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John Christensen and James B. Milliken

Reduced Non-Resident Tuition for Three Iowa Counties

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Omaha and Iowa news media were on hand Oct. 30 in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge to hear the announcement about reduced UNO tuition for residents of Pottawattamie, Mills and Harrison counties in Iowa. UNO Chancellor John Christensen and University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken announced the opportunity for Iowa students to attend UNO at significantly reduced tuition rates beginning next fall.

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Hockey vs. Alabama-Huntsville

The Mavericks defeated Alabama-Huntsville 5-1 in the finals of the Mutual of Omaha Stampede Saturday night at the Qwest Center Omaha.

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UNO Audio Story: Symphonic Wind Ensemble

The concert season for the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and University Chorus kicks off on campus Sunday, Oct. 28 with "Celebration." Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. at the Strauss Recital Hall. This audio story features the Wind Ensemble practicing a new work by Philip Sparke.

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Oct. 31, in honor of UNO retiree Edward G. Johnson. He passed away Aug. 28 at age 65.

Johnson, a former lead facility operator at the power plant, retired from the university in 2000. He had been with UNO since 1990.

UNO Offering Students in Three Iowa Counties Reduced Nonresident Tuition

In an effort to increase the university's nonresident enrollment, raise the educational level in the Omaha metropolitan area and promote regional economic development, UNO will offer students in three metropolitan Iowa counties the opportunity to attend the university at significantly reduced tuition rates starting in the fall of 2008, according to an Oct. 30 announcement from UNO Chancellor John Christensen and James B. Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska.

Through a new tuition initiative called the Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP), residents of Pottawattamie, Mills and Harrison Counties of Iowa - an area with a population of 120,000 - will be eligible to attend undergraduate and graduate programs at UNO for 150 percent of resident tuition. Students must meet UNO's academic requirements for admission to the university.

"This is truly an exciting announcement for UNO and for Nebraska," Dr. Christensen said. "For the past 100 years, our university has done an outstanding job serving the needs of students in the greater Omaha metro area. The Metropolitan Advantage Program is a wonderful example of how our dedicated faculty and staff have worked to help more students meet their educational needs at UNO."

Milliken continued:"We hope this new opportunity will attract significant numbers of western Iowa students to UNO's campus, resulting immediately in more students enrolled at the university and, ultimately, a more educated metropolitan Omaha and Nebraska."

He noted that studies have shown that, when significant price differential is eliminated, students will attend classes where it is convenient. The new UNO tuition will be close to the rates charged by the University of Iowa, Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa. "With this new initiative, we believe UNO will compete well on the basis of quality, cost and convenience," Milliken said.

Milliken pointed out that, several years ago, a legislative task force advocated increasing the number of nonresident students at Nebraska colleges and universities, particularly the University of Nebraska. Milliken said he and the Board of Regents share this objective.

"Our ultimate goal is to encourage more college graduates to live and work in Nebraska. This is an important strategy for the state of Nebraska. And one of the best ways to do that, according to studies on migration, is to attract nonresident students, many of whom tend to stay in the area to live and work."

Under a 2006 Board of Regents policy, Milliken can approve tuition variances proposed by the university's four campuses. The tuition variance policy was designed to encourage entrepreneurship by campuses and allow them to take advantage of unique market opportunities.

"This tuition variance, which provides great educational opportunity to metropolitan Iowans, is ultimately about improving education levels in Omaha and economic growth for Omaha and Nebraska," he said.

The new tuition rate - which is offered to both new and current Iowa students who sign up for programs and courses specifically at UNO - adds up to about half of nonresident tuition.

UNO tuition rates have not been set for 2008-09, but here is how the formula would work using the 2007-08 rates:

- The 2007-08 undergraduate resident tuition rate at UNO is $154.75 per credit hour, the nonresident rate is $456 per credit hour, and the new program would offer UNO tuition at about $232 per hour.

- The 2007-08 graduate resident tuition rate at UNO is $192.75 per credit hour, the nonresident rate is $507.25 per credit hour, and the new program would offer UNO tuition at about $289 per hour.

