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HPER South Addition Ribbon-Cutting

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The first of several Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER) ribbon-cutting ceremonies took place Sept. 16 at the entrance to the new south addition. Pictured from left to right: HPER's Dave Daniels, Chancellor John Christensen, UNO Student Regent Neal Bonnacci and School of HPER Director Dan Blanke all wielded scissors for the event. The new weight-fitness room looks south over the Elmwood Park golf course.

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Burrito Run

Burrito Run

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

On Sept. 12, UNO Athletics partnered with Qdoba Mexican Grill for the first-ever 5k UNO⁄Qdoba Quest Burrito Run. The course, which started at the Henningson Memorial Campanile, took runners through three campus locations. After eating a burrito at Qdoba's 71st Street restaurant, runners ended the race at the Center Location. Pictured from left to right at Qdoba are Chi Omega Sorority members: Ellie Jacobson, Renae Heuermann, Kristin Drake and McKenzie Stevens.

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Little Dude

A Four-Legged Visitor

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Little Dude, an 18 year-old miniature pony, was on campus Sept. 2 to help promote membership in UNO's Equestrian Club. Jason Storm, a sophomore from Omaha, obliges Little Dude with a pat on the head. A variety of sport clubs and organizations were on display on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.



Campus Forum on Health Care Reform Today

UNO will host a campus forum on health care reform today, Sept. 21. Experts from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) will present information and take questions during the event, which starts at 3 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons.

The session, which is free and open to the campus community and public, will likely run until 4:30 p.m.

"Having a session like this on campus is important" said Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance. "This is a national issue that everyone in the country has an interest in."

Some of the issues of health care reform include:
- Universal health care coverage;
- A potential public insurance plan;
- Payments and reimbursement costs; and
- Health care workforce and training.

Presenters at the forum will be Keith Mueller, associate dean in UNMC Academic Affairs; Cory Shaw, CEO of UNMC Physicians; and Mark Bowen, director of UNMC Government Relations.

The UNO event is part of an ongoing effort of UNMC, UNMC Physicians and The Nebraska Medical Center to be an objective resource for elected officials, business and community entities in communicating the potential impact of health care reform proposals. UNMC has also formed a health care review group to study the issues that will affect the medical center.

For more information, call 554.3513.

Service Learning Summit Begins Today in Omaha

The Service-Learning Academy will host the Service Learning Summit today and tomorrow, Sept. 21-22, at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St.

The two-day conference brings together service-learning administrators from universities and public schools systems across the country who are engaged in work to build partnerships that allow university and K-12 students to learn together in shared service-learning projects. Read more.

Swing, Ballroom and Latin Dance Lessons Offered This Fall

Want to learn how to "Dance Like the Stars"? Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host swing, Latin and ballroom dance sessions this fall. All classes take place in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The schedule:

- Session one: Sunday, Sept. 27; Sunday, Oct. 4; Monday, Oct. 12; and Sunday, Oct. 25.
- Session two: Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22 (Sundays).

- Swing - 3 to 4 p.m.
- Ballroom and Latin - 4 to 5 p.m.

- Students - $15 and $13 for a friend
- Activity cardholders - $20 and $18 for a friend
- Others - $25 and $23 for a friend
(Those wishing to take both classes should add $5 per person.)

To register, stop by 110 HPER. For more information, call 554.2539.

UFO Study Group to Meet Sept. 23

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Wednesday, Sept. 23, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room. Anyone interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena is welcome to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

Student Government Presidential Debate Sept. 24

The annual Student Government Presidential Debate will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Fireplace Lounge.

During the debate, each presidential candidate will answer six questions regarding their decision to run for student body president/regent, how they plan to better UNO and their outlook for their term as president. Questions from the audience will also be answered.

For more information, visit, stop by the Student Government Office on the first floor of the MBSC or call 554.2620.

