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Stacking for a Good Cause

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Rain didn't stop organizers and teams of UNO students, faculty and staff from participating in this year's Eta Sigma Gamma Bell Tower Challenge. Nine teams competed to stack as many food cans as possible while the bells tolled at noon underneath the Henningson Memorial Campanile. Designs ranged from simple stacks of cans to more intricate structures such as the UNO Centennial logo. All of the food was donated to the Omaha Food Bank. See the story in eNotes for the winners.

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Three Days of Service

More than 300 UNO students and students from Omaha North High School spent their fall break volunteering at two locations in Omaha and a third in Red Cloud, Nebraska. The work in Omaha focused on the Viking Ship community center at 25th & Redick Streets and the Social Settlement Center at 48th & Q Streets. Paint brushes, hammers, saws, brooms and rakes were put to the test at all locations by the students. In Red Cloud, 26 UNO students painted the home of Willa Cather and the Red Cloud Opera House.

Flu Shots Offered This Week on Campus

Student Health Services (SHS) will offer flu shot clinics at eight campus locations starting today, Oct. 27.

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:

- Today, 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.

National Security Education Program Rep on Campus Oct. 28

Aimee Hutton, program manager for the David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship program, will visit campus to meet with students and answer questions on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. The program focus is on geographic areas, languages and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Eligible students can receive up to $10,000 for a semester-long program and $20,000 for a year-long program.

Hutton will be available at two locations:

Presentation for International Studies 2130
306 Arts and Sciences Hall
11:30 a.m. to noon

Q&A Info Table
Milo Bail Student Center, first floor
Noon to 1 p.m.

Students are eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship if they meet the following requirements:
- A U.S. citizen at the time of application;
- Degree-seeking undergraduate student;
- Applying to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards; and
- Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad, and the study abroad program ends before you graduate. Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.

For more information, contact Krista Cupich at 554.2021.

Oct. 28 Dworkin Lecture to be Simulcast at UNO

A constitution does not stand apart from moral principles or restrict itself to empowering legislatures, judiciaries, executive officers and agencies, according to Ronald Dworkin, who will deliver a lecture Tuesday, Oct. 28, on "Democracy and Religion: America and Israel," as part of the 2007-08 series of E.N. Thompson Lectures on World Issues.

Dworkin's lecture, which originates from the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be simulcast at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Read more.

Dual Enrollment Reception Oct. 29

A special event for teachers participating in the Dual Enrollment program at UNO will take place Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Criss Library. Demonstrations of the library home page and library services, tours of the library and a meet-and-greet with Criss Library librarians will be offered.

The attending can enjoy treats and snacks with other Dual Enrollment colleagues and find out more about the program. Tours and demonstrations start at 4:30 p.m. at the library's café area. Attendees will be entered into a raffle for a FLY Fusion Pentop Computer Learning System.

R.S.V.P. to Lola Gilbert at 554.3638.

UNO Child Care Center Annual Trick or Treat Parade

The UNO Child Care Center's annual Trick or Treat Parade across campus will happen on Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31.

The children and staff will leave the child care center at 9 a.m. and walk east down the middle of the Dodge location campus.

The center is asking offices that wish to participate, greet the children outside their buildings along the middle walkway.

The Child Care Center staff asks that no hard candy or products containing peanuts or tree nuts be handed out.

There will be approximately 85 children. In case of inclement weather, the Child Care Center will have a party at the center. For more information, contact the Child Care Center at 554.3398.

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 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:

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.

Faculty Brown Bag on UCRCA Grant Tips Oct. 29

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) will host a Faculty Brown Bag, "Tips for preparing a UCRCA grant proposal," on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 11:30, in Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room A. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact Lisabeth Buchelt at 554.2894 or Sponsored Programs at 554.2286.

Annual Winchell History Lecture to Focus on Kristallnacht

Alan E. Steinweis will give the annual Richard Dean Winchell History Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 28, at UNO. His talk - "Kristallnacht Pogrom in Germany, November 1938: Myths and Realities" - begins at 7 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall. Read more.

NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship Deadline Is Oct. 31

Applications for the NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship are due Friday, Oct. 31.

The Fellowship Program supports undergraduate and graduate students to engage in the following types of activities:
- Student research, including senior design projects;
- Student research assistant for a faculty member;
- Internship related to science, technology, engineering or math (STEM);
- NASA Center Internship or NASA-sponsored activity;
- Student lab assistant;
- Attend a conference; or
- Other similar experience.

Requirements:
- NASA limits the fellowship to U.S. citizens;
- A faculty mentor at the student's institution must endorse the application and agree to work with the student throughout the project;
- Be enrolled at the same affiliate institution for the duration of the fellowship; and
- Present at the annual NASA Nebraska Space Grant Conference.

Total amounts may range from $1,000 to $6,000. One to three awards will be made per institution. The tentative schedule for award notification is mid-December. Funding will begin in the spring 2009 semester.

For additional details, including the application form, visit: http://nasa.unomaha.edu.

Applications Sought for NASA Nebraska Space Mini-Grants

NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium has several mini-grants available. They include:

Research Mini-Grants
The Research Mini-Grant program provides small aerospace-related research grants to Nebraska researchers interested in further developing ties with NASA scientists and conducting research important to NASA. There are two goals of the mini-grant program: 1) To elevate the aerospace-related research being conducted in Nebraska for future infrastructure building and workforce development opportunities; and 2) To result in future proposals to NASA and/or other federal, state, or private organizations for sustainable funding. Typical funding for Research Mini-Grants ranges from $2,500 to $7,500.

Higher Education Mini-Grants
NASA is increasingly interested in the development of the future STEM workforce. Higher Education Mini-Grants are available for innovative curricular projects and programs that will retain or impact students in such academic fields at the college or university level. It is the goal of these mini-grants to encourage students to pursue careers in these fields after they graduate, contributing to the STEM workforce. Typical funding for Research Mini-Grants runs from $250 to $2,000.

Travel Mini-Grants
The Travel Mini-Grant program was created as an opportunity for Nebraskans to further develop ties to researchers and scientists at NASA field centers, present research findings at a conference or obtain training in new areas important to NASA. Typical funding for Travel Mini-Grants is $250 to $1,000. Foreign travel is not allowed. Applications are accepted year round.

For additional details, including the proposal forms, visit http://nasa.unomaha.edu. At the site, select "Funding Opportunities" from the menu on the left.

Next NBDC Workshop on Government Contracts Nov. 11

The next Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) workshop on government contracting takes place Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Healing Gallery, 4225 Cuming St. The event is free but requires pre-registration at http://ptac.unomaha.edu/events.cfm, as seating is limited.

The workshop will give an overview of government markets, including town, city, county, state and federal contracting agencies.

Additional workshops in the series are planned for the following dates. Individuals can sign up for any individual workshop.

- Tuesday, Dec. 9
Registering Your Company: How to Take the First Steps, Registering Your Company with Government Agencies.

- Tuesday, Jan. 13
Finding Bidding Opportunities: How to Locate Bidding Opportunities from Government Agencies.

- Tuesday, Feb. 10
The Successful Proposal: How to Prepare the Successful Proposal, Including Capability Statements, RFQ, IFB and RFPs.

The series is sponsored by Andy Alexander, NBDC procurement technical assistance manager/counselor. For more information, call 554.6252.

Maverick Watch

Mavericks

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

To view upcoming athletic events, click on this link. For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at http://www.omavs.com.

Link to: http://www.omavs.com/calendar.aspx?