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Faculty Honors Convocation

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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2009.04.09

Registration Under Way for April 16 "Trek to Campus Day"

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The third annual "Trek to Campus Day," planned by the UNO Organization and Administration of Physical Education class, is scheduled for Thursday, April 16. This day focuses on alternative modes of transportation that promote the benefits of bicycling, walking, jogging, carpooling or public transportation as a means of commuting to campus.

"The goal is to show the entire campus population how easy different modes of transportation can be," said John Noble, associate professor with the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and professor for the class.  "Participating will show different ways to improve air quality, cut down on traffic congestion, reduce parking issues, improve overall health and fight the obesity epidemic."

All students, faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to find an alternative method of transportation to campus on April 16.

"If you would like to mingle with other 'trekkers' just prior to your arrival on campus, we will be meeting in Elmwood Park between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m., where free refreshments will be provided," Noble said.

In order to help the class track participation, registration is requested. Sign up for free by sending an e-mail including name, age, gender, mode of transportation and classification (student, faculty, staff or administrator) to: trektocampus@hotmail.com by Tuesday, April 14. Anyone who registers and attends the morning celebration at Elmwood Park will be eligible for door prizes.

For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/trektocampus.

The mission of the Wellness Stampede, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, contact David Daniels at 554.2008, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

Visiting Artist to Conduct Master Class Series Today and Saturday

Pianist David Mayfield will teach two master classes as a visiting artist with the UNO Department of Music today, April 9, and Saturday, April 11.

A New York-based pianist, Mayfield is in demand as a recitalist for both instrumentalists and vocalists. He also serves on the coaching staff at the Manhattan School of Music and as coach/conductor for New Jersey City University. He enjoys collaborating with other musical artists as a vocal coach, accompanist and conductor. Most of Mayfield's time in New York is primarily occupied with working with individual singers in the areas of performance style, language and interpretation.

The open master classes – Opera Workshop Scenes – will be take place in 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center according to the following schedule:

- Today, April 9,
2:15 to 4 p.m.

- Saturday, April 11
Noon to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Elias Mokole at emokole@unomaha.edu.

Faculty Senate Debuts New Blog

The Faculty Senate announces its new blog, which is available online at http://unofacsen.wordpress.com/.

The blog is intended to increase communication between the Faculty Senate and its constituents. There is a section within each blog post for questions and comments. For more information, visit the blog or contact Faculty Senate President Suzanne Sollars at ssollars@unomaha.edu.

"Consider This" Offers Tips for Surviving the Allergy Season

The next edition of "Consider This" will offer interesting facts, myths treatments available to help allergy sufferers survive the allergy season.

Host Cathy Wyatt's guests include Dr. Linda Ford, a physician with The Asthma & Allergy Center of Papillion, and Tumelo Gobagoba-Kwapa, an allergy suffer.

The program airs tonight, April 9, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Additional air dates and times are:

NET1

- Sunday, April 12
11:30 a.m.

NET2

- Friday, April 10
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, April 14
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 http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

Student Thesis Works Open April 10 at UNO Art Gallery

The works of four UNO bachelor of fine arts thesis candidates will be on display Friday, April 10, through Friday, May 1, in the UNO Art Gallery.  An opening reception for the exhibition will take place April 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The exhibition features four installation artists - Ryan Carroll, Angela Drakeford, Ramanda Fuelberth and Ashley Rodriguez-Reed - that focus on the interaction of the work, the viewers and the gallery space.  Read more.

Criss Library Closed April 12

Criss Library will be closed Sunday, April 12. For more information, call 554.3206.

Faculty Recruitment Workshop April 14

The next faculty recruitment workshop takes place Tuesday, April 14, at 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. Faculty and administrative assistants are encouraged to attend.

Before any faculty member can serve on a UNO Search Committee, they must attend a recruitment workshop every two years. Participants should R.S.V.P. to Jerri Maxwell at 554.3892 or jerri_maxwell@unomaha.edu.

CFAM to Host Transplant Benefit for Alumna

The UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) will host a benefit performance, art exhibit and silent auction to raise money for Laura Marsh's, a UNO theatre alumna, transplant-related expenses.

