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



'Stress Management: Managing Life, Work and Family' Expo Today

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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. Learn how at today's stress management seminar open to all faculty, staff and students in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

Human Resources, Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) and the Counseling Center are sponsoring today's 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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Faculty Senate to Meet Today

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today, Feb. 9. Beginning at 2 p.m. Mary Lynn Reiser will give an update on the Strategic Planning Forum, which was held last week. The meeting will begin immediately after her presentation. The meeting will be held in Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. All interested are welcome to attend. 

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at (402) 554.3598.

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Black History Month Celebration Begins Today

The annual Black History Month celebration at UNO begins today, 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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Graduate Seminar Series in Biology Today

The Graduate Seminar Series in Biology will host John Cooley today, 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' at Sapp Fieldhouse This Evening

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The UNO Office of Pre-Admissions will host UNO Spirit Night for UNO faculty and staff tonight, 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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This Week In Maverick Athletics

This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on

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Physics Colloquium Series Continues Friday with Nanomedicine Expert

The Department of Physics Colloquium Series continues this Friday, Feb. 11, with Dr. A.V. Kabanov, director of the Center for Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine. His presentation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in 170 Durham Science Center.

Dr. Kabanov's research interests encompass the interface of physical chemistry, life sciences and medicine. Particular emphasis is being placed on the use of polymers in therapeutics as well as fundamental studies on structure and environmentally induced transitions of self-assembled polymer materials. Current research includes the use of polymers for gene therapy, evaluation of block copolymer-based therapeutics to overcome drug resistance in treating cancer as well as improving drug delivery to the brain by inhibiting drug efflux systems. His laboratory is also very active in developing novel classes of environmentally and chemical-stimuli responsive polymer materials on the basis of block ionomer complexes.

For more information, contact Iulia Podariu at

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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. Deadline for submissions is by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10.

"I am continually encouraging our staff to find new ways to engage the community," said Dr. Robert Franklin, UNO Television and KVNO Radio general operations director. "Given the fact that we serve a very diverse listening audience with one-of-a-kind classical music, Maverick athletics and in-depth local news broadcasts -- as well as student community with opportunities with training and employment in a professional environment -- it is very challenging to develop outreach initiatives in which all of our constituents could be interested in participating."

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

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.

"A contest for the best short story -- with entries accepted by mail, online or in-person -- opens to door to virtually everyone that KVNO serves, and on a level to which (hopefully) everyone can relate: kindness and love," said Kim Balkovec, KVNO Development Director. "The prize package represents our primary programming focus, which is classical music, but includes a gift certificate to a UNO neighborhood restaurant that is very popular among students."

For contest rules, visit

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Peace Corps on UNO Campus Next Week

What do Thailand, El Salvador, Armenia, Ecuador, Uganda, Federated States of Micronesia, Ukraine and Costa Rica have in common?
These are eight countries where UNO alumni are currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers, making a difference around the globe in various sectors such as health, youth development, environmental protection, education and community development.

UNO has had a total of 74 alumni serving as a Peace Corps Volunteers in 72 countries around the globe. You have an opportunity to continue UNO's legacy abroad upon graduation. The Peace Corps is currently hiring individuals from any academic discipline in sectors such as Health, Education, Youth and Community Development, Agriculture and Environmental Protection/Development, Business and Information/Communication Technology.
You can learn more about these opportunities by joining Valerie Flynn (China, Education Development), the recruiter for Nebraska, for a General Information Meeting:

- Tuesday, Feb. 15
Milo Bail Student Center
Gallery Conference Room
6:30 to 8 p.m.
If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested in learning more, you can also stop by the Peace Corps Information Table at the Milo Bail Student Center on Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or contact Flynn directly at

For more information, contact Anne West-Leclou at (402) 554.3822 or

Both events are sponsored by UNO International Studies and Programs.

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Presentation on Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Set for Feb. 17

UNO will host a presentation by a nationally-known scholar of World War One on Thursday, Feb. 17.  Steven Trout will present "Voices from the Tomb: The Unknown Soldier and American Culture, 1921-1941" at 7 p.m. in the W. H. Thompson Alumni Center.

Trout is chair of the Department of English at Fort Hays State University, Kansas.  He has authored Memorial Fictions: Willa Cather and the First World War (2002) and his most recent book, On the Battlefield of Memory:  The First World War and American Remembrance, 1919-1941 (2010).  His presentation at UNO is free and open to the campus community and public.  Read more.

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Student Anthropological Society Meeting Today

The Student Anthropological Society (SAS) will meet today, Feb. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall. Anyone interested in anthropology can attend. SAS will meet every Wednesday during the spring semester.

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

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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 Feb. 11, International Studies and Programs and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service will be recognized at the Mavericks' game against University of Wisconsin. 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, Feb. 10, at (402) 554.3689 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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Call for UCAT Travel Grant Proposals 2010-11

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 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 ( Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 105 Arts and Sciences Hall.

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Deadline Feb. 18 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

- 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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Green Tip of the Week

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Cozy Winter Feet
Use area rugs and cozy socks to keep your feet warmer and your thermostat lower during winter months.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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