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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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NU Board of Regents to Meet Today

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, 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.

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 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 clinic schedule is listed below.

- Today, 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.

First Midnight Mojo Event Is Tonight

Midnight Mojo is a new student event happening at the UNO starting tonight, 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.

The Pearl Blizek Lectures on Art and Religion Presents "Sacred Art: Windows Into Heaven"

The Pearl Blizek Lectures on Art and Religion will present "Sacred Art: Windows Into Heaven" by Louise Joyner Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Weber Fine Arts Building Art Gallery.

Joyner is the program coordinator for the School of Fine and Applied Arts at the St Cecilia Institute for Laity Formation.

The Pearl Blizek Lectures on Art and Religion are sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and Religious Studies at UNO and are supported by a grant from the Pearl Blizek Lectures on Art and Religion Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation.

For more information, contact Barb Simcoe at 554.2392.

Eppley Display Case Features Faculty Research

In celebration of UNO's Centennial conclusion and for the month of October, faculty scholarship will be featured in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building. Faculty from across campus will showcase the results of their research and creative activities undertaken and funded by the University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA).

Featured work from Oct. 22-30:

- David Helm, Art & Art History

Visit the case throughout October to view the offerings of UNO's dynamic faculty.

This showcase is hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. For more information, call 554.2286.

UNO Women's Studies Program Film Series Continues Next Week

UNO Women's Studies Program announces its 2009-2010 film series. Three films will be shown each semester and are free and open to the public. This month's film, "The Business of Giving Birth," will be screened Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The showings, hosted by various UNO Women's Studies Program faculty members, start at 7 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. An open discussion with hosts, guests and audience members will take place immediately following the screenings. Read more.

UNO Child Care Center's Annual Costume Parade Oct. 30

The UNO Child Care Center's annual costume parade across campus will be on Friday, Oct.  30.

The children and staff will leave the center at approximately 9 a.m. and proceed down the middle of the Dodge Location.

"For offices and departments wanting to hand out treats to the children, we ask that you greet the children outside your respective buildings," said Dawn Hove, director of the center. "We ask that no hard candy or products containing nuts or peanuts be handed out."

In case of inclement weather, the children and staff will gather in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom at 9:30 a.m. for offices and departments to hand out treats there.

For more information, contact Hove or Lisa Rice at 554.3398.

Partnerships in Sustainability Forum Oct. 30 at UNL

Sustainability Graphic

"Transforming Vision into Action" is the theme of the second Building Sustainable Partnerships forum, presented by the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative, the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the City of Lincoln. It takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Hardin Hall, 33rd and Holdrege streets on UNL's East Campus. All UNO faculty, staff and students are invited to attend this free event.

Speakers for the free, public event, are Charlie Cunniff, head of the Seattle Climate Partnership; Debra Rowe, president of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development; and Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer for the city of Kansas City. Read more.

Green UNO, will host an exhibit at the Oct. 30 forum. The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability supports this green event. For more information, visit

Deadline Oct. 30 for Schumaker Seminar in Applied Ethics

UNO will offer the second annual presentation of the Schumaker Seminar in Applied Ethics this spring. This course will integrate classical ethical theories with contemporary ethical problems.  In addition to classroom work emphasizing the theoretical positions in ethics, students will engage in substantial service learning (more than 50 hours) in a local non-profit organization.  Placements will be made for students. In addition, students may request placement in agencies with which they are familiar.

The course should be of special interest to those who intend to work in non-profits, as well as those with an interest in modern ethical thought.  Scholarships of $500 will be provided for all students accepted into the class in order to support the extensive service commitment.

The deadline has been extended to Friday, Oct. 30. Scholarship applications are available from the Service-Learning Academy, located in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Class information:
Course# SSCI2000
Course Meeting Times: TTH 10:00-11:15
Enrollment requires permission of instructor

ITS Announces Web Templates Intermediate Topics

Information Technology Services will offer a two-hour course in Intermediate Web Templates Topics on Thursday, Nov. 5, in 104 Durham Science Center. 

This hands-on session will cover basic HTML coding, using lists and creating outlines, using Div boxes and the proper way to use tables with the template to display data. Before taking this course participants will need to have:

- Taken the previous "Web Template" course;

- A test Web site setup; and

- Access to Adobe Dreamweaver software.

To register for training:

- Go to;

- Select the correct month, and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter a SAP Personnel number.  (This is the six-digit number located on employee check stubs and university picture ID);

- Click "Sign Up";

- Click "OK" to confirm personnel number;

- An e-mail will be sent confirming this registration.  Add the class to Lotus Notes calendar.

