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Mavericks Honor Marlin Briscoe

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Former Omaha University quarterback Marlin Briscoe was honored Saturday (October 24) at the Mavericks vs. Central Missouri football game. Briscoe, who played quarterback for Omaha University, was later drafted by the Denver Broncos. Briscoe's jersey was retired and his name was added to outside of the press box at Al Caniglia Field. The Mavericks lost Saturday's game 49-31 to Central Missouri. UNO hosts Pittsburg State on Saturday, October 31, at 1 p.m.

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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.'

wednesday

2009.10.28

PKI H1N1 Nasal Mist Clinic Back On Tomorrow

Student Health Services (SHS) received more doses of the H1N1 Nasal Mist yesterday afternoon. As a result, the previously scheduled Nasal Mist Clinic at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) is back on for Thursday, Oct. 29. It will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. in 100A PKI. The cost is $10.

The Nasal Mist will also be available for purchase in SHS, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, while supplies last. SHS still remains sold out of the H1N1 shots.

SHS staff will only administer the mist to healthy UNO students between the ages of 17 and 24. This population has been designated a priority by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

No pregnant patients or those with asthma should receive the vaccine.

Watch eNotes for details on upcoming clinics or contact SHS at 554.2374.

Submissions Sought for UNO Centennial Time Capsule

During the next few months, objects will be collected at UNO for inclusion in a centennial time capsule.  Members of the extended community - in addition to faculty, staff and students - can submit items through Jan. 5, 2010, according to certain criteria.

Time capsule items will be featured in a display at Criss Library in February 2010 and "buried" in an interior wall of the Mammel Hall atrium, currently under construction at the UNO Pacific location.  By housing materials above ground, capsule organizer and UNO Associate Professor of Psychology Suzanne Sollars said materials should be better protected and more secure. 

Stainless steel containers - six 12"x12"x24" and one 12"x12"x48" (for student contributions) - will store the donated mementos representing a variety of groups, including students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, community donors/supporters and community schools/neighbors/partners.  Designed as a forward-looking project, collected items will be more than a historical account of UNO today, Sollars said. 

"The primary theme is to consider who is opening the capsule and what will be novel to them at that time," Sollars said. "Through the capsule, we hope to leave a legacy of thought.  What do you want to say to the UNO and Omaha communities of 2110?  For item submissions, try to keep in mind what the people of 2110 might want to see."

Categories of items sought for the capsule may include:

- Those that are one-of-a kind;

- Toys and novelty items;

- Folk art;

- Items specific to UNO or community partners that might not otherwise be passed along;

- Things currently used frequently but often thrown away that may not otherwise be seen in pristine condition in 2110;

- Items that will likely have changed substantially due to technological advances but are not likely to be saved; and

- Written submissions.

Photographs will not be included, as they already tend to remain archived.  Electronic media like CDs or DVDs, and items with any type of fluid material are also discouraged due to possible deterioration and future potential technological difficulties. 

For additional guidelines on submissions, click on the following links:

Time Capsule Submissions

Written Time Capsule Submissions

As many items as possible will be included in the capsule. To make a submission, contact Sollars at ssollars@unomaha.edu.  The 2110 Committee will have the final decision on item inclusion.

Planning for the capsule began last year, during the UNO centennial celebration, after the UNO Faculty Senate passed a resolution for the project.  Sollars said the capsule is a fun way for everyone to get involved, at essentially no cost.  Costs have been defrayed thanks to a donation from the Omaha Community Foundation.  

In addition to choosing general time capsule items, a contest will take place to collect three items for each group's container that currently cost $20 or less but are projected to be valued at a high dollar amount when the capsule is opened in 100 years.  

Anyone attending the library time capsule display in February 2010 can vote for the items they think will have the most value in 2110. Biographical information about the winners, in addition to the items, will be included in the time capsule.

For additional guidelines on the time capsule contest, click on the following link:

Time Capsule Contest Submissions

For more information, contact Sollars at ssollars@unomaha.edu.

Winner of United Way "Rock Star Parking" Drawing Announced

Congratulations to Paul Barnes, an associate professor of counseling with the College of Education. He is the winner of the "Rock Star Parking" drawing for United Way. 

His name was randomly drawn from UNO faculty and staff members who pledged to UNO's United Way campaign. UNO's pledge drive continues through Friday, Nov. 6. For questions about the online campaign, call Pedro Okoruwa at 554.3661. Watch eNotes for other winners' names.

Visit http://www.uwmidlands.org for more information on United Way of the Midlands.

Center for Faculty Development Book Discussion Today

Faculty interested in a discussion of Ken Bain's What The Best College Teachers Do can join the Center for Faculty Development today, 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 Developments 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 awoll@unomaha.edu for a copy.

Refreshments will be provided.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu. To request more information about the event, contact Woll at awoll@unomaha.edu.

Marijuana Legalization is Focus of Today's Forum

Maverick Productions will host what's sure to be a spirited debate on the legalization of marijuana at noon today, Oct. 28. The hour-long, interactive forum will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

"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. Read more.

UFO Study Group to Meet Today

The UNO UFO Study Group meets every Wednesday from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room during the fall semester. Anyone interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena is welcome to attend today's, Oct. 28, meeting.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

Masters and Music Series Continues Nov. 1

The Masters and Music series at UNO continues Sunday, Nov. 1, with "Sounds and Visions of the Painted Spirit." The event, which has a Native American focus, will begin at 5 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery, located in the Weber Fine Arts Building.

Friends of Art, a support group for the UNO Department of Art and Art History, sponsors Masters and Music. The series blends artistic imagery and musical composition.

