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September Employee of the Month: Michaela Myers

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Faculty, staff and students who stop by the Campus Security office for assistance are often greeted by Michaela Myers, clerical assistant III. Her ability to multitask and remain levelheaded, despite the situation, enables her to consistently provide top-notch customer service. Visit this link for details

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HPER South

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.



Reception for Cathi Warren Today in the MBSC

The Native American Studies program will host a public reception today, Sept. 25, to honor Cathi Warren for her service to the UNO Native American community. The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Warren has accepted a Native American consultant position at the Omaha regional office of the Army Corps of Engineers. She will work with the upper Missouri Tribes.

An integral member of the campus community since 1997, she earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from UNO. She has provided faculty support, taught "Introduction to Native American Studies" and, most recently, served as the Native American outreach for Student Recruitment and Retention and was the Inter-Tribal Student Council adviser.

Student Government Elections Set for Sept. 29-30

The UNO Student Government elections take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 29 and 30. Election results will be revealed by 8 p.m. on Sept. 30.

Students can vote online at from 6 a.m. to midnight on Sept. 29 and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 30.

All UNO students are encouraged to vote in the Student Government elections to let their voice be heard on campus, said Megan Schmitz, the legislative liaison and public relations officer for Student Government.

"Voting makes a difference," she said. "The senators and officers you vote for are the voice of students on campus."

For more information, call 554.2620.

Nebraska Shakespeare to Present Preview of Fall '09 Tour of Macbeth

The 2009 Nebraska Shakespeare touring production of Macbeth will give a free preview performance and offer mini workshops Saturday, Sept. 26, at UNO. The event is open to the public and will take place on the grassy area south of the Henningson Memorial Campanile. Attendees are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

The tour currently is visiting middle and high schools in Nebraska and western Iowa, including the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Papillion and Kearney.

Directed by A. Bryan Humphrey, the production features six professional actors from California, Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska: Dakotah Brown, Sean Carlson, Sarah Carlson-Brown, Vincent Carlson-Brown, Maria Vacha and Brian Frederick. The Carlson-Browns also serve as the company managers, and Wesley A. Houston is stage manager.

For the fourth consecutive year, the tour exemplifies the Nebraska Shakespeare Foundation's commitment and mission to serve as an inspiration for the people of greater Nebraska and Iowa by promoting the life-affirming values of Shakespeare.

Event sponsors include the Nebraska Arts Council, Douglas County, Nebraska Humanities, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the University of Nebraska Foundation, Marian and Harold Anderson, Wells Fargo, Gene and Hazel Tallman Foundation, Creighton University and UNO.

For information, contact Thomas Lowe at 554.3072 or or Nellie MacCallum at 556.4396 or

Children Sought for 12-week Exercise Program

The "Exercise Science Practicum II" class at UNO seeks children, ages 12 and under, for a 12-week program designed to help promote increased physical activity. The goal of the program is to teach children how to have fun while being active.

The program will begin in mid-October and run through the middle of December. Each weekly, one-hour session will include information regarding the muscle group for that week, a warm-up period, activity and cool down.

Program times:
- Saturday morning
8 a.m. to noon

- Saturday afternoon
Noon to 4 p.m.

- Sunday morning
8 a.m. to noon

- Sunday afternoon
Noon to 4 p.m.

The parents of interested participants should contact Kristin Wellwood at 402.676.5075 or and specify which session is preferred.

New ITS Web Template Users Group to Meet Today

Information Technology Services (ITS) will host its first Web Template Users Group meeting today, Sept. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Anyone currently using the UNO Web templates is invited to bring their lunch and join the discussion.

During this first meeting, participants will discuss using "Cascading Style Sheets" to create content in a column format and the struggles users have with "Tab" navigation. Suggestions for meeting topics will also be solicited. No registration is required for this event.

For more information, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

Homecoming Parade Float Entries Due Today

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. All parade entries are due today, Sept. 25.

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.

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

Wellness Stampede

"Miracle Mile Walk" Today in the MBSC

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. 25, 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, or

University Drive South Closing Scheduled

Starting Monday, Sept. 28, University Drive South will close for repairs for approximately two weeks.

