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Little Dude

A Four-Legged Visitor

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Little Dude, an 18 year-old miniature pony, was on campus Sept. 2 to help promote membership in UNO's Equestrian Club. Jason Storm, a sophomore from Omaha, obliges Little Dude with a pat on the head. A variety of sport clubs and organizations were on display on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

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Dorm Move-In

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Computers, refrigerators, television sets and boxes of cereal were common ingredients for the moving process into UNO's residence halls. Residents and parents were welcomed by volunteers at Maverick and University Villages. Maverick Village residents also enjoyed a cookout later in the week.



UNO Sees 2.6 Percent Increase in Student Enrollment

Word has spread about the metropolitan educational experience for students at UNO. The university, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, has reported a 2.6 percent increase in student enrollment for the fall 2009 semester, equaling about 15,380 students.

First-time freshmen and transfer students account for about 3,400 of UNO's student population, an increase of about 4 percent when compared to the fall 2008 semester. Read more.

Wellness Stampede

UNO Bike Share Starts Today

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

In an effort to encourage physical activity, to protect the environment and to provide an easier way to get around campus, UNO will launch a free bike-sharing program today, Sept. 8. Paris has a bike sharing program so why not UNO, said the program's organizers.

To start, eight bicycles will be provided and any UNO student or employee can use one for free, upon availability. The bikes can be picked up or left off at any campus bike rack. The unlocked bikes are either one-speed or three-speeds.

Neal Bonacci, UNO student president/regent, will make a ceremonial inaugural ride today at 9:30 a.m. starting from the south side of Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

The mission of the Mav-Rec Wellness, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, contact David Daniels at 554.2008, or

NET Radio Offers Call-In Show on H1N1 Virus in Nebraska

Cases of the new H1N1 flu are on the rise in Nebraska. NET Radio is airing a live call-in show about the new virus and its potential impact on Nebraska. Health experts will answer called-in questions about prevention, vaccination and other concerns. The program will be broadcast tonight, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. Read more.

President Milliken to Address Faculty Senate Sept. 9

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its first regular monthly meeting of the academic year Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation. All interested parties are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

2009-2010 Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Kick-Off

The Center for Faculty Development announces the Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Kick-Off. The event will take place Friday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The Center for Faculty Development, Graduate Studies, Office of Sponsored Programs and Academic and Student Affairs have joined together to sponsor the event. Those four units also sponsor Community Engagement Links, Teaching Circles and Research Triangles.

The kick-off will celebrate these on-going and new faculty-learning communities. Register new and existing groups and solicit members for all groups, as well as recognize the successes of previous Links, Circles and Triangles. All are UNO inventions and traditions. For more information on Engagement Links, as well as Circles and Triangles go to the Center for Faculty Development Web site at

Anyone interested in Community Engagement Link, Teaching Circle or Research Triangle can register by e-mail and making sure to include:

- Name of the Community Engagement Link, Teaching Circle or Research Triangle;

- Name and department of the facilitator;

- Members' names and departments; and

- Brief description of the purpose, possible discussion topics and potential outcomes.

Those who cannot attend the kick-off can still register the Community Engagement Link, Teaching Circle or Research Triangle at the above e-mail address. Check the listings for 2009-2010 Teaching Circles/Research Triangles for ideas and contacts on the Center for Faculty Development Web site (

To sign up for an existing group, individuals can contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or to have their name added to a topic.

Maverick Productions to Host Comedian Wendi Fox

Former high-risk drinker and stand up comedian Wendi Fox will present, "Trashed," on Monday, Sept. 14, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

This event, sponsored by Maverick Productions, is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. UNO Counseling Services will host a table with information about campus resources.

Fox is committed to changing the drug and alcohol climate on college campuses through the power ofhumor.

"Don't blame it on the beer," Fox said. "Until we stop treating the symptom and start treating the human spirit we will continue to be challenged by the drug and alcohol climate on college campuses today."

For more information, contact Erin Cron at 554.2711.

"Newspapers in Your Classroom" Event Set for Sept. 16

To learn more about UNO's Newpapers in Curricula (NiC) Project in which newspapers are used as a tool for faculty and students in developing civic engagement visit the fall "Newspapers in Your Classroom" event on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

Newspapers in Curricula (NiC) is a faculty group supporting the Collegiate Readership Program at UNO. Presenters have developed curricula incorporating newspapers. Learn strategies for and benefits of using the newspaper in the classroom.

Event guest speakers will include Paul Wilson, educational representative for The New York Times, and Lynn Hall, national director of education for The New York Times.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or R.S.V.P is required since lunch will be provided.

To request more information about the event, contact Maria Knudtson at

ITS Offers Desktop Publishing Workshop

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will offer a beginning class in Adobe InDesign, "Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing," on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the 112 Criss Library.

This session provides a hands-on opportunity to learn desktop publishing using this software package. While designing a poster and a newsletter, participants will learn to: insert and manipulate text and graphics and create a "master" template to use for future designs. Knowledge of other Adobe software titles is helpful but not necessary.

All UNO faculty and staff are welcome, but registration is required and will be on a first come, first serve basis. There is a limit of 15 seats.

