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Barrett Honored at Aviation Lecture

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Colleen Barrett, president emeritus of Southwest Airlines, was the guest speaker and honoree at the Monday, November 17 '2008 Charles W. Durham Lecture' hosted by UNO's Aviation Institute. Barrett (center) received the William F. Shea Award for her contributions to aviation from Shea (right) the founding director of the Aviation Institute and Scott Tarry (left) current director of the Institute.



Flag Lowering

Gov. Dave Heineman ordered all U.S. and Nebraska flags to be flown at half-staff today, Nov. 19, in honor of the memory of Bernice Labedz, a former Nebraska state senator and Douglas County board member. She was 89.

Blood Drive Today at Student Center

The UNO Pre-Med Club has organized an American Red Cross blood drive today, Nov. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.

The American Red Cross needs 90 blood donors to help meet the need for local patients this holiday season.

A single, whole blood donation can help save the lives of up to three people.

To book an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit (Sponsor Code: 129).

Presidential Advisor, NU Graduate Kicks Off Hoagland Lecture Series Tonight

Ted Sorensen, a former advisor to President John F. Kennedy and a University of Nebraska graduate, is the inaugural speaker for the Peter J. Hoagland Integrity in Public Service Lecture Series at UNO.

Sorensen will speak tonight, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St., about his Nebraska roots and his work in the White House. The event is free and open to the public.  Read more.

"Wiping Tears" on Stage Tonight 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 tonight, 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.

Food Fight Continues on Campus

UNO, College of Saint Mary and Creighton University continue to compete against one another to collect the most food to help stock the shelves of The Salvation Army's food pantry.

Week one results are in from the annual Food Fight. On campus, the Eppley Administrative Building has donated the most items – 1,017. In the student category, Maverick Village is number one with 136 items donated.

"This is the second best week we have ever had. The $438 is the most we have ever had donated," said John Jensen, UNO food fight campus coordinator. "These totals are great. Hopefully we can continue to match or increase that amount for the next couple weeks." 

At UNO, donations of non-perishable food items will be solicited through Wednesday, Dec. 3. The Salvation Army has requested the items listed below. No glass containers will be accepted.

- Canned meats;

- Dry cereals;

- Canned fruits;

- Tomato products;

- Dry boxed items;

- Canned soups;

- Canned vegetables;

- Disposable diapers; and

- Hygiene products.

On cash and check donations, every dollar donated counts as four canned items. Monetary donations should be turned into all building coordinators. Checks should be made out to the "Salvation Army."

To find out how UNO organizations can get involved in the Food Fight, contact Jensen at 554.3382.

UNO Volunteers Sought for Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive

UNO volunteers are still needed to serve as bell ringers for this year's Salvation Army's Red Kettle drive.

UNO is responsible for two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 2-3, at Nebraska Furniture Mart's two main doors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is indoor bell ringing at high traffic locations. 

To volunteer, contact Nancy Castilow at 554.3509 or

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 several 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:

- Today, 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 remains 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, that serve this area will still offer rides 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.

Try Computer Reviews at Criss Library

The Criss Library staff and patrons are evaluating the Computer Reviews database on a trial basis. Computer Reviews provides commentary and critiques of books and articles related to the literature of computer science.

The trial will last through Monday, Dec. 8. Feedback is welcome on the trial database at

Free Toner Cartridges Available

Limited quantities of toner cartridges are available from Mail Services for departmental use only.

They are:

- HP 45 black;

- HP 17 tri-color;

- HP 56 black;

- HP 57 tri-color; and

- HP 51645A black.

For details, contact Kathy Bartle at 554.2337.

Center for Faculty Development to Host Creating "Synergy" Classes

The Center for Faculty Development will present "Creating 'Synergy' Classes:  Interdisciplinary Teaching by Linking Classes Across Departments" today, Nov. 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The session will explore the benefits of interdisciplinary teaching by creating class combinations. Examples include connecting history and literature, mathematics and music, physics and philosophy, political science and economics.

UNO's Synergy Project is a university-wide initiative to encourage connections between disciplines by forming "linked classes." This workshop is open to all university faculty.

Presenters will include Matthew Marx, English Department, coordinator of the Synergy Project, and Fred Amis, History Department, founder of the project.

Benefits to teaching "Synergy" classes include:

- These classes attract the best and brightest students;

- Faculty re-energize their classes by teaching their subjects in new and interesting ways;

- Faculty teach with other dedicated professors;

- Interdisciplinary study is highly encouraged in the modern university setting and is a marketable attribute; and

- Grants of $2,500 per participating instructor are available to encourage the development of these courses.

All participants are invited to bring a lunch. Refreshments will be served. To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development, 220 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or For more information go to For additional questions, contact Marx at

"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.

UNO Bookstore Reminds Faculty to Submit Spring Book Orders

The UNO Bookstore staff would like to remind faculty that book orders for courses offered in the spring semester are due.

Faculty may submit information to the Bookstore, through campus mail, via fax (554.3220) or through the Bookstore Web site at

For questions, contact Scott Dickey at 554.2541.

Classical 90.7 KVNO to Broadcast 23-week Metropolitan Opera Season

Classical 90.7 KVNO will kick off The Metropolitan Opera's 78th broadcast season on Saturday, Nov. 29, with a live broadcast of Berlioz' "The Damnation of Faust." The station will broadcast live a different, full opera each Saturday for 22 weeks, plus the popular "Met Audition Finals."  Read more. 

Campus Security Offers Holiday Safety Tips

The Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community of some common sense safety tips to practice during the holiday season.

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it's only for a few minutes.

- Avoid leaving valuables or packages in plain view in a vehicle. Place them in the trunk or between the seats. When possible, do so before parking.

- During the holiday break, take valuables home from campus offices and residence halls.

- Anyone who is going to be working on campus late in the evening or when few people are around should consider advising Campus Security so that an officer can pay special attention to the area.

- Anyone entering a locked residence hall, apartment building or campus building should make sure the door closes completely. Strangers should not follow anyone into a secure building.

- Students who live on campus and are leaving town for the holidays should make sure they have someone keeping an eye on their residence and leave emergency contact information.

For more information, call Campus Security at 554.2648.

Fall Self-defense Class Schedule

UNO student Eliss Hall will lead several two-hour self-defense classes at UNO this fall for the campus community and public.  A variety of safety knowledge and techniques will be highlighted.

The schedule:

- Friday, Dec. 5
1 to 3 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 6
9 to 11 a.m.

Classes will take place in 110 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. They are free to UNO students and Campus Recreation activity cardholders, and $10 for non-activity cardholders and the public.

Class sponsors include Campus Security, Human Resources, The Women's Resource Center and Fitness and Wellness.

To register, stop by 100 HPER or call 554.2539.  For more information, call Dave Daniels at 554.2008.