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Midlands Voices: Goals of liberal arts college remain vastly important

by David Boocker

Since its establishment in 1909, the College of Arts and Sciences, a liberal arts college within a metropolitan university, has grown to be UNO's largest academic unit, enrolling more than 3,000 majors and providing general education and foundational courses needed by all students. ...continue

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Golfing for a Good Cause

Golfing for a Good Cause

photo by Anthony Flott

On Sept. 14, the UNO Alumni Association hosted the 29th annual UNO Chancellor's Scholarship Swing at Tiburon Golf Club. The tournament raised more than $35,000 for student scholarships. Pictured above (from left to right) are Swing Committee Co-Chair David Craft, UNO Chancellor John Christensen, UNO Alumni Association President Lee Denker and Swing Committee Co-Chair Kevin Munro.

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UNO Students Lend a Hand at Joslyn

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

From left to right: UNO sculpture majors Heather Wolf, Ryan Berrigan and Dylan Sharrill all helped install a new work at the Joslyn Art Museum's sculpture garden. The piece, titled Your Story, is a creation of sculptor Patrick Dougherty. Its materials include six tons of dogwood and willow limbs. Your Story will be in place for more than a year before being turned into compost.



Roddy to Give Religious Studies Centennial Alumnus Lecture Tonight

Nicolae Roddy, a 1979 UNO Religious Studies Program graduate, will present the program's Centennial Alumnus lecture tonight, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Wililam H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Roddy, an associate professor of Old Testament at Creighton University, will speak about "World Religions and the Global Community" and highlight how the study of religions helps unite the global community. He earned his master of arts degree in 1989 from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and received a doctorate in Early Judaism and Early Christianity from the University of Iowa in 1999.

For the past 12 years, Roddy has co-directed the Bethsaida Excavations Project. He is the senior editor for the new Journal of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies and is the author of The Romanian Version of the Testament of Abraham: Text, Translation, and Cultural Context, published in 2001 in the Early Judaism and Its Literature series of the Society of Biblical Literature.

He also produced and edited Words of a Shepherd: The Life and Writings of Protostavrophor Vojislav Dosenovich (Jordanville, N.Y., Holy Trinity Monastery, 2006) and has written several book chapters and journal articles. An associate of the Goren-Goldstein Center for Hebraic Studies at the University of Bucharest, he gives lectures in Romania twice a year.

For more information, call William L. Blizek at 554.3347.

Two-Day Conference at UNO Celebrates Aging

If the expression "age is a state of mind" is correct, how old are people actually? "Aging with Passion & Purpose," a conference on aging, will introduce people, information and stories that aim to bring passion and purpose to the lives of attendees at any age. The event will take place Sunday and Monday, Oct. 18-19, at the Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

Family Literacy Events in Omaha, Council Bluffs

A well-known illustrator and winner of the Jane Addams Award, Chris Soentpiet and his wife/collaborator, author Yin Soentpiet (pronounced "soon-peet"), will speak at several events this fall that promote literacy. The duo's visit, hosted by the Omaha Family Literacy Partnership, is part of the Del and Lou Ann Weber Lecture Series. Read more.

KANEKO-UNO Library to Host Discussion Series with BLUEBARN Theatre

The KANEKO-UNO Library will host the BLUEBARN Theatre's Talk Back series this season, with the first event scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 4. The free sessions are designed to continue a dialogue following each BLUEBARN Theatre performance during the 2009-2010 season. Read more.

Retirement Reception Sept. 30 for Becky Murphy

A retirement reception will take place Wednesday, Sept. 30, for Becky Murphy with Campus Security. The campus community can help celebrate Murphy's 27 years of service to UNO from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

For more information, call 554.3218.

Student Writers Sought for "The 2+3=5 Short Story Event"

"The 2+3=5 Short Story Event" is an opportunity for UNO student writers to participate in a contest by creating a short story based on the advertising on pages two and three of The New York Times. Submissions are due Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The review committee will award $50 gift certificates to the UNO Bookstore to the writers of three outstanding stories. The stories will then be read in November at a public reading event.

Students must submit their works according to the process below. For more information, contact Maria Knudtson at

- Pick up a daily copy of The New York Times by swiping a Mav Card in the Collegiate Readership bins on campus;
- Select any single item advertised on any day from either page two or three and save the entire page to be submitted with the story;
- Make sure the item appears in the story somehow, in any role, with any level of significance; and
- Ensure the story is not longer than five complete pages and is double spaced, with 12 point-sized font and standard margins.

How to Submit:
- Stories must be submitted both in print and as a Word file.
- Print copy: Drop off a print copy with the original page of The New York Times and a registration form at the desk in The Writing Center, 150 Arts and Sciences Hall.
- Word file: Send the story as a Word file to Knudtson in the Department of English at Students will receive confirmation of their submission's receipt.

Event sponsors include the faculty group Newspapers in Curricula (NiC), The Writing Center and The New York Times.

Certificate in Fundraising Management Course Schedule Announced

The fall 2009 program for a Certificate in Fundraising Management provides in-depth training in vital areas of fundraising. Classes take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Omaha Home for Boys, 4343 N. 52nd St. (near 52nd and Ames streets).

The program is sponsored by the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and co-sponsored by the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, Omaha Community Foundation and the United Way of the Midlands.

The class schedule (all Thursdays and Fridays):
- Annual Giving
Sept. 24-25

- Direct Marketing and Donor Data Management
Oct. 8-9

- Planned Giving and Major Gifts
Oct. 15-16

- Fundraising Concepts and Practices
Oct. 22-23

- Grant Writing
Nov. 5-6

- Strategic Planning
Nov. 12-13

Each course costs $249, and the fee includes all class materials, refreshments lunch and parking. The registration deadline for each class is one week prior to the start of that class.

