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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.

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2009.10.07

Fall Convocation Is Today

UNO Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his state-of-the-university address at the 2009 UNO Fall Convocation today, Oct. 7. His presentation is titled "101 Years: Writing the Next Chapter."

Convocation begins at 10 a.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. All faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend the free event. 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.

UNO TV will air the 2009 Convocation on The Knowledge Network (TKN) from start to finish.  TKN can be seen on Cox channel 17 and Qwest channel 74.  On the UNO TV campus cable system, convocation will be aired on channels 6 and 9.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Lot I Fine Arts Performance Parking Notice

Campus Security announces that the Lot I parking schedule will begin today, Oct. 7. Gates will close at 1:30 p.m. on all performance dates to allow for event parking.

Faculty and staff can park in the lot in the morning but are encouraged to empty out of the lot by 6 p.m.

Lot I, which has been constructed for the Welcome Center, is located west of the Durham Science Center. Click on this link for the Lot I performance-event parking schedule through Friday, Dec. 4.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.3218.

UNO Alerting System Test Today

Campus Security will conduct a campus-wide test of the UNO Alerting System today, 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.

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 tonight and Thursday, Oct. 7-8.

Performances continue Oct. 9-10 and Oct. 14-17 in the UNO Theatre, inside the Weber Fine Arts Building. 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.

Human Rights Lawyer to Speak on Campus Thursday

UNO's chapter of Nebraskans for Peace will host an appearance by a leading human rights lawyer who is speaking in Nebraska this week. On Thursday, Oct. 8, Jonathan Kuttab's UNO talk on "Human Rights/Palestine" will begin at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Crimson Room.

Born in West Jerusalem after the Six Day War, Kuttab's family moved to the United States, where he later earned his law degree from the University of Virginia. After practicing with a Wall Street law firm for several years, he returned to his homeland and co-founded the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence, Al-Haq (lawyers and others who assist with human rights issues), and the Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners. He is licensed to practice law in Palestine, Israel and New York.

In addition, Kuttab co-founded the Palestinian Center for the Study of Non- Violence and the Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS). He serves as chairperson of the board at Bethlehem Bible College and the Holy Land Trust. In 1986, he received substantive recognition for his work, including the Rothko Chapel Award for Commitment to Truth and Freedom.

For more information, contact Doug Paterson at 554.2422 or dpaterson@unomaha.edu.

Applications Sought for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) is currently accepting nominations for the annual Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.

A letter from the SOLP office will notify recipients after the conclusion of the nomination period. Faculty and staff can nominate students based on scholarship, leadership, citizenship, service to the university and potential for future achievement.

Who's Who is a national program to recognize academic excellence and student involvement. To qualify, students need:

- Junior, senior or graduate student status;

- Nominated by a faculty/staff member nomination; and

- Maintaining a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Nomination forms are available online at http://studentorgs.unomaha.edu.  All nominations are due by Monday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m. 

Recipients and their nominators will be invited to the Who's Who Recognition Reception on Friday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The award reception will feature student organization advisor of the year for 2008-2009, Karen Weber, as the keynote speaker.  Weber is the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) advisor.

For more information, contact SOLP at 554.2711.

Request for Lifelong Learning Proposals

UNO's new Lifelong Learning Initiative asks if anyone is missing the thrill of teaching?

If so, consider teaching again. What participants will gain from becoming an instructor with UNO's Lifelong Learning Initiative:

- Meet new and interesting people;

- Gain a sense of service, of giving back; and

- Students who are present, enthusiastic and willing to learn.

Consider drafting a teaching proposal for a short, informal series of classes in UNO's new Lifelong Learning Initiative. 

Visit http://lifelonglearning.unomaha.edu for more details. Questions and proposals may be sent to:

Patty Adams, Director
UNO's Lifelong Learning Initiative CB #209
University of Nebraska at Omaha
554.2292
padams@unomaha.edu

National Society of Black Engineers Fundraiser in Elmwood

The National Society of Black Engineers for the University of Nebraska (Omaha and Lincoln) will hold its first fundraising event in Elmwood Park on Friday, Oct. 9, from 2 until 5 p.m.

The organization will have a variety of previously purchased designer clothing, shoes, electronics, office furniture and other items available for sale.  Refreshments will be available.  For more information, call 402.321.2822 or e-mail kkoudous@gmail.com.

EC UNO Hosts Campus Screening of Eco-Documentary 'FUEL'

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The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a free screening of the award-winning film "FUEL" on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 11:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

In 2008, the film earned the Sundance Film Festival Best Documentary. Directed and co-wrote by Josh Tickell, the eco-documentary is about breaking the U.S. dependency on fossil fuels.  It offers an entertaining, thoughtful and well-researched argument for alternative energy. For details on the film, visit http://www.thefuelfilm.com.

