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Carlson, Sather Regionally Honored

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The Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education recently recognized Patricia Carlson and Paul Sather with two prestigious awards for service learning pedagogy and leadership. Carlson received the Teacher Commendation in Service-Learning. Sather was presented the Voyager Award. The awards were announced at the sixth annual Midwest Consortium awards ceremony, held Sept. 25 at UNO.

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UNO's You Look MAVelous! Winners

photos by Deb Bertrand

More than 300 UNO staff and faculty members formed 21 teams to take the You Look MAVelous! challenge during the summer months. Sponsored by Human Resources, Mav-Rec Wellness and Student Health Services, the challenge encouraged participants to improved their lifestyle health and fitness habits. All photos were taken during the final team weigh-in on Aug. 19, where the entire team stepped up on the scale together. The Lighten Up! team took the first-place prize. Team participants pictured in the final slide included:

Back Row: Michael Obbink, Bruce Bartling, Ken Hultman, Pat Wheeler, Jenni Rock, Stan Schleifer and Kathy Krause.

Front Row: Joe Huebner, Jan Paap, April Busch, Laura Lamblin (captain), Marilyn Brown, Maggie Zion and Deb Wilcox.

Not Pictured: Terry Hynes, Christine Hoffman, Bob Cairns, Lucy Westbrook, Dave Miller and Lynn Stephenson.



Campaign for Nebraska to Raise $1.2 Billion for NU


The University of Nebraska and University of Nebraska Foundation announced a fundraising campaign, led by a prominent team of volunteers, at an Omaha press conference on Oct. 15. The Campaign for Nebraska: Unlimited Possibilities seeks to raise $1.2 billion to meet high-priority opportunities and needs for the university's four campuses.

It is the most ambitious fundraising effort in the 73-year history of the foundation. Fundraising for the campaign began in 2005 and concludes in 2014; more than $642 million has been raised so far in gifts and pledges.  Read more.

Payroll Pay Advices to Cease Jan. 1

UNO Payroll announces that pay advices (stubs) for all benefit-eligible employees will stop, effective Jan. 1, 2010.  Employees will need to use Firefly Employee Self Service (ESS) to view/print their advices.

For more information, call 554.2739.

Criss Library to Celebrate Construction Completion Oct. 20-23

Criss Library faculty and staff will host a four-day event Tuesday, Oct. 20, through Friday, Oct. 23, to celebrate the conclusion of recent construction and highlight the library's commitment to UNO.  Everyone who attends can enter the drawing for an Amazon Kindle.

The event schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 20
- Current and Past Employee Reception
2 p.m. - Faculty Club

- UNO Library Friends Day
4 to 6 p.m.
UNO Library Friends invite the community to visit and tour Criss Library.  New members will receive a complimentary one-year Library Friends membership.

Wednesday, Oct. 21
- Donor Reception
6 p.m. - Faculty Club
University of Nebraska Foundation representatives will host a reception in honor of Criss Library donors.

Thursday, Oct. 22
- Student Day (No Shushing, Just Sushi!)

6 p.m.
The first 300 students to attend will receive a free sushi tray and soda.

6 to 9 p.m.
Xbox and Wii games will be available to students in Lab 231 and the Media Room.

7 p.m.
The YouCRISS student video contest kicks off.  Entry forms and details are located in Lab 232.  Students can win a Flip camera and other prizes.

Friday, Oct. 23
- Faculty Club Open House
2 to 4 p.m.
UNO faculty will meet subject specialists, tour the library and learn about other services and upcoming library informational sessions.  Refreshments will be served.  To R.S.V.P., contact Nora Hillyer at or 554.2138.

For more information, call Linda Riviera at 554.2640.

ITS to Offer Optimizing Graphics Class Oct. 20

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer training for faculty and staff to enhance graphics for classroom instruction, training or marketing.  The class will take place Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in 232 Criss Library.

The Optimizing Graphics workshop will provide hands-on training in creating and refining images so they look great and communicate effectively.  Using Photoshop CS4, participants will learn methods to enhance, compose and output images for the Web, print media and video display.  The workshop will also provide Create Once, Publish Everywhere (COPE) training, a technique used to refine a master image so it can be published to any media.

All UNO faculty and staff can attend, but registration is required.

To register:
- Go to
- Select the correct month from the drop-down menu on the right, and click "Go."
- Enter a SAP personnel number. (This is the six-digit number on UNO photo IDs.)
- Click "Sign Up."
- Click "OK" to confirm the personnel number.
- An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration.

A minimum of five people needs to be signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class for it to take place. An e-mail notification will be sent the day before the class if it is cancelled.

For more information or assistance with registering, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

Lecture Launched to Remember Charles Gildersleeve

Charles Gildersleeve, a founding faculty member of the International Studies major at UNO, passed away earlier this month after a more than 40-year career at UNO. His guest lecture each semester in the International Studies introduction course was a highlight for many students.

In memory of his contributions to International Studies majors and international students at UNO, International Studies and Programs will inaugurate and sponsor the annual Charles Gildersleeve "Know-Your-World" lecture. Read more.

Omaha Veterans in Business Forum Breakfast Oct. 21

The next Omaha Veterans in Business Forum breakfast will take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Regency Lodge, 909 S. 107th Ave. 

