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September Employee of the Month: Larry Heck

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Larry Heck, coordinator in the Department of Teacher Education, recently was named Employee of the Month for his extraordinary dedication to helping students achieve their potentials.

Heck, a retired longtime administrator for Omaha Public Schools, has worked as an administrator for the Teacher Academy Project for several years, advising all students in the program.  His organization and efficiency are among the qualities that make him an asset to the field.

In his nomination, a colleague wrote, "Dr. Heck's excellent relationship with OPS and his caring attitude to the students who enroll in the TAP program are at the heart of what makes this program a success.  His positive approach not only encourages students, it also enriches the office atmosphere and adds to meetings conducted in the College of Education."

(Pictured above: Heck and UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)

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Star-spangled Sing-along

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Faculty, staff and students joined the UNO Collegiate Chapter of the National Association of Music Educators to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" Sept. 12 at the Henningson Memorial Campanile.  The event was part of the National Anthem Project, designed to raise awareness about the importance of supporting and funding school music programs.


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Constitution Week Celebration Begins Today at UNO

Celebrate freedom with a variety of free events planned this week on campus by the UNO Civic Participation Project. The organization seeks to engage the university community to better understand and participate in activities designed to increase civic engagement.

In addition to the following activities, artwork by children from Campfire U.S.A. will be on display on the second floor of Criss Library.

Today, Sept. 15
- Readings and reflections will be presented by the award-winning UNO Speech and Forensics team about The True Patriot, a look at the meaning of patriotism by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Fireplace Lounge

Wednesday, Sept. 17 (Constitution Day)
- Arthus Romano, renowned peace activist and winner of the Rotary World Peace Fellowship, and Michael Buzman, president of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, will participate in "Guns On Campus," a debate on the right to bear concealed weapons on campus. For more information on the debate, visit this link.
1 to 2:30 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room
(Sponsored by the Office of Academic and Students Affairs and the Department of Political Science)

Thursday, Sept. 18
- Students from Western Hills University Partnership Magnet Center will celebrate Constitution Day with "The Story of the Constitution."
Noon to 1 p.m.
College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons

- "Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership" will feature David Gergen in a simulcast of the "Governor's Lecture in the Humanities."
7:30 p.m.
MBSC Ballroom

For more information, call 554.3196.

"Centennial Moments" Debuts Oct. 8 on KVNO

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.

Voter Registration Events This Week on Campus

Need to register to vote or change your polling place? Then attend one of several voter registration events this week on campus.

The outside voter registration deadline for Nebraska residents is Friday, Oct. 17. In conjunction with the university's American Democracy Project (ADP) and Constitution Week, voter registration tables will be set up on campus this week. Deputy registrars representing the Douglas County Election Commission will help faculty, staff and students register to vote.

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will sponsor the following voter registration tables. For more information, contact Beth Down at or 554.2318.

The schedule:

- Tuesday, Sept. 16
Durham Science Center
Noon to 2 p.m.

- Wednesday, Sept. 17
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Thursday, Sept. 18
Milo Bail Student Center
Noon to 2 p.m.

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.

This event is being held in partnership with the UNO ADP, which 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

Members Sought for 2008-09 UNO Blue Line Club

Hockey enthusiasts can now join the UNO Blue Line Club (BLC) for the 2008-09 season. A variety of membership levels are available, and a portion of the fees supports UNO hockey scholarships.

BLC members are eligible for a variety of discounts and benefits:
- Membership card, which entitles member entrance to BLC functions;
- Membership pins/window cling schedule magnet;
- Monthly newsletter (students via e-mail only);
- Pre- and post-game discounts at the Hilton Omaha;
- Discounts on parking in the Hilton Omaha garage;
- Periodic discounts at the BLC booth during games;
- Discounts at local sponsors;
- E-mail updates, reminders and messages from players andcoaches;and
- Special rates to attend BLC luncheons.

To access a membership form, visit

The mission of the UNO BLC - a nonprofit booster club for Maverick hockey - is to support the Maverick ice hockey program through fund-raising activities, promote enthusiastic fan support of the program through a variety of membership activities and benefits, and to build greater interest and awareness of the sport of hockey throughout the local community with youth hockey activities and other related programs.

Since its inception, BLC members have purchased a lighted trophy case, established fifth year scholarship funds, produced a recruiting video and purchased a membership/merchandise booth.

For more information, call Shirley Fey at 554.3422.

University of Nebraska Foundation Office Announces New Location

The University of Nebraska Foundation's Omaha office is now located in the new Aksarben Village development at 2285 S. 67th St., Ste. 200, Omaha, NE 68106-2809.

The new location at 67th and Center streets brings the foundation's Omaha office in closer proximity to the UNO and University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) campuses. The new Aksarben Village is a mixed-use development consisting of office, retail, technology, entertainment and residential components.

The main telephone numbers for the Omaha office remain 502.0300 and 800.432.3216 (toll free). All fax numbers, e-mail addresses and the foundation Web site remain the same as before, as well.

For UNO/UNMC intercampus mail, mail should be addressed to 2285 S. 67th Street, Ste. 200, Omaha, NE 68106. Addresses and phone numbers for the foundation's Lincoln, Kearney and Scottsbluff offices remain the same. (See the foundation's Web site at for office addresses and phone numbers.)

"The University of Nebraska Foundation is pleased to be part of the redevelopment of the Aksarben area," said Joe Selig, senior vice president of the foundation. "Our Omaha office staff has grown significantly over the past 10 years as the fund-raising opportunities for both UNO and UNMC have increased. The Aksarben Village location is a perfect location for our employees in working closely with both campuses."

For more information, call Jennifer Arnold at 502.4919.

Missouri Valley Reading Series Opens Sept. 17 with Melissa Kwasny

Award-winning poet Melissa Kwasny will kick off the 2008-09 Missouri Valley Reading Series on Wednesday, Sept. 17. She will read from her book, Thistle (Lost Horse Press), winner of the Idaho Prize, at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 554.2151.

ITS Literacy Webinar Today in the MBSC

The 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 the 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 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

Spanish Language Materials Open House Sept. 18 at Criss Library

Join 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 addition.

From 4 to 6 p.m. those attending can enjoy the sounds of 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 Guadalajara, Mexico. The rain location is the library's first floor gallery space.

For more information, contact Dani Herzog at 554.3213 or

University Surplus Auction Set for Sept. 20

University surplus property will go on sale Saturday, Sept. 20, at a public auction. 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 of auction items is available by clicking on this link.

For more information, call 554.2337.

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 from 9 a.m. to noon. To make an appointment, call 554.3201 or stop by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty and staff with preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses. For more information, visit To schedule an appointment, call 554.3201 or send an e-mail to

Faculty members interested in scheduling a consultant to come to their classrooms to introduce students to the center and talk about presentation skills can also contact the Speech Center.

LGBTQI Ally Training Available

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 (MBSC) Gallery Room

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

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

Each session is limited to 12 people, so contact Erin Cron at 554.2711 or to reserve a spot.

Pedagogical Potential of Second Life Presentation Sept. 25

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) 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 Mon Hon Room. Refreshments will be provided.

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 - has found this space to be effective for student learning. The presentation will explore the instructional opportunities Second Life brings to higher education.

Attendees will:
- Understand how Second Life is being used in higher education;
- Explore opportunities and challenges of Second Life for the classroom; and
- Learn best practices for teaching with Second Life.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or For more information, contact Lynnette Leonard at

Maverick Watch


Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

To view upcoming athletic events, click on this link. For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at