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NU President Discusses Centennial

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken spoke about UNO's 100th anniversary during his football halftime interview on Oct. 7. KFAB and its affiliates carried the remarks across the state.

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Lending a Rake

Tim Fitzgerald photo

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.

Food Fight 2008 Officially Kicks Off

UNO has joined forces with area organizations this holiday season for the fifth annual Food Fight, which will help stock the shelves of The Salvation Army's food pantry.

UNO, College of Saint Mary and Creighton University will compete against one another to collect the most food during the 2008 campaign.

"The food fight is doing something different this year and allowing a friendly competition between area universities," said John Jensen, UNO food fight campus coordinator. "Our biggest competitor is College of Saint Mary, last year they placed second overall with 18,000 items donated. Their faculty and staff donated 10,000."

At UNO, donations of non-perishable food items will be solicited through Wednesday, Dec. 3. Donations will also be sought at future Maverick sporting events and student sponsored-drives. Student groups participating in this drive so far include Maverick Village, University Village, student-athletes and cheerleaders.

"Our student-athletes donated 3,000 items last year," Jensen said. "I was really impressed with what they did -- altogether thanks to their efforts -- UNO collected 8,500 items."

If able, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to pick up a few extra items for the Food Fight during the next few weeks while grocery shopping and bring them to campus. For convenience, blue barrels with the Food Fight graphic will be available in all campus buildings for food donations.

The campaign officially kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, during the Salvation Army's annual Tree of Lights ceremony at American National Bank, located at 90th and Dodge St.

"The Salvation Army demand has increased 26 percent and it's only the month of November. January through October they helped feed 4,776 families and 11,389 individuals," Jensen said. "If one person from UNO could bring in one item this would truly help, because given the current economy everybody needs assistance every now and then."

The Salvation Army has requested the items listed below. No glass containers will be accepted.

- Canned meats;
- Dry cereals;
- Canned fruits;
- Tomato products;
- Dry boxed items;
- Canned soups;
- Canned vegetables;
- Disposable diapers; and
- Hygiene products.

"Cash and check donations are also being accepted this year. Every dollar donated counts as four canned items," he said.

Monetary donations should be turned into all building coordinators. Checks should be made out to the "Salvation Army."

To find out how UNO organizations can get involved in the Food Fight, contact Jensen at 554.3382.

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 today, 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.

Guaranteed Parking Available in New Garage

Need a place to park but don't like to wait?

Faculty, staff and students are invited to purchase permit/access cards to the new parking garage on the west end of campus, where stalls remain available.

Permits for Lot J, otherwise know as the University Drive South Parking Structure, will cost the price of the parking permit, plus surcharge. As a reminder, payroll deduction is available for faculty and staff.

The permit for Lots J and L will be valid only in Lots J and L. Lot L is located near University Village.

Contact Campus Security at 554.2648 for more information.

Facilities Repair Work Under Way in Pep Bowl

To locate and repair a leaking water line, UNO Facilities will begin digging today, Nov. 10, in the Pep Bowl, on the south side of the Eppley Administration Building. Services to the surrounding buildings will not be affected at this time.

For any questions regarding the scope of this project, contact Dave Meradith at 554.3836.

Faculty Recruitment Workshop Today

The next Faculty Recruitment Workshop takes place today, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. No R.S.V.P. is required.

Before anyone can serve on a UNO Faculty Search Committee they must have attended one of these recruitment workshops. If it has been two years or more since attending a workshop, please plan to attend.

For more information, contact Jerri Maxwell at 554.3892.

Newspapers in Curricula to Host Student Conversation on New Administration

The Newspapers in Curricula faculty group is sponsoring an open student conversation about the issues facing President-elect Barack Obama and the new administration today, Nov. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the new commons area of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service building.

Free pizza will be provided. For more information, contact Maria Anderson Knudtson at 554.3320.

Applicants Sought for "Nebraska Semester Abroad: Czech Republic"

UNO Study Abroad will accept student applications for the "Nebraska Semester Abroad: Czech Republic" program through Friday, Nov. 14.

The program takes place from March through May at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Olomouc is a walled medieval city located in northern Moravia, halfway between the Prague and Vienna, Austria. The cost of the program is $6,500 and includes:
- 12 credit hours (tuition and fees);
- Round trip airfare from Omaha;
- Housing in Czech Republic;
- Health insurance; and
- Field trips to surrounding European countries.

For more information, contact Krista Cupich at 554.2293 or at

POLST to be Discussed Nov. 15

Health professionals from Columbus, Neb., will present on the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) on Saturday, Nov. 15, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Lisa Weber-Kohler, a medical social worker at the Columbus Community Hospital, and Dr. Milton Zadina, a family practice physician, will present at the coffee, tea and policy event, which is open to the public.

According to the national POLST Web site, "The POLST Paradigm program is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life. It is based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders on a brightly colored form and a promise by health care professionals to honor these wishes."

The POLST Paradigm has already been successfully implemented in the Columbus community and the model is now being used to develop programs in Grand Island and Kearney.

"The Paradigm will take advanced care planning and end of life decision-making out of the legal arena and into the medical community," Weber-Kohler said.

The event is sponsored by UNO's Lifelong Learning Initiative and Democracy Matters. For more information, call 554.4897 or 554.2292.

UNO Bookstore Reminds Faculty to Submit Spring Book Orders

The UNO Bookstore staff would like to remind faculty that book orders for courses offered in the spring semester are due.

Faculty may submit information to the Bookstore, through campus mail, via fax (554.3220) or through the Bookstore Web site at

For questions, contact Scott Dickey at 554.2541.

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.

Faculty Senate to Meet Nov. 12

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. At 2 p.m., Patty Adams will speak on the Life Long Learning Initiative at UNO. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. All interested may attend.

For more information contact Suzanne Sollars at 554.3981, or Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

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.

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


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