In addition to the new Metropolitan Advantage Program, UNO also will offer Iowa undergraduate students in the three-county area an opportunity to reduce tuition even further through the new Maverick Advantage Scholarship (MAS). To qualify for the Maverick Advantage, incoming undergraduate students from Iowa must present a 23 or higher ACT score or rank in the top 25 percent of their high school classes. Transfer students must present a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale.

University officials will monitor the MAP and MAS and make regular reports to the Board of Regents in specific areas:
- Effects of the initiative on UNO's academic environment;
- The net fiscal consequences of the program; and
- Economic, civic and cultural consequences within the Omaha metro area and the region as a whole.

Native American Heritage Month Celebration Begins Today

The month-long UNO Native American Heritage Month celebration kicks off today on campus. All activities are free and open to the campus community and the public. The schedule is listed below.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
Ponca Tribe lecture with Fred Leroy
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room
Noon to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6
Presentation by Winona LaDuke, activist, writer, environmentalist and economist
MBSC Nebraska Room
5:30 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 8
"Fighting Ignorance Perpetuated by Indian Mascots," a presentation by Ed Zendejas, Honor Indians Institute
MBSC Nebraska Room
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15
Native theme mixer
MBSC U Mo Hon Room
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 20
Artist exhibit featuring Donel Keeler
MBSC Nebraska Room
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Event sponsors include Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, Multicultural Affairs, Native American Studies, Inter-Tribal Student Council and American Multicultural Students.

For more information, call 554.2711.

UNO to Celebrate Day of the Dead Nov. 2

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains (OLLAS) at UNO will host a Day of the Dead celebration Friday, Nov. 2. The event, a pre-Columbian tradition, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UNO Art Gallery in the Weber Fine Arts Building. It is free and open to the campus community and the public.

The Day of the Dead tradition, later mixed with Catholic rituals, is celebrated throughout the Americas, said Lourdes Gouveia, OLLAS director and professor of sociology at UNO. In Mexico and Central America, people build elaborate altars in honor of a particular person or group. They then fill the altars with items that the honored person or group enjoyed in life. This year's altar pays special homage to the indigenous populations of the Americas.

Friday's celebration will feature an altar in the gallery, and attendees will be treated to traditional Day of the Dead bread and Mexican hot chocolate. A brief presentation on the history and the contemporary manifestations of the tradition will be given by Maria Arbelaez, associate professor of history at UNO, at noon.

For more information, call 554.3835.

CCSW to Host Gambling Panel Discussion Today

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will present a panel discussion on "Gambling Facts and Myths" today from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. It is free and open to the public.

"Join the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women for a panel discussion, 'Gambling Facts and Myths,'" said Marvel Maring, CCSW co-chair. "Don't miss the opportunity to learn from our panel of experts."

Those attending can hear from local experts about the availability of local problem gambling prevention services. Time will also be allotted for a question-and-answer session. Esther Scarpello from CCSW will serve as the moderator.

Guest panelists will include:
- Marlene Schneider, coordinator, UNO/UNMC Faculty/Employee Assistance Program;
- Harlan Vogel, assistant clinical supervisor, Heartland Family Services; and
- Jerry Bauerkempter, president, Nebraska Council on Compulsive Gambling.

Light refreshments will be served, and participants are invited to bring their lunches.

The event is being held in conjunction with the 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 designed to be educational, informal and social.

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

Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due Today

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

For more information, call 554.3674.

Energy Savings Potential Program Symposium Set for Nov. 7

Four panelists who received funding within the last year will speak about their experiences with the Energy Savings Potential (ESP) Program and present initial research findings at a symposium planned for Wednesday, Nov. 7. The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Omaha Public Power District's (OPPD) downtown headquarters, 444 South 16th St. Mall, in the 9W Seminar Room on the building's ninth floor.

The ESP Program's mission is to support and deliver collaborative research efforts to develop mutually beneficial results and projects dealing with energy efficiency and effective use of energy in residential and small commercial sectors.

