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March Employee of the Month: Tyrome Williams

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Tyrome Williams, building assistant in Criss Library, is the go-to person for a wide range of tasks. His enthusiasm and ability to quickly adapt to change make him a valuable asset. Visit this link for details.

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Service to the Community

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The several hundred Seven Days of Service volunteers were spread out last week throughout the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities. UNO students, faculty and staff along with North High School students and faculty fanned out to contribute their time to such organizations as the Salvation Army, Lauritzen Gardens, Habitat for Humanity, Turning Point and Catholic Charities. Their work included painting, pulling weeds, spreading mulch and building houses.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag is at half-staff today in honor of student Catherine "Cath" Haftings.

Haftings passed away last week after a brief illness. Memorial services were held March 26 in Omaha.

Haftings graduated cum laude from UNO in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in general studies and a concentration in geography. She earned her master's degree in geography from UNO in 2004.

She was enrolled in courses this semester as she began work on a doctorate in soils.

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Jim Young to Speak About NU Capital Campaign Today

Jim Young, Union Pacific CEO and chair of the NU Capital Campaign, will give a presentation for faculty, staff and students today, March 30, at 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. His 45-minute talk will focus on the campaign.

Those who want to attend should RSVP to the Faculty Senate office, 554.3598, or e-mail Sue Bishop at

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Olympian Mike Eruzione to Keynote "Night at the Mavs" This Wednesday

UNO will welcome Mike Eruzione, Olympic gold medalist and the captain of the 1980 U.S. hockey team, as the keynote speaker of the second annual "A Night with the Mavs" gala on Wednesday, March 31. 

"A Night with the Mavs" is UNO's marquee fundraiser and drew more than 500 people to the inaugural event last year.  This year, the event begins with the social hour at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. at the Embassy Suites.  Tickets for the event are on sale through the UNO Athletic Department.  Read more.

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DigiQuik Database Tutorial Tomorrow

Criss Library will offer a series of live, interactive online tutorials on databases available to UNO faculty, students and staff. Under the rubric of DigiQuik, these 15-minute web-based sessions will be offered through UNOCONNECT. The next database will be "Public Administration Abstracts" on Wednesday, March 31, at 5 p.m.

To register for the tutorial, go to After completing the online registration, participants will receive via e-mail the URL and instructions for logging into the session. 

For additional information, contact Linda Parker at

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Rowe to Host Simulcast Lecture on "China Road"

National Public Radio correspondent Rob Gifford will give a lecture titled "China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power" as part of the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  His presentation starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St. It will be simlucast to the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Wei Rowe, a faculty member from the College of Business Administration, will host the simulcast. The 2009-10 Thompson Forum on "Encountering China" will present speakers from a variety of backgrounds to explore China from diverse perspectives.

In his lecture, Gifford will share highlights of a two-month journey along China's 3,000-mile east-west route that took him through factory towns of the coastal areas, across the heart of China, and up to the Gobi Desert, where Route 312 merges with the old Silk Road. Now National Public Radio's London correspondent, Gifford served as NPR's China correspondent from 1999-2005.

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William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies to Host Conference April 10

Expanding the boundaries of democracy is the theme of a one-day conference planned for Saturday, April 10, by the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at UNO.  The 11th annual conference, titled "Promoting the General Welfare," will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.

The conference will feature morning and afternoon plenary sessions and three workshops.  Each workshop lasts 75 minutes and will be repeated three times throughout the conference.

The sessions and presenters:

Morning Plenary
- "An injury to one is an injury to all"
Elaine Bernard, executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

- "Examining ‘the other' and its historical role in denying human rights in the United States"
Steven Pitts, Center for Labor Education and Research, University of California at Berkeley

- "Exploring the promise of green jobs and a sustainable environment"
Kate Gulley, regional program manager, Blue Green Alliance

- "Teaching labor studies in our schools"
John Kretzschmar, director, William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies, UNO

Closing Plenary
- "Putting it all together - finding ways to make a difference"
Kent Wong, director, Center for Labor Research and Education, University of California at Los Angeles

Registration is limited to the first 100 participants.  Early registration is under way through Friday, April 2, and costs $20 for students and $30 for general admission.  After April 2, registration increases to $30 for students and $40 for general admission.

To register, call 595.2344.  For more information, visit the Web at  Social work continuing education units (CEUs) are available for participants who request them in advance.

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New UNO Book Club Aims to Activate Women

Wellness Graphic

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

A UNO book club designed to help women lead healthier lives and become more active has a new name and a new program.

Fit Minded – known previously as Women Bound to Be Active – now offers an online component, in addition to face-to-face meetings in Omaha, for women of all ages.

