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A CCSW Message from Chancellor John Christensen

UNO community,

Now that the fall semester is in full swing, I want to take a moment to reacquaint the campus community with the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW). CCSW continues to be a prime mover on campus to increase awareness, access and outreach opportunities to women. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C - Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles. CCSW engages in a variety of educational projects by building collaborative relationships with UNO campus and metropolitan area community organizations. The commission's collaborative effort with the Women's Studies Program, Women's Resource Center, American Democracy Project, YWCA and Douglas County Election Commission are particularly noteworthy.

It is energizing to review the commission's many accomplishments. In the past, CCSW has assisted with implementing baby changing stations on campus, conducted voter registration drives, sponsored Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk Teams, created a Reference Card for assisting at-risk students and hosted numerous campus and community guest speakers at its Susan B.'s Coffeehouse Series.

"A, B, C" events for this fall include:

Awareness: Susan B. Anthony Coffeehouses
- Gambling Awareness Panel
Wednesday, Oct. 31
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room

- Diabetes Education Panel on World Diabetes Day
Wednesday, Nov. 14
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Chancellor's Room

Balance issues
Work scheduling concerns, referrals for new mothers, childcare for ill children, single parent resources and referrals for the "sandwich" generation

Community outreach
The CCSW Walk for Inclusion Team participated in the Conference for Inclusive Communities. The commission also is active with the food bank donation drive and ongoing voter education campaign on the UNO campus, and meets and sponsors an event with Afghan teachers. Proposed spring events include hosting a political debate, sponsoring a sons/daughters to work event and creating a service-learning opportunity with Sudanese women in the community.

Show your support by attending events or offering feedback. I am proud to introduce you to the 2007-08 commission. Visit the Web ( for a list of upcoming events and pictures of the current members.

The 2007-08 CCSW roster includes: Marcia Adler, student health services; Kimberly Balkovev, KVNO Classical 90.7; Shelby Buettner, political science; Joyce Crockett, academic computing-ITS; Teresa Dody, music; Lisa German, student services; Sara Glathar, UNO Aviation Institute; Tammy Goldsberry, cashiering/student accounts; Jeanne Harrington, teacher education; Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz, service learning; Rita Henry, NU Gender Equity representative; Vida Hill, UNO Aviation Institute; Wendi Jensen, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research; Elizabeth Keller, criminal justice; Konnie Kirchner, social work; Susan Maher, English; Tami Manz, student accounts; Diane Mills, human resources; Ben Nauslar, family and consumer science; Jenn Piatt, Women's Resource Center; Lisa Sample, criminal justice; Katie Sup, health, physical education and recreation; Lina Traslavina, recruitment services; Sharon Ulmar, UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity; and Jennifer White, health, physical education and recreation.

Becky Bohan Brown, UNO University Relations, serves as staff co-chair; Marvel Maring, Criss Library, is the faculty co-chair; and Esther Scarpello, human resources, is treasurer.


John Christensen

"Consider This" to Discuss Diabetes and Obesity

This week on "Consider This," host Andrea McMaster will discuss the effects Type 2 diabetes and obesity can have on weight, and how the disease and conditions related to weight are major health concerns.

Scheduled guests include Dr. James Lane, medical director of The Nebraska Medical Center Diabetes Center; Mark Stubbs, executive director of the Nebraska Chapter of the American Diabetes Association; and patient Sidnee Mercer, a 15-year-old with Type 1 diabetes. The experts will discuss who is at risk, as well as the new therapies being developed to treat the diseases.

Type 2 diabetes and obesity are reaching epidemic proportions worldwide. In nearly every developed society, diabetes now ranks among the leading causes of blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. It can even be fatal. More than 200,000 people die each year of diabetes-related complications, according to the American Diabetes Association.

In America alone, diabetes affects more than 20 million people, and Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90 percent of those individuals. Also, statistics indicate fewer than half of American adults are at a healthy weight, and approximately one-third of American adults are obese.

This week's guests will discuss how health care professionals and researchers are making strides in addressing Type 2 diabetes and the connection between Type 2 diabetes and genetic makeup, age and race.

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

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

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Oct. 14
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Monday, Oct. 15
1:30 p.m. (CT)

- Wednesday, Oct. 17
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

Small Business Innovation Programs Today

Two "From Lab to Life" workshops planned for today, 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.

This 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

UNO Theatre Performances of "Art" Open Tonight with Preview

The UNO Department of Theatre will present the Tony Award-winning play "Art" by Yasmina Reza, adapted by Christopher Hampton and directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf, starting this weekend. There will be a preview performance tonight, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Performances run Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 17-20. All performances will be held at the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all evening performances. An interactive talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will follow the Friday, Oct. 19, show.

The plot of the play revolves around the purchase of an expensive white painting and how the controversial piece of art drives a rift between three friends. Translated and produced in more than 23 languages, this witty smash hit by Yasmina Reza will delight and entertain, according to the theatre department's press release.

Ticket prices are $15 for general admission; $12 for students and seniors. They may be purchased in person, via e-mail at, or by calling 554.2335. For more information, contact Tawanna Hollins, UNO Department of Theatre secretary, at 554.2406.

Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due Oct. 31

The deadline to submit changes for the 2008-09 UNO Undergraduate Catalog is Wednesday, Oct. 31. Changes should be submitted to Marian McDonald, University Relations, 108 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, call 554.3674.

myMAPP/faculty Training Set for Oct. 19

Information Technology Services (ITS) will hold a hands-on training session designed to teach the basics of the myMAPP/faculty system. The training - set for Friday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 007B Roskens Hall - is designed for new faculty and will provide a brief overview of the portfolio process and instruction on how to enter information into myMAPP/faculty.

Faculty use myMAPP/faculty - an ePortfolio system - to track academic and professional work and document their contributions toward UNO's strategic goals for the purposes of Annual Review and Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure (RPT).

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

PWSA to Host Aging Conference Oct. 21-22

The UNO Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) will host "Aging with Passion and Purpose, A Conference on Aging" Sunday and Monday, Oct. 21-22, on the UNO campus.

Keynote speakers for the event include Ann Basting from the TimeSlips Project and Gene Cohen, director of the National Center on Aging, Health and Humanities.

Conference sponsors include the Center for Healthy Aging, Ministries, Programs and Services (CHAMPS), the UNO School of Social Work, the UNO Department of Gerontology and PWSA.

To register for the conference, visit or call CHAMPS at 895.2224.

Chair Massage Service Available in HPER This Fall

Looking for a way to reduce stress?

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase chair massages on campus this fall. A station will be set up on Fridays in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates: Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21.

Andrea Porter, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session or $20 for a 30-minute session.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits. For more information, call 554.2539.

LGBTQ Ally Training Set for Oct. 16-17

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) ally training will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 16-17, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). Participants only need to attend one session and are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check in.

Ally training will be held at the following times:

- Tuesday, Oct. 16
9 a.m. to noon
MBSC Jenkins Room

- Wednesday, Oct. 17
1 to 4 p.m.
MBSC Tower Room

The three-hour program explores bias, discusses how anti-LGBTQ bias hurts others and offers specific techniques to be an ally. Members of the UNO Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Allies (LGBTQIA) Dialogue Group and the ally training committee will facilitate the training.

Space is limited for each session. To reserve a spot, contact Kent Lavene, student affairs, at or 554.3008.

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

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

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 is provided by OLLAS/U.S. Department of Education. For more information, visit

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.