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CBA Leadership Speaker Series

CBA Leadership Speaker Series

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Nissan Vice President Susan Brennan was the featured speaker Tuesday night (Feb. 2) for UNO's College of Business Administration 2010 MBA Leadership Speaker Series. Brennan, who earned her MBA from UNO in 1991, serves as vice president of Manufacturing for Nissan North America, Inc. She is responsible for the operation of Nissan's two Tennessee-based plants. Jim Young, CEO of Union Pacific, will speak Wednesday, March 3. His presentation begins at 6 p.m. in Roskens Hall, Room 010A. UNO students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend. The presentations are free.


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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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Third Finalist for Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity to Interview Today, Tomorrow

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 today and Tuesday, Feb. 8-9. The person selected for the AVCRCA 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 today, Feb. 8, at 2:30 p.m. in the Mil Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The remaining 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.

The candidates who have completed their campus interviews are:

- Scott Tarry, director, Aviation Institute and distinguished professor at UNO, and director, NASA Nebraska Space Grant and EPSCoR; and

- Scott Snyder, program director, Division of Environmental Biology National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va., and professor, Department of Biology at UNO..m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

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 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 or 554.2250.

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mavlink Replaces E-BRUNO Login Today

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mavlink officially replaces the E-BRUNO login today, Feb. 8, at UNO. The following campus-wide e-mail was distributed on Friday reminding faculty and staff about today's E-BRUNO/mavlink transition.

Dear UNO faculty and staff,

On Monday, a very important change is occurring here at UNO. The E-BRUNO for Faculty login will be replaced by mavlink, a new web portal. E-BRUNO will still be used through the summer, but access to E-BRUNO will only be available through mavlink.

Faculty activities such as grading, viewing rosters, course maintenance, etc. will occur in E-BRUNO for the spring semester and summer sessions. All business for fall 2010 will occur in mavlink.

Advisors will still have direct access to SIS+ through the summer. They will also have direct access to the new system through mavlink.

Students will access the E-BRUNO for Students through mavlink through the summer. However, all fall semester activities, such as registration and financial aid, will occur through mavlink.

To login to mavlink, you will need your NU ID and TrueYou password, the same password used by UNO employees to access Firefly. If you have questions about your ID/password, please contact the UNO Customer Services Helpdesk at 554.4357. For all other issues, please contact Records and Registration at 554.2314.

I encourage you to learn more about the project by visiting This site has been created to provide specific project information, including training and help resources. Please take the time to visit, and check back regularly for updates.

Thank you for your time and attention to this important UNO initiative.

- David Cicotello
Interim Associate Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs

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UNO Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Continues Today

The College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues today, 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

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EC UNO to Host Today's Sustainable Transportation Movie and Speaker

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 today, 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 the world of sustainable transportation after the screening. For magazine details, visit

For more information, contact Gillian Cromwell at

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information, visit

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Strategic Planning Spring Forum This Friday

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the 2010 Strategic Planning Spring Forum on 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. no latter than 5 p.m. today, Feb. 8, to Charlotte Swank at

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UNO Black History Month Celebration Begins Tomorrow

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. Read more.

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NBDC Offers Workshop on Government Contracts Tomorrow

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will hold a workshop on government contracting this week.

The Tuesday, Feb. 9, workshop is free but requires pre-registration at due to limited seating. The session, Winning Government Contracts for Your Business (Finding Bidding Opportunities), runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Healing Gallery, 4225 Cuming St.

For more information, call 554.6252.

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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.

For more information, contact Weber at 554.4000.

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UNO Maverick Wrestling Rebroadcast on TKN Tonight

The mat action between the UNO Mavericks and Dana College Vikings will be rebroadcast tonight, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. on The Knowledge Network (TKN).

"UNO Maverick Wrestling" was originally broadcast Feb. 4 from UNO's Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse with play-by-play called by Torri Pantaleon and color commentary provided by Pat Kelley III.

"UNO Wrestling" is a production of UNO Television. For TKN schedule information, visit

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"Healthy Relationships" Seminar Feb. 10

What are signs of a healthy relationship? How can unhealthy relationships be avoided or improved? All students are invited to attend a Wednesday, Feb. 10, seminar on relationships, assertiveness and effective communication presented by the UNO Counseling Center.

Join the center staff from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call Kathy Keiser at 554.2409.

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UNO UFO Study Group Meetings This Week

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 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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NAC Introduces Changes to Grant Programs

The Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) has recently enacted several changes to its grant program. The NAC Web site has been updated to reflect the new grant information at

NAC staff will be on campus Wednesday, Feb. 10, to discuss these changes and assist UNO in the translation period. The 11:30 a.m. training will take place in the 202 Eppley Business Administration conference room. Feel free to bring a lunch. All are welcome to attend.

Whether individuals have applied for NAC grants in the past or are considering submitting a proposal, Sponsor Programs and Research (SPR) staff encourages everyone to review these new guidelines as several significant changes are being introduced for many of the grant programs.

Contact SPR at 554.2286 with questions.

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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 cancelled.

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Nominations for Student Employee of the Year Due By Feb.15

Student Employment is seeking nominations for student employees on campus as UNO's Student Employee of the Year. The winner will be announced in a ceremony on Monday, April 12, kicking off National Student Employment Week.

Supervisors may nominate an outstanding student employee who they believe deserves the honor.

All students employed at UNO in a Student Worker or Work Study position are eligible. Resident Advisors, Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants are not eligible.

The student must have been employed for a minimum of six months between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 (anticipated).

Selection Criteria:

1. Reliability

2. Quality of work

3. Initiative

4. Professionalism

5. Uniqueness of contribution

(in case of a tie, uniqueness of contribution will be the deciding factor.)

The student chosen as UNO Student Employee of the Year will receive a $100 check from the UNO Alumni Center.

To receive the nomination form, contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465 ( The form is due Monday, Feb. 15.

Please cite the criteria listed above in the nomination letter, which may be a separate attachment to the form. Only one letter is allowed per nominee, so if more than one person in the department wishes to write about the nominee, their comments will have to be included in the one nomination letter.

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Nominations Sought for 2010 CCSW Awards

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) seeks nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations at UNO and in the metropolitan community who have brought attention to women's issues, advanced women's issues and/or gender equity issues.

This year's recipients will be honored Wednesday, March 31, at the CCSW Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Tickets will go on sale at the MBSC Business Office (554.3923) closer to the date.

The criteria for each award and its past recipients are available online at All nominations must be returned by Wednesday, Feb. 17, to:

To have any of the forms faxed or mailed, contact CCSW co-chairs Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at 554.2286 or or Jody Neathery-Castro at 554.3611 or

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Call for On-Campus Pedagogical Support Activities

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Pedagogical Activity Grants for university-wide pedagogical activities to enhance teaching/learning at UNO.

Examples of possible activities, but not limited to these, are: guest speakers, workshops and book discussions. All applications should connect to one or more UCAT themes. Visit for a link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis now through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site ( Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll ( Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 202.

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or

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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.

Erin Gesell, who is certified through the Aquatic Exercise Association, will teach all classes.

The spring schedule:

- Mondays
4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

- Wednesdays
5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

- Thursdays
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, or

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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

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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