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August Employee of the Month: Lola Gilbert

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Lola Gilbert, reference associate with Criss Library, recently was named Employee of the Month for her innovation and exceptional customer service.

Gilbert has been a key figure in the support of the library's Wikipedia and as the developer of an Access database that manages reference and instruction statistics.

On nominator said, "She teaches library instruction and has developed educational media for her classes that the entire department is eager to adopt.  She sees new ways to improve service, and the quality of her work is above reproach."

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

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Film Crew Shoots UNO Video

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

A three-person film crew from Florida-based YOUniversityTV spent Aug. 26 gathering footage for an online video about UNO. The video, when complete later this year, will feature interviews with UNO students, faculty and staff. Above, the crew shoots footage at Maverick Village.

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

Centennial Kick-Off Message From the Chancellor

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To our UNO Community,
The 2008-09 academic year has begun and the start of our Centennial Celebration is just around the corner. Please mark Oct. 8 through 12 in your calendar now to take part in our opening Centennial events. The first days of Centennial underscore how UNO is "Central to Our City," on every level - civic, social, economic and educational.

The official events for Kick-Off week include:

Wednesday, October 8:
- Convocation
- Dedication of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS)
- Centennial Kickoff reception

Thursday, October 9:
- Groundbreaking for Health, Physical Education and Recreation renovation project
- Dedication of Maverick Village

Friday, October 10:
- Campus bus tours
- CPACS open house
- "Trumpets and Crumpets" jazz and tea event at Criss Library
- Homecoming eve party at the Fieldhouse

Saturday, October 11:
- Open house, College of Information Science and Technology
- Centennial tailgate party and Pep Bowl activities
- Homecoming football game - UNO vs. Western Missouri
- UNO Theatre production of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile"

Sunday, October 12:
- UNO art student alumni exhibition
- UNO Theatre production of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile"

Click on this link, to access an electronic Centennial Kickoff poster file. Individuals and departments can print the poster and use it anywhere and everywhere. Please display the information prominently and share what is happening at UNO with others. An invitation and registration brochure listing Centennial Kickoff events will be distributed through campus mail this week, as well.

More information on Centennial will, of course, be distributed on campus through eNotes and off campus through the local media and on the website. Special college- and unit-specific events during the Centennial Year will also be scheduled.

UNO's history is rich and truly deserves to be celebrated. Even more exciting, however, is our collective future. UNO is well-positioned to begin its second century of service with optimism and anticipation. The Centennial is an excellent opportunity to highlight not only what we have accomplished, but also our vision for our next 100 years. I look forward to celebrating this important milestone in our history together!

UNO Ranks 72nd Among America's Best Colleges

UNO ranked 72nd among undergraduate public and private universities that offer master's programs in U.S. News & World Report's recent rankings of the Midwest's best colleges. UNO ranked 69th last year.

Of the 146 institutions in the Midwest category, 94 are private and 52 are public.

U.S. News & World Report uses the following indicators to calculate the rankings: assessment by administrators at peer institutions; retention of students; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; and alumni giving.

UNO's highest ranking in this year's report was its peer assessment score. UNO was ranked 19 out of 146 by its peers. UNO's lowest rankings this year were in alumni giving and graduation rate, at 121 and 111, respectively, among the 146 institutions.

"It's encouraging to see the strong ranking by our peers," said UNO senior vice chancellor Terry Hynes. "They are in an excellent position to know the quality of what we do here.

"At the same time, where we've ranked lower, as in the percentage of alumni giving and in our graduation rate, we see opportunities to focus our energies and do better. That's the main value I see in rankings like those provided by U.S. News and World Report."

The Pedagogical Potential of Second Life for Higher Education

The Center for Faculty Development will host a presentation on "Pedagogical Potential of Second Life for Higher Education" on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mo n ho n Room.