- ITS requires a minimum sign-up of five people by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class.  An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

Serving Military Students Session For Faculty/Staff on Veteran's Day

The Division of Continuing Studies and Veterans Services will host a webcast on "Serving Military Students" on Veteran's Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. Open to all faculty and staff, no R.S.V.P is required.

The webcast speakers will include Karen Pedersen from Southwestern College Professional Studies, Danielle Sorman from Colorado Technical University, and Jim Sweizer from American Military University.  The session will look at:

- The differences in providing education to civilian versus military students;
- Their conflict between course and military duty requirements;
- Online format and the military student; and
- Best practices for assisting military students.

The webcast will be followed by a panel of UNO faculty and staff who have experience working with military and veteran students.  Refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the event, contact Jamie Ruggiero at 595.2371/ or Dave Cassiday at 554.4833/

Flip UltraHD Now Available at Criss Library

Patrons will "flip" over the Criss Library's new camcorders. The new Flip UltraHD is a 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 from the Circulation Desk.

For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

School Psychology Graduate Q&A

Graduate students from the School 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's Panhellenic Council to Host Nov. 7 Bowl-a-Thon

UNO's Panhellenic Council will host a Bowl-a-Thon on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kelley's Hilltop Lanes, 1313 N. 48th Ave.

The Panhellenic Council is the governing body of all national sororities. Join students for a day of bowling while raising money for UNO's Panhellenic.

To R.S.V.P or for details, contact Beth Hoffman at or Kelli Vomacka at

In the News

In the News

- The Oct. 20 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on internal marketing campaigns at companies such as ConAgra, quoting Tej Adidam, College of Business Administration.

- Gigi Brignoni, Department of Teacher Education, was interviewed Oct. 14 by KPTM (Fox 42) about surviving breast cancer.

- Andrew Buker, Information Systems, was quoted in the Oct. 16 issue of the Midlands Business Journal about college students and their uses of new technologies, such as the iPhone.

- Tom Gouttierre, Center for Afghanistan Studies, conducted interviews with Nebraska Public Radio, KFAB (1110 AM) and radio stations in Minneapolis, Baltimore and the BBC in London this week following the announcement of a presidential run-off election next month in Afghanistan. Gouttierre was also quoted in the Oct. 11 and Oct. 18 issues of The New York Times on Afghanistan.

- A report on health insurance by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) was covered by Nebraska Public Radio. The piece referenced Lourdes Gouveia.

- The Three Days of Service volunteer project, organized by the Service Learning Academy, received coverage from KMTV (CBS 3), KETV (ABC 7), WOWT (NBC 6) and KPTM (Fox 42).

- KETV (ABC 7) interviewed members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity Oct. 15. They and other UNO fraternities slept outdoors to raise money for the Open Door Mission.

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

Fall Choral Concert Tonight
All UNO choirs will present a 7 p.m. Fall Choral Concert this tonight, 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.

"Landmarks and Legends" Concert Oct. 24
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by James Saker, a professor of music, and the Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Barry Ford, an instructor of music, will present "Landmarks and Legends" Sunday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Recital Hall. All UNO faculty, staff and students are admitted free with a MAVcard.   

The concert is open to the public. Admission is $5 for general admission and $4 for seniors and students.

The Wind Ensemble will present Leonard Bernstein's overture from "Candide" and a musical depiction of an American landmark, the Grand Canyon, titled "Sunrise at Angels Gate" English composer, Philip Sparke. Associate conductor Courtney Snyder, also of UNO's Department of Music, will lead the ensemble in Percy Grainger's "Children's March." The Wind Ensemble portion of the program will conclude with American composer Norman Dello Joio's "Satiric Dances."

The Chamber Orchestra program will include a performance of Beethoven's First Symphony and English composer Gustav Holst's "Spring Green Suite." 

Halloween Concerts Oct. 27, Nov. 1
The Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will open its season with its annual Halloween concert -- appropriately named the "Haunt-cert" -- at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center. 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

Photo, Video Exhibition Shines Light on Ethiopian Street Youth
The photography and video work by Robert A. Franklin, general manager of UNO), remains on display through Friday, Nov. 6 at the UNO Art Gallery.

"Spring Time of Life: The Street Youth of Addis Ababa" documents Dr. Franklin's time spent in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The exhibition is hosted by the UNO Department of Art and Art History. Read more.

Nature in America is Focus of Criss Library Exhibition
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.