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Fall Convocation and CPACS Dedication

UNO Chancellor John Christensen presented his state of UNO address Wednesday, October 8 that officially kicked-off the UNO Centennial Celebration. A capacity crowd of students, faculty, staff and community leaders filled the Strauss Recital Hall for the annual event. Following the convocation ceremony, dedication ceremonies for UNO's CPACS Building were held along the campus walkway. An open house for the new CPACS Building will be held Friday, October 10 from 3-5 p.m.


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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UNO to House Sen. Chuck Hagel's Archives

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen announced Oct. 8 that the legislative papers of U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel will be permanently housed at the school's Criss Library.

The collection includes speeches, memos, handwritten letters, photos and other correspondence Hagel accumulated during his 12 years in public office. The documents will be moved to the library's permanent collection when Hagel leaves office early next year.

UNO was selected because Hagel is a graduate of the school's College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

"UNO extends heartfelt thanks to Sen. Hagel for his extraordinary gift as part of our anniversary celebration," said Dr. Christensen, who spoke at the kick-off to UNO's Centennial celebration. "We are indeed humbled by your generosity which will contribute immeasurably to the rich academic resources we offer our students, faculty and community. Your archives will be a window to government and governance for generations to come."

Open Houses to Commemorate Centennial Today

UNO 100 Year

Faculty, staff and students are invited to celebrate that UNO is 100. A campus open house will take place to commemorate the occasion.  Campus bus and walking tours will kick off today, Oct. 10, at 1:30 p.m. Other open house festivities planned for this afternoon are highlighted below:

Today's Open Rehearsal Invite
Come and see music in the making.  In celebration of the Campus Open House, the Department of Music invites faculty, staff, students and the public to an open rehearsal of the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of James Saker from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Lobby.

CPACS Open House Today
The campus community and public can see the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) facilities at an open house/reception from 3 to 5 p.m.  The celebration will include 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.

Trumpets and Crumpets at Criss Library Today
Join the Criss Library from 3:30 to 6 p.m. to celebrate UNO's Centennial with an elegant afternoon of jazz and tea in the Criss Library Garden, off the newly renovated first floor.

All are invited to attend this free event to enjoy the sounds of The Pat Higgins Jazz Trio and the taste of crumpets, scones and delicious pastries.

The rain location is the library's first floor gallery space. For more information, contact Dani Herzog at or 554.3213.

UNO Theatre Presents "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" by Steve Martin

The UNO Department of Theatre presents Steve Martin's hilarious comedy, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," directed by Amy Lane. Performances run tonight and Saturday, Oct. 10-11 and Oct. 15-18. All performances will take place at the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all evening performances. There will also be a special Centennial matinee on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m.  An interactive talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will follow the Friday, Oct. 17 show. Read more.

Documentary, Discussion on Media Depictions of America's Blacks at UNO

The Department of Black Studies and UNO Television will welcome Emmy award nominee Meshach Taylor for the screening of the documentary "Ethnic Notions."

The Thursday, Oct. 16, event begins at 6 p.m. at UNO's Eppley Auditorium, inside the Eppley Administration Building. Taylor will lead a discussion following the screening of the Emmy-winning documentary, which was directed by Marlon Riggs.

"Ethnic Notions" takes viewers on a voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes that fueled anti-black prejudice and white racism.

"Through these images we can begin to understand the evolution of racial consciousness in America," said Omowale Akintunde, chair of the Department of Black Studies.

Caricatures shown and discussed in the film include "loyal toms, carefree Sambos, faithful mammies, grinning Coons, savage Brutes and wide-eyed Pickaninnies," according to Riggs.

Following the screening of "Ethnic Notions" will be an episode of "Designing Women," which deals with institutionalized racism and stars Taylor.

Taylor will then lead the audience and a specially convened panel in a discussion deconstructing the impact of white racist media on the perceptions of blacks in American society.

While at UNO, Taylor will also speak to master classes with students in the television department.

Dr. Akintunde added: "Whiteness theory is particularly important since white cultural norms are systemically enforced, usually without any recognition that they are ‘white' norms. We must move beyond seeing racism as an individualist phenomenon and progress to understand that racism is a systemic and institutionalized manifestation that privileges the dominant racial group."

The Oct. 16 event featuring "Ethnic Notions" and Taylor is part of "What it Means to be ‘White': Implications for Media Depictions of Blacks in America," a new documentary and discussion series hosted by UNO's Department of Black Studies.

Taylor, who appeared for seven seasons on "Designing Women," is a Boston native who was raised in New Orleans and Indianapolis. He studied drama at Ohio's Wilmington College and Florida A&M University.

OLLAS Charla Series Continues Today 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," takes place today, 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,

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.

Web Seminar to Highlight "Innovation, Learning, and Learning Spaces"

Malcolm Brown, director of Academic Computing at Dartmouth College, will conduct the "Innovation, Learning, and Learning Spaces" Web seminar on Monday, Oct. 13. It will be broadcast live from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

Once relegated to the fringes of the games industry, virtual worlds such as Second Life are now viewed as a promising instructional platform. College instructors use this emerging technology to teach courses on topics ranging from architecture and anthropology to history, literature and computer programming, and a growing number of Fortune 500 companies conduct employee training in virtual worlds.

