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NU President Discusses Centennial

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken spoke about UNO's 100th anniversary during his football halftime interview on Oct. 7. KFAB and its affiliates carried the remarks across the state.

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Lending a Rake

Tim Fitzgerald photo

Maverick athletes and athletic trainers lent a helping hand with leaves last week throughout Omaha. The annual UNO Rake-A-Thon took the volunteers into the community to help out homeowners unable to do yard work. Maverick athletic trainers Kelsey Reilly (left) and Shelly White (right) helped out Sunday afternoon, November 2 near 49th & Q Streets in Omaha.

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Student Stories

UNO student news stories are airing on Classical 90.7 KVNO. Listen to samples of their stories.


Board of Regents to Meet in Lincoln Today

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, Nov. 7, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., in Lincoln. Committee and task force meetings begin at 8 a.m., and the board meeting will start at 1 p.m. Read more.

Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due Today

The deadline to submit changes for the 2009-10 UNO Undergraduate Catalog is today, Nov. 7. Changes should be submitted to Marian McDonald, University Relations, 108 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, call 554.3674.

Winchell Lecture Series on KIOS

The recorded broadcast of the annual Winchell Lecture Series, held last month and sponsored by Department of History, will air on KIOS (91.5 FM) at noon Monday, Nov. 10.

The event featured Alan E. Steinweis, who joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of History in 1993 and currently teaches German, European and Jewish history, and historical methodology. He received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Steinweis is the author of Art, Ideology, and Economics in Nazi Germany: The Reich Chambers of Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts (1993) and Studying the Jew: Scholarly Antisemitism in Nazi Germany (2006). He co-edited The Impact of Nazism: New Perspectives on the Third Reich and Its Legacy (2003) and Coping with the Nazi Past: West German Debates about Nazism and Generational Conflict, 1955-1975 (2006).

Faculty Senate to Meet Nov. 12

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.  At 2 p.m., Patty Adams will speak on the Life Long Learning Initiative at UNO.  The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation.  All interested may attend. 

For more information contact Suzanne Sollars at 554.3981, or Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

"The Affinity Research Group Model" to Be Highlighted at Nov. 21 Workshop

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) and the Math-Science Learning Center will host "Running Productive Research Groups: The Affinity Research Group Workshop" Friday, Nov. 21. The session runs from 1 to 4 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The Affinity Research Group is a comprehensive model for the creation and maintenance of dynamic, productive and inclusive research groups. The model has been funded by the National Science Foundation and was originally developed in the disciplines of engineering and computing. It provides a setting in which students engage in research in a cooperative environment and comprises a set of effective practices that emphasize the conscious development of students' domain knowledge as well as research and professional skills. This workshop introduces the model and engages the participants in exercises that illustrate the use of the model.

The objectives of the workshop:

- Understand the key components of an ARG;
- Become aware of ARG practices; and
- Engage and reflect on an ARG activity.

The goals of the Affinity Research Group model:
- Increase the retention and participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in science, engineering, and technology; and
- Provide a socialization and infrastructure mechanism for involving students with a wide range of experiences, talents, interests and skill levels in research and outreach projects.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or For more information, contact Dana Richter-Egger at 554.3643. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

"Brats, Beverages & Soccer" Nov. 8

The campus community and public can join the UNO Soccer Booster Club this Saturday, Nov. 8, for "Brats, Beverages & Soccer" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UNO's Chili Greens soccer field.  The brats are free, but donations will be accepted.

Wear UNO colors and then stick around for senior day to watch the Mavericks take on Central Missouri at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Don Klosterman at 554.4962.

"Gandhi" to Be Screened Nov. 8 in Eppley

The UNO Department of Black Studies and the India Studies Interest Group will provide a free public viewing of the highly acclaimed film "Gandhi" on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.

Peggy Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Black Studies, currently co-teaches a class - "Gandhi, King and Nonviolence" - with Prasad Gollanapalli, a worker in the Gandhian Peace Movement.  Sangeeta Badal, a part-time UNO anthropology instructor and senior analyst at Gallup, and Gollanapalli will lead the discussion after the film.

For more information, call Shireen Rajaram at 554.3375 or Jones at 554.2626.

Chancellor and Conley to Address SAC on Nov. 11

Chancellor John Christensen and Vice Chancellor William Conley will be the guest speakers at the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.  The meeting is open to all. 

Online NBDC Classes Start Nov. 12

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) has a variety of online classes for at-work and/or personal enrichment. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 12, two lessons will take place each week for six weeks. Each session costs $99.

The classes:

- Achieving Success with Difficult People;
- Administrative Assistant Fundamentals;
- Effective Business Writing;   
- Get Assertive!;   
- Grammar Refresher;
- Keys to Effective Communication;
- Leadership; and
- Speed Spanish.

For registration details, visit For more information, contact Chris Flott at 595.2900 or

The NBDC is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the UNO College of Business Administration. The NBDC Business and Technology Solutions Division is a leading provider of results-based, interactive professional development programs. The program serves the residents of Nebraska and has trained more than 65,000 people at more than 750 companies.

Nebraska Humanities Council Brown Bag Nov. 12

Erika Hamilton, program officer with the Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC), will present information about NHC's grants and programs, at a campus brown bag event on Wednesday, Nov. 12. 

This informal session, hosted by Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR), will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The session is particularly important for individuals who are planning to submit a proposal to NHC for the winter or spring deadlines.

Those attending can bring their lunch and enjoy beverages and desserts provided by SPR.  Reservations are not required.  Contact SPR at 554.2286 for more information.

Nov. 14 Seminar to Offer Financial Management Tips

Human Resources and the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women will co-sponsor a "Personal Financial Management and Credit Basics" seminar on Friday, Nov. 14.

