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Step Up and Strategic Planning Awards

Fifteen UNO departments and individuals were honored Nov. 17 with the annual Step Up and Strategic Planning Awards at a reception held at the Milo Bail Student Center. Chancellor John Christensen presented the awards that recognize units, both academic and non-academic, and cross disciplinary initiatives that exemplify a commitment to furthering UNO's strategic goals.

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Collegebound Nebraska Unveiled

On Nov. 23, University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken, South High School Principal Cara Riggs, UNO student Daisy Campos and Gov. Dave Heineman spoke at an all-school assembly at South High, announcing Collegebound Nebraska and encouraging students to attend college. The newly expanded financial aid program at NU will make a college education more affordable for thousands of Nebraska students.

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60 Tons Collected Through Campus Recycling Program

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Student, faculty and staff efforts to recycle on campus are working. To date, UNO has recycled 60 tons - that's 120,000 pounds - of materials since the program kicked off this summer.

Blue containers have been placed across campus to collect a wide variety of materials such as: all types of paper products, including office paper, envelopes, copy paper, colored paper, newspaper, magazines, catalogs and phone books; all types of cardboards; water bottles and pop cans with their plastic lids; and all types of plastic and metal containers.

"I ask the entire UNO community to support and participate in our expanded, ‘single-stream' recycling program," said Chancellor John Christensen. "By making a few minor changes to our daily routine and behavior, we can all make a big difference on the environment."

Trash should be discarded in the black containers familiar to everyone on campus. Trash is considered all food, liquids, styrofoam, tissues, paper towels, construction materials, plastic bags and glass.

Faculty and staff have the opportunity to receive blue bins to help sort the trash and recyclables in their work areas, as defined above. These instructions will also be delivered with all blue bins.

To learn more about recycling at UNO, visit

To obtain additional recycling containers for your work area, contact Paula Slavin or 554.2385.

Faculty Senate to Host "Budget 102a" Talk Today

The Faculty Senate will sponsor a talk by Julie Totten, associate vice chancellor for business and finance, titled "Budget 102a" today, 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. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

SOLP Hosts Kwanzaa Celebration Today

The Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will host a luncheon celebrating Kwanzaa today, Dec. 5. The celebration, which will include an explanation of the holiday's principles, will start at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The program is intended for UNO students, staff and faculty. The event is free. The Impact Movement, Pan African Student Organization, Circle of Brotherhood, National Council for Negro Women and the African American Organization will take part in the Kwanzaa principles presentation.

Space is limited, so those attending need to arrive on time. The event is also an opportunity to bring a canned or other nonperishable items for SOLP's food drive.

For more information, call 554.2711.

Blue Line Luncheon and Dec. 6 Game Honors U.S. Troops

The Blue Line Luncheon will kick off weekend Maverick military appreciation festivities today, Dec. 5, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Anthony's Restaurant, 7220 F St.

At the lunch, hear from the visiting coach, Maverick players, UNO hockey coach Mike Kemp and Beth Tielke with Nebraska Troop Support. Attendees can also watch game highlights and enter to win door prizes.

The buffet opens at 11:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 11:50 a.m. Individual tickets are $15 at the door for Blue Line Club members and $20 for non-members. For more information, call 554.3422.

The Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, Dec. 6, is a tribute to UNO senior goaltender Jerad Kaufmann's friend and all those who serve.

Besides honoring troops at the Dec. 6 Military Appreciation Night, the Blue Line Club and U.S. Marines are teaming up for the annual Toys for Tots drive. All fans are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or monetary donation to Saturday's game.

Military personnel who show their military I.D. will receive one free upper bowl ticket to the game. They also may purchase tickets for all family members for a discounted rate of just $10. Read more.

UNMC Researcher Speaks on VA Research Opportunities

Debra Romberger, a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and associate Chief of Staff/Research at the Omaha VA Medical Center, will present "Research Opportunities in the VA System" in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) today, Dec. 5. The 1 p.m. event is free and open to the public. As a part of her discussion, she will include a perspective on women entering scientific careers.

