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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

Maverick Hockey to Be Broadcast Live on B2 Networks


On Sept. 19, B2 Networks and UNO Athletic Director David Miller announced a multi-year partnership that will bring Maverick ice hockey to the leading provider of broadband broadcasting. The partnership will begin during the 2007-08 season with all home games being shown live on B2 Networks.

With the addition of UNO, B2 Networks has partnerships with four members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA): UNO, Northern Michigan, Ferris State and Lake Superior State. UNO's away games at B2 partner institutions will also be broadcast live and available to fans worldwide.

"We're very pleased to be able to offer a service like this to our loyal hockey fans and stakeholders," Miller said. "We believe that live broadcasts on B2 Networks will enhance our program and presentation of UNO Maverick hockey."

Live hockey games will be aired through the school's athletic Web site ( Fans wanting to watch Maverick hockey via B2 Networks will need a high-speed Internet connection and a current version of Microsoft Windows Media Player. Games will be sold on an individual basis with special viewing packages announced at a later date.

"We are thrilled to add another strong university to our growing collegiate partner list, especially an outstanding CCHA hockey program," said Richard Brosal, executive vice president for business operations and marketing at B2 Networks. "By offering live action of all home games and some away games on B2 Networks, UNO's fans will benefit from the extra accessibility of Maverick hockey."

B2 Networks is a premier provider of reliable and secure international television and pay-per-view broadcasting systems. Its worldwide network of arenas, stadiums, local venues and data centers distribute live sports and events to personal computers, television screens, mobile devices and commercial venues around the world.

To access the B2 Networks' Programming Guide, visit For information about B2 Networks, visit

"Consider This" to Discuss Bullying

According to national surveys, almost 30 percent of youth in the United States (more than 5.7 million) are estimated to be involved in bullying - as either a bully, a target of bullying or both. Bullying can affect a child's sense of self-worth and future relationships. Chronic bullies seem to maintain their behaviors into adulthood, negatively influencing their ability to develop and maintain positive relationships.

Learning to spot the signs that a child is involved with bullying - either as the victim or as the bully - and how to help stop bullying is the focus of this week's "Consider This" with host Andrea McMaster. McMaster will talk with Stefany Meyer-Reed, center director for KIDPOWER Omaha, and Jami Givens, a psychology doctoral student from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The show will air tonight, Sept. 20, at 11 p.m. on KYNE-TV.

The program will also be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Sept. 23
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Sept. 24
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Sept. 26
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

WWII Posters on Display Beginning Sept. 24

The Criss Library will display vintage posters from the World War II era Sept. 24 through Nov. 18.

The exhibit, "Homeland Morale to Homeland Security: Original WWII Posters," features posters issued by the Office of War Information during the war. The posters were displayed in post offices, railroad stations and other public places to bolster morale and encourage public support.

"Several of the posters remain instantly recognizable, such as Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms," said James T. Shaw, government documents librarian at Criss Library. "Others feature images which have largely been forgotten, but they reflect concerns that viewers will recognize as resonating today as our military engages in conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq."

The exhibit is free to the public and available for viewing during regular library hours. The posters are drawn from the U.S. Documents collection of Criss Library.

"Homeland Morale to Homeland Security" compliments another World War II exhibit at the library next month. On Friday, Oct. 5, a mobile museum will be parked near the library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Behind Barbed Wire: Midwest POWs in Nazi Germany" will tour the Midwest this fall.

The traveling exhibition is displayed inside a renovated school bus. Photographs and other war-related memorabilia explore the experiences of Midwest prisoners of war. Visit for additional details about the "Behind Barbed Wire" exhibit.

For more information, call 554.2762.

UNO Memorial Service Sept. 27 for Wayne Wheeler

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, for retiree Wayne Wheeler, an emeritus faculty member in the UNO Department of Sociology/Anthropology, who passed away Aug. 26. The service will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Wheeler retired in 1993 after more than 26 years of service to the university.

Snacks and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Sharon Hudson at 554.2626.

