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HPER South Addition Ribbon-Cutting

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The first of several Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER) ribbon-cutting ceremonies took place Sept. 16 at the entrance to the new south addition. Pictured from left to right: HPER's Dave Daniels, Chancellor John Christensen, UNO Student Regent Neal Bonnacci and School of HPER Director Dan Blanke all wielded scissors for the event. The new weight-fitness room looks south over the Elmwood Park golf course.

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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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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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2009.09.18

Flag Lowering

The UNO flag is at half-staff today, Sept. 18, for student Erica Whaley. Whaley, 19, passed away Sept. 9 after battling cancer.

She was a freshman in University Division and was a 2008 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Memorials can be made to Whaley's family through the Cutler-O'Neill Funeral Home in Council Bluffs.

NeSIS Campus-Wide Town Hall This Morning

To familiarize faculty, staff and students with the Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) project, UNO's Change Management Team will host three campus-wide town hall meetings this month. The first town hall will take place today, Sept. 18.

"Each session will offer a broad overview of information surrounding the NeSIS project; especially, how it is affecting the campus community at UNO," said Jason Blohm, chair of the Change Management Team. "To allow everyone to attend, the same information will be repeated at each town hall."

All interested faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend one of the hour-long sessions:

- Today, Sept. 18
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom
9 a.m.

- Tuesday, Sept. 22
College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons
3 p.m.

- Thursday, Sept. 24
MBSC Ballroom
11 a.m.

Last year, the Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions application was selected as the new NeSIS platform. Participating schools include all of the University of Nebraska campuses and Chadron, Peru, and Wayne State Colleges. At UNO, mavlink will integrate all services offered by E-BRUNO and the current student information system. The new system will be rolled out incrementally starting this month with Admissions.

For more information, contact Blohm at 554.2415 or jblohm@unomaha.edu.

Watch eNotes or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/nesis for further information regarding the NeSIS implementation at UNO.

River City Roundup Offers Special Pricing on Tickets

UNO staff, faculty and students can receive two-for-one Ak-Sar-Ben River City Roundup rodeo and concert tickets.  A pair of tickets to one of three concerts and the rodeo will cost $29.

River City Roundup events run Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 24-27.  The Championship Rodeo and concerts occur Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with a concert following the rodeo.  The rodeo starts at 7 p.m. each night. 

To receive the discount pricing, go online to http://www.ticketmaster.com to order tickets and enter the code DATE.  Information on River City Roundup events can be found at http://www.rivercityroundup.org.

Chair Massage Service Available in HPER this Fall

Wellness Stampede

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

Looking for a way to reduce stress? UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase a chair massage on campus this fall.

A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays: Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. Angie Maji, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $15 for a 15-minute session.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits.

For more information, call 554.2539.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

UNO Hosts This Saturday's MUFON Meeting

The UNO UFO Study Group will host a meeting of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) this Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center. MUFON is the largest group of scientific UFO researchers in the world. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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.

Women's Health and Wellness Fair Sept. 21 at UNO

Wellness Stampede

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

The Women's Resource Center (WRC) will host a Women's Health and Wellness Fair on Monday, Sept. 21, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Come learn about how to keep yourself healthy and safe," said Rachel Tomlinson Dick, director of WRC.

Speakers will include representatives from The Omaha YWCA, Planned Parenthood and Student Health Services. The health and wellness fair will also feature free food and raffle prizes.

For more information, contact Tomlinson Dick at 554.2730.

The mission of 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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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.

College of Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Starts Next Week

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences will begin to celebrate its own centennial this month with the start of a year-long speaker series that highlights both the college's many departments and the college's alumni.

The series kicks off with back-to-back speakers on Sept. 23 and 24. Both presentations take place at the Thompson Alumni Center on campus. Read more.

