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Hockey vs. Alabama-Huntsville

The Mavericks defeated Alabama-Huntsville 5-1 in the finals of the Mutual of Omaha Stampede Saturday night at the Qwest Center Omaha.

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UNO Audio Story: Symphonic Wind Ensemble

The concert season for the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and University Chorus kicks off on campus Sunday, Oct. 28 with "Celebration." Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. at the Strauss Recital Hall. This audio story features the Wind Ensemble practicing a new work by Philip Sparke.

Your Dollars at Work: United Way of the Midlands Helps Support YMCA Youth Sports

Your Dollars at Work: United Way of the Midlands Helps Support YMCA Youth Sports

The 2007 United Way of the Midlands/CHAD Campaign is under way at UNO. Members of the campus community who contributed to last year's campaign assisted the United Way in supporting human service programs in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. This year's campus goal is $50,000.

Below is an example of campaign donations at work, provided by United Way.

How sports and some positive adult influence changed Jessica's world.
Jessica and her two siblings grew up in grandma and grandpa's house. There wasn't much money for extras, but she had a talent for basketball. Someone from the YMCA's youth team asked her to join at age six and, with the help of a financial scholarship provided by United Way donors, she literally "took the ball and ran with it."

Practicing with the team every day "changed my life," says Jessica, who also says she learned about more than just hoops - she learned important lessons about hard work, persistence and friendship. Jessica went to college on a basketball scholarship and even played in the WNBA. She spent some time guiding other youngsters in youth sports programs at the YMCA, sharing some of her life lessons.

Jessica chose a helping profession; she works with troubled youngsters, teaching them life skills they need to survive on their own, like budgeting money.  Perhaps, because others reached out to her as a youngster, she's giving that gift back, to others.

For every teen Jessica helps, it makes that young person less dependent on the assistance of government and human service programs. Her intervention helps each person stand a little stronger and become independent.

That's how your United Way gift multiplies in our community, changing people's lives and making an impact on living conditions across the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area.

Now she's a professional, but she volunteers her time to a sports director at an Omaha YMCA, keeping youngsters on the right path. That's how gifts come back to the community, many times over.

The story is an example of how the United Way/CHAD agencies help provide youth opportunities for a brighter future, which would have not been an option otherwise. For more information about the United Way of the Midlands, visit the Web at http://www.uwmidlands.org.

Payroll deduction is available to UNO employees who wish to contribute. Instead of receiving a card, employees have received a user name and password in an e-mail sent to their UNO e-mail address.  Employees who do not have an e-mail account can still use the pledge card system.  Those who have not received the e-mail should contact their unit solicitor or call Human Resources at 554.2321.

Maverick Football to Take on South Dakota at Nov. 1 Night Game

Mavericks

The Thursday, Nov. 1, UNO football game will put the university in the national spotlight.  The Mavericks kick off against the University of South Dakota (USD) at 7 p.m., and College Sports Television will broadcast the game. 

"This is going to be a great evening for our campus community and our fans," said David Miller, UNO athletic director. "We're also working out the logistics of the evening, too."

Night classes on campus will remain in session.  Miller said athletics, campus security and a variety of other departments have been working together to accommodate faculty, staff, students and fans. 

"This will bring a lot of people to an already busy campus," he said.  "We want to get the word out that classes are continuing and that being familiar with where parking is available will make Nov. 1 go smoother."

Information on parking changes and usage follows:

- The top two levels of the UNO parking garage will be available to those attending the football game.  Starting at 4 p.m., the gates will open, and the public can park for free.  The bottom level of the garage will be reserved for students coming to evening classes.

- South Dakota fans will have a designated tailgate area in Parking Lot 6 on the Pacific location campus.  Shuttle buses will transport USD fans from the lot to the stadium and back again after the game.

- UNO fans can also park on the Pacific location campus and use shuttle buses.  Shuttle bus service will begin at 5 p.m. and run until 11 p.m.