To register for this training:

- Go to;

- Select the correct month and click "Go";

- Click "Register" next to the event;

- Enter your SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and photo ID's);

- Click "Sign Up";

- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

For more information contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or

Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule Announced

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Human Resources - Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host four Faculty Recruitment Workshops this fall.

All workshops will be held in Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room

- Monday, Sept. 28
2 to 3:30 p.m.

- Thursday, Oct. 8
9 to 10:30 a.m.

- Tuesday, Oct. 27
1 to 2:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, Nov. 10
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Before anyone can serve on a UNO Faculty Search Committee individuals must have attended one of these recruitment workshops. If it has been two or more years since last attending one plan to attend. To R.S.V.P. for the workshop, contact Jerri Maxwell at or 554.3892.

For more information about the workshop, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or, James McCarty at 554.2262 or, Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or or Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872 or

Missouri Valley Reading Series Continues This Week with Lisa Sandlin

Award-winning author Lisa Sandlin will read from her works this week as part of the 2009 Missouri Valley Reading Series. The event will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Sandlin is the author of three collections of short stories: In the River Province, (Sothern Methodist University Press, 2004); The Famous Thing About Death (Cinco Puntos Press, 1991); and Message to the Nurse of Dreams (Cinco Puntos Press, 1997), which won the Violet Crown Award from the Austin Writers League and the Jesse H. Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. She is also recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Dobie Paisano Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Miles Waggener at 554.2151.

Wellness Stampede

Weight Watchers at Work Open House Sept. 10

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

Weight Watchers at Work is back for the fall semester. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and their spouses are invited to attend an open house set for Thursday, Sept. 10. Free Weight Watchers samples and door prizes will be available.

"Weight Watchers is not a diet; it is a healthy lifestyle change," said David Daniels assistant director of fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "With free Internet weight loss tools, you'll discover new strategies to help you live the way you want and still lose weight."

The open house will take place beginning at 12:30 p.m. in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. In order to get a Weight Watchers' leader on campus, 15-paid participants must be registered. At the session, dates will be determined for the regular meetings for the next 13-week program.

For details stop by the open house or contact, Daniels at 554.2008 or

The mission of the Mav-Rec Wellness, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, contact David Daniels at 554.2008, or

Voices Against Violence Raises Awareness with BBQ and 'The Waitress'

Sexual violence is a serious campus and public health issue. Some statistics estimate one in four college-age women have suffered some type of intimate partner violence. Add the risk of binge drinking and the chance of becoming a victim increases.

The members of the UNO Voices Against Violence Task Force, in partnership with the Omaha YWCA, have initiated an ongoing campaign to educate the campus on intimate partner violence.

To do this, the task force will hold a "Back-to-School BBQ" and an outdoor viewing of the film "The Waitress" on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Maverick Village. The event features free hot dogs, chips, soda and pie to carry the theme of the film. The 2007 film features Keri Russell as an abused young wife and waitress who wants to enter a pie-baking contest to win enough money to leave her husband. Read more.

Campus Community Encouraged to Donate Blood on Sept. 11

UNO will join the American Red Cross and other local agencies for the eighth annual Patriot's Day blood drive on Friday, Sept. 11.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate blood between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. at the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross, located south of 80th and Center streets.

A free shuttle service will be available from the Milo Bail Student Center. Simply indicate the need for shuttle transportation on the online registration form and arrive at the designated shuttle stop 30 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment.

All donors on Sept. 11 will receive a free T-shirt and refreshments, and be entered into raffles for tickets to local events and gift certificates to local venues.

To register, visit For more information, call Kathe Oleson Lyons at 554.4083.

Volleyball Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day Sept. 11

Cheer on the Mavericks at home! The UNO volleyball team will host a Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day on Friday, Sept. 11, at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

Faculty and staff will receive discounted $5 admission per game and complementary hot dog, chips and pop. Tickets will be available at the door. Game times are 12:15 p.m. for UNO vs. University of Southern Florida and 7 p.m. for UNO vs. Drury University.

For more information, contact Pam Schwarting at 554.3689.

'Made in L.A' and Post-Projection Forum Is Focus of OLLAS Event

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will kick off its 2009-10 Charla Series Thursday, Sept. 17, with a screening of the documentary "Made in L.A." Immediately following the film, there will be an open discussion of the film, facilitated by students from a Migration, Race, and Globalization seminar. The film and discussion run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. Read more.

Speech Center Consulting Room Fall Hours

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), has set its fall hours. Hours are generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. To make an appointment, call 554.3201 or stop by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty, and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses. Visit to find out more information. Call 554.3201 or send an e-mail to to schedule an appointment.

Anyone with questions or faculty members interested in scheduling a classroom consultation can call the Speech Center at 554.3201 or send an e-mail to


Fraternity Honors Four UNO Students
The members of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity recently recognized four "Balanced Men" who are either freshmen or sophomore students. A "Balanced Man" is a male UNO student who is not only strong physically, but also strong academically.

Students Terrence Brown, Cletus DeWispelare, Lucas Sullivan and Kurt Thomsen received a total of $2,000 in scholarships.

The "Balanced Men" scholarship honors not just members of the fraternity, but any male UNO student who meets academic requirements, has superior athletic ability, numerous demonstrations of leadership and countless community service hours.

For more information, contact Tyler Micek, Sigma Phi Epsilon, at

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