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Full House for Ted Sorensen

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Ted Sorensen, a former advisor to President John F. Kennedy and a University of Nebraska graduate, was the inaugural speaker Wednesday night (Nov. 19) at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center for the Peter J. Hoagland Integrity in Public Service Lecture Series at UNO. An estimated 250 people attended his lecture and question and answer period. Sorensen also took time to sign copies of his latest book, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History.

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Learning to Draw

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Students and one of their teachers from Omaha's Castelar School received expert lessons Monday (November 17) on how to draw faces. California artist David Diaz was in Omaha for a week-long series of lectures to area school children at Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum. The students also toured the Diaz exhibit which is on display at Joslyn through Feb. 22. His Omaha visit was part of the Del and Lou Ann Weber Centennial Lecture Series at UNO.

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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.



Blood Drive Attracts 89 Donors

An American Red Cross blood drive, hosted last week by UNO's Pre-Med Club and the Honors Program, yielded 72 units of blood donated by 89 UNO students, faculty and staff. The goal was 63 units. Those 72 units of blood have the potential to save 216 lives.

"It's important that we hit our goal as we move into holiday week," said Danelle Schlegelmilch of the American Red Cross in Omaha. "With fewer blood drives on the calendar and more people traveling, we want to make sure we have an adequate supply for emergency use. We are so thankful for UNO's assistance in reaching our goal to help patients in need this holiday season."

The Honors Program will host the next UNO blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Watch eNotes in the coming weeks for more information.

University Drive South Closed Through Tuesday

University Drive South has closed temporarily. A waterline was discovered broken underneath the drive last week during renovations on the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

All traffic has been rerouted through University Drive East, and signs have been posted. Drivers should expect the following detours:

- All traffic from Elmwood Park has been rerouted to University Drive East;

- The shuttle bus stops near HPER and Maverick Village has closed. Students should use the Durham Science Center and Milo Bail Student Center locations instead; and

- Cars parked in lots near the shutdown vicinity must exit through Lots Q and M (west of College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building) and Lot R (between Allwine Hall and CPACS).

Repairs are expected to be completed by Tuesday, Nov. 25.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Chamber Orchestra Concert Nov. 25

UNO's Chamber Orchestra will present a concert on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Tickets will be available at the door. The cost is $5 for general admission, $4 for senior citizens and students with ID, and free admission for UNO faculty or students with a current Mav Card.

For more information, contact Cindy Bassett at 554.3427.

NBDC Spring Workshop Schedule Available

Hard copies of the Nebraska Business Development Center's (NBDC) Business & Technology Solutions spring workshop schedule will be released Thanksgiving week.

UNO employees receive 20 percent discounts (up to $200) off all technology training workshops. The catalog also lists non-credit workshops. Participants receive a 10 percent discount when enrolling for four or more of our business training workshops (leadership/management) at the same time.

The Jan.-April 2009 spring workshop schedule is also available at

Detailed workshop descriptions, outlines and certificate information can be found online at

NBDC also offers online courses. Classes run $99 on up and details can be found at

For more information, contact NBDC at or 595.2900.

Honors Program Conducts Liberty Elementary Clothing Drive

The Honors Program will collect winter wear items for Liberty Elementary School through Friday, Dec. 12.

"Please help us by donating your new or lightly used clothing items: scarves, mittens, hats, coats, etc., to the boxes located across campus," said Christine McIvor, assistant to the director for the Honors Program.

Collection boxes are located:
- Honors Office in 105 Arts and Science Hall;
- Outside 314E Kayser Hall;
- Milo Bail Student Center Information Desk; and
- 401 Roskens Hall Information Desk.

For more information, contact McIvor at 554.2696.

Thanksgiving Hours Announced for Computer Labs

Information Technology Services (ITS) has announced a range of hours for campus computer labs over the Thanksgiving holiday. All labs will be closed on Thursday through Friday, Nov. 27-28. For a complete list of holiday lab hours visit and click on the "Holiday Lab Hours" link.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Service at 554.4357 or

Test and Evaluation Scanning for the Upcoming Holiday Breaks

Information Technology Services (ITS) will provide Thanksgiving break test scanning in Customer Services, 104 Eppley Administration Building (EAB), on Saturday and Sunday, November 29-30.

Holiday break test scanning will also be processed in ITS Customer Services, EAB 104, during the day up until the end of business on the Wednesday, Dec. 24. During the break, test scanning will be processed on the following dates: Monday through Tuesday, Dec. 29-30, and Friday through Saturday, Jan. 2-3.

Due to space constraints, ITS staff asks that faculty and staff not use the drop box for large quantities of course evaluations over the holiday break, Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 25-Jan. 4. Course evaluations will be accepted for scanning through the end of business on Dec. 24, but will not be accepted during the break.

Normal test and evaluation scanning will resume Monday, Jan. 5. For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or

Criss Library Sponsors Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair

The campus community and public can do holiday shopping and support the Criss Library all at the same time. The Criss Library will sponsor an Scholastic Children's Book Fair Monday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Tuesday through Wednesday, Dec. 2-3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos and toys all will be for sale. Donations will be accepted for the "Read Me A Story" literacy program with Douglas County Corrections.

All proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection. For more information, contact Melissa Cast at

"Recycle For Life" Drive to Benefit Lara Marsh

The UNO Theatre Department has organized a drive to help raise money for UNO alumna Lara Marsh who needs a double lung transplant.

On campus, the department is collecting items for the "Recycle For Life" program. Send old cell phones and printer cartridges to "WFAB 315, Attn: Theatre Dept."

Visit to make online donations and for details on Marsh's battle with cystic fibrosis.

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.

HPER to Close Nov. 26-Dec. 1

Due to construction, the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building will close early at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, and will not reopen until Monday, Dec. 1.

For more information, contact Amber Rath at 554.3291.

Monthly Payroll Notice for November

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday through Friday, Nov. 27-28, the November monthly payday will be on Wednesday, Nov. 26. For more information, contact Payroll at 554. 2739.

NU Flex Enrollment Under Way through Dec. 5

NU Flex enrollment materials were distributed to all UNO employees on Nov. 14. The enrollment deadline is Friday, Dec. 5.

"The electronic enrollment will be available through Employee Self Service (ESS) in Firefly during this year's enrollment period," said Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager in the UNO Office of Human Resources.

ESS is a Web application service available to all University of Nebraska benefits-eligible employees online at ESS allows employees to interact with their own SAP data, such as pay advices and current benefits options. It is designed to be a more convenient and secure method for employees to get information without the hassle of forms or lines. For assistance with employee Firefly ID and/or password, contact Laura Lamblin at 554.2322 or April Busch at 554. 2666.

For packet-related questions, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

Try Computing Reviews at Criss Library

The Criss Library staff and patrons continue to evaluate the Computing Reviews database on a trial basis. Computing Reviews provides commentary and critiques of books and articles related to the literature of computer science.

The trial will last through Monday, Dec. 8. Feedback is welcome on the trial database at

Nebraska Arts Council Brown Bag Dec. 2

Elaine Buescher, grants manager with the Nebraska Art's Council (NAC), will present information about NAC's grants and programs at a campus brown bag event on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

This informal session, hosted by Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR), will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council 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 NAC 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.

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