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July Employee of the Month: Colleen Cunningham

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Colleen Cunningham, staff secretary III with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, recently was named Employee of the Month for her professionalism and service to the university.

She regularly handles a variety of office administrative duties but was recently commended for her ability to handle registration and invoicing details for two separate conferences. 

One colleague nominated Cunningham by saying, "Despite the chaos and confusion of several hundred registrations, Colleen maintained her good humor and thoroughly professional manner with everyone who called.  She not only continued her outstanding service to JJI but proved a valuable UNO ambassador to the broader community."

(Pictured above:  Cunningham with UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)

Through the Lens

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A Family Affair

Entire families got into the act on Friday, August 22 to move students into the new Maverick Village residence halls on campus. Refrigerators, tv's, clothing, furniture and Ramen Noodles were all being carried into students' rooms.

Maverick Village gets officially dedicated on Oct. 9 during the Centennial Celebration Kickoff Week. More Centennial information is available at http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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UNO Hosts Senate Ag Hearing

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

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.

full press release

UNO to Close for Labor Day Holiday

UNO will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The 2008 fall calendar is available online at http://www.ses.unomaha.edu/registrar/calendar2.php.

Centennial Letterhead Available for Lotus Notes Users

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The campus community can now get involved with Centennial with each e-mail sent. The Centennial logo now is available as Lotus Notes letterhead.

"Information Technology Services has made the Centennial red and black building logo available to UNO e-mail users," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations.  "It's a great way to increase awareness about the Centennial, and it's easy to do."

To use the Centennial logo as e-mail letterhead, a user needs to be logged into Lotus Notes client version and at their inbox.  Clicking on the "more" button" will bring a user to the prompt for preferences.  Once preferences gets clicked, a new screen pops up.  Clicking on letterhead brings up a variety of options, and the UNO Centennial logo is near the bottom of the listing.

For more information, call Kaldahl at 554.3502 or e-mail tkaldahl@unomaha.edu.

UNO Fall Sports Luncheon Sept. 3

It's time to take the Maverick gear out of the closet.

The annual fall sports luncheon, hosted by UNO Athletics will feature Maverick fall sports coaches reporting on their respective seasons and coming schedules. The event on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Anthony's Steakhouse, 7220 F St., begins at 11:45 a.m.

The following coaches will be on hand:

- Pat Behrns
Maverick Football

- Don Klosterman
Maverick Soccer

- Rose Shires
Maverick Volleyball

- Steve Smith
Maverick Cross Country

Student-athletes will also attend and greet luncheon guests. Schedule cards, posters and media guides also will be available.

Tickets for the luncheon cost $15 and can be purchased at the door. To view the luncheon menu, click on the link below:

Fall Luncheon

To R.S.V.P., contact Sandy Higdon at shigdon@unomaha.edu.

UNO Voices Against Violence Launches Campaign

UNO's newly created Voices Against Violence Task Force has launched a campaign to deal with the devastating effects of intimate partner violence.

The campaign, in partnership with the Omaha YWCA, will serve as an advocate and educational resource for the UNO campus. Statistics show students, especially freshmen women, are most vulnerable during the first few weeks of school.

With the slogan, "Break the Silence," UNO Voices Against Violence will kick off the campaign by hosting the Voices Against Violence Arts Festival Thursday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henningson Plaza. Read more.

UNO Writing Center Hours Announced

The UNO Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall, has started its fall hours. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

The center offers free assistance with any writing project for UNO students, faculty and staff.  Trained writing consultants can help at any point in the writing process, from brainstorming to organizing ideas to editing a final draft.   To make a Writing Center appointment, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/writingcenter/.

In addition to the main office, Criss Library houses a satellite Writing Center location Monday through Thursday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for fall.  No appointment is necessary for satellite consultations, but consultation time may be limited to 15 minutes if others are waiting.

Anyone with questions or faculty members interested in scheduling an orientation to introduce students and classes to the center, should contact the main Writing Center at 554.2946 or via e-mail at unowritingcenter@mail.unomaha.edu.  Orientation takes about 20 minutes.

Printing Services at UNO Reminder

The walk-up printing counter in Eppley Administration Building (EAB) 106, supported by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Printing Services, will close today, Aug. 29. UNO departments may still use UNMC Printing Services, but three additional vendors - FedEx Kinko's, OfficeMax and Office Depot - will also begin working with the campus community.

