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Star-spangled Sing-along

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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.


  • Commencement
  • Rock Poster

15-passenger Van Policy Announced

Effective immediately, UNO will no longer use 15 passenger vans for university-sponsored travel.  The largest vans will be 12 passenger vans.

"This policy is very much about safety and about what's best for the university," said Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance.  "Other universities have implemented similar policies and we expect more will go this route, as well."

Fifteen passenger vans have especially high centers of gravity and, with large numbers of occupants, that center shifts even higher and rearward.  The end result is a greater likelihood for a driver to lose control.

 In addition to no longer using 15 passenger vans, the university's revised large passenger van policy also prohibits roof mounted loads and trailer towing.  The policy also re-emphasizes that university-sponsored travel drivers must ensure that passengers wear seatbelts and that drivers must not use cell phones while driving.  Drivers are also limited to no more than 400 miles of driving a day and driving is not permitted between 1 and 5 a.m.

eNotes will announce future van driver safety training sessions.

 "Our policy spells out what we believe are common sense approaches to travel," Conley said.  "We want students, staff and faculty traveling safely.  It's that simple."

For a full copy of the new policy, click here – New Large Passenger Van Policy.

Voter Registration Drive Continues Today

Need to register to vote or change a 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 through Thursday, Sept. 18. 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:

- Today, 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 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

OLLAS Cinemateca Series Continues Tonight with "Under the Same Moon"

The Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) "Cinemateca" series continues tonight, Sept. 16, with "Under the Same Moon" at 6:30 p.m. at Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Webster St.

The "Cinemateca" series is being held this month in conjunction with OLLAS and Film Streams. Post-show discussion leaders include Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology/anthropology, Ramon Guerra with OLLAS and the Department of English, and Kristin Fearnow with Justice For Our Neighbors. At tonight's showing viewers will receive free small popcorn with the purchase of a ticket. Read more.

Gun Debate Sept. 17 at UNO

A debate about guns on college campuses will take place Wednesday, Sept. 17 at UNO. The 1 p.m. event will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom and is part of Constitution Week activities.    

The debate will feature Scott Lewis, a senior advisor for a national organization lobbying to get concealed carry permits legalized on college campuses, and Arturo Romano, a national and internationally recognized peace worker.    

Co-hosts of the event include the American Democracy Project and Democracy Matters: Building Social Capital Through Public Dialogue, a new series of community forums, debates and guest lectures at UNO.    

Additional event sponsors include: College of Public Affairs and Community Service; Department of Political Science; Office of Academic and Student Affairs; Dual Enrollment Program; and the Association for the Study of Free Institutions.   

ITS Offers Training for New Office 2007

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer hands-on training sessions to transition users to the new Office 2007 this week and next week.

"These sessions are designed to help you make a smooth change from Office 2003 to Office 2007 and to acquaint you with the new features now available," said Erin King, instructional design specialist for ITS. "Please be aware that ITS added Office 2007 to all of our open computer labs and hi-tech classrooms. Beginning in the fall 2008 semester, Office 2003 will no longer be available in these labs and hi-tech rooms."

Thursday, Sept. 18
1 to 2:30 p.m.
007A Roskens Hall (RH)

Monday, Sept. 22
1:30 to 3 p.m.
104 Durham Science Center

Wednesday, Sept. 24
1 to 2:30 p.m.
007A RH

"These sessions will not teach users the base program, but rather the differences between the two versions," King said. "You will need to have a good working knowledge of each application before attending the sessions."

To sign up for these sessions:

- Go to;

- Select "September" from the drop down menu on the right and click "Go";

- Enter a SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);

- Click "Sign Up"; and

- Click "Ok" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration. A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

Sept. 18 Symposium to Kick Off Annual Omaha Print Fair

Joslyn Art Museum and the UNO Art Gallery will co-sponsor a free symposium on "Why We Collect," Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery. Read more.

Gergen's Sep. 18 Lecture to be Simulcast in MBSC

The 13th Annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities, featuring David Gergen, author of  the bestseller "Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton," will be  simulcast at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. 

Gergen will deliver the free lecture, "Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America," live at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. Read more.

Round Table Topics and Facilitators Announced for Sept. 19 Event

The Center for Faculty Development announces the Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Kick-Off. The event takes 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.

Round table topics and facilitators:

Framework for Community Engagement
BJ Reed
The possible foci might include: Serving specific populations; Geographic areas; Special interest groups such as cultural arts, elderly, or other substantive areas.

Mechanisms for Coordination and Management of Community Engagement
Kathe Oleson
Possible topics might include: The institutionalization of various policies, organization, financing, structure, practices, procedures, contractual agreements, etc; in working with community organizations to advance and expand the continuum of engagement at UNO.

Best Practices of Community Engagement
Paul Sather
The foci would possibly be examining the exemplary examples of community engagement nationally/internationally/locally as possible models of practice for institutionalization at UNO including criteria, selection and awards.

Interdisciplinary Models of Community Engagement
David Ogden
The foci might include areas of developing protocol, teams, methods of implementation, expanding current models, exploring new collaborative partners and models of engagement.

Impact of Community Engagement and Service Learning Projects on Teaching and Research
Russ Smith
The foci could address: Topics of interest in community "field" research- assessing, measuring, publishing, etc; the integration of community engagement within promotion and tenure, including exploring best academic models.

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

Panel Discussion "Understanding the Reappointment, Promotion & Tenure Process" Set for Sept. 23

The Center for Faculty Development Pre-Tenure Mentoring group will host a panel discussion on "Understanding the Reappointment, Promotion & Tenure (RPT) Process," Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U monhon Room.

The workshop will be in a moderated panel format, so send questions and topics for discussion to Barbara Pickering at Panel participants include: Gail Baker, dean of College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; Lynn Harland, associate dean of College of Business; Susan Maher, chair of Department of English; and Juan Casas, associate professor of Department of Psychology.

Topics will include:

- An overview of university guidelines;

- Beginning a portfolio; and

- Planning for the tenure process.

For more information contact Dr. Pickering at 554.2204 or Refreshments will be provided.

September FEAP Hours Offered

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The September schedule:

- September 17, 25 and 29
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

- September 23
8 a.m. to noon

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

GSO to Present Safer Sex Cabaret on Sept. 18

The campus community and public can join UNO's Gender & Sexual Orientation (GSO) Student Agency as they present the Safer Sex Cabaret on Thursday Sept. 18, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is an educational program on safer sex practices and safer sex alternatives.

The objective of Safer Sex Cabaret is to promote individual exploration and empowerment concerning a person's sense of desire, limits and options with respect to intimate relationships with themselves and others.

Co-sponsors include UNO Student Health Services, UNO Women's Resource Center, UNO Counseling Services, YWCA, Planned Parenthood and Nebraska AIDS Project.

For more information contact the GSO office at 554.4846 or

UNO Corporate Cup Deadline This Friday

All UNO students, employees and their families can participate in the 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. The registration deadline is this Friday, Sept. 19, by noon.

"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.

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.

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. Contact Erin Cron at 554.2711 or to reserve a spot.


UNO PR Students Earn Top Honors in National Organ Donation Competition
A team of UNO public relations students tied for first place in the 2008 National Organ Donor Awareness Competition.

The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), sponsored by the School of Communication, has won first place awards in this national competition in 2004 and 2006 and a third place award in 2007. Read more.

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