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Stacks of old and new furniture surrounded the University Village residence halls Monday (3-8) as UNO prepares to take ownership next Monday (3-15) of the first student housing on campus.

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2010.03.10

Classical 90.7 KVNO Spring Pledge Drive Kicks Off

Classical 90.7 KVNO launched its 9-day Spring 2010 pledge drive yesterday. As the only all-classical music station in the state, and the home and away voice of the Mavericks, KVNO raises more than 50 percent of its annual operating revenue through community financial contributions.

"KVNO relies on listeners that pledge donations and sponsors that underwrite our programs," said Kim Balkovec, KVNO media development director. "We could not do what we do without the community, and we remain extremely grateful for its generosity and loyalty."

The drive runs through Wednesday, March 17, from 7 a.m. till 6 p.m.  The goal for the event is to raise $81,000 in pledges of support.

"The number ‘nine' is the theme for this pledge drive: we're kicking it off March 9th, fund-raising for nine days, and aiming to raise an average of $9,000 a day," Balkovec, said. "With about 900 pledges of support, we believe we can go ‘the whole nine yards,' which will mean our listeners can enjoy premier public radio service about 99.999 percent of the time."

Balkovec said 6 p.m. on March 17 will herald two "Nines": the station's time-honored tradition of broadcasting Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, "Ode to Joy" in its entirety, and the deadline for entering the "Night on Cloud Nine" Prize Giveaway.

Anyone pledging support between January 1, 2010 and the close of the spring pledge drive is automatically entered to win the grand prize of a pair of front-row tickets to the Omaha Symphony, dinner for two and a one-night stay at the Magnolia Hotel, worth $359. The contest also includes runner-up "nine-themed" prizes including nine holes of golf for four and a bundle of nine classical music CDs. No pledge is required to enter, and people may do so by calling the station. Winners will be announced on-air by KVNO's Otis Twelve, Thursday, April 1.

Omaha's premier public radio station, Classical 90.7 KVNO, serves and enriches the local, national and world community through unique arts programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. The station provides invaluable educational opportunities for UNO students through training and employment in a professional environment. KVNO staff remains committed to involving an increasing number of listeners, to advancing the excellence and growth of the arts, to maximizing the value of the station's services through communication technologies, and to assuming a national leadership role in public broadcasting.

Additional information about making a donation during the pledge drive is available by calling 554.5866 or online at http://www.kvno.org/.

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Campus General Education Forum Today

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 today, 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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Spring Job Fair Today at UNO

The Career Center will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom today, March 10. The fair will feature more than 70 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships. Professional attire is expected and students should bring copies of their resume.

For more information about the job fair and other services, contact The Career Center at 554.3672 or stop by 111 MBSC.

The Spring 2010 Job Fair is sponsored by the following: Union Pacific, Applied Underwriters, National Indemnity, Gallup, ConAgra, Interpublic, First National Bank, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Streck, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ExxonMobil and NorthStar Financial Services Group.

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mavlink/NeSIS Presentation at Today's Faculty Senate Meeting

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today, March 10, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms.  Mark Goldsberry will give a presentation on the mavlink/Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation.  All interested are welcome to attend.

For meeting information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

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NU Total Compensation and Benefits Statements Hit Mailboxes

The total compensation and benefits statements were released to employees in campus mail this week. It is a comprehensive statement of an individual's total compensation (pay and benefits) from the University of Nebraska.

The benefits package is an important part of the total compensation that is received from the university. The information included in the statements is as of December 31, 2009. This year's statement includes a new feature; a side-by-side comparison of the compensation and benefits for 2008 and 2009.

If faculty and staff have any questions about their statement, they may contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

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UNO Counseling Center Presents "Juggling Life's Demands" Seminar March 11

School, work, relationships, studying, extra-curricular activities...the demands of college life can leave students feeling overwhelmed. The UNO Counseling Center's latest seminar will discuss time management, balance and stress management.

All students are welcome to attend the "Juggling Life's Demands" seminar on Thursday, March 11, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Refreshments will be provided. 

For more information, call Kathy Keiser at 554.2409.

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UNO Ambassadors Program Seeking Qualified Students

The UNO Ambassadors Program is recruiting for the 2010-11 school year.  Twelve student Ambassadors will be selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills.  Faculty and staff are asked to identify and encourage qualified students to apply for the program.  

Ambassadors represent the university at a variety of social and business functions, which are hosted by the chancellor, vice chancellors, deans and other individuals and organizations on campus.  They wear UNO blazers or business casual UNO polo shirts to activities, and receive a $200 scholarship for the academic year in which they serve.  

