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Learning to Draw

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Students and one of their teachers from Omaha's Castelar School received expert lessons Monday (November 17) on how to draw faces. California artist David Diaz was in Omaha for a week-long series of lectures to area school children at Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum. The students also toured the Diaz exhibit which is on display at Joslyn through Feb. 22. His Omaha visit was part of the Del and Lou Ann Weber Centennial Lecture Series at UNO.

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UNO Splits at Home

The Maverick hockey team was on home ice Friday and Saturday nights, November 14 and 15 to host Ferris State University. Friday night's game ended in a 3-2 win for Ferris. The Mavericks evened up the series Saturday night with a 4-2 victory. UNO's Dan Charleston scored his 100th point as a Maverick with a goal and an assist in the victory. The Mavericks are at home again this Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22 as the Michigan State Spartans come to Omaha's Qwest Center.



2008-2009 Employee Directory Notice

Due to omissions of faculty and staff from the UNO 2008-2009 Employee Directory, the directory will be republished.

Anyone aware of any errors or omissions is encouraged to forward them to Heather Overton in 119 Eppley Administration Building or e-mail them to by no later than Tuesday, Dec. 2.

"Consider This" to Investigate Epilepsy with The Overtons

Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and viewers will get a glimpse of epilepsy as seen through the eyes of a world-renowned epileptologist, a caregiver and a young woman with epilepsy.

The show focuses on first-hand experiences from individuals who have made it their mission to offer healing, support and hope. Guests include Dr. Sanjay Singh, a physician in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Neurological Sciences; Mary Overton, caregiver and co-founder of Omaha Epilepsy Support Group; and Heather Overton, Mary Overton's 25-year-old daughter who lives with epilepsy and also co-founded the Omaha Epilepsy Support Group.

Both Overtons have ties to UNO. Mary is secretary II in Counseling Services and Heather is a UNO alum and telecommunications assistant in Telecommunications.

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that from time to time produces brief disturbances in the normal electrical functions of the brain.  It affects more than three million people nationwide, and more than 25,000 live in Nebraska.

The program will air today, Nov 21, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

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

NET2 (NET's cable network)
-Tuesday, Nov. 25
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

International Researcher to Speak on Infant Perception Today

A nationally known expert on infant perceptual motor development will give a talk on campus today, Nov. 21. The presentation starts at 1 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), and is sponsored by the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility.

Daniela Corbetta serves as an associate professor at the University of Tennessee.  Her presentation, "Motor Development, Complexity, and Sensory-Motor Experience," is free to both the campus community and the public.  A social event will begin after her discussion in the HPER Building's Biomechanics Laboratory.   

Dr. Corbetta's work on infant perceptual-motor development comes from a dynamic systems approach. She is particularly interested in the formation and changes occurring in infant reaching, bimanual coordination and hand preference during the first year of life. Her research seeks to understand how infants learn to control their bodies, movements and actions to interact with the world. Her goal is to understand how infants use visual and sensory information to plan and organize their ever-expanding interactions.

Dr. Corbetta received her doctorate in developmental and experimental psychology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland in 1989. Prior to the University of Tennessee, she has had academic appointments at Purdue University and at Indiana University. She serves as a visiting professor in psychology departments at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, Virginia Tech, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and also as a visiting scholar at the University of Louvain in Belgium. In 2002, she evaluated grant proposals for the Women's International Science Collaboration Program. Since then she has annually been an external proposal reviewer or ad hoc member for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and other universities and foundations.

For more information, contact Lisa Holst, at 554.3075 or More information about Dr. Corbetta can be found at

University Drive South to Close Through Nov. 24

University Drive South has closed temporarily. A waterline was discovered broken underneath the drive earlier this week while conducting renovations on the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

All traffic has been rerouted through University Drive East, and signs will be posted. Drivers should expect the following detours:

- All traffic from Elmwood Park has been rerouted to University Drive East;

- The shuttle bus stops near HPER and Maverick Village has closed. Students should use the Durham Science Center and Milo Bail Student Center locations instead; and

- Cars parked in lots near the shutdown vicinity must exit through Lots Q and M (west of College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building) and Lot R (between Allwine Hall and CPACS).

Repairs are expected to be completed by Monday, Nov. 24.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Parking Charge for Wrestling Kaufman-Brand Open

Individuals without parking permits attending the Saturday, Nov. 22, Kaufman-Brand Open will be charged to use designated surface lots and parking structure.

The event parking will cost $5 per car. All three levels of the parking structure south of Arts and Sciences Hall will be charged parking, as well as the lots west of College of Public Affairs and Community Service and south and east of the Criss Library.  However, anyone with a valid UNO parking pass or parking structure access card can park for free.

Each November, UNO hosts the Kaufman-Brand Open, the nation's largest collegiate wrestling meet. It attracts more than 700 wrestlers from 35 teams in 12 states to Sapp Fieldhouse.

For more information, contact Ron Higdon at 554.3142.

UNO Television Crew to Document Homeless Youth in Ethiopia

UNO researchers left this week for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where they will gather first-hand audio and video material for an upcoming documentary production on "Ethiopia Street Youth." The production will provide an in-depth look at how Addis Ababa youth cope with homelessness, and an exploration of the services provided to these children by non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Robert A. Franklin, Classical 90.7 KVNO radio and UNO Television general manager and assistant professor, continues his collaborative research project with the assistance of graduate student Joshua Krohn, who also serves as KVNO's production coordinator. While in Ethiopia, the team will dispatch daily podcasts for UNO's eNotes, KVNO-FM and KIOS-FM. Read more.

