey Study Abroad

UNO Religious Studies and UNO International Studies and Programs will offer a unique month-long experience to Turkey during the first day session of the summer semester, June 6 through July 7.

Students will earn six credit hours while traveling to Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Ephesus and elsewhere in Turkey.  Classes will be held in Konya, the birthplace of the Persian poet Rumi and whirling dervishes.  Selcuk University will serve as the host institution.

In country costs for four weeks will be $1,500 to $2,200, depending on student interests.  Financial aid is available for those who qualify.  The priority application deadline has passed, but late applications will be accepted.  For more information e-mail Bridget Blomfield at or Krista Cupich at to learn more.

Deadline April 10 for Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The Faculty Senate is now accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships. Both residents and non-residents may apply. Four scholarships will be awarded:

- One $900 full-time undergraduate scholarship;

- One $450 part-time undergraduate scholarship;

- One $900 full-time graduate scholarship; and  

- One $450 part-time graduate scholarship.

Information on the scholarship history, criteria, application process and the application form can found on the Faculty Senate's Web site at

Applications are also available at the Financial Aid Office, 103 Eppley Administration Building, or the Faculty Senate Office, 105 Arts and Sciences Hall. The application deadline is Friday, April 10.

Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Celebration

The annual Community Engagement Links, Teaching Circles, Research Triangles celebration will take place Monday, April 13, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CB) Collaborating Commons.

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, Graduate Studies, Office of Sponsored Programs and Academic and Student Affairs the purpose of the organizational meeting is to celebrate the successes of participants.

The campus community can join the sponsors as various participants lead an informal presentation describing the highlights and accomplishments over the past year. 

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.

For more information, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or

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 Free pizza and pop 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.

Registration Under Way for Maverick Golf Classic

The 14th annual Maverick Classic golf outing is just around the corner. It will take place Friday, May 29, at Tregaron Golf Course in Bellevue.

Members of the campus community can join the fun for a great day of golf, food and prizes. Early registration is encouraged due to a limited number of foursomes.

To sign up, contact visit or contact Geri Backora at 554.2506 or