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Metal workers are taking advantage of the fall-like weather while working on the next Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building addition this week on campus. To celebrate the new south addition's opening, all regular UNO faculty and staff members can experience the new facility for free with a two-week trial membership. See article below for details.

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2009.10.06

Nominations Sought for 2009 "STEP UP" Award

The campus community can now nominate individuals and groups for the annual STEP UP Awards.   Now in its third year, the award is intended to recognize individuals and groups of faculty or staff who, in the last year, volunteered to take on and complete unexpected university-related work that was above and beyond the scope of their normal responsibilities.

"The culture of this campus is one where people take on new tasks and responsibilities when asked," said UNO Chancellor John Christensen.  "The STEP UP awards are one way to show and highlight that hard work and effort."

Nomination forms and guidelines are available by clicking on the following link:  UNO STEP UP Award

Nominations need to be in by Oct. 30.  For more information, contact Nancy Castilow at ncastilow@unomaha.edu.

The STEP UP Awards will be presented during a presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.

Homecoming Party for UNO Alumni Faculty/Staff Today

Join other alumni who work at UNO for an informal gathering. The Alumni Association wants to give thanks to all faculty/staff alumni for their efforts and celebrate Homecoming 2009 at today's (Oct. 6) UNO Faculty/Staff Alumni Party at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

From 4 to 5:30 p.m., complimentary beverages, snacks, door prizes and tunes from the UNO Marching Band will be available. For more information, contact Elizabeth Kraemer at 554.4802 or ekraemer@unomaha.edu.

'Soul Power' to Be Screened at Film Streams Tonight

After tonight's, Oct. 6, screening of "Soul Power" begins at Film Streams, 1340 Webster St., Peggy Jones and Zebulon Miletsky, both assistant professors in the UNO Department of Black Studies, will lead a discussion titled "The History and Aesthetics of SOUL POWER." The film starts at 7:15 p.m.

A film by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, "Soul Power," depicts the experiences and extraordinary performances of such musicians as James Brown, Celia Cruz, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, the Spinners and Bill Withers during a 1974 three-night concert in Zaire. The concert was performed prior to the "Rumble in the Jungle" fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

Tickets are $8 for general, $6 for students/teachers/seniors, $4 for Film Streams members and free for high school students.

For more information, call Film Streams at 933.0259.

UNO Jazz Concert Will Help Flute Choir Trip

The UNO Jazz Ensembles, featuring the Heartland Community Flute Choir, will give a fundraising concert tonight, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Proceeds from the event will support the Flute Choir's trip to the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago this December.

Tickets cost $10 for the public, $5 for off-campus students and seniors, and are free for UNO students with a MavCard. Performing groups will include UNO's Jazz I, Jazz II and the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra. Members of the Flute Choir will join the UNO Jazz Ensembles on an eclectic program featuring Latin jazz, blues, swing and rock on songs made famous by Count Basie, Buddy Rich and Gordon Goodwin.  Tickets will only be available at the door.

The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic is an international conference that annually draws more than 15,000 attendees. The Flute Choir was accepted after a competitive audition process.

For more information, call 554.3427.

Local TV Program to Address H1N1 Questions

NET Television will broadcast "Flu Facts" Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 9 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. on NET1 and NET-HD.

A panel of medical and public policy experts will describe the medical science behind the virus; what to expect during this flu season; what individuals should do if they catch the flu, including a discussion of vaccines; and implications for schools, businesses and other entities that may be impacted by the virus.
  
The "Flu Facts" panel includes: Dr. Susan Gourley, superintendent, Lincoln Public Schools; Dr. Peter Iwen, associate professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and associate director of the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory; Dr. Robert Rhodes, family practice physician from Lincoln; and Dr. Joann Schaefer, Nebraska's chief medical officer.

The hour-long program was videotaped earlier this year before an audience at North Star High School in Lincoln.

Visit http://emergency.unomaha.edu/pandemic/h1n1.php for more information on H1N1, or call Student Health Services at 554.2374. The Nebraska Medical Center has also activated a public hotline with information on H1N1. For more information, call 559.9996.

Information on H1N1 is published in eNotes every Tuesday.

UNO Encourages Campus Community to Support United Way

UNO will host a handful of events this month that will give the campus community the opportunity to change peoples' lives by helping families with education, income and health issues. Proceeds raised will be donated to United Way of the Midlands.

Visit http://www.uwmidlands.org for more information on United Way of the Midlands.

Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 16

Customers can round up their Food Service purchases to help fund United Way programs.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Stop by the United Way Shopping Fair at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Name-brand shirts under $10 and sneakers at reduced prices will be for sale.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

The United Way Shopping Fair returns to the MBSC Dodge Room, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jewelry under $10 will be on sale.

Eppley Display Case to Feature Faculty Research This Month

UNO 100 Year

In celebration of UNO's Centennial conclusion and for the month of October, faculty scholarship will be featured in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building. Faculty from across campus will showcase the results of their research and creative activities undertaken and funded by the University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA).

Featured work from Oct. 1-11:

- Jeremy Baguyos, Music

- Angela Eikenberry, Public Administration

- Alan Kolok, Biology

- Valentin Matache, Mathematics

- Doug Stack, Chemistry

Visit the case throughout October to view the offerings of UNO's dynamic faculty.

This showcase is hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. For more information, call 554.2286.

UNO Counseling Center to Promote Mental Illness Awareness Tomorrow

Stop by the UNO Counseling Center's table for mental wellness tips for students and free information on mental illness this Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the Milo Bail Student Center south doors.

UNO Counseling Center staff reminds everyone that mental illnesses are very real, treatable medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.

Some facts:

- 30 percent of college students reported that at some point in the last 12 months they had felt so depressed it was hard to function.

