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Omaha North Service Learning Video Features Sather, Christensen

Omaha North High Magnet School students produced this short video of the Fall Break service learning work done at the Malcolm X Memorial Birth Place, near 34th and Pinkney. Students from UNO, North High and McMillan Middle School all took part in the effort. Malcolm X Memorial President Sharif Liwaru, UNO Service Learning Director Paul Sather, Omaha North Principal Gene Haynes and Chancellor John Christensen spoke to the students Oct. 23.

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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.

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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.

UNO International Education Week Celebration Under Way

UNO will showcase international education Monday through Friday, Nov. 12-16, in conjunction with the observance of U.S. International Education Week. Below is a listing of the events at UNO, including dates, times and locations.

Today through Wednesday, Nov. 21
Photo Contest and Exhibit
Criss Library
UNO faculty, staff and students can participate in the fifth annual "Eyes Into The World" Photo Contest and Exhibit. Criss Library will display the entries, and all students, faculty and staff members can vote for their favorites. Winners will be announced Thursday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. during Café Internationale in 241 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

Monday through Friday, Nov. 12-16
Ethnic Foods Menu
As part of the International Education Week celebration, the Maverick Buffet (Dodge location) and food services at Scott Hall (Pacific location) will serve a variety of ethnic foods according to the schedule below.

- Maverick Buffet, Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Food Court
Monday, Nov. 12 - Tandoori chicken masala
Tuesday, Nov. 13 - Tacos and Spanish rice
Wednesday, Nov. 14 - Stir fry and fried rice
Thursday, Nov. 15 - Wiener schnitzel and German potato salad
Friday, Nov. 16 - Moroccan chicken

- Scott Hall
Monday, Nov. 12 - Pasta bar
Tuesday, Nov. 13 - Taco bar
Wednesday, Nov. 14 - Kung Pao chicken with rice

Monday, Nov. 12
Global Market
MBSC South Lobby (first floor)
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
International items will be on sale. Proceeds and donations will benefit the UNO International Student Emergency Loan Fund.

Study Abroad Fair
MBSC South Lobby (first floor)
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Students and staff can stop by and learn more about UNO's study abroad programs from the experiences of UNO students who have studied around the world.

Bethsaida Exhibit
343 ASH
9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m.
The open house will feature artifacts uncovered by the UNO Bethsaida Excavations Project.

Tuesday, Nov. 13
International Studies and Programs (IS&P) Outreach
Crestridge Elementary School
UNO international students will visit IS&P's Omaha Public Schools Adopt-a-School Partner, Crestridge Elementary School, to meet students and participate in a school-wide assembly.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
International Education Week Luncheon
MBSC Nebraska Room
Distinguished students and scholars, graduating international students and community volunteers will be recognized at this invitation-only event.

Bethsaida Exhibit
343 ASH
9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m.
The open house will feature artifacts uncovered by the UNO Bethsaida Excavations Project.

Thursday, Nov. 15
Study Abroad Fair
MBSC South Lobby (first floor)
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Students and staff can stop by and learn more about UNO's study abroad programs from the experiences of UNO students who have studied around the world.

Café Internationale
241 ASH
2 to 4 p.m.
The campus community is invited to sample international foods from around the world, and join UNO's international students as they showcase their cultures through displays, presentations and musical performance.

Friday, Nov. 16
Hindustani Concert
Strauss Performing Arts Center
7:30 p.m.
The concert will feature North Indian music performed by Puspen Dey and Aditya Kalyanpur. Tickets cost $15 for the public and $10 for students and senior citizens.

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17
Nebraska Neighbors
Residents of West Point, Neb., will welcome UNO international students into their homes and community for a glimpse of rural Nebraska life.
International Education Week event sponsors include UNO IS&P; Sigma Iota Rho International Studies Honor Society; the Bengali Association of Nebraska; the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; and the Department of Music.

For more information, call 554.2293.

Omaha Refugee Children Drive

UNO in conjunction with the International Center of the Heartland will hold a raffle to help raise funds for Omaha refugee children this week.

The raffle will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Raffle tickets will be sold for $2 for 1 or $5 for 3 tickets. At the raffle, Omaha's own Karen Dancers will perform.

"The money will be used to purchase toys and books as well as fund 'mommy and me classes' for refugee families," said Kathe Oleson, a lecturer with the Service Learning Academy and American Humanics, "Come join the fun and help support Omaha's refugee community."

The UNO Nonprofit Fundraising class is also sponsoring a toy and book drive through Saturday, Dec. 1. Members of the campus community or public can bring any new or gently used books and educational toys to these local libraries: Dale Clark Library, Sorenson, Benson, Swanson, Willa Cather, Downtown library and UNO's Criss Library.

For more information, contact Dr. Oleson at 554.2427 or

Student Ratings Webinar Set for Nov. 13

A Webinar on "Student Ratings: Their Design, Construction and Use" will take place Tuesday, Nov. 13, from noon to1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room A.

Dr. Raoul A. Arreola, a professor and assistant dean for Assessment with the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will present.

Participants will learn to:

- Identify what aspects of faculty teaching performance are most appropriately measured by student rating forms;

- Identify the salient factors that determine whether a specific student rating form is valid and reliable;

- Identify what student rating items can and should measure;

- Determine whether student rating items are well-written;

- Specify the characteristics of a well-designed response scale for student rating items;

- Determine if the response scale is appropriate to the items on the student rating form;

- Make more effective use of student rating information in enhancing professional growth and development; and

- Apply strategies and techniques for administering student rating forms so as to increase the response rate.

