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Helping Haiti

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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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UNO Theatre Presents Gross Indecency Feb. 24 Through March 6

The UNO Department of Theatre presents Moisés Kaufman's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, directed by Amy Lane. Previews run Feb. 24-25 with performances on Feb. 26-27 and March 3-6 in the UNO Theatre inside the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The preview on Feb. 24 will be a TAG Night Out. A group discussion will be held in the theatre after the March 5 production. Read more.

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Lot I Fine Arts Performance Parking Notice

Campus Security announces that the new Lot I parking schedule will begin Wednesday, Feb. 24. Gates will close at 3:30 p.m. on all Fine Arts performance dates to allow for event parking.

Faculty and staff can park in the lot until 6 p.m.

Lot I, which will be used for the Welcome Center and Weber Fine Arts events, is located west of the Durham Science Center. Visit for performance dates.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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EC UNO to Host Papio-Missouri River NRD Speaker

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The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a talk by Christine Jacobsen of the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resource District (NRD), on Monday, Feb. 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

NRD is a regional government agency that protects ground and surface water, reduces flood threats, slows the effects of soil erosion, as well as creates and enhances wildlife habitat. For details on Papio-Missouri River NRD, visit

For more information, contact Gillian Cromwell at

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability supports this event. For more information, visit

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Maverick Productions to Host Comedy, Poetry Events

Maverick Productions will present a comedy and poetry event Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the Maverick Lounge, near the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court.

The event will feature three comedians and three slam poets. One comedian and one poet will be selected from a tryout of UNO students on Thursday, Feb. 25. Tryouts will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Each comedian/poet will have 3 to 5 minutes to perform. Tryouts will be judged by a combination of Omaha poets and comedians.

To register, visit the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs office on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, or call 554.2711.

The comedy and poetry event on March 23 is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Contact Phil Kotta, Maverick Productions, at for more information.

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Retirement Reception Feb. 23 for Pat Dargantes

Pat Dargantes, lead technology trainer for Information Technology Services (ITS), will retire effective March 2 after 21 years at UNO. ITS will hold a retirement reception Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Dargantes began at UNO in May 1989 as a programmer analyst in, what was then know as, Campus Computing. Most faculty and staff across campus know her as the backbone of Blackboard support, as well as the friendly voice who helps with technology concerns. Please join ITS staff and wish her well. No R.S.V.P. is necessary.

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UNO Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Continues Feb. 25 with Math Lecture

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues Thursday, Feb. 25, with a lecture by John Lannin, an associate professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His talk - "Algebra and Algebraic Reasoning: What do our students know?" - will begin at 2:30 p.m. in 115 Durham Science Center.

Event organizers say the talk may be of special interest to those involved in evaluating UNO's general education requirements. The event is free and open to the public.

Lannin received his master of arts for teachers of mathematics degree from UNO and a doctorate in mathematics education from Illinois State University. At the University of Missouri, he currently studies K-12 student algebraic reasoning and mathematics teacher knowledge development. Lannin is a recipient of the 2009 Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Early Career Award, which recognizes his contributions to research and teaching.

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 more information, call 554.3558. For additional details on upcoming speakers, visit

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Secular Student Alliance to Host Free Screening of 'Zeitgeist Part 1'

The UNO Secular Student Alliance (SAS) will host a free screening of "Zeitgeist Part 1: The Greatest Story Ever Told" Monday, March 1, at 6 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.

The film's writer and director, Peter Joseph, attempts to persuade viewers that the authors of the New Testament borrowed pagan religions and astrological sources to explain its readings, and also that Jesus never existed.

A brief moderated discussion will follow the screening.

SAS is a student organization that provides people with a place to come and talk about life in a religious world.

For more information, contact Correlius McGreevy at

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Undergraduate Course Catalog Ends Tomorrow

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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Next Retirement Planning Seminar March 5

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars next month with "Investing For Life's Goals." The seminar will take place Friday, March 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

This seminar will review the basic concepts and strategies that employees should grasp in order to make reasonable investment decisions.

Topics discussed will include:
- How to define your goals and time horizon;
- Understanding risk and return tradeoff;
- Diversification across different asset classes; and
- Case studies of typical investors.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

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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 on Monday, Feb. 22. He will be leaving the university 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. A short program will begin at 3 p.m. 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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UNO Event Educates Campus on Eating Disorders

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

An Eating Disorders Awareness Week event will take place Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

The event will feature a panel of experts, an open mic session and a speaker.

The week of Feb. 21-27 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Maverick PR and the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) are partnering with the UNO Counseling Center, Student Health Services, Women's Resource Center, Chancellor's Commission of the Status of Women, Human Resources, Department of Women's Studies, OMNI Behavioral Health and the Children's Hospital Disorder Program to sponsor the event.

For more information, contact Cassie Prestia at or 308.293.0863.

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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ITS to Offer Clicker Brown Bag Feb. 23

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a brown bag demonstration of the new Gen3 Pulse Clicker and the latest version of the Classroom Performance System (CPS) on Tuesday, Feb. 23. It will take place in Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from noon to 1 p.m.

CPS is a quiz creation and captures system that instructors use to display questions on a video screen and capture student responses to the questions transmitted by the clickers. eInstruction vice president of sales for Higher Education Cindy Yates and Educational Consultant Dustin Frank will demonstrate the Gen3 Pulse clicker and discuss new functionality that improves in-class assessment. They will also share eInstruction's software update schedule for 2010 and briefly discuss the new virtual-clicker.

For more information, contact Ted Turgeon at

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International Expert on Christian-Muslim Relations to Speak in Omaha Feb. 23

John Esposito, professor and founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, will speak in Omaha Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. Read more.

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Applicants Sought for Faculty Senate's Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The Faculty Senate is now accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships. Both residents and non-residents may apply. Four scholarships are awarded:
- One $1,000 Full-Time Undergraduate Scholarship;
- One $1,000 Full-Time Graduate Scholarship; and
- One $500 Part-Time Graduate or Undergraduate Scholarship.

Information on the scholarship history, criteria, application process and the application form can found on the Faculty Senate's Web site (

Applications are also available at the Financial Aid Office, 103 Eppley Administration Building, or the Faculty Senate Office, 105 Arts and Sciences Hall. The application deadline is Friday, April 2.

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TIAA-CREF Schedule Through April Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for March and April. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following dates:
- March 2 and 16
- April 13 and 27

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Robyn Galvin at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3614.

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Swing, Latin and Ballroom Dance Lessons Offered This Spring

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

Want to learn how to "Dance Like the Stars"? Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host swing, Latin and ballroom dance sessions this spring. All classes take place in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Lower Multipurpose Room.

The schedule:
- Session one: March 7, 14 and 21 (Sundays).
- Session two: April 11, 18, 25 and May 2 (Sundays).

- Swing - 3 to 4 p.m.- Ballroom and Latin - 4 to 5 p.m.

- Students - $15 and $13 for a friend
- Activity cardholders - $20 and $18 for a friend
- Others - $25 and $23 for a friend
(Those wishing to take both classes should add $5 per person.)

To register, stop by 110 HPER. For more information, call 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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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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