"The November seminar will give participants some practical tips for managing their household finances particularly during these uncertain times," said Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager and CCSW treasurer.

Todd Sites from Credit Advisors will talk and answer questions from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.  He will also present participants with suggestions and tips that they can implement for their own household finances.

The seminars are scheduled monthly through April. Other topics will include Social Security and retirement planning. All seminars are open to interested faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

CFD to Present TABS Presentation Nov. 17

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host a Teaching Analysis by Students (TABS) session Monday, Nov. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.  Presenters include Lana Danielson and Saundra Wetig, from the Department of Teacher Education, and TABS consultants.

A presentation will take place from noon to 12:45 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer period.

TABS is a confidential teaching analysis completed by faculty/staff members and their students with the goal of identifying teaching strengths, isolating specific teaching problems and developing improvement strategies.  During the session, attendees will have a chance to become familiar with the TABS instruments.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or Individuals planning to attend are invited to bring their lunches.  Desserts and drinks will be provided.

Service Learning 201: Advancing the Practice Series

Anyone interested in learning more about Service Learning at UNO can attend "Service Learning 201: Advancing the Practice Series" on Friday, Nov. 21. Sponsored by the Service-Learning Academy, the program will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

Presenters will include Gigi Brignoni, assistant professor of teacher education, and Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz, community liaison for the Service-Learning Academy and American Humanics. Community partnerships offering collaboration, reciprocity and sustainability will be discussed.

All faculty, those new to service-learning, as well as those with projects in development are welcome.

To register, contact Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

In the News

In the News

- Randy Adkins, Department of Political Science, conducted a number of media interviews before and after the Nov. 4 elections, including with: The Good Morning Show on KFAB (1110 AM); KMTV (CBS 3); KPTM (Fox 42); the Associated Press; and the Omaha World-Herald.

- The Omaha World-Herald wrote about a new book by Julien Fielding, Department of Philosophy and Religion, in its Nov. 6 issue. Fielding's book is "Discovering World Religions at 24 Frames Per Second."

- The Oct. 10 issue of the Midlands Business Journal published an article about the computer therapy system developed by students of Ann Fruling, College of Information Science and Technology, for residents of the Douglas County Health Center.

- The professional future of Sen. Chuck Hagel was the focus of a Nov. 6 Omaha World-Herald article and a Nov. 5 KETV (ABC 7) story that quoted Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghan Studies. Gouttierre was also quoted in the Nov. 3 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about UNO and Afghan student Sher Jan Ahmadzai.

- The Oct. 3 issue of the Midlands Business Journal featured an article previewing the Buy the Big O Show, quoting Tim Kaldahl, University Relations. Kaldahl discussed UNO's booth at the annual event.

- Melodee Landis, College of Education, and her family were featured in an episode of "Marketplace" last month on American Public Media, which is also carried on KIOS (91.5 FM), Omaha's National Public Radio affiliate. Dr. Landis and her family talked about the economy with host Kai Ryssdal.

- The Nov. 4 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest column about congressional earmarks written by Harmon Maher, interim associate vice chancellor for research and creative activity.

- The Nov. 5 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a story on a new Jewish studies center at UNO, quoting Guy Matalon, Judaic studies professor. The article also quoted Anthony Haynes, a UNO religious studies major.

- L.C. Menyweather-Woods, Department of Black Studies, was quoted in the Nov. 5 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Sen. Barack Obama's presidential win.

- Terrie Jackson Miller, Department of Black Studies, was featured in the Nov. 3 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about her work at the New Community Development Corp.

- Greg Petrow, Department of Political Science, was quoted in the Nov. 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about recent election results at the Nebraska Legislature.

- Louis Pol, College of Business Administration dean, was featured in an article about the affirmative action ban published in the Nov. 2 issue of the Omaha World-Herald.

- UNO's 100th anniversary was featured in the October issue of Omaha Magazine. B.J. Reed, College of Public Affairs and Community Service dean, and Joe Kamiski, Campus Recreation director, were quoted in the article.

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

- David E. Corbin, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, had an article, "What Should I tell my Patients about allowing Alcohol use by Minors in their Homes," appear in the Summer 2008 issue of Nebraska Medicine.  The Nebraska Medical Association publishes the journal quarterly.

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

Percussion Fundraiser Concert Nov. 7 in MBSC
The UNO Percussion Ensemble will hold a Friday, Nov. 7, concert as a fundraiser to help offset expenses for the group's tour of Japan, set for later this month.

The concert will feature three local bands all with connections to campus - Andrew's Avenue, Moses Prey and Polydypsia. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.  Tickets will be available at the door for $10.

Andrew's Avenue features UNO percussionist Jason Elliott, a senior majoring in the music technology concentration.  Moses Prey has two UNO connections - drummer Tomm Roland is the UNO coordinator of percussion studies and percussionist/keyboardist Mike Pollock is an alumnus who holds a master's degree in percussion performance.  Four of the five members of Polydypsia are UNO music majors.

For more information, call 554.3155.

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

Works by Kempkes, Zeleny Featured in Local Exhibitions
Karen Kempkes, staff assistant/business manager for the Division of Continuing Studies, and Marcy Grace Zeleny, advisor in the Division of Continuing Studies, are featured artists at the facilities of Bhadra Yoga, 5020 Leavenworth St.  The exhibit, which includes 35 photographs by Kempkes and paintings by Zeleny, is open throughout the month of November.

Kempkes also has five photographs featured in the "Images of Faith" exhibit, sponsored by Project Interfaith. The display continues through Monday, Nov. 17, at the St. Cecilia's Cathedral Cultural Center, 701 N. 40th St.  For more information, call 933.4647.

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. 

For more information, call 402.554.2996

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.