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Mavericks Defeat Lions

The Maverick soccer team recorded a 4-1 win Saturday, September 20 over Missouri Southern State University at the UNO soccer field. UNO's Amanda Iwanksy, MaryClaire Murnan, Hilary Horvatic and Becca Swanson all scored for UNO. The Mavericks host undefeated Truman State University on Saturday, September 27 at 1 p.m.

UNO Preps for Centennial Opening Week Events

UNO 100 Year

Remarks by Chancellor John Christensen will kick off a yearlong celebration of UNO's 100th anniversary. Christensen's convocation address begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Those who attend Christensen's state-of-the-university address are invited to an 11 a.m. dedication ceremony, which celebrates the new home to the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). Those familiar with the UNO campus will recognize the colleges new building as the former Engineering Building. Nearly $20 million in renovation and expansion work went into the facility. A reception follows in the Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

Fall Job Fair Continues Today

Career Exploration and Outreach will host a job fair today, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. The fair features more than 110 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships.

Today, Sept. 24, is the final day of the job fair. It will feature for-profit organizations. Professional interview attire is expected, and students should bring copies of their resumes.

For more information about the job fair and other services, contact Career Exploration and Outreach at 554.3672 or stop by 211 Eppley Administration Building (EAB).

The fall 2008 job fair is sponsored by ACI Worldwide, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Union Pacific, Securities America, Applied Underwriters, TD Ameritrade, National Indemnity, Gallup, Sitel, Harrah's Entertainment, ConAgra, Interpublic, First National Bank, C&A Industries, Northwestern Mutual, Streck, UPS, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ExxonMobil and InfoUSA.

UNO to Host DebateWatch 2008 This Friday

Omaha residents will voice their opinions on the issues after viewing the presidential and vice-presidential debates at a series of non-partisan events sponsored by the UNO School of Communication and the Civic Participation Project.

UNO will host DebateWatch 2008 on Friday, Sept. 26, at the Milo Bail Student Center and on Thursday, Oct. 2, Tuesday, Oct. 7, and Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Thompson Alumni Center. The orientation for the event begins at 7:30 p.m., and the debates will last 90 minutes beginning at 8 p.m. Small group discussions will follow the debates. Parking will be available in any campus parking lot for the first event and at the Thompson Alumni Center for the other three events. Read more.

Fall Tuition and Fees Due Oct. 7

Billing statements were generated Sept. 19 for the remaining fall 2008 balance. Unless a paper billing was requested, an e-bill notification was sent to all UNO student e-mail accounts. The due date for that remaining balance will be Tuesday, Oct. 7. Amounts not paid by the appropriate due date are subject to late payment fees.

Cashiering/Student Accounts Office in 109 Eppley Administration Building will remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 7. To avoid waiting in line on the due date:

- Payments may be mailed to the address listed on the payment stub (allow a few business days for mailing time - payments must be in the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office on or before the due date to avoid late payment fees); 

- Deposited in the drop-box located at the north end of the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office (drop-box can be accessed from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.); or 

- Made by credit card on the Web at

UNO Soccer's Annual Pancake Feed

The Pancake Man will cook on campus this Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon on the top level of the UNO parking structure, located behind Arts and Science Hall.  Join the UNO soccer team and community supporters for a pancake breakfast and then follow the team as they take on Truman State at 1 p.m. at the Maverick soccer field. 

The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under.  All proceeds go directly to the soccer program to help with travel expenses through the year.  The Pancake Feed is sponsored by the Pancake Man and Crane Coffee.

For more information, contact Don Klosterman at 554.4962.

The Pedagogical Potential of Second Life for Higher Education

The Center for Faculty Development will host a presentation on "Pedagogical Potential of Second Life for Higher Education" on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mo n ho n Room.

