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Joel Thomas

A Creative Mind

by Beverly Newsam

When he arrived on campus several years ago, Joel Thomas was focused on completing his bachelor of general studies degree and graduating.  After discovering how much he enjoys writing, he is now bent on combining that drive with teaching. ...continue

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Volleyball vs. Augustana

The UNO volleyball team upset 13th-ranked Augustana last Friday night in front of 734 fans at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

Shauna Foster Named UNO Student Employee of the Month

the nameUNO student Shauna Foster, who works for the Goodrich Scholarship Program, has impressed people in her office with her professionalism and poise. She has been named the Student Employee of the Month for November.

According to her supervisor, "Shauna acts in a professional and business-like manner especially when dealing with the public. She works independently and often takes on tasks that need to be done without being asked, but also is very willing to ask for clarification or guidance if she is not sure about a specific job."

Human Resources features student employees from a new department each month during the fall and spring semesters.

Nomination forms are available by clicking on this link.

Human Resources also features students on the department's Student Employment blog and podcast.

For more information about the program, contact Andrés Traslaviña, manager of student employment, at

Pictured above: Shauna Foster, middle, Cathy Young, left, and Dr. Jerry Cederrblom, program chair

Activist Winona LaDuke to Speak to UNO on Nov. 6

Writer and activist Winona LaDuke will speak on campus Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room starting at 5:30 p.m. Her presentation is part of Native American Heritage Month at UNO.

LaDuke wrote the novel Last Standing Woman (1997), the non-fiction book All our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (1999), and Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (2005), a book about traditional beliefs and practices.

In 1996 and 2000, she ran for election to the office of vice president of the United States as the nominee of the United States Green Party on the ticket headed by Ralph Nader.

This year, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Event sponsors for Native American Month activities 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.

Officials React to the Metropolitan Advantage Program Announcement

Last week, the University of Nebraska announced that students in three western Iowa counties will have the opportunity to attend UNO at significantly reduced tuition rates starting in the fall of 2008. Through a new offering at UNO called the Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP), residents of Pottawattamie, Mills and Harrison Counties of Iowa will be eligible to attend UNO undergraduate and graduate programs for 150 percent of resident tuition.

What others have said about the program:

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman

"I want to applaud University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken and UNO Chancellor John Christensen for being willing to explore creative ways to increase college enrollment here in Nebraska. This is the kind of innovation that has the potential to attract more young people to our state, while also continuing to strengthen our quality workforce, which is so critical when it comes to our business recruitment efforts.

"I believe there are opportunities for Nebraska colleges and universities to benefit from programs such as this. I commend the university for helping lead the way."

David G. Brown, president and CEO, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

"Nebraska and Iowa have long had much in common as evidenced by the close relationship between the citizens of Omaha and Council Bluffs. Residents from both states benefit from these thriving cities working together creating thousands of job opportunities and incredible quality of life.

"Providing a new way for Iowans to access the UNO experience is an extension of our work together and makes great sense."

Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey

"The University of Nebraska at Omaha plays an important role in expanding the education of our citizens. Making higher learning more convenient and affordable for people in the metro area provides an important opportunity that will also strengthen our community."

Next Student Lunch and Learn Nov. 8

Students who attend the next UNO Speech Center "Lunch and Learn" will learn about adjusting to a broader audience, reorganizing main themes for more structure, and integrating storytelling and visuals to enhance presentations.

"Moving from Paper to Presentation: A Transformation" is Thursday, Nov. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mo Hon Room.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Call 554.3201 or e-mail to pre-register. Space is limited, and free pizza and pop will be provided.

UNO to Hold Religious, Ethnic Journalism Forum Nov. 15

Omaha professionals from religious and ethnic newspapers will discuss their informational and marketing roles during a forum Thursday, Nov. 15, at UNO.

"Other Voices: Religious and Ethnic Newspapers in Omaha" will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center's Dodge Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Panelists will discuss their coverage and issues as independent newspapers serving a specific audience.