For more information, contact Patrick Wheeler at 554.3921 0r pwheeler@unomaha.edu. Gill Cromwell at 533.9989 or gcromwell@unomaha.edu.

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.

Cloris Leachman to Headline 'Young Frankenstein' Monster Bash at UNO

The Omaha Hearing School for Children, a school partner with the College of Education, will host "Young Frankenstein Monster Bash" in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom on Saturday, Oct. 17. Cloris Leachman, an award-winning star of stage, screen and television who played Frau Blücher in Mel Brooks' 1974 classic movie "Young Frankenstein" will be the guest speaker and host for the event.

The event will consist of a patron meet and greet with one-on-one time with Leachman, dancing, costume contests, raffle (win a dance with Leachman) and book signing.

For details and to purchase tickets, call the Omaha Hearing School at 558.1546.

Participants Sought for Weight Watchers on Campus

Wellness Stampede

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.

"If anyone still is interested in joining, you can contact me to get signed-up," said David Daniels, assistant director of wellness and fitness programs. "We need five more people to join to get Weight Watchers back on campus for another session."

If enough UNO-participants join, the group will meet 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.)

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

Participants Sought for School of HPER Study

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation currently is looking for healthy men and women aged 19-35 to participate in a research study investigating the muscular and energy demands of stair negotiation (IRB# 360-09-EP). 

Testing will take about one and a half hours and participants will be asked to perform the following walking conditions: walking on the level ground, stair ascent starting in front of the stairway, stair ascent starting farther away from the stairway and stair descent.  

To be eligible for this study subjects cannot have balance, muscular or cardiovascular problems. This includes conditions such as: rheumatoid arthritis, arterial disease, dizziness, scoliosis, joint replacement, diabetes or stroke. Pregnant women may not participate in this study.  

If interested in being a participant, contact Mira Momcilovic at 554.3228 or mmomcilovic@mail.unomaha.edu.

UNO Counseling Center to Promote Mental Illness Awareness Today

Stop by the UNO Counseling Center's table for mental wellness tips for students and free information on mental illness today, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the Milo Bail Student Center south doors.

UNO Counseling Center staff reminds everyone that mental illnesses are very real, treatable medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.

Some facts:

- 30 percent of college students reported that at some point in the last 12 months they had felt so depressed it was hard to function.

- 49 percent reported that, in the same period, they had experienced overwhelming anxiety.

For more information, call Kathy Keiser at 554.2409.

UNO Encourages Campus Community to Support United Way

UNO will host a handful of events this month that will give the campus community the opportunity to change peoples' lives by helping families with education, income and health issues. Proceeds raised will be donated to United Way of the Midlands.

Visit http://www.uwmidlands.org for more information on United Way of the Midlands.

Today, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 16
Customers can round up their Food Service purchases to help fund United Way programs.

Wednesday, Oct. 14
Stop by the United Way Shopping Fair at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Name-brand shirts under $10 and sneakers at reduced prices will be for sale.

Tuesday, Oct. 27
The United Way Shopping Fair returns to the MBSC Dodge Room, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jewelry under $10 will be on sale.

University Honors Program Speaker Series Starts Oct. 12

The University Honors Program will host a speaker series event featuring Mohammed Quader, director of Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Device Therapy at The Nebraska Medical Center, on Monday, Oct. 12.

Dr. Quader's talk, "Advances in Heart Surgery. Status of Heart Transplantation," will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. He will discuss the evolution and future of heart surgery, how heart transplantation has become the "gold standard" in treating advanced heart failure and the current status of mechanical hearts.

The event is open to all UNO student, faculty and staff as well as the public.

For more information, contact Neil Huben at nhuben@unomaha.edu.

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.

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 http://www.unomaha.edu/spr

All proposals should be submitted electronically from UNO Lotus Notes e-mail as a single document in PDF format to: unosponpro@unomaha.edu. 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/spr.  For assistance, contact SPR at 554.2286 or send an e-mail to unosponpro@unomaha.edu.

Surplus Property Now Available for Viewing Online

All Surplus Property furniture and items are now available for viewing online at http://picasaweb.google.com/unosurplus. All are available for department use only.

Items include:

- Bookcases;

- Desks;

- Chairs; and

- Tables.

Items can also be viewed by appointment at Mail Services, 106 Eppley Administration Building. To set up an appointment, call Tom Feldman at 554.2222.

Green Tip of the Week

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Eco-Driving
Want to learn more simple solutions to increase gas mileage and reduce carbon footprints? Check out the Eco-Driving Manual at http://www.ecodrivingusa.com.

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.