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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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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.

Annual Health Fair Nov. 6 in the MBSC

Student Health Services (SHS) and the Wellness Stampede will host the 2008 UNO Health Fair Thursday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. All UNO students, faculty/staff and their families can participate.

The event will offer free screenings and chair massages, along with 50 vendors, door prizes and free giveaways.

Blood draws are available for $25 and test 40 components, including cholesterol, diabetes, thyroid, kidney and liver. For $12, men can receive a PSA screen. Blood draw participants will receive a free continental breakfast.

Pre-registration and payment are required for all lab work, in addition to a 12-hour fast. To register, visit SHS, located on the first floor of the MBSC.

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

PASO Art Exhibition to Highlight African Culture Oct. 29

The UNO Pan-African Student Organization (PASO) will hold its first-ever art exhibition Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. It will showcase pieces that depict different and varied aspects of African culture, including works by artist Gerard Pufong.

For more information, contact Elsie Forsung, PASO president, at 402.201.8062.

Photos Sought for IEW Contest/Exhibit

International Education Week (IEW) takes place Monday through Friday, Nov. 17-21. Faculty, staff and students can submit up to three photos through Thursday, Nov. 6, for the annual IEW Photo Contest and Exhibit, sponsored by UNO International Studies and Programs (IS&P) and Sigma Iota Rho.

Contest guidelines and entry forms are available in Criss Library, the IS&P Office - 241 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) - and at the Sigma Iota Rho Office, 238 ASH. Contest entrants are eligible to win an iPod shuffle.

For more information, call 554.2293.

Call for Papers for 8th Annual Malcolm X Festival/Conference

The UNO Department of Black Studies will accept papers through Wednesday, Dec. 3, for the upcoming 8th Annual Malcolm X Festival and National Conference - "Resisting the Europeanization of Consciousness: Confronting the Privilege and Invisibility of Whiteness" - planned for April 14-16.

Submissions can be in any area of Black Studies or the humanities, including interdisciplinary work that addresses issues within these contexts. Discipline areas include, but are not limited to, languages and literature, history, philosophy, music, art, film studies, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, education, archaeology and cultural studies.

Proposal guidelines:
- Authors must submit an electronic abstract of no more than 300 words describing the presentation/paper proposal via the UNO Black Studies Web page ( by the submission deadline.
- The abstract must contain the abstract title, author's name and affiliation, phone number, fax number and e-mail address.
- One author from each paper/presentation must register for and attend the conference.
- Papers/presentations will be blind peer-reviewed.
- All organizers and presenters on panels and in special sessions must register for and attend the conference.

For more information, call 554.2412

Biblical Archaeology Conference Nov. 13-15 at UNO

Scholars from around the world will present the latest research on excavations at Bethsaida, an ancient city located near the north coast of the Sea of Galilee in Israel, next month at UNO.

The 10th annual Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference runs Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Biblical scholars from the United States and around the world will host presentations about their research. Read more.

Nebraska Certified Public Manager Program Starts Jan. 8

UNO faculty and staff can apply to take part in the Nebraska Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program. Applications will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 8.

The UNO School of Public Administration launched the CPM Program in January. It's second cohort will start Jan. 8, 2009.

The program, a nationally accredited, comprehensive management development certification, offers participants skills-based knowledge necessary to improve themselves and their organizations. Through a combination of online and in-residence sessions over 12 months, professionals of all educational backgrounds

will gain the knowledge and skills they need to become stronger leaders, managers and supervisors who better understand work processes and know how to encourage innovation and new approaches to problem solving.

Those who complete the program in one year earn graduate or undergraduate credits toward further education, in addition to national certification.

Although the application deadline is Dec. 8, applicants who cannot meet the deadline can send a notice of intent to apply to Jessica McVay at by Dec. 1, and applications will be accepted after the due date.

For more information, visit or contact

McVay at 402.216.9432 or

National Security Education Program Rep on Campus Today

Aimee Hutton, program manager for the David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship program, will visit campus today, Oct. 28, to meet with students and answer questions.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. The program focus is on geographic areas, languages and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Eligible students can receive up to $10,000 for a semester-long program and $20,000 for a year-long program.

Hutton will be available at two locations:

- Presentation for International Studies 2130
306 Arts and Sciences Hall
11:30 a.m. to noon

- Q&A Information Table
Milo Bail Student Center, first floor
Noon to 1 p.m.

Students are eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship if they meet the following requirements:
- U.S. citizen at the time of application;
- Degree-seeking undergraduate student;
- Applying to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand that meets home institution standards; and
- Plan to use the scholarship for study abroad, and the study abroad program ends before they graduate. Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.

For more information, contact Krista Cupich at 554.2021.

Today's Dworkin Lecture to Be Simulcast

A constitution does not stand apart from moral principles or restrict itself to empowering legislatures, judiciaries, executive officers and agencies, according to Ronald Dworkin, who will deliver a lecture today, Oct. 28, on "Democracy and Religion: America and Israel" as part of the 2007-08 series of E.N. Thompson Lectures on World Issues.

Dworkin's lecture, which originates from the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be simulcast at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Read more.

Today's Winchell History Lecture to Focus on Kristallnacht

Alan E. Steinweis will give the annual Richard Dean Winchell History Lecture today, 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.

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 a.m. in the 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.

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 Reinvention. Read more.

TIAA-CREF Sessions Available This Fall

A TIAA-CREF representative will visit campus to conduct individual retirement planning sessions for faculty and staff during November and December.

Openings are available for TIAA-CREF campus visits on the following dates (all Tuesdays):
- Nov. 4 and 18
- Dec. 2 and 16

To schedule an appointment, call Paula Turner at 548.3600.

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.

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 free 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.


- Tom Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, presented "A Fresh Look at Afghanistan" Sept. 18 at an international affairs forum in Traverse City, Mich. He also spoke on "Globalization and the Silk Road" the same day at Western Michigan College in Traverse City. On Oct. 10, Gouttierre talked about "Losing Average-Joe Afghan" to UNO Golden Circle alumni at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Sponsored Programs and Research Report
The SPR Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed about externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For September, those receiving grant awards totaling $532,690 are:

Name: Blaine Burnham
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology/Nebraska University Consortium on Information Assurance
Title: High Assurance Software
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense/Air Force

Name: Melvin Clancy
Unit: Academic and Student Affairs/Project Achieve
Title: UNO Student Support Services Program
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education

Name: Nancy Kelley-Gillespie
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Social Work
Title: Nebraska Geriatric Education Center
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Name: Guoqing Lu
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences/Biology
Title: Efficient and Sensitive Mining System for G-Protein Coupled Receptors
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Name: Pete Madsen
Unit: College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media/Music
Title: Carlos Figueroa Residency
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council

Name: Roni Reiter-Palmon
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences/Psychology/Institute of Collaboration Science
Title: Computer Based Cross Cultural Training
Sponsor: Aptima Inc.

Name: T. Hank Robinson
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Criminal Justice
Title: Juvenile Diversion Case Management System
Sponsor: Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Name: Paul Sather
Unit: Academic Affairs/Service-Learning Academy
Title: Carter Foundation Project Grants
Sponsor: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation

Name: Richard Yoder
Unit: College of Business Administration/Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center 2007
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency