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A Snow Scene to Remember

A Snow Scene to Remember

photo by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

A snow scene from outside the Del and Lou Ann Weber Fine Arts Building (left) and the Durham Science Center (right) on Dec. 20, 2012, one day before winter break after a 6-10 inch snowfall.

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2013.01.18

Flag Lowering for Michelle Wilkerson-Dailey

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, Jan. 18, in honor of UNO student Michelle Wilkerson-Dailey. Wilkerson-Dailey passed away last week at age 43. She was a student in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

A memorial service was held Jan. 16 at Greater St. Paul Church of God in Christ in Omaha. Read more.

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SCLS Hosts Service Day at Crete Elementary

As part of a national Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Service effort, the UNO Student-Community Leadership & Service office is working with Crete Elementary today to make fleece blankets, which will be donated to those in need. SCLS also heped organize a canned food drive at the school, which ends today. Read More.

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Excellence in Teaching Award Nominations End Today

Today is the deadline for the campus-wide Excellence in Teaching (EIT) award. This award was established in 1969 to recognize superior efforts, dedication and exemplary conduct in the performance of the university's first task -- the education of its students.

Nominee application packets are due Feb. 15, 2013.

Refer to the following page - http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/inside/ceita.php - for nomination information, requirements, forms and procedures. For questions, contact members of the committee or Paul Barnes (pbarnes@unomaha.edu), Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

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Flag Lowering for Robert O'Reilly

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff this Saturday, Jan. 19, in honor of UNO retiree Robert O'Reilly. He passed away Jan. 10 at age 85. O'Reilly, was a professor in the Education Administration and Supervision Department in the College of Education, and retired from the University in 1991 after more than 27 years of service.

A former student of O’Reilly remembers his many contributions in an online guest book entry. “How sad. I know your memories will be your comfort as you go forward. I was a student who was fortunate to have Mr O'Reilly.”

Memorial services will take place Saturday, Jan. 19, at Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 8009 Q St. in Ralston. Read more.

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Nominations Sought for 2013 Service Learning Faculty Award

Each year, the Service Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies excellence in the practice of service learning in his or her work. This recognition carries an honorarium of $500.

To be nominated, a faculty member must:

- Demonstrate the ability to develop and teach an effective service learning course that identifies at least one course objective to be understood and met through service learning, utilizing all the appropriate steps of the service learning pedagogy: (1) development of a reciprocal partnership with a community partner, (2) orienting the students to the agency, (3) issues and project expectations, (4) providing a meaningful service to the community partner, (5) evaluating outcomes of students and community partners and (6) requiring reflection/critical thinking about the experience in a structured way.

- Be supportive of service learning at UNO (i.e. through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles and mentoring faculty/students, etc.)

- Demonstrate a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (i.e. professionalism and cultural competency) and the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners.

- Participate in scholarly dissemination about the pedagogy of service learning through presentation at peer-reviewed conferences and/or publication in scholarly journals, on-line journals or books.

- Hold a full or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 11, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Nominations must be submitted to the UNO Service Learning Academy no later than Tuesday, January 29.

Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet and for details of how to document your nomination. For more information, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook at 402.554.3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu.

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Nominations Sought for 2013 Service Learning Student Award

Each year, the Service Learning Academy recognizes one or a team of UNO student(s) who has excelled in the understanding/ integration of course objectives through the collaboration, planning and implementation of a community service learning course project. This recognition carries an honorarium of $250.

To be nominated, a student must have demonstrated and upheld in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service learning:

- Mastering and integrating the course's academic objective(s), as demonstrated in the service learning course project activities and outcomes.

- Establishing and maintaining a collaborative relationship with community agency partner(s) and student team members.

- Leading in identifying, creating and implementing strategies in the process of project implementation.

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation, Friday, April 12, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Nominations must be submitted to the UNO Service Learning Academy no later than Tuesday, January 29.

Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet and for details of how to document your nomination. For more information, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook at 402.554.3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu.

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'Introduction to Video Editing' Class to be Held Feb. 1

On Feb. 1 The Academic Partnership for Instruction will offer 'Introduction to Video Editing'.

This hands-on class walks through the process of creating a basic video using Windows Live Movie Maker. Attendees will learn how to add video, audio, music, a title sequence, and ending credits to create a complete movie. Once editing is done, the movie will be exported for playback on a computer. The movie creation process taught in this class can be used with any standard video-editing program.

