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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.



Campus Recreation/HPER Update

Campus Recreation and the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building have made great strides during the addition and renovation process these past few months with much more to come. The following is a list of the new areas and the scheduled completion dates:

Now Open:
South Fitness Center
New Men's Locker Room
New Outdoor Venture Center

East Addition Multipurpose Rooms
New Women's Locker Room

Coming This Year:
New Spa Pool - January
New Golf, Fencing and Archery Lab - February
New Spinning Rooms - March  

Campus Recreation Offices, New Gymnasium, North Fitness Center and Student Health Services - April
New elevated Jogging Track - May
New Injury, Prevention and Care Center - August

As many of the new areas continue to open, construction is ongoing throughout the building. Due to this, some areas will be closed periodically this spring. Campus Recreation staff apologize for any inconvenience but the safety of their patrons is most important.
Jogging Track: currently closed
Activity Court 1: closed Feb. 1
Activity Court 2: east court currently closed
Climbing Wall: closed March 1

Renovation pictures are updated weekly on the Campus Recreation Facebook page at

For questions, call the Campus Recreation front office at 554.2539 or stop by 100 HPER.

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Criss Library Now Accepting MavCard Payments

Everyone's waited a long time, and it's finally here. No more reaching in pockets for cash, or searching for checkbooks. Criss Library announces the option of making payments with the MavCard.

"Students have frequently asked at our circulation desk if they can use their MavCard, and we are very pleased to now be able to say, ‘Yes we can,'" said Audrey DeFrank, acting dean of Criss Library. 

For questions, contact the Criss Library Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

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Thursday's mavlink Campus-Wide Town Hall Postponed

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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 Monday, Feb. 1.

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.

- Monday, Feb. 1 (rescheduled date)
10 a.m. and 1 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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New Link on Benefits Web site

There is a new link on the UNO Benefits Administration site to help employees find medical and dental providers, or to confirm that the provider is in the network. 

UNO Benefits Administration Web site:

The link to the Blue Cross Blue Shield provider search engine is:

The system will ask users to enter the first three letters on the Blue Cross Blue Shield card, which are "UNE."

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Relay for Life Kick-Off Meeting is Today

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. today, 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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NU Board of Regents to Meet Jan. 22

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet on Friday, Jan. 22, at Varner Hall in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the board meeting will start at 1 p.m.  All meetings are open to the public. Read more.

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UNO Building Bright Futures Host Attendance Celebration

UNO Building Bright Futures, an initiative to promote school attendance among metro area schools, will hold an Attendance Teams Celebration Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St.

The event was originally scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 20.

The event will celebrate 15 schools' participation in various attendance incentive programs and highlight students' accomplishments during the fall 2009 semester, said Silas Clarke, program coordinator. Read more.

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Student Employee of the Year Nominations Sought

Student Employment is seeking nominations for student employees on campus as UNO's Student Employee of the Year. The winner will be announced in a ceremony on Monday, April 12, kicking off National Student Employment Week.

Supervisors may nominate an outstanding student employee who they believe deserves to be the UNO Student Employee of the Year.

Eligible Students

All students employed at UNO in a Student Worker or Work Study position are eligible. Resident Advisors, Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants are not eligible.

The student must have been employed for a minimum of six months between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 (anticipated).

Selection Criteria:

1. Reliability

2. Quality of work

3. Initiative

4. Professionalism

5. Uniqueness of contribution
(in case of a tie, uniqueness of contribution will be the deciding factor.)

The student chosen as UNO Student Employee of the Year will receive a $100 check from the UNO Alumni Center.

To receive the nomination form, contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465 ( The form is due Monday, Feb. 15.

Please cite the criteria listed above in the nomination letter, which may be a separate attachment to the form.  Only one letter is allowed per nominee, so if more than one person in the department wishes to speak about the nominee, their comments will have to be included in the one nomination letter.

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Speech Center to Offer Spring Learn Over Lunch Series for Students

The UNO Speech Center will offer free workshops this semester on presentation skills. All students are invited to attend. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

The workshops:

Banish Those Butterflies: Overcoming Speech Anxiety
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 26
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room A (MBSC)

Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 17
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: MBSC U monhon (Omaha) Room

Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism
Date: Tuesday, March 9
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: MBSC Umonhon Rm

Moving from Paper to Presentation: A Transformation
Date: Wednesday, April 7
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: MBSC Umonhon Rm

To register for one or more sessions or for more information, contact a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited so students must register in advance.

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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? Take part in Aquafit, presented by Mav-Rec Wellness this semester in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building pool. Sessions run through Thursday, April 29.

