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Martinez Celaya

Martinez Celaya Returns to Nebraska

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University of Nebraska Visiting Presidential Professor Enrique Martinez Celaya spoke to students, faculty, staff and members of the community Oct. 2 at the Joslyn Art Museum. His free public lecture was titled "The Prophet" and included a question-and-answer session from the audience. Martinez Celaya will return to Nebraska this spring to conclude his three-year term with the University of Nebraska.

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Fall Colors

Fall Colors on Campus

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

A robin garners a bird's eye view of a spray of fall foliage in a tree near the University Drive East Parking Structure.


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UNO Homecoming Tailgate Party Moved to Sapp Fieldhouse

Due to inclement weather, the UNO Homecoming Tailgate Party originally set to take place on the Pep Bowl will be moved to the Sapp Fieldhouse this Saturday, Oct. 10.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., join UNO alumni, faculty, staff, students and their families at the 2009 UNO Homecoming Tailgate Party. The UNO Alumni Association-sponsored event will feature free lunch (hot dog, chips, cookie, drink) for the first 400 people. Family fun activities will also include a bounce house, Mav tattoos, balloon creations, the UNO Marching Band, Maverick Cheerleaders and a DJ playing music.

For more information, visit

IT Network Outages Planned for This Sunday

UNO connectivity to University of Nebraska (NU) central computing resources will be unavailable on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. due to upgrades to the computer room at Nebraska Hall in Lincoln. In addition to SAP, SIS, WebFocus, Mavlink and EBRUNO, this outage will also affect Internet and Internet 2 access from the UNO campus, disaster recovery (Ciena) between Omaha and Lincoln, and all remote locations connecting to Network Nebraska via Lincoln. 

The UNO campus community may notice intermittent availability of campus-wide technology services on Oct. 11 until approximately 2:30 p.m. as the systems are brought back online and tested. 

Note that this outage is in addition to the planned Information Technology Services (ITS) maintenance scheduled for the third Sunday of each month.  As NU technologies are integrated in preparation for the new SIS, additional outages may occur.  Watch eNotes or for future notifications.

Workplace Violence Reminder

Human Resources and Campus Security remind faculty and staff that the university is committed to preventing workplace violence and to maintaining a safe work environment for all employees.  All employees need to review and understand all provisions of the workplace violence policy. The full text may be found in the UNO Policy Library,

The university also provides videos that further illustrate steps all may take to prevent workplace violence. Flashpoint:  Recognizing and Preventing Violence in the Workplace is found at  A student version of the video is available at the same site: Flashpoint:  Recognizing and Preventing Violence on Campus. 

Faculty and staff are encouraged to take the time to familiarize themselves with the safety steps that everyone can take to continue to have a safe work environment.

All threats of (or actual) violence, both direct and indirect, should be reported as soon as possible to the immediate supervisor and Campus Security. These actions include threats by employees, as well as threats by customers, students, vendors, solicitors or other members of the public. When reporting a threat of violence, the person providing the information should be as specific and detailed as possible. (Who, what, when, where, how?) Reports can be made anonymously and all reported incidents will be investigated. Reports or incidents will be handled appropriately and information will be disclosed to others only on a need-to-know basis.

"Service-Learning 101" Sessions Next Week

What does "community engagement" mean? What does it look like? Why is it valued by UNO?

For many UNO faculty, community engagement means service learning: integrating community service projects into coursework so students apply course concepts, see their relevance to the world of work and the community and gain the satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

To help faculty design service-learning projects that both meet genuine community needs and apply course concepts, the Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will offer "Service-Learning 101," a two-hour workshop, next week.

Workshop details:

- Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Wednesday, Oct. 14
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
202 Arts and Sciences Hall (Service-Learning office)

All faculty, including those new to service learning and those with projects in development, are welcome.

To register, call Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the SLA at 554.2712 or send an e-mail to

FEAP Offers Troubled Employee Workshop for Supervisors

The Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) invites deans, directors, managers and supervising employees to attend "The Process of Identifying, Intervening and Referring the Troubled Employee." It takes place Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

This course focuses on the warning signs and behaviors of the troubled employee, as well as a process for intervention and referral to FEAP. Marlene Schneider, a counselor with the UNO/University Nebraska Medical Center FEAP, will lead the workshop.

