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Seniors, Freshmen Sought for NSSE Survey

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is an important gauge of students progress and participation. Linda Mannering, director of Institutional Research, is inviting freshmen and seniors take the survey. The results will help the university better understand UNO student demographics.

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Waiting for the Golfers

Waiting for the Golfers

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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

thursday

2010.02.04

Third Finalist for Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity to Interview Feb. 8-9

The third of four finalists for the position of UNO Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity (AVCRCA) will be on campus for interviews Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 8-9. The person selected for the AVCRA position 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 third candidate is Nicholas Stergiou, professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at UNO, and professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences University of Nebraska Medical Center. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend an open forum with Stergiou on Monday, Feb. 8, at 2:30 p.m. in the Mil Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The final candidate to visit campus is 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 be at UNO on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11-12.

Scott Snyder, program director, Division of Environmental Biology National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va., and professor, Department of Biology at UNO, is making his campus visit today, Feb. 4, and Friday, Feb. 5.

Scott Tarry, director, Aviation Institute and distinguished professor at UNO, and director, NASA Nebraska Space Grant and EPSCoR, completed his interview earlier this month.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/. This schedule includes forums with groups such as the Faculty Senate and chairs and directors. The search committee needs and desires feedback from all campus constituencies. Harmon Maher, interim associate vice chancellor for Research and Creative Activity is chair of the search committee. He can be contacted at harmon_maher@unomaha.edu or 554.2250.

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mavlink Campus-Wide Town Hall Today

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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 its final campus-wide town hall today, Feb. 4.

At UNO, mavlink will integrate all services offered by E-BRUNO and the current student information system.

All interested faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the hour-long session. Today's town hall will take place starting at 9 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

"Today's 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."

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 this 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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Students Join Forces for "Hearts for Haiti" Fundraiser

Maverick Village, Scott Village, University Village and Student Organization and Leadership Programs have joined forces for a "Hearts for Haiti" fundraiser. The students will sell carnations for $2. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross for their efforts in Haiti.

"You can buy a carnation for a friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, supervisor, co-worker, anyone and help out a good cause," said Joey Weber, assistant director of Maverick Village.

Flowers will be on sale through Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the respective residence halls and SOLP offices. Two tables will be set up Friday, Feb. 5, in the Milo Bail Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and also at Maverick Productions' Bo Burnham concert at the Omaha Music Hall.

For more information, contact Weber at 554.4000.

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Registration Deadline Today for "You Look MAVelous! Challenge"

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

UNO's fitness and weight loss challenge is back! The Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services have teamed up to host the second "You Look MAVelous! Challenge" this spring on campus. There is still time to join since the deadline has been extended through today, Feb. 4.

"‘You Look MAVelous! Challenge' encourages faculty and staff to work together to come up with a healthier workforce," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "After the success with the summer program we've brought it back and new this semester students are also invited to join the campus-wide challenge."

Mav-Rec Wellness is currently signing up teams of 10. There is no cost to join. The program will run Wednesday, Feb. 10, through Monday, May 3.

Faculty, staff and students interested in signing up a team or for more details should contact Angie Helseth at 554.3185 or ahelseth@mail.unomaha.edu.

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 Black History Month Celebration Begins Feb. 9

Black history and culture will take center stage this month at UNO beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9. The monthlong celebration will feature a variety of presentations, a film screening and a concert showcase.

The schedule of events:

- Tuesday, Feb. 9
"The Whistle that Changed America, The Murder of Emmett Till," presentation by Byron Embry, former professional baseball player
Noon to 2 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room
Free food

- Thursday, Feb. 11
"Boycott," film screening and discussion with moderator Lamarr Womble and the Black History Committee
6 to 9:30 p.m.
College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CB) Collaborating Commons
Free food

- Tuesday, Feb. 16
"The Omaha Civil Rights Movement," presentation by August "Buddy" Hogan Sr., native Omahan and former civil rights leader
Noon to 1 p.m.
CB Collaborating Commons
Free food

- Wednesday, Feb. 17
"The SOULetry of Poetry (The Spoken Word Experience)"
7 to 10 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom/Nebraska Room

- Tuesday, Feb. 23
"Gospel EXPLOSION," concert showcase
7 to 10 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom/Nebraska Room

Event sponsors include Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, American Multicultural Students, Circle of Brotherhood, Ladies of Various Ethnicities, Lambda Theta Nu, National Council of Negro Women, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Lambda Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho.

For more information, call 554.2711.

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First "Maverick Monday" for 2010 Is Feb. 15

Future UNO Mavericks will converge on campus to partake in Recruitment Services first "Maverick Monday" of the semester this month.

Six of the open house programs are held each year for high school students from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.

"This is a great opportunity to visit campus if you haven't already done so," said Lamarr Womble, assistant director of Recruitment Services. "Maverick Mondays consists of a host of different events that provides students with a taste of college life."

On Monday, Feb. 15, students and their parents will be given the opportunity to meet with UNO representatives from academic departments and to take part in discussions on admission requirements and financial aid. Campus tours and housing will also be offered.

8:15 a.m. to noon Maverick Monday schedule:
- Free breakfast;
- College and academic department fair;
- Interactive Maverick millionaire game;
- Students/parent panel;
- Campus tours; and.
- Optional housing and college tours of the Pacific Location.

If interested in attending, registration is available through MavSpace at https://www.ses.unomaha.edu/mavspace/login.php.

For more information, contact Womble at 554.3517 or lwomble@unomaha.edu.

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The Fitness Center at HPER to Offer Cholesterol Screening

The Fitness Center at the of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will offer a cholesterol screening on Wednesday, Feb. 10, for UNO faculty, staff and students.

The screening will be held in the Exercise Physiology Lab (103 HPER) from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The cost is $25. Individuals interested should fast for a minimum of eight hours prior to screening. To schedule an appointment, call 554.3221.

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The Fitness Center at HPER to Offer Blood Pressure Screening

The Fitness Center at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will offer a blood pressure screening on Monday, Feb. 8, for UNO faculty, staff and students.

The screening will be held in the Exercise Physiology Lab (103 HPER) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no cost for the screening.

Call 554.3221 for questions.

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TIAA-CREF to Sponsor "5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors" Tomorrow

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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EC UNO to Host Feb. 8 Sustainable Transportation Movie and Speaker

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The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a screening of "Who Killed the Electric Car" and a talk by Bill Moore, editor of online magazine EV World, on Monday, Feb. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Faculty, staff and students can listen to Moore speak about sustainable transportation after the screening. For magazine details, visit http://evworld.com/index.cfm.

For more information, contact Gillian Cromwell at gcromwell@unomaha.edu.

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.

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Academic Affairs and Facilities Management and Planning Launches New Online Space Request Form

Academics Affairs and Facilities Management and Planning have implemented a new online building space request form. The tool can be used by UNO departments to request additional building space. To view the form and the approval process, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/facilities/architecture/spacerequestform/.

The form is still a Beta version; contact Cameron Tysor at 554.2334, for questions, suggestions or edits.

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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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Student Spanish Essays, Poems Sought for UNO Contest

Nebraska students in grades 5 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 and Cumbre 2010 partners.

Submissions will be accepted through Monday, Feb. 22. Read more.

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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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