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MAVS Split With Alaska

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The Nanooks won Friday (Jan. 8) night's opener, 3-1, while the Mavericks came back on Saturday with a 2-1 win last weekend at Omaha's Qwest Center. Maverick sophomore Alex Hudson snapped an eight-game point drought with UNO's only goal on Friday. Hudson had both goals in Saturday's win. UNO will be at home again on January 22 and 23 against Northern Michigan.

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Durango Days

First Class of the New Century

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Members of the Durango Days Committee posed Dec. 14 in the Milo Bail Student Center Maverick Lounge with a portrait of the 2009 Durango Days participants. Each year, an updated photo in that location will feature the newest freshman class. The 2009 incoming freshmen will be the first graduating class of UNO's next century. (Pictured, from left to right, are Nate Bock, Erin Cron, Sharon Larsen, Chris Liewer and Ashley Bails. Committee members not pictured include Bill Pickett, Jen Agnew and Tycee Strawmeier.)

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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.



Second Finalist for Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to Visit UNO Today, Tomorrow

The second of four finalists for the position of associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs will visit UNO for interviews beginning today, Jan. 19. The associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs is the chief student affairs administrator for the university.

The second candidate is Thomas Wallace, assistant to the Provost and associate professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Mississippi. His visit will last though Wednesday, Jan. 20. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Wallace today, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The two remaining candidates and campus visit dates:

- Sherry Haehl, dean of Students at Bluffton University. She will visit Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 25-26; and

- Blake Fry, special assistant to the Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls. His visit will take place Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 1 and 2.

The first candidate to visit campus -- Randy Hyman, associate professor for Higher Education and former vice chancellor for Academic Support and Student Life at the University of Minnesota, Duluth -- visited UNO last week.

Additional information on each candidate as well as the complete interview schedules is available at

Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean for Graduate Studies, has served as chair of the search committee. Anyone with questions, can contact her at or 554.4849.

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2009 W-2 Forms to be Distributed Week This Week

The 2009 W-2 forms are scheduled for distribution this week and Employee Self Service (ESS) as outlined in Firefly, will also display the 2009 W-2 form that employees can print.

As in the past, active employees will have their W-2 form delivered to their campus work address and separated employees through the U.S. Postal Service at their permanent home address.

For W-2 form questions, contact Payroll (205 Eppley Administration Building) or call 554.2325 or 554.2739.

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Webinar Set for Jan. 21 on Student Retention Success Strategy

A webinar on Florida State's award-winning retention strategies will take place Thursday, Jan. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room.

Florida State University has found a way to increase student satisfaction and academic achievement and reduce student attrition by 22 percent.

Florida State uses InsideTrack Coaching to make its successful Advising First program even more effective. With InsideTrack training and tools, Florida State has improved students' college experience and has helped achieve student academic goals.

For webinar details, contact Christine Hoffman at

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Thursday's mavlink Campus-Wide Town Hall Postponed

mavlink Graphic

To familiarize faculty, staff and students with mavlink -- UNO's new web portal being implemented as part of the Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) project -- UNO's Change Management Team will host two campus-wide town hall meetings this month and next. The first town hall set for this Thursday, Jan. 21, has been postponed to next week.

At UNO, mavlink will integrate all services offered by E-BRUNO and the current student information system.

"Each session will offer a broad overview of information surrounding E-BRUNO's replacement; especially, how mavlink will affect faculty, staff and student users," said Jason Blohm, chair of the Change Management Team. "Additionally, a limited demo of the upcoming look and feel of mavlink will take place."

All interested faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend one of the hour-long sessions. The same information will be repeated at each town hall, which will take place in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons:

- Tuesday, Jan. 26
3 p.m.

- Thursday, Feb. 4
9 a.m.

In 2008, 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.

Starting Monday, Feb. 8, E-BRUNO will only be accessible through mavlink providing access to the current SIS Plus system through the summer semester. mavlink will be the only platform for self-service functions of the new PeopleSoft student information system moving forward.

For more information, contact Blohm at 554.2415 or

Watch eNotes or visit for further information regarding the mavlink implementation at UNO.

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"Consider This" Investigates State-wide Storm Aftermath

On the next edition of "Consider This," with host Cathy Wyatt, an examination of winter-related issues connected to streets, safety and farming.

Wyatt's guests will include Scott McIntyre, a street maintenance engineer for Omaha; Todd Pfitzer, a city traffic engineer for Omaha; and Mary Meister with Timmerman Cattle.

The program will air today, Jan. 19, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network Web site at for days and times.

