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Black Studies Focus of NET Radio Feature

The history of UNO's Department of Black Studies was the focus of a recent feature that aired on NET Radio, quoting both students and faculty.

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Audio Report from Addis Ababa

UNO Radio's Josh Krohn has updated his blog and now has posted sound files about his ongoing experiences in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Krohn and Robert Franklin, Classical 90.7 KVNO radio and UNO Television general manager and assistant professor, are doing research on Ethiopia street youth.

Krohn blog | KVNO



Campus Food Fight Ends Wednesday

Only a couple of days remain this week to help stock the shelves of The Salvation Army's food pantry. UNO, the College of Saint Mary and Creighton University continue to compete against one another to collect the most food for the Food Fight Challenge.

Week three results are in from the annual Food Fight. At UNO, Roskens Hall has donated the most items – 742. In the student category, Maverick Student Athletes are number one with 97 items donated.

"I'm speechless, at best, about the three-week total. I thought, maybe, 4,000 to 4,500. No way did I think we could beat last year's total. But, you had to prove me wrong, and am I ever glad you did," said John Jensen, UNO Food Fight campus coordinator. "8,461 total items, that betters last year's total of 8,200, which took us six weeks to collect."

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 building coordinators. Checks should be made out to the "Salvation Army."

For more information on the Food Fight, contact Jensen at 554.3382.

Scholastic Book Fair Under Way at Criss Library

This week, the campus community can do holiday gift shopping at the Scholastic Children's Book Fair and support Criss Library at the same time. Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos and toys are on sale.

The event continues today and Wednesday, Dec. 2-3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection. Donations will also be accepted for the "Read Me A Story" literacy program with Douglas County Corrections.

For more information, contact Melissa Cast at 554.3130 or

Nebraska Arts Council Brown Bag Today

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 today, 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.

Faculty Senate to Host "Budget 102a" Talk Dec. 5

The Faculty Senate will sponsor a talk by Julie Totten, associate vice chancellor for business and finance, titled "Budget 102a" this Friday, Dec. 5. It will take place at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Totten will discuss how the university's revenue allocation model impacts UNO's annual operating budget. For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

Borders Offers Educator Discount on Dec. 4

Borders will offer a 25 percent educator discount on select in-store merchandise to UNO employees on Thursday, Dec. 4.

To obtain the discount, individuals must present their university ID. Locations participating in the event:

Omaha locations
- 72nd and Dodge streets,
- 132nd and Maple streets; and
- 144th streets near Oak View Mall.

Papillion location
- 77th Olson Drive

For additional information, contact Tierza Twork at

HR Seminar to Highlight Social Security/Medicare

Human Resources' yearlong series of informative seminars will continue Friday, Dec. 12, with a presentation on Social Security and Medicare.

The seminar and discussion will run from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Benjamin Ficken, from Social Security administration, and Len Pacer, from Volunteers Assisting Seniors, will answer questions from participants.

The seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. Topics will include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning. All seminars are open to all interested faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

Call for Papers for 8th Annual Malcolm X Festival/Conference

The UNO Department of Black Studies will accept papers through Wednesday, Dec. 3, for the upcoming 8th Annual Malcolm X Festival and National Conference - "Resisting the Europeanization of Consciousness: Confronting the Privilege and Invisibility of Whiteness" - planned for April 14-16.

Submissions can be in any area of Black Studies or the humanities, including interdisciplinary work that addresses issues within these contexts. Discipline areas include, but are not limited to, languages and literature, history, philosophy, music, art, film studies, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, education, archaeology and cultural studies.

Proposal guidelines:

- Authors must submit an electronic abstract of no more than 300 words describing the presentation/paper proposal via the UNO Black Studies Web page ( by the submission deadline.

- The abstract must contain the abstract title, author's name and affiliation, phone number, fax number and e-mail address.

- One author from each paper/presentation must register for and attend the conference.

- Papers/presentations will be blind peer-reviewed.

- All organizers and presenters on panels and in special sessions must register for and attend the conference.

For more information, call 554.2412.

"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.

UNO, YWCA Team Up to Host Date Rape Awareness Event

UNO Voices Against Violence Task Force, in partnership with YWCA Omaha, will hold their second awareness event Thursday, Dec. 4, to help eliminate intimate partner violence.

The campaign serves as an advocate and educational resource for the UNO campus. Statistics show one in three college women – and one in four women overall – are sexually assaulted, according to the National Sexual Victimization of College Women survey.

"Dare to Speak for Those Who Don't" will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The event is free and open to the public. Read more.

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


UNO Public Relations Students Win National Award for Community Service
The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has earned a national award in community service.

The F.H. Teahan National Award for Community Service recognizes a chapter that has performed outstanding community service throughout the year. Ten members of the chapter accepted the award Oct. 27 at the National PRSSA Conference in Detroit. This is the third time in five years the UNO chapter has won the first-place honor. Read more.

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