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PR Group Named Outstanding Chapter

PR Group Named Outstanding Chapter

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Members of UNO's PRSSA were recognized as the nation's outstanding chapter at the annual conference earlier this month in San Diego. The award is the highest honor given to any college chapter. Pictured in the photo are: (front row) Jill Sauser, Shannon Stawniak, Yan He, Faculty adviser Karen Weber, President Cassie Prestia, Kristen Martin and Andrea Ciurej; (back row) Jessica Legg, Janna Brock, Alicia Kettleson, Heather Nasif, Mikaela Knipe, Bre Gehrken and Sarah Waller.

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Sign Language Workshop

Sign Language Workshop

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Ricky Smith gave UNO theatre students a brief look at sign language Nov. 13 in conjunction with UNO's production of The Miracle Worker. Friday's workshop was headed by Julie Delkamiller, a community member and educator. The purpose of the workshop was to educate students while fostering a stronger relationship between those with disabilities and the arts. Previews of The Miracle Worker will run Nov. 18-19 with performances on Nov. 20-21 and Dec. 2-5 in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building.

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2009.11.19

Budget Forum Today in MBSC

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host a campus forum focused on the university budget today, Nov. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Dodge Rooms on the third floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. All members of the campus community - faculty, staff and students - are welcome to attend.

This event will be an informational session on possible changes to 2009-2010 University of Nebraska budget coming out the special session of the Nebraska Legislature. Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley, who have led the campus Budget Advisory Task Force, will also help lead the presentation and discussion.

"We want to share with everyone what we know," Christensen said. "There will be questions that we won't be able to answer, but beginning this conversation again is extremely important.

Seating will be available for about 140. Arriving early is encouraged. For more information, call 554.3502.

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NUFlex Goes Paperless

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NUFlex is going green -- this year the university's annual benefits enrollment is online and paperless. This saves trees, resources, time and cash so that the university can better serve employees and invests more in faculty/staff benefits by saving money in their administration.

The university has already absorbed the increases in health insurance coverage so that employee medical, dental and vision premiums remain unchanged in 2010 (if 100 percent FTE). The university's medical and dental contribution to the plan increased $3.6 million, or an average of 8 percent for all coverages. All increases in the university contribution were directed toward raising the medical contribution amounts. As a result, NUCredits will remain the same for 2010.

To enroll, go to the Firefly Employee Self Service Web site (http://firefly.nebraska.edu) and check out the NUFlex demo video. Changes can be made up until Friday, Dec. 4.

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability supports this action. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.

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UNO Ranks in Top 40 for International Student Enrollment

UNO continues to maintain its leadership position among America's master's degree granting institutions in total number of international students enrolled. In an announcement this week, the Institute of International Education's Report on International Educational Exchange ranked UNO 33rd with 739 students. UNO is the only institution in Nebraska with a national ranking. This week is also International Education Week, and UNO is celebrating with activities and events through Friday, Nov. 20. A complete listing is available by clicking here. Read more.

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UNO to Test Online Emergency Alert Friday

UNO will test its online emergency alert system this Friday, Nov. 20 at 9 a.m. The test will place a 'notice' box at the top of all enabled university web pages. The text of that 'notice' will link to further information on UNO's emergency site – emergency.unomaha.edu. It will be clearly marked as a test message.

"Testing the system periodically is helpful," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations. "UNO has a variety of ways to get in touch with the campus community and public in an emergency, and Web communication keeps growing in importance.

In addition to the Web, UNO uses overhead public address systems, PC alert messaging, text messaging, e-mail and broadcast news outlets to relay emergency announcements. Only the Web-based notification system will be tested on Nov. 20.

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UNO United Way Winners Announced

UNO United Way drawing winners are Mary Cunard, MAV Card Services, who won reserved seat football tickets to the Pittsburgh State game; Joyce Crockett, Information Technology Services, who won hockey tickets for the Michigan State game, and John Bartlett, Public Administration, who won tickets to the Omaha Community Playhouse production of Death of a Salesman.

