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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.

2008 UNO Centennial Celebrations Offer Participation Opportunities


The UNO Centennial Celebration is less than a year away.  UNO was chartered on Oct. 8, 1908 and the first students enrolled Sept.14, 1909.  The official start of the UNO Centennial Celebration will begin with convocation Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008.

Chancellor John Christensen and the UNO Centennial Committee encourage all members of the campus community to participate in the celebration of 100 years and the centennial theme of "Central to Our City." 

The centennial provides a unique opportunity to connect UNO's past, present and future, said Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean for Graduate Studies.  Dr. Smith-Howell serves as co-chair of the UNO 100 Steering Committee.  Faculty, staff and students all have important roles to play in the celebration.

"This is an opportunity to re-establish, as well as create connections to the university with alumni as well as corporate and community partners," she said. "However, the centennial, while honoring the past and celebrating the present, is primarily about the future. The centennial celebration allows a distinctive means for shaping the image of UNO for the future."

In order to encourage department, college and unit recognition of the Centennial, UNO has established a project fund to assist with some of the costs.  Additionally, the Centennial Committee is creating a master calendar of all events and projects that will incorporate the Centennial theme.

"If your department, unit or organization is planning a unique project or event to celebrate the Centennial or is planning to incorporate the Centennial into a regular event or project such as an awards event or a banquet, the Centennial Committee wants to know about it," Dr. Smith-Howell said.

The UNO 100 Web site-- more information on the project funding and links to contact the Centennial organizers. 

For more information, contact Dr. Smith-Howell at or Kevin Naylor, co-chair of the UNO 100 Steering Committee, at

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." today, 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, assistant professor of geography/geology, at 554.3134.

UNO Aviation Institute Flight Teams Soars at Regionals

The UNO Aviation Institute Flying Mavericks Flight Team, sponsored by Jet Linx Aviation and TAC Air, recently took home a first place in school flight events at the 2007 Region VI SAFECON Competition and qualified for the National SAFECON Competition in Spring 2008.  The competition took place near St. Louis, Mo., last month.

UNO students Sean Cappel and William Swett serve as team co-captains.  Bob Moser coaches the Flying Mavericks; Scott Vlasek is the group's faculty advisor.  Read more.

Lucas Society Induction Ceremony Welcomes New Members

The College of Business Administration honored two individuals and one couple - Samuel G. Leftwich, Stephen K. Wild, and Charles E. and Gloria Billingsley - with induction into the Lucas Society Nov. 8.

Established in 1998, the society was founded in honor of John Lucas, the founding dean of CBA at UNO. Induction into the Lucas Society is the highest honor bestowed on supporters of the college. Membership in the society recognizes friends of the college who have made significant financial contributions to the college, its students, faculty and programs. Funds secured through the Lucas Society enable the college to provide scholarships, leadership outreach, faculty education and other programs. Read more.

Group Exercise Thanksgiving Week Schedule Announced

Thanksgiving week, Group Exercise classes will meet only on Monday, Nov. 19, and Tuesday, Nov. 20. No classes will be held on Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 28-30.

Also, the "Deep Water" class on Monday and Wednesday evenings has been officially cancelled. The fall schedule ends on Friday, Dec. 14.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels, fitness/wellness, at 554.2008.

UNMC/UNO MPH Program Service Learning Capstone Presentations Planned

Students from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)/UNO joint Master of Public Health (MPH) Program will give several capstone presentations this fall.  All interested members of the campus communities can attend the free talks, which will be held in the Durham Research Center (DRC) on the UNMC campus.

