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UNO Fall Volunteer Fair

UNO Fall Volunteer Fair

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Several dozen area organizations were on hand Thursday (Sept. 15) for the Fall Volunteer Fair at the Milo Bail Student Center. The fair was sponsored by UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service, the Student Organizations and Leadership Program and UNO's Service Learning Academy so that students, faculty and staff could learn more and sign up for volunteering opportunities.


Roskens Hall: An Educator's Dream

Roskens Hall: An Educator's Dream

Roskens Hall officially began construction as the generically-named 'Classroom-Office' building on Oct. 9, 1973 as a $3.7 million project under the guidance of then-chancellor Ronald Roskens and then-dean of the College of Business Administration, Dr. William Muse. In 2000, almost 30 years after he oversaw the construction of the building, it was dubbed 'Roskens Hall' in honor of Ronald Roskens and his wife Lois. continue . . .

UNO Tube Archive College of Education Teaches Teachers With Culture Walks

College of Education Teaches Teachers With Culture Walks

video by Charley Reed

On Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, the UNO College of Education sent 150 students out into three Omaha communities. At the Salem Baptist Church, dozens of students learned about the North Omaha community and its plans for the future.


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Readership Survey Under Way

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Andrea Lunsford to Visit UNO Today

Professor Andrea Lunsford, the director of Stanford University's Program in Writing and Rhetoric and author of The St. Martin's Handbook, will meet with UNO faculty members today, Sept. 19. The Writing Center is hosting a session called "Ask Andrea," an informal conversation guided by faculty members' questions about writing, the teaching of writing, and the role of writing in learning and communicating disciplinary knowledge.

Any questions within those broad areas of inquiry are welcome. "UNO faculty members recognize the importance of effective writing," said Nora Bacon, director of the UNO Writing Center. "Whether I'm working with faculty from English or from other disciplines, I often hear compelling questions about how we can support students' development as writers. People ask how to comment on drafts, how to get students to be more critical readers of their own papers, whether Wikipedia is an acceptable source, whether email and texting are having an effect on students' writing. Professor Lunsford wants her comments to address our concerns; she's looking forward to hearing questions like these."

Participants are encouraged to submit questions prior to the event; they can be sent by email to

"Ask Andrea" is scheduled for 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. today, Sept. 19, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Coffee and pastries will be served, courtesy of Bedford/St. Martins. To register, contact the Writing Center: or (402) 554.2946. For further information, contact the Writing Center or Nora Bacon at

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Poet Kwame Dawes to Read Works on Campus Sept. 21

Emmy Award-Winning documentarian, novelist and poet Kwame Dawes will read from his newest collection of poems, Back of Mount Peace, Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

This event is sponsored and organized by The Writer's Workshop in the College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media. A brief discussion and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Miles Waggener at (402) 558.1490 or

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Lecture, Documentary Screening Part of Latino Heritage Month

UNO will host two more events in September to honor and celebrate Latino Heritage Month. All events are free, and open to the campus community and the public.

UNO's Latino Heritage Month events are sponsored by Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies and the Student Cultural Programming Committee. Read more.

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Fall Job Fair at UNO Set for Sept. 21

Mark those calendars. On Wednesday, Sept. 21, The Career Center will host a Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. The fair will feature more than 70 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships. Professional attire is expected and students should bring copies of their resume. For more information about the Job Fair and other services, contact The Career Center at (402) 554.3672 or stop by 111 MBSC.

The Fall 2011 Job Fair is sponsored by the following: Union Pacific, Applied Underwriters, National Indemnity, Gallup, ConAgra, Interpublic, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Werner Enterprises, NorthStar Financial, Streck, TD Ameritrade, Telvent DTN, Verizon Wireless and ExxonMobil.

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Veteran Actor Gary Farmer to Participate in Free Screening & Discussion

The Native American Studies Program at UNO, Film Streams and Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT) announce that veteran actor Gary Farmer will be part of an upcoming event focusing on the portrayal of Native Americans on film.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the groups will present a free screening of REEL INJUN, a Peabody Award-winning documentary exploring how North American Natives have been portrayed on screen throughout film history. A post-show discussion will follow the film, featuring Gary Farmer and moderated by Edouardo Zendejas, a member of the Omaha Nation of Nebraska and director of Native American Studies at UNO.

