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Dodge Street Location Roadwork/Sidewalk Closing Notice

Electrical site work for the new Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) addition and renovation project will result in the following temporary road and sidewalk closings.

"As a reminder, project areas within the construction fence are for contractor use only," said Audrey Buckley, project manager and architect with Facilities Management and Planning. "For your own safety, and that of the construction workers, do not enter the construction areas."

Weather permitting, the work should take place according to the following schedule:

 - Wednesday, Nov. 19, through Saturday Dec. 6
The sidewalk south of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CB) Building will be closed Nov. 19-Dec. 6. Pedestrians are being asked to use the sidewalk north of CB. Foot traffic in the road is prohibited; since, there is considerable construction traffic.

- Thursday, Nov. 20, through Monday, Nov. 24
University Drive South west of Maverick Plaza (north of the Sculpture Lab) will be closed Nov. 20-24. Vehicular access will be open from University Drive South to Maverick Plaza for north bound traffic turning east to Sapp Fieldhouse and Lots Q and R. Vehicles heading east on University Drive South will be required to travel through Lot M (south of the Library) to reach Lots Q and R. All shuttles, in the vicinity of this area will still offer service to the residence halls. Detour signs will be posted.

 - Tuesday, Nov. 25, through Saturday, Dec. 6
The south entrance into Lot Q will be closed Nov. 26-Dec. 26. Access to Lot Q will be from the west through Lot M.

"Pedestrian access to and from Elmwood Park and the University Drive East Parking Structure, are along Caniglia Field," Buckley said. "Please do not access campus from University Drive south and west of the HPER Building."

For more information, contact Buckley at 554.4104 or Campus Security at 554.2648.

Check the current Campus Security Parking Map at for location information.

Warning about "Confirm you School Webmail Account" E-mail

Recently, Information Technology Services (ITS) staff had several calls from UNO faculty, staff and students who have received an e-mail via Lotus Notes titled "Confirm your School Webmail Account Details." ITS staff recommends not opening this message and deleting it.

"Please be assured that ITS is not sending these messages," said Shelley Schafer, manager of distance education with ITS. "Messages from ITS will never come from a .com e-mail address nor will they ever ask you to verify your birth date or password".

As always if users have any concerns about the legitimacy of an e-mail message, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or forward any suspicious e-mail to

Roles and Responsibilities of Graduate Faculty Panel Discussion Today

The Center for Faculty Development Pre-Tenure Mentoring group and Graduate Studies will host a panel discussion on "Roles and Responsibilities of Graduate Faculty" today, Nov. 18, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean of Graduate Studies, will provide the introduction. Panel participants include: Lyn Holley, associate professor of gerontology; Barb Pickering, associate professor and graduate program chair in the School of Communication; Ken Kriz, associate professor of public administration; and Kris Berg, professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Topics will include:

- Mentoring graduate students on thesis work;

- General advising of graduate students; and

- Preparing to teach graduate courses.

For more information contact Dr. Pickering at 554.2204 or Refreshments will be provided.

"Wiping Tears" on Stage Nov. 19 in Eppley Auditorium

The Native American Studies Program at UNO in collaboration with The Indigenous Collective of Theater and Art will present "Wiping Tears. Native Stories of Healing" on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.  

The performance is a fundraiser for the Native American Studies Alumni Association (NASAA) and a suggested donation is $8.

"Wiping Tears" takes place just before the Thanksgiving holiday. The show is more than a theatrical production, according to the event organizers. It is a ceremony of thanksgiving by those who have found medicinal power in the ancient tradition of storytelling as a personal pathway-one that leads to the sustenance of community.

The personal testimony of Native men and women, ages 19 to 65 impart the stories of tragedy as well as restoration that occur from surviving the violence of alcohol or domestic abuse. During the performance, both reservation and cityscapes serve as backdrops for first person accounts by people who found their way out of dire circumstances.

The cast members are common people who celebrate their survival today as traditional dancers, singers, human rights advocates, community workers and students. They represent various tribes including Lakota, Dakota, Omaha, Ponca, Winnebago and Apache.      

Other event sponsors are Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, Multicultural Affairs, the Inter Tribal Student Council and UNO Writer's Workshop.

For more information, call 554.2711.

UNO's Native American Studies programming is geared to exploring social and cultural issues of the Native American community by providing both academic and artistic forms of expression for the purpose of reclaiming and affirming history and culture.

Campus Holiday Open House Dec. 10 in the MBSC

Chancellor John Christensen and Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley, invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual holiday open house. The event takes place Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

To view a special invitation from Chancellor Christensen, the vice chancellors, click on the following link:

Open House Invitation holiday

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Monday, Dec. 1, to Bob Cairns, at 554.2311 or

HPER to Close Nov. 26-Dec. 1

Due to construction, the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building will close early at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, and will not reopen until Monday, Dec. 1.

