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Stacking Cans for a Cause

Stacking Cans for a Cause

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

This year's Eta Sigma Gamma Bell Tower Challenge raised 2,753 pounds of food for the Omaha Food Bank. More than 22 tons of food have been donated during the 16-year tradition. Teams of faculty, staff and students competed under rainy conditions at the Oct. 21 event. For the challenge, they stacked as many food cans as possible while the bells tolled at noon underneath the Henningson Memorial Campanile. Follow this link for the winning results.

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Fall Break

Fall Break Grounds Crew

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

There were some new faces on the grounds crew Oct.19-20, as several students donated their days off for fall break to help clean up the campus. The volunteers were participating in UNO's Service-Learning Project 'Three Days of Service.'

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Fall Colors

Fall Colors on Campus

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

A robin garners a bird's eye view of a spray of fall foliage in a tree near the University Drive East Parking Structure.



UNO/H1N1 Shot and Nasal Mist Supply Reminder

Student Health Services (SHS) reminds UNO faculty, staff and students that it is out of all of its H1N1 Shots and Nasal Mists. All H1N1 campus clinics scheduled for this week have been cancelled. Watch eNotes for details or contact SHS at 554.2374.

Several Web Sites Available for H1N1

A number of local, regional and national Web sites have been launched to inform the public about the H1N1 virus, its symptoms and prevention. -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- Douglas County Health Department -- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

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.

UNO/United Way Fundraising Events Today in MBSC

The 2009 UNO-United Way Campaign wraps up Friday, Nov. 6. This year's theme is "Live United." Two fundraising events are planned for today, Oct. 27: a jewelry shoppers' fair and a silent auction. Proceeds will go towards reaching UNO's United Way goal of $70,000.

UNO's United Way campaign organizers will host a $5 jewelry shoppers' fair in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A portion of all proceeds will go to the United Way of the Midlands.

The United Way Silent Auction also takes place today from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. outside the MBSC Dodge Room. Items include original framed photography, a Holiday Lights Flight in a small aircraft and more. Don't miss these featured auction items:

- VC Hockey Tickets
Receive Vice Chancellor Bill Conley's hockey tickets (will include two tickets and two complimentary beverages)

- A Dean's Confectionary Delight
One of Dean Gail Baker's homemade cakes

- A CC with CC
A Coffee and Chat with Chancellor Christensen

- An SVC with the SVC
Special Vended Creation with Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes

For more information, stop by Human Resources Office, 205 Eppley Administration Building, or call 554.2321.

UNO Women's Studies Program Film Series Continues Tonight

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

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.

Halloween Concerts Tonight, Nov. 1

The Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will open its season with its annual Halloween concert -- appropriately named the "Haunt-cert" -- at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 27, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Read more.

Lambda Chi Alpha to Hold "Pumpkin Smash" for Omaha Food Bank

On Friday, Oct. 30, Lambda Chi Alpha will host its second annual Pumpkin Smash. Pumpkin Smash will consist of different events involving pumpkins.

The events include a pumpkin toss, pumpkin carving, relay race, tug of war and a pumpkin pie-eating contest. This year's event will take place in the UNO Pep Bowl from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

All money and food raised will be donated to the Omaha Food Bank for the North America Food Drive. Last year, Lambda Chi Alpha's chapters and colonies nation-wide collected 415,000 pounds of food.

For more information, contact Patrick McNary at 650.5024.

UNO Equestrian to Host Horse Show/Halloween Social This Weekend

The UNO Equestrian team will host an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) event on Saturday, Oct. 31, and Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Elkhorn Equestrian Center, 20901 Bennington Rd. The shows will begin at 9 a.m. each day. 

The UNO Equestrian Alumni will also host a Halloween social immediately after the show concludes. Apple cider, hot chocolate, candy and games will be provided. 

UNO Equestrian recently competed in the Hunt Seat Horse Show at the University of Colorado Oct. 3-4. Natalie Watson placed second and third in Intermediate Fences and fourth and fifth place in the Open Flat. Virginia Stevenson placed second in the Intermediate Fences.

More information about the club can be found at

ITS to Offer Basic Photoshop CS4 Training Nov. 6

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a Basic Photoshop CS4 course on Friday, Nov. 6. The training session will take place from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 107 Criss Library.

Participants will:

- Become familiar with the Photoshop CS4 interface;

- Use the Menu Toolbar in the edit and creation process;

- Be able to create layers using the Layer Palette icons;

- Be able to manipulate layers within the Layer Palette;

- Have a working understanding of the Options Toolbar;

- Be able to use a variety of tools on the Toolbar Palette; and

- Have a basic understanding of file types and which to use for a specific output.

To participate, individuals must meet the following class prerequisites:

- Have basic computer skills;

- Understand the concept of opening, closing and saving a file;

- Be familiar with working with menus;

- Understand the concept of icons;

- Have a general concept of text, fonts and formatting; and

- Have some interest or duties in image/visual creation.

