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KVNO to Host Homecoming Open House

Classical 90.7 KVNO will open its doors to homecoming participants on Saturday, Oct. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. For the Centennial celebration, the campus and Omaha communities are invited to tour the studio, visit with on-air personalities and leave a message for other KVNO listeners. The studio is located in the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. Refreshments will be provided.

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Denker, Weber Preview Centennial

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO Alumni Association Director Lee Denker, left, and Del Weber, former UNO chancellor, spoke with 'Consider This' host Cathy Wyatt Sept. 25. The topic: UNO's upcoming Centennial celebration. The UNO Centennial episode of 'Consider This' airs on The Knowledge Network through Thursday, Oct. 2. Visit for a list of days and times.


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Global Studies and European Studies Conferences Today Through Saturday

Two conferences will convene at UNO today through Saturday, Oct. 2-4, to focus on international issues. New this year, "Conference Within a Conference: Afghanistan" will coincide with the other conferences and discuss a variety of topics involving Afghanistan, including natural resources, reconstruction and the country's future.

Conference activities will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) on the UNO campus. All events - except for the Oct. 2 "Global Studies Conference: Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East" (GSC) dinner/keynote address and Oct. 3 luncheon/keynote address - are free to UNO faculty, staff and students. Read more.

15th Annual Bell Tower Challenge Oct. 22

Teams are sought for the 15th annual Bell Tower Challenge, which will promote a "100 for 100" campaign this year to celebrate the UNO Centennial. The event kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 22, at noon at the Henningson Memorial Campanile.

Teams of three people will stack cans as the bell tower strikes noon. The team that stacks the most cans wins. There are also prizes for the most creative team and the most enthusiastic team. The two divisions for prizes are students and faculty/staff.

The UNO Bell Tower Challenge - sponsored by the campus chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, a national professional health education honorary - has helped raise more than 36,000 pounds of food for the Omaha Food Bank in the past 14 years. Any individual or team that donates at least 100 food cans will receive a special commemorative certificate. Those who wish to contribute but can't participate in the Bell Tower Challenge can contribute $100, 100 quarters or 100 cans of food.

According to Nancy Lee of the Food Bank, their staff is working hard to provide additional food to the pantries and meal sites it serves during tough economic times. "Demand is starting to outstrip supply as more and more families need assistance," she said.

For Bell Tower Challenge contest rules and an entry form, visit Participants must be registered by noon on Friday, Oct. 17, to win an award.

For more information, contact David E. Corbin, faculty sponsor of Eta Sigma Gamma, or Shandy Ramet, president of Eta Sigma Gamma, at 554.2670. Food cans not used for stacking, and/or additional monetary donations, can be delivered to 207 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Financial Stability Conference Set for Oct. 20

The financial conference "Get on Board: Moving Nebraskans Toward a Better Tomorrow - Pathways to Financial Stability" is planned for Monday, Oct. 20, at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. The event is designed for employers, community agencies, policy makers, financial service providers, financial educators, church and community leaders, and financial stability advocates.

Several national speakers will present at the conference, including Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post syndicated columnist; Annemarie Bailey Fowler, Opportunity @ Work; Inger Giuffrida, The Assets Alliance; Kim Pate, Corporation for Enterprise Development; and Beadsie Woo, The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Conference topics are:
- Issues and trends in financial education and asset building, and how they affect the workplace and community;
- Innovative strategies to promote financial stability among diverse consumers;
- Opportunities for engaging new partners in efforts and actions that lead to financial stability; and
- Ideas for continuing policy initiatives and changes.

Event sponsors include the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Financial Stability Partnership, Opportunity @ Work, Voices for Children in Nebraska, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City - Omaha Branch and the Nebraska Financial Education Coalition.

To register and view the agenda, visit For more information, contact Melanie Kiper at or 561.7585.

UNO to Host Second DebateWatch 2008 Tonight

Omaha residents will voice their opinions on the issues after viewing the presidential and vice-presidential debates at a series of non-partisan events sponsored by the UNO School of Communication and the Civic Participation Project. UNO will host the second DebateWatch 2008 tonight, Oct. 2, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

DebateWatch 2008 will continue Tuesday, Oct. 7, and Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Alumni Center. Orientation for the event begins at 7:30 p.m., and the debates will last 90 minutes, starting at 8 p.m. Small group discussions will follow the debates. Parking is available at the Alumni Center. Read more.

Members Sought for 2008-09 UNO Blue Line Club

Hockey enthusiasts can now join the UNO Blue Line Club (BLC) for the 2008-09 season. A variety of membership levels are available, and a portion of the fees supports UNO hockey scholarships.

BLC members are eligible for a variety of discounts and benefits:
- Membership card, which entitles member entrance to BLC functions;
- Membership pins/window cling schedule magnet;
- Monthly newsletter (students via e-mail only);
- Pre- and post-game discounts at the Hilton Omaha;
- Discounts on parking in the Hilton Omaha garage;
- Periodic discounts at the BLC booth during games;
- Discounts at local sponsors;
- E-mail updates, reminders and messages from players and coaches; and
- Special rates to attend BLC luncheons.

To access a membership form, visit

The mission of the UNO BLC - a nonprofit booster club for Maverick hockey - is to support the Maverick ice hockey program through fund-raising activities, promote enthusiastic fan support of the program through a variety of membership activities and benefits, and to build greater interest and awareness of the sport of hockey throughout the local community with youth hockey activities and other related programs.

Since its inception, BLC members have purchased a lighted trophy case, established fifth-year scholarship funds, produced a recruiting video and purchased a membership/merchandise booth.

For more information, call Shirley Fey at 554.3422.

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

PR Students to Host Italian Night Dinner Oct. 5

The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the School of Communication will host "La Notte Italiana" ("Italian Night") on Sunday, Oct. 5. The fifth annual benefit dinner will take place from 5 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 like the School of Communication Graduation Breakfast.

Tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for children under age 12. They can be purchased from Karen Weber, PRSSA faculty adviser, in 140E Arts and Sciences Hall, from a PRSSA member or at the door. For more information, contact Weber at 554.2246 or

For more information, contact Keegan Niederdeppe, PRSSA vice president of recruitment and co-director of Maverick Solutions, at 578.7438 or

UNO Math-Science, Speech, Writing Centers Open House Oct. 13

Three UNO centers that assist with assignments, presentations and papers will hold an open house Monday, Oct. 13. The workshop - sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) - takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The workshop presenters:
- Marlina Davidson, communication instructor and Speech Center consulting coordinator;
- Dorianne Richards, English lecturer and director of the UNO Writing Center; and
- Dana Richter-Egger, assistant professor of chemistry and director of the Math-Science Learning Center.

The workshop will highlight:
- Student support (tutoring, study groups, supplemental instruction and peer mentoring);
- Collaboration with faculty and other campus units with related missions;
- Assessment of science education effectiveness;
- UNO's "Speaking Across the Curriculum" Program and the Speech Center's Basic Course Room and Speech Consulting Room; and
- The Writing Center's individual consultations and writing workshops.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or Participants are invited to bring their lunches, and desserts and drinks will be provided.

Adults Sought for Problem Gambling Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry needs research volunteers, 19 years-of-age and older, to evaluate an investigational treatment for pathological gambling - a disorder affecting more than two million adults.

Study evaluation and medication will be provided at no cost to those who meet eligibility requirements.

Symptoms of pathological gamblers include:
- Being preoccupied with gambling and needing to gamble with increasing amounts of money;
- Being unsuccessful in efforts to cut back or stop gambling; and
- Being criticized by others for gambling.

For more information, call 552.6005 or send an e-mail to