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Lela Knox-Shanks

Aging with Passion and Purpose

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Lela Knox-Shanks, a local advocate for caregivers and author, served as one of the keynote speakers at 'Aging with Passion and Purpose: A Conference on Aging' Oct. 18-19 at UNO. Organized by the Department of Gerontology, the two-day conference attracted 200 attendees in the fields of nursing, social work and elder care, among others.

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Carlson, Sather

Carlson, Sather Regionally Honored

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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.



Annual Bell Tower Challenge Today

Eta Sigma Gamma's 16th Annual Bell Tower Challenge will take place today, Oct. 21.  This UNO tradition has raised more than 42,165 pounds of food for the Omaha Food Bank.

In the contest itself, teams of three people stack cans as the Bell Tower (Henningson Memorial Campanile) strikes noon. The team that stacks the most cans wins.  There are also prizes for any team that donates at least 1,000 cans of food, the most creative team and the most enthusiastic team.  The two divisions for prizes are 1) students and 2) faculty/staff.

"The Food Bank is once again working hard to keep food pantries and meal sites stocked as record numbers of people suffer through these tough economic times," said David E. Corbin, faculty sponsor of the campus chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, a national professional health education honorary.

For the contest rules, visit

For more information, contact Corbin or Shandy Ramet at 554.2670 or

National Day on Writing Celebrated Today at UNO

Today, 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 150 Arts and Sciences Hall. Read more.

NU Board of Regents to Meet Oct. 23

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet on Friday, Oct. 23, at Varner Hall in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the board meeting will start at 1 p.m.  All meetings are open to the public. Read more.

First Midnight Mojo Event Is Oct. 23

Midnight Mojo is a new student event happening at the UNO Friday, Oct. 23, from 9 p.m. to midnight.

The late-night program will offer a number of activities designed to give students the opportunity to socialize and have fun during the evening hours without alcohol. Read more.

Speech Center to Offer Fall Learn Over Lunch Series for Students

The UNO Speech Center will offer free workshops this semester on presentation skills. All students are invited to attend. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

The workshops:
Introductions, Conclusions & Audience Centeredness
- Tuesday, Oct. 27
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room

Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides
- Wednesday, Nov. 18
11 a.m. to noon
MBSC Gallery Room

To register for one or more sessions or for more information, contact a consultant at the Speech Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited, so attendees must register in advance.

Photos Sought for IEW Contest/Exhibit

International Education Week (IEW) takes place Monday through Friday, Nov. 16-20. Faculty, staff and students can submit up to three photos through Thursday, Oct. 29, for the annual Eyes on the World Photo Contest and Exhibit, sponsored by UNO International Studies and Programs (IS&P) and Sigma Iota Rho.

Contest guidelines and entry forms are available in Criss Library, the IS&P Office - 241 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) or online at Submissions should be sent to the Sigma Iota Rho Office, 238 ASH, by Oct. 29.

Contest entrants are eligible to win prizes. The photographs will be on display in the Criss Library during November where patrons can vote for their favorites. The winners will be announced at the IEW Café Internationale on Thursday, Nov. 19.

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,

Criss Library Offers Workshops on Online Research Management Tool

Criss Library will offer an overview of RefWorks, an online research management tool that allows researchers to gather, manage, store and share citations and bibliographies. The third of several workshops on the topic takes place Tuesday, Oct. 27.

In the RefWorks workshop, a researcher will learn how to:
- Organize and save citations from all sources;
- Automatically export citations from databases, without redundant typing;
- Share bibliographies with collaborators, students and researchers via the Web; and
- Automatically insert citations into papers in correct citation style.

To register for a session, send an e-mail to

The Oct. 27 session starts at noon in 107 Criss Library. The final workshop is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. in the library.

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.

Department of Psychology Graduate Q&A

Graduate students from the Department of Psychology invite the campus community to learn about earning a graduate degree in psychology at UNO.

Anyone can stop by 411 Arts and Sciences Hall at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, to get information or help filling out an application.

For more information, contact Adam Sempek at 554.3880.

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

The UNO Ambassadors are available to represent the university. Twelve student Ambassadors have been selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. This select group of students serves as hosts for university-related functions at the request of deans, directors, department chairs and other UNO faculty or staff.

Functions of the Ambassadors include acting as official greeters for university activities, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university and occasionally leading campus tours.

Ambassadors try to honor as many requests as possible. Requests should be placed at least two weeks before the scheduled activity. For more information, contact Chris Liewer at or 554.3520.

UNO Staff Members Sought for Work-Life Study

Every person "bounds," or puts limits on, how much overlap they have between their work, family and personal interests. Researchers need participants for a study that investigates how UNO staff members and their spouses/partners manage these different boundaries on a daily basis and how these boundaries affect health and well-being (IRB# 237-09-EP).

Study participants must work at least 35 hours per week, must have lived together for at least two years, and must not have switched jobs or employers within the past year.

Participants will be asked to complete a one-hour and 30-minute interview, as well as a brief 10-minute survey. Each member of the couple will be interviewed and surveyed separately. Study participants will be compensated for their time.

For more information, contact Samantha K. Ammons at 554.3358 or

Green Tip of the Week

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Crockpot 101
Using a separate appliance like a crockpot can save energy when preparing foods requiring long cooking times.

(Courtesy of the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Right Program (

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