Tickets to the event are free and can be reserved in advance by emailing Maggie Wood at or visiting the box office inside Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater prior to Sept. 20. A limited number of seats are available, so making reservations in advance is highly recommended.

The event is sponsored by the Native American Studies Program at UNO and presented by Film Streams in partnership with NAPT's fourth biennial VisionMaker Film Festival, taking place Sept. 30–Oct. 6 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center and Sheldon Art Museum in Lincoln.

The free event will take place at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater, located at 1340 Mike Fahey St. in Downtown Omaha.

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Students Sought for Fall Leadership Conference

Student Organization and Leadership Programs (SOLP) is proud to present Catalyst by Leadershape as the Fall Leadership Conference.

The conference will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. Catalyst is a one-day program designed to allow participants the time and space to consider powerful questions that move them towards action.

Compelling questions like:
- Am I on the right path?
- Who do I want to be?
- How can I connect with other like-minded individuals?

This engaging event will appeal to new and seasoned leaders alike, whether you are a current leader on campus or just want to develop skills for your future career. All participants will get all program related materials, lunch, and a T-shirt. The program is designed for the exact number of registered participants, so show good leadership and arrive to the conference on time.

Contact Erin in SOLP with any questions at or (402) 554.2711. If you're ready to advance your leadership, visit to register.

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'Give the Boot to Child Hunger' Food Drive Under Way through Sept. 25

UNO will take part in the "Give the Boot to Child Hunger" campaign which is organized in conjunction with Ak-Sar-Ben's River City Rodeo and Stock Show. The food drive on campus will run through Sunday, Sept. 25.

"Our university is a very giving place," said Chancellor John Christensen. "I know that faculty, staff and students will do all they can to help those in our community who need this kind of help. I encourage everyone to take part."

Give the Boot to Hunger is a collaboration between ConAgra Foods, the Food Bank for the Heartland and Ak-Sar-Ben's River City Rodeo and Stock Show. Organizers hope to collect 82,200 pounds of food, the weight of the bulls competing in this year's rodeo. September is also Hunger Awareness Month.

On campus, blue barrels have been placed in nearly every building as drop-off locations for food items. While all food is welcome, the Food Bank is especially looking for donations of canned tuna, boxed potatoes, canned chicken, pancake mix, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, canned peaches, cookies, rice, peanut butter and green beans.

People wanting to donate cash should send checks made out to the Food Bank to Rita Henry in 108 Eppley Administration Building.

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OLLAS Charla Series Starts Sept. 20

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will kick off its 2011-2012 Charla series at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 20, with a lecture by Dr. Maylei Blackwell in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

The event is free, and open to the UNO community and the public.

Blackwell is an interdisciplinary scholar who teaches and conducts research at the Cesar Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

She specializes in gender, politics of race, indigenous women rights, Latin American feminism, and borderland studies. Her research focuses on Chicana, Mexican and Latino women. Read more.

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Next Fit Minded Session Starts Sept. 26

Jennifer Huberty, associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, is inviting women who enjoy reading, being social and who also want to become healthier to consider joining the fourth session of Fit Minded, a physical activity book club.

Formerly known as the research study "Women Bound to Be Active," Fit Minded empowers women to become physically active by focusing on increasing self-worth and physical activity through a book club format. Through reading and discussion, Fit Minded provides women skills and strategies so that they can be active on their own for a lifetime. Fit Minded also offers an online resources, including blogging, chatting and activity tracking.

Session Five of Fit Minded runs through Sept. 26 to April 2, 2012. Members will meet for an hour starting at 5:30 p.m. at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center Board Room. Sessions will be facilitated by Huberty and her team.

To join Fit Minded, go to or send an email to The phone number for the group is (402) 554.3395.

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48-Hour Outdoor Bounce-a-Thon is Sept. 26-28

Lambda Chi Alpha’s North American Food Drive, the world’s largest Greek philanthropy, returns to Omaha this month.

UNO’s Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity will sponsor Bounce-a-Thon – along with the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at UNO – on Monday, Sept. 26, through Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Pep Bowl, south of the Eppley Administration Building.

During the event, fraternity and sorority members will bounce for 48 consecutive hours on a trampoline outdoors at the Pep Bowl. Read more.

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