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UNO Winter Olympics

UNO Winter Olympics

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Shake off those winter blues and join UNO faculty and staff for a lunch-hour event. Mav-Rec Wellness and Human Resources will host the first-ever UNO Winter Olympics on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at noon. The event includes snowman/snowwoman-building and sledding contests. It is free to participate, and a refreshments and awards ceremony will follow in the Outdoor Venture Center.

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Helping Haiti

Helping Haiti

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From left, Tanya Hanson, Milo Bail Student Center; Student President/Regent Michael Crabb; and Danelle Schlegelmilch of the American Red Cross. The Milo Bail Student Center and Student Government partnered last month to raise money for Haitian earthquake relief efforts with "Round Up for Haiti." Food Court purchases that were "rounded up" between Jan. 25 and Feb. 5 raised $1,633.50 for relief in Haiti by the American Red Cross.

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SHS and CCSW Co-hosts Today's "Healthy Layers for Your Heart"

Wellness Stampede

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

UNO's Wear Red Day is today, 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 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

EC UNO Campus Screening of 'How Cuba Survived Peak Oil' Today

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The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a free screening of "How Cuba Survived Peak Oil" today, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

In the 2006 film, Cubans share how they transitioned during the 1990s "Peak Oil" production crisis. To combat the country's oil shortage, citizens were forced to embrace using alternate means of fossil fuels and farming later to be known as "The Special Period." Cubans were forced to switch from a mechanical and industrial agricultural society to one that embraced organic methods of farming.

For details on the film, visit

For more information, contact Gill Cromwell at 533.9989 or

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, visit to Top

Criss Library to Offer RefWorks Workshop Today

Criss Library will offer an overview of the easy-to-use RefWorks - an online research management tool which allows researchers to gather, manage, store and share citations and bibliographies. The first workshop is today, Feb. 17.

Workshop attendees will learn how to:

- Organize and save citations from all sources;

- Automatically export citations from databases without redundant typing;

- Share bibliographies with collaborators, students and researchers via the Web; and

- Automatically insert citations into papers in correct citation style.

For additional information or to register for one of the following sessions, e-mail Linda Parker at

Workshop dates:

- Today, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to noon (library lab 112);

- Thursday, Feb. 18, 4 to 6 p.m. (library lab 107);

- Friday, Feb. 26, 1 to 3 p.m. (library lab 107); and

- Saturday, March 6, 10 a.m. to noon (library lab 107).

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UNO Maverick Wrestling on NET2 Tonight

The Augustana Vikings will take to the mats to grapple with the UNO Mavericks when "UNO Maverick Wrestling" airs tonight, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. on NET2. The matches will be broadcast live from UNO's Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse.

The contest will also be rebroadcast on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. on The Knowledge Network. For details, visit

"UNO Wrestling" is a production of UNO Television for broadcast on NET2. NET2 is part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit NET's Web site (

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Great Plains Jazz Festival is Feb. 19-20

Hundreds of high school students from the Midwest will travel to UNO this month for the 38th annual Great Plains Jazz Festival, Feb. 19-20.

Friday's clinics and concerts will be held in the Strauss Performing Arts Center and the Milo Bail Student Center. On Saturday, clinics and concerts will be held at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th and Douglas Streets in downtown Omaha.

Participating students will have the opportunity to work with experienced groups of clinicians and musicians during the two-day festival. Students will also be eligible to receive a UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival Scholarship. Renewable scholarships of up to $1,000 will be presented to up to three students who plan to attend UNO. Read more.

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Mav-Rec Intramural Sports Session 4 Registration Begins Feb. 22

Campus Recreation provides recreational opportunities for all UNO students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Intramural Sports Program at UNO offers competition on a team or an individual basis. Men's, women's and co-rec divisions are available to match skill and experience level.

Team sign-up for "Session 4," which starts Monday, Feb. 22, will include the following sports:
- 4x4 flag football;
- 5x5 soccer; and
- softball.

To sign up a team, stop by 205 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Deposit and a team name are required at the time of registration. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted for the deposit. Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, as sports fill up fast. The deposit will be reimbursed if the following qualifications are met: attendance at the captain's meeting and no team forfeits for the season.

