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Kathy Krause

February Employee of the Month: Kathy Krause

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Kathy Krause, assistant to the senior vice chancellor for budget, has been a vital member of the campus community for two decades. Her knowledge of budget-related topics is very helpful to colleagues. Visit this link for details.

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University Village

Out With the Old....In With the New

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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 Recognized Nationally for Community Engagement

The Corporation for National and Community Service has named UNO to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.

The award recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on a number of social issues, with just 115 named to the Honor Roll with Distinction. At campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Read more.

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Students Surrender Spring Break for Community Betterment

Hundreds of UNO and Omaha North High School students will give up their spring break to give volunteer hours to the community.

The eighth annual Seven Days of Service began March 13 and continues today, March 15, through Saturday, March 20. The project is a collaboration of the UNO Service Learning Academy and North High School.

UNO students will be working on houses at 33rd and Manderson streets throughout the week. The volunteers will be painting and cleaning up the houses. Read more.

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Criss Library Spring Break Schedule

Criss Library hours for this week's Spring Break will be as follows:

- Today through Thursday, March 15-18
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

- Friday, March 19
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, March 20
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-Sunday, March 21
Noon to midnight

Regular library hours resume at 7 a.m. on Monday, March 22.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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NBDC Offers Workshop on Government Contracts Tomorrow

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will hold a workshop on government contracting this week.

The Tuesday, March 16, workshop is free but requires pre-registration at due to limited seating. The session, Winning Government Contracts for Your Business (The Successful Proposal), runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, 20801 Elkhorn Drive.

For more information, call 554.6263.

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AKD to Host March 24 Screening of 'Roger and Me'

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), UNO's sociology honors society, will host a free screening of the Michael Moore film "Roger and Me" in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) on Wednesday, March 24, starting at 5:30 p.m.

A panel that will discuss the economic and sociological implications of Moore's movie will follow the movie. Anyone with an interest in the effect corporations can have on a person's community and daily life is invited to attend. For details on the film, visit

For more information, contact John Powers at 319.2721.

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"Color Me Human" Banquet Set for April 1

Faculty, staff and students at UNO will have an opportunity to embrace cultures other than their own at a multi-ethnic banquet held during "Color Me Human" Diversity Week at UNO.

The eighth annual banquet, coordinated by the American Multicultural Student Agency (AMS), a Student Government agency, will honor diversity and multiculturalism on UNO's campus on Thursday, April 1.

The event will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The banquet is free to all UNO students and $10 for faculty, staff and general public. Reservations are required.

R.S.V.P. by Thursday, March 25, to Jacqueline Chavez at 554.3696 or

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UFO Symposium April 3 at UNO

The UNO UFO Study Group will host a UFO Symposium on Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

Jack Kasher, UNO professor emeritus in astrophysics, will be speaking on the reality of UFO and professor Dave Pares will talk about a possible form of faster then light travel known as space warp/linear displacement. Crop circles, alien abduction and the existence of Bigfoot is also on the agenda.

Admission is $10 at the door for the entire day.

For more information, contact John Powers at 319.2721.

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NU Tech Day This Week

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

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Brooks Lecture Welcomes Jennifer Michael Hecht This Thursday

The 2010 Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture is 7 p.m. this 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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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 through Wednesday, March 24. Departments can reserve tables of eight for $120 by contacting Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at 554.2286 or

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 to advise 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

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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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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.

- 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

For more information contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

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Fit for Kids Program Offered by Practicum Students

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This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

"Fit for Kids," a free exercise program for kids of UNO students, faculty and staff, continues this semester on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER). The program, offered by School of HPER practicum II students, is geared toward ages four to 12.

The program's goal is to provide kids with a better foundation in health and fitness while education them on basic exercises and activities to stay healthy. Fun games will be part of all routines.

Parents must have HPER access for their children to participate. The free program runs through Saturday, May 1.

Anyone interested in the program can contact Nate Jordan at

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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Maverick Watch


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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