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Maverick Homecoming Victory

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The UNO Mavericks upset #12 ranked Washburn Saturday (October 10) with a score of 31-21 at UNO's Al Caniglia Field. Maverick quarterback Greg Wunderlich passed for 304 yards in the game. UNO now is 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the MIAA conference.

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Homecoming Royalty

Meet the Homecoming Royalty

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Hail to the royal court of UNO's Homecoming 2009, crowned Oct. 10 during the UNO vs. Washburn homecoming football game at Caniglia Field. From left to right: Felicia Synowicki, homecoming queen; Neal Bonacci, homecoming king; Tyler Micek, homecoming prince; and Kelsey Haas, homecoming princess. More than 2,500 Maverick fans braved the snow and attended the annual homecoming football game.



UNO Earns Spot on Best Neighbor Listing

Earlier this week, at the 15th annual conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, UNO received official notification that it was named as one of the nation's top 25 "best neighbor" colleges and universities.

The University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California tied for number one. UNO took the 25th spot. A complete list of rankings is now online at more.

CFAM Dean Memo on KVNO Pledge Drive

From: Gail F. Baker, dean, College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM)

Subject: KVNO (Classical 90.7) Pledge Drive

KVNO is in the midst of the fall pledge drive. The team is working diligently to increase the number of memberships. We need your help to reach the goal of 907 pledges. There is no minimum pledge amount and every dollar counts.

Current supporters understand KVNO's unique contribution to our campus and community. If you have yet to tune in, I encourage you to listen. KVNO is Omaha's home for classical music, local news and Maverick Athletics. It is also an integral part of our college—a place where students, faculty and staff collaborate to meet our mission of serving both UNO and Omaha. KVNO is our radio station—with a distinctive and irreplaceable voice.

I'm asking you to consider supporting the station right now. You can pledge by phone at 559.5866; on-line at, or you can just walk in to the station (CPACS 102) and offer your support in person. Convenient payroll deduction is also available.

With your help Classical 90.7 will meet the goal of 907 pledges before the drive ends this Friday.

Thanks for your support.

Faculty Workshop Today on "Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at UNO"

A Faculty Lunch & Learn will take place today, Oct. 13, on "Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at UNO" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

Suman Barua and Matthew Boehm, postdoctoral research associates, UNeMED Corporation at the technology transfer leader for the University of Nebraska Medical Center will lead the discussion.

They will provide a brief overview of UNeMED and speak to relevant topics for UNO faculty dealing with intellectual property and technology Transfer at the University of Nebraska.  Several case studies will be discussed.

UNO's Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will provide pizza and beverages. For more information, call SPR at 554.2286.

"Service-Learning 101" Sessions Today, Tomorrow

What does "community engagement" mean? What does it look like? Why is it valued by UNO?

For many UNO faculty, community engagement means service learning: integrating community service projects into coursework so students apply course concepts, see their relevance to the world of work and the community, and gain the satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

To help faculty design service-learning projects that both meet genuine community needs and apply course concepts, the Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will offer "Service-Learning 101," a two-hour workshop, today and Wednesday, Oct. 13-14. The sessions will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall (the Service-Learning Office).

All faculty, including those new to service learning and those with projects in development, are welcome.

To register, call Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the SLA at 554.2712 or send an e-mail to

UNO NSSLHA and COE Conducts YWCA-Omaha Cell Phone Drive

UNO National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and the College of Education have teamed up to conduct a cell phone drive on campus through Tuesday, Nov. 10, to benefit YWCA and battered women and children.

YWCA-Omaha is collecting used, unwanted cell phones to re-distribute to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. By donating old cellular phones and wall chargers, individuals are assisting in helping to keep victims and their children safe.

To donate, locate a drop box in any dean's office or campus information desk.

For more information e-mail

High-Risk Individuals Identified for H1N1

As the flu season continues, many have asked about those considered to be at a greater risk for catching the H1N1 virus.

Who are the "high risk" groups for catching H1N1?

