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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.

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 officially start the campaign by hosting the Voices Against Violence Arts Festival today, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henningson Plaza. Read more.

"Biology Roundup 2008" Is Today

The UNO Department of Biology faculty and staff will hold the "UNO Biology Roundup 2008" for new biology majors and those considering the major today, 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 discuss undergraduate research opportunities, career options and scholarships.

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

Weight Watchers Open House Today

The Weight Watchers on Campus program will host an open house meeting today, 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 starts at 12:30 p.m. and ends 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, 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.

Guest Speaker to Give Talks on Aviation and Government Employment

Students can learn more about federal government careers and current topics in federal aviation policy at two free presentations set for today, Sept. 4, in the new College of Public Affairs and Community Services Building (CB).

The presenter is Rich Swayze. Dr. Swayze currently serves as a professional staff member for the Aviations Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

Both presentations will be held in the new 120N Aviation Flex Space.

He will present:

- "Federal Aviation Policy Issues and Process"
2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

- "Federal Government Employment and Internships"
4 to 5:15 p.m.

These presentations are being made available to School of Public Administration students and UNO community at no charge, courtesy of Dr. Swayze and UNO's School of Public Administration.

For more information, contact Mary Lopez at 554.4978.

Join UNO's Expanded Recycling Program

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In an effort to become an even greener campus, UNO has launched a new recycling program this fall. All colleges, departments and classrooms on both the Dodge and Pacific Street campuses can 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: 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 that have been delivered or soon will be delivered to departments.

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 are included 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

Voter Registration Drive Volunteers Sought

The November presidential election is almost here. The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) and other campus organizations will staff voter registration tables in the weeks ahead.

CCSW is looking for individuals interested in joining this initiative. Deputy registrars representing the Douglas County Election Commission will be on hand at events this fall to help faculty, staff and students register to vote or change polling place information if a voter has moved. If interested in becoming a deputy registrar, plan to attend CCSW's training session, on Friday, Sept. 5, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.

"Any faculty, staff or student interested in being trained as a deputy registrar is invited to attend," said Marvel Maring, CCSW co-chair. "CCSW is thrilled to bring this initiative back and is excited to collaborate with other groups on campus."

The CCSW voter registration initiative is being held in conjunction with the CCSW Susan B.'s Coffeehouse Series and will help commemorate the life of Susan B. Anthony, the champion of women's suffrage.

For more information, contact Maring (554.2992 or or Becky Bohan Brown (554.2243 or

This event is being held in partnership with UNO's American Democracy Project (ADP). The ADP at UNO seeks to increase the civic engagement of its students, staff, faculty and administrators. Its goal is to help fuel the development of an informed and contributing citizenry for the United States in the 21st century. For more information about the ADP at UNO, visit the Web at

UNO Participants Sought for Corporate Cup

All UNO students, employees and their families can participate in the upcoming 28th annual Omaha Corporate Cup Run/Walk. The 10K run or 2-mile walk takes place Sunday, Sept. 21, at 8:15 a.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

"We hope the UNO community will step out and join the ranks of the hundreds of companies, represented by thousands of runners and walkers during our university's Centennial year," said Dave Daniels, assistant director of health and wellness. "Since 1981, this annual event has offered the metro community a recreational activity for a good cause."

UNO students and employees who are Campus Recreation activity cardholders can sign up for $15. The cost is $19 for families of activity cardholders and UNO students and employees without an activity card. Participants can choose from the 10K run or 2-mile walk.

Team T-shirts are optional. To receive a T-shirt participants must sign up before Friday, Sept. 12. All participants will receive an American Lung Association cup and food and drink before and after the race.

To register, stop by 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building before the Friday, Sept. 19, noon registration deadline.

For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008 or Jessica Dozark at 554.3917.

Campus Security Offers Advice on Magazine Solicitors

Campus Security staff encourages the UNO community to heed the following advice on dealing with potential magazine solicitation scams.

Typical magazine solicitors are in their late teens or early twenties, both male and female, and blend in on college campuses. Some claim to be working on class projects for the UNO School of Communication, UNO Television or KVNO. Others claim to be working toward a scholarship and some, accurately, represent themselves as magazine solicitors.

The Omaha City Code requires a solicitor to obtain a permit to solicit within the city limits, as well as permission to solicit on university property. Magazine solicitors rarely, if ever, have the necessary permit and, as of yet, have never been given permission to solicit on UNO property, said Paul Kosel, assistant manager of UNO security and traffic.

"In most cases, magazine subscription solicitors work as independent contractors or for contractors, but not for the company for whom they solicit," Kosel said. "The potential customer may or may not actually receive a magazine subscription and runs the risk of being scammed."

In some cases, although not yet at UNO, the solicitor uses the sales pitch as a pretense for criminal actions, Kosel said. At UNO, the solicitors can most frequently be found near the Milo Bail Student Center, Criss Library and student housing.

"I'd strongly encourage everyone at UNO not to speak with these solicitors and to contact Campus Security with a location and description of the individual," Kosel said.

Campus Security can be reached at 554.2648.

"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.

At the Sept. 15 event, NiC faculty group 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.

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 first takes place Friday, Sept. 12.

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

September TIAA-CREF Schedule

This is the pA TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees Sept. 16, 23 and 30.

Appointments for one-on-one employee counseling sessions can be made by calling Gennie Pettit at 548.3600 or by visiting the Web at