Alzheimer's Fundraiser Is Sunday

Members of UNO's Sigma Kappa sorority will host a dance competition - "Does Sigma Kappa Think You Can Dance?" - on Sunday to raise money for Alzheimer's research.

The Nov. 23 event is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. A $4 donation will be taken at the door, but additional donations are welcome. The dance competition will also feature food and raffle prizes.

For more information, call 554.2711.

Monthly Payroll Notice for November

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday through Friday, Nov. 27-28, the November monthly payday will be on Wednesday, Nov. 26. For more information, contact Payroll at 554. 2739.

Flu Shots Still Available

Flu shots are still available at UNO Student Health Services (SHS), located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. The cost is $15 for students with ID and $20 for faculty, staff and others in the UNO community.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. SHS will accept cash, check or credit for payment at time of service. SHS will also submit insurance claims for possible reimbursement for UNO Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders. Those interested in receiving a shot should wear appropriate clothing for an inoculation in the arm and, if applicable, bring their insurance card.

For more information, contact SHS at 554.2374.

OLLAS and SLA to Offer Study Abroad Course in Peru This May

UNO students and community members can travel to Lima, Peru, May 15-31 for an educational experience that goes beyond the classroom. While in Peru, students and community participants will have the unique opportunity to participate in a service-learning project that will allow them to meet with residents and elected officials of one of Lima's "pueblos jovenes" (poor neighborhoods) - San Juan de Miraflores - to learn about some of their challenges and organizational capacities. Read more.

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.

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. Its second cohort will start Jan. 8.

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 216.9432 or

In the News

In the News

- The Nov. 11 issue of the Omaha World-Herald published an article quoting Mel Clancy, Project Achieve, about racism following the presidential election.

- Lex Kaczmarek, College of Business Administration, was quoted in the Nov. 19 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the increase of applicants to UNO's MBA program. The article was also published in the Nov. 19 issue of the Gretna Breeze newspaper.

- John Kretzschmar, William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies, spoke on The Good Morning Show on KFAB (1110 AM) Nov. 17. Kretzschmar discussed the Employee Free Choice Act.

- Student LaTisha Powell was the focus of a Nov. 15 Omaha World-Herald article on the Tri-County Partnership for Youth Development program, which helps disadvantaged young adults attend college and find employment.

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

- James R. Jones, associate professor management; Peggy Jones, assistant professor of Black Studies; and David C. Wilson, assistant of political science and international relations at the University of Delaware, co-authored a recent article. "Toward Achieving the 'Beloved Community' in the Workplace: Lessons for Applied Business Research and Practice from the Teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr.," appears in the journal of Business& Society. The special issue is devoted to the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to management scholarship and practice. 

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

Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Perform at NMEA Professional Conference
The UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform a variety of American Classics at the 2008 Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA) Professional Conference today, Nov. 21, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. Although the 11 a.m. concert is a part of the professional conference program, the public can attend at no charge.

The university's premier concert band, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, was founded during the 1978-79 academic year by Director of Bands - James Saker. That spring, the group was chosen by a competitive, juried selection process to perform at the NMEA Professional Conference held later that year. That 1979 performance marked the first appearance of a musical group from UNO at the NMEA event. Although performance groups may apply only once every three years, the Wind Ensemble has been chosen to present a concert on the conference program a total of 10 different occasions since.

Dr. Saker will conduct the group‚ beginning with Joseph Wilcox Jenkins "American Overture." UNO faculty soloists Barry Ford, trumpet; Peter Madsen, trombone; and Mark Barnette, tuba; will be featured in Floyd Werle's "Concertino for Brass and Winds." Paul Koenig, a tenor soloist, will be featured in H. Owen Reed's "Heard of the Morn" from the opera, Michigan Morn. Vittorio Giannini's Dedication Overture also will be performed. The Wind Ensemble will conclude the program with James Barnes' "Symphony No. 3."

"The third movement of the symphony, which is an emotional settings of ‘conversations and dialogues' performed by soloists within the body of the work that will be dedicated to memory of former Wind Ensemble Horn player and UNO alum, April Bishop," said Dr. Saker. "After this emotional movement ends, the symphony closes with a glorious, jubilant finale celebrating a rebirth of the human spirit."

For more information, contact Dr. Saker at 554.3446.

"Sistah Girl Now & Again" Takes to the Stage at Joslyn Saturday
Prepare to laugh, cry, sing, cheer and maybe gasp when "Sistah Girl Now & Again" takes to the stage at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St, on Saturday, Nov. 22. The 6 p.m. production will take place in the Witherspoon Concert Hall.

"We've laughed with Etta Mae, Tonika, Donnie, Stephanie and the 12 ladies throughout the years and now they're back with a new twist," said Janette Jones, writer and producer of the play.

The performance is "A Jus-Jan Entertainment Production," the theatrical brainchild of Jones a clerical assistant III in undergraduate admissions at UNO. "Sistah Girl Now & Again" is the adaption off of Jones' 2005 play called "Sista Girl Revisted."

"The 2008 play revival is also in loving memory of former cast mate Pasionetta Prince," Jones said. "She was tragically taken from our midst over two years ago."

Pasionetta, an up and coming actress, portrayed the character of Eve in 2005's "Sista Girl Revisted."

The cost is $22 in advance. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, contact Jones at 216.4963.

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

Fall BFA Thesis Exhibition at UNO Art Gallery Through Dec. 12
The work of five UNO Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) thesis candidates will be on display in the UNO Art Gallery, inside the Weber Fine Arts Building, from through Friday, Dec. 12.

This fall's thesis exhibition features the work of Shaun Benak, Jason Heida, Richard Murcek, Joe Pankowski and Josh Powell. Read more.

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, runs through Sunday, Nov. 30.

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.

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.