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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.

Annual Bell Tower Challenge Today

Eta Sigma Gamma's 15th Annual Bell Tower Challenge will take place today, Oct. 22.  This UNO tradition has raised more than 36,000 pounds of food for the Omaha Food Bank in the past 14 years.  This is also UNO's centennial year.  Any individual or team that donates at least 100 food cans, 100 quarters or $100 will receive a special commemorative certificate. 

In the contest itself, teams of three people stack cans as the Bell Tower strikes noon.  The team that stacks the most cans wins.  There are also prizes for the most creative team and the most enthusiastic team.  The two divisions for prizes are 1) students and 2) faculty/staff.

"The Food Bank staff is working hard to provide additional food to the pantries and meal sites it serves in these tough economic times," said David E. Corbin, faculty sponsor of Eta Sigma Gamma. "Demand is starting to outstrip supply as more families need assistance."

The Food Bank provides food directly to people via several direct programs: Mobile Pantry, Senior Outreach, The Food Bank for Kids BackPack Program, Kids Cafe and Food Bank Fresh.

For the contest rules visit:

For more information, contact Dr. Corbin or Shandy Ramet at 554.2670.  Food cans and/or monetary donations can be delivered to 207 HPER.

UNO Researchers Release Report on Immigrant Economic Impact

Researchers at UNO have quantified - for the first time - the multi-billion dollar effects that immigrants have on the state's economy in a new report titled "Nebraska's Immigrant Population: Economic and Fiscal Impacts." The report came out last week.

Immigrants in the workforce, the taxes immigrants pay and immigrant spending and buying power all factored into the research findings. Christopher S. Decker, an associate professor in the UNO Department of Economics, prepared the 37-page report for the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), with assistance from Jerry Deichert, director of UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR), and Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS.  Read more.

"Shots Fired" Video/Training Today in MBSC

UNO Business and Finance will offer a 20-minute video screening of "Shots Fired" for the UNO campus community today, 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 (MBSC) 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 Von Maur 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.

"Seeing Through the Fence" to Be Screened Today

A film called "Seeing Through the Fence" will be shown today, 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

Early Bird United Way Drawing Winners

Congratulations to Wendi Jensen, a grants coordinator from Sponsored Programs, and Larry Menyweather-Woods from Black Studies.  Jensen won two tickets for the opening weekend of "Blythe Spirit," and Menyweather-Woods won tickets to the Holland Center concert, "The Browns."  Their names were randomly drawn from UNO faculty and staff members who pledged $60 or more in the first week of the United Way campaign. 

More names will be drawn each week.  Donated gifts yet to be drawn for are a month of Rock Star (very convenient, on-campus) Parking; an evening's stay at the Omaha Hilton or an evening's stay at the Omaha Mariott plus breakfast for two; and tickets to other plays, hockey games and concerts.  Contribute to the United Way or designate your donation to a favorite health or human service organization. 

For more information, contact Mary Sweaney or Pedro Okoruwa in Human Resources at 554.2321.

Guest Speaker Will Discuss "Jewish-Christian Debate" Oct. 24

Religious Studies will sponsor a guest speaker who will discuss "Major Issues in the Jewish-Christian Debate" Friday, Oct. 24, at noon in 214 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Daniel J. Lasker is the Norbert Blechner Professor of Jewish Values at Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Beer Sheva, where he teaches medieval Jewish philosophy in the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought. He is also the author of four books and more than 100 other publications in the fields of Jewish philosophy and theology, the Jewish-Christian debate, Karaism, the Jewish calendar, and Judaism and modern medicine.

Lasker will also speak at two other community events in Omaha this week. Click on this link for more information.

For more information, call Guy Matalon at 554.2628.

HR Offers FMLA Workshops Oct. 28, 29

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) obligates certain employers, such as the University of Nebraska, to provide family and medical leave to their employees. Human Resources will present two separate overviews on the FMLA Act this month for supervisors and employees.

Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager, will lead both sessions. Each workshop is free for all faculty and staff. The dates, times and details are as follows:

Overview for Supervisors
Tuesday, Oct. 28
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room
The workshop will help supervisors understand the provisions of the FMLA Act, highlight the university's leave policies and procedures, and explain how to use the leave policies and supervisory tools that are available as they assist employees in balancing work and family needs.

Overview for Faculty and Staff
Wednesday, Oct. 29
9 to 10 a.m.
MBSC Gallery Room
The workshop will help employees understand the provisions of the FMLA Act and highlight the university's leave policies, procedures and forms used.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3660.

Members Sought for Backboard Bunch

Interested in fast paced action, plenty of competition and love the game of basketball? Sign up to be a Backboard Bunch member.  The Backboard Bunch is the booster club for the UNO women's basketball team.

"The mission of our group is to support the Women's Basketball team in achieving their goals for academic and athletic excellence and to promote the sport of women's basketball in our community," said John Jensen, Backboard Bunch member.

There are four levels of membership:

- First round playoff which is $25 per year and includes:  Newsletter; Invitation to tip off event; Invitation to basketball banquet; Invitation to Hall of Fame Banquet and Halftime hospitality area.

- Second round playoff includes: One general admission ticket book of 10 tickets; Team press guide and all items from first round.

- Sweet 16 includes: Autographed team poster and all items from second round.

- Elite Eight includes: Two general admissions ticket books, 20 tickets; a Maverick T-shirt and all items from Sweet 16.

- Final Four includes: Team photo and all items from Sweet 16.

- National Champs includes all items from Final Four.

"Whether you are a parent of a player, alumni, or just an avid supporter of women's basketball, please join us in showing our support to the team and coaches by becoming a member of the Backboard Bunch," Jensen said.

Memberships can be payroll deducted.  For additional information, contact Lyn Connor at 554.4965.

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. 23, the featured students are:

- Colleen Aagesen and Caroline Thorpe, Teacher Education (advisor:  Carol Vern Rozansky);

- Sarah Cox, Social Work (advisor:  Jeanette Harder);

- Michaella Loewens, Social Work (advisor:  Jeanette Harder);

- Dan Mazilu and Andrei Teodor Filip, Physics (advisor:  Wai-Ning Mei);

- Jason Snodgrass, Physics (advisor:  Renat Sabirianov);

- Matthew Riley, Management Information Systems - honors (advisor:  Donna Dufner);

- Mona Sorouri, Suresh B. Kampalli and Brandon Danner, Biotechnology - honors (advisor:  Donald Rowen);

- Victoria Graeve, Sociology - honors (advisor:  Mary Ann Powell);

- Sarah Asher, French - honors (advisor:  Sharon Wood); and

- Fairooz BoAli, Communication (advisor:  Lynnette Leonard).

For more information, call 554.2286.

Workshop Offered on "Managing Your Research References Online"

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) and Criss Library will co-sponsor a workshop on "Managing Your Research References Online" Friday, Oct. 24.

Linda Parker, a social sciences reference librarian at Criss Library, will highlight RefWorks, an online research management tool that allows researchers to gather, manage, store and share citations and bibliographies.

The workshop will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in 107 Criss Library classroom. In the RefWorks workshop, researchers will learn how to:

- Organize and manage bibliographic citations for journals, books, manuscripts, newspapers and Web sites;

- Export citations from databases and the library catalog;

- Share bibliographies with collaborators, students and researchers via the Web; and

- Automatically insert citations into papers and format reference lists in hundreds of citation styles.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or  The workshop is limited to 20 attendees. For more information, contact Parker at 554.3207 or

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.

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.