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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.'



Nominations Deadline Today for 2009 "STEP UP" Award

Time is running out for the campus community to 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. Nominations need to be in by Friday, Oct. 30.

"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.

Intramural Sports Registration Deadline Is Today

The final day of registration for "Session 2" Intramural Sports is today, Oct. 29, at noon. All students, faculty and staff are eligible to participate.

Stop by 205 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building to register a team for basketball, volleyball, floor hockey or racquetball. Anyone looking for a team can fill out a Free Agent form.

More information can be found at

PKI H1N1 Nasal Mist Clinic Back On Today

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

The Nasal Mist is also available for purchase in SHS, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, while supplies last.

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 group by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

No pregnant patients or those with asthma should receive the nasal mist.

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

The Pearl Blizek Lectures on Art and Religion Continues Tonight

The Pearl Blizek Lectures on Art and Religion will present "Sacred Art: Windows Into Heaven" by Louise Joyner tonight, 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.

UNO To Honor Student-Athletes of the Year

The UNO athletic department will honor its male and female student athletes of the 2008-09 school year during the first intermission of UNO's hockey game with Bowling Green this Saturday, Oct. 31. Wrestler Todd Meneely and sprinter Pinar Saka were selected as the men's and women's winners respectively by a vote of the media that cover UNO athletics. Both were national champions in their respective sports. Read more.

Fall Mav-Rec Golf/Archery Lab Hours

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Campus Recreation announces its fall Mav-Rec open golf and archery lab hours. The lab, located in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building, will have the following schedule through Wednesday, Dec. 2:

- Mondays
2 to 3 p.m.

- Fridays
2 to 3 p.m.

The lab is supervised for open practice only. Instruction is not available.

For more information, call 554.2008.

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

Student Government to Sponsor Hockey Bus

UNO Student Government has again teamed up with the university's Athletic Department to provide UNO students with free buses to Maverick hockey games at the Qwest Center Omaha.

This Halloween weekend, Oct. 30 and 31, the buses will run at the following times:
- Friday, Oct. 30, buses will leave from the Bell Tower at 6:45 p.m. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 31, buses will leave from the Bell Tower at 7:15 p.m. The game starts at 8 p.m.

"This weekend is definitely different than the rest," said Megan Schmitz, the public relations officer for Student Government. "We are looking forward to seeing everyone decked out in their Halloween costumes for both hockey games."

The buses will return students to campus after the games both nights, as well. For details, call 554.2285.

UNO Honors Program to Host Nov. 3 Blood Drive

Give the gift of life. The UNO Honors Program will host a blood drive on Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Making an appointment is easy -- just visit and click "Donate Blood Now," then enter 129 as the sponsor code. Walk-ins are also always welcome. The need for blood is constant and every unit counts.

For questions about eligibility or other inquiries, contact Marie Schellenberger at or visit

Fall Graduate Faculty Meeting Set for Nov. 16

The Office of Graduate Studies will host the Fall Graduate Faculty meeting on Monday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. All UNO graduate faculty members are invited to attend.

There will be reports from Deborah Smith-Howell, dean for Graduate Studies, and the individual UNO Graduate Council committees will be presented. If there are additional items faculty would like to be considered for the agenda, e-mail them to Nicole Kersten at, no later than Monday, Nov. 9. Refreshments will be served.

Annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Free Pancake Breakfast Tomorrow

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.

UNO Child Care Center's Annual Costume Parade Friday Morning

The UNO Child Care Center's annual costume parade across campus will be on Friday, Oct. 30.

The children and staff will leave the center at approximately 9 a.m. and proceed down the middle of the Dodge location.

"For offices and departments wanting to hand out treats to the children, we ask that you greet the children outside your respective buildings," said Dawn Hove, director of the center. "We ask that no hard candy or products containing nuts or peanuts be handed out."

In case of inclement weather, the children and staff will gather in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom at 9:30 a.m. for offices and departments to hand out treats.

For more information, contact Hove or Lisa Rice at 554.3398.

Retirement Planning Seminar Tomorrow

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminar on Friday, Oct. 30. "What Will You be Doing During Retirement?" will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

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.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

Deadline Friday 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

"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, Oct. 30, 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 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.

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

SPR to Hold Nebraska Arts Council Brown Bag

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 on Tuesday, Nov. 3, to hear Nicole Palof and Mike Markey of the Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) discuss NAC's funding opportunities for UNO faculty and staff. The brown bag event will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those attending are invited to bring their lunch, and light refreshments will be provided.

Call 554.2286 for more information.

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.

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.

Serving Military Students Session For Faculty/Staff on Veteran's Day

The Division of Continuing Studies and Veterans Services will host a webcast on "Serving Military Students" on Veteran's Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. Open to all faculty and staff, no R.S.V.P is required.

The webcast speakers will include Karen Pedersen from Southwestern College Professional Studies, Danielle Sorman from Colorado Technical University, and Jim Sweizer from American Military University. The session will look at:

- The differences in providing education to civilian versus military students;
- Their conflict between course and military duty requirements;
- Online format and the military student; and
- Best practices for assisting military students.

The webcast will be followed by a panel of UNO faculty and staff who have experience working with military and veteran students. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the event, contact Jamie Ruggiero at 595.2371/ or Dave Cassiday at 554.4833/

Surplus Property Available for Viewing Online

All Surplus Property furniture and items are 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.