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Math-Science Learning Center Open for Students

UNO broadcasting student Linsey Carsey produced this segment on UNO's new Math-Science Learning Center for the Omaha News. The center offers free drop-in tutoring, academic consultation, study group facilitation and supplemental instruction.

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Fall Around Us

Enjoy these beautiful images from Tim Fitzgerald.

A Message from the Chancellor: UNO Community Answers the United Way Call

the nameEach year, UNO sets a goal to support the United Way of the Midlands. Each year, our university rises to the challenge and meets that goal. The campus community, in fact, exceeded this year's $50,000 target by six percent. It makes a tremendous difference.

The United Way of the Midlands and the organizations it supports help those who have nowhere to turn. That network of services includes 145 specific programs in agencies across Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties, including domestic abuse services, home delivered meals, substance abuse counseling and support for those struggling with disease or disability.

On behalf of the university, the United Way and those who will benefit directly from your support, thank you for your kindness and generosity.


John Christensen

Public Administration Lecturer to Discuss Strategic Planning Theory and Practice Nov. 28

John M. Bryson, McKnight Presidential Professor of planning and public affairs and associate dean of research and centers in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, will present a lecture on strategic planning theory and practice Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Bootstrapper Hall West at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Dr. Bryson's lecture on, "Observations on Strategic Planning Theory and Practice; or, as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, ‘When Ideas Fail, Words Come in Very Handy,'" will run from 2 to 4 p.m. The lecture, sponsored by the UNO School of Public Administration, is free and open to all students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Bryson works and teaches courses in the areas of leadership, strategic management and the design of organizational and community change process. He is the author and editor of 12 books and has published more than 90 scholarly articles and book chapters. He wrote the award-winning book, Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations and co-authored Leadership for the Common Good. Dr. Bryson is also a fellow of the National Academia of Public Administration.

For more information, contact John Bartle, director of the School of Public Administration, at 554.3989 or

myMAPP/faculty Annual Review Edits Due

All campus chairs and directors should have recently received a master category list for the 2007-2008 myMAPP/faculty Annual Review and have been asked to edit the category lists appropriate to their particular units by Friday, Dec. 14. 

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs staff has asked that chairs and directors participate in this process to facilitate a more effective and efficient Annual Review. 

"Through an analysis of faculty feedback, it's clear that departments that narrowed their lists had a much more positive experience with myMAPP/faculty than those departments that did not," said Steve Bullock, faculty in residence for Academic and Student Affairs and assessment coordinator.

Dr. Bullock also said that the myMAPP/faculty system will have a new user interface--starting in January--for the upcoming review. 

"This new interface has been designed to incorporate changes requested by faculty in an effort to make the Annual Review process more efficient and, most importantly, limit the amount of time faculty spend on their reviews," he said.  "As changes are incorporated, faculty need to know that no items that they enter, or have entered in the past, will be lost as we move to the new version of myMAPP/faculty."

Training sessions related to the new interface will be available throughout the spring.  The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will also send out regular updates on the Annual Review process during the spring semester.

Anyone with technical questions related to myMAPP/faculty can contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357.  For other questions, contact Dr. Bullock at 554.4822 or

myMAPP is an integrated ePortfolio system that provides comprehensive documentation of UNO's continuous progress toward strategic objectives and learning standards.  It communicates — to multiple constituencies through aggregate data — how the university is achieving its overarching goals of placing students first, striving for academic excellence, and engaging with the community and region.

Blue Line Club Luncheon Nov. 23

With the hockey season in full swing, a Maverick hockey weekend tradition continues this week with a Blue Line Club (BLC) luncheon. The next luncheon is Friday, Nov. 23, and focuses on this weekend's UNO vs. Alaska-Fairbanks series.

At the luncheons, UNO Coach Mike Kemp, his players and opposing coaches speak and highlight videos are shown. Fans also get a scouting report on opponents and learn from guest speakers. Previous speakers include NHL scouts, player agents, referees and former college players and coaches.

The buffet opens at 11:30 a.m., and the program runs from 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The remaining 2007-08 BLC Luncheon schedule:
- Friday, Dec. 7 (Lake Superior State)
- Friday, Jan. 11 (Miami-Ohio)
- Friday, Feb. 8 (Ohio State)
- Friday, Feb. 15 (Bowling Green)

Single luncheon tickets are available at the door for $20 for BLC members or $25 for non-members.

