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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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2008 UNO-United Way Campaign Kicks Off Today

The 2008 UNO-United Way Campaign officially begins today, Oct. 13. This year's theme is "Live United" and the campaign runs through Friday, Nov. 7. UNO has set a $58,000 goal.

UNO faculty and staff will receive a user name and password in an e-mail message sent to their university 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 the metropolitan community. United Way funds programs and services that thousands of individuals and families count on to help them reach their full potential.

Human Resources 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.'"

Sidewalk Closed 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 starting today, 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.

Lots O and Q - located west of the Sapp Fieldhouse and HPER Building - will also be closed starting today for the renovation project.

For more information, contact Audrey Buckley at 554.4104.

UNO Math-Science, Speech, Writing Centers Open House Today

Three UNO centers that assist with assignments, presentations and papers will hold an open house today, 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.

Math and Science Tutoring Available at Criss Library

Peer tutors from the Math and Science Learning Center (MSLC) continue to keep hours at Criss Library on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to assist students with math and science topics.

"We are delighted to partner with the MSLC to provide an additional place on campus for students to gather, study and learn," said Audrey DeFrank, the library's director of Public Services.

Tutors are located in group study room 119 on the library's first floor. No appointment is necessary and students are encouraged to drop in at their convenience. MSLC tutoring hours in the library:

Tuesdays: 7 to 10 p.m. (math, chemistry and biology focus)

Thursdays: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (math 2000 and math 2010 focus)

Thursdays: 7 to 10 p.m. (math and physics focus)

For more information about the Math and Science Learning Center, visit their Web at

Women's Right to Vote Movie -- "Iron Jawed Angels" -- to be Screened in MBSC This Week

For many women in America, the right to vote is not taken for granted, and they wouldn't have it any other way. The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) and Women's Resource Center have co-sponsored the screening of the film "Iron Jawed Angels" today, Oct. 13, through Friday, Oct. 17, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

"The 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote was credited to Susan B. Anthony's efforts but we can't forget about the others who paved the way," said Marvel Maring, CCSW co-chair. "This movie commemorates those pioneers who championed for women's suffrage."

"Iron Jawed Angels" is a HBO original movie directed by Katja von Garnier, which recounts a key chapter in U.S. history — the struggle of suffragists who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. It focuses on two defiant women, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns.

The dates and times:

9 a.m. to 4 p .m., MBSC Fireplace Lounge

- Monday, Oct. 13

- Tuesday, Oct. 14

- Friday, Oct. 17

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., MBSC Dodge Room

- Wednesday, Oct. 15

- Thursday, Oct. 16

For more information, contact Alice Villone at 554.2424.

Applications Today for Newspapers in Classroom

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 today, Oct. 13, at

Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra to Perform "Celebrating 100" Oct. 14

"Celebrating 100" will feature the UNO Chamber Choir, under the direction of Matthew C. Harden, and the Chamber Orchestra, directed by Barry Ford, performing pieces by Mendelssohn, Bach and Haydn on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Tickets cost $5 for the general public, $4 for students and senior citizens and free for all UNO faculty staff and students with current ID.

"Mendelssohn's musical setting of Psalm 100 depicts a call to listeners to be joyful and give thanks," said Isaac Frishman, a sophomore music technology major and returning member of the choir. "It's great because it really evokes the mood of the text."

Graduate student Matt Rom, a teacher at Papillon-La Vista South, will conduct the work as a requirement of his pursued degree in conducting.

Other featured pieces include Bach's Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan III, BWV 100, a collaboration of both ensembles featuring Chamber Choir soloists Tom Olsen, Angelina Gradel, Graig Gant and C.J. Harden and Haydn's 100th symphony, known commonly as his Military Symphony.

For more information, contact Cindy Bassett at 554.3427.

Historian and Investor to Talk Oct. 15 on America's Financial Crisis

UNO's Department of History invites faculty, staff and students to a seminar by historian and investor Fred Amis, on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 290 Arts and Sciences Hall. His seminar is titled "Understanding America's Financial Crisis: A Practical and Historical Perspective."

Based on almost 50 years' experience as an investor, Amis had this to say about the current financial situation in the United States: "America is faced with perhaps its greatest challenge in 200 years. Our entire financial system is in real danger of collapse. Now more than ever, cool heads must prevail. Fear can be a useful energizer, but unchecked it can lead to irrational tragedy. The greatest antidote to being caught up in the rush of fear is understanding. I would like to contribute to the understanding of my colleagues and students, in order to help them recognize that there are actions that they can take to minimize their and other's needless suffering."

For more information, contact Sharon Wood at 554.2593.

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.

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

Maverick Watch


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