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3-D Walkthrough of Maverick Village

Maverick Village will open next year at UNO and add 400 new student housing beds. This virtual walkthough lets the viewer take a sneak peek. The soundtrack to the video is by the band Fullblown on SPEED! Nebraska Records. The music is used with permission from the label.

UNO Fall Awards Reception Today

The second annual Strategic Planning Awards and Step Up Awards will be presented at the UNO Fall Awards Reception at 3 p.m. today, Nov. 15, in 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 was 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)

UNO Football Playoff Tickets on Sale


Tickets for UNO's second-round playoff football game on Saturday, Nov. 24, are available at the UNO ticket office in the lobby of Lee & Helene Sapp Fieldhouse through TicketMaster.

UNO ranked, 10-0, earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II Northwest Region and will play the winner of this Saturday's Ashland-Central Washington game. Game time will be 1:05 p.m. Nov. 24 at Caniglia Field.

Tickets are $15 for reserved seats in the west stadium or $10 for adult general admission and $5 for student and senior (65-over) general admission in the east and north bleachers.

Great American Smokeout Today

The Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) and the Wellness Stampede will hand out information at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) today, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to highlight the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout.

Information will be provided on the benefits of quitting and the support systems, which are available.

"Small treats will be given to those who don't smoke or to smokers that would like to exchange their cigarettes for the day," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs at UNO.

For more information stop by the MBSC or visit the American Cancer Society's Web site at or the American Lung Association's Web site at

November Employee of the Month: Douglas Loewens


For Doug Loewens, circulation day supervisor in Criss Library, job satisfaction often comes in the form of a smile.  He said it makes his day when he knows he has been helpful to students or a co-worker.

"It can be gratifying to help someone resolve a problem or help them find something they need," he said.  "It's a challenge I really enjoy."

Loewens arrives at Criss Library at 6:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, to make sure everything is in order when the building opens at 7 a.m.  Throughout the day, he assists staff and student workers with checking out and checking in various materials.  Most often, Loewens can be found at the supervisor's desk working on various projects and schedules, or answering questions.

Putting together work schedules is one of Loewens' most enjoyable tasks, although it may seem tedious to others. "Strange as it might sound, I like working with staff and student worker schedules and trying to arrange a desk schedule that works for everyone," he said.  "It seems like a task that never quite gets done because of students' classes that change every semester."

Loewens joined the campus community in 2003 as student worker.  He later took on a full-time staff position before being promoted to his current post, at which colleagues say he excels. 

"Earlier this year, Doug stepped up to assist in the Circulation Department when staffing was short," a nominator wrote.  "Having received a promotion into that same position recently, Doug has initiated many positive changes, including cleaning up old files, organizing the department and raising the expectations of staff."

As a supervisor, Loewens said he often helps resolve patrons' library issues, including fines for overdue items.  "I try to make it as pleasant an experience as it can be," he said.

Before coming to UNO, he held a variety of jobs ranging from auto mechanic and drug/alcohol counselor to submarine sailor and supermarket and bookstore employee.  All of the positions helped instill a strong work ethic in Loewens and the ability to work as a team - qualities that serve him well in Criss Library.

"Doug is a role model for not just our student workers, but for the entire library," one co-worker wrote.  "His commitment to service is exemplary, combined with his excellent communication and organization skills, and makes him an ideal employee."

Loewens said he is humbled by the Employee of the Month honor and that his peers valued his work enough to send in nominations.

In his leisure time, Loewens enjoys reading and attempting small do-it-yourself projects.  He and his wife also are involved in a weekly Bible study group.

As Employee of the Month, Loewens 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. 

For more information, call 554.2321.

Nebraska Immigrant Economic Impact Project Launched at UNO

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and the College of Business Administration (CBA) at UNO have teamed up to conduct research and produce a report on the economic impact of immigration on the urban and rural economies of Nebraska.

Christopher Decker, associate professor of economics, has been named Mammel Faculty in Residence with OLLAS and principal investigator for the project. Jerry Deichert, director of UNO's Center of Public Affairs Research, will assist the project with census-based data. Read more.

UNO to Hold Religious, Ethnic Journalism Forum Today

Omaha professionals from religious and ethnic newspapers will discuss their informational and marketing roles during a forum today, 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

UNO Theatre Presents "The Madwoman of Chaillot"

The UNO Department of Theatre will present a preview performance tonight, Nov. 15, of Jean Giraudoux's internationally acclaimed work, "The Madwoman of Chaillot." Directed by Douglas Paterson, performances run Nov. 16-17 and Nov. 28-Dec. 1.

