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Political Posters, Prints Part of Exhibition

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Political posters and historical prints from the personal collection of Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, will be on display at UNO's Criss Library Jan. 11 through March 11. An opening reception is planned for Sunday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the library's gallery. The featured works hail from World War I and World War II, along with the civil rights movement, American presidents and more.

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Snow

A Winter Wonderland

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Campus grew quiet this week as a new dusting of snow blanketed drifts that collected during the last storm. Bone-chilling winds kept many faculty and staff indoors.

wednesday

2009.01.13

Next Generation Diversity Leadership Series Continues This Spring

The UNO Diversity and Equal Opportunity office, with support from the Office of Diversity, President's Office in Central Administration are co-sponsoring Part II of a diversity series for spring 2010 for all faculty, staff, and students. Joe Gerstandt, a well-known speaker and facilitator, who works with Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations and universities across the country, will conduct the series.  Presently, Gerstandt resides in the Omaha and speaks at numerous conferences and summits throughout the Omaha metropolitan area.

"UNO and Central Administration are pleased that Joe will be speaking on the UNO campus," said Sharon Ulmar, director of UNO Diversity and Equal Opportunity. "He is an experienced facilitator who brings a wealth of knowledge on issues related to diversity, communication, collaboration and leadership."

Gerstandt conducted three sessions in part I of the series in the fall. Participants were able to walk away with meaningful information and new ideas.  

Three series will be conducted throughout the spring 2010. All events will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon (Omaha) Room.

Dates and times for the spring programs:

"Privilege"
- Feb. 22, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Focus will be the characteristics of privilege within an organization or community

"What is Social Justice?"-
- March 25, 10 to 11 a.m.
Session will discuss the many different ways social justice can be defined as well as our roles and responsibilities in creating the communities we want

"Do Great Minds Really Think Alike...Back by popular demand!"
- April 22, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Focus is to examine how to bring different thinking styles together     

For more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2321 or sulmar@unomaha.edu.

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Extension of Submission Date for "UNO of the Future" Time Capsule

The deadline to submit artifacts, writings and ideas for the UNO of the Future Centennial Time Capsule has been extended through January.

Unlike most time capsules that are designed to capture--and preserve--significant aspects of the present time and culture, this effort is intended to encourage participants and supporters to speak directly to members of the university and the Omaha community in 2110.

It will be a way for individuals, units, departments and student organizations to leave a legacy of thought as they look ahead to the future.  All funds for this project come from private donations. This is an effort of campus individuals intended as a way to look forward to the hopes and dreams of our future generations.

Contributions of fun, inexpensive and original items that people in 2110 may not otherwise see are encouraged. To view a few of the items already submitted, visit the Criss Library near the information desk.

There is also a ‘contest' where individuals can simply submit an idea (no need to purchase the item) for an item that is inexpensive (less than $20) now, but may have a high monetary value in 2110.

Guidelines for submissions are on the Faculty Senate blog at http://unofacsen.wordpress.com/ or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=200331590254&ref=mf. For more information, contact Suzanne Sollars at ssollars@unomaha.edu..

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UNO Maverick Wrestling on NET2 This Friday

The defending NCAA Division II national champion UNO Mavericks will host the highly-ranked grapplers from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., on "UNO Maverick Wrestling" airing Friday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. on NET2. 

Broadcast live from UNO's Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse, the mat action will be called by Torri Pantaleon, with color commentary provided by Pat Kelley III.  

"UNO Wrestling" is a production of UNO Television for broadcast on NET2. NET2 is part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit NET's Web site (netNebraska.org/television).

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February TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for February. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees February 2 and 16.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling TIAA-CREF at 1.800.732.8353.

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UNO UFO Study Group Radio Program Announced

The UNO UFO Study Group hits the airwaves this semester. Listeners can join John Powers, the group's president, and Dave Pares, faculty adviser, every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. on the MAVRADIO online stream http://www.fightstheocean.com/mavradio/player.swf for a lighthearted, but informative show on UFO's and the science behind them.

Send questions to unoufostudygroup@gmail.com and the hosts will try to answer questions on the air.

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Student Anthropological Society Meeting Today

The Student Anthropological Society (SAS) will meet today, Jan. 13, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall. Anyone interested in anthropology can attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility to Host Jan. 22 Presentation on Infants Objects Processing

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility will host a presentation on Friday, Jan. 22, by Teresa G. Wilcox, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the Texas A&M University. Wilcox will present "Object Processing in Infants: Brain and Behavior" from noon to 1 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Wilcox serves as the director of the Infant Cognition Lab at Texas A&M University. The research in her lab focuses on two aspects of object cognition: object individuation and intermodal processing. The goal of the research is to identify knowledge states prior to extensive experience, characterize how object knowledge does or does not change during the first years of life, and specify mechanisms that facilitate and support the acquisition of new knowledge.

Wilcox has received several intramural and extramural awards during her research career and her current grants are from the National Institutes of Health (Optical Imaging in Infants) and the National Science Foundation (Neuroimaging of Infants' processing of spatiotemporal information).

