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Mavs Close Out Regular Season

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UNO's wrestling team finished the regular dual season Wednesday night (2-17) with a 26-6 win over the sixth-ranked Augustana Vikings. More than 1,000 were in attendance to see the Mavericks win. UNO will host the NCAA Division 2 national championships on March 12 and 13.

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UNO Winter Olympics

UNO Winter Olympics

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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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eNotes Staff Announce New Submission Guidelines

eNotes, the daily electronic news source for the UNO community, remains one of the top choices online visitors use to get campus information. To better serve online users, a new eNotes deadline policy and submission frequency policy has been established.

"According to Google Analytics, on weekdays our online newsletter averages 2,118 hits a day," said Becky Bohan Brown, writer/editor. "Some online readers stay as long as five minutes or more on our site."

eNotes, located online at, is published by University Relations, 108 Eppley Administration Building. The new deadline for submissions is 9 a.m. three days prior to the desired publication date.

"Tight deadlines are necessary," Bohan Brown said. "We want to continue to keep the campus community informed in a timely manner."

Any non-event related item submitted for publication will now run no more than once a week unless deemed appropriate by the editor.

"We don't want to overwhelm our readers with too much," said Bohan Brown. "With other outlets, like Facebook and Twitter, now available to disseminate campus information, we thought the timing was right to change the frequency policy."

As in the past, eNotes staff will only run UNO events, announcements or notices.

"We usually have a 48 to 72 hour turnaround on most submissions," Bohan Brown said. "PDF submissions will take a little longer time to get into publication."

Bookmark eNotes and visit the campus news source daily at Past issues of eNotes are available on the Web via the site's archive function. To view past issues, click on the "archive" tab, located at the top of the current day's text.

Faculty, staff and students who wish to submit items for publication can e-mail them to


- The deadline for submissions is 9 a.m. three days prior to the desired publication date.

- A UNO department, program or organization must sponsor submitted items.

- All entries should relate to university events, announcements or notices.

- Event-related submissions will run twice a week. General items, such as calls for nominations, papers, grant deadlines and study participants, will run once a week.

- PDF submissions require a longer lead-time.

- Contact phone number or e-mail need to be included.

- All submissions will be modified according to the Associated Press Stylebook, as well as be edited for length and clarity.

For more information about the site, contact Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or

Meet the eNotes Staff
- Becky Bohan Brown, writer/editor,;
- Beverly Newsam, writer/co-editor,;
- Stuart Wheat, Web designer;
- Marian McDonald, technical support,;
- Wendy Townley, writer,;
- Tim Kaldahl, writer,; and
- Tim Fitzgerald, photographer,

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Today's CUP Equipment Delivery to Affect Campus Traffic

A new chiller for the UNO campus will be delivered to the east side of the Central Utility Plant (CUP) today, Feb. 22. The delivery of a crane and a chiller is scheduled to occur between 9 and 11 a.m. and will affect campus traffic.

Traffic will be blocked on South University Drive near the CUP for approximately five minutes so the large trucks can be positioned to unload the crane and the chiller. The contractor will have flagmen in place to assist with traffic control, and the roads will reopen once the trucks are in position.

Traffic will also experience a short disruption after the chiller is unloaded so the semi truck and crane can be driven off campus. Each will depart at different times.

For more information, call 554.3735.

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HR to Offer Performance Evaluation Training

Human Resources (HR) will offer two training sessions on performance evaluations for those who supervise staff members. In March, HR staff will send notifications to supervisors about managerial employee evaluations, which are due by Friday, May 14.

The training goal is to provide an opportunity to refresh or learn new procedures and skills. The new evaluation form and procedures, as well as the best practices for conducting the performance evaluation process and meeting, will be reviewed.

HR staff hopes those new to UNO and new to supervision will find the discussion with more experienced colleagues helpful and important to their success as supervisors.

The sessions:
- Tuesday, March 2
9 to 10 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

- Monday, March 8
2 to 3 p.m.
MBSC Council Room

To R.S.V.P. for a session, call 554.2321.