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world with capabilities that can be used by "residents" to socialize, connect, communicate and create objects and artifacts. More than 100 institutions of higher education are using Second Life for some form of educational activity including: Bowling Green State University, Duke, Harvard, MIT, Notre Dame, Iowa State University, Tufts and UNO. Technology for more than computer science--fine arts, sciences, history, English and communication have found this space to be effective for student learning. This presentation will to explore the instructional opportunities Second Life brings to higher education.

At the session, attendees will:

- Understand how Second Life is being used in higher education;

- Explore the opportunities and challenges of Second Life for the classroom; and

- Learn best practices for teaching with Second Life.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or To request more information about the event, contact Lynnette Leonard at Refreshments will be provided.

Civic Participation Project Grants Deadline Sept. 26

Mini-grants of up to $1,500 are available for Civic Participation Project proposals consistent with UNO's Civic Participation Project (an Academic Quality Improvement Program initiative) and the American Democracy Project, an initiative jointly sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Proposals are due Friday, Sept. 26.

Conference travel will not be funded by these grants. Recipients of funding will be notified by Oct. 7.

Proposals should be no more than two pages (including budget) and contain the following:

- Purpose of project;

- Potential student-learning outcomes consistent with AQIP campus accreditation categories: (1) helping students learn; (2) understanding students' and other stakeholders' needs; (3) planning continuous improvement; and (7) building collaboration relationships.

For more information, visit

Submit electronic applications to Paul Sather at

UNO Web Template Training Available

Faculty and staff interested in redesigning their college or departmental Web sites can attend a three-part, hands-on training about the UNO Web templates this October.

Stuart Wheat, UNO Webmaster, has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus.  Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer training Thursdays, Oct. 2, 9 and 16, in Room 104 of the Durham Science Center (DSC).  More training sessions will be added depending upon the level of interest. 

Details about the training sessions are listed below.

Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
Oct. 2 
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
104 DSC

This session focuses on the organizational structure of the UNO Web template and how it can be used in conjunction with existing Web site structure or to create a new structure.  Several forms will diagram the site layout, to keep track of site navigation, as well as devise the naming structure. Discussion topics also include organizational elements of the template, campus examples and how to best use the template for sites.  This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the Web templates.

Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development                                                     
Oct. 9 
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
104 DSC

This hands-on session focuses on working with the Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page as the basis for all other pages on a site. Dreamweaver set-up and preferences will be reviewed.  The primary focus of this session will be creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site, setting the page titles and working with the tabs and includes. (Prerequisite:  Web Templates I recommended.)

Web Templates III: Content and Graphics                                                               
Oct. 16 
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
104 DSC

This third, and final, hands-on session will focus on completing the model Web page with the main content as well as the footer.  Adding graphics and using fonts will be discussed.  Once the model is completed, it won't take long to complete a fully functional Web site. (Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.)

To register for training:

- Go to

- Select the correct month, and click "Go."

- Click the "Register" link next to the event.

- Enter a SAP personnel number. (This is the six-digit number on a picture ID.  It is also on university check stubs.)

- Click "Sign Up."

- Click "OK" to confirm the personnel number.

- An e-mail will confirm the registration, and participants should add the class to their calendars.

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

To learn more about Web templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

Call for 2008-09 UCAT Conference Travel Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces travel grants around designated themes to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. Applications are encouraged for both interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning.

Visit for a list of links for designated conferences and disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on one or more themes.  Applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Curriculum development and assessment;

- Diversity;

- Instructional technology and e-Portfolios;

- Interdisciplinary integration;

- Promoting critical thinking; and

- Undergraduate and graduate mentoring, advising and research.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through April, or until funds are expended, and will fund grants up to $800 for each award.  Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. 

Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site at  Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application.  Electronic submissions should be in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats and sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at  Hard copy submissions should be sent to the CFD in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall. 

Examples of successful applications are available on the CFD/UCAT Web site at  For more information, contact Kath Henebry, associate professor of finance, banking and law, and the 2008-09 chair of UCAT, at 554.3153 or