Tickets are $15 per person and free for students with ID. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Art Scholarship Fund.

John Thein, associate professor of art who teaches drawing and printmaking in the Fine Art Department at Creighton University, will discuss his early Native American artworks. Musician Michael Murphy will share his Native American flute songs.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Shari Hofschire at 554.2402.

Campus Recreation to Offer Youth Golf Lessons

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

This fall, Campus Recreation will again offer Mav-Rec Youth Golf Lessons. The UNO women's golf team and head golf coach Tim Nelson will provide the instruction. Four spots still remain.

Lessons will take place Saturdays, Oct. 31, and Nov. 7, 14 and 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Golf Lab (Room 230). Space is limited. Participants must be between the ages of 7 and 17.

The cost for lessons:

- UNO Students
$20 each, $18 each extra child

- UNO Faculty, Staff and Activity Cardholders
$24 each, $22 each extra child

- Others
$26 each, $28 each extra child

For more information, call Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

Maunka Morgan to Present Native American Studies Lecture

Maunka Morgan will present the Alumni Lecture for the UNO Native American Studies program on Monday, Nov. 2.  His topic will be "The Future of Self-Determined Native Nations: A Practitioner's Perspective."  The lecture starts at 7 p.m. in Bootstrapper Hall at the UNO Alumni Center.

Morgan works for the Ho-Chunk, Inc. as the senior sales manager for the organization's wholly owned subsidiary, HCI Distribution Tobacco. His focus has been building and growing a nation-to-nation economic business model that serves and empowers the short- and long-term interests of Native Nations.

In addition to his sales manager work, Morgan also is a UNO Native American Studies Program adjunct faculty member.  He also serves as an adjunct at Little Priest Tribal College, Nebraska Indian Community College and Metropolitan Community College, located in Omaha.

Morgan, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, is a UNO graduate. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2001 with a management major and a Native American Studies minor.  He also has a master's degree in business administration in health care management with a specialization in accounting.  He currently is pursuing a management in organizational leadership doctoral degree.

The Native American Studies Alumni Lecture is part of the Alumni Lecture Series in the College of Arts and Sciences.  For additional information, please contact Beth Ritter 554.3376 or britter@unomaha.edu.

"SiCKO" to be Screened Nov. 4

The UNO Sociology Club, in conjunction with Alpha Kappa Delta, will host a free screening of Michael Moore's movie "SiCKO" on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The screening will take place at 6 p.m. in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Following the movie, a panel of professors from the UNO Department of Sociology/Anthropology will answer questions from the crowd about the U.S. health care system, what is health reform all about and why Americans should care.

Contact jcpowers@unomaha.edu for more information. For details on the movie, visit http://www.michaelmoore.com/books-films/sicko.

SPR Brown Bag to Discuss "NSF Funding Opportunities"

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) holds brown bag events throughout the academic year to assist faculty and staff with their pursuits for external funding. 

Join SPR staff on Thursday, Nov. 5, to hear Alan Christensen of the National Science Foundation discuss "Funding Opportunities at the National Science Foundation."  The brown bag event will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room from noon to 1 p.m.

Those attending are invited to bring their lunch, and light refreshments will be provided. Call 554.2286 for more information.

Student Government Open House Nov. 5

UNO Student Government will host an open house for members of the UNO faculty, staff and administration on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Stop by the Student Government office located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center anytime between 4 to 6:30 p.m. for a "Meet-and-Greet" with Student Government officials.
Following the event, the Student Senate will meet to conduct business and everyone is welcome to attend.

R.S.V.P. by e-mailing mjnelson@unomaha.edu or by calling 554.2620 before Monday, Nov. 2.

Photos Deadline Tomorrow 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 http://world.unomaha.edu. 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.

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 http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php.

Mav-Rec Personal Training Offered

Wellness Stampede

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

Campus Recreation will offer Mav-Rec Personal Training this semester. Anyone who buys an assessment and four training sessions will receive one training session free. This is a limited time offer.

This program is designed for members of the UNO community (faculty, staff, students and alumni) who are searching for someone to provide them with an individualized program, guidance, motivation, education, encouragement, supervision and one-on-one attention.

The cost is $110 for faculty/staff (save $20) and $85 for students (save $15). If interested, individuals must sign up by Friday, Nov. 20, and complete the sessions by Thursday, Dec. 31.

To schedule an appointment stop by 100 HPER. Staff will match participants with a trainer who will contact them to set up their first appointment.

For details, call 554.2008.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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 http://lifelonglearning.unomaha.edu 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
554.2292
padams@unomaha.edu

Thompson Alumni Center Available for Events

The William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center (Thompson Center) is available at no cost to UNO colleges, departments and student groups for meetings, conferences, seminars, luncheons and other university-related events (excludes revenue-generating functions).

The beautiful Thompson Center is among Omaha's most versatile event facilities with multiple-use spaces that can accommodate groups large and small. Its hi-tech offerings include ceiling-mounted projectors, an audio and video distribution system, free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. UNO groups also can utilize an affordably priced catering menu.

UNO faculty and staff also receive a 10-percent discount on room rental for personal events such as wedding receptions, graduation parties or professional/community group functions.

Revenues help the UNO Alumni Association's mission of supporting UNO.

Visit www.thethompsoncenter.org to see room descriptions, pictures, catering menus and prices. For more information, contact Greg Trimm at 554.3368 or gtrimm@mail.unomaha.edu.

Green Tip of the Week

Sustainability Graphic

Gas 101
With gas cooktops, a well-shaped blue flame indicates efficient burning.  A yellow flame means the burner is operating inefficiently.

(Courtesy of the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Right Program (http://www.energyright.com//index.htm).

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