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January Employee of the Month: Paul Clark

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Paul Clark, technology assessment coordinator, works diligently to help the College of Education stay current on new educational technologies. Co-workers appreciate his expertise and on-the-job enthusiasm. Visit this link for details.

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Business Students Win Marketing Contest

Business Students Win Marketing Contest

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

A group of UNO students developed the winning marketing plan in a contest to promote an automotive free classified Web site sponsored by the Performance Automotive Group of Nebraska.

The 34 students, enrolled during the fall 2009 semester in the New Media Promotions course taught by Jonna Holland in UNO's College of Business Administration, were charged with developing a marketing plan for the new Web site.

Above, from left, are Jonna Holland with winning students Tera Henrich, Kelli Sidak, Alicia Jitaru and Graham Johnson, along with Keith Kaiser and Mickey Anderson of Performance Automotive Group of Nebraska.

Not only were the 11 groups in Holland's class competing against each other for the $2,000 prize, but also with marketing students from Creighton University and Bellevue University.

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2010.02.05

Milliken, Ed Leaders Oppose LB1001

University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken was joined by other education leaders in the state in urging members of the Legislature's Education Committee not to advance LB1001, the bill that would repeal the 2006 Dream Act.

The Dream Act allows some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at the University, state colleges and community colleges instead of out-of-state rates, which generally are two to three times higher. To qualify for the Dream Act, students must have lived in Nebraska for at least three years, graduated from a Nebraska high school and indicated their intent to become U.S. citizens. They must also meet the standard admission requirements of the postsecondary institution they are applying to.

In testimony during the Education Committee's Feb. 1 hearing on LB1001, Milliken pointed to the "demonstrable benefits" of higher education to the state and its citizens, including higher earning power, less crime and more civic engagement.

"The current law is in the best interests of the State of Nebraska," Milliken said.

The Board of Regents adopted a policy statement in 2005 supporting the extension of resident tuition rates to certain undocumented students. That statement reflected a belief that the debate over tuition should be about educational and economic opportunity, not immigration policy, Milliken said.

Milliken also highlighted a letter opposing LB1001 that was signed by seven statewide education leaders and delivered to Education Committee members.

The letter notes that expanding affordable access to postsecondary education for all students is consistent with Nebraska's P-16 Initiative, which includes goals to improve the state's high school graduation rate to 90 percent and to improve the state's college-going rate to the top 10 nationally.

"At a time when our country and our state are aggressively working to raise the level of educational attainment, repealing a state law that promotes these goals is counterproductive at best," the letter says. "Public policies such as this open the doors of higher education to those who need it most, and we think we need to create every opportunity we can for a better educated, more productive society in Nebraska."

The letter was signed by Milliken; Stan Carpenter, chancellor, Nebraska State College System; Roger Breed, Nebraska education commissioner; Dennis Baack, executive director, Nebraska Community College Association; Marshall Hill, executive director, Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education; John Bonaiuto, executive director, Nebraska Association of School Boards; and Michael Dulaney, executive director, Nebraska Council of School Administrators.

Milliken also noted that because undocumented students are not eligible for most financial or state aid, they likely would not be able to afford college at all if not for the Dream Act. In fact, without the promise of in-state tuition, some might not even complete high school, Milliken said. Already, the current dropout rate nationally for undocumented high school students is around 50 percent.

If Nebraska is to achieve its P-16 goals, the state must expand affordable access to higher education to all demographics, Milliken said.

Currently, only 35 students are using the Dream Act to attend the University of Nebraska (17 at UNO, 15 at UNK and 3 at UNL).

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Second Finalist for Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity to Hold Open Forum Today

The second finalist of four finalists for the position of UNO Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity (AVCRCA) will be on campus for interviews today, Feb. 5. 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 second candidate is Scott Snyder, program director, Division of Environmental Biology National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va., and professor, Department of Biology at UNO. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend an open forum with Snyder today, Feb. 5, at 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.  The first day of his campus visit was yesterday, Feb. 4.

The two remaining candidates and campus visit dates:

- 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.

- Scott Tarry, director, Aviation Institute and distinguished professor at UNO, and director, NASA Nebraska Space Grant and EPSCoR, was the first candidate to interview in late January.