The benefit, "A Breath of Fresh Art," is scheduled for Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St. The goal of the event is to raise $10,000 toward Marsh's recommended double-lung transplant surgery. Read more.

UNL Professor, Writer to Celebrate National Poetry Month on April 19

Greg Kuzma, professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will host a reading at The KANEKO-UNO Library Sunday, April 19, as part of National Poetry Month.

Kuzma, whose poems have appeared in The New Yorker and The Paris Review, will read from his works at 2 p.m. The KANEKO-UNO Library is located at 1111 Jones St. in the Old Market. Read more.

ITS to Offer "Web Templates: Widgets!" Course

Information Technology Services (ITS) will host a Web Templates: Widgets!" course on Tuesday, April 21, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in 104 Durham Science Center.

Widgets are modules of code that can be used with the UNO web templates to increase the capabilities of college and departmenal Web pages with audio, video and other special features.

This hands-on class will teach attendees how to use the Calendar, I Want to:, Now Hear This-Multi, UNO Tube-Single, RSS and Mavr Widgets, which will be used with the WTA_01 web template.

Requirements:
- Must have attended the basic web template class;
- Must have a test site setup; and
- Must have access to the Dreamweaver software.

To register for this training:



- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;



- Select the correct month, and click "Go";


- Click "Register" next to the event;



- Enter individual SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and UNO photo IDs);



- Click "Sign Up";



- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

Summer Shuttle Schedule Begins May 11

Starting Monday, May 11, the summer shuttle service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the Dodge Location and Pacific Location only. There will be no shuttle service to the Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Student Employee of the Year Award Reception April 13

The 2009 Student Employee of the Year Award Reception will take place on Monday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.  This year, 19 outstanding student nominees will be recognized.

The keynote speaker will be Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. The reception will be held during National Student Employment Week, April 12-18. The Student Employee of the Year winner will receive a $100 prize provided by the UNO Alumni Association.

For more information, contact Charlotte Russell at 554.2321 or Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Celebration

The annual Community Engagement Links, Teaching Circles and 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 success of the Community Engagement Links, Teaching Circles and Research Triangles.

The campus community can join the sponsors as various participants lead an informal presentation describing the highlights and accomplishments from 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 and 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 unofacdev@unomaha.edu.

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; and enact visually-dynamic role plays and participation in immersive simulations of different cultures, time periods and contexts.

Workshop participants will enter an SL boot camp in which they will learn to use the 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.

To set up an account:

- Visit http://www.secondlife.com;

- Confirm that registration with SL; and

- E-mail the SL name to lleonard@unomaha.edu.

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 unofacdev@unomaha.edu. For more information, contact Leonard at lleonard@unomaha.edu. Refreshments will be provided.

New Income Tax Withholding Reminder

Effective April 1, the University of Nebraska implemented revised tax withholding tables that may reduce the amount of income tax withheld from employee wages.

The new tables, prescribed by the Department of Treasury, reflect the "Making Work Pay" credit and other changes resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

UNO employees do not have to submit a W-4 Form, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, to get the automatic withholding change.  Employees not wanting their withholding reduced may want to file a new W-4 form.

A circumstance to consider when refiling is being located in a higher tax bracket due to a combined income, a result of being married or having more than one job.  Filing a new W-4 will enable employees to claim fewer withholding allowances on line five or request additional amounts to be withheld on line six.

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).

Participants Sought for HPER Study

Researchers in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation are looking for healthy, non-obese females ages 19-30 who currently take the oral contraceptive Ortho-Tri-Cyclen Lo to participate in a research study investigating how oral contraceptive use impacts blood vessel function.

Individuals must be taking one of the forms of oral contraceptives listed above for at least four months. In addition, subjects should not have high blood pressure, must not be diabetic, have no history of heart disease and must not be taking any medications, with the exception of oral contraceptives.  The study would require one one-hour screening session and four two-hour laboratory tests.

Subjects will be compensated for their time participating in this study.

To participate, contact Jessica Meendering at 554.3252 or jmeendering@mail.unomaha.edu.