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UNO Course Profiles: Frankenstein: Then & Now

video by Charley Reed

We are all familiar with the lumbering, green Frankenstein monster but how many of us are actually familiar with the novel it was based on? Dr. Kristin Girten's class helps fill us in on the history of one of our most popular horror movie monsters.


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Mammel Hall

Mammel Hall: The New Kid on the Block

It all began with a vote by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents on March 7, 2008 to approve the building of a 120,000 sq. ft. home for the College of Business Administration just south of the Peter Kiewit Institute on UNO's Pacific Street Campus. ... continue. . .



Kansas City Federal Reserve VP to Talk at Mammel Hall Today

The UNO Maverick Investment Program invites members from the university community to attend today's presentation by Jason Henderson, vice president of Kansas City Federal Reserve, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Marvin and Virginia Schmid Auditorium at Mammel Hall. Henderson will discuss current economic events and the economic environment in Nebraska.

"Please join us for an exciting and informative presentation by Henderson," said David Volkman, chair and associate professor of finance, banking and law at UNO.

For more information, contact Volkman at

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Dependent Eligibility Audit Important Reminder

The University of Nebraska Central Administration (UNCA) recently sent out health insurance Dependent Eligibility Audit information via e-mail. Human Resources reminds UNO faculty and staff enrolled in the University of Nebraska medical and/or dental plans to look for e-mails from 'Your Benefit Administrator' (UNCA). The amnesty period for any dependents who need to be removed from the plan will end today, Feb. 28. If you do not have dependents enrolled in the University of Nebraska medical and/or dental plans, you will not have been sent any e-mails or letters regarding the audit.

Participating UNO employees who have dependants enrolled on their medical and/or dental plans should have received a Dependent Eligibility Audit letter through the U.S. Mail at their permanent home address from Chapman Kelly (an independent audit company). If you did not receive this letter, contact Chapman Kelly at 1.877.478.0448.

The verification phase of the Dependent Eligibility Audit will begin on Monday, March 7. You will be receiving another mailing from Chapman Kelly at your home address with additional information about the verification phase.

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Black History Month Celebration Concludes This Week

The annual Black History Month celebration at UNO concludes this week with a free lecture and a musical performance. The free lecture, 'Where is the Dream Today? The Spiritual Significance and Cultural Relevance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's I Have a Dream' Speech,' will be held Tuesday, March 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

Additional programming includes 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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Conference on Innovation, Social Media, and Collaboration This Friday

The Center for Collaboration Science is hosting its 5th Annual Conference on 'Innovation, Social Media, and Collaboration' this Friday, March 4. UNO faculty, staff and students can register for free at To view program details, visit

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Writing Center Workshop Series Continues with Chicago and APA Styles

The UNO Writing Center's graduate consultant, Kathy Radosta, has developed interactive workshops on the most frequently used citation systems. All workshops are open to any member of the campus community:

- A workshop on the ‘Chicago style' is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the MBSC Jenkins Room.

- A workshop on the ‘APA style' is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the MBSC U Mon Hon Room.

Light refreshments will be served. To register, contact the Writing Center at (402) 554.2946 or write to

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IS Announces Hands-On Training for New Blackboard 9.1

Information Services (IS) has announced a series of Blackboard 9.1 hands-on training workshops for March and April to prepare all UNO faculty and staff for the upgrade on Monday, May 9. All workshops will be held in 104 Durham Science Center (DSC). For complete workshop descriptions and handouts go to:

Navigating Blackboard 9.1 - Where did Everything Go? - Enjoy easier and more accessible management of your courses. This training course will cover: changes to the Control Panel and Announcements; locating content areas; customizing the course menu; making your course available.

Wednesday, March 2 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.             

Friday, March 11 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.     

Monday, March 28 - 2 to 2:50 p.m. 

Friday, April 1 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.            

Wednesday, April 6 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.                 

Thursday, April 14 - 2:30 to 3:20 pm             

Blogs, Wikis, and Journals, Oh My! - Blogs, Wikis and Journals are new features to Blackboard 9.1. Learn how to set up Blogs and Wikis and how they can be used within Blackboard groups.  The Journal feature replaces the Home Page in current version of Blackboard.

