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UNO Chancellor Installation Set for Oct. 9

John E. Christensen will be officially installed as UNO Chancellor during a ceremony set for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken will preside over the event, which is open to the public.

"John Christensen is exactly the right leader for UNO," Milliken said. "As the first Omahan and UNO graduate to serve as Chancellor, he brings a connection with and love for both community and campus. More importantly, he is focused on the future of this remarkable institution and will provide strong and able leadership."

The installation of a chancellor is a long-standing tradition in the academic community, and is rich with history and symbolism. The event is intended to bring together the academy and the public, creating an opportunity for reflection and celebration of the institution and of higher education.

The theme for the event, "Living the Future; Understanding the Past," is based on a quotation from Danish philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard who said, "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards." John Langan, dean of the UNO College of Education, and chairman of the installation planning committee, said the theme was selected to celebrate Dr. Christensen's Danish heritage and to focus attention on UNO's past accomplishments and bright future. The institution will soon celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding.

"John Christensen knows both the university and the city of Omaha from a long-term relationship, and he cares deeply about both," Dr. Langan said. "The University of Nebraska at Omaha has had a long-standing position captured in a short statement which says, ‘UNO is a part of the community, not apart from the community.' This tradition will become even more apparent under the leadership of John Christensen."

Robert Hemenway, chancellor of the University of Kansas, will deliver featured remarks at the installation ceremony. Dr. Hemenway received his bachelor's degree from UNO in 1963, and Dr. Christensen received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1980.

Others speaking at the event include Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey, NU Board of Regents Chairman Chuck Wilson, UNO Student Regent Alex Williams, UNO Professor Scott Tarry, staff member Jennifer Forbes-Baily and alumna Deb McLarney. The installation ceremony will begin with a procession of representatives from Nebraska's public and private colleges and universities, and faculty in academic regalia. It will feature musical performances by UNO faculty and students.

Dr. Christensen has spent his entire academic career at UNO, beginning in 1978 as a faculty member in the College of Education's Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. He served as chair of that department for 12 years. He went on to become dean of the College of Education and vice chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs before being named interim chancellor in September 2006 and chancellor in April 2007, following a national search.

Dr. Christensen received his bachelor's degree in speech and communication from Dana College in Blair, his master's degree in speech-language pathology from UNO and his doctorate in speech-language pathology from KU. He is the first UNO graduate to serve as its chancellor. Dr. Christensen has been active in Omaha community affairs, as well as national professional organizations relating to his academic field. He and his wife, Jan, have three adult sons.

The installation ceremony is open to the public and the campus community, and will be followed by a reception at the Milo Bail Student Center. The ceremony also will be available online as streaming video at, and will be broadcast live by UNO-TV on the "The Knowledge Network," Cox cable Channel 17 and Qwest Choice Channel 74. The ceremony will be re-broadcast at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, on both channels. On campus, the event will also be broadcast live on UNO Closed Circuit Channel 9.

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 is under way 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.

Thanks to you, Morriah can also see leaves.
A few years back, Morriah, then eight years old, begged her mom to let her try the vision-screening booth at a local kids expo. Michelle agreed. But as Morriah struggled to read the eye chart, the Prevent Blindness Nebraska vision screener discovered Morriah's vision was 20/200 - legally blind.

The screener urged Michelle to have her daughter's eyes examined by an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. A vision screening at school just three months earlier had not uncovered any vision problems, but this time when the ophthalmologist examined her eyes, he found she had 20/200 vision in both eyes and amblyopia, or lazy eye, in one. Michelle was shocked to hear the news since Morriah hadn't complained about vision problems in the past.

After Morriah was fitted with glasses, she exclaimed, "Mommy, you're so pretty now that I can see you!" Morriah also told her mom she'd never actually seen leaves on the trees before. They were just a big green blur. But, thanks to United Way and Prevent Blindness Nebraska (a CHC-Nebraska agency), Morriah is now able to see clearly.

