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Burrito Run

Burrito Run

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

On Sept. 12, UNO Athletics partnered with Qdoba Mexican Grill for the first-ever 5k UNO⁄Qdoba Quest Burrito Run. The course, which started at the Henningson Memorial Campanile, took runners through three campus locations. After eating a burrito at Qdoba's 71st Street restaurant, runners ended the race at the Center Location. Pictured from left to right at Qdoba are Chi Omega Sorority members: Ellie Jacobson, Renae Heuermann, Kristin Drake and McKenzie Stevens.

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Corbin and Bonacci

Share a Bike

by Tim Fitzgerald

Several brightly painted bicycles arrived on campus Sept. 8, as part of the new Bike Share program for UNO. David Corbin and UNO Student President/Regent Neal Bonacci showed off the bikes on the student center plaza. Boys Town donated a total of eight bikes, one of which is a tandem, to UNO. The bikes can be ridden anywhere on campus and dropped off at a bike rack for use by other riders. Dr. Corbin, a professor for the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, said the program is an effort to encourage physical activity, to protect the environment and to provide an easier way to get around campus.

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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.



SHS to Offer H1N1 Information Sessions This Week

Student Health Services (SHS) will offer H1N1 information sessions in Eppley Administration Building Auditorium this week. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

The discussion will involve planning strategies for personal safety, as well as plans the university and state are planning to ensure public health and safety. Marcia Adler, R.N., M.S., and director of SHS, will lead the sessions.

The session schedule:

- Wednesday, Sept. 16

- Friday, Sept. 18
3 p.m.

For more information, contact Adler at 554.2743.

H1N1 Information Available on the Web

UNO officials have spent months planning for the H1N1 virus. Task forces are assigned to care for students, faculty and staff, and to educate the campus community on the virus and its prevention. Student Health Services works closely with the Douglas County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control as the campus moves through the outbreak.

To keep the campus community informed on H1N1, a Web site has been created with frequently asked questions and links to local and national health-related Web sites. Visit for more information on H1N1, or call Student Health Services at 554.2374.

One of the H1N1 frequently asked questions will be published, along with its explanation, in eNotes every Tuesday.

The Nebraska Medical Center has also activated a public hotline with information on H1N1. For information, call 559.9996.

How do I avoid becoming ill with H1N1 (Swine Flu)?

Complete isolation is the only way to avoid the H1N1 virus. The organism is everywhere there are people.

Some helpful tips:
- Wash your hands often

- Keep your hands away from your face

- Stay home if you are sick

Work at keeping your immune system in top order:
- Avoid smoke

- Do not share food or eating utensils

- Get enough sleep

- Stay well hydrated

- Eat more fruits and vegetables

- If you are a diabetic, work at keeping your blood sugar at the correct level

Kappa Delta Pi to Host Scholastic Book Fair Sept. 15-17

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an education honor society at UNO, will host a scholastic book fair today through Thursday, Sept. 15-17. The event will run each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 520 Kayser Hall.

Proceeds from the fair will help fund literacy projects with KDP's partnership schools in the Omaha Public Schools. For more information, contact Saundra Wetig at 554.2807.

UNO Women's Studies Program Film Series Begins Tonight

The UNO Women's Studies Program starts its 2009-2010 film series tonight, Sept. 15. Three films will be shown each semester and all are free and open to the public.

The showings, hosted by various UNO Women's Studies Program faculty members, start at 7 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. An open discussion with hosts, guests and audience members will take place immediately following the screenings. Read more.

UNO Latino Heritage Month Celebration Begins Sept. 16

The annual Latino Heritage Month celebration at UNO begins Wednesday, Sept. 16.  Events include music, dance workshops, a theatre presentation, leadership series and more.  Activities are free and open to the public.  Read more.

UFO Study Group to Meet Sept. 16

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Wednesday, Sept. 16, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room. Anyone interested in Unidentified Flying Objects and related phenomena are welcome to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

Academic Advising Webinar Sept. 17

A webinar sponsored by the National Academic Advising Association, will be broadcast on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Services Collaborating Commons. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will host "The Role of Academic Advising in Student Persistence." All are invited to attend.

R.S.V.P. to Rita Henry at, to ensure that enough handouts are available.

School of Communication to Host Faculty Research Colloquium

The School of Communication will host a faculty research colloquium on Friday, Sept. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. in 110 Arts and Science Hall.

Hugh Reilly from the School of Communication will present "Cries For Vengeance:  The Minnesota Newspapers and the Great Sioux Uprising of 1862." All faculty and graduate students are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Barb Pickering at 554.2204.

AQIP Open Forum Sept. 24

The UNO campus community can attend an open forum focused on UNO's Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Quality Checkup site visit on Thursday, Sept. 24.  The event will take place in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons starting at 2 p.m. 

 "The site visit is an important part of UNO's continued institutional accreditation through the North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission and we are eager to attract members of the campus community to this session," said Steve Bullock, assistant vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

For more information, call 554.4822.

Swing, Latin and Ballroom Dance Lessons Offered this Fall

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Want to learn how to "Dance Like the Stars?" Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness have teamed up to host swing, Latin and ballroom dance sessions this fall. All classes take place in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The schedule:

Session I: Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, 12 and 25
Session II: Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22

Swing - 3 to 4 p.m.
Ballroom and Latin - 4 to 5 p.m.

Cost: UNO Students - $15 and $13 for a friend; UNO activity cardholders - $20 and $18 for a friend; non-activity cardholders - $25 and $23 for a friend. Those wishing to take multiple classes should add $5 per person per additional class.

