SKIP navigation
UNO eNotes Home Page

the big picture.


Jack-O-Lantern Time

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Johnna Dortch, a freshman from Omaha, shows off her handiwork Oct. 30. Residents of Maverick Village were invited to carve up pumpkins in preparation for Halloween.


  • Commencement
  • Rock Poster

Now Hear This

This feature requires JavaScript and the Flash Player.

Student Stories

UNO student news stories are airing on Classical 90.7 KVNO. Listen to samples of their stories.


Through the Lens

go to the show

Senator Hagel Archive Announcement

Chancellor John Christensen kicked off UNO's Centennial year on Oct. 8 at convocation. At the end of his address, Dr. Christensen announced that Criss Library will receive the congressional papers of Sen. Chuck Hagel. Sen. Hagel graduated from UNO in 1972.

ICS Celebrates Opening of New Facility Today

A ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. today, Oct. 31, to celebrate the opening of a new facility built by the Institute for Collaboration Science (ICS) at UNO.

The Charles E. Billingsley Executive Decision Laboratory – as the new space will be known – is located in Room 510 of Roskens Hall. Roskens Hall is also home to the College of Business Administration (CBA) at UNO. Read more.

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Free Pancake Breakfast This Morning

The UNO wrestling team and coaches will host the annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Free Pancake Breakfast today, Oct. 31. The event takes 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.

SPR Features Student Research in Eppley Display Case

In celebration of UNO's Centennial, both undergraduate and graduate students from across campus had their research and creative activities showcased in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building this month.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) sponsored the display. The final featured posters up through today, Oct. 31:

- Benjamin Graber, Theater (advisor:  Scott Glasser);

- Erin O'Neill, Jodi Gabel, and Stephanie Huckins, Social Work (advisor:  Jeanette Harder);

- Jason Snodgrass and Glen Kennedy, Physics (advisors:  Wai-Ning Mei and Renat Sabirianov);

- Brandon J. Weihs and Justin Pence, Geography (advisor:  Michael Peterson);

- Daniel Recek, Biotechnology – honors - (advisor:  Dhundy Bastola);

- Noelle Obermeyer, Political Science - honors - (advisor:  Meredith Bacon);

- Kate Baxley, Communication (advisor:  Lynnette Leonard);

- Megan Guthrie, Civil Engineering - honors - (advisor:  Tian Zhang);

- Alexander Skillman, Civil Engineering - honors - (advisor:  Gregor Henze); and

- Douglas Hoff and Jason Lavalleur, Computer Engineering - honors - (advisor:  Roger Sash).

Call 554.2286 for more information.

"Shots Fired" Video to be Shown Nov. 3

UNO Academic and Student Affairs will offer multiple 20-minute video screenings of the student-focused version of  "Shots Fired on Campus - When Lightning Strikes" for the campus community throughout the day on Monday, Nov. 3.  This training video is designed to help prepare students, faculty and staff in the event that an active shooter incident were to occur on campus.

"Shots Fired" will be shown in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room every hour on the hour beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.  A question and answer period will follow each presentation. Reservations are not required but once the video starts at the top of each hour, no one will be allowed into the room until the next session. 

"This training video has been purchased by over 500 colleges and universities and provides information regarding what to do in the event a shooting incident were to occur at UNO," said Wade A. Robinson, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs.  "The video has been viewed by several student groups and the Omaha Police Department.  The response has been very positive." 

For more information, call 554.2988.

Chancellor and Conley to Address SAC on Nov. 11

Chancellor John Christensen and Vice Chancellor William Conley will be the guest speakers at the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.  The meeting is open to all. 

Online NBDC Classes Start Nov. 12

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) has a variety of online classes for at-work and/or personal enrichment. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 12, two lessons will take place each week for six weeks. Each session costs $99.

The classes:

- Achieving Success with Difficult People;

- Administrative Assistant Fundamentals;

- Effective Business Writing;   

- Get Assertive!;   

- Grammar Refresher;

- Keys to Effective Communication;

- Leadership; and

- Speed Spanish.

For registration details, visit For more information, contact Chris Flott at 595.2900 or

The NBDC is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the UNO College of Business Administration. The NBDC Business and Technology Solutions Division is a leading provider of results-based, interactive professional development programs. The program serves the residents of Nebraska and has trained more than 65,000 people at more than 750 companies.

Participants Sought for UNMC Teen Depression Study

Teens experiencing depression are being recruited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Adolescent depression symptoms may include:

- Often being sad, unhappy or in a bad mood;

- Trouble sleeping or staying asleep;

- Change in appetite;

- Loss of interest or motivation, decreased energy; and

- Feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.

Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements. To participate, adolescents must be 12 to 17 years of age. To learn more about this UNMC clinical research study, call 552.6240 or 552.6241.