Projects that will be discussed:
- A project that assists Nebraska households in reducing energy burden through behavioral change;
- A project that examines the role of neighborhood associations in housing sustainability and energy efficiency; an
- A project that assesses the potential that financial and tax-based incentives may have on energy conservation efforts.

Reservations for the event can be made by contacting Gary L. Anderson at glanderson@mail.unomaha.edu. For more information or submission guidelines, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/energyprogram/.

Americans with Disabilities Act Program Nov. 8 in the MBSC

Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity, will lead a program on supervising individuals with disabilities Thursday, Nov. 8, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requires that employers be held responsible for conducting Americans with Disabilities (ADA) programs for anyone employed in a supervisory capacity. This includes all who have supervisory or hiring responsibilities for faculty, staff, student workers or graduate students.

Ulmar's session will highlight the following topics:
- Disability qualifications;
- Reasonable accommodations;
- Responsibilities of supervisors of faculty, staff, student workers or graduate students;
- How to appropriately handle medical records;
- How to handle anyone with a disability who is not performing adequately; and
- What to do after discovering someone has a disability.

To register for the program, call 554.2872.

SAC/SG to Hold Blood Drive Nov. 13

The UNO Staff Advisory Council and Student Government will host a blood drive Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The goal of the event is to sign up 100 donors.

"Each pint of whole blood may help as many as three patients," said Kate Sullivan, donor recruitment representative with the Red Cross.  "Blood is perishable, and the need is constant."

Appointments are available every 15 minutes. To sign up, call the Red Cross at 341.2723 or visit the Web at https://www.membersforlife.org/midamerica/mobilesch/bdc_sc.php and enter sponsor code 129. 

For more information, call Sullivan at 341.2723.  

UCRCA Faculty Proposal Deadline Nov. 5

The first University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) faculty proposal deadline is Monday, Nov. 5. All proposals must be received by 5 p.m. in the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR). Guidelines are available on the SPR Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/spr).

Previously funded proposals are available for viewing in the SPR office, 203 Eppley Administration Building. For more information, contact John Erickson, UCRCA chair (554.3163 or johnerickson@mail.unomaha.edu), or Mary Laura Farnham, SPR director (554.2286 or mfarnham@mail.unomaha.edu).

All proposals should be submitted electronically as a single document in PDF format through Lotus Notes e-mail to unosponpro@mail.unomaha.edu. Name files using the following format: UCRCA_your last name_full proposal, minigrant or student.PDF. Paper copies will no longer be accepted.

Newspapers in the Classroom Workshop Nov. 7

Carolyn Thompson, professor of political science and public administration at the University of Tennessee, will lead a workshop on using newspapers in the classroom Wednesday, Nov. 7. "The New York Times and Newspaper Use in Your Classroom" is set for noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mo Hon Room.

The workshop, sponsored by the UNO Newspapers in Curricula Project and The New York Times, is open to all university faculty. A light lunch will be served for all participants.

To register, contact the UNO Center for Faculty Development, 220 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu. For more information, contact Maria Anderson Knudtson, English lecturer, at mknudtson@mail.unomaha.edu.

Participants Sought for Young Adult ADHD Clinical Trial

Young adults, age 19 to 30 years, with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are sought for a clinical trial conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Study medication and study procedures will be provided at no cost to eligible participants.

For more information, call 552.6005 or send an e-mail to unmcprc@unmc.edu.

Adults Needed for Problem Gambling Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry currently needs research volunteers, age 19 and older, to evaluate an investigational treatment for pathological gambling. Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those who meet eligibility requirements. Nationally, statistics show that more than two million adults suffer from pathological gambling.

For more information, call 552.6005 or send an e-mail to unmcprc@unmc.edu.

University Surplus Auction Set for Nov. 3

Standley Auction & Realty Co. will hold a public auction for the sale of university surplus property Saturday, Nov. 3, at the warehouse at 3805 N. 16th St.

The doors open at 8 a.m., and the auction starts at 10 a.m. A full listing of the items will appear in the Omaha World-Herald and the UNO Gateway.

For more information, call 554.2337.