Omaha Musicians to Appear on Sept. 27 Broadcast of From the Top

Omaha teens, 18-year-old pianist Ben Fuller and 18-year-old violist Shundeena Beard, will appear on the Sunday, Sept. 27, broadcast of From the Top, the hit public radio program featuring America's best young classical musicians and hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley.

Recorded before a live audience on May 22 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, the episode will air on Classical 90.7 KVNO at 5 p.m. It will be available online at after the broadcast.

Also included in the broadcast are a 12-year-old cellist from Haverford, Pa., an 18-year-old trombone player from State College, Pa., and a teen percussion quartet from the Chicago area. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary season, From the Top is heard on nearly 250 stations nationwide and taped before live audiences around the country.

Fuller, a recent graduate of Creighton Preparatory School, studied piano with James Johnson, UNO professor of music. He is also an accomplished trumpet player, having performed with the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra and the Metro Area Youth Jazz Orchestra. Fuller currently is a freshman at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

A new resident of Omaha, Beard moved from Pittsburgh, where she was a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. A recent graduate of Central High School, she attends the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Md. Beard has previously appeared on the PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall and is a recipient of the From the Tops Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

For more information, contact Anne Hellbusch at 559.5866 or visit

Speech Center to Offer Fall Learn Over Lunch Series for Students

The UNO Speech Center will offer free workshops this semester on presentation skills. All students are invited to attend. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

The workshops:

Banish Those Butterflies: Overcoming Speech Anxiety
- Wednesday, Sept. 30
11 a.m. to noon
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

Introductions, Conclusions & Audience Centeredness
- Tuesday, Oct. 27
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
MBSC Jenkins Room

Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides
- Wednesday, Nov. 18
11 a.m. to noon
MBSC Gallery Room

To register for one or more sessions or for more information, contact a consultant at the Speech Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited, so attendees must register in advance.

UNO Fall Job Fair Oct. 1

The UNO Career Center will host a job fair Thursday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. The event will feature more than 65 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships. Professional interview attire is expected, and students should bring copies of their resumes.

The fall 2009 job fair is sponsored by Applied Underwriters, First National Bank, Gallup, Union Pacific, ConAgra, Interpublic, National Indemnity, Northwestern Mutual, Streck, Enterprise and Exxon Mobil.

For more information about the job fair and other services, contact The Career Center at 554.3672 or stop by 111 MBSC.

Wellness Stampede

Women's Health and Wellness Fair Today at UNO

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The Women's Resource Center (WRC) will host a Women's Health and Wellness Fair today, Sept. 21, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Come learn about how to keep yourself healthy and safe," said Rachel Tomlinson Dick, director of WRC.

Speakers will include representatives from The Omaha YWCA, Planned Parenthood and Student Health Services. The health and wellness fair will also feature free food and raffle prizes.

For more information, contact Tomlinson Dick at 554.2730.

The mission of Mav-Rec Wellness, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, contact David Daniels at 554.2008, or

Maverick PR to Host Ethics Advocacy Round Tables Today

Local professionals will gather today, Sept. 21, to discuss ethical behavior in the workplace during round table discussions with UNO students.

Maverick PR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), invites all UNO students to participate in "Ethics & Bad Behavior: It's All About Choices," a round table discussion on ethics with local professionals, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. at the Thompson Center's Bootstrapper Hall on campus. Read more.

Campus Flu Shot Clinics Begin Today

UNO Student Health Services (SHS) will host the first of several flu shot clinics on campus today, Sept. 21, for faculty, staff and students. Additional clinics are scheduled through Tuesday, Sept. 29

SHS staff encourages everyone to get vaccinated for the seasonal flu. A flu shot costs $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. Faculty reimbursement may be possible through Blue Cross Blue Shield for those who bring their insurance cards. Those interested in receiving a shot should also wear appropriate clothing for an inoculation in the arm.

This vaccine only protects against the seasonal flu. An additional vaccine will be available at UNO in the future to protect against H1N1.

The flu shot clinic schedule is listed below.

