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Heavy Metal

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Metal workers are taking advantage of the fall-like weather while working on the next Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building addition this week on campus. To celebrate the new south addition's opening, all regular UNO faculty and staff members can experience the new facility for free with a two-week trial membership. See article below for details.

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UNO sculpture majors

UNO Students Lend a Hand at Joslyn

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

From left to right: UNO sculpture majors Heather Wolf, Ryan Berrigan and Dylan Sharrill all helped install a new work at the Joslyn Art Museum's sculpture garden. The piece, titled Your Story, is a creation of sculptor Patrick Dougherty. Its materials include six tons of dogwood and willow limbs. Your Story will be in place for more than a year before being turned into compost.



UNO Fall Job Fair Today

The UNO Career Center will host a job fair today, 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.

Homecoming Parade to Kick Off Weeklong UNO Celebration

UNO will kick off its weeklong Homecoming 2009 celebration with a 1 p.m. parade this Sunday, Oct. 4.

Shortly after the parade, there will be a bonfire/pep rally in the field across the street from the Scott Conference Center in preparation for UNO's Saturday, Oct. 10, homecoming football game vs. Washburn University.

Here's a rundown of UNO Homecoming Week activities:

Sunday, Oct. 4
- Parade and bonfire
1 p.m./Dodge and Pacific Locations
Get a glimpse of departments, colleges, schools, organizations and area high school bands showcasing their UNO school spirit by marching and with floats. Click on this link for the parade route. Parade organizers suggest that the best place to view the parade will be on University Drive North and in Elmwood Park.
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

Monday, Oct. 5
- Hypnotist Jim Wand
Noon/Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

Tuesday, Oct. 6
- Joker's Wild game show competition
Noon/MBSC Nebraska Room
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

- UNO Homecoming Party for UNO Alumni Faculty/Staff
4 to 5:30 p.m./Thompson Alumni Center
Join other alumni who work at UNO for an informal gathering. The Alumni Association wants to give thanks to all faculty/staff alumni for their efforts and celebrate Homecoming 2009. Complimentary beverages, snacks and tunes form the UNO Marching Band will be available.
Sponsored by UNO Alumni Association

Wednesday, Oct. 7
- Fall Convocation
10 a.m./Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his state-of-the-university address. His address is titled "101 Years: Writing the Next Chapter." All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Academic regalia will not be required or practiced as part of this year's convocation. The convocation will be immediately followed by a reception at the MBSC Ballroom.
Sponsored by The Chancellor's Office

- Sand sculpture competition
11:30 a.m., MBSC Plaza
Sponsored by UNO Alumni Association

- Homecoming royalty voting (voting open to all students only)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m./ MBSC south doors
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

Thursday, Oct. 8
- Pop tab collection
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m./MBSC Nebraska Room
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

- Homecoming royalty voting (voting open to all students only)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m./ MBSC south doors
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

- Unburied Treasures Fashion Show with comedian Michelle Buteau and band Shiver Shiver
7 p.m./MBSC Ballroom
Co-sponsored by Maverick Productions and Maverick Village

Friday, Oct. 9
- Homecoming royalty voting (voting open to all students only)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m./ MBSC south doors
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

- Homecoming dance and Spirit Cup Award
9 p.m. to Midnight/MBSC Nebraska Room
Sponsored by Maverick Productions

Saturday, October 10
- UNO Homecoming Tailgate Party
11 a.m. to 1 p.m./Pep Bowl
Join UNO alumni, faculty, staff, students and their families at the 2009 UNO Homecoming Tailgate Party featuring free lunch (hot dog, chips, cookie, drink) for the first 400 people. Family fun activities includes a bounce house, Mav tattoos, balloon creations, the UNO Marching Band, Maverick Cheerleaders and a DJ playing music.
Sponsored by UNO Alumni Association

- Homecoming football game
UNO vs. Washburn University
1:05 p.m./Caniglia Field
For football game ticket information, call 554.MAVS or visit The 2009 Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime.
Sponsored by UNO Athletics and Maverick Productions

Study Abroad Fair Today

Anyone looking to broaden their horizons through international education or wanting to learn about how to fit study abroad into a degree can learn more today, Oct. 1, at the Fall Study Abroad Fair.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza. The rain location is the MBSC Fireplace Lounge.

Information will be available on UNO sibling institution exchange opportunities, UNO-directed study abroad programs and third-party study abroad program providers. UNO International Studies and Programs sponsors the annual fair.

For more information, send an e-mail to

Weight Watchers on Campus Meeting Today

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

The "Weight Watchers on Campus" program at UNO is recruiting for its next session, which will run for 13 weeks. The group meets each Thursday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Weigh-in takes place before the meetings at 12:15 p.m.

The 13-week session costs $156 and is payable in four ways:

- By credit card for the full amount;

- With cash for the full amount;

- By check for the full amount; or

- With two checks of $52 each. (The New York Weight Watchers office will deposit one check each month for two months to spread out the cost.)

