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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

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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.

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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.



New UNO Employee Discount Program Available

UNO is partnering with PerkSpot to offer a new Employee Discount Program for all UNO faculty, staff, retirees and students.

PerkSpot is an innovative online resource that offers discounts and rebates on goods and services from some of the top brand names in the U.S. UNO has become first campus in the University of Nebraska system to use the PerkSpot service.

"We have partnered with PerkSpot to help save you and your family money with discounts on a wide range of products and services from some of the best nationally known companies," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. "You will find valuable offers from your favorite merchants through PerkSpot including: Target, Barnes & Noble, AMC Theatres, Sprint, Dell and many other merchants."

For easy reference, a Web site with a listing of participating local stores and online vendors, is available for faculty, staff, retirees and students to view. To take advantage of the UNO Employee Discount Program, eligible participants need to first register for an account with PerkSpot.

To register:

- Visit;

- At the right of the screen, click the "Sign up" button;

- Type the required information at sign up screen;

- Enter "group code" -- UNO;

- Register a work or personal e-mail address;

- Add first and last name;

- Type a work and personal zip code;

- Create a password; and

- A confirmation e-mail containing "how to login" instructions will be sent. Individuals must respond to this e-mail to be signed up for the service.

PerkSpot staff will add new deals and offers daily.

"An easy way to find out what offers are new is to watch for the Widgets on the site," Anderson said. "You can also sign up to get e-mail alerts sent directly to your in box."

PerkSpot will host the clearing-house of offers for UNO participants. Individuals can recommend other merchants be added to UNO's listing. To do so or for site questions, contact PerkSpot customer service at

To view more information on UNO/PerkSpot program go online at

Dodge Location Inter-Campus Shuttle Reminder

Starting today, 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.

Maunka Morgan to Present Native American Studies Lecture Tonight

Maunka Morgan will present the Alumni Lecture for the UNO Native American Studies program tonight, 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. Read more.

Motivational Speaker to Present "Rolling Through Adversity" Talk Nov. 5

UNO's Network for DisABLED Students will host a presentation and talk with motivational speaker Shawn Hessee at noon in the Nebraska Room of the Milo Bail Student Center on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Hessee was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a result of being born premature to a mother addicted to drugs. Because of his disability, he has been confined to a wheelchair throughout his life. Spending most of his early years in and out of the hospital, Hessee has had numerous operations. Shortly after birth, he entered foster care and eventually was adopted into a loving family.

Despite these early setbacks, Hessee has been able to accomplish many things and maintains an active lifestyle.  He graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. with a bachelor's degree in broadcast communications/public relations. He is also a member of the Carolina Fury wheelchair power hockey team.

Hessee travels the country doing comedy and motivational speaking at clubs, elementary and high schools, colleges and corporate events. In his speeches, he covers everything from drug abuse to foster care to dealing with having a disability, as well as strategies individuals can use to "embrace their adversity" and overcome it.

His presentation at UNO is free and open to the campus community and public.  For more information, call 554.2368. Free lunch will also be available.

UNO Honors Program to Host Campus Blood Drive Tomorrow

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

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.

Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due This Friday

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.

Child Care Center Canned Food Drive Begins

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

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.

School of Public Administration to host Philanthropy Expert Nov. 5

George McCully, author of Philanthropy Reconsidered (2008), will present "What's Next for the Future of Philanthropy" Thursday, Nov. 5, from 4 to 5 p.m. in 220 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. The event is free and open to the public.

His talk on the national and local transformation of the philanthropic market will explore opportunities resulting from the changes. McCully is the founder and chief executive officer of the Catalogue for Philanthropy and created the Generosity Index.

For more information, contact Angela Eikenberry at 554.3488.

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

'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 sources.

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

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

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's 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

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.

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/

UNO NSSLHA and COE Conducts YWCA-Omaha Cell Phone Drive

The UNO National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and the College of Education have teamed up to host a cell phone drive on campus through Tuesday, Nov. 10, to benefit YWCA and battered women and children.

YWCA-Omaha is collecting used cell phones to distribute to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. By donating old cell phones and chargers, individuals are keeping victims and their children safe.

To donate, locate a drop box in any dean's office or campus information desk.

For more information e-mail

Maverick Watch

Fall sports are under way at UNO. Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view this week's Omaha's Team schedule, visit

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