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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.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, Nov. 12, to honor the memory of UNO retiree Donna Jean Renander. She passed Nov. 9 at the age of 76.

Renander, a staff secretary for the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, retired in January of 2005 after more than 17 years of service.

Services will take place at 11 a.m. today at First Covenant Church, 201 N. 90 St.

Annual Health Fair Today in MBSC

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This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

All UNO students, faculty, staff and their family members can attend the 2009 Health Fair today, 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."

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

Several Versions of Spanish Languages is Focus of Today's 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. today, 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.

UNO Art Gallery Welcomes BFA Thesis Exhibition

The work of two University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) BFA thesis candidates will be on display in the UNO Art Gallery Friday, Nov. 13 through Friday, Dec. 11.

An opening reception is planned for Friday, Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This fall's thesis exhibition features two artists focusing on illustrating realities, whether based in this world or another. Exhibiting artists are Jaime Heit and Emily Truax. Read more.

Scheduled UNO Dodge Street Location Electrical Outage

There will be a scheduled electrical outage for the following Dodge Location buildings on Saturday, Nov. 14:
- Eppley Administration Building;
- Roskens Hall;
- Kayser Hall;
- Arts and Sciences Hall;
- Allwine Hall;
- Sapp Fieldhouse;
- Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building; and
- Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

The outage, which runs from 1 to 3 a.m., will be necessary for electrical work on the MBSC transformer.

For more information, contact Don Smith at 554.3734 or 960.9828.

Pan African Student Organization Recyclable Electronics Drive Under Way

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The UNO Pan African Student Organization, in collaboration with Recycle4Refugees, is currently hosting a drive to collect recyclable electronics. All proceeds from the drive will be donated to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Every item donated will go towards the $100 that is required to buy a tent for a refugee family of five.The drive will last through Saturday, Nov. 21, and coincides with International Education Week.

Collection boxes will be located in buildings and residence halls at both the Dodge and Pacific locations. Click on this link for collection sites.

Items include:
- Cell phones;
- PDAs;
- Ink Cartridges;
- iPods;
- Laptops;
- Video games and consoles; and
- Digital cameras.

For more information, contact Sola Ajala at 591.0609 or

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

"Books That Have Made a Difference" Discussion at Criss Library

The Criss Library will start a new presentation and discussion program titled "Books That Have Made a Difference" Tuesday, Nov. 17. All are welcome to attend a reading by Nainsi Houston from James Joyce's Ulysses at 3 p.m. in the Criss Library.

Nainsi Houston, a librarian at the KANEKO-UNO Library, has taught Irish Literature for eight years and has been teaching at the university level for 15 years. Her interest in Joyce has been crucial to her teaching and scholarship.

Ulysses remains one of the most controversial, important and unread books in the canon. Joyce's use of stream of consciousness, or interior monologue, and his shifting styles has made Ulysses a "difficult" book for readers since its publication in 1922.

The idea behind the program is to read from and talk about certain books that continue, long after reading, to have influence on readers and also upon the larger world.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at 554.2640.

UNO to Host Discussion Focused on Discovery Channel Documentary

John Blizek, editor and director, will discuss the production of the Discovery Channel documentary "The Hunt for The Lost Symbol" at UNO on Thursday, Nov. 19. The documentary will be shown after Blizek's presentation.

The special evening – which is free and open to the campus community and public -- will begin at 6:30 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. "The Hunt for The Lost Symbol" explores how much of Dan Brown's new novel, The Lost Symbol, is truth and how much is fiction. Read more.

Basic Photoshop II CS4 Training Nov. 20

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will host the second phase of lessons in the Photoshop class series -- Basic Photoshop II CS4 -- on Friday, Nov. 20. The course takes place from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 232 Criss Library.

In this class participants will learn the next level of basic skills for Photoshop, and learn how to enhance messages using visuals. Topics to be covered will include:
- The use of gradients;
- Using vector objects;
- Special visual effects;
- Non-destructive editing; and
- Text manipulation.

To sign up for this session:
- Go to;
- Select the correct month;
- Click the "Register" link 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";
- Click "OK" to confirm personnel number;

An email will be sent confirming registration. A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

HR to Offer Consumer Credit Counseling Seminar Nov. 17

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.

Lecture Next Week in Remembrance of Charles Gildersleeve

Charles Gildersleeve, a founding faculty member of the International Studies major at UNO, passed away earlier this month after a more than 40-year career at UNO. His guest lecture each semester in the International Studies introduction course was a highlight for many students.

