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Mavs Sweep the Badgers

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UNO's hockey team set records over the weekend (Feb. 11, 12) at Omaha's Qwest Center with 4-1 and 4-3 victories over the University of Wisconsin. A record crowd of 15,137 was in attendance Friday night and Saturday's victory gave UNO coach Dean Blais his 300th career victory.

Sweep Gives Mavs Boost in Polls

UNO Tube Archive Collaboration and Syncopation

Collaboration and Syncopation

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As part of the regular Masters & Music series, this event brought together the musical act fathr∧ (Dustin Bushon and Dapose) and Hesse McGraw, the chief curator for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

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2011.02.16

Virgin Galactic CEO to Present at Tonight's Durham Lecture

George Whitesides, chief executive officer of Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline, will be honored by the UNO Aviation Institute and the NASA Nebraska Space Grant tonight, Feb. 16. Whitesides will receive the William F. Shea Award for his contributions to aerospace and present the 2011 Charles W. Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture.

Virgin Galactic, the first U.S.-based and regulated space tourism company, will soon offer space flights to civilians who receive extensive training. Whitesides is the company's first CEO.

The event will be held at the Thompson Alumni Center. A reception is planned for 6:45 p.m., with Whitesides' lecture following at 7:15 p.m. Both the reception and lecture are free and open to the public. Read more.

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Tickets On Sale Now for 'Dark Play or Stories for Boys'

The UNO Theatre Department will celebrate its first production of 2011 with a preview showing of 'Dark Play or Stories for Boys' on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Tickets are on sale now.

An additional preview showing will take place on Feb. 24 before official performances open on Feb. 25. Other showings include Feb. 26 and March 2 – 5 with the house opening at 7 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m. curtain. All performances will take place in the UNO Theatre located in the Weber Fine Arts Building on campus. Read more.

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Archaeology Presentation Tomorrow in MBSC

Archaeology presentation this Thursday, Feb. 17: Daniel Pugh will discuss 'Plains Oneota Archaeology and the Flow of Identity' in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.  

Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. 

For further information, contact Mary Ann Powell at (402) 554.2626.

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Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization Welcomes Mark Hasebroock Tomorrow

Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization invites the campus community to attend its next guest lecture with venture capitalist Mark Hasebroock on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in 228H Mammel Hall. 

Hasebroock, who is well versed in web start ups, investment banking and venture capital, will be speaking on a the general balance of life and the world of venture capitalists in the Midwest. For details on the guest speaker, visit http://www.dundeeventurecapital.com/mark-hasebroock/

Dress is business casual.  Mr. Goodcents will be catered.

For more information, contact Derek Stearns at dstearns@unomaha.edu.

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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 http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2011/img/thisweekmavs0214.pdf.

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Free Simulcast of Nebraska Humanities Council Thompson Forum Next Week

UNO will host a free simulcast of the Nebraska Humanities Council Thompson Forum Lecture: 'Torture, Obama and Us: The Moral Costs of the War on Terror' featuring Mark Danner Wednesday, Feb. 23. It will be broadcast live starting at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Danner is a writer and reporter who for more than 25 years has written on politics and foreign affairs, focusing on war and conflict. He has covered Central America, Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq and the Middle East, among many other stories. He is professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley and James Clarke Chace Professor of foreign affairs, politics and the humanities at Bard College.

Among his books are Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War, Torture and Truth, The Secret Way to War and The Massacre at El Mozote. Danner was a long-time staff writer at The New Yorker and is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. His work has appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, Aperture, and many other newspapers and magazines.

Danner has co-written and helped produce two hour-long documentaries for the ABC News program Peter Jennings Reporting, and his work has received, among other honors, a National Magazine Award, three Overseas Press Awards, and an Emmy. In 1999 Danner was named a MacArthur Fellow. He also speaks and lectures widely on foreign policy and America's role in the world. 

For more information, contact Sara Woods at swoods@unomaha.edu.

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Strong Bones for Healthy Women Offered at HPER

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

Strong Bones for Healthy Women is a supervised fitness class aimed at strengthening muscle and bone, reducing the risk of falling and enhancing movement quality in everyday life. Individuals can join the class at any time during the semester.

Cost:  $90 for six months
Time and place:  Monday and Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., 109 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building
Contact:  Emily Callison at ecallison@unomaha.edu or (402) 554.3221 or (402) 554.2670

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 Anthropological Society Meeting Today

The Student Anthropological Society (SAS) will meet today, Feb. 16, 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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Learn More About New Blackboard Version 9.1 This Thursday

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 Thursday, Feb. 17, in 261 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI).

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 - Feb. 17: Noon to 1 p.m. 261 PKI

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 October 15th) 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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Applicants Sought for Faculty Senate's Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The Faculty Senate is now accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships. Both residents and non-residents may apply. Three scholarships are awarded: 

- One $ 1,000 Full-Time Undergraduate Scholarship

- One $ 1,000 Full-Time Graduate Scholarship 

- One $ 500 Part-Time Graduate or Undergraduate Scholarship

Information on the scholarship history, criteria, application process and the application form can found on the Faculty Senate's website at http://www.unomaha.edu/facsen/scholarship/beck_%20scholarship_index.php.

Applications are also available at the Financial Aid Office, 103 Eppley Administration Building, or the Faculty Senate Office, 105 Arts and Science Hall.  The application deadline is Friday, April 1.

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Rent-A-Chi Fundraiser Now Through April 30

Need help spring-cleaning your yard? Perhaps with snow removal? Members of Theta Chi fraternity at UNO are hosting the Rent-A-Chi fundraiser throughout the Omaha area, now through Saturday, April 30.

For $10 per hour, members of Theta Chi will assist with a variety of spring-cleaning tasks, including yard work and gutter cleaning. The chapter is also offering snow removal.

Funds raised will support the Theta Chi chapter at UNO.

For more information, contact Ryan Micek at ryan.micek@gmail.com or (402) 943.9533.

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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 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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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. 

This EPSCoR program is paid out as a grant, so any faculty applicants have to work with the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) before submitting. Questions? Contact SPR directly at (402) 554.2286.

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.

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Green Tip of the Week

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Furnace Filter Reminder
Check your furnace filter monthly and change as necessary (at least every three months).

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.

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