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Kayla Brown from UNO's undergraduate admissions office dispenses candy Oct. 31 to a Transformer and a fairy from the UNO Child Care Center as the children made their annual trek across campus for Halloween.

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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.

Maverick Football to Take on South Dakota Tonight at Caniglia Field


Tonight's 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 through tonight 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 tonight 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

Maverick Cheerleaders to Collect Donations at Tonight's Football Game

UNO Maverick Cheerleaders will host a food drive for the Omaha Food Bank at tonight's UNO vs. University of South Dakota game.

Fans can drop off food or donations at the northwest entrance of Caniglia Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

All food donations and monies raised will benefit the Omaha Food Bank. Since 1981, the food bank has distributed more than 66 million pounds of food to 326 agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and low-income daycares.

"Their shelves are low, and the UNO Maverick Cheerleaders want to do their part to help out," said Patricia O'Dell, Maverick cheerleader sponsor. "Everyone coming to the game on the 1st, please bring a can of food to help out with this worthy cause."

For more information, contact O'Dell at 444.1471 or

72nd Street Food Fight Under Way at UNO

UNO has joined forces with five Omaha organizations this holiday season for the fourth annual 72nd Street Food Fight, which will help stock the shelves of The Salvation Army's food pantry. UNO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, the College of St. Mary, West Asset Management, Travel and Transport, and First Data Corp. are competing against one another to collect the most food during the campaign.

At UNO, donations of non-perishable food items will be solicited through Friday, Dec. 7. Donations will also be sought at Maverick sporting events.

The campaign will officially kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, during the Salvation Army's annual Tree of Lights ceremony at American National Bank, located at 90th Street and West Dodge Road.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to pick up a few extra items for the Food Fight during the next few weeks while grocery shopping and bring them to campus. For convenience, blue barrels with the Food Fight graphic will be available in all campus buildings for food donations.

The Salvation Army is requesting the items listed below. No glass containers will be accepted.
- Canned fruits
- Canned meats (chicken and tuna)
- Boxed dinners (Hamburger Helper)
- Canned beans
- Soups (dry and canned)
- Macaroni and cheese
- Pasta
- Rice
- Boxed cereal
- Boxed mashed potatoes
- Stuffing mix
- Powdered milk
- Peanut butter
- Jams and jellies
- Hygiene materials (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorants, disposable diapers, etc.)

Last year, more than 202,000 items were donated to the drive. In addition to its corporate partners, The Salvation Army would like to thank the "Food Fight" sponsors: Hy-Vee, Lite 101.9 and Payless Office Products.

Future Food Fight notices will be published in upcoming editions of eNotes and The Gateway.

To find out how your UNO organization can get involved in the Food Fight,

contact Rita Henry, assistant vice chancellor for student services, at 554.2779 or John Jensen, administrative tech II in financial aid, at 554.3382.

Native American and Environmental Activist Speaks at UNO Nov. 6

Winona LaDuke, internationally respected Native American and environmental activist, will speak at UNO Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 5:30 p.m.

Her presentation will be held in the Ballroom of the Milo Bail Student Center. The public is welcome at no charge.

LaDuke, a Harvard graduate with a degree in native economic development, began speaking about environmental and Native concerns at an early age, addressing the United Nations at the age of 18.

She is founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network and the program director of Honor the Earth where she provides vision and leadership for the organization's Regranting Program and its Strategic Initiatives. She has also worked for two decades on the land rights issues of the White Earth Reservation, including litigation.

She was named one of America's 50 most promising leaders under 40 years of age by Time magazine in 1994 and in 1997 she was named a Ms. magazine Woman of the Year. Other honors include the 1989 Reebok Human Rights Award, the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Global Green Award and the prestigious International Slow Food Award for working to protect wild rice and local biodiversity.

LaDuke also served as Ralph Nader's vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections.

LaDuke's visit is part of Native American Month celebrations at UNO. Her visit is sponsored by UNO's Multi-Cultural Affairs and Native American Studies

Health Fair Winners Announced

The 2007 Health Fair was a huge success.

The Health Fair Committee, consisting of Jessica Dozark (Campus Recrecation), Julie Denker (Student Health), Julie Kalasek (Student Health) and Dave Daniels (Campus Recreation), would like to thank everyone who helped make the Health Fair a success.

"We had more than 800 people attend and 50 vendors at our event," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs at UNO. "We also have 110 door prizes to give away. People will be contacted by e-mail and/or phone if they won within the next week."

The top six winners:
- Sara Lange - Sushi class for four at Genji Steakhouse;
- Heath Bertelsen - Noodles & Company gift card;
- Jason Esder - Noodles & Company gift card;
- Jullian Whitney - Noodles & Company gift card;
- Ashley Johnsen - Max Muscle gift card; and
- Shannon McDonald - Max Muscle gift card.

Participants Still Sought for Free Wellness Stampede HRA Survey

The Wellness Stampede, in conjunction with the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELCOM) and the State of Nebraska, is offering free, confidential, on-line Health Risk Appraisals (HRA) to all benefit-eligible UNO employees.

