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Mavericks Upset at Northwest Missouri

The fourth-ranked UNO Maverick soccer team was upset Saturday, October 4 2-1 by the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats. It was the first victory by the Bearcats over UNO. Junior Megan Jensen converted a penalty kick for UNO's only goal. The Mavericks are on the road this week and will return home on Thursday, October 16 against Missouri Western at 4 p.m.


Oliver B. Pollak

Zero to 65 in 80 Semesters

by Oliver B. Pollak

I am approaching my 65th birthday, with nearly 80 semesters of teaching, not including summer school. My 34 years at UNO comprise one-third of our campus's 100 year existence. ...continue


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HPER Expansion Project Gets Underway at UNO

A completely renovated weight and fitness room, expanded jogging track and a juice bar are some of the additions planned for the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The $38.6 million project will increase HPER's space from 150,000 square feet to 240,000 square feet. Construction will be completed by fall 2010.

A ceremony for the building's expansion and renovation takes place today, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. and will feature campus administration, including Chancellor John Christensen; Dan Blanke, director of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; and Marcia Adler, supervisor of Health Services. Read more.

SAC Winter Clothing Drive Starts This Evening

Beginning this evening, Oct. 9, the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will collect coats and other winter clothing (gloves, mittens, warm socks, mufflers, etc.) to help meet the needs of Omaha's homeless population.

A collection trailer for donations will be available in the Pep Bowl through the start of the Saturday, Oct. 11, homecoming football game. The clothing drive is being held in conjunction with Centennial Week events.

For more information, contact Jennifer Forbes-Baily at 554.2609 or SAC President Ivory Bobb at 554.2293.

Open Rehearsal Invite on Oct. 10

Come and see music in the making.  In celebration of the Campus Open House on Friday, Oct. 10, the Music Department invites faculty, staff and students to an open rehearsal of the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of James Saker from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Lobby.

SAULE Concert at UNO Strauss on Oct. 12

UNO will host the Lithuanian performance group SAULE on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  The concert is free and open to the public; however, freewill donations will be accepted. Read more.

Nominations Sought for Faculty Awards

The selection committees for the Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity (ADROCA) and Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentor have started their annual review and selection process. 

ADROCA recognizes and honors preeminent achievement in research or creative activity at UNO. The Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentor recognizes UNO graduate faculty members who place a high value on and excel in mentoring graduate students. 

Nomination information can be found at  The selection committees encourage nominations and applications for these two prestigious awards.  For questions about the awards or nomination e-mail Nicole Kersten at

SPR Features Student Research in Eppley Display Case

The display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building will feature student research this month in conjunction with UNO's Centennial. Both undergraduate and graduate students from across campus will have their research and creative activities showcase.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) sponsors the display. Featured posters up through Friday, Oct. 10:

- Sarah Gustafson, Debbie Akerly, and Molly Hartmann, Biology (advisor:  Alan Kolok);

- Kristen Hendershot, Social Work (advisor:  Jeanette Harder);

- Marcel Wall and Dave Meidlinger, Physics (advisor:  Wai-Ning Mei);

- Stephanie A. Brady, Computer Science (advisor:  Dhundy Bastola);

- Chris Schuck, Physics and Biotechnology (advisor:  Edmund Tisko)—Honors; and

- John J. Herzinger, Art History (advisor:  James Czarnecki)—Honors.

"We hope you will encourage your fellow students and faculty/staff to visit the case this week--and each week in October--to view the offerings of our dynamic student researchers," said Wendi Chiarbos Jensen, coordinator for SPR.  "We appreciate your participation in this showcase!"

Call 554.2286 for more information.

Input Sought for Firefly/SAP Survey

All faculty and staff feedback is important to the continued growth and enhancement of the University of Nebraska business applications--Firefly, Employee Self Service (ESS), Manager Self Service (My Staff), SAP and SAPPHIRE. Whether users visit them on a daily basis or are only familiar with ESS, all input is sought.

The current survey should take less than 10 minutes and can be completed any time through Friday, Oct. 10. All submissions will remain confidential and can be submitted anonymously.

Click on this link to take the survey.

"Although we are asking your opinion now by means of this survey, you may submit a suggestion at anytime," said Teresa Carlson, Accounts Payable supervisor and SAP training coordinator. "Direct your comments to one of your campus business offices or submit your idea through Firefly or SAPPHIRE's feedback forms."

After completing the survey, participants will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win an iPod Nano. The winner will be notified by e-mail by Monday, Oct. 20.

For more information, contact Carlson at 554.4937.

Financial Stability Conference Set for Oct. 20

The financial conference "Get on Board: Moving Nebraskans Toward a Better Tomorrow - Pathways to Financial Stability" will take place for Monday, Oct. 20, at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St.  The event is designed for employers, community agencies, policy makers, financial service providers, financial educators, church and community leaders, and financial stability advocates.

Several national speakers will present at the conference, including Michelle Singletary, a syndicated Washington Post columnist; Annemarie Bailey Fowler, Opportunity @ Work; Inger Giuffrida, The Assets Alliance; Kim Pate, Corporation for Enterprise Development; and Beadsie Woo, The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Conference topics:

- Issues and trends in financial education and asset building, and how they affect the workplace and community;

- Innovative strategies to promote financial stability among diverse consumers;

- Opportunities for engaging new partners in efforts and actions that lead to financial stability; and

- Ideas for continuing policy initiatives and changes.

Event sponsors include the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Financial Stability Partnership, Opportunity @ Work, Voices for Children in Nebraska, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City - Omaha Branch and the Nebraska Financial Education Coalition.

To register and view the agenda, visit  For more information, contact Melanie Kiper at or 561.7585.

Applications for Newspapers in Classroom Still Available

Newspapers in Curricula (NiC) still have openings and anyone interested in working on newspaper curriculum and qualifying for a $200 stipend should contact Maria Knudtson by Monday, Oct. 13, at

Members Sought for 2008-09 UNO Blue Line Club

Hockey enthusiasts can now join the UNO Blue Line Club (BLC) for the 2008-09 season. A variety of membership levels are available, and a portion of the fees supports UNO hockey scholarships.

BLC members are eligible for a variety of discounts and benefits:

- Membership card, which entitles member entrance to BLC functions;

- Membership pins/window cling schedule magnet;

- Monthly newsletter (students via e-mail only);

- Pre- and post-game discounts at the Hilton Omaha;

- Discounts on parking in the Hilton Omaha garage;

- Periodic discounts at the BLC booth during games;

- Discounts at local sponsors;

- E-mail updates, reminders and messages from players and coaches; and

- Special rates to attend BLC luncheons.

To access a membership form, visit

The mission of the UNO BLC - a nonprofit booster club for Maverick hockey - is to support the Maverick ice hockey program through fund-raising activities, promote enthusiastic fan support of the program through a variety of membership activities and benefits, and to build greater interest and awareness of the sport of hockey throughout the local community with youth hockey activities and other related programs.

Since its inception, BLC members have purchased a lighted trophy case, established fifth-year scholarship funds, produced a recruiting video and purchased a membership/merchandise booth.

For more information, call Shirley Fey at 554.3422.

2008 Health Fair Set for Nov. 6

Save the date! The UNO Wellness Stampede, in cooperation with Student Health Services, will host its annual Health Fair Thursday, Nov. 6.

The fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. For more information, watch eNotes for details as the event nears or click on this link.