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Installers were busy Wednesday (3-3) putting the finishing touches on the new scoreboard and video screens in UNO's Sapp Fieldhouse. The screens and scoreboard were the gift of David and Peggy Sokol in memory of their late son D.J. Sokol. A combination video screen-scoreboard will be installed later at Caniglia Field. Sponsorships are being sold for all of the scoreboards and screens.

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Welcome Center Renovation

Welcome Center Renovation Under Way

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Work has begun on the former annex building south of UNO's Durham Science Center. The former Hayden House–which had housed the Goodrich Program and Gerontology–is being turned into UNO's new Welcome Center, where Student Recruitment and Orientation will be located. An elevator and internal staircase are being added as a crew installs a new roof. Inside the building, new heating and air conditioning will be installed. The ground floor of the structure will be preserved as much as possible. The anticipated opening for the Welcome Center is mid-summer.

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2010.03.09

Registration Begins for Mav Kids Summer Day Camp

Registration is officially under way for the 2010 Mav Kids Summer Day Camp.

Campers will join Mav Kids Summer Day Camp staffers as they metaphorically race across the U.S. for "One Amazing Summer!" Weekly themes and details are available at the Mav-Rec Youth Programs Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/youth.

The camp is for children currently in kindergarten up to age 12. Cost for UNO students and Campus Recreation activity cardholders is $125 per week; for UNO faculty/staff (non activity cardholders) $135 per week; and the general public is $145 per week.

Visit the Mav-Rec Youth Programs Web site for registration details or call Lisa Medina at 554.2859.

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L.O.V.E. Jewelry Fundraiser Today, Tomorrow

Ladies of Various Ethnicities (L.O.V.E.) will conduct a jewelry sale starting today, March 9, through Wednesday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge. This fundraising event will help offset L.O.V.E.'s costs for petitioning to nationals to become a Greek Colony. 

In addition to jewelry, there will also be scarves, sunglasses and purses. Everything but the purses will be $6.  For more information, contact Claudia Cruz at 402.209.2700.

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Native American Book Fair Today at Criss Library

Criss Library will host a Native American Book Fair sponsored by "Word Carrier Trading Post."  The book fair will be held on main floor of the Criss Library today, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the Web at http://www.davestrainbooks.com or contact Word Carrier Trading Post (Phone-605.431.8231/Fax-605.791.2822) or Lily Mendoza y Ducheneaux (lilym@rap.midco.net).

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Women's Studies Film Festival Continues Tonight with 'Iron Jawed Angels'

The campus community can join the Women's Studies program today, March 9, for the program's screening of the HBO original movie "Iron Jawed Angels," starring Hillary Swank. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Directed by Katja von Garnier, "Iron Jawed Angels," recounts a key chapter in U.S. history — the struggle of suffragists who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. It focuses on two defiant women, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns.

Jody Neathery-Castro, associate professor of political science, will lead a discussion after the film. This event is free and open to all.

 For more information, contact Bridget Blomfield at bblomfield@unomaha.edu 554.2940.

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Campus General Education Forum This Wednesday

The General Education AQIP Action Project Steering Committee invites faculty and staff to attend a campus forum to discuss recommendations regarding the UNO general education program.  The event will take place Wednesday, March 10, at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room.

All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the presentation and discussion and provide feedback.

Anyone with questions can contact members of the steering committee.  The members are:                 

- Deborah Smith-Howell, Academic and Student Affairs;

- David Boocker, dean, College of Arts and Sciences;

- Dana Richter-Egger, director, Math and Science Learning Center;

- Joseph Brown, Department of Psychology;

- Shelton Hendricks, Department of Psychology/Faculty Senate ;

- David Conway, associate dean, College of Education;

- Deepak Khazanchi, associate dean, College of Information Science and Technology;

- Scott Tarry, Aviation Institute;

- Julie Masters, Department of Gerontology;

- Lisa Sandlin, Writers Workshop; and 

- Kath Henebry, College of Business Administration.

A second campus forum will take place on Thursday, March 25, starting at 3:30 p.m. in the MBSC U Mon Hon (Omaha) Room.

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Rent-A-Chi Fundraiser Now Through April 10

Need help spring-cleaning your yard? Members of UNO's Theta Chi fraternity are hosting the Rent-A-Chi fundraiser throughout the Omaha area now through Saturday, April 10.

For $10 per hour, members of Theta Chi will assist with a variety of spring-cleaning tasks, including yard work and gutter cleaning. The chapter is also offering music lessons and computer clean-up services.

Funds raised will support the Theta Chi chapter at UNO.

For more information contact Jacob Thelen: jjthelen@unomaha.edu or 308.730.2640.

