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Employee of the Month

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Christopher Muessigmann as been named the September Employee of the Month at UNO. Muessigmann is a groundskeeper I at UNO. Look for details in a future edition of eNotes. For more information on how to nominate individuals for Employee of the Month honors, visit the Web at the following link.

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Pictured above: Omaha University students congregate south of Arts and Sciences Hall between classes in the fall of 1946.

This Week in Campus History

On Sept. 15, 1986, This Week announced that Russell Smith had been named director of the Center for Applied Urban Research (CAUR) in the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). Dr. Smith, who had been director of the Governmental Research Bureau at the University of South Dakota, planned to emphasize policy-relevant research and outreach to local government and economic development groups. CPACS Dean David Hinton commented on Dr. Smith's appointment at UNO, saying, "He brings considerable experience and talent to CAUR, and we anticipate a broader role for the center with his attention."

Date: Sept. 15, 1986
Source: This Week
Compiled by University Library Archives

James Peters

Finding His Way

by Sonja Carberry

Back in Omaha after a seven-month trek through South America, UNO grad James Peters has cut the hair he let grow into an unruly mop and trimmed his bushy beard to a midnight shadow. In a yellow button-down shirt and crisp jeans, he looks very 20-something Omaha.

But part of Peters is still south of the border. ...continue

Flag Lowering

Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered flags at all state buildings and facilities to be flown at half-staff today, Sept. 11, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Bush.The order honors the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States that claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people. In 2004, the president and Congress designated Sept. 11 as "Patriot Day."

Sept. 11 Remembrance at Henningson Campanile

Campus Ministries at UNO will host an all-day event today, Sept. 11, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The event will be held from 8:50 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. at the Henningson Memorial Campanile. All students are invited to attend.

The event will be led by a team of campus pastors from UNO Campus Ministries. From 10 minutes to the hour to 10 minutes past the hour, there will be four stations set up at the campanile. At the stations, those in attendance will be invited to pray one-on-one with a campus minister, light a candle, journal or read sacred text (Qu'ran, Hebrew Scripture and New Testament Scripture).

"Everyone is welcome to stop by and remember the terrible events of that day," said Marty Kalkowski, campus minister.

For more information, contact Kalkowski at 898.3221.

Sustainability Topic to be Addressed at Sept. 13 Event

What is "sustainability"? How can we make our campus and our community more sustainable? How can I get involved? All faculty, staff and students are invited to come find answers to these questions at a seminar titled "Exploring Sustainability: Greening our Campus - Greening our Minds" Wednesday, Sept. 13, at UNO. The seminar will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 301 Allwine Hall.

At the event, the following topics will be discussed:
- Identifying opportunity sectors;
- Improving campus operations;
- Teaching sustainable concepts;
- Expanding research and outreach;
- Grant availability; and
- Determining levels of interest.

A survey is available online at for those who are interested but unable to attend.

For more information, contact Patrick Wheeler at 554.3921.

Faculty Senate to Meet Sept. 13

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Rooms. All interested parties are invited to attend.

Beginning at 2 p.m., John Christensen, vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, will speak. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentations.

For more information, contact Jim Shaw, Faculty Senate president (554.2225), or Sue Bishop, Faculty Senate coordinator (554.3598).

Latino Heritage Month Celebration Begins Sept. 16

A month-long celebration will begin Saturday, Sept. 16, at UNO to celebrate Latino heritage and culture. Events continue through Tuesday, Nov. 2, and are free and open to the public.

The schedule of events – ranging from live performances and a film screening to a Dia de los Muertos Celebration – is listed below. All activities will take place on the UNO campus.

Saturday, Sept. 16
México Sinfónico
7:30 p.m.
Strauss Performing Arts Center
(Sponsored by UNO Department of Music, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies – OLLAS – and the Mexican Consulate)

Wednesday, Sept. 20
Marímba Orquestra América
Noon to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Plaza
(Sponsored by UNO American Multicultural Student Agency, and Student Organizations and Leadership Programs)

Tuesday, Oct. 3
"Vygotsky and Funds of Knowledge: Appropriating Cultural Resources for Teaching and Learning"
Luis Moll
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall
(Sponsored by UNO College of Education and the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies)

Wednesday, Oct. 4
"I Love America," Lydia Ramirez's one-woman play
Noon to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room
(Sponsored by UNO Student Programming Organization)

Friday, Oct. 6
OLLAS Charla/Film Series: "Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"
6 p.m.
Eppley Administration Building Auditorium
(Sponsored by UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, and Student Organizations and Leadership Programs)

Wednesday, Oct. 18
Ofrenda Workshop and Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda Installation (featuring Martín Gerardo Ramírez Correa)
5 p.m.
UNO Art Gallery (Weber Fine Arts Building, first floor)
(Sponsored by UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies)

Thursday, Nov. 2
Dia de los Muertos Celebration
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
UNO Art Gallery (Weber Fine Arts Building, first floor)
(Sponsored by UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies)

For more information, call 554.2711.

