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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 Job Fair Begins Today

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

Today's job fair 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.

WRC and Alpha Xi Delta Offers Self-Defense Workshop Today

The Women's Resource Center (WRC) and Alpha Xi Delta sorority have teamed up to host a free self-defense workshop today, 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. The event includes a free lunch.

For more information, contact the WRC at 554.2730 or unowrc@mail.unomaha.edu.

Stanford Professor to Discuss "Writing and Learning Across the Disciplines" Oct. 10

Stanford Professor Andrea Lunsford will visit the UNO campus on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to discuss "Writing and Learning Across the Disciplines." The workshop runs from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. All UNO faculty are welcome to attend.

Dr. Lunsford is the director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University. She wrote The Saint Martin's Handbook, which students use in all first-year composition courses and many advanced writing courses at UNO, as well as several writing textbooks and dozens of scholarly books and articles on writing, rhetoric and the teaching of writing. 

Dr. Lunsford will discuss the benefits and the challenges of assigning writing across the curriculum, highlighting the relationship between writing and learning.

To register, contact Alice Woll at the Center for Faculty Development at awoll@mail.unomaha.edu. For more information, contact Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator Nora Bacon at 554.3318 or nbacon@mail.unomaha.edu.

"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" today, 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, she said.  The session will include a discussion of:  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 unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu. For additional questions, call Clark at 554.2872.

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 runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"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.

R.S.V.P.s were required by Sept. 21. For details, contact Lucy Garza at lgarza@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.3835. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ollas/ for more information about OLLAS.

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.  His lecture will begins 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 Sunday, Sept. 30, print sale in the UNO Art Gallery.

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

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra to Play Mexican Orchestral Gems Sept. 28

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

Speech Center to Offer Fall Lunch & Learn Series for Students

The UNO Speech Center will offer free workshops this semester on presentation skills. All students are invited to attend, and free pizza and pop will be provided.  To register for one or more sessions or for more information contact Marlina Davidson at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or mmdavidson@mail.unomaha.edu. Space is limited so participants must register at least three days in advance.

The workshop topics follow below,

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

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.

Grant-Writers Invited to COS On-line Demonstration

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) invites faculty, staff and graduate students who may be submitting University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) grants or other grants this semester to attend the next Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. in 207 Criss Library.  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.

People

Human Resources Announces New Hires for August 2007

The UNO Office of Human Resources would like to welcome the following new hires (as of August 2007):

- Patricia Aronesenon, membership assistant, Radio;

- Carol Bach, custodian, Custodial Services;

- Susan Beckner, food tech III, Food Services;

- Erin Bock, coordinator of Metropolitan Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless, College of Public Affairs and Community Service;

- Kayla Brown, enrollment specialist II, Admissions Processing;

- Audrey Buckley, project manager, Planning & Architecture;

- Arnisha Collins, enrollment specialist II, Financial Aid;

- Dave Noel-Bernier, director of hockey operations, Hockey;

- Jacob Guthmiller, network technology coordinator, Student Affairs;

- Brandy Klipfel, secretary III, College of Education (promotion);

- Seth Korber, customer service tech coordinator, Customer Services;

- Shelley Henderson, K-12 coordinator, Service Learning Academy and American Humanics;

- Natasha Hayes, international studies administrative assistant, International Programs (temporary);

- Randall Herbst, assistant men's basketball coach, Men's Basketball;

- Erin Hicks, assistant athletic trainer, Training Room;

- Melissa Hill, project assistant, Records Registration & Reporting (promotion);

- Tawanna Hollins, secretary III-Theatre/Writer's Workshop, Theatre (transfer);

- Charity Huff, secretary II, Student Organization and Leadership Programs;

- Mohammed Husain, library assistant/building services, Criss Library;

- Matt Maher, compliance associate, NCAA Compliance (part-time);

- Jennifer Mullins, academic adviser, College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media;

- Ashley Oseka, project assistant, Physics (part-time);

- Sara Palermo, enrollment specialist II, Financial Aid;

- Delores Powell, custodian, Custodial Services;

- Wendy Townley, assistant director, University Relations;

- Emily Seybert, administrative tech I, International Programs (promotion);

- Anthony Snider, mail carrier, Mail Services (transfer);

- Nancy Stanek, enrollment specialist II, Records Registration & Reporting (transfer);

- Cari Woelich, secretary III, Psychology; and

- Margaret Zion, senior accountant, Controller.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.