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April Employee of the Month: Shirley Fey

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Shirley Fey, clerical assistant III with Athletics, has an abundance of Maverick Mojo. Her devotion to UNO spans several decades, and co-workers say she always goes above and beyond what is expected of her. ...continue

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Trev Alberts

Alberts Visits UNO

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Trev Alberts, a candidate for UNO athletic director, visited with the campus community and local media April 21. While at UNO, Alberts also spoke with coaches, student athletes and administrators.

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Women's Walk

Successful Women's Walk

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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.



"Consider This" to Explore Multiple Births

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and her guests will discuss multiple births and their frequency in Nebraska. The program will also feature the Omaha Parents of Multiples Club (OPMC) and highlight a typical day for families of multiples.

Guests will include Kim Erickson, OPMC president, and Steve and Helen Stockman, the parents of twins and two other children.

The program airs tonight, April 23, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Additional air dates and times are:

- Sunday, April 26
11:30 a.m.

- Friday, April 24
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, April 28
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 Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Retirement Reception April 27 for Deffenbacher

A retirement reception will take place Monday, April 27, for Kenneth Deffenbacher, professor and chairperson of the Department of Psychology. The campus community can help celebrate Dr. Deffenbacher's more than 40-year career at UNO from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

For more information, call 554.2581.

Star to Perform at MBSC April 24

Singer, songwriter Ryan Star will perform Friday, April 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The event, sponsored by Mav Radio, is free and open to the public.

Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., Star released the 2005 music compilation "Songs from the Eye of an Elephant." He also was a competitor on the 2006 CBS reality show "Rock Star: Supernova."

In addition to performing a few songs, Star will host a question-and-answer session and meet with fans. Free food and prizes will also be available.

For more information, contact Chris Prudhon at 402.312.4427 or

Risk Management Launches Web Site

Business and Finance has launched a new Risk Management Web site, now available at This site includes information about the university insurance program, liability exposure and other topics.

For more information, contact Laura Lamblin at 554.2322.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology to Host Candidate Presentation Today

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" today, 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.

Panel to Discuss Media Changes at Today's High School Conference

Three local media practitioners will discuss the changing face of media today, April 23, at the UNO School of Communication's annual High School Journalism and Broadcasting Conference.

LeAnne Morman, WOWT-TV backpack journalist; Matt Tompkins, imaging director for Clear Channel Radio in Omaha; and Karyn Spencer, Omaha World-Herald reporter, will discuss "A Fresh Twist on the Traditional: New Media Trends" starting at 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Hugh Reilly from the School of Communication will moderate the discussion.

More than 300 students from the Omaha metro area are expected to attend this year's conference. Of those, 90 also will visit UNO in the morning before the conference to learn about campus media facilities and visit the School of Communication.

The program also will include a recognition ceremony for the winners of a high school journalism and broadcasting contest sponsored by the School of Communication. Students from area schools will receive awards for contest entries in 23 categories, such as Best Feature Story, Best Newspaper, Best News Broadcast, Best Ad and Best Sports Photograph.

For more information, contact Sherrie Wilson at 554.3677 or

Faculty Senate Debuts New Blog

The Faculty Senate has a new blog, which is available online at

The blog is intended to increase communication between 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

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).

UNO Creative Writing Students to Share Works

The Crop, the Writer's Workshop student organization, will host a reading of works by bachelor of fine arts creative writing students Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Weber Fine Arts Building Art Gallery. The reading is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dianne Hradsky at

"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 Chancellor's Room. Refreshments will be provided.

The webcast speakers include David Cillay, associate dean of Instruction and 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 online courses and programs lose students and what can be done to prevent it; and
- The roles instructors and student support staff play in improving retention.

The webcast is open to all faculty and staff, and no R.S.V.P. is required. For more information, contact Dave Cassiday at 554.4833 or

Annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon May 1

The Women's Studies Program will host its annual spring luncheon Friday, May 1, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room. Tickets are on sale through Tuesday, April 28.

The cost is $10 for faculty and staff, and $3 for students. Click on this link for a luncheon order form. Suzanne Moshier, professor of biology and women's studies faculty member, will receive the 2009 Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies during the program.

For more information, contact Mary Dunn at 554.2624.

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.