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UNO Students Meet Warren Buffett

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School of Communication students were treated to a question and answer session and lunch Oct. 17 with Omaha billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Business students from Tulane, Florida State, Missouri, Iowa and St. Louis University also attended the meeting at Berkshire Hathaway headquarters, which was followed by a steak lunch at Piccolo Pete's.

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HPER Groundbreaking & Maverick Village Dedication

Campus focus shifted Thursday, October 9 to groundbreaking ceremonies for the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building's expansion project. The $38.6 million project will increase HPER's space from 150,000 square feet to 240,000 square feet. Completion is expected by the fall of 2010. Several blocks to the west, dedication ceremonies were held for UNO's newest on-campus housing....Maverick Village. The facility provides 400 new student housing beds on the southwest corner of the UNO campus.

Building for the Future

OLLAS Releases Policy Brief Based On Immigrant Economic Impact Report

On Oct. 15 the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO released the report "Nebraska's Immigrant Population: Economic and Fiscal Impacts," authored by UNO economic professor Christopher S. Decker. The report shows that Nebraska immigrants contribute $1.6 billion in spending which, in 2006, generated 12,000 new jobs in Nebraska.

OLLAS faculty Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado and Dr. Lourdes Gouveia discussed some of the policy implications of the report's findings. In this policy brief -- "In The Balance: Immigrant Economic Contributions and the Advancement of Human Rights in Nebraska" -- the authors argue that, in lieu of the new and incontrovertible evidence regarding immigrants' economic contributions to Nebraska, state and local leaders must engage in the overdue task of crafting immigrant integration policies that bring new hope to Nebraska communities and protect the human and labor rights of their increasingly diverse populations.

The report is available today -- Thursday, Oct. 23 -- at the OLLAS Web site (www.unomaha.edu/ollas). You may also request a copy by calling 554.3835.

Douglas County Voters' Guide Available

The Douglas County Voters' Guide, published annually by the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, is an unbiased, non-partisan look at all candidates running in the Nov. 4 election.

Included are brief biographies of each candidate plus their answers on issues of current concern to voters. The guide is available on campus at the locations listed below.

University Relations
108 Eppley Administration Building

Milo Bail Student Center
Information Desk

Criss Library
Circulation Desk

For more information, contact Rita Shaughnessy at 554.6057.

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@unomaha.edu. Additional information about Dr. Hauf can be found at http://biomech.unomaha.edu/.

"Service Learning 101: When You Do It, You Get It" Planned for Oct. 27-28

What does "community engagement" mean? What does it look like? Why does UNO value it?

To help faculty members design service-learning projects that both meet community needs and apply course concepts, the Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will offer a two-hour "Service-Learning 101" workshop on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 27-28, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the 202 Arts and Sciences Hall Conference Room - the new Service-Learning office. All faculty - those new to service learning, as well as those with projects in development - are welcome.

For many UNO faculty members, community engagement means service-learning: integrating community service projects into coursework so students apply course concepts, see their relevance to the world of work and the community, and gain the satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

Workshop participants should bring a syllabus for a course to which they would like to add a service-learning component.

The following topics will be highlighted at the workshop:
- Elements of good practice in service learning;
- Transforming a syllabus - integrating experiential learning;
- Developing a partnership;
- Dimensions of learning for students: Designing and evaluating project assignments;
- Reflection: Integrating experience and learning objectives;
- Closing the project experience: Presentations and celebration;
- Evaluating the project with a partner/sustainability; and
- An action plan.

Follow-up consultations will be available for personal assistance with course design and community partnership development, and can be scheduled following the workshop.

To register, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@mail.unomaha.edu.

Flu Shots Offered This Fall

Student Health Services (SHS) will offer flu shot clinics at eight campus locations this fall.

A shot will cost $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. No appointment is necessary. Payment is cash or check with the exception of the Oct. 30 SHS location. Vaccination dates and locations:

- Monday, Oct. 27
10 a.m. to noon
100A University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute

- Tuesday, Oct. 28
10 a.m. to noon
Main hallway of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building
2 to 4 p.m.
Maverick Village Clubhouse

- Wednesday, Oct. 29
10 a.m. to noon
132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service

- Thursday, Oct. 30
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SHS, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center

- Friday, Oct. 31
8:30 to 11 a.m.
Main floor of Criss Library

- Monday, Nov. 3
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Scott Village Study Room, located by the cafeteria

- Tuesday, Nov. 4
12:30 to 2 p.m.
University Village Clubhouse

SHS staff remind those planning to get a vaccination to remember to wear appropriate clothing for a shot in the arm. Employees should bring insurance cards for possible Blue Cross Blue Shield reimbursement.

For more information, call 554.2374.

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 554.2696.

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.

2008 Health Fair Set for Nov. 6

Save the date! The UNO Wellness Stampede, in cooperation with Student Health Services, will host its annual Health Fair Thursday, Nov. 6.

The fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. For more information, watch eNotes for details as the event nears or click on this link.

Pathways to Harmony Program Planned for Nov. 14

The Pathways to Harmony program will take place Friday, Nov. 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

This professional development program brings together students, faculty and staff to explore diversity. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

"We are excited about presenting updated material that keeps the campus focused on issues of diversity," said Sharon Ulmar, associate director and director of equal employment opportunity in human resources. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

To register, contact Kate Clark at 554.2896 or mkclark@unomaha.ed. Seating is limited.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2008/img/blueline2008.pdf.

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