• 2014
  • 1/9

Flag Lowering in Honor of Michael Toney

The UNO flag will be lowered today in honor of Michael Toney, a cook in food services, who passed away on Dec. 23, 2013. According to his coworker, "Michael worked in the MBSC kitchen. He was very personable and outgoing. He would help out wherever he was needed and do it with a smile. His passing was very sudden, and we will miss him."


You Might Be Interested In: "Independent Lens: At Berkeley"

Renowned documentarian Frederick Wiseman has long been considered the "most democratic of great movie artists," as critic Peter Rainer wrote, capturing institutions like hospitals, boxing gyms, and high schools through the eyes of the people who experience and live in them. For his 38th documentary, Wiseman goes to college, specifically to the University of California at Berkeley-- the oldest and most prestigious member of a ten campus public education system, and also considered one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the world. This wide-ranging film, named to numerous critics' "Best of 2013" lists, shows the major aspects of university life, including the administrative efforts to maintain the academic excellence and public profile, as well as the economic, racial, and social diversity of the school's student body in the face of drastic budgetary cuts imposed by the State of California.

Without narration or interviews, the film takes viewers from faculty meetings to classrooms, from financial aid seminars to research labs, inviting us to experience the diverse aspects of campus life through the eyes of students, faculty, administrators, alumni, the City of Berkeley, the State of California, and the federal government. Highlighting campus diversity with a keen, selective eye and at times a wry sense of humor, Wiseman’s film shows us everything from ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) practicing for war to students singing about Facebook, from engineering students building robots to a football crowd rallying behind their team. We learn from provocative lectures and discussions led by renowned professors on history, math, science, and literature. The film also takes us to adjacent Telegraph Avenue for colorful street merchants and musicians.

"Independent Lens: At Berkeley" will air Monday, Jan. 13, at 10/9c on PBS, and you can learn more here.

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Food Services Changes

Faculty, staff and students may notice some changes in the campus food operations at the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court, the Library Cafe and the HPER MavRec Cafe.

First, due to changes in Nebraska Regulations, and at the direction of University General Counsel, UNO will begin charging seven percent sales tax on food served on campus (5.5 percent state and 1.5 percent city). UNO is exempt from the City of Omaha Restaurant Occupation Tax.

Second, we value the support and business from the campus community and we have taken the opportunity, as a result of comparisons to our market competition, to make price reductions on many of our most popular menu items.

The MBSC Food Court plans to offer even more daily specials in 2014, including the cheeseburger special on Wednesdays and the macaroni & cheese bar on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To keep updated on these and other specials, follow UNO Food Services on Twitter @MiloBailSC or friend Milo Bail on Facebook.

Finally, want to know how you can get 10 percent off the cost of your purchases at UNO Food Services venues? Simply use your MavCard. ALL PURCHASES made with your MavCard get a 10 percent discount, every day, in the MBSC Food Court, the Library Cafe, the HPER MavRec Cafe and the MBSC Convenience Store.

If you have any questions on this announcement, or any other matter involving UNO Food Services, please contact Jim Welch at jwelch@unomaha.edu.

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  • 1/10-1/12

Community Emergency Response Team Training | Jan. 10-12

Join UNO's Emergency Management students Jan. 10-12 in learning how to prepare for and respond to incidents on our campus. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) provides free training to communities about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area.

CERT members learn basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using classroom training and hands-on scenarios, UNO’s CERT members learn how to assist themselves and others on campus following an incident when professional rescuers are not immediately available. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response activities by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their communities.

For more information and to register, go to www.tricountycert-ne.org or email Melanie Smith at melaniesmith@unomaha.edu.

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Nominations Sought for 2014 Service Learning Awards | Due Tomorrow

Know someone who dedicates his or her time to service learning? Read more to find out how you can nominate them for the 2014 Service Learning Faculty Award and the 2014 Service Learning Student Award!

Nominations Sought for 2014 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 ; and
- Hold a full or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at the Alumni Center.

Nominations must be submitted to the UNO Service Learning Academy no later than Friday, January 10.

