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OLLAS Honored by the State of Nebraska for Outstanding Contribution to Latino Community

For its outstanding contribution to the state's Hispanic community, the UNO Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) will be recognized at the First Annual Hispanic Heritage Month State Commemoration today, Oct. 12 at the State Capitol in Lincoln.

The event, which runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is themed "Embracing Diversity," allows Nebraska residents to learn more about and embrace the diverse cultures and contributions of Hispanics/Latinos. The award will be given annually.

"It is such an honor to be recognized by our peers for all of the effort that has gone into making OLLAS such a success," said Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, OLLAS assistant director. "It is the combined endeavors of faculty, students and staff working across the community that has garnered the most attention and this recognition will only serve to inspire everyone to work even harder on issues about which we feel so passionately."

OLLAS was established in 2003 as a center that would contribute new knowledge and understanding of Latino and Latin American communities and migrants within the state and across the region. OLLAS offers programs in Chicano and Latino/Latin American Studies and has received major funding for research that serves to inform public policy and effect change while engaging with community and academic partners locally and in Latin America.

Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS, will accept the award on behalf of the center's faculty, students and staff during today's ceremony.

Visit for more information about OLLAS.

Today's OLLAS "Charla" to Feature "Illegal" Border-Crossing Stories

OLLAS 2007-2008 "Charla Series" ("charla" means conversation or chat) continues today, Oct. 12, with a look at immigrant crossings from both a social and literary perspective. Today's charla, is cosponsored by 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 provided by OLLAS/U.S. Department of Education. Visit for more information.

Help for Grant Writers to Find Funding

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 today's, Oct. 12, Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration 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.

National Coming Out Day Activities Continue

The UNO Student Agency of Gender & Sexual Orientation is sponsoring several events in conjunction with this week's National Coming Out Day. All students faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend the remaining events:

- Tonight, Oct. 12
MBSC Ballroom

7 to 9 p.m.

A dessert reception will feature local entertainers, including vocalists and instrumentalists, using their form of art to express struggle for acceptance and to promote unity. Those who attend can hear local artists, eat free dessert and win raffle prizes.

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

Two dates are available for this comprehensive training, presented by UNO faculty/staff trainers. It will give interested people the 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 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.


Hockey to Stage Red-White Game at Tranquility Oct. 14

Hockey fans will get a chance to preview the 2007-08 Mavericks up close and personal when the team holds a 1 p.m. intrasquad game Sunday, Oct. 14, at Tranquility Ice Arena, 12550 West Maple Road. Afterward, fans can skate with the Mavs until 4 p.m. Both events are open to the public with free admission and skate rental will be available.

The Mavericks will divide into Red and White squads and compete in a shortened game, beginning at 1 p.m. The game will run about 90 minutes.

UNO returns 11 of its top 13 scorers from last year's team, plus its three-man goaltending corps. UNO finished fifth in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association last season with an 18-16-8 record.

The Mavericks will also hold their Media Day on Monday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. on the Qwest Center ice.

UNO will open the new season next weekend, hosting the Mutual of Omaha Maverick Stampede Friday through Saturday, Oct. 19-20. UNO will face Manitoba Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. following a 4 p.m. contest between Canisius and Alabama-Huntsville. The third-place game is at 4 p.m. Oct. 20 and the championship game will be at 7 p.m.

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.

Metal-Corbin and Beard to Participate at Oct. 19-20 "US Tour" at Creighton

The Omaha Modern Dance Collective (OMDC) has included works created by Josie Metal-Corbin, director of UNO's The Moving Company, for its "US Tour" concert at Creighton University's Lied Education Center for the Arts Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20. The event features contemporary dance from across the nation.

Metal-Corbin, a professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, has been dancing for more than 58 years, and recently completed her 40th year choreographing and teaching dance. Since 1983, she has served as an Artist in the Schools/Community for the Nebraska Arts Council. This year she was appointed to be a Carnegie Academy Scholar.

"We're calling the concert ‘US Tour' because it gives the audience a chance to see some of the hottest nationwide trends in contemporary dance – all in one place at one time," said Taffy Howard, OMDC president.

A UNO faculty member and student will participate in Metal-Corbin's piece, "The Next Step," which will be performed at the concert. Christine Beard, assistant professor of flute and coordinator of UNO Woodwind Studies, will accompany while Kyan Unstad, a bioinformatics major, will perform as the dance's soloist.

The concert will also feature works by:

- Charlotte Adams, a University of Iowa dance professor and director of Charlotte Adams and Dancers;

- Chalie Livingston and Jeff Curtis, a formerly Seattle-based choreographic and performing duo who have performed internationally with companies including Shapiro & Smith Dance and the Gail Gilbert Dance Ensemble; and

- Fritha Pengelly, a University of Washington dance professor and independent choreographer.

Curtain time for the performances will be 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for students and senior citizens. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 551.7473. More information about the concert is available at

The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance performing group, operates under the auspices of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation in the UNO College of Education. The company was established in 1935 and is committed to preserving historical dance, as well as creating new, contemporary works. For more information, contact Metal-Corbin at (402) 554.3239, or visit the Web at

CCSW to Host Oct. 31 Panel Discussion on Gambling

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will present "A panel discussion on "Gambling Facts and Myths" Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Those who attend can hear from local experts on the topic and learn what local problem gambling prevention services are available. Time will also be allotted for a Q&A session. Esther Scarpello from CCSW will serve as the moderator.

Guest panelists will include:

- Marlene Schneider, UNO/UNMC Faculty Employee Assistance Program coordinator;

- Harlan Vogel, Heartland Family Services; and

- Jerry Bauerkempter, Nebraska Council on Compulsive Gambling

Refreshments will be served.

This event is being held in conjunction with CCSW'S Susan B.'s Coffeehouse Series. During the fall and spring semesters, the series sponsors campus and community guest speakers and initiatives. Programs are educational, informal and social.

For more information, call Scarpello, CCSW treasurer, at 554.3660, or CCSW co-chairs Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.

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 Seating is limited.

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

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;

- 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

In the News

In the News

- Political Science Associate Professor Randall Adkins was a guest on KFAB (1110 AM) Oct. 8 to discuss political candidates and their campaign practices.

- The Oct. 9 issue of The Advocate quoted Meredith Bacon, Political Science professor, about the 11th annual national dinner of the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

- The Omaha World-Herald featured Chancellor John Christensen in an Oct. 8 article as he prepared to be formally installed as UNO's 14th chancellor. Christensen's efforts were also praised in an Oct. 9 Omaha World-Herald editorial.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed Oct. 4 by World News with Charlie Gibson on ABC about the delayed release of the book The Kite Runner.

- Bruce E. Johansen's book, So Far from Home: Manila's Santo Tomas Internment Camp, 1942-1945 was used in Ken Burns' TV series, "The War," broadcast during September, 2007, on PBS, as noted in the Bibliography of the companion book: Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns. The War: An Intimate History. New York: Knopf, 2007.

- The Midlands Business Journal interviewed Lex Kaczmarek, director of the College of Business Administration, Oct. 3 about MBAs offered at UNO.

- Bill Swanson, assistant to the vice chancellor, was quoted in an Oct. 6 Omaha World-Herald article about UNO's recent change to the bake sale policy on campus. KPTM (Fox 42) and KETV (ABC 7) also interviewed Swanson about bake sales.

- Lina Traslavina, community outreach coordinator, discussed UNO's student diversity and enrollment on Education Today Oct. 10 on KIOS (91.5 FM).

- KMTV (CBS 3) and WOWT (NBC 6) interviewed Criminal Justice professor Sam Walker about a recent study he prepared about curbing gun violence in Omaha.

- Criminal Justice Emeritus Professor Sam Walker was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article on Oct. 7 about the excessive use of force by police officers.

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

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 Performances of "Art" Continues Tonight

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.

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.

Chamber Orchestra to Perform Beethoven at Oct. 16 Concert

UNO's Chamber Orchestra will perform a program of Beethoven's music on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Strauss Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

Under the baton of Christopher Stanichar, the program will feature two works by Beethoven: the Overture to Coriolan and the second symphony. The orchestra will also play the American premiere of Serenade and Invention by UNO Professor Kenton Bales.

"All of these works have rhythmic vitality and a range of emotions that delight audiences of all ages," said Dr. Stanichar. "Come and enjoy this hour-long concert—perfect for a weekday evening get-a-way."

For more information call 554.3427.

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

"Faces of Tobacco" Photo Art Exhibit Open House Today

The Sarpy County Tobacco Prevention Coalition will host "Faces of Tobacco" - an open house photo art exhibit premiere by photographer Tiffany Love - today, 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.

Art Gallery to Host Ceramics Exhibition

The UNO Art Gallery will present "Clay as the Human Condition," a regional ceramics exhibition, starting Friday, Oct. 19. An opening reception will be held that evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Alisa Holen, a visiting assistant professor in ceramics at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, curated the show. The exhibition explores three different clay artists—Daniel Cox, Conifer Smith and Reagan Yoder—and how they react to life and its challenges, through the resilient and tactile medium of clay.

"As a clay artist, I believe that clay records our life experiences and also can create them," Holen said. The exhibition will remain up until Saturday, Nov. 17.

More information on each artist follows.

Cox received a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa and a bachelor of fine arts in ceramics from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. Currently, he is an adjunct professor of sculpture and ceramics at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He uses clay as a vehicle of expression, according to the gallery's press release, and creates an interplay of the human form, landscape and his perception of life.

Smith is a professor of three-dimensional art at Kirkwood College. She has worked as a professional ceramic artist for more than 20 years and holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa. As a material, clay reminds Smith of the connection people have with the earth, both physically and metaphysically.

Yoder is an adjunct professor of ceramics at the University of Iowa, where he earned his master of fine arts degree. He has worked as a studio artist for 35 years, and is well known for his knowledge and skills in kiln building, materials and tool making. In his work, Yoder examines the uniqueness of structures and their ability to control patterns of movement.

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 noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday 1 to 4 p.m.

For further information, please call 554.2796.

UNO Art Gallery Hosting Three Exhibitions

This is the final weekend for three exhibitions currently on display at the UNO Art Gallery. The exhibits - "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 be 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.

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.

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.