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Lela Knox-Shanks

Aging with Passion and Purpose

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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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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag is at half-staff today, Oct. 22, in honor of longtime UNO faculty member Charles "Chuck" Gildersleeve, who passed away Oct. 10 at the age of 69.

Dr. Gildersleeve, a professor of geography, had been with the university for more than 45 years.

A campus memorial service will take place today at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the University of Nebraska Foundation Charles Gildersleeve Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Gildersleeve's contributions to international education will be highlighted at the International Studies and Programs inaugural Charles Gildersleeve "Know-Your-World" lecture on Monday, Nov. 16, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Read more.

SHS Offers H1N1 Campus Clinics for 17-to 24-year-olds

Student Health Services (SHS) has a limited quantity of H1N1 Nasal Mist and will host H1N1 shot clinics on campus this week and next.

SHS staff will administer the mist only to UNO community members between the ages of 17 and 24. No pregnant patients or those with asthma should receive the vaccine.

The mist will be available for $10, while quantities last.

The H1H1 shot clinic schedule is listed below.

- Today, Oct. 22
9 to 11 a.m.
Arts and Sciences Hall, first floor student lounge

- Friday, Oct. 23
10 a.m. to noon
Criss Library, lobby area

- Monday, Oct. 26
10 a.m. to noon
132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service

- Thursday, Oct. 29
9 to 11 a.m.
100A University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

"Consider This" to Offer H1N1 Advice

Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and guest Mark Rupp, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will discuss the latest on the seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1.

Wyatt and Dr. Rupp will highlight:
- What are the signs and symptoms of flu? 
- What should a person do if they get sick? 
- Tips on prevention; including vaccines, where to go to get them and who shouldn't get a shot.

The program will air today, Oct. 22, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Additional air dates and times are:

- Sunday, Oct. 25
11:30 a.m.

- Tuesday, Oct. 27
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Continues Today with Mathematics Discussion

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues today, Oct. 22, with a panel discussion featuring three mathematics alumni.  "Panel Discussion: Careers and Mathematics" will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in 116 Durham Science Center. 

The event, also part of the Department of Mathematics "Cool Math Talks" Series, is free and open to the public.  Dora Matache, associate professor of mathematics, will serve as moderator.  Read more.

UNO/UNL Faculty Workshop Today on Exports Controls

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

Sara Conrad, export control specialist at UNL, 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.

Flip UltraHD Now Available at Criss Library

Patrons will "flip" over the Criss Library's new camcorders. The new Flip UltraHD is pocket size camcorder that features one-touch digital video recording.

The camcorder stores 120 minutes of HD video on eight GB of built-in memory, no tapes or cards, and also has a convenient flip-out USB arm, which plugs directly into a PC or Mac. Built-in software also lets users easily e-mail videos, edit and upload to sites like YouTube and Facebook. 

The Flip cameras can be checked out, with a mini-tripod, for up to three days form the Circulation Desk. 

For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

"Miracle Mile Walk" Tomorrow in MBSC

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

Student Health Services nurse Julie Kalasek and the Miracle Milers invite the campus community to participate in the "Miracle Mile Walk." The free inside walking will take place Friday, Oct. 23, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

No experience is necessary, and participants will have the opportunity to walk inside to a 15-minute DVD.

"The Miracle Mile Walk is equivalent to a one-mile outdoor walk. It is designed for people of all ages and fitness levels," Kalasek said. "Wear comfortable shoes, or you can walk barefoot, too."

Click on this link for the complete schedule.

For more information, contact Kalasek at 554.2374 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.

Sponsored by the Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services, You Look MAVelous! is UNO's fitness and summer weight loss challenge.

The mission of the Wellness Stampede, 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, or

Fall Choral Concert Tomorrow Night

All UNO choirs will present a 7 p.m. Fall Choral Concert this Friday, Oct. 23, at Strauss Performing Arts Recital Hall. Admission is $5 for general admission; $4 for seniors and students and free for all UNO students with a current MAVcard.

