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A Frustrating Weekend

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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.

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2011.01.21

Gina Ray Named Director of Alumni Facilities

The UNO Alumni Association welcomes Gina Ray, CDM, CFPP, as its director of Alumni Facilities.

Ray will be responsible for supervising and managing the William H. & Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center, one of Omaha's most popular banquet facilities and conference centers. She will provide meeting, planning and support services to Thompson Center clientele, including corporate, private and university groups. She also will oversee marketing efforts, manage building maintenance and coordinate with contractors and other vendors. She began her duties Jan. 3. Read more.Up to Top

Nominations Sought for 2011 Service-Learning Faculty Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies excellence in the practice of service-learning in his or her work.  This year this recognition will come with an honorarium of $500. 

To be nominated, a faculty member must:

- Have demonstrated the ability to develop and teach an effective service-learning course that identifies at least one course objective to be understood and met through service-learning, utilizing all the appropriate steps of the service-learning pedagogy:  (1) development of a reciprocal partnership with a community partner, (2) orienting the students to the agency, (3) issues and project expectations, (4) providing a meaningful service to the community partner, (5) evaluating outcomes of students and community partners and (6) requiring reflection/critical thinking about the experience in a structured way. 

- Have been supportive of service-learning at UNO (i.e. through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles and mentoring faculty/students, etc.)

- Have demonstrated a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (i.e. professionalism and cultural competency) and the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners.

- Have participated in scholarly dissemination about the pedagogy of service learning through presentation at peer-reviewed conferences and/or publication in scholarly journals, on-line journals or books. 

- Hold a full- or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 7, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. 

Nominations must be in to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Wednesday, Jan. 26.  Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet. You may download a nomination form from the service learning website, http://www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning. Please refer to the nomination form for details of how to document your nomination. For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at (402) 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu.

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Nominations Sought for 2011 Service-Learning Student Award

Each year, the Service-Learning Academy recognizes one or a team of UNO student(s) who has excelled in the understanding/ integration of course objectives through the collaboration, planning and implementation of a community service learning course project. This year, this recognition will come with an honorarium of $250. 

To be nominated, a student must have demonstrated and upheld in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service-learning: 

- Mastering and integrating the course's academic objective(s), as demonstrated in the service learning course project activities and outcomes. 

- Establishing and maintaining a collaborative relationship with community agency partner(s) and student team members.

- Leading in identifying, creating and implementing strategies in the process of project implementation. 

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 7, at 4 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Nominations must be in to the Service-Learning Academy no later than Wednesday, Jan. 26.  Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet. You may download a nomination form from the service learning website, http://www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning. Please refer to the nomination form for details of how to document your nomination. For more information, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at (402) 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu.

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"Consider This" to Investigate The Generation Gap

How often do you get a teenager, her dad, his mom and her mom to reside in one room at the same time? And, just what would they have to talk about? Viewers are about to find out on the next edition of "Consider This." The Crafts and the Godeks, range in age from 14 to 75, they will share stories about their lives as a family and as members of The Silent, Baby Boom, X and Z Generations.

Host Cathy Wyatt will interview the following family members:

- Deb Godek, age 55, Baby Boom Generation: 1946-1964;

- Carole Craft, age 75, Silent Generation:  1925-1945;

- Michael Godek, age 38, Generation X; and

- Kayley Godek, age 14, Generation Z.

The program will air today, Jan. 21, at 12:30 p.m. on NET 2.

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

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'Spooky Action at a Distance' to Air Fridays This Semester

During the spring semester, UNO's UFO Study Group will broadcast its radio program "Spooky Action at a Distance" live every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Listen to the program on streaming audio at http://MavRadio.com.

Want to attend a meeting and learn more? If so, the group meets every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room and every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in 285 Durham Science Center. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact John Powers at jcpowers@unomaha.edu.

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Philosophy Colloquia Series to Host Saul Kripke Jan. 25

Saul Kripke is known as a logician and an important philosopher of the 20th century. While a student at Omaha's Central High School, he wrote a series of papers that transformed modal logic and remain authoritative works in the field.

Kripke will present "The First Person" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall. Kripke's presentation is part of the 2010-2011 Philosophy Colloquia Series.