Wednesday, March 2 - 3 to 4 p.m.   

Friday, March 11 - 3 to 4 p.m.              

Friday, April 4 - 3 to 4 p.m.   

Thursday, April 14 - 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.          

Notifications To Students & Instructors - Notifications in combination with the Course Home Page Modules are powerful new features in Blackboard 9.1. These features allow students to be notified in Blackboard or by e-mail when new items are added to a course or assignments and tests are due or even past due.

Thursday, March 17 - 2:30 to 4 p.m.               

Tuesday, March 29 - 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13 - 2 to 3:30 p.m.             

Monday, April 18 - 2 to 3:30 p.m.     

Changes/Enhancements: Grade Center - Enhancements to the Grade Center in Blackboard 9.1 include: increasing the number of rows displayed, color coding items that require grading, anonymous assignment grading and the use of Rubrics.

Wednesday, March 9 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.             

Thursday, March 31 - 2:30 to 3:20 p.m.       

Monday, April 11 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.     

Friday, April 22 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.         

Changes/Enhancements: Tests & Pools - Blackboard 9.1 streamlines the deployment and creations of tests and pools.  In this course discover the changes to Tests and Pools and how they can assist you with test question selection.

Wednesday, March 9 - 3 to 4 p.m.   

Thursday, March 31 - 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.       

Monday, April 11 - 3 to 4 p.m.             

Friday, April 22 - 3 to 4 p.m.                 

To sign up for workshops, go to

If you are unable to complete your registration online, contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.HELP (4357). Classes will be cancelled and an e-mail sent if less than five people are enrolled the day before the workshop begins.

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'Foundations of Academic Advising' Webinar Thursday

The next webinar from the National Academic Advising Association, 'Foundations of Academic Advising: The Informational Component of Academic Advising: Policies, Procedures and Beyond,' is scheduled for this Thursday, March 3, at 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons. Anyone interested in becoming a better advisor to our students is welcome to attend.

Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Center for Faculty Development.

For more information, contact Rita Henry at

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'Supporting Faculty Teaching Students in the Digital Age' Series

UNO's Center for Faculty Development, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Assessment, Dual Enrollment, the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) and Information Services Academic Computing are collaborating on a series of events organized on the theme of 'Supporting Faculty Teaching Students in the Digital Age.'

These events will provide faculty with:

- models of course redesign that have proven to be successful at improving student learning;

- information about instructional technologies that can be used to enhance student learning; and

- ideas about using technology to save faculty time.

The first event in this series is a campus-wide presentation by Carolyn Jarmon, executive director of the National Center for Academic Transformations (NCAT). Jarmon will discuss NCAT's course-redesign methodology and provide examples of how universities have used it to transform courses.

The presentation will be held Thursday, March 3, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons with a reception to follow.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or For more information about the series, visit the Faculty Development site at

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'Social Science Perspectives on Adolescence and Sleep' Thursday

UNO faculty members and graduate students interested in adolescent research are invited to attend the following presentation: 'Social Science Perspectives on Adolescence and Sleep-Sleep and Delinquency: Does the Amount of Sleep Matter?' This discussion will take place Thursday, March 3, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 223 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).  

Sleep has been linked to a wide range of developmental outcomes, yet it has been largely overlooked among researchers interested in adolescent delinquency. The purpose of this research was to explore the relationship between sleep and delinquent behavior using data from Wave 1 of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

Presenters will discuss how sleep may be considered in the context of more comprehensive approaches to delinquency prevention and intervention. They are:

- Samantha Clinkinbeard, assistant professor in the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice;

- Timi Barone, associate professor, Anthropology at UNO; and

- Pete Simi, associate professor, UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

For more information, contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or

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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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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 March, April and May.

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

Remaining spring 2011 dates: 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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Introductions, Conclusions and Audience Centeredness Student Workshop March 8

'Introductions, Conclusions and Audience Centeredness' is planned for Tuesday, March 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. 

Students who attend the UNO Speech Center Lunch Series workshop will learn about how to get your audience's attention, establish credibility and importance, get their audience ready to listen and keep their attention to the very end.

Space is limited -- so you must register in advance and can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at (402) 554.3201 or Free pizza and pop will be provided.

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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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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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