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A Wellness Message from Chancellor John Christensen

Today, I want to address a serious issue facing UNO, the state of Nebraska and you, individually: the rising cost of health care.

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken believes this problem is serious enough that he has appointed a Wellness Committee made up of members from Central Administration and the four NU campuses to study the issue and make recommendations.

This fall, the Wellness Stampede is offering two excellent opportunities to find out about individual wellness and then, if necessary, ways to take action to improve it.

First, the annual UNO Health Fair is Thursday, Oct. 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. As part of the Health Fair, Student Health Services (SHS) will offer a comprehensive blood draw. This is a fasting blood draw, and participants must register in advance at SHS. The great news is the cost is $22. In addition, a $12 PSA test will be offered for men over age 50. The blood draw could cost $300 if done at a physician's office. For more information, call 554.2374.

Second, UNO's Wellness Stampede - in conjunction with the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELCOM) and the state of Nebraska - will offer a free, strictly confidential online Health Risk Appraisal (HRA) to all UNO employees currently enrolled in the UNO benefits plan.

Why should you take the HRA? Based on answers to a wide variety of health questions, UNO employees will receive an instant Personal Report totaling 15 pages. Plus, the assessment will help UNO discover areas where our employees as a whole did not score well, thereby identifying a need for programs that can be offered to improve the health of our employees in these areas.

Everyone who completes the HRA will be eligible to win prizes. To provide additional incentive to participate in the HRA, the department or college with the highest percentage of participation among eligible faculty and staff will be entered to win a big prize.

Also, UNO Athletics has donated hockey tickets. Everyone who signs up to take the HRA will get two free tickets to the Oct. 19-20 Mutual of Omaha Stampede Hockey Tournament. Those who complete the HRA will get two free tickets to a future UNO hockey game.

It is my wish that all UNO employees sign up for the blood draw, attend the Health Fair, take the HRA and begin taking a few, small steps each week to improve their own wellbeing. Do it for yourself, do it for your family, do it for UNO! Be a healthy Mav!


John Christensen

World War II Mobile Museum at Criss Library Today

The mobile museum, "Behind Barbed Wire: Midwest POWs in Nazi Germany," will be parked near Criss Library today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This unique 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.

While the mobile museum will be on campus for just one day, the library also has another ongoing World War II exhibit on its main level. "Homeland Morale to Homeland Security: Original WWII Posters" features posters issued by the Office of War Information during the war. The posters will remain on display through Sunday, Nov. 18.

Both exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, call 554.2762.

Oct. 12 OLLAS "Charla" to Feature "Illegal" Border-Crossing Stories

OLLAS 2007-2008 "Charla Series" ("charla" means conversation or chat) continues with a look at immigrant crossings from both a social and literary perspective. The charla is Friday, Oct. 12, at UNO and is cosponsored with UNO's Department of English and Cultural Awareness Programs.

Dr. Marta Caminero-Santangelo, associate professor of English and founder of Latino Studies at the University of Kansas, will deliver a presentation titled "True Stories of ‘Illegal' Border Crossings: Narrating the Non-Nation" at the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The presentation begins at 11:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Caminero-Santangelo reminds us that, in the last years, we have "seen a flurry of nonfiction books telling engrossing stories of undocumented immigrant crossings, deaths, and mutilations at the borders. These accounts have been spurred by highly publicized deaths of large number of border crossers in the late 1990s and early 2000s."

Dr. Caminero-Santangelo recently released her latest book, On Latinidad: US Latino Literature and the Construction of Ethnicity, published by UP Florida.

"What, if anything do these stories - often written with the gripping intensity of novels - have in common with humanitarian aid group such as No Mas Muertes (No More Deaths) and Humane Borders?" she asks.

"Professor Caminero-Santangelo is a nationally recognized, Cuban-American scholar who, following on the Latin American literary tradition of 'testimonios,' is doing fascinating work on how different audiences construct their own narratives about 'illegal' border crossings and the consequences of those narratives for our cultural soul and migrant communities specifically," said Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology.

The Charla organizers wish to send a special invitation to the Latino and broader Omaha community, as well as students and faculty, to come and listen to this engaging presentation and have a chance to chat informally with Dr. Caminero-Santangelo about her work, both on the border and on Cuban-American issues.

Partial funding provided by OLLAS/U.S. Department of Education. Visit for more information.