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Omaha Area Veterans in Business Forum Breakfast Jan. 20

The Nebraska Business Development Center will co-sponsor the Wednesday, Jan. 20, Omaha Veterans in Business Forum breakfast at Regency Lodge, 909 S. 107th Ave. Registration and a buffet breakfast begin at 7:15 a.m., with the program from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

David Burgess from the Sportsmen and Women Assisting the Nation's Disabled Sportsmen and Women will be the guest speaker. Registration costs $15 and can be paid by cash or a personal check made out to Regency Lodge. Reservations are required to

Each month, veteran-owned businesses introduce their services and products in a five-minute presentation. Those interested in presenting should call Andy Alexander at 554.6253. At each breakfast, a special speaker presents a topic related to veteran business owners. The event is also a forum for possible teaming, partnerships and education on veteran-related businesses.

During the breakfast, everyone will be introduced, so attendees are invited to bring their business cards, brochures and fliers to make contacts with fellow veterans.

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Enhance the Research Process with LibGuides

Faculty, staff and student patrons can join Criss Library staff on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room for an informational session introducing LibGuides.

LibGuides is a web-based customizable research guide designed to assist students in the research process. This electronic pathfinder will direct users to the best books, journals, databases and Web resources in their discipline. Learn how Criss Library librarians can design it for individual classes.

Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. Dessert and drinks will be provided.

R.S.V.P. to Linda Riviera at or 554.2640.

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E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues to Feature China Jan. 26

Award-winning investigative journalist Richard Behar will present "China in Africa: The New Scramble?" Tuesday, Jan. 26, in conjunction with the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues. The lecture will be simulcast to the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room at 7 p.m.

In his talk, Behar will discuss China's increasing involvement in Africa in search of resources to fuel its economy, how China's path in Africa today might be compared to European colonization there at the turn of the last century and how it all relates to America's economy. His 25-year career as a business journalist has included work for Fortune, Time and Forbes magazines.

Those attending the simulcast at UNO are invited to stay after the televised presentation for a post lecture discussion organized by the UNO College of Business Administration (CBA), the Cooper Foundation and the Nebraska Humanities Council.

For more information, contact Wei Rowe at

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H1N1 Vaccine Available at Student Health Services

H1N1 vaccine is now available at UNO Student Health Services to all members of the UNO community including friends and family (ages 16 and older).

The H1N1 vaccine is available in both the nasal mist and injection forms.

Cost: $10

Location: Student Health Services, first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center

Clinic Hours: (for H1N1 Vaccinations)
Monday through Friday
- 8 to 11:30 a.m.
- 1:30 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2374.

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UNO Mavericks to "Sell Out Ohio State"

UNO hockey aims to make history on Friday, Feb. 5 as the Mavericks plan to sell every seat at Qwest Center Omaha for the first time in their history. On that night, the Mavericks will host the Ohio State Buckeyes in an important Central Collegiate Hockey Association game. Read more.

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Mav-Rec Wellness Spring Programs Announced

Wellness Stampede

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

Mav-Rec Wellness has announced its special programming schedule for the spring.

The Group Exercise schedule features several new classes for all students and activity card holders to enjoy free of charge. Indoor cycling, yoga, pilates, Zumba, tai chi and turbo kick are just a few of the fun and exciting classes offered. Most classes are taught in the morning, over the lunch hour and after 5 p.m. and take place in the brand new east multipurpose rooms overlooking Caniglia Field. Join Mav-Rec Wellness for some fitness fun. The full schedule can be found online at

Other special classes that will be offered this spring are:

- Swing;

- Latin;

- Ballroom;

- Aquafit;

- Adult and Youth Golf Lessons; and

- Chair Massages.

The schedules and full descriptions of these events can be found online: For question, call Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

The mission of the 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, or

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Relay for Life Kick-Off Meeting This Week

UNO students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a kick-off meeting for the American Cancer Society's annual fundraiser, Relay for Life.

The informational meeting is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Attendees will learn more about the American Cancer Society, the annual Relay for Life event and how to volunteer their time. Read more.

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UNO Web Template Training Offered by ITS

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a Basics of Dreamweaver course on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 007B Roskens Hall.

Basics of Dreamweaver is a 90-minute hands-on course designed to orient users to some of the Dreamweaver tools used in conjunction with the UNO Web Templates.

Covered topics include setting up a site through the "Site Manager," transferring files through the "Get" and "Put" commands, using the "Find and Replace" function and why it is best to develop in a test environment.

Participants do not need to have a test site or be using the Web Templates to attend. This course is intended to be taken prior to UNO Web Template training.