Registration forms can also be found online at Registration will only be accepted Monday, Feb. 22, through Thursday, March 4, by noon.

Individuals who don't have a team can sign up as a free agent and will be placed on a team. For more information, call the Intramural Department at 554.2634 or visit

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UNO UFO Study Group Radio Program Fridays on MAVRADIO

The UNO UFO Study Group hits the airwaves this semester. Listeners can join John Powers, the group's president, and Dave Pares, faculty adviser, every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. on the MAVRADIO online stream ( for a lighthearted, but informative, show on UFOs and the science behind them.

Listeners can send questions to, and the hosts will try to answer questions on the air.

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"Teaching On-Line: What I've Learned Teaching Research Methods" Feb. 24

Greg Petrow, assistant professor of political science, will present "Teaching On-Line: What I've Learned Teaching Research Methods" Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon Hon (Omaha) Room.

Petrow will begin by reviewing the basics of the Blackboard course Web page and explains his own uses of it in teaching the on-line research methods course for the Department of Political Science master's degree students. He will then explain his own use of more advanced methods, including using PowerPoint to record lectures, Camtasia to record desktop-live videos, the writing functions of Notebook and Adobe Connect. This explanation is meant to give new-comers to on-line teaching some ideas, while also provoking a discussion among those with more on-line teaching experience.

For more information, contact Petrow at To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at or 554.2427. Refreshments will be provided.

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Student Openings Available for Maverick Productions

Maverick Productions is currently accepting program area board member applications for the 2010-2011 school year. Maverick Productions is the premier student event planning organization on campus.

"Membership provides students with excellent experience in a variety of areas," said Erin Cron, SOLP advisor. "The organization is high profile and looking for student leaders to continue the tradition of success."

Board members maintain regular office hours, research and plan programs, attend weekly meetings, oversee a budget and handle other related responsibilities.

Applications are available online at, as well as in hard copy in the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

"Whether you love what Maverick Productions has done and want to see more of it, or you have new ideas about programs UNO needs, we welcome your application," Cron said.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, March 1.  For more information, contact Cron at or 554.2711.

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Looking for Child and Teen Volunteers for MEG Scan

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Neurological Sciences is conducting a study of children and adolescents, four to 18 years old, to identify patterns of naturally occurring brain activity when detected by wireless sensors that are recorded by a computerized machine, called magneto encephalography (MEG).

The MEG scan is a quiet, non-invasive procedure that does not hurt and has no short-term or long-term side effects. The department is currently recruiting children and teens that are healthy or have a psychiatric disorder and meet eligibility requirements. A stipend is available for participation.

To learn more about this research study, call 552.6444.

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Undergraduate Course Catalog Proofing Under Way

The 2010-11 undergraduate catalog will be available for proofing in 108 Eppley Administration Building 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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Media Consultant and Author to Speak at UNO

Internationally known speaker, publisher and media consultant David Mathison will speak at the UNO on Friday, Feb. 26.

Mathison will present "Social Media, Sustainable Journalism and Key Tools for Change" at 2 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center with a reception following. The presentation and reception are open to the public.

He also will meet with students at 9:15 a.m. on Feb. 26 in the ASH 107-I conference room in the School of Communication faculty office area. In addition, he will meet with school faculty to discuss social media and curriculum changes.

Mathison will appear at Creighton University on Saturday, Feb. 27, for a skill-enhancing seminar sponsored by the Omaha Press Club Foundation. He will speak at 9 a.m. on "Changing the Media Landscape" in Room LO2 at the Reinert Memorial Library. At 10:30 a.m., a hands-on session on convergence will be offered through the Creighton Department of Journalism Apple Training Center in Rooms 204 and 205 of Hitchcock Communication Arts.  Participants can register by sending an e-mail to A registration form with further instructions will be provided within 24 hours. The cost of the workshop is $25 for professionals and $10 for full-time students.

Participants can also register the day of the event at 8:30 a.m. in the lower level of the Reinert Library.  Parking will be available on the upper level of the parking garage on the east side of 24th Street.