The eight-month program, launched in 2005 by Jennifer Huberty in UNO's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, empowers women through self-examination and self-worth development. Inspiring books are read and discussed in a group setting. Trained experts in health promotion will teach women of all ages how to become more active and make themselves a priority. The first Fit Minded session begins Monday, April 5. Read more.

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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Criss Library Closed Sunday, April 4

The Criss Library will be closed on Sunday, April 4.   

Regular library hours resume Monday, April 5, at 7 a.m. For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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April 8 Event to Raise Awareness of Intimate Partner Violence

College age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted, according the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.

To draw attention to the issues of sexual violence and abuse, The Women's Resource Center at UNO will present a "Take Back the Night" rally Thursday, April 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Student Center Plaza. Read more.

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Fidelity Rep on Campus April 27

Fidelity representative, Jason Cronick, will be on campus for individual counseling sessions on Tuesday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments will be held in 208 Eppley Administration Building (Accounting Department conference room).

Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.

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UNO 2010 Benefits Fair April 1

Wellness Graphic

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

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.

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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Deadline Tomorrow for Salvation Army's 2010 KETV 7 Can Help Kids Back-to-School Program

Seven Days of Service has been asked to launch the kick off of the Salvation Army's 2010 KETV 7 Can Help Kids Back-to-School Program. The UNO community, along with metropolitan area students, is donating new school supplies to the program. The final date to donate is Wednesday, March 31.

UNO drop-off locations include: Thompson Alumni Center, Criss Library and Milo Bail Student Center.

School supplies needed include:  rulers, spiral notebooks, erasers, school glue, crayons, backpacks, theme paper, markers, 2-pocket folders, pens and pencils.

For more information, contact the Service-Learning Academy at 554.2427.

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Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Deadline This Sunday

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

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UNO to Hold Student Research and Creative Activity Fair

The UNO Student Research and Creative Activity Fair will take place April 6-8. The event is held in conjunction with the annual Honors Program Senior Symposium. The university expects more than 120 undergraduate and graduate students to take part.

The Milo Bail Student Center will host activities from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6 and 7. The three-day event will conclude on Thursday, April 8, with an awards program starting at 4 p.m.

"As a student-focused university, UNO provides a variety of quality research and creative activity opportunities for its students," said Harmon Maher, interim associate vice chancellor for research and creative activity.

Poster presentations and exhibits will be on display each evening. Oral presentations and performances are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. A special session will be dedicated for UNO Honors Symposium presentations.

The events are free and open to the campus community and public. Call 554.2286 for more information.

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Student Learn Over Lunch "Moving from Paper to Presentation: A Transformation"

The UNO Speech Center will sponsor a free student workshop on "Moving from Paper to Presentation: A Transformation" Wednesday, April 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon (Omaha) Room.

Students are invited to learn more about adjusting to a broader audience, reorganizing main themes for more structure and integrating story telling and visuals to enhance content. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

To register for this session, contact a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited so students must register in advance.

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SOLP to Host "Healthy Relationships" Speaker April 14

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will sponsor its second event this spring focusing on healthy relationships. "Healthy Relationships 101," will take place on Wednesday, April 14, in collaboration with the Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honor Society at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. 

Felicia Harlow will give the presentation. Snacks will be provided, and the event is open to all. The first event was held on Feb. 22. 

Healthy relationships start with a focus on self-care and well-being, according to Harlow. In this program, Harlow focuses on positive self-image and the positive feelings, thoughts, choices and behaviors that are the foundational ingredients of healthy dating and friendships.

Audiences will learn the true meaning of relationships and how to recognize the signs of an unhealthy one. In addition, they'll learn how spiritual health attracts healthy relationships, come to understand how balanced living contributes to healthy relationships and walk away with quick and easy self-care techniques for healthy living in college.

Contact SOLP at 554.2711 with questions.

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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. 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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Students, Alumni Honored at Marketing and Management Banquet
The Department of Marketing and Management at UNO hosted its annual honors and awards banquet March 25 at the Thompson Alumni Center.

The following awards were presented to students and alumni from the department, which is housed in UNO's College of Business Administration.

Outstanding Marketing Student Award: John K. Treinen

Outstanding Management Student Award: Thomas Wrigley, Jr.

Outstanding Human Resource Management Student Award: Diana M. Lovejoy

Outstanding Entrepreneurship Student Award: Brian J. Steinbruck

Alumni Award for Excellence in Marketing: Robert Goedken

Alumni Award for Excellence in Management: Mohamad Doghman

For more information on alumni winners, visit

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