For more information, or to register for a course, contact Melanie Kiper at 554.2133 or, or visit the Web at

Midwest Consortium on Service Learning Begins Today

The Service-Learning Academy will host "Millennials Making a Difference" - a conference on service learning among today's youth - today, Sept. 23, through Friday, Sept. 25. The event brings together students and faculty from the 29 colleges and universities from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota affiliated with the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education. Read more.

College of Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Today, Tomorrow

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences will begin to celebrate its own centennial today, Sept. 23, with the start of a yearlong speaker series that highlights both the college's many departments and the college's alumni.

The series continues tomorrow, Sept. 24, with back-to-back speakers. Both presentations take place on campus at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Read more.

Next Generation Diversity Leadership Series Begins Today

The UNO Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office, with support from the Office of Diversity and President's Office in Central Administration, are co-sponsoring a diversity series for fall 2009 and spring 2010 for all faculty, staff and students. The first program is today, Sept. 23.

Joe Gerstandt, a well-known speaker and facilitator who works with Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations and universities across the country, will conduct the series. Presently, Gerstandt lives in the Omaha and speaks at numerous conferences and summits throughout the Omaha metropolitan area.

"UNO and Central Administration are pleased that Joe will be speaking on the UNO campus," said Sharon Ulmar, director of UNO Diversity and Equal Opportunity. "He is an experienced facilitator who brings a wealth of knowledge on issues related to diversity, communication, collaboration and leadership."

Sessions will be presented throughout the fall and spring. All events take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Dates and times for the fall programs:
- Today, Sept. 23
"What is Diversity and Why Does It Matter?"
1 to 2 p.m.
The focus is to examine how human nature can inform an approach to diversity.

- Thursday, Oct. 15
"Do Great Minds Really Think Alike?"
10 to 11 a.m.
The focus is to examine how to bring different thinking styles together.

- Thursday, Nov. 5
"A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Rely On…Sometimes!"
1 to 2 p.m.
The focus is to examine important social/relational dynamics.

To register for any of the programs or for more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2321 or

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 begin at 2 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons.

"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.

UNO Faculty/Staff Members Sought for Work-Life Study

Every person "bounds," or puts limits on, how much overlap they have between their work, family and personal interests. Researchers need participants for a study that investigates how UNO staff members and their spouses/partners manage these different boundaries on a daily basis and how these boundaries affect health and wellbeing (IRB# 237-09-EP).

Study participants must work at least 35 hours per week, must have lived together for at least two years, and must not have switched jobs or employers within the past year.

Participants will be asked to complete a 90-minute interview, as well as a brief, 10-minute survey. Each member of the couple will be interviewed and surveyed separately. Study participants will be compensated for their time.

For more information, contact Samantha K. Ammons at 554.3358 or

Tenors Sought for Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble continues to seek tenors. 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 or at 605.670.1331.

Homecoming Parade Float Entries Sought

On Sunday, Oct. 4, UNO will bring back its tradition of a campus homecoming parade. Maverick Productions, a student-funded and student-run organization, is spearheading this effort.

Departments, colleges, schools, organizations and high school bands can take part by having a float or marching/walking in the parade. There is no cost to participate. All parade entries must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 25.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. in parking lot G, just west of the Durham Science Center, and end at lot 5, just south of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Shortly after the parade, there will be a bonfire/pep rally in the field across the street from the Scott Conference Center in preparation for UNO's Saturday, Oct. 10, homecoming football game vs. Washburn University.

Those interested in being a part of the parade and/or bonfire should contact Erin Cron at 554.2711 or

Black Studies Welcomes Author James Loewen Oct. 8

The Department of Black Studies and University 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.

The event is free and open to the public.

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.

For more information, contact Felicia Dailey at 554.2412 or

Swing, Ballroom and Latin Dance Lessons Offered This Fall

Want to learn how to "Dance Like the Stars"? Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede 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 one: Sunday, Sept. 27; Sunday, Oct. 4; Monday, Oct. 12; and Sunday, Oct. 25.
- Session two: Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22 (Sundays).

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

Cost: - Students - $15 and $13 for a friend
- Activity cardholders - $20 and $18 for a friend
- Others - $25 and $23 for a friend(Those wishing to take both classes should add $5 per person.)

To register, stop by 110 HPER. For more information, call 554.2539.

Discounted Tickets Available for The Rose Theater Season

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase tickets for The Rose Theater's 2009-2010 season at a discounted price. This season's shows include "The Velveteen Rabbit," "The House on Mango Street," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "The Rainforest," "There's an Alligator Under My Bed," "The Bridge to Terabithia" and "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake."

A $75 family membership includes:
- Four tickets to each of The Rose's seven regular season shows;
- Member-only discounts and the first opportunity to reserve tickets for premium events, including "Confetti 2009," "Annie - The Musical," "The Imperial Nutcracker" at the Orpheum Theater and The Rose's production of Disney's "High School Musical 2";
- The best available reserved seating at "Annie - The Musical," "The Imperial Nutcracker" at the Orpheum Theater and Disney's "High School Musical 2";
- Discounts on theater and dance classes, summer camps and costume rentals; and
- Additional regular season show tickets for $10 each (a $6 discount off the regular box office price).

Click on the links below to download an order form and information about the shows, or call 554.2129 to have a sheet faxed to a campus office. The offer remains good through Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Rose Order Form

Rose Shows

For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at 502.4625 or or visit

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Green Tip of the Week

Pack a Trash-free Lunch
Anyone who carries their lunch to work can help eliminate waste by using a lunch bag to pack their goodies in re-sealable containers.

(Courtesy of the 2008 Page-A-Day Calendar).

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, visit