Class will be held Friday, February 1st in KH 543 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

To register go to: http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php/

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In the News

Kearney Hub Reports on More Colleges Freezing Tuition

The Kearney Hub reported that more colleges and universitites in states like Iowa, Minnesota and Montana are considering proposals similar to Nebraska's plan to freeze tuition rates in exhange for more state aid. UNO was mentioned in the story as one of the schools that would be affected by the tuition freeze.

Sister of Redshirt for Men's Basketball Making Waves at Norfolk

Jaycee Bradley, sister of men's basketball player Jalen Bradley, was the focus of a feature profile in the Omaha World-Herald. Jalen Bradley was a two-time All-Nebraska player who finished his career with 1,638 points — the most at Norfolk and fifth all time in Class A.

Hockey Team Battles Injuries

The Omaha World-Herald featured an article on the UNO men's hockey team. The team is dealing with injures to three of its top point producers as they enter into a bye week before traveling to Minnesota to face rival Bemidji State.

MLK Day of Service Events Previewed by Omaha World-Herald

The Omaha World-Herald previewed Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service events around the metro, including UNO's efforts led by the Student-Community Leadership & Service office.

Crossroads-UNO Partnership Suggested for Redevelopment Project

A WOWT story about proposals for what to do with the Crossroads Mall space on 72nd and Dodge included an idea involving a partnership with UNO.

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Petite Musique – A Series of Short Concerts Starts Jan. 22

Join UNO for the inaugural concert of the Petite Musique Concert Series! It will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in UNO's Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Featuring UNO's Faculty Trio - I, the Siren:
- Shelby VanNordstrand, voice
- Darci Gamerl, oboe
- Stacie Haneline, piano

I, the Siren will be premiering a new arrangement of Peter Lieberson's, "The Coming of Light," with poetry by Mark Strand, Shakespeare and Ashbery.

The concert will also feature three Aria's from Bach Cantatas and selections from Ralph Vaughn Williams, "Ten Blake Songs," for voice and oboe.

Join UNO for the first of many wonderful hour-long concerts with UNO faculty and musicians from Omaha!

The cost:
Adults - $5
Seniors  - $4
Students - Free

If you have any questions, please contact Stacie Haneline at staciehh@hotmail.com or 402.554.4897.

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Criss Library Schedule Changes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Criss Library hours for Sunday, Jan. 20, will be noon to 9 p.m. The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Regular library hours will resume at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit http://library.unomaha.edu/information/hours.php.

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UNO to Celebrate MLK Day Through Service Projects

The UNO and its Student-Community Leadership and Service (SCLS) office is celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with days of service in Omaha and, for the first time, Crete, Neb.

On Monday, Jan. 7, SCLS began a partnership, which runs through Friday, Jan. 18, with Crete Elementary School to organize a food drive and the making of approximately 150 to 200 fleece blankets to be donated to families in need. Third graders from the Crete 21st Century Learning Community, an afterschool learning enhancement program, are helping coordinate the donations with the Blue Valley Community Action Center.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, SCLS will be working with volunteers from UNO and around the metro at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 6316 N. 30th St., Habitat for Humanity and Carver Bank, 2416 Lake St., which the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is renovating as a North Omaha cultural center. Read more.

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Nominations Sought for 2013 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 27, 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 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 undergraduate who will graduate after fall 2013 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/ccsw/awards.php. All nominations must be returned electronically by Friday, Feb. 15, to: lschoenrock@unomha.edu.

For additional questions, contact CCSW co-chairs Elizabeth Kraemer at 402.554.4202 or ekraemer@unoalumni.org or Stacie Petter at 402.554.2077 or spetter@unomaha.edu.

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HR Presents New Site for Faculty and Staff to Update Beneficiaries

Make sure that in case of a tragic event that your money is paid out according to your current wishes. Human Resources has a new website (http://www.unomaha.edu/humanresources/beneDesignation.php) where faculty and staff can update their beneficiaries for their Life Insurance, Retirement Plans, Dependent Life Insurance and AD&D Travel Liability. Links to forms and websites make it easy for faculty and staff to update your beneficiaries in order to ensure your wishes are clear should anything happen.

The site also includes information to help you understand some of the unique features of beneficiary designations. 

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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