After getting her bachelor's degree in Life Sciences at Kansas State University, Dr. Romberger earned her medical degree from the School of Medicine at the University of Kansas in Kansas City and completed her residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Pulmonary Research at UNMC and joined the faculty there in 1990.

In addition to practicing pulmonary and critical care medicine, Dr. Romberger has a research laboratory currently focused on understanding how dusts from agricultural settings cause lung disease. Her studies are funded by the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and by the Veterans Administration.

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility, which has sponsored the presentation, invites the campus community to attend. For more information, contact Lisa Holst at 554.3075 or

Dodge Street Location Electrical Shutdown This Weekend

The electrical shutdown set for tonight, Dec. 5, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled. All buildings will have power and heat tonight. The Saturday through Sunday, Dec. 6-7, outage will be conducted as scheduled.

The electrical outage is for site work at the new Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) addition and renovation project.

Temporary building electrical and heating shutdowns are expected to take place from 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, through 7 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7.

The following buildings will have no electrical power or heat: Allwine Hall, Sapp Fieldhouse, HPER Building, Arts and Sciences Hall, Kayser Hall, Roskens Hall, Milo Bail Student Center and the Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, contact Larry Morgan at 554.3735 or Audrey Buckley at 554.4104.

"Consider This" to Offer Caregiving Advice

Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This": Home for the Holidays, a special edition designed with seniors in mind. Host Cathy Wyatt will speak with experts about warning signs, potential safety issues and, perhaps most importantly, how to successfully strike up a conversation about it all.   

Guests include Lois Sietsema, president and CEO of Midwest Geriatrics Inc.; Chris Stewart, coordinator for Respite Network; and Chris Cady, Fall Intervention program manager for Reaching Seniors Together.

The program will air today, Dec. 5, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

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

NET2 (NET's cable network)
-Tuesday, Dec. 9
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 Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Maverick Investment Club to Meet Dec. 8

The Maverick Investment Club will hold its buy/sell meeting on Monday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

"This is a great way to gain insights on investing and the markets in general," said Brett Blankenship, club member. "This is a great opportunity to see what goes into making an investment decision and what to look for in an investment." 

The meeting is open to all Maverick Investment Club members.  There is no membership fee and free food and refreshments will be provided. 

For more information or to be added to the mailing list or Blackboard site, contact Blankenship at or Jessica Coufal at

Holiday Card Program Deadline Extended

The deadline to donate to the Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) annual Holiday Card Program has been extended to Tuesday, Dec. 9.

All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on greeting cards for colleagues to one of two scholarship funds at UNO: the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship Fund (recipients are children of faculty and staff) or the General Scholarship Fund. Additional donations are also welcome. In return, a seasonal greeting that acknowledges contributors will be distributed to all UNO departments on Monday, Dec. 15.

Those who wish to donate should send a check (payable to UNO) to Cashiering/Student Accounts, EAB 109, by Tuesday, Dec. 9. Donors should designate one of the two scholarship funds listed above and indicate the name or names they wish to appear on the seasonal greetings card.

To access a donation form, click on the following link:

Holiday Card Form

For more information, contact Laura Lamblin at 554.2322.

ITS Announces Upcoming Technology Training

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces several technology training opportunities this month. Visit for more information.  All faculty and staff are welcome.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or

In the News

In the News

- The history of the Department of Black Studies was the focus of an NET Radio story that aired Dec. 1. The story featured interviews with Omowale Akintunde, department chair, and Mark Rousseau, sociology.

- John Bartle, School of Public Administration, was interviewed Dec. 2 by KPTM (Fox 42) about Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey's plans to cut the city's operating budget in 2009.

- Chancellor John Christensen was a guest on "The Good Morning Show" on KFAB (1110 AM) on Nov. 21, where he previewed his Face on the Barroom Floor event at the Omaha Press Club.

