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Kim Balkovec, KVNO Radio's membership manager, donned her skates and "Mozart" attire Oct. 8 along Dodge Street to help raise donations for KVNO's Fall Pledge Drive. "Drive-by and Donate" attracted potential donors on Dodge Street who could stop by the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center to make pledges and receive free doughnuts. Today is the final day of the pledge drive.

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UNO Chancellor Installation Today

John E. Christensen will be officially installed as UNO Chancellor during a ceremony set for 2:30 p.m. today 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.

Fall Convocation Set for Oct. 10

The UNO Fall Convocation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at 10 a.m.

Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his 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.

Missouri Valley Reading Series Continues Oct. 10

Award-winning poet Joanna Klink will read from her new book, Circadian (Penguin, 2007), Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery, first floor, Weber Fine Arts Building. The event - sponsored by the UNO Writer's Workshop and the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media - is free and open to the public.

Klink is also the author of They Are Sleeping (University of Georgia, 2000) and a recipient of the Rona Jaffe Writer's Award. Her presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Reading Series.

For more information, call 554.2151.

Fire Extinguisher Training Announced

UNO Environmental Health and Safety will hold hands-on fire extinguisher training for faculty and staff Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16. The classes run approximately 45 minutes and start on the hour. On Oct. 15, classes will be offered from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Oct. 16, classes will be held from 1 to 4 p.m.

The training will take place on the concrete pad at the southwest corner of the parking structure. Space is limited.

To register for training, visit this link. For more information, visit or contact Stan Schleifer, manager of UNO Support Services, at 554.3596.

"Faces of Tobacco" Photo Art Exhibit Open House Oct. 12

The Sarpy County Tobacco Prevention Coalition will host "Faces of Tobacco" - an open house photo art exhibit premiere by photographer Tiffany Love - Friday, Oct.12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The exhibit features educational photographs depicting the "Faces of Tobacco" in the Omaha metropolitan area. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

The UNO Health Fair will host the exhibit in the Milo Bail Student Center Thursday, Oct. 18, in cooperation with Eta Sigma Gamma, UNO's chapter of the national health education honorary organization.

For more information, contact David Corbin, professor of health, physical education and recreation, at 554.2670.

Speaking Across the Curriculum Brown Bag Oct. 16

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will hold its next Speaking Across the Curriculum brown bag for faculty Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. At the event, Marlina Davidson and Lisa German from the UNO School of Communication will introduce UNO's Speaking Across the Curriculum Program and highlight available resources.

Additional topics include:

- Oral communication general education assessment for accreditation (AQIP); and

- UNO's Speech Center: The Speech Consulting Room and services for faculty.

To register for the brown bag, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or For more information, contact Davidson at 554.3201 or Those who attend are invited to bring their lunches, and drinks and desserts will be provided.

Faculty Recruitment Workshops Begin Oct. 17

Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will conduct workshops this fall to assist departments and schools in recruiting faculty. The sessions will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO People Admin System and EEO guidelines and requirements. Deans, directors, chairs, faculty and administrative assistants are welcome to attend.

Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in a search must either attend one of the workshops or have a meeting of the search committee with Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies; Sharon Ulmar, director of the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity; and/or Kristine Bell, assistant to the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. Faculty participating in searches must attend a workshop once every two years.

Upcoming workshops include:

- Wednesday, Oct. 17
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room

- Wednesday, Nov. 14
1 to 2:30 p.m.
MBSC Council Room

For more information about the workshops, contact Dr. Smith-Howell (554.4849 or, Bell (554.2262 or or Ulmar (554.2872 or

Robert Duncan to Be Honored Oct. 25 at Durham Lecture Series

The UNO Aviation Institute will host its annual Charles W. Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture Series Thursday, Oct. 25, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The featured speaker is J. Robert Duncan, chairman emeritus of Duncan Aviation.

A reception will start the evening at 6:45 p.m., followed by Duncan's lecture at 7:30 p.m.

