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Lending a Rake

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Maverick athletes and athletic trainers lent a helping hand with leaves last week throughout Omaha. The annual UNO Rake-A-Thon took the volunteers into the community to help out homeowners unable to do yard work. Maverick athletic trainers Kelsey Reilly (left) and Shelly White (right) helped out Sunday afternoon, November 2 near 49th & Q Streets in Omaha.

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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 Health Fair Today in the MBSC

All UNO students, faculty, staff and their family members can attend the 2008 UNO Health Fair today, 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" Lecture Today

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will sponsor a presentation on accommodating students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education today, 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.

Criss Library to Host Jonas Panel Discussion Tonight

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

Web 2.0 Technology Seminar Series Begins Nov. 7

The Web 2.0 Technology Seminar Series begins Friday, Nov. 7, with Paul Pluschkell, CEO of Gerald Wagner, a UNO senior research fellow in the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), has assembled the series which will run into the spring semester.

"We're bringing world-class leaders in technology to Omaha for these presentation," Dr. Wagner said. "We would enjoy seeing more members of the academic community attend. Students can take part in the series for free."

The cost for others attend each individual sessions is $15. Details are available at

The Nov. 7 presentation with Pluschkell will focus on the future growth of information collaboration and how that will impact businesses. The seminar starts at 7:30 a.m. on the Gallup University campus in downtown Omaha. A panel discussion will begin at 8:45 a.m.

Improving Financial Literacy Focus of Money Smart Nebraska Week

A statewide, public awareness campaign designed to help consumers of all ages better manage their personal finances kicks off Monday, Nov. 10.

The College of Business Administration and the Center for Economic Education, both at UNO, will participate in Money Smart Nebraska Week, a statewide program, with events taking place through Friday, Nov. 14. Read more.

UNO to Show Moving Company Documentary on Nov. 16

The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance group, will premiere a documentary focused on its long history, choreographic works and its many collaborations with community partners on Sunday, Nov. 16. Read more.

Fidelity Rep on Campus Dec. 5, 19

Fidelity representative, Jason Cronick, will be on campus for individual counseling sessions on Friday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.

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.

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.

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, due to the limited seating.

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.

Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar Jan. 8-9

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

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.