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HPER Groundbreaking & Maverick Village Dedication

Campus focus shifted Thursday, October 9 to groundbreaking ceremonies for the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building's expansion project. The $38.6 million project will increase HPER's space from 150,000 square feet to 240,000 square feet. Completion is expected by the fall of 2010. Several blocks to the west, dedication ceremonies were held for UNO's newest on-campus housing....Maverick Village. The facility provides 400 new student housing beds on the southwest corner of the UNO campus.

Building for the Future

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A Century of Campus History

Omaha News reporter Munira Amini takes a look at UNO's 100-year anniversary in this segment which first aired on Oct. 8.


"Shots Fired" Video/Training Available Oct. 22

UNO Business and Finance will offer a 20-minute video screening of "Shots Fired" for the UNO campus community on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The video provides techniques and advice to employees who might find themselves in an active shooter situation.

"Shots Fired" will be shown in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room at the following times: 8:30 and 10 a.m., noon, and 1 and 3:30 p.m.

"We have read about and seen far too many examples of violence on college campuses, and Omaha experienced its own shooting episode at the Von Maur store less than a year ago," said Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance. "We offer this video to provide safety training on what to do in the event that something like this happened on the UNO campus."

For more information, call 554.3668.

Office Max Online Ordering Training Today

Office Max will conduct Web-based training for online print ordering today, Oct. 15, from 9 to 10 a.m.

To participate in the training, follow the instructions below.

- For audio, dial 1.866.257.2680, and use the passcode 7708016025.

- For video, visit and enter TKMRR6 for the meeting ID and xnk[3;M for the entry code.

For more information, contact Ken Hultman at 554.43514.

Annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Free Pancake Breakfast Oct. 31

The UNO wrestling team and coaches will host the annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Free Pancake Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 31. The event will take place from 7 to 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Maverick Buffet Room.

All-you-can-eat pancakes and syrup, coffee, orange juice and milk will be served. Prizes also will be awarded in three divisions - women's, men's and department - for the pancake-eating champions. Those who wear a Halloween costume can win a free Maverick wrestling t-shirt.

For more information, call Geri Backora at 554.2506.

Informational Meetings Available for China Travel Course

The first of two informational meetings on a China travel course takes place today, Oct. 15, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. in 223 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. A second meeting is set for Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the same time and location.

For more information, call Peter Szto at 554.2330.

Student Research Featured in Eppley Display Window

In celebration of UNO's Centennial, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research is hosting a student research display this month in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building. The results of students' undergraduate and graduate research and creative activities are on display.

Through Thursday, Oct. 16, the featured students are:
- Ivory Welbourn and Jill Bomberger, social work (Advisor: Jeanette Harder);
- Dan Smith, physics (Advisor: Dan Wilkins);
- Laura E. Heuermann, computer science (Advisor: Dhundy Bastola);
- Charley Reed, broadcasting - honors (Advisor: Steven Walker);
- Trevor R. Smith, biotechnology - honors (Advisor: William Tapprich); and
- Mehdi Tajouri and Greg Stelmaszek, chemistry (Advisor: James Hagen).

For more information, call 554.2286.

UCRCA Seeking Applications for 2008/2009

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is accepting applications for the 2008/2009 academic year for both pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty. The submission deadline is Monday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m.

Submission guidelines are available on the Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Web site at All proposals should be submitted electronically from Lotus Notes e-mail accounts as a single document in PDF format to Paper copies will not be accepted.

Previously funded proposals are available for viewing in the SPR office, 203 Eppley Administration Building.

To help faculty prepare proposals, the UCRCA will host a Faculty Brown Bag, "Tips for Preparing a UCRCA Grant Proposal," on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 11:30 a.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room A. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact Lisabeth Buchelt, UCRCA committee member, at 554.42894 or the SPR office at 554.2286.

The UCRCA will continue to consider both faculty mini-grant requests and student proposals each month. The guidelines and forms for all UCRCA applications are available at For assistance, contact SPR at 554.2286 or

Performances of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" Continue Through Oct. 18

The UNO Department of Theatre's performances of Steve Martin's comedy "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" continue tonight, Oct. 15, through Saturday, Oct. 18. All performances are directed by Amy Lane and take place at the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all evening performances. An interactive talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will follow the Friday, Oct. 17, show. Read more.

"Iron Jawed Angels" Film Screenings in the MBSC This Week

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) and Women's Resource Center are co-sponsoring this week's screenings of the film "Iron Jawed Angels" in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

"The 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, was credited to Susan B. Anthony's efforts, but we can't forget about the others who paved the way," said Marvel Maring, CCSW co-chair. "This movie commemorates those pioneers who championed for women's suffrage."

"Iron Jawed Angels" is an HBO original movie, directed by Katja von Garnier, that recounts a key chapter in U.S. history - the struggle of suffragists who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. It focuses on two defiant women - Alice Paul and Lucy Burns.

Screening dates and times:

- Today and Thursday, Oct. 15-16
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MBSC Dodge Room

- Friday, Oct. 17
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MBSC Fireplace Lounge

For more information, contact Alice Villone at 554.2424.

Historian and Investor to Speak Today on America's Financial Crisis

The UNO Department of History will host a seminar by historian and investor Fred Amis today, Oct. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 290 Arts and Sciences Hall. The seminar is titled "Understanding America's Financial Crisis: A Practical and Historical Perspective."

Based on almost 50 years of experience as an investor, Amis had this to say about the current financial situation in the United States: "America is faced with, perhaps, its greatest challenge in 200 years. Our entire financial system is in real danger of collapse. Now, more than ever, cool heads must prevail. Fear can be a useful energizer, but unchecked it can lead to irrational tragedy. The greatest antidote to being caught up in the rush of fear is understanding. I would like to contribute to the understanding of my colleagues and students, in order to help them recognize that there are actions that they can take to minimize their and others' needless suffering."

For more information, contact Sharon Wood at 554.2593.

UNO to Host Final DebateWatch 2008 Tonight

Omaha residents will voice their opinions about election issues after viewing the presidential debate tonight, Oct. 15, at the final DebateWatch 2008. Held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center, DebateWatch 2008 is a non-partisan event sponsored by the UNO School of Communication and the Civic Participation Project.

Orientation begins at 7:30 p.m., and the debate will last 90 minutes, beginning at 8 p.m. Small-group discussions will follow the debate. Parking is available at the Alumni Center. Read more.

Nominations Sought for Emerging Leaders

The Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs will accept Emerging Leaders nominations through Friday, Oct. 31. The program helps students develop skills needed to become better leaders in every aspect of their lives.

To be eligible for the program, students must have a 2.5 G.P.A. and be currently enrolled at the university/paying university fees. If a student does not have an established UNO G.P.A., they must have a 2.5 for the fall semester, if selected. Students must be nominated by faculty or staff members.

Nominations can be made at For more information, call Barb Treadway-Janousek at 554.2711.

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 begun their annual review and selection process.

ADROCA recognizes and honors pre-eminent 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 For more information, contact Nicole Kersten at