Program objectives:

- To increase understanding of the role of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in the work organization;

- To increase awareness of the warning signs of a troubled employee; and

- To develop effective intervention skills.

To register, contact Schneider at or 559.5175.

OLLAS to Hold Panel Discussion on Immigration Oct. 15

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) will hold another event in its ongoing Charla Series on Thursday, Oct. 15, with a four-person panel discussion of "Latin America and Immigration in the Obama Era." Charla is the Spanish term for conversation or chat.

"Today, the Americas are more connected than ever before. What happens in countries such as Venezuela, Colombia or Bolivia has repercussions in the U.S and vice versa," said Maria Arbelaez, a UNO professor in the Department of History and OLLAS faculty member. "We hope to engage the audience in a discussion about a whole host of interesting questions, including Obama's policy toward Latin America." Read more.

National Day on Writing Celebrated Oct. 21

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, UNO students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the National Day on Writing by contributing to a "continuing story" that will evolve on poster boards in the Writing Center, located in Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 150. Read more.

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.

ITS Offers InDesign Desktop Publishing II

Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing II is a follow up of the first Adobe InDesign class offered by Information Technology Services (ITS). It gives participants the opportunity to build on what they have learned and acquire intermediate skills in the software. The next class will take place on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 232 Criss Library. 

"In this next level of InDesign we will create a brochure.  While designing the brochure, we'll address document planning, layout and bleeds as well as tools for publishing concerns," said Lisa Green, with Instructional Media Design. "We will also reinforce skills learned in the previous class."

While the Adobe InDesign I class is not required, some familiarity with the Adobe InDesign software is desired. To register go to and click on the appropriate month.

Upon completion of training the learner will be able to:

- Understand and be able to set up a multi-panel brochure in InDesign.

- Find and use tools in the software used in the creation of a brochure.

- Demonstrate how to move in the document using the appropriate tools and how to input and manipulate large blocks of text.

- Plan the layout of a brochure's content

- Understand the level of graphics quality needed for various outputs.

- Identify the main types of file formats used for graphics and file formats used in document publication.

- Demonstrate the uses of master documents and understand why a document would need bleeds.

- Demonstrate how to set up and use master pages.

- Use appropriate design principles to create a professional-looking document.

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

Sustainability Graphic

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

For more information, contact Patrick Wheeler at 554.3921 0r Gill Cromwell at 533.9989 or

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

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.

Criss Library Faculty Club Open House

All faculty are invited to attend the Criss Library Faculty Club Open House on Friday, Oct. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Faculty Club is located on the south end of the upper level.  

Those who attend will meet Subject Specialists, tour the newly renovated library and learn about upcoming brown bag library sessions. Refreshments will be served.

Faculty planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Oct. 21, to Nora Hillyer,

October TIAA-CREF Schedule

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.

In the News

In the News

- Remarks by Chancellor John Christensen at convocation on Wednesday were covered by KIOS (91.5 FM) and the Omaha World-Herald.

- KMTV (CBS 3), WOWT (NBC 6) and the Omaha World-Herald reported on an Omaha Food Bank fundraiser by the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - 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 554.2762.

In Print

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 will present Benjamin Graber's "Hippie Doctor," tonight, Oct. 9.

Directed by D. Scott Glasser, all performances continue Oct. 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.

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

Poverty Exhibits Unveiled Tonight at UNO Art Gallery
The UNO Department of Art and Art History announces two compelling and thought-provoking exhibits focusing on the issue of poverty. An opening reception for the exhibitions will be held tonight, Oct. 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

The exhibits run through Friday, Nov. 6:

The Street Youth of Addis Ababa
A photographic journal and video by Robert A. Franklin, Ph.D

Contemporary artists addressing poverty curated by Neville Murray, executive director of Love's Jazz and Art Center

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. Gallery hours are Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. when university classes are in session.

For more information, contact Wanda Ewing at 554.2551.

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.