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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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 today, 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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UNO vs. Ohio State Ice Action Airs Tonight on NET Television

Big Ten Conference foe Ohio State tangles with the UNO Mavericks on Omaha's Qwest Center ice when "Maverick Hockey" airs tonight, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. on NET1 and in high-definition on NET-HD.

Calling the play-by-play action of the possible sell-out contest will be UNO's own Dave Ahlers, with color commentary provided by former UNO hockey player Kendall Sidoruk. Larry Punteney will provide rink-side reports. This would be the first sell-out in the school's history at the Qwest Center.

The hockey game will be webcast live on NET's Web site (http://netNebraska.org). All that is needed is access to the Internet and a free Windows Media Player program. Webcasting of the series is a free service of NET.

"Maverick Hockey" is a production of NET Sports, Nebraska's Home for Sports, for broadcast on NET Television. NET1 and NET-HD are part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit http://netNebraska.org/television.

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Strategic Planning Spring Forum Feb. 12

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the 2010 Strategic Planning Spring Forum on Friday, Feb. 12, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year's focus will be community engagement and presentation of the 2009-2010 Strategic Planning Awards.

R.S.V.P. by Monday, Feb. 8, to Charlotte Swank at cswank@unomaha.edu.

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Undergraduate Course Catalog Proofing Feb. 15-19

The 2010-11 undergraduate catalog will be available for proofing in 108 Eppley Administration Building Monday, Feb. 15, through Friday, Feb. 19.

All departments are asked to send a representative to proof the area that pertains to their respective departments. No major changes to the content can be processed at this point.

For more information, contact Marian McDonald at 554.3674.

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SHS and CCSW to Host "Healthy Layers for Your Heart" Feb. 17

Wellness Stampede

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

UNO's Wear Red Day is Wednesday, Feb. 17! To commemorate the day, Student Health Services (SHS) and the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCCSW) have teamed up to host "Healthy Layers for Your Heart" at noon in College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

"Go RED for Women" is the American Heart Association's movement to wipe out heart disease. This event is not just for women. Members of the campus community will learn how to be heart healthy by attending a presentation by SHS' graduate assistant, Julie Denker, R.D., L.M.N.T. A heart-healthy fruit and yogurt parfait snack will also be provided.

Red dress pins will be available at the event for a $5 minimum donation. The donations support research and education to help stop women's No. 1 killer - heart disease. For details, visit http://www.hearthealthywomen.org/.

For more information, contact Denker at 554.2374.

This event is being held in conjunction with CCSW's Susan B. Anthony Coffeehouse series.

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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UFO Study Group to Meet Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Saturday, Feb. 6, 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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Save the Date - Center for Collaboration Science Annual Conference

The Center for Collaboration Science will hold its 4th Annual Conference on Friday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. The conference will focus on advances in collaboration research and theory. Wim Veem, author of Homo Zappiens: Growing Up in the Digital Age, will be the keynote speaker. 

For more information or to register for the conference, contact the center at 554.3010 or rrippe@unomaha.edu.

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Registration Under Way for IS&T Summer Workshops

The College of Information Science and Technology summer workshops are now available for registration online. A variety of computer technology  topics will be offered June 7 through July 30. The sessions are appropriate for student ages 11-17.

Space is limited. For more information or to register online, visit the Web at http://www.workshops.ist.unomaha.edu.

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UNO Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Continues Monday

The College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues Monday, Feb. 8, with a lecture by Scott Hunt, an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Police Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.  The presentation, "Can we talk? Reflections on my Liberal Arts Education," starts at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Hunt graduated from UNO with a master's degree in Sociology in 1987.  He has co-written a book and authored eight book chapters, served as the editor of the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and received a variety of grants.  His primary areas of interest include ethics, religion and criminal justice, research methods, social psychology and theory.

Light refreshments will be served at the event.

The yearlong speaker series is part of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences' centennial celebration, which highlights the college's many departments and alumni.  Established in 1909, Arts and Sciences is the university's first college and largest academic unit.

For additional details on upcoming speakers, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/cas/speakers.php.

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"Mav-Kids Rock-fest" Set for Feb. 12 at HPER

Wellness Stampede

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

UNO Campus Recreation will host "Mav-Kids Rock-fest," an evening of rock climbing, movies and dinner, on Friday, Feb. 12, for youth ages five to 12 years old. The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

The cost is $10 for UNO students and Campus Recreation activity cardholders and $15 for the public. The price includes dinner. Participants must register by Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Registration forms and more information can be found online at http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/youth or by calling 554.4941.

