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Snow Bike

Ready to Ride by July

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

A snow-covered bicycle stands buried on the east side of the Milo Bail Student Center. Warmer weather will hopefully melt away the snow so it will be rideable by summer.

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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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Exhibition

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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2010.01.22

NU Board of Regents to Meet Today in Lincoln

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, 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. UNO student housing and parking are included among today's agenda items.  Read more.

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"Consider This" Looks Back on Haiti Earthquake

On the next edition of "Consider This" host Cathy Wyatt investigates life before, during and after the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake. Wyatt will talk with experts about the region, its citizens, their faith and the remarkable outpouring of support from people around the world including Nebraska.

Wyatt's guests will include Roger Bergman, Justice & Peace Studies Program, Creighton University; Tina Price, CEO, American Red Cross Heartland Chapter; and Tim McNeil, vice-chancellor, Archdiocese of Omaha.

Air dates and times are:

NET1
- Sunday, Jan. 27
11:30 a.m.

NET2
- Tuesday, Jan. 26
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.

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UNO Hockey Buses Available for Weekend Games

UNO Student Government has teamed up with the university's Athletic Department to provide students with free hockey buses to Maverick hockey games at the Qwest Center.  If seats are available, faculty and staff would be welcome to ride, as well.

This weekend, Jan. 22-23, the buses will run on the following schedule:

- On Friday, Jan. 22, buses will leave from the UNO Bell Tower at 6:45 p.m. The game begins at 7:35 p.m.

- On Saturday, Jan. 23, buses will leave from the Bell Tower at 6:15 p.m. The game starts at 7:05 p.m.

Contact Megan Schmitz with questions at 554.2285. UNO plays Northern Michigan both nights.

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Service-Learning 101

What does "community engagement" mean?  What does it look like?  Why does the university value it?

For many UNO faculty, community engagement means service learning:  integrating community service projects into coursework so that students apply course concepts, see their relevance to everyday life, and gain the satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

To help faculty design service-learning projects that meet genuine community needs, the Service-Learning Academy offers Service Learning 101, a two-hour workshop to be offered two times this spring.  Both sessions take place next week and will meet in 202 Arts and Science Hall according to the following schedule:

- Wednesday, Jan. 27
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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

Faculty new to service learning and those with projects in development are welcome. Participants can bring a syllabus for any courses they would like to add a service learning component to or jot down what course learning objectives would be and start from there. To register, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the Service-Learning Academy, 554.2712 or by e-mail at chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu.

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Student Spanish Essays, Poems Sought for UNO Contest

Nebraska students in grades fifth through 12 are invited to submit poems, essays and short narratives in Spanish for "Through Our Words: Hands, Minds and Hearts at Work," a writing contest sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages, the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO, and Cumbre 2010 partners.

The Nebraska Humanities Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment have funded the writing project at UNO. Submissions will be accepted through Monday, Feb. 22. Read more.

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NBDC to Host March Two-Day SBIR Workshop

On March 24 and 25, the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will host an Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) workshop providing participants with better opportunities to position themselves for SBIR grant funding of their new innovations and research and development (R&D) efforts.

"If you're a researcher with a new innovation that has commercial potential, a small business conducting R&D as part of your business strategy, or an entrepreneur with a start up idea and you need that critical seed money to fund your efforts, then the SBIR program may be a good avenue for you to get that funding you need," said Lisa Tedesco, a SBIR consultant for NBDC.

On Wednesday, March 24, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) SBIR program directors will discuss their programs, topics of interest for funding and will meet one-on-one with attendees to discuss their ideas and projects to provide feedback on potential for funding.

On Thursday, March 25, Jim Greenwood, renowned SBIR trainer and consultant, will conduct an in-depth SBIR proposal preparation workshop providing the ins and outs of successful SBIR proposal strategy and will provide one free proposal review to all attendees of the workshop, good for one year.

Registration and agendas are available at http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/SBIR/.  For more information, contact Lisa Tedesco at 554.6270.

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UFO Study Group to Meet Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Saturday, Jan. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center. Anyone interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena is welcome to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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SOLP to Host Organization Academy This Spring

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will host the "Organization Academy" on Wednesday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, March 6. The academy is open to all club and organization members.

All of these sessions are free to students and their organization. Students can attend one or all sessions. UNO faculty and staff, as well as other club and organization advisors, will teach each session.