"If anyone still is interested in joining, you can contact me to get signed-up, or just show up at the Oct. 1 meeting with your payment," said David Daniels, assistant director of wellness and fitness programs.

Payment can be sent to Daniels with Mav-Rec Wellness in 205B HPER.

Benefits of the program include:

- A trained leader provided by Weight Watchers;

- The support of co-workers;

- Tools, booklets and literature;

- No required food or the elimination of any foods (This is a lifestyle, not a diet.); and

- The convenience of meeting on campus.

For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008 or Stella Watts at 554.2321.

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

Volunteer Opportunity Available for Three Days of Service 2009

Engage in the community and make new friends. The UNO Service-Learning Academy invites all to partake in the Three Days of Service event on Oct. 17, 19 and 20.

During the "Three Days of Service: Fall Break 2009," volunteers will have the opportunity to work on special projects, home renovation, fall clean-up and landscaping. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. each day in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Hospitality Room. Shuttles to work sites will be available.

To register, visit For more information, contact Kathe Lyons at

UFO Study Group to Meet Oct. 3

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Saturday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center. Anyone interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena is welcome to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

Fun & Fit Program Offered to Children of Faculty/Staff

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

UNO Mav-Rec Campus Recreation will sponsor "Fun & Fit," a freeexercise program for kids of UNO faculty and staff, on Sundays from 1 to 2 p.m. in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. The program starts this Sunday, Oct. 4.

"Give your children the information to live the healthiest lifestyle possible," said Kristin Wellwood, Fun & Fit event organizer. "Bring them to our weekly program where they will learn the importance of exercise while still having fun."

The program runs through Dec. 15, and will include cardiovascular exercise and how to properly train specific muscle groups. Fun games will be part of all routines.

Anyone interested in the program can contact Wellwood at 676.5075.

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

Support the Omaha Food Bank Oct. 5-7

Lambda Chi Alpha's North American Food Drive, the world's largest Greek philanthropy, returns to Omaha next week. Last year Lambda Chi Alpha chapters and colonies collected 415,000 pounds of food for needy families around the country. This year's event promises to be even bigger and better.

Monday, Oct. 5, through Wednesday, Oct. 7, UNO's Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity will sponsor Bounce-a-Thon outdoors at the Pep Bowl, south of the Eppley Administration Building.

During the event, members will bounce for 48 straight hours on a trampoline at the Pep Bowl. UNO students, faculty, staff and members of the community can purchase a ticket for the raffle or donate non-perishable food items or money in collection boxes at the Pep Bowl.

All food and money donated will be distributed to the needy of Omaha through the Omaha Food Bank.

For more information, contact Patrick McNary, Lambda Chi Alpha, at or 650.5024.

University Honors Program Speaker Series Starts Oct. 12

The University Honors Program will host a speaker series event featuring Mohammed Quader, director of Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Device Therapy at The Nebraska Medical Center, on Monday, Oct. 12.

Dr. Quader's talk, "Advances in Heart Surgery. Status of Heart Transplantation," will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. He will discuss the evolution and future of heart surgery, how heart transplantation has become the "gold standard" in treating advanced heart failure and the current status of mechanical hearts.

The event is open to all UNO student, faculty and staff as well as the public.

For more information, contact Neil Huben at

OLLAS to Hold Panel Discussion Oct. 2

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains (OLLAS) will host a panel discussion on the topic "What Can I Do With A Latino/Latin American Studies major or a Chicano/Latino Studies minor?" on Friday, Oct. 2. The event, which will start at noon at the Thompson Alumni Center, will feature OLLAS graduates and current students.

"The students and former students will talk about how their involvement with OLLAS has shaped their career goals and enriched their knowledge of local and global Latino and Latin American communities," said Lucy Garza Westbrook, OLLAS project coordinator and academic adviser. "The event offers new and old students a unique opportunity to connect with each other and meet faculty and community members interested in their future."

The discussion is free and open to the campus community and the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 554.3835 or send an e-mail to

Oct. 5 Workshop to Explore "Race, Schools, Living Conditions and Academic Achievement"

Carol Mitchell, professor of science education, will present Monday, Oct. 5, at a workshop that explores "Race, Schools, Living Conditions and Academic Achievement in Science and Mathematics." The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room, and refreshments will be provided.

Mitchell will present the results of work completed in one of the largest urban school districts in Nebraska. The work focused on the lack of achievement among African-American students in particular, but all students in general as a result of race, poverty and living conditions.

The workshop agenda will include:
-An overview of the 2009 roundtable, addressing the theme of Social Justice: Poverty, Food and Race;
- A brief description of the paper that will be included as a book chapter written by selected2009 Oxford Round Table participants; and
- Input from participants on the topic presented and an opportunity to ask questions. Feedback/input from participants will be used in a book chapter, provided participants give permission to Mitchell.

The work was supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health for five years. A subsequent grant to continue the work in a different format was awarded for an additional five years by the National Science Foundation (NSF). These grants were under the umbrella of the Urban Systemic Initiatives in Science and Mathematics.

