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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 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.



2009 UNO-United Way Campaign Kicks Off Today

The 2009 UNO-United Way Campaign officially begins today, Oct. 12. This year's theme is "Live United," and the campaign runs through Friday, Nov. 6. UNO has set a $70,000 goal.

UNO faculty and staff will receive a username and password in an e-mail message sent to their university e-mail address and will have the option of designating a particular organization, as well as donating to the general fund. Employees who need help using the system can stop by the Human Resources Office, 205 Eppley Administration Building, or call 554.2321.

Prize drawings for those who take part in the campaign include a month of "rock star" parking, UNO football and hockey tickets, and tickets to the Omaha Community Playhouse.

Gifts to the United Way address the root causes of the most serious health and human services needs in the metropolitan community. United Way funds programs and services that thousands of individuals and families count on to help them reach their full potentials.

Human Resources staff encourages the UNO community to take part in the change by donating to United Way as a part of UNO's team.

"We all win when a child succeeds in school, when parents find financial independence and families have good health," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. "Together united, we can inspire hope and create better opportunities for a better tomorrow. That's what it means to ‘Live United.'"

Students Work with Habitat for Humanity to Help Build Homes

UNO students will spend their fall break working as Santa's elves, but not at the North Pole. The students will refurbish Santa's Village, a replica of the mythical North Pole settlement near Macedonia, Iowa.

The students are among hundreds from UNO who will work with area high school students Oct. 17, 19 and 20 to not only help at Santa's Village, but also to renovate homes for low income families in Omaha and Council Bluffs. Read more.

School of Public Administration to host Philanthropy Expert Nov. 5

George McCully, author of Philanthropy Reconsidered (2008), will present "What's Next for the Future of Philanthropy" Thursday, Nov. 5, from 4 to 5 p.m. in 220 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. The event is free and open to the public.

His talk on the national and local transformation of the philanthropic market will explore opportunities resulting from the changes. McCully is the founder and chief executive officer of the Catalogue for Philanthropy and created the Generosity Index.

For more information, contact Angela Eikenberry at 554.3488.

Next NBDC Workshop on Government Contracts Oct. 13

The next Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) workshop on government contracting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Healing Gallery, 4225 Cuming St.

The event - titled "Finding Bidding Opportunities" - is free but requires pre-registration at due to the limited seating.

The series is sponsored by Andy Alexander, NBDC procurement technical assistance manager/counselor.

For more information, call 554.6252.

IT Leaders to Discuss Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Omaha Oct. 14

Four information technology (IT) professionals will discuss the changing technology innovation environment in Omaha at an event planned for Tuesday, Oct. 14. The event runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 170 of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

The presenters:

- Brian Wetjen, partner in charge at Interactive Creative at Bozell

- Dan Hoffman, executive director at Invest Nebraska

- Matt Helt, principal/account director at Secret Penguin

- Patrick Barton at Barton Visions

Attendees who pre-register will receive a free lunch of pizza and soda. To register, send an e-mail to

Faculty Senate to Meet Oct. 14

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

Children Sought for ADHD Research Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry seeks children ages 12 to 17 to participate in a research study. Eligible participants must experience symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or have been diagnosed with ADHD.

ADHD symptoms may include:
- Being inattentive or making careless mistakes;
- Fidgeting or squirming;
- Having difficulty organizing tasks;
- Being easily distracted;
- Interrupting; and
- Being forgetful or losing things.

To find out if a child is eligible for the study, call 552.6239.

University Honors Program Speaker Series Starts Today

The University Honors Program will host a speaker series event today, Oct. 12, featuring Mohammed Quader, director of Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Device Therapy at The Nebraska Medical Center. The event is open to all UNO students, faculty and staff, and the public.

Quader's talk, "Advances in Heart Surgery. Status of Heart Transplantation," begins 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.

For more information, contact Neil Huben at

UNO Latino Heritage Month Celebration Continues this Week

The annual UNO Latino Heritage Month celebration concludes this week with a talent show and leadership series. Activities are free and open to the public. Read more.

"Service-Learning 101" Sessions Oct. 13-14

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, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 13-14. The sessions will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall (the 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

October TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus Tuesdays, Oct. 13 and 27, for individual appointments with employees. For registration details, click on this link.

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." The session takes place Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The 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.

Nominations Sought for SAC Members

The deadline to submit Staff Advisory Council (SAC) nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16. Elected members will serve three-year terms. Individuals may nominate themselves.

SAC was established in March 1973 to promote and facilitate communications between UNO managerial/professional and office/service employees and the chancellor. SAC is a working council that meets at least once a month, usually the second Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m.

At this time, the council is looking for volunteers to serve. If selected, and then elected, staff would be expected to attend the monthly meeting and serve on various subcommittees. Chancellor John Christensen encourages the support of supervisors in allowing their employees the time off to participate in this important mission.

For more information, contact Jerri Maxwell at 554.3892 or

Next Retirement Planning Seminar 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 seminars:
- 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 the questions of employees who are planning to retire within the next five to 15 years. Marlene Schneider, a counselor in the UNO Faculty/Employee Assistance Program, will lead the program.

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 (CFD) on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Refreshments will be provided.

All are welcome to attend 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 CFD Annual Fall Workshops.

This is a first-come, first-served event, as the CFD has a limited number of books. Those who do not have a copy can contact the CFD at 554.2427 or Alice Woll at to request one.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or To request more information about the event, contact Woll at

Campus Recreation Offering Free Two-week HPER Trial Membership

Due to the successful opening of the new south addition in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building, all regular UNO faculty and staff members can experience the new facility for free with a two-week trial membership.

The trial membership period continues through Saturday, Oct. 31. Anyone interested in participating should stop by the Campus Recreation office in 100 HPER during the trial period to receive a membership card or call 554.2539 for more information.

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