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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.



Today's Philosophy Colloquia Series to Host Saul Kripke

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. today, 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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NU Board of Regents to Meet This Friday

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, Jan. 28, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the Board meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live at

Following are highlights of the January Board meeting. A complete agenda and schedule is also available. Read more.

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Alabama-Huntsville/UNO Maverick Hockey on NET Television

The ice action between the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers and the UNO Mavericks is guaranteed to be faster than a speeding Zamboni when "Maverick Hockey" airs Saturday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. on NET1 and in high-definition on NET-HD.

Calling the play-by-play action will be Dave Ahlers, with color commentary provided by former UNO hockey player Kendall Sidoruk. Larry Punteney will provide rink-side reports.

The hockey match will also be webcast live on NET's Web site ( All that is needed is access to the Internet and a free Windows Media Player program. Webcasting of the series is a free service of NET.

"Maverick Hockey" is a production of NET Sports, Nebraska's Home for Sports. NET1 and NET-HD are part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit NET's website

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Collective Unconscious to Host Feb. 3 Screening of 'Milk'

The Collective Unconscious Theatre will host a social justice movie night with a showing of the movie "Milk" at Mammel Hall on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m.

Food will be provided, and Department of Theatre Chair D. Scott Glasser will lead a brief discussion following the film.

There is a suggested donation of $3 for students and $5 for adults. Donations will be put toward applying for non-profit status. Read more.

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'5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors' Retirement Seminar Next Friday

Human Resources will offer its next retirement planning seminar on Friday, Feb. 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. Mark your calendars and bring a friend to this informative seminar led by UNO's TIAA-CREF representative Jana Steigelman-Simon. Her topic will be "5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors." 

"So, come to the seminar on February 4 to find out some valuable tips about how you might be able to maximize your retirement plan contributions," said Esther Scapello, manager of benefits for Human Resources.

Click on for the details on the March 4 and the April 1 seminars.

For more information, contact Scarpello at (402) 554.3660.

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Campus Recreation to Offer Sport Development Camp

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

Campus Recreation will offer a new youth sports development program starting in February. The Mini Mav-Kids Sports Development program will be offered Saturdays, Feb. 12 through March 19, in the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The program is for children ages 3-5 years old and parent/guardian is aimed to prepare these children for organized sports in a fun non-threatening environment. It prepares children and their parents for organized sports without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt. Age appropriate equipment is used to teaching throwing, catching, batting and kicking.

More information and registration forms can be found online at

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

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Honors Program to Host Blood Drive Feb. 16

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, the UNO Honors Program will host a blood drive through the American Red Cross to benefit those in need. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

"The need is constant, and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply," said Amanda Morrison, vice president of programming for UNO's Honors Program. "And you'll feel good knowing you've helped change a life,"

To register:

1. Go Online:;

2. Go to the "Make a Donation Appointment" box;

3. Search by "Sponsor Code";

4. Enter Code 1671, "Choose UNO"; and

5. Enter your donor information.

Please read all information about donating blood, including eligibility and preparation prior to making an appointment.

If you have any questions, e-mail an Honors Program representative at

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mavlink/PeopleSoft Training/Overview Sessions Offered

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The UNO Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) team has added several records and registration training/overview sessions for faculty and staff through February.

Please visit the training calendar at to register. Registration is limited to 10 people.

Anyone who has questions or comments about NeSIS can e-mail them to

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Service-Learning 101

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 this 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

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Nominations Deadline Tomorrow 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, 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

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Nominations Deadline Tomorrow 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, 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

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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.

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.

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Reading, Reception for Playwright Carlos Murillo This Thursday

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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Spring Recruitment Workshops Continues Next Week

Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will conduct its first workshop this week to assist departments and schools in recruiting faculty.

The workshops will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO NEOGOV System and EEO guidelines and requirements. Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must attend one of the workshops. Also, faculty participating in searches must attend a workshop once every two years.

All sessions will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room:

Feb. 4 - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 - 10 to 11:30 a.m.

March 4 - 2 to 3:30 p.m.

March 17 - 10 to 11:30 a.m.

April 1 - 9 to 10:30 a.m.

April 12 - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., e-mail Sandy Byers at or call (402) 554.2262.

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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

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UNO UFO Study Group Weekly Schedule Reminder

During the spring semester, the UNO UFO Study Group will meet every Wednesday in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room from noon to 1 p.m. and every Saturday in 285 Durham Science Center (DSC) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

Can't make it to a meeting? If not, try and catch UNO's streaming audio program -- 'Spooky Action at a Distance' -- on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. at

For more information, call John Powers at (402) 319.2721.

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UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Do you need help with a university event? The UNO Ambassadors are ready and willing to represent the university.

Twelve student Ambassadors are available during the spring semester to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor and other UNO dignitaries and organizations. This select group of students serves as hosts and hostesses and interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university.

Ambassadors try to honor as many requests as possible. Requests should be placed at least two weeks before the scheduled activity.

For more information, contact coordinator, Chris Liewer at or (402) 554.3520.

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UNO Magazine, Association Events Honored at CASE Conference
The UNO Alumni Association received five institutional awards during the CASE VI Conference held in Kansas City Jan. 9-11.

CASE — the Council for Advancement and Support of Education — is the professional organization for advancement professionals who work in alumni relations, communications and marketing, fundraising and other areas. Case VI is one of eight regional districts and is comprised of institutions from Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

UNO Magazine, edited by Anthony Flott, received two awards at the conference. Also honored were three Alumni Association outreach programs directed by Association Programs Coordinator Elizabeth Kraemer. Read more.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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