James Butler, who processed print orders on UNO's campus, will move to UNMC, but remains available for questions by phone at 559.5885 or by e-mail at jbutler@unmc.edu. All of the vendors, including UNMC, will provide pickup and delivery through Mail Services, EAB 106. Mail Services staff will deliver print jobs to campus offices.

FedEx Kinko's, OfficeMax and Office Depot each have Web sites for easy ordering of print jobs. Faculty or staff who have a rush job can visit any of the vendor locations, which are close to campus.

Within the next few weeks, training and information sessions with each of the new vendors will take place at UNO. Departments will receive a packet from each vendor that will include instructions on the various Web sites, order forms and contact information.

In order to use FedEx Kinko's or OfficeMax, a University Purchasing Card will be needed. If a department does not have a card, contact Ken Hultman in Accounting Services at 554.3514 or by e-mail at khultman@mail.unomaha.edu. UNMC Printing and Office Depot both will use established billing systems for billing departments. Users who walk into Office Depot or UNMC Printing need to know their University cost center to be charged and will be asked to show University ID.

Locations for walk-in printing:

- UNMC
42nd and Emile Street, located in the lower level of the Academic Research Services Building. Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday;

- Office Max
6940 Dodge St. Open normal business hours;

- FedEx Kinko's
7110 Dodge St. Open 24 hours a day; and

- Office Depot
717 S. 72nd St. Open normal business hours.

A price comparison between vendors is available from Hultman, as well.

At this point, the campus community should continue to order business cards, envelopes and stationery from UNMC. The other vendors may offer this service in the future.

2008-2009 Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Kick-Off

The Center for Faculty Development announces the Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Kick-Off. The event will take place Friday, Sept. 19, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Building (CB) Collaborating Commons.

The Center for Faculty Development, Graduate Studies, Office of Sponsored Programs and Academic and Student Affairs have joined together to sponsor the event. Those four units also sponsor Community Engagement Links and Teaching Circles.

The purpose of the organizational meeting is to introduce Community Engagement Links, register existing Circles/Triangles, add new members, form new Engagement Links/Circles/Triangles and explain the rewards/incentives available for 2008-2009 active participants.

The new Engagement Links are small groups of faculty and staff who make a commitment to work together over a period of time to address questions, concerns and topics related to developing and maintaining successful community and professional partnerships. Community Engagement Links will serve as a vehicle to expand and transform UNO's metropolitan university mission of excellence with students, academics and the community. For more information on Engagement Links, as well as Circles and Triangles go to the Center for Faculty Development Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/facdevelop/communities.php.

Anyone interested in Community Engagement Link, Teaching Circle or Research Triangle can register by e-mail unofacdev@unomaha.edu or with the online registration form (http://www.unomaha.edu/facconnect/calendar/tcrtregistrationform08.doc ) and making sure to include:

- Name of the Community Engagement Link, Teaching Circle or Research Triangle;

- Name and department of the facilitator;

- Members' names and departments; and

- Brief description of the purpose, possible discussion topics and potential outcomes.

Those who cannot attend the kick-off can still register the Community Engagement Link, Teaching Circle or Research Triangle at the above e-mail address. Check the listings for 2007-2008 Teaching Circles/Research Triangles for ideas and contacts on the Center for Faculty Development Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/facdevelop/communities.php).

To sign up for an existing group, contact the Center for Faculty Development to have your name added to a topic. For more information, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu.

UNL's Confucius Institute to Offer Chinese Classes at UNO

The Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) now offers non-credit Chinese language classes at UNO. The classes will be taught by an experienced instructor who is a native Chinese speaker. Upon registration, the Confucius Institute will notify participants about class locations.

The courses available:

Classes for Children and Adults
CICL 101, 102, 201 and 202 teaches Chinese in easy steps to help students establish a solid foundation of vocabulary, knowledge of Chinese and communication skills. Courses emphasize the development and mastering of skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese. Classes begin Saturday, Sept. 6.

Classes for Adults (Business Focused)
CICL 401 and 402 teach Chinese in a business communication platform for novice and low-intermediate level learners, which enable students to learn Chinese language and culture in a short time span. These courses also assist students understand China's legal and political systems and their influences on business practices. Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 10.

