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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

Your Dollars at Work: United Way of the Midlands Helps Support 2-1-1 Resource Directory

The 2007 United Way of the Midlands /CHAD Campaign starts today, Oct. 1, at UNO. Members of the campus community who contributed to last year's campaign assisted the United Way in supporting human service programs in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. This year's campus goal is $50,000.

Below is an example of campaign donations at work provided by United Way.

Sharon just needed one-time help to get back on her feet.
Surgery really set Sharon back. The full-time student and part-time worker needed a little help with one month's rent while she recovered. A call to 2-1-1 helped her find that one-time assistance, and that's all it took. Now, she's graduating from college, trained to be a teacher. 2-1-1 was there to help her, and she's ready to "give back" to others.

This story is an example of how the United Way/CHAD agencies help people deal with situations that are too overwhelming to handle alone. For more information about the United Way of the Midlands 2-1-1 Resource Directory, visit the Web at

Payroll deduction is available to UNO employees who wish to contribute. 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. If you have not received the e-mail, contact your unit solicitor, or call Human Resources at 554.2321.

"Consider This" to Discuss Congenital Heart Defects

This week on "Consider This" host Andrea McMaster will be joined by Michelle Vitamva from the Midwest Heart Connection and Dr. John Kugler, a pediatric cardiologist at Children's Hospital of Omaha, to discuss Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) in newborns.

Each year, an estimated 40,000 babies with CHD are born in the United States. In addition to being the most frequently occurring birth defect, it is also the leading cause of birth defect related deaths. In Nebraska, an estimated 250 infants are born with CHD each year.

Midwest Heart Connection serves as a support group designed to provide information, resources and support to individuals with CHD and their families. The organization focuses its efforts on raising money for pediatric cardiology research so that more children with heart defects will survive, live longer and lead an improved quality of life.

The program will be broadcast:

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Oct. 1
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Oct. 3
8 a.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Seven UNO Students to Be Honored at Oct. 2 OWH Banquet

Seven UNO students will be recognized Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the annual Omaha World-Herald Honors Scholarship Banquet.  The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The scholarship recipients are among the many high school seniors from Nebraska and Iowa who took part in the UNO Distinguished Scholarship competition last spring.  The scholarships are used each year to attract top scholars to the university.

The two Omaha World-Herald Honors Scholarships and five Distinguished Scholarships were awarded earlier this fall.  Each is valued at $24,000 to $30,000 over a four-year period.  Funds for the Omaha World-Herald Honors Scholarships are provided by a grant from the Omaha World-Herald Foundation, combined with Regents Scholarships through the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

This year's scholarship recipients are listed below.

Omaha World-Herald Honors Scholarships:

- Brent E. Horky
Horky, the son of David and Marlys Horky of Blair, Neb., is a graduate of Blair Community High School.  A National Merit Scholar Finalist, he was a three-time Blair Academic Decathlon High Scorer, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Math Day and triMATHlon competitor, and represented Blair High School at the 2005 Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar.  Horky also participated in Quiz Bowl and the Blair High School Band.  He is a first-year member of the UNO College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T).

- Julia D. Warnke
Warnke, the daughter of Mitchell and Marcia Warnke of Omaha, graduated from Omaha Christian Academy.  She is a National Merit Commended Scholar and a member of National Honor Society, as well as valedictorian of her high school class and a four-time academic and athletic letter winner.  Warnke volunteered for the AAA Pregnancy Center, Christ Community Church and Desert Ministries.  She is a freshman in the UNO College of IS&T.

Distinguished Scholarship recipients and their donor organizations:

- Bryan A. Hrebik (Isaacson Trust Fund)
Hrebik, the son of Randolph and Linda Hrebik of Papillion, is a graduate of Papillion-La Vista South High School.  He is a National Merit Commended Scholar and has been a Titan Ambassador and a five-year Papillion-La Vista Family Night Volunteer.  Hrebik was a member of the High Ability Learners and Future Problem Solvers.  He is a freshman in the UNO College of IS&T. 

