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Student Elections Sept. 29 and 30

Michael Crabb (left) and Matt Nelson (right) are this year's candidates for UNO student president/regent. Click on the two soundfiles to hear them talk about their campus issues and concerns. Students can vote online at starting Sept. 29.

Student Government

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UNO sculpture majors

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.



Fall Convocation Set for Oct. 7

The 2009 UNO Fall Convocation will take place Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his state-of-the-university address. His address is titled "101 Years: Writing the Next Chapter." All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Academic regalia will not be required or practiced as part of this year's convocation.  The convocation will be immediately followed by a reception at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Retirement Reception Today for Becky Murphy

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.

UNO Child Care Center Open House This Evening

The UNO Child Care Center will hold its annual open house this evening, 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.

UNO Hockey Media Day Tomorrow

The UNO hockey team will hold its annual media day on Thursday, Oct. 1, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. All members of the accredited news media are invited to attend.

The team picture will be taken following lunch at noon. After the photo, players and coaches will be available for interviews. The team will then practice at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Dave Ahlers at 554.3387.

CNN Anchor Soledad O'Brien to Headline Oct. 2 Methodist Event

"Maverick School Days," a UNO-focused work of art up for bid on Friday, Oct. 2, has more than a few scratches and some petrified chewing gum attached to it, along with the signatures of UNO Athletic Director Trev Alberts and UNO Hockey Coach Dean Blais.  The piece by artist Trudy Mock will be auctioned during "Something to ChAIRISH," an event benefitting the new Methodist Women's Hospital under construction at 192nd Street and West Dodge Road. 

The Methodist Hospital Volunteers In Partnership will host "Something to ChAIRISH" at the Mutual of Omaha Dome, 33rd and Dodge streets.  CNN Anchor Soledad O'Brien will give the keynote address. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the live auction, dinner and program start at 7:30 p.m.

For "Maverick School Days," Mock took an antique oak school desk and added UNO touches to create the chair, one of 26 chairs that have been designed by local artists or donated by notable individuals.  All of the chairs will be on display at the charity auction.

All of the chairs-turned-art can be viewed online at Methodist Health System and its affiliates entered into a major partnership with the UNO Women's Athletic Program earlier this year.

For tickets and more information, call 354.4522.

Student Writers Deadline Today 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.  The submissions deadline is today, 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.

Wellness Stampede

Weight Watchers on Campus to Meet This Thursday

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

The "Weight Watchers on Campus" program at UNO is recruiting for its next session, which will run for 13 weeks. The group meets each Thursday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Weigh-in takes place before the meetings at 12:15 p.m.

 The 13-week session costs $156 and is payable in four ways:

- By credit card for the full amount;

- With cash for the full amount;

- By check for the full amount; or

- With two checks of $52 each. (The New York Weight Watchers office will deposit one check each month for two months to spread out the cost.)

"If anyone still is interested in joining, you can contact me to get signed-up, or just show up at the Oct. 1 meeting with your payment," said David Daniels, assistant director of wellness and fitness programs.

Payment can be sent to Daniels with Mav-Rec Wellness in 205B HPER.

Benefits of the program include:

- A trained leader provided by Weight Watchers;

- The support of co-workers;

- Tools, booklets and literature;

- No required food or the elimination of any foods (This is a lifestyle, not a diet.); and

- The convenience of meeting on campus.

 For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008 or Stella Watts at 554.2321.

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

Celebrate St. Theérèse of Lisieux on Oct. 1

The campus community is invited to participate in the Feast of St. Theérèse of Lisieux on Thursday, Oct. 1. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend mass at 7 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, just north of UNO at 6116 Dodge St. The Eucharistic procession begins at 8 p.m. and continues throughout the UNO campus. A reception will follow at the church.

The event is sponsored by the FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) organization at UNO.

For more information, contact Gina Halbom at 402.443.8434.

Presidential Professor Martinez Celaya Returns to Nebraska for Oct. 2 Public Lecture

Enrique Martínez Celaya begins his third and final year as the University of Nebraska Visiting Presidential Professor with a visit to the state this week. The internationally acclaimed artist will participate in seminars and discussions with students, faculty, administrators and community arts leaders in Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney.

His visit culminates with a public lecture at the Joslyn Art Museum Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., which is free and open to the public. Titled "The Prophet," Martínez Celaya's public lecture offers a clarion call for artists and those who take art seriously to recover the artist's ethical responsibility to the world and art's potential to transform lives. Read more.

UNO Jazz Concert Will Help Flute Choir Trip

The UNO Jazz Ensembles, featuring the Heartland Community Flute Choir, will give a fundraising concert on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Proceeds from the event will support the Flute Choir's trip to the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago this December.

Tickets cost $10 for the public, $5 for off-campus students and seniors, and are free for UNO students with a MavCard. Performing groups will include UNO's Jazz I, Jazz II and the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra. Members of the Flute Choir will join the UNO Jazz Ensembles on an eclectic program featuring Latin jazz, blues, swing and rock on songs made famous by Count Basie, Buddy Rich and Gordon Goodwin.  Tickets will only be available at the door.

The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic is an international conference that annually draws more than 15,000 attendees. The Flute Choir was accepted after a competitive audition process.

For more information, call 554.3427.

UCRCA Seeking Applications for 2009-2010

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is seeking applications for the 2009-2010 academic year. The committee is pleased to provide support for both pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty. The submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. The guidelines for submission are now available online at

All proposals should be submitted electronically from UNO Lotus Notes e-mail as a single document in PDF format to: Paper copies are not accepted.

Previously funded proposals are available for viewing in the Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) office, located in 103 Eppley Administration Building.

The UCRCA will continue to consider faculty mini-grant requests each month. Student funding opportunities will be forthcoming. The guidelines and forms for UCRCA applications are available on the SPR Web page at  For assistance, contact SPR at 554.2286 or send an e-mail to

ITS to Offer Basic Photoshop CS4 Training Oct. 8

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a Basic Photoshop CS4 course on Thursday, Oct. 8.  The training session will take place from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 232 Criss Library.

Participants will learn about the following basics of image editing in Photoshop:

- Tools on the Toolbar Palette;

- Using the Workspace;

- Using Layers and Blending Modes;

- Using various functions on the Menu Toolbar; and

- Saving files as different file types.

To participate, individuals must meet the following class prerequisites:

- Have basic computer skills;

- Understand the concept of opening, closing and saving a file;

- Be familiar with working with menus;

- Understand the concept of icons;

- Have a general concept of text, fonts and formatting; and

- Have some interest or duties in image/visual creation.

To register for the course, visit For more information, call 554.3535.

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.

Thompson Alumni Center Available for Events

The William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center (Thompson Center) is available at no cost to UNO colleges, departments and student groups for meetings, conferences, seminars, luncheons and other university-related events (excludes revenue-generating functions).

The beautiful Thompson Center is among Omaha's most versatile event facilities with multiple-use spaces that can accommodate groups large and small. Its hi-tech offerings include ceiling-mounted projectors, an audio and video distribution system, free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. UNO groups also can utilize an affordably priced catering menu.

UNO faculty and staff also receive a 10-percent discount on room rental for personal events such as wedding receptions, graduation parties or professional/community group functions.

Revenues help the UNO Alumni Association's mission of supporting UNO.

Visit to see room descriptions, pictures, catering menus and prices. For more information, contact Greg Trimm at 554.3368 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

Sustainability Graphic

Green Tip of the Week

Energy Efficient Cooking
Pressure cookers reduce energy use 50 to 75 percent because cooking times are reduced when food is cooked at the higher temperatures created inside a pressure cooker. 

(Courtesy of the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Right Program).

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