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Scott Davis

UNO Alum

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO alum Scott Davis, left, a UNO graduate from the College of Information Science and Technology, returned to campus Aug. 26 to teach a three-day session on geographic information systems, also known as GIS. The course, held at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, included software engineers from Omaha's Raytheon Company. Doug Martin, one of Raytheon's interns who attended the course is also a UNO student. IS&T faculty members Ken Dick and Peter Wolcott hope to expand upon Davis' course to further GIS curriculum development.

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gathering footage for an online video about UNO

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.

Join UNO's Expanded Recycling Program

the nameIn an effort to become an even greener campus, UNO will launch a new recycling program this fall. All colleges, departments and classrooms on both the Dodge and Pacific Street campuses are invited to participate.

"I ask the entire UNO community to support and participate in our expanded, ‘single-stream' recycling program," said Chancellor John Christensen. "By making a few minor changes to our daily routine and behavior, we can all make a big difference on the environment."

All refuse on campus will be sorted and classified into two types: trash and recycled materials.

Trash is considered all food, liquids, styrofoam, tissues, paper towels, construction materials, plastic bags and glass. Trash should be discarded in the small black bins most offices already have.

Recycled materials are as follows: all types of paper products, including office paper, envelopes, copy paper, colored paper, newspaper, magazines, catalogs and phone books; all types of cardboards; water bottles and pop cans with their plastic lids; all types of plastic and metal containers. Recycled materials should be discarded in the new, small blue bins.

Faculty and staff have the opportunity to receive blue bins to help sort the trash and recyclables in their work areas, as defined above. These instructions will also be delivered with all blue bins.

To learn more about UNO's recycling program, visit To obtain additional refuse containers for your work area, contact Paula Slavin at 554.2385 or

UNO Fall Sports Luncheon Is Today


The annual fall sports luncheon, hosted by UNO Athletics, is today, Sept. 3. It will feature Maverick fall sports coaches reporting on their respective seasons and coming schedules. Today's event will take place at Anthony's Steakhouse, 7220 F St., beginning 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

UNO Sports Clubs to Host Fair Today

Did the 2008 Olympics inspire the inner-athlete in anybody? If so, check out the UNO Sports Clubs Association's (UNO SCA) Sports Clubs Fair today, Sept. 3, at the Milo Bail Student Center Henningson 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.

World Cinema Series Continues Tonight in Eppley Auditorium

The World Cinema Series sponsored by the Department of Geography/Geology continues tonight, Sept. 3, with two films from Asia.

The first film, "Densha Otaku," is a 2005 production from Japan.  The second film, "My Sassy Girl," is a 2001 movie from South Korea.  Both films are romantic comedies and will be shown with subtitles.  All films will be screened in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium starting at 6 p.m.

"The films are shown in combination with my course, GEOG 3000: Geography in Film," said Michael Peterson, professor of geography/geology at UNO. "We're inviting people from the UNO community to share in this educational experience."

Other films in the world cinema series come from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. The series runs through Wednesday, Nov. 5.

For more information about the series, contact Peterson at

"Biology Roundup 2008" Sept. 4

The UNO Department of Biology faculty and staff will hold the "UNO Biology Roundup 2008" for new biology majors and those considering the major Thursday, Sept. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Pizza and refreshments will be served. Faculty will be in attendance to discuss undergraduate research opportunities, career options and scholarships.

Interested students interested should R.S.V.P. to Jennifer Mullin at or phone 554.2641.

Mav Kids Friday Fall Back Set for Sept. 5

Campus Recreation will host Mav Kids Friday Fall Back from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5.

The event is open to children ages 5-12 years old. The cost is $12 for UNO students and activity cardholders, and $18 for the general public.

To sign up, visit 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Life Long Learning Instructors Needed

Individuals with a passion or expertise they want to teach or share with older adults are invited to join the UNO Life Long Learning Initiative, beginning in January 2009. 

The Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA) is looking for volunteers who love the idea of life long learning while engaging others, discovering new and innovative ways of thinking, and connecting with peers from the larger community.  Sessions will vary in length, are not for credit and focus on higher level learning.

To learn more about this opportunity, call Patty Adams at 554.2292.

Women Sought for Health Book Club at UNO

Women Bound to Be Active, a program based at UNO, is looking for female participants for the semester. The book club is designed to improve the health and wellness of women.

The fall program – which begins Monday, Sept. 8 – lasts six to nine months and may consist of weekly meetings.

The $99 cost includes books, pedometers and two cholesterol screenings.

"We work with women who want the skills and tools that could help them maintain good health behaviors," said Dr. Jennifer Huberty, program organizer and an assistant professor in UNO's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. "This program may assist women who struggle maintaining commitments or feel guilty about making health commitments to themselves because of other responsibilities."

Visit or call 554.2670 for more information.

Singers Sought for UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble, a mixed chorus of eight to 12 singers, is looking for members. The group is open to all students, faculty and staff. The ensemble meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center.

"This ensemble is designed to meet the music needs of singers who have an interest and/or background in jazz and who wish to continue their choral experience," said Kim Weiser, the ensemble's director. 

The UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform once this semester in collaboration with the Jazz Combos.

Anyone interested in singing with the ensemble should contact Weiser regarding an audition time.  Rehearsals for the ensemble begin Monday, Sept. 1.

For additional information, contact Weiser at 554.3370 or

ITS Webinar on "Picture-Perfect Generation: Visually Simulated or Visually Literate?" Planned for Sept. 15

Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will sponsor an Information Technology Services (ITS) Webinar on "Picture-Perfect Generation: Visually Simulated or Visually Literate?" Monday, Sept. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

Julie Little, interim director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, will moderate this Web seminar. Susan Metros, associate vice provost for Technology-Enhanced Learning at the University of Southern California, will be the presenter. Metros will argue that IT professionals and educators must take leadership and responsibility for introducing new literacies into teaching, learning, research and outreach to better prepare a visually literate citizenry.

To educate and engage this new breed of learners, institutions of higher education are revisiting and revising the basic tenants of a general education by asking, "What does it mean to be literate in today's visually saturated society?"

For more resources related to this session topic, visit

As an EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) member, the UNO community has access to ELI documents and events at First-time users are required to create a profile. ELI is an EDUCAUSE initiative focused on the advancement of teaching, learning and technology.

ELI presents monthly Web seminars that are screened live in the MBSC. Past seminars can be viewed on the ELI Web site at Exact times for seminars are not always provided in advance, so please watch the FacConnect calendar ( for updates.

The event sponsor is EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. For more information, contact Shelley Schafer at 554.4831 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 that 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 use. 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  Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

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.

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 of Human Resources and director of Equal Employment Opportunity. "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.

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Twelve student UNO Ambassadors have been selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills to represent the university. This select group serves as hosts for university-related functions at the request of deans, directors, department chairs and other UNO faculty or staff.

Functions that ambassadors can serve at include acting as official greeters for university activities, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university and occasionally leading campus tours.

Ambassadors try to honor as many requests as possible. Requests should be made at least two weeks before the scheduled activity. For more information, contact Chris Liewer at or 554.3520.