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Stress Management: Managing Life, Work and Family

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The UNO Counseling Center's own Cathy Pettid previews the upcoming stress-management workshop, titled 'Stress Management: Managing Life, Work and Family' - Feb. 9, 2011 in the CPACS Collaborating Commons.


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UNO Commencement to Take Place on Campus Next December

All commencement ceremonies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will be held on campus beginning with the December 2011 celebration. The May 6 commencement will be the last one held at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

"Our students deserve to have their families and friends see the place where they had their university learning experience," said Thomas Wallace, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs.  "In addition, UNO's campus is an especially beautiful metropolitan setting for commencement."

Students who expect to graduate in August will still receive diplomas in August, but they will have the option of participating in either the May or December ceremony.

 "Our August 2011 graduates have a unique opportunity," Wallace said.  "They may choose between historic events – the last off-campus ceremony at the Civic in May or a new kind of ceremony on-campus in December."

The decision to restructure UNO's commencement events resulted from several months of conversations and deliberations by a cross campus committee of faculty, staff and students.

For additional information, call Mark Goldsberry of Tammie French in the Registrar's Office at (402) 554.2314.

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Mav-Rec Massage to Offer First Monday Massages This Semester

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

UNO Campus Recreation will offer chair massages on the first Monday of every month this spring. The chair massages, administered by Mav-Rec Licensed Massage Therapists, will be held in the Mav-Rec Café in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Monday of February, March, April and May.

Cost for the 15-minute massage is $15. Massages will be given on first come, first serve basis.

Spring 2011 dates: Feb. 7, March 7, April 4 and May 2.

For more questions, contact David Daniels at (402) 554.2008.

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

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Special Willson Memorial Lecture on 'The Glory of the Ukraine' Feb. 9 at UNO Art Gallery

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, Gregory Guroff, president of the Foundation for International Arts and Education, will present at UNO's Special Willson Memorial Lecture at noon in the UNO Art Gallery. Guroff, the organizer of the upcoming Joslyn Art Museum exhibition, "The Glory of the Ukraine", will speak on his exhibit.

"The Glory of Ukraine" is a major two-part exhibition of visually rich and historically intriguing icons and artifacts from the heart of Eastern Europe. One part of the exhibition – "Sacred Images from the 11th to the 19th Centuries" – includes icons and religious objects from the famous churches, cathedrals, bell towers, and underground caverns of the nearly 1,000-year-old Monastery of the Caves. The other part – "Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations" – presents artifacts from the private PlaTar Collection of objects from ancient civilizations that populated modern-day Ukraine.  Among them are tools and weapons, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and objects of Christian worship dating as early as 5,000 BC.

Guroff has wide experience in the promotion of Russian-American cultural relations. He was the cultural attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow from 1982-1985. During 1986-1992, he was the coordinator of the President's U.S.-Soviet Exchange Initiative for the United States Information Agency, as well as the chairman of the Director's Task Force for Soviet Affairs for the USIA during 1990-1991. Among other activities, Guroff served as the acting director of the Center for Post-Soviet Studies and as chief academic consultant to major public television series including "Inside Gorbachev's USSR" and "After Gorbachev's USSR." He also taught Russian history for 10-years at Grinnell College in Iowa.

Sponsored by UNO Department of Art & Art History and Friends of Art.

"The Glory of the Ukraine" will be on exhibit at Joslyn Art Museum from Feb. 12 through May 8.

For questions, special needs or assistance, contact Shari Hofschire at (402) 554.2402.

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Unrest in Egypt is Focus of Feb. 10 Panel Discussion

The current political and social unrest in Egypt and Tunisia will serve as the focus of a panel discussion at UNO this Thursday, Feb. 10.

The 7 p.m. presentation – "Turmoil in Egypt and the Middle East: Contextualizing History in the Making" – will take place in the Council Room, located on the third floor of UNO's Milo Bail Student Center.

The Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies and the "Middle East Project Fund" of the UNO Department of History are co-sponsors of the event. Read more.

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UNO/Higher Education Research Institute National Faculty Survey Launches Tomorrow

Faculty are invited to participate in the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) National Faculty Survey that opens this 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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'Stress Management: Managing Life, Work and Family' Workshop This Wednesday

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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 this 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

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Black History Month Celebrations Kick Off This Week

The annual Black History Month celebration at UNO begins Wednesday, Feb. 9. Events include a film showing of Chris Rock's movie "Good Hair" with a discussion after the film by UNO faculty member Cynthia Robinson, and a Black History Month quiz game where UNO students can compete to win a trophy and prizes from local businesses.

Additional programming includes a presentation by Marilyn Johnson Farr about culture and racial isolation as experienced by African American women in the workplace; along with the second annual Gospel Explosion concert with performances by UNO students and members from the community. All events are free and open to the public. Read more.

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'On the Fringe Paranormal Radio Show' Airs Mondays

Listen to "On the Fringe Paranormal Radio Show," which is broadcast live from the UNO campus every Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tune in to hear radio personalities -- Tyrone, Seth and Matt -- apply science to tackle the subjects that the scientific community is afraid to touch.

For show questions, contact the crew at, who will answer them live on the air.

The UNO Paranormal Society brings this program to you.

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Graduate Seminar Series in Biology to Present 'Periodical Cicadas'

The Graduate Seminar Series in Biology will host John Cooley this Wednesday, Feb. 9. Dr. Cooley will present his research on "Periodical cicadas: unraveling the enigma." The seminar will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 310 Allwine Hall.

Seven species of periodical cicadas occur throughout the eastern United States, but nowhere else in the world. For a bit of pre-seminar background on the natural history of these creatures, visit The prime numbered life cycle of these species and their synchronized occurrence in unbelievably large numbers is a topic that has intrigued biologists and naturalists for more than 300 years (Oldenburg, H. 1666). Some observations of swarms of strange insects and the mischief are done by them (Philos. Trans. London 1:137).

Questions? Contact L. LaReesa Wolfenbarger at (402) 554.2405 or

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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 this 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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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

Deadline for submissions is by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. Send entries of 500 words or fewer by e-mail to 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

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Speech Center to Offer Spring Lunch Series for Students

The UNO Speech Center is offering free workshops on presentation skills this semester. All students are invited to attend, and free pizza and pop will be provided. To register for one or more sessions, or for more information, contact the Speech Consulting Center at (402) 554.3201 or Space is limited, so participants must register in advance.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

"Communicating Across Cultures: Presentation Skills for Non-Native Speakers"*
Date: Wednesday, Feb.16
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) U monhon Room
*This session has been designed for non-native English speakers

"Introductions, Conclusions and Audience Centeredness"
Date: Tuesday, March 8
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: MBSC Council Room

"Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides"
Date: Wednesday, April 20
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: MBSC U monhon Room

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Nominations Deadline Feb. 18 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 All nominations must be returned electronically by Friday, Feb. 18, to:

For additional questions, contact CCSW co-chairs Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at (402) 554.2286 or or Jody Neathery-Castro at (402) 554.3611 or

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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

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

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Call for UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Instructional Materials Grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles. Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and which address one or more UCAT themes.  Please visit for link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. 

Application forms are available on the UCAT web site

Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application.  Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at  Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 105.  Leah Pietron, associate professor in the Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, is the 2010-11 chair of UCAT and may be contacted at (402) 554.2801 or

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Maverick Watch

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the spring Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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