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Student Research and Creative Activity Fair Presents Awards

Student Research and Creative Activity Fair Presents Awards

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Research projects and creative works by undergraduate and graduate students were highlighted and celebrated at the third annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair on April 5 and 6. More than 100 students from all levels – undergraduate, graduate and doctoral – showcased their work during the two-day event. In photo, from left: Scott Snyder, Eric Burr, Jenna Yentes, Scott McGrath, Everett Levison, Nick Conoan, Magnum Peterson and Mohammed Amer Chaaban.

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Research Profiles: Robin Gandhi

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Dr. Robin Gandhi and his research teams (KEWI - Knowledge Engineering [KE] techniques to Web Intelligence [WI]) have been working over the past several years to form a cyberterrorism warning system to alert potential targets that they might be attacked by groups or individuals through the Internet.

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2011.04.20

Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes Announces Retirement

University of Nebraska at Omaha Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes announced today that she will resign her position, effective August 31.  Hynes has served as UNO's senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs since June 2008.

"We've accomplished a number of goals I had when I arrived, and I think this is the right time for this change," Hynes said.

Under Hynes's leadership, UNO focused special attention not only on recruiting students but also on retaining and graduating students in a more timely manner.  To achieve this goal, in the past three years UNO has fully revamped its general education program and strengthened student advising and its ability to assess student perceptions of teaching effectiveness.

"We've put in place the foundation to leverage the strengths of our campus learning communities," Hynes said.  "That, too, should enhance student success at UNO."

Hynes also aimed to deepen UNO's strength in research and creative activity.  UNO grew its external funding for contracts and grants during the past three years and recently was reclassified by the Carnegie Corporation as a doctoral research university. 

This year UNO also introduced a program that provides support to undergraduate students and their faculty mentors involved in research.

"Terry quickly understood UNO's goals as a student-centered metropolitan university focused on excellence and community engagement," UNO Chancellor John Christensen said.  "She hit the ground running and helped advance UNO's priorities just as we began our second century."  Christensen said he will move quickly to appoint an interim senior vice chancellor.

Hynes will retire from the university after leaving her position.  "I look forward to working with the interim senior vice chancellor to make this a seamless transition for UNO.  It's been an honor and a pleasure to serve as UNO's senior vice chancellor," Hynes said.  "I feel fortunate to have had the chance to work with a great group of administrators, faculty and staff who are so dedicated to students and the community.

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Proulx to be Honored at Annual Women's and Gender Studies Spring Luncheon

The UNO Women's and Gender Studies Program will host its annual spring luncheon Friday, April 29. At the event, Patrice Proulx, Department of Foreign Languages, will receive the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies.

The Mary Ann Lamanna Award recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO program for involvement with teaching, research/creative activity or service. 

"Mary Ann Lamanna, professor emeritus of sociology, made outstanding contributions to Women's and Gender Studies," said Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, Women's and Gender Studies Program director. "It gives the program great pleasure to honor her each year through the selection of an individual to receive this award." Read more.

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Local Teachers Achieve National Recognition

The College of Education, at UNO, hosted a reception for local teachers in the MOEC (Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium) Cohort who participated in the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification process, or recently completed the portfolio component of NBPTS.

The April 14 event was held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Dick Christie, executive director of MOEC said, "Teachers who participate in the NBPTS process work hard to achieve the gold standard of the teaching professional—National Board Certification."  He elaborated that the words of Zig Zigler capture the spirit of the NBPTS process—"What you get by achieving your goal is not as important as what you become by achieving your goal." Certainly completing the NBPTS process is an accomplishment such as this.

Recognized teachers who participated in UNO's NBPTS cohort in the past, and recently received notice from the NBPTS office of their successful completion include:  Samantha Morrissey, Kathi Smith and Lori Umstead, Millard Public Schools; Lise Wagner and Linda Wood, Omaha Public Schools; Beth Leach and Judy Stucky, Westside Community Schools.

Teachers who participated in the most recent UNO NBPTS cohort and were also recognized at the event include: Christina Cryer, Kirsten Ehrke and Jaisa Poppleton, Millard Public Schools; Melinda Dhoriety, Wendy Oldenburg and Deb Waring, Omaha Public Schools; Pete Marsh and Mike Pollock, Papillion-La Vista Public Schools; Diana Schergin, Westside Community Schools.

For more information, call Dr. Connie Schaffer at (402) 554.3096.

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Campus Input Sought for Today's UNO Parking/Transit Plan Forum

UNO Parking Department and Felsburg Holt & Ullevig consultants are preparing a campus Parking/Transit Master Plan. An open forum will be conducted to present parking and transit concepts and gather campus input to assist in the development of a UNO Parking/Transit Plan today, April 20, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The scope of the plan will include:

I. Assessment of Existing Parking/Traffic
II. Assessment of Future Parking/Traffic Conditions
III. Develop Parking Facilities Recommendations
IV. Economic Analysis

For additional information, contact James Ecker at (402) 554.7276.

