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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.

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2009.09.25

UNO Child Care Center Open House Sept. 30

The UNO Child Care Center will hold its annual open house on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Parents can stop by the center to see how the university's youngest students are being educated.

For more information, call Dawn Hove at 554.4936.

"Hippie Happening" Planned for Oct. 2

The UNO Department of Theatre will sponsor a "hippie happening" on Friday, Oct. 2, in honor of the premiere of the department's upcoming production of the play Hippie Doctor. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the Milo Bail Student Center. If inclement weather occurs, the event will be inside the student center.

The event will embody the spirit of the spontaneous celebrations, or "happenings," that defined the 1960s counterculture. Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to dress in full hippie garb while enjoying popular music from the era, far-out face painting, bubble art and free-loving hippie vibes.

Performances of the UNO production of Hippie Doctor are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, and Wednesday through Saturday, Oct.14-17. For tickets, call 554.7529.

For more information, contact Kathleen Lawler at 554.3167 or klawler@unomaha.edu.

Memberships Available for SELF Exercise Program

The campus community and public can participate in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Fitness Lab's nationally award-winning supervised exercise program, Special Exercise for Life and Fitness (SELF).

The SELF program, which recently was recognized for its work with individuals with chronic health conditions, is designed for individuals needing accommodations due to diabetes, arthritis, obesity, fibromyalgia and hypertension.

A six-month membership costs $75. For more information, contact the UNO Exercise Physiology Lab at 554.3221.

Campus Flu Shot Clinics Continue Today, Tomorrow

UNO Student Health Services (SHS) will host flu shot clinics on campus today and tomorrow, Sept. 28-29, for faculty, staff and students.

SHS staff encourages everyone to get vaccinated 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.

Today, 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.

Two-week University Drive South Closing Begins Today

Starting today, 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. The Pacific Shuttle Bell Tower drop-off and Criss Library pick-up area have temporarily relocates 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.

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 begins today, Sept. 28, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 31. Anyone interested in participating should stop by the Campus Recreation office in 100 HPER to receive a membership card or call 554.2539 for more information.

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 http://sguno.unomaha.edu 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.

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.

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 unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu. Space is limited, so attendees must register in advance.

UFO Study Group to Meet Sept. 30

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Wednesday, Sept. 30, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room. Anyone interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena is welcome to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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.

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.

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 unofacdev@unomaha.edu. To request more information about the event, contact Mitchell at cmitchell@unomaha.edu or 554.2428.

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 fdailey@mail.unomaha.edu.

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