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No Ground hogs in Sight

No Ground hogs in Sight

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Students could see their shadows Wednesday, but there were no ground hogs in sight for Ground Hog's Day on the UNO campus.

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Hayden House

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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2011.01.04

Cupid is Coming to KVNO

Do you have a heart-warming story of kindness and love to tell? If so, KVNO Classical 90.7 FM wants to hear about it.

KVNO will broadcast the winning story throughout the day on Monday, Feb. 14. The winner will also receive an invitation to visit the station to record a testimonial and have their picture taken and to be featured on http://kvno.org.

Deadline for submissions is by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. Send entries of 500 words or fewer by e-mail to kbalkovec@unomaha.edu or via USPS and in-person to:

Classical 90.7 KVNO
6001 Dodge St.
CB 200
Omaha, NE 68182.

The writer of the winning story will receive:

- A $60 gift certificate to McFoster's Natural Kind Cafe,

- A two-disc set of Romantic era classical music, and

- A pair of passes to the Village Pointe Cinemas to see the Metropolitan Opera LIVE in HD.

For contest rules, visit http://www.kvno.org/Listen/Special%20Programs.php.

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UNO/Higher Education Research Institute National Faculty Survey Launches Feb. 8

Faculty are invited to participate in the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) National Faculty Survey that opens on Tuesday, Feb. 8.  Faculty will receive an invitation e-mail with an embedded URL from the Higher Education Research Institute. The survey is voluntary and includes questions about employment, workload, goals for undergraduate students, campus culture and climate, scholarly work, engagement with students and instructional and evaluation methods. Survey findings appear in a national report, and are used by the UNO campus, colleges and departments for accreditation purposes, peer institution comparisons and planning. 

Local UNO survey questions will be linked to the HERI survey that ask about faculty annual review, research activity, mentoring and technology support.

Please plan to participate in both the 2011 HERI National Faculty Survey and the UNO Faculty Local Survey.

Questions? Contact the Office of Institutional Research at (402) 554.2367.

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R&D Partnership Program Deadline March 1

Nebraska EPSCoR supports research and development collaborations between tenure-track or tenured professors and private industry through Nebraska EPSCoR's University-Industry R&D Partnership Program. This program offers up to $25,000 in cost-sharing funds. A call for proposals has been issued with a deadline of March 1.

The program intends to foster new partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships between faculty of Nebraska colleges and universities and its state industries; it requires the participation of one principal investigator from academia and one from industry. 

The program has two funding tiers: Phase I for new partnerships and Phase II for more mature partnerships. The cost-share funding level for Phase I is up to $10,000; for Phase II, the cost-share is up to $25,000. 

For more information and the request for proposal, visit http://epscor.unl.edu/r&d_partnerships.shtml

This program is sponsored by Nebraska EPSCoR. EPSCoR is the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, established by Congress to support science, mathematics and technology research, infrastructure, and education in states that receive disproportionately lower amounts of federal research funding.  Since 1991, Nebraska has received more than $251 million from federal EPSCOR/IDeA programs.

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Charity Dodgeball Tournament to Benefit Omaha Food Bank

Members of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at UNO will host its first charity dodgeball tournament for the Omaha Food Bank.

The event happens Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 10:45 p.m. at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building; and Thursday, Feb. 17, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. at the Sapp Fieldhouse. Read more.

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UNO Spirit Night Set for Feb. 9 Basketball Games

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The UNO Office of Pre-Admissions will host UNO Spirit Night for UNO faculty and staff on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Free tickets will be available to all faculty/staff members and their families, for the UNO-Missouri Western State University basketball games at Sapp Fieldhouse.

All those attending should bring their UNO ID and are encouraged to wear UNO black to 'Blackout' the games.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with the women's tipoff. The men's team is scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Each UNO family can have up to six tickets. During the night, currently enrolled UNO students can compete to win a $500 scholarship.

For more information, contact Anna-Maria Hansmann at (402) 554.3533.

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Still Time to Register for Campus Rec Golf Lessons

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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. There are still openings for lessons, which start this Saturday, Feb. 5.

UNO golf coach Tim Nelson will lead the lessons. The package includes four one-hour sessions on 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.

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, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/wellness.php.

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Student Government Election Applications Available through Feb. 14

Student Government election applications are available now through Monday, Feb. 14, and can be found at the Student Government website, http://sguno.unomaha.edu.

To run in elections, candidates must submit applications to the Student Government website no later than Monday, Feb. 14, be enrolled in at least six credits hours at UNO, have a 2.0 cumulative GPA and must attend the mandatory election meeting on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m.  Read more.

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

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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, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/wellness.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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Nominations Sought for Lamanna Award for Excellence

Individuals in the UNO community are being asked to nominate students, faculty or staff for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies. The award recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO program in Women's and Gender Studies. This noteworthy work may involve teaching, research/creative activity, service, or a combination of the three.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 18.

To nominate individuals for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies, submit the following in electronic form to Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at kfacolneralhindi@mail.unomaha.edu.

- A one-to-two page nomination letter describing the nominee's accomplishments and their relevance to the UNO Women's Studies program.  The nominator must be connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty, staff).

- The nominee's/nominees' resume or c.v.

- Additional supporting materials (e.g. letters of support) are welcome but not required.

The person(s) selected will receive the award at the annual Women's Studies luncheon. This year's luncheon will take place on Friday, April 29, 2011.

Previous winners include Drs. Robbin Ogle (Criminal Justice and Women's Studies), Susan Maher (English and Women's Studies), Karen Falconer Al-Hindi (Geography and Women's Studies), Suzanne Moshier (Biology and Women's Studies) as well as Marti Rosen-Atherton (University Division Counseling and Women's Studies) and Rachel Tomlinson Dick (B.A., Women's Studies, 2010). 

For more information, contact Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi at (402) 554.3834.

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In the News

In the News

- The Feb. 1 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on food-buying habits among consumers, quoting Tej Adidam, Department of Management and Marketing.

- Randy Adkins, Department of Political Science, was quoted in the Jan. 26 issue of The Washington Post about efforts to recall Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.

- Ashley Bails, Campus Recreation, was quoted in a Jan. 31 Omaha World-Herald article on physical fitness and recreation activities for college students.

- A Jan. 28 Omaha World-Herald article previewing UNO's 2011-2012 budget quoted Chancellor John Christensen; Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance; and Frederic Laquer, Faculty Senate.

- A Scripps Howard News Service article published in the Jan. 28 issue of The Seattle Times about community gardens and charities quoted Angie Eikenberry, School of Public Administration.

- Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed Jan. 26 by Radio Australia about the opening of the Afghan Parliament.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication, was interviewed Jan. 28 by WEKU (Richmond/Lexington, Ky.) about media and civility.

- A dance/physical therapy class for adults living with Parkinson's disease, organized in part by Josie Metal-Corbin, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and The Moving Company, was profiled in the Jan. 31 issue of the Omaha World-Herald.

- Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted on Slate.com on Jan. 19 about the layoffs of police officers in Camden, NJ. On Jan. 20, Walker was quoted in the Newark Star-Ledger (New Jersey) following a Justice Department investigation of use of force by the Newark Police Department.

- The Omaha World-Herald and the Associated Press covered the Jan. 28 visit by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsacks to Omaha and the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

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

- The 11th edition of MARRIAGES, FAMILIES, AND RELATIONSHIPS: MAKING CHOICES IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY by Mary Ann Lamanna, Professor Emerita of Sociology/Anthropology, has just been published by Wadsworth/Cengage Learning (co-author Agnes Riedmann).

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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