This Web seminar will address: 
- How virtual worlds present many challenges for students, instructors and administrators; and
- How coupled with thoughtful strategies grounded in situated learning theory, these emerging technologies can be powerful educational tools.

For more resources related to this session topic, visit

As an EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) member, the UNO community has access to ELI documents and events at First-time users are required to create a profile. ELI is an EDUCAUSE initiative focused on the advancement of teaching, learning and technology.

ELI presents monthly Web seminars that are screened live in the MBSC. Past seminars can be viewed on the ELI Web site at Exact times for seminars are not always provided in advance, so watch the FacConnect calendar ( for updates.

The event sponsor is EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. For more information, contact Shelley Schafer at 554.4831 or

Workshops Offered on "Managing Your Research References Online"

The Center for Faculty Development and the Criss Library will co-sponsor four workshops on "Managing Your Research References Online" this month.

Linda Parker, a social sciences reference librarian at Criss Library, will present. She will highlight RefWorks, an online research management tool, which allows researchers to gather, manage, store and share citations and bibliographies.

In the RefWorks workshop, a researcher will learn how to:
- Organize and manage bibliographic citations for journals, books, manuscripts, newspapers and Web sites;
- Export citations from databases and the library catalog;
- Share bibliographies with collaborators, students, and researchers via the Web; and
- Automatically insert citations into papers and format reference lists in hundreds of citation styles.

Each workshop is limited to 20 attendees. The workshops are:

- Monday, Oct. 13
1 to 3 p.m.
107 Library Classroom

- Tuesday, Oct. 14
10 a.m. to noon
112 Library Classroom

- Tuesday, Oct. 21
9:30 to 11 a.m.
107 Library Classroom

- Friday, Oct. 24
1 to 3 p.m.
107 Library Classroom

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or  To request more information about the workshop, contact Linda Parker at 554.3207 or

Applications for Newspapers in Classroom Still Available

Newspapers in Curricula (NiC) still have openings and anyone interested in working on newspaper curriculum and qualifying for a $200 stipend should contact Maria Knudtson by Monday, Oct. 13, at

Nominations Sought for Faculty Awards

The selection committees for the Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity (ADROCA) and Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentor have started their annual review and selection process.

ADROCA recognizes and honors preeminent achievement in research or creative activity at UNO. The Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentor recognizes UNO graduate faculty members who place a high value on and excel in mentoring graduate students.

Nomination information can be found at  The selection committees encourage nominations and applications for these two prestigious awards.  For questions about the awards or nomination e-mail Nicole Kersten at

In the News

In the News

- Chancellor John Christensen gave his convocation address to kick off UNO's Centennial on Oct. 8.  Radio station KIOS (91.5 FM) and television stations WOWT (NBC 6), KPTM (Fox 42) and KMTV (CBS 3) all provided coverage.  KETV (ABC 7) did a live morning remote from campus Oct. 7, as well.  B.J. Reed, dean of College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), did a live interview during the segment.

- The Associated Press sent out a story Oct. 9 on its statewide service about U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel housing his congressional papers at UNO's Criss Library.  Newspapers and broadcast outlets across the state picked up the story.  The Omaha World-Herald also ran a piece on the senator's papers on Oct. 9.

- The Omaha World-Herald interviewed UNO security officer Charles Reimers, Chancellor John Christensen, CPACS Dean B.J. Reed and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean for Graduate Studies Deborah Smith-Howell for a large front page article that ran on Oct. 7.  The story focused on UNO's 100th anniversary and the range of Centennial activities.

- KETV (ABC 7) previewed UNO's DebateWatch event on Oct. 7. 

- The Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star both ran articles about $20,000 in funds being available for a scholarship in honor of slain UNO student Brittany Williams.  The stories ran Oct. 1.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Shelley Henderson, Megan Fair, Paul Sather and Barbara Dewey, from the UNO Service-Learning Academy, were recently featured in Scholarship for Sustaining Service-Learning and Civic Engagement - volume eight the Advances in Service-Learning Research series. This volume includes eight total essays selected from manuscripts submitted by participants presenting at the International Association of Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement conference in 2007.  The group's submission is entitled "Service-Learning Research as a Feedback Loop for Faculty Development." It can be viewed online at

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

SAULE Concert at UNO Strauss on Oct. 12
UNO will host the Lithuanian performance group SAULE on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  The concert is free and open to the public; however, freewill donations will be accepted. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

UNO and Beyond: Art Student Alumni Exhibition Opens Oct. 12
The UNO Art Gallery presents "UNO and Beyond: Art Student Alumni Exhibition."  The show will run Sunday, Oct. 12, through Friday, Nov. 7, with an opening reception on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The event is being held in conjunction with the university's Centennial celebration, which begins today, Oct. 8.  The exhibition includes works by more than 50 UNO alumni who graduated with Fine Art degrees from 1963 to 2008. The show includes works in a variety of mediums and styles including a piece from the O! Public Art Project by alumnus Bart Vargas. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.