Criteria for selection include:  27 credit hours earned by May 2010 and a 2.5 GPA; full time student status in the 2010-11 school year; superior communication skills; and a strong interest in service to the university.

Applications are available in the Welcome Center, 111 Eppley Administration Building.  Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 2. Twenty-five applicants will be interviewed.  Call Chris Liewer at 554.3520 for questions.

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Chair Massage Service Available in HPER This Friday

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

Looking for a way to deal with the winter blues? UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase a chair massage.

A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 12. Angie Maji, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $18 for a 15-minute session.

Other dates:

- April 16

- May 21

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if there are openings.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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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 (http://www.fightstheocean.com/mavradio/player.swf) for a lighthearted, but informative, show on UFOs and the science behind them.

Listeners can send questions to unoufostudygroup@gmail.com, and the hosts will try to answer questions on the air.

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NU Tech Day Set for March 17

University of Nebraska staff, faculty and administrators from can attend the 2010 NU Tech Day on Wednesday, March 17, at the Nebraska Union on the University of Nebraska—Lincoln campus.

Richard Katz, vice president of Educause, will be the luncheon keynote speaker. Katz's talk will provide context for the importance of cloud computing to universities.

The theme of the day-long conference is, "IT—Supporting the Business and Mission of the University." Session topics include project management, classroom technologies, E-commerce solutions, social technologies, security and the new student information system.

There is no cost to participants to attend the sessions or the luncheon; space is limited. To register on line, visit https://nutech.nebraska.edu/nutechday.

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ITS Announces Web Templates: Widgets! Class

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces "Web Templates: Widgets!" course to be held on Wednesday, March 24, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in 104 Durham Science Center.

Widgets are modules of code that can be used with the UNO Web Templates to increase the capabilities of college and department Web pages with audio, video and other special features.

This hands-on class will teach participants how to use the Calendar, I Want to:, Now Hear This- Multi, UNO Tube- Single, RSS and Mavr Widgets to be used with the WTA_01 Web Template.

Requirements:
Must have attended the basic Web Template class;
Must have a test site setup; and
Must have access to the Dreamweaver software.

To register for this training go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php

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Save the Date - You Look MAVelous! Keynote April 28 by Transplant Survivor

Save the date. You Look MAVelous! will welcome Dr. Joann Schaefer for a keynote address on "A Positive Attitude Can Overcome Life's Challenges" Wednesday, April 28. Dr. Schaefer, a liver transplant recipient and the state's chief medical officer, will speak at 11 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (repeat session) at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch and a healthy snack and beverages will be available.

You Look MAVelous! – UNO's fitness and weight loss challenge – is sponsored by Human Resources, Mav-Rec Wellness and Student Health Services.

Watch eNotes for more information as the event nears or call Human Resources at 554.2321.

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March 24 Smart Money Seminar to Offer Tax Return Tips

Human Resources will present a Smart Money Seminar in collaboration with the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Nebraska on Wednesday, March 24. Financial educator Tahnee Markussen returns to UNO with another seminar filled with practical tips and information to help consumers get the most out of their money.

"Budgeting Your Tax Return & Creating Reserves To Pay For Expenses You Know Are Coming" will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The seminar is free and open to the entire UNO community. This will be a brown bag seminar, so participants are invited to bring a lunch.

Contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465 for more information.

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Faculty Volunteers Sought for Emergency Management Preparedness

Faculty volunteers are needed for a campus-wide committee involved with emergency management preparedness issues.  This group is intended to be an advisory to the Incident Command Organization, specifically as it relates to how the campus prepares for and communicates about potential emergency situations. 

Faculty members interested in joining should contact Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or stevebullock@unomaha.edu.

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Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Under Way

The annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive is under way at UNO.  The zoo offers memberships to university employees and students at the annual rate of $78 per household.  The membership includes unlimited admission for two adults and dependent children or grandchildren under the age of 21, discounted admission to the Wildlife Safari and Lozier IMAX Theater, discounts on children's classes and other benefits.

Memberships remain at $78 until Sunday, April 4, and increase to $88 after that date.  To access an order form, click on this link.

Memberships are being sold in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, 202 Eppley Administration Building.  For more information, contact Christine Hoffman at 554.2263 or choffman@unomaha.edu.

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Green Tip of the Week

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Use microwave ovens when possible since they use less energy and require shorter cooking times than conventional ovens. And in the summer, they have the additional advantage of producing less heat in the kitchen.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.

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