Black Studies Welcomes Author James Loewen in October

The Department of Black Studies and Univerisity of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Institute of Ethnic Studies will host an evening with best-selling author James Loewen on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Loewen will present a lecture on his book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Loewen has sold more than 800,000 copies of Lies My Teacher Told Me, and he continues to inspire K-16 teachers to get students to challenge, rather than memorize, their textbooks. He has taught race relations for more than 20 years at the University of Vermont. Previously he taught at predominantly black Tougaloo College in Mississippi. He now lives in Washington, D.C., continuing his research on how Americans remember their past.

His presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Felicia Dailey at 554.2412 or fdailey@mail.unomaha.edu.

Call for UCAT Travel Grant Proposals for 2009-2010

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is currently accepting proposals on a monthly basis for travel grants from September through April or until funds are expended.

The committee will fund grants up to $800 for each award. One submission per conference and only one award per person per academic year. No revisions will be accepted. All applications should be reviewed by their UCAT college representative for correctness before submitting. Budgets must be complete and accurate (If necessary review last year's conference for pricing and topics).

All previous grant reports must be turned in prior to submission of a new request. A travel authorization form should be signed by a department chair and included with application. Proposals are due by the 21st of the each month.

Applicants should submit one hard and an electronic copy of the application. Electronic copies should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (awoll@mail.unomaha.edu). Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

"Miracle Mile Walk" Today in MBSC

Wellness Stampede

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

Student Health Services nurse Julie Kalasek and the Miracle Milers invite the campus community to participate in the "Miracle Mile Walk." The free inside walking will take place today, Sept. 18, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

No experience is necessary, and participants will have the opportunity to walk inside to a 15-minute DVD.

"The Miracle Mile Walk is equivalent to a one-mile outdoor walk. It is designed for people of all ages and fitness levels," Kalasek said. "Wear comfortable shoes, or you can walk barefoot, too."

Click on this link for the complete schedule.

For more information, contact Kalasek at 554.2374 or Beverly Newsam at 554.2129.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

The UNO Ambassadors are available to represent the university.  Twelve student Ambassadors have been selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. This select group of students serves as hosts for university-related functions at the request of deans, directors, department chairs and other UNO faculty or staff.

Functions of the Ambassadors include acting as official greeters for university activities, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university and occasionally leading campus tours.

Ambassadors try to honor as many requests as possible.  Requests should be placed at least two weeks before the scheduled activity. For more information, contact Chris Liewer at cliewer@unomaha.edu or 554.3520.

In the News

In the News

- Athletic Director Trev Alberts was quoted in the Sept. 16 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about a sizable financial gift from the family of David and Peggy Sokol.

- Art professor Larry Bradshaw was mentioned in the Aug. 15 issue of the Clay Sun (Jacksonville, Fla.) about an art exhibition hosted by Upstream People Gallery.

- Chancellor John Christensen was a guest on the Sept. 11 Tom Becka Show on KFAB (1110 AM). Dr. Christensen discussed student enrollment, campus construction projects and athletic programs.

- Thomas Gouttierre, Raheem Yaseer and Esmael Burhan, Center for Afghanistan Studies, were featured in the Sept. 11 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about a program designed to educate various groups about Afghanistan.

- The Sept. 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about Dan Brown's new book, The Lost Symbol. The article quoted John Grigg, Department of History, about conspiracy theories in the United States.

- David Helm, Art and Art History, was quoted in the Sept. 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about sculptor Patrick Dougherty, whose work is on display at the Joslyn Art Museum's new outdoor Discovery Garden. Also quoted in the article was student Stephanie Delpercio.

- WOWT (NBC 6) interviewed Paul Kosel, Campus Security, Sept. 14 about general security practices on campus.

- Valerie Thompson, Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, was quoted in a Sept. 16 Omaha World-Herald article about events happening at UNO to celebrate Latino Heritage Month.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

Tenors and Basses Sought
UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble seeks tenors and basses.  The non-credit class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. in 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center.

For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Kim Weiser at kweiser@unomaha.edu or at 605.670.1331.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

Fall Exhibition Under Way Art Gallery
A Sidelong Glance, an exhibition of recent work by James Bockelman, will be on display in the UNO Art Gallery through Friday, Oct. 2. 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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.