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Durango Days Community Service

As part of the annual Durango Days program, UNO freshmen are asked to volunteer for a variety of projects in Omaha. This year 80 freshmen volunteered to work at seven different Omaha agencies such as the Hope Center and the Omaha Children's Museum. The UNO students pulled weeds, worked in a gift shop, cleaned and organized materials for the agencies.

Organizational and Leadership Author on Campus Oct. 9

Monty Van Wart, noted author, educator and expert on public and nonprofit leadership, will visit campus Thursday, Oct. 9, to provide a workshop and a presentation in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CB) Building's Collaborating Commons.

Dr. Van Wart is professor and chair of the Department of Public Administration at the California State University in San Bernardino. He has authored five books, and his scholarly work has appeared in more than 40 publications. Some of his areas of research include administrative leadership, human resource management, training and development, administrative values and ethics. 

At UNO, Dr. Van Wart will conduct an "Organizational and Leadership Assessments" workshop. It will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $25 and includes a copy of his book, Leadership in Public Organizations.  For registration details, click on this link. UNO students can attend the event for free, but to receive a book must pay the $25 fee.

He will also deliver a free presentation that same day on "Grow' Your Leadership—It Matters!"  From 3:30 to 5 p.m. he will highlight the importance of good leadership in the public and nonprofit sectors. 

For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at 554.2625 or rsheibalcarver@unomaha.edu.

Deadline Today for "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. The last day for registration is today, 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.

UNO PR Students to Host Italian Night Dinner at The Durham Museum

The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the School of Communication will host "La Notte Italiana" on Sunday, Oct. 5. UNO's fifth annual Italian Night benefit dinner will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Durham Museum Swanson Hall, 801 S. 10th St.

The dinner will feature authentic Italian cuisine from more than 20 local restaurants. This year the event will include live music and a silent auction. All proceeds help the PRSSA student chapter pay for student travel, competitions, service projects and special events such as the School of Communication Graduation Breakfast.

Tickets cost $25 for adults; $15 for students; and $5 for children under 12. They can be purchased from Karen Weber, PRSSA faculty adviser, in ASH 140-E, from a PRSSA member or at the door. For more information, contact Weber at 554.2246 or kweber@unomaha.edu.

For more information, contact Keegan Niederdeppe, PRSSA vice president of recruitment and co-director of Maverick Solutions, at 578.7438 or e-mail keeganrae@gmail.com.

Free Blood Pressure Screening Offered in HPER

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Exercise Physiology Lab will host a free blood pressure screening Monday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held in the HPER Building, near the first floor entrance. It is open to all faculty, staff and students can take part.

For more information, contact the Exercise Physiology Lab at 554.3221.

TeamMates Mentor Training Sept. 30

The UNO Service-Learning Academy will sponsor TeamMates mentoring training Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.  Three sessions, led by TeamMates representative Tom Miller, are available: 9 to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m.

TeamMates is a school-based mentoring program with a mission to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potentials. The three sessions are open to all university administration, faculty, staff and students.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development, 220 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/synergy or contact Shelley Henderson at shenderson@mail.unomaha.edu.  All participants are invited to bring a lunch, and refreshments will be served.

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.

Voter Documentary Screening This Tuesday

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 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 http://www.18in08.com 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.

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 today, Sept. 29, and Tuesday, Sept. 30. 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:

- Today, Sept. 29
Pep Bowl, near the south entrance of the Eppley Administration Building
1 to 3 p.m.

- Tuesday, Sept. 30
"18 in 08" Screening
Collaborating Commons, inside the new College of Public Affairs and Community (CB) Building

7 to 8:30 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/.

UNO Child Care Center Open House Oct. 1

The UNO Child Care Center will host its annual open house on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

"We invite you to stop by the Child Care Center to see how the university's youngest students are learning," said Dawn Hove, manager of the Child Care Center.

The Child Care Center is located on the west end of campus between the Alumni Center and the newest parking structure.

For more information, call Hove at 554.4936.

Fall Tuition and Fees Due Oct. 7

Tuition billing statements were generated Sept. 19 for the remaining fall 2008 balance. Unless a paper billing was requested, an e-bill notification was sent to all UNO student e-mail accounts. The due date for that remaining balance will be Tuesday, Oct. 7. Amounts not paid by the appropriate due date are subject to late payment fees.

Cashiering/Student Accounts Office in 109 Eppley Administration Building will remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 7. To avoid waiting in line on the due date:

- Payments may be mailed to the address listed on the payment stub (allow a few business days for mailing time - payments must be in the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office on or before the due date to avoid late payment fees);

- Deposited in the drop-box located at the north end of the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office (drop-box can be accessed from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.); or

- Made by credit card on the Web at http://cashiering.unomaha.edu/.

TIAA-CREF October Dates Announced

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

Dates and times:

- Tuesday, Oct. 7
Noon to 4 p.m.

- 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 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. 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.

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.