SKIP navigation
UNO eNotes Home Page

the Big Picture

Helen Burton

October Employee of the Month: Helen Burton

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Long before many faculty, staff and students set foot on campus each morning, Helen Burton, custodian with Custodial Services, has been busy making Roskens Hall conducive to learning. Her desire and action to help keep UNO a clean, welcoming place led to her receipt of the October Employee of the Month Award. Visit this link for details.

Through the Lens

Play ThisThrough the Lens Archive go to the show

A Haunting Good Time

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Costumes, jack-o-lanterns, decorations, colored lights and music were found Tuesday night (Oct. 27th) at the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra's annual Halloween concert – appropriately named the Haunt-cert in UNO's Strauss Performing Arts Center. The concert will repeat again on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. The kid-friendly performance will offer special effects, decorations, costumes, raffles and more. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and non-UNO students, and free for UNO students, faculty and staff.

Through the Lens

Play ThisThrough the Lens Archive go to the show

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.



Aviation Institute to Hold Recognition Event Today

The UNO Aviation Institute Flight Team, The Flying Mavs, sponsored by Jet Linx Aviation, recently won first place in the 2009 National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region 6 SAFECON competition in Norman, Okla.  In conjunction with the first-time honor, a team recognition event will take place today, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons, Room 132. Read more.

Lambda Chi Alpha "Pumpkin Smash" Tonight for Omaha Food Bank

Tonight, 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.

Fundraisers Planned for School Supply Drive, HIV Awareness, UNICEF

For the past several weeks, students at seven magnet schools in the Omaha Public Schools district have been busy collecting school supplies of all shapes and sizes for students in South Africa.

Their efforts are part of a semester-long, service-learning project at UNO, culminating with campus and community events to recognize World AIDS Day on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

UNO's Service-Learning Academy organizes several events to support the community, but World AIDS Day is one of group's first global projects.

At the UNO hockey game tonight, Oct. 30, and the UNO football game on Saturday, Oct. 31, the Service-Learning Academy will promote Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Each year UNICEF encourages children who collect candy on Halloween to also collect money for UNICEF, the world's leading international children's organization.

At both UNO athletic events, Maverick fans are encouraged to donate money to UNICEF. Read more.

Mavericks Celebrate Halloween This Weekend

The UNO Mavericks are having a Halloween celebration that all of Omaha can take part in this weekend.  It begins on tonight, Oct. 30, when the Maverick hockey team hosts Bowling Green for the first of two games at Qwest Center Omaha. Game time is 7:35 p.m.

The Mavericks will be giving away black rally towels courtesy of Pepsi to the first 2,500 fans at both Friday and Saturday hockey games.  Children are encouraged to come in their costumes for trick or treating both nights.  There will be a costume contest for both children and adults between periods at both games. Read more.

Dodge Location Inter-Campus Shuttle Notice

Starting this Monday, Nov. 2, UNO's inter-campus shuttle will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session on the Dodge location only.

The shuttle will circle the Dodge location, making stops at:

- Three-way intersection south of Lot Q;

- West of Lot K along University Drive South;

- North of the Durham Science Center;

- North of the Milo Bail Student Center; and

- East of Kayser Hall.

The shuttle bus will be marked to distinguish it from remote parking buses that service the remote parking area at the Crossroads Mall. The new inter-campus shuttle route will run through March 14, 2010.

To view a parking/shuttle bus map, click on this link. For questions, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Maverick Productions Offers Discount Tickets for Comedian Stephen Lynch

Comedian and actor Stephen Lynch will appear live in Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Omaha Music Hall, 1804 Capitol Ave., to perform his most recent stand-up comedy routine from his "3 Balloons" tour.

Discounted tickets are available for UNO faculty, staff and alumni. Visit and enter password "Maverick" for the $15 discounted ticket price. Read more.

UFO Study Group to Meet Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group meets every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center during the fall semester. The Saturday, Oct. 31, meeting is open to the public. Anyone interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena is welcome to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

Child Care Center Canned Food Drive

Faculty, staff and students can bring non-perishable donations to the Child Care Center for its food drive starting Monday, Nov. 2.

The class with the most donations wins a special Thanksgiving party with a special guest cookie baker. The preschool groups will take a field trip to the Omaha Food Bank to deliver all donations at the end of the drive.

The CHAMPS Parents Group sponsors the food drive, which runs through Friday, Nov. 20.

For more information, contact Dawn Hove at 554.4936.

"Service Learning 201: Advancing the Practice" Nov. 4

Critical Reflection:  Harvesting the learning from service-learning and what makes service learning "academic?" Learn answers to these questions at Service-Learning 201: Advancing the Practice on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. 202 Arts and Sciences Hall (Conference Room).

Reflection is one of the cornerstones of linking the service experience of students to the theoretical course content. There are a myriad ways of creating and guiding reflective thinking. 

This session will focus on research done with students in service-learning courses at eight institutions in the U.S. (Vanderbilt, University of Tennessee, Bentley College, University of San Diego, University of Colorado, East Tennessee State University, Clark-Atlanta University and University of Washington). 

