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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

SPO to Host Sept. 19 Ellis Performance

Ellis, a singer/songwriter, will play in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from noon to 2 p.m.

She will perform two 45-minute sets with a meet and greet in between. The event is sponsored by the Student Programming Organization (SPO).

"Ellis has been honored at many music and song writing festivals, and calls her style ‘heart centered folk/rock,'" said Erin Cron, SPO advisor. "It is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend,"

For more information, call SPO at 554.2711.

More information on Ellis is available at

WRC to Offer Free Car Maintenance Workshops

The Women's Resource Center (WRC) will offer two free Car Maintenance Workshops this semester.  Dates are Thursday, Sept. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the center, which is located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

Dinner, which starts at 5:30 p.m., is included. Space is limited. Contact WRC to register or more information at or 554.2730

Fall Student Leadership Conference Set for Oct. 13

The UNO Fall Student Leadership Conference set for Saturday, Oct. 13, will feature topics important to current or future student leaders.  UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) organized the event around a nationally-known leadership consultant from the High Impact Training organization.

All UNO students are invited to attend, said Shayna Royal, UNO Emerging Leaders coordinator.  The consultant from High Impact, Tracy Knofla, has nearly 20 years of speaking experience and often presents to higher education and non-profit audiences.

"Our theme of ‘Make Your Impact' speaks to the concerns and hopes of student leaders," Royal said.  "In addition to practical suggestions, we also expect a very positive, very interesting discussion."

Topics covered at the conference include:

- Facilitating "Difficult Dialogues;"

- Helping organization members "get it;"

- Building networks of student leaders;

- Utilizing channels of command to address concerns; and

- Learning effective means to get goals accomplished.

The William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center will host the event, which runs from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Registration starts at 8:15 a.m.  The cost to attend is $20 and includes meals, a t-shirt and conference materials.  Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 5.  Forms are available in the SOLP office in the Milo Bail Student Center or by calling 554.2711.

Getscher to Give Prints Lecture Sept. 27 at UNO

Robert H. Getscher, professor emeritus at John Carroll University (Cleveland) and a member of the Print Council of America, will present "The World of Prints Through the Eyes of a Collector" Thursday, Sept. 27, at UNO.  The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery, located in the Weber Fine Arts Building.

Dr. Getscher is an expert on the prints of James McNeil Whistler and the author of An Annotated and Illustrated Version of Giorgio Vasari's History of Italian and Northern Prints from His Lives of Artists (1550-1568), Volumes I and II.  He will also attend the Sept. 30 print sale in the UNO Art Gallery.

For more information, contact the UNO Department of Art and Art History at 554.2420.

"Conversations about Prints" Set for Sept. 30 at UNO

The UNO Print Workshop and the Friends of Art will host a master prints sale and exhibition Sunday, Sept. 30.  "Conversations about Prints" will feature prints from the Thomas French Fine Art and Paul McCarron Fine Prints and Drawings galleries from 1 to 6 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery, located in the Weber Fine Arts Building.

Thomas French of Thomas French Fine Art (Fairlawn, Ohio) and Beth McKeown of Paul McCarron Fine Prints and Drawings (New York) will exhibit a selection of master prints in a variety of mediums for viewing and sale.  Both dealers are members of the International Fine Print Dealers Association.

Robert H. Getscher - noted art historian, author and fine print connoisseur - will also be on hand at the event to provide education and consultation.

For more information, contact the UNO Department of Art and Art History at 554.2420.

Grant Writers Invited to COS On-line Demonstration

Faculty, staff and graduate students who may be submitting University Committee on Research (UCR) grants or other grants this semester are invited to attend the next Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. in 207 Criss Library.  The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various COS on-line resources for finding funding. 

Reservations are not required.  For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger, assistant director for SPR, at 554.2286.

UNO Theatre Season Tickets Available

Season tickets are on sale for the UNO Department of Theatre's 2007-2008 season, which opens with Yasmina Rezia's "Art" on Thursday, Oct. 11.