Mathison is the author of "Be the Media" (, a handbook on how artists, journalists and others can create and promote art, a message or a platform for community-based media. He is the chairman and CEO of natural E creative, a diversified media company.  Mathison is the former CEO of Kinecta Corp. and former vice president of syndication for Reuters.

For more information, contact Jeremy Lipschultz at or 203.7247.

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Spring 2010 Pearl Blizek Lecture March 3

Julien Fielding will give the Spring 2010 Pearl Blizek Lecture in Religion and Art on Wednesday, March 3.  "Reimaging Hindu Art in Popular Culture" will begin at 3 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall, followed by a reception.

Fielding is as a part-time lecturer in the UNO Religious Studies Program. Her area of expertise is Eastern religion and film.

The Pearl Blizek Lecture Series is a collaboration between the UNO Religious Studies Program and the Department of Art and Art History.

For more information, call 554.2392.

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Women's Studies Grad to Present Centennial Lecture March 23

On Tuesday, March 23, UNO Women's Studies graduate Monica Brasile will present an Arts and Sciences Centennial Lecture on "Complex Negotiations: Doulas as Advocates for Childbearing Women." It will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. A complimentary buffet lunch will be available. This event is free and open to the public.

Brasile is currently a doctoral candidate in Women's Studies at the University of Iowa. Her research on doulas and the Reproductive Justice movement is informed by her areas of interest which pertain to reproduction, childbirth, the body, motherhood, the history of medicine, science studies, post-colonial feminist theory, medical anthropology and maternal activism. Brasile has been a Certified Childbirth Educator and doula since 1996, and is co-chair of Friends of Iowa Midwives, a statewide grassroots organization working to increase access to midwifery care.

Faculty can bring students to this event and/or offer extra credit as appropriate.

Those planning to attend or who are bringing students should contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834 or A rough estimate for lunch is required.

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NBDC to Host March Two-Day SBIR Workshop

On March 24 and 25, the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will host a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) workshop providing participants with better opportunities to position themselves for SBIR grant funding of their new innovations and research and development (R&D) efforts.

"If you're a researcher with a new innovation that has commercial potential, a small business conducting R&D as part of your business strategy, or an entrepreneur with a start up idea and you need that critical seed money to fund your efforts, then the SBIR program may be a good avenue for you to get that funding you need," said Lisa Tedesco, a SBIR consultant for NBDC.

On Wednesday, March 24, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) SBIR program directors will discuss their programs, topics of interest for funding and will meet one-on-one with attendees to discuss their ideas and projects to provide feedback on potential for funding.

On Thursday, March 25, Jim Greenwood, SBIR trainer and consultant, will conduct an in-depth SBIR proposal preparation workshop providing the ins and outs of successful SBIR proposal strategy and will provide one free proposal review to all attendees of the workshop, good for one year.

Registration and agendas are available at  For more information, contact Tedesco at 554.6270.

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Call for Curriculum Development Grant Proposals for Extended for 2010

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Curriculum Development Grants to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

-Curriculum development and assessment;


-Instructional technology and e-Portfolios;

-Interdisciplinary integration;

-Promoting critical thinking; and

-Undergraduate and graduate mentoring, advising and research.

Tenure track faculty and full-time instructors are permitted to apply. Proposals may be individual or teams of faculty (each grant receives up to $500 per course and members of team proposals much each provide a separate report).

The committee is accepting a second round of proposals this month. The committee will fund grants up to $500 per course for each award. The committee may choose to partially fund proposals in amounts less than the maximum $500 amount. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. However, the committee encourages all applicants to have their proposals pre-approved by their college UCAT representative to enhance their chances for approval by the full committee.

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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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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Registration Under Way for IS& T Summer Programs

The College of Information Science & Technology summer workshops are now available for registration online. A variety of computer technology topics will be offered starting Monday, June 7, through Friday, July 30. All are appropriate for student ages 11-17.  Space is limited.

For more information or to register online, visit the Web at

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Green Tip of the Week

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Lids 101
Keep lids on pans. Cooking without them can require three times as much energy as cooking with lids on. Also, cooks can keep an eye on their foods, while being energy efficient, if pans have glass lids.

Courtesy of the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Right Program (

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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