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Basketball vs. Metro State

All 12 University of Nebraska-Omaha players scored to give the Mavericks a 69-56 victory over Metro State in the final game of the Downtown DoubleTree Classic Saturday night at Sapp Fieldhouse.

Wellness Stampede Announces HRA Results

The results are in. According to the UNO Wellness Stampede, more than 350 benefit-eligible UNO employees completed the Health Risk Appraisal (HRA) between Oct. 31 and Nov. 16.

Everyone who completed the HRA and returned the personal report coversheet will receive two free hockey vouchers for one of the two UNO vs. Lake Superior State games Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8. The vouchers will be sent out this week via campus mail and can be redeemed the day of the game at Qwest Center Omaha.

Department/college and individual winners for the HRA challenge are listed below.

Large-sized department/college challenge
- First place: Facilities Management, Planning and Environmental Services (46.3 percent return rate
- Second place: Student Affairs (42.8 percent return rate)

Medium-sized department/college challenge
- First place: Criss Library (57.7 percent return rate)

Small-sized department/college challenge
- First place: International Studies and Programs (IS&P) (56.5 percent return rate)

Individual prize winners:
- Carol Bach, custodian with Custodial Services (Omaha Community Playhouse season passes)
- Diana Allard, reference assistant with Criss Library (One free night at the Omaha Doubletree hotel)
- Jeff Kuskie, acquisitions associate with Criss Library (UNO Theatre season passes)
- Reiko Take Loukota, IS&P instructor (Henry Doorly Zoo passes)

"Thanks to all departments/colleges who participated," said David Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "Motivation for next time: You can't win if you don't participate!"

"Women in Islam" Dialogue Set for Dec. 7

The UNO Muslim Student Association will sponsor a discussion on "Women in Islam" Friday, Dec. 7, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. The event will begin at 3 p.m. and focus on the misconceptions of Muslim women.

Discussion topics for the event include:
- Looking beyond the veil and what it means to be a woman in Islam;
- Roles Muslim women have today in society;
- Rights and freedoms of Muslim women; and
- Equal treatment of Muslim women.

For more information, send an e-mail to or, or call 554.2711.

Next UCRCA Faculty Proposal Deadline Jan. 28

The next faculty deadline for University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) proposals is Monday, Jan. 28, 2008. Proposals must be received in the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) by 5 p.m. This is the final full proposal cycle of the 2007-08 academic year, and the committee encourages all proposals of high quality.

Guidelines and forms are available by clicking on the UCRCA link on the SPR Web page ( Student and mini-grant deadlines continue to be the first working day of each month.

The purpose of the UCRCA is to encourage research and creative activity by UNO faculty. The committee places special emphasis on seed money grants for projects potentially leading to external funding and on grants for new faculty to help them establish programs of research/creative activity. This year, the committee has provided support for both pre-tenure and post-tenure UNO faculty.

For more information, call 554.2286.

Simcoe Featured in UCRCA Showcase

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) will feature the digital photographic artistry of Barbara Simcoe, assistant professor of art and art history, through Monday, Dec. 17, in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building.

The mission of the UCRCA is to encourage research and creative activity by UNO faculty. The committee places special emphasis on seed grant funding for projects potentially leading to external funding, and on grants to new faculty to help them establish programs of research/creative activity. To learn more about the UCRCA, visit

The UCRCA is administered by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. For more information, call 554.2286.

HR to Host Social Security/Medicare Talk Today in the MBSC

Tonya Freeman with Volunteers for Equity will talk about Social Security and Medicare issues today from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Freeman will also answer questions from the audience.

For more information, call 554.3660.

72nd Street Food Fight Ends this Week

The fourth annual 72nd Street Food Fight will come to a close Friday, Dec. 7. UNO joined forces with five Omaha organizations this holiday season for the Food Fight, which will help stock the shelves of The Salvation Army's food pantry. UNO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, College of St. Mary, West Asset Management, Travel and Transport, and First Data Corp. have been competing against one another to collect the most food during the campaign.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to pick up a few extra items for the Food Fight. For convenience, blue barrels with the Food Fight graphic are available in all campus buildings for food donations.

The Salvation Army has requested 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.

For more information on how campus organizations can get involved, contact Rita Henry, assistant vice chancellor for student services, at 554.2779; or John Jensen, administrative tech II in financial aid, at 554.3382.

UNO Text Messaging Notification System Available

The UNO emergency communication system has a new addition - text messaging to cell phones.

More than 1,200 members of the campus community have already registered. Students, faculty and staff can now sign up for the new notification system that will allow UNO to send urgent news to cell phones. Depending on a person's cell phone plan, there may be a nominal fee from a cell phone carrier, but there is no charge from UNO for the service.

"This is something we've done our homework on," said Richard May, UNO telecommunications manager. "We looked at how other institutions have handled text messaging systems, and we've learned from their experiences."

Students, faculty and staff can learn more about the system and sign up at Registration takes just a few minutes.

The new system, provided by e2Campus, sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via SMS text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

"Once students sign up, the alerts go right to their cell phones with quick, efficient, short text messages," said Wade Robinson, associate vice chancellor for student affairs. "It's a convenient system for everyone because it reaches people, whether on or off campus. We know students love their cell phones, so now we can reach them with important information that can help keep them safe."

UNO Campus Security officials said they hope the entire campus community registers. "Although e2Campus is an excellent system that can notify a whole campus within minutes, it only works if people take the time and register," said Paul Kosel, campus security manager.

The notification system will be used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

Information about the system is available at or by calling the UNO Information Center at 554.3036 or the ITS Help Desk at 554.4357.

Blue Line Club Luncheon this Friday

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, Dec. 7, to commemorate the UNO vs. Lake Superior State series.

At the luncheons, UNO Coach Mike Kemp, his players and opposing coaches speak and show highlight videos. Fans also can 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 a program will be held 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, 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.

ITS to Offer Training for New Office 2007

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer two hands-on training sessions this December to help transition users to the new Office 2007.

"These sessions are designed to help you make a smooth change from Office 2003 to Office 2007 and to acquaint you with the new features now available," said Erin King, instructional design specialist for ITS. "Please be aware that ITS added Office 2007 to all of our open computer labs and hi-tech classrooms prior to the start of the fall semester. This means that all of those computers have both Office 2003 and Office 2007 installed."

Sessions are:


- Friday, Dec. 7

1 to 2:30 p.m.

104 Durham Science Center

- Thursday, Dec. 13

10 to 11:30 a.m.

007B Roskens Hall

"These sessions will not teach users the base program, but rather the differences between the two versions," King said. "You will need to have a good working knowledge of each application before attending the sessions."

To sign up for these sessions:
- Go to;
- Select "December" from the drop-down menu on the right, and click "Go";
- Enter an SAP personnel number (this is the five-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);
- Click "Sign Up"; and
- Click "Ok" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration. A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).


Classical 90.7 KVNO Announces New Hires
Paul Coate and Otis Twelve are the newest Classical 90.7 KVNO employees. Coate serves as operations manager, and Twelve is the morning host.

Coate, an Omaha native, began his radio career as a late-night weekend DJ at KVNO during the summer of 1999 and was the afternoon drive announcer from 2001-06. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from UNO and is active with various local film and television projects.

Twelve joined KVNO in October 2006 as a temporary morning host. His career has included stints as a Benedictine monk, a stand-up comedian, a radio host, a television critic and a concert narrator. He also is a published writer.

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