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UNO Fall Convocation Set for Oct. 10

The day after the formal investiture ceremony of University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor (UNO) John E. Christensen, the campus will hold the 2007 Fall Convocation. The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at 10 a.m.

Dr. Christensen will deliver this state-of-the-university address, and the public, faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. The event will be followed by a reception in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

For more information, call 554.3502.

"Consider This" to Discuss Aging Issues

This week on "Consider This" host Andrea McMaster will discuss aging issues with a panel of experts on the topic and highlight an upcoming aging conference at UNO.

Scheduled guests include James Summerfelt, chair of United Way's Older Adults Vision Council and executive director of Visiting Nurse Association of Omaha; Tom Adams, director of the Center for Healthy Aging, Ministries, Programs and Services (CHAMPS); and Beverly Griffith, executive director of Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging (ENOA).

UNO will hold "Aging with Passion and Purpose," a conference on aging, Sunday and Monday, Oct. 21-22. CHAMPS, the UNO Department of Gerontology, School of Social Work and Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) and United Way of the Midlands are partners in this conference.

Anne Basting, Ph.D., an expert who has written extensively on the issue of aging and its representation, will serve as the conference keynote speaker on Sunday, Oct. 21. She will be followed by workshops focused on creativity and aging in addition to workshops on spirituality and congregational care for older adults. Monday, Oct. 22, the keynote speaker will be Gene Cohen, M.D., the director of the Center on Aging, Health and Humanities at George Washington University. He will be followed by presentations focused on bridging theory and practice related to community efforts, creativity and spirituality.

Reservations for the conference can be made at or by calling 895.2224.

The show will air tonight, Oct. 4, at 11 p.m. on KYNE-TV.

The program will also be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Oct. 7
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Oct. 8
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Oct. 10
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

FFFF to Feature Chancellor Christensen

UNO Chancellor John Christensen will be featured on KVNO Classical 90.7 FM's "First Friday Faculty Focus" Friday, Oct. 5.

The university will hold an official chancellor installation ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The next day, Wednesday, Oct. 10, Dr. Christensen will also give a convocation address.

During his KVNO interview, Dr. Christensen discusses his proudest moment at UNO, the issues he's facing in his first year as chancellor, and provides a sneak peek into plans for UNO's 100th anniversary beginning in October 2008. The segment airs during the 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. newscasts.

"First Friday Faculty Focus" is an interview series that highlights the many contributions of individual faculty members to UNO and the greater community. Cheril Lee, KVNO news director, conducts the interviews.

For more information about the interview series, contact Lee at 554.2516.

Neal M. Ashkanasy to Speak at Evan L. Brown Memorial and Distinguished Lecture Series

Australian Professor Neal M. Ashkanasy will present "Research on Emotion in Organizations: A Multilevel Perspective" on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at UNO. The event, sponsored by the UNO Department of Psychology Evan L. Brown Memorial Lecture Series and UNO Institute for Collaboration Science's Distinguished Lecture Series, will begin at 4 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ashkanasy is professor of management at the University of Queensland (UQ), and research director for the faculty of Business, Economics and Law. He has a doctorate in social and organizational psychology from UQ and is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. His research in recent years has focused on emotions in organizational life. He has published in leading journals, including the Academy of Management Review and the Journal of Management; and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior and associate editor of Academy of Management Learning and Education.

For more information, call 554.2581.

Photoshop II Training Announced

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a Photoshop II training class on Friday, Oct. 12. This hands-on training session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in 204 Criss Library.

This class will build upon basic Photoshop skills. Participants will learn to use advanced menu items such as Feathering and Clipping Paths, apply Blending Modes and creating and using Paths.

All faculty and staff are welcome, although completion of Photoshop Basics I or working knowledge of Photoshop is recommended as a prerequisite. Space is limited. To register, visit

Participants Sought for Step Out to Fight Diabetes Walk

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) will hold its annual fund raising walk Sunday, Oct. 14, at Ed Zorinsky Lake and Recreation Area, 156th and F St. A one-mile or four-mile walk option is available, and the event starts at 2 p.m.

"UNO has a team and anyone interested in fighting diabetes is invited to join," said Suzanne Sollars, UNO team captain and associate profess or psychology at UNO. "There is a carnival theme this year with food, activities, prizes and games for adults and children."

Interested UNO participants can register online for $15 or sign-up on the day of the event for $20 (children 17 and under are not required to register). Register online at the American Diabetes Association Web site.

"Even if you cannot raise a lot of money, please register and join us for this fun event! The walk is conducted not simply to raise funds, but to empower community participants in the fight against diabetes," said Dr. Sollars. "Every dollar brings hope to the community; hope for education to prevent diabetes and detect diabetes early; hope for patient services to diminish suffering from diabetes; hope for diabetes research to find a cure."

Dr. James Lane, director of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Diabetes Center, and Mark Stubbs, executive director of the local ADA, will be featured on a future episode of UNO Television's "Consider This" and discuss ADA. Watch eNotes for dates and times.

For more information, contact Dr. Sollars at or 554.3981.

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

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

The UNO Service-Learning Academy will offer its two-hour workshop, "Service-Learning 101," two times next week to help faculty design service-learning projects that meet genuine community needs.

The 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, community liaison for the UNO Service-Learning Academy, at 554.2712 or

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.

Today's Office Professional Conference Oct. 12

Learn the skills that make everyone's job easier, safer and more rewarding at the 2007 Today's Office Professional Conference on Friday, Oct. 12, at the Westside Community Center, 3534 S. 108th St. The event, presented by the UNO Nebraska Business Development Center Business Solutions, runs 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 of $149 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.

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

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 in UNO Athletics at 554.3422.

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

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 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

- Saturday
1 to 4 p.m.

- Sunday
2 to 7 p.m.