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Mavs Beat Gorillas in Overtime

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The Maverick football team improved its record to 6-4 with a 31-28 overtime win Saturday (Oct. 31) over Pittsburg State. The dramatic win came with a Greg Wunderlich six-yard touchdown pass to junior Mike Higgins. UNO freshman Levi Terrell carried the ball 28 times for 199 yards in the game. UNO closes out the season this Saturday (Nov. 7) at Missouri Western.

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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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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.



Budget Forum Nov. 19

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host a campus forum focused on the university budget Thursday, Nov. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Dodge Rooms on the third floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. All members of the campus community - faculty, staff and students - are welcome to attend.

This event will be an informational session on possible changes to 2009-2010 University of Nebraska budget coming out the special session of the Nebraska Legislature.Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley, who have led the campus Budget Advisory Task Force, will also help lead the presentation and discussion.

"We want to share with everyone what we know," Christensen said. "There will be questions that we won't be able to answer, but beginning this conversation again is extremely important.

Seating will be available for about 140.Arriving early is encouraged. For more information, call 554.3502.

Understanding Personal Debt, Credit Scores Part of Money Smart Nebraska Week

The College of Business Administration and the Center for Economic Education, both at UNO, will host a week of seminars designed to educate the campus community and the public about personal finance during Money Smart Nebraska Week, a statewide program, with events taking place starting today, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 14.

All seminars will be held in 402 Roskens Hall. The sessions are free and open to students, faculty and staff at UNO, as well as the public. Read more.

EPA Official to Speak at UNO About Importance of Liberal Arts Education

The College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues today, 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.

Senior FAA Executive to Lecture, Receive Award Tonight

Catherine (Kate) M. Lang, acting associate administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Airports, will be honored by the Aviation Institute tonight, 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.

The event will be held at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. A reception is planned for 6:30 p.m., with the lecture following at 7 p.m. Both the reception and lecture are free and open to the public. Read more.

Eppley Sprinkler System Work Notice

Starting today, Nov. 9, Lueder Construction personnel will be on site to conduct a survey to determine the route for the new Eppley Administration Building sprinkler system. This work will take approximately 10 days to complete.

Workers have been instructed to announce their visit and not intrude into meeting areas. They will set up a ladder, move a ceiling tile or two, make notes and leave.

The actual installation of the system is set to begin before the end of November. Watch eNotes for details.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2582 or

Autism Speaker on Campus This Week

Dr. Zohreh Talebizadeh, director of autism research at Children's Mercy Hospital and an assistant professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will present a seminar and Q&A this week on campus.

Her first seminar is titled "Exploring new approaches in autism genetic research: thinking outside the box!" and will take place Wednesday, Nov. 11, at noon in 310 Arts and Sciences Hall. Dr. Talebizadeh will also give a short, informal presentation and take questions in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Her campus visit is sponsored by the Department of Biology. For more information, visit or contact Bruce Chase at

Faculty Senate to Meet This Wednesday

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. There will be an Institutional Research Presentation on "Work Force Alignment Data" (presented by Senator Hendricks). The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. All interested are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

Several Versions of Spanish Languages is Focus of Nov. 12 Lecture

The Department of Foreign Languages and the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), with Wiley Publishers, will host a conversation on Spanish heritage language speakers at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.

Kim Potowski, director of the Spanish for Native Speakers program at the University of Illinois-Chicago, will discuss the various kinds of Spanish spoken in America today. Read more.

ITS to Offer "Web Templates: Widgets!" Course

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will host a "Web Templates: Widgets!" course on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in 104 Durham Science Center.

Widgets are modules of code that can be used with UNO Web templates to increase the design of college and departmental Web pages with audio, video and other special features.

This hands-on class will teach attendees how to use the Calendar, I Want to:, Now Hear This-Multi, UNO Tube-Single, RSS and Mavr Widgets, which will be used with the WTA_01 Web template.

- Must have attended the basic Web template class;
- Must have a test site setup; and
- Must have access to the Dreamweaver software.

To register for this training:
- Go to;
- Select the correct month, and click "Go";
- Click "Register" next to the event;
- Enter a personal SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and UNO photo IDs);
- Click "Sign Up"; and
- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

Campus Holiday Open House Dec. 9 in MBSC

Chancellor John Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual campus holiday open house. The event takes place Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

To view a special invitation from Chancellor Christensen and the vice chancellors, click on the following link:

Open House Invitation

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Dec. 2, to Bob Cairns, at 554.2311 or

Native American Heritage Month Celebrated at UNO

A month-long celebration of Native American heritage began last week at UNO. Events ranging from music, games, presentations and a film screening are free and open to the public and campus community. Read more.

"Your Omaha 2020" is Nov. 10

The UNO Young Alumni group will collaborate with the Greater Omaha Young Professionals (YPC) for "Your Omaha 2020: Building a Young Professionals Vision for Our Community" on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Holiday Inn Omaha Convention Center Hotel, 3321 S. 72 St., from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Palace Ballroom.

UNO students and young professionals from the metro are invited to attend. At the free event, young professionals can:
- Network;
- Offer visions of what Omaha should be in 2020; and
- Gain career development.

The visions developed at this event will be incorporated into the 2010 Young Professionals Summit. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Those unable to attend can also follow the community discussion at

Register by Tuesday, Nov. 10, at For more information, e-mail

Event sponsors include YPC, UNO Young Alumni, Omaha Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Rally Omaha and The Reader.

YWCA-Omaha Cell Phone Drive Ends Tomorrow

The UNO National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and the College of Education cell phone drive for YMCA-Omaha ends Tuesday, Nov. 10.

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

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. The event is open to all faculty and staff; no R.S.V.P is required.

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

Annual Health Fair This Week

Wellness Stampede

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

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 of Graduate Studies, and individual UNO Graduate Council committees. If there are additional items faculty would like to be considered for the agenda, e-mail them to Nicole Kersten at, no later than today, Nov. 9. Refreshments will be served.

The 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.

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