- 49 percent reported that, in the same period, they had experienced overwhelming anxiety.

For more information, call Kathy Keiser at 554.2409.

Lot I Fine Arts Performance Parking Notice

Campus Security announces that the Lot I parking schedule will begin this Wednesday, Oct. 7. Gates will close at 1:30 p.m. on all performance dates to allow for event parking.

Faculty and staff can park in the lot in the morning but are encouraged to empty out of the lot by 6 p.m.

Lot I, which has been constructed for the Welcome Center, is located west of the Durham Science Center. Click on this link for the Lot I performance-event parking schedule through Friday, Dec. 4.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.3218.

Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due Nov. 6

The deadline to submit changes for the 2010-11 UNO Undergraduate Catalog is Friday, Nov. 6. Changes should be submitted to Marian McDonald, University Relations, 108 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, call 554.3674.

Annual NCNW Heritage Ball Nov. 6

The UNO section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) will host its fifth Annual Heritage Ball Friday, Nov. 6, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 655 N. 108th Ave.

At the event, UNO's NCNW will celebrate its 10-year charter with the historic national chapter.  The annual ball will start at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner and keynote by motivational speaker Gabrielle St. Leger, followed by a 9 p.m. formal dance.

"The section continues the legacy of civil rights activists Mary McLeod Bethune and Dorothy I. Height by seeking further education and serving the community," said Monalisa King-Ward, NCNW advisor. "Our members will carry out unique community service activities throughout the year and will mentor a junior section of the NCNW high school students this year."

Tickets are currently on sale in the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Tickets cost $35 for the entire ball or dance-only $7 or $5 for students.

For more information, contact King-Ward at 554.2248.

UNO Alerting System Test This Week

Campus Security will conduct a campus-wide test of the UNO Alerting System this Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m.

The test will consist of an audible announcement, strobe light activation and an alert announcement scrolled across all UNO administered PCs.

Any problems should be referred to Campus Security at 554.2648.

Fall Convocation Is Tomorrow

The 2009 UNO Fall Convocation will take place Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his state-of-the-university address. His address is titled "101 Years: Writing the Next Chapter." All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Academic regalia will not be required or practiced as part of this year's convocation. The convocation will be immediately followed by a reception at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

GSO to Host National Coming Out Day Oct. 8

At UNO, National Coming Out Day will take place Thursday, Oct. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge. The campus community and public can join the Student Agency of Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) as they host community speakers sharing their coming out experiences. An open mic will also be available for people to tell their own stories.

National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day. It is celebrated to promote discussion and awareness for people who have already came out, or are the process of coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning or intersex and their allies (LGBTQIA). Food will be provided.

For more information, contact Timothy Winchell at twinchell@unomaha.edu.

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, Oct. 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.

Basic Photoshop CS4 Training Course Is Full

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff announces that the Thursday, Oct. 8, "Basic Photoshop CS4" course is full. Names are being collected for a wait list for a possible second class. Those interested in taking this class can e-mail Lisa Green at ljgreen@unomaha.edu.

Participants will learn about the following basics of image editing in Basic Photoshop CS4:

- Tools on the Toolbar Palette;

- Using the Workspace;

- Using Layers and Blending Modes;

- Using various functions on the Menu Toolbar; and

- Saving files as different file types.

To participate, individuals must meet the following class prerequisites:

- Have basic computer skills;

- Understand the concept of opening, closing and saving a file;

- Be familiar with working with menus;

- Understand the concept of icons;

- Have a general concept of text, fonts and formatting; and

- Have some interest or duties in image/visual creation.

16th Annual Bell Tower Challenge for the Omaha Food Bank Oct. 21

Anyone planning to participate in Eta Sigma Gamma's 16th Annual Bell Tower Challenge for the Omaha Food Bank is asked to start saving food cans for the event, which will take place Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Henningson Memorial Campanile. During the contest, teams of three people will stack cans while the Bell Tower strikes noon.

Teams will compete in two divisions - students and faculty/staff - for awards recognizing the most creative team, the most enthusiastic team, the team that stacks the most food cans and any team that donates at least 1,000 cans of food. Since the event's inception, 42,165 pounds of food have been donated to the Omaha Food Bank.

"The Food Bank is once again working hard to keep food pantries and meal sites stocked as record numbers of people suffer through these tough economic times," said David E. Corbin, faculty sponsor of the campus chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, a national professional health education honorary.

For more information and an entry form, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/esg/BT.html, or contact Corbin or Shandy Ramet at 554.2670 or dcorbin@unomaha.edu. Registration is due by noon on Friday, Oct. 16.

Center for Faculty Development Book Discussion Oct. 28

Faculty interested in a discussion of Ken Bain's What The Best College Teachers Do can join the Center for Faculty Development on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

All are welcome for the discussion whether or not they have read the book. First- and second-year full-time faculty members received a copy for their participation in the Center for Faculty Developments Annual Fall Workshops.

This is a first-come, first-served event, as the Center for Faculty Development only has a limited number of books left. Those who do not have a copy can contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or Alice Woll at awoll@unomaha.edu for a copy.

Refreshments will be provided.

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

People

- Peggy Jones, assistant professor of the Department of Black Studies and member of the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, gave a presentation titled "Aaron Douglas, UNL Class of '22: Visual Artist of the Harlem Renaissance" at the Museum of Nebraska Art on Sept. 3. Jones delivered a visual presentation that introduced the artist Aaron Douglas, the "Father of Black Art." Douglas was the first Black graduate of the UNL Department of Art. His work is a celebration of Afrocentric Modernism, with which he established one of the earliest affirmative depictions of Black identity, history and experience.

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.