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UNO was awarded the Seat Belt Safety Award from the Nebraska Safety Council recently in Lincoln. On behalf of UNO, Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs, and Jessica Dozard, graduate student for the fitness/wellness, accepted the award from Gov. Dave Heineman. Daniels and Dozard were part of the team that did periodical safety belt checks last spring. UNO scored 80 percent compliance among faculty, staff and students.

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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

Registration Under Way for Centennial Kickoff/Homecoming Week Events

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UNO's Centennial Kickoff gets closer with each day. With that in mind, the campus community and the public are encouraged to register for Centennial Kickoff/Homecoming Week events online at http://www.unoalumni.org/events/homecoming/.

"Having online information and registration is a quick and easy way for people to get an overview for all that is going on and let's them check off all that they want to attend," said Lee Denker, president and CEO of the UNO Alumni Association. "Many of the opening week events are free, but it is still important to register so we have an idea of how many to expect at each event."

Centennial Kickoff Week starts with UNO Chancellor John Christensen's state of the University address on Wed., Oct. 8. A variety of dedications and open house events on campus follow over the next few days.

"The Centennial Barbecue, will be a major all-university event, and it's something that I think faculty and staff will enjoy," Denker said. The barbecue takes place in the Sapp Fieldhouse starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, and has a casual Western theme. "We're looking at it as more than a party, but a real celebration of UNO's past, present and future."

Tickets for the Barbecue and Reception cost $25, which includes live music, a full BBQ buffet and beverages. For more information click the link above or call Julie Kaminski at 554.4887.

Latino Heritage Month Celebration Under Way at UNO

The 2008 Latino Heritage Month celebration is under way at UNO. Film screenings, a Latin dance workshop and discussions are among the planned events.

Activities are free, with the exception of the Cinemateca Film Series. Read more.

FedEx Office Demonstrations Set for Today on Campus

FedEx Office (formerly FedEx Kinko's) will host two sessions to familiarize the campus with its printing services today, Sept. 22. Both sessions will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. The first session starts at 8:30 a.m. and the second at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Ken Hultman at 554.3514.

Fall Study Abroad Fair Is Sept. 23

The Fall Study Abroad Fair will take placeon the Henningson plaza, located outside the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC), on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Students interested in unique international learning opportunities during upcoming semesters or the summer can stop by from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rain location will be the first floor of the MBSC.

UNO Language Programs, American Institute for Foreign Study, International Studies Abroad, Cultural Experiences Abroad, Institute for Foreign Study - Butler University, Academic Programs International, Australearn, ISEP, Nebraska Semester Abroad (Czech Republic) and Bethsaida Excavations will be among those programs attending the fair.

For more information, contact Krista Cupich at 554.2293.

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 this 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, so contact Erin Cron at 554.2711 or ecron@unomaha.edu to reserve a spot.

Voter Registration Events This Week on Campus

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 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 mdown@unomaha.edu or 554.2318.

The schedule:

Tuesday, Sept. 23
The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute Atrium
Noon to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 24
Arts and Science Hall
Noon to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25
Kayser Hall, second floor
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Eppley Administration Building
Noon to 2 p.m.

Fridday, Sept. 26
Debate Watch, Milo Bail Student Center
7:30 to 10 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 http://avalon.unomaha.edu/adp/.

Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshops

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Human Resources - Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host six Faculty Recruitment Workshops this fall. The next workshop takes place Wednesday, Sept. 24.

The workshops are designed for departments or schools anticipating a faculty search within two years. Participants might include deans, directors, chairs, faculty and administrative assistants. The information provided assists departments/schools in search processes that reflect UNO's commitment to faculty, staff and student diversity.

All workshops will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The remaining date and times:

- Sept. 24
2 to 2:30 p.m.

- Oct. 6
1 to 2:30 p.m.

- Oct. 16
9 to 10:30 a.m.

- Nov. 10
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

- Nov. 25
9 to 10:30 a.m.

- Dec. 5
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Each workshop will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO People Admin System and EEO guidelines and requirements. Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must attend one of these workshops. Faculty participating in searches must also attend a workshop once every two years.

For more information about the workshop, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu, James McCarty at 554.2262 or jhmccarty@mail.unomaha.edu, Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or stevebullock@mail.unomaha.edu or Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872 or sulmar@mail.unomaha.edu.

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 unofacdev@unomaha.edu. For more information, contact Lynnette Leonard at lleonard@unomaha.edu.

Civic Participation Project Grants Deadline Sept. 26

Mini-grants of up to $1,500 are available for Civic Participation Project proposals consistent with UNO's Civic Participation Project (an Academic Quality Improvement Program initiative) and the American Democracy Project, an initiative jointly sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Proposals are due Friday, Sept. 26.

Conference travel will not be funded by these grants. Recipients of funding will be notified by Oct. 7.

Proposals should be no more than two pages (including budget) and contain the following:
- Purpose of project;
- Potential student-learning outcomes consistent with AQIP campus accreditation categories: (1) helping students learn; (2) understanding students' and other stakeholders' needs; (3) planning continuous improvement; and (7) building collaboration relationships.

For more information, visit http://www.aqip.org/

Submit electronic applications to Paul Sather at psather@mail.unomaha.edu.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

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 http://www.omavs.com.