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Renaissance Dinner and a Show

Photo courtesy of UNO Chamber Choir

Members of UNO Chamber Choir dress in renaissance garb at the choir's annual Madrigal Dinner. See story below for details on this year's event.

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Math-Science Learning Center Open for Students

UNO broadcasting student Linsey Carsey produced this segment on UNO's new Math-Science Learning Center for the Omaha News. The center offers free drop-in tutoring, academic consultation, study group facilitation and supplemental instruction.

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Fall Around Us

Enjoy these beautiful images from Tim Fitzgerald.

WISE Women

WISE Women

by Deb Derrick, Ann Fruhling and Connie Jones

Women can be wise at any age.

Eleven young women - high school juniors and seniors from across the state - learned about information science and engineering careers at the fourth Women in Information Science & Engineering (WISE) workshop Oct. 26-27 in Omaha. ...continue

12-Month Operational Plan Dialogue Under Way

The 12 Month Operational Plan Task Force continues to meet and talk about the positives and negatives, opportunities and roadblocks that could results from a change in UNO's academic calendar.

UNO Chancellor John Christensen has discussed the idea of providing meaningful year round educational offerings in a variety of settings during 2007. In the near future, the task force will schedule focus group meetings to hear from more campus voices on the topic. A new 12 Month Operational Plan Web site has been created, as well. The address is .

"I have no preconceived notion as to what the answer may be," Dr. Christensen said in his charge to the task force group. "Based on what the future may hold, full consideration of twelve month operations is very important. The higher education landscape is changing daily."

Sheri Noren Everts, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and Scott Tarry, professor and director, Aviation Institute and president of the UNO Faculty Senate, serve as co-chairs.

"We're not trying to work towards a pre-determined outcome," Dr. Tarry said. "We are thinking through a variety of issues. It's been an interesting process."

The task force has discussed a variety of potential benefits of a 12-month operation, including possible early graduation and deeper learning experiences for students and greater scheduling flexibility for faculty.

"This is not just about better utilizing our buildings, increasing enrollment and offering more choices for students," Dr. Noren Everts said. "We're also seeking to understand the challenges, the potential ramifications for financial aid, for recruiting, for budgets, for the sense of campus community."

The members of the task force have come from all corners of campus. Students, faculty and staff have made the time to serve. The group will have a report to give Dr. Christensen by late January.

"This needs to be a campus conversation," Dr. Christensen said. "An open dialogue is the best dialogue."

The next meeting of the task force is set for noon on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Milo Bail Student Center's Council Room. Anyone can attend.

Members of the task force include: Ann Antlfinger, professor of biology; Gail Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; Kris Bell, assistant to the vice chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs; Tom Frette, senior associate athletic director; Dave Hinton, former dean of the College of Information Science and Technology, Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations; Lanyce Keel, director of Academic Partnerships for Instruction; Elizabeth Kraemer, former student president/regent; John Langan, dean of the College of Education; Harmon Maher, interim associate vice chancellor for Research and Creative Activity; Eric Manley, associate dean of the College of Arts and Science; Linda Mannering, director of Institutional Research; Kevin Naylor, senior community service associate; Hayley Patton, director of the Division of Continuing Studies; Bill Pratt, professor of history; BJ Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service; Wade Robinson, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs; Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean for Graduate Studies; Randy Sell, director of Financial Aid; Suzanne Sollars, associate professor of psychology; Julie Totten, interim vice chancellor of Business and Finance; Marsha Vance, business manager of the College of Education; Judie Watanabe, associate professor of accounting; Michael Whitney, a resident director in University Village; Alex Williams, student president/regent; and lze Zigurs, chair of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis.

One Heart, One Community: A Dialogue on Police Reform Tonight

OLLAS (The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies), Native American Studies and the Black Studies Department at UNO, along with the support of various student organizations on campus, will co-sponsor the first of several forums to address community concerns over unwarranted police force in the Omaha metro area and, particularly, among communities of color.

The panel discussion will take place in the Chancellor's Room of the Milo Bail Student Center tonight, Nov. 26, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Read more.

Annual Fall Scholastic Children's Book Fair Begins

It's a book fair blizzard at the Criss Library. The campus community and public can visit the UNO Library Friends annual fall Scholastic Children's Book Fair starting this evening, Nov. 26, in Criss Library.

Books for children of all ages, young adult titles and adult favorites will be available for purchase. Donations for the Open World Mission and the One World Community Health Center will also be accepted.

The fair will be located on the main floor in the center aisle of Criss Library. Dates and times for the event are:

- Tonight, Nov. 26
5 to 9 p.m.

