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Work has begun on the Pacific Street Campus for the College of Business Administration's Mammel Hall. A webcam, showing construction activities, has been set up to the east of the construction site.

Building for the Future | webcam


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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UNO Students to Collect Data for Trailfest 2008

UNO students will be stationed at numerous locations along Omaha's Keystone, West Papio and Big Papio Trails on Saturday morning, Sept. 20. The students will record system-wide trail usage for Omaha Parks and Recreation and the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resource District.

UNO's Service Learning Academy and UNO Outdoor Recreation sponsor Trailfest. During each year's event students collect valuable data on Omaha trail use. The results of Trailfest 2007 can be viewed at:

For more information, contact Donald Greer at 554.2670.

Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Kicks Off Today

The Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Kick-Off takes place today, Sept. 19, starting at 2 p.m. The Collaborating Commons in the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CB) will host all event activities.

The Center for Faculty Development, Graduate Studies, Office of Sponsored Programs and Academic and Student Affairs have joined together to sponsor the kick-off 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

Today's 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 can still register a Community Engagement Link, Teaching Circle or Research Triangle at 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

Mavericks Change Time For Football Game vs. NW Missouri State


UNO announced on Tuesday that the game time for its home football game against Northwest Missouri State on Saturday, Sept. 27, has been changed to 1:30 p.m. The original kick-off had been slated for 6 p.m. at Caniglia Field. Read more.

Applications for Newspapers in Curricula Available at Facconnect Calendar

Applications for Newspapers in Curricula are up on the Facconnect Calendar. To download an application go to the Facconnect Calendar at, select October, and click on the Application link under the "October 3, UNO NiC Project Application" entry.

Registration forms should be e-mailed to Paul Sather, director of the Service-Learning Academy and American Humanics, by Friday, Oct. 3.

For more information contact Paul Sather at, or Maria Knudtson at

Parking Permit/Access Cards Still Available for Lots J and L

Parking stalls remain available in lots J and L. Commuter students, faculty and staff may purchase a permit/access card on a first-come, first-serve basis. The two lots will not be over-sold. The permit for lots J and L will be valid only in lots J and L.

The permits will also be honored in the appropriate lots at the Pacific Street and Center Street locations. Contact Campus Security at 554.2648 for more information.

Poet Lee Ann Roripaugh to Speak at Oct. 1 Missouri Valley Reading Series

On Wednesday, Oct. 1, National Poetry Series winner Lee Ann Roripaugh will read from her collection Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois University Press), which won the Crab Orchard Review Prize. This 2008 Missouri Valley Reading Series event, will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free admission. For more information, contact Miles Waggener at 554.2151.

Fall Job Fair at UNO Set for 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.

LGBTQI Ally Training Available

The UNO Safe Space Committee will offer two ally training sessions next week. 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.

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.

OLLAS Charla Series Kicks Off Sept. 30 with Multi-media Presentation

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will kick off its 2008-09 Charla Series Tuesday, Sept. 30, with a multi-media presentation by students and faculty who traveled abroad last summer to learn about the impact of globalization in Latin American cities. "Charla" is the Spanish term for conversation or chat.

The charla - titled "Urban Challenges, Globalization, and Navigating a New Culture: Lessons from a Service Learning Class in Lima, Peru" - is part of the Latino Heritage Month celebration and will take place at noon at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The event is free and open to the campus community and the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 554.3835.

In the News

In the News

- An Associated Press article quoting political science professors Randy Adkins and Loree Bykerk about Barack Obama's interest in Nebraska voters was published in the Sept. 10 issues of the Fremont Tribune (Fremont, Neb.), Scottsbluff Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.), Alliance Times-Herald (Alliance, Neb.), Kearney Hub (Kearney, Neb.) and Grand Island Independent (Grand Island, Neb.).

- The Sept. 17 issue of the Lincoln Journal Star quoted Will Austin, associate professor of teacher education, about children's issues.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Aug. 27 issue of the Columbus Telegram (Columbus, Neb.) about Nebraska residents who lack health insurance.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghan Studies, was interviewed Sept. 16 by KIOS (91.5 FM) about rebuilding efforts needed in Afghanistan.

- Student Anastasia Jackson was quoted in the Sept. 18 issue of the Omaha World-Herald following a debate about guns on college campuses. The debate was also covered by KETV (ABC 7), KPTM (Fox 42), KIOS (91.5 FM) and KFAB (1110 AM). Student Michelle Levine was interviewed for a similar story that aired on WOWT (NBC 6).

- The Sept. 9 issue of The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs, Iowa) featured an article about the Women Bound to be Active book club, organized by Jennifer Huberty from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

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

- Christine Beard, associate professor of flute at UNO, will present a guest artist recital on Monday, Sept. 29, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Westbrook Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature several works for piccolo which will appear on Beard's upcoming debut CD, and will conclude with a flute and oboe duo featuring Susan Hatch-Tomkiewicz, instructor of oboe at UNO. The recital is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Beard at 554.2685 or

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

Annual Omaha Print Fair Continues
The second annual Omaha Print Fair continues from noon to 8 p.m. tonight, Sept. 19, at the UNO Art Gallery. Participants in the fair include nationally regarded print dealers Thomas French Fine Art (Fairlawn, Ohio) and Paul McCarron Fine Prints and Drawings (New York, N.Y.), both members of the International Fine Prints Association Inc. Admission is free and the runs through Saturday, Sept. 20. Read more.

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 today, 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.