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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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Oracle of Omaha

UNO Students Meet Oracle of Omaha

submitted photo

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

The UNO flag is lowered to half-staff today, Oct. 16, in honor of student Andrea Kersigo. Kersigo, a senior majoring in history, passed away Oct. 8 in a traffic accident at the age of 26.

A 10 a.m. memorial will take place Saturday, Oct. 17, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4803 William St.

KVNO Fall Pledge Drive Concludes Today

Classical 90.7 KVNO concludes its Fall Pledge Drive today, Oct. 16, at 5:30 p.m. with its traditional end-of-drive celebration piece, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Classical 90.7 KVNO's goal of 907 pledges is well within reach with the help of the UNO and Omaha community. Tune in for a day of exhilarating music and numerous opportunities to acquire CDs, as well as Maverick Sports and MET Opera tickets.

In celebration of the drive, the station will play entire Ninth Symphony - one hour and 12 minutes of uninterrupted classical music - performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at 9 p.m., following the KVNO broadcast of the Mavericks hockey game against the Colgate Raiders of Hamilton, New York.

A pledge in any amount - by phone, Web ( or walk-in - scores supporters an invitation to select a music CD from the KVNO prize vault (choose from box sets, one-of-a-kinds and historic recordings).

As the station's way of saying thank you to its supporters and listeners, plan to visit KVNO studios in 200 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building this Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 19-20. From 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Meet favorite hosts, enjoy a piece of pie (while supplies last) and take a tour of station.

More information is available at 559.5866.

Benjamin-Alvarado to Present "Immigration Challenge in Nebraska" This Saturday

UNO Political Science Professor Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado will address the "Immigration Challenge in Nebraska" Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Douglas County Extension Service, 8015 West Center Road.  His talk is open and free to the public.

For more information, contact Patty Adams at 554.2292 or

Eppley Display Case Features Faculty Research

In celebration of UNO's Centennial conclusion and for the month of October, faculty scholarship will be featured in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building. Faculty from across campus will showcase the results of their research and creative activities undertaken and funded by the University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA).

Featured work through Wednesday, Oct. 21:

- Bruce Chase, Biology
- Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, Women's Studies
- Nancy Kelley-Gillespie, Social Work
- Guoqing Lu, Biology
- Doug Stack, Chemistry

Visit the case throughout October to view the offerings of UNO's dynamic faculty.

This showcase is hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research.

For more information, call 554.2286.

HPER Pool Reminder

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

"Consider This" to Highlight Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize is the most well-known and highly respected of the more than 300 peace prizes. On the next edition of "Consider This" host Cathy Wyatt and guests will investigate the past, present and future of this award; a discussion prompted by news of the latest recipient, President Barack Obama.

Wyatt's guests will include Lisa Olivares, deputy director, Nebraska Democratic Party and Patrick McPherson, Republican vice-chair, 2nd District.

The program will air today, Oct. 16, at 12:30 p.m.

Additional air dates and times are:

- Sunday, Oct. 18
11:30 a.m.

- Tuesday, Oct. 20
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Three Days of Service Offers Great Opportunity for Fall Break

UNO's Service-Learning Project Three Days of Service starts this weekend. 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 William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center at 8:30 a.m. to sites, and will return by 3 p.m. T-shirts, breakfast and lunch will be provided.

To register, visit or call the Service-Learning Academy at 554.4083 for more information.

UNO/UNL Faculty Workshop Oct. 22 on Exports Controls

A Faculty Workshop will take place Thursday, Oct. 22, on "Export Controls" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 160 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

Sara Conrad, export control specialist at UNL, will lead the presentation.

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

Darfur Activist to Speak at Oct. 28 Human Rights Lecture

A soldier turned human rights activist will serve as keynote speaker for the 11th annual Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights at UNO.

Brian Steidle, co-author of The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur, will speak on "Hope for Darfur" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public. Read more.

UNO's Panhellenic Council to Host Nov. 7 Bowl-a-Thon

UNO's Panhellenic Council will host a Bowl-a-Thon on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kelley Hilltop Lanes, 1313 N. 48th Ave.

The Panhellenic Council is the governing body of all national sororities. Join students for a day of bowling while raising money for UNO's Panhellenic.

To R.S.V.P or for details, contact Beth Hoffman at or Kelli Vomacka at

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 second of several workshops on the topic takes place Monday, Oct. 19.

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.

To register for a session, send an e-mail to

The Oct. 19 session starts at 1 p.m. in 107 Criss Library.

The schedule for other sessions:
- Tuesday, Oct. 27
Noon to 2 p.m.
107 Criss Library

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

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 150 Arts and Sciences Hall. Read more.

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 411 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.

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.

In the News

In the News

- Chancellor John Christensen was quoted in the Oct. 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on UNO being named a "Best Neighbor University."

- The Oct. 11 issue of the Omaha World-Herald published an article about the Nebraska budget and the current recession, quoting Carol Ann Ebdon, School of Public Administration.

- Robert Franklin, general manager of UNO Television, was featured in the Oct. 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about his clothing drive for homeless youth in Ethiopia.

- Lourdes Gouveia, Office of Latino and Latin American Studies, was quoted in the Oct. 4 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on "The House on Mango Street," which opened recently at the Rose Theater in Omaha.

- Paul Kosel, Campus Security, was quoted in the Oct. 9 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about parking tickets and parking boots at UNO.

- Zebulon Miletsky, Department of Black Studies, was quoted in the Oct. 7 issue of The Reader about author James Loewen's recent lecture on campus.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2762.

In Print

- Bruce E. Johansen, School of Communication, recently published "The Carbon Footprint of War" in the October 2009 issue of The Progressive on pages 27-29.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

UNO Theatre Presents Hippie Doctor by Benjamin Graber
The UNO Department of Theatre will present two final performances of Benjamin Graber's "Hippie Doctor," tonight and Saturday, Oct. 16-17.

Directed by D. Scott Glasser both performances will take place 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 tonight's production. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

Photo, Video Exhibition Shines Light on Ethiopian Street Youth
The photography and video work by Robert A. Franklin, general manager of UNO, will be on display through Friday, Nov. 6 at the UNO Art Gallery.

"Spring Time of Life: The Street Youth of Addis Ababa" documents Dr. Franklin's time spent in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The exhibition is hosted by the UNO Department of Art and Art History. Read more.

Nature in America is Focus of Criss Library Exhibition
Commonplace books from Kristin Girten's spring 2009 "Honors Composition: Reason and Research" class are on display on the lower level of Criss Library through Friday, Oct. 30.

"Students were asked to explore humanity's relationship to the environment through mixed-media collage, journaling, diary and workshop," Girten said.  "The Project's aim is to inspire students to maintain a personal and tangible relationship to their writing."

The students in Girten's class - Danielle Bollich, Alexis Bowder, Korie Christiansen, Kelly Dunlap, Josiah Shanks, Teruko Tsubaki and Stephanie Weddington - wrote about nature in America. 

Creating commonplace books was popular in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Organized thematically, writers would copy meaningful passages from books, and reflect upon their compiled knowledge.  Francis Bacon, John Milton and Ralph Waldo Emerson are some individuals who created commonplace books.

For more information about the display, call 554.2640.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.