SKIP navigation
UNO eNotes Home Page

Through the Lens

Play ThisThrough the Lens Archive go to the show

A Frustrating Weekend

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The Bemidji Beavers gave the Maverick hockey team plenty to be frustrated about over the weekend (Jan. 14, 15) at Omaha's Qwest Center. Friday's game ended in a 2-2 time after overtime while Bemidji won Saturday's game 3-2 in overtime.



Midnight Mojo Skate Party Is Tonight

Students are invited to attend UNO's first Midnight Mojo of the semester at Skate Daze, 132nd and B St., tonight, Jan. 20. The first 550 UNO students get in for free.

Tonight, from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. students can enjoy: Free skating, popcorn, soda, pizza, rock climbing, bumper cars and laser tag. If planning to skate - socks are required.

Shuttles will be available at Maverick Village, University Village and Scott Hall.

For more information, students can visit the Mojo facebook page at!/midnightmojo.

Up to Top

Budget Forum Set for Jan. 27 in MBSC

the name

UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host and lead a campus forum focused on the university budget Thursday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All members of the campus community and public are welcome to attend.

Christensen, along with Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley, will provide the latest state and NU system budget information.  Earlier this month, Gov. Dave Heineman presented his budget strategy to the Unicameral. 

"The governor's proposed budget was good news for the University of Nebraska, but the budget process is far from over.  It's important to keep in mind that the final budget will not be completed until May," Christensen said.

Russell Smith, an associate professor in the School of Public Administration, will serve as the moderator for the event.  More forums are likely during the spring semester.

Up to Top

Nominations Sought for 2011 CCSW Awards

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) seeks nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations at UNO and in the metropolitan community who have brought attention to women's issues, advanced women's issues and/or gender equity issues.

This year's recipients will be honored Wednesday, March 30, at the CCSW Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Tickets will go on sale at the MBSC Business Office (554.3923) closer to the date.

CCSW will also honor a student scholarship award winner at the luncheon. To apply UNO students must meet the following qualifications: be an undergraduate who will graduate after fall 2011 and student must show significant contributions towards: (1) addressing improving the status of women or gender issues at UNO in their academic work or activities, and/or (2) have academic excellence in fields where women are underrepresented.

The criteria for each award, scholarship, and its past recipients are available online at All nominations must be returned electronically by Friday, Feb. 18, to:

For additional questions, contact CCSW co-chairs Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at (402) 554.2286 or or Jody Neathery-Castro at (402) 554.3611 or

Up to Top

Learn More About New Blackboard Version 9.1

The next opportunity for UNO faculty and staff to learn more about the new version of Blackboard will be a Brown Bag Lunch demonstration at noon on Friday, Jan. 28, in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CB).

The upgrade from Blackboard Version 8.5 to Version 9.1 is planned for the weekend of May 9. The most noticeable improvement in the new version of Blackboard is easier navigation or fewer clicks for instructors. Increased functionality includes options for wikis, blogs and journals. The assignment feature, grade center and discussion board also have improvements. 

Faculty and staff can familiarize themselves with the new features and improvements in Blackboard 9.1 several ways:

Brown Bag Lunch Demonstrations - Registration is not required

- Jan. 28: Noon to 1 p.m. 132D CB

- Feb. 17: Noon to 1 p.m. 261 Peter Kiewit Institute

Upgrade Website - - This web site will help keep you informed of brown bags demonstrations, workshops, support documentation and other information as UNO moves towards the "Go Live" date. 

Test Drive - You can test drive Blackboard 9.1 by pointing your web browser to: (Address active October 15th) Use the same login and password as you do in the current version. Course content has not been copied to this version; however, each faculty has been given a blank developmental course to utilize.

Hands-On Training - Watch your e-mail for more training opportunities March through May of 2011.

If you have questions, contact Information Services Technical Support at (402) 554.HELP (4357) or e-mail

Up to Top

Registration Under Way for Feb. 12 Annual Alumni Night on the Ice

Maverick hockey fans are invited to join the UNO Alumni Association for their Eight Annual Alumni Night on the Ice Saturday, Feb. 12, at Qwest Center Omaha.

The cost includes game ticket and pre-game buffet. The cost is $20 per adult and $15 per child ages 2 to 10 (children under two are free). Children's cost of $15 includes hockey ticket and plated children's meal. The 5:30 p.m. buffet reception will be held at the Qwest Convention Center, followed by the 7:05 p.m. UNO vs. University of Wisconsin hockey game.

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Friday, Feb. 4. For registration information, visit

Up to Top

Golf and Dance Lessons Offered by Campus Rec

Wellness Graphic

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

Winter weather may be upon us but its not too early to start dreaming about your golf game. Get your game in tune with golf lessons offered by UNO Campus Recreation in the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Golf Lab. Lessons will be led by UNO golf coach, Tim Nelson. The package includes four one-hour sessions. This year's lesson dates are: Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Youth lessons will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Beginner adult lessons will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. and Intermediate/Advanced Lessons from 2 to 3 p.m. More information can be found at:

Want to dance like the stars? Learn it all from Contact Dancing, Waltz, Foxtrot, Meringue, Cha Cha and Salsa. Classes are held in 143 HPER. Spring lesson dates are: Feb. 13, 20, Mar. 6 and 13.

- Latin/Ballroom lessons will be offered at 3 p.m.

- Swing lessons will be offered at 4 p.m.

