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photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Metal workers are taking advantage of the fall-like weather while working on the next Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building addition this week on campus. To celebrate the new south addition's opening, all regular UNO faculty and staff members can experience the new facility for free with a two-week trial membership. See article below for details.

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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.




Lotus Notes Maintenance Scheduled

Lotus Notes will be unavailable two Sundays this month, Oct. 4 and 11, from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. for scheduled maintenance. Information Technology Services (ITS) mail administrators believe that this two-part maintenance will rectify the intermittent outages that have been occurring. ITS staff apologizes for any inconvenience.

For questions or concerns, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357.

Flag Lowering

Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered flags at all state buildings and facilities to be flown at half-staff this Sunday, Oct. 4. The order is in observance of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

Attendees Invited to Use Twitter at Tonight's Martinez Celaya Lecture

When University of Nebraska Visiting Presidential Professor Enrique Martinez Celaya solicits questions at tonight's, Oct. 2, lecture at the Joslyn Art Museum, he'll do so not only from the audience but from the World Wide Web.

Attendees are invited to use Twitter to ask Martinez Celaya questions, either prior to the 7 p.m. lecture or during the lecture from their cell phones. Simply end each tweet with #joslyn to add it to the queue. Organizers will monitor Twitter during the lecture and pose these questions to Martinez Celaya. Questions can also be asked from the audience. Read more.

Sunday's Homecoming Parade to Kick Off Weeklong UNO Celebration

UNO will kick off its weeklong Homecoming 2009 celebration with a 1 p.m. parade this Sunday, Oct. 4.

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.

The schedule of UNO Homecoming Week activities:

Sunday, Oct. 4
- Parade and bonfire
1 p.m./Dodge and Pacific Locations
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

Get a glimpse of departments, colleges, schools, organizations and area high school bands showcasing their UNO school spirit by marching and with floats. Click on this link for the parade route. Parade organizers suggest that the best place to view the parade will be on University Drive North and in Elmwood Park. 

Monday, Oct. 5
- Hypnotist Jim Wand
Noon/Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

Tuesday, Oct. 6
- Joker's Wild game show competition
Noon/MBSC Nebraska Room
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

- UNO Homecoming Party for UNO Alumni Faculty/Staff
4 to 5:30 p.m./Thompson Alumni Center
Sponsored by UNO Alumni Association

Join other alumni who work at UNO for an informal gathering. The Alumni Association wants to give thanks to all faculty/staff alumni for their efforts and celebrate Homecoming 2009. Complimentary beverages, snacks and tunes form the UNO Marching Band will be available. For details, visit

Wednesday, Oct. 7
- Fall Convocation
10 a.m./Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
Sponsored by the Chancellor's Office

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 MBSC Ballroom.

- Sand sculpture competition
11:30 a.m., MBSC Plaza
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

- Homecoming royalty voting (voting open to all students only)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m./ MBSC south doors
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

Thursday, Oct. 8
- Pop tab collection
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m./MBSC Nebraska Room
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

- Homecoming royalty voting (voting open to all students only)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m./ MBSC south doors
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

- Unburied Treasures Fashion Show with comedian Michelle Buteau and band Shiver Shiver
7 p.m./MBSC Ballroom
Co-sponsored by Maverick Productions and Maverick Village

Friday, Oct. 9
- Homecoming royalty voting (voting open to all students only)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m./ MBSC south doors
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

- Homecoming dance and Spirit Cup Award
9 p.m. to midnight/MBSC Nebraska Room
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

Saturday, Oct. 10
- UNO Homecoming Tailgate Party
11 a.m. to 1 p.m./Pep Bowl
Sponsored by UNO Alumni Association

Join UNO alumni, faculty, staff, students and their families at the 2009 UNO Homecoming Tailgate Party featuring free lunch (hot dog, chips, cookie, drink) for the first 400 people. Family fun activities includes a bounce house, Mav tattoos, balloon creations, the UNO Marching Band, Maverick Cheerleaders and a DJ playing music. For details, go to

- Homecoming football game
UNO vs. Washburn University
1:05 p.m./Caniglia Field
Sponsored by UNO Athletics and Maverick Productions

For football game ticket information, call 554.MAVS or visit The 2009 Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime.

Central Issue Reminder from Campus Recreation

The Central Issue Equipment Checkout Center has been temporarily relocated to 101 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building, just inside the main entrance.

Central Issue provides towel service and open recreation equipment for checkout. Students, faculty, staff, spouse members, alumni and University of Nebraska Medical Center employees can check out equipment with a current valid student ID or activity card.

For more information, call 554.3231.

GSO to Host National Coming Out Day Oct. 8

At UNO, National Coming Out Day will take place Thursday, Oct. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge. The campus community and public can join the Student Agency of Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) as they host community speakers sharing their coming out experiences. An open mic will also be available for people to tell their own stories.

