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Centennial and Homecoming Kick-Off Events

Approximately 500 people attended the October 11 Centennial Barbeque and Reception at UNO's Sapp Fieldhouse. The event served as a kick-off for the Homecoming Weekend celebrations. The following morning, hundreds more gathered in UNO's Pep Bowl for the Centennial Tailgate Party. UNO's colleges and schools were represented at the party as was the Alumni Association and Athletic Department. Following the tailgate, the teams and football fans were treated to a fly-over by a U.S. Air Force B-2 bomber from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

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Tonight's "Consider This" to Feature Actor Meshach Taylor

Today's episode of "Consider This" will feature actor Meshach Taylor and highlight the documentary "Ethnic Notions."  Known for his role on "Designing Women," Taylor is in Omaha for today's screening of "Ethnic Notions."

Taylor and Omowale Akintunde, chair of the Department of Black Studies, will speak with "Consider This" host Cathy Wyatt.

The program airs tonight, Oct. 16, at 11 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 19, at 11:30 a.m. on NET1. NET2 will telecast the program Friday, Oct. 17, and Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit http://www.tknomaha.org.

Human Rights Watch Spokeswoman to Speak Tonight

Minky Worden, media director of Human Rights Watch, will speak at the 10th annual Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights today, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. The presentation is free and open to the public and the campus community.

Worden's presentation is "China's Great Leap: What Olympic Legacy for Human Rights in China?" She works with journalists around the world to help them cover crises, wars, human rights abuses and political developments in more than 70 countries.

In 1997, Shirley and Leonard Goldstein decided to expand their efforts on behalf of human rights by establishing an annual lecture on the UNO campus. 

The lecture is designed to keep UNO and the Omaha community informed about human rights issues and activities with the hope that, by being better informed, UNO students and faculty and Nebraska residents can better promote human rights around the world.

For more information, call Kathryn Cox Schwartz at 554.2628. The lecture is coordinated by the Religious Studies Program.

UNO Students to Volunteer During Fall Break

UNO has partnered with Social Settlement, also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, for Three Days of Service. Three Days of Service is hosted through the Service-Learning Academy (SLA) and is an opportunity for students in the Omaha area to get involved with their community. 

More than 300 UNO students, and students from Omaha North High School, will renovate Social Settlement, 4860 Q St., during fall break on Oct. 18, 20 and 21, from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will also volunteer at the Viking Ship community center, 2582 Redick Ave.

"This project allows students to understand their community and its issues," said Kathe Oleson, assistant director of the SLA. "Research has shown that students learn more when they're involved with a community project like this."

Social Settlement is a nonprofit organization that originated as a settlement house in Omaha for Eastern European immigrants. Now, 100 years later, Social Settlement works in the community with programs such as Kids Can and Seniors on the Go to strengthen families in the Omaha area. Kids Can is a youth program provided for children ages three to 13 years old. It offers services such as preschool, tutoring, before and after-school programs, as well as full-day programs. Seniors on the Go offers transportation services, tax assistance, computer classes and recreational activities.

Students working with Social Settlement will plant a garden in their courtyard and paint a mural on the exterior south wall of the building. Inside, students will build a computer lab and paint the cafeteria. Students will also paint and clean parts of the Viking Ship community center.

Survey Participants Sought for 2008-2009 Undergraduate Research Report

The Honors Program, with the support of the Office of Academic Affairs, is preparing the 2008-2009 "Undergraduate Research on the UNO Campus Report." UNO faculty and staff are asked to identify as many projects and activities as possible.

To access the survey form, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/~wwwhonor/ugr.php?t=f and fill in the form as completely as possible for each student's undergraduate project. Research projects that have not been previously reported in the undergraduate research report are also needed.

For more information, call M. Christine McIvor, assistant to the director of the Honors Program, at 554.42696.

Research information for 2008-09 and prior years can be submitted to the Honors Program, 105 Arts and Sciences Hall, as soon as it is available.

ITS Announces Graphics Classes

Information Technology Services' (ITS) Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will offer two informative, hands-on sessions designed to help faculty and staff enhance graphics for classroom instruction, training or marketing. All UNO faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The classes:

- Basic Photoshop CS3
Thursday, Oct. 23
1 to 2:30 p.m.
112 Criss Library

In this class, attendees will become familiar with the Photoshop CS3 Interface, Workspace and Toolbars, and how to manipulate image layers and basic graphic file types.

- Optimizing Graphics
Thursday, Oct. 30
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
112 Criss Library

This hands-on workshop will assist faculty and staff in refining images that are visually appealing, effective and consumer friendly. Participants will learn basic image optimization techniques by Utilizing Photoshop C3 and techniques to enhance, compose and compress images for use in printed media, on video displays and in Web sites. The session will also provide training in Create Once, Publish Everywhere (COPE) - a technique used to refine a single master graphic so it can be published to print and electronic media

To sign up for the courses:
- Go to http://www.unomaha.edu/api/calendar.php.
- Select "October" from the drop-down menu on the right, and click "Go."
- Enter a SAP personnel number. (This is the six-digit number on UNO photo IDs. It is also on university check stubs.)
- Click "Sign Up."
- Click "Ok" to confirm the personnel number.
- An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration.

A minimum of five people need to be signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class for it to be held. An e-mail notification will be sent the day before if a class is cancelled.

For more information or help with registering, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

Canada Research Chair to Speak on Infant Understanding Oct. 24

Petra Hauf - a psychology professor at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) and a Canada Research Chair in culture and human development in Nova Scotia, Canada - will speak at UNO Friday, Oct. 24.  "Baby Do - Baby See - Baby Learn: Action Understanding during Infancy" begins at 1 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.  

