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Flying Mavs Win Competition

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UNO's Aviation Institute Flight Team, the Flying Mavs, won first place in the 2009 National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region 6 SAFECON competition held Oct. 23 in Norman, Oklahoma. UNO's team was sponsored by Jet Linx Aviation. With 365 points, UNO captured first place and a spot in the national competition. The win marks the first time UNO has won the regional competition.

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Through the Lens

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A Fall Slideshow

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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

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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.



NET Television and Radio to Cover Nebraska Legislature Special Session

Debate and decisions by Nebraska's 49 state senators during the Nebraska Legislature's budget-cutting special session beginning today, Nov. 4, will be the focus of coverage by NET Television. Gavel-to-gavel coverage will be provided each day of the session on NET2 and on NET's Web site at, including live broadcasts of the Appropriations Committee hearings. Other committee hearings will also be available on the Web site. Read more.

UNO Counseling Center Presents "Juggling Life's Demands" Today

School, work, relationships, studying and 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 today, 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.

EC UNO to Host Today's Screening of "PowerTrip"

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The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a free screening of the award-winning film "PowerTrip" today, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Amidst pervasive corruption, high drama and hot tempers, an American power company tries to keep the lights on in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.  The winner of numerous awards, this film powerfully conveys the message "Electricity is Hope." Faculty, staff and students are invited to bring their lunch and come and go as schedules permit.

For event information, contact Gillian Cromwell at

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

UFO Study Group to Meet Today

The UNO UFO Study Group meets every Wednesday from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room during the fall semester. Those interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena are welcome to attend today's, Nov. 4, meeting.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

"SiCKO" to be Screened Tonight

The UNO Sociology Club, in conjunction with Alpha Kappa Delta, will host a free screening of Michael Moore's movie "SiCKO" tonight, 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 about the U.S. health care system, what is health reform and why Americans should care.

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

Mail Services Veterans Day Reminder

In observance of Veterans Day (Wednesday Nov. 11), all Omaha post offices will be closed, and there will be no mail delivery or collections. Express Mail will be delivered. The UNO Mail Services will be open regular hours 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and all mail will be delivered to the departments as normal on Nov. 11. Mail received after 3:30 p.m. will be postmarked and delivered to the U.S. Post Office on Thursday, Nov. 12.

For questions or concerns, contact Sandra Walling at 554.2337.

Annual Health Fair Next Week

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This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

All UNO students, faculty, staff and their family members can attend the 2009 Health Fair on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Free screenings, chair massages, giveaways, door prizes and more than 50 vendors will be available.

Campus Recreation and UNO Mav-Rec Wellness, in cooperation with Student Health Services (SHS), will host the annual health fair. This year's theme is "Paving the Way for a Healthy Tomorrow."

Prior to the health fair, members of the campus community can register for the health screen blood draw ($25 per person) and/or a PSA test for men ($12 per person) at SHS, located on first floor of the MBSC. The blood draw (a $300 value) consists of 40 tests, including a diabetes screen and cholesterol, thyroid, kidney and liver tests. For more health screen information, call 554.2374.

For health fair information, contact Angie Helseth at 554.3185/ or visit

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, or

CCSW to Present "Open the Door to a More Active Lifestyle"

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will present a brown-bag lunch open to all faculty, staff and students on Friday, Nov. 13, at noon in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

"Open the Door to a More Active Lifestyle" attendees will be coached toward a healthier lifestyle, with tips on how to conquer lethargy and exercise-avoidance by Jennifer Huberty, an associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and Kay Grant, a graduate assistant. Both are UNO specialists in physical activity/health promotion. 

Bring a lunch -- healthy fruit and veggies will be provided.

For more information, contact CCSW co-chairs Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at 554.2286 or or Jody Neathery-Castro at 554.3611 or

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, or

Backboard Bunch Booster Club Pre-Season Tip Off Party

The Backboard Bunch Booster Club invites all UNO faculty, staff and students to bring a friend and "get on board" to join the Mavericks at the Pre-Season Tip Off Party Saturday, Nov. 14.

Meet the coaches and players of the 2009-10 season from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Regency Lodge, 107th and Pacific Streets. Raffles, activities, prizes and complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be available.

For more information, contact Geri Backora at 554.2506.

Consultant to "The Insider" Speaking at Film Streams

Film Streams, the UNO Department of History and UNO College of Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the University of Nebraska Foundation, will host a special screening of the film "The Insider" on Tuesday, Nov. 17. The collaborative event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater, will feature a post-film discussion with environmental attorney Charles J. Mikhail, who played a leading role in building the real-life case against Big Tobacco that "The Insider" is based on. Read more.

Family Holiday Party at the Zoo Planned for Dec. 11

Join the UNO Young Alumni for its second annual family holiday party Friday, Dec. 11, at the Henry Doorly Zoo. A zoo membership is not required to attend, but tickets must be purchased in advance.

The 6 p.m. event will feature a dinner catered by Valentino's in the Treetop Restaurant overlooking the Lied Jungle; crafts and goodies for children; and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for children age three to 10, and are free for children age two and under.

To register, download the form at this link. Tickets will be mailed upon receipt of payment. For more information, contact Elizabeth Kraemer at 554.4802 or

To learn about more upcoming UNO Young Alumni events, visit

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.

Student Government Open House Tomorrow

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 or by calling 554.2620.

Senior FAA Executive to Lecture, Receive Award Nov. 9

Catherine (Kate) M. Lang, acting associate administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Airports, will be honored by the UNO Aviation Institute Monday, Nov. 9. Lang will receive the William F. Shea Award for her contributions to aviation and will present the 2009 Charles W. Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture. Read more.

UNO Child Care Center Openings

The UNO Child Care Center has immediate openings for 18-24 month olds and children ages 3 1/2 to 5 years.

Contact Dawn Hove at 554.4936 or For details about the center, visit

FEAP Office Hours Reminder

UNO's Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) now offers standard office hours on campus.

"Are you experiencing a personal problem that may or may not be impacting the workplace?" said Marlene Schneider, FEAP counselor. "If so, you are not alone. The chance that any person can navigate things through life without a serious matter is doubtful."

FEAP staff can help faculty and staff deal with difficult times. FEAP is a confidential counseling service designed to assist faculty, employees and their families in addressing personal and work-related problems. The FEAP office is in 207 Eppley Administration Building

Office hours:

Tuesdays – 8 a.m. to noon

Thursdays – 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

(Other times are available by appointment)

Schneider is a Certified Employee Assistance professional and licensed alcohol and drug counselor.

To schedule an appointment, contact Schneider at 554.3120 (UNO campus) or 559.5175 (UNMC campus), or by e-mail at

For more FEAP information, visit

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 to see room descriptions, pictures, catering menus and prices. For more information, contact Greg Trimm at 554.3368 or

Green Tip of the Week

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Pan Size Does Matter
Think before cooking. Select the right pan or appliance. The pan should match the burner size; oversized pans waste energy.

(Courtesy of the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Right Program (

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