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School of Communication students joined groups from the College of Business Administration, the University of Missouri, Columbia University, the Wharton School from the University of Pennsylvania, Northern Arizona and St. Louis University in meeting and dining with Warren Buffett earlier this month.

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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 Homecoming Tailgate 2009

There was a chill in the air — and even snow — but plenty to keep Maverick fans warm at UNO's 78th Homecoming on Oct. 10.

Most important was another Maverick win, UNO's 13th in its last 14 homecoming games. UNO beat No. 12-ranked Washburn 31-21, improving the university to UNO to 51-23-4 in homecoming games since the tradition started in 1928. The Mavs improved to 5-2 overall this season, 3-2 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Visit the UNO football Web site for a game recap (

Prior to the game, more than 700 graduates and their families, faculty, staff, students, student recruits and other UNO boosters attended the 2009 UNO Homecoming Tailgate Party hosted by the UNO Alumni Association in the Sapp Fieldhouse.

The pre-game celebration had been planned for the Pep Bowl but was moved to the Sapp Fieldhouse with the inclement weather. Free lunch was provided to all who attended. The fun also included free balloon creations, Mav Brands (tattoos) and a bounce house for the kids, a DJ and music, appearances from the UNO Marching Band and Maverick cheerleaders.

Representatives of UNO's colleges also were on hand at booths, distributing freebies and more goodwill. Prior to the game, UNO Coach Pat Behrns treated fans to a pep talk. Also in attendance were members of Omaha University's Class of 1959, which was celebrating its 50th class anniversary Friday through Saturday.

See a 2009 Homecoming slide show at

Tate to be Featured on KVNO

Michael Tate, History Department, will be featured on KVNO's "Arts at 8:30" this morning, Oct. 14. Tate will discuss his new book, Indians and Emigrants: Encounters on the Overland Trail.

Tate will also speak at the Niehardt State Historic Site in Bancroft at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. The event at the Niehardt Center is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow his presentation.

United Way Shopping Fair Today in MBSC

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.

Today, 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.

Today through Friday, Oct. 16
Customers can round up their Food Service purchases to help fund United Way programs.

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.

Visit for more information on United Way of the Midlands.

UNO Theatre Presents 'Hippie Doctor' by Benjamin Graber

The UNO Department of Theatre will present Benjamin Graber's "Hippie Doctor," tonight, Oct. 14.

Directed by D. Scott Glasser, performances continue Oct. 15-17 in the UNO Theatre, inside the Weber Fine Arts Building. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. There will be a talkback session held in the theatre after the Oct. 16 production. Read more.

Photos Sought for IEW Contest/Exhibit

International Education Week (IEW) takes place Monday through Friday, Nov. 16-20. Faculty, staff and students can submit up to three photos through Thursday, Oct. 29, for the annual Eyes on the World Photo Contest and Exhibit, sponsored by UNO International Studies and Programs (IS&P) and Sigma Iota Rho.

Contest guidelines and entry forms are available in Criss Library, the IS&P Office - 241 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) or online at Submissions should be sent to the Sigma Iota Rho Office, 238 ASH, by Oct. 29.

Contest entrants are eligible to win prizes. The photographs will be on display in the Criss Library during November where patrons can vote for their favorites. The winners will be announced at the IEW Café Internationale on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Continues Oct. 22 with Mathematics Discussion

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues Thursday, Oct. 22, with a panel discussion featuring three mathematics alumni.  "Panel Discussion: Careers and Mathematics" will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in 116 Durham Science Center. 

The event, also part of the Department of Mathematics "Cool Math Talks" Series, is free and open to the public.  Dora Matache, associate professor of mathematics, will serve as moderator.

The panelists will speak about the benefits mathematics has had on their careers and lives, and discuss opportunities available to students with a math background.  The audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Participating UNO alumni:

- Gary Beck, administrator for the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, received his master's degree in math from UNO in 2006.

- Janna Eckhardt, actuarial trainee at Mutual of Omaha, received her bachelor's degree in math from UNO in 2005.