Recent research suggests infants have intense exchanges with their environment long before they can ever talk. It also seems that babies are especially interested in learning about the actions of others, their own and the outcomes.

Dr. Hauf focuses on perceptual and motor development during the first year of life.  She is also interested in biological movements like crawling or walking.  Currently, she uses novel eye tracking technology combined with imitation paradigms to investigate these issues.

Dr. Hauf is a researcher in infant cognitive development focusing on the development of action production and understanding. She has a Ph.D. in psychology from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and worked as a senior research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Munich, Germany. Prior to coming to Canada, she was an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Frankfurt.

The event is sponsored by the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility and is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served following the talk in the Biomechanics Laboratory.

For more information, contact Lisa Holst, project associate for the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility, at 554.3075 or lholst@mail.unomaha.edu. Additional information about Dr. Hauf can be found at http://biomech.unomaha.edu/.

Call for 2008-09 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Instructional Materials Grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles.  Proposals are accepted on a monthly basis, October through April, or until funds are expended.  The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award.

Teaching Circles members can apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle that address one or more UCAT themes.  To view UCAT themes, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat.

Proposals are due by the 21st of each month, and applications are available on the UCAT Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat.  For more information, call 554.2427.

Lifelong Learning Initiative to Host Viewing of Hagel/Kerrey Speech

Don't miss the opportunity to view U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel and former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey's recorded dialogue about health care reform Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Collaborating Commons of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 

After the viewing, sociology professor Boyd Littrell will lead a discussion. Both the viewing and discussion are free and open to the public. 

"Ensuring Health and Financial Security for All: Can We Identify Reasonable Solutions to These American Challenges?" will cover the United States' struggle to reform health care and look forward at what must be done to ensure health care for all.

The event is sponsored by UNO's Lifelong Learning Initiative. The initiative, planned to roll out in January, will host "Saturday Coffee, Tea and Policy" events throughout the year. 

For more information, visit http://lifelonglearning.unomaha.edu or call 554.4897.

"Students with Disabilities in the Classroom and Online" Set for Nov. 6

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will sponsor a presentation on accommodating students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education Thursday, Nov. 6.  Kate Clark, disability services coordinator, will speak from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center UMonHon Room.

According to statistics, the number of students with disabilities pursuing higher education is rising, and faculty often have questions about how to accommodate their needs in the classroom and in online courses. 

This session will include a discussion of the following topics: 
- Universal Design for Learning theory;
- How to anticipate and plan for disability needs;
- How to make specific course components accessible before the class begins; and
- How to avoid foreseeable accommodation problems.

Attendees also will learn:
- How to create a course that is "universally designed" and requires little changes if a student with a disability enrolls;
- Instructional methods that take into consideration students with disabilities; and
- Specific ways to apply methods to tests, lectures, activities, Power Points and online course components.

To register, contact the CFD, 202 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu.  Those who attend are invited to bring their lunches.  Desserts and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Clark at 554.2872.

"Ethnic Notions" Screening, Discussion Today in Eppley

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

The Thursday, Oct. 16, event begins at 6 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.  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 stars Taylor and deals with institutionalized racism.  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 the 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.

Blue Line Club Membership Drive Under Way

Hockey enthusiasts can 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 BLC membership form, visit this link.

For more information, contact Shirley Fey at sfey@unomaha.edu or 554.3422.

First BLC Luncheon This Friday

During the hockey season, Blue Line Club (BLC) luncheons kick off each home series weekend. The first luncheon of the 2008-09 season takes place Friday, Oct. 17, to highlight the Maverick Stampede.

At the Oct. 17 luncheon, coaches from the teams in the Mutual of Omaha Stampede will speak, along with Maverick hockey captain Mark Bernier and assistant captain Dan Swanson.  Highlights of the Manitoba exhibition game will be shown, as well.  All attendees are eligible for the door prize drawing.

The buffet opens at 11:30 a.m., and the program lasts from 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. BLC Luncheons take place at a new location this year - the recently remodeled Anthony's Restaurant, 72nd and F streets. Free parking is available.

The 2008-09 BLC Luncheon schedule:

- Friday, Oct. 17 (Maverick Stampede; Coaches)

- Friday, Nov. 14 (Ferris State; Parents' Weekend)

- Friday, Nov. 21 (Michigan State)

- Friday, Dec. 5 (Alaska-Fairbanks)

- Friday, Jan. 9 (Northern Michigan)

- Friday, Jan. 23 (Miami-Ohio)

- Friday, Feb. 6 (Western Michigan; Hockey Hall of Fame)

- Friday, Feb. 20 (Notre Dame; Seniors)

Single luncheon tickets are available at the door and cost $15 for BLC members and $20 for non-members. Season tickets for all eight luncheons cost $105. Fans who purchase season tickets also receive a free hockey media guide.

To access a ticket order form, visit this link.

For more information, contact Shirley Fey at sfey@unomaha.edu or 554.3422.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/healthed/BT.html. 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.

HR Seminar Series Continues Oct. 17

The Human Resources Department's yearlong series of informative seminars will continue Friday, Oct. 17, with a presentation titled "Developing an Asset Allocation Strategy."

The seminar and discussion will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. The seminar will provide a comprehensive overview on saving for retirement. Topics include asset allocation, volatility of investments, benefits of managed portfolios, and the hows and whys of rebalancing a portfolio.

The seminars are scheduled monthly through April. Other topics will include personal financial management, Social Security and more on retirement planning. All seminars are open to interested faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

Workshops Offered on "Managing Your Research References Online"

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

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

In the RefWorks workshop, researchers 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.

The workshops are:
- 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 CFD at 554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu.  Each workshop is limited to 20 attendees. For more information, contact Parker at 554.3207 or lparker@unomaha.edu.