Wilcox received a bachelor's degree in psychology and education from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., and a master's degree in child development from University of California Davis. She received her doctorate in psychology from University of Arizona. Wilcox completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 554.2573.

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Secular Student Alliance to Host Free Screening of 'Jesus Camp'

TThe UNO Secular Student Alliance (SAS) will host a free screening of "Jesus Camp" Monday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.

Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, "Jesus Camp" follows children at camp as they are taught to become Christian soldiers. For film details, visit http://www.jesuscampthemovie.com/.

A brief moderated discussion will follow the screening.

SAS is a student organization that provides people with a place to come and talk about life in a religious world.

For more information, contact Correlius McGreevy at unosecularstudentalliance@gmail.com.

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Employee Handbook Changes Reminder

To improve accessibility to UNO's Employee Handbook, Human Resources updated the format, dividing the information into sections with links to the relevant policies, procedures and services.  They are:

- Your Employment;

- Your Pay Check;

- Your Benefits;

- Educational Opportunities;

- Absences from Work;

- University Cultural and Recreational Opportunities; and

- Other University Services.

Employee can view the handbook on the Employment Web site at the following address: http://www.unomaha.edu/humanresources/welcome.php.  Soon to be added will be a spreadsheet illustrating updates to the handbook with the date of the change.

For questions, call Human Resources at 554.2321.

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Women of Wisdom Nomination Deadline Friday

The UNO Lifelong Learning Initiative is planning its annual community-wide luncheon to honor three local Women of Wisdom and elevate awareness about aging well. Nominations for honorees are being accepted through Friday, Jan. 15. Read more.

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UNO Excellence in Teaching Nominations Now Being Accepted

The campus-wide Excellence in Teaching (EIT) award committee is now accepting nominations for 2010. This award "was established in 1969 to recognize superior efforts, dedication and exemplary conduct in the performance of the university's first task -- the education of its students."  The deadline for nominations is Monday, Jan. 25. 

Refer to the following page - http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/insidepages/eit.php - for nomination information, requirements, forms and procedures.  For questions, contact members of the committee or Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

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Intramural Sports Registration Under Way

Mav-Rec Intramural "Session 3" registration is officially under way. Team sign-up for the Session 3 season will include the following sports:

- 5x5 basketball;

- 6x6 volleyball;

- 6x6 dodge ball; and

- Racquetball doubles.

The deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 22, at noon. To sign up a team, fill out a registration form, which can be found on the Intramural Sports Web site or stop by 205 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, as sports fill up fast. Individuals who don't have a team can fill out a Free Agent Form (also located on the Intramural Sports Web site and in 205 HPER) and will be placed on a team, if available.

For more information, call the Intramural Sports Department at 554.2634 or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/im.

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School of Social Work Seeks Nominations for the 13th Annual Gandhi Award

The UNO School of Social Work has begun seeking nominations for the 13th Annual Gandhi Award, which will be presented in April.

The School encourages nominations of individuals or organizations that exemplify selfless service to society sustained over a period of time, social change through nonviolent measures, creative social action, and advocacy on behalf of populations at risk—best characterized by Mahatma Gandhi's wisdom: "Be the change you want to create." Individuals or organizations do not need to be social workers or social work-based.

Nomination materials must be received by the School of Social Work by Monday, Feb. 1. For more information about nominating someone, click on http://socialwork.unomaha.edu/documents/gandhi_2010nom.pdf.

The 2010 Gandhi Award will be presented during the Annual Symposium of the UNO School of Social Work slated for Friday, April 16. This event will be held at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CB) Collaborating Commons. The symposium will feature Dennis Culhane, professor of Social Welfare Policy and professor of psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

Culhane's primary areas of research are homelessness, housing policy and policy analysis research methods.  His current work includes studies of the dynamics of homelessness among families and adults, and the impact of homelessness on the utilization of health, education and social services.  He was recently named the director of research for the Veteran's Administration's National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans. He also works with several states and cities to develop alternative approaches to family homelessness, including prevention, "rapid exit" and other housing stabilization programs.

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SPUNO Formalwear Drive for Needy High School Students

The School Psychology at UNO (SPUNO) student organization is asking for faculty, staff and students help in collecting formalwear and accessories for high school students who are in need.

Donations will go to students in local high schools for prom. Wanted items:

For the ladies: Dresses, shoes and jewelry.

For the gentlemen: Ties, dress shirts, tuxedos and shoes.

Drop off donations in the Psychology Department, 347 Arts and Sciences Hall, by Friday, Feb. 1, and ask for Marie Lee.

Please dry-clean the garments prior to drop off; however, drive organizers will turn nothing away.

For more information, contact Julie Soukup at jsoukup@unomaha.edu.

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Green Tip of the Week

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Heat the Home with the Sun
Open shades during the day in winter to let in the heat from the sun -- don't forget to close them at night to keep out the cold.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.

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