Anyone on this list is considered a high-risk individual:

Pregnant women

People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age

Health care and emergency personnel

Persons between he ages of 6 months and 24 years old

People from the ages of 25 to 64 who suffer from chronic health disorders

Visit for more information on H1N1, or call Student Health Services at 554.2374.

The Nebraska Medical Center has also activated a public hotline with information on H1N1. For more information, call 559.9996.

Information on H1N1 is published in eNotes every Tuesday.

UNO Encourages Campus Community to Support United Way

UNO will host a handful of events this month that will give the campus community the opportunity to change peoples' lives by helping families with education, income and health issues. Proceeds raised will be donated to United Way of the Midlands.

Visit for more information on United Way of the Midlands.

Today through Friday, Oct. 16

Customers can round up their Food Service purchases to help fund United Way programs.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Stop by the United Way Shopping Fair at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Name-brand shirts under $10 and sneakers at reduced prices will be for sale.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

The United Way Shopping Fair returns to the MBSC Dodge Room, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jewelry under $10 will be on sale.

ITS to Offer "Optimizing Graphics" Workshop

Information Technology Services (ITS) will host "Optimizing Graphics" on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in 232 Criss Library.

Optimizing Graphics is a hands-on workshop in creating, refining images so they look great and communicate effectively. Using Photoshop CS4, participants will learn methods to enhance, compose, and output images for the Web, print media and video display.  The workshop will also provide Create Once, Publish Everywhere (COPE) training, a technique used to refine a master image so it can be published to any media.

To register, go to and click on the appropriate month.

For more information, contact Ted Turgeon at 554.3115 or

Student Workshop on Introductions, Conclusions and Audience Centeredness

"Introductions, Conclusions and Audience Centeredness" is set for Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room. 

Students who attend the UNO Speech Center Learn Over Lunch Series workshop will learn about how to get their audience's attention, establish credibility and importance, get their audience ready to listen and keep their attention to the very end.

Space is limited so students must register in advance and can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or

FEAP Offers Troubled Employee Workshop for Supervisors

The Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) invites deans, directors, managers and supervising employees to attend "The Process of Identifying, Intervening and Referring the Troubled Employee." It takes place Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

This course focuses on the warning signs and behaviors of the troubled employee, as well as a process for intervention and referral to FEAP. Marlene Schneider, a counselor with the UNO/University Nebraska Medical Center FEAP, will lead the workshop.

Program objectives:

- To increase understanding of the role of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in the work organization;

- To increase awareness of the warning signs of a troubled employee; and

- To develop effective intervention skills.

To register, contact Schneider at or 559.5175.

Faculty Senate to Meet Oct. 14

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

OLLAS to Hold Panel Discussion on Immigration Oct. 15

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) will hold another event in its ongoing Charla Series on Thursday, Oct. 15, with a four-person panel discussion of "Latin America and Immigration in the Obama Era." Charla is the Spanish term for conversation or chat.

"Today, the Americas are more connected than ever before. What happens in countries such as Venezuela, Colombia or Bolivia has repercussions in the U.S and vice versa," said Maria Arbelaez, a UNO professor in the Department of History and OLLAS faculty member. "We hope to engage the audience in a discussion about a whole host of interesting questions, including Obama's policy toward Latin America." Read more.

EC UNO Hosts Campus Screening of Eco-Documentary 'FUEL'

Sustainability Graphic

The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a free screening of the award-winning film "FUEL" on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

In 2008, the film earned the Sundance Film Festival Best Documentary. Directed and co-wrote by Josh Tickell, the eco-documentary is about breaking the U.S. dependency on fossil fuels.  It offers an entertaining, thoughtful and well-researched argument for alternative energy. For details on the film, visit

For more information, contact Patrick Wheeler at 554.3921 0r Gill Cromwell at 533.9989 or

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, visit

ITS Offers InDesign Desktop Publishing II

Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing II is a follow up of the first Adobe InDesign class offered by Information Technology Services (ITS). It gives participants the opportunity to build on what they have learned and acquire intermediate skills in the software. The next class will take place on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 232 Criss Library.

