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Official 'egg stuffer' Rebecca Whitney was busy Friday (April 10) helping to insert candy, coupons for free Zamboni rides and passes to UNO games into 3,000 eggs. Whitney is a student worker in UNO's athletic business office and she was helping prepare the eggs which were given away at an Easter egg hunt prior to Saturday's spring football game.

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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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2009.04.15

Maverick MOJO Campaign Garners More National Recognition

Recruitment Services at UNO certainly has not lost its "mojo." Its Maverick MOJO campaign recently received several awards from the Higher Education Marketing Report. Read more.

Ninth Annual Poker Run/Walk Today

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede will host the ninth annual Poker Run/Walk today, April 15. The start time is noon on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

All interested faculty, staff and students can participate in this free event.

The 1.5 mile course will cover the UNO campus. Click on this link for a map.  At specific sites throughout the course, each contestant will receive a playing card. At the end of the course, all poker hands will be shown, and the person with the best hand will be the winner. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

To register, e-mail unopokerwalk@gmail.com or stop by 100 Healthy, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

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.

GSO to Host April 17 Day of Silence Candlelight Vigil

The UNO Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) student agency will host a candlelight vigil Friday, April 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Memorial Park foot bridge in support of the "Day of Silence." 

The "Day of Silence," a project of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is a student-led day of action when concerned students, from middle school to college, take some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment -- in effect, the silencing -- experienced by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students and their allies.

Students, faculty and staff should also be aware that some students will be taking a vow of silence on April 17 in support of this cause. 

For details, visit the table in the Milo Bail Student Center on April 17 or call the GSO office at 554.4846.

Swing Dance Set for MBSC on April 17

The smooth sounds of Jazz and the echoes of swift feet dancing in time to live music will come together on Friday, April 17, for the Big Band Swing Dance at UNO.

The dance takes place in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom, with lessons at 6:30 p.m. taught by Marty Hebert from UNO's Recreation Department. Live music and dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. featuring performances by UNO's award-winning Jazz Ensembles.  Read more.

Maverick Productions Day at the Zoo This Sunday

Students, faculty and staff can join Maverick Productions along with the Animal Ambassadors for a fun-filled day of exotic encounters at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo on Sunday, April 19.

The first 100 tickets are free with a MavCard and available in the Business Office (MavCard Office), located on the second floor Milo Bail Student Center. After the first 100 tickets, each ticket is $6.75 with MavCard (regular admission $11.50). There is a limit of two tickets per student. UNO faculty and staff may also purchase tickets at the $6.75 rate.

The Animal Ambassador program is a special feature where zoo keepers bring out animals for UNO patrons to interact with and learn about. The Zebra Picnic Pavilion will host the Animal Ambassadors from noon to 2 p.m.

"This is your opportunity to experience the animals in an up close and personal way," said Nicki Baker with Maverick Productions. "Enjoy Henry Doorly Zoo's new attraction, the Skyfari! The Skyfari takes you on a sky-high tour of all of the exciting exhibits of the zoo."

Skyfari passes can be purchased separately at the zoo admission gate.   

For more information, contact Baker at  nlbaker@unomaha.edu or 350.3563.

Closing Notice for University Drive South

Due to site utility work required for the Health, Physical Education Recreation (HPER) Renovation and Addition Project, UNO will close University Drive South beginning Monday, April 20, through Sunday, May 3.

The drive will also be closed from the intersection of University Drive South and East in Elmwood Park, as well as west to Lot S (east side of Central Utilities Plant - CUP). Access to both Lots S and the CUP will be available from the west on University Drive South. HPER, Sapp Fieldhouse, Allwine Hall, College of Public Affairs and Community Service and the Sculptures Lab will remain accessible from University Drive South (from the west) and Maverick Plaza.

Facilities Management and Planning staff thanks the UNO community for their continued patience during the construction of the HPER renovation and addition and campus utility tunnels projects.

For questions or concerns, contact Audrey Buckley at 554.4104.

Anthony Jung Retirement Reception Set for May 1

A retirement reception for Anthony Jung, professor of German, will take place on Friday, May 1, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

All members of the UNO community can attend the 4 p.m. reception, which celebrates Dr. Jung's 40-year career at UNO.

For more information, contact Carolyn Gascoigne at 554.2862.

Annual "Trek to Campus Day" Is Tomorrow

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, will take place 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. Participants can 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 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.

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.

Fieldhouse Canopy to Undergo Restoration

The canopy above the main entrance of the Sapp Fieldhouse will undergo restoration Monday, April 20, through Friday, May 1.  Access to the fieldhouse will be available from the west garage door or the northeast doors.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 960.9819.

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.

Registration Under Way for School of HPER Awards Banquet

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will host its annual Student Awards Banquet, Friday, April 24, at the William H. & Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. 

The social hour, combined with bidding on silent auction items, begins at 6:30 p.m.  The dinner and awards ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m.

For registration and banquet details, visit http://coe.unomaha.edu/hper/

"Innovations in Online Student Retention" Session Set for April 29

The Division of Continuing Studies will host a webcast on "Innovations in Online Student Retention" Wednesday, April 29, from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room.

The webcast speakers will include David Cillay, associate dean of Instruction & Technology at Washington State University; Jurgen Hilke, director of Distance Learning at Frederick Community College; and Vernon Smith, dean of Instruction at Rio Salado College.

The session will investigate:

-How do online courses and programs lose students;

-What can be done to prevent that attrition; and

-Roles of instructors and student support staff in improving retention.

Refreshments will be provided.

The webcast is open to all faculty and staff, no RSVP required.  For more information about the event, contact Dave Cassiday at 554.4833 or dcassiday@.unomaha.edu.

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.

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.

Deborah Smith-Howell, dean for Graduate Studies and associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the individual UNO Graduate Council committees will give reports.

For more information, contact Nicole Kersten at nkersten@mail.unomaha.edu. Refreshments will be served.

Members Sought for CCSW

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is continues to seek 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 sulmar@mail.unomaha.edu.

For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ccsw/ or contact CCSW co-chairs Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or mmaring@mail.unomaha.edu or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or rbrown@mail.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.