- Ty Reil, assistant vice president of information technology and business development at National Indemnity, received his bachelor's degree in math from UNO in 1994 and a master's degree in math in 1997.

The yearlong speaker series is part of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences' centennial celebration, which highlights the college's many departments and alumni.  Established in 1909, Arts and Sciences is the university's first college and largest academic unit.

For more information, contact Matache at 554.3295.  For additional details on upcoming speakers, visit

SAC Seeks Employee of the Month Nominations

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) continues to seek nominations for the Employee of the Month Award for office/service and managerial/professional personnel. Nominations can be submitted by staff, faculty and managers or administrators, and must meet the criteria listed below.

"If you have previously submitted a nomination prior to January 2009, please resubmit your nomination with the new criteria listed below," said Monica Bayles, SAC treasurer.

The criteria for the award:

- Performed job above and beyond expectations;

- Interpersonal skill/communication;

- Knowledge of job; and

- Adaptability.

Nomination guidelines:

- Nominees must be employed at UNO for one year or longer;

- An Employee of the Month qualifies to be selected as Employee of the Year; and

- Nominations will be kept on file for 90 days and will be considered with all nominations for Employee of the Month.

Recipients will receive a $100 award. To nominate an employee, print and complete the nomination form at and send it through campus mail to P.O. Box 130.

For more information, call Bayles at 554.2977.

Editor's note: This month's Employee of the Month recipient is Helen Burton, a custodian with Custodial Services. Watch eNotes for more information on the September Employee of the Month.

Annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Free Pancake Breakfast Oct. 30

The UNO wrestling team and coaches will host its Ninth Annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Free Pancake Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 30.  The event will take place from 7 to 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska and Aksarben Rooms.

All-you-can-eat pancakes will be served. Prizes also will be awarded in three divisions - women's, men's and department - for the pancake-eating champions.  Those who wear a Halloween costume can win a free Maverick wrestling T-shirt.

For more information, call Geri Backora at 554.2506.

Next Retirement Planning Seminar This Friday

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars this month with two pre-retirement planning educational seminars. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

"Each seminar will give you practical information that you can put to use in your everyday life," said Esther Scarpello, manager of benefits. "Take advantage of this opportunity - mark your calendars to attend these informative seminars."

The seminars:

- Staying on Track in a Volatile Market
Friday, Oct. 16
10 to 11 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

This seminar will discuss market volatility, cite examples of notable past market downturns and identify options for managing accounts amid changing market conditions. A TIAA-CREF representative will present at the program.

- What Will You be Doing During Retirement?
Friday, Oct. 30
10 to 11 a.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

This seminar focuses on the emotional and social aspects of retirement planning needs and the questions of employees who are planning to retire within the next five to 15 years. Marlene Schneider, a counselor in the UNO Faculty/Employee Assistance Program, will lead the program.

Cloris Leachman to Headline 'Young Frankenstein' Monster Bash at UNO

The Omaha Hearing School for Children, a school partner with the College of Education, will host "Young Frankenstein Monster Bash" in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom on Saturday, Oct. 17. Cloris Leachman, an award-winning star of stage, screen and television who played Frau Bl├╝cher in Mel Brooks' 1974 classic movie "Young Frankenstein" will be the guest speaker and host for the event.

The event will consist of a patron meet and greet with one-on-one time with Leachman, dancing, costume contests, raffle (win a dance with Leachman) and book signing.

For details and to purchase tickets, call the Omaha Hearing School at 558.1546.

Two-Day Conference at UNO Celebrates Aging

If the expression "age is a state of mind" is correct, how old are people actually? "Aging with Passion & Purpose," a conference on aging, will introduce people, information and stories that aim to bring passion and purpose to the lives of attendees at any age. The event will take place Sunday and Monday, Oct. 18-19, at the Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

National Day on Writing Celebrated Oct. 21

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, UNO students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the National Day on Writing by contributing to a "continuing story" that will evolve on poster boards in the Writing Center, located in Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 150. Read more.

