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December Employee of the Month: Erin Cron

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Erin Cron, assistant director of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP), radiates a contagious enthusiasm for UNO. Her boundless energy and devotion to the university and its student body led to her being named the December Employee of the Month. Visit this link for details.

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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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2010.01.25

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

The third of four finalists for the position of associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs will visit UNO for interviews beginning today, 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 today 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/.

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 dsmith-howelll@unomaha.edu or 554.4849.

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New Student Housing at UNO Approved at Jan. 22 Regents Meeting

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents last week approved a new student housing development at UNO, scheduled to open by the fall 2011 semester.

The new facility will provide housing for 480 students and be built on the Pacific Street location. It will consist of four, three-story facilities south of Scott Village. The project is estimated to cost $23 million and is expected to have significant private donor support. Read more.

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Budget Forum Jan. 28

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host a campus forum focused on the university budget Thursday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All members of the campus community - faculty, staff and students - are welcome to attend.

This event will be an informational session on possible changes to the 2010-2011 University of Nebraska budget. Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley, who have led the campus Budget Advisory Task Force, will also help lead the presentation and discussion.

Arriving early is encouraged. For more information, call 554.3502.

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mavlink Campus-Wide Town Hall Tomorrow

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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 four campus-wide town hall meetings over the next two weeks.

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.

For more information, contact Blohm at 554.2415 or jblohm@unomaha.edu.

Watch eNotes or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/nesis for further information regarding the mavlink implementation at UNO.

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UNO Excellence in Teaching Nominations Deadline Is Today

This is the last day to submit nominations for the campus-wide Excellence in Teaching (EIT) Award 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 is today, Jan. 25.

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

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

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

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

A brief moderated discussion will follow the screening.

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

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

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UNO Greek Fraternity Open Houses This Week

The men of UNO's Greek fraternity chapters will host two open houses Tuesday, Jan. 26, and Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge. Students are invited to attend one or both open houses.

"Joining a UNO fraternity is a great way to become involved and meet new people at UNO," said Kelli Vomacka, assistant director of Greek Life at UNO. "UNO fraternities offer great leadership and community service opportunities. We look forward to seeing you there."

For more information, call Vomacka at 554.2711 or send an e-mail to Chris Westcott at cwestcott@unomaha.edu.

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Graduate School Panel Discussion Thursday

Want to know more about graduate school? Join current UNO graduate students for "Next Step," a panel discussion set for Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in 347Y Arts and Sciences Hall.

The panel of graduate students will discuss:
- Questions about the application process;
- Interviewing; and
- Graduate life.

Don't forget to bring questions for this informative session.

Contact the Department of Psychology at 554.2581 for more information.

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Women's Studies Grad to Present Centennial Lecture March 23

On Tuesday, March 23, UNO Women's Studies graduate Monica Brasile will present a Centennial Lecture on "Complex Negotiations: Doulas as Advocates for Childbearing Women." It will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. A complimentary buffet lunch will be available. This event is free and open to the public.

Brasile is currently a doctoral candidate in Women's Studies at the University of Iowa. Her research on Doulas and the Reproductive Justice movement is informed by her areas of interest which pertain to reproduction, childbirth, the body, motherhood, history of medicine, science studies, postcolonial feminist theory, medical anthropology and maternal activism. Monica has been a Certified Childbirth Educator and Doula since 1996, and is co-chair of Friends of Iowa Midwives, a statewide grassroots organization working to increase access to midwifery care.

Faculty can bring students to this event and/or offer extra credit as appropriate.

Those planning to attend or who are bringing students should contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834 or kfalconeralhindi@unomaha.edu. A rough estimate for lunch is required.

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Tomorrow's E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues to Feature China

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 in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room at 7 p.m.

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 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 discussion organized by the UNO College of Business Administration, the Cooper Foundation and the Nebraska Humanities Council.

For more information, contact Wei Rowe at wrowe@unomaha.edu.

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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 sulmar@unomaha.edu or 554.2321.

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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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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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UNO UFO Study Group Meetings This Week

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room from noon to 1 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 30, in 285 Durham Science Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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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 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 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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Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule

The UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host five Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshops through April. The first one takes place this week.

Before anyone can serve on a UNO Faculty Search Committee they must have attended one of these recruitment workshops within the past two years.

All workshops will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). The workshop dates and times are listed below.

- Thursday, Jan. 28, 1:30 to 3 p.m. MBSC Chancellor's Room;

- Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2:30 to 4 p.m. MBSC U Mon Hon (Omaha) Room;

- Friday, March 5, 1 to 2:30 p.m. MBSC Council Room;

- Monday, March 25, 2 to 3:30 p.m. MBSC Council Room; and

- Tuesday, April 20, 8:30 to 10 a.m. MBSC Council Room.

To R.S.V.P., contact Jerri Maxwell at jmaxwell@unomha.edu or 554.3892. For more information about the workshop, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or dsmith-howell@unomaha.edu, James McCarty at 554.2262 or jhmccarty@unomaha.edu, Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or stevebullock@unomaha.edu or Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872 or sulmar@unomaha.edu.

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Deadline This Friday 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2010/img/facultyslaward.pdf for a nomination form. For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu.

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Deadline This Friday 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2010/img/studentslaward.pdf for a nomination form. For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu.

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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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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Maverick Watch

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Winter sports are under way at UNO. Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view this week's Omaha's Team schedule, visit http://www.omavs.com/calendar.aspx?.

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit http://www.omavs.com, Twitter at http://twitter.com/omavs or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/omavs.

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