- Parking lots just to the west of the Sapp Fieldhouse will likely be shut down Wed., Oct. 31, and Thursday, Nov. 1, due to parked equipment and television trucks.

Extra officers from UNO Campus Security and the Omaha Police Department will help direct traffic and be on hand near the stadium and on the Pacific location campus.  Miller said he expects 7,000 to 9,000 people to attend the game.

"It should be a great college football environment," he said.

Gates to Caniglia Stadium will open Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m.  The UNO Athletic Department encourages fans to arrive as early as possible.

Parking information will be available on the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu.

PRSSA Members to Hold Food Drive for Omaha Food Bank

The big, blue barrels located in the School of Communication office, 140 Arts and Sciences Hall, are not meant for trash - they are designated for canned food items to help benefit the Omaha Food Bank.  The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is collecting cans and other non-perishable food items for the food bank today through Friday, Nov. 29.

The event continues the partnership between the UNO chapter of PRSSA and the Omaha Food Bank. In June, PRSSA students held a Kids ‘N' Kans carnival at Elmwood Park that raised $400 and collected 215 pounds of food.

Currently, more than 53,000 people live below the poverty line in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area. More than 16,000 of those below the poverty line are children, according to the Food Bank Web site.

The Omaha Food Bank is currently in need of canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, rice, pasta, peanut butter and jelly, and condiments. Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks should be made directly to the Omaha Food Bank.  PRSSA has a goal to collect 500 pounds of food during the monthlong food drive.

Since 1981, the food bank has distributed more than 66 million pounds of food to different agencies, including food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens, according to the Omaha Food Bank Web site.

For more information, contact event coordinator Kate O'Dea at 402.689.2286 or at kodea@mail.unomaha.edu.

Clickers in the Classroom Planned for Oct. 30

An informational session about adopting and using clicker systems is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 30. The session will be held from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Presenters will include Information Technology Services (ITS) staff; Jonna Holland, marketing and management; Tomm Roland, percussion and multicultural music; and Dana Richter-Egger, chemistry.

At the session, attendees will have a chance to:

- Learn how clicker systems work;

- Hear from faculty who have used clickers in their classrooms; and

- Discuss issues related to adopting clickers into the classroom.

The event is being sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD). To register for the event, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu. To request more information about the event, contact Jay Killion in ITS at 554.3758 or jaykillion@unomaha.edu.

Columbia College Professor to Present "Bridging the Disciplines"

The UNO College of Information Science and Technology, and the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will present a talk by Columbia College Professor Pan Papacosta Thursday, Nov. 1.

Dr. Papacosta, from the Columbia College Chicago Department of Science and Mathematics, will speak on "Bridging the Disciplines."  His talk will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Room.

Statistics show that collaboration between disciplines in the form of programs or interdisciplinary courses is practiced or being pursued by many institutions of higher education. Recently, a number of educational agencies such as the Carnegie Foundation are advocating a more "integrative" form of teaching and learning.

The Nov. 1 interactive workshop will:

- Address questions, suggest ways to initiate and develop programs/courses, and list the most often encountered obstacles to such efforts; and

- Invite participants to propose ideas that can, ultimately, lead to the development of programs/courses at UNO or, at least, begin their exploration.

To register, contact the CFD, 220 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu.

HR Seminar Series to Discuss Identity Theft

The yearlong UNO Human Resources (HR) series of informative seminars continues Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 9, with "Identity Theft - Panel Discussion."

The seminar will be held Nov. 8 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room and repeated Nov. 9 from 9 to 10 a.m. The seminar will highlight methods faculty and staff can use to avoid becoming victims of identity theft.

No reservations are required, and all interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The HR seminars are scheduled monthly from September through April. Topics include personal financial management, social security and retirement planning.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

Flu Shot Clinics Continue on Campus this Week

UNO Student Health Services (SHS) will host several flu shot clinics on campus this fall for faculty, staff and students. A flu shot costs $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. Faculty reimbursement may be possible through Blue Cross Blue Shield for those who bring their insurance cards.