UNO Women's Studies Program Film Series Continues This Month

UNO Women's Studies Program announces its 2009-2010 film series. Three films will be shown each semester and are free and open to the public. This month's film, "The Business of Giving Birth," will be screened Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The showings, hosted by various UNO Women's Studies Program faculty members, start at 7 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. An open discussion with hosts, guests and audience members will take place immediately following the screenings. Read more.

Applications Sought for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) is currently accepting nominations for the annual Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.

A letter from the SOLP office will notify recipients after the conclusion of the nomination period. Faculty and staff can nominate students based on scholarship, leadership, citizenship, service to the university and potential for future achievement.

Who's Who is a national program to recognize academic excellence and student involvement. To qualify, students need:

- Junior, senior or graduate student status;

- Nominated by a faculty/staff member nomination; and

- Maintaining a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Nomination forms are available online at  All nominations are due by Monday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m. 

Recipients and their nominators will be invited to the Who's Who Recognition Reception on Friday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The award reception will feature student organization advisor of the year for 2008-2009, Karen Weber, as the keynote speaker.  Weber is the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) advisor.

For more information, contact SOLP at 554.2711.

Request for Lifelong Learning Proposals

UNO's new Lifelong Learning Initiative asks if anyone is missing the thrill of teaching?

If so, consider teaching again. What participants will gain from becoming an instructor with UNO's Lifelong Learning Initiative:

- Meet new and interesting people;

- Gain a sense of service, of giving back; and

- Students who are present, enthusiastic and willing to learn.

Consider drafting a teaching proposal for a short, informal series of classes in UNO's new Lifelong Learning Initiative. 

Visit for more details. Questions and proposals may be sent to:

Patty Adams, Director
UNO's Lifelong Learning Initiative CB #209
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Center for Faculty Development Book Discussion Oct. 28

Faculty interested in a discussion of Ken Bain's What The Best College Teachers Do can join the Center for Faculty Development on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

All are welcome for the discussion whether or not they have read the book. First- and second-year full-time faculty members received a copy for their participation in the Center for Faculty Development's Annual Fall Workshops.

This is a first-come, first-served event, as the Center for Faculty Development only has a limited number of books left. Those who do not have a copy can contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or Alice Woll at for a copy.

Refreshments will be provided.

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

UCRCA Seeking Applications for 2009-2010

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is seeking applications for the 2009-2010 academic year. The committee is pleased to provide support for both pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty. The submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. The guidelines for submission are now available online at

All proposals should be submitted electronically from UNO Lotus Notes e-mail as a single document in PDF format to: Paper copies are not accepted.

Previously funded proposals are available for viewing in the Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) office, located in 103 Eppley Administration Building.

The UCRCA will continue to consider faculty mini-grant requests each month. Student funding opportunities will be forthcoming. The guidelines and forms for UCRCA applications are available on the SPR Web page at  For assistance, contact SPR at 554.2286 or send an e-mail to

Participants Sought for School of HPER Study

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation currently is looking for healthy men and women aged 19-35 to participate in a research study investigating the muscular and energy demands of stair negotiation (IRB# 360-09-EP). 

Testing will take about one and a half hours and participants will be asked to perform the following walking conditions: walking on the level ground, stair ascent starting in front of the stairway, stair ascent starting farther away from the stairway and stair descent.  

To be eligible for this study subjects cannot have balance, muscular or cardiovascular problems. This includes conditions such as: rheumatoid arthritis, arterial disease, dizziness, scoliosis, joint replacement, diabetes or stroke. Pregnant women may not participate in this study.  

If interested in being a participant, contact Mira Momcilovic at 554.3228 or

Surplus Property Now Available for Viewing Online

All Surplus Property furniture and items are now available for viewing online at All are available for department use only.

Items include:

- Bookcases;

- Desks;

- Chairs; and

- Tables.

Items can also be viewed by appointment at Mail Services, 106 Eppley Administration Building. To set up an appointment, call Tom Feldman at 554.2222.

Green Tip of the Week

Sustainability Graphic

Idling gets drivers zero miles per gallon. The best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it. No more than 30 seconds of idling on cold days is needed. Anything more simply wastes fuel and increases emissions.

(Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Web site at

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