For more information, contact Shirley Fey in UNO Athletics at 554.3422.

UNO Thanksgiving Holiday Hours Rundown

UNO will be closed Thursday through Friday, Nov. 22-23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The 2007 holiday schedule is available online at

The following hours will be observed on campus in conjunction with the 2007 Thanksgiving holiday:

Criss Library Hours
- Wednesday, Nov. 21
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23

Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Hours
- Wednesday, Nov. 21
6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

- Thursday, Nov. 22

- Friday, Nov. 23
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Saturday, Nov. 24
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Sunday, Nov. 25
Noon to 8 p.m.

Pool Hours:
- Wednesday, Nov. 21 
6:30 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

- Thursday, Nov. 22

- Friday, Nov. 23
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Saturday, Nov. 24
1 to 3 p.m.

- Sunday, Nov. 25
3 to 6 p.m.

Masters Swim Hours:
- Wednesday, Nov. 21
6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m.

- Thursday, Nov. 22

- Friday, Nov. 23
12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

- Saturday, Nov. 24
10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

- Sunday, Nov. 25
4 to 5 p.m.

Group Exercise Schedule:
- Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 21-23
No classes

Football Playoff Tickets On Sale for Campus Community


Tickets for UNO's second-round playoff football game on Saturday, Nov. 24, against Central Washington are now on sale.  MavCards cannot be used to purchase playoff tickets or for free admission to playoff games. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. at Caniglia Field.

Tickets are $15 for reserved seats in the west stadium or $10 for adult general admission and $5 for student and senior (65-over) general admission in the east and north bleachers.  Because this is a NCAA playoff game, UNO faculty, staff and students will have to pay for tickets rather than receive free admission as they do during the regular season.

Tickets are available at the Lee & Helene Sapp Fieldhouse ticket office in the lobby or through TicketMaster.

UNO, 10-0, earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II Northwest Region.

Bookstore Open before Nov. 24 Playoff Game

Do friends or family need more gear? The UNO Bookstore will be open Saturday, Nov. 24, before UNO's second-round playoff football game.

Fans can shop prior to the kick off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Game time is set for 1:05 p.m. at Canigila Field.

For more information, contact the Bookstore at 554.2336.

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of Oct. 23 through Nov. 5, those receiving grant awards totaling $532,696 are:

Name: Hesham Ali
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology
Title: Nebraska Research Network in Functional Genomics
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

Name: Stan Schleifer
Unit: Environmental Health and Safety
Title: FY2006 State Homeland Security Grant Program - SHSGP
Sponsor: UNMC

Name: William Tapprich
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences, Biology
Title: Nebraska Research Network in Functional Genomics
Sponsor:  UNMC

For support and help with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286 or visit the Web at

Annual Fall Scholastic Children's Book Fair Nov. 26-28

It's a book fair blizzard at the Criss Library. The campus community and public can visit the UNO Library Friends annual fall Scholastic Children's Book Fair Nov. 26-28 in Criss Library.

Books for children of all ages, young adult titles and adult favorites will be available for purchase. Donations for the Open World Mission and the One World Community Health Center will also be accepted.

The fair will be located on the main floor in the center aisle of Criss Library. Dates and times for the event are:

- Monday, Nov. 26
5 to 9 p.m.

- Tuesday, Nov. 27
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Wednesday, Nov. 28
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Jon Minkner, Criss Library reference associate, at 554.3003 or

Graduate Faculty Meeting Set for Nov. 26

The Office of Graduate Studies will host a Fall Graduate Faculty meeting on Monday, Nov. 26, at 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. All UNO graduate faculty members are invited to attend. 

Deborah Smith-Howell, dean for Graduate Studies and associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Harmon Maher, interim associate vice chancellor for Research and Creative Activity, will discuss research and creative activity at UNO. There will be reports from the individual UNO Graduate Council committees and discussion on graduate education.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact the Graduate Studies Office at 554.2344.

Campus Holiday Open House Dec. 6 in the MBSC

Chancellor John Christensen and Interim Vice Chancellors Julie Totten and Sheri Noren Everts, along with Faculty Senate President Scott Tarry and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) President Ivory Bob Jr., invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual holiday open house. The event will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

To view a special invitation from Chancellor Christensen, the vice chancellors, and the Faculty Senate and SAC presidents, click on the following link:

Open House Invitation holiday

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Thursday, Nov. 29, to Bob Cairns, Chancellor's Office, at 554.2311 or