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National Anthem Project Tribute Is Today

Faculty, staff, students and the Collegiate Chapter of the National Association of Music Educators will sing the national anthem today, 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 today to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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

Maverick Productions to Host Drive-In Movie Tonight

Maverick Productions (formerly SPO) will host a free scrning of the blockbuster movie "Iron Man" tonight, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. on the Pacific Street campus in lot 9.

"The programming board is excited to offer the UNO community an opportunity to enjoy this film before it is released on DVD," said Erin Cron, assistant director Student Organizations & Leadership Programs. "Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an outdoor movie on a beautiful fall evening."

For more information, contact Cron at 554. 2711.

"Centennial Moments" Debut on KVNO Oct. 8

UNO 100 Year

The story of UNO's first 100 years will be heard on Classical 90.7 KVNO beginning this fall.

KVNO listeners will enjoy "Centennial Moments" Monday through Friday starting Wednesday, Oct. 8, the first day of Centennial celebrations.

The minute-long vignettes share a variety of historical facts about UNO's origins, students, programs and even parking. KVNO on-air personalities will narrate the segments.

The "Centennial Moments" will also be archived and available for listening on UNO's Web site beginning in October.

For more information on "Centennial Moments," contact Wendy Townley at or 554.2762.

Spanish Language Materials Open House at Criss Library

Join the Criss Library for its Spanish Language Materials Open House on Thursday, Sept. 18. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at the library's outdoor garden and patio area, directly off the first floor edition.

From 4 to 6 p.m. those attending can enjoy the sounds of the Jorge Nila and the Jazz Ninjas, the tastes of Spanish desserts and see some of the 400 new Spanish language materials for the juvenile and adult collection the library has obtained from faculty and staff travels to the FIL International Book Fair in Guadalahara, Mexico. The rain location is the library's first floor gallery space.

For more information, contact Dani Herzog at 554.3213 or

Call for UCAT Conference Travel Grant Proposals for 2008-09

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces travel grants around designated themes to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. Applications are encouraged for both interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning. For a list of links to designated conferences as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on one or more of the following themes go to (  

The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Curriculum Development and Assessment;

- Diversity;

- Instructional Technology and e-Portfolios;

- Interdisciplinary Integration;

- Promoting Critical Thinking; and

- Undergraduate & Graduate Mentoring, Advising and Research.

Kath Henebry, associate professor for Finance, Banking and Law, is the 2008-09 chair of UCAT. The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended.  The committee will fund grants up to $800 for each award.  Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. 

Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development Web site ( Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application.  Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at  Hard copy submissions should be sent to "Center for Faculty Development ASH 202."  Examples of successful applications are available on the Center for Faculty Development/UCAT Web site (

For more information, contact Dr. Henebry at 554.3153 or

University Surplus Auction Set for Sept. 20

University surplus property will go on sale at a public auction on Saturday, Sept. 20. Standley Auction & Realty Co. will handle the sale, which will take place at the warehouse at 3805 N. 16th St.

The doors will open at 8 a.m., and the auction starts at 10 a.m. A full listing is available by clicking on this link.

For more information, call 554.2337.

"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 UNO. 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.

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

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.

In the News

In the News

- The Associated Press interviewed political science professors Randy Adkins and Loree Bykerk Sept. 9 about Barack Obama's interest in Nebraska voters. Dr. Adkins was also interviewed Sept. 5 by KPTM (Fox 42) about the Republican National Convention.

- KKAR (1290 AM) and NET Television interviewed Chancellor John Christensen during the Sept. 6 UNO football game against the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

- KETV (ABC 7) interviewed David Cicotello, director of student enrollment services, Sept. 5 about UNO's latest enrollment numbers. The Sept. 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald also quoted Cicotello about UNO's current enrollment and the success of the Maverick Mojo campaign.

- The Sept. 8 issue of Bosnia Daily (Sarajevo) published a guest column by Rory Conces, Department of Philosophy and Religion, about the Queer Festival in Sarajevo.

- WOWT (NBC 6) and KETV (ABC 7) interviewed Criss Library assistant professor Marvel Maring Sept. 10 about a voter registration event hosted by the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women and the American Democracy Project.

- The Sept. 9 issue of the Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) featured an article on the success of UNO's Metropolitan Advantage Program, quoting Wade Robinson, associate vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

- Editorials in the Sept. 5 and 6 issues of the Omaha World-Herald, respectively, praised UNO's recent No. 1 ranking in the Collegiate Learning Assessment and the work of Nick Stergiou, director of the Biomechanics Laboratory in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

- Steve Torres and Maria Arbelaez, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), were quoted in the Aug. 28 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about their involvement in a new film series at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater, "Cinemateca."

- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times Sept. 7 about disciplinary problems in the Chicago Police Department. Dr. Walker was also quoted in the Sept. 9 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about police department complaints.  

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

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 Ends This Weeked
Omaha's new music festival - ARTSaha! - completes its schedule of concerts and events dedicated to new music this weekend. ARTSaha! is produced by ANALOG arts ensemble in partnership with UNO. Concerts take place through Saturday, 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.

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

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

Nancy Morrow: Self-fulfilling Prophecies Continues at UNO Art Gallery
The UNO Art Gallery display of Nancy Morrow: Self-fulfilling Prophecies continues through Friday, Oct. 3. The solo exhibition features work by Nancy Morrow, an associate professor at Kansas State University.

The collection is a series of paintings and assemblages exploring the relationship between self-identity and culture through visual representations of sexuality, consumption, the temptation of luxury, food fantasies and control. Morrow builds visual layers with paint, Mylar and sheet vinyl, covering then exposing cartoon-like images and text to create narratives both personal and universal. Read more.

"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 also is scheduled as artists-in-residence on two Saturdays, Sept. 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.

During the 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.