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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.

full press release | CBA



Last Finalist for Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity to Interview on Campus Feb. 11-12

The last finalist for the position of UNO Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity (AVCRCA) will be on campus for interviews later this week. 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 final candidate 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 Mathematics, University of Missouri-St. Louis. He will visit campus on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11-12. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Richardson on Friday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The two candidates who have completed their campus visit and interviews are:

- Scott Snyder, program director, Division of Environmental Biology National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA, and professor, Department of Biology at UNO; and

- 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.

Another candidate--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—will complete his campus visit today, Feb. 9.

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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UNO Black History Month Celebration Begins Today

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

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Teams Sought for UNO's Feb. 24 Winter Olympics

Wellness Stampede

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

Shake off the winter blues and come out for a fun afternoon with Mav-Rec Wellness and Human Resources! Teams are sought for UNO's Winter Olympics. The free event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

"Participants are encouraged to be in both Winter Olympic events, but two alternates will be allowed due to time-constraints, if someone can't make both," said Dave Daniels, assistant director of fitness/wellness and instructional programs at UNO

Teams of five to 10 people will compete in two events: a snowman building and a sledding contest. Teams must be made of 25 percent staff and 25 percent faculty members to compete.

Schedule of events:

- Snowman/Snowwoman Building Contest
Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Pep Bowl

- Sledding Contest
12:30 to 1 p.m.
Elmwood Park Shakespeare on the Green area

- Hot Chocolate Awards
1 to 1:30 p.m.
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER) Outdoor Venture Center

"Changing and shower facilities are available to all participants in the new HPER locker rooms after the event and awards ceremony -- whether they have an activity card or not," Daniels said. 

Teams can win prizes and individuals can also earn You Look MAVelous! points for participating. Tours of the HPER Building will also be available.

Prizes include:

- Most creative snowman;

- Most enthusiastic team;

- Longest ride; and

- Agony of defeat.

Participants must be registered by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22. Teams can register by returning this roster sheet to:

- "Dave Daniels HPER 205B" by campus mail; or

- In person to Campus Recreation's front office (100 HPER).

For event details, contact Daniels at 554.2008 or For You Look MAVelous! point questions, contact Angie Helseth at 554.3185 or

The mission of the 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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NBDC Offers Workshop on Government Contracts Tomorrow

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

The Wednesday, Feb. 10, workshop is free but requires pre-registration at due to limited seating. The session, Winning Government Contracts for Your Business (Government Markets), runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at the NeighborWorks Omaha, 1701 N. 24th St.

For more information, call 554.6252.

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The Moving Company to Perform New Work Feb. 14 at Joslyn

The Moving Company, the modern dance performing troupe at UNO, will perform an original work during Family Fun Day on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

The 15-minute dance performances are scheduled for 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m. in Galleries 11, 12 and 13 at the museum. Read more.

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Spring 2010 French Film Series Starts Feb. 15

UNO's French Honor Society invites all members of the campus community to view three films during its Spring 2010 French Film Series.

All three films will be shown in French with English subtitles. The monthly films will be screened in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The schedule:

- Monday, Feb. 15
7:30 p.m.
"La Classe: Entre Les Murs"

- Wednesday, March 10
7 p.m.   
"Le Dernier Métro"

Saturday, April 10
1 p.m. 
"Jeux d'enfants (Love Me If You Dare)"

For more information, contact Carolyn Gascoigne at

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Jason Blohm's Farewell Party Is Feb. 22

The campus community can join Recruitment Services staff in wishing Jason Blohm farewell from UNO. He will be leaving Monday, Feb. 22, to take on a new position at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont. 

The farewell party will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. The department invites the campus community to stop by and wish Blohm the best of luck. For more information, contact Chris Liewer at 554.6281.

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Triathlon Training with Mav-Rec Aquatics

Wellness Stampede

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

Want to get in shape for that next triathlon? If so, Mav-Rec Aquatics has the perfect solution! The Weekend Warriors Program takes place one Saturday a month and features the opportunity to complete an indoor triathlon in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER).

Participants will swim in the HPER Pool, then transition to a stationary bike in the South Fitness Center and finally onto a treadmill to complete the triathlon. Various distances are offered each time.

For more information call Pat Phillippi at 554.2223 or visit the Web site at

The mission of the 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 to Top

"Healthy Relationships" Seminar Wednesday

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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The Fitness Center at HPER to Offer Cholesterol Screening This Week

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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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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First "Maverick Monday" for 2010 Is Feb. 15

Future UNO Mavericks will converge on campus for 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

For more information, contact Womble at 554.3517 or

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"Life Under Israeli Occupation" Lecture Feb. 16

The UNO Muslim Student Association will sponsor a lecture on "Life Under Israeli Occupation: Realities on the Ground" Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Naser Alsharif will present the lecture followed by a Q&A session. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Nadia Al-Absy at 706.0253.

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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 takes place 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

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 the 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 to Top

Philosophy Lecture to Explore "Communication Rationality and Methodological Atheism"

Rajka Rush, an adjunct lecturer with the Department of Philosophy, will speak on "Communication Rationality and Methodological Atheism: Jürgen Habermas' Salvage of Western Philosophical Principles" Thursday, Feb. 18.

The 4 p.m. lecture will be held in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Rush will provide a comprehensive analysis of Habermas's pragmatic turn philosophy.

Rush is also a full time faculty member in the Communications and Humanities Department at Metropolitan Community College.

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at 554.2628 or

The Philosophy Colloquia Series is sponsored by the Philosophy Program and College of Arts and Sciences. Information on this and other events sponsored by the UNO Department of Philosophy and Religion may be found on the Web at

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Nominations Sought for School of HPER Teaching Award

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation is currently accepting nominations for its part-time and joint appointment Excellence in Teaching Award.  Students, faculty and staff within the School of HPER may nominate one part-time or joint appointment instructor.  The deadline for doing so is Friday, Feb. 19. Nomination forms are available at

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Call for 2009-10 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Instructional Materials Grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles. Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and which address 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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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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- James Saker, professor of music and director of University Bands, received the 2009-2010 "Distinguished Service Award" from the Board of the Nebraska Music Educators Association at the organization's annual meeting in Lincoln.  He served in a variety of roles with the association, including College/University Affairs Chair and a term in the president's rotation from 1985 to 1991.  During his presidency, Saker was responsible for the planning and coordination of two annual professional conferences; proposed the development of the Executive Director position, implemented in 1991; developed the Music Mentor Program for young music educators; and initiated the Music Scholarship Program for students seeking a career in the profession.  He currently is a member of the Past Presidents committee, serving on the board of the Hall of Fame program.

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