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Fall Convocation Today

The UNO Fall Convocation will be held today, 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.

Stanford Professor to Discuss "Writing and Learning Across the Disciplines"

Stanford Professor Andrea Lunsford will discuss "Writing and Learning Across the Disciplines" at a workshop today, Oct. 10. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. All UNO faculty are welcome to attend. The event starts at 1:30 p.m.

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 awoll@mail.unomaha.edu. For more information, contact Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator Nora Bacon at 554.3318 or nbacon@mail.unomaha.edu.

Free Blood Pressure Screening Offered Today in HPER

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Exercise Physiology Lab will host a free blood pressure screening today, Oct. 10, from 7:45 a.m. to noon. It will be held in the HPER Building, near the first floor entrance, and is open to all faculty, staff and students.

For more information, contact the Exercise Physiology Lab at 554.3221.

Faculty Senate to Meet Today

The Faculty Senate will hold its next meeting today, 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.

Missouri Valley Reading Series Continues Tonight

Award-winning poet Joanna Klink will read from her new book, Circadian (Penguin, 2007), tonight, 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.

National Coming Out Day Activities Planned

The UNO Student Agency of Gender & Sexual Orientation will sponsor several events in conjunction with National Coming Out Day, which is Thursday, Oct. 11. All students faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend the following:

- Thursday, Oct. 11
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Fireplace Lounge
10 a.m. to11:15 a.m.

A rally in support of National Coming Out Day's message of diversity and celebration of individual identity will feature remarks by local leaders who advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, as well as refreshments and time to socialize.

- Thursday, Oct. 11
MBSC Nebraska Room
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

A panel of community members affiliated with Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will speak and share their personal coming out stories and struggle for acceptance. A period for question and answer, as well as refreshments will be available.

- Friday, Oct. 12
MBSC Ballroom
7 to 9 p.m.

A dessert reception for all who wish to attend will feature local entertainers, including vocalists and instrumentalists using their form of art to express struggle for acceptance and to promote unity. The event is a chance to hear local artists, eat free dessert and win raffle prizes.

- Tuesday, Oct. 16, or Wednesday, Oct. 17
Ally Training

Two dates/times are available for this comprehensive training, presented by UNO faculty/staff trainers. It will give interested people tools and knowledge necessary to become a campus ally to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Trainings are limited to 12 people per session. E-mail Kent Lavene at klavene@mail.unomaha.edu to reserve a spot for Oct.16 from 9 a.m. to noon, or Oct.17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact JohnCarl Denkovich, director of Student Agency of Gender & Sexual Orientation, at 554.4846.

SPR October Brown Bags Announced

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) holds brown bag sessions throughout the academic year featuring research- and creative activity- related topics. In October, representatives from the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Humanities Council will discuss funding opportunities and answer questions for UNO faculty and staff.

Both sessions will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The dates are:

- Nebraska Arts Council
Tuesday, Oct. 16

- Nebraska Humanities Council
Wednesday, Oct. 24

Drinks and dessert will be provided. Participants are invited to bring a lunch and questions. For more information, call SPR at 554.2286.

Pathways to Harmony Program is Oct. 16

A new and updated Pathways to Harmony program, which explores diversity issues, is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

"We are excited about presenting updated material that keeps the campus focused on issues of diversity," said Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

All faculty, staff, and students can to attend. To register, call 554.2896 or send an e-mail to mkclark@mail.unomaha.edu. Seating is limited.

ITS Offers UNO Web Template Training

Stuart Wheat, web designer in Information Technology Services (ITS), has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus.

ITS will host informational sessions on the UNO Web templates in October. Training will include a planning consultation meeting and two hands-on informational sessions set for Wednesday, Oct. 17, and Wednesday, Oct. 24. More training sessions will be added depending upon interest. Sessions will be held in the computer lab in 104 Durham Science Center from 1 to 3 p.m.

To register online:

- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter SAP Personnel number (this is the five-digit number on all UNO picture IDs. It is also appears on check stubs.);

- Click "Sign Up"; and

- Click "Ok" to confirm SAP Personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration. A minimum of five people are required signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to class.  An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

To learn more about Web templates or to register for training, contact Pat Dargantes, training coordinator for ITS, at 554.3498 or pdargant@mail.unomaha.edu.

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. 8-14, the following faculty will be featured:

- Ana Carballal, foreign languages;

- Jeanette Harder, social work;

- Guoqing Lu, biology; and

- Michael Matthews, mathematics.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/spr/ucr.php.

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

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 Cort├ęs. 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, UNO Library Friends, at 554.3725 or jflocken@mail.unomaha.edu.

Difficult Dialogues Proposals Sought

The UNO Difficult Dialogues project, which promotes open inquiry into highly charged topics, has mini-grants available to university faculty, staff and student organizations planning public dialogues on race, religion or sexual orientation.

"Breaking Silence: Difficult Dialogues at the University of Nebraska at Omaha" is a two-year project funded by the Ford Foundation. Nora Bacon, associate professor of English, Shereen Bingham, professor of communication, and Cynthia Robinson Moore, assistant professor of communication, direct the project

"The mini-grant program is a response to requests from students," Dr. Robinson Moore said.

Last year, the project hosted a campus-wide dialogue on race and identity called "What Omaha Do You Live In?" Participants requested more opportunities for dialogue during the 2007-08 academic year. 

UNO faculty, staff, and student organizations can receive mini-grants of up to $500.  Funding can be used for expenses like publicity, speakers' honoraria, rental of facilities and refreshments. Applicants must consult with a member of the Difficult Dialogues core group, which is made up of 30 UNO faculty and staff members who have been trained in dialogue facilitation.  The project directors especially encourage dialogues organized in collaboration with community groups.

For more information, contact one of the project directors:

- Dr. Bacon at 554.3318 or nbacon@mail.unomaha.edu;

- Dr. Bingham at 554.4857 or sbingham@mail.unomaha.edu); or

- Dr. Robinson Moore at 554.4879 or clrobinson@mail.unomaha.edu.

Proposals will be accepted after Monday, Oct. 15, and will be reviewed monthly throughout the academic year or until all available funds have been spent.  The proposal form is available on the School of Communications web page: http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwcomm/forms/DDsupportapplication.doc.

Participants Sought for UNMC Depression Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry invites people experiencing depression and who have had episodes of depression in the past to participate in a research study.

The study will use investigational antidepressant medications, and all participants must be 19 to 70 years of age and in good general medical health. All study procedures and medications will be provided.

For more information, call 354.6868 or send an e-mail to unmcprc@unmc.edu or go online http://www.unmc.edu/prc.

Toner Recycling Program Benefits Campus

All campus departments are encouraged to recycle their printer and toner cartridges in support of the ongoing recycling program conducted by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and UNO Mail Services. Two-thirds of the monies received from this project go to student scholarships and one-third goes to SAC for ongoing projects.

All used toner/ink jet cartridges can be sent to Mail Services, 106 Eppley Administration Building, and addressed as follows:

UNO Mail Services - Toner Recycling Project

For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver, public administration, at 554.2625.