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The bare trees of Elmwood Park also look forward to spring and the return of leaves and golfers.

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Study Abroad Basics

Emily Hardt, UNO international exchange advisor, discusses the basics of studying abroad. The Study Abroad Fair takes place Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

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2010.02.01

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

The last of four finalists for the position of associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs will visit UNO for interviews beginning today, Feb. 1. The associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs is the chief student affairs administrator for the university.

The candidate is Blake Fry, special assistant to the Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls. His visit will last through Tuesday, Feb. 2.  Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Fry today, Feb. 1, at 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U monhon (Omaha) Room.

The other candidates to visit campus:

- Randy Hyman, associate professor for Higher Education and former vice chancellor for Academic Support and Student Life at the University of Minnesota, Duluth;

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

- Sherry Haehl, dean of Students at Bluffton University;

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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mavlink Campus-Wide Town Hall Today, Thursday

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 three campus-wide town hall meetings this week. The first two will take place today, 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, all of which will take place in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons:

- Today, 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 Alumni Association Launches New Web site

The UNO Alumni Association has a new look and functionality at its Web site, http://www.unoalumni.org, including an online alumni directory available to all graduates who register at the site. Visit today to explore all its options.

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gmav E-mails Caught in Anti-spam Quarantine

Information Technology Services (ITS) has had reports of student gmav e-mail getting caught in the anti-spam quarantine system and disrupting communication between students and instructors.

After investing the problem, ITS discovered that the anti-spam system is programmed to catch e-mail with blank subject lines and treat it as spam. To avoid this continued disruption, ITS staff advises all of the UNO community to simply place a subject in the subject line on all outgoing e-mail.

For additional questions, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

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SOLP to Host Organization Academy Tomorrow

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will host the "Organization Academy" this week 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 e-mail to faculty, staff and others; and

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

Saturday, March 6, Session (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."

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

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Fidelity Rep on Campus This Wednesday and March 4

Fidelity representative, Jason Cronick, will be on campus for individual counseling sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 3, and 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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Comedian, Musician Bo Burnham to Perform This Week 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 was previously scheduled for Dec. 9, but was cancelled due to weather. Tickets purchased for the Dec. 9 show will be honored at the door. Read more.

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Volunteers Sought for Gait Study

Volunteers over the age of 65 are needed to help study the effects of auditory stimulation on gait. Volunteers will be asked to walk on a treadmill at a self-selected pace to different types of auditory stimulation (IRB #142-09EP). 

Each condition will last approximately eight minutes and the total visit to the lab is between 90 to 120 minutes. Results of the study may provide a basic understanding of why people walk with small changes from one stride to the next.

All volunteers should be free of any pathological condition that directly affects the musculoskeletal system such as rheumatoid arthritis, arterial disease, neuropathy or myopathy, vertigo, scoliosis, joint replacement, diabetes, stroke, pulmonary diseases, asthma, recent surgery, acute illness, or a history of pulmonary, cardiac or locomotor disorders.

Contact Jeff Kaipust at jkaipust@unomaha.edu or 554.3225 if interested or for more information.

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UNO Library Friends to Raffle Chocolate Basket

Looking for a great Valentine's Day gift for that special someone or even for yourself? The UNO Library Friends are raffling off a basket of chocolates. Tickets are on sale at the Criss Library Circulation Desk for $2 or three for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn Thursday, Feb. 11. Proceeds benefit the UNO Library Friends.

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Advising Webinar Feb. 4

Faculty and staff can attend a free webinar on "Advising Students on Academic Probation" on Thursday, Feb. 4. It will be viewed from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

The moderator will be Marsha Miller, assistant director of Resources and Services at National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

The webinar will answer:

- What factors put students at risk for academic probation?

- What are some typical probationary policies? 

- Who are the stakeholders and what are their roles in supporting students on academic probation? and

- What can advisors do?   

In this broadcast, a NACADA presentation panel will discuss these questions and more. Institutional programs that are supportive of the student on academic probation and useful resources for academic advisors will be shared. For more information about the panelists follow this link: http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Webinars/W29.htm.

Contact Cathy Pettid at 554.2890 for questions.

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UNO UFO Study Group Meetings This Week

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 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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TIAA-CREF to Sponsor "5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors" Friday

TIAA-CREF will sponsor a Retirement Planning Seminar on campus Friday, Feb. 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. The seminar -- "5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors" -- will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room (third floor).

The seminar will provide participants with some fundamentals of investing that will help them begin to set their retirement goals.

Topics discussed will include:

- Setting financial goals;

- Realizing tax advantages;

- Reducing risk with diversification;

- Understanding cost of expenses; and

- Current market trends.

Contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465 or Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 for more information.

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Deadline Extended 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. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, Feb. 5.

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. 

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 Extended 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. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, Feb. 5.

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. 

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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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 in its newly renovated Golf/Archery/Batting Cage Room. The UNO women's golf team and Head Coach Tim Nelson will provide the instruction.

To commemorate the new space, UNO golf league members from last year are eligible for a $5 discount on adult lessons.

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

Lessons:

- Youth Beginner
11 a.m.

- Adult Beginner
Noon

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

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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 erinking@unomaha.edu.

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 http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;

- 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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Maverick Watch

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.