The Webinar is by sponsored by Information Technology Services, Faculty Senate and the Center for Faculty Development.

No registration necessary. Refreshments will be provided. For more information related to this session visit

UNO Art Gallery to Hold Forum on Clay Exhibit Nov. 17

The UNO Art Gallery will present a panel discussion to accompany the exhibition "Clay as the Human Condition" Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m.

Panelists will include the clay artists featured in the exhibition-Daniel Cox, Conifer Smith and Reagan Yoder.  Alisa Holen, visiting assistant professor in ceramics at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History and curator of the exhibit, will moderate the discussion. Topics will include sculptural ceramics, conceptual approach, the receptive nature of clay, wood firing, structure, kiln design and artistic practice.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building.  This event is free, handicapped accessible and open to the public.

Call 554.2796 for more information.

Academic Regalia Notice for Dec. 21 Commencement

Commencement for December graduates will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty who plan to attend the ceremony are need to order their academic regalia from the UNO Bookstore (554.2336) by Friday, Nov. 16.

"Hockey 101 for Women" Dec. 6 at Qwest Center Omaha

Hockey enthusiasts will have a chance to learn about the inner workings of UNO Maverick hockey while benefiting several causes Thursday, Dec. 6, during "Hockey 101 for Women."  This is the third time UNO has hosted the event - a fundraiser for the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk and Liz's Legacy - at Qwest Center Omaha.

During "Hockey 101," participants can meet the team, go behind the scenes and see the action from the players' points of view.  Sign-in begins at 4:30 p.m., and the event will conclude at approximately 9 p.m.

The $75 per person registration fee includes dinner with the UNO Maverick hockey team and coaches, free parking for "Hockey 101," a long-sleeved "Hockey 101" T-shirt and one ticket to the UNO vs. Lake Superior State hockey series set for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8.  In addition, the first 100 registered participants will receive the book Hockey for Dummies by John Davidson and John Steinbreder.

The Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk funds scholarships for female student athletes at UNO.  Liz's Legacy, named after Omaha community leader Liz Karnes, supports cancer research, education and patient care at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Eppley Cancer Center.

To register for "Hockey 101," contact Shirley Fey, athletics, at 554.3422 or  All registrations must be received by Thursday, Nov. 29.

Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar Applications Available

UNO faculty are invited to participate in a two-day seminar on Writing Across the Curriculum. The seminar, to be held in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, will give faculty an opportunity to consider WAC's twin objectives - using writing tasks to promote students' understanding of course material in any discipline (writing to learn), and integrating writing tasks across the curriculum in order to support students' development as writers (learning to write).

On Tuesday, interactive sessions will address the challenges students face when they undertake academic writing tasks, from comprehending difficult reading assignments to evaluating, integrating, and citing information from print and electronic sources. Wednesday sessions focus on best practices for responding to and evaluating students' papers. Participants will bring papers written by their own students, compare their assessments to those of their colleagues, and consider similarities and differences across disciplines. 

The seminar is supported by the Center for Faculty Development.  Participants will receive $250 directed to their departments for travel and other professional expenses. A brief application form is posted on the UNO Writing Center Web site, on the Faculty Resources page: Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 28. 

For more information, contact Nora Bacon, WAC coordinator; Dorianne Richards, Writing Center director; or Kathy Danielson, WAC advisory committee member.

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 and enter sponsor code 129.

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.

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.

CCSW to Host World Diabetes Day Panel Discussion Nov. 14

In observance of World Diabetes Day on Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) and Student Health Services (SHS) will present a panel discussion from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. It is free and open to the public.

"Diabetes currently affects 246 million people around the world, including nearly 21 million children and adults in the U.S.," said Marvel Maring, CCSW co-chair. "Join the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women for the first United Nations-observed World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14.  Don't miss the opportunity to learn from our panel of health professionals."

Attendees will hear from representatives from the field about at-risk candidates and those living with diabetes.  Literature on the discussed topics will also be available and time allotted for a question-and-answer session.

Marcia Adler, R.N., director of SHS and CCSW member, will serve as the moderator.  Guest panelist and exercise physiologist Kris Berg is a professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and has taught at UNO since 1971.  Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, he has written a book and spoken about diabetes for several years.  Panelist Joni Pagenkemper is a researcher at Creighton Diabetes and Endocrinology and a registered dietitian for Creighton Community Health Center.  She also works with diabetic and cardiac patients at Creighton University Medical Center.  Her research focuses on adolescent diabetes.

"This disease touches everyone. How to get appropriate care is the real question," Adler said. "Student Health Services offers diabetes testing for a nominal fee.  Fasting is required for the test - information on this process will be discussed at the panel."

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, contact CCSW co-chairs Maring at 554.2992 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.

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 very 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 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 education 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.

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

Maverick Watch

MavericksSupport 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...

Thursday, Nov. 15
- Women's basketball vs. Dana
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16
- Hockey vs. Ferris State
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17
- Wrestling Kaufman-Brand Open
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
9 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 18
- Hockey vs. Ferris State
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
2:05 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at