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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 Memorial Service Today for Wayne Wheeler

A memorial service will be held today, 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.

HR Workshop on "Conducting Interviews" Today

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

This session offers tips for hiring authorities to sift through information on an employment application; form objective, open-ended questions; and follow equal opportunity guidelines in their quest for that good employee.

For more information, contact HR at 554.2321.

Fall Study Abroad Fair Today

Anyone looking to broaden their horizons through international education or wanting to learn about how to fit study abroad into a degree can learn more today, Sept. 27, at the Fall Study Abroad Fair.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza. The rain location is the MBSC Fireplace Lounge.

Information will be available on new Arabic language courses, UNO sibling institution exchange opportunities, UNO-directed study abroad programs and third-party study abroad program providers. UNO International Studies and Programs sponsoring the annual fair.

For more information, contact Krista Cupich, study abroad and international admissions advisor, at 554.2293.

Latino/Latin American Studies to Honor Cindy Gonzalez Today

Incoming Latino/a students, OLLAS majors and minors, Next Generation Leadership scholars at UNO, as well as OLLAS faculty and staff, will be in attendance at a luncheon today, Sept. 27, to honor Omaha World-Herald Reporter Cindy Gonzalez. The event, which will be held at the Thompson Alumni Center, 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 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 or 554.3835. Visit for more information about OLLAS.

Grant Writers Invited to Today's 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 today, 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.

Employee of the Month: Carol Rose


Carol Rose, a staff assistant in the College of Business Administration Dean's Office, received the UNO Employee of the Month Award for September. Rose, who joined UNO less than two years ago, has made an impression on co-workers, students and the public.

An audio story about Rose can be heard online at The story, which starts with Rose answering a phone call, is the top story and runs just over four minutes.

As Employee of the Month, Rose received a plaque, a photo of her with UNO Chancellor John Christensen and a monetary award. All UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate individuals for the honor. Nomination forms are available in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, call 554.2321.

Today's Office Professional Conference Oct. 12

Learn the skills that will make everyone's job easier, safer and more rewarding at the 2007 Today's Office Professional Conference. The annual conference is Friday, Oct. 12, at the Westside Community Center, 3534 S. 108th St. The event, presented by the UNO Nebraska Business Development Center Business Solutions, will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference is designed for administrative assistants, secretaries, support staff and office managers. The enrollment fee is $149, which includes a continental breakfast, gourmet lunch, training materials, a complimentary gift and parking.

"The 2007 Today's Office Professional Conference presenters are better than ever. They inspire, motivate and deal with today's hottest topics," said Chris Flott of UNO's NBDC Business & Technology Solutions. "Our conference starts with a hilarious and thought-provoking presentation on ‘Turning Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones!'"

To enroll and access the list of speakers and presentations, visit the Web at

For more information, contact Flott at 595.2900 or

The Nebraska Business Development Center is a unit of the UNO College of Business Administration.

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, begins 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, 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 Theatre Season Tickets Available

Season tickets are on sale for the UNO Department of Theatre's 2007-2008 season, which opens with Yasmina Rezia's "Art" on Thursday, Oct. 11.

"Art" performances will run Oct. 11-13 and 17-20. The season also includes Jean Giraudoux's "The Madwoman of Chaillot," Nov. 15-17, 28-30 and Dec. 1; "NU Ways/NU Works Festival," Feb. 28, March 1 and 5-8; and "The Birds," a world premier musical by D. Scott Glasser and Jeffrey Bell based on the play by Aristophanes, April 17-19 and 23-26.

The UNO Department of Theatre is home to a faculty with more than 150 years of combined professional theatre experience. In addition, alumni from both the undergraduate and graduate programs at UNO work professionally in theatres across the country. The department provides professional-quality theatre at discounted season ticket prices.

For season ticket information, contact Tawanna Hollins, UNO Theatre Department secretary, at 554.2406.

2007-08 Blue Line Club Luncheon Tickets Available

The 2007-08 UNO Hockey Blue Line Club (BLC) Luncheons will feature UNO Coach Mike Kemp, his players and opposing coaches on Fridays to kick off home hockey series. Tickets are now on sale for the luncheons, which will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

At each event, the buffet opens at 11:30 a.m., and a program will be held from 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The 2007-08 BLC Luncheon schedule is listed below:
- Friday, Oct. 19 (Maverick Stampede)
- Friday, Nov. 2 (Michigan)
- Friday, Nov. 16 (Ferris State)
- Friday, Nov. 23 (Alaska-Fairbanks)
- Friday, Dec. 7 (Lake Superior State)
- Friday, Jan. 11 (Miami-Ohio)
- Friday, Feb. 8 (Ohio State)
- Friday, Feb. 15 (Bowling Green)

Tickets for all eight luncheons cost $130 per person. Single luncheon tickets will also be available at the door for $20 for BLC members or $25 for non-members.

To access a ticket form, click on the following link:

2007-08 BLC Luncheon Tickets

For more information, contact Rich Buckingham at 468.5457 or Shirley Fey at 554.3422.

Research Study for Children with ADHD

Children ages five or six are being recruited to participate in a research study for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Eligible children will receive an evaluation and study treatment at no charge.

For more information, call 552.6239.