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UNO Turns 100

Omaha's metropolitan university hit the century mark on Oct. 8. This video highlights some happy birthday wishes.


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Mavericks Improve Record With 4-0 Win Over Griffons

The Maverick soccer team got back on the winning track Thursday, October 16 as they defeated Missouri Western University 4-0 at the Chili Green's soccer field. Freshman Hilary Horvatic got the Mavs on the board first with a goal in the 16th minute. She was followed by senior MaryClaire Murnan, sophomore Becky Heffling and junior Lindsey Nealon. The Mavs improved their record to 8-3-0. They next host Emporia State on Saturday, October 18 at 1 p.m.

Sen. Hagel to Speak at Tonight's Town Hall Meeting

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) will welcome U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel for a town hall discussion at 5:45 p.m. tonight, Oct. 21. The event is free and open to the public.

Hagel's hour-long discussion, which will take place inside the CPACS Building's Lecture Hall (Room 101), is the first of a series of town halls through Democracy Matters, a citizen engagement initiative launched by CPACS in celebration of its 35th anniversary. Future events will include community forums, debates, documentary screenings and guest lectures at UNO.

"We are thrilled to have Sen. Hagel as the inaugural speaker for our town hall series," said Sara Woods, an assistant dean in CPACS. "His commitment to public service and civic engagement fits precisely within our vision for Democracy Matters."

For more information, call Woods at 554.3914.

MavCard System Downtime Scheduled for Today

The MavCard System will be down today, Oct. 21, for a scheduled upgrade. MavCards will not work for the entire day.

For more information, contact MavCard Services at 554.2220.

"Seeing Through the Fence" to Be Screened Oct. 22

A film called "Seeing Through the Fence" will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

The UNO Philosophy Program will host the screening.  "Seeing Through the Fence" is a movie that explores the role of food in modern society and the connection, or lack of connection, with both the processes and animals from which our food originates.

Following the film, the filmmaker, Eleni Vlachos, will be available for discussion.

For more information, contact Edward Abplanalp at

TIAA-CREF Sessions Available This Fall

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus to conduct individual retirement planning sessions for faculty and staff.

Openings are available for TIAA-CREF campus visits on the following dates:

- Nov. 4 and 18

- Dec. 2 and 16

To schedule an appointment, call Paula Turner at 548.3600.

Canada Research Chair to Speak on Infant Understanding Oct. 24

Petra Hauf - a psychology professor at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) and a Canada Research Chair in culture and human development in Nova Scotia, Canada - will speak at UNO Friday, Oct. 24.  "Baby Do - Baby See - Baby Learn: Action Understanding during Infancy" begins at 1 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. 

Recent research suggests infants have intense exchanges with their environment long before they can ever talk. It also seems that babies are especially interested in learning about the actions of others, their own and the outcomes.

Dr. Hauf focuses on perceptual and motor development during the first year of life.  She is also interested in biological movements like crawling or walking.  Currently, she uses novel eye tracking technology combined with imitation paradigms to investigate these issues.

Dr. Hauf is a researcher in infant cognitive development focusing on the development of action production and understanding. She has a Ph.D. in psychology from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and worked as a senior research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Munich, Germany. Prior to coming to Canada, she was an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Frankfurt.

The event is sponsored by the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility and is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served following the talk in the Biomechanics Laboratory.

For more information, contact Lisa Holst, project associate for the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility, at 554.3075 or Additional information about Dr. Hauf can be found at

ITS Announces Graphics Classes

Information Technology Services' (ITS) Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will offer two informative, hands-on sessions designed to help faculty and staff enhance graphics for classroom instruction, training or marketing. UNO faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The classes:

- Basic Photoshop CS3
Thursday, Oct. 23
1 to 2:30 p.m.
112 Criss Library

In this class, attendees will become familiar with the Photoshop CS3 Interface, Workspace and Toolbars, and how to manipulate image layers and basic graphic file types.

- Optimizing Graphics
Thursday, Oct. 30
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
112 Criss Library

This hands-on workshop will assist faculty and staff in refining images that are visually appealing, effective and consumer friendly. Participants will learn basic image optimization techniques by Utilizing Photoshop C3 and techniques to enhance, compose and compress images for use in printed media, on video displays and in Web sites. The session will also provide training in Create Once, Publish Everywhere (COPE) - a technique used to refine a single master graphic so it can be published to print and electronic media

To sign up for the courses:

- Go to

- Select "October" from the drop-down menu on the right, and click "Go."

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

- Click "Sign Up."

- Click "Ok" to confirm the personnel number.

- An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration.

A minimum of five people need to be signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class for it to be held. An e-mail notification will be sent the day before if a class is cancelled.

For more information or help with registering, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

Donations Sought for Oct. 25 Mav Kids Halloween Party

The annual Mav Kids Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 25, needs the campus community to donate candy. The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Candy can be dropped off in 100 HPER Building. For more information, contact Ryan Schmitt or Lisa Adams at 554.4941.

"Service Learning 101: When You Do It, You Get It" Planned for Oct. 27-28

What does "community engagement" mean? What does it look like? Why does UNO value it?

To help faculty members design service-learning projects that both meet community needs and apply course concepts, the Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will offer a two-hour "Service-Learning 101" workshop on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 27-28, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the 202 Arts and Sciences Hall Conference Room - the new Service-Learning office. All faculty - those new to service learning, as well as those with projects in development - are welcome.

For many UNO faculty members, community engagement means service-learning: integrating community service projects into coursework so students apply course concepts, see their relevance to the world of work and the community, and gain the satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

Workshop participants should bring a syllabus for a course to which they would like to add a service-learning component.

The following topics will be highlighted at the workshop:

- Elements of good practice in service learning;

- Transforming a syllabus - integrating experiential learning;

- Developing a partnership;

- Dimensions of learning for students: Designing and evaluating project assignments;

- Reflection: Integrating experience and learning objectives;

- Closing the project experience: Presentations and Celebration;

- Evaluating the project with a partner/Sustainability; and

- An action plan.

Follow-up consultations will be available for personal assistance with course design and community partnership development, and can be scheduled following the workshop.

To register, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

Flu Shots Offered This Fall

Student Health Services (SHS) will offer flu shots at eight campus locations this fall.

A shot will cost $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. No appointment is necessary. Payment is cash or check with the exception of the Oct. 30 SHS location. Vaccination dates and locations:

- Monday, Oct. 27
10 a.m. to noon
100A University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute

- Tuesday, Oct. 28
10 a.m. to noon
Main hallway of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building

2 to 4 p.m.
Maverick Village clubhouse

- Wednesday, Oct. 29
10 a.m. to noon
132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service

- Thursday, Oct. 30
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SHS, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center

- Friday, Oct. 31
8:30 to 11 a.m.
Main floor of Criss Library

- Monday, Nov. 3
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Scott Village study room, located by the cafeteria

- Tuesday, Nov. 4
12:30 to 2 p.m.
University Village clubhouse

SHS staff remind those planning to get a vaccination to remember to wear appropriate clothing for a shot in the arm. Employees should bring insurance cards for possible Blue Cross Blue Shield reimbursement.

For more information, call 554.2374.

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.

Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due Nov. 7

The deadline to submit changes for the 2009-10 UNO Undergraduate Catalog is Friday, Nov. 7. Changes should be submitted to Marian McDonald, University Relations, 108 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, call 554.3674.


- Tom Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, spoke about "Current Situation in Afghanistan" on Sept. 9 to the Omaha Knights of Columbus.  He also gave a presentation titled "Afghanistan at the Crossroads: Between Terror and Democracy" on Sept. 11 to the Werner Institute and talked to the Bellevue Offutt Kiwanis on Sept. 12 about the "Status of Reconstruction of Afghanistan."

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