For more information, contact Amber Rath at 554.3291.

Nebraska Arts Council Brown Bag Dec. 2

Elaine Buescher, grants manager with the Nebraska Art's Council (NAC), will present information about NAC's grants and programs at a campus brown bag event on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

This informal session, hosted by Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR), will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council 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 NAC 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.

"Moving from Paper to Presentation: A Transformation" Lunch & Learn Series Dec. 3

Students who attend the next UNO Speech Center Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, Dec. 3, will learn how to adjust to a broader audience, reorganize main themes for more structure and integrate story telling and visuals to enhance content.

"Moving from Paper to Presentation: A Transformation" will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. 

Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited, and free pizza and pop will be provided.

Academic Regalia Notice for Dec. 19 Commencement

Commencement for December graduates will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.  Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement are asked to order their academic regalia from the Bookstore, at 554.2336, by Wednesday, Nov. 26.

NiC Open Workshop Offered

Need time? An open workshop will be offered Wednesday, Nov. 19, to give participants time to consider, create and consult with Newspapers in Curricula (NiC) Project faculty members.

The drop-in workshop will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Drop in when it is convenient and learn about assignment development from other faculty members, the newspaper Web sites and the Collegiate Readership Program. Refreshments and prizes will be available.

The event is sponsored by the NiC faculty. For more information, contact Adam Sempek at 554.2427.

GSO to Host Transgender Day of Remembrance Nov. 20

UNO will observe Transgender Day of Remembrance on its internationally recognized day: Thursday, Nov. 20.

In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, UNO's Gender and Sexual Orientation Student Agency (GSO) will sponsor a free concert by indie-folk artists Coyote Grace and Namoli Brennet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. Free food will be served.

This day is recognized and set aside to memorialize those killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The headstone markers located in the Pep Bowl area through Friday, Nov. 21, will exemplify these heinous crimes. The markers indicate the names and date of those who have been killed due to their sexual orienation.

A complete listing about these individuals can be found at

For more information, contact Brooke Ayoub at 554.2620.

GSO to Screen "The Brandon Teena Story"

As Transgender Day of Remembrance approaches on Thursday, Nov. 20, the Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) student agency will acknowledge the 15-year anniversary of the Brandon Teena murder case with the screening of the documentary "The Brandon Teena Story."

Today, Nov. 18, the documentary will be shown from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. A roundtable discussion will follow and will focus on the lives of transgender individuals and others who have been killed due to their gender identity and expression.  

Independent filmmakers Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir produced the film.  Teena's murder occurred in Humbolt, Neb., on Dec. 31, 1993 when he was shot to death by John Lotter and Marvin Thomas Nissen.  

For more information, contact Brooke Ayoub at 554.2620.

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

Deadline Nov. 24 for Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar

UNO faculty can participate in a two-day seminar on Writing Across the Curriculum.  The seminar will take place in the Alumni Center on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 8-9, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Applications are due Monday, Nov. 24.

Faculty who participate will have an opportunity to consider WAC's twin objectives – using writing tasks to promote students' understanding of course material in any discipline (writing to learn), and integrating writing tasks across the curriculum in order to support students' development as writers (learning to write).  Participants will be well prepared to teach discipline-based writing and writing-intensive courses.

On Jan. 8, interactive sessions will address the challenges students face when they undertake academic writing tasks, from comprehending difficult reading assignments to evaluating, integrating and citing information from print and electronic sources.  Jan. 9 sessions will focus on best practices for responding to and evaluating students' papers.  Participants will bring papers written by their own students, compare their assessments to those of their colleagues and consider similarities and differences across disciplines. 

The seminar is supported by the Center for Faculty Development.  Participants will receive $250 directed to their departments for travel and other professional expenses. 

A brief application form is posted on the UNO Writing Center Web site, on the Faculty Resources page at

For more information, contact Nora Bacon at 554-3318, Dorianne Richards at 554.3311, or Carol Rozansky at 554.3471.


- UNO student Bailey E. Barnard presented a paper titled "Analysis of the Babylonia Terracotta of the Goddess Ishtar" at the 19th annual Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference at Truman State University.  Barnard's paper was one of 13 presented at the conference.  Other participating schools include Hastings College, Western Kentucky University, the University of Memphis, Carleton College, Illinois State University, St. Thomas University, St. Ambrose University and Truman State University.  Bill Blizek, professor of philosophy and religion, also attended the conference.

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