Panelists planning to attend:
- Carol Katzman, editor of the Jewish Press;
- Randy Grosse, advertising manager and assistant editor of the Catholic Voice;
- Ben Salazar, editor and publisher of Nuestro Mundo; and
- Marguerita Washington, editor and publisher of The Omaha Star.

The forum is sponsored by UNO chapters of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Ad Club and the School of Communication. Hugh Reilly, associate professor in the School of Communication, will moderate the forum.

For more information on the event, contact Sherrie Wilson, SPJ faculty adviser, at 554-3677 or e-mail at

COS Open Lab Session Planned for Grant Writers

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a Community of Science (COS) open lab session demonstration Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. in 207 Criss Library.

The monthly hour-long sessions demonstrate online resources available to faculty and graduate students through COS. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call 554.2286.

Human Resources Seminar Series to Discuss Identity Theft

The yearlong UNO Human Resources series of informative seminars continues Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 9, with a panel discussion on identity theft.

The seminar is Nov. 8 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room and repeated Nov. 9 from 9 to 10 a.m. Both sessions will highlight methods faculty and staff can use to avoid becoming victims of identity theft.

No reservations are required, and all interested faculty and staff can attend.

The seminars are scheduled monthly through April. Topics include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello, manager of benefits in Human Resources, at 554.3660.

Retirement Reception Nov. 8 for Frances Thurber

The College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media and the Department of Art and Art History invite the campus community to attend a reception honoring Professor Frances Thurber on her retirement. The reception is Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor Room from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Joanne Sowell, associate professor of art and art history, at 554.3762

UNO Calendar of Events Adds New Listings

The UNO Calendar of Events has had more listings than ever this semester. A wide variety of campus events, including theater productions, athletics, recruiting open houses, displays at the Criss Library, conferences, non-credit courses and concerts have been included.

"As we head into the end of 2007, the number of listings is a little lighter," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations. "Some of that is a because of the time of year. I'd encourage everyone – faculty, staff and students – to look ahead at 2008 and get their future events included."

All items should be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events Web site, . People who submit items need to include a contact name, phone number and e-mail address.

To submit an item, follow the instructions below. (Note: The process may vary slightly, depending on the Internet browser used.)

1. Go to
2. Click on the "Logon" button.
3. Enter "post" in the "Username" box and "event" in the "Password" box.
4. Click on the "Update Event" button to access a submission form.
5. Fill out the form for the event you are submitting.
6. Click the "Submit event for approval" button when done.
7. Fill out another form as before if submitting more events.
8. Click "Done" when finished submitting events.
9. To log off, click "Post." Then, click "Logoff" and "OK."

"The calendar is an important communication tool for campus only if we use it," Kaldahl said."It's a simple, quick process and we're here to help."

For more information, call 554.2129.

Fall Break Online Video Posted by Omaha North

Fall Break has ended, but the Service Learning work performed by UNO students and high school and junior high students over those three days has been preserved online.

Students from Omaha North High School produced a short video focused on the work done at the Malcolm X Memorial Birth Site last month. The presentation features clips of Sharif Liwaru, president of the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, UNO Chancellor John Christensen, Service Learning Director Paul Sather and Omaha North Principal Principal Gene Haynes.

The web address to view the video: . The segment is headlined "Service Learning."

Fall Break Slideshow Also Available Online

The Service-Learning Academy also has posted an online slide show of Fall Break activities.

UNO student Jeff Lipschultz took the photos and designed the presentation. To view the pictures, go to: .

In addition to highlighting the work at the Malcolm X Birth Site, the pictures shows students making improvements at Girls Inc. of Omaha, City Sprouts and the Child Saving Institute.

Maverick Watch

There are no scheduled Maverick home games this week. To catch up on the latest statistics or keep tabs on your favorite team on the road, visit the web at