Everyone who completes the HRA will be eligible to win prizes. To provide additional incentive to participate, the department or college with the highest percentage of participation among eligible faculty/staff will be entered to win a big prize.

Anyone signing up to take the HRA will also get two free UNO hockey ticket vouchers. Additional information is available at the link below:

H.R.A. Questions and Answers

To sign up, call campus recreation at 554.2539 or stop by 100 HPER before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Art Gallery Hosts Ceramics Exhibition

The regional ceramics exhibition "Clay as the Human Condition" is continues at the UNO Art Gallery through Saturday, Nov. 17.

Alisa Holen, a visiting assistant professor in ceramics at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, curated the show. The exhibition explores three clay artists - Daniel Cox, Conifer Smith and Reagan Yoder - and how they react to life and its challenges, through the resilient and tactile medium of clay.

"As a clay artist, I believe that clay records our life experiences and also can create them," Holen said.

Cox received a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa and a bachelor of fine arts in ceramics from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. Currently, he is an adjunct professor of sculpture and ceramics at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He uses clay as a vehicle of expression, according to the gallery's press release, and creates an interplay of the human form, landscape and his perception of life.

Smith is a professor of three-dimensional art at Kirkwood College. She has worked as a professional ceramic artist for more than 20 years and holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa. As a material, clay reminds Smith of the connection people have with the earth, both physically and metaphysically.

Yoder is an adjunct professor of ceramics at the University of Iowa, where he earned his master of fine arts degree. He has worked as a studio artist for 35 years, and is well known for his knowledge and skills in kiln building, materials and tool making. In his work, Yoder examines the uniqueness of structures and their ability to control patterns of movement.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2796.

International Human Rights Activist Will Speak at UNO Nov. 14

Natan Sharansky, an internationally renowned human rights activist, political leader and author, is the guest lecturer for the 2007 Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights at UNO.

Sharansky will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. His presentation is free and open to the public.

During the Cold War, Sharansky became active in the human rights movement led by Andrei Sakharov, as well as one of the most prominent Jewish dissidents in the Soviet Union.

He was a founding member and spokesman of the Helsinki Monitoring Group, which reported on Soviet compliance with international agreements. His fight for freedom during nine years of imprisonment by the Soviet police state was a milestone in the global struggle for human rights. It was in Russia that Shirley Goldstein became acquainted with Sharansky. She was very influential in getting his case (and the case of many other dissidents) known to the free world. Sharansky was released Feb. 11, 1986, emigrated to Israel and arrived in Jerusalem on that very day.

Since his arrival to Israel he became active in the integration of Soviet Jews and formed the Zionist Forum, an organization dedicated to helping new Israelis and education and educating the public about absorption issues. In 1994, he co-founded Peace Watch – an independent non-partisan group committed to monitoring the compliance to agreements signed by Israel and the PLO.

From 1996 to 2005, Sharansky served as minister, as well as deputy prime minister, in all of the successive governments. In November 2006 Sharansky resigned from the Israeli Knesset and assumed the position of chairman of the newly established Institute for Strategic Studies of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem.

Sharansky and his wife reside in Jerusalem with their two daughters.

For more information on the Nov. 14 event, contact Rory Conces at 554.2947 or Kathryn Cox Schwartz at 554.2628.

UCRCA Faculty Proposal Deadline Nov. 5

The first University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) faculty proposal deadline is Monday, Nov. 5. All proposals must be received by 5 p.m. in the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR). Guidelines are available on the SPR Web site (

Previously funded proposals are available for viewing in the SPR office, 203 Eppley Administration Building. For more information, contact John Erickson, UCRCA chair (554.3163 or, or Mary Laura Farnham, SPR director (554.2286 or

All proposals should be submitted electronically as a single document in PDF format through Lotus Notes e-mail to Name files using the following format: UCRCA_your last name_full proposal, minigrant or student.PDF. Paper copies will no longer be accepted.

Lotus Notes Storage Space Increase Reminder

Information Technology Services (ITS) has increased the Lotus Notes e-mail storage space for all faculty and staff to allow for the receipt and storage of more e-mails.

The quota has increased by 200 megabytes, from 600 up to 800. However, no matter the e-mail quota, it is still necessary to manage e-mail, according to ITS staff, and is particularly important for messages with larger attachments. Anyone who has used 90 percent or more of their e-mail storage space will receive a quota warning. Visit the Web at this link for more information on how to quickly and easily reduce e-mail messages for more effective management of allotted storage space.

For more information, call 554.4831.

FFFF to Feature Doug Paterson

KVNO News Director Cheril Lee will air an interview with Doug Paterson, professor in the UNO Theatre Department, for "First Friday Faculty Focus" on Friday, Nov. 2.

Dr. Paterson is the president of both the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska and of the Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed. During his KVNO interview, Dr. Paterson talks about his proudest moment at UNO, where he is off to for the spring semester and the university's upcoming production of the "Madwoman of Chaillot." The segment airs during the 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. newscasts.

"First Friday Faculty Focus" is an interview series that highlights the many contributions of individual faculty members to UNO and the greater community. Cheril Lee, KVNO news director, conducts the interviews.

For more information about the interview series, contact Lee at 554.2516.