News around campus

By Marion Rhodes

Weight Watchers on Campus to start next 11-week series

UNO Weight Watchers on Campus will start a new 11-week session Wednesday. The meetings will begin at 1 p.m. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building, Room 103. The program is open to all interested faculty, staff and students. There is no registration fee to join, and the cost is $109.50 for 11 meetings. For more information, contact Kane Miller in Campus Recreation at 554-3917.

Pan-Hellenic to break down stereotypes about greek organizations

The National Pan-Hellenic Council will hold a forum Wednesday to break down stereotypes and educate, inform and answer questions about greek organizations. The forum will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

Media forum examines Pratt coverage in local media

Several UNO organizations join Thursday for a forum to examine how the death of Omaha police officer Jason Pratt was covered by local media. The forum, “Making of a Hero: Jason Pratt and the Media,” will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Participant speakers include representatives from the Omaha World-Herald, local television stations, Creighton University Medical Center, the Omaha Police Department and the Gateway. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsors are the UNO chapters of the Public Relations Student Society of America, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Ad Club.

Obesity debate is topic on next “Consider This…”

Obesity and its status as a disease will be discussed on the next “Consider This…” with host Carol Schrader. Schrader’s guests will be Ranjan Sudan, director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at Creighton University, and two professionals who work with obese children. They will discuss public perceptions of obesity, scientific facts about the problem and whether or not it should be classified as a disease. “Consider This…” is a production of UNO Television. It will air statewide on Nebraska ETV at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The program will be rebroadcast at 1:30 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Wednesday on NETV2, Nebraska ETV’s cable network. “Consider This…” also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check The Knowledge Network Web site at for days and times. Archived editions of the program are available on the UNO Television Web site at

UNO preschool class holds food drive through Nov. 20

The preschool class at the UNO Child Care Center is participating in a service learning project this month to help the Omaha Food Bank stock its shelves in preparation for the cooler weather and holiday season. The preschoolers are collecting nonperishable food items through Nov. 20. The class has set a goal of collecting 200 items. To donate nonperishable food items, deliver them to the center or call 554-3398 and request to have the items picked up. At the conclusion of the drive, the preschoolers will personally deliver the items to the Omaha Food Bank.

Service-Learning Academy to host brown bag lunch Nov. 24

The Service-Learning Academy at UNO will host a brown bag seminar Nov. 24.

The seminar will focus on affordable housing, the university’s first service-learning interdisciplinary project. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Center Gallery Room. The presenters are David Corbin, Celeste Mitchell, Rebecca Pasco and Marilyn Leach. To attend, RSVP to 554-2427 or Light refreshments will be provided for those who pre-register.

Winter Coat Drive in University Library through Nov. 27

The UNO Child Care Center C.H.A.M.P.S. (Children, Home, Academics, Motivation,

Parents, Support) organization is sponsoring a winter coat drive through Nov.

27. The organization is collecting winter coats for men, women and children

living in area shelters. People can drop off their donations in a marked box in

the entrance area of University Library. For more information, contact Deb

Ekeler at 554-2995.

UNO celebrates World Aids Day Dec. 1

UNO will celebrate World Aids Day Dec. 1 with a luncheon at noon in the Student Center Dodge Room. The event will feature a speaker from the Nebraska Aids Project. Free pizza and pop will be served. From 1 to 3 p.m., free, confidential HIV antibody testing/counseling will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis in Student Health Services, located on the first floor of the MBSC. Quick Pro Testing will provide results within 20 minutes. The UNO Gay and Lesbian Organization and Student Health Services sponsor the celebration. The Nebraska Aids Project Student Health Services are sponsoring the testing. For more information, contact Kristin Parks, graduate assistant in Student Health Services, at 554-3183 or

MPH student to present service learning lecture Dec. 1 at UNMC

Sumit Mukherjee will give an oral presentation on his service learning/capstone experience Dec. 1 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The program will begin at 8 a.m. in Wittson Hall, room 3042. Mukherjee is a UNO/UNMC Master of Public Health student. For more information, contact Jumoke Omojola at 561-7567.