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A Model of Success: UNO-Western Hills Partnership Thrives at Six Years

by Tim Kaldahl

They think big at Western Hills Elementary and they sure like UNO.

The full name for the school near 66th Street and Western Avenue is, in fact, Western Hills University Partnership Magnet Center. ...continue

UNO Professor Receives Fulbright Scholar Appointment

Ziaul Huq, a professor of management in UNO's College of Business Administration (CBA), has received a Fulbright Scholar appointment.

While on sabbatical from UNO this spring, Dr. Huq will teach graduate level courses at two universities in Bangladesh. At Dhaka University, the largest and the most prestigious university in the country, he will offer doctoral and executive seminars on quality and strategic operations management. At Stamford University, one of the largest private universities of Bangladesh, he will teach core graduate and upper division courses in production and operations management.

In addition, Dr. Huq will work with faculty members to develop pedagogical techniques and curriculum. Although not a part of his Fulbright grant, Dr. Huq is also planning to conduct research on quality and process management in a developing economy.

The traditional Fulbright Scholar program sends just a few hundred U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. The scholars are selected through a rigorous application and review process. They lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The program is sponsored by the United States Department of State/Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Dr. Huq has been a faculty member at UNO since 1987. He received his master's in statistics from Dhaka University, Bangladesh, and his doctorate in operations management from the University of Kentucky.

For more information, call 554.3502.

SAC Elections Approaching

The deadline to receive Staff Advisory Council (SAC) nominations is approaching. Submissions need to be in by Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Elected members serve for a three-year term. Those elected will serve from November 2007 through November 2010. The following areas have terms that are expiring and need new representatives:
- Facilities/Custodial/Grounds (managerial/professional)
- College of Public Affairs and Community Services/College of Business Administration/College of Information Science & Technology (managerial/professional)
- College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media/Criss Library/Information Technology Services (managerial/professional)
- Student Services/Milo Bail Student Center (managerial/professional)
- Business and Finance/Support Services (office/service)
- Facilities/Custodial/Grounds (office/service)
- College of Arts and Sciences/Collegeof Education/International (office/service)
- Office of Chancellor/University Relations/Student Affairs/Athletics (office/service)

To nominate someone or volunteer, send submissions to:

Charlene Wilcox
cwilcox@mail.unomaha.edu

For more information, contact Wilcox at 554.3970.

Constitution Week Events Begin

A theatre presentation of the U.S. Constitution will kick off Constitution Week at UNO today, Sept. 17. The Reader's Theatre will present the U.S. Constitution, performed by the UNO Forensics Team and speech students. The presentation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Fireplace Lounge.

The UNO Civic Participation Project is sponsoring Constitution Week. The organization seeks to engage the university community to better understand and participate in activities designed to increase civic engagement.

A civil liberties panel presentation is set for Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Durham Western Heritage Museum, 801 S. 10th St. The discussion, "Balancing the Protection of Public Safety and the Preservation of Civil Liberties in a Time of Terror," will feature UNO Political Science professors Steve Bullock, Carson Holloway and Olga Lagotska. Admission to the panel discussion is free.

"We The People: New Generation Expressions" will be presented in the MBSC Ballroom from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Faculty and students from Western Hills University Partnership Magnet School will showcase their art pieces on popular sovereignty.

Next month the UNO Civic Participation Project will host "By the People: Dialogues in Democracy." In collaboration with Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, the event will feature 100 Omaha residents who will discuss immigration in Nebraska, and how the state should address the issue. "By the People: Dialogues in Democracy" will be held on the UNO campus Sunday, Oct. 14.

Omaha is one of 11 cities across the country that will participate in the "By the People" project this year. A television special on the discussion will air later on NET Television.

The 11 discussions will culminate in a national town hall meeting at the House of Burgesses in Colonial Williamsburg. The program will air on PBS later this year.

Call 554.3196 for more information. Visit http://www.pbs.org/newshour/btp/ for more information about the "By the People" project.

Latino Heritage Month Events Kick Off

The annual Latino Heritage Month celebration at UNO kicks off today, Sept. 17. All events are free and open to the public, and will take place on the UNO campus.

The schedule - which includes a variety of music, food and presentations - is listed below.

Today, Sept. 17
- Musical performance by SABOR, the South Omaha Arts Institute's Latin rhythm band
Noon to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza

Wednesday, Sept. 19
- Poetry reading and talk by Latino-American poet and scholar Francisco X. Alarcón (A book signing will be held with Alarcón immediately following his talk.)
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center

Tuesday, Oct. 2
- Latin Culture Mixer (featuring food, games and socializing)
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MBSC Dodge Room

Friday, Oct. 12
- "True Stories of ‘Illegal' Border Crossings: Narrating the Non-Nation"
Presentation by Marta Caminero-Santangelo, associate professor of English and founder of Latino Studies at the University of Kansas
(This event is being held in conjunction with the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies Charla Series.)
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

For more information, call 554.2711.

Criss Library to Host Constitution Day Speaker

Celebrate Constitution Day at the Criss Library today, Sept. 17, when Carson Holloway, assistant professor of political science at UNO, presents "Executive Privilege and the Constitution." The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

"We're honored to have Dr. Holloway speak to us on this timely topic," said Jim Shaw, government documents librarian. "Consitution Day gives us a great opportunity to examine meaningful political issues and hold great discussions relevant today."

During 2005-06, Dr. Holloway was a William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. His books include All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and Politics and The Right Darwin? Evolution, Religion and the Future of Democracy. He is currently at work on a book on the thought of John Paul II and modern political philosophy, which will be published by Baylor University Press.

