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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.

UNO-United Way Campaign Concludes Nov. 7

The 2008 UNO-United Way Campaign runs through Friday, Nov. 7.  The campus has set a $58,000 goal.

"Most of us have been upset, if not frightened, by the turn in the national economy, and many are keeping a firmer grip on their pocketbook.  We at UNO though are fortunate.  We have jobs--good jobs--with health and dental insurance," said Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance. "Think how much harder it is for those without insurance, without a job.  Please look beyond your own needs and imagine what it would be like if you were without."

UNO faculty and staff early in the campaign received a user name and password in an e-mail message sent to their university e-mail address that gave the option of designating a particular organization as well as donating to the general fund.  Conley said the size of the donation need not be large--any amount will help. 

"Can you forego a latte or two, a few cans of pop?  That's really all it takes," he said.  " Help others become independent and healthier by donating to the United Way."

In addition to responding to United Way e-mail, those wishing to donate can send or drop off a check at the Business and Finance Office, Eppley Administration Building 209.

"Shots Fired" Video to be Shown Today

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 today, 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.

Pre-Health Professionals Club to Host Informational Meeting

Students interested in applying to medical school can attend the Pre-Health Professionals Club meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from noon to 12:45 p.m. in 116 Durham Science Center.

Jeffrey Hill, associate dean of University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Medicine Admissions, will speak to students about the steps in the admission process and answer any questions they may have. 

Students with all levels of interest are welcome.  Cookies and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact

UNO to Air National Academic Advising Association Nov. 6 Webinar

UNO will participate in a webinar Thursday, Nov. 6, presented by the National Academic Advising Association on "Significant Conversations: The Art and Science of Communication in Transformational Advising."  The presentation runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and will be held in the conference room of the Welcome Center, 111 Eppley Administration Building.

Everyone is invited to attend. Interested individuals should register by contacting Rita Henry at to be sure enough handouts are available.

Criss Library to Host Jonas Panel Discussion

The Criss Library will host a panel discussion on writer Carl Jonas at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

Between 1945 and 1973, Jonas published eight novels with WW Norton, Little, Brown & Co., and Dell, including "Lillian White Deer," "The Observatory," "Our Revels Now Are Ended" and "The Sputnik Rapist." Frequently set in a fictional Gateway City, his work focused on the behavior of well-educated business people and academics. For a number of years, Jonas was an instructor in UNO's English Department. Read more.

Free Toner Cartridges Available

Limited quantities of toner cartridges are available from Mail Services for departmental use only.

They are:

- HP 516 45A large black;

- HP 23 tri-color; and

- HP 29 black.

For details, contact Kathy Bartle at 554.2337.

"Students with Disabilities in the Classroom and Online" Set for Nov. 6

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will sponsor a presentation on accommodating students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education Thursday, Nov. 6.  Kate Clark, disability services coordinator, will speak from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center UMonHon Room.

According to statistics, the number of students with disabilities pursuing higher education is rising, and faculty often have questions about how to accommodate their needs in the classroom and in online courses.

This session will include a discussion of the following topics:

- Universal Design for Learning theory;

- How to anticipate and plan for disability needs;

- How to make specific course components accessible before the class begins; and

- How to avoid foreseeable accommodation problems.

Attendees also will learn:

- How to create a course that is "universally designed" and requires little changes if a student with a disability enrolls;

- Instructional methods that take into consideration students with disabilities; and

- Specific ways to apply methods to tests, lectures, activities, Power Points and online course components.

To register, contact the CFD, 202 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or  Those who attend are invited to bring their lunches.  Desserts and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Clark at 554.2872.

Deadline Nov. 6 for IEW Photo Contest/Exhibit

International Education Week (IEW) takes place Monday through Friday, Nov. 17-21. Faculty, staff and students can submit up to three photos through Thursday, Nov. 6, for the annual IEW Photo Contest and Exhibit, sponsored by UNO International Studies and Programs (IS&P) and Sigma Iota Rho.

Contest guidelines and entry forms are available in Criss Library, the IS&P Office - 241 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) - and at the Sigma Iota Rho Office, 238 ASH. Contest entrants are eligible to win an iPod shuffle.

For more information, call 554.2293.

Douglas County Voters' Guide Available

The Douglas County Voters' Guide, published annually by the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, is an unbiased, non-partisan look at all candidates running in the Tuesday, Nov. 4, election.

Included are brief biographies of each candidate, plus their answers on issues of current concern to voters. The free guide is available on campus, while supplies last, at the locations listed below.

- University Relations
108 Eppley Administration Building

- Milo Bail Student Center
Information Desk

- Criss Library
Circulation Desk

For more information, contact Rita Shaughnessy at 554.6057.

Maverick Watch


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