UFO Study Group to Meet Oct. 23

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center. Anyone interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena is welcome to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

Certificate in Fundraising Management Course Dec. 3-4

The Certificate in Fundraising Management program will offer its final fall course on "Strategic Planning," Thursday through Friday, Dec. 3-4. The class will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Omaha Home for Boys, 4343 N. 52nd St. (near 52nd and Ames streets).

The program, which provides in-depth training in vital areas of fundraising, is sponsored by the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and co-sponsored by the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, Omaha Community Foundation and the United Way of the Midlands.

Each course costs $249, and the fee includes all class materials, refreshments, lunch and parking. The registration deadline for each class is one week prior to the start of that class.

For more information, or to register for a course, contact Melanie Kiper at 554.2133 or, or visit the Web at

Marijuana Legalization Is Focus of Oct. 28 Forum

Maverick Productions at UNO will host what's sure to be a spirited debate on the legalization of marijuana at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

"Heads vs. Feds: The Debate Over the Legalization of Marijuana" will feature comments by Steve Hager, who served as editor-in-chief for 15 years at High Times magazine, and Robert M. Stutman, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Stutman will host an open session featuring drug information specific to the Omaha area at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 28. Students, faculty and staff are invited to the session, which will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Read more.

UNL to Sponsor Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking

In 2008, the United States' first conviction for human trafficking occurred in Iowa, which 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 the UNL City Union Centennial Room at 7:30 p.m. The speech is free, open to the public and reservations are not required.  

Bales is the author of the award-winning book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy and president of Free the Slaves, the U.S. sister organization of Anti-Slavery International. He is also a professor of sociology at Roehampton University in London. 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

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 on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

All are welcome for 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 Center for Faculty Development's Annual Fall Workshops.

This is a first-come, first-served event, as the Center for Faculty Development only has a limited number of books left. Those who do not have a copy can contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or Alice Woll at for a copy.

Refreshments will be provided.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or To request more information about the event, contact Woll at

Annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Free Pancake Breakfast Oct. 30

The UNO wrestling team and coaches will host the Ninth Annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Free Pancake Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 30.  The event will take place from 7 to 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska and Aksarben Rooms.

All-you-can-eat pancakes will be served. Prizes also will be awarded in three divisions - women's, men's and department - for the pancake-eating champions.  Those who wear a Halloween costume can win a free Maverick wrestling T-shirt.

For more information, call Geri Backora at 554.2506.

Nominations Sought for 2009 "STEP UP" Award

The campus community can now nominate individuals and groups for the annual STEP UP Awards.   Now in its third year, the award is intended to recognize individuals and groups of faculty or staff who, in the last year, volunteered to take on and complete unexpected university-related work that was above and beyond the scope of their normal responsibilities.

"The culture of this campus is one where people take on new tasks and responsibilities when asked," said UNO Chancellor John Christensen.  "The STEP UP awards are one way to show and highlight that hard work and effort."

Nomination forms and guidelines are available by clicking on the following link:  UNO STEP UP Award.

Nominations need to be in by Oct. 30.  For more information, contact Nancy Castilow at

The STEP UP Awards will be presented during a presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.

Annual NCNW Heritage Ball Nov. 6

The UNO section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) will host its fifth Annual Heritage Ball Friday, Nov. 6, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 655 N. 108th Ave.

At the event, UNO's NCNW will celebrate its 10-year charter with the historic national chapter.  The annual ball will start at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner and keynote by motivational speaker Gabrielle St. Leger, followed by a 9 p.m. formal dance.

"The section continues the legacy of civil rights activists Mary McLeod Bethune and Dorothy I. Height by seeking further education and serving the community," said Monalisa King-Ward, NCNW advisor. "Our members will carry out unique community service activities throughout the year and will mentor a junior section of the NCNW high school students this year."

Tickets are currently on sale in the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Tickets cost $35 for the entire ball or dance-only $7 or $5 for students.

For more information, contact King-Ward at 554.2248.

HPER Students Sought for Awards and Scholarships

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) is inviting the students within HPER to fill out a Student Award's Application.

There are several awards and scholarship opportunities which are available to students. No one can receive a scholarship or award without filling out an application. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 6.

Pick up an application from 207 HPER or apply online at

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

Surplus Property Available for Viewing Online

All Surplus Property furniture and items are available for viewing online at 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.