For more information, contact Shaw at 554.2225 or jshaw@mail.unomaha.edu.

Skau to Present Reading at the Sheldon

UNO Professor Mike Skau will read some of his poetry at an event at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The reading is a promotional event for Nebraska Presence, an anthology of Nebraska poets, soon to be published by The Backwaters Press. Five other poets--Fred Zydek, Twyla Hansen, Lucy Adkins, Roy Scheele and Sarah McKinstry-Brown--will also take part in the reading. The Sheldon is located at 12th and R streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

Dr. Skau, in addition to his teaching and research work in the UNO English Deparment, has published short stories, a chapbook of poetry (Me and God, available from bradypress) and more than 80 poems in magazines.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Mav Kids to Host "Kiss Summer Goodbye" Sept. 22 Event

The Mav Kids Youth Program will host a "Kiss Summer Goodbye" event on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Cost is $15 for UNO students and Campus Recreation activity cardholders and $20 for general public and non-cardholders.

Open to children ages 5 to 12, activities will include swimming, arts and crafts and gym games. Lunch is included.

Pre-registration is required and can be completed in 100 HPER. Participant waivers must be signed, so no phone registrations will be accepted.

For more information, contact Lisa or Ryan in the Campus Recreation office at 554.2539

ITS Announces Graphics Workshops

Information Technology Services' (ITS) Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will offer two informative, hands-on sessions designed to help faculty and staff enhance graphics for classroom instruction, training or marketing. All UNO faculty and staff are invited to attend.

- Basic Photoshop CS3
Tuesday, Sept. 18
10 a.m. to noon
204 Criss Library
In this class attendees will become familiar with the Photoshop CS3 Interface, Workspace and Toolbars and how to manipulate image layers and basic graphic file types.

- Optimizing Graphics
Thursday, Sept. 20
10 a.m. to noon
204 Criss Library
This is a hands-on workshop to assist faculty and staff in refining images that are visually appealing, effective and consumer friendly. Participants will cover basic image optimization techniques by Utilizing Photoshop C3, and will learn techniques to enhance, compose and compress images for use in printed media, on video displays and in Web sites. The session will also provide training in Create Once, Publish Everywhere (COPE), a technique used to refine a single master graphic so it can be published to print and electronic media

To sign up for these courses a faculty or staff member needs to:

- Go to http://www.unomaha.edu/api/calendar.php.

- Select September from the drop down menu on the right and click "Go."

- Enter their SAP personnel number (This is the five-digit number on the UNO photo ID. It is also on university check stubs.)

- Click "Sign Up."

- Click "Ok" to confirm the personnel number.

- An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration.

A minimum of five people need to be signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class for it to be held. An e-mail notification will be sent the day before if the class is cancelled.

For problems registering, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

TIAA-CREF Schedule through October Announced

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees this September and October.

The dates are:

- Sept. 18 and 27

- Oct. 9 and 30

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Gennie Pettit at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3610 or by visiting the Web at http://www.tiaa-cref.org/moc.

Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule

The UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity have four remaining Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshops scheduled for late September through early November.

The workshops are designed for departments or schools anticipating a faculty search within two years. Participants might include deans, directors, chairs, faculty and administrative assistants. The workshops will assist departments/schools in search processes that reflect UNO's commitment to faculty, staff and student diversity.

Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must either attend one of the workshops or have a meeting of the search committee with Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies, Sharon Ulmar, director of the office of diversity and equal opportunity, or Kristine Bell, assistant to the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. Faculty participating in searches must also attend a workshop once every two years.

All of the Fall Recruitment Workshops will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO People Admin System and EEO guidelines and requirements. All workshops will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). The remaining workshop dates and times are listed below.

- Wednesday, Sept. 19
10 to 11:30 a.m.
MBSC Chancellor's Room

- Monday, Sept. 24 (Note date change: Event was previously scheduled for Sept. 28.)
1 to 2:30 p.m.
MBSC Chancellor's Room

- Tuesday, Oct. 2
1 to 2:30 p.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

- Wednesday, Nov. 7
10 to 11:30 a.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

For more information about the workshops, contact Dr. Smith-Howell (554.4849 or dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu), Bell (554.2262 or kbell@mail.unomaha.edu) or Ulmar (554.2872 or sulmar@mail.unomaha.edu).

Speech Center Consulting Room Fall Hours

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), has started its fall hours. Hours are generally 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make an appointment, call 554.3201 or stop by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/speechcenter/ to find out more information. Call 554.3201 or send an e-mail to unospeechcenter@mail.unomaha.edu to schedule an appointment.

Anyone with questions or faculty members interested in scheduling a consultant to come to classrooms to introduce students to the center and to talk about presentation skills can call the Speech Center at 554.3201 or send an e-mail to unospeechcenter@mail.unomaha.edu.

Participants Sought for UNMC Teen Depression Study

Teens experiencing depression are being recruited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Adolescent depression symptoms may include:
- often being sad, unhappy or in a bad mood;
- trouble sleeping or staying asleep;
- change in appetite;
- loss of interest or motivation, decreased energy; and
- feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.

Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements. To participate, adolescents must be 12 to 17 years of age. To learn more about this UNMC clinical research study, call 552.6240 or 552.6241.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff are also admitted free.

At home this week...

Friday, Sept. 21
Soccer vs. North Dakota
Soccer Field, Center location
4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22
Volleyball vs. St. Cloud State
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
4 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.