The remaining flu shot clinic schedule is listed below.

Tuesday, Oct. 30
- Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (main hallway)
10 a.m. to noon

- Scott Residence Hall Study Room (near cafeteria)
12:30 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
- University Village Clubhouse
12:30 to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1
- Student Health Services (Milo Bail Student Center, first floor)
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 2
- Criss Library (main floor)
8:30 to 11 a.m.

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

UNO Orchestras to Present Oct. 30 "Hauntcert"

It is the season for the UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra's annual performance of "Hauntcert." The event, featuring spooky music and guests, is set for Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  Tickets cost $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

"Everyone is invited to attend this family-friendly event and come dressed in costumes," said Christopher Stanichar, director of orchestral activities at UNO.

The program will feature Gounod's "March of the Marionettes," Grieg's "Hall of the Mountain King," Saint-Saëns' "Danse Macabre" and music from Pirates of the Caribbean. The orchestra, conducted by Dr. Stanichar, will present the concert in costume.

For tickets or more information, call 554.3427.

UNO Child Care Center Annual Costume Parade Oct. 31

Children and staff from the UNO Child Care Center will hold their annual costume parade across campus Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The children will leave the center at 9 a.m. and proceed down the center walkway of the Dodge location to the Durham Science Center.  The group will then proceed east to Arts and Sciences Hall. 

"We are asking that all offices wishing to participate in handing out treats to the children meet along this route. We are also asking the offices in Kayser Hall and the HPER Building to please meet at one of the other buildings along the route," said Dawn Hove, director of the center. "This is to help with the younger children." 

The staff also requests that no hard candy or treats containing any type of peanut or nut products be handed out. 

In the event of inclement weather, the child care center will hold a party at the center.  Departments or offices with treats should bring them to the center or contact the center staff for someone to come pick up the treats. 

"The UNO Child Care Center would like to thank all offices and departments in advance for their participation in the annual event," Hove said. "You are what makes this event special."

For more information, contact Hove at 554.3398.

CCSW to Host Oct. 31 Gambling Panel Discussion

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will present a panel discussion on "Gambling Facts and Myths" Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.  It is free and open to the public.

"Join the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women for a panel discussion, ‘Gambling Facts and Myths,'" said Marvel Maring, CCSW co-chair. "Don't miss the opportunity to learn from our panel of experts."

Those attending can hear from local experts about the availability of local problem gambling prevention services. Time will also be allotted for a question-and-answer session. Esther Scarpello from CCSW will serve as the moderator.

Guest panelists will include:

- Marlene Schneider, coordinator, UNO/UNMC Faculty/Employee Assistance Program;

- Harlan Vogel, assistant clinical supervisor, Heartland Family Services; and

- Jerry Bauerkempter, president, Nebraska Council on Compulsive Gambling.

Light refreshments will be served, and participants are invited to bring their lunches.

The event is being held in conjunction with the CCSW's Susan B.'s Coffeehouse Series. During the fall and spring semesters, the series sponsors campus and community guest speakers and initiatives. Programs are designed to be educational, informal and social.

For more information, call Scarpello, CCSW treasurer, at 554.3660, or CCSW co-chairs Maring at 554.2992 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.

Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due Oct. 31

The deadline to submit changes for the 2008-09 UNO Undergraduate Catalog is Wednesday, Oct. 31. Changes should be submitted to Marian McDonald, University Relations, 108 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, call 554.3674.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff are also admitted free.

At home this week...

Thursday, Nov. 1
- Football vs. South Dakota
Caniglia Field, Dodge location
7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 2
- Soccer vs. Augustana
UNO Soccer Field, Center location
4 p.m.

- Hockey vs. Michigan
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 3
- Hockey vs. Michigan
Qwest Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
7:05 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.