Today, Sept. 21
- 100A University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute
10 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, Sept. 22
- Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (main hallway)
10 a.m. to noon

- Maverick Village Clubhouse
2 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 23
- 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building
10 a.m. to noon

Thursday, Sept. 24
- SHS (Milo Bail Student Center, first floor)
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 25
- Criss Library (main floor)
8:30 to 11 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 28
- Scott Village (study room by cafeteria)
12:30 to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 29
- University Village Clubhouse
12:30 to 2 p.m.

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

Next Generation Diversity Leadership Series Begins This Fall

The UNO Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office, with support from the Office of Diversity and President's Office in Central Administration, are co-sponsoring a diversity series for fall 2009 and spring 2010 for all faculty, staff and students.

Joe Gerstandt, a well-known speaker and facilitator who works with Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations and universities across the country, will conduct the series. Presently, Gerstandt lives in the Omaha and speaks at numerous conferences and summits throughout the Omaha metropolitan area.

"UNO and Central Administration are pleased that Joe will be speaking on the UNO campus," said Sharon Ulmar, director of UNO Diversity and Equal Opportunity. "He is an experienced facilitator who brings a wealth of knowledge on issues related to diversity, communication, collaboration and leadership."

Sessions will be presented throughout the fall and spring. All events take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Dates and times for the fall programs:

- Wednesday, Sept. 23
"What is Diversity and Why Does It Matter?"
1 to 2 p.m.
The focus is to examine how human nature can inform an approach to diversity.

- Thursday, Oct. 15
"Do Great Minds Really Think Alike?"
10 to 11 a.m.
The focus is to examine how to bring different thinking styles together.

- Thursday, Nov. 5
"A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Rely On…Sometimes!"
1 to 2 p.m.
The focus is to examine important social/relational dynamics.

To register for any of the programs or for more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2321 or

College of Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Sept. 23-24

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences will begin to celebrate its own centennial this month with the start of a yearlong speaker series that highlights both the college's many departments and the college's alumni.

The series kicks off Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 23-24, with back-to-back speakers. Both presentations take place on campus at the Thompson Alumni Center. Read more.

AQIP Open Forum Sept. 24

The UNO campus community can attend an open forum focused on UNO's Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Quality Checkup site visit on Thursday, Sept. 24. The event will begin at 2 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons.

"The site visit is an important part of UNO's continued institutional accreditation through the North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission, and we are eager to attract members of the campus community to this session," said Steve Bullock, assistant vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

For more information, call 554.4822.

ITS Announces New Web Template Users Group

Information Technology Services (ITS) will host the first Web Template Users Group meeting on Friday, Sept. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Anyone currently using the UNO Web templates is invited to bring their lunch and join the discussion.

During this first meeting, participants will discuss using "Cascading Style Sheets" to create content in a column format and the struggles users have with "Tab" navigation. Suggestions for meeting topics will also be solicited. No registration is required for this event.

For more information, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

UNO Latino Heritage Month Celebration Continues This Week

The annual UNO Latino Heritage Month celebration continues this week with a theatre presentation, leadership series and discussion focused on Latino fraternities and sororities. Activities are free and open to the public. Read more.

Next NeSIS Campus-Wide Town Hall Meeting Sept. 22

To familiarize faculty, staff and students with the Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) project, UNO's Change Management Team will host two more campus-wide town hall meetings this month.

"Each session will offer a broad overview of information surrounding the NeSIS project; especially, how it is affecting the campus community at UNO," said Jason Blohm, chair of the Change Management Team. "To allow everyone to attend, the same information will be repeated at each town hall."

All interested faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend one of the following hour-long sessions:

- Tuesday, Sept. 22
College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons
3 p.m.

- Thursday, Sept. 24
Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom
11 a.m.

Last year, the Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions application was selected as the new NeSIS platform. Participating schools include all of the University of Nebraska campuses and Chadron, Peru and Wayne State Colleges. At UNO, mavlink will integrate all services offered by E-BRUNO and the current student information system. The new system will be rolled out incrementally starting this month with Admissions.

For more information, contact Blohm at 554.2415 or

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