SKIP navigation
UNO eNotes Home Page

the big picture.

Victory Bell

Victory Bell

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Since 2003, the Victory Bell has been the symbol of supremacy between two-interstate rivals -- UNO and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Both teams will vie for the bell in this Saturday's match up at Al Caniglia Field. See who leads the football series between the universities by checking out the story in today's eNotes.

the Big Picture

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.

New Online Calendar of Events Launches Today

The new online UNO Calendar of Events offers a more attractive and easier-to-understand format. It launches today at

"The goal for the calendar is to get everything - sports, the arts, lectures - listed in one place," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations. "It's an important goal, particularly with the Centennial year upon us."

Users will be able to filter the calendar by date, by type of event and by sponsor. Custom RSS feeds are an additional feature that adds another dimension.

"The RSS feature lets a person have as much information - again by type of event or by organization - sent to them," Kaldahl said. "The designers of the new calendar wanted to make it as user friendly as possible."

Guidelines on submitting to the calendar are available by contacting Beverly Newsam, calendar editor and public relations technician in University Relations, at 554.2129 or Each online submission should include an event title, category, event sponsor, time and location, contact phone number and a brief description.

Before appearing on the calendar, each event is edited by University Relations for grammar and clarity. However, submissions can be posted more quickly upon request from a department or program.

"We want people to use the calendar and see it as an important tool in getting information about their events out to the campus community and the public," Newsam said. "Those who need a posting tended to right away can contact me, and I will get the information updated as fast as possible."

For more information on the new calendar, contact Kaldahl at 554.3502 or, or Newsam at 554.2129 or

UNO-UNK vie Once more for Victory Bell

For whom will the bell toll? UNO and University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) football teams play each other on Saturday, Sept. 6, each vying for the Victory Bell in a 6 p.m. game at Caniglia Field.

The 50-pound bronze Victory Bell was initiated in 2003 by the alumni associations at both schools to commemorate their longtime football series. It features brass plates etched with the scores of games played since the schools first met in 1915. Read more.

CPACS Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Democracy Matters Forums

A presentation by a presidential speechwriter and the screening of an exciting documentary on young voters are part of Democracy Matters, a new, monthly series of community forums, debates and guest lectures hosted by the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

Read more.

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, today, 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

New Dancers Sought for "The Moving Company"

The Moving Company at UNO will audition for new dancers Sunday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the 231 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Dancers do not have to prepare a dance for the audition. Mary Waugh-Taylor will teach the modern dance classes.

The Moving Company meets regularly throughout the year on Sundays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call Josie Metal-Corbin, director, at 554.3239 or visit

Speech Center Consulting Room Fall Hours

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), has started its fall hours. Hours are generally 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To make an appointment call 554.3201 or stop by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty, and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses. Visit to find out more information. Call 554.3201 or send an e-mail to to schedule an appointment.

Anyone with questions or faculty members interested in scheduling a consultant to come to classrooms to introduce students to the center and to talk about presentation skills can call the Speech Center at 554.3201 or send an e-mail to

UNO Writing Center Expands Satellite Hours

For fall semester, the UNO Writing Center's library satellite location has expanded its usual 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday hours to include evenings and weekends.

The library site is drop-in only; no appointment is necessary.

A writing consultant will be available at the library:

- Mondays
6 to 7:30 p.m.,

- Wednesdays
7:30 to 9 p.m.,

- Thursdays
6 to 7:30 p.m.

- Sundays
2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Writing Center at 554.2946 or

Surplus Property Available for Departmental Use Only

The Milo Bail Student Center has surplus tables and chairs available to the campus. The furniture may be viewed by appointment only on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Call Paula Slavin at 554.2385 to set up an appointment. The items are available on a first-come, first-choice basis.

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 Wednesday and Thursday, 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.

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 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 and 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, individuals can contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or to have their name added to a topic. For additional information, contact Kathe Oleson at 554.6019 or

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 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.

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Reminder

Effective with travel occurring on or after July 1, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile is at the rate of fifty eight and one-half cents ($.585) per mile. This rate should also be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel.

Travel occurring on or before June 30, will be reimbursed at the old rate of fifty and one-half cents ($.505) per mile.

Contact Accounting Services at 554/2320 with questions or visit the Web at

In the News

In the News

- The Omaha World-Herald quoted Randy Adkins, political science professor, in its Sept. 2 issue about President Bush's support by voters in Nebraska. Dr. Adkins was also a guest on "The Good Morning Show" on KFAB (1110 AM) Sept. 2 about John McCain's vice presidental choice.

- The Aug. 31 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about health insurance for college students where Marcia Adler, supervisor of health services, was quoted.

- Maria Arbelaez, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), was a guest Aug. 27 on "Latino Perspective" on CTI 22, available in Spanish on the Cox Communications channel lineup. Dr. Arbelaez discussed Latino Heritage Month and the OLLAS/Film Streams collaborative film series, Cinemateca. Dr. Arbelaez was also interviewed on La Preciosa (1180 AM) Sept. 2 about one of the opening films of the Cinemateca series, "Orfeu negro (Black Orpheus)."

- Chancellor John Christensen and B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, were part of a WOWT (NBC 6) story Sept. 2 about UNO's 100th anniversary.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was part of an Aug. 31 Omaha World-Herald article about abortion rates in Nebraska.

- Lourdes Gouveia, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, was quoted in the Aug. 28 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about a new film series at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater, Cinemateca.

- Freshmen Jaimie, Jade and Jenni Horton, triplet sisters from Hastings (Neb.), were featured in the Aug. 30 issue of the Omaha World-Herald.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- William L. Blizek and Michele Desmarais, philosophy and religion, co-authored a chapter, "What Are We Teaching When We Teach Religion and Film?", in Teaching Religion and Film. Edited by Gregory J. Watkins, the volume (ISBN number 978-0-19-533598-9) was published Aug. 22 by Oxford University Press is part of the American Academy of Religion Teaching Religious Studies Series.

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 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 through Sept. 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 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.

Duringthe 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

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.