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A Fall Slideshow

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Recent wind and rain may have brought down many of the brightly colored leaves from the campus trees, but photographs captured the colors of this fall.

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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.

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A Haunting Good Time

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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.



UNO Honors Program Hosts Campus Blood Drive Today

Give the gift of life. The UNO Honors Program will host a blood drive today, 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

NET Radio Offers Call-In Show Tonight on Special Unicameral Session to Cut Budget

On the eve of the Legislature's special session, Nebraskans from across the state will be able to share their questions and concerns about balancing the state budget with key state lawmakers during an hour-long live call-in show tonight, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m., broadcast on NET Radio.

NET Radio's Fred Knapp will host "Special Session Call-In" with three members of the Appropriations Committee discussing the issues and responding to questions and concerns called in by listeners.  Joining Knapp will be Appropriations Committee Chair Lavon Heidemann, District 1, Elk Creek; Sen. Danielle Conrad, District 46, Lincoln; and Sen. John Harms, District 48, Scottsbluff. Read more.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska Provides H1N1 Vaccine Coverage

As the campus community continues to get inoculated from the H1N1 flu, many have asked about vaccine insurance coverage.

Can I claim my H1N1 vaccine?

The University of Nebraska Blue Cross Blue Shield group medical plan will cover both H1N1 vaccines as part of the preventive care benefit coverage. The covered vaccines include the H1N1 shot and nasal mist. For vaccine coverage details, click on this link.

UNO faculty and staff can also consult the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Web site at or call the membership services number located on the back of his/her Blue Cross/Blue Shield card for information about H1N1-related medical insurance coverage.

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.

Information on H1N1 is published in eNotes every Tuesday.

UNO Counseling Center Presents "Juggling Life's Demands" Seminar Nov. 4

School, work, relationships, studying, extra-curricular activities...the demands of college life can leave students feeling overwhelmed.  The UNO Counseling Center's latest seminar will discuss time management, balance and stress management, all during a relaxing lunch.

All students can attend the "Juggling Life's Demands" seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.  Pizza will be provided. 

For more information, call Kathy Keiser at 554.2409.

Generation Diversity Leadership Series Continues This Thursday

The UNO Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office, with support from the Office of Diversity and President's Office in Central Administration, are co-sponsoring a diversity series for fall 2009 and spring 2010 for all faculty, staff and students. The final session of the fall semester takes place this Thursday, Nov. 5.

Joe Gerstandt, a well-known speaker and facilitator who works with Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations and universities across the country, will conduct the series. He will present, "A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Rely On…Sometimes!" from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Presently, Gerstandt lives in the Omaha and speaks at numerous conferences and summits throughout the Omaha metropolitan area. His Nov. 5 UNO lecture, will examine important social/relational dynamics.

"UNO and Central Administration are pleased that Joe will be speaking on the UNO campus," said Sharon Ulmar, director of UNO Diversity and Equal Opportunity. "He is an experienced facilitator who brings a wealth of knowledge on issues related to diversity, communication, collaboration and leadership."

To register or for more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at 554.2321 or

Dodge Location Steam Shutdown Scheduled for Nov. 7

A campus-wide steam shut down will affect heat and domestic hot water for the Dodge Location, with the exception of residence housing, this weekend. The shut down is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, and conclude at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Facilities Management and Planning staff appreciates the campus community's continued patience during the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building addition and renovation construction project.

For any concerns or questions, call Audrey Buckley at 554.4104.

EPA Official to Speak About Importance of Liberal Arts Education

The College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues Monday, Nov. 9, with a lecture by Denise MacMillan, who works at the Environmental Protection Agency. The event will take place starting at 3 p.m. in 169 Durham Science Center.

The presentation, "Analytical Chemistry: It Also Takes a Village," focuses on how a liberal arts education has proven to be an important asset for MacMillan. Read more.

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. Read more.

For guidelines on submissions and the time capsule contest, click on the following links:

Time Capsule Submissions

Written Time Capsule Submissions

Time Capsule Contest Submissions

"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

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.

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

Criss Library Online Research Management Tool Workshop Nov. 9

Criss Library will offer an overview of RefWorks, an online research management tool that allows researchers to gather, manage, store and share citations and bibliographies. The final workshop on the topic takes place Monday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. in 107 Criss Library

In the RefWorks workshop, a researcher will learn how to:

- Organize and save citations from all sources;

- Automatically export citations from databases, without redundant typing;

- Share bibliographies with collaborators, students and researchers via the Web; and

- Automatically insert citations into papers in correct citation style.

To register, send an e-mail to

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

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.

UCRCA Seeking Applications for 2009-2010

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is seeking applications for the 2009-2010 academic year. The committee is pleased to provide support for both pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty. The submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. The guidelines for submission are now available online at

All proposals should be submitted electronically from UNO Lotus Notes e-mail as a single document in PDF format to: Paper copies are not accepted.

Previously funded proposals are available for viewing in the Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) office, located in 103 Eppley Administration Building.

The UCRCA will continue to consider faculty mini-grant requests each month. Student funding opportunities will be forthcoming. The guidelines and forms for UCRCA applications are available on the SPR Web page at  For assistance, contact SPR at 554.2286 or send an e-mail to

UCAT Travel Grant Proposals 2009-2010

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) has suspended their call for travel grants until further notice. Alternative funding will be forth coming to support the teaching/learning environment at UNO. Additional funding information will be posted on the UCAT Web site ( in the near future.

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 For more information, contact or


UNO in Top Ranking for Fulbright Students
UNO, a 100-year-old higher-education institution, is among the nation's top producers of student Fulbright winners.

UNO's top-50 ranking was announced earlier this month by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a Washington, D.C.-based newspaper that covers higher education.

In the tier of schools with master's programs for the 2009-2010 academic year, the program awarded Fulbrights to two UNO students. Read more.

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