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Halloween on Campus

Scary coaches, witches on cellphones, wedding parties and children dressed like Jeff Gordon.....all were on campus Friday, October 31 in their Halloween disguises. Faculty and staff attending the free wrestling pancake breakfast also were greeted by witches and a college mascot. The breakfast was followed by the annual Trick-or-Treat visit by youngsters from UNO's Child Care Center.


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


KVNO Asks for Dead Presidents Donations

Classical 90.7 KVNO remains an unbiased, non-partisan radio station that broadcasts from the heart of UNO's Dodge campus in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. Today, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., stop by KVNO's table at the Milo Bail Student Center's south entrance, for a free look at the biographies of past presidential candidates not running in today's presidential election.

"At the table, ‘Donate Your Dead Presidents' like your Washingtons, Lincolns, Benjamins, etc." said Kim Balkovec, KVNO membership manager. "No donation is too small and take away great thank-you gifts for donating."

All donors will automatically be entered in a prize drawing for a 12-disc set of the 200 Best Classics, comprising a "best of the best" music library. Each disc features 15-18 famous selections -- 200 in all for more than 130 hours of music -- from the most important classical composers of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras. No donation is required to enter the drawing for the music library.

"Perfect for everyone from the aficionado to the new listener," Balkovec said.

For more information, contact Balkovec at 559.5866.

UNO Students Provide Live Election Night Coverage on Radio, TV, Web

About 50 UNO School of Communication students, along with UNO faculty and UNO-TV staff, will collaborate to cover election results today, Nov. 4.  Read more.

Fundraiser Concert Nov. 7 in MBSC

The UNO Percussion Ensemble will hold a Friday, Nov. 7, concert as a fundraiser to help offset expenses for the group's tour of Japan, set for later this month.

The concert will feature three local bands all with connections to campus – Andrew's Avenue, Moses Prey and Polydypsia. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.  Tickets will be available at the door for $10.

Andrew's Avenue features UNO percussionist Jason Elliott, a senior majoring in the music technology concentration.  Moses Prey has two UNO connections--drummer Tomm Roland is the UNO coordinator of percussion studies and percussionist/keyboardist Mike Pollock is an alumnus who holds a masters degree in percussion performance.  Four of the five members of Polydypsia are UNO music majors.

For more information, call 554.3155.

Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar Jan. 8-9

UNO faculty can participate in a two-day seminar on Writing Across the Curriculum.  The seminar will take place in the Alumni Center on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 8-9, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Faculty who participate will have an opportunity to consider WAC's twin objectives – using writing tasks to promote students' understanding of course material in any discipline (writing to learn), and integrating writing tasks across the curriculum in order to support students' development as writers (learning to write).  Participants will be well prepared to teach discipline-based writing and writing-intensive courses.

On Jan. 8, interactive sessions will address the challenges students face when they undertake academic writing tasks, from comprehending difficult reading assignments to evaluating, integrating and citing information from print and electronic sources.  Jan. 9 sessions will focus on best practices for responding to and evaluating students' papers.  Participants will bring papers written by their own students, compare their assessments to those of their colleagues and consider similarities and differences across disciplines. 

The seminar is supported by the Center for Faculty Development.  Participants will receive $250 directed to their departments for travel and other professional expenses. 

A brief application form is posted on the UNO Writing Center Web site, on the Faculty Resources page at

Applications are due Monday, Nov. 24.

For more information, contact Nora Bacon at 554-3318, Dorianne Richards at 554.3311, or Carol Rozansky at 554.3471.

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.

"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 U Mon Hon 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.

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.

Adults Needed for Problem Gambling Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry currently needs research volunteers, age 19 and older, to evaluate an investigational treatment for pathological gambling. Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those who meet eligibility requirements. Nationally, statistics show that more than two million adults suffer from pathological gambling.

For more information, call 552.6005 or send an e-mail to

"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.

Biblical Archaeology Conference Set for Nov. 13-15 at UNO

Scholars from around the world will present the latest research on excavations at Bethsaida, an ancient city located near the north coast of the Sea of Galilee in Israel, this month at UNO.

The 10th annual Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference runs Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.  Biblical scholars from the United States and around the world will give presentations about their research.  Read more.

Nebraska Certified Public Manager Program Starts Jan. 8

UNO faculty and staff can apply to take part in the Nebraska Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program.  Applications will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 8.

The UNO School of Public Administration launched the CPM Program in January. It's second cohort will start Jan. 8.

The program, a nationally accredited, comprehensive management development certification, offers participants skills-based knowledge necessary to improve themselves and their organizations. Through a combination of online and in-residence sessions over 12 months, professionals of all educational backgrounds

will gain the knowledge and skills they need to become stronger leaders, managers and supervisors who better understand work processes and know how to encourage innovation and new approaches to problem solving. 

Those who complete the program in one year earn graduate or undergraduate credits toward further education, in addition to national certification. 

Although the application deadline is Dec. 8, applicants who cannot meet the deadline can send a notice of intent to apply to Jessica McVay at by Dec. 1, and applications will be accepted after the due date. 

For more information, visit or contact

McVay at 402.216.9432 or


UNO Students Host Regional Broadcasting Conference
School of Communication students hosted the National Broadcasting Society Region 5 Conference Oct. 24-25 at the Redick Plaza Hotel.

Student Jake Buckingham moderated a panel on the future of broadcasting, which included alumna Amy Adams, the news director at WOWT-TV.

Student Chase Moffitt, Omaha Buzz correspondent, participated in a session on entertainment reporting and production. Buckingham, a WOWT news photographer, and student Maureen Kaufman, newscast director at Channel 6, spoke at the keynote event.

Other sessions featured KFAB talk show host Tom Becka, WOWT special projects producer and photographer Roger Hamer, an alumnus and part-time instructor, and retired photographer and instructor Dave Hamer.  The downtown conference attracted 70 participants.

Buckingham is the UNO chapter president. Chris Allen, associate professor of communication, advises the group.

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