English Students to Participate in MCC Writing Center Reading Series

Two UNO graduate students and a recent master's graduate, all from the UNO Department of English, will be the featured speakers Thursday, Sept. 27, at a Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Writing Center Reading Series event. The readings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the South Omaha MCC Campus Writing Center, 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave., in Room 222 of the Connector Building.

The speakers are listed below:

- Dan Brewer is a freelance writer with published work in NEBRASKAland Magazine, Hesperus, Eureka Studies and Fine Lines. He will read his previously published travel essays, "Bus to Chicago" and "Yankee Go Home," and a forthcoming nature essay, "The Yellow Floating Heart - Beautiful Invader." He graduated from UNO last spring.

- Theresa Swanson is a UNO graduate student in nonfiction writing and was recently published in South Dakota Review. A lifelong resident of South Omaha, her autobiographical essay, "Working Stiff," remembers her packinghouse father.

- Joel Thomas serves as emcee and reader at the Blue Flamingo Reading Series, and he will read from his travel narrative, "Place and the Potawatomi: Trails of Life and Death," on the Potawatomi American Indians. Earlier this year, he received a University of Nebraska Presidential Graduate Fellowship.

For more information, call 250.2763.

Speech Center to Offer Fall Lunch & Learn Series for Students

The UNO Speech Center is offering free workshops on presentation skills this semester. All students are invited to attend, and free pizza and pop will be provided.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

"Banish Those Butterflies: Overcoming Speech Anxiety"
Date: Thursday, Oct. 11
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

"Moving from Paper to Presentation: A Transformation"
Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: MBSC Un mon hon Room

"Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation"
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 5
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: MBSC Dodge Room A

To register for one or more sessions, or for more information, contact Marlina Davidson at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited, so participants must register at least three days in advance.

"Service-Learning 101" Scheduled for Oct. 8 and 9

The UNO Service-Learning Academy will offer its two-hour workshop, "Service-Learning 101," twice more this fall to help faculty design service-learning projects that meet genuine community needs.

The remaining workshop dates and times are listed below:

- Monday, Oct. 8
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
286 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH)
(political science conference room)

- Tuesday, Oct. 9
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
280C ASH
(dean's conference room)

For many UNO faculty members, "community engagement" is service learning. For a class, service learning means integrating community service projects into coursework so students apply course concepts, see their relevance to everyday life and gain the satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

Participants thinking about adding service learning to a particular course should bring that syllabus to the workshop.

The following components will be discussed:

- Elements of good practice in service learning;

- Transforming the syllabus - integrating experiential learning;

- Developing a partnership;

- Dimensions of learning for students: Designing and evaluating project assignments;

- Reflection: Integrating experience and learning objectives;

- Closing the project experience: Presentations and celebration;

- Evaluating the project with partners/sustainability; and

- Action plans.

Faculty who are new to service learning and those with projects in development are welcome. To register, call the Service-Learning Academy at 554.6019 or send an e-mail to

For more information and to schedule a follow-up consultation, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

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

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

The cost is $15 for UNO students and Campus Recreation activity cardholders, and $20 for the public and non-cardholders.

Open to children ages 5 to 12 years, 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.

Nominations Sought for SAC Members

The deadline to submit Staff Advisory Council (SAC) nominations is Wednesday, Sept. 26. Elected members will serve three-year terms, from November 2007 through November 2010.

The following areas have expiring terms and need new representatives:

- Facilities/Custodial/Grounds (managerial/professional);

- College of Public Affairs and Community Services/College of Business Administration/College of Information Science and 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/College of Education/International (office/service); and

- Office of Chancellor/University Relations/Student Affairs/Athletics (office/service).

To nominate someone or volunteer, send submissions to Charlene Wilcox at

For more information, contact Cox at 554.3970.

Grant Writers Invited to COS Online Demonstration

Faculty, staff and graduate students who may be submitting University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) grants or other grants this semester are invited to attend the next Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration 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 online resources for finding funding.

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