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UNO Rake-A-Thon

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Maverick student-athletes lent a helping hand with leaves recently throughout Omaha. The annual UNO Rake-A-Thon took the volunteers into the community to help out homeowners unable to do yard work. Above, members of the UNO softball team helped rake leaves.

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Mavericks Sweep Bearcats in Volleyball

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's volleyball team improved their MIAA record to 10-7 with a win Wednesday night (Nov. 4) over Northwest Missouri State. The Maverick's Lizzy Mach and Ellen Thommes led UNO with 11 kills each. UNO returns home on November 13 at 7 p.m. against Central Missouri.

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Mavs Beat Gorillas in Overtime

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

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.



Mavericks To Play in 2009 Kanza Bowl

The UNO football team has accepted an invitation to play in the 2009 Kanza Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. The Mavericks will face West Texas A & M out of the Lone Star Conference at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka, Kan.

The Kanza Bowl, in its inaugural season, pits the best non-playoff team from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association against a counterpart from the Lone Star Conference. Read more.

Native American Heritage Month Festivities Continues Today

A month-long celebration of Native American heritage continues today, Nov. 10, with a presentation on "The Tragedy of Whiteclay, Nebraska: Alcohol and Sovereignty" in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. Events ranging from music, games, presentations and a film screening are free and open to the public and campus community. Read more.

Autism Speaker on Campus Tonight, Tomorrow

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 presentation 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. tonight, Nov. 10. 

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

Identify a 'Flu Buddy' Before You're Sick

Whether it's H1N1, seasonal flu or just a nasty cold, it's helpful to identify a friend or family member who can be relied on for help.

A ‘flu buddy' can check on someone who remains sick at home. This person should assist with getting food and other supplies while the ill person recover and self-isolates.

When feeling ill, a person should not leave the house – that means no stops at the grocery store – unless you are seeking medical care

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.

PV Solar Panel Making Workshop at PKI This Weekend

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A two-day hands on workshop on how to build and install electrical PV solar panels takes place Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 118 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI).

Instructors Tony Orlando Parker and James Devaney will teach participants how to work with all materials needed, hands on soldering and assembly and the steps to tie the grid to the house.

The cost is $65 for Nebraska Solar Energy Society (NSES) members, $85 for general public and UNO staff (includes basic NSES membership), $125 for professionals (engineers and architects). Cost of workshop is for teaching, not for materials for a panel.

A limited number of panel types will be able to be built during the workshop, available with pre-registration.

Cost and sizes are:

- Battery Charger for size AA, C and D batteries, $30

- 15 Watt Panel (12V) for trickle charging trolling batteries, $100

- 30 Watt Panel, $175

- 60 Watt Panels, $300

This workshop is being sponsored in part by the NSES, the College of Engineering (University of Nebraska at Omaha and Lincoln campuses) and the Department of Computer Electronics and Electrical Engineering (Peter Kiewit Institute).

For more information, contact Michael Shonka at 689.0463.

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

Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides over Lunch Nov. 18

"Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides" is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Students who attend the next UNO Speech Center workshop will learn:

- How visual aids enhance and clarify presentation skills;

- PowerPoint and understand how to use it; and

- How to avoid common visual aid pitfalls and mistakes.

Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited, and free pizza and pop will be provided.

Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar Jan. 5-6

UNO faculty can participate in a two-day seminar on Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC).  The seminar will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center on Tuesday, Jan. 5, and Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Faculty who participate will have an opportunity to consider WAC's twin objectives – using writing tasks to promote students' understanding of course material in any discipline (writing to learn), and integrating writing tasks across the curriculum in order to support students' development as writers (learning to write). Participants will be well prepared to teach discipline-based writing and writing-intensive courses.

On Jan. 5, interactive sessions will address the challenges students face when they undertake academic writing tasks, from comprehending reading assignments to evaluating, integrating, and citing information from print and electronic sources.  Jan. 6, will focus on best practices for responding to and evaluating students' papers.  Participants will bring papers written by their own students, compare their assessments to those of their colleagues and consider similarities and differences across disciplines. 

