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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.

Monday

2011.01.24

Nominations Sought for Inaugural SAC UNO Spirit of Service Award

Members of the UNO community are being asked to nominate UNO office/service staff for the inaugural UNO Spirit of Service of Award presented by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). The $1,000 award will recognize outstanding non-managerial individuals who provide service that strengthens the community and improves the lives of others. Nomination forms are due by Friday, Feb. 25.

"This inaugural award would not be possible if it were not for a private donor. The annual award will consist of a $1,000 monetary gift," said Andy Taylor, SAC president. "A former UNO employee presented a $25,000 gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation for the annual award."

In addition to exemplary performance of assigned job responsibilities, nominees should:

Demonstrate a commitment to the UNO community through the expression of university values in such ways as (1) helping students, (2) furthering their own education and (3) working towards advancement at UNO. Examples of service may include working on university committees, attending and/or participating in non-mandatory campus event or being an effective ambassador for UNO.

"There is enough funding available that the NU Foundation informed us that the inaugural UNO Spirit of Service Award will be presented to two office/service recipients," Taylor said. "It's important to note that only bi-weekly UNO employees are eligible for the award."

To recognize the winners, SAC will present the awards at this year's Faculty Senate-Staff Advisory Council banquet on Wednesday, April 27.

For additional guidelines and nominations forms, visit this link.

Questions about the nomination process should be directed to Susan McCollum, SAC Activities Committee chair, at (402) 554.3636.

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UNO Study Abroad Fair This 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 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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Eight-Week Dance Program for Persons with Parkinson's Begins Today

The Moving Company, the modern dance performing group at UNO, will host 'Reach for It,' a dance program for adults living with Parkinson's disease.

Hour-long dance classes will be held Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center. The first session is today, Jan. 24. The classes run through March 14. The cost is $40 for eight classes. Read more.

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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 - http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/leftcolumn/inside/facultystaff/awards/eitaward.php - for nomination information, requirements, forms and procedures. For questions, contact members of the committee or Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

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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 http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2011/img/stratplaninvite.pdf invitation for forum details.

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

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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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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 College Night at Maverick Hockey' This Friday

The UNO Athletic Department is inviting every college on campus to 'UNO College Night at Maverick Hockey.' Every Friday night of each weekend hockey series, UNO will recognize a specific college during the game, although members of all colleges are invited to attend.

On Jan. 28, the College of Engineering will be recognized at the Mavericks' game against University of Alabama-Huntsville. Every college is invited to take part in this special offer, which includes a ticket to the game and one buffet meal at Rick's Café Boatyard for just $22. The buffet runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rick's located at 345 Riverfront Drive in Downtown Omaha.

To take advantage of this special offer, contact Pam Schwarting by end of the business Thursday, Jan. 27, at (402) 554.3689 or pschwarting@unomaha.edu.

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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 undergraduates 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/ccsw/awards.php. All nominations must be returned electronically by Friday, Feb. 18, to: mdown@unomaha.edu.

For additional questions, contact CCSW co-chairs Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at (402) 554.2286 or wcjensen@unomaha.edu or Jody Neathery-Castro at (402) 554.3611 or jneathery@unomaha.edu.

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'See What I'm Saying' to be Screened in Omaha

The UNO student sign language group, Talking Hands, invites the campus community to join them at the AMC Oakview Plaza 24 movie theater on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 25-26, for a screening of 'See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary.' Showtimes both days are 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10:05 p.m.

'See What I'm Saying' focuses on four deaf entertainers: C.J. Jones (comic,) Robert DeMayo (actor,) T.L. Forsberg (singer) and Bob Hiltermann (drummer in the all deaf rock band Beethoven's Nightmare.) A trailer and reviews are online at http://www.seewhatimsayingmovie.com/

The film, which has won awards at festivals around the world, is the first fully open captioned commercial film in American history, accessible to deaf, hard of hearing and mainstream hearing audiences at every screening. The New York Times gave it a 'Critics' Pick.'

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