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Heydays of the Hayden House

On Oct. 8, 2010, UNO's new Welcome Center was unveiled with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Around $1 million had been invested in restoring what had most recently been the home of the Goodrich Program. With the renovation of the former-Engineering building to make-way for the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) building, Goodrich had new home and something needed to be done with a building that, frankly, had too much history to get rid of. continue. . .

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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.

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2011.01.27

Budget Forum Today in MBSC

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host and lead a campus forum focused on the university budget today, 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.

Call (402) 554.3502 for more information.

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Campus Rec Hosts Triathlon Training

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

Looking for a great place to train with other triathletes with help from UNO's USAT Certified Triathlon Coach? If so, Campus Recreation and the Omaha Triathlon will host several training sessions in the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Classes will be held starting tonight, Jan. 27.

Sessions will run through Feb 1, 10, 15, 24; March 1, 10, 15, 24, 29; and April 7, 12, 21, 26. 

The training will be broken down as follows:

- Swim technique from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

- Biking from 7 to 8 p.m. with the video of the actual Omaha bike route in the spinning room. 

- A running coach will also be available.

The cost is $15. To register, call Courtney at (402) 548.4258. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/4qsk6yr.

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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Reading, Reception for Playwright Carlos Murillo Is Tonight

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 tonight, 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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Speech Center Consulting Room Spring Hours Announced

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall, begins its spring hours. Hours are generally 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  To make an appointment, call (402) 554.3201 or stop by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty, and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/speechcenter/ to find out more information. Call (402) 554.3201 to schedule an appointment.

Anyone with questions or faculty members interested in scheduling a consultant to come to your classroom to introduce your students to the center and to talk about presentation skills can call the Speech Center at (402) 554.3201 or send an e-mail to unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu.

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Physics Colloquium Welcomes Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility Director Tomorrow

The Department of Physics Colloquium Series continues this Friday, Jan. 28, with director of the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility (NBCF) -- Nick Stergiou. He will present, "Why the Physics Departments should be interested about what is going on at the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility?" from noon to 1 p.m. in 170 Durham Science Center.

Biomechanics is defined as the study of forces that act on a body and the effects that they produce. These effects can many times be revealed as the normal variations that occur in motor performance across multiple repetitions of a task. This movement variability is largely unexplored and the work at the NBCF at UNO focuses on this domain. Dr. Stergiou will be presenting the current research work at NBCF that has received just last year more than three million dollars of funding.

For more information, contact Iulia Podariu at ipodariu@unomaha.edu.

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Rap, Hip-Hop are Focus of Feb. 10 Omaha Table Talk Discussion

Registration is now open for the second annual Omaha Table Talk Ethnic Potluck Dinner and Discussion at West Hills Church, 3015 South 82nd Ave. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10.

Omaha Table Talk is a program housed in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at UNO. It's designed to build social capital and improve race relations in the community with the help of UNO students, faculty and staff.

The event will provide information on the origins of Rap and Hip-Hop music, as well as a panel discussion. The event will feature a screening of popular Hip Hop music and a discussion of the implications and suitability of the music on groups and culture. Read more.

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Webinar Feb. 2 on 'Addressing the Needs of the Adult Learner'

Please join UNO for the next webinar from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) to be held Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons. This webinar is entitled "Academic Advising for Student Retention and Persistence: Understanding and Addressing the Needs of the Adult Learner." The Office of Faculty Development will provide treats and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Rita Henry at rhenry@unomaha.edu.

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Learn More About New Blackboard Version 9.1 This Friday

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 this Friday, Jan. 28, in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CB). http://unoconnect.na6.acrobat.com/bb9/

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 - http://api.unomaha.edu/blackboard/bb9main.php - 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: http://blackboard.unomaha.edu. (Address active Oct. 15) 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 unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

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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 http://unoalumni.org/events/alumni_night_on_the_ice/

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Students Eligible for Free Metro Bus Passes This Semester

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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 mschmitz@unomaha.edu – or Linda Barritt, Metro – (402) 341.7560, ext. 2300 or lbarritt@ometro.com.

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this MAVRide initiative. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.

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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 jcpowers@unomaha.edu.

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Golf and Dance Lessons Offered by Campus Rec

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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: http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/instructional.php.

Want to dance like the stars? Learn it all from Contact Dancing, Waltz, Foxtrot, Meringue, Cha Cha and Salsa. Classes are held in 230 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 info: http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/instructional.php.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty, and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/speechcenter/ to find out more information. Call (402) 554.3201 to schedule an appointment.

Anyone with questions or faculty members interested in scheduling a consultant to come to your classroom to introduce your students to the center and to talk about presentation skills can call the Speech Center at (402) 554.3201 or send an e-mail to unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu.

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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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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 http://www.unomaha.edu/spr/research.php.

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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 http://www.unomaha.edu/spr/research.php.

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Call for 2011 UCAT Travel Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is accepting proposals on a monthly basis from October through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $800 for each award. Faculty may not receive more than one UCAT travel award for the academic year. Applications will not be returned for revision and resubmission.

All applications (forms available on UCAT website at http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat) should be reviewed by their UCAT college representative for completeness and sufficient/appropriate information before submitting. Budgets must be complete and accurate. All previous grant reports must be turned in prior to submission of a new request.

If approved, applicant will provide a copy of their travel authorization to UCAT/CFD prior to travel and submit a written report to UCAT after your travel and prior to May 6, 2011. Proposals are due by the 21st of the each month. Applicants should submit one hard and an electronic copy of the application. Electronic copies should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (awoll@unomaha.edu). Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 105 Arts and Sciences Hall.

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