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Stacking for a Good Cause

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Rain didn't stop organizers and teams of UNO students, faculty and staff from participating in this year's Eta Sigma Gamma Bell Tower Challenge. Nine teams competed to stack as many food cans as possible while the bells tolled at noon underneath the Henningson Memorial Campanile. Designs ranged from simple stacks of cans to more intricate structures such as the UNO Centennial logo. All of the food was donated to the Omaha Food Bank. See the story in eNotes for the winners.

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Buffett and Students

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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Three Days of Service

More than 300 UNO students and students from Omaha North High School spent their fall break volunteering at two locations in Omaha and a third in Red Cloud, Nebraska. The work in Omaha focused on the Viking Ship community center at 25th & Redick Streets and the Social Settlement Center at 48th & Q Streets. Paint brushes, hammers, saws, brooms and rakes were put to the test at all locations by the students. In Red Cloud, 26 UNO students painted the home of Willa Cather and the Red Cloud Opera House.

Domestic Violence Survivor to Share Story on "Consider This"

Domestic Violence Awareness Month takes place in October.  Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This" host Cathy Wyatt will take a closer look at domestic violence in Nebraska. Wyatt and her guests will reveal statewide statistics, resources available to the individuals and one woman's journey to safety.   

Guests include Karen Hadley, executive director for Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC), Sue Michalski, director of training and education at DVCC, and Christina Martinez, a survivor and "Group Hope" member.   

According to the DVCC, domestic violence is an intimate relationship in which one partner uses a pattern of coercive and abusive behaviors with the purpose of establishing and maintaining power and control over the other person and the relationship.

The program will air today, Oct. 24, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

The program will also be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, Oct. 26
11:30 a.m.

NET2 (NET's cable network)
-Tuesday, Oct. 28
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 the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Guest Speaker Will Discuss "Jewish-Christian Debate" Today

Religious Studies will sponsor a guest speaker who will discuss "Major Issues in the Jewish-Christian Debate" today, Oct. 24, at noon in 214 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Daniel J. Lasker is the Norbert Blechner Professor of Jewish Values at Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Beer Sheva, where he teaches medieval Jewish philosophy in the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought. He also has written four books and more than 100 articles in other publications in the fields of Jewish philosophy and theology, the Jewish-Christian debate, Karaism, the Jewish calendar, and Judaism and modern medicine.

Dr. Lasker will also speak at two other community events in Omaha this week. Click on this link for more information.

For more information, call Guy Matalon at 554.2628.

Maverick Investment Club to Meet Oct. 27

The Maverick Investment Club will meet on Monday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. 

Attendees will gain insight on investing and the markets in general. The meeting is open to all Maverick Investment Club members.  There is no membership fee, and free food and refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to be added to the mailing list or Blackboard site, contact Brett Blankenship at or Jessica Coufal at

Annual Winchell History Lecture to Focus on Kristallnacht

Alan E. Steinweis will give the annual Richard Dean Winchell History Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 28, at UNO.  His talk - "Kristallnacht Pogrom in Germany, November 1938: Myths and Realities" - begins at 7 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall. Read more.

Malcolm X Scholar to Visit Omaha Oct. 29

Internationally known Malcolm X scholar Manning Marable will visit UNO and hold campus and community presentations during his visit on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Dr. Marable is professor of Public Affairs, History and African-American Studies at Columbia University, where he founded and directs the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. He has published widely. His current project is a biography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X: A Life of ReinventionRead more.

Faculty Brown Bag on UCRCA Grant Tips Oct. 29

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) will host a Faculty Brown Bag, "Tips for preparing a UCRCA grant proposal," on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 11:30, in Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room A. Drinks and dessert will be provided. 

For more information, contact Lisabeth Buchelt at 554.2894 or Sponsored Programs at 554.2286.

Annual Bell Tower Challenge Winners Announced

Eta Sigma Gamma's 15th Annual Bell Tower Challenge for the Omaha Food Bank took place Oct. 22. In the contest, teams of three stacked cans as the Bell Tower bells struck noon.  The teams competed for awards for the most creative team, the most enthusiastic team and the team that stacked the most cans. 