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. Anyone who has not received the e-mail should contact their unit solicitor or call Human Resources at 554.2321.

"Service-Learning 101" Today and Oct. 11

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

The remaining workshop dates and times are listed below:

- Today, Oct. 8
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
241 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH)
(International Studies 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 SLA 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 in the SLA, at 554.2712 or

Fall Tuition and Fees Due Oct. 9

The final balance for fall tuition and fees is due Tuesday, Oct. 9. Payments can be made in person, mailed to Cashiering/Student Accounts in 109 Eppley Administration Building or completed online at

Cashiering/Student Accounts will remain open Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Payments can also be placed in the drop-box, located at the north end of the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office, which is accessible from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Note: Mail-in payments must be received in Cashiering/Student Accounts by the due date to avoid late payment fees. Information on billing and refund policies, along with information on other services of the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office, can be found on the Web at

For more information, call 554.2324.

Exercise Physiology Lab to Offer Cholesterol Screening Oct. 9

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.

Faculty Senate to Meet Oct. 10

The Faculty Senate will hold its next meeting Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms.

Beginning at 2 p.m., David Daniels, assistant director of fitness in Campus Recreation, will give a presentation on Health Risk Appraisals. The formal meeting starts immediately following the presentation.

For more information, contact Faculty Senate President Scott Tarry at 554.3190 or Sue Bishop, coordinator, at 554.3598.

Small Business Innovation Programs Set for Oct. 11

Two "From Lab to Life" workshops planned for Thursday, Oct. 11, in Omaha and Lincoln will discuss opportunities offered by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Both events are free to the public and will feature Jo Anne Goodnight, SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program coordinator of the NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service. SBIR and STTR are competitive grants awarded to small businesses to stimulate technological innovation.

Goodnight also serves as the acting director for the Division of Special Programs in the Office of Extramural Research. She has held positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. As an intramural research scientist at the National Cancer Institute, she published more than 20 research studies.

The first "From Lab to Life" session will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Omaha at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, 42nd Street and Dewey Avenue, in Room 1011/1012. A continental breakfast and networking will precede the workshop at 8 a.m.

That afternoon, a second workshop will be held at 4:15 p.m. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) East Campus Student Union, Arbor and Center Drive. Refreshments and networking will follow the presentation.

Discussion topics will include:

- Discovering what research NIH is seeking, what money is available and how to get proposals funded;

- Learning how the pilot manufacturing assistance program, Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP), and Pipeline to Partnerships (P2P) help small businesses commercialize innovation;

- Finding out how to stay informed about funding and partnerships opportunities, how to assess a partnership fit and important "dos and don'ts"; and

- Learning about the services NIH programs offer to help move an idea into the marketplace, including identifying other uses for technologies, market strategies, strategic planning, alliance building and investor partnerships, and manufacturing and operational consulting.

Event sponsors are the University of Nebraska, UNO, Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), UNL, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University, Boys Town National Research Hospital, University of

Nebraska Technology Park, UNL Technology Development, Nebraska EPSCoR and Bio Nebraska.

For more information, call Jean Waters, NBDC senior community service associate, at 554.6259, or visit the Web at or

"Developing an Asset Allocation Strategy" Planned for Oct. 12

UNO Human Resources will hold its next retirement planning seminar, "Developing an Asset Allocation Strategy," Friday, Oct. 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Seminar topics include asset allocation, volatility of investments, benefit of managed portfolios, and the "hows" and "whys" of rebalancing a portfolio.

For more information, call 554.3660.

UNO Health Fair Oct. 18 in the MBSC

All UNO students, faculty, staff and their family members can attend the 2007 UNO Health Fair Thursday, Oct. 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Free screenings, chair massages, giveaways, door prizes and more than 35 vendors will be available.

The health fair, sponsored by Student Health Services (SHS) and the Wellness Stampede, will offer health screen blood draws for $22 and PSAs for men for $12. The blood draw tests 40 factors, some of which include cholesterol, diabetes, thyroid, kidney and liver.

