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UNO Splits at Home

The Maverick hockey team was on home ice Friday and Saturday nights, November 14 and 15 to host Ferris State University. Friday night's game ended in a 3-2 win for Ferris. The Mavericks evened up the series Saturday night with a 4-2 victory. UNO's Dan Charleston scored his 100th point as a Maverick with a goal and an assist in the victory. The Mavericks are at home again this Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22 as the Michigan State Spartans come to Omaha's Qwest Center.

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Barrett Honored at Aviation Lecture

Tim Fitzgerald photo

Colleen Barrett, president emeritus of Southwest Airlines, was the guest speaker and honoree at the Monday, November 17 '2008 Charles W. Durham Lecture' hosted by UNO's Aviation Institute. Barrett (center) received the William F. Shea Award for her contributions to aviation from Shea (right) the founding director of the Aviation Institute and Scott Tarry (left) current director of the Institute.



UNO Groups Bring the Great American Smokeout to Campus

The Wellness Stampede, Student Health Services, Drug and Alcohol Education, Student Health Advisory Council and Eta Sigma Gamma have teamed-up to make UNO aware that today, Nov. 20, is the 33rd annual Great American Smokeout.

The American Cancer Society started the Great American Smokeout in 1976 to inspire and encourage smokers to quit for one day. Today, representatives from five UNO organizations will stand outside the Milo Bail Student Center on the Henningson Plaza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to hand out information on the benefits of quitting and also to recognize those from UNO who don't smoke.

"With all the resources available to help smokers quit, there has never been a better time to quit smoking, and these UNO organizations are here to help," said Dave Daniels, co-event organizer and assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "If you smoke, make a plan and set today's Great American Smokeout, as your quit date."

People who plan to quit can stop by the plaza for free literature or speak with a trained counselor. Individuals can receive free and confidential counseling by calling the American Cancer Society Quitline® at 1.800.227.2345.

GSO Hosts Transgender Day of Remembrance

UNO will observe Transgender Day of Remembrance on its internationally recognized day: today, Nov. 20.

In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, UNO's Gender and Sexual Orientation Student Agency (GSO) will sponsor a free concert by indie-folk artists Coyote Grace and Namoli Brennet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. Free food will be served.

Today has been recognized and set aside to memorialize those killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The headstone markers located in the Pep Bowl area through Friday, Nov. 21, will exemplify these heinous crimes. The markers indicate the names and date of those who have been killed due to their sexual orienation.

A complete listing about these individuals can be found at

For more information, contact Brooke Ayoub at 554.2620.

Artist, Illustrator on Campus Today

UNO 100 Year

Artist David Diaz of California, whose work will remain on display through Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Joslyn Art Museum, will visit campus today, Nov. 20, as part of the Del and Lou Ann Weber Centennial Lecture Series at UNO. Read more.

Diaz will make the following appearances:

- Today, Nov. 20
College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons
5 p.m.

- Friday, Nov. 21
South Omaha Branch Library
4 p.m.

- Saturday, Nov. 22
Joslyn Art Museum
10:30 a.m.

"A Look at Omaha and UNO" Centennial Presentation Tonight

UNO 100 Year

In honor of Geography Awareness Week 2008 and UNO's Centennial, the Geography/Geology Department will present, "A Look at Omaha and UNO," tonight, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. in 115 Durham Science Center.

A panel presentation will spotlight the past, present and future of Omaha and UNO. Harl Dahlstrom, professor emeritus of history, will address the politics surrounding the development of the university. Michael Seman, research associate with the Center for Economic Development and Research at University of North Texas, will discuss the development of the Slowdown project in North Downtown Omaha. Connie Spellman, director of Omaha By Design, will address the future of Omaha and the Midtown Crossing and Aksarben Village projects. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Christina Dando at 554.3134 or

Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Perform at NMEA Professional Conference

The UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform a variety of American Classics at the 2008 Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA) Professional Conference on Friday, Nov. 21, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. Although the 11 a.m. concert is a part of the professional conference program, the public can attend at no charge.

The university's premier concert band, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, was founded during the 1978-79 academic year by Director of Bands -- James Saker. That spring, the group was chosen by a competitive, juried selection process to perform at the NMEA Professional Conference held later that year. That 1979 performance marked the first appearance of a musical group from UNO at the NMEA event. Although performance groups may apply only once every three years, the Wind Ensemble has been chosen to present a concert on the conference program a total of 10 different occasions since.

Dr. Saker will conduct the group‚ beginning with Joseph Wilcox Jenkins "American Overture." UNO faculty soloists Barry Ford, trumpet; Peter Madsen, trombone; and Mark Barnette, tuba; will be featured in Floyd Werle's "Concertino for Brass and Winds." Paul Koenig, a tenor soloist, will be featured in H. Owen Reed's "Heard of the Morn" from the opera, Michigan Morn. Vittorio Giannini's Dedication Overture also will be performed. The Wind Ensemble will conclude the program with James Barnes' "Symphony No. 3."

"The third movement of the symphony, which is an emotional settings of ‘conversations and dialogues' performed by soloists within the body of the work that will be dedicated to memory of former Wind Ensemble Horn player and UNO alum, April Bishop," said Dr. Saker. "After this emotional movement ends, the symphony closes with a glorious, jubilant finale celebrating a rebirth of the human spirit."

For more information, contact Dr. Saker at 554.3446.

Rock Climbing, Horse Riding Competitions This Weekend

Two Campus Recreation clubs at UNO will host competitive events this weekend, both of which are free and open to the public.