Feb. 3 Sessions (All sessions take place in Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) U mon hon (Omaha) Room):
5 p.m. - "Roles of President/Executive Board" - How to motivate members of your organization;

6 p.m. - "How to Lead a Meeting" - Covering topics such as: agendas, minute taking, Robert rules and proper mannerisms during meetings;

7 p.m. - "Programming and How to Plan your Calendar of Events and Publicity" - Tips for programming effectively;

8 p.m. - "Proper Communication-Social Networking" - How to write a professional email to faculty, staff and others; and

9 p.m. - "Mission/Purpose/Goal Setting."

Saturday, March 6, Sessions (All sessions take place in MBSC Dodge Room):
10 a.m. - "Fund-Raising/Budgeting";

11 a.m. - "Working with your Organization Advisor" - A 'how to' panel session;

Noon - "Conflict Resolution";

1 p.m. - "SOLP Forms" - Reports, Recruiting Information; and

2 p.m. -"Officer Transition."

An R.S.V.P. is required. To sign up, stop by the SOLP Office on the first floor of the MBSC, or call 554.2711.

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March Fidelity Rep on Campus Date Announced

Fidelity representative, Jason Cronick, will be on campus for individual counseling sessions on Thursday, March 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.

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Swing, Latin Dance and Ballroom Lessons Offered This Spring

Wellness Stampede

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

Want to learn how to "Dance Like the Stars"? Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host swing, Latin and ballroom dance sessions this spring. All classes take place in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Lower Multipurpose Room.

The schedule:

Dates:
- Session one: March 7, 14 and 21 (Sundays).
- Session two: April 11, 18, 25 and May 2 (Sundays).

Times:
- Swing - 3 to 4 p.m.
- Ballroom and Latin - 4 to 5 p.m.

Cost:
- Students - $15 and $13 for a friend
- Activity cardholders - $20 and $18 for a friend
- Others - $25 and $23 for a friend
(Those wishing to take both classes should add $5 per person.)

To register, stop by 110 HPER. For more information, call 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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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HPER Track Closed

The indoor jogging track in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building is now closed for renovation. It will be closed until construction is complete. For details or updates, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/ or watch eNotes.

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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. Carl 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 life.

For more information, contact John Powers at jcpowers@unomaha.edu.

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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 how to enhance messages using visuals.

Topics to be discussed 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 http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;

- 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 e-mail 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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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 received by 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 chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu.

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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 received by 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 chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu.

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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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In the News

In the News

- UNO students Tony Baranowski and Kayla Erk were interviewed by KETV (ABC 7) Jan. 20 about slippery conditions for pedestrians.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication, was featured on the ConnectedCOPS.net blog in an article about police arrests being posted on Twitter.

- Deborah Smith-Howell, Academic Affairs, was quoted in the Jan. 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about finalists for the position of associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

- The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 18, hosted by the Service-Learning Academy at Omaha's Turning Point Campus, was covered by the Omaha World-Herald, Associated Press and WOWT (NBC 6).

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2762.

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In Print

- Robert Woody, Psychology, authored an article titled "Lessening Aggression" in the current issue of the Florida Psychologist, published by the Florida Psychological Association.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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On Stage

Comedian, Musician Bo Burnham to Perform Feb. 5 at Omaha Music Hall
Comedian and musician Bo Burnham will appear live in Omaha Friday, Feb. 5 at the Omaha Music Hall, 1804 Capitol Ave., to perform his "Fake ID" tour. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.

The Maverick Productions show, previously scheduled for Dec. 9, was cancelled due to weather. Tickets purchased for the Dec. 9 show will be honored at the door. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

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On Exhibit

New UNO Exhibit Featuring Video Installation Artists
The UNO Art Gallery continues to show "Interact," including works by internationally renowned video installation artists Lynn Lukkas and Cynthia Pachikara.

The exhibition runs through Friday, Feb. 19. Read more.

David Helm Exhibit at Fred Simon Gallery
David Helm, a UNO professor of art and art history, has artwork on display at the Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St., through Friday, Jan. 29.

The title of the show is "From the Queens Lab."  It explores Helm's interest in the authority of history and his fascination with nostalgia, flight, alchemy, energy, design and experimentation. Many of the pieces look like functional antique objects. Some appear to be absurd and archaic, but all of the works are meant to nudge the imagination, Helm said.

For gallery hours, visit http://www.nebraskaartscouncil.org/News/?page=FredSimon.

Political Posters, Prints Part of Criss Library Exhibition
Political posters and historical prints from the personal collection of Sam Walker, professor emeritus with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, is now on display at the university's Criss Library through Thursday, March 11.

The featured works hail from World War I and World War II, along with the civil rights movement, American presidents and more. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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