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photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Eme, a golden retriever and therapy dog owned by Pam Burgess, couldn't get enough petting last week from the children of the UNO Child Care Center. Eme was on hand at the UNO Criss Library as the library staff and children read books to dogs from Midlands Pet Therapy.

James Peters

Australian Finches Aid UNO Professor's Research

by Deb Derrick

When it comes to studying human behavior, Rosemary Strasser gets a little help from her feathered friends. Colorful Australian Finches are helping Dr. Strasser - an assistant professor of psychology at UNO, who holds a courtesy appointment in biology - understand why we behave the way we do. ...continue

"Know Your Boundaries" Domestic Violence Event Today

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) and the Women's Studies Program will host a campus event in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month today, Oct. 19.

The event, "Know Your Boundaries," will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. The event is free and open to the public.

Speakers from both on and off campus, including the YWCA Omaha, the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and multiple campus organizations, are scheduled to appear. The event will highlight the issues of intimate partner violence, healthy relationship skills, and the resources on campus and in the community that are available for addressing these issues.

"Students, faculty and staff are welcome to drop in or stay for the entire event," said Elizabeth Keller, event organizer and CCSW member.

Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. For more information, contact Keller at 554.3317 or

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C – Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles. For more information about the CCSW, visit the Web at

Stephen Marks to Present Goldstein Lecture Tonight

Stephen P. Marks, the director of the Program on Human Rights in Development at the Harvard School of Public Health, will be the featured speaker tonight, Oct. 19, at the annual Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights at UNO.

The event is set for 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. It is free and open to the public.

Marks is also the François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights at Harvard and a Senior Fellow. His presentation is titled "Human Rights in Development: Competing Claims and Economic Empowerment."

Until July of 1999, Marks was the director of the United Nations (UN) Studies Program and co-director of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. He currently serves as the chair of the UN High Level Task Force on the Implementation of the Right to Development. His publications relate to human rights, public health, peacebuilding and international institutions.

The Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights was established in 1997 through a significant gift from the Goldsteins. The couple believes it is important to focus attention on the plight of people around the world who suffer from the abuse of human rights. For more than 25 years, Shirley Goldstein devoted her life to promoting human rights around the world, especially in securing freedom for Soviet Jews. Each year, the Goldstein Lecture brings a distinguished scholar or leading expert on human rights to the UNO campus.

Representatives from the UNO Departments of Philosophy and Religion, Political Science and International Studies serve on the Goldstein Lecture Committee.

For more information about the Goldstein Lecture, call 554.2628 or visit the Web at

UNO Music Department to Present "Songs of Democracy" Oct. 22

The Omaha Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and University Chorus at UNO will open their 2006-07 season Sunday, Oct. 22, with "Songs of Democracy." The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Tickets are available at the door and cost $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. The event is free for those who present a valid UNO MavCard.

The concert will open with Morton Gould's "American Salute." The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is conducted by James Saker, and the Concert Choir and University Chorus are under the leadership of Matthew Harden, who recently was appointed director of choral activities at UNO. Erica Neidlinger, associate conductor of the Wind Ensemble, will lead the group in Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs," featuring Soprano Teresa Dody, who joined the faculty this year as professor of voice.

The program will include a variety of compositions celebrating American heritage. Both choral groups will perform several works, including William Billings' "Chester" and William Steffe's "Battle Hymn Of The Republic." Two pieces - "The Music Makers" by James Curnow and "Song of Democracy" by Nebraska native Howard Hanson - will feature the combined talents of more than 150 student musicians from all three ensembles.

Special guest conductor Mark Kelly, emeritus director of bands at Bowling Green State University, will conduct the Wind Ensemble on John Philip Sousa's "Semper Fidelis," Pierre LaPlante's "Prospect" and Thomas Knox's "American Pageant." In addition to building one of the finest collegiate band programs in the country, Kelly has served in leadership roles for numerous professional organizations and as president of the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, held annually in Chicago.

For more information, call 554.3427.

SSWO to Host Oct. 24 Voter Awareness Panel Discussion

Mid-term elections are less than a month away. Do you think that you are an informed voter?

The UNO Student Social Work Organization (SWWO) and the Nebraska chapter of the National Association of Social Workers will host a panel presentation Tuesday, Oct. 24, at UNO. The event, titled "Voter Awareness: Be Informed Before You Vote," will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

At the event, individuals will have an opportunity to gain insights about social issues and the politics behind them, as well as find out how to obtain information about political candidates' positions on issues.

"Come to this event, and learn how to become a more informed voter," said Nancy Kelley-Gillespie, assistant professor of social work and SSWO faculty advisor. "Child welfare, education, peace, aging, workforce and sexual minorities issues will also be discussed."

For more information, contact Kelley-Gillespie at 554.4886.

Leave Request Process now Available through ESS

Did you know university employees can use the Employee Self Service (ESS) to request leave (vacation, sick, etc.)? They can! This process is simple, quick and streamlines the updates to the employee's record.

Through the ESS Create Leave Request process, an employee submits a leave request for full or partial day(s). Once submitted, a Lotus Notes e-mail is sent to their supervisor for approval. When approved, the employee and approver are able to add this information to their Lotus Notes calendars.

If your department is interested in using this ESS feature, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

System requirements include Internet Explorer 6 as the preferred browser for Windows Users and Mozilla Firefox for Macintosh users.

To learn more about ESS, visit the Web at

HR Offers FMLA Workshops Oct. 24, 26

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) obligates certain employers, such as the University of Nebraska, to provide family and medical leave to their employees.

As a result, Human Resources at UNO will present two separate overviews on the FMLA Act this month for supervisors and employees.

The trainer will be Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager in the UNO Office of Human Resources. Scarpello has more than 20 years of experience in the area of benefits and human resources. She is certified in Benefits and Compensation from World at Work.

Each workshop is free for all faculty and staff. The dates, times and details are as follows:

Overview for Supervisors
Tuesday, Oct. 24
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) U Mon Hon Room
The workshop will help supervisors understand the provisions of the FMLA Act, highlight the university's leave policies and procedures, and explain how to use the leave policies and supervisory tools that are available as they assist employees in balancing work and family needs.

Overview for Employees
Thursday, Oct. 26
9 to 10 a.m.
MBSC Student U Mon Hon Room
The workshop will help employees understand the provisions of the FMLA Act and highlight the university's leave policies, procedures and forms used.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3665.

5th Annual Diversity Fair Set for Oct. 25

The UNO section of the National Council of Negro Women will host its 5th Annual Diversity Fair Wednesday, Oct. 25. The event will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The 2006 theme is "Collision of Cultures."

The diversity fair art gallery and organization information tables will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery will feature artwork from various UNO and community artists.

The fair also will include cultural performances between noon and 1 p.m.

For more information or to participate in this event, call 554.2711.

Nominations Sought for New "STEP UP" Award

Interim UNO Chancellor John Christensen has created a new STEP UP Award to recognize UNO faculty and staff efforts.

The award is intended to recognize individuals and groups of faculty or staff who, in the last year, volunteered to take on and complete unexpected university-related work that was above and beyond the scope of their normal responsibilities.

Nomination forms and guidelines are available by clicking on the following link:


For more information, contact Lanyce Keel, STEP UP Award committee chairperson, at

Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due Oct. 31

The deadline to submit changes for the 2007-08 UNO Undergraduate Catalog is Tuesday, Oct. 31. The changes should be submitted to Marian McDonald, 108 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, call 554.3674.

TIAA-CREF Schedule through November Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for October and November. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees on the following dates:

- Oct. 24 and 31
- Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Louella Williams at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3610 or on the Web at