The spring schedule:

- Monday
4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

- Wednesday
5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

- Thursday
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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, or

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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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Webinar Set for Jan. 21 on Student Retention Success Strategy

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

Florida State University has found a way to increase student satisfaction and academic achievement, and reduced 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, the university has improved students' college experience and helped achieve student academic goals.

For webinar details, contact Christine Hoffman at

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility to Host Friday 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 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 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 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'

The 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

A brief moderated discussion will follow the screening.

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

For more information, contact Correlius McGreevy at

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Human Resources Announces New Employee Orientation Program

Human Resources has designed a New Employee Orientation program with an emphasis on actively engaging the supervisor of the new employee in the orientation process. The program, beginning Monday, Feb. 1, will be spread over several months with the goal of helping new employees retain necessary information.

The goals for the new orientation program include:

- Allowing supervisors to provide ongoing, clear, concise and consistent information;

- Opening up communication channels;

- Enhancing retention; and

- Increasing efficiency.

Surveys suggest that providing new employees with easy access to forms and employment information prior to their first day of work benefits both the employee and the university. With that in mind, Human Resources prepared a welcome packet that will be mailed to new employees prior to their start date. The packet contains contact information on benefits and payroll information that new employees can review before their start date.  Also, on-line PowerPoint presentations for policies have been prepared for employees to review within three or four weeks from their start date. For supervisors, Human Resources provides a checklist of material to cover with each new employee which will help maintain consistency.

Approximately three months after the employee's start date, Human Resources will conduct a second phase of the orientation program and bring together all employees hired within the past three months. The program will focus on the "bigger picture" of UNO.

Three informative sessions have been scheduled to introduce supervisors to this concept. All will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Session dates are:

- Wednesday, Jan. 27, 3 to 4 p.m.

- Thursday, Jan. 28, 9 to 10 a.m.

- Wednesday, Feb. 3, 9 to 10 a.m.

To register, call Stella Watts at 554.2321. For more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at or 554.2321.

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UNO Study Abroad Fair Set for Jan. 27

Interested in planning a summer or semester abroad? Attend the UNO Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Visit with study abroad alumni, UNO faculty, third-party providers and a study abroad advisor to have questions answered. Contact Emily Hardt at with any study abroad-related questions.

For Study Abroad details also visit

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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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UNO Child Care Center Openings

The UNO Child Care Center, educating the university's youngest students, has immediate openings for 18-24-month-old children. For more information, visit or contact director Dawn Hove at 554.4936 or

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Nominations Sought for Faculty Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies excellence in the practice of service-learning in his or her work. This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $500. 

To be nominated, a faculty member must:

- Have demonstrated the ability to develop and teach an effective service-learning course that identifies at least one course objective to be understood and met through service-learning, utilizing all the appropriate steps of the service-learning pedagogy:  development of a reciprocal partnership with a community partner, orienting the students to the agency, issues and project expectations, providing a meaningful service to the community partner, evaluating outcomes of students and community partners, and requiring reflection/critical thinking about the experience in a structured way;

- Have been supportive of service-learning at UNO (i.e. through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles, and mentoring faculty/students, etc.);

- Have demonstrated a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (i.e. professionalism and cultural competency) and the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners;

- Have participated in scholarly dissemination about the pedagogy of service learning through presentation at peer-reviewed conferences and / or publication in scholarly journals, on-line journals or books; and 

- Hold a full- or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 8, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. 

Nominations must be in to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Friday, Jan. 29.  Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet – newly required this year.  Click on this link for a nomination form.  For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

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Nominations Sought for Student Service-Learning Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one or a team of UNO student(s) who has excelled in the understanding / integration of course objectives through the collaboration, planning and implementation of a community service-learning course project.  This year, the recognition will come with an honorarium of $250. 

To be nominated, a student must have demonstrated and upheld in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service-learning: 

- Mastering and integrating the course's academic objective(s), as demonstrated in the service learning course project activities and outcomes; 

- Establishing and maintaining a collaborative relationship with community agency partner(s) and student team members; and

- Leading in identifying, creating and implementing strategies in the process of project implementation. 

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 8, at 4 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. 

Nominations must be in to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Friday, Jan. 29.  Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet – newly required this year.  Click on this link for a nomination form.  For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

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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

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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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 for a lighthearted, but informative show on UFO's and the science behind them.

Send questions to and the hosts will try to answer questions on the air.

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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;


-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 through Jan. 21. 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. 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.

Please 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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Green Tip of the Week

Sustainability Graphic

Toaster Oven
If baking or roasting something for less than a half hour, use a toaster oven. They often use one-third to one-half the power needed for a conventional oven.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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