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UNO Hosts Senate Ag Hearing

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UNO hosted a U.S. Senate field hearing focused on food, feed and fuel production on Aug. 18 in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Senators Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Tom Harkin (Iowa) conducted the hearing.

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Hastings Triplets Become UNO Mavs

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A set of triplet sisters – two identical and one fraternal – from Hastings, Neb., will join the student body at UNO this fall. ...continue

Mavericks Name Dave Ahlers Director of Athletic Media Relations


Dave Ahlers, a veteran of nearly 20 years in sports broadcasting and public relations, has been named the director of Athletic Media Relations (AMR).  Ahlers began his duties Aug. 25.

Ahlers will replace Gary Anderson, who is retiring Aug. 31 after 29 years as UNO's sports information director. He will oversee media relations and information services for UNO's 16 men's and women's intercollegiate sports.

"Dave brings an extensive and strong background in sports and journalism with him," said David Miller, UNO athletic director.  "His experience will be a great asset."

Ahlers, a native of Cumberland, Maine, was most recently the director of communications and broadcasting for the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights of the American Hockey League from 2005-07.  He was the director of communications/broadcasting for the Portland Pirates of the AHL from 1995-2004.  

He also worked as a sports reporter, anchor and producer for television stations in Portland and Bangor, Maine and was the play-by-play announcer for the University of Maine hockey team from 1993-95.  

He began his career after earning his bachelor's degree in English and creative writing from the University of Maine in 1989.  

He will join Steve Field, associate director of athletic media relations on the AMR staff.  Field, who is responsible for Web site technology and the production and design of all athletic publications, has served in the department for 19 years.

Online Preventing Sexual Harassment Program

In an effort to support UNO's commitment to maintain a welcoming and inclusive work environment that is free from harassment or bias, the Equal Opportunity Office continues to offer an online professional development program — Preventing Sexual Harassment.

Located on the Web at, the program will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. It can be completed by administrators, faculty, staff or students. 

"Preventing Sexual Harassment is an active learning process that enables you to review materials at your own leisure in a practical and convenient way that does not disrupt your work responsibilities," said Sharon Ulmar, associate director and director of Equal Employment Opportunity in Human Resources and coordinator of the program.  "The program is located on the Web with accessibility 24 hours a day."

Questions can be directed to Ulmar at 554.2321 or

"Newspapers in Your Classroom" Event Set for Sept. 15

The university is committed to civic engagement and writing across the curriculum. To learn more about UNO's Newpapers in Curricula (NiC) Project in which newspapers are used as a tool for faculty and students in developing civic engagement visit the fall "Newspapers in Your Classroom" event on Monday, Sept. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.

The purpose of the NiC program is to support the newspapers-on-campus initiative which started at UNO in 2007 by developing curricula which utilizes those newspapers in the classroom. Students have access to three papers on a daily basis: The New York Times, Omaha World-Herald, and USA Today. Funding for the papers is provided by student fees.

In order to promote faculty and student use of the newspapers in the classroom, the university is sponsoring a faculty group to design newspaper-based assignments and explore the influence of the newspaper in the classroom on student behavior and attitudes. A core group has been selected across disciplines to design and promote newspaper-based curricula with the goal of producing shared documents for the university.

Newspapers in Curricula (NiC) is a faculty group supporting the Collegiate Readership Program at UNO. Presenters have developed curricula incorporating newspapers. Learn strategies for and benefits of using the newspaper in the classroom. Faculty members receive a small stipend, and applications for 2008-2009 will be available.

To register contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or  To request more information about the event, contact the NiC coordinator, Maria Knudtson at  All those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

Pathways to Harmony Program Offered on Sept. 29

A new and updated Pathways to Harmony program will take place Monday, Sept. 29, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

This professional development program brings together students, faculty and staff to explore diversity. It starts at 12:30 p.m. and will run until 4 p.m.  

"We are excited about presenting updated material that keeps the campus focused on issues of diversity," said Sharon Ulmar, associate director and director of Equal Employment Opportunity, Human Resources. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend.

To register, call Kate Clark at 554.2896 or send an e-mail to Seating is limited.

Fidelity Representative Campus Visit is Sept. 16

The campus Fidelity representative, Chad Anderson, will be in Omaha for individual counseling sessions on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Employees can call 1.800.642.7131 to make an appointment with Anderson.

Participants Sought for Depression Study at UNMC

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry is seeking individuals 19-65 who are experiencing depression to participate in a 10-week research study of an investigational medication for depression.

All study procedures and medications are provided.  For additional information, call 552.6005, e-mail, or visit