- Colby A. Jenkins (Isaacson Trust Fund)
Jenkins, the son of Allen and Jan Jenkins of Norfolk, Neb., graduated from Norfolk High School.  He was active in All-State Band and All-State Choir, and received multiple Outstanding Actor and Musicianship Awards.  Jenkins also is an Eagle Scout and was an active youth group leader and worship team member.  He is a freshman in the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM).

- Andrew L. Odegard (Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha)
Odegard, the son of John and Karen Odegard of Omaha, is a graduate of Millard North High School.  He is a National Merit Semifinalist and was involved with the marching/concert band and Band Leadership Team.  Odegard took part in the Young Artist Piano Competition and received an academic letter.  He is a freshman in the UNO College of Arts and Sciences (A&S).

- Thomas D. Ryck (UNO Alumni Association)
Ryck, the son of Thomas and Cheryl Ryck of Omaha, graduated from Daniel J. Gross High School.  He is a member of National Honor Society and served as a Pastoral Council Representative.  Ryck participated in football and track, and volunteered with Saint Mary's Church, the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, Habitat for Humanity and Operation Others.  He is a freshman in the UNO College of A&S.

- Zoe G. Verboon (Helen Hansen Fund)
Verboon, the daughter of Roger and Lori Verboon of Omaha, is a PSAT-commended homeschooled student who was named to the Dean's List for Metro Community College coursework.  She has been a Methodist Hospital and Teen Court Juvenile Diversion Program volunteer, and is the recipient of many musical awards, including a Robert M. Spire Scholarship.  Verboon is a freshman in the UNO College of CFAM.

For more information, call 554.2263.

Missouri Valley Reading Series Continues Oct. 3 with Poet and Translator Joshua Beckman

Nationally acclaimed poet and translator Joshua Beckman will read from his new collection Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the UNO Art Gallery (Weber Fine Arts Building, first floor). The event, which runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m., is free and open to the public.

An open discussion will follow Beckman's reading from Shake (Wave Books, 2006).

For more information, contact Miles Waggener at 554.2151.

'This Week in Campus History' Now Part of Centennial Homepage

The feature "This Week in Campus History" has become part of the UNO Centennial Web page at  This week's feature story is about dancing and a dance band comes from a 1926 edition of The Gateway. The new photo is also about dancing, but it was snapped in 1964.

ITS Brown Bags and Hands-On Training to Focus on Campus Microsoft Office 2007 Transition

Information Technology Services (ITS) has added Microsoft Office 2007 to all of its computer labs and hi-tech rooms and all of these computers will feature both Office 2003 and Office 2007 software. To help prepare for this transition, ITS will host campus-wide Office 2007 Brown Bag lunch sessions and hands-on training this fall to help familiarize users with the new Office 2007 Suite.

The brown bag and training schedules and descriptions follow:

Brown Bag Lunch Demonstrations
These sessions are designed to give users an overview of some of the changes that will be found in the new software. All UNO faculty and staff are invited to attend and bring their lunches. No registration is required.

- Wednesday, Oct. 3                      
Noon to 1 p.m.
111 Eppley Administration Building, Welcome Center

- Thursday, Oct. 18
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

Hands-On Training
These sessions are offered in a computer lab to allow participants to practice with the new software. All UNO faculty and staff are welcome.  Space is limited. To register, visit

Word 07
- Friday, Nov. 2
1 to 2:30 p.m.
104 Durham Science Center (DSC)

Powerpoint 07
- Thursday, Nov. 8
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Roskens Hall (RH) 007B

Excel 07
- Wednsday, Nov. 14
10 to 11:30 a.m.
104 DSC

Departmental Training
Want to have MS Office 2007 training provided for individual departmental or office use?  ITS will offer group demonstrations or a hands-on session for individual departments or colleges. A minimum of five people is necessary. To register, contact Pat Dargantes, ITS trainer, at 554.3498.

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.

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

Global Studies and European Studies Conferences Oct. 4-6

Numerous academics from across the globe will converge upon the UNO campus at the end of this week 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). 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.

"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

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 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

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 free.

At home this week...

Friday, Oct. 5
- Soccer vs. Metro State
UNO Soccer Field, Center location
4 p.m.

- Volleyball vs. Minnesota Duluth
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 7
- Soccer vs. South Dakota
UNO Soccer Field, Center location
2 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at