- The Dec. 2 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest column by Harl Dalstrom, Department of History, about the decision to cancel William Ayers' presentation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln earlier this year.

- The Nov. 20 issue of the Papillion Times featured an article about "Discovering World Religions at 24 Frames Per Second," a new book by Julien Fielding, Department of Philosophy and Religion.

- A Dec. 1 story on KETV (ABC 7) discussed increase enrollment in MBA programs, where UNO was featured. MBA student Don Grafton was interviewed for the story.

- The Nov. 24 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a recap of the UNO Equestrian Team's Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competition. The article quoted students Sara Miller and Virginia Stevenson.

- Student Mike Nichols was featured in the Nov. 24 issue of the Fremont Tribune about his internship with the City of Fremont.

- Tomm Roland, Department of Music, was interviewed Nov. 22 by KMTV (CBS 3) about the Guitar Hero video game.

- Student Emily Ronan was quoted in the Nov. 21 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the opening of the new movie "Twilight."

- Steve Shorb, Criss Library, was quoted in the Nov. 30 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the new Kaneko-UNO Library in downtown Omaha.

- Scott Tarry, Aviation Institute, was interviewed Nov. 25 by WOWT (NBC 6) about Thanksgiving airline travel.

- Greg Trimm and Joe Thallus, William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center, were featured in the December issue of Women's Edition magazine about events hosted at the facility.

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

- A. Olu Oyinlade, sociology, co-authored a recent article on "Educational Placement of Children Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision in Residential and Public Schools: A National Study of the Parents' Perspectives." It appeared in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, vol. 102, No. 6.

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

Flute Choir to Perform Sunday at Lauritzen Gardens
The Heartland Community Flute Choir (HCFC), founded by UNO faculty member Christine Beard, will perform at the Lauritzen Botanical Gardens on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m.  The concert will include classical and holiday music, along with original works.

More than 30 adult and student musicians make up the flute choir.  Admission to the Holiday Harmony Concert is $6 for adults, $3 for children and free for children younger than 6.  Admission includes entrance to the Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.  From noon until 4 p.m., Santa Claus will be available for pictures and children can make creative garden holiday crafts for an additional $3 fee per child.    

Dr. Beard, who is a professor of flute in the UNO Department of Music, has led the HCFC since 2003.  For more information, call 554.2685 or e-mail  The phone number for Lauritzen Gardens is 346.4002.  The 2008-09 HCFC concert schedule and membership information is online at

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

Solo Exhibition Opens Tonight at Nebraska Arts Council
Susan McGilvrey, an instructor in the UNO Department of Art and Art History, will present a solo exhibition of works in clay and paper at the Fred Simon Gallery in the offices of the Nebraska Arts Council, 1004 Farnam St.  All are invited to a reception for the artist to be held tonight, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery.

McGilvrey explores various issues of concept, pun, current events, technical manipulation and the relationship of her work to this unique exhibition venue.  In addition to being chosen to show in the Simon gallery space, the artist has received two Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship grants, creating a long and winding trail of events, which has impacted her production and choice of artworks presented.

The show continues through Friday, Jan. 2, regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding major national holidays.

For gallery information, contact JD Hutton at 595.2142.

Annual OAA Student Art Exhibition
The Organization for the Advancement of the Arts (OAA) will present The Faux Show, their 11th annual non-juried student art exhibition at the Bemis Underground. The event will take place Friday, Dec. 12, from 7 p.m. to midnight.

The OAA is an entirely student run organization at UNO.  For the past 11 years they have sponsored an open-entry student show in the Omaha community to give young artists an opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional environment.

The Faux Show will be on display for one night only and will feature work by local studio art students.  A reception will be held in the lobby and will feature poetry readings by UNO's Writer's Workshop, as well as live music.

The Bemis Underground is located on the southwest corner of 12th and Leavenworth streets. The exhibition is handicapped accessible, free and open to the public.

For more information, contact, or visit

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.

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.