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March 23 Arts and Sciences Centennial Lecture to Highlight Women's

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues Tuesday, March 23, with a lecture by UNO Women's Studies graduate Monica Brasile.  Her talk - "Complex Negotiations: Doulas as Advocates for Childbearing Women" - will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.  Read more.

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Asian Cultural Night is Sunday, March 28

Lion dancers, singers, free food and traditional dancers are part of Asian Cultural Night on Sunday, March 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Hosted by UNO's Asian Student Association, the free event will also include dinner and other demonstrations celebrating Asian culture. The event is designed to spread cultural awareness to the campus community.

For more information, contact Cindy Nguyen: cunguyen@unomaha.edu or 677.0991.

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ITS Announces Web Templates Intermediate Topics

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer two-hour courses in Intermediate Web Templates Topics on Wednesday, March 10, in 007A Roskens Hall.

This hands-on session will cover basic HTML coding, using lists and creating outlines, using Div boxes and the proper way to use tables with the template to display data. Before taking this course participants will need to have:

- Taken the previous "Web Template" course:

- A test Web site setup; and

- Access to Adobe Dreamweaver software

To register for training, go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php, select the correct month and follow the links.

ITS requires a minimum of five people signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

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NiC to Host March 11 "Times Talk Today" for Students

Students are invited to discover the surprises in the daily newspaper and consider the ways that daily newspaper reading can improve their student skills at "Times Talk Today" on Thursday, March 11, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

NiC, the faculty group for Newspapers in the Curricula and the New York Times, sponsors the event in support of the Collegiate Readership Program.

Lunch and prizes will be available. For information, contact Maria Knudtson at mknudtson@unomaha.edu.

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API to Offer Photoshop Photo Retouching Class March 11

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will offer "Photo Retouching: Improving Image with Photoshop CS4" on Thursday, March 11. In this class, participants will learn the use of basic Photoshop tools, blending modes and filters to correct common photographic problems. The class will take place from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 232 Criss Library.

Topics to be covered include:

- Straightening and cropping to improve composition;

- Retouching damaged areas;

- Removing color casts;

- Recovering details from over or underexposed photos; and

- Using the Adobe Camera Raw feature in CS4 dialog to quickly adjust photographs.

To register go to: http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php and have a SAP Personnel number.

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CCSW Awards Luncheon Tickets on Sale in the MBSC

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will host its 24th annual awards luncheon Wednesday, March 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Tickets cost $15 for staff, faculty and the general public, and $10 for students.

Luncheon tickets are on sale in the MBSC Business Office and can also be purchased by phone at 554.2979 or by e-mail to ghotaling@mail.unomaha.edu through Wednesday, March 24. Departments can reserve tables of eight for $120 by contacting Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at 554.2286 or wcjensen@unomaha.edu.

At the luncheon, the CCSW will recognize the 2010 award recipients. The awards honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding commitment to gender equity. The inaugural CCSW Legendary Women of UNO Award will also be presented.

The CCSW serves as an advisory to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to faculty, staff and students.

For more information about the luncheon, contact CCSW co-chairs Chiarbos Jensen or Jody Neathery-Castro at 554.3611 or jneathery@unomaha.edu.

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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 that address one or more UCAT themes. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat. 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 (awoll@unomaha.edu). Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or khenebry@unomaha.edu.

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UNO Women's Walk Popcorn Fundraiser

Vic's Popcorn has partnered with the UNO Women's Walk to kick off fundraising efforts before the Saturday, April 17, walk for women's athletics.

As part of the fundraising promotion, three-gallon UNO Maverick popcorn canisters are for sale. Prices are $28 for three flavors (plain, caramel and cheese) and $25 for plain. Proceeds from each canister will go to the UNO Women's Walk fund, which supports scholarships for women athletes.

Canisters will be delivered to campus addresses at no additional charge. To reserve a canister, contact Roxie Freeman at 554.2533.  Checks should be made payable to the "UNO Women's Walk.".

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UNO Bowling Heads to Sectionals
The UNO Bowling team qualified for the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Sectional tournament Friday through Sunday, March 12-14, in Peoria, Ill.

Sectional assignments are based on the team ranking system points earned in USBC Collegiate-certified competition throughout the season. Sectional Qualifier fields are determined by taking geographic distance, economics and field size into consideration.

The sectionals will consist of 32 Baker System games each day for a total of 64 Baker games. The top four teams based on total pinfall in each division following the completion of competition at each sectional will advance to the 2010 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships.

The Peoria Sectional features the following teams: Bellarmine, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Delta, Kansas, McKendree, Morehead State, Nebraska-Omaha, Newman, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Toledo, Vincennes, Viterbo, Western Illinois, Wichita State, Wisconsin-Madison and Wright State.

Scores and updates can be found on the USBC Web site at http://www.bowl.com.

UNO Bowling is a program of UNO Campus Recreation Sport Clubs.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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