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UNO Rake-A-Thon

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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

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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.



A Note on Veterans' Day from Chancellor John Christensen

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On the 11th day of the 11th month, in the 11th hour in 1918, the Great War (World War I) ended.  Armistice Day has become known as Veterans' Day, set aside each year to recognize the special contributions of American military veterans, every one of whom took an oath to give their lives if called upon to do so in the name of freedom.

Today, I reflect proudly that many veterans are part of the UNO staff and faculty, and many more are members of our student body.  They are fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters whose service to country sets them apart with the first Minutemen who risked their lives and their fortunes to create our country. 

Please take a moment today to thank a veteran, and to remember the sacrifices they and  their families made to uphold the ideals of freedom.  May they know that today, and everyday, their service to our country is appreciated.

Thank you.

Faculty/Staff Session Today Celebrates Veterans Day By Looking at Serving Military Students

The Division of Continuing Studies and Veterans Services will host a webcast today, Nov. 11, titled "Serving Military Students" from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons.  

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.

A panel of UNO faculty and staff who have experience working with military and veteran students will follow the webcast. Refreshments will be provided.

Celebrate Veteran's Day by learning more about UNO's military students.  Open to all faculty and staff, no R.S.V.P. is required.  For more information about the event, contact Jamie Ruggiero at 595.2371/ or Dave Cassiday at 554.4833/

Mail Services Veterans Day Reminder

In observance of Veterans Day (today, Nov. 11), all Omaha post offices are closed, and there will be no mail delivery or collections. Express Mail will be delivered. The UNO Mail Services will be open for its 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.

Next Students Campus Conversation Is Nov. 17

Campus Conversation, an open discussion of current events for students, will take place Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms.

Lunch will provided to the first 60 students. This is the fourth in a series sponsored by the faculty group for Newspapers in the Curricula (NiC) and the New York Times in conjunction with the Collegiate Readership Program on campus.

Discussion will focus on five areas and how they affect students: the economy, the wars, drugs on college campuses, energy and health care.

Faculty members who use the newspaper in class or promote reading the newspapers are encouraged to send their students.

For more information, contact Maria Knudtson

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. 11, meeting.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

Screening of 'The Battle for Whiteclay' Nov. 17

"The Battle for Whiteclay," a documentary about alcohol being banned at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near Whiteclay, Neb., will be shown Tuesday, Nov. 17. A UNO social work class has coordinated the screening, which begins at noon.

Free lunch will be served. A time for discussion and questions will follow the documentary from 2 to 3 p.m. with the film's producer -- Mark Vasina. UNO students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend this free event.

For more information, contact Danielle Jareske at

Fun & Fit Program Still Offered Children of Faculty/Staff

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

"Fun & Fit," a free exercise program for kids of UNO faculty and staff, continues on Sundays from 1 to 2 p.m. in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. The program, offered by UNO Mav-Rec Campus Recreation, is geared toward ages three to 13.

"The exercise program for your children has been a great success so far," said Kristin Wellwood, Fun & Fit event organizer. "We still have five more sessions left for the semester. It is not too late to get your children involved."

The program runs through Dec. 15, and will include cardiovascular exercise and how to properly train specific muscle groups. Fun games will be part of all routines.

"This program is free and all we ask is for the children to wear something they can move around in," she said.

Anyone interested in the program can contact Wellwood at 676.5075 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

Dec./Jan. TIAA-CREF Schedule

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following dates:

- Tuesday, Dec. 15, and

- Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling 1.866.904.7803.

UNO's Goodrich Student Organization to Host Annual Bowling Fundraiser Dec. 5

UNO's Goodrich Student Organization will host its 13th annual Bowling Fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Maplewood Lane, 3030 N. 101st St. The campus community and public can join students for a day of bowling while raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The cost is $10 and includes two games and bowling shoes. Group and individual prizes will be awarded. A raffle for prizes will take place throughout the event.

Those who sign up early can earn free tickets. To register, contact Cathy Young at 554.2274.

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

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.

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.

ITS to Offer "Web Templates: Widgets!" Course

Editor's note: Due to a scheduling conflict with the UNO Nov. 19 Budget Forum, Information Technology Services' "Web Templates: Widgets!" course has been postponed to a later date. Watch eNotes for details.

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

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

Green Tip of the Week

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When boiling foods, keep the amount of water used to a minimum.  Using excess water that must be heated wastes the energy required to raise its temperature.

(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