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Emmy Worthy Documentary

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The UNO-Television crew from the "Madagascar - Conservation vs. Survival" documentary show off their recent prize. Pictured from left to right with the Heartland Regional Emmy Award are: B.J. Huchtemann, Mark Dail, Gary Repair and Brian Shaffer. See below for details.

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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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Hockey vs. Michigan

The Michigan Wolverines stole a victory from the Mavericks, 3-2, in the final period Saturday night in front of a crowd of 8,047 at the Qwest Center Omaha.

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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.

UNO Television Wins Regional Emmy Award

"Madagascar - Conservation vs. Survival" has earned an Emmy at the Heartland Regional Emmy Awards. The UNO-produced documentary details the struggle Madagascar faces as it tries to balance feeding a growing population while preserving endangered habitats and highlights the work of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo.             

Involved in the production of "Madagascar" were Gary Repair, producer; B.J. Huchtemann, script; Brian Shaffer, editor/graphics/effects; Steve O'Gorman, location audio; and Mark Dail, chief videographer.  The Heartland Chapter handed out its awards Oct. 27 in Denver, Colo.

A UNO Television production team traveled to Madagascar two years ago and followed Omaha zoo personnel, local experts and graduate students from Madagascar to produce the film. Actor Danny Glover provided the narration and musician Peter Buffett composed the documentary's original music. The program was recorded and produced in high definition. The Hubbard Family Foundation provided major sponsorship, with additional support from HunTel Communications, From the Top and UNO Television.

The Heartland Chapter is one of 20 regional chapters across the United States and is comprised of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and part of Wyoming. "Madagascar" won in the Topical Documentary category.

For more information, call 554.2516.

Missouri Valley Reading Series Continues Tonight

Tonight, Nov. 7, poets James Jay and Zachary Schomburg will each read some of their work as part of the Missouri Valley Reading Series. 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.

October Employee of the Month: Chris Flott

Chris Flott, staff assistant for UNO Nebraska Business Development Center's (NBDC) business and technology solutions, thrives in a busy environment.  For her, the office bustle creates excitement, not chaos.

"The regular workday here is never boring," she said.  "I'm continually very busy, every day.  It's good because it makes my days go by very fast."

Customer service is the bulk of her day and a rewarding challenge.  "A huge part of my job is answering our main phone line and helping customers," Flott said.  "I have many, many other duties, but our customers are the most important."

An 18-year UNO employee, Flott worked the first three years in the former College of Continuing Studies.

"I've been very fortunate in always working with wonderful people," Flott said.  "There is trust among us, and Janet Tschudin, the director, listens to any ideas I throw at her, and many she uses."

Co-workers also appreciate Flott's efforts, and wrote about them in their nomination letters.  "Her workload is heavy and ever-changing, but her commitment to NBDC never wavers. Her contribution to our department over the past 14 years is immeasurable," one individual wrote.  "We have been experiencing some challenging issues as of late, but Chris has been our constant within the office.  I can approach her with any task, and she comes through for me."

Flott is responsible for taking registrations and creating reports, coordinating materials for workshops, processing student program certificates, monitoring the NBDC Business and Technology training information on the Web and processing student non-credit transcripts. She also spends a large amount of time coordinating and marketing the "Today's Office Professional" annual conference.

One of her favorite jobs is writing the monthly "Today's Office Professional" e-newsletter, which has more than 800 subscribers.

"I love anything I can be creative with," she said.  "I have an art degree, so if they want me to create something, I will love it!"

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Before coming to UNO, Flott worked as an assistant floral manager with Hy-Vee.  The job was fun, but she did not enjoy the stressful holiday hours.  When a friend told her about an opening at UNO, she filled out an application. 

The office skills she acquired at Hy-Vee, along with a customer service seminar she attended during another former job, have helped her tremendously at UNO.  "I was and always have been very pacified doing office work," Flott said.  "It comes natural for me.  I love helping the people around me and working as a team."

NBDC employees are aware of how well suited Flott is to the campus environment and how important her contributions are to the success of the unit.  "Chris exhibits all the characteristics of an ideal employee," a co-worker wrote.  "She is conscientious, dependable, loyal and energetic, and always focuses on the customer.  Not only does Chris deserve Employee of the Month, she deserves Employee of the Year."

Perhaps, Flott also deserves another award recognizing all she does for her family.  She has two teenagers without driver's licenses who attend different schools, so she puts a lot of miles on her vehicle driving them to and from school and activities.

"I'm a glorified taxi ‘van' driver," she said.  "Very, very busy."

A family-oriented person, Flott - an Omaha native - enjoys spending time with her husband and children, be it camping or volunteering at church or school activities.  She also uses her artistic abilities to create silk floral designs and plan events and decorations for family and friends. 


"I just did a big wedding this summer and my first craft show exhibit this fall," she said.  "Being artistic is great therapy for me.  I love it."

Receiving the Employee of the Month Award surprised Flott, who said she just tries to do a good job at work.  "The best thing is the feeling of really being appreciated for the hard work I put in," she said.  "I'm also glad I finally got to come to campus to meet our new chancellor."

As Employee of the Month, Flott will receive a plaque, portrait and monetary award.  All UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate individuals for the honor.  Nomination forms are available in Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. 

(Pictured above: Flott and UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)

For more information, call 554.2321.

Latino Students Sought for CHCI Opportunities

A representative from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) will discuss opportunities available to UNO Latino students on Monday, Nov. 12. The hour-long informational session starts at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Salvador Hernandez, a Nebraska native, will share information about the organization's leadership program and how to apply. CHCI is a leadership development program established in 1978. It offers summer internships, fellowships and scholarships to Hispanic students.