Attendees will:

- Review reflective learning theory;

- Understand what the research shows about student learning through reflection; and

- Learn methods of reflective practice and how to weave these experiences throughout a service learning course for maximum learning to occur. 

Although there will be some upfront presentation, time for attendees to share effective practices will be woven throughout the session.  

To register, call Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the Service-Learning Academy at 554.2712 or send an e-mail to

'FUEL' Screening and Panel Discussion Nov. 6

Sustainability Graphic

On Friday, Nov. 6, the Environmental Club of UNO (UNO EC) will partner with the Green Omaha Coalition for another free screening of the award-winning film "FUEL." The 6 p.m. viewing will be followed by a panel discussion with local people who drive vehicles with alternative fuel

 It will take place in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating 

The panel includes: Julie Conway (hydrogen hybrid user, from Green Future
Technology); Eric Williams (biodiesel user/president of the Omaha BioFuels
Coop); Bill Moore (electric vehicle user/editor of EV World), and Robert
Byrnes (who has vehicles that run on hydrogen, biofuels and seed oils and is
founder of the Nebrasksa Green Fuels Coop).

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. After seeing "FUEL" in festival screenings, more than 98 percent of audience members committed to take action in regards to their fuel usage and more than 90 percent of the audience left the film believing that America can realistically produce all of the energy it needs in the future.

To view the trailer for the film, visit

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability supports this green event. For more information, visit

Mav-Rec Halloween Party Saturday in HPER

Mav-Rec Youth Programs will host a family friendly Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The party is free and open to people of all ages. Activities include a haunted house, carnival games, candy and prizes. 

At the event, Mav-Rec will collect canned food items for local food pantries, as well as blankets and towels for the Town & Country Humane Society.

To donate candy for the event, stop by 100 HPER or call 554.2539. For more information about Mav-Rec Youth Programs, visit

UNO Equestrian to Host Horse Show/Halloween Social Saturday, Sunday

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

Maunka Morgan to Present Native American Studies Lecture

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

'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 for more information. For details on the movie, visit

ITS Announces Web Templates Intermediate Topics

Information Technology Services will offer a two-hour course in Intermediate Web Templates Topics on Thursday, Nov. 5, in 104 Durham Science Center. 

This hands-on session will cover basic HTML coding, using lists and creating outlines, using Div boxes and the proper way to use tables with the template to display data. Before taking this course participants will need to have:

- Taken the previous "Web Template" course;

- A test Web site setup; and

- Access to Adobe Dreamweaver software.

To register for training:

- Go to;

- Select the correct month, and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter a SAP Personnel number.  (This is the six-digit number located on employee check stubs and university picture ID);

- Click "Sign Up";

- Click "OK" to confirm personnel number;

- An e-mail will be sent confirming this registration.  Add the class to Lotus Notes calendar.

- ITS requires a minimum sign-up of five people by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class.  An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

Flip UltraHD Now Available at Criss Library

Patrons will "flip" over the Criss Library's new camcorders. The new Flip UltraHD is 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 form the Circulation Desk.

For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

In the News

In the News

- Sheeren Bigham, School of Communication, was quoted in the Oct. 26 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about her research of sexual harassment in the workplace.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Oct. 22 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about population changes in Nebraska.

- The Kindle Chronicles, a podcast focused on the Amazon Kindle e-reader, interviewed James Jones, College of Business Administration, Oct. 23.

- Amanda Randall, School of Social Work, was profiled in the October issue of Association News, the official newsletter of the Association of Social Work Boards. Randall is the organization's newest president.

- The Oct. 22 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about analyzing crime statistics, quoting Hank Robinson, Juvenile Justice Institute.

- Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted in the Oct. 21 and 26 issues of the Ft. Collins Coloradan about law enforcement's involvement in the recent "balloon boy" incident. Walker was also quoted in the Oct. 17 issue of the Charleston Gazette (West Virginia) on citizen oversight of the police. He also spoke on police accountability Oct. 27 with KUOW in Seattle.

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

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

"Haunt-cert" Encore Performance Nov. 1
If anyone missed it, the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra "Haunt-cert" will perform an encore concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Read more.

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.

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

Criss Library Hosts Smithsonian Traveling "Earth From Space" Exhibit
A Smithsonian "Earth from Space" exhibit is on display through Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Criss Library Gallery.

"Earth from Space" presents dozens of detailed satellite images on vivid free-standing banners and reveals the awesome beauty of the planet's surface through the "eyes" of a space satellite. The exhibit explains how remote sensing is used to expand scientists understanding of life on Earth and introduces the technologies scientists use to gather this astonishing imagery. 

This Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition presentation was developed in collaboration with the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

The gallery is located on the main floor of the library. For more information about the display, call 554.2640.

Photo, Video Exhibition Shines Light on Ethiopian Street Youth
The photography and video work by Robert A. Franklin, general manager of UNO), remains 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.

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.