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Assessment For Curricular Improvements Brown Bag Is Today

Join fellow UNO department chairs/school directors and those within units who are responsible for coordinating assessment efforts in a unique discussion today, April 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in Criss Library.

This workshop is a holistic snapshot of effective campus assessments and will include an outline of what data we have access to that is not being used extensively. It l also includes some discussion of how we might use general education assessment to inform programmatic assessment and vice versa.

For more information, contact Steve Bullock at (402) 554.2262 or at stevebullock@unomaha.edu.

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Wellness Seminar Today on Healthy Eating for a Healthy Lifestyle

Wellness Stampede

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

Today, April 20, in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room, Exercise Science students from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, in conjunction with Human Resources, are presenting a wellness seminar from 11 a.m. to noon on Healthy Eating for a Healthy Lifestyle. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Today's wellness seminar will focus on tips for everyday lifestyles: reading nutrition labels, choosing healthier food options and many other topics.

This seminar will be repeated on Thursday, April 28, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. Both seminars are scheduled to last 45 minutes.

For more information, contact Alex Torres at atorres@unomaha.edu or call Tim Rochford at (402) 554.2465.

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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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/thisweekmavs0418.pdf.

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UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council to Host Pow Wow This Saturday

The UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council (ITSC) will host an all nations pow wow this Saturday, April 23, in the Sapp Fieldhouse.

The event begins at 1 p.m., and dancing continues until 10 p.m. Admission is free, and traditional Native American food will be served.

The pow wow theme is 'Honoring Our Past and Celebrating Our Future.' The public is invited to join in the festivities, which bring together Native Americans and non-Natives to honor the generations with indigenous dance, song, arts and traditional crafts.  Read more.

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EAP to Host 'Finding Self-fulfillment Following the End of a Relationship' Tomorrow

UNO's Employee Assistance Program will offer 'Finding Self-fulfillment Following the End of a Relationship' this Thursday, April 21, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

Marlene Schneider, counselor and director of the Employee Assistance Program at UNO, will present the workshop.

"This presentation will focus on the process of ‘letting go' and the importance of transferring negative energy into positive energy in order to find inner 'freedom and peace,'" Schneider said. "Don't miss out on this informative presentation."

Participants will learn:

- The steps of ‘letting go';

- How to identify negative emotions that my interfere with healing; and

- Strategies for rebuilding self-confidence and self-esteem.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Schneider at (402) 554.3120.

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TREK to Campus Set for Tomorrow

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Anyone able to walk, bike, carpool or take mass transportation to commute to campus join others Thursday, April 21 at the UNO Pep Bowl from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to promote physical activity and alternative means of transportation.

The 4th annual UNO TREK to Campus is an event meant to engage the university community to use walking, biking, carpooling or mass transportation as a means of commuting. The goal of the event is to better the community through decreased traffic congestion and minimizing parking issues, as well as promoting better overall personal health and fitness.

The event will coincide with UNO's Earth Day in the Pep Bowl. Participants are encouraged to visit the UNO TREK table and pinpoint on a map where people have commuted from. Prizes and giveaways will be given out to anyone participating by trekking.

There will also be pamphlets and other information about the benefits and alternative ways to commute to campus. For more information about this year's Trek to Campus friend the event's Facebook UNO Trek to Campus 2011 page or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/trektocampus/index.html.

The GreenUNO Task Force and Mav-Rec Wellness support this event.

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Incorporating Student Presentations Into Your Class

Would you like to incorporate oral presentations into your course? Do you need help on how to do it more effectively or how to provide effective feedback on oral presentations? This workshop introduces UNO's Speaking Across the Curriculum program and uncovers resources available to assist faculty through the new Speech Consulting Center.

Faculty Workshop
Friday, April 22
2 to 3:30 p.m.
183 Arts and Sciences Hall
Snacks and drinks will be provided

Presented by:

- Marlina Davidson, instructor, Speech Center Consulting Coordinator

- Kate Rempfer, instructor, Speech Center Consultant

Learn more about…

* Incorporating student presentations into a course

* Providing effective feedback to students on their presentations

* Using evaluation criteria for grading presentations

The duo provides free speech consulting services for faculty, staff and students.

To register for the session or for more information: Contact Davidson or Rempfer at the Speech Center, (402) 554.3201 or unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu.

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Application Proposals Due Friday for Course Redesign and Planning Grant

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

Course redesign grants are available to faculty who are interested in redesigning a course. Funds and resources will be made available to help teams redesign a course this summer. Recipients are expected to pilot a redesigned course by spring or fall 2012.