All names were randomly drawn from faculty and staff members who pledged to UNO's United Way campaign. UNO's pledge drive ran Oct. 12 until Nov. 6.

Human Resources staff would like to extend a thank you to Athletics for donating tickets to exciting events and to the Community Playhouse for its generosity. Also, a huge thank you to all for supporting the university's United Way drive and helping UNO meet and exceed its 2009 campaign goal. Many people will have better services and chances to meet their own goals because of the UNO community's generosity.

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

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Parking Fee To Be Charged In Limited Lots for Nov. 21 Wrestling Tournament

During the UNO Kaufman/Brand wrestling tournament this Saturday, Nov. 21, there will be a $5 charge to park in certain campus lots from 7 a.m. to noon However, anyone with a valid UNO parking permit will be allowed to park anywhere on campus free of charge.

The lots affected are Lots Q, R, M, T, U and V. There will be no charge to park in any other lots on campus. The Kaufman/Brand wrestling tournament is the largest single day collegiate meet in the country, attracting more than 600 competitors every year.

To view a parking map, click on this link. For more information, call Ethan Anderson at 554.2695.

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Native American Heritage Month Festivities Continue Today

Native American Heritage Month activities will continue today, Nov. 19, with a Social Dance and Instructional Workshop from noon to 1 p.m. on the Henningson Memorial Plaza, Milo Bail Student Center.

The workshop will feature local singer Elizabeth Brown. This event will give the participants a chance to learn how to do social dances that are performed during various Native American ceremonies. The rain location is the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building.

Month-long festivities will conclude on Monday, Nov. 23, with a 7 p.m. screening of "Power Paths." A discussion will follow the screening lead by Georgiana George Lee, assistant director of Native American Public Television Inc.

The documentary is an exploration of energy through the eyes of Native Americans as they reveal their quest to tap wind, solar, biomass and other power sources for their communities across the country. Funding for the screening is provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Native American Public Television.

For more information, call 554.2711.

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UNO to Host Discussion Focused on Discovery Channel Documentary

John Blizek, editor and director, will discuss the production of the Discovery Channel documentary "The Hunt for The Lost Symbol" at UNO tonight, Nov. 19. The documentary will be shown after Blizek's presentation.

The special evening – which is free and open to the campus community and public -- will begin at 6:30 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. "The Hunt for The Lost Symbol" explores how much of Dan Brown's new novel, The Lost Symbol, is truth and how much is fiction. Read more.

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"Consider This" to Explore Chiropractics

Research shows that a medical discipline founded in 1890s can reduce healthcare costs, improve recovery rates and increase patient satisfaction. Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This" host Cathy Wyatt and guests will investigate -- Chiropractics.

Wyatt's guests will include Dr. Jon Paul Schieber, a doctor of chiropractic and board certified acupuncturist, and Stacey Schardt, licensed massage therapist.

The program airs tonight, Nov. 19, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Additional air dates and times are:

NET1
- Sunday, Nov. 22
11:30 a.m.

NET2
- Friday, Nov. 20
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, Nov. 24
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 http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

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UNO Bookstore Reminds Faculty to Submit Spring Book Orders

The UNO Bookstore staff would like to remind faculty that book orders for courses offered in the spring semester are due.

Faculty may submit information to the Bookstore, through campus mail, via fax (554.3220) or through the Bookstore Web site at http://www.unobookstore.com/textbook_adoptions.asp.

For questions, contact Scott Dickey at 554.2541.

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Lecture Tomorrow on Robotics and Studying Human Locomotion

Dan Ferris, a researcher who studies movement and disability, will present "Robotic Lower Limb Exoskeletons for Studying Human Locomotion" in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) building on Friday, Nov. 20. The sponsor of the noon event, The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility, invites the campus community to attend.

