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September Employee of the Month: Michaela Myers

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Faculty, staff and students who stop by the Campus Security office for assistance are often greeted by Michaela Myers, clerical assistant III. Her ability to multitask and remain levelheaded, despite the situation, enables her to consistently provide top-notch customer service. Visit this link for details

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UNO sculpture majors

UNO Students Lend a Hand at Joslyn

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

From left to right: UNO sculpture majors Heather Wolf, Ryan Berrigan and Dylan Sharrill all helped install a new work at the Joslyn Art Museum's sculpture garden. The piece, titled Your Story, is a creation of sculptor Patrick Dougherty. Its materials include six tons of dogwood and willow limbs. Your Story will be in place for more than a year before being turned into compost.

Through the Lens

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Soccer Wins Two Home Matches

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The Maverick soccer team improved their record to 2-0 in conference play following Saturday's (9-12) 4-1 victory over Truman State. On Thursday (9-10), the Mavericks beat Missouri Western 4-2 at the Chili Green's complex. UNO redshirt freshman Nicole Baier scored four goals and had two assists in the two games. She also was named MIAA offensive player of the week for the second week in a row.

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2009.09.22

University Drive South Closing Scheduled

Starting Monday, Sept. 28, University Drive South will close for repairs for approximately two weeks.

Affected areas include the portion of University Drive South that extends from Elmwood Park past the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building and the Central Utilities Plant. During that time, the Pacific Shuttle Bell Tower drop-off and Criss Library pick-up area will relocate to north of the Milo Bail Student Center.

The Maverick Plaza intersection will remain open for access to parking lots Q and R.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Symptoms of H1N1, Other Health Facts Available Online

UNO officials have spent months planning for the H1N1 virus. Task forces are assigned to care for students, faculty and staff, and to educate the campus community on the virus and its prevention. Student Health Services (SHS) works closely with the Douglas County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control as the campus moves through the outbreak.

To keep the campus community informed on H1N1, a Web site has been created with frequently asked questions and links to local and national health-related Web sites. Visit http://emergency.unomaha.edu/pandemic/h1n1.php for more information on H1N1, or call SHS at 554.2374.

One of the H1N1 frequently asked questions will be published, along with its explanation, in eNotes every Tuesday.

The Nebraska Medical Center has also activated a public hotline with information on H1N1. For more information, call 559.9996.

What are the symptoms of H1N1?
Typical symptoms of H1N1 to watch for are similar to those common with seasonal viruses.

Symptoms include:
- A fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius;
- Cough;
- Headache;
- Body aches;
- Sore throat; and
- Runny nose.

Some people might also experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Midwest Consortium on Service Learning Sept. 23-25

The Service Learning Academy will host "Millennials Making a Difference," a conference on service learning among today's youth, Wednesday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Sept. 25.

The event will bring together students and faculty from the 29 colleges and universities from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota affiliated with the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education. Read more.

Commonplace Books on Display at Criss Library Through Oct. 30

Commonplace books from Kristin Girten's spring 2009 "Honors Composition: Reason and Research" class are on display on the lower level of Criss Library through Friday, Oct. 30.

"Students were asked to explore humanity's relationship to the environment through mixed-media collage, journaling, diary and workshop," Girten said.  "The Project's aim is to inspire students to maintain a personal and tangible relationship to their writing."

The students in Girten's class - Danielle Bollich, Alexis Bowder, Korie Christiansen, Kelly Dunlap, Josiah Shanks, Teruko Tsubaki and Stephanie Weddington - wrote about nature in America. 

Creating commonplace books was popular in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Organized thematically, writers would copy meaningful passages from books, and reflect upon their compiled knowledge.  Francis Bacon, John Milton and Ralph Waldo Emerson are some individuals who created commonplace books.

For more information about the display, call 554.2640.

Refugee Crisis and Global Response Focus of Sept. 30 Forum

The "History of Strife, Promise of Hope" is the focus of a Wednesday, Sept. 30, community forum at the Thompson Alumni Center.
 The forum begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  It will include a discussion of the history of the refugee crisis in Darfur, Chad, Afghanistan and Pakistan by those who have experienced the crisis and those who are responding to the situation. Read more.

Martinez Celaya Returns to Nebraska for Oct. 2 Public Lecture

Enrique Martinez Celaya begins his third and final year as the University of Nebraska Visiting Presidential Professor with a visit to the state during the week of Sept. 28. The internationally acclaimed artist will participate in seminars and discussions with students, faculty, administrators and community arts leaders in Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney. Read more.