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2010 Women of Wisdom Award Honorees Announced

The UNO Lifelong Learning Initiative, formerly the Program for Women and Successful Aging, has announced the winners of the sixth annual Women of Wisdom Awards. Recipients will be honored Thursday, April 15, at a luncheon and community-wide program, "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom and Lifelong Learning." The keynote speaker is Jane Smiley, the bestselling author of A Thousand Acres, Moo and Horse Heaven. Read more.

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Campus Food Drive Competition Begins Today for Catholic Charities of Omaha

A campus food drive for Catholic Charities of Omaha begins today, Feb. 22, and will run through Thursday, March 11. The competition, "Hunger Doesn't Take a Break," is open to all UNO students, faculty and staff. A kickoff event will take place today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Read more.

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Strength and Conditioning Seminars Begin Today at HPER

Anyone tired or bored with their workouts and wanting to try something new can attend a series of strength and conditioning seminars sponsored by students from the "PE 4900" class.

The seminars will take place Mondays at noon in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building weight room for 30 to 45 minutes. Participants should come ready to work out.

The seminars and topics:
- Today, Feb. 22 - Dynamic Stretching;
- Monday, March 1- Medicine Ball Training;
- Monday, March 8 - Core Training; and
- Monday, March 22 - VECTRA Training.

For more information, contact Jessica Powers at

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Registration Due Today for UNO's Feb. 24 Winter Olympics

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

Faculty and staff can shake off the winter blues Wednesday, Feb. 24, by taking part in UNO's Winter Olympics. The free event, sponsored by Mav-Rec Wellness and Human Resources, will feature teams of five to 10 people competing from noon to 1:30 p.m. in two events: snowman/snowwoman building and sledding.

Registration is due today, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m. Teams are asked to have a composition of 25 percent staff and 25 percent faculty members. Teams not having the required amount of members can still participate, but they must register by today's deadline.

To register a team:
- Call Dave Daniels at 554.2008;
- Mail the team name and participants' names to "Dave Daniels, HPER 205B"; or
- Stop by 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

"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 and wellness.

UNO Olympics Schedule of Events
- Snowman/snowwoman Building Contest
Noon to 12:30 p.m.
UNO 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 categories:
- Most creative snowman;
- Most enthusiastic team;
- Longest ride; and
- Agony of defeat.

For "You Look MAVelous! points questions, contact Angie Helseth at 554.3185 or

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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Jason Blohm's Farewell Party Today in the MBSC

The campus community can join Recruitment Services staff in wishing Jason Blohm farewell from UNO today, Feb. 22. He will leave 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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Mav-Rec Intramural Sports Session 4 Registration Begins Today

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" starts today, Feb. 22, for 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. A deposit and 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 until noon on Thursday, March 4.

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 554.2634 or visit

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EC UNO to Host Papio-Missouri River NRD Speaker Today

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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) today, Feb. 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

NRDs are regional government agencies that protect ground and surface water, reduce flood threats, slow the effects of soil erosion, and create and enhance wildlife habitats. For details on the 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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SOLP to Host "Healthy Relationships" Event Today

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will sponsor two events focusing on healthy relationships. Both events will have snacks provided and are open to everyone.

The first program, "Simply Ridiculous Dating," will take place today, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. Millicent St. Claire will give the presentation.

Based on her book, Simply Ridiculous!, St. Claire will highlight the nature of control, violence and abuse in dating relationships. As a master facilitator of personal transformation, she discusses dating issues that range from playing the victim role to looking for love in the wrong places.

Audience members will learn how to recognize their own behaviors that allow unhealthy relationships to exist. They will also learn how to alter their view of themselves as one who has the power to prevent or stop controlling and abusive relationships. Students will gain new tools and perspectives that will help them see their own "simply ridiculous" behaviors and take the creation of positive dating and friendships into their own hands.

The second program, "Healthy Relationships 101," will take place Wednesday, April 14, in collaboration with the Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honor Society, at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Felicia Harlow will lead the discussion.