Sept. 16 Concert to Commemorate Mexican Independence Day

UNO will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month activities Saturday, Sept. 16, on campus with México Sinfónico 2006. The concert, which commemorates Mexican Independence Day, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.

The UNO Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Stanichar, will perform selections by Latino composers. The concert will feature a guest artist - guitarist Javier Castellote, who is also a UNO Department of Music alumnus.

The concert - sponsored by the UNO Department of Music, the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and The Mexican Consulate – will be followed by a reception sponsored by La Mesa Mexican Restaurant. Partial funding for this event has been provided by OLLAS through the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, contact Lucy Garza at 554.3835 or

ITS to Offer Informational Session on UNO Web Templates

Are you interested in redesigning your college or department Web site?

Stuart Wheat, Web designer in Information Technology Services (ITS), has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus.

ITS will host an informational session on the UNO Web templates Thursday, Sept. 28. It will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Those who attend will:
- Learn more about the UNO Web templates;
- See examples of how other UNO departments have implemented the Web templates; and
- Find out how you can use the templates to redesign your Web site.

To R.S.V.P., send an e-mail to For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or

September FEAP Schedule Available

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The September schedule is as follows:

- Sept. 11, 20 and 28
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

- Sept. 14, 22 and 26
8 a.m. to noon

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Evening Yoga Class Offered

The Wellness Stampede and Campus Recreation announce the addition of an evening instructional Yoga Class.

Classes will be held Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The cost is $15 for students, $20 for faculty and staff activity cardholders, and $25 for non-activity cardholders. The schedule is listed below.

Session One
- Sept. 11, 18 and 25
- Oct. 2, 9 and 23 (Class will not be held Oct. 16)

Session Two
- Oct. 30
- Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27
- Dec. 4

The instructor will be Amy C. Anderson, a certified instructor with the Omaha Yoga and Bodywork Center. Anderson's class will cover relaxation and warm-up Yoga postures.

Individuals may sign up in 100 HPER. For more information, call 554.2539.

IS&T 10th Anniversary Celebration Set for Sept. 12

A reception will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at UNO in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the UNO College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T). The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Hall. Members of the UNO community are invited to attend.

The event will feature a program at 5 p.m. and special recognition of former IS&T dean David Hinton.

Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. to Kay Johnson at or 554.2380, by Sept. 8.

Sept. 12 COS Demonstration Planned for Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) information session will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. in Room 100 of University Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these hour-long sessions to provide faculty and graduate students with information about the various "finding funding" resources available through COS.

Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Sept. 15 Seminar at UNO to Provide Tips on Mastering Learning

Saundra McGuire, director of the Center for Academic Success (CAS) at Louisiana State University, will be the featured speaker at an event designed to help individuals improve their academic performance. The seminar, titled "Metacognition: The Key to Acing Chemistry Courses (and Everything Else)!", will be held Friday, Sept. 15, at UNO.

The seminar is sponsored by a National Science Foundation STEP Grant awarded jointly to UNO and Metropolitan Community College (MCC), and by the UNO Department of Chemistry. It will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in 115 Durham Science Center (DSC). All students are invited to attend.

Dr. McGuire earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Southern University, a master of arts degree in chemistry education from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in chemical education from the University of Tennessee. As a chemical educator and director of CAS, her efforts involve engaging students in active learning in order to facilitate learning. The center was recognized as the "2004 Outstanding Learning Center in the Nation" by the National College Learning Center Association.

"She will speak to students on how to ‘immediately and dramatically improve academic performance' - especially in science," said Jack Heidel, chair of the UNO Department of Mathematics. "She has been invited to UNO to help us set up our own Science and Mathematics Learning Center, which has recently been funded by NU."

The hour-long seminar will introduce students to cognitive science findings that can be used to improve learning. Dr. McGuire will teach students how to learn, as well as provide concrete strategies that can be implemented to immediately improve academic performance.