Oct. 3 Solar Energy Tour Includes Stop at Allwine Prairie Preserve

The Nebraska Solar Energy Society will host a Nebraska solar tour Saturday, Oct 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with the National Solar Tour, sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged. Read more.

Oct. 5 Workshop to Explore "Race, Schools, Living Conditions and Academic Achievement"

Carol Mitchell, professor of science education, will present Monday, Oct. 5, at a workshop that explores "Race, Schools, Living Conditions and Academic Achievement in Science and Mathematics."  The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room, and refreshments will be provided.

Mitchell will present the results of work completed in one of the largest urban school districts in Nebraska.  The work focused on the lack of achievement among African-American students in particular, but all students in general as a result of race, poverty and living conditions.

The workshop agenda will include:
- An overview of the 2009 roundtable, addressing the theme of Social Justice: Poverty, Food and Race;
- A brief description of the paper that will be included as a book chapter written by selected 2009 Oxford Round Table participants; and
- Input from participants on the topic presented and an opportunity to ask questions.  Feedback/input from participants will be used in a book chapter, provided participants give permission to Mitchell.

The work was supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health for five years.  A subsequent grant to continue the work in a different format was awarded for an additional five years by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  These grants were under the umbrella of the Urban Systemic Initiatives in Science and Mathematics. 

The collaborative work includes the following stakeholders: parents, students, teachers, school officials, a metropolitan university and community partners.  The elusive goal, then and now, continues to be to improve the academic performance of all students, as a matter of social justice and civil rights. 

The questions surrounding this work are:
- Whose job is it to increase the academic achievement of all students?;
- Why should people care about the academic achievement of all students in mathematics and science?;
- What are the results of 10 years of work?; and
- What can be done to assure sustainability for the successful results?

The academic achievement, or lack thereof, prior to the award will be described. Findings to be presented include those that led to the NSF awarding the district with funds to change the existing paradigm in achievement among underrepresented groups in the state.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu.  To request more information about the event, contact Mitchell at cmitchell@unomaha.edu or 554.2428.

ITS Offering UNO Web Template Training This Fall

This fall, Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a three-part, hands-on training for a series of Web templates available to the campus community.  Stuart Wheat, UNO Web master, developed the templates, which can be used to redesign college or department Web sites.

Training will take place on Thursdays, October 8, 15 and 22, in 104 Durham Science Center.  To learn more about Web templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or erinking@unomaha.edu.

The training schedule:

Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
Oct. 8
2 to 3:30 p.m.

The session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web template and how it can be used in conjunction with existing Web site structure or to create a new structure.  A free concept-mapping tool will be used to diagram the site layout and keep track of site navigation, as well as the naming structure. The different organizational elements of the template will be discussed, including a review of campus examples, and how the template can best be used for particular sites.  This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the Web templates.

Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development
- Oct. 15
2 to 4 p.m.

This hands-on session will focus on working with the Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page for use as the basis for all other pages on the site. The Dreamweaver set-up and preferences will also be reviewed.  The primary focus of this session is creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site and setting the page titles.
(Prerequisite:  Web Templates I recommended.)

Web Templates III: Content and Graphics
- Oct. 22
2 to 4 p.m.

This hands-on session will focus on completing a model Web page with the main content, as well as the primary navigation.  Attendees will work with the tabs, includes and the footer.  Additionally, topics include adding graphics and using fonts.  Once the model is completed, participants will almost have a fully functional Web site. 
(Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.)

To register for this course:
- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;
- Select the appropriate month, and click "Go";
- Click the "Register" link next to the event;
- Enter an SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);
- Click "Sign Up"; and
- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.
- An e-mail will be sent confirming this registration.  Anyone having problems registering shoud contact ITS Cusomer Services at 554.4357.

A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

Next NeSIS Campus-Wide Town Hall Meeting Today

To familiarize faculty, staff and students with the Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) project, UNO's Change Management Team will host two more campus-wide town hall meetings.  Both sessions take place this week.

"Each session will offer a broad overview of information surrounding the NeSIS project; especially, how it is affecting the campus community at UNO," said Jason Blohm, chair of the Change Management Team. "To allow everyone to attend, the same information will be repeated at each town hall."

All interested faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend one of the following hour-long sessions:

- Today, Sept. 22

College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons

3 p.m.

- Thursday, Sept. 24

Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom

11 a.m.

Last year, the Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions application was selected as the new NeSIS platform. Participating schools include all of the University of Nebraska campuses and Chadron, Peru and Wayne State Colleges. At UNO, mavlink will integrate all services offered by E-BRUNO and the current student information system. The new system will be rolled out incrementally starting this month with Admissions.

