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Successful Women's Walk

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Saturday's (April 18) rain forced more than 700 walkers into the UNO Sapp Fieldhouse, but it didn't dampen their fund-raising spirits. The walkers raised more than $270,000 for women's athletic scholarships at the 2009 Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk. The money raised exceeded the goal set at the beginning of the campaign. Since its start in 1986, the walk has raised more than $3.75 million for women's athletic scholarships.

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UNO Announces A.D. Candidates

UNO Announces A.D. Candidates

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Chancellor John Christensen, left, spoke with local reporters April 17 about the four individuals who have been selected as candidates for athletic director. Christensen said he hopes to have someone hired by the end of the semester.

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Kara Wentworth

Student Employee of the Year Kudos

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Kara Wentworth, a part-time student employee in the Department of Art and Art History, received the 2009 Student Employee of the Year Award on April 13 at a ceremony in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Follow this link for details.



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Green Tip of the Week

Want to live more sustainably? The following is the first installment in a new weekly series offered in eNotes to help increase sustainable practices in the lives of all faculty, staff and students.

Energy Efficiency Anytime: Unplug unused electronics
An average home produces 600 pounds of carbon dioxide a year just by leaving electronics (TV, stereo, chargers, game players, etc.) plugged in. About 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.

To avoid unnecessary power waste, unplug appliances or use a power strip and use the switch on the power strip to cut all power to the appliances. For additional details, visit

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, visit

Department of Sociology and Anthropology to Host Candidate Presentation April 23

Paul Stock, a candidate for a position in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will give a presentation titled "The Original Green Revolution: The Catholic Worker and Environmental Morality" Thursday, April 23, at 3 p.m in 149 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The presentation is free and open to the campus community and the public. For more information, call 554.2626.

Zeta Tau Alpha Kickball Tournament Benefit April 25

The Gamma Mu chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at UNO will host its 13th annual Kick Out Cancer kickball tournament at noon on Saturday, April 25, to raise funds for breast cancer research and education. The event will take place at Al F. Caniglia Field and features raffles for prizes and food for tournament participants. Read more.

Nebraska Cello Ensemble to Perform at UNO April 26

The Nebraska Cello Ensemble will perform Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The program will include works of Jackson Berkey, Sousa, Faure and the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 for Cello Orchestra.

Tickets are available at the door and cost $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. UNO faculty, staff and students can attend for free with their MavCard ID.

The cello ensemble began in 1974 under the direction of David Low, professor of music. It brings together cellists who perform music specifically written for combinations of celli or celli and other instruments or voices.

The ensemble has a history of commissioned works. It was awarded several Nebraska Arts Council grants for works by Robert Walter, composer at the University of the Redlands (California), Joseph Baber, composer at the University of Kentucky, and Jon Polifrone, composer at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

For more information, call 554.3427.

Hoburg Retirement Reception May 5

Roger Hoburg, professor and former chairperson of the Department of Chemistry, will retire at the end of the spring semester. In celebration of his 43 years of service, the university community is invited to attend a reception Tuesday, May 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Hall.

For more information, contact Janine Brooks at 554.2651.

Subjects Sought for Gait Study

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility needs healthy subjects for a new study that examines the effect of aging and vascular occlusion on gait variability.

Ideal participants are male, older than 50 years of age and free from any lower limb orthopedic pathologies such as joint replacements or knee ligament injuries. Subjects will take part in a one-time data collection lasting approximately one hour that involves walking on a treadmill before and after a blood pressure cuff is used to reduce blood flow to the legs. Subjects will receive a stipend for travel costs and a free screening for lower extremity vascular function.

Additional data will be collected at a scheduled time during the study using a state-of-the-art motion capture system identical to the equipment used for motion picture special effects and video games. The facility is located in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

For more information, contact Sara Myers at 554.3225 or

NBDC "Adobe InDesign CS3" Workshop May 4-5

The Nebraska Business Development Center will host a two-day training workshop on "Adobe InDesign CS3" Monday and Tuesday, May 4-5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 ESU #3, 6949 South 110th St., in La Vista. The workshop fee of $550 includes materials.