A 12-hour fast is required for all lab work, in addition to pre-registration and payment. To sign up for blood work, call SHS at 554.2374 or visit the SHS Office, MBSC first floor.

For more information, call 554.2539.

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For the period of Sept. 6 through Oct. 1, those receiving grant awards totaling $842,711 are:

Name: Robert Bernier
Unit: College of Business Administration - Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Small Business Assistance for the State of Nebraska
Sponsor: U.S. Small Business Adminstration

Name: Michael Bishop
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Geography/Geology
Title: Global Land-Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS): Radiation Transfer Modeling Using ASTER Data
Sponsor: University of Arizona

Name: Blaine Burnham
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology - NUCIA
Title: Information Assurance Scholarship Program
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense/NSA

Name: Zhengxin Chen
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology - Computer Science
Title: Research Scholar from the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Sponsor: IIEEE International Conference on Data Mining

Name: Ann Fruhling
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology - ISQA
Title: WISE (Women in Information Science and Engineering) Women
Sponsor: Women's Fund of Greater Omaha

Name: Thomas Gouttierre
Unit: International Studies and Programs
Title: Cochran Fellowship Interpreter Fees
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Name: Lourdes Gouveia
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - OLLAS
Title: The Transnational Impact of Migrant Organizations in New Destinations
Sponsor: The Ford Foundation

Name: Lourdes Gouveia
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - OLLAS
Title: Latin American Migrants: Civic and Political Participation in Bi-national
Sponsor: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Name: Wendy Guo
Unit: College of Business Administration - FBNL
Title: 2007 UNO Women of Color Awards Luncheon
Sponsor: Nebraska Humanities Council

Name: Jack Heidel
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Math
Title: Joint UNO/MCC GTA Training
Sponsor: Metropolitan Community College

Name: Alan Kolok
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Biology
Title: Microarrays in Fathead Minnows and Bass
Sponsor: Ecoarray, LLC

Name: Kenneth Kriz
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service - Public Administration
Title: Estimating Potential Energy Savings from Demand-Side Management Programs
Sponsor: OPPD

Name: Guoqing Lu
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Biology
Title: Collaborative Research: Assembling the Euteleost Tree of Life - Addressing the Major Unresolved Problem in Vertebrate Phylogeny
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Name: Susan Maher
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - English
Title: Death, Murder and Mayhem: Stories of Violence and Healing on the Plains
Sponsor: Nebraska Humanities Council

Name: Mary Lynn Reiser
Unit: College of Business Administration - Economics
Title: Kazanjian Web Project
Sponsor: Kazanjian Economics Foundation

Name: T. Hank Robinson
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service - Criminal Justice
Title: Web-Enabled Diversion System
Sponsor: Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Name: Renat Sabirianov
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences - Physics
Title: Multiferroic Interfaces: New Paradigms for Functional Switching
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Name: Peter Szto
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service - Social Work
Title: Social Technology Transfer for Persons with a Disability: An International Social Welfare Anaylsis
Sponsor: MOSAIC

Interfraternity Council to Host Presentations This Month

This month, the Interfraternity Council will host several expansion presentations for the UNO community. The council is looking to expand membership to one fraternity in Spring 2008 and, after researching many national organizations, they have narrowed their choices to three. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

The presentation schedule is listed below.

- Delta Chi Fraternity
Thursday, Oct. 11
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) State Room
1 to 2 p.m.

- Phi Gamma Delta
Thursday, Oct. 18
MBSC Dodge Room
3 to 4 p.m.

- Pi Kappa Phi
Thursday, Oct. 25
MBSC U Mon Hon Room
3 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2711.

ITS Piloting Plagiarism Service

Information Technology Services (ITS) is working with a committee of representatives from Student Affairs, Faculty Senate, the Writing Center, English, Student Government and Criss Library to investigate campus implementation of a plagiarism detection service.