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.

Nominations Sought for 2014 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; and
- 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 11 at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Nominations must be submitted to the UNO Service Learning Academy no later than Friday, January 10.

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 UNO Employee of the Month

Do you know a UNO employee who provides outstanding service to your department, the division or university as a whole? Why are you waiting? Nominate them for the 'Oh, What a Difference You Make!' Award (Employee of the Month) for office/service and managerial/professional staff. Nominations may be submitted by students, staff, faculty, visitors and administrators, and must meet the criteria listed below:
-Employed by UNO for one year or longer.
-Be in good standing.

Consideration includes:
- Performed job above and beyond expectations;
- Interpersonal skill/communication;
- Knowledge of job; and
- Adaptability.

-Recipients receive $200, “rock star” parking for that month, recognition and photograph with the Chancellor, recognition at the Board of Regents meeting, a lapel pin and beverage holder.
-An Employee of the Month qualifies to be selected as Employee of the Year.

To nominate an employee, print and complete the nomination form, and send it to Human Resources, EAB 205.

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Sneak Peek of The Maverick, Guidelines

The Maverick Daily will debut soon, and the Office of University Communications couldn't be more excited. Read more below about the guidelines, which include a few sneak peeks!

The Maverick Daily, formerly eNotes, and The Maverick Weekly are online publications provided through UNO's Office of University Communications. They are intended to provide relevant, useful news and information about the UNO campus and community. The content is provided by and for the UNO community.

Sneak Peek #2!

Below are guidelines regarding submitting items for The Maverick.

Maverick Daily: A Daily Digest for Faculty & Staff (formerly known as "eNotes")

All submissions should be emailed to maverickdaily@unomaha.edu and should:
- be submitted three days in advance of the first desired publication date.
- be sponsored by a UNO department, program or organization.
- have a direct connection to the university or university faculty, staff, administrator, student or alumni.

Maverick Weekly: A Weekly Digest for Students
The Maverick Weekly will be delivered every Monday. We request submissions be received no later than the Thursday prior to desired delivery date. Submissions can be emailed to maverickweekly@unomaha.edu.

All submissions should:
- be sponsored by a UNO department, program or organization.
- have a direct connection to the university or university faculty, staff, administrator, student or alumni.

Items that will not be promoted via The Maverick Daily or Weekly:
- Personal social media accounts, personal blogs, personal websites or related media
- Individual classes (this excludes professional development workshops)
- Job candidate resumes

Also, we encourage high resolution pictures to be sent along with your submission(s)! Please note: the editor reserves the right to use the photos.

If you have any questions regarding The Maverick, formerly eNotes, please email snmontgomery@unomaha.edu.

About the rebranding of eNotes
eNotes is the University of Nebraska Omaha's electronic newsletter, accessible via our website or sent directly to your email inbox. eNotes provides timely articles, events, and tips to help keep you connected to the campus community.

In the new year you will notice significant updates to eNotes. Most notably-- the design. The newsletter will now come to you packaged in a UNO-branded layout and will feature photos. This allows us to more fully tell the UNO story while connecting you directly to our university News Center online.

The other change you will see is the name. We surveyed campus this fall and the most popular choice for eNotes' new name was "The Maverick."

Faculty and staff subscribers will continue to receive their daily newsletter, but it will be called "The Maverick Daily." Once a week, students will receive an updated version all their own called "The Maverick Weekly."

You will still be able to access these versions online, and you can still submit entries.

We will keep you informed with sneak peeks and updates along the way!


UCAT Sponsored Grant Apps Due Jan. 10

UNO full-time faculty members are invited to apply for a UCAT sponsored grant to attend the SoTL Conference in Savannah, GA, on March 26-28. This conference brings together educators interested in improving student learning outcomes in higher education. The SoTL Commons Conference is a catalyst for learning, conversations and collaborations as a key, evidence-based way to improve student learning.

The UCAT committee is awarding four grants of $1,500 each to attend the conference. More information on the SoTL Conference can be found here. Applications are available here and are due tomorrow, Jan. 10.