The seminar is supported by the Center for Faculty Development.  Participants will receive $250 directed to their departments for travel and other professional expenses. 

A brief application form is posted on the UNO Writing Center Web site, on the Faculty Resources page:

Applications are due Monday, Nov. 30.

For more information, contact WAC Coordinator Nora Bacon (, 554.3318) or Writing Center Director Dori Richards (, 554.3311).

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.

Faculty Senate to Meet Tomorrow

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 Shelton Hendricks). The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. All interested are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

Proposal Deadline This Sunday for May Public Administration Theory Conference

The UNO School of Public Administration will host the 23rd Annual Public Administration Theory Conference in Omaha May 20-23, 2010. Information on the call-for-proposals is now available at Deadline for submissions is this Sunday, Nov. 15.

For more information, contact Angela Eikenberry at

NUFlex Enrollment Begins Next Week

2010 NUFlex enrollment dates this year will begin next week on Monday, Nov. 16. Enrollment runs through 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. Although the enrollment information, including the NUFlex Benefits booklet and premium/price tag information won't be available until Nov. 16, benefit eligible faculty and staff are encouraged to begin thinking about the enrollment period now.

A few items to consider: Firefly, the university's business portal, will be used to update all employees' benefits ( Although individuals can't view the benefit information for 2010 yet, participants can begin by reviewing current benefit package online and making sure they are comfortable logging into their personal Firefly account. This is also the year when participants will need to update "Tobacco/Nicotine Designation" and will have the opportunity to update "Dental and Vision Care Insurance" options.

For more information, visit

SPR Brown Bag to Discuss "NHC 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 Tuesday, Nov. 17, to hear Erika Hamilton of the Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC) discuss NHC's funding opportunities. The brown-bag event will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery 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.

HR to Offer Consumer Credit Counseling Seminars

Human Resources will offer a series of seminars on Consumer Credit Counseling during the fall and spring semester. With the holiday season approaching, this is meant to be a timely opportunity for UNO employees to learn more about issues related to consumer credit.

The first seminar takes place Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room from 2 to 3 p.m. "Ins and Outs of Credit," will go over the fundamentals of consumer credit, credit reports and money management. The seminar will also sound out those attending about issues they would like to see addressed in future seminars.

All seminars will be conducted by the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Nebraska, a non-profit community service organization dedicated to delivering professional consumer credit education, confidential counseling and debt management to all segments of society, regardless of their ability to pay.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

UNO Women's Studies Program Film Series Concludes Nov. 17

The UNO Women's Studies Program fall film series concludes on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Three films will be shown during the fall and spring semester and are free and open to the public. This final film, "Ma Vie En Rose," will be shown in 380 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The showings, hosted by various UNO Women's Studies Program faculty members, start at 7 p.m. An open discussion with hosts, guests and audience members will take place immediately following the screenings. 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

UNO Alumni Night at "A Christmas Carol" Dec. 16

Join the UNO Alumni Association for "UNO Alumni Night at 'A Christmas Carol'" on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Those attending will take part in an Omaha and holiday tradition at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

The UNO Alumni Association event includes reduced ticket prices and an exclusive intermission reception for UNO alumni and guests. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for ages five to 22. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit

R.S.V.P. to Elizabeth Kraemer at 554.4802 or by Monday, Nov. 16.

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 472.5389 or


Documentary on UNO's Centennial Earns National Award
The UNO Television production "UNO 100: Central to our City" recently received a Silver Davey award in the History/Biography category.

The Davey Awards are sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA), an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from acclaimed media, advertising and marketing firms. IAVA members include executives from organizations such as Coach, Disney, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, HBO, Keller Crescent,, MTV, Polo Ralph Lauren and several others.

"UNO 100: Central to our City" spotlights 100 years of growth for UNO through historic photos and interview clips in three parts: campus growth, academic development and university life. Read more.

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