Duncan Aviation has grown into one of the world's largest business aviation sales and service organizations, with more than 1,800 employees throughout the United States and a customer base exceeding 18,000 around the world. The company is consistently voted number one in both avionics and aircraft maintenance by the industry users' poll, and is regarded as a leader and a progressive innovator within its industry. Fortune Magazine has named Duncan Aviation to its top "100 Best Places to Work" four times.

Both Duncan and his wife, Karen, have been active in the Lincoln community. His service has included the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce (chairman in 1987); StarVenture, Lincoln's community strategic planning effort (tri-chair); the Lincoln Foundation; the Nebraska Arts Council (chairman); Nebraska Wesleyan's Board of Governors (chairman) and numerous other business and community activities. He also is an active pilot, flying virtually everything that Duncan Aviation sells plus gliders, helicopters and hot air balloons.

The Charles W. Durham Guest Lecture Series and Scholarship Program was established by the UNO Aviation Institute to thank Durham for his inspiration as the lead co-founder of the Aviation Institute. The Aviation Institute holds the Durham Lecture each year and presents the guest speaker with the William F. Shea Distinguished Contribution to Aviation Award. This award is given in honor of the Aviation Institute's founding director, William F. Shea, and is presented to those who have impacted the aviation industry during their varied aviation careers.

For more information call Vida Hill, Aviation Institute, at 554.3424.

Fall Tuition and Fees Due Today

The final balance for fall tuition and fees is due today, 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 today 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.

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

Australian Professor Neal M. Ashkanasy will present "Research on Emotion in Organizations: A Multilevel Perspective" today, 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. He also serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior and as associate editor of Academy of Management Learning and Education.

For more information, call 554.2581.

Photoshop II Training Set for Oct. 12

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

The class will build on basic Photoshop skills. Participants will learn to use advanced menu items such as Feathering and Clipping Paths, applying 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

Today's Office Professional Conference Oct. 12

Learn the skills that make everyone's jobs easier, safer and more rewarding at the 2007 Today's Office Professional Conference, set for Friday, Oct. 12, at the Westside Community Center, 3534 S. 108th St. The event, presented by UNO Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) 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, 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 and 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.

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 Registration is due by Monday, Oct. 15, at noon.

For more information, contact Dr. Corbin or Shandy Ramet, Eta Sigma Gamma representative, at 554.2670 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 554.3201 or Space is limited, so students must register in advance.

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.

Help for Grant Writers to Find Funding

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration Friday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. in 207 Criss Library.

The monthly hour-long sessions demonstrate the various COS "finding funding" resources available to faculty, staff and students who will be writing grant proposals during this academic year. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger, assistant director of SPR, at 554.2286.

Call for 2007-08 UCAT Conference Travel Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants designed to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. Applications are encouraged for interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on several themes. Visit for a list of links to designated conferences.

Travel grant applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Active learning;

- Assessment and e-Portfolios;

- Graduate instruction/mentoring;

- Interdisciplinary integration; and

- Promoting critical thinking.

The committee will accept proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended, and will fund grants up to $800 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site,

Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application, in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats, as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at Hard copy submissions should be sent to the CFD in 220 Arts and Sciences Hall. Two examples of successful applications are available on the CFD/UCAT Web site at

For more information, contact Wayne Harrison, professor of psychology and the 2007-08 UCAT chair, at 554.2452 or


- Gouttierre Participating in Academic Symposium
Tom Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, is attending the Václav Havel Civil Society Symposium at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minn.) through Saturday, Oct. 13.

Gouttierre is taking part in a number of classes, seminars and programs while visiting the university as a Václav Havel Civil Society scholar.

The Václav Havel Civil Society Symposium was established in 1999 to encourage discussion on the rights and responsibilities of citizens. The biennial symposium brought noted speakers such as former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Havel, who was the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic.

Gouttierre is the third participant in the program's history.

Under the new program, prominent scholars and leaders visit Minnesota for more extended periods. Martin Palous, the Czech Republic's ambassador to the United Nations, visited the Twin Cities for a week last fall under the program.

For a complete listing of Gouttierre's activities while at the University of St. Thomas, visit

- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, discussed "The Abuse of Presidential Power: From Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush" Oct. 7 at the Brownville Lyceum in Brownville, Neb.

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