To register for the course, visit

Enroll in Chinese Courses with the UNL Confucius Institute

For the spring 2009 semester, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Confucius Institute will offer non-credit courses in Chinese language, culture and music. Classes are taught by university language instructors from Xi'an Jiao Tong University, a top 10 Chinese university. They are offered in both Omaha and Lincoln and begin in January.

Enroll online at 472.5389 or

The Pearl Blizek Lectures on Art and Religion Presents "Sacred Art: Windows Into Heaven"

The Pearl Blizek Lectures on Art and Religion will present "Sacred Art: Windows Into Heaven" by Louise Joyner Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Weber Fine Arts Building Art Gallery.

Joyner is the program coordinator for the School of Fine and Applied Arts at the St Cecilia Institute for Laity Formation.

The Pearl Blizek Lectures on Art and Religion are sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and Religious Studies at UNO and are supported by a grant from the Pearl Blizek Lectures on Art and Religion Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation.

For more information, contact Barb Simcoe at 554.2392.

Annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Free Pancake Breakfast Friday

The UNO wrestling team and coaches will host its Ninth Annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Free Pancake Breakfast this 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.

Photos Deadline Oct. 29 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.

Nominations Deadline Oct. 30 for 2009 "STEP UP" Award

The campus community can now nominate individuals and groups for the annual STEP UP Awards. Nominations need to be in by this Friday, Oct. 30. 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

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.

Partnerships in Sustainability Forum Oct. 30 at UNL

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"Transforming Vision into Action" is the theme of the second Building Sustainable Partnerships forum, presented by the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative, the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the City of Lincoln. It takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Hardin Hall, 33rd and Holdrege streets on UNL's East Campus. All UNO faculty, staff and students are invited to attend this free event.

Speakers for the free, public event, are Charlie Cunniff, head of the Seattle Climate Partnership; Debra Rowe, president of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development; and Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer for the city of Kansas City. Read more.

Green UNO, will host an exhibit at the Oct. 30 forum. The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability supports this green event. For more information, visit

Deadline Oct. 30 for Schumaker Seminar in Applied Ethics

UNO will offer the second annual presentation of the Schumaker Seminar in Applied Ethics this spring. This course will integrate classical ethical theories with contemporary ethical problems.  In addition to classroom work emphasizing the theoretical positions in ethics, students will engage in substantial service learning (more than 50 hours) in a local non-profit organization.  Placements will be made for students. In addition, students may request placement in agencies with which they are familiar.

The course should be of special interest to those who intend to work in non-profits, as well as those with an interest in modern ethical thought.  Scholarships of $500 will be provided for all students accepted into the class in order to support the extensive service commitment.

The deadline has been extended to Friday, Oct. 30. Scholarship applications are available from the Service-Learning Academy, located in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Class information:

Course# SSCI2000
Course Meeting Times: TTH 10:00-11:15
Enrollment requires permission of instructor

November TIAA-CREF Schedule

TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following dates:

- Tuesday, Nov. 10 and

- Thursday, Nov. 19

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling 1.866.904.7803.

Flip UltraHD Now Available at Criss Library

Patrons will "flip" over the Criss Library's new camcorders. The new Flip UltraHD is a pocket size camcorder that features one-touch digital video recording.

The camcorder stores 120 minutes of HD video on eight GB of built-in memory, no tapes or cards, and also has a convenient flip-out USB arm, which plugs directly into a PC or Mac. Built-in software also lets users easily e-mail videos, edit and upload to sites like YouTube and Facebook.

The Flip cameras can be checked out, with a mini-tripod, for up to three days from the Circulation Desk.

For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

School 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.

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.

Final Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshop Is Nov. 10

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Human Resources Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host the final fall Faculty Recruitment Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Before anyone can serve on a UNO Faculty Search Committee, individuals must have attended one of these recruitment workshops within the past two years. To R.S.V.P. for the workshop, contact Jerri Maxwell at or 554.3892.

For more information about the workshop, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or, James McCarty at 554.2262 or, Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or or Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872 or


Department of Geography and Geology GSA Presentations
At the recent Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition held, in Portland, Ore., 12 presentations were made by four UNO faculty, an undergraduate student and five alumni. UNO-related people were authors or co-authors on 16 abstracts for this meeting.  The talks covered areas ranging from Afghanistan, Norway, Utah, Washington, Kansas and South Dakota, as well as topics on mantle melting that fed Cascade volcanism, the origin of sediment filled dikes, past migrations of the Mississippi River, the paleo-environment reconstructions of a Jurassic dinosaur site and of early Native American habitation sites and energy production from hot brines produced during oil extraction.  More than 4,000 abstracts were submitted to the conference this year.

For more information, visit

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