The two divisions for prizes were students and faculty/staff. This year's winners: 

Student Division
- Air Force ROTC, most cans stacked;
- Maverick Athletic Training Students (MATS), most enthusiastic; and
- Campus Recreation Advisory Board, most creative.

Faculty/Staff Division
- Faculty Senate, most cans stacked; and
- University Relations, most creative and most enthusiastic.

This year's event raised 2,740 pounds of food, bringing the total for the 15 years to 42,165 pounds of food donated to the Omaha Food Bank.  There were also cash donations of $40. Shandy Ramet, president of Eta Sigma Gamma, Nancy Lee from the Omaha Food Bank and Jim Adams from UNO Television served as judges.

For more information, contact David Corbin or Ramet at 554.2670.

NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship Deadline Is Oct. 31

Applications for the NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship are due Friday, Oct. 31.

The Fellowship Program supports undergraduate and graduate students to engage in the following types of activities:
- Student research, including senior design projects;
- Student research assistant for a faculty member;
- Internship related to science, technology, engineering or math (STEM);
- NASA Center Internship or NASA-sponsored activity;
- Student lab assistant;
- Attend a conference; or
- Other similar experience

- NASA limits the fellowship to U.S. citizens;
- A faculty mentor at the student's institution must endorse the application and agree to work with the student throughout the project;
- Be enrolled at the same affiliate institution for the duration of the fellowship and
- Present at the annual NASA Nebraska Space Grant Conference.

Total amounts may range from $1,000 to $6,000.  Approximately one to three awards will be made per institution. The tentative schedule for award notification is mid-December 2008. Funding will begin in the spring 2009 semester.

For additional details, including the application form, visit:

Applications Sought for NASA Nebraska Space Mini-Grants

NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium has several mini-grants available. They include:

Research Mini-Grants
The Research Mini-Grant program provides small aerospace-related research grants to Nebraska researchers interested in further developing ties with NASA scientists and conducting research important to NASA. There are two goals of the mini-grant program: 1) To elevate the aerospace-related research being conducted in Nebraska for future infrastructure building and workforce development opportunities; and 2) To result in future proposals to NASA and/or other federal, state, or private organizations for sustainable funding.  Typical funding for Research Mini-Grants ranges from $2,500 to $7,500.

Higher Education Mini-Grants
NASA is increasingly interested in the development of the future STEM workforce. Higher Education Mini-Grants are available for innovative curricular projects and programs that will retain or impact students in such academic fields at the college or university level. It is the goal of these mini-grants to encourage students to pursue careers in these fields after they graduate, contributing to the STEM workforce. Typical funding for Research Mini-Grants runs from $250 to $2,000.

Travel Mini-Grants
The Travel Mini-Grant program was created as an opportunity for Nebraskans to further develop ties to researchers and scientists at NASA field centers, present research findings at a conference or obtain training in new areas important to NASA. Typical funding for Travel Mini-Grants is $250 to $1,000.  Foreign travel is not allowed. Applications are accepted year round.

For additional details, including the proposal forms, visit At the site, select "Funding Opportunities" from the menu on the left.

Donations Still Sought for Oct. 25 Mav Kids Halloween Party

The annual Mav Kids Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 25, needs the campus community to donate candy.  The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Candy can be dropped off in 100 HPER Building.  For more information, contact Ryan Schmitt or Lisa Adams at 554.4941.

Business-focused Chinese Language Classes Begin Oct. 27

The Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will offer non-credit Chinese language classes starting next week.  Taught by an experienced instructor who is a native Chinese speaker, classes will take place Mondays and Wednesdays at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI).

The classes:
- CICL 401(001) Beginning Business Chinese I
Dates: Oct. 27 - Dec. 8; Mondays (with the exception of Nov. 24)
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $200 (Does not include textbook cost.)
Location: 252 PKI, 1110 South 67th St.
Note: Sequential classes of CICL 402 will be offered at a later date.

- CICL 402 (001) Beginning Business Chinese II
Dates: Oct. 29 - Dec. 10; Wednesdays (with the exception of Nov. 26)
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $200 (Does not include textbook cost.)
Location: 263 PKI, 1110 South 67th St.
Note: Sequential classes of CICL 403 will be offered at a later date.