The presentation schedule is listed below:

Tuesday, Nov. 20
"Regionalization of Perinatal Care: Description of the current status of regionalized perinatal services in Nebraska and an analysis of Nebraska births as they related to this system of services"
Presentation by Melissa Ketelson-Waite
10 a.m. to noon
8003 DRC

Monday, Nov. 26
"Pharmacist in Charge Attitudes, Policies, and Practices on Selling Syringes without a Prescription to Known or Suspected Intravenous Drug Users in Omaha, Nebraska"
Presentation by Lisa Bottsford
2:30 to 4 p.m.
8003 DRC

Monday, Dec. 3
"Health Disparities that Arise From Access to Health Care"
Presentation by Jennifer Feldt
2 to 4 p.m.
4003 DRC

To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact Jumoke Omojola, MPH Program technician, at or 561.7567.

Donations Sought for Crisis Leave Sharing Program

Several years ago, a crisis leave sharing program was created in an effort to help university employees who have used all their vacation or sick leave and need additional paid leave to attend to a crisis.  Since then, many employees have donated their accrued but unused vacation leave to the UNO crisis pool. Recently, several employees have needed crisis leave, and the pool balance is low.

Staff members can assist colleagues in need by contributing to the crisis leave pool.  A donation form is available in the Human Resources office or online in Sapphire at this link.

For more information, call 554.2321.

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 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,

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 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

For more information, contact Wayne Harrison, professor of psychology and the 2007-08 UCAT chair, at 554.2452 or

In the News

In the News

- David Cicotello, director of new student enrollment services, was quoted in a Nov. 14 Omaha World-Herald article about affirmative action on college campuses.

- Chris Decker, associate professor of economics, and Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, were quoted in the Nov. 13 issues of the Omaha World-Herald and the Southwest Nebraska News (McCook, Neb.) about a major immigration impact study launched at UNO.

- David Drozd and Jerry Deichert of the Center for Public Affairs Research were mentioned in the Oct. 31 issue of the Norfolk Daily News about a report they recently prepared on the history of Nebraska's population.

- The Omaha World-Herald interviewed UNO master's student Mica Fanning and Carolyn Gascoigne, chair of the of foreign language department, Nov. 15 about foreign language classes.

- On Nov. 9, the Omaha World-Herald interviewed Tom Gouttierre, director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, about a UNO-based training program for Afghan teachers. The article also quotes Afghan teacher Sayeeda Qayoomi and Raheem Yaseer, assistant director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies.

- UNO student Micaela Johnson was mentioned in the Oct. 29 issue of the Norfolk Daily News about being named Miss Nebraska USA.

- The Hastings Tribune's Oct. 29 issue featured UNO student Mike Nellis, who created a Web site to encourage Hastings resident Scott Kleeb to run for Senate.

- Yong Shi, information technology professor, was quoted in the Oct. 27 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the seventh annual IEEE International Conference on Data Mining in Omaha.

- The Nov. 10 issue of the Omaha World-Herald profiled a video game tournament held at UNO earlier this month.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Christina Dando, assistant professor geography/geology, published "Riding the Wheel: Selling American Women Mobility and Geographic Knowledge," in the "Media Spaces, Mediated Places" special issue of ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 6 (2): 174-210.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

UNO Theatre Presents "The Madwoman of Chaillot"
The UNO Department of Theatre production of Jean Giraudoux's internationally acclaimed work, "The Madwoman of Chaillot," will take to the stage tonight, Nov. 16. Directed by Douglas Paterson, performances also run Saturday, Nov. 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,

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

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. Read more.

Russ Nordman's Work on Display in Council Bluffs
Council Bluffs artist and UNO Professor Russ Nordman's artwork remains on exhibit through Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave.

The exhibition of new digital prints is titled "Combines." In his work, he transforms observations of the ordinary and the everyday into contemplative and imaginary commentary on the human experience. Nordman's digital collages explore the artist's fascination with machines, satellites and Iowa agriculture and vernacular architecture.

Nordman is an assistant professor of intermedia and digital art at UNO. His work has been exhibited across the globe, including at the California Museum of Photography, the Des Moines Art Center, the Experimental Intermedia NY and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

The exhibition is supported by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information visit the Web at or contact Nordman at 554.3757.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.