The guest speaker is Sen. Abbie Cornett, District 45, chair of the Revenue Committee and a member of the Education Committee.

Registration and a buffet breakfast begin at 7:15 a.m., and the program starts at 7:30 a.m.  The cost of $15 can be paid by cash or personal check made out to "Regency Lodge." 

Pre-registrations are required and can be made at  Cancellations after 3 p.m. today, Oct. 19, will result in a charge of $15.

At the event, members of selected veteran-owned businesses will introduce their services and products in a five-minute presentation. To present, call Andy Alexander at 554.6253.

The event also is a forum for possible teaming, partnerships and education on veteran-related businesses.  Everyone at the breakfast will be introduced, so attendees should bring their business cards, brochures or fliers for networking.

For more information, call Melissa Kramer at 554.6252.

KANEKO Fall 2009 Great Minds Series Begins Oct. 22

The KANEKO Fall 2009 Great Minds Series, sponsored by the University of Nebraska, will kick off Thursday, Oct. 22, with "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," at Bow Truss, 1111 Jones St.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. and feature Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning international correspondent for The New York Times and co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, and Sweeta Noori, Afghanistan Country Director for Women for Women International. 

Discussion topics include:
- Instantaneous global communication, social networking, and how the rise of journalistic activism has drastically changed traditional roles and tools used by journalists and entrepreneurs; 
- How the changes are mediated;
- How rapid, and often informal, means of communication affect journalists' work;
- How the changes affect the outcomes of entrepreneurship; and
- How the face of social entrepreneurship can be changed.

Upcoming events in the Great Minds Series:
- Thursday, Nov. 19
"(UN) COVERING HUMAN CRISES: Crucial Dispatches from the Innovative Journalist"
7 p.m.
Bow Truss, 1111 Jones St.

- Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning international correspondent for The New York Times and co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

- Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize-winning project reporter for The Los Angeles Times and author of the multi-part, award-winning story Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother.  The story will be released as a motion picture on "Lifetime" in 2010.

- Friday, Nov. 20
"ON WRITING AS WITNESS: A Reporter's Perspective"
Bow Truss, 1111 Jones St.
(A box lunch is included in the ticket cost for this event.)

- Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize-winning project reporter for The Los Angeles Times.

For ticket information or to learn more about KANEKO, call 341.3800 or visit Special ticket prices are available for students, senior citizens and anyone who purchases a series package.  For additional details, visit this link.

The Fitness Center at HPER to Offer Cholesterol Screenings Oct. 23

The Fitness Center in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will offer cholesterol screenings for UNO faculty, staff and students on Friday, Oct. 23.

The screening costs $25 and will take place in the Exercise Physiology Lab, 103 HPER Building, from 7:30 to 10 a.m.  Participants should fast a minimum of eight hours prior to the screening.

To schedule an appointment, call 554.3221.

Marijuana Legalization Is Focus of Oct. 28 Forum

UNO Maverick Productions will host a debate on the legalization of marijuana at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The hour-long, interactive forum is free and open to the public and will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room.

Earlier that day, Robert M. Stutman, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will host an open session featuring drug information specific to the Omaha area.  This event begins at 9:30 a.m. in the MBSC Dodge Room and is limited to students, faculty and staff. Read more.

Students Encouraged to Support United Way of the Midlands

Through Friday, Oct. 30, the campus community - including students - is encouraged to "round up" their Milo Bail Student Center Food Court purchases to support United Way of the Midlands. More than 1,100 organizations and 80,000 donors participate in the annual United Way of the Midlands campaign. Read more.

Mav-Rec Halloween Party Oct. 31 in HPER

Mav-Rec Youth Programs will host a family friendly Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. 

The party is free and open to people of all ages. Activities include a haunted house, carnival games, candy and prizes.  

At the event, Mav-Rec will collect canned food items for local food pantries, as well as blankets and towels for the Town & Country Humane Society.

To donate candy for the event, stop by 100 HPER or call 554.2539. For more information about Mav-Rec Youth Programs, visit

Maverick Productions Welcomes Comedian Stephen Lynch Nov. 8

UNO Maverick Productions will host comedian and actor Stephen Lynch on Sunday, Nov. 8.  Lynch will perform his most recent stand-up comedy routine from his "3 Balloons" tour at 7:30 p.m. at the Omaha Music Hall, 1804 Capitol Ave.  Read more.

UNO/UNL Faculty Workshop Oct. 22 on Exports Controls

A faculty workshop on "Export Controls" will take place Thursday, Oct. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 160 The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

Sara Conrad, export control specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will lead the presentation.

UNO's Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will provide pizza and beverages. For more information, call SPR at 554.2286.

UNL to Sponsor Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking

In 2008, the United States' first conviction for human trafficking occurred in Iowa and concerned two Nebraska girls forced into prostitution. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) will sponsor the Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 28-31. 

Keynote speaker Kevin Bales will open the conference on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the UNL City Union Centennial Room. The talk is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.  

Bales, a professor of sociology at Roehampton University in London, is the author of the award-winning book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy and serves as president of Free the Slaves, the U.S. sister organization of Anti-Slavery International.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu called Disposable People "a well-researched, scholarly and deeply disturbing expose of modern slavery."

To register or for conference details, visit

For more information, contact Ron Hampton at or Dwayne Ball at

Campus Recreation to Offer 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 will be offered 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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