For more information, contact the UNO Department of Chemistry at 554.3641, or stop by 337 DSC.

Additional UNO/MCC STEP Grant information is available online at

Sept. 15 Faculty Workshop to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades

Saundra McGuire, director of the Center for Academic Success (CAS) at Louisiana State University, will be the speaker at an interactive workshop titled "Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Teach them HOW to Learn!" Friday, Sept. 15, at UNO.

The workshop is sponsored by a National Science Foundation STEP Grant awarded jointly to UNO and Metropolitan Community College (MCC), and by the UNO Center for Faculty Development. It will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room.

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to cognitive science findings that can be used to improve teaching and learning. This workshop will also provide a variety of strategies that can be used to help all students experience meaningful, transferable learning.

To register, contact the UNO Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or, or stop by 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information about the event, visit the Web at

Additional UNO/MCC STEP Grant information is available online at

Nominations Sought for Strategic Planning Awards

The UNO Strategic Planning Steering Committee is currently accepting nominations for the 2006 Strategic Planning Awards. These awards are designed to recognize units, both academic and non-academic, and cross-disciplinary initiatives that exemplify a commitment to furthering UNO's strategic goals. UNO students are also invited to submit nominations for the Strategic Planning Awards.

"Please nominate units that you feel are deserving of these awards, as well as encourage faculty and staff to nominate units or apply for a 2006 Strategic Planning Award," said Lindy Gustafson, graduate assistant supporting the committee.

The nomination/application form can be found on the UNO Strategic Planning Web site ( and is due by Monday, Sept. 18. Past recipients are also listed online at

For more information, contact B.J. Reed ( or Deborah Smith-Howell (, co-facilitators of the UNO Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Do you need help with a University event? The UNO Ambassadors are ready and willing to represent the University.

Twelve UNO Ambassadors are available during the fall and spring semesters to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor and other UNO dignitaries and organizations.

Members of this select group wear UNO blazers or polos and act as official hosts and hostesses at a variety of events, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. All ambassadors maintain full-time student status, but the group strives to honor as many requests as possible.

Please contact Christy Tilford (554.3546 or or Mary Dobrauc (554.2220 or with any questions or to obtain a request form. Requests should be made a minimum of two weeks prior to an event.

UNO Representatives Sought for Ad Campaign

SnitilyCarr, a Lincoln-based advertising agency, is searching for representatives from the UNO community to participate in a Nebraska Tourism advertising campaign.

The agency will conduct a photoshoot Friday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Omaha. Professional attire is expected, and those interested in participating can pre-register by e-mailing As many as 24 participants are needed (both male and female, from all ethnic backgrounds). Participants will form an "audience" as part of the event.

A shuttle bus for individuals participating in the photo shoot will depart from UNO in front of the Eppley Administration Building (EAB) at 3:45 p.m. Following the event, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the EAB.

School of Social Work Student Organization Garage Sale

The Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) will sponsor a garage sale Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be held at 6929 Seward St., in Omaha. The proceeds will benefit SSWO and the Open Door Mission. Unsold items will be donated to Goodwill.

"We welcome your patronage and support!," said Nancy Kelley-Gillespie, SSWO faculty advisor.

For more information, contact Dr. Kelley-Gillespie at 554.4886 or, or Sarah Cox, SSWO president, at

Writing Center Hours and Locations Announced

UNO students, faculty and staff now have three ways to get help with their writing. In addition to the main Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), members of the campus community can visit a Writing Center Satellite in University Library or access an online Writing Center via the Web.

The hours for each location are listed below:

Writing Center (150 ASH)
- Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Closed Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. for staff meetings)

- Friday
9 a.m. to noon
Thirty-minute and one-hour appointments are available. Walk-ins are accepted, or individuals can book appointments at

Writing Center Satellite (University Library)
- Monday through Thursday
12:30 to 3 p.m.
No appointments are accepted in advance, and sessions are limited to 15 minutes when others are waiting.

Writing Center Online (
- Sunday through Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.

- Thursday
5 to 7 p.m.
No appointments are accepted in advance, and sessions are limited to 15 minutes when others are waiting.

For more information, contact Connie Eberhart, director of the UNO Writing Center, at 554.3322 or

Maverick Watch

There are no Maverick home games this week. To catch up on the latest statistics or keep tabs on your favorite team on the road, visit the Web at