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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

Caremark Prescription Drug iBenefit Report

In early October, Caremark, the university's prescription drug administrator, will mail the first annual iBenefit Report to qualifying members enrolled in the university's medical insurance plan. 

"The iBenefit report is an innovative, dynamic consumer report that generates a personalized summary of your and your family's prescription history and associated recommendations for future purchases," said Esther Scarpello, manager or benefits at UNO. "It highlights the value of your prescription benefit; empowers you to make cost effective choices by showing a variety of options available to you; and provides positive reinforcement for making cost-effective healthcare choices."

The report will be distributed to home addresses in personalized, confidential envelopes to employees, spouses and dependent children age 19 and over who have a total prescription cost of $100 or more from September 2006 through August 2007. 

More information is available from the Campus Benefits Office by contacting Scarpello at 554.3660.

Annual Policies and Crime Statistics Report Available

The annual Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics Report has been mailed to all currently enrolled students, faculty and staff at UNO.

This information is also available on the Web at

For additional copies of the report, contact Campus Security at 554.2648, or stop by 100 Eppley Administration Building.

Nominations and Applications Sought for Strategic Planning Awards

Nominations for the UNO Strategic Planning Awards are currently being accepted. The annual awards recognize units, both academic and non-academic, and cross-disciplinary initiatives that exemplify a commitment to furthering UNO's strategic goals of student focus, community engagement and academic excellence.

"Please nominate units you feel deserve these awards or encourage them to apply," said Elizabeth Kraemer, graduate assistant in the Chancellor's Office for Strategic Planning. The UNO Strategic Planning Steering Committee organizes and coordinates the awards.  "These awards always highlight the tremendous amount of good work that takes place on campus and in the community."

The nomination/application form can be found on the UNO Strategic Planning Web site at  All nomination/applications must be submitted by Monday, Oct. 15. 

For more information, contact B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, at or Deborah Smith-Howell, dean of graduate studies and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, at

Nominations Sought for "STEP UP" Award

UNO Chancellor John Christensen will again present the STEP UP Awards later this semester to recognize UNO faculty and staff efforts.  Nominations are now being accepted.

The award, created by Chancellor Christensen, recognizes individuals and groups of faculty or staff who, in the last year, volunteered to take on and complete unexpected university-related work that was above and beyond the scope of their normal responsibilities.

Nomination forms and guidelines are available by clicking on the following link: The nomination deadline is Monday, Oct. 15.

For more information, contact the UNO Chancellor's Office, 201 Eppley Administration Building, or call 554.2535.

UCRCA to Host "Tips" Brown Bag Today

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) will host a Brown Bag, "Tips for Preparing a UCRCA Grant Proposal," today, 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.

Max Muscle Lunch and Learn Today

A lunch and learn event featuring Brianne Shaw from Max Muscle will be held today, 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

ITS to Offer Drop-In Photoshop ASK? Class Oct. 5

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a drop-in ASK? class Friday, Oct. 5, for Photoshop. This help session runs from 10 a.m. to noon in 207 Criss Library. 

The Photoshop ASK? class will give faculty and staff a chance to ask specific questions about Photoshop and receive additional hands-on assistance. Those who plan to attend may bring specific projects or practice materials along with their questions, and ITS staff will assist them.

All faculty and staff are welcome and registration is not required.  For more information, contact Lisa Green, multimedia design specialist in ITS, at 554.3535.

HPER Pool Hours

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Pool fall hours are:

- Monday
6:30 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.

- Tuesday
6:30 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

- Wednesday
6:30 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.

- Thursday
6:30 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

- Friday
6:30 to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1pm

- Saturday
1 to 4 p.m.

- Sunday
2 to 7 p.m.

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 Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room, begins at 11 a.m. with poetry readings followed by Barthé'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 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 and Jadell Beard rescued more than 500 people from houses and rooftops, bringing them to safer areas for evacuation. Barthé'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.

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

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.

A leading scholar in composition and rhetoric, Dr. Lunsford is the director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University. She is the author of 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 For more information, contact Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator Nora Bacon at 554.3318 or

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.


UNO Recreational Therapy Program Honored
The UNO Recreational Therapy Program received The American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Excellence in Education Award for 2007. The award was presented at the ATRA Annual Conference in Milwaukee Sept. 10.

ATRA each year presents the recognition to a clinical agency or institution of higher education that has distinguished itself through outstanding contributions to the recreational therapy profession based upon:

- Developing exceptional instruction materials for recreational therapy education;

- Developed outstanding curriculum materials for professional preparation in recreational therapy;

- Encouraging student participation in local, state and national professional organizations; and

- Providing opportunities for students to meet with recreational therapy professionals by sponsoring continuing education opportunities, guest lecturers and intern expos.

Recreational therapy remains a growing area in the allied health professions.  More than 36,000 recreational therapist work in the United States.

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