For more information or to enroll, go to confuciusinstitute.unl.edu or call 402.472.2175 or toll free at 866.700.4747.

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

UNO remains 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 newspapers. Students have access to three papers on a daily basis: The New York Times, Omaha World-Herald, and USA Today. Student fees provide the funding for the papers.

In order to promote faculty and student use of the newspapers, 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 curricula with the goal of producing shared documents for the university.

The NiC faculty group supports the UNO Collegiate Readership Program at UNO. At the Sept. 15 event, presenters will highlight curriculum that have been developed and address the benefits of newspaper user. Members of the faculty group receive a small stipend. Applications to join the group for 2008-2009 will be available.

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

In the News

In the News

- Kenton Bales, Department of Music, was a guest on the Aug. 26 midday newscast on KMTV (CBS 3). Dr. Bales previewed the ARTSaha music festival taking place at UNO next month.

- The Aug. 22 issue of Bosnia Daily (Sarajevo) published a guest column by Rory Conces, Department of Philosophy and Religion, about the death of Adil Zulfikarpasic, founder of the Bosniak Institute.

- KPTM (Fox 42) interviewed Elizabeth Dahl, Political Science, Aug. 25 about her recent trip to Beijing and her volunteer work as a translator during the Olympics.

- The Aug. 15 issue of the El Paso Times (Texas) featured an interview with Lourdes Gouveia, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, about migrant labor supplies in the United States.

- Kellie Pickett, UNO's new Thompsen Learning Community, was interviewed Aug. 22 by KIOS (91.5 FM) about Durango Days, the annual event that offers incoming freshmen volunteer opportunities at local nonprofit organizations.

- Mary Lynn Reiser, Center for Economic Education, was a guest Aug. 25 on the 4 p.m. newscast on WOWT (NBC 6). Resier discussed credit card scams among college students. Reiser was also interviewed for the Aug. 21 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about teaching teens financial responsibility.

- WOWT (NBC 6) interviewed student Hector Santiago for its Aug. 24 morning newscast about Maverick Village, UNO's newest student housing development.

- Deborah Smith-Howell and Karen Kangas Dwyer, School of Communication, were quoted in the Aug. 23 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the importance of public speaking in political campaigns.

- Lina Traslavina, Recruitment Services, was a guest Aug. 26 on "La Voz Latina" on CTI 22, available in Spanish on the Cox Communications channel lineup. Traslavina discussed the student experience at UNO.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Arwiphawee Srithongrung, an assistant professor in the School of Public Administration, recently published an article titled, "The Impacts of State Capital Mangement Programs on State Economic Performance." It appeared in Public Budgeting and Finance Journal Issue 28(3) pp. 83-107.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

ARTSaha! Festival Returns for 5th Annual Series of New Music Concerts
Omaha's new music festival - ARTSaha! - has announced its schedule for its Fifth annual presentation of concerts and events dedicated to new music. ARTSaha! is produced by ANALOG arts ensemble in partnership with UNO. Concerts will take place from Sept. 3 through 13.

This year's festival motto is "Set Sail for the Sun," the title of a piece by the late composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, known as the father of electronic music. Read more.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

"Cinema City" on Display in K.C. through Oct. 4
"Cinema City" - an installation by Russ Nordman and Jody Boyer, art and art history - remains on display through Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Paragraph & Urban Culture Project Space, 21-23 East 12th St., in Kansas City, Mo.  Gallery hours are Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.

The duo is scheduled as artists-in-residence on the following Saturdays: Aug. 23, Sept. 6 and 20, and Oct. 4.  A reception is also planned for Friday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m.

"Cinema City" is inspired by urban landscapes that no longer exist and, in essence, exist only through their photogenic and cinematic documentation.  Artistic inspiration for the design of the installation came from digital databases at libraries and archives across the country containing photographic archives of the architecture of American cities now lost or radically altered due to urban renewal and new development.

During the Saturday exhibitions, visitors can assist with urban growth by helping expand the real estate and annexing of rural areas adjacent to "Cinema City" through the placement of additional buildings provided by the artists. 

For more information, visit http://www.thecinemacity.com.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.