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UNO's You Look MAVelous! Winners

photos by Deb Bertrand

More than 300 UNO staff and faculty members formed 21 teams to take the You Look MAVelous! challenge during the summer months. Sponsored by Human Resources, Mav-Rec Wellness and Student Health Services, the challenge encouraged participants to improved their lifestyle health and fitness habits. All photos were taken during the final team weigh-in on Aug. 19, where the entire team stepped up on the scale together. The Lighten Up! team took the first-place prize. Team participants pictured in the final slide included:

Back Row: Michael Obbink, Bruce Bartling, Ken Hultman, Pat Wheeler, Jenni Rock, Stan Schleifer and Kathy Krause.

Front Row: Joe Huebner, Jan Paap, April Busch, Laura Lamblin (captain), Marilyn Brown, Maggie Zion and Deb Wilcox.

Not Pictured: Terry Hynes, Christine Hoffman, Bob Cairns, Lucy Westbrook, Dave Miller and Lynn Stephenson.

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UNO Students Meet Oracle of Omaha

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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.



Flag Lowering

Longtime UNO faculty member Charles "Chuck" Gildersleeve passed away Oct. 10 at the age of 69.

Dr. Gildersleeve, a professor of geography, had been with the university for more than 45 years. UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff Thursday, Oct. 22, in his honor.

A campus memorial service will take place on Oct. 22 at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the University of Nebraska Foundation Charles Gildersleeve Scholarship Fund.

Generation Diversity Leadership Series Continues Today

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. The next session takes place today, Oct. 15, starting at 10 a.m.

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 will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Dates and times for the fall programs:

- Today, Oct. 15
"Do Great Minds Really Think Alike?"
10 to 11 a.m.
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.
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

EC UNO Hosts Today's 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" today, 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

Criss Library Offers Workshops on Online Research Management Tool

Criss Library will offer an overview of RefWorks, an online research management tool that allows researchers to gather, manage, store and share citations and bibliographies. The first of several workshops on the topic takes place today, Oct. 15, in 112 Criss Library.

In the RefWorks workshop, a researcher will learn how to:

- Organize and save citations from all sources;

- Automatically export citations from databases -- without redundant typing;

- Share bibliographies with collaborators, students and researchers via the Web; and

- Automatically insert citations into papers in correct citation style.

Register for one of the sessions by e-mail to

The schedule for other sessions:

- Monday, Oct. 19
1 to 3 p.m.
107 library

- Tuesday, Oct. 27
Noon to 2 p.m.
107 library

- Monday, Nov. 9
6 to 8 p.m.
107 library

OLLAS to Hold Panel Discussion Today on Immigration

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) will hold another event in its ongoing Charla Series today, 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.

HPER Pool Notice

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER) Pool will be closed due to a youth swim meet this Friday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. and will reopen Monday, Oct. 19, at 6 a.m. Campus Recreation staff apologizes for any inconvenience.<

Three Days of Service Offers Great Opportunity for Fall Break

UNO's Service-Learning Project Three Days of Service is quickly approaching. This year the event will be held during UNO's Fall Break, Oct. 17, 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shuttle buses will be provided from the Milo Bail Student Center at 8:30 a.m. to sites, and will return by 3 p.m. T-shirts, breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register at or call Service-Learning Academy 554.4083 for more information.

Marijuana Legalization is Focus of Oct. 28 Forum

Maverick Productions at UNO will host what's sure to be a spirited debate on the legalization of marijuana at noon Wednesday, Oct. 28.

"Heads vs. Feds: The Debate Over the Legalization of Marijuana" will feature comments by Steve Hager, who served as editor-in-chief for 15 years at High Times magazine, and Robert M. Stutman, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Stutman will host an open session featuring drug information specific to the Omaha area at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 28. Students, faculty and staff are invited to the session, which will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Read more.

UNL to Sponsor Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking

In 2008, the United States' first conviction for human trafficking occurred in Iowa, which concerned two Nebraska girls forced into prostitution. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) will sponsor the Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 28-31. 

Keynote speaker, Kevin Bales will open the conference on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the UNL City Union Centennial Room at 7:30 p.m. The speech is free, open to the public and reservations are not required.  

Bales is the author of the award-winning book, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, and president of Free the Slaves, the U.S. sister organization of Anti-Slavery International, and also a professor of sociology at Roehampton University in London. Archbishop Desmond Tutu called Disposable People "a well researched, scholarly and deeply disturbing expose of modern slavery."

To register or conference details, visit

For more, information contact Ron Hampton at or Dwayne Ball at

"Miracle Mile Walk" Tomorrow in MBSC

Wellness Stampede

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

Student Health Services nurse Julie Kalasek and the Miracle Milers invite the campus community to participate in the "Miracle Mile Walk." The free inside walking will take place Friday, Aug. 14, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

No experience is necessary, and participants will have the opportunity to walk inside to a 15-minute DVD.

"The Miracle Mile Walk is equivalent to a one-mile outdoor walk. It is designed for people of all ages and fitness levels," Kalasek said. "Wear comfortable shoes, or you can walk barefoot, too."

Click on this link for the complete schedule.

For more information, contact Kalasek at 554.2374.

Sponsored by the Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services, You Look MAVelous! is UNO's fitness and summer weight loss challenge.

The mission of the Wellness Stampede, 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

UFO Study Group to Meet Oct. 17

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Saturday, Oct. 17, 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.

School of Psychology Graduate Q&A

Graduate students from the School of Psychology invite the campus community to learn about earning a graduate degree in psychology at UNO.

Anyone can stop by 347Y Arts and Sciences Hall at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, to get information or help filling out an application.

For more information, contact Adam Sempek at 554.3880.

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.

Annual NCNW Heritage Ball Nov. 6

The UNO section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) will host its fifth Annual Heritage Ball Friday, Nov. 6, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 655 N. 108th Ave.

At the event, UNO's NCNW will celebrate its 10-year charter with the historic national chapter.  The annual ball will start at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner and keynote by motivational speaker Gabrielle St. Leger, followed by a 9 p.m. formal dance.

"The section continues the legacy of civil rights activists Mary McLeod Bethune and Dorothy I. Height by seeking further education and serving the community," said Monalisa King-Ward, NCNW advisor. "Our members will carry out unique community service activities throughout the year and will mentor a junior section of the NCNW high school students this year."

Tickets are currently on sale in the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Tickets cost $35 for the entire ball or dance-only $7 or $5 for students.

For more information, contact King-Ward at 554.2248.

New Fidelity Rep on Campus Dates Announced

Fidelity representative, Jason Cronick, will be on campus for individual counseling sessions through December.

Dates are:

- Nov. 12 and 30

- Dec 8. and 17.

Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.

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

Call for Proposals for May 2010 Public Administration Theory Conference

The UNO School of Public Administration will host the 23rd Annual Public Administration Theory Conference in Omaha May 20-23, 2010. Information on the call-for-proposals is now available at Deadline for submissions is Sunday, Nov. 15.

For more information, contact Angela Eikenberry at

UNO Employee Discount Program Available

UNO is partnering with PerkSpot to offer an 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