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all evening performances. An interactive talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will follow the Friday, Nov. 30, performance.

Giraudoux's "The Madwoman of Chaillot" is a satirical comedy featuring the mysterious Countess Aurelia and her eccentric ways. According to the press release on the play, for Aurelia, life is a struggle against forces of genuine oppression. When she and her friends discover that oil drillers plan to ruin Paris as they know it, Aurelia is driven to action beyond her usual resistance and to leading her neighborhood in hopes of saving their beloved city.

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for students and seniors. They may be purchased in person, via e-mail at, or by calling 554.2335. The box office is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building,

Nov. 16 Guest Lecturer to Commemorate Geography Awareness Week

To celebrate Geography Awareness Week 2007, UNO's Geography Club and the Geography/Geology Department will sponsor a lecture by Elizabeth Dahl on "Apology, Nationalism, and Historical Memory: China, Japan, and the U.S." Friday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. in 115 Durham Science Center. The event is free and open to the UNO community.

Dr. Dahl is a professor of political science at UNO. This past summer she spent two months in Beijing, China, conducting field research.

For more information, contact Christina Dando, Geograpy/Geology Department, at 554.3134.

Play and Win this Week @ the Criss Library

Visit the Criss Library through Friday, Nov. 16, and play to win. Library visitors need to just guess the number of cotton balls in the jar to win a $10 gift certificate to the Scholastic Book Fair, set for Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 26-28.

"It's easy, it's fun ... and you'll have a great time spending your winnings at the book fair," said Gayle Roberts, promotions specialist at the Criss Library.

Ten winners will be notified and gift certificates will be available for pick up from the Circulation Desk on Monday, Nov. 19.

For questions, contact Jon Minkner, Criss Library, at 554.3003 or

Blue Line Club Luncheon this Friday

With the hockey season in full swing, a Maverick hockey weekend tradition continues this week with a Blue Line Club (BLC) luncheon. The next luncheon is Friday, Nov. 16, to commemorate the UNO vs. Ferris State series.

At the luncheons, UNO Coach Mike Kemp, his players and opposing coaches speak and highlight videos, and fans can get a scouting report on opponents and learn from guest speakers. Previous speakers include NHL scouts, player agents, referees and former college players and coaches.

The buffet opens at 11:30 a.m., and a program will be held from 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The remaining 2007-08 BLC Luncheon schedule:
- Friday, Nov. 23 (Alaska-Fairbanks)
- Friday, Dec. 7 (Lake Superior State)
- Friday, Jan. 11 (Miami-Ohio)
- Friday, Feb. 8 (Ohio State)
- Friday, Feb. 15 (Bowling Green)

Single luncheon tickets are available at the door for $20 for BLC members or $25 for non-members.

For more information, contact Shirley Fey in UNO Athletics at 554.3422.

Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues Nov. 27

Tatyana Novikov, a professor of UNO Foreign Languages and Women's Studies, will present "The Female Face of Violence: Russian Culture and Violence Against Women" Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the next Women's Studies Colloquium. Her talk is set for 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in 311 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The event, sponsored by the Women's Studies Colloquium Series, is free and open to the UNO community and the public.

For more information, call 554.3834.

Criss Library Announces New Online Access to Education Resources

The UNO Criss Library now has online Educational Administration Abstracts available to the UNO community. The abstracts cover management issues for all academic levels, early childhood through higher education.

Formerly available in print only, this highly specialized index is now accessible through EBSCO providing indexing to such journals as Harvard Educational Review, Educational Administration Quarterly and Intervention in School & Clinic.

"Our educational administration students are very busy professionals," said Melissa Cast-Brede, education librarian at the Criss Library. "Having this index available online will make their research lives so much smoother."

While Educational Administration Abstracts is primarily a bibliographic database, full text access to many of the journals is available through the library's "Get Item" links in the database.

For more information, contact Cast-Brede at

Student Lunch & Learn "Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation"

The UNO Speech Center will host a free student workshop on "Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation" Wednesday, Dec. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room A.

Students are invited to learn more about focusing on all aspects of delivery. They will learn:
- effective use of gestures;
- facial expressions and movement;
- develop and maintain eye contact; and
- express themselves through their volume, pauses and articulation.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Contact the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited, and free pizza and pop will be provided.

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.

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.

Adults Needed for Problem Gambling Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry needs research volunteers, age 19 and older, to evaluate an investigational treatment for pathological gambling. Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those who meet eligibility requirements. Nationally, statistics show that more than two million adults suffer from pathological gambling.

For more information, call 552.6005 or send an e-mail to