Ferris worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Neurology from 1998 to 2000, and in the University of Washington Department of Electrical Engineering from 2000 to 2001. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in the School of Kinesiology, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

He studies the neuromechanical control of human locomotion in health and neurological disability. One focus of those studies is to build robotic lower limb exoskeletons for assisting gait rehabilitation.

Ferris holds a bachelor's in mathematics education from University of Central Florida, a master's in exercise physiology from University of Miami, and a doctorate in human biodynamics from University of California, Berkeley.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 554.2573.

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"Miracle Mile Walk" Tomorrow in MBSC

Wellness Stampede

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

Student Health Services nurse Julie Kalasek and the Miracle Milers invite the campus community to participate in the "Miracle Mile Walk." The free inside walking will take place Friday, Nov. 13, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

No experience is necessary, and participants will have the opportunity to walk inside to a 15-minute DVD.

"The Miracle Mile Walk is equivalent to a one-mile outdoor walk. It is designed for people of all ages and fitness levels," Kalasek said. "Wear comfortable shoes, or you can walk barefoot, too."

Click on this link for the complete schedule.

For more information, contact Kalasek at 554.2374 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.

Sponsored by the Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services, You Look MAVelous! is UNO's fitness and summer weight loss challenge.

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.

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Vigil, Health Fair Part of World AIDS Day Events on Dec. 1

Local students and members of various community agencies will hold a candlelight vigil Tuesday, Dec. 1, to commemorate those who have died from AIDS and to recognize World AIDS Day.

The vigil, which will be at 5 p.m. on the south side of Dodge Street near UNO, will cap a series of events being sponsored that day by UNO, Omaha Public Schools and community organizations to recognize World AIDS Day. Read more.

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UNO Staff Members Sought for Work-Life Study

Every person "bounds," or puts limits on, how much overlap they have between their work, family and personal interests. Researchers need participants for a study that investigates how UNO staff members and their spouses/partners manage these different boundaries on a daily basis and how these boundaries affect health and well-being (IRB# 237-09-EP).

Study participants must work at least 35 hours per week, must have lived together for at least two years, and must not have switched jobs or employers within the past year.

Participants will be asked to complete a one-hour and 30-minute interview, as well as a brief 10-minute survey. Each member of the couple will be interviewed and surveyed separately. Study participants will be compensated for their time.

For more information, contact Samantha K. Ammons at 554.3358 or sammons@unomaha.edu.

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Call for 2009-10 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Instructional Materials Grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles. Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and which address one or more UCAT themes. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat for a link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis now through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat. Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (awoll@unomaha.edu). Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 202.

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or khenebry@unomaha.edu.

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Call for On-Campus Pedagogical Support Activities

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Pedagogical Activity Grants for university-wide pedagogical activities to enhance teaching/learning at UNO.

Examples of possible activities, but not limited to these, are: guest speakers, workshops and book discussions. All applications should connect to one or more UCAT themes. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat for a link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis now through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/). Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (awoll@unomaha.edu). Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 202.

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or khenebry@unomaha.edu.

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Call for Curriculum Development Grant Proposals for 2010

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Curriculum Development Grants to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:
- Curriculum development and assessment;
- Diversity;
- Instructional technology and e-Portfolios;
- Interdisciplinary integration;
- Promoting critical thinking; and
- Undergraduate and graduate mentoring, advising and research.

Full-time adjunct faculty are permitted to apply. Proposals may be individual or teams of faculty (each person receives up to $500 and provides a separate report).

The committee is accepting proposals during the month of January. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. The Committee may choose to partially fund proposals in amounts less than the maximum $500 amount. Proposals are due by the 21st of January. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/). Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (awoll@unomaha.edu). Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 202.

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or khenebry@unomaha.edu.

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Surplus Property Available for Viewing Online

All Surplus Property furniture and items are available for viewing online at http://picasaweb.google.com/unosurplus. All are available for department use only.

Items include:

- Bookcases;

- Desks;

- Chairs; and

- Tables.

Items can also be viewed by appointment at Mail Services, 106 Eppley Administration Building. To set up an appointment, call Tom Feldman at 554.2222.

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