More information can be found at:

Due to the new computerized class registration system spots can no longer be reserved. To register/pay, by phone at (402) 554.2539 with a MavCard or credit card, or in person at HPER Control Desk with cash, check MavCard or credit card.

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 (402) 554.2008, or to Top

UNO Council for Humanist Thought

The UNO Council for Humanist Thought and Secular Student Alliance (SSA) will meet every Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) State Room. Anyone with an interest in the separation of church and state is encouraged to attend.

 For more information, contact John Powers at

Up to Top

UNO Excellence in Teaching Nominations Now Being Accepted

The campus-wide Excellence in Teaching (EIT) award committee is now accepting nominations for 2011. This award "was established in 1969 to recognize superior efforts, dedication and exemplary conduct in the performance of the university's first task -- the education of its students."  The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Refer to the following page - - for nomination information, requirements, forms and procedures. For questions, contact members of the committee or Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

Up to Top

Service-Learning 101 Next Wednesday

What does "community engagement" mean?  What does it look like?  Why do educators value it? For many UNO faculty members, community engagement means service-learning.

To assist faculty design service-learning projects that meet genuine community needs, the Service-Learning Academy offers Service-Learning 101, a two-hour workshop to be offered on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Tower Room.

Faculty new to service-learning and those with projects in development are welcome. Please bring a syllabus for a course you would like to add a service learning component to. If you do not have a syllabus developed yet, jot down what your course learning objectives would be and we can start from there.

To register, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the Service Learning Academy, 144 MBSC, (402) 554.2712 or by e-mail at

Up to Top

Register Today for Feb. 4 Campus Strategic Planning Forum

If you have not yet responded to the Strategic Planning Forum invitation your time is running out. An all-campus strategic planning forum will take place Friday, Feb. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners can attend.

The 2010-2011 Strategic Planning Awards will be presented at the event.

Click on the invitation for forum details.

To be included in the gathering, R.S.V.P. by Thursday, Jan. 27, to Charlotte Swank at or (402) 554.2967.

Up to Top

Students Eligible for Free Metro Bus Passes This Semester

Sustainability Graphic

Student Government at UNO has partnered with Omaha's Metro to provide 400 UNO students with free public transit transportation during the Spring 2011 semester.

The MavRide prepaid cards will be distributed to UNO students on a first come, first serve basis at the kick-off event on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 11:30 a.m., in the fireplace lounge on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Representatives from UNO Student Government and Metro will offer brief remarks about the new partnership at 11:30 a.m.

UNO students must present a MavCard student I.D. to receive a free MavRide bus pass.

For more information, contact Megan Schmitz, UNO Student Government – (402) 554.2620 or - or Linda Barritt, Metro - (402) 341.7560, ext. 2300 or

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this MAVRide initiative. For more information, visit

Up to Top

Gilman Scholarships Available for Pell-eligible Students to Study Abroad

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers funding for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two and four-year institutions who are receiving a Pell Grant to study abroad.

"Studying abroad during your undergraduate career can be a life-changing experience," said Emily Hardt, Study Abroad and International Exchanges advisor at UNO. "Receiving a Gilman Scholarship and studying abroad will make you a more competitive candidate for jobs, other scholarships, and admission to graduate programs."

For more information, contact Hardt at or (402) 554.2293. The Study Abroad Library in 241 Arts and Science Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The UNO deadline for fall 2011 and summer 2011 applications is Tuesday, Feb. 15. For details visit:

Up to Top

Campus Encouraged to Register for Text-Message Service

Faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to register for the text-messaging service provided by e2Campus.

The service sends alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via text message. Wireless personal digital assistants, iPhones and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

The notification system is used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

This is a voluntary, opt-in service that requires individual action to subscribe. For more information or to subscribe visit

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at or in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 104.

For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at (402) 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at (402) 554.2648.

Up to Top

ORCA Fund for Investing in the Research Enterprise Grants

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) is also announcing the Fund for Investing in the Research Enterprise (FIRE). FIRE grants will support the collection of preliminary data/proof of concept for faculty projects that demonstrate a high potential for attracting substantial extramural funding. FIRE proposals are now being accepted. The submission deadline for this call for proposals is Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 at 5 p.m. The guidelines for submission and other proposal documents are available at

Up to Top

SOLP to Host 'Catalyst by Leadershape' Feb. 26

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will host "Catalyst by Leadershape" on Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The program is designed to allow students the time and space to consider powerful questions that move toward action. Program content will encourage students to get real about their leadership style and skills, while providing an environment for growth. Participants will also walk away with a workbook that will have been used to capture their core skills, strengths, and interpersonal style attributes as well as the communities, organizations, and causes they care about. In addition, they will have identified specific initial contributions and commitments they intend to make as a result of these discoveries. Catalyst is open to 60 participants and registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Registration will open this Monday, Jan. 10, and close once program capacity is reached. Cost for the program is $10, payable in the MBSC Business Office by cash, credit/debit, MavCard, or departmental cost center. Registration forms will be available in the MBSC Business Office, in the SOLP Office, and online at

Please direct questions and inquiries to SOLP at (402) 554.2711.

Up to Top

ORCA Undergraduate Scholarly Experience Grants Available

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) announces the Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experience (FUSE). FUSE grants will support the participation of undergraduate scholars in faculty-mentored research and creative activity. FUSE proposals are now being accepted. The submission deadline for this call for proposals is Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 at 5 p.m. The guidelines for submission and proposal cover page are available at

Up to Top