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world with capabilities that can be used by "residents" to socialize, connect, communicate and create objects and artifacts. More than 100 institutions of higher education are using Second Life for some form of educational activity including: Bowling Green State University, Duke, Harvard, MIT, Notre Dame, Iowa State University, Tufts and UNO. Technology for more than computer science--fine arts, sciences, history, English and communication have found this space to be effective for student learning. This presentation will to explore the instructional opportunities Second Life brings to higher education.

At the session, attendees will:

- Understand how Second Life is being used in higher education;

- Explore the opportunities and challenges of Second Life for the classroom; and

- Learn best practices for teaching with Second Life.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or request more information about the event, contact Lynnette Leonard at Refreshments will be provided.

UNO Sports Clubs to Host Fair Sept. 3

Did the 2008 Olympics inspire the inner-athlete in anybody? If so, check out the UNO Sports Clubs Association (UNO SCA) hosted Sports Clubs Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Milo Bail Student Center Hennignson Plaza.

UNO SCA coordinates group efforts by various sports clubs. Current active clubs range from bowling to men's soccer. Anyone interested can stop by the fair from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and find a club to join.

For more information, stop by the fair or call Ryan Schmitt at 554.4941.

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.

Weight Watchers Open House Meeting Sept. 4

The Weight Watchers on Campus program will host an open house meeting Thursday, Sept. 4. The event, which is free and open to all interested members of the campus community, begins at noon in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

"Currently, we have about 20 people interested," said Dave Daniels, assistant director of fitness/wellness at UNO. "Keep recruiting and bring a co-worker, spouse or friend with you to the Open House."

Weigh-in begins at 12:15 p.m., the meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. and end at 1 p.m. A three-part payment plan is available, and payments will be collected at the open house meeting.

"If we can get 20 paid participants on Sept. 4, then we can do the 17-week program (with the free E-Tools) for $186," Daniels said. "If we get between 15 and 19 paid participants, we'll do the 15-week program for $180."

For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008.

Terry Hynes to Speak at Sept. 9 SAC Meeting

UNO Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Terry Hynes will be a guest speaker at the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.

"We are excited to host Terry," said Ivory Bobb, SAC president. "This is a great opportunity for our campus to meet and visit with her."

SAC meetings are open to the public and campus community.

For more information, contact Bob at 554.2293.

Kappa Delta Pi to Host Scholastic Book Fair Sept. 10-11

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an education honor society at UNO, will host a scholastic book fair Sept. 10-11. The event will run each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 520 Kayser Hall.

"Books for all ages will be for sale," said Saundra Wetig, KDP counselor and assistant professor of teacher education at UNO. Proceeds from the fair will help fund literacy projects with KDP's partnership schools in the Omaha Public Schools.

For more information, contact Dr. Wetig at 554.2807.

Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule Announced

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Human Resources - Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host nine Faculty Recruitment Workshops this fall.

The workshops are designed for departments or schools anticipating a faculty search within two years. Participants might include deans, directors, chairs, faculty and administrative assistants. The information provided assists departments/schools in search processes that reflect UNO's commitment to faculty, staff and student diversity.

All workshops will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The date and times:

- Sept. 12
10 to 11:30 a.m.

- Sept. 18
1 to 2:30 p.m.

- Sept. 24
2 to 2:30 p.m.

- Oct. 6
1 to 2:30 p.m.

- Oct. 16
9 to 10:30 a.m.

- Nov. 10
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

- Nov. 25
9 to 10:30 a.m.

- Dec. 5
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Each workshop will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO People Admin System and EEO guidelines and requirements. Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must attend one of these workshops. Faculty participating in searches must also attend a workshop once every two years.

For more information about the workshop, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or, James McCarty at 554.2262 or, Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or or Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872 or

"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 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 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.

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, Teaching Circles and Research Triangles.

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

Anyone interested in Community Engagement Link, Teaching Circle or Research Triangle can register by e-mail or with the online registration form ( ) 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 (

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

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 can also attend for free.

To view upcoming athletic events, click on this link. For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at