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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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Soccer Wins Two Home Matches

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The Maverick soccer team improved their record to 2-0 in conference play following Saturday's (9-12) 4-1 victory over Truman State. On Thursday (9-10), the Mavericks beat Missouri Western 4-2 at the Chili Green's complex. UNO redshirt freshman Nicole Baier scored four goals and had two assists in the two games. She also was named MIAA offensive player of the week for the second week in a row.



Water Service Interruption for Sapp Fieldhouse and Allwine Hall

Due to a water line break near Allwine Hall, water service to the Sapp Fieldhouse was shut off yesterday for repairs.  Service should be restored sometime today, Sept. 24.

The water to Allwine Hall will be turned off sometime this morning, and service should be restored sometime Friday, Sept. 25.

For more information, call 554.3600.

Samuel Walker to Give History Centennial/Winchell Lecture Tonight

Samuel Walker, who earned his master of arts in history from UNO in 1970, will present the Department of History's Centennial Alumnus lecture and the 12th Annual Richard Winchell History lecture tonight, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

The topic of his presentation is "Great Presidential Speeches They Did Not Give: Presidents and Civil Liberties, Wilson to Bush."

Walker, a professor emeritus in the UNO Department of Criminal Justice, has an international reputation as a consultant in the area of police and community relations.

He has written more than a dozen books, including the definitive history of the American Civil Liberties Union, In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU, and a book on hate speech. He is the author of hundreds of articles and conference papers and is frequently quoted in the press. His textbooks on police policy are used in many schools.

Walker is currently writing Poor Custodians: Presidential and Civil Liberties From Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush.

For more information, contact Oliver B. Pollak at 554.4821.

Transfer Students Find a Home at UNO, Student Diversity Sets Record

First-time freshmen and transfer students account for about 3,400 of the student population at UNO, an increase of about 4 percent when compared to the fall 2008 semester. Statistics that look exclusively at transfer students show more than a 10 percent gain when compared to last year. Read more.

16th Annual Bell Tower Challenge for the Omaha Food Bank Oct. 21

Anyone planning to participate in Eta Sigma Gamma's 16th Annual Bell Tower Challenge for the Omaha Food Bank is asked to start saving food cans for the event, which will place Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Henningson Memorial Campanile. During the contest, teams of three people will stack cans while the Bell Tower strikes noon.

Teams will compete in two divisions - students and faculty/staff - for awards recognizing the most creative team, the most enthusiastic team, the team that stacks the most food cans and any team that donates at least 1,000 cans of food. Since the event's inception, 42,165 pounds of food have been donated to the Omaha Food Bank.

"The Food Bank is once again working hard to keep food pantries and meal sites stocked as record numbers of people suffer through these tough economic times," said David E. Corbin, faculty sponsor of the campus chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, a national professional health education honorary.

For more information and an entry form, visit, or contact Corbin or Shandy Ramet at 554.2670 or Registration is due by noon on Friday, Oct. 16.

Campus Recreation to Offer Free Two-week HPER Trial Membership

Due to the successful opening of the new south addition in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building, all regular UNO faculty and staff members can experience the new facility for free with a two-week trial membership.

The trial membership period will be offered from Monday, Sept. 28, to Saturday, Oct. 31. Anyone interested in participating should stop by the Campus Recreation office in 100 HPER during the trial period to receive a membership card or call 554.2539 for more information.

Jay Keasling to Speak at UNL Today

Jay Keasling from the University of California, Berkeley, will give two presentations today, Sept. 25, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He will speak at 10 a.m. on City Campus in the Nebraska Union Auditorium and at 2 p.m. on East Campus in the Hardin Hall Auditorium.

Keasling, a native of Harvard, Neb., has received major grants from the Gates Foundation and from British Petroleum. His research focuses on engineering microorganisms for environmentally friendly synthesis of small molecules or degradation of environmental contaminants. Keasling's laboratory has engineered bacteria and yeast to produce polymers, a precursor to the anti-malarial drug artemisinin, and advanced biofuels and soil microorganisms to accumulate uranium and to degrade nerve agents.

For more information, call 559.8329.

Student Government Presidential Debate Today

The annual Student Government Presidential Debate will begin at 11:30 a.m. today, Sept. 24, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Fireplace Lounge.

During the debate, each presidential candidate will answer six questions regarding their decision to run for student body president/regent, how they plan to better UNO and their outlook for their term as president. Questions from the audience will also be answered.

For more information, visit, stop by the Student Government Office on the first floor of the MBSC or call 554.2620.

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. The Criss Library staff wants to know how users prefer to receive help from the library and if they are interested in 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 and must be accessed from a desktop or notebook machine.

Wellness Stampede

Campus Recreation to Offer Youth Golf Lessons

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

This fall, Campus Recreation is offering youth golf lessons to children between the ages of 7 and 17. The UNO women's golf team and Head Golf Coach Tim Nelson will provide the instruction.

Lessons will take place on Saturdays, Oct. 31, and Nov. 7, 14 and 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Golf Lab (Room 230). Space is limited.