Kripke became a junior fellow at Harvard his sophomore year and gave lectures to graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During the 1960s, Kripke presented his theories of reference in a series of lectures, transcribed and published in 1980 as Naming and Necessity. Read more.

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UNO Study Abroad Fair Next Week

Are students ready to start planning for a summer or semester abroad? If so, come to the UNO Study Abroad Fair in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Visit with study abroad alumni, exchange students from partner institutions, UNO faculty leaders, third-party providers and a Study Abroad advisor to get your questions answered.

Contact Emily Hardt at ehardt@unomaha.edu with any study abroad questions. For more information about study abroad, visit http://world.unomaha.edu/index.php?page=studyabroad or the Study Abroad Library in 241 Arts and Science Hall.

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Reading, Reception for Playwright Carlos Murillo is Jan. 27

The UNO Department of Theatre will welcome award-winning American playwright Carlos Murillo, whose play Dark Play or Stories for Boys will be produced by the department, running Feb. 23-26 and March 2-5.

Murillo – an assistant professor and co-head of the BFA Playwriting Program at DePaul University – will be on campus Thursday, Jan. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the UNO Theatre, located inside the Weber Fine Arts Building, for a free reception and a reading from his play, A Thick Description of Harry Smith.

The reception starts at 5 p.m., with the reading at 5:30 p.m. and a question-and-answer session at 6 p.m. Read more.

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School of HPER Seeks Excellence in Teaching Award Nominees

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) is seeking nominations for the Excellence in Teaching Award. This award will be given to one part-time and one joint appointment instructor within the School of HPER.  Visit the following website for nomination forms and for a list of eligible teachers: http://coe.unomaha.edu/hper/ptja/ptja_awards.php.

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Budget Forum Set for Jan. 27 in MBSC

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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.

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HR Commuter Wheel Tax Reminder

Human Resources is compiling the list of employee addresses to identify those who will need to comply with Omaha's new Commuter Wheel Tax. HR staff will rely on the information that they have on record in SAP and Firefly. Please check your current residential address information in Firefly and if necessary, update your record accordingly. More information about how UNO will be collecting the tax is being developed and will be published in eNotes. Additional information can also be found on the City of Omaha website at http://www.cityofomaha.org/finance/revenue/wheel-tax-faqs.

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'Stress Management: Managing Life, Work and Family' Workshop Next Month

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

Make a New Year's resolution that will last all year.  Lowering your stress levels will help you manage your work, life and family.

Human Resources, Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) and the Counseling Center are sponsoring a stress management seminar open to all faculty, staff and students. The seminar will be on Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the College of Public Affais and Community Service Collaborating Commons. The seminar times are 11 a.m. to noon and noon to 1 p.m. (repeat presentations).

The speaker is Cathy Pettid from the UNO Counseling Center. Her topic is titled "Stress Management: A Holistic Approach."

"Through interactive participation and laughter, participants will learn that stress does not occur in a vacuum. Our stress levels are influenced by both our immediate environment and the world at large," Pettid said.  "Participants will explore their own unique stress responses and learn the four levels of defense against stress."

The idea for the stress management seminar came from HR and CCSW. "Many women today are working, going to school and raising families which create conflict and stress. It seemed good to partner with CCSW since half our workforce is women," said Human Resources Director Mollie Anderson.

UNO is increasing their campus wellness efforts. "We are working on wellness and an important piece is mental health wellness," Anderson said.

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

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UNO Sociology Club

The UNO Sociology Club (UNOSC) will meet every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) this semester. Anyone with an interest in the sociology is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact John Powers at jcpowers@unomaha.edu.

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In The News

In the News

- Randy Adkins, Department of Political Science, spoke with Tom Becka on KFAB (1110 AM) on Jan. 11. Adkins discussed potential voter turnout in the mayoral recall election happening next month. Adkins was also quoted earlier this week in the Omaha World-Herald about the recall.

- William Blizek, Department of Philosophy and Religion, was recently interviewed by the Religion News Service about religious films debuting at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The article was re-published Jan. 18 by the Huffington Post.

- Chancellor John Christensen was quoted in the Jan. 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on the state's budget and Gov. Dave Heineman's recent State of the State address.

