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Erin Cron

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.



Budget Forum Set for Jan. 28

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 Today

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 takes place today, Jan. 26.

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:

- Today, 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

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

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First Finalist for Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity to Interview on Campus Jan. 28-29

Four finalists for the position of UNO Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity (AVCRCA) will be on campus for interviews in late January and February. The person selected will have leadership and administrative responsibility for promoting and growing research and creative activity, helping to attract external funds, and serving as liaison for these activities with all UNO colleges/divisions and other research-partner institutions.

The first candidate is Scott Tarry, director, Aviation Institute and distinguished professor at UNO, and director, NASA Nebraska Space Grant and EPSCoR. He will make his official campus visit on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 28-29. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Tarry on Friday, Jan. 29, at 2:45 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The other candidates and campus visit dates:

Scott Snyder, program director, Division of Environmental Biology National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA, and professor, Department of Biology at UNO. He will visit campus on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 4-5;

Nicholas Stergiou, professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at UNO, and professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences University of Nebraska Medical Center. He will visit campus on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 8-9; and

Lloyd Richardson, director, Office of Research and External Funding, College of Education, acting director of Research, College of Nursing and Curator’s Teaching Professor in Education and Mathematic, University of Missouri-St. Louis. He will visit campus on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11-12.

Specific AVCRCA responsibilities include oversight of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, facilitation of connections with extramural sponsors, oversight of an internal seed-grant program, representation on University system and statewide research bodies, oversight and development of campus compliance and research and creative activity related policies, and stewardship of University intellectual property. Faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to participate in the multiple forums provided and provide feedback.

Additional information on each candidate as well as the complete interview schedules will be available at Harmon Maher, interim associate vice chancellor for Research and Creative Activity is chair of the search committee. He can be contacted at or 554-2250.

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'Round Up for Haiti' Now Underway in MBSC

UNO Student Government and the Milo Bail Student Center staff have partnered to raise money for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. 'Round Up for Haiti' started this week in the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court.

Those making a purchase can tell their cashier to 'round up.' The cost of the food court purchase will be rounded up to the nearest dollar with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross to benefit the people of Haiti.

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UNO Greek Fraternity Open Houses This Week

The men of UNO's Greek fraternity chapters will host two open houses today, 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

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UNO Study Abroad Fair Set for Jan. 27

Interested in planning for a summer or semester abroad? Come to the UNO Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge (directly across from the UNO Bookstore).

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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Berg to Discuss Core Exercise

Kris Berg, professor of physical education, will lead two hands-on demonstations on effective core exercise on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in 103 Health Physical Education and Recreation Building. Sessions begin at noon and 5 p.m.

The UNO Fitness Center is sponsoring the free sessions, which are open to all faculty, staff and students. Those interested should dress for activity. Call 554.3221 for more information.

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Concerts, Clinics Part of Low Brass Day on Feb. 2

Dozens of area high school students will participate in the 10th annual Low Brass Day at UNO on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

The daylong event is designed to give students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to meet accomplished musicians, focus on the skills necessary to perform in an ensemble and develop students' abilities on their chosen instruments, which include a variety of brass – from skinny trombones to heavy tubas. UNO music students and faculty will work with the high school students throughout the day during sessions in the Milo Bail Student Center and the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Read more.

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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 power point 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.; and - 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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School of Psychology Graduate School Discussion Planned

Faculty and graduate students from the School of Psychology invite the campus community to a discussion about the graduate school application process, interviewing, graduate life and related topics.

The session takes place Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in 347Y Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information, call 554-2581.

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Service-Learning 101

Community engagement is one of the core missions of UNO. 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 this 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.; and

- 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

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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'; and - 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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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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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 canceled.

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Wellness Listserve Now Online

UNO Campus Recreation, with help from Information Technology Services, has created a Mav-Rec Wellness Listserve.

All members of the campus community can sign up. The Web address is For more information, call Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

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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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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 the end of the month.

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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Omaha Press Club Memberships Available to Faculty, Staff

The Omaha Press Club is offering individual memberships to UNO faculty and staff at the annual rate of $120 per person. The low rate is possible thanks to the University of Nebraska purchasing a corporate membership to the club.

The corporate membership includes a $30 quarterly minimum usage fee, if a member does not use the club. However, no minimum is assessed if a member uses the club and incurs $30 or more in charges during the quarter.

The normal yearly rate for an associate membership is $480; the corporate membership represents a savings of $360.

Located at 16th and Dodge streets on the 22nd floor of the First National Center, the Omaha Press Club has a restaurant and bar, offering a panoramic view of Omaha. The club provides a monthly 'Noon Forum' series featuring topics of interest, as well as professional development workshops and other special events, including its signature Face on the Barroom Floor ceremony.

Chancellor John Christensen was recognized in 2008 as the Omaha Press Club's 119th Face on the Barroom Floor. Visit for more information. For membership inquiries, contact Tom O'Connor, UNMC public relations, at 559.4690 or O’Connor is a member of the Omaha Press Club Membership and Marketing Committee.

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Jones Gives Lecture on Racial Equality, Non-violence
Peggy Jones, an assistant professor of Black Studies, discussed racial equality and non-violence at the Western Historic Trails Center (WHTC) on Martina Luther King Jr. Day earlier this month. The event was part of a lecture series presented by the African American Museum of Iowa.

WHTC is located at 3434 Richard Downing Ave. in Council Bluffs.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail 'People' items to 'People' appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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