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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

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.



A Message from NU President James B. Milliken on "The Global University"

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The University of Nebraska has a long and rich history of international engagement. Our faculty and administrators have always recognized the ways in which experiences with diverse cultures, countries and languages enrich the lives of students, faculty and citizens.

As we celebrate International Education Week, we all recognize that today's world is different – increasingly interconnected, interdependent and insecure. But we have unprecedented opportunities to collaborate to find solutions to global problems including hunger, disease and poverty, and we have growing global markets for our ideas, goods and services. There are serious violent conflicts in many parts of the world, but we may be in a better position than ever to work together and build new partnerships to address inequities and help reduce the risk of war and international terrorism.

The United States will continue to play a leading role in the world, and whether we do that wisely will depend in significant part on the education of our citizens—an education that more than any time in history requires an understanding of the rest of our small planet and respect for the peoples of the world.

No one understands this imperative better than our faculty, who play a critical role in educating the rising generation of global citizens. With their leadership and encouragement, we are making a renewed commitment to global engagement at the University of Nebraska. New international initiatives exist on each of our campuses, and international engagement is one of the major goals of the University of Nebraska Foundation's "Unlimited Possibilities" capital campaign. Our success in these ambitious efforts will require a significant investment of private funds, and we believe donors increasingly recognize and support the importance of this success. We have identified four University-wide objectives to position the University of Nebraska as a leader in global engagement, and to offer our students, faculty and the people of Nebraska the opportunities we believe are important to achieving this position:

1) We plan to provide the opportunity for every undergraduate to have a meaningful academic experience abroad. We must encourage students from more disciplines to pursue international study, promote longer and more meaningful international experiences, and encourage faculty to raise the bar for international engagement—in the classroom, in developing study abroad programs, and in their own research and in scholarly activity. The University should offer our students the same kinds of opportunities that would be available to them in leading institutions anywhere in the country. This should not be considered a luxury or be available only to those whose families can afford it.

2) We plan to double international student enrollment at the University of Nebraska. International students add millions to the state's economy, but of course the real value is in the richness of the experience gained by having students from around the world on our campuses and in our communities. This year, 128 countries are represented in the 2800 international students enrolled on our campuses. I hope we can double the number of international students on our campuses by 2019, the University's 150th birthday.

3) We plan to significantly increase opportunities for faculty to collaborate with colleagues around the world. As important as it is for students to pursue international study and be exposed to international students on our campuses, it is equally important that faculty have the opportunity to pursue their scholarly work in the world of knowledge, which certainly doesn't end at our borders. We will support a new emphasis on mutually beneficial collaborations, exchanges and partnerships.

4) We plan to renew our commitment to work with countries and institutions around the world. To serve the interests of the University and our state, but also our nation, we will continue to develop strategic partnerships abroad in fields critical to mutual well being. The University has a rich history in working with developing nations to help address challenges in education, agriculture, medicine and many other fields. We can serve both state and national interests through involvement in sponsored work in the developing world where we have much to offer, as well increase our mutually beneficial partnerships in developed countries.

These strategies support the University's goals of providing a high quality 21st century education, building leading academic programs, contributing to the innovation economy in Nebraska, and contributing to health, stability and well being in the world. This is an exciting time for the University of Nebraska, and efforts to significantly increase the level of engagement in the world will offer tremendous benefits to our students, faculty and citizens.

UNO International Education Week Celebration Begins

UNO will showcase international education today, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 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.

NUFlex Enrollment Reminder for Nov. 16

The annual benefits enrollment materials are being sent out today, Nov. 16. This year NUFlex is going paperless, so benefit eligible faculty, staff and students should remember to check their UNO e-mail account. Annual enrollment this year is from today, Nov. 16, until Friday, Dec. 4. Participants may not make changes after Dec. 4.

The NUFlex informational meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19, has been cancelled. meeting will be held this Thursday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Participants can make changes to their NUFlex benefits by using Firefly Employee Self Service at Please refer to Firefly's home page for additional information including a "Help Section" and important browser requirements and instructions.

Please check the eNotes in the coming days for more reminders and tips.

Lecture Today in Remembrance of Charles Gildersleeve

Charles Gildersleeve, a founding faculty member of the International Studies major at UNO, passed away this October 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 today, Nov. 16. Read more.

Webinar on Reaching and Retaining Students Set for Nov. 18

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will be host a webinar on "Reaching and Retaining Students: Advising Undecided/Undeclared Students for Success" Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons. The National Academic Advising Association presents the webinar. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Rita Henry at

Comedian, Musician Bo Burnham Dec. 9 at Omaha Music Hall

Comedian and musician Bo Burnham will appear live in Omaha Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Omaha Music Hall (1804 Capitol Ave.) to perform his "Fake ID" tour. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.

Burnham is a 19-year-old comedian, singer-songwriter, musician and Internet celebrity. Writing comedic and satirical songs with a politically incorrect slant, his YouTube videos have received more than 52.2 million views as of October 2009. Read more.

Fourth Cumbre of the Great Plains Set for May 13-15

Submissions are currently being accepted for individual papers and presenters for The Fourth Cumbre of the Great Plains. The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will host the conference Thursday through Saturday, May 13-15, at Embassy Suites in Omaha. The event's theme is "Human Mobility, the Promise of Development and Political Engagement." Read more.

ECC UNO to Host Sustainable Transportation Speaker

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The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a talk by John Bartle, professor of public administration, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Faculty, staff and students can listen to Bartle speak about "Sustainable Transportation: Global Challenges and Local Solutions."

For more information, contact Gillian Cromwell at

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

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.

Web Templates Widgets Training Moved to Dec. 10

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces that the Web Templates Widgets training course will be rescheduled due to the Chancellor's Budget Forum.

The course was originally scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in 104 Durham Science Center. It will now be held on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in 007B Roskens Hall.

For more information, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

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.

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 in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pan African Student Organization Recyclable Electronics Drive Under Way

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

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