The cost for lessons:
- UNO students
$20 each, $18 each extra child

- UNO faculty, staff and activity cardholders
$24 each, $22 each extra child

- Public
$26 each, $28 each extra child

For more information, call Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

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, or

Call for Proposals for May 2010 Public Administration Theory Conference

The UNO School of Public Administration will host the 23rd Annual Public Administration Theory Conference in Omaha May 20-23, 2010. Information on the call for proposals is now available at The deadline for submissions is Sunday, Nov. 15.

For more information, contact Angela Eikenberry at

Speech Center Consulting Room Fall Hours

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), now is open for its fall schedule. 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, send an e-mail to 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. For more information, visit

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

UFO Study Group to Meet Sept. 26

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center. Anyone interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena is welcome to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

Applicants Sought for U.S.-Japan Bridging Scholarship

Interested in studying in Japan during spring 2010 and need help financing a program? Students can consider the Bridging Scholarship.

The Bridging Scholarship program will award 20 scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan that begin in spring 2010. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent programs in Japan are eligible.

Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program. The scholarships are funded by donations from U.S. corporations and foundations to the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation.

Since 1999, the Bridging Scholarship program has awarded 950 scholarships to students studying abroad in Japan. Most recently, 68 students from colleges and universities in 29 states received scholarships for study in Japan beginning this fall.

The deadline for applications for spring 2010 scholarships is Tuesday, Oct. 6. Applicants will be notified of the results by Wednesday, Nov. 25. Selection is based on academic potential and financial need. The scholarships are administered by the Association of Teachers of Japanese.

Spring 2010 programs are those beginning between January and April 2010 and continuing for at least three months. Summer program participants are not eligible for Bridging Scholarships. Students planning to study abroad in Japan beginning in fall 2010 or for the 2010-2011 academic year should apply in April 2010 for the fall 2010 scholarships.

Information on the Bridging Scholarships and downloadable application forms are available at

For more information, contact UNO Study Abroad at 554.2293 or send an e-mail to

Speech Center to Offer Fall Learn Over Lunch Series for Students

The UNO Speech Center will offer free workshops this semester on presentation skills. All students are invited to attend. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

The workshops:

Banish Those Butterflies: Overcoming Speech Anxiety
- Wednesday, Sept. 30
11 a.m. to noon
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room
Introductions, Conclusions & Audience Centeredness

- Tuesday, Oct. 27
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
MBSC Jenkins Room
Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides

- Wednesday, Nov. 18
11 a.m. to noon
MBSC Gallery Room

To register for one or more sessions, or for more information, contact a consultant at the Speech Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited, so attendees must register in advance.

UNO Fall Job Fair Oct. 1

The UNO Career Center will host a job fair Thursday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. The event will feature more than 65 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships. Professional interview attire is expected, and students should bring copies of their resumes.

The fall 2009 job fair is sponsored by Applied Underwriters, First National Bank, Gallup, Union Pacific, ConAgra, Interpublic, National Indemnity, Northwestern Mutual, Streck, Enterprise and Exxon Mobil.

For more information about the job fair and other services, contact the Career Center at 554.3672 or stop by 111 MBSC.

Oct. 5 Workshop to Explore "Race, Schools, Living Conditions and Academic Achievement"

Carol Mitchell, professor of science education, will present Monday, Oct. 5, at a workshop that explores "Race, Schools, Living Conditions and Academic Achievement in Science and Mathematics." The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room, and refreshments will be provided.

Mitchell will present the results of work completed in one of the largest urban school districts in Nebraska. The work focused on the lack of achievement among African-American students in particular, but all students in general as a result of race, poverty and living conditions.

The workshop agenda will include:
-An overview of the 2009 roundtable, addressing the theme of Social Justice: Poverty, Food and Race;
- A brief description of the paper that will be included as a book chapter written by selected2009 Oxford Round Table participants; and
- Input from participants on the topic presented and an opportunity to ask questions. Feedback/input from participants will be used in a book chapter, provided participants give permission to Mitchell.

The work was supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health for five years. A subsequent grant to continue the work in a different format was awarded for an additional five years by the National Science Foundation (NSF). These grants were under the umbrella of the Urban Systemic Initiatives in Science and Mathematics.

The collaborative work includes the following stakeholders: parents, students, teachers, school officials, a metropolitan university and community partners. The elusive goal, then and now, continues to be to improve the academic performance of all students, as a matter of social justice and civil rights.

The questions surrounding this work are:
- Whose job is it to increase the academic achievement of all students?;
- Why should people care about the academic achievement of all students in mathematics and science?;
- What are the results of 10 years of work?; and
- What can be done to assure sustainability for the successful results?

The academic achievement, or lack thereof, prior to the award will be described. Findings to be presented include those that led to the NSF awarding the district with funds to change the existing paradigm in achievement among underrepresented groups in the state.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or To request more information about the event, contact Mitchell at or 554.2428.