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Reduced Non-Resident Tuition for Three Iowa Counties

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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Football vs. South Dakota

UNO cruises to a 41-14 win over South Dakota last Thursday night in front of 10,032 at Caniglia Field.

Activist Winona LaDuke to Speak on Campus Today

Writer and activist Winona LaDuke will speak on campus today, 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.

NU Board of Regents to Meet Nov. 9

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet on Friday, Nov. 9, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1 p.m.

The regents will be asked to approve submission of a $16 million budget deficit request to partially fund replacement of the university-wide Student Information Systems (SIS), a system critical to the daily operation and the institutional information of the university.

The SIS system impacts the more than 46,500 students who attend the university, and the more than 12,000 faculty and staff members. In fact, every aspect of a student's relationship with the university is supported by the system, including key academic and student-related administrative functions such as recruitment, admissions, registration, billing, degree audit, housing, institutional reporting and all financial aid activities.

The university's vendor has warned that the current NU student information system is quickly becoming technologically obsolete and more difficult and costly to maintain and enhance. Further, vendor representatives have stated they will not support the university's SIS system past the close of 2011. The $16 million would cover software, hardware and consulting costs needed immediately to begin the complex and lengthy replacement process of three to five years.

The regents also will vote on approval of several major projects:

A new 17,200-square-foot Ashfall Fossil Beds Excavation Building at Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park, located near Royal, Neb. The park is owned by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and operated by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) as a branch of the University Nebraska State Museum used for paleontological research, informal science education and outreach. The new building – to be named the Hubbard Family Foundation Rhino Barn – would allow for decades of additional excavation work and protection of the fragile, unique fossil resources housed there.

A new two-story, 28,000 square-foot Geriatric Center building on the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) campus located on the intersection of Leavenworth Street and 38th Avenue. The new structure is intended to better serve the needs of Nebraska's aging population, and would house a multi-faceted program including academic programs and faculty practice clinics for geriatric medicine and psychiatry, expanded outpatient service, faculty offices, lab research space, and a community education and outreach center for older people.

The agenda for committee meetings follows:

8 a.m. Academic Affairs

Topic: Strategic Framework Reports

Presenters: Enrollment, Kristin Yates, associate director of Institutional Research

Nebraska Top 25 Percent, Marijane Hancock, assistant vice president and director of Institutional Research and Planning

Nonresident Students, Linda Pratt, executive vice president and provost

Workforce Development, Pete Kotsiopulos, vice president for University Affairs; and Pratt

Topic: College of Public Health Report

Presenter: Jay Noren, dean of the College of Public Health at UNMC

10:30 a.m. Business Affairs Committee

Topic: Strategic Framework Report: LB 605

Presenter: Rebecca Koller, assistant vice president and director of Facilities Planning and Management

Topic: Mead Clean-up

Presenter: David Lechner, vice president for Business and Finance

Topic: Deficit Request

Presenter: Chris Kabourek, assistant vice president and director of Budget and Planning

Topic: Information Technology Security

Presenter: Walter Weir, chief information officer; and Joshua Mauk, information security officer

Highlights of the day's morning and afternoon sessions include:

Reports offering updates on the progress of several specific issues at the university: Enrollment, Nebraska's top 25 percent students, nonresident students and workforce development.

Approval of funding for capital improvements to the Nebraska Unions, University Health Center and university housing facilities at UNL.

A presentation on the new College of Public Health at UNMC. The college became operational in January of 2007, and Regents will vote on approval of the college's five major departments: Biostatistics; Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health; Epidemiology; Health Services Research and Administration; and Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health.

Approval of a request to establish the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at UNMC, intended to facilitate the growth of research and research funding in this area.

Approval of the creation of a new degree for the Master of Science with a major in Architectural Engineering, through the Omaha-based Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at UNL. The degree is a research-oriented program designed specifically to prepare graduates with the required skills needed to enter the College of Engineering's doctoral degree program with specialization in architectural engineering.

Energy Savings Potential Program Symposium Nov. 7

Four members of the UNO community 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 panelists and their topics:

- Kenneth Kriz, Financial and Tax Incentives for Energy Conservation;

- Jerome Deichert, Energy Forum Program Assessment; and

- Robert Blair and Daniel Lawse, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: A Neighborhood-Based Approach to Improving Housing Stock in Omaha.

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.

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

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.

Missouri Valley Reading Series Continues Nov. 7

Poets James Jay and Zachary Schomburg will each read some of their work as part of the Missouri Valley Reading Series on Wednesday, Nov. 7.  The UNO Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building, will host the 7:30 p.m. event.

Jay, the founding editor of Two Dogs Press, will read from his book, The Undercards, which was recently published by Gorsky Press.  He teaches poetry and American literature at Northern Arizona University and directs The Northern Arizona Book Festival in Flagstaff, Ariz., where he is also the weekly poetry correspondent for Koshari Television.       

Schomburg will read from his collection of poems, The Man Suit, which is now available from Black Ocean Press.  His work has appeared widely in such journals as the Denver Quarterly, Absent, Pilot, and Typo.  Schomburg edits the online literary journal, Octopus, as well as Octopus Books, and he co-curates The Clean Part Reading Series in Lincoln, Neb.

The Missouri Valley Reading Series is free and open to the campus community and public. For more information, call 554.2151.

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.

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.

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.

To register for the program, call 554.2872.

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 planned for 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 and can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or unospeechcenter@mail.unomaha.edu. Space is limited, and free pizza and pop will be provided.

Master of Social Work Degree Information Sessions Planned

Anyone interested in pursuing a master's degree in social work can attend an admissions information session Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.  No reservations are needed.

At the event, Patricia Carlson, admissions chair of the UNO School of Social Work, will discuss the social work program and admission requirements.  Another information session is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the same location.

For more information, call 554.2793.

Biblical Archaeology Conference Nov. 8-10

Scholars from around the world will present the latest research on excavations at Bethsaida, an ancient city located near the north coast of the Sea of Galilee in Israel, on campus this week.

The ninth annual Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference is Nov. 8-10 at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Biblical scholar James K. Hoffmeier of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School will deliver the conference's first keynote address Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Conference activities continue Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10. Fourteen scholars will present research and discoveries detailing Biblical archeology during the day sessions, which are free and open to the public.

The conference will present the film "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," produced by James Cameron for The Discovery Channel, Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. A discussion will follow the film.

Admission to both "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" keynote event and the Dr. Hoffmeier keynote addresses is $10 per person. UNO students who show their IDs can attend both for free.

To register or for more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Steve Reynolds, Bethsaida Excavations Project coordinator, at 554.3108.

For more information, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/bethsaida/.

UNO CASTL Team Report Nov. 9 in the MBSC

The 2007 UNO Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Team and 2008 Creighton University CASTL Team will highlight their projects at an event Friday, Nov. 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The session will focus on UNO projects and how they have been impacted by participation in the "real time" peer review of teaching and learning - the "heart" of the CASTL process. Plans will also be announced for the 2008 National CASTL Institute at Creighton University.

Five disciplines at UNO (dance, gerontology, information technology, public administration and social work) utilize service learning on an ongoing basis to expand student learning opportunities and to connect students and the community.  All projects stimulate students in ways that enhance civic engagement. The group was brought together by the UNO Service-Learning Academy to compete as a team for inclusion in the 2007 National CASTL Institute.

The UNO Center for Faculty Development (CFD) is sponsoring the event.

To register, contact the CFD, 220 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu. Refreshments will be provided.

UNO Text Messaging Notification System Available

The UNO emergency communication system has a new addition - text messaging to cell phones.

Students, faculty and staff can now sign up for the new notification system that will allow UNO to send urgent news to cell phones.  Depending on a person's cell phone plan, there may be a nominal fee from a cell phone carrier, but there is no charge from UNO for the service.

"This is something we've done our homework on," said Richard May, UNO telecommunications manager.  "We looked at how other institutions have handled text messaging systems, and we've learned from their experiences."

Students, faculty and staff can learn more about the system and sign up at http://www.e2campus.com/my/unomaha. Registration takes just a few minutes.

The new system, provided by e2Campus, sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via SMS text messages.  Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

"Once students sign up, the alerts go right to their cell phones with quick, efficient, short text messages," said Wade Robinson, associate vice chancellor for student affairs.  "It's a convenient system for everyone because it reaches people, whether on or off campus.  We know students love their cell phones, so now we can reach them with important information that can help keep them safe."

UNO Campus Security officials said they hope the entire campus community registers.

"Although e2Campus is an excellent system that can notify a whole campus within minutes, it only works if people take the time and register," said Paul Kosel, campus security manager.

The notification system will be used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

Information about the system is available at http://www.e2campus.com/my/unomaha or by calling the UNO Information Center at 554.3036 or the ITS Help Desk at 554.4357.

Date Change for "Progressive Discipline/Improvement Plans" Class

The date and location for the Human Resources (HR) "Progressive Discipline/Improvement Plans" training class have changed to Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mo Hon Room.  The session will still be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

To register, contact HR at 554.2321.

Chair Massage Service Available in HPER Nov. 16

Looking for a way to reduce stress?

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase chair massages on campus this month and next month. A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 16 and Dec. 21. Both days are Fridays.

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.

People

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.