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photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Study abroad and international studies opportunities were showcased Sept. 27 outside the Milo Bail Student Center. Showing off their hometown of Braunschweig, Germany, to Omahan Tasha Hayes (far right) are Stefan Ernst and Karina Weber.

Western Hills

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

14th Annual Bell Tower Challenge Oct. 17

Eta Sigma Gamma, a health education honorary organization at UNO, will host the 14th Annual Bell Tower Challenge Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Henningson Memorial Campanile. Teams of UNO students, faculty and staff will compete to stack as many food cans as possible while the bells toll at noon. All the food donated during this event will go to the Omaha Food Bank.

Awards will be presented to the team that stacks the most cans, the most creative team and the most enthusiastic team. More than 18 tons of food has been donated in the first 13 years of the event.

Due to higher energy prices the past few years, more working families have sought assistance from Omaha's food pantries, according to the Omaha Food Bank. The food bank distributes food to approximately 360 agencies in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

"The Bell Tower Challenge has become a UNO tradition," said David E. Corbin, Bell Tower Challenge founder and organizer. "It is a day when we can socialize, have fun and benefit a very worthy organization."

For more details about the Bell Tower Challenge or to access an entry form, visit

For more information, contact Dr. Corbin or Shandy Ramet, Eta Sigma Gamma representative, at 554.2670 or

Max Muscle Lunch and Learn Set for Oct. 2

A lunch and learn event featuring Brianne Shaw from Max Muscle will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2, from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Max Muscle is a national sports and fitness company with more than 100 franchise locations.

Exercise science Practicum II students are sponsoring the event. Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch.

For more information, send an e-mail to

KVNO Fall Pledge Drive Kicks Off Oct. 3

Classical 90.7 KVNO, celebrating its 35th year of service, will kick off its fall pledge drive Wednesday, Oct. 3. The station, located in 100 Engineering Building, will fundraise live on-air for seven days in an effort to reach its $80,000 pledge drive goal.

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

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

For more information, contact Balkovec at 559.5866 or

PRSSA to Host Italian Night Oct. 5

The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will hold its fourth annual "La Notte Italiana" Friday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Apple Creek Clubhouse, 14040 Dorcas Plaza. The event raises money for student travel, national and regional competitions, and community service projects.

"La Notte Italiana" will feature a full-course dinner provided by local Italian restaurants and costs $20 for adults or $10 for students with a MavCard. The public is invited to attend along with the campus community.

For more information, contact Karen Weber, PRSSA adviser, at 554.2246 or

UCRCA to Host "Tips" Brown Bag

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) will host a brown bag session, "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.

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

The UNO Service-Learning Academy (SLA) 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.

Both faculty who are new to service learning and those with projects in development are welcome. To register, call the SLA 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

In the News

In the News

- KETV (ABC 7) interviewed UNO student Michael Burns Sept. 24 about the Bounce-A-Thon held in the Pep Bowl this week as part of Homecoming festivities.

- Loree Bykerk, chair of the UNO Department of Political Science, was a guest Sept. 23 on KKAR's (1290 AM) weekly public affairs program. Dr. Bykerk discussed the upcoming elections in Nebraska.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed Sept. 20 on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" about the film adaptation of Kite Runner and its depiction of ethical tensions in Afghanistan.

- Jim Johnson, a professor of political science, was interviewed Sept. 20 by WOWT (NBC 6) about the upcoming Senate race in Nebraska.

- KPTM (Fox 42) spoke with Paul Kosel, assistant manager of Campus Security, on Sept. 21 about armed officers on college campuses.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication, was interviewed Sept. 24 by KUER (90 FM, Salt Lake City) about his work on Federal Communication Commission regulations.

- WOWT (NBC 6) interviewed James Shaw, government documents librarian at Criss Library, Sept. 24 about a World War II poster exhibit at the library through Nov. 18.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra to Play Mexican Orchestral Gems Tonight
The UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a program of Mexican symphonic music tonight, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) Recital Hall. Tickets are available at the door at a cost of $5 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens, and free 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, SPAC 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.

The program includes many works that incorporate popular folkloric Mexican elements.  Featured composers 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.

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

"Art" performances will continue 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 faculty with more than 150 years of combined professional theatre experience. In addition, alumni from both the undergraduate and graduate programs at UNO are working professionally in theatres across the country. The department provides professional-quality theatre at discounted season ticket prices.

For season ticket information, contact Tawanna Hollins, staff secretary III in the Department of Theatre, at 554.2406.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

WWII Posters on Display through Nov. 18
Criss Library will display vintage posters from the World War II era 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 Criss Library U.S. Documents collection.

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

"Conversations about Prints" Set for Sept. 30 at UNO
The UNO Print Workshop and the Friends of Art will host a master prints sale and exhibition Sunday, Sept. 30. "Conversations about Prints" will feature prints from the Thomas French Fine Art and Paul McCarron Fine Prints and Drawings galleries from 1 to 6 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery, located in the Weber Fine Arts Building.

Thomas French of Thomas French Fine Art (Fairlawn, Ohio) and Beth McKeown of Paul McCarron Fine Prints and Drawings (New York) will exhibit a selection of master prints in a variety of mediums for viewing and sale. Both dealers are members of the International Fine Print Dealers Association.

Robert H. Getscher - noted art historian, author and fine print connoisseur - will also be on hand at the event to provide education and consultation.

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

UNO Art Gallery Hosting Three Exhibitions
The UNO Art Gallery currently has three exhibitions on display - "Travis Conrad Erion: Symbols of the Soul," "Giedre Montvila: Take a Look" and "Ann Weiner: To Bear Witness."

Katharine T. Carter & Associates organized all three exhibitions, which will remain on view through Saturday, Oct. 13. The details of each exhibit are listed below.

"Travis Conrad Erion: Symbols of the Soul"
Erion's still life paintings represent common everyday items. While beautifully rendered in a realistic manner, the arrangement of objects possesses a narrative full of humor, wit and social commentary. The titles, like the still lifes, describe what is observed, but much is left unsaid.

"Giedre Montvila: Take a Look"
Montvila paints how people live, love and desire as influenced by the media, while at the same time her work critiques the ubiquitous culture of the media and advertisers who use beauty to manipulate. Working from images culled from glossy fashion magazines, Montvila creates impeccably rendered drawings in colored pencil, which are then incorporated into painted collages.

"Ann Weiner: To Bear Witness"
Weiner's work utilizes lenticular technology - a sophisticated imaging technique that merges different images - to create enigmatic pictures that "morph" into other images. Emphasizing the moment, she focuses on simultaneous layers of reality, the concrete and the intangible. The most striking aspect of Weiner's lenticular images is the way in which they change, depending on where and how the viewer is standing.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2796.

Nebraska City Gallery Featuring UNO Professor's Exhibition
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Neb., currently is displaying UNO Professor David Helm's "Yankee Doodle" exhibition through Thursday, Oct. 25. It is free and open to the public.

Helm, chair of the UNO Department of Art and Art History, explores archaic and absurd circumstances in this exhibit, according to the center's press release. His work is designed to reference a time other than now - his contraptions and diagrams investigate introspective, and nostalgic, approaches to flight, alchemy, energy and experimentation. Since the 1980s, Helm has exhibited large-scale installations at museums and galleries in New York, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and Omaha.

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center Gallery is located at 801 3rd Corso in Nebraska City, and is open Monday through Thursday and the first and third Saturdays of each month from noon to 4 p.m. Appointments at other times are available.

For more information, call 402.874.9600. The center's Web site is

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.