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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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UNO 2010 Benefits Fair April 1

All faculty and staff are invited to come meet the university's benefits vendors and take the opportunity to ask questions, get help, enjoy refreshments, receive preventive health screenings and learn more about employee benefits on Thursday, April 1.

"Our campus wellness programs will be represented at the fair, so please come and find out more about the many wellness opportunities on campus," said Esther Scarpello, manager of benefits in Human Resources.

The fair will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Free blood pressure screenings by Student Health Services will be available. Screenings for cholesterol and diabetes will also be available from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for $20. Both the cholesterol and diabetes screenings require a fast (abstaining from food or drink, except for tap water, for 12 hours before the test, no appointment is necessary.

"Our wellness focus continues with dietician Karisa Jensen from HyVee and nutritionist and educator Cindy Brison from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Douglas/Sarpy County on hand to provide nutrition information, recipes and health tips," Scarpello said.

Participating vendors will include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, Eye Med Vision Care, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, University Optical, Social Security Administration, UNO Faculty Employee Assistance Program, UNO Human Resources, UNO Child Care Center, Metro Health Services Federal Credit Union, Campus Rec - Mav-Rec Wellness – HPER and Humana (individual insurance for unexpected medical bills).

Contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465 for more information.

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Nominations Sought for SAC Recognition Award

UNO faculty and staff can submit nominations for the annual Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Recognition Award. All UNO faculty, managerial/professional and office/service staff members in good standing are eligible to be nominated on the basis of exemplary support to UNO staff members.

Guidelines, past winners and the nomination form can be found at

Nominations are due Saturday, April 3. The nomination form and supporting materials should be sent via campus mail to:
SAC Secretary
P.O. Box 130

The award will be presented this spring at the annual Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council banquet. For more information, call Susan McCollum, SAC representative, at 554.3636 or

For more information about SAC, visit the Web at

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UNO Counseling Center Presents "Juggling Life's Demands" Seminar Today

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 today, 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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NiC to Host "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" 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

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Jazz Ensembles Concert Tonight

The UNO Jazz Ensembles will hold a concert in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom starting at 8 p.m. tonight, March 11.

The concert will feature a variety of big band music ranging from the classic repertoire as performed by Count Basie, Buddy Rich, and Stan Kenton to modern works for jazz orchestra by Gordon Goodwin and Nebraska's own Eric Richards.

Tickets will be available at the door, and will cost $5 for the public and $4 for students and seniors. UNO students with a Mav Card get in free.

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This Week In Maverick Athletics

UNO Athletics announces "This Week In Maverick Athletics," a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on

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UCAT Offers Designated Conference Grants

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is offering a Designated Conference Grant and accepting applications for their March and April meetings. See details below:

Applicants are invited to join UCAT's engaging and reflective conversations on "Creativity" as part of the larger 2010 Carnegie Academy for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Summer Institute. As noted by experts, for innovation to flourish, organizations must bring together diverse, talented individuals who can collaboratively exchange knowledge and creatively shape future directions. This year's theme invites an exploration of innovative teaching practices and creative ways to study and assess students' learning while challenging faculty to creatively turn new and imaginative ideas into reality, as students' need to solve tomorrow's yet-undefined/undiscovered problems has never been greater.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) serves as a useful lens by which to examine UCAT's attitudes, motivations and dispositions as they relate to teaching and learning. SoTL aptly frames an exploration of whole-brain thinking (right-brain artistry and intuition with left-brain logic and planning); personality-creative connections; creativity as a core competency; or creativity as learning, recognizing the inherently creative essence of humanity.

For more information, go to the Institute Web site: Registration for this Institute will be paid for by UCAT. Additional information and application form for this conference are available on the UCAT Web site at The Institute will be held June 3, 4 and 5 at Creighton University.

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Brooks Lecture Welcomes Jennifer Michael Hecht

The 2010 Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture is 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the Milo Bail Student Center's Chancellor's Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Jennifer Michael Hecht, who holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, will present "Doubt, Disbelief, and the Meaning of Life," demonstrating a long, strong history of religious doubt from the origins of written history to the present day all over the world. Hecht will discuss how non-belief, skepticism and doubt have paralleled and at times shaped the world's great religious and secular belief systems. Read more.

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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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MBSC Offers New Online Reservations and Scheduling Page

Have an upcoming event on campus? Need to reserve a room? Groups can now check availability and request rooms at the Milo Bail Student Center on-line. Just go to the UNO On-Line Reservations and Food Service Scheduling Page at It's available 24-7 from any computer.

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Mav-Rec Archery Classes

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

Brush up on archery skills with instructor Dan Leazenby. Classes for youth and adults will be held in the brand new Golf/Archery Lab, located in 003 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building on four Saturdays.

The dates and class times:
March 27, April 3, 10 and 17
Noon to 1 p.m. for youth, ages 7 to 17.
1 to 2 p.m. for adults, ages 18 and up.

The cost:
- $15 for students;
- $20 for Activity Cardholders; and
- $25 for others.

For questions, call 554.2539.

The mission of the 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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2010 Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarship

The UNO-AAUP will award two Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarships ($1,000 each) to UNO graduates entering a graduate or professional program during or after the summer of 2010. Students who graduated from UNO during the summer or fall of 2009 or will graduate this semester are eligible.

Kolasa, a political science professor, was a long-time leader in the UNO-AAUP. Although the awards will be predicated upon the student's acceptance into a graduate or professional program, acceptance need not be shown at the time of application.

The student should submit:

- Letter of application, including proposed area of study, the reasons for their interest in the chosen field, and overall GPA;

- Brief statement indicating their view of the importance of academic freedom in American universities;

- Resume; and

- Two or more letters of recommendation sent from persons familiar with the applicant that address potential for success in graduate/professional school; leadership qualities, especially in the area of community service; and activities that indicate the student's breadth of interests beyond the chosen field of study.

All materials should be sent by Friday, April 2, to:
UNO-AAUP Scholarship Committee,
c/o Ann Antlfinger, Biology Department, AH 114.

For questions, contact Antlfinger (554.2256;

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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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