Affected areas include the portion of University Drive South that extends from Elmwood Park past the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building and the Central Utilities Plant. During that time, the Pacific Shuttle Bell Tower drop-off and Criss Library pick-up area will relocate to north of the Milo Bail Student Center.

The Maverick Plaza intersection will remain open for access to parking lots Q and R.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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 take place in Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The schedule:
- 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 within the past two years. 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

Retirement Reception Sept. 30 for Becky Murphy

A retirement reception will take place Wednesday, Sept. 30, for Becky Murphy, staff assistant with Security and Traffic. 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.

ITS Offering UNO Web Template Training This Fall

This fall, Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a three-part, hands-on training for a series of Web templates available to the campus community. Stuart Wheat, UNO Web master, developed the templates, which can be used to redesign college or department Web sites.

Training will take place on Thursdays, October 8, 15 and 22, in 104 Durham Science Center. To learn more about Web templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

The training schedule:

Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
Oct. 8
2 to 3:30 p.m.

The session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web template and how it can be used in conjunction with existing Web site structure or to create a new structure. A free concept-mapping tool will be used to diagram the site layout and keep track of site navigation, as well as the naming structure. The different organizational elements of the template will be discussed, including a review of campus examples, and how the template can best be used for particular sites. This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the Web templates.

Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development
- Oct. 15
2 to 4 p.m.

This hands-on session will focus on working with the Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page for use as the basis for all other pages on the site. The Dreamweaver set-up and preferences will also be reviewed. The primary focus of this session is creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site and setting the page titles.

(Prerequisite:Web Templates I recommended.)

Web Templates III: Content and Graphics
- Oct. 22
2 to 4 p.m.

This hands-on session will focus on completing a model Web page with the main content, as well as the primary navigation. Attendees will work with the tabs, includes and the footer. Additionally, topics include adding graphics and using fonts. Once the model is completed, participants will almost have a fully functional Web site.

(Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.)

To register for this course:
- Go to;
- Select the appropriate month, and click "Go";
- Click the "Register" link next to the event;
- Enter an SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);
- Click "Sign Up"; and
- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.
- An e-mail will be sent confirming this registration. Anyone having problems registering shoud contact ITS Cusomer Services at 554.4357.

A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

In the News

In the News

- The Sept. 16 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest column by David Boocker, College of Arts and Sciences dean, about the college's 100th anniversary.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was featured in several stories this week about new U.S. Census data that appeared on KMTV (CBS 3) and in the maha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and several newspapers across Nebraska.

- The Sept. 23 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest column about climate change by Bruce Johansen, School of Communication.

- Student Chris Marshall was interviewed Sept. 23 by KETV (ABC 7) about the current job market in Omaha.

- Patti Meglich, College of Business Administration, was quoted in the Sept. 20 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about pre-existing conditions and health insurance providers.

- Dave Pares, faculty advisor of the UNO UFO Study Group, was featured earlier this month in a new History Channel series, "Mysteryquest: The Truth Behind the Bermuda Triangle."

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Angela Eikenberry, public administration, recently published Giving Circles: Philanthropy, Voluntary Association, and Democracy, (2009, Indiana University Press, 192pp). Her book explores giving circles and the role that voluntary associations and philanthropy can or should play in a democratic society.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

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 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, remains on display in the UNO Art Gallery through Friday, Oct. 2. Read more.

Commonplace Books on Display at Criss Library Through Oct. 30
Commonplace books from Kristin Girten's spring 2009 "Honors Composition: Reason and Research" class are on display on the lower level of Criss Library through Friday, Oct. 30.

"Students were asked to explore humanity's relationship to the environment through mixed-media collage, journaling, diary and workshop," Girten said. "The Project's aim is to inspire students to maintain a personal and tangible relationship to their writing."

The students in Girten's class - Danielle Bollich, Alexis Bowder, Korie Christiansen, Kelly Dunlap, Josiah Shanks, Teruko Tsubaki and Stephanie Weddington - wrote about nature in America.

Creating commonplace books was popular in the 17th and 18th centuries. Organized thematically, writers would copy meaningful passages from books, and reflect upon their compiled knowledge. Francis Bacon, John Milton and Ralph Waldo Emerson are some individuals who created commonplace books.

For more information about the display, call 554.2640.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.