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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 Ellis Performance Today

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

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

"Ellis has been honored at many music and songwriting festivals, and calls her style ‘heart centered folk/rock,'" said Erin Cron, SPO adviser. "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

Chair Massage Service Available in HPER This Fall

Looking for a way to reduce stress?

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase a chair massage on campus this fall. A station will be set up on Fridays in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates: Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21.

Andrea Porter, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session or $20 for a 30-minute session.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits.  For more information, call 554.2539.

Vedic Math Presentation Sept. 22

The Indian Student Association at UNO will host a presentation on Vedic Math Saturday, Sept. 22, at 5 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room.

Sree N. Sreenath of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, is the guest speaker. Dr. Sreenath earned a bachelor's degree from Bangalore University, a master's from the Indian Institute of Science and a doctorate degree from the University of Maryland.

Vedic Math is an ancient form of mathematics where difficult problems or huge sums can be solved, often by easy methods with an emphasis on mental calculations.

For more information on Saturday's presentation, call 201.7549.

UNO to Host Ethics in PR Forum

Omaha public relations professionals will discuss ethical behavior in the face of a PR crisis during a forum Thursday, Sept. 27, at UNO.

"The Blame Game: Staying Ethical During a PR Crisis," sponsored by the UNO School of Communication and the Public Relations Student Society of America, will be held at the Milo Bail Student Center's Dodge Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Panelists with extensive PR experience will speak about dealing with issues such as product recalls and maintaining public trust in the midst of a crisis. Dr. Chris Allen, associate professor in the School of Communication, will moderate the forum.

Panelists include:

- Annie Haas, ConAgra Foods corporate communications manager;

- William E. Ramsey, veteran PR professional and owner of Ramsey Public Relations; and

- Elizabeth A. Weiss, corporate communications officer at Omaha Steaks.

An audience question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Karen Weber, PRSSA faculty adviser, at 554.2246 or e-mail at

Latino/Latin American Studies to Honor Cindy Gonzalez Sept. 27

Incoming Latino/a students, OLLAS majors and minors, Next Generation Leadership scholars at UNO, as well as OLLAS faculty and staff, are invited to attend a luncheon Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Alumni Center. The event is hosted by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains (OLLAS) at UNO.

The luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. R.S.V.P.s are requested by Thursday, Sept. 21, to Lucy Garza at or 554.3835.

"This luncheon is always a festive occasion which, at the same time, affords new and returning OLLAS students a chance to meet and network with other students as well as Latino/a and OLLAS faculty and staff, thus making very visible what we like to call La Presencía Latina at UNO (the Latino Presence at UNO). That presence is a critical ingredient for successful retention and future recruitment," said Lucy A. Garza, project coordinator and academic advisor of OLLAS at UNO. 

This year, OLLAS will honor Cindy Gonzalez, a reporter for the Omaha World-Herald, for the journalistic commitment and integrity in her coverage of immigration and Latino community issues.

"We think Cindy Gonzalez is a great example of the many Latina UNO graduates who have become successful professionals and have never forgotten the Latino collective ethos of contributing to the greater good of society," Garza said.

OLLAS was established in 2003 as the result of ongoing efforts of faculty, staff and students of the UNO Chicano/Latino Studies Program, a U.S. Department of Education grant and the support of the greater Omaha community. It is dedicated to the productive incorporation of the new and growing Latino population in the political, economic and social life of the Midwest.

Visit for more information about OLLAS.

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra to Play Mexican Orchestral Gems Sept. 28

Bienvenidos!  The UNO Heartland Philharmonic will perform a program of Mexican symphonic music on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center (PAC) Recital Hall.  Tickets are available at the door for $5 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens and free with a UNO MavCard.

"Omaha Sister Cities Association, River City Roundup and the UNO Department of Music invite everyone to a concert featuring rarely heard orchestral gems from Mexico," said Kimberly Ahrenholtz-Mettenbrink, Strauss PAC coordinator. "This performance is one of the official events of the 2007 River City Roundup and will carry out some of the themes of this annual celebration."

In attendance will be a delegation of officials from Xalapa - one of Omaha's five sister cities.  The orchestra will be guest conducted by one of Xalapa's foremost musical celebrities, Maestro Antonio Tornero, director of the Instituto Superior de Musica de Estado de Veracruz.  Maestro Tornero is highly regarded as a conductor, violinist and music educator throughout Mexico.

Music during the concert includes many works that incorporate popular folkloric Mexican elements.  Composers featured on the program are Marquez, Moncayo, Olivia, Beristain and Copland.  The national anthems of Mexico and the United States will also be performed.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

Conference on Aging Set for Oct. 21-22 at UNO

The UNO Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) will co-host "Aging with Passion and Purpose, A Conference on Aging" on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 21-22, on the UNO campus.

Keynote speakers for the event include Dr. Ann Basting from the TimeSlips Project, and Dr. Gene Cohen, director of the National Center on Aging, Health and Humanities.

The conference is sponsored by The Center for Healthy Aging, Ministries, Programs and Services (CHAMPS), the UNO School of Social Work, the UNO Department of Gerontology and PWSA.

To register for the conference, go to, or call CHAMPS at 895.2224.

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 at or 554.2730.

UNO Job Fair to Offer Two-day Fall Event

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 25 and 26, Career Exploration and Outreach will host a job fair featuring more than 110 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships. The event, both days, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

Sept. 25 is primarily dedicated to organizations that are non-profit, government, healthcare and university related. Sept. 26 will feature for-profit organizations. Professional interview attire is expected and students should bring copies of their résumé. For more information about the job fair and other services, contact Career Exploration and Outreach at 554.3672 or stop by 211 Eppley Administration Building.

The Fall 2007 Job Fair is sponsored by the following: ACI Worldwide, Applied Underwriters, Farm Bureau Financial Services, First Comp Insurance, First National Bank, Gallup, Union Pacific, Securities America, Alegent Health, ConAgra, Interpublic, National Indemnity, Northwestern Mutual, PayPal, Streck, Waddell & Reed, InfoUSA, Enterprise, Walgreens, UPS and Exxon Mobil.

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 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 to find out more information. Call 554.3201 or send an e-mail to 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