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UNO Team Cycles to No. 1

The first-place UNO Bicycle Commuter Challenge team from left to right: David Daniels, Rita Sterkel, David Corbin, Peter Wolcott and John Noble (team captain). To receive the honor, the five attended the recent Activate Omaha awards ceremony. The team was supported by UNO's Campus Recreation program. For details, see the story in today's People section.


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Centennial Barbecue Registration Deadline Nears

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Faculty, staff and the public who want to attend the Centennial Barbecue and Reception – set for Friday evening, Oct. 10 – need to register by noon on Oct. 3.  There will be no walk-up registration the day or night of the party.

"We know the barbecue will be a great evening for UNO," said Lee Denker, president and CEO of the UNO Alumni Association.  "We've extended the registration deadline a bit to get more of our campus community involved."

The barbecue takes place the evening before homecoming and more than 200 have already registered.  Registration is necessary so event organizers can plan and prepare.  Tickets for the event are $25 and cover food, beverages and entertainment.

Denker said the evening is all-inclusive – once attendees are at the Fieldhouse, everything will be taken care of.

"This is a unique event for UNO, and one that everyone can enjoy," he said.  "The food and music will be great, but more important than that is simply providing a place where people can celebrate all that UNO does.  We want it to be a great mix of alumni, staff, faculty and community supporters. "

UNO Chancellor John Christensen will speak at the event.  Doors at the Fieldhouse open at 6 p.m.

Registering for the barbecue – or other upcoming Centennial events – can be done online at  It's a one-stop location for event information, as well.

For more information or to register by phone, call 554.4887.

TeamMates Mentor Training Today

The UNO Service-Learning Academy will sponsor TeamMates mentoring training today, 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 For more information, visit or contact Shelley Henderson at  All participants are invited to bring a lunch, and refreshments will be served.

Voter Documentary Screening at CB Tonight

A screening of "18 in '08," a new documentary directed and produced by 19-year-old David D. Burstein of Weston, Conn., takes place at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 30 at the Collaborating Commons, inside the new College of Public Affairs and Community (CB) 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 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. Voter registration will be available at the event.

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.

OLLAS Cinemateca Series Continues Tonight with "Lucia"

The Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) "Cinemateca" series continues tonight, Sept. 30, with "Lucia" 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. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, with OLLAS and the Department of Political Science, will help lead the post-show discussion. Read more.

Classical 90.7 KVNO Fall 2008 Pledge Drive Begins Oct. 1

Classical 90.7 KVNO will kick off its seven-day Fall 2008 Pledge Drive at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1.  As the only all-classical music station in the state, KVNO raises more than 50 percent of its annual operating revenue through community financial contributions. Opportunities for volunteering are still available.

"KVNO relies on listeners that pledge donations and sponsors that underwrite our programs," said Kim Balkovec, KVNO membership manager. "We could not do what we do without the community, and we remain extremely grateful for its generosity and loyalty."

Omaha's premier public radio station, Classical 90.7 KVNO, serves and enriches the local, national and world community through unique arts programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. The station provides invaluable educational opportunities for UNO students through training and employment in a professional environment. KVNO staff remains committed to involving an increasing number of listeners, to advancing the excellence and growth of the arts, to maximizing the value of the station's services through communication technologies, and to assuming a national leadership role in public broadcasting.

Additional information about making a donation or volunteering during the pledge drive is available by calling 559.5866.

Nominations Sought for Emerging Leaders

The Office of Student Organization and Leadership Programs will accept Leaders nominations from Wednesday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 31. 

The program helps students develop skills needed to become better leaders in every aspect of their lives.

To be eligible for the program, students must have a 2.5 GPA and be currently enrolled at the university/paying university fees. If a student does not have an established UNO GPA, they must have a 2.5 for fall semester, if selected.  Students must be nominated by faculty or staff.

The nomination link is available at Call Barb Treadway-Janousek at 554.2711 with questions or for more information.

College of Public Affair and Community Service Open House

The campus community and public can see the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) facilities at an open house/reception on Friday, Oct. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m.  The celebration will include plenty of food, fun, music and a drawing for an iPod Touch courtesy of the Division of Continuing Studies.  For more information contact Kathy Menke at 554.4832.

Applications for Newspapers in Curricula Available at FacConnect Calendar

Applications for Newspapers in Curricula are located on the FacConnect Calendar. To download an application, visit 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 Sather at or Maria Knudtson at

Today's Office Professional Conference Oct. 17

The 2008 Today's Office Professional Conference takes place Friday, Oct. 17, at the Educational Service Unit #3 Conference Center, 6949 South 110th St.

The event, presented by the Nebraska Business Development Center, runs from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference is designed for administrative assistants, secretaries, support staff and office managers. The $149 enrollment fee includes a continental breakfast, a gourmet lunch, training materials and parking.

To enroll and access the list of speakers and presentations, visit For more information, contact Chris Flott at 595.2900 or

The Nebraska Business Development Center is a unit of the UNO College of Business Administration.


UNO Team Takes First in Activate Omaha Bicycle Commuter Challenge
This past summer, 52 UNO employees represented the university by participating in ActivateOmaha's Bicycle Commuter Challenge. Over a 14-week period, the team completed 846 bicycle commutes totaling 9,265 miles. 

"That was good enough to allow UNO to win first place in Division B," said John Noble, associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and co-captain.

The division UNO won includes Omaha workplaces with 1,000-2,000 employees that had registered for the competition. The team, which was comprised of 52 members, was supported by UNO's Campus Recreation program.

In the Bicycling Commuter Challenge, local businesses were encouraged to ask employees to commute to work by bike as often as possible during the summer months. Each week, participants tallied the bicycle miles they accumulated and sent the information to a team leader, who submitted the count to the Activate Omaha office.

"At an EPA estimated 21 miles a gallon, this equates to a savings of 441.2 gallons and $1,654 (at $3.75/gallon)," Dr. Noble said. 

Activate Omaha is a community-wide initiative to promote physical activity throughout the city of Omaha. For more information about Activate Omaha, visit

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