"In this next level of InDesign we will create a brochure.  While designing the brochure, we'll address document planning, layout and bleeds as well as tools for publishing concerns," said Lisa Green, with Instructional Media Design. "We will also reinforce skills learned in the previous class."

While the Adobe InDesign I class is not required, some familiarity with the Adobe InDesign software is desired. To register go to and click on the appropriate month.

Upon completion of training the learner will be able to:

- Understand and be able to set up a multi-panel brochure in InDesign.

- Find and use tools in the software used in the creation of a brochure.

- Demonstrate how to move in the document using the appropriate tools and how to input and manipulate large blocks of text.

- Plan the layout of a brochure's content

- Understand the level of graphics quality needed for various outputs.

- Identify the main types of file formats used for graphics and file formats used in document publication.

- Demonstrate the uses of master documents and understand why a document would need bleeds.

- Demonstrate how to set up and use master pages.

- Use appropriate design principles to create a professional-looking document.

Deadline Oct. 16 for Annual Bell Tower Participants

Anyone planning to participate in Eta Sigma Gamma's 16th Annual Bell Tower Challenge for the Omaha Food Bank is asked to start saving food cans for the event, which will take place Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Henningson Memorial Campanile. During the contest, teams of three people will stack cans while the Bell Tower strikes noon.

Teams will compete in two divisions - students and faculty/staff - for awards recognizing the most creative team, the most enthusiastic team, the team that stacks the most food cans and any team that donates at least 1,000 cans of food. Since the event's inception, 42,165 pounds of food have been donated to the Omaha Food Bank.

"The Food Bank is once again working hard to keep food pantries and meal sites stocked as record numbers of people suffer through these tough economic times," said David E. Corbin, faculty sponsor of the campus chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, a national professional health education honorary.

For more information and an entry form, visit, or contact Corbin or Shandy Ramet at 554.2670 or Registration is due by noon on Friday, Oct. 16.

Criss Library Faculty Club Open House

All faculty are invited to attend the Criss Library Faculty Club Open House on Friday, Oct. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Faculty Club is located on the south end of the upper level. 

Those who attend will meet Subject Specialists, tour the newly renovated library and learn about upcoming brown bag library sessions. Refreshments will be served.

Faculty planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Oct. 21, to Nora Hillyer,

Nominations Sought for 2009 "STEP UP" Award

The campus community can now nominate individuals and groups for the annual STEP UP Awards.   Now in its third year, the award is intended to recognize individuals and groups of faculty or staff who, in the last year, volunteered to take on and complete unexpected university-related work that was above and beyond the scope of their normal responsibilities.

"The culture of this campus is one where people take on new tasks and responsibilities when asked," said UNO Chancellor John Christensen.  "The STEP UP awards are one way to show and highlight that hard work and effort."

Nomination forms and guidelines are available by clicking on the following link:  UNO STEP UP Award

Nominations need to be in by Oct. 30.  For more information, contact Nancy Castilow at

The STEP UP Awards will be presented during a presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.

Call for UCAT Travel Grant Proposals for 2009-2010

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is currently accepting proposals on a monthly basis for travel grants from this month through April or until funds are expended.

The committee will fund grants up to $800 for each award. One submission per conference and only one award per person per academic year. No revisions will be accepted. All applications should be reviewed by their UCAT college representative for correctness before submitting. Budgets must be complete and accurate (If necessary review last year's conference for pricing and topics).

All previous grant reports must be turned in prior to submission of a new request. A travel authorization form should be signed by a department chair and included with application. Proposals are due by the 21st of the each month.

Applicants should submit one hard and an electronic copy of the application. Electronic copies should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll ( Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due Nov. 6

The deadline to submit changes for the 2010-11 UNO Undergraduate Catalog is Friday, Nov. 6. Changes should be submitted to Marian McDonald, University Relations, 108 Eppley Administration Building.


- Christine Beard, associate professor of flute, has been elected to serve as president-elect for the Great Plains Chapter of the College Music Society (CMS) which encompasses Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and southern South Dakota. Beard will assume the position of president for a two-year term starting in 2010.

The CMS promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music -- the society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

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