- Tuesday, Nov. 27
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Wednesday, Nov. 28
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Jon Minkner, Criss Library reference associate, at 554.3003 or

UNO to Host Special "By the People: Dialogues in Democracy" Screening

A private screening of the soon to be nationally televised "By the People: Dialogues in Democracy 2007" has been set for Friday, Nov. 30, at UNO. The event will run from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

NET Television filmed a local "By the People: Dialogues in Democracy" discussion on campus Oct. 14. More than 100 members of the community took part in the deliberations that focused on immigration issues. UNO faculty members who are part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative served as moderators.

Anyone interested in attending the private screening should R.S.V.P. by e-mailing or by calling 554.2427. Read more.

UNO Chamber Choir to Host Madrigal Dinners Nov. 30-Dec.1

The UNO Chamber Choir will perform and hold a Madrigal Dinner on campus Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The event - co-sponsored by the UNO Student Programming Organization - is a fundraiser for the UNO Choral Program.

The meal, traditional English holiday fare, will be served family style. In addition, the choir will dress in costume and present a show featuring renaissance music and dancing.

Tickets cost $34.50 for general admission and $29.50 for UNO students with a current MavCard ID.

To purchase tickets, call 554.2979. For more information or to view the dinner menu, visit the Web at

Student Employment to Offer Workshop on Conflict Resolution/Evaluation Procedures

UNO's student employment office will conduct a two-hour workshop on conflict resolution and evaluation procedures on Thursday, Dec. 13, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

This will be an interactive program where participants will practice and use resources already available to address conflict when working with student workers. The second portion of the workshop will provide examples on how to effectively evaluate the student's performance, including letter writing and proper termination procedures.

Participants will learn how to:
- Identify and explain sources of conflict;
- Use techniques for improving conflict resolution and communication skills -- based on Kenneth Thomas' conflict resolution model;
- Utilize an evaluation process to assess student employee progress; and
- Practice letter-writing techniques for different supervisor-student employee situations.

The workshop is limited to 30 participants. To register, call UNO Human Resources at 554.2321 or e-mail by Saturday, Dec. 1.

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.

"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. Read more.

Campus Holiday Open House Dec. 6 in the MBSC

Chancellor John Christensen and Interim Vice Chancellors Julie Totten and Sheri Noren Everts, along with Faculty Senate President Scott Tarry and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) President Ivory Bob Jr., invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual holiday open house. The event will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

To view a special invitation from Chancellor Christensen, the vice chancellors, and the Faculty Senate and SAC presidents, click on the following link:

Open House Invitation holiday holiday.pdf

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Thursday, Nov. 29, to Bob Cairns, Chancellor's Office, at 554.2311 or

Holiday Card Program to Benefit Scholarship Funds

The Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) have teamed up once again to sponsor the annual Holiday Card Program.

All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on greeting cards for colleagues to one of two scholarship funds at UNO – the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship Fund (recipients are children of faculty and staff) or the General Scholarship Fund. Additional donations are also welcome. In return, a seasonal greeting that acknowledges contributors will be distributed to all UNO departments on Monday, Dec. 10.

Those who wish to donate should send a check (payable to UNO) to Cashiering/Student Accounts, EAB 109, by Wednesday, Dec. 5. Donors should designate one of the two scholarship funds listed above and indicate the name or names they would like to appear on the seasonal greetings card.

To access a donation form, click on the following link:

Holiday Card Form

For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver, Public Administration, at 554.2625.

Celebrate the Holidays with the Omaha Symphony

The Omaha Symphony will offer a special holiday season discount for all UNO faculty and staff this week.

As a UNO employee, individuals are entitled to a special 20 percent discount on tickets to experience "Christmas with the Symphony," Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

This special offer is only available online, and is only available today through Friday, Nov. 26-30.

To take advantage of the discount, visit and enter the promotional code UNoffer.

From traditional holiday favorites and modern Christmas classics, to the ever-popular carol sing-along – "Christmas with the Symphony" intends to be enchanting and magical experience for all ages.

For more information on this concert and future Omaha Symphony events, visit

Maverick Watch


Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff are also admitted free.

At home this week...

Friday, Nov. 30
- Swimming & Diving Mutual of Omaha Invitational
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Pool, Dodge location
10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

- Doubletree Downtown Hotel Classic
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
Women's basketball vs. Central Missouri
7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1
- Swimming & Diving Mutual of Omaha Invitational
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Pool, Dodge location
10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

- Doubletree Downtown Hotel Classic
Sapp Fieldhouse, Dodge location
Women's basketball vs. TBD
7 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at