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Football Practices Begin

The UNO Mavericks met the media Wednesday afternoon, August 5 at Caniglia Field. Coach Pat Behrns welcomed approximately 100 players to the field for interviews with the Omaha sports media. The player's first practice session is Thursday afternoon. The Mavericks open the 2009 season on Thursday, August 27 at 7 pm vs. East Central University of Oklahoma.

08.17-23 practice schedule

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World AIDS Day Service in South Africa

UNO student Aundrea (Andie) Hansen will spend this semester in South Africa based out of Stellenbosch University near Cape Town. A major focus of her studies will be centered on service learning and community outreach. She plans on taking part in UNO's World AIDS Day project, set for Dec. 1. She explains how she became interested in traveling abroad and her interest in service learning.

World AIDS Day of Service blog



SOLP to Offer Student Leadership Series This Fall

The Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) announces the launch of a new leadership initiative for the fall semester.  SOLP will offer a four-part leadership series based on the premise of emotional intelligence.  Emotionally intelligent leadership focuses on identifying core competencies, under the umbrella categories of consciousness of context, consciousness of self, and consciousness of others. 

All events will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. The fall semester schedule:

- Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Session topic: Consciousness of Context

- Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Fall Leadership Conference)
Session topic: Drum Up Your Leadership Skills

- Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Session topic: Consciousness of Self

- Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Session topic: Consciousness of Others

As an incentive, students who commit to attending the semester's program will have the registration fee for the Fall Leadership Conference waived.  The conference, "Drum Up Your Leadership," will be presented by T.Leon Williams and incorporate many themes of "emotionally intelligent leadership." Williams is the director of the Multicultural Center at Elon University and a nationally travelling speaker and facilitator. Additional incentives may be added as the semester progresses. 

"SOLP asks for your assistance in encouraging students to enroll in the program," said Barb Treadway-Janousek, director of SOLP and Leadership Institute coordinator. "Enrollment is an easy process."

Students can go to the SOLP Web site,, and follow the red "Leadership Institute" link to complete the registration form.  Students must have at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA and be enrolled at least six hours.  Registration will remain open until the start of the series or until 50 students enroll. 

"We are excited about this new venture and know our students will be positively impacted by the experience," said Erin Cron, assistant director of SOLP and Leadership Institute coordinator.

For more information, contact Treadway-Janousek or Cron at 554.2711.

UNO's World AIDS Day of Service Project

"World AIDS Day of Service" is a collaborative, international service learning premier project designed by students at UNO through the offices of the Service-Learning Academy and Dual Enrollment.

This project is the first of its kind at UNO, created and directed by UNO student Aundrea (Andie) Hansen who currently is studying abroad at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The project offers a unique opportunity to intertwine the metropolitan cities of Omaha and Stellenbosch through the limitless potential of international service learning. 

Connecting K-12 and college students through distance education and classroom-to-classroom technology, the project provides a multi-layered collaborative and internationalized approach for confronting parallel challenges faced in each community, including poverty, health and violence. The result is a groundbreaking, student led and community strengthened, cross cultural educational exchange of ideas, challenges and opportunities.

For more information about the project and student blog from Stellenbosch University, visit UNO's World AIDS Day of Service Web site at

DCS Offers Welcome and Informational Session for Adult Students

The Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) will host its third annual welcome event for nontraditional students at UNO Saturday, Aug. 22.  "Ready, Set, Success!" will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in 132D College of Public Affairs Community Service.

This event will offer the opportunity to learn more about topics that are often of concern for nontraditional students. "Ready, Set, Success!" will also provide adult students the chance to meet other nontraditional students in hopes of encouraging inclusiveness and participation in the UNO community.

The program this year is bigger than ever with a welcome from Terry Hynes, senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, along with presentations from Angelia Turner from Financial Aid, Michelle Perone from Career Exploration and Outreach, Dana Richter-Egger from the Math and Science Learning Center, and Jim Shaw from the Criss Library. DCS staff members will also give presentations on topics of interest to nontraditional students.

Students can sign up to attend "Ready, Set, Success!" by visiting and clicking on the registration box, or by calling Karen Kempkes at 554.4921.

Mavericks Launch Season With "Mav Fest"

The UNO Mavericks will remain true to their mantra as "Omaha's Team" by welcoming the general public and UNO students to "Mav Fest 2009" on Sunday, Aug. 23, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Caniglia Field.  This family-oriented event will allow guests a chance to meet UNO student-athletes and coaches prior to the start of the 2009-2010 athletic season. Read more.

Welcome Back with Welcome Week

Welcome Week at UNO will kick off the fall semester. A variety of events are planned Monday, Aug. 24, through Thursday, Aug. 27, to welcome new and returning students. This year's theme is "100 years of serving students!"

Activities take place each day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza and will include live music, free food and games. Free food for students, faculty and staff starts each day at 11:30 a.m.

For a complete schedule of events, visit

Welcome Week is sponsored in part by Great Western Bank, State Farm and Wells Fargo.

Changes to Lot G (West of DSC and Annex 24)

A new parking area (Lot I) was created this summer to better accommodate visitors for student recruitment visits. Lot I is controlled via card access and is located in the northeast corner of Lot G and west of the Durham Science Center (DSC) and Annex 24 (now recently named the Welcome Center).  Lot I will also be reserved for special events in the Weber Fine Arts Building.

When the gate arms are up vehicles with faculty/staff/night parking permits may use Lot I Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., when classes are in session.  After 1:30 p.m., all vehicles displaying a valid permit may also park in this lot.

Student Recruitment will begin campus visits on Monday, Sept. 14.  Lot I will be reserved most days after that time, so please plan accordingly. 

To view a parking map, click on this link. For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

The UNO Ambassadors are available to represent the university.  Twelve student Ambassadors have been selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. This select group of students serves as hosts for university-related functions at the request of deans, directors, department chairs and other UNO faculty or staff.

Functions of the Ambassadors include acting as official greeters for university activities, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university and occasionally leading campus tours.

Ambassadors try to honor as many requests as possible.  Requests should be placed at least two weeks before the scheduled activity. For more information, contact Chris Liewer at or 554.3520.

In the News

In the News

- Bridget Blomfield, Philosophy and Religion, was featured in the Aug. 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald in an article on the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi performance group.

- Lee Denker, UNO Alumni Association, was interviewed Aug. 13 by KPTM (Fox 42) following the death of EvaJon Sperling, Omaha's postmaster who was active with the UNO Alumni Association.

- The Aug. 13 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on student test scores, quoting Sarah Edwards, Teacher Education.

- Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in an Aug. 14 Omaha World-Herald article about elections in Afghanistan.

- Chris Liewer, Recruitment Services, appeared on the 4 p.m. WOWT (NBC 6) news Aug. 18 where she previewed Durango Days.

- Hayley Patton, Offutt and Off-Campus Programs, was quoted in the Aug. 19 issue of the Omaha World-Herald in an article on UNO's recent recognition as a top military friendly school.

- The Aug. 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald published an article on Nebraska's overcrowded prison system, quoting Hank Robinson, Juvenile Justice Institute.

- Student Sarah Stanek was featured in an Aug. 18 Omaha World-Herald article about shopping for the new school year.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Art Homer, Writer's Workshop and Environmental Studies, recently published "Wild & Free: Ozark Free-range Horses," in the inaugural issue of Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozark Studies.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

Criss Library Welcomes Children's Art Exhibition
Artwork by students from the GBT (Growing and Building Together) Academy of the Arts in Omaha is on display at the Criss Library through Saturday, Sept. 12. Read more.

UNO Professor to Present Photography Exhibit
UNO Professor Christine Reed now has on display a collection of horse photographs entitled "Still Wild: Portraits From the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range." Reed is the Regents Foundation Professor of Public Administration.

The Omaha Healing Arts Center Gallery, 1216 Howard St., will have the photographs on display through early September. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.