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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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2010.03.22

Wallace Named Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

The UNO announced earlier this month that Thomas D. Wallace has accepted the position of associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs. This is UNO's chief student affairs leadership position. Wallace begins at UNO June 15.

Wallace is assistant to the provost and associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Mississippi. He has been employed in a variety of positions at Ole Miss since 1990, including 10 years as vice chancellor for student life and six years as associate vice chancellor for student life. Prior to his employment at the University of Mississippi, Wallace was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years. Read more.

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

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

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. 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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Casino Night is Theme of Friday's Midnight Mojo Event

UNO students are invited to the fourth Midnight Mojo event of the 2009-2010 school year. This month's theme: Casino Night.

Happening Friday, March 26 at the Scott Dining Hall near the Scott Hall student residence halls, the event runs from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The Midnight Mojo event is free and open to all UNO students. Students must present their MavCards to attend. Free food will be available. Read more.

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2010 UNO CCSW Award Winners Announced; Tickets Deadline Wednesday

The 2010 winners have officially been announced and will be honored at the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) 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 are on sale through this Wednesday, March 24, in the MBSC Business Office.

The 2010 honorees include:

Outstanding Achievement Award
- Kathleen Oleson Lyons, assistant director of the UNO Service-Learning Academy and American Humanics

Community Award
- Women's Fund of Greater Omaha
- Methodist Health Systems

Undergraduate Scholarship Award
- Jas Min Lai

Legendary Women of UNO Award
- Olga "Jorgy" Jorgensen Strimple

Tickets cost $15 for staff, faculty and the general public, and are $10 for students. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 554.2979 or by e-mail to ghotaling@mail.unomaha.edu. Departments can reserve tables of eight for $120 by contacting Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at 554.2286 or wcjensen@unomaha.edu. Read more.

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"Consider This" Investigates Hoarding

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and guests will investigate hoarding. The discussion will cover what kind of person hoards and why.

Wyatt's guests will include Carl Greiner, psychiatrist, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Matt Mainelli, client care and marketing manager, Home Instead Senior Care; and Jen Bartelt, organization expert, Reclaim Your Space.

Hoarding is defined as a specific type of behavior characterized by:

- Acquiring and failing to throw out a large number of items that would appear to have little or no value to others;

- Severe cluttering of the person's home so that it is no longer able to function as a viable living space; and

- Significant distress or impairment of work or social life.

The program will air Tuesday, March 23, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network Web site at http://www.tknomaha.org for dates and times.

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Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon is April 16

The 13th annual UNO School of Social Work Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon is Friday, April 16. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine Street.

The day will begin with a performance by the Siena/Francis House singers at 9 a.m. The singers are presented by the Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter.

Dennis Culhane, professor of social policy, psychology and policy research and evaluation at the University of Pennsylvania, will lead the symposium, which starts at 9:15 a.m. His presentation is titled "The Dynamics of Homelessness." Read more.

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Discount Memberships Available to Lauritzen Gardens

UNO faculty and staff are eligible for a $10 discount on memberships to Lauritzen Gardens. To receive the discount, memberships must be purchased by Monday, May 31.

Several membership levels are available, including individual, dual, family, grandparent and patron and benefactor. To sign up, call 346.4002, ext. 214, or fill out an application form and return it with payment to:
Lauritzen Gardens
100 Bancroft St.
Omaha, NE 68108

To download an application, click on the following link:

Lauritzen Gardens Membership Application

For more information, contact Amanda Doty at 346.4002, ext. 214, or a.doty@omahabotanicalgardens.org.

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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 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/michael-moores-roger--me-opens.

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 jchavez@unomaha.edu.

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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 UFOs 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 will also be 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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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 http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2010/img/sacrecogaward.pdf.

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 smccollum@unomaha.edu.

For more information about SAC, visit the Web at http://avalon.unomaha.edu/sac/.

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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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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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Maverick Watch

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Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view this week's Omaha's Team schedule, visit http://www.omavs.com/calendar.aspx?.

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit http://www.omavs.com, Twitter at http://twitter.com/omavs or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/omavs.

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