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Wrestling Pins Down Sixth National Title

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The UNO Mavericks collected their second straight national wrestling title Saturday night (3-13) before a home crowd at the Sapp Fieldhouse. UNO hosted the 2010 National Championships that brought the nations top 160 wrestlers to campus. The Mavericks scored 131 points, 59 points ahead of runnerup Augustana College.

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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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2010.03.17

eNotes Spring Break University Relations Moving Schedule Reminder

It's Spring Break 2010 at UNO and University Relations staff are in the process of moving to their new location in 211 Eppley Administration Building. eNotes will take a two-day sabbatical during the move - Thursday through Friday, March 18-19. Items can still be submitted to enotes@unomaha.edu; however, expect the next edition of eNotes to appear in your mailboxes and online on Monday, March 22. University Relations thanks the campus for their patience during this transition.

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KVNO Pledge Drives Ends This Evening

Classical 90.7 KVNO concludes its 9-day Spring 2010 pledge drive today, March 17. 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 concludes at 6 p.m., when the station will air Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, "Ode to Joy," in its entirety.

"The station had hoped to raise an average of $9,000 a day," Balkovec, said. "We remain hopeful that the campus community will rally 11th-hour and help us make up some ground."

As an incentive, KVNO is offering a unique membership package for contributions of of $52 or more, and anyone pledging support will automatically be entered to win a 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. More information about thank-you gifts, prize giveaways and pledging online is available at http://kvno.org/ or by calling 554.5866.

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.

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UNO to Participate in The Chronicle of Higher Education's Random Sample Survey 

UNO will participate in The Chronicle of Higher Education's Great Colleges to Work For Program 2010.  Part of the program involves an anonymous survey of administration, faculty and staff, which will start later this month.

Chancellor John Christensen said he encourages faculty and staff to participate.

"The benchmarking data will be invaluable to us, as will faculty and staff opinions regarding their working environment," he said.  "I look forward to seeing and sharing the results when they are available."

The program is modeled after Fortune Magazine's popular Best Places to Work issue, with one key difference: there is no ranking of institutions.

A random sample of about 60 percent of full-time UNO administrators, faculty and staff will be asked to participate in the survey, which will open after Monday, March 22. There will be questions about many aspects of the campus, including:

- Job satisfaction/support;

- Teaching environment;

- Professional development;

- Compensation, benefits and work/life balance;

- Facilities;

- Policies, resources and efficiency;

- Shared governance;

- Pride;

- Supervisors/Department chairs;

- Senior leadership;

- Faculty, administration & staff relations;

- Communication;

- Collaboration;

- Fairness; and

- Respect and appreciation.

The survey will end on April 16.  The research partner in the Great Colleges program is ModernThink LLC, a leading research and consulting firm specializing in organization culture and workplace excellence.  ModernThink will manage all of the survey process and ultimately perform the analysis that will determine which institutions will be recognized.

The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and participation is entirely voluntary.  An aggregated summary report will be shared with the campus.

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2010 UNO CCSW Award Winners Announced

A service-learning advocate, a greater-Omaha women's leadership organization, a UNO women's athletics supporter, a student and a legendary woman are the 2010 recipients of the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) Awards. The group will be honored at the CCSW's 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. The CCSW serves to advise the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to faculty, staff and students. Read more.

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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 http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2010/img/thisweekmavs0315.pdf.

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ITS to Offer Adobe InDesign Training March 25

Information Technology Services (ITS) will host its next Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing II class on Thursday, March 25. The class will be held from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 232 Criss Library.

Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing II is a follow up of the first Adobe InDesign class. Skills learned in the previous class will be reinforced. This class gives participants the opportunity to build on what they have learned and acquire intermediate skills in the software.

In this next level of InDesign, users will create a brochure. While designing the brochure, participants will address document planning, layout and bleeds as well as tools for publishing concerns.

While the Adobe InDesign I class is not required, some familiarity with the Adobe InDesign software is desired.

For class details or to register, go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php.

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March 26 Arts and Sciences Centennial Lecture to Focus on Physics

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues Friday, March 26, with a lecture by Steve Whitten, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State University in San Marcos.  His talk - "Undergraduate Physics Meets Molecular Biology: A Natural Fit" - will begin at 3 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall East.  Read more.

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Annual Diversity Week Set for March 28-April 1

Faculty, staff and students at UNO will have an opportunity to learn about cultures other than their own Sunday, March 28, through Thursday, April 1, during 2010 Diversity Week.

The ninth annual event - coordinated by the American Multicultural Student Agency (AMS), a Student Government agency, and Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) - will feature a variety of multiethnic artistic presentations and performances. Free food will be served at all events. For a complete list of activities click on http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2010/img/diversityweek10.pdf.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Chavez at 554.3696 or jchavez@unomaha.edu.

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Mav-Rec Aquatics to Host Triathlon Clinic

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

Campus Recreation announces the dates for the Spring 2010 Triathlon Clinic. The clinic will take place on Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

This clinic is intended to give athletes the background, tools and motivation to give it a "tri." It is appropriate for beginners and those with some triathlon experience. The clinic will consist of: swimming, biking, running, injury prevention and stretching. Participants will compete in a full Indoor Triathlon on Saturday afternoon, April 24.

The price for participation is $40 (includes T-shirt) if registered before Tuesday, April 13, and $50 for those who register after April 13.

Registration forms can be found online at http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/aquatics/Triclinic.php or by calling Pat Philippi at 402.554.2223.

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

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Scheduled MavCard Downtime Thursday

MavCard Services will upgrade the campus card system on Thursday, March 18. MavCards will not work anywhere on campus, but MavCards will still function as usual for door access.

MavCard Services staff anticipates everything to be up and running as usual on Friday, March 19.

For more information, contact Mary Cunard at 554.2220.

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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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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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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

For more information contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

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

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

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.

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

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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: http://www.creighton.edu/CASTL. 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat. The Institute will be held June 3, 4 and 5 at Creighton University.

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Green Tip of the Week

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Community Garden
Don't have a yard or time to garden at home? Volunteer at a community garden and share in the bounty of community and food.

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

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