For more information, contact Blohm at 554.2415 or jblohm@unomaha.edu.

Watch eNotes or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/nesis for further information regarding the NeSIS implementation at UNO.

Campus Flu Shot Clinics Continue This Week

UNO Student Health Services (SHS) will host several flu shot clinics on campus this fall for faculty, staff and students. Additional clinics are scheduled through Tuesday, Sept. 29.

SHS staff encourages everyone to get vaccinated for the seasonal flu. A flu shot costs $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. Faculty reimbursement may be possible through Blue Cross Blue Shield for those who bring their insurance cards. Those interested in receiving a shot should also wear appropriate clothing for an inoculation in the arm.

This vaccine only protects against the seasonal flu. An additional vaccine will be available at UNO in the future to protect against H1N1.

The flu shot clinic schedule is listed below.

Today, Sept. 22

- Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (main hallway)

10 a.m. to noon

- Maverick Village Clubhouse

2 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

- 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building

10 a.m. to noon

Thursday, Sept. 24

- SHS (Milo Bail Student Center, first floor)

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 25

- Criss Library (main floor)

8:30 to 11 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 28

- Scott Village (study room by cafeteria)

12:30 to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

- University Village Clubhouse

12:30 to 2 p.m.

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

Aquafit Under Way at HPER Pool

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

Want to get a good workout and have a little fun in the water? If so, take part in Aquafit, which is presented by Mav-Rec Wellness this semester in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building pool. Sessions run through Thursday, Dec. 10.

The fall schedule:

- Monday and Wednesday

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Shallow and Intermediate Water with Erin

- Tuesday and Thursday

7 to 8 a.m.

Deep Water with Rhonda

- Tuesday
4 to 5 p.m.

Shallow and Intermediate Water with Erin

Aquafit is free for UNO students and HPER activity cardholders, and costs $65 for the public.

For more information, contact Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

The mission of Mav-Rec Wellness, 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.

Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule Announced

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Human Resources Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host four Faculty Recruitment Workshops this fall.  All workshops will take place in Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The schedule:

- Monday, Sept. 28
2 to 3:30 p.m.

- Thursday, Oct. 8
9 to 10:30 a.m.

- Tuesday, Oct. 27
1 to 2:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, Nov. 10
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Before anyone can serve on a UNO Faculty Search Committee, individuals must have attended one of these recruitment workshops within the past two years. To R.S.V.P. for the workshop, contact Jerri Maxwell at jmaxwell@unomha.edu or 554.3892.

For more information about the workshop, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or dsmith-howell@unomaha.edu, James McCarty at 554.2262 or jhmccarty@unomaha.edu, Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or stevebullock@unomaha.edu or Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872 or sulmar@unomaha.edu.

Health Fair Set for Nov. 12

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Save the date. Campus Recreation and UNO Mav-Rec Wellness, in cooperation with Student Health Services (SHS), will host the annual Health Fair Thursday, Nov. 12. The fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

Prior to the health fair, members of the camps community can sign up for the health screen blood draw (costs $25) and/or a PSA test for men (costs $12) at SHS, located on first floor of the MBSC. The blood draw (a $300 value) consists of 40 tests, including a diabetes screen and cholesterol, thyroid, kidney and liver tests. For more health screen information, call 554.2374.

For more information, watch eNotes for details as the event nears or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/09%20health%20fair%20flyer.pdf.

The mission of Mav-Rec Wellness, 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.

River City Roundup Offers Special Pricing on Tickets

UNO staff, faculty and students can receive two-for-one Ak-Sar-Ben River City Roundup rodeo and concert tickets.  A pair of tickets to one of three concerts and the rodeo will cost $29.

River City Roundup events run Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 24-27.  The Championship Rodeo and concerts occur Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with a concert following the rodeo.  The rodeo starts at 7 p.m. each night. 

To receive the discount pricing, go online to http://www.ticketmaster.com to order tickets and enter the code DATE.  Information on River City Roundup events can be found at http://www.rivercityroundup.org.

People

- Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication, was quoted in the white paper "Engaging the New Influencers."  The whitepaper includes insights and examples from academic leaders who convened at the third annual New Media Academic Summit the summer of 2009.  To view the paper, visit http://www.newmediaacademicsummit.com/Summit09/agenda.asp.

Shi Wins Georg Cantor Award
The International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making gave its highest form of recognition, The Georg Cantor Award, to Yong Shi, who holds the Charles W. and Margre H. Durham Distinguished Chair of Information Technology in the College of Information Science and Technology. Read more.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.