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Oliver B. Pollak

Zero to 65 in 80 Semesters

by Oliver B. Pollak

I am approaching my 65th birthday, with nearly 80 semesters of teaching, not including summer school. My 34 years at UNO comprise one-third of our campus's 100 year existence. ...continue

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Centennial Moments

The history of UNO's 100 years is brought to life through 'Centennial Moments,' minute-long stories airing daily at noon on Classical 90.7 KVNO. Check back each week for new features as UNO celebrates its Centennial beginning October 8.

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  • Commencement
  • Rock Poster

2008 UNO-United Way Campaign Kicks Off Oct. 13

The 2008 UNO-United Way Campaign officially begins Monday, Oct. 13.  This year's theme is "Live United" and the campaign runs through Friday, Nov. 7.

UNO faculty and staff will receive a user name and password in an e-mail message sent to their UNO e-mail address and will have the option of designating a particular organization as well as donating to the general fund. Employees who need help in using the system may come to the Human Resources Office, EAB 205, or call 554.2321. 

Drawing prizes for those who take part in the campaign include a month of "Rock Star" parking; an evening at the Marriott with breakfast for two; UNO hockey tickets; tickets to the Holland Center for a concert and tickets to the Omaha Community Playhouse,

Gifts to the United Way address the root causes of the most serious health and human services needs in our community.  United Way funds programs and services that thousands of individuals and families count on to help them reach their full potential.

HR staff encourages the UNO community to take a part of the change by giving to United Way as a part of UNO's team. 

"We all win when a child succeeds in school, when parents find financial independence and families have good health," said Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance.  "Together united, we can inspire hope and create better opportunities for a better tomorrow.  That's what it means to ‘Live United."

Fall Tuition and Fees Due Today

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 today, Oct. 7. Amounts not paid by the appropriate due date are subject to late payment fees.

The Cashiering/Student Accounts Office in 109 Eppley Administration Building will remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. To avoid waiting in line:

- Deposit payments 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

- Make payment by credit card on the Web at

Information on billing and refund policies, along with information on other services of the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office, may be found on the Web at  For account questions, call 554.2324.

UNO to Host Next 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 third DebateWatch 2008 tonight, Oct. 7, at the Thompson Alumni Center.

DebateWatch 2008 will continue on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Thompson Alumni Center. The orientation for both events begin at 7:30 p.m., and the debates will last 90 minutes beginning at 8 p.m. Small group discussions will follow the debates. Parking will be available in any campus parking lot and at the Thompson Alumni Center. Read more.

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. 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 or 554.2318.

The schedule:

Today, Oct. 7
- University Village
Noon to 2 p.m.

- DebateWatch
Thompson Alumni Center
7:30 to 10 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9
- Maverick Village
Noon to 2 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 American Democracy Project (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

Sidewalk Closings Due to HPER Addition and Renovation Project

Due to the Health, Physical and Education Recreation (HPER) Building Addition and Renovation Project, the sidewalk leading from Elmwood Park along University Drive South around the HPER Building will close effective Monday, Oct. 13.

Pedestrians will be asked to use the sidewalk along University Drive East leading north from the park to the stairs, at which point they will be able to continue north to campus or proceed west along the south side of Caniglia Field. An entrance will be opened to the field for pedestrians to walk on the track along the west side of the field to continue north. The stairs leading to and including the passageway between Sapp Fieldhouse and HPER will also close due to construction.

For more information, contact Audrey Buckley at 554.4104.

Fidelity Representative Campus Visit Set for Oct. 15 and 17

The campus Fidelity representative, Jay Kronek, will be in Omaha for individual counseling sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 15, and Friday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Employees can call 1.800.642.7131 to make an appointment with Kronek.

Free Inkjet Cartridges Available

Limited quantities of black HP inkjet cartridges are available from Mail Services for departmental use only. For details, contact Kathy Hartle at 554.2337.

OLLAS Charla Series Continues Friday with Mexican Consul Talk

Jorge Ernesto Espejel, the Mexican Consul for Iowa and Nebraska, will discuss his personal experiences as a consul in Texas and, now, in Omaha. His talk, titled "The Reality of Mexican Migrants: From Eagle Pass to Omaha," will take place Friday, Oct. 10, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The presentation is part of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) Charla Series. "Charla" means conversation or chat in Spanish. Espejel's talk is also part of the Latino Heritage Month celebration and is co-sponsored by Cultural Awareness Programs.

The presentation will be in Spanish with simultaneous English interpretation. The campus community and public are invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook, OLLAS project coordinator, at 554.3835 or visit the OLLAS Web site,

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.

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 while the bells chime 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.

Criss Library Announces Third Floor Closure

The Criss Library third floor will be temporarily unavailable to patrons through Tuesday, Oct. 21, due to construction and renovation.

The library paging system will be available during this time to locate books and materials. To utilize this service, visit the Circulation Desk on the main floor. Criss Library staff apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate the patience of library patrons.

Nominations Sought for Emerging Leaders

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

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

To be eligible 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.

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.