To register, stop by 100 HPER. For more information, call 554.2008.

The mission of the Wellness Stampede, 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

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

Mathematics Colloquium Sept. 16

Michael Matthews, assistant professor of mathematics, will present "Calculators: Do They Hinder or Help Mathematics Education?" Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the next Department of Mathematics Colloquium.

His talk will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in 116 Durham Science Center. For more information, visit or contact Andrew Swift at 554.3637.

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

'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.

Campus Forum on Health Care Reform Set for Sept. 21

UNO will host a campus forum on health care reform on Monday, Sept. 21. Experts from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) will present information and take questions during the event, which starts at 3 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building's Collaborating Commons.

"Having a session like this on campus is important" said Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance. "This is a national issue that everyone in the country has an interest in."

Some of the issues of health care reform include:

- Universal health care coverage;

- A potential public insurance plan;

- Payments and reimbursement costs; and

- Health care workforce and training.

Presenters at the forum will be Keith Mueller, associate dean in UNMC Academic Affairs, Cory Shaw, CEO of UNMC Physicians, and Mark Bowen, director of UNMC Government Relations.

The UNO event is part of an ongoing effort of UNMC, UNMC Physicians and The Nebraska Medical Center to be an objective resource for elected officials, business and community entities in communicating the potential impact of health care reform proposals. UNMC has also formed a health care review group to study the issues that will affect the medical center.

The session, which is free and open to the campus community and public, will likely run until 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 554.3513.

Flu Shot Clinics Set for Sept. 21-29 on Campus

UNO Student Health Services (SHS) will host several flu shot clinics on campus this fall for faculty, staff and students.

Student Health Services staff encourages everyone to get vaccinated this year for the seasonal flu. A flu shot costs $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. Faculty reimbursement may be possible through Blue Cross Blue Shield for those who bring their insurance cards. Those interested in receiving a shot should also wear appropriate clothing for an inoculation in the arm.

This vaccine only protects against the seasonal flu. An additional vaccine will be available at UNO in the future to protect against H1N1.

The flu shot clinic schedule is listed below.

Monday, Sept. 21
- 100A University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute
10 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, Sept. 22
- Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (main hallway)
10 a.m. to noon

- Maverick Village Clubhouse
2 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 23
- 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service
10 a.m. to noon

Thursday, Sept. 24
- Student Health Services (Milo Bail Student Center, first floor)
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 25
- Criss Library (main floor)
8:30 to 11 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 28
- Scott Village (study room by cafeteria)
12:30 to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 29
- University Village Clubhouse
12:30 to 2 p.m.

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

Vietnam Vet to Speak Sept. 22 at UNO

Col. Roger Donlon, the first recipient of the U.S. Medal of Honor in Vietnam, will speak on "Faith, Family and Freedom" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Donlan's presentation, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the Thompson Alumni Center.

The event is sponsored by the UNO Democracy Matters Initiative and the UNO Division of Continuing Studies, in conjunction with the Heartland of America Chapter, Military Officer's Association.

For more information, call Sara Woods at 554.3914.

Participants Sought for Text Reference Survey at Criss Library

Faculty, staff, students and other Criss Library patrons can participate in a survey about texting and library services. Criss Library staff wants to know how users prefer to get help from the library and if library patrons would like to try out a new text reference pilot service.

The survey will take five to 10 minutes to complete. Click on this link to take the survey (IRB #275-09-EX). The survey is not accessible on mobile browsers so visit from a desktop or notebook machine.


Interim Appointments in New Student Enrollment Services
With the start of the fall semester, three UNO staffers in New Student Enrollment Services have been wearing different hats on campus due to personnel shifts during the summer.

David Cicotello, director of New Student Enrollment Services, is serving as interim associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs. Cicotello replaced Wade Robinson, who assumed the position of vice president for campus life and university relations at Wichita State University. A national search for Robinson's permanent successor is under way.

In addition to Cicotello's interim promotion, two other personnel changes have occurred in New Student Enrollment Services. Chris Liewer, who previously served as assistant director of Recruitment Services, has been named interim director. Tracie Anderson, a former assistant director of New Student Orientation, has been named interim director.

Liewer has assumed all managerial and operational responsibilities of the department. A native of Fairfax, S.D., she holds a B.S. in elementary education and an M.A. in adult and higher education from the University of South Dakota.

In the spring of 2002, Liewer became the assistant director of Recruitment Services at UNO. For six of her seven years at UNO, she has overseen the Matador program (campus tour guides). Liewer also has coordinated Durango Days since its inception in 2006.  For the last three years, she has been the coordinator of the UNO Ambassadors.  Since 2007, Liewer has worked with the University of Nebraska Foundation to create and coordinate the Foundation Ambassadors.

Anderson, a Millard South High School graduate, holds a B.A. in speech and an M.S. in counseling and student affairs from UNO. As part of her graduate program, she completed internship hours in several units at UNO: New Student Orientation, academic advising in the College of Business Administration and University Division, the Testing Center and the Career Center. In 2002, the Office of New Student Orientation hired Anderson full-time. 

In addition to her New Student Orientation duties, Anderson also is the satisfactory progress officer.  She works with the Compliance Department in Athletics to certify that student-athletes are eligible to compete and are progressing toward their degrees. Anderson also serves as the functional lead for the Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) project from the New Student Enrollment Services area and has served as a campus ombudsperson since 2008.

For more information, contact Liewer at 554.6281 or or Anderson at 554.2618 or

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