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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

Homecoming Week "The Maverick Masquerade" Begins

It's Homecoming Week at UNO. The Student Programming Organization (SPO) will host a performance by R&B Artist Ryan Shaw today, Sept. 24, and a variety of other events in conjunction with Homecoming Week through Saturday, Sept. 29. The theme is "The Maverick Masquerade." The remaining schedule is as follows:

Today, Sept. 24
- R&B Artist Ryan Shaw
MBSC Nebraska Room

Tuesday, Sept. 25
- Comedian Pete Holmes
Eppley Administration Building Auditorium

Wednesday, Sept. 26
- Voting for Homecoming Royalty
MBSC first floor
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Homecoming Games
Pep Bowl
6 p.m.

- Raining Jane (funk/soul band)
MBSC Plaza
9 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27
- Voting for Homecoming Royalty
MBSC first floor
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Hypnotist Jim Wand
MBSC Ballroom
Noon to 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 28
- Voting for Homecoming Royalty
MBSC first floor
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Maverick Masquerade Dance
MBSC Nebraska Room
9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29
- Homecoming football game
King and queen winners TBA at halftime
Caniglia Field
1 p.m.

For more information, contact SPO at 554.2711 or

WRC and Alpha Xi Delta Offers Self Defense Workshop

The Women's Resource Center (WRC) and Alpha Xi Delta sorority are teaming up to host a free self defense workshop, which includes a free lunch, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to show up at anytime during the session and participate.

For more information, contact the WRC at 554.2730 or

"Proactive Approaches to Teaching Students with Disabilities in the Classroom and Online" Lecture Sept. 25

The Center for Faculty Development will host a lecture on "Proactive Approaches to Teaching Students with Disabilities in the Classroom and Online" Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.

UNO Disability Services Coordinator Kate Clark will conduct the lecture. The number of students with disabilities pursuing higher education is rising and faculty often have questions about how to accommodate their needs in the classroom and in online courses. This session will include a discussion of the following topics: the Universal Design for Learning theory; how to anticipate and plan for disability needs; how to make specific course components accessible before the class begins; and how to avoid foreseeable accommodation problems.

Clark will also highlight:
- Creating a course that is "universally designed" and requires little changes even if a student with a disability enrolls;

- Instructional methods that take into consideration students with disabilities; and

- Specific ways to apply these methods to tests, lectures, activities, power points and online course components.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development (220 Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.2427 or For additional questions, call Clark at 554.2872.

Global Studies and European Studies Conferences Set for Oct. 4-6

Numerous academics from across the globe will converge upon the UNO campus Oct. 4-6 for two conferences focused on international issues.

The 30th annual Global Studies Conference (GSC) will feature a variety of panels and presentations, and a keynote address by Gillian Martin Sorensen, senior advisor at the United Nations Foundation. Some of the topics at this year's GSC conference: Orientalism vs. Occidentalism; the impact of terrorism on global affairs; images of religion and politics; trends in country building; cultural integrity and globalization; and protecting human rights and combating terrorism.

The 32nd Annual European Studies Conference (ESC) will also be held over the same three days, and will feature 42 panels that will focus upon multifaceted perspectives on the present, past and future of the European continent. This interdisciplinary conference will draw more than 130 participants from colleges and universities in the United States and from abroad. Areas of interest include art, history, languages and literature along with current issues and future prospects in cultural, political, social and economic areas, philosophy, music, geography, theater, and film.

Most activities for both conferences will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) on the UNO campus. All events, except for the GSC Thursday, Oct. 4, dinner and keynote address, are free to UNO faculty, staff and students.

Sorensen's GSC address is titled "U.S. and U.N.: Can this Marriage be Saved?" The social hour prior to the presentation starts at 5:30 p.m. in the MBSC's Chancellor's room. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom, with the keynote to start at 7 p.m. Cost to attend is $30.

From 1997 to 2003, Sorensen served as assistant secretary-general for external relations on appointment by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. She was responsible for outreach to non-governmental organizations and was the contact point for the secretary-general with parliamentarians, the academic world, religious leaders and other groups committed to peace, justice, development and human rights.

On Friday, Oct. 5, Alexander Murphy, professor of geography and Rippey Chair in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon, will give a keynote luncheon address -- "European Union Expansion and the Changing Political Geography of Europe" -- to ESC conference participants. The event will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 p. m. in the Centennial Hall of the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Dr. Murphy specializes in cultural and political geography, with a regional emphasis on Europe. He is a past president of the Association of American Geographers, a vice-president of the American Geographic Society, and an editor of both Progress in Human Geography and Eurasian Geography and Economics.

"These conferences are a valuable supplement to our students' course work," said Rory Conces, GSC program chair and an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at UNO. "It is an informative arena in which students get an opportunity to listen to scholars and practitioners from around the world.

Tatyana Novikov, UNO professor of Russian, serves as the coordinator for the ESC.

For a complete list of the GSC panels, presenters and presentation times, go to and click on the 2007 Preliminary Program link. To see the entire ESC program, go to For more information on the GSC, call 554.2376. For more information on the ESC, call 554.4840.

UNO Job Fair This Week

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.

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

Nominations Sought for SAC Members

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/College of Education/International (office/service)
- Office of Chancellor/University Relations/Student Affairs/Athletics (office/service)

To nominate someone or volunteer, send submissions to:

Charlene Wilcox

For more information, contact Wilcox at 554.3970.

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.

WWII Posters Display Opens

The Criss Library will display vintage posters from the World War II era starting today, Sept. 24, through Sunday, 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.

"Service-Learning 101" Scheduled for Oct. 8 and 11

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)

- Thursday, Oct. 11 (previously scheduled for 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

Maverick Watch


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. 28
Volleyball vs. South Dakota
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29
- Football vs. Minnesota State, Mankato (Homecoming)
Caniglia Field, Dodge location
1 p.m.

- Soccer vs. St. Cloud State
Maverick Soccer Field, Center location
1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30
- Soccer vs. Minnesota State, Mankato
Maverick Soccer Field, Center location
1 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at