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Douglas Loewens has been named the November Employee of the Month at UNO. Loewens is a circulation day supervisor in the Criss Library. Look for details in a future edition of eNotes.

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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.

UNO Fall Awards Reception Nov. 15

The second annual Strategic Planning Awards and Step Up Awards presentation will be held at the UNO Fall Awards Reception 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The entire UNO community is invited to attend.

The UNO Strategic Planning Awards recognize units, both academic and non-academic, and cross-disciplinary initiatives that exemplify a commitment to furthering the strategic goals of UNO.

The Step Up Award, created by Chancellor John Christensen, recognizes individuals and groups of faculty, staff, students and community supporters who, in the last year, volunteered to take on and complete unexpected university-related work that went above and beyond the scope of their normal responsibilities. 

The award winners are listed below. 

Strategic Planning Awards
Student Focus - Library Science Education Programs (College of Education)

Academic Excellence - School of Public Administration

Community Engagement - Public Relations Student Society of America

Step Up Awards
Camille's Restaurant (Chuck Perry, owner)

Deborah Koehler (staff support, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders)

Hayley Patton (manager, UNO Offutt program)

John Amend (director, Facilities Management and Planning)

HPER Renovation Project Team (Dan Blanke, Joe Kaminski, Marcia Adler and Wade Robinson)

Fran Marshall (Maverick Hockey volunteer)

"Sustainable UNO?" Primary Faculty (John Noble, John Bartle and Harmon Maher)

Farida Majid (advisor, Information Science and Technology)

Office of Multicultural Affairs

NASA Nebraska Space Grant Office (Scott Tarry, Michaela Schaaf, Karisa Vlasek and Melissa Wragge)

Jeff French (professor of psychology and biology)

Nominations Sought for UNO Women of Wisdom Awards

Organizations and individuals in the Omaha metropolitan area are being asked to nominate senior women for the 2008 UNO Women of Wisdom awards. Three women over the age of 50 who exemplify the spirit of community contribution while providing a meaningful example of successful aging will receive awards next spring.

Nomination forms are available online at or by calling 554.4897 or 554.2292. Submissions are due Jan. 4, 2008.

The minimum nomination requirements include:

- Name, age, address and phone number of the nominee;

- The nominator's relationship to the nominee;

- Information on the nominee's actions, activities and involvement in the community and its results;

- Reasons why the nominee's work or advocacy was significant and identification of those who benefited (individuals or groups); and

- Any other additional information that effectively creates a strong picture of the nominees' accomplishments.

"We're extremely excited about this event and receiving nominations from the community," said Patricia Adams, director of UNO's Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA), the sponsor of the Women of Wisdom awards. "We know that senior women make a tremendous difference through their work. Highlighting those efforts will be extremely rewarding."

Award recipients will be honored at a luncheon and community-wide program, "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom. Because Aging is a Lifetime Event" set for May 1, 2008. Jeanne Ray, the bestselling author of Julie and Romeo and Eat Cake,  will serve as the events keynote speaker. This is the fourth annual "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom" luncheon.

The luncheon event, held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central, is open to the public. Tickets are $40 a person; $35 for seniors over the age of 60. Corporate tables are available and prices begin at $500.

For more information call 554.4897 or 554.2292 or email

Poetry Reading and Book Signing Tonight at Criss Library

Michael Skau and Richard Wyatt will read their poetry tonight, 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

Spring Book Orders Due in Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore staff would like to remind all faculty that spring book orders need to be submitted as soon as possible. Book orders can be submitted through campus mail, by fax at 554.3320, in-person or online at

For questions about book orders, contact Scott Dickey, UNO Bookstore course materials manager, at 554.2541.

School Psychology Awareness Week

The faculty and graduate students of the UNO School Psychology Program invite the campus community to learn about the profession of school psychology during School Psychology Awareness Week.

Anyone can stop by the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and Friday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get information about school psychology as a career.

"We hope to see you at MBSC to learn more about this exciting career," said Lisa Kelly-Vance, professor of psychology.

For more information, stop by the MBSC table, contact Dr. Kelly-Vance at or 554.3563, or visit the School Psychology Program Web site at

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.

Nov. 21-23 Library Hours Announced

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, Criss Library will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the library will close Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Regular hours resume Saturday, Nov. 24. For more information, contact the circulation desk at 554.2006.

Campus Security Offers Holiday Safety Tips

The Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community of some common sense safety tips to practice during the holiday season.

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it's only for a few minutes.

- Avoid leaving valuables or packages in plain view in a vehicle. Place them in the trunk or between the seats. When possible, do so before parking.

- During the holiday break, take valuables home from campus offices and residence halls.

- Anyone who is going to be working on campus late in the evening or when few people are around should consider advising Campus Security so that an officer can pay special attention to the area.

- Anyone entering a locked residence hall, apartment building or campus building should make sure the door closes completely. Strangers should not follow anyone into a secure building.

- Students who live on campus and are leaving town for the holidays should make sure they have someone keeping an eye on their residence and leave emergency contact information.

For more information, call Campus Security at 554.2648.

Fidelity Representative Campus Visit Slated Dec. 11

Fidelity representative, Chad Anderson, will hold individual counseling sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Omaha.

Employees can call 1.800.642.7131 to make an appointment with Anderson.

UNO Text Messaging Notification System Available

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

More than 1,200 members of the campus community have already registered. 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 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 or by calling the UNO Information Center at 554.3036 or the ITS Help Desk at 554.4357.

Newspapers in Curricula Slideshow Available Online

The Service-Learning Academy has posted an online slide show of the Nov. 7 UNO Newspapers in Curricula Project event.

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

At the event, Carolyn Thompson, a professor of political science and public administration at the University of Tennessee, lead a workshop on "The New York Times and Newspaper Use in Your Classroom."


- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was the featured speaker Nov. 7 at the MSC Wiley Lecture Series at Texas A&M University.  His presentation discussed "Building Democracy in Afghanistan."

- Art Homer, professor UNO Writers' Workshop, read from his latest publication:  Sight Is No Carpenter Nov. 11 at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb. Homer has also recently given reading/performances at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, and at the Omaha Poetry Slam at the Healing Arts Center in the Old Market.

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