UNO Native American Heritage Month Celebration Begins Nov.1

A month-long celebration of Native American heritage begins Saturday, Nov. 1, at UNO.  Events ranging from music, games, presentations and a film screening are free and open to the public and campus community. Read more.

UNO Health Fair Nov. 6 in the MBSC

All UNO students, faculty, staff and their family members can attend the 2008 UNO Health Fair Thursday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Free screenings, chair massages, giveaways, door prizes and more than 50 vendors will be available.

The health fair, sponsored by Student Health Services (SHS) and the Wellness Stampede, will offer health screen blood draws for $25 and PSAs for men for $12. The blood draw tests 40 health factors, some of which include cholesterol and diabetes screens, and thyroid, kidney and liver tests. Blood draw participants will receive a free continental breakfast.

A 12-hour fast is required for all lab work, in addition to pre-registration and payment. To sign up for blood work, call SHS at 554.2374 or visit the SHS Office, MBSC first floor.

For more information, call 554.2539.

UNO Bookstore to Host Centennial Display Through Nov. 7

The campus community is invited to stop by the UNO Bookstore through Friday, Nov. 7, to view the Centennial display in the front window.

For more information, call 554.2360.

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.

"Hockey 101 for Men" Event Planned for Nov. 13

A new hockey event, "Hockey 101 for Men," will take place Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at The Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill, 501 N. 13th St.  Both novice and expert hockey fans can attend.

The event will feature talks by UNO coaches and CCHA officials, in addition to demonstrations, game footage viewing, strategy discussions (from the basics to the advanced) and a question-and-answer session.

The $75 registration fee includes door prizes, a hockey media guide, game vouchers and a New York Strip dinner with cash bar. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 7.

For more information, call 554.3422.

In the News

In the News

- The Oct. 24 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about Democrats in Nebraska, quoting Randy Adkins, Department of Political Science.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Department of Political Science and Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), was interviewed Oct. 25 by KETV (ABC 7) about a group he formed to promote voting among high school and college students.

- An Oct. 24 Reuters article quoting Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Department of Political Science and Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), about Cuba's oil claims was published in Forbes Magazine, the Montreal Gazette and the Yahoo! Finance News Web site. Time Magazine, in a similar article, quoted Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado on Oct. 23.

- The Sept. 18 issue of the Omaha World-Herald quoted Bridget Blomfield, Department of Religion, about prayer time at work.

- Jerry Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research, and Lourdes Gouveia, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), were quoted in the Oct. 27 issue of the Fremont Tribune where they questioned a recent report on illegal immigration.

- Bruce Johansen, School of Communication, was quoted in the November issue of Via Magazine, published by AAA, about Mohawk costumes worn by members of the Boston Tea Party.

- The Oct. 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald published a guest column by Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication, about the upcoming transition to digital programming.

- The Oct. 23 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest column by Boyd Littrell, Sociology, about University of Nebraska Regent Randy Ferlic's response to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln cancelling a presentation by William Ayers.

- Sue Maher, Department of English, and student Megan Darby were quoted in an Oct. 25 Associated Press article about volunteer work in Red Cloud, Neb., where students painted the exterior of Willa Cather's childhood home. Volunteer work in Omaha, also part of UNO's Three Days of Service program, was captured in Omaha World-Herald photographs in its Oct. 21 issue, featuring student Camilo Torres.

- Mary Lynn Reiser, College of Business Administration, was quoted in the Oct. 27 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about a new student program at Western Hills and Conestoga Magnet Centers in Omaha.

- The Oct. 19 issue of the Omaha World-Herald interviewed UNO student Cade Rhoden about his spending habits as a college student.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

UNO Art Professors, Students Work with Council Bluffs Students
Two UNO professors and two UNO students are participating in an art initiative with students from Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs. "Dodge This" - an exhibition of the students' abstract painting, photography, mixed media and social commentary - remains on display through Friday, Nov. 14, at the Historic General Dodge House, 605 Third St., in Council Bluffs.  Read more.

"Peggy Jones: Blessed Are the Peacemakers" at Bellevue University Gallery
An exhibit by Peggy Jones, assistant professor of Black Studies and women and gender studies, is under way at the Bellevue University Gallery, 1000 Galvin Rd. South in Bellevue.  "Peggy Jones: Blessed Are the Peacemakers" will remain on display through Friday, Nov. 21. 

For more information, call 402.554.2996

"UNO and Beyond: Art Student Alumni Exhibition" Continues
The UNO Art Gallery will host the "UNO and Beyond: Art Student Alumni Exhibition" through Friday, Nov. 7.  The event is being held in conjunction with the university's Centennial celebration and includes works by more than 50 UNO alumni who graduated with fine art degrees from 1963 to 2008.

The show includes works in a variety of mediums and styles, including a piece from the O! Public Art Project by alumnus Bart Vargas. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.