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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.

Flag Lowering

The UNO flag is at half-staff today, Sept. 23, in honor of Jeff Detweiler, a UNO junior who passed away Sept. 16. Detweiler died in a traffic accident.

Services were held Sept. 20 in Lincoln for Detweiler, who was an architectural engineering major. The 20-year-old was a native of Lincoln.

Fall Job Fair at UNO Today, Tomorrow

Career Exploration and Outreach will host a job fair today 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.

Today, the job fair 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.

Fall Study Abroad Fair Today

The Fall Study Abroad Fair will take place on the Henningson plaza, located outside the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC), today, 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.

LGBTQI Ally Training Available Today, Tomorrow

The UNO Safe Space Committee will offer two ally training sessions this week – today and Wednesday, Sept. 24. Participants only need to attend one session and are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check in.

The dates and locations:
- Today, 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.

Panel Discussion Today on the RPT Process

The Center for Faculty Development Pre-Tenure Mentoring group will host a panel discussion on "Understanding the Reappointment, Promotion & Tenure (RPT) Process," today, 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. 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.

Questions and discussion topics can be sent to Barbara Pickering at

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.

OLLAS Cinemateca Series Continues Tonight with "Spirit of the Beehive"

The Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) "Cinemateca" series continues tonight, Sept. 23, with "Spirit of the Beehive" 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. Steven Torres, with OLLAS and the Department of Foreign Languages, will help lead the post-show discussion. Read more.

Voter Documentary Screening is Sept. 30

A screening of "18 in '08," a new documentary directed and produced by 19-year-old David D. Burstein of Weston, Conn., will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Collaborating Commons, inside the new College of Public Affairs and Community (CPACS) building.

"18 in '08" shines the spotlight on Americans who will vote in their first presidential election this fall. The documentary, which also discusses voter apathy among young Americans, features interviews with political leaders such as Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska; Sen. Barbara Boxer of California; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; political consultant James Carville; Gen. Wes Clark; Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut; and ABC News political correspondent Sam Donaldson.

Burstein and his film crew will attend the UNO screening. Visit for more information about the film, or call Sara Woods at 554.3914. A group discussion will follow the film.

The event is part of Democracy Matters: Building Social Capital Through Public Dialogue, a new, monthly series of community forums, debates and guest lectures hosted by CPACS and UNO.

Wellness Stampede Hosts "Winning With Wellness" Challenge

The Wellness Stampede, UNO's health promotion program will present a challenge to the campus community for the fall. The "Winning with Wellness Challenge" starts Sunday, Oct. 5, and runs until Saturday, Nov. 1.  All faculty, staff and students can participate. Deadline for registration is Monday, Sept. 29.

"This year's wellness challenge promotes all participants to increase their physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption to the recommended amounts," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs.

The Wellness Challenge will follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food pyramid. To view the USDA food pyramid, click on this link.

"In addition, there is a smoking/tobacco category to encourage participants 14 and older to quit and/or attend meetings," Daniels said. "Participants ages 2 to 13 will work to increase water consumption instead of having a tobacco category."

A drawing for one winner in each category will be conducted in November. Prizes include:

- Child category
Birthday package to CoCo Keys Water Resort

- Adult category
Vacation getaway package valued at $1,000.

Registration fee is $1. To register, stop by the Campus Recreation located in 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008.

Participants Sought for Gait Study at HPER Biomechanics Lab

Healthy subjects -- older adults above 65 years of age -- are needed to participate in a study taking place in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Biomechanics Laboratory. The study is investigating the effects of attention and perception on walking behavior.

Ideal participants should be over 65 years of age, right-handed, native English speaking and free from any lower limb orthopedic pathologies such as joint replacement or knee ligament injuries. Subjects would take part in two 90-minute sessions that involve a variety of tasks including walking, attention and verbal tasks, like reading words or naming pictures projected on a screen. For participation, subjects will receive a full analysis of their gait profile.

Data will be collected using the state-of-the-art laboratory-based motion capture system identical to the equipment used for motion picture special effects and video games. Sessions will take place at a scheduled time during the next few weeks.

Further details will be provided to any interested parties. For further information, contact Sara Myers at 554.3225 or or Dr. Leslie Decker at 554.3442 or

TIAA-CREF October Dates Announced

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees this October.

Dates and times are:

- Tuesday, Oct. 7
8 a.m. to noon

- Wednesday, Oct. 15
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Tuesday, Oct. 21
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

All one on one counseling sessions will be scheduled through TIAA-CREF's new Scheduling and Service Group by calling 800-732-8353 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST. Calls before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m. can be directed to 866.842.2908 or 548.3600, to leave a message at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office.

Please note that the web page used previously will no longer be accessible to schedule sessions.

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.

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:

- Today, Sept. 23
8 a.m. to noon

- Sept. 25 and 29
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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

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

Centennial Opening Weekend Volunteers Sought

UNO will kick off its 100th anniversary with many activities Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 8-12, Centennial Kickoff Week.

Volunteers are needed to assist with events on Friday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 11. Anyone wanting to volunteer can contact Jennifer Forbes-Baily at or 554.3419.


Backora, Freeman Honored at Regents Meeting
Geri Backora and Roxie Freeman, both clerical assistants III with Athletics, were recognized at the Sept. 5 Board of Regents meeting in Lincoln.  Backora and Freeman were UNO Employees of the Month in April and June, respectively.

For more details, visit

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