Through hands-on exercises, complete with insider tips and detailed color illustrations, participants will learn the latest techniques for page layout through Adobe InDesign CS3.

Workshop topics include:
- Setting up documents;
- Working with text and type styles;
- Adding color and working with tables;
- Using transparency and other effects;
- Bringing in graphics to InDesign projects; and
- How to use the new features in InDesign CS3 (Adobe Bridge, drag and drop text editing, layer visibility and shareable swatches).

For more information or to register, visit

UNO Benefits Fair Today in the MBSC

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

Faculty and staff can participate in preventive health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. A monitor will also be available to measure body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage. No appointment is necessary.

The cholesterol and diabetes screenings will run from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at a cost of $20. Individuals being screened for cholesterol and diabetes need to have abstained from food and drink, except for tap water, for 12 hours before.

The Tdap vaccine - used to prevent tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis in adults - will be available at a cost of $45. Anyone with UNO's Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance can have a claim filed for possible reimbursement if they have a $250 routine care benefit that has not been used up. An insurance deductible does not have to be met to use the routine care benefit money.

The following vendors will attend the benefits fair: 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.

New York Psychiatrist and AIDS Advocate to Present Today at "Grand Rounds"

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, a New York psychiatrist, will guest speak today, April 22, at the College of Public Health's "Grand Rounds" at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

Dr. Thompson Fullilove is a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. She will speak at noon in Room 1010 at the UNMC College of Nursing. A student question-and-answer session with Dr. Thompson Fullilove will follow the talk from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Office of Student Equity and Multicultural Office at UNMC have sponsored this "Grand Rounds" event.

After several years of work as a community psychiatrist, Dr. Thompson Fullilove joined the University of California, San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at its founding in 1986. She moved to New York in 1990 and continued to study AIDS and other inner-city neighborhood issues.

Her work on AIDS is featured in Jacob Levenson's The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS in Black America. Most recently, with support of a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Investigator Award, she has studied the long-term consequences of urban renewal for African Americans. As part of that work, she co-founded NYC Recovers, an alliance of organizations concerned with the social and emotional recovery of New York City in the aftermath of 9/11. This project provided the data for her book Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It.

For more information, contact Stephon McNeil at

Entrepreneurship Event Is Today

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization will honor entrepreneurship at UNO today, April 22, from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Faculty, staff and students can speak with more than 20 local entrepreneurs who will host information tables about their business.

The following entrepreneurs will give keynote presentations:
- Doug Nielsen, NetShops;
- Frank Klesitz, Final Rep Fitness;
- Marshall Widman, BallStars; and
- Mark Javitch, Action Inkjet.

Free food and drinks will be served, and door prizes will be presented.

For more information, contact Dale T. Eesley at 554.2706.

"Career Advising in Action: Try It and Apply It" Workinar April 23

UNO will host a workinar sponsored by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) on Thursday, April 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building.

"Career Advising in Action: Try It and Apply It" is an online workshop that allows for interactive group work within the allotted 60 to 90-minute timeframe. Following a brief introduction by the NACADA presenters, Joanne Damminger and Betsy McCalla-Wriggins, participants will work together on activities in small groups. Participants will then rejoin the workinar to share thoughts and ask questions.

Individuals planning to attend should send an e-mail to Katie Sup Rezac at

Global Youth Service Day April 25

The Service-Learning Academy is accepting volunteer registrations for Global Youth Service Day activities planned for Saturday, April 25. Online registration is available at

Participants will volunteer from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Western Hills University Partnership Magnet Center, 6523 Western Ave. Location assignments will be given at that time. Directions and shuttles to all other sites will be available. T-shirts and lunch are complimentary.

For more information, contact Kathe Lyons at 554.4083.

