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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

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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.

CPACS Faculty Collaborating on Community Middle School Initiative

Three UNO faculty members recently completed a comprehensive assessment of after-school program needs in the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) district. Jerry Deichert, director of the Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR); Karen Rolf, an assistant professor in the UNO School of Social Work; and Russell Smith, an associate professor of public administration with CPAR, did the assessment as part of their work in support of a$162,000 Middle School Learning Center Initiative research contract with the city of Omaha. The initiative combines resources from the Sherwood Foundation, city of Omaha, OPS and the federal government. Read more.

Criss Library Announces Construction Timeline

The modernization of Criss Library will enter its second phase in May, according to Steve Shorb, library dean. At that time, the new first floor facilities will be opened, giving students access to new group study rooms and computer labs. The renovation will also include a new reading room for the Afghanistan Collection and University Archives.

Also in May, the west side of the second and third floors will be closed for renovations. Books with call numbers from P to Z will be moved, temporarily, to new, compact book stacks on the first floor. Bound back issues of journals will remain in off-site storage for another year.

"We had planned to return the back issues sooner and are disappointed that the renovation phasing will cause a delay," Shorb said. "It's an impediment for researchers, but we are doing our best by providing very fast interlibrary loans of those materials."

In December 2008, the west portions of the library will be completed, and renovation will begin on the east side. All renovations will be completed by the summer of 2009. Library services will be uninterrupted during the construction, but some temporary inconvenience, noise and dust can be expected.

"We're all looking forward to the end of construction and rededicating the library as a part of UNO's centennial year," Shorb said.

Watch future editions of eNotes for updates. Questions can be directed to Shorb at 554.2640 or

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform Dec. 2

The UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a concert Sunday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

The featured piece for the program is Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade," an orchestral depiction of "1001 Arabian Nights." The work is a tour de force for orchestra, providing an opportunity for UNO student-artists to showcase their talents.

Also included in the program is Mozart's overture to "The Magic Flute." Two UNO student concert-aria competition winners will appear with the orchestra. Violinist Kristin Simpson will play during the performance of Bloch's "Baal Shem," and Cantor Gastón Bogomolni will sing Donizetti's aria "Una furtiva lagrima."

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

HR to Host Social Security/Medicare Talk Dec. 4 in the MBSC

Tonya Freeman with Volunteers for Equity will talk about Social Security and Medicare issues Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Freeman will also answer questions from the audience.

For more information, call 554.3660.

Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues Today

Tatyana Novikov, a professor of foreign languages and women's studies, will present "The Female Face of Violence: Russian Culture and Violence Against Women" today, Nov. 27, at the next UNO 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.

Fall Scholastic Children's Book Fair Continues at Criss Library

It's a book fair blizzard at Criss Library. The campus community and public can visit the UNO Library Friends annual fall Scholastic Children's Book Fair through Wednesday, Nov. 28. The fair is located on the main floor of the library in the center aisle from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Nov. 28.

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

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

Public Administration Lecturer to Discuss Strategic Planning Theory and Practice Nov. 28

John M. Bryson, McKnight Presidential Professor of planning and public affairs and associate dean of research and centers in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, will present a lecture on strategic planning theory and practice Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Bootstrapper Hall West at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Dr. Bryson's lecture, "Observations on Strategic Planning Theory and Practice; or, as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, ‘When Ideas Fail, Words Come in Very Handy,'" is set for 2 to 4 p.m. The event, sponsored by the UNO School of Public Administration, is free and open to students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Bryson teaches courses on leadership, strategic management and the design of organizational and community change process. He is the author and editor of 12 books and has published more than 90 scholarly articles and book chapters. He wrote the award-winning book Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations and co-authored Leadership for the Common Good. Dr. Bryson also is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

For more information, contact John Bartle, director of the UNO School of Public Administration, at 554.3989 or

72nd Street Food Fight Under Way at UNO

UNO has joined forces with five Omaha organizations this holiday season for the fourth annual 72nd Street Food Fight, which will help stock the shelves of The Salvation Army's food pantry. UNO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, College of St. Mary, West Asset Management, Travel and Transport, and First Data Corp. are competing against one another to collect the most food during the campaign.

At UNO, donations of non-perishable food items will be solicited through Friday, Dec. 7, during the workweek and at Maverick sporting events.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to pick up a few extra items for the Food Fight. For convenience, blue barrels with the Food Fight graphic will be available in all campus buildings for food donations.

The Salvation Army has requested the items listed below. No glass containers will be accepted.
- Canned fruits
- Canned meats (chicken and tuna)
- Boxed dinners (Hamburger Helper)
- Canned beans
- Soups (dry and canned)
- Macaroni and cheese
- Pasta
- Rice
- Boxed cereal
- Boxed mashed potatoes
- Stuffing mix
- Powdered milk
- Peanut butter
- Jams and jellies
- Hygiene materials (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorants, disposable diapers, etc.)

Last year, more than 202,000 items were donated to the drive. In addition to its corporate partners, The Salvation Army would like to thank the "Food Fight" sponsors: Hy-Vee, Lite 101.9 and Payless Office Products.

Future Food Fight notices will be published in upcoming editions of Notes and The Gateway.

For more information on how campus organizations can get involved, contact Rita Henry, assistant vice chancellor for student services, at 554.2779; or John Jensen, administrative tech II in financial aid, at 554.3382.

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.

Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar Applications Available

UNO faculty interested in attending a two-day Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) seminar need to turn in their applications by Wednesday, Nov. 28.

The seminar - planned for Tuesday, Jan. 8, and Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center - 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 to support students' development as writers (learning to write).

On Jan. 8, 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. The Jan. 9 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, at

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

Next Student Lunch & Learn Set for Dec. 5

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.

The workshop will highlight:
- The effective use of gestures;

- Facial expressions and movement;

- How to develop and maintain eye contact; and

- How to express yourself through volume, pauses and articulation.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Space is limited, and free pizza and pop will be provided.

For more information or to register, contact the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or


- Cheril Lee, KVNO, will appear in the Saturday, Dec. 1, party scene of "The Imperial Nutcracker" at the Orpheum Theater.

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