Planning grants are available to faculty who are not ready to immediately redesign a course but plan to do so in the near future. Funds and resources will be made available for investigating how other institutions have completed course redesigns in the same curriculum area and developing a plan for a future course redesign implementation.

Selected applicants are required to attend a campus workshop May 11-12 to learn more about the National Center for Academic Transformation course redesign methodology and to plan the logistics of the redesign/planning process.

Application proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 22. For more information about the grants or to download an application cover sheet, click here . If you have questions, contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu.

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Deadline This Friday for IS&P Global Diplomats Applications

Approximately 10 International Studies and Programs (IS&P) Global Diplomats will be selected to represent the IS&P office during the 2011-12 academic year. Global Diplomats will promote campus internationalization and volunteer to help new students with orientations, campus tours, social events, airport pick-ups and settling-in assistance.

Criteria for a strong application will include the following: Academic excellence in at least two full-time semesters earned at UNO by May of this term and maintenance of at least a 2.5 GPA, full-time student status at UNO in the 2011-12 school year, strong leadership and communication skills, strong interest in service to the UNO and the international student population and experience in cross-cultural settings. Participation is required for one academic year.

Selected students will wear UNO IS&P Global Diplomats polo shirts to events and will receive a $200 scholarship ($100 per semester) for the academic year in which they serve. 

Both international students and students from the U.S. are encouraged to apply. Applications may be picked up at the front desk in 241 Arts and Science Hall (ASH). Deadline for applications is Friday, April 22. Contact Jennifer Stahl at jstahl@unomaha.edu or (402) 554.2293 with any questions..

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Focus on Success Workshop April 26

UNO Counseling Center offers a free workshop for students who want time management strategies for finals week.

Get tips on how to manage stress at a free academic success workshop, ‘Focus on Success,' on Tuesday, April 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room. This low-key event will include time management tips, stress-management strategies, and free food.

Who: For any UNO students wanting stress-management strategies

What: Academic Success Workshop, 'Focus on Success'

Why: To help students have a successful end to the semester (and get some free lunch)

Presented by: Bethany Hughes, UNO Counseling Center. For more information, contact her at bjhughes@unomaha.edu or (402) 554.2409.

AA/EEO institution: For special needs or assistance, contact (402) 554.2409 (TTY 554.3799).

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Registration Under Way for Annual HPER Student Awards Banquet

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will host its annual Student Awards Banquet, Saturday, April 30, in the newly renovated HPER Building. All students of HPER are welcome to attend. 

Let's support the hard working students at HPER! Discounted rate is only available if registered by April 15. Social hour, combined with bidding on this year's silent auction items will begin at 5 p.m. The dinner and awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. 

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The Moving Company's 2011 Spring Showcase Is May 1

The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance performing ensemble, will present its 2011 Spring Showcase: New Works and Works in Progress on campus Sunday, May 1, at 2:30 p.m. and with a repeat performance at 4:30 p.m.

The spring showcase will be held in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Dance Lab. There is a $5 admission fee and children 12 and under are admitted free. Seating is limited.

Reservations are being taken through Monday, April 25. To R.S.V.P. call (402) 554.2670.

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Camp Completion – Faculty Writing Retreat, May 9-13

Every scholar has one:  the work in progress that's been 'in progress' for too long.  If you'd like some help getting a writing project to the finish line – getting it written, polished up, and in the mail – please sign up for Camp Completion, a week-long writer's retreat right on the UNO campus.  During the week of May 9-13, participants will come together every day in the Writing Center where they will be provided with coffee, lunch, encouragement, willing readers, and 'Five Days of Uniterrupted Time to Write.'

Writing Center staff encourages everyone before you slide into summertime, take a week to wrap up your most important writing task. Clear everything else off your calendar for the week; pull out your notes, outline, or draft; get it finished and check it off your to-do list before Friday afternoon's Completion Celebration.

The cost for Camp Completion is $100, payable by cash, check, or a transfer of funds (ask your dean or department chair). Camp Completion is open to faculty and advanced graduate students. To register, contact the Writing Center by Thursday, May 5:  call (402) 554.2946 or write to unowritingcenter@unomaha.edu.

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UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center Cholesterol Test

Know your numbers: High cholesterol is one of the leading risk factors for all types of cardiovascular diseases. Have your cholesterol screened for $25 at the UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center today. Call (402) 554.3221 for an appointment.

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Green Tip of the Week

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Try Alternative Transportation

Use public transportation, carpool, walk, or bike as frequently as possible. Participate in this week's effort at UNO and be entered into a prize drawing. See 'TREK to Campus Set for Tomorrow' story above for details.

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

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