Exercise Physiology Lab to Offer Cholesterol Screening

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Exercise Physiology Lab will offer a cholesterol screening Tuesday, Oct. 9, for UNO faculty, staff and students. The screening costs $20 and will be held in the Exercise Physiology Lab, 103 HPER Building, from 7 to 11 a.m.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 554.3221.

Student Lunch & Learn on Overcoming Speech Anxiety Oct. 11

The UNO Speech Center is sponsoring a free student workshop titled "Banish Those Butterflies: Overcoming Speech Anxiety" Thursday, Oct. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

Students who attend will learn more about recognizing the source of their nervous habits, strategies to reduce speech anxiety and enhancing their self-confidence.

To register for the session, contact Marlina Davidson at the Speech Consulting Center at either 554.3201 or Space is limited, so students must register in advance.

Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues Oct. 25

Shannon Holland, assistant professor of communication at UNO, will present "The Enigmatic Lynndie England: Gendered Explanations for the Prisoner Abuse Scandal at Abu Ghraib" Thursday, Oct. 25, at the next Women's Studies Colloquium. Her talk is set for 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in 311 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The event, sponsored by the Women's Studies Colloquium Series, is free and open to the UNO community and the public.

For more information, call 554.3834.

November TIAA-CREF Schedule

TIAA-CREF has set its campus visit schedule for November. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following dates:

- Nov. 13 and 27
Both days are Tuesdays.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Gennie Pettit at 548.3610 or on the Web at

Global Studies and European Studies Conferences Continue

Numerous academics from across the globe have converged upon the UNO campus today through Saturday, Oct. 6, for two conferences focused on international issues.

The 30th annual Global Studies Conference (GSC) features a variety of panels and presentations. A keynote address by Gillian Martin Sorensen, senior advisor at the United Nations Foundation, took place Oct. 4. Some of the topics at this year's GSC conference include Orientalism vs. Occidentalism, the impact of terrorism on global affairs, images of religion and politics, trends in country building, cultural integrity and globalization, protecting human rights and combating terrorism.

The 32nd Annual European Studies Conference (ESC) also is under way and features 42 panels focusing on multifaceted perspectives on the present, past and future of the European continent. More than 130 participants from colleges and universities in the United States and from abroad were expected to attend. 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) on the UNO campus.

Today, 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 William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Hall.

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' coursework," 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, visit and click on the 2007 Preliminary Program link. To see the entire ESC program, visit For more information on the GSC, call 554.2376. For more information on the ESC, call 554.4840.

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.

"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."

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 food pantries are in dire need of food," Dr. Corbin said. "According to a recent article in the Omaha World-Herald, there is an extreme shortage of canned fruit, vegetables and meat. The Bell Tower Challenge is a great way to help replenish their supply."

To view the article on the food shortage, visit the Web at

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

Campus Researchers Featured in Showcase

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) will feature faculty members who have received UCRCA funding in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building during October. Faculty from across campus will showcase the results of their UCRCA-funded activities.

For the week of Oct. 1-7, the following faculty will be highlighted:
- Lisa Boucher, biology;
- Gary Day, art and art history;
- Janice Rech, mathematics; and
- Steven Shultz, economics.

A new set of faculty members will be showcased each week. The displays include posters and other research artifacts.

The mission of the UCRCA is to encourage research and creative activity by UNO faculty. The committee places special emphasis on seed grant funding for projects potentially leading to external funding, and on grants to new faculty to help them establish programs of research/creative activity. To learn more about the UCRCA, visit

The UCRCA is administered by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. For more information, call 554.2286.

Grant Writers Invited to COS Online Demonstration

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) invites faculty, staff and graduate students who may be submitting University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) grants or other grants this semester to attend the next Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration Friday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. in 207 Criss Library.

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.

In the News

In the News

- The Omaha World-Herald interviewed Nate Bock, drug prevention counselor, Oct. 3 about the improper use of Adderall, a drug prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, among college students.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed Oct. 2 by the Lincoln Journal Star about the newly created Arabic language classes at UNO. The Omaha World-Herald also interviewed Gouttierre Oct. 3 about the classes.

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

- Paul Sather, director of the Service-Learning Academy and American Humanics; Patricia Carlson, instructor in the School of Social Work; and Barbara Weitz, retired faculty member from the School of Social Work, published an article - "Engaging Students in Macro Issues Through Community-Based Learning: The Policy, Practice, and Research Sequence" - in the Fall 2007 edition of the Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

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

UNO Theatre Season Tickets Available
Season tickets are on sale for the UNO Department of Theatre's 2007-08 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.

For more information, call 554.2762.

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 has on display 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.