The collaborative work includes the following stakeholders: parents, students, teachers, school officials, a metropolitan university and community partners. The elusive goal, then and now, continues to be to improve the academic performance of all students, as a matter of social justice and civil rights.

The questions surrounding this work are:
- Whose job is it to increase the academic achievement of all students?;
- Why should people care about the academic achievement of all students in mathematics and science?;
- What are the results of 10 years of work?; and
- What can be done to assure sustainability for the successful results?

The academic achievement, or lack thereof, prior to the award will be described. Findings to be presented include those that led to the NSF awarding the district with funds to change the existing paradigm in achievement among underrepresented groups in the state.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or To request more information about the event, contact Mitchell at or 554.2428.

Campus Recreation to Offer Free Two-week HPER Trial Membership

Due to the successful opening of the new south addition in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building, all regular UNO faculty and staff members can experience the new facility for free with a two-week trial membership.

The trial membership period will run through Saturday, Oct. 31. Anyone interested in participating should stop by the Campus Recreation office in 100 HPER during the trial period to receive a membership card or call 554.2539 for more information.

ITS Offering UNO Web Template Training This Fall

This fall, Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a three-part, hands-on training for a series of Web templates available to the campus community. Stuart Wheat, UNO Web master, developed the templates, which can be used to redesign college or department Web sites.

Training will take place on Thursdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22, in 104 Durham Science Center. To learn more about Web templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

The training schedule:

Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
- Oct. 8
2 to 3:30 p.m.
The session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web template and how it can be used in conjunction with existing Web site structure or to create a new structure. A free concept-mapping tool will be used to diagram the site layout and keep track of site navigation, as well as the naming structure. The different organizational elements of the template will be discussed, including a review of campus examples, and how the template can best be used for particular sites. This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the Web templates.

Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development
- Oct. 15
2 to 4 p.m.
This hands-on session will focus on working with the Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page for use as the basis for all other pages on the site. The Dreamweaver set-up and preferences will also be reviewed. The primary focus of this session is creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site and setting the page titles.
(Prerequisite: Web Templates I recommended.)

Web Templates III: Content and Graphics
- Oct. 22
2 to 4 p.m.
This hands-on session will focus on completing a model Web page with the main content, as well as the primary navigation. Attendees will work with the tabs, includes and the footer. Additionally, topics include adding graphics and using fonts. Once the model is completed, participants will almost have a fully functional Web site.
(Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.)

To register for this course:
- Go to;
- Select the appropriate month, and click "Go";
- Click the "Register" link next to the event;
- Enter an SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);
- Click "Sign Up"; and
- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.
- An e-mail will be sent confirming this registration. Anyone having problems registering shoud contact ITS Cusomer Services at 554.4357.

A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

Health Fair Set for Nov. 12

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Save the date. Campus Recreation and UNO Mav-Rec Wellness, in cooperation with Student Health Services, will host its annual Health Fair Thursday, Nov. 12. The fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Prior to the Health Fair members of the camps community can, sign up for the health screen blood draw ($25) and/or a PSA test for men ($12) at Student Health Services, located on first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. The blood draw consists of 40 tests including: cholesterol, diabetes screen, thyroid, kidney and liver tests and is a $300 value. For health screen questions, call 554.2374.

For more information, watch eNotes for details as the event nears or visit

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

UNO Employee Discount Program Available

UNO is partnering with PerkSpot to offer a new Employee Discount Program for all UNO faculty, staff, retirees and students.

PerkSpot is an innovative online resource that offers discounts and rebates on goods and services from some of the top brand names in the U.S. UNO has become first campus in the University of Nebraska system to use the PerkSpot service.

"We have partnered with PerkSpot to help save you and your family money with discounts on a wide range of products and services from some of the best nationally known companies," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. "You will find valuable offers from your favorite merchants through PerkSpot including: Target, Barnes & Noble, AMC Theatres, Sprint, Dell and many other merchants."

For easy reference, a Web site with a listing of participating local stores and online vendors, is available for faculty, staff, retirees and students to view. To take advantage of the UNO Employee Discount Program, eligible participants need to first register for an account with PerkSpot.

To register:

- Visit;

- At the right of the screen, click the "Sign up" button;

- Type the required information at sign up screen;

- Enter "group code" -- UNO;

- Register a work or personal e-mail address;

- Add first and last name;

- Type a work and personal zip code;

- Create a password; and

- A confirmation e-mail containing "how to login" instructions will be sent. Individuals must respond to this e-mail to be signed up for the service.

PerkSpot staff will add new deals and offers daily.

"An easy way to find out what offers are new is to watch for the Widgets on the site," Anderson said. "You can also sign up to get e-mail alerts sent directly to your in box."

PerkSpot will host the clearing-house of offers for UNO participants. Individuals can recommend other merchants be added to UNO's listing. To do so or for site questions, contact PerkSpot customer service at

To view more information on UNO/PerkSpot program go online at