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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.

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2009.11.13

You Look MAVelous! Photo Sharing Project Announced

Wellness Stampede

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

As a follow-up to this summer's You Look MAVelous! campaign, the program's sponsors - Mav-Rec Wellness, Human Resources and Student Health Services - are asking UNO faculty, staff and students to submit photos of themselves, friends and family engaging in healthy pursuits. Participants will be eligible to win prizes.

All photos will be submitted through Flickr, a worldwide online photo management and sharing application program. Prizes will be awarded for the photos that receive the most votes.

"Submissions can include photos of a garden, a healthy home-cooked meal, vacation photos showing people in action or other healthy examples," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "For those who already have a Yahoo account, the sign-up is faster. After signing up individuals can, create a separate name for their Flickr account or use the name they created, or already had, for Yahoo."

To add photos to the group, participants must first register by clicking on the "Sign Up" link on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/groups/1188351@N22/ and follow the directions. 

"You can create your own profile, as well, if you wish," Daniels said. "To load photos to Flickr, follow the directions on the Web page." 

To join the You Look MAVelous! group, visit http://www.flickr.com/groups/1188351@N22/ and click the "Join This Group" link. Users can also find the group by clicking on the "Groups" link and searching for You Look MAVelous! 

"Once you have joined the group, you can post your photos to the You Look MAVelous! group," Daniels said. "You can name the photo and tag it by content (e.g., exercise, UNO, running)."

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, Jan. 31. Watch eNotes for the announcement of the winning entries.

For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008 or Angie Helseth at 554.3185 or ahelseth@mail.unomaha.edu.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

Experts Investigate Ft. Hood Tragedy on "Consider This"

At this point, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan has said nothing about the tragic shooting at Ft. Hood. All of America is looking for answers.

Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This" with host Cathy Wyatt, two UNO experts:  one in the area of terrorism, the other psychology provide an overview of the incident, insight into the alleged gunman and how news of the violence in Texas impacts those of us living here in Nebraska.

Wyatt's guests will include Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO/UNMC and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at UNO, and Bob Woody, a professor of psychology at UNO.

The program airs today, Nov. 13, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

Additional air dates and times are:

NET1
- Sunday, Nov. 15
11:30 a.m.

NET2
- Tuesday, Nov. 17
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit . Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

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

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 today, 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 wcjensen@unomaha.edu or Jody Neathery-Castro at 554.3611 or jneathery@unomaha.edu.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

UNO International Education Week Celebration Set for Next Week

UNO will showcase international education Monday through Friday, Nov. 16-20, in conjunction with the observance of U.S. International Education Week.

A variety of events are planned to give international students an opportunity to share their heritage with the campus community. Most activities are free and open to the public. Read more.

Scheduled Saturday 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.

UFO Study Group to Meet Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group meets every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center during the fall semester. The Saturday, Nov. 14, meeting is open to the public. Anyone interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena is welcome to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

Lecture Nov. 20 on Robotics and Studying Human Locomotion

Dan Ferris, a researcher who studies movement and disability, will present "Robotic Lower Limb Exoskeletons for Studying Human Locomotion" in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) on Friday, Nov. 20. The sponsor of the noon event, The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility, invites the campus community to attend.

Ferris worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Neurology from 1998 to 2000, and in the University of Washington Department of Electrical Engineering from 2000 to 2001. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in the School of Kinesiology, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

He studies the neuromechanical control of human locomotion in health and neurological disability. One focus of those studies is to build robotic lower limb exoskeletons for assisting gait rehabilitation.

Ferris holds a bachelor's in mathematics education from University of Central Florida, a master's in exercise physiology from University of Miami, and a doctorate in human biodynamics from University of California, Berkeley.

 For more information, contact Demi Treat at 554.2573.

Academic Regalia Notice for Dec. 18 Commencement

Commencement for December graduates will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.  Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement are asked to order their academic regalia from the Bookstore, at 554.2336, by Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Call for 2009-10 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Instructional Materials Grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles. Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and which address one or more UCAT themes. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat for a link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis now through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat. Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (awoll@unomaha.edu). Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 202.

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or khenebry@unomaha.edu

Call for On-Campus Pedagogical Support Activities

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Pedagogical Activity Grants for university-wide pedagogical activities to enhance teaching/learning at UNO. 

Examples of possible activities, but not limited to these, are: guest speakers, workshops and book discussions.  All applications should connect to one or more UCAT themes. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat for a link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis now through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/). Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application.  Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (awoll@unomaha.edu).  Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 202. 

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or khenebry@unomaha.edu

Call for Curriculum Development Grant Proposals for 2010

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Curriculum Development Grants to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Curriculum development and assessment;
- Diversity;
- Instructional technology and e-Portfolios;
- Interdisciplinary integration;
- Promoting critical thinking; and
- Undergraduate and graduate mentoring, advising and research.