Blackboard has added the service, SafeAssign, to its latest release. Use of the tool involves electronic submission of papers to the SafeAssign server. Student papers would be stored and scanned to identify passages that may be plagiarized, thus its use has legal, academic, procedural (college and departmental) and privacy implications.

These issues are currently being explored with a committee. Plagiarism detection services tools have limitations. In order to understand the implications of the limitations, two faculty have agreed to pilot SafeAssign this semester; a second broader pilot is planned for the spring semester. A public forum will be held in the spring, where the results of the pilot and the committee's findings will be shared.

Based on committee input, ITS is advising instructors to delay use until the pilots and committee discussions are complete. Additional information about plagiarism is available on the UNO Writing Center Resource Web site at

For more information about SafeAssign, enroll in the Blackboard organization titled "SafeAssign" and view several documents about SafeAssign and other plagiarism detection tools. Follow the steps below to access and enroll in the SafeAssign Blackboard Organization. Enrolling allows participation in the discussion forums and e-mail, as well as the documents made available in this organization.

To access and enroll in the SafeAssign Blackboard Organization:

1. Log into myBlackboard.

2. Click on the "Community" tab.

3. Locate the "Organization" search box, type "Safe Assign" and click the "Go" link.

4. The screen will display search results.

5. On the far right side of screen is an enroll button for the SafeAssign organization. Click on this link to enroll.

6. The next time participants log into Blackboard, they will find SafeAssign under "myOrganizations," the first page after logging into Blackboard.

UNO Library Friends Book Discussions Begin Oct. 12

Beth Ritter, director of Native American Studies at UNO, will lead a discussion of Paul Schneider's book, Brutal Journey, Friday, Oct. 12, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The event, sponsored by the UNO Library Friends, is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring their lunches.

According the book's publisher: "This book tells the story of an army of would-be conquerors who came to the New World on the heels of Cortés. Bound for glory, they landed in Florida in 1528. But only four of the 400 would survive: eight years and a 5,000-mile journey later, three Spaniards and a black Moroccan wandered out of the wilderness to the north of the Rio Grande and into Mexico. The survivors brought nothing back other than their story, but what a tale it was. Now, by combining the accounts of the explorers with findings of archaeologists and academic historians, Schneider offers an authentic narrative to replace a legend of North American exploration."

For more information, contact John Flocken at 554.3725 or

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 a 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.

DSC Computing Lab Grand Opening Oct. 19

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the newly renovated Durham Science Center Computing Lab are planned for Friday, Oct. 19, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The ceremonies will recognize John Adams, a former supervisor with Information Technology Services Computer User Rooms Customer Service, who passed away Dec. 13.

Hourly prize drawings start at 10 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. The grand prize drawing for an iPod Shuffle will be held at 1 p.m., but the winner does not need to be present to win. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Anthony Baker at 452.8933.

Stanford Professor to Discuss "Writing and Learning Across the Disciplines" Oct. 10

Stanford professor Andrea Lunsford will visit the UNO campus 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 challenges of assigning writing across the curriculum, and highlight 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

Student Lunch & Learn on Overcoming Speech Anxiety Oct. 11

The UNO Speech Center will sponsor 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.

Caremark Prescription Drug iBenefit Report

Caremark, the university's prescription drug administrator, will mail the first annual iBenefit Report this month 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 health care 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.

For more information, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

Intergenerational Water Aerobics at HPER Pool

Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host Intergenerational Water Aerobics this semester. Classes are held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building pool.

The fall session runs through Thursday, Dec. 13, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All sessions are free to UNO activity cardholders and $50 for the general public.

Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness at UNO, will serve as the instructor. The classes emphasize proper body mechanics and sound exercise technique, as well as provide strength, endurance and flexibility.

No classes will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23, Thursday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Nov. 22.

For more information, call Daniels at 554.2008.

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 Streets. 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 professor of psychology. "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 and 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.


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 admitted free.

At home this week...

Saturday, Oct. 13
- Volleyball vs. North Dakota
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
6 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at