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A New Look for an Old classroom

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

What used to be 101 Engineering has a new look and feel to it. The largest lecture hall on campus, with a seating capacity of 300, is now finished as part of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CB) renovation. The hall has been furnished with new seating, soundproofing, a screen from floor to ceiling and state-of-the art electronics.

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Cross Country Opens Season

The Maverick Cross Country team opened their season last week at the UNO/Creighton Classic held at Chili Greens. UNO placed third in the meet as the Mavericks top five runners finished in places 16-20. Sophomore Lisa Tesarek of Omaha paced the Mavs with a time of 16:21, just edging out freshman Amanda Stauffer of Milford, Nebraska. Freshman Carolina Kunnemann of Imperial, Nebraska ran 16:28 to place third for UNO. Janna Brons and Mary Margaret Nelson were the fourth and fifth finishers as the Mavericks top five runners crossed the line within 25 seconds of one another.

Voter Registration Drive Continues Today

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) at UNO will staff a voter registration table today, Sept. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Criss Library.

Deputy registrars representing the Douglas County Election Commission will be on hand to help students, faculty and staff register to vote or change polling place information if a voter has moved.

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 Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.

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

World Cinema Series Continues Tonight in Eppley Auditorium

The World Cinema Series sponsored by the Department of Geography/Geology continues tonight, Sept. 10, with two films from Germany.

The first film, "Good Bye Lenin" (2003), is a comedy about the fall of the wall in Berlin in 1989.  The second film, "Run Lola Run" (1998), is also filmed in Berlin.  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

National Anthem Project to Take Place Sept. 12

Faculty, staff, students and the Collegiate Chapter of the National Association of Music Educators will sing the national anthem Friday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m. at the Henningson Memorial Campanile as part of the National Anthem Project. All are invited to sing at the celebration.

"September 12th is an important day in our nation's history. On this day, Francis Scott Key penned ‘The Star-Spangled Banner' after witnessing American forces defend Fort McHenry from British troops," said Melissa Berke, associate professor of music at UNO. "The members of the National Association for Music Education (MENC) - our nation's music teachers - want all Americans to know our national anthem and take pride in singing it together."

The National Anthem Project has been designed to raise awareness about the importance of supporting and funding school music programs. Schools across the country will be joining together Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

For more information on the National Anthem Project, visit the Web at, or contact Berke at 554.3609 or

Study Abroad Breakfast and Fair Set for Sept. 23

UNO faculty and staff are invited to breakfast with Study Abroad Program professionals on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The breakfast takes place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room. 

The annual Fall Study Abroad Fair will also be held Sept. 23 in the Henningson Plaza (outside the MBSC) following breakfast from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

"Please encourage your students to attend the fair," said Krista Cupich, study abroad advisor.

Individuals planning to attend the breakfast should R.S.V.P. to Cupich at by Wednesday, Sept. 17.

LGBTQI Ally Training for Safe Space

The UNO Safe Space committee will offer two Ally Training sessions this month. Participants only need to attend one session and are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check in.

The dates and locations:

- Tuesday, Sept. 23
1 to 4 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBS) Gallery Room

- Wednesday, Sept. 24
9 a.m. to Noon
MBSC Council Room

Ally Training is a three-hour interactive educational session meant for people who wish to understand more about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex campus community. Participants will discuss important concepts about the community, explore how anti-LGBTQI bias hurts others, and learn specific strategies for being a good ally.

Each session is limited to 12 people, so call to reserve your spot. Contact Erin Cron at 554.2711 or send an e-mail to

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

Campus Security Offers Advice on Magazine Solicitors

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.

UNO Writing Center Expands Satellite Hours

For the 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

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 placed at least two weeks before the scheduled activity. For more information, contact Chris Liewer at or 554.3520.

September TIAA-CREF Schedule

A 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 visiting the Web at