Full-time adjunct faculty are permitted to apply. Proposals may be individual or teams of faculty (each person receives up to $500 and provides a separate report).

The committee is accepting proposals during the month of January. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. The Committee may choose to partially fund proposals in amounts less than the maximum $500 amount. Proposals are due by the 21st of January. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/). Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application.  Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (awoll@unomaha.edu).  Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 202. 

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or khenebry@unomaha.edu

The Backboard Bunch Booster Club Pre-Season Tip Off Party Is Saturday

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.

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 at mknudtson@unomaha.edu.

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

The UNO Women's Studies Program fall film series concludes on Tuesday, Nov. 17. The series, which is free and open to the public, will return during the spring semester. This final film of 2009, "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.

OLLAS/Juan Diego Center Food Drive Under Way

Faculty, staff and students can bring non-perishable donations to the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) for its food drive through Friday, Nov. 20.

OLLAS and the Spanish Club are sponsoring the food drive for the Juan Diego Center. OLLAS is located in 106 Arts and Science Hall.

For more information, contact OLLAS at 554.3835.

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 http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;
- 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.

In the News

In the News

- The Nov. 7 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a profile of Ron Abdouch of the Neighborhood Center, a program administered by the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Nov. 7 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the population history of Gothenburg, Neb.

- Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the Nov. 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the decision to invite Afghan President Hamid Karzai to Omaha for the annual trustees meeting of the Greater Omaha Business Ethics Alliance.

- Robert Nash, Criss Library, was quoted in the Oct. 28 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Nebraska's baseball heritage.

- The Nov. 5 issue of the Omaha World-Herald quoted Darren Pettit, Department of Music, about the Celebrate Creativity program by Joslyn Art Museum and the Omaha Symphony.

- The Nov. 4 issue of the Public Mirror (Arapahoe, Neb.) reported on the UNO Aviation Institute winning first place in the 2009 National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region 6 SAFECON competition last month in Norman, Okla.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2762.

In Print

- Adam Smith, M.A. student in psychology, recently published a paper "Maternal Androgen Levels During Pregnancy are Associated with Early-life Growth in Geoffroy's Marmosets, Callithrix geoffroyi." The paper will appear in General and Comparative Endocrinology, and co-authors include Andrew Birnie, M.A. candidate in psychology and Jeffrey French, professor of psychology.  The abstract can be viewed online at http://tinyurl.com/yl9y6ug.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

UNO Chamber Choir Presents 'Evening and Night' Nov. 15
"Evening and Night" will feature the UNO Chamber Choir performing "The Nocturnes" by Morten Lauridsen, "Evening" by Zoltán Kodály, "The Evening Watch" by Gustav Holst, and many other memorable pieces. The performance is 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 at Dundee Presbyterian Church, 5312 Underwood Ave. Admission is free, but donations will be welcome. Read more.

UNO to Host Nationally Known Jazz Musicians Nov. 16-19
The UNO Department of Music will sponsor an artist-in-residence program featuring Jimmy Haslip and Peter Graves Monday, Nov. 16, through Thursday, Nov. 19. The residency will include master classes, clinics and concerts.

The most accessible concert for the campus community and members of the public from the Omaha metropolitan area takes place Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.   Haslip and Graves will give a Big Band concert featuring the music of Jaco Pastorius.  Tickets, available only at the door, will be $5 for the public, $4 students and seniors and free to members of the campus community with a Mav Card.

Graves is a bass trombonist; Haslip plays electric bass.  Read more.

UNO Theatre Presents The Miracle Worker
The Department of Theatre will present William Gibson's The Miracle Worker, directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf. Previews run Nov. 18-19 with performances on Nov. 20-21 and Dec. 2-5 in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. There will be a talkback session held in the theatre after the Dec. 4 production. UNO will provide a sign language-interpreted performance on Dec. 5. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

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 today, Nov. 13, through Friday, Dec. 11.

An opening reception is planned for tonight, 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.

Criss Library Hosts Smithsonian Traveling "Earth From Space" Exhibit
A Smithsonian "Earth from Space" exhibit remains on display through Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Criss Library Gallery.

"Earth from Space" presents dozens of detailed satellite images on vivid free-standing banners and reveals the awesome beauty of the planet's surface through the "eyes" of a space satellite. The exhibit explains how remote sensing is used to expand scientists understanding of life on Earth and introduces the technologies scientists use to gather this astonishing imagery. 

This Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition presentation was developed in collaboration with the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

The gallery is located on the main floor of the library. For more information about the display, call 554.2640.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.