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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.



Third Finalist for Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to Visit UNO Jan. 25-26

The third of four finalists for the position of associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs will visit UNO for interviews beginning Monday, Jan. 25. The associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs is the chief student affairs administrator for the university.

The third candidate is Sherry Haehl, dean of Students at Bluffton University. Her visit will last though Tuesday, Jan. 26. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Haehl Monday, Jan. 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The final candidate is 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 two candidates to visit campus earlier this month were:
- Randy Hyman, associate professor for Higher Education and former vice chancellor for Academic Support and Student Life at the University of Minnesota, Duluth; and

- Thomas Wallace, assistant to the Provost and associate professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Mississippi.

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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New Online Training Program for Supervisors and Staff

Human Resources will introduce an online training program for UNO supervisors and staff.

Legal and training experts who stay up to date on the latest changes in federal and state training and safety requirements and best employer practices develop the courses. More than 60 topics are available such as addressing absenteeism, preventing sexual harassment, back safety, customer service skills, how to write job descriptions effectively and effective communication. With an Internet connection, supervisors and staff have access to the program any time of the day or night. Each course takes approximately 30 minutes and can be reviewed multiple times.

For information about accessing the courses, contact Mary Sweaney at 554.3668 or

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Today'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 four campus-wide town hall meetings over the next two weeks. The first town hall set for today, 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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Union Pacific, Nissan Represented at MBA Speaker Series

Union Pacific CEO Jim Young and Nissan Vice President Susan Brennan will be featured during the 2010 MBA Leadership Speaker Series at UNO.

Hosted by UNO's College of Business Administration, the series brings noted UNO graduates back to campus every semester to share their knowledge and experience with UNO students and faculty.

Nissan's Brennan will speak Tuesday, Feb. 2; Union Pacific's Young will speak Wednesday, March 3. Read more.

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UNO Web Template Training Offered by Information Technology Services

Interested in redesigning a college or departmental Web site? Stuart Wheat, UNO Webmaster, has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus community. Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a three-part hands-on training on the UNO Web Templates this spring.

The training will take place Wednesdays -- Feb. 10.17, and 24 -- in 007B Roskens Hall. To learn more about Web Templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

The sessions are described below:

Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
Feb. 10
9 to 10:30 a.m.
This 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. ITS staff will show how to use a free concept mapping tool to diagram the site layout and keep track of site navigation, as well as devise the naming structure. Staff will also discuss the different organizational elements of the template, review campus examples and discuss how the template can best be used for individual sites. This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the Web templates.

Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development
Feb. 17
9 to 11 a.m.
This hands-on session will focus on working with the Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page to be used as the basis for all other pages on individual sites. ITS staff will briefly review the Dreamweaver set-up and preferences. The primary focus of this session will be 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
Feb. 24
9 to 11 a.m.
This third and final hands-on session will focus on completing the UNO model Web page with the main content, as well as the primary navigation. ITS staff will work with the tabs, includes and the footer. Additional topics include adding graphics and using fonts. Once this model is completed, everyone attending should be on their way to having a fully functional Web site. (Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.)

To register for training:

- 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. 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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Campus Recreation to Offer Golf Lessons

Wellness Stampede

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

This spring, Campus Recreation and Mav-Rec Wellness will offer youth and adult golf lessons. The UNO women's golf team and Head Coach Tim Nelson will provide the instruction.

Lessons will take place Saturdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Space is limited.


- Youth Beginner
11 a.m.

- Adult Beginner

- Adult Advanced
1 p.m.

The cost for lessons:

- UNO Students
$20 each, $18 each extra child

- UNO Faculty, Staff and Activity Cardholders
$24 each, $22 each extra child

- Others
$26 each, $24 each extra child

For more information, call Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

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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Regional Health Research Workshop at Scott Conference Center This March

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman's Health Board will host a regional workshop this March sponsored by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) on "Partnering with American Indian Communities in Health Research."

The workshop will be held at UNO's Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. Pre-workshop activities begin on Wednesday, March 17, and the workshop will be held on Thursday, March 18.

The cost is $50 APTR members, $95 for non-APTR members, and $15 for community partners and students. Limited scholarships are available for community partners.

Registration is available online at

This is an excellent opportunity for learning, networking, and developing research agendas with American Indian communities.

For questions regarding the upcoming event, contact Athena Ramos at 559.2095 or

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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 Excellence in Teaching Nominations Deadline This Monday

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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SAC Seeks Employee of the Month Nominations

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) continues to seek nominations for the Employee of the Month Award for office/service and managerial/professional personnel. Nominations can be submitted by staff, faculty and managers or administrators, and must meet the criteria listed below.

The criteria for the award:

- Performed job above and beyond expectations;

- Interpersonal skill/communication;

- Knowledge of job; and

- Adaptability.

Nomination guidelines:

- Nominees must be employed at UNO for one year or longer;

- An Employee of the Month qualifies to be selected as Employee of the Year; and

- Nominations will be kept on file for 90 days and will be considered with all nominations for Employee of the Month.

Recipients will receive a $100 award. To nominate an employee, print and complete the nomination form at and send it through campus mail to P.O. Box 130.

For more information, call Susan McCollum at 554.3636.

Editor's note: This month's Employee of the Month recipient is Paul Clark, coordinator and Webmaster for the College of Education. Watch eNotes for more information on the December Employee of the Month.

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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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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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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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Parkinson's Disease Presentation Set for Jan. 29 at Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation on "Structural and Functional Neuroimaging in Health and Parkinson's Disease" on Friday, Jan. 29. David Vaillancourt, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Neurology and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois in Chicago will present from noon to 1 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Vaillancourt's research focuses on the role of the cortex, basal ganglia and cerebellum in healthy and pathological motor control. He examines how spatial and temporal forms of visual information stimulate the brain differently. Vaillancourt also researches the effects of various treatment interventions on the motor deficits of Parkinson's disease.

He has more than 45 peer-reviewed publications and has received several intramural and extramural awards during his research career. Two of his several federally funded grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke are "Scaling and sequencing motor output in humans: fMRI study" and "Role of the cortex and cerebellum in visually-guided motor behavior."

Vaillancourt received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University and master's and doctorate degrees in motor control from Penn State. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 554.2573.

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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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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 Proposals for UNO Celebration of Student Research and Creative Activity

UNO students are engaged in a rich variety of high quality research and creative activities as part of their education. To recognize that work, in collaboration with the Honors Program's Annual Spring Symposium, the second UNO Celebration of Student Research and Creative Activity will take place on the evenings of Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6 and 7.

Similar student research and creative activity fairs are conducted at other universities. Guidelines and the student application form can be found at

Honors students should work through the Honors Program to arrange their presentations. Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Multiple student authors are permitted on an entry. Monetary awards for best paper, presentation and performance will be presented during the Honors Convocation ceremony on Thursday, April 8. The public will also be invited to attend.

All undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged in such activity are strongly encouraged to submit their work. Students and faculty can contact Harmon Maher ( or Kristen Hendershot ( with questions. The deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 22.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research and the Graduate Program have provided support for this event. Both are also looking for additional sponsors. Any amount can help -- do not hesitate to contact either office with questions.

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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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