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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

Volunteers Sought for KVNO Pledge Drive

Celebrating its 35th year of service, Classical 90.7 KVNO kicks off its Fall Pledge Drive Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The station, located in 100 Engineering, will be fundraising live on-air for seven days in an effort to reach its $80,000 pledge drive goal.

Highlights of the drive will include the premier of the "KVNO Idols," community members who auditioned and were selected to share the microphone with KVNO announcers during the drive. Also donors can watch for Mozart on roller skates during the "Drive by and Donate Day," Monday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center portico.

Numerous UNO faculty and staff have already volunteered to assist with taking pledge calls, but more hands are needed.

"Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy great music, spirited camaraderie, free food and door prizes, while helping to support an important cultural institution situated in the heart of the UNO community," said Kim Balkovec, KVNO membership manager.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Balkovec at 559.5866 or

United Way Online Pledging Demonstrations Today, Tomorrow

The 2007 UNO-United Way Campaign begins Monday, Oct. 1. For the first time, UNO will conduct the campaign electronically.

"During the month of October, UNO faculty and staff can pledge online through an efficient, secure system that mirrors the traditional card pledging system of years past," said Rod Oberle, director of Human Resources. "Online pledging is an exciting change for our campaign and gives faculty and staff the opportunity to quickly and easily donate to the cause."

Instead of receiving a card, employees will receive a user name and password in an e-mail sent to their UNO e-mail address. A handful of employees who do not have an e-mail account can still use the pledge card system. A "no-pledge" option will remain available online for employees choosing not to donate.

Demonstrations of the online pledging system will be conducted in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room at 9 a.m. today, Sept. 26, and again at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27. All faculty and staff are invited to attend one of the 20-minute demonstrations. Employees unable to attend a demonstration, but who need help in using the system, should visit the Human Resources Office, 205 Eppley Administration Building.

HR to Offer Workshop on "Conducting Interviews"

Human Resources will offer a "Conducting Interviews" workshop Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

This session will offer tips for hiring authorities on how to sift through the information on an employment application; form objective, open-ended questions and follow equal opportunity guidelines in the search for good employees. 

For more information, contact the Human Resources Office at 554.2321.

OLLAS Charla Series Opens Sept. 28 with a Literary Discussion

The UNO Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) Charla Series will open its 2007-08 season Friday, Sept. 28, with a talk on "Margarito Rodriguez: A Literary Testimonio of the Midwest" by Ramon Guerra.

The event, which is being held in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, will begin at 3 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. It is free and open to the public. "Charla" is the Spanish term for conversation or chat.

Guerra, a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in his work examines contemporary Chicana and Chicano narratives that resist and expand established literary historiographies. His dissertation, "Literature as Witness:  Testimonial Aspects of Chicano Self Identity Narratives," investigates how Chicano/Chicano narratives provide self-historicizing perspectives.

The event is co-sponsored by the UNO Department of English and OLLAS/U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, call 554.3835.

UNO Soccer Pancake Feed Sept. 30

Help support the UNO soccer team by attending the Corner Kick Booster Club's annual Pancake Feed this Sunday, Sept. 30. The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chili Green's Dome, 68th & Spring streets. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under.

After the pancakes, the soccer Mavericks of UNO take on the Mavericks of Minnesota State-Mankato at 1 p.m. at the UNO soccer field.

All proceeds go to the UNO soccer program to help with travel expenses throughout the year. For more information, contact Head Soccer Coach Don Klosterman at 554.4962.

UCRCA to Host "Tips" Brown Bag

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) will host a Brown Bag, "Tips for Preparing a UCRCA Grant Proposal," on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon Room.

Drinks and dessert will be provided.  The guidelines for UCRCA proposal submission are now available on the Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Web site at

For more information, contact John Erickson, UCRCA chair, at 554.3163 or SPR at 554.2286.

New Orleans Restoration Focus of Oct. 4 Presentation

The Student Programming Organization presents "Soul Savers in the Big Easy" by speaker Earl Barthé Jr. of the New Orleans Soul Patrol Restoration on Thursday, Oct. 4.

The presentation, held in the Nebraska Room of the Milo Bail Student Center, begins at 11 a.m. with poetry readings, followed by Barthé Jr.'s lecture at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

A New Orleans writer, storyteller, levee breach survivor and rescue hero, Barthé Jr. brings life and truth of experiencing the flooded areas of New Orleans in the aftermath of the hurricane Katrina levee breach through an emotional lecture.

Originating from a 2005 radio interview at WSUI in Iowa City, Iowa, "Soul Savers in the Big Easy" is a powerful story of the rescue efforts of three members of a civilian rescue team that became known as the Soul Patrol. The three men spent 12 days living on the floodwaters of New Orleans' Seventh Ward.

The story focuses on how Rick Mathieu, Barthé Jr. and Jadell Beard rescued more than 500 people from houses and rooftops, bringing them to safer areas for evacuation. Barthé Jr.'s lecture is a compelling account of Katrina striking the city, seeing the white caps of the levee breaches rush in and the often challenging and sometimes tragic and heartbreaking rescue attempts.

In addition, he gives a critical analysis of the media coverage following Katrina and the flood, the slow response of rescue operations, the lack of government involvement and its social impact, their eventual unsettling evacuation out of New Orleans to an unknown destination and his struggle to survive displacement.

Call 554.2623 for more information.

Criss Library Offers Multi-Media for Checkout

Need a video camera for a multi-media production? Criss Library has made three Sony Handycam video cameras and tripods available for use outside of the library to all current UNO faculty, staff and students.

The cameras have a three-day loan period and can be renewed if no one is waiting for one to be returned. The cameras come equipped with a camera bag, manual, USB cable and A/C adapter.  An accessory pack is also available for checkout with a remote control, remote microphone, wireless receiver and A/V cables. 

"We are eager to offer this opportunity to the UNO faculty, staff and students.  We're hopeful this will help to accommodate a much needed service," said Doug Loewens, day circulation supervisor.

Patrons will need to sign a check-out form and must have their MavCard to complete the transaction.  Patrons are responsible for damages. For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

"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:

- 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

Toner Recycling Program Benefits Campus

All campus departments are encouraged to recycle their printer and toner cartridges in support of the ongoing recycling program conducted by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and UNO Mail Services. Two-thirds of the monies received from this project go to student scholarships, and one-third goes to SAC for ongoing projects.

All used toner/ink jet cartridges can be sent to Mail Services in the 106 Eppley Administration Building and addressed as follows:

UNO Mail Services - Toner Recycling Project

For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at 554.2625.