In memory of his contributions to International Studies majors and international students at UNO, International Studies and Programs will inaugurate and sponsor the annual Charles Gildersleeve "Know-Your-World" lecture. It takes place Monday, Nov. 16. Read more.

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.

"Miracle Mile Walk" Tomorrow in MBSC

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

Student Health Services nurse Julie Kalasek and the Miracle Milers invite the campus community to participate in the "Miracle Mile Walk." The free inside walking will take place Friday, Nov. 13, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

No experience is necessary, and participants will have the opportunity to walk inside to a 15-minute DVD.

"The Miracle Mile Walk is equivalent to a one-mile outdoor walk. It is designed for people of all ages and fitness levels," Kalasek said. "Wear comfortable shoes, or you can walk barefoot, too."

Click on this link for the complete schedule.

For more information, contact Kalasek at 554.2374 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.

Sponsored by the Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services, You Look MAVelous! is UNO's fitness and summer weight loss challenge.

The mission of the Wellness Stampede, 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

Outdoor Temperatures and Building Comfort

It is that time of year again when the seasonal outdoor daily temperatures begin to fluctuate greatly. Facilities Management and Planning staff remind faculty, staff and students that they need to be aware of these daily temperature changes and take appropriate measures for the conditions both indoors and outdoors.

Facilities will be adapting the building indoor temperatures as outlined in the "Building Temperature Policy" with the seasonal changes. This policy can be viewed at

"The goal of this policy is to create a reasonably comfortable working and learning environment while balancing the need to economize and use our resources wisely," said Larry Morgan, assistant director of Facilities Management and Planning. "This will be applicable to all campus buildings, offices, classroom, public spaces, etc."

For more information, call Morgan at 554.3735.

UNO Employee Discount Program Available

UNO is partnering with PerkSpot to offer Employee Discount Program for all UNO faculty, staff, retirees and students.

PerkSpot is an innovative online resource that offers discounts and rebates on goods and services from some of the top brand names in the U.S. UNO has become first campus in the University of Nebraska system to use the PerkSpot service.

"We have partnered with PerkSpot to help save you and your family money with discounts on a wide range of products and services from some of the best nationally known companies," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. "You will find valuable offers from your favorite merchants through PerkSpot including: Target, Barnes & Noble, AMC Theatres, Sprint, Dell and many other merchants."

For easy reference, a Web site with a listing of participating local stores and online vendors, is available for faculty, staff, retirees and students to view. To take advantage of the UNO Employee Discount Program, eligible participants need to first register for an account with PerkSpot.

To register:

- Visit;

- At the right of the screen, click the "Sign up" button;

- Type the required information at sign up screen;

- Enter "group code" -- UNO;

- Register a work or personal e-mail address;

- Add first and last name;

- Type a work and personal zip code;

- Create a password; and

- A confirmation e-mail containing "how to login" instructions will be sent. Individuals must respond to this e-mail to be signed up for the service.

PerkSpot staff will add new deals and offers daily.

"An easy way to find out what offers are new is to watch for the Widgets on the site," Anderson said. "You can also sign up to get e-mail alerts sent directly to your in box."

PerkSpot will host the clearing-house of offers for UNO participants. Individuals can recommend other merchants be added to UNO's listing. To do so or for site questions, contact PerkSpot customer service at

To view more information on UNO/PerkSpot program go online at

UNO Staff Sought for Work-Life Study

Every person "bounds," or puts limits on, how much overlap they have between their work, family and personal interests. Researchers need participants for a study that investigates how UNO staff members and their spouses/partners manage these different boundaries on a daily basis and how these boundaries affect health and well-being (IRB# 237-09-EP).

Study participants must work at least 35 hours per week, must have lived together for at least two years, and must not have switched jobs or employers within the past year.

Participants will be asked to complete a one-hour and 30-minute interview, as well as a brief, 10-minute survey. Each member of the couple will be interviewed and surveyed separately. Study participants will be compensated for their time.

For more information, contact Samantha K. Ammons at 554.3358 or

Surplus Property Available for Viewing Online

All Surplus Property furniture and items are available for viewing online at All are available for department use only.

Items include:

- Bookcases;

- Desks;

- Chairs; and

- Tables.

Items can also be viewed by appointment at Mail Services, 106 Eppley Administration Building. To set up an appointment, call Tom Feldman at 554.2222.