Summer Faculty Seminar Accepting Applications

Faculty members can apply to participate in the first annual Summer Faculty Seminar set for Monday through Friday, June 1-5, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The application deadline is Thursday, April 23. To submit an application, visit

The weeklong event, modeled after the North and South Omaha Seminars, will bring together UNO faculty, Omaha Public School (OPS) 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.

Selected UNO faculty will receive a $750 stipend in their June 2009 paycheck. Seminar participants will also take part in informational sessions on campus and hands-on sessions at various Omaha locations.

The schedule:

- Monday, June 1
Focus: Community needs - Panel of local non-profits and bus tour of Omaha Community Partner sites;

- Tuesday, June 2
Focus: Student engagement - Bus tour of OPS magnet schools;

- Wednesday, June 3
Focus: Quality project design - Campus tour of departments;

- Thursday, June 4
Focus: Partner project planning; and

- Friday, June 5
Focus: Reflection activities and planning for the future.

For more information, contact Sarah Hanify at or 554.3880.

Adobe Connect Brown Bag April 24

The campus community can join UNO faculty and Information Technology Services (ITS) staff on Friday, April 24, for a brown bag demonstration of Adobe Connect. Sponsored by ITS Academic Partner for Instruction, "Web Conferencing & Online Instruction: Lessons Learned by UNO Faculty" will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

All UNO faculty and staff can attend, and no registration is necessary. Participants are invited to bring their lunches.

Adobe Connect is a Web conferencing collaboration tool for conducting online courses, office hours, advising, student presentations and student group work. It allows two-way audio and/or video communication, multimedia and application sharing, whiteboard display, breakout sessions and polling.

Presenters will include Lynn Harland, associate dean and professor of the College of Business Administration; Leah Pietron, associate professor of information systems and quantitative analysis (ISQA) with the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T); Paul van Vliet, associate professor of ISQA with IS&T; and Ted Turgeon, instructional design specialist with ITS.

Faculty presenters will discuss their experiences using Adobe Connect for student projects in a capstone management information systems course and for discussion in a graduate-level business course. A brief demonstration will be included. In addition, ITS staff will discuss the costs and logistics of using Adobe Connect and an opportunity for participants to try a free version of the software.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Service at 554.4357 (HELP).

"Whooot! Salute" Recognition Available

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

Anyone (faculty, staff, students, administration, etc.) can write a two-to-three sentence description of why someone should be recognized for a "Whooot!" and e-mail the information to Sue Bishop, administrative technician for Faculty Senate, at

The "Whooot! Salute" will be announced in the minutes, posted on the Faculty Senate Web site and sent to the chancellor. There isn't a selection process for the "Whooot! Salute"; it is simply a way to recognize people who deserve an extra measure of recognition.

For more information, visit and click on the blog tab, or contact Faculty Senate President Suzanne Sollars at

Submissions Sought for Scientific Poster Session

University researchers have an opportunity to submit their non-proprietary scientific findings at the poster session during the 11th Annual National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Conference. Hosted by the Nebraska Business Development Center, the event will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, June 30-July 1, at Qwest Center Omaha.

The goals of the poster session are to:

- Create opportunities for SBIR/STTR awardees and university researchers to present their research and technologies to their peers;

- Foster discussions that may lead to partnerships and collaborations;

- Identify potential research or business partners; and

- Showcase university technologies that have the potential for commercialization.

The submission deadline is Friday, May 1. The notification of poster selection will take place Friday, May 15. For more information, including abstract requirements, visit the conference Web site at or contact Lisa Tedesco at 554.2521.

Participants Needed for UNMC Teen Depression Study

Teens experiencing depression are sought by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Adolescent depression symptoms may include:
- Often being sad, unhappy or in a bad mood;
- Having trouble sleeping or staying asleep;
- Change in appetite;
- Loss of interest or motivation, decreased energy; and
- Feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.

Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements. To participate, adolescents must be 12 to 17 years of age. To learn more about the UNMC clinical research study, call 552.6240 or 552.6241.