National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day. It is celebrated to promote discussion and awareness for people who have already came out, or are the process of coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning or intersex and their allies (LGBTQIA). Food will be provided.

For more information, contact Timothy Winchell at

October TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for October. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees Oct. 13 and 27.

For one-on-one counseling session registration details, click on this link.

Free Webinar "From the Battlefield to the Classroom" Available to Faculty/Staff through Oct. 15

A free webinar titled "From the Battlefield to the Classroom: Facilitating Veterans and Service Member Transitions" is available for all UNO faculty/staff from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) through Thursday, Oct. 15.

"With the new Post-9/11 GI Bill and many other resources available to support the educational goals of service members and veterans, as well as UNO's recent selection as a 2010 Top Military Friendly School by GI Jobs magazine, this is a great opportunity to learn about an important student group here at UNO," said Hayley Patton, manager, Offutt and Off-Campus Programs.   

The webinar is focused on:
- The unique needs of service members and veterans entering college;
- Identifying common access challenges or barriers to education; and  
- Successful campus strategies for integrating veteran students into the college community.

To access the webinar at any time through Oct. 15, go to and click on the webinar title link.

Center for Faculty Development Book Discussion Oct. 28

Faculty interested in a discussion of Ken Bain's What The Best College Teachers Do can join the Center for Faculty Development on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

All are welcome for the discussion whether or not they have read the book. First- and second-year full-time faculty members received a copy for their participation in the Center for Faculty Developments Annual Fall Workshops.

This is a first-come, first-served event, as the Center for Faculty Development only has a limited number of books left. Those who do not have a copy can contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or Alice Woll at for a copy.

Refreshments will be provided.

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

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.

Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Human Resources Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host three more Faculty Recruitment Workshops this fall.  All workshops will take place in Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The schedule:

- 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

FEAP Office Hours Reminder

Since May, UNO's Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) has offered standard office hours on campus.

"Are you experiencing a personal problem that may or may not be impacting the workplace?" said Marlene Schneider, FEAP counselor. "If so, you are not alone. The chance that any person can navigate things through life without a serious matter is doubtful."

FEAP staff can help faculty and staff deal with difficult times. FEAP is a confidential counseling service designed to assist faculty, employees and their families in addressing personal and work-related problems. The FEAP office is in 207 Eppley Administration Building

Office hours:

Tuesdays – 8 a.m. to noon

Thursdays – 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
(Other times are available by appointment)

Schneider is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

To schedule an appointment, contact Schneider at 554.3120 (UNO campus) or 559.5175 (UNMC campus), or by e-mail at

For more FEAP information, visit

In the News

In the News

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Sept. 29 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the recent decline in Nebraska's poverty rate.

- Recent issues of the Serbia Observer and the Bosnia Daily published a guest column by Rory Conces, Department of Philosophy and Religion, about his experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in Bosnia and the Balkans.

- Student Jared Rickert was interviewed Sept. 27 by WOWT (NBC 6) about members of UNO's Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity who recently volunteered to pick up trash in downtown Omaha.

- Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted in the Sept. 29 issue of the Boston Herald on the Boston police commissioner's new policy of firing officers who lie.

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

- Christina Dando, associate professor of geography, recently published "'Whore-friendly people': Heritage Tourism, The Media and the Place of Sex Work in Butte, Montana" in the Journal of Gender, Place and Culture. The article examines media coverage of a historic brothel as an international sex workers organization attempt to purchase the building, to "make [it] our own once again," to use as a museum and conference center.

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

UNO Theatre Presents Hippie Doctor by Benjamin Graber
The UNO Department of Theatre presents the premiere of Benjamin Graber's Hippie Doctor, directed by D. Scott Glasser.

Previews run Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 7-8, with performances on Oct. 9-10 and Oct. 14-17 in the UNO Theatre, inside the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. There will be a talkback session held in the theatre after the Oct. 16 production. 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.

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.

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

KANEKO-UNO Library to Host Art Program Preview on Oct. 4
The KANEKO-UNO Library, 12th and Jones Streets in the Old Market, will host a free sneak preview of the fifth season of Art:21-Art in the Twenty-First Century. It is the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art.

The screening begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. Seating is limited. Patrons are asked to arrive early for this free event.

The television program is an international screening initiative created to increase knowledge of contemporary art, ignite dialogue and inspire creative thinking through hundreds of public screenings and events throughout the country that tailor the ideas presented in the series to the interests and concerns of local audiences.

The season premieres on PBS Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) with a new episode each Wednesday during the month. Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the four-part series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of today's most thought-provoking artists.

For more information, call 932-3486 or send an e-mail to

A branch of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Criss Library, the KANEKO-UNO Library serves UNO students and faculty, and members, as well as supports KANEKO programming. The sleek educational space - which opened in February - is devoted to studies in creativity and represents a serious partnership between UNO and KANEKO.

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.