For questions, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

To register for this course:

- Go to;

- 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. For problems registering, 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.

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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 - - 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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ITS to Offer Basic Photoshop I CS4 Training

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a Basic Photoshop I CS4 course on Thursday, Jan. 21. The training session will take place from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 112 Criss Library. Basic Photoshop I CS4 is a course that will teach the basics of image editing in Photoshop.

In this course participants will:
- Work with tools on the Toolbar Palette;
- Learn about the Workspace;
- Use Layers and Blending Modes;
- Use various functions on the Menu Toolbar; and
- Learn about saving files as different file types.

Class prerequisites:
- Must have basic computer skills;
- Understand the concept of opening, closing and saving a file;
- Have an idea of 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.

Objectives for the course:
- To become familiar with the PS CS4 Interface/Workspace;
- To have an understanding of where items are on the Menu Toolbar and using them in the edit and creation process;
- To be able to manipulate layers within the layer palette;
- To be able to create in layers using the Layer Palette icons;
- To have a working understanding of the Options Toolbar;
- To be able to use a variety of tools on the tool bar including: the move tool, the paint bucket fill, the text tool, the marquee and the crop tool; and
- Understanding the basic file types and which to use for saving a specific file (.psd, .jpg, .gif, .png)

To register for this session:

- Go to;

- Select the correct month;

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter a personal SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and UNO photo IDs);

- Click "Sign Up";

- Click "OK" to confirm personnel number;

An email will be sent confirming registration. 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.

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UNO UFO Study Group to Host "Cosmos" Screening

The UNO UFO Study Group will host a free screening of two episodes of the award-winning television program "Cosmos" on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. Astronomer Carl Sagan co-wrote and hosted the series.

The "Encyclopedia Galactica" and "Who Speaks for Earth" episodes will be viewed. Sagan takes on the issues of how life evolved to earth, the probability that life could arise on other worlds and the danger that intelligence brings to such life.

For more information, contact John Powers at

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Basic Photoshop II CS4 Training Jan. 28

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will host the second phase of lessons in the Photoshop class series -- Basic Photoshop II CS4 -- on Thursday, Jan. 28. The course takes place from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 112 Criss Library.

In this class participants will learn the next level of basic skills for Photoshop, and learn how to enhance messages using visuals. Topics to be covered will include:
- The use of gradients;
- Using vector objects;
- Special visual effects;
- Non-destructive editing; and
- Text manipulation.

To sign up for this session:

- Go to;

- Select the correct month;

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter a personal SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and UNO photo IDs);

- Click "Sign Up";

- Click "OK" to confirm personnel number;

An email will be sent confirming registration. 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.

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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 or Facebook at For more information, contact Suzanne Sollars at

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Intramural Sports Registration Ends Friday

The deadline for Mav-Rec Intramural "Session 3" registration is this Friday, Jan. 22, at noon. Team sign-up for the Session 3 season will include the following sports:

- 5x5 basketball;

- 6x6 volleyball;

- 6x6 dodge ball; and

- Racquetball doubles.

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

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Cancer and Smoking Disease Research Grants Available

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has announced that applications for Cancer and Smoking Disease Research will be accepted through Monday, Feb. 8, for the funding period of July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

The department will consider applications proposing one-year projects only with a budget of up to $40,000. Scientific biomedical and behavioral research proposals relating directly to the prevention of cancer and smoking-related diseases, or to the prevention or cessation of smoking in racial/ethnic minorities, will be given the highest priority.

Details are available at: or by contacting Sponsored Programs & Research at 554.2286.

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Nominations Sought for 2010 CCSW Awards

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) seeks nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations at UNO and in the metropolitan community who have brought attention to women's issues, advanced women's issues and/or gender equity issues.

This year's recipients will be honored Wednesday, March 31, at the CCSW Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Tickets will go on sale at the MBSC Business Office (554.3923) closer to the date.

The criteria for each award and its past recipients are available online at All nominations must be returned by Wednesday, Feb. 17, to:

To have any of the forms faxed or mailed, contact CCSW co-chairs Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at 554.2286 or or Jody Neathery-Castro at 554.3611 or

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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 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 ( 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 ( 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

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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.

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

For more information, contact Julie Soukup at

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First Nebraskan to Win National Askew Award
Evelyn Bullock, parole transition manger for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (DCS), was recognized at the DCS Quarterly Awards Dec. 17. Bullock is the first Nebraska Certified Public Manager (CPM) to receive the national Askew Award, an award she won for developing a plan for the Correctional Alternative Placement Program for Nebraska. Read more.

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