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October Employee of the Month: Aaron Murray

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Aaron Murray, network systems administrator in Information Technology Services, was named Employee of the Month for his ability to help keep more than 6,000 network connections and Internet services working smoothly and consistently.

A UNO graduate, Murray began his tenure on campus as a part-time student worker. His knowledge and experience have been invaluable to the university community ever since.

In his nomination, a colleague wrote, "Aaron responds to dozens of calls per week asking for help and diagnostics on applications and services that run on the UNO network – from vending machines, to security systems, to instructional technology and nearly all types of business. Aaron truly allows the UNO campus to function in a way and at levels that would not be possible without him."

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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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Board of Regents to Meet in Lincoln Nov. 7

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, Nov. 7, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., in Lincoln. Committee and task force meetings will begin at 8 a.m., and the board meeting will start at 1 p.m. Read more.

Brats, Beverages & Soccer Nov. 8

The campus community and public can join the UNO Soccer Booster Club this Saturday, Nov. 8, for "Brats, Beverages & Soccer" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UNO's Chili Greens soccer field.  The brats are free, but donations will be accepted. 

Wear UNO colors and then stick around for senior day to watch the Mavericks take on Central Missouri at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Don Klosterman at 554.4962.

"Gandhi" to be Screened Nov. 8 in Eppley

The UNO Black Studies Department and the India Studies Interest Group will provide a free public viewing of the highly acclaimed film "Gandhi" on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. at the Eppley Auditorium. 

Peggy Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Black Studies, currently co-teaches a class -- "Gandhi, King and Nonviolence"-- with Prasad Gollanapalli, a worker in the Gandhian Peace Movement.  Sangeeta Badal, a part-time UNO anthropology instructor and senior analyst at Gallup, and Gollanapalli will lead the discussion after the film. 

For more information, call Shireen Rajaram at 554.3375 or 554.2626.

Nebraska Humanities Council Brown Bag Nov. 12

Erika Hamilton, program officer with the Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC), will present information about NHC's grants and programs, at a campus brown bag event on Wednesday, Nov. 12.  

This informal session, hosted by Sponsored Programs & Research (SPR), will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The session is particularly important for individuals who are planning to submit a proposal to NHC for the winter or spring deadlines. 

Those attending can bring their lunch and enjoy beverages and desserts provided by SPR.  Reservations are not required.  Contact SPR at 554.2286 for more information.

Nov. 14 Seminar to Offer Financial Management Tips

Human Resources and the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women will co-sponsor a "Personal Financial Management and Credit Basics" seminar on Friday, Nov. 14.

"The November seminar will give participants some practical tips for managing their household finances particularly during these uncertain times," said Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager and CCSW treasurer.

Todd Sites from Credit Advisors will talk and answer questions from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.  He will also present participants with suggestions and tips that they can implement for their own household finances.

The seminars are scheduled monthly through April. Other topics will include Social Security and retirement planning. All seminars are open to interested faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

Self-Defense Workshop Offered This Semester

Campus Security, Human Resources, The Women's Resource Center and Fitness and Wellness have teamed up to host two-hour self-defense workshops this semester in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER).

Each class focuses on knowledge and techniques to keep participants safe. Those attending should wear comfortable clothing and prepare to work out. Cost is free for UNO students and Campus Recreation Activity Cardholders and $10 for non-activity cardholders and the public.

The instructor is UNO student Eliss Hall. All classes will take place in 110 HPER on the following dates:

- 1 to 3 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 14
Friday, Dec. 5

- 9 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6

To register, stop by 100 HPER or call 554.2539.

Service Learning 201: Advancing the Practice Series

Anyone interested in learning more about Service Learning at UNO can attend "Service Learning 201: Advancing the Practice Series" on Friday, Nov. 21. Sponsored by the Service-Learning Academy, the program will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

Presenters will include Gigi Brignoni, assistant professor of teacher education, and Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz, community liaison for the Service-Learning Academy and American Humanics. Community partnerships offering collaboration, reciprocity and sustainability will be discussed.

All faculty, those new to service-learning, as well as those with projects in development are welcome.

To register, contact Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

UNO Native American Heritage Month Celebration Under Way

Celebration of Native American heritage continues through November 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 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.

CFD to Present TABS Presentation Nov. 17

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host a Teaching Analysis by Students (TABS) session Monday, Nov. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.  Presenters include Lana Danielson and Saundra Wetig, from the Department of Teacher Education, and TABS consultants.

A presentation will take place from noon to 12:45 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer period.

TABS is a confidential teaching analysis completed by faculty/staff members and their students with the goal of identifying teaching strengths, isolating specific teaching problems and developing improvement strategies.  During the session, attendees will have a chance to become familiar with the TABS instruments.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or Individuals planning to attend are invited to bring their lunches.  Desserts and drinks will be provided.

Members Sought for Backboard Bunch

Interested in fast-paced action, plenty of competition and love the game of basketball? Then sign up to become a member of the Backboard Bunch, 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.

The membership levels:

- First Round Playoff
Costs $25 per year and includes a newsletter, invitation to the season tip-off event, invitation to the basketball banquet, invitation to the Hall of Fame Banquet and halftime hospitality area.

- Second Round Playoff
Costs $50 per year and includes one general admission ticket book of 10 tickets, team press guide and all items from the First Round level.

- Sweet 16
Costs $75 per year and includes an autographed team poster and all items from the Second Round level.

- Elite Eight
Costs $150 per year and includes two general admissions ticket books, 20 tickets, a Maverick T-shirt and all items from the Sweet 16 level.

- Final Four
Costs $200 per year and includes a team photo and all items from the Elite Eight level.

- National Champs
Costs $500 per year and includes all items from the Final Four level.

"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.

Call for Papers for 8th Annual Malcolm X Festival/Conference

The UNO Department of Black Studies will accept papers through Wednesday, Dec. 3, for the upcoming 8th Annual Malcolm X Festival and National Conference - "Resisting the Europeanization of Consciousness: Confronting the Privilege and Invisibility of Whiteness" - planned for April 14-16.

Submissions can be in any area of Black Studies or the humanities, including interdisciplinary work that addresses issues within these contexts. Discipline areas include, but are not limited to, languages and literature, history, philosophy, music, art, film studies, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, education, archaeology and cultural studies.

Proposal guidelines:

- Authors must submit an electronic abstract of no more than 300 words describing the presentation/paper proposal via the UNO Black Studies Web page ( by the submission deadline.

- The abstract must contain the abstract title, author's name and affiliation, phone number, fax number and e-mail address.

- One author from each paper/presentation must register for and attend the conference.

- Papers/presentations will be blind peer-reviewed.

- All organizers and presenters on panels and in special sessions must register for and attend the conference.

For more information, call 554.2412.