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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In the News

- Larry Bradshaw, Department of Art and Art History, was recently quoted in The Teaneck Suburbanite (New Jersey) about the "7th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle Juried Online International Art Exhibition," hosted by Upstream People Gallery.

- KMTV (CBS 3) and KETV (ABC 7) interviewed Paul Kosel, Campus Security, Feb. 3 about an incident at Scott Village involving a student and a hidden video camera. Wendy Townley, University Relations, was also quoted in the Feb. 4 issue of Omaha World-Herald about the incident.

- Pete Madsen, Department of Music, was quoted in the Feb. 3 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Low Brass Day at UNO.

- The Jan. 24 episode of the weekly public affairs program on KKAR (1290 AM) featured an interview with Zebulon Miletsky, Department of Black Studies. Miletsky discussed the Department of Black Studies, the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the Jan. 18 day of service organized by UNO's Service-Learning Academy.

- Louis Pol, College of Business Administration, was quoted in the Feb. 2 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the college's new building, Mammel Hall. Student Marshal McGovern was also quoted in the article. McGovern is president of CBA's professional development group, Delta Epsilon Chi.

- Jack Shroder, Department of Geography/Geology, was featured in the Jan. 27 issue of Der Spiegel, a German newspaper, about his glacier research.

- The Jan. 27 issue of the Lincoln Journal Star published an Associated Press article about Pete Simi's new book, American Swastika. Simi is an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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

- A. Olu Oyinlade and Carla Garay of the Department of Sociology, recently published an article, "An Exploratory Study of Job Satisfaction among Mail Handlers and Sorters in a Package-Delivery Organization" in the Great Plains Sociologist, volume 20, 2009. Findings of their study showed that ten variables were correlated with job satisfaction in simple correlation analyses, but only four; job rewards, distributive justice, job alternatives (in their theoretical model) and city tenure (in their demographic model) emerged as reliable predictors of job satisfaction among study participants.

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 Tonight at Omaha Music Hall
Comedian and musician Bo Burnham will appear live in Omaha tonight, 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.

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

Black History Month Items in Current Criss Library  "The Posters and Politics Exhibit"
"The Posters and Politics Exhibit," currently on display in the Criss Library Art Gallery, includes several items related to Black History Month.

"The Posters and Politics Exhibit" is from the personal collection of Sam Walker, professor emeritus with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The exhibit will be on display through March 11. It is free and open to the public.

The featured works hail from World War I and World War II, along with the civil rights movement, American presidents and more. A descriptive guide to the exhibit is available in the rack immediately to the right of the entrance.

Among those civil rights items noted in Walker's collection:

Martin Luther King Jr.
- Honor King, End Racism (1968). The union bug on this poster indicates it is from Memphis.

- March . . . Rally (April, 1968). This poster is from a rally in San Francisco in April 1968, shortly after Rev. Martin Luther King's was assassinated. Speaker Jeannette Rankin is famous as the only member of the House of Representatives to vote against American entry into both World War I and World War II.

Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964
- James Cheney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner (1964-65). These prints portray the three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi in June 1964. The prints are by Ben Shahn, one of the great twentieth century American artists.

- Now With Your Hand, Pull the Lever Down (1964).

- You Can Register to Vote (1964).

Mississippi Voter Registration Effort During Summer of 1964
- Paul Robeson (early 1940s). One of the great African-Americans, Paul Robeson was a concert singer and political activist. This advertisement is from the mid-1940s when he was commercially very successful, with RCA Victor. In the Cold War he was denied a passport, blacklisted across the country and his singing career ruined.

- NAACP - Remember May 17th (1955). This brochure is from an NAACP celebration of the first anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education declaring racially segregated schools unconstitutional.

Racist Propaganda
- No Dogs, Negroes, Mexicans (1942). This sign from Dallas, Texas, in the early 1940s.

- Be a Real Citizen! This is a recruiting card for the Ku Klux Klan.

For more information, contact Criss Library at 554.3206 or visit http://library.unomaha.edu.

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

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

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 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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