"Art" performances will run Oct. 11-13 and 17-20. The season also includes Jean Giraudoux's "The Madwoman of Chaillot," Nov. 15-17, 28-30 and Dec. 1; "NU Ways/NU Works Festival," Feb. 28, March 1 and 5-8; and "The Birds," a world premier musical by D. Scott Glasser and Jeffrey Bell based on the play by Aristophanes, April 17-19 and 23-26.

The UNO Department of Theatre is home to a faculty with more than 150 years of combined professional theatre experience. In addition, alumni from both the undergraduate and graduate programs at UNO are working professionally in theatres across the country. The department provides professional-quality theatre at discounted season ticket prices.

For season ticket information, contact Tawanna Hollins, UNO Theatre Department secretary, at 554.2406.

Syndicated Media Critic to Speak at UNO Sept. 24

Norman Solomon, a journalist and nationally syndicated media columnist, will speak at UNO later this month.

Solomon will speak from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room. The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by UNO's School of Communication.

Since 1992, Solomon has written "Media Beat," a weekly nationally syndicated column on media and politics. PBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN and NPR have welcomed Solomon on various programs to discuss politics and the mainstream media.

"Across the political spectrum, and across the country, many Americans are feeling deep concerns about the priorities of the federal government," Solomon said. "Dividing lines between ‘foreign policy' and ‘domestic policy' are near the vanishing point. The budgets at the Pentagon and the lives shattered in Iraq are integral to the realities of our society, whether we live in New Hampshire or Nebraska or California."

Solomon's books include Target Iraq, Wizards of Media Oz: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News, The Trouble With Dilbert: How Corporate Culture Gets the Last Laugh, False Hope: The Politics of Illusion in the Clinton Era and The Power of Babble: The Politician's Dictionary of Buzzwords and Doubletalk for Every Occasion.

A documentary titled "War Made Easy," based on Solomon's 2005 book by the same name, was recently released. Actor Sean Penn narrated the film.

"Norman Solomon has long insisted that the media act in their role as the founders, such as Thomas Jefferson, would have intended, as questioner, and check on governmental power," said Bruce Johansen, UNO communication professor and the event's organizer. "In our time, that means holding the current administration to account on its record nationally and globally."

Solomon's latest book, Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State, will be published in October by PoliPointPress.

Call 554.2762 for more information. Solomon's Web site is

Call for 2007-08 UCAT Conference Travel Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants designed to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. Applications are encouraged for interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on several themes. Visit for a list of links to designated conferences.

Travel grant applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Active learning;

- Assessment and e-Portfolios;

- Graduate instruction/mentoring;

- Interdisciplinary integration; and

- Promoting critical thinking.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis from September through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $800 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site (

Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application, in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats, as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll ( Hard copy submissions should be sent to the CFD in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. Two examples of successful applications are available on the CFD/UCAT Web site (

For more information, contact Wayne Harrison, professor of psychology and the 2007-08 UCAT chair, at 554.2452 or


- A national public relations group has appointed Gail F. Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media at UNO, to its newest task force.

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) created the task force last month, which will explore the certification of public relations professionals across the country. It's comprised of senior professionals representing a variety of disciplines and special interest areas among PRSA's 32,000 professional and student members. UNO has a Public Relations Student Society of America chapter on campus that has received national recognition, as well.

Baker is an active and accredited PRSA member. She served on the Honors and Awards Committee, chaired the Individual Awards Committee and was chair of the Multicultural Section. She is also a member of the College of Fellows.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, her master's from Roosevelt University and a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Baker joined UNO last year from the University of Florida where she held numerous positions since 1995, including: vice president for public relations, director of communications, special assistant to the provost for academic communications, and chair and associate professor of public relations in the College of Journalism and Communications.

- Shaista Wahab, a Criss Library professor, spent two days with the students and faculty of Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On Sept. 9, she was the guest speaker at the "Issue Dinner" where once a year a speaker is invited to discuss a specific topic with students and faculty. Wahab spoke about the social and cultural relationship in Afghanistan. On Sept. 11, she made another presentation on the affect of war on Afghan society. At the request of teaching faculty members, she also spoke at two different classes and discussed Afghanistan related topics.

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