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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.



Homecoming 2009 Celebration Begins

Traditions come alive this week at UNO, with a myriad of Homecoming 2009 festivities scheduled to unite UNO students, faculty, staff and alumni. Featured events will include UNO Homecoming Party for Alumni Faculty/Staff, Fall Convocation, Unburied Treasures Fashion Show, Homecoming Dance and UNO Homecoming Tailgate Party prior to the annual football game.

Here's a rundown of this week's UNO Homecoming activities:

Today, 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
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 from the UNO Marching Band will be available.
Sponsored by UNO Alumni Association

Wednesday, Oct. 7
- Fall Convocation
10 a.m./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 MBSC Ballroom.
Sponsored by The Chancellor's Office

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

- Homecoming football game
UNO vs. Washburn University
1:05 p.m./Caniglia Field
For football game ticket information, call 554.MAVS or visit The 2009 Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime.
Sponsored by UNO Athletics and Maverick Productions

Today's Workshop to Explore "Race, Schools, Living Conditions and Academic Achievement"

Carol Mitchell, professor of science education, will present today, 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.

Support the Omaha Food Bank

Lambda Chi Alpha's North American Food Drive, the world's largest Greek philanthropy, returns to Omaha next week. Last year, Lambda Chi Alpha chapters and colonies collected 415,000 pounds of food for needy families around the country. This year's event promises to be even bigger and better.

UNO's Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity will sponsor Bounce-a-Thon outdoors today, Oct. 5, through Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Pep Bowl, south of the Eppley Administration Building.

During the event, members will bounce for 48 straight hours on a trampoline at the Pep Bowl. UNO students, faculty, staff and members of the community can purchase a ticket for the raffle or donate non-perishable food items or money in collection boxes at the Pep Bowl.

All food and money donated will be distributed to the needy of Omaha through the Omaha Food Bank.

For more information, contact Patrick McNary, Lambda Chi Alpha, at or 650.5024.

'Soul Power' to Be Screened at Film Streams

After the Tuesday, Oct. 6, screening of "Soul Power" begins at Film Streams, 1340 Webster St., Peggy Jones and Zebulon Miletsky, both assistant professors in the UNO Department of Black Studies, will lead a discussion titled "The History and Aesthetics of SOUL POWER." The film starts at 7:15 p.m.

A film by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, "Soul Power," depicts the experiences and extraordinary performances of such musicians as James Brown, Celia Cruz, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, the Spinners and Bill Withers during a 1974 three-night concert in Zaire. The concert was performed prior to the "Rumble in the Jungle" fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

Tickets are $8 for general, $6 for students/teachers/seniors, $4 for Film Streams members and free for high school students.

For more information, call Film Streams at 933.0259.

Fall Convocation This Wednesday

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.

UFO Study Group to Meet Oct. 7

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Wednesday, Oct. 7, 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 Alerting System Test This Week

Campus Security will conduct a campus-wide test of the UNO Alerting System this Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m.

The test will consist of an audible announcement, strobe light activation and an alert announcement scrolled across all UNO administered PCs.

Any problems should be referred to Campus Security at 554.2648.

Retirement Planning Seminars Continues Oct. 16

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars this month with two pre-retirement planning educational seminars. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

"Each seminar will give you practical information that you can put to use in your everyday life," said Esther Scarpello, manager of benefits. "Take advantage of this opportunity - mark your calendars to attend these informative seminars."

The seminar details are highlighted below.
- Staying on Track in a Volatile Market
Friday, Oct. 16
10 to 11 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

This seminar will discuss market volatility, cite examples of notable past market downturns and identify options for managing accounts amid changing market conditions. A TIAA-CREF representative will present at the program.

- What Will You be Doing During Retirement?
Friday, Oct. 30
10 to 11 a.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

This seminar focuses on the emotional and social aspects of retirement planning needs and questions of employees who are planning to retire within the next 5-15 years. Marlene Schneider, a counselor in the UNO Faculty/Employee Assistance Program, will lead the program.

Basic Photoshop CS4 Training Course Is Full

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff announces that the Thursday, Oct. 8, "Basic Photoshop CS4" course is full. Names are being collected for a wait list for a possible second class. Those interested in taking this class can e-mail Lisa Green at

Participants will learn about the following basics of image editing in Basic Photoshop CS4:
- 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.

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.

Black Studies Welcomes Author James Loewen This Thursday

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

Memberships Available for SELF Exercise Program

Wellness Stampede

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

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.

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 UCAT Travel Grant Proposals for 2009-2010

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is currently accepting proposals on a monthly basis for travel grants through April or until funds are expended.

The committee will fund grants up to $800 for each award. One submission per conference and only one award per person per academic year. No revisions will be accepted. All applications should be reviewed by their UCAT college representative for correctness before submitting. Budgets must be complete and accurate. If necessary review last year's conference for pricing and topics.

All previous grant reports must be turned in prior to submission of a new request. A travel authorization form should be signed by a department chair and included with application. Proposals are due by the 21st of the each month.

Applicants should submit one hard and an electronic copy of the application. Electronic copies should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll ( Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Available Toner Cartridges Listing

Sustainability Graphic

Limited quantities of toner and inkjet cartridges are available from Mail Services for department use only. To reserve any of the following, contact Kathy Hartle at 554.2337.
HP 09X
HP 09A
HP 29 black
HP 51626A black
HP C 3906A
Canon GPR-6
Brothers PC-202RF
Brothers PC-201
Brothers TN-5000PF
Sharp SF-214NTI
Panasonic KX-FA135
Epson Ribbon Cartridge 7753
Lanier 491-0182

Hartle invites the campus community to join the recycling effort. Before throwing away an old toner or ink cartridge, contact her at 554.2337 to see what options are available.

"If you don't have the printer for the toner cartridges anymore, send them to the mailroom," she said. "With the budget situation, continuing to recycle ink and toner cartridges can save the university and departments money."

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability supports this green program. For more information, visit

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