In this program, Harlow focuses on positive self-image and the positive feelings, thoughts, choices and behaviors that are the foundational ingredients of healthy dating and friendships. Those attending will learn the true meaning of relationships and how to recognize the signs of an unhealthy one. In addition, attendees will learn how spiritual health attracts healthy relationships, come to understand how balanced living contributes to healthy relationships and learn quick and easy self-care techniques for healthy living in college.

For more information, contact the SOLP office at 554.2711.

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Retirement Reception Feb. 23 for Pat Dargantes

Pat Dargantes, lead technology trainer for Information Technology Services (ITS), will retire Tuesday, 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 working at UNO in May 1989 as a programmer analyst in, what was then known as, Campus Computing. Many 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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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 the 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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UNO Black History Month Celebration Concludes Feb. 23

The monthlong Black History Month celebration at UNO will conclude Tuesday, Feb. 23, with a concert showcase. "Gospel EXPLOSION" will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom/Nebraska Room. Read more.

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Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band to Present 'No Shadows' Feb. 23

The UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University Concert Band will open their spring semester performance season Tuesday, Feb. 23, with "No Shadows," a concert featuring internationally recognized guest conductor Janis Purins from Riga, Latvia. The program starts at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Read more.

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UNO Event to Educate 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.

This week, 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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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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"Teaching Online: What I've Learned Teaching Research Methods" Feb. 24

Greg Petrow, assistant professor of political science, will present "Teaching Online: 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. Refreshments will be provided.

Petrow will begin by reviewing the basics of the Blackboard course Web page and explain his own uses of it in teaching the online research methods course for the Department of Political Science's 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 newcomers to online teaching ideas, while also provoking a discussion among those with more online teaching experience.

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

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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. Read more.

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Application Deadline Feb. 26 for Spain Study Abroad Program

Friday, Feb. 26, is the deadline to turn in student applications and first deposits for the Department of Foreign Languages trip to Salamanca, Spain, in June.

The program will include small classes like Spanish grammar, conversation and culture taught by Spanish teachers and supervised by the program director, Ana Carballal. Optional coursework in business is available. Cultural days and weekend trips are also an option.

In Spain, students will live with a family for four weeks. The estimated cost is $4,500 and includes:
- Round-trip transportation between Omaha and Salamanca (air and land);
- Three to six UNO credits;
- Room and board with three meals daily;
- Courses in Spain; and
- $600 for personal expenses.

Financial Aid is available through the UNO Financial Aid Office.

For more information, contact Carballal (301-N Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.4838 or

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Media Consultant, Author to Speak at UNO Feb. 26

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

Mathison also will meet with students at 9:15 a.m. on Feb. 26 in the School of Communication faculty office area, 107 Arts and Sciences Hall. In addition, he will meet with school faculty to discuss social media and curriculum changes. Read more.

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Next RefWorks Workshop Feb. 26

Criss Library will offer two more workshops featuring an overview of RefWorks, an online research management tool that allows researchers to gather, manage, store and share citations and bibliographies. The next event is Friday, Feb. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. in library lab 107.

The final session will take place Saturday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to noon in library lab 107.

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 above sessions, send an e-mail to Linda Parker at

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UNO UFO Study Group Meetings This Week

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room from noon to 1 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 27, 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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Service-Learning Academy Offers Chance to Network with Community Partners

Faculty can meet new community nonprofit organization partners who have just been oriented to the service learning pedagogy at "Nosh and Network." The event will take place Friday, Feb. 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Hospitality Room.

The community organization partners will stay after the seminar to meet professors and discuss UNO ideas for projects. Attendees can bring business cards and enjoy refreshments during the networking event.

To register, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at

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Maverick Productions to Host Comedy, Poetry Event

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 (MBSC) Food Court. Refreshments will be provided, and the event is free and open to the public.

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 MBSC Ballroom. Each comedian/poet will have three to five 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, located on the first floor of the MBSC, or call 554.2711.

For more information, contact Phil Kotta, Maverick Productions, at

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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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