- The Jan. 17 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on the Omaha Metro Safety Initiative, quoting John Crank, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

- Kathe Oleson Lyons, Service-Learning Academy, was a guest on Jan. 16 on KKAR's (1290 AM) weekly public affairs program. She discussed Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and other community engagement and volunteer programs at UNO.

- WOWT (NBC 6), KPTM (Fox 42) and The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs) covered the Jan. 18 opening of a school bank at Bloomer School in Council Bluffs. The bank is a partnership between the Center for Economic Education, co-sponsored by the College of Education and the College of Business Administration, and U.S. Bank. This is the 11th school bank partnership with the Center for Economic Education.

- KETV (ABC 7) and KPTM (Fox 42) covered the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, held Jan. 17 at the Thompson Alumni Center. The Service-Learning Academy organized the day's events.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2762.

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In Print

- Researchers from the Center for Collaboration Science recently had a chapter on "Collaboration Engineering" published in the Handbook of Group Decision & Negotiation, published by Springer. Full reference:

Kolfschoten, G. L., Vreede, G. J. de, & Briggs, R. O. (2010). Collaboration Engineering. In Kilgour, D. M. & Eden, C. (Eds.). Handbook of Group Decision and Negotiation (pp 339-358). Dordrecht: Springer.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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On Stage

Beatles Tribute Show Coming to UNO
The Strauss Performing Arts Center will host the critically-acclaimed, and widely enjoyed, Beatles tribute show "Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience" on Saturday, Feb. 19.  The concert will benefit Omaha's Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra.  Read more.

Spring Department of Theater Production Dates Announced
Performances of Dark Play or Stories for Boys by Carlos Murillo run from Feb. 23-26 through March 3-5 in the UNO Theatre, located in the Weber Fine Arts Building. The box office opens on Feb. 14. Dark Play is directed by Amy Lane.

Play Synopsis: When 14-year-old Nick comes across a naively worded ad from 16-year-old Adam reading, "I want to fall in love," he's blown away. What is this love? Already bored with cyber sex and posting fake online ads, Nick invents the girl of Adam's dreams, Rachel, and Adam and Rachel fall hard. But as the cyber relationship heightens, so do the emotional stakes in the real world, until the two collide with devastating consequences.

Performances of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare run from April 13-16 and April 20-23 in the UNO Theatre. The box office opens on April 4. Twelfth Night is Directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf.

Play Synopsis: This drama is one of the great comedy plays by William Shakespeare. Viola, cross dresses and takes the man's name of Cesario. Viola enters the service of the Duke of Illyria, Orsino. Orsino longs for the love of a neighboring countess. Viola (Cesario) then falls in love with Orsino. To add to the farce Viola's (Cesario) identical twin, Sebastian arrives on the scene. Living in Olivia's household is her uncle, Sir Toby Belch, a merry character. The steward of the household is the conceited Malvolio. The plot illustrates jealousy, mistaken Identity, cross-dressing and features fights and duels. In the end Sebastian and Olivia fall in love and marry. Orsino realizes that it is Viola that he loves and she agrees to marry him. Sir Toby Belch and Maria also decide to marry! Twelfth Night ends and everyone, except Malvolio, is happy and Shakespeare speaks of the madness of love.

Call (402) 554.2406 for discounted season tickets today. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UNO Theatre. Tickets are free for all UNO students and only $5 for all other students. For tickets visit http://www.unotheatre.com/ or call the box office at (402) 554.PLAY.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

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On Exhibit

'MAKE' Show to Highlight Graphic Design
Graphic design thesis projects will take center stage in the UNO Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery through Feb 11. The show, titled 'MAKE', will feature a variety of graphic design works done by UNO students from the Department of Art and Art History.

"The students put things together, combine elements, alter to form something new in their graphic design work," said Avery Mazor, graphic design instructor. "This show highlights a range of creative and innovative ideas and practices used to create a new brand, and communicate that brand in a variety of forms. Ultimately, it's about creating a seamless consumer experience."

The gallery is open during regular library hours and ‘MAKE' will remain in the space through Feb. 11. There will be a reception in the gallery on Monday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call (402) 554.2420. 548.3614.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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