The Big "O" Boulder Bash rock climbing competition, hosted by the UNO Climbing Club, will take place during two sessions on Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 1 to 4 p.m. About 50 competitors will climb UNO's climbing wall in Room 110 of HPER. Spectators can watch the competitions for free.

UNO's Equestrian Club will host their first Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competition at the Elkhorn Equestrian Center, 20901 Bennington Road. The two-day event -- Saturday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 23 -- runs from 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., featuring competitive horse riding between nine colleges and universities: UNO; University of Colorado; Denver University; Laramie County Community College; University of Wyoming; Nebraska Technical College of Agriculture; Colorado College; Colby County College; and Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Spectators can watch the competitions for free.

For more information on these events, contact Campus Recreation at 554.2539 or visit

ASH Dean Addendum in Telephone Directory

David Boocker, dean of the College of Arts and Science, was referenced incorrectly in the telephone directory listing. On page 53, Dean Boocker's individual entry should read: David Boocker at 554.3935.

Faculty Recruitment Workshop Nov. 25

The next Faculty Recruitment Workshop takes place Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.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.

Holiday Card Program to Benefit Scholarship Funds

The Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) have teamed up once again to sponsor the annual Holiday Card Program.

All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on greeting cards for colleagues to one of two scholarship funds at UNO - the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship Fund (recipients are children of faculty and staff) or the General Scholarship Fund. Additional donations are also welcome. In return, a seasonal greeting that acknowledges contributors will be distributed to all UNO departments on Monday, Dec. 15.

Those who wish to donate should send a check (payable to UNO) to Cashiering/Student Accounts, EAB 109, by Friday, Dec. 5. Donors should designate one of the two scholarship funds listed above and indicate the name or names they wish to appear on the seasonal greetings card.

To access a donation form, click on the following link:

Holiday Card Form

For more information, contact Laura Lamblin at 554.2322.

Dodge Street Location Roadwork/Sidewalk Construction Under Way

Electrical site work for the new Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) addition and renovation project will result in several temporary road and sidewalk closings.

"As a reminder, project areas within the construction fence are for contractor use only," said Audrey Buckley, project manager and architect with Facilities Management and Planning. "For your own safety, and that of the construction workers, do not enter the construction areas."

Weather permitting, the work should take place according to the following schedule:

- Today, Nov. 20, through Monday, Nov. 24
University Drive South just west of Maverick Plaza (north of the Sculpture Lab) will be closed Nov. 20-24. However, Maverick Plaza will not be closed and vehicular access to Lot R will be maintained. Vehicular access remains from University Drive South to Maverick Plaza for north bound traffic turning east to Sapp Fieldhouse and Lots Q and R. Vehicles heading east on University Drive South will be required to travel through Lot M (south of the Library) to reach Lots Q and R. All shuttles, that serve this area will still offer rides to the residence halls. Detour signs will be posted.

- Now through Saturday Dec. 6
The sidewalk south of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CB) Building will be closed through Dec. 6. Pedestrians are being asked to use the sidewalk north of CB. Foot traffic in the road is prohibited due to considerable construction traffic.

- Tuesday, Nov. 25, through Saturday, Dec. 6
The south entrance into Lot Q will be closed Nov. 26-Dec. 26. Access to Lot Q will be from the west through Lot M.

"Pedestrian access to and from Elmwood Park and the University Drive East Parking Structure, are along Caniglia Field," Buckley said. "Please do not access campus from University Drive south and west of the HPER Building."

For more information, contact Buckley at 554.4104 or Campus Security at 554.2648.

Check the current Campus Security Parking Map at> for location information.

Women in Business Forum Breakfast Nov. 21

The Metro Omaha Women in Business Forum will hold a breakfast Friday, Nov. 21, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The Nebraska Business Development Center, Nebraska Procurement Technical Assistance Consulting and the Metro Omaha Women's Business Center have co-sponsored the event.

The breakfast will feature a presentation by Donna Allen, founder and CEO of Positive Purpose Inc., and representatives from several women-owned businesses including:
- Sally Cohen from eGrowth Marketing;
- Pauline Stark from the The Alternative Group; and
- Mary Love from SERVPRO.

Attendees are invited to bring their business cards, brochures, flyers, etc. for networking. A table will be available to display all company brochure materials, and give-away items are encouraged.

The $11 registration fee includes a breakfast buffet. To register, visit and click on the registration link to complete the form.

Payment can be made by cash or personal checks made out to "MOWBC."

For more information, call 453.4663.

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

Mail Services Announces New Bulk Mailing Requirements

Beginning Sunday, Nov. 23, the United States Postal Service will require that outside postal vendors, such as Mail Services, certify bulk mailing lists to meet their demand of deliverable mail. UNO patrons must comply with the following guidelines or be charged at a higher rate by the postal service.

UNO patrons lists need to be in table form, column information, last name and first name. Files should be sent a minimum of two working days prior to the deadline to The lists will be updated and returned to patrons so they can either process labels or go to print.

"Due to the ever mobile population that we serve, it truly is vital that we maintain our lists to keep up with our valuable contacts," said Sandy Walling, manager of Mail Services. "If the choice is not to update through this process, the postal service will update it for us but at a cost much higher than straight first class rates."

Lists must be updated every 95 days or whenever it is to be used again. Mail Services cost to departments for the list processing will be $2.50 up to 500 addresses, $2.50 for each increment of 500 thereafter.

Also starting next week, patrons must endorse bulk mail that has not been updated with "Address Service Requested." This will have to be printed on each piece. At this time, the postal service charges $0.50 for each returned letter which will in turn be charged back onto departmental cost centers.

Contact Mike Burton for more information or about mailing needs at

Fidelity Representative on Campus Dec. 5, 19

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

Employees can call Fidelity at 1.800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.