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Full House for Ted Sorensen

Tim Fitzgerald photo

Ted Sorensen, a former advisor to President John F. Kennedy and a University of Nebraska graduate, was the inaugural speaker Wednesday night (Nov. 19) at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center for the Peter J. Hoagland Integrity in Public Service Lecture Series at UNO. An estimated 250 people attended his lecture and question and answer period. Sorensen also took time to sign copies of his latest book, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History.



Collegebound Nebraska Makes College More Affordable for More Nebraskans

Collegebound Nebraska – a newly expanded financial aid program at the University of Nebraska – will make a college education more affordable for thousands of Nebraska students, University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken said this week. Milliken and Gov. Dave Heineman spoke at assemblies at Lincoln Northstar, Omaha South and Grand Island Senior High Schools to encourage students to attend college and to talk about Collegebound Nebraska.  Read more.

Chancellor to Become Next Omaha Press Club "Face" Tonight

UNO Chancellor John Christensen has been selected as the next Omaha Press Club's "Face on the Barroom Floor." His induction takes place tonight, Nov. 25, into the lineup of newsmakers who have been honored by the club since 1971. Read more.

UNO Employee Information

Efforts to correct the database for the UNO Employee Directory will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 2.  An important part of that process of creating the directory includes a review by each department and employee to ensure that the information is accurate before it goes to print, according to UNO Telecommunications staff.

Information in the directory comes from two databases created from two different documents--the Personal Data Form (PDF) and the Personnel Action Form (PAF), said Mary Sweaney, assistant director of Human Resources.  An employee PDF can be updated online through Firefly or through a hard copy form available from Human Resources or department support staff. 

"Most of the change notices received recently by Telecom involve title or position changes.  Those changes need to be approved by the supervisor, recorded on the PAF and entered by departmental staff," said Stan Schleifer, manager of Support Services.  "Those changes are loaded into SAP and that database is updated weekly."

The most up to date information on university employees is maintained online, and can be reached off of the UNO Web site by using the quicklinks tab and clicking on "Selected Resources" followed by "Faculty & Staff directory."  The Web site is maintained at  Unlike a paper directory, the Web based "4in1" is consistently updated throughout the year, Schleifer said.

Anyone aware of any errors or omissions in the 2008-09 Employee Directory is encouraged to forward them to Heather Overton in 119 Eppley Administration Building or e-mail them to before Dec. 2.

Chamber Orchestra Concert Tonight

UNO's Chamber Orchestra will present a concert tonight, Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. 

Tickets will be available at the door. The cost is $5 for general admission, $4 for senior citizens and students with ID, and free admission for UNO faculty or students with a current Mav Card.

For more information, contact Cindy Bassett at 554.3427.

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 two results are in from the annual Food Fight. On campus, the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building has donated the most items – 1,407. In the student category, Maverick Village is number one with 127 items donated.

"We have a short week this week and I know totals will drop dramatically, but I still hope we can salvage a good total out of the week," said John Jensen, UNO food fight campus coordinator. "While doing Thanksgiving shopping, if able, pick up a few extra items for the Food Fight."

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.

Every dollar donated counts as four canned items. Monetary donations, check or cash, 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.

Psychology Major Informational Session

Interested in applying for a degree in School Psychology? If so, plan to attend an informational session regarding the application process in 347Y Arts and Sciences  (Psychology Department) on Friday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Jen Pollock at

Academic Regalia Deadline Nov. 26

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.

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.

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 and 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

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.

Criss Library Sponsors Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair

The campus community and public can do holiday shopping and support the Criss Library all at the same time. The Criss Library will sponsor an Scholastic Children's Book Fair Monday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Tuesday through Wednesday, Dec. 2-3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos and toys all will be for sale. Donations will be accepted for the "Read Me A Story" literacy program with Douglas County Corrections.

All proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection.  For more information, contact Melissa Cast at

"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.


- A. Olu Oyinlade, sociology, was recently admitted into Marquis' Who's Who in America. His biography was published in the 63rd edition of Who's Who in America.

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

From the period of Oct. 1-31, those receiving grant awards totaling $1,673,313 are:

Name: Ronald Abdouch
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Neighborhood Center Council Bluffs/Pottawattamie County Neighborhood Development Program
Sponsor:  City of Council Bluffs

Title: Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha Council Bluffs/Pottawattamie County Neighborhood Development Program
Sponsor:  Iowa West Foundation

Name: Robert Bernier
Unit: College of Business Administration/Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Small Business Assistance for the State of Nebraska
Sponsor:  United States Small Business Association

Title: Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Sponsor:  Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Name: Robert Franklin
Unit: College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media/KVNO
Title: CPB: CSG (restricted/unrestricted 9/30/2010)
Sponsor:  Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Name: Jeffrey French
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences/Psychology
Title: MSU NSF Subcontract: Hyena Hormones
Sponsor:  Michigan State University

Name: Ann Fruhling
Unit: College of Information Science & Technology/Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis
Title: Kansas STATPack - Research, Development and Support
Sponsor:  Kansas Department of Health  and Environment

Name: Alan Kolok
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences/Biology
Title: Geographic trends in contamination of Nebraska's surface waters as indexed by sex steroids of common carp
Sponsor:  University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Name: Karl Kosloski
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Gerontology
Title: Assessing a Protocol to Strategically Support Family Caregivers
Sponsor:  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Name: Mark Pauley
Unit: College of Information Science & Technology/Computer Science
Title: Elucidation of Microbial Response to Temperature Variation and the Diurnal Cycle in the Yellowstone Octopus Hot Spring: A Proteomic Study
Sponsor:  University of Nebraska Medical Center

Name: Roni Reiter-Palmon
Unit: College of Arts & Sciences/Psychology
Title: Multicultural training for military advisors
Sponsor:  Aptima Inc.

Name: Nicholas Stergiou
Unit: College of Education/School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: Impact of Structured Weight Resistance Training on Balance in Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Sponsor:  UNMC

Title: Investigation of Interventions for Sitting Postural Control in Young Children with Moderate to Severe Cerebral Palsy
Sponsor:  United States Department of Education

Name: Scott Tarry
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Aviation
Title: Investing in NASA's Mission: Inspiring and Educating Nebraska's Future Workforce
Sponsor:  NASA

Name: Saundra Wetig
Unit: College of Education/Teacher Education
Title: Promoting Energy Awareness
Sponsor:  OPPD

Name: Richard Yoder
Unit: College of Business Administration/Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC) Goes Lean 
Sponsor:  United States Environmental Protection Agency

For assistance with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286, or visit

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