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Dr. Nick Stergiou

UNO Researcher Spotlighted

An Omaha World-Herald editorial on September 5 focused on Dr. Nick Stergiou's research into peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a circulatory disorder in which blockages occur in the peripheral arteries. Follow this link to the full story.

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Enrollment Figures Reveal Increased Student Diversity

Student diversity at UNO has reached an all-time high for the 100-year-old school. Nearly 12 percent of UNO students are classified as minorities.

"As UNO begins its 100th year serving the metropolitan area's educational needs, we couldn't be more pleased at our growing enrollment and the quality of students we are attracting from both the metro area and from Iowa," said Chancellor John Christensen. "Our enrollment numbers demonstrate that UNO's faculty and staff are helping students meet and exceed their educational and professional goals and, in turn, are sharing that satisfaction with peers who are considering where to attend college."

The number of new students from Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie counties in Iowa more than doubled, from 88 last fall to 194. Students from these three counties are taking advantage of the Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP), which, for the first time, offers tuition below out-of-state rates, but slightly higher than in-state rates.

Before MAP, Iowa students attending UNO paid the nonresident rate of $456 per credit hour. Under the new plan, they pay $232 per hour, or 150 percent of Nebraska's resident tuition.

MAP was announced in October 2007 to increase UNO's nonresident enrollment, raise the educational level in the Omaha metropolitan area and promote regional economic development.

Studies have shown that, when significant price differential is eliminated, students will attend classes where it is convenient. The new UNO tuition for MAP students will be close to the rates charged by the University of Iowa, Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa.

Of the students earning bachelor's and master's degrees at UNO this year, Hispanic males and females have enrolled at an all-time high for the university.

Specific student diversity figures are as follows:
- African Americans: 775 students (758 in 2007; up 17 students)
- Hispanics: 491 students (468 students in 2007; up 23 students)
- Asian Americans: 365 students (373 in 2007; down eight students)
- Native-Americans: 71 students (64 students in 2007; up seven students)

First-time freshmen account for 1,818 of UNO's student population, an increase of 8.2 percent when compared to fall 2007. Also, the average ACT score of UNO's incoming freshmen has increased to 23.

According to enrollment numbers collected during the first week of the fall semester, UNO now has 14,213 students, a slight increase from 14,156 students counted during the fall 2007 semester.

The number of new undergraduates this fall totaled 11,327 students, down from last year's total of 11,331. Graduate student numbers for this fall totaled 2,886, up from 2,825 last year.

Chancellor's Scholarship Swing Tops $50,000

The UNO Alumni Association teed off the Chancellor's Scholarship Swing Sept. 8 in the rain, wind and cold. By tournament's end, the sun had come out and more than $50,000 was raised for student scholarships through the association's biggest fundraiser of the year.

The UNO Alumni Association hosted the 28th annual Swing at Tiburon Golf Club, pushing the tournament's total to more than $500,000 raised since the association began hosting it 13 years ago.

"Many, many individuals worked on this tournament to ensure its success," says Sheila King, director of alumni programming and activities. "I'm especially thankful to our Swing Committee, which has logged invaluable time and expertise throughout the past year."

More than 170 golfers participated in the tournament. The Doc's Premium Dog Food team of Tim and Terry Healy and Mark Frantz posted the tourney's lowest score. Read more (including a complete list of sponsors.)

UNO Web Template Training Available

Faculty and staff interested in redesigning their college or departmental Web sites can attend a three-part, hands-on training about the UNO Web templates this October.

Stuart Wheat, UNO Webmaster, has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus. Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer training Thursdays, Oct. 2, 9 and 16, in Room 104 of the Durham Science Center (DSC). More training sessions will be added depending upon the level of interest.

Details about the training sessions are listed below.

Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
Oct. 2
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
104 DSC

This session focuses on the organizational structure of the UNO Web template and how it can be used in conjunction with existing Web site structure or to create a new structure. Several forms will diagram the site layout, to keep track of site navigation, as well as devise the naming structure. Discussion topics also include organizational elements of the template, campus examples and how to best use the template for sites. This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the Web templates.

Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development
Oct. 9
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
104 DSC

This hands-on session focuses on working with the Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page as the basis for all other pages on a site. Dreamweaver set-up and preferences will be reviewed. The primary focus of this session will be creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site, setting the page titles and working with the tabs and includes.

(Prerequisite: Web Templates I recommended.)

Web Templates III: Content and Graphics
Oct. 16
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
104 DSC

This third, and final, hands-on session will focus on completing the model Web page with the main content as well as the footer. Adding graphics and using fonts will be discussed. Once the model is completed, it won't take long to complete a fully functional Web site.

(Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.)

To register for training:
- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php.
- Select the correct month, and click "Go."
- Click the "Register" link next to the event.
- Enter a SAP personnel number. (This is the six-digit number on a picture ID. It is also on university check stubs.)
- Click "Sign Up."
- Click "OK" to confirm the personnel number.
- An e-mail will confirm the registration, and participants should add the class to their calendars.

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

To learn more about Web templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or erinking@unomaha.edu.

Call for 2008-09 UCAT Conference Travel Grant Proposals

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.

Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/ for a list of links for designated conferences and disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on one or more themes. 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 and graduate mentoring, advising and research.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through April, or until funds are expended, and 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 (CFD) Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/. 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 sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at awoll@unomaha.edu. Hard copy submissions should be sent to the CFD in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Examples of successful applications are available on the CFD/UCAT Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/. For more information, contact Kath Henebry, associate professor of finance, banking and law, and the 2008-09 chair of UCAT, at 554.3153 or khenebry@unomaha.edu.

Gun Debate Today in the MBSC

A debate about guns on college campuses takes place today, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The event 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. Read more.

Spanish Language Materials Open House Sept. 18 at Criss Library

Join Criss Library faculty and staff for the 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. attendees 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 dherzog@unomaha.edu.

Fall Job Fair at UNO Sept. 23-24

Career Exploration and Outreach will host a job fair Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. The fair features more than 110 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships.

Day one of the job fair, Sept. 23, is primarily dedicated to non-profit, government, healthcare and university-related organizations. Day two, Sept. 24, will feature for-profit organizations. Professional interview attire is expected, and students should bring copies of their resumes.

For more information about the job fair and other services, contact Career Exploration and Outreach at 554.3672 or stop by 211 Eppley Administration Building (EAB).

The Fall 2008 Job Fair is sponsored by ACI Worldwide, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Union Pacific, Securities America, Applied Underwriters, TD Ameritrade, National Indemnity, Gallup, Sitel, Harrah's Entertainment, ConAgra, Interpublic, First National Bank, C&A Industries, Northwestern Mutual, Streck, UPS, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ExxonMobil and InfoUSA.

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. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

The 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."

To register, call Kate Clark at 554.2896 or send an e-mail to mkclark@mail.unomaha.edu. Seating is limited.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/speechcenter/. To schedule an appointment, call 554.3201 or send an e-mail to unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu.

Faculty 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.

Discounted Tickets Available for The Rose Theater Season

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase tickets for The Rose Theater's 2008-09 season at a discounted price. This season's remaining shows include "The Giver," "Frosty the Snowman," "Swing, Swing, Swing!," "Petite Rouge - A Cajun Little Red Riding Hood," "The Firebird" and "Charlotte's Web."

A $75 family membership includes:
- Four tickets to each of The Rose's regular season shows;
- Member-only discounts and the first opportunity to reserve tickets for premium events, including "Disney's High School Musical!," "The Imperial Nutcracker" at the Orpheum, the all-new "Berenstain Bears Save Christmas" and "Confetti 2008";
- Discounts on theater and dance classes, summer camps and costume rentals; and
- Additional regular season show tickets for $10 each, a $6 discount off the regular box office price.

Click on the links below to download an order form and information about the shows, or call 554.2358 to have a sheet faxed to a campus office. The offer is available through Friday, Sept. 26.

Rose Order Form

Rose Shows

For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at 502.4625 or lindya@rosetheater.org.