To register, visit and select "classes," or fill out this form and send it to the following address:

Extended Education & Outreach
900 N. 22nd St.
P.O. Box 888500
Lincoln, NE 68588-8500

For more information, call 402.472.2175 or (toll free) 866.700.4747, or send an e-mail to

Fall Campus Recreation Instructional Programs Under Way

Campus Recreation will offer several programs on yoga, fly fishing and youth golf lessons this fall.  To register for a class, visit 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building or call 554.2539.

The schedule:

- Fly Fishing 101 (Limited to 10 participants)
Dates:  Sunday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Nov. 16
Time:   Noon to 6 p.m.
Location: 110 HPER Building           
Instructor: Mike Kelly, FF Certified Casting Instructor since 1997; NGPC Certified Casting Instructor since 2003
Cost: Students - $60 for one six-hour session; UNO Activity Cardholders - $80 for one six-hour session; Non-Activity Cardholders/Public - $100 for one six-hour session
Other:  Participants should bring a sack lunch.

- Youth Golf Lessons (Limited to the first 16 registered and paid)
Dates:  Saturdays, Nov. 1 - 22 (four classes total)
Times: Beginners - 10 to 11 a.m.; Intermediate - 11 a.m. to noon
Location: 230 HPER Building
Instructors: UNO golf coach Tim Nelson and the UNO women's golf team
Cost: $15 per child for UNO Activity Cardholders; $20 per child for Non-Activity Cardholders; $8 for each additional child from the same family

In the News

In the News

- Jolene Adams, undergraduate admissions, was quoted in the Oct. 16 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about student success in college.

- Randy Adkins, political science, was quoted in the Oct. 16 issue of USA Today about Nebraska's role in the Nov. 4 presidential election. Dr. Adkins was also a guest Oct. 22 on The Good Morning Show on KFAB (1110 AM), where he discussed the upcoming elections.

- The Oct. 21 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest column by Bruce Johansen, School of Communication, about UN-L's decision to cancel William Ayers' speaking engagement.

- KPTM (Fox 42) interviewed Paul Kosel, Campus Security, and Mary Sweaney, Human Resources, about the "Shots Fired" instructional video shown Oct. 22 on campus.

- Beverly Newsam, University Relations, was interviewed by WOWT (NBC 6) Oct. 22 about the 15th Annual Bell Tower Challenge.

- KPTM (Fox 42) and the Omaha World-Herald covered the Democracy Matters town hall discussion featuring Sen. Chuck Hagel Oct. 21. The College of Public Affairs and Community Service hosted Hagel's visit.

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

- Robert Woody, psychology, has an article titled "Detecting the Risk of Delinquency," appearing in the current issue of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Informant.

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

UNO Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, University Choir and Symphonic Wind Continues Centennial Celebration with Oct. 26 Concert
"For Amber Waves of Song" will feature the UNO Chamber Choir and Concert Choir under the direction of Matthew C. Harden, the University Choir, under the direction of David Batter, and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, directed by James Saker. All will also be performing pieces by such composers as Anton Bruckner, David Dickau and Martin Ellerby on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.  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 Art Professors, Students Work with Council Bluffs Students
Two UNO professors and two UNO students are participating in an art initiative with students from Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs. "Dodge This" - an exhibition of the students' abstract painting, photography, mixed media and social commentary - remains on display through Friday, Nov. 14, at the Historic General Dodge House, 605 Third St., in Council Bluffs.  Read more.

"Peggy Jones: Blessed Are the Peacemakers" at Bellevue University Gallery
An exhibit by Peggy Jones, assistant professor of Black Studies and women and gender studies, is under way at the Bellevue University Gallery, 1000 Galvin Rd. South in Bellevue.  "Peggy Jones: Blessed Are the Peacemakers" will remain on display through Friday, Nov. 21.  A reception and gallery talk featuring Jones will take place Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. at the gallery.

For more information, call 402.554.2996

"UNO and Beyond: Art Student Alumni Exhibition" Continues
The UNO Art Gallery will host the "UNO and Beyond: Art Student Alumni Exhibition" through Friday, Nov. 7.  The event is being held in conjunction with the university's Centennial celebration and 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.