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Your Dollars at Work: United Way of the Midlands Helps Support Senior Centers

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.

Margaret found companionship and assistance at a United Way funded senior center.

Margaret loved living in her own home. But her doctor said it would do the 70-year-old good to get out more. The Heartland Family Service (HFS) Center became a favorite place to visit, where she meets other people close to her age. "I know everybody by first name," says Margaret. "I like to walk in with a smile and encourage people, because that might be the only uplifting thing they hear all day."

Since she doesn't drive, she gets a ride to and from the center in the HFS van. And the driver takes her and other seniors to the grocery store every Tuesday. The center's continuing education classes help her manage her limited finances, and she's learning ways to take better care of her health. Margaret loves her time at the center. She added, "They help me maintain my independent way of living."

This story is an example of how the United Way/CHAD agencies help people live a productive meaningful life, which would have not been an option otherwise. For more information about the United Way of the Midlands, visit the Web at

Payroll deduction is available to UNO employees who wish to contribute. Instead of receiving a card, employees have received 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.


Mavericks Take to the Ice in Pink Jerseys for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The UNO Maverick hockey team will be smart, agile, aggressive and wearing pink when they take to the ice to open their home season with the Mutual of Omaha Stampede this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20.

The Mavericks have joined forces with Mutual of Omaha and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Organization (Nebraska Affiliate) to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month by raising awareness and funds for cancer research at the Qwest Center during the Mavs' first two home games.

The Mavericks will be wearing pink jerseys when UNO takes the ice against Manitoba in the opening game of the Mutual of Omaha Stampede Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:05 p.m.

In addition to sponsoring the Mavs' season-opening tournament, Mutual of Omaha will contribute $10,000 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Organization. Fans will also be able to bid on the unique pink Maverick jerseys at a silent auction to be held during the Stampede games and representatives from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Methodist Cancer Center will be on hand during the games to hand out life-saving information on breast cancer.

The Mutual of Omaha Stampede kicks off at 4:05 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, when Canisius takes on Alabama-Huntsville in the opening game. UNO faces Manitoba in the other first-round game at 7:05 p.m.

"This is something special, something important," said UNO Maverick Head Coach Mike Kemp. "We think this is a great opportunity for our fans to get involved and we are looking forward to see what we can raise through our silent auction."

"It will be an amazing sight when the Mavericks hit the ice wearing their pink jerseys," said Mutual of Omaha Senior Vice President John Hildenbiddle. "Mutual of Omaha is thrilled to join forces with the Mavericks and the Komen organization in the fight against breast cancer."

The jerseys will be given to the auction winners at the conclusion of the Saturday, Oct. 20, Maverick game.

In addition to the auction, Mutual of Omaha and UNO Hockey are challenging all Maverick fans to donate $5 for every goal that the Mavs score during the Mutual of Omaha Stampede. Collection sites will be available at various locations in the concourse area of the arena throughout the tournament. Checks can be made payable to UNO and sent to UNO Hockey, 6001 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68182.

At the UNO Maverick hockey game with Michigan on Friday, Nov. 2, a check for all the funds raised at the Mutual of Omaha Stampede will be presented to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Nebraska. WOWT anchor Tracy Madden will take part in the event.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Fire Extinguisher Training Available Today, Tomorrow

UNO Environmental Health and Safety will hold hands-on fire extinguisher training for faculty and staff today and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16. The classes run approximately 45 minutes and start on the hour. Today, 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. Openings are still available.

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

Performance Evaluation Workshop Oct. 17

Human Resources will present a workshop on performance evaluations Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Supervisors will learn techniques to give them more confidence and clarity in the performance evaluation process. How to write concrete, objective, clear and less threatening performance evaluations will also be addressed.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

UNO Exhibit to Feature Armor, Weapons, Fashion on Oct. 18

UNO will host an exhibition of armor and weaponry from the Anglo-Saxon era through to the late Renaissance on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The campus community and public are invited to this free event where they can see authentic reproductions of broad swords, shields, chain-mail armor, rapiers and other gear necessary for the well-turned out warrior. The display will take place in front of the Milo Bail Student Center.

Also available for viewing will be authentic reproductions of clothing and accessories from the medieval and early modern eras. Experts will discuss and answer questions about the history of fashion and weaponry. Light refreshments will be served. In case of rain, the event will be held on Friday, Oct. 19, at the same time and location.

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Interdisciplinary Minor--in association with the Departments of Art History, English, and History at UNO—has organized the event. For more information about the event or Medieval and Renaissance Studies, contact Lisabeth Buchelt, assistant professor of medieval British and Irish literature at UNO, at 554.2894.

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, director of UNO Orchestral Activities, 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.

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.

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.

UNO Theatre Performances of "Art" Continues This Week

The UNO Department of Theatre production of the Tony Award-winning play "Art" by Yasmina Reza, adapted by Christopher Hampton and directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf, continues on stage this week, 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.

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

Faculty Recruitment Workshops Begin Oct. 17

Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will conduct two 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

H.R.A. Registration Available at Oct. 18 UNO Health Fair

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.

Also, the Wellness Stampede, in conjunction with the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELCOM) and the State of Nebraska, will be offering a free, confidential, on-line Health Risk Appraisals (H.R.A.) to all benefit-eligible UNO employees

Everyone who completes the HRA will be eligible to win prizes. To provide additional incentive to participate, the department or college with the highest percentage of participation among eligible faculty/staff will be entered to win a big prize.

Another reason to take part is anyone signing up to take the HRA will get two free tickets to the Mutual of Omaha Stampede Hockey Tournament to be held Oct. 19 and 20.

To sign up, call campus recreation at 554.2539 or stop by 100 HPER before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m. After that time, registrations will be taken at the health fair until 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18.

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, CFD and Service-Learning/American Humanics Office, 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


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...

Friday, Oct. 19
- Hockey Mutual of Omaha Stampede
UNO vs. Manitoba
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 20
- Football vs. Minnesota Duluth
Caniglia Field, Dodge location
1 p.m.

- Hockey Mutual of Omaha Stampede
Consolation Game
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
4:05 p.m.

- Hockey Mutual of Omaha Stampede
Championship Game
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at