For more information, contact Maria Garza, UNO Multicultural Affairs, at 554.2248.

Poetry Reading and Book Signing Nov. 13 at UNO

Michael Skau and Richard Wyatt will read their poetry Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Criss Library. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is sponsored by University Library Friends at UNO. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Skau and Wyatt will also sign copies of Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry. The book features works by both writers.

Attendees can also purchase calendars produced by University Library Friends for $5.

Dr. Skau is a professor in the Department of English at UNO. He has published a chapbook of poetry and books on Beat Generation poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso.

Dr. Skau has had more than 90 poems appear in magazines and periodicals across the country. He holds bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Wyatt, associate editor of The Backwater Press, graduated from UNO with a bachelor's degree in creative writing. He attended the University of Oregon where he held a teaching fellowship in poetry from 1980-81.

A selection of poems, Keepers of the River, was published by UNO in 1979, in a collection titled Annex 21 (once home to the Writer's Workshop program). His poetry has appeared in numerous publications across the country.

For more information, contact John Flocken from University Library Friends at 554.3725 or jflocken@mail.unomaha.edu.

Kansas Historian to Present Media Presentation on Hidden Story of the Omaha Exposition

University of Kansas historian David Peavler will present the hidden story of the Omaha Exposition on Monday, Nov. 19, at the downtown Omaha Public Library, 215 S. 15th St. His media presentation, "Invisible Men in the White City:  The African American Experience at Omaha's 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition," begins at 7 p.m.

Peavler's research has uncovered the creation of a national and interracial civil rights association based in Omaha and founded at the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in 1898 (before the founding of the NAACP). His work has won national recognition from the Association for the Study of African American Life & History, and has been expanded for the Nov. 19 presentation to include the creation and elimination of segregated schools throughout Nebraska.

UNO's Department of Black Studies, the Nebraska State Historical Society, the Douglas County Historical Association and the Omaha Public Library are hosting this presentation.

Coffee and refreshments will be served after the talk.

For more information, contact Felicia Dailey, UNO Black Studies, at 554.2412.

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 119 Criss Library (note room change).

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.

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. Event organizers hope 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.

International Human Rights Activist Will Speak at UNO Nov. 14

Natan Sharansky, an internationally renowned human rights activist, political leader and author, is the guest lecturer for the 2007 Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights at UNO.

Sharansky will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. His presentation is free and open to the public.

During the Cold War, Sharansky became active in the human rights movement led by Andrei Sakharov, as well as one of the most prominent Jewish dissidents in the Soviet Union.

He was a founding member and spokesman of the Helsinki Monitoring Group, which reported on Soviet compliance with international agreements. His fight for freedom during nine years of imprisonment was a milestone in the global struggle for human rights. It was in Russia that Shirley Goldstein became acquainted with Sharansky. She was influential in getting his case (and the case of many other dissidents) known to the free world. Sharansky was released Feb. 11, 1986, emigrated to Israel and arrived in Jerusalem on that same day.

Since his arrival to Israel he became active in the integration of Soviet Jews and formed the Zionist Forum, an organization dedicated to helping new Israelis and educating the public about absorption issues. In 1994, he co-founded Peace Watch – an independent non-partisan group committed to monitoring the compliance to agreements signed by Israel and the PLO.

From 1996 to 2005, Sharansky served as minister, as well as deputy prime minister, in all of the successive governments. In November 2006 Sharansky resigned from the Israeli Knesset and assumed the position of chairman of the newly established Institute for Strategic Studies of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem.

Sharansky and his wife reside in Jerusalem with their two daughters.

For more information on the Nov. 14 event, contact event organizers Rory Conces at 554.2947 or Kathryn Cox Schwartz at 554.2628.

72nd Street Food Fight Under Way at UNO

UNO has joined forces with five Omaha organizations this holiday season for the fourth annual 72nd Street Food Fight, which will help stock the shelves of The Salvation Army's food pantry. UNO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, the College of St. Mary, West Asset Management, Travel and Transport, and First Data Corp. are competing against one another to collect the most food during the campaign.

At UNO, donations of non-perishable food items will be solicited through Friday, Dec. 7. Donations will also be sought at Maverick sporting events.

The campaign will officially kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, during the Salvation Army's annual Tree of Lights ceremony at American National Bank, located at 90th Street and West Dodge Road.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to pick up a few extra items for the Food Fight during the next few weeks. For convenience, blue barrels with the Food Fight graphic will be available in all campus buildings for food donations.

The Salvation Army has requested the items listed below. No glass containers will be accepted.

- Canned fruits

- Canned meats (chicken and tuna)

- Boxed dinners (Hamburger Helper)

- Canned beans

- Soups (dry and canned)

- Macaroni and cheese

- Pasta

- Rice

- Boxed cereal

- Boxed mashed potatoes

- Stuffing mix

- Powdered milk

- Peanut butter

- Jams and jellies

- Hygiene materials (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorants, disposable diapers, etc.)

Last year, more than 202,000 items were donated to the drive. In addition to its corporate partners, The Salvation Army would like to thank the "Food Fight" sponsors: Hy-Vee, Lite 101.9 and Payless Office Products.

Future Food Fight notices will be published in upcoming editions of eNotes and The Gateway.

For more information on how campus organizations can get involved, contact Rita Henry, assistant vice chancellor for student services, at 554.2779 or John Jensen, administrative tech II in financial aid, at 554.3382.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/ 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, http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/.

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 at awoll@mail.unomaha